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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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Otis Brown & The DelightsI've Got Another/Southside Chicago ... 7-inch
Numero, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
A really moody cut from Chicago's Otis Brown – a groove that starts out slow, with a bit of conga in the mix – at a tempo that's somewhere in the speed of "Elephant Walk"! Otis Brown sings lead vocals, and gets some mellow backup from the rest of the Delights – and the whole crew pick the pace up a bit more on "Southside Chicago", a wonderful 60s soul stepper whose subject matter is very near and dear to our hearts! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bulbous CreationYou Won't Remember Dying ... LP
Numero, 1969. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A record that definitely lives up to the promise of its cover – especially the creepy image of a skeleton shooting up on the front! Bulbous Creation hail from the same Kansas scene documented on Numero's Cavern Sound compilation – but unlike some of the other groups, they've got more than enough going on to offer up a full album here – a really heady, tripped-out batch of music that may well be some of the weirdest ever recorded in that legendary cave in Missouri! The production is almost a bit muddy at times – or maybe it's the way the instruments are performed – which creates this even more sinister feel to the whole thing – as if you've surprised the group during a very private moment, or stumbled upon them performing some ritual in the woods! The song titles say an awful lot about the record, too – and include "Satan", "Hooked", "Under The Black Sun", "Fever Machine Man", and "End Of The Page". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the download card.)

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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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CrimpshrineDuct Tape Soup ... LP
Numero, 1989/1992. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 18.99
Pivotal late 80s Bay Area punk! A vital part in the scene that bred underground legends and future rock stars alike, Crimpshrine is one of those bands that isn't all that well known outside of scenesters of their era and historians of nascent, pre-mainstream west coast punk revival – but their influence, be it directly or indirectly, is huge! It's hard to imagine some of the most beloved early 90s indie punk LPs would even exist without this one coming first, and they really deserve some of the enduring love things like the first couple Jawbreaker LPs, pre-major label Green Day, and Operation Ivy have gotten over the years. Includes "Trying Too Hard", "Summertime", "Caught Up", "Left Outside Again", "Safely Wasting Away", "Pick Up The Pieces", "Construction", "Can You Feel That?", "Along The Way", "Free Will" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a reprint of the zine from the original LP!)

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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
Also available Eyes Of Love ... LP 16.99

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Edge Of DaybreakEyes Of Love ... LP
Numero, 1979. Near Mint- ... $16.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover, including the heavy inner sleeve and insert.)
Also available Eyes Of Love ... CD 14.99

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (4CD set) ... CD
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $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!)
Also available Complete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP 68.99

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... $68.99 79.98
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 folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! 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. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! 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. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Complete Mythology (4CD set) ... CD 29.99

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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 JohnsonMy Gift ... LP
Federal/Numero, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A perfect snapshot of early Syl Johnson – with all the 45 sides he cut for Federal at the very end of the 50s and into the first couple years of the 60s! This is incredibly prescient work, building off the formative bedrock of late 50s rhythm & blues, while paving the way for gritty but beautiful soul to come! Even at this early point in his career, Syl's voice is a mature vessel for raw emotion. What a gift it is! Includes Syl's smoking cover of James Brown's "Please, Please, Please", "Teardrops", "They Who Love", "Lonely Man", "His Gift", "I've Got To Find My Baby", "She's So Fine – I Just Gotta Make Her Mine", "I Wanna Know", "Well Oh Well", "I'm Looking For My Baby" and more. 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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Lewis ConnectionLewis Connection ... LP
Numero, 1978. Near Mint- (reissue)... $14.99
Rare funk from the same Minneapolis scene that gave the world Prince – a legendary indie set from the end of the 70s, put together by Lewis brothers Pierre and Andre! Despite their French names, the duo have a mighty American groove on the set – a wicked approach to funk that's very much in the best ensemble mode of the period – but leaner too, given the smaller lineup, and relatively sparse production – which makes most of the record bristle like some rare boogie 45! Vocals are by the brothers, plus female singer Barbara Bolar, and later Prince-mate Sonny Thompson – and Prince himself even adds in some slight magic to one cut on the set. Titles include "Dynamic Duo", "Got To Be Something", "Get Up", "Higher", "Feel Good To Ya", and "Mr G". (And for the record, the group's name on the cover was originally the Lewis Conection – but our spell checker has the title listed with the regular spelling!) LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $5.99
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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VariousAfter School Special – The 123s Of Kid Soul ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99 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

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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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VariousDon't Stop – Recording Tap ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
Not much of a cover photo, but one of the most amazing collections so far from the Numero Group – a richly archival project that finally brings to light the lost efforts of the short lived Tap Records label! Tap was the brainchild of Jeremiah Yisrael – an ambitious producer, and legendary perfectionist – so much so that he often put more effort into these indie productions than you'd find at bigger label projects of the time! Most material here dates from the years 1981 and 1982, and the music is a mix of club, modern soul, boogie, and a bit of hip hop – nearly all of which hardly got any exposure at the time. The booklet not only tells the tale of the label and Yisrael's career, but also Numero's efforts in resurrecting these lost tapes from a very moldy near-death experience – a narrative that's almost as exciting as the music in the package. And the package is pretty great too – not only because of the 24 page, full color booklet – but also because of the supplemental book that reproduces lost sheet music and studio notes from the Tap sessions. Amazing stuff throughout – well worthy of another deep bow for the Numero team – with a total of 14 tracks that include "Breakout" and "We've Had Enough" by Arnie Love & The Lovettes, "Invisible Wind" and "Guilty" by Jackie Stoudemire, "Missy Missy Dee" by Missy Dee & The Melody Crew, "So Nice" by Annette Denvil, "Rub A Dub Dub" by The Fabulous 3 MCs, "Don't Stop Dancin" and "Run Away Hide From Love" by Jackie Stoudemire, and "Breakout" by Magnetism. Also features two tracks from 1971 – "Does He Really Mean It" and "Love Which Way" by Bonnie Freeman. CD
(Includes the slipcover.)
 
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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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Mike Koskinen/Otto Donner TreatmentJazz Liisa 9 & 10 ... CD
Svart (Finland), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
We love this Jazz Liisa series from Finland – as it features unreleased work from the 70s, but which matches the quality of some of our favorite German and Japanese jazz records of the time! The first half of the set was recorded for Finnish radio, and features 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". On the second half, Otto Dorner's just the conductor on the set – but it's also clear that he's a very musically-minded fellow, as the action he gets from the group on the session is really wonderful! The players are all sharp-edged instrumentalists who represent the cream of the Finnish jazz scene of the time – Juhani Aaltonen on tenor and flute, Markku Johansson on trumpet, Seppo Paakkunainen on baritone, and Christer Boustedt on alto – all musicians who really bring a lot of their individual voices to the performance, and are given great space to solo by Donner – in a way that reminds us of some of the more open-ended bigger band performances from the MPS Records releases of the early 70s. Titles include "Och Tusen Tusen Strala Ock", "For Her", and "Saxballad". CD

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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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VariousReal Good Feeling – 20 Funky Nuggets ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
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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✨✧ CachaoMore Legendary Descarga Sessions ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Late 50s/1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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David GilmoreNumerology – Live At Jazz Standard ... CD
Evolution, 2012. Used ... $9.99
... CD

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Genius/GZALiquid Swords ... LP
Geffen, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the best production on any Wu project (still to this day, even). One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon, and indisputably one of the very best – one of the very few that plays with hard solidity from start to finish. The way GZA's lowkey, unfazable flow delivers this sharp, gritty storytelling over prime RZA production – seriously, it is real Genius! Includes "Labels", "Cold World", "Shadowboxin", "Liquid Swords", "Living In The World Today", "Killah Hills 10304", "Investigative Reports", "Gold", "Duel Of The Iron Mic", "4th Chamber", "Hell's Wind Staff", "Unexplained", "Swordsman" and "I Gotcha Back". LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary pressing.)

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Genius/GZALiquid Swords (with bonus poster) ... LP
Geffen/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the best production on any Wu project (still to this day, even). One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon, and indisputably one of the very best – next to Enter The Wu Tang, it's also one of the very few that plays with hard solidity from start to finish. The way GZA's lowkey, unfazable flow delivers this sharp, gritty storytelling over prime RZA production – seriously, it is real Genius! Includes "Labels", "Cold World", "Shadowboxin", "Liquid Swords", "Living In The World Today", "Killah Hills 10304", "Investigative Reports", "Gold", "Duel Of The Iron Mic", "4th Chamber", "Hell's Wind Staff", "Unexplained", "Swordsman" and "I Gotcha Back". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 2011 Get On Down version includes a bonus full-sized poster.)
Also available Liquid Swords ... LP 24.99

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Keith JarrettSolo Concerts – Bremen Lausanne ... LP
ECM, 1973. Near Mint- 3LP Box + Booklet ... $19.99
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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Ben E KingDon't Play That Song ... LP
Atco, 1962. Fair ... $9.99
A stellar record from Ben E King – and one of a few early 60s gems that really have him leaving a longstanding mark on soul music! There's a balance here that's unbelievable – a quality that's emotive right from the start, yet also perfectly put together too – with Ben's tremendous vocals backed by some tight Atlantic backings – in a style that's virtually the blueprint for lots more uptown soul singers to come in the 60s. The song choice is impeccable too – numbers from Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, and Phil Spector which perfectly straddle the lines of soul music at the time – tunes that include classics like "Here Comes The Night", "Don't Play That Song", "Young Boy Blues", and "Stand By Me" – plus lesser-known gems like "Brace Yourself", "I Promise Love", "Yes", "First Taste Of Love", and "Show Me The Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Blue and gold label pressing. Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks & crackles.)

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Music ExplosionLittle Bit O'Soul ... LP
Laurie, Mid 60s. Fair ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Mono pressing. Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks & crackles.)

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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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Special AKAFree Nelson Mandela (club, lp, inst) ... 12-inch
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1984. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $9.99
One of the numerous politically motivated singles aimed at South Africa's then apartheid government in the mid-80s, this one brought to you by Jerry Dammers' post Specials group featuring the English Beat's Ranking Rogers and produced by Elvis Costello, with an uptempo ska inflected groove! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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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

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VariousNorman Granz Jam Session – Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, 1952. Fair ... $2.99
The first album to carry the Jazz At The Philharmonic formula into the studio – and a record that virtually coined the term "jam session" for 50s jazz! Norman Granz repeats the style he'd done so well in a live setting – and brings together a host of all-star players in a very relaxed, open environment – one that gives them all plenty of space to open up and hit some nice long solos. Players include Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and Benny Carter in a three-alto frontline, plus Flip Phillips and Ben Webster on tenor, Barney Kessel on guitar, Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and JC Heard on drums. Side one features the original "Jam Blues", and side two features a "Ballad Medley", with each solo star taking one of the tunes in the set. LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: FAIR CONDITION. Light blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear & splitting. Vinyl plays with numerous clicks & crackles.)

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✨✧ Slick RickArt Of Storytelling ... LP
Def Jam, 1999. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The Art of Storytelling is right, with lots of the short stories MC Ricky Dee's known for. To our ears, the best Slick Rick LP since his classic first LP from way back when. Nice laid back mid-tempo production throughout with numerous guest appearances including Raekwon, Nas, and Outcast that work nicely, with the MC's adapting their style to Slick Rick's, rather than just doing their 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
 
 
 



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