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Joe HoustonKicking Back ... CD
Big Town/BGP (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Around May 25, 2015
Funk LP recorded by 50s tenor legend Joe Houston for the obscure Big Town label. The lineup and production's got a number of 50s LA R&B names in it, like Ted Butler, Bo Rhambo and LarryJohnson, but the sound's very modern 70s jazz. The highlight is the long two-part title track, "Kicking Back", a nice jazz funk groover. Also includes "T-Bone Disco", "Hawaiian Disco", "Trippin' In" and "Why Don't You Rock Me". CD

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Jackie & RoyFree & Easy ... CD
Paramount/Universal (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
One of the grooviest records ever by Jackie & Roy – a sweetly swinging 50s session, with great LA jazz backings from the orchestra of Bill Holman! The cover's got Jackie & Roy playing on a slide at the sea – and that free and easy image certainly sums up the feel of the music – a lightly playful blend of jazz vocalese, ballads, and strong duet numbers, all sung with the usual Jackie & Roy charm. The set includes some great tunes, too – including "Pent Up House", "Free & Easy", "So It's Spring", and "Aren't You Glad You're You". CD

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Gladys Knight & The PipsVisions (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... Around May 4, 2015
Sweet 80s groove from Gladys Knight & The Pips – just the kind of record that shows why the group kept going strong for so many years! The classic approach is still very firmly intact – Gladys' wonderful lead, soaring out over the Pips' warm harmonies – a vocal power that so many other groups could never get this right – evolved amazingly here from the early soul years of the group's origins. The approach of the set is lean and smooth, yet turns out to be a perfect fit for the maturing Knight/Pips sound – a mode that still keeps them right out in front of the pack, with a great mix of grooving and sophistication. Titles include "Save The Overtime (For Me)", "Heaven Sent", "When You're Far Away", "Just Be My Lover", "Don't Make Me Run Away", "Ain't No Greater Love", "O La De Da", "You're Number One", and the longstanding classic "Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)". 2CD version features a whopping 23 bonus tracks – with lots of single mixes, 12" mixes, and cuts that include "Hard Act To Follow", "More More More", "She Believes In Me", "Love's Gonna Get You", "When You Live Through As Many Heartaches", and "Kiss Away The Pain". CD

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Christiane LegrandOf Smiles And Tears ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
Brazilian rhythms meet French pop – all in an incredible album from the lovely Christiane Legrand! Christiane's probably best known for her work in the Swingle Singers – or for being the sister of the famous Michel Legrand, who she helped on a few soundtracks – but she sounds especially wonderful here, in a set of early 70s tracks based around the compositions of Marcos Valle, Milton Nascimento, Baden Powell, and other Brazilian artists! The music here is really the best blend of all elements involved – some of the lighter jazziness you might expect from a score penned by brother Michel, a few of the more ambitious touches from baroque Brazilian pop, and the sweetly soaring vocals that you'll recognize from Christiane's work in her famous group. MPB interpreted by Parisians always has a special quality – and we'd rank this one right up there with similar Brazilian experiments of the 70s by Claude Nougaro or Pierre Barouh! Titles include "Rome (Children's Games)", "La Riziere (Cancao Do Sol)", "Catavento", "Vai (Canto De Ossanha)", "Cent Mille Poissons Dans Ton Filet (O Cafona)", "Avec Des Je Avec Des Ja (Voce E Eu)", and "Deux Camarades (Morro Velo)". CD

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Michel LegrandLes Demoiselles De Rochefort (Young Girls of Rochefort) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
One of our favorite soundtracks ever – a jazzy swinging ode to love found and love lost – all penned by the legendary Michel Legrand! The work was composed in collaboration with director Jacques Demy for his 1966 film of the same name – and, like the previous Demy/Legrand collaboration, Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, the movie's a story in song – one that has much of the dialogue presented as sung lyrics to the tunes. The mode takes off from a Hollywood musical style, and pushes the genre into territory that's much hipper, very French, and with a soaring approach that's filled with plenty of mod 60s jazz grooves. Legrand's genius has never sparkled so brightly – and his ability to interweave different themes, stories, and grooves is simply amazing! This double-length set presents the expanded original score – with many songs that were not on the original single version of the soundtrack, plus key bits of dialogue to help transition the tunes. Titles include "Chanson Des Jumelles", "Chanson De Delphine", "Nous Voyageons De Ville En Ville", "Chanson D'Andy", "La Femme Coupee En Morceaux", and "Marins Amis Amants Ou Maris". Plus, this 2 CD version of the score includes 9 extra bonus cuts – including 5 from the "orchestral version" of the score, plus some other instrumental jazz versions by Michel Legrand! The whole package is great, and the booklet's filled with nice photos from the very groovy movie. A treasure, and one that we're extremely happy to be stocking! CD

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Orlando MarinOut Of My Mind ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
A Latin Soul classic – but one that's a lot more obscure than some of the better-remembered albums on Fania and Tico from the late 60s! Orlando Marin is probably mostly known as an arranger, and a leader from the earlier years of the New York scene – but during the Latin Soul years he cut this fantastic set for Decca – easily one of the best of the all-great Latin sides the label was doing at the time! Lyrics are often in English, and sung with a good deal of soul by Eddie Revere – and Orlando's group crackles with the intensity of the Joe Cuba Sextet – thanks to a timbales-heavy sound in the lead, lots of dark piano on the bottom, and some trumpety flourishes on the top – all with a nice dose of jazz in the mix. Soul-based titles include "Sugarfoot Baby", "The Hustler", and "Out Of My Mind" – and other titles include "Eenie Meenie Chow Chow", "Chickie's Cookie", "La Lengua", "Palo Monte", and "No Puede Ser". CD

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Jack Marshall & Shelly ManneSounds! ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Around June 17, 2015
A sweet little set from mid 60s Capitol records – a wonderful blend of jazz and percussion, handled by two of the most inventive musicians on the LA scene! Jack Marshall's probably best known for his excellent arrangements for the label on sets with singers – but here, he's playing guitar alongside the percussion of Shelly Manne – who handles a whole host of unusual instruments, always with the fluid swing he brought to his jazz recordings of the 50s! There's definitely a lot more jazz going on here than the heavier percussion you'd hear on a bachelor pad record of this nature – and the open strings on Marshall's guitar make for plenty of nice bossa inflections, too. Titles include "Theme From Lawrence Of Arabia", "Yesterdays", "Manha De Carnaval/Sweet Happy Life", "The Girls of Sao Paulo", "The Rain in Spain", and "Choros". CD

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Augusto MartelliBlack Sound From White People ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around June 17, 2015
If you can forgive the title of this one, you'll find it to be a very groovy record! The album's a killer batch of funky instrumentals ("black sound") recorded in Italy in 1972 by Augusto Martelli ("white people") – and it's got the groove and swing of some of the best Italian soundtracks from the time, no surprise, as Martelli had his hand in a few from that era! The package is a nice one – with a thick booklet, notes in Japanese, but some good images of Martelli and album covers – and the music is really great, with some excellent sax and flute work that takes the tracks into a jazzier mode than usual for this sort of thing! Loads of great percussion too – and titles include "Loco Love Motor", "Mondo No", "Krypto Blues", "Ma ne Vale La Pena", "90th Compleanno", and "Sara Stato Il Futuro". CD

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Les McCannBucket O' Grease ... CD
Limelight/Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing-a-ling mode – clearly McCann's nod to the Spanish Harlem scene at the time! The backings here are a bit fuller than usual for Les too – and his trio with Leroy Vinnegar is augmented with lots of added percussion, plus vibes from Lynn Blessing, sax and flute from Plas Johnson, and trumpet from Lee Katzman. The whole thing's wonderful – a non-stop party that rivals similar boogaloo jazz sets of the time – and titles include "Fakeout", "Boo Go Loo", "Hey Leroy", "Bang Bang", "La Brea", and "Music To Watch Girls By". CD

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Gary McFarlandSoft Samba ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Around June 17, 2015
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in a melodic and lovely kind of way! The whole thing's incredibly charming, and even familiar tunes come across sounding quite different in McFarlands hands. Titles include "From Russia With Love", "More", "Emily", "La Vie En Rose", "The Love Goddess", and even a groovy take on "I Want To Hold Your Hand". For you true swingers, the cover includes directions for mixing a "Soft Samba Cocktail" (courtesy Spanish Sherry Institute)! CD

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Chris MontezMore I See You – Call Me (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Around June 17, 2015
Fantastically sweet pop from Chris Montez! Chris had a light little voice that was perfect for the A&M Records approach of the 60s – a style that has him singing gently over arrangements that glide and bounce around with ease, sometimes handled by Herb Alpert, in a breezy sunny LA mode that makes us want to be driving down Highway 101 with the top down, AM radio blasting out all of Chris' early singles at once! Chris' real genius here is the way that he takes standards and pop tunes – and, working with Herb, crafts them into a whole new sound – stripped down, streamlined, and perfect for the 60s! Titles include "One Note Samba", "The More I See You", "Fly Me To The Moon", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Call Me", "Hey Baby", and "Little White Lies". A great package – as the CD features the whole album in both mono and stereo – 24 titles in all! CD

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Jeanne MoreauJeanne Chante Jeanne ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
A wonderful record by the great French actress Jeanne Moreau – and proof that she was a pretty great vocalist too! This unique album has Jean singing a sweet batch of original compositions (we had no idea she was a songwriter too!) – set to musical arrangements written for the album by Jacques Datin and Antoine Duhamel. The sound is beautiful, and way better than you'd ever expect – somewhat dreamy, with echoes of bossa nova that slide in alongside more familiar French pop modes. The orchestrations include vibist Guy Boyer in the tight combo that backs Jeanne up, and his vibes are super-sweet, and bring this haunting quality to the session that recalls some of the early Tim Buckley albums. Titles include "La Celebrite – La Publicite", "Les Voyages", "Notre Ile, Ton Ile, Mon Ile", "Quelle Histoire", and "Le Vrai Scandale C'est La Mort". CD

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Ennio MorriconeIl Maestro E Margherita (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
RCA/GDM (Italy), 1972. New Copy ... Early April, 2015 (delayed)
A beautifully mellow soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – and in ways that are a bit different than some of his more familiar scores from the time! The instrumentation here is heavy on strings, often with lighter woodwinds in the front – and all tunes have a slow-building melody that's really lovely – somewhat sweeter than the usual Morricone instrumental, but still with a haunting quality overall. Edda Dell'Orso sings wordless vocals on half of the album's tracks – further helping develop this compelling little tune – and the whole thing moves along at a pace that's even gentler than La Donna Invisible! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ennio MorriconeVamos A Matar, Companeros (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
GDM (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... Early April, 2015 (delayed)
A soundtrack as striking as it's cover image of a man buried up to his head in the ground – and a real lesser-known western gem from Ennio Morricone! The music balances a broad number of styles here – from darkly chanting vocals, to warmer mellower strings, to elements that more playfully evoke a sense of time and place – augmented from time to time by harmonica from Franco De Gemini and whistling and guitar from Alessandro Alessandroni – both two of Morricone's best partners in music at the time! CD features excellent sound, and lots of bonus tracks – and titles include "Il Pinguino", "La Messicana", "Vamos A Matar Companeros", "Cecchino", and "La Lora Patria". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of FriendsRoger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Around May 20, 2015
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis on groovy harmonies in a male/female style that reminds us of We Five or The Free Design – but a lot hipper too, as its more adult in its themes – with this way of bringing innocence into play with mature thoughtfulness, but in subtle modes that are perfect for the unique album's placement on A&M! Nichols would later be known for his songwriting with Paul Williams, and was also part of a core group of underground LA pop luminaries that included the whole Warner crew under Lenny Waronker – and this album definitely has some of the sly undertones of some of the hippest late 60s Warner work as well. Titles include "Snow Queen", "Love So Fine", "Don't Take Your Time", "Can I Go", and "Kinda Wasted Without You". CD
Also available Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends ... LP 109.99

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NWA, Eazy E & OthersNWA & The Posse ... LP
Ruthless/Macola, 1987. New Copy (reissue)... Around May 4, 2015
Nice early Ruthless comp on Macola with NWA and other members of the Ruthless stable at the time, including an early appearance by Mikah 9 of Freestyle Fellowship! Cuts include "8 Ball", "Panic Zone", and "Dope Man" by NWA; "LA Is The Place" and "Boyz N The Hood" by Eazy E; and more by Fila Fresh Crew. LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie PalmieriVamonos Pa'l Monte ... CD
Tico, 1976. New Copy ... Spring 2015
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the more descarga-driven styles of his Coco albums. Eddie plays both electric and acoustic piano on the session – and the group is small and tight, with a sound that really compresses the energy of the grooves on the album! One that we'd recommend in a minute, with great tracks that include "Vamanos Pa'l Monte", "Viejo Socarron", "Comparasa De Los Locos", and the excellent "Revolt/La Libertad Logico". CD

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Tito PuenteHomenaje A Beny ... CD
Tico, 1978. New Copy ... Spring 2015
A smoking little tribute to Cuban great Beny More – recorded in the mid 70s by Tito Puente, in a way that nicely updates the classic sound! The style here is certainly traditional, but the record really benefits from tighter salsa-era production from Louie Ramirez – who gives the music a really strong focus, and creates a shifting showcase of sounds to present a range of guest vocalists who include Celia Cruz, Santos Colon, Nestor Sanchez, Junior Gonzales, and Adalberto Santiago. Tito himself over saw the whole direction of the music and feel of the set – and plays a bit of vibes and timbales throughout. Titles include "Que Bueno Baila Ud", "Encanto De La Vida", "Camarera Del Amor", "Baila Mi Son", "Francisco Guayabal", and "Santa Isabel De Las Lajas". CD

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Tito Puente & Celia CruzCuba Y Puerto Rico Son ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1966. New Copy ... Spring 2015
The initial meeting of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz on record – the first of many great partnerships on wax, and a well-rounded set that has Cruz stepping out strongly in many modes! As the title implies, the styles are a range of Cuban and Puerto Rican musical themes – handled straightly at some points, romantically at others, and in a more playful mode on some of the best titles in the set. Tito's got a nice brace of saxophones in his group for the record, and titles include "Mi Desesperacion", "La Guarchera", "Tinicue", "Cumbiando", "La Bomba Me Llama", "La Rueda", "Salve Pa Ti", "No Hay Amigos", and "Herencia Gitana". CD

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Ismael Rivera Y Sus CachimbosDe Todas Maneras Rosas ... CD
Tico, 1977. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
Warm Puerto Rican soul from Ismael Rivera – working here on one of his classic 70s albums with backings from the Cachimbos combo – a great little group that's led and arranged by Javier Vasquez on piano! There's a nicely bubbling groove to most numbers here – a sunny sound that's touched with an undercurrent of sadness, and carried off well by the group in a mix of bright horns, rootsier percussion, and even a bit of tres. The sound is fresh, although with key traditional elements – and titles include "Si Te Cojo", "Mi Son Sabroson", "De Todas Maneras Rosas", "El Mesias", "Profesion Esperanza", and "La Oportunidad". CD
 
 
 



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