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Archie Bell & The DrellsStrategy ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good+ ... $13.99
By the end of the 70s, Archie and crew were firmly entrenched in the up-tempo dancefloor style that made them one of the more winning groups at Philly International – and this album was one of their last for the label. The record features production work by the Gamble/Huff and McFadden/Whitehead teams, plus some work by Archie himself. Titles include "I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love", "We Got 'Em Dancing", "You're The Only One", "How Can I", and "Tighten Up At The Disco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover looks good, save for a small stain on the bottom right corner.)

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Carey BellCarey Bell's Blues Harp ... LP
Delmark, 1969. Near Mint- ... $26.99
Features Bell on harmonica and vocals – with Jimmy Dawkins on guitar and Pinetop Perkins on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has 7 W Grand address, label has N Lincoln Ave address.)

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Charles Bell Contemporary Jazz QuartetCharles Bell Contemporary Jazz Quartet ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great little record made by this obscure modernist group! The quartet seems to begin with an MJQ inspired kind of groove – but they're much more soulful than that, and the tracks have a nice jagged sound that well earns them their "contemporary" tag. The lineup is guitar/piano/bass/drums, and the tracks are spare and moody, but swing nicely! Titles include "Happy Funky", "Latin Festival", "Counterpoint Study 2", and "Variation 3". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Vinyl is great – cover has some light wear on front, and a small name on the back.)

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Charles Bell TrioCharles Bell Trio In Concert ... LP
Gateway, 1963. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the few albums ever recorded by pianist Charles Bell – a fresh-voiced modernist who flourished briefly on the recording scene at the beginning of the 60s, when he recorded great records for Columbia and Atlantic, plus this little gem for the smaller Gateway label! The set's a live one, and has Bell playing in a style that's more open than some of his other records – still very much concerned with moods and colors, in an almost John Lewis-like way – but also playing some extremely inventive lines on the piano, and giving the record a keenly improvised quality. Titles include "Take Five", "Memories Of Home", "Whisper Not", "Work Song", "Prancing", and "Tommy's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Fresh Sounds reissue. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Dee Bell, Eddie Duran featuring Tom HarrellOne By One ... LP
Concord, 1985. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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Marty Bell with Don ElliottVoice Of Marty Bell/The Quartet Of Don Elliott ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good+ ... $34.99
Obscure singer Marty Bell works here with cool small combo backing from the group of Don Elliott – who mostly plays vibes, but also a bit of bongos and trumpet too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo, deep groove. Cover has an ink stamp on the back.)

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Bell Biv DevoeBBD ... LP
Biv Ten/Universal, 2001. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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WireBell Is A Cup ... LP
Enigma, 1988. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $13.99
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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsTighten Up ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible bit of southern funk – the first landmark LP by Archie Bell & The Drells, and the first big burst of energy from the Texas scene of the 60s! The album's incredible – with Archie up front on rough-hewn vocals, the band grooving in a mad tangle of guitar, bass, and drums, and some super-fierce horn work by the TSU Tornadoes! You've no doubt heard the band's classic "Tighten Up (part 1)", but this album also includes the incredible "part 2" to the track – which takes the groove a million miles higher! And the whole album's equally great – filled with other tight soul gems that include "A Thousand Wonders", "I Don't Want To Be A Playboy", "Give Me Time", and "When You Left Heartache Began". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a partially split top seam, a cutout hole, and some light wear.)
Also available
Tighten Up ... CD 8.99
Tighten Up ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Bell Biv DevoePoison ... LP
MCA, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A second chapter for boy band 80s soul! After Bobby Brown set off on his own, the remaining three members of New Edition decided to remain a group and give it a go, and far from being a sad collection of the leftover members, their debut album was actually one of many successful New Jack Swing efforts the group would produce! Given a helping hand from the Shocklee brothers on production, this set includes "Poison", "Do Me!", "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph & Johnny (Word To The Mutha!)", "She's Dope!", "BBD (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Again?" and "Ain't Nut'in Changed!" LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousJingle Bell Jazz ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The best album of Christmas jazz you could ever buy! Why? Well, the record's totally hip – with way more going on than just the usual jazz versions of Christmas carols. But unlike other hip Christmas albums, this one also never loses the feeling of the season – and although the work is a bit more challenging than usual for a holiday album, it also always swings, and in a very festive style! Titles include "Deck The Halls" by Herbie Hancock, "Blue Xmas" by Bob Dorough and Miles Davis, "Winter Wonderland" by Chico Hamilton, "Jingle Bells" by Duke Ellington, "We Three Kings" by Paul Horn, "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie" by Lambert Hendricks & Ross, and "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree" by Marlowe Morris. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Vincent BellAirport Love Theme ... LP
Decca, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Shrinkwrap has an old sale sticker. Cover has a cutout hole.)
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Box TopsDimensions ... LP
Bell, 1969. Very Good ... $6.99
Produced by Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman – with tracks that include "The Happy Song", "Rock Me Baby", "Sweet Cream Ladies", "I Must Be The Devil", "Midnight Angel", and "Soul Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a sticker.)

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David CassidyRock Me Baby ... LP
Bell, 1972. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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5th DimensionMagic Garden ... LP
Bell, 1968. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Brilliant work – arguably the best album the 5th Dimension ever cut! The reason for this is Jimmy Webb – who arranged and conducted the album, which is comprised entirely of his own work. Gone are the simple pop tunes of earlier years, and in their place are some incredibly dark tunes that ride the razor edge between love and sadness in the best mode of Bacharach's genius work from the same time. Includes the sublime "The Girls Song", a track that out-Bacharachs Burt himself – plus "Requiem 820 Latham", "The Worst That Could Happen", "Paper Cup", and "Carpet Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary GlitterGary Glitter ... LP
Bell, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
A great little album from Gary – his one big American hit, and a sublime blend of glam and groove, featuring the massive "Rock & Roll", a track that's still played ad infinitum today at sports events – and which never fails to charge up the scene! Gary must have gotten a bucket of royalties for that one – and the rest of the record's equally great, filled with power-driving numbers that have a roar like a Harley in low gear. Also includes "Baby Please Don't Go", "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock & Roll)",'Ain't That A Shame", "Rock On","The Famous Instigator" and "Shaky Sue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Merrilee RushAngel Of The Morning ... LP
Bell, 1968. Sealed ... $9.99
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(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Chad MitchellChad ... LP
Bell, 1969. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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Partridge FamilyPartridge Family Christmas Card ... LP
Bell, 1972. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The Partridge Family take on Christmas hits both old and new – working here with Wes Farrell arrangements in their sunny, sing-song style of the 70s! David's handling lead vocals on most of the tunes, but the rest of the group are always ready to back him up – and the best moments here are really the ones that benefit from the fuller harmonies of the Partridge lineup, who are really just a backing group used for the session! Players on the date include Hal Blaine on drums, Mike Melvoin on keyboards, and Dennis Budimir on guitar – and tracks include "Winter Wonderland", "My Christmas Card To You", "Rockin Around The Christmas Tree", "Blue Christmas", and "Frosty The Snowman". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pee Wee RussellPee Wee Russell Plays Pee Wee ... LP
Bell, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A strangely beautiful record recorded during Pee Wee Russell's brief comeback as a modernist folk hero during the 60s. As with a number of his other sessions from the time, Russell's tone is amazingly angular, with strange off-kilter notes that expose the genius that had been lurking for years behind playing that was otherwise fairly straightforward. Titles include "The Lady's In Love", "I'm In The Market For You", and "Pee Wee's Song" – and the group is a quintet with Nat Pierce on piano and Steve Jordan on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Bell pressing. Back cover has a name in pen.)

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✨✧ David Frost & Billy TaylorMerry Christmas ... LP
Bell, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Frost conducts, but the real stars are Billy Taylor, who plays piano, Harold Wheeler and Howard Roberts, who did arrangements (Roberts with his vocal chorus), Gerri Granger (who sings a bit), and Frank Wess, who plays some nice flute! Include some Holiday standards, plus original tunes "Bright Star In The East", "We Need Peace & We Need Love", "The House Of Christmas", and "Merry Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77Vintage 74 ... LP
Bell, 1974. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent little album that Sergio recorded in the US – with a sweet funky electric sound that's very different than his other work! At some level, the album has a feel that's almost like a hip 70s soundtrack – sporting these great arrangements by Dave Grusin that bring in a lot more funk than you might be used to hearing on one of Sergio's albums, making the whole thing groove in a marvelous way – while still holding onto some Brazilian touches in the rhythms, and that sweet two-female vocal lead style of Sergio's other work. The set includes two funky Stevie Wonder covers – "Superstition" and "Don't You Worry About a Thing" – plus versions of "This Masquerade", "Voce Abusou", and "Double Rainbow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green ... LP
Bell, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Al Green's first LP – with a very different feel than his later work on Hi. The record's got a harder southern soul groove – almost in a Wilson Pickett/Arthur Conley mode, but with some sweeter elements in the backing. Al's voice is still incredible, although different than later, in that he's singing with a really open vibe, letting himself go a bit more, and not keeping in that smooth sophisticated mode of later years. Originally released by the tiny Hot Line label, and issued here by Bell Records when Al started to hit big with Hi Records during the early 70s. Titles include "Back Up Train", "Get Yourself Together", "Don't Leave Me", "Let Me Help You", "Hot Wire", and "Stop & Check Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
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Rance Allen GroupSoulful Experience ... LP
Truth/Stax, 1975. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A beautiful mix of gospel soul and heavy Memphis production – and the kind of heavy soul album that made Rance Allen one of Stax's best new artists during the 70s. David Porter produced and arranged, and the album has some great electric keyboard work by Rance that provides a perfect counterfoil for his rich baritone voice. The album's a lot more stripped down than later efforts – with a rootsy sound that should have made Rance even bigger with the crossover crowd. Titles include "Talk That Talk", "The Painter", "Ring My Bell", and "Harlem Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ BandNorthern Lights – Southern Cross ... LP
Capitol, 1975. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The best from The Band in years – their first all originals studio effort in a few years, and one that deservedly re-established them creatively, if not commercially, as one of the all time great rock bands! Robbie Robertson is solely credited for the compositions, but make no mistake, this record is by The Band – not just notes committed to a page and played – it's a fluid, intuitive and timeless album that we love nearly as much as anything they'd ever done – possibly as much as Big Pink or self-titled, even more on some days. Essential! Titles include "Rags & Bones", "Acadian Driftwood", "Hobo Jungle", "Ophelia", "Ring Your Bell", Jupiter Hollow" and "It Makes No Difference". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)

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Gary BurtonGary Burton Quartet In Concert ... LP
RCA, 1968. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Groundbreaking work on vibes by Gary Burton – recorded in a setting that's live and open, yet quite groovy too! There's a rhythmic freeness that marks the set from the very first note – lessons learned from the generation of Ornette, yet taken in new direction – and definitely into new colors and tones – thanks to Burton's amazingly chromatic vibes, and the vivid guitar of Larry Coryell – not to mention the unusual rhythms from Steve Swallow on bass and Bob Moses on drums. These youthful players push the envelope even more than on some of Burton's other RCA albums of the time – going for a groove that's much more open and abstract, and which puts Coryell's guitar in a role that's as important as Burton's vibes in the set. Titles include "Wrong Is Right", "Walter L", "Lines", "The Sunset Bell", and "Blue Comedy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing!)

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ChipmunksChristmas With The Chipmunks Vol 2 ... LP
EMI, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Alvin, Dave, and crew continue their merry Christmas mayhem – playfully delivering new versions of older Christmas favorites, all topped off by the mad studio wizardry of David Seville! If you can take squeaky-voiced rodents as much as we do, you'll love the album's versions of "Deck The Halls", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Jingle Bell Rock", "Twelve Days Of Christmas", "O Christmas Tree", and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisRelaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the classic early Miles Davis & John Coltrane sessions for Prestige – a well-crafted quintet album that shows Miles finding a stronger voice than ever, and Coltrane beginning to emerge as a key force on his own! Backing is subtle and soulful – handled by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – and although the tracks are mostly ballads and standards, they're all nicely given the Davis treatment on the set, turned into beautiful new vehicles for jazz imagination and improvisation! Titles include "If I Were A Bell", "I Could Write A Book", "Oleo", and "Woody'n You". LP, Vinyl record album
( OJC pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Also available Relaxin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP 16.99

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DelfonicsSound Of Sexy Soul ... LP
Philly Groove, 1969. Near Mint- (reissue)... $7.99
A groundbreaking album of vocal group soul – right from the first note! The record kicks off with the sublime "Ready Or Not, Here I Come" – which starts with fierce stepping strings that are actually funky, then soars into some of the best harmonies the group ever put to record, superbly arranged by the great Thom Bell, who also wrote the track. As the album progresses, the sound expands further to encompass many elements that would become the blueprint for vocal groups over the next few years – like twangy electric sitar, cascading orchestrations, and pinched lead vocals that take a lot more chances than most group singers had been taking for years! There's still a bit of a 60s soul sound to some of the cuts, but the album's a watershed – not only for Thom Bell and the group, but for harmony soul as well! Titles include "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "My New Love", "Loving Him", "With These Hands", "Somebody Loves You", and "Everytime I See My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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DelfonicsTell Me This Is A Dream ... LP
Philly Groove, 1972. Very Good ... $16.99
The Delfonics just kept on getting better and better! The longer the group recorded, the more they picked up this strange spacey quality that pushed them past some of their contemporaries of the early 70s. And on an album like this, they prove that they're way more than just Thom Bell puppets by showing that they have a rich talent for a wide variety of complicated arrangements that really push the vocal group sound of the 70s. They take many stylistic risks, coming up with really sinister new harmonies, and always managing to stay clear of the cliches that buried some of their mates on the charts. Bell still arranges some of the material, but the record also features work by Norman Harris and Caldwell MacMillan, who did the real genius work on the record. This masterpiece includes the sublime "Hey, Love", plus "Walk Right Up to the Sun", "I'm A Man", "Too Late", "Love You Till I Die", "Looking for a Girl", and "Round & Round". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is beautiful.)

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✨✧ Derek & The DominosLayla ... LP
Atco, 1970. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
One of Eric Clapton's greatest moments – and a set that also features guitars from Duane Allman and organ from Bobby Whitlock! Recorded in Miami at Criteria Studios – and titles include "Layla", "It's Too Late", "Little Wing", "Have You Ever Loved A Woman", "Tell The Truth", "Anyday", "Key To The Highway", and "Bell Bottom Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Manu DibangoSoul Makossa – Collection Or (French pressing) ... LP
Fiesta/Musidisc (France), 1972. Very Good+ ... $29.99
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that blew up on dancefloors instantly, thanks to a strong cultural colonial pipeline already laid down by the French. The track had this amazing choppy beat that was instantly copied by loads of folks – as was the "Soul Makossa" tune, which due to some sort of copyright loophole, was covered by just about as many groups in the 70s as "Der Komissar" was in the 80s! (This is also why the album has a banner on the top that says "Version Originale"!) The rest of the album was recorded to follow up on the strength of that single – and believe it or not, it's actually even better, as the band is completely tight, very funky, and playing with that weird mix of Afro rhythms and electric funk that was being laid down in Paris at the time (and in fact, French jazzer Georges Arvanitas actually plays on the album!) Manu's tone is incredible, and the record's a must-have in the bin of any fan of 70s Afro Funk! Cuts include "New Bell", "Hibiscus", "Lily", and "O Boso". LP, Vinyl record album

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Flying Burrito BrothersFlying Burrito Brothers ... LP
A&M, 1971. Very Good ... $14.99
The Burritos first LP, post-Parsons – and a pretty strong statement for the merits of the now unquestioned leader, Rick Roberts, and multi-instrumentalist new guy Bernie Leadon, who would later turn to the dark side and join the Eagles. Roberts penned or co-penned 7 of the albums 10 tunes, including "Colorado", "Hand To Mouth", "Just Can't Be", and "Four Days Of Rain". His contributions are for the most part nicely fragile, with just the right doses of sweetness and sadness. The group also covers Merle Haggard's "White Line Fever", Gene Clark's "Tried So Hard", and Dylan's "To Ramona". This is one of the band's rarer LPs, probably because of the absence of hipster hero Gram Parsons. But this is truly a worthy piece of work, and even the weaker Burrito stuff makes a lot of today's alt-country look like Taco Bell. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in the original textured cover.)

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Robin GibbRobin's Reign ... LP
Atco, 1970. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A wonderful early solo moment from the great Robin Gibb – done during a brief breakup of The Bee Gees, at a time when the young Robin was bursting with new ideas he wanted to try on his own! The style here is beautiful – a lush array of strings and orchestrations amidst Gibb's heavenly vocals – very much in the spirit of his wonderful leadoff track for Odessa, maybe even taken to the next level by all the work on this record! The sound is definitely in keeping with late 60s Bee Gees – but also has elements of Burt Bacharach and Scott Walker too – which makes for a really heavenly blend throughout. Titles include "Gone Gone Gone", "The Worst Girl In This Town", "Weekend", "Saved By The Bell", "Most Of My Life", and "August October". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a very small peeled spot at the bottom and some scrapes on back.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes In Europe 1967 (aka Hamp's Piano) ... LP
MPS/Prestige, 1967. Very Good ... $14.99
A Prestige pressing of this rare German MPS session by Hampton Hawes – recorded in trio format with backing by two of Europe's best rhythm players, bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Klaus Weiss – and in a groove that's really wonderful! There's a great tone to the record that's evident from the very first note – a warmth, and almost bell-like quality that we don't always remember from other Hawes albums, and which makes this one really special. The rhythm section is heard here in rapt reverence to Hampton's work on the keys, but still with enough of a force to color in the record with their presence, especially in the case of Weber's bass. Titles include some tasty originals – like "Villingen Blues", "Rhythm", "Sonora", and "Black Forest Blues" – plus versions of "Autumn Leaves" and "I'm All Smiles", "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "My Foolish Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a Preview stamp, a split bottom seam, a few creases, and some pen on back.)

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Isaac HayesTough Guys ... LP
Enterprise, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
One of Isaac Hayes' richest soundtracks – deeper and more complicated than the groove of Shaft and Truck Turner, and filled with some great tunes that glow with color, life, and imagination – showing an Isaac Hayes that almost seems to be moving beyond the usual blackploitation groove! The album sports 2 really classic tunes – the title theme "Tough Guys", and the classic "Hung Up On My Baby" – both of which have a solidly funky feel that will more than please the usual soundtrack beathead crowd. But overall, the other tunes twist and turn in a delightful mix of modes – expanding on the soulful territory Ike first explored in his original soundtracks, and offering up a great range of moods and emotion. The album's got some especially great chromatic guitar work – and other titles include "Joe Bell", "Randolph & Dearborn", "Buns O Plenty", "Run Fay Run", and "Red Rooster". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hollyridge Strings/Stu PhillipsChristmas Favorites ... LP
Capitol, 1965. Sealed ... $7.99
Groovy Christmas instrumentals from the great Stu Phillips – one of the most sublime sessions recorded by his studio group at Capitol Records in the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that they also took on music by The Beatles and Beach Boys! Stu brings a subtle sort of groove to his strings here – mixing the full orchestrations with a well-punctuated sense of rhythm – usually using electric bass right at the bottom of the mix, which steps things along nicely – and also plucking the strings in cool ways too, which creates sort of a link between earlier Mancini moments and later grooves from The Soulful Strings! The tunes are mostly familiar, but re-strung beautifully by Stu – and titles include "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Little Saint Nick", "Jingle Bell Rock", "Santa's Got A Brand New Bag", "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town", "The Christmas Song", and "Winter Wonderland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stained corner from seepage.)

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Bob JamesTwo ... LP
CTI, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – as happened with some of his later records on the Tappan Zee imprint. Here, James is still a master of space and sound – using the Fender Rhodes with bell-like tones to craft some key grooves that are still having an amazing impact today, more than 30 years after the album was initially recorded! There's a darkness here that we totally love – and tracks include the legendary "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", which has been sampled by Run DMC and loads of others – plus"The Golden Apple", "I Feel A Song", "You're As Right As Rain", "Farandole", and "Dream Journey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing.)
Also available Two (UK pressing) ... CD 6.99

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Yusef LateefGentle Giant (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. Sealed (reissue)... $14.99
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger-concept recordings to come, but which is still pretty lean and clean overall – and damn funky on most of the best tracks! Yusef plays a host of hip flutes here, plus tenor and oboe – and an almost equal star on the record is Kenny Barron, whose electric piano lines really make the album something special. The album begins with a long take on Barron's "Nubian Lady" which begins the record – and Kenny also contributed the tighter grooving "Jungle Plum". Other tracks include "African Song", "Queen Of The Night", "Poor Fishermen", "Below Yellow Bell", and a strange version of "Hey Jude" that goes on for a long time, and really messes with the volume – listed on the cover with the note "Do not adjust the playback level on your audio equipment – readjust your mind!" LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan Lorber OrchestraLotus Palace ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
An insane crazy mix of "eastern" instrumentation (sitars, tablas, etc) with groovy pop sounds of the late 60's – a perfect album in the Verve tradition, with some wonderful jazzy touches! Alan Lorber set the whole thing up – and peppered it with some great instrumentation, like tabla by Colin Wolcott, guitar and sitar by Vince Bell, and flute and tenor by Jerome Richardson. The album contains the sitar version of "Up, Up and Away" that's one of the all time eastern kitschy classics from the 60s – and it's also got loads of other great tracks, like spooky versions of "The Look of Love" and "Mas Que Nada", plus some very groovy originals like "The Flute Thing" and "Djellaba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label promo.)

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Johnny MathisI'm Coming Home ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Johnny Mathis gets a great new sound here – thanks to Philly production and arrangements from the great Thom Bell! Thom had quite a hand in the songs, too – as almost all numbers were written by the team of Bell and Linda Creed – really sensitive songwriters who've got an adult, mature approach to the music – one that still respects Mathis' roots in other vocal territory, but which also gives him a bit more soulful depth, too. The setting is wonderful, and the record's a real standout in Johnny's 70s career – one that helped reignite interest in the singer at a time when so many folks had left him behind. Titles include "I'm Coming Home", "Foolish", "I'm Stone In Love With You", "A Baby's Born", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "I Just Wanted To Be Me", and a classic version of "Stop Look & Listen To Your Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I'm Coming Home ... CD 6.99

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Johnny MathisMathis Is ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A second 70s set that has Johnny Mathis working with arrangements and production from Thom Bell – which makes for a much more soul-based record than usual! Titles include "Hung Up In The Middle Of Love", "I Don't Want To Say No", "Sweet Love Of Mine", "I'll Make You Happy", and "As Long As We're Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie MooreSweet Charlie Babe ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A classic set of 70s crossover deep soul – recorded in the mode of similar work by Betty Wright or Laura Lee, and done with a similar mix of raw southern vocals and tighter production! About half the work was handled by the team of Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro – working in the Criteria Studios in Miami to give Jackie a sound that's similar to Shapiro's work with Millie Jackson. The other half was produced in Philly, by the Young Professionals team of LeBaron Taylor, Tony Bell, and Phil Hurt – who give Jackie a warm, gliding, sweet 70s Philly groove! And although you might think that this Philly/Miami split would make for a mixed bag of tunes, the album's surprisingly unified – and in a way, does plenty to link together the growing dancefloor scenes in both cities. Titles include "Willpower", "Both Ends Against The Middle", "Time", "Something In A Look", "Clean Up Your Own Yard", "If", and "Darling Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover and labels have a name in pen.)
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Alhaji Muhy-Deen Bello AjaniIkilo Olorun Si Awon Oselu Titun ... LP
Alhaji Amodu Ode Sound Studio (Nigeria), 1992. Good+ ... $8.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small rip in one corner.)

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Gene AmmonsJungle Soul (Ca'Purange) (aka Bad Bossa Nova) (tiger cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good ... $4.99
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding in Bucky Pizzarelli for some nice acoustic embellishments – in a mode that's similar to the soul jazz-com-bossa style used on records like Ike Quebec's Soul Samba or Charlie Rouse's Bossa Nova Bacchanal. The overall rhythms are a bit more complicated, and a bit more soul jazz based than those sets – with Hank Jones on piano, Oliver Jackson on percussion, and Al Hayes adding in some sweet extra bongo! Titles include the classic "Ca'Purange" – plus "Anna", "Yellow Bird", "Cae Cae", and "Moito Mato Grosso". Also issued under the title Bad Bossa Nova. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a small sticker, a bit of pen, and a Preview Copy stamp.)

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Curtis AmyWay Down ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good ... $48.99
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
(Blue and silver label pressing. Cover has a split top seam & some splitting on the spine)

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Al Belletto SextetteSounds & Songs ... LP
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Part instrumental, part vocal harmonies – a group that does both pretty darn well! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label.)

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Louie BellsonLondon Scene ... LP
Concord, 1980. Very Good+ ... $1.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Louie BellsonPrime Time ... LP
Concord, 1978. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Great small group work – with Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Pete Christlieb on tenor! LP, Vinyl record album

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Louis BellsonBrilliant Bellson Sound ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Drummer Louis Bellson definitely sounds brilliant here – kicking his large group into full gear with the same sort of energy he brought to dates with famous leaders in the postwar years! All tunes are short, and pretty upbeat – driven strongly by the drums, and featuring arrangements by Bellson, Ernie Wilkins, Bob Florence, and Aaron Sachs. Solos are by Herb Geller on alto, Jack Arnold on boo bam, Aaron Sachs on tenor, and Guido Basso on trumpet – and titles include "Drum Foolery", "Speak Low", "So Long Blues", "The Hawk Talks", "Summer Night", and "Blast Off". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing.)

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Louis BellsonConcerto For Drums ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
Despite the title, the album's not really a "concerto" – so much as it is a very strong small group session by Bellson, one that features some impeccable percussion work! The group's a great one – with Zoot Sims on tenor, Charlie Shavers trumpet, Don Abney piano, and George Duviver bass. The best tracks are even more stripped down than the usual Verve work – with a focus on a specific instrumentals, as on the tracks "Concerto For Drums", "Bassically Speaking, Duviver, That Is", and "Charlie's Blues". Other tracks include "Buffalo Joe", "I'll Remember April", and "Love For Sale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clef Series pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Vinyl has two short clicks, but is nice and clean overall. Cover has a split top seam, but is nice overall.)

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Louis BellsonDrumorama! ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the most dynamic Louis Bellson albums on Verve – lots of room for pyrotechnic work on the drums – including one track that's a complete drum solo! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has small stickers including a promo, a small peeled spot on one corner, and a bit of pen on back.)

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