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Freda PayneAfter The Lights Go Down Low ... CD
Impulse, 1963. Used ... $14.99
An early gem from singer Freda Payne – recorded back in the days when she was a jazz vocalist, years before her famous hits as a soul artist in the early 70s! The album's a darkly-tinged session with arrangements by Manny Albam – done in the late nite mode that you'd expect from the title, and featuring the kind of sad songs that you'd hear on an album from the time by Lorez Alexandria. The highlight of the album is a great vocal reading of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" – and other tracks include "Out Of This World", "Sweet September", "Blue Piano", and "After The Lights Go Down Low". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Don RedmanDoin The New Low Down ... LP
Hep (UK), Early 30s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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VariousBluesin' By The Bayou – From The Vaults Of JD Miller & Eddie Shuler – Low Down Dirty & Greasy Blues From Louisiana ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A bit blues, a bit soul, and very much in the bayou mode promised in the title – especially given that some of the tracks here have a bit of a zydeco flair too! The package is a great entry in this series exploring the undercurrents of Louisiana music – and really illustrates the way that genres could often get mightily mixed up in the space of the swamp – key elements sifted down and recombined by artists like these, without any thought of conventional genres or commercial appeal! As part of that fact, half the tracks on the set appear here for the first time ever – really rare numbers that site perfectly with the obscure singles picked by the folks at Ace for the set – and all wrapped up with deep notes that will definitely take you down to that special space where this music was first cooked up. The music is definitely in the blues side of the spectrum, but has plenty more to offer too – and titles include "I'm A Natural Born Man" by Joe Mayfield, "Early Morning Blues" by Boogie Jake, "In The Dark In The Park" by Jimmy Anderson, "Just Give Me A Chance" by Silas Hogan, "Late In The Evening" by Lazy Lester, "Lost Love Letter Blues" by Leroy Washington, "Stranger In Your Town" by Lightnin Slim, "I Can Be On My Way" by Sylvester Buckley, and "Walkin Out My Door" by Blues Boy Dorsey. CD
 
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Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Very Good+ ... $39.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Archie Bell & The DrellsI Can't Stop Dancing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $8.99
Fantastic work from Archie Bell & The Drells – an important record that bridges their earlier and later sounds! It's a key transitional album for the crew – as most of the album's in the harder rawer Texas funk groove of earlier year, but some of it features newer production by Gamble & Huff, in that excellent smooth dancing style that took Archie light years from his roots. The Gamble & Huff tracks are the most obvious – the singles "I Can't Stop Dancing" and "Do The Choo Choo" – and the album's got other great cuts like the original tunes "Do You Feel It?", "You're Such A Beautiful Child", "Jammin In Houston", and "Love Will Rain On You", plus versions of Curtis Mayfield's "I've Been Trying" and "Sometimes I Wonder". CD also features three bonus tracks – "Low Down", "Going Out Of My Head (demo)", and "Who's Loving You (demo)". CD

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Henry ManciniSix Hours Past Sunset/A Warm Shade Of Ivory ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Two laidback gems from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Six Hours Past Sunset is moody and mellow – and perfect for late nite listening! The album has the tinkling piano of Mancini set over lush orchestrations – breezy, yet dark at the same time, outwardly simple, but filled with complex riffing and sophisticated washes of color and emotion. The larger group features a few horn soloists, but the real focus is on Mancini's piano – which peppers each track with sprinkles of sound, darting in and out of the more complicated arrangements. Titles include "Traces", "Midnight Cowboy", "Two For The Road", "Didn't We", "Six Hours Past Sunset", and "Theme From The Fox". Warm Shade Of Ivory is lovely late nite Mancini! The album has Mr. M's tinkling piano set amidst dark moody arrangements that bank the piano in warm washes of strings and light lilting rhythms – all moving at a slow somber pace that's perfect for a summer night with the lights down low, the windows open, relaxing in a big easy chair with a drink while the breeze and the sounds of the summer waft over the room. The record is subtle, but a wonderful example of Mancini's continuing instrumental genius. Titles include "Watch What Happens", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Cycles", "Meditation", "When I Look In Your Eyes", and "Moment To Moment". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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Bob Marley & The WailersCatch A Fire – Deluxe Edition ... CD
Island, 1973. Used 2CDs ... $11.99
The first Bob Marley album on Island Records – and the start of a really legendary run that would not only transform reggae in the 70s, but the rest of popular music as well! Chris Blackwell's partially at the helm on production, but the album was mostly recorded in classic Kingston studios – Randy's, Dynamic, and Harry J's – and retains the same vibe as some of Marley's earlier work, but with more of the forward-thinking vision he brought to his time at Island. Bunny Livingston lays down some excellent percussion on the set – and rhythm is from the team of Aston and Carlton Barrett on bass and drums. Titles include the classic "Stir It Up" – plus "Slave Driver", "Kinky Reggae", "High Tide Or Low Tide", and "Concrete Jungle". This expanded deluxe edition also has a full CD of the more raw Jamaican versions, which on almost all songs are the superior takes to our ears! CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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MelanieMelanie ... CD
Buddah/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
A seminal self-titled set from Melanie – an album that's still proudly folk in some parts, while also embracing some of the more hard-edge styles of some of her contemporaries too – echoes of soul in some of the rhythms, a bit of grit in the instrumentation – which really seems to fit well with her raspy vocal style! The mix is almost a folksy approach to Janis Joplin territory – kind of a surprise if you only know the sweeter side of the singer – and titles include "Soul Sister Annie", "Uptown Down", "Again", "Beautiful People", "For My Father", "Deep Down Low", "Take Me Home", "I'm Back In Town", and "Any Guy". Some cuts feature arrangements by the great John Cameron – who we suspect of bringing the groovier elements to the record! CD

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R Stevie MoorePhonography (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Sundazed, 1976. Sealed (reissue)... $19.99
The debut LP from home recording legend R Stevie Moore – recorded over a couple years in mid 70s and originally pressed in a quantity of just 100 copies on Vital Records in '76 – a genuine progenitor of all so many eccentric & otherworldly DIY albums to come and possibly the rarest LP ever reissued by Sundazed! Moore lays down oddball tape manipulated voice, fairly straight forward (if uber raw) guitar rock, echoey bits of hazy errata and and all around unencumbered freedom to do just whatever the heck he wanted – and blazing trails for low fi heroes to come. Includes "Melbourne", "Goodbye Piano", "California Rhythm", "I've Begun To Fall In Love", "I Wish I Could Sing", "The Voice". "Showing Shadows", "The Lariat Wressed Posing Hour", "I Not Listening", "Moons" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a sticker on front, and anti-theft sensor on back.)

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Horace ParlanHeadin' South ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Very Good+ ... $34.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing.)

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Hannibal Marvin PetersonHannibal In Antibes ... LP
Inner City, 1977. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A classic live set from trumpeter Marvin Hannibal Peterson – done with two side-long tracks that really let the group stretch out in a very spiritual way! The performance was captured at the Antibes festival in 1977 – and Hannibal's leading a relatively stripped-down group – with George Adams on flute and tenor, Diedre Murray on cello, Steve Neil on bass, and Mkaya Ntshoko on drums. The mixture of cello and bass, without any piano, echoes some of Peterson's larger ensemble work – but the feel here is much more lively and improvised – a mixture of his freer energies and deeper concepts, which makes for one of his most dynamic records ever. Titles include "Ro", and a surprisingly great take on "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Archie Shepp & Horace ParlanSwing Low ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1991. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A sublime set from this legendary pair – saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Horace Parlan – a duo who already made some great records before this one, but who really knock it out of the park in a relaxed, open live set that's dripping with soul! Most of the tunes here are older spiritual numbers and standards – but they're completely reworked by Shepp and Parlan – with Horace carving out these thoughtful, meaningful lines on piano – while Shepp blows tremendously on tenor, with this raspy edge that holds us breathless – and also plays a bit of alto too. Most tracks are nice and long – and seem to further extend previous Shepp/Parlan moments in a great way – and titles include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Make Me A Pallet On The Floor", "Go Down Moses", "Dedication To Bessie Smith's Blues", "I Didn't Know About You", and "See See Rider" – plus a great version of Parlan's "Billie's Bossa". CD
Also available Swing Low ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Sid RumpoFirst Offense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1974. Used ... $11.99
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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StargardChanging Of The Gard (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
Funky dancefloor soul divas Stargard move to Warner for the irresistible Changing Of The Gard – with a change of the guard in the production booth, too – working here with Verdine White of Earth Wind & Fire, co-producing with Robert Wright! The change pays off musically for sure, with the trio balancing funk-steeped jams and more polished grooves as strongly as ever, really rivaling the best of their earlier work, without repeating themselves stylistically. Coming as it did at the tail end of the 70s, there's a mix of styles from disco to funky party jams, and just a couple of ballads – and song-for-song, the quality is top notch – with they're amazing vocals leading the way! Includes the killer single "Wear It Out", "Footstompin' Music", "Once In A Lifetime (Dream Come True)", "I Just Imagined You", "Put On My Rollerskates", "Low Down Dancing" and "Flashback". 3 bonus tracks on the BBR Classics edition: single, 12-inch and 12-inch instrumental mixes of "Wear It Out" and the single version of "Runnin' From The Law". CD

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VariousGroove Club 2 – Cambodia Rock Spectacular ... LP
Lion/Get On Down, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
A pretty incredible compilation of Cambodia Rock – the best one we've come across – classic original Khmer Rock from scene pioneer Sinn Sisamouth and many more! The set as an effort to present this fun, groovy and yes, spectacular Cambodian Rock as it was originally heard by the people in its pre-Pol Pot heyday – before the original vinyl releases were hidden away and eventually circulated via low quality cassette bootlegs – and it sounds great! Awesome stuff all around, much of it with a raw garage psych vibe with fuzzed out guitars, heavy drums, woozy organ and male & female lead vocals – always with a groovy rhythm. Includes "Do You No Wrong Again" by Thra Kha Band, "Khnyom Jah Karake" by Tet Somnang & Meas Samon, "Pros Chang Reiy" and "Pail Loung Rom (Go To Dance)" by Pan Ron, "Jet Snaeh Theang Nov" and "Yuvachon Yuvatey Samai Tmai (New Generation Youth" by Sinn Sisamouth & Ros Dereysothea, "Duang Netra" and "Satt Thee Thuy" by Sinn Sisamouth, "Bong Rau Roub Khnyom" by Ros Sereysothea, "Youm Os Tirk Pnake" by Pov Vannary and more. 19 tracks on 2LPs in a nice gatefold sleeve with fairly extensive notes on the back cover and inside the gatefold. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPeople's Potential Family Album ... CD
Peoples Potential, 1980s. New Copy ... $9.99
Amazing rare soul from the 80s – most of it so obscure, it hardly got any circulation at the time! The package was put together by Peoples Potential – that ultra-hip label that's dedicated to finding funk so rare, few folks have ever heard it before – including unreleased nuggets by obscure local acts around the country, most of whom never got any notice outside their immediate region! Because of that, the set's an amazing discovery in music – filled with tremendous little cuts we'd never have stumbled upon otherwise – wicked groovers that are heavy in boogie influences, but also run a nice spectrum of 80s groove – with some occasional old school influences thrown into the mix as well. Almost all tracks are uptempo, and there's a nicely low-fi aesthetic that unites all these cuts from disparate sources – titles that include "Tasty Tune" by Minority Band, "Universal Language" by Ballplayers, "Get The Feelin" by TMS, "Time To Throw Down" by JPs Force, "Hold That Groove" by Jim Bennett, "Candy Man" by Caprice, "Mizz Mean" by Saavy, "You Know I Love You" by George Smallwood, "All Party People" by Mix-O-Rap, "By My Side" by Checker Kabb, "Rejuvenate The Funk" by Satellite Band, "Funky Beat" by Crunch, and "Message In The Music" by Initials. CD

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Funk FactoryFunk Factory ... LP
Atco/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... About August 19, 2016 (delayed)
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Etta JamesEtta Is Betta Than Evvah! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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Billy PrestonSoul ... LP
Buddah, Early 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
70's issue of an album that Billy recorded at a very young age, originally for Vee Jay Records. The album is a nice one, because it's got Billy playing in a more straight-ahead soul jazz organ vein – without any of the silliness that messed up his later records. There's a lot of nice little groovers here, some not as hard as they should be, but still pretty nice nonetheless. Titles include "Steady Gettin It", "My Girl", "Soul Meetin", "Octopus", "Low Down", and "Billy's Bag". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a DJ stamp on back.)

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsDesafinado ... CD
Impulse, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Digipack has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Lijadu SistersDanger ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Little Willie Littlefield & FriendsGoing Back To Kay Cee ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from the great Little Willie Littlefield – a blues musician with Texas roots, but who really transformed a lot in the LA scene of the postwar years – where his music took on lots of cool, modern touches – as you'll hear in this killer collection of tracks for King Records! By the time of these recordings, Littlefield had already had a great run of records for the Modern label – and his move to King almost unlocked a new sort of bold sound in his music – currents of the raw R&B that King could do so well, as Littlefield's vocals stretched out with some nice jazz currents over the top of his hard-romping piano triplets. As usual with Ace Records, the presentation is wonderful – great sound, detailed notes, and a track selection that also includes duets with Esther Phillips and Lil Greenwood. Titles include "Falling Tears", "My Best Wishes & Regards", "Jim Wilson's Boogie", "Rock A Bye Baby", "KC Lovin", "Blood Is Redder Than Wine", "Turn The Lamp Down Low", and "Striking On You Baby". CD

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✨✧ Bob MarleyChant Down Babylon ... LP
Tuff Gong/Island, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A dozen posthumous duets: "No More Trouble" with Erykah Badu, "Rebel Music" with Krayzie Bone, "Johnny Was" with Guru, "Concrete Jungle" with Rakim, "Rastaman Chant" with Busta Rhymes & the Flipmode Squad, "Guiltiness" with the Lost Boyz, "Turn Your Lights Down Low" with Lauryn Hill, "Jammin" with MC Lyte, "Kinky Reggae" with the Marley Brothers & the Ghetto Youths Crew, "Roots, Rock, Reggae" with Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, "Survival" with Chuck D, and "Burnin & Lootin" with the Roots. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
 
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Air80 Below '82 ... LP
Antilles, 1982. Very Good+ ... $14.99
An essential session from the Threadgill/Hopkins/McCall trio from Chicago. The album features long compositions in the group's best tradition – and a good mix of out playing with more spiritual concepts, in a strong AACM tradition. Titles include "Chicago Breakdown", "The Traveller", and "Do Tell". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alma Afrobeat EnsembleIt's Time ... CD
Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, blending western soul, funk and jazz with African rhythms and percussion – providing a danceable foundation for some pretty righteous lyrics – sung largely in English by Lagos-born vocalist Joe Psalmist. The remixes are fresh cuts, too, as opposed to re-workings of same album's other tracks – and they really bring in some diverse dancefloor style, too. Titles include "It's Time", "Live And Let's Live", "Shakedown", "Lost", "Siempre Prente (DJ Farmer Fiesta Remix)" and "Room Enough" featuring Ray Lugo (Terrifcos Remix) – plus "DWB Breakdown (DJ Quiet Cool Down Remix)", "Ain't It Time (DJ Phader Decale Remix)" and "Lost In Dub (Los Kalakos Dub Remix)". CD
Also available It's Time (with download) ... LP 18.99

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Alma Afrobeat EnsembleIt's Time (with download) ... LP
Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, blending western soul, funk and jazz with African rhythms and percussion – providing a danceable foundation for some pretty righteous lyrics – sung largely in English by Lagos-born vocalist Joe Psalmist. The remixes are fresh cuts, too, as opposed to re-workings of same album's other tracks – and they really bring in some diverse dancefloor style, too. Titles include "It's Time", "Live And Let's Live", "Shakedown", "Lost", "Siempre Prente (DJ Farmer Fiesta Remix)" and "Room Enough" featuring Ray Lugo (Terrifcos Remix) LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes a download code for a digital version of the album plus additional remixes.)
Also available It's Time ... CD 13.99

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Ruby AndrewsBlack Ruby (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Zodiac/KTI (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $23.99
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous vocals, and these arrangements that are right on the money – and which pack a solid funky punch into nearly every tune! Cleveland Eaton, Mike Terry, and Burgess Gardner provide the great backings – but Ruby's the clear star of the show, and works here in a deep soul style that blows us away every time we hear the record – and we've been listening to this one for more than a few decades. Wonderful all the way through – and with titles that include the funky classic "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", plus "Good N Plenty", "My Love Is Comin Down", "You Ole Boo Boo You", and "Overdose Of Love". CD features 6 more bonus tracks – including "Away From The Crowd", "You Got To Do The Same Thing", "Wonderful Nite", "All The Way", "Where Have You Gone", and "I Let Him Take Me In His Arms". CD

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AnimalsAnimalism ... LP
MGM, 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some heavier sounds that reflect the change of moves at the time – but overall, the tracks are mostly shortish and respectful to the roots that inspired the group – in a way that helps bring together music from a range of different sources. Titles include versions of Fred Neil's "Other Side Of Life", Zappa's "All Night Long", Sam Cooke's "Shake", Donovan's "Hey Gyp", and Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack" – plus "Smoke Stack Lightning", "Rock Me Baby", "Outcast", "Louisiana Blues", and "Going Down Slow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover looks great, save for some discoloration from age on the back.)

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Nicole AtkinsSlow Phaser ... LP
Oh'Mercy, 2014. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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(White vinyl pressing, still in the shrink. Includes the printed inner sleeve and download card.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersVirgin Ubiquity – Unreleased Recordings 1976 to 1981 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $9.99
It's like a dream come true – 13 previously unissued recordings by Roy Ayers, all from the height of his glory years on Polydor! Roy's work from this time is some of our favorite ever – a burning blend of jazz, soul, and funk – handled with impeccable charm, and a level of soul that few other artists of the time ever matched. Roy's genius was strongly documented at the time by a series of excellent Polydor albums – but there was also a heck of a lot of great material that never saw the light of day, and which is every bit as great as the classics that we've come to know and love over the years. Hearing this set is incredible – like upping our already-massive appreciation of Roy's talents, and like finding a lost corner of soul music history that nobody's ever heard before. The tunes are all amazing – a great blend of jazzy soul, mellow soul, and dancefloor groovers – and the package is only the tip of the iceberg, from what we've been told! The full album does a great job to not cross over too much with the 12" singles previously issued in this "Virgin" series – and titles include "What's The T", "I Really Love You", "Sugar", "Mystery Of Love", "Green & Gold", "Brand New Feeling", "I Did It In Seattle", "I Just Wanna Give It Up", "Together Forever", "Boogie Down", "I Am Your Mind", and a great alternate version of "Mystic Voyage"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Albert AylerNew Grass/Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $11.99
Late greatness from Albert Ayler – two Impulse albums back to back! New Grass is one of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring backing by "the Soul Singers" – at others, he plays solo, with some of the most plaintive tones he ever laid down on wax! The record features an incredibly haunting "Message From Albert", plus the tracks "New Generation", "Sun Watcher", "New Ghosts", and "Free At Last". Completely fascinating, and a record that really makes you wonder what would have happened had he not died a mysterious young death! Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe is a really mind-expanding album that's unlike anything else he ever did! By the time of the record, Ayler had made a full round trip between the New York and European jazz scenes – leaving important influences wherever he went, and trying desperately to pick up new ones the further he moved on. Here, he's working in a style that's a bit like that of Archie Shepp at the time – still steeped in free jazz and new thing ideals, but infused with a free-thinking approach to the music that allows for bold new styles and sounds. In addition to his own stunning work on tenor, Ayler's also blowing bagpipes and vocalizing a bit next to singer Mary Maria, who does a great recitation on one track of the record. Rhythm is by the two-bass team of Stafford James and Bill Folwell, next to drums by Muhammad Ali – and the whole thing's capped off by guitarist Henry Vestine, who plays in modes that range from bluesy to free. At the time, this one was kind of dismissed as a messed-up mistake that occurred at the end of Ayler's too-short life – but honestly, over the years, this record really really opens itself to us more and more, and we have to say that we think it's one of his most groundbreaking albums! Titles include "Island Harvest", "Drudgery", "Oh Love Of Life", "Masonic Inborn (part 1)", and "A Man Is Like A Tree". CD

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BadfingerNo Dice (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Apple/Capitol, Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
Badfinger comes into their own on No Dice – with a few buzzing rockers this time out, a pretty huge step from the more easygoing pop of Magic Christian Music (sweet as that stuff is) – with harder hitting groovers that kind of predict some of more tuneful power pop to follow in Badfinger's wake, but showcasing some pretty intense emotion, too, on the classic "Without You" and other tracks. Titles include "I Can't Take It", "I Don't Mind", "Blodwyn", "Better Days", "It Had To Be Me", "Believe Me", "We're For The Dark", "No Matter What" and more. This Capitol pressing includes 5 bonus tracks "Get Down", "Friends Are Hard To Find", "Mean Mean Jemima", "Loving You", "I'll Be The One". CD

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BarrabasHeart Of The City ... CD
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1975. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
It must have cost Barrabas plenty to make the heart-shaped manhole on the cover of this album – but given the sound of the grooves, the money was well worth it! The set's a fair bit tighter than their earliest work from Spain – but also a great direction for their styles – one that's nicely soulful, with some club funk touches that fit in nicely with their American contemporaries on the Atco label. The tracks have a strong New York groove – with loads of great keyboards from Juan Vidal, and plenty of heavy basslines by Ernesto Duarte – pumping nicely in a way that's more stomping than straight funk, but still pretty great. Vocals are best when they're floating down amidst the instrumentation – and titles include "Mellow Blow", "Family Size", "Make It Easy", "Checkmate", and "Take A Wild Ride". CD

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✨✧ Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique (20th Anniversary edition) ... CD
Capitol, 1989. Used ... $7.99
The Beasties' masterpiece – and one of the original nightmares for sampling opponents everywhere – the cut & paste hip hop classic Paul's Boutique! The Dust Brothers unapologetic way of weaving very famous samples with the deepest soul, funk and film score obscurities would steal the show if not for the infectious, boisterous rhymes of the Beastie Boys – they couldn't possibly have cared less about alienating the massive frat boy fan base built with License To Ill, and it's a joy to behold. It's one of those mindblowing pop transformations on par with the Beatles (who the Beasties and Dust Brothers were so brazen to sample several times on this album) and the Beach Boys on the pop maturation scale from earlier hits to later artistry – even if the wild lyrics and deft back & forth rhymes by the Beasties are the antithesis of maturity. From classic rock dinosaurs to soul and disco classics, from the Jaws score to "Dueling Banjos", it all finds it's way into the beatcraft – and both mainstream pop and underground hip hop are better now because of this record. Tracks include "Hey Ladies", "Shake Your Rump", "High Plains Drifter", "Shadrach", "Johnny Ryall", "Eggman", "Car Thief", "What Comes Around", the "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" suite and more. CD
(Anniversary edition features remastering overseen by the band – and includes a free digital download featuring a track-by-track commentary by the Beasties!)

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Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1964. Used ... $19.99
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
(Out of print.)
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 19.99

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Harry BertoiaComplete Sonambient Collection (11CD set) ... CD
Sonambient/Important Records, 1970s. New Copy 11 CDs ... $89.99
Mindblowing music from Harry Bertoia – a sculptor, but one who was equally concerned with sound as he was with material structures! Most of Bertoia's objects were designed to be as musical as they were structural – often created of metal, and designed to create sound – either through the interaction of an individual, or the force of nature itself – as can be heard in a very cool Bertoia sculpture in downtown Chicago, which plays different sounds, depending on the strength of the wind! Bertoia self-released albums during the 70s – featuring his own sculptures, in "performance" – often with sounds that were somewhere between the percussive compositions of Lou Harrison, and the more organic qualities of the work of Harry Partch – both key contemporaries that Harry could stand alongside equally. This very cool box presents eleven of the album's on Bertoia's Sonambient label – all remastered, in mini LP-style sleeves, along with a 100 page booklet of notes and essays. The whole thing's beautiful – and a long-overdue testament to one of the most unique American artists of the 20th Century! CD

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Big Grams (Big Boi & Phantogram)Big Grams (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Epic, 2015. New Copy ... $16.99
Adventurous ATL hip hop veteran Big Boi teams up with NYC electro pop duo Phantogram as Big Grams! Big Boi has never lacked for creative ambition – his one time repuation as the straighter-laced half of Outkast sold him short back in the day – as he always had a incredible way of adapting his flow, phrasing and lyrical focus to a diverse range of production styles. Big Grams finds a nice middle ground between Phantogram's bright, melodic synth pop style and the more beat heavy needs of a dexterous MC. Sarah Barthel's lovely vocals as sweet as ever, and work suprisingly well when paired with Big Boi's distinctive rhymes. Titles include "Run For Your Life", "Lights On", "Fell In The Sun", "Put It On Her", "Goldmine Junkie", "Born To Shine" with Run The Jewels and "Drum Machine" with Skrillex. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Big PunisherStill Not A Player/Twinz (Deep Cover 98) ... 7-inch
Loud/Get On Down, 1998. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $10.99 12.98
Big Pun's follow up to the huge hit "Not A Player", that similarly struck a chord with the streets, the radio, too! The flip "Twinz (Deep Cover 98)" features Fat Joe. Sharp tracks from the classic Capital Punishment that cut deep to this day. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Nice little picture sleeve, too!)

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BJ The Chicago KidIn My Mind ... CD
Motown, 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of being a vital supporting player. In My Mind doesn't disappoint, with a soulfully resonant, slow burning mood on a lot of it – balancing relatable, accessible sounds with distinctive, personal songs. Includes "The New Cupid" with Kendrick Lamar, "A Woman's World", "Man Down" with Buddy And Constantine, "The Resume" feat Big KRIT, "Crazy", "Home", "Church" feat Chance The Rapper & Buddy, "Turnin' Me Up" and more. CD

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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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Ran BlakePortfolio Of Doktor Mabuse ... LP
Owl (France), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Ran Blake's a pianist we're normally used to hearing in a much more stripped-down setting – but this great session is a more ambitious work, recorded with help from the New England Conservatory Orchestra – plus solo performances by Blake and Donald Fox on pianos, Horman McWilliams on trombone, Chris Pasin on trumpet, and Daryl Lowrey on soprano and alto sax! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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