The second incredible album from Dyson's Faces – one of those underground 70s groups that should have been huge! The set's got a soaring sound that's even more righteous than the group's debut – a quality that glows wonderfully with the quartet's mix of male and female voices – a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Charles Earland —
Black Talk! ... LP Prestige/OJC, 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! During the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real killer from Earland! The record swings incredibly hard, with a tight jazzy groove that sounds like his early work for Prestige from the first few albums. The band includes lesser known players like trumpeter Elmer Coles, alto player James Vass, and conga player Kenneth Nash – but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great debut LP by a near-forgotten act that blossomed briefly at the end of the 60s folk-rock boom – and deserve more than sidebar status in the book of modern music history! Earth Opera incorporated many styles into a sound that may not seem uncommon today, but was idiosyncrastic and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing in a Uni Pak gatefold sleeve. Cover has an unglued top seam.)
Earth Wind & Fire —
All 'N All ... LP Columbia, 1977. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Genius, pure genius! It was hard for Earth, Wind & Fire to go wrong at this point – and the album's a stellar blend of jazz, funk, and soul, all done in that perfect style they'd hit by the mid 70s. And even though this one was a monster album, of the type that you see in everyone's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has edge wear.)
A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has ring & edge wear with some minor splitting.)
A really great little record – an overlooked gem from the jazzier side of the TK Records universe in the 70s – put together with loads of cool changes and warm instrumental elements! William Eaton's vocals are wonderful – kind of crackly and personal, and a great complement to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird album of solo piano stuff by the brilliant keyboardist from the Tamba Trio. Luiz runs through tracks by a wide variety of Brazilian composers, including Joao Donato, Edu Lobo, Egeberto Gismonti, Johnny Alf, and Radames Gnattali. Some cuts are spare and "out", some are more jazzy. ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has soeme wear, with some staining, waviness, seam splitting, and peeling along the bottom. Label has a small peeled mark.)
Harry Sweets Edison & Eddie Lockjaw Davis —
Jawbreakers ... LP Riverside, 1962. Near Mint- ...
Edison and Davis team up for this record that features Edison on trumpet, Davis on tenor sax, Hugh Lawson on piano, Ike Isaac on bass and Clarence Johnston on drums. Tracks include three Edison originals "Oo-ee!", "Jawbreakers", and "Moolah". The album also contains ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While not as sublime as Edwards' first solo LP, this second set from him is still a great set of mellow modern soul, with a very 80s approach to the production and arrangements. That said you know it's got a good bit of polish and some of the synth touches that are precisely that type of groove we ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Temptations' former lead singer's first solo record with a huge 80s groove album, especially considering the mighty title track – the duet with Siedah Garrett and it's sly reggae influenced bassline and crisp popping beat. This is one of those records we appreciate a lot more with the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic dub at Downing Street – a record that must have been quite a bold step during Thatcher's England! This landmark UK dub outing is headed by producer Winston Edwards with grooves from the Wellpack Band – all echoing out with a spacey quality that makes you feel like they're ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album by 8th Day – a record with a bit of a complicated pedigree, but a massive amount of 70s Detroit soul as well! The set was supposedly compiled to cash in on the group's hit single "She's Not Just Another Woman" – reportedly recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some moderate wear, clear tape and a bit of splitting on the bottom seam, and some wrinkling and light stains along part of the bottom.)
A bit confused at points, but one of the funkiest albums on Invictus! The 8th Day group was a loosely conceived batch of Detroit soul talents designed to cash in on a concept of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – but fortunately, they also included some wonderful talents that could make some ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some stains, pen on the back, a mostly split bottom seam, and some splitting on the other seams, with some pieces of tape along the top.)
Tight Latin Funk from El Chicano – a bit slicker than some of their earlier albums, and with tracks that are a tad weak, but there are still plenty of fine moments. The title track "Pyramid" is a wonderful Latin groover – all instrumental, and in a slow Chicano funk mode ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam. Label has some marker.)
A nice little session that features Roy with an expanded group – a core combo that features Oscar Peterson on organ and piano, Buddy Tate on tenor, Ray Brown on bass, and Barney Kessel on guitar, plus a larger set of string backings by George Williams. Tracks are short, with mostly solos by ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Before you ask, the cover doesn't feature pictures of these guys whacking each other over their heads with trumpets! Instead, it features Jazz At The Philharmonic material from 1952 – with long tracks that include "Jam Session Blues", "The Trumpet Battle", and a "Ball ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Norman Granz' Verve session. Take a host of players (Diz, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, Louis Bellson, and others), put them in the studio, and let them play long jam session versions of jazz and swing classics. This one's got 2 long tracks that each take up a side – "Funky ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Clef Series pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)
A great little fuzzy funky rock combo from the late 60s – one that uses electrified horns, fuzz bass, heavy guitars, and lots of organ and electric piano too! The grooves are mostly instrumentals and really revel in the intensity of the fuzz – a bit psychedelic at times, bluesy at ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a half split top seam and split bottom seam.)
An early moment of genius from The Electric Prunes – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were a cut above their contemporaries, and why Warner really backed them strongly right from the start! There's a depth here that rivals some of the group's Sunset Strip contemporaries ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color mono pressing. Cover has some wear, staple holes in one corner, and some pen on back.)
A much-needed entry in the too-short career of The Electric Prunes – a rare live performance from the late 60s, and material that's arguably even more hard-burning than most of their studio work at the time! There's plenty of fuzz and a fair bit of freak going on – and the group are ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solid second album from New Zealand electro soul combo Electric Wire Hustle – and a subtle, but still pretty progressive step away from the more sample-flavored, beat-driven debut! Love Can Prevail has just a bit more of an abstract, electronics-accented approach to the production – ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ring & edge wear with a cutout hole.)
Eleventh House with Larry Coryell —
Aspects ... LP Arista, 1976. Near Mint- ...
Funky fusion with some really hard-ripping guitar from Larry Coryell – a mainstream masterpiece from the Eleventh House ensemble! The set's got a tight sound that puts Coryell's guitar in the forefront, but which also respects contributions from members that include Gerry Brown on drums, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has a cut corner, promo sticker, and light wear.)
Very groovy work from this Columbian duo – two female singers who work with some surprisingly cool arrangements that are often a mix of Sunshine Pop and subtle funk – a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 at their best! Arranger Jimmy Salcedo handled the backings, and they've got ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Think what you may about this groove-patched hipster – we still think he's one of the best jazz vocalists of our time! Kurt Elling's carrying a torch that few other singers could handle – a direct line back to the genius male jazz vocal work of singers like Mark Murphy and Jon ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Duke's Big 4 here are a quartet of jazz legends – Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson – all working with Duke himself to serve up unique small combo versions of older Ellington full band classics! The mix of piano, guitar, bass, and drums is a bit unusual for Ellington – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three slices of rare work by Duke Ellington – all recorded previously as semi-private recordings, and issued here in a short-lived 70s set! As you'd guess by the title, the tracks are all in "suite" form – that broader compositional style that dominated Ellington's later work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare live material from Duke Ellington – first issued back in the 70s, but undoubtedly recorded decades before! The set's got a nicely gritty feel – that Ellington orchestra approach before they'd gotten too sure of themselves, and had lots of sharp edges – as you'll hear in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Duke Ellington work from the late 50s – written and recorded during a period in which he was reemerging with a stronger jazz vision than ever before! The set was written by Ellington and Strayhorn – and dedicated to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario – but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges —
Side By Side ... LP Verve, 1959. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A great little session that builds on the strength of Johnny Hodges' small group 50s sessions for Verve – and which lets Duke Ellington in on some of the action! The format is nicely stripped-down throughout – featuring Hodges in sextet and septet formation with players that include ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Vintage vibes from Cal Tjader – rare non-Fantasy work of the 50s, with either Hank Jones or Richard Wyands on piano! Don Elliott plays vibes too – and a bit of trumpet and mellophone – and each artist gets a side of the record. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Vinyl has some light discoloration from pressing, but sounds great – and cover is great too!)
An album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented directions! The group's still a bit band on most numbers – but it's one with a lean, well-craft ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Compelling early work from trumpeter Don Ellis – and a set that's almost equally great for the presence of Jaki Byard on piano! The work's quite different than some of Ellis' other material – a bit more sharp and stark, and played by a group that includes Byard on piano, Al Francis on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(90s OJC pressing. Cover has a small sticker on back.)
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great comeback for The Emotions – a post-Columbia album issued after a few years away from the business – but one that still has the girls' very much at the top of their game! The record's got a wonderful feel that's quite different from other directions the group might have pursued ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of two albums the Emotions cut for Stax/Volt – both much rootsier than their later hit recordings at Columbia, with a raw soul groove that reaches back to the girls' roots as an indie soul act. This one's got arrangements by Isaac Hayes that work perfectly for the record – tight, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ringwear, split seams, and a name in pen and a drip stain on back.)
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure, but damn great punk record made in the early 80s by Empire – formed by Bob "Derwood" Andrews and Mark Laff, formerly of Generation X – made right around the time their ex-bandmate Billy Idol was conquering becoming a mainstream star with unapologetically ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool early work from Bob Enevoldsen – featuring the leader on both trombone and tenor – in a group with Howard Roberts on guitar and Marty Paich on piano! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing! Cover has light wear, and one small stain in a corner – but this is a nice copy overall.)
Brigth Engelberts & The BE Movement —
Tolambo Funk ... LP Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
Rare late 70s Afro soul from Cameroonese bassist and singer Brigth Engelberts – insistent, hypnotic and danceable grooves that points the way to myriad trends in soul in the decade to come, well beyond easily categorizable Afro funk & soul! Some numbers have a punchier, hypnotic rhythmic ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
England Dan & John Ford Coley —
Fables ... LP A&M, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A rare groover from drummer Bill English – Dionne Warwick's husband during part of the 60s, and a great little player in his own right! The set's one of the rare few hardbop sides cut for the Vanguard label – and it's got a crack quintet lineup that features horn work by Dave Burns on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album from The English Beat – and not only is it one of the most essential of the English ska revival era of the late 70s and early 80s – it's one the most enduring records of 1980 in any genre! The English Beat, like the best of their peers, used ska and rocksteady ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing document of one of the grooviest groups to emerge from the UK at the start of the 80s – not just their three full albums, but almost as much rare bonus material as well! The English Beat came a bit later than the initial wave of Two Tone ska revival groups – and they came ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of best ever albums by The English Beat – one that cemented their status as one of the most creative groups to come out of the ska revival scene! Wha'ppen has lots of fresh instrumentation and experimentation – but that's in service of some tight, insistent songcraft – and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Doors Of Your Heart", "Twist & Crawl", "Tears Of A Clown", "Save It For Later", "Best Friends", "I Confess", and "Stand Down Margaret". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Alhaji Dauda Epo Akara & His Awurebe Sound —
Revolution 1 ... LP Awurebe (Nigeria), Mid 70s. Good ...
(Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has marks, and plays with some crackles, but still nice and loud overall. Center hole is slightly larger, but record plays fine once centered.)
Equipe 84 —
Equipe 84 ... LP Vedette/Contempo (Italy), 1965. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Great beat group sounds from the 60s Italian scene – a debut set from 1965, and one that wasn't far behind the sound of London at the time! Eqiupe 84 sing in Italian, but draw plenty of inspiration from the Anglo world – including a very tuneful approach to their music that's equal ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Only the second album from this groovy Italian group of the 60s – but a set that already has them growing in leaps and bounds! The sound here is much trippier than before – lots of cool production touches that make the guitar and vocals especially echoey – and strong use of organ ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album of sweet soul – and one recorded by a bunch of prisoners at the Rahway Correctional Facility! This was the group's second album, and by this point, three of the members had left prison – hence the "3 Down, 4 To Go" title – but that change in status doesn't ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Coke Escovedo —
Coke ... LP Mercury, 1975. Very Good ...
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Chicago soul recorded under the aegis of the great Bill Bunky Sheppard! The group was one of the best that worked with Sheppard – and they really take advantage of his odd way of producing harmonies, in the style that he'd worked out earlier in the 60s with The Sheppards. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice nice set of some of Esquivel's best moments from his late-50s/early-60s RCA recordings! The cover's got Juan Garcia on the front, looking very cool, and the record includes a dozen groovy numbers that are the epitome of space age bachelor pad chic: "Poinciana", "Guadalajara" ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label stereo pressing with a cutout notch.)
One of the maestro's greatest! From the instruments spiraling off to infinity on the cover, to the tracks played in the unique crazy Esquivel "wah wah" style, the album stands as one of the finest examples of (and obstacle courses for) modern high fidelity – a really dynamic set of ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear and a half split top seam.)
Rare work by this obscure soul group from the US Marines – as you might guess from their uniforms on the cover! The great Anita Essex is in the lead, with great harmonies from the male members of the lineup. (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splt seams lined with clear tape.)
Esthetic Species —
Listen ... LP Queen City, Mid 70s. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Features Joyce Gabriel on piano, Grover Mooney on drums, Tom Banta on voice, and Bud Hunt on bass. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl has two short clicks.)
Soulful contemporary Jamaican grooves from Etana – warm, breezy and beautifully sung numbers rooted in Rastafarian spiritual vibes, and timelessly produced by Dragonaires legend Clive Hunt! Etana's voice is lovely and steeped in soul, and Hunt's production blends classic inspiration and a ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Bill Evans trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – a near-perfect lineup that forever raise the bar for jazz piano expression! The title here is certainly apt – because even though many of the tunes are shortish, Evans has a sense of exploration in the way he's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real standout in the Bill Evans catalog for Riverside – and that's saying a lot, given how important all of his Riverside albums are! The session's a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some wear, with a promo ink stamp, name in marker, and some small tears on the back paste-on.)