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Stu Phillips/Dino Desi & BillyFollow Me (plus bonus track) ... CD CD format
Uni/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite 60s surf soundtracks ever – an amazing blend of Stu Phillips orchestrations with some key vocal moments from the trio of Dino Desi & Billy! The album's got a wonderful theme – "Thru Spray Colored Glasses" – sung initially by the trio, then served up by Stu in a number of variations that change with the different exotic locales of the film – India, Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Morocco – all referenced slightly in the instrumentation, but in ways that always retain Phillips' grooviest inspirations! Strings blend with bits of harpsichord, vibes, voices, Spanish guitar, and these "watery" woodwinds that almost remind us of Australian jazz in the same period – and titles include "Thru Spray Colored Glasses", "Big Wave Bay", "Incinerator", "Ranee Express", "Nazare", and "Cascis". CD also features the bonus track "Someday", sung by Dino Desi & Billy! CD

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VariousFollow Me Down – Vanguard's Lost Psychedelic Era 1966 to 1970 ... CD CD format
Vanguard (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Killer work from one of THE big labels during the psychedelic generation – one of the few imprints to really take a chance on fresh new artists, and really let them do their thing in the studio! Vanguard may be known mostly as a folk label, and the company is now owned by the parent company of Lawrence Welk – but back in the late 60s, the company was very much at the forefront of musical changes in the US – and went out of their way to record artists that nobody else would touch! The result is a stunning legacy of funk records that really blow most bigger label work away – most of which is compiled here in this excellent collection. Some cuts are from rare albums, other from rare 45s – and titles include "Did You Have To Rub It In" by The Hi Five, "Getting Together" by The Third Power, "Where I'm At" by Notes From The Underground, "You Should Be More Careful" by Elizabeth, "Stoned Is" by Listening, "A Nickel's Worth Of Benny's Help" by The 31st Of February, "The Endless Tunnel" by Serpent Power, "Big Time Spender" by Frost, and "Hellhound" by The Far Cry. CD
 
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Beach Boys20/20 (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 22.98
An understated masterpiece from The Beach Boys – a record that's probably best known for its inclusion of some key tracks from the Smile sessions – but an album that stands pretty darn nicely on its own! The group are really maturing here – and the mix of Smile-era songs and some of their later ones is really great – a wonderful follow-up to material explored on Friends, and a great hint at the genius to come on Sunflower. The album's essential listening if you dig post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys – especially before they hit their mix of nostalgia and indulgence in the 70s – and titles include the sublime "Cabinessence", plus "Do It Again", "I Can Hear Music", "Be With Me", "All I Want To Do", "I Want To Sleep", and "The Nearest Faraway Place". LP, Vinyl record album

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D TrainMiracles Of The Heart ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1986. Very Good ... $0.49
James D-Train Williams' first album for a major label – and a really great follow-up to the indie success of his initial recordings for Prelude Records! The style here is very similar to the clubby grooves of D-Train's earlier sides – thanks to strong keyboards, production, and songwriting help from Hubert Eaves – the jazzy talent who helped give Williams' his trademark groove! Instrumentation veers slightly more towards mainstream 80s soul at times, but the Eaves' sound is still very firmly in place here – and titles include the groovers "Oh How I Love You (Girl)", "Misunderstanding", and "Let Me Love You" – plus "You Are Everything", "I Got Your Number", "Stand Up & Fight", and "Miracle Of The Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original lyric sleeve. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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George DukeGuardian Of The Light ... LP LP format
Epic, 1983. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $2.99
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that when it's done in his masterful R&B-fusion-funk approach! George sings on all cuts, but he also gets some stellar vocal assistance from Jeffrey Osborne, Portia Griffin, and Patti Austin. The record also has some surprisingly sweet mellow moments that bring a deeper level of spacey soul to the out-there concept – those laidback lines that George could always do better than anyone else! Titles include "Born To Love You", "You Are The Light", "Reach Out", "Give Me Your Love", "Stand", "Soon", and "Fly Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World ... CD CD format
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the hard-edge, downtempo mode of the east coast harmony scene of the late 60s and early 70s – like some of the best group soul work coming out of New Jersey or Philly, with some super-dope production and instrumentation that's really amazing! The grooves follow strongly in the same laidback style as recent El Michels work – no surprise, given the El Michels connection to the music – with beats that are hard, but slow – and instrumentation that's funky, but in a mellow sort of way. Lee's vocals are as deep as ever – very much trained in the James Brown tradition, but turned here towards a really unique groove that makes us completely reevaluate his talents – an amazing achievement not just for Fields, but also for the whole Truth & Soul/El Michels crew! An instant classic – with tracks that include "My World", "Ladies", "Expressions Theme", "Honey Dove", "Money I$ King", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", and "Last Ride". CD

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Five KeysRocking & Crying The Blues – 1951 to 1957 ... CD CD format
Capitol/Rev-Ola (UK), 1950s. Used ... $6.99
Wonderful doo wop work from The Five Keys – easily one of our favorite vocal groups of the 50s, and a quintet who always seemed to be a cut above most of their contemporaries! The group have a sound that's equally well suited to ballads and jumpers – and since they made their biggest mark at Captiol Records, they're often recorded with tighter arrangements and better sound than doo wop groups on smaller labels – a factor that's kept their sides sounding quite fresh as the years roll on. But even beyond the setting of their tracks, the vocals are always the highlight – razor sharp, and delivered with sweet finesse – but never in a way that sounds too overworked or stylish. CD features a whopping 30 tracks from the Keys mid-50s run – with titles that include "Rocking & Crying The Blues", "I Dreamt I Dwelt In Heaven", "She's The Most", "I Wish I Never Learned To Read", "The Verdict", "I'll Follow You", "Hucklebuck With Jimmy", "Can't Keep From Crying", "I'm So High", "Come Go My Bail Louise", "How Could You Do This To Me", "Too Late Baby", and "Going Downtown". CD

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Four FreshmenMore 4 Freshmen & 5 Trombones ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1964. Near Mint- ... $7.99
The Four Freshman and Pete Rugolo team up again to bring us a follow up to their hugely successful 4 Freshman & 5 Trombones from 1956. It's not as great as the first record but it still offers some sweet moments and that great Four Freshman sound. Features such songs as "A Taste of Honey," "Call Me Irresponsible," "Misty," and "Midnight Sun." Pete Rugolo arranged and conducted. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Hal GalperDreamsville ... CD CD format
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
If you don't think Hal Galper's a hell of a pianist, this may be the record to change your mind – as Hal's in top form throughout – really focused and full of power in his approach to the piano, but never in a way that's flashy or overdone! Instead, there's this organic sensibility to the record that makes everything feel just right – very personal, and with very fresh arrangements on familiar tunes – but in a way that makes us feel like we can follow Galper every step of the way, and smile with warm approval at each new twist and turn. There's few pianists that can make us say "oh yeah" with that kind of regularity – and titles include "Dreamsville", "Don't Blame Me", "High Fly", "Lament", and "Sweet Pumpkin" – played with a trio that includes Steve Gilmore on bass and Bill Goodwin on drums. CD

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Stan GetzMore West Coast Jazz With Stan Getz ... CD CD format
Verve (Japan), 1953. Used ... $11.99
The title's a bit misleading, but the record's a great one! Oddly, the album's not a follow up to the West Coast Jazz album by Stan Getz – firstly, because it wasn't actually done on the west coast, and secondly, because this one was actually recorded two years before! But that doesn't stop the set from being great – and we can certainly forgive Verve's free use of west coast in the title as more of a stylistic definition than anything else. But even with that name in place, there's almost more of a Boston modern feel going on – one that's open, fluid, and which features the tenor of Getz alongside some tremendous trombone work from a young Bob Brookmeyer. Rhythm is by the trio of John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on drums, and Teddy Kotick on bass – but at moments, the horns almost hang together alone, especially on the longer, mellower tracks! Titles include "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Willow Weep For Me", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tangerine", and "The Nearness Of You". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available More West Coast Jazz With Stan Getz ... LP 14.99

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Stan GetzMore West Coast Jazz With Stan Getz ... LP LP format
Verve, 1953. Good+ ... $14.99
The title's a bit misleading, but the record's a great one! Oddly, the album's not a follow up to the West Coast Jazz album by Stan Getz – firstly, because it wasn't actually done on the west coast, and secondly, because this one was actually recorded two years before! But that doesn't stop the set from being great – and we can certainly forgive Verve's free use of west coast in the title as more of a stylistic definition than anything else. But even with that name in place, there's almost more of a Boston modern feel going on – one that's open, fluid, and which features the tenor of Getz alongside some tremendous trombone work from a young Bob Brookmeyer. Rhythm is by the trio of John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on drums, and Teddy Kotick on bass – but at moments, the horns almost hang together alone, especially on the longer, mellower tracks! Titles include "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Willow Weep For Me", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tangerine", and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Norgran pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Side 2 has a mark that clicks on both tracks. Cover has some splitting on the top seam, a bit of pen, some peeling of the gloss finish, and some light stains.)
Also available More West Coast Jazz With Stan Getz ... CD 11.99

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HeatStill Waiting (Japanese paper sleeve edition – plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
MCA/Vivid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $26.99
Great 80s work from Heat – a trio who definitely work primarily in soul, but who also aren't afraid of a catchy crossover hook either! There's a groove here that's smooth, but still nice and lean – really just the efforts of producer/instrumentalist Tom Saviano, who also arranged the whole thing – as a setting for the vocals of the other two members of the trio – a male and female singer who trade things back and forth in a wonderful way! A few shades to the mainstream, and the record might be more sedate AOR – but instead, the whole thing retains a nice soulful vibe throughout, and often beats the quality level of some of the bigger records from the time. Titles include "Follow You Home", "Still Waiting", "Regina", "Solarisis", "Take Me There", and "Give It A Chance". CD features bonus single edits of "Still Waiting" and "Follow You Home". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Solomon Ilori & His Afro Drum EnsembleAfrican High Life (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $4.99
One of the most roosty albums on Blue Note – and a fairly straight session of African percussion tracks by Solomon Ilori and his Afro Drum Ensemble! Unlike similar albums by Art Blakey, this one lacks any strong sort of jazz component – and really just features fairly straight African tracks, with heavy percussion, and touches of highlife grooves. The record features guitar by Jay Berliner, bass by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, and flute by Hosea Taylor – plus work by Montego Joe, Garvin Masseux, Chief Bey, and Robert Crowder, who often show up on other 60s sessions of this nature. Titles include "Follow Me To Africa", "Tolani", and "Ise Oluwa". Plus, the CD also features 3 very long bonus tracks – much more stretched out and open-ended, but also with more of a jazz component as well – thanks to trumpet from Donald Byrd, tenor and flute from Hubert Laws, and piano from Coleridge Perkinson – who was the musical director of both sessions! These tracks are all previously unreleased – and all are numbers that run on for more than 11 minutes, with titles that include "Gbogbo Omo Ibile", "Agbamurrero", and "Igbsei Aiye". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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Jo Jo GunneAsylum Recordings Vol 1 (Jo Jo Gunne/Bite Down Hard – bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Asylum/Wounded Bird, Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The first 2 albums for Asylum by post-Spirit rockers Jo Jo Gunne – the self-titled set and the follow-up Bite Down Hard – back-to-back with a couple of bonus tracks, to boot! Jo Jo Gunne the album, from 1972, is probably the they'd ever put out – a straight-forward set that's blends a bottom end heft with some swaggery bits of boogie and touches of southern rock – despite the band's LA roots. Titles include "Run Run Run", "Babylon", "I Make Love", "99 Days", "Flying Home" and more. Bite Down Hard rocks a bit harder still, but it grooves nicely, too – with some great harmony vocals and a nice bit of piano in the mix. Includes ""Ready Freedy", "Roll Over Me", "60 Minutes To Go", "Broken Down Man", "Rhoda" and more. 3 bonus tracks on Volume 2 of the Asylum Recordings – a demo version of "Rhoda", plus "Sally Pine" and "Rivers Rising". CD

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Pete JollySweet September ... CD CD format
AVA/VSOP, 1963. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with some slight additional help from Howard Roberts on a few tracks. But this time around, Roberts' work is only on a few of the titles – leaving Pete's core trio to take over most of the grooves themselves, building strongly from warmly rolling rhythms by Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, topped by Jolly's surprisingly soulful lines on piano – all in a blend that reminds us of the great balance between lyricism and groove we always find in the best work of Vince Guaraldi. Titles include "Sweet September", "Can't We Be Friends", "Any Number Can Win", "Soft Winds", "Oleo", "Yours Is My Heart Alone", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", and "Kiss Me Baby". CD
Also available Sweet September ... LP 9.99

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Pete JollySweet September ... LP LP format
AVA, 1963. Very Good ... $9.99
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with some slight additional help from Howard Roberts on a few tracks. But this time around, Roberts' work is only on a few of the titles – leaving Pete's core trio to take over most of the grooves themselves, building strongly from warmly rolling rhythms by Chuck Berghofer on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, topped by Jolly's surprisingly soulful lines on piano – all in a blend that reminds us of the great balance between lyricism and groove we always find in the best work of Vince Guaraldi. Titles include "Sweet September", "Can't We Be Friends", "Any Number Can Win", "Soft Winds", "Oleo", "Yours Is My Heart Alone", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", and "Kiss Me Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small sticker on front.)
Also available Sweet September ... CD 10.99

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John KongosKongos (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Fly/Esoteric (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
A really unique debut from John Kongos – a set that's nicely hard to peg, as it draws together so many different strands and styles! Kongos plays acoustic guitar, but the production has this electric edge at points – almost a bit of fuzz, but which is also mixed with rootsier elements that almost have an American country undercurrent. Yet the overall sound is nicely compressed at times – almost pointing towards British production styles that would flourish more strongly a few years later – kind of a surprise, given some of the folksy elements in the music at points. Titles include "Gold", "Lift Me From The Ground", "Tokoloshe Man", "Jubille Cloud", and "Tomorrow I'll Go". CD features loads of bonus tracks – including "Would You Follow Me", "Ride The Lightning", "Can Someone Please Direct Me Back To Earth", "Sometimes It's Not Enough", "I Won't Ask You Where You've Been", and "Great White Lady". CD

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LutherThis Close To You ... LP LP format
Cotillion, 1977. Very Good ... $24.99
Great early work from Luther – his second album, still very fresh, and with an approach that was like nobody else! All the tracks are original compositions – and they're arranged by Paul Riser with a blend of deep soul styles, and some of the more stridently righteous sounds that Luther was bringing to the work of other artists. If you only know Luther's hits from the 80s, you owe it to yourself to hear this one – as the album's got a bare honesty and sincerity that's incredibly compelling, and which blows away most of his so-called hits of later years. Titles include "I'm Not Satisfied", "Follow My Love", "This is for Real", "Jealousy is in Me", "This Close to You", and "Come Back to Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a cutout hole, some stains, a bit of marker, and a small rip at the opening.)

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New Madlib & Frank NittMadlib's Medicine Show No 9 – Channel 85 Presents Nittyville (Season One) ... CD CD format
Madlib Invazion, 2011. Used ... $9.99
The missing piece of the epic Madlib's Medicine Show series – No 9 in the eclectic soundscape architects year-long effort to release full length albums on a near-monthly basis ended up following No 11, but the collaboration with MC Frank Nitt is worth the wait! Nittyville is funky hip hop excellence that's, in a way, one of the most straight-forward entries in the series. Solid wordplay delivered sharply by Nitt and funky Madlib production that's framed to suit. That said, 'Lib's an adventurous cat, so even as straight up hip hop it's challenging convention at every turn. The sorta concept of the album is that it's Channel 85 is running a show called Nittyville, with a support cast that includes Oh No & MED. Includes "Nittyville (The Landing)", "So Beautiful (Dues Paid)", "Stageridin", "Jus Follow", Eyegotcha", "What Can U Tell Me" feat MED, "Red Light Green", "Set It Off" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Merry Go Round/Emmitt RhodesListen Listen – The Definitive Collection (Merry Go Round/American Dream) ... CD CD format
A&M/Rev-Ola (UK), 1967/1970. New Copy ... $9.99
The complete A&M recordings of The Merry Go Round and later solo act Emmitt Rhodes – lesser-remembered pop treasures from the end of the 60s, really sparkling nicely in this well-done set! The Merry Go Round's heard here on their one and only album for A&M – a self-titled set from 1967, done in a style that mixes some of the sunniness of the LA sound of the time with slightly introspective folksy touches, and a few moments that almost hint at a more British invasion sort of style. There's a depth here that reminds us of our favorite Hollies albums of the period – a ear that goes way beyond simple pop single stylings, but also never gets too bogged down in overly-complicated song structures. The balance is a hard one to pull off, but Merry Go Round do it perfectly – thanks to the creative vision of Emmitt Rhodes, who whote most of the tunes and sings lead vocals. Rhodes later stepped out on his own as a solo act, and is heard here on his 1969 album The American Dream, plus some additional bonus singles – all of which follow the Merry Go Round style nicely, but also get even more personal, and seem to pick up a few well-placed singer-songwriter touches along the way. The CD features a total of 29 tracks in all – plus some great notes that helps you reconstruct the history of Rhodes and the group. Titles include "You're A Very Lovely Woman", "Live", "Pardon Me", "Mother Earth", "Low Down", "Where Have You Been All My Life", "We're In Love", "Gonna Fight The War", "In Days Of Old", "Holly Park", "Come Ride Come Ride", and "Textile Factory". CD

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New Garnet Mimms & Maurice MonkGarnet Mimms & Maurice Monk ... LP LP format
Grand Prix, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $8.99
An unusal package – but one that features some nice work from the great Garnet Mimms! This is one of those budget LPs that features some tracks by a famous artist, whose name is listed in big type, and other tracks by a lesser-known artist, listed in smaller type. Although this type of album can usually suck – it's actually a pretty nice batch of Garnet Mimms material from his pre United Artists days, and includes 6 tracks by him that you probably won't find easily elsewhere. Titles include "Let It Live", "How Long Will It Last", "My Heart Cries For You", and "Follow Me". Respectable cover, too, with a nice picture of Garnet – and much higher quality than the usual release on this sort of label. LP, Vinyl record album
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MiraclesRenaissance/Do It Baby (with bonus track) ... CD CD format
Tamla/Hip-O Select, 1973/1974. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Incredible early-to-mid 70s albums from The Miracles – Renaissance and Do It Baby – plus a bonus Tom Moulton remix! First up, Renaissance truly is one, and proof that the the group could do amazing things away from Smokey Robinson! Of course, they've got a heck of a lot of great help on this set – from some of Motown's best, like Willie Hutch, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, and even Marvin Gaye, who wrote and produced the album's standout track "I Love You Secretly", a stone treasure that's as good as any of Marvin's recordings from the time! The whole set is great, though, filled with wonderful songs that never got their due – and which will make this one stand for years as a treasure to fans of harmony soul! Titles include "I Didn't Realize The Show Was Over", "I Love You Secretly", "I Don't Need No Reason", "Don't Let It End", and "What Is A Heart Good For". The follow-up Do It Baby is another overlooked post-Smokey gem – a beautifully display of Miracles' unmatched soul harmony mastery – on a record that's just about as good as anything they did with Smokey. This one actually reminds us a lot of some of our favorite Philly albums coming out at the same time! Arrangements are handled by James Carmichael, Freddie Perren, and Willie Hutch – and it's heavy with slinky smooth soul groovers like "Do It Baby", "You Are Love", "What Is A Heart Good For", and "Give Me Just Another Day", one of a few great cuts on the record written by Leon Ware! This much needed Hip-O Select package includes a bonus track, too: Tom Moulton's mix of "Do It Baby" – which extends that classic cut to more than 7 minutes of dancefloor soul greatness! CD
 
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Pepper AdamsLive In Europe (with bonus track) ... CD CD format
Impro (France), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A really great setting for Pepper Adams – a rare European live date that has his baritone sax matched with the mighty talents of the George Arvanitas trio! Arvanitas' piano is always great, but we especially love the rhythm work here by bassist Jacky Samson and drummer Charles Saudrais – two amazing players who help Pepper find a groove on the record that's quite different than usual. The set begins with the 11 minute "Bossa Noveau" – a Brazilian-styled groover that reminds us a lot of the Samson/Saudrais work with Marco Di Marco and Chris Woods – and the same sort of vibe follows on the 17 minute "Min & Maj Blues" too. "Ephemera" and "Body & Soul" are a bit straighter, but totally great – and the CD also features the bonus track "Dear Old Stockholm". CD

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AntibalasTalkatif ... CD CD format
Ninja Tune, 2002. Used ... $8.99
Stunning Afro Funk from this incredible combo – as great as anything from the 70s, and maybe even better! The album's the second full length release from New York's Antibalas Liberation Orchestra – and like the first, it's an insanely wonderful batch of funk tunes that follows fiercely in the Fela tradition. Choppy guitars meet with chunky rhythms, riffing keyboards, staccato horns, and a deep commitment to rootsy production – one that keeps the sound of the record firmly in the classic mode, without any fancy remix touches of house music beats. The album's amazing – the sort you could easily pass off as a rare gem you find digging through the crates in Lagos – but it's even better than that, because these guys are young, alive, and headed to your town soon for a concert! Titles include "Talkatif", "Hypocrite", "World Without Fear", "War Is A Crime", and "NESTA 75". CD

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Aphex TwinComputer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP ... CD CD format
Warp, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
The no longer hibernating Aphex Twin follows up 2014's excellent Syro LP with the appropriately-titled Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Part 2 EP – a coolly experimental project that's a lot different that his other recent work, but it's a worthy left turn! It's indeed played with a lot of live instruments – drums, cymbals and all around prominent percussion, piano, strings and more – which feels fresh and alive, even if it is played through computer control. Hypnotic sounds from a modern master. CD

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BachWell-Tempered Clavier/Goldberg Variations – Rosalyn Turek (6CD set) ... CD CD format
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 2015. New Copy 6CD ... $31.99 32.99
Some of our favorite interpretations of these key compositions from Bach – both treasures from the catalog of Deutsche Grammophon, and packaged here in a wonderfully complete set! The first four CDs feature Rosalyn Turek's sublime reading of The Well Tempered Clavier – done in 1952 and 1953 for DG, and at a level that's so precise, so meticulous, it still stands as one of the landmark recordings of the cycle of preludes and fugues. Turek really gets at the complex mathematics of Bach's music, while still bringing a strong sense of feeling to her performance – but without any of the liberties later players might take. The following two CDs feature a 1998 reading of Goldberg Variations – beautifully expressive, yet still as precise as Turek's famous earlier works by Bach. CD

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Burt BacharachLiving Together ... CD CD format
A&M (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment ever for Burt Bacharach – and that's saying a heck of a lot, considering the greatness of all of his work! The record's a slightly-overlooked gem from Burt's 70s years – a record that steps off the compressed sophistication of his best 60s work for A&M, but pushes things slightly into even more adult territory – a space that's beyond simple instrumental pop, and which features complicated rhythms, amazing songwriting, and a batch of tunes so great, you'll be coming back to this one for years to come! The record leads off with the sublime "Something Big", a building vocal number that always sends chills down our spine – then follows with the skittish rhythm of "Monterey Peninsula", almost drum and bass at times! Even the mellower tracks are great – somewhat soulful, and always touched with unusual phrasings, timings, or jazzy changes that are simply mindblowing. Other tracks include "The Balance of Nature", "Lost Horizon", "Walk The Way You Talk", "Reflections", "Long Ago Tomorrow", and "I Might Frighten Her Away". CD

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Bana MaquisLeila ... CD CD format
Dakar Sound (Netherlands), 1990s. Used ... $11.99
Rousing soukous from Tanzania! Throughout east Africa Congolese rumba remains a major force, Dar Es Salaam, in particular, has long been a hotbed for those Cuban-tinged sounds and the great Bana Maquis represents one of the best contemporary exponents of the tradition. Singer and band leader Tshimanga Assosa has a long and stored history, working in the great Negro Succes back in the Congo during the late 60s, co-founding Maquis de Zaire after moving to Tanzania in 1972, recording with Orchestre Makassy in the early 80s, and returning to the Maquis fold afterwards, with whom he cut numerous albums. This one was cut in the mid-90s, as the group retrenched following loads of personnel changes and revamped its sound while retaining those telltale vocal harmonies and bubbly electric guitar lines. Tracks include "Bana Maquis", "Afrika Amuka", "I Love You", "Famille Mabe", and "Selemani Maini". CD
(Out of print.)

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BeatlesBeatles 65 ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great pre-Rubber Soul moment – with tracks that include "Honey Don't", "I Feel Fine", "Baby's In Black", "Mr Moonlight", "I'll Follow The Sun", and "No Reply". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label Capitol pressing.)

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Bionic BoogieBionic Boogie (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Polydor/FTG, 1977. Used ... $19.99
The first album by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie group – and a cooker of a set that follows strongly from Gregg's previous Hot Butterfly gem! Luther Vandross isn't on board this time around, but the overall groove is still totally great – upbeat, soaring, and put together with a jazzy undercurrent that really keeps things interesting – far more so than most other mainstream disco sets of the time! Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company – handled the arrangements – and the grooves spin out nicely from Diamond's keyboards, and a tight mix of strings and jazzy horns. Vocals are from the soulful trio of Gwen Guthrie, Ullanda McCullough, and Zachary Sanders – and titles include "Dance Little Dreamer", "Risky Changes", "Boogie Boo", "We Must Believe In Music", "Feel Like Dancing", and "Don't Lose The Number". CD features 2 bonus tracks – 12" extended mixes of "Dance Little Dreamer" and "Risky Changes". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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New BloodstoneWe Go A Long Way Back ... LP LP format
CBS, 1982. Good+ ... $1.99
A killer late set by Bloodstone – one that holds on to all the excellent harmonies they brought to their 70s work, but which pushes their groove forward in a whole new direction! There's a warm modern glow to the set – one that works perfectly with the vocals – and the quintet still have a hell of a way with a ballad – singing in that slow-tripping style that was never too overly emotive, yet could pack a hell of a punch back in the day – especially in the wee hours! The tunes here are longer than before, and inflected by some rich arrangements by both the Isley Brothers and McKinley Jackson – and the set's got an Isleys-like approach by putting all the ballads on one side, and the groovers on another. These groovers really hold onto the harmonies wonderfully – making for a great follow-up to the ballads – and titles include the sublime smooth stepping track "We Go A Long Way Back", plus "Go On & Cry", "How Does It Feel", "Nite Time Fun", "My Love Grows Stronger", and "My Kind Of Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, seam splitting, tape residue on the edges, and a tear on the opening.)

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New Blue Magic/Major Harris/Margie JosephLive! ... LP LP format
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
Philly soul magic – recorded in New Jersey! This unique little set offers a wonderfully different look at the hit Philly sound that was bubbling strongly on Atlantic Records during the 70s – as it features 3 of the label's best acts in the genre, caught live in a special performance at New Jersey's Latin Casino – often singing together on the same songs, in really special combinations that make the album way more than just a typical live set! Although backings were handled by Vince Montana, and production is by Norman Harris, the overall sound of the record is much earthier, more open, and spontaneous than any of the artists' work coming from Sigma Sound studios – and the album's a great illustration of the "real" world in which these singers lived and performed, which is somewhat different than the near-perfect Sigma studio albums. Blue Magic, Major Harris, and Margie Joseph join together on a version of "I Love Music" at the start – then Margie steps off for solo versions of "Ridin High", "My Love", and "Feelings" – followed by a duet with Major Harris on "You're A Special Part Of Me". Harris then sings solo on "Loving You Is Mellow", "Love Won't Let Me Wait", and "I Got Over Love" – and Blue Magic take over with a great run of tunes that includes a few medley numbers of other 70s soul hits, plus versions of "Haunted", "Bad Luck", "Sideshow", and "Chasing Rainbows". Margie Joseph then comes back to duet with the group on the numbers "What's Come Over Me", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", and "Funny Guy Funny Girl Funny Love". Phew! That's a heck of a lot of music – and all of it great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, an unglued bottom seam, and a bit of light wear.)

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Tommy Boyce & Bobby HartI Wonder What She's Doing Tonite (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant 60s pop from the team of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart – best known for their key early songwriting work for The Monkees, but a heck of a great duo on their own! Boyce & Hart have a sparkly, sunshiney sound that's very much a part of The Monkees generation – a beautiful post-folk, post-surf blend of styles, and one that's served up with all the warmth and charm that made The Monkees so great – yet also with some cool twists and turns that make a record like this so great – the kind of chance-taking that A&M sometimes allowed its artists to take at the time! Backings are super-groovy – arranged by Artie Butler and Don McGinis – and titles include "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite", "Teardrop City", "I Wanna Be Free", "The Countess", "Population", and "Two For The Price Of One" – a great cover of a Larry Williams & Johnny Watson soul tune! Features bonus mono single tunes – "The Ambushers", "Love Every Day", "Where Angels Go Trouble Follows", and "I Wanna Be Free". CD

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Braen's MachineQuarta Pagina ... CD CD format
Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Stunning sound library material from Braen's Machine – one of the coolest, grooviest, and most obscure acts that were part of this underground Italian scene in the 70s! Quarta Pagina follows into even more trippier territory than the group's famous Underground album – a wild blend of psychedelic elements with hip soundtrack styles – the kinds of aspects that Piero Umiliani and Alessandro Alessandroni brought to the group, but with an even weirder feel. Track are all nice and compact – no overindulgent jams, but there's still a wonderful range of sounds in the short tunes – and most numbers are vocals, filled with guitars, keyboards, and loads of odd elements – but there also seems to be an Edda Dell'Orso-like singer in a few spots too. Titles include "Frode", "Addescamento", "Rimorso", "Il Covo", "La Vittima", and "Nel Penitenziario". CD

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New Roy BrooksDuet In Detroit ... CD CD format
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983/1984/1987/1989. Used ... $9.99
Seminal work from the Detroit underground of the 80s – 4 sets of duets recorded by drummer Roy Brooks, each with a different hip player! The material was recorded over the course of 4 different performances in 4 different years – but the album has a really unified feel in the way that Brooks interacts in the intimate setting with each player. Randy Weston begins with two longer introspections on the titles "Zulu" and "Waltz For Sweetcakes" – followed by Brooks and Woody Shaw on the spirited "Elegy For Eddie Jefferson" and the shorter "Jeffuso". Don Pullen follows on piano along with Brooks, on the tunes "Forever Mingus" and "Healing Force" – and the set's completed by Geri Allen on the titles "Samba Del Sol" and "Duet In Detroit". Great stuff all around, and a deeper side of Roy's talents than usual! CD
(Includes obi.)

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David BrowneFire & Rain – The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, & The Lost Story Of 1970 ... Book Book
Da Capo, 2011. New Copy Hardcover ... $6.99 26.00
1970 – a key year for both music and politics on the global scene – one that's portrayed here through albums that include Let It Be by The Beatles, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel, and Deja Vu by Crosby Stills Nash & Young – plus the birth of Sweet Baby James! Music journalist David Browne spins the story of these records and the scene in which they emerged – a changing America poised between the decades, awash in radical politics and cultural change. The book balances facts and personal stories, and follows a rough timeline of the year – over the course of 368 hardcover pages. Book

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Ralph BurnsFree Forms (10 inch LP) ... LP LP format
Mercury, 1951. Very Good- ... $39.99
A great modern jazz-meets-strings session that follows from Burns' exploratory "Introspection" title for the Jazz Scene collection! Ralph pens some inventive charts that utilize a 15 piece chamber orchestra as backdrops for his own bold lines on piano, as well as some key solo bits from Lee Konitz on half the tracks. The sound is great throughout – modern, but never too academic to swing – and titles include "Places Please", "Cameo", "Lileth", "Spring Is", and "Someday Somewhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is nice and clean, but has a few light pressing bumps – nothing major, and plays pretty well. Cover has light wear, but is nice too – with just a Clef Records sticker near the top. Clef pressing.)

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New Kenny BurrellLaid Back ... CD CD format
Muse/Savoy, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $5.99
Obscure work from Kenny Burrell – material originally issued by Muse Records, most of it with a very laidback feel – as you'd guess from the title! The original sides were produced by Helen Keane, who'd done some of Bill Evans' greatest sets – and who had a real ear for the mellower side of the jazz spectrum. And for the record, she's got Kenny playing in a trio format that's very spacious – with only gentle accompaniment on bass and drums, and most of the sound on the set coming from the strings of Kenny's guitar. Following in the gentle spirit of the set, Kenny even plays an acoustic guitar on some numbers – making for a very different sound than usual. Some tracks are quite long, really letting Kenny open up on his solos – and titles include "So Little Time", "All Blues", "In A Mellow Tone", "In The Still Of The Night", "Tenderly", "Listen To The Dawn", and "You & The Night & The Music". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Carter & Bobby BradfordMosaic Select – The Complete Revelation Sessions (Revelation/Secrets/unreleased material) (3CD set) ... CD CD format
Mosaic/Revelation, 1969/1971/1972/1979. New Copy 3CD ... $44.99
An amazing collection of music – some of the hippest jazz to ever come out of the west coast scene, and a legendary pairing of trumpeter Bobby Bradford and saxophonist John Carter! Both players have really gone onto leave their mark in later years – but honestly, they almost reached the peak of their powers with these incredible early recordings – beautifully bracing modern jazz, of a sort that somewhat follows an Ornette Coleman lineage, but which also opens up into the new spirituality that was hitting the LA scene in the post-Coltrane years – almost a bridge between the Coleman/Dolphy generation, and the later Nimbus scene that would rise in the west! The music here is stark, simple, and quite organic – yet has an energy that's all its own – an amazing progression of rhythms and horn sounds, wrapped together beautifully through a killer set of original compositions. Carter plays alto, tenor, clarinet, and flute; Bradford is on trumpet, and rhythm players include Nate Morgan and Bill Henderson on piano, Henry Franklin and Louis Spears on bass, and Bruz Freeman and Leon Ndugu Chancler on drums. The set brings together material originally issued on the Seeking and Secrets albums for the Revelation label – but then also features lots more previously unreleased tracks – making the set more than 50% new material! Most titles are of the 1969/Early 70s vintage of the Revelation albums – but the set also features some beautiful 1979 duets between Carter and Bradford, with no other instrumentation at all. 22 tracks in all – and an instant treasure! CD

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Jimmy CastorIt's Just Begun/Phase Two ... CD CD format
RCA/Robinsongs (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of classics from the Jimmy Castor Bunch – back to back on a single CD! It's Just Begun is wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the funky goofy "Troglodyte", and plenty other nice moments like "Bad", "LTD", "I Promise To Remember", and "Psychee". Fuzzy guitar meets heavy drums meets some of the most insane lyrics ever on a mainstream funk album! One of our most requested records – and for good reason! Phase Two is probably Jimmy's second best album of the 70s – one with many of the same elements as his legendary It's Just Begun record! The band is grooving hard – with plenty of heavy conga, fuzzed out guitar, and trippy grooves that serve as a perfect foil for Jimmy's super-dope sense of humor. The record features a remake of Jimmy's earlier "Hey Leroy", still done with a Latiny groove, but also with many elements of "It's Just Begun" thrown into the funky mix. The album also features Jimmy's guitar-heavy "Tribute To Jim [Hendrix]", and "Luther The Anthropoid", which was a follow-up to "Troglodyte", with similar stoner caveman lyrics! Another tasty cut is "Party Life", a 7 minute Latin funk number with a very War-like groove! CD

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CBS Jazz All StarsMontreux Summit Vol 2 ... CD CD format
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1977. Used ... $8.99
A wonderful follow-up to the first Montreux Summit album – and like that classic, a groundbreaking assemblage of some of the best jazz musicians of the 70s! The format here is slightly different – with more of a focus on smaller groupings of musicians, but still with a really fresh ear for unusual combinations – especially with players you're not always likely to hear together – all stretching out on some sweet longer tracks. Tunes include a version of "Moontrane" with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Dexter Gordon on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, and George Duke on Fender Rhodes; "Two Part Invention" with Bob James on piano and Hubert Laws on flute; "Kanon For Flutes", with work by Bob Militello and Thijs Van Leer on flutes, alongside Bob James on Fender Rhodes, Eric Gale on guitar, and Peter Erskine on drums; "Red Top" with Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz on tenor, and Maynard Ferguson and Woody Shaw on trumpet; "Rites Of Darkness" with George Duke on Fender Rhodes, Bob James on keyboards, and Steve Kahn on guitar; "Be Cool" with James on Fender Rhodes, Duke on keyboards, Bobbi Humphrey and Hubert Laws on flute, and Eric Gale and Steve Kahn on guitar; and a sweet take on James' "Night Crawler" – with Stan Getz on tenor, Bobbi Humphrey and Hubert Laws on flute, Eric Gale and Steve Kahn on guitars, and Bob James himself on Fender Rhodes! CD

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CerroneCerrone's Paradise (white vinyl pressing with bonus CD) ... LP LP format
Malligator/Because (France), 1977. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)... $18.99
Cerrone's second album – a swirling mix of disco beats and strings that follows very clearly on the spirit of his landmark first one! Like that album, this one's got a title track that runs well over 15 minutes long – building in a slowly dancing way that says everything about European disco styles that one track could ever hope to do! Other tunes on the album are shorter and tighter – with soulful vocals dancing in and out, and some nice keyboard work that makes the tunes sparkle with a sweet electric groove. Titles include "Take Me", "Time For Love", and "Cerrone's Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with bonus CD version of the full album.)
 
 
 



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