All Categories — All Formats


Four AcesEdit search


Sort by
Possible matches: 1
Possible matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousMore Intensified! Original Ska 1963-67 Vol 2 ... LP
Mango, Mid/Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent, excellent compilation documenting the best music of the seminal Jamaican 60s scene! Before Steve Barrow would go on to help launch the boutique reggae reissue labels of the late 90s he helped assemble this astoundingly great collection of classic ska numbers with 16 bouncingly terrific number sin all,including "Six & Seven Books Of Moses" by the Maytals as the Vikings, "Dr Kildare","Lucky Seven", "Sucu Sucu" and "Dick Tracy" by the Skatalites, "Congo War" by Lord Brynner & The Sheiks, "Woman Come" by Marguerita, "Man In The Street" by Don Drummond, "What A Man Doeth" byEric Morris, "Miss Ska-Culation" and "Dr Ring-A-Ding" by Roland Al & the Soul Brothers, "Run Joe" by Stranger Cole, "The Great Wuga Wuga" by Sir Lord Comic, "Mount Zion" by Desmond Dekker & The Four Aces, "Marcus Junior" by the Soul Brothers and "Train To Skaville" by the Ethiopians. LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Island.)
Partial matches: 10
Partial matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Charles Mingus & John LaPortaJazzical Moods (Vols 1 & 2)/Moods Of Mingus ... CD
Period/Savoy/Poll Winners Records (Spain), 1954. Used ... $6.99
Fantastic mid-50's work by Mingus, and a pivotal pair of recordings that clearly show his transition from bop bassist to groundbreaking modernist. The CD brings together two rare 10" albums that originally came out on the Period label in 1954. The albums are also noteworthy for the incredible talents of reed player John LaPorta, a mid-50's Mingus collaborator, and one of the most overlooked geniuses of that decade's jazz scene. Other players include John LaPorta, Thad Jones, and Clem DeRosa – and the titles are a good mix of originals and strangely-arranged standards (which were sort of Mingus' trademark at the time). Includes "The Spur Of The Moment/Echonitus", "Stormy Weather", "Minor Intrusion", "Four Hands", and "Thrice Upon A Theme". On Moods Of Mingus, Rudy Nichols replaces DeRosa and George Barrow is on tenor and baritone. Includes "Eulogy For Rudy Williams", "Tea For Two", "Body & Soul", and "Gregarian Chant". CD

Partial matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Small FacesThere Are But Four Small Faces (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Immediate/Snapper (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... $14.99 15.99
A transitional, though completely incredible Small Faces record for Immediate – with some of the greatest Brit rock ever recorded! The album's amazing right from the very first note – a perfect bridge between the ongoing mod energy of the London scene, and the psychedelic sounds in years to come – served up with a tight, compact, focused approach that still blows away most of the many groups it helped inspire! The group would dive into a heady psychedelic groove about a year later with incredible success on Ogden's Nut Gone Flake – but here, the group is still riding on the walloping soul and R&B influences on this record – driving and tuneful, with some hints at the strange sounds to come in the freewheeling organ and occasional odd instrumentation. Released as Small Faces in the UK with an alternate title, cover and tracklist, but this US version shares a number of the greatest tracks and includes a few others that are just as essential – with "Itchycoo Park", "Talk To You", "My May Of Giving", "I'm Only Dreaming", "Get Yourself Together", "Green Circles", "(Tell Me) Have You Seen Me" and more. 2CD 40th Anniversary edition includes the original stereo version, plus the complete album in mono (originally promo only), plus 7 bonus mixes. CD
(Beautifully packaged, too!)

Partial matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Gil MelleNew Faces – New Sounds (10 inch LP) (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... On August 28, 2015
Seminal work from the legendary Gil Melle – one of his early 10" sessions for Blue Note, prime 50s modern jazz from the original Melle cover right down to the music in the grooves! The session features 2 different groups, and has Melle's haunting tenor (not baritone) playing amidst other bop-era modernists like Eddie Bert, Tal Farlow, George Wallington, and Max Roach – coming together on tunes that are as magical as the titles might imply – "Mars", "Four Moons", "Sunset Concerto", "The Gears", "October", "Cyclotron", and "Venus". Monica Dell also sings some incredible wordless vocals on a few tunes! LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Lou ChristieLou Christie ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Totally wonderful work from Lou Christie – one of the most distinct singers in 60s rock and roll, and an artist we've really grown to love more and more over the years! Lou's got a way of soaring right over the top of a tune – with vocal dynamics that maybe match the range of Frankie Valli with the Four Seasons – but working here as a solo act, his approach is maybe even more pyrotechnic – and has this surprisingly dark edge at the bottom, one that's very much in keeping with his oddly sullen look on the cover. Christie's always had a lot more depth – in both his music and his life – than most folks give him credit for – and an album like this opens up as a surprisingly revelatory look at his music. Titles include "Mr Tenor Man", "To Be Loved", "The Gypsy Cried", "When You Dance", "You & I", "Two Faces Have I", "Have I Sinned", and "Stay". CD

Partial matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Joe Gilman Trio with Joe HendersonTreasure Chest ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Gilman's a hell of a pianist, and one who already sets the album on fire working with his core trio – but things take off even more once the mighty tenor of Joe Henderson comes into the mix! Gilman's group features Robert Hurst and Jeff Tain Watts on drums – both as ably rhythmic as Joe himself, and able to follow all his bold leaps and flights on the keyboard – and Henderson's presence graces four of the album's ten tracks, with this soulful current that really deepens the sound – although the whole thing was already great enough in the first place! Tom Peron also plays trumpet on one number that features Henderson – and Gilman also plays a bit of electric piano at points. Titles include "Non Compos Mentis", "Juris Prudence", "Nefertiti", "The Enchantress", "Treasure Chest", and "New Aftershave". CD

Partial matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ LighthouseSuite Feeling (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Beatball (Korea), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great title for this one – given that the album's got a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but fused together even more perfectly – but with a leanness that's a good contrast to some of the more overblown groups of the same generation! There's just the right balance here to allow some standout solos – on horns, natch, but also some sweet Hammond too – and a young Howard Shore is also in the group on alto sax, and handled some of the arrangments for the record. Titles inlcude a great version of "A Day In The Life" – plus originals "Taking A Walk", "Could You Be Concerned", "Chest Fever", "Feel So Good", "Places On Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces", and "What Sense". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

Partial matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ MatchNew Light ... LP
RCA, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Sunshine Pop treasure – and a record that perfectly straddles a few different strands of late 60s pop! The quintet have fabulous harmonies – of the sort rooted in The Four Freshmen, and given a sunny finish by The Beach Boys – but they also move here in a way that prefaces soft rock modes of the decade to come – working in arrangements from Jack Pleis that still have plenty of jazz and pop, but which also compress things in a cool way too – giving the whole album a sublime sound that's really unique! The album's not exactly like the Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends, but it's definitely got a similar vibe – and no surprise, the group start things off with a great version of "Don't Take Your Time". Other tracks include "Where Do I Go", "Mornin I'll Be Movin On", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "Love Years Coming", "A Time For Us", and "Free & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

Partial matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Luiz BonfaIntrospection/The New Face Of Luiz Bonfa ... CD
RCA/Five Four, 1970/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great guitar from Luiz Bonfa – two albums that have the bossa legend moving way past his roots! Introspection has Bonfa recording in New York – a superb solo guitar session that has him playing the instrument as a "miniature orchestra", shading in a rich array of colors, tones, and harmonic spaces through his expert manipulation of the strings. There's still a bit of his earlier bossa phrasing in the record – but it mostly shows Bonfa as a richly talented individual on his instrument, moving past simple instrumental modes into virtuoso territory! Titles include "Adventure In Space", "Reflections", "Enchanted Mirror", "Concerto For Guitar", and "Rain". New Face Of Luiz Bonfa is a wickedly wonderful record from Luiz Bonfa – one that has his bossa-inflected guitar style supported by larger arrangements by Marty Manning. The feel is kind of bossa meets 60s easy meets early CTI – as Manning's work reminds us a lot of the larger orchestrations penned by Don Sebesky or Claus Ogerman at the end of the 60s, a perfect foil for the tighter guitar work of Bonfa – making the album one of the best showcases of his style from the time! Tracks include "Helicopter 274", "Window Girl", "Peixe Bom", "Salvador", and "Africana" – and the record sounds like a lost 70s Italian soundtrack! CD

Partial matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Sam Dees/Barbara AcklinChild Of The Street (Cosmologist ghetto soul reconstruction)/Am I The Same Girl (Cosmologist cut n shut reconstruction) ... 7-inch
Under The Influence (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful cut from the great Sam Dees – one of his deepest, most righteous numbers – and a track that has the same sort of vibe as a lost Curtis Mayfield number on Curtom! The reconstruction here spaces the tune out nicely – expanding and extending some of the more righteous elements – but in ways that really continue the groove and the lyrical spirit. "Am I The Same Girl" is Barbara Acklin's Chicago classic – the same groove as "Soulful Strut" – which seems to be layered in here to extend the tune past four minutes! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(2015 Record Store Day release.)

Partial matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Big FourOriginal Big Four ... CD
King (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from a group who definitely earn their name – as the quartet was one of the biggest and best groups in the Japanese jazz scene at the time! The lineup features brilliant tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto – a player who's young here, starting a decades-long run in jazz, but already one of the best reed voices of his scene – wonderfully sharp, with this crisp tone that embraces modern elements of the American alto scene, yet which also comes across with a deep sense of soul as well! The gorup also features tight drums from George Kawaguchi, whose punch really makes things swing – as well as piano from Hachidai Nakamura and bass from Goh Ueda – both nicely swinging rhythm players too. Titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Yesterdays", "Blues In The Closet", "The Carioca", and "Just One Of Those Things". CD

⇑ Top