A classic album of soul duets – and one of the deeper records cut by Betty during the 60s! The arrangements are by the great Marty Paich, and although there's some singers in the background, the overall sound is still pretty nice and soulful. Betty's high voice works well with Ray's raspy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great vibes from the legendary Teddy Charles – a set that brings together some of his best early moments for Prestige Records! This full set combines two earlier 10" sessions recorded by Charles – both done in LA in 1953, in small group formations with Shorty Rogers on trumpet, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
About as classic as you can get from these Rockford rockers – with cuts that include "Hello There", "Southern Girls", "Downed", "Big Eyes", "You're All Talk", "Oh Caroline", and "I Want You To Want Me" (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Great 80s grooving from Cheri – a record that's much more upbeat than you'd guess from its Murphy's Law title! Everything goes right here – from the catchy grooves, to the sweet keyboards, to the softly soulful vocals on the top – a sound that's not the deepest soul you'll hear ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The connection between the spacey jazz trumpet of Don Cherry, and the later urban funk of his daughter Nenah, always seems a bit weak – until you hear this 1985 effort, which has Cherry working in a strange mix of contemporary rhythms and his older funkier styles. Cherry actually lays down ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original foil embossed cover.)
Don Cherry/Krzystof Penderecki —
Actions ... LP Philips (Germany), 1971. Near Mint- ...
One of the most successful jazz-meets-modern classical albums we've ever heard – thanks largely to the supreme talents of Don Cherry! Cherry leads the large New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra – which includes Peter Brotzmann, Tomasz Stanko, Manfred Schoof, Kenny Wheeler, Gunter Hampel, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold German pressing on Wergo – still very nice!)
Don Cherry/Nana Vasconcelos/Collin Walcott —
Codona 2 ... LP ECM, 1980. Near Mint- ...
The second album by this wonderful world jazz ensemble – a trio featuring sitar, tabla, and vocals by Colin Wolcott; trumpet, melodica, and percussion by Cherry; and assorted percussion and voice from Nana Vasconcelos. The tracks are mostly atmospheric and exploratory, but work in a style ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toby ... LP Brunswick, 1974. Very Good ...
A sweet soul killer from The Chi-Lites – and record that really shows them as one of the greatest harmony groups to ever come from Chicago! The vibe here is a bit more mellow than on previous records – and the trio step into some sublime ballads and love songs that really blow us away ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
18 ... LP Columbia, 1986. Sealed ...
The Chipmunks take on The Beatles – in an early version of fab four fun! Titles are almost all early Lennon/McCartney numbers, sung by Alvin and the gang with a surprisingly nice groove! (Comedy/Spoken) LP, Vinyl record album
Bobby Christian/Gus Giordano —
Think Jazz ... LP Orion, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
One of the first albums ever cut on the small Orion label from Chicago – and like the rest on that imprint, a jazzy batch of tracks designed to accompany the jazz dance teachings of Gus Giordano. Percussionist Bobby Christian put the cuts together, and there's some great groovers on here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The roots of bebop! During the early 40s, sets held in Harlem nightclubs, especially the famous Minton's, were seminal to the development of bebop – and you'll hear exactly what we mean on this album! The set features material recorded by Jerry Newman at Minton's and Monroe's up in Harlem ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later Capitol gem by June – where she reprisies a number of classics from her early years with Stan Kenton – new versions of late 40s tunes, done here with Pete Rugolo arrangements that go a good way towards showing how both he and June had grown during the 50s. Titles include "H ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Always brilliant work from the great June Christy – an album that's got a lot more darkness than you might think from the title and the bright-colored cover! The style is very booze-soaked and sad – with plenty of echoes of the classic Something Cool album – and like that set, ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
June's got rhythm, sure, but the real thing that makes her great is her dark and moody sense of melody! This album's one of June's late 50s efforts done with husband/arranger Bob Cooper – not as arch modern as some of her work with Pete Rugolo, but still in a style that's definitely inspired ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent vocal set – one that finds June taking on a number of Broadway tunes, a soundtrack song or two, and other great tunes of the early-to-mid 60s with some strains of samba and other Latin inspired sounds – with her lovely vocals shining brightly or in a sultry coo, depending ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a mostly split top seam and a Promo punch-out.)
Not the Jamie album of the same name – but an even earlier collection of work from this overlooked singer! Features a few performances with groups – including The Four Tunes and The Striders. (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
Never a stereotype, Cibo Matto was a pretty trailblazing act from the start – and their underrated late 90s swan song (for quite a while) Stereo Type A is a major reminder of that – blending genres and breaking barriers as strongly as ever! It's a brilliant mix of styles, from ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very groovy set from pianist Eugen Cicero – one that has him moving past his jazz versions of classical material, to perform a mix of jazz material in a hip trio with the great JA Rettenbacher on bass! Titles include "Eugen's Blues", "Solar", "Lovely Marabou", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's a mix of late 60s pop themes and original work by Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani – a pretty hip soundtrack overall, for this self-produced effort by Tony Anthony. Naturally, we like Cipriani's tunes the best – especially the slinky, sexy, Italian soundtrack-y ones, a few ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Late 90s Akarma reissue, still in the shrink with hype sticker.)
Citizens For Interplanetary Activity —
CIA Change ... LP De Stijl, 1967. Very Good+ ...
Soundtrack for Yayoi Kusama's "Self Obliteration" film. (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
City Limits —
Circles ... LP Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Not one of the most famous groups on the Philly scene – but a great one! The band's got a two-male/two-female harmony sound, with some nice jazzy inflections that remind us of similarly-structured groups, like Side Effect and Creative Source during their Polygram years. The album's got a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty amazing effort from country rock progenitor Gene Clark! This one blends breezy songcraft that's not too far off from his previous couple of great solo albums – rustic harmonies and memorable lyricism flavored by acoustic guitars – with far more deft studio touches such as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Sonny Clark album – and very different than any of his other work! The album was recorded live at a private party in 1954, not issued until the mid 70s – and it features Sonny playing in a trio format, in a relaxed setting that has a bit more of an exploratory feel than some of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They got the title right on this one – because with Johnny Griffin, Sahib Shihab, Karl Drewo, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis as main soloists on the record, the sax never ends! The album's easily one of the most hard-burning 60s sessions from the legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band – and has ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese pressing, with heavy gatefold cover.)
Sure, the cover's a bit dated – but the politics have stayed surprisingly strong over the years – as has the music as well! Keep in mind that The Clash were waging war in the Mideast years before Desert Storm – in this searing mix of London punk, rocksteady roots, and slight new ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the crowning masterpiece by The Clash – and a record that certainly pushed them out of the punk rock ghetto and into the collections of countless mainstream folks over the years! This is the set that really pushed the group over the top – the one that harnessed all the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label 2 eye 360 Stereo pressing. NOTE: Bottom half of cover has staining & peeling.)
Soaring vocals from Angela Clemmons – a set that really has an amazing range, and a depth of sound that goes way past the usual from Epic Records at the time! Angela's got a way of stretching out right from the start – inflecting the lyrics with a rich power that easily matches or ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers by the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Mango/Capitol pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, split seams, a bit of pen, and some smudges around the edges.)
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal Atlantic Records work from The Clovers – one of those groups who were already great on their own, but then really took off once they hit the label! There's a rawness to these sides that rivals the early Drifters at their best – the Clyde McPhatter years of that group – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blow Arnette does, at that – a killer tenor groove that's augmented here by some additional work from Eddie Lockjaw Davis! The pair really let loose on some of the tunes here – blowing in that older "battle" mode at points, but also laying back at times too – hitting a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing in a yellow tinted Prestige stereo cover, with a split top seam, delaminated corner with some tears on back, some splitting on the spine, and center split on the bottom seam.)
A rare later date from tenor giant Arnett Cobb – and one of the few to match the groove of his Prestige Records sessions! There's an easygoing groove here that takes us back to the brilliantly understated soul of Cobb's Party Time Records – as the set's got a similar laidback rhythm ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Probably the best of Arnett's albums for Prestige – thanks to an incredible set of players that includes Bobby Timmons, Sam Jones, and Art Taylor. With a group like that it's hard to miss – and believe us, Arnett doesn't! Timmons' firey piano is a nice change from some of the more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp.)
A fantastic album of mellow soul by jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb! Yes, that's right, the same Jimmy Cobb who played with Miles Davis in the 50s. This album's very different than Cobb's jazz work – and is a smooth album of jazzy soul, with a wonderfully warm vibe that sounds like some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trad-revival set recorded on Chicago's south side in the early 60s – part of an excellent series on Riverside, seeking to re-discover some older jazz and blues greats who were languishing in the Windy City at the time! Junie C Cobb plays mostly piano on the date, but also sings on one ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove.)
Billy's got no "inner conflicts" here – as the album's a full-on set of heavy jamming, one that features some nice electronics alongside Billy's drums! The album's actually one of our favorite Cobham sessions of the 70s – a record that we'd rank right up there with Spectrum ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Billy Cobham —
Spectrum ... LP Atlantic, Mid 70s. Very Good Gatefold ...
A very full-on hard heavy fusion album! Drummer Billy Cobham lays down some massive hard beats, while Tommy Bolin wails away on guitar, Jan Hammer pounds on electric piano, and Lee Sklar noodles on electric bass. 2 cuts feature a different lineup with Joe Farrell and Jimmy Owens – but the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A live bit of fusion supergroup jamming – one in which Billy Cobham and George Duke are joined by Alphonso Johnson and John Scofield in a set of really soulful numbers! The main focus here is straight fusion jamming, but there's also a nice undercurrent of funk and soul in the set as well ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wayne Cochran & The CC Riders —
Cochran ... LP Epic, Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Rockin funky soul from the great Wayne Cochran! Ttles include "Do You Like The Sound Of The Music", "Somebody's Been Cuttin In On My Groove", "Sleepless Nights", "Boogie", and "I Will". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a name in pen & a tracklist sticker.)
Wild stuff! White singer Wayne Cochran looks like he should be a rockabilly star – right down to his big ol' pompadour haircut – but this early album of his for Chess is actually a tight batch of groovers that holds a nice appeal to fans of late 60s funk! Cochran's got a raw Wilson ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing.)
Michael Cochrane —
Elements ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1986. Near Mint- ...
A really soulful groover from the glory days of the Soul Note scene – a killer set that crackles with the kind of energy of some of the best 70s sides on Muse, like work by Woody Shaw or Kenny Barron. Pianist Michael Cochrane leads a hip quintet with Tom Harrell on trumpet and Bob Malach on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bruce Cockburn —
Humans ... LP Millenium, 1980. Near Mint- ...
A fantastic set from British reedman Tony Coe – a record that not only stands as one of his best (and few) straight swingers from the time – but one that also features great work from American musicians Benny Bailey on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Idris ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mad funk from Dennis Coffey – and the follow-up to his landmark Evolution album! It's interesting to note that Coffey's group is listed as the "Detroit Guitar Band" – which kind of foregrounds their link between the city's two strongest music sides of the late 60s: the hard ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some ring & edge wear, and clear tape on the seams.)
One of the best sessions that Al Cohn ever cut – done with a small group setting, a rare privilege for Al, who was so often lost in a larger group! Cohn's tenor is right out front, and the rest of the players include Frank Rehak, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. Cohn contributes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s pressing. Cover has some stains on back.)
A really great little live jazz date from the mid 50s – one that features a unique pairing of east and west coast players, working together as part of a Birdland Stars package tour! The group's an exceptionally balanced one – with players who are all strong enough to work together ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with the deep groove.. Cover has partially split top & bottom seams.)
One of the great lost 70s sides on the Xanadu label – and a nice set of bop material from west coast pianist Dolo Coker. Coker had a brief resurgence in the mid 70s, thanks to records like this, and he's grouped nicely with Harold Land on tenor, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Leroy Vinnegar on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An important album by Nat King Cole – one that presented him in a live format, working in front of a very relaxed crowd at the Sands, expressing himself in a way that's quite different than some of his studio albums. The staid sound of Cole is opened up a bit here in the live set – a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later record from Nat King Cole – kind of corny, but in a really great way – and in a style that ended up making the whole thing a real standout in Nat's last few years on the planet! The songs are mostly old-timey, but swung by Nat in this weird 60s version of nostalgia that ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has wear and some splitting.)
A great late album from Nat King Cole – one done with some wonderfully rich arrangements by Nelson Riddle, which unlock all the poise and class that Cole had developed during his 50s decade at Capitol Records! There's definitely a slight ear here towards the Johnny Mathis sound that was ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Natalie Cole's stunning debut for Capitol Records in the mid 70s – a real surprise, and a set that should have had the singer blossoming even more than she did at the time! As with some of the other Capitol soul sessions of the time, the album's done very firmly under the guidance of Charles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great earlier stuff from Natalie Cole – actually her third great album in a row – a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy of the Independents, and they give her ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album