All Categories — CDs




Items/page

Mercury Edit search

 
Sort by
Exact matches: 3
Exact matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousMercury Records – The New Orleans Sessions – 1950 &1953 ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950/1953. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 39.95
A great lost chapter in the history of New Orleans R&B – material recorded by Mercury Records down in Louisiana in the early 50s – all beautifully brought together here in a lavishly overstuffed package! Mercury was located in Chicago, and cut most of their famous early work in the Windy City – but in the years 1950 and 1953, they made some key trips down to New Orleans – and recorded some great work that's still relatively unknown all these years later! The Mercury work from New Orleans isn't nearly as strictly codified as that of labels like Imperial or Atlantic – and there's a nice variety of swing, jump, and bluesy rhythms going on here – served up by a relatively tight cadre of artists. The 2CD set is almost worth it for the booklet alone – a 70 page treasure trove of notes, photos, and other details on the music. But there's also plenty of great music too – a whopping 47 tracks that include "A Job For A Jockey", "Still My Angel Child", "Miss Lollypop's Confession", "Love Troubles", and "Baby Get Wise" by Alma Monday; "Byrd's Blues", "Hadacol Bounce", "Her Mind Is Gone", "Between The Night & Day", and "Been Foolin Around" by Roy Byrd; "Boogie's The Thing" and "Bat Lee Swing" by George Miller & His Mid-Driffs; "Something's Wrong" and "Five Long Letters" by Herbert Woo Woo More; "Mercury Boogie" and "New Way Of Loving" by Dwine Craven; "Keep Your Hands On Your Heart" by Pat Valdelar; "Bye & Bye" by Silvertone Singers; "I Walk In My Sleep" by Theard Johnson; and "She Won't Leave No More" by Little Joe Gaines. CD

Exact matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Johnny OtisRock Me Baby – The Mercury & Peacock Sides 1951 to 1955 ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard-wailing work from the legendary Johnny Otis – and an overstuffed collection of his early 50s recordings for the Mercury and Peacock labels! These sides aren't reissued as often as some of Johnny's other work – especially his Savoy and Capitol recordings – so the CD's a bit of a new discovery to our ears, filled with a great array of numbers that show Johnny's wide talents on the bandstand. The Otis groove is a mix of swing, jazz, and R&B – the latter of which is often emphasized by rough-edged vocals on the tunes – sung here by vocalists who include Junior Ryder, Mel Walker, Ada Wilson, Big Mama Thornton, and Johnny himself. CD features 29 tracks in all – with titles that include "Candle's Burnin Low", "Coopy Do", "Baby Baby Blues", "One Nighter Blues", "Call Operator 210", "Sad Story", "Young Girl", "Shake It", "I Won't Be Your Fool No More", "Boom Diddy Way Way", "Sittin Here Drinkin", and "Butterball". CD

Exact matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Sao Paulo/Chicago Underground with Pharoah SandersPharoah & The Underground – Spiral Mercury ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly as straight a some of his other sessions in recent decades – definitely drawing strong inspiration from the freewheeling work of Rob Mazurek on cornet, flute, and electronics – with additional electronics from Guilherme Granado. Drummer Chad Taylor provides a firm grounding for the experiments – as does bassist Matt Lux – and the group gets some Sao Paulo touches touches Mauricio Takara, who also plays percussion as well. Tracks are all relatively long – cosmic and open, with a stunning mix of acoustic and electric elements – and titles include "Spiral Mercury", "Asasumamehn", "Blue Sparks From Her", "Pigeon", "Jagoda's Dream", "The Ghost Zoo", and "Gna Toom". CD
 
Close matches: 32
Close matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Blue Stars Of FranceLullaby Of Birdland & Other Famous Hits ... CD
Mercury/Five Four (UK), 1954. New Copy ... $3.99
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become the prototype for later acts like The Swingle Singers, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, and Les Double Six! This 1954 album by the group was actually a minor hit in the US, where their swinging harmony version of "Lullaby Of Birdland" crept up the charts for a few weeks. The album's even cooler than the hit, though, and has lots of groovy jazz vocal tracks in French, with the sort of vocalese harmony scatting that you probably already know from the more famous groups mentioned above. You can always pick out Blossom's distinctive voice in the group, but the real strength is the groovy group vocals – shining beautifully in one of the first great recordings of vocalese harmony! Tracks include "Gina", "Embrasse Moi Bien", "La Danse Du Baiser", "Toute Ma Joie", and a version of "Mister Sandman" that's been renamed "Mister L'Amour". CD

Close matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Cameo12 Inch Collection & More ... CD
Mercury, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
The only thing better than Cameo is more Cameo – especially when the group's best tunes are stretched out a little! This tasty set features 10 tight little jammers – some of the group's greatest dancefloor groovers, served up in extended 12" mixes – one of which is previously unreleased! The grooves range from the group's stellar late 70s years into some of their more heavy-handed 80s funk – and titles include "Rigor Mortis (12" mix)", "Single Life (12" UK mix)", "Candy (12" UK mix)", "Shake Your Pants (12" club)", "Word Up (12" club)", "I Just Want To Be (12" ext)", "She's Strange (12" club)", "Room 123 (12" rap)", "Attack Me With Your Love (12" club)", and "Back & Forth (12" Larry Blackmon mix)". CD

Close matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Don CovaySuper Dude I (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A fantastic early 70s set from Don Covay – probably best known for his 60s hits on Atlantic Records, but really winning us all over again with this smoking set for Mercury! The set was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but isn't just southern soul – as a wealth of 70s influences filter into the sound, including lots of funk, a bit of gritty blues guitar, and other sweet bits that make the whole record great! The overall sound is wonderfully soulful – and is maybe the greatest later set that Don Covay ever recorded – a record that's given us plenty of pleasure over the years. Titles include the AM radio hit "I Was Checkin' Out She Was Checkin' In", the funky "Overtime Man" and "The Pinch Hitters" – plus "Memphis", "Bad Mouthing", "Leave Him (parts 1 & 2)", "Somebody's Been Enjoying My Home", and "Hold You To Your Promise". CD features 7 bonus tracks – including "It's Better To Have & Don't Need", "Hot Blood", "Rumble In The Jungle", "Dungeon #3", "There Was Something On Your Mind", and "We Can't Make It No More". CD

Close matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
DellsNo Way Back ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
Fantastic work from The Dells – a group who never seemed to stop turning out greatness – even as they made a shift between different labels in the 70s! This set's got The Dells moving from Chess Records to Mercury – but there's still a strong indie vibe to the set – thanks to Chicago production, and some work at the All Platinum soul factory in New Jersey – a perfect choice, given the wonderful harmony soul that label was putting out at the time! The songwriting is wonderful, and the range of voices is completely sublime – that harmonic range that few other groups could do as well as The Dells. A few tracks are supposedly from the Fred Williamson movie No Way Back, but we've never seen it – and titles include "I'll Try Again", "Adventure", "You're The Greatest", "No Way Back", and "I'll Make You My Girl". CD

Close matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Eyes Of BlueCrossroads Of Time (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Great work from a group who definitely are in the budding years of the UK progressive scene – but one who also knows how to stick to a tighter combo sound too! The record's got a really wonderful vibe – the full-on fire of some late beat group work, but much more farther-reaching in conception – both lyrically and instrumentally, especially when some light production touches kick in to do great things to the organ and vocals. The musical themes are a bit heady, too – some nicely political touches, but in a subtle way – and the group also turn out a nice over of Love's "7 + 7 Is", alongside other tracks that include "Crossroads Of Time", "I'll Be Your Friend", "Prodigal Son", "Largo", "Love is The Law", and "Inspiration For A New Day". CD features the bonus single "Q III". CD

Close matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Eyes Of BlueIn Fields Of Ardath (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Very cool work from this unique Welsh group of the 60s a combo who might have started out in beat group modes, but really go for something different on this unique set! Eyes Of Blue have this spacious style that almost recalls the Moody Blues at times – but they're also much more gritty and soulful as well – almost as if they hit territory between the Moodies first record and their ambitous later works, but also draw on wider musical references that have them covering a Django Reinhardt tune on one track, and throwing in some classical references on another. Titles include the cut "Merry Go Round", which they did for a film with Quincy Jones – plus "The Light We See", "Souvenirs", "Little Bird", "Door", "Spanish Blues", "Chances", and "After The War". CD also features the bonus single "Apache 69". CD

Close matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Gap BandGap Band (1979)/Gap Band II/Gap Band III ... CD
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Massive music in a wonderful package – three funky classics from The Gap Band! First up is the group's self-titled album from 1979 – the start of the legendary second chapter for the Gap Band – the point when the group had reemerged as the tight funky trio of the Wilson Brothers, with a groove that would really set them up nicely for the 80s! This first album in the new format has a wonderfully tight feel – still plenty of sharp edges that echo their earlier groove, but a leaner quality too – one that's got the bass and drums snapping together wonderfully, really setting the tone for the heaviest grooves. There's also a few mellower cuts too – which really sound great, and give the record the same sort of balance you might hear on work by Heaven & Earth at the time. War's Lonnie Simmons produced – and held the cash bag all the way to the bank! Titles include "I'm In Love", "Got To Get Away", "Messin With My Mind", "Shake", "Baby Baba Boogie", "Open Your Mind Wide", and "I Can Sing". Gap Band II features mean, lean grooves from The Gap Band – a legendary batch of mainstream funk from the end of the 70s – and a record that really has the trio working at the top of their game! There's a wonderful balance here between funky numbers and mellow ones – the latter of which really help pace the record nicely, giving it a depth that takes the group way beyond the cliches of some of their contemporaries, and firmly establishing the Gap Band as one to watch for the 80s! Titles include the massive "I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up & Dance" – with its classic "Oops Upside Your Head" refrain – plus "Who Do You Call", "No Hiding Place", "Steppin Out", "You Are My High", and "Party Lights". Gap Band III is sagreat one from the Gap Band – funky gems and sinister groovers – the best of both worlds for the group! Tunes like "Burn Rubber On Me (When You Want To Hurt Me)" and "Humpin" packed 80s dance floors for good reason, and put the band in steady rotation, while numbers like "Yearning For Your Love" showed the band could drop the tempo, stretch out a bit, and deliver the mighty mellow. This one's certainly at the top of the heap of 80s groovers, as far as we're concerned – a record that really took the Gap Band over the top! Other tracks include "Nothin' Comes To The Sleepers", "Are You Living", "The Way", "Gash Gash Gash" and more. CD

Close matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Lesley GoreBoys Boys Boys (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Ace (UK), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Lesley Gore may have cried at her party, but by the time of this third LP she's very much past the point of tears – and working her way through a big assortment of boy-themed tunes promised in the title! The album's about as sublime as you can get for 60s girl pop – set to arrangements by Claus Ogerman, produced by Quincy Jones, and delivered with this punch that's way past the stock weepies of the scene – that special sort of girl power that only Gore could get this right! Tunes are all pretty darn groovy – and seem to include a few originals just for the set – that special kind of no-filler approach that also made so many of Lesley's albums from the period so wonderful. Titles include "Boys", "It's Gotta Be You", "Don't Call Me", "That's The Way Boys Are", "Leave Me Alone", "That's The Way The Ball Bounces", "I'm Coolin No Foolin", and "I'll Make It Up To You". CD features lots of bonus tracks – 13 more numbers that include "Run Bobby Run", "I Struck A Match", "Sunshine Lollipops & Rainbows", "The Old Crowd", "Judy's Turn To Cry", "Just Let Me Cry", "No More Tears", "If That's The Way You Want It", "Time To Go", "You Don't Own Me", and the classic "It's My Party". CD

Close matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Lesley GoreCalifornia Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the best ever albums by Leslie Gore – full of sweet natured girl pop songcraft that's on par with her biggest hit singles – but with an underlying sadness and overall emotional depth that's underappreciated to this day! It might not be as monumental as, say Pet Sounds, but we truly don't understand how the mix of sugar sweet songs and genuinely resonant emotion here never got the critical props it deserves. That's OK – WE get it, and we know you will, too! Production by Bob Crewe and arrangements by Jack Nitzsche – and titles include "California Nights", "Treat Me Like A Lady", "Bad", "I'm Going Out (The Same Way I Came In)", "Maybe Now", "Love Goes On Forever", "Off And Running", "Lilacs And Violets", "The Bubble Broke" and "Cry Like A Baby". This great Ace CD version goes way above the call of duty, with huge number of bonus tracks culled from her previous couple of LPs and rarities from the same mid 60s period – 15 of them, adding up to 25 tracks in all! Bonus tracks include "My Town, My Guy And Me", "Let Me Dream", "Start The Party Again", "I Just Can't Get Enough Of You", "I Can Tell", "That's What I'll Do", "Happiness Is Just Around The Corner", "Hold Me Tight" and more. CD

Close matches13
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Kool & The GangLight Of Worlds ... CD
Mercury, 1974. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
It's the mid 70s, and Kool & Co not only keep the funky groove up, but also expand their style into a moogy style that adds a nice dimension of spacey soul to their rich palette of funk. The funkier cuts – like "Street Corner Symphony" and "Rhyme Tyme People" – sound a bit too much like the hits from earlier albums, but are still pretty nice. But it's the synth heavy cuts – like "Whiting H&G", and the landmark "Summer Madness" – which really open up the record. They're great stuff, and have the group moving into a spacey otherworldly funk realm that had been opened up a few years earlier by Earth Wind & Fire. The long-lasting potential of "Summer Madness" proves that the move was a great one – and we're always stunned at how fantastic the track still sounds today! CD

Close matches14
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
LegionTheme + Echo = Thrill ... CD
One Love/Mercury (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $9.99
Classic level mid 90s NYC hip hop from Legion – who made some minor waves on couple incredible singles that SHOULD be remembered as pivotal classics from the period in the run-up this criminally slept on 1994 full length. Mostly self-produced and damn near perfectly so – with guest appearances by Showbiz & AG, Black Sheep, Brother Elliott, Chop and more. 20 tracks in all:"Jingle Jangle", "Krill Ill", "Step To The Stage", "Back In The Days", "New Ni**as", "Bring It", "Zootie Bang", "The Truth", "Rest In Peace", "Who's On It" (Parts 1 & 2), "Legion Groove", "Buddah Break" and more. CD
Also available Theme + Echo = Thrill ... LP 20.99

Close matches15
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Bennie MaupinSlow Traffic To The Right/Moonscapes ... CD
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The Headhunters. The first track, "It Remains to Be Seen", is an excellent groover, with some very dark keyboard work by Patrice Rushen, and the rest of the tracks are pretty great too. Pat Gleeson produced and plays synth on the LP, and the cuts include "Quasar", "You Know the Deal", "Water Torture", and "Lament". Next up is Moonscapes – a really great solo set from the great Bennie Maupin – part of an excellent run of records as a leader, cut during the stretch when he was riding to great fame with The Headhunters! The vibe here is deeper and more spiritual than his work with that group – still somewhat influenced by the Herbie Hancock electric years – with loads of wonderful keyboards from Bobby Lyle – but also stretched out with these spacious solos from Bennie on soprano, tenor, bass clarinet, and flute! Maupin also throws in a bit of electronics, too – as does the mighty Pat Gleeson, who produced the record, and also adds in some great keyboard work to give the whole thing a spacey edge that really lives up to the title and cover. Titles include "Nightwatch", "Sansho Shima", "Anua", and "Just Give It Some Time". CD

Close matches16
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ohio PlayersFire ... CD
Mercury/Elemental (France), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – and sometimes, the mellower tracks show a wonderful talent for harmonies coming even more fully to the top. But the real appeal of the record has always been the bold, bassy grooves that hit strongly just as ensemble funk was exploding in the mainstream during the early years of disco – making plenty of space for the Players and their contemporaries to grab up new audiences who never would have touched a record like this five years before! There's plenty of grit in the grooves on the best numbers – a style that's maybe not as dirty as on Westbound, but still more than enough to make any real funk fan proud. Titles include "Fire", "Together", "Together/Feelings", "It's All Over", "Runnin' From the Devil", "Smoke", "What The Hell", and "I Want To Be Free". CD
(Limited edition!)

Close matches17
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Demis RoussosDemis Roussos/Ansi Soit-Il ... CD
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of late 70s albums from Demis Roussos – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Demis Roussos album on Mercury – one of the best-remembered albums from Greek singer Demis Roussous – a soulful 70s set that's quite a change from his early material in the group Aphrodite's Child! The set was recorded in the US, with warm soulful arrangements from Don Peake and Freddie Perren – who serve up some clubby modes at times that turn out to be a surprisingly great mix for Demis' voice, blended with some mellower moments that are in his more familiar mode as a solo singer. Titles include the great club classic "LOVE Got A Hold Of Me", plus "Life In The City", "Feel Like I'll Never Feel This Way Again", "The Other Woman", "I Just Live", "That Once In A Lifetime", and "This Song". Ansi Soit-Il is a French album – as you might guess from the title – but one that's put together with some great Euro erotic styles in the arrangements – thanks to talents who include Demis' old bandmate Vangelis, plus Lakis Vlavianos, Jean Claudric, and Raymond Donnez. The overall style is in a cool 70s French mainstream mode – and there's some excellent production that brings out all those dramatic qualities in Roussos' voice we loved in Aphrodite's Child. Titles include "Emotions", "Sarah", "Le Destin", "Et Je Fais Semblant", "Tous Les Soleils De La Musique", and "Un Coeur Qui Bat Pour Toi". CD

Close matches18
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Gabor SzaboNightflight (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $10.99
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie Rome and Bunny Sigler, who use some elements in the music from their work on Philly club hits – but still really keep enough space for Szabo to serve up some great solos as well! The groove is actually deeper and more inspiring than some of Gabor's work at CTI – with a bit more variety too – and titles include the spacey "Concorde (Night Flight)", plus "Babby Rattle Snake", "Smooth Sailin", "Theme For Gabor", "Every Minute Counts", and "Keep Smilin". CD features bonus tracks from a 12" single – "Keep Smilin (full length)", "Keep Smilin (edit)", and "Baby Rattle Snake (edit)". CD

Close matches19
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Wayne TalbertHouston Nickel Kicks ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A gem of a record from the mighty Wayne Talbert – an artist who first rose to fame as a the keyboardist in Sir Douglas Quintet, but who turns out to be a hell of a talent on his own! Talbert's got a blend of rock and soul that's not unlike his old boss Doug Sahm – but he's arguably even deeper on the soul side, possessed of a voice that's as deep as his frame is large – and able to turn it towards mellow cuts as well as he can towards the kind of upbeat rockers you'd expect to hear from Wayne Cochran! The album's got a great soul pedigree in the production of Huey P Meaux and arranger Jimmy Jones – who both give things just the right sort of Texas twist – but it's clearly Talbert who makes the whole thing shine, and wins us over more and more with his vocals as the album goes on. Titles include "Sufferin City", "Hello Maryanne", "Your Tears Leave Me Cold", "Wish You Were Here", "I Can't Take Another Heartache", "Put It On Me", "Lover To A Friend", and a great cover of "Lonely Weekends". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

Close matches20
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Mark IVMark IV ... CD
Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A group soul treasure from the 70s – and one with a very unique feel! The Mark IV are more of a southern soul group than some of the bigger east coast acts that were dominating the charts at the time – and they get some wonderful production here from Roy C, who keeps them in the same mellow soul territory as his own Mercury Records work of the time – a style that's much more like Stax or Hi Records overall! The harmonies are wonderful – with a fragile, heartbreaking feel throughout – and the backings are by Roy's band The Lovemakers – who bubble things along with just the right deep soul touches throughout – mostly laidback and mellow, with some great Hammond lines under the vocals, and a few surprising funky righteous touches as well! The whole thing's wonderful – a real lost gem – and titles include "Honey I Still Love You", "I Fell In Love (With A Married Woman)", "Since God Made Woman – Nobody Rest", "My Everything You Are", and "I Feel Good All Over". CD

Close matches21
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Bryony JamesFeeling Good ... CD
Mercury/Zeitgeist (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really groovy little vocal jazz record – cut by an American singer on the London scene of the late 60s – working here with tight backing from the Laurie Holloway Quartet! Bryony James has this way of going deep with her range that's a bit like Morgana King, but she's also a bit less heavy, too – and swings easily without getting lost in her trills – bringing a lightness to the record that's a great match for the cool arrangements provided by Holloway – whose group also includes a nice percussionist. Many tunes are familiar, but they're given very groovy treatments here – and tracks include "Our Day Will Come", "Feeling Good", "Summertime", "Goin Out Of My Head", "How Insensitive", "Come Back To Me", and "Look Of Love". CD

Close matches22
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Ohio PlayersSkin Tight ... CD
Mercury, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, the move also taught the band to sharpen up their act, and get out of the repetitive sloppy groove into which they'd been lapsing during the past few years. The album's a lot smoother than earlier work – with a polished funky sound that would soon push the band right up there with Earth Wind & Fire at the top of the soul charts. And although there's familiar funky numbers like "Skin Tight", "Jive Turkey", and "Streakin Cheek To Cheek" – the best moment on the entire album is the wonderful spacey soul number "Heaven Must be Like This", a seven minute mellow groover that's got a sophisticated jazzy soul style, with voices and piano soaring into the heavens, in a way that always still sends chills down our spine! That cut shows the band's tremendous growth – and it's one of their best-ever! CD
Also available Skin Tight (180 gram brown colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

Close matches23
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Father's ChildrenFather's Children (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Vocalion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost classic from Father's Children – the group's only album ever, but an impeccably produced set – thanks to the efforts of Wayne Henderson's At Home Productions team! The groove here is similar to that forged by Henderson over at Fantasy – soul, but inflected with plenty of jazzy fusion touches – instrumentation that steps out riffing with a really great edge, and fleshes out the sound with a lot more creativity and imagination than mainstream soul at the time. The best grooves here have a midtempo boogie flavor – with plenty of righteous jazzy touches alongside the richer harmonies that flow out warmly on the lyrics! Titles include their landmark track "Hollywood Dreaming", plus other nice ones like "Got To Get Away", "Gone Bad", "You Can Get It", "Music For Your Mind", "Wild Woman" and "Shine On". 2 bonus tracks on this CD version: 7-inch edits of "Hollywood Dreaming" and "Shine On". CD
 
Possible matches: 24
Possible matches36
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Herb GellerStax Of Sax ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $14.99
An incredible album from saxophonist Herb Geller – one that's quite different than his better-known sides for Mercury, and which features Geller blowing in an amazingly evocative tone! The first three tracks on the album are haunting originals by Herb – tunes that have a more open style than some of his more tightly arranged work, and which show the kind of fascination with sound structures that would show up much more heavily in later years. The group features Victor Feldman on vibes, Walter Norris on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Anthony Vazley on drums – and the mix of vibes with Geller's horn is an especially nice element, one that adds to the haunting feel of the whole set. Titles include "Nightmare Alley", "A Cool Day", "The Princess", "Change Partners", and "It Might As Well Be Spring". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

Possible matches37
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy ... $3.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

Possible matches38
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
George JonesGeorge Jones Sings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Stunning early sounds from the legendary George Jones – material recorded in the years before his bigger fame on the Musicor and Epic labels – and tracks that show that Jones was already a hell of a well-developed talent right from the start! The cuts here sparkle with that trademark George Jones vocal sound – but also have a nice sort of an edge, as George hasn't settled down into that totally smooth approach of later years – and instead here moves between rocking moments and more twang-heavy tunes – served up on an assortment of singles and rare tracks recorded for the Mercury, Starday, and Dixie labels. Titles include "Too Much Water", "Seasons Of My Heart", "Gonna Come Get You", "I'm Ragged But I'm Right", "Eskimo Pie", "No No Never", "Play It Cool", "Take The Devil Out Of Me", "Just One More", and "No Money In This Deal". A hell of a collection – 29 tracks in all! CD

Possible matches39
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
George JonesGeorge Jones Sings White Lightning & 29 Other Favorites (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Tremendous early work from George Jones – the full White Lightning album for Mercury Records, stacked here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! George is wonderful throughout – already a standout in the shifting country scene of the 50s – with one ear that understands the sharper edges of the rock generation, but another that brings out all the sentiment in the tunes he touches – material that's delivered with this magical approach that few other singers could touch. If you only know George as a blue-tinged singer of ballads from his later years, you'll really be stunned here – as lots of the tracks have a sound that's quite different, and a lot more vibrant. Titles include "White Lighning", "Give Away Girl", "Wandering Soul", "Life To Go", "Flame In My Heart", "What Am I Worth", "I Take The Chance", "Settle Down", "I'm A One Woman Man", "Revenooer Man", "Sparkling Brown Eyes", and "Color Of The Blues". CD

Possible matches40
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
George JonesWhen My Heart Hurts No More ... CD
Southern Routes, Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Excellent early work from the legendary George Jones – easily one of the best singers to ever grace the field of country music, heard here at a seminal turning point when he was really starting to find his sound! The collection brings together early Mercury and United Artists recordings by George – with a focus on the sorts of tunes that have him opening up a lot more emotionally than a few years before – allowing those melancholy strains that would make Jones one of the most heartfelt country singers of the 70s. And while Jones' early years are sometimes summed up in tunes that are maybe a bit more rocking or playful, these are the sides that really helped him move forward strongly as an individual. Titles include "Tender Years", "There's No Justice", "Did I Ever Tell You", "When My Heart Hurts No More", "We Must've Been Out Of Our Minds", "Let's Invite Them Over", "Into My Arms Again", and "She Thinks I Still Care". CD
Also available When My Heart Hurts No More ... LP 17.99

Possible matches41
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Steve Miller BandFly Like An Eagle (CD/DVD – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Edsel (UK), 1976. New Copy CD & DVD ... $13.99
A masterpiece from the legendary SF rocker Steve Miller – and a perfect summation of the years of blues, soul, funk, and rock he'd been soaking up in the Bay Area scene – served up here with an edge that's still very firmly in place! Miller was already plenty great before this set, but somehow the record really pushes Steve into perfection territory he'd never hit before – able to cross over big with a few key tracks, but still have this sharpness in his guitar work and sense of charm that never seem to die! The album crossed over instantly with the massive cut "Fly Like An Eagle" – already great on its own, but supported here with the massive "Space Intro", which adds an extra minute of cool electronics to the tune – and other great cuts include the amazing funky rocker "Take The Money & Run", which has a break that never gets old – plus the hit "Rock N Me", and the cuts "The Window", "Wild Mountain Honey", "Sweet Maree", "Blue Odyssey", "Mercury Blues", and "Dance Dance Dance". CD also features three killer bonus tracks – a stunning early 1973 version of "Fly Like An Eagle", a great demo titled "Take The Joker & Run", and "Rock N Me 76 Slow", which is a nicely fresh version of the tune. Plys, the package also features a DVD with 22 tracks from a 2005 Shoreline Amphitheater concert by Steve Miller – and a bonus documentary on the making of the album, and bonus 5.1 surround sound mix of the album! CD
Also available Fly Like An Eagle ... LP 5.99

Possible matches42
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Max RoachLong As You're Living ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1960. New Copy ... $11.99
Seminal work by drummer Max Roach – recorded in 1960, at the time when he was leading one of his best groups ever! The material was recorded live in Germany with a quintet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Julian Priester on trombone – and the approach of the album takes off from the hardbop of Roach's studio sides at the time, opening things up a lot with exploratory drum work, rolling basslines, and some angular interplay between the horns that's just fantastic! The title cut – "Long As Your Living" – is done in the best version we've ever heard – and other tracks include "The Villa", "Lotus Blossom", "Night In Tunisia", and "Prelude". A great companion to the group's rare few Mercury sides from the time! CD

Possible matches43
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousDial Records Southern Soul Story ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 22.99
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest southern soul labels ever – the mighty Dial Records, home to Joe Tex during most of his classic years! The label was based in Nashville, and formed by Buddy Killen to record early work by Joe Tex – right at a time when Joe was helping forge the sound that would later be known as country soul. Through the years, Buddy issues titles independently, and through Atlantic and Mercury – all the time giving Joe just the right sound he needed, while at the same time picking up a host of other artists who were perfect for Dial's unique crossbreed sound. Joe's work has been reissued over the years, but this set's the first time it's been presented alongside that of his peers – in a whopping 2CD set that features 51 tracks in all, complete with notes on Joe, Killen, and the unique style of Dial! Titles include "Footprints On My Mind", "You Oughta Be Here With Me", "Get Your Thing Together", and "Love Connection" by Annette Snell; "I Need You" and "I Am A Carpet" by Little Archie; "Don't Let The Sun Shine On Me" by The Dialtones; "Somebody Will" and "I Refuse To Give Up" by Clarence Reid; "Can't Help It", "Only Your Love", "Chills & Fever", and "Since I Found You" by Paul Kelly; "I've Got A Thing Going On" and "Get Down With It" by Bobby Marchan; "Dr Funky" and "You Really Fooled Me" by Chris Harris; "Can You Dig It" and "Learning To Forget You" by King Floyd; and loads more by Joe Tex, Jean Knight, Frederick Knight, Clarence Henry, and others! CD

Possible matches44
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousGolden Age Of American Popular Music – More Country Hits ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A much-needed second set in this wonderful series from Ace Records – a sidestream of their Golden Age Of American Popular Music that looks at country hits of the late 50s and early 60s! Yet by "hits", don't imagine that you'll know everything here – as, like other volumes in the series, there's a really nice focus here on songs that made an impact at the time, but which have been somewhat lost to the shifting sands of musical history! There's definitely a few you'll know, but there's plenty more here that played big in those years when country was finally beginning to crack the charts – but which haven't held on without the support of hipsters over the years. Material is pulled from a variety of majors at the time – RCA, Columbia, Mercury, and others – and titles include "Your Name Is Beautiful" by Carl Smith, "Little Black Book" by Jimmy Dean, "Chip Off The Old Block" by Eddy Arnold, "Back Track" by Faron Young, "Dark Moon" by Bonnie Guitar, "Mary Don't You Weep" by Stonewall Jackson, "The Auctioneer" by Leroy Van Dyke, "Who Shot Sam" by George Jones, "Blue Blue Day" by Don Gibson, "Four Walls" by Jim Reeves, "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You" by Ray Price, "Rockin Rollin Ocean" by Hank Snow, "I'm Saving My Love" by Skeeter Davis, "Soldier's Joy" by Hawkshaw Hawkins, and "Cowboy Boots" by Dave Dudley. CD

Possible matches45
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousMore Rockin On Broadway – The Time/Brent/Shad Story ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Drop the "more" here, and just focus on the greatness of the tunes – as the collection's hardly a second chapter or additional thought – and instead stands more than strongly on its own! The work here all comes from a surprisingly deep source – a flurry of labels headed by Bob Shad, who's best known for his earlier work as an A&R giant in the jazz world for Mercury, and his later fame on the Mainstream label, where he issued some great funk and soul! Yet here, at the end of the 50s, Shad's a genius when it comes to underground rock – and often works with a style that rivals that of the hipper producers on the west coast scene – mixing the kind of soulful currents and small combo fire that you'd find in material by Gary Paxton or Jack Nitzsche, on tracks that really stand apart from the mainstream pop pack! The set features 25 titles that testify to Shad's ear and talent in the studio – pulled from rare singles on the Time, Brent, and Shad label – plus a few licensed to Warner as well. Titles include "Watch That Action" by OC & The Holidays, "Rockin Blues" by The Beau Marks, "You're A Big Girl Now" by The Bell Notes, "Come Go With Me" by The Chevrons, "Rich Boy Poor Boy" by The Knockouts, "Fancy Nancy" by Skip & Flip, "Teenage Baby" by Jimmy Church, "I Give Up" by Rusty Isabell, "The First Time" by The Genies, "Hy Wocky Toomba" by Mighty Jupiters, and "Crowded Classroom" by The Strollers. CD

Possible matches46
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousRockin On Broadway – The Time/Brent/Shad Story ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A totally cool collection of rare work from the New York scene in the early years of rock and roll – one that's almost worth it alone for the inclusion of a few obscure tracks by the young Lou Reed! Yet the whole set is great overall – and all the work here comes from producer Bob Shad – who'd earlier cut some great work on Mercury in the early 50s, and later gave us excellent jazz and soul on his Time and Mainstream labels in the 60s and 70s! The cuts here are from a time in between those two stretches – and showcase Bob's well-trained ear for spotting under-discovered talent – young rockers from the east coast that he recorded for his Brent, Shad, and Time labels – often at a level that's much sharper than work by other big city indies of the time, like Roulette or Josie. The set features full notes on the music – in the usual Ace fashion – and the 30 track CD also features a number of unreleased cuts too. Titles include "I've Had It" by The Bell Notes, "Starlight" by Lee Greenlee, "It Was I" by Skip & Flip, "Leave Her For Me" by The Jades, "Stumpty Stump" by Tony Farrell, "Come On Little Sarah" by Leslie Harris, "Devil In His Heart" by The Donays, "Barracuda" by Pete & The Minute Men, "Raggedy Ann" by Jody Reynolds, "Clap Your Hands" by The Beau Marks, "Come Dance With Me" by Eddie Quinteros, and "Your Love" and "Merry Go Round" by Lewis Reed. CD

Possible matches47
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousSouthern Soul Showcase – Cryin' In The Streets ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A massive overview of Shelby Singleton's SSS family of labels – a key force in the sound of southern soul at the end of the 60s! Singleton first came to fame for his production work at Mercury – but by the time of these recordings, he was stepping out on his own in a great blend of styles that brought together the growing sound of 60s soul with some of the rootsier and more down-home influences in the south at the time. Shelby was based in Nashville, and offered up an approach to southern soul that was a bit different than that coming out of Memphis or Muscle Shoals – one that allowed for a bit of freedom in the way things were played out, and which often featured some nice country elements coming into the mix. The set features work from the SSS, Minaret, and Silver Fox labels – a great assortment of rare singles and album tracks that includes "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" by Betty Lavette, "I Have No One" by Big John Hamilton, "Everybody's Clown" by Johnny Dynamite, "Cummins Prison Farm" by Calvin Leavy, "I Can't Use You" by Double Soul, "Lonely For You Baby" by Sam Dees, "Blue Diamonds" by Double Soul, "I'm Getting It From Her" by Big John Hamilton, "Mama's Got The Wagon" by Mickey Murray, "A Shell Of A Woman" by Doris Allen, "Crying In The Streets" by George Perkins & The Silver Stars, and "So Deep In Love" by Eddy Giles. CD

Possible matches48
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousStill In A Dream – A Story Of Shoegaze 1988 to 1995 (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $42.99
Psychedelia meets British pop – in a really special musical moment that's forever come to be known as shoegaze! The work here comes from a time when the UK scene was really moving past punk rock, and starting to let its guitarists open up in the kind of longer, fuzzy solos that were big in the late 60s – along with all the sort of heady production modes that made such music sound even better, but always with the kind of leaner, more focused lessons learned from the post-punk years! The result is a special sort of sound that can trip out as needed, but never get too overindulgent to lose the tune – the balance that first came to play on the early singles of Creation or 4AD, then found flower in so many other UK groups as the years went on. These glorious years are presented here in a big 5CD set – one that comes in a book-styled package with loads of notes on the music – alongside 87 tracks by artists who include Blow Up, The Honey Buzzards, Submarine, Bailter Space, The Curtain Society, Mercury Rev, An April March, Spacemen 3, The Hinnies, Spiritualized, Moose, Spitfire, Moonshake, Bark Psychosis, AR Kane, Jesus & Mary Chain, Lush, Ride, The Darkside, Velocity Girl, Bleach, Catehrine Wheel, See See Rider, Cranes, Chapterhouse, Telescopes, Sun Dial, Medicine, Sweet Jesus, Luna, Astrobrite, and many more! CD

Possible matches49
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Gene ChandlerTwo Sides Of Gene Chandler ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... About April 27, 2016 (delayed)
A fantastic lost album by the great Gene Chandler – and one of his most sophisticated soul documents! The record was Gene's last album for Brunswick – issued shortly before Gene scored big once again on Mercury, which is why it's probably often lost in the shuffle of time. The record's got some incredibly dark material that shows a different side of Gene than you'd expect from earlier hits – including the incredible track "Suicide", which is a magnificent "Iceman" track in the Chicago tradition, that features the main character contemplating suicide as a means of dealing with his sorrow. Other titles include "If You Would Love Me", "The Sun Died", "This Bitter Earth", "Eleanor Rigby", and a remake of "Can I Change My Mind". CD

Possible matches50
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Helen MerrillHelen Merrill In Tokyo/Helen Merrill Sings Folk ... CD
King (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
2 very obscure sessions from vocalist Helen Merrill – both recorded in Tokyo during the early 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album Helen Merrill In Tokyo – a wonderful small combo set arranged by drummer Takeshi Inomata, played by a combo that includes alto, baritone, and trumpet – all used in a cool and laidback mode that resonates nicely with Merrill's more familiar 50s sides on Mercury. Helen's in great form vocally – often singing in that almost-effortless mode that we love in her classic work – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "Bewitched", "You Do Something To Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "Good Morning Heartache", and "My Favorite Things". Next up are 12 more tracks from Helen Merrill Sings Folk – a rare entry in the "jazz meets folk" style that was popular in the early 60s, and which is done here with a nice degree of subtlety. The tunes are all from folk sources, but get some gentle jazz reworkings by arrangers Norio Maeda and Masao Yogi – hardly folksy at all in their instrumentation, but spare and spacious enough to let Merrill dominate the tunes as if she were working alone. Highlights include 2 great Japanese folk tunes – "Lullaby Of Chugoku-Chiho" and "Lullaby Of Itsuki" – and other tracks include "Donna Donna", "Black Is The Color", "Motherless Child", and "Wayfarin Stranger". CD

Possible matches51
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Sarah VaughanDivine One ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Sarah Vaughan definitely earns her divine nickname here – singing sublimely here in a warmly jazzy setting from her early years at Roulette Records! The style's a nice extension of Vaughan's best sides at Mercury – and is almost a nice back-to-basics approach, the kind of reminder that Sarah always sounds best when she's heard at her jazziest – as on this album, with arrangements and piano from Jimmy Jones, and some great trumpet lines from Harry Edison! The sound is often nicely spare and laidback – letting Vaughan's vocals really come up strongly in the mix, and flow with a tremendously natural, but creatively dynamic style that really leaves us breathless. Titles include "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Somebody Else's Dream", "What Do You See In Her", "Jump For Joy", "Ain't No Use", "I'm Gonna Laugh You Out Of My Life", and "When Your Lover Has Gone". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

Possible matches52
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Larry Young's FuelSpaceball ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky fusion in a runaway spaceship – the second album by Larry Young's cosmic heavy Fuel ensemble! The album's a perfect batch of jazzy keyboard grooves in a tradition that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Johnny Hammond, and Charles Earland during his Mercury years – with Larry on moog, organ, Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes, and other cool keyboards – grooving with a sound that ranges from fast and choppy to sweet and spacious. Julius Brockington also plays a lot of funky keys on the set next to Larry, and although a few tracks have vocals, the real focus here is on the instrumentation. Titles include "Startripper", "Message From Mars", "Moonwalk", "Sticky Wicket", and "Flytime". His last album, and a nice bit of far-reaching funk! CD

Possible matches53
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Buddy MilesChapter VII ... CD
CBS/Wounded Bird, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer chapter in the great early run of Buddy Miles – really genre-busting work that managed to cross over big to a number of crowds back in the day! As with his Mercury work, Miles has a wicked mix of soul, funk, rock, and blues going on here – but one that's percolated together strongly, so that it's not just a cribbing of famous styles – and instead comes across as something really new in the process – kind of a fresh vibe for all the cats who were willing to cross the tracks and change things up in their music at the time. Johnny Bristol handles production for the set, but it's still got the heavy groove you'd find on earlier Miles records – and the album features guest appearances from Carlos Santana, plus Latin percussion luminaries Wille Bobo and Victor Pantoja. Titles include "LA Resurrection", "Life Is What You Make It (parts 1 & 2)", "Elvira", "Hear No Evil", "Love Affair", "Visions", and "Crossfire". CD

Possible matches54
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Chi-LitesHeavenly Body/Me & You ... CD
Chi Sound/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really sweet later work from The Chi Lites – 2 classics on a single set! The sound on Heavenly Body is less Brunswick Chicago soul than before – and the group step along in warm and sophisticated backings that sparkle in the best Chi-Sound style – uptempo at some times, but sweet and mellow at others. The vocals are superb – easily adaptable to both sorts of settings, but especially great on the ballads – which really seem to benefit from the move away from some of the more cliched styles that the Chi-Lites were falling into during their last years on Brunswick. Eugene Record produced, and titles include "Love Shock", "Round & Round", "Heavenly Body", "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You", "Give Me A Dream", and a remake of "Have You Seen Her". Heavenly Body has the group hitting a whole new groove, but keeping things real in the vocal department! The album's got a great mix of ballads and groovers – similar to other Chi-Sound productions at the time – and the upbeat numbers follow nicely from the group's work on Mercury in the late 70s, more kicked up than their fragile ballads of the early 70s, but with great vocals nonetheless. Production is by Carl Davis with group leader Eugene Washington, and arrangements are by an old Brunswick crew who include Tom Tom and Sonny Sanders. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Good Good Lovin", "Tell Me Where It Hurts", "Me & You", "Never Speak To A Stranger", "Get Down With Me", and "Try My Side". CD

Possible matches55
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Charles EarlandCharles Earland Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ players, Earland managed to really get a heck of a lot out of the decade, twisting and turning his style with all the changes in arrangements and instrumentation, yet always keeping it real, laying down killer solos and funky grooves that rank with some of the best organ work of his generation! This 2CD set is the first to really pay tribute to Earland's genius – and it's a massive batch of tracks the spans his early years at Prestige Records, and moves into his work for labels like Mercury, Columbia, and Muse. Disc 1 features "funky organ grooves" – 10 tracks from Prestige and Muse with a straight heavy soul jazz funk groove, cut with monster players like Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Gary Chandler, and Virgil Jones. Tracks on the set include "Murilley", "Spinky", "Betty's Dilemma", "Sing A Simple Song", "Morgan", "My Favorite Things", and "Sing A Simple Song" – and the grooves are hard and funky all the way through! Disc 2 features "jazz funk and beyond" – beginning with Earland's spacier jam cuts on the Leaving This Planet session for Prestige, then moving into his jams on Arp and Electric Piano for Mercury, and some of his later R&B funk cuts for Columbia. Most of this work's never been on CD before – and the wealth of Earland's talent here will take you way past his early Black Talk years. Titles include "Phire", "Coming To You Live", "Red Clay", "Intergalactic Love Song", "Cosmic Fever", "Betty Boop", "Let The Music Play", and "Over & Over". CD
 
 
 



⇑ Top