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CreationAction Painting ... CD
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 29.98
One of the great lost groups of the UK scene of the 60s – not lost to UK audiences, or to hipsters over the generations – but still an act that never made the impact on these shores that they should! The Creation are step in step right up there with early material by The Who or Small Faces – and share a similar groundbreaking re-fusion of American roots into a new London groove – all with searing guitars, clever wordplay, and a cutting-edge spirit that may well have kept them off our charts – but which makes them so great to discover all these many years later. You might have caught a few of their songs over the years – thanks to soundtrack placement from directors like Wes Anderson, or covers by many of their bigger fans. This 2CD set features 46 tracks in all, with remastering overseen by original producer Shel Talmy – and the set includes early sides by The Mark Four, some alternate takes, and even new mixes – plus an 80 page hardcover book with scores of photos, other images, session and discographical details, and a new essay too. CD

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CreationMaking Time (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99 7.98
One of the coolest cuts ever from The Creation – a mod riffing romper that will demand play after play, once you finish the very first spin! The lyrics are recorded with this fantastic Shel Talmy spaced out production – and the flipside features a rare instrumental, which lets you focus even more on the riffing guitar! Vocal is mono, instrumental is stereo! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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CreationOur Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes ... CD
Diabolo (UK), Mid/Late 60s. Used ... $5.99
A total of 24 tracks! CD

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CreationWe Are Paintermen (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Hit-Ton Schalllatten/Numero, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A gem of a record from one of the coolest UK groups of the 60s – served up here in a German release that maybe gives The Creation one of their most vibrant covers ever! Despite the European issue of the material, the tracks here are all Brit brilliance from the group and producer Shel Talmy – served up in their incredible blend of mod grooves, garagey rawness, and early psych production – sharp and tight at the same time, and years ahead of its time! Titles include "Can I Join Your Band", "Making Time", "Tom Tom", "Biff Bang Pow", "Painterman", and "Nightmares" – plus covers of "Cool Jerk", "Hey Joe", and "Like A Rolling Stone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leon's CreationThis Is The Beginning ... LP
Studio 10/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A rare album of funky soul from the Bay Area scene at the start of the 70s – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you might expect from the cover! The group's the creation of singer/keyboardist/arranger Leon Pattillo – hence the name – and you might know Leon from his later famous work in the 70s – including a stint with Santana, and loads of great work with other soul artists. But here, he's a young genius working in the freest, funkiest style of the San Francisco generation – with a vibe that's maybe a more spiritual take on territory explored by Sly & The Family Stone – with an earthier, more indie vibe overall. The group has great interplay – tight instrumentation, but never slick, and with some nice long-haired currents – and vocals are by Leon and a female singer – on titles that include "Confusion", "If I Had The Power", "Sightless", "Back Roads", "This Is The Beginning", and "Mirage". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Creation RebelHistoric Moments Vol 1 ... CD
On-U Sound, 1977/1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early, early Creation Rebel, from the late 70s, but still produced under the supervision of Adrian Sherwood. This CD brings together the LPs Dub From Creation and Rebel Vibrations, when the group was still working as Prince Far I's backing band, and has a pretty stripped down, and somewhat less spacey approach than some of their other dub LPs. Mostly crisp drum and bass workouts, with tasty bits of guitar, melodica and keyboards floating in and out of the mix, and some nice Sherwood style touches on the dub effects, 16 tracks in all. Includes "Dub From Creation", "Basic Principles", "Creation In A Iration", "Mirage", "Vision Of Creation", "Jungle Affair", "Diverse Doctor", "Mountain Melody" and "Black Lion". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Creation RebelHistoric Moments Vol 2 ... CD
On-U Sound, Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Leon's CreationThis Is The Beginning ... CD
Studio 10/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare album of funky soul from the Bay Area scene at the start of the 70s – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you might expect from the cover! The group's the creation of singer/keyboardist/arranger Leon Pattillo – hence the name – and you might know Leon from his later famous work in the 70s – including a stint with Santana, and loads of great work with other soul artists. But here, he's a young genius working in the freest, funkiest style of the San Francisco generation – with a vibe that's maybe a more spiritual take on territory explored by Sly & The Family Stone – with an earthier, more indie vibe overall. The group has great interplay – tight instrumentation, but never slick, and with some nice long-haired currents – and vocals are by Leon and a female singer – on titles that include "Confusion", "If I Had The Power", "Sightless", "Back Roads", "This Is The Beginning", and "Mirage". CD
Also available This Is The Beginning ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ CreationAction Painting ... LP
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the great lost groups of the UK scene of the 60s – not lost to UK audiences, or to hipsters over the generations – but still an act that never made the impact on these shores that they should! The Creation are step in step right up there with early material by The Who or Small Faces – and share a similar groundbreaking re-fusion of American roots into a new London groove – all with searing guitars, clever wordplay, and a cutting-edge spirit that may well have kept them off our charts – but which makes them so great to discover all these many years later. You might have caught a few of their songs over the years – thanks to soundtrack placement from directors like Wes Anderson, or covers by many of their bigger fans. This 2LP set features 24 tracks in all, with remastering overseen by original producer Shel Talmy – and the set includes early sides by The Mark Four, mono versions, and new stereo mixes– plus a 16 page book with scores of photos, other images, session and discographical details, and a new essay too. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Action Painting ... CD 18.99

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Johnny ClarkeCreation Rebel ... CD
17 North Parade, New Copy ... About June 10, 2018
... CD

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Johnny ClarkeCreation Rebel ... LP
17 North Parade, New Copy ... About June 10, 2018
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CreatorCreator (12" creation, 7" creation, dub creation, intro creation) ... 12-inch
ZYX, 1992. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Danser's Inferno (John Danser)Creation One ... LP
Lirs/Everland (Austria), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
That's "Danser", not "dancer" – as in John Danser, who's also best known for a groovy jazz album under his own name! This sweet little set from the early 70s may well be John's best album ever – a wonderful blend of funky grooves and these wonderful raspy vocals – completely charming, and with a quality that's hard to describe, but really really great! There's a wickedly offbeat feel to the record that keeps us coming back – at some level the funky big band grooves of the MPS 70s generation, but mixed with a more sensitive independent American vibe too – especially given that some of the lyrics remind us a bit of Matthew Larkin Cassell. Danser plays tenor, and leads the group – the vocal cuts (about half the album's tracks) feature Randy Maddison singing. Titles include the classic "Sombre Guitar", plus "Inferno", "And Once My Love", "Badinage", "Time Is Laughing", "Sunday Morning", and "Turning The Corner". LP, Vinyl record album

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Oliver LakeNTU – Point From Which Creation Begins ... LP
Passin' Thru/Arista, 1971. Very Good ... $9.99
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of that city's scene – and who here also seems able to attract some other musicians from the AACM in Chicago as well! As a result, the album's a wonderful document of the new ideas bursting forth at the start of the 70s – that richly creative moment when local scenes were coming together in various cities to find new ways of jazz beyond Coltrane and Dolphy – giving a player like Lake some of the most imaginative outlets of his career. Oliver plays alto, soprano, flute, and other small instruments – and other players include Baikida Carroll and Floyd Leflore on trumpets, Joseph Bowie on trombone, John Hicks on piano, Clovis Bordeaux on electric piano, Don Officer on bass, Charles Bobo Shaw on drums, and Don Moye on congas too. Titles include "Africa", "Tse Lane", "Eriee", "Zip", and "Electric Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Arista promo pressing. Cover has some wear, a peeled spot, and a promo stamp.)

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Karlheinz StockhausenStimmung (Copenhagen version/new creation) – Paul Hillier/Theatre Of Voices ... CD
Harmonia Mundi, 2007. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players also!)

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✨✧ Rufus HarleyRe-Creation Of The Gods ... CD
Ankh/Transparency, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most legendary albums of jazz funk ever recorded! Rufus Harley was a saxophone player who also picked up the bagpipes for a few excellent 60s albums for Atlantic Records – and although those records are great, this 1972 independent album is a real mind blower! By the time of this set, Rufus had really stretched out – both creatively and spiritually – working his standard bagpipe jazz groove into a much trippier sound, one that explored the tonal and modal properties of the instrument. Not only that, Rufus got a lot funkier than ever before – working here with organist Bill Mason, a sonic contemporary of Leon Spencer and Charles Earland – and the resultant mix of organ and bagpipes creates a monstrous sound that's unlike anything we can describe! The album's a mixture of Sufi and Biblical statements – fused into long funky jazz tracks, stretching out into some incredible grooves. Includes the classic "Malika", plus the cuts "Etymology", "Hypothesis", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", done in a great heavy version! CD also features a bonus 10 minute jam not on the original album! CD

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✨✧ Brother To BrotherShades In Creation ... LP
Turbo, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
Not the greatest album by this East Coast funk band – and one that shows them hitting a bit more of a crossover club sound, with lots of up-tempo funk tracks that kind of aim for a disco groove. Fortunately, the instrumentation's pretty good – and the album actually has some nice mellow grooves with a decent enough jazzy feel. Titles include "Dancin Singin", "We Love To Party", "Brother To Brother", "Vibrations", and "I'm Gonna Take Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Danser's Inferno (John Danser)Creation One ... CD
Lirs/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's "Danser", not "dancer" – as in John Danser, who's also best known for a groovy jazz album under his own name! This sweet little set from the early 70s may well be John's best album ever – a wonderful blend of funky grooves and these wonderful raspy vocals – completely charming, and with a quality that's hard to describe, but really really great! There's a wickedly offbeat feel to the record that keeps us coming back – at some level the funky big band grooves of the MPS 70s generation, but mixed with a more sensitive independent American vibe too – especially given that some of the lyrics remind us a bit of Matthew Larkin Cassell. Danser plays tenor, and leads the group – the vocal cuts (about half the album's tracks) feature Randy Maddison singing. Titles include the classic "Sombre Guitar", plus "Inferno", "And Once My Love", "Badinage", "Time Is Laughing", "Sunday Morning", and "Turning The Corner". CD
Also available Creation One ... LP 23.99
 
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Love CorporationTones ... LP
Creation (UK), 1990. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MomusCreate 1 – Procreate (The Poison Boyfriend/Tender Pervert/Don't Stop The Night/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
A trio of wonderful albums from Momus – all from his initial years on Creation, presented with bonus tracks too! First up is Poison Boyfriend, the first album that Momus recorded for Creation Records – a label that provided him with a much stronger springboard than before – which was perfect for the way the singer blended very offbeat lyrics with compelling mainstream songcraft! Momus was always very different than most of the Brit 80s scene in which he worked – influenced strongly by the French work of singer/songwriters like George Brassens, Jacques Brel, and Serge Gainsbourg – but graced with a very British wit, which made for an especially biting style that worked well with the themes of his songs. Momus has a vocal style that's maybe somewhere in Donovan territory, but sharper – and he draws from a variety of European song modes, fitted to the situation of each individual songs – as you'll hear on classics like "Situation Comedy Blues", "Three Wars", "The Gatecrasher", "Flame Into Being", and the Serge Gainsbourg-like "Closer To You". Next is Tender Pervert – one of the most biting albums ever recorded by UK singer/songwriter Momus – a set of songs that comes off sounding like sweet pop tunes, but which deals with topics like closeted homosexuality, misguided Marxist politics, pedophilia, and general seediness overall! There's a really striking mismatch of styles here that makes the whole thing work – with elements of tighter mid 80s pop creeping into Momus' musical styles, as the lyrics themselves take an even darker turn than on any of his previous records. The titles alone should give a good picture of the work – and tunes include "In The Sanatorium", "A Complete History Of Sexual Jealousy Parts 17-24", "The Angels Are Voyeurs", "The Homosexual", and "I Was A Maoist Intellectual". Don't Stop The Night is a record that's maybe the most pop-oriented album that Momus ever recorded – at least in the catchiness of the tunes – but one that's also got some of the darkest subject matter too! Consider the songs – which include a posh Brit pimping out his sister to politicians, a love affair between a young girl and her guitar teacher, and a JG Ballard-like tie between an auto accident and sexuality – all stuff that hardly matches the beats, samples, and keyboards used by Momus – which make the songs as tuneful as they are sinister! Yet that approach is also very much in keeping with his mission – inspired by George Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg – which is to find a way to challenge the listener, but within a mainstream pop format – definitely the case with this late 80s classic. Titles include "How Do You Find My Sister", "Hairstyle Of The Devil", "Amongst Women Only", "The Guitar Lesson", "Shaftesbury Avenue", "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous", and "Trust Me I'm A Doctor". 3CD set features 10 bonus tracks – including "Ballad Of The Barrel Organist", "Hotel Marquis De Sade", "Third Party Fire & Theft", "Morality Is Vanity", "Gilda", "Monsters Of Love", "Eleven Executioners", "What Will Death Be Like", "Murderers The Hope Of Women", and "Righthand Heart (acoustic)". CD

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MomusCreate 2 – Recreate (Hippopotamomus/Voyager/Timelord/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Early 90s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99
A trio of late Creation Records albums from Momus – each with bonus tracks too! Hippopotamomus is a set that Momus dedicated to one of his big musical inspirations, Serge Gainsbourg – at a time when so few of his contemporaries had yet to rediscover Serge's genius! And yet like all of Momus' best influences, the power of Gainsbourg isn't slavishly delivered here – but instead taken at a very deep level, and fused into the singer's already uncanny ability to delivery an offbeat tune. Most of the instrumentation is quite spare and electronic – which brings a bit of coldness to the record that differs from some of Momus' earlier, more acoustic albums – and lyrics are sometimes spoken as much as sung, which adds a further sinister vibe. Titles include "Marquis Of Sadness", "A Monkey For Sallie", "The Painter & His Model", "Bluestocking", "I Ate A Girl Right Up", "Michelin Man", and "Pornography". Voyager is a record in which it might be said that Momus discovers modern rhythms, especially the strong influence from house that was being felt in the UK mainstream of the time – but, as with all of the singer's classic albums, the presentation here is something completely different and unique! The production and instrumentation are definitely a cut above for the one-man act – with these beautiful washes of sound amidst the beats and warmer keyboards – all providing a perfect setting for the cosmically expansive nature of the lyrics – which seem to deal with future thoughts and spacious themes more than usual. Titles include "Vocation", "Virtual Reality", "Summer Holiday 1999", "Afterglow", "Voyager", and "Spacewalk". Timelord is an album that has one of the strangest covers that Momus ever gave us – photographed by Pierre et Gilles – and a set that also features some of the most subtle songwriting from the singer too! The song style follows from the more electric modes that Momus had been using during his later Creation years, but the presentation is also a lot more sophisticated too – so that things are abstracted a bit, which warms them up nicely – matched by vocals that are sometimes a bit distant in their perspective, but which also give uncanny clarity to the subject matter. Songs include "Elightenment", "Breathless", "Suicide Pact", "You've Changed", "Landrover", and the beautiful "Christmas On Earth". 3CD set features bonus notes – and 10 bonus tracks that include "Smart Drugs", "The Mechanical Arm", "President Of Love", "Life Of An Office Worker", "I'm Still Trying", "Things You Never Did", "Empress Of Hawaii", "Song Of The Traffic Crossing", "Je Suis Avec Le Christ", and "Summer Holiday 1999 (original)". CD

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TangerineTangerine ... LP
Creation (UK), 1990. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Five Go Down To The Sea?Singing In Braille/Aunt Nelly/Silk Brain Worm Women ... 12-inch
Creation (UK), 1985. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ SlowdiveSouvlaki ... LP
Creation (UK), 1993. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent UK reissue, including the insert.)

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✨✧ Nikki Sudden & The French RevolutionGroove ... LP
Creation (UK), 1989. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a creased corner.)

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✨✧ FeltSeventeenth Century (aka Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death) ... LP
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Brilliant – simply brilliant – work by Felt – an album recorded at a time when they should have gone for the hits, but pulled back to really work on their own creative vibe! The album is an instrumental one all the way through – unlike any of their others, all of which feature vocals – and it's got the quartet working in a melange of organ, electric piano, guitar, and percussion – crafting spare and thoughtful little tunes, all very short, and all working like little "song poems" in a plain, simple, and very subtle sense. Gone are the extended noodling bits of the early albums, and in their place are concise musical statements that are brilliantly delivered with a sound unlike anything else we can think of – at once evoking images of 60s use of organ and guitars, but at another, coming off with a sound that stretches back to the American heartland, and the dark days of early Europe. Titles include "The Palace", "Song For William S Harvey", "Ancient City Where I Lived", "Voyage To Illumination", and "Sapphire Mansions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ FeltSeventeenth Century (aka Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death) (CD/7 inch single box set – with poster, buttons, and gig flyers) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy CD & 7 inch ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant – simply brilliant – work by Felt – an album recorded at a time when they should have gone for the hits, but pulled back to really work on their own creative vibe! The album is an instrumental one all the way through – unlike any of their others, all of which feature vocals – and it's got the quartet working in a melange of organ, electric piano, guitar, and percussion – crafting spare and thoughtful little tunes, all very short, and all working like little "song poems" in a plain, simple, and very subtle sense. Gone are the extended noodling bits of the early albums, and in their place are concise musical statements that are brilliantly delivered with a sound unlike anything else we can think of – at once evoking images of 60s use of organ and guitars, but at another, coming off with a sound that stretches back to the American heartland, and the dark days of early Europe. Titles include "The Palace", "Song For William S Harvey", "Ancient City Where I Lived", "Voyage To Illumination", and "Sapphire Mansions". A fantastic package – CD comes in a gatefold sleeve, packaged in a 7" box – which includes a picture sleeve version of the "Sunlight Bathed The Golden Glow" 7 inch single, 2 reproductions of gig flyers, a 2-sided wall poster, and 4 buttons – all with a sticker on the box that's signed by Lawrence! CD
(Flyers, buttons, and posters for each different CD/7" set are different too!)
 
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VariousMaking Time – A Shel Talmy Production ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic look at the studio genius of Shel Talmy – the man whose talents really helped The Kinks, Who, and Creation make a huge mark on the UK scene of the 60s! Yet apart from these famous productions, Shel also handled a heck of a lot of other great work too – as you'll hear on this long-overdue collection that brings together a stunning range of the work that set Talmy apart from the rest! Some of these cuts make great use of fuzz – not in a psychedelic way, but with a great tension between freedom and structure – and others have maybe deeper currents inspired by Shel's American roots, but given a much hipper spin on the British scene of the time! As usual with Ace, the presentation is wonderful – detailed notes on Talmy's career, plus song-by-song details on this wonderful array of tracks – 25 numbers that include "That's Why I Love You" by Goldie & The Gingerbreads, "Making Time" by The Creation, "Ageing Rover" by Roy Harper, "Lisa" by The Easybeats, "Night Comes Down" by The Mickey Finn, "Light Flight" by The Pentangle, "Stop & Watch The Children Play" by The Rokes, "Light Flight" by The Pentangle, "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James" by Manfred Mann, "Bald Headed Woman" by The Sneekers, "Caroline" by The Fortunes, "I'm Coming Home" by The Nashville Teens, "Daddy Long Legs" by Lindsay Muir's Untamed, and "Jack O Diamonds" by Ben Carruthers & The Deep. CD

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Louis ArmstrongPops Is Tops – The Verve Studio Albums (I've Got The World On A String/Louis Under The Stars/Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson/bonus tra ... CD
Verve, 1957. New Copy 4CD ... $39.99 49.99
Louis Armstrong only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've Got The World On A String – one of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet on tracks like "When Your Lover Has Gone", "We'll Be Together Again", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "I've Got The World On A String". Under The Stars follows in similar format – again matching the trumpet and vocals of Armstrong with arranger Russ Garcia – whose modern, west coast approach is a nice change from some of the other charts that Louis was using in the 50s and 60s. There's a nice swing to most numbers, a sense of punctuation that works perfectly for Louis – and titles include "East Of The Sun", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Stormy Weather", "Home", and "Body & Soul". Third up is Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, presented here in its original mono mix. The album's gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CDs 1 to 3 each feature bonus tracks from the original albums – including alternates, session takes, and more. CD4 features A Day With Satchmo – which offers up 24 tracks from a recording session on August 1, 1957 – really showing the care and craft that went into the creation of a handful of songs that day! CD

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Warren Baker with Paul Tanner & Andre MonteroMusic For Heavenly Bodies ... LP
Omega/Modern Harmonic, 1958. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
There's two sorts of heavenly bodies on the cover – but the real charms of the record lie inside, as the set's overflowing with incredible early theremin recordings! The album features spacey orchestral settings arranged by Warren Baker, and conducted by Andre Montero – plus fantastic work on the "electro theremin" by Paul Tanner – a different variation on the incredible post-war electronic instrument! The "electro theremin" was Tanner's own creation, and it works on a cool sliding principle that creates a lot of weird spacey dipping, turning, and soaring effects. The album's packaged in a lovingly heavy cover, with a nude "heavenly body" floating in space amidst a sea of bright colors! Titles include "Misty Moon Blues", "Out Of This World", "Holiday On Saturn", "20th Century Venus", and "Up To Jupiter". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)

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Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal MazurJoy Of Being ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2016. Used ... $6.99
An improvising trio who've got a familiar structure, but a great sound of their own – as the lineup features Rafal Mazur on an acoustic bass guitar, which creates some very unique moments alongside the tenor of Francois Carrier and drums of Michel Lambert! Carrier's got this snakey sense of soul that really makes the record great – blowing freely, but often with this sense of cohesion that makes his farther flights come back into contact with more clustered edgey notes – all given gentle accents by Lambert's drums, then set apart in sound with the work of Mazur. Carrier also plays a bit of Chinese oboe at one point – and titles include "Blissfulness", "Omnipresent Beauty", "Disappearance", "True Nature", and "Mystery Of Creation". CD

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✨✧ Daniel Carter/William Parker/Matthew ShippSeraphic Light ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Reedman Daniel Carter's in some great company here – a trio that features the bass of William Parker and piano of Matthew Shipp – both bold musical partners that really give the album a lot of depth! Shipp is especially great, and at times really seems to dominate the proceedings with his energy – that non-stop spiral of constant creation that has made his work in recent years so rewarding – balanced with Parker's always strong command of the bass, and shifting sounds from Carter – who blows flute, clarinet, tenor, alto, and soprano sax – as well as a bit of trumpet. The album features a live performance of the title suite, "Seraphic Light" – divided into three sections. CD

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Alec R CostandinosWinds Of Change ... LP
Casablanca, 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of a host of ambitious albums cut by maestro Alec Costandinos at the end of the 70s for Casablanca – just the kind of full-service records that must have helped to bankrupt the label, but which end up still sounding pretty great after all these years! Alec's working here with a full complement of strings, and a fair bit of jazzy studio players too – a nice mix that has horns from the Brecker Brothers, Jon Faddis, and others nestled nicely in the mix – plus vocals from Pattie Brooks and Arthur Simms on some of the shorter numbers. Side one features the extended "Winds Of Change", which runs for over 18 minutes as a symphonic disco number. But almost even better are the shorter soul tracks on side two – which have Costandinos pulling things back a bit more than usual, and even hitting some mellower moments at points. Titles include "Red Hot River Of Fire", "Star Child", "Future Legend", "Creation Of Man", "You Gave Me Dreams", and "Where Are You Going Perseus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Igor EcaEm Casa Com Luiz Eca ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
Igor Eca pays tribute to his father – Luiz Eca, one of our favorite Brazilian arrangers of all time! Most folks know Luiz as the pianist and guiding force behind the Tamba Trio – but he's also got a legacy of songwriting, instrumentation, and musical creation that go beyond his recordings with that group – beautifully revived here by the younger Eca on bass, with help from an all-star lineup that includes Toninho Horta on guitar and vocals, Mauro Senise on flute and soprano sax, Itamar Assiere on piano, and Edu Lobo on vocals! Most titles are remakes of key compositions by Luiz Eca – and the style of the album is wonderful – like some of Eca's best work in the post-Tamba years. Titles include "Dolphin", "Imagem", "Alegria De Viver", "Tamba", "Buzios", "Mestre Bimba", and "Reencontro". CD

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Rodney FranklinRodney Franklin ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players from the end of the 70s! The album's a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which creates this nicely expanded sound that works well with the album's tight arrangements! There's a fair bit of soul in the mix too – some rhythms that make a few numbers great groovers, courtesy of Tom Tom arrangements – and some other full moments handled by Patrick Williams. Titles include a wonderful version of "Windy City" – the cut you might know from a classic Carl Davis recording – plus "On The Path", "I Like The Music Make It Hot", "Life Moves On", "Creation", and "In The Center". LP, Vinyl record album

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From ScratchFive Rhythm Works ... CD
EM (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a vibe that sometimes reminds us of the music of Harry Party! Given the smallness of the NZ scene at the time, these guys were less of a high art ensemble, than the kind of creative criss-crossing of big ideas and grass roots expression – similar to that moment when the art and punk worlds worked together so strongly in late 70s New York. And the sound here would be right at home alongside some of the more creative artists from the Kitchen scene – as the group play, drum, and blow themselves through a wonderful array of rhythmic sounds! Titles include 'Out In Part", "Passage", "Drumwheel (part 2)", and passages from "Gung Ho". CD

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Incredible String BandChanging Horses ... CD
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $7.99
A really beautiful album from Incredible String Band – a set that maybe lives up to the "changing horses" title just a bit, but which still really follows in the great legacy of the band's earlier albums too! There's maybe a very slight addition of electricity in a few spots – a bit of organ here, electric guitar there – but the core vibe is still very acoustic – and uses the very wide range of instruments the group had been experimenting with – a folk-plus lineup that includes world percussion elements, Chinese banjo, harmonica, vibes, sitar, and lots more alongside the more familiar instruments – and the great vocals of Robin Williamson and the rest of the group. Mike Heron's instrumental touches are still a key part of the group at the time – and titles include "Big Ted", "White Bird", "Dust Be Diamonds", "Sleepers Awake", and "Creation". CD

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Harry PartchAnd On The Seventh Day Petals Fell In Petaluma – Gate 5 Ensemble (180 gram pressing) ... LP
New World, 1966. New Copy ... $14.99 26.99
One of the most beautiful works we've ever heard from composer Harry Partch – music created upon his return to northern California, in a space of new creative freedom – where Partch and some of his younger followers made these really organic, really breathtaking sounds on those famous instruments of his own creation! The Gate 5 Ensemble here is a sextet, with Partch in the lead – playing bamboo marimba, drone devil, cloud chamber bowls, zymo-xyl, boo tubes, and other amazing melodic engines from Harry's own imagination – used in ways that almost feel like a way-out take on territory explored by Moondog in the decade before, especially given that the piece is composed of 34 shorter verses. This beautiful package also includes the never-issued "Petals Sessions Montage", and "Verse 17" from the original draft – which has Party on an adapted viola. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – and with bonus notes too!)

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✨✧ Greg PhillinganesSignificant Gains ... LP
Planet, 1981. Very Good ... $1.99
A great little set of 80s soul from Greg Phillinganes – one of those 80s wunderkind soul talents who could do everything, from write and produce, to play keyboards and sing on the album. Given that Greg's handling a lot of the work himself, the album's got a feel that's almost in an early 80s Stevie Wonder mode – with some well written songs that would work well in a more intimate setting, and which stay very true to their spirit, as the composer's handling their creation all the way through. Includes a great version of "Girl Talk", plus "Big Man", "Forever Now", "Baby I Do Love You", "I Don't Want To Be The One", and "The Call". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul LyttonMusic For David Mossman – Live At Vortex London ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Great work from a really well-matched trio of players – a group who remind us yet again that age has no limits in the world of improvised music! In fact, it may well be the maturity of these musicians that makes the whole thing work so well – as the balance between individual identity and group creation is perfect – very strong on each instrumental element, yet never with any overstated ego at all – as Parker, Guy, and Lytton showcase their sense of sounds that are sometimes more understated, but as powerful as a bolder blast from each instrument – with Evan Parker on saxes, Barry Guy on acoustic bass, and Paul Lytton on drums. The album features four long pieces – each dedicated to David Mossman. CD

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Spacemen 3Recurring (with download) ... LP
Space Age/Superior Viaduct, 1990. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 29.98
The final album from Spacemen 3 – a record that points the way towards some of the directions group members would take in years to come, while still holding onto some of the spacey production and echoey fuzz that made the first few records so great! Vocals are up a bit more than before, and these guys are definitely listening to the changes going on at labels like Factory and Creation – which shows up in some of the more direct lyrical passages, and the occasional use of rhythms from a group who were otherwise often drumless. Yet both Sonic Boom and Jason still find plenty of ways to weave together their sublime tripped-out guitar lines and echoey voices – on titles that include "Big City", "Set Me Free/I've Got The Key", "Billy Whizz/Blue I", "Feelin Just Fine", "Hypnotized", and "I Feel So Sad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Television PersonalitiesMummy You're Not Watching Me ... LP
Fire (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 24.99
The second fantastic set from this seminal group from the early 80s UK scene – a combo who might have been punk at the core, but also worked with a smattering of mod influences – ala The Jam – but also weren't afraid to get a bit psychedelic at times too – in ways that make them key precursors to the whole Creation Records scene, and all the changes in British rock to come later in the decade! The album's got a fantastic balance between musical darkness and the group's inherent sense of wit – served up in ways that are as intrinsically British as the Kinks were in the late 60s, but with all the short, sharp sound of the post-punk generation. Titles include "Painting By Numbers", "David Hockney Diaries", "Adventure Playground", "A Day In Heaven", "Scream Quietly", "Brian's Magic Car", and "If I Could Write Poetry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ WhispersPlanets Of Life ... LP
Soul Clock/Janus, 1973. Very Good- ... $9.99
The Whispers are probably best known for their later work in the 70s – when the group picked up the pace and got a bit more clubby – but this set features them in their early days, when they were a sweet sounding harmony combo with a sound that was right up there with the best east coast groups of the time! If you dig harmony soul, but have shied away from The Whispers in the past, this set will completely change your mind – the album's filled with great mellow soul cuts, some of the best we could hope to recommend! Titles include "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", "You Must Be Doing All Right", "I'm The One", "Creation Of Love", and "Needle In A Haystack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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WhispersPlanets Of Life – The Soul Clock Recordings ... CD
Soul Clock/Castle (UK), 1973. Used ... $24.99
Wonderful early work by The Whispers – a great set that brings together all of their recordings for the Soul Clock label, including the rare Planets of Life album, and a bunch of bonus single sides! The Whispers are probably best known for their later work in the 70s – when the group picked up the pace and got a bit more clubby – but this set features them in their early days, when they were a sweet sounding harmony combo with a sound that was right up there with the best east coast groups of the time! If you dig harmony soul, but have shied away from The Whispers in the past, this set will completely change your mind – as the 18 tracks on the CD are some of the best sweet soul numbers we could hope to recommend! Titles include "Great Day", "I Can't See Myself Leaving You", "Flight High", "People In A Hurry", "You Must Be Doing All Right", "If You", "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", "I'm The One", "Needle In A Haystack", and "Creation Of Love". Note that track 3 on the CD – listed as "Planets Of Life" – is actually the song "If You". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousShaolin Soul Episode 3 – Everybody's Talking About The Good Ol Days (with bonus CD) ... LP
Because (France), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
The last in a legendary series inspired by the inventive approach the Wu-Tang Clan brought to the world of hip hop samples – that great sense of sound that had them going for tunes that had way more to offer than just a funky drum break! Instead, these classic soul tracks are overflowing with amazing musical elements – not just the great vocals of the singers or amazing energy of the grooves – but also some instrumental and production twists that really keep things interesting – and which have always made this series a standout. Titles include "I'm His Wife" by Ann Sexton, "Takin It" by The Rimshots, "Gypsy Woman" by The Persuasions, "You Roam When You Don't Get It At Home" by The Sweet Inspirations, "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" by Bobby Bland, "Groovin On My Baby's Love" by Freddie Waters, "How Can You Say Goodbye" by Sidney Joe Qualls, "If" by Jackie Moore, "Creation (epilogue)" by Jimmy Castor, "Tune Up" by The Dramatics, "It Ain't Long Enough" by Judy Clay, "Mercy Mercy Mercy" by Willie Mitchell, "In My Heart" by Barbara & The Browns, and "Hang On Sloopy (single version)" by David Porter. LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a bonus CD of the entire album!)

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✨✧ VariousStudio One Roots ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $11.99
An excellent dip into the rootsier material from the Studio One catalog – the kind of reggae classics that have forever made the label one of the best Jamaican companies! The package is every bit as sublime as Soul Jazz's other reggae compilations – and it features a selection of tunes that far outshines most other reissues of Studio One material, and which includes some great rare gems that have a heavy soulful feeling. Titles include "Meditation" by The Cyclones with Count Ossie, "Set Me Free" by L Crosdale, "More Creation" by Lennie Hibbert, "Fear Not" by Winston Jarrett, "Blackish White" by Alton Ellis, "Far Beyond" by Leroy Wallace, "Addis A Baba" by Willie Williams, "Lumumbo" by Bunny & Skitter, "Africa Here I Come" by Freddie McGregor, and "Congo Rock" by Sound Dimension. CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Oliver LakeHeavy Spirits ... CD
Black Lion (UK), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Lake – playing here in a number of different settings, but always with well-matched collaborators! 3 tracks on the set – "Owshet", "Heavy Spirits", and "While Pushing Down Turn" – featuring Lake with Olu Dara on trumpet, Donald Smith on piano, Victor Lewis on drums, and Stafford James on bass, playing in sort of a freebop mode. Three more tracks – "Movement Equals Creation", "Intensity", and "Altoviolin" – feature Lake on alto, playing with a violin trio that sounds very dark and moody. "Rocket" is a trio piece, with Joseph Bowie and Charles Bobo Shaw – and "Lonely Blacks" is a somber solo sax piece. CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr. Small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ McCarthyThat's All Very Well But – The Best Of McCarthy ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Impeccable pop work from McCarthy – a group that's probably best known for being a precursor to Stereolab, but which is a heck of a great British pop outfit in its own right! The tunes on this set have a jangly guitar-pop approach that's strongly reminiscent of the Creation Records sound at its best – and many numbers have a strongly rhythmic pulse that hints at the sound that Tim Gane would later bring to Stereolab. The tunes are all incredibly catchy – really wonderful tracks that somehow never got much notice at the time, and which are waiting to be freshly rediscovered today! Titles include "Should The Bible Be Banned", "An MP Speaks", "The Fall", "We Are All Bourgeois Now", "The Myth Of The North", "Charles Windsor", "Keep An Open Mind Or Else", "You're Alive", and "Comrade Era". CD

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✨✧ RevolutionariesGreen Bay Dub ... LP
Burning Sounds (UK), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
10 sweet dubs of Linval Thompson productions performed by the Revolutionaries: "Mafia Dub", "Jungo In Dub", 'Survival Dub", "Nagusa Dub", "Skillfull Dub", "Creation Dub", "Green Bay Dub", "Hop Scotch Dub", "Jerusalem Dub" and "Back A Wall Dub". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ VariousStill In A Dream – A Story Of Shoegaze 1988 to 1995 (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Psychedelia meets British pop – in a really special musical moment that's forever come to be known as shoegaze! The work here comes from a time when the UK scene was really moving past punk rock, and starting to let its guitarists open up in the kind of longer, fuzzy solos that were big in the late 60s – along with all the sort of heady production modes that made such music sound even better, but always with the kind of leaner, more focused lessons learned from the post-punk years! The result is a special sort of sound that can trip out as needed, but never get too overindulgent to lose the tune – the balance that first came to play on the early singles of Creation or 4AD, then found flower in so many other UK groups as the years went on. These glorious years are presented here in a big 5CD set – one that comes in a book-styled package with loads of notes on the music – alongside 87 tracks by artists who include Blow Up, The Honey Buzzards, Submarine, Bailter Space, The Curtain Society, Mercury Rev, An April March, Spacemen 3, The Hinnies, Spiritualized, Moose, Spitfire, Moonshake, Bark Psychosis, AR Kane, Jesus & Mary Chain, Lush, Ride, The Darkside, Velocity Girl, Bleach, Catehrine Wheel, See See Rider, Cranes, Chapterhouse, Telescopes, Sun Dial, Medicine, Sweet Jesus, Luna, Astrobrite, and many more! CD

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✨✧ Mary Ameri & Torsten SchmidtFor The Record – Conversations With People Who Have Shaped The Way We Listen To Music (hardcover) ... Book
Gestalten (Germany), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool project from the Red Bull Music Academy – a surprisingly strong force in recent years for bringing together a range of different musical strands! The book features pairings of two different artists or musicians – each talking with the other about their music, the process of creation, and a range of different topics too – all on large, full-color pages that present the text in artbook style – which makes the whole thing as much of a visual joy as it is a musical one! Conversations include Bernard Purdie talking with Jaki Liebezeit, Martyn Ware and Nile Rodgers, Joao Barbosa with Mulatu Astatke & Kalaf Angelo, Benny Ill with Moritz Von Oswald, Matais Aguayo with Sly & Robbie, Ben UFO with DJ Harvey, Erykah BAdu with The Underachievers, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Void, and Modeselektor with Mykki Balanco. There's also a range of additional essays, too – penned by some of the above, as well as Patrick Adams, Adrian Sherwood, Lee Scratch Perry, and others – and the book is massive – hardcover, oversize, and a heavy 396 pages. Book

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✨✧ Matt BerryMusic For Insomniacs ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full length album from Matt Berry, and maybe one of the most unusual – given that the set features two very long tracks that each really live up to the title – a spacious mix of keyboards, electronics, and wordless voices – all served up with a very dreamy sound! The scope of the creation here is great – as Berry plays a host of vintage keyboards himself, all layered together beautifully, and in a way that has a lot more dynamic energy than you might expect. This isn't ambient music – and more like two long soundscapes for the restless sleeper – each running over 20 minutes in length! CD

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✨✧ Gary BurtonSomething's Coming/Groovy Sound Of Music/Time Machine ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1964/1965/1966. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of excellent Gary Burton albums from the 60s – collected together in a single set! Something's Coming is the launch of vibist Gary Burton as a leader – a force in jazz that would continue strongly for decades to come! At the time of the record, Burton had already been making waves as a session player on the Nashville scene – where RCA had some especially strong ears – but he's launched here in a mode that's quite far from those roots, and already filled with those modern, chromatic modes that would have Burton pushing the sound of the vibes forward strongly throughout his career – even on an early record like this! The group is very like-minded, and well-chosen – players who are spacious and modern, but never too much so – a quartet with Jim Hall on guitar, Chuck Israels on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Melanie", "Careful", "Six Improvisatory Sketches", "Something's Coming", and "Little Girl Blue". Next up is a very cool take on the music of Sound Of Music – handled with some help from arranger Gary McFarland, in a way that really unlocks the modal potentials of the tunes! As you might expect from the revolutionary vibist Gary Burton, the approach here is quite different than the usual jazz album of Broadway material – and instead, both Burton and McFarland do a heck of a lot to open up the coolest potential of the songs – as they bring in other hip players who include Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Phil Woods on alto, Joe Puma on guitar, and Steve Swallow on bass. Titles include "An Ordinary Couple", "Sixteen Going On Seventeen", "Do Re Mi", "Edelweiss", and a great take on "My Favorite Things". Time Machine is filled with beautiful sounds from Gary Burton – a seminal 60s session that really has the vibist coming into his own, and finding that new path towards musical expression that would flower even more strongly in the 70s! The album has Burton really strengthening up his sense of chrome – matching the boldness of other important 60s vibes players on the rise – like Karel Velebny or Bobby Hutcherson – but also working this really special magic in the way he lets each note resonate in the air – often with a much longer decay on the sound than the actual moment of its creation! Burton also plays a bit of piano on the record, overdubbed with his vibes – but in a way that's quite different than the vibes/piano combo of earlier acts – like the MJQ, or George Shearing Quintet – thanks to work from Steve Swallow on bass and Larry Bunker on percussion. Tracks include "Six Nix Quix Flix", "The Sunset Bell", "Deluge", "Chega De Saudade", and "Falling Grace". CD

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✨✧ EndIntrospection (plus bonus Retrospection LP) (180 gram translucent vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Decca, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A nice batch of late 60s psychedelic from The End – a record with that mixes the catchy idiosyncrasies of post-Sgt. Pepper Lennon/McCartney with the headier elements of groups like The Creation and Barrett-era Pink Floyd! The album was championed and produced by the Stones' Bill Wyman and engineered by rock heavyweight Glyn Johns – but this very deserving record didn't get its due at the time – perhaps because Decca didn't quite know how to sell such a record. Tracks include "Dreamworld", "Under The Rainbow", "Shades Of Orange", "Introspection (Pt. 1)", "Don't Take Me", "Loving, Sacred Loving", "She Said Yeah" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus Retrospection LP of outakes and bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Robert GordonRespect Yourself – Stax Records & The Soul Explosion (hardcover) ... Book
Bloomsbury, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best books ever written about the legendary Stax Records – that important Memphis powerhouse of soul music that transformed the style of a generation, and also offered up new modes of production and presentation as well! The Stax story is one that's maybe even more vivid than most other record companies – given its nexus of change and progress in the Civil Rights era, and its connection to larger musical forces that both helped shape the label, and give it the chance to break free into new territory, too! There's also a number of larger-than-life figures in the picture, too – from founders Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, to the Cain/Abel duo of Packy Axton and Steve Cropper, to huge stars like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes – all key figures who really make the story an amazing read. Author Robert Gordon is a longtime expert on Memphis, too – and really helps outline the role of the city in the creation of the label – in a fantastic story that's spun out over a whopping 463 pages, with both color and black and white images! Book

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✨✧ LatinairesCamel Walk ... CD
Fania, 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
Killer Latin Soul – with great Harvey Averne arrangements! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a siren out of control. Things kick off with the organ-heavy instrumental, "Camel Walk" – then they leap into one of the catchiest vocal numbers ever from Fania, the tasty "Afro-Shingaling" – which starts with Ray Ramirez shouting "I just come from Africa – and I learned to do the Shing-a-ling!" Other nice ones include "Chevere", "Guajira", and "Creation" – but the whole thing's great, and we're very happy to have it in stock! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ LatinairesCamel Walk ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a siren out of control. Things kick off with the organ-heavy instrumental, "Camel Walk" – then they leap into one of the catchiest vocal numbers ever from Fania, the tasty "Afro-Shingaling" – which starts with Ray Ramirez shouting "I just come from Africa – and I learned to do the Shing-a-ling!" Other nice ones include "Chevere", "Guajira", and "Creation" – but the whole thing's great! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Vangelis PapathanassiouL'Apocalypse Des Animaux – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor (UK), 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully moody set from Vangelis – very different both than his previous proggy work from the Aphrodite's Child years, and from his later new age recordings of international fame! Instead, this set's got a really careful balance between silence and sound – often using spare keyboards that are touched very gently, and sometimes mixed with just a bit of saxophone – stretching out in airy space that's somewhere in the territory of the late 70s ambient German albums on Sky Records, or some of Brian Eno's instrumental experiments too. Titles include "Creation Du Monde", "La Mer Recommencee", "Le Singe Bleu", and "L'Ours Musicien". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing in a red letter cover.)

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✨✧ Horace SilverSilver N Wood ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Horace Silver – part of a great run of late 70s sides for Blue Note that unlock a whole new side of his soulful talents! The vibe here is different than the previous United States trilogy – still very righteous, with an overt message too – but served up in these wonderfully warm tones – with loads of great woodwind passages over these wickedly angular rhythms – grooves that are somewhat like those Silver first started forging on his 27th Man album! The arrangements are sublime – and on some cuts handled by Silver, but orchestrated by Wade Marcus – with players who include Tom Harrell on trumpet, Bob Berg on tenor, Buddy Collette and Fred Jackson on flutes, and Jerome Richardson on soprano sax. The rhythm section is key, too – and features Ron Carter on bass and Al Foster on drums! Side one features "The Tranquilizer Suite" – with passages that icnlude "Keep On Getting Up", "Time & Effort", and "Perseverance & Endurance" – and side two includes the excellent "The Process Of Creation Suite" – with "Motivation", "Activation", and "Assimilation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some sticker remnants.)

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✨✧ Dionne WarwickMove Me No Mountain/I'm Just Being Myself ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
70s magic from Dionne Warwick – proof that the lady had a lot more going on than just her work with Burt Bacharach! "Move Me No Mountain" is this slow-building mellow soul tune with a smooth current of funk – wah-wah guitar riffing gently under the strings next to the groove – while Dionne soars wonderfully on the positive vibe of the lyrics! The flipside is great, too – maybe more righteous than you'd ever expect from the lady – with Holland Dozier Holland producing a tune of their own creation! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Frank WilsonDo I Love You/Sweeter As The Days Go By ... 7-inch
Outta Sight (UK), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the all-time Northern Soul classics from Motown – exactly the kind of secret sound that's gone on to become a flag-waving standard for soul collectors over the globe! Frank Wilson was mostly a man working behind the scenes, but he soars out here beautifully on a fantastically catchy tune of his own creation – all with a chorus that won't quit, and these massively beautiful vibes! The vibes return on "Sweeter As The Days Go By" – but in a different way, as the tune's more of a stepping sort of groove – but equally sublime in a 60s Motown way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousMotortown Group Sounds Vol 3 ... CD
Moonshine, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from the Magnetics, Barrett Strong, the Five Quails, Mable John, the Miracles, the Precisions, Jimmy Ruffin, the Voice Masters, Ronnie Love, the Creation, the Dapps & more. CD
(CDr release.)

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✨✧ Harold DankoTriple Play ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Harold Danko sounds wonderful here with his long-established trio – a group so well-matched, most of the songs on this set arose from collective improvisations during the recording sessions! Yet these aren't outside, avant tunes – in which all players roam freely in space – and instead, they're melodic, rhythmic, very tuneful extrapolations that are often based on older standards – but which are so transformed, you can't really hear any roots of the originals – as the players take flight in that magical collaborative creation that marks jazz at its best! Danko plays piano, Jay Anderson is on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield is on drums – and titles include "Sky Blues", "Stream Of Tears", "Shallow Waters", "Mademoiselle Dreamy", "Total Obsession", and "Ancient & Distant". CD

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✨✧ Jose FelicianoThat The Spirit Needs/Memphis Menu/Compartments ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1971/1973. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of wonderful albums from Jose Feliciano – all brought together here in a single set! First up is That The Spirit Needs – a sublime one from Jose! The record pushes past the easy Latin pop style of the late 60s, and features Jose working through hip rock tunes – both of his own creation, and by writers like Elton John and Cat Stevens. The real highlight of the album is an incredible reading of "Wild World" – done with a mix of fast guitar, strings, and even a bit of Brazilian-tinged scatting that breaks down in the middle and always makes us stop cold! The rest of the record's almost as good, and titles include "Daytime Dreams", "Mellow Feeling", "Come Down Jesus", "Pay Day", and "Only Once". Memphis Menue is an excellent album from Jose Feliciano – recorded with a lot of Memphis soul influences, as the title indicates, but still with that beautifullly jazzy style that he was using in his earlier LA recordings. Steve Cropper helped produced and arrange with Jose, and the Memphis Horns back up the group on a number of tracks. The real charm, though, is Jose – whose breezy vocals and sweet guitar work is right up there with his best work of the time, a sublime mix of soul, strings, jazz, and Chicano grooves. Titles include "River Song", "Magnolia", "One More Mile", "Never Leave You", "It Doesn't Matter", "Where Is My Woman", and "Movin". Compartments is sparklingly soulful work from Jose Feliciano – a key early 70s effort, and one that shows the growing sensitivity in his music – the move way past simple covers of other people's songs, even though those were pretty great too! Jose's voice has gotten even more compelling in the process, and he's also developing a bit as a songwriter too – most notably on the album's title track, which was co-written with Bill Withers. Steve Cropper helped produce, but the album's way more in Jose's bag than Cropper's – and titles include a great version of "Yes We Can Can", plus "Simple Song", "Compartments", "Sea Cruise", "I'm Leavin", "Things Are Changin", "Peace Of Mind", "Hey Look At The Sun", and "Don't Fail". CD

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✨✧ Sound Dimension, Soul Vendors, Brentford Rockers,Version Dread – Dub Specialist ... CD
Studio One, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A heady set of tracks from the legendary Studio One – served up here in a set that include both alternate "version" takes of famous vocal tunes, originally issued as b-sides on vintage 45s – plus some of the more complicated dubs that came along once reggae production moved into the multi-track years! The set's a strong testament to the core fitness of Studio One productions – as there was often such strong roots to the tracks, that the same elements could easily yield more genius, but in a completely different direction – one that was often headier and heavier than the original tune! The work together created a classic Studio One full length when first issued like this – and titles include "Fire Coal Version", "Please Be True Version", "Version Dread", "Train Is Coming (part 2)", "Surfing (extended mix)", and "Pickup Version" by Sound Dimension; "Things A Come Up To Dub" and "Born To Dub" by Soul Vendors; "Never Give Version (ext mix)" by The New Establishment, "Creation Version" by Winston & The New Establishment, "Armagideon Version" by Wiillie & The Brentford Rockers, "Give Me This Version" by The Heptones & Sound Dimension, ""Hold Me Baby (part 2)" by Basil Daley, "It Deep (part 2)" by Lloyd Robinson & Brentford Disco Set, and "Natty Rub A Dub" by Cornel & The Brentford Rockers. CD

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✨✧ Martin TorgoffBop Apocalypse – Jazz, Race, The Beats, & Drugs (hardcover) ... Book
Da Capo, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An insanely detailed book on the role of drugs in American music – written by a guy who's already written a fair bit about drugs and culture! This time around, Martin Torgoff turns his eye towards the postwar years – looking at the interwoven landscapes of jazz, underground culture, and drugs from the late 40s through the 60s – with chapters that look at both famous figures and lesser-known personas – in a list that includes Billie Holiday, Lester Young, William S Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Charlie Parker, and many more. The book's filled with short chapters that almost each read like a story themselves – never too exploitative, and often never with any sort of judgement at all – just surprising detail about the relation between drugs and performance, writing, or other artistic creation. These short chapters work well to weave together a world behind the scenes – subtle forces that later shaped more famous creations – and the book is a hefty 412 pages, with some black and white images. Book

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✨✧ VariousMicrocosm – Visionary Music of Continental Europe – 1970 to 1986 (3LP box set) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A completely revised look at the sounds that gave birth to the new age scene in the 80s – not the acoustic sounds of the Windham Hill generation, but the amazing array of spare, minimal, often electronic modes that were bubbling up on the European scene in the 70s! The package pulls together sounds from a disparate set of genres – bits of prog, electronic, minimalist, and other musics – often without any vocals in the mix, and usually moving in slow, spacey styles – working together here to paint a pre-new age picture that's wonderfully free of any of the cliches that later held back the music. The whole thing's a companion to the I Am The Center box set on Light In The Attic – and titles include "Cometary Wailing" by Bernard Xolotl, "Orguitar Soir" by Ariel Kalma, "Creation Du Monde" by Vangelis, "Untitled" by Francesco Messina, "Wenn Der Sudwind Weht" by Roedelius, "Dance For A Warrior" by Robert Julian Horky, "Caravan" by Karl Schaffner & Lother Grimm, "Morning Glory" by Enno Velthuys, "Spirales" by Deuter, "Shiva's Dance" by Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner, "Ship Beetel" by Gigi Masin, and "Le Sourire Vole" by Ash Ra Tempel. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy box set – 3LPs, big liner notes, and heavy inner jackets!)

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✨✧ MusikautomatikaMusikautomatika – Grupo Experimental Electroacustico (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Musikautomatika/Wah Wah (Spain), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Improvised electro-acoustic music from the Venezuela scene – a record that's been lost to the shifting sands of time, but which is every bit as mindblowing as any of the group's European predecessors – maybe even more so, given that the trio were working in relative obscurity, and without the usual sort of academic support! Musikautomatika is the trio of Luis Levin, Alvise Sacchi, and Stefano Gramitto – who blend together a wonderful array of electronics and acoustic elements – all with this long-spun sense of spontaneous creation that still has a very cohesive whole. Some moments are noisy, but the whole thing is far from the "noise" of later generations – and still have a very optimistic vibe and this great sense of discovery. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue comes with a big booklet of notes, too!)

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✨✧ Michal UrbaniakEcstasy ... CD
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most soul-based albums in Michal Urbaniak's catalog – a session originally done with TK records during the height of their dancefloor years, fitted up with some really great clubby grooves! The sound here is a mix of fusion and soul – done in a way that still gives Urbaniak plenty of room to solo on violin, sax, and keys – but which also sets up a warmer groove overall and really lets the vocals come center stage. Urszula Dudziak sings on about half the tracks – and other vocals are by Kenyatta and Calvin Brown – and the jazzy inflections of the tune really set this apart from lots of the other Miami disco on Marlin, giving the record a much deeper feel overall, and a quality that's held up very nicely through the years! Dark edges mix with warmer moments nicely, almost in a Roy Ayers way – and titles include "A Day In The Park", "Just A Funky Feeling", "Body Rub", "Ecstasy", "Creation", and "Want's Ta Make You Feel Good". CD
 
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Bernard Baschet/Michel Deneuve/Alain Dumont4 Espaces Sonores ... LP
Transversales Disques (France), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
A very cool entry in the underground legacy of 70s sound sculpture recordings – that is, recordings that were made based around the sounds created by specific objects designed to make noise! In Chicago, we had Harry Bertoia, whose creations were often designed to interact with organic forces – but the Baschet brothers in France had a more dynamic approach – one that almost had them creating these sculptures that were like Harry Partch instruments, but played in a more indirect way! The title here – four sound spaces – should give you a good idea of the vibe of the record – as there's often as much space around the sounds as the sounds themselves – with each performance utilizing the sculptures as a way to sonically explore the space in which they reside. Titles include "Resurgence", "Errance", "Iranon", and "Polykinese". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition)

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BridgeOverdrive – Rock/Jazz Party ... LP
Tempo/Sommor (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
A funky little record from a groovy German trio – one who recorded this gem at the start of the 70s, with a vibe that's very similar to some of the best MPS material at the time! The group features Joe Nay on drums, Pawel Jarzebski on bass, and Kristian Schultze on keyboards – the last of which are sometimes smooth, sometimes nice and distorted – working here in a way that's definitely jazz at the core, but which has some trippier elements as well! Schultze can make things nice and weird when he wants – like Fritz Pauer on some of his MPS electric moments – but Nay almost always keeps things funky, so that the album's got a great groove throughout – stretching out, but swinging back nicely too! Titles include "Ambivalens", "Dinghi", "Start", "Alles Klar", "Overdrive", "Stupsi", "Recreation", "Don't Count It", and "Puls". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jonas Cambien TrioWe Must Mustn't We ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that announces its difference right from the very first note – then keeps on setting itself apart with each new musical selection! The group's led by pianist Jonas Cambien – who can play both warmly and starkly – and the sound is balanced between the drums and percussion of Andreas Wildhagen, and the reed work of Andre Roligheten – who blows tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and flute – often with textural tones that fold in nicely alongside the piano and drums! Yet despite that statement, there's also no set style to the group – as they really explore different interpolations of their instruments on every track – often in ways that seem to have an inherent structure, but which are also strikingly new as well – maybe even more powerful because of their tuneful inclinations than if the musicians were more free-minded. Titles include "Creationism", "Swear Like A Bear", "Unlikely Friendship", "Long Long Long", "Sister You Proved Me Right", "Crib", and "Animalism". CD

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Lawrence FerlinghettiTentative Description Of A Dinner To Promote The Impeachment Of President Eisenhower & Other Poems ... LP
Fantasy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $38.99
A fantastic album of spoken word creations by Lawrence Ferlinghetti – the beat poet whose help was so important to the San Francisco scene of the 50s and 60s, and whose own work is pretty darn great too! Titles include "Museum Of Objects Depicting The History Of My Race", "Goya In America", "Pennycandystore", "Dog", "Love Comes Harder To The Aged", "See It Was Like This", and "Tentative Description Of A Dinner To Promote The Impeachment Of President Eisenhower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful red vinyl pressing! Cover has a light stain in one corner, but is very nice overall.)

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JazztronikBB1 ... CD
Pony Canyon (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
The first music we've heard in quite awhile from Jazztronik – and a set that has them sounding even more funk-oriented than before! We've always loved the creations of leader Ryota Nozaki – even his mellower moments – but this time around, he really steps into new territory by working with a larger group that's heavy on horns, and which has some especially strong bass and drums – all to create a vibe that's more 70s funk than you might expect! But there's also some richer, more sophisticated currents too – that strong sense of arrangement that Nozaki has really developed over the years, worked out here in live horn charts that can be extremely beautiful. Some tracks feature soul-styled vocals by singers Eliana and Aisha, and some are instrumental – and tracks include "Dolphin Smile", "Spotlight", "Caprice", "Sanctuary", "Deja Vu", and "Meguru (2017 version)". CD

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Liel LeibovitzBroken Hallelujah – Rock & Roll, Redemption, & The Life Of Leonard Cohen (hardcover) ... Book
WW Norton (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $4.99 25.95
The music of Leonard Cohen is often so personal, it feels like we know the man himself very intimately – but behind the songs, there's a lot more to Cohen's life and creative process – a good deal of which is presented in this book! Author Liel Leibovitz does a good job of getting past the monolithic figure in the spotlight, and really shows Cohen as a human being – one with struggles at the start, and a journey to faith in his own creations – followed by personal moments of decision that are reflected later in his music. The book never attempts to be completely comprehensive, but manages to illuminate some key corners of Cohen's career – and the book is 281 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Mingering Mike/Dori HadarMingering Mike – The Amazing Career Of An Imaginary Soul Superstar ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. New Copy ... $7.99 24.95
An incredible document of the legendary Mingering Mike – the self-styled 70s soul superstar who never recorded any music, but created a huge body of work on hand-drawn record sleeves and 45s! Mike's story has been told briefly before in Wax Poetics, but this book really gets to the full scope of his creations – as it offers up almost 200 color pages of record covers, record labels, and even fake "records" themselves – made out of cardboard, but presented by Mike as if they were his very own albums! The book was put together by Dori Hadar – the DC digger who first stumbled upon the work at a flea market – and he's done a great job of bringing out aspects of Mike's life, and the way that they show up on the albums – very thoughtful commentary throughout, and from the perspective of a record lover who knows that Mike's genius is no mere "outsider art" accident – but a thorough investigation of all aspects of the black music business in the 70s! 192 pages, softcover, full color. Book

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Mark Mothersbaugh/Adam LernerMark Mothersbaugh – Myopia (hardcover) ... Book
Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 40.00
A deep dig inside the mind of Mark Mothersbaugh – a musician that most folks know for his role in Devo, and his soundtrack material too – but also a visual artist with a legacy that's maybe even more mindblowing than his work on record! The book is the first we've ever seen to look at this side of Motherbaugh's career – and it more than makes up for lost time with a huge amount of images that document his paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other odd creations – even his handmade postcards, which may well be the most compelling of the bunch! The book also features an interview with Mark, by co-author Adam Lerner – who contributes other text, too – and there's even an introduction by director Wes Anderson. 255 pages, full color, and as fantastic inside as it looks on the outside! Book

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Bill NelsonDreamy Screens – Soundtracks From The Echo Observatory (Sounding The Ritual Echo/Das Kabinet/La Belle Et La Bete) (3CD set) ... CD
Cocteau (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $16.99
Some of the most enigmatic music ever recorded by Bill Nelson – and sounds that are completely different than his work with Bebop Deluxe just a few short years before! The music here is Nelson at his most introspective – sounds recorded all on his own, in his home studio – with a dreamy, atmospheric quality that seems to take off from Brian Eno's ambient experiments of the late 70s! Much of the music comes from electronic sources, but there's also some studio and tape manipulation at work too – and some of the more tuneful moments almost remind us of early 80s German electronics – such as some of the work on the Ata Tak or Zick Zack labels! Both Das Kabinet and La Belle Et La Bete are soundtrack creations, but stand beautifully on their own – and they work perfectly here with the spacey tone of Sounding The Ritual Echo, which may well be the most revelatory album here. The box does a great job of bringing together all three albums – along with a booklet of notes, in a package that features dozens of tracks over 3CDs! CD

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Nik PascalMagnetic Web ... LP
Narco/Wah Wah (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
We've never been so scared of magnets before – but then again, that's no surprise – given that the music of Nik Pascal is always pretty darn terrifying! Nik's in the same electronic territory as before – adding in an Arp to his usual creations on moog, and mixing both of them with these really dark, almost evil qualities – as if someone in Charles Manson's cult had wandered off and found an old keyboard in the barn, then started making his own cosmic melodies while the master was away in prison! Titles include "Edge Of The Unknown", "Magnetic Web", "Cosmic Aura", "Interplanetary Beings", "Dance Of The Supernatural", and "Light Stimulus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with a "Do Not Listen To This Album If You Are Stoned" sticker!)

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Nik PascalZero Gravity ... LP
Narco/Wah Wah (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
With zero gravity, there's nothing to hold Nik Pascal to the planet – and he's definitely very far out in space with his electronics on this set! The album's one of the brilliant self-released early 70s gems from Nik Pascal/Nik Raicevic – a completely unique sub-strand of electronic music that's very different than the sounds coming from the prog, university, or pop electronic scenes at the time! Instead, Nik uses simple instruments – just a moog and Arp here – but in ways that are as personal as they are dark and spooky – prefacing later electronic creations of this sort from the art and industrial undergrounds, and still very much in his own space all these many years later. Titles include "Alpha Wave Diffusion", "Robot Rock", "Sounds From The Blue Planet", "Zero Gravity", and "IQ + U = ?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with a "Do Not Listen To This Album If You Are Stoned" sticker!)

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Nik Raicevik (aka Nik Pascal)Beyond The End Eternity ... LP
Narco/Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
The album's billed as "electronic music from the realization of eternity" – and given the spacey modes within, we can certainly see these sounds flowing out to the other side of the universe! The whole thing features moogy creations by Nik Raicevic (aka Nik Pascal) – done at a level that's very different than the pop moog albums of his generation – and even different from some of the more academic electronic records! Instead, Nik explores personal space with these really stark, spooky sounds – not spare, like in some of the later new agey electronic records – but almost this imagined sci fi soundtrack, although a lot more poetic overall. Titles include "Deathless", "The Wanderer", "The Mist That Drifts Away", "Tide", "Beyond The End", "To Go To Do Is To Be", and "Life's Timelessness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with a "Do Not Listen To This Album If You Are Stoned" sticker!)

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Chris RainbowWhite Trails (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Lemon (UK), 1979. New Copy ... About June 15, 2018
Post-Polydor work from Chris Rainbow, but a set that still continues the sublime run of solo music he first started in the mid 70s! The sound here is incredible – a great extension of the near-perfect studio creations he crafted with Alan Parsons, with cool vocal processing that adds in some great ELO elements too – all beautifully fit to Rainbow's well-penned tunes, which glide along in this sublime mellow 70s style! Chris wrote, arranged, and produced the whole thing – a crowning moment for his studio genius – and titles include the classic "Ring Ring", plus "Be Like A Woman", "Love You Eternally", "White Trails", "Streetwise", "In Love With Love", and "Don't Take The Night Away". CD

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WhispersI Can Remember ... LP
ARC, 1980. Very Good ... $4.99
We're a bit confused about this one, because it's got a 1980 copyright date, but the material on the LP is clearly from the Whispers' early career (and the liner notes confirm this, but don't give much more information). Excellent harmony soul material, with tracks like "You Must Be Doing Alright", "Planets Of Life", "I Can Remember", "Sing A Song", "I'm The One", and "Creations Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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VariousCollector's Choice Vol 1 ... CD
Sapphire, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
30 tracks, including music from the Shirelles, the Creations, the Velvetones, the Blue Angels, Richard Berry & the Pharoahs, Dave & the Stereos, the Cool Canaries, the Moroons, & others. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousI Said, She Said, Ah Cid – The Exploito Psych World Of Alshire Records 1967 to 1970 (3CD set) ... CD
Alshire/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A totally wonderful look at the late 60s Alshire label – an unusual cheapo imprint on the LA scene of the time, one that was mostly created to cash in on mainstream trends – but which somehow managed to make some amazing music in the process! Alshire was one of those discount store labels that tried to fool shoppers into thinking they were buying something hip – but instead sold them its own homegrown versions of psych, garage, or other groovy styles of the time. Yet despite these sneaky motives, the label actually found a way to bring together really interesting studio talents for their efforts – which has resulted in a legacy that's made some of their albums collectors treasures over the years – even if the process and contents are sometimes a mystery! This set does a great job of getting to the heart of the mystery – by offering up a huge booklet of notes that includes way more information than the label ever gave you with their records – notes on their history, the background performers, and other information – along with 82 tracks from the label's catalog. CD 1 features three full albums – the self-titled Animated Egg psych classic, plus Sounds Of Today and Astro Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000, both issued under the name of 101 Strings. CD 2 is dedicated entirely to The California Poppy Pickers – maybe the best-known group to come from the Alshire stable – with 26 tracks that include a few originals, and their fantastic reworking of other folks' tunes. CD 3 features 26 more tunes – recorded by artists who include The Mustang, Icarus, Doctor Marigold's Prescription, Autumn, Modern Sounds, Jane & Eve & The Creations, John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims, and The Heads Of The Family. Fantastic – and long overdue! CD

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VariousVirtue Recording Studios ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
Raw funky Philly soul – all recorded at the tiny Virtue Recording Studios – a small place to work, but a great one too! Virtue has maybe more of a deep soul approach than you're used to hearing from Philly – no soaring strings, polished production, or crossover dance modes – and instead just a nitty gritty vibe that seemed to make every record that came from Virtue bristle with instant excitement! The collection is a funky 45 collector's dream – and is a really special collaboration between Tramp Records and Funkadelphia – the latter of whom did a lot of on-the-ground work to make sure that the whole thing came out right! Titles include "Funky Fox" by Bob Marshall & ACs, "My Baby's Missing" by Gene Faith, "Meditation Of The Soul" by Virtues, "Butter That Popcorn" by RDM Band, "This Man Is Rated X" by Ann Byers, "Hot Fun In The Summertime (part 2)" by Past Due, "High Horse (part 3)" by Quiet Storm, "To Be A Man" by New World, "No Trespassing" by The Volcanos, "Take These Memories" by The Creations, "Ghost A Go Go" by Richard Rome, and "Love Of A Woman Soul Of A Man" by Gene Faith. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie DixonI Am The Blues ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-overdue recognition of the blues contributions of Willie Dixon – a set that pulls him out of the indie ghetto and pushes him firmly into the mainstream with this key release on Columbia Records! Yet despite that placement, the style is nicely down home – a strong recreation of older Chicago blues modes by producer Abner Spector – one that has Willie singing versions of his classic tunes like "Back Door Man", "The Seventh Son", "Little Red Rooster", "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man", and "The Same Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Willie DixonI Am The Blues (Original Master Recording) ... CD
Columbia/Mobile Fidelity, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-overdue recognition of the blues contributions of Willie Dixon – a set that pulls him out of the indie ghetto and pushes him firmly into the mainstream with this key release on Columbia Records! Yet despite that placement, the style is nicely down home – a strong recreation of older Chicago blues modes by producer Abner Spector – one that has Willie singing versions of his classic tunes like "Back Door Man", "The Seventh Son", "Little Red Rooster", "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man", and "The Same Thing". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gypsy LanePredictions ... LP
Drive, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
Gypsy Lane were produced here by Jacques Morali, of Village People fame – but don't hold that against them, as the set's got a deeper vibe than you might expect! The group seem pretty tight on their own already – and work more as a tight ensemble funk group than the kind of disco studio creations Morali was more tied to – grooving at a level that seems informed by the best mid 70s advances of Earth Wind & Fire, which includes some warmer moments next to the uptempo cuts. Lead vocals are by Alfonso Carey, but other members of the group often harmonize alongside – and titles include "Show Me How To Groove", "We'll Have Love", "Hey Sister", and "I Could Use Some Loving". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ VariousCellarful Of Motown Vol 2 – The Rarest Detroit Grooves ... CD
Motown/Universal (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
42 rare gems from the Motown vaults – an incredible treasure trove of unreleased material! The package follows beautifully on the heels of the first Cellarful Of Motown volume – but also manages to go even deeper, and get beyond the better-known "lost" Motown tracks, into a realm of soul music treasures that we never would have expected! The whole thing's great – overflowing with tunes so great, you'll find yourself scratching your head as to why Motown never issued these back in the 60s – and will turn towards the label with a whole new level of respect for all the greatness they still managed to record underneath their more familiar hits. The 2CD set also comes with a great booklet that offers track-by-track notes on the tunes – and a selection of cuts that includes "Take My Hand" by Dalton Boys, "Take Me In Your Arms" by Eddie Holland, "All Day All Night" by Earl Van Dyke, "A Woman Just Won't Do Right" by Shorty Long, "I've Gotta Get Away" by Tommy Good, "Show Girl" by The Vows, "I Can't Get Along Without You" by The Monitors, "I Hope You Have Better Luck Than I Did" by The Marvelettes, "My Heart" by Tammi Terrell, "Where Is the Love" by Rita Wright, "Those DJ Shows" by Patrice Holloway, "Rescue Me" by Blinky, "I Can't Go On Sharing Your Love" by The Isley Brothers, "Choo Choo Train" by Little Lisa, "In The Dark" by The Creations, "Love Trouble Heartache & Misery" by Hatti Littles, "Positively Absolutely Right" by The Temptations, and "Let's Talk It Over" by Marv Johnson. CD

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✨✧ Art Pepper with Lee KonitzWest Coast Sessions Vol 3 – Lee Konitz (High Jingo – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlas/Omnivore, 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty meeting of two modern alto giants – a set cut under the leadership of Lee Konitz, but which also features some great work from Art Pepper too! Both Pepper and Konitz were two of the most distinctive players to emerge in the 50s – both in the generation after Charlie Parker first set the horn on fire with his bebop creations – but both very individual, distinct players who took the music in fresh new directions. That distinctness really comes through here – as both Lee and Art blow together wonderfully, crossing lines and taking off on solos with a gentle swing that comes from the support of Michael Lang on piano, Bob Magnsusson on bass, and John Dentz on drums. Most tracks are very alto-heavy – in a great way – and the session was originally only ever issued in Japan, as part of the Atlas Records "West Coast Today" series. Titles include "Minor Blues In F", "Whims Of Chambers", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", and "This Can't Be Love". CD features two bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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✨✧ Rocket RobertRocket Robert (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Future/Got Kinda Lost (Spain), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet spacey sounds from the American underground of the early 80s – a record with more than enough electronic touches to live up to its title – and a surprisingly deep sound that's way more than you'd expect from the cartoony cover! Rocket Robert is just one guy – Robert Moore – who serves up a heady brew of Oberheim keyboard lines with a style that's clearly inspired by some of the best analogue electronic records of the 70s, especially those from the German scene – with a feel that's a lot warmer and more personal than some of the cold wave albums that were starting to show up in the US and UK. Most of the album is instrumental, with layered, flowing lines that are inherently rhythmic as they build ladders of sound up to the skies – on titles that include "Bottomless Pit Of Space", "Star Flight", "Walking In Space", "Journey Into The Unknown", "Docking In Space", and "Creations Beginning". Also includes the bonus tracks "I've Got My Helmet On" and "Living In This Station". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition, with bonus insert!)

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✨✧ Gypsy LanePredictions ... CD
Drive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Gypsy Lane were produced here by Jacques Morali, of Village People fame – but don't hold that against them, as the set's got a deeper vibe than you might expect! The group seem pretty tight on their own already – and work more as a tight ensemble funk group than the kind of disco studio creations Morali was more tied to – grooving at a level that seems informed by the best mid 70s advances of Earth Wind & Fire, which includes some warmer moments next to the uptempo cuts. Lead vocals are by Alfonso Carey, but other members of the group often harmonize alongside – and titles include "Show Me How To Groove", "We'll Have Love", "Hey Sister", and "I Could Use Some Loving". CD

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✨✧ Zoot Sims/Al Cohn/Herb Steward/Serge ChaloffFour Brothers Together Again ... CD
Vik/Sony (France), 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's great in two different ways – first in that it revives the "four brothers" sound of four saxophonists at once, first forged in the Woody Herman band of the late 40s – and secondly, because the album's a further demonstration of the magical pairing of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims! The group here is only part of a recreation of the Herman lineup, as Al's presence is new – but he also contributes a lot to the songs and arrangements, which really make the small group setting sparkle. Tenors are by Cohn, Sims, and Herbie Steward – and Serge Chaloff plays baritone – with rhythm from Elliott Lawrence on piano, Burgher Jones on bass, and Don Lamond on drums. A number of tunes are new – not just remakes of Herman classics, but titles that riff on and modernize the earlier spirit – and tracks include "Ten Years Later", "Four & One More", "So Blue", "The Swinging Door", "Aged In Wood", "Here We Go Again", "The Pretty One", and "Four Brothers". CD
 
 
 



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