Sinatra-Basie is the inaugural effort from the 2 leaders and the stellar orchestra – and it's a great one. Sinatra is as charismatic and loose out front as he's ever been on record, and the Basie & his players swing brilliantly with arrangements by Neal Hefti. Titles include "Pennie ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The album that put Nancy over the top – and one with lots of stellar Lee Hazlewood writing and production, and cuts like "I Move Around", "So Long, Babe", "Flowers On The Wall", and the title cut. Nice liner notes, too – with a conversation in which Nancy ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most popular of the early collaborative LPs of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood – the soundtrack album to the legendary Movin' With Nancy TV special from 1967 – featuring the eerie masterpiece "Some Velvet Morning" and more! The aforementioned tune is as incredible a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and price sticker remnants.)
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood —
Nancy & Lee ... LP Reprise, Late 60s. Very Good ...
Sweet moody stuff from the period when the duo of Ms. Sinatra and Mr. Hazelwood was electric in the studio. This was back when he used to call her "Nasty" through the headphones in the vocal booth, and when the two of them put out such spooky spooky material as "Some Velvet ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Skip & Ernest, Floyd Morris, Glenn Watts, & Others —
Hot 69 ... LP Bunky, 1969. Very Good ...
One of the few albums we've ever seen on the mostly-singles Bunky Records label – best known for its production work by Chisoul giant Bill "Bunky" Sheppard! The set offers up some of the best soul work for the tiny label at the time – an assortment of tunes are are as rare in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has index labels at the top, some surface waer, and some marker and tape remnants on front.)
Skyy are soaring high at this point – they've dropped the space suits, but still have the heavy bass, and all those cosmic production touches that put them at the forefront of the new sound of 80s funk. The album's prehaps not as strong as some of their others for Salsoul, but still keeps ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key early classic from Slave – as the set features the group's first work with drummer Steve Arrington, who not only opened up their rhythmic concept, but also gave them a great new sound on lead vocals! Arrington's approach here is very much in the spirit of Slave's first 2 records – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight bass-heavy funk from Slave – still working here in that excellent compressed style that was their unique contribution to soul music. There's probably a bit more of a vocal-heavy sound here than on other albums, but the groove's still strong, and is reaching a bit towards an 80s club ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice 80s digital dub era grooves from Sly & Robbie! For years, We'd back and forth on how we feel about Bill Laswell's slick modern production – but we've really come around on it more recent years, especially considering how influential the 80s style turned out to be in post-millennium ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sly's still doing pretty nice for himself in 1974 – with a sound that's perhaps a bit warmer than on the early records, but still nice and soulful – and peppered with a good dose of funk! The groove is really great on the set – bubbling with a more "deep down" feel than ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Quadraphonic pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Sly & The Family Stone —
Stand! ... LP Epic, 1968. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Hard to find a stronger early album by Sly – as this one has him still funking hard, but also getting his soul bag together a bit more, hitting some really righteous vibes that mix together politics and partying in an incredibly seductive way. The album's filled with anthemic numbers like ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Mono 63rd Street/Lexington pressing, with RVG etch & ear. Cover has moderate wear and splitting.)
A great little collection of Jimmy's tight tight tight Hammond sides cut for Verve during the 60s – with backings by Oliver Nelson and Lalo Schifrin, plus a few other sides in smaller combo format. Tracks include "Walk On The Wild Side", "Ol Man River", "The Cat" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Jimmy's last albums for a major label in the 70s – a real back-to-basics set that was recorded live at the Jimmy Smith Supper Club in LA – the "home of fried cornbread and live jazz", and a venue that we certainly wish we could have visited! Jimmy's working here with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very nice groover from Jimmy – and a session that was recorded earlier, but not issued by Blue Note until the end of the 60s. The format is hard-wailing sextet – with Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ike Quebec on tenor, and Jackie McLean on alto. Jimmy's usual trio at the time holds the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Jimmy Smith numbers on here are nothing special – 2 cuts recorded in the early days, when with the combo of Don Gardner. But the real gems are the Wilson Lewes numbers – a host of cool instrumentals that include "Down Home", "Soul Sermon", "Hip Waltz", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work from Johnny Hammond Smith – a record that really lives up to the "dirty" in the title! The approach here is a bit like some of Jimmy McGriff's recordings at the end of the 60s – organ soloist riffing around on some short hard tracks, with a bit of electric bass ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
Johnny Hammond Smith —
Stinger ... LP Prestige, 1965. Very Good ...
A great little groover from Johnny Hammond Smith – and one of his rarest albums! The record may be rare because it's got a strange cover that features a comic character that looks like the Green Lantern, and Prestige might have gotten nervous about copyright infringement – but more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a name in large letters on both sides.)
One of the fullest-sounding albums ever cut by Lonnie Liston Smith – but one of the greatest albums too! The set has Smith really taking off a bit more than on his work for RCA or Flying Dutchman – hitting some fuller sounds in the studio, thanks to backings arranged by Berg DeCoteaux, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massively sweet groover from Lonnie and the Cosmic Echoes – smoother and warmer than some of his earlier albums, with a really soulful fusion vibe! Lonnie plays acoustic piano and "electric colorations" – working with a group that includes brother Donald on flute and vocals ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Louis Smith made only two records for Blue Note, but both of them are great! This set's arguably his most famous – because of a rare uncredited appearance by Cannonball Adderley, working here under the "nom de date" of "Buckshot La Funke" – and blowing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(United Artists pressing. Vinyl appears lightly heated but plays fine.)
A really hard-edged set from trumpeter Louis Smith – one of his only two albums as a leader from the early years, and a heck of a great little album, thanks to tenor work by Charlie Rouse! Rouse is blowing beautifully here in one of his classic pre-Monk appearances – recorded at a time ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful record – one you might pass up easily, but not to be missed – as it's one of our straight jazz treasures of the 80s! The album's mostly straight ahead hardbop – recorded with a largeish group that includes Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Coleman on saxes, Mulgrew ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mauricio Smith —
Bitter Acid ... LP Mainstream, 1967. Very Good+ (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A killer album of hard instrumental Latin soul tracks – one of the few albums ever done by funky reed player Mauricio Smith! On the set, Smith plays flute, alto, and soprano sax – and the record's filled with short little groovers that have a nice choppy sound, and lots of heavy conga ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost album of Latin jazz – played by legendary flautist Mauricio Smith! Smith only cut a few records under his own name – all of them great – and this early 60s album definitely has the flute player riding high on the charanga wave, but also hitting some great notes of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing! Nice and clean overall.)
Smith's piano leads a quartet that includes Kent Carter on bass, Claude Bernard on alto, and Laurence Cook on drums. Titles include "A Ballad For K", "Geomusic 3", "In Search Of A Mind", and "Austin Stream". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy dub poetry from this LKJ disciple, with fierce backings by Dennis Bovell and the LKJ Band crew. There's a couple of acapella cuts here too, showcasing Smith's lyrical and microphone skills to great effect, though his cuts with the band are no less satisfying. Includes "Black & ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring, sweeping piano work from Paul Smith – a fluid player who was already known for his "liquid sounds" of the 50s, and who gets a great showcase here in a batch of bossa-inflected material! The style here is less straight bossa than you might think – and Smith really ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty nice 70's female soul stuff, recorded by a woman that we know nothing about, and with arrangements by Michael Omartian. The groove is very nice, in sort of a First Choice kind of way, and the tracks include "Superbad", "Don't Mistreat My Babies", "Did I Give Up Much ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker and some splitting.)
Willie 'The Lion' Smith —
Tea For Two ... LP Cicala/Durium (Italy), 1940s/1950s. Near Mint- ...
Part of the great 80s run from The Smiths – and a record that has them continuing to grow, continuing to express new ideas – yet still find a way to hang onto all the charm and catchiness that made them so great in the first place! Morrissey's definitely stretching out a bit with his ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve. Cover has a light stain with peeling on the bottom 3 inches.)
Fairly mainstream disco influenced grooves from poducer/session musician Gino Soccio. This album's got his big hit "Try It Out", plus five other stretched out grooves, in the same vein: "Street Talk", "(It's Been) Too Long", "Hold Tight", "Love Is" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electric club from Gino Soccio – fairly pop at most points, but still with a hip enough RFC label twist! Gino plays keyboards, sings, and did pretty much everything else – and he's got a good talent for a simple snapping groove that never goes too far over the top. Titles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Includes "Dancer", So Lonely", The Visitors", "Dance To Dance", "and "There's A Woman". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Memento ... LP Warner (France), 2003. Very Good+ 2LP ...
Wickedly funky work from Soel – a new project from Ludovic Navarre, aka St Germain! The record picks up where St Germain left off – still working heavily in a Parisian blend of funky samples and classic jazz riffs, but overall taking things a lot deeper – going for a sound that's ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has marker through the barcode.)
Very early Soft Machine recordings, ones which have surfaced in a variety of different formats over the years. The group here is Daevid Allen, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers and Mike Ratledge, and they're in a more psychedelic rocking bag here than on their later, more jazz influenced recordings. Not ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later, oft overlooked gem from Soft Machine – 1975's Bundles, which was the first non-numbered Soft Machine LP, and a record that finds the group moving into electric Miles influenced jazz rock, perhaps more profoundly than ever before. With a lineup that was often in flux, and a sound ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible jazz rock from Soft Machine – recorded after Robert Wyatt left the group, and for some reason, a bit overlooked because of that fact – but still a pretty darn great album, awash in long tracks with plenty of jazzy touches – still finely crafted in the sublime crossover ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The amazing debut of Soft Machine! It's hard to find a more seminal moment of jazz rock from the British scene – and there's certainly few albums from its generation that stand up as well over the years as this one! The trio of Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, and Michael Ratledge carve out the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing without the spinning wheel on the front.)
Sublime early work from Robert Wyatt and crew – a psychedelic accented jazz rock classic that never gets old – and a visionary set that inspired a generation! The heavily fuzzy guitar sound is transcendent on Volume Two – with sudden jazzy changes, augmented by horns, and all ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold pressing on probe. Cover has some wear.)
Soft Machine —
Third ... LP Columbia, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
An amazing departure in music for Soft Machine – a record that really shifts the groove from the more psychedelic sound of the group's first two releases! The style here is much more stretched-out and spacious – really moving into jazz more than rock, and featuring very long tracks ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ringwear, half split top seams, and some stains on front.)
Modern conscious hip hop from Florida's Sol Illiquists Of Sound – with a sharp and often soul-leaning sound, smart and sincere rhymes, and a deep sound of their own – possibly the best hip hop album yet to appear on the ever-adventurous Anti- label! The core Sol Illiquists include the ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 60s issue of some of Solal's French recordings from the time – featuring a mixture of solo tracks and trio ones, played with help from Guy Pedersen on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. The work's not as out as some of Solal's later recordings, but it has a pronounced modernist air that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great album of electric fusion by this breezy jazz group from San Francisco. The sound has a lot of touches of Brazilian jazz, accented with some freer post-Coltrane reed solos, and a nice choppy approach in parts. A few tracks feature some nice wordless vocals by Lin McPhillips – and the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sonny Clark Memorial Quartet —
Voodoo ... LP Black Saint (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ...
A seminal album from the 80s New York scene – not only because it brought some long-overdue attention to Sonny Clark (whose records were mostly out of print at the time), but also because it reminded the world that John Zorn could blow hardbop! The album features a set of classic Clark ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy rocking, with some nice drums – the kind of record that's kept the Sons in more crates than you'd think over the years! The set's a massive 2LP jammer that really overflows with niceness – often done in a heartfelt, blues-tinged rock style that's got traces of Little Feat and The ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums we've ever heard from this funky rock group – kind of a mix of styles by groups like Average White Band, Sweetwater, and Tower Of Power. The album features the great funk track "Without Love", which begins with a monster break that has a very dark Eric B kind ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from The Sons Of Champlin – a record that actually has the group shortening their name to The Sons, but expanding their sound past the jamming bluesy roots of their debut! The record's got a tightness that brings a bit of jazz into the mix – not much, in a way that's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work by one of the most compelling groups in the Kama Sutra bubble gum stable! Sopwith Camel always seemed a bit headier than their contemporaries – part Spanky & Our Gang type pop, part long-haired hipster rock – handled with some introspective touches that almost feel like ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Just the way we like it from SOS Band – tight, but never too uptight – grooving, but never too over the top either – and with plenty of room for mellower moments that really round the album out nicely! The set's got SOS right at the height of their famous run for Tabu Records ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although he was a violin player, Eddie South was a seminal part of the Chicago jazz scene in the 50s – an off-beat scene even in the pre-AACM days, and one that had a lot of room for diverse styles and instrumentation. He's captured here in a set of rare Chess/Argo recordings – 6 of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly great work from Joe South – a key figure in the southern scene of the late 60s! Joe was mostly a rocker, but he had a sound and style that also touched heavily on southern soul scenes – and you can hear how Joe's countrified style of rock fit very nicely into a southern ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey Frenchy disco stuff, recorded in French Canada, where they do that sort of thing pretty well. 4 long tracks with a space theme to them, including "Conquest Of The Stars", "Beyond Orion", and "Mission To Lyra". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited gold vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear & a factory sticker.)
Great small combo blues from Chicago – with Spann on piano and vocals – plus James Cotton on harmonica and additioanl vocals, and both James Madison and "Dirty Rivers" (aka Muddy Waters) on guitar! (Blues) LP, Vinyl record album