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✨✧ Narada Michael WaldenGarden Of Love Light/I Cry I Smile/Awakening ... CD
Atlantic/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1979. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of solo albums from Narada Michael Walden – the start of a great run as a solo artist in the 70s! First up is Garden Of Love Light – Narada Michael Walden's first album – and a surprisingly complex approach to spiritual soul, handled with some great guest guitar work by Jeff Beck and Carlos Santana! The approach is somewhere between 70s rock fusion and smooth soul – done with a tight, professional style that persisted on most of Walden's albums from the time. Titles include "You Got The Soul", "Delightful", "First Love", "Meditation", "White Night", and "You Are Love". I Cry I Smile is one of Narada Michael Walden's best albums from the late 70s – a sweet blend of jazz funk and soul, done with a slightly spiritual sound, and lots of nice touches on keyboards! Walden's a bit subtler than some of his contemporaries, but that makes for a album that opens itself up more and more with each listen. Titles include "I Need Your Love", "Oneness Cry", "I Remember", "Soul Bird", "Mango Bop", "I Cry I Smile", and "So Long". Last up is Awakening, one of Narada Michael Walden's most all-star records – stuffed with great guest appearances by singers and musicians that include Bobby Lyle, Greg Phillinganes, The Brecker Brothers, Carlos Santana, Hiram Bullock, The Pointer Sisters, and Angela Winbush! The sound's a bit tighter and more professional – in keeping with the sound you'd expect from such an elite bunch – but Walden's jazzy approach to smooth soul is still nicely in place on the best cuts. Titles include "Listen To Me", "The Awakening", "They Want The Feeling", "Love Me Only", and "Will You Ever Know". CD

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✨✧ VariousLegacy Of Hip Hop East Coast (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony (Germany), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
3CD's worth of music from the classic years of the east coast hip hop scene – not the old school cuts right from the start, but material from the second two decades, when the music was really coming into its own! There's loads of classics here, for a very nice price – including some unusual 12" mixes too. Titles include "You Must Learn (Live from Caucus Mountain rmx)" by Boogie Down Productions, "Summertime 98 (Soul Power rmx)" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, "Nappy Heads (rmx)" by Fugees, "I'm Not A Player" by Big Punisher, "Luchini Aka This Is It" by Camp Lo, "Land Of The Lost" by Cella Dwellas, "Down With The King" by Run DMC, "La Schmoove" by Fu Schnickens, "It's Yourz" by Wu Tang Clan, "Mind Sex" by Dead Prez, "Bonita Applebum" by Tribe Called Quest, "Method Man (home grown version)" by Wu Tang Clan, "Give It 2 You (Easy Mo Bee rmx)" by Da Brad, "Street Struck" by Big L, "Genesis" by Prodigy Of Mobb Deep, "High Expectations" by Common, "The World Is Yours (tip mix)" by Nas, "Everything Is Everything" by Cappadonna, "#1 Soul Brother" by Pete Rock, "Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz theory)" by MOP, "It Ain't Hard To Tell" by NAS, "Put It On" by Big L, "Let's Ride" by Q-Tip, "Survival Of The Fittest (rmx ext version)" by Mobb Deep, "Trouble Man" by Inspectah Deck, "Loud Hangover" by Akinyele feat Sadat X, and "Deja Vu (uptown baby)" by Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz. CD

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✨✧ Keely SmithIntimate Keely Smith (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Most folks know singer Keely Smith as part of a famous 50s duo with Louis Prima – but on her own, the vocalist is maybe even more appealing – and sounds especially jazzy on a wonderful record like this! The album definitely lives up to its "intimate" promise – as has Keely singing with piano from frequent accompanist Jeff Lewis, plus bass from Red Mitchell, drums from Irv Cottler, and a bit of guitar from Dennis Budimir – a very mellow, laidback setting that almost puts Keely into the same territory as Julie London on her best albums! There's a very late nite vibe to the whole thing – and even though Jimmy Bowen produced, he's a lot more hands-off here than on some of the other Reprise dates of the time, avoiding any of the tendencies for a syncopated swing that he might usually show. Titles include "He Needs Me", "Sinner Or Saint", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Somebody Loves Me", "It Had To Be You", and "Time After Time". CD features two bonus tracks – a great duet with Frank Sinatra on "Twin Soliloquies", and the track "No One Ever Tells You". CD

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✨✧ Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD
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✨✧ Oscar Brown Jr.Sin & Soul (And Then Some) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s – but his groove here is also a bit more fluid and lyrical too – thanks to some great lyrics penned by Oscar, some of which went on to become classics over the years. Like his predecessors, many of the tunes chosen by Brown got their start as jazz instrumentals, but sparkle anew here with fresh lyrics that really liven them up a lot – tales of sin and soul and a lot more, often delivered with a good sense of wit. Titles include great vocal versions of "Dat Dere", "Work Song", and "Afro-Blue", plus some of his great original compositions, like "Brown Baby", "But I Was Cool", and "Rags and Old Iron". The arrangements are great, with a nice jazzy sound – and the group includes the excellent Floyd Morris on piano! CD features 5 bonus tracks that include "Straighten Up & Fly Right", "Forbidden Fruit", "World Of Grey", "Mr Kicks", and "Hazel's Hips". CD

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