Something new, and something great from New Horizons – the group's second album, and even tighter than the first! Roger Troutman had a very big hand in the record, lending the group some very Zapp-ish touches in their grooves – a great blend for the catchy vocals of the group, in ways ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strange to see a gospel album on the mostly-disco Prelude label – but the album's a good one, with a strong modern soul approach, similar to crossover work from the time by The Clark Sisters. The closest to the usual Prelude groove is the cut "Shine A Light", which has a righteous ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on front, and some pen and marker on back.)
The steely cover's an apt one – as New Order have still largely held onto their edge here – those raspy guitars and moodier moments that first marked their early work – all elements that keep things compelling amidst some of the more tuneful moments of the songs! There's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label 60s pressing. Back cover has images of ESP titles through 1028. Cover has a bit of seam splitting and some light wear.)
An unusual group – but a nice little record! New York City Band are less of a group on their own, than a combo pulled together for this album – an ersatz soundtrack to the film Sunnyside, a disco-era production starring John Travolta's younger brother Joey! The group's mostly directed ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some wear and creasing, and a small sticker on front.)
A great set by one of the more obscure groups to record for the CTI/Motown subsidiary Salvation – a great quartet that features Frank Wess on soprano sax and flute, Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. The group play in a mode that really pushes past that of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smoking set from Phineas Newborn – recorded in 3 different modes for the record – solo, trio, and quartet! The quartet and trio sides feature some nice guitar from his brother Calvin Newborn – whose bluesier tones really help give the record a deeper feel than usual for Phineas ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has "Advance Copy" printed on the front.)
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Label and cover each have a small numbered sticker – and cover has some clear tape on the seams and a few light pen notes on back. An old radio station copy – but still nice!)
An excellent LP of funky big band jazz – way better than you'd guess from the name of the group! The all-star ensemble – which includes Blue Mitchell, Willie Bobo, Stix Hooper, Paul Humphrey, Charles Kynard, Ernie Watts, and Joe Pass – does an excellent job of grooving tightly, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The rare final album by Harry Nilsson – cut for Mercury after his long streak of brilliant, idiosyncratic records for RCA – but it was only released in the UK and Japan at the time! It's a charming, laidback effort on Nilsson's part – as stylistically varied as you'd expect from ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The pairing of the early genius of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman – one of the most sublime albums of the early 70s! Nilsson Sings Newman, written by a then fairly unknown Randy Newman was certainly an odd project to undertake for an artist generally regarded as a songwriting talent, but boy ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover is in great shape but has a small cutout notch. Vinyl has a small pressing flaw that causes a very short click on side 1, track 2.)
Wonderful stuff – Nilsson's soundtrack for one of the strangest movies of the 60s – a mad film directed by Otto Preminger, and featuring a cast of characters that included Jackie Gleason, Frank Gorshin, Peter Lawford, Cesar Romero, and Groucho Marx as God! The sounds are a weird hippy ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Vinyl looks a bit foggy and Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on tracks one and two. Cover has a sticker and two library ink stamps. Label has two library stickers.)
Great stuff from Nimoy – and proof that his committment to being more than just a sci-fi actor was real, if not successful! The record features groovy pop and vocal tracks with arrangements by George Tipton, and a nice mod-ish feel that works well with Nimoy's Scott Walker-ish vocals and ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band —
Ricochet ... LP Liberty, Late 60s. Sealed ...
More of the Nitty Gritty's nutty country rock pop groovy stuff from the late 60's. Shouldn't work, but it does, and in a nice way. Titles include "Happy Fat Annie", "Truly Right", "Search The Sky", and "Shadow Dream Song". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Hattie may not look like much on the cover, but she can definitely deliver an old school party record vibe when she wants! Includes the routines "Hold Your Nuts", "Legs Apart", "The Nudist Colony", "Working Under Somebody", and "Sex After Death". (Comedy/Spoken) LP, Vinyl record album
Smooth modern soul from the team of Curtis Nolen and Raymond Crossley – one of those "all in one" duos that seemed to be cropping up a lot in soul music at the time! Curtis and Raymond wrote, played, and sang on all of the tunes on the album – in a light and sunny style that's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ken Nordine —
Colors ... LP Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Word Jazz maestro Ken Nordine's classic late 60s ode to the sultry side of the common, the uncommon, and some seemingly made up colors. ("Muddy" anyone?) Billed as "A Sensuous Listening Experience" – and truly living up to it somehow – it's a crazy suite of smoky, ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split in the top & bottom seams.)
North Texas State University Lab Band —
Lab 67! ... LP NTSU, 1967. Very Good+ ...
Players include Joe Randazzo on trombone and Rich Margolis on vibes! Titles include "Anadge", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Swag's Groove", "Nature Boy", and "Easy To Love". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
North Texas State University Lab Band —
Lab 69 ... LP NTSU, 1969. Near Mint- ...
Titles include a great version of Edu Lobo's "Casa Forte" – plus "Hairy Brouhaha", "South Shore", "Three Freaks", "Eleanor Rigby", and "The Yard Went On Forever". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Red Norvo's dragged his vibes out into a field of wildflowers – and while we hate to think what that's done to the sound of his instrument (not to mention his hayfever), we can definitely say that the album's a groovy treat from the decade when Red was turning out some of his finest music ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some wear, a small sticker on front, and some remnants of yellowed tape with a peeled spot on back.)
Very hip work from Red Norvo and his sextet – an evocative album that's divided up into "rose" and "blue" cover images on the front and back – but which unfortunately doesn't provide any data on the players! We can say that in addition to sharp vibes from Red, the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from vibist Red Norvo – the kind of record that really makes you get why he was so popular back in the day! The style here is more "sound" than jazz – a sublime blend of Norvo's airy vibes with the bass of Charles Mingus and guitar of Tal Farlow – both ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and spine, some wear, and a sticker spot on one corner.)
Dorothy Norwood —
Live ... LP Malaco, 1991. Near Mint- ...
Seminal work from Claude Nougaro – easily one of the coolest French singers ever! This album shows an early example of Nougaro's interest in Brazilian music – and also his love of American jazz as well – heard most strongly on the record's French covers of work by Dave Brubeck, ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. NOTE: Vinyl has some heat damage at edge, but didn't skip for us – although the first track on each side might on some players. Otherwise a nice play copy.)
One of the biggest moments of the New York club scene of the early 80s! The Peech Boys cut their teeth at the Paradise Garage during the classic Larry Levan years – and this album has them working with Levan to forge a record of crossover club grooves filled with linn drum beats and DMX ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced and arranged by Arif Mardin – with titles that include "Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp", "Map To The Treasure", "Up On The Roof", "Been On A Train", and "Blackpatch". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Laura Nyro's second album in her legendary early run for Columbia Records – and an effort that's a bit more dramatic than the first! Laura's handling all arrangements herself this time, and they're conducted by Jimmy Haskell – but the overall sound is almost as spare as if Nyro were ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has ring & edgewear and a spot on the spine where tape was removed.)
Laura Nyro —
Smile ... LP Columbia, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Nice jazzy funk LP, with production by Norman Whitfield that sounds more like some of the work by Wayne Henderson from the time. The group's got a good polished funky feel, with lots of jazzy solos, and the tracks include "Return To Nytropolis", "People Of The Country", "Ma ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with a bit of splitting.)
O Band —
Knife ... LP United Artists (UK), 1977. Near Mint- ...
(Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
O'Bryan's virtually a one man show here – handling vocals, keyboards, arrangements, and other instrumental bits too – but he also gets some great help on the album's lean arrangements, with just the right sort of funky touches on guitar, bass, and drums! The set starts out with a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The album that made Billy Ocean a superstar for a little while, one that had a HUGE couple of years on the charts, even longer service as a snapshot of its era, and is now one that we can look at freshly and appreciate for all of the unstoppably catchy pop soul craft that made it so massive in the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Something of an addition to the Verve "songbook" mode of the 50s – but it's also one that's a lot more dynamic than the others, thanks to some very jazzy arrangements from Billy May! The groove here is very upbeat and jazzy – hard-swinging in the manner that May forged with ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc. pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a bit of splitting.)
The title's a bit misleading – as "evening with" makes you think the record's going to be a concert. But instead, it's just some great studio work from Anita O'Day – recorded during her initial years for Verve Records! The album was recorded in the company of 3 small groups ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost little session from Anita O'Day – recorded with some hipper and more sophisticated arrangements than she'd been getting on 50s work for Verve – thanks to charts from Johnny Mandel and Russ Garcia! The style is great – a bit more laidback than some of O'Day's other Verve ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early Odetta record where she duets with Larry Mohr for a nice selection of folk songs that have elements of the blues and country. Tracks include "John Henry", "Old Blue", "Water Boy", "Car-Car Song", "Pay Day At Coal Creek", and more. (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and a bit of seam splitting.)
Claus Ogerman lays down some groovy soul instrumentals, with a nice pop feel, in the best tradition of his other great instrumental LPs for RCA. There's lots of nice instrumental moments that have a surprisingly funky feel, and the record fits perfectly in any collection of groovy mod 60s albums! ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a sticker on one corner, two punched holes on the spine, and a small name in pen on back.)
Ohio Express —
Mercy ... LP Buddah, Late 60s. Very Good- ...
A classic session of pounding percussion – quite possibly the most successful entry into this earthy genre that hit the recording scene at the end of the 50s! Babatunde Olatunji is joined here by a great assemblage of players – including Montego Joe and Baba Hawthorne Bey on percussion ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure Olatunji sessions on Columbia – but a record that's still got plenty of firey percussion! Titles include "Bo Su Aye", "Ashafa", "Ojo Davis", and "Dyke Ko Dide". (Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure – and best – albums by David Oliver, a smooth soul singer who recorded at the end of the 70s, with a warmly spiritual sound that had touches of Leon Ware, DJ Rogers, and other 70s smooth soul greats. This gem is produced by Wayne Henderson – who's really ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a bit of sticker residue.)