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Mos DefBlack On Both Sides ... LP
Rawkus, 1999. Near Mint- 2LP ... $44.99
Mos Def's landmark late 90s solo debut – a rock solid classic that stands up today as one of the best hip hop albums of its decade – and for all the dizzying creative highs and lows of his career to follow, it stands strongly among his best work ever. His preceding duo work with Talib Kweli as Black Star set a pretty high bar creatively, and stunningly, Mos manages to clear it. It's all the more impressive given the stylistic diversity, ranging from bed rock boom bap, to leftfield funk, to Bad Brains-inspired punk. Incredible stuff. Tracks include "Ms Fat Booty", "Hip Hop", "Know That" featuring Talib Kweli, "Mr Ni**a" featuring Q-Tip, "Mathematics", "Brooklyn", "Umi Says", "Do It Now" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Fear Not Of Man", "Habitat", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Promo in a grey sleeve.)

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Jill Scott feat Mos DefLove Rain (head nod rmx, head nod inst, album, coffee shop mix, inst, head nod acapella) ... 12-inch
Epic, 2000. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $4.99
A couple of great remixes of Jill Scott's wonderful "Love Rain" track with Mos Def, one of the best soul hits of recent years! They titles say a lot; the head nod mix is just that, with a pounding bass line and Mos's guest turn cranked up in the mix. The coffee shop mix turns down the bass just a bit, and cranks the jazzy keys, putting a strong emphasis on Jill's excellent scatty delivery. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mos Def/Nikki GiovanniCan U C The Pride In The Pather (LP, inst, rmx, rmx inst)/Rose That Grew From Concrete ... 12-inch
Amaru/Interscope, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beats by Jay Dee. B-side by Nikki Giovanni. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Scritti Politti featuring Mos DefTinseltown To The Boogie Down (Psycho Les var, Psycho Les inst, Ali Shaheed Muhammad var, Pete Rock variation, Pete Rock inst, Ali inst) ... 12-inch
Virgin, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Scritti Politti make a comeback with some nice verses from Mos Def and a bunch of dope mixes, each by different producers, using completely different music. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (two-tone vinyl with star design) ... LP
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in proud, mic skills centric hip hop and while highs and lows of Mos Def's work as the years rolled along – and it still stands as strong (then) underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story" – the Slick Rick classic redone along the lines of Jeru's "One Day" – and "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night", "Twice Inna Lifetime and more. 13 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition two-toned vinyl with star pattern – very nice!)
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Michael DeaseFather Figure ... CD
Posi tone, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Maybe the best album so far from trombonist Michael Dease – and that's saying a lot, because we've really loved a lot of his other records! The set's got a punch and a crackle that really lives up to Dease's brilliant phrasing on the trombone – a sound so tight, it almost matches at trumpet at points – and clearly marks Michael as one of the most deft (or mos def, if you prefer!) players on his instrument in the current scene. The lineup is great, too – and makes wonderful use of the vibes of Behn Gillece, whose tones have really, made some other recent gems from the Posi-Tone label shine, and which sound tremendous alongside the ringing piano lines of Glenn Zaleski. Some tracks feature a bit of guest alto from Markus Howell and Immanuel Wilkins – who shade in the tunes beautifully, and give them even deeper currents of soul – and the group also features Endea Owens on bass and Luther Allison on drums. Dease wrote some great tunes for the date – "Brooklyn", "Father Figure", "Cry Of The Wolf", and "Church Of The Good Hustler" – and the set also features versions of Mulgrew Miller's "Wingspan" and Grachan Moncur's "Riff Raff". CD

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JigmastasGrassroots – The Prologue ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 90s/2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 25.98
Vital, sharp as ever NYC underground bred hip hop from DJ Spinna's and MC Kriminul's Jigmastas! Grassroots – The Prologue is a 2015 companion piece to their dawn of the millenium classic Grassroots – Lyrical Fluctuations, anchored strongly by non-album material from their most active period – and it's as gritty, funky and focused as their best material! Includes a standout opening salvo "Lyrical Fluctuation (2000 Spinna Mix)"with Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Shabaam Sahdeeq & Talib Kweli, (plus the perfectly tight original version), "Semi-Precious", "Across The Globe", "Keep On Rockin'", "Matrimony". "Beyond Real", "Comments To The Sure Shot", ""Is You Dee" (plus a remix), "So What" with Guru, "If", "Dead Man's Walk" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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RootsRising Down ... CD
Def Jam, 2008. Used ... $4.99
A fierce 10th album from the Roots – hard hitting and straight up angry, without sacrificing the musicality that makes them the most unique crew in hip hop of the past 15 years! We'll do our best to recommend this vital LP without tagging it with the dreaded "concept album" tag (wish us luck on that) but it's for the most barbed commentary on the state of Philly – and the larger social and cultural landscape. The Roots are still bringing some truly exhilarating material after all these years! Titles include "Rising Down" feat Mos Def & Styles P, "Get Busy" feat Dice Raw & Peedi Peedi, "@ 15", "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)", "Becoming Unwritten", "Criminal" feat Truck North & Saigon, "I Will Not Apologize" feat Porn & Dice Raw, "Lost Desire" feat Malik B & Talib Kweli, "The Show" feat Common & Dice Raw, "Rising Up" feat Wale & Chrisette Michelle and more – plus a few unlisted bonus tracks on the CD version. CD

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Jill Scott & OthersCollaborations ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2007. Used 2CD ... $2.99
Jill Scott's a singer with a mighty generous spirit – and in addition to her own (all too few) recordings over the years, she's made some tremendous appearances on records under the leadership of other artists – a good deal of which are included in this set! Jill's not the kind of singer to just sleepwalk into the studio and deliver a few standard vocals when making a guest shot – and instead, she brings a new sense of life and energy to each different appearance in the set – coming across with a street-heavy vibe one minute, a more laidback cosmic mode the next, and a more classically-tuned soul sound at still another point. The set's a great illustration of the depths of Scott's rich talents – and even though we'd rather have Jill spending more time in the studio recording her own music, we're still plenty happy to have so many of her great guest appearances together in one package like this! CD features 14 tracks in all – including "Love Rain" with Mos Def, presented in "head nod" and "coffee shop" remixes – plus "Said Enough" with The Isley Brothers, "One Time" with Eric Roberson, "Good Morning Heartache" with Chris Botti, "Daydreamin" with Lupe Fiasco, "Let Me" with Sergio Mendes & Will I Am, "8 Minutes To Sunrise" with Common, "Sometime I Wonder" with Darius Rucker, "Slide" with Jeff Bradshaw, "The Rain" with Will Smith, and "God Bless The Child" with Al Jarreau & George Benson. CD
(Also features a bonus CD – with material by Hidden Beach artists who include Jill Scott, Keite, Jeff Bradshaw, Peter Black, Sunny Hawkins, and Onitsha.)

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✨✧ De La SoulArt Official Intelligence – Mosaic Thump ... CD
Tommy Boy, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
All hits and almost no misses – starting with "Oooh", easily the best single of the '00, featuring some nice quotes from classic hip hop tracks ranging from the Funky 4 + 1 to Mos Def, and some of Redman's best verses in a while. De La Soul basically started the whole skits-between-songs concept, or at least they perfected it, and (unlike too many other artists) here they get it right again – even the three hilarious "Ghostweed" skits featuring cameo appearances from Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, and Black Thought hold up to repeated listenings. Also includes "My Writes", "Thru Ya City", "All Good?", 'Words FromThe Chief Rocker" and the "Art Of Getting Jumped" – 17 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print, some light edgewear to digipack case.)

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✨✧ Kanye WestGraduation ... CD
Def Jam, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kanye's tightest, most heavily synth soaked set yet – and possibly the best – a leap ahead for his evolving sound! Graduation gleams and shines more than it bounces on the bottom end, and if his LP titles to date overtly suggest that this caps off a trilogy – it really goes beyond the title – it's POST Graduation! By the end of Late Registration Kanye was dabbling in hip hop symphonies (for the better) with a few too many skits, but this one's all laser beam efficiency with a human heartbeat. Kanye's moved on, well past our expectations anyway, and he better not call the next one Class Reunion. A bunch of these cuts could rule several radio formats, and they sound great in the headphones, too. To tell the truth, any modern hip hop record with a big fat (and surely expensive) Steely Dan sample is going get an automatic recommendation from us, but Graduation works for us for many more reasons than that alone. Well done, Kanye! "Good Morning", "Champion", the Daft Punk-ed hit "Stronger", "I Wonder", "Good Life", "Can't Tell Me Me Nothing", "Barry Bonds" with Lil Wayne, "Drunk And Hot Girls" with Mos Def, "Flashing Lights" with Dwele, "Everything I Am" with DJ Premier, "Homecoming" and "Big Brother". CD

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✨✧ RootsRising Down ... LP
Def Jam, 2008. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fierce 10th album from the Roots – hard hitting and straight up angry, without sacrificing the musicality that makes them the most unique crew in hip hop of the past 15 years! We'll do our best to recommend this vital LP without tagging it with the dreaded "concept album" tag (wish us luck on that) but it's for the most barbed commentary on the state of Philly – and the larger social and cultural landscape. The Roots are still bringing some truly exhilarating material after all these years! Titles include "Rising Down" feat Mos Def & Styles P, "Get Busy" feat Dice Raw & Peedi Peedi, "@ 15", "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)", "Becoming Unwritten", "Criminal" feat Truck North & Saigon, "I Will Not Apologize" feat Porn & Dice Raw, "Lost Desire" feat Malik B & Talib Kweli, "The Show" feat Common & Dice Raw, "Rising Up" feat Wale & Chrisette Michelle and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rising Down ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Jill ScottGimme (album, inst)/He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat) (illegal mix)/Love Rain (coffee shop mix) ... 12-inch
Hidden Beach, 2001. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Love Rain" features Mos Def. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Jay Dee & OthersJay Deelicious – The Delicious Vinyl Years 1995 to 1998 – Originals Remixes & Rarities ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Bicycle Music, Mid 90s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A compilation of pivotal mid 90s Dilla productions and remixes – classics and rarities from the Pharcyde, N'Dea Davenport, and the Brand New Heavies with guest appearances by Q-Tip and Mos Def – great stuff from the prime Delicious Vinyl years! It's full of bedrock jazzy funk from Jay Dee – a 3 LP set with vocal versions on the first 2 LPs and instrumentals on the 3rd. This is a great refresher course on Jay Dee's golden age pedigree – especially if you came on board with Dilla in the later Stones Throw years – featuring his earlier genius productions plus a second disc featuring instrumental versions. Proceeds from the LP are to go to Ma Dukes. Titles include "Runnin'" (plus instrumental), "Somethin' That Means Somethin'" (plus instrumental), "Bullsh*t" (plus instrumental), Y? (remix)" (plus instrumental) by Pharcyde, "Sometimes (remix)" (plus remix instrumental) by Brand New Heavies feat Q-Tip, "Saturday Night (remix)" (plus remix instrumental) by Brand New Heavies feat Mos Def, "Whatever You Want (remix)" by N'Dea Davenport and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Talib KweliTrain Of Thought – Lost Lyrics, Rare Releases & Beautiful B-Sides Volume 1 ... LP
Javotti Media, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A strong collection of rarities and B-sides from mic mainstay Talib Kweli – always one of the more verbally dexterous MCs in the game – and given the man's brilliant, seemingly spontaneous style, it's little wonder that some really top notch material has gotten set aside over the years! This is A-list material here, with tracks produced by Hi Tek, Dave West, Kanye West, DJ Quik, Oh No and other heavies! Titles include "Space", "2000 Seasons", "Bright As The Stars", "Boomerang", "Ocean Song", "7:30", "Tryin To Breathe", "Distractions", "Fortified Live" with Mos Def and "Wack Ni**az" with Common. LP, Vinyl record album
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AkikoWhat's Jazz? – Spirit ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99
The "spirit" side to Akiko's What's Jazz series – and her most dancefloor-styled record to date! The set features key contributions from Yukihiro Fukutomi, Yoshito Tanaka, and Hajime Yoshizawa – all of whom bring a fair bit of contemporary elements to the mix – soulful beats, warm keyboards, and the kind of grooves you don't normally find on a record by Akiko – but which sound surprisingly great with her jazz-trained vocals! There's definitely a lot of spirit here – a rich sort of sound that really makes us appreciate Akiko even more than before, especially given that she wrote most of the tunes herself. Titles include "Real", "Universal Love", "Big Bang", "Take Me There", "Music Elevation", "The Transformer", "Voce Me Faz", and "The Reason Of My Tears". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AktionGroove The Funk ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, and a vibe that's a bit in the territory of bigger-name acts like Cymande and Blo – and like the former, they've also got a great bassist, who makes for lots of dubby currents in the rhythms! Vocals are in English, but layered in this cool way with the organ lines and riffing guitars that dominate most of the instrumentation – on titles that include "Tell Me Baby", "Play With Me", "Groove The Funk", "I Don't Have To Cry", "Masquerade", and "I've Got To Hope For Tomorrow". CD

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into Bacharach territory – and which is followed up by the even-greater "Spanish Flea" – an ear-popping anthem that's one of the greatest bits of 60s instrumental pop ever recorded! And over and above those two tunes, the album's still got plenty more to offer too – a wonderful array of tracks all given the Tijuana touch, with titles that include "More & More Amor", "Mae", "Walk Don't Run", "Felicia", and "Cinco De Mayo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rodrigo Amado/Kent Kessler/Paal Nilssen-LoveAbstract Truth ... CD
European Echoes, 2009. Used ... $9.99
Plenty of power here – a hip trio that features saxophonist Rodrigo Amado on tenor and baritone, alongside bold rhythms from Kent Kessler on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! Both Kent and Paal are players we know and love from other albums, and they definitely hold up to their previous promise here – propelling the tunes with a dynamic energy that's totally great – followed by Amado's well-crafted tenor lines, and some surprisingly nice moments on baritone too. Most tracks feel relatively free, but have an inherent sense of structure – at least through their sense of force – and titles include "Human Condition", "The Kiss", "Universe Unmasked", "Enigma Of The Arrival", "The Enchanted Room", and "Clouds & Shadows". CD

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Amon Duul IIYeti ... CD
Liberty/SPV (Germany), 1970. Used ... $9.99
About as classic as you can get for Amon Duul – a double-length set that virtually defined the sound of prog rock for the 70s! Tracks are long, and mighty jamming – with a strong undercurrent of jazz alongside the heavy drums and guitars – set loose at a level that's much madder than most American work of the time – always threatening to trip itself up at various points, but incredibly on track over the length of the extended package. There's a few improvisational moments, and the whole thing has a fluid feel that even makes us swallow the vocals easily, as they fit right in with the rest of the tripped-out instrumentation. Instruments include 12 string guitar, organ, and some especially nice bongos – and titles include "Burning Sister", "Eye Shaking King", "Yeti Talks To Yogi", "Cerberus", and "Archangel Thunderbird". CD

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Marcos AmorimSea Of Tranquility ... CD
Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Beautifully subtle guitar work from Marcos Amorim – a musician who plays an electric instrument, but can often make it feel as if waves of sound are just cascading out gently into the air – more tone than attack on the strings, with this style that's deft, but very unassuming – and which works especially well with the Fender Rhodes lines used on a good number of tracks on the album! The balance is key to Amorim's talents – as the whole thing would be too smooth or slick in the hands of someone else, but still has that up-close, personal vibe we loved in Marcos' other albums for Adventure. Other instrumentation includes bass and drums – and singer Delia Fischer appears on a few of the album's tracks, although the set is mostly instrumental overall. Titles include "Bolero", "January Ashes", "Dance Of The Five Princesses", "Sea Of Tranquility", "The Further Away The Closer I Get", "Sea Time", and "My African Goddess". CD

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AnthraxI'm The Man EP ... LP
Island/Megaforce, 1987. Very Good ... $11.99
Not! Not! Ya know what. . .Anthrax's I'm The Man EP may be dumb fun, but it's high-minded dumb fun, and done with geniune love for classic rap. . .gutsy stuff from these true godfathers of thrash metal, from a time when their peers took themselves way too freaking seriously. Well, either gutsy, or maybe they just didn't give a s**t, which makes it all the more amusing. Punchy riffs, an obvious take on Billy Squier's "Big Beat" in the drums, and their knowingly goofy attempts at Beastie Boys-style comic rap. If rap metal began and ended right here we'd be better off, but we won't blame Anthrax for all the bad stuff to come! Includes "I'm The Man (Censored Radio Version)", "I'm The Man (DEF Uncensored Version)" – plus live versions Anthrax staples "Caught In A Mosh", "I Am The Law" and "I'm The Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Neil Ardley's New Jazz OrchestraCamden 70 ... CD
Dusk Fire (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
A never-issued live set from the legendary Brit leader Neil Ardley – recorded right during his classic years, and featuring a host of leading jazz luminaries of his scene! The material features both original compositions by Neil, plus some surprising other inclusions as well – all wrapped together in some of the most creative jazz orchestra modes of the UK scene of the time, and played by a cast that includes Henry Lowther and Harry Beckett on trumpet, Mike Gibbs on trombone, Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor and soprano sax, Barbara Thompson on alto and flute, Frank Jellett on vibes, and Dave Greenslade on Hammond and electric piano. The horns are mighty heavy – blowing both with a nice sense of force on the heads, but also allowing some good space for players to really stretch out and do their thing – and although Ardley's got a definite modern bent to his vision here, there's also plenty of stone groovy moments too. Titles include "Rope Ladder To The Moon", "Tanglewood", "Stratusfunk", "Dusk Fire", "Naima", "Rebirth", "Study", "Ballad", and "Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe". CD

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Eddy ArnoldEach Road I Take – The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions (Love & Guitars/Standing Alone/bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A surprisingly great set of work from countrypolitan giant Eddy Arnold – 1970 sessions that have him both reforging his strengths with producer Chet Atkins, and taking up a whole new groove with the great Lee Hazlewood! The Atkins material can be heard here on the album Love & Guitars – a set that allows Arnold to answer back to all the others who, by that time, were hitting his own sort of mature way of putting over a tune – with backings that are almost more traditionally country than anything that Eddy had been getting on other recent records. The choice of material is great – songs by Merle Haggard, Wayne Thompson, Kris Kristofferson, and others – and titles that include "When The Wind Blows In Chicago", "Shadows Of Her Mind", "Today I Started Loving You again", "Just Enough To Start Me Dreamin", "With Pen In Hand", and "Soul Deep". Producer Lee Hazlewood works with Eddy Arnold on material from the album Standing Alone – a set that almost has Lee taking a tongue-in-cheek approach with strings and larger arrangements – giving Eddy the kind of setting that might have been darkly double-sided if Hazlewood were singing, but which comes across more in familiar Arnold territory overall. Still, there's definitely some nice touches around the edges – and titles include "Closest I Ever Came", "My Way Of Life", "She Believes In Me", "July You're A Woman", "Where Love Has Died", and "Some Lonely Picker". CD also features additional tracks from the same year, including two unreleased outtakes – for a total of 27 titles in all. CD

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Atlantide (Jean Paul Massiera)Atlantide (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Replica (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
One of the most rock-oriented sets we've ever heard from JP Massiera – who wrote all the words and music here for a French group who take on the myth of Atlantide! The style mixes tuneful lines on guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – without some of the keyboards you might expect from the prog scene at the time, and instead this warmly harmonic approach on the vocals – at a level that almost seems to take off nicely from the multi-tracking style used by Yes! And there is a bit of cool acoustic guitar soloing – very deft, and another Yes-like touch – but the overall sound of the record is very unique, as you'd expect from the participation of Massiera. Titles include "Images", "Atlantide", "Soleil Noir", "Reverie", and "Le Regard Des Dieux". LP, Vinyl record album
(These copies have a small top seam split, but have been reduced in price.)

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AtmosphereWhen Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S**t Gold (limited deluxe edition with booklet, CD & DVD) ... CD
Rhymesayers, 2008. Used CD&DVD ... $8.99
The indefatigable Atmosphere returns with its sixth proper album (and 198th if you include their always worthwhile vinyl only, web only, and otherwise underground releases – what's in that lemonade, anyway?) – and the dynamic duo is as hard hitting and cathartic as ever! Beatmaker Ant gets more and more diverse with his killer wall of sound – whether it's a busy tapestry or minimalist funk – and Slug's words and delivery are vivid as always. This limited deluxe edition comes with a 36-page book featuring lyrics, an illustrated children's story (!!!) by Slug, and a DVD with over an hour of live footage and extras. Tracks include "Like The Rest Of Us", "Puppets", "The Skinny", "Dreamer", "You", "Painting", "Your Glasshouse", "Wild Wild Horses", "Me", "In Her Music Box" and more. CD
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AtomicHere Comes Everybody ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Quite possibly the greatest album to date from Atomic – a set that steps out with a bold, rich sound right from the start – giving the whole thing the feel of some lost classic slice of avant jazz, but with a freshness that definitely marks the set with plenty of Atomic energy too! The horns are amazing – fierce interplay between the trumpet of Magnus Broo and reeds of Fredrik Ljungvist – locking together at times with these raging lines that have almost an ESP sort of feel – then breaking out with soul-drenching solos on their own – especially when Ljungvist handles the tenor. Paal Nilssen-Love's drums are on fire throughout – Havard Wilk barrels away on piano – and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten rolls things along strongly on bass. Titles include "Morphemes", "HCE", "Milano", "Kreuzberg Variations", "Panama", and "Unity Toccata". CD

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Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1976. Used ... $6.99
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". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Barclay James HarvestGone To Earth (2CD/DVD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1977. New Copy 2CD/DVD ... $26.99
Barclay James Harvest sound almost a bit more melancholy here than on previous records – maybe just because the leadoff hit track "Hymn" has a brooding message on drug deaths – but also because there seems to be a slightly more intense quality to their overall approach! The group are in very comfortable, confident territory – so much so, they can slow things down a bit and move with a brooding sense of soul that almost seems a precursor to the power ballad scene that would emerge a few years later. These tracks are still nicely free of the schmaltz of those – but definitely have a sense of compression that points the way forward – on titles that include "Hymn", "Love Is Like A Violin", "Leper's Song", "Taking Me Higher", "Spirit On The Water", "Sea Of Tranquility", and "Hard Hearted Woman". This huge package features both the original and a new stereo mix of the album – plus bonus tracks "Our Kid's Kid", "Hymn (single)", "Lied", "Friend Of Mine (single)", and "Loving Is Easy (1977 version)". Also features a bonus audio DVD – with the original mix, a new stereo mix, and a surround sound mix! CD

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Mickey Bass Powerhouse EnsembleLive At The Jazz Corner Of The World ... CD
Early Bird, 2001. Used ... $5.99
The group here's definitely a powerhouse – a tight quintet led by bassist Mickey Bass, and featuring strong horn work from Antonio Hart on alto and Craig Handy on tenor! The set's got a long-blown, searing quality that burns a lot more brightly than some of Bass' other recordings – and the piano of John Hicks gives most of the tunes a comping modal energy that really drives them! Eric Allen completes the group on drums – and titles include "Sensation", "Soul Eyes", "Suite 2C", and "One For Trane". CD

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Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 2 – Movie Scenes, The Sequel ... LP
Stones Throw, 2006. New Copy ... $12.99
Madlib returns as Beat Konducta for the second volume of his Movie Scenes program – a straight up aural film festival on wax – and perhaps the most hotly anticipated sequel since Return Of The King! There's really no going wrong with Movie Scenes. Madlib's beats on both volumes are short, and instantly nail the groove – moving into the next one just as soon as the scene is set. Another loveable bounty of beats from Madlib – who's gonna make a bad album eventually, no doubt, but he's defiantly great to date! Tracks include "The Rock (Humps)", "Box Top (Cardboard Dues)", "Filthy (Untouched)", "Money Hugger (Gold Diggin'", "Black Mozart (Opus II)", "Two Timer (The Pimp)", "The Come Up (The Come Down)", Toe Fat (Ghetto Zone)", "Snake Charmer (Heads Up)", "African Walk (Zamunda)", "The Forest (Greens)", "Outerlimit (Space Ho)" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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Brook BentonRainy Night In Georgia – The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $27.99 28.98
A great run of music from a really key point in the career of the great Brook Benton – a time when all the country soul ideas he'd been brewing for years were finally able to hit a level of mature, modern expression! The music here begins with a few late 60s singles for Reprise Records – some of the most obscure work here, and a great introduction to the work that Brook would soon do for Atlantic/Cotillion – which only furthers the qualities of the Reprise singles – showing an evolution that's arguably deeper and more sophisticated than any of the more rockish singers who were treading a similar path, but could never do it this well! Brook can bring in Otis Redding-like phrasing when he wants, or slide into a more casual down-home vibe at other points – always working with top shelf help from the staff at Fame and Criteria Studios, as well as Jimmy Bowen on the Reprise singles, or Arif Mardin on some other tracks. There's definitely songs here that we've never seen reissued before – and the 31 track set features titles that include "Poor Make Believer", "Movin Day", "Soul Santa", "A Black Child Can't Smile", "You're The Reason I'm Living", "Weakness In A Man", "Lonely Street", "The Glory Of Love", "Do Your Own Thing", "Touch Em With Love", "Woman Without Love", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Shoes", "Let Me Fix It", and "Take A Look At Your Hands". CD

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BeyonceLemonade (CD/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 2016. New Copy CD & DVD ... $18.99
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise – certainly darker, and deeper than anything we've heard before from the singer – almost her own move into some of the territory that D'Angelo hit in recent years, although with a more mainstream R&B construction to some of the tunes. The record features guest work from Jack White, Kendrick Lamarr, The Weeknd, and James Blake – but Beyonce is clearly the main focus throughout – on titles that include "Pray You Catch Me", "Daddy Lessons", "Forward", "6 Inch", "Don't Hurt Yourself", "Hold UP", "Freedom", "All Night", and "Formation". Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade companion film! CD
(Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade film!)

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✨✧ Steve BlackVillage Boogie ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s – while others have a slightly looser rhythmic approach, but one that still grooves nicely, too – all given some great energy by the vocals of Steve Black, whose style of singing is nicely playful, and almost as bubbling as the instrumentation! The title track has this really cool mix of electronics and dub – and titles include "Brand New Wayo", "Igholoye", "Precious Tim", "Village Boogie", "When You Know What's Wrong", "Fun In The Street", and "Step Out When You're Down". CD
Also available Village Boogie ... LP 23.99

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