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Bobby Blue BlandCall On Me/That's The Way Love Is ... CD
Duke/Reel Music, 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
One of Bobby Blue Bland's best albums ever – a stunning mix of blues and soul that's the kind of killer stuff that will make you a fan of his forever! There's no beating Bland at this point in his career – and the record is one of the finest illustrations of the power he brought to his work, subtly balancing a sense of class with rootsier down-hominess that few other singers could ever handle so well. That blend allowed Bobby to reach out to way more audiences than most of his contemporaries – and it's still equally powerful today – and the album's arrangements by Joe Scott are impeccable, with a slight touch of jazz that we totally love. The album includes classics like "That's The Way Love Is", "Call On Me", "Cry Lover Cry", "Care For Me", "Bobby's Blues", and "Honky Tonk". CD reissue is wonderful – with full listings of dates and personnel for the tunes, wonderful mastering, and pages of great notes and images! CD

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Nelson GeorgeHippest Trip In America – Soul Train & The Evolution Of Culture & Style (hardcover) ... Book
William Morrow, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99 27.99
The story of Soul Train, brought to us by an author we trust more than most when it comes to music writing! Nelson George has already given us great books on Motown, hip hop, James Brown, and the decline of rhythm and blues – and he does an equally great job here with his examination of Soul Train – mixing rich details from the show's long history, with his own interpretation of its role in American culture, and its lasting impact upon both TV, and the representation of African-American music in the mainstream. The book is hardcover, 236 pages, and includes some black and white images. Book
(Remainder mark on spine.)

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Slim HarpoBuzzin' The Blues – The Complete Slim Harpo (5CD set) ... CD
Excello/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $111.99 129.99
The complete works of the mighty Slim Harpo – easily one of the coolest, grooviest blues musicians ever – but one who was also taken from our planet all too soon! Slim came into the fold a bit late – he didn't start recording until the late 50s – but that timing also meant that his work was less conventional blues than a blend with lots of R&B styles, which soon morphed into more soulful expressions as the 60s came on – at a level that's gone onto give Harpo a presence with so many different audiences over the years. His music is all wonderful – harmonica blues, but with a twist – and that twist is often an early example of funk, which keeps lots of these numbers really raw, and plenty darn interesting! The massive box brings together everything Slim recorded in his too-short career – a whopping 142 tracks on 5CDs, with both a and b-sides of every single, additional album tracks, alternative versions, and even a rare session for Imperial Records too – never issued during Harpo's life. There's also an extended version of a 1961 live show, with four never issued tracks – and the whole thing comes with a heavy, hardcover book – over 100 pages of notes, photos, and other great images. CD

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✨✧ Arthur KnightDisintergrating The Musical – Black Performance & American Musical Film ... Book
Duke University Press, 2002. New Copy ... $4.99 25.95
An excellent book on African American performance in Hollywood musicals – way more than just a star study, or a historical survey – and instead a rich project that interweaves theory and cultural practice – starting with pre-film blackface, moving into an exploration of the practice in cinema, and its effect on images for years to come. Knight's got a great eye for important texts – and the book ends with an in-depth examination of the classic jazz short Jamming The Blues. 337 pages, softcover, with black and white images. Book

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Julie LondonCalendar Girl/Your Number Please ... CD
EMI/Capitol, 1956/1959. Used ... $9.99
2 great ones from Julie London – back to back on one CD! Calender Girl is one of Julie's wildest albums – and one of her sexiest too! The record has Julie running through the calender – singing a song a month, dedicated to January, February, March, and so on. The record's certainly one of her campier efforts – but in a great way – and it's further agumented by a great cover that has pinup images of Julie in a setting specific to each month! Titles include "June In January", "February Brings The Rain", "Melancholy March", "Memphis In June", and "Time For August". Your Number Please is great too! Julie couldn't look sexier on the cover – reclining in bed, on the telephone, breast falling out of her nightgown, with the suggestive title emblazoned across the top, almost like a phone sex ad! The music delivers on the suggestiveness – and features lush backings by Andre Previn, and an assortment of tunes made famous by male vocal greats of the 50s – including "A Stranger In Town", "Learnin The Blues", "One For My Baby", "It's A Blue World", "When I Fall In Love", and "The More I See You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Augusto MartelliBlack Sound From White People ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
If you can forgive the title of this one, you'll find it to be a very groovy record! The album's a killer batch of funky instrumentals ("black sound") recorded in Italy in 1972 by Augusto Martelli ("white people") – and it's got the groove and swing of some of the best Italian soundtracks from the time, no surprise, as Martelli had his hand in a few from that era! The package is a nice one – with a thick booklet, notes in Japanese, but some good images of Martelli and album covers – and the music is really great, with some excellent sax and flute work that takes the tracks into a jazzier mode than usual for this sort of thing! Loads of great percussion too – and titles include "Loco Love Motor", "Mondo No", "Krypto Blues", "Ma ne Vale La Pena", "90th Compleanno", and "Sara Stato Il Futuro". CD

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Oliver Nelson with Eric DolphyStraight Ahead ... LP
New Jazz/Prestige, Early 60s. Good ... $8.99
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
(Purple label New Jazz pressing. Cover has split seams, a light stain on the bottom 4 inches, with a name in pen and fading on back.)

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Oscar PetersonCanadiana Suite ... LP
Limelight, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
One of Oscar Peterson's most sophisticated albums of the 60s – an extended suite of tracks dedicated to the soul and spirit of Canada! The tunes are all originals, and have a really lush, vivid sort of feel – one that still has undercurrents of Peterson's usual soulful style, but which also has Oscar painting these very vivid images in sound! The material is performed by a trio with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – and although the tunes aren't familiar, we'd rank this one right up there with Peterson's most inventive material of the time. Titles include "Laurentide Waltz", "Ballad To The East", "Blues Of The Praries", and "Wheatland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam, a promo ink stamp and some writing in pen on back, and a small sticker on front.)

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Staff Of The Country Music Hall Of Fame & MuseumNight Train To Nashville – Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945 to 1970 (paperback) ... Book
Country Music Foundation, 2005. New Copy Book ... $2.99 9.99
Not the country music side of Nashville, but the city's rich heritage of soul and R&B – served up here in a beautiful book put together by the Country Music Hall Of Fame! That organization has always done great things for country – and here, they turn their special talents towards this lesser-known side of Music City – in a book that's very heavy on vintage images, including rare photos, ads, and other cool music bits as well! Smaller amounts of text follow the full-color insides – almost at a level that you'd read while viewing these materials in a museum exhibition, which is where they first appeared. Book is softcover, and 68 pages in all. Book

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✨✧ Ralph MooreImages (plus bonus track) ... CD
Landmark, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 ... LP
MPS, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(US pressing, with marker on label. Cover has heavy wear on the spine, stickers and adhesive remnants on front, and a few creases.)

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✨✧ VariousFeel The Harlem Beat – The Legendary Bobby Robinson Productions (3CD set) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 50s/1960s. Used 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive amount of music from the legendary Bobby Robinson – Harlem record store owner, music producer, and head of the famous Fire and Fury labels in the 50s and 60s! The set is one of the richest, and best-sounding collections of Bobby's productions we've ever heard – a 3CD package that's heavy on the rough-edged blues and R&B that first got the labels going, but which also includes some surprising soul gems from later on in the 60s! Notes are all in Japanese, but are very detailed – and the package is beautifully put-together, with great images too – and a set list of 71 tracks that include "I Never Turn You Back" by The Desires, "Cupid" by Ricky Lewis, "Foxy Devil" by Bobby Porter, "Let's Walk Together" by Willie Hightower, "Darling" by The Pips, "I'm Lonely" by Ike Nesbitt, "Best I Can" by Bobby Soul, "Drafted" by Wilbert Harrison, "Mush" by Little Bobby Roach, "Angel Child" by Sammy Myers & Elmore James, "Go Away Mr Blues" by Noble Watts, "The Things I Used To Do" by Larry Dale, "If It's You" by Bliss, "Bobby's Boogie" by Morris Lane, "Send My Soul To The Devil" by Frankie Lee Sims, and "Desire" by The Charts. CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Robert GreenfieldLast Sultan – The Life & Times Of Ahmet Ertegun (hardcover) ... Book
Simon & Schuster, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The amazing story of Ahmet Ertegun – the driving force behind Atlantic Records, and a crucial figure in popular music in the 20th Century! Ahmet's story is the stuff of legend – and this book delivers the whole thing in stunning detail – from Ertegun's early years as the child of the Turkish ambassador, to his adolescent love of jazz and blues, to his launching Atlantic with his brother – initially to dominate the field of rhythm and blues, then jazz and soul, then even mainstream rock and roll! The hefty book is over 400 pages in length, and features a handful of black and white images too. Book
(There is a small remainder mark on the spine.)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousLead Kindly Light – Pre-War Music & Photographs From The American South 1924 to 1939 (2CDs & book) ... CD
Dust To Digital, Late 30s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds and really gorgeous images – maybe one of the best book and CD combinations we've seen so far from the always-great Dust-To-Digital label! The volume features nearly four dozen vintage 78rpm recordings – all from the pre-WWII years, in a range of southern styles that includes string band music, gospel, blues, and a bit of early hillbilly – all brought back to light with wonderful fidelity, and presented in a book-style volume that also offers up 159 photographs from the time! Together, the music and pictures evoke a south that's been lost for years – and which hardly ever got more exposure during the time, especially as so many of these scenes were dying during the Depression. Artists include Mississippi Bracey, Roane County Ramblers, Georgia Yellow Hammers, Al Hopkins & His Buckle Busters, Narmour & Smith, Rev JC Burnett, Loveless Twins, Fiddlin Sam Long Of The Ozarks, and many others. CD

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✨✧ VariousParchman Farm – Photographs & Field Recordings 1947 to 1959 (2CDs & book) ... CD
Dust To Digital, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2CDs & Book ... Out Of Stock
An incredible portrait of the legendary Parchman Farm – legendary for its poor treatment of prisoners at a level that continued the slave legacy in America long into the 20th Century! The stunning package features vintage Alan Lomax recordings of music made at the prison, in a book that's filled with photographs of Parchman Farm as well – heartbreaking images that, like the music, are even more striking all these many years later – as a relic of the overconfidence of the management, who clearly thought they were doing nothing wrong at the time. Late 50s notes from Lomax introduce the book, which also has essays by Anna Lomax Wood and Bruce Jackson too – and the 2CDs feature 44 recordings of blues and work songs done at the farm – 12 of which have never been released before. The book features mostly unseen photographs, plus additional writings – in a hardcover volume that also comes in a beautiful slipcover too. CD
 
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✨✧ OV WrightMemphis Unlimited ... CD
Back Beat/Reel Music, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
OV Wright at the top of his game – working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, and the record's really dripping with deep soul feeling – a slow-burning energy that's perfectly handled by Mitchell, in ways that echo some of OV's bluesier roots, but keeps things in the more sophisticated Memphis modes of the 70s. The balance is perfect, and instrumentation is handled by a batch of Hi Records regulars – including the Memphis Horns with Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. Wright really rises to the occasion for the whole album, and the set's arguably better than any of his later work for Hi – although that stuff is all pretty darn wonderful too! Titles include "I've Been Searching", "Lost In The Shuffle", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", "Ghetto Child", "You Must Believe In Yourself", and "I'm Going Home". Beautiful reissue pressing too – with deep notes on the music, details of the session, vintage images, and even an OV Wright Discography too! CD
 
 
 



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