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✨✧ Luis RussellI'm Yours/I'm In A Low Down Mood ... 78 rpm
Apollo, Late 40s. Very Good ... $3.99
78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Disc has a chipped edge.)
 
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Big MaybelleGospel Soul Of Big Maybelle ... CD
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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✨✧ BSTCMusic For A Saturday Evening ... LP
All Natural, 2008. Near Mint- 2LP ... $9.99
Modern club ready soul from BSTC – a diverse blend of of group soul, electronic flourishes, instrumentals and vocal tunes – tracks that reach back to disco, house and even a bit of bossa – and a sweet little departure for the mostly Chi hip hop oriented All Natural Inc! BSTC does a pretty tight job of blending band based grooves and studio built vibes – Andy C & Tunji handle lots of the instrumentation and production – with loads of breezy keys, synth bass and beats and soulful rhythms – some tunes with additional horns and vocals. Very fresh stuff that timelessly blends the soul grooves of the 70s onward! Tracks include "BSTC", "Love It" feat JL, "Get It" feat Keanna Johnson, "Venus And Mars", "Mr AC" feat ZZAJE & Low Down Brass Band and more. 2LP version features 8 tracks. LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie Lockjaw DavisLock, The Fox/Fox & The Hounds ... CD
Collectables/RCA, Mid 60s. Used ... $8.99
2 obscure numbers from Lockjaw – back to back on one CD! Both albums were recorded for RCA in the mid 60s – during a brief period when the label was putting out some fantastic jazz sides that blew away most of their previous efforts in the field. The records feature Davis blowing hard and comfortably – in a mode that's more stripped-down than some of his jam session sides from earlier in the 60s, and which demonstrate that he hadn't lost the economy of tone and emotion that made him such a strong player in the first place. There's a total of 20 tracks in all – and titles include "Oh Gee", "Speak Low", "Save Your Love For Me", "Nina Never Knew", "The Good Life", "Out Of Nowhere", and "Call Me". CD

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Hank DavisOne Way Track ... CD
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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Gilberto GilKayangandaya ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 2002. Used ... $5.99
A strange little record from Gilberto Gil – an album of reggae tracks, mostly by Bob Marley, recorded in Kingston at the Tuff Gong Studios, with help from the Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Sly & Robbie, and others. The record's actually pretty nice – a good blend of the dub-heavy sounds of Jamaica, with some of the rougher soul stylings that Gil was crafting in earlier years – a combination that shouldn't work, but which does nicely. Titles include "Positive Vibration", "One Drop", "Waiting In Vain", "Could You Be Loved", "Rebel Music", "Easy Skankin", "Turn Your Lights Down Low", and "Lick Samba". CD

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Bobby HackettHackett Horn (second pressing) ... LP
Epic, Late 30s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
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. LP features 16 tracks in all, titles include "At The Jazz Band Ball", "Sunrise Serenade", "Ja-Da", "Embraceable You", "That's How Dreams Should End", "Jammin The Waltz", "Clementine", and "Doin The New Low Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(1960s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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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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John KasandraMod Messiah ... LP
Respect, 1974. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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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Lijadu SistersDanger ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1976. Used ... $7.99
Amazing work from the 70s Nigerian scene – and one of the few female funk records to come out of Africa back in the days! The Lijadu Sisters have a groove that's unlike anything else we've ever heard before – partly Afro Funk, but often changed up a lot in really weird ways – rhythms that get a bit complicated, yet still have a straight ahead punch – taken to new areas by the playful back/forth singing style of the sisters! Their vocals are amazing, sweet, but kind of eerie at times too – almost reminiscent of ESG in the early days – and with a similar style that's infectious right from the start! The whole thing's essential work from an overlooked 70s Afro Funk act – and titles include "Danger", "Cashing In", "Bobby", "Life's Gone Down Low", and "Amebo". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Les McCannRiver High, River Low ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... $3.99
More of a soul album than a jazz album – and a stripped-down mellow set that has Les singing and playing keyboards with a quartet that includes Miroslaw Kudykowski on guitar. Cuts include "Everywhere I Go, People Ask Me a Question", "Woman, Come Home", "I've Been Thinking About My Problems", and "You Little Cheat". Also includes the cut "I'm A Liberated Woman", which features Paul Humphrey on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a cut corner.)

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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. 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
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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Sid RumpoFirst Offense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
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
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
Kama Sutra, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
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 some wear and clear tape along the top & bottom seams.)

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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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VariousSoul Lounge Vol 10 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2013. New Copy 3 CDs ... $19.99
Stunning sounds from the soul lounge – a magical place filled with the hippest contemporary cuts from the underground – all served up at an astoundingly low price! The work here comes partly from the great Dome Records label, who put the whole thing together – and partly from other indie imprints that have helped keep soul music strong over the past decade or two – imprints like Expansion, Motema, Mack Avenue, and Reel People – all of whom have turned us on to a lot of great music! This set's your chance to dig the best of the best at a mighty nice price – on 3CDs of music that feature cuts that include "Be Good" by Gregory Porter, "Hold On" by Don E, "Together" by Hil St Soul, "Break It Down" by Eric Roberson, "Girl I'm Running Back 2 U" by Makoto with Christian Urich, "Definition Of Luv (Sean McCabe rmx)" by Sunburst Band, "Freedom To Love (Atjazz mix)" by Incognito, "How Can We Go Wrong" by Khari Simmons, "Machine Gun" by James Taylor Quartet, "In Spirit" by Rosie Gaines, "Miss You" by Rahsaan Patterson, and "Better Off Without You" by Frank McComb. CD

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VariousStill Groove Jumping – 16 Classic Rockin R&B Tracks From RCA's Groove Label ... CD
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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VariousWhich Way Does The Blood Red River Flow? – Some Of The Best Songs Recorded For The Testament Label 1963 to 1970 ... LP
Mississippi, 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99
A wonderful sampling of work from the Testament label of the 60s – mostly recorded in the south by aging players who never would have gotten their due, had the label not gone out of their way to capture them in these years! The assortment of tracks is really well-chosen – and most of the work is very rootsy and acoustic – with guitar and vocals as the core elements that drive the sound throughout. The package is a great illustration of the fact that although blues was getting pretty electrified up north during the 60s, it still had a very traditional sound back down closer to the delta. Titles include "She's Mine She's Yours" by Eddie Lee Jones, "Jack Ain't Had No Water" by Jack Owens, "Low Bonnie" by Jimmie Tarlton, "Blood Red River" by Peg Leg Howell, "Windin Ball" by Elijah Brown, "Must Have Been The Devil" by Jack Owens, and "Amazing Grace" by Fred McDowell. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ King TeeKing Tee IV Life ... LP
MCA, 1995. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
We've always dug King Tee for presenting a different take on the West Coast sound, in an era when everyone else was on the G-funk tip. Nice spare beats that would lay the foundation for the Likwit sound, with Tee's hardcore, low riding street rhyme style. The best track here is probably the posse cut "Free Style Ghetto", featuring Xzibit's first appearance on wax, as well as the Alkaholiks and Breeze. Also includes "Duck" featuring E-Swift, "Dippin", "You Can't See Me", "3 Strikes Ya Out", "Down *ss Loc", "Way Out There", "Let's Get It On", "Check The Flow" and "Advertisement", with beats by King Tee himself, DJ Broadway, DJ Pooh, D St and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
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Tony AllenFilm Of Life (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". Includes bonus tracks too –"Insider", "Mojo", and "Na Bangui". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Film Of Life ... CD 16.99

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Mose AllisonWay Of The World ... CD
Anti, 2010. Used ... $7.99
Mose Allison gets the Anti Records treatment – and the result is one of his most compelling records in decades! Allison had an undeniable impact on the US scene in the late 50s and early 60s – bringing New Orleans roots into play with hip postwar jazz vocals – in the process influencing a few generations of mods and rockers on both sides of the Atlantic! And although he continued to record well for years after that initial stretch, Allison's talents weren't always captured in ways that kept things fresh – until now. Joe Henry's studio approach really gets Mose back to basics – working with a small group that's mostly acoustic, and which is there more to follow the lead of his vocals and piano, than direct them. And yes, Allison's vocals have faded slightly over the years – but they still have all the broken-down charm they exhibited right from the start – maybe even a bit more justified by time than when Mose was a younger man. Titles include "My Brain", "I Know You Didn't Mean It", "I'm Alright", "This New Situation", "Crush", "Some Right Some Wrong", "Ask Me Nice", and "This New Situation". CD

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittDig Him (aka We'll Be Together Again) ... LP
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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Amon TobinSupermodified ... CD
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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Aphex TwinComputer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP (with download) ... LP
Warp, 2015. New Copy ... $16.99
The no longer hibernating Aphex Twin follows up 2014's excellent Syro LP with the appropriately-titled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP – a coolly experimental project that's a lot different that his other recent work, but it's a worthy left turn! It's indeed played with a lot of live instruments – drums, cymbals and all around prominent percussion, piano, strings and more – which feels fresh and alive, even if it is played through computer control. Hypnotic sounds from a modern master. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)
Also available Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP ... CD 11.99

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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
(Barcode has some marker.)
Also available Free & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 (with download) ... LP 19.99

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Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 (with download) ... LP
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
(Includes download.)
Also available Free & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD 10.99

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Dorothy AshbyAfro-Harping ... CD
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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Ehud Asherie with Harry AllenLower East Side ... CD
Posi tone, 2013. Used ... $8.99
A great follow-up to the previous collaboration between pianist Ehud Asherie and tenorist Harry Allen – this time titled after a darker corner of downtown New York! As with the other date, this one features no other instrumentation at all – just warmly expressive duets on piano and tenor – spun out with the kind of classic tones you'd expect from Allen's work with bigger groups, yet also more intimate and personal as well. Tunes are mostly older standards, evoking the Lower East of the postwar years, and the key clubs that used to grace that scene – and titles include "Hey There", "Thou Swell", "Sposin", "Portrait In Black & White", and "Some Other Time". CD

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Jack AshfordBlackjack – Original Soundtrack (with bonus track) ... CD
SES Records/Creole Stream (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
A lost blacksploitation treasure – and the only soundtrack we've ever seen from Motown funky drummer Jack Ashford! The album cooks with a sweet and tight groove – kicking back with a wah-wah heavy instrumental approach on some tracks, and sweeping things up with soulful female vocals on others! Ashford is one of the Motown's legendary Funk Brothers, known for laying down a slew of amazing percussion over the years, from drums to vibes, tamborine, marimba and more – and sure enough, there's an array of incredible percussion throughout! Fellow Funk Brother James Jamerson has co-writing credit on one cut – and the titles include "Blues For Bass", "Run, Run, Catch Him", "Blackjack", "Las Vegas Strut", "Freemont Street", "Vibe Interlude", "Hot Chrome", "I'm Back Home", "Study The Robbery" and more. This CD version from Creole Stream also includes the bonus track "DoThe Choo Choo". CD

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Roy AyersNo Stranger To Love ... CD
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
Also available No Stranger To Love ... CD 13.99

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Roy AyersNo Stranger To Love ... CD
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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Roy Ayers & Wayne HendersonStep Into Our Life/Prime Time ... CD
Polydor/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Talk about a meeting of the minds – a pair of ultra-amazing classics from the team of Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson – back to back in a single set! At the time of Step Into Our Life, Henderson & Ayers were probably the biggest names in the jazz funk business – both with a smooth soulful style that was pushing the genre onto whole new levels, while still keeping firm roots in jazz – a rare blend that few other artists could handle this well! This initial debut from the pair seems to be much more dominated by the spirit of Roy Ayers' work at the time – particularly the mellow jazzed up work he was laying down on albums like Vibrations and You Send Me – a wicked sound that's rooted in modern soul modes, but filled with plenty of warm jazz elements too. The album's got wonderful vibes and electric piano from Roy – and tracks include "Step Into Our Life", "Lovers Should Always Be Together", "No Deposit No Return", "Ooh Baby", and "For Real". Prime Time is a funky classic from the team of Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson – both at the top of their game here, and effortlessly mixing together jazz, funk, and soul! The record really seems to embrace the best of both artists' styles – some of the bassy groovers that Wayne did so well himself, and while producing for other artists – and those snakey, soulful numbers that we love so much in the late 70s work from Roy Ayers – ultra-sophisticated, but still plenty darn grooving – and some of the most sensual soul you'll ever hope to hear. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Weekend Lover", "Thank You Thank You", "Can You Dance", "It Ain't Your Sign It's Your Mind", "You Make Me Feel Like Rockin With Ya", "Have Your Way", and "Million Dollar Baby". CD

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✨✧ Burt BacharachLiving Together ... CD
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
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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Ron BanksTruly Bad ... CD
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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Count BasieBasie's Back In Town ... LP
Epic, 1941. Very Good ... $11.99
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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✨✧ BedheadWhatFunLifeWas (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Numero, 1994. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
The first album from Bedhead – a 1994 record that helped usher in something of a quiet revolution in 90s indie rock – paving the way for lusher, moodier and slower soundscapes, soon be dubbed slowcore! Bedhead is as much a breath of fresh air a couple decades later, delivering a timeless, moody sound that takes some cues from the vibe of the Velvet Underground at their mellowest, and more recent trailblazers like Spaceman 3 – but ultimately deliver their own distinctive, and now oft-imitated sound. Includes "Liferaft", "Haywire", "Bedside Table", "The Unpredictable", "Landlord", "Crushing", "Unfinished", "Powder", "Foaming Love", "To The Ground", "Living Well" and "Wind Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba (180 gram vinyl – with bonus CD) ... LP
Philips/Doxy, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
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

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Black AceBlack Ace (Japanese paper sleeve edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
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
 
 
 



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