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Four TopsVery Best Of The Four Tops At The MGM Grand ... CD
Wise Buy, 1998. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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RoyalettesIt's Gonna Take A Miracle – The MGM Sides ... CD
MGM/Ichiban, Mid 60s. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Every Mother's SonCome On Down – The Complete MGM Recordings (Every Mothers' Son/Every Mothers' Son's Back) ... CD
MGM/Now Sounds (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete recordings of Every Mothers' Son – two full albums, and a bonus single too! First up is the self-titled Every Mothers' Son album – filled with cool, catchy numbers that have a wonderfully sunny feel overall – and a spare approach that's a bit different than most of the group's contemporaries! The drums seem much more up in the mix than usual for this sort of work – snapping with a jaunty quality amidst guitar that's a bit more laidback, and harmonized vocals that have that perfect folk-into-pop mode that other Sunshine Pop groups were using at the time. There's a few blue notes here and there, which give the music some of the darker undercurrents you might hear in The Left Banke – and titles include "Come On Down To My Boat", "For Brandy", "I Won't", "Allison Dozer", "Sittin Here", "Come On Queenie", and "Didn't She Lie". The second album is a great step forward for Every Mothers' Son – a set that's got all the catchy charm of their debut, yet a deeper sound overall! There's a great maturation in the music going on here – as some cuts show a love of pop-psych elements, which comes off in fuller backings that swirl strongly around the lyrics – while other tracks have a leaner quality and more acoustic elements, almost into the territory of Beau Brummels on Reprise, especially given the way the vocals come across. The whole thing's a 60s pop treasure – filled with great original tunes that include "Rainflowers", "Dolls In The Clock", "Only Child", "Sally (Life Story #3)", "Put Your Mind At Ease", and "Larry's Birthday Party". CD also features a bonus mono single mix of "No One Knows". CD
 
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CowsillsCowsills ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $9.99
One of of the grooviest groups of their time – and a quintet who manage to exceed the usual on two different fronts – both as a family group, and as a harmony outfit too! The Cowsills have a vocal approach that's far richer than their years on the planet – never kiddie at all, and instead maybe even more well-crafted than most of the 20s pop harmonizers working at the time – thanks to these fab arrangements from Jimmy Wisner, who really has the group soaring from the start – and bringing in these darker, more mature elements to the music that you'd never expect. The whole thing's a wonderful mix of sweet and sad, in a style that goes way beyond the usual pop psych – on titles that include "The Rain The Park & Other Things", "Pennies", "La Ru Du Soliel", "Dreams Of Linda", "River Blue", "Troubled Roses", "How Can I Make You See" , and "(Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need". CD

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Gloria GaynorNever Can Say Goodbye ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
The start of a very successful run for Gloria Gaynor – a seminal bit of crossover 70s soul – one that perfectly linked the dancefloor with the airwaves, and managed to take on more than a few living rooms as well! Gloria's not entirely in full blown disco-diva mode yet, and works here with a soaring Philly-styled groove – of the sort you'd hear with groups like First Choice or Three Degrees – almost grounded a bit in earlier female soul, especially in the vocals and overall changes in the grooves – yet sparkled up plenty with some fuller, richer 70s arrangements. Those are handled by Norman Harris and Harold Wheeler – who do plenty to warm up the production by Meco – and the set includes the stunning 6 minute version of Gloria's big hit "Never Can Say Goodbye", plus "All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin", "We Belong Together", "Real Good People", "Honey Bee", and "Reach Out I'll Be There". CD

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Jerry GoldsmithOur Man Flint/In Like Flint ... CD
MGM/Intrada, 1966/1967. New Copy ... $19.99
A pair of spy spoof gems – back to back on a single CD! First up is Our Man Flint, which features excellent soundtrack work by Jerry Goldsmith – possibly his greatest ever! Jerry's usually a bit staid with some of his scores – but working here on the soundtrack to this James Coburn spy spoof film, he's truly fantastic! The approach mixes strings and bossa-inflected grooves with some spookier instrumental touches – either on electric guitar, sax, or a "tortured" Thomas organ and a Solovox – and the overall feel of the album is on a par with the best work of the sort by Lalo Schifrin or Hugo Montenegro! Titles include "Doing As The Romans Did", "All I Have To Do Is Take A Bite of Your Apple?", "Tell Me More About That Volcano", and "Our Man Flint". In Like Flint continues Jerry Goldsmith's great run of grooves for the Flint spy spoof films of the 60s – working in a style that's a lot more complex than Lalo Schifrin or John Barry, but still every bit as groovy! Goldsmith's got this excellent style of swirling together strings, instrumental solos, and lots of cool offbeat elements – all with a sound that's often jazzy, but pretty unusual too – maybe in the best territory of Piero Piccioni over on the Italian scene! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Warren Barker – who bring their most playful modes to the album – and titles include the vocal numbers "Where The Bad Guys Are Gals" and "Your Zowie Face", plus "Ahh Yer Father's Bob-Lip", "Mince & Cook Until Tender", and "Lost In Space". CD

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Dick HymanMoon Gas/Moog The Electric Eclectics (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/Omni (Australia), 1963/1969. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Incredible work from the great Dick Hyman – two of his hippest electric albums back to back on a single CD, with great bonus cuts too! First up is Moon Gas – one of the greatest albums that Dick Hyman ever recorded – a mad mix of keyboards that more than lives up to its name and its wonderful cover! The album has Dick playing instruments that include electronic organs, keyboards, and ondioline – working in a "moon" oriented style that has lots of bloops and bleeps tripping over very groovy tunes, all augmented by wild wordless vocals by Mary Mayo. The whole thing's kind of like a funky Yma Sumac album, recorded on Saturn – and the whole thing's sublime, from conception, to production, to execution, and even the cover! Titles include "Moon Gas", "Space Reflex", "Maid Of the Moon", and "Desafinado". Moog is one of the coolest, grooviest moog albums you'll ever hope to buy – a wonderful foray into the new world of synthetic sounds, done by pianist Dick Hyman – who was working in a straight jazz format just a decade before! Dick turns out to be a wonderful talent on the moog – very well-suited to the record, with just the right sort of quirky, playful approach to bring the best out of the instrument – at a level that's right up there with the best by Perrey & Kingsley, and maybe even cooler – given that Dick doesn't rely nearly as much on studio tricks! All tunes are pretty bouncy, groovy, and filled with sweet moogy touches – and titles include "The Minotaur", "The Legend Of Johnny Pot", "Improvisation In Fourths", "Topless Dancers Of Corfu", and "The Moog & Me". CD features two great bonus tracks – the very funky "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose" and "Kolumbo". CD
Also available Moon Gas ... LP 22.99

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War & Eric BurdonBlack Man's Burdon ... CD
MGM/Avenue, 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
A surprisingly great pairing of talents – the post-Animals Eric Burdon on vocals, and early grooves from Cali funk legends War – coming together here in a blend that still holds up beautifully after all these years! Burdon was already getting pretty soulful on the last few Animals albums on MGM – and he really advances that style here when working with War's great grooves – some of the grittiest, nastiest, most stretched out work of their career – especially on some of the album's nicely long tracks. There's some nice Latin currents to the music at times, and the group vocalize alongside Burdon at times – and titles include a long version of "Paint It Black", plus "Bare Back Ride", "Sun/Moon", "Pretty Colors", "Gun", "Nuts Seeds & Life", "They Can't Take Away Our Music", and "Spirit". CD

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War & Eric BurdonEric Burdon Declares War ... CD
MGM/Avenue, 1970. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
War became so popular on their own in later years that it's easy to forget how they first sprung onto the soul charts – here, in an album of many styles that was put together by the wayward Eric Burdon after the dissolution of The Animals! We have to admit that Burdon was a genius to hook onto the rich talents of this LA combo – even though he really didn't know what to do with them on this record. Part of the album's an homage to Roland Kirk, part is an extended reworking of "Tobacco Road", and part is an overly-long bluesy passage called "Blues For Memphis Slim". Fortunately, the record also includes the monster groover "Spill The Wine", one of the first big crossover tracks to popularize the Chicano funk sound of LA – and a great little groover that still hooks us in today. CD

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✨✧ Eric Burdon & The AnimalsTwain Shall Meet ... CD
MGM/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great later work from The Animals – a set that's not as tripped-out as some of their other late 60s work, and which almost starts to show Eric Burdon's rising love of soul and funk! The sound is still pretty rockish overall – but there's some great use of bass rumbling at the bottom – bringing up a rumbling quality that fits nicely with Burdon's somewhat bleak presentation of the lyrics at various points. Production by Tom Wilson almost has a raspy, lo-fi sort of feel – different than the bluesier roots of the group, and almost a precursor of indie work in decades to come! Titles include the classic "Sky Pilot", plus "Monterey", "Just The Thought", "Closer To The Truth", "No Self Pity", "Orange & Red Beams", and "We Love You Lil". CD
Also available Twain Shall Meet ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ BlossomsShockwave ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
The only album we've ever seen from The Blossoms – a trio of female singers who push their music into much hipper territory for the 70s! The album's got a depth that's different than 60s girl group soul – a way of pushing the girl trio format with some touches from gospel, rock, and other righteous modes of the time. Arrangements are by Gene Page and the Paris Brothers – and also move past the usual – making the album a lost treasure that's full of surprises! Titles include "Touchdown", "Last Call For Love", "It's All Up To You", "Fire & Rain", "Moody", and "Cherish What Is Dear To You". CD

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✨✧ Eric Burdon & The AnimalsWinds Of Change (mono edition) ... CD
MGM/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Winds Of Change are definitely afoot in the sound of The Animals – as the album's one of their most psychedelic outings ever – and also a bit funky at times too! Production by Tom Wilson is really great – echoey at most moments, with a kind of "flash" and shimmer around the drums that really spaces things out, and almost gives a Velvets sort of feel to the proceedings. The group's bluesier roots are still in place at times – but these have also been tripped-out and abstracted too, in modes that are a few years ahead of other blues rock combos on the rise. Titles include "It's All Meat", "Winds Of Change", "Poem By The Sea", "Yes I Am Experienced", "Hotel Hell", "San Franciscan Nights", and "Man Woman". CD
 
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Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (Japanese version) ... CD
EMI (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... $13.99
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) Japanese reissue version includes 4 bonus tracks – "Sing Sing Sing", "Kiburi (part 1)", "Satisfaction", and "Last Bongo In Belgium (breakers mix)". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Bongo Rock (UK pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD 7.99

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Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (UK pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $7.99
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". CD features a number of bonus tracks too – including "Kiburi (part 1)", "Sing Sing Sing)", "Apache (Grandmaster Flash rmx)", "Last Bongo In Belgium (Breakers mix)", "Okey Dokey", "Pipeline", "When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In The Spring", and "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley Your Tie's Caught In Your Zipper". 19 tracks in all! CD
Also available Bongo Rock (Japanese version) ... CD 13.99

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Red SovineJuke Joint Johnny – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
Great work from the legendary Red Sovine – a country singer who'd already spend many years in music before recording these sides for Decca and MGM in the 50s – but one who really took off during the decade with sides like these! Red's still country all the way through – but also borrows nicely from some of the more contemporary instrumentation of the time, and brings his sound forward with some slight rockish touches that never overwhelm his roots, but which really make the music crackle with a nice degree of energy! Sovine's sounds at the time might well be seen as taking country music forward from the generation of Hank Williams – and the scope of the collection is big enough to include 31 key tracks from the 50s, plus a great set of notes as well. Titles include "Sundown Sue", "You're Calling Me Sweetheart", "Wild Beating Heart", "Why Baby Why", "Billy Goat Boogie", "Intoxicated Rat", "Four Arms", "Poor Man's Riches", "Are You Mine", "Courtin Time In Tennessee", and "Juke Joint Johnny". CD

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Conway TwittyConway Twitty Rocks At The Castaway ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1964. New Copy 2CD ... $26.99 34.98
Think Conway Twitty's only a mainstream country artist? Think again – because in Twitty's early years he was a hell of a rocker – more rockabilly than anything else, even in the early 60s! And while Conway's classics on MGM have always been sought-after singles for rockabilly fans, the singer also made magic in a lot of other ways at the time too – including live performances like the one included in this double-length set! The package offers up a very different site of Twitty than you might be used to from his more polished studio recordings – and there's a loose, rough-edged approach that really takes us back to the kind of small club performance of the time – as Conway sings with unadorned vocals, and the band hits this nice gritty vibe. There's less rockabilly in the mix than you might expect, and Twitty covers a nice range of material that goes way beyond his usual fare – titles that include "What A Dream", "Big Boss Man", "Things", "Got My Mojo Working", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm Leavin It Up To You", "Money", "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Born To Lose", "What Am I Living For", "Rinky", and "The Pickup". CD

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✨✧ Phil WoodsPhil Woods & His European Rhythm Machine ... CD
Inner City, 1970. Used ... $7.99
An excellent album of funky electric jazz – and possibly the best one that Phil Woods cut with his European group! The quartet's a very hip group that's way hipper than its clunky name – with Gordon Beck on electric piano and organ, Daniel Humair on percussion and drums, and Henri Texier on bass, flute, and African percussion – all instrumentalists who dip heavily into the deep bag of their mighty talents for the date, helping to push Phil's music into some very cool new territory! The album cooks a lot harder than Woods' previous MGM date with the Rhythm Machine group in Europe – and has a really freewheeling vibe, and a sound that's almost outside at points. All tracks are long, with a modal electric approach that's very nice – and funky in the best parts – and titles include "Chromatic Banana", "Ultimate Choice", "The Last Page", and "The Day When The World". CD

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Sheb WooleyWhite Lightnin – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $19.99 27.99
Sheb Wooley's a singer who may be best remembered for one later novelty song – but he's a hell of a wide-ranging talent, and one with almost an equal ear for early rockabilly as for country! This killer selection of early work draws from Wooley's recordings for MGM, Bullet, and Bluebonnet – and bring together some of his most romping, most playful cuts from the time – tracks that sometimes have the wit of his novelty songs, but which never get trapped in an easy gimmick – and instead just explode with a really delightful sense of energy and goodwill. The set's got plenty of country stompers and hillbilly boogie tracks – and titles include "Roughneck", "That's My Pa", "Hoot Owl Boogie", "I Can't Live Without You", "Lazy Mazy", "You're The Cat's Meow", "Down In The Toolies", "White Lightnin", "I Flipped", and "Rover Scoot Over". CD

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✨✧ Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke Collection ... CD
Universal (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key look at a near-neglected side of the career of legendary soulman Solomon Burke! The collection brings together some wonderful work that Solomon recorded for MGM, Chess, and ABC in the early 70s (including one funky soundtrack) – records that step nicely off the style of Burke's later work on Atlantic, and which show him growing tremendously at the time! Most of the work is still in the southern soul mode of earlier years, but the production and arrangements show Solomon picking up some great elements of 70s modern and mellow influences – smoothing things out instrumentally, occasionally getting a bit funky, but still keeping plenty of space for his incredible vocals! It's about time that somebody put these tracks together – and although the package is a budget one, it features 19 tracks in all, with nearly all the best cuts from these albums! Titles include "Let Me Wrap My Arms Around You", "You & Your Baby Blues", "Get Up & Do Something For Yourself", "Fight Back", "We're Almost Home", "Love's Street & Fool's Road", "Electronic Magnetism", "Shambala", "Georgia Up North", "I Have A Dream", "Midnight & You", and "All For The Love Of Sunshine". CD

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✨✧ Hank WilliamsHonky Tonkin ... CD
Mercury, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great early 50s MGM album from Hank Williams – overflowing with greatness on nearly every track, and featuring a good mix of hits and lesser-known gems! The cover alone is worth the price of admission – as it features a blue/black ink image of a honky-tonkin guitarist, offset by a smaller photo of Hank in the middle, which is reproduced here inside the booklet – tracks include "Jambalaya", "Honky Tonk Blues", "Honky Tonkin", "Howlin At The Moon", "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", and "Mind Your Own Business". CD
 
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✨✧ MGMTOracular Spectacular ... CD
Columbia, 2008. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has a small tear.)
 
 
 



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