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Tubby Hayes & Ronnie Scott (Jazz Couriers)First & Last Words ... CD
Tempo/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. Used ... $8.99
A wealth of great work by one of the greatest British jazz groups of all time! The Jazz Couriers were a legendary outfit fronted by the twin tenor team of Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes – and who also featured, at varying times on this set, piano by Terry Shannon, trumpet by Jimmy Deuchar, and drums by Phil Seamen. The combo had an approach to their material that was as tight as any American group of the time – mixing up bop influences in a mode that had them cutting up tunes, opening them up, and laying out lean solos with plenty of soul. The set features a total of 14 tracks from sessions in 1957, 1958, and 1959 - and titles include "Royal Ascot", "On A Misty Night", "Monk Was Here", "Last Minute Blues", "Easy To Love", and "Whisper Not". CD

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✨✧ VariousAmerican Boogie Down – America's Lost Disco, Funk, & Boogie ... CD
Past Due/BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
Two great labels, teamed up in one mighty compilation – a massive batch of rare club tracks unearthed by Chicago's Past Due label, packaged together wonderfully by the folks at BBE! So far, Past Due's efforts have only surfaced as expensive 12" singles – so this collection is the first full length set to showcase the label's music – a treasure trove of under-discovered gems from the indie soul underground of the late 70s and early 80s! The music is to the far left of some of the better-known club work from the east coast of the time – including that of P&P Records – and most cuts here almost fall more in the upbeat funk mode than conventional disco grooves you'd find on bigger labels. Most numbers groove along in a wave of bumping bass, sweet keyboards, and other hip instrumental touches – and vocals are usually deep and soulful, much more so than in ordinary club. 2CD set features one CD of unmixed tracks, and one CD fully mixed with additional work from Paul Randolph – both with titles that include "Galaxy" by Visions Of Tomorrow, "Midnight Rhythm" by The Right Direction, "The Heat Is On" by Lonnie Givens, "Get Up Get Down & Let Your Body Pop" by Greyship Daviz, "Dance" by Destiny In Time Band, "Party" by Monofide, "Kiss You Everywhere" and "You Are Number One" by Devarne, "You Bring Out The Best In Me" by DIT, and "If You Like What We're Doing" by The Fabulous Kings. CD
(Out of print.)

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Richard Rodney Bennett/Roy BuddBillion Dollar Brain/Final Option ... CD
MGM/Kritzerland, 1967/1982. Used ... $29.99
Two lost scores – packaged together on a single CD! First up is Billion Dollar Brain, composed by Richard Rodney Bennett – done for an obscure late 60s spy thriller starring Michael Caine, and a really dark soundtrack! Bennett did a fair bit of jazz arranging in his time – and the score to this one mixes some dark dramatic bits with some lighter motifs that feature good work on woodwinds and percussion. The main theme has some nice floating piano over the top, and a few other tracks have a cool whistling suspense theme – but things also really change up a lot nicely, and the whole thing almost has an audio collage feel at times, with its sense of variety. Titles include "Love Scene", "Hoe Down", "Anya", "The Church", "Skidoo", "Ambush", "Car Chase", and "Billion Dollar Brain". Roy Budd handles the score for Final Option – an early 80s spy thriller, but one that gets some beautiful Budd treatment that's right up there with Roy's famous soundtracks of the 70s! The instrumentation often has an airy, eerie feel – slowly cascading keyboards, with almost a hint of Italian space between – used with a lot less schlock than some of the tinnier, cheesier action scores that were more of the mainstream at the time. A few tunes were composed and conducted by Jerry & Marc Donahue – and titles include "Who Dares Wins", "Straight Ahead Blues", "Nature Of The Beast", "Reds Under The Beds", "Hi Jack (part 1)", "American Medley", and "SAS Or Nothing". CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan GetzStan Getz In Stockholm (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. Used ... $6.99
Stan Getz makes a key musical trip to Sweden – to showcase his affection for a jazz scene that had been growing strongly in the postwar years – often in directions that were similar to Stan's own sound at the time! The session is one of the first to pair Stan's tenor with a Swedish group – in this case the bass of Gunnar Johnson, drums of Anders Burman, and piano of Bengt Hallberg – the last of which brings sharper, more angular style to the music than some of Stan's accompanists on earlier American dates – pointing the way towards new experiments to come in his music! Hallberg really helps break the mold from other Getz Verve sessions of the period – and the relaxed, open-ended recording style of the date is almost an equal showcase for his talents as it is for Stan's! Titles include "Indiana", "Get Happy", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Everything Happens To Me", "Without A Song", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter Gordon5 Original Albums (Doin Allright/Dexter Calling/Swingin Affair/One Flight Up/Gettin Around) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Early 60s. Used 5CD ... $14.99
Five classic Blue Note albums from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – all packaged together in a single set, with very cool LP-styled sleeves! Doin Allright has Dexter Gordon working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with excitement! The group on the set's an all-star lineup that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Horace Parlan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Al Harewood on drums – and the tunes are a great blend of soulful rhythms and bop improvisation – heard especially well on the album's landmark tune "Society Red"! All tracks are great, though – and other titles include "You've Changed", "For Regulars Only", and "I Was Doing All Right". Dexter Calling is a real classic from Dexter's first big "comeback" period – and represents the strength of his Blue Note years at their best! Gordon's rich, full tone isn't diminished a bit here – and his inventive blowing is given free reign on a set of quartet numbers recorded with Kenny Drew, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. The album's got a few strong originals from Gordon – "Soul Sister", "Ernie's Tune", and "I Want More – plus the very sweet Kenny Drew tracks "Modal Mood" and "Clear The Dex"! Swingin Affair is an amazingly simple – but amazingly satisfying session from Dexter Gordon! The group's a totally solid quartet with Sonny Clark on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the groove is right in the pocket with a solid solid soulful feel that you don't always get on Gordon's other Blue Note albums! There's a simple elegance here that's really beautiful – Gordon at his post-bop best, but without any of the over-extended modes of his too-long solo years – a mix that's really rare, and carried off impeccably for this set. The record starts with the amazing "Soy Califa", a nice hardbop number with a good Latiny feel, then slides into lots of other nice ones like "McSplivens", "The Backbone", and "Don't Explain". One Flight Up is an unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". Gettin Around is a really unusual album for Dexter Gordon – one that has him working in a quintet with vibes by Bobby Hutcherson! Hutcherson's sound really transforms the session, giving it a shimmering middleground that disperses the dominance that Gordon's tenor usually has – and creating a warm, fluid feel that's really great. Barry Harris is in the group on piano – providing some wonderful accompaniment that's a great fit for Hutcherson's vibes – and the rest of the group is completed by the excellent rhythm section of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Billy Higgins on drums! The album includes a great version of "Manha de Carnaval", plus a Dex original, "Le Coiffeur" – and the tracks "Heartaches", "Who Can I Turn To", and "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". CD
Also available 5 Original Albums (Doin Allright/Dexter Calling/Swingin Affair/One Flight Up/Gettin Around) (5CD set) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Dexter GordonOne Flight Up ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... $6.99
An unusual set for both Dexter and Blue Note – first, because the set was recorded in Europe (not at Rudy Van Gelder's), and second because the tracks are all quite long! The album was recorded in Paris – and is cut in an open-ended format that's very much in the mode that Gordon would later use on late 60s and early 70s sessions for European labels. The group features (then) local contemporaries Kenny Drew on piano, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and is rounded out by Donald Byrd on trumpet and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, but not meanderingly so – and feature a great mix of Blue Note hardbop, with some of the "roomier" recordings that were given to American players in Europe. Side one features an extended reading of Donald Byrd's "Tanya", and other tracks include Kenny Drew's "Coppin' The Haven", and a version of "Darn That Dream". CD

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✨✧ Groove CollectiveGroove Collective ... CD
Giant Step/Reprise, 1994. Used ... $1.99
The group's first, with production courtesy the great Gary Katz, who's put a fine touch on many Steely Dan LPs. While we were a bit dismissive of this effort at the time, it's kind of become a bit of a watershed in retrospect, the high water mark for the American Acid Jazz scene, if a bit commercial, and definitely a nice portrait of the mid 90s NYC scene, with loads of great players from all over the spectrum. Titles include "El Gollpe Avisa", "Buddah Head", "Nerd", "Balimka", "Rentstrike", and "Saturday Afternoon". CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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Kip HanrahanAll Roads Are Made Of The Flesh ... CD
American Clave, 1995. Used ... $3.99
A collection of "lost" work from Kip Hanrahan – recorded in a variety of settings over nearly 10 years. The tunes shouldn't work together so well, but given the criss-crossing styles on Hanrahan's other albums, the record sits nicely next to his classics. Players include George Adams, Steve Swallow, Jack Bruce, Andy Gonzalez, Milton Cardona, Jerry Gonzalez, Leo Nocentelli, and Chico Freeman – and tracks include "The First And The Last To Love Me", which has a great vocal by Carmen Lundy, plus "The September Dawn Shows Itself To Elizabeth & Her Lover On East 18th Street", "The Same Dawn", and "At The Same Time As The Subway Train Was Pulling Out Of The Station". CD

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Toni TornadoBR3 ... CD
EMI (Brazil), 1971. Used ... $28.99
Funky soul from Toni Tornado – one of the first talents in Brazil's samba soul generation of the 70s! Toni's got a style that's a lot like early work by Tim Maia – a blend of American funk and soul, with traces of some of the other Brazilian arranging styles that were popular at the time – all rolled into a unique set of grooves that's fresher than most things we've heard in a long time! Arrangements are by similar funky talents – like Waltel Branco, Paulo Moura, and Dom Salvador – and titles include "Uma Vida", "Eu Disse Amem", "Juizo Final", "Breve Loteria", "O Jornaleiro", "Me Libertei", "BR 3", and "Uma Cancao Pra Arla". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 1 – The Definitive Story Of 1970's Funky Lagos ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. Used 2CDs ... $11.99
A fantastic batch of grooves – and a much-needed document of the rich array of funky sounds that were coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s! The country's best known as the homeland of Fela Kuti – an artist who forever changed the face of global funk – but what's not as well known is that there were a number of other artists operating in Fela's shadow, crafting their own interpretation of American soul and African funk during the same generation. This overstuffed package offers a great look (and listen) into that scene – and compiles tracks by a few artists you might already recognize, plus others that are presented here for the first time in such a set. As with other compilations on the Strut label, the notes are very well done, with loads of information and details on the recordings – but even more importantly, the music is fantastic, with a rich array of grooves that blows away most mainstream compilations of Afro Funk from the 70s! Titles include "Enjoy Yourself" by Sahara All Stars Band, "Shango" by Peter King, "Dancing Time" by The Funkees, "Ikon Allah" by Bala Miller & The Great Music Pirameeds Of Afrika, "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin" by Monomono, "Kita Kita" by Gasper Lawal, "Agboju Logun" by Shina Williams & His African Percussionists, "Akayan Ekassa" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maesstroes, "Ja Fun Mi (inst)" by Sunny Ade, "Alla Wakbarr" by Ofo The Black Company, "Ifa" by Tunji Oyelana & The Benders, "Jenu Ko Ku" by Fela & Africa 70, "La La La" by Segun Bucknor, and "Orere Elejigbo" by Lijadu Sisters. 22 tracks in all – almost everything from the previous 3CD version that's been out of print for years. CD

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✨✧ Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD

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✨✧ Art FarmerBrass Shout/Aztec Suite ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing 2-in-1 CD – filled with sublime work from the mighty Art Farmer! First up is Brass Shout – a great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session – because it's a much more subtle record, and features some excellent lead solos by Farmer, set amidst a larger group arranged wonderfully by Benny Golson! Golson brings a great sense of balance to the album – mixing some larger horn passages with soulfully snapping rhythms, all at a level that still allows plenty of space for Farmer to solo sweetly on trumpet. Other players on the record include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone, Percy Heath on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include "Minor Vamp", "Nica's Dream", "Stella By Starlight", "Moanin", "April In Paris", and "Five Spot After Dark". Aztec Suite is a rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, and played by an all-star array of players conducted by Al Cohn! Side one of the record features the extended "Aztec Suite" – an ambitious number that begins with modern moments that are somewhere in a space between Stan Kenton and Ralph Burns' experiments of this nature, but which always has Farmer's trumpet as the center focus. Side two features tracks that are a bit more conventional Latin jazz – still played by the bigger group, but with an even stronger sense of swing! Titles include "Aztec Suite", "Heat Wave", "Drume Negrita", "Alone Together", "Woody N You", and "Delirio". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonOur Man In Paris (RVG Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon sessions for Blue Note – and a unique album that's one of the first to illustrate his growing role in the European jazz scene! The group's a quartet – which let's Dex stand out front with plenty of space for marvelous tenor work – and it features Parisian bassist Pierre Michelot, plus Americans Bud Powell on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums – two players who were already making a bit name for themselves overseas. The album's a perfect link between Gordon's earlier American work and his long string of European sessions to come – and titles include a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and "Night in Tunisia". The format is simple, but the sound is magic – classic Dexter Gordon in a tight Blue Note mode! CD reissue also includes 2 non LP bonus cuts – "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and "Like Someone In Love". This is the newly remastered version, too – with crisp sound and addional notes and photos! CD

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronNew Black Poet – Small Talk At 125th & Lenox ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gil Scott-Heron's first album – and his angriest! Unlike some of Gil's other albums – which have a sweet jazzy vibe and a mix of mellow soul styles – this one's a lot rawer, and features Gil rapping loud over very heavy percussion backing. All the work is his own, and the album's a showcase for his brilliant protest poetry – the most famous example of which is included in "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", which leads off the album with an especially righteous groove! The set's a key link in the African American musical tradition of the 20th century – and proof that the underground, while not always afforded a good place in the broadcast markets of the US, could always burst forth in the "narrowcast" medium of recorded music. A landmark album – one we like even better than the early work by the Last Poets – and great all the way through! Tracks include "Whitey On The Moon", "Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul?", "The Subject Was Faggots", and "Brother". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Luciana SouzaNew Bossa Nova ... CD
Verve, 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
Lovely modern bossa and lightly jazzy takes on the works of some the great American songwriters of the past several decades – including Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen – plus a surprising (and rewarding) choice in Elliott Smith. This is the first record we've heard from Luciana singing exclusively in English – also her debut for Verve – and it's a sweet one! Her vocals sail effortlessly over bed of bossa guitar and cavaquino, vibes, drums and percussion, piano, sax and keys. Titles include Joni Mitchell's "Down To You", Leonard Cohen's "Here It Is", Elliott Smith's "Satellite", Steely Dan's "Were You Blind That Day" and "Love Is For Strangers", Randy Newman's "Living Without You", Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows", "Never Die Young" with James Taylor and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousLove, Peace & Poetry – Brazilian Psychedelic Music ... CD
QDK (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Heavy heavy stuff from the wild days of the Brazilian music scene – 19 tracks that put the psyche into psychedelica, and which show that in many ways, the Brazilian approach was even more mindblowing than American and British music at the time! Back in the late 60s, even easy listening in Brazil was pretty tripped-out – using lots of heavy bass, keyboards, and fuzzy guitars – so it's no surprise that on tracks like these, all heavy rockers from the Tropicalia and post-Tropicalia years, the sound really opens up! The compilation's a nice one in that it moves past obvious political and musical canonization of Brazilian rock acts – and just presents the tunes for what they are, some better known artists standing equally next to obscure rockers we're hearing here for the first time! Titles include "E Assim Falava Mefistofeles" by O Bando, "Tao Longe De Mim" by Os Brazoes, "I Need You" by O Terco, "Lunatica" by Assim Assado, "Birds In My Tree" by The Buttons, "Voando" by Liverpool, "Let's Go" by Sound Factory, "Fidelidade" by Marconi Notaro, "Mensageiro" by Paul Bagunca, and "Miragem" by Os Lobos. CD

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✨✧ VariousMad, Mad World Of Soundtracks Vol 2 ... CD
Motor (Germany), 1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The long-awaited second volume to one of the greatest soundtrack compilations ever! This one goes way past the obvious – to include some incredible funky and groovy tunes from rare soundtracks of the 60s and 70s, plus related albums that feature soundtrack themes and performances. A number of the tracks on here are from rare European sources, while others are from American ones that we'd quite frankly overlooked – and which sound great here in a mad mix of styles that's a wonderful counterpart to the legendary first volume! Titles include "That Night" by Scott Walker, "French Connection" by Button Down Brass, "Come Saturday Morning" by Chet Baker, "Angels Who Burn Their Wings" by Peter Thomas, "Diamonds Are Forever" by The Bachelors, "Tatort" by Klaus Doldinger, "The Six Million Dollar Man" by John Gregory, "Nothing To Lose" by Claudine Longet, "Wie Ein Blitz" by Sam Spence, "Harper" by Kai Winding, "Streets Of San Francisco" by Pat Williams, "A Time For Us" by Astrud Gilberto (only ever issued on 7" single), "Robbi Tobbi & Das Fliewatuut" by Ingried Hoffman, "Bond Street" by Fred Hector & His Accordion Orchestra, and a fantastic vocal version of "The Odd Couple" by Neal Hefti! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Calibro 35Any Resemblance To Real Persons Or Actual Facts Is Purely Coincidental ... CD
Nublu, 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the group's music going in the first place – but also driven by a much tighter sound at the bottom, especially on the drums – which really drive the tunes strongly! Other instrumentation includes loads of keyboards – especially clavinet-type riffs that fit the group's 70s cop/crime mode perfectly – and titles include "Uh Ah Brrr", "Thank You & Goodbye", "New Delhi Deli", "New York New York", "Italian Band From BBQ", "Rain On Concrete", and "A Massacre At Dawn". CD

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✨✧ Hamilton De HolandaBrasilianos 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD
Adventure Music, 2010. Used CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant follow-up to the first Brasilianos set from Hamilton De Hollanda – one that's even more dynamic than the first, and which comes with a bonus DVD as well! The group is awash in warm acoustic sounds – Hamilton on 10-string mandolin, Daniel Santiago on acoustic guitar, Gabriel Grossi on harmonica, Andre Vasconcellos on bass, and Marcio Bahia on drums – all working in ways that link the best Brazilian jazz modes of the 70s and 80s with some of the tones of the American acoustic underground! The use of harmonica is especially nice – played with a rich chromatic flair in ways that are similar to Mauricio Einhorn – and titles include "Ano Bom", "O Mundo Nao Acabou", "Paz Paes", "Ajaccio", "Carolina De Carol", and "Rafaela". Also features a bonus DVD – with a live performance! CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
 
 



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