A later live set by the pioneering funk-steeped punks A Certain Ratio – a surprisingly terse set that finds the group operating as a well-oiled machine! It's compiled from cassette recordings that the group culled on its 1985 US tour, apparently when they were opening for New Order – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Includes the classic "Voulez-Vous", plus "Does Your Mother Know", "Lovers", "Angeleyes", "I Have A Dream", "The King Has Lost His Crown", and "If It Wasn't For The Nights". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful album from Muhal – with all the soulful spiritualness of his best 70s work, more stripped down than later orchestrated efforts, and with a gentler more intimate approach than earlier work. The set is mostly solo piano – although Abrams also plays some occasional percussion ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cut corner and a promo sticker.)
Strong dancefloor funk from ADC Band – one of the tightest combos of their generation, and a group who manage to skirt the worlds between 80s club and more jamming funk. There's a much smoother sound here than the group had in their roots, and the focus here is on plenty of bass and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost chapter in the Cannonball/David Axelrod story! The record features Cannon's classic quintet performing some longer, more serious works with orchestral backing – and the sound is vaguely similar to some of Axelrod's "high concept" work for Capitol. The record features ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early work from Cannonball Adderley – recorded way before the funky years, when he was a hard-wailing soulful soloist with a lot of bop in his style! Cannon's paired here with brother Nat, a good companion even at this early stage – and the two of them solo in front of a large ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing. Cover has wear and splitting. Vinyl has oxidation that causes surface noise.)
With Sonny Fortune on alto, Larry Willis on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Includes a great version of "Book's Bossa" – plus "Blue Autumn", "Tallahassee Kid", "Fifth Labor Of Hercules", and "For Duke & Cannon". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
From what we remember about the story of this film, the original score was supposedly written by Bernard Herrman, then discarded – although we're not sure if that story's actually true. Whatever the case, John Addison does a surprisingly nice job with this one – and his music for the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some surface wear and some splitting at the bottom of the spine.)
King Sunny Ade —
Message ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ...
King Sunny Ade & His African Beats —
Check E ... LP Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ...
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)
King Sunny Ade & The New African Beats —
Jealousy ... LP Atom Park (Nigeria), 1987. Fair ...
One of the few recorded meetings of alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and pianist Toshiko Akioshi in the studio – quite strange given that they were a couple at the time! The session's easily one of the last great American sessions by either player – a work that shows Mariano's alto ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby reissue pressing from the 70s. Back cover has splash stains.)
There's a rich array of great solo work on this album by the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big band – performances by Gary Foster, Bill Reichenbach, Tom Peterson, Emil Richards, Steven Huffstetter, and Tabackin and Akiyoshi themselves. The album's a set of original tracks by Toshiko, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early masterpiece from the team of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin – big band tracks written and arranged by Toshiko, and played to perfection by a group that includes Bobby Shew, Don Rader, Mike Price, Dick Spencer, and the great Gary Foster. Titles include "Opus Number Zero" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band —
Road Time ... LP RCA, 1976. Very Good 2LP ...
A great little live set from the glory days of the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band – a series of performances from Japan, recorded in 1976, all featuring the ensemble at its best! The double-length nature of the record takes the group even farther than usual – really letting ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a mostly split top seam.)
The title's compelling – and kind of makes you think that this might be one of the pair's more avant-leaning albums – but the overall groove is heavy big band swing, in the manner that Tabackin and Akiyoshi did best together. The record features 6 longish tracks, all with a strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a few small spots of residue.)
Alan Parsons Project —
I Robot ... LP Arista, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the grooviest albums ever from Brit Easy pianist Ronnie Aldrich – filled with groovy late 60s tunes, and handled with some slightly funky and mod-styled backings that make the album groove a lot more than most of Ronnie's other work! The set's played by Ronnie and his "two ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album by this excellent all-female San Francisco jazz combo – a live date that's even more cooking than their debut! As before, there's a sweetly breezy style to the record – that hip SF sound of the 70s – with echoes of Braziliana and soul amidst the group's jazzier ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
A return to Stax by Rance Allen – his first album for the label after a stellar set for Capitol, and a much smoother set than before! Rance has learned from his work with Larry Mizell on Capitol, and is using a warmer glide on his tracks on this set – arrangements mostly done by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album to celebrate Steve Allen's move to Monday night on TV – and one that also showcases his sponsor Plymouth on the cover! Includes versions of Allen's themes to "Bell Book & Candle" and "Houseboat". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
The famous author/disc jockey/comedian/talk show host lays down an album of moody jazzy piano, with light tinkling ivories over a lush large orchestra. The music's mostly standards, but there's a couple Steve Allen originals: "Tonight", "Candlelight" and "Stay Just a ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early, rootsy Mose Allison sides, mostly instrumental, bluesy piano trio numbers, but Mose busts out with some vocals on an early version of his signature tune "Parchman Farm" and "Lost Mind", and a spot of trumpet on "Trouble In Mind" . He's joined by Addison ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has some wear and two bent corners.)
Herb Alpert —
Rise ... LP A&M, 1979. Very Good ...
A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's first-ever album – a runaway hit that was the birthplace of so many groovy things – not just the start of the Tijuana Brass sound, also the birth of A&M Records! The album's the first to feature Herb's trademark take on the Mexican band style – done here with a ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
SRO ... LP A&M, 1966. Very Good ...
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The genius of this set is summed up in the tune "Magic Trumpet" – perhaps one of the best estimations of Herb's talents we could think of! The tune, like the entire album, is a fluid bit of magic that takes an older brass-driven mode into the far groovier styles of the 60s – ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real turning point in the career of Gene Ammons – a record that almost returns Ammons to his earthier roots, and in the process helps build up a whole new sound in soul jazz for the 60s! The "Jug" nickname in the title is kind of a joking way to help Ammons stand alongside "M ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those shady little sessions that Gene Ammons cut for Argo when he wasn't supposed to be recording for anyone but Prestige – and a great album that never got full circulation because of contract difficulties. The group on the album features organist Eddie Buster, who'd backed Jug or ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, light wear and a tracklist sticker that is mostly removed.)
70s live material from singer Ernestine Anderson – half from the Concord Jazz Festival, half from a London performance at Ronnie Scott's – hence the title! The first half has this swinging jazz festival vibe – Ernestine really reaching out to win over the crowd with her charms, ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Apollo 100 —
Joy ... LP Mega, Late 60s. Very Good ...
A real treat for the 2001 generation! Apollo 100 takes Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring", and gives is a jazzy electric keyboard reading – kind of a perfect bit of fluffy pop for a generation that was already digging the classical/easy experiments of the Swingle Singers and ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as sublime as their first LP, but still a nice batch of modern pop sound collage. More traditional song structures are poking through the cool po-mo facade here. With "Opus 4", "Eye Of A Needle", "Backbeat", "Instruments Of Darkness", "Peter ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full length album recorded by the legendary Association – a classic bit of Sunshine Pop that would forever change the sound of the 60s! Although familiar, the album's got an amazing depth that still never fails to surprise today – odd production twists and turns, courtesy of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Long lean groovers from Brian Auger and the Oblivion Express group – recorded with a slightly freer feel than some of the group's earlier albums, and an approach that has them stretching out nicely! Brian still sings a bit on some tracks, but there seems to be more of a focus than before on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring organ work from Brian Auger's Oblivion Express – and arguably the greatest album he ever cut with this post-Trinity group! The sound here is clean and lean – with Brian himself on a mix of organ, piano, and moog – really hitting a nice jazz funk mode that drops some of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of mid 70s jazz rock – from an obscure combo that features work by fusion legend Todd Cochrane Bayete! Bayete recorded two wonderful albums for Prestige before this set – and although the record has him moving into a much more rock-based style than on his fusion sessions, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has moderate wear & a cut corner.)
Sublime mid 70s work from The Average White Band – and a record that really has the group deepening their groove a bit – moving past the heavier funk of their roots, into some mellower grooves that are totally great! There's a great undercurrent of jazz in some of the playing here ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky classic from the team of Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson – both at the top of their game here, and effortlessly mixing together jazz, funk, and soul! The record really seems to embrace the best of both artists' styles – some of the bassy groovers that Wayne did so well himself, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ayewa International Gospel Singers —
Olorun Iye ... LP Ogo Oluwakitan Trading Co (Nigeria), 1988. Very Good- ...
Obscure bluesy soul, recorded for Imperial, but sounding more like something that should have been on their Minit subsidiary. Oddly, there's no picture of Baby Ray on the cover, leaving us to find him even more mysterious than before – especially since we've never seen any other records by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole.)