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Ray PriceNight Life ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the greatest Ray Price records ever – almost a country music version of Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – filled with sad songs and late night love. Wonderful arrangements – and killer steel guitar work from Buddy Lucas, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing.)

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✨✧ PrincePrince ... LP
Warner, 1979. Good+ ... $14.99
An overlooked record in the grand scheme – which is unforgivable in our book! This self-titled album Prince's second album, and already his vision is becoming a little more focused, and you can really hear the seeds of his later efforts – a really remarkable, unique, and fascinating record that stands up with some of his best work, and bucks all late 70s trends and cliches in pop, soul and funk! In some ways this is one of our favorite Prince records, as it has a kind of intimacy that was lacking on later sets – or maybe because the hit "I Wanna Be Your Lover" has such a mad groove! "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad" has the sly sound that would run throughout the rest of Prince's better work for years to come – and Chaka Khan would later cover "I Feel for You", and hit large with it in the 80s. Also includes "Sexy Dancer", "With You" and "When We're Dancing Close & Slow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has moderate wear.)

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Frank SinatraWorld We Knew (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Reprise (Japan), Late 60s. Used ... $9.99
A later gem from Sinatra – filled with a mix of unusual mature songs, set to arrangements by Ernie Freeman Claus Ogerman, Billy Strange, and Jimmy Bowen. Titles include his "Somethin Stupid" duet with Nancy – plus "This Town", "This Is My Song", "This Is My Love", "The World We Knew", and the perfect "Drinking Again" – a Reprise Records classic if there ever was one! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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VariousElemental Instrumentals – Raw Primitive Instrumental Rock From Cuca Records Of Wisconsin 1959 to 1965 ... CD
Cuca/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Searing instrumentals from the legendary Wisconsin-based Cuca label – one of the coolest indies of the 60s! Although Cuca was working out of tiny Sauk City in the dairy state, the company had an ear for a groove that matched the better known imprints of the west coast scene – and managed to record a heck of a lot of great local groups with a heavy guitar-based groove! Forget any thoughts you may have of California or the Northwest 60s scenes as the only true bastions of rocking guitar instrumentals – because this CD more than gives the Midwest its due, and serves up 28 smoking tracks that are also supported by some great notes on Cuca. Titles include "Scalping Party" by The Tornados, "Wasted" by The Zakons, "Spin Out" by Teen's Men, "Side Winder" by Vibratones, "This Way Out" by The Furys, "Rock Casual" by The Stagemen, "The Voodoo Walk" by The Voodoos, "Cyclone" by The Nocturnes, "Rotation" by Six Shooters, "Rewind" by Grind Prix's, "War Party" by The Catalinas, and "Hades" by Frank Gay & The Gayblades. CD

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Booker T & PriscillaBooker T & Priscilla ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
Memphis goes to California – with surprising results! The album's one of a few that Booker T cut after splitting with the MGs – of legendary Stax Records fame – and it's completely different than his earlier sides, and not in a bad way! Book recorded the set in California with wife Priscilla Jones, and it's done in a mixture of soul, rock, and folk styles – one that's as much in keeping with the Laurel Canyon or San Francisco scenes than Book's earlier work was with the Memphis ones. Booker and Priscilla both sing – sometimes together, sometimes apart – and the double-length set is pretty warm, fuzzy, and a bit trippy. Titles include "Delta Song" and "Wedding Song", both of which are standout tracks – and other titles include "She", "Funny Honey", "Medley From The Jones Ranch", and "The Sun Don't Shine". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Stelvio CiprianiQuel Pomeriggio Maledetto (The Perfect Killer) ... LP
Sugar/Cinedelic (Italy), 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99
Sweet funky soundtrack work from Stelvio Cipriani – one of the maestro's best late 70s film scores, and one of his grooviest too! The music here has all the sharp, soulful elements of early 70s American soundtracks by Quincy Jones or Lalo Schifrin – complete with wah wah guitar, sweet funky flute, bumping basslines, and even some mighty nice keyboards – all served up without ever pushing things too far over the top – so that the balance of funk, jazz, and more scene-setting elements is perfect – that really sort of special balance you get only on the few best records by Jones or Schifrin. And while Cipriani can sometimes veer towards the more slinky, sexy side of the spectrum, he hardly does so here – as even the mellower moments have a nice subtle sort of groove, and continue the spirit of jazz! LP features 24 tracks in all – very nicely done! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing!)

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Karin Krog & Dexter GordonSome Other Spring – Blues & Ballads ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously respectful of the players that she records with, and unlike other jazz vocal recordings, where the soloists take back seat to the singer, her recordings have them coming out front, and really sharing the spotlight – both in solo space, and in the interplay between the singer and musicians. Tracks include "Blue Eyes", "How Insensitive", "Some Other Spring", "Blue Monk", and her "Tribute To Jimmy Scott". CD

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the instrumentation, played by David Snell in a style that's right up there with Dorothy Ashby's best jazz work. Pianist Stan Tracey is also on board – playing beautiful notes that have a sharp modern edge, while still falling on the inside of the spectrum – and Lasha himself is especially great – blowing plastic alto sax and wooden flute, both of which have a slightly offbeat sound – but one that's surprisingly warm, which makes the album one of his most sensitive and soulful sessions ever! The tunes are a mix of standards and originals – and there's a wonderful sense of balance here – sounds that are sometimes more inside than other records from Lasha, but which have a really Dolphy-like sense of expression – right at home amidst a wider history of jazz, yet also reaching for new ideas at the same time. Pure genius throughout, and a record that was never made available to audiences in the US. Titles include "Nuttin Out Jones", "Impressions Of Eric Dolphy", "Out Of Nowhere", "Just Friends", "Body & Soul", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Master Musicians Of JajoukaPrimal Energy – That Is The Music & Ritual Of Jajouka, Morocco ... LP
Adelphi, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
An excellent recording of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka – one to rival the earlier album recorded by Brian Jones for Apple Records! The on-site recording captures the music perfectly – an other-worldly blend of percussion and reed instruments with a droning and rhythmically intense quality that's unlike anything else on this planet – really amazing stuff that was an especially big influence on a range of late 60s cultural icons! There's precious few albums that get the essence of the music this well – and although most of the draw here is instrumental, a few tracks have chanting vocals that are nice too. Titles include "Brian Jones", "Jajouka Black Eyes", "Sidi Hamid Sherk", "Waving", and "Boujeloud". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Barry McGuireThis Precious Time/The World's Last Private Citizen ... CD
Dunhill/Collectors Choice, 1965/1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A couple of nice solo records for Dunhill from Barry McGuire – 1965's This Precious Time and '66's "This World's Last Private Citizen – back-to-back on a single CD! This Precious Time is a folk pop gem that features a number of tunes with backing vocals by The Mamas & The Papas – a nice balance between McGuire's gruff, and often strident lyricism, and the glowing Cali sunshine of the Mamas & Papas. Features well known tunes, plus some nice ones written or co-written by PF Sloan. Titles include "This Precious Time", "Let Me Be", "So You Believe In Magic", "Hang On Sloopy", "Upon A Painted Ocean", "I'd Have To Be Out Of My Mind", "Do You Wonder Where It's At" and more. The World's Last Private Citizen is another departure from the former New Christy Minstrel, with some chiming acoustic instrumentation, some electric parts brass, and leftfield touches that give it a unique feel. Includes a heavy, Terry Melcher produced version of "Masters Of War", plus "Top O' The Hill", "Cloudy Summer Afternoon", "The Grasshopper Song", "Eve Of Destruction" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Willie NelsonFor The Good Times – Tribute To Ray Price ... CD
Legacy, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
Willie Nelson pays tribute to the great Ray Price – something you might find surprising, if you only think of Willie as a country music outlaw – but which is a real natural to us, given that the young songwriter Willie gave Price one of his best songs ever! That song is the classic "Night Life" – which kicked off one of Ray's best albums (paid tribute by the cover image here) – and rather than reprise that set, Willie takes off on a whole host of other classic tunes from Price's fantastic years on Columbia Records – set to full arrangements that have a very classic feel, arranged and conducted by Nashville legend Bergen White! The set's got all the fantastic feel you could hope for – a real meeting of country music strands – on titles that include "Faded Love", "City Lights", "Crazy Arms", "Night Life", "Make The World Go Away", "Invitation To The Blues", "For The Good Times", "I'm Still Not Over You", and "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me". CD

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Charlie Parker5 Original Albums (Night & Day/April In Paris/Now's The Time/Bird & Diz/Plays Cole Porter) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $21.99
5 classic Charlie Parker albums for Verve – brought together here in a special set, with each album in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Four of the records – Night & Day, April In Paris, Now's The Time, and Plays Cole Porter – are from that special 1957 series of albums in which Verve finally brought some of the key Parker performances out for the LP generation – collecting full sessions from the 78rpm and 10" LP years, along with some extra tracks – to create special showcases for Bird in both small group settings, and his famous "with strings" albums. These records together form a portrait of Parker that's amazing – everything you'd need to blow your mind – if Charlie hasn't already had that effect on you! Last up is Bird & Diz – a classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Relaxin With Lee", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". CD

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PrinceParade ... LP
Paisley Park, 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
Prince in a grand groove – really hitting a new level of funk with a razor-sharp edge – and even blowing away some of his work on previous records! The record's a soundtrack for a film – Under The Cherry Moon – and although that movie never had the success of Purple Rain, we actually think it left behind an even stronger musical legacy – one that has Prince finding even more of a funky voice than before, with so many wonderfully freaky twists and turns! The music never got the showcase it might have deserved, because of the failure of the film – but it's one of our favorite Prince albums ever, and includes the massively funky "Kiss", the closest Prince ever got to James Brown, The whole album's got some great sweeping, pop psyche orchestral arrangements by Clare Fischer – and titles include "Christopher Tracey's Parade", "I Wonder U", "Under The Cherry Moon", "Girls & Boys", and "Anotherloverholenyohead". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don PullenComplete Don Pullen On Black Saint & Soul Note (Capricorn Rising/Healing Force/Warriors/Milano Strut/Magic Triangle) (7CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 7 CDs ... $24.99
Pure brilliance from Don Pullen – arguably some of the best recordings ever made by the adventurous pianist – packaged here together in one incredible collection! Pullen was already a key force in the American underground by the time of these recordings – but really took everything to the next level with the Black Saint/Soul Note label – finding a way to focus his energy, and really realize his musical vision like never before – and, in a way, hitting heights that he might never hit later in his career either! Each album here is a treasure on its own – and together, the set is a hell of a package – one that features Pullen's piano in the company of players like Chico Freeman, Joseph Jarman, or Sam Rivers on reeds; Olu Dara on trumpet; Fred Hopkins on bass; Bobby Battle on drums; and Don Moye on percussion – as well as two great records that feature Don alone at the piano. The set features the albums Capricorn Rising, Healing Force, Warriors, Milano Strut, The Magic Triangle, Evidence Of Things Unseen, and The Sixth Sense – all of them great! CD
(All albums come in paper sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneHigh Priestess Of Soul ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Classic work from Nina Simone – and an album that definitely lives up to its title! Nina Simone certainly emerged as the high priestess of soul during her monumental stretch for Philips Records in the 60s – as she moved way past jazz, way past some of the folk she'd begun tapping into, and into this new righteous territory that paved the way for countless other hip singers to come! Simone does a great job of mixing gutbuckety roots with hipper, 60s soul inflections – and the set's a treasure trove of great tunes – including her awesome reading of "Work Song", plus "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Come Ye", "I Hold No Grudge", "I'm Going Back Home", "I'm Gonna Leave You", "Take Me To The Water", and "The Gal From Joe's". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nina SimonePhilips Years (In Concert/Broadway Blues Ballads/I Put A Spell On You/Pastel Blues/Let It All Out/Wild Is The Wind/High Priestess Of Soul) ( ... LP
Philips/Verve, Late 60s. New Copy 7LP ... $129.99 174.98
A massive document of some of the most important years in the career of Nina Simone – her mid 60s recordings for Philips Records, done at a time when she was really breaking out into a new style! The Philips sides perfectly capture all of the turbulent energy of the times – as Nina, not content to simply be a jazz singer, uses bits of folk, soul, and other American styles to expand her sound tremendously. The work is incredibly righteous – extremely powerful material that forever changed not only the sound of jazz vocals, but also the role of the female singer in American music. This beautiful package features 7 full albums, all with original artwork – and is set in a great slipcase that really looks wonderful. The set contains 75 tracks in all – the entirety of the albums Nina Simone In Concert, Broadway Blues Ballads, I Put A Spell On You, Pastel Blues, Let It All Out, Four Women, and High Priestess Of Soul – with classics like "Sinnerman", "Four Women", "Break Down & Let It All Out", "Work Song", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Feeling Good", "I Loves You Porgy", "Mississippi Goddam", and "Be My Husband". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dusty SpringfieldWhere Am I Going ... LP
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
One of the greatest of all Dusty Springfield albums – a gem of a record that mixes British pop, soul, and some very groovy orchestrations! The whole session has that kind of soaring, soulful bounce that Dusty had on her best records – but which was possibly never done nearly as well as on this one! Backings are conducted by Alan Tew, Peter Night, Arthur Greenslade, and Wally Stott – Brit Easy giants all of them – and tracks include sublime gems like "Bring Him Back", "Don't Let Me Lost This Dream", "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face", "Sunny", "Welcome Home", and "Broken Blossoms". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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Bruce SpringsteenNebraska ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The starkest, sparest ever by Bruce Springsteen – sans accompaniment for the most part, having famously opted to release the haunting guitar, voice and harmonica demos as the actual album – and it's devastatingly strong to this day! The hallmark facet is that it's a largely solo acoustic record, the the great thing about that is how distinctively Springsteen sounding it is – with the all the earnestness of his more anthemic material, and more – just done with a sometimes somber, always intimate approach. One of those records that deserves all of the loft praise! Includes "Nebraska", "Atlantic City", "Mansion On The Hill", "Johnny 99", "State Trooper", "Used Cars", "Open All Night", "My Father's House" and "Reason To Believe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve.)

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VariousBest Of Proverb & Gospel Corner Records 1959 to 1969 ... CD
Narroway, 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 29.99
A soaring set of spiritual sides from the LA scene of the 60s – underground gospel material from the tiny Proverb Records label, and related imprint Gospel Corner! Both companies were helmed by Brother Henderson – a producer with a strong ear to the ground, especially for the sorts of gospel styles that were flowing into LA from the same southern scenes that were influencing the rest of its music – and which, like those sounds, really took on a new sort of shape on the west coast! The music here is full of fire on the vocal tip – mostly the kind of group performances you'd hear on a label like Peacock Records – but the presentation is often mixed with a nice current of blues, which gives these tunes as much secular appeal as they do to folks with an ear for a higher spirit. There's very much a Kent or Modern Records feel to the recordings – especially the Proverb titles, which take up all of CD1. CD2 features Gospel Corner material – which sometimes features larger groups, but still with a wonderful vibe. Titles include "He's A Light" by Helen Henderson, "Hide Me" by Sweet Singing Cavaliers, "Hold On (part 1)" by Page-Ettes Of Seaside CA, "Shoes" by Singing Corinthians, "Jesus Is Real" by Mighty Mighty Clouds Of Joy, "Hold Me In Your Arms" by Mighty Sons Of Joy Of Ft Worth, "I Made Up My Mind" by Brother Henderson's Spiritual Lambs, "Peace In The Valley" by Pilgrim Travelers, "I'm Living A Saved Life Now" by Los Angeles All Stars, "Lord You're So Good To Me" by Melvin Boyd & Ohio Wonders, and "Vietnam" by Madame Nellie Robinson. 52 tracks in all – and great notes too! CD

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✨✧ VariousBritxotica Box – Three Amazing Albums Of Primitive Pop & Savage Jazz From The Wild British Isles (3CD set) ... CD
Trunk (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99
Not exotica, but Britxotica – a cool variant of the American postwar love of the sounds of the islands and the jungles – served up here in a really hip batch of tracks from the UK scene of the late 50s and early 60s! Many of these numbers are rooted in jazz, and there's definitely some key jazz musicians in the mix – but you'll also hear lots of the percussion, global instruments, and moody orchestrations you'd find on American records by folks like Les Baxter or Martin Denny – although sometimes with an even groovier vibe, and a nice London twist – similar to some of the Croydon Municipal compilations from Cherry Red! The package is one of the coolest collections we've seen from Trunk Records in a long time – and this special box features all three of the vinyl volumes. Titles include "Zambezi" by Tony Mansell & Johnny Dankworth, "The Green Eye Of The Little Yellow God" by Harry H Corbett, "Street Of A Thousand Bongos" by Brian Fahey, "Taboo" by Sounds Incorporated, "Follow Me" by Lucille Mapp, "Jungle Drums" by Ted Heath, "The Hat" by Jerry Allen, "Cha Cha Cha Calypso" by Maxine Daniels, "Sphinx Won't Tell" by Beverley Sisters, "Caravan" by Stanley Black, "Persian Twist" by Charles Blackwell, "Marrakesh" by Tony Osborne, "Climb Up The Wall" by Yana, "Miserlou" by Stanley Black, "Turkish Coffee" by Tony Osborne, "The Sultan Of Bezaaz" by Ray Ellington, "Heatwave" by Geoff Love, "Mangoes" by Lucille Mapp, "Hawaiian Honeymoon" by Frank Weir, "Tropical Mirage" by Ron Goodwin, "Run See Jerusalem" by George Melly & Kenny Graham, "Stormy Weather" by Betty Smith, "Milk From The Coconut" by Johnny Gentle, and "Quiet Village" by Martinas & His Music. CD

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