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Mel TormeOle Torme – Mel Torme Goes South Of The Border With Billy May (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used ... $11.99
CD
(Out of print. Includes US obi!)

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✨✧ LabellePressure Cookin' (2nd pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1973. Very Good+ ... $3.99
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the slightly less-formed modes of their Warner Brothers years – finding a really badass sort of territory that would serve them well for the rest of the 70s! The shift really pays off – as there's a number of good funky numbers on the album – and some righteous political lyricism in the mix, too – but also some mellower moments that really round things out nicely. The trio riff on a version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", as led into by the cut "Something In The Air" – and other numbers include "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)", "Mr. Music Man", "Goin' On a Holiday", "Open Up Your Heart", "Let Me See You In The Light", and "Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later black label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Mel TormeThat's All (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest, straightest sets from Mel Torme – an all-classic batch of tracks that's quite different than his other album for Columbia! Torme checks in as a totally committed, totally serious jazz vocalist here – with an impeccable approach to the music that puts this album right up there with the best work of Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett – very mature, but very personal too – in a way that really transforms familiar tunes. Arrangements are by Robert Mersey, who handles Torme with the best care he's had since the classic 50s recordings with Marty Paich – and titles include "PS I Love You", "The Nearness Of You", "Haven't We Met", and "Ho Ba La La". CD features a huge amount of bonus tracks – 12 additional numbers, 2 of which are unreleased – titles that include "Only The Very Young", "Paris Smiles", "Every Day's A Holiday", "One Little Snowflake", "You'd Better Love Me", and "I See It Now". CD

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✨✧ Eydie GormeDon't Go To Strangers/Softly As I Leave You ... CD
GL, 1966/1967. Used ... $14.99
A great double-header – especially since both albums are top-shelf! Don't Go To Strangers is a 60s classic from Eydie Gorme – and a set that showed the world that she had a lot more to offer than just some peppy duets with Steve Lawrence! Sure, Eydie had sung on her own before – and often did a pretty darn great job – but this album really takes off with a new sort of maturity – one that comes through in the title, and in Gorme's all-adult readings of the tunes – with a poise, care, and class that we're not sure we'd heard on records from her before. Don Costa handles the arrangements superbly – and titles include "What Did I Have That I Don't Have", "If He Walked Into My Life", "Don't Go To Strangers", "How Did He Look", "When He Leaves You", and "Tell Him I Said Hello". Softly As I Leave You is great second-period work from Eydie Gorme – one of the wonderfully mature 60s albums when she was really developing herself as a singer! The album's got a careful sort of poise – emotive, but never overdone – and arranged to perfection by Don Costa, in ways that are even more sensitive to Eydie's strengths than his previous work with the singer. Titles include "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "What's Good About Goodbye", "Guess I Should Have Loved Him More", "Softly As I Leave You", and "All Alone". CD

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✨✧ VariousYesterday Of Our Love – The Soul Of Challenge Records (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Challenge/Archives Of America, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little set of rare soul singles from the Challenge label – recorded and released from 1963-1968 – with wonderful, too long forgotten numbers by Jimmy Seals, Ron Holder, Charles Lamont & The Extremes, Yvonne Carroll, Johnny Wyatt, Jimmy Walker and Jerry Fuller! Challenge was formed in the late 50s in partnership with country/cowboy singer Gene Autry, but soon enough branched out stylistically, resulting in lots of cool, diverse records in the 60s! Nothing but great overlooked soul tunes here, mostly in an uptempo mode, with "The Yesterday Of Our Love", by Jimmy Seals, "I'll Forgive And Forget" by Ron Holden, Drown In My Broken Dreams" by Jimmy Walker, "Laugh Or Cry" by Yvonne Carroll, "Turn To Me" by Jerry Fuller (who also penned by back cover notes), "I've Got To Keep Moving" by Charles Lamont & The Extremes and more. 12 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition clear vinyl pressing.)

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David Byrne/Fatboy Slim & OthersHere Lies Love – A Song Cyle About Imelda Marcos & Estrella Cumpas (2CD set) ... CD
Nonesuch, 2010. Used 2CD ... $0.99
Here Lies Love and here lies one of the most ambitious projects in the careers of it's authors, the restless creative spirit that is David Byrne and the nearly as adventurous Fatboy Slim! The album is a 2 disc song cycle about former First Lady Of The Philippines Imelda Marcos and her childhood servant Estrella Cumpas – featuring a largely female roster of guest lead vocalists including Florence Welsh, Candie Payne & St Vincent, Sharon Jones, Santigold, Sia, Alice Russell and more – plus some dudes, including Byrne himself and Steve Earle. You can certainly hear Byrne in composition and lyricism, with global pop instrumentation and rhythms, plus big and languorous choruses, while the colorful and clubby thump underlying it most likely comes courtesy Fatboy Slim. The songs are quite good, and there's a grand sweep to the whole thing that we miss in most modern avant pop! Titles include "Here Lies Love" with Florence Weelsh, "A Perfect Hand" with Steve Earle", "Dancing Together" with Sharon Jones, "Please Don't" with Santigold, "Men Will Do Anything" with Alice Russell, "American Troglodyte" sung by Byrne and many more. CD

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Camberwell NowEP Collection (Meridian/Greenfingers) (with bonus download) ... LP
Modern Classics/Light In The Attic, Mid 80s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
A great LP package that brings together the two important EP releases from Camberwell Now – that excellent group formed by Charles Hayward after the dissolution of This Heat! The first half of the set is from Meridian – the group's first effort, and a wonderful batch of music that kind of takes an earlier Brit prog sound into the post-punk years – a bit like some of Robert Wyatt's material of the time, as are the vocals – but with maybe more of the sense of sound and texture that you'd expect from Hayward! Overall, the music is far less rhythmic than his previous efforts – but that's what makes it great – almost a weirder abstraction of sounds you might hear on Factory Records. Titles include "Cutty Sark", "Trade Winds", "Splash", and "Pearl Divers". Greenfingers is the last recorded material from Camberwell Now – an EP released in 1987, but one with a sound that feels much more like the UK indie scene of 5 years before – especially that point when groups were breaking past straighter punk, and really trying to integrate some new ideas with their music. There's definitely a continuation of the Robert Wyatt vibe – on both the vocal performance, and some of the moodier electronics – and titles include "Greenfingers", "Element Unknown", "Know How", and "Mystery Of The Fence". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful package – heavy cover with booklet, plus download with two bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Jards MacaleAnos 70s (Jards Macale/AprenderA Nadar/Raros E Inedito) (4CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Discobertas (Brazil), Mid 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $48.99
A much-needed look at the 70s work of Jards Macale – a singer/songwriter who was almost as important to his generation as Caetano Veloso or Tom Ze! First up is the 1972 self-titled album Jards Macale – an album that we'd rank right up there with work by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, or Lo Borges from the same time – with an underground singer/songwriter style, performed in a manner that mixes rock and jazz styles, but all with a rough edge and a very rootsy feel. Macale is an enormous talent that's always been woefully overlooked by listeners outside of Brazil – but he's one of the greatest talents of the 70s, and this may well be his best album! Titles include "Farinha Do Desprezo", "Mal Secreto", "Hotel Das Estrelas", "78 Rotacoes", and "Movimento Dos Barcos". Also features 3 bonus tracks – "Anjo Exterminado", "Movimento Dos Barcos", and "Rua Real Grandeza". Next is Aprender A Nadar, from 1974 – a record that only seems to deepen the songwriting skills of Jards, while also giving him more confidence on the vocal tip. There's still plenty of sharp edges throughout – on material that ranges from post-Tropicalia MPB, to mellow tracks delivered in a smooth soulful voice. Titles include "Jards Anet Da Vida", "Sois Coracoes", "Imagens", "Dona De Castelo", "Estatutos Da Gafieira", "Mambo Da Cantareira", and "E Dai". Also fetaures bonus tracks – demos of "Boneca Semitoica", "Dona De Castelo", "Rua Real Grandeza", "Anjo Exterminado", and "Senhor Dos Sabados". Box set also features 2 more CDs of rare and unissued tracks – 24 more titles that run from Jards' earliest years on record, to some overlooked tracks from later years too! CD

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Jackie McLean & John JenkinsAlto Madness (Status) ... LP
Status, 1957. Very Good- ... $11.99
A rough little killer from Jackie McLean – less well-formed than some of his Blue Note sides, but in a way that really gives him a great soulful edge! There's an open-blowing quality to the record, one that's almost a blowing session, but a bit tighter overall – a hint of the energy that McLean would bring to later dates, but a bit less polished overall. The group's a quintet – with John Jenkins on alto, blowing next to Jackie, plus Wade Legge piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor drums – and titles include "Alto Madness", "Windy City", "Easy Living", and "Pondering". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing, with RVG stamp. Cover has ring & edge wear, a split spine, and splitting on the seams.)

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Lloyd MillerJazz Piano ... CD
Eastern Arts, 2008. Used ... $4.99
Mostly contemporary work from pianist Lloyd Miller – performed on a modern keyboard with an acoustic sound, but still in the flowing, open style of some of his older work! Miller's mostly solo here, but he hits the keys with a really stretched-out quality – one that has him riffing up and down quickly, throwing in bits of other tones, and pushing forward with a sense of fullness that's different from the usual solo piano set. As with others of Lloyd's self-released albums, there's a heck of a lot of music here – over 70 minutes of tunes that include "Gol E Gandom", "Doxy", "Blue Rue", "Lover Man", "Lloyd's Blues", "All The Things You Are", "Ack Varmeland Du Skona", "Pentologic", and "3/4 Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Terry RileyHarp Of New Albion ... CD
Celestial Harmonies (Germany), 1986. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A spacious, dreamy minimalist piece by Riley, performed here by Riley himself on piano. Like much of his other work, theres a bit of eastern influence creeping in, with a nice spare approach overall. The piece is divided into 10 smaller sections over the course of the 2 LPs: "the New Albion Chorale/The Discovery", "The Orchestra Of Tao", "Riding The Westerleys", "Cadence On The Wind", "Premonition Rag", "Return Of The Ancestors", "Ascending Whale Dreams", "The Magic Knot Waltz", "Circle Of Wolves" and "Land's End". CD
(Cover image differs slightly.)

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✨✧ Little Beaver & OthersLittle Beaver Songbook ... CD
TK/Shout (Japan), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heavy helping of Miami soul – all of it composed by Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and performed by Beaver and some of his best contemporaries at TK Records! Little Beaver is easily one of our favorite artists from the 70s glory years of Miami soul – a hell of a singer, a great guitar player, and a wonderful songwriter who manages to balance rootsy modes with really personal reflections– at a level that comes off beautifully here even when Willie's not singing his own tunes! Tracks include lots of gems from the Cat, Glades, and Blue Candle label – with titles that include "Give A Helping Hand" by William Howard, "I've Got To See You Tonight" by Timmy Thomas, "Jealous Man" and "I Love The Way You Love" by Betty Wright, "Jimmy Bo Charlie" and "Tears Of The World" by Robert Moore, "Wish I Had A Girl Like You" by All The People, "He Don't Ever Lose His Groove" by Gwwen McCrae, "Don't Let It End This Way" by Betty Wright, and the tracks "Mama Forgot To Tell Me", "Don't Let It End This Way", "Katie Pearl", "Joey", "Night Girl Blue", "Miami Girl", "Ain't No Time", and "I Love The Way You Love" by Little Beaver himself! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Jordan De La SierraGymnosphere – Song Of The Rose ... LP
Unity/Numero, 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.98
Spacey piano work from Jordan De La Sierra – material that's clearly informed by the 60s experiments of La Monte Young and Terry Riley, but which also has a more open, spiritual quality too! The piano has a nice sense of tuning – one that's almost watery at points – and Jordan's in no rush to let the notes unfold, as he often waits for one to resonate out before starting the next – which creates this very spacious, meditative quality throughout – a mode that's also inspired by Indian music, but much more laidbck and North California! The package reproduces the original 2LP set – complete with artwork and original notes. LP, Vinyl record album

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Stan KentonStan Kenton Today/Stan Kenton Recorded Live In London ... LP
Decca/London, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $0.99
Hip 70s work from Stan Kenton – a set recorded live in the UK in 1972, in the best modern style he was using at the time! As with some of Kenton's other excellent 70s sessions, the players on the records are lesser-known than on his classic sets – but all are extremely well-suited to the Kenton groove, and are younger players that have a free-thinking approach that makes for some great solo work. Tracks are all relatively long, and have a rhythmic pulse that's really great – not really electric, but clearly informed at times by the use of electric instrumentation in bigger bands at the time. Titles include "Malaguena", "Artistry In Percussion", "Chiapas", "Bogota", "Fringe Benefit", "Walk Softly", and "Ambivalence". LP, Vinyl record album

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Albert MangelsdorffNow Jazz Ramwong – The Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet In Asia ... LP
CBS/Be! (Germany), 1964. New Copy Tri-fold (reissue)... $24.99
Brilliant modern jazz from German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff – recording here in 1964, but sounding years ahead of his time, with an amazing a blend of jazz and Asian styles! The album's one of Mangelsdorff's best ever – a set of rhythmic tunes that seem clearly informed by the work of Ornette and Joe Harriott, but also based along eastern themes picked up by the group on a tour of the Orient – and performed by a sharp-edged quintet that includes Heinz Sauer on tenor and soprano sax, Gunter Kronberg on alto, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Ralph Hubner on drums. There's some nice traces of MPS/Saba modal and Jazz Meets the World styles – and overall, the rhythmic pulse keeps things from getting as free and out as on Mangelsdorff's 70s sides – really soaring, but never too far out – and always with a cool exotic groove. The whole thing's great – instantly striking, and always a treasure – and titles include "Sakura Waltz", "Now Jazz Ramwong", "Raknash", "Theme From Vietnam", and "Burungkaka". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful tri-fold cover pressing – just like the original!)

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ManhattansDedicated To You/For You And Yours ... CD
Carnival/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Masterpiece soul material! The Manhattans in the 60's were an amazingly precise group that managed to swing, yet still hit a totally soulful groove. This CD presents their first two albums in complete form, features 24 solid tracks, nearly all of them original compositions – and the sound is completely wonderful, a harmony soul fan's delight! Unlike other acts of this nature, too, the group never really recorded any filler – and all the tracks on the set are as great as the singles that formed the bigger hits at the time. Titles include "Follow Your Heart", "That New Girl", "Searchin For My Baby", "I Call It Love", "I Betcha", "There Goes A Fool", "Baby, I'm Sorry", "For The Very First Time", and "I Wanna Be". CD

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Moraes MoreiraAnos 70 – 1975 to 1979 (Moraes Moreira/Cara E Coracao/Alto Falante/La Vem O Brasil Descendo E Ladeir) (4CD box set) ... CD
Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), Late 70s. New Copy 4CDs ... $49.99
Four full albums from Moraes Moreira – an overlooked Brazilian singer of the late 70s, – at least on an international level – but one who made some very soulful work at the time, especially after departing the group Os Novos Baianos! The records here show a great progression of styles – starting out with Jorge-Ben like samba soul, and mixing in more traditional samba, bits of jazz, and more – often a late 70s mix of MPB and samba – put together with the rootsy feel of the latter, but also some of the more creative song styles of the former! At times, there's a tightness here that's unusual for a samba record – especially as Moraes grows in confidence, yet still keeps things far from being commercial. The box features four full albums, all with remastered sound and artwork – Moraes Moreira, Cara E Coracao, Alto Falante, and La Vem O Brasil Descendo E Ladeir.r. CD

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Oneness Of JujuAfrican Rhythms ... LP
Black Fire, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A landmark of 70s Afro-styled jazz – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the 70s, with spiritual and political aspirations that stretched far beyond the average funky combo. This first album is a masterful blend of percussion, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – alternating vocal tracks with harder-hitting jazz instrumentals, all held together under the leadership of sax player Plunky Nakabinde – a reedman whose work here alone is worth the price of admission – laid out nicely alongside some great percussion, Fender Rhodes, and wonderfully worm vocals on a few tracks. The album's one of the greatest independent soul jazz albums of the 70s – and it's filled with great tracks, such as the breakbeat classic "African Rhythms" and "Liberation Dues" – plus "Kazi", "Funky Wood", "Don't Give Up", "Poo Too", and "Incognito". LP, Vinyl record album

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TriageTwenty Minute Cliff ... CD
Okka Disk, 2003. Used ... $10.99
Bracing work from the trio of Dave Rempis (saxes), Jason Ajemian (bass), and Tim Daisy (drums) – very much in the best power-trio mode that seems to be one of the specialties of the Okka Disk label! The style is informed both by freer improv work of the European scene, and also by the contemplative moments of the AACM – and titles include "Sound Sound", "Sun Dawgs", "Lamento", "Leo's Leaving The Room", "Portrait Of The Stone Age", and "River Rouge". CD
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Vaudou GameKidayu ... CD
Hot Casa (France), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
A contemporary combo from Togo, but one who've got a hard-riffing sound that takes us back to the James Brown band of the late 60s – which is then mixed with a lot of sweet touches of their own, to create one of the freshest strands of Afro Funk we've heard in years! These guys are hardly content to copy modes of the 70s – and instead, they work with a sense of instrumental craftsmanship that's clearly informed by the giants of the past, but set loose in all these great new directions – especially given the paths that the flowing French vocals seem to open up! There's a sense of joy and pride in the music right from the start – a soaring sort of energy that's a great counterpoint to the gritty grooves at the bottom – and a combination that has us loving the group way more than before. Titles include "Natural Vaudou", "La Vie C'Est Bon", "On Se Pousse", "La Dette", "Elle Decide", "Locataire", "Cherie Nye", and "Lonlon". CD
 
 
 



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