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✨✧ Sarah VaughanVaughan & Violins (Wing pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Wing, 1958. Very Good ... $4.99
A really rich album by Sarah Vaughan – recorded in Paris in 1958, with orchestrations by Quincy Jones – and large group backing that includes some great tenor work by Zoot Sims! The session's one of Vaughan's most cohesive albums of the period, and although it's got "violins" in the title, it's not too drippy or sleepy, thanks to Quincy – who keeps the whole thing moving along nicely, with just the right amount of swing and soul to work perfectly with Vaughan's vocals! Titles include "Live For Love", "I'll Close My Eyes", "That's All", "Day By Day", "The Thrill Is Gone", and "Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonI Concentrate On You ... LP
Mercury, 1950s. Very Good ... $9.99
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(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some small stains on back.)

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Your GangYour Gang ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has an address sticker on front.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyJulian Cannonball Adderley (aka Cannonball Adderley Quintet In Chicago) ... LP
Mercury/Everest, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later budget line reissue of this great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and since Coltrane's sitting in with Cannon – the album's essentially a Kind Of Blue-era Miles album, recorded without Miles on trumpet, and grooving in a slightly more soul-based Adderley mode. Given the presence of Coltrane, there's a bit less of the gutbuckety soul jazz that Cannon was cutting in his own Quintet – but that's more than ok with us, as the Coltrane solos more than make up for that difference! Twe love Coltrane's "The Sleeper" and the set features 4 other numbers, including "Wabash", "You're A Weaver Of Dreams", 'Stars Fell On Alabama" and "The Tune Of The Hickory Stick". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sil AustinPlays Pretty Melodies Of The World ... LP
Mercury, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players at their best, there's still plenty of sharp edges and deeply funky moments on the record – and if anything, the shift has really given The Bar-Kays a way to evolve their sound past some of the heavier modes of the early days, without losing any of the appeal of their groove! Some cuts have some great keyboards – almost producing a spacey funk feel at points – and titles include "Too Hot To Stop (part 1)", "You're So Sexy", "Cozy", "Spellbound", "Whitehouseorgy", and the nice mellow track "Summer Of Our Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the diagonal text cover, with a cutout hole & light wear.)

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✨✧ CallModern Romans ... LP
Mercury, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some wear and price sticker remnants.)

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✨✧ Con Funk ShunSpirit Of Love ... LP
Mercury, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-written batch of tunes, and a mode of bass-heavy funk that avoids the cliches of other groups at the time – and goes for a more laidback style that sounds especially nice on the mellower numbers. Michael Cooper's great on lead vocals – and titles include "By Your Side", "Early Morning Sunshine", "Curtain Call", "Happy Face", "Juicy", "Lovestruck 1980", and "Honey Wild". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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✨✧ Xavier CugatXavier Cugat Plays The Music Of Ernesto Lecuona ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice session that's one of Cugie's more serious ones for Mercury. The album features nothing but compositions written by the legendary Cuban songwriter Ernesto Lecuona, most of which ("Dust On the Moon", "Jungle Drums", "Siboney", "The Breeze & I") you'll recognize. The approach is reverent, but also features some of Cugie's own touches, in a way that livens things up nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ DiamondsDiamonds ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest crossover vocal groups of the 50s – working here with arranger David Carroll, on titles that include "Shoo Ya Blues", "Honey", "One & Only", "Girl Of Mine", "Honey Bird", "For You Alone", "Zip Zip", "Cool Cool Baby", and "My Dog Likes Your Dog". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing – nice and clean! Cover has one light mark, but is really great overall.)

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✨✧ DiamondsDiamonds Meet Pete Rugolo ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from this classic harmony group – set to hip arrangements by Pete Rugolo, who brings out some of their more modern tones – as he does with the Four Freshmen! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Record and cover are beautiful!)

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✨✧ Charles EarlandOdyssey ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
After his run of funky organ records for Prestige in the early 70s, Charles took a similar route to Herbie and others, and picked up a host of electric keyboards for his spacey fusion records on Mercury. The core of Earland's groove here is the Arp, which he plays masterfully – running from tight funky melodies to wilder outer spacier sounds. The groups that back him up include many crack 70s fusion players – and the record has a style that's overall more slick and sophisticated than his Prestige sessions. Titles include "Journey Of The Soul", "Phire", "We All Live In The Jungle", and "Cosmic Fever". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Coke EscovedoCoke ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – and instead is great grooving soul, infused both with the sophistication of fusion and some of the Latin elements of Escovedo's roots – all produced to perfection by Patrick Gleeson – who most folks know for his own spacey keyboard work with Bennie Maupin and others! The mix of elements going on is really complex, but comes across with effortless ease – one of those rare fusions that could happen at a bigger label when all the right talents were brought together. The record kind of "out-Fantasys" the best of Fantasy Records in the Bay Area at the time – and makes great use of singers Linda and Calvin Tillery, plus the great Harvey Mason on drums. Titles include wonderful covers of Lamont Dozier's "Why Can't We Be Lovers" and Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" – plus the tracks "What Are You Under", "No One To Depend On", "Easy Come Easy Go", and "Make It Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Coke (Japanese pressing) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Gap BandGap Band (1979) ... LP
Mercury/Total Experience, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gator CreekGator Creek ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has clear tape on the seams.)

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✨✧ GershwinConcerto In F/Rhapsody In Blue – Eugene List/Howard Hanson/Eastman Rochester Symphony Orchestra ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Lesley GoreGolden Hits Of Lesley Gore ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Red label mono pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Shirley HornShirley Horn With Horn ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hip stuff from Shirley Horn – very mature and swinging jazz, despite any hokiness you might expect from the "with horn" in the title! The set features the sharp early vocals of Shirley Horn nicely set up with some larger backings – hip arrangements handled by Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, and Billy Byers – with all the groovy 60s punch you can imagine from a lineup like that! And although Horn later became well known for some gentler, mellower cuts, we're huge fans of her singing like this – which has a righteous power that really tops some of the vocalists from the previous generation. Titles include "Wee Small Hours", "That Old Black Magic", "The Great City", "On The Street Where You Live", and "Let Me Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in pencil on back.)

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✨✧ Quincy JonesQuincy Plays For Pussycats ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very groovy stuff from Quincy – a mix of jazz, soundtrack, and popular themes, all done in that soulful swinging style that Quincy virtually helped invent back in the 60s! The album's got plenty of great groovers that take a popular tune and kind of turn it on its ear – takes on tracks like "What's New Pussycat", "Non-Stop To Brazil", "The In Crowd", "Mack The Knife", "The Gentle Rain", and "Satisfaction" – all of which are souped-up by Quincy, and done in a rhythmic style that takes them past familiar versions you might know. The album also features the very groovy "Blues For Trumpet & Koto" – a slightly exotic number that we really like! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Quincy JonesSlender Thread – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Another killer from Quincy! Man, he just couldn't miss with these hip 60s soundtracks, and the grooviness of this one is a real testament to his genius. About half the album's straight jazz numbers – played with some wonderful elements like Hammond solos, vibes, electric harpsichord and even some weird sound effects. The other half is orchestral, and the overall style is as cool as any of Quincy's other work from the time, and the album's filled with loads of groovy gems waiting to be rediscovered! Titles include "Psychosis", "Threadbare", "Preludium", "Fox's Sugar", "Big Sir", and "Funny Farm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
 
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Clifford Brown & Max RoachLive At The Bee Hive Chicago 1955 – Raw Genius 1 ... LP
JVC (Japan), 1955. Near Mint- ... $26.99
A rare slice of the career of this famous and short-lived jazz duo – tapes that were recorded in 1955 at the legendary Bee Hive niteclub in Chicago, but not issued until the end of the 70s, in this smashing set that was produced by Max himself! The material offers a strong contrast to the sometimes more staid work the pair recorded for Mercury before Brown's untimely death – as it features unbridled playing in a rougher environment than usual – and a break from the original format of the famous group, with only Roach, Brown, and bassist George Morrow intact – plus appearances from Chicagoans Nicky Hill on tenor, Billy Wallace on piano, and Leo Blevins on guitar. Sonny Rollins makes an early appearance on tenor – and titles on this first volume include "Hot House", "Woody N You", and "I'll Remember April". If you've ever wondered what hard bop sounded like to the average crowd at the time of its popularity, this is the record to dig! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Jerry ButlerNothing Says I Love You Like I Love You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Very Good ... $2.99
After working with Gamble & Huff on his big hits for Mercury in the late 60s, Jerry returned to work with the pair in the late 70s on their own Philly International label – stepping out with the same sweet groove that the Philly sound had brought to Lou Rawls, in a way that helped Butler really revive his sound at the time! The full rich approach really works magic with Butler's great vocals – in a way that showed that Jerry had never faltered during the 70s, but had just lost some of his steam through a bit of mis-handling by Motown on earlier albums. There's a proud, warm, all-adult sound to the album that we really love – heard to best effect on the anthemic "(I'm Just Thinking About) Cooling Out" and the great mellow groover "Let's Make Love" – but still pretty darn great on other tracks too! Titles include "Mighty Good People", "I'm Glad To Be Back", "Dream World", and "Are You Lonely Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Eddie ChambleeRocking Tenor Sax Of Eddie Chamblee With Dayton Selby At The Organ ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Wild tenor/organ trio side featuring the great Chicago R&B tenor player with an obscure organist named Dayton Selby. Wailin' cuts, with the two of them trading off in a crazy way, especially on cuts like "Skang!" and "Champin". A tough one to find, and waaaay better than his LPs on Mercury! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Chi-LitesMe & You ... LP
Chi Sound, 1981. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Chi-Lites going strong into the 80s – 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ KraftwerkAutobahn ... LP
Vertigo, 1974. Very Good ... $16.99
A groundbreaking record from Kraftwerk – a set that unified the 70s worlds of analogue electronics and prog rock – yet somehow managed to set the scene for a whole new sound to come! The album's a treasure all the way through – slow-building, and with beautiful bubbling moments that have these surprisingly simple hooks – heard to best effect in the album's classic title cut "Autobahn" – but echoed nicely through the album's other longer tracks too – "Kometenmelodie 1 &2", "Mitternacht", and "Morgenspaziergang". LP, Vinyl record album
(US Mercury pressing.)

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James MoodyJames Moody Story (Trip) ... LP
EmArcy, 1953. Sealed ... $4.99
According to the liner notes this was Moody's first record for Mercury after returning to the US after residing in Paris. There is no indication of who plays with him on this record except for one mention of Babs Gonzales who sings with him on "The James Moody Story". Moody plays both tenor and alto sax and the tracks include "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", "Moody's Theme", "And Now Moody Speaks", "Serenade In Blue", "Poor Butterfly", "Wiggle Wag", "Moody's Home", and "The Bite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Trip reissue from the 70s. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New York DollsNew York Dolls ... LP
Mercury, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... On March 24, 2017
"I need a fix – and a kiiiiiiiiiissssssss!" What can we say? Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and the boys reinvented the wheel with the of wildly hedonist glam skronk spun on this still incredible debut record. Both records they made for Mercury are incredible, but this is the bonafide masterpiece. It's a classic purely on a primal rock 'n' roll level, but it's also one of rock's greatest examples of style equaling substance! The Dolls brought glammer to the gutter and vice versa, and this is no doubt their greatest moment! Includes "Personality Crisis", "Looking For A Kiss", "Trash", "Frankenstein", "Pills", "Bad Girl", "Private World" and "Jet Boy". Produced by Todd Rundgren and engineered by Jack Douglas – the former a legend in his own right, the latter whose name appears on so many great records that range from other proto-punk and punk-era classics (Patti Smith Group, The Runaways) to the trashier side of the mainstream (prime early Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper). LP, Vinyl record album

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Mickey NewburyFrisco Mabel Joy ... LP
Elektra, 1971. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The second in Mickey Newbury's American Trilogy – recorded when Newbury was at Elektra Records, a label that was apparantly as unable to find an audience for him as Mercury was a few years earlier – but all these years later it stands just as beautifully of a leftfield bit of spacious, moody genius just about any singer-songwriter record of the period we can think of! Recorded at Nashville's Cinderella Sound Studios, it's really wonderful stuff that defys genre and convention, but is as emotionally connective and sastisfying as anything from the mainstream. Titles include "The Future's Not What It Used To Be", "Frisco Depot, "Swiss Cottage Place", "How I Love Them Old Songs" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo in the die-cut cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole, a bit of pen, and some edge wear.)

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Max RoachAward Winning Drummer ... LP
Time, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a cool piano-less group that hits some really unusual notes! Draper's horn provides a deep bottom to the record, mixing with Davis' exotic tones nicely – and the album represents Roach's increasing penchant for experimentation in the post Clifford Brown years – tunes with an offbeat edge that's really great. Titles include "Pies Of Quincy", "Tuba De Nod", "Milano", and "Sadiga". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ShadowShadow ... LP
Elektra, 1980. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A mellow modern classic from the great early 80s soul years at Elektra Records – produced by the legendary Leon Ware, and done with a groove that's right up there with his own work for the label! Shadow are a spinoff trio from the Ohio Players – and the grooves here take off wonderfully from the mellower side of the OP years at Mercury – that tightly compressed way of hitting a ballad or midtempo number the group developed – tripping along with light rhythms that are perfect for Ware's hand in the studio. A few tracks groove things up – but only in a gentle way – and the three voices come together with a quality that's a bit different than the usual harmony soul of the time. Ware wrote every song on the record – and titles include "Mystery Dancer", "I Can't Keep Holding Back", "Village Destiny", "Sweet Movin", "Beyond The Finish Line", "Hot City", and "Can You Keep It Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Louis SmithHere Comes Louis Smith ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Very Good ... $24.99
Trumpeter Louis Smith made only two records for Blue Note, but both of them are great! This set's arguably his most famous – because of a rare uncredited appearance by Cannonball Adderley, working here under the "nom de date" of "Buckshot La Funke" – and blowing with a power that beats most of his other Mercury sessions of the late 50s! But the real credit here should go to Louis Smith – who's got a sense of power and command that should have made him one of THE trumpeters of the 50s – an emerging young talent to stand alongside Lee Morgan, Nat Adderley, and other post-Fats Navarro/Clifford Brown talents on the instrument. Smith sparkles throughout with a mix of soul and modernism we really love – and an earthy way of blowing the horn that doesn't always reach its goals, but which draws even more energy from its ability to try! The rhythm section on the album's also very tight – with Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and either Tommy Flanagan or Duke Jordan on piano – and tracks include "Ande", "Brill's Blues", "South Side", and "Val's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing. Vinyl appears slightly heated, and plays with faint surface noise. Cover has a small cut corner, otherwise looks great.)
Also available Here Comes Louis Smith (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Louis SmithHere Comes Louis Smith (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Trumpeter Louis Smith made only two records for Blue Note, but both of them are great! This set's arguably his most famous – because of a rare uncredited appearance by Cannonball Adderley, working here under the "nom de date" of "Buckshot La Funke" – and blowing with a power that beats most of his other Mercury sessions of the late 50s! But the real credit here should go to Louis Smith – who's got a sense of power and command that should have made him one of THE trumpeters of the 50s – an emerging young talent to stand alongside Lee Morgan, Nat Adderley, and other post-Fats Navarro/Clifford Brown talents on the instrument. Smith sparkles throughout with a mix of soul and modernism we really love – and an earthy way of blowing the horn that doesn't always reach its goals, but which draws even more energy from its ability to try! The rhythm section on the album's also very tight – with Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and either Tommy Flanagan or Duke Jordan on piano – and tracks include "Ande", "Brill's Blues", "South Side", and "Val's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
Also available Here Comes Louis Smith ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Teri ThorntonTeri Thornton Sings Somewhere In The Night ... LP
Dauntless, 1963. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Obscure set of sexy vocal numbers, sung by Teri Thornton with some nice backing by Larry Wilcox and his orchestra. Thornton's got a polished style that resembles some of Sarah Vaughan's Mercury recordings of the mid and late 50s, and the backing is lush and dreamy, and works well with her voice. The set includes the "Somewhere In The Night" theme to The Naked City, plus a great reading of Babs Gonzales' "Lonely One". Other titles include "Clap Yo Hands", "I Believe In You", and "I've Got Your Number". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a stained corner, with some wrinkling on front and peeling on back.)

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UndergroundPsychedelic Visions ... LP
Wing/Wah Wah (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A classic set of raw raunchy rock from the late 60s – originally issued as kind of a "cash in" record to grab some bucks on the rise of psych and garage – but a record that easily stands head to head with the best of its time! These guys drink heavy from the same brew as The Seeds, Count Five, Sonics, and other groups of the period – and work in a raw, garagey style that's hardly what you'd expect from Mercury Records Wing label subsidiary – especially given the sound of the guitars! Many cuts are covers, but they're performed with as much bold energy as the original tracks – and the set is awash in freak, fuzz, and echo! Titles include "Psychotic Reaction", "Psychedelic Dream", "Psychotic Vibrations", "Mind Jammer", "The Warper", and "Turn On Your Love Light". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Sarah Vaughan & Billy EckstineSing The Best Of Irving Berlin ... LP
EmArcy, 1957. Very Good ... $3.99
A great album that pairs these two great singers together for some of Berlin's popular tunes. They're accompanied by a full orchestra and the singers compliment each other nicely especially where Vaughan can match Eckstine's low tones. The tracks include "Isn't This A Lovely Day", "All Of My Life", "Cheek To Cheek", "Remember", "Easter Parade", "The Girl That I Marry", and "Now It Can Be Told". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonIn The Land Of Hi Fi ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
The Hi Fi in the title might imply that there's a bit more going on here arrangement-wise than on some of Dinah's other albums – but the scoring by Hal Mooney is still pretty straight, in a sophisticated jazzy mode that works best with the vocals, and which never overwhelms the singing for sake of some silly instrumental flourishes. Junior Mance plays piano with the group, and titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "My Ideal", "Nothing Ever Changes My Love For You", "If I Were A Bell", "Say It Isn't So", and "What'll I Tell My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light stains on back.)

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonIn Tribute ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
The tribute here is to Dinah Washington herself – who left the planet all too soon, after passing away at an early age in 1963. The set brings together great late material that Dinah recorded for Roulette Records – tracks unissued at the time of this album, with beautiful arrangements from Marty Manning and Fred Norman – all in that new level of boozy sophistication that Washington was bringing to her music in the final years! The vocals are superb – very different than the earlier Mercury sides, but no less powerful – maybe even more so in their subtlety – and Henry Glover produced the record with a perfect balance of jazz and soul. Titles include "That Sunday", "I've Run Out Of Reasons", "Lingering", "They Said You Came Back Running", "Make Believe Dreams", "Lord You Made Us Human", and "Icy Stone". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available In Tribute ... CD

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VariousFeeling Good – Funk, Soul, & Deep Jazz Gems – The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad ... LP
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
The great Bob Shad is a hell of a fellow – a jazz producer who did amazing work for Mercury Records in the 50s, captured postwar blues on his own small label, set loose a run of excellent 60s jazz and vocal releases, then really found his strength as the 70s moved in – and his Mainstream Records label became a showcase for some of the hippest and most righteous artists of the time! This collection focuses on the best of the best of the cuts that crackled on Mainstream – mostly funky and spiritual jazz numbers, but mixed with a few vocal cuts too – often served up in that trademark blend of electric and acoustic that made Shad's productions so great – with a vibe that was so different than music coming from labels like Prestige, Fantasy, or CTI at the time. The choice of cuts is wonderful, and the set boasts liner notes by Judd Apatow – who turns out to be Bob's grandson! Titles include "Mask" by Shelly Manne, "Soulsides" by Art Farmer, "Magical Connection" by Sarah Vaughan, "Soul Village" by Blue Mitchell, "House Of The Rising Funk" by Afrique, "Abscretions" by Buddy Terry, "Right On" by Maxine Weldon, "Red Clay" by Jack Wilkins, "Scatbird" by Barry Miles, "Rum & Mumbles" by Clark Terry, "I Ain't Got Much" by Ellerine Harding, "Granite & Concrete" by Blue Mitchell, "Feelin Good" by Carmen McRae, and "Quadrivium" by Hadley Caliman. LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Feeling Good – Funk, Soul, & Deep Jazz Gems – The Supreme Sound Of Producer Bob Shad ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Charles EarlandEarland's Jam ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stellar grooves from Charles Earland – a great mix of jazz, soul, and funk – put together in a way that's quite different from his previous records on Prestige or Mercury Records! The sound here is tight 80s soul – put together by Tom Tom Washington, who gives the whole thing a sophisticated Chicago vibe – and one that matches Charles' sweet keyboard solos with wickedly sharp rhythms, and some occasional vocal bits too. Singers include Larry Blackmon, TC Campell, and Charles himself – but there's still a focus that seems to be more on the instrumentation overall – served up with some mighty nice organ lines from Earland. Titles include "The Only One", "Marcia's Waltz", "You Belong To Me", "Never Knew Love Like This Before", "Guilty", "Laser Lips", "Earland's Jam", and "Animal". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp)

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✨✧ Roland KirkHere Comes The Whistleman ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic from Roland Kirk – and a record that beautifully balances his modern ideas and playful energy – as you might guess from the title! While posing as the "whistleman", Roland's also pushing the boundaries of jazz a few steps forward too – not just in modern terms, but in spiritual ones too – showing that there's a way of letting loose that doesn't always have to be cold or artsy, but personal and soulful too. There's still echoes of the hardbop of the Mercury years, and plenty of inventive reed work from Kirk – on tenor, alto sax, manzello, stritch, and even nose flute too. The album was recorded live with a very hip cast that includes Lonnie Smith and Jaki Byard on piano, Charles Crosby on drums, and Major Holley on bass – and tracks include "Roots", "Here Comes The Whistleman", "Step Right Up", and "Aluminum Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
 
 
 



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