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Marlena ShawBest Of Marlena Shaw ... LP
Columbia, Mid 70s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A collection of Marlena's work for Columbia – smooth modern soul numbers that opened up a whole new world of styles for female soul singers, and which marked Shaw as one of the classiest singers of the 70s! Includes her great remake of "Go Away Little Boy", plus "Sweet Beginnings", "Yu Ma", "The Best Days Of My Life", "Love Dancin", "Shaw Biz", and "Pictures And Memories". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Marlena ShawIt Is Love ... CD
Verve, 1987. Used ... $10.99
Strange album for Marlena – recorded after her soul albums, and done in a live setting with a small group (Buddy Montgomery, Larry Ball, and Paul Humphrey). Marlena's ostensibly trying to get back to her jazz roots (as was Dee Dee Bridgewater around the same time), and she kind of does, given the song list (mostly standards), but the sound you'd expect still isn't there, despite her best efforts. Titles include "Go Away Little Boy", "On The Street Where You Live", "Unforgettable", and "Day In Day Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Marlena ShawMarlena Shaw Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
At last! Someone's finally gone and put together a real collection of Marlena Shaw's fantastic jazzy soul work! Sure, there's been other compilations out on the market – but this one's the real deal, and spans her years at Chess/Cadet, Blue Note, and Columbia – years that saw Marlena emerging to become one of the greatest smooth soul singers of all time! The set begins with the oft-sampled cuts "Woman Of The Ghetto" and "California Soul" – both righteous classics in their own right. The groove then moves onto the excellent "Liberation Conversation", and other smoother material, like "The Feeling's Good", "Loving You Was Like A Party", "Feel Like Making Love", "Without You In My Life", and "Yu Ma/Go Away Little Boy", which features one of the greatest monologues on record! Also includes a version of Al Johnson's "Back For More", and "Could It Be You", a duet with Phil Upchurch. CD

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Marlena ShawSpice Of Life ... LP
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
An amazing batch of sophisticated soul tracks – and a favorite with the righteous groove scene! On the surface, the record's a combination of jazz and soul tracks in the same mode that you'd find on some of Nancy Wilson's albums for Capitol during the same time – but digging deeper, you'll find an undercurrent of politics, feminism, and social commentary delivered with surprising intensity. Marlena Shaw's voice is generally sweet, but she's set up in some extremely powerful arrangements by Richard Evans and Charles Stepney that recast even the simplest phrase into a whole new setting of strength and pride – and Bobby Miller of Dells fame also helped make the record what it is, and helped write some of the best songs on the record. The set includes Marlena's classic original reading of "Woman Of The Ghetto", which has been sampled by just about everyone, plus "California Soul", which has a nice hard break, and the tunes "Liberation Conversation", "Where Can I Go?", and the original version of "Go Away Little Boy" – as sweet a statement of womanhood if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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ShirellesBaby It's You ... LP
Scepter, 1962. Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A great one from The Shirelles – the kind of album that goes way past the obvious, and really shows the quartet as a heck of a great soul group overall! If you've ever only thought of The Shirelles as simple girl group pop, this is the record to get you past that easy expectation – and although the album carries their big hit "Soldier Boy", it also features a fair bit of other great tunes too! Many of the numbers here aren't well-known hits – either by the group or other artists – and they make for a nicely fresh sound that shows that the girls have a lot more to offer than just a few familiar oldies singles. Production has a nice sad-tinged, late nite quality – and titles include "Baby It's You", "Irresistible You", "Voice Of Experience", "Big John", "Twenty One", "A Thing Of The Past", "Putty In Your Hands", and "Make The Night A Little Longer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & splitting with a grommet & some pen. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Shocking BlueAt Home (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Music On Vinyl, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
One of the coolest groups to ever come from the Dutch scene of the 60s – a group who were raised on the same heady mix of soul and blues as the UK beat groups of their generation – but one who were also willing to open up into some trippier touches too! Case in point is the very cool use of sitar or organ a few tracks here – never in a way that's overdone, but which brings in a sweet Eastern flair next to some of the grittier guitars – which themselves are also pretty darn great, thanks to the group's chunky rocking groove! Lyrics are all in English, and you've no doubt heard their classic "Venus" – served up here alongside other great cuts that include "Boll Weevil", "Acka Raga", "Love Machine", "California Here I Come", "Poor Boy", and "Love Buzz". Bonus tracks include "Hot Sand", "Harley Davidson", "Wild Wind", and "Fireball Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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SkatalitesIndependence Ska & The Far East Sound – Original Ska Sounds From The Skatalites 1963 to 1965 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
Original ska sounds from the originators themselves – 20 incredible numbers by the Skatalites & friends – with many of their most essential recordings, and rare stunners, to boot! The period in focus here is the initial few years of The Skatalites as a bonafide band, but the principal players – including Don Drummond, Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook, Lester Sterling, Jackie Mittoo and other legendary names – had been honing their craft together for years, backing a who's who of Jamiacan musical heavies from calypso, to mento, to jazz and beyond. No wonder they burst out of the gate with some of the tightest rhythms in the music history, but it's stunning to this day! Really one of the finest Soul Jazz compilations in years, with a wealth of great notes, too! Includes their uber-classic "Guns Of Navarone", "Suavito", "Russian Ska Fever", "El Pussycat Ska", "Tell Them Lord" with The Wailers, "Further East" and "King Solomon" – along with the rarer "Sudden Destruction" with Dizzy Johnson, "Coolie Boy" billed to Don Drummond and lots more. CD

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Connie SmithJoy To The World (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Connie Smith looks a lot more saintly than usual on the cover here – and she sounds a fair bit saintly, too – as she makes her way through a set of Christmas tunes on this 70s album for Columbia! Given the time, the album's maybe more of a throwback to Christmas records of years past – particularly that majestic kind that Columbia did so well in the early 60s – as Connie's voice is often captured with these serious, lush arrangements that are much less country than you might expect – and which have the singer often rising with backing vocals from The Jordanaires or Holladay Sisters, who both bring a more spiritual vibe to the music. Titles include "Joy To The World", "What Child Is This", "O Holy Night", "Come All Ye Faithful", "Sweet Little Jesus Boy", and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks". CD has an extra-cool bonus track – a 1986 duet with Willie Nelson on "Silent Night". CD

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✨✧ Soulful StringsMagic Of Christmas ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest Christmas albums we've ever heard – and maybe one of the coolest sets ever from this legendary soul instrumental project from Chicago! The Soulful Strings are already great on other albums, but they really blow us away here with the way they completely transform familiar tunes – using the impeccable arrangements of the great Richard Evans, and a host of hot strings from Dorothy Ashby on harp, Cleveland Eaton on bass, and Phil Upchurch on guitar – plus a bit of hip vibes from Bobby Christian as well! And Evans' style here really outdoes itself – and hits a similar level to the best Charles Stepney material on Cadet at the same time – making for amazing sounds on titles that include "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowfall", "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy", "Sleigh Ride", and "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers". Way more than a Christmas record – and actually one we'll happily play all year long! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover and label have a drillhole through the center.)

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SpecialsMore Specials (180 gram pressing) ... LP
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... On December 8, 2017 (delayed)
The second great set from The Specials – music once billed as "revival ska" – but which has arguably gone onto have a bigger impact than the first wave of the genre! There's a rough edged quality to the music that's totally great – a rude boy aesthetic filtered through the post-punk generation – perfect for the spare, earthy Two Tone production – and just right for a post-colonial London, looking for new ways to express itself! The studio work is as great as the core grooves from the band – lots of odd echoes and cool effects – kind of a Brit take on Kingston dub, served up beautifully to abstract the tunes. So many others ruined this approach in later years with weaker work – but here's a chance to hear it perfectly in an original conception! Titles include "International Jet Set", "Enjoy Yourself", "Stereotypes", "Holiday Fortnight", and "I Can't Stand It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available More Specials (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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SpecialsMore Specials (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1980. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 13.99
The second great set from The Specials – music once billed as "revival ska" – but which has arguably gone onto have a bigger impact than the first wave of the genre! There's a rough edged quality to the music that's totally great – a rude boy aesthetic filtered through the post-punk generation – perfect for the spare, earthy Two Tone production – and just right for a post-colonial London, looking for new ways to express itself! The studio work is as great as the core grooves from the band – lots of odd echoes and cool effects – kind of a Brit take on Kingston dub, served up beautifully to abstract the tunes. So many others ruined this approach in later years with weaker work – but here's a chance to hear it perfectly in an original conception! Titles include "International Jet Set", "Enjoy Yourself", "Stereotypes", "Holiday Fortnight", and "I Can't Stand It". 2CD version has a huge amount of extra tracks – 13 more singles, b-sides, and rarities – including "International Jet Set (single)", "Rat Race", "Rude Boys Outa Jail", "Raquel", "Maggie's Farm", "Ghost Town (full version)", "Friday Night Saturday Morning", "Sea Cruise (Peel Session with Rico)", "Do Nothing", and "Rude Boys Outa Jail (version)" with Neville Staples. CD

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Spoils Of WarSpoils Of War (180 gram pressing – with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $28.99
Totally amazing sounds from this obscure Illinois group – a very experimental outfit formed at University of Illinois, and named after an instrument by Harry Partch! With Partch as a touchstone, these guys definitely have one ear cocked towards some of the more experimental sounds of the period – including the groovier composers who were mixing lots of electronics into their music – but they also come across with a tighter, more compact approach that's got plenty of psych as well – often on these long instrumental passages that feature great workouts on guitar and keyboards. The group often uses live sound manipulation to really alter more familiar styles – and there's elements to the record that are light years ahead of most other combos of the time – especially in the Midwest! Titles include "Dear Belgium Boy", "Astor", "Bomb Song", "Victoria Falls", "For Helene", "E Thing", "Walk In Walk Out", and "Morning Be Merciful". Great 2LP reissue includes bonus 7" single, and insert too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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StandellsWhy Pick On Me – Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Tower/Sundazed, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 24.99
A searing second chapter in The Standells' amazing run of records for the Tower label in the 60s – music that's completely on fire right from the start – and head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries on the LA scene! The group have this stark, cold look on the front – almost punk rock in presentation, which is a good nod at the sound of the music – much grittier than some of the pop-psyche or polished garage that was coming into the charts – filled with sharp edges at every twist and turn, and impeccably produced, but never in a commercial way! The group contribute some great originals, but also have no trouble picking up songs from other sources – and like early work by Love, they make these other tunes completely their own – weaving them into the sonic blast that was their sublime calling card at the time. Titles include "Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White", "Black Hearted Woman", "Why Pick On Me", "Paint It Black", "My Little Red Book", "Mainline", and "Have You Ever Spent The Night In Jail". Features great bonus tracks – including "Don't Say Nothing At All (inst)", "I Hate To Leave You", "Looking At Tomorrow", and "The Boy Who Is Lost". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono recordings – with bonus tracks!)

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Staple SingersStaple Swingers ... LP
Stax, 1970. Very Good ... $11.99
The title's a bit of a joke, given the cover image – but it's also no lie either, as The Staple Singers are definitely swinging here – taking their gospel roots into a whole new direction in righteous soul, one that countless other acts would copy at the time! The music here is upbeat, romping, and often slightly psychedelic in inspiration – traces of Sly Stone or Norman Whitfield in the rhythms, and a nicely rumbling groove that features contributions from The Bar-Kays at a few key points. Instrumentation is heavy, but never too much to to overwhelm the vocals – and titles include the hit "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)", plus "What's Your Thing", "Almost", "How Do You Move A Mountain", "Little Boy", "I Like The Things About You", "I'm A Lover", "Give A Hand Take A Hand", and "You're Gonna Make Me Cry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Sonny StittDumpy Mama ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A pretty wild album from legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt – one that's quite different from the bop of his roots, but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The album is a handful that Sonny cut in the 70s with an electric vibe – similar to his work for Chess and Prestige records ad the time, and a great new outlet for his maturing reed style – thanks to the handling of the Flying Dutchman label! The cover and title might make you assume the set's an all-out funk affair – but instead, it's a reworking of older Stitt modes, into a hip 70s style – with keyboards and piano from Mike Wofford, and some additional work on saxes from Pee Wee Ellis and Frank Strozier – both players who provide nice backing to Sonny's solos. Highlights include the mighty ten minute title track, "Dumpy Mama" – and the cut "Jason", which has a slight Latin vibe, thanks to percussion from Ray Barretto. Other titles are nice, too – reworked standards with a 70s vibe – including "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Just Friends", and "Danny Boy For Ben". CD

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Scion Sashay SuccessScion Sashay Success ... CD
Jah Life/Bond Export, 1986. New Copy ... $11.99 19.98
An underground classic from the digital generation – produced by Herman Wright and Percy Chin with a laidback groove – and some strong backings from Jah Malla & Instigators, A Team, and the I Life Players! Scion Sashay is the real star, though – a young singer, but one with strongly positive lyrics – delivered with just the right sort of understated quality to make them stand apart from the mainstream at the time! Titles include "Put It On", "Sound Boy Fall", "Ninety Minutes Cassette & Tape", "Can't Leave Jah Alone", "Juggling Spot", "Mr Telephone Man", "It A Go Done", "Minstrel", "Run Bring Your Love", and "Pain-A-Back". CD
Also available Scion Sashay Success ... LP 14.99

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Scion Sashay SuccessScion Sashay Success ... LP
Jah Life/Bond Export, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 24.98
An underground classic from the digital generation – produced by Herman Wright and Percy Chin with a laidback groove – and some strong backings from Jah Malla & Instigators, A Team, and the I Life Players! Scion Sashay is the real star, though – a young singer, but one with strongly positive lyrics – delivered with just the right sort of understated quality to make them stand apart from the mainstream at the time! Titles include "Put It On", "Sound Boy Fall", "Ninety Minutes Cassette & Tape", "Can't Leave Jah Alone", "Juggling Spot", "Mr Telephone Man", "It A Go Done", "Minstrel", "Run Bring Your Love", and "Pain-A-Back". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Scion Sashay Success ... CD 11.99

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Television PersonalitiesThey Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles ... CD
Fire (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 12.99
The could have been bigger than the Beatles, but sadly they never came close – and instead, Television Personalities went on to become one of those great secrets from the British scene of the post-punk years – one of those groups that folks in the know always knew, which also includes a fair bit of later groups who were influenced strongly by their genius! This third album features material recorded over a few years – as sort of a summation of the group's strengths, and also a coda – as the package pulls together unreleased recordings and different versions of previous cuts – which makes for an overstuffed package of greatness. Titles include "Three Wishes", "The Boy In The Paisley Shirt", "Flowers For Abigail", "King & Country", "Sooty's Disco Party", "Painter Man", "Anxiety Block", "The Glittering Prizes", and "Mysterious Ways". CD
Also available They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles ... LP 23.99

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Television PersonalitiesThey Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles ... LP
Fire (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
The could have been bigger than the Beatles, but sadly they never came close – and instead, Television Personalities went on to become one of those great secrets from the British scene of the post-punk years – one of those groups that folks in the know always knew, which also includes a fair bit of later groups who were influenced strongly by their genius! This third album features material recorded over a few years – as sort of a summation of the group's strengths, and also a coda – as the package pulls together unreleased recordings and different versions of previous cuts – which makes for an overstuffed package of greatness. Titles include "Three Wishes", "The Boy In The Paisley Shirt", "Flowers For Abigail", "King & Country", "Sooty's Disco Party", "Painter Man", "Anxiety Block", "The Glittering Prizes", and "Mysterious Ways". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles ... CD 11.99

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Clark TerryClark After Dark – The Ballad Artistry Of Clark Terry ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
A great 70s session from Clark Terry – playing flugelhorn here with backings from Peter Herbholzheimer, and sounding wonderfully sweet throughout! There's a spacious, patient quality to Terry's horn that reminds us a bit of his gentler moments in the 60s with Bob Brookmeyer – and even though Herbholzheimer's normally in a fuller funky mode, his backings here are nicely restrained and quite mature – modern enough to have a 70s feel, but never slick or cloying. There's almost an Art Farmer feel to the record at times – and titles include the great original "Clark After Dark", plus versions of "Emily", "Yesterdays", "Nature Boy", "Girl Talk", and "November Song". CD
 
 
 



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