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Hailstork/Schuller/Zwilich/DzubayAmerican Port Of Call/Four Soundscapes/Concerto For Violin, Cello & Orchestra/Snake Alley – Lawrence Leighton Smith/Louisville Orchestra ... CD
First Edition, 1995. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ImpressionsThree The Hard Way/First Impressions ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1974/1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing work by The Impressions – a double-length set that's totally great! First up is the soundtrack for the Fred Williamson/Jim Brown/Jim Kelly action flick Three The Hard Way – not only a great soundtrack, but one of the best 70s albums by The Impressions! The set was written, arranged, and produced by the Curtom super-team of Rich Tufo and Lowrell Simon – and it's got a super-dope feel that reminds us of the work by Natural Four from the same time, with sweet harmonies over funky backings, in a hip 70s groove that's totally great! All cuts are vocal, but they have plenty of funky moments – and in a way, the whole album's as great as the lead track, which is normally the best one in a blacksploitation soundtrack like this. In other words, if you dig hit soundtrack theme songs like "Across 110th Street" or "Theme from Cleopatra Jones", you'll dig this entire album! Tracks include the great "Having A Ball", plus "Make A Resolution", "Something's Mighty Mighty Wrong", and "Three The Hard Way (Chase & Theme)". First Impressions is hardly the first album by The Impressions, despite the title – but a wonderful batch of modern soul tunes that proves that the group could groove long after Curtis Mayfield was gone! As with other Curtom gems from the 70s, the album has the group working with some really top-shelf help in the studio – production from Ed Townsend, who does a really great job of making the harmonies sparkle with a rich quality that really stands out – a mode that returns the group to the mellow brilliance of their 60s recordings, but still keeps some of the maturity they picked up along the way. Townsend also wrote most of the tracks on the set, with a confident male soul style that's not unlike the best love-heavy territory that Marvin Gaye was exploring at the time – a perfect fit for the newly-refined vocals of the mid 70s quartet lineup that included original members Sam Gooden and Fred Cash, plus Ralph Johnson and Reggie Toran. Titles include the sublime "Groove", which has a nice two-step feel, and "Sooner Or Later", which is a nice mellow cut with an undercurrent of funk – and other tracks include "Old Before My Time", "Same Thing It Took", "I'm So Glad", and "How High Is High". CD
 
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✨✧ AerovonsResurrection (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $5.99
A pretty great American nod to later Beatles style rock by The Aerovons – a group signed to EMI, but didn't take flight at the time – with a record that ranges from sweepingly orchestrated to stripped down rock! A couple singles made it out via Parlophone, but, this is essentially the first real release of it. Includes "World Of You", "Resurrection", "Say Georgia", "With Her", "Bessy Goodheart", "The Years", "Everything's Alright", "The Children" and more. 4 bonus tracks: the A- & B-side single "The Train" & "Song For Jane", the unreleased "Here" and a demo of "World Of You". CD

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AirtoFingers (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1973. Used ... $7.99
One of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! CD
(24 bit remastering!)

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✨✧ Tommy FlanaganAlone Too Long ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1977. Used ... $13.99
Warm and lyrical solo piano work from Tommy Flanagan – a Japanese only session from the mid 70s, and one of the first of a long run of well-produced dates that Flanagan would do for that market! The format's even more intimate than the relaxed setting of some of Tommy's American dates of the time – and there's some soulfully ringing tones from the piano throughout, that beautiful balance that Flangan always brought to his best recordings. The sound is excellent – and titles include "Like A Butterfly", "Alone Too Long", "Parisian Thorougfare", "Strollin", and "Maybe September". CD
(Out of print 80s pressing.)
Also available Alone Too Long ... LP 7.99

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Johnny Griffin & Art TaylorIn Copenhagen ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1964. Used ... $9.99
Mid 60s live work from Johnny Griffin – recorded overseas with a really unbridled approach! The set is one of Griffin's first of its type – a series of 1964 performances at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen – a club who virtually invented the long-drawn, solo-heavy style of recording American jazzmen. The group here features Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – and most tracks really push the boundaries, with two running for nearly 20 minutes in length, which gives both Drew and Griffin lots of room to solo. Titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Wee Dot", "Doctor's Blues", "Exactly Like You", and "A Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Louis HayesLou's Idea ... CD
American Showplace, 2010. Used ... $9.99
Louis Hayes is one of those cats we always keep an eye on – because for decades, his name on a session has always been a reason to check it out – especially on his handful of dates as a leader! This set stacks up beautifully to any of Lou's classics from the 70s – soaring, soulful, and filled with the kind of righteous energy he first displayed when working with Horace Silver, then took into rich new areas on his own in later years. The lineup's a great reason to love the record too – Mulgrew Miller on piano, Abraham Burton on saxes, Steve Nelson on vibes, and Santi DeBriano on bass – all top-shelf contemporary players who glide in magically under the force of Hayes' drums. Titles include "Lou's Idea", "Curtain Call", "Bolivia", "Say A Little Prayer", "Same Page", and "Just Feeling". CD

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Les Double SixLes Double Six (Les Double Six/Meet Quincy Jones) ... CD
RCA/Victor/BMG (France), 1960/1962. Used ... $5.99
Great early work by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American jazz vocal groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross or The Hi Los – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the arrangements – and it also features work by Eddy Louiss, Christiane Legrand, and vocalist Ward Swingle, in the years before he took off to form the Swingle Singers! This wonderfully remastered CD package features 19 tracks from their first two albums, plus one rare additional cut – titles include "Walkin", "Rat Race", "Meet Benny Bailey", "Fascination", "Boo's Blues", "Naima", "Boplicity", "Westwood Walk", and "Early Autumn". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Les Double Six (Les Double Six/Meet Quincy Jones) (with bonus track) ... CD 8.99

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Oscar PetersonJazz In Paris – Oscar Peterson/Stephane Grappelli Quartet Vol 1 ... CD
Verve, 1973. Used ... $1.99
French violinist Stephane Grappelli joins up with one of Oscar Peterson's European trios for this 1973 recording – which features Kenny Clarke on drums and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass. The tracks are mostly standards in a swing-based mode – and the album was originally issued on the American label in France. Titles on this first volume include "Flamingo", "Them There Eyes", "Thou Swell", and "Looking At You". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousMidwest Funk – Funk 45s From Tornado Alley (UK pressing) ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $14.99
Quite possibly one of the greatest funk compilations ever – and we're not just saying that because we're from the Midwest! The genius compilers at Jazzman spent years scouring the smaller cities of the American hinterlands – tracking down obscure musicians, long-lost labels, and nearly-gone master tapes – all to bring together 23 bits of rare funk that bristle with the same energy and excitement as the day they were first recorded! The package is incredible – not only filled with incredible tunes that somehow manage to push the boundaries and redefine our understanding of classic funk from the time, but also doing so in a package that's filled with liner notes that offer more information on the artists than probably their own mothers know! Plus, the set's also got some previously unissued numbers as well – making it a must-have for any funk fan, even if you've somehow managed to track down original copies of some of these choice bits! Titles include "Whip It" by The New Establishment In Soul, "Let's Do It Today (full version)" by The Us, "Pushin To The Top" by Markus Kelly & The Impassions, "Sissy Walk" by Billy Ball & The Upsetters, "Tell Her" by Fred Williams & The Jewels Band, "The Hatch" by The TMGs, "Boots Groove" by The Soul Tornados, "Po Boy's Dream" by Illinois Connection, "It's Not You For Me (live)" by Billy Joe Holloman, "Funky In Here" by Dayton Sidewinders, "Master Groove" by Henry Peters & The Imperials, and "A Day In The Life" by Chocolate Snow. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Benny GolsonStockholm Sojourn ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite an unusual session for Golson – a mid 60s album of larger arrangements, recorded during a brief period when Prestige was really letting him run with the style (including some tasty albums done with Jack McDuff!) The album's noteworthy for a couple of reasons – first because it's got some extremely wonderful tunes, as fluid as they are majestic, swinging with a grace that's unbelievable, and a depth of soul that's surprising; second for a wonderful lineup that brings together American and European players of the time, including Grachan Moncur III, Benny Bailey, Eje Thelin, Cecil Payne, and Bent-Arne Wallin. Titles include "Waltz For Debby", "Goodbye", "Are You Real", "Tryst", and "A Swedish Villa". CD features the bonus track "The Call". CD

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✨✧ Kip HanrahanDays & Nights Of Blue Luck Inverted ... CD
American Clave, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hanrahan's 3rd LP for American Clave – and slightly more of a confused effort than the first two, although still with a tremendous vision that marks it as an incredibly lucky bit of work to come out of the often-turgid New York scene of the mid 80s! Hanrahan's got no qualms about baring himself in the vocal numbers of the songs – and the range of performers (Milton Cardona, Jack Bruce, Leo Nocentelli, Charles Neville, and many others) he's got to back him up, ensure that his vision is handled with the right degree of professional courtesy. Titles include "Ah Intruder", "Road Song", "The First & Last To Love Me", "American Clave", "Love Is Like A Cigarette", and "A Model Bronx Childhood". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousStudio One Soul ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic! This set features reggae and rocksteady versions of American soul and funk tracks from the late 60s and early 70s – quite fitting, considering how much of Jamaican reggae began as an attempt to copy American hits for the local market. The set may well be the best-ever in the essential series of compilations by Soul Jazz Records – and like the others, it features some of the best cuts ever recorded for the Studio One catalog. There's a total of 18 cuts in all – and tracks include "Soulful Strut" by Sound Dimension, "Still Water" by Jerry Jones, "Express Yourself" by Leroy Sibbles, "Message From A Black Man" by The Heptones, "The First Cut Is The Deepest" by Norma Fraser, "Deeper & Deeper" by Jackie Mitoo, "I Don't Want To Be Right" by Alton Ellis, "No One Can Stop Us" by Willie Williams, "Queen Of The Minstrals" by The Eternals, "Don't Break Your Promise" by The Chosen Few, and "Is It Because I'm Black" by Senior Soul. CD
(Includes original slipcase.)
Also available Studio One Soul ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Johnny CashAmerican Recordings ... CD
American, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
Johnny Cash's first record for Rick Rubin's American Recordings label – and a late career reviving masterpiece for the great, distinctly American legend. Rubin's genius idea for Johnny Cash was to strip the sound to it's barest essence, and let Cash's deep, bass-vibrating baritone voice bring genuine, authoritative soul to a great batch of handpicked songs. Recorded for the most part in Cash's own Tennessee cabin, and backed by just acoustic guitar, Cash brings a soulful depth to seeming oddball covers and his own great songs alike. Titles include "The Man Who Couldn't Cry", "The Beast In Me", "Oh, Bury Me Not", "Bird On A Wire", "Tennessee Stud", "Like A Soldier", "Redemption", and "Delia's Gone". CD
(Booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)

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✨✧ HiroshimaHiroshima ... CD
Arista, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
The classic first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that was never too polished or commercial! The group's led by reedman Dan Kuramota – who plays both sax and flutes, including a bit of Japanese wooden flute – which gives the record a few slight "Eastern" touches a times, although the overall vibe is strongly in the best soulful fusion of the period! In keeping with that approach, there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung in English with a soulful vibe – on titles that include "Lion Dance", "Da Da", "Taiko Song", "Holidays", "Never Ever", and "Kokoro". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ SybilSybil ... CD
Next Plateau, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
A landmark soul album – and one of the first to break that acoustic-based Soul II Soul sound back into the American market. In a late 80s market of weak tinny soul albums, this one stood out as a deep rich wonderful gem, with a solid classic sound that's still pretty darn nice in any decade! Includes Sybil's great covers of "Walk On By" and "Don't Make Me Over", plus "In My Dreams", "Crazy For You", "Love's Calling", "I Wanna Be Where You Are", and Ced-Gee's "Bad Beats Suite", mixed out of the original Leon Ware version of "I Wanna Be Where You Are"! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Ben Harper/Charlie MusselwhiteGet Up! (deluxe edition with CD & DVD) ... CD
Stax, 2013. Used CD & DVD ... $7.99
The first full length collaboration between blues, soul and rock slide guitar eclecticist Ben Harper and harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite – and it's win for both – with a vibe that's rooted in many traditions, but feels right at home in both Harper's and Musselwhite's wheelhouses. We expected a blues & soul covers set when we first heard that this project was in the works – and while the prospect of these 2 fellows working together on the classic Americana songbook sounds like a pretty good idea to us – we're actually all the more impressed with this all originals take on classic styled craft. A bit of blues and blues rock, a bit of gospel, and a bit of southern styled folk soul – and a bunch of great songs! It's a full band set up for the most part, too, as opposed to a spare duos set – and the titles include "Don't Look Twice", "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone", "We Can't End This Way", "You Found Another Lover (I Lost Another Friend), "I Ride At Dawn", "Get Up!", "She Got Kick", "Blood Side Out" and "All That Matters Now". Deluxe edition comes with a bonus making-of DVD with additional live versions of a few of the tunes! CD

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✨✧ Lucinda WilliamsRamblin' ... CD
Folkways, 1978. Used ... $8.99
Classic folk blues and acoustic Americana from Lucinda Williams – her first record for Folkways – recorded at Malaco Studios with just Lucinda's naturally wonderful vocals, 12 string strumming, and 6 string accompaniment by John Grimaudo! Ramblin' finds Lucinda doing passionate, but somehow kind of relaxed renditions of a numbers from blues, folk and traditional canon, numbers by Robert Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Hank Williams, the Carter Family and others. Lucinda was much more celebrated decades later, but nothing she's done works better than the Folkways era for our ears. Includes "Ramblin' On My Mind", "Me And My Chauffer", "Malted Milk Balls", "Disgusted", "Drop Down Daddy", "Jambalaya", "Satisfied Mind" and more. CD

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✨✧ David BowieChanges One ... CD
RCA/Victor (Japan), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Almost a "greatest hit" of "greatest hits" collection – given the importance of this album to the David Bowie catalog! Sure, it compiles tracks from other releases – but it also was the album that gave the world the killer cut "John I'm Only Dancing" – one of the key cuts in Bowie's gender revision in the 70s – and a title that was previously only out as a single! Alongside that gem, you also get a fantastic run of greatness from Bowie's first chapter of recording – the kind of cuts that would make other singers weep – including "Space Oddity", "Changes", "Ziggy Stardust", "Suffragette City", "Jean Genie", "Diamond Dogs", "Rebel Rebel", "Young Americans", "Fame", and "Golden Years". CD
Also available Changes One (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99
 
 
 



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