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Bob CreweComplete Elektra Recordings (Street Talk/Motivation/bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 26.98
The complete mid 70s comeback years from the great Bob Crewe – the 60s pop powerhouse who found a whole new style in the disco generation! Street Talk has Bob Crewe stretching out in an album-length concept setting – one that draws heavily on the best disco styles of the time, and which tells the tale of a young boy from the Midwest, making the scene on the west coast during the post-Stonewall years. The sound is surprisingly great – not the cheesy throwaway pop disco you'd expect for such a set – and instead this really well-crafted larger orchestral approach to grooving, drawn hevily from Crewe's contemporaneous forays into soul with Kenny Nolan. Bob sings some of the lead vocals himself, and the album also features lyrics from Richard Mirayes, Jon Joyce, and Lu Ann Simms – on titles that include "Cherry Boy", "Back Alley Boogie", "Menage A Trois", "Ah Men", and "Time For You & Me". Next up is the album Motivation. Bob Crewe is a long way from his 60s Four Seasons and Barbarella territory here – but still has all of his best strengths of arranging very firmly in hand! The album is one of Crew's mid 70s disco reinventions – and has the maestro working in a surprisingly strong soul mode, with help from a large choir called the Voices Of Inspiration – who work alongside the lead vocals from John Arrias, singing in a flanged-out style that reminds us of Nick DeCaro's 70s vocal work, but more towards a soul style. Production is by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett – and some of the album was recorded in Muscle Shoals, with a deeper vibe than you might expect. Titles include "Motivation", "Lady Love Song", "Give It Hell", "In Another Life", and "Merci Beaucoup". 2CD set features 9 more bonus tracks – different single and promo versions of tracks on the albums! CD

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VariousGreat Lost Elektra Singles Vol 1 ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1960s. New Copy ... $5.99 9.98
A very cool little compilation – one that features some gems that were only issued on Elektra Records as singles during the 60s – tracks that never saw any sort of LP release! There's some great goodies here – including rare Byrds material, issued under the name of The Beefeaters – on cuts "Please Let Me Love You" and "Don't Be Long". Phil Ochs turns in a weird electric rock version of "I Ain't Marching Anymore", Judy Collins sings Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine", David Ackles sings "La Route A Chicago", Eclection does "Mark Time", and the pre-Blue Oyster Cult Stalk/Forrest Group sings "Arthur Comics" and "What Is Quicksand". CD

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Del Tha Funkee HomosapienBest Of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien – The Elektra Years – B Boy Handbook ... CD
Elektra/Rhino, Early 90s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
What's this? Del's getting some belated respect from his former parent corporation?! Well, it's about time, and the package very well put together too! The Elektra Years features mostly tunes from the I Wish My Brother George Was Here and Both Sides Of The Brain, naturally, plus a few nice b-sides and soundtrack cuts. Unlike a lot of greatest hits packages the majors put out on cast off artists, this one's got a nice booklet and notes, which is a welcome touch! 16 tracks including "Mistadobalina", "Made In America (SD-50 b-boy mix)", "Dr. Bombay", "Wrongplace (Casual rmx), "Wack MCs", "Catch A Bad One", "Undisputed Champs" featuring Q-Tip, "Ahonetwo, Ahhonetwo" and more. CD
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AnthraxSound Of White Noise ... CD
Elektra, 1993. Used ... $3.99
(Punch through barcode & booklet.)

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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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Oscar BrandWild Blue Yonder/Every Inch A Sailor/Tell It To The Marines/Cough! Army Songs Out Of The Barracks Bag ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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BreadAnthology Of Bread ... CD
Elektra, 1970s. Used ... $1.99

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✨✧ Jackson BrowneI'm Alive ... CD
Elektra, 1993. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print.)

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Donald ByrdThank You For FUML (Funkin Up My Life) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A post-Blue Note effort, and Donald's changing things up a bit with his 125th Street Orchestra and Uptown Singers – funking along in a way you'd expect from the longwinded title! Byrd loostens up the smoother backgrounds of his recent Larry Mizell helmed work, and in their place are grooves that have more of a heavy slap bass sound, punchier horns and guitars! There are lotes nice moments that are a bit more restrained than the comparably full-on funk approach – and these have a spacey fusiony soul quality that reminds us of similar work that Byrd was doing with The Blackbyrds at the time. One of the best cuts is "Your Life Is My Ecstasy", which has some great bubbling Moog behind it, which creates a sound that you've heard sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest. Other nice ones are "Loving You", which features vocals by Jim Gilstrap, and a remake of Duke Pearson's "Cristo Redentor", a big hit for Don in the 60s, which is redone here in an excellent slow funk mode that feels like Bob James' work on CTI. Others include "Have You Heard The News", "In Love With Love" and "Close Your Eyes And Look Within". CD

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CarsCars Greatest Hits ... CD
Elektra, 1985. Used ... $0.99
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Cee-LoLady Killer ... CD
Elektra, 2010. Used ... $4.99
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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Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... $1.99
Right out of the subways and into the top 40! Titles include "Fast Car", "Mountains O Things", "She's Got Her Ticket", "Why", "For My Lover", "Behind The Wall", and "Talkin Bout A Revolution". CD

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Judy CollinsIn My Life ... CD
Elektra, 1966. Used ... $6.99
(Out of print.)

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Bobby DarinHit Singles Collection ... CD
Elektra/Atco/Rhino, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $1.99

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George DukeNight After Night (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite a soul-based set from the great George Duke – a set that not only features his strong keyboards, but also a fair bit of vocals from singers Phil Perry, Jeffery Osborne, and James Ingram – all of whom are a great fit for Duke's evolving sound! Duke had worked heavily with singers on many other albums – and even produced for some of these artists as well – but the vibe here is also more of an extension into 90s modes, both for fusion and R&B – with a few lingering traces of his 80s work, but also a leaner style at times that's nicely appreciated. Titles include "Love Ballad", "Children Of The Night", "Miss Wiggle", "Brazilian Coffee", "This Lovin", "Mystery Eyes", and "Same Ole Love". This Japanese CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks: "560 SL", "Fuzzzion" and "Rise Up". CD
Also available Night After Night ... LP 2.99

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Bill EvansParis Concert – Edition Two ... CD
Blue Note/Elektra, 1979. Used ... $4.99
Sublime late live work from Bill Evans – a well-recorded performance for French radio, and one that really stands out from some of the scratchier late 70s concerts on the market! Bill's working here with a sound as sensitive and picturesque as the cover image – never pushing things too hard, but letting each tune unfold organically in waves of sound few other players could conjure up! Trio musicians include Marc Johnson on bass and Joe LaBarbera on drums – and titles on this second volume include "Nardis", "Laurie", "34 Skidoo", "Letter To Evan", and "Gary's Theme". CD

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Michael FeinsteinMichael Feinstein Sings The Burton Lane Songbook Vol 1 ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, 1990. Used ... $2.99
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Lisa FischerSo Intense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1991. New Copy ... $13.99
Nothing super-intense, but a great solo moment from Lisa Fischer – a vocalist who'd previously worked with Luther Vandross and The Rolling Stones, and who steps out on her own in this classic early 90s set! The music's got a bouncy approach to soul that reflects Lisa's professional roots – and she gets plenty of help from Luther Vandross on the record, working here in a host of top-shelf studio talent that also includes Narada Michael Walden and Arif Mardin too! Fischer may be making a solo debut on the album, but she comes across with a great sense of class and professional poise throughout – on titles that include "How Can I Ease The Pain", "Wildflower", "Save Me", "Some Girls", "So Tender", "Get Back To Love", "Chain Of Broken Hearts", "Last Goodbye", and "So Intense". CD features bonus tracks that include "Reachin 4U", "How Can I Ease The Pain (edit)", "So Intense (7" radio rmx)", "Save Me (radio mix)", and "Save Me (ext mix)". CD

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George GershwinGershwin Plays Gershwin – Piano Rolls ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, Late 10s/1920s/Early 30s. Used ... $1.99

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Incredible String BandI Looked Up ... CD
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
A nicely subtle album from the Incredible String Band – a set that maybe doesn't have the same sort of fanfare as their earliest albums, but which also has the group really honing their sound! Make no mistake, there's nothing commercial or pop-oriented going on – it's just that Mike Heron and crew have really found a way to make a lot with a little – using acoustic guitar, violin, dulcimer, and bits of other instrumentation in these ways that have the relaxed nature of a folk group, but with more far-reaching power that befits their role in the British scene of the time. Heron's vocals are always wonderful – and Robin Williamson sings as well, as does Licorice McKechnie – and titles include "Black Jack Davy", "The Letter", "This Moment", and "Fair As You". CD

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Incredible String BandU ... CD
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1970. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99
A wonderfully expansive album from The Incredible String Band – initially performed as a stage project with the Stone Monkey dance troupe, and featuring the ISB at their most evocative and creative! Some tunes have a darker, sinister undercurrent – that link between the band and the acid folk underground – but others are more hippy dippy, with playful touches that still seem to have this undercurrent of evil somehow – an offbeat quality that really marks the special way that British groups like this were taking folk in very odd directions at the time – never losing sight of roots, but still never having the sense of optimism or indulgence of American acts. The double-length set has loads of especially nice instrumental moments – both acoustic and electric – and titles include "Bridge Song", "El Wool Suite", "The Juggler's Song", "Bad Sadie Lee", "Partial Belated Overture", "Walking Along With You", "Invocation", and "Robot Blues". CD

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Johnnie JohnsonJohnnie B Bad ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, 1991. Used ... $1.99
(Booklet has an old sticker.)

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Freedy JohnstonBlue Days Black Nights ... CD
Elektra, 1999. Used ... $3.99
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
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Ned DohenySeparate Oceans ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
Really great work from Ned Doheny – an overlooked talent on the LA scene of the 70s – one who had the tightest, smoothest touches of the best of the AOR generation – but a surprising undercurrent of soul as well! Ned's got that unique blend we find in a rare few artists from the time – like Nick DeCaro on his Blue Thumb album, or the self-titled set from Batteaux – a blue-eyed groove that's polished, but surprisingly human too – perfectly balancing all the best studio modes of the period, but in a way that's hardly commercial pop at all! Doheny issued a handful of albums during the 70s – none of which ever got the support they deserved – and he also touched countless other artists with his work. This excellent set brings together work from Ned's albums on Columbia and Elektra, plus some rare demo tracks too – with full notes that finally give Doheny his due, in the best Numero style. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "On & On", "Fineline", "Each Time You Pray", "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me", "A Love Of Your Own", "The Devil In You", "Standfast", "I Know Sorrow", and "Labor Of Love". CD
Also available Separate Oceans ... LP 18.99

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Bobbi HumphreyGood Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Excellent later work from Bobbie Humphrey – working here in a style that's different than her early albums for Blue Note – but still equally great! Bobbi's a bit more of a singer here, but the record still features loads of great work on flute as well – in these tight, full arrangements put together by Ralph MacDonald and William Eaton, both of whom really know their way around a groove! At some level, the shift is similar to that made by Patrice Rushen on her first few Elektra albums – a style that's more compressed than before, yet still every bit as soulful – and a great evolution for Bobbi Humphrey as an artist. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Say The Word", "Sweet N Low", "Living For The Music", "Love When I'm In Your Arms", "Year From Now", and "The Good Life". CD features bonus 7" mixes of "Love When I'm In Your Arms" and "Sweet N Low". CD

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Hermeto PascoalHermeto Ao Vivo Em Montreux Jazz Festival ... CD
Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Hermeto and group take the Montreux Jazz Festival by storm – and deliver one of the strongest performances the event must have seen in a long time! In keeping with the spirit of the event, the work here is strongly jazzy – done in a flurry of complicated reed passages with earthier percussion on the bottom, and some warm keyboards enforcing a strong sense of soul – very much in the style of Pascoal's work with Elis Regina at the festival on her Elektra record, but much more strongly in an inventive Hermeto mode here! The sound quality is excellent, and titles include "Pintando O Sete", "Forro Em Santo Andre", "Remelexo", the lovely "Fatima", "Terra Verde", "Quebrando Tudo", "Voltando Ao Palco", "Forro Brasil", and "Montreux". CD

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Lee RitenourRit/2 ... CD
Discovery/Warner (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
A nice mix of 80s groove and jazzy fusion – served up by one of the few players who could make such a set come off so well! Lee Ritenour's fusion work of the 70s always had a fair dose of R&B in the mix – but by the time of this set, he had moved even more strongly into a modern soul-based mode of jazz – one that he clearly helped to influence with his initial work, and which he still rode over strongly with the well-selling Rit series of albums for Elektra. Players on the set include Harvey Mason and Tom Scott – and about 2/3 of the album's tracks feature vocals by Eric Tagg. Titles include "Malibu", "Cross My Heart", "Promises Promises", "Dreamwalkin", "Keep It Alive", "A Fantasy", and "Tied Up". CD

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Jerry WilliamsGone ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the only albums ever cut by Jerry Williams – a Texas-bred songwriter whose work was covered by many, but who hardly ever got a spot in the limelight on his own! The set's from the late 70s, but has more of a mid-decade appeal overall – that point when country-styled rock was getting some tighter studio production, but never in a way that was commercial or trying for a hit – just that kind of Warner or Elektra focus that really helped a singer/songwriter find their own space. In other words, had the set come out in 1974, it may well have hit a lot greater fame over the years – as its certainly got the staying power of a lot of other Texas/LA hybrids from the time – especially with songwriting this strong. Titles include "Gone", "Easy On Yourself", "Call To Arms", "Getting Stronger", "Philosophizer", "Talk To Me", and a very unusual remake of Horace Silver's "Song To My Father". CD

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VariousGreenwich Village In The 60s – Beginnings & Branches Of The New York Folk Revival ... CD
Warner (Australia), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
A really well-done collection that gets at the full range of folk sounds in the Village scene of the 60s – and one that also traces some of its influence in farther reaches too! The package was put together by Warner, and features some real gems from the Elektra catalog – mixed with other great bits from Vanguard, Prestige, Tradition, and even Columbia Records too – all very important forces in folk music that really had a strong presence in New York, and were often working hard to grab the freshest young talents to make the scene. The 2CD package features over 40 tracks – some classics mixed with lesser-known treasures – and Richie Unterberger's notes really do a great job of situating the music and illuminating the Village a the time. Titles include "He Was A Friend" by Dian & The Greenbriar Boys, "Close The Door Lightly When You Go" by Eric Anderson, "Hang Me Oh Hang Me" by Dave Van Ronk, "I Can't Slow Down" by Tim Hardin, "Patriot Game" by Liam Clancy, "House Un-American Blues Activity Dream" by Richard Farina, "The Cuckoo" by Jean Ritchie, "Urge For Going" by Tom Rush, "Fare Thee Well" by Bob Gibson, "500 Miles" by Hedy West, "The Street" by David Blue, "The Death Of Queen Jane" by Joan Baez, and "Deportees" by Cisco Houston. CD

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ShadowLove Lite ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Around August 18, 2015
Uptempo modern soul from this short-lived combo who cut a few records for Elektra at the end of the 70s. The cuts have a nice jazzy undertone, with a style that's approaching an 80's kind of sound. Although Leon Ware worked with the group on later recordings, we actually prefer this one – as the sound's a bit tighter, and a bit more focused. Titles include the mellow "No Better Love" and "Say It Again", both with a nice cold slow jam kind of groove, plus "Get It", "Love Lite", and "I Need Love". CD
Also available Love Lite ... LP 5.99

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Ren WoodsAzz Izz ... CD
Elektra, 1982. New Copy ... Around August 18, 2015
A great bit of modern soul – produced by Chuck Jackson, as one of a number of excellent albums he did in the late 70s and early 80s. The album's got the tight, snapping feel of some of Elektra's great modern work from the years 1981 and 1982 – slick, but still pretty darn soulful, and with an impeccable sense of rhythm that makes even the mellow cuts groove nicely. Titles include "Take Me To Heaven", "Lovin Power", "If You Come With Me", "You Are The One", "I Don't Wanna Stop", and "Who's Gonna Love Me Now". CD

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✨✧ Sergio MendesMagic ... CD
Okeh, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the freshest music we've heard from Sergio Mendes in years – a set that brings him back to the funky, soulful territory he explored in the late 70s, but with a very contemporary vibe! The album's still got plenty of Brazilian roots – thanks to appearances from Carlinhos Brown, Seu Jorge, Gracinha Leporace, Milton Nascimento, Ana Carolina, and others – but there's also a contemporary soul undercurrent too, with some sweet rhythm programming from Mika Mutti – who may well be the second star on the set. Things are never too smooth or commercial, yet hit with a sharp focus that's sure to have the record crossing over like some of Sergio's American classics for Elektra Records years back – and the record also features help from American artists who include Janelle Monae, John Legend, and Will I Am. Titles include "Simbora", "Samba De Roda", "Sou Eu", "Don't Say Goodbye", "Meu Rio", "Visions Of You", "Atlantica", "One Nation", and "Hidden Waters". CD

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✨✧ Leon WareLeon Ware (1972) ... CD
United Artists/Solaris, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime work from Leon Ware – the mellow soul master who's one of our favorite talents of the 70s! This album is Leon's first – recorded years before he did his records for Motown and Elektra – and it's done with a less polished sound that's a striking contrast to some of his more famous albums – a great beginning to a long career, and a strong illustration of the deep soul roots of Ware's style and sound! Leon's got a very spiritual approach in his vocals here – with touches of rootsiness that bring a lot of honesty to the album, yet which also still operate in the same sexy manner that we've come to love him for on later records. Titles include "What's Your World", "Tamed To Be Wild", "It's Just A Natural Thing", and "The Spirit Never Dies". CD

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