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✨✧ VariousGirls Want The Boys – Sweden's Beat Girls 1964 to 1970 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Totally groovy sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a flurry of female pop tunes that we love every bit as our favorite French femme work from the time! Like French pop, the tunes here are lively and upbeat – often with a slight current of funk or soul in the rhythms, and with instrumentation that mixes fuller orchestrations with groovier elements at the core – creating a juxtaposition of large sound and personal presence that makes the music plenty darn great throughout! There have been lots of other European scenes tapped like this over the years – but this may well be the first Swedish collection we've ever heard – and, thanks to the folks at Ace Records, it gets beautiful presentation with top-shelf sound, and detailed notes on the music. Titles include "The Girls Want The Boys" by Eleanor Bodel, "Karlek Finns Det Overallt" by Mak Les Souers, "Last Train To Liverpool" by Plommons, "Good Kind Of Hurt" by Lena Junoff, "Don't" by Doris, "Benny Law" by Plums, "Lite For Liten" by Lill Babs, "Vadret" by Mona Wessman, and "You Really Have Started Something" by Britt Bergstrom. 24 tracks in all! CD
 
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Skinny BoysWeightless ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... About March 20, 2018
The first and best album by the ever slept-on Skinny Boys – recorded for Warlock with a raw, gritty sound – finally available on CD! Weightless is a far more terse effort than the Boys ever recorded for Jive later on. It's actually one of the harder-hitting records we can think of on Warlock – a trait we love! Jock's human beat box is as prevalent and forceful as the rhymes, beats and scratches. Funky fresh hip hop that's very much of the era, but still a great listen now and forever! Tracks include "Jock Box", "Unity", "Get Funky", "Weightless", "Ill", "Feed Us The Beat", "Awesome", "Rip The Cut" and "Skinny Boys". CD

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✨✧ VariousSweet Taste Of Sin – Sensual Sampler-Ready Soul For B-Boys, B-Girls, & Soul Heads ... CD
BGP (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet and smooth 70s soul – hand-picked with a freshness that should appeal to folks who found these sounds through the hip hop that these grooves laid the sonic groundwork for. The tracks on here aren't as beat or break-heavy as some of the material on other sample-driven collections – but that's fine with us, as the tracks move into a sophisticated soul range that's always a pleasure to hear, bringing together the kind of well-produced 70s tracks we love! Titles include "Sweet Taste Of Sin" by Dennis Coffey, "I'll See You In Hell First" by Phillip Mitchell, "Do It To Me Now" by Fatback, "Don't Risk Your Happiness On Foolishness" by Fantastic Four, "Killing Time" by Natural Essence, "Your Love Is My Desire" by Eramus Hall, "Baby Get Down" by Eddie McLoyd, "Set It Out" by The Detroit Emeralds, "Love Starved" by Shirley Brown, "I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her" by Isaac Hayes, "If I Had The Power" by Johnny Guitar Watson, and "I Got To Have Your Love Now" by Caesar Frazier. CD
Also available Sweet Taste Of Sin – Sensual Breakbeat Soul ... LP 16.99

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Perrey-KingsleyIn Sound From Way Out ... CD
Vanguard, 1966. Used ... $4.99
One of the moogiest records of all time – a legendary LP of "electronic pop music of the future" – sourced and claimed as an influence by everyone from Stereolab to the Beastie Boys! The legendary team of Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jaques Perry are working here in early tape experiments that chop up quirky analogue electronics – and uses them to produce moogy songbits and space sounds, all with a really groovy beat! There's a simple magic here that has made the album hold up for years, and stand apart from a legion of later imitators with a clear, simple, and effective style that makes the best of all the bleeps and blonks in the set! Titles include "Unidentified Flying Object", "Spooks in Space", "Barnyard In Orbit", "Swan's Splashdown", and "Girl From Venus". A loving musical space party! CD

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✨✧ VariousO Records Classics Vol 1 – Passion ... CD
O Records/Cherry Pop (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
80s club galore – served up here in an excellent look at the O Records label – a small company that was driven by producer Bobby O – an artist who really helped strip down the dancefloor sound in the years after disco! A decade before, and these cuts might have had a lot of strings and larger instrumentation – but although similar in themes and range of artists, the music here showcases more of the lean electro style of the following decade – often just simple grooves that make the most of basslines, beats, and keyboards – with catchy hooks that were more than enough to get a few of these cuts into the charts! The 28 track set may be the first we've ever seen to present O Records music with the right sort of liner notes and attention to detail – and it even includes a few surprise remixes too. Titles include "She Has A Way" by Bobby O, "Native Love" by Divine, "Calling All Boys" by Flirts, "Working Girl" by Girly, "Yum Yum Eat Em Up" by The Beat Box Boys, "Make It On My Own" by Free Enterprise, "Goin Cruisin" by Malibu, "Eye On You" by Hippies With Haircuts, "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys, "Shoot Your Shot" by Divine, "Fantasy" by Hotline, "Just A Gigolo" by Barbie & The Kens, "Whisper To A Scream" by Bobby O with Claudja Barry, "Breathless" by Gina Desire, and "Keep It Coming" by The Boyd Brothers. CD
 
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Jan & DeanFilet Of Soul Redux – The Rejected Master Recordings ... CD
Liberty/Omnivore, 1965. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
One of the strangest records ever made – and a set that, in late 1965, may well put Jan & Dean ahead of The Beatles or Beach Boys for very experimental production! The set features the duo's original, rejected version of the album Filet Of Soul – not the one that was issued on album back in the 60s, but the set that the group recorded in a bizarre melange of music, sound effects, and even a bit of stoned-out jokes – all standing next to their familiar records like The Monkees' Head stood next to their TV show! The pair were always pretty goofy in their live sets, and that definitely comes through here – as the core part of the music was live, then augmented in the studio – but they're also even more over the top in their presentation here, and either sound completely light-headed from long hours in the studio, or from some other substance instead. There's a few of the familiar songs that were heard on the final album – but they're layered here in so many different odd elements and sounds, the result is like some baroque collage of 60s pop and studio extremes. Titles include "Prelude/Honolulu Lulu", "Boys Down At The Plant/Cathy's Clown/Pigeon Joke", "Beatle Part Of Our Portion/Rhythm Section Introduction/Michelle/Whistling Dixie", "We Want Jan & Dean/Norwegian Wood", "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", and "Hang On Sloopy/Jan & Dean They'll Be Back". CD

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Eden KaneWell I Ask You – The Complete 60s Recordings ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
An overlooked body of work from British singer Eden Kane – one of the cooler chart artists of the pre-Beatles years, and a vocalist who maybe has a bit more growl in his voice than some of his contemporaries! Kane's got a definite influence from R&B, but turned towards a more rock/pop approach, given the arrangements of the early work here – and the style's like that of some of the cooler rock artists in the US who were starting to break at the time, with maybe even a bit of Bobby Darin-style jazz at times. Kane is also the brother of hip singer/songwriter Peter Sarstedt (his real name is Richard Sarstedt) – and as the 60s moved on, Peter was working with Eden, as the music only got cooler and groovier. 2CD set features a whopping 56 tracks in all, plus very detailed notes on Eden Kane's life and music – with tracks that include "Hot Chocolate Crazy", "Rain Rain Go Away", "Hangin Round", "Magic Town", "The Last Leaf", "Charade", "My Time Of Evening", "Romance", "Sounds Funny To Me", "Pulling Me Thru Bad Times", "A Million Ants", "Music For Strings", "House To Let", "Before I Lose My Mind", "You Make Love So Well", "Gotta Get Through To You", and "Boys Cry". CD

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Gap MangioneDiana In The Autumn Wind ... CD
Josh Music, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
A totally great little album from Gap Mangione – the lesser-known brother of Chuck! The difference between Gap and Chuck was that Gap was always hipper, cooler, and a bit funkier – as you'll hear in this excellent debut LP from 1968! Gap's working here in some amazing territory – taking styles of jazz from 60s soundtracks, and working them into a slightly electrified context that makes for some really cool grooves. Tracks are short, but complicated – with rhythms by a young Tony Levin on bass and Steve Gadd on drums – and lots of piano, organ, and electric piano from Gap! There's a few moments on here that you'll recognize from famous hip hop samples – but even more than those, the album's wonderfully solid overall – a unique jazz vision from the late 60s, and the kind of set that should have had Gap beating out his flugelhorn-playing brother! Titles include "The XI Commandment", "Dream On Little Dreamer", "Long Hair Soulful", "Diana In The Autumn Wind", "Boys With Toys", "Pond With Swans", and "Graduate Medley". CD

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PortisheadRoseland NYC Live ... CD
Go Beat, 1998. Used ... $4.99
Beth Gibbons haunting vocals and Geoff Barrows stark, atmospheric beatscapes get the live treatment, buoyed by a 35 piece orchestra. 11 tracks in all, including "Humming", "Cowboys", "All Mine", "Mysterons", "Only You", "Half Day Closing", "Over", 'Glory Box", 'Sour times", "Roads" and "Strangers". CD
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Jimmy Vann BandUpper Left Hand Corner Of The Sky (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kaleidoscope Sound/Beatball (Korea), 1971. New Copy ... About November 15, 2017 (delayed)
The upper left hand corner of the sky is a very groovy place – thanks to warm vocals and a sunny groove from the Jimmy Vann Band! The group's a trio, of the hotel/cocktail variety – but they've also got plenty of Sunshine Pop touches too – a mixture of male and female vocals, and a real love of catchy, jangly rhythms on their upbeat tunes! Although issued on a small west coast label, the set's got all the sparkle of better-known gems on A&M or Capitol at the time – a professional, focused sound that's never too cheesy, and always sweetly compelling. Instrumentation includes organ, piano, accordion, flute, and trumpet – and titles are almost all originals, and pretty darn great overall! Titles include "The Upper Left Hand Corner Of The Sky", "Circle V", "I'm Just Me", "Cowboys Never Cry", "Break Tune", "Everything That's True Is Blue", and "The Music Is Love". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – "How Do You Tell A Child", and "I Love You More Each Day". CD

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VariousRevolutionary Spirit – The Sound Of Liverpool 1976 to 1988 (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 5CD ... $44.99
A huge look at the Liverpool scene in the UK – but one that doesn't focus on the generation of the Beatles and Brit Invasion groups – and instead brings some great attention to the city's contribution to the post-punk years and beyond! The package is tremendous – 100 songs in a huge booklet of notes – tracing an evolution from the late 70s years, when Liverpool was as creative and fervent of a scene as other North England territories, like Manchester and Sheffield – but also one that could quickly develop some tuneful aspects too, which no doubt helped the rest of the UK music scene of the 80s find a way to expand in some great global directions! Throughout the whole time covered here, there's a great tension between experimentation and commercial success – one that's covered beautifully by the many tracks in the collection, and also documented in the hefty notes within. There's far too many tracks here for us to list – but let us say that the package is overflowing with work by artists as diverse as Dalek I, The Wild Swans, China Crisis, Pink Industry, Care, Box Of Toys, Deaf School, Big In Japan, Pale Fountains, Icicle Works, Dead Or Alive, The Lotus Eaters, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Mr Amir, Brenda & The Beach Balls, Jegsy Dodd & The Sons Of Harry Cross, The La's, Jactars, Magic Carpets, Barbel, The Walking Seeds, Thomas Lang, Ministry Of Love, Nightmares In Wax, OMD, The Planets, Spitfire Boys, Geisha Girls, Royal Family & The Poor, Public Disgrace, It's Immaterial, The Balcony, The Yachts, Teardrop Explodes, Original Mirrors, The Press Gang, Moderates, Egypt For Now, Those Naughty Lumps, Flock Of Seagulls, Freeze Frame, Echo & The Bunnymen, and many more! CD

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Run-DMCRaising Hell (expanded edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Profile, 1986. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
The massive third album from Run DMC – a set that was done at a time when the duo were totally at the top of their game – and broke out big to a much wider audience than the usual hip hop crowd! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – produced by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with a classic early Def Jam vibe, in the same manner that helped the Beastie Boys get their records in the hands of folks who'd never buy hip hop otherwise! And that sound comes to culmination on the album's hit collaboration with Aerosmith on a remake of "Walk This Way". But apart from that rocker, most of the rest of the set also shows an increased complexity in both the lyricism of the pair, and the way Jam Master Jay serves up their beats – which makes for a stone classic all the way through, on tracks that include "Peter Piper", "It's Tricky", "My Adidas", "Proud To Be Black", "You Be Illin'", and "Walk This Way". Bonus tracks on this expanded edition include "My Adidas (acapella)", "Walk This Way (demo)", "Lord Of Lyrics (demo)", "Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot" and "Live At The Apollo Raw Vocal Commercial". CD
 
 
 



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