A tasty Latin number from the 60s – recorded as one of a small handful of excellent Latin sides cut by Decca during the Latin Soul era! The record's kind of split down the middle, with half tracks that are in a straight Latin vein, and half tracks that are in a fiesty boogaloo style. The ... (Latin) read moreCD
Don Covay —
Funky Yo Yo ... CD Versatile/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ...
About April 22, 2019
Some of the rootsiest work ever cut by Don Covay – done for Versatile Records in the late 70s, but a fair bit rougher and more down home than his sides for Mercury or Atlantic in years past! Covay really returns to his roots for the record – and the backings are often spare, subtle, ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got some ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sunaga T Experience —
Suomenlinna ... CD Playwright (Japan), New Copy ...
About April 24, 2019
A dreamy soundtrack for an obscure Rock Hudson film – one that sports some really wonderful music from Ennio Morricone! The music here is occasionally topped with groovy vocals – often sung wordlessly in a "la la la" sort of mode by I Cantori Moderni, and set to ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Classic work from the legendary P&P Records label – created by one of the "P" talents who gave them their name – studio genius Patrick Adams, who mostly works here on his own under the name of Cloud One! Adams already had great success working with east coast soul groups ... (Soul) read moreCD
A mindblowing collection of work from Marvin Gaye – tracks recorded in the space right after What's Going On – many of which were never issued at the time! All this incredible material from 1972 has been brought together to create a stunning double-length album – one that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Gene Clark's first solo album after leaving the Byrds. One of the first examples of the Country rock genre, it featured the bluegrass harmonies of the Gosdin brothers. Tracks include "Echoes", "Tried So Hard", "Elevator Operator", and "Couldn't Believe Her". (Rock) CD
Killer work from a time when the Jamaican music scene was really coming into its own – served up here from the vaults of Federal Records, who were one of the key imprints helping capture the new Kingston sounds of the 60s! Federal already had roots in Jamaican jazz and other styles, which ... (Reggae) read moreCD
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The cold waves of color keep on coming – reminding us again and again that there's still so much more to discover from the early 80s underground! As with previous volumes, the focus here is on electronic work that's way different than mainstream pop of the period – often forged out of ... (Rock) read moreCD
A wonderful album from Popol Vuh – a set based on their initial soundtrack material for the Werner Herzog film of the same name, but one that also stretches out in a lot of new directions, too – with longer songs that really open up, although always strongly in the spirit of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A great step forward for Popul Vuh – a set that's still filled with all the amazing electronics of the group's previous records, but which also has even more focus and tunefulness too – yet all in a way that's still pretty darn far out overall! The album's got a slightly spiritual bent ... (Rock) read moreCD
The spooky soundtrack to Werner Herzog's remake of Nosferatu from the late 70s – featuring a spare, moody score that's quite different than some of Popul Vuh's other work. The music almost seems to bubble out of the ground like Nosferatu himself coming out of his coffin in the minutes after ... (Rock) read moreCD
A leaner lineup of Popul Vuh – mostly guitar and piano or keyboard lines, mixed with percussion – but a record that also has some of the group's most tuneful moments of the early 70s – and a sound that really shows them moving forward with a new sort of energy! Most of the tracks ... (Rock) read moreCD
The incredible first album from Popul Vuh – some of the coolest, moogiest work to come from the German scene in the early 70s – and a record that's filled with loads of wonderful analogue electronics – spun out over these long, spacey extrapolations – and magically mixed ... (Rock) read moreCD
Stereolab's second for Elektra, following strongly on their debut for the label – and one of their best ever! Mars Audiac Quintet is a brilliant batch of space age pop tunes, inflected with the genius ear for 60s classics that's always made the band so compelling to us, but done in a fresh ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sure, it's the group's major label debut – but it's also a stunning pop album that blows away most of its generation! Instead of being swallowed in the maw of Warner Brothers, Stereolab take up the challengs of greater professionalism – and hone their skills to an impeccable edge, ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Remastering overseen by Tim Gane.)
Greg Foat —
Mage ... CD Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
About May 3, 2019
An incredible run of music from a really legendary band – a quintet who were as important to the British folk scene as Fairport Convention – and one who worked with an equally hip sort of vibe! Where that group featured key work from a young Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny, this one ... (Rock) read moreCD
Sweetly soulful work from Gilberto Gil – an album that almost has him in the same sort of R&B-inspired territory as Marcos Valle's early 80s albums! Instrumentation includes a fair bit of keyboards and electric rhythms – all put together quite nicely by Gil, Lincoln Olivetti, and ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great album from the early 70s – one that has Sergio and crew doing Brazilian tracks with a bit of an LA studio feel – one that takes their older bossa groove into even more soulful territory! Dave Grusin and Tom Scott did the arrangements, both in the best styles of their key early ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 —
Stillness ... CD A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
About May 8, 2019
A real classic from Sergio Mendes – probably most famous for its funky bits! The record pushes past the formula of the earlier Brasil 66 albums, and goes for a more sophisticated approach that adds in some sweet electric moments, more complicated grooves, and an overall sound that's even ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 – a perfect bridge between the simple pop of earlier records, and the group's expanding sound as the 70s approached! The warmly glowing Brasil 66 style is still very strongly in place, but the music here is all a bit hipper – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 —
Look Around ... CD A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
About May 8, 2019
Dreamy bossa pop from the A&M studios of the 60s – the Brasil 66 sound at its best! The style here is a perfect blend of real Brazilian influences and some of the hipper styles bubbling in the LA studio scene of the time – all locked together perfectly by Sergio Mendes, in the twin- ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 —
Equinox ... CD A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
About May 8, 2019
The second album by Sergio and crew – and a real push forward for the group! The basic format of two-female harmony leads is still in place – but for some reason, this album gives a bit more of a nod to Brazilian roots than before, and really spices things up with an even more ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Keyboardist Patrick Gleeson was one of the best moog and Arp players of the mid 70s – and you'll hear his work on albums by greats like Charles Earland, Joe Henderson, Bennie Maupin, and others. This one, though, is a strange departure from his normal work, in that it's got Gleeson playing ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Togetherness ... CD Odd Funk (Netherlands), New Copy (reissue)...
About May 10, 2019
Lloyd McNeil —
Treasures ... CD Baobab/Soul Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy ...
About May 10, 2019
Excellent album by flautist Lloyd McNeil, with a number of long spiritual tracks that have a slightly modal vein to them. Dom Salvador plays piano, Cecil McBee plays bass, and the whole thing grooves nicely, with a sound that's right on the Strata East tip. Tracks include "Griot", " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A fantastic collection of offbeat country music songs from the postwar years – tunes that begin during the Korean War, end during Vietnam, and embrace a lot of Cold War anxiety in between! As with other titles from this great label – like the Hillbillies In Hell series – there's ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Sweet 70s fusion from John Tropea – a tightly-crafted album, but one that's never too slick, and which still has plenty of soul! Tropea's that rare breed who actually sounds better with a bit more polish – and he seems to draw magically from the high quality of studio support he gets ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A funky fusion classic from John Tropea – the great guitarist who cut a wealth of studio work for other players, and a rare few albums under his own name! This set's got a tight, yet soulful finish – very much in the spirit of the best work on CTI or Kudu during the mid 70s – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
John Tropea —
Tropea ... CD Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
About May 15, 2019
The first album from guitarist John Tropea – ace 70s session guitarist, but a surprisingly great leader and arranger in his own right too! Tropea's working here in a vibe that's clearly influence by the CTI sound – smooth but funky fusion – laid down in prime studio conditions, ... (Jazz) read moreCD