Fourth Way —
Werwolf ... LP Harvest, 1970. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A seminal slice of jazz rock – recorded by Fourth Way at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970! The group's greatest appeal at this point is the keyboard work of the great Mike Nock – playing Fender Rhodes here with a very raw sound, plus an Oberheim Ring Modulator – which sounds ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some wear.)
A wonderful album from George Duke – and one of our favorite records from his legendary years at Columbia! George Duke's always had plenty of Brazilian elements in his music – but this album really brings them all together – offering up a perfect blend of Duke's keyboards and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
One of the greatest solo albums ever issued by Latin jazz trumpeter Luis Gasca – a set that really expands on his debut for Atlantic Records, and which brings in a whole host of early 70s west coast Latin influences! The style here is very laidback and open – a bit like some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ben Webster plays live in Harlem – not the uptown scene in New York, but the Dutch city that became a surprisingly strong showcase for American players overseas! The date's got that easygoing style of some of Webster's best late live performances – a laidback rhythm trio, and Ben ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly larger group, which gives Johnson a chance to show off his arranging skills – but a set that also leaves plenty of room for solos too! Features JJ Johnson on trombone, Clark Terry on trumpet, Ernie Watts on tenor and alto, and Pete Jolly and Billy Childs on keyboards! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from Natalie Cole – a set that still has her working strongly with songwriter Marvin Yancy, who really helped her find her sound and style during the early years of her career! Natalie actually helped with writing a fair bit on the record herself – sometimes with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
9 tracks in all, including "Rudy & The Snake", "The Uhh! Song", "What's A Skeezer?", "Just Chillin' (part 1)", "Stop To Start", "Don't Push Me", "She Only Rock & Rolls", "Just Chillin' (part 2)" and "For ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We can remember when this movie spooked the heck out of us – and now it remains as a charming period piece from the days when New York was overrun by gangsters dressed up in baseball uniforms or overalls – representing a version of the Big Apple during the bankrupt 70s that's turned out ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few 70s albums as a leader from reedman Ronnie Cuber – a player who'd already been making some great appearances on studio sessions with giants like George Benson, Mongo Santamria, and Lonnie Smith – as well as even a few Steely Dan records! But despite that ability to sound ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An 80s soul classic – and one of those records that never seems to get old! The set's the first album from Juicy – recorded when they were more of a group than a studio duo, and working here with production from Deodato – who gives their sound some nice jazzy touches! That's no ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is still in the shrinkwrap with a hype sticker.)
Malo may be evolving a bit, but they're still right in the pocket as far as we're concerned! This excellent west coast Latin ensemble mixes together jazz, funk, soul, and slight touches of Chicano rock – into a heavy groove that was one of the best-conceived at the time. Jorge Santana lays ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 70s classic from The Crusaders – and a record that has the group perfectly poised between the rougher soul jazz of their roots and some of the tighter styles they brought into play during the 70s! The sound here is heavily electric – thanks to great keyboards from Joe Sample ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —
Heat Wave ... LP Gordy, 1965. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Wonderfully romping grooves from one of Motown's first great groups – a stunning set of tracks that really put The Vandellas on the map! The title cut's one of those stormers that played for years on both sides of the Atlantic – and was a key inspiration to the UK soul scene too – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label Gordy pressing with deep groove. Back cover has a name in marker.)
A great collection of work by Lee – mostly from the mid 60s, packaged together here as a Memorial Album issued by Blue Note as part of a long tradition of such albums for jazz labels (more famous examples include those released for Wardell Gray or Clifford Brown by Prestige). Titles include ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear.)
A landmark album from The Crusaders – and a set that really has them sweetening up their groove with lots of tasty R&B touches! The guitar's a bit more pronounced in the mix on this one – setting up some tightly funky rhythms that almost seem to free up the horns even more for solo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic bit of Chicago soul by a group that always gets a bit overlooked in the city's soul history, probably because they weren't on a local label, like Curtom. The record includes their wonderful version of "Lucky Fellow", recorded a few years before Leroy Hutson's version, plus the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes —
To Be True ... LP Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunset issue of some of the sides that the O'Jays cut for Minit in the mid 60s – sounding quite different here than on their later Philly hits! They're working here in a more rough soul harmony style – sung with an incredible depth, and recorded with backings that really let the vocals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard Groove Holmes —
Misty ... LP Prestige, 1966. Very Good+ ...
One of the biggest hits of the 60s for Richard Groove Holmes – and for good reason too, given the title single of the record! After the success of Groove's version of "Misty" – originally issued in long form on the Soul Message album, but presented here as a shorter single ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from Latimore – possibly the king of the Miami soul scene of the 70s! The record's got him moving away from the blusier sound of his earlier days – in keeping with the direction he started on his second album – and it's got a lot of great electric piano riffing, plus ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A crisp, but funky set from Sister Sledge – produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic, who also lead the studio band – tight funky soul grooves all the way! After the dizzying heights of We Are Family, there might have been nowhere to go but down commercially, but Love ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-done showcase of Aretha's best early work for Atlantic Records – a collection that really gets at the deepest soul side of her style, and focuses on the transformation of sound that occurred when Franklin moved over to the label from Columbia. The set's overflowing with greatness ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Bill Cosby recalls the days of his youth in a set of classic routines that include "My Brother Russell", "Dogs", "Frogs", "My Father", "My Boy Scout Troup", and "Buck Jones" – all delivered with Fat Albert-era charm! Despite Albert's ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
THE lasting classic from Gloria Gaynor – the record that contains her tremendous hit "I Will Survive", and a great batch of disco grooves overall! The album's got a simple, honest sort of approach, despite its release in an era of overblown dancefloor sets – and arranger ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of early soul instrumentals from Monk Higgins! We've always had a soft spot for Monk Higgin's goofy arrangements of funky tracks – and this LP is a great mix of original material, plus Jimmy Webb songs, as might be implied by the title, and the cover photo, which has Monk ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a bit of marker.)
Landmark stuff, and a beautiful album that mixes soulful tracks with Donny's nascent jazz sensibility! The set's a key chapter in the history of soul music – a record that has Donny emerging from shadows of the Chicago studio scene to become one of the most promising soul artists of the 70s. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes —
Black & Blue ... LP Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Classic Philly soul from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest power pop albums ever recorded – a blistering batch of tight little rocking tunes that took pop music back to basics at the end of the 70s! The group have an almost Beatles-esque flair for the short catchy tune – but have also pumped up things nicely with a smoothly ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
A classic Crusaders side-project from the end of the 70s – featuring Stix on drums and percussion, plus lots of sweet keyboards from Joe Sample! The set features plenty of great guest work too – with west coast fusion luminaries that include Bobby Hutcherson, Alphonson Johnson, Todd ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing, with RVG Stereo stamp.)
A landmark album from Nina – one that broke down countless barriers with the classic tune "Four Women" – a righteous portrait of 4 different women and their struggles, unique for its time, and a key part of the early Women's Liberation movement! The rest of the album has a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard swinging orchestral session that's basically an Oliver Nelson project – and it's one of his best, we might add! The "Jazzhattan Suite" is a suite of tracks written as a tribute to New York. Titles of passages include "The East Side/The West Side", "125th & ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring big band work from trumpeter Maynard Ferguson – one of his key albums done with help from Brit Easy genius Keith Mansfield! Mansfield really helped Ferguson reinvent the sound of his big band at the end of the 60s – taking the sometimes modern, sometimes brassy sound of his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? Trane's work for Atlantic is still some of his best – and the versions of tunes on this album remain as some of the best-remembered tracks in his rich rich bag of songs. Titles include "Giant Steps", "Naima", "Cousin Mary", "Equinox", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Killer electric work from Herbie Hancock – right on par with his groundbreaking Headhunters set, but a bit spacier too! The album features a Headhunters-solid lineup – with Bennie Maupin on saxes, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – all ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Crawford turns his back on the cover of this sweet little set from Kudu – but the groove itself is very upfront, strongly in the best mix of funky jazz and club the label had going down into the late 70s! Arrangements are by David Matthews, who keeps things lean and mean, even when the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Cedar Walton with Abbey Lincoln —
Maestro ... LP Muse, 1980. Very Good+ ...
A very unusual set for Cedar – one that has him working with vocalist Abbey Lincoln, in a session that marks a high point for both of them at the time! Cedar's group on the set is in a very Eastern Rebellion mode – with Bob Berg on tenor, Billy Higgins on drums, and David Williams on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jamal's recorded here live at the Blackhawk in San Francisco – a club that always gave a warm welcome to pianists of any nature. The trio features Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – and tracks include Jamal's own "Night Mist Blues", plus "The Best ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear.)
Forget the "blues" in the title – because the set's as much a soul jazz cooker as any of Groove's classic records for Prestige! The format's a bit different than usual – in that Groove solos on Hammond over large arrangements by Onzy Matthews – in a sweet organ/big band ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet funky Crusaders – one of the first records the group made after dropping the "Jazz" from their name, and a soulful electric set through and through! The group still have that tightly-crafted soul jazz sound that made their late 60s recordings so great – but they're also ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Jazz Crusaders —
Uh Huh ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Killer Jazz Crusaders material – exactly the kind of record that really had the group coming into their own in the second half of the 60s – finding a rich new groove that few other combos could match! The record captures the group at a perfect time – a point when they were ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
70s album that compiles some of Clifford Brown's best moments for Blue Note – including sides that were recorded under the leadership of JJ Johnson and Lou Donaldson, plus a few from sessions under Brown's own name. Titles include "Wail Bait", "Hymn Of The Orient", "E ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A double-length set that features 2 Groove Holmes albums for Groove Merchant! First up is Night Glider – an album that has Groove's funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groove and Jug wail away in this classic set of tenor/organ tracks recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early 60s. The backing is spare, with only Gene Edwards on guitar and Leroy Henderson on drums, and tracks include "Morris The Minor", "Good Vibrations", "Hey You, What's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterful tribute from one bad cat to another – and easily one of Miles Davis' greatest electric albums ever! The album's got a powerful, epic sort of feel – a renewed focus after the looser style of Bitches Brew, and the 70s live albums – and one that mixes a deeper funky ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & some wear along the top seam.)
One of our favorites by King Crimson – and a record with a lot more jazz than some of their others! Players include Mel Collins on lots of flutes and saxes – plus guests Keith Tippett on piano, Mark Charig on cornet, and Harry Miller on bass! (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
The start of Ray Parker's big hit run of the 80s – a set that has the Raydio group stripped down to just a duo behind Ray, and Parker very firmly out in the lead on vocals! The title hit's a smooth standard that's kept on going for many years – just the kind of cut that crossed Ray ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great set of Stevie's best tracks for Motown! 3 LPs deep, with 40 tracks in all, mostly from the late 60s, with a handful of numbers from the early 70s, including a few goodies that are getting tougher to find on wax. Includes "Hey Love", "Angie Girl", "Yester-Me, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear & splitting. Vinyl plays with some clicks & crackles.)
Easy to dance your ass off with music this great – a fast, firey form of funk that's very much in the best Bohannon mode – that unique groove that was unlike anything else to hit the American scene for years to come! The record's a locomotive right from the start – a completely ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible batch of electric funk from Grover Washington Jr – easily one of his best albums ever! The record really picks up from the sweet CTI sound of the 70s – taking Bob James arrangements with a lot of space and electric keyboards, and letting Groover blow some wonderfully ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pink Floyd —
Wall ... LP Columbia, 1979. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderfully trippy record from The Beatles – filled with songs that have become classics, even though the initial package was designed for a movie that was one heck of a mess! The set's incredibly strong throughout – filled with some of the new post-Peppers ideas explored by the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great American-only album from the Rubber Soul generation – the last one made specifically for the US market because of the different release patterns in the US and UK – with a number of their greatest songs of the period! Features a bunch of classics, and it ultimately holds together ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear & aging.)
A 70s soul classic – and the closest that Gil Scott-Heron ever came to having a hit! The album's best known for its anthemic classic "Johannesburg" – one of the first popular tunes to really push the cause of a free South Africa – but the whole album's a winner, filled ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime modern jazz from Teddy – right up there with the best mid 50s work of other groundbreakers like Charles Mingus or George Russell, to whom Charles acknowledges more than a bit of inspiration! Charles plays vibes like no one else – especially at this point in his career, when he's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch & a gold promo stamp.)
Beautiful late work from alto genius Benny Carter – still sounding superb well into the 70s! Carter's deft work on his horn is a treat throughout – an alto that's almost handled with the fluidity of a clarinet – which was the more dominant reed instrument at the time that Benny ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benny Carter meets Oscar Peterson – two older giants from the Verve jazz scene of the 50s, recording here in loose quintet format three decades later! The album's got a format that's similar to some of the easy-flowing Verve dates from years back – no surprise, given that Norman Granz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. White label promo. Cover has a gold promo stamp.)
Jackie McLean & Dexter Gordon —
Meeting Vol 1 ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Near Mint- ...
A great meeting of two generations of jazz – and one that really blows the top off some of Dexter Gordon's other European sessions of the time! The setting here is definitely one that's more a Gordon-based date – long tracks with rhythm backing from a trio with Kenny Drew on piano, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Inner City. Cover has a cut corner.)
Obscure material by Stanley Turrentine – recorded in 1967, but not issued until 1979, and then only briefly! The album's got Stan working strongly in the Joyride style of his previous Blue Note hit – with larger arrangements from Duke Pearson, in a groove that sets Turrentine's tenor ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cecil Taylor and Archie Shepp – two key modern figures of the 60s, working here together in a seminal session recorded at the start of the decade! The album's approach is definitely dictated by Taylor – as the tunes have a piano-driven quality that's quite different than most music ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early 60s session by Cecil Taylor for Candid, and a record that's one of our favorites by him from the early years! Despite the seemingly odd use of the term "R&B" in the title, the record's actually got a sound that's a bit more soulful than usual for Cecil, with surprising use ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wickedly funky work from the Jazz Crusaders – a pivotal set that has them electrifying their groove a bit more from the 60s, yet still not hitting the smother sound of later years! The core soul jazz mode of the group's start is still nicely in place – hard-hitting grooves from Wayne ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donald Byrd's second foray into the "with voices" genre – done with the same arranging talents of Coleridge Perkinson, the lyrical modernist who made Donald's A New Perspective such a success! The group that plays with Byrd is excellent, and includes Freddie Roach, Herbie Hancock, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oscar Peterson —
Affinity ... LP Verve, 1962. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Affinity – a beautiful word to describe the Peterson trio on this set – as at the time of the recording, Oscar's piano was perfectly matched with the bass of Ray Brown and the drums of Ed Thigpen! The album's got a simple genius that's hard to describe adequately – especially as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful late work from Woody Shaw – perfectly honed, in the strident, stretching, soulful exploratory style of his best work in the 70s! The group's a quartet with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Stafford James on bass, Tony Reedus on drums, and Steve Turre joining Woody in the frontline – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky funky stuff from Jimmy Smith – a killer late 60s album cut in collaboration with Johnny Pate, who's very much at the height of his blackploitation power here! The backings are full, but in ways that are quite different than other Smith albums on Verve – such as the sides done ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slice of genius from Michel Legrand – one of his brilliant late 60s soundtracks, not as well remembered as, but cut during the same period as The Thomas Crown Affair. The soundtrack is probably best remembered for the incredible theme "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life" ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer CTI work from Joe Farrell – with grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very strong 2LP set that brings together Powell's last 5 sessions for Verve – haunting work recorded before a departure to Paris, and some of the most fascinating recordings of Powell's jagged career. The sides are quite tough to find on vinyl, and they're packaged here with the benefit of a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great little set from Zoot Sims – earthy, and almost a bit more fragile than much of his other work! There's a real "down home" feel to the whole record – as Zoot blows comfortably and easily in a quartet with Dave McKenna on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Dannie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album