Great 70s work from Louisiana Red – recorded in a style that makes the album one of his most earnest, personal sets on wax! The record was done in close collaboration with producer Kent Cooper – a friend and very sympathetic ear for Red's music – and also the co-writer of most of ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second of two groundbreaking albums for the Paris jazz scen. Although Loussier's formula was often copied during the 60s, at the time of these recordings, his mix of jazz and classical styles was fairly revolutionary – and a perfect way to link the postwar European love of jazz with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Out Here ... LP Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ...
A strange album when put next to Love's Elektra records – and one that's not without its weaknesses – but the band's got a kick-ass drummer, and the record's filled with more than a few tasty moments that have a bit of funk in them. Layered with Arthur Lee's hip guitar, the sound is ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)
Dreamy sunshine pop from one of the best groups of the genre – the sweetly-tinged Love Generation, a harmony outfit with a really outta site sound! The record's got a sound that's very much in the best spirit of the post-Mamas & The Papas generation – as smooth and sweet as pop ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl is still sealed in a plastic sleeve.)
Love Tambourines —
Alive ... LP Crue-L (Japan), 1995. Near Mint- ...
Wicked late work by Barry White's instrumental group – soaring strings, snapping beats, and a tight dancefloor sound that shows that these guys were undaunted by disco! The orchestrations on the set are handled by Dave Roberts – and the sound is a nice update on the classic feel of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Love Unlimited Orchestra —
White Gold ... LP 20th Century, 1974. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful album of funky instrumental tracks from Barry White – often overlooked because of the "greatest hits" association you could make with the "gold" in the title. The record's got that perfect Love Unlimited sound – heavy beats underneath, and the orchestra ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape holding the seams.)
Love Unlimited Orchestra with Webster Lewis —
Welcome Aboard ... LP Unlimited Gold, 1981. Very Good ...
The great Webster Lewis joins Love Unlimited Orchestra for this nice mellow later album, one of the group's last good albums! Features the slowly funky "Welcome Aboard" – a tight mellow track with an excellent stepping groove that's nice and sweet. Barry White produced, and other ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of LTD's biggest from the 70s – a sweet mix of mellow soul and boogie, handled to perfection by the talents of Bobby Martin! Jeffrey Osborne's vocals are really running strong at this point – well-suited to both funk and ballads, with none of the cliches that started creeping into ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeffrey Osborne's really emerging strongly here in the mellow soul mode – especially on the album's two great ballad cuts, "Concentrate On You" and "We Both Deserve Each Other", both of which are smooth mellow steppers with a modern soul approach that's slightly less ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the rarest album ever cut by Pat Lundy – a great female soul singer who crops up on a number of different labels over the years, but who never really made it to great fame in the 70s. The set features her classic version of Oscar Brown Jr's vocal reading of "Work ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic exotica from Arthur Lyman – a set that really shows the lessons he learned from Martin Denny – and his willingness to take the genre into some strong new directions! The style here is still very much in the percussive mode you might expect from Denny's generation – but it' ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set with a dreamy feel that certainly lives up to its title – a mix of moods that includes some key themes from Henry Mancini, plus a few other well-chosen numbers! As on other Lyman dates from the time, there's a bit of jazz creeping into the mix here – but one that's never too ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that boasts a strange image of Arthur Lyman on the front – one that almost makes him look a bit thuggish, despite the affection promised in the title! (A bit of rough trade, perhaps?) The tunes themselves are a love-centered batch of exotic instrumentals – most with "love ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lyman 66 has Arthur still working strongly in the vibes/percussion blend of his start – moving into tunes that are familiar 60s pop numbers, but still done here in a smaller combo instrumental mode – and not the "added orchestrations" style of other exotica players of the time. ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet exotic sounds from the Arthur Lyman group – heavy on vibes and lots of hip percussion – recorded with a gently swaying feel that recalls the best energy of the Hawaiian scene in the postwar years! The set's one of Lyman's early solo dates – recorded Henry Kaiser Aluminum ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Polynesia is a wonderful little set from Arthur Lyman – one that's got a swirling, hypnotic sound that's way better than the weak Hawaiian imitataions you might get on other Polynesian-titled records! If anything, Lyman's group is even more sensitive than before – using flute ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Arthur Lyman's first LPs –- a brilliant set of percussively grooving tracks, modulated at a low tempo, and recorded in the Henry J. Kaiser aluminum dome in Hawaii with a sound that inspired countless other exotic groups. Art plays vibes, and is augmented by percussion and piano, plus ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first few albums that Arthur Lyman recorded after his split with Martin Denny – and still very much in the best Denny mode – mixing vibes with percussion, and adding in lots of cool effects! There's a fair bit of exotic sounds in the mix – including birdcalls from ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with a volcano image. Cover has a stereo sticker.)
Cheryl Lynn and Luther Vandross – a tremendous combination that makes for one heck of a great record! Luther arranged and produced the entire set – and he does a great job here of pushing Cheryl Lynn into more upbeat territory without getting too poppy or schmaltzy! In a way, the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fourth volume in this seminal series from the mid 70s – one that did a great job of documenting some of the formative underground playing that was happening in the New York loft scene, almost more creative work than in previous generations, thanks to a lack of commercial venues, and hence ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lyrics Born of Latyrx fame drops a burning full length solo joint! This is pretty much entirely produced, arranged, programmed and written by LB, so if you know the style, you know you can expect a lot of funky live instrumentation, syrupy summer nightlife drums topped off with sexy soulful female ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of vibes and organ from Johnny Lytle – just a trio session, but one that packs the punch of a full group! As with other early gems from Johnny, the players include Peppy Hinant on drums and Milt Harris on organ, and they're also augmented by some guest work by Milt Hinton. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Hap ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the spine and bottom seam, and some writing in pen on back.)
The cover bills this one as "the in sound of vibes and organ" – and it's totally right, because you can't get more "in" than the grooves Johnny lays down on the set! The tunes are short, tight, and very soulful – a wonderful blend of vibes, Hammond organ, and conga ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover is in nice shape.)
Weird weird work from Galt MacDermot! The soundtrack features work for a musical version of the Shakespeare play – written by Galt in the years after Hair, and done with a hip funky Broadway style that's very much in keeping with his best musical work of the time. The music on the disc is ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A loving tribute to the late Charles Mingus – one that has a very different sound than the Mingus classics you might remember, thanks to inventive arrangements from Teo Macero! All tunes are originals by Teo, and they've got that shimmering large group style he first perfected in the 50s ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This early 80s recording comes quite late in Machito's career, kind of a companion set to the Live At North Sea LP recorde the same year– and a great set featuring hard-hitting big band Latin jazz arrangements! Unlike the live set, the numbers here are tight and short, but feature the great ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton —
Rainbow ... LP Impulse, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ...
Pure wonderfulness from Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton – one of the hippest duos ever to record a jazz record! The duo are a bit like Jackie & Roy at their best – in that Dave plays piano (including a bit of Fender Rhodes) and sings duet vocals with Vicky Hamilton in a sweetly ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)
A great title for this second set from Taj Mahal – because the sound here is even more stripped-down and natural than on his first LP! Taj turns in a lot more original tunes this time around – and is in wonderfully comfortable territory with his own lead lyrics, sung alongside his own ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Taj Mahal —
Taj ... LP Gramavision, 1986. Very Good+ ...
Titles include "Everybody Is Somebody", "Soothin", "Pillow Talk", "Local Local Girl", "French Letter", and "Do I Love Her". (Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
A very electric set from guitarist John McLaughlin – a date that has the leader playing a host of modern variations on the instrument, plus a synclavier as well – but always with the sense of creative imagination he brought to Mahavishnu work in years past! There's some slight ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
For some reason, RCA had a real penchant for repackaging and retitling a number of the albums cut by their big stars in the early 70's. This album's a repackaged version of the hard to find Tasteful Soul album, and it was released only a year or two after that one. It's got a different title and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of their earliest records, with a great set of Bert DeCoteaux arrangements, and a totally sweet soul harmony sound. The arrangements are nice and airy, with lots of smooth sweeping passages that let the vocals float around effortlessly. Tracks include "Magic Shoes", "I'm Better ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums – but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here – grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An ambitious title for this one – but it more than lives up to the name! Mamond is a huge collective of Brazilian players working with British producer Roc Hunter in Rio-based studios. Roc brings the tight dancefloor sound of the London scene to the rich vocal and instrumental talents of ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A firey little trio session from Junior Mance – one that features tracks taken at a pace that's even more uptempo than usual, and which really pushes his skills on the keys! The speed of the set is by no means a detriment to Mance's soulful playing – and if anything, the record stands ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone cooker from Junior Mance – quite possibly his most freewheeling album of the time – thanks to an open-ended live setting that really lets him take off! All tracks are nice and long – and Mance really stretches out on piano, working with a tight trio that features Wilbur ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest albums ever from Henry Mancini – a brilliant reworking of hit 70s cop show themes, put together with a really jazzy groove! The group's a big one – filled with hip players who include Clare Fischer on organ, Artie Kane on electric piano and harpsichord, Don Menza on ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool Mancini work from the start of the 70s – a record that offers a nice step forward from his scoring styles of the 60s, with a slightly orchestral feel as well! The arrangements here are full, but still have a nice sort of focus – and include solos by players like Mancini on piano, ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A keyboard classic from Henry Mancini – and one of his greatest soundtracks ever! The album's far far different than most of Mancini's other work – a stripped-down, slow-funk batch of tracks that mix together keyboards and organ, riffing out over rhythm and strings, in a mode that ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear, a promo sticker, and a sticker spot.)
A bit slicker than some of Harvey's earlier albums – but in a good way! The set's got some weirdly compressed guitar funk – sounding like it's been pressed through a play-do machine, shaped and twisted in weirdly stretched ways that make the sound of the strings sound all weird and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harvey Mandel —
Snake ... LP Janus, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
Messed-up funky guitar from Harvey Mandel – with lots of freewheeling fuzzed-out tracks, in the manner of his best classic work! In a way, Harvey's later albums are even better than his first few, as he's getting a lot tighter on the strings – which means that he can pick up the groove ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those soundtracks that outlived the life of the film – or at least the theme did! "Emily" is one of the best ballads to be penned in the 60s – a dreamy number offered up here in a number of different ways by Johnny Mandel – with strings, reeds, and in larger ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Man, what a great little set! The album's a trippy yet laidback set of well-crafted pop – never over-indulgent, but filled with nice late 60s touches that include sitar and electric keyboards in the instrumentation – and a general fuzziness overall in the way things are presented, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a sticker remnant.)
Mandrake Memorial —
Puzzle ... LP Poppy, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ...
Way more than just the standard psych album of the time – and instead a richly-orchestrated album with sounds as complicated as the MC Escher cover image! Ron Frangipane and Brooks Arthur both helped out in the studio – and the set's got a clarity of vision that's way different than ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small sticker.)
Mandrill ... LP Polydor, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Mandrill's first album of funky Latin jazz and soul – a landmark in crossover styles that still sounds remarkably fresh today! Unlike later records, which feature a tighter funk sound, this one has the band jamming out in a Latin-inflected mode that sounds like some of the best Chicano bands ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
German trombonist Albert Manglesdorff goes toe-to-toe with an amazing line-up of avant garde mainstays in duet settings for this MPS classic – including Don Cherry, Elvin Jones, Karl Berger, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz, and Wolfgang Dauner! The format is simple; each of the seven tracks was ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, in great shape!)
Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, & Others —
Mother India ... LP Odeon (India), Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
Nothing too fancy here – as the album's mostly a set of laidback fusion tunes, played by Gap on Fender Rhodes, Hammond, and Arp, with backing by Tony Levin, Steve Gadd, and Rubens Bassini – but there are a few tasty moments that make this more than just a mellow electric set. The album' ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest indie soul albums of the 60s – a hell of a debut from The Manhattans, who were singing with an incredible style even at this early point in their career! The album cooks seriously on all burners – and features both sweet harmony numbers and more upbeat Northern-style ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japnese pressing, on CBS – with great vinyl, cover, and obi!)
A Philly soul classic from The Manhattans – one of their best 70s albums, and a record that showed that they were firmly out of the indie ghetto, and totally on top of their game! The record features arrangements and production by Bobby Martin and Bert DeCoteaux – bubbling along in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Much cooler than you'd guess from the classical-sounding title – thanks to the fact that Roy Ayers plays vibes and Sonny Sharrock plays guitar – and the whole thing was arranged by William Fischer! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a few creases, and an unglued top seam.)