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CandidoCandido's Comparsa ... LP
ABC, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $39.99
Perhaps the rarest of Candidio's ABC albums, and one of the few that's just all-out Latin, with no other gimmicks, and a straight ahead hard groove! Players include Chocolate, Armando Pereza, and Patato Valdez backing up Candido's hard-hitting congas – and the record features some excellent bits of Latin jazz like "Night In Tunisia", "St. Thomas", "Now's the Time", and "Conga Jam". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dorothy DoneganSeptember Song ... LP
Jubilee, 1955. Very Good- ... $5.99
Dorothy Donegan tickles the ivories with a mighty nice touch – on a set that shows why she was quite a popular attraction on the 50s scene! Donegan's got a way of approaching the piano with a heck of a lot of vitality – really working the keyboard with great imagination, moving up and down with tremendous dexterity as she opens up a tune! There's no tricks or gimmicks, though – and although the playing has a lot of vitality, it's also beautifully composed, too – just the right balance to keep things swinging, even when the playing is complex. Titles include "September Song", "St Louis Blues", "Love For Sale", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Dancing On The Ceiling". LP, Vinyl record album

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FatbackGigolo ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Tight 80s grooving from Fatback – kicking it large with the bass-heavy dancefloor sound they virtually invented! There's a really solid feel to the whole set – as brother Bill Curtis and crew go for an uptempo style of funk that never sells out for cheap gimmicks, and which knows just when to lay back for a mellower soul cut. It's that well-rounded sound that really makes the group great at this point – a refreshing change from some of the too-bassy combos that sprung up in their wake over the years! Titles include "Oh Girl", "Gigolo", "Rockin To The Beat", "Rub Down", "Higher", and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Her Goodbye". CD

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✨✧ Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... LP
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – and there's a soulful sensibility here that may finally rank them right up there with the 70s legends who inspired their sound – especially in the case of Karl Denson's work on sax and flute, and Robert Walter's keyboards! There's also some occasional vocals on the record, but often pressed down into the grooves, in this cool electric way – and which also still leaves most of the focus on the instrumentation. Surprisingly great – with titles that include "Profundo Grosso", "Old Crow", "Bomb Pop", "Inland Emperor", "Diminishing Blackness", "Trashtruck", "Better Get A Jump On It", and "Bitch Inside Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary GrothCatalogue No 439 – Burlesque Paraphernalia & Side Degree Specialties & Costumes ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2010. New Copy ... $4.99 22.99
Dig the ads for practical jokes and weird gimmicks in old comic books? Then you'll find plenty to love here – in a beautiful recreation of a catalog for gag items and weird machines from the early part of the 20th Century! The book presents an original catalog in its entirety – complete with strange drawings and wonderful descriptions of gimmicks like the exploding pie table, bucking couch, roller pathway, sliding stairs, and dozens of other weird devices that were mostly pitched at fraternal societies and men's clubs – but which almost appear like some sort of modern torture instruments! There's also lots of weird costumes and plenty of oddball electrical items – some of which might have been pretty dangerous – and the book also includes text and introductory material which puts the whole amazing contents in context. 170 pages, softcover, with black and white and color images throughout. Book

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Jumping JacquesLet Them Eat Cake – The Jumping Jacques/Sugar & Spice ... CD
Petra/Zeitgeist, 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
Stunning vocal work by this hip late 60s group – the ultra-groovy Jumping Jacques, a vocal ensemble who really knew how to swing! The group feature male/female voices blended in a style that's reminiscent of some of the best European 60s soundtracks – harmonizing in a mode that's jazzy, but also infused with some very mod touches, snapping along in grooves that dip and turn nicely, with some very swinging moments. Place these guys right next to the best work by Les Double Six, I Cantori Modern, The Gimmicks, or Brasil 66 – but give them a lot of credit for their unique and psychedelic approach to the style, making a record like this mad work that's uniquely their own! Titles include "Chili Peppers", "Haunted House", "Double Francoise", "La Terre Le Ciel Et L'Eau", "Lucinda", "Just A Little Midnight Swim", and "Whispering". CD also features the whole Sugar & Spice album – with another 12 titles that include "Let Them Eat Cake", "Gossip & Chatter", "Someday We'll Know", "Somehow I Feel I Must Be Dreaming", "Offbeat Fugue", and "Love Me Now". CD

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland KirkReturn Of The 5000 Lb Man ... CD
Warner/Collectables, 1975. Used ... $8.99
A beautiful late chapter in the jazz journey of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and an album of subtle genius that's really opened up to us over the years! The setting here isn't as "hit you over the head" as on some of Kirk's Atlantic Records – because at one level, the tunes are mostly straight, and free of gimmicks – yet also still manage to conjure up the warmth, spirit, and soul that Roland brought to his best work. There's a slightly electric vibe running through some of the tunes, thanks to keyboards from Hilton Ruiz – and the album also benefits from organ work by Trudy Pitts and guitar from Billy Butler – both of whom are wonderfully restrained, in a way that matches the subtlety of the entire conception of the set. Titles include "Theme For The Eulipions", which features a great recitation from Betty Neals, plus cool chorus vocals – and other titles include "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Giant Steps", "Loving You", and "I'll Be Seeing You". CD

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Kool & The GangAs One ... LP
De-Lite, 1982. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great production for the album – helping them to focus their energy and soar soulfully, but without resorting to any stiff gimmicks or cliches! There's a great groove running through most of the numbers here – a confident quality that's never too commercial, and which bubbles along nicely throughout. Titles include "Street Kids", "Big Fun", "As One", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho", "Let's Go Dancin", and "Pretty Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and mail order form.)

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James Brandon LewisDays Of Freeman ... CD
Okeh, 2015. Used ... $5.99
A really sweet album from tenorist James Brandon Lewis – an artist who really grabbed us with his debut, then wins us all over again with this very different second set! The style here is as loose as Lewis' previous record, but in a different way – more rhythmic than outside – with drums from Rudy Royston and bass from Jamaaladeen Tacuma – who both lay out these stepping sort of grooves, which James then takes as a cue to open up with these long-spun solo lines over the top – often in a manner that lets the rhythm get going first, then has the tenor moving at its very own pace. The result is a fresh, new sound – one that has some of the echoes of Tacuma's bassy work of the 80s, but much more soulful and richer overall – no gimmicks, especially with Royston on drums. The album is mostly the trio, but features a few break/link tracks from Hprizm, which also have bit of narration from Pearl Lewis. Titles include "Brother 1978", "Days Of Freeman", "Bird Of Folk Cries", "Bamako Love", "Lament For Jlew", and "Speaking From Jupiter". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Linda Lovelace & OthersDeep Throat Anthology Parts 1 & 2 ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1972/1974. Used ... $9.99
A new issue of the classic porn funk soundtrack – now with the addition of music from Deep Throat II! Deep Throat is one of the most famous porn films from the early 70s – a runaway hit that made porn star Linda Lovelace a household name at the time. But over and above the nudie images and clit-in-the-throat gimmick that got the films so much press, both movies actually had some great music too – recorded anonymously for the films, but with a quality level that really makes them stand out. The instrumentals have a perfect porno groove to them – lots of slinky guitar, bass, and drums – topped with warm keyboards that snake around like some pleasure-driven blonde on the satin sheets of a shag-rugged motel room. And some of the tunes are vocal numbers – with a silly, sexy approach that's really great – and which only further serves to play up the gimmicks of the movies! If you've purchased the previous issue of some of the music from the first film – throw it out – because the audio quality for this edition is much improved – remastered from the original reels – and it comes in a great package with 24-page booklet and liner notes by Ron Jeremy! The music from the second film is presented first, then followed by the full score of the first film – presented with additional dialogue bits as well! 20 tracks in all, with titles that include "She's Got To Have It", "Deeper & Deeper", "La La La", "Latino", "Deep Throat", "Saxy", "Run Linda Run", "Driving With Linda", "Deep Throat To You All", "Love Is Strange", and "Money Is No Object". CD
(Out of print.)

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Otto Luening & Vladimir UssachevskyTape Recorder Music – At The Museum Of Modern Art ... LP
Innovation 2/Cacophonic (UK), 1952. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Amazing early tape experiments from the team of Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky – both early pioneers in postwar space age sounds! The work here was performed for the Museum of Modern Art in the early 50s – and as such, has a quality that's never too stark or dark – but which still pushes the boundaries of the medium! There's a sense of melody and tone that separates this music from some of the darker electronic work of the period – yet the whole thing is also free of any gimmicks or too-playful passages that would make the whole thing sound cheesy. The recording is very much on a par with Luening's other great work of the 50s – and titles include "Fantasy In Space", "Sonic Contours", "Incantation", "Poem In Cycles & Bells", and "Low Speed". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marty PaichBroadway Bit ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Marty RobbinsRFD/My Kind Of Country ... CD
Columbia/Morello (UK), 1964/1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Two excellent albums from country music legend Marty Robbins – back to back on a single CD! RFD marks a real return to roots for Marty Robbins – a set that strips away some of the gunfighter gimmicks and other concepts of previous albums, and gets Marty back to doing what he does best – singing well-written songs with that amazing vocal approach of his! The tunes are a nice array of heartbreaking tracks and a few slightly more whimsical numbers – but none that are ever too pop or too goofy – and which are set to lean small group backings, with plenty of steel guitar, in a nice change from some of the larger crossover charts of the time. Titles include "Southern Dixie Flyer", "Change That Dial", "She Means Nothing To Me Now", "Everybody's Darlin Plus Mine", "Urgently Needed", and "You Won't Have Her Long". My Kind Of Country is the kind of work that continued to keep Marty Robbins strong for many years late into his career! At a time when so many country singers were either crossing over with pop modes, or maybe getting buried in larger arrangements, Marty steps out here with the kind of clear, simple approach that you'd find in the classic country material of the 50s – a small group in the background, with relatively uncluttered instrumentation, but just the right touches on steel guitar or fiddle – underscoring the effective inflections that always made the Robbins touch so fantastic on a tune. Titles include "Nine Tenths Of The Law", "Do Me A Favor", "Sixteen Weeks", "Seconds To Remember", "Another Lost Weekend", "One Window Four Walls", and "I'll Have To Make Some Changes". CD

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Shorty RogersSwinging Mr Rogers ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1955. Used ... $8.99
A standout set from Shorty – tightly arranged numbers performed by a quartet that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Jolly, Curtis Counce, and Shelly Manne – all working with Shorty in perfect west coast form! Despite the length of the tunes, the overall feel is similar to Rogers' excellent Wherever The Five Winds Blow album for RCA – and makes the record a great set, done without any gimmicks or tricks – and enough of the modern touch still left from Rogers' first few years on record. Titles include "Martians Go Home", "Trickleydidlier", "Not Really The Blues", and "Michele's Meditation". CD
Also available Swinging Mr Rogers ... LP 6.99

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Shorty RogersSwinging Mr Rogers ... LP
Atlantic, 1955. Very Good ... $6.99
A standout set from Shorty – tightly arranged numbers performed by a quartet that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Jolly, Curtis Counce, and Shelly Manne – all working with Shorty in perfect west coast form! Despite the length of the tunes, the overall feel is similar to Rogers' excellent Wherever The Five Winds Blow album for RCA – and makes the record a great set, done without any gimmicks or tricks – and enough of the modern touch still left from Rogers' first few years on record. Titles include "Martians Go Home", "Trickleydidlier", "Not Really The Blues", and "Michele's Meditation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)
Also available Swinging Mr Rogers ... CD 8.99

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SecretsInfatuation – Singles & Demos 1966 to 1968 ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Great early work from The Secrets – a UK group that features early contributions from later singer/songwriter Clifford T Ward – but in a style that's much more group-oriented overall! Ward's already a hell of a songwriter – and loads of the cuts here are under-discovered nuggets that sparkle at a level that only a rare few Brit records of this time can do – sweet, but never poppy – clever, but never too much so – and often with a heartfelt, emotional candor that we might link to the best by The Hollies and Zombies. And in fact, there's an instant charm here that definitely recalls Hollies at their best – a way of doing a heck of a lot with just a little, and really bringing forth special qualities in the tunes without resorting to overdone gimmicks or studio interference – although the production here is pretty darn groovy too. The collection features loads of singles from the group, plus rare demos and unreleased tracks – all with richly detailed notes in the best Cherry Red tradition. Titles include "Infatuation", "She's Dangerous", "Such a Pity", "I Suppose", "Sympathy", "I Think I Need The Cash", "The Gloria Bosom Show", "Looking Down The Glass", "The Same Applies To You", "Teacher", and "I Intend To Please". CD

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✨✧ Soul PositionThings Go Better With RJ And AL ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2006. Used ... $0.99
Another strong effort from Soul Position – MC Blueprint and the ever-prolific sound styler RJD2 – doing their solid, timelessly rolicking sound and righteous rhyming as consistently as ever! Soul Position simply pulls their style off with better results than many of their contemporaries. The duo nature makes it a tight package, and both parties bring their most highly charged games to the court! Tracks include "Beginning", "No Gimmicks", "Hand-Me-Downs", "Extra Mile", "Blame It On The Jager", "I Need My Minutes", "Keep It Hot For Daddy", "I'm Free", "Keys", "The Cool Thing To Do", "Drugs, Sex Alcohol, Rock-N-Roll" and "Things Go Better". CD

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Sonny StittConstellation (Cobblestone) ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A return to basics after Sonny Stitt's late 60s Varitone and funk experiments – all-bop and all soul all the way through, and recorded with a tight quartet that features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums! The style's a bit like Sonny's work of the late 50s, but there's also a fluidity to the rhythm section that makes it a bit different too – a sound that's warm, open, and soulful – creating a space into which Stitt settles nicely and blows like mad. There's no gimmicks at all, just solid classic jazz skills – and titles include "Casbah", "Constellation", "By Accident", "Webb City", and "Topsy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Irma ThomasWoman's Viewpoint – The Essential 1970s Recordings ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A lesser-known side of Irma Thomas' career – especially when compared to her legendary soul recordings of the 60s – but a package that showcases a whole new range of her talents! The tracks on this set are pulled from a variety of 70s recordings done by Irma for labels that include Fungus, Canyon, RCS, and Roker – and most are in a deeper soul mode than before, with rootsy touches that move past the more polished backgrounds of Thomas' work in the 60s – really emphasizing the harder sound of her excellent vocals. Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams produced a good number of tunes in the collection, but all are taken straight, soulful, and southern – with none of the gimmicks of his own work, and a good earthy approach that's similar to Williams' contemporaneous productions for Doris Duke. 19 tracks in all, with full notes on this stretch of Irma's career – and a set list that includes "In Between Tears", "She'll Never Be Your Wife", "These Four Walls", "You're The Dog", "Turn My World Around", "I'm So In Love", "A Woman Left Lonely", "Zero Willpower", "Safe With Me", "Looking Back", and "We Won't Be In Your Way Anymore". CD

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Fonzi ThorntonLeader ... LP
RCA, 1983. Very Good ... $5.99
The debut album from Fonzi Thornton – a singer who didn't even need to cop a Happy Days name to get our attention! The style here is tight 80s groove at its best – lots of keyboards and basslines driving the tunes right from the start, and a sound that's pretty lean overall – and never too overproduced or slick! Fonzi keeps things cool throughout – sliding into the vocals, but really letting the groove take hold first – and there's some occasional little electro touches that keep things interesting, without ever sounding like cheap gimmicks. Titles include "The Leader", "There Goes My Heart", "Sha N Da (Happy Love Song)", "Beverly", "Be My Baby", "Perfect Lover", and "Sayin Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album

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