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New Al HibblerAfter The Lights Go Down Low (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Atlantic, 1950/1951/1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
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Kool G RapCan't Stop The Shine (clean, album, acapella, inst)/Thugs Anthem (clean, album, acapella, inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Illstreet/Down Low, 1998. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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Shirley BasseyLove, Life & Feelings ... LP LP format
United Artists, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A serious British session arranged and conducted by Arthur Greenslade – done in a mood that's often mellow, and which has more dark corners than we'd expect from Shirley – a sad-tinged sound that often features a bit of organ brewing down in the low range of the sound spectrum. Bassey's vocals are surprisingly well suited to the setting, and there's a restraint here that really helps her take one of her best new steps in years – one that's perhaps a bit too late in her career to really make a difference, but which would have really done wonders at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Alone Again Naturally", "Midnight Blue", "Isn't It A Shame", "What I Did For Love", "Born To Lose", "The Hungry Years", "The Way I Want To Touch You", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Big MaybelleGospel Soul Of Big Maybelle ... CD CD format
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $15.99
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

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Hank DavisOne Way Track ... CD CD format
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99 25.99
A wealth of work from the enigmatic Hank Davis – unreleased tracks, rare singles, and other gems from later years – really spanning the story of Hank's life, which is recounted in the huge booklet with the set! Davis was born in New York, but headed down to Memphis during the early rock boom of the 50s – and continued to cut great music for many years later, with a blend of homegrown roots, rockabilly fire, and some mellower country inspiration! Most of Davis' early work gets the biggest exposure, but this collection traces his sounds from the early 60s onward – including a number of later private records that really show him blossoming into a hell of a songwriter with a very mature approach. The CD features almost 40 tracks in all – and titles include "Be Strong", "Rock In The Woods", "One Way Track (alt)", "Low Down Moaning", "Crying In My Beer", "Afraid To Try", "Crazy Living", "Dinosaur Girl", "Down The Line", and "The Extra Man". CD

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Lowell FulsonHung Down Head ... LP LP format
Chess, 1950s. Sealed ... $9.99
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Italian pressing, from 1982 – with border around main cover image.)

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Marvin Gaye & Mary WellsTogether ... CD CD format
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
A great start to the Marvin Gaye duet mode of the 60s – an early pairing with Mary Wells, done back when she was one of the leading female singers at Motown! The style here is a bit more old school than some of the later Gaye duo albums – but there's plenty of charm in the tunes, as the set makes for a real "coming together" of two vocal styles – a real difference between the singers that you can hear as they handle the lyrics, which creates a nice sense of personality in the songs. In other words, the pairing's not as perfect as Marvin and Tammi, but that's part of the charm – and the album's the start of a great run that would really raise the bar for other artists' performances like this to come! Titles include "Once Upon A Time", "Until I Met You", "Together", "Sentimental Reasons", "After The Lights Go Down Low" and "Squeeze Me". CD

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New Bobby HackettHackett Horn ... LP LP format
Epic, Late 30s/1955. Very Good ... $19.99
The Hackett Horn gets a great spotlight here – in a classic mid 50s LP that pulls together earlier 78s recorded by Bobby at the end of the 30s! Modes are mostly traditional, but Hackett's cornet work really shines throughout – bursting out of mid-sized groups that are often driven by a fair bit of rhythm on guitar from Eddie Condon, and which feature other horn work on saxes, trombone, and trumpet. Titles include "Sunrise Serenade", "Ja-Da", "Embraceable You", "That's How Dreams Should End", and "Doin The New Low Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has just a bit of seam splitting and a small sticker on the back – but is nice overall.)

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Etta JamesEtta Is Betta Than Evvah! (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Chess/Kent (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the few funky late Chess gems for Etta James – recorded during the period when the company was owned by the All Platinum family of labels in New Jersey – with incredible vocals by Etta! Most of the record was cut in NJ, and features Etta's bluesy style meeting some nice funky arrangements by Mike Terry – plus a couple of tracks cut in Hollywood that fit right in stylistically. One of those is the strong opener "Woman (Shake Your Booty)" – with production credited to Etta – and other tracks include "Groove Me", "A Love Vibration","Only A Fool", "Jump Into Love", "Ain't No Pity In the Naked City" and a great version of Randy Newman's "Leave Your Hat On". This first ever CD version from Kent UK has 10 bonus tracks – featuring even more overlooked Chess recordings from the early-to-mid 70s – including a cover of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "Down So Low", "Feeling Uneasy", Power Play", "Let's Burn Down The Cornfield", "Lovin' Arms" and more. CD

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John KasandraMod Messiah ... LP LP format
Respect, 1974. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Kasandra's 4th LP for Stax under the ostensibly gospel Respect imprint, though this is no gospel album. Like his other albums, the set's a bit of a high-concept affair, with lyrics and presentation that veer too far from the sort of rough, raw southern soul that was Stax's stock in trade, coming on in a kind of low-rent Lou Rawls mode, which we'll count as a plus rather than as a slam! Kasandra pulls in James Gadson and Cal Green for some able help wioth the arrangements, and titles include "Ou Est L'Amour", "Take It All", "Just One Minute More", "Lay Our Axes Down", and "A House Divided". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, waviness, and a partially split bottom seam.)

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Henry ManciniFear ... CD CD format
Quartet (Spain), 1990. New Copy ... $16.99
A really dark little soundtrack from Henry Mancini – way different than the groovier work of his early years, and dripping with all the creepy suspense you might guess from the title! The orchestrations are often full, but usually have these really deep, dark sonic bits in the mix – low-end sounds that are really amazing, and which create this turgid quality that really offsets any slight sense of melody in the mix. Plus, a few cuts have some excellent electronics – almost used more in a 70s horror mode than you'd guess from the date – which gives the whole thing a surprisingly timeless feel. CD features loads of cuts from the film, plus some extra cues too – and titles include "Ice Cream Truck", "Contact", "His First Call", "Jack's Tune", "Mr Fear Goes Down", "Casey's Theme", and "Trespasser". CD

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Herbie MannMellow ... CD CD format
Atlantic (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A warmly laidback album, but one with more than enough sense of variety and depth to ever keep it from being too mellow overall! Herbie Mann's stepping out past the disco years here with a nice sense of variety – a style that avoids some of the fusion cliches of the time, and instead goes for some great elements that really work well with his flute! Some of these cuts have Herbie adding in an echoplex to the instrument, creating this really spacious tone – while others mix the lead with some reggae backings recorded in Kingston, an approach that works surprisingly well – and overall, the whole thing's got a really creative, electric exploration of space and sound that rivals some of Mann's first electric albums from a decade or more before. Titles include a wonderful reading of Milton Nascimento's "Cinnamon Flower", a completely different sweet funky take on "Memphis Underground", a version of Stevie Wonder's "Another Star", and the cuts "Cecilia", "Sir Charles Duke", and "Bend Down Low". CD

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Merry Go Round/Emmitt RhodesListen Listen – The Definitive Collection (Merry Go Round/American Dream) ... CD CD format
A&M/Rev-Ola (UK), 1967/1970. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Horace ParlanHeadin' South ... CD CD format
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $18.99
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
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Sid RumpoFirst Offense (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A tremendous first album from Sid Rumpo – proof that the Aussie scene of the 70s had some very well-developed work going on, even if it never got the global notice it deserved! Sid Rumpo are one of a few Aussie bands that were grounded in an appreciation of blues and roots, but really took their inspiration to a whole new level – and one that was quite different than any American or Anglo work of the time. The songs are sharp, and focused – but they've also got this personal sense of power that's really captivating – especially given the regional difference in production style, which never seems to want to just ape the modes of the Northern Hemisphere. The guitar work is wonderful – clear and bold, but never in a too-macho way – and these guys could overly-jam or even get fusiony, but are much more intent to just keep their heads low and keep improving the subtle sides of their craft. A number of cuts really sparkle with more of an instrumental focus – although Mick Elliott sings great vocals on others – and titles include "Spider Curry", "Sailing", "Spotlight", "Poor Man's Orange", "The Riddle", and "Song With No Trees". CD features three bonus tracks – "Jump Down Step Aside", and live versions of "Now I'm Free" and "Forty Days & Forty Nights". CD

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Joanie SommersLet's Talk About Love ... CD CD format
Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $9.99
A very powerful little session from Joanie Sommers – and like most of her work from the time, one that's done in a great blend of jazz and mainstream pop! Orchestrations are by Tommy Oliver, and there's plenty of dynamic horn passages to keep things interesting – even on the mellower numbers, which are often some of the best in the set – and feature Joanie's sweeter vocals amidst a darker bank of trombones that dip and turn gently. The more upbeat numbers often feature some nice percussion touches to get the groove going – and titles include "Till There Was You", "Make The Man Love You", "Spring Is Here", "Let's Talk About Love", "After The Lights Go Down Low", "Namely You", "Kiss & Run", and "I'll Never Stop Loving You". CD

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Sopwith CamelSopwith Camel ... LP LP format
Kama Sutra, 1967. Good+ ... $6.99
Great work by one of the most compelling groups in the Kama Sutra bubble gum stable! Sopwith Camel always seemed a bit headier than their contemporaries – part Spanky & Our Gang type pop, part long-haired hipster rock – handled with some introspective touches that almost feel like Leonard Cohen at times. This early album's hard to describe, but it's a lost pop gem – and one of those west coast late 60s sides that make you realize that there was a heck of a lot of great music that got lost in the shuffle of the summer of love! Titles include "Walk In The Park", "Postcard From Jamaica", "Cellophane Woman", "Maybe In A Dream", "Saga Of The Low Down Let Down", "Hello Hello", and "Frantic Desolation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a factory sticker, a split top seam, a half-split bottom seam, a bit of pen, some small stains, and a faded spine.)

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Sonny ThompsonMoody Blues Play Only After Midnight ... LP LP format
King, Mid 50s. Fair ... $6.99
Amazing work from the great Sonny Thompson! Titles include "Long Gone (parts 1 & 2)", "After Sundown", "Low Down", "Low Flame", "So O O Good", and "Mellow Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing, with deep groove. Vinyl has marks, and plays with some clicks and crackles – but still relatively loud overall. Cover has masking tape on top and bottom seams.)

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Joe TurnerBoss Of The Blues ... CD CD format
Atlantic, Late 50s. Used ... $7.99
Joe Turner returns to his roots, and lays down a fairly straight set of bluesy tunes from the old days of the Kansas City scene – done with a small jazz combo that includes work by Joe Newman, Lawrence Brown, Pete Brown, and Pete Johnson! After the raw hard R&B of Joe's bigger hit sides for Atlantic, the album's a compelling change – a reminder that Turner had roots that went much deeper than his rock and roll fame – and a depth of delivery that would keep his career strong, long after some of his 50s R&B contemporaries faded! The mix of modes – R&B and jazz – is a bit like some of the later Ray Charles albums on Atlantic – and tracks include "Low Down Dog", "Roll Em Pete", "Cherry Red", "How Long Blues", and "Morning Glories". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousStill Groove Jumping – 16 Classic Rockin R&B Tracks From RCA's Groove Label ... CD CD format
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
A cool collection of work from RCA's great Groove subsidiary in the 50s – home to some excellent R&B singles that were a far cry from the label's mainstream pop of the time! These cuts easily stand head to head with anything on labels like Atlantic or King at the time – and the collection unearths a whole host of tracks we'd never heard before – some rough and blusey, some with a tighter edge that's definitely at the best level of the pre-soul generation! The bluesy numbers are especially great – recorded at a level you'd never expect from RCA, at least not since the 30s – and often have these raw guitar lines that ring out like something you might hear from the Chess studios at the time. The set features great notes, with session details on the tracks – and titles include "High Low Jack" by Buddy Lucas, "Down To The Bottom" and "You Better Heed My Warning" by Larry Dale, "All My Life" by Roy Guitar Gaines, "Peek A Boo" by Mr Bear, "Rockin With Red" by Piano Red, "Drink Up" by The Du Droppers, "Country Boy" by Tiny Kennedy, "She's Got No Hair" by Arthur Crudup, and "When I Got Married" by Champion Jack Dupree. CD

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New Albert AylerGoing Home ... CD CD format
Black Lion (Germany), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print 90s pressing. Booklet has a cut corner.)

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New Black UhuruDub Factor ... LP LP format
Mango, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our top 10 dub albums of all time! This LP bridges the gap between the the low-fi, down and dirty excursions of the 70's dub era, and the later high tech dub revolution brought on by On-U, Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. The rhythms here are all first rate, drawn mostly from their Chill Out LP with a few from Red, fueled by Sly and Robbie and a cast of regulars from the Island/Mango stable. Sly & Robbie also handle the production duties, and there's no shortage of fat grooves and unrelenting rhythms, then taken to the next level with deep space echo drops and 21st century sound effects and tape edits. Includes "Ion Storm", "Big Spliff", "Boof'N'Baff'N'Biff", "Puffed Out" and "Android Rebellion". LP, Vinyl record album
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Aloe BlaccWant Me (voc, inst)/Arrive (voc, inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Stones Throw, 2005. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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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New Gene Ammons & Sonny StittDig Him (aka We'll Be Together Again) ... LP LP format
Argo, 1961. Very Good- ... $5.99
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. Recorded in 1961 during Jug's great year of contract-breaking – and issued later in the 60s by Prestige under a different title. Titles include "A Mess", "Water Jug", "New Blues Up & Down", "Red Sails In The Sunset", and "A Pair Of Red Pants". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, seam spllitting, and staining, with some splitting and tape on the top and bottom seams.)

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New Amon TobinSupermodified ... CD CD format
Ninja Tune, 2000. Used ... $5.99
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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New Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 (with download) ... LP LP format
Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
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". Features a great 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos! LP, Vinyl record album
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ArsonistsSession (Dirty89tec9Mix)/Halloween (7" edit) (colored vinyl) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Fondle 'Em/Get On Down, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
High quality, still fresh-sounding underground hip from the mid 90s Fondle 'Em stable! Includes the "Dirty89tec9mix" of "The Sesson" and a 7" edit version of "Halloween". Classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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New Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... CD CD format
Cadet/Verve, 1968. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of the grooviest records ever – a sublime blend of African percussion, soulful orchestrations, and Dorothy Ashby's amazing electric harp! By the time of this landmark album, Dorothy had been knocking around the jazz world for a number of years, but it wasn't until she hooked up with Richard Evans at Cadet Records that her sound really began to cook – breaking down genres and expectations in the trademark style of the best late 60s sides from the Chicago underground. The record's got a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and a heck of a lot of soul – and the setting works perfectly for Dorothy's harp, giving it a lot more room to work around than some of her smaller jazz combo albums. The album includes two great originals – "Soul Vibrations" and "Afro-Harping" – both of which have a nice funky edge, and a groovy soulful bounce – and other tunes include "Lonely Girl", "Life Has Its Trials", "Look Of Love", "Come Live With Me", and a great version of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower". CD

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Roy AyersNo Stranger To Love ... CD CD format
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
An oft-overlooked funky soul gem from the incredible Roy Ayers – taking turns with both uptempo material and more smoothed out soul sounds – all done with Roy's trademark jazzy approach to the dancefloor! 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

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New Roy AyersNo Stranger To Love ... CD CD format
Polydor (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
An oft-overlooked funky soul gem from the incredible Roy Ayers – taking turns with both uptempo material and more smoothed out soul sounds – all done with Roy's trademark jazzy approach to the dancefloor! 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 available No Stranger To Love ... CD 16.99

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Burt BacharachLiving Together ... CD CD format
A&M (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment ever for Burt Bacharach – and that's saying a heck of a lot, considering the greatness of all of his work! The record's a slightly-overlooked gem from Burt's 70s years – a record that steps off the compressed sophistication of his best 60s work for A&M, but pushes things slightly into even more adult territory – a space that's beyond simple instrumental pop, and which features complicated rhythms, amazing songwriting, and a batch of tunes so great, you'll be coming back to this one for years to come! The record leads off with the sublime "Something Big", a building vocal number that always sends chills down our spine – then follows with the skittish rhythm of "Monterey Peninsula", almost drum and bass at times! Even the mellower tracks are great – somewhat soulful, and always touched with unusual phrasings, timings, or jazzy changes that are simply mindblowing. Other tracks include "The Balance of Nature", "Lost Horizon", "Walk The Way You Talk", "Reflections", "Long Ago Tomorrow", and "I Might Frighten Her Away". CD

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BadbadnotgoodIII ... CD CD format
Innovative Leisure, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The best work so far from this ultra-hip trio – an amazing combination of keyboards, bass, and drums – served up in styles that are rooted in funk and jazz, but go to so many other places as well! The drums crackle with a quality schooled in 70s breaks and beats, stripped down to their core – and the mix of keyboards echo a range of innovators from CTI to Money Mark, with a spacious flow that leaves plenty of room for the basslines to drive the tunes! Other instrumentation includes bits of guitar and percussion from the group, plus some guest tenor and strings as well. Titles include "Hedron", "Differently Still", "Confessions", "Triangle", "Can't Leave The Night", "CS60", and "Since You Asked So Kindly". CD

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Amadou BalakeBar Konon Mousso Bar ... LP LP format
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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Ron BanksTruly Bad ... CD CD format
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
One of the original Dramatics, singer Ron Banks strikes out here on his own – a slept on gem from the early 80s! The set's in a similar modern soul mode to LJ Reynolds, who also worked with him in the group, and was having a bit of a solo career of his own at the time. It's got sort of a D-Train feel to it – with classic male soul vocals over instrumentation that includes some slight electro touches, especially on keyboards and drum programs. Banks keeps the whole thing nice and soulful, thanks to some great vocal work, which you'll hear on the smooth mellow track "Let Love Flow", which has a beautiful down-tempo groove, and a nice two-step beat – plus the other mellow tracks like "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "You and Me". Uptempo club cuts include "Truly Bad", "Zap", and "She's So Good to Me". CD

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New Bar-KaysLight Of Life ... LP LP format
Mercury, 1978. Very Good- ... $3.99
Proof that even a move to a major label couldn't keep the Bar-Kays down – as the group are working here in a great groove that's wider, fresher, and stronger overall than any of their Stax albums! Sure, the whole thing's not guitar-based funk all the way through, but the group are also maturing, and really opening up a lot – working equally well on ballads and mellower midtempo numbers, as they were on the still tight funkier tracks. The overall sound is almost that of the Ohio Players when they moved to Mercury, but without the chart hits, and more of a focus on working at a level that's even higher than before! The band still jams it hard on the funky cut "Give It Up", but also kicks back with some beautiful harmony vocals on "I Lean On You/You Lean On Me", get some great pop hooks in on "Shine", and come together nicely on the tracks "We're The Happiest People In The World", "Angel Eyes", "Are You Being Real", and "Love's What It's All About". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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John Barry/Donna SummerDeep – Original Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Casablanca/Hot Shot (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
Well, it's not Jaws – but it's still pretty darn groovy – a very cool set of tracks that features some long, lush orchestrations from the great John Barry – plus some sublime disco sounds from Donna Summer! The first half of the record features Barry's extended "Return To The Sea – 2033 AD" – a side-long track that really builds nicely, and has John finding some even more expressive modes than in other mid 70s soundtracks. Then side two really lets loose with the great "Theme From The Deep (Down Deep Inside)" by Donna Summer – a tune that's got this beautifully building groove that's almost like her best early cuts, ala "I Feel Love" – a great use of Summer's vocals on a nicely funky groove. The set also features a slower Donna Summer vocal take on the cut – billed as "A Love Song" – with these cool keyboard lines that feel like they're lifted from an Italian 70s soundtrack – and Barry also turns in his own instrumental version as well. Beckett sings the funky "Disco Calypso" tune too! CD features two bonus tracks – the 12" mix of Donna Summer's "Theme From The Deep", plus "The White House Years" by John Barry. CD

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Count BasieBasie's Back In Town ... LP LP format
Epic, 1941. Very Good ... $14.99
A collection of Basie work from the year 1941 – featuring a lineup that includes Dickey Wells, Tab Smith, Buddy Tate, Don Byas, Freddie Green, and Buck Clayton. Tracks include "Down For Double", "Diggin For Dex", "Jump The Blues Away", "The Jitters", "Tuesday At Ten", "Tune Town Shuffle", "Basie Boogie", and "Fiesta In Blue". Great 50s cover, with some cool geometric cat designs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has extensive notes in pen on back.)

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William BellComing Back For More ... LP LP format
Mercury, 1977. Sealed ... $6.99
A really wonderful post-Stax album from the great William Bell – a set that has the singer still stepping out with all those great deep soul modes from the 60s, but also finding a hipper, more laidback approach as well! There's a beautiful mellow vibe to the record – one that recalls some of Millie Jackson's best ballad work of the time, especially in the way it warms things up with a bit of class, while taking away none of the power of the vocals. Bell produced and arranged the whole set with help from Paul Mitchell – and there's still lots of nice down home themes and feelings to the record, but William's also working with a bubbling groove that comes off great – and which updates his sound without selling his soul – making for a great set in the modern/southern mode. Titles include "Tryin To Love Two", "If Sex Was All We Had", "Relax", "You Don't Miss Your Water", "Coming Back For More", "Just Another Way To Feel", and "I Absotively Posolutely Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Pat BianchiBack Home ... CD CD format
Doodlin, 2010. Used ... $8.99
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

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Big Boss ManLast Man On Earth (180 gram vinyl – with download) ... LP LP format
Blow Up (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from this mod British combo – a set that gets way past the easy retro references of previous albums, and goes for a vibe that's quite complicated, but still pretty darn groovy! The set's got the look and feel of the best jazzy soundtracks of the 60s – and these guys bring in a nice range of styles to match – from jaunty groovers to more complicated sonic explorations – served up on a blend of Hammond, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, timbales, tablas, electric sitar, and more – all with a feel that's maybe somewhere in the best territory of Roy Budd during his Get Carter years! The whole thing's wonderful – a great evolution from before – and titles include "Trans Adonis", "Theme From Last Man On Earth", "Aardvark", "Blow Your Own", "Hail Caesar", and "Changing Faces" – and although most of the set is instrumental, three tracks feature some guest vocals too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)

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Big StarLive In Memphis (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP LP format
Omnivore, 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.98
The mid 90s Big Star revival – captured live at the New Daisy Theatre, on Beale Street – and the only professionally captured Big Star live performance of any era! This era of Big Star is led by group founders Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens, backed by Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of avowed Big Star devotees The Posies, and the younger guns more than capably help to bring fresh, exciting life to the catalog and covers. It's anything but a nostalgia trip! These songs were as timeless and relevant in 1994 as they were 2 decades earlier AND 2 decades later – the band's reputation hasn't grown so great over the years by accident – they're really that great! The set includes most of band's most beloved tunes and a cool crop of covers, including "In The Street", "Don't Lie To Me", "Way Out West", "Jesus Christ", "Baby Strange", "September Gurls", Thank You Friends", "For You", "I Am The Cosmos", "The Ballad Of El Goodo", "Til The End Of The Day", "When My Baby's Beside Me and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing on translucent red colored vinyl. Includes download.)
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Live In Memphis ... CD 9.99
Live In Memphis (DVD) ... DVD 15.99

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Black AceBlack Ace (Japanese paper sleeve edition with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Arhoolie/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $28.99
One of the earliest albums on Arhoolie Records – an amazing document of steel guitar bluesman Black Ace! Ace plays just like he sits on the cover – really leaning into the instrument in ways that bring out all these cool, deep inflections – completely hypnotizing on their own, with almost an unworldly feel at points – and accompanied by vocals on most tracks. Titles include "Drink On Little Girl", "Bad Times Stomp", "Farther Along", "Evil Woman", "Fore Day Creep", "Little Augie", and "Golden Slipper". CD also features a stunning 11 bonus tracks – including "Ace's Guitar Breakdown", "Beer Drinking Woman", "Hitch Hiking Woman", "Lowing Heifer", "Christmas Time Blues", and "Whiskey & Women". CD