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James BrownSay It Loud – I'm Black & I'm Proud (extended, b-proud edit, blacapella)/B-Black, B-Proud, B-Beautiful ... 12-inch
Polydor, 1991. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Several remixed and re-edited versions of the Godfather's classic, with fattened up production and additional vocals on a portion of the track by Professor X of X Clan, plus a bonus b-side cut & paste piece of a bunch of great vocal bits from James! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker.)

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Mel BrownBlues For We ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $13.99
A record that's a lot more jazz than you'd guess from the title – a seminal set from the mighty Mel Brown! The "blues" here are hardly the familiar kind – and instead, the album really stresses the more soul-based sound of Mel Brown's work – thanks to some very groovy arrangements from Artie Butler! Tracks have a vamping, stomping sort of sound that's all-soul all the way through – using both Mel's guitar and some of his vocals to top some wonderful grooves from Artie – all done up in the best mix of soul jazz and more conventional vibes that was going down at Verve and Impulse in the late 60s. The tunes are all plenty hip too – with titles that include a great version of Tom Scott's "Freaky Zeke", plus Mel's own takes on "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Indian Giver", and "Set Me Free". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Vinyl has a short click on one track.)

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Odell BrownOdell Brown ... LP
Paula, 1974. Sealed ... $38.99
A wonderful album by Odell Brown – recorded years after he broke up with his Organizers group, with a sweet electric groove that's very different than his Chess LPs – and also quite a bit different from other records on Paula in the mid 70s! Odell's playing electric piano on the set – grooving in a mellow funky way that reminds us of some of the early 70s Young-Holt albums, no surprise, since Odell and the Young-Holt team came out of the same scene. The tracks are nice and long, and nearly all originals. It kicks off a killer cover, though: an 11 minute jazzy soul take on Stevie Wonder's "I Love Every Little Thing About You" – and it also includes "South of 63rd", "Simizzoke", "Song Theme" and "Tasha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Dave BrubeckJazz Goes To College ... LP
Columbia, 1954. Very Good- ... $6.99
The Dave Brubeck Quartet goes to college – a pretty good place for the combo, considering how many fans they had on campus in the 50s! The sound here is never too academic for the setting, though – just the same sort of Brubeck groove first forged in the small clubs in San Francisco – played beautifully by an incarnation of the quartet that includes Paul Desmond on alto sax, Bob Bates on bass, and Joe Dodge on drums. The long, bluesy "Balcony Rock" is a real gem, with some standout work by Desmond that reminds us that he could be a great improvisor in an extended format – and other tracks include "Out Of Nowhere, "Le Souk", "The Song Is You", "Don't Worry Bout Me", and "Take The A Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Roy BuchananRoy Buchanan Live At Town Hall 1974 ... CD
Polydor/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
A sweet little live set from the great Roy Buchanan – most of it never issued before, and a fantastic document of the mighty power of the guitarist as he rose to fame in the 70s! There's a lean quality here that's mighty nice – none of the showiness of other guitar heroes of Roy's generation, even in such an enthusiastic concert setting – and the recording's a great reminder of why Buchanan was always such a strong craftsman, especially on some of the soul-based numbers and more instrumental passages. Titles include "Done Your Daddy Dirty", "Hot Cha", "Further On Up The Road", "Can I Change My Mind", "I'm Evil", "Too Many Drivers", "Hey Joe", "I'm A Ram", "In The Beginning", "Driftin & Driftin", "Hey Joe", and "Roy's Bluz". 2CD set, with both the early and late sets of the performance! CD

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Roy BuchananStreet Called Straight (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
A bluesy classic from Roy Buchanan – and a record that states his mighty guitar powers right from the very first note! In fact, although Roy sings on the record, it's the guitar that's probably the main attraction here – and the instrument often comes off first on most tunes, setting a rich current that's complemented by the vocals in ways that sometimes remind us of swamp rock modes from the late 60s – and at others which have the changes that were shifting in blues rock during the mid 70s. titles include "If Six Was Nine", "Running Out", "Man On The Floor", "Keep What You Got", "Caruso", "Okay", and "Guitar Cadenza". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Eric Burdon & The AnimalsLove Is ... CD
MGM/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A fantastic double-length set from The Animals – recorded in LA in the late 60s, and with plenty of great Sunset Strip influences in the mix! The band here is different than before – with Zoot Money handling both organ and piano, plus a bit of vocals, and Andy Summers joining in on guitar – and production is by the group itself, who shake off some of the trippier styles of previous records, and almost go for a "live in studio" sort of sound! There's a confluence of styles here that's really great – some of the blues of the group's roots, bits of Eric Burdon's growing love of soul, and some fuzzier touches as well. Some tracks are quite long jams, and titles include "Gemini", "Madman", "As The Years Go Passing By", "To Love Somebody", and "I'm An Animal". CD

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RD BurmanMukti ... CD
Subah Zindagi (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A classic soundtrack from Indian film composer Rahul Dev Burman – and one that reminds us just how important the voice was to the format over the years! Unlike some Bollywood soundtracks, which have long upbeat songs that are driving the dance numbers in the film – this score has a fair bit of mellower tracks, which really seem to bring out the best of the famous singers in the music – a lineup that includes Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, and Kishore Kumar. Titles include "Dil Sajan Jalta Hai", "Pvar Hai Ik Nishan Qadmon Ka (part 1)", "Dance Music", "Lalla Lalla Lori Doodh Ki Katori", and "Suhani Chandni Raten". CD

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Gary Burton & Chick CoreaCrystal Silence ... LP
ECM, 1972. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A seminal pairing of groundbreaking players – amazing vibes from Gary Burton, matched with wonderfully understated piano work from Chick Corea! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some staining & waviness.)

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Jerry ButlerBest Of Jerry Butler (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Seminal work by one of our favorite soul singers of all time! Jerry first came to fame with The Impressions and on his own in the early 60s – singing dark moody easy tunes that well earned him the nickname of "Iceman". In the late 60s, though, he moved onto Mercury where he broke through even bigger with some excellent early production by Gamble & Huff, which took Jerry to a whole new level, and which gave his work a swinging soul groove that worked great with his vocals. This set compiles some of the best moments of the Mercury years – including "Never Give You Up", "Lost", "Moody Woman", "Mr Dream Merchant", "Hey Western Union Man", and "Only The Strong Survive". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry ButlerNothing Says I Love You Like I Love You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
After working with Gamble & Huff on his big hits for Mercury in the late 60s, Jerry returned to work with the pair in the late 70s on their own Philly International label – stepping out with the same sweet groove that the Philly sound had brought to Lou Rawls, in a way that helped Butler really revive his sound at the time! The full rich approach really works magic with Butler's great vocals – in a way that showed that Jerry had never faltered during the 70s, but had just lost some of his steam through a bit of mis-handling by Motown on earlier albums. There's a proud, warm, all-adult sound to the album that we really love – heard to best effect on the anthemic "(I'm Just Thinking About) Cooling Out" and the great mellow groover "Let's Make Love" – but still pretty darn great on other tracks too! Titles include "Mighty Good People", "I'm Glad To Be Back", "Dream World", and "Are You Lonely Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Ron CarterGolden Striker ... CD
Blue Note, 2003. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A very nice return to basics for Ron Carter – a trio session that features Mulgrew Miller on piano and Russell Malone on guitar, with Ron playing simply bass – and working in a straight jazz style that's really a refreshing change from some of his higher-concept projects! The lack of drums and use of guitar takes us back almost to the sound of the early Jamal trio – but there's an overall feel here that's more open, and more fluid – really adding some depth to tunes that might otherwise come across a bit too academic. Titles include the originals "NY Slick", "On & On", "A Theme In 3/4", "Parade", "Quick Sketch", and "Cedar Tree". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Michael CarvinCamel ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
A real gem of an album – the kind of spiritual 70s soul jazzer that we never tire of putting on the turntable! Drummer Michael Carvin heads a great group that features Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on alto and soprano, and Ron Burton on piano – and the ensemble grooves in a way that reminds us a lot more of recordings on Strata East from the time, than some of the snoozier sides on Steeplechase. The record fits nicely in with some of the few recordings of this nature on the label – work by Billy Gault and Rene McLean – and the album's worth it alone for Fortune's incredible post-Coltrane solos. Tracks include "The Camel", "MC Blues", "Kwebena's Blues", and "Osun". CD features a few bonus alternate takes, too. CD

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Daniela CasaArte Moderna ... LP
Flipper/Cacophonic (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Modern art, but of the sonic variety – served up here by composer Daniela Casa on a rare sound library album, but with a free-thinking quality that rivals the best of the avant garde at the time! Unlike some more staid, academic record, there's no overarching concept here – no detailed notes that you need to read to "get" the music. Instead, Casa creates these short, dark little passages of sound – sometimes very abstract, occasionally tuneful – with elements that move between free jazz, atonal piano and woodwinds, offbeat strings, and even a bit of Fender Rhodes! The whole thing's a great reminder of just how much genius was bubbling up in Italy during the 70s – so much so that a record like this, which would have been worthy of release by Columbia or Deutsche Grammophon in bigger scenes, was only pressed up in small quantities by the Flipper music label. Titles include "Concetto Informale", "Dimensione Umana", "Prima Maniera", "Ricerca Della Materia", "Visione Surreale", and "Ricerca Cromatica". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy CastorDimension III ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
Three-dimensional magic from the great Jimmy Castor – an artist who'd already conquered the worlds of sweet soul, heavy funk, and Latin by the time of this release! Jimmy draws on all his rich background in the soul underground, and also seems to move with a new sort of sophistication, too – not in a way that's slick or commercial, but which shows Jimmy only deepening his ideas in the era of Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes – going for some bigger arrangements and ambitious production, while still staying true to his groovy self! There's a vibe to the record that almost reminds us of some of the creative productions that Harvey Fuqua was doing for RCA at the same time – with New Birth and The Nite-Liters – and Jimmy's maestro seems to be Gerald Thomas, who knows how to spin just the right mood for each different track. There's even a few instrumentals, which showcase Castor's great skills on tenor – ala Stanley Turrentine in a similar mode – and tracks include "How Beautiful You Are", "Helpless", "I'm Not A Child Anymore", "The Lone Ranger", "Revelation", "Whiter Shade of Pale", and the tasty "The Last Ole", which is sort of a rumbling sinister slow funk track. CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard players!)

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Chairmen Of The BoardSkin I'm In (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Probably the rarest of all albums by The Chairmen Of The Board – and also the last! The album was cut after the band re-formed briefly, and it's got a fuzzed-out heavy soul sound that's quite different from some of the group's earlier work. There's heavy guitar on many tracks – riffing away in a psychedelic mode that dominates most tracks, but which almost buries the group's vocals. The album's a great one if you dig the funk side of the Chairmen – and at times, it almost reminds us of The Politicians, who were kind of labelmates of the group. Includes the excellent two-part funk track "Life & Death" – plus "Love At First Sight", "Everybody Party All Night", "Let's Have Some Fun", "Finder's Keepers", "Skin I'm In", and "White Rose (Freedom Flower)". Lots of bonus tracks too – including "Finders Keepers (inst)", "Someone Just Like You", "Come On In & Dance", and "You've Got Extra Added Power In Your Love". CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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Chairmen Of The Board feat Ken KnoxWords Left Unsaid ... CD
MoPhilly, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99
Wonderful contemporary work from the legendary Chairmen Of The Board – not exactly the same version of the group that climbed the charts at the start of the 70s, but one that definitely gets their spirit completely right! The album's a recent recording, but it features plenty of vintage talent on board – including the Philly songwriting team of the Steals Brothers, and Detroit soul legend McKinley Jackson on production work – handling things with an approach that really reminds us of the kind of group soul albums they cut back in the day! Ken Knox is the lead here, with a very different style than that of General Johnson – and in a way, the album's maybe thought of best as a criss-cross between classic Philly group and Detroit modes, rather than just another Chairmen Of The Board set. Titles include "Each Morning I Wake Up", "Words Left Unsaid", "No One Else", "I'm Ready Willing & Able", "Get Your Lovin", "All I Need Is You Tonight", and "Get Your Lovin (DJ mix)". CD

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Serge Chaloff & Boots MussulliSerge & Boots Mussulli (10 inch LP) ... LP
Storyville, 1954. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Wonderful work by two of the greatest jazz players to ever come out of the Boston scene of the 50s! Serge Chaloff is fairly well known for the two excellent Capitol LPs he cut shortly before his early death in the mid 50s – and although Boots Mussulli's probably not as famous, he's one of our favorite alto players of the time, and plays with a soulful intensity that reminds us a lot of the work of fellow Bostonians, like Charlie Mariano or Dick Johnson. This lively set has the pair playing lead solos in front of a quintet that includes Russ Freeman on piano – and titles include "Zdot", "Oh Baby", "Easy Street", and "Love Is Just Around the Corner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Cheap TrickAt Budokan ... LP
Epic, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
A seminal set from Cheap Trick – a group who had already cut some excellent studio albums before this one, but who somehow finally reached huge fame in the mainstream with this classic concert release! The album is one of the greatest, most iconic live rock records of its era – in which the to that point under-appreciated Cheap Trick (in the US at least – as you can hear the wild screams, they had the love elsewhere) midwestern powerpop progenitors FINALLY broke through and cemented their legend! LP, Vinyl record album
(Later blue label pressing including the booklet.)

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✨✧ Don CherryBlue Lake (Italian pressing) (LP style paper sleeve) ... CD
BYG/Fruit Tree (Italy), 1971. Used ... $22.99
Quite a rare set from Don Cherry, issued in the early 70s in Japan only, in a trio with Johnny Dyani and Okay Temiz, with whom he'd recorded the great Orient set. The set opens with Cherry on wood flute, in one of his contemplative modes, while the latter half is two longer pieces, "Dollar And Okay's Tune" and "East". "Dollar And Okay's Tune" starts with Cherry on piano, playing a rolling South African tinged groove, and then he moves back and forth between his pocket trumpet and piano. "East" is a Cherry piece, and though Temiz bubbles along nicely underneath, there's a lot of space and freedom. The playing is free and spirited throughout with Cherry's globally informed lines weaving in and out of more textural passages. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Don CherryOrient (LP style sleeve edition) ... CD
BYG/Fruit Tree (Italy), 1971. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
A beauty from Don Cherry – and one of his rarest records! This set was originally only ever issued by the Japanese branch of BYG Records in the early 70s, and it features 2 live performances from France, both of them great! Don's in a spare trance-like mode here – working with one trio comprised of bassist Johnny Dyani and percussionist Okay Temiz; and another trio with Han Bennink on percussion and Moqui on tambura. Tracks from both sets are very long and stretched-out – a mixture percussion, trumpet, flute, piano, and occasional vocals, often done in a globally expansive style. Titles include "Si Ta Ra Ma", "Orient", "Eagle Eye", and "Togetherness". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chi-Lites(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People ... LP
Brunswick, 1970. Very Good ... $8.99
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the charts. The album features excellent production by Chi-Lite Eugene Record, who also wrote a lot of the material – plus arrangements by Tom Tom and Sonny Sanders. Great stuff all around, with the righteous social tunes "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to The People", "Trouble's A Comin", and "We Are Neighbors" – plus classic love songs "Have You Seen Her" and "Love Uprising", which are still kind of the band's strongest point. Loads more great stuff on this one, the album that helped the second wave of Chicago soul break out into the international market! LP, Vinyl record album

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Chi-Lites(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... About July 18, 2018
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the charts. The album features excellent production by Chi-Lite Eugene Record, who also wrote a lot of the material – plus arrangements by Tom Tom and Sonny Sanders. Great stuff all around, with the righteous social tunes "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to The People", "Trouble's A Comin", and "We Are Neighbors" – plus classic love songs "Have You Seen Her" and "Love Uprising", which are still kind of the band's strongest point. Loads more great stuff on this one, the album that helped the second wave of Chicago soul break out into the international market! CD features the bonus single version of "I Want To Pay You Back For Loving Me". CD
Also available (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People ... LP 8.99

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Charlie ChristianGenius Of The Electric Guitar ... CD
Columbia, Late 30s/Early 40s. Used ... $1.99
The birth of modern jazz guitar – seminal sides recorded by Charlie Christian, working in small group format with Benny Goodman in the '40's. Christian's tone on the instrument is fantastic – and even though the style of the tracks is more in the swing era mode, there's a direct line between his playing and later work by Grant Green and other 60s jazz guitar giants. 16 tracks in all, including "Six Appeal", "Waiting For Benny", "Seven Come Eleven", "Airmail Special", "Breakfast Feud", and "Wholly Cats". CD
(Columbian Jazz Masterpieces pressing.)

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Chuck StrangersConsumers Park ... CD
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Neo-classic hip hop of the highest caliber, courtesy Pro Era collective MC and producer Chuck Strangers in his solo debut! As much as we always have and always will love dusty soul and jazz sample hip hop, it takes real finesse these days to work in that realm without sounding self-consciously rearward gazing, and CS pulls it off masterfully as a dual threat on the beats and rhymes. Titles include "Thoro Hall" with Kirk Night, "Style Wars" with Joey Bada$$, "1010 Wins" (Pts 1 & 2)", "The Evening", "Syl's Song", "Class Pictures", "Peaceful" with Issa Gold, "Two Pit Bulls", "Fresh" with guest production by Alchemist and more. CD
Also available Consumers Park ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Chuck StrangersConsumers Park ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
Neo-classic hip hop of the highest caliber, courtesy Pro Era collective MC and producer Chuck Strangers in his solo debut! As much as we always have and always will love dusty soul and jazz sample hip hop, it takes real finesse these days to work in that realm without sounding self-consciously rearward gazing, and CS pulls it off masterfully as a dual threat on the beats and rhymes. Titles include "Thoro Hall" with Kirk Night, "Style Wars" with Joey Bada$$, "1010 Wins" (Pts 1 & 2)", "The Evening", "Syl's Song", "Class Pictures", "Peaceful" with Issa Gold, "Two Pit Bulls", "Fresh" with guest production by Alchemist and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Consumers Park ... CD 11.99

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Stanley ClarkeChildren Of Forever ... CD
Polydor, 1973. Used ... $5.99
Quite possibly the hippest album that Stanley Clarke ever cut – a stretched-out soulful batch of jazz-tinged tracks – very much in the same spirit as the more righteous soul jazz underground of the time! In a way, the record would be much more at home on a label like Strata East than it would at Polydor – thanks to vocals from Andy Bey and Dee Dee Bridgewater – and a group lineup that includes Pat Martino on guitars, Art Webb on flute, Lenny White on drums, and Chick Corea on keyboards! Corea produced, and there's a bit of the free-floating style of Return To Forever here – but the overall vibe is a lot more soulful too, and reminds us a fair bit of some of the earliest work by Norman Connors or Carlos Garnett – both of whom used Bridgewater as a vocalist in similar settings. Titles include "Children Of Forever", "Butterfly Dreams", "Sea Journey", and "Unexpected Days". CD
(Verve Originals pressing.)

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✨✧ Stanley Clarke & Chick CoreaGriffith Park Collection ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A seminal set in the rebirth of straight jazz in the early 80s – a wonderful record with a much warmer, more traditional feel than you'd expect from some of the players involved! Bassist Stanley Clarke and pianist Chick Corea really return to their roots here – Stanley with some of the bold acoustic tones of his earliest soul jazz years, Chick with those modern-yet-soulful piano lines he first brought to magical recordings of the 60s – including the Sweet Rain session with Stan Getz. Freddie Hubbard's also in the group – blowing wonderfully with that reborn sound of his early 80s years, still some of the best work he ever did – and the group also features Joe Henderson on tenor, always a treat, and Lenny White on drums, really keeping things focused. The set's a gem through and through – and titles include "L's Bop", "Happy Times", "Remember", "Guernica", "October Ballade", and "Why Wait". LP, Vinyl record album
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Cocteau TwinsHead Over Heels (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
4AD (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 22.98
Seminal early work from The Cocteau Twins – the kind of record that made the group almost a genre unto themselves – even though so many later artists tried to copy their sound and style! The record is years ahead of its time, especially when you consider that it was produced in the post-punk generation, at a point when less was often more – which was definitely the case with the core contributions to the record, before they were fluffed out into this amazing candyfloss of sonic textures, beats, and the mindblowing vocals of Elizabeth Fraser! The sound is as dark and obtuse as the cover image, but also completely lovely too – surprisingly catchy, even when you can't figure out the lyrics. Titles include "Sugar Hiccup", "When Mama Was Moth", "Musette & Drums", "The Tinderbox", "In The Gold Dust Rush", and "Glass Candle Grenades". LP, Vinyl record album
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CohenbeatsDaily Affirmations (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
Tel Aviv-based, LA underground inspired hip hop production work from Michael Cohen, aka Cohenbeats – a beatmaker with a lot of love for moody jazz & soul beatcraft that's really right at home on Stones Throw! There's a timeless independent hip hop spirit at play here that transcends any niche/regional anchors – drawing as much from the mood funk of classic Madlib as much any regional or stylistic elements – but there's a real sense self and personal roots here, too, which takes it to another level – with samples of Israeli music and other hints, both subtle and overt. Stron stuff! Includes "4Urhealth", "Daily Affirmations" with Quelle Chris, "Rhythm", "Dry Figs", "Nuwav", "Clik", "Us Vs Them" feat Oliver The 2nd & Jeremiah Jae", "Liga", "Cauliflower", "Don't Play", "Money Fast" feat Denmark Vessey, "Hold Your Hand", "Mushon's House", "Shabat Shalom Outro" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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CommodoresHot On The Tracks ... CD
Motown/Elemental (France), 1976. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99
Early funk from the Commodores – back in the days when Lionel Richie could still get up and groove! It's records like this that actually remind us how great they could be – an incredible mixture of funk and sweet soul, done with a focused, well-crafted approach, and enough of a blend of the two styles to keep things interesting! The album's got a wonderfully tight quality – never slick or too smooth, but just nicely put together – commercial, but not so much so that it loses its soul. Titles include "Quick Draw", "Just To Be Close To You", "High On Sunshine", "Let's Get Started", "Can't Let You Tease Me", "Come Inside", and "Thumpin Music". Classic! CD
Also available Hot On The Tracks ... LP 4.99

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CommodoresHot On The Tracks ... LP
Motown, 1976. Very Good ... $4.99
Early funk from the Commodores – back in the days when Lionel Richie could still get up and groove! We'll be the first to admit that we're sometimes put off by the group, given their later hits, but it's records like this that actually remind us how great they could be – a mixture of funk and sweet soul, done with an incredibly well-crafted approach, and enough of a blend of the two styles to keep things interesting! The album's got a wonderfully tight quality – never slick or too smooth, but just nicely put together – commercial, but not so much so that it loses its soul. Titles include "Quick Draw", "Just To Be Close To You", "High On Sunshine", "Let's Get Started", "Can't Let You Tease Me", "Come Inside", and "Thumpin Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light staining & waviness.)
Also available Hot On The Tracks ... CD 13.99

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CommonElectric Circus ... LP
MCA, 2002. Sealed 2LP ... $24.99
Common newcomers who buy Electric Circus for the single with Mary J Blige are going to be left with some head scratching – but if you like the spiritual/psychedelic Com that was hinted at on Like Water For Chocolate, this may be the follow up you were waiting for! This is still hip hop – with production by the Neptunes, Jay Dee, ?uestlove and others, but it's definitely a boundary stretcher. The mood runs from Roots style soul bumpers to Hendrix and Eugene McDaniels style feedback heavy freakouts. There's a guest on nearly every track, mostly from the Okayplayer camp and NuSoul titans, including Bilal, Omar, Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and others. We won't lie to you, we miss the Chicago hip hop Common that kicked insight over raw and soulful productions, but you can't fault the guy for being an artist, and he really has crafted something original here. A great cover – a kind of rainbow drenched cut and paste photo collage of the contributors and inspirations with Com out front, sort of reminding us of Tribe's Midnight Maurauders, and even Sgt. Pepper. Tracks include "Ferris Wheel", "Soul Power", "The Hustle", the first single "Come Close", "New Wave", "Star *69", "Jimi Was A Rock Star" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Vinyl Me Please pressing.)

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Norman ConnorsYou Are My Starship ... LP
Buddah, 1976. Very Good ... $3.99
A masterpiece of mellow soul and jazzy grooves from the groundbreaking Norman Connors – an album that sails to the stars on a sweet blend of mellow moments and more upbeat tracks too! The record features some crucial vocal talents from Michael Henderson and Phyllis Hyman – both relative newcomers here, and making a great transition from jazz to soul with Connors help – hitting this amazing territory that would inform countless other artists in years to come – but never be done again this well! The instrumentation is wonderful, too – schooled in the jazz roots of Connors' music – and featuring Gary Bartz on alto, and both Hubert Eaves and Onaje Allen Gumbs on keyboards. Titles include the seminal title cut "You Are My Starship" – one of the best late night slowjams ever – plus remakes of "The Creator Has a Master Plan" and "Betcha By Golly Wow" – and the cuts "So Much Love", "Just Imagine", and "We Both Need Each Other". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Alice CooperLove It To Death ... LP
Straight/Warner, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
The third album from Alice Cooper and perhaps the first great one – starting the 70s sleaze show win streak with the massive "I'm Eighteen" and an LP full of great, gritty and grimy rock and roll. Bob Ezrin's producing for the first time, and if the songs and the whole show isn't yet as menacingly theatrical as it would get to be in the following couple of years, the angry anthemic vibe is here and it's heavy! Other tracks include "Caught In A Dream", "Hallowed Be My Name", "Black Juju", "Is It My Body", "Second Coming", "Ballad Of Dwight Fry" and "Sun Arise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing in the ammended cover – with some light wear.)

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✨✧ CormegaTrue Meaning ... CD
Landspeed, 2002. Used ... $5.99
Solid post-millennium effort from Cormega – with allstar production by Buckwild, Large Pro, Alchemist and Hi Tek! Sharp stuff that sounded to us at the time like it was built to stand the test of time, and sure enough, it's rock solid after all these years. Raw, straight-foward independent hip hop at it's finest, with some pretty diverse beats given the pedigree of the roster of producers listed above, all the better to showcase how versatile Cormega's no BS mic style is. "Verbal Graffiti", "Ain't Gone Change", "The Legacy", "The Come Up", "Souol Food", "Endangered Species" and "Therapy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roxy CossFuture Is Female ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Roxy Coss's second album as a leader for the Posi-Tone label – and it's her strongest to date, both by design and in performance! Where her Chasing The Unicorn album set up a whimsical sensibility, this one obliviously sets up a tone of strength and determination – undercurrents of all her work we've heard thus far, but are front-and-center thematically here. The titles are strident and topical, while the sound is timeless, with some thematic touches – like the almost foreboding intro to "Mr. President" that leads into marching drums, or the slyly easygoing swing that starts "Feminist AF" leading to some of the most energetic soloing by Roxy on the whole set – but she never casts off the neo-classic jazz she's always had such a strong voice for. Recorded in a single day with her excellent band including Alex Wintz, Miki Yamanaka, Rick Rosato and Jimmy Macbride, titles include "Nevertheless, She Persisted", "Little Did She Know", "She Needed A Hero, So That's What She Became", "Females Are Strong As Hell", "#MeToo","Nasty Women Grab Back" and "Ode To A Generation". CD

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Curtis CounceCarl's Blues ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $24.99
A seminal session of LA hardbop – featuring a great group that includes Gerald Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Frank Butler, and pianist Carl Perkins, the unique talent who had a strange way of playing the keys (sideways!), and who died shortly after the recording of this set. As the title might imply, the album's dedicated to Perkins – and titles include "Nica's Dream", "Pink Lady","Carl's Blues", and "Larue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Country Joe & The FishElectric Music For The Mind & Body (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vanguard/Craft, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A seminal set from Country Joe & The Fish – one of those albums that brought the new psychedelic sound strongly into the mainstream – but all without softening up or commercializing it at all! There's still a very sharp edge to the record – mean organ lines, fuzzy guitar, and lots of cool production that makes the sounds weirder and more watery than before – even the vocals, which have this edge that nobody would ever refer to as Sunshine Pop! In a way, the whole set's as sinister as any of the most groundbreaking albums on Elektra from the time – and definitely shows that both Vanguard and the group were at the forefront of the new psych recording scene. Titles include "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine", "Super Bird", "Death Sound", "Sad And Lonely Times", "The Masked Marauder", "Grace", and "Bass Strings". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – with newly-remastered audio!)

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Stanley CowellMusa ... LP
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
A solo piano set from Strata East mainman Stanley Cowell – but a record that's got enough soul and spirituality to rival a full group recording! Although working alone here, Cowell's touch on the keys is astounding – often flowing and highly rhythmic, with a pulsating sense of energy that makes even the mellower tracks sparkle with soulful imagination. A number of tracks are intimate explorations of themes heard more famously on albums done with Charles Tolliver – but which come alive in a whole new way here in Stanley's solo setting! Most work here is on acoustic piano, but Cowell also picks up the electric keys for the tune "Travelin Man" – done here as an overdubbed "duet", and one of the hippest tunes on the entire record! Other titles include "Abscretions", "Equipoise", "Prayer For Peace", "Departure No 2", "Sweet Song", and "Emil Danenberg". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marshall CrenshawMarshall Crenshaw ... LP
Warner, 1982. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Titles include the seminal "There She Goes Again" – plus "She Can't Dance", "Mary Anne", "Cynical Girl", "Soldier Of Love", "I'll Do Anything", and "Girls". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Marshall Crenshaw (Original Master Recording) ... CD 14.99

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Marshall CrenshawMarshall Crenshaw (Original Master Recording) ... CD
Warner/Mobile Fidelity, 1982. Used Gatefold ... $14.99
Titles include the seminal "There She Goes Again" – plus "She Can't Dance", "Mary Anne", "Cynical Girl", "Soldier Of Love", "I'll Do Anything", and "Girls". CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode.)
Also available Marshall Crenshaw ... LP 1.99

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Sonny CrissGo Man! ... CD
Imperial/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... About July 11, 2018
A great little album that's as hip as its cover image – one of 3 seminal mid 50s recordings for Imperial by LA altoist Sonny Criss! At this point in his career, Criss had a sharp-edged sound that could easily rival the best work by Sonny Stitt or Charlie Parker on the alto sax – but he also had a groove that was a bit more spacious, and a tone that was slightly more raspy – a wonderful quality that we can only describe as Criss-esque, recorded perfectly in the Imperial studios! The group here is a tight quartet – with Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums – and Criss' solos are brilliant throughout! Titles include "Wailin With Joe", "The Man I Love", "Blues For Rose", "Blue Prelude", and "Summertime". CD

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Joe CubaSteppin' Out ... CD
Seeco, Early 60s. Used ... $16.99
Seminal early work from the legendary Joe Cuba – highly percussive Latin tracks, served up in a small combo mode that really helped pave the way for the Latin Soul generation! Joe's shaking off most of Latin tradition here – going for a tightly focused sound that features plenty of timbales and congas, and which also introduces a bit of English language to their repertoire – thanks to vocals by Jimmy Sabater on the track "To Be With You". Cheo Feliciano sings on a few other numbers, but a number of tracks are really cooking instrumentals! Titles include the great "Wabble Cha", plus "Oriente", "Callejero", "Salsa Y Bembe", "Cachondea", and "To Be With You", a big early hit for the group. CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a slight crease, but is otherwise in good shape!)
Also available Steppin' Out ... LP 9.99

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Joe CubaSteppin' Out ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Seminal early work from the legendary Joe Cuba – highly percussive Latin tracks, served up in a small combo mode that really helped pave the way for the Latin Soul generation! Joe's shaking off most of Latin tradition here – going for a tightly focused sound that features plenty of timbales and congas, and which also introduces a bit of English language to their repertoire – thanks to vocals by Jimmy Sabater on the track "To Be With You". Cheo Feliciano sings on a few other numbers, but a number of tracks are really cooking instrumentals! Titles include the great "Wabble Cha", plus "Oriente", "Callejero", "Salsa Y Bembe", "Cachondea", and "To Be With You", a big early hit for the group. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Steppin' Out ... CD 16.99

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CureFaith (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Elektra/Fiction, 1981. Near Mint- (reissue)... $16.99
A sublime early one from The Cure! The band was always best when setting a semi-dour mood, but balancing that with darkly beautiful overall sound and this one does that perfectly, while bringing in thicker waves of keyboards and other more floating bits of atmosphere – building up from the starker guitar, bass and voice backdrop of the first couple albums – and definitely a bellwether for bigger sounds to come. Includes the incredible, underappreciated early single "Primary", "The Holy Hour", "Other Voices", "All Cats Are Grey", "The Funeral Party", "Doubt", "The Drowning Man" and "Faith". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – remastered by Robert Smith!)

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✨✧ CureMixed Up (2LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fiction, 1990. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 34.98
The Cure get taken into dancefloor territory – but that's OK, given that most of these tracks are from the years when the group was already moving into clubbier sounds after the raw style of their post-punk beginnings! Yet Robert Smith continues to find the right way to bring melancholy to a groove – as you'll hear on the album's remixes of "In Between Days", "The Caterpillar", "Why Can't I Be You", "Pictures Of You", "Hot Hot Hot", "Never Enough", "A Forest", "Lovesong", "The Walk", "Close To Me", "Lullaby", and "Fascination Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed mastered pressing – remastered by Robert Smith!)

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CybotronEnter Cybotron (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... On October 5, 2018
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house – served up here as a spare, fuzzy approach to funk – but with lots of the colder touches you'd find from post-punk imports at the time! The blend is quite unique, and even more unusual given the fact that the trio were working in virtual obscurity on the Detroit scene – as an early project from the legendary Juan Atkins, with guitarist Jon-5, and the mysterious electronician 3070! There's more funk here than most of the group's electro contemporaries – but the sound is still nicely cold in all the right parts too – and titles include the seminal "Clear", which was years ahead of its time – plus "Cosmic Cars", "Cosmic Raindance", "Industrial Lies", "The Line", and "Alleys Of Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Duduka Da FonsecaDuduka Da Fonseca Trio Plays Dom Salvador ... CD
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
One Brazilian jazz great pays tribute to another – drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, who works here in a whole set of classic tunes from the songbook of pianist Dom Salvador! Both Duduka and Dom emigrated from Brazil to the US in their early years – where they found a welcome audience, and a way to really expand their musical palette – and back in the 80s, Da Fonseca even played in Salvador's group for awhile – which makes him a perfect artist for a project like this! And yet, the music is also nicely different than Dom Salvador's older recordings – given that the leader here is a drummer, not a pianist – which definitely gives a different focus to the record, although David Feldman does a pretty great job on the piano throughout. The group also features Guto Wirtti on bass, and Jaques Morelenbaum plays cello on one track – and titles include "Para Elis", "Samba Do Malandrinho", "Transition", "Farjuto", "Antes Da Chuva", "Clauditi", "Gafieira", and "Tematrio". CD

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DaedelusOf Snowdonia & Something Bells (colored vinyl) ... LP
Magical Properties, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 24.98
A beautiful blend of beats, electronics, and well-chosen acoustic sources – including a bit of bassoon, and some acoustic guitar in unexpected places! These sorts of mixes are maybe a bit more familiar now – but back at the start, this album was a bit of a groundbreaker – maybe a bit overlooked, because it was slightly understated – but filled warmth and imagination that still delights all these many years later! Titles include "Dumbfound", "Pocket Watch Pulse", "A Sneaking Suspicion", "Snowed In", "Taking Wing", "Shinkansen", "Something Bells", "Hiraethus", "Was Waiting", and "Telling Meaning". Also features remixes – "Something Bells (Omid rmx)", "Was Waiting (featuring Busdriver)", and "Dumbfound (EdIT rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green colored vinyl – and on vinyl for the first time. Limited to just 500 copies!)

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Dam-FunkEuropean Nights EP ... LP
Glydezone, 2009/2018. New Copy (pic cover)... $19.99
A prime rarity from the Dam-Funk archives – showing his mastery of easygoing boogie funk era-inspired instrumentals was in near peak form even on what was originally issued as a tour-only CD-R! Recorded around the time of his seminal synth soul opus Toeachizown for Stones Throw, these 4 jams – "Electric Breeze", "Nyghtryder", "She Lights Me Up" and "Special Dimensions" – each living up to its title and make for a worthy late discovery. It's kind of a leaner, lighter side of the bright, breezy, neon-lit cosmic soul vibe he was perfecting at the time – really good stuff that deserves a wider release than it got at the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(A one time tour-only EP that was available only as a CDR – on vinyl for the first time ever!)

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Danser's Inferno (John Danser)Creation One ... LP
Lirs/Everland (Austria), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
That's "Danser", not "dancer" – as in John Danser, who's also best known for a groovy jazz album under his own name! This sweet little set from the early 70s may well be John's best album ever – a wonderful blend of funky grooves and these wonderful raspy vocals – completely charming, and with a quality that's hard to describe, but really really great! There's a wickedly offbeat feel to the record that keeps us coming back – at some level the funky big band grooves of the MPS 70s generation, but mixed with a more sensitive independent American vibe too – especially given that some of the lyrics remind us a bit of Matthew Larkin Cassell. Danser plays tenor, and leads the group – the vocal cuts (about half the album's tracks) feature Randy Maddison singing. Titles include the classic "Sombre Guitar", plus "Inferno", "And Once My Love", "Badinage", "Time Is Laughing", "Sunday Morning", and "Turning The Corner". LP, Vinyl record album

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Harry Bromley DavenportXtro ... LP
That's Entertainment (UK), 1983. Near Mint- ... $43.99
A cool spacey soundtrack that reminds you that "not all Extra Terrestrials are friendly"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has light wear.)

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Miles DavisChronicle – The Complete Prestige Recordings 1951 to 1956 (8 CD set) ... CD
Prestige, Mid 50s. Used 8 CDs ... $42.99
Wow! An incredible collection of seminal recordings from one of the most important figures in modern music! All of Miles' recordings from the Prestige label in one place, bound up in a well annotated box, and given a complete discography and lots of excellent photos. It's almost too much astounding jazz in one place! The list of sidemen and great LPs is almost too long to go over, but in addition to Miles' remarkable Cookin'/Relaxin'/Walkin'/Workin' sessions, there's all of the material issued as Bags' Groove, with the Modern Jazz Giants and loads more, and some of the stellar accompanists includes John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Red Garland, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Milt Jackson, Paul Chambers, Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and Max Roach, just to name a few. There's far too many tracks to list here, but there's takes of "Blue Room", "Conception", "Compulsion", "Miles Ahead", "Blue Haze", "Airegin", "Bag's Groove", "The Man I Love", "Green Haze", "Dr Jackle", "The Theme", "Trane's Blues", "'Round About Midnight", "Half Nelson", "My Funny Valentine" and loads more! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisCookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A seminal session from the team of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – not nearly as "cookin" (at least in a blowing session way) as you might guess from the title, but instead a beautiful example of the lyrically modern explorations the pair created together! Rhythm is by the trio of Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – but the horn work of Davis and Coltrane are clearly the starring attraction on the set! Titles include "Tune Up", "Blues By Five", and "Airegin" – plus the pair's classic reading of "My Funny Valentine". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles Davis – Fillmore West 1970 ... CD
Hi Hat (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Yet another slice of electric Miles Davis at the the Fillmore West in 1970 – not the material that appeared on the Black Beauty album, but instead a live broadcast that originally appeared on KSAN radio – which captures the group in very similarly firey performance! The lineup features Chick Corea on electric and acoustic piano, Steve Grossman on soprano sax, Dave Holland on basses, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Airto on percussion – really stretching out on long tracks that are set with a strong Bitches Brew fire – no surprise, as that famous album was issued in the same year! The whole thing marks a seminal moment in Miles' career – as the group stretches out on titles that include "Sanctuary", "Bitches Brew", "Spanish Key", "It's About That Time", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "This", "Directions", and "Miles Runs The Voodoo Down". CD

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Tyrone DavisCan't You Tell It's Me ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Fantastic mellow soul from Tyrone Davis – a great reminder that his vocals were still some of the burningest in 70s soul – sounding especially great in a record like this! Side one of the album's especially great – an all-mellow side that almost acts like some mini-suite of love songs, with a slinky, sexy, late nite sound! Side two picks up the groove a bit, but never too much – and Davis' warmly crackling vocals come through with a tremendous amount of feeling, even amidst clubby rhythms. Leo Graham produced, and arrangements are by Tom Tom, Gil Askey, and James Mack – on tracks that include "Can't You Tell It's Me", "Be With Me", "Heart Failure", "Burnin Up", "Love You Forever", and "Really Gonna Miss You". CD

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Guido & Maurizio De AngelisKeoma/Il Cacciatore Di Squali ... CD
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Two very cool soundtracks from the legendary team of Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis – back to back on in a single set! The soundtrack to Keoma is a weird mixture of instrumental tunes that feature piano, guitar, and harmonica, sort of in a spaghetti western mode, but with more of a groovy Italian approach – and played by the wonderful Franco De Gemini – then balanced out by two vocal tunes, one with vocals by male singer Guy, who almost hits a Leonard Cohen style – the other as a duet with female singer Sybil. Il Cacciatore Di Squali follows up the style – featuring a great vocal number by The Sharks, plus some instrumentals with a range of instrumentation, including a bit of smooth electric work that's maybe more fitting for the 1979 date of the film. CD features 15 tracks in all – done in the beautiful Chris' Soundtrack Corner style! CD

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Peppino De LucaLa Ragazza Con Pistola (aka The Girl With The Gun) (picture disc) ... LP
GDM/Dagored (Italy), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A great little album that ranks with the best of the Italian mod generation soundtracks – filled with playful touches and some very groovy tunes! Peppino De Luca's certainly not one of the better-known composers from this stretch – but the album's a top-shelf effort all the way through, almost even fresher than some of our favorites! Instrumentation includes some very offbeat electric sitar, romping jerk-styled rhythms, and some darker, spookier passages – all fluttering together in waves of sound that shift and turn nicely as the record goes on, making for way more than just a few simple variations on a theme! There's some nice organ work that bubbles under on a few cuts, plus some "experimental" sounds that remind us a fair bit of the Peter Thomas sci-fi scoring of the 60s. Titles include "My Little Love", "La Ragazza Con La Pistola", "Un Folle Amore", "In Due", "Cip Cip Lu Me Giardinu", "Shake Balera", and "Ossessione Psichedelica". LP, Vinyl record album

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Francesco De MasiRingo Il Volto Della Vendetta (with bonus track) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $19.99
A strong score for one of the classic Ringo films of the spaghetti western scene – served up here in a great mix of dramatic elements and a few more punctuated passages! The music is practically archetypal spaghetti scoring throughout – with great use of slow-strummed electric guitar, stark drumbeats signifying tenser moments, and sweetly drifting harmonica lines from the legendary Franco De Gemini – whose watery tones on the instrument really send the whole thing home! The music is great – and almost works together here like a full suite of sounds – evoking the narrative quite strongly, even without any of the images on the screen. Features the bonus track "Ringo Il Volto Della Vendetta (seq n 22 suite)". CD

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✨✧ DeathFor The Whole World To See ... LP
Drag City, 1975. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
A pre-punk bit of charged, hard grooving Motor City rock from Death – a lost record that takes a tightly coiled, blazing approach to their influences of garage rock and psychedelia – and a record that's all the better in that it was recorded way back in 1975! To put it bluntly, music didn't really sound like this in '75 – and it would be as easy to label the sound as something like, "mid 70s Detroit African American precursor to Husker Du", etc, but this is a honestly a pretty remarkable album for its time that we don't want to trivialize it with a lazy nutshell description. The group does distill their influences in a way that's reminiscent of some midwestern post punk, but Death is pre-punk, making it a really fascinating record, and a blast to crank up in your headphones! Titles include "Keep On Knocking", "Rock-N-Roll Victim", the longer, seemingly Arthur Lee influenced "Let The World Turn" (eventually nailing a fiercer sound the likes of which Love never messed with), "You're A Prisoner", "Freakin Out", "Where Do We Go From Here???" and "Politicians In My Eyes". 7 songs, 27 minutes, and pretty awesome. LP, Vinyl record album

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Desmond DekkerThis Is Desmond Dekker ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1969. Used ... $6.99
Blistering rocksteady from the man largely responsible for bringing Jamaican soul to the rest of the world with his huge hit "Israelites"! 31 outstanding jams from Dekker, produced by Leslie Kong for his seminal Beverley's label, non stop easy rockers all culled from Dekker's crucial late 60s output. Includes "007 (Shanty Town)", "Shing A Ling", "Beautiful & Dangerous", "Intensified '68 (aka Music Like Dirt)", "Rudy Got Soul", "Mother Pepper", "It's A Shame", "You've Got Your Troubles", "Keep A Cool Head", "Mother Long Tongue", "Bongo Gal", "Fu Manchu", "Ah It Mek", "Writing On The Wall", "It Is Not Easy" and "(Poor Mi) Israelites". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 ... LP
75 Ark/Deltron Partners, 2000. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. One of the benchmark albums in the leftfield underground hip hop canon – and a hugely influential set that burst the doors wide open for the more creative spirits in the hip hop and even experimental pop. Tracks include "State Of The Nation", "3030", "The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza", "Things You Can Do", "Positive Contact", "St Catherine St.", "Virus", "Mastermind", "National Movie Review", "Time Keeps On Slipping", "Turbulence (remix)", "Battlesong", "Memory Loss" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Deltron 3030 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Deltron 3030Deltron 3030 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Traffic, 2000. New Copy ... $8.99 15.98
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Kid Koala, and Dan The Automator pool their skills for this dawn of the 2000s sci-fi hip hop classic – the masterful Deltron 3030! The guest list is almost too long to get into, but Money Mark, Prince Paul, PB Wolf and Mr. Lif are all here, along with many others. One of the benchmark albums in the leftfield underground hip hop canon – and a hugely influential set that burst the doors wide open for the more creative spirits in the hip hop and even experimental pop. Tracks include "State Of The Nation", "3030", "The Fantabulous Rap Extravaganza", "Things You Can Do", "Positive Contact", "St Catherine St.", "Virus", "Mastermind", "National Movie Review", "Time Keeps On Slipping", "Turbulence (remix)", "Battlesong", "Memory Loss" and more. This reissue edition adds 3 bonus tracks: "Positive Contact" (Charlie Clouser remix), "Terbulence" (Mark Bell rmx) and "Positive Contact" (Mario C rmx). CD
(Reissue version with bonus tracks.)
Also available Deltron 3030 ... LP 16.99

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Paul DesmondComplete RCA Albums Collection (Desmond Blue/Take Ten/Bossa Antigua/Glad To Be Unhappy/Easy Living/Two Of A Mind) (6CD set) ... CD
RCA/Sony, Mid 60s. Used 6 CDs ... $33.99
Genius in one of its purest forms! Paul Desmond's alto sax was honed to perfection by the time of these recordings – worked out through fame in the Dave Brubeck Quartet years of the late 50s and early 60s, but also relaxed in a confidence that makes these sides completely majestic, and utterly fantastic! Desmond's tone and approach are languid – but in a way that's incredibly compelling: notes just floating out of the horn, almost effortlessly, seeming not to come from Desmond himself, but to him, gathered together by his warmth and good wit, honed in further by the spare and gentle guitar work of the great Jim Hall – and heard in the company of Gerry Mulligan on one album too! The package is great – with mini LP-styled cover reproductions of 60s RCA classics that include Desmond Blue, Take Ten, Bossa Antigua, Glad To Be Unhappy, Easy Living, and Two Of A Mind – with a booklet of notes, too. CD

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Dharma TrioSnoopy's Time ... LP
Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Snoopy's in the title, but the music here is quite far from the Peanuts jazz of Vince Guaraldi – given that the Dharma combo were one of the most on-fire avant combos of the French scene in the 70s! The group here is a trio, not their usual quintet formation – a lineup that really gives a lot of space to pianist Patricio Villarroel, who's working with an electric version of his instrument that has lots of sharp tones and edges – almost like one of those keyboards you might have heard Sun Ra using at the time! The tracks move effortlessly from structure to freedom – with wonderful work from Michel Gladieux on bass and Jacques Mahieux on drums – while Villarroel finds a way to make his instrument as tuneful as it is noisy – sometimes hitting moments of dark beauty that almost remind us of the Model Shop soundtrack. Titles include "Gloglou's Mood"," Enafrito", "End Starting", "Minton's Memory", and "Leo Smirglub Von Bischmouck". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – heavy vinyl, with booklet of notes!)

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Walt Dickerson & Sun RaVisions ... CD
Steeplechase (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Dickerson and Ra are reunited – after only playing together on the seminal 60s album Impressions Of A Patch Of Blue! The session's a very spare one, in the typical mode of Dickerson's Steeplechase work of the late 70s – and most titles have Dickerson taking the main lead on vibes, with Ra providing flourishes of color and tone to the tracks – unusually restrained, but in a way that also adds a whole new level to our understanding of his genius! Titles include "Space Dance", "Constructive Neutrons", "Astro", and "Utopia". CD also features 2 tracks recorded at the time, but never issued – "Light Years" and "Prophesy". CD

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Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew ShippVessel In Orbit ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Sharply angular sounds from this very hip trio – a record that really grabs you right at the start, then makes sure you're paying attention all the way through! The group's a particularly great setting for the piano of Matthew Shipp – who maybe reminds us here why we found him so great in the first place – and Whit Dickey's drums are sometimes a masterpiece of understatement, sometimes a bold force of power! Mat Maneri's viola might get lost in the mix, if things were balanced poorly – but there's some key contributions from his sliding sounds that really shape the performance. Titles include "Dark Matter", "Spaceship 9", "Space Strut", "Hyperspatial", "To A Lost Comerade", and "Turbulence". CD

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Doctor Ross – The Harmonica BossMemphis Breakdown ... CD
Sun/ORG, Mid 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
Doctor Ross is definitely the harmonica boss – one of those key postwar blues musicians who made his instrument as important to the scene as the guitar was back in the 20s and 30s! The music here was all recorded by Sun Records, but is a lot more raw and stripped-down than some of the more famous material you might know from the company – with a sharp edge that reminds us more of the crackling 50s blues on Excello Records, another label that did a hell of a job with blues harp players! Most numbers feature harmonic, guitar, and a spare sort of rhythm – plus vocals from Ross that alternate between his harp solos – on titles that include "Texas Hop", "Chicago Breakdown", "Boogie Disease", "Juke Box Boogie", "That's Alright", "Cat Squirrel", "Industrial Boogie", "That Ain't Right", "1953 Jump", and "Come Back Baby". CD
Also available Memphis Breakdown ... LP 14.99

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Doctor Ross – The Harmonica BossMemphis Breakdown ... LP
Sun/ORG, Mid 50s. New Copy ... $14.99 21.98
Doctor Ross is definitely the harmonica boss – one of those key postwar blues musicians who made his instrument as important to the scene as the guitar was back in the 20s and 30s! The music here was all recorded by Sun Records, but is a lot more raw and stripped-down than some of the more famous material you might know from the company – with a sharp edge that reminds us more of the crackling 50s blues on Excello Records, another label that did a hell of a job with blues harp players! Most numbers feature harmonic, guitar, and a spare sort of rhythm – plus vocals from Ross that alternate between his harp solos – on titles that include "Texas Hop", "Chicago Breakdown", "Boogie Disease", "Juke Box Boogie", "That's Alright", "Cat Squirrel", "Industrial Boogie", "That Ain't Right", "1953 Jump", and "Come Back Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Memphis Breakdown ... CD 8.99

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Agostinho Dos SantosAntonio Carlos Jobim E Fernando Cesar Na Voz De Agostino Dos Santos – Vol 3 ... LP
Polydor (Brazil), Early 60s. Very Good- ... $34.99
A fantastic Brazilian vocalist – serving up songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Fernando Cesar – set to arrangements by Waldemiro Lemke! LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape overall – but has a mark that clicks for four tracks on side two.)

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✨✧ Double Deckers/Ivor SlaneyDouble Deckers – Musical Merriment From The Original Soundtrack Of The Delightful Children's TV Adventure ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Sealed ... $38.99
A kiddie show, but one with some distinctly Sunshine Pop touches – thanks to arrangements from lesser-known maestro Ivor Slaney! The Double Deckers was a late 60s British TV program that was something of an update of the older Our Gang films of the 30s – and true to the spirit of the times, the overall feel was a lot groovier, with a fair bit of songs in the episodes all sung by various younger members of the cast! The tracks were penned by a variety of different lyricists, and set to music by Slaney – and they've all got sunny, positive themes that remind us a lot of the best musical bits from The Bugaloos, HR Puffenstuff, or some of the other American kid shows of the time. CD features 11 tracks, in all, plus full notes on the show and music – with titles that include "Get On Board", "I Gotta Get Through", "With A Little Bit Of Love", "Good Day At Yellowrock", "Fat Ladies", "Welcome To The Party", "One Man Band", and "Grannie's Rocking Chair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cutout hole in the corner.)

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✨✧ Dr OctagonOctagon Octagon/Blue Flowers (Prince Paul's so beautiful rmx) (die cut picture disc) ... 12-inch
Get On Down, 1996/2018. New Copy ... $25.99 28.98
It's been more than 20 years, but the Doctor is in! "Octagon Octagon" is the first new track by the legendary trio of Kool Keith, DJ Qbert and producer Dan The Automator working together under the Octagon name in a couple decades, and it's a solid return to form. You know they have faith in the new track when they're pairing it with their own most classic track "Blue Flowers" – one of the most celebrated hip hop tracks of the late 1990s – as remixed by the great Prince Paul! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Amazing die-cut picture disc, too – with the classic original design by Pushead!)

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✨✧ DramaticsBest Of The Dramatics (Fantasy pressing) ... LP
Volt/Fantasy, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A killer collection of work by The Dramatics – featuring their greatest tracks from the early Stax years – seminal work that helped redefine the group soul sound of the 70s! There's a great blend of southern and east coast harmony modes here – and the package is filled with the group's best moments from their Stax/Volt albums – mostly from the first two releases. Titles include "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", "Get Up & Get Down", "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain", "In The Rain", and "The Devil Is Dope". Who could ask for more? LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam.)

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DriftersUp On The Roof – The Best Of The Drifters ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good- ... $7.99
Seminal work from the post-Clyde McPhatter version of The Drifters – a sublime batch of singles that really showcase all that's great from the second chapter of the group! The set's way more than a "best of" – as it was the only full album to feature most of these cuts – and together, they really illustrate the excellent changes the group had made – including their alliance with the Leiber & Stoller team, and their great use of exotic rhythms and instrumentation! Some cuts still echo earlier R&B, while others have plenty of cool Latin elements in the mix too – a rhythm that really works well for the vocals of Ben E King's lead with the group. Titles include "Sweets For My Sweet", "There Goes My Baby", "Stranger On The Shore", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "When My Little Girl Is Smiling", "Ruby Baby", "True Love True Love","Another Night With The Boys", "What To Do", "Mexican Divorce", and "Room Full Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ DriftersUp On The Roof/Under The Boardwalk ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Mid 60s. Used ... $7.99
Two seminal albums in the development of uptown soul – both of them 60s gems from The Drifters! The albums have the group working strongly in that bouncy mix of vocals and strings that were their greatest calling card in the post-Clyde McPhatter years. The sound is amazing throughout – not only on the familiar hits, but on the lesser-known numbers, which manage to even more greatly enforce the group's genius at putting over a sweet little pop tune. Both albums are filled with top-notch material from songwriting teams that include Doc Pomus & Mort Schuman, Bacharach & David, and Goffin & King – and titles include "Up On The Roof", "There Goes My Baby", "Another Night With The Boys", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "One Way Love", "On Broadway", "In The Land Of Make Believe", "Rat Race", "Let The Music Play", and "I'll Take You Home". CD
(Out of print.)

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DweleHold On (radio edit, lp radio edit, lp inst, lp radio edit acappella. rmx ext, rmx inst) ... 12-inch
Virgin, 2004. Very Good+ ... $0.99
The remix is produced by Kanye West, and features Consequence. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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Bob DylanTime Out Of Mind (20th anniversary pressing – with bonus 7 inch single) ... LP
Columbia, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99 29.98
A critical comeback album for Dylan – who never really went away, he was just floundering a bit commercially and critically for a number of years – one that set him up to ride high again for years to come! This is his second album working with producer Daniel Lanois, who helmed the pretty excellent Oh Mercy a few years earlier. Lanois's trademark haze and mood hover over Dylan and his band's wonderful take on timeless folk-blues-roots rock and some of his best, most forthright lyricism since Blood On The Tracks. Wrestling with mortality, Dylan delivers a late career classic. Includes "Love Sick", "Dirt Road Blues", "Standing In The Doorway", "Million Miles", "Trying To Get To Heaven", "Til I Fell In Love With You", "Not Dark Yet", "Cold Irons Bound", "Can't Wait", "Make You Feel My Live" and the seemingly improvised, old school Dylan-styled (if more meandering) "Highlands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition with bonus 7 inch including "Love Sick (rmx)" & "Cold Irons Bound (live)".)

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✨✧ Charles EarlandFront Burner ... CD
Milestone, 1988. Used ... $8.99
A wonderfully grooving late 80s set from Earland, with a great cast of supporting players, though their names may not be as well known as some of the heavies on his other records, the group has a wonderful vibe throughout the side. Ignore the couple of tracks that this record (and all of his others from this period) threw in attempting to garner some smooth jazz radio airplay and stick to the nice groovers that'll remind you of his harder hitting Prestige sides, like "Gospel Time", "Kickin The 3" and the nice lengthy "Mom & Dad". CD
(Out of print.)

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Earth Wind & FireFaces ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
The genius of Earth Wind & Fire knows no bounds – and even on this double-length set, the group keep up their groove tremendously! The 2LP scope of Faces might make it seem like an ambitious enterprise, but it's really just an overstuffed package that tries to contain all the genius the group was capable of at the time – a flurry of well-written, nice-grooving, and still-righteous soul tracks that have the EWF sound glowing brightly at the end of the 70s – always seeming to re-ignite itself with its own bold sense of power. A few tracks get a bit mellow, and almost adult – but the best numbers here are the groovers – still done with plenty of jazz in the mix, and a sublime mix of guitar, horns, and percussion that few other groups could carry off this well! Titles include "Pride", "Let Me Talk", "Turn It Into Something Good", "Sparkle", "And The Love Goes On", "Sailaway", "Take It To The Sky", "Song In My Heart", and "Win Or Lose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves & poster! Cover has light wear.)

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Earth Wind & FireTouch The World ... LP
Columbia, 1987. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Earth Wind & Fire touch the world with this sweet batch of grooves – a set of tracks that has them firmly embracing the electric sound of 80s soul, yet still bringing in some light spiritual touches of their own! The beats are pretty heavy at points – making for plenty of groovers – but the group almost seems to shine most on the ballads, which continue to provide a perfect showcase for the vocals of Philip Bailey and Maurice White. A few cool studio touches reference the group's earlier history – a nice reminder amidst the more contemporary sounds – and titles include "You & I", "System Of Survival", "Every Now & Then", "Money Tight", "Here Today & Gone Tomorrow", "Victim Of The Modern Heart", and "Thinking Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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East CoastRock (dance version, short version) ... 7-inch
Family, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
A great uptempo roller disco track that's got us a bit stumped as far as it's origin is concerned, though we can't argue with the relentless groove, that skates along nicely on heavy bass, percolating percussion and some nice horn stabs, with chanted vocals to remind you to "Rock your body, rock your body, rock. . .". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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EbonysSing About Life ... CD
Buddah/P&C, 1976. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
The Ebonys sing about life, and a host of other groovy topics too – in this lost soul treasure from the 70s! The set is one of only two albums ever cut by The Ebonys – a consistently great group from the 70s, as is testified by their constant popularity in our racks! The quartet has a 3 man/1 woman harmony sound that's very hip – often applied to righteous themes worked out in a heavy soul mode, and which sounds just as great on the ballads as it does dancefloor numbers. This second album's got an even sharper edge than their debut – thanks to production and arrangements from Tony Camillo – who gives the album some great undercurrents of funk, and a slightly righteous style that reminds us of some of Norman Whitfield's best studio work of the time. Vocals are wonderful – with really great harmonies that balance out beautifully – in ways that are much more unified than other girl/guy soul groups. Titles include "Neighborhood Gossip", "Mr Me, Mrs You", "One Thing On My Mind", "Sing About Life", and "A Love of Your Own". CD

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John Edwards/Loleatta HollowayWalls That Separate Our Love/This Man's Arms ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $11.99
Two deep soul cuts from this seminal Atlanta talents! "Walls That Separate Our Love" is a slow-burner from John Edwards – a tune that's sweetened with strings at the start, but which soon has Edwards reminding us that he's a hell of a vocalist in the best southern soul mode! "This Man's Arms" is a mellow gem from before the years when Loleatta Holloway was working the disco scene – a heartbreaking deep soul cut that could have made her one of the most powerful forces on that scene, had she continued in that style! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Cozy EgglestonGrand Slam ... LP
Co-Egg, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $149.99
One of the all-time killers! Chicago tenor legend Cozy Eggleston cut this self-produced album during the late 60s – and it's one of the hardest heaviest set of organ/tenor jams we've ever heard! The music is played by a power trio the likes of which will remind you of the Sugarman Three – with Karl Johnson on organ, and Ken Sampson playing these amazing scatter-shot lines on the drums. Cozy's also playing with the production of the record a lot during the set – so there's some cool echoey parts that come in and out on some cuts. The real treat, though, is Cozy's horn – which is loud and soulful, and totally in-the-pocket in a rough live set kind of way! Very very nice – and packaged in a great little cover, too! Titles include "Wham", "Grand Slam", "Jokers Wild", and "A Thing For Marty Faye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – record and cover are in great shape. However, one track – "Sweet Merri Dee" – plays with some crackles.)

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Livy EkemezieFriday Night ... CD
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time – less straight disco or club than some of the more offbeat, bass-heavy rhythms that were coming from the streets into the downtown scene – handled here on basslines that are beautifully skittish, and change things up with a rough-edged funky energy that almost reminds us of the sound of P&P Records! The album's also got lots of great keyboards, which kind of bubble and sparkle next to the bass – but in ways that are often a bit different than more standard early 80s keyboard club. Livy sings most of the lead vocals, and titles include "Night Party", "Friday Night", "Classic Lover", "Holiday Actions", "Get It Down", and "Delectation". CD

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ElizabethElizabeth (1970) ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Elizabeth is a lovely looking singer on the cover – and she packs a surprising amount of punch on the record – coming across with the sort of bold, soulful currents that remind us a lot of the best Brit girl singers of the mid 60s! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but there's certainly musical modes that hearken towards some of the styles used by singers like Cilla Black or Jackie Trent – upbeat and bouncy, and with a groovy feel that Elizabeth often matches with a really strong range on her vocals – never forced, but fitting the rhythms of the tunes in a mighty nice way. There's even a few currents of funk at times, and the whole thing's more groovy than the dreamy image on the cover might make you expect. Titles include "Vida Agitada", "Vulcao", "Quero Ver De Perto", "Luiz", "Afinal De Contas", "Eu Faco A Guerra", and "Tomara Que Sim" – all originals by Elizabeth! CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonAnatomy Of A Murder ... LP
Columbia, 1959. Very Good ... $6.99
A beautiful jazzy score by Duke Ellington – and a fitting companion to this classic Otto Preminger film! The record captures Ellington at a perfect moment – right during his Indigos period of increased sophistication, when his band was at an all-time level of perfection – and really shaking free of the too-familiar modes of the past. Ellington's music has a wonderful range of feeling here – even more so than usual, given the shifting scenes of the film – and the players are an all star lineup that includes Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Johnny Hodges on alto, and Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet. Titles include "Upper & Outest", "Almost Cried", "Sunswept Sunday", "Happy Anatomy", "Flirtibird", and "Low Key Lightly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Labels have initials in marker. Cover has some wear and a half split top seam.)

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Duke EllingtonBlue Light/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, Late 30s/1953. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
Duke Ellington classics from 2 different decades! Blue Light is subtitled "jazz for that relaxed mood", but is actually a great compilation of early work by Ellington's group – recorded for Columbia during the years 1934 to 1939! Somehow, the tracks still end up sounding 30 years ahead of their time – far stronger than most other big band work of the early 50s – which is when the album was released. Recording quality is excellent, and the whole thing's awash in richly chromatic waves of sound – with titles that include "Pyramid", "Reminiscing In Tempo", "Tough Truckin", "No Greater Love", and "Finesse". Hi Fi Ellington Uptown is one of Duke's best mid 50s sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s! Players include Billy Strayhorn, Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Juan Tizol, and Louis Bellson – and the record features long versions of "The Mooche", "Perdido", "Controversial Suite", and "Skin Deep" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". CD

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Duke EllingtonEllington Suites ... LP
Pablo, 1959/1971/1972. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Three slices of rare work by Duke Ellington – all recorded previously as semi-private recordings, and issued here in a short-lived 70s set! As you'd guess by the title, the tracks are all in "suite" form – that broader compositional style that dominated Ellington's later work, one in which he brought together complicated ideas with a very unified feel – often based around a single theme, but fleshed out beautifully with modes that were even more sophisticated than in his earlier work. Side one features "The Queen's Suite", recorded in 1959 with mostly full orchestra, but also a spare passage of just piano and bass – and side two features "The Goutelas Suite" from 1971, and "The Uwis Suite" from 1972. LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light moisture damage on the bottom 3 inches, with some peeled spots on back.)

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Duke Ellington/Herb MartinSecret Ellington – Previously Unrecorded Compositions ... CD
True Life, 1958. Used ... $5.99
World premiere recordings of songs written for a Broadway show "Saturday Laughter" that were never produced and interpreted here by Arturo O'Farrill, Joe Beck, James Pearson, Ian Shaw, Freddy Cole, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Joe Locke, George Mraz and many more. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Don EllisAutumn ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Very Good- ... $1.99
An album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented directions! The group's still a bit band on most numbers – but it's one with a lean, well-crafted sound that's not really big band jazz, and which also features some elements of later soundtrack scoring. Players on the date are all great – and include Frank Strozier, John Klemmer, and Ira Schulman on saxes – plus Pete Robinson on clavinet, piano, and electric piano! The set begins with the beautiful extended "Variations For Trumpet" – a suite-type number that has plenty of great colors from Ellis, plus loads of other horn work too. Other titles include "Indian Lady", "Pussy Wiggle Stomp", "Scratt & Fluggs", and "Child Of Ecstasy". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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Embalo REmbalo R Vol 2 ... CD
Som Maior/Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
The second album from this cool little rock combo from late 60s years – a group from the pre-Tropicalia era, when Brazilian groups were still picking up direct influences from the Anglo scene! In fact, there's a quality to the record that reminds us of some of our favorite garagey psych – especially the echoey production and fuzzy guitars – but there's also different touches in the production, and harmony vocals from the group – which change things up nicely, as does the Portuguese lyrics of the tunes! A few tunes use horns to create a brighter sound, while others hit some nicely dark modes – and titles include "Adoro Voce", "Chore Meu Bem", "Sonho De Paz", "O Amore Esta Chegando", "Marilu", "El Sombrero", "Cherie", and "Era Tudo Que Eu Queria". CD

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Christoph Erb/Jim Baker/Frank RosalyDon't Buy Him A Parrot ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Mindblowing work from this Chicago trio – a great reminder that you can still find something fresh in improvising music – as long as you know where to look – or listen! There's a cyclical energy to the trio at times – sometimes waves of sound that dance around each other – sometimes points of music that find each other in space and move accordingly – often with qualities that are subtle, but really rich in tone – almost equally aware of both the sonic and musical possibilities of the instruments at the same moment, and hung between them both. Christoph Erb plays tenor and bass clarinet, Jim Baker plays piano, and Frank Rosaly plays drums – and titles include "Don't Buy Him A Parrot", "For Canaries Career Opportunities In The Mining Industry", and "Parrot Figuring". CD

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Eric B & RakimPaid In Full (2LP version) ... LP
4th & Broadway/Universal, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... On July 13, 2018
Paid In Full, indeed. Eric B & Rakim's seminal album still pays off in so many ways, and it was such a vital link between the party rockin' style of the old school and the terse, hard-hitting beats and rhymes of what was then the new school, we can't even come up with the words for the praise it's due! Essential would be an understatement. Includes the immortal "I Ain't No Joke", "Eric B Is In The Cut", "I Know You Got Soul", "Move The Crowd", "Paid in Full", "Chinese Arithmetic", and "Eric B. Is President". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lars ErstrandLive At Uttersberg '98 ... CD
Gemini, 1998. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wayne EscofferyVortex ... CD
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Tenorist Wayne Escoffery comes on here in a vortex of sound – thanks partly to the great drummer Ralph Peterson, who wrote a few great tunes for the album, and really drives on the core quartet that also includes David Kikoski on piano and Ugonna Okegwo on bass! There's a nicely dark sound to the whole record – Escoffrey at his edgiest, and really shining on a set of mostly original numbers that remind us just how much he's grown in his talents in more recent years. Jeremy Pelt plays guest trumpet on one track, and Jacquelene Acevedo adds percussion on a few more – and titles include "Acceptance", "Vortex", "Judgement", "The Devil's Den", "Tears For Carolyn", "In His Eyes", "Baku", "To The Ends Of The Earth", and "February". CD

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Bill EvansMomentum – Stadsschouwburg Groningen, The Netherlands 1972 – Vol 1 ... CD
Limetree/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... About July 4, 2018
Magical live material from Bill Evans in the early 70s – a double-length collection that showcases a time when Evans had an especially fluid, open touch on the keys of the piano! The group here features the great trio with Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums – and unlike some other live Evans albums of this nature, which tend to mike the piano more than the rhythm, this one really has all three points of the trio coming out strongly together – especially Gomez' wonderfully rich, round tones on the bass. Titles include on this first volume include "Re Person I Knew", "Elsa", "Emily", "Turn Out The Stars", and "Quiet Now". CD

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ExposeWhat You Don't Know (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Cherry Pop (UK), 1989. New Copy 3CD ... $11.99
The female pop soul trio was alive and well in the 80s – morphed strongly from its 60s girl group roots and 70s disco chorus mode – to the point where a group like Expose was perfectly poised to take over the top of the charts! That catchy, poppy style is very firmly in place here – mixing the balance of voices with beats in a very nice way – never out to challenge the soul music establishment, but certainly out to win a few new ears, thanks to the upbeat Miami beats in the music. Titles include "Stop Listen Look & Think", "Let Me Down Easy", "What You Don't Know", "When I Looked At Him", "Tell Me Why", "Still Hung Up On You", "Your Baby Never Looked Good In Blue", "Didn't It Hurt To Hurt Me", "Walk Along With Me", "Love Don't Hurt Until You Fall", and "Now That I Found You". 3CD set is filled with a HUGE amount of bonus material – 34 alternate versions, mixes, remixes, and more – some from the many 12" single releases from the album, but a number of previously unissued tracks too! CD

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Caroline FaberGot To Bear ... CD
Futura (France), 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
An interesting singer, with an approach that's definitely all her own – one that has Caroline Faber singing alongside just the guitar or Richard Bonnet and drums of Eric Dambrin – both players who can be abstract at some points, and nicely laid back at others! We like that second style the most – as the instrumentation creates this very spacious quality that let's Faber's vocals spread out and flower – almost with a post-jazz sort of mode that reminds us of 70s records on the ECM and Saravah label! One track does pick up a nice, but spare groove – a wickedly cool remake of Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto" – and other tracks include the originals "Psychotic", "J'En Sais Rien", and "Il Bat" – plus nice takes on "Feeling Good", "Cotidiano", and Serge Gainsbourg's "Black Trombone". CD
 
 
 



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