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Jimmie DavisCountry Music Hall Of Fame ... CD
MCA, 1930s/1940s. Used ... $4.99
CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Georgie FameBest Of Georgie Fame 1967-1971 ... CD
Columbia (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Nice set that brings together some of Georgie's later jazz vocal tracks for Columbia/CBS – most of which are a lot more far-reaching than his earlier "beat group" recordings. Some of the material has a bit more of a rockish feel, and other stuff has more of a trippy sound, but at the root of it all is Georgie's jazzy swinging vocals. Titles include "Blossom", "Ask Me Nice", "When I'm Sixty Four", "Try My World", "And I Love Her", and "The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde". Nice stuff, and hard to find on wax! CD

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Georgie FameRhythm & Blues At The Camden Theatre (180 gram pressing) (2015 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rhythm & Blues, 1964. New Copy ... $29.99
2 sides of hard-grooving early 60s rhythm & blues from Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames – with one side recorded live at London's Camden Theatre in March of 1964 – and the other side featuring tracks recorded at an unidentified jazz club! Includes "Night Train", "Bright Lights, Big City", "Do-Re Mi", "Yeh Yeh", "Walking The Dog", "Fools Paradise", "Moody's Mood", "You're Breaking My Heart", "I'm Gone" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Georgie Fame/Annie Ross/Hoagy CarmichaelIn Hoagland ... CD
Bald Eagle/DRG, 1981. Used ... $14.99
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(Out of print.)

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Fame GangGrits & Gravy – The Best Of The Fame Gang ... CD
Fame/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
The legendary Fame Gang finally gets their due – in this CD that's overflowing with tight funky instrumentals, most of which have never been issued at all! The "best" in the title is certainly well-put – given the quality of the music – but don't think "hits", as 18 of the CD's 25 tracks have never been issued before – which makes the whole collection way more of a discovery than you might expect! Back in the late 60s, the Fame Gang were the house rhythm section at Fame Records down in Muscle Shoals – as important as the Mar-Keys, Bar-Kays, or MGs were over at Stax Records – and graced with not only an impeccable sense of groove, but also a really bold, soulful flair on their horns! There's no vocals here at all – and the cuts feature loads of tenor, guitar, and organ solos over rhythms that are easily some of the funkiest ever cut at Fame studios. We're not entirely sure why these gems weren't released at the time – but they're all tremendous, and we're plenty happy to have them out now! Titles include "Smokestack Lightning", "Hey Joe", "Soul Stutterin", "Sunrise", "Walk Tall", "Rang's Thang", "Stand", "Cannonball", "Muscle Soul", "Shufflin", "Sax Appeal", "Crime Don't Pay", and "Groove Killer". CD

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✨✧ Fame GangSolid Gold From Muscle Shoals ... LP
Fame, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $38.99
A very cool album of soul instrumentals, played by the session musicians responsible for creating (the second version of?) the Muscle Shoals sound – players like Clayton Ivey, Junior Lowe, Ronnie Eades, and Freeman Brown. The set's nicely packaged – in a gatefold cover, with shots of Muscle Shoals, the studio, the group, and Rick Hall, who produced the whole darn thing. The cuts themselves are pop and soul hits, done with slightly southern tinges – and titles include "Soulful Strut", "Choice Of Colors", "It's Your Thing", "Get Back", and "Too Weak To Fight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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George JacksonFame Sessions (colored vinyl) ... LP
Fame/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
What the what?!? Soul sides so great they'll blow your mind – even though none of them have ever been issued before! George Jackson is one of the great lost talents of southern soul – an artist who often stayed in the background, lending his talents to others in the studio, or as a writer – but a hell of a strong artist on his own – as you'll hear in this package of 24 recordings done at the legendary Fame Studios! Jackson's vocals are great – nice and gritty, plain and honest, and with just the right sort of focus to perfectly serve up the poetry of his lyrics. And the backings are wonderful, too – that simple, soulful groove that Fame did so well – often slow-burning on the rhythm tip, with production that lets George shine right out front in the mix. Why these cuts were never issued at the time is a mystery to us – as they could have made George and a few other folks a nice little fortune and a good deal of fame. But as with most discoveries like this, the obscurity of the tracks also makes for a freshness that we love too – as if we've taken a time machine back to a period we love, and found a way to hear the "real deal" right up close! Special LP version – featuring a dozen tracks from the Fame CDs – including "Greedy Over You", "Double Lovin", "Don't Count Me Out", "Save Me", "That From The Heart", "Add A Little Sunshine", "Let The Best Man Win", "I Bit Off More Than I Can Chew", and "Bite The Hand That Feeds You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Grace JonesFame ... CD
Island/Gold Legion, 1978. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A classic disco stormer from Grace Jones – recorded at Sigma Sound with a real Philly groove, thanks to arrangements from John Monster Davis – and produced with a full, soaring sound from the legendary Tom Moulton! The set may well be Grace's true club classic from the late 70s – a record that works both on the quirky levels of her early rise to fame, and on the more soulful expectations mainstream clubgoers had at the time – a beautiful balance that owes plenty to the input from Davis and Moulton! Titles include "Do Or Die", "Pride", "Fame", "Below The Belt", and "Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City". CD

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Kel Boogie ManBK Soldier (radio, main, inst)/Fame (radio, main, inst) ... 12-inch
Ecliptic, 1999. Near Mint- ... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Bill MonroeCountry Music Hall Of Fame ... CD
MCA, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $4.99
CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Dan PennFame Recordings – 24 Gems From The Writer's Mid 60s Apprenticeship At Fame ... CD
Fame/Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $9.99
A tremendous discovery in soul music – previously unreleased demos from the legendary Dan Penn – one of the key songwriters in the Fame Studios/Muscle Shoals scene of the 60s! Dan's tunes had an undeniable impact on southern soul for decades to come – yet Penn hardly issued any singles himself – just sang on these in-house recordings as a way of demonstrating the strength of his songs! Yet Penn's vocals are amazing – as raspy and soulful as any of the big names who recorded his work – and backed here by superb Fame support by the core combo of Spooner Oldham on piano and organ, Jimmy Johnson on guitar, and Roger Hawkins on drums. Oldham co-wrote most of the tunes with Penn, and really gives them a slow-burning, all-soul feel with his keyboard lines – and although demo recordings, the production here is every bit as great as commercially-released material from Fame – making the collection sparkle like the lost album (or albums!) that Dan Penn never had at the time. Titles include "Keep On Talking", "Feed The Flame", "Strangest Feeling", "I Do", "It Tears Me Up", "Uptight Good Woman", "Far From The Maddening Crowd", "The Puppet", "Long Ago", "Slippin Around With You", and "Do Something". CD

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Staff Of The Country Music Hall Of Fame & MuseumNight Train To Nashville – Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945 to 1970 (paperback) ... Book
Country Music Foundation, 2005. New Copy Book ... $4.99 9.99
Not the country music side of Nashville, but the city's rich heritage of soul and R&B – served up here in a beautiful book put together by the Country Music Hall Of Fame! That organization has always done great things for country – and here, they turn their special talents towards this lesser-known side of Music City – in a book that's very heavy on vintage images, including rare photos, ads, and other cool music bits as well! Smaller amounts of text follow the full-color insides – almost at a level that you'd read while viewing these materials in a museum exhibition, which is where they first appeared. Book is softcover, and 68 pages in all. Book

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TrewsHouse Of Ill Fame ... CD
Bumstead (Canada), 2003. Used ... $0.99
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Bunny WailerHall Of Fame – A Tribute To Bob Marley's 50th Anniversary ... CD
Tuff Gong/RAS, 1995. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Lester YoungHall Of Fame ... CD
Past Perfect/Jazz Line, 1930s/1940s. Used 5CD ... $11.99
Includes 40 page booklet. CD
(Barcode has a sticker remnant and small tear.)

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VariousComplete Fame Singles Vol 1 – 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $21.99
Legendary work from one of the greatest soul labels ever – a tiny Alabama imprint that helped bring the Muscle Shoals sound to the masses – thanks to the work of producer Rick Hall, and his crack band of session players! The music here set a whole new standard for soul in the south – and really helped bridge older 50s modes and the new wave of more expressive, more sophisticated singers – an evolution that you'll really hear over the span of the label's complete singles, even in this first volume. A few names here are big – like Jimmy Hughes and Arthur Conley – but there's also some great lesser-knowns that really make the collection great – some singers we never even knew recorded for Fame, and a few session players as stars on their own – like Dann Penn or Spooner Oldham. Titles include "Wish You Didn't Have To Go" by Spooner & The Spoons, "Party Talk" by June Conquest, "She Wants What She Can't Have" by Terry Woodford, "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" by The Villagers, "In The Same Old Way" by Arthur Conley, "You Can't Believe Everything You Hear" by Jimmy Hughes, "The Road Of Love" by Clarence Carter, "Take A Good Look" by James Barnett, "Let Them Talk" by Dann Penn, "A Piece Of My Heart" by Art Freeman, and "Time Will Bring You Back" by Jimmy Hughes. 52 tracks in all – with both a and b-sides too! CD

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Steve Arrington's Hall Of FameSteve Arrington's Hall Of Fame I ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... On August 18, 2015
Bass heavy funk from Arrington – picking up where that Slave groove left off, moving into a mode that's also picked up bits of 80s groove and old school rhythms. Titles include "Nobody Can Beat You", "You Meet My Approval", "Speak With Your Body", "Weak At The Knees", "Beddie Biey", and "Way Out". CD

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Georgie FameThird Face Of Fame ... CD
CBS (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... On June 10, 2015
A really great little album from Georgie Fame – one that has moving past the swinging Mose Allison-inspired jazz vocal mode of earlier records, into a groovier style that picks up a range of different sounds! Georgie kicks off the album with his version of the ever-popular late 60s "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" – and seems to use that tune as an excuse to explore a nice range of older jazz vocal approaches, including one tune that even has him reciting the lyrics in a Beatles-sounding monologue! Arrangements are by Harry South, with players that include Gordon Beck, John McLaughlin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, and Ian Hammer – and titles include "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Ask Me Nice", "When I'm Sixty Four", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Blue Prelude", "Bullets Laverne", "This Is Always", "Mellow Yellow", and "Side By Side". CD

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Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame ... CD
CBS (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... On June 10, 2015
The two faces of Fame are live and studio – as each side of the album was recorded in each mode! Side one features the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a live set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. Side two is even better, and features Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". CD

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✨✧ EC & Rubberoom/Chi-NY NetworkTaste Of Chicago (main, radio, inst, acapella)/Keep The Fame (main, radio, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Molehole, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chicago's dopest MC's along with NY's much underrated Percee P, and production by His-panik. Two of the best posse tracks we've heard in a long while: EC & Rubberoom "Taste Of Chicago" and Vakill, Percee P and Rhymefest "Keep The Fame". A piece of Chicago hip hop history. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Sealed!)
 
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Claudia Burson/Rick Fortner/Pat Murray/Pat MooreSwingin The Night Away – The Jazz Keyboard Concert ... CD
Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame, 2002. Used ... $1.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy HughesSteal Away/Lolly Pops, Lace And Lipstick ... 7-inch
Fame, 1964. Very Good- ... $4.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black label pressing. Label has a peeled spot filled with marker.)

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Candi StatonLife Happens ... CD
Fame/Beracah, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Candi Staton returns to Fame Studios – and the results are almost as classic as her recordings from decades before! The set returns Staton to a secular deep soul setting – and the production and instrumentation are nicely down-home, but never in a way that's cliched or cloying – like some LA producer trying to recreate his idea of the real deal! Instead, the whole thing's got a nice indie vibe – with just the right Muscle Shoals blend of moody organ lines and compressed rhythms – backing up that voice that still hasn't lost any fire over the years. Titles include "Never Even Had The Chance", "Eternity", "Commitment", "Where Were You", "Three Minutes To A Relapse", "You Treat Me Like A Secret", and "A Better World Coming". CD

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Charlie VenturaCharlie Ventura Quintet ... LP
Hall Of Fame Jazz Greats, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Spencer WigginsDouble Lovin/I'd Rather Go Blind ... 7-inch
Fame, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great funky cut from Spencer Wiggins – produced at Fame by Rick Hall! "Double Lovin" has a nice little clapping intro, kind of sing-song, with beats that come in slow under the claps, before Spencer lets loose with some Rufus Thomas-type vocals! "Rather Go Blind" is a nice mellow number – done sad and slow, like some of his Goldwax work, and with incredible vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Aaron AllenDo The Whop (Drop The Bomb) (vocal, inst) ... 12-inch
Profile, 1987. Very Good+ ... $3.99
This bizarre record is by none other than Harry Allen, of Public Enemy fame. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Profile sleeve, with some marker. Labels have some marker.)

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AirAir (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $21.99
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very organic way – so that the spare sounds build up into these parts rich in meaning, but still with plenty of sharp edges – based on work from Yasuo Shimura on flute, amplified soprano sax, Arp, and radio; Renkichi Hayashi on guitar, ring modulator, and other effects; Nobuyoshi Ino on electric and acoustic bass, Turkish guitar, and tape recorder; Hiroshi Murakami on drums and percussion; and Yuji Imamura on amplified and acoustic tabla, plus other percussion. The sound's as compelling as the instrumental lineup – and the album's comprised of one long jamming track "Air (parts 1 & 2)", with a groove that ranges from funky and break-oriented, to wild and free out-oriented soloing. CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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David Amram & George BarrowJazz Studio No 6 – Amram-Barrow Quartet/The Eastern Scene ... LP
Decca, 1957. Very Good- ... $28.99
An enigmatic set of modern jazz – recorded by the Amram-Barrow Quartet – an obscure group led by tenor saxophonist George Barrow and horn player David Amram, the latter of whom would go onto great fame in the 60s and 70s for his groundbreaking arrangements, soundtrack work, and world/jazz experiments! At this point, Amram's a young modernist with some very fresh ideas – and contributes some wonderful original tunes to the session with a moody east coast style that almost has traces of the Mingus camp – particularly the work of Jimmy Knepper and Pepper Adams. George Barrow's tone on the tenor is really tremendous – sharp and soulful, reminding us a bit of the freshness that Hank Mobley brought to some of his early sessions in the 50s, but with less of a hardbop fire. The rhythm in the group is by Arthur Phipps on bass and Al Harewood on drums (Amram plays a bit of piano as well) – and titles include "City Talk", "Someday Morning Will Come", "Somewhere Along The Way", "Phipps Quipps", "Lobo Nocho", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has light surface marks, but the heavy Decca vinyl still plays well. Cover is nice!)

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Ernestine AndersonErnestine Anderson Swings The Penthouse ... CD
High Note, 1962. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Rare live work from Ernestine Anderson – recorded in Seattle during the same early 60s stretch when Anderson was recording for Mercury Records! The performance is quite different than the Anderson of later years – more jazz overall, and maybe a bit more composed – with less of the bluesy inflections that Ernestine opened up during her rise to fame on Concord Records, and maybe more of a cool, classy style that reminds us a bit of Sarah Vaughan on her great live sides for Mercury. The tracks are relatively short, but phrased wonderfully – and backing is by a small combo, led by pianist Dick Palombi – on titles that include "Angel Eyes", "It Could Happen To You", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Time After Time", "Just In Time", and "I Fall In Love Too Easily". CD

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Harold AshbyHarold Ashby Quartet (aka Presenting Harold Ashby) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Progressive, 1978. New Copy ... $7.99 15.98
An excellent solo date from tenorist Harold Ashby – a musician who first rose to fame in the Duke Ellington Orchestra of the 60s, but who also had a rich history of previous work in both jazz and blues as well! Ashby's got a wonderfully deep tone – very much in the Lester Young school, but with some very personal inflections too – and more than enough fresh phrasing to really hold our interest, even on some of the more familiar numbers on the set. There's a softness to Harold's attack that might be a bit misleading at first – but he more than makes up for that with a resonance on some of the longer lines on the set. The group's a quartet – with Don Friedman on piano, Ronnie Bedford on drums, and George Mraz on bass – and titles include "Cous Cous", "Dainty", "Pleading", "Quickie", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "Candy". CD features four bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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✨✧ Atlantic StarrAll In The Name Of Love ... LP
Warner, 1986. Sealed ... $3.99
A mid 80s classic from Atlantic Starr – at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in so many other younger groups in the earlier part of the 80s – although it's also a bit more polished too. Most instrumentation is electric, and tunes are mostly written by the team of David and Wayne Lewis – both of whom sing on the record. Barbara Weathers also handles female vocals, and titles include "Once Lover At A Time", "Let The Sun In", "My Mistake", "I'm In Love", "Always", "Don't Take Me For Granted", and a version of Sam Dees' "All In The Name Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch. Shrink has a small hole.)

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Edwin BirdsongFuntaztik ... LP
Salsoul, 1981. Very Good ... $19.99
A great little club set from the enigmatic Edwin Birdsong – a artist that we first came to love for his quirky early recordings on Polydor, and his later collaborations with Roy Ayers – but who sounds equally great here in a Salsoul setting! Birdsong's always had a great talent for spinning an offbeat sort of groove – one that stretches out with unusual rhythms, funky basslines, and odder-than-usual subject matter and lyrics. And here, he's taking the smoother Salsoul sound and infusing it with some of his own offbeat phrasings – in a mode that's got some great 80s groove old school funky touches! The set includes the classic "Rapper Dapper Snapper", a tune that's got a fair bit of Roy Ayers touches in the mix – plus the tracks "Funtaztik", "Win Tonight", "Two Faced Lover", and "Fortune & Fame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & some wear.)

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✨✧ Walter Bishop JrMilestones (aka Speak Low) ... CD
Black Lion (Germany), 1961. Used ... $9.99
A rare early date as a leader from pianist Walter Bishop Jr – cut for a tiny east coast label that folded almost as soon as the record was issued – but a date that's gone onto great fame over the years, thanks to circulation in a few different formats! Bishop's got a really maturing approach here – as sharp as his work from the bop years, but with a deeper sense of tone and color too – occasional lyrical moments that get great shading from the bass of Jimmy Garrison and drums of GT Hogan – both players who make the album really something special – a real cut above the usual trio session. In that manner, the record features two tunes that run for nearly 10 minutes each – opening up in that reflectively soulful mode that Bish would be known much more for in later years – and titles include "Speak Low", "Milestones", "Green Dolphin Street", and "Blues In The Closet". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes! CD

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Blue BeatsBeatle Beat ... LP
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 19.99
Not The Beatles, but a group who are trying to cash in on their fame – by showing a monstrous Beatle wig on the cover of the album, covering a horde of dancers – and by playing a whole host of instrumentals with a nod to the Brit Invasion! We're guessing the Blue Beats were some American studio combo – as the overall project doesn't have a real UK sound – and they've definitely got their chops, especially on the guitar lines – which are recorded with a nice dose of echo and a good deal of twang, and mixed in with stomping rhythms and the occasional keyboard line. Titles include "The Chocolate Pudding Slop", "The Swingin Spiders' Bo Diddley", "The Fat Kings' Twist", "The Broken Egg Frug", "The Cold Mashed Potato", and "The Big Shoe Twist". LP, Vinyl record album

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Booker T & The MGsAnd Now/In The Christmas Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Edsel (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy 2CD ... $20.99
Two classic albums from this great Memphis group – with bonus tracks as well! First up is And Now Booker T & The MGs – a great little album recorded in the post Green Onions years, at a time when the group was really coming together – with a tightness that perfectly illustrates their sublime Memphis instrumental groove! The album's heavy on guitar and organ, as you'd expect – that great Booker/Steve Cropper sound that can't be denied – and there's a rawness here that you don't get as much in later years – more of a funky 45 vibe that really keeps things fresh! Titles include a few nice originals – like "Soul Jam" and "My Sweet Potato" – but ever the covers sound pretty darn great, with a lot more imagination than the usual instrumental filler. As proof, there's a killer version of "Summertime", with a nice modal groove, plus nice takes on "Think" and "Working In A Coal Mine". In The Christmas Spirit is a seasonal classic from the legendary Stax Records – a set of all instrumental Holiday tunes, played by Booker T & The MGs! The album was recorded at the height of the group's early fame – and features a simple, straightforward groove that features plenty of Hammond from Booker T – plus tight grooves from Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald Duck Dunn on bass, and Al Jackson on drums – all of whom cook up some Memphis soul instrumental takes on seasonal favorites – in a mode that easily makes the record one of the hippest Christmas sides from the time! The whole thing's great – almost like a lost Booker T album overall – and titles include "Blue Christmas", "We Three Kings", "Winter Wonderland", "Silver Bells", and "Merry Christmas Baby". Also features 4 bonus tracks – "Booker Loo", "Red Beans & Rice", "Boot Leg", and "Be My Lady". CD

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David BowieYoung Americans ... CD
Virgin, 1975. Used ... $6.99
A brilliant soul album! That's right, we said SOUL album! Bowie was at the height of his Ziggy Stardust fame when this one was recorded – a drastic left-turn in styles, forged during a point in his American tour when he could take a break, head to Philly, plug in at the Sigma Sound Studios, and come up with some fantastic little soul tunes, thanks to help from Luther Vandross! The album sparkles with the best sound of Luther's early work – and you'll hear more than a bit of Luther's work on his own, and his tunes with Gregg Diamond on the set. Features the sublime tracks "Win", "Fascination", "Right", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", and "Can You Hear Me" – as well as the hits "Young Americans" and "Fame". CD

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Dennis BrownMoney In My Pocket – The Best Of Dennis Brown ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Tremendous work from the great Dennis Brown – easily one of the best singers ever to emerge from the Jamaican scene of the 70s – and an artist whose range of expression continued to leave us breathless! Brown's almost more of a soul singer than a typical reggae vocalist – although the styles here are definitely the Kingston-bred modes that worked best with his approach – and if the world were a better place, Dennis might have hit some of the global fame of some of his bigger contemporaries on the 70s scene. Yet it's also that lack of fame that also makes this music so great – a bit more unusual and not nearly as overplayed in college dorm rooms over the generations! Titles include two different versions of the classic "Money In My Pocket", and the cuts "A True", "Wild Fire", "Have You Ever", "Your Man", "Lips Of Wine", "Cheater", "Silhouettes", "Black Magic Woman", "Revolution", "How Can I Leave You", "Sitting & Watching", "The Exit", "Girl I've Got A Date", "Hold On To What You've Got", "Wolf & Leopards", and "Ghetto Girl". 40 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Keni BurkeChanges ... LP
RCA, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
A standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all arranged and produced by Burke – who also played a fair bit of the music on the set as well! The tunes are upbeat and grooving – often with a rhythm that goes nicely right down the middle, and never tries to be too funky or clubby. This groove is epitomized by Burke's classic "Risin' To The Top" – a tune that's been sampled heavily over the years, to great fame – and which is probably the lasting legacy of this set. But the whole album's totally great – sophisticated 80s groove at its best – with other cuts that include "Who Do You Love", "Shakin", "Can't Get Enough", "Changes", "All Night", and "Hang Tight". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gary BurtonSeven Songs For Quartet & Chamber Orchestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 25.99
A really wonderful setting for the vibes of Gary Burton – a special ECM session that pairs his quartet with larger orchestral backdrops – all conducted by Michael Gibbs, who also wrote the music for the date! Gibbs had already risen to fame by the time of this record – thanks to some groundbreaking albums for large ensembles on the British jazz scene of the late 60s – where he demonstrated a tremendous ear for intimate tones and subtle sounds amidst a larger group. Here, that talent turns out to work perfectly for the rich tones of Burton's vibes – allowing them to develop slowly and spaciously, despite the larger orchestra. The core quartet also features Michael Goodrick on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Ted Seibs on drums – and titles include "The Rain Before It Falls", "Three", "Phases", "Throb", and "Nocturne Vulgaire/Arise Her Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy ButlerBilly Butler Plays Via Galactica ... CD
Kilmarnock, 1973. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the most obscure albums from jazz guitarist Billy Butler – the musician who first rose to fame in the gritty R&B work of organist Bill Doggett, then went onto cut some great funky albums for Prestige Records at the end of the 60s! This set is a lot more unusual than any of those records, though – as it features music from legendary soundtrack composer Galt MacDermot, who also produced the session for his own tiny label! Billy's style here is a bit different than some of his jazz work – more of a focus on chromes and tones, with some wah wah moments that are especially nice – guitar lines that snake around these laidback grooves from a sweet small combo that features drums by Bernard Purdie, bass by Wilbur Bascomb, and piano by Galt himself! Things get nice and spacey at all the best moments – and tracks include "Hush", "Life Wins", "400 Girls Ago", and "Other Side of the Sky". CD

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Billy ButlerBilly Butler Plays Via Galactica ... LP
Kilmarnock, 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the most obscure albums from jazz guitarist Billy Butler – the musician who first rose to fame in the gritty R&B work of organist Bill Doggett, then went onto cut some great funky albums for Prestige Records at the end of the 60s! This set is a lot more unusual than any of those records, though – as it features music from legendary soundtrack composer Galt MacDermot, who also produced the session for his own tiny label! Billy's style here is a bit different than some of his jazz work – more of a focus on chromes and tones, with some wah wah moments that are especially nice – guitar lines that snake around these laidback grooves from a sweet small combo that features drums by Bernard Purdie, bass by Wilbur Bascomb, and piano by Galt himself! Things get nice and spacey at all the best moments – and tracks include "Hush", "Life Wins", "400 Girls Ago", and "Other Side of the Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! PLEASE NOTE – some of these copies have a very light warp to them, but they play fine.)

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CapitolsDance The Cool Jerk ... LP
Atco, 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A landmark set of grooves by this excellent Detroit group – a trio who recorded for the local indie Karen, but got a much bigger boost towards fame when their record was picked up by Atlantic! The set's one of the killer 60s Motor Town sets produced by Ollie McLaughlin – and like the rest, it's got a really special edge – music that goes way past any simple 60s soul cliches, and which will make the set one of the real standouts in your collection. Arrangements are by Dale Warren, Riley Hampton, and Mike Terry – and titles include The Capitols' big hit "Cool Jerk", and also includes loads of other great tracks written by Donald Storball of the group – like "Dog & Cat", "Zig Zaggin", "The Kick", and others – plus versions of "Hello Stranger", "Love Makes The World Go Round", and "Good Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple & tan label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, and a few age spots.)

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Vikki CarrLove Again – The Lost Columbia Masters ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Never-heard work from Vikki Carr – a singer who first came to fame on Liberty Records in the 60s, but who really matured during a 70s stretch at Columbia! These tracks were all done for the label, but never saw the light of day until now – and they really show the growth that Carr experienced during the first half of the 70s – a move away from younger pop into more modern, mature modes – some with a slight undercurrent of soul, others with just a touch of Nashville – but always in that all-woman style that Vikki helped develop for other vocalists of the period. Titles include "Lovin In My Soul", "Lyin In My Arms", "I Finally Got It Right This Time", "Who In The World", "The Night Life", "Che Sera", "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", and "A Thing Called Sadness". CD

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Nell Carter with Galt MacDermotNell Carter Sings The Gospel – Take This Bread – A Mass In Our Time ... CD
Kilmarnock, 1973. New Copy ... $10.99
A wonderful little record that's way way more than you'd even expect from the title – an early 70s collaboration between arranger Galt MacDermot and singer Nell Carter on a project of all original material with a very soulful vibe! The set isn't gospel tunes sung by a soul artist – and instead features these cool, complicated grooves that have all the best MacDermot touches that we love in his best soundtracks – played by Galt on piano with Bernard Purdie on drums, Seldon Powell on tenor, and Bad Bascomb on bass – a mighty tight combo who make the whole thing groove a lot more than you'd expect! And Nell Carter isn't the only singer, either – as the record also features a lot of work by Salome Bey, of Andy & The Bey Sisters fame – as well as the Howard Roberts Chorale, who were really getting righteous at this time. Many titles are short, and the whole thing works together beautifully as kind of a single piece – with titles that include "Cleaning Me With Fire", "May God Care", "Strange Gods", "Self From Self", "Up To The Altar", "In The Name Of The Father", "Sanctus", and "Out Of The Depths". CD

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✨✧ Cyrus ChestnutMillion Colors In Your Mind ... CD
High Note, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The title's a great one, as pianist Cyrus Chestnut explodes with a flurry of colors right from the very first note – that wonderful sense of richness in tone that made Chestnut a musician to watch right from the start, but which was sometimes dimmed in his projects for larger labels at the height of his fame. Thankfully, Cyrus has gotten even more open and powerful in recent years – working in a wonderfully unfettered setting like this, with superb support from bassist David Williams and drummer Victor Lewis – both extremely creative musicians, but in a really understated way. The trio comes together in the right mix of rhythm and lyricism that you'd find in the best Cedar Walton trio dates – no surprise, given Williams' long work with Walton – and titles include "Brotherhood Of Man", "From A Tip", "Gloria's Step", "Hello", "A Time For Love", and "Yemenja". CD
 
 
 



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