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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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✨✧ VariousGood Times Skank – Compiled By Joey Jay ... CD
Trojan, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Fat, sweet and tasty – like a plate of plantains washed down with a ginger beer! One of the best reggae/party compilations we've heard in a while, and no wonder, it's selected by Joey Jay of the Good Times Sound System. Twenty one smokin' numbers on one chubby little CD, for your listening – or rump shaking pleasure – mighty, mighty dubs and soulful vocal numbers. Take this CD to your next sound system jam or sound clash and pretend like you're the king selector. Includes Gregory Isaac's "Leggo Beast Dub", Pat Kelly "Talk About Love", Barrington Levy "I Can't Wait Too Long", Chosen Few "People Make The World Go Round", Derrick Morgan "Blazing Fire", John Holt "After All", the Roots Radics' "The Alien Aborts", Thompson All Stars "Rock Me In Dub", the Silvertones "African Dub", King Tubby "Serious Version", Alton Ellis "All We Need Is Love", Dennis Brown "Concentration", the Abyssinians "Yim Mas Gan", Delroy Wilson "Better Must Come" and the Velvet Shadows "Wailing Of Black People". CD

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✨✧ VariousNorman Jay Presents Philadelphia – The Underground Anthems Of Philadelphia Soul 1973-1981 (older version) ... CD
Harmless/Philadelphia International (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A masterful collection of Philly soul – hand-picked by the man who was spinning most of the classics back in the day! British DJ Norman Jay was the king of rare groove even before these grooves were rare – collecting American imports for play in the underground London scene, and really getting to know the Philly scene in a slightly left-of-center way. Norman's take on the sound of Philly International is really fresh – and nicely different from that offered on some of the other collections of work from the famous label. The set's got a good blend of lesser-known cuts and classic underground numbers – with tracks that include "Ain't No Time Fa Nothin" by The Futures, "Bump De Bump" by Monk Montgomery, "We Got Some Catchin Up To Do" by Jean Carn, "This Air That I Breathe" by The O'Jays, "In Good Faith" by Norman Harris, "It's Hard No To Like You" by Archie Bell & The Drells, "Let's Party Down" by MFSB, and "The Whole Town's Talking" and "East" by Billy Paul. 20 tracks on 2CDs! CD
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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 26.99

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VariousBaton Label – Sol's Story ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $8.99 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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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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✨✧ VariousRoulette Rock N Roll Vol 2 ... CD
Roulette/Sequel (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
The title says "rock n roll", but the music is mostly soul and R&B – all recorded for the legendary Roulette Records at the end of the 50s, and featuring a fair bit of obscure singles showing up here on reissue for the first time! The package is surprisingly great, considering the simple cover image – and there's a fair bit of great musical surprises in the lineup – including some tracks that help Roulette stand strongly next to Atlantic and King Records as a home to some hard-wailing R&B and sweet doo wop harmonies! Titles include "The Drag" and "Everybody's Gonna Rock" by The Isley Brothers, "The Whammy" and "Strange" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "7-11" by Gone All Stars, "Screamin Ball" by The Duponts, "Hippy Dippy Daddy" by The Cookies, "Roll Over Beethoven" by The 4 Chaps, "Hindu Baby" by The Emanons, "Dance With Me" by The Chaperones, "Alabama Rock & Roll" by Mabel King, "The Woo Woo Train" by The Valentines, and 4 previously unissued tracks by Wynonie Harris – including "Did You Get The Message", "Josephine", "Spread The News", and "Saturday Night". 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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Jay-ZKingdom Come (with bonus CD) ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2006. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Jay Z picks up pretty close to the point where he left off for Kingdom Come – his first album in 3 years – and you can only call it a comeback if you really thought he'd stay away! For Kingdom Come he uses a number of the same production geniuses as he did for the Black Album and his previous LPs – including Just Blaze, Kanye and the Neptunes – and Dr Dre's along for the ride, too. Overall, the album lacks the arch drama that made the Black Album such a great front-to-back listen, but Kingdom Come starts fairly strong and sustains well enough to warrant a welcome home. Tracks include "Oh My God", "Kingdom Come", "Show Me What You Got", "Lost One" feat Chrisette Michele, "Do U Wanna Ride" feat John Legend, "30 Something", "Reflective", "Anything" feat Usher & Pharrell, "Hollywood" feat Beyonce, "Trouble", "Dig A Hole" feat Sterling Simms, "Minority Report" Ne-Yo and "Beach Chair" featuring Chris Martin. This edition includes a bonus CD featuring 3 tracks from the Reasonable Doubt anniversary concert at Radio City Music Hall: "Politics As Usual", "Can't Knock The Hustle" and "Can I Live". CD
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✨✧ Jayme MarquesSo Much Feeling ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful beautiful stuff! This is the classic mid 70's LP by Spanish singer and guitarist Jayme Marques that features a stellar set of Brazilian grooves that includes his legendary 12 minute reworking of Milton Nascimento's "Veracruz". If you know the track, you know the amazing sort of vibe that Jayme gets with the track. The orchestrations are beautiful, and the track is graced by the Fender Rhodes playing of Rafael Ferro and the percussion and singing of Pedru Rui Blas. The rest of the album's great, too, and includes tracks like Ivan Lins' "Las Tres De La Manana", Caetano Veloso's "Irene", and Jayme's own tracks "So Much Feeling (Homenaje A Tete Montoliu)" and "Quem Ta Com Samba". A legendary album, and a very tough one to find. CD
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✨✧ VariousIn-Kraut – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1966 to 1974 ... CD
Marina (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest compilations we've heard in a long long time – filled with fresh and unusual tunes from the 60s and 70s, all pulled from a range of rare German recordings! The vibe here is playful and groovy – part mod 60s, part American-inspired funk – and all sparkling with very cool instrumental, vocal, and production touches that make most of these tunes stand out from anything else we've heard before. There's a slight similarity to some of the Peter Thomas soundtrack sides from the time, or some of the MPS non-jazz material from these years – but the overall approach is quite different, and often runs into psychedelic or soul-based territory we weren't expecting. The set was put together by the folks at Marina Records, who also had a hand in some of the Get Easy collections – and our hats are off to them for their discerning ear and love of a left-of-center tune! Each new track is a real delight to our ears – and the set's the kind that re-inspires us to go looking for old records with the knowledge that there's still a heck of a lot of great grooves out there that we know nothing about! Each track is annotated nicely – further unlocking the mystery of the music – and titles include "Gemini" by Gunter Noris, "Beat It" by Fredy Brock, "Berlin" by Heidi Bruhl, "Das Stundenhotel Von St Pauli"by Erwin Halletz, "Pussy Baby" by Bill Lawrence, "Moving Out" by Orchester Helmuth Brandenburg, "Wie A Glockn" by Marianne Mendt, "Sundy Love Affair" by Orchester Frank Pleyer, "An Unknown Quantity" by Bill Ramsey & the Jay Five, "From Here On It Got Rough" by Hildegard Knef, "Marihuana Mantra" by Kuno & The Marihuana Brass, and "Naturally Stoned" by Helmut Zacharias. CD

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✨✧ VariousOne-Der-Ful Collection – One-Der-Ful Records ... CD
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ VariousR&B On Lakewood Boulevard – Rare & Unreleased Rhythm & Blues From Southern California ... CD
Downey/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Brand New HeaviesBrand New Heavies (UK version– with bonus tracks) ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), 1990. New Copy ... About January 1, 2017 (delayed)
An expanded take on the original version of this groundbreaking bit of funky soul – the first British recording of the Brand New Heavies album, heard here with original vocals by Jay Ella Ruth – who was replaced on the record for the more famous US recording! Ruth's got a jazzier style than N'Dea Davenport, the singer better known with the group – and her work on the set is in keeping more with the rare groove/jazz funk underground from which the group emerged – sweetly singing in a classic 70s style that works perfectly with the combo's excellent instrumentation! The album's all massive all the way through – and cuts include "Dream Come True", "Stay This Way", "Ride in the Sky", and "Gimme One of Those". CD also features 8 more bonus tracks – most from singles, some from LPs – including "Rest Of Me", "Mother's Tongue", "Day At The Seaside", "Country Funkin", "Never Stop", "Dream Come True (original 1988 version)", and a take on "Neger Stop" with vocals by N'Dea Davenport for comparison! CD

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Chuck JacksonI Don't Want To Cry/Any Day Now ... CD
Wand/Kent (UK), 1961/1962. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
The start of an amazing legacy in 60s soul – the first two Wand albums from Chuck Jackson, back to back in a single set! First up is I Don't Want To Cry – a real landmark from soul singer Chuck Jackson – part of a unique wave of male vocalists who really took the music to new heights in the 60s! Jackson's got this way of balancing heartbreaking emotion with masculine control – summed up perfectly in the album's title track, then carried forth in a set of other blue-tinged numbers that strike an equal balance! The approach is similar to the best work by Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson – with a similar blend of deep range and sophisticated ideals – and titles include "I Don't Want To Cry", "I Wake Up Crying", "A Man Ain't Supposed To Cry", "Tears On My Pillow", "I Cried For You", "Lonely Teardrops", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", and "In Between Tears" – plus more songs about crying, believe it or not! Next is Any Day Now – beautifully heartbreaking soul from Chuck Jackson – singing here in his early "iceman" style – clearly influenced by Jerry Butler's work on Vee Jay, but also a perfect fit for the uptown soul sound of New York! The title track – "Any Day Now" – is a late night mellow soul classic that never gets old – but the album's also filled with some great fresh numbers that make it a wonderful no-filler set all the way through! Titles include "Angel of Angels", "The Breaking Point", "Just Once", "I Keep Forgettin", and "Who's Gonna Pick Up The Pieces". CD

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JJ JohnsonJJ Johnson's Jazz Quintets ... CD
Savoy, Late 40s. Used ... $5.99
A great 50s album that features material JJ Johnson did for Savoy in the late 40s – singles recorded in 1946, 1947, and 1949 – and they already mark Johnson as one of the most inventive trombonists of his generation – a player working with none of the hoke of earlier eras, and with a clean, modern sound that's almost like that of a bop trumpet at times. Players on these dates include Leo Parker on baritone sax, Bud Powell or Hank Jones on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and Max Roach on drums – and titles include "Coppin The Bop", "Jay Jay", "Mad Bebop", "Jay Bird", "Boneology", "Down Vernon's Alley", "Riffette", "Yesterdays", "Audobon", "Don't Blame Me", and "Goof Square". CD
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Main IngredientEuphrates River ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
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!)
Also available Euphrates River ... LP 3.99

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✨✧ NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! ... CD
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with crackling, funk-steeped hip hop soul production. That's the case whether he's producing himself, working with a giant like Dr. Dre, or paired as he is here with Knxledge. Knx's production is a perfect backdrop – beats out front in the mix, classic Cali sample funk and soul framing the vocals – with a lingering haze holding it all together amazingly well! Intentional or not, Yes Lawd channels earlier Stones Throw classic LPs like Jaylib and Madvillain in the way it pairs distinctive contemporary talents for a joint duo effort, and after .Paak's solo shot Malibu, it's his second potential classic in a single year! Includes "Livvin", "Wngs", "What More Can I Say", "Kutless", "Lyk Dis", "Can't Stop", "Get Bigger", "Scared Money", "Suede", "Starlite", "Sidepiece", "Jodi", "Link Up", "Another Time", "Fkku" and more. CD

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Lou RawlsLove All Your Blues Away ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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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

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George WallingtonComplete Live At The Cafe Bohemia (plus George Wallington Showcase) ... CD
Prestige/Lonehill (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2CDs ... $9.99
A great 2CD set that's filled with some of the best 50s work ever recorded by pianist George Wallington – a key full album plus bonus tracks, and material from an additional 10" LP! Live At The Cafe Bohemia is real standout in the catalog of Wallington – a very cooking live set, recorded with an expanded quintet! The record supposedly showcases Wallington's style (or gimmick) – called "The Peck", and explained as a series of incomplete phrases from the players – but to us, this approach is just prime 50s hardbop at its most inventive – a mode that might be dubbed "call and response", in which players trade lines back and forth with great dynamism and energy! Players here are all very well suited to the task – and include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, Paul Chambers on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all working with great boppish fire on a set of tunes that include "Sweet Blanche", "Minor March", "Jay Mac's Crib", and "Bohemia After Dark". And as an added bonus, this 2CD set features all the alternate takes from the album – a whopping 14 Bohemia titles in all! And added to those are another 10 tracks from the Blue Note 10" LP The George Wallington Showcase – recorded in 1954, with a largeish group that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, and Danny Bank on baritone – all playing to Quincy Jones arrangements. Titles include "Baby Grand", "Festival", "Bumpins", and a nice take on "Summertime". CD

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Tapper ZukieMPLA (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), 1978. Used ... $6.99
Militant rockers rhythms with some fine toasting courtesy the top of the second generation of Dee Jays, Tappa Zukie. Probably his most well known record, both in and out of Jamaica, given the boost he got from some patronage courtesy a number of rock stars, this is still as fine an example of the Dee Jay form as you could get circa '78. Includes"MPLA", "Don't Get Crazy", "Stop the Gun Shooting", "Ital Pot", "Chalice to Chalice" and "Don't Deal With Babylon", CD
(SHMCD pressing. Includes obi. Out of print.)

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Various808 – The Music ... CD
Big Beat, 1980s/2016. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
A fantastic tribute to the 808 drum machine – tracks all pulled together in support of the documentary on the magical beatmaker – but a set that stands more than strongly on its own! The mix of music is great – a heavy dose of 80s hip hop and club tracks, mixed with some more contemporary cuts from recent years – tracks that mark the return of the 808 to beatmaking strength – as a younger generation of creators embrace its sound all over again! Titles include "Set It Off" by Strafe, "Play At Your Own Risk" by Planet Patrol, "Yo Bum Rush The Show" by Public Enemy, "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, "Paul Revere" by The Beastie Boys, "It's Yours" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Flow Coma" by 808 State, "Let The Music Play" by Shannon, "Hip Hop Be Bop" by Man Parrish, "Kickdrum" by Felix Da Housecat, "What You Gon Do" by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, "Vibrate" by Fluxx Pavillion, "Nothing But Trouble" by Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth, and "Gosh" by Jamie XX. CD
Also available 808 – The Music (180 gram pressing) ... LP 25.99

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VariousBill Haney's Atlanta Soul Brotherhood ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Pure gems from the Atlanta soul scene at the end of the 60s – a place that wasn't nearly as well-known for deep sounds as cities like Memphis or New Orleans – but which really had a great talent in the hands of producer Bill Haney! Years before the Hotlanta sound broke, Bill was already on the scene, ear to the ground – and working with a wonderful ability to give deep soul singers just the right sort of setting – a well-crafted sophisticated chart for a slow-burner, or a tighter snapping groove for an uptempo track – which he fit to singers both famous and obscure, including a few key discoveries you'll hear on this set! The package features a number of unissued tracks from Bill's vaults, plus others that were issued on the Chant and Sims label – a total of 23 overlooked gems that include "My Peaceful Forest" by Roy Hamilton, "Achin All Over" by Randolph Walker, "You Better Listen To Me" by Arthur Alexander, "Like The Wind' by Dee Clark, "You Got To Love" by The Five Jays, "Got My Plans Squared Away" by Randolph Jackson, "Nothing's Going To Change The Way I Feel" by Al Christian, "Something I Ain't Never Had" by Jarvis Jackson, "I'm A Dreamer" by Bobby Burn, "Sweet Sweet Woman" by Jerry Woodard, and "I Know" by Dino & Doc. CD

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VariousBoppin By The Bayou – Drive-Ins & Baby Dolls ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare rocking sounds from the Louisiana scene at the end of the 50s – pulled from that magical moment when the swampy state was one of the biggest brewing grounds for new sounds at the time! This volume of the Bayou series is mostly on the rock tip – but as with other volumes and work from Louisiana in general, there's a heck of a lot of genre-crossing going on – rock that draws from blues, hillbilly, and even cajun rhythms at times – which makes for music that's a fair bit different than the sounds you might have been getting from Memphis at the time! Most of these tracks are from rare sources, too – not just obscure singles on small labels, but also some unissued master tapes – some that might have come out briefly on older compilations, and a good number of cuts appearing here for the first time ever. As usual with Ace Records, the notes and package do a great job of making sense of the whole thing – further illuminating the groove – and titles include "She's Fine" by Frankie Lowery, "Draggin The Drive Ins' by Cookie Roberts, "Baby I Don't Care" by Wiley Jeffers, "Love Can Wait" by Johnny Bass, "Charge It" by Roy Templin & The Credit Cards, "Sweet Thing" by Cleveland Crochet & His Band Of Sugar Bees, "Let Me Come Your Way" by Burl Boykin, "Frankie & Johnny" by Zoro & The Zips, "Hey Joli" by Terry Clement, "No Money Down" by Rod Bernard, "Prisoner's Song" by Tommy Todd, and "Kruschev & The Devil" by Jay Chevalier. CD

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VariousColumbia Rockabilly Vol 2 – The Original Voice Of Teen Frustration ... CD
Columbia/Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $5.99 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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VariousWhistle Bait – 25 Rockabilly Rave Ups ... CD
Columbia/Sony, Late 50s. New Copy ... $5.99 7.99
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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