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

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Underground MafiaCaught Up In The System (down low voc, down low inst, orig louisville mix)/Dope Charge (boom voc, boom inst, boom dub) ... 12-inch
SAM, 1991. Near Mint- ... $6.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Test pressing.)
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Joe Albany & OthersLow Down (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cinewax, 2015. New Copy Gatefold ... $21.99 24.98
A beautiful document of the late, great pianist Joe Albany – music put together in support of the film Low Down, and packaged here in a really lovely format! The movie is a poetic look at Albany – an important west coast player from the bop years onward, but one who never reached his full potential, due to a lifetime of heroin use. Yet during his career, he certainly touched plenty of hearts and ears – with recordings that begin in the 78rpm generation, and stretch right up to his final years – almost every one a masterpiece of melancholic piano, with these blue undercurrents that often make Joe's music very distinct. Both the film and this set get at that quality, and intersperse original performances by Albany with a few tracks by contemporaries – like Coleman Hawkins and Max Roach – as well as a few musical bits by Ohad Taylor, who scored parts of the film in a very sympathetic manner. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "Lush Life", "Everybody Knew But Me", "Lotus Blossom", "Barbados", and "AB Blues" by Joe Albany – plus "AJ Blues" and "Daahoud" by Ohad Taylor, "Deeds Not Words" by Max Roach, and "Think Deep" by Coleman Hawkins. LP, Vinyl record album

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EminemJust Don't Give A F*ck (voc, radio, inst, acapella)/Low Down, Dirty/Just The Two Of Us ... 12-inch
Web Entertainment, 1998. Sealed ... $99.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing, with full graphic under the text on B-side.)

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NOTS Click/XperadoBack Up Off Me (street, clean, inst)/Watch Ya Step (street, DJ creativity rmx, inst) ... 12-inch
Down Low, 1999. Near Mint- ... $1.99
With Big L on "Back Up Off Me", and OC on "Watch Ya Step". And beats by Lord Finesse (we think) make this more or less a DITC record. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Don RedmanDoin The New Low Down ... CD
Hep (UK), Early 30s. Used ... $8.99

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VariousBirth Of Funk – Low Down & Dirty ... LP
History Of Soul (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $28.99 36.99
A set that definitely lives up to its title – and brings together tracks from the earliest years of funk – and the earliest years of soul as well! These tunes are funky – but not in a late 60s James Brown mode, or in the smoother, tighter styles of the 70s – and instead, the groove is more of an R&B style with a strong focus on the rhythm – the kind of sharper guitar, bass, and drums parts that were coming around as those instruments were really beginning to up their game. The track list is a bit wide-ranging, but in a good way – and the set features 15 tracks that include "Mudd" by Roy Montrell, "Slick Chick" by Vernon Harrel, "Tell Me The Truth" by The Turniquettes, "RB Special" by Bob Bateman, "What A Wedding Day" by Shirley Raymond, "Trick Bag" by Earl King, "The Popeye" by Spider Johnson, "Say Yeah Yeah" by Yvonne Fair, "Say Yeah" by Porgy & The Polka Dots, and "I'm Leaving You Today" by Al Robinson. LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Shirley BasseyLove, Life & Feelings ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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 a cutout hole.)

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Hank DavisOne Way Track ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $11.99
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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✨✧ Paul GonsalvesGettin' Together ... LP
Jazzland, 1960. Very Good ... $19.99
Hard edged jazz stuff, featuring the great tenorist in a spare (and rare) setting away from Duke Ellington's band. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, Nat Adderley, and Sam Jones lay down a nice soulful groove with a deep bottom, and Gonsalves plays with warmth and imagination throughout. The set includes two of Babs Gonzales' great compositions: "Low Gravy" and "Gettin' Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Clutchy HopkinsStory Teller ... CD
Ubiquity, 2010. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
If the story is stripped down avant funk instrumentals with subtle stylistic twists and turns, it's a story worth telling – and that's what Clutchy Hopkins puts down on The Story Teller – an album that manages to be among his most raw and direct and his most adventurous at the same time! There's an almost low fi approach to the production, as well as an emphasis on drums, percussion and keys that keeps it all cohesive, but the range of styles he rolls in and out while doing that is pretty incredible! Hazy, raw mood funk, bits of South American and other points global influenced guitar and percussion, trippier keys and most always a sinister bass groove. The persona is low less mysterious than ever, but the leftfield funk sound is as impressive as ever! Includes "Giraffe Crack", "Laughing Jockey", "Miles Chillin", "Truth Seekin", "Nina", "Truch Seekin", "Drunk Socks", "Verbal Headlock" and more. CD

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

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Bob Marley & The WailersCatch A Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Frank SocolowSounds By Socolow ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... $14.99
A real lost gem on Bethlehem Records – and one of the few albums to feature this tremendous saxophonist in the lead! Frank Socolow was one of the great unsung reed players of the 50s – and although he lay hidden in some of the larger combos of the early part of the decade, he thankfully got to cut this excellent album as a leader for Bethlehem in the middle part of the decade! The record features a nicely stripped-down combo – with Eddie Bert on trombone, Sal Salvador on guitar, and Eddie Costa on piano – and the overall feel is icy and cool, with distinct touches of Lee Konitz, and a tightly arranged sound which then lets Frank break out strongly against on his solos. Titles include "Miss Finegold", "Little Joe", "Farfel", "Swing Low Sweet Socolow", and "I Love You". One we almost never see on vinyl, either! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove.)

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

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

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WarWhy Can't We Be Friends? ... CD
United Artists/Avenue, 1975. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A huge moment for War – maybe the group's biggest album of the 70s, but a set that still has them holding onto everything that makes the great! Like Earth Wind & Fire at their best, War have this way of staying strong and righteous, while still able to hit a hook – jamming one minute, but finding sharp focus the next – and balancing it all out over the course of an album so that there's a sense of depth that really keeps on going once the familiar cuts draw you in. In this case, the familiar cuts are giants – the stunning Latin funk gem "Low Rider", which became an anthem for a generation, and the radio hit "Why Can't We Be Friends" – mixed with other nuggets like the jazzy "Don't No One Get You Down", the funky "Heartbeat", and the cuts "Lotus Blossom", "Smile Happy", "So", and "Leroy's Latin Lament". CD

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

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✨✧ VariousHit The Rhodes Jack – A Tribute To The Fender Rhodes Electric Piano ... LP
Brown Sugar (Germany), 1970s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Forget the Hammond organ, this set's heavy on Fender Rhodes – that fantastic keyboard that graced so many wonderful 70s grooves – a good number of which are included on this set! The package is a no-nonsense look at the wonderful Rhodes – and simply spins out an array of keyboard-heavy jazz tracks from way back – plus a few other soul titles that fit nicely into the mix! If you dig Fender Rhodes, this set's essential – and if you've never really had an ear for the keyboard, we highly recommend the package as a great place to start. Titles include "Aragon" by Roy Ayers, "Get Down Everybody" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Valdez In The Country" by Donny Hathaway, "Sweet Vibrations" by Latimore, "Jungle Strut" by Ramsey Lewis, "Ziggidy Zag" by Gabor Szabo, "Last Stroke Of Midnight" by Dizzy Gillespie, "Web" by Hampton Hawes, "Low Rider" by Cedar Walton, "Nana Das Aguas" by Joao Donato, "The Hump" by Patrice Rushen, and "Butterfly" by Eddie Henderson. LP also features the bonus track "Bittersweet" by Pete & Sheila Escovedo. LP, Vinyl record album

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Marvin Gaye & Mary WellsTogether ... LP
Motown, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... On October 23, 2015
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donald ByrdRoyal Flush ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the seminal sides cut by Donald Byrd in his partnership with Pepper Adams – a high-up, low-down set that's a smoker all the way through! Byrd's brightness on trumpet is nicely matched by Adams' fluid work on baritone sax – and the pair are wonderfully supported by a rhythm trio that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who can hit a sock-hard groove one minute, then let loose with a lyrical flourish the next. The approach of the record is tightly soulful, with loads of great changes – and some surprising dark edges that really add in a whole new dimension to the Donald Byrd sound of the time. Titles include "Shangri-La", "Jorgies", "Hush", "6 M's", and the moody "Requiem"! LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing with a Van Gelder stamp & "ear". Top seam has a small split. Back cover has some discoloration from age & a promo stamp.)

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

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✨✧ Bob Marley & The WailersCatch A Fire (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Island, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". Includes bonus tracks "High Tide Or Low Tide" and "All Day All Night". CD
Also available Catch A Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Horacio VaggioneLa Maquina De Cantar ... CD
Ampersand, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Low-fi computer music recorded by Argentinian composer Vaggione for the Cramps label during the 70s. The piece has a layered approach that creates some very cool effects – then breaks down to a more minimal approach at the end, with nice work on yamaha organ. CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ VariousLuxury Soul (3CD box set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2004. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not just luxury – but affordable luxury – as the box features 3CDs worth of music, all at one very low price! The title's a bit clunky, but the music is great – as the tunes are all pulled from the recent catalog of Expansion Records, one of the best sources for modern soul around! Expansion's been going since long before the current Neo Soul scene – and back in the days when nobody cared about making quality soul albums, Expansion was digging up greats from the past and the American underground, and was putting some killer records that really helped set the tone for the sound of today. The package features 36 tracks from recent Expansion releases – including a few older tracks as well – and titles include "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" by Frank McComb, "Let Go" by Leon Ware & Don Grusin, "I Can't Help It" by Jabari Grover, "Just Believe" by Carmen Rodgers, "Priority" by Kloud 9, "If U Believe" by Act Of Faith, "Not Gonna Bring Me Down" by Nathan Heathman, "Only You" by Charles & Gwen Scales, "Fly Away" by Byron Woods, and "Cold Winter In The Ghetto" by Lonnie Hill. CD
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AirPremiers Symptomes (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Parlophone, 1998. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
5 early tracks of Air's spacey stripped-down approach to new grooves, that hints at a very lounge-y feel, without ever diving into it headlong, with a nod to ethereal past sounds, all the while breaking new groupd of their own! Haunting, beautiful, spare, and without any of the cliches that you might find in many of the group's that followed in the wake of Portishead and the Headz phenomenon: "Modular Mix", "Casanova 70", "Les Professionnels", "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau", "Le Soleil Est Pres De Mo". Plus, it's packaged in a very cool die-cut cover! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – it's packaged in a very cool die-cut cover!)

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Pekka AiraksinenBuddhas Of Golden Light ... LP
O Records/Arc Light Editions (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A record that's got a much more dynamic feel than you'd expect from the title – no meditative sounds at all, and instead these really energetic rhythms that seem be years ahead of their time! The album leaps out in a frenzied undercurrent of drum and bass – not the later London mode, but with a freewheeling vibe seems to prefigure it by a decade or so, but in a more subtle way – while Pekka Airaksinen throws in these completely mindblowing keyboards that seem to move up and down the scale in terms of both volume and frequency – mixed with added tenor from A Ben Helander. The record gets a bit more mellow on side two, but still with an energy and pulse that almost feels random at times – and makes for music that's as unsettling as it is beautiful. Titles include "Sukirti","Ranasikhin", and "Kandasuryapradipa". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a silkscreened cover!)

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderZing! ... LP
RCA, 1967. Very Good ... $7.99
A lost little gem from pianist Monty Alexander – recorded for RCA in the time between his early Pacific Jazz sides, and his later, better-known sessions for MGM and MPS! The "zing" in the title is quite appropriate – as Monty's got a rhythmic punch that grabs us from the very first note – and which makes the album swing nicely throughout, even when it's settling down into the mellower, more pianistic style of other RCA sessions from the same period. Monty's working with 2 different groups on the set – one with Roy McCurdy on drums and Victor Gaskin on bass – the other with Bob Cranshaw on bass and Al Foster on drums. Tracks include "Zing", "Girl Talk", "Nocturne In E Flat", "You're My Everything", "Always True To You In My Fashion", and "Bossa Nova Do Marilla". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Gene AmmonsWoofin & Tweetin ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
Nice nice album on Prestige, bringing together Jug's earlier sides in 2 different settings. The first batch has Ammons "battling" Sonny Stitt in a set of stuff that features hard twin tenors in the frontline, with the kind of cutting contests the two of them would perform live all over the country. Titles on that one include "Stringin The Jug", "New Blues Up & Down", and "You Can Depend On Me". The other side of the record features Ammons in one of those great Prestige open-ended groups – with crack players like Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, and Freddie Redd – all soloing long and soulfully on two tracks – "Woofin & Tweetin" and "Juggernaut". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has edge wear, some seam splitting, and some tears on the back paste-on.)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittWe'll Be Together Again ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961/1968. Used ... $4.99
Nothing fancy – but some great straight-ahead blowing from Stitt and Jug! The album's a quintet session, with John Houston piano, Buster Williams bass, and George Brown drums providing all the rhythm. But the real focus is on the twin-sax frontline – with Sitt taking up the alto on a few numbers, but mostly blowing tenor head to head with Jug. The album was supposedly recorded in 1961, but not issued until later in the 60s by Prestige – and it's right up there with the excellent work that the team were cutting at the time for Verve and Argo. Titles include "A Mess", "Water Jug", "New Blues Up & Down", "Red Sails In The Sunset", and "A Pair Of Red Pants". CD

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✨✧ AnacostiaAnacostia (1977) ... LP
MCA, 1977. Very Good ... $6.99
Mellow soul and soaring club – all nicely balanced together in this first album from the group Anacostia! There's a sound here that's slightly different than some of the other east coast groups of the time – a willingness to slow things down, then groove them up – all with a sound that's polished, but never in a too-commercial sort of way. In fact, most of these tunes seem to aim for a space that's pretty far both from radio, and conventional disco – despite the fact that Van McCoy supervised the production, which is mostly handled by Charles Kipps. There's a fair bit of strings in the backings, and keyboards are by Richard Tee – on titles that include "Looking Over My Shoulder", "Heartache In Disguise", "We Can't Live Life Alone", "I Can't Stop Loving Her", "Baby I'm Available", and "Face The Fact". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & light wear.)

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Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that there's more 60s rawness on the record than you'd get from bigger-label funk at the time – as Ed "Apple" Nelson still works here with a mostly underground vibe! Ed plays drums – which are mighty hard on most numbers – and his vocals have this offbeat, off-kilter, over the top quality that almost reminds us a bit of the Hank Ballard/James Brown recordings for late 60s King – particularly in the way that Nelson's completely unbridled with his energy. The whole thing's great – one of the best funky collections we've heard in years – and presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information too. Titles include "Free & Easy (parts 1 & 2)", "Moon Light", "Curse Upon The World", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Down Home Publicity", "True Love Will Never Die", "Gotta Stand For Something (parts 1 & 2)", and "I'll Give You A Ring". CD features a massive 52 page booklet, too! CD

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Patti AustinGetting' Away With Murder ... CD
Qwest/Warner (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
Patti Austin gets some key help here from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – who help kick up the groove a bit more than before, and push Patti strongly into the realm of mainstream 80s soul! The sound's still a cut above most commercial work of the time – that touch of class that always marked Patti's work – and in addition to Jam & Lewis production, the set also features work from Tommy Lipuma and Russ Titelman, both of whom are still pretty heavy on the beats too! A few cuts slow down, and slink into more sophisticated ballad territory – but the best numbers are actually the catchier ones – bouncy 80s numbers that are heavy on beats and keyboards. Titles include "Honey For The Bees", "Talkin Bout My Baby", "Big Bad World", "If I Believed", "The Heat Of Heat", and "Only A Breath Away". CD

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Roy AyersMahogany Vibe (UK Edition) ... CD
Roy Ayers/Rapster (UK), 2003. Used ... $4.99
Roy Ayers is back – and sounding as great as ever! Honest, this is his best LP in years – done at a stripped-down, back-to-basics level that's extremely wonderful – sort of a blend of the Polydor years and his later Uno Melodic recordings! There's a definite underground soul feel to the set – as Roy takes things over himself, and works in the owner/operator mode of the countless Neo Soul artists he's inspired over the years. The tunes are jazzy, mellow, warm, and overflowing with that wonderful Ayers magic that we've loved for years. A few titles are remakes of older numbers, but done here in whole new ways that make them a lot more than simple cover versions – thanks especially to help from guests that include Erykah Badu, Betty Wright, and Kamilah – as well as arranger/producer Eric Parham. Roy's vocals are as great as ever, the keyboards are excellent, and the album's proof that great artists never falter when given the right setting! Titles include "Pretty Brown Skin", "Mahogany Vibe", "Crystal Vibrations", "Unity", "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Ft Dupont Park", "Searching", "Long Time Ago", "Possibilities", "I Wanna Feel You", and "One Day". CD

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

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Roy AyersVirgin Ubiquity – Unreleased Recordings 1976 to 1981 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $8.99
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 AylerStockholm/Berlin 1966 ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1966. Used ... $14.99
Stunning live recordings from Albert Ayler's European tour of late 1966 – during a peak creative period for Ayler – while working with an incredible group! This excellent CD captures them in Stockholm for Swedish radio on November 10, 1966 – followed by an equally well documented set in Berlin from one week prior. The performances themselves are energetic throughout, and in turns elegiac, playful and all-out intense! It's awe-inspiring material with emotional depth – that facet enhanced a bit by the presence of a violin – by Dutch player Michel Samson, who is great here. Donald Ayler's trumpet communicates brilliantly with the violin and William Folwell's double bass. Beaver Harris holds it down on drums, while Ayler blazes away in the leader, taking the group into unpredictable movements. Greatness! Includes "Truth Is Marching In", "Omega (Is The Alpha)", "Our Prayer – Bells" and "Infinite Spirit – Japan" from Stockholm, juxtaposed with differing performances of those titles in Berlin, plus the riveting closer "Ghosts – Bells", also from Berlin. 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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Sam BakerI Believe In You – The Legendary John Richbourg Sessions ... CD
Sound Stage 7/Soulscape (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A treasure trove of work from this overlooked southern soul singer – recordings that Sam Baker cut down in Nashville for the Sound Stage Seven label – all brought together here in one very comprehensive package! Sam's got a voice that's pitched slightly higher than some of his contemporaries, but with soul that goes equally deep – and the setting here is perfect for his phrasing, with nicely punctuated rhythms that give even the mellower cuts a nice kick up from the bottom! Baker's got a nicely sensitive approach at times – which really makes the set great – a nice mix of sophisticated styles that gets way past overdone southern soul modes. 22 tracks in all – including "What Did Sister Do", "You Can't See The Blood", "Just A Glance Away", "Safe In The Arms Of Love", "I Believe In You", "I'm Number One", "Sunny", "I Can't Stand It", "Coming To Bring You Some Soul", and "Strange Sensation". CD

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

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✨✧ Count BasieBasie Plays Hefti ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $14.99
Tremendous work from one of the greatest pairings in 50s jazz – the crack later group of Count Basie and the amazing arranging talents of the great Neal Hefti! Hefti later went onto greater fame as a 60s soundtrack composer, but back in the day him and Basie were an incredible team together – as Hefti's talent for quirky, witty, whimsical horn passages really opened up the Basie sound of earlier years – and took the band far past any Kansas City cliches, into a groove that was much more suited for a modern audience! This album's one of the best the two ever cut together – and it's overflowing with Hefti gems that include "Cute", "Pensive Miss", "Sloo Foot", "Scoot", "A Little Tempo Please", "Count Down", and "Pony Tail". CD

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✨✧ Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique (20th Anniversary edition – 180 gram pressing & quadfold cover) ... LP
Capitol, 1989. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
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 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. LP, Vinyl record album
(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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BeatlesMatchbox/Slow Down ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1964. Very Good- ... $1.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow & orange label pressing in a Capitol sleeve.)

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

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

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