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Charles MingusPre Bird ... LP
Mercury, 1960. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An unusual chapter in the label-hopping career of Charles Mingus – a one-off date recorded for Mercury right after Mingus' legendary sessions for Columbia! The format here may well be Mingus' most ambitious to date – as the album features larger groups than before, exploring a range of musical ideas that run from Charles' own highly political expressions of the Civil Rights era to some of his landmark explorations of Duke Ellington! As always, the individual players in the group are given a strong voice in the proceedings – and the record bristles with energy from solos by Ted Curson, Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Jimmy Knepper, Yusef Lateef, and a young Joe Farrell – as well as vocal performances by Lorraine Cousins, who sings on the classic "Weird Nightmare" and the haunting "Eclipse". A tremendous record throughout – filled with life, imagination, and boundless creativity – with titles that include "Mingus Fingus no. 2", "Weird Nightmare", "Eclipse", "Bemoanable Lady", "Half Mast Inhibition", and "Prayer for Passive Resistance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roberta Flack & Donny HathawayRoberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful duo soul from the all-time great Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway – released right around the time of Donny's tragic passing! The set was co-produced by Eric Mercury and Flack – and it has a lot of great vocals from Roberta, with as masterfully paired with Donny as always – plus guest vocal appearances by Luther Vandross, Gwen Guthrie, and Eleanore Mills, and even Mercury, who sings a bit on one track! Titles include couple of nice Stevie Wonder tunes – "You Are My Heaven" and "Don't Make Me Wait Too Long" – plus "Stay With Me", "God Don't Like Ugly", "Only Heaven Can Wait", and "Disguises". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Peter Boyle/Bobby ScottJoe Speaks ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good ... $3.99
A wonderful document of a very wild film! The album's a companion soundtrack to the musical score of Joe – and features star Peter Boyle speaking his mind on topics that include the economy, hippies, drugs, and drinking! The set includes a few of the vocal numbers from the film – folksy rock numbers written by Bobby Scott that include "Hey Joe", "Where Are You Going", and "You Can Fly" – next to bits by Boyle that have a really creepy sort of edge. Titles include "The American Bar Scene", "Four Bucks An Hour", "Park Avenue Offices", "I Got All I Need Sonny", "Making It", and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eyes Of BlueCrossroads Of Time (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Great work from a group who definitely are in the budding years of the UK progressive scene – but one who also knows how to stick to a tighter combo sound too! The record's got a really wonderful vibe – the full-on fire of some late beat group work, but much more farther-reaching in conception – both lyrically and instrumentally, especially when some light production touches kick in to do great things to the organ and vocals. The musical themes are a bit heady, too – some nicely political touches, but in a subtle way – and the group also turn out a nice over of Love's "7 + 7 Is", alongside other tracks that include "Crossroads Of Time", "I'll Be Your Friend", "Prodigal Son", "Largo", "Love is The Law", and "Inspiration For A New Day". CD features the bonus single "Q III". CD

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Eyes Of BlueIn Fields Of Ardath (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Very cool work from this unique Welsh group of the 60s a combo who might have started out in beat group modes, but really go for something different on this unique set! Eyes Of Blue have this spacious style that almost recalls the Moody Blues at times – but they're also much more gritty and soulful as well – almost as if they hit territory between the Moodies first record and their ambitous later works, but also draw on wider musical references that have them covering a Django Reinhardt tune on one track, and throwing in some classical references on another. Titles include the cut "Merry Go Round", which they did for a film with Quincy Jones – plus "The Light We See", "Souvenirs", "Little Bird", "Door", "Spanish Blues", "Chances", and "After The War". CD also features the bonus single "Apache 69". CD

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✨✧ Gap BandGap Band V – Jammin' (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. Used ... $9.99
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but never too slick – in a groove that's different than some of their other mainstream counterparts at the time – hard to describe accurately, but almost with a touch of jazz in the mix! Charlie Wilson handles most of the lead vocals, with support from brothers Robert and Ronnie – and Ronnie produced most of the set. Titles include "Where Are We Going", "Shake A Leg", "Jam The Motha", "Someday", "You're Something Special", "I'm Ready", "You're My Everything", "Smile", and "Jammin In America". CD also features the bonus track "Party Train (special dance mix)". CD

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $3.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

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Chuck MangioneTogether – A New Chuck Mangione Concert ... LP
Mercury, 1971. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $0.99
Groovy early work from Chuck – with Gerry Niewood on sax and flute, Don Potter on guitar, Gap Mangione on electric piano, and Esther Satterfield and Bat McGrath on vocals. Titles include "Firewatchers", "Sixty Miles Young", "Hill Where The Lord Hides", "Feelin", "Lullaby For Nancy Carol", "Look To The Children", "Freddie's Walkin", "Pages From A Journal In America", "Sunshower", and "Places Warm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a short click on one track.)

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✨✧ Mickey NewburyLooks Like Rain ... LP
Drag City/Saint Cecelia Knows, 1969. Near Mint- (reissue)... $19.99
The first great album in what's now dubbed Mickey Newbury's American Trilogy – recorded for an apparently indifferent Mercury Records – a haunting bit of genius from a songwriter who to that point had written songs recorded by fellows working in with the lavish Nashville Sound, but this set all about spacious intimacy! Titles include "She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye", "I Don't Think Much About Her No More", "T Total Tommy", "San Francisco Mable Joy" and "Looks Like Baby's Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDial Records Southern Soul Story ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 22.99
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest southern soul labels ever – the mighty Dial Records, home to Joe Tex during most of his classic years! The label was based in Nashville, and formed by Buddy Killen to record early work by Joe Tex – right at a time when Joe was helping forge the sound that would later be known as country soul. Through the years, Buddy issues titles independently, and through Atlantic and Mercury – all the time giving Joe just the right sound he needed, while at the same time picking up a host of other artists who were perfect for Dial's unique crossbreed sound. Joe's work has been reissued over the years, but this set's the first time it's been presented alongside that of his peers – in a whopping 2CD set that features 51 tracks in all, complete with notes on Joe, Killen, and the unique style of Dial! Titles include "Footprints On My Mind", "You Oughta Be Here With Me", "Get Your Thing Together", and "Love Connection" by Annette Snell; "I Need You" and "I Am A Carpet" by Little Archie; "Don't Let The Sun Shine On Me" by The Dialtones; "Somebody Will" and "I Refuse To Give Up" by Clarence Reid; "Can't Help It", "Only Your Love", "Chills & Fever", and "Since I Found You" by Paul Kelly; "I've Got A Thing Going On" and "Get Down With It" by Bobby Marchan; "Dr Funky" and "You Really Fooled Me" by Chris Harris; "Can You Dig It" and "Learning To Forget You" by King Floyd; and loads more by Joe Tex, Jean Knight, Frederick Knight, Clarence Henry, and others! CD

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VariousGolden Age Of American Popular Music – More Country Hits ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A much-needed second set in this wonderful series from Ace Records – a sidestream of their Golden Age Of American Popular Music that looks at country hits of the late 50s and early 60s! Yet by "hits", don't imagine that you'll know everything here – as, like other volumes in the series, there's a really nice focus here on songs that made an impact at the time, but which have been somewhat lost to the shifting sands of musical history! There's definitely a few you'll know, but there's plenty more here that played big in those years when country was finally beginning to crack the charts – but which haven't held on without the support of hipsters over the years. Material is pulled from a variety of majors at the time – RCA, Columbia, Mercury, and others – and titles include "Your Name Is Beautiful" by Carl Smith, "Little Black Book" by Jimmy Dean, "Chip Off The Old Block" by Eddy Arnold, "Back Track" by Faron Young, "Dark Moon" by Bonnie Guitar, "Mary Don't You Weep" by Stonewall Jackson, "The Auctioneer" by Leroy Van Dyke, "Who Shot Sam" by George Jones, "Blue Blue Day" by Don Gibson, "Four Walls" by Jim Reeves, "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" by Ray Price, "Rockin Rollin Ocean" by Hank Snow, "I'm Saving My Love" by Skeeter Davis, "Soldier's Joy" by Hawkshaw Hawkins, and "Cowboy Boots" by Dave Dudley. CD

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✨✧ Bryony JamesFeeling Good ... CD
Mercury/Zeitgeist (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really groovy little vocal jazz record – cut by an American singer on the London scene of the late 60s – working here with tight backing from the Laurie Holloway Quartet! Bryony James has this way of going deep with her range that's a bit like Morgana King, but she's also a bit less heavy, too – and swings easily without getting lost in her trills – bringing a lightness to the record that's a great match for the cool arrangements provided by Holloway – whose group also includes a nice percussionist. Many tunes are familiar, but they're given very groovy treatments here – and tracks include "Our Day Will Come", "Feeling Good", "Summertime", "Goin Out Of My Head", "How Insensitive", "Come Back To Me", and "Look Of Love". CD

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✨✧ Mickey NewburyFrisco Mabel Joy ... LP
Elektra, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The second in Mickey Newbury's American Trilogy – recorded when Newbury was at Elektra Records, a label that was apparantly as unable to find an audience for him as Mercury was a few years earlier – but all these years later it stands just as beautifully of a leftfield bit of spacious, moody genius just about any singer-songwriter record of the period we can think of! Recorded at Nashville's Cinderella Sound Studios, it's really wonderful stuff that defys genre and convention, but is as emotionally connective and sastisfying as anything from the mainstream. Titles include "The Future's Not What It Used To Be", "Frisco Depot, "Swiss Cottage Place", "How I Love Them Old Songs" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Quadradisc pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)

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✨✧ Young DisciplesRoad To Freedom (US promo 2LP set) ... LP
Talkin' Loud/Mercury, 1991. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
When this killer came out in the UK in 1991, it was one of the best soul records we'd heard in years. Carleen Anderson, the then-unknown daughter of Bobby Byrd & Vicki Anderson, sung some of the deepest vocals we'd heard in years – and she was backed by funky soundscapes filled with references and homages to greats like Roy Ayers, Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, 24-Carat Black, and many others. The record was (and is) impeccable – and it's a wondrous treat for fans of the kind of rare groove material we stock at Dusty Groove. Yet when it was originally issued in the US, Polygram stupidly "hip hopped" up the whole thing: remixed tracks, dropped vocals, and generally made the whole thing a pandering waste of an album that sounded like just another weak DJ with vocalist effort. Here, though, the album is presented in its original musical version – packaged as a 2LP advance promo to break the group on the American market before the newer (and weaker) US version came out. Features performances by the likes of Carleen Anderson, Master Ace, Johnny Lytle, Maceo Parker, and others! A treasure, and one that still sounds as fresh today! Tracks include "Apparently Nothin", "Talkin What I Feel", "All I Have", "As We Come", "Step Right On", and the majestic "Freedom Suite"! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a plain sleeve, with marker.)
 
 
 



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