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David BowieWho Can I Be Now – 1974 to 1976 (13 LP set) ... LP
Parlophone, Mid 70s. New Copy 13LP ... $223.99 249.98
Some really incredible years in the career of David Bowie – served up here in a massive package that's overflowing with rare and obscure material! The years 1974 to 1976 were a time of great fame for Bowie – post Ziggy Stardust, in the middle of this Thin White Duke years, and showing a growing love for American soul music – all of which comes through in the mindblowing sounds on these records! Yet this was also a time of new ideas, rich experimentation, and some other side projects that didn't all see the light of day – which means that the copious amount of material in this set goes way beyond the core albums that are included – Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, David Live, and Station To Station. Young Americans is one of our favorite Bowie albums ever – recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound soul studios in Philadelphia, with help from Luther Vandross – and the collection also features The Gouster, a full album of unreleased tracks from those sessions, appearing here for the first time! The set also features a special album Re:Call 2 – with rare single versions, b-sides, and other rare material – plus Live Nassau Coliseum 1976, different mixes of some of the albums, great packaging, and copious notes as well. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Who Can I Be Now – 1974 to 1976 (12 CD set) ... CD 138.99

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CanOut Of Reach (180 gram pressing) ... LP
EMI/Cleopatra, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
The rhythms really take off in this late 70s burner from Can – a record that re-focuses their energy a bit from before, but with a blend of elements that's still more amazing than most of their contemporaries! The record intertwines heavy drums from Jaki Liebezeit with percussion from Reebop Kwaku Baah and basslines from Rosko Gee – all with this strong focus on the rhythms that's sometimes skittish, sometimes straightforward, but always progressively stepping ahead into the next musical moments – which often include loads of keyboard lines from Irmin Schmidt and fuzzy guitar work from Michael Karoli! Vocals stand out on a few tracks, but others are more instrumentally focused – and titles include "Serpentine", "Give Me No Roses", "Like Inobe God", "November", "Pauper's Daughter & I", and "One More Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tyrone DavisCan I Change My Mind ... LP
Dakar, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The debut album from Tyrone Davis – a supreme achievement for the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s, and a record with a sound that would set the standard for years to come! Tyrone had been bumping around as a blusier singer before this set – but here, working with arrangements by Don Myrick and Willie Henderson, he gets a sound that's sweet and soaring – taking a rough-spirited soul, and recasting it in a sweeter sound for the 70s. Tyrone's not lapsing into bluesy cliches here, and instead keeps things wonderfully soulful by hitting a loping groove that picks up his beat and gives the songs a nice lilt. You can hear this to best effect on the title track "Can I Change My Mind", but all tracks are great – including "She's Looking Good", "Call On Me", "Open The Door To Your Heart", and "Have You Ever Wondered Why?". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dead Can DanceDead Can Dance ... LP
4AD (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
The start of a wonderful run of sounds – the debut album from Dead Can Dance, and a set that's maybe more linked to the larger world of 4AD Records than some of their later material! All the moody touches we love are already in place – those amazing ancient-sounding vocals of Lisa Gerrard, and that blend of exotic percussion and European string instrumentation that works surprisingly well – yet there's also elements that echo a bit of the Factory Records groups, and maybe other 4AD work – stronger drum patterns at points, and maybe a bit more coldness in the production. That blend makes for a record that's a great step after hearing Joy Division or groups of that nature – and titles include "Musica Eternal", "A Passage In Time", "East Of Eden", "Threshold", "The Fatal Impact", "Fortune", and "Ocean". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dead Can DanceInto The Labyrinth ... LP
4AD, 1993. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99 26.98
A record that seems to take Dead Can Dance even farther back into the past than ever before – not to the sound of their earliest years, but to a world of ancient musical elements that come together beautifully in their hands! The set is probably the most carefully-recorded the group ever gave us – and one of the most sensitive too – with spacious qualities that can let individual vocal or instrumental passages really resonate, while wider washes of sound come in to tie the whole thing together, but in a way that's greatly matured since the earlier years of 4AD. Lisa Gerrard's vocals are amazing – and titles include "The Carnival Is Over", "Ariadne", "Towards The Within", "Spirit", "Bird", and "How Fortunate The Man With None". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dead Can DanceSpleen & Ideal ... LP
4AD, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
The record where Dead Can Dance really puts the whole thing together – and finds that amazing sound that still makes them one of the best things ever to come from the 4AD Records label! The strings are stepped up nicely – those cello and violin lines that helped bring a real depth to the music, and also fold back to create the kind of ancient currents that worked so well with their evocative vocals and earthier percussion bits – all layered in perfect 4AD production that makes the music resonate even more strongly overall. And maybe even more amazingly, these guys manage to do the whole thing without ever resorting to any of the goth cliches of their contemporaries – or the countless bands they inspired – a very careful, very special balance – on titles that include "The Cardinal Sin", "Mesmerism", "De Profundis", "Indoctrination", "Avatar", "Advent", and "Enigma Of The Absolute". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dow Jones & The IndustrialsCan't Stand The Midwest – 1979 to 1981 (2LPs/DVD with download) ... LP
Family Vineyard, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 25.98
Proof that the state of Indiana has some hidden corners of greatness – if you just know where to look! This collection serves up some barely-heard sounds from a mighty hip group – one who recorded most of this material in the college town of West Lafayette at the end of the 70s – with a very raw, creative, DIY vibe that easily rivals some of the better-known punk coming out of Ohio at the time! The group only issued a half LP – Hoosier Hysteria, split with The Gizmos – and a 7 inch EP, both of which are included here with a lot of rare tracks that never saw the light of day – and which, together, document a fantastic group with a really inventive sound – all the wit of the cooler Ohio groups, but plenty of raw punk energy too – finally given a full showcase in this package. Titles include "What's The Difference", "Damage", "Straight A Students", "Indeterminism", "Rocking Farmers", "Hold That Coed", "USA", "Can't Stand The Midwest", "Dude In The Direction Field", "Ladies With Appliances", and "Don't Complain About Muzak". Also includes a bonus DVD – with a 70 minute live performance from 1980! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 copies! DVD is NTSC coded, All Region.)
Also available Can't Stand The Midwest – 1979 to 1981 ... CD 12.99

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High LlamasCan Cladders ... LP
Drag City, 2007. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
One of warmest, breeziest, best High Llama's efforts of the the post millennium to date – with some of the catchiest songs in their canon! This one has the bellwether elements you'd expect from the Llamas – mixing lush and laidback moods as distinctly as ever, and blending retro style and instrumentation with timeless tunefulness – but something about the lyrical focus of the songs really makes this one of their more immediately engaging efforts. It's almost classic Kinks-ian in its scene-setting songcraft. Titles include The Old Spring Town", "Winter's Day", "Sailing Bells", "Dorothy Ashby" (complete with harp – possibly our favorite song on the album, naturally), "Rollin'", "Something About Paper", "Clarion Union Hall", "Cove Cutter (Hills And Fields)", "Boing Backwards" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Curtis Knight & The Squires feat Jimi HendrixYou Can't Use My Name – The RSVP/PPX Sessions (with bonus download) ... LP
Legacy/Experience Hendrix, Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 19.98
A brilliant presentation of this standout material from the early years of Jimi Hendrix – work done with the group of soul singer Curtis Knight – often issued in poor formats over the years, and finally brought out in all of its stunning glory! The recordings feature a young Hendrix on guitar – really wailing alongside Knight's combo The Squires – so much so that Jimi's often way out in the lead, with this raw, fuzzy power that really hints at his greatness to come – but which already has plenty of punch in this hard-hitting soul setting! Knight's a great singer too – kind of raw and raspy – and his use of Jimi's guitar in the combo often recalls some of the great guitar-driven work of Ike Turner during the early 60s. This stunning package remasters all the material, presents it with notes, and finally sheds real light on this stretch of Jimi's career that's always come out in shadier versions. Titles include the never-heard "Station Break" – plus "How Would You Feel", "Gotta Have A New Dress", "Fool For You Baby", "No Such Animal", "Strange Things", and "Knock Yourself Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download with bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesI Can't Stand The Rain (with download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles – not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records mode here – thanks to production by Willie Mitchell – but there's also a deeper groove overall, a stronger burning bottom, and an all-soul sound to most tracks that goes way beyond simple cliches of southern soul. Ann's vocals are tremendous throughout – sometimes sweet, sometimes mean – and titles include the sublime "I Can't Stand The Rain", plus "Run Run Run", "One Way Street", "You Keep Me Hangin On", and "If We Can't Trust Each Other". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Can't Stand The Rain ... LP 24.99

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SOULCan You Feel It ... LP
BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 19.99
Incredible work from a group who've definitely earned their name! Naming a group SOUL might be suicide for a band that can't carry off the groove – but these guys are funky monsters, with a real talent for a hard heavy sound that was rarely matched by other combos. The band have a great drummer, with a good talent for the funky break, but also a jazzy flourish that works well on SOUL's mellower numbers – and apart from the usual bass and guitar riffing, the album also features some great funky flute, in a mode that's similar to some of Jeremy Steig's excellent early work. Some tracks have vocals and some have instrumentals – but the whole album's great, and is an undisputed funky classic. Titles include "Can You Feel It", "Do What Ever You Want To Do", "Peace Of Mind", "Love, Peace & Power", and "My Cherie Amour". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousCan't You Hear Me – African Nuggets ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99 24.98
The "nuggets" in the title is very well placed here – as all the cuts here have every bit as much freak and fuzz as the American garage and pre-punk work chronicled famously on the lengendary Nuggets series! Yet these tracks are all even more obscure, and all come from African sources that never got any exposure over here back in the day – records from Zambia, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe – all brought together in a massive collection that's filled with heavy guitar work, and a fair bit of monstrous basslines too – which gives some of these tracks a slightly funky current at the bottom, even while the guitars and vocals are tripping out up top! The collection's a great complement to some of the Zamrock reissues from Now Again in recent years – and titles include "The Bad Will Die" by Keith Mlevhu, "Can't You Hear Me" by Paul Ngozi, "Black Power" by Peace, "Mad Man" by Born Free, "Breakthrough" by Funkees, "Few Bena Zambia" by Revolutions, "Come Home" by Wells Fargo, "Amanaz" by Amanaz, "Don't Take Me For A Ride" by Founders, "Like A Chicken" by Witch, and "Making Life Out Of Music" by Eye Q. Also includes the reworked "No Time (Pilooski edit)" by Witch. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Can't You Hear Me – African Nuggets ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ DOCNo One Can Do It Better ... LP
Atlantic/Get On Down, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... On November 18, 2016
The classic album by the DOC from glory days of Ruthless Records – really up there in excellence with NWA in the gritty west coast canon – with timeless production by Dr. Dre! Nice mic skills paired with tight, funky production from Dre when he still hungry and on the ascent. 13 tracks including "The Formula", "It's Funky Enough", "Mind Blowin", "Lend Me An Ear", "Portrait Of A Masterpiece", "Whirlwind Pyramid", "No One Can Do It Better", "The DOC & The Doctor" and "The Grand Finale" featuring Ren and Ice Cube.racks include "It's Funky Enough", "Beautiful But Deadly", "Lend Me An Ear", "Portrait Of A Master Piece", "Let The Bass Go", "No One Can Do It Better", "The D.O.C. & The Doctor", "Mind Blowin" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available No One Can Do It Better (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Friimen Music CompanyWe Can Get It On ... LP
New Copy ... About October 30, 2016
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CanFuture Days (with download) ... LP
United Artists/Mute, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
The historic album by Can – capping off their classic early 70s trilogy that includes Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi – and the last one with Damo Suzuki in the line up! While very similar to Ege Bamyasi, Future Days takes a step away from their more experimental sounds and has more of the long rhythmic grooves. It's a little slicker than their earlier material but it's just as intense in it's own way! The songs are "Future Days", "Spray", "Moonshake", and the 20 minute long "Bel Air". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)

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✨✧ OV WrightInto Something (Can't Shake Loose) (with bonus download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A stone killer from OV Wright – a record that's got all the raw, deeply soulful vocals we love in his early work – mixed with some wicked 70s Hi Records production from Willie Mitchell! Imagine an Al Green record, but with rawer vocals, and you've got a good idea of the feel of this one – a perfect setting for OV's massive talent, and a great way for him to reach out to a wider audience too! The sound is impeccable – about as classic as you can get for Hi – and titles include a number of great Willie Mitchell originals – including "I Feel Love Growin", "The Time We Have", and "You Gotta Have Love". The set also includes a nice version of "Trying To Live My Life Without You", too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ CanTago Mago (with bonus download) ... LP
Spoon/Mute (UK), 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Moody genius from Can – and one of greatest albums of its time! Tons of spooky spare atmosphere, vocals that go from a lull to a cathartic echoey shriek, and that rollicking and propulsive backbeat that makes Can a band for the ages. Not just a landmark in what was to be dubbed Krautrock – truly an indispensable masterpiece regardless of genre, and a record so influential to so many movements in underground music that it is really impossible to imagine the world without it. Timeless! Tracks include "Paperchase", "Mushroom", "Oh Yeah", "Halleluwah", "Aumgn", "Peking O", and "Bring Me Coffee Or Tea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Tago Mago (remastered) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Tim MaiaWorld Psychedelic Classics 4 – Nobody Can Live Forever – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia ... LP
Luaka Bop, 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Insanely great sounds from the legendary Tim Maia – easily the most soulful singer in 70s Brazil, and an artist with a heck of a strong ear for funk, too! The music here is an incredible hybrid of American soul and Brazilian elements – especially since some lyrics are in English – and the grooves are often mixed together in a sound that's nice and fuzzy around the edges, with some slight psychedelic elements that makes the cuts a perfect fit for this Luaka Bop series! Yet Tim Maia's hardly a guy who can easily fit into any easy slot or series – because as you'll hear on this set, he's got a vibe that's all his own – a really wonderful approach that's different even from some of his hippest contemporaries in Brazil – and which has gone onto have influence on countless other generations of singers and musicians – including his nephew Ed Motta. The package is great – a real visual tribute to the sounds within – and titles include "Que Beleza", "Ela Partiu", "Do Leme Ao Pontal", "Brother Father Mother Sister", "Quer Queira Quer Nao Queira", "Let's Have A Ball Tonight", "I Don't Care", "The Dance Is Over", "Rational Culture", "You Don't Know What I Know", and "Nobody Can Live Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousLadies Of Too Slow To Disco – More Late 70s West Coast Yachtpop You Can Almost Dance To (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
How Do You Are (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set of tracks that's billed as music "you can almost dance to" – and which hits this sweet midtempo groove throughout – filled with female vocals, and served up in a wicked soulful style of AOR! The collection's an excellent all-girl companion to the previous Too Slow To Disco sets – and may well be the best so far, as there's a current of soul that maybe didn't show up that strongly before – as the singers unabashedly go for deeper modes in some of their vocals, while the instrumental side of the tracks glow nicely with sweet keyboards, riffing guitars, and just the right touch of slightly funky rhythms! There's plenty of gems here we might have overlooked otherwise – definitely the best side of the "yacht rock" revival of the past few years – and tracks include "You Can Do It" by Evie Sands, "Be Here In The Morning" by Renee Geyer, "Gotta Lotta" by Lauren Wood, "It's The Falling In Love" by Carol Baker Sayer, "Crazy" by Valerie Carter, "Isn't It Something" by Franne Golde, "Opening Up To You" by Laura Allen, "Temptation" by Leah Kunkel, "Disco Tech" by Carole King, "Dance The Night Away" by Doris Abrahams, and "Take Me With You" by Lyn Christopher. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco – More Late 70s West Coast Yachtpop You Can Almost Dance To ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Terry CallierI Just Can't Help Myself ... LP
Cadet, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums that Terry Callier ever recorded – and a masterpiece of the baroque soul crossover style that was going down at the Chess/Cadet label at the time! Terry's own folksy singing and playing would be more than enough to make this record great – but it's given an amazing edge by Richard Evans and Charles Stepney, who create these floating pillows of sound and washes of jazzy colors that fit Terry's moods perfectly, and really expand the emotional intensity of the songs. At the time of this release, the Chess empire was falling apart – but the forces that be put a great last push into the record, and Terry's backed by superb work from Chicago studio giants like Phil Upchurch, Don Myrick, Art Hoyle, Bobby Christian, Cleveland Eaton, Louis Satterfield, and Evans and Stepney themselves! Every track is a wonder, and titles include "Alley-Wind Song" , "Can't Catch the Trane", "Bowlin' Green", and "Until Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
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Tony AllenBlack Voices ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on the Paris scene in the 90s – really refining a new sound, while keeping all the best bits from before – creating this new sort of darker groove that almost mixes older percussion with kind of a spacey style that's echoes proggish funk from a range of groups from Can to Cymande! There's loads of cool keyboards and tight guitar lines, and even the vocals have some spacey production that makes them fit nicely with the grooves. Titles include "Asiko", "Get Together", "Black Voices", and "The Same Blood". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... LP
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some smoking horn parts that are a lot more American soul and funk than the usual 70s African groove! The whole thing's stunning all the way through – a record that totally informs an understanding of its generation, yet in ways that no other record can touch. Wonderful all the way through, with not a bit of filler – and all cuts are right on the money for any fan of African funk! Titles include "Toffie", "Fa No Dem Ara", "This Hustling World", "Kwaakwaa", and "Akoko Ba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)

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Horace AndyIn The Light ... LP
Hungry Town/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 16.98
Horace Andy's holding an acoustic guitar on the cover, but the record's got some searing electric lines in the mix – really bringing this sharp edge to the already-great rhythms behind Andy's famous vocals! Horace is one of the few cats who can sing in the higher end of the vocal register, yet still come across with a totally badass vibe – thanks partly to the righteous message in his lyrics, and the hip-tripping grooves on the tracks – which could make just about any element sound great, and only reinforce the greatness of the Horace Andy style! The album's a stone classic, and for good reason – and titles include "Leave Rasta", "Do You Love My Music", "Hey There Woman", "Government Land", "Problems", "In The Light", and "Collie Herb". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available In The Light (plus In The Light Dub) ... CD 12.99

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Arashi (Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen-Semikujira ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2016. New Copy ... $22.99
Reedman Akira Sakata is one of the most spiritual players to ever come out of the Japanese scene – one of the few saxophonists who can really match the richer soul of a Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders, but also able to open up with the freer jazz styles of later generations too! This recording is a perfect example of his brilliance – as Sakata's not only firmly in control of his own musical vision, but really able to shape the styles of younger collaborators Johan Berthling on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – both excellent musicians in their own right, but maybe even more majestic here in Sakata's company! Akira plays both alto and clarinet on the record – and provides some of his incredible vocalizations too – on titles that include "Snowing On The Temple Garden", "Blow Of The Humpback Whale", "Samikujira", and "Again Sheep Said Wolf Is Coming". LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie WhitewaterArchie Whitewater (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the Cadet/Concept side of Chess – the same slice of the musical universe that gave us Rotary Connection and important productions from Charles Stepney! The sound here has some surprisingly soulful elements at times – especially the instrumentation, which features some great break moments that get nice and funky, and strands of soulful jazz and blues that really make the music way different than most other groups we can think of – or maybe a bit like a rare elite who shared such visionary territory with Archie Whitewater, such as Shades Of Joy on their first Fontana record. The keyboards and sax lines are as great as the drums – and the vocals have a melancholy undercurrent that's a really refreshing change from some of the overly-postured modes you'd get from other groups in 1970. Titles include the sublime sample cut "Cross Country" – but there's loads of other nice ones with the same stripped-down "Dusty Fingers" sort of groove – and other titles include "Life Is A River", "Home Again", "Lament For The Walking Dead", "Seacoast", "Country To the City", "Friends & Neighbors", and "Mist Of The Early Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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Maki AsakawaMaki Asakawa ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
Haunting music from Japanese singer Maki Asakawa – every bit as smoky and soulful as you might guess from her image on the cover! These tracks are mostly sung in Japanese, but draw a very strong inspiration from American torch sounds of the 40s and 50s – a moody, late nite approach that's got a very universal appeal, even if you can't understand the language – and which is filled with an undeniable sense of melancholy right from the first note! The style is partly jazz, but also moves into some groovier modes of the period too – traces of psych at some points, mod European-styled arrangements at others, and even a few funky currents that come off surprisingly well. The package is wonderful – a great introduction to Maki's most classic music, featuring a well-chosen array of tracks, and nice liner notes by Alan Cummings. Titles include "Blue Spirit Blues", "Govinda", "Nemuru No Ga Kowai", "Uramado", "Kamome", "Gogo", "Hikkoshi", "Konna Funi Sugite Iku No Nara", "Yuki Ga Furu", and "Zenkamono Na Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album

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BachCello Suites – Mstislav Rostropovich (4LP set with download) ... LP
EMI, 1991. New Copy 4 LPs ... $35.99 39.98
A fantastic reading of Bach's cello suites – some of the first, and still most important, music written for solo cello – performed here by one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century! The recording quality is superb – and Rostropovich does a good job of avoiding some of the cliched phrasing that over-presented versions of the material can hit – sometimes hinting at his ear for more modern composers, while delivering a performance that's right on the money from a technical perspective. Box set features four albums – containing suites 1 through 6 – and notes in English, French, and German. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition of 4000 copies, includes download.)

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✨✧ Erykah BaduMama's Gun ... LP
Motown, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a record that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really focusing in on that amazing vocal style that made the singer such a unique talent – and which always had edges that were sharper, and runs that were deeper, than some of her contemporaries who might be able to trick a phrase with a bit of spirit, but never deliver the whole thing in the way that Badu can! Themes are both personal and hinting at her political turns to come – and titles include "Kiss Me On My Neck", "Didn't Cha Know", "My Life", "AD 2000", "Bag Lady", "In Love With You", and "Booty". LP, Vinyl record album

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John BakerVendetta Tapes – Incidental Music From The 1960s BBC TV Series & Other Radiophonics (with bonus download) ... LP
Buried Treasure, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Sublime sound cues from BBC maestro John Baker – a wonderful blend of jazzy moments and weird electronic sounds – often used together at the same time! The feel here is as hip as the hippest Brit TV of the 60s – some very righteous grooves that would have made great records on their own – mixed with moodier moments that blend together all sorts of forward-thinking elements, at a level that was hardly being done on American TV at the time – easy shifts between timings and tones that keep the whole thing moving with an incredible degree of freshness throughout – with a sound that's way way different than any sort of other television work we can think of. Some tracks have improvised tenor or flute passages, often while other weird electric bits are taking place – and there's also lots of nice work on drums and percussion, which further gives the electronics a direction! Titles include tracks from Vendetta episodes "The Sugar Man", "The Dolly Man", "Suivez La Piste", "The Widow Man", "The Caves Of Steel", and "The Ice Cream Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Saif Abu Bakr & The ScorpionsJazz ... LP
Private (Italy), Early 80s. New Copy ... $29.99
A rare gem from the Sudanese scene at the start of the 80s – played by a group who definitely deliver the jazz in the title, but who also open up with lots of other unusual elements too! The music here has a similarity to some of the tracks we love in the Ethiopiques series – sometimes the exotic grooves we'd expect to hear from Mulatu, sometimes the heavenly vocals we love in Mahmoud Ahmed – but these guys also have a strong sax-heavy sound, too – which results in some great solos on some of the instrumental tracks, and very soulful accompaniment at other moments – bridging cultures with their presence, even when the other instrumentation might have more of an east African vibe! Some of the best tracks get downright funky – much more in an early 70s mode than we'd expect – and although the lack of language prevents us from telling you more, we can say that the record has an instant sort of sonic power. LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 75!)

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Banks & Steelz (RZA & Paul Banks)Anything But Words ... LP
Warner, 2016. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99 21.98
Wu Tang mastermind and all around modern renaissance man RZA teams up with Interpol vocalist Paul Banks...and it works. Wow! Considering the pros and cons of the contemporary musical landscape, one of the major pros is the cross-pollinating possibilities of what would've seemed crazy in the past. Still, the inspiration that might make a solid single happen with disparate figures rarely extends to an album – which is what makes Banks & Steelz such a leftfield win. RZA rhyming over hip hop/synth pop hybrid production and sharing vocals and production duties with Banks – with guest appearances by fellow Wu vets Meth, Ghost and Masta Killa, plus Kool Keith and Florence Welch. Includes "Giant", "Ana Electronic", "Sword In The Stone" feat Kool Keith, "Wild Season" woth Florence Welch, "Conceal", "Love And War" with Ghostface, "Can't Hardly Feel", "One By One", "Gonna Make It" and "Point Of View" with Method Man & Masta Killa. LP, Vinyl record album

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Barbara & ErniePrelude To ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet Records. But the vocals – by singer Barbara Massey – have a flanged-out quality that's clearly overdubbed, creating a double-voiced sound that's almost a bit like Brasil 66! This mix of modes is really great – completely unique, and sublime throughout – with a vibe that was years ahead of its time, and which is finally beginning to get some recognition these many years later. Arrangements are by the pair, but Deodato also had a hand in the record too – and the core combo of musicians includes Grady Tate on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion, and Sam Brown on guitar – alongside more guitars from Ernie and keyboards and piano from Barbara. Tracks include "Searching the Circle", "Do You Know", "For You", "Play With Fire", "My Love & I", "Satisfied", and "Prelude" – plus a wild remake of "Somebody to Love"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Keith BarrowPhysical Attraction ... LP
CBS, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
A great secular set from Keith Barrow – a singer who started in gospel, but who's always been best-remembered for this modern soul gem from the 70s! Keith's got a great range to his vocals – one you can hear right from the start, as he dips and soars effortlessly with a quality that's clearly inspired by the spirit – but set here to some wicked smooth soul arrangements from Johnny Allen. The album's got a mix of clubby moments and some even better laidback cuts – and the set also features a few tunes penned by Ronn Matlock, an under-credited master of modern soul. Titles include "Turn Me Up", "Physical Attraction", "You Know You Want To Be Loved", "If It's Love That You're Looking For", "Garden Of Love", and "Free To Be Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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William BellThis Is Where I Live (with download) ... LP
Stax, 2016. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
A great return to form for the legendary William Bell – one of the first singers to make the Stax Records label so great back in the 60s – finally back on the imprint, working here in one of the best settings he's had in decades! The album was recorded in New York, not Memphis – but there's definitely a deep soul flag flying throughout – as Bell sings wonderfully in the company of a small group of sympathetic musicians who flavor the lyrics with just the right currents, while nicely avoiding some of the overdone cliches that can sometimes mar a "return" album by a legendary soul singer like William! Best of all, there's no guests at all – just the man himself, sounding wonderful from a vocal perspective – maybe even more compelling, given the passage of years, and what they've brought to his lyrical presentation. Titles include "The Three Of Me", "The House Always Wins", "More Rooms", "Walking On A Tightrope", "Poison In The Well", "People Want To Go Home", "Mississippi Arkansas Bridge", and "All Your Stories". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)
Also available This Is Where I Live ... CD 14.99

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Black SabbathTechnical Ecstasy (180 gram white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
The cover here looks a bit slicker than some of the other Black Sabbath albums of the 70s – but the sound is anything but, and still flies the flag of all the greatness the group had to offer! The set was recorded at the famous Criteria Studios in Miami – home to some great soul sessions in the early part of the decade – and Tommy Iommi gives the band a sharp edge in the studio, bringing the guitars up and Ozzy's vocals into a nice sort of focus – reminding the world that Sabbath can still kick the ass of newcomers like AC/DC when needed. And like late 70s material by Led Zeppelin, which some purists of the time tend to dismiss – from the backward perspective of 40 years, the album sounds pretty darn great to our ears! Titles include "She's Gone", "Dirty Women", "It's Alright", "Gypsy", "Back Street Kids", "You Won't Change Me", and "All Moving Parts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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BoscoeBoscoe (with download) ... LP
Kingdom Of Chad/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that's not content just to echo the standard post-Coltrane modes that other spiritual jazz groups around the country were hitting – but which instead moves into territory that touches on the darker sides of funk, soul, and spoken word of the time – all with a message that's incredibly powerful, and conception that's wonderfully fresh throughout! The group's lineup features tenor, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, and drums – but they way they're put together is often far different than other funky combos – and it's clear that the group had as much of a sensibility about the overall sound of their record as they did their freer grooves. At times, there's a righteousness here that recalls the best of the early Westbound Records scene from Detroit – but there's an even higher agenda too, which is more in keeping with the spiritual aspriations of their Chicago contemporaries, and which really show up in the lyrics. The whole album's a masterpiece from start to finish – unlike anything that we can think of, still ripe for rediscovery today, and just the kind of set that makes us prouder than ever of our Chicago heritage! Titles include "We Ain't Free", "Money Won't Save You", "Now and Den", "He Keeps You", "I'm What You Need", and "Writin' On The Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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David BowieBlackstar (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
ISO/Columbia, 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $27.99 29.98
David Bowie's late career peak arrived just days before he left us! The preceding record The Next Day was a solid reminder of Bowie at his fuzz guitar-graced 70s best, while still standing firm in the here-and-now, yet we still sort of wished for more creatively daring work. Here it is! Once again, Bowie co-produces with Tony Visconti, but it's clear from the start that they're going for something deeper and more complex. Chilling bits of strings, keyboards and sputtering beats begin the epic title track, before Bowie's voice comes in like a spirtual guide – approaching Scott Walker territory here – augmented by sax and other cool touches. It's an amazing start to an unpredictable set of songs, each as hypnotic as the one before. The stranger vibe of the opener comes in and out as the album plays on, but there's some fuzzier and heavier bits, too – on songs that are enigmatic and anthemic, arty and accessible. Incredible! Other titles include '"Tis A Pity, She Was A Whore", "Lazarus", "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)", "Girl Loves Me", "Dollar Days" and "I Can't Give Everything Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – and comes a cool blackout sleeve with a cut-out star pattern, too! Includes digital download.)
Also available Blackstar ... CD 11.99

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David BowiePinups (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
A key blend of two chapters in David Bowie's career – his guitar-heavy groove with the Spiders From Mars, and his 60s roots in mod London! The tracks here all date from the mid 60s, and are Bowie's homage to that period in his life – but they're all played with a glammish 70s sensibility, and some definite Ziggy Stardust elements in the way the guitars come into the mix. Given Bowie's rise as a key songwriter of his time, the step back to an album of all covers is a surprising, but genius move – and the execution of the tunes here comes off brilliantly – with plenty of personal spirit that keeps them from being simple rehashes of hits! Tracks include "See Emily Play", "Friday On My Mind", "I Can't Explain", "Everything's Alright", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Shapes Of Things", and "Here Comes The Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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Braen's MachineTemi Ritmici E Dinamici (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Maybe the coolest and grooviest music we've heard from the obscure Braen's Machine sound library project from early 70s Italy – a record that's less tripped out than its predecessors, and instead has this great style that's heavy on bossa elements and funky jazz! The vibe's a bit like the best Italian soundtracks of the period – especially work by Morricone or Trovajoli – and the group still apparently features contributions from Alessandro Alessandroni, working with Piero Umiliani – which gives the whole thing a very strong soundtrack pedigree! Instrumentation includes some mighty nice keyboards – both Hammond and electric piano – and lots of great production on familiar instruments, which can give things like a snare drum a very odd crackle, or a flute this weirdly spacious sound. Titles include "Movimento", "Dinimica", "Gara", "Passeggiata", "Aspetti Grotteschi", "Esercizi Ginnici", "Ritmica Sportiva", and "Rinuncia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of full album!)
Also available Temi Ritmici E Dinamici ... CD 18.99

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Budos BandBudos Band 2 ... LP
Daptone, 2007. New Copy ... $12.99
One of the hippest groups going in the deep funk underground – a combo who play way more than just conventional funk – and who manage to embrace a whole host of classic influences at once! Echoes of older Latin, African, and soundtrack-styled grooves sift together beautifully in this second album from The Budos Band – all in an approach that's totally unified, and which borrows the best elements from other modes to create a whole new Budos-styled sound! The album's all instrumental, but it's far more evocative than most vocal funk sessions we can think of – and the group's horns are tighter than ever, with a slightly exotic feel that creates some real otherworldly moments. Titles include "Ride Or Die", "Budos Rising", "Chicago Falcon", "King Cobra", "Origin Of Man", "Deep In The Sand", "My Girl", and "Mas O Menos". LP, Vinyl record album

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