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Ju-Par Universal OrchestraMoods & Grooves ... LP
Ju-Par, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 15.98
One of THE indie soul treasures of the 70s – a wickedly funky record that blends together jazz, soul, and club – and which stands out with a sound that's all its own! You may well know the tag "moods and grooves" – as the record's had an influence on countless scenes, and has been referenced by many artists over the years. But nothing beats this original set, a sublime batch of electric grooves performed by a core combo of electric keys, bass, and congas – augmented by sweetened strings and some occasional chorus vocals – bad-stepping around the grooves in a mostly-instrumental mode that rivals (if not betters) some of the best funky soundtrack work of the decade! Titles include "Time", "Chicago Calypso", "Funky Music", "Flute Salad", and "Gotta Get-A-Way". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousSwingbillies – Hillbilly & Western Swing On Modern/Colonial/Flair 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's no typo in the title – as the unique phrase "Swingbillies" is a perfect summation of the set – which mixes together rare postwar work from the West Coast scene – cool cuts that are partly western swing, partly early country – and which almost stand as a precursor to the Bakersfield years to come! The music is all from the catalog of Modern Records – an imprint best known for R&B and blues, but one that also really had its ear to the ground for all the new sounds bubbling up in LA after the war – sounds that included a big influx of hillbilly styles that hit the coast in the hands of folks moving westward for jobs and success. Most artists here are relatively obscure, but their work resonates with qualities that both matches the big western swing stars of the period, and some of the excellent early country on Capitol Records – which might be a good comparison to the strength of this set. CD features 28 titles in all – and cuts include "You Just Wait & See" by Chuck Guillory, "Turn That Gun Around" by Rocky Morgan, "Those Wonderful Days With You" by Joe Bean, "I Knew That You Were Foolin All Along" by Jimmie Dolan, "Holiday For Guitar" by Jimmy Bryant, "The Honey Jump (part 1)" by Jody Webb, "Operation Blues" by Homer Clemons, "Big Texas #2" by Papa Cairo, "San Antonio Blues" by Cliff Bruner, and "My Heart Lied To Me" by Ted Shelton. CD

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ClashSandinista! ... LP
Epic, 1980. Very Good 3LP ... $34.99
The longest album ever from The Clash – a stunning triple LP set that really shows the group bristling with new ideas and energy throughout! There's a hell of a lot going on here – some cuts that are every bit as strong as the previous records, others that offer a few mis-steps but in a wonderfully playful way – and a few more that really hit this sort of unique mix of genres and politics that could only be summed up as Clash-like at its best! Bits of hip hop, reggae, new wave, funk, and more mix together beautifully – and the album's got a hell of a lot of charm and character, even if you're skipping past a few of the cuts you don't like as much as the others. 36 tracks in all – and titles include "The Magnificent Seven", "Hitsville UK", "Junco Partner", "The Leader", "Police On My Back", "Midnight Log", "The Call Up", "Washington Bullets", "Broadway", "Rebel Waltz", "Look Here", "The Crooked Beat", "Somebody Got Murdered", "Lose This Skin", "Charlie Don't Surf", "Kingston Advice", "Corner Soul", "Let's Go Crazy", "The Sound Of Sinners", "Living In Fame", "Silicone On Sapphire", and "Career Opportunities". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Hampshire & FoatGalaxies Like Grains Of Sand ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other keyboards – but those instruments are just part of the sound here – as there's also some added strings, tenor, and other elements from time to time – inflecting the music with a visionary quality that reminds us of some of the more freethinking records coming out in the early 70s – especially the kind of small label sets that were years ahead of their time, and only finally getting their due all these many years later. The presentation of the package echoes the style of older Michael Garrick material on the UK Argo Records – and there's definitely a depth here to live up to that spirit, but also a warmer vibe overall. Titles include "How The Nights Can Fly", "Lullaby", "The Solar Winds", "A Long Way Home", and "All Washed Up". CD

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Nilson MattaNilson Matta's Black Orpheus ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $9.99
Maybe the greatest album we've ever heard from bassist Nilson Matta – a set that mixes Brazilian jazz modes with a much more complex approach – all in a style that offers up a really rich reworking of the famous soundtrack to the film Black Orpheus! The original score by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa is augmented by key passages from Matta himself – and other moments feature just spare percussion and cuica, in ways that recall the almost-ethnographic quality of the the original film recording. Yet together, these elements are all interwoven into a rich musical tapestry with a shimmering sense of sound – pulled together from diverse contributions by artists who include Kenny Barron on piano, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Anat Cohen on clarinet, Guilherme Monteiro on guitar, Anne Drummond on flute, and Leny Andrade on vocals. Titles include "Batucada", "A Felicidade", "Samba De Orfeu", "Repinique Interlude", "Ascend My Love", "Violao Interlude", "Hugs & Kisses", "Um Nome De Milher", and "Frevo De Orfeu". CD

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Jimmy McGriff & Junior ParkerGood Things Don't Happen Every Day (aka Dudes Doin Business) ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
Sweet funky blues from the team of Junior Parker and Jimmy McGriff – coming together here in a way that's even groovier than some of their previous work! Junior's got a sweet approach to the lyrics that grooves nicely with Jimmy's Hammond – and the set's got some full and soulful arrangements by Horace Ott that really tighten things up nicely – getting past any of the blues cliches that might ruin things, and instead going for that lean groove that McGriff was really hitting at the end of the 60s! There's more of a soul vibe than a blues one going on most of the time – and titles include "Workin", "Inner Light", "Losing Battle", "Drownin On Dry Land", and "It Ain't What'cha Got". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Junior ParkerLike It Is/Honey Drippin Blues ... CD
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of late 60s gems from the bluesy singer Junior Parker – back to back on a single CD! Like It Is features standout soul from the great Junior Parker – a singer who started out in blues, and already had a big legacy of music for Sun and Duke Records by the time of this Mercury set – but maybe sounding even more amazing here with some soul touches in the backings! The set was produced by Bobby Robinson, and arranged by Gene Bowlegs Miller – and has a Memphis recording pedigree that's a bit like the best way that Stax/Volt was mixing blues and soul in the late 60s! There's still some of the slower-burning Duke moments, but there's also some great sock-soul tracks too – on titles that include "Come Back Baby", "Just Like A Fish", "Country Girl", "Sometimes I Wonder", and "Cracked Up Over You". Honey Drippin Blues is killer work from Junior Parker – an artist who was already great in his early Duke Records years – but one who really seemed to take off even more as the 60s moved on! On records like this, Parker picks up a strong undercurrent of funky soul – a groove that's a perfect fit for Mercury's Blue Rock label – which often did a great job of merging the worlds of blues and soul – especially in the music of Junior Wells. Production has lots of nice Chicago soul touches, and at times Junior's vocals move into a territory that's almost a bit like the groove of Tyrone Davis at the time. Great stuff throughout – and titles include "I Got Money", "Lovin Man On Your Hands", "Easy Lovin", and "I'm So Satisfied". CD

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Little Junior Parker/Bobby Blue BlandDouble Feature – The Barefoot Rock & You Got Me ... LP
Duke, Early 60s. Very Good ... $33.99
Cool LP that brings together Duke singles by Bobby Blue Bland and Junior Parker, in a "double feature" set that devotes a side apiece to material by each of them. The sound is hard bluesy soul, with tracks like "Next Time You See Me", "Wondering", "It's My Life, Baby", "I Smell Trouble", and "Farther Up The Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousWe Got A Sweet Thing Going On Vol 2 ... CD
Soul Junction (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet soul galore – an amazing collection of vocal group numbers from the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – a time when the format was really beginning to take off! Sure, soulful harmonies had been around since the doo wop generation – but during the time of these tracks, artists really started to hit a new sort of sound – one that was especially great at the mellow and midtempo modes of most of these numbers – where vocal interplay was even more complex, and singers could really step out and soar to the heavens! All of these tracks are pretty darn obscure – we'd only heard a few before as rare singles – and the package also features a few unissued tracks, which makes the whole thing essential, even if you're a diehard harmony soul collector with a massive collection of rare 45s. Titles include "This time I'm Gonna Stay" by The Final Chapter, "Just A Part Of Life" by The Five Crowns, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" by The Combinations, "Julaine" by Energy MC2 "The Sun Came Out" by The 21st, "Ain't Gonna Run No More" by The Mighty Lovers, "Vibrations (Made Us Fall In Love)" by Eric & The Vikings, "If I Only Knew" by New Holidays, "Give Your Love To Me" by Wilton Crump, "I'm Coming To Rescue You" by The Final Chapter, "The Thought Of Me Losing You" by The 21st, and "Beating Of My Heart" by The Five Crowns. CD

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BandMoondog Matinee ... LP
Capitol, 1973. Very Good ... $6.99
The Band's surprising step back to their roadhouse roots – paying homage to early rock and rhythm & blues the grew up on, and honed their chops on when in their years as The Hawks! Moondog Matinee features a few great covers that split the difference between the raucous energy of their inspirations, from Chuck Berry to Clarence Frogman Henry to Fats Domino to Junior Parker – and the well-oiled, multi-voice Band groove at near-peak form. Titles include "I Ain't Got No Home", "Holy Cow", "Share Your Thoughts", "Mystery Train", "Third Man Theme", "Promised Land", "The Great Pretender", "I'm Ready", "Saved" and "A Change Is Gonna Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing.)

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Michael Crichton (writing as John Lange)Drug Of Choice ... Book
Hard Case Crime, 1970. New Copy ... $4.99 9.95
Before Jurassic Park, before Westworld, a young Michael Crichton penned this spooky tale of a planned island paradise gone bad – a wrong idea from a biotech corporation gone bad – with all the best mix of science, medicine, and action you'll know from Crichton's more famous thrillers! The book's a tight, compelling read – as pulpy as you'd expect from the cover, but also filled with charming "state of the art" analyses on biological insights, circa 1970 – spun out with surprisingly good explanations, in one of those Crichton narratives that still sends chills down our spine all these many years later. 221 pages, softcover. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Fred KarlinWestworld ... CD
MGM/Chapter III, 1973. Used ... $6.99
A great little movie – with a pretty nice little score! This early Michael Crichton film is quite similar, in overall pacing and theme, to Jurassic Park – but it's much schlockier, as you'd imagine from the time, and from the music on the disc, which is mostly fake "western" themes, in keeping with the fake western setting of the film. Titles include "Hovercraft Muzak", "Chase From Westworld", "Medieval World", "Robot Repair", and "The Gunslinger". CD
(Promo copy. Out of print.)

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MtumePrime Time – The Epic Anthology ... CD
Epic/ (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
James Mtume is an artist with deep roots in jazz – including some excellent spiritual jazz material in the early 70s – but here, he's hitting superstardom in the soul music world – by pairing up with Reggie Lucas for a great run of music from the Mtume group! Lucas also hails from jazz – Mtume met him when they were both working with Miles Davis – and both artists bring something really special to their sound that moves it away from simple commercial soul – a bit like the depth that lays behind Earth Wind & Fire, who have similar righteous roots, but are able to fuse a wonderfully smooth, groovy sound – and there's also a similarity to the late 70s material of Norman Connors, another artist who followed a similar path. This set spans the full run of excellent recordings Mtume did for the Epic label – almost a decade's worth of music, including some other mixes, and a few side projects with singer Tawatha. Titles include "Just Funnin", "Anticipatin", "Mrs Sippi", "Love Lock", "Closer To The End", "Funky Constellation", "The After 6 Mix (Juicy Fruit part 2)", "You Me & He (polygamy mix)", "COD", "Prime Time", "We're Gonna Make It This Time", "The Closer I Get To You", "Kiss This World Goodbye", "It's Non-Functional", "Body & Soul", "Breathless (A&G mix)", "Did I Dream You", and "Would You Like To Fool Around". CD

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Just A FireI Roll High (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Thick, 2003. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Clear orange vinyl.)

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Maury Laws & Jules BassMad Monster Party (colored vinyl) ... LP
Rankin-Bass/Waxwork, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 32.98
Monsters never sounded so groovy! But then again, monsters never had such great animation to get them going – the team of Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, the animated geniuses behind Rudolph The Red Nose Raindeer, and other kiddie classics! The original film featured a host of monster puppets all set in some kitschy 60s comedic settings – and the soundtrack has an equally nutty flair to match the movie! Overall, the tunes have a tight 60s hipster jazz sort of feel – lots of beatnik bongos, guitar, and jazzy riffing – mixed with some vocal numbers that offer up a schlocky take on 60s rock and pop styles. Very groovy throughout, with vocal tracks that include "Mad Monster Party" by Ethel Ennis, "You're Different" by Phyllis Diller, "Our Time To Shine" by Gale Garnett, and "One Step Ahead" by Boris Karloff – and instrumental tunes that include "Mad Monster Party", "Cocktails", "The Bash", "The Baron", and "Waltz For A Witch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl and cover – with bonus insert too!)

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Julius LesterDepartures ... LP
Vanguard, 1967. Very Good+ ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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Les McCannLes McCann Trio – Live In Paris – 28 Julliet 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 29.99
A really great live set from the legendary Les McCann – recorded in Paris at the start of the 60s, and with a much grittier feel than some of his studio records of the time! The tracks are often long, and quite freewheeling – and you really get a sense of what a charismatic presence Les had on the bandstand – as he not only plays with all of the soulful fire you'd expect, but sometimes sings, and also verbalizes with these grunts and calls that really open things up along with his groove! Lyrical lines soar out alongside that heavy left hand groove that made McCann so great – and the trio features his classic lineup with Ron Jefferson on drums and the amazing Herbie Lewis on bass – the latter of whom seems to get a lot more exposure here than on most other recordings! Titles include "Vacushna", "A Little 3/4 Time For God & Co", "Out Of This World", "Oh Them Golden Gaters", "Deed I Do", "Doreen Don't Cry", "Come On & Get That Church", "The Truth", and "I Am Love". CD

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RodrigoConcierto De Aranjuez/Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre – Romero/Previn/London Symphony (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Angel/Hi-Q (UK), 1977. Near Mint- (reissue)... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – by Hi-Q Records! Cover has top and bottom seams that both have a small split.)

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✨✧ VariousUrgent Jumping – East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics 1972 to 1982 ... CD
Sterns, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A decade's worth of music from the East African scene – all sounds put together in a mode that's a great reflection of the huge cultural shift at the time! Languages, instrumentation, and rhythms change up from track to track – and rather than being a key to one musical moment, the set instead illustrates the huge boundary crossings and population shifts during these years of economic boom – a time when musicians and singers were bringing new styles to the east from points south and west on the African continent, then forging new musical modes, shaped by the setting in which they found themselves. The set was put together by London DJ John Armstrong – and comes from the archives of Kenya's AI Records – where many of the titles have lain for decades since their initial release! Titles include "Vicky (parts 1 & 2)" by Orchestre Special Liwanza, "Rafiki Sina (part 1)" by Orchestre Dar International, "Cha Umheja" by Afro 70, "Yenga (parts 1 & 2)' by Orchestre Super Jambo, "Mpenzi Zalina" by Juwata Jazz Band, "Enzi Za Utumwani" by Sunburst Band, "Anyanga" by Victoria Jazz Band, "Denise" by Maquis Du Zaire, ""Dunia Ni Duara (parts 1 & 2)" by Orchestra Moja One, "Rose Atieno" by Kauma Boys Band, and "Nasalaki Nini" by Super Mambo Jazz Band 69. CD

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Onom Agemo & The Disco JumpersLiquid Love (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Agogo (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... $26.99 30.98
Timeless psychedelic dancefloor grooves from Berlin-based quintet Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers! Liquid Love has a pretty unique sound, blending danceable soul jazz and Afro Funk-inspired rhythms & winds with vintage organs & synths – making for a cool mix of moods! It's playful psych soul instrumentals at the core, but the synth tones give it pretty distinctive vibe overall. Includes "Liquid Love", "Opus", "Kurifuna", "The Disco Jumpers" and multi-part epic "Somebody" (Parts 1-4). LP, Vinyl record album

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Rob Agerbeek/Ruud Brink QuartetPardon My Bop ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz (Netherlands), 1989. Used ... $2.99
Sharp-edged work from a cool Dutch combo – one co-led by pianist Rob Agerbeek and saxophonist Ruud Brink – both great players, even if they're not well known over here in the US! Agerbeek's got years of jazz work under his belt by the time of this set – and he plays with a sound that's quickly imaginative to live up to the bop title, but also has a warmer, more sensitive approach too – one that unfolds beautifully as the album rolls on, and makes it much more than just a bop-revival affair. Brink's great too – and mostly plays tenor with a raspy, soulful tone – but also plays a bit of clarinet, and even sings a bit on two tracks too. Remaining quartet members include Harry Emmery on bass and Jo Krause on drums – and titles include "Pardon My Bop", "It's You Or No One", "I Can't Get Started", "Four", and "The Red Door". CD

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