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Al HibblerAfter The Lights Go Down Low ... LP
Atlantic, 1950/1951/1956. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the greatest albums ever from the mighty Al Hibbler – a record that's filled with subtle power and deeper soul – and which really has Al working at the height of his vocal talents! Although Hibbler recorded often before this in the 50s, this session seems to have a specially magic feel – the kind of album in which all elements gel together perfectly – almost to Al's career what Two Steps From The Blues was to Bobby Bland. And like that other classic, there's a mix here of jazz and blues that's really unique – instantly timeless, and still quite powerful today. Titles include "Tell Me", "Travelin Light", "Dedicated To You", "You Will Be Mine", "Song Of The Wanderer", "If I Knew You Were There", and "The Blues Came Falling Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable logo label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a delaminated bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Marty RobbinsTurn The Lights Down Low ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(360 sound stereo pressing. Label has a small promo sticker.)
 
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Joe Albany & OthersLow Down (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cinewax, 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $21.99 24.98
A beautiful document of the late, great pianist Joe Albany – music put together in support of the film Low Down, and packaged here in a really lovely format! The movie is a poetic look at Albany – an important west coast player from the bop years onward, but one who never reached his full potential, due to a lifetime of heroin use. Yet during his career, he certainly touched plenty of hearts and ears – with recordings that begin in the 78rpm generation, and stretch right up to his final years – almost every one a masterpiece of melancholic piano, with these blue undercurrents that often make Joe's music very distinct. Both the film and this set get at that quality, and intersperse original performances by Albany with a few tracks by contemporaries – like Coleman Hawkins and Max Roach – as well as a few musical bits by Ohad Taylor, who scored parts of the film in a very sympathetic manner. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Lush Life", "Everybody Knew But Me", "Lotus Blossom", "Barbados", and "AB Blues" by Joe Albany – plus "AJ Blues" and "Daahoud" by Ohad Taylor, "Deeds Not Words" by Max Roach, and "Think Deep" by Coleman Hawkins. LP, Vinyl record album

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NOTS Click/XperadoBack Up Off Me (street, clean, inst)/Watch Ya Step (street, DJ creativity rmx, inst) ... 12-inch
Down Low, 1999. Near Mint- ... $3.99
With Big L on "Back Up Off Me", and OC on "Watch Ya Step". And beats by Lord Finesse (we think) make this more or less a DITC record. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousBirth Of Funk – Low Down & Dirty ... LP
History Of Soul (UK), New Copy ... About August 1, 2015 (delayed)
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✨✧ Kool G RapRoots Of Evil ... CD
Illstreet/Down Low, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Ttiles include "Foul Cats", "Mafioso", "Da Bosses Lady", "Thugs Anthem", "Daddy Figure", "Cannon Fire", "Can't Stop The Shine", "Thugs Love Story", "Mobsta's", "At Da Wake", "Let The Games Begin", and "Hitman's Diary". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe Albany & OthersLow Down ... CD
Cinewax, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful document of the late, great pianist Joe Albany – music put together in support of the film Low Down, and packaged here in a really lovely format! The movie is a poetic look at Albany – an important west coast player from the bop years onward, but one who never reached his full potential, due to a lifetime of heroin use. Yet during his career, he certainly touched plenty of hearts and ears – with recordings that begin in the 78rpm generation, and stretch right up to his final years – almost every one a masterpiece of melancholic piano, with these blue undercurrents that often make Joe's music very distinct. Both the film and this set get at that quality, and intersperse original performances by Albany with a few tracks by contemporaries – like Coleman Hawkins and Max Roach – as well as a few musical bits by Ohad Taylor, who scored parts of the film in a very sympathetic manner. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Lush Life", "Everybody Knew But Me", "Lotus Blossom", "Barbados", and "AB Blues" by Joe Albany – plus "AJ Blues" and "Daahoud" by Ohad Taylor, "Deeds Not Words" by Max Roach, and "Think Deep" by Coleman Hawkins. CD
Also available Low Down (180 gram pressing) ... LP 21.99
 
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Albert AylerGoing Home ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $20.99
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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George BensonBlue Benson ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1968/1976. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A sweet 70s collection of late 60s work from George Benson – tracks recorded in 1968 for Verve, originally from the albums Giblet Gravy and Goodies! The set list here really does a great job of picking out the best numbers – the kind of clean, lean tunes that were pushing Benson from his soul jazz roots towards a much bigger audience – yet still without any of the commerciality of later years to come. Players on the tracks include Herbie Hancock on piano, Billy Cobham on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Johnny Pacheco on percussion – and arrangements are by Horace Ott and Tom McIntosh. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Low Down & Dirty", "Thunder Walk", "Doobie Doobie Blues", "What's New", and "I Remember Wes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear.)

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Donald ByrdRoyal Flush ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the seminal sides cut by Donald Byrd in his partnership with Pepper Adams – a high-up, low-down set that's a smoker all the way through! Byrd's brightness on trumpet is nicely matched by Adams' fluid work on baritone sax – and the pair are wonderfully supported by a rhythm trio that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who can hit a sock-hard groove one minute, then let loose with a lyrical flourish the next. The approach of the record is tightly soulful, with loads of great changes – and some surprising dark edges that really add in a whole new dimension to the Donald Byrd sound of the time. Titles include "Shangri-La", "Jorgies", "Hush", "6 M's", and the moody "Requiem"! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and light waviness along part of the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Funk FactoryFunk Factory ... CD
Atco (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
A massive bit of funky fusion from the 70s – an album that was crucially overlooked at the time, but which has gone onto become a crate-diggers classic over the years! The group's fronted by Polish jazz legends Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak – but it also features a fair bit of American players too – all working together in a blend of the best funky fusion modes going down in both the US and Eastern Europe in the mid 70s! Drums on the set are totally great – played by Steve Gadd or Gerald Brown, depending on the track – and some tracks have weird vocal bits that riff around the instrumentation, sung either by Urszula, Bernard Kafka, or some other backing singers. The keyboards are great – quite tripped-out at times, but never too over the top – and overall, the album's a fair bit more soulful and funky than most of Urbaniak's other work of the 70s. Titles include the killer sample track "Rien Ne Va Plus" – used famously by the Beastie Boys many years back – plus "After The World Goes Home", "Funk It", "Sinkin Low", "Next Please", "Horsing Around", and "Watusi Dance". CD

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Paul GonsalvesGettin' Together ... CD
Jazzland/OJC, 1960. Used ... $7.99
Hard edged jazz stuff, featuring the great tenorist in a spare (and rare) setting away from Duke Ellington's band. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Sam Jones lay down a nice soulful groove with a deep bottom, and Gonsalves plays with warmth and imagination throughout. The set includes two of Babs Gonzales' great compositions: "Low Gravy" and "Gettin' Together". CD

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Coleman HawkinsDesafinado ... CD
Impulse, 1964. Used ... $6.99
The Hawk, in prime late form, lays down some beautiful tenor solos over gentle bossa nova accompaniment – working in a mode that's much more satisfying than just a "classic player meets bossa" session, angularly crafting the solos with that dark edge that he had in all of his later work. The groove's similar to a Stan Getz bossa outing, with light acoustic guitar backing him up, but Hawkins' playing is very deep and soulful, and the groove gets very low. With the great cuts "Samba Para Bean" and "Stumpy Bossa Nova". CD
(Out of print.)

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Herbie MannReggae 2 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A lesser-known follow-up to Herbie Mann's first album of reggae-styled instrumental grooves – and one that's every bit as sweet as the first! Like that record, the approach here is one that has Mann working with Kingston-bred rhythms from a lineup that includes Winston Wright on organ, Jackie Jackson bass, and Michael Richard on drums – mixed with tenor from Tommy McCook and trumpet from Bobby Ellis – then given a slight fusion vibe from Mann's frequent 70s musical partner Pat Rebillot on a variety of keyboards! Herbie's flute snakes into the groove in this warm, easygoing way – very open in tone, and a surprisingly good fit for an instrument that isn't often used in such a setting. Titles include "Down On The Corner", "Cecilia", "I Know", "Stoned By You", "Bend Down Low", and "So Get It While You Can". CD

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✨✧ Horace ParlanHeadin' South ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – a sweet little Latin-inflected set that's unlike any of his other records for Blue Note! All of Parlan's work for the label is great, but this album's something even more special – thanks to the presence of Ray Barretto on a number of tracks – really adding in some great rhythms on congas that help the whole thing start "headin south" – with lots of sweet tropical touches in the grooves! The set includes the legendary "Congalere", a fast tempo groover with an amazing solo by Parlan – plus "Headin South", "Low Down", and a nice lyrical version of Ahmad Jamal's "Jim Loves Sue". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Don PattersonGoin' Down Home ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Very Good ... $11.99
Well known for the title track, a stepper's classic, this album preserves Don's low down gritty blues style (he played on Prestige sides led by Booker Ervin and Sonny Stitt). The trio lineup featured on this album gives Don the room to sretch out, driving the grooves to their limit. Tracks include "Little Duck", "It's Magic", "Trick Bag", and "Work Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label, mono, promo pressing. Cover has some aging and stains on the back.)

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Frank SocolowSounds By Socolow ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... $19.99
A real lost gem on Bethlehem Records – and one of the few albums to feature this tremendous saxophonist in the lead! Frank Socolow was one of the great unsung reed players of the 50s – and although he lay hidden in some of the larger combos of the early part of the decade, he thankfully got to cut this excellent album as a leader for Bethlehem in the middle part of the decade! The record features a nicely stripped-down combo – with Eddie Bert on trombone, Sal Salvador on guitar, and Eddie Costa on piano – and the overall feel is icy and cool, with distinct touches of Lee Konitz, and a tightly arranged sound which then lets Frank break out strongly against on his solos. Titles include "Miss Finegold", "Little Joe", "Farfel", "Swing Low Sweet Socolow", and "I Love You". One we almost never see on vinyl, either! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove.)

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Staple SingersSwing Low ... LP
Vee Jay/Mississippi, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
Excellent early work from The Staple Singers – one of their first recordings, and an all-gospel album that's drenched in the same sort of soul that you'd hear on their big hits of later years – a key influence on the sound of the secular 60s, heard here in its best original format! The group's a quartet at this point – with two female and two male singers – and the sound here is nice and raw, very real and earthy – quite different than their later crossover records of the 70s! Production is very spare, as is the instrumentation – so that the harmonies and vocal leads really take center stage, and perfectly showcase the revolutionary style of singing the group brought to gospel. Titles include "Stand By Me", "Two Wings", "Calling Me", "Sit Down Servant", "This May Be The Last Time", and "Let's Go Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy pressing – with bonus booklet of notes!)

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StylisticsOnce Upon A Jukebox ... LP
H&L, 1976. Very Good ... $0.99
The Stylistics pay homage to some of the great vocal classics that came before them – in this set of smooth harmony soul arranged and conducted by Horace Ott. The band's vocals are still top-shelf at this point, even though the overall concept lacks some of the sublime quality of the earlier records with Thom Bell. Titles include "The Great Pretender", "Send For Me", "My Funny Valentine", "Only You", and "After The Lights Go Down Low". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Swamp DoggI'm Not Selling Out I'm Buying In ... CD
Takoma (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
A well-circulated early 80s effort by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams – a set that has him making a joke on commerciality in music with the title, and which still stays pretty true to his roots overall! The album's not out to break any new ground in Dogg's career, but it does maintain a relatively strong sense of personality and politics – served up in a mode that's quite down home in style, but produced a bit more professionally than on some of his earlier records. Titles include "Sexy Sexy Sexy #3", "Total Destruction To Your Mind Once Again", "Swamping Solutions", "Wine Women & Rock N Roll", "Low Friends In High Places", and "The Love We Got Ain't Worth Two Dead Flies", sung as a duet with Esther Phillips! CD
Also available I'm Not Selling Out I'm Buying In ... LP 7.99

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Swamp DoggI'm Not Selling Out I'm Buying In ... LP
Takoma, 1981. Sealed ... $7.99
A well-circulated early 80s effort by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams – a set that has him making a joke on commerciality in music with the title, and which still stays pretty true to his roots overall! The album's not out to break any new ground in Dogg's career, but it does maintain a relatively strong sense of personality and politics – served up in a mode that's quite down home in style, but produced a bit more professionally than on some of his earlier records. Titles include "Sexy Sexy Sexy #3", "Total Destruction To Your Mind Once Again", "Swamping Solutions", "Wine Women & Rock N Roll", "Low Friends In High Places", and "The Love We Got Ain't Worth Two Dead Flies", sung as a duet with Esther Phillips! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I'm Not Selling Out I'm Buying In ... CD 14.99

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VariousFeelin Jazzy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $19.99
Feelin jazzy, and feelin pretty darn soulful too – as the set's a collection of excellent contemporary soul tracks from the global underground – including a fair bit of work by artists who've never issued a full CD! The set's very much ahead of the curve – and really does a wonderful job of bringing together work that definitely deserves bigger exposure – the next names in the Neo Soul underground, all linked together in a warmly flowing batch of grooves! The whole thing's great, and most of these names are new to our ears – titles include "Moonriver" by The Oldians, "I Recall" by Andre Solomo, "As Long As You're In Love" by Jasmine Nelson, "Breathless" by Gold Of My Own, "Colours" by Nia Andrews, "As One" by Low Leaf, "Trouble" by Daniel Crawford with Amp Fiddler & Monet, Guards Down" by Fridjolijn, "More Than A Million" by Paul Van Kessel, "Man In The Mirror" by Kasia Lins, and "Scary" by Alex Tait. CD

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Bob Marley & The WailersCatch A Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... On September 25, 2015
Marley & the Wailer's debut on Island, and though some critics seem to feel there is a bit too much of Blackwell's production afoot here, it's still a remarkable set. Not quite as slick as some of the later Island LPs, with a super stripped down core group featuring the original lineup with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, augmented only by the very able Barrett brothers: Family Man and Carlton . Includes the classic "Stir It Up" plus "Slave Driver", "Kinky Reggae", "High Tide Or Low Tide" & "Concrete Jungle". Essential stuff. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jaga JazzistLivingroom Hush ... CD
Smalltown Supersound (Norway), 2002. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Where their simultaneously issued Stix has a feel that owes more to studio fiddling and technological trickery, this album mines a more live vein, with less programmed beats, and more emphasis on their playing as a band. Overall though, the vibe is the same, defying easy description in that post ambient, contemporary post rock-Nu Jazz netherland, kind of a thinking man's soundtrack to the chill out room. 10 tracks in all, including "Cinematic", "Animal Chin", "Going Down", "Airborne" and "Low Battery". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Big MaybelleGospel Soul Of Big Maybelle ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure session for Big Maybelle, but a great one too – a record that has her moving past the melancholy blues of her earlier work, into a lively gospel-based mode that's surprisingly great for her voice! The sound is quite upbeat and joyous – in a style that really has Maybelle's voice soaring to the skies – supported by arrangements from Alan Lorber and John Jacobs that are a bit like some of the backings Jackie Wilson received at Brunswick, including some additional chorus support. Tunes are a mix of gospel standards and a few secular tracks as well – and titles include "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", "Do Lord", "Dry Bones", "Down By The Riverside", and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Paul GonsalvesGettin' Together ... LP
Jazzland, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard edged jazz stuff, featuring the great tenorist in a spare (and rare) setting away from Duke Ellington's band. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Sam Jones lay down a nice soulful groove with a deep bottom, and Gonsalves plays with warmth and imagination throughout. The set includes two of Babs Gonzales' great compositions: "Low Gravy" and "Gettin' Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has discoloration from age, splitting on the top seam, and a small stain on back.)
Also available Gettin' Together ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Merry Go Round/Emmitt RhodesListen Listen – The Definitive Collection (Merry Go Round/American Dream) ... CD
A&M/Rev-Ola (UK), 1967/1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete A&M recordings of The Merry Go Round and later solo act Emmitt Rhodes – lesser-remembered pop treasures from the end of the 60s, really sparkling nicely in this well-done set! The Merry Go Round's heard here on their one and only album for A&M – a self-titled set from 1967, done in a style that mixes some of the sunniness of the LA sound of the time with slightly introspective folksy touches, and a few moments that almost hint at a more British invasion sort of style. There's a depth here that reminds us of our favorite Hollies albums of the period – a ear that goes way beyond simple pop single stylings, but also never gets too bogged down in overly-complicated song structures. The balance is a hard one to pull off, but Merry Go Round do it perfectly – thanks to the creative vision of Emmitt Rhodes, who whote most of the tunes and sings lead vocals. Rhodes later stepped out on his own as a solo act, and is heard here on his 1969 album The American Dream, plus some additional bonus singles – all of which follow the Merry Go Round style nicely, but also get even more personal, and seem to pick up a few well-placed singer-songwriter touches along the way. The CD features a total of 29 tracks in all – plus some great notes that helps you reconstruct the history of Rhodes and the group. Titles include "You're A Very Lovely Woman", "Live", "Pardon Me", "Mother Earth", "Low Down", "Where Have You Been All My Life", "We're In Love", "Gonna Fight The War", "In Days Of Old", "Holly Park", "Come Ride Come Ride", and "Textile Factory". CD
 
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AirPremiers Symptomes (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Parlophone, 1998. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
5 early tracks of Air's spacey stripped-down approach to new grooves, that hints at a very lounge-y feel, without ever diving into it headlong, with a nod to ethereal past sounds, all the while breaking new groupd of their own! Haunting, beautiful, spare, and without any of the cliches that you might find in many of the group's that followed in the wake of Portishead and the Headz phenomenon: "Modular Mix", "Casanova 70", "Les Professionnels", "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau", "Le Soleil Est Pres De Mo". Plus, it's packaged in a very cool die-cut cover! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – it's packaged in a very cool die-cut cover!)

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Aloe BlaccWant Me (voc, inst)/Arrive (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Stones Throw, 2005. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A trippy, soulful surprise from Aloe Blacc – the mic side of the Cali hip hop duo Emanon – who seems poised to make the transition from Cali hip hop to progressive soul! The backdrop of "Want Me" is a deep, pulsing electronic wall of sound with slow-building effects raining down into the mix – with Aloe in romantic dancefloor croon mode leading the way! "Arrive" is a similar number, with some heavy reverb on the electronic/synth elements – and crisp, percolating beats. Aloe handles the production on both tracks, making him a triple threat +one – writer/producer/rapper/singer! We're always a bit surprised at how unpredictably, yet solidly, the Stones Throw sound continues to grow! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve.)

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Gene AmmonsWoofin & Tweetin ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
Nice nice album on Prestige, bringing together Jug's earlier sides in 2 different settings. The first batch has Ammons "battling" Sonny Stitt in a set of stuff that features hard twin tenors in the frontline, with the kind of cutting contests the two of them would perform live all over the country. Titles on that one include "Stringin The Jug", "New Blues Up & Down", and "You Can Depend On Me". The other side of the record features Ammons in one of those great Prestige open-ended groups – with crack players like Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, and Freddie Redd – all soloing long and soulfully on two tracks – "Woofin & Tweetin" and "Juggernaut". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has edge wear, some seam splitting, and some tears on the back paste-on.)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittWe'll Be Together Again ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961/1968. Used ... $6.99
Nothing fancy – but some great straight-ahead blowing from Stitt and Jug! The album's a quintet session, with John Houston piano, Buster Williams bass, and George Brown drums providing all the rhythm. But the real focus is on the twin-sax frontline – with Sitt taking up the alto on a few numbers, but mostly blowing tenor head to head with Jug. The album was supposedly recorded in 1961, but not issued until later in the 60s by Prestige – and it's right up there with the excellent work that the team were cutting at the time for Verve and Argo. Titles include "A Mess", "Water Jug", "New Blues Up & Down", "Red Sails In The Sunset", and "A Pair Of Red Pants". CD

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Amon TobinSupermodified ... CD
Ninja Tune, 2000. Used ... $0.99
A great set of dark breakbeat tracks – mostly downtempo, and filled with a range of influences that really deepens the sound. The colors in the mix keep shifting throughout – and Tobin's command of a wide palette of beats and grooves is impeccable. Titles include "Get Your Snack On", "Golfer vs Boxer", "Deo", "Precursor", "Keepin It Steel", "Natureland", "Marine Machines", and "Slowly". CD

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Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s. Used ... $10.99
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that there's more 60s rawness on the record than you'd get from bigger-label funk at the time – as Ed "Apple" Nelson still works here with a mostly underground vibe! Ed plays drums – which are mighty hard on most numbers – and his vocals have this offbeat, off-kilter, over the top quality that almost reminds us a bit of the Hank Ballard/James Brown recordings for late 60s King – particularly in the way that Nelson's completely unbridled with his energy. The whole thing's great – one of the best funky collections we've heard in years – and presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information too. Titles include "Free & Easy (parts 1 & 2)", "Moon Light", "Curse Upon The World", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Down Home Publicity", "True Love Will Never Die", "Gotta Stand For Something (parts 1 & 2)", and "I'll Give You A Ring". CD features a massive 52 page booklet, too! CD

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Roy AyersSearching For Sunshine 1973 to 1980 (You Send Me/Fever/No Stranger To Love/bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Raven (Australia), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 25.98
A trio of Roy Ayers classics in one sweet set – along with some excellent bonus cuts too! First up is the album You Send Me – a set with a sound like no other – with a slow mellow jazzy style that shows Roy working at the height of his powers! There's some wonderful spacey production on the record – bringing out elements like the vibes, electric piano, and soulful vocals – and turning them into a seductive blend that trails out over the course of the record, hitting a smooth mellow mode that we love every bit as much as Roy's harder and funkier work. The title cut is an amazing extended remake of "You Send Me", which sounds nothing like the original – and other good cuts include the stepping "And Don't You Say No", and the great cuts "Rhythm" and "Everytime I See You", which have these excellent offbeat rhythm patterns. Fever is a great little album by Roy Ayers – one that features none of his hits, which means lots of fresh material – and which has great examples of both sides of Roy's talents at the time! The dancefloor side of Roy kicks in with "Love Will Bring Us Back Together", an extremely catchy groover that's very much in the mode of "Running Away", with plenty of choppy funky riffs, and a good soul base at the core. Even better, though, is the mellow spacey side of Roy – which shows up wonderfully in the cuts "Is It Too Late To Try" and "If You Love Me" – two overlooked gems that float along in a perfect blend of jazz and modern soul, with great breathy vocals and vibes, very much in the spirit of stuff on the You Send Me album. Other cuts include "I Wanna Feel It", "Leo", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "Simple & Sweet" – all nice too! No Stranger To Love is a sly, and often funky set that deserves to be mentioned with his more famous dancefloor ready work of the late 70s – and if it gets an extra point two for the incredibly cool cover photo, the slow burning grooves more than deliver on the promise! The album does a really nice job of rolling out both the sultry jazzy soul and the funkier Ayers modes, with sweet strings in spots, Roy's incomparable vibes, bass and keyboard grooving, and vocals that set the mood for both the slow jams and the funky stuff! Includes the extended mellow number "Don't Let Our Love Slip Away", one of Roy's better downtempo moments, plus great stuff like "Don't Stop The Feeling", plus "What You Won't Do For Love", "No Stranger To Love/Want You", "Shack Up, Pack Up, It's Up (When I'm Gone)", "Don't Hide Your Love". CD also features 8 more bonus cuts – including "Love From The Sun", "Running Away", "Keep On Walking", "Vibrations", "Searching", "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Love Fantasy", and "No Deposit No Return". CD

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Sam BakerI Believe In You – The Legendary John Richbourg Sessions ... CD
Sound Stage 7/Soulscape (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A treasure trove of work from this overlooked southern soul singer – recordings that Sam Baker cut down in Nashville for the Sound Stage Seven label – all brought together here in one very comprehensive package! Sam's got a voice that's pitched slightly higher than some of his contemporaries, but with soul that goes equally deep – and the setting here is perfect for his phrasing, with nicely punctuated rhythms that give even the mellower cuts a nice kick up from the bottom! Baker's got a nicely sensitive approach at times – which really makes the set great – a nice mix of sophisticated styles that gets way past overdone southern soul modes. 22 tracks in all – including "What Did Sister Do", "You Can't See The Blood", "Just A Glance Away", "Safe In The Arms Of Love", "I Believe In You", "I'm Number One", "Sunny", "I Can't Stand It", "Coming To Bring You Some Soul", and "Strange Sensation". CD

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Amadou BalakeBar Konon Mousso Bar ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
An amazing groove from the legendary Amadou Balake – music that's got this tight focus that has everything coming down together right in the middle – from basslines to percussion to some mighty skittish guitar! The rhythmic lines here are even sharper than in other Afro Funk from the time – only occasionally embellished by horns, or slowed down at a few more soulful moments – but mostly pushing forward fast and firmly with Balake's vocals in soaring accompaniment! There's a frenetic feel that spurs the album on right from the start – and which keeps things cooking all the way through – on titles that include "Nabacouboury", "Dounignamou", "Aminata Du The", and "Super Bar Konon Mousso". LP, Vinyl record album

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BeatlesMatchbox/Slow Down ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1964. Very Good- ... $3.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow & orange label pressing in a Capitol sleeve.)

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Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". CD
Also available Sacundin Ben Samba (180 gram pressing) ... LP 32.99

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Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sacundin Ben Samba ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Pat BianchiBack Home ... CD
Doodlin, 2010. Used ... $5.99
Pat Bianchi's a Hammond player with a nicely bubbling sound – kind of a flow or flurry of notes that stems nicely from the Larry Young generation, but which also bursts forth with a feel that's all its own! There's a great energy here right from the very first note – that rush of excitement we can really get from the Hammond when it's handled right – and taken past all the hokey sounds or too-familiar riffs that so many other players, even classic ones, can get bogged down in on a recording date. Pat really keeps things bristling along nicely for the record – reminding us of the power and diversity of the Hammond, while never hitting us over the head, either. He's got some great help on this date too – one quartet with Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Terell Stafford on trumpet, and Ralph Peterson on drums – and another trio with Gilad Hekselman on guitar and Carmen Intorre on drums. Titles include "Litha", "Back Home", "Fifth House", "Portrait Of Jenny", "Blues Connotation", and "Hammer Head". CD
(Booklet has a promo stamp. Barcode has some marker.)

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✨✧ Big PunisherCapital Punishment ... LP
Loud/Get On Down, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99
The late 90s all caps CLASSIC by Big Pun – a precise rhyme spitter who, sadly, wouldn't live long enough drop follow up masterpiece in his lifetime, but will always have Capital Punishment. Pun was a big mean, but his flow his lean and precise, and while there's some brief throwaway moments, he's is sharp form throughout. Production wise, Loud Record seemed to control the secret formula for a perfect mix of commericial success and straight dope hip hop at the end of the 90s, and this record is no exception. Guest appearances by Black Thought of The Roots, Raekwon, Fat Joe and more. Includes "Dream Shatterer", "I'm Not A Player", "You Came Up", "Fast Money", "Tres Leches", "Glamour Life" and "Super Lyrical". LP, Vinyl record album

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Benjamin Biolay & OthersClara Et Moi ... CD
EMI (France), 2004. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful little CD that displays the full range of talents of Benjamin Biolay – one of our favorite new French singers and producers since the 70s! Biolay's got a classic sound that takes us back to the best of Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, and Michel Polnareff – and his music for this film includes a variety of modes – including mellow instrumental, slightly funky downtempo, and some stunning vocal work – sung by Biolay, and other artists that include Michel Aumont, Keren Ann, Julie Gayet, and Louise Alenius. Biolay produced the whole set, and titles include "Eden Luxembourg", "The Word", "Selfish Boy Rhapsody", "Moi Rien", "Clara", "Nuage Noir", "L'Odeon", "Toi Rien", and "L'Egoiste". CD
(This is a copy protected CD.)

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Edwin BirdsongSuper Natural ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Near Mint- ... $38.99
A fantastic record – one of Birdsong's rare early ones, with a messed-up approach to funk that he rarely matched again! The album was cut at the time Birdsong was working with Roy Ayers – but it was produced by Birdsong himself, and he also handled all the keyboards on the set. The group's a stripped-down combo, without the slicker sound of some of his later work – and there's a fuzzy funk approach to most of the best tracks, with lots of guitar and bass. Titles include "If I Ever", "Any Color", "Rising Sign (Funky)", "Flow Through My Heart", "Turn Around Hate (Communicate)", "I Love You Michelle", "Tune From Callicoon", and "Last Exit Before The Toll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner, a promo sticker, and another small sticker.)

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✨✧ Black NastyTalking To The People (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
Excellent heavy funk from Stax! Black Nasty were one of the heaviest groups on the label – with a rock-solid guitar-based groove that went even farther than the Bar-Kays, who were no slouch in the guitar department themselves! The grooves are all slow to midtempo, with the band coming down hard on the downbeats, jamming away in a style that sounds more like heavy Detroit Westbound than sweetly soulful Memphis. Most all cuts have vocals – sung in a shouting style by the band that works well with the tripped-out hooks of the songs. This was the only album the band ever cut, but it's become a fast favorite among those who like their funk raw. Tracks include "We're Doin Our Thing", "Rushin Sea", "Booger The Hooker", "Black Nasty Boogie", "Nasty Soul", and "Getting Funky Round Here". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cicero BlakeHere Comes The Heartache – The Soul Years ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $7.99 19.99
Hard hard hard soul from the great Cicero Blake – a singer who's better known these days for his down-home blues work, but who was a heck of a great soul artist in the 60s and 70s! This wonderfully-done set collects together 23 singles from Cicero's diverse recordings of the 60s and 70s – pulling together recordings that were issued on a variety of different labels, but when taken together show Blake to be an incredibly powerful singer, with a depth to rival that of his Chicago contemporaries, like Tyrone Davis or Syl Johnson! And honestly, even though we'd heard the odd single by Cicero here and there over the years, we'd never gotten a complete picture of his career until this wonderful set – and we're extra-thankful to the folks at Grapevine for doing such a great job on the notes and track selection. Titles include "See What Tomorrow Brings", "Sad Feeling", "Soul Of Pain", "Take It From Me", "Loving You Woman Is Everything", "Shing A Ling", "Here Comes The Heartache", "Should I Go", "Could This Be Love", "Face The Case", "Don't Wait Until Tomorrow", "Bad But Beautiful Bag", "Doin What Comes Naturally", "Dip My Dipper", "Be Good To Me", "Your Love Is Like A Boomerang", and a bonus 90s sweet soul number, "Don't Wanna Blow My Chance With You". CD

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Terence BlanchardBreathless ... CD
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Terence Blanchard in all his many moods – some funky, some somber, and some quite serious! The album begins with a remake of "Compared To What" – done with vocals from PJ Morton, and fueled by rhythm samples from the original Les McCann and Eddie Harris version – but the music then shifts into work that recalls the sophistication of Blanchard's soundtrack material – some great mellower cuts that have Terence's trumpet gliding out spaciously over guitar from Charles Altra and piano and keyboards from Fabian Almazan. Morton makes a few more returns on the record – bringing things up to more soul-based territory at points – and Dr Cornel West appears on one track too, as a way of furthering the righteous quality of the record. Titles include "Everglades", "See Me As I Am", "Talk To Me", "Tom & Jerry", "I Ain't Got Nothin But Time", "Cosmic Warrior", "Soldiers", "Compared To What", and "Shutting Down". CD

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Bobby Blue BlandCall On Me (Bluesway pressing) ... LP
Duke/Bluesway, 1963/1973. Very Good ... $7.99
One of Bobby Blue Bland's best albums ever – a stunning mix of blues and soul that's the kind of killer stuff that will make you a fan of his forever! There's no beating Bland at this point in his career – and the record is one of the finest illustrations of the power he brought to his work, subtly balancing a sense of class with rootsier down-hominess that few other singers could ever handle so well. That blend allowed Bobby to reach out to way more audiences than most of his contemporaries – and it's still equally powerful today – and the album's arrangements by Joe Scott are impeccable, with a slight touch of jazz that we totally love. The album includes classics like "That's The Way Love Is", "Call On Me", "Cry Lover Cry", "Care For Me", "Bobby's Blues", and "Honky Tonk". This is the 70s version of the original album – and features a different cover than the original. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)
 
 
 



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