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✨✧ J DillaKing Of Beats Vols 1 & 2 (plus Lost Scrolls EP) ... CD
Pay Jay, 1990s/2000s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
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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VariousBaton Label – Sol's Story ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Baton may not be as well-remembered as Chess, Vee Jay, Old Town, or King – but back in the 50s, the small company was one of the greatest indies working on the New York R&B scene – a treasure trove of music by a select group of artists. Baton was headed by Sol Rabinowitz (hence the title of this set) – a man trained with a good ear for the best of the up-and-coming, and who often recorded work that had a much more deeply soulful sound than you'd expect for New York scene at the time. Sol tells his own story in the notes – and the CD features 28 tracks in all, with titles that include "Each Day", "Easy Easy Baby", "My Tearful Heart", and "You're Mine" by Ann Cole; "Lonely Nights", "Oo Wee", and "Gone Gone Gone" by The Hearts; "Hard Times" by Noble "Thin Man" Watts; "I Remember", "TV Baby", and "I Told Them" by The Suburbans; "A Thousand Stars", "For Sentimental Reasons", and "Deep Down Inside" by The Rivileers; "The Things I Love" by The Fidelitys; "I Remember Dear" by The Mello Maids; and "Careless Love" by The Pilgrims. CD

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VariousDon Letts Presents The Mighty Trojan Sound ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Don Letts has always been a mover and shaker on the London scene, building connections between the punk movement and helping a lot of Jamaican artists get signed to British labels, so it's only fitting that he should be tapped as selector for a collection of tracks from the deep, deep Trojan vaults. Like his Social Classics comp, this awesome 2 disc set is a tremendous selection of vocal, dee jay, instrumental and dub cuts, some well known, but many more obscure and still great nuggets. 44 tracks, all killer, no filler! Includes John Holt "It's A Jam In The Streets", Big Youth "Foreman Vs Frazier", Hopeton Lewis "Boom Shacka Laka", Shorty "President Mash Up The Resident", Glen Washington "Rockers No Crackers", Junior Byles "Fever", Lloyd Robinson "Cuss Cuss", Gregory Isaacs "Mr Know It All", The Hippy Boys "Doctor No Go", Karl Bryan "Soul Scorcher", Harry J All Stars "The Liquidator", The Chosen Few "Theme From Shaft", The Aggrovators "Channel One Is A Joker", Boris Gardiner "Elizabethan Reggae", King Tubby "I Trim The Barber", Dave & Ansell Collins "Double Barrel", Scientist "Scientist (Stalag 17)", Linval Thompson "Jamaican Callie (version)" and Prince Jammy & The Aggrovators "Out Of Order". CD
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VariousLeiber & Stoller Story Vol 3 – Shake Em Up & Let Em Roll – 1962 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The 3rd volume in Ace's great exploration of the career of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller – and most likely the best so far! By this point in their career, Leiber & Stoller were totally at the top of their game – buoyed on a huge wave of previous hits, and able to really get creative once again in the studio – exploring their new interest in South American rhythms, their love of tight orchestrations, and appreciation for deeper-voiced soul singers – all in a flurry of lesser-known singles that offer up a refreshing antidote to some of their over-played hits! About half the tracks here are soul singles, and the rest are 60s pop, rock, and vocal numbers – written by the pair, and mostly produced by them. Titles include "It's So Exciting" by The Exciters, "His Kiss" by Betty Harris, "My Heart Said Do The Bossa Nova" by Irene Reid, "You Can't Love Em All" by Solomon Burke, "Keep It Up" by The Soul Brothers, "Only In America" by Jay & The Americans, "Down Home Girl" by Alvin Robinson, "The Gunfighter" by Tommy Roe, "Bull Dog" by The Shangri-Las, "Jackson" by Johnny Cash & June Carter, "Flying" by Carmen McRae, "Where's The Girl" by Ben E King, "On Broadway" by Jimmy Scott, "Is That All There Is" by Peggy Lee, and "Brother Bill" by The Honeyman. CD

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VariousWest Coast Funk – From The Vaults Of Canyon/Roker Records ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
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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✨✧ VariousJay Strongman Presents Popcorn Heartbreak ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 26.99

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✨✧ Augustus Pablo & OthersAugustus Pablo Presents Rockers International – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
17 North Parade, Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Legendary sounds from the great Augustus Pablo – the Rockers International selection of some of his best music from his too-short career – both instrumental tracks that feature his own haunting melodica solos, plus other performances with key vocal collaborators at the time! Pablo helms the music throughout – sometimes with the spooky, eerie quality of his own records – sometimes with a bit more of a roots style, but one that's always filled with great little twists and turns – if not melodica, then Augustus on organ or keyboards too. There's a huge amount of tracks on this 2CD set – and titles include "The People Of This World" by Sister Jam, "El Rockers Chapter Four" by Rockers All Stars, "El Rockers Chapter One" by Jay Iny, "Three Men In A Truck Back" by Delroy Williams, "Protect Them" by Norris Reid, "Away With You Fussing & Fighting" by Junior Delgado, "False Rasta" by Jacob Miller, "Black force" by Norris Reid, "1 Rutland Close" by Pablo All Stars, "Changing World" by Earl Sixteen Daley, "Zion A Fe Lion" by Jah Levi, and the tracks "King David's Melody", "El Rockers Chapter Three", "Cool Melody", "Destiny", "Cassava Piece", and "555 Crown Street" – all by Pablo himself! CD
 
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Jay Z & Kanye WestWatch The Throne ... CD
Def Jam, 2011. Used ... $5.99
The long-teased, finally delivered joint full length from Jay-Z and Kanye West. It's impossible to consider the music purely on its own terms given the outsized personalities and absolutely gigantic presences of both – which makes it pretty fascinating. It's definitely not on the level of the best solo albums by either force, but it's probably a whole lot better than it's being dismissed as in some circles. Bottom line – it's worth picking up. We'll see how history treats it. Includes "No Church In The Wild" feat Frank Ocean, "Lift Off" with Beyonce, "Ni**as In paris", the single "Otis" with that reanimated Otis Redding vocal, "Gotta Have It", "New Day", "That's My B**ch", "Why I Love Yu" feat Mr Hudson and more. CD

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Jay-ZAmerican Gangster ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2007. Used ... $2.99
A recommitted Jay-Z is back on his game with American Gangster – referencing the '07 film in spots, but this is no soundtrack – it's a return to solid hip hop from the biggest name in the game! American Gangster takes a couple minutes to get rolling, but once the hard hitting "Hello Brooklyn 2.0"w/Lil' Wayne hits the speakers you know well that the ruler's back! Nothing on the perceived soft comeback album Kingdom Come approaches the deft wordplay on AG – and the beats are solid, and not at all geared for the pop charts or beer commercials. Diddy, along with partners LV & Sean C handle around half of all the beats, and it's good stuff. For real. Titles include "Pray", "American Dreamin'", "Sweet", "I Know", "Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)", the killer "Success" feat Nas (produced by No ID), "Fallin'" and more. Plus 2 bonus tracks "Blue Magic" and "American Gangster" CD

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Jayo FelonyTake A Ride ... CD
JMJ/Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $9.99
The mid 90s debut of San Diego MC Jayo Felony – with gritty street centric rhymes and a flow that falls comfortably between the laidback and more manic styles of period west coast gangsta rap of the period. Take A Ride is extra notable for a prominent behind the scenes figure – the legendary Jam Master Jay – working here as a producer in a style that's far removed from the vibe he pioneered in Run-DMC's a decade + earlier! Includes "Lock Down", "The Loc Is On His Own", "I'ma Keep Bangin'", "Homicide", ":Love Boat", "Sherm Stick", "Day 1", "Can't Keep A Gee Down", "Penitentiary Bound", "They Got Me On Medication", "Funk 2 Da Head", "Take A Ride". CD

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Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
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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Sue RaneyDreamsville – The Music Of Henry Mancini ... CD
Discovery (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $21.99
Henry Mancini's best remembered as one of the most important instrumental film composers of the 60s and 70s – but the man also gave us a fair bit of vocal gems, too – great cuts that were co-composed with lyricists who include Johnny Mercer, Leslie Bricusse, Jay Livinston, and the team of Alan & Merilyn Bergman! All those talents are well-represented here – in a sparkling set of vocal tunes from the pen of Mancini – sung by the great Sue Raney in a jazzy mode that really keeps things swinging, as do the arrangements of Alan Broadbent – who leaves in all the complex tones and colors Hank's tunes, but makes them step out nicely for Sue! Titles include great readings of "Dreamsville", "Mr Lucky", "Whistling Away In The Dark", "Little Boys", "Two For The Road", "Loss Of Love", and "Life In A Looking Glass". CD

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Lou RawlsLove All Your Blues Away ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
The voice of Lou Rawls is wonderful in so many different settings – in early gospel work with the Pilgrim Travelers, in 60s soul with HB Barnum and David Axelrod, and even hitting a Philly groove in the late 70s! Here, Lou takes on a whole new sound – working with more of an 80s soul approach set up by Jay Gradon and David Foster – smooth, but never soppy – and with nicely punctuated rhythms that have a midtempo stepping quality on most numbers – all to open up a new sort of groove for that magical Rawls vocal sound! Lou also brings some jazzy styles to play – almost previewing his work to come in the next few years – and titles include "Change Your Mind", "Are You With Me", "Love All Your Blues Away", "It Never Entered My Mind", "Learn To Love Again", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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Gene ShawDebut In Blues (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $31.99
Beautiful! Trumpeter Gene Shaw is one of the most overlooked talents in jazz from this era – and this is one of his greatest albums! After running away from Charles Mingus during the Tijuana Moods sessions (Mingus threatened to kill him), Clarence Shaw moved to Chicago, started using his middle name of "Gene", and started working with a bunch of musicians that were all geniuses in playing and composition – but who never really made a name for themselves outside of the city. This rare Argo album captures that scene perfectly, and features Shaw's trumpet on 8 fantastic original tracks – deftly shifting between modernism and soul jazz, in a mode that's incredibly sophisticated for the time. Many tracks are written by Jim Taylor, the excellent young pianist in Shaw's group – and other players include Herb Wise on trombone, Jay Peters on tenor, Sid Robinson on bass, and Jerold Donavon on drums. Titles include "Debut In Blues", "Karachi", "The Gentle Princess", "Travelog", "Not Too Cool", and "Who Knows". CD
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Mike SternStandards (& Other Songs) ... CD
Atlantic, 1992. Used ... $4.99
A really nice surprise from guitarist Mike Stern – a set that definitely delivers the standards promised in the title, and also creates a new sort of classic sound for Stern's guitar! Mike still plays with some chromatic modes that have that wider, arier sound of the guitar – but other moments focus on more of a tight line, deftly soloing on standards, almost taking Stern back to jazz of the generation before he got his start. There's still a few more contemporary moments on the set – and the lineup includes Al Foster on drums, Jay Anderson on bass, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gil Goldstein on keyboards, and Bob Berg on saxes – on titles that include "Peace", "Windows", "Straight No Chaser", "Like Someone In Love", "Lost Time", "Nardis", and "Moment's Notice". CD

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StormersLovers Song ... CD
Tabansi/PMG (Austria), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the four piece combo seem to take all the best elements from the bigger American funk ensembles, then fuse them down to a wickedly sharp core – with basslines, guitar, and keyboards all working with an amazing edge – and none of the too-commercial elements that might have been showing up on the US scene at the time! Vocals are in English – which should have made this record a crossover international funk hit – and the whole thing can kick the ass of just about any early 80s funk album on the planet. Titles include "Sexy Woman", "Atlantic Breeze", "Be A Lover", "Super D Jay", and "Love Or Money". CD
Also available Lovers Song (with bonus download) ... LP 23.99

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SupersaxChasin The Bird ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1977. Used ... $9.99
Bop modes, updated strongly for the 70s – and played by a hip group of older players who really know how to cook! Supersax is led by Med Flory on alto, who also did the arrangements – and works here with great reed help from Warne Marsh and Jay Migliori on tenor, Joe Lopes on alto, and Jack Nimitz on baritone – plus soaring sounds from Conte Candoli and Blue Mitchell on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Lou Levy on piano – all of whom really help the reed players find their groove! Charts are large, as is the ensemble, but there's a nice sense of individual personalities too – even when all the saxophonists are taking a solo together at once. Titles include "Shaw Nuff", "Drifting On A Reed", "Oop Bop Sh'Bam", "Now's The Time", and "The Song Is You". CD
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VariousColumbia Rockabilly Vol 2 – The Original Voice Of Teen Frustration ... CD
Columbia/Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
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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VariousGlen Brown – Dubble Attack – The Original Pantomine Dee Jay Collection 1972 to 1974 ... CD
Greensleeves, Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Some of the sharpest dee jay work you'll ever hear from the Jamaican scene of the early 70s – cutting edge MCs from Kingston, all set to massive rhythms from Glen Browns Pantomine label – on tracks that were originally issued in small runs of a few hundred copies! Yet that small circulation doesn't stand as any sort of commentary on the quality of the music – and instead, it reflects the continual movement forward of the Pantomine label – an imprint that was especially tuned to the sounds of the streets and the clubs, which it helped build through the contributions of the voices on these cuts! The rhythms are wonderfully heavy – and the MCs burst out proudly over the top, sometimes with a nice touch of echo – on cuts that include "Dubble Attack" by Big Youth, "Number One In The World" by U Roy, "Rasta On A Sunday" by I Roy, "The Meaning Of One" by Prince Jazzbo, "This Year Fe Rebels" by Godsons, "Father's Call" by Dean Beckford, "Daughter A Whole Lot Of Sugar Down Deh" by Berry Prince Hammer Simpson, and "Butter & Bread" by Lloyd Young. CD
Also available Glen Brown – Dubble Attack – The Original Pantomine Dee Jay Collection 1972 to 1974 ... LP 14.99

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VariousOne-Der-Ful Collection – One-Der-Ful Records ... CD
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
An unassuming cover, but a set that's got a really colorful batch of rare Chicago soul – including a number of never-issued tracks from the legendary One-Der-Ful Records! The label was one of the true indie greats in Chicago back in the 60s – almost as much a force for local soul as bigger imprints like Chess, Okeh, and Brunswick – and home to an equally great array of artists – including a few who'd later hit big on different labels! The work here is all the handiwork of the Leaner brothers, who not only recorded most of the cuts here – but also helped distribute One-Der-Ful and a host of other midwestern indies – which really gave them a great ear for the best sounds coming from the underground, and the new trends that were breaking big way before the rest of the country picked them up. And although there have been other collections of One-Der-Ful material before, this one may well be the most thoughtful – from the detailed notes on the label and each artist, to the research that uncovered never-issued tracks that include "Happy Times" by Beverly Shaffer, "Enjoy Yourself" by The Five Du-Tones, "I'm Guilty" by Liz Lands, "Thank You Love" by Otis Clay, "Now That You're Gone" by McKinley Mitchell, "Meet Me Halfway" by Beverly Shaffer, "Take Me To Your Leader" by The Sharpees, "When You Get That Feeling" by The Five Du-Tones, "Got To Find A Way (alt)" by Otis Clay, "Seventh Hour" by Liz Lands, and "Here Comes My Baby" by Mary Silvers. The set features lots more great cuts too – including "Who Is She" by Lucky Laws, "The Prettiest Girl" by Joe & Mack, "The Sock" by The Sharpees, "All For You" by the Admirations, and "The Man Of The Town" by Jay Jordan. CD
Also available One-Derful Collection – One-Derful Records ... LP 18.99

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VariousR&B On Lakewood Boulevard – Rare & Unreleased Rhythm & Blues From Southern California ... CD
Downey/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 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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VariousSources – The Streetwise Records Anthology (3CD set) ... CD
Streetwise/Harmless (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $22.99
An excellent collection of work from one of the coolest labels on the New York scene in the post-disco years – a company who definitely had their ear to the streets, and were able to work in a hip array of cutting edge sounds at the time! The music here all represents the next step that the New York scene took after the slowdown of disco – bits of hip hop, electro soul, boogie, and other new styles of grooves – some still with the warmth of the previous generation, others with some of the leaner, more keyboard and electric modes that were brewing in the mainstream, but always sounded better in the hands of underground talents like these! The package is one of our favorite so far in this excellent Harmless series – and like the rest, it's curated by Bill Brewster – with 33 tracks that include "Walking On Sunshine (12" mix)" by Rockers Revenge, "Funky Soul Makossa (12" mix)" by Nairobi & The Awesome Foursome, "Sucker DJs (12" mix)" by Dimples D, "Bop Til I Drop (12" bop mix)" by Larrice, "IOU (12" mix)" by Freeez, "Confusion (12" mix)" by New Order, "Girls Night Out (12" mix)" by Ladies Choice, "Coldblooded (12" dub mix)" by Al Baby Green, "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend (12" mix)" by Cuba Gooding, "Music Is The Answer (12" mix)" by Colonel Abrams, "Crash Goes Love (12" mix)" by Loleatta Holloway, "It's Yours (radio mix)" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Who You Stealin From (12" mix)" by Guru, "I Don't Need Your Handouts (12" mix)" by Citispeak with Jeanne Harris, "Funky Breakdown (12" mix)" by Awesome Foursome, "In The Night (12" mix)" by Zenobia, and "The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (12" dominant mix)" by Dominatrix. CD

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AceyaloneAll Balls Don't Bounce – Revisited (2 CD bonus edition) ... CD
Project Blowed/Decon, 1995. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A dream come true for fans of the best mid 90s hip hop – a massive reissue of Aceyalone's lost classic All Balls Don't Bounce – completed by an hour long bonus disc of remixes and unreleased material! Freestyle Fellow Aceyalone's first solo album is filled with the kind of solid, mellow and jazzy sounds that we love so much about mid-period Tribe and the Jay Dee/De La Soul collaborations – full of those brassy beats, piano and vibes samples. But Aceyalone's mic mastery far outshines that of his peers in many cases – particularly on "Mic Check", one of the greatest and most unsung cuts of the era! Amazing stuff overall – and a thrill to FINALLY see on this long-overdue reissue! Tracks include "All Balls" (another classic single), "Anywhere You Go", "Deep And Wide", "Knowknots", "Arhythamatics", "The Greatest Show On Earth", "I Think", "Makeba", "B-Boy Kingdom" and more. The bonus disc features new, unreleased, and remixed material – plus it's and enhanced CD, with four music videos including "Mic Check" and "I Think"! CD
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Jay Richford & Gary Stevan (Brugnolini/Torrosi)Feelings ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A legendary sound library set from the 70s Italian scene – exactly the kind of record that got so many folks digging for sound library funk so many years ago! The record's a masterpiece of funky rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and warmer touches – served up with plenty of Fender Rhodes in the mix, plus sweet flute lines, wah wah guitar, and just the right use of strings to give the whole thing almost a blacksploitation vibe at times! The set was billed to the team of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan – but it's actually the product of better-known sound library maestros Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi, who work here at a level that's at the top of their powers. There's almost a cop/crime vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too! Titles include "Flying High", "Fearing Much", "Going Home", "Running Fast", "Walking In The Dark", and "Feeling Tense". CD
Also available Feelings (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Al CaseyDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Jumpin' With Al ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Jayne Cortez & The FirespittersTaking The Blues Back Home ... CD
Verve/Harmolodic, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jayne Cortez recites her poetry over jazz backing from a group that includes Frank Lowe on tenor, Talkib Kibwe on alto, Bern Nix on guitar, Billy Branch on harmonica, and Denardo Coleman on drums. Titles include "Cultural Operations", "Taking The Blues Back Home", "Bumblebee You Saw Big Mama", "The Guitars I Used To Know", "You Can Be", and "Nobody Knows A Thing". CD
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✨✧ Tiny GrimesDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Food For Thought ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1970/1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tiny Grimes is one of the most unique guitarists in jazz – a player with a force and power that's clearly rooted in the blues – given that he can hit the strings like T Bone Walker or Pee Wee Crayton – but a style that's clearly jazz overall, and delivered with a heck of a lot of punch! This album has Grimes really shining in a small combo with Jay McShann on piano, George Kelly on tenor, and Francois Biensan on Hammond – working in a groove that's got just the right kind of open vibe to recall some of Tiny's best albums for Prestige Records from a decade before – nice in gritty, in the best possible way! Titles include "Morgantini With Mime", "Food For Thought", "Young Blood's Blues", and "Connie Hayes Groovy Eyes". CD also features a session from a few years later – similarly excellent, with Lloyd Glenn on piano – on tracks that include "Sid's West End Blues", "Lil Darlin", "Swingin Mama", and "Some Groovy Fours". CD
 
 
 



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