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✨✧ California PlayboysTrying To Become A Millionaire (with download) ... LP
Loadstone/Manufactured, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Stunning funky soul by California Playboys – a heck of a record that should have made the Playboys a huge combo at the time! It's a shame the group didn't become millionaires – but the obscurity of the record is maybe also one of its charms – the kind of small label set that never fully got its due at the time, but which is ripe for rediscovery all these many years later! The California Playboys were together for a number of years – forming as a backing band for singer Lester Young (not the sax player), doing session work for others, and otherwise developing their skills for years – all of which really comes through here in their sharp-edged instrumentation, which sounds even sharper in the 70s indie-level production for the album. The killer title tune sounds like it could (and should!) be the namesake tune of a funky mid 70s soundtrack – as it's really got a perfect cinematic soul vibe, ala Bobby Womack and Marvin Gaye – though in a tighter, smaller combo setting. Most tunes start with vocals and end with long instrumental riffing – and titles include"Double Love", "She's A Real Sweet Woman", "Just Say A Four Letter Word", "I've Got To Find Myself Another Girl", and "Turned On For Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Trying To Become A Millionaire ... CD 11.99
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Daisy ChainStraight Or Lame (180 gram pressing) ... LP
United International/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 24.98
Excellent work from The Daisy Chain – a very groovy all-girl combo from the Southern California scene of the late 60s – and one with a surprisingly dark sound as well! At some level, there's traces of regular post-folk psyche or sunshine pop in some of the group's work – but at another, there's a sense of darkness here that really surprises us – almost west coast echoes of the work that Nico did with the Velvet Underground, or a precursor to some of the trippier female work that would come out of the Bay Area scene a few years later. There's a counterpointed sense of moods at work here that really makes the album a great one – not nearly as nasty or kinky as you might guess from the reference that gives them their name, but still pretty moody nonetheless! Titles include "Final Hour", "Superfluous Daisy", "I'll Come Runnin", "All Because Of Him", "Zzotto", and "Run Spot Run". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Jordan De La SierraGymnosphere – Song Of The Rose ... LP
Unity/Numero, 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.98
Spacey piano work from Jordan De La Sierra – material that's clearly informed by the 60s experiments of La Monte Young and Terry Riley, but which also has a more open, spiritual quality too! The piano has a nice sense of tuning – one that's almost watery at points – and Jordan's in no rush to let the notes unfold, as he often waits for one to resonate out before starting the next – which creates this very spacious, meditative quality throughout – a mode that's also inspired by Indian music, but much more laidbck and North California! The package reproduces the original 2LP set – complete with artwork and original notes. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gymnosphere – Song Of The Rose ... LP 16.99

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Don & StevieDon & Stevie (UK pressing) ... LP
Finders Keepers, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99
Darkly beautiful sounds from the duo of Don & Stevie Gere – a husband and wife who work here with a style that's folksy, but a bit spooky too – possibly due to the fact that the music within was recorded in their California home, and never issued for years! There's a deeply personal feel to the songs here – almost like we're peeking in on the intimacy of the couple, but as they try to put together a message to reach outside of their home too – themes of their own love mixed with greater societal issues – later taken up as some of the songs were reworked by other artists like David Gates, Curt Boettcher, and Waddy Wachtel. Yet there's an innocence to these original recordings that's really mindblowing – rescued from oblivion on aging acetates, and represented here on cuts that include "Sweet Sugar", "Keep An Eye On You", "Another Blue Day", "What Do You Think Of Me", "Kindly", and "Tell Me Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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Evan GeesmanCoils (with bonus download) ... LP
Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
An album that bills itself as "acoustic songwriting filtered through the futuristic acid trip that is the current Southern California beat scene" – but a set that's also much more than that as well! True, there's some sweet songs nestled in the mix – vocals and guitar that might be more familiar on a sensitive indie rock set – but the electronics are what really make things great – and have these great textures and tones – lots of bubbles and waves that come across with a warmth that really matches more straightforward moments. The blend's as strong as you might find in Stereolab at their best – but Evan Geesman sounds nothing like them – and instead has a very different vibe, but with a similar blend of acoustic and electronic. Titles include "Rain Maker", "Take A Chance", "Sleeptalking", "Uncoil", "Husk", and "Beast". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Margo Guryan29 Demos (red & blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99 36.98
Really wonderful work from Margo Guryan – an artist who was probably known more as a songwriter than a singer – especially for her groovy late 60s pop tunes! This package is heavy on those gems – presented in these great demo takes that are nice and stripped-down – often with just a bit of rhythm and electric piano in support of Guryan's sweet vocals – which echo the modes of Claudine Longet and some of the other artists of the time who sung her music. The set's an expanded version of a previous collection, and features great work from the late 60s and early 70s – titles that include "I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You", "Sun", "The 8:17 Northbound Success Merry Go Round", "Sunday Morning", "I Love", "I'd Like To See The Bad Guys Win", "California Shake", "Why Do I Cry", "Under My Umbrella", and "Timothy Gone". LP package features two tracks not issued on the CD set – and also includes a Chip Taylor demo of "Someone I Know" and Malcolm McNeill demo of "Think Of Rain". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie HazelGame, Dames, & Guitar Thangs (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Be With (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
A massively tripped-out set of guitar-based funk – played to perfection by the legendary Eddie Hazel, best known for his work in the George Clinton P-Funk empire! The album offers a different side of Eddie's talents – one that's produced with a smoothly compressed California groove, in a mode that's almost an extension of some of the themes explored by Shuggie Otis on his own 70s albums – taken with a bit more of a P-Funk style. George Clinton produced the set with Eddie – and the tunes have a nice slow-stepping groove that really opens up the guitar solos wonderfully. The record kicks off with a massive cover of "California Dreamin" – but the whole thing's great, with a wonderfully unified feel throughout! Other titles include "Frantic Moment", "What About It?", "So Goes The Story", "Physical Love", and a great cover of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck & Mary PerrinBrother & Sister (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Webster's Last Word/Mapeche (Spain), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 24.99
Beautiful work from the duo of Chuck & Mary Perrin – a sweetly dreamy folk rock duo from Central Illinois! The pair recorded this album for their own tiny Webster's Last Word label back in the late 60s – and although they were cut off in the hinterlands of the midwest near Peoria, there's a sound to their work that reminds us of a lot of the best California sunshine folk of the time! Chuck and Mary sing duet vocals on nearly every track – and although their background is folk, they're not really folkies – and are working much more in the freer-spirited, and personally empowered sound of the sunshine pop generation. Titles include "Commencement", "Violets Of Dawn", "Don't Know Why I Love You Like I Do", "Younger Generation", and "Mornings". LP, Vinyl record album

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REMGreen (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Warner, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
REM's major label debut – the culmination of years spent inching closer and closer to the mainstream – and one of the best examples of the past several decades of a band rooted in the indie rock underground reinventing themselves as superstars, without compromising their uniqueness or overall greatness! The previous couple of albums showed that REM was capable of producing songs with sing-a-long potential – and more powerful rock songs – along with their uniquely moody, often acoustic-based songcraft. This is where they took the biggest step yet in that direction. Michael Stipe really stepped out his shell like never before around this time, and his evolution from indie rock poet to extroverted showman is amazing. Titles include "Pop Song 89", "Get Up", "You Are Everything", "Stand", "World Leader Pretend", "The Wrong Child", "Orange Crush", "Turn You Inside Out", "Air Shirt" and "I Remember California". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Carlo SavinaGrand Tour (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ring/Sonor (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
A grand tour in sound from maestro Carlo Savina – swirling out here in a sweet blend of funky rhythms, strings, and some of the warmer touches you'd find on Italian soundtracks from the late 70s! Savina scored more than a few films over his career, and he's equally great on this obscure sound library session for the Ring Records label – a set that's awash in keyboard lines, compressed guitars, and a blend of the kind of soulful, slinky currents you'd expect from the Love Boat image on the cover! There's some nice effects on the electric elements at times – almost creating a watery vibe – and titles include "California 3000", "Bahamas", "Tibet", "Caraibi", "Sechelles", "Portorico", and "Canaries". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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SkabbsIdle Threat ... LP
Jackpot, 1977/1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Killer collection of previously unreleased recordings by late 70s Cali punks The Skabbs – misfits and oddballs in their day, even in the outsider-oriented California punk scene at the time! These recordings find the band kind of blending weirder, boisterous manic energy of band like Devo with the caustic, jagged edge west coast punk and immediate post-punk – it's honestly a good decade ahead of it's time stylistically, presaging the 80s underground in a big way. Titles include "Idle Threat", "We Are The Skabbs", "Who Killed The Kennedys", "Terry The Girl Kicker", "This Is The American Way", "In A Rut Over Tut", "Spray Paint" and many more. 17 tracks – all recorded in '77 & '78! LP, Vinyl record album
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Undisputed TruthUndisputed Truth ... LP
Gordy, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A perfect example groove that got The Undisputed Truth big hit fame in the early 70s – sort of a rumbling funk, full-on approach, using male/female vocals in kind of a "wall of soul" approach. Includes the huge hit "Smiling Faces Sometimes", plus lots of covers of cool tracks like "California Soul", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Ball Of Confusion", and "You Got The Love I Need". Norman Whitfield production all the way through, with a lot of nice twists similar to those he was taking with other Motown groups at the time. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCambodian Cassette Archives – Khmer Folk & Pop Music Vol 1 (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $30.99
A massive assemblage of raw, percussive Cambodian music recorded between the 60s and the 90s! The blend of styles is pretty impressive – raw found-folk elements prevail throughout, but a pretty staggering array sounds throughout the years find their way into the mix – from traces of organ funk, to 60s psychedelia, lounge, and pop vocals! The tracks were culled from over well over 100 cassette tapes found at the Asian Branch of the Oakland Public Library in California – many of the artists are unknown! 20 tracks including "Blue Basket", "Sat Tee Touy (Look At The Owl)", "Srey No", "She Doesn't Need Your Money", "Birds Are Singing But My Lover Won't Return" and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCountry Funk Vol 2 – 1967 to 1974 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 26.98
A great criss-crossing of modes at the end of the 60s – music that has roots in country, but which comes off with plenty of funk and soul as well – in styles that were burning strong from LA on eastward, all the way across the south at the time! Some of the grooves here might fall into the "swamp rock" mode of the time – while others showcase hip LA artists mixing rootsy elements with tighter studio production – and a few more have genre-crossing country artists trying on some more soulful modes for good measure. The range of work is really great – and quite surprising, too – and the whole thing's got a great look that really illuminates the music within. Titles include "Northeast Texas Women" by Willis Allan Ramsey, "Nobody" by Larry Williams & Johnny Watson, "Collection Box" by Thomas Jefferson Kaye, "Me & Mr Hohner" by Bobby Darin, "Hunger Child Blues" by Townes Van Zant, "California Women" by Hoyt Axton, "Pay Day Give Away" by Bill Wilson, "Shotgun Willie" by Willie Nelson, "Cajun Moon" by JJ Cale, "Sumpin Funky Going On" by Donnie Fritts, and "Don't Let Me Down" by Dillard & Clark. LP, Vinyl record album
(Housed in a deluxe stoughton tip on jacket.)

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✨✧ VariousMovements Vol 7 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
Maybe the coolest collection so far in this all-great series – a package that really has the Movements set expanding its vibe – to include some jazzier and more R&B-based titles as well – a perfect mix for their long-running love of funk and soul! The collection's got a gritty sound right from the start – a reach that goes back to the earliest days of soul to find some skittish nuggets that are great groovers – and a run up to the 70s to pull together some hip modal jazz tracks that provide a wonderful sense of contrast – sounds that are all groovy, all soulful, but span a rich world of styles and scenes! There's loads of gems here we'd never heard before at all – and titles include "California Dreaming" by Nu Art Quartet, "Sugar" by Howard B Smith, "Woke Up This Morning" by Rene Baily, "Unchain My Heart" by Johnny B & The Music Makers, "Nitty Gritty Humbug" by Steve Mason Trio, "He's A Real Gone Guy" by Dorothy Ramsey, "Out Of This World" by George Smith, "How Can You Be So Cold" by Lee Mitchell, "Dasheka" by Bob Hines Trio, "The Deep End" by Ray Johnson, and "The Purple Jellybean" by Johnny Walker Trio. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Movements Vol 7 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD 12.99

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Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... LP
Curtom, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of all types – working in a party-styled blend of funk, rock, and soul that was one of the most powerful grooves going down in the Windy City at the time! Huey sadly passed away at a very young age, leaving only this full album as his legacy – a great batch of hard-hitting soul tracks that are among some of the funkiest work ever recorded for the legendary Curtom label! The set includes Huey's classic version of "Mighty, Mighty", a club favorite from the live shows – plus the excellent Curtis Mayfield tune "Hard Times", famous as an oft-used sample track! Other titles include "A Change Is Going To Come", "California Dreamin", "Running", and "Mama Get Yourself Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DJ ShadowMountain Will Fall (with download) ... LP
Mass Appeal, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
DJ Shadow at his most stylistically sprawling –doing his thing as distinctively as ever, unpredictable from one track to the next, but very much himself whether it's a sample and scratches cut reminiscent of the Entroducing era or beats-enriched avant jazz or keyboards-heavy tracks! Lots of different moods at play here, whether it's topical rap with Mass Appeal label mates Run The Jewels, or atmospheric hip hop jazz with Dusty Groove favorite Mathew Halsall. You gotta hand it to Shadow for following his muse, regardless of expectations! Titles include "The Mountain Will Fall", the barbed, timely "Nobody Speak" with Run The Jewels, the modern mood jazz standout "Ashes To Oceans" with Matthew Halsall, "California", "Ghost Town", "Three Ralphs", "Depth Change", "Mambo", "Suicide Pact", 'The Sideshow" with Ernie Fresh and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card, sicker sheet & stencil.)

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard rock perfected! It's around Led Zeppelin IV that you can easily say that the group moved up from being incredibly great to flat-out legendary – really in a class by themselves, although maybe they'd already reached that point with the sublime sounds of the previous three records! There's a darkness here – and a sense of magick too – an eerie new energy that still has all the balls-out rock power of before, but which has the group moving into this heady territory that's really all their own. Every song is a classic – and tracks include "Black Dog", "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Misty Mountain Hop", "When The Levee Breaks", "Going To California", "Four Sticks", and "Battle Of Evermore". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy vinyl, heavy cover, and maybe even more solid than the original!)
Also available Led Zeppelin IV ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ 9th CreationBubble Gum ... LP
Rite Track, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album of jazzed-up funk – the one lasting legacy by this oft-sampled group! 9th Creation originally hailed from west of the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and this album was recorded in Oakland with the same sweet jazzy finish as work by some of the other big Northern California funk acts of the time – especially Pleasure, who with their sharp sense of a groove are probably the closest comparison to the group's sound. The album is best known for the cut "Bubble Gum" – a great number with lots of jazzy changes, and a modern funky groove that still sounds pretty darn fresh – but the whole album is totally great, and filled with plenty of other songs that have the same feel as the title cut! Tracks include "Sexy Girl", "Quit It", "Falling In Love", "We Need Love", and "Rule Of Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Marlena ShawSpice Of Life ... LP
Cadet, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing batch of sophisticated soul tracks – and a favorite with the righteous groove scene! On the surface, the record's a combination of jazz and soul tracks in the same mode that you'd find on some of Nancy Wilson's albums for Capitol during the same time – but digging deeper, you'll find an undercurrent of politics, feminism, and social commentary delivered with surprising intensity. Marlena Shaw's voice is generally sweet, but she's set up in some extremely powerful arrangements by Richard Evans and Charles Stepney that recast even the simplest phrase into a whole new setting of strength and pride – and Bobby Miller of Dells fame also helped make the record what it is, and helped write some of the best songs on the record. The set includes Marlena's classic original reading of "Woman Of The Ghetto", which has been sampled by just about everyone, plus "California Soul", which has a nice hard break, and the tunes "Liberation Conversation", "Where Can I Go?", and the original version of "Go Away Little Boy" – as sweet a statement of womanhood if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee MosesTime & Place ... LP
Maple/Future Days, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A lost deep soul set from Lee Moses – a relatively obscure vocalist, but one who we'd rank right up there with James Carr, Wilson Pickett, or any of their contemporaries! Lee's music has a hard southern soul feel to it – sounding almost like a pile of 45s from a label like Sound Stage 7, or some more obscure imprint from below the Mason-Dixon line – even though the record was issued on the Maple label up north. And possibly it's Lee's odd northern placement with a deeply southern style that never got him his due back in the day – but that loss is our gain, as the record's an under-discovered treasure that's filled with really hard-wailing soul tunes! There's a slightly garagey feel to the production – quite gritty at times, with even more of an earthier undercurrent than you'd hear on work from Memphis or Muscle Shoals – and Lee matches this sound wonderfully with a really raspy approach to vocals. Titles include a great version of "California Dreaming", plus the tracks "Time & Place", "Got That Will", "Every Boy & Girl", "Hey Joe", "Free At Last", and "Adorable One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – with heavy tip-on gatefold cover!)
Also available Time & Place ... CD 12.99
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✨✧ PharcydeLabcabincalifornia (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Bicycle Music, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second Pharcyde record – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it also laid the groundwork for the late 90s Jay Dee groove of keyboards and measured beats! The set also features production by M-Walk and Diamond D. 17 tracks including "Bullsh*t", "Pharcyde", "Groupie Therapy", the classic single "Runnin", "She Said", "Splattitorium", "Drop", "Somethin That Means Somethin", "Hey You", "Devil Music", "Emerald Butterfly", "Heart & Soul", "The Hustle", "The E.N.D." and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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