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Count BasieBasie's In The Bag ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
Count Basie's definitely in the bag on this one – not so much as strong of a jazz bag as in classic years, but instead this very cool blend of soul and funk styles with his Kansas City roots! The record should be thought of more as a hip instrumental album – kind of in the jaunty 60s groovy mode – but one done with some great players, and put together with excellent arrangements by Chico O'Farrill – who brings some very groovy elements to the Basie Band sound! The record showcases the sort of mod 60s modes that Chico was spinning out on labels like Verve and Impulse – and Basie even plays Hammond on a few tracks, which is pretty darn great! Titles include "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", "Green Onions", "I'll Be There", "Goin Out Of My Head", and "In The Heat Of The Night". CD

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Art Blakey & Buddy DeFrancoBag Of Blues (aka Blues Bag) ... LP
Vee Jay, 1964. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A real lost treasure – and an incredible session that offers a real meeting of minds that's far more than you'd expect from the simple cover and title! The set is a later one for Vee Jay, and it brings together half of the Jazz Messengers with a batch of west coast players – in a groove that wonderfully mixes together different traditions and rhythms in jazz – and which steps out with a sound that's far more than the sum of its parts! Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, and Curtis Fuller join a group headed by Buddy De Franco, and featuring Victor Feldman on piano and vibes, plus Victor Sproles on bass and Freddie Hill on trumpet. The sound of the group is quite unusual – and a lot lighter than you'd guess – giving Buddy plenty of room to solo in a breezy style that's grown tremendously since his 50s recordings – pushed along by some heavier soul from Art and the group. Titles include "Rain Dance", "Blues Bag", "Twelve Tone Blues", "Kush", and "Cousin Mary". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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James BrownPapa's Got A Brand New Bag ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the beat" style of funk that would dominate all of James' work in years to come – that amazing groove that completely turned soul music on its ear – and paved the way for generations to come! The result is a startling sound that forever changed the face of groove – and you'll hear it nicely placed on this album, along with great cuts like "Cross Firing", "Mashed Potatoes USA", "Doin The Limbo", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". CD
Also available Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (180 gram pressing) ... LP 16.99

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James BrownPapa's Got A Brand New Bag (180 gram pressing) ... LP
King/Universal, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the beat" style of funk that would dominate all of James' work in years to come – that amazing groove that completely turned soul music on its ear – and paved the way for generations to come! The result is a startling sound that forever changed the face of groove – and you'll hear it nicely placed on this album, along with great cuts like "Cross Firing", "Mashed Potatoes USA", "Doin The Limbo", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ... CD 13.99

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Ray BrownBrown's Bag ... LP
Concord, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
With Blue Mitchell, Richie Kamuca, Art Hillery, John Guerin, Dave Grusin, John Collins and Jimmie Smith. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Ray DrummondCamera In A Bag ... CD
Criss Cross (Holland), 1990. Used ... $12.99
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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove Extra-Large Tote Bag – Green ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $1.99
A brilliant update of the Dusty Groove tote bag – one that's super-big, super-wide, and able to carry a few dozen albums or CDs at once! The bag comes with a flat bottom insert – so that you can spread the gusset wide, and slide in whatever you've got to carry – and while the overall design is somewhat lightweight (like those re-usable grocery bags you get at the store), you can still fit plenty inside. You might not want to lug around records in this bag all day long, but it will do in a pinch – and in the meantime, you can fit lots of other everyday things inside – including groceries, gym clothes, tools, sports equipment, and even a basketball (we tried it ourselves!) Misc

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove Extra-Large Tote Bag – Navy ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $1.99
A brilliant update of the Dusty Groove tote bag – one that's super-big, super-wide, and able to carry a few dozen albums or CDs at once! The bag comes with a flat bottom insert – so that you can spread the gusset wide, and slide in whatever you've got to carry – and while the overall design is somewhat lightweight (like those re-usable grocery bags you get at the store), you can still fit plenty inside. You might not want to lug around records in this bag all day long, but it will do in a pinch – and in the meantime, you can fit lots of other everyday things inside – including groceries, gym clothes, tools, sports equipment, and even a basketball (we tried it ourselves!) Misc

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove Shoulder Bag – Black ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear, 2013. New Item ... $2.99
A special shoulder bag from Dusty Groove – big enough to carry 20 albums, a bunch of books, or even some groceries – with an adjustable strap that lets you carry the load on your shoulders! The bag's made of the same sort of material you'll find in other re-usable bags on the market – which makes it very light and easy to fold up when not in use – then ready at your side to carry the day's booty whenever you need it! And sure, it's not Jack Spade – but it's a pretty sharp bag at a mighty nice price! Misc

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Dusty GrooveDusty Groove/Vaya Messenger Record Bag ... Misc
Dusty Groove Gear/Vaya, New Item ... $94.99
A totally cool, totally amazing record bag – designed by Dusty Groove with a special eye towards bike-riding record diggers! We buy a lot of records here at Dusty Groove – and we also bike around Chicago a heck of a lot – but we've never found a shoulder bag that's right for records and biking together – until now! With help from the folks at Vaya Bags, we've designed this extra-deep record bag that should hold 40 to 50 LPs snugly in a waterproof bag – with an extra pouch for 7" singles – and even an inner pouch for other goodies too. The bag itself is super-strong – great stitching and very durable – and it's made from recycled bicycle tires, canvas sails, and other reclaimed materials – so you can feel extra-good about using it – and it's got all these other great features too. One of the coolest is the special Vaya adjustable shoulder strap – which is easy to slide up and down while you're wearing it – and a chest-cinching clip, so the bag rides tight. Plus, there's a big reflective strip on the back – for biking at night – and a large flap over the top with lots of velcro to hold it shut. All that, and it's even got the Dusty Groove logo – nice and big! And yes, it's a bit pricey – but this is the kind of bag that will last for years – and works well even if you're not a biker, too. Misc

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Dusty Groove CoffeeEverybody Loves The Sunshine – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Dark Matter/Dusty Groove Gear, 2015. New Item ... $12.99
A wonderful coffee that lives up to its name – roasted especially by the folks at Chicago's Dark Matter for our coffee drinking needs here at Dusty Groove! The base component to this blend is a coffee from Mexico and grown and milled at a cooperative called El Eden – very unique for a Mexican coffee, with a flavor profile that includes blueberry, banana, and baker's chocolate to give the blend a bit of depth. This base is then highlighted with a coffee from Guatemala grown by Finca San Jeronimo Miramar – which adds both body, and some lighter notes of toffee and praline – to give the whole thing a wonderful sun-drenched finish! Misc
(Coffee only available to US customers – no overseas or APO sales.)

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Early B/Delton SchreechieWheely Wheely/Bag Up ... 12-inch
56 Hope Road (Jamaica), 1981. Very Good ... $19.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Green label pressing in a Tuff Gong sleeve.)

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Goodie MobSoul Food (crazyhouse radio rmx, clean rmx, radio rmx edit, rmx inst, live rmx)/Goodie Bag ... 12-inch
LaFace, 1996. Near Mint- ... $0.99
The Crazyhouse remix has 8-ball & MJG on it, and the live mix features Little John & the chronicle. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a LaFace sleeve.)

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Richie HavensMixed Bag ... LP
Verve, 1967. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The genius of Richie Havens at this point is beyond compare – a unique take on the dying folk sound of the 60s, one that infused it with a deeper sense of soul that helped it get new legs in the Woodstock generation – yet which is also heard here before any of the post-hippie cliches that would bog down some of Richie's later work. There's an earnestness to this music that's also touched with a good degree of worldly sense – a notion that the world was changing, but one person at a time, and mostly through the gentle efforts and honest efforts of souls like Richie. This LP features 11 tracks in all – with titles that include "High Flyin' Bird", "San Francisco Bay Blues", "Just Like A Woman", "Sandy", "Three Day Eternity", "Follow", and "Handsome Johny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Forecast pressing.)

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Hipsters In The ZoneInto The Afro-Latin Bag ... CD
Nabel (Germany), 1994. Used ... $4.99
Forget the stupid name – because this is a great set! The album was recorded in Germany during the mid 90s, but with a very groovy feel that sounds like some of the classic Verve and Blue Note sides from the 60's! There's a cool vibes/piano sound, and some of the cuts have guest vocals by the great Monika Linges. Breezy and jazzy, but with the kind of rolling grooves that you'd find on a Cal Tjader or Horace Silver record. Includes a great cut called "Waterloop" that's sort of a update of "Cantalope Island", plus lots of other good groovers like "Ayola", "Hellas", "Stepping", and "Peace To". Stupid name, but a great record! CD
(Out of print.)

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Karin Krog & Morten Gunnar LarsenIn A Rag Bag ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 2012. New Copy ... $18.99
Karin Krog really lives up to the title here – working with pianist Morten Gunnar Larsen in a set of tracks that hearken back to the earliest days of jazz – and which definitely open up some ring new territory for the singer! Krog's a vocalist that we've come to associate with some of the most modern elements in jazz – but she's also a sensitive stylist who turns out to do great things with older numbers too – using her mindblowing vocals in ways that are very different than traditional interpretations of these tunes. Morten's piano is very individual, too – ringing out in ways that are more contemporary, yet still resonate with tradition. Titles include "Euphonic Sounds", "In The Dark/In A Mist", "Way Down Yonder", "Spanish Steps", "Wild Cat Blues", "Blue Turning Grey Over You", and "Feeling Too Good Today Blues". CD

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Tricky Lofton & Carmell JonesBrass Bag ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $12.99
A gem of an album – and one of the few rare sides cut by trumpeter Carmell Jones! The album features some hip early 60s LA soul jazz arrangements by Gerald Wilson – played by a group that features work by Jones, trombonists Tricky Lofton and Lou Blackburn, and pianist Frank Strazzeri. The small combo's backed by a larger "trombone choir" with 4 other players (including Wayne Henderson), but the record takes a straight hard solo approach – very much in the "sock" trombone style that you'd get from a record by Slide Hampton or Benny Green. Jones' trumpet wails over the top, adding in some nice tight punctuation to the session's grooves, and blowing hard and fast on a few fast tracks. Titles include "Celery Stalks At Midnight", "Bluer Than That", "Brass Bag", and a great take on "Mood Indigo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Silver & black label pressing – clean, with some light surface marks. Cover has a bit of seam splitting.)

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Les McCannBag Of Gold (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch
Pacific, Mid 60s. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $1.99
Titles include "Spanish Onions", "Gone On & Get That Church", and "The Truth". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a small split at the top, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanJackie's Bag ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959/1960. New Copy ... $13.99
A real classic by Jackie McLean – a record that's pulled from 2 different sessions, but which stands out with a strikingly unified feel! The album was cut during the height of Jackie's bop years for Blue Note – with one 1959 session that featured Donald Byrd and Sonny Clark, and another from 1960 that featured Blue Mitchell, Kenny Drew, and the great Tina Brooks on tenor. Brooks' appearance on the album is especially great, as the tracks which feature him and McLean together crackle with some of the first modernist energy to show up on one of Jackie's albums – really hitting hard on original compositions that include "A Ballad For Doll", "Appointment in Ghana", and "Isle of Java". One of McLean's best-ever – and filled with great original tracks! CD

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Artie ShawMixed Bag ... CD
Music Masters, 1945/1946/1954. Used ... $2.99
CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Class ActionWeekend (vocal, acapella, Larry Levan mix, dub) ... 12-inch
Sleeping Bag, 1981. Very Good ... $6.99
A classic club track from the early 80s! The cut was written by Leroy Burgess, and it's got a cool keyboard-driven sound that's almost electro, but which is infused with more elements of the New York club sound of the time. The hook is incredible, and Larry Levan mixed the extended version on side one! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Da TRUTHHeartbeat ... CD
Mixed Bag Entertainment, 2014. Used ... $0.99
CD

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MantronixBassline (voc, inst) (blue vinyl pressing) ... 7-inch
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1986. Near Mint- (reissue)... $9.99
A supremely great cut from Mantronix and MC Tee – that killer "Bassline" – a gem that shined brightly enough on the first Mantronix LP and even more so as a legendary single! Electro, synth and early hip hop and a mid 80s classic! The vocal s on the A-side, backed by the instrumental. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ MantronixWho Is It (freestyle USA club, who's dub is it?, freestyle radio, UK club mix, bonus beats, LP radio) ... 12-inch
Sleeping Bag, 1986. Sealed (pic cover)... $3.99
One of Mantronix last worthwhile cuts, that sounds almost like it could have been on the first LP. With MC Tee on vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Sealed, with hype sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Dinosaur L (Arthur Russell)24 24 Music ... LP
Sleeping Bag, 1981. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An incredible full album from Dinosaur L – the legendary New York dancefloor project of Arthur Russell! The group's a punky, funky, chunky amalgam of bass thumping, guitar riffing, keyboard filling, and sax honking – all very much in the spirit of Russell's best quirky club work of the time, but with the added sound here of a more expanded approach – one that takes the tunes in a whole new territory than the more famous 12" singles! The tracks on the set are simply numbered – "1", "2", "3", and so on – and come across almost as free-jamming instrumentals! Totally great stuff – as experimental as it is funky! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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45 Polyclear Sleeves100 45 Polyclear Sleeves (with resealable flap) ... Record Care
New Item ... $9.99 19.99
Treat your 45s with extra care – in these beautiful Japanese-style polyclear sleeves – with resealable flaps! The polyclear bag is great – much clearer than regular plastic, and more durable too – and the special flap has its own adhesive, so you can seal things up and keep the dust out! Record Care

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✨✧ 45rpm Carrying CasePeople Records – Funky 45 Carrying Case ... Misc
People/Get On Down, 2015. New Item ... $21.99 24.98
A very cool carrying case for your funkiest 45s – featuring the logo of James Brown's legendary People Records imprint!! The box itself is nice little replica of the classic ones from the 60s and 70s – square style with a 2" lid – hinges on one side, a clasp on the other, and a plastic handle on the top – all to make carrying the whole thing a breeze! You can easily get about 30 singles in the box – and the square, hard design offers a lot more protection than a softer record bag, too. It's a beauty! Misc

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AkaCrazy Joe ... CD
Granadilla (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Aka are really opening up their bag here – starting off with the wonderful funky title cut "Crazy Joe", which has a rock-solid James Brown inspiration right from the start – then moving off into a range of different styles that really show them deepening their sound! The group were legendary in their Indonesian homeland – famous for tripped-out performances and some really heady sounds – and we can really see that legend live up to itself here – on an album that filters together so many hip modes, and almost feels like some of the coolest South American rock of the early 70s – which groups from that scene were making equally unique inroads! Some of the mellower tracks have this cool way of flanging out the vocals next to organ or keyboards – and the harder moments almost show a heavier style than the group's first two records. Titles include "Crazy Joe", plus "Maafkanlah", "Skip Away", "Bidadari", "Raja Jalan", "Kenangan Beku", and "Batu Nisan". CD

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✨✧ Aquarian DreamNorman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream ... LP
Buddah, 1976. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A wonderful debut from Aquarian Dream – a group who first appeared under the direction of Norman Connors – and who also have lots of the same blend of jazz, soul, and funk you'd find in Connors' own music of the time! Yet Aquarian Dream are very much their own bag, too – a distinctly different group who are to Connors what Ramp was to Roy Ayers – a separate entity that shares the key production talents of their sponsor – but who break out in a wonderful vibe that's all their own! The album's best remembered for its key clubby groovers, but we also love the mellower moments too – which have a sublime stepping quality that really comes through via instrumentation from Claude Bartee on tenor and soprano sax, and Jacques Burvick on a whole host of cool keyboards. Gloria Jones (not the famous one) is a great lead singer – and titles include the classic Chicago club track "Phoenix" – plus "Look Ahead", "Once Again", "Let Me Be The One", "I'll Always Love You T",, and "Treat Me Like The One You Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is great, but has a small RCA sticker in one corner.)

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Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! CD
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP 9.99

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Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD 8.99

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Burt BacharachCasino Royale ... LP
Colgems, 1967. Very Good ... $16.99
One of Burt Bacharach's finest moments, and a soundtrack that we never tire of hearing! Burt wrote all the tunes – and the album's a wonderful romp, with lots of odd twists and turns that are quite different from Burt's usual bag (baby!), but which still have all of the charm of his best work. A few performances on the set are by Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass, who do the completely chaotic "Casino Royale Theme" – and the lovely Dusty Springfield sings a versions of "Look Of Love" that has to be the best ever recorded! Other tracks include "Home James, Don't Spare The Horses", "Money Penny Goes For Broke", "The Venerable Sir James Bond", and "Hi There Miss Goodthighs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, half split top seam, and small initials in pen on front.)

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Burt BacharachCasino Royale (2CD expanded version) ... CD
Colgems/Quartet (Spain), 1967. New Copy 2 CDs ... $29.99
One of Burt Bacharach's finest moments, and a soundtrack that we never tire of hearing! Burt wrote all the tunes – and the album's a wonderful romp, with lots of odd twists and turns that are quite different from Burt's usual bag (baby!), but which still have all of the charm of his best work. A few performances on the set are by Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass, who do the completely chaotic "Casino Royale Theme" – and the lovely Dusty Springfield sings a versions of "Look Of Love" that has to be the best ever recorded! Other tracks include "Home James, Don't Spare The Horses", "Money Penny Goes For Broke", "The Venerable Sir James Bond", and "Hi There Miss Goodthighs". But even better is this cool version – which features the original LP presentation at the end, but begins with 33 tracks that replicate the film presentation of the music – and which include numbers not on the original album, and variations on the tunes too! Even includes two vocal numbers by Mike Redway – "Seven Bond In Heaven" and "Dream On James You're Winning" – and lots of musical surprises throughout! CD

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✨✧ Black HeatNo Time To Burn ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their razor-sharp rhythms! There's a slight hint of Afro Funk in some of the rhythms – and the keyboards cook with lots of sweet clavinet lines – mixed with a production style that features some bubbling electronic elements that remind us a lot of that crazy "magic bag" that was used by the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. That group might be a good point of comparison, but the band also shares a lot of Kool & The Gang's ensemble funk style – especially on their cover of "Love The Life You Live" – which they burn here beautifully! Other tracks include "Super Cool", "M&M's", "Rapid Fire", "You Should Have Listened", "Times Have Changed", and "Check It All Out". CD

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Cicero BlakeHere Comes The Heartache – The Soul Years ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $7.99 19.99
Hard hard hard soul from the great Cicero Blake – a singer who's better known these days for his down-home blues work, but who was a heck of a great soul artist in the 60s and 70s! This wonderfully-done set collects together 23 singles from Cicero's diverse recordings of the 60s and 70s – pulling together recordings that were issued on a variety of different labels, but when taken together show Blake to be an incredibly powerful singer, with a depth to rival that of his Chicago contemporaries, like Tyrone Davis or Syl Johnson! And honestly, even though we'd heard the odd single by Cicero here and there over the years, we'd never gotten a complete picture of his career until this wonderful set – and we're extra-thankful to the folks at Grapevine for doing such a great job on the notes and track selection. Titles include "See What Tomorrow Brings", "Sad Feeling", "Soul Of Pain", "Take It From Me", "Loving You Woman Is Everything", "Shing A Ling", "Here Comes The Heartache", "Should I Go", "Could This Be Love", "Face The Case", "Don't Wait Until Tomorrow", "Bad But Beautiful Bag", "Doin What Comes Naturally", "Dip My Dipper", "Be Good To Me", "Your Love Is Like A Boomerang", and a bonus 90s sweet soul number, "Don't Wanna Blow My Chance With You". CD

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Bossa TresOs Reis Do Ritmo ... CD
Odeon/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
A holy grail of bossa nova! This album's one of the rare few ever cut by the fabulous Bossa 3 – the tight groovy combo led by genius pianist Luiz Carlos Vinhas – a record that's far too wonderful to turn up so rarely over the years! It's got a nice mix of straight jazz cuts with others that have more of a heavy percussion sound, and one or two that feature the group singing harmony vocals, in the style of other bossa groups (although that was never their usual bag). Titles include the classic "Coisa Mais Linda", plus "Silk Stop", "Le Bateau", "Cataz", "Balanco Zona Sul", and "Onde Anda O Meu Amor". CD

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James BrownJames Brown At The Garden ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
Not as well-known as James Brown's live albums from the Apollo, but a really cooking set from the 60s that keeps up a plenty hard groove all the way through! As with most of James' live dates, the tracks here move at a clip that's often even faster than the studio work – played to perfection by the group with razor-sharp tightness that's simply breathtaking – possibly even more so in this environment. And although the crowd noise swells up at time, there's definitely less of the "fake" live sound of other JB albums of this nature – just a gritty little live party that blows the speakers out from all the action at the low end! Titles include versions of "Ain't That A Groove", "I Got You", "Bring It Up", and "Out Of Sight" – plus the groovy "Hip Bag '67" and "Let Yourself Go". Nice cover, too – with a back photo that has a picture of James and Hubert Humphrey, and a front cover that's a cool cartoony image of New York near the Garden! CD

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James BrownJames Brown Sings Raw Soul ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Raw soul, indeed – a term that could have been coined for James Brown's vocal approach, and which probably makes one of its first appearances here on a record! The album's kind of a grab bag of earlier sides that James recorded for King, but it's a perfect showcase for his amazing sound in any setting – as it brings together funky bits with more straightforward soul numbers. Tracks include the great funky numbers "Money Won't Change You" and "Bring It Up", both of which show the new hard sound of James coming to the forefront – plus the tracks "Stone Fox", "Tell Me That You Love Me", "Money Won't Change You (parts 1 & 2)', "Let Yourself Go", and the hip message cut "Don't Be A Drop Out". CD

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James BrownLet Yourself Go/Good Rockin Tonight ... 7-inch
King, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Groundbreaking early work from James! We're not sure when "Let Yourself Go" was released – but it's got these fantastic guitars on the beat, very much in the "Papa's Brand New Bag" or "Out Of Sight" mode, although a bit rawer and rootsier. Proof though, that James had a handle on funk as early as he wanted to! Great stuff – and one of those cuts that should be discovered a bit more! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in a King sleeve. Label has light wear and a sticker.)

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✨✧ James BrownPlays James Brown Today & Yesterday ... LP
Smash, 1965. Very Good- ... $7.99
Funky instrumentals – with James on organ, grooving hard in a raw 60s R&B mode! Lots of the tracks are versions of James' big 60s hits – like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (parts 1 & 2)", "Try Me", and "Out of Sight" – but there are also some jazzier tracks, like "Song for My Father" and "Sidewinder", and a great version of the classic Billy Butler tune "Hold It", always a favorite for us! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, splitting on the top seam, and a bit of pen on back.)

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James BrownPlays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) ... LP
Smash, 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Possibly the best instrumental album that James Brown cut for Smash! Unlike some of the other albums, this one features a set list that's mostly originals – and a number of tracks have a longer groove than usual, which lets James and the band stretch out instrumentally. Titles include "Vonshelia", "Fat Bag", "Hooks", "Sumpin Else", and "Jabo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover looks great.)

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James Brown & The Famous FlamesKansas City/Stone Fox ... 7-inch
King, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $2.99
"Stone Fox" is the real winner here – an instrumental tune with some all-out bluesy guitar, riffing and rasping over a fast vamp by the band, sounding more like a Chicago Chess number than James' usual mid 60s bag! "Kansas City" is, of course, a version of the famous Lieber/Stoller hit – done here by James in a nice deep soul style that makes us like the cut more than we might! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ray BrownRay Brown With The All-Star Big Band ... LP
Verve, 1962. Good+ ... $1.99
A standout session from bassist Ray Brown – one of a few 60s big band sessions recorded for Verve, featuring some searing solo work from Cannonball Adderley! Brown's name as a leader is possibly more as a compadre than the main driving force of the record – as the arrangements here are by Ernie Wilkins, often in the tightly soulful bag he was laying down at the time – and Adderley's presence as the main soloist certainly gives a Cannonball flair to the record. But there's definitely plenty of Brown's warmth guiding the whole session – and other players include Nat Adderley, Clark Terry, Melba Liston, Budd Johnson, and Yusef Lateef. Some tracks have Brown's bass right out front in the arrangements, dipping nicely and adding into the groove – and titles include "Tricotism", "Cannon Built", "Thumbstring", "Two For The Blues", and "Work Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has half-split seams and some pen on the back.)

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Jimmy CastorFrom The Roots (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Winley/Traffic, 1969. Used ... $9.99
Killer early soul from Jimmy Castor – material that's mostly from the years before his better-known Smash Records and RCA sides – done in a wickedly-grooving style! The work here is a mix of upbeat dancefloor numbers and mellower harmony cuts – and even at this early stage, Castor's clearly a powerhouse in soul – really able to get his bag together, and deliver a tune with a tightness that's totally great – especially given that the Winley Records production still keeps an edge in the music that's plenty darn raw! There's plenty of charm, and a great sense of variety in the tunes – and titles include "Poor Loser", "Block Party", "Soul Sister", "Rattle Snake", "It's OK", "A Dream Affair", "Oh Susanna", and "Hangin Out". CD

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Cocoon (Gunter Hampel)While The Recording Engineer Sleeps ... CD
Staubgold (Austria), 1985. New Copy ... $16.99
We can't imagine the recording engineer sleeping while this set was being recorded – as the sound here is plenty powerful, and this unusual post-prog blend of jazz, rock, and electronic elements! The group features the legendary Gunter Hampel on vibes, piano, and reeds – and Gunter also sings a bit too, alongside another vocalist in the group who's got an even rawer, raspier sound – somewhere in the territory of Mark E Smith or Mark Stewart at the same time! And maybe The Fall is a good point of comparison here, as the record definitely moves beyond any sort of simple style – and instead has this freewheeling pastiche of musical elements that also seems to infect the vocals as well. Titles include "Ventilators Change Into Airplanes", "Bag Lady", "I Can See Voices", "While The Recording Engineer Sleeps", and "The Shadow Man". CD
 
 
 



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