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VariousMirwood Soul Story ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... About August 1, 2016
Killer work from one of the smokinest soul labels of the west coast scene of the 60s – mighty Mirwood Records, a company that's kept the Northern Soul scene humming for decades! Mirwood wasn't one of the biggest, or most chart-topping labels – but the company came up with some incredible work in the uptempo mode that's really held strongly over the years. The label boasted some great singers with a straightforward, no-nonsense approach – often working with tight rhythms and rolling piano lines to send the tunes home with a solid sort of punch! This set features 24 classics from the glory days of Mirwood – all lovingly presented with great notes in the usual high Kent/Ace standard. Titles include "Your Kind Ain't No Good" by The Mirettes, "Stubborn Heart" by The Sheppards, "Baby Your Time Is My Time" by Bob & Earl, "Oh My Darlin" by Jackie Lee, "Set Me Free" by The Performers, "Words Can't Explain" by The Belles, "Where There's A Will" by Jimmy Thomas, "The Same Old Thing" by The Olympics, "Keep It Coming" by Bobby Garrett, "Just Tryin To Please You" by Jimmy Thomas, "Is She In Your Town" by Curtis Lee, and "Lost" by The Darlettes. CD

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✨✧ AC DCBack In Black ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The start of a whole new chapter – with "Shoot To Thrill", "Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", "Hells Bells", "Back In Black", and "Given The Dog A Bone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record club pressing In the embossed cover.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterHell's Belles ... LP
Sidewalk, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60's, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats! Highlights include the classics "Hogin' Machine" and "Hot Wind", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Soul Groove" and "Scoobee Doo". The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy fuzzy guitar to go around nicely! A few tracks have vocals, but the instrumentals more than make up for any weak spots. Essential. LP, Vinyl record album

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CalifoneStitches (with download) ... LP
Dead Oceans, 2013. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Chicago's great avant roots heroes Califone have been at it for well over a decade, and they have yet to put out record that isn't a quiet treasure! Stitches is, what, their eighth album? It's another gem! There's always been something of a southwestern mood to Califone's ouvre, and this one was actually recorded in TX, CA and AZ, so that's more befitting than ever. But it sounds like no one but Califone, with songs that are as accessible as anything they've done to date. Brilliant stuff! Includes "Movie Music Kills A Kiss", "Stitches", "Frosted Tips", "Magdalene", "Bells Break Arms", "Moonbath, Brainsalt, A, Holy, Fool", "Moses", "A Thin Skin Of Bullfight Dust", "Turtle Eggs/An Optimist". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeve and download code.)

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Dillinger Vs TrinityClash ... CD
Burning Sounds (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A classic album in the "clash" style of the late 70s – in which two different reggae artists go head to head from track to track on a record – yet a set that also feels a lot more unified than the rest, almost as if Trinity and Dillinger support each other strongly, and only bring out the best in each others' performances! Rhythms are mellow, and very very soulful – quite different than the more popular roots styles of the time, with some of the pacing of lover's rock, but a lot dubbier and deeper too – a mode that really creates the collaborative feel of the record. Titles include "Rizla Shank", "Spike Heel Shoes", "Starsky & Hutch", "Natty Passing Through A Curfew", "Stumbling Block", "Step It Brother Clem", and "Shelly With The Electric Belly". CD

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John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 3 – The Dance Of Death & Other Plantation Favorites (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Brilliant work from the young John Fahey – a record that instantly captures its time-bending feel with its title, and which more than delivers on its promise with the music! The songs here are hardly real "plantation favorites", but Fahey evokes this antebellum sensibility with his sound – pre-blues, pre-folk modes that are actually his own new inventions on the guitar at the time – a cosmic intertwining of tradition and individual vision that was first set fire with records like this, then continued to inspire for decades to come. Fahey plays solo throughout – save for one duet with William Barth – and titles include "Wine & Roses", "How Long", "On The Banks Of The Owchita", 'Worried Blues", "What The Sun Said", "Revelation On The Banks Of The Pawtuxent", "Poor Boy", "Variations On The Coocoo", "The Last Steam Engine Train", "Give Me Corn Bread When I'm Hungry", and "Dance Of Death". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – with heavy cover and paste-on image, like the original Takoma version!)

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✨✧ Procol HarumProcol Harum ... LP
Deram, 1967. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
The amazing first album from Procol Harum – a group with a sound that's still unlike anyone else we can think of – even though they were a key part of the London scene of the 60s! The group are steeped in all of the blues, soul, and jazz elements that influenced so many other British acts of the period – but they have this way of presenting the music that brings a whole new sort of drama to the music – this flair that never overwhelms, and instead embellishes the music in this really special way – so that the tunes have this brilliance that's kept them fresh for many decades to follow! Lead singer Gary Brooker is a key part of the record's magic – a very distinctive singer – and a young Robin Trower contributes plenty on guitar, as does Matthew Fisher on Hammond. But there's also some arrangements that really set the whole thing in an unusual direction – and which make the record way more than just another bluesy rock set from the time. Hard to argue with the baroque brilliance of "She Wandered Through The Garden Fence", "A Christmas Camel", "Salad Days", "Repent Walpurgis", and "Conquistador" – not to mention the hit, "Whiter Shade Of Pale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing.)

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Lyman Woodard OrganizationLost & Found – The Unreleased 1971 Recordings ... CD
Uuquipleu, 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A completely lost album from Detroit legend Lyman Woodard – recorded around the same time as his Saturday Night Special classic, and every bit as great! The material is stunning – and easily rises to the top of the pack of the rare few examples of Woodard's genius that were caught on record – and like Saturday Night Special, the set's a masterpiece of mellow funk – with these cool, complicated arrangements that have both the grooves and Lyman's Hammond stepping out unlike anybody else – light years ahead of the late 60s soul jazz organ combos, but still with a lean, clean vibe that's very different than the large, smooth sounds of slicker 70s jazz. All tracks are long, and the record is totally wonderful – a gem that would be changing for hundreds of dollars, had it been issued in the 70s – but maybe even more amazing all these many years later as a rare extra bonus for fans like us! Titles include "Kimba", "Funky Lyman", "Lyman's Mambo", "Belle Isle Daze", and a surprisingly funky version of "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". CD

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✨✧ VariousTroubled Waters – A Compilation Of Blues & Gospel Recordings By George Mitchell 1962 to 1976 ... LP
Mississippi, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great field recordings from the 60s and 70s – mostly secular blues, and done in a style that's kind of a modern update of sounds from the delta! Most cuts here feature just a voice and guitar – recorded by George Mitchell with this really haunting, eerie quality that's very different than studio blues of the time – that kind of close-up and personal vibe of an ethnographic recording, with a style that's incredibly moving, even when very subtle. There's no overdone attempts at authenticity here – yet the organic power of the music really comes through – on titles that include "Careless Love" by Furry Lewis, "Hey Freddie" by Napoleon Strickland, "Poor Black Mattie" by RL Burnside, "Lucy Mae Blues" by Cecil Barfield, "Count The Days I'm Gone" by Rosa Lee Hill, "Miss Maybelle" by Jessie Lee Fortis, "My Lord" by Green Pascal, and a few instrumentals by James Davis on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ Curtis AmyWay Down ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible album by one of the best soul jazz reed players to emerge from the LA scene of the 60s! Amy started his career playing R&B-ish organ/tenor material, but by this point, he was really opening up his bag a lot – hitting modalish grooves that showed definite traces of Coltrane, but which were also still firmly rooted in his Texas tenor tradition. This album's one of his rarest, and it features a very young Roy Ayers (billed as Ron Ayers) playing vibes, plus Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, Roy Brewster on trombone, and John Houston on piano. Titles include "Way Down", "Liberia", "Lisa", "Bells & Horns", and "A Soulful Bee, A Soulful Rose". Beautiful! LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing!)

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✨✧ Louis Armstrong & Oscar PetersonLouis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson ... LP
Verve, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing on Polydor.)

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✨✧ Albert AylerLorrach/Paris 1966 ... LP
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1966/1981. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A crucial European performance by Albert Ayler in the mid 60s – one that wasn't issued until many years after the recording, but which has become one of the sharpest pictures of his genius at the time! The vibe here is different than the Ayler albums for ESP – still very much in the same territory, but with this approach that's really reaching out with a deeply spiritual consciousness – an energy to embrace the whole history of jazz, both very old and very new – and re-form its entire ideology into a richly personal expression. Ayler's tremendous on tenor, but Don Ayler is often equally great on trumpet – and the unusual group features Michel Samson on violin, William Fowell on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums. Titles include really unique readings of "Bells", "Jesus", "Our Prayer", "Spirits" and "Holy Ghost" – while the second album, actually an EP pressed up at 45 rpm for higher sound quality – features "Ghost (1st variation)", "Ghost" and "Holy Family". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BanditsElectric 12 ... LP
World Pacific, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features a young Glen Campbell on a 12-string electric guitar! Also features electric piano from Russell Bridges and Ray Johnson, more guitar from David Gates, and drums from Hal Blaine! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Les BaxterHell's Belles (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sidewalk/La La Land, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60s, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats. The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy guitars to give a razor sharp edge to the groove! A few tracks have vocals, but it's the funk rock instrumentals that drive this one into pulp soundtrack classic status. Highlights include the classics "Hogin' Machine" and "Hot Wind", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Soul Groove", "Chain Fight", "Dan's Theme", "Scoobee Doo" and the killer "Wheels (Main Title Theme)". This great limited edition CD version has a 4 bonus tracks made up of the full version of the end title song, medleys of shorter cues from the film, instrumental bits and more. "Travelin' Man", "Take It From Me (Source)/Gila Monster/Cathy Left Behind /Mongoose Gets Beans", "Gang Rides Through The Hills/Tosses Bike Over Bank/Snake Or Rope" and more. CD
(Limited to 1200 copies!!)

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✨✧ BeatlesBeatles Live At The BBC ... CD
Apple, Early 60s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Beatles live at the BBC – heard here in a host of rare recordings that were done between March 1962 and June 1965 – pulled from the vaults of the legendary radio station, and with a few cool dialogue bits too! The versions here were all played live on the air, and make for some much-needed alternate takes on the big hits by the Fab Four – and a few American numbers that really show the influence of other styles on their early sound. And since the recordings were done in a top-shelf studio, they're not muddy concert recordings – but actually feel more like some lost EMI studio material from the same period. 71 titles in all – including "Nothin Shakin", "The Hippy Hippy Shake", "Glad All Over", "Rock & Roll Music", "Ticket To Ride", "Ooh My Soul", "Don't Ever Change", "Slow Down", "Matchbox", "I Forgot To Remember To Forget", "The Honeymoon Song", "Lucille", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Taste Of Honey", "From Us To You", "I Got A Woman", "I'll Be On My Way", "Shot Of Rhythm & Blues", "Some Other Guy", "Soldier Of Love", and "Clarabella". CD
(Mono recordings.)

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✨✧ Beady BelleSongs From A Decade – The Best Of Beady Belle (3 CD set) ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning collection – one that features all the best bits of this group that we totally love – plus a bonus live set too! Beady Belle are wonderful – a Scandinavian group, but one who've gotten plenty of play over here in the underground soul set for years – thanks to this universal groove in their music, and completely sublime lyrics and vocals from lead singer Beate Lech – an artist we'd rank right up there with one of the best soul singers on either side of the Atlantic! The first 2CDs in the set focus on the standout tracks from the group's all-great albums on the Jazzland label – titles that include "Skin Deep", "Turn Back Time", "Apron Strings", "Saved", "Diamond In The Rough", "Runaway Mind", "Shadow", "Intermission Music", "When My Anger Starts To Cry", "Half Truth", "Big Balloon", and "Touch Of Paradise". Then, CD3 features a live set from Oslo in 2013 – with titles that include "My Name On The World", "Closer", "Shadow", "Skin Deep", "Come Home", and "Every Moment". CD

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✨✧ Louie Bellson & His Big BandLouie Rides Again ... LP
Percussion Power, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Spanish Gypsy", "Inferno", "Love Dreams", "Hello Young Lovers", "Back Home", and "Spacin Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chuck BerryChuck Berry Is On Top ... LP
Chess, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chuck Berry is definitely on top with this classic Chess Records set – an album that shows that Berry always had a lot more to offer than some of his oldies rocker contemporaries! Sure, there's a few hits here, but the overall quality of the music is more in the mode of Chess blues of the time – lots of raw backings that are as heavy on piano lines and romping rhythms as they are Chuck's own searing lead guitar – a sound that definitely sets the tone for generations to come, and which is always heard best here in its early hoke-free setting. The whole album's wonderful, and even familiar hits sound newly brilliant in this context – a smoking lineup that includes "Jo Jo Gunne", "Around & Around", "Hey Pedro", "Anthony Boy", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Almost Grown", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Maybellene". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing.)

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✨✧ BrainticketCottonwoodhill ... LP
Hallelujah (Italy), 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The immortal acid prog debut of Brainticket – 2 rides on 2 sides as tripped at as any at the time – done with a driving groove that never spirals too far off the grid! The album features 2 shorter jams to kick it off before the gargantuan "Brainticket" that fills a side and a half – setting the course in something of a funk rock mode with a killer drums, grooving organ and trippy guitars. Dawn Muir's voice brings an otherworldly narrative, and this as one wild set of tripped out rock! Includes "Black Sand", "Places Of Light" and the 3 part epic that is "Brainticket". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Hallelujah/Bellaphon. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)

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