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✨✧ Stuart L GoosmanGroup Harmony – The Black Urban Roots Of Rhythm & Blues ... Book
University Of Pennsylvania, 2005. New Copy ... $5.99 24.95
Group soul harmony gets some great treatment here – in a well-done book that follows the music from the street corner to the airwaves – all with a thoughtful mixture of oral history and the larger issues of the time! Author Stuart Goosman focuses especially on harmony groups on the Baltimore and Washington DC scenes of the postwar years – with a lot of detail on The Orioles, one of the first great groups in the tradition – and some of the smaller acts of the period as well – and the book begins with the initial postwar rise in the format, then looks at the huge wave of group harmony during the doo wop years. Although an academic book, the tone is never dry – and the oral history material really illuminates the music a great deal. 291 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Akira KouchiBlues Record Covers ... Book
Space Shower (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $34.99
A very cool discography – one that brings the hip Japanese format to the world of blues music – in a style that's similar to other books on jazz, funk, and soul! The approach here features hundreds of vintage album covers, each in glorious color – presented in small entries that have dates of release, catalog numbers, and artist, label, and title all in English – followed by a short review and additional text in Japanese. And if you can't read that language, don't worry – as there's plenty here to please any fan of blues from a visual perspective – beautiful cover images that really run the gamut, including dozens of records that we've never seen before! The book has different chapters, dealing with different strands of the music – from artist sections on folks like Muddy Waters or Memphis Slim, to label pages on Aladdin, Imperial, Fire, and many others – to a look at 78 album cover art, small Chicago labels, jazz-crossover records, and even cover designers like Don Bronstein or Milton Glaser. The presentation is wonderful, and well worth the price – extremely vivid, and bound to get you working harder than ever to expand your collection of vintage blues! Book

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Sun RaWake Up Angels – Live At The Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972/1973/1974 ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CDs ... $19.99 21.99
Really wonderful work from Sun Ra – a host of recordings cut at the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Fest in the early 70s – always a very welcoming audience for the Arkestra at the time! We're not sure what was in the water, but it always seems like the group really hit their stride at the festival – opening up with a force and intensity that really goes past some of their other recordings! It's almost as if the enthusiastic mix of ages and cultures present really ignited the best energies in the Arkestra – having them hit the kind of righteous crescendo of their best Space Is The Place identity – and even some of the more avant, outside moments have a focus that the group hardly seems to reach this well! The material is from the John Sinclair archives – originally issued on the CDs Life Is Splendid, Outer Space Employment Agency, and It Is Forbidden – but somehow sounding even more amazing in a tight package like this – with loads of amazing keyboards from Ra, soulful vocals from June Tyson, Cheryl Banks, and Judith Holton, and wonderful supporting reeds from the Arkestra. Titles include "Space Is The Place", "Enlightenment", "What Planet Is This", "Immeasurable", "Love In Outer Space", "Watusi", "Images", and some great untitled improvisations. CD

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Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson & Ben GreenmanMo' Meta Blues –The World According To Questlove (hardcover) ... Book
Grand Central, 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 26.00
You might know him as the drummer on the Tonight Show, or the powerhouse behind The Roots – but Questlove is also a hell of a sharp-mined fellow – always the guy in the room who has the most interesting thing to say, which is what makes this book so great! Questlove tells the tale of his life and music – but with a sharpness that you're not likely to find in other books of this nature – an open, honest voice about his own sense of self and struggle, with even more vivid thoughts on the world in which he's spent his time – from his youth in Philly, to the growth of The Roots, to the surprising heights at which he finds himself all these many years later. 282 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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✨✧ Benjamin Franklin VJazz & Blues Musicians Of South Carolina – Interviews With Jabbo, Dizzy, Drink, & Others (hardcover) ... Book
University Of South Carolina Press, 2008. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
South Carolina has been home to a surprising amount of jazz musicians over the years – a list of talents that includes Houston Person, Chris Potter, Webster Young, Etta Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Arthur Prysock, Nappy Brown, and a number of others – all of whom are featured in separate interviews within the book – which work together as an oral history of the surprising legacy of jazz in the state! Author Benjamin Franklin V is a professor in English at University Of South Carolina – and his questions are very well put, and he seems to have a manner that really puts some of the musicians at ease – given the length of their responses. 272 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... $6.99 29.95
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book

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✨✧ Elijah WaldTalking Bout Your Mama – The Dozens, Snaps, & The Deep Roots Of Rap ... Book
Oxford University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 17.95
A detailed look at the "dozens" that long-running African American tradition of trading insults and witticisms – a mode that's influenced music from the blues years onward, with an especially important contribution to the development of hip hop in the contemporary scene! We feared a bit of stiffness in the presentation at first – especially given the academic press – but the book's a surprisingly lively read, and is peppered with examples throughout – which really keeps things interesting. There's a fair bit of history and larger cultural context throughout – and the book 243 pages, softcover, with a few black and white images. Book

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VariousFrom Sacred To Secular – A Soul Awakening (8CD set) ... CD
History Of Soul, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 8 CDs ... $39.99 54.99
A heavy set of early soul music – mixed with a fair bit of gospel as well – all to show the evolution of the sounds of the style from its roots in the church! The package willfully – and wonderfully – mixes tracks from soul, R&B, and gospel sources all together in a ridiculously huge batch of tunes – 231 songs in all – running from late 40s jump blues and gospel, through the rise of R&B in the 50s, currents of electric blues, hard-edged vocal material, and lots of key cuts from the earliest years of soul music – all packaged in a book-style cover with a set of notes and lots of vintage images within! At first glance there doesn't seem to be a strong sense of organization to the package – but there's a musical vibe that really shows up once you start listening – taking a journey from spiritual to secular, with plenty of stops along the way. The package features dozens and dozens of different artists – only a handful of whom include The Aladdins, Davis Sisters, Caravans, Marie Knigh, Linda Hopkins, Dorothy Love Coates, The Sheiks, The Drapers, Kelly Brothers, JJ Barnes & The Del Fis, Mable John, Highway QCs, Soul Seekers, Soul Stirrers, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Singin Sammy Ward, Johnny Adams, Solomon Burke, Brother Joe May, Prince La La, Womack Brothers, Arthur Alexander, Willie Tee, Valentinos, and many more – including a fair bit of bigger names from 60s soul! CD

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VariousWhere Southern Soul Began Vol 3 – 1957-1963 – History Of Soul ... CD
History Of Soul (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
An excellent look at the sounds that gave birth to southern soul – that blend of blues, R&B, gospel, and other righteous sounds that were brewing below the Mason-Dixon line at the end of the 50s – which later rose to tremendous fame on labels like Stax and Atlantic! The tracks here are mostly from before a time when those labels focused on the music, though – and include a huge number of obscure singles we'd never heard before – all packaged with lavish notes on the music and full color images – clearly showing a lot more care to the presentation than you'd usually get for a collection of this nature. There's a whopping 55 titles in the set – and tracks include "The Wash" by The Varios, "Baby Come & Get It" by The Adorables, "Velma" by Roland Dice, "Everybody's Talking" by Bob & Peggy, "I'll Have To Let You Go" by Sally Stanley, "Goodbye My Love" by Oscar Perry, "I'm Cally My Baby" by Gene Vell, "Baby It's True Love" by Roscoe Shelton, "Why Not Give Me A Chance" by Jackie Verdell, "Keep On Trying" by Guitar Ray, "Bad Boy" by Fontella Bass, "Wait A Minute" by Barbara Stephens, and "Please Wait" by Charles James. CD

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✨✧ Oliver Nelson with Eric DolphyStraight Ahead ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little small group session by Nelson – one that has him working in a quintet with Eric Dolphy, one that shows that Nelson could be a strongly modernist player when he wanted to be! Dolphy plays alto, bass clarinet, and flute – and Nelson's tone is appropriately biting to match the set – way harder and stark than on some other albums, with an edge that we really like a lot! Rhythm is by Richard Wyands, George Duvivier, and Roy Haynes – and titles include "Ralph's New Blues", "Straight Ahead", "111 44", and "Images". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear with marker on the back.)

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✨✧ DVDCheat You Fair – The Story Of Maxwell Street (DVD) ... DVD
Maxwell Street LLC, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A look at the famous Maxwell Street in Chicago – home to countless street vendors and legendary bargains, and a big part of the Windy City blues scene as well! This documentary draws on a lot of archival images, and features narration by actor Joe Mantegna – to offer up a loving portrait of this important crossroads of cultures that had an impact on the city for decades – before government challenges forced it to change, move, and downsize tremendously in the mid 90s. Features interviews with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Burks, and other blues musicians – as well as writer Studs Terkel. 90 minutes in length. DVD

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✨✧ Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave)My Kind Of Sound – The Secret History Of Chicago Music (hardcover) ... Book
Curbside Splendor, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool book that compiles a long-running feature that's delighted Chicago music fans for years – the Secret History Of Chicago Music column from the Chicago Reader – a force that's possibly done more for the history of music in our city than most other larger institutions put together! Author Steve Krakow presents the history in a way that's very vivid – with a drawing of the artists with each entry, followed by a hand-lettered history that briefly covers salient facts and dates, and offers up a bit of Krakow's own opinion as well. The range of music handled is great – from funk to rock to blues, psych, garage, punk, and beyond – and the book features over 200 columns in all, on artists as varied as Ruby Andrews, Arbee Stidham, Steve Colson, Rasputin Stash, The Vertebrats, Truth, Phil Upchurch, Pezband, Nite Owls, Ken Nordine, June Shellene, Gollum, Graced Lightning, Enuff Znuff, Dean Miland, The Del-Vettes, Cave Dwellers, Hollins & Starr, George Freeman, The Cryan Shames, Earl Hooker, Dave Major & The Minors, John Klemmer, and countless other talents who've made our city great! Hardcover, over 200 pages, with loads of black and white images – and very nicely done. Book

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✨✧ Brian SouthallFrom Me To You –Songs The Beatles Covered & Songs They Gave Away ... Book
Red Planet (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pretty cool look at a different side of the Beatles – songs that the Fab Four let other folks cover, and a few that they covered on their own! In the early years, the group sang plenty of American soul, rock, and blues tunes – which are featured here in one section that draws some nice references to the originals – but in later years, their own songs were so famous, that other artists took them on – and often hit great fame with versions of their own! The book both looks at songs that the Beatles didn't record first, and let other artists have – and cuts that were remade by others – as well as additional covers that the group would perform in their live set lists of the mid 60s. The book is heavy on label scans and other images – and is 160 pages, softcover. Book

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Ralph MooreImages (plus bonus track) ... CD
Landmark, 1989. Used ... $3.99
A key recording from one of our favorite tenor talents of the 80s – the amazing Ralph Moore, a player who really carries on a strong legacy from the 60s work of Hank Mobley! Like Mobley, Moore's got a very rich-voiced sound that's steeped in tradition, but which is also never afraid to take chances too – a way of handling the tenor that few of his contemporaries could match, which is probably why Ralph's presence really upped the ante on so many dates at the time as a sideman. He's even better as a leader, though, and this standout set for Landmark is a real gem – a record filled with freely creative energy throughout, and a never-ending sense of soul – as Moore's tenor is set up nicely in a core group with Benny Green on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – the latter of whom brings some of the same magic to this set that Billy Higgins did to Blue Note in the 60s. Terence Blanchard plays trumpet on 4 of the album's tracks – and titles include "Punjab", "Freeway", "Enigma", "Blues For John", "One Second Please", and "Episode From A Village Dance". Also includes the CD-only bonus track "Morning Star". CD
(Out of print.)

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Baden PowellImages on Guitar ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
One of Baden Powell's grooviest albums ever – a brilliant blend of his bossa roots with the freer 70s grooves of MPS! The album follows the mode of some of his other European recordings, but is still a bit different – in that the overall sound is a bit freer than before, with tracks that really open up beautifully – including one or two that hit a nicely heavy groove! The lovely Janine De Walyene sings these wonderful wordless vocals on some of the album's best tracks – scatting heavily on the famous jazz dance number "Blues A Volante" – and drifting moodily behind the guitar on other numbers. Other instrumentation includes bass, drums, and a bit of Brazilian percussion – and titles include the classic "Blues A Volante", plus "Violao Vagabundo", "Canto", "Ate Eu", and "Conversacao Comigo Mesmo". CD
(Great LP sleeve edition – new remastering, new notes, and even a picture of the original master tape!)
Also available Images on Guitar (180 gram pressing) ... LP 31.99

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Baden PowellImages on Guitar (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $31.99 39.99
One of Baden Powell's grooviest albums ever – a brilliant blend of his bossa roots with the freer 70s grooves of MPS! The album follows the mode of some of his other European recordings, but is still a bit different – in that the overall sound is a bit freer than before, with tracks that really open up beautifully – including one or two that hit a nicely heavy groove! The lovely Janine De Walyene sings these wonderful wordless vocals on some of the album's best tracks – scatting heavily on the famous jazz dance number "Blues A Volante" – and drifting moodily behind the guitar on other numbers. Other instrumentation includes bass, drums, and a bit of Brazilian percussion – and titles include the classic "Blues A Volante", plus "Violao Vagabundo", "Canto", "Ate Eu", and "Conversacao Comigo Mesmo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy pressing – with new remastering too!)
Also available Images on Guitar ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Dick GriffinHomage To Sun Ra ... CD
Ruby, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue project from trombonist Dick Griffin – a musician who first got his start in Sun Ra's band during the 60s, and who makes his long-overdue nod to his leader here with a really wonderful all-star group! The set's neither a Ra-styled outing, nor a set of Ra covers – and instead has the always-creative Griffin painting his own pictures of that enigmatic figure in jazz – hitting modes that are every bit as spiritual as Dick's great recordings of the 70s, including his Strata East material – with players who include Marshall Allen on alto, Bennie Maupin on flute and soprano sax, Danny Ray Thompson on baritone, Donald Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. Nearly all those players have a lineage that goes back to the generation that Ra touched so strongly – and work perfectly here with Griffin on one of his best albums in years. Titles include "Interplanetary", "Soft Warm & Hot", "North Africa", "Images Of Sun Ra", "Reflections Of Sun Ra", "Fate In A Pleasant Mood", and "Blues For Sun RA". CD
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Lurlean HunterNight Life ... LP
Vik, 1956. Very Good- ... $9.99
An RCA classic from Lurlean Hunter – a singer who's sadly overlooked these days, but who was a real up-and-comer from the Chicago scene in the 50s! Lurlean's got a style that's surprisingly smooth at times – much richer and more jazz-based than the sometimes-bluesy cover images she was given – a quality that sounds especially great here amidst fuller backings from Manny Albam, an arranger who really helps Hunter cross over strongly for the set. The record's beautifully done – poised, but still filled with soul and feeling – and players on the date include Joe Newman on trumpet, Al Cohn on tenor, and Barry Galbraith on guitar. Titles include some lesser-known numbers like "Moondrift" and "Night Life" – plus "Gentleman Friend", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Sunday", and "This Time The Dream's On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and a name in marker on the back.)

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Arthur CrudupMusic Man Like Nobody Every Saw (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $149.99 174.99
One of the founding fathers of rock and roll – finally given his due in this massive box set! Arthur Crudup was a famous influence on Elvis Presley, but even without that fame, he was a hell of a bluesman on his own – a key part in the shift of styles that took place during the 40s – a mode that took Crudup's rural roots into more focus, with some of the tighter modes of the urban scene! This set shows that shift – and plenty more too – over the space of 124 tracks in all, which include Crudup's complete recordings for RCA and associated labels, as well as material for Trumpet, Checker, Ace, and Fire Records too – all packaged with a heavy, hardcover book that's almost worth the price of admission alone! The book features all-new notes, loads of photos and images, and a discography too – and the box finally takes Crudup's music from the scattered array of public domain and greatest hits CDs, and gives it the showcase it deserves. CD

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✨✧ Raynal PellicerPhotobooth – The Art Of The Automatic Portrait (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the mighty photobooth – a machine that's lived long beyond its initial use in a time when most folks didn't have cameras, to almost become a visual medium in and of itself! The lavish, full-color book offers up not just a history of the photobooth – but also a focus on its role in visual culture, especially art – with chapters that include "The Artist In The Photobooth" and "The Second Life Of The Photobooth" – tracing the machine's revival in later years, and its rescue in underground cultures in the 70s and 80s. There's far more pictures than words – a wealth of rare photobooth images – including shots of Andy Warhol, Billy Childish, JFK, Elvis Presley, Boris Vian, Samuel Beckett, Alan Ginsberg, Vassily Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Vito Acconci, and many others – including legendary bluesman Robert Johnson! A very heavy 275 pages – all in cover, and hardcover. Book

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