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✨✧ VariousR&B On Lakewood Boulevard – Rare & Unreleased Rhythm & Blues From Southern California ... CD
Downey/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
An overlooked source of soul from the west coast scene – rough-edged material recorded by the small Downey family of labels – a company that's mostly known for its bigger hits in rock and roll at the time! Downey had a great flurry of instrumental rock hits in the early 60s – but at the same time, the company was also cutting a bit of the late R&B and early soul material that never got the right sort of exposure on the LA scene – tracks that would have ended up on Chess, Motown, or Atlantic if the artists had been working back east – but which instead had to find an outlet in the busy recording schedule of Downey. A number of these tracks circulated as singles back in the day, but far more were lost to the shifting sands of time – and either appear here for the first time, or saw brief release in later years since their recording – certainly never in a format this well-done. The package features a whopping 26 tracks in all – plus detailed notes on the legendary Downey studios and store, and the unique story of the music as well. Titles include "Midnight Bells Are Ringing", by T-Bone Walker Jr, "She Wobbles When She Walks" and "Jaywalkin'" by Paul Clifton, "Leave My Woman Alone" by Ace Holder, "Too Young" by Boyce Cunningham, "TV Guide" by Jessie Hill, "Stop Fooling Around" by Little Johnny Taylor, "I Hope That It's Me" by Little Caesar & The Ark Angels, "Down The Street" and "TV Guide" by Jessie Hill, "Laura" and "Fare Thee Well" by The Debonaires, and "Night Scene" by Chuck Higgins. CD

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VariousSoul On The Real Side #5 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), 1970s/Early 80s/2016. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the best volume so far in this excellent series – a compilation collection that never lets us down, but which really brings something special to the mix this time around! There's a wealth of obscure modern soul tracks here – nicely grooving numbers from the 70s and early 80s, mixed with a few choice cuts from later years, too – but all with a warm glow that's plenty classic all the way through – that special blend of soul that made the 70s mellow groove so great! Many tracks are quite obscure, and haven't been reissued elsewhere – and the set features 20 titles in all, with cuts that include "Give Him Up" by First Generation, "Sha-La Bandit" by Delores Hall, "Love Is A Game" by Harry Ray, "Whisper In Your Ear" by Reggie Griffin, "I've Quit Running The Streets" by Garland Green, "Baby Don't Wake Me" by Del Davis, "No One Can Love You Like I Do" by Flakes, "Just The Way You Like It" by Leon Bryant, "I Wanna Spend My Whole Life With You" by Street People, "Be Real" by Tomorrow's Edition, "Let's Do It Now" by JALN Band, "Rain In My Life" by Prophecy, "Aah Dance" by Fine Quality feat Cuz, and Lisa Stansfield's great version of "A Case Of Too Much Love Making". CD

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✨✧ Paul BleyEarly Trios (Introducing Paul Bley/Paul Bley) ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953/1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The earliest work on record from pianist Paul Bley – the Canadian modernist who'd become much better known for his more experimental work in later years, but who's heard here on two straighter trio sessions! The first 7 tracks on the CD are from a rare 10" album that Bley cut with Art Blakey on drums and Charles Mingus on bass – a set that was done upon Mingus' discovery of Bley's talents, and which was issued on his own Debut label briefly in the 50s. Titles on that session include "Opus 1", "Walkin", "Split Kick", "Spontaneous Combustion", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", and "Like Someone In Love". The remaining 12 tracks on the set are from a Mercury album cut the following year – one that features either Percy Heath or Peter Ind on bass, plus Al Levitt on drums – and which captures Bley in a fluid and evocative style that we really like. The tunes are mostly familiar numbers, but they're played by Bley with a warm introspection that already shows growth since the first session. Titles include "Drum One", "Time On My Hands", "Autumn Breeze", "My One & Only", "52nd Street Theme", and "This Can't Be Love". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithSermon! ... LP
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the Jimmy Smith "jam session" Blue Notes, with a large group that includes Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, George Coleman, Tina Brooks, and Art Blakey – nearly all of whom take long solos and dig deep to compete with each other. 3 long tracks, "The Sermon", "JOS", and "Flamingo" – and a hard-wailing, jam session, cutting contest, blowing session feel all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing. Cover has some wear and seem splitting.)

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✨✧ Jeanne Lee & Ran BlakeNewest Sound Around ... CD
RCA/BMG (France), 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a lot better than much of Lee's later work – as it's still very much in a traditional jazz vocal realm, just pushed off-kilter a few notches or two, and painted with more abstract colors than usual. Lee's voice is nicely restrained, and has a dark Abbey Lincoln quality to it at the best moments. Titles include "Church On Russel Street", "Laura", "Love Isn't Everything", "Lover Man", "Season In The Sun", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". Plus, this CD reissue features 4 bonus cuts – including "Straight Ahead", "Vanguard", and "Left Alone". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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