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Erroll GarnerFeeling Is Believing ... CD
Mercury/Mack Avenue, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Erroll Garner's first album of the 70s – and a set that's a perfect demonstration of that way he could always groove, but with an edge! The first 30 seconds of the album have this sense of bold freedom that might make you think you've accidentally put on a record by Cecil Taylor – that way of stomping across the keys that Garner could do at his maddest moments, then find a way to make the whole thing groove – which he does often on the set, thanks to help from a variety of bassists and drummers, plus some killer congas from the mighty Jose Mangual – a touch that always seems to bring out the best in Erroll. Titles include "Mood Island", "For Once In My Life", "Paisley Eyes", "Not So Fast", "The Loving Touch", and "You Turned Me Around". CD
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Gokcen KaynatanGokcen Kaynatan ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
You may not be able to say his name that easily, but you'll definitely be singing the praises of Gokcen Kaynatan after you hear this groovy little record – a totally amazing bit of moogy electronics recorded on the Turkish scene in the 60s and 70s! There's plenty of guitar in the mix, too – but the real charm comes from the bubbling, percolated electronics – which seem to include some tape tricks along with the analogue synthesizer, and also some great drum machine rhythms too – but all in the best early chunky 70s modes, and not the later sort of 80s drum machine styles! There's only a slight hint of some of the more familiar Turkish rock styles of the period – as the songs here, while tuneful, are usually devoid of lyrics – and would most likely be more at home in the world of Perry & Kingsley than Ersen or Baris Manco. A fantastic discovery from the Finders Keepers folks – with titles that include "Lost Island", "Doganin Otesi", "Evren (unreleased ext version)", "Madimak", "Beyoglu'Nda Gezersin", and "Cennet Dunyamiz". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Grant Green/Donald ByrdHis Majesty King Funk/Up With Donald Byrd ... CD
Verve, 1964/1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 of the grooviest Verve 60s jazz funk sessions on one CD! Grant Green's His Majesty King Funk is a tight quintet session with Larry Young on organ and Harold Vick on tenor, and it grooves with a tightness that matches Green's best Blue Note sessions. The album is reissued here with the tracks in their full versions, and titles include "The Selma March", "Daddy Grapes", and "The Cantaloupe Woman". The record is paired with Donald Byrd's groovy Up album, a record that has his funky trumpet playing with a larger group arranged by Herbie Hancock, that also features some added vocal backing at times. The record has a very tasty version of "Cantaloupe Island", plus the cuts "Blind Man, Blind Man", "Bossa", and "Boom, Boom". Nice groovy 60's material, with 14 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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Grupo PilonLeite Quente Funana De Cabo Verde (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Ostinato, Early 90s. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99 19.98
Quick-stepping grooves from Grupo Pilon – one of the key groups who migrated from Cabo Verde to Lisbon in the early 90s – creating almost their own wave of a musical diaspora in the process! The sounds here are a more electrified version of island styles – often with some sort of programmed rhythms at the bottom, but laced throughout with fast guitar lines and keyboards – all leaping along at a mighty nice pace, usually providing even more energy for the tunes than the vocals. All tracks are nice and long, and presentation is in the best Ostinato Record style – with titles that include "S'ta Contente", "Longi Do Bo", "Rabes", "Txada Liton", "Liberdadi", and "Kanto Nstaba Nobu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Lars GullinLike Grass ... LP
EMI (Sweden), 1973. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Beautiful stuff from one of Sweden's greatest jazz artists! Gullin's known mostly as a baritone player, but on this rare 1973 outing, he plays piano in a number of different settings – all touched with a uniquely creative vision that you don't always encounter on some of his earlier recordings on the large horn. There's slight bits of Monk and Herbie Nichols here, but Gullin also adds some wonderful bits of lyricism – which are quickly picked up by bandmates Lee Konitz, Bernt Rosengren, Red Mitchell, and Island Ostlund. A wonderful session throughout – still incredibly fresh, and unlike anything else we can think of. Titles include "Solvarm Vils", "Like Grass", "The Hambo Combo", "Blue Mail", and "Subway". LP, Vinyl record album
(2nd pressing.)

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Herbie HancockBest Of Herbie Hancock – The Blue Note Years ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Titles include "King Cobra", "Riot", "Maiden Voyage", "Watermelon Man", "Driftin", "Dolphin Dance", "One Finger Snap", "Cantaloupe Island" and "Speak Like A Child". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockDedication ... CD
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from the great Herbie Hancock – presented here in one of his amazing Japanese-only albums from the 70s! The record is a showcase for Hancock in two different modes – as Herbie plays solo acoustic piano on side one, and delivers these really haunting renditions of "Maiden Voyage" and "Dolphin Dance" – both of them long, and with relaxed exploratory solos. Side two features Herbie on a variety of electric keyboards (moog, arp, etc) – playing with the kind of imagination and funkiness that characterized his best recordings of this period. On this side, Hancock lays down a sweet electric version of "Cantaloupe Island", and a nice spiritual groover called "Nobu" – both of them great, and nearer to the electric vibe of Thrust or Flood. CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockDedication ... LP
Columbia/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Sublime sounds from the great Herbie Hancock – presented here in one of his amazing Japanese-only albums from the 70s! The record is a showcase for Hancock in two different modes – as Herbie plays solo acoustic piano on side one, and delivers these really haunting renditions of "Maiden Voyage" and "Dolphin Dance" – both of them long, and with relaxed exploratory solos. Side two features Herbie on a variety of electric keyboards (moog, arp, etc) – playing with the kind of imagination and funkiness that characterized his best recordings of this period. On this side, Hancock lays down a sweet electric version of "Cantaloupe Island", and a nice spiritual groover called "Nobu" – both of them great, and nearer to the electric vibe of Thrust or Flood. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lyrical masterpiece from the young Herbie Hancock – and a record that's really special for so many different reasons! First, the songs are really long and open – even more so than some of Hancock's other work – with a quality that's balanced between his soul jazz roots, and some of the freer ideas he was exploring with key counterparts of the time! Next, the group features a quartet with Freddie Hubbard on cornet – an instrument he didn't play that often, but which creates a really special sound here – one that's cool and compressed, but still has a sharp bite, too – especially over the inventive rhythms laid down by Ron Carter on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. All players are capable of going out – and have strong "new thing" cred by this point – but they keep it inside all the way through, but with a balanced sense of darkness that's really beautiful. The album features Hancock's classic (and oft-sampled) version of "Cantaloupe Island" – plus "One Finger Snap", "Olioqui Valley", and "The Egg". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lyrical masterpiece from the young Herbie Hancock – and a record that's really special for so many different reasons! First, the songs are really long and open – even more so than some of Hancock's other work – with a quality that's balanced between his soul jazz roots, and some of the freer ideas he was exploring with key counterparts of the time! Next, the group features a quartet with Freddie Hubbard on cornet – an instrument he didn't play that often, but which creates a really special sound here – one that's cool and compressed, but still has a sharp bite, too – especially over the inventive rhythms laid down by Ron Carter on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. All players are capable of going out – and have strong "new thing" cred by this point – but they keep it inside all the way through, but with a balanced sense of darkness that's really beautiful. The album features Hancock's classic (and oft-sampled) version of "Cantaloupe Island" – plus "One Finger Snap", "Olioqui Valley", and "The Egg". Also includes 2 CD bonus cuts! CD

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Lee HazlewoodHouse Safe For Tigers ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1975. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
One of the rarest Lee Hazlewood albums, and one of the coolest, too – the set falls a bit later than some of his other work on the Swedish scene – and, like Cowboy In Sweden, it's also a soundtrack too – but the vibe is different than that one, and almost shows this maturation of Lee's style – as if he's absorbing even more unusual elements during his time overseas, and finding a way to keep growing his sound away from his American years in LA! All the Hazlewood craft for songs and nicely wry vocals is still very much in place – but there's also some nice shifts in the arrangements, too – deepening things some fuller elements at times, yet stepping back into tighter elements at others. Titles include "Soul's Island", "A House Safe For Tigers", "Our Little Boy Blue", "Sand Hill Anna & The Russian", "Absent Friends", and a nice remake of "The Nights"! CD

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✨✧ Andrew HillBlack Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
Insanely wonderful music from Andrew Hill – a lean, stripped-down session that has Hill working at his firey best – in a space that's somewhere between the "new thing" recordings of Jackie McLean, and the brooding brilliance of Andrew's later Smokestack session! The group here has some key figures fleshing out the sound – a young Joe Henderson, blowing tenor with a very edgey quality – the very versatile Richard Davis on bass – and the great Roy Haynes on drums, very much at his most fluid interpretation of rhythm! The whole set's pretty darn great – one of the more mindblowing Blue Notes you'll ever hope to buy – and tracks include "Pumpkin", "Subterfuge", "Cantarnos", and "McNeil Island". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series – pressed at RTI, with heavy vinyl and cover!)

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✨✧ Andrew HillBlack Fire (RVG edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful music from Andrew Hill – a lean, stripped-down session that has Hill working at his firey best – in a space that's somewhere between the "new thing" recordings of Jackie McLean, and the brooding brilliance of Andrew's later Smokestack session! The group here has some key figures fleshing out the sound – a young Joe Henderson, blowing tenor with a very edgey quality – the very versatile Richard Davis on bass – and the great Roy Haynes on drums, very much at his most fluid interpretation of rhythm! The whole set's pretty darn great – one of the more mindblowing Blue Notes you'll ever hope to buy – and tracks include "Pumpkin", "Subterfuge", "Cantarnos", and "McNeil Island". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – alternate takes of 2 tracks on the album. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Black Fire (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki & Tatsuro YamashitaPacific ... LP
Victory (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really great take on the sound of the Pacific – a set that mixes together the growing electro instrumental world of Japan in the late 70s, with some of the breezier styles put forth in older Hawaiian and island music too! The music is a nice instrumental extrapolation of ideas that Haruomi Hosono had been exploring on his own solo albums – but is more open and spare overall, with a strong focus on keyboard bits, guitar lines, and the dreamier overall sound of the record. Effects are used alongside Fender Rhodes, Korg Polyphonic, and other keyboards – and the record has a very dreamy sound overall. LP, Vinyl record album

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Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki & Tatsuro YamashitaPacific (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... About August 8, 2020
A really great take on the sound of the Pacific – a set that mixes together the growing electro instrumental world of Japan in the late 70s, with some of the breezier styles put forth in older Hawaiian and island music too! The music is a nice instrumental extrapolation of ideas that Haruomi Hosono had been exploring on his own solo albums – but is more open and spare overall, with a strong focus on keyboard bits, guitar lines, and the dreamier overall sound of the record. Effects are used alongside Fender Rhodes, Korg Polyphonic, and other keyboards – and the record has a very dreamy sound overall. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bob JamesBJ4 ... LP
CTI, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
The 4th in Bob James legendary run of Fender Rhodes classics for CTI – and a record that still has him working with the dark edges that made the first few so great! As usual with these sets, there's a way of putting over the groove that's really unique – not really funky, but spacious enough to make even the simplest instrumental statements resonate with a punch that other fusion records never had – a James-like approach to rhythm and sound that's totally great, and which is made even better by key contributions from CTI labelmates who include Hubert Laws, Eric Gale, and Art Farmer. James plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – and titles include the funky sample cut "Tappan Zee", plus "Nights Are Forever Without You", "Where The Wind Blows Free", "Pure Imagination", "Treasure Island", and "El Verano". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stuck gatefold.)

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✨✧ Keith JarrettExpectations ... CD
Columbia/Sony, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this incredible criss-crossing of sounds that really stands apart from most of his other records! The album features Keith on piano and soprano sax – an instrument he played more early on – in open, freewheeling tracks that often mix tuneful passages with more rhythmic pulsations – handled with a core group that includes Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums, working with guitar from Sam Brown, tenor from Dewey Redman, percussion from Airto, and some larger string and brass arrangements too! Jarrett also plays electric piano at times, and the album has some of the lyricism of Treasure Island, but with a very different vibe – spun out beautifully over the space of the double-length set. Titles include "Take Me Back", "Expectations", "Vision", "Common Mama", "The Magician In You", "Sundance", "Nomads", and "Bring Back The Time When". CD
(Out of print Columbia Jazz Contemporary Masters pressing with a punch through the barcode.)
Also available Expectations ... LP 11.99

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Keith JarrettExpectations ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A totally wonderful album from the young Keith Jarrett – and a set that's different than most of the pianist's other well-known modes – not his solo improvisations, not his successful trio material, and not even his more outside quartet modes of the 70s – but instead this incredible criss-crossing of sounds that really stands apart from most of his other records! The album features Keith on piano and soprano sax – an instrument he played more early on – in open, freewheeling tracks that often mix tuneful passages with more rhythmic pulsations – handled with a core group that includes Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums, working with guitar from Sam Brown, tenor from Dewey Redman, percussion from Airto, and some larger string and brass arrangements too! Jarrett also plays electric piano at times, and the album has some of the lyricism of Treasure Island, but with a very different vibe – spun out beautifully over the space of the double-length set. Titles include "Take Me Back", "Expectations", "Vision", "Common Mama", "The Magician In You", "Sundance", "Nomads", and "Bring Back The Time When". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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JVC ForceDoin' Damage (180 gram pressing) ... LP
B-Boy/Demon (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A well-remembered set from JVC Force – a group who were maybe most notable at the time as being one of the best labelmates of Boogie Down Productions on B-Boy Records – and who should have been able to give the world a lot more music than they did, thanks to the strength of this album! At a time when so many of their obscure contemporaries were just hitting here and there with singles, JVC do a great job of serving up this full length album – very down to earth, and hard but nicely never trying too hard either – on cuts that include their classic "Strong Island", plus "You'll Like It Too", "Stylin' Lyrics", "Puppy Love", "The Force Is Buggin", "The Move", "Doin' Damage", "Nu Skool" and "The Force Is The Boss". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Doin' Damage (expanded version) ... CD 6.99

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JVC ForceDoin' Damage (expanded version) ... CD
B-Boy, 1987. Used ... $6.99
A well-remembered set from JVC Force – a group who were maybe most notable at the time as being one of the best labelmates of Boogie Down Productions on B-Boy Records – and who should have been able to give the world a lot more music than they did, thanks to the strength of this album! At a time when so many of their obscure contemporaries were just hitting here and there with singles, JVC do a great job of serving up this full length album – very down to earth, and hard but nicely never trying too hard either – on cuts that include their classic "Strong Island", plus "You'll Like It Too", "Stylin' Lyrics", "Puppy Love", "The Force Is Buggin", "The Move", "Doin' Damage", "Nu Skool" and "The Force Is The Boss". Expanded version features bonus tracks – "We Got Our Own Thing", "Force Field (alternate mix)" and "Strong Island (blue mix)". CD
Also available Doin' Damage (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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KC & The Sunshine BandWho Do Ya Love ... CD
TK/Collectors Choice, 1978. Used ... $5.99
Classic 70s work from KC & The Sunshine Band – a record that's not as hit-heavy as previous efforts, but still a plenty great set that's filled with catchy dancefloor funk! KC's clearly feeling the heat of the disco fire he helped to ignite a few years before – and there's definitely an ear hear towards tracks that would boom out nicely on a heavier sound system – kind of a deepening of the sometimes bargain basement production the group got on earlier TK records. That approach doesn't dampen the groove, though, and there's still a nice mix here of soul, funk, club, and tropical modes – sometimes a bit off the mark, but still a heck of a lot better than most of the group's contemporaries! Titles include a remake of "It's The Same Old Song", plus "Who Do Ya Love", "How About A Little Love", "Sho-Nuff'" and "Come To My Island". CD
(Out of print.)

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Robin KenyattaTerra Nova ... CD
Altantic/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A cool bit of funk from reedman Robin Kenyatta – slightly electric, and often with a bit of an angular groove – almost a South African influence at times, although warmed up with a good dose of American soul as well! Most numbers here have some sort of keyboards – either from Pat Rebillot's electric piano or Neville Hinds' keyboards – and in addition to Robin's reedwork on alto and soprano sax, the set also features Enrico Rava on trumpet, Jonas Gwangwa on trombone, Carlos Garnett on tenor, and Sonny Burke on organ. Rhythm is at the core of the set – and is handled by either Ron Carter or Boris Gardner on bass, Ray Lucas or Winston Grennan on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. Parts of the set were recorded in Kingston – a fact that definitely shows in the grooves – and Betty Davis makes a brief guest appearance on vocals! Tracks include "Terra Nova", "Temptation Took Control Of Me", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "Need Your Love So Bad", "Touch", and "Island Shakedown". CD

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KieferSuperbloom ... LP
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Kiefer bringing the funky hip hop instrumentals and keyboard jazz realms together as brilliantly as ever! What stands out so strongly here as how well it works as both hip hop and jazz – with thick bass-lined headnodding beatcraft, to standout piano and analog synth solos, he shows a deft hand on both fronts and layers it all in a way that makes it work as 2 distinctive styles paired in perfect harmony, as a opposed to some kind of fusion. Includes "Golden", "Frozen", "May 20", "10,000 Days", "Good Looking" "Be Encouraged" Journey", "Island", "Orange Crayon", "Clute", "Sunny", "Green Crayon" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Moe KoffmanMoe's Curried Soul ... LP
Kama Sutra, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A trippy trippy bit of funk from Moe Koffman – recorded after his big "Swinging Shepherd" instrumental hit of the early 60s – but a few years before his more experimental sessions of the 70s! The style here is mod hippie 60s flute jazz – with Moe blowing in a soul jazz mode that's clearly influenced by the sound of Herbie Mann's hits, but backed by a set of arrangements that have a much groovier feel – lots of hard bass, heavy drums, and fuzzed-up guitars – plus a nice electric undercurrent that gives the set a strong Head Jazz sort of feel. Extremely groovy throughout – and featuring the tracks "Curried Soul", "Sunshine Superman", "Cantelope Island", "Anteaters Song", and "Country Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing on Revolver. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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KoopKoop Islands (German pressing) ... CD
Compost (Germany), 2006. Used ... $8.99
Koop are back after a long time away from the record racks – and apart from makeup on the cover, it's been well worth the wait for the music! The sound here is a great extension of the grooves the pair laid down on their first album – a soaring blend of jazz and dancefloor rhythms that's still head and shoulders above most of the other work it's inspired in recent years. Back again are tight rhythms, lots of warm acoustic instrumentation, and a blend of classic styles with 21st Century leanness – all in a way that few others can match, save for perhaps the mighty Nicola Conte. Instrumentation features plenty of vibes and warm acoustic basslines – and most tracks have vocals, by a variety of singers who include Earl Zinger, Ane Brun, Yukimi Nagano, and Mikael Sundin. Titles include "Koop Island Blues", "Come To Me", "Forces Darling", "Let's Elope", "Beyond The Son", "Whenever There Is You", "Drum Rhythm A", and "I See A Different You". CD
(In the die-cut cover.)

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Angelo Francisco LavagninoSamoa Regina Della Giungla ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968. Used ... $16.99
The music here has lots of great exotic touches – as you might expect from a late 60s Italian film set on the island of Samoa! Angelo Francesco Lavagnino was always one of the best Italian 60s composers when it came to a sense of sound and texture – and here, he works in some very cool organic elements – including lots of melodic percussion instruments – all in a way that combines wonderfully with the larger orchestrations! And even those are often quite restrained – stepping back a bit, so that the record often has more of a feel of an exotica album than a soundtrack – with only occasional moments of restrained drama to break the spare, earthy quality of the other instrumentation. CD features 19 tracks in all – and some nice sexy shots from the film! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roaring LionCairi Calypso – 1930 to 1939 ... LP
Asherah, 1930s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Roaring Lion is a singer who definitely earns his name – a strong early voice in the formation of calypso – and an artist whose early work on 78rpm discs still tops most of the later giants of the genre! The work here is an early hybrid of Island rhythms and jazz – often performed at a pulsating pace that seems perfect for the fast-spinning speed of the 78rpm single – especially given the Lion's roaring vocals, which must have sounded great coming out of the cone of a pre-electric record player! The horns add a lot to the vibrancy of the music, too – and titles include "Ugly Woman", "I Am Going To Buy A Bungalow", "J'Ouvert Barrio", "Bamsee Lambay", "Malicious Neighbours", "Fall Of Man", and "Ba Boo La La". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles LloydFlowering Of The Original Charles Lloyd Quartet ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966. Used ... $18.99
A great title for this one – as the set really features reedman Charles Lloyd flowering strongly – blooming into a richer expression of his talents than any one might have expected a few short years before! The album features Lloyd working with his groundbreaking quartet of Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – players who have a perfect rhythmic conception to take Charles to the place he wants to go with his reeds! Titles include "Speak Low", "Goin' To Memphis/Island Blues", "Gypsy 66", "Wilpan's", and "Love-In/Island Blues". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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LuiLui ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... About August 5, 2020
A rare bit of soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – and like some of the best of the genre, a record that's definitely got some influence from the warm Cali soul scene of the time, but which also brings plenty of its own style to play! The guitar lines have a nicely chromatic vibe, maybe more influenced by jazz than usual – and the vocals are recorded with this echoey quality that's not a slick as some other Hawaiian soul of the time, and which maybe recreates some of the vibe of the group's live performances at the clubs along the shore in Maui at the time. A few cuts definitely have a strong island flavor – and titles include "My Lover", "Paniolo Country", "Oh Oh", "Beyond The Reef", "People's Happiness", "Missy", and "Hawaiian Wedding Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LuiLui (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Maui Surf/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare bit of soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – and like some of the best of the genre, a record that's definitely got some influence from the warm Cali soul scene of the time, but which also brings plenty of its own style to play! The guitar lines have a nicely chromatic vibe, maybe more influenced by jazz than usual – and the vocals are recorded with this echoey quality that's not a slick as some other Hawaiian soul of the time, and which maybe recreates some of the vibe of the group's live performances at the clubs along the shore in Maui at the time. A few cuts definitely have a strong island flavor – and titles include "My Lover", "Paniolo Country", "Oh Oh", "Beyond The Reef", "People's Happiness", "Missy", and "Hawaiian Wedding Song". CD

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✨✧ Carmen LundyCode Noir ... CD
Afrasia, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on guitar, Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums – a tight core combo who really find a way to push Lundy's energy even more than usual – while Carmen herself handles other keyboards with her vocals, and serves especially righteous material! There's a bit more politics here than on previous records – perfect for the spirit of the moment – but Carmen also mixes a lot of warmth and love into her music as well. Titles include "Black & Blues", "Afterglow", "Whatever It Takes", "I Keep Falling", "The Island The Sea & You", "Have A Little Faith", and "Another Chance". CD

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Mahavishnu OrchestraBirds Of Fire ... CD
Columbia, 1972. Used ... $2.99
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great keyboards from Jan Hammer – all played without the cliche of his later years! The group's completed by the surprisingly great electric violin of Jerry Goodman and the bass of Rick Laird – and the tunes nicely blend a few more contemplative moments with full-on, rock-inspired fusion jamming. Titles include "Miles Beyond", "One Word", "Sanctuary", "Open Country Joy", "Resolution", "Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love", and "Thousand Island Park". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Birds Of Fire ... LP 4.99

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Mahavishnu OrchestraBirds Of Fire ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great keyboards from Jan Hammer – all played without the cliche of his later years! The group's completed by the surprisingly great electric violin of Jerry Goodman and the bass of Rick Laird – and the tunes nicely blend a few more contemplative moments with full-on, rock-inspired fusion jamming. Titles include "Miles Beyond", "One Word", "Sanctuary", "Open Country Joy", "Resolution", "Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love", and "Thousand Island Park". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, with some light wear and a wavy corner.)
Also available Birds Of Fire ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Bob MarleyLively Up Yourself – Roots Of A Revolution 1967 to 1971 ... LP
We Want Sounds (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Not the Bob Marley of the famous Island Records years in the 70s, but instead the originator from a few years before – heard here on an excellent collection of early work with The Wailers! The style here is maybe more in line with some of the soul-inspired harmony trios to emerge in Kingston during the second half of the 60s – but already, there's a special sort of vibe to these cuts – especially in the way that Marley's immediately emerged as a hell of a songwriter, with a righteous style that's all his own! The vocals of Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer are fantastic, too – and production is either by the group, or important studio talents like Lee Perry or Leslie Kong. The 24 track set is overflowing with gems – and titles include "Nice Time", "This Train", "Mr Chatterbox", "Wisdom", "Soul Shakedown Party", "Do It Twice", "Soul Captives", "Mellow Mood", "Duppy Conqueror", "My Cup", "No Water", "Small Axe", "Kaya", "Sun Is Shining", "Concrete Jungle", "Lively Up Yourself", "Trench Town Rock", "Who Is Mr Brown", and "Long Long Winter" – the last of which is a great remake of a Curtis Mayfield tune! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Bob Marley & The WailersSoul Rebels ... CD
Trojan/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $9.99
A record that's got maybe the cheesiest cover of any album by Bob Marley – and a set that's a bit notorious, too – as producer Lee Perry never shared money with the Wailers for the first few years of release! Still, the package is a key part of the Bob Marley story – especially in the years before greater fame on the Island label – as the early Trojan Records release brought together a host of key sides recorded by the group that included Bob and Peter Tosh – all produced by a young Lee Perry with some nicely dark currents in the rhythms that are perfectly balanced by Marley's lead and the harmonies of the trio. The cuts were recorded at Randy's, and titles include "Soul Rebel", "Try Me", "It's Alright", "No Sympathy", "My Cup", "Soul Almighty", "Rebel's Hop", "Corner Stone", "Four Hundred Years", "No Water", "Reaction", and "My Sympathy". CD

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Clyde McPhatterClyde ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Poor ... $0.99
We'll be the first to admit that for years, we never forgave Clyde McPhatter for leaving The Drifters – but as time has gone on, hearing records like this really have made us appreciate his greatness on his own! The record's a non-stop testament to McPhatter's vocal talents – a perfect display of his unique way of singing, and the way that it helped pave the way for countless soul artists to come in the 60s. Backings are all in the best Atlantic Records R&B mode of the 50s – rough sometimes, a bit warmer at others – and titles include the classics "A Lover's Question", "Since You've Been Gone", "Lovey Dovey", "The Way I Feel", "My Island Of Dreams", and "Hot Ziggity". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover a split spine and bottom seam, a cutout hole, general wear, and aging. NOTE – Vinyl condition is POOR.)

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Clyde McPhatterDeep Sea Ball ... CD
Atlantic/Sequel (UK), 1950s. Used ... $4.99
Great soulful R&B from Clyde's solo years at Atlantic! Some folks think that the worst thing that Clyde McPhatter ever did was to leave The Drifters – but to our ears, the move was an excellent one! Cyde had an amazing voice that was both sweet and deep at the same time, and working here on his own, away from the structures of a vocal group, he hits an amazing range of emotions and styles that sort of foreshadows later trends in soul by singers like Jackie Wilson or Sam Cooke. There's a total of 19 tracks in all on the set – with loads of excellent ballads, plus some extremely catchy uptempo numbers. Titles include "Thirty Days", "Deep Sea Ball", "Come What May", "Seven Days", "Since You've Been Gone", "No Love Like Her Love", "You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl", "A Lover's Question", and "My Island Of Dreams". CD

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✨✧ Gil MelleGil's Guests ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956/1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've got a long-standing love affair with the music of Gil Melle, and this CD's a perfect example of why we think he's so great! Melle was an enigmatic baritone player who recorded for Blue Note and Prestige in the 50's, and his recordings for both labels have a strange other-wordly quality that's very difficult to describe, and which sets him apart from any other practitioner of the instrument at the time. Far from the clunky sounds you might expect from such a giant instrument, Melle produces these amazingly light waves of sound, which are interpolated by the members of his quartet – guitarist Joe Cinderella, bassist Vinnie Burke, and drummer Ed Thigpen – in a tangled web of spooky delights. The group's augmented here by some famous guests that are perfect choices for Melle's sound – like Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Julius Watkins, and Don Butterfield – and the CD's filled with great compositions like "Soudan", "Block Island", "Funk For Star People", "Herbie", "Tomorrow", and "Ghengis". Also includes 3 bonus tracks, for a total of 9 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ MetersCabbage Alley ... LP
Reprise, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really cool cooker from The Meters – recorded during their post-Josie run for Warner Brothers, but with this tight vibe that still holds all their funky New Orleans roots intact! The sound is a bit more expanded here – not in a commercial way, but just in a style that has the group trying out more things – some interesting rhythms, offbeat guitar passages, and maybe even more of a vocal presence – although it's clearly the drums and basslines that are still driving the whole thing along! Production is by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn – again in that great style they were hitting at Warner – and titles include "Soul Island", "Flower Song", "Gettin Funkier All the Time", "Do the Dirt", "Cabbage Alley", and "Stay Away" – plus a version of Neil Young's "Birds"! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cabbage Alley (plus bonus cuts) ... CD 7.99

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MetersCabbage Alley (plus bonus cuts) ... CD
Reprise/Sundazed, 1972. Used ... $7.99
A really cool cooker from The Meters – recorded during their post-Josie run for Warner Brothers, but with this tight vibe that still holds all their funky New Orleans roots intact! The sound is a bit more expanded here – not in a commercial way, but just in a style that has the group trying out more things – some interesting rhythms, offbeat guitar passages, and maybe even more of a vocal presence – although it's clearly the drums and basslines that are still driving the whole thing along! Production is by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn – again in that great style they were hitting at Warner – and titles include "Soul Island", "Flower Song", "Gettin Funkier All the Time", "Do the Dirt", "Cabbage Alley", and "Stay Away" – plus a version of Neil Young's "Birds"! CD also features the bonus cuts "Chug Chug Chug-a-Lug (Push & Shove)" parts 1 & 2! CD

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Monday Michiru4 Seasons ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 2000. Used 2 CDs ... $24.99
An incredibly sophisticated album from one of our favorite modern soul singers! This stunning 2CD set goes farther than Monday Michiru's ever gone before – into territory that bridges together modern soul, jazz vocals, Latin rhythms, and a complicated set of emotional soundscapes that show Monday as a much more mature singer than ever before. The 2CD set features a total of 20 tracks in all – some from the "4 Seasons" cycle of eps that Monday released over the year 2000, and many more that are exclusive to the album. We'd only gotten a hint of the place she was heading with some of the singles – and this full album really comes together in an amazing way, with a wealth of influences and styles that reminds us of Nobukazu Takemura's legendary Child's View album. Titles include "Tahitian Xmas", "Restless", "Early Dawn", "The Island", "Do It Again", "Kohyo", "Something To Believe In", "Chasing After The Sun", "Mysteries Of Life", "Fallin", "Stop & Listen", "New Beginnings", and "Chances". CD
(Out of print.)

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Monday MichiruDouble Image ... CD
Polygram (Japan), 1998. New Copy ... $8.99
A real turning point for Monday Michiru – a set that has the Japanese singer moving into more complex rhythms than some of the straighter soul of her initial releases – really keeping things interesting as she stretches out lyrically too! Monday arranged and produced most of the record – although she also has help from some great guests, as was common in her early years – a lineup that includes DJ Krush, Mondo Grosso, Byron Wallen, and The Angel – all of whom add some creative energy to the project. There's a touch of drum and bass in the mix at times, but the key highlight is Monday's great sense of song and her fantastic vocals – soaring out as one of the few late 90s audiences who can take things over the top to a whole new audience. Cuts include "Reflexions", "You Make Me", "Island Of The Saints", "Method 2 The Madness", "Double Image", and "Scheme Of Things". CD
(Please Note – CD case has a sticker in Japanese on the back.)

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✨✧ Morwell UnlimitedA1 Dub (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub here – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 750 – on 180 gram orange vinyl!)

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Mark MurphyJazz Singer – Anthology – The Muse Years 1972 to 1991 ... LP
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A killer collection of work from one of the hippest jazz singers of all time – captured here at a point when he was really opening up into some fresh, unique territory of his own! Mark Murphy first began recording in the mid 50s for Decca, and had a run of other records in the 60s for Capitol, Fontana, and other labels – but by the time he hit Muse Records in the 70s, he was really open to new ideas – and able to do far more than just the simple singing of a tune! Instead, he'd worked his voice into a mode that was more like an instrument overall – able to run free with brilliant solo passages, and inflect the lyrics in ways that even the great singers of years before might never have dreamed of! And at Muse, he got excellent support and instrumental backing – always hip combos, and the freedom to create the sort of special albums that still make his records for the label a real high point in the development of jazz vocals. These are sides that went onto inform generations of singers – from Kurt Elling, to Gregory Porter, and so many others – and this well-chosen selection of songs is completely sublime. Titles include "On The Red Clay", "Stolen Moments", "Effendi", "Naima", "Maiden Voyage", "Lookin For Another Pure Love", "Waters Of March", "Come & Get Me", "Be-Bop Lives", "Dingwalls", "Cantaloupe Island", "Sly", "Empty Faces", and "Two Kites". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David MurraySweet Lovely ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great trio set – with Fred Hopkins on bass and Steve McCall on drums – and Murray only on tenor on four long tracks that include "Coney Island", "Corazon", "The Hill", and "Hope/Scope". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mystic MoodsOne Stormy Night ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Mystic Moods take a clever gimmick, and make it stick – using sound effects of rain and storms, as on other early albums, and mixing the whole thing with some really sweet instrumentals! The album features some great Don Ralke originals that get past the covers on earlier sides – tracks that include "Hot Bagel", "Fire Island", and "In Your Arms" – and the set also has a great train number, called "Local Freight"! Other tracks include "A Dream", "Aja Toro", and "Autumn Leaves". As the cover says, "Whoever you are, you hold in your heart the memory of One Stormy Night!" LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some faded marker on front, light wear, and a small split in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Bobby Naughton/Leo Smith/Perry RobinsonHaunt (with bonus track) ... CD
Otic/No Business (Lithuania), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums cut as a leader by vibes genius Bobby Naughton – a player who's part of a very elite group of improvisers on the instrument – right up there with Walt Dickerson or Jason Adasiewicz for sheer imagination and individual sound! Bobby's talents are perfectly balanced here with key collaborator Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and the great Perry Robinson on clarinet – a very angular trio that really makes the most of its individual components, and which provides a perfect showcase both for Bobby's vibes, and his strong sense of composition. Titles include "The Haunt", "Slant", "Places", "Rose Island", and "Ordette". CD features a bonus alternate of "Slant". CD

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✨✧ Shuggie OtisInspiration Information ... LP
Epic, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. For this album, though, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl.)

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✨✧ George OtsukaPhysical Structure ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... About October 19, 2020
Japanese drummer George Otsuka is always one hell of a hip cat – one of those players whose name on a record always means that we'll pick it up – and never fail to hear something wonderful! And while Otsuka first got his start working with a piano trio at the end of the 60s, this sweet set from the mid 70s really has him stretching out nicely – working with a freewheeling group that has plenty of spiritual elements – but in that gentler avant mode you'd find in the Japanese scene of the time. The set's got some especially great Fender Rhodes and piano from Fumio Karashima, plus tenor and soprano sax from Shozo Sasaki – and all tracks are nice and long, and really let the instrumentation build up in this flowing, organic sort of way. Mitsuaki Furuno plays bass, and Norio Ohno adds in a bit of extra percussion too – and titles include a nice reading of "Naima", with lots of fast-moving congas – plus "Physical Structure", "Mustard Pot", and "Little Island". CD

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✨✧ George OtsukaPhysical Structure ... LP
Three Blind Mice/Le Tres Jazz Club (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Japanese drummer George Otsuka is always one hell of a hip cat – one of those players whose name on a record always means that we'll pick it up – and never fail to hear something wonderful! And while Otsuka first got his start working with a piano trio at the end of the 60s, this sweet set from the mid 70s really has him stretching out nicely – working with a freewheeling group that has plenty of spiritual elements – but in that gentler avant mode you'd find in the Japanese scene of the time. The set's got some especially great Fender Rhodes and piano from Fumio Karashima, plus tenor and soprano sax from Shozo Sasaki – and all tracks are nice and long, and really let the instrumentation build up in this flowing, organic sort of way. Mitsuaki Furuno plays bass, and Norio Ohno adds in a bit of extra percussion too – and titles include a nice reading of "Naima", with lots of fast-moving congas – plus "Physical Structure", "Mustard Pot", and "Little Island". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ PersuasionsMore Than Before/I Just Want To Sing With My Friends (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Playback, 1974. Used ... $8.99
A pair of Persuasions albums on a single CD – with bonus tracks too! First up is I Just Want To Sing With My Friends – a great little record from the Persuasions – and a bit different than their earlier work, too! Unlike a lot of the group's other records from the early 70s – most of which are all-acapella – this one features the group's rich harmony vocals backed by some heavier funk arrangements. Far from wrecking their sound, this approach actually makes them sound a lot better – and pulls them more into a contemporary soul vein, and away from the roots and rock crowd – finally letting The Persuasions shine in the same galaxy as other 70s harmony soul groups! Titles include "Persuasions Theme", "I Just Want To Sing With My Friends", "A Lonesome Love Song", and "Island". More Than Before is a record that returns the Persuasions back to the all-acapella modes of their roots – a live recording by A&M Records, done with little in the way of added percussion or fanfare – which makes the whole thing feel as if the group were still singing on a street corner – although one that's also located in front of a very appreciative audience in LA! Titles include "Occapella", "Lay Back", "We're All Goin Home", "Gonna Keep On Tryin Til I Win Your Love", and "Beauty's Only Skin Deep". CD also features bonus tracks – the great "Darlin", a sweet soul remake of the Beach Boys tune – plus long and short versions of "One Thing On My Mind". CD

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✨✧ Jean-Luc Ponty with George DukeJean-Luc Ponty Experience With The George Duke Trio ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A better album than you'd expect – without any of the too-familiar modes of either players' later albums! At the time of this set, George Duke and Jean-Luc Ponty were both playing with Frank Zappa – but they're breaking out of the hippie weirdness here to get a bit more serious – working through some long, extended modal grooves that rank with the best MPS work by either player – especially their early recordings! Duke's on electric piano, ringing out in a weird spacey sound, and Ponty's violin is mostly restrained, used to cast waves of sound over the top of the tracks, in a way that works well with Duke's soulful resonant approach. Titles include "Foosh", "Cantaloupe Island", and "Starlight Starbright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on PAUSA.)

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Hubert Porter with The Jamaican CalypsoniansCalypsos From Jamaica ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 23.99
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would soon explode, and completely transform the scene in Kingston! The tunes feature plenty of lively lyrics from Porter – a singer with a great voice, and a way of presentation that's oozing with charm – on titles that include "Ten Penny Nail", "Gimmie More", "Not Me", "Miss Daisy", "Rum & Coconut Water", "Names Of Funny Places", "Ugly Woman", and "Bargie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Noah PremingerAfter Life ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
An album of subtle majesty from tenorist Noah Preminger – done with a sound that builds and flows wonderfully – partly from the guitar work of Max Light, who may well be the lynchpin of the quintet! The switch of guitar for piano gives the whole thing a different vibe – as Light's playing has this strong sense of glow – which resonates between the bass of Kim Cass and drums of Rudy Royston, to illuminate the strong trumpet of Jason Palmer next to Preminger's tenor – both players with a measured sense of blowing that comes of beautifully in the album's original compositions by Noah. Titles include "World Of Twelve Faces", "World Of Growth", "Senseless World", "Hovering World", "World Of Hunger", and "Island World". CD

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Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersTough! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Killer Latin soul from Pucho and crew – and an album that's one of their greatest! The record is also one of the earliest by the group, and it features a different lineup than later ones – with William Bivens on vibes, Claude Bartee on tenor, and Vince McEwan on trumpet. There's a bit more of a pop Latin influence here than on some of the funk outings – but the jazz component is equally high, and even numbers like "Goldfinger" and "Walk On By" come off sounding nice and groovy! The real strength, though, is the original material – which includes the tracks "Vietnam Mambo", "Strange Thing Mambo", and "Just For Kicks", all pretty nice groovers. The album also features a good version of Herbie Hancock's "Cataloupe Island", which is always a treat! LP, Vinyl record album

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Tito Puente & Woody HermanBlue Gardenia ... CD
Laser Light, 1958. Used ... $4.99
A great little meeting of Latin and jazz players – an oft-overlooked album in Puente's catalog of the time! The album features Woody leading a small group of jazz players – including Al Cohn, Paul Quinichette, Billy Byers, and Nick Travis – with extra timbales by Puente and congas by Ray Barretto – and the overall approach is light but tight, with more of a straight jazz component than you'd find on most of Tito's records from the time, but also a wonderfully driven groove that still keeps the rhythms mostly on the Latin end of things! Titles include "Cha Cha Chick", "Tito Meets Woody", "New Cha Cha", "Latin Flight", "Mambo Bambo", "Mambo Herd", and "Fire Island". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaExotica ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time when artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter were taking global sounds and fusing them into more mainstream American music, including jazz – with results that have become legendary over the years! And while Denny, Baxter, and other contemporaries were more involved with mood music, Ra was part of a generation of jazz musicians – such as Yusef Lateef or Wilbur Harden – who were working a richer vein of the territory for jazz – as you'll hear in these wonderful tracks. The set brings together key sides from the earliest Ra recordings, plus some unissued material too – done in the really great style of the other Modern Harmonic reissues in recent years. Unissued titles include "April In Paris", "Paradise", "Star Bright", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Somewhere In Space", and "Cha Cha In Outer Space" – and other titles include "Overtones Of China", "Tiny Pyramids", "The Nile (part 1)", "Kingdom Of Thunder", "Ancient Aiethopia", "India", "Friendly Galaxy", and "Africa" – plus the complete version of "Island In The Sun". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never been released at all – making for the most comprehensive package to ever document this side of his work in a more intimate manner! There's a sensitivity to these tracks that's really amazing – still moments of freedom that reflect Ra's connection to the avant garde of the time – but also echoes of Art Tatum and other stylists who influenced his initial vision in the early days – interwoven with his own sense of cosmic creation, in ways that are similar to his later solo projects – but which didn't often show up in other Saturn material of the time. Some tracks are altered standards, but many others are really great originals – and titles include the unreleased "Soundscapes", "The Eternal Tomorrow", "The Changing Wind", "World Island Festival", "Today Is Not Yesterday", "How Am I To Know", and "Yesterdays" – plus "Caloundronius", "Perspective Prismis Of Is", "Solar Boats", "The Ninth Eye", "Space Towers", "Cognition", "The Galaxy Way", "The Alter Destiny", and "Blue Differentials". CD

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✨✧ Sun RaMonorails & Satellites Vols 1 to 3 – Works For Solo Piano (3LP set) ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1966. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from the legendary Sun Ra – groundbreaking solo piano material, which shows a completely different side of his genius away from his work with the Arkestra! The package presents all volumes of Ra's seminal sides from 1966 – including a third volume, which has never been released at all – making for the most comprehensive package to ever document this side of his work in a more intimate manner! There's a sensitivity to these tracks that's really amazing – still moments of freedom that reflect Ra's connection to the avant garde of the time – but also echoes of Art Tatum and other stylists who influenced his initial vision in the early days – interwoven with his own sense of cosmic creation, in ways that are similar to his later solo projects – but which didn't often show up in other Saturn material of the time. Some tracks are altered standards, but many others are really great originals – and titles include the unreleased "Soundscapes", "The Eternal Tomorrow", "The Changing Wind", "World Island Festival", "Today Is Not Yesterday", "How Am I To Know", and "Yesterdays" – plus "Caloundronius", "Perspective Prismis Of Is", "Solar Boats", "The Ninth Eye", "Space Towers", "Cognition", "The Galaxy Way", "The Alter Destiny", and "Blue Differentials". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaOf Abstract Dreams ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ways with Impulse Records, and mostly recording in a live environment! There's an intimacy to these studio tracks that's a nice difference from some of the more freewheeling live work of the period – moments that almost hearken back to the exotic jazz of the earliest Saturn years of the group, mixed with some other currents that seem to point the way towards the excellent Horo Records material to come – especially in the way Ra is phrasing things on his piano. Most groups are relatively small, and titles include the lovely "Island In The Sun" with Marshall Allen on some great flute; a studio take on "Unmask The Batman", better known from live sets, and a playful tune that hints at the group's work on the Dan & Dale Batman album in the 60s; a spiritual stormer "I'll Wait For You", with great piano from Ra and an excellent tenor solo from John Gilmore; and a take on "New Dawn" with work by Marshall Allen on alto, Elo Umoe on bass clarinet, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone. CD

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Sun Ra & John CageJohn Cage Meets Sun Ra – The Complete Film (DVD & clear vinyl 7 inch single) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... DVD
Modern Harmonic, 1987. New Copy DVD & 7 inch ... $14.99 25.99
A fantastic package – a 7" sleeve that contains the full film of the meeting between Sun Ra and John Cage – legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer Cage and jazz visionary Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if anyone could "jam" with John Cage!) – and instead, both players were on the stage at the same time, but would each step aside to let the other do their thing – Cage would vocalize in these amazing passages that are right up there with the most beautiful vocal work he ever did, alongside some "silent" performances too – and Ra would play keyboard solos that have a beautifully offbeat electric vibe! The package features the full film on DVD for the first time ever – and also includes a bonus 7" single – with the selections "Empty Words & Keyboards" and "Silent Duet 2" – both of them very unusual meetings of the minds. DVD

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✨✧ Gerry Rafferty/HumblebumsWho Knows What The Day Will Bring – The Complete Transatlantic Recordings 1969 to 1971 (New Humblebums/Open Up The Door/Can I Have My Money Back/bonus tracks) ... CD
Transatlantic/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Gerry Rafferty is best known on our shores for one big crossover AOR hit of the late 70s – but overseas in England, his career started much earlier – as you'll hear in this great set of material! The first CD in the set features two albums recorded under the name of The Humblebums – amazing early work from Gerry Rafferty – material that's completely different than his late 70s material that crossed the Atlantic in a bigger way – as the record's got this cool complexity that's not unlike some of the best folk rock experiments that were taking place at the time on Island Records! There's elements of guitar work and songphrasing that maybe also echo the generation of Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, and even John Martyn – but the songs also have some baroque orchestrations at some points, and fuller instrumentation at others – never fully commercial, and always with an acoustic core – and already-wonderful vocals from Raffterty. Titles include "Look Over The Hill & Far Away", "Steamboat Row", "Half A Mile", "My Singing Bird", "Patrick", and "Her Father Don't Lie". Next is the Gerry Rafferty album Can I Have My Money Back – a record that got circulated globally a lot more in the late 70s, to cash in on his rising fame – but which really takes off in a strong way that places him as a key talent in the folk/rock universe of the UK Transatlantic label at the start of the 70s! The songs are tighter and catchier than the acid folk generation – in part because Gerry's vocals are already completely charming, and produced with this compression that hints at Brit modes to come on mid 70s hits – but a lot more down to earth overall. Titles include "New Street Blues", "Mr Universe", "Mary Skeffington", "Make You Break You", "One Drink Down", and "Half A Chance". 2CD set features great notes, and 14 more bonus tracks! CD

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Shorty Rogers & Andre Previn with Betty BennettIn Collaboration – Featuring The Giants & Betty Bennett (Collaboration/Nobody Else But Me) ... CD
RCA/Atlantic/Jazz City (Spain), 1954/1955. Used ... $9.99
2 rare mid 50s collaborations between pianist Andre Previn and trupeter Shorty Rogers – back to back on one CD! The first half of the CD is an instrumental collaboration between the pair – one that's mostly set up in the mode of Rogers style of the time with his Giants group – but which also really sparkles tremendously with the addition of Previn's brightly-colored piano lines! We'd honestly never thought that highly of Andre's work until hearing this set – and his presence here really adds a new dimension to the Shorty Rogers groove of the 50s – a set of tones that spring out wonderfully, and really illuminate the set! Other players include Bud Shank, Milt Bernhart, Jimmy Giuffre, and Bob Cooper – on 13 titles that include "It's Delovely", "Heat Wave", "40 Below", "Claudia", "General Cluster", "Everything I've Got", "Call For Cole", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". Next up is a 1955 vocal album by singer Betty Bennett – recorded for Atlantic, and featuring arrangements and instrumentation by both Rogers and Previn! Betty's got a nice icy west coast cool style of singing – a bit like Chris Connor or June Christy – and players in the group include Harry Klee, Frank Rosolino, Bob Cooper, and Jimmy Giuffre. The tracks are an interesting batch of slighly-exotic numbers, some from shows, and titles include "Sidewalks Of Cuba", "Island In The West Indies", "Tomorrow Mountain", and "Treat Me Rough". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a light stain, booklet is great.)

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✨✧ Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee ... LP
Columbia, 2019. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The deepest, most political album we've ever heard from Raphael Saadiq – a set named after his brother, Jimmy Lee – an addict who died an unfortunate early death! Saadiq takes all the pain from his brother's trauma, and works it into a series of songs that go farther than anything we've ever heard from the singer before – music that still carries that full, rich punch that's always made the mature Raphael far more of a soulful force than we ever would have expected in his youth – but in ways that are tremendously resonant today, and do a fantastic job of linking the personal and the political. Titles include "This World Is Drunk", "So Read", "Kings Fall", "Something Keeps Calling", "My Walk", "Belongs To God", "Glory To The Veins", "Rearview", and "Rikers Island Redux". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee ... LP
Columbia, 2019. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The deepest, most political album we've ever heard from Raphael Saadiq – a set named after his brother, Jimmy Lee – an addict who died an unfortunate early death! Saadiq takes all the pain from his brother's trauma, and works it into a series of songs that go farther than anything we've ever heard from the singer before – music that still carries that full, rich punch that's always made the mature Raphael far more of a soulful force than we ever would have expected in his youth – but in ways that are tremendously resonant today, and do a fantastic job of linking the personal and the political. Titles include "This World Is Drunk", "So Read", "Kings Fall", "Something Keeps Calling", "My Walk", "Belongs To God", "Glory To The Veins", "Rearview", and "Rikers Island Redux". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves and insert.)

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Ryuichi SakamotoThousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... CD
Better Days/We Want Sounds (France), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99
An early moment of genius from Ryuichi Sakamoto – the solo start of a fantastic legacy of electronic music, and a record that's still one of our real go-to discs from his mighty large catalog! The record is a great break from some other, earlier modes of Japanese experimentation – maybe leaner and less long-haired, but also with a sense of wit too – one that's subtle, and never gets in the way with too many simplistic tricks or jokes – but which also really gives the sonic experimentation of the album a nicely down-to-earth sort of vibe. Sakamoto plays a host of keyboards – moogs, Korgs, and others – and the record features slight contributions from some key contemporaries – a mix of guitar lines, percussion, and other elements. Titles include "The End Of Asia", "Plastic Bamboo", "Thousand Knives", "Island Of Woods", "Grasshoppers", and "Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied". CD
Also available Thousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... LP 26.99

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Ryuichi SakamotoThousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... LP
Better Days/We Want Sounds (France), 1978. New Copy ... $26.99
An early moment of genius from Ryuichi Sakamoto – the solo start of a fantastic legacy of electronic music, and a record that's still one of our real go-to discs from his mighty large catalog! The record is a great break from some other, earlier modes of Japanese experimentation – maybe leaner and less long-haired, but also with a sense of wit too – one that's subtle, and never gets in the way with too many simplistic tricks or jokes – but which also really gives the sonic experimentation of the album a nicely down-to-earth sort of vibe. Sakamoto plays a host of keyboards – moogs, Korgs, and others – and the record features slight contributions from some key contemporaries – a mix of guitar lines, percussion, and other elements. Titles include "The End Of Asia", "Plastic Bamboo", "Thousand Knives", "Island Of Woods", "Grasshoppers", and "Das Neue Japanische Elektronische Volkslied". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Thousand Knives Of Ryuichi Sakamoto ... CD 11.99

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Boddhi Satva18 ... CD
BBE (UK), 2020. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 18.99
A double-length collection of work from Boddhi Satva – a retrospective of sorts, as the package features tracks from the past 20 years of his career – but maybe more of a special celebration of his talents, as the album brings together special projects, collaborations, and under-exposed mixes and tracks! As with all Boddhi Satva's music, there's a quality here that matches his African roots and role in the contemporary global scene – music that resonates strongly with the vibe of key collaborators on the package – who, with Boddhi Satva, have helped forge a new sense of cross-cultural growth in house music that will continue for years to come. Titles include "Manda Island" by Afefe Iku, "See The Day" by Alton Miller & Boddhi Satva, "Until Our Work It's Done (Boddhi Satva's ancestral rmx)" by Gabriele Poso, "Born Again (Boddhi Satva & Mr V retouch)" by V, ""Moina Ya Mokili" by Boddhi Satva & Abel Tabu, "Into The Shadows (Boddhi Satva ancestral soul rmx)" by Jay Tripwire, "Mama Kosa" by Boddhi Satva & Kaysha, "Kanga Mutu" by Boddhi Satva & Spilulu with H-Baraka, "Sweet Brown Sugar" by Boddhi Satva with E-Man, "The Depth Of The Source" by Boddhi Satva featuring Yuba, "Belma Belma" by Boddhi Satva & Maalem Hammam, "God Is Love (Boddhi Satva ancestral soul mix)" by DJ Pippi vs Danny Marquez with Marcel, and "Bria's Offering" and "Big Theme" by Boddhi Satva himself. CD

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Raymond ScottThree Willow Park – Electronic Music From Inner Space 1961 to 1971 (3LP set/book) ... LP
Basta (Netherlands), 1960s. New Copy 3LP ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing lost trove of work by electronic music Raymond Scott – sounds that were never issued commercially, and which may well represent the last corner of his genius yet to be explored! The music here was all created in Scott's home studio on Long Island – and is a fantastic blend of playful modes and more exploratory sounds – very much in the spirit of Bruce Haack or Perry & Kingsley at the time, and maybe a bit like the electronic work of Piero Umiliani – but with a weirder, wilder vibe overall! There's definitely a few noisy moments – ala Soothing Sounds For Baby – but many of the tracks are short experiments, and also include some jingles or commercial music too – which makes for a fantastically large array of analogue elements throughout. The package also features detailed notes, and a look at this obscure chapter of Scott's career – a time when he was maybe at his most experimental, with amazing results. Titles include "Ohio Bell Mystery", "Idea 35", "Nice Sound 3", "Cindy Alternate", "The Toy Trumpet (demo 1)", "Rhythm Sample", "Tone Stepper", "Super Cheer", "Baltimore Gas & Electric Test", "Nice Set Up 7", "Cyclic Bit 3", "Sparrows (part 1)", "Ripples (fugue)", and "Auto Lite Wheels (effects)". LP, Vinyl record album
(3LPs in their individual sleeves – plus 20 page book and download!)

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Roland ShawMore Themes From The James Bond Thrillers ... LP
London, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $11.99
A fab set of James Bond tunes – performed by Brit easy maestro Roland Shaw, in a style that's arguably groovier than the original soundtracks themselves! There's some nice instrumental touches on a few of these that push the mood of the set in a good way – and Shaw's also chosen a lot of less-familiar numbers that have a more dramatic feel to them, getting past the obvious cliches of other albums of this type. Titles include "Kingston Calypso", "Thunderball", "Death Of Goldfinger", "Miami", "Spectre Island", "Underneath The Mango Tree", "Tania Meets Klebb", and "Arrival Of The Bomb & Countdown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Skatalites & FriendsPhoenix City – A History Of The World's Greatest Ska Band ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The world's greatest ska band – you bet! Over 50 burning, jumping ska classics, by the architects of the sound, and one of the finest bands on the island – ever! Not everything here was originally recorded or released under the Skatalites name, but every one of these combustible numbers is the genuine article, cut by groups featuring members of the Skatalites or led by blazing hornmen Don Drummond, Roland ALphonso or Tommy McCook, including "Yard Broom", "Backbeat", "Musical Communion (Sly Mongoose)", "Straighten Up And Fly Right", "Dreadnaught", "Eastern Standard Time", "Cool Smoke", "Silver Dollar", "Music Is My Occupation", "Latin Goes Ska", "Guns Of Navarone", "Lucky Seven" and "James Bond". CD
(Out of print.)

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Spencer Davis GroupGimme Some Lovin' ... LP
United Artists, 1967. Very Good- ... $9.99
US pressing of an early Island Records classic – with cuts that include "Gimme Some Lovin", "Hammer Song", "It Hurts Me So", "Somebody Help Me", "Here Right Now", "Trampoline", and "Sittin & Thinkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Vinyl has a click on one track, and cover has some light wear.)

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✨✧ Spooky ToothSpooky Two ... LP
A&M, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Spooky Tooth have grown their hair since the cover of their first album – and they've also grown their sound a bit too – into a brew that's even headier and more powerful than before! The album's still got an undercurrent of soul – and begins with a fantastic drumbreak on the first cut – but these guys are also swirling their basslines, guitars, and keyboards into territory that's unabashedly hard rock – a mode that really has singer Gary Wright opening up with soaring vocals on most of the tracks! The album really represents that full turning of the UK scene from beat group modes into badass territory that's completely unique – a sound that Island Records was perfect to usher in for the group – and the whole thing's got an instant classic sort of vibe, and we've always wondered why it never had a greater place in the rock canon of the period. Titles include "That Was Only Yesterday", "Waiting For The Wind", "Feelin Bad", "Evil Woman", "Lost In My Dream", and "Hangman Hang My Shell On A Tree". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing. Cover has light aging.)

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✨✧ Spooky Tooth & Pierre HenryCeremony ... LP
A&M, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An amazing collaboration between rock group Spooky Tooth and French composer Pierre Henry – a great meeting of the minds that comes out sounding pretty darn groovy! Henry's right at the height of his "Psyche Rock" experiments here – and he inflects the band's darker style with some playful electronics and other cool sounds – really tripping things out at times, and almost creating a slight undercurrent of electric funk at others! The record's almost much more in Henry's style of work than it is in the usual Spooky Tooth one – although the group definitely brings in a brooding energy of their own that really intensifies the record. The album's got an "electric mass" style, but is much wilder than other versions of that genre from the time – and titles include "Hosanna", "Confession", "Prayer", "Offering", and "Credo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink label UK Island pressing in a gatefold cover, with light wear and a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Wendell Stuart & The DownbeatersWendell Stuart & The Downbeaters ... LP
Elite, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A strange bit of Carribean soul from singer Wendell Stuart. Stuart hails from The Bahamas, but this album's got none of the cliches that other albums of the sort usually have – with no steel band, no calypso, and no overdone tropical rhythms. Instead, Stuart's style's a bit like that of Johnny Nash – with some elements of folk instrumentation, and a laidback vocal style that always comes across in sort of a dreamy tone. Titles include "The Last Thing On My Mind", "From Moment To Moment", "Mary Ann", "Island In The Sun", "Shame & Scandal In The Family", and "Always Something There To Remind Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover appears to have been signed by the artist on back.)

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✨✧ Kunihiko SuganoOpa Brazil ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really groovy album from pianist Kunihiko Sugano – a set that has the leader working on Fender Rhodes, but often with a touch that has the sharpness of an acoustic piano – which is then underscored by some strong use of acoustic percussion as well! The album's definitely got the bossa flavor promised in the title – kind of a post-bossa version of the bossa jazz trio style of the 60s – a bit like the records that Tamba Trio and Milton Banana were cutting in the 70s, but maybe even better overall! The percussionists are all great – the album features five of them, all Brazilian – and they work alongside bassist Toni Botero and drummer Elis Siabo. Titles include "Samba Medley", "Mood Island", "UFO", "Midnight Sun Never Set", and "Diane". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Lewis TaylorStoned Part 1 ... CD
Slow Reality (UK), 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groundbreaking album by soul singer Lewis Taylor – his first self-released album, issued on his own after parting company from Island Records! The album's incredible – every bit as great as the albums Lewis Taylor 1 & 2 – and in fact even better, as Lewis has a lot more freedom here to explore his own ideas. The sound is a blend of compressed rhythm and keys, filtered with Lewis' excellent vocals – deeply soulful, and instantly captivating, steeped in a tradition that stretches back to Marvin Gaye, and which makes him one of the best underground soul singers alive today. Songs are sweet, slow, slinky, and seductive – coming off amazingly well, with a deeply soulful production style that's handled a heck of a lot better than the cover! In fact, if the silly cover art's making you worry that the album won't be great, even if you're a fan of Lewis' other work – don't worry, because the music is the thing that really matters, and the whole album here is top-shelf! Titles include "Send Me An Angel", "Stoned", "Shame", "Til The Morning Light", "Positively Beautiful", "Lovelight", and "Sheneverdid". CD
(Out of print.)

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Think TwiceJoy Is Free ... CD
Internal Bass (UK), 1996. Used ... $6.99
In Chicago, Think Twice and Down To The Bone need no introduction, "Staten Island Groove" popping along as the hottest stepper's cut in years. Aside from that track though, this LP is still filled with strong, jazz inflected modern soul, tastefully produced at a crisp mid or up tempo pace. Nine songs, two of them remixed by Down To The Bone, plus the DownTo The Bone version of "Staten Island Groove". Includes "Trust InYou", "Love Don't Let Me Down", "Heaven In Your Eyes" and "Waiting For You". CD
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✨✧ 13th Floor ElevatorsYou & I & Me ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Mid 60s/1976. New Copy 2CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge batch of rare material from one of the freakiest, fuzziest groups of the 60s – all pulled from the archives of Roy Ames, and recorded in Houston and San Francisco in 1966 and 1967 – and mixed here with some equally wild Roky Erikson solo material from 1976! There's not much in the way of detailed notes, but if you love the Elevators as much as we do, you'll love the overall sound – as the whole thing's got a rawness that really shows off that special edge of the group and some of their key Texas psych contemporaries – served up here on tunes that include "You're Gonna Miss Me", "Before You Accuse Me", "Levitation", "Monkey Island", "Reverberation", "Tried To Hide", "The Word", "You Really Got Me", "I'm Gonna Love You Too", "Fire Engine", "She Lives In A Time Of Her Own", and "Kingdom Of Heaven" – plus some radio material too! The Roky Erikson tracks are even more raw, and even include some Dylan and Donovan covers – with titles that include "Catch The Wind", "Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll", "I'll Sing For You", "Don't Sing For Me Lucifer", "Lay Down Your Weary Tune", and "Baby Let Me Follow You Down". CD

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✨✧ Tone-LocWild Thing/Loc'ed After Dark (radio edit) ... 7-inch
Delicious Vinyl, 1988. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Canadian small hole Island pressing.)

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✨✧ Yan TreggerDucks & Drakes ... CD
BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An underground funky gem – one that never made it past the collections of the elite sound library audience in the 70s – but which is well deserving of global acclaim! Yan Tregger works here in this style that's every bit as funky as his contemporaries on bigger library labels, but which also shows a strong love of club music too – not straight disco, at least not in any sort of "easy" way – but a real ear for just the right sort of basslines, keyboard parts, and uptempo rhythms to keep things moving throughout! Given the all-instrumental approach, think of this set as a jazzy take on clubby grooves – or maybe an instrumental funk record for the clubs – with great cuts that include "The Girl In The Gold", "Dawn & Darkness", "Friend Island", "The Last Girl", "Haunting Refrain", "Girls Will Be Girls", and "The Way Of All Flesh". CD

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiLe Isole Dell'Amore (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cinevox/AMS (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet little island-based soundtrack from Piero Umiliani – one that's served up in just the right blend of exotica and jazz! Some elements here resonate with Umiliani's more familiar Italian scores of the time – some sweet keyboards that trip out nicely at a level that's a few notches down from funk, with maybe a bit of bossa in the mix – while others add in a bit more percussion or strings, to flesh things out with some sunnier, more tropical elements that are a nice contrast to some of the other moments. There's a bit of vocals in the mix, but most tunes are instrumental – and titles include "Le Isolle Dell'Amore", "Tamoure Titoli", "Papete Aru", "Vele Al Vento", "Comunita' Hippy", "La Danza Del Turista", "Corale Isole Dal Tema", "Palme E Cocchi", and "Nuku". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy blue vinyl – with bonus insert too!)

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Sarah VaughanCrazy & Mixed Up ... CD
Pablo, 1982. Used ... $3.99
Nothing crazy and mixed up here, but a wonderful later date from Sarah Vaughan – one that's recorded with subtly sophisticated brilliance! The setting is easygoing and relaxed – far more so than most of Vaughan's records from many years past – and backing is provided by Roland Hanna on piano, Joe Pass on guitar, Andy Simpkins on bass, and Harold Jones on drums – all grooving in a warmly rounded mode that seems to further the already-great sound of Sarah's vocals at this point in her career. The record's one you might pass by because of the date, but it's easily one of the greatest Vaughan albums from later years – and tracks include "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "That's All", "Seasons", "Love Dance", "The Island", "In Love In Vain", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
Also available Crazy & Mixed Up ... LP 8.99

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Sarah VaughanCrazy & Mixed Up ... LP
Pablo, 1982. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Nothing crazy and mixed up here, but a wonderful later date from Sarah Vaughan – one that's recorded with subtly sophisticated brilliance! The setting is easygoing and relaxed – far more so than most of Vaughan's records from many years past – and backing is provided by Roland Hanna on piano, Joe Pass on guitar, Andy Simpkins on bass, and Harold Jones on drums – all grooving in a warmly rounded mode that seems to further the already-great sound of Sarah's vocals at this point in her career. The record's one you might pass by because of the date, but it's easily one of the greatest Vaughan albums from later years – and tracks include "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "That's All", "Seasons", "Love Dance", "The Island", "In Love In Vain", and "Autumn Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Crazy & Mixed Up ... CD 3.99

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Tom WaitsHeartattack & Vine ... CD
Elektra, 1980. Used ... $6.99
Tom Waits' final album for Asylum – and one that clearly points the way towards the rawly rhythmic, murky atmospherics of his wilder Island years to come – while still bringing out the woozy, gruff balladeer of the earlier albums! It's kind of amazing that the record works as well as it does, as you can sense the creative restlessness in the distinctly different styles. A great one! Includes "Heart Attack And Vine", "In Shades", "Saving All My Love For You", "Jersey Girl", "Downtown", "Mr. Diegal", "On The Nickel", "Ruby's Arm" and more. CD

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Sadao WatanabeSadao 2019 – Live At Blue Note Tokyo ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $23.99
We've loved saxophonist Sadao Watanabe for many years, through many different styles, and he's still sounding wonderful after all his decades in music – playing live in a laidback quartet setting, in a performance that's very heavy on his own compositions too! The backing is top-shelf, but nicely understated – Russell Ferrante on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums – moving with a gentle swing, but really letting Sadao take the lead on alto sax – blowing soulful, well-crafted solos of the sort that you'd maybe be more likely to hear on this sort of session from a tenor. Titles include "Warm Days Ahead", "Butterfly", "Plum Island", "Tembea", "Waiting Song", and "Early Spring". CD

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Sadao WatanabeSadao Watanabe – The Best (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Disk/Victor (Japan), Late 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $34.99
Late 70s classics from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe – a player who'd been a key part of the Tokyo scene from the late 50s onward – moving through bop, bossa nova, and even a bit of more spiritual styles – before ending up in the electric fusion years that are featured in this set! Watanabe's a mighty tight player, with a long legacy of creative expression – which means that although the setting here might be electric and soul-based, he also brings plenty to bear in his solo work too – some great soulful expressions that often get support from American fusion players like Lee Ritenour, Chuck Rainey, Steve Gadd, Dave Grusin, and Harvey Mason. All the cuts here were originally on Watanabe's Flying Disk releases – and titles include "Samba Do Marcos", "Down East", "Morning Island", "California Shower", "My Country", "Ngoma Party", "Nice Shot", "Just Cruisin", "Massai Talk", "Samba Em Praia", "Malaika", and "My Dear Life". CD features bonus cuts – single versions of "California Shower", "Nice Shot", and "My Country". CD
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✨✧ Ben WebsterLive At Pio's ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
A great small club date from Ben Webster – different than some of his European concerts of his final years, in that this one was done at a lounge in Rhode Island, and maybe has a bit more bite and focus overall! The tracks are short, and Webster gets superb rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Junior Mance on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – who really come out swinging, and push Ben to take some of his boldest solos of the period – plenty of bite throughout, and a fire that you don't always hear on his other 60s recordings. Titles include "Cookin For T", "Sunday", "Pennies From Heaven", "How Long Has This Been Going On", and "Gone With The Wind". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Willie WrightTelling The Truth (150 gram pressing with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Numero, 1977. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a bonus 7" single of Wright's classic "Right On For The Darkness" and "Africa"! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the core record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Son Don't Let Life Pass You By", and "It's Only Life That's All". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie WrightTelling The Truth (with bonus 5" vinyl single!) ... CD
Numero, 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a really unique 5" vinyl single! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Right On For The Darkness", and "Africa". CD

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✨✧ VariousAK79 ... CD
Ripper/Flying Nun (New Zealand), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary compilation from the New Zealand scene – and one that may well have kicked off the huge run of music from the island nation in the 80s! AK stands for Aukland, where all the music was recorded – and 79 stands for the year, 1979 – when all these cuts were done, mostly as demo recordings – but also as a great way to illustrated the unexpected punk rock energy that was bubbling under at the time. Titles include "Saturday Night Stay At Home" and "Megaton" by Suburban Reptiles, "Mysterex" and "True Love" by Scavengers, "Never Been To Borstal" and "She's A Mod" by Terrorways, "Suicide 2" and "I Am A Rabbit" by Proud Scum, "To Love Song" and "Squeeze" by Toy Love, "First In Line" and "True Love" by Marching Girls, and "Hate Me Hate Me" and "Feel So Good" by Spelling Mistakes. CD
(40th Anniversary edition!)
Also available AK79 (40th anniversary red vinyl pressing) ... LP 32.99

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VariousAK79 (40th anniversary red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ripper/Flying Nun (New Zealand), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
A legendary compilation from the New Zealand scene – and one that may well have kicked off the huge run of music from the island nation in the 80s! AK stands for Aukland, where all the music was recorded – and 79 stands for the year, 1979 – when all these cuts were done, mostly as demo recordings – but also as a great way to illustrated the unexpected punk rock energy that was bubbling under at the time. Titles include "Saturday Night Stay At Home" and "Megaton" by Suburban Reptiles, "Mysterex" and "True Love" by Scavengers, "Never Been To Borstal" and "She's A Mod" by Terrorways, "Suicide 2" and "I Am A Rabbit" by Proud Scum, "To Love Song" and "Squeeze" by Toy Love, "First In Line" and "True Love" by Marching Girls, and "Hate Me Hate Me" and "Feel So Good" by Spelling Mistakes. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAngola Soundtrack – The Unique Sound Of Luanda 1965 to 1976 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $14.99
A wide range of electric Angolan music from the late 60s through early 70s – one of the finest compilations yet on the Analog Africa label! The music is a feverish mix of traditional Luandan island rhythms and other regional and global influences – but ultimately the way this sonic tapestry is woven is unique to Luanda and has a style an energy all its own, and too rarely heard on record and all these years later! There's a lot great electric guitar grooves not unlike what was going on in nearby Congolese recordings at the time, Latin and Caribbean percussion and feverishly rhythmic energy, and mix of vocal numbers and instrumentals. Wonderful stuff that's unique to region, but with recognizable global influences – hypnotic, heavily percussive, perfectly danceable rhythms underneath an incredible guitar sound. 18 tracks in all: "Rei Do Palhetinho" by Mamukueno, "Comboio" by Os Kiezos, "Ilha Virgem" by Jovens Do Prenda, "Pachanga Maria" by Os Bongos, "Mi Cantando Pari Ti" by N'Goma Jazz, "Macongo Me Chiquita" by Ferreira Do Nascimento, "Uma Amiga" by David Ze, "Pica O Dedo" by Africa Ritmos, "Massanga Mama" by Africa Show and more. Analog Africa does the material with reverence and deep respect, with a thick booklet of notes and photos, offering a much richer perspective. CD
(Includes original slipcase and book.)

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VariousBody Beat – Soca Dub & Electronic Calypso 1979 to 1998 (3LP set) ... LP
Soundway (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A great set that moves towards the farther reaches of the Caribbean scene in the 80s – music that's much more underground than some of the bigger soca and tropical hits of the time! As you might expect from the Soundway label, the work here is a very unusual, very well-done presentation of a fresh slice of global music – Caribbean cuts that borrow bits from electro soul, house music, and other styles of the time – and weave the newer elements into island rhythms with a very forward-thinking feel! The tunes are heavy on keyboards and beats, yet still have a indie soul sort of charm – and as usual with Soundway, the whole thing comes with very detailed notes on the music. Most tunes are b-sides, dubs, or edits – and titles include "Last Days" by The Millers, "Wild Indian Band" by Andre Tanker, "Zion Gates (dub)" by Mohjah, "I Want Your Love" by Peter Britto, "Hotter & Hotter (dub edit)" by Juno D, "D'Jab Jab Dance (bad lad mix)" by Colin Jackman, "Fighting Soldier" by Cito Jarvis, "Stand Up & Rock Your Body (inst)" by Roger Bain, "Fire (ext dub edit)" by D Ivan, "Body Beat" by Bill Campbell, and "It's Alright" by Adonijah. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
Heavy funk from the Bahamas – a whole bunch of groups that will show you that Nassau had a lot more to offer than The Beginning Of The End! The groove here is totally wonderful – somewhat like American funk of the late 60s and early 70s, but served up with some very unusual rhythmic patterns too – a bit Jamaican at times, but certainly not reggae – and somewhat sunny and Caribbean styled, but not in a way that's cheesy or filled with any hokey island-styled stereotypes. Instead, the tunes are deeply funk and soulful – grooving with plenty of dark edges and gritty instrumentation that's often heavy on the guitar. Many numbers have vocals, and those are great too – and as usual with the Numero label, the whole thing's put together with amazing notes and packaging, so that you get a full history lesson and a heck of a lot of photos to support the music too! Titles include "Gonna Build A Nation" by Cyril Ferguson, "Mustang Sally", "I Am The Man For You Baby", and "Funky Fever" by Jay Mitchell, "Theme From Shaft" by Esquires LTD, "Gimme Some Skin (inst)" by Frank Penn, "Words To My Song" by Dry Bread, "People Won't Change" by Willpower, "Take Five" by Ozzie Hall, "Watcha Gonna Do Bout It" and "The Time For Loving Is Now" by Mustangs, "Honesty Is The Best Policy" by Gospel Chandeliers, and "Don't Touch That Thing" by Sylvia Hall. CD
Also available Cult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ VariousCult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... LP
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99 26.99
Heavy funk from the Bahamas – a whole bunch of groups that will show you that Nassau had a lot more to offer than The Beginning Of The End! The groove here is totally wonderful – somewhat like American funk of the late 60s and early 70s, but served up with some very unusual rhythmic patterns too – a bit Jamaican at times, but certainly not reggae – and somewhat sunny and Caribbean styled, but not in a way that's cheesy or filled with any hokey island-styled stereotypes. Instead, the tunes are deeply funk and soulful – grooving with plenty of dark edges and gritty instrumentation that's often heavy on the guitar. Many numbers have vocals, and those are great too – and as usual with the Numero label, the whole thing's put together with amazing notes and packaging, so that you get a full history lesson and a heck of a lot of photos to support the music too! Titles include "Gonna Build A Nation" by Cyril Ferguson, "Mustang Sally", "I Am The Man For You Baby", and "Funky Fever" by Jay Mitchell, "Theme From Shaft" by Esquires LTD, "Gimme Some Skin (inst)" by Frank Penn, "Words To My Song" by Dry Bread, "People Won't Change" by Willpower, "Take Five" by Ozzie Hall, "Watcha Gonna Do Bout It" and "The Time For Loving Is Now" by Mustangs, "Honesty Is The Best Policy" by Gospel Chandeliers, and "Don't Touch That Thing" by Sylvia Hall. 2LP set also features a bonus instrumental version of "Don't Touch That Thing" by Sylvia Hall! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ VariousEven A Tree Can Shed Tears – Japanese Folk & Rock 1969 to 1973 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the Japanese rock scene at the start of the 70s – one that was going through as many amazing changes as the world of music in the US and UK, but which has always been far out of reach for most listeners in the English-speaking world! The collection's not super-underground – a number of these artists recorded for major labels – but overall, the sounds within will be a fresh discovery for most ears – and a mindblowing one as well, with music at a free-thinking level that rivals some of the best work coming out on hip Anglo imprints at the time – like Harvest, Vertigo, or Island Records! Lyrics are all in Japanese, but all other aspects of the music echo the hippest Brit modes of the period – some folksy acoustic material, reworked with hipper jazzier currents – some broodingly dark sounds that would never have emerged a few years before – and an overall nicely organic vibe that really holds together all the way through. There's no avant, prog, or noisy material – which makes for a tight focus that really makes the whole thing feel very unified – and the notes provide plenty of background for novice English-speaking listeners, too. Titles include "Rokudenashi" by Fluid, "Mizu Tamari" by Fumio Nunoya, "Curry Rice" by Kenji Endo, "Sotto Futari De" by Kazuhiko Yamahira & The Sherman, "Otokorashiitte Wakarukai" by The Dylan II, "Zeni No Koyoryoku Ni Tsuite" by Ryo Kagawa, "Ware Ware Wa" by Tetsuo Saito, "Marianne" by Gu, "Boku Wa Chotto" by Harumi Hosono, and "Konna Fu Ni Sugite Iku No Nara" by Maki Asakawa. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousFree Soul TK ... CD
TK/Solid (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A deep double-dip into the legendary TK Records catalog of Miami Soul – and one that offers up a very different version of the label than you might know from the hits! This 2CD set follows in the best tradition of the Free Soul series from Japan – which means that the collection is filled with unusual tracks that we might have missed otherwise, alongside other numbers that we do know, but which seem to have a really special vibe in this setting – an unpacking of the TK catalog from top to bottom, with a special focus on warmer, more unusual bits of funk and soul. Titles include "Jolie" by Lattimore, "Don't Waste My Time" by Jerry Washington, "Keep It Up" by Milton Wright, "You Knock Me Out" by Wildflower, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone" by Willie & Anthony, "Street Love" by Spats, "Concrete Jungle" by Little Beaver, "Good Good Lovin" by Charles Johnson, "90% Of Me Is You" by Vanessa Kendrick, "I Got Bills To Pay" by Johnny K, "You Can Be A Lady" by JP Robinson, "Love Is A Simple Thing" by Leon Ware, "Island Girl" by Lew Kirton, "Share Your Love" by Herman Kelly & Life, "Ain't Nothin Wrong" by KC & The Sunshine Band, "What Would Your Mama Say" by Facts Of Life, "Jazz Freak" by Paulette Reaves, "Let's Make A Baby" by Funky Brown, "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind" by Freddy Henry, and "How Long" by Brandye. CD

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VariousFrom These Shores – Otherworldly Music & Far Out Sounds From Hawaii ... CD
Aloha Got Soul, 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $11.99
A really unusual little compilation – hardly anything that you might expect when you think of Hawaiian music – but that's kind of the lesson we've also been learning from the Aloha Got Soul label! Instead, the package brings together obscure recordings from the island state – tracks from the 60s, 70s, and 80s – many of which fall into a unique space that's really beyond any sort of easy categorization or genre – described on the cover as "sun-tinged folk" and "soft psych" – two phrases that only get at the tip of the iceberg of what's going on! Much of the music is laidback and mellow, but also has a sunny, breezy vibe that ever keeps things from being too sleepy – maybe touches of Cali soul and rock in the post-folk, post-Sunshine Pop world – but with a special sound that's as far from that scene as Hawaii is from the mainland. Titles include "Waves" by Harry Sonoda, "In Hawaii" by Dennis Soares, "Reb'll Echo" by Richard Reb'll, "Righteous Morning" by Gordon Broad, "Kaimu Sun" by Alice Wise, "Magic Sands" by Mofoya, "Revelation" by Burgess & Brooks, "High Tide" by Eddie Suzuki, "Garden In The Rain" by Merrell Fankhauser, and "How Many Times" by Lyle K'Ang. CD
Also available From These Shores – Otherworldly Music & Far Out Sounds From Hawaii ... LP 18.99

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VariousFrom These Shores – Otherworldly Music & Far Out Sounds From Hawaii ... LP
Aloha Got Soul, 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $18.99
A really unusual little compilation – hardly anything that you might expect when you think of Hawaiian music – but that's kind of the lesson we've also been learning from the Aloha Got Soul label! Instead, the package brings together obscure recordings from the island state – tracks from the 60s, 70s, and 80s – many of which fall into a unique space that's really beyond any sort of easy categorization or genre – described on the cover as "sun-tinged folk" and "soft psych" – two phrases that only get at the tip of the iceberg of what's going on! Much of the music is laidback and mellow, but also has a sunny, breezy vibe that ever keeps things from being too sleepy – maybe touches of Cali soul and rock in the post-folk, post-Sunshine Pop world – but with a special sound that's as far from that scene as Hawaii is from the mainland. Titles include "Waves" by Harry Sonoda, "In Hawaii" by Dennis Soares, "Reb'll Echo" by Richard Reb'll, "Righteous Morning" by Gordon Broad, "Kaimu Sun" by Alice Wise, "Magic Sands" by Mofoya, "Revelation" by Burgess & Brooks, "High Tide" by Eddie Suzuki, "Garden In The Rain" by Merrell Fankhauser, and "How Many Times" by Lyle K'Ang. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available From These Shores – Otherworldly Music & Far Out Sounds From Hawaii ... CD 11.99
 
 
 



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