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Jake AustenFlying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll – Conversations With Unjustly Obscure Rock 'N' Soul Eccentrics (paperback) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... $5.99 24.95
The best (truly – they got this book right) of Roctober gets a classy rock 'n' soul book compilation from Duke University Press – an incredible collection of interviews that were featured over the years in the great DIY magazine over the years! Interviews with musical legends who should be household names (a few of which are) and infamous figures alike, from soul, R&B and jump blues to country, garage rock and beyond – including Oscar Brown, Jr., David Allan Coe, The Fast, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Sam The Sham, The Good Rats and many more – plus images and illustrations from the pages of Roctober. Flying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll is edited by Roctober main man Jake Austin, who also penned many of the original pieces, along with James Porter, Ken Burke, Mike Maltese, Dan Sorenson, Jonathan Poletti. Forward by Steve Albini. Paperback, 290 pages. Book

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Les BaxterSadismo ... CD
MGM/Kritzerland, 1967. Used ... $14.99
A wonderful soundtrack for a very weird film – a late 60s documentary on torture around the world, set to some really beautiful music by exotica maestro Les Baxter! The styles here are right up there with Baxter's classic late 50s material for Capitol – a beautiful blend of spare orchestrations and earthy instrumentation – used in ways that are extremely evocative, even without the images on the screen – with this beautiful undercurrent of sadness that almost makes us wonder if Les was offering a musical comment on the film project itself! There's some beautiful wordless vocals at a few points (Bas Sheba, perhaps?) – and the album's a lost treasure that's a must not just for any fan of exotica, but for 60s soundtrack enthusiasts as well. Titles include "The Dark Corners Of This Sick World", "A Catalog Of Cruelty", "The Pain In Spain", "Blues For Sadismos", "Erotica Exotica", "Tokyo After Dark", "Dog's World", and "Drugs That Turn Men Into Slaves". CD
(Out of print. Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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Samuel ChartersNew Orleans – Playing A Jazz Chorus ... Book
Marion Boyars Publishers (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $4.99 17.98
Samuel Charters returns to New Orleans in the wake of Katrina – and finds that the city's jazz scene is not only alive and well, but continuing to thrive and change in the face of crisis! Charters is a name that should be familiar to many – for his landmark work as a record producer for Folkways and other labels, where he gave New Orleans music huge exposure in the mid-century years – and also for his countless books on jazz and blues. This volume is perhaps a bit more personal than some of Samuel's other works – as Charters spends his time in the city with his son's family in a small apartment, and comes across vibrant music from the Hot 8 Brass Band, Soul Rebels, Barry Martyn, Michael White, Coco Robicheaux, Billy Edwards, and many others. 227 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ DVDCheat You Fair – The Story Of Maxwell Street (DVD) ... DVD
Maxwell Street LLC, 2010. New Copy ... $21.99 24.99
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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Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... $9.99 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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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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Steve Krakow (aka Plastic Crimewave)My Kind Of Sound – The Secret History Of Chicago Music (hardcover) ... Book
Curbside Splendor, 2015. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
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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Baden PowellImages on Guitar ... LP
MPS, 1973. Near Mint- ... $29.99
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
(US pressing.)

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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 ... $51.99 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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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 ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Oliver Nelson with Eric DolphyStraight Ahead ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. 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". CD

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✨✧ Harry Edison & Ben WebsterJazz Special – I Grandi Incontri (aka Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You) ... LP
Verve/Fabbri Editori (Italy), Late 50s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A laidback, late nite sort of session from trumpeter Harry Edison – one that definitely lets him play in the "sweets" style that gave him his name! The group's got an easygoing feel – Ben Webster on tenor, Oscar Peterson on piano, and Barney Kessel on guitar – and titles include "Blues For The Blues", "Blues For Piney Brown", "Blues For Bill Basie", "Taste On The Place", and "Moonlight In Vermont". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a great book of images and notes!)

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✨✧ Living BluesIssue 241 – Vol 47, No 2 ... Magazine
Living Blues, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Preston Shannon's on the cover this time around – stepping out with the kind of fire he brings to the current blues scene in Memphis! The issue also has articles on Harmonica Hinds, Sheba Potts-Wright, and Clarence Turner – plus a look at the blues photography of Cary Baker, with some beautiful images from the Chicago blues scene of the 60s and 70s! The issue's also got a great batch of reviews – rundowns of current new releases – plus some other great features too. Magazine

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✨✧ Arthur KnightDisintergrating The Musical – Black Performance & American Musical Film ... Book
Duke University Press, 2002. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Augusto MartelliBlack Sound From White People ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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John HollenbeckNo Images ... CD
BlueShift, 2001. Used ... $8.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Raynal PellicerPhotobooth – The Art Of The Automatic Portrait (hardcover) ... Book
Abrams, 2010. New Copy ... $5.99 35.00
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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OV WrightMemphis Unlimited ... CD
Back Beat/Reel Music, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
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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