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Dining RoomsNumero Deux ... CD
Guidance, 2001. Used ... $6.99
A classic set from one of the best groups of the downtempo generation – and one of the few whose work we still turn to all these years later! The Dining Rooms move in the same space as early Kruder & Dorfmeister or Mo Wax, but also bring in some jazzier elements at times too – just the smallest kernels of the sorts of sounds that would later land them on Schema Records – but used in really nice ways, to give their music a lot more depth than most of their contemporaries. Titles include "Chorus Of Flames", "Sei Tu", "Pure & Easy", "Invocation", "Cosi Ti Amo", "Luzy", "Maria", and "False Start". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ VariousPurple Snow – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (4LPs with book) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 LPs ... Out Of Stock
The amazing prequel to the big wave of funk and soul that exploded from the Minneapolis scene at the end of the 70s – early sounds that really point the way towards later grooves from folks like Prince, Alexander O'Neal, Andre Cymone, and the team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis! The massive package is one of the best-ever sets from the Numero Group – not just a brilliant collection of music, but a rich book-like presentation of this important time in the Twin Cities scene – with a huge booklet of notes, memories, and loads of vintage photos! The whole thing's like taking the quality of Numero's books and mixing it with the focus of their best compilations – and the heavy package is filled with loads and loads of gems that really re-map the whole rise to glory of some of the bigger names of the time. You'll hear sounds here by folks who later recorded under more famous labels, and other sublime cuts by groups who never fully got their due at the time – such as the wonderful Haze, a group we've always loved. Instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and bass – but used in ways that are often a bit warmer and more spontaneous than the electric funk of later Minneapolis years – tied in more strongly to the sound of the underground in other American cities. Titles include "Get It On" by Prophets Of Peace, "I Love You" by Herman Jones, "Taste Of Love" by Aura, "Expense" by Cohesion, "It's The Things That You Do" by Flyte Tyme, "Higher" by Lewis Connection, "I Do Love My Lady" by Haze, "Stone Lover" by Music Love & Funk, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Do You Dare" by Alexander O'Neal, "I've Got My Eyes On You" by The Girls, "Can You Deal With It" by Quiet Storm, "Should I Or Should I Not" by Sue Ann Carwell, "No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby" by Mind & Matter, and "Oh Lover" by Orville Shannon. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Purple Snow – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (2CDs with book) ... CD 30.99

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BoscoeBoscoe (with download) ... LP
Kingdom Of Chad/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that's not content just to echo the standard post-Coltrane modes that other spiritual jazz groups around the country were hitting – but which instead moves into territory that touches on the darker sides of funk, soul, and spoken word of the time – all with a message that's incredibly powerful, and conception that's wonderfully fresh throughout! The group's lineup features tenor, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, and drums – but they way they're put together is often far different than other funky combos – and it's clear that the group had as much of a sensibility about the overall sound of their record as they did their freer grooves. At times, there's a righteousness here that recalls the best of the early Westbound Records scene from Detroit – but there's an even higher agenda too, which is more in keeping with the spiritual aspriations of their Chicago contemporaries, and which really show up in the lyrics. The whole album's a masterpiece from start to finish – unlike anything that we can think of, still ripe for rediscovery today, and just the kind of set that makes us prouder than ever of our Chicago heritage! Titles include "We Ain't Free", "Money Won't Save You", "Now and Den", "He Keeps You", "I'm What You Need", and "Writin' On The Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Joanna BroukHearing Music ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $13.99 17.98
Beautiful sounds from Joanna Brouk – an artist who was sometimes lost amidst the new age scene of the 80s, but one who's got a much deeper, more intellectual approach overall! True, Brouk's music does have a certain meditative spirit – but she also was a student of Terry Riley and Robert Ashley, and drank deep of the new compositional spirit of the time – especially in the work of Riley, which is often reflected here, but in a more contemplative way than his own recordings. Music sometimes features a core line on flute, opening up and unfolding slowly – and there's also some nice piano, and even a bit of conch shell and Orca sounds too. Double-length set features the usual strong Numero Group level of notes and history – and contains 22 tracks in all, some of which were only ever issued on cassette! CD

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✨✧ CreationAction Painting ... CD
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 29.98
One of the great lost groups of the UK scene of the 60s – not lost to UK audiences, or to hipsters over the generations – but still an act that never made the impact on these shores that they should! The Creation are step in step right up there with early material by The Who or Small Faces – and share a similar groundbreaking re-fusion of American roots into a new London groove – all with searing guitars, clever wordplay, and a cutting-edge spirit that may well have kept them off our charts – but which makes them so great to discover all these many years later. You might have caught a few of their songs over the years – thanks to soundtrack placement from directors like Wes Anderson, or covers by many of their bigger fans. This 2CD set features 46 tracks in all, with remastering overseen by original producer Shel Talmy – and the set includes early sides by The Mark Four, some alternate takes, and even new mixes – plus an 80 page hardcover book with scores of photos, other images, session and discographical details, and a new essay too. CD

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✨✧ CrimpshrineSound Of A New World Being Born ... LP
Numero, Late 80s/1998. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 18.98
Classic compilation of the first few Crimpshrine EPs – who may not have re-invented the punk rock wheel in their brief late 80s run, but they sure as hell blazed the trail for just about every other, far better remembered bands on Lookout Records and elsewhere in the Bay Area scene! Raw for sure, but the melodic sensibility is pretty incredible – a bit like Operation Ivy, sans that legendary outfit's shades of ska – and there's a pretty strong case to be made that Crimpshrine is just as important, even if too few people outside of their friends and diehard late 80s and 90s punks have ever even heard of 'em! Includes "Another Day", "Rearranged", "Bricks", "Sleep, What's That?", "2nd Generation Junkies", "Tomorrow", "Butterflies", "My Friend", "The Tour", "Sanctuary", "Easy Answers", "Inspiration" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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Edge Of DaybreakEyes Of Love ... CD
Numero, 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
A really beautiful album of harmony soul – and a set that we'd already love for its music, even if the group didn't have an interesting story! Edge Of Daybreak are part of a small sub-culture of 70s soul groups – an ensemble who existed behind prison bars, like Power Of Attorney or The Escorts – and like both of those groups, they've got an amazingly strong sound – one that goes way beyond their incarcerated status, and which should have made them (like the other two) worthy of greater attention in the outside world! The material was recorded in 1979, but it's got a fragile early 70s vibe – maybe because that was the last time these guys heard work in the mainstream – and the voices come together with a style that's proud, but quite heartbreaking at times too – a bit like The Whatnauts on their best ballad material. If you dig harmony soul, you'll find plenty to love here – especially if you like early 70s material from Philly and New Jersey – and don't even worry about the behind bars gimmick, because the record has way more to offer than that! Titles include "Let Us", "Eyes Of Love", "I Wanna Dance With You", "Bring Me Down", "Edge Of Daybreak", and "Your Destiny". CD

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (4CD set) ... CD
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $29.99
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. CD
(Finally on CD!)

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Syl JohnsonDo You Know What Soul Is ... LP
Numero, 1960s. New Copy ... $12.99
Do you know what soul is? Whether you do or not, this incredible collection of Syl Johnson singles cut for for various small labels back in the day is a prime place to find it! The set is a wonderful collection of the raw, hard soul singles Syl recorded in the 60s for a variety of small Chicago labels, really cutting his teeth as independent singer, songwriter, producer triple threat here after some stellar early singles for Federal and before his underground funky soul LP classics a little later on. Amazing stuff! Titles include "She's Alright", "I Know", "This Heart Of Mine", "Half A Love", "Do You Know What Love Is", "Do You Know What Love Is", "Things Ain't Right", "Surrounded", "Falling In Love Again", "I've Been Talked About", "Straight Love, No Chaser" and "I've Got To Get Over". 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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Syl JohnsonDresses Too Short ... LP
Twinight/Numero, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.99
The funkiest album that Syl Johnson ever recorded – filled with short, tight cuts that play more like a stack of funky 45s than the standard soul album of the time! The record draws from the great run of singles that Syl cut for Twinight Records at the end of the 60s – some of the hardest soul coming out of Chicago at the time, with a gritty feel that's right up there with some of James Brown's best late 60s work – or even better, some of the other obscure acts working in the American underground at the time. A few tunes are familiar from their popularity as classic 45s – but the album's got lots more wonderful numbers that are lesser-known – and all of them are great! Titles include the classic Syl Johnson sample cut "Different Strokes" – plus "Dresses Too Short", "I Can Take Care of Business", "Soul Drippin", "Sorry Bout Dat", "Same Kind Of Thing", and "Come On Sock It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – with great vinyl, and a very heavy cover!)

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Syl JohnsonMy Funky Funky Band ... LP
Twinight/Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A vintage cover for some vintage grooves – the kind of funky soul tracks that made Syl Johnson one of the hardest-hitting talents on the Chicago soul scene at the end of the 70s – one with enough raw soul power to be a sort of James Brown for the Windy City! The work here represents Johnson really hitting his stride at the Twinight label – still holding onto some of the bluesier currents of his roots, but also working with larger charts and hipper grooves – including some great instrumentation by his funky funky band! Titles include "My Funky band", "I Resign", "Send Me Some Lovin", "Love Condition", "Going To The Shack", "Take Me Back", "I Take Care Of Homework", and "Double Whammy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Syl JohnsonWe Do It Together ... LP
Shama/Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
Not an original album by Syl Johnson, but a great little set that brings together some of his coolest cuts from his best years on record – a time when he was hitting new modes that made him one of the hippest singers on the Chicago soul scene! The music has lots of righteous currents in the groove – almost the same sort of vibe that Curtis Mayfield was hitting at Curtom on some of the grooviest cuts, mixed with some deeper soul elements that showcase Johnson's previous modes – all wrapped up here in a sweet batch of 16 tracks that include "Kiss By Kiss", "Thank You Baby", "We Do It Together", "That's Why", "Annie Got Hot Pants Power", "Hot Pants Lady", "Wiggle In Your Hips", "Let's Start All Over Again", and "Trying To Get To You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fern JonesSinging A Happy Song ... LP
Dot/Numero, 1959. Very Good+ (reissue)... $5.99
Southern hillbilly soul from Fern Jones – a minister, church singer and songwriter with a real feel for the secular shake of 50s Sun Records, honky tonk, and shout blues – a pure evangelical with a worldly groove! Fern worked the gospel circuit of tent and church shows for many, many years – but only recorded two albums, this one for Dot/Paramount. Fern sings in the torch country style of Patsy Cline, often with spare rockabilly-styled guitar and drums backbeat. This album is probably most noteworthy for the classic song "I Was There When It Happened" – co-written by Fern Jones and made famous by Johnny Cash. It's especially legendary because it was the only gospel number Sam Phillips allowed Cash to include on his first LP. But Fern's album is more than worthy of a late discovery – she's a true pioneer, fearlessly blending the Lord's work with the Devil's music – at a time when such poles were anathema for most artists, fans, and record labels alike! Original album tracks include "You Ain't Got Nuthin'", "I Do Believe", "Be Thankful You're You", "I Ain't Got Time", "Let Tomorrow Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – This copy was separated from the "Glory Road" set, and comes in a thinner cardstock cover.)

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NotationsThat Girl/This Time I'm For Real ... 7-inch
Cash/Numero, Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99
A killer single from The Notations – one that has all the sublime harmonies of their Twinight work, but a slightly groovier feel overall! "That Girl" has this wicked guitar part that really gets the groove going – and the group's vocals more than step into line too, by dipping and turning wonderfully along with the hook! "This Time" has a similar sort of vibe – almost a precursor to modern soul with its warmth, yet with the kind of vocal interplay that's always made the group so great! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Penny & The QuartersYou & Me/You Are Giving Me Some Other Love ... 7-inch
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A gem of a sweet soul single from Numero – material that never got issued back in the day! "You & Me" is a tremendous little tune – very spare and sweet, with a completely catchy hook – all put together with a roughness that reminds us of the earliest days of doo wop recording, even though the track is a soul tune all the way through! The unearthed cut first appeared on Numero's Prix label compilation – and in the film Blue Valentine – and it's backed here by the never-heard "You Are Giving Me Some Other Love" – an equally great mellow soul tune, with wonderful slow-moving harmonies! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Willie WrightTelling The Truth ... CD
Numero, 1977. Used ... $7.99
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a really unique 5" vinyl single! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Right On For The Darkness", and "Africa". CD
(Includes only the CD, digipack has some edgewear.)

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Young SenatorsRinging Bells (Sweet Music) (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Forget the bells, because it's the guitar that rings out here – loud, proud, and plenty fuzzy – all to give a great psychedelic soul vibe to the cut while The Young Senators trade vocal lines back and forth! There's lots more guitar on part 2 – which is mostly an instrumental take on the tune! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousAfter School Special – The 123s Of Kid Soul ... CD
Numero, 1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A fantastic follow-up to the legendary Home Schooled collection from Numero Group – and, like that one, a set that focuses on the surprisingly great genre of kid soul that flourished in the 70s – in the wake of bigger groups like the Jackson Five, Sylvers, and 5 Stairsteps! These groups are all from similar territory – mostly comprised of younger members, but who work with an undeniably great sound overall – grooves as sharp as most of their adult counterparts in the indie soul field – and maybe a lot more energy and enthusiasm in their music – which makes for tracks that are wonderfully upbeat, positive, and overflowing with goodness! Most of the work here is from the early 70s – and, as always with Numero, the set is presented in a very thoughtful manner – with some great notes and wonderful sound quality overall. There's a few of our favorite Chicago groups on here, mixed with loads of other artists we've never heard before – and titles include "Runnin Wild" by Scott Three, "You Got Me Believing" by Leonard Kaigler, "Guessing Games" by Jimi Hill, "I Want A Little Girl" by The Bennetts, "Everywhere You Go" by The Next Movement, "Because I Love You" by Brighter Side Of Darkness, "It's Time For Love" by Soul Emotions & Co, "The Other Guy" by Mighty Mustangs, "Love Got A Piece Of Your Mind" by Five Ounces Of Soul, "Funky Breakdown" by Little Man & The Inquires, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by The Brothers Rap, "I'm Free No Dope For Me" by The Dynamics, and "Girl Why Do You Want To Take My Heart" by Magical Connection. CD
Also available After School Special – The 123s Of Kid Soul ... LP 21.99

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VariousAfter School Special – The 123s Of Kid Soul ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 26.98
A fantastic follow-up to the legendary Home Schooled collection from Numero Group – and, like that one, a set that focuses on the surprisingly great genre of kid soul that flourished in the 70s – in the wake of bigger groups like the Jackson Five, Sylvers, and 5 Stairsteps! These groups are all from similar territory – mostly comprised of younger members, but who work with an undeniably great sound overall – grooves as sharp as most of their adult counterparts in the indie soul field – and maybe a lot more energy and enthusiasm in their music – which makes for tracks that are wonderfully upbeat, positive, and overflowing with goodness! Most of the work here is from the early 70s – and, as always with Numero, the set is presented in a very thoughtful manner – with some great notes and wonderful sound quality overall. There's a few of our favorite Chicago groups on here, mixed with loads of other artists we've never heard before – and titles include "Runnin Wild" by Scott Three, "You Got Me Believing" by Leonard Kaigler, "Guessing Games" by Jimi Hill, "I Want A Little Girl" by The Bennetts, "Everywhere You Go" by The Next Movement, "Because I Love You" by Brighter Side Of Darkness, "It's Time For Love" by Soul Emotions & Co, "The Other Guy" by Mighty Mustangs, "Love Got A Piece Of Your Mind" by Five Ounces Of Soul, "Funky Breakdown" by Little Man & The Inquires, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by The Brothers Rap, "I'm Free No Dope For Me" by The Dynamics, and "Girl Why Do You Want To Take My Heart" by Magical Connection. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available After School Special – The 123s Of Kid Soul ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ VariousBobo Yeye – Belle Epoque In Upper Volta (3LP set) ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs ... $52.99 69.99
One of the most ambitious projects we've ever seen from Numero – and that's saying a lot, given some of their other releases! This package is equal parts cultural document and musical treasure trove – a heavy book full of photos from a time when Upper Volta was stepping past its colonial history, and finding a new cultural identity as an independent nation – presented alongside a rich array of the sounds that were shaping the scene at the time! The cover image has a feel that's maybe older than its 70s vintage – and some of the music does, too – relatively rootsy at points, with heavy percussion, riffing guitar, and jazzy inflections on some of the horns – and a bit less polished and produced than work coming from scenes like Nigeria or South Africa at the same time. The whole thing's similar to Numero's Light On The Southside set – but maybe even better, as the music here is even more unique – and the images are ones that bring forth a culture we never would have experienced otherwise. Titles include "Air Volta" and "Mama Soukous" by Volta Jazz, "He Ya Wannan" by Ouedraogo Youssef, "Si Tu Maime" and "Ram Passomaye" by Coulibaly Tidiani & Dafr Star, "Milaoba" by Les Imbattables Leopards, and "Gentlemen Doromina" by Echo Del Africa. 3LPs, 26 tracks, and a hardcover 144 page book! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBoddie Acetate Box (3 x 7" single box set) ... 7-inch
Boddie/Numero, 1960s/1970s. Near Mint- 3x7" Box Set ... $19.99
The first official release to come from Numero's epic excavation of the Boddie Recording Studio tapes – unheard Cleveland soul made by three unknown groups – issued here on three 45s, packaged in a 1/4"reel box with the replicated Boddie label! The Boddie Recording Company was operated in the home of Thomas & Louise Boddie on the east side of Cleveland, a full service recording studio and pressing facility. These raw, but beautiful soul recordings are officially credited to "Unknown", but Dante Carfagna's notes feature some compelling (and fascinating) clues as to who may be involved. Amazing stuff! The box itself is plain white with a tape seal printed with the beautiful Boddie label, with in insert photo card with notes by Dante Carfena. Includes "Let The Children Play" b/w "Never Let You Go", "Girl Across The Street" b/w "I Do Love You" and "Goodbye Baby" b/w "Selfish One". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes the insert and trading card.)
 
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✨✧ VariousTV Sound & Image – British Television, Film, & Library Composers 1956 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
England was a surprisingly funky place in the 60s and 70s – home to a rich array of great grooves created by the scene's important sound library labels – staffed by the cream of the crop of the British jazz musicians and soundtrack composers of the time! The work of these cats often backed bigger names in film and TV – James Bond, The Avengers, Dave Allen, and others – but this set digs even deeper, to uncover a host of great instrumental moments that go way beyond famous movie themes – a wealth of excellent cuts from the late 50s through the late 70s – starting with exotic jazz modes, moving into 60s mod swingers, and including a fair bit of 70s electric funk as well! This scene's been reissued a bit before, but never this well – as Soul Jazz do their usual top-shelf job of bringing the music together – and offering up detailed notes and a great package that really sends the whole thing home. 2CD version features 36 tracks that include "Condition Red" by Barry Stoller, "Light Flight" by Pentangle, "Man Alive" by Tony Hatch, "The Contract Man" by Bullet, "Echo Four Two" by Laurie Johnson, "Man Friday" by Syd Dale, "Hard Hitter" by Keith Papworth, "Fragment Of Fear" by Johnny Harris, "Sort Of Soul" by Birds & Brass, "Fiesta Numero Uno" by The Marleybone Orchestra, "The Persuaders" by John Barry, "Getting Nowhere In A Hurry" by Roy Budd, "Canvas" by Brian Bennett, "Death Line" by Will Malone, "Folk Song" by James Clarke, "Steam Heat" by Barbara Moore, "Artful Dodger" by Syd Dale, "Jaguar" by John Gregory, "Whole Lotta Love" by CCS, "Face Up" by Alan Moorehouse, "Angels" by Alan Parker, and "Soul Thing" by Keith Mansfield. CD
(Includes original slipcase and book.)

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CachaoMore Legendary Descarga Sessions ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/1966. Used ... $7.99
A great counterpart to the better-known Cuban Jam Session In Miniature sessions – one that features a wealth of additional descarga work from bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez! The first 2 tracks on the set were recorded with the group of Tito Rodriguez in New York in the mid 60s – harder-hitting than most of Tito's other work of the time, and played by a group that includes Bobby Porcelli on alto sax, Victor Paz on trumpet, and Rene Hernandez on piano. The rest of the work on the collection was recorded in Havana in the late 50s – and features players that include Chocolate Armanteros on trumpet, Nino Rivera on tres, Walfredo De Los Reyes on timbales, Peruchin on piano, and Luis Escalente on trumpet – under the leadership of Cachao, Chico O'Farrill, and Walfredo De Los Reyes. Most titles are short, but hard-hitting instrumentals that really get at the descarga groove as it was first forged on the Cuban scene – and the CD features a total of 18 titles that include "Introduction", "Descarga Cubana", "Avance Juvenil", "Redencion", "Juan Pescao", "Descarga Mambo", "Las Boinas De Cachao", "Leche Con Ron", "Descarga Mejicana", "El Fantasma", "Descarga Numero Uno", and "Es Diferente". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mike KoskinenJazz Liisa 9 (with bonus download) ... LP
Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy ... $19.99
A pretty amazing set – recorded live for Finnish radio in the early 70s, and featuring a group that really shows the power of that scene at the time! The lineup features trumpeter Mike Koskinen at the helm – blowing in a much more outside way than some of his later studio albums, with a cascading array of tones and soundshapes that recall some of the hipper British work of the end of the 60s – such as records like Mike Westbrook or Michael Gibbs – both of whom would be good comparisons here, especially in the tension between the idea of the group, and the strong solos of the individual members. Other players include Juhani Aaltonen on tenor and flute, Mircea Stan on trombone, Kaj Backlund on trumpet, Pekka Poyry on flute and soprano sax, Olli Ahvenlahti on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Edward Vesala on drums – and titles include "PS DC", "Murusia 2", "Numero Puolitoista", "Song For Sally", and "Peretelmia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card and notes insert!)

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Lalo SchifrinChe! ... LP
Tetragrammaton, 1968. Sealed ... $14.99
A pretty cool score by Lalo Schifrin – one that's Latin, but not in the same bossa style as his other 60s albums. The film – as you can imagine – is about Che Guevara, and it stars poor Omar Sharif, who was forever pegged to play the "ethnic" star in films like this. For the music, Lalo shows his huge command of a number of different South American rhythms – and blends together driving Afro Cuban rhythms with other styles that sound like they're from a bit farther south in the Latin geography. Very nice stuff, and with many good tracks. Titles include "Charangos", "Fiesta Numero Dos", "La Columna", "La Barraca", "Recuerdos", and "Che". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBrown Door Story ... CD
Brown Door/Shout (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
A killer collection of funk and soul from an ultra-hip Bay Area label of the 70s – Oakland's enigmatic Brown Door Records – headed up by funk maestro Marvin Holmes! The music's got a beautifully sunny vibe – all the best Bay Area elements of the time, reflected in the scene-crossing, genre-stepping modes that often made the East Bay way more exciting than anything going on in San Francisco – particularly in the cool crossbreeding that would happen between Berkeley, Oakland, and other communities. Holmes' cuts here are a great example of that – still the funk and jazz of his late 60s music for bigger labels, but also pretty stretched-out and open too – filled with an all-encompassing spirit that rivals the best music from the Fantasy studios at the time – but with a hipper, indie vibe all the way through. This spirit also steps over to the work by other artists on the collection, too – and is told in the rich notes and images included with the heavy booklet – both in English and Japanese, at a level that shows the Shout Productions folks stepping into Numero territory. A wonderfully deep compilation – filled with great cuts that include "You & Me", and "Goin Home" by Faye Marshall, "Making New Friends" and "Trippin On The Sounds" by Jeanie Tracy, "Cain't Get Anuff" by Bill Bell, "I Can't Go Without You (parts 1 & 2)" by Doroth Morrison, "Love Yo Love" and "Confess Your Love" by John Turk & The 3rd Street Annex, and the tracks "Kwame", "You Better Keep Her (7" version)", "Find Yourself (parts 1 & 2)", "Gimme Some Tonight (parts 1 & 2)", "Feel So Good (inst)", "You Girl", "Tell The Truth", and "Kimani Mdogo" by Marvin Holmes & Justice. CD

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VariousGroove With A Feeling – Sounds Of Memphis Boogie, Soul, & Funk 1975 to 1985 ... CD
Sounds Of Memphis/Ace (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $15.99
The later years of the Sound Of Memphis studio – cuts from a time when the legendary deep soul powerhouse was trying on some of the newer modes from the end of the 70s! The work here is a real lost slice of Memphis soul – music from a time when the heyday of Stax and Hi Records had long passed, but smaller indies like SOM were going strong – and able to capture the shifting sound in the great soul city – as singers worked in the sorts of funky club and boogie modes you'd more regularly associate with New York or Chicago! The quality level is surprisingly great – especially since there's a nicely indie vibe to these cuts – not polished disco rehash, but the sort of underground club material that we've always loved from reissues on labels like Numero or Soul Cal – coming here from the surprising source of Memphis. Even more importantly, almost all this material never saw the light of day at the time – since the SOM connections to bigger labels had faded – so the whole thing's like a time capsule, taking you back to some real under-exposed days on the Memphis scene! Titles include "Dream Girl" and "Groove With A Feeling" by Freedom Express, "You Can Bet I Can Get You Yet" and "What You Do For Love" by Lee Moore, "Ridin" and "Attraction" by Erma Shaw, "Cold Blooded Sally" by Fran Farley, "New Lang Syne" by Kannon, "I'll Be Around" by The Jacksonians, "Gone" by Vision, "We Need Love" by Donald O'Connor, "Tighter Tighter" by Demetrius & Takelia, and "Don't Fight It" by Louis Williams. CD

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✨✧ SilmarilVoyage Of Icarus ... CD
Locust, 1973/1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early 70s post psychedelic folk from Silmari – tuneful, stripped down grooves from cold, midwestern Milwaukee – originally private pressed material that's only now seeing official release! Silmari's sound seems as much informed by the more mystical bent of the Brit psychedelic folk scene as the more strident and/or sunshiny sounds of the west coast scene – with male & female lead vocals, fragile acoustic guitar and sitar, and lyrics that carry both biblical and magical imagery. The tracklist was selected and sequenced by Dawson Prater of Locust and Rob Sevier of the Numero Group – two guys from two labels that know a thing or two about incredible lost grooves! 19 tracks in all: "Poustinia", "Not Enough", "Windbridge", "Vespers", "Living Stone", "Given Time", "Voyage Of The Icarus", "Holy Holy", "Maranatha", "Lamb Of God", "Song Of The Apocalypse" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousPanama! – Latin, Calypso, & Funk On The Isthmus 1965 to 1975 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible musical discovery – and some really mindblowing grooves from a previously untapped source! As the title implies, Panama's a real crossroads of musical styles – bits of Latin, funk, and other Caribbean influences – all simmering together in the hot sun of the Isthmus, cooking up in grooves that are totally unique! The style here is still funk-based enough to appeal to fans of African or Brazilian grooves from the same period – but there's lots of unusual instrumental touches, twists, and turns that really make these tracks sparkle – a bit like some of the work from Belize on Numero's groundbreaking collection! As always with Soundway, the collection of tracks is no mistake – and each tune is presented with notes on the material and other helpful details – all to enforce the groove-conscious collection of music! Plenty funky throughout, and with a total of 15 tracks that includes "New Bag" by The Exciters, "Panama Esta Bueno Y Ma" by Los Exagerados, "Viva Panama" by Papi Brandao & Sus Ejecutivos, "Con Los Caballeros" by Los Caballeros De Colon, "Old Buzzard" by Los Silvertones, "Viva Tirado" by Los Mozambiques, "Let Me Do My Thing" by Los Dinamicos Exiters, "Soy Solo Para Ti" by Victor Boa Y Su Musica, "Nana Nina" by Busy Y Sus Magnificos, "Exciters Theme" by The Exciters, and "Descarga Tentacion" by Bolita Y Su Tentacion Latina. CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase.)

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✨✧ VariousReal Good Feeling – 20 Funky Nuggets ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare cuts from a variety of different sources – maybe presented without the deeper notes of compilations on labels like Ace or Numero, but with a musical quality that's totally great all the way through! We recognize some of these cuts from the Chicago and west coast scenes of the late 60s – but there's also more obscure gems from the 70s south, and other points too – all brought together as a non-nonsense package that reminds us of the kind of less-official funky compilations we used to have to turn to back in the 90s. Titles include "Turn Her Loose" by Chuck Bernard, "I'm Running A Losing Race" by Tyrone Davis, "Real Good Feeling" by Bobby Byrd, "Everybody Gonna Give Their Thing Away" by Lee Fields, "I Know You Love Me" by The Sisters Love, "Funky Funky Horse (part 1)" by Lester Young & The California Playboys, "If This Ain't Really Love" by Bobby & Cindy, "Baby You're Right" by Monk Higgins, "We'll Meet Again" by Lee Sain, "Jim Jam" by The Ultimate Truth, "Eight Miles High" by Eight Miles High, "Theme For Sisters Greene" by The Greene Sisters, "I'm Gonna Try To Be Real True To You"b y Bird Rollins, "You're The Real Thing" by Pride, "Break Down" by We The People, and "War" by franky & The Spindles. CD

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✨✧ Pieces Of PeacePieces Of Peace ... CD
Scarab/Cali Tex, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A lost treasure of rare soul from the Chicago scene – the unreleased album by Pieces Of Peace – a combo with ties both to the late 60s soul of Twinight Records and the early 70s grooves of The Pharoahs! This set was initially recorded by The Pharoahs' Scarab label, but never issued at the time – and it shows a tremendous growth from the earlier hard funk styles of the Pieces – a move into fuller, more complicated modes that often had the same righteous blend of jazz, soul, and spirituality as Earth Wind & Fire! The production here is great, and the tapes haven't suffered at all for all their years on the shelf – and if anything, the album's even more explosive now than if it was issued at the time – given how long we've had to wait. The reissue is beautiful too – probably better done than any original wax might have been – thanks to careful curation from Josh (DJ Shadow) Davis, Dante Carfagna, and Rob Sevier – the latter of whom turns in some Numero-styled notes that really tell the full story of the group. Titles include "Cease Fire", "Pollution", "Flunky For Your Love", "I Still Care", "Peace & Blessings", and "Yesterday's Visions". CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ East Of UndergroundHell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1971/1972. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Proof that the US Army had plenty going on during the 70s – as you'll hear from this killer set of military-produced grooves from East Of Underground! The set goes way past the previous East Of Underground reissue – to feature work by the groups Soap, Black Seeds, and Sound Trek – all wrapped up in a beautiful package that's as visually pleasing as the music is funky! The cuts here were all recorded by US Army servicemen during the height of the Vietnam war – as Army-issued albums designed to encourage recruitment (as if a few funky grooves could help offset the bad press the war was getting on TV!) But despite that odd origin, the music here is all pretty great – mostly covers of familiar tunes from the time, but recorded with a nicely gritty quality that's mighty nice – and which makes the overall feel of the records like digging into some lost small studio tapes – ala Numero! Now Again have done a great job of putting together the whole package, too – contributing a wealth of notes and photos, and really digging deep into the scene in which these unique records were created. Not only that, but the packaging also replicates the style of the original odd releases too! The set features a CD each of music by East Of Underground and Soap – plus another CD that brings together an unusual double LP by the groups Black Seeds and Sound Trek. Titles include "I Just Want To Celebrate", "Kool & The Gang", "Walking In The Rain", "Backstabbers", "I Love Everything About You", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Go Outside In The Rain", "Black Magic Woman", "Hell Below", "Higher", "Popcorn/Santana", "Walk On By", "Java Girl", and "Get Together". CD

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✨✧ Piero Piccioni/Lydia MacDonaldMafioso & Other Great Piccioni Scores (plus Piero Piccioni Presenta Lydia MacDonald) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early soundtrack work from the great Piero Piccioni – heard here on his famous score for the film Mafioso, plus some even cooler more obscure work! The set begins with some jazzy numbers for the film Il Mondo Di Notte Numero 2 – as well as a bold jazz cut from Adua E La Compagne – then moves into the rich score for Mafioso – which has a sardonic blend of darkness and comedy to really fit the narrative of the film. Jazzy elements still pervade in that store – and show up throughout the rest of the CD – which features work from Senilita, L'Imprevisto, Guendalina, and I Magiliari. The set then finishes with a full vocal album – Piero Piccioni Presenta Lydia MacDonald – a great jazz vocal album with English language lyrics by singer Lydia MacDonald! CD
 
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Sikiru Ayinde BarristerBarry Wonder ... LP
Siky-Oluyole (Nigeria), 1987. Fair ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Cover has wear, splitting and aging. Vinyl has numerous marks that cause clicks and surface noise.)

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Chip ELike This (house, radio, ddd dub) ... 12-inch
DJ International, Late 80s. Fair ... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has wear. Vinyl has numerous marks.)

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Lou DonaldsonBlues Walk ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Fair ... $14.99
One of the best of Lou's earlier Blue Note albums – a hard-wailing soul jazz set with some very hip conga in the mix! The group's a really solid one – Lou's famous early quartet – and Herman Foster plays piano, Peck Morrison's on bass, and Dave Bailey's on drums. A young Ray Barretto plays conga on the set, and rounds things out nicely – not really with a Latin finish, but kind of a rolling groove that works to create more of a lightly dancing feel in the rhythm section. The whole thing's perfectly put together – and tracks include "Play Ray", "Callin' All Cats", and "Blues Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. 63rd street mono pressing, with deep groove, RVG Stereo stamp, and ear. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks & crackles. Cover has heavy wear, splitting and staining.)
Also available Blues Walk ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Keith JarrettSolo Concerts – Bremen Lausanne ... LP
ECM, 1973. Near Mint- 3LP Box + Booklet ... $24.99
One of Jarrett's numerous solo piano recordings for ECM, and one that actually predates the watershed Koln Concert set. Ultimately very much in the same vein as that more well known recording, these 3 albums worth of material find Jarrett exploring the piano in a contemplative, lyrical, but still very free way, etching out his own little sub genre of music that would become hugely influential, for good or bad! Like the other live piano solo recordings, each piece is simply named by location, and divided into parts, like "Ia" and "IIb". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing, includes the booklet.)

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Ernest RanglinBelow The Bassline/Memories Of Barber Mack ... CD
Island (UK), 1996/1997. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
Two great later albums from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – back to back in a single package! Below The Bassline is an excellent "comeback" LP for Ernest Ranglin, though astute observers realize he never really went away in the first place! Ranglin was always able to move back and forth easily between the worlds of groovy jazz, playing alongside Monty Alexander on some of his finest 70s sides, and Jamaican studio work, serving guitar duties at Studio One, cutting some of the rhythms that would serve as the foundation for much of the Jamaican music throughout the years! This set finds him in fine form, rendering excellent jazzy versions of numerous classic rhythms with a crack band that includes old mates Monty Alexander and Roland Alphonso and funky drummer Idris Muhammad! 11 tracks in all: "Congo Man", "Surfin'", "King Tubby MeetsThe Rockers", "Satta Massagana", "54-46 (Was My Number)", "None Shall Escape The Judgement", "Ball Of Fire", and "Black Disciples". Memories Of Barber Mack is a wonderful later album from legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin – a lean, funky little set that marks a tremendous return to form for his talents! The album's dedicated to a famous saxophonist, mentioned in the title – but the spare setting has Ranglin's guitar fully in the lead – moving deftly over grooves that are more jazz than Jamaican – served up by a quartet that includes Jon Williams on piano, David Williams on bass, Larry McDonald on percussion, and Sly Dunbar on drums. Production is relatively laidback – especially for the time, and such a project – and titles include "Mountain Breeze", "Undecided", "Papa's Juice Bag", "For Juni", "Fade Away", and "Stop That Train". CD

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Veryan WestonDiscoveries On Tracker Action Organs ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2014. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Incredible improvisations on a variety of different church organs – all known as "tracker action organs" – with amazing sound throughout! Weston's one of the few folks we've ever heard improvise on a church organ (Fred Van Hove is another) – and the mode on the instrument is completely mesmerizing – as the musician is not only playing the keys and the pedals, but also the air in the room, and the room itself – given the strongly resonant possibilities of the performance! All those elements are captured beautifully here – and with a sense of beauty and color that's breathtaking throughout. Titles include "Quiet Fanfare", "Tirpartite", "Fair With Ground", "Poco A Poco", "Air In A G Pipe", and "Numerous Discoveries". CD
Also available Discoveries On Tracker Action Organs ... CD 11.99

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Veryan WestonDiscoveries On Tracker Action Organs ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 19.99
Incredible improvisations on a variety of different church organs – all known as "tracker action organs" – with amazing sound throughout! Weston's one of the few folks we've ever heard improvise on a church organ (Fred Van Hove is another) – and the mode on the instrument is completely mesmerizing – as the musician is not only playing the keys and the pedals, but also the air in the room, and the room itself – given the strongly resonant possibilities of the performance! All those elements are captured beautifully here – and with a sense of beauty and color that's breathtaking throughout. Titles include "Quiet Fanfare", "Tirpartite", "Fair With Ground", "Poco A Poco", "Air In A G Pipe", and "Numerous Discoveries". CD
Also available Discoveries On Tracker Action Organs ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellThe Onion Song/California Soul ... 7-inch
Tamla, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant early single from Marvin – and one of our favorite versions of this great great song! "California Soul" is one of those tunes that always seems to sound great, no matter who sings it – but here, it takes on an even great sound, as Marvin and Tammi trade vocals in a style that works perfectly with the bouncing rhythm of the groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl has numerous press flaw bumps.)

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✨✧ Ivan BrunettiAesthetics – A Memoir (hardcover) ... Book
Yale University Press, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful collection of images by Ivan Brunetti – a cartoonist we've followed for decades here on the Chicago scene, and have watched with great appreciation as he's gotten worldwide attention for his work in the New Yorker and numerous other publications over the years! Brunetti's an amazing individual, with a character that goes even deeper than his artwork – and this book is something of a memoir, told by Ivan in words that go alongside the images – little stories about their creation, or his own place on the planet at the time – with some cartoons, some cover illustrations, and lots of obscure drawings, sculptures, and physical objects that are a real discovery, even if you've bought his comix and other books. The layout is great – as illuminating as the contents – and the hardcover book is color throughout. Book

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✨✧ Wardell GrayWardell Gray Memorial Vol 1 ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the best-ever documents of the young genius of tenorist Wardell Gray – exactly the kind of music that shows why he was one of the biggest and best of the bop saxophonists – before he was taken away from us all too soon! The material here was originally issued on 78s or 45s, and comes together as a great full length representation of Gray at his best – and on this first volume, Wardell plays tenor in one group with Al Haig on piano and Roy Haynes on drums – on titles that include "Easy Living", "Twisted", and "Southside". Another combo features Phil Hill on piano – on "Treadin", "Grayhound", and "Blue Gray". And the last combo is Teddy Charles' West Coasters – with Charles on vibes, Frank Morgan on alto, and Sonny Clark on piano – the last two of whom make their debut on the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 50th street NYC Pressing. Cover has heavy wear, aged masking tape on all seams, with a split bottom seam and pen on the back. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks and crackles.)

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✨✧ Slick RickArt Of Storytelling ... CD
Def Jam, 1999. Used ... Out Of Stock
To our ears, the best Slick Rick LP since his classic first LP from way back when. Nice laid back mid-tempo production throughout. "The Art of Storytelling" is right, with lots of the short stories he's known for. And the numerous guest appearances really work (including Raekwon, Nas, Canibus, Outcast) with the guest MC's adapting their style to Slick Rick's, rather than just doing they're usual material – even Snoop sounds dope on "Unify." As a bonus, there's three live tracks with Doug E. Fresh, including "The Show" and "La Di Da Di." Stand out tracks include "I Own America parts I and II", "Kill Niggaz", "Frozen" with Raekwon, "I Own America", "Why Why Why". CD
 
 
 



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