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✨✧ Swamp ChildrenSo Hot (plus Singles) ... CD
Factory/LTM (UK), Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The complete works of Swamp Children – a wonderfully jazzy UK combo who were the immediate precursors to the group Kalima! Swamp Children were a real bright spot in the darkness of the post-punk years – as they worked in a warm array of basslines and percussion – clearly influenced by Latin and Brazilian music, but also inflecting things with sweet jazzy tones that had a bit of a west coast 70s vibe. Martin Moscrop of A Certain Ration played percussion in the group – but there's very little resemblance to ACR here – except save possibly the idea that there's a lot of ideas from ACR that see much greater fulfillment here, because Swamp Children could really play their instruments and carve out a much tighter groove! Ann Quigley's on lead vocals, and sings with a style that's half torchy, and half cloaked in some of the moodier modes of the UK scene at the time. The CD features the full album by the group, plus assorted singles – and titles include "Samba Zippy", "Secret Whispers", "Little Voices", "Taste What's Rhythm", "You've Got Me Beat", "Magic", "Sunny Weather", "No Sunshine", and "Softly Saying Goodbye". CD
 
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Alias Funk & SoulWell Good/Bells ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
We're not sure these guys need the "alias" in their name – as the groove here comes across with plenty of funk and soul right from the start – heavy drums kicking at the bottom, a bubbling organ line in the middle, and these badass lyrics over the top! Horns dip and turn nicely with the lyrics – furthering the funky, chunky sound of the single – then on the flipside, the group step into sublime mellow soul territory – and hit these sweet harmony modes on "Bells", with vocals by Shades Of Soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Well Good/Bells ... 7-inch 6.99

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Alias Funk & SoulWell Good/Bells ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)... $6.99
We're not sure these guys need the "alias" in their name – as the groove here comes across with plenty of funk and soul right from the start – heavy drums kicking at the bottom, a bubbling organ line in the middle, and these badass lyrics over the top! Horns dip and turn nicely with the lyrics – furthering the funky, chunky sound of the single – then on the flipside, the group step into sublime mellow soul territory – and hit these sweet harmony modes on "Bells", with vocals by Shades Of Soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Well Good/Bells ... 7-inch 11.99

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Earl AnderzaOuta Sight ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... $9.99
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"! Plus, this great CD reissue also includes 3 bonus cuts that weren't on the orignal album! CD

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Vince AndrewsHey, Vince ... LP
Gerard, Mid 80s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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 ... LP
Hungry Town/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 16.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aphex TwinI Care Because You Do ... CD
Sire, 1995. Used (reissue)... $9.99
The mid 90s classic from Aphex Twin – and one of the best, most furiously creative electronic albums of the era! I Care Because You Do is Richard D. James at his peak – sometimes frenetic, sometimes easygoing, always hypnotic beats – and some of the most entrancing ambient atmopherics that he's ever laid down. Wonderful stuff from an electronica pioneer – and one of of the most singular recording artists ever to come out of the ambient techno scene! Includes "Acrid Avid Jam Scred", "The Waxin Pith", "Ventolin (Video Version)", "Wet Tip Hen Ax", "Alberto Balsalm", "Mookid", "Next Heap With" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddy ArnoldEach Road I Take – The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions (Love & Guitars/Standing Alone/bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A surprisingly great set of work from countrypolitan giant Eddy Arnold – 1970 sessions that have him both reforging his strengths with producer Chet Atkins, and taking up a whole new groove with the great Lee Hazlewood! The Atkins material can be heard here on the album Love & Guitars – a set that allows Arnold to answer back to all the others who, by that time, were hitting his own sort of mature way of putting over a tune – with backings that are almost more traditionally country than anything that Eddy had been getting on other recent records. The choice of material is great – songs by Merle Haggard, Wayne Thompson, Kris Kristofferson, and others – and titles that include "When The Wind Blows In Chicago", "Shadows Of Her Mind", "Today I Started Loving You again", "Just Enough To Start Me Dreamin", "With Pen In Hand", and "Soul Deep". Producer Lee Hazlewood works with Eddy Arnold on material from the album Standing Alone – a set that almost has Lee taking a tongue-in-cheek approach with strings and larger arrangements – giving Eddy the kind of setting that might have been darkly double-sided if Hazlewood were singing, but which comes across more in familiar Arnold territory overall. Still, there's definitely some nice touches around the edges – and titles include "Closest I Ever Came", "My Way Of Life", "She Believes In Me", "July You're A Woman", "Where Love Has Died", and "Some Lonely Picker". CD also features additional tracks from the same year, including two unreleased outtakes – for a total of 27 titles in all. CD

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoCertain Blacks (Inner City) ... LP
America/Inner City, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free group improvisation that come across with amazing power and clarity – making the piece one of the best translations of the Chicago AACM spirit to the European scene. Other tracks on the session include the soulfully spiritual number "One For Jarman", which captures the group at a uniquely laidback level – and the bluesy "Bye Bye Baby", which features one of the few pairings of the group with Chicago Beau and harmonica player Julio Finn. LP, Vinyl record album

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Chet AtkinsSolid Gold 68/Solid Gold 69 ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Heavyweight gold from guitarist Chet Atkins – two albums back to back! Solid Gold 68 is a sweet set that has the guitar of Chet Atkins taking on the big hits of the year – with surprisingly groovy results! The arrangers here are Bill Walker and Cam Mullins, and a number of the tunes get a bit more of a 60s bounce than some of Chet's other records – maybe less Nashville and more pop instrumental – not just in the choice of the tunes, but in the way they're carried across! Chet's guitar is still quite upfront in the mix, with that wonderful sound – and titles include "The Sound Of Silence", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Slick", "Harper Valley PTA", "Light My Fire", and "Grazing In The Grass". Solid Gold 69 follows the formula of some of the Chet Atkins Gold albums from previous years – but also reflects the very groovy changes taking place in music at the time – as Chet moves into a great range of material that moves quite far from his country roots! The setting is all instrumental – with arrangements by Bergen White, John Ragsdale, and Norbert Putnam – and titles include "So What's New", "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Both Sides Now", "Hey Jude", "Aquarius", "Folsom Prison Blues", and "I'll Never Fall In Love Again". CD

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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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Harold Baker QuartetBroadway Beat ... LP
King, 1959. Very Good ... $11.99
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(Cover has a stereo sticker across the top seam.)

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Bar-KaysNightcruising ... LP
Mercury, 1981. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Man, these guys really know how to groove – and even on a bigger label, with a more commercial image, they still manage to come up with a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of rhythm schooled in years of indie funk that comes through even on the mellower cuts here – which themselves show an even better side of the group in this generation, one that comes across great here on a few slower numbers that have a sweetly stepping groove. Titles include "Nightcruising", "Freaky Behavior", "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love", "Touch Tone", "Hit & Run", "Unforgettable Dream", "Traffic Jammer", and "Backseat Driver". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a sticker.)

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Gato BarbieriFiesta Caliente – Live 1976 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
A great live performance from Gato Barbieri – recorded at a time when he was maybe sounding a bit smoother in the studio, but could still come across with a lot of fire in a concert setting like this! The group has a nice lineup – some sweet electric piano and guitar, but also some earthier percussion at the bottom – holds onto some of the Latin currents that Gato was exploring on his early 70s albums for Impulse – all while the man himself solos over the top, in that beautifully soulful, deeply raspy style that made him so unique! Titles include "Europa", "Don't Cry Rochelle", "Fiesta/Instrumental", "Fireflies", "Adios (parts 1 & 2)", and "Behind The Rain". CD

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Barclay James HarvestEveryone Is Everybody Else (2CD/DVD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1974. New Copy 2CD/DVD ... $26.99
A nice lean set from Barclay James Harvest – a record that gets more to the core of their sound after the larger arrangements of some of their albums for Harvest Records – in a way that also seems to bring out more of an edge in their songwriting, too! The shift is somewhat subtle, but effective – as the quartet manage to find ways to make simple guitar and keyboard lines come across with this flowing vibe that often makes the sum sound way more than its parts – especially when set to the inventive themes covered by some of the album's lyrical topics! The drums are great, too – seemingly stronger than before – and titles include "Negative Earth", "Paper Wings", "The Great 1974 Mining Disaster", "Mill Boys", "Poor Boy Blues", and "Child Of The Universe". 3CD set is filled with goodies – the original stereo mix of the album, a second new stereo mix, and a 5.1 surround mix – plus bonus tracks that include "Child Of The Universe (US single version)", "Maestoso", "Negative Earth (original mix)", and "The Great 1974 Mining Disaster (original mix)". Comes with a booklet and poster, too! CD
(Includes poster.)

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✨✧ Count Basie88 Basie Street (2LP 180 gram 45 RPM) ... LP
Pablo/Analogue Productions, 1983. Sealed 2LP ... $79.99
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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Count BasieStanding Ovation ... LP
Dot, 1969. Very Good+ ... $1.99
One of the great Count Basie albums recorded during his short late life stay on Dot Records – a label who really helped him focus his energy and keep up that classic Basie "punch" in his grooves – but all without sacrificing the growth the group had gone through over the years! There's plenty of modern colors and tones in the mix here – elements from the Basie years with arrangers like Neal Hefti, Quincy Jones, and Billy Byers – but the presentation is also strong and straight, with a hell of a lot packed into just a little space – that mode that always made the Count such a great leader! Players include Marshal Royal on alto, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Eric Dixon on tenors, Charlie Fowlkes on baritone, Harry Edison and Oscar Brasher on trumpets, and Grover Mitchell on trombone – on titles that include "Lil Darlin", "Jive At Five", "Broadway", "Cherry Point", "Every Tub", "Corner Pocket", and "Blue & Sentimental". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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Black SabbathSabbath Bloody Sabbath (180 gram red & orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
The grandest scale and most elaborately furnished Black Sabbath album to this point – but they still bring the heavy! The title track is one of the most influential metal songs ever, with the foreboding lyrics, trudging stomp of a rhythmic pace and those bridges that are almost pretty – and the most of the rest of the album is great, too – more carefully produced than the previous few without compromising the menace. Titles include "A National Acrobat", "Fluff", "Sabbra Cadabra", "Spiral Architect", "Looking For Today", and "Who Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Blue JugBlue Jug ... CD
Capricorn/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
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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