All Categories — LPs

$



Items/page

Big Top Edit search Phrase match

 
Sort by
Exact matches: 1
Exact matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Danny ElfmanBig Top Pee Wee ... LP
Paramount, 1988. Near Mint- ... $29.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original unpunched postcard insert and printed inner sleeve!)
 
Close matches: 1
Close matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Johnny & The HurricanesBig Sound Of Johnny & The Hurricanes ... LP
Big Top, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A rare full length set by these early 60s rockers! Includes the originals "Corn Pone", "Sheba", "Mister Irving", "Molly O", "Beatnik Fly", and "Like Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain on back.)
 
Possible matches: 56
Possible matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Clarke Boland Big BandSmiles (All Smiles/More Smiles) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1968/1969. Near Mint- 2LP ... $19.99
A 2LP set that brings together both of the "Smiles" albums by this legendary group! First up is All Smiles – a hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star mix of American and European players that includes Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, Dave Pike, Sahib Shihab, and Ronnie Scott – all coming together with incredibly fluidity, yet also breaking out for some massive solos on their own! Arrangements are by Boland – tight, right, and outta site – and titles include "Let's Face The Music & Dance", "High School Cadets", "By Strauss", "Gloria", "Sweet & Lovely", "Get Out Of Town", and "I'm All Smiles". Next is More Smiles – a seminal session from one of the greatest large groups ever! This one captures the Clarke-Boland ensemble at the peak of their creativity – swinging hard in that tight firey way that was virtually their trademark during the late 60s. The players are a top-shelf mix of European and American jazz legends – coming together without ego, without attitude, and having a hell of a time working through groundbreaking arrangements from leader Francy Boland. Soloists include Sahib Shihab, Tony Coe, Dusko Goykovich, Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Woode, and Benny Bailey – and the tracks are all short, but swing like a mofo, with plenty of solo action in the mix. Titles include "Love For Sale", "November Girl", "All Through The Night", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Bei Dir War Es Immer So Schon". LP, Vinyl record album
(1976 German pressing.)

Possible matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Four TopsFour Tops On Top ... LP
Motown, 1966. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The Four Tops are definitely on top with this sweet early set – a record that not only shows them sparkling away from some of their big singles of the time, but also handling some other wonderful material in their sublime soul group style! The set includes some lesser-known Motown tracks, like "There's No Love Left", "I Got A Feeling", "Shake Me, Wake Me", "Until You Love Someone", and the hit "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" – all mixed with some more standard tunes from the time, but all given a special Motown mix of soul and class, on tracks that include "Matchmaker", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", and Toots Thielemans' great jazzy number "Bluesette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with deep groove. Back cover has a name in pen.)

Possible matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Howlin WolfBig City Blues (aka Howlin Wolf Sings The Blues) ... LP
United, Early 50s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Howlin Wolf sings the blues, and comes across in a way that influences an entire generation too – with that raw, raspy sound that made the singer a perfect blend of delta roots and contemporary sounds that were bubbling up in the postwar years! These tracks have a spare, simple, stark style that's still a lot more powerful than most of the records that tried to copy Wolf's modes in later years – mindblowing guitar work from Willie Johnson, harmonica lines that weave the whole thing together, and tremendous vocals that would shake the paint off your walls, even without any other instrumentation! Titles include "Crying At Daybreak", "Twisting & Turning", "Brown Skin Woman", "Morning At Midnight", "Backslide Boogie", "House Rockin Boogie", "Keep What You Got", and "Worried About My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing, with slightly different cover image. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

Possible matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Willie MitchellOn Top ... LP
Hi Records, 1969. Very Good ... $6.99
Willie Mitchell's definitely on top with this smoking little set – a record that seems to allow even freer interplay between the members of his group – in ways that make the album one of Mitchell's jazziest efforts of the 60s! The players of the group are getting a bit of credit on the back cover this time around – a great revelation that the smoking tenor on the record comes from Willie's brother James Mitchell, and that the cool tight guitar lines are from Mabon Teenie Hodges – who we don't think we know from anywhere else! Most tunes are familiar songs, but reworked with hip Memphis instrumental arrangements – on titles that include "30 60 90", "Big Power House", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Come See About Me", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Who's Makin Love", and "Take Five". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a name in marker.)

Possible matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Jane MorganSings The Big Hits From Broadway ... LP
Kapp, 1961. Very Good+ ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Top seam is partially split.)

Possible matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker Big Band ... LP
Clef, Early 50s. Poor ... $9.99
Not really a big band album by Charlie Parker – but a collection of tunes that both feature him blowing with a larger group, and with some great string ensembles! The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey approach that really goes far past most other "jazz with strings" projects, not a ballad-driven one, but a tensely strained one that brings out some of Parker's best soloing, almost in a moody soundtrack-type way. The tracks are a lot freer and less bop-driven than some of Bird's normal work, and it's incredible to hear him soloing with such complexity – even more proof of the genius he clearly exhibited in relation to his contemporaries. This set features some of Bird's best work in the strings format – arranged by Joe Lipman, and featuring the tunes "Dancing In The Dark", "Laura", "Autumn In New York", and "Stella By Starlight". Other tracks feature Parker working over some other large orchestrations, but without strings – in a really hard driving style that's totally great. Other titles on the set include "Temptation", "Night & Day", "Lover", and "I Can't Get Started". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: POOR CONDITION. Original Clef pressing. Cover has heavy wear, with a split top seam, moderate flaking and moisture staining along the top half. Vinyl plays with significant clicks & crackles.)

Possible matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Buddy RichSwingin' New Big Band ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hard and heavy side from Buddy, and true to his reputation and the title of the LP, he comes out swinging! The set features a top notch mid 60s group, and from the sound of the numbers on this set, ol' Buddy did need to hand out any of his famous lectures on the bus afterwards, with some crisp soloing and great ensemble playing. 8 tracks in all, including "Basically Blues", "The Critics Choice", "My Man's Gone Now", "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Sister Sadie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & a name in marker written multiple times.)
Also available Swingin' New Big Band (with bonus tracks) ... CD 3.99

Possible matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy – The Dizzy Gillespie Big 7 Live At Montreux 1975 ... LP
Pablo, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Milt Jackson on vibes, Eddie Lockjaw Davis and Johnny Griffin on tenors, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Mickey Roker on drums – on titles that include "Lover Come Back To Me", "What's New", and "Cherokee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a name in marker, and tape along the top seam.)

Possible matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Manny Albam & Ernie WilkinsDrum Suite ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good ... $7.99
Hard-swinging big band material – with a heavy emphasis on drums! The album is a suite of six tracks – all written by either Manny Albam or Ernie Wilkins, both of whom arrange the groups on the set – really letting them open up nicely on the album's longish tracks. Manny and Ernie were two of the more soulful arrangers of their day – and they get some strong performances out of the groups, letting players like Conte Candoli on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Al Cohn on tenor, and Freddie Green on guitar open up in longer tracks driven to intensity by some great drum work handled by the lesser-known (but excellent) Ted Sommer. Titles include "Skinning The Valves", "Dancers On Drums", "Bristling", and "The Octopus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a partially split top seam.)
Also available Drum Suite ... CD 11.99

Possible matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Monty AlexanderTaste Of Freedom ... LP
MGM, 1970. Very Good ... $1.99
Massively groovy work from Monty Alexander – thanks to some hip, soulful backings from the legendary Johnny Pate! The sound here is a lot more swinging than some of Alexander's trio albums – much more of a Verve-styled session with fuller backings behind a main soloist – in this case the mighty Monty on some very fluid piano! Pate's backings support Alexander wonderfully – dropping out a bit when his solos come in, then surging with soul when the grooves come up – all in a sound that really makes us re-appreciate Monty's talents. Titles include "Close To You", "Have You Tried To Forget", "Big Yellow Taxi", "Let It Be", "Out Of Towners", and "Taste of Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, wear, a cut corner, and a name in marker.)

Possible matches13
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Les BaxterBarbarian ... LP
American International, 1960. Very Good ... $9.99
An obscure one from the great Les Baxter – his soundtrack for the film Goliath & The Barbarians, which looks like a b-grade thriller on the level of Jason & The Argonauts! Les mixes exotic touches with fuller orchestrations – a bit in the blood-and-sandals style of the time – and the tracks have sort of a "sabre dance" quality to them, with lots of dancing strings that flare up nicely – next to some moodier moments that recall some of Baxter's other exotica music too. Titles include "Ride Of The Barbarians", "Fire Dance", "Rape Of The Village", and "Barbarian Games", which is subtitled "Noisy Village", perhaps a reference to Les' big hit "Quiet Village". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a half split top seam and spine, and a split bottom seam.)

Possible matches14
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BeatlesBeatles Live At The BBC ... LP
Apple (UK), Early 60s. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... $39.99
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! 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. LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches15
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Aaron BellAfter The Party's Over ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good ... $5.99
An obscure 50s session from bassist Aaron Bell – one of the player's few dates as a leader, cut at a time when he was working in Duke Ellington's group of the decade! As with some of Duke's other bassists, Bell's got a strongly pronounced tone – one that came through great in big group setting, and which really shines even more here – working in a mostly piano trio setting, and coming across with a good sense of bounce and soul. The album features Bell in a few different groups – with players who include Hank Jones or Charlie Bateman on piano, Ed Thigpen or Elvin Jones on drums, and a bit of extra trombone from Tyree Glenn. Bell even plays a bit of added tuba on a few tunes – using the instrument in a way that's not too different from his bass – and titles include "After The Party Blues", "Cool", "Party Blues", "Kumquat", "All The Way", "Love Nest", and a 2-part version of "Satin Doll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

Possible matches16
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Benny CarterAdditions To Further Definitions ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
A great example of the cool, classy swing that Benny Carter hit in the 1960s – a groove that was more regularly brought to backings for standout singers of the time, but which also works beautifully here in an instrumental mode! Carter's alto sax is at the top of the charts, but the album's almost more of an ensemble effort overall – with great reed work from Bud Shank on alto, Teddy Edwards and Bill Perkins on tenor, Bill Hood on baritone sax, Don Abney on piano, Barney Kessell and Mundell Lowe on guitar – all coming together as kind of a mini-large ensemble – never that big in the number of players, but grooving with a great sense of poise, class, and soul. There's a number of originals written by Carter, including "Doozy", "Prohibido", "Come On Back", "Rock Bottom", "We Were In Love", and "Titmouse" LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and Stereo sticker.)

Possible matches17
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Walter DavisWalter Davis – Bluebird No 9 ... LP
RCA/Black & White (France), Late 30s/Early 40s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Great work from blues pianist Walter Davis – all recorded in Chicago, with work by Big Joe Williams on a few tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some clear tape on the top and bottom seams, and light wear in one corner.)

Possible matches18
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
DevoOh, No! It's Devo ... LP
Warner, 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Hey Spud boy! You need this record. Definitely underrated in the grand scheme, Oh No! finds the boys rocking a much more straightforward, nerdy computer funk sound. It sort of takes a page from the 80s Kraftwerk playbook with the grid-patterned 80s computer tomfoolery, albeit with a far more goofball pop groove. Includes the completely great singles "Time Out For Fun","Peek-a-boo!" and "That's Good", plus "Out Of Sync", "Explosions", "Patterns", "Big Mess", "Speed Racer", "What I Must Do", "I Desire" and "Deep Sleep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Stand on back is still fully intact. Cover has a gold promo stamp in the top right corner.)

Possible matches19
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Duke EllingtonBlue Light ... LP
Columbia, Late 30s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Subtitled "jazz for that relaxed mood", this is actually a great compilation of early work by Ellington's group – recorded for Columbia during the years 1934 to 1939. Somehow, the tracks still end up sounding 30 years ahead of their time – far stronger than most any early 50s big band set might hope to. Recording quality is excellent, and the whole thing's awash in richly chromatic waves of sound. Titles include "Pyramid", "Reminiscing In Tempo", "Tough Truckin", "No Greater Love", and "Finesse". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, split bottom seam, and gloss peeling.)

Possible matches20
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie At Newport ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good ... $16.99
One of the best albums ever in Verve's classic set of recordings from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival – a set that captures the Dizzy Gillespie group of the decade in top live formation! The ensemble here is plenty hip – with a young Lee Morgan joining Dizzy on trumpet, and a host of other great players who include Melba Liston and Al Grey on trombones, Benny Golson and Billy Mitchell on saxes, and rhythm from the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul West on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums! Although big, the band often had the sharper groove of a small combo – and even when hitting some older moments from Gillespie's earlier years, they still kept a modern edge in their approach – thanks to arrangements by AK Salim, Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy himself. Titles include "School Days", "I Remember Clifford", "Manteca", "Dizzy's Blues", "Cool Breeze", and "Doodlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Columbia. Cover has light wear.)

Possible matches21
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Al GreyBasic Grey ... LP
Argo/Cadet/Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
A collection of some Basie trombonist Al Grey's work for the Argo label pulled from the Last Of The Big Plungers, Snap Your Fingers and Al Grey Billy Mitchell Sextet LPs, some of his hippest work, featuring Billy Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Floyd Morris, Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson. 22 tracks in all, including "Things Ain't WhatThey Used To Be", "Open Wider Please", "I Got It bad And That Ain't Good", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "The Elder", "Bewitched", "Bluish Grey", "Wild Deuce", "Bantu", "Melba's Blues", "Nothng But The Truth", "RBQ", "Minor On Top", "African Lady", "Hi Fly" and "Home Fries". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, edge wear, and split seams.)

Possible matches22
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes Movement ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Stellar soul from Isaac Hayes – just the sort of overblown masterpiece that made his early solo work on Stax Records so great! The record features only 4 long tracks – all of which go on in that slow-building style that Ike forged at the time – a mode that takes a few simple musical elements, slowly adds more instrumentation, then builds the whole thing up subtly and slyly while Hayes is talking rapturously over the top! There's a feel here that's nicely dramatic, but never in a kitschy, cloying way – a new statement of male soul masculinity, just right for the sophistication of the 70s. Titles include Ike's 12 minute covers of "Something" and "I Stand Accused", plus "One Big Unhappy Family", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
 
Partial matches: 38
Partial matches59
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BohannonStop & Go ... LP
Dakar, 1972. Very Good+ ... $43.99
A killer bit of early funk from the great Hamilton Bohannon – and quite possibly his greatest album ever – a really unique approach to funky rhythms, with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album's got a slower funk sound than Bohannon's later disco groove a few years later – and the wonderful rhythms mix together scattershot drums with funky wah wah guitar, organ, and hard-plugging basslines – all in a blend that's pretty mindblowing not just for its instrumental dexterity, but also for the way it brings complex patterns together in a really hypnotic way! All cuts are instrumentals, save for a few chorus vocals – and players on the album include Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker, Travis Biggs, and Mose Davis. Bohannon's on drums and percussion – and titles include "The Pimp Walk", "Stop & Go", "Getting to the Other Side", "It's Time For Peace", "Save Their Souls", and "Singing a Song for My Mother". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some ring & edge wear, and a bit of marker on front. Labels have some marker.)

Partial matches60
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Four TopsFour Tops Greatest Hits ... LP
Motown, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Despite the fame of their big hits – like "Reach Out I'll Be There", "I Can't Help Myself", "Baby I Need Your Loving", and "It's The Same Old Song", all of which are on this set, and which have been heard ad infinitum – the Four Tops are actually a heck of a great vocal group, with harmonies that blew away many of their contemporaries, and which keep their work shining long past the hits. This set's got some nice cuts that fall into that category – like "Bernadette", and "Ask The Lonely" – and the package is about as solid as you'd expect. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has light wear & a name in pen.)

Partial matches61
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
999Biggest Prize In Sport ... LP
Polydor, 1980. Very Good ... $4.99
One of best records from early UK punk heroes 999 – a dawn of the 80s effort that still carries a lot of the raw energy of their earlier (and angrier) records – with an uncommon melodic sensibility, without losing the barbed edge! 999 even managed to make a few waves in the US at the time, but for whatever reason, didn't have the lasting generation-to-generation appeal on this side of the pond as other great bands like The Buzzcocks, Wire and many others. It's never too late to catch up, folks – and this great place to jump on board! Includes "Boys In The Gang", "Hollywood", "Inside Out", "So Long", "Fun Thing", Biggest Prize In Sport", "Stop Stop", "English Wipe-Out", "Boiler", "Stranger", "Trouble" and "Found Out Too Late". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has price sticker remnants.)

Partial matches62
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Louis ArmstrongLouis Armstrong Plays WC Handy (second cover) ... LP
Columbia, 1954. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Mid 50s, and Louis is going back to his roots – playing a set of compositions by WC Handy – working with a small combo that includes Barrett Deems on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass, Trummy Young on trombone, and Barney Bigard on clarinet. Vocals are by Louis and Velma Middleton – and titles include "Atlanta Blues", "Chantez Les Bas", "Loveless Love", "Memphis Blues", "St Louis Blues", and "Beale Street Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, light aging, and some pen on back.)

Partial matches63
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Bomb The BassInto The Dragon ... LP
Rhythm King (UK), 1988. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Late 80s club funk from Tim Simonen, aka Bomb The Bass – big, thumping sample based DJ funk from the UK producer behind busy club hits by his own Bomb The Bass and a few international megahits by others like Seal & Nenah Cherry. Into The Dragon features the nonstop sample funk approach that was really breaking out in the late 80s, with some Bomb Squad influences in the mix for sure, which is a trait we're not likely to ever complain about, and a straight up thumping good time. Includes "Beat Dis" (US 7" mix), "Megablast Rap" (version) feat Merlin, "Dynamite Beats", "Shake It", "Hey You!" feat Aurra, "Say AL Little Prayer" feat Maureen, "Beat Dat" (freestyle scratch mix) and more, plus 4 bonus remixes. LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches64
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) ... LP
Scepter, 1974. Very Good ... $5.99
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches65
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Creme D'CocoaNasty Street ... LP
Venture, 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A sweet and smooth batch of modern soul tracks – arranged and produced by Tony Camillo, and the only album we've ever seen by this obscure east coast group! The set's got a really nice jazzy flourish – part New York club, part mellow studio soul – and the overall presentation of the set is wonderful, with a solid sound that's right up there with the big name groups of the time. Plenty of great instrumental touches in the mix – popping along on an uptempo groove on cuts like "Doin' The Dog", "Nasty Street", and "Gimme Your Love" – and bubbling in a sweet mellow vibe on tracks that include "Mr. Me, Mrs. You", "I Don't Ever Wanna Love Nobody But You", and "I Will Never Stop Lovin' You". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

Partial matches66
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Coke EscovedoCoke ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Very Good- ... $4.99
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – and instead is great grooving soul, infused both with the sophistication of fusion and some of the Latin elements of Escovedo's roots – all produced to perfection by Patrick Gleeson – who most folks know for his own spacey keyboard work with Bennie Maupin and others! The mix of elements going on is really complex, but comes across with effortless ease – one of those rare fusions that could happen at a bigger label when all the right talents were brought together. The record kind of "out-Fantasys" the best of Fantasy Records in the Bay Area at the time – and makes great use of singers Linda and Calvin Tillery, plus the great Harvey Mason on drums. Titles include wonderful covers of Lamont Dozier's "Why Can't We Be Lovers" and Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" – plus the tracks "What Are You Under", "No One To Depend On", "Easy Come Easy Go", and "Make It Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

Partial matches67
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Isley BrothersShout! (original pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1959. Good ... $9.99
Early early early work by The Isley Brothers – an album built around their huge rock and roll hit "Shout" – one of those numbers you've heard a million times, in a million versions, and which you've probably forgotten came from the first trio of Isleys way back before they turned into one of the biggest funky soul acts of the 70s! "Shout" is offered here in 2 parts, and other tracks include "Ring A Ling A Ling", "Without A Song", "That Lucky Old Sun", and "Yes Indeed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has moderate wear, a spit top seam, peeling at the spine & a small burn mark on the back. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

Partial matches68
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Albert King & Otis RushDoor To Door ... LP
Chess, 1950s/Early 60s. Very Good ... $16.99
A split album of early recordings by Otis Rush and Albert King – both featured here in early Chicago sides done for Chess Records in the years before their bigger late 60s fame! The style here is mostly stripped down, but still pretty tight – not as rough-edged as some of their Chess contemporaries, and with a fair bit of electric guitar driving most tunes along with a nice little groove. Albert King titles include "Searchin For A Woman", "Bad Luck", "Won't Be Hangin Around", and "Merry Way" – and Otis Rush titles include "So Close", "I Can't Stop", "I'm Satisfied", "So Many Roads", and "All Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing.)

Partial matches69
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Mariachi Brass with Chet BakerHats Off ... LP
World Pacific, 1966. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A short detour in the 60s career of Chet Baker – one that we sure like a heck of a lot! This side is one of a couple that were recorded as an answer to the big success of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – with Chet's trumpet was backed by jaunty, brassy arrangements penned by Jack Nitzsche, and George Tipton. And while it might be easy to dismiss the tunes as copycat sound-a-likes, they're really not – as Nitszche brings in a much fuller groove to most of the numbers than Herb Alpert ever did – more of a sunny LA pop feel that has the whole group really gliding along on bold waves of sound all topped off by Baker's horn – sounding stronger and more confident here than on many of his other recordings of the 60s! Some numbers have a Latin undercurrent while others lean towards mainstream pop – a style that's bolder than A&M's approach to Tijuana – and one that explodes with some youthful LA energies! 12 tracks in all, including "Happiness Is", "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)", "The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)", "On The Street Where You Live", 'Armen's Theme", "You Baby" and "It's Too Late". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

Partial matches70
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Prince Phillip MitchellMake It Good ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The long-overdue full length debut from Phillip Mitchell – an artist who cut some great singles over the course of the 70s, and also wrote a fair bit of classics for other, bigger name acts! Phillip did some of his earlier work of the decade in both Memphis and Muscle Shoals – but he also had a key relationship with Norman Connors as well, who helped Mitchell take his southern roots into even more sophisticated soul territory! Mitchell produced the album himself – and arranged with Paul Riser and McKinley Jackson – and the overall sound is a wonderful blend of deeply personal vocals with smoother mellow soul grooves – a really top-shelf affair all the way through, and the kind of album that's only finally getting its due many years later! Tracks include "Star in the Ghetto", "You're All I Got In the World", "Falling From Heaven", and "If I Can't Be Your Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, and a couple of name stamps. Labels have name stamps.)

Partial matches71
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ PrinceDirty Mind ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good ... $24.99
Early work from Prince – really his first full fledged masterpiece! Prince ushered the 80s in with a mix of recognizable influences, but filtered through his unique sensibility – taking taught a funk sound, layered vocals, crisp rhythms, ultra catchy songs and that unbridled, unambiguous, fearless sexuality! Amazing stuff, and an early hint that Prince had a look, sound, style and talent that could, and eventually would pretty much takeover a heck of a lot of cultural space. Titles include the unstoppable classics "Dirty Mind" and "When You Were Mine", plus "Head", "Sister", "Do It All Night", and "Party Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

Partial matches72
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Jimmy SmithBashin – The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of Jimmy Smith's biggest albums of the 60s – and a classic Verve pairing of his lean Hammond organ solos with the fuller, hard-swinging arrangements of Oliver Nelson! Nelson is working here at the height of his powers – backing Smith with a large group, but in a way that only seems to free him up to solo even more – pushing the tunes with an undeniable power from the all-star band, as Jimmy takes off on flights of soulful fancy over the top! Side two features some more stripped-down solo work – in the manner of Jimmy's later Blue Note sides – and the set includes the hit single "Walk On The Wild Side", plus the tracks "Bashin", "Step Right Up", and "Beggar For The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)
Also available Bashin – The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith ... CD 5.99

Partial matches73
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
SRCMilestones ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Very Good ... $14.99
A wickedly tight album from SRC – perfectly blended guitar, keyboards, and snapping drums – and the kind of a record that should have made them much bigger players at the time! The album is jamming, yet also lean and clean – almost a sunshine approach to hard rock, with some great harmonic touches that really make the album sparkle. Includes their jamming take on "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" in a medley with "Bolero" – plus the cuts "Checkmate", "The Angel Song", "No Secret Destination", "Eye Of The Storm", and "Show Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a split on the top seam & some light wear.)

Partial matches74
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Count BasieApril In Paris ... LP
Verve, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including obi & insert.)

Partial matches75
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Chambers BrothersRight Move ... LP
Avco, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We're not normally the biggest fans of The Chambers Brothers, but this album's a cracking winner from the mid 70s. Shouldn't be so, given the date and the label, but there's a really funky track on here that's one of their best – the great break cut "Stealing Watermelons", which has a great drum part, a strong bassline, and cool harmonica on the intro! Other tracks are pretty nice too – and titles include "Stop The Train", "Miss Lady Brown", "Lotta Fine Mama", "Smack Dab In The Middle", and "Pretty Girls Everywhere". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches76
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Joao DonatoDonato-Deodato ... LP
Muse, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary meeting of the two biggest Brazilian keyboard talents of the 70s – Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato – coming together in beautifully funky formation! The sound is a great blend of the moody electric work of Donato's classic Quem E Quem album, and some of the fuller, funkier grooves on Deodato's work for CTI – served up here in a double-keyboard blend with help from a host of great guest musicians! Other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Romeo Penque on flute, Mauricio Einhorn on harmonica, and Michael Gibson on guitar – plus plenty of percussion from Airto and Ray Barretto, who both join in to round out this all star session. Tracks are nicely long, and very jamming at times – and titles include the funky "Whistle Stop", plus "Where's JD", "Capricorn", "Nightripper", and "Batuque". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker.)

Partial matches77
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Don DowningDoctor Boogie ... LP
Roadshow, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer classic from grooveman Don Downing – the kind of indie disco record that really broke big in the 70s – but which hardly ever got the longer-term fame it deserved! The grooves here are straight and simple – the best early east coast club modes of the mid 70s – more tight funk than commercial disco, especially when topped by some of the deeper soul moments of Don Downing – who can come across like Johnny Taylor on his Columbia cuts in a similar setting! Backings are great – handled by studio giants like Pat Rebillot on keyboards, Bad Bascomb on bass, and Jimmy Maelen on congas – and titles include "Dream World", "Sugar & Spice", "Doctor Boogie", "Love Doctor", and "Half Past Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

Partial matches78
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Wardell GrayWardell Gray Memorial Album (2LP set) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s/1964. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-ever documents of the young genius of tenorist Wardell Gray – exactly the kind of music that shows why he was one of the biggest and best of the bop saxophonists – before he was taken away from us all too soon! The material here was originally issued on 78s or 45s, and comes together as a great full length representation of Gray at his best – and on the set Wardell plays tenor in one group with Al Haig on piano and Roy Haynes on drums – on titles that include "Easy Living", "Twisted", and "Southside". Another combo features Phil Hill on piano – on "Treadin", "Grayhound", and "Blue Gray". And the last combo is Teddy Charles' West Coasters – with Charles on vibes, Frank Morgan on alto, and Sonny Clark on piano – the last two of whom make their debut on the record! On the second half, Wardell works in some bigger groups on great long tracks with a nicely jamming feel! Players include Sonny Criss on alto, Art Farmer and Clark Terry on trumpet, Dexter Gordon on tenor, and Hampton Hawes on piano – and titles include "Move", "Scrapple From The Apple", "Lover", "Farmer's Market", "April Skies", "Jackie", and "Sweet & Lovely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has waviness on the top right corner.)
 
 
 



⇑ Top