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✨✧ Jay KingHelen's Son ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jay King's had quite a career in soul music – some of it back in the 80s, through his work with Club Nouveau – and lots of it behind the scenes, as a writer, producer, and greater creative force in the business! Yet standing up front here on his own, Jay's maybe in his greatest position ever – really turning into a great mellow soul singer in his later years, and serving up a set of original tracks that should have been classics! Production is tight, but never slick – and there's often some strong use of saxophone next to King's voice – which has a raspy charm as it flows out over the keyboards, on titles that include "Good Kinda Lovin", "Runnin", "Trying To Get You Back", "I'm Where You Belong", "The One", and "Take My Breath Away". CD also features two bonus tracks – "Runnin (Boogie Back radio)" and "Runnin (Boogie Back extended)". CD

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J DillaKing Of Beats Vols 1 & 2 (plus Lost Scrolls EP) ... CD
Pay Jay, 1990s/2000s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99
Formative Dilla beats – raw SP-1200 and Akai MPC material created and cataloged by the legendary producer over the years and served as blueprint/building blocks for some of his most revered productions throughout his career! This being the work of master, it doesn't play like a mere beat tape. Each short jam is stellar mix of beatcraft and subtle sample texture that's a headnodding mood setter and wall shaker unto itself – and a worthy standalone listening experience.. Includes dozens of untitled beats – with 40 on King Of Beats I (Disc 1) heavy on early SP-1200 recordings. Disc 2 features King Of Beats II with 15 later recordings utilizing the Akai MPC, plus 5 more tracks from the Lost Scrolls cassette. CD
 
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✨✧ John Lee HookerKing Of The Boogie (5CD set) ... CD
Concord/Craft, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $62.99 69.99
A mighty tribute to the music of John Lee Hooker – a set that's got a nice batch of work from his important early years, and is especially heavy on Vee Jay Records material – and one that also includes tracks from his later recordings too! The first three CDs here are the meat of the package – as they feature studio work from the early Detroit years onwards, including some tracks recorded with Texas Slim and Delta John, and many more under Hooker's own name too. CD 4 is all live material, and includes a number of unissued tracks – and the final CD features collaborations with The Groundhogs, Canned Heat, Eddie Kirkland, BB King, and others. The whole thing's packaged in a beautiful book-style design – with 54 pages of rare photos and new liner notes – and even if you've got other John Lee Hooker material in your collection, there's still plenty here to love! 100 tracks in all – 8 previously unissued. CD

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Big Jay McNeelyCrazy ... CD
Saxophile, 1950s/1997. Used ... $4.99
Smokin' batch of rarities by one of the giants of 50's tenor playing. The set brings together material from McNeely's King years, plus some other rare stuff – like 78 sessions, and even some live material recorded in Seattle in 1957. 21 tracks in all, including "Salt & Pepper", "Just Crazy", "Rock Candy", "Mule Milk", and "The Goof". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousJay Strongman Presents Popcorn Heartbreak ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great grooves in the classic popcorn soul mode – a special blend of R&B, jazz vocals, early soul, and outright pop – served up on tracks that have a really wonderful groove at the bottom! The popcorn sound is a midtempo stepping one – not as upbeat as Northern Soul, and often with a nice sort of slink in the groove, which lets in jazzier flourishes on the instrumentation, and some occasional Latin touches as well! DJ Jay Strongman's been spinning the music for years – and he's come up with a great selection of tracks that definitely fit the mode – a few familiar numbers, and lots more rare ones – titles that include "So What" by Ray Rush, "The Big Change" by Anna King, "Heartbreak Society" by The Radiants, "River Love" by Hillard Street, "That's Why I Cry" by Varetta Dillard, "I'll Be There" by Damita Jo, "Dreams Never Hurt Nobody" by Jesse James, "A Tear" by Patsie Slater, "Tell Him" by The Gainors, "I Should Have Loved You" by The Sierras, "How Much Land" by Frank Minion, "In The Palm Of Your Hand" by Dolly Lyon, "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep" by Simone Dina, and "You Got Me Crazy" by Lew Conetta. CD
Also available Jay Strongman Presents Popcorn Heartbreak ... LP 18.99

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John Lee HookerI'm John Lee Hooker (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vee Jay/Charly, 1959/1998. Used ... $2.99
Classic Chicago blues issued on Vee Jay – recorded by John Lee Hooker in a handful of sessions over the second half of the 50s – an incredible document of Hooker's lonely roots as well as a benchmark for the band based live blues scenes in the years to come! I'm John Lee Hooker was released at the end of the 50s by Vee-Jay – and in features some tunes with Hooker stamping it out solo, and others with rollicking group setting. Wonderful, legendary work! All the songs are Hooker originals and they include his classic crossover track "Boogie Chillun", plus "Dimples", "Baby Lee", "Crawlin King Snake", "I'm So Excited", "Everynight", "Time Is Marching", "I Love You Honey" and more! CD also features 4 bonus tracks, including "Trouble Blues", "You Can Lead Me Baby", and "Unfriendly Woman". CD

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✨✧ Niney & FriendsBlood & Fire – Hit Sounds From The Observer Station 1970 to 1978 ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
50 heavy cuts of pure niceness from Niney the Observer! Like Lee Perry and Bunny Lee, Niney Holness had the magic touch for coming up with enduring roots reggae and delivering timeless classics from the producer's chair, as this burning 2 disc set covering a nice swath of the man's career shows. You get all flavors of roots here, whether it's sweet vocal numbers, deep dubs and versions or mad dee jay toasting. The set starts out with Niney's signature cut, "Blood & Fire" and it doesn't let up from there. Also includes "Mr Brown Coffin" by Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy, "Rasta Band Wagon" by Max Romeo, "When Jah Speak" by Murt, Turt & Purt, "Message To The Ungodly" and "Rasta No Pick Pocket" by Niney, "Westbound Train" and "Cassandra" by Dennis Brown, "Bring The Couchie Come" by the Reggae Crusaders, "Leggo The Wrong" by Astley Bennett, "I Man A African" by the Sons Of Selassie, "Half Way Up The Stairs" by Delroy Wilson, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Clap The Barber" by Michael Rose, "Dub Roots Of David" by King Tubby's & the Observer, "Flat Foot Hustling" and "Nebuchadnezzar" by Dillinger, "I Heart Is Clean" by Cornell Campbell, "Slave Master" by Gregory Isaacs, "Mr Do Over Man Song" by The Heptones and "Lovers Rock, Ja Style" by Freddie McGregor. CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Abstract OrchestraDilla ... CD
ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing abstract here – as the set's a fantastically-focused tribute to the late Jay Dee – put together in a style that's mostly jazz, but which also has some great vocal touches too! The music's roots are in hip hop, but the presentation here is awash in strong work on saxes, trumpet, and trombone – used over rhythms that are played live, and which have this warm glow that's like 70s jazz funk, filtered through the hop hop generation! Emphasis is on horn solos, but the set also features twin female singers – who provide some chorus vocals, and a warm link between the instrumental modes in a really great way. So maybe consider this both a soul and a jazz remake of the world of Dilla – and a great one too. Titles include "Welcome To Detroit/The Diary", "Dilla Mix 1", "Official/Fall In Love", "Love", "Angel"," King", "Two Can Win", "Raw Sh*t", "Workinonit", and "Stop". CD

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✨✧ VariousWest Coast Funk – From The Vaults Of Canyon/Roker Records ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare funk from the vaults of Canyon Records – a label from the west coast, but one with a heart that's deep deep in the south! Swamp Dogg did a fair bit of work for Canyon, and turned in some of his best deep soul productions of the 70s for the imprint – and lots of the work on that label, and the associated Roker Records follows in a very similar feel – almost a trippier take on the sounds of Stax or Fame, filtered through a west coast sort of vibe. Many of these tracks haven't been reissued in years – if at all – and the collection is filled with gems that include "War" by Franky & The Spindles, "Happiness" by Rudy Love & The Company Soul, "If You Don't Get It Yourself" by Gloria Lynne, "Don't Rain On My Parade" by Vee Jay, "Somebody's Been Loving You" by Jean Wells, "Can I Be Your Squeeze" by Chuck Carbo, "Taking All the Love I Can" by The Chosen Few, "Dark Side Of The Ghetto" by The Four Monitors, "That's The Way It Is" by Loe, "Flipped" by Stanley Turrentine, and "Samba D Jubilee" by King Errisson. CD
 
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Jimmy OwensPeaceful Walking ... CD
Jay-Oh Jazz, 2007. Used ... $8.99
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VariousMen In The Glass Booth – Groundbreaking Re-edits & Remixes By The Disco Era's Most Influential DJs (3CD set) ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $28.99 29.99
An incredible collection – and one that fills in a crucially under-documented side of the New York dancefloor generation – the wealth of special mixes and edits that were made for that city's important DJs for their own use in clubs! The package sorts through a mountain of never-issued acetates, and goes way past conventional disco or rare club collections – to showcase the special mixing talents these DJs brought to their re-presentation of the material – which was usually done on tape, then pressed onto acetate discs for their own private use! Those rare treasures are brought forth here – in a beautiful package that's also overflowing with fantastic notes that finally give this lost history its due – all handled by Al Kent – who's a hell of a mixer himself, as well as an underground club historian. 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and titles include "I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo rmx)" by Leon Collins, "What About Love (Tony Gioe rmx)" by Marboo, "Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Double Exposure, "Inside America (Rick Gianatos disco queen acetate edit)" by Juggy Murray Jones, "Dancing Free (John Luongo rmx)" by Hot Ice, "Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by The Sunshine Band, "Magic Bird Of Fire (Francois Kevorkian Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "It's Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons disco madness rmx)" by Double Exposure, "Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing rmx)" by Fay Hauser, "Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese rmx)" by Love Symphony Orchestra, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Ripple, "I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Ruby Andrews, "I've Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos rmx)" by Lake Shore Drive, "Bumpsie's Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "Janice (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Skip Mahoney, "My Number's Up (Tee Scott rmx)" by The Salsoul Orchestra, "The Love Bug Done Bit Me Again (David Todd rmx)" by Skyliners, "LA Sunshine (Robert Ouimet rmx)" by Aura, "Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Tony Valor Sound Orchestra, "Handsome Ma (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Sparkle Tuhran & Friends, "Love Thang (Tee Scott rmx)" by First Choice, "Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez edit)" by Kay Gees, "Love Is The Message (Tee Scott rmx)" by Brooklyn Express, "Changes (Jellybean Benitez rmx)" by Chain Reaction, "J'Ouvert (Frank Sestito rmx)" by John Gibbs & The Jam Band, "By The Way You Dance (Bobby DJ Guttadaro rmx)" by Bunny Sigler, "It's Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons disco madness version)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. CD

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✨✧ Jay BerlinerBananas Are Not Created Equal ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A silly title, but a funky little record – one of the only ones we've ever seen from guitarist Jay Berliner, and one of the best cookers from the early 70s Mainstream Records years! The sound here is almost soundtrack funk at points – lots of up-front lines from Berliner on guitar – riffing away over backings that include organ and keyboards from Paul Griffin, congas from Ray Barretto, drums from Jimmy Johnson, and additional rhythm guitar from Cornell Dupree. Wade Marcus arranged, and the sound is tight without being slick – a great sort of Kudu Records-styled groove – and an especially nice setting for Jay's guitar. Titles include "Getting The Message", "Stickball", "I'm Still In Love With You", "I Just Want To Be There", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", and a nice cover of Bill Withers' "Use Me"! CD

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✨✧ VariousWhistle Bait – 25 Rockabilly Rave Ups ... CD
Columbia/Sony, Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massive sounds from Columbia Records – a smoking set of rockabilly numbers that the legendary label cut during a time when it was making most of its money selling mainstream pop, classical music, and Broadway showtunes albums! Yet beneath all that big-cash production, Columbia found the time to get some amazing records cut in the studio – searing tracks that still bristle with plenty of power and raw energy all these many years later – and which easily match the fire and frenzy of singles you'd hear from some of the more obscure indies that are always prized by collectors of early rock singles! Some artists are Columbia country singers, stepping out for much more gritty action on cuts like these – others are more obscure rock acts that hit the label's roster far from the clean pop of Mitch Miller – and the CD features 25 gems that include "Whistle Bait" by Larry Collins, "Dig Boy Dig" by Freddie Hart, "Big Fool" by Ronnie Self, "I Got A Hole In My Pocket" by Little Jimmy Dickens, "Romp Stompin Boogie" by Jaycee Hill, "Good Rockin Baby" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Mean Mama Blues" by Marty Robbins, "I'm Comin Home" by Johnny Horton, "Ah Poor Little Baby" by Billy Crash Craddock, "Hoy Hoy" by Collins Kids, "Everybody's Rockin" by Werly Fairburn, "Rawhide" by Link Wray, "You're Humbuggin Me" by Lefty Frizzell, and "Ugly & Slouchy" by Maddox Brothers. CD

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Steve Beresford/David Toop/John Zorn/Toni MarshallDeadly Weapons ... CD
Nato (France), 1986. Used ... $9.99
One of John Zorn's great genre-crossing projects of the 80s – a really playful and extremely experimental batch of tracks done in the very open freedom of the legendary Nato label! The set features Zorn on alto sax and clarinet, plus a host of other interesting musical elements – and it's a very collaborative effort, with Steve Beresford on keyboards, trumpet, guitar, and a million other things – definitely in his more avant side of the spectrum – plus David Toop on guitar and a range of other sonic sources – and vocalist Tonie Marshall, whose contributions are often nice and subtle. There's a great sense of energy here that really recalls the optimism of this moment in music – a time when it seemed that just about anything was possible on sessions like this! Titles include "Dumb Boxer", "Lady Whirlwind", "Shockproof", "Du Gris", "King Cobra", "Chien Pei Pei", and "Jayne Mansfield". CD
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Al CaseyDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Jumpin' With Al ... CD
Black & Blue/Night & Day (France), 1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A really unusual album from guitarist Al Casey – a player who uses an acoustic instrument here, but plays in a jazz-based mode – yet one that's a bit different than you might expect! Al's got a spacious approach, and really leans into the notes – almost like an acoustic blues musician, but with the fluidity of a jazz artists – working in two different settings for the record! Half the set's got Al's guitar alongside the piano of Jay McShann – in a rootsy setting that's really wonderful, and so stripped down you can actually hear some humming and grunting along with the rhythms. The other half of the record expands the group a bit more – with Milt Buckner on piano, plus bass and drums – and the very unusual presence of Jimmy Slide tap dancing a bit, too. Casey's tone is still the same as before, although maybe slightly more dynamic – and titles include "One Woman's Man", "Rosetta", "Willow Weep For Me", "If You Ain't K", "I Wish I Knew", and "Just You Just Me". CD features the unreleased track "Pousse Cafe" – plus bonus alternate takes! CD

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John Lee HookerTravelin' ... CD
Vee Jay, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Rough and raw blues from John Lee Hooker – recorded with plenty of emphasis on gritty guitar and vocals, backed by a nicely understated rhythm section! The overall feel is a bit rootsier than some of the other blues work coming out from Chicago labels at the time – and Hooker's right at home in this lean, mean setting – working in the kind of groove that made him a bit influence on a younger generation in the 60s. Titles include "No Shoes", "I'm A Stranger", "Goin To California", "Dusty Road", "Solid Sender", "Sunny Land", "Whiskey & Wimmen", and "Run On". CD
(90s Vee Jay pressing. Out of print.)

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RodinaEx-Anima ... CD
Now Again, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Very cool sounds from Jay Whitefield of The Whitefield Brothers – an artist you might know from his funky work in that group, and in the excellent Poets Of Rhythm and Karl Hector & The Malcouns – three combos that were always dedicated to reworking the best funky styles of the 60s and 70s! Here, though, Jay's on a completely different path – one that's very strongly inspired by the more meditative side of Krautrock in the 70s – those records that slowed things down, opened them up, and let the instrumentation find its own sort of special space – often extending into side-long tracks, or tunes that work together as a complete whole. The latter is the approach here – as Whitefield and his musical partner Johannes Schleiermacher work through a brace of keyboards, electronics, guitars, flute, percussion, and other odd instruments – almost exclusively in an instrumental mode, and with the kind of presentation and production to rival vintage albums on the Brain or Egg labels. Titles include "Burgerpark", "Overtones Of Ling", "Dark Echoes", "Neusi", "Makifamba", and "Drohne Zuruck". CD
Also available Ex-Anima (with bonus download) ... LP 18.99

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Nina SimoneIn Concert/I Put A Spell On You ... CD
Philips, 1964. Used ... $5.99
2 classics by Nina Simone! In Concert features Nina recorded live on a variety of familiar numbers, but in that incredible mode that always transforms songs completely, lifting them from their roots and turning them into amazingly fierce proclamations of power and emotion! Includes a great reading of Nina's classic "Mississippi Goddam", plus "Plain Gold Ring", "I Loves You, Porgy", "Don't Smoke In Bed", and "Go Limp". I Put A Spell On You has Nina working in that unique crossover style she was using in the mid 60s – a blend of jazz and soul arrangements that was perfect for her intimate folksy style. Includes a classic rendition of "Feeling Good", plus "Take Care Of Business", "Gimme Some", Jacques Brel's "Ne MeQuitte Pas" and the title track, "I Put A Spell On You", which is an incredible reworking of the classic by Screaming Jay Hawkins! CD
(Out of print.)

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Nancy WilsonTurned To Blue ... CD
MCG Jazz, 2006. Used ... $4.99
A recent album by Nancy Wilson – but a really great one too, and a set that takes her back to the jazziest style of her roots! The record's a simple, unadorned affair – with smaller combo jazz backings on most numbers, arranged by John Wilson, Jay Ashby, and Llew Matthews – all of whom bring in a gently soulful sound that's more than enough to earn the record it's "blue" in the title! Soloists include Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Hubert Laws, Dave Samuels, and Bob Mintzer – all of whom flesh out the tracks with a deeper instrumental sound, and help get past some of the too-hollow styles that marred some of the other Nancy Wilson records from later years. Titles include "Be My Love", "Knitting Class", "Take Love Easy", "This Is All I Ask", "I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up", "Old Folks", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Turned To Blue", and "Just Once". CD
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Various20 Years Of Henry Street – The Definitive Collection (5CD set) ... CD
Henry Street/BBE (UK), 1990s/2000s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $25.99 26.99
20 years of inventive, profoundly soul and funk infused, floor shaking dance music from Henry Street Music – given a top shelf anniversary showcase in conjunction with BBE! Since first breaking ground in the mid 90s, Henry Street has been there for some of best dancefloor guru's of their day, including Todd Terry, DJ Duke, Armand Van Helden, DJ Sneak, Kenny Dope, and Johnick to name but a few – with classic house rooted, but future ready grooves that stand the test the test of time. These tracks will continue to rock dancefloors until the end of days! This epic 5CD set has more than 6 hours of music – with "The Bomb" (Kenny Dope Presents The Bucketheads 2), "The Funk Phenomena" (Armand Van Heldon Presents Old School Junkies), "Play The World by Jonick, "Snow Me The Way" (DK Sneak Presents The Polyester EP), "Walk 4 Me" (Robbie Tronco Presents Tronco Traxx), "Feelin' It (Rhythm Section Main Mix)" by Groove Culture feat Arnold Jarvis, "Feel The Thunder (Tommy Musto Mix)" by Stron Jay, "Byrdman's Revenge" (Mike Delgado PresentsThe Upstairs Lounge), "Like That" (Mike Rizzo Presents Tiger Blood, "Steal Your Love" by BQE and "D2-D2 (Timmy Register Shelter Mix)" by DJ Duke/Roland Clark and many, many more by E-Smoove, Ray Roc, Norty Cotto, Ralphi Rosario, Dirty Harry and others. CD

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VariousBirth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The Detroit soul scene at the start of the 60s – music from a time before Motown was dominating the city's reputation, and a whole host of other great labels brought the motor city sound to the masses! The work here is quite a surprise if you're only thinking in terms of Northern Soul and some of the more uptempo Detroit groovers – as the work here burns on so many different levels – often with a style that reflects some of the nascent soul coming out of Chicago on labels like Chess and Vee Jay, the latter of whom is featured here amidst a range of other imprints that include Wand, Atlantic, Scepter, Time, Old Town, and Brent – all of whom released some of these early Detroit soul tracks as singles back in the day. In true Ace/Kent fashion, the set also features a few unreleased gems, plus a wonderful set of notes on the city's soul scene – alongside tracks that include "Nosey Folk" by The Del-Phis, "Answer Me" by Vivian Collins, "Can't We Get Together" by Harry Reid, "Here I Am" by Betty Lavette, "Shakin Fit" by The Pyramids, "That's No Way To Spend My Time" by The Pen Ettes, "Wedding Bells" by Melvin Davis, "You Lied" by Marva Josie, "Think A Little Sugar" by Barbara Lewis, "Just One More Time" by JJ Barnes, "My Letter" by Priscilla Page, "I Know How It Feels" by Laura Johnson, "I'm A Lonely Guy" by Timmy Shaw & The Sternphones, "Come Back To Me" by La Wanda William, "I Cried For My Last Time" by The Sonnettes, and "Tears Running & Falling From My Eyes" by James Lately. CD

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VariousR&B On Lakewood Boulevard – Rare & Unreleased Rhythm & Blues From Southern California ... CD
Downey/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
An overlooked source of soul from the west coast scene – rough-edged material recorded by the small Downey family of labels – a company that's mostly known for its bigger hits in rock and roll at the time! Downey had a great flurry of instrumental rock hits in the early 60s – but at the same time, the company was also cutting a bit of the late R&B and early soul material that never got the right sort of exposure on the LA scene – tracks that would have ended up on Chess, Motown, or Atlantic if the artists had been working back east – but which instead had to find an outlet in the busy recording schedule of Downey. A number of these tracks circulated as singles back in the day, but far more were lost to the shifting sands of time – and either appear here for the first time, or saw brief release in later years since their recording – certainly never in a format this well-done. The package features a whopping 26 tracks in all – plus detailed notes on the legendary Downey studios and store, and the unique story of the music as well. Titles include "Midnight Bells Are Ringing", by T-Bone Walker Jr, "She Wobbles When She Walks" and "Jaywalkin'" by Paul Clifton, "Leave My Woman Alone" by Ace Holder, "Too Young" by Boyce Cunningham, "TV Guide" by Jessie Hill, "Stop Fooling Around" by Little Johnny Taylor, "I Hope That It's Me" by Little Caesar & The Ark Angels, "Down The Street" and "TV Guide" by Jessie Hill, "Laura" and "Fare Thee Well" by The Debonaires, and "Night Scene" by Chuck Higgins. CD

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✨✧ Native SonCoast To Coast – Native Son Live In USA (with bonus track) ... CD
JVC (Japan), 1980. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime live work from this legendary fusion combo – a group who were to Japanese jazz what the Crusaders were to the US at the end of the 70s! The album features the group recorded live in the US – working in especially soulful territory that features lots of Fender Rhodes and clavinet from Takehiro Honda – plus great horn lines that flow, soar, and sparkle wonderfully with a perfect balance between tightness and soulful expression. This Japanese version features the full double-length album – not issued in the US – with a total of 9 tracks that include "Coke Screw", "Jay Walk", "Super Safari", "Autumn Dreams", "Racing Around", "Wind Jammer", and "Orange Sunrise". CD
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✨✧ Buddy TerryLean On Him ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the fullest albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a set that has him blowing along with a set of soulful larger backings – sometimes with a bit of gospel overtones as well! The lineup on the album's pretty darn hip – players who include Larry Willis on electric piano, Jay Berliner on guitar, Ernie Hayes on organ, Wilbur Bascomb on Fender bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and Lawrence Killian on percussion – plus added vocals from a group that includes Dee Dee Bridgewater, Alphonse Mouzon, and Peaches Wilson! Buddy arranges and conducts – and while his tenor and soprano get some space in the arrangements, the overall sound is more focused on the full spirit of the group. Titles include "Lean On Me (Lean On Him)", "Love Offering", "Inner Peace", "Amazing Grace", "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", "Holy Holy Holy", and "Climbing Higher Mountains". CD

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✨✧ Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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✨✧ Al CaseyDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Jumpin' With Al ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual album from guitarist Al Casey – a player who uses an acoustic instrument here, but plays in a jazz-based mode – yet one that's a bit different than you might expect! Al's got a spacious approach, and really leans into the notes – almost like an acoustic blues musician, but with the fluidity of a jazz artists – working in two different settings for the record! Half the set's got Al's guitar alongside the piano of Jay McShann – in a rootsy setting that's really wonderful, and so stripped down you can actually hear some humming and grunting along with the rhythms. The other half of the record expands the group a bit more – with Milt Buckner on piano, plus bass and drums – and the very unusual presence of Jimmy Slide tap dancing a bit, too. Casey's tone is still the same as before, although maybe slightly more dynamic – and titles include "One Woman's Man", "Rosetta", "Willow Weep For Me", "If You Ain't K", "I Wish I Knew", and "Just You Just Me". CD features the unreleased track "Pousse Cafe" – plus bonus alternate takes! CD

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✨✧ Main IngredientEuphrates River ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great, far-reaching album from Main Ingredient – a group best known for their early 70s singles, but come up with a wonderfully complex batch of tunes for this album from 1974! The set shows the group taking some cues from some of the hipper contemporaries of the time, and pushing past a stock hit formula in the best possible way. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ VariousSwingin' Dick's Shellac Shakers Vol 1 & 2 – Hot Jive, Jumpin' Jazz & Big Band R&B 78s ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), 1930s/1940s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not the kind of record you might expect – neither a porno session, or a collection of work by artists named Richard – and instead, a sweet stack of rare tracks originally issued on 78rpm shellac – working together here in jiving jazzy brilliance! The work here is from the swing generation and beyond – with a strong focus on the sorts of sounds that would set the tone for the jump jive and R&B generation – including some especially nice vocal tracks! CD features 20 tracks in all – and titles include "Jam Man" by Slim Gaillard, "The Minor Drag" by Fats Waller, "I Got Rhythm" by Horace Henderson, "Old Joe's Hittin The Jug" by Stuff Smith & His Onyx Club Orchestra, "Caledonia" by Woody Herman, "Voodoo Woman Blues" by Jay McShann, "The Little Goose" by Rex Stewart's Big Eight, "Ball Of Fire" by Gene Krupa, "Bunch Of Rhythm" by Horace Henderson, "Root Hog Or Die" by The Harlem Hamfats, "Rip Up The Joint" by Sidney Bechet, "Jive" by Cab Calloway, "All The Cats Join In" by Roy Eldridge, "Raid The Joint" by Erskine Hawkins, "Harlem Rhumbain" by Hot Lips Page, and "Who Said Shorty Wasn't Coming Back" by Lucky Millinder. CD

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✨✧ Aaron NevilleMy True Story ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... Out Of Stock
The legendary vocals of Aaron Neville – heard here in one of his most old-school sessions in years! The songs are all vintage R&B – material that even pre-dates Neville's famous years in New Orleans soul, and which goes back to a late 50s/early 60s genre that seems to fit Aaron's sound wonderfully! Things are never schmaltzy at all, and the recording quality is great – mostly just small group backing, with lead guitar from Keith Richards – and backup vocals from older doo wop legends like Bobby Jay and Eurgene Pitt! Titles include "Work With Me Annie", "Gypsy Woman", "Ruby Baby", "My True Story", "Be My Baby", "Money Honey", and "Under The Boardwalk". CD
 
 
 



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