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Arthur AlexanderLonely Just Like Me – The Final Chapter ... CD
Elektra, 1991/1992/1993. Used ... $5.99
A key comeback moment for Arthur Alexander – arguably one of the first great soul talents to rise from the south at the start of the 60s, but an artist who'd fallen far from fame by the time of this early 90s set! The record was cut at a time when Alexander had all but given up music, and was driving a bus in Cleveland – but it shows a singer who's lost none of his power over the years, and who's very much at home with his own songs. Production is by Ben Vaughn, and while it's possibly not as "authentic" as some of that done on soul revival sets in recent years, we actually like it all that much more for that. Instrumentation is mostly small combo, and features plenty of piano and organ from Spooner Oldham, guitar from Dan Penn, and work by other soul studio luminaries – on titles that include "If It's Really Got To Be This Way", "Go Home Girl", "Every Day I Have To Cry", "Lonely Just Like Me", "All The Time", "There Is A Road", and "Mr John". CD

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Ambitious LoversLust ... CD
Elektra, 1991. Used ... $2.99
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(Out of print.)

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Aquarian DreamFantasy ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1978. Used ... $11.99
Righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". CD
(Out of print.)

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Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD

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BeethovenComplete Sonatas Nos 1-32 – Richard Goode (10CD set) ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, 1993. Used 10CD ... $34.99
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(Out of print. Includes orignal book and slipcase.)

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Ruben Blades Y Son Del SolarLive! ... CD
Elektra, 1989. Used ... $2.99
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(Out of print.)

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Billy BraggDon't Try This At Home ... CD
Elektra, 1991. Used ... $3.99
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Billy BraggEngland Half English ... CD
Elektra, 2002. Used ... $1.99
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Billy BraggWorkers Playtime ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... $1.99
A killer collection of Billy Bragg's best from the early years – mostly just vocals and guitar, and completely sublime! CD

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✨✧ Billy Bragg & WilcoMermaid Avenue ... CD
Elektra, 1998. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterBad For Me ... CD
Elektra (UK), 1979. Used ... $9.99
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's standout sets as a soul singer in the 70s – a mode that's quite different than the sound of Bridgewater you may know from her mostly-jazz career – but one that gets plenty of sharp help from the great George Duke! Duke produced the set – and really knows how to balance Dee Dee's jazz roots with some of the modern soul impulses of the set – letting her really soar on some mellower moments, while hewing to the groove on the more upbeat cuts – which may well be some of the strongest on the album. Throughout it all, Bridgewater is a model of care and class – very different than most mainstream R&B singers of the time – and titles include "Streetsinger", "For the Girls", "Love Won't Let Me Go", "Back Of Your Mind", and "Is This What The Feeling Gets". CD
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Cee-LoLady Killer ... CD
Elektra, 2010. Used ... $0.99
Cee-Lo the Lady Killer and hip hop soul phenomenon – continuing his unpredictable win streak! Celebrating spontaneity, funk and soul and with his signature raspy vocals – and blending classic soul and funk influences with straight up modern hip hop production seamlessly! Features arrangements and production by Salaam Remi, Jack Splash and others. Includes the viral instant classic "F**k You", "Bright Lights, Bigger City", "Old Fashioned", "Cry Baby", "I Want You", "No One's Gonna Love You" and more. CD

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Clear LightClear Light (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Big Beat (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the great lost psych albums on late 60s Elektra Records – a set that's maybe got enough power and majesty to stand next to contemporaneous label releases by Love and The Doors! Like both of those groups, Clear Light have a vision here that's completely their own – a sound that steps out immediately to let you know that they're not just another copycat combo from the garage underground, and instead have this vivid new message that demands to be heard – unabashedly forward in its conception, and with a surprisingly sinister edge – yet all without any sense of being too full of itself either! Production is by Paul Rothschild, and is as superb as his best Elektra work of the period – and titles include "Black Roses", "With All In Mind", "The Ballad Of Freddie & Larry", "Sand", and "Night Sounds Loud". CD features great bonus tracks – the never-issued "Bye Bye Boogie Man", "She's Ready To Be Free (stereo)", "The Susan Years", "Dawn Lights The Way", and "Eastern Valleys" – plus the mono single of "She's Ready To Be Free", and two tracks by The Brain Train – "Me" and "Black Roses". CD

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Five Blind Boys Of AlabamaDeep River ... CD
Elektra, 1992. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Five SpecialSpecial Edition ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Classic funky soul from Five Special – tightly crafted throughout, and clearly with an eye on the charts – but also the kind of work that plays nicely on the dancefloor too! The record's got a groove that fits in nicely with some of the lesser-remembered groovers on Elektra at the time – like Shadow or Chameleon – with plenty of jazzy inflections in the rhythms, and a nice sense of 80s groove that keeps the uptempo tracks from being just copycat club. But the vocals here are especially nice, and sparkle even more on the ballads, which have a smooth and warm sound that's tight, yet never commercially cloying. Titles include "Do Something Special", "Heaven", "Who You Been Lovin", "Jam", "Choosin You For Me", and "Had You A Lover". CD

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Chico FreemanTangents ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
Surprisingly dark music for a mid 80s major label jazz album – especially one that features guest work from Bobby McFerrin! Chico Freeman's definitely keeping true to his adventurous roots here – blowing some sharply angular lines on a range of reeds, and exploring both older jazz freedoms and some newer 80s experimental moments – all in a lineup with Mark Thompson on piano, Steve Coleman on alto and soprano sax, Jay Hoggard on vibes, Cecil McBee on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. Kenny Werner plays a bit of synth at times – in some dark-toned 80s modes – and although Bobby McFerrin is billed strongly on the cover, the album only seems to feature a bit of his vocalizations. Titles include "Sangoma & Nelly", "You Are The One", "Spook & Fade", "Tangents", "Ballad For Hakima", and "Sir Tashi & The Yeti". CD

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Chico FreemanTradition In Transition ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A well-titled set from Chico Freeman – as the reedman definitely takes older modern modes into new territory here – moving in almost Monk-ish space, but with some sharper, bolder tones overall! The album's a surprising one for an early 80s major label release – a great reminder that some companies were still willing to take a chance on jazz at the time – and Chico's got a key assortment of players working with him on the date. In addition to his own tenor, flute, and bass clarinet, the record features Wallace Roney on trumpet, Clyde Criner on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Billy Hart on drums, and Jack DeJohnette on either drums or piano – shifting about a bit from track to track. Titles include "Mys-Story", "At A Glance", "In Spirit", "The Trespasser", "A Prayer", and "Each One Teach One". CD

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Bill FrisellWhere In The World? ... CD
Elektra, 1990/1991. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print.)

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GodmomaHere ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $21.99
A lesser-known P-Funk project from the start of the 80s – a group that features a trio of female singers, tight production work from Bootsy Collins, and help from other members of the George Clinton universe! Vocals are by Carolyn Myles, Cynthia Girty, and Tony Walker – working with an approach that's fuller and more funky than some of the more disco-oriented P-Funk female groups – stepping along with a wickedly bassy groove that definitely shows the Bootsy influence, but in a way that's open to some of the newer funk ideas from both Ohio and the west coast – which makes the whole thing sound nice and fresh, maybe more so than some of George Clinton's early 80s material. Fred Wesley and The Horny Horns are along for the ride, too – keeping things nice and tight – and tracks include "Taste Of Magic", "Godmama Here", "Hands Up", "I Like It", "Spice", and "Be All You Can Be". CD
Also available Here ... LP 24.99

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Incredible String BandIncredible String Band/5000 Spirits Or Layers Of The Onion/Hangman's Beautiful Daughter ... CD
Elektra/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
Important early work from The Incredible String Band – three albums in one great package! First up is the first album from the Incredible String Band – a real treasure from the trio of Clive Palmer, Mike Heron and Robin Williamson – who each sing and write, and bring unique charm to their own material! The sound is very folksy, and really lives up to their name – mostly just music on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar – served up in a blend that both echoes British traditional styles, yet paves the way for new expressions in the acid folk generation to come – especially on the group's original material. The group are really wonderful at this point – with a sound that drew them wide acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic – and titles include "Maybe Someday", "October Song", "When The Music Starts To Play"", "Schaeffer's Jig", "Womankind", "The Tree", "Whistle Tune", "Dandelion Blues", "Good As Gone", and "Footsteps Of The Heron". Next is 5000 Spirits – a UK psychedelic folk gem that finds the group challenging conventions across the board – both artful and inviting, it's wonderful stuff! At this point, Clive Palmer had left, and Mike Heron and Robin Williamson contribute lead vocals with the additional vocalist Licorice also taking lead on a few tunes, the sound is fleshed out with more accompaniment and a rich warmth on a bevy of instruments – guitar, sitar, bowed gimbri, finger cymbals, tamboura, oud, rattles, flute, bass and piano. Includes the lovely and oft-covered "The First Girl I Loved", plus "Chinese White", "No Sleep Blues", "Painting Box", "The Eyes Of Fate", "The Hedgehog's Song", "You Know What I Could Be", "Gently Tender", "Way Back In The 1960s" and more. On Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, The Incredible String Band are paired down to the core duo of Mike Heron and Robin Williamson – using the studio as a most impressive adjunct member of the group at this point! This is an extremely talented pair – each playing myriad instruments – sitar, organ, guitar, hammer dulcimer, harpsichord, gimbri, whistle, pipe, oud, mandolin, mouth harps and more. Previous vocal collaborator Licorice sings on one song, and Dolly Collins and David Snell contribute flute organ, piano and harp – but the main duos incredible way of layering their magic with multitracking in the studio the real masterstroke of the effort. Titles include "Koeoaddi There", "Witch's Hat", "The Water Song", "Swift As The Wind", "Nightfall", "Waltz Of The New Moon", "Three Is A Green Crown" and more. CD
 
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Del The Funky HomosapienEleventh Hour ... CD
Def Jux, 2008. Used ... $3.99
It feels closer to the 95th hour considering how long we've waited for Del's Eleventh Hour LP – around 8 years, actually – the return of one of the the best left coast MCs ever! We've been on board with Del every step of the way, from the early 90s West Coast funky style of his Elektra classics, to the spacier style of Deltron and the comparably overlooked Both Sides Of The Brain – and Eleventh Hour keeps the spaceship grounded for the most part. It's straight up funky hip hop beatcraft. Del handles most of the production himself – with a few exceptions – courtesy of KU, Opio & J-Zone. Titles include "Raw Sewage", "Bubble Pop", "Back In The Chamber", "Slam Dunk", "Situations", "Naked Fonk", "Hold Your Hand", "Foot Down", "I'll Tell You", "Workin' It", "Last Hurrah", "Str8t Up And Down", "I Got You" and "Funkyhomosapien". CD
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Zdenka KovacicekZdenka Kovacicek ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $18.99
Funky sounds from Croatia – presented here with a sweet 70s groove, and some very offbeat vocals throughout! Zdenka Kovacicek has a completely different way of phrasing than most other European singers we've heard – all these weird twists, turns, and sharp little angles that are a perfect fit for the quirky styles of the backings – which begin in a mode that's clearly trying to emulate American soul of the time, but which also moves into some weirder, more unusual territory too! There's a few mellower cuts that have some nice Fender Rhodes – and some other icy keyboards, too – and titles include "Necu Da Znam", "Dragi Mi Je Lijep K'O Slika", "Mali Crnit Brat", "Kobra", "Elektra", "Muzika", and "Hello Mr Elton John". CD
Also available Zdenka Kovacicek ... LP 23.99

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Elis ReginaElis 70 Anos (Essa Mulher/Saudade Do Brasil Vols 1 & 2/Montreux Jazz Festival/bonus tracks) (4 CD set) ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 1979/1980/1982. New Copy 4 CDs ... $46.99
Seminal sounds from the last few years of the legendary Elis Regina – brought together in one box set! First up is the album Elis Essa Mulher – really great late work from Elis – recorded in the company of arranger Cesar Mariano, whose masterful touch made for some of Elis' best albums of the 70s! Cesar arranged and conducted here, and although the production is perhaps a bit more contemporary than Elis' work for Philips, the vocals are sublime – much more driving and jazzy than a few years before, really working hard to dig deep and get the best sound out of each of the tunes! Titles include "Cai Dentro", "Basta De Clamares Inocencia", "Eu Hein Rosa", "As Paraencias Engagem", and a nice version of Joyce's "Essa Mulher". Saudade Do Brasil Vols 1 & 2 is a great little album by Elis – recorded for Warner/Elektra at the end of her career, but very much in the spirit of her classic work for Philips in the 70s. Like so many of those records, this one features arrangements and keyboards by Cesar Camargo Mariano – and the list of tracks is a stellar blend of work by some of Brazil's finest writers. Includes a wonderful version of Milton Nascimento's "Maria Maria" – plus "Alo Alo Marciano", "O Primeiro Jornal", "Marambaia", "Menino", "Redescobrir", "Sabia", "Onze Fitas", "Conversando No Bar", and "Redescobrir". Montreux Jazz Festival is a stunning live recording from Elis Regina – one of the last few records she cut during her short time on this planet – and one of the best as well! The album's got a jazzy fire that's missing from some of Regina's other material of the time – and Elis sings with a group that includes a stellar guest performance by Hermeto Pascoal on a number of tracks, and runs through a lively set of tracks that includes a bunch of excellent groovers – upbeat numbers that almost get a bit funky at times. A highlight of the album is the long cut "Cobra Criada", which builds slowly into a complex funky line, with Elis scatting madly over the top. Other goodies include "Asa Branca", "Cai Dentro", "Garota De Ipanema", and a great remake of "Upa Neguinho", with nice messed-up arrangements. Comes with 7 bonus tracks – including "Mancada", "Samba Dobrado", "Aguas De Marco", "Onze Fitas", "Agora Ta", and "Rebento". CD

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StardriveStardrive Featuring Robert Mason ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
An amazing set of funky moog from Robert Mason – a record that takes the instrument far away from silly pop song covers, and into the range of cosmic 70s fusion! The album's got a really powerful sound that even blows away the earlier Stardrive album on Elektra – and mostly features Mason going nuts on electronics over some tighter backing by a trio of guitar, bass, and drums! At times, there's a free-flowing feel to the record that's almost like some of the Lenny White or Stanley Clarke work from the time – but Stardrive have a much funkier feel at the bottom, and always return to the groove after stepping out in the cosmos – making the record much more of a treat for funk fans and beatheads than the work of White or Clarke! Titles include "Pulsar", "Jupiterjump", "Funkascensions", "Air Sauce", "Journey", and "Ballad III". CD

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✨✧ VariousHaiti Vodou – Ritual Music From The First Black Republic 1937 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the earliest recordings of voodoo work from Haiti – served up here in a 3CD collection that includes a surprisingly huge amount of material! Some of the rawest work here was recorded in the field, but with clarity enough to make the chanted vocals and heavy percussion come through strongly – and other material was recorded as part of postwar projects by American labels, to document the very unusual, very site-specific sounds coming out of Haiti at the time! The set begins with some early acetate recordings from the 30s, then moves onto include the three volumes of the Music Of Haiti series from Folkways – all recorded in the early 50s, with a very rich quality. Next are a few albums that were issued by Elektra – including the famous Voices Of Haiti album, recorded by avant filmmaker Maya Deren, plus the label's Festival In Haiti album too. There's also a range of other small label recordings, too – material from a Remington label album, the Rituel Vaudou En Haiti record on Bam, and the Ceremonies Vaudou En Haiti album on Pacific – which makes for at least 8 albums' worth of material, plus more – in a big 3CD package that features 63 tracks in all, with notes in English and French. CD

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✨✧ Teddy CharlesVibe-rant ... CD
Blue Moon (Spain), 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rare 50s session from vibist Teddy Charles – and easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The session's got a bit more open swing and harder groove than some of Charles' slightly more academic work from a few years before – more hardbop in conception, and handled in a way that's nicely flowing, especially on a few of the album's longer tracks! Charles' vibes still have their tightly chromatic sound throughout – but they're offset with the rougher trumpet work of Idrees Sulieman, and some nicely dark tones on piano from Mal Waldron – always a welcome participant in a session like this! The sound's a bit like a Prestige blowing session, but slightly tighter overall – and the rest of the group includes Addison Farmer on bass and Jerry Segal on drums – rounding out a list of Prestige likely suspects in the lineup. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Arlene", "Blues Become Elektra", "No More Nights", and "How Deep Is The Ocean". CD
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✨✧ Stanley ClarkeSchool Days ... CD
Columbia, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A massive hit for Stanley Clarke – a record that has him reigning in some of his wilder elements a bit, and going for a groove that's right in the pocket! There's a definite soul fusion influence going on here – Clarke trying to hit the same groove as some of his contemporaries, and doing a pretty good job of it in the process. Still, the album's never as polished as efforts like this on Blue Note or Elektra – just a bit more focused than before, but in a really good way. David Sancious and Chick Corea both play keyboards on the set – and tracks include "School Days", "Hot Fun", "Desert Song", "The Dancer", and "Quiet Afternoon". CD

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✨✧ LoveOut There ... CD
Blue Thumb/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lesser-known work by Love – recorded immediately after the group's seminal records on Elektra, with a slightly different sound! The CD brings together tracks from the albums Out Here and False Start – both of which feature the band moving back to basics, working in a harder rocking style that has less of the baroque arrangements of albums like Da Capo or Forever Changes. Arthur Lee's still as incredible as ever – with that slightly mad vocal approach that gives even the most mundane tunes a real edge – and the guitar work's supported by an even heavier style of rhythm, one that almost gives a few tracks some nice funky moments. CD features 14 tracks in all, including "Gimi A Little Break", "Nice To Be", "Listen To My Song", "I'll Pray For You", "Love Is Coming", "Signed DC", "Gather Round", and "Love Is More Than Words Or Better Late Than Never". CD
 
 
 



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