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✨✧ David RitzRespect – The Life Of Aretha Franklin (hardcover) ... Book
Little Brown, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
David Ritz has a mighty long pedigree when it comes to music writing – including some songwriting credits, too – and he's definitely someone we can trust to take on the life and music of the great Aretha Franklin in this mighty hefty book! The volume goes way past the usual trappings of a star biography – and instead digs deep, both into Aretha's persona, and the larger world of music in which she was situated – locating both those things that made her so unique and important, and those personal factors that shaped her sounds from behind the scenes during her long years of recording and performance. Ritz already did a great job with his book on Marvin Gaye, but he may well be even greater here – in a heavy volume that runs for over 500 pages, and which includes a section of photographs too. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)
 
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Cannonball AdderleyBlack Messiah ... CD
Capitol/Dusty Groove, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $17.99 19.98
A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much more freewheeling, open-ended, fuzz, funky, and electric overall! Tracks are all nice and long, and really trip out in the best way – with keyboards from George Duke in the core group, plus some heavy basslines from Walter Booker, drums from Roy McCurdy, and guitar from Mike Deasy on a number of key tracks. Deasy plays with lots of great wah wah and fuzz – and the album also features guest work from Airto on percussion and Ernie Watts on tenor – plus Cannonball's great alto and the cornet of brother Nat Adderley too. There's a really collaborative feel to the whole thing – as the record steps easily between a lot of heady styles – and titles include "Zanek", "Eye Of The Cosmos", "The Scene", "The Chocolate Nuisance", "The Steam Drill", "Little Benny Hen", and "The Black Messiah". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Burt Bacharach/Hal DavidPromises, Promises (remastered pressing) ... CD
United Artists/Ryko, 1968. Used ... $14.99
Burt Bacharach and Hal David's sole entry into the musical genre – a weird little musical that's based on the film The Apartment! The record's a lot less "Broadway" than you might think – and often handled with the same sly syncopated style of Bacharach's regular pop work – particularly that of the later A&M years. And even if you're not the sort to go for the usual sort of musical, this one's filled with some really great little tunes that stand with some of Burt's best later work – and which are almost even more interesting, given some of the themes that get explored! Musical direction is by Harold Wheeler, and Jerry Orbach's one of the key vocalists of the set! Titles include "Upstairs", "Knowing When To Leave", "She Likes Basketball", "Half As Big As Life", "Our Little Secret", "Christmas Day", "Grapes Of Roth", and "Wanting Things". And even better, this new version includes some great improvements – including remastering, a "fix" on the pitch of Jerry Orbach's vocals, and a song order that replicates their appearance in the original musical! CD
(Out of print.)

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Black HeatBlack Heat ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ... $39.99
A searing debut from Black Heat – one of the best funk acts to record for Atlantic during the 70s, and a tight little group with a sound that's a mixture of New Orleans funk and New York heavy! The album's got a bit of vocals – figuring in on about half the tracks – but the main focus here is definitely instrumental – with a strong emphasis on choppy guitar, sweet organ licks, and cooking horn solos on trumpet, tenor, and flute – the last two of which are played by David Newman – not normally a member of the combo, but a great guest for this session! The sound is very tight, but never slick – and often recorded with an earthiness that recalls some of the best indie label funk of the period – like the kind of grooves you might find over at Perception/Today – with all the trippiness that might imply. Titles include "Chip's Funk", "Wanoah", "Barbara's Mood", "Chicken Heads", "The Jungle", "Send My Lover Back", "Honey Love", and "Time Is Gonna Catch You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a split in the top seam.)

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David BowieYoung Americans ... LP
RCA, 1975. Very Good ... $29.99
A brilliant soul album! That's right, we said SOUL album! Bowie was at the height of his Ziggy Stardust fame when this one was recorded – a drastic left-turn in styles, forged during a point in his American tour when he could take a break, head to Philly, plug in at the Sigma Sound Studios, and come up with some fantastic little soul tunes, thanks to help from Luther Vandross! The album sparkles with the best sound of Luther's early work – and you'll hear more than a bit of Luther's work on his own, and his tunes with Gregg Diamond on the set. Features the sublime tracks "Win", "Fascination", "Right", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", and "Can You Hear Me" – as well as the hits "Young Americans" and "Fame". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing with black labels. Cover has some edge wear.)

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Betty CarterWhatever Happened To Love ... LP
Bet Car, 1982. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Betty Carter recording with strings – one of her first recordings of the type in years, done for her own hip label! The session starts with Betty's core trio that includes Khalid Moss on piano, Curtis Lundy on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – then adds in larger string arrangements by David Amram. The set was recorded live, and the strings really stay in the background – never overwhelming, and instead just couching and cuddling the piano, bass, and drums to bring out an extra level of warmth and sensitivity. Titles include "Abre La Puerta", "I Cry Alone", "New Blues", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Social Call", and "With No Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Lol CoxhillEar Of The Beholder ... CD
Dandelion/See For Miles (UK), 1971. Used ... $14.99
One of the weirdest, most wonderful albums ever cut by saxophonist Lol Coxhill – way more than just improvised jazz, and exactly the best sort of a record to show his connection to the larger British music scene! The feel here is a bit like the albums that Coxhill recorded with Steve Miller for Virgin, but even more offbeat – a blend of solo saxophone lines, electronic experimentation, processing and effects, and other added instrumentation. Coxhill speaks a bit on the set, almost in a Ivor Cutler sort of way – and he gets a bit of help from David Bedford, Jasper Van'Thof, and Mike Oldfield. Some tracks are short and more "sound" oriented, others are longer, and more free jazz sounding, but all are pretty darn wonderful – and titles include "Rasa Moods", "Feedback", "Two Little Pigeons", "Hungerford", "The Rhythmic Hooter", and "A Series Of Superbly Played Mellotron Codas". CD
Also available Ear Of The Beholder ... LP 38.99

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Lol CoxhillEar Of The Beholder ... LP
Dandelion/Ampex, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $38.99
One of the weirdest, most wonderful albums ever cut by saxophonist Lol Coxhill – way more than just improvised jazz, and exactly the best sort of a record to show his connection to the larger British music scene! The feel here is a bit like the albums that Coxhill recorded with Steve Miller for Virgin, but even more offbeat – a blend of solo saxophone lines, electronic experimentation, processing and effects, and other added instrumentation. Coxhill speaks a bit on the set, almost in a Ivor Cutler sort of way – and he gets a bit of help from David Bedford, Jasper Van'Thof, and Mike Oldfield. Some tracks are short and more "sound" oriented, others are longer, and more free jazz sounding, but all are pretty darn wonderful – and titles include "Rasa Moods", "Feedback", "Two Little Pigeons", "Hungerford", "The Rhythmic Hooter", and "A Series Of Superbly Played Mellotron Codas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)
Also available Ear Of The Beholder ... CD 14.99

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Keith EmersonKeith Emerson Trio ... CD
Emersongs (UK), 1963. New Copy ... $7.99
Some of the first-ever recordings from keyboardist Keith Emerson – a totally straight jazz trio set, and done in a style that's quite different than his famous prog work in ELP! Here, Keith is young, but already a hell of a pianist – working in a style that's drawn plenty from the American bop scene of the 50s, and turns things slightly to a snapping London 60s approach, especially on some of the cuts that have these wonderful basslines from Godfrey Sheppard, whose instrument really helps give the group a lot of direction! Drums are by David Keene, and the recording quality is a little "roomy" – given that the material was not commercial available at the time, and just pressed on a few acetates – but Emerson's strengths come through right away, both in his playing, and his arrangements of the tunes. Some moments are surprisingly soulful – almost pointing towards a much different future for Keith – and tracks include "Winkle Picker Stamp", "Teenie's Blues", "You Say You Care", "Soul Station", and "56 Blues". CD

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Fabulous RhinestonesFreewheelin ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
A hip little rock group from the upstate NY scene – and heck, they had to be hip, to record on the Just Sunshine label! The sound here has a bit of a funky rock approach, colored by a Band-like hominess – but thanks to some strong famous guests on the session, the instrumentation steps out way past the vocals on the best numbers – with help from a crack lineup that includes Toots Thielemans, Tito Puente, David Sanborn, and the Brecker Brothers! The core group are great, too – with the same sort of tight rhythms and soulful vocals we loved from their previous release – and titles include "Vicious Circle", "Freewheelin", "Down To The City", "What Becomes Of Your Life", "Do It Like Ya Mean It", and "Whitecaps". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear on the bottom right corner.)

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Four TopsStill Waters Run Deep ... LP
Motown, 1970. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the last albums the Four Tops ever issued on Motown – but also one of the best, and a set that really has the group taking off in a strong new direction for the 70s! Frank Wilson's at the production helm, and the set has all these cool little twists and turns that work perfectly with the magnificent harmonies of Levi Stubbs and the group – a mode that draws on all their vocal highlights from older years, but also refits them with a more spacious, more mature sort of sound! The approach is different than that used with the Temptations at the same time – less political, but still flowing with plenty of new ideas – handled by arrangers Jerry Long, Jimmy Roach, and David Van DePitte. The title cut – "Still Waters (Run Deep)" – is a perfect example of this – as the tune's got weirdly wonderful production, almost as watery as the cover image, and a bit of moog buried in there – which comes forward even more on the reprise of the song at the end of the record. Other titles include "Love Is The Answer", "Reflections", "I Wish I Were Your Mirror", "Bring Me Together", "LA (My Town)", and "Everybody's Talkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Funk IncHangin' Out/Superfunk ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Two excellent albums from Funk Inc on one CD! Superfunk is one of the band's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the album's enduring classic, "Goodbye, So Long" – a rolling funky tune that features vocals on the chorus, and an unbelievably catchy instrumental sound that you might recognize instantly from its use as a sample over the years. The rest of the record's just as great – and the band runs through The Meters' classic "Message From The Meters", Barry White's funky "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe", and a great rendition of the electric jazz classic "The Hill Where The Lord Hides". Hangin Out features their organ-heavy sound vamping away on some really tight groovers – not as break-heavy as some of the tracks on their first album, but with some excellent modal riffing in a sweet jazz dance mode. The big cuts include "Smokin' At Tiffany's" and "Dirty Red", both groove classics that have a strong Prestige jazz funk sound. Other cuts include a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love", plus the tracks "We Can Be Friends" and "I'll Be Around". CD

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Funk IncSuperfunk ... LP
BGP (UK), 1973/1996. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 19.99
One of Funk Inc's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the album's enduring classic, "Goodbye, So Long" – a rolling funky tune that features vocals on the chorus, and an unbelievably catchy instrumental sound that you might recognize instantly from its use as a sample over the years. The rest of the record's just as great – and the band runs through The Meters' classic "Message From The Meters", Barry White's funky "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe", and a great rendition of the electric jazz classic "The Hill Where The Lord Hides". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Superfunk ... LP 39.99

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Funk IncSuperfunk ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Very Good- Gatefold ... $39.99
One of Funk Inc's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the album's enduring classic, "Goodbye, So Long" – a rolling funky tune that features vocals on the chorus, and an unbelievably catchy instrumental sound that you might recognize instantly from its use as a sample over the years. The rest of the record's just as great – and the band runs through The Meters' classic "Message From The Meters", Barry White's funky "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe", and a great rendition of the electric jazz classic "The Hill Where The Lord Hides". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
Also available Superfunk ... LP 13.99

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Grodeck Whipperjenny (Dave Matthews)Grodeck Whipperjenny ... LP
People, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Here's a rare one! Arranger/producer Dave Matthews was to James Brown what David Axelrod was to Cannonball Adderley. Although Matthews didn't work on all of James' records from the early 70s, he did have quite a hand in some of The Godfather's classic funky material – especially the stuff with a heavier fuzzier sound. This rare album on James' People label has Matthews leading a tight little combo of his own, and the sound is a mix of heavy funk and guitar-based grooves. There's some vocals on the album, with a definite rock flair, but the best moments are the instrumental ones – as they have tight funky drums, and some super fuzzy guitar! Heavy cuts include "Put Your Thing On Me", "Inside Or Outside", and "Evidence For The Existence of The Unconscious". An intriguing (and rare) chapter of the James Brown story! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bert JanschNicola ... CD
Transatlantic/Sanctuary (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
A beautiful record from the great Bert Jansch – quite different than some of his others at the time, but in a really wonderful way! The set has Bert's vocals and acoustic guitar interwoven with some larger arrangements – not in a commercial style, but in a mode that perfectly underscores the moodiest elements in his music – a lot like the way that larger charts were used on the Nick Drake sessions, but in a style here that's much more fitted to Jansch's approach! The arrangements were handled by David Palmer, who blends light strings with just the right shadings alongside the acoustic guitar's bluesy inflections – and some occasional woodwinds or other elements too. The whole thing makes for a wonderful record overall – one that expands the palette of Bert Jansch, but without losing any of his core brilliance – and titles include "Weeping Willow Blues", "A Little Sweet Sunshine", "Go Your Way My Love", "Woe Is Love My Dear", "Nicola", "Rabbit Run", and "Box Of Love". CD

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Dave LewisLittle Green Thing ... LP
A&M, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $11.99
A killer lost organ groover! Dave Lewis was a little-known organ player who mostly worked out of the Seattle area, but he was discovered by Herb Albert, and recorded a few rare sides for Albert's A&M/Jerden label. The groove is surprisingly soulful for the label, and the records groove with a feel that's similar to the early early stuff by Billy Larkin & The Delegates. Includes the great single "Little Green Thing", plus "Givin Gas", "The Swim Thing", "Mr. Clyde", and "David's Mood – part 2". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam & some wear.)

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David LewisSongs Of David Lewis (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
River Man (Korea), 1970. Used ... $14.99
Gentle soft rock from David Lewis – with breezy, easygoing melodies, piano and vocals from Lewis with a more than a little bit of blue-eyed soulfulness – groovy, heart-on-sleeve warmth recorded in London at the start of the 70s! The record was engineered by Robin Cable, who was reportedly Elton John's engineer at the time, and these tunes have that kind of tunefuless and unshakable melodic style, without the bigger-than-life extravagance. Titles include "You Don't Know", "On A Day Like Today", "Queen Mary", "Poet And A Gun", "Magie Stay With Me", "Put Away Your Gold" and more. This CD edition includes 2 bonus tracks CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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Danny LongShe's Here At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hark/Vivid (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99
A really cool little record from the little-known Danny Long – a sweet self-released project from the 70s that really gets at the charm of the indie scene at the time! Danny plays lots of Fender Rhodes on the record – in these warm jazzy solos that are a perfect accompaniment for his thoughtful lyrics, and easygoing vocals – all served up in a space between jazz and singer/songwriter material, with a similar vibe to the best late 60s material from guys like Bob Dorough, Kenny Rankin, or David Frishberg! As with both, there's a mixture of wit and sensitivity in the lyrics – a quality that's underscored strongly by the Fender Rhodes – and given some nice bouncy, almost funky grooves at points – thanks to a nice electric bassist in the combo. Titles include a great take on Kenny Rankin's "Peaceful", a funky version of "What Have They Done To The Moon", and a haunting reading of "Love Theme From Spartacus" – plus "Guess I'll Have To Go Away", "She's Here At Last", "Our Happiness In Love", and "Come To The Country". CD features two bonus tracks – "One Note Samba", and a different version of "She's Here At Last". CD

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Mike MainieriLove Play ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Mike Mainieri's looks a little bit dopey on the cover – but don't hold that against him, as the album's a sharp set from the 70s, and one of his real standouts as a leader! Mike had been a vibist on countless other records before this one, but the album really has him coming into his own as a leader – playing both vibes, and a bit of keyboards – mostly in a soulful fusion mode, with some slightly funky currents too! The lineup includes the Brecker Brothers on tenor and trumpet – and there's maybe a bit of their vibe in the mix, too – that way of being tight, but never uptight – in a lineup that also includes a young David Sanborn on alto, Steve Gadd on drums, and frequent Mainieri partner Warren Bernhardt on keyboards. Titles include "High Life", "Magic Carpet", "Latin Lover", "I'm Sorry", "Silkworm", "Easy To Please", "Sara Smile", and "Love Play". CD

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Gary McFarlandPoint Of Departure ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
A great record – and one that's filled with so many wonderful little moments! The whole thing's a very cool, very off-beat set of jazz tracks recorded by vibist Gary McFarland, with a group that includes Jimmy Raney on guitar, Richie Kamuca on tenor, and Steve Swallow on bass – a lineup that's as quirky as the sound of the record! The tunes are quite different than some of Gary's larger arrangements for Verve, but they've definitely got a very similar charm – quite groovy, and a unique blend of bossa influences, west coast jazz, modal rhythms, and other wonderful touches. Tracks include "Pecos Pete", "Hello To The Season", "Schlock-House Blues", and "Love Theme From David & Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)
 
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✨✧ VariousThis Record Belongs To _____ ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
A pretty cool compilation – especially if you're looking to turn the younger set onto some groovy music! And by "younger set", we mean those 10 years old and younger – as most of these songs are the perfect sort to play for littler kids who've been getting force-fed a diet of mainstream pop, kiddie TV, and American Idol-type music – all tracks that are from surprisingly cool, groovy sources – including some 60s and 70s artists you may well already have in your collection! Most of this music wasn't written specifically for kids, and you'd hardly find most of these under a conventional heading of "children's music" – but if you, like we, respect that most young minds are sharper than most folks give them credit for, then you'll find yourself with plenty of mind-sharpening songs on this set! Titles include "You Can Sing A Rainbow" by Nina Simone, "Occapella" by Van Dyke Parks, "One Was Johnny" by Carole King, "The Town/Me & My Arrow" by Nilsson, "Pinball Number Count" by The Pointer Sisters, "The Mandolin Man & His Secret" by Donovan, "Running In The Green Grass" by Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class, "Diamond Day" by Vashti Bunyan, "Jenny Jenkins" by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit The Frog, and "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousThis Record Belongs To _____ ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pretty cool compilation – especially if you're looking to turn the younger set onto some groovy music! And by "younger set", we mean those 10 years old and younger – as most of these songs are the perfect sort to play for littler kids who've been getting force-fed a diet of mainstream pop, kiddie TV, and American Idol-type music – all tracks that are from surprisingly cool, groovy sources – including some 60s and 70s artists you may well already have in your collection! Most of this music wasn't written specifically for kids, and you'd hardly find most of these under a conventional heading of "children's music" – but if you, like we, respect that most young minds are sharper than most folks give them credit for, then you'll find yourself with plenty of mind-sharpening songs on this set! Titles include "You Can Sing A Rainbow" by Nina Simone, "Occapella" by Van Dyke Parks, "One Was Johnny" by Carole King, "The Town/Me & My Arrow" by Nilsson, "Pinball Number Count" by The Pointer Sisters, "The Mandolin Man & His Secret" by Donovan, "Running In The Green Grass" by Miss Abrams & The Strawberry Point 4th Grade Class, "Diamond Day" by Vashti Bunyan, "Jenny Jenkins" by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit The Frog, and "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare. CD
Also available This Record Belongs To _____ ... LP 18.99
 
 
 



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