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✨✧ Freda PayneAfter The Lights Go Down Low (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1963. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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 early version.)
 
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Jackie & RoySweet & Low Down ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good ... $4.99
This was Jackie & Roy's first album for Columbia and it mainly consists of some familiar tunes by the likes of Ira & George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart and Cole Porter with a Roy Kral original thrown in. The tracks include "Chicago", "Fun Life", "Mountain Greenery", Kral's "Wingin' With The Wind", "Cheek To Cheek", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". Jackie & Roy are accompanied by some well known musicians such as Barney Kessel on guitar, Larry Bunker on vibraphone, Anthony Ortega on alto sax and flute and Kral plays the piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove and Demonstration sticker. Cover has a Demonstration stamp on back.)
 
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Lowell FulsonHung Down Head ... LP
Chess, 1950s. Sealed ... $24.99
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch. Sealed 70s pressing, with GRT on back cover.)

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Don PattersonGoin' Down Home ... LP
Cadet, 1965. Very Good- ... $4.99
Well known for the title track, a stepper's classic, this album preserves Don's low down gritty blues style (he played on Prestige sides led by Booker Ervin and Sonny Stitt). The trio lineup featured on this album gives Don the room to sretch out, driving the grooves to their limit. Tracks include "Little Duck", "It's Magic", "Trick Bag", and "Work Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Lowell FulsonHung Down Head ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
Also available Hung Down Head ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Lil' FlipI'm A Baller Pt 2 (album, inst)/Deep Down South Pt 2 (album, inst)/Bounce With Me Pt 2 (album, inst) ... 12-inch
Loud, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A certain local celebrity/record collector put us up on this one, and it certainly does not disappoint. Sure it's Lil' Flip, and yeah his street cred is iffy, but the guy can pick beats! Skip the vocals and go straight for the instrumentals on this one. Production by Young Sears is on some electro/crunk on a neo-Kraftwerk level. Lots of deep layered synths with heavy low-end boom. Don't sleep on this. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some marker.)

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✨✧ Staple SingersSwing Low ... LP
Vee Jay, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(Trip pressing. Cover has half split seams and splitting on the spine.)

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✨✧ WarLow Rider (87 rmx, radio edit, extended) ... 12-inch
Priority, 1975/1987. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A Latin soul classic, edited, remixed and extended! "Low Rider" is one of War's best songs ever – a chugging, popping, riffing little tune that musically sums up the feel of a Low Riding street machine, hydraulics all set to go, bumping up and down at an intersection! The 87 remix is by Arthur Baker. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Low LeafPalm Psalms – A Light To Resolve All Darkness ... LP
Creator DIY, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Spiritual soulfulness from Low Leaf – a debut release on her own CreatorDIY label – really wonderful stuff with a really soaring vibe overall! Low Leaf herself plays harp, keys, synth, guitar, cello, sings and lays down the beats – with guests including similarly adventurous spirits Kadjha Bonet, Mark De Clive-Lowe and others, but Low Leaf's unique vision guides all. "Pace Foreva", "Psychlez", "Dreaming Awake", "Pupil Of The Universe", "It Is Within", "Hoble Coda", "Sun Psalm", "Inlight", "Angel Wash" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Black UhuruDub Factor ... CD
Mango/Island, 1983. Used ... $3.99
One of our top 10 dub albums of all time! This album bridges the gap between the the low-fi, down and dirty excursions of the 70's dub era, and the later high tech dub revolution brought on by On-U, Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. The rhythms here are all first rate, drawn mostly from their Chill Out LP with a few from Red, fueled by Sly and Robbie and a cast of regulars from the Island/Mango stable. Sly & Robbie also handle the production duties, and there's no shortage of fat grooves and unrelenting rhythms, then taken to the next level with deep space echo drops and 21st century sound effects and tape edits. Includes "Ion Storm", "Big Spliff", "Boof'N'Baff'N'Biff", "Puffed Out" and "Android Rebellion". This CD reissue's been newly remastered, with 3 additional dubs as bonus tracks: "Cool Off", "Destination Unknown" and "Fire & Brimstone". CD

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Big Bill BroonzyBlues (Scepter) ... LP
Scepter, 1952. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Rough and raw work from Big Bill Broonzy – well-done sides that feature Bill on vocals and acoustic guitar, recorded in Paris in the early 50s, and issued here in a US package on the Scepter label! There's a pretty earthy feel to most of the tracks – a real "crossroads" feel that possibly has more to say about postwar European perceptions of the blues than the actual sound of the American scene at the time – but from the perspective of over 50 years later, there's a definite classic feel to the record that really stands the test of time. Titles include "Hey Bud Blues", "Coal Black Curly Hair", "Low Down Blues", "Louise Louise Blues", "Letter To My Baby", and "John Henry". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donald ByrdRoyal Flush (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. Used ... $9.99
One of the seminal sides cut by Donald Byrd in his partnership with Pepper Adams – a high-up, low-down set that's a smoker all the way through! Byrd's brightness on trumpet is nicely matched by Adams' fluid work on baritone sax – and the pair are wonderfully supported by a rhythm trio that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all players who can hit a sock-hard groove one minute, then let loose with a lyrical flourish the next. The approach of the record is tightly soulful, with loads of great changes – and some surprising dark edges that really add in a whole new dimension to the Donald Byrd sound of the time. Titles include "Shangri-La", "Jorgies", "Hush", "6 M's", and the moody "Requiem"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Funk FactoryFunk Factory ... LP
Atco/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
A massive bit of funky fusion from the 70s – an album that was crucially overlooked at the time, but which has gone onto become a crate-diggers classic over the years! The group's fronted by Polish jazz legends Michal Urbaniak and Urszula Dudziak – but it also features a fair bit of American players too – all working together in a blend of the best funky fusion modes going down in both the US and Eastern Europe in the mid 70s! Drums on the set are totally great – played by Steve Gadd or Gerald Brown, depending on the track – and some tracks have weird vocal bits that riff around the instrumentation, sung either by Urszula, Bernard Kafka, or some other backing singers. The keyboards are great – quite tripped-out at times, but never too over the top – and overall, the album's a fair bit more soulful and funky than most of Urbaniak's other work of the 70s. Titles include the killer sample track "Rien Ne Va Plus" – used famously by the Beastie Boys many years back – plus "After The World Goes Home", "Funk It", "Sinkin Low", "Next Please", "Horsing Around", and "Watusi Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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Judy HenskeJudy Henske – The Elektra Albums (Judy Henske/High Flying Bird) ... CD
Elektra/Ace (UK), 1963/1964. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great two-fer – a pair of albums from the very cool Judy Henske – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Elektra debut from Judy Henske – an enigmatic 60s figure with a style that lie somewhere between jazz, blues, and folk! Given the mix, Henske was a perfect fit for the early sound of Elektra Records – who give her plenty of freedom here to really do her thing – not just singing, but also speaking in between songs, as part of the live setting of the record – with an approach that really hints at the pre-hippie qualities of her scene! Some of the dialogue is quite frank, very down to earth – and provides a wonderful contrast to the tighter, sharper approach of her vocals – especially when they're set up with jazzy backings from Onzy Matthews. Other tunes features a smaller group – with John Forsha on guitar, Jimmy Bond on bass, and John Ewing on trombone – on titles that include "Hooka Tooka", "Ballad Of Little Romy", "Low Down Alligator", "Salvation Army Song", "Love Henry", and "Lilly Langtree". High Flying Bird features ultra-cool work from Judy Henske – a singer who's not quite folk, not quite jazz, and whose groundbreaking style here provides a strong platform for styles and generations to come! At this point, Judy's almost in territory that's like the Jim Kweskin/Maria Muldaur side of the universe – a very conscious blend of roots and blues, jazz and folk – but with a style that's even hipper than that other pair, and this edge that shows that Judy, at least, is really ready for the flower power generation to happen – and is trying to do her best here with using an earlier aesthetic to get things going. Backing is by a small group with Jack Marshall on guitar and John Forsha on twelve-string guitar – on titles that include "Charlotte Town", "Buckeye Jim", "High Flying Bird", "Columbus Stockade", "Baltimore Oriole", "Lonely Train", and "God Bless The Child". CD

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King CurtisIt's Party Time With King Curtis! ... LP
Tru Sound, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Hard-wailing early work from King Curtis – one of his few full-out stormers from the time! The set was done for the Tru-Sound subsidiary of Prestige Records – and like the few other albums on the imprint, it's got a heavy-duty sound that's a big departure from the other titles on Prestige – much more R&B influenced, with King blowing heavily on tenor, in a really lively feel. Tracks are short and firey, and titles include "Free For All", "Easy Like", "Hot Saxes", "The Party Time Twist", "Low Down", and "Keep Movin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Tru Sound pressing in a Status cover, with a bit of pen on back.)

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Bob MarleyExodus – 30th Anniversary Limited Edition (CD & DVD) ... CD
Island, 1977. Used CD & DVD ... $9.99
Maybe the best place to start if you're looking to dive into the short but incredible legacy of music left behind by Bob Marley – as the album marked a real global turning point for the singer, and includes a number of tracks that are still his standout classics after all these years! The set was recorded in London, but with a nicely understated sound – just the right focus on all the best elements of the Wailers sound – in a way that creates a magical flow throughout. And sure, some of the cuts here are some of Bob's biggest hits ever – but heard in the context of the core album, they've got a lot more righteous power than when they're cribbed for a commercial or a TV soundtrack. Titles include "Natural Mystic", "Three Little Birds", "One Love/People Get Ready", "Exodus", "So Much Things To Say", "Guiltiness", "The Heathen", "Jamming", "Waiting In Vain", and "Turn Your Lights Down Low". CD

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Bob Marley & The WailersTalkin' Blues ... CD
Tuff Gong/Island, 1973/1975/1991. Used ... $4.99
One of many, many posthumous compilations, but one with some nice rare bits. Comprised mostly of live recordings fromteh Wailers prime early 70s years, plus a few nice studio outtakes, and interspersed with snippets from a radio interview with Marley. Inlcudes "Talkin' Blues", "Burnin' & Lootin'", "Kinky Reggae", "Get Up, Stand Up", "Rastaman Chant", "bend Down Low" and "I Shot The Sheriff". CD

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Horace ParlanComplete Blue Note Horace Parlan Sessions (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, Early 60s. Used 5CD ... $94.99
Seminal soulful bop! Horace Parlan's Blue Note sides remain some of the most collectible recordings in the label's discography, and this dynamite collection brings all of the pianists work as a leader into one place! This set includes all of the albums Movin' & Groovin', Us Three, Speakin' My Piece, Headin' South, On The Spur Of The Moment, Up & Down and Happy Frame Of Mind. Sidemen include Stanley and Tommy Turrentine, Booker Ervin, Grant Green, Johnny Coles, George Tucker, Ray Barretto and Al Harewood. There's a total of 52 tracks spread out over 5 discs, with titles that include "Up In Cynthia's Room", "Lady Bird", "Us Three", "Wadin'", "Return Engagement", "Headin' South", "Low Down", "Congalegre", "Borderline", "Rastus", "Speakin' My Piece", "On The Spur Of The Moment", "Skoo Chee", "Al's Tune", "The Book's Beat", "Fugee", "The Other Part Of Town", "Lonely One", "Home Is Africa", "A Tune For Richard", "Back From The Gig", "Dexi", "Kucheza Blues", and "Happy Frame Of Mind". CD
(Numbered limited edition – out of print. Includes original box, book and CDs in their cases (all of which are still sealed)! Box has a small rip on the spine, but is otherwise in good shape.)

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Carlo SavinaNude Si Muore ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the more obscure soundtracks from Italian maestro Carlo Savina – penned for a late 60s horror thriller in a very compelling mix of modes! There's definitely some of the darker sounds here you'd expect, but the score also has some very surprising light melodies that come as a stark surprise – very playful, jazzy themes – which then are completely offset by the slower-moving, deeply tense moments! The darker tunes are very compelling from a sonic perspective – often using familiar instrumentation, but at the low end of the spectrum – and sometimes moving a bit slowly, too almost as if the jazzier tunes were slowed down a great deal to set the mood for the darker moments. CD features 19 tracks in all – including both a vocal and instrumental version of the catchy theme "Nightmare"! CD

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Sugarman ThreePure Cane Sugar ... CD
Daptone, 2002. Used ... $7.99
The greatest album to date from Sugarman 3 – one of the funkiest combos of the past 50 years! The group's organ/sax sound has never sounded so great – and it's pumped up even further here from some added guest instrumentation, including drums from Bernard Purdie, plus vocals on a number of cuts from deep funk legends Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, and Naomi Davis. The whole thing's as funky as funky can be – the kind of a record that would be selling for $300 if it came out in the 70s, and which is even nicer to have at a low everyday price! Titles include "Shot Down", "Modern Jive", "Funky So & So", "Take It As It Come", "Pure Cane", "Promised Land", "Country Girl", "La Culebra", "Down To It", "Honey Wagon", and "Bosco's Blues". CD

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Sarah VaughanSarah + 2 ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
Sarah Vaughan's most stripped-down session – a record that really does just have "plus 2" added to the lady's lovely vocals! Backing here are only by Barney Kessel on guitar and Joe Comfort on bass – accompanying Sarah in a moody, mellow, late nite mode that's far different than some of the fuller backings on her other records for Roulette! The spare and sensitive sound is totally great – a side of Vaughan that rarely comes out this perfectly, and an amazing demonstration of her sense of poise, rhythm, and timing – without a piano or rhythm section to push her along. Titles include "When Sunny Gets Blue", "I Understand", "Goodnight Sweetheart", "All I Do Is Dream Of You", "Key Largo", "Just Squeeze Me", and "The Very Thought Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Vinyl plays with a click on "When Lights Are Low".)

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VariousBlack Cat Trail ... LP
Mamlish, Late 40s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
A great collection of postwar blues – material that springs forth from a wealth of rare 78rpm recordings – and which includes a number of tracks that you may never hear otherwise! The set looks at the sort of records that were pivotal in pushing blues forward in the years after the war – some with changed-up instrumentation, most with new sorts of phrasings that sometimes brought in a jazz level of sophistication, while still keeping things at a rootsy core. Titles include "Murmur Low" by Big Boy Spires, "Vacation Blues" by Johnny Howard, "Bad Woman Blues" by Slim Pickins, "Crying Won't Help You" by Robert Nighthawk, "Walking Down Hill" by Otis Hinton, "Boogie Twist" by Snooky Pryor, "TP Railer" by Black Diamond, "Western Union Man" by Chicago Sunny Boy, and "Black Cat Trail" by Country Paul. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Bob Downes Open MusicBlowin With Bass ... CD
Bob Downes Music (UK), 1975/1978/1981/2005. New Copy ... $9.99
Beautiful sounds from legendary UK reedman Bob Downes – tracks released in a relatively unassuming package, but with a vibe that makes the set one of Bob's most soulful, spiritual records ever! The title's a bit of a gimmick, but it works perfectly here – as Downes blows a variety of reeds in the company of four different bassists, each recorded at a different time – a lineup that includes Barry Guy, Paul Bridge, Andrew Cleyndert, and Marc Meggido – in performances recorded between 1975 and 2005, but presented here with a surprisingly unified feel. Downes sounds tremendous throughout – at that level that we've discovered on some of his self-released records like this, which arguably is even higher than his better-known 70s material – playing flutes, tenor, alto, soprano, and other instruments next to warm, round, open tones from each bassist. Titles include "Occidental Oriental", "Dawn Dreams", "Just A Minute", "Bluesing", "Coasting", "Cocowanna", "Starburst Galaxy", and "Dark Corners". CD

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Little SonnyYou Can Be Replaced/Going Down Slow (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Enterprise, 1972. Very Good+ ... $5.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Jeannie & Jimmy CheathamHomeward Bound ... CD
Concord, 1987. Used ... $4.99
With Jeannie Cheatham on vocals and piano, Jimmy on trombone, Dinky Morris on tenor and baritone, Snooky Young on trumpet, and Curtis Peagler on alto and tenor. Titles include "Permanent Solution", "Daddy O", "Goin Down Slow", "Detour Ahead", and "Homeward Bound". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Fantastic FourGot To Have Your Love/BYOF (Bring Your Own Funk) ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A pair of albums from this overlooked Detroit soul group – back to back on a single CD! On Got To Have Your Love, Fantastic Four are a hell of a harmony group – and one who still hold strong through this second chapter of their career – by avoiding any of the cheaper cliches of some of the groups of the disco generation! Instead, the album focuses on their vocals first, and any sort of grooves second – which makes for some wonderful mellower cuts that really follow the spirit of some of the hippest 70s group soul from Chicago or the east coast – followed by a few upbeat tracks that get handling by Tom Moulton at Sigma Sound in Philly! The balance is great – almost more like some of the best group sides from a few years before, especially Blue Magic – and the ballads really take center stage, and blow us away with the group's deeper currents of soul. Titles include "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes", "There's Fire Down Below", "I Got To Have Your Love", "She'll Be Right For Me", "Cash Money", and "Disco Pool Blues". On BYOF, the Fantastic Four definitely bring their own funk – thanks to tight help from arranger Dennis Coffey, who also produced the set with a heavy groove that's like his own work of the time! The basslines are stronger than before for the FF – but their harmonies are very firmly intact – and, if anything, the blend of funk and great vocals really makes the album a charmer right from the get-go – especially as they aim more for midtempo steppers than too-upbeat disco tunes that might have them losing some of their charm. The overall vibe is maybe more 1974 than 1978 – and titles include "I Just Want To Love Ya Baby", "BYOF", "Cold & Windy Night", "Sexy Lady", "Shout", "Super Lover", and "Realize". CD

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FloodRise Of Flood (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Maple/All Platinum, Early 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)... $14.99
A rare rock effort for the mostly-soul All Platinum label – and a set that's got plenty of funky touches too! As you'd guess from their image on the cover, Flood have a definite rock-based sound on the record – but their instrumentation also has a very heavy bottom sound too – lots of conga mixed in alongside the drums and bass, giving the album a chunkier, more groove-heavy style than you might expect! Most tunes step out with a funky rock groove from the start – topped by only a bit of guitar, acoustic and electric, plus vocals from singer John Magazino, who also plays conga on the record alongside the drummer! Some tracks are definitely more conventional rock, but even these have a nice "umph" down below – a little kick that makes the record a mighty appealing ones to listeners who are normally more tuned towards funk. Titles include "Vacuum", "Idle Time", "Pain", "Songbird Of Time", "Mr Wickett", "Don't Take Me", and "Hurting Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Aretha FranklinAretha Arrives (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP
Atlantic/Rhino, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
Aretha Arrives in great style – and a mixture between her earlier vocal jazz years at Columbia, and her later southern soul sides of the 60s! Arif Mardin is already arranging Aretha's work at this point, and the backing group includes southern soul studio giants like Spooner Oldham, Tommy Cogbill, and Roger Hawkins – but there's also a number of tracks that have mellow strings and horns by Ralph Burns, very much in the lush style of Burns' work for other vocalists – and a bit different than some of Franklin's other Atlantic work. The Sweet Inspirations back up Aretha on "Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)", and a few other tracks feature backings by sisters Erma and Carolyn – who are always a welcome addition! Titles include "Prove It", "Never Let Me Go", "I Wonder", "Going Down Slow", and "Night Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary pressing – mono version on 180 gram vinyl!)

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. New Copy ... $4.99 11.98
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the recording quality's a bit better, and the tunes have a more unified feel – thanks partly to some classic compositions from Willie Dixon, whose work makes up a very big part of the album! Tunes were recorded between the years 1959 to 1962, and brought together for the record – and titles include "Shake For Me", "Spoonful", "Going Down Slow", "Down In The Bottom", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Red Rooster", and "Tell Me". On Moanin In The Moonlight, a set filled with raspy vocals, Wolf sings in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that much! Wolf's vocals are wonderful throughout – archetypal, but not nearly as cliched as some of his contemporaries came to sound – with a timeless feel that really holds up throughout. Titles include "Smokestack Lightnin", "No Place To Go", "All Night Boogie", "Evil", "I Asked For Water", "Forty Four", and "Somebody In My Home". CD

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✨✧ BB King & Bobby BlandTogether For The First Time – Live ... LP
ABC, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A mid 70s meeting of two seminal blues talents from the Memphis scene – singer Bobby Blue Bland, and legendary guitarist BB King! The pair were both working for ABC at the time – major label fame after years woodshedding in the indies – and hitting well-deserved fame for their huge talents – still as fresh here as they were a decade before, and unmarred by any studio sanitization in this great live set! The record does an especially good job of bringing together the artists verbally – letting Bobby and BB open up and rap a bit during the songs – yet still having plenty of space to go into their own thing musically, too. Titles include "It's My Own Fault", "I'll Take Care Of You", "I'm Sorry", "3 O'Clock Blues", "Goin Down Slow", and a great long Medley track. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Henry ManciniThief Who Came To Dinner ... LP
Warner, 1973. Sealed ... $24.99
A keyboard classic from Henry Mancini – and one of his greatest soundtracks ever! The album's far far different than most of Mancini's other work – a stripped-down, slow-funk batch of tracks that mix together keyboards and organ, riffing out over rhythm and strings, in a mode that would make Quincy Jones weep! The main theme is a stunner – and it rolls out again and again in different versions with a nice moogy bit behind it, sounding almost like an Italian soundtrack tune – but with a lot more spacey soul! The rest of the soundtrack follows suit – sliding forward in a brilliantly slinky way – all without any common cliches of the time, and an amazingly balanced groove. Titles include "Tail Gate", "Jackie's Theme", "Dog Eat Dog", "Theme From Thief Who Came To Dinner", "Getaway", and "First Job". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)

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Native Steel Drum BandSteel Drums ... LP
Tradition, 1970s. Very Good ... $1.99
The notes on this one fail to offer any region, but we're assuming this was recorded live somewhere in the Carribean. It's a nice lively set of steel drum tracks, reportly played on the oil can kind. Tracks include "Fire Down Below", "Zulu Chant", "Grass Skirt", "La Paloma", "Mary Ann", "Out Of My Dreams", "Spear Dance", "Jungle", and "Spur Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in pen.)

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Alan PriceTwice The Price – The Decca Recordings (Price To Pay/Price On His Head/singles) (3CD set) ... CD
Decca/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99
Fantastic sounds from Alan Price – a singer who first got his start in The Animals, but quickly burst forth as a solo act on his own – working in an equally great mix of jazz, blues, and soul! Price is a hell of a talent – and one that was never as strongly recognized on our shores – and like his contemporary Georgie Fame, he also is a crack pianist and organ player – both instruments he uses strongly to accompany the gritty grooves on this set. And in fact, if you like Georgie Fame's 60s recordings, you'll find a lot here to love too – no surprise that the two artists later teamed up together – and the package features both of Alan's albums for Decca, plus a whopping 19 more singles that may well represent the best of the bunch – all tracks that didn't appear on the albums. 44 tracks in all – with titles that include "Love Story", "Tappy Tortoise", "Never Be Sick On A Sunday", "Any Day Now", "Tickle Me", "Who Cares", "The Time Has Come", "The Trimdon Grange Explosion", "Come & Dance With Me", "So Long Dad", "Don't Do That Again", "The House That Jack Built", "Goin Down Slow", and "Move On Drifter". CD

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✨✧ Fantastic FourGot To Have Your Love ... LP
Westbound, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic Four are a hell of a harmony group – and one who still hold strong through this second chapter of their career – by avoiding any of the cheaper cliches of some of the groups of the disco generation! Instead, the album focuses on their vocals first, and any sort of grooves second – which makes for some wonderful mellower cuts that really follow the spirit of some of the hippest 70s group soul from Chicago or the east coast – followed by a few upbeat tracks that get handling by Tom Moulton at Sigma Sound in Philly! The balance is great – almost more like some of the best group sides from a few years before, especially Blue Magic – and the ballads really take center stage, and blow us away with the group's deeper currents of soul. Titles include "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes", "There's Fire Down Below", "I Got To Have Your Love", "She'll Be Right For Me", "Cash Money", and "Disco Pool Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAretha Arrives ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Aretha Arrives in great style – and a mixture between her earlier vocal jazz years at Columbia, and her later southern soul sides of the 60s! Arif Mardin is already arranging Aretha's work at this point, and the backing group includes southern soul studio giants like Spooner Oldham, Tommy Cogbill, and Roger Hawkins – but there's also a number of tracks that have mellow strings and horns by Ralph Burns, very much in the lush style of Burns' work for other vocalists – and a bit different than some of Franklin's other Atlantic work. The Sweet Inspirations back up Aretha on "Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)", and a few other tracks feature backings by sisters Erma and Carolyn – who are always a welcome addition! Titles include "Prove It", "Never Let Me Go", "I Wonder", "Going Down Slow", and "Night Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has clear tape on the seams.)
Also available Aretha Arrives (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess/Friday Music, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Howlin Wolf is really getting into his thing here – tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the recording quality's a bit better, and the tunes have a more unified feel – thanks partly to some classic compositions from Willie Dixon, whose work makes up a very big part of the album! Tunes were recorded between the years 1959 to 1962, and brought together for the record – and titles include "Shake For Me", "Spoonful", "Going Down Slow", "Down In The Bottom", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Red Rooster", and "Tell Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice gatefold pressing!)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD
Chess, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 blues classics from the great Howlin Wolf – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Howlin Wolf – a record that has Wolf tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the recording quality's a bit better, and the tunes have a more unified feel – thanks partly to some classic compositions from Willie Dixon, whose work makes up a very big part of the album! Tunes were recorded between the years 1959 to 1962, and brought together for the record – and titles include "Shake For Me", "Spoonful", "Going Down Slow", "Down In The Bottom", "Wang Dang Doodle", "Red Rooster", and "Tell Me". On Moanin In The Moonlight, a set filled with raspy vocals, Wolf sings in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that much! Wolf's vocals are wonderful throughout – archetypal, but not nearly as cliched as some of his contemporaries came to sound – with a timeless feel that really holds up throughout. Titles include "Smokestack Lightnin", "No Place To Go", "All Night Boogie", "Evil", "I Asked For Water", "Forty Four", and "Somebody In My Home". CD
Also available Howlin Wolf/Moanin In The Moonlight – Two In One ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleySuper Super Blues Band ... LP
Checker, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Checker pressing with deep groove. Cover has some discoloration along the opening, with a touch of pen.)

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✨✧ Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleySuper Super Blues Band (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Checker/Jackpot, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl!)

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Alma Afrobeat EnsembleIt's Time (with download) ... LP
Slow Walk (Spain), 2016. Sealed ... $19.99
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
Also available It's Time ... CD 4.99

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Marc CaryFor The Love Of Abbey ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $2.99
A beautiful tribute to the late, great Abbey Lincoln – served up on a host of solo piano performances by Marc Cary – mostly of tunes penned by Lincoln herself, but also featuring a few originals as well! There's a rich, vibrant feel to the record – a quality that strikes us stronger than any other Cary recording we've heard in recent years, even though Marc's on his own here – really reaching out on the keys of the piano, with a command we never would have expected – stretching over space and tone with a sort of majesty to rival Mal Waldron or McCoy Tyner – yet also keeping things deeply personal as well. Titles include "Melancholia", "Down Here Below", "Music Is The Magic", "Love Evolves", "Down Here Below The Horizon", "Transmute", "Throw It Away", and "Who Used To Dance". CD

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HUWMusic From The Multiverse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with the kind of future elements you'd guess from the image, sometimes more understated – in a good fit with the more sensitive lyrics of the album's range of different singers – who include Jube (Julie Clarkson), Bennett Holland, Sid M, and Jamie Paul. A few tracks are instrumental – with more of a focus on the sax and drums – and titles include "Baskerville", "Last Minute", "Already Home", "Midnight", "Foot Down", "Flow State", and "Thank You". CD
 
 
 



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