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A Certain RatioACR – Live In America ... LP
Dojo (UK), 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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 – featuring the best recordings of the groups better known songs from throughout the tour – and all the better for it. The sound is almost stunningly strong – and really comes off with the unified feel of a single set. Tracks include "Shack Up", "Knife Slits Water", "Wild Party", "Touch", "Life's A Scream", "The Fox" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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A Certain RatioLife's A Scream/There's Only This ... 12-inch
Factory (UK), Early 80s. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $14.99
ACR's tightening things up a bit by this point, but still sounding quite nice! "Life's A Scream" is actually a pretty catchy dancefloor number – not as scratchy/punky as earlier work, and with a clean and fluid groove that's quite soulful, yet still has the darker touches of earlier work. "There's Only This" is moodier and more atmospheric, with nice guitar bits and piano lines that ring out amidst the dark vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(With obi!)

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✨✧ Swing Out SisterIt's Better To Travel ... CD
Mercury, 1987. Used ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly great guilty pleasure from the 80s – the first album from Swing Out Sister, recorded when all the excitement of the UK post punk scene had just about faded, and most of the groups had left their exciting early roots behind. Enter these guys, picking up the last shreds of jazzy bossa from the generation that included ACR and Weekend – slicking things up a bit with a dose of inspiration from Sade, and coming up with some great tunes like the hit single "Breakout". Other tunes include "Twilight World", "Blue Mood", "After Hours", "Fooled By A Smile", and "It's Not Enough". CD

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✨✧ VariousCherrystones – Critical Mass/Splinters From The Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978 to 1984 ... CD
Touch Sensitive, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Cherrystones name is one that we've long been able to trust for funky rock from a variety of generations – early twang of the 50s, garage of the 60s, and psych of the 70s – and this time around, the magical Cherrystones ears are turned towards the post-punk underground of the late 70s and early 80s – and serve up a wonderful range of tunes we've mostly never heard before! The Cherrystones love of a groove is still very strongly intact – and instrumentation runs from skittish punky guitars to colder synth wave keyboards – but always delivered with a short, sharp style that keeps things moving along nicely. Stylistically, imagine the funkier work on early 80s labels like Rough Trade, 99 Records, or Disques Du Crepuscule – or maybe early ACR on Factory – all of which are good comparisons. There's plenty of obscure gems here – even at a time when lots of other work from this time has been reissued – and titles include "Fan Fan Fanatisch" by Rheingold, "War Machine" by The Tee Vees "Kate" by Chandra, "The Beat Goes On" by The Transistors, "Quincunx" by Dojoji, "White Night" by The Lines, "Permanent" by Fote, and "Heat Of Violence" by 39 Clocks. CD

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✨✧ VariousCherrystones – Critical Mass/Splinters From The Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978 to 1984 (with download) ... LP
Touch Sensitive, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The Cherrystones name is one that we've long been able to trust for funky rock from a variety of generations – early twang of the 50s, garage of the 60s, and psych of the 70s – and this time around, the magical Cherrystones ears are turned towards the post-punk underground of the late 70s and early 80s – and serve up a wonderful range of tunes we've mostly never heard before! The Cherrystones love of a groove is still very strongly intact – and instrumentation runs from skittish punky guitars to colder synth wave keyboards – but always delivered with a short, sharp style that keeps things moving along nicely. Stylistically, imagine the funkier work on early 80s labels like Rough Trade, 99 Records, or Disques Du Crepuscule – or maybe early ACR on Factory – all of which are good comparisons. There's plenty of obscure gems here – even at a time when lots of other work from this time has been reissued – and titles include "Fan Fan Fanatisch" by Rheingold, "War Machine" by The Tee Vees "Kate" by Chandra, "The Beat Goes On" by The Transistors, "Quincunx" by Dojoji, "White Night" by The Lines, "Permanent" by Fote, and "Heat Of Violence" by 39 Clocks. LP, Vinyl record album
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Afro Latin Vintage OrchestraPulsion ... CD
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A darker groove than usual from this hip European combo – a record that still has their commitment to global sounds at its core, but which also comes across with these great 70s electric modes too – almost echoes of Dark Magus Miles Davis and Sextant Herbie Hancock – thanks to loads of cool keyboards and fuzzed-out production! The acoustic elements resonate wonderfully with the electric ones – so that percussion, bass, horns, and strings add a rich organic level next to the guitar, Fender Rhodes, and Wurlitzer – blending beautifully with a musical vision that really surprises us, given the earlier work from this group – a much richer sound, and one that's got us loving them way more than before. Titles include "Kagemusha", "Rituel", "Pulsion", "Complot", "Shaman", "Drama", "En Sursis", "Code Panthera", "French Connexion", "Homo Analog", and "Resurrection". CD

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Allman Brothers BandReach For The Sky ... LP
Arista, 1980. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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(Cover has a few creases, including one across the bottom.)

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Earl AnderzaOuta Sight ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good+ ... $28.99
A lost treasure from the glory days of the LA soul jazz bop scene of the early 60s! Alto player Earl Anderza has this crazy tone that's unlike anything we've ever heard – and he plays with a calculated approach to atonality that hints at later work by Ayler and others – but which comes across here a lot more straight ahead. Unlike Ayler, Anderza is backed by a tight soul jazz combo that includes stunning work by pianist Jack Wilson, one of our all-time favorite players – working here on both straight piano and electric harpsichord – which has a very crazy sound! Other players include George Morrow and Jimmy Bond on bass, plus Donald Dean on drums – and titles include "Blues Baroque", "Freeway", "Benign", and a great version of Wilson's modal classic "Outa Sight"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear.)

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Vince AndrewsHey, Vince ... LP
Gerard, Mid 80s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of a number of excellent self-produced albums by Vince Andrews – sax player, singer, and all around entertainer from the Ohio scene! The album's got Vince working in a variety of styles – from mellow soul to straight jazz, often augmented with unique touches – and although the record's got a bit of 80s synth on most of the cuts, it comes across with a well crafted soulfulness that gets past any of the cheap slickness that might have been intended. Titles include "Let The Children Play", "Inseparable", "I'm On My Way", "In The Bag", and "Hey Vince". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small discolored spots.)

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Horace AndyIn The Light (plus In The Light Dub) ... CD
Hungry Town/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Horace Andy's holding an acoustic guitar on the cover, but the record's got some searing electric lines in the mix – really bringing this sharp edge to the already-great rhythms behind Andy's famous vocals! Horace is one of the few cats who can sing in the higher end of the vocal register, yet still come across with a totally badass vibe – thanks partly to the righteous message in his lyrics, and the hip-tripping grooves on the tracks – which could make just about any element sound great, and only reinforce the greatness of the Horace Andy style! The album's a stone classic, and for good reason – and titles include "Leave Rasta", "Do You Love My Music", "Hey There Woman", "Government Land", "Problems", "In The Light", and "Collie Herb". CD also includes the seminal In The Light Dub – one of those cases where a dub album contains all the brilliance of the original set around which it was based – yet comes across with a completely different sound altogether! The original record was focused strongly on the soulful currents of Horace Andy's voice – but the dub set is predominantly instrumental, which buries a bit of the political message in the lyrics – yet seems to paint the same sort of social pictures with the power of its sounds – a rich palette of rhythms, electronics, and effects – often with a darkness that's unspeakable in words, but incredibly powerful at a sonic level. Titles include "Dub There", "Government Dub", "Rasta Dub", "Fever Dub", "Dub The Light", "Dub Down Rome", and "I & I". CD

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Horace AndyIn The Light Dub ... LP
Hungry Town/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 16.98
One of those rare cases where a dub album contains all the brilliance of the original set around which it was based – yet comes across with a completely different sound altogether! The original record was focused strongly on the soulful currents of Horace Andy's voice – but the dub set is predominantly instrumental, which buries a bit of the political message in the lyrics – yet seems to paint the same sort of social pictures with the power of its sounds – a rich palette of rhythms, electronics, and effects – often with a darkness that's unspeakable in words, but incredibly powerful at a sonic level. Titles include "Dub There", "Government Dub", "Rasta Dub", "Fever Dub", "Dub The Light", "Dub Down Rome", and "I & I". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersRed Black & Green ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Seminal early funk work from Roy Ayers! The record catches him at that perfect point when he was turning from a straight jazz player into a sinister force in 70s funk – and the group on the session includes super-hip soul jazz giants like Charles Tolliver, Sonny Fortune, and Harry Whitaker, running through short hip soul tracks that were very different than the style of music they were laying out on albums of their own. Roy's on organ, piano, vibes, and vocals – and he also handles the arrangements, with extra help on strings by William S Fischer, whose usual dark touches come across very well here. The album features some great soul covers – like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Day Dreaming" – plus the original tracks "Cocoa Butter", "Rhythms of Your Mind", and "Red Black & Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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Derek Bailey/George Lewis/John ZornYankees ... CD
Celluloid, 1983. Used ... $6.99
Spare improvisations from this transatlantic trio of avant jazzers – Derek Bailey on guitar, George Lewis on trombone, and John Zorn on alto, soprano sax, and clarinets! Despite the avant-rock stylings of other work on Celluloid at the time, this one's got a spare, free sound that's very much in keeping with the best work by the players on other labels at the time – coming across more like a record on Parachute or Incus than some of the sloppier crossovers that usually hit the decks on Celluloid. Surprisingly strong all the way through, with titles that include "City City City", "The Warning Track", "On Golden Pond", and "The Legend Of Enos Slaughter". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Dave BakerGlow Of Love (orig, Waxist dub) ... 12-inch
Favorite (France), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A killer bit of funky club – a tune that seems to echo the famous "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" in its groove, but which comes across with this lean, indie feel – as Dave Baker bumps the lyrics along this cool blend of stepping bass and keyboards! There's a slight spacey feel to the groove, which gets augmented a bit more in the dub – as does the bottom-end too! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Count Basie88 Basie Street (2LP 180 gram 45 RPM) ... LP
Pablo/Analogue Productions, 1983. Sealed 2LP ... $149.99
Very fluid later work from Count Basie – a set that has that nice open-ended Pablo Records approach, but which still comes across with that brilliant Basie groove that first emerged most strongly in the 50s! Players are a mix of young and old, and the group includes Grover Mitchell and Booty Wood on trombones, Sonny Cohn and Jim Crawford on trumpets, John Williams on baritone, Eric Dixon on tenor and flute, Kenny Hing on tenor, Chris Woods on alto and flute, Joe Pass on guitar, and Cleveland Eaton on bass. Tracks are on the long side, and titles include "88 Basie Street", "Bluesville", "The Blues Machine", "Contractor's Blues", "Katy", and "Sunday At The Savoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition #0261.)

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Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy ... $3.99
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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BeatlesLet It Be ... LP
Apple, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group. Includes the genius cuts "I Dig A Pony", "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe", "I Me Mine", "One After 909", "For You Blue", and "Let It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red Apple label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)

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Aaron BellAfter The Party's Over ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good ... $7.99
An obscure 50s session from bassist Aaron Bell – one of the player's few dates as a leader, cut at a time when he was working in Duke Ellington's group of the decade! As with some of Duke's other bassists, Bell's got a strongly pronounced tone – one that came through great in big group setting, and which really shines even more here – working in a mostly piano trio setting, and coming across with a good sense of bounce and soul. The album features Bell in a few different groups – with players who include Hank Jones or Charlie Bateman on piano, Ed Thigpen or Elvin Jones on drums, and a bit of extra trombone from Tyree Glenn. Bell even plays a bit of added tuba on a few tunes – using the instrument in a way that's not too different from his bass – and titles include "After The Party Blues", "Cool", "Party Blues", "Kumquat", "All The Way", "Love Nest", and a 2-part version of "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Living Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

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Benny SingsStudio ... CD
Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s electro soul, but mixed with a warmer vibe that comes across really well – a mode in which Benny's never trying to push himself too much, but comes across with a sense of soul that's really great – this easygoing vibe that has him sliding along nicely with the gentle beats and keyboards. Titles include "Straight Lines", "My Favourite Game", "The Beach House", "Black & Blue", "Don't Make Me Dance", and "Shoebox Money", which also features Mayer Hawthorne. CD
Also available Studio (with download) ... LP 17.99

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Benny SingsStudio (with download) ... LP
Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $17.99
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s electro soul, but mixed with a warmer vibe that comes across really well – a mode in which Benny's never trying to push himself too much, but comes across with a sense of soul that's really great – this easygoing vibe that has him sliding along nicely with the gentle beats and keyboards. Titles include "Straight Lines", "My Favourite Game", "The Beach House", "Black & Blue", "Don't Make Me Dance", and "Shoebox Money", which also features Mayer Hawthorne. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Studio ... CD 14.99

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Mark BinelliDetroit City Is The Place To Be – The Aftermath Of An American Metropolis (hardcover) ... Book
Metropolitan, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99 28.00
A fascinating look at this great American city – a powerhouse of production in the middle 20th Century, and one of the bigger urban quandaries in the years that followed – all captured with care and complexity by author Mark Binelli! The approach here is less lachrymose than you might expect – as the positive (although slightly ironic) tone of the title is echoed in Binelli's sympathy for the changes and struggles Detroit has experienced – and its ability to keep coming back in differing ways to find a path forward. There's a great grass roots style to most of the writing – personal, on the ground accounts of the city and key moments – and among the small genre of city narratives, this is certainly one of the best books we've come across. Over 300 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Black WidowSacrifice ... LP
United Artists, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
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(180 gram UK pressing on Repertoire.)

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Art BlakeyDrum Suite (French pressing) ... CD
Columbia (France), 1956/1957. Used ... $8.99
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") that has Blakey and Jo Jones on drums, joined by Sabu Martinez on bongos and Charles Wright on tympani and gong. Ray Bryant snakes some soulful piano through the set and Oscar Pettiford is on bass and cello – and the overall feeling of the side is similar to some of Blakey's work in the format for Blue Note – like the albums Afro-Drum Orgy or Holiday for Percussion. Side two has straight hard bop, played by Blakey's 1957 combo that included Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman – and the group grooves hard on a classic reading of "Nica's Tempo", plus the cuts "D's Dilemma" and "Just For Marty". CD features 3 bonus tracks – unedited versions of "Lil'T" and "The New Message"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Blue JugBlue Jug ... CD
Capricorn/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $21.99
One of the most obscure records from the early 70s run on Capricorn Records – and a set with nicely deep corners that really live up to the promise of the label! These guys look like a bunch of hillbillies on the cover – an aspect that's maybe inferred by the "jug" in their name, too – but they work in some of the more sophisticated blends of styles coming out of the southern scene at the time – bits of rock and country, plus maybe a bit of soul, all wrapped around each other at the American Studios in Memphis – and delivered with a simple, no-nonsense quality that's neither trying to be too earnest, nor trying to crack the charts. These guys come across exactly as they appear on the cover – unabashed, and really only trying to live in a world where they're comfortable with themselves – which makes for a mighty nice album overall. Tracks include "Sugar Man", "Education", "Hard Luck Jimmy", "When The Moon Rises", "A Miner's Song", "Take A Little Time", and "Come On To Town Ned". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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BlundettoWorld Of Blundetto (with download) ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The world of Blundetto is a mighty groovy one – filled with dubby rhythms, funky touches, and some of the sharpest underground production around! This album's a real standout in a world of kicked-back rhythms – never too sleepy, never too sloppy – and always thoughtfully done with this undercurrent of careful composition that comes across in this very subtle way. So while the beats snake out slowly, and the basslines echo a Kingston vibe, there's also these richer currents in the songs that come through beautifully – and resonate a lot stronger than usual for this kind of set. The core Blundetto sound is augmented by an array of guests – including Shawn Lee, Akale Horns, John Milk, Pupajim, Biga Ranx, Marina, and others – and titles include "Work", "Hands For Silver", "Last Broken Bones", "Move Me", "Matanza", "Only One Stand", and "Seed Balls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card & stickers.)
 
 
 



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