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Parliament5 Classic Albums (Mothership Connection/Clones Of Dr Funkenstein/Funketelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome/Motor Booty Affair/Gloryhallastoopid) ... CD
Casablanca/Universal (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $26.99 29.99
A funk fan's dream come true – five classic albums from Parliament, all presented in tiny LP-styled covers! First up is Mothership Connection – still some of the tightest, sharpest funk you'll ever hear – all these many decades later. The instrumentation is razor-sharp – played by giants like Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell – and the lyrics still have all the edginess and naughtiness of the earlier years – tied together wonderfully to make a very unified album, and one that's full of classics too! Titles include "Mothership Connection (Star Child)", "Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples", "P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)", "Handcuffs", "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)", and "Unfunky Ufo". Clones Of Dr Funkenstein has that tightened-up P-Funk sound that was working so perfectly at the time – still with all the fuzzy haired elements of earlier years, but presented with a bit more focus – and a powerhouse swing that really drives the tracks home with a funky groove on the bottom! There's a flowing sort of energy here that almost makes you think that the whole thing just emerged naturally from the brain of George Clinton – but all ensemble players have a strong hand in the action, and really get some great moments in on the set. Cuts include "Gamin' On Ya", "Do That Stuff", "Children Of Production", and "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)". Funkentelechy is a masterful dose of slick mothership jamming – perfectly woven together with that tightly compressed style that really served Clinton's production work well. The tracks are long, but never too loopy – and thanks to help from the Bernie Worrell, Jerome Brailey, Gary Shider, and the Horny Horns, the album stays very tight instrumentally all the way through! Loads of Parliament classics, including "Bop Gun", "Funkentelechy", "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", and the massive "Flash Light", which we've heard a million times, but which never ceases to amaze us! On Motorbooty Affair, The Mothership goes under water – as George Clinton and crew groove away nicely on this water-themed set of tracks designed to raise Atlantis from the deep! The overall sound is perhaps not as totally perfect as some of the earlier albums, but the P-Funk machine is still in full effect – cranking away nice and hard on tracks like "Liquid Sunshine", "Motor Booty Affair", "Deep", "Rumpofsteelskin", and "(Your'e A Fish And I'm A) Water Sign". Plus, the album more than makes up for a lack of standout tracks with a nicely-united theme – almost a "concept album" of the funky type! Gloryhallastoopid is a set that's very tight and funky, and which really picks up the groove first laid down on "Flashlight"! There's a tightly snapping approach here that rivals the best late 70s work by Funkadelic – the later P-Funk mode that's even more focused on rhythms than before, and which gets away from the sloppy stuff to really hit home with the groove! Tunes are steeped in horny horns, wah wah guitar, and lots of electric keyboards – and titles include "The Big Bang Theory", which is virtually a blueprint for the LA G-funk sound of the 80s – plus the tracks "The Freeze", "May We Bang You?", "Party People", and "(GloryHallaStoopid) Pin The Tail On The Funky". CD

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✨✧ PedrinhoAleluia ... LP
Mar & Sol (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet 70s set recorded in Lisbon, but with roots in Cape Verde – the original home of Pedrinho before he recorded this debut album at the age of 18! The tunes all have this joyous, skittish sort of energy – groove that bubble on up from down at the bottom, woven through nicely with lots of fast-riffing guitar – all at a pace that's even more deft than some of the guitar-based grooves from West Africa at the time! Pedrinho sings and plays keyboards – almost always sounding as if he's completely caught up in the grooves himself, and just responding to the motion of the music. Titles include "Ze Maria", "Benfica De Tra Cthapeu", "Chipetite", "Oracao Do Jovem Triste", "Contrato La Banana", "Ei Se Vous Dance", and "Nhos Baxa Nhos Panha". LP, Vinyl record album

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People's Pleasure with Alive & WellDo You Hear Me Talkin To You (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Brownstone/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
A very cool combo from the LA scene of the 70s – a tight funky group, topped with two female soul singers – all working together in a style that's got a wonderful mixture of warmer edges and grittier sounds at the core! The two female singers really give the set a unique vibe – as they help bring focus to the instrumentation of the group, with a lot more presence than the usual throw-in female vocals of the time – hardly the backing chorus mode of a disco record, and instead a great balance to the sharp guitar lines and keyboards from the musicians! We've not heard of any of the players in any other setting, but they're very good – clearly able to handle jazz if they want, but aimed here towards a sophisticated funk style that's equally great on the mellow steppers as it is on the more upbeat tracks. Titles include "Heavenly Feeling", "World Full Of People", "Do You Hear Me Talking To You", "Dreaming Our Lives Away", "A Thank You Song", "Fantasies & Dreams", and "I'd Like To Stay". CD features a bonus 7" mix of "I'd Like To Stay". CD
(Part of the excellent Groove Diggers series!)

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Art PepperArt Is The Art ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1957/1958. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Late 50s recordings by Art Pepper – cut in Hollywood, in the studio, during the years 1957 and 1958, with a group that features Carl Perkins on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums. This Japanese pressing isn't entirely clear on the original source of the material, but a few of the tracks are marked as "unreleased", so we're assuming that at least a few of the rest were issued by another label at one time. The quality of the work is great – laidback, crisp, and with Pepper blowing in that angular tone that was almost a bit of Konitz modern, but which still had plenty of LA bop influences. Titles include "Surfride", "Fascinatin Rhythm", "Too Close For Comfort", "Summertime", "Begin The Beguine", and "Holiday Flight". LP, Vinyl record album
(With obi and insert. Cover has bumped corners.)

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✨✧ Art PepperGettin' Together! ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The tracks open up a bit more from some of Pepper's 50s work in LA – arguably a bit tighter at times, and possibly a bit more "classic" – at least to longtime fans of the set. There's a bit less edge here than on some of Art's other 50s dates, but the album's still a great one – with titles that are a mixture of originals like "Getting Together", "Diane", and "Bijou The Poodle", plus a few other strong numbers, like Chambers' "Whims Of Chambers" and Dory & Andre Previn's "Why Are We Afraid?" LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing.)

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Art PepperNo Limit (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1977. Used ... $14.99
A nice lost late number from Art Pepper – a freewheeling set of tracks that really show the influence of John Coltrane on Pepper's work – cut with a quartet that includes George Cables on piano, Tony Dumas on "blitz bass", and Carl Burnett on drums. The tracks are long, and two numbers have a really nice Latiny flair – with Art spinning out some aggressive solos on top of fast-running grooves, in a way you'd be surprised to hear on one of his albums from the time! Titles include "Rita San", "My Laurie", "Ballad of The Sad Young Men", and "Mambo De La Pinta". CD also features one bonus track – "No Limit", which oddly wasn't on the original album – even though it's got the same title! CD

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✨✧ Bill PerkinsBill Perkins On Stage ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A beautiful album of crispy cool jazz from the LA scene of the 50s – one that features the octet of Bill Perkins recorded live in Hollywood, but in a "special hi-fi theater recording" that has sound as sublime as his studio work! The group includes Perkins on tenor, Bud Shank on alto, Jack Nimitz on baritone, Stu Williamson on trumpet, Carl Fontana on trombone, Russ Freeman on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. The live setting takes nothing away from the perfection of the group's conception, as Perkins' leadership is impeccable, bringing together the horns in a beautiful wash of sound. Titles include "Let Me See", "Zing Zang", "For Dancers Only", "One Hundred Years From Today", "Song Of The Islands", and "As They Reveled". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Liz PhairWhip-Smart ... LP
Capitol/Matador, 1994. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Liz Phair's excellent second album, and as overshadowed as it is by the massive legacy of Exile In Guyville, that's really the worse thing we can say about it – it's hard to follow-up one of the most vital debuts in latter day rock & roll history! Still relatively raw production-wise, and just as frank and fierce in the lyrical depart, this was never gonna match Guyville, but it's bold and catchy and near-perfect. Includes "Chopsticks", "Super-Nova", "Shane", "Nashville", "Go West", "Cinco De May", "Dogs Of LA", "Whip-Smart", "Jealousy", "Alice Springs", "May Queen" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ PharcydeBizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (2LP colored vinyl – 25th anniversary edition) ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1992. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
The essential early 90s classic by The Pharcyde, the group's high water mark, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the era! Along with Del and the Souls Of Mischief, the Pharcyde were one of the few West Coast units to achieve any kind of widespread popularity using the uniquely loopy, funhouse kinda of vibe of De La Soul, Black Sheep and Tribe Called Quest in their lighter moments. Features the classics "Passing Me By", "Soul Flower", "Ya Mama", "I'm That Type Of Ni@*a", "Officer", "4 Better Or 4 Worse", "Return Of The B-Boys", and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP colored vinyl.)

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Michelle PhillipsVictim Of Romance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Real Gone, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A surprisingly compelling album from Michelle Phillips – recorded years after the breakup of The Mamas & The Papas – with a smooth late 70s LA sound that works perfectly for her more mature sexy approach! Jack Nitzsche handled the production and arrangements on most of it, and the album's got more of an edge than you might think from first look or listen – slightly self-reflexive, and less a comeback attempt than an expression of identity finally put on record. Wonderful! Titles include "Aching Kind", "Trashy Rumors", "Let The Music Begin", "Victim Of Romance", "Where's Mine", "Just One Look", "Paid The Price", "Lady Of Fantasy" (the lone track here produced & arranged by John Phillips) and more. This expanded edition has nice booklet notes, too – plus 3 rare bonus tracks: a Nitzsche-produced version of "Guerita" (earlier cut with John Phillips) and a some sweet covers of "Practice What You Preach" and "Had A Lot Of Love Last Night". CD

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✨✧ Piero Piccioni/George Garvarentz10th Victim/That Man In Istanbul ... CD
Mainstream/Intrada, 1965. New Copy ... $18.99
A pair of rare Mainstream Records soundtracks from the 60s – back to back on a single CD! First up is The Tenth Victim – also issued in Italy as La Deccima Vittima – one of our favorite soundtracks of all-time!! Piero Piccioni's score for this one is an insane mix of weird grooves, crime jazz, sound effects, and some of the coolest organ riffs you'll ever hear! (At times, we'd swear we were listening to Sun Ra on the keys!) All this fantastic music is the backdrop for an insane film starring Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni that's about a crazy assassin game that's played in the future. If that sounds a bit wild, it is, and the music is in perfect step with the nutty plot. Features the great version of the title theme with vocals by Mina, plus "The Chase", "Spiral Waltz", "The Trap", "Reprieve", "The Pawn", and "Keep Running". That Man In Istanbul is a groovy soundtrack for this 60's international intrigue film starring a young Horst Bucholz! Georges Garvarentz wrote and directed the music, with the sort of flair that he brings to the best of projects like these – and while the stuff's not as funky as his 70's records, there's plenty of great moments – and the tunes have lots of good spy and crime themes! Tracks include "Fight At The Turkish Bath", "Bulldozer Leads The Dance", "Surprise Depot", "Man With The Steel Hand", and "Chase On The Calatma Bridge". CD

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Michel PolnarefPolnarevolution (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Disques AZ/Universal (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Killer work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop singers ever – and one of the few who could mix in a trippy style with some of the more upbeat modes of a few years before! Backings here are from a very cool combo – Dynastie Crisis – who use heavy drums, organ, and fuzzy guitar with some wonderfully echoey production which only seems to give the sound an even more watery vibe than some of Polnareff's previous records! The sound feels live – although we can't tell for sure from the notes – and we've also been told that Jean-Claude Vannier had a hand in the larger arrangements. Titles include "La Mouche", "La Trompette", "Qui A Tue Grand Maman", "Ame Caline", "Dans La Maison Vide", "Gloria", and "Love Me Please Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band (Andre Popp)Delirium In Hi Fi ... LP
Columbia, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
A lost Hi Fi gem! Released in America under the name of "Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band" – the record is actually a stunning collaboration between French orchestra leader Andre Popp and sound effects wizard Pierre Fatosme. The sound is wild and swinging, with a feel that's similar to Esquivel, but with a lot weirder effects, and a little bit less music-based sound overall. Popp cares less about swinging than Esquivel, and he's much freer with his music – as there's moments on here that sound like avant garde chamber pieces, which then swing into tight little bits with cool sounds made by editing and playing with tape. The album's wonderful all the way through – with very high quality material that makes a lot of the other cheaper lounge releases sound hollow! Titles include "Java", "La Paloma", "La Java Du Diable", "Java Des Bombes Atomiques", and "Adios Muchachos". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ryan PorterOptimist ... CD
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Stunning work from trombone player Ryan Porter and a young, already amazing group of LA jazz funk players from the West Coast Get Down collective he co-founded – including Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Miles Mosely & others – recorded at Kamasi's Inglewood, CA home studio! Recorded in 2008 in the confines of "The Shack" – the tight quarters garage studio at the Washington family's home – the sound is very much the kind of resonantly soulful, spiritual jazz funk that sows the seeds for all the music to come from the whole collective. Most tracks feature Kamasi on tenor sax, Mosely on upright bass, Graves on piano & Rhodes and a revolving cast of drummers including Tony Austin, Robert Miller and Aaron Haggerty. Titles include "The Psalmist", "Obamanomics", "Strugglesville", "The Instrumental Hip-Hoppa", "Deja Vu", "Night Court In Compton", "K-Wash", "Anaya", "Little Sunflower", "Impressions" and "Chocolate Nuisance". CD

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✨✧ Potatohead PeopleNick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy ... LP
Bastard Jazz, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
A fresh blend of spacey hip hop soul and lively electronic production from Potatohead People – essentially the duo of Nick Wisdom & Astrological – who wrote, produced and play with a great guest roster of live instrumental and vocal accompaniment! Anchored by head nodding beats and sweet synth and keyboard atmosphere, with some nice jazzy touches – especially the tunes with sax & trumpet. Guests include Nanna B, Moka Only, Illa J on a few tracks, K-Maxx and more. One of the finer Bastard Jazz records we've heard in a while! Includes "Late Night Theme", "Morning Sun" feat Nanna B, "Quest For Love", "Talking With God", Do My Thing" feat Kapok & Illa J, "No Sleep Til MTL", "Liftin' Up" with K-Maxx, All Alone" with Illa J & Moka Only, "El Himno De La Barberia", "Rituals" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Pretty ThingsSF Sorrow (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Madfish, 1968. New Copy ... $11.99
A late 60s masterpiece from The Pretty Things – beautifully baroque west coast psych pop, done in a style that links together the headier LA sound of Love with some of the more concept-driven work of the UK scene at the time! There's an undeniable power in the record – an energy that was years ahead of its time, and which has led to the album's rediscovery by a host of new generations. At some points, the instrumentation is simple guitar-based rock – but at others, it's topped off by just the right use of strings, larger orchestrations, and bits borrowed from Indian music! Vocals are bitingly delivered, but never cliched – and titles include "Old Man Going", "Loneliest Person", "SF Sorrow Is Born", "She Says Good Morning", "Death", and "Baron Saturday". CD features bonus tracks – "Mr Evasion", "Talkin About The Good Times", "Defecting Grey", and "Walking Through My Dreams". CD
(50th Anniversary edition with a 16-page booklet!)

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Quartetto ModernoEcco! ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1999. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
One of the most beautiful jazz recordings we've heard in a long time! Italy's Quartetto Moderno is a vibes-led combo with a classic modal feel – similar to Bobby Hutcherson's pre-new thing years on Blue Note, or some of the early Roy Ayers & Jack Wilson recordings from LA. The sound is extremely captivating, and the main frontline of vibes and piano is augmented on a number of tracks by flute and alto. The set's got a great cover of Paul Horn's lost modal groover "Mr. Bond", plus loads of great originals, like "Giovani D'Oggi", "Il Gioco Delle Parti", "Astro Gange", and "Moderns Dilemma". Very nice stuff, and with a sound and feel that's far more sophisticated than some of the other titles on Schema! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ismael QuintanaPunto Y Aparte ... CD
United Artists, 1970. Used ... $24.99
Titles include "Aqui Traigo Mi Montuno", "Kum Kum Kum", "Tu Caminar", "La Oportunidad", "Bomba De Fiesta", and "El Maltrato". CD
(Out of print. Rear artwork is creased.)

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R+R NowCollagically Speaking ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A soul jazz supergroup for the 21st Century – one that features individual players who've really blown our minds with their work over the past decade or so – all coming together in a combo that really lives up to its promise! R+R Now has a dream lineup – Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Terrace Martin and Taylor McFerrin on keyboards, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah on trumpet, and Justin Tyson on drums – all working collaboratively, and with help from other members of the underground whose talents shift easily between cosmic soul and funky jazz! The vibe here is a bit like some of Glasper's Black Radio work, but more underground – and like some of the excellent LA scene titles on Ropeadope of the past few years, particularly work by Martin and Scott – with a warm blend of electricity that runs through even some of the acoustic elements in the music. The set also features contributions from Omari Harwick, Terry Crews, Stalley, Amber Navran, Amanda Seales, and Yasin Bey on vocals – and titles include "Change Of Tone", "Her = Now", "Needed You Still", "Resting Warrior", "Awake To You", "Been On My Mind", "Respond", "Reflect Reprise", and "The Night In Question". CD

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R+R NowCollagically Speaking ... LP
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... On July 20, 2018
A soul jazz supergroup for the 21st Century – one that features individual players who've really blown our minds with their work over the past decade or so – all coming together in a combo that really lives up to its promise! R+R Now has a dream lineup – Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Terrace Martin and Taylor McFerrin on keyboards, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah on trumpet, and Justin Tyson on drums – all working collaboratively, and with help from other members of the underground whose talents shift easily between cosmic soul and funky jazz! The vibe here is a bit like some of Glasper's Black Radio work, but more underground – and like some of the excellent LA scene titles on Ropeadope of the past few years, particularly work by Martin and Scott – with a warm blend of electricity that runs through even some of the acoustic elements in the music. The set also features contributions from Omari Harwick, Terry Crews, Stalley, Amber Navran, Amanda Seales, and Yasin Bey on vocals – and titles include "Change Of Tone", "Her = Now", "Needed You Still", "Resting Warrior", "Awake To You", "Been On My Mind", "Respond", "Reflect Reprise", and "The Night In Question". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Collagically Speaking ... CD 13.99

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Don RandiWhere Do We Go From Here? ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... About July 11, 2018
The obscure first Verve album from Don Randi – a great little pianist who was well known for his lively club work on the LA scene in the early 60s! Don's got a touch on the keys that's both lyrical and soulful – somewhere between the pyrotechnics of Ramsey Lewis and the smoother grooving of Duke Pearson – always well-composed, but breaking out with some tremendous solo bits from time to time! The album's got Don working with Mel Lewis on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass – and titles include "Take Six", "TJ's Blues", "I Love Paris", "That's All", and "Interlude". CD

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Ernest RanglinMod Mod Ranglin ... CD
Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet instrumental set! The album's got Ranglin working with deft skill on the guitar – echoing the chromes of Wes Montgomery one minute, or the sharper notes of Kenny Burrell the next – but all set to a groove that's got lots of ska and rocksteady in the rhythms, and maybe just a touch of mod vibes in the overall presentation! As part of that, there's some nice use of Hammond on the album – although often used in nicely subtle ways – and titles include "Archie", "La Bostella", "Walk Away", "Born Free", "You Won't See Me", "More Amore", and "What Now My Love". CD

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Rare EarthEcology ... CD
Motown, 1970. Used ... $19.99
A stone smoker from Rare Earth – recorded a a time when they were able to easily handle a groove made up of equal parts funk, rock, and soul! The vibe here is almost like War at times – not for the LA touches in the mix, but for the heady and heavy way these guys roll forward – pulling together all the best elements of the underground at the time, and bringing them into their own smoky groove. Instrumentation is wonderful – and some of the cuts have a really great jamming sort of feel – especially the 11 minute reading of "(I Know) I'm Losing You" – originally done by the Temptations, and produced by Norman Whitfield for the album! Other titles include "Long Time Leavin", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "Nice Place To Visit", "No 1 Man", and a sweet version of "Eleanor Rigby". CD
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Lou RawlsTrying As Hard As I Can ... LP
Allegiance, 1969. Sealed ... $4.99
An 80s pressing of some of Lou's classic work from the late 60s, one of the nice moments from the days when he was working with David Axelrod! The set was originally released as The Way It Was, The Way It Is, and the record's a great mix of soul and tight LA production, and features the breakbeat cut "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)". The track list on this release is slightly different than the original, but it still includes the nice cuts "Season Of The Witch", "I Love You, Yes I Do", and "Trying Just As Hard As I Can". LP, Vinyl record album

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Della ReeseDella Reese Live ... LP
ABC, 1966. Very Good ... $0.99
One of Della Reese's greatest records – and a unique little session cut "live in the studio" before a very appreciative crowd! Bobby Bryant wrote out some very hip charts for the session, and they're made even better by organ work by Bill Doggett and piano lines by Gerald Wiggins – both of whom are in Della's group on the record. The whole thing's got a very nice groovy feel – similar to some of the best pop jazz coming out of LA at the time – and titles include "Gotta Travel On", "Girl Talk", "Driftin Blues", "Good Morning Blues", and "Detour Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing on Jasmine.)

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RemainsLive 1969 ... CD
Sundazed, 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The Remains doing their live thing ferociously in Boston in early '69 – a one-off reunion gig, and it's smoking to say the least! The group surprisingly broke up a couple years earlier, after a tour opening for The Beatles, then went their separate ways on opposite sides of the country. The spur of the moment reunion was a joint gig with fellow broken up Boston scene legends The Lost, and after lulling the crowd into relaxing with a mellow introduction, The Remains rip into a killer, covers-heavy set we can only wish would've seen. Tremendous! Taped live, but the tapes were buried for decades – all praise Sundazed for getting it out. Includes "Hang On Sloopy", "Route 66", "All Day And All Of The Night", "Like A Rolling Stone", "Why Do I Cry", "Johnny B Goode", "She's Nineteen Years Old" "La Bamba/Empty Heart" and "Diddy Wah Diddy". CD

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✨✧ Googie Rene ComboWham Bam! – The Best Of The Googie Rene Combo ... CD
Class/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rough and funky piano from Googie Rene – one of the hippest cats on the LA scene of the 50s and 60s! Googie first got his start laying down boogie-styled R&B numbers, but as the 60s moved in, Googie moved onto a whole new batch of grooves – picking up bits of beatnik jazz, soundtrack themes, and even early funky combo grooving! This excellent set's one of the first to look at Googie's genius – and pulls together a host of hard-hitting piano based numbers – originally recorded for the tiny Class and Rendezvous labels, and spanning the decade from 1956 to 1966. 26 tracks in all, with titles that give you a great idea of the grooves – "Wiggle Tail (parts 1 & 2)", "Skumbo", "Bossa Baby", "Flapjacks (parts 1 & 2)", "Sunrise", "The Slide (parts 1 & 2)", "Smokey Joe's La La", "Chica Boo", "Mercy Mercy", and "Soul Zone". CD

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ResidentsFingerprince (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ralph/Cryptic Corp, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Prime weirdness from The Residents! It's fair to consider Fingerprince as a transitional effort from the group, though it's not a dismissible one – it's out there, exciting and may be easier to get all the way through than some of the more anti-pop experiments they delivered in the mid-to-late 70s. It's probably not as confrontational as Meet The Residents and Third Reich 'N Roll – or perhaps it just seems less vicious because the cover art isn't as confrontational. Side one has shorter pieces, which seem to be informed by vintage exotica and field recordings, though it sounds like nothing but the Residents. Side 2 is a single long suite. Titles include "You Yesyesyes", "Home Age Conversation", "Godsong", "March De La Winni", "Bossy", "Boo Who?", "Tournequit Of Roses" and the the 17+ minute, side-long "Six Things To A Cycle". Features a whole bonus CD of "finger ephemera" - with titles that include "Whoopy Snorp", "Piano Dittie", "Entrance To Crypt", "Leapmus", "Godsong (studio rehearsal)", "Fingerprince Concentrate", "Walter Westinghouse (rehearsal)", "Clumsy Climb", and some live tracks too! CD

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Rhythm HeritageSky's The Limit ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good+ ... $0.99
The third in a really great run from Rhythm Heritage – a group who continued to hold up a strong level of instrumental quality, despite the fact that they'd topped the charts, and were smack right in the middle of the LA studio scene at the time! Part of the credit goes to producer/arranger Michael Omartin – who also plays keyboards on the album, giving it one of its best characteristics – but the whole assortment of talents is pretty darn great too, and includes work by Victor Feldman, Ray Parker, and The Waters – who bring in some nice soulful vocals on a few cuts. Keeping their success with TV themes, the group do a great job with "Theme From Starsky & Hutch" on this one – taking the tune in a nice moogy sort of way – and other cuts include "Float On By", "Hedge Hog", "Skippin", "Language Of Love", "Holdin Out", and "Sail Away With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a promo stamp, and a sticker spot.)
Also available Sky's The Limit (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Rhythm HeritageSky's The Limit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
The third in a really great run from Rhythm Heritage – a group who continued to hold up a strong level of instrumental quality, despite the fact that they'd topped the charts, and were smack right in the middle of the LA studio scene at the time! Part of the credit goes to producer/arranger Michael Omartin – who also plays keyboards on the album, giving it one of its best characteristics – but the whole assortment of talents is pretty darn great too, and includes work by Victor Feldman, Ray Parker, and The Waters – who bring in some nice soulful vocals on a few cuts. Keeping their success with TV themes, the group do a great job with "Theme From Starsky & Hutch" on this one – taking the tune in a nice moogy sort of way – and other cuts include "Float On By", "Hedge Hog", "Skippin", "Language Of Love", "Holdin Out", and "Sail Away With Me". CD features great bonus tracks too – "SWAT", "Barretta's Theme", "Disco-Fied", and "My Cherie Amour". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Sky's The Limit ... LP 0.99

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Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel ... LP
Epic, 1974. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest female soul stars! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too – not credited with production, due to contractual reasons, although he helped put most of the album together. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing.)

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Ismael Rivera Y Sus CachimbosEsto Si Es Lo Mio ... CD
Tico, 1978. Used ... $16.99
A classic example of the power of the male vocalist in 70s New York Latin – as Ismael Rivera represents himself as a simple working class Puerto Rican on the front and back covers of the record, but steps out with a tremendous sense of majesty on his vocals for the set! The instrumentation features a fair bit of timbales, clave, maracas, and guiro – with only a bit of trumpet and saxophone to sweeten things up – and Rivera's vocals soar wonderfully over all the tunes, inflecting the lyrics with an earthy sense of soul that's a far cry from the more staid romantic Latin singers of years back. Titles include "Comedia", "Angelica", "La Perla", "A Medias No", "De Medio Lao", and "Las Caras Lindas". CD
(Out of print "white back" pressing.)

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Freddy RobinsonAt The Drive-In ... LP
Enterprise, 1972. Very Good ... $6.99
An excellent album of super-dope guitar riffing – laid down over funky arrangements by Monk Higgins, in kind of a slick LA early 70s style. The group features work by Paul Humphrey, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder – but the real star is Freddy, whose complicated lines on the guitar stand up there with some of the best slow funk masters of the 70s, like Little Beaver or Shuggie Otis. Tracks include "Creepin' Lightly", "I Found My Soul Last Night", "Miss Black America", "It's The Real Thing", and "Wonder What It Is". Nice laidback feel, with some excellent funky guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has large letters in marker, waviness from moisture, a cutout hole, and a split on the bottom seam. Labels have some pen.)

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Willie RodriguezDrums Of Rodriguez (10 inch LP) ... LP
Cook, Early 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
A nice little session of Latin jazz – percussive at the bottom, but with an overall jazz mambo feel that's similar to early 50s work by Chico O'Farrill. Tracks are shortish, but have some nice solos by unnamed players – and titles include "Hi Fi Mambo", "Mambo A La Basie", "Willie's Drums", and "Alamac". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Sonny RollinsSonny's Time ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s/1962. Very Good- ... $14.99
Nice batch of tracks that had been recorded earlier in Rollins career (during the late 50s), but which were unearthed in 1962 in an effort to cash in on Rollins' return to jazz playing. Even though the motivation behind the album was a bit mercenary, though, it's a nice thing that it came out – as these tracks are very nice, and feature Rollins playing some excellent pre-retirement hardbop. Some of the cuts feature a quartet with Sonny Clark on piano, and others have Rollins in the Kenny Dorham Quintet (one of which even has some additional harp playing!) with Oscar Pettiford, Hank Jones, and Max Roach. Titles include "Mangoes", "Cutie", "Funky Hotel Blues", and "La Villa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and is stained on the bottom half.)

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Diana RossTouch Me In The Morning/Baby It's Me ... CD
Motown, 1973/1977. Used ... $24.99
One of the more righteous albums from the early years of Diana Ross' solo career – Touch Me In The Morning – a set that really has her moving past the familiar Motown groove of previous years, into a vibe that really shows the label's new California influence! The tracks here often feature expansive arrangements that mix soul and larger orchestrations – arranged by Gene Page, James Carmichael, Gil Askey, and Michael Randall – all of whom preserve the class that Diana's always had in her music, while still also opening things up to some of the more thoughtful elements of 70s soul. The album includes a nice medley of Oscar Brown Jr's "Brown Baby" and Marvin Gaye's "Save The Children", plus a version of "Imagine", and the tracks "Leave A Little Room", "I Won't Last A Day Without You", "All Of My Life", and "Touch Me In The Morning". One of Diana's lesser hits for Motown in the 70s – Baby It's Me – a pretty unified album of disco groovers and compressed pop tunes produced by Richard Perry, recording here with Diana in a smooth LA setting! The title track "Baby It's Me" actually is a pretty funky number – almost in the funky Pointer Sisters mode – with heavy bass popping a break on the intro, and some nice Hotel Sheet work by Jack Ashford! Other titles include "Too Shy To Say", "You Got It", "Getting Ready For Love", "Top Of The World", "All Night Lover", and "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nino RotaAmarcord (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $36.99
A gem of a record from the legendary Nino Rota – one of his best scores for director Federico Fellini – a bit later than some of their 60s classics, but equally great! The music is filled with Rota's trademark interweaving of dominant themes and lighter moments – the kind of tight chamber scoring that makes his compositions work so well – bouncey, but never silly, moody, but never too serious. The narrative takes Rota to more pan-historic territory, but his approach here is similar to Fellini films set in contemporary Rome – and dominant instrumentation includes bits of accordion, piano, horns, and gentle strings. Wonderful stuff all around – with loads of short little tracks that have some nice hooks – titles that include "La Fogaraccia", "La Gradisca E Il Principe", "Gary Cooper", "Lo Struscio", "Amarcord", and "Ti Ricordi Siboney". Fantastic 2CD edition, with a total of 59 tracks in all! Includes the full film score, the 1973 soundtrack record, and loads of alternate and bonus tracks. CD
(Limited edition of 2000!)

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Nino RotaFellini, Visconti, Decadence, & Dreams (8 1/2/Rocco & His Brothers/The Leopard/Boccacio 70/more) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 13.99
An overstuffed collection – one that's filled with famous Nino Rota soundtrack material – for films by Fellini, Visconti, and others! First up is the excellent score for 8 1/2 – beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best work for Fellini. Carlo Savina conducted, and he does an excellent job with Rota's ideas – crafting them into short little packets of sound, woven tightly into little balls that pass back and forth as the mood of the film changes, in a similar mode to the scoring for La Dolce Vita. Titles include "Cadillac", "Cimitero", "Discesa Ai Fanghi", "La Passerella D'Addio", "Concertino Alle Terme", and "E Poi". Next is Rocco & His Brothers – a wonderful Nino Rota score – composed around the same time as his better-known work for Fellini, but done for a film directed by Luchino Visconti! There's a great mix of darkness and light in the music – some playful themes mixed with moodier moments – set to instrumentation that includes organ, bandeon, violin, and sax – with occasional larger orchestrations as well, but always with that sense of intimacy that made Rota one of the first fresh composers on the European scene of the postwar years. If you dig Rota's work for Fellini, you'll find plenty here to love – on titles that include "Come Tu Vuoi", "Milano E Nadia", "Terra Lontana", "L'Amore Di Rocco", and "La Loro Storia". The Leopard is a slightly more straightforward score – done for the famous film with Burt Lancaster in the lead. Boccaccio 70 is a 3-part soundtrack to a 3-part film that features different segments by Fellini, Visconti, and De Sica. The mode is Italian sex comedy – and the styles used here by Trovajoli and Rota are groovy and whimsical – occasionally touched with jazz or jerk/beat modes, but more in the ornate humoresque mode of early 60s Italian scores. CD also features Rota soundtrack material from the films La Riffa, Il Lavora, and The Temptation Of Dr Antonio. CD

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Nino RotaToby Dammit ... LP
Bella Casa (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $24.99 28.99
An overlooked bit of genius from Federico Fellini – a film that stars Terence Stamp as a Shakespearean actor run amuck – set to wonderful sounds here by the great Nino Rota! Rota revives some of his most charming styles from early 60s Fellini classics like La Dolce Vita or 8 1/2 – that bouncy, thematic approach that often uses plenty of jazz, and which has this wonderful way of mixing whimsy and darkness – at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout! Instrumentation includes some especially great woodwinds, plus a nice bit of organ too. LP features loads of tracks – including a few "Demon Child" variations, a Ray Charles version of "Ruby", and even an organ alternate too! LP, Vinyl record album

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RoutersLet's Go/Play 1963's Great Instrumental Hits/Charge/Chuck Berry Songbook ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
Four classic albums from The Routers – one of those unusual 60s groups who never really existed as a real band – but whose name was used to sell some very groovy records at the time! The Routers came from the same production talents who handled The Markettes – who also made some sweet instrumental albums for Warner Brothers at the time – and like that "group", the real music here is mostly played by the cream of LA's session musicians – including Wrecking Crew heavyweights like drummer Hal Blaine, and tenor sax legend Plas Johnson. All tunes are instrumental – and some follow a surf rock mode, while others focus on a particularly strong mode that made The Routers soar – kind of a jaunty, chanting style that was particularly great for big crowds at a live event. As you might guess from the album titles here, some of the records are heavy on Router-ized covers, while others feature original material – and titles include "Let's Go", "Sting Ray", "Martian Hop", "Half Time", "Bucket Seats", "Make It Snappy", "Mashy", "Charge", "Illinois Loyalty", "Ramblin Wreck", "School Days", "Sou'wester", "Pep Rally", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Bye By Johnny". 48 tracks in all – and complete notes on the "group"! CD

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RSLEvery Preston Guild ... LP
Stubs (UK), 2005. Very Good 2LP ... $6.99
A much-needed full length set from RSL – a trio who've grabbed plenty of attention with their initial singles, but who sound even better on an extended session! The group's got some instrumentation that's very much after our hearts – Fender Rhodes, organ, and theremin – all used together in a warm wash of sound that's matched with some pretty intriguing rhythms! And although RSL first came to prominence through their dancefloor work, the overall feel of the album is much more spacious – strongly concerned with soundshapes and tone, and often featuring some acoustic Latin elements sliding through the mix alongside vocals from guest singers Julie Gordon and Susana Montero. Titles include "The Mast", "Star", "Cae La Lluvia", "Inside Looking Out", "Parga Wine", "Wesley Music", "The Plunge", and "The Magic Of Spain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)

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Howard RumseyHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 6 ... CD
Contemporary, 1955. Used ... $9.99
Another standout set from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars – the kind of group who should have been a gimmicky way to promote his nightclub, but who actually managed to cut some of the best LA records of the time! The lineup here features Rumsey on bass, Bud Shank on alto, Bob Cooper on tenor, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Claude Williamson on piano, Stan Levey on drums, and either Frank Rosolino or Stu Williamson on trombone – depending on the track – and as before, there's a great focus on the solo talents of each member, so that even in this larger group setting, each number features a strong contribution by a particular player. Arrangements are great, and titles include "Who's Sleepy", "Isn't It Romantic", "Mad At The World", "Long Ago & Far Away", "Sad Sack", and "Dickie's Dream". CD
(Out of print.)

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Run The JewelsRun The Jewels 2 (180 gram colored vinyl) ... LP
Mass Appeal, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gateold ... $26.99 27.98
The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they're just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike's limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P's progress, but classic boom bap inspired production – and El-P is no slouch on the mic, either – and the leftfield crop of guests bring their A-Games, too – and the titles include "Jeopardy", "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Close Your Eyes" with Zach De la Rocha, "Lie, Cheat, Steal", "Early" feat Boots, "Love Again (Akinyele Back)", "Crown" feat Diane Coffee, "Angel Duster" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram teal colored vinyl – with poster and stickers.)

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Todd RundgrenAll Sides Of The Roxy – May 1978 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1978. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
The genius of Todd Rundgren rings out loud and proud here – in the full presentation of a legendary live set from LA in 1978 – known to millions more people than attended, thanks to a live simulcast of the event on nationwide radio! The big FM moment is a key illustration of where Rundgren had gone after his big wave of early 70s hits – as Todd's name was kept alive by the FM stations when AM radio was leaving him behind – while he spun out a non-stop genius of songwriting that refused to be diminished – recording album after album that were filled with very cool tracks that range from experimental numbers to dozens of "shouldda been hits"! All that scope is wonderfully captured here – in a live performance that has members of Hello People and Moogy Klingman working in Todd's tight backing band – as he runs through 2CDs' worth of material from the show, plus additional Roxy tracks too. Titles include "Real Man", "Love Of The Common Man", "You Cried Wolf", "Range War", "Can We Still Be Friends", "Sometimes I Just Don't Know What To Feel", "Black & White", "Dream Goes On Forever", "Eastern Intrigue", "Initiation", "She's Gone", "Hello It's Me", "Just One Victory", "Black Mariah", "Don't You Ever Learn", "The Verb To Love", "Lady Face", "Love In Action", "Hello It's Me", and "Determination". CD

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Carlo RustichelliBrancaleone Alle Crociate ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
The lively return of Brancaleone – the Italian comedic hero from The Crusades – whose musical journey is often a mix of different modes! Carlo Rustichelli handled the music, and the styles here are a mix of the jaunty march numbers that marked the heroe's main theme on his debut – plus some other more brooding action numbers that recall some of Rustichelli's better-known film scoring from the 60s. The orchestrations are by Gianfranco Plenizio, and a few numbers feature the larger Piero Carapellucci Choir – on titles that include "Saraceni", "Dialogo Di Brancaleone Con Se Medesimo", "Felicilla La Strega", "Ricordo Di Felicilla", "Marcia Di Brancaleone", "Inseguimento E Duello", and "Sbarco Dei Pellegrini E Marcia". CD features 40 tracks – lots of rare alternates and film versions! CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Brancaleone Alle Crociate (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP 38.99

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Carlo RustichelliBrancaleone Alle Crociate (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Digitmovies (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $38.99
The lively return of Brancaleone – the Italian comedic hero from The Crusades – whose musical journey is often a mix of different modes! Carlo Rustichelli handled the music, and the styles here are a mix of the jaunty march numbers that marked the heroe's main theme on his debut – plus some other more brooding action numbers that recall some of Rustichelli's better-known film scoring from the 60s. The orchestrations are by Gianfranco Plenizio, and a few numbers feature the larger Piero Carapellucci Choir – on titles that include "Saraceni", "Dialogo Di Brancaleone Con Se Medesimo", "Felicilla La Strega", "Ricordo Di Felicilla", "Marcia Di Brancaleone", "Inseguimento E Duello", and "Sbarco Dei Pellegrini E Marcia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – with bonus CD that includes lots of rare bonus tracks.)
Also available Brancaleone Alle Crociate ... CD 14.99

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Carlo RustichelliI Lunghi Capelli Della Morte (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dagored (Italy), 1964. New Copy ... $28.99
A creepy cover, and some creepy music as well – a starkly dramatic 60s score from Italian maestro Carlo Rustichelli! The style of the music predates some of the more famous Italian horror to come in the late 60s, but it's still directed with a similar thoughtfulness and sense of sound – a great ear for taking familiar orchestral modes and making them come out strange – thanks to odd timings and tunings that really do the trick! There's lots of offbeat woodwinds in the mix here – and some numbers are very spare, and at the lower range of the sound spectrum – making you peer (or hear) into the darkness to try to distinguish the action – then leap in surprise when things get more dramatic. Titles include "Verso I Rogo", "Tamburi Di Morte", "Mente Mavagia", "Piano Diabolico", "La Fine Di Kurt", "Amore Maledetto", "Adele Karnstein", and "Anima Mea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on colored vinyl!)
 
 
 



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