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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
Also available Girls Want The Boys – Sweden's Beat Girls 1966 to 1970 ... LP 24.99
 
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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 ... $11.99 18.99
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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✨✧ Skinny BoysWeightless ... CD
Warlock/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Skinny Boys may be weightless, but they've got a nicely heavy sound that often comes as much from their own human beat box work as it does from sampled beats and other instrumentation! The album's an early set on Warlock, and it's got that raw, straight from the streets vibe that made the imprint such a key contributor to the evolving sound of hip hop in the second half of the 80s – a time when the Skinny Boys' sound found a way to draw on all the elements of the old school party crews, but come across with a lot more of an edge! Even the human beat boxing is pretty great – often super-distorted and sinister, with this bassy presence that really gives the record a dark edge. Titles include "Jock Box", "Unity", "Get Funky", "Weightless", "Ill", "Feed Us The Beat", "Awesome", "Rip The Cut", and "Skinny Boys". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Danger Mouse feat Jemini The Gifted OneGhetto Pop Life ... CD
Lex, 2004. Used ... $6.99
Beat architect Danger Mouse and MC Jemini pair off for Ghetto Pop Life – a pretty solid full length that's actually getting the notice it deserves, thanks to DM's much celebrated Grey Album. Prince Po, Cee Lo, Alkaholiks, J-Zone and Pharcyde (who's Delicious Vinyl sound is a clear influence on Mouse) all make appearances. Tracks include "Ghetto Pop Life", "Omega Supreme", "What You Sittin' On", "Take Care Of Business", "Yoo-Hoo", "Bush Boys" (one of the best anti-Bush regime tracks we've heard) and more. CD

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Perrey-KingsleyIn Sound From Way Out ... CD
Vanguard, 1966. Used ... $2.99
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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✨✧ VariousLet The Boogie Woogie Rock & Roll – 25 Boogies, Jivers, & Jumpers Drawn From The Atlantic, Atco, & East West Vaults ... CD
Atlantic/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A searing collection of 50s R&B – served up by one of the labels that was the best in the business – the then-young Atlantic Records, who helped define a whole generation with records like this! Yet the set isn't just the hits from Atlantic, as the collection's got loads of lesser-known gems from the time too – with a balance that's probably more in favor of obscure Atlantic tracks, which are then mixed in with a few better-known cuts – all for a non-stop R&B party that's brimming over with raw soul and plenty of jazzy jumpers! The package features 25 tracks in all – and a superb set list that includes the titles "Big Foot May" by Hal Paige & His Blues Boys, "Alarm Clock Boogie" by Odelle Turner, "Wine O Wine" by Willis Gatortail Jackson, "Ee Til Ya Dee" by The Tilters, "Big Mamou Daddy" by Carmen Taylor, "Uh Huh" by George Jackson, "Got The Water Boiling" by The Regals, "Miss Rip Van Winkle" by The Tibbs bRothers, "Hey Memphis" by Lavern Baker, "Rhumboogie Jive" by Frank Floorshow Culley, "My Beat Is 125th Street" by Eunice Davis, and "Bip Bop Bip" by Pretty Boy. CD
 
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Joe MoksBoys & Girls ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $15.99
The music of Joe Moks has a nice sing-song feel here – a vibe that's almost more reggae than you'd expect from her Nigerian roots – but with an offbeat style that's also not like anything that might have come from Kingston! Instead, the groove here feels a bit like when American or British soul might borrow some rhythms from reggae, but change up the instrumentation and production – which this album definitely does with the higher-end instrumentation, which also includes some moogy bits that work this cool magic around the edges! Joe's vocals are very much in the groove – tied to the rhythms instead of trying to dominate them – stepping back and forth with a rhythmic pulse of her own – on titles that include "Insure My Love", "Boys & Girls", "Love Is Gonna Pay", "Closer Than The Sun", and "You Look Without Seeing". CD

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✨✧ BeatlesPlease Please Me ... CD
Apple, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overstuffed album of early greatness – served up with a classic image of the Fab Four on the cover! The tunes are a mix of Lennon/McCartney originals and American soul and rock numbers that are reinterpreted wonderfully by the group – in ways that perfectly show why, unlike most of their contemporaries, The Beatles weren't just trying for slavish imitation of American authenticity – and instead were already taking off with new ideas inspired by the music! Titles include "Please Please Me", "Love Me Do", "Misery", "Anna", "I Saw Her Standing There", "Boys", "Baby IT's You", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "Twist & Shout", "A Taste Of Honey", and "Chains". CD

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Chemical BrothersCome With Us (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Astralwerks/Virgin (Japan), 2002. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
The Chemical Brothers retreat from the mainstream club-pop landscape that fertilized their previous work, and the result is a much more lush, textured, and soulful record that finally earns them the cheers they've been receiving for years already! The hip hop beats and party bounce that made the Chemical name certainly are not out the picture on Come With Us, but the Brothers also learned the fine art of subtlety somewhere along the line and the heart of the album has a much more progressive approach, with string flourishes, hypnotic beats, soft breathy vocals lurking in the distance, and a free and floating in space trippy feel. Overall a more down tempo experience than you might be expecting from these boys – but not without its clanging crescendos – with a reverent knowledge of what made their acid house forefathers tick. Tracks include "Come With Us", "It Began In Afrika", "Galaxy Bounce", "Star Guitar", "Hoops", "My Elastic Eye", "The State We're In", "Denmark", "Pioneer Skies", The Test". 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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Gap MangioneDiana In The Autumn Wind ... CD
Josh Music, 1968. Used ... $8.99
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
Also available Diana In The Autumn Wind ... CD 13.99

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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
Also available Diana In The Autumn Wind ... CD 8.99

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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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VariousAll That Disco 100 (6CD set) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD ... $48.99
100 disco and dance tracks, all in a mighty nice package – and a set that's maybe got as much funky soul and upbeat grooves as it does more mainstream work from the clubs! The package goes past the obvious late 70s disco years – and begins with some earlier soul from the 70s, then even moves into some big 80s dancefloor tracks as well – the kind of delightful pop numbers that seem to be getting a lot more play from the younger generation who didn't live through the music the first time around! Titles include "I Just Can't Say Goodbye" by Philly Devotions, "The Bump" by The Commodores, "Summer Place 76" by Percy Faith, "Shining Star" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle, "Dazz" by Brick, "Sky High" by Jigsaw, "Yes Sir I Can Boogie" by Baccara, "Boogie Nights" by GQ, "This Is It" by Melba Moore, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice, "Rockin Soul" by Hues Corporation, "Disco Inferno" by Trammps, "The Boss" by Diana Ross, "Super Freak" by Rick James, "Lovely One" by The Jacksons, "Paradise" by Change, "Got To Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn, "Best Of My Love" by The Emotions, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Boys Town Gang, "Le Freak" by Chic, "I'm In The Mood For Dancing" by The Nolas, "Hello Mr Monkey" by Arabesque, "DJ In My Life" by Annie, "I Like Chopin" by Gazebo, "Wanted" by The Dooleys, "I Was Made For Lovin You" by Kiss, "Dschingis Khan" by Genghis Khan, "Breakout" by Swing Out Sister, "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Deniece Williams, "Living In America" by James Brown, "Digging Your Scene" by The Blow Monkeys, "Conga" by Miami Sound Machine, "Hold Me Now" by Thompson Twins, "Don't You Want Me" by Human League, "Take On Me" by A-Ha, "Maneater" by Hall & Oates, "Respectable" by Mel & Kim, "Toy Toy" by Sinitta, "Two Of Hearts" by Stacey Q, "Venus" by Bananarama, "Eat You Up" by Angie Gold, "You Spin Me Round" by Dead Or Alive, "Point Of No Return" by Expose, "People Hold On" by Lisa Stansfield, "Give Me UP" by Michael Fortunati, and "Cha Cha Cha" by Finzy Kontini. CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ VariousJesus Rocked The Jukebox – Small Group Black Gospel 1951 to 1965 ... CD
Concord/Craft, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.99
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel – one that really keeps the spirit of the "jukebox" in the title! The tunes here are all upbeat, and often share a lot with R&B material of the 50s – especially the vocal group numbers, which often echo more secular modes of early doo wop, but rise the lyrics towards more heavenly aims – while often imbuing the tunes with lots of earthy energy! All the tracks here are from the Vee Jay and Specialty Records labels – and in the case of Vee Jay especially, the well-chosen selection of tracks provides a long-overdue focus to tunes that have mostly been reissued for the spiritual market, and haven't gotten the kind of exposure in the soul scene that they've needed over the years! This collection really corrects that – handled by the excellent Craft division of Concord who've been giving us some great Stax reissues – and the package is overflowing with rare singles, a total of 40 tracks in all – accompanied by great notes in a really well-done package. Titles include "Let Jesus Lead You" by The Detroiters, "Let Me Ride" by The Staple Singers, "Ananais" by The Chosen Gospel Singers, "Wade In The Water" by Harmonizing Four, "This May Be The Last Time" by The Original Five Blind Boys, "Just Another Day" by Soul Stirrers, "I Am So Glad" by Patterson Singers, "I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This" by Highway QCs, "Move Upstairs" by The Gable-Airs, "Angels Watching Over Me" by The Detroiters, "The Lord's Prayer" by Swan Silvertones, "Sinner Run To Jesus (take 1)" by Soul Stirrers, and "People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing" by Original Blind Boys. 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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✨✧ Eden KaneWell I Ask You – The Complete 60s Recordings ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Run-DMCRaising Hell (expanded edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Profile, 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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