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Black FlowerFuture Flora ... CD
Sdban (Belgium), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
A very cool little combo – one who play funky jazz, but add in a globe's worth of influences – with an especially strong ear for the exotic reed sounds of Ethiopia in the 70s! The album's got warm keyboards at the core, driven by live drums and percussion – then topped with really beautiful work on cornet, alto, and baritone sax – the last of which has this deep, rich voice that really gives the record some soul – a special sort of quality that really sets these guys apart. There's a few other reed instruments in the mix there somewhere, and titles include "Ankor Wat", "Hora De Aksum", "Early Days Of Space Travel (part 2)", and "Ohm Eye". CD

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Damon Locks & Black Monument EnsembleWhere Future Unfolds ... CD
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
An amazing record from Chicago musician/artist Damon Locks – maybe the album he's been waiting his entire life to make – and the first to really bring together the mighty sum of his many talents! The material was recorded live in performance at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory – at an event that also included a group of singers and dancers to augment the musical performance – in a setting that gives Damon's majestic vision the proper setting it really deserves! Locks himself moves between electronics and vocal performances – in a core instrumental group that's heavy on drums and percussion from Dana Hall, clarinets from Angel Bat Dawid, and more percussion from Arif Smith – making music that's even more beautiful when the singers come into the mix, and take the energy to the sky with a very cosmic, righteous vibe. Locks has given us a glimpse of his vision in artwork, music, and writings over the years – but this time around, it feels like we're seeing the full scope at once – with more power and meaning than ever before. Titles include "Solar Power", "Rebuild A Nation", "Which I Believe It Will", "The Colors That You Bring", "The Future", "From A Spark To A Fire", "Black Monument Theme", and "Sounds Like Now". CD

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OrbHistory Of The Future Part 2 ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
A collection of work that The Orb mostly recorded in the first decade of the 21st Century – a time when they were nicely breaking free of some of the cliches that had crept into their work the decade before, and were using their core sound in a whole host of unusual ways! The package features a mix of instrumentals and vocal tracks – the latter of which feature some especially nice work by Aki Omori at a few moments – and the interesting thing is the way the group mixes more experimental moments with tracks that move in a more organic way. Titles include "Pebbles", "The Orbots Surround The Trojan Horse", "Angel 4 Matrix", "Baghdad Batteries", "Oopa", "Edelgrun", "Glen Coe", "Gee Strings", "Aftermath", "Tower Twenty Three (Spud vs Kreature mix)", "DDD (unit 1 mad orb)", "Vuja De", "Golden Clouds (Ocho rmx)", "Ripples", "Ball Of Fire (Dabrye rmx)", "Soulman (Villod rmx)", "From a Distance (Blast Master vs The Corpral)", "Apple Tree (Abacus rmx)", "Shen Version)", "Sail", "Cool Harbour", and "Fussball (Deadbeat's champion league dub)". CD

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✨✧ Ethnic Heritage EnsembleBe Known Ancient/Future/Music ... CD
Spiritmuse, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first record in many years from the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble – done with a lineup that features a variation from the original group, but a sound that's very much in keeping with their mission! The Ensemble were always dedicated to preserving a spiritual jazz tradition at a time when the Chicago and global scenes were decidedly more free jazz-oriented – and from his emergence in the 80s onward, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar has continued to fan the flames with his own music, and with fantastic collaborations like this! The group's a quartet this time around – and has the tremendous Corey Wilkes on trumpet, really giving the sound a pointed edge – next to Kahil's work on a variety of percussion instruments, the baritone sax of Alex Harding, and the cello of Ian Maskin. Maskin's performance on the record is often similar to the way in which the violin of Billy Bang was used in El'Zabar's Ritual Trio – a fluid bridge between the percussion and the horn lines – and the set includes great reworkings of the classics "Little Sunflower" and "Freedom Jazz Dance" – plus originals "Ntozake", "Pharoah", "Blew It", "Black Is Back", and "Wish I Knew". CD
Also available Be Known Ancient/Future/Music (deluxe 2LP edition) ... LP 41.99

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✨✧ FruuppWise As Wisdom – The Dawn Albums 1973 to 1975 (Future Legends/Seven Secrets/Prince Of Heaven's Eyes/Modern Masquerades/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very unusual music from Fruupp – a group who issued these four albums on the always-unusual Dawn label – one of the most-trusted UK prog imprints of the early 70s! The sound of Fruupp is a bit hard to peg – as they're very proggy on their debut, but also clearly have a strong ear for more tuneful moments – almost like they've secretly got a few pop songs they're waiting for expose at the right time – although maybe that's just the production, because as things move on, the group more strongly embrace this vaguely medieval aesthetic, although again always with shorter tunes that feel like they could easily become hits in the right hands. Part of that quality is from the strength of the instrumentation, which really focuses the energy of the songs – even when the group is moving off into oboe or flute territory next to their guitars and keyboards. The box set features all four albums with original cover art – Future Legends, Seven Secrets, Prince Of Heaven's Eyes, and Modern Masquerades – plus the bonus tracks "Prince Of Heaven", "Jaunting Car", and "On A Clear Day". CD

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✨✧ Roxy CossFuture Is Female ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Roxy Coss's second album as a leader for the Posi-Tone label – and it's her strongest to date, both by design and in performance! Where her Chasing The Unicorn album set up a whimsical sensibility, this one obliviously sets up a tone of strength and determination – undercurrents of all her work we've heard thus far, but are front-and-center thematically here. The titles are strident and topical, while the sound is timeless, with some thematic touches – like the almost foreboding intro to "Mr. President" that leads into marching drums, or the slyly easygoing swing that starts "Feminist AF" leading to some of the most energetic soloing by Roxy on the whole set – but she never casts off the neo-classic jazz she's always had such a strong voice for. Recorded in a single day with her excellent band including Alex Wintz, Miki Yamanaka, Rick Rosato and Jimmy Macbride, titles include "Nevertheless, She Persisted", "Little Did She Know", "She Needed A Hero, So That's What She Became", "Females Are Strong As Hell", "#MeToo","Nasty Women Grab Back" and "Ode To A Generation". CD
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Lee MosesHow Much Longer Must I Wait – Singles & Rarities 1965 to 1972 ... CD
Future Days/Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Fantastic work from Lee Moses – an underground funky soul singer who never saw great fame in the 70s, but who's hit legendary status in recent years – thanks to collectors and DJs around the world! Lee is best known for his album Time & Place, but he also cut a number of other excellent singles before and after that famous set – most of which are collected here, along with a few unissued tracks – all making the whole album a fantastic second chapter in the too-short Moses career in music! Much of this work has a very gritty vibe – southern soul, handled with funkier currents – often with production that's nice and raw around the edges, which makes these tracks feel way deeper and dirtier than anything that might have come from Memphis or Muscle Shoals. The set's a bit short on notes, so we're not sure of the details of all cuts – but we can say that the singles were originally issued on the Dynamo, Gates, Front Page, Musicor, and Lee John labels – with titles that include "Bad Girl (parts 1 & 2)", "You Are Too Much For The Human Heart", "I'm Sad About It", "How Much Longer", "My Adorable One", "Diana", "Day Tripper", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "I'm Sad About It", "If Loving You Is A Crime", "She's A Bad Girl", "Pouring Water On A Drowning Man", "What Do You Do", and "I Can't Take No Chances". CD
Also available How Much Longer Must I Wait – Singles & Rarities 1965 to 1972 (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99
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Rodrigo Amado & Chris CorsanoNo Place To Fall ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
Searing sounds from this excellent duo – Rodrigo Amado on tenor and Chris Corsano on drums – both musicians that have such a clear, tight understanding of each other that they're able to improvised freely in fantastic ways – whether moving at top speed as a duo, or stepping carefully around empty sonic space as they fill things in together! The record is one that really elevates our appreciation of both musicians, and which will have us certainly keeping an ear out for lots more in the future – and Amado especially is really emerging as a bold-toned tenorist with a strong current of soul. Titles include "Don't Take It Too Bad", "Announcement", "We'll Be Here In The Morning", "No Place To Fall", and "Into The Valley". CD
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Fratello Joseph BassiCiao Amore (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
A trio record without any drums – which allows for really great interplay between the bass of Fratello Joseph Bassi, the piano of Domenico Sanna, and tenor of Max Ionata! We're used to hearing Ionata in a more snapping sort of session, but he's maybe even more compelling here – carving out some sharp, soulful lines next to the fantastic interplay between bass and piano, all given this warmth that will really have us paying a lot more attention to Bassi in the future! The depth of his tones are wonderful – never overplayed, but delivered with this stark, simple, almost economical mode that's a nice contrast to the more fluid, but equally colorful work of Sanna on piano. Titles include "Sno Pease", "Voyage", "I Know You Know", "Promenade", "Say No", "Ciro Chi", and "Giochi Di Luci". CD

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Richard BeirachHubris ... CD
ECM (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
No hubris here – as the album's one of the most deeply personal records we've ever heard from pianist Richie Beirach – a set of solo piano work that easily ranks right up there with ECM classics in the format by Keith Jarrett or Chick Corea! Like both of those artists, Beirach's clearly got the ability to be free, but always manages to instead come back to these warmer passages that are full of gentle colors and these really lovely lyrical passages – all played with an open hand, and a sharply modern ear – but one that never seeks to overstate itself either. A real gem – with titles that include "Future Memory", "Hubris", "The Pearl", "Rectilinear", "Sunday Song", and "Osiris". CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the ECM 50 series!)

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Charles BradleyBlack Velvet ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The great Charles Bradley left this planet all too soon – and although we've got this final album of music to enjoy, it's only a partial consolation for Bradley's early departure! The set's maybe a bit like some of the albums of Otis Redding material that were issued after his passing – in that there's some cuts here that were singles, mixed with unissued songs that really show Bradley on top of his game – working strongly with the Menehan Street Band at a level that really has us wanting more! Some of these tunes have a sharply righteous vibe – maybe even more edge than before from Charles – which makes the whole thing not just a completely essential addition to his catalog, but also a way of pointing towards a future that might have been. Titles include "Can't Fight The Feeling", "Luv Jones", "I Feel A Change", "Black Velvet", "Fly Little Girl", "Victim Of Love (electric version)", "Slip Away", and "Heart Of Gold". CD

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Common PeopleOf The People, By The People, For The People ... CD
Capitol/Acid Symposium (Greece), 1969. New Copy ... $3.99
One of the best psyche albums we've ever heard on Capitol from the 60s – an introspective session with lots of space, sounds, and plenty of dark corners! The album reminds us a lot of work by Gandalf, who also recorded for Capitol at the time – very laid back at times, with a gentle approach to the music that also lapsed into some jazzy phrasing at certain points. Quite nice overall, with a really great little sound – and titles that include "This Life She Is Mine", "Girl Said", "Land Of A Day", "Hudson Hill Feeling", "They Didn't Even Go To The Future", "Soon There'll Be Thunder", "Those Who Love", and "Why Must I Be". CD

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire/Need Of Love ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of spiritual soul classics – the rare early Warner Brothers albums from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on a single CD! Earth, Wind & Fire's first album was recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential groups. Headed up by Maurice White on drums and percussion, the group forged an amazing blend of all these influences, creating a future soul sound that pushed black music to the next level – taking a wealth of previously underground modes of expression, and fusing them into a soaring sound that would soon put them at the top of the charts. This album's a lot looser and freer than their Columbia albums – with plenty of raw funk and some nice off-beat jazz soling. Includes the classic break track "C'Mon Children", plus "Fan The Fire", "Bad Tune", and "Moment Of Truth". Need Of Love is one of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based playing, and a number of moments that almost get "out" in the solos! Surely this one couldn't have been made without the spiritual advancements in jazz made by the AACM – and EWF couldn't have helped rubbing shoulders with those players, considering that they all often gigged together in the Chicago studio scene, and that they'd also shared some time together in groups like The Pharoahs and Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Titles include "Energy", "Beauty", and a nice remake of Donny Hathaway's "Everything is Everything". CD

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Earth Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World (expanded edition) ... CD
CBS, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Amazing! Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, and afrocentric jazz – all expertly handled by the great Charles Stepney, who still has the same rich talent for blending styles that he had while working at Chess/Cadet during the glory days of the late 60s. Some of these songs have been played to death (and covered so much) over the years that it's often easy to forget what a crowning moment this was for former underground soul heroes Earth Wind & Fire – but we'll never cease to be amazed at the power of their mid 70s work, and this album's the best of the best. Titles include "Shining Star", "That's The Way Of The World", "Reasons", "Africano", "See The Light", and "Happy Feelin". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Shining Star (future star)", "All About Love (first impressions)", "Happy Feelin (anatomy of a groove)", "Caribou Chaser (jazzy jam)", and "That's The Way Of The World (Latin expedition)". CD
Also available That's The Way Of The World (expanded edition) ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Alphonso JohnsonMoonshadows/Yesterday's Dreams/Spellbound ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a more jazz funk rooted sound than the later, slightly heavier Spellbound! The great group of players includes Patrice Rushen is on keyboards, Benny Maupin on reeds, Lee Ritenour on guitars, Airto Moriera on percussion, Gary Bartz on sax, plus Narada Michael Walden and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Tracks include "Stump", "Cosmoba Place", "Involuntary Bliss", "On The Case", "Amarteifio", "Pandora's Box" and the breezy "Up From The Cellar", which features vocals by Flora Purim! Yesterday's Dreams is a killer all-star session of funky fusion tracks – with a nice tight sound produced by Skip Drinkwater! Yesterday's Dreams differs a little from Alphonso's other strong mid 70s efforts in that it's not as spacey as a whole – but the rubbery, cleanly funky grooves are just as strong – and the record as a whole makes for more of a showcase for his excellent group of players! Bassist Johnson leads the session, but there's a huge amount of guests, such as Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen, Mike Clark, and Sheila Escovedo. Plus, Jon Lucien, Diane Reeves, Flora Purim, and Phillip Bailey all sing on the record! Titles include "One To One", "As Little As You", "Scapegoat", "Show Us The Way", "Tales Of Barcelona", and the future soul classic "Love's The Way I Feel 'Bout Cha". Spellbound is a soulfully spacey fusion set from Alphonso Johnson – with a really catchy sound! The maestro is working in an eclectic mode that's part Earth, Wind, & Fire, part Return To Forever, and part Alphonze Mouzon/Tommy Bolin jamming. The best moments on the record are the more straight ahead ones – which really flirt with chunky rock sounds on the other side of the rubbery fusion funkiness! Mouzon's working on all kinds of electric sounds on this one – a bunch of custom bass effects, steel drums and more – with Clyde Criner working with a long list of keys and synthesizers, Kevin Shireve on guitar and David Igelfeld on drums and percussion. Titles include "Face Blaster", "Summer Solstice", "Bahama Mama", "Nomads", and Moonlight Conversation" "Feelings Are. . .The Hardest Words To Say" and "Earthtales Suite". CD

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Jon-MarkSally Free & Easy ... CD
Decca/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Ear-opening work from Jon-Mark – best known as half of the Mark-Almond band with Johnny Almond, but here working as a solo act on his own – in a spare folksy mode that's right up there with some of the best on the Brit folk scene of the 60s! Jon's guitar playing alone is worth the price of admission – at a level that rivals that of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, or some of the others of the new generation that have gotten more fame over the decades – and he's also a hell of a singer, with a voice that's at once ancient and youthful, maybe more tuned towards some older themes than Dylan politics, but also with a grooviness that echoes a bit of Donovan too. Apart from two tracks here that were issued as a single, all the other material has never been released – making the whole thing a huge discovery, finally given its due. Titles include "Blues For Hobbits", "Paris Bells", "Sally Free & Easy", "Portland Town", "The Vulture", "Love From Afar", "Gotta Make The Future Bright", "The First Time", "Black Girl", "North Country Fair", and "Once I Loved A Girl". CD

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MantronixMusic Madness (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Octave (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $22.99
The follow up to the classic first LP! Listening to Kurtis Mantronik productions all of these years later is a definite educational experience, given the huge influence the crisp synth sounds had on the future of hip hop – not only as a matter of necessity, given the cost of sample clearance, but also as an aesthetic choice. Archeological chin-scratching aside, it's a straight up good time, with a shiny electronic bounce – one that holds up well! Tracks include "Music Madness", "Who Is It?", "Ladies (UK rmx)", "Scream", "Listen To The Bass Part" – plus 5 bonus tracks including "Scream" original 12 inch club and dub versions, "Who It Is?" original 12 inch freestyle USA club and UK club mixes, and "Who's Dub Is It? (original 12 inch dub)". CD

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Curtis MayfieldKeep On Keepin' On – The Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970 to 1974 (Curtis/Roots/Back To The World/Sweet Exorcist) (4CD box set) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99 34.98
A massive package of greatness – the first four solo albums from Chicago soul genius Curtis Mayfield! First up is Curtis – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal masterpiece – to the career of Curtis what the early solo albums of Issac Hayes were to his own genius – a bold, unfettered statement of pride and power – of the sort that would both make Mayfield and the Curtom Records label forces to be reckoned with in the 70s. Every cut is a classic – and titles include "Move On Up", "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", "Wild & Free", "Give It Up", "The Makings Of You", "The Other Side Of Town", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue". Roots is one of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a singer, composer, and producer – but he's also got some excellent Chicago soul help from arrangers Riley Hampton and Johnny Pate – both key talents on the 60s Windy City scene, still able to come up with a deeply soulful groove here – and both able to blend together strings and funk in the way that Curtis was going for at the time. Titles include the massive "We Got to Have Peace" – a tune that never gets old – plus "Underground", "Keep On Keepin On", "Now You're Gone", "Get Down", "Love To Keep You In Mind", and "Beautiful Brother of Mine". Back To The World is pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, and far-reaching arrangements that still always manage to groove! And Curtis' vocals are great too – echoing out with a newfound presence that far surpasses the raspy quality of his early work with The Impressions. Arrangements are by Rich Tufo, production is by Mayfield, and titles include "Future Song" (aka "Future Shock"), "Keep on Trippin", "Can't Say Nothin", "Back To The The World", and "Right On For The Darkness". Sweet Exorcist is a wonderfully wicked album from Curtis Mayfield – one that's not nearly as famous as his Superfly set, but which is every bit as great! The groove here is lean, mean, and totally righteous – a bit more stripped-down than some of the rumbling funk of other Curtom efforts, and served up with a fluid groove that makes the album a killer from start to finish! As with Superfly, there's a nice blend here between uptight funky tracks and some more laidback soul – showcasing both sides of the Curtis Mayfield sound of the 70s – the brash society-changing soul, and the mellower, more fragile voice that first came to prominence in The Impressions. Titles alone tell you the vibe of the record – and they include "Ain't Got Time", "To Be Invisible", "Kung Fu", "Suffer", "Power to the People", and "Make Me Believe In You". All albums newly remastered – in sleeves with the original artwork too! CD

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✨✧ Monday MichiruMaiden Japan ... CD
Kitty (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic early album from Monday Michiru – a record that already has the young singer stepping forth with a sound that's richer and deeper than most of her contemporary – in a mode that would only get even more wonderful over the years! As with some of her other early efforts, there's a strongly collaborative vibe going on here – as the singer works with help from guests who include DJ Krush, United Future Organization, and Love TKO – but as usual, the power and presence of the record really comes from the lady herself – open, honest, and unafraid to put herself into her lyrics and vocals, and a level that really became inspirational for so many other artists of her time. The set's bracketed by two cool remakes of "Maiden Voyage" – which also shows up in the middle – and other titles include "Yellow Rain", "Hear Between The Silence", "Secret Desire", "Black & White", "Suite Life", "When I'm With You", and "What Is Jazz". CD
(Please Note – CD case has a sticker in Japanese on the back.)

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Perrey-KingsleyVanguard Visionaries – Perrey & Kingsley ... CD
Vanguard, Late 60s. New Copy ... $4.99 11.98
Moogy genius from the team of Jean-Jacques Perry and Gershon Kingsley – possibly two of the most inventive musicians ever! The set brings together key cuts from the Vanguard recordings by the pair – tracks that make heavy use of early analogue technology, but also use a fair bit of tape and studio tricks too – all to create these amazing little tunes that are filled with as many odd twists and turns as they are delightful moments and melodies! Titles include "Island In Space", "Swan's Splashdown", "Computer In Love", "The Unidentified Flying Object", "Baroque Hoedown", "Passport To The Future", and the legendary break track "EVA"! CD

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John RenbournUnpentangled – The Sixties Albums (There You Go/John Renbourn/Bert & John/Another Monday/Watch The Stars/Sir John A Lot Of/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $32.99
A treasure trove of greatness from British folk rock legend John Renbourn – all of his late 60s solo work, done before moving on to greater fame in Pentangle! First up is There You Go – a rare one from singer Dorris Henderson and future Pentangle founder John Rensbourn! Florida born, LA raised singer Dorris Henderson moved to London in 1965 and was soon singing London's folk clubs, where she met Rensbourn. A solid mix of traditionals and then contemporary folk songs – stripped down and honest takes on "Saly Free And Easy", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "Mr Tamborine Man", "Going To Memphis", Something Lonesome", "Mist On The Mountain" and more. This edition includes bonus tracks from a rare 45 – "Hangman" and "Leaves That Are Green". Next is the self-titled John Renbourn from 1965 – a set that would not only establish John's legacy for years to come, but also have a very strong impact upon the role of the guitar on the British scene too! The album's definitely in a mode that owes something to an American folk legacy – but it also really breaks from the past with unusual phrasings and colorings in Renbourn's guitar – certainly with an ear towards ancient English modes, but also at once very fresh and contemporary – a strong precursor to the waves of new acoustic talents that would flow from the UK a few years later, but maybe even more revolutionary – given that John's mostly just working here with his guitar and voice. Bert Jansch adds guitar to a few tracks – and titles include "Song", "Down On The Barge", "Plainsong", "Judy", "Beth's Blues", "Blue Bones", "Train Tune", "Winter Is Gone", and "Noah & Rabbit". Bert & John is a hell of a collaboration between British legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn – both working here together to completely redefine the sound of their music for the generation to come! This one album may well hold all the sense of subtle power and possibility that was about to flower in the Brit movement often known as "acid folk" – that reworking of older aesthetics with modern conceptions, and doing so mostly with their work on acoustic guitar – quite a feat, given the stripped-down instrumentation of the set! Bert sings a bit – in that incredible style of his – but the real attraction here is the guitar interplay, which is always fresh, never hokey, neither familiar American folk nor forced singer-songwriter backup material. Titles include a wonderful reworking of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – plus "Red's Favourite", "Orlando", "Soho", "Piano Tune", "East Wind", "After The Dance", and "The Time Has Come". Another Monday is maybe the most obscure album in the collection – a set that is mostly instrumental, with some completely fantastic work by Renbourn on guitar – but which also features a bit of guest vocals from singer Jacqui McShee – whose warmer presence next to John really makes for a nice pairing. The album's as powerful as it is subtle, really beautiful in its sense of variety – with titles that include "Buffalo", "One For William", "Lost Lover Blues", "Another Monday", "Day At The Seaside", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", and "Waltz". Watch The Stars is another great collaboration with Dorris Henderson – an American singer, but one who moved to London in the 60s – where she cut this rare gem with guitarist John Renbourn! The album's got a righteous vibe that's hipper than the usual folk set – with some traditional tunes and some contemporary material – recorded with that amazing phrasing that made Renbourn's guitar so distinct right from the start, with lots of those jazzy currents we love so much – and which really fit the creative vocal approach of Henderson! Dorris also plays some autoharp, and there's a bit of bass in the backings – although overall the main focus here is on Renbourn's guitar and Henderson's vocals. Titles include "Come Up Horsey", "God Bless The Child", "Watch The Stars", "30 Days In Jail", "Mosaic Patterns", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", and "There's Anger In This Land". Sir John A Lot Of is perhaps one of the best-known albums from British guitar legend John Renbourn – as it was issued widely in the US, and kept in print for a surprisingly long time over the years! The approach here is slightly different than Renbourn's previous records – a bit in the image presented by the cover, although with maybe not as slavish a sound – as John just uses the whole thing to go a bit more ancient than before, in ways that echo the time travel that the whole British folk scene was taking as the 70s approached. The tunes are done in ways that are really beautiful – still lots of the incredible guitar work that made Renbourn such a standout on the scene – plus flute from jazzman Ray Warleigh, who's very different here than usual – and spare use of finger cymbals, African drums, and glockenspiel by Terry Cox. Titles include "Morgana", "Transfusion", "The Trees They Do Grow High", "Sweet Potato", "Seven Up", and "White Fishes". 6CD box features all records in original artwork sleeves, with a booklet of notes – and bonus tracks that include "Message To Pretty", "The Waggoner's Lad", "Lucky Thirteen", "Blues Run The Game", "The Wildest Pig In Captivity (alt)", "Can't Keep From Crying", "Transfusion (alt)", and "The Leaves Are Green". CD

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StereolabTransient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Duophonic, 1993. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... $15.99 16.99
The title's a mouthful, but it's also a key calling card for the legendary Stereolab – a group who effortlessly compressed the space between the 60s and 90s with this major label debut – and set a course for mainstream music well into the 21st Century! After the space of many years, the set still blows us away – and really lasts a lot longer than most of the supposed classics by their contemporaries – proof that the group were always using the past to see far far into the future! And although they got their start in the indie world, they really used the platform of Elektra to refine and focus their message – instead of being swallowed in the maw of Warner Brothers, Stereolab take up the challenges of greater professionalism – and hone their skills to an impeccable edge, crafting beautiful little tunes that are every bit as compelling as the promise of the album's title makes them out to be! Titles include "Tone Burst", "Golden Ball", "Pack Yr Romantic Mind", "Paus", "Jenny Ondioline", and "Analogue Rock". Fantastic version – with new remastering, and a full bonus disc of demos and alternates! CD
(Remastering overseen by Tim Gane.)
Also available Transient Random Noise Bursts With Announcements ... LP 34.99

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David Weiss & Point Of DepartureWake Up Call ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Trumpeter David Weiss never fails to give us amazing music, no matter what the setting – and here, he's working with his Point Of Departure group – an ultra-hip lineup that features Myron Waldon and JD Allen on tenor sax, each taking on different parts of the record – plus guitar, bass, and drums – as well as a bit of extra Fender Rhodes from Weiss himself! As with some of David's other projects, the music is a look back at the future of modern jazz in the late 60s and early 70s – with a spotlight on amazing compositions by artists like Wayne Shorter, Kenny Cox, Joe Henderson, Tony Williams, Charles Moore, and John McLaughlin – music that was years ahead of its time when written, and which gets even more forward-thinking treatment here by the group. Rhythms are tentative and angular at some points – really allowing for shades of color between the trumpet and tenor – and other points are bolder, and unlock some deeper righteous power in the compositions. Titles include "Sanctuary", "Noh Word", "Two Faced", "Pee Wee", "Gazelle", "The Mystic Knights Of The Sea", and "Sojourn". CD

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VariousHeavenly Sweetness 2007 to 2017 – 10 Years Of Transcendent Music ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
A beautiful celebration of the first ten years of Heavenly Sweetness – a fantastic French record label that's not only given us spiritual jazz from giants of the 70s, but also opened our ears to both new sounds from contemporary artists, and a wide array of rhythms from around the globe! All those elements are perfectly balanced here – showing Heavenly Sweetness as an imprint that can live up to the legacy of earlier European giants – with a similar culture-crossing vibe as MPS or Saravah, but a much more contemporary approach too! Titles include "We People" by Doug Hammond, "Blue Train" by Byard Lancaster, "Mother Of The Future" by Anne Wirz, "Don't Stress Me Out" by Monette Sudler, "Valse Pour Helene" by Florian Pellissier Quintet, "Flow Like A River" by Robert Aaron, "Rip With John Coltrane" by Patchworks, "Journey To The Shore" by Dopegems, "September Sun" by Jacaranda Muse, "Sam's Intro" by Rongetz Foundation, "Where's My Soul" by Baron Retif & Conception Perez, "Our History" by Anthony Joseph, "Voices" by Blundetto, "Don't You Know" by Leron Thomas, "Want It Back" by Guts, "Womanarium" by Sly Johnson, "Untitled/Inspiration From Home" by Don Cherry, "Dead Sea Scrolls" by Raphael, "Ode To Ethiopia" by John Betsch Society, and "NT" by Tagi with Georgia Anne Muldrow. 40 tracks in all! CD

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VariousI Am A Vocoder ... CD
Neon Finger, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99 15.98
To folks back in the 80s, the vocoder seemed like the sound of the future – and all these many years later, it turns out it's still the sound of the present – thanks to a range of younger artists who've helped breathe new life into the old electro stalwart! The tracks here are totally great – all contemporary numbers that are maybe even cooler than some of the older vocoder tracks you might know – as they're not as commercial or poppy, and have a lean groove that lets you get plenty of focus on the instrument in the lead! Voice and keyboards dance together wonderfully throughout – on titles that include "Synchronize" by Liquid Pegasus, "I Want You" by Bybo Funk, "Alwayz The Same" by Lowmac, "Potions" by Sair, "Small Clams" by XL Middleton, "Boogie On Down With Me" by Adam Chini, and "Do You Wanna Funk With Me" by Ivan Makvel. CD

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VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. CD

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✨✧ Andre BrasseurLost Gems From The 70s ... CD
Sdban (Belgium), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from Belgian Hammond hero Andre Brasseur – a musician who clearly cut a heck of a lot of records back in the 70s, as evidenced by the huge range of record covers and 45 sleeves inside! Yet Brasseur's also one of those guys who never fully got his due – a keyboard talent who could work both in mellow instrumental and popular thematic styles – but who also cut some overlooked funky tracks during the 70s – the best of which are brought together in this sweet little set! The Sdban label have given us some other Belgian grooves from years back, but this package may well be their best so far – as Brasseur's work here really runs a great gamut, all of it wonderful – from tight, straight, soul-drenched organ lines – to other moments that are filled with weird sounds and flourishes, but set to a totally tight groove. The album's a great introduction to his work – and with all the rare records pictured within, it's virtually a blueprint for future crate-digging too! Titles inxlude "Sundance", "Saturnus", "Wild Fury", "Ali", "Red Dust", "Mad Train", "Funky", "Relax", and "Stress". CD

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✨✧ CommonLet Love ... CD
Loma Vista, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Common rhyming raw wisdom with warmth and soul on Let Love – well paired with live instruments-leaning production by Karriem Riggins and appearances by Dwele, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jill Scott, Leon Bridges and more – and Com's often reflective and sometimes topically lyricism front and center. Even at his earliest and grittiest, Com has been one of Chicago hip hop's most soul-searching lyricists, and his honing in on that skill decades into his deservingly long career really endearing. Titles include "Good Morning Love", "HER Love", "Hercules", "Fifth Story", "Forever Your Love", "Memories Of Home", "My Fancy Free Future Love" "God Is Love" and more. CD

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✨✧ Hearts & Minds (Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Chad Taylor)Electroradiance ... CD
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautifully bold setting for the bass clarinet of Jason Stein – a heady trio that features Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards and electronics, and the great Chad Taylor on drums – a musician who can't help but bring a sense of swing to this very far-reaching session! Taylor's always been one of our favorites – a musician who sometimes has the elliptical swing of a Billy Higgins or Hugh Walker, but can also be totally free as well – and here, he somehow manages to balance both sides of his music – while Stein blows bass clarinet the way most folks might handle a tenor – and Giallorenzo manages to color all the empty spots with nicely subtle work from his electric forces. Titles include "Slowly Drifting Outward", "Slippery Slope", "Treeline"," Back & Forth", "Future Told", "Frencher Frosty's Book", and "Electroradiance". CD

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✨✧ Joel RossKing Maker ... CD
Blue Note, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible debut from vibist Joel Ross – an artist who's already given us great moments on records with Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, and others – but who's completely his own man here right from the start! Ross instantly emerges as a major creative force – leading the combo, composing the music, and co-producing the set – with a rich vision for the future of vibes in jazz, but one that also carries the depths of previous generations – especially in the way that Joel approaches a tune, with a subtle sense of gravity that makes each new selection a very powerful statement. The group features Immanuel Wilkins on alto, Jeremy Corren on piano, Benjamin Tiberio on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums – a tight quintet who work with a great sense of sympathy – and singer Gretchen Parlato also joins the group at one point. Titles include "Prince Lynn's Twin", "The Grand Struggle Against Fear", "Freda's Disposition", "Yana", "With Who Do You Learn Trust", and "Ill Relations". CD
Also available King Maker ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Hank MobleyHank Mobley In Holland – To One So Sweet Stay That Way ... CD
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost smoker from the legendary tenorist Hank Mobley – recorded relatively late in his career, at a time when his music on Blue Note was really taking some great new directions! The approach here is maybe a bit more straightforward than those records, but still completely amazing – as Mobley's soloing with all these unusual twists and turns, and phrasing that you never would have heard a few years before – all while working with a variety of Dutch backing combos on these live performances from the Netherlands in 1968! One group features Pim Jacobs on piano, Wim Overgaauw on guitar, Ruud Jacobs on bass, and future avant legend Han Bennink on drums – and another features the great Rob Agerbeek on piano, with Hans Van Rossem on bass and Cees See on drums. There's also two studio performances with the larger Hobby Orkest ensemble – quite an unusual setting for Hank, and a great one too – and titles include "Summertime", "Twenty Four & More", "Three Way Split", "Vierd Blues", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Sonny's Tune", "Autumn Leaves", and "Blues By Five". CD

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✨✧ VariousJ Jazz 2 – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 to 1983 (with bonus track) ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible trip through the 70s Japanese jazz scene – a second volume of J Jazz that's even bigger and better than the first – with unknown gems from private presses, indie labels, and rarities from the Japanese branches of the major labels, too! Compilers Tony Higgins & Mike Peden (who are both also responsible for the nicely done notes) follow through on all of the things we loved about the first J Jazz compilation, but improve on it by going bigger and digging deeper. The majority of the tracks were recorded from 1969 through the late 70s – with a few recorded in later years – and all have a wonderful way of being open to the stylistic inventions of the time without getting hung up on trends. So while there's some fusiony funk and electric piano, there's plenty of acoustic instrumentation and timelessly inventive material. BBE has outdone themselves on this excellent collection – and titles include "Dragon Dance" by Makoto Terashita & Harold Land, "Daguri" by Kohsuke Mine Quintet, "Distant Thunder" by Mabumi Yamguchi Quartet, "Animal Garden" by Miyasaka + 5, "Mother Of The Future" by Electro Keyboard Orchestra, "Serenade To A Dimly Lit Street" by Hiroshi Matsumoto/Hideo Ichikawa Quartet, "Teru-Teru Bozu" (Black Keys) by Teru Sakamoto Trio, "Little Giant" by Nobuo & Sharps & Flats, "Brown Trout" by Akira Miyazawa and more – plus the CD bonus track "Original Bill" by Koichi Matsukaze Trio. 15 tracks on 2CDs. CD

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✨✧ VariousCan You Feel It – Modern Soul, Disco, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The cover's a bit creepy, but the set's a great one – way more soulful than the image of a dummy might make you expect! The collection follows strongly in the same territory as the funk titles on the Tramp Records label – and like those, digs deep in the American underground to find a host of under-exposed gems from back in the day – tunes that start out in the fast funk years of disco, but also move into some great 80s grooves as well! There's a huge number of cuts here we've never heard before – but that's no surprise, given the way that Tramp puts a set like this together – and titles include "The Freeze" by Steven Toll, "SOS" by Tyree Glenn Jr, "Missing You" by Silky Vincent Group, "Sights & Sounds" by Jeffords Brothers, "Medicine Man" by Grayson Street, "Puss (part 1)" by Oakland Express, "A Fool No Longer" by Afrodisia, "Don't It Make You Feel Good" by Deep South Dance Band, "Touchdown Cleveland Browns" by Ray Jay Band, "Future" by Keither Florence & The Associates, "Anytime" by Empulse, "Beautiful Day" by Mel O Madnezz, and "Dig This Piece" by Progressive Sounds Band. CD

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✨✧ Joe Armon-JonesStarting Today ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of stardom here – as differing artists get their time to shine in the spotlight while others recede a bit from track to track – but not in the kind of "leader with guests" version of older soundsystem albums – and instead maybe more as a cosmic vision for the future. Other singers include Asheber, Big Sharer, Ego Ella May, and Oscar Jerome – and musicians include Dylan Jones on trumpet, Moses Boyd on drums, and Nubya Garcia and James Mollison on tenor. Titles include "Starting Today", "Almost Went Too Far", "London's Face", "Ragify", "Outro", and "Mollison Dub". CD
Also available Starting Today ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ BigyukiReaching For Chiron ... CD
Likely, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards and basslines – used in electronic flows that are wrapped alongside guest lyrics from Bilal, Chris Turner and others – but which also are more than happy to hang around some beats, and shift in these beautiful instrumental modes! The whole thing is completely unique – immediately contemporary, but with the depth of keyboard work of the past – jazz elements in the mix somewhere, but nice and lean overall. Titles include "Burnt N Turnt", "Pom Pom", "Eclipse", "Simple Like You", "Soft Places", "NuNu", "In A Spiral", "2060 Chiron", "Boom", and "Belong". CD

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✨✧ Terumasa HinoPeace & Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TDK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking work from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – recorded on an early trip to New York, back in 1970, working with a sextet that includes some of his own Japanese players, like drummer Motohiko Hino and pianist Hideo Ichikawa, plus the great American bassist Reggie Workman! The album features 2 very long tracks – "Gongen" and "Peace & Love" – both a bit free, and infused with a post-Coltrane sense of spiritual exploration. Hino's really changing his style a lot in this setting – taking a lot more chances than on earlier Japanese sessions, reaching out towards a future jazz approach for the 70s. CD
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✨✧ Holy Modal RoundersMoray Eels Eat The Holy Modal Rounders ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Holy Modal Rounders in all of their glory – weirder and even more hard to define than ever before – but maybe a bit more focused and tuneful than during the time that founders Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber spent in the Fugs! The group here also includes the young Sam Shepard – which maybe gives a slightly more theatrical bent to the album – almost this offbeat songcycle from the darkest corners of America, circa 1968 – in a mode that's sometimes more comfortable looking at the past through a psychedelic kaleidoscopic mirror, rather than face forward towards the future. Titles include "Dame Fortune", "Bird Song", "One Will Do For Now", "The Pledge", "Half A Mind", "My Mind Capsized", and "The Duji Song". CD

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✨✧ Steve Miller BandRock Love ... CD
Capitol/Elemental (Spain), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cool little album from the mighty Steve Miller – a set that's half live, half studio, and fully in possession of all Miller's mighty charms! The guitar is fantastic – and really stretches out on some of the longer tracks – but as always with Steve, he's never slavish to his blues-inspired roots – as he always pulls something new out of his bag, and manages to charm the songs tremendously with that great vocal approach of his! It's that quality that's the real Miller magic – that style that helped really push Steve and a rare few of his scene past the cliches of the blues rock scene a few years before – embracing the future while still revering the past, to make music as fantastic as this! Live tracks include "Love Shock", "Blues Without Blame", and "The Gangster Is Back" – and studio numbers are "Rock Love", "Harbor Lights", "Deliverance", and "Let Me Serve You". CD
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✨✧ MomusCreate 2 – Recreate (Hippopotamomus/Voyager/Timelord/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Early 90s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of late Creation Records albums from Momus – each with bonus tracks too! Hippopotamomus is a set that Momus dedicated to one of his big musical inspirations, Serge Gainsbourg – at a time when so few of his contemporaries had yet to rediscover Serge's genius! And yet like all of Momus' best influences, the power of Gainsbourg isn't slavishly delivered here – but instead taken at a very deep level, and fused into the singer's already uncanny ability to delivery an offbeat tune. Most of the instrumentation is quite spare and electronic – which brings a bit of coldness to the record that differs from some of Momus' earlier, more acoustic albums – and lyrics are sometimes spoken as much as sung, which adds a further sinister vibe. Titles include "Marquis Of Sadness", "A Monkey For Sallie", "The Painter & His Model", "Bluestocking", "I Ate A Girl Right Up", "Michelin Man", and "Pornography". Voyager is a record in which it might be said that Momus discovers modern rhythms, especially the strong influence from house that was being felt in the UK mainstream of the time – but, as with all of the singer's classic albums, the presentation here is something completely different and unique! The production and instrumentation are definitely a cut above for the one-man act – with these beautiful washes of sound amidst the beats and warmer keyboards – all providing a perfect setting for the cosmically expansive nature of the lyrics – which seem to deal with future thoughts and spacious themes more than usual. Titles include "Vocation", "Virtual Reality", "Summer Holiday 1999", "Afterglow", "Voyager", and "Spacewalk". Timelord is an album that has one of the strangest covers that Momus ever gave us – photographed by Pierre et Gilles – and a set that also features some of the most subtle songwriting from the singer too! The song style follows from the more electric modes that Momus had been using during his later Creation years, but the presentation is also a lot more sophisticated too – so that things are abstracted a bit, which warms them up nicely – matched by vocals that are sometimes a bit distant in their perspective, but which also give uncanny clarity to the subject matter. Songs include "Elightenment", "Breathless", "Suicide Pact", "You've Changed", "Landrover", and the beautiful "Christmas On Earth". 3CD set features bonus notes – and 10 bonus tracks that include "Smart Drugs", "The Mechanical Arm", "President Of Love", "Life Of An Office Worker", "I'm Still Trying", "Things You Never Did", "Empress Of Hawaii", "Song Of The Traffic Crossing", "Je Suis Avec Le Christ", and "Summer Holiday 1999 (original)". CD

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✨✧ Mother EarthPeople Tree (expanded edition) ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), 1994. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A hugely expanded version of this stone London classic from Mother Earth – presented as a 2CD set with a huge amount of extra material! The core album is the kind of record that should have crossed over big at a global level, had more folks been paying attention to the Brit funk scene at the time! The set's a bit more focused and song based than the group's debut – somewhat less cosmic, but no less righteous – with a sound that's steeped in 70s soul, funk, and underground rock – served up with feel that's almost a blue-eyed take on the Curtom groove, carried off with lots of rumbling bass and wah wah guitar! The vocals sound great – somewhere in a space between Jamiroquai and Paul Weller, but always a fair bit funkier – and the production is lean and clean, but never too rootsy to fall into crossover cliches of a few decades before. A really great step forward for the scene at the time – and a record that's been sadly lost between the genres for years. Titles include "Apple Green", "Time Of The Future", "Saturation 70", "Trip Down Brian Lane", "Jesse", and "Stardust Bubblegum". CD features 15 bonus tracks that include "Slide Sweet Baby", "Soul Sacrifice", "Find It", "Almost Grown", "Roadster", "Help Me Up", "Headf*ck", and "Warlocks Of Bakersfield CA" – plus some alternate takes of album tracks! CD

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✨✧ Irv RochlinQuirine ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of those records that makes you sit up and say "Hey, who the hell is this guy?" – because the music's so great, right from the start – the record really grabs you by the ears and makes you take notice! Pianist Irv Rochlin never recorded much as a leader, but he's really on fire here – working in a "live in studio" setting with a trio that really snaps and crackles along with his great lead – a deftly swinging approach to jazz piano that can come on strong, and keep burning with a strong sense of soul throughout! Trio members include Harry Emmery on bass – whose sound is wonderful, and really rounds out the groove – and tight drummer Eric Ineke, who's always great in a setting like this. Titles include the very groovy "Only Ludwig Knows", a great take on "Little B's Poem", and the tracks "Four On Six", "A Plan For The Future", "Quirine", and "Pepito's Rib". CD

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✨✧ Rob SchepsComencio ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Saxophonist Rob Scheps looks a bit grumpy on the cover, but that's not the way he comes across on the record – as his work is full of joy, life, and discovery – really great sounds on both the tenor and soprano sax, backed by a group who give him just the right sort of groove when he wants it, but also allow for plenty of space to take off on his own! We're not that familiar with Rob's music, but this set will definitely have us looking for him in the future – as there's a sound here that's confident, yet never overdone – this way of really knowing the best strengths of his horns, which allows him to blow in a way that's got an edge, but plenty of soulful currents too – alongside Jamie Reynolds on piano, Jesse Simpson on drums, and the great Cameron Brown on bass. Titles include versions of Duke Pearson's "You Know I Care", McCoy Tyner's "Message From The Nile", Hadley Caliman's "Comencio", and Rob's own "Shorter Time" – the last of which might give a clue to the music, as there's definitely a current of the young Wayne Shorter running through some of the record. CD

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✨✧ Gunter SchickertNachtfalter ... CD
Bureau B (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A surprising new set from Gunter Schickert – a 70s Krautrock giant who's probably best known for his work on the Brain label – stepping out here with a sound that makes us feel as if the decades haven't passed at all! The album's named after a moth, who drifted into the studio during the recording of the music – and it's got this dreamy quality that revels in the kind of echoey, abstracted guitar work that Gunter's always done so well – layered with additional electronics and equally abstracted drums from Andreas Spechtl – then taken into very moody territory. Titles include "Nocturnus", "Ceiling", "Floor", "Light", "Wohin", and "Reflection Of The Future". CD
Also available Nachtfalter ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Raven WolfSpiritual Jazz On South 9th Street ... CD
Pug Dog, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An album that's got a lot deeper vibe than you might guess from its cover – a contemporary set, but one that's recorded in a nicely stripped-down style that feels more like some lost set from the 70s – as most of the album is just improvised flute and sax over raw percussion! Reedman Raven Wolf is a local player on the St Louis scene, and his style here evokes the righteous, positive vibe of generations before – a very spiritual current of ideas that come through his horns, served up at a beautifully personal level that holds on strongly throughout the set. There's a bit of guitar or bass in a few spots, but the vibe is still loose and open throughout – creating a really poetic vision in the music. Titles include "The Will To Be", "Glass Shadows", "Moon's Dreamscape", "Love's Future", "Magical Mystical Meditation", "Hummingbirds & Dragonflies", "Be As Water", and "I Am You". CD

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✨✧ VariousBrainfeeder X (2CD set) ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2010s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic celebration of the first ten years of the Brainfeeder label – an imprint that's slowly been shaping the sound of soul, hip hop, and other styles over the past decade or so – with a reach that's starting to make waves in jazz and other music too! Brainfeeder has always had a great direction, right from the start – and even some of the older moments here bristle with a relevance that matches the collection's more contemporary cuts and future-pointing tunes (the set features 22 unreleased tracks out of a total of 36) – a really great testament, given that these guys work in worlds that can sometimes go stale quickly. Titles include "Thinking" by Louis Cole, "Opilio" by Lapalux, "King Of The Hill" by Thundercat with Badbadnotgood, "Yellow Gum" by Igloohost, "Black Salt" by Jeremiah Jae, "Otravine" by Locust Toybox, "Lisbon" by Moire, "Beautiful Undertow" by Strangeloop, "Kazaru" by Miguel Atwood Fergusonh, "Flake" by Jameszoo, "Ham" by Mr Oiso, "Why Like This" by Teebs, "Phemy" by Miguel Baptista Benedict, "Needs Deorodant" by Mono/Poly, and "Masks" by Martyn. CD

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✨✧ VariousLove, Poetry, & Revolution – A Journey Through The British Psychedelic & Underground Scenes 1966 to 1972 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The real sound of the British underground at the end of the 60s – a stellar 3CD package that goes way beyond the oft-heard modes from the classic rock and progressive years! Sure, all the big names from those years are totally great – but they've also obscured the really rich tapestry of lesser-knowns who were working in London and beyond at the time – extremely inventive groups who work here in a blistering array of fuzzy, freaky, and mad mod styles! The book's got plenty of details on the 65 tracks included in the box set – more than enough info to help situate these really unique sounds, and no doubt start you digging for more in the future. Yet there's hardly any need to dig when you've got a set this great – a package that includes "Pretty Colours" by Deep Feeling, "Ebeneezer Beaver" by The Mirage, "Amanda Jane" by West Coast Consortium, "Love" by Shy Limbs, "Santa Lucia" by Respect, "Iridescent Butterfly" by Fat Mattress, "Story Book" by Alan Bown, "Just Another Day" by Neon Pearl, "I'll Be Late For Tea" by Blossom Toes, "Am I Glad To See You" by The In Crowd, "Busy Bee" by Tintern Abbey, "Fillin A Gap" by Paper Bubble, "Creation" by Beau, and "Hurry On Sundown" by Hawkwind Zoo. CD
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✨✧ FuturesCastles in the Sky (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soaring soul from The Futures – a Philly group who'd already worked for years in the underground before cracking the racks with this debut LP in 1975 – schooled strongly in their best vocal modes from previous singles, and ready to unleash the best side of their sound on the world! The set's got a perfectly put-together style that's much more like some of the Philly vocal work on Atlantic of Philadelphia International at the time – although also not as commercial, thanks to a righteous undercurrent in the group's presentation and overall aesthetic – hinted at by their image on the cover! Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Wade Marcus, who also echo a bit of Detroit styles too – particularly the righteous blend of The Temptations towards the end of their Motown years. The Futures are equally great on mellow cuts and stormers – and titles include Castles", "Do Unto Others", "Ninety Days (In The House Of Love Correction)", "I Had A Dream", "Love Will Be Around Forever", and "Super Love". Plus, the CD features 7 bonus tracks – duets with Barbara Mason on "We Got Each Other" and "Make It Last" – plus "No One Could Compare", "Grade A Woman", "The Way Of A Woman In Love", "Castles (single version)", and "You Better Be Certain". CD

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FallLive At The Witch Trials (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1979. New Copy 3CD (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
This album is early Fall at their best – raw, edgey, and also surprisingly witty at times too – an amazing showcase for the young talents of Mark E Smith, and a key bridge between punk energy and the more creative styles of the post-punk generation. The sounds are incredible – especially considering the relatively standard instrumentation – and the record's really one that has The Fall working with the same sonic force as The Swell Maps – using noise as much as their guitars, and creating an amazing soundscape for the always-biting lyrics! Titles include "Mother Sister", "No Xmas For John Quays", "Rebellious Jukebox", "Frightened", "Live At The Witch Trials", "Music Scene", and "Futures & Pasts". 3CD set is an amazing package – as CD2 features 18 tracks from singles, rehearsals, and live BBC sessions – including "Various Times (extended)", "Bingo Master", "Psycho Mafia", "Repetition", "It's The New Thing", and "Last Orders (live)". CD3 features a full 12 track live show – recorded in Liverpool in 1978! CD

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✨✧ VariousElectrical Language – Independent British Synth Pop 1978 to 1984 (4CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive look at a key moment in British music – that post-punk era when keyboards and electronics came into the mix, but weren't yet used in polished or commercial ways! The groups here really run the gamut – from some who'd later move into more noisy territory, to others who might change things up and go for the charts – almost all captured at their earliest, working for the wealth of tiny indie labels that sprang up in England once the forces of punk knocked down the walls of the major labels! The scope of sounds here is totally great – from moody, moogy analogue numbers – to other tighter electronic songs that burst and crackle with energy – sometimes instrumental, often vocal – and always a cut above. The package is a hardcover book-style one – with page after page of notes and images on the artists in the set – plus 4CDs that feature a total of 80 tracks – with music by The Passage, Thomas Leer, Box Of Toys, Poeme Electronique, Dalek I, Colourbox, The Normal, Alex Fergusson, Eyeless In Gaza, Bodhi Beat Poets, Two, The Fast Set, Play, Goat, Futurerhythm, David Harrow, Fiat Lux, Blue Zoo, Lori & the Chameleons, Tim Blake, Charlie's Brother, The Quarks, Hybrid Kids, Beasts In Cages, Naked Lunch, Edward Ka-Spel, The Mobile, Fad Gadget, Local Boy Makes Good, Chris & Cosey, Pink Industry, Music For Pleasure, and many more! CD

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