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Dean MartinEverybody Loves Somebody – The Reprise Years (1962 to 1966) (6CDs, 1DVD, plus Book!) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. Used 6CDs/DVD ... $119.99
Dean Martin on Reprise – what a wonderful thing! In 1962, Dino made the shift from Capitol Records to a label owned by his buddy Frank Sinatra – the newly-formed Reprise Records, a specialty imprint that Sinatra formed in order to give himself, and his friends, new musical freedoms. At the label, Dean recorded in a number of different styles that were some of the first to approximate the range of modes that he'd been using in his film and TV appearances – pop, jazz, romantic, and most important of all, country western – a mode that would soon become Dino's chosen style in the latter part of the decade. The set's a fantastic dip into the first half of Dean's years at Reprise – featuring work from a wealth of different albums, singles, and soundtracks – plus radio snippets, promo clips, and other rarities that take the set way past the official LP releases of the time. Plus, the set comes with a 20-track DVD – featuring English language trailers from Dean's 60s films. And if that's not enough, the whole thing's packaged with a super-huge 12" by 12" booklet, hardcover, and filled with beautiful color pages that have images of Dean live, in films, in the studio, on movie posters, sheet music, and much more. The book contains an essay by Ryan Null on Dino – and the whole package is incredibly beautiful, and a must-have for any fan of Dean Martin! CD

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PrincePrince ... CD
Warner, 1979. Used ... $4.99
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". CD
Also available Prince ... LP 16.99

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PrincePrince ... LP
Warner, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
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
Also available Prince ... CD 4.99

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Little RichardRill Thing/King Of Rock & Roll/Second Coming ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of revival albums from the legendary Little Richard – all of them pretty darn great! First up is the funky Rill Thing – a stunning comeback session from the start of the 70s – recorded at Muscle Shoals with a heavy funk component in the mix! Richard arranged and produced the record himself – and it's a beautiful illustration of his genius – hardly dimmed at this point in his career, and if anything, really redefined for a new generation – with some razor-sharp grooves that are perfect for his hard-wailing vocals! The title cut – "The Rill Thing" – is a monster 10 minute instrumental jam, with a heavy funk sound that you can't even begin to imagine – and the rest of the set is pretty amazing too, with tracks that include "Spreadin' Natta What's The Matter", "Freedom Blues", "Two Time Loser", "Somebody Saw You", "Lovesick Blues", and "Greenwood Mississippi". Next is King Of Rock & Roll – a much rootsier set than some of Little Richard's other work for Reprise Records – a record that almost goes back to the old days, but via the hipper styles of the early 70s! HB Barnum arranged and produced the set, but the groove is less funkier than some of Barnum's other work of the time – a bit more rockish in some of the rhythms and instrumentation, which is no surprise considering the title – with a nod back towards late 50s modes, but in that new-roots way that Warner was hitting with other artists of the period. Richard's vocals hold up very well in the setting – and apart from the original tunes "Green Power" and "King Of Rock & Roll", the album features versions of "Midnight Special", "Dancing In The Street", "Brown Sugar", and "Born On The Bayou". Last up is Second Coming – funky 70s Little Richard – very much in the spirit of his Rill Thing album, although a bit more polished! The album features production and arrangements from New Orleans soul legend Bumps Blackwell – who first handled Richard way back when – and the record's sort of divided half and half between tracks that have a 70s funky feel, and others that are going back for more of an older styled retro rocking groove – yet not nearly as much so as on Richard's previous Reprise album. Titles include "Nuki Suki", "The Prophet Of Peace", "Thomasine", "Second Line", and "It Ain't What You Do It's The Way How You Do It". CD

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Marty PaichRock-Jazz Incident – The Sound Of Now ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... About July 26, 2017
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, working here with a snappy, syncopated groove that's right in line with Jimmy Bowen's mid 60s Reprise Records production style! The album's a sweet standout from Reprise at the time – mighty nice, and put together with a very solid feel – way more than just your typical 60s easy instrumental record – with some slight use of guitar to justify the "rock" in the title! Tunes include "The Cat", "Gotta Go", "The Proud Camel", "The Thing", "Promise Her Anything", and "Watermelon Man". CD

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Nelson RiddleNelson Riddle Interprets – Great Music Great Films Great Sounds ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the more obscure 60s albums from legendary arranger Nelson Riddle – one of a handful done for Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records label – after famously backing the singer on sessions for Capitol in the 50s! Riddle's even more creative and dynamic here than in those previous years – really bringing a lot of jazz into his charts, as he takes on some great tunes from films, but often in a way that really opens up the melody and rhythm! There's definitely some mellow moments here – but even those are beautifully arranged, with some haunting instrumental elements that really keep things interesting. Overall, though, the sound is mostly upbeat and groovy – very much in Henry Mancini territory – on titles that include "Charade", "Stowaway In The Sky", "Little Girl Blue", "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World", "Sawdust & Spangles & Dreams", and "Over & Over Again". CD

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Frank SinatraWorld We Knew ... LP
Reprise, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri-color stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousUnlock The Lock – The Kent Records Story Vol 1 – 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The start of a wonderful label – the legendary LA imprint Kent Records – home to some excellent soul, blues, and R&B in its early years – plus a handful of rockers, too! The label is one that often worked in budget territory, but had some killer talent – and their early run of recordings finally gets its due here – in a package that features a whopping 48 tracks in all, 30 of which have never been on CD before! Big names are here – like BB King and Etta James – but there's also loads of other lesser-known artists too, who really fill in the space between the cracks – and offer up a very vivid picture of west coast R&B in the immediate pre-soul years. As always with Ace, the presentation and notes are superb – and titles include "You You You" by Van Robinson, "South's Gonna Rise Again" by Jesse James, "Ballad Of Stagger Lee" by the Senders, "The Fool" by BB King, "Sweet Lovin Honey" by Don Cole, "Baby Baby Every Night" by Etta James, "Hey Little Mama" by The Barker Brothers, "Dance The Thing" by Floyd Dixon, "Unlock The Lock" by Jimmy Nelson, "That's My Baby" by Artie Wilson, "Bye Bye Baby" by Chuck Tequila Rio, and "Without You" by Hal Davis. CD

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Bulk 7" SinglesRandom Bulk 7" Singles – At Least 200 Records ... 7-inch
Good ... $4.99
A completely random assortment of 7" records – some in good shape, some totally beat up! We make these boxes at random, and seal them tightly – and even we don't know what's in them. Keep in mind that this vinyl has been through the regular racks – and the Bargain Basement – and some of it might have defects, most are not in sleeves, but given the 45rpm format, they can often play surprisingly well, even if they're a bit beat up. We stuff the box with at least 200 singles – but if there's more room, you'll get more too. Think of the contents as "raw material" or "space fillers" – vinyl to be used for projects, decorations, or even things like art installations or set dressing. At less than a nickel a record, the price is certainly right! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Given the nature of these bulk vinyl records, they cannot be returned. All sales are final.)

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Stelvio CiprianiQuel Pomeriggio Maledetto ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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. CD features 23 tracks in all! CD

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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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Fred FrithPrints – Snapshots, Postcards, Messages & Miniatures 1987 to 2001 ... CD
ReR/Fred Records, Late 80s/1990s/Early 2000s. Used ... $6.99
... CD

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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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Herbie MannSurprises ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good ... $0.99
A record that's full of many surprises – one of which is the sweet lead vocals of Cissy Houston! Houston works here in a style that merges nicely with the jazzy currents of Herbie Mann – at a level that's different than other soul/fusion sets of the time – like work on CTI or Columbia – drawing a lot of freshness from the inventive arrangements of Pat Rebillot! Pat graced other of the best Herbie Mann records from the time – and his keyboards provide just the right sort of slinky bridge between Mann's flute and the vocals – almost a Bob James-ish sensibility that keeps things laidback and open. Titles include "Draw Your Breaks", "Cajun Moon", "Creepin'", "Easter Rising", "Asa Branca", "The Sound Of Windwood", "Cricket Dance", "The Butterfly In A Stone Garden", and "Anata (I Wish You Were Here With Me)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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Lloyd Price, Sam Cooke, Larry Williams, & Little ROur Significant Hits ... LP
Specialty, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
A cool Specialty Records compilation – with three cuts each by the four stars on the cover! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & white label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Lawdy Miss Clawdy".)

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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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Prince PaulItstrumental ... Cassette
Female Fun, 2005. New Copy (reissue)... About September 15, 2017
Another oddball batch from the unpredictable, inimitable Prince Paul – not exactly an instrumentals records, hence the deliberately spelled title – really more of leftfield hip hop beat suite with plenty of vocal samples and a few guest appearances! Paul's styles here rarely stray from a hip hop template – with some trippy passages in which he plays his own instruments and samples his own damn self – and appearances by previous collaborators Steinski and MC Paul Barman. Tracks include "MVU (Acts 1, 2, 3 and Final Act)", "It's A Stick Up!", "Flattery", "My Friend The Popmaster", "Yes, I Do Love Them Ho's!", "I Want You (I'm An 80s Man)", "Gangsta's My Style", "And The Winner Is?", "The Night My Girlfriend Left Me", "Think Or Die" and more. Cassette
(Limited edition cassette.)

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Prince PaulItstrumental (with download) ... LP
Female Fun, 2005. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... About September 15, 2017
Another oddball batch from the unpredictable, inimitable Prince Paul – not exactly an instrumentals records, hence the deliberately spelled title – really more of leftfield hip hop beat suite with plenty of vocal samples and a few guest appearances! Paul's styles here rarely stray from a hip hop template – with some trippy passages in which he plays his own instruments and samples his own damn self – and appearances by previous collaborators Steinski and MC Paul Barman. Tracks include "MVU (Acts 1, 2, 3 and Final Act)", "It's A Stick Up!", "Flattery", "My Friend The Popmaster", "Yes, I Do Love Them Ho's!", "I Want You (I'm An 80s Man)", "Gangsta's My Style", "And The Winner Is?", "The Night My Girlfriend Left Me", "Think Or Die" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of just 500 copies!)

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Principal Edwards Magic TheatreWorks 1969 to 1971 – Albums, Demos, BBC Sessions, & Live Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
Dandelion/Cherry Red (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $16.99
A triple header of music from this legendary group – two albums, and a bonus disc of rare material too! First up is the group's self-titled set – one that also goes under the name of Soundtrack – a record that's a bit folksy, a bit psychedelic, and certainly trippy and theatrical enough to get the attention of even the most jaded popster in the 60s – Principal Edwards Magic Theatre were a completely unique group who had the extra benefit of strong early support from legendary BBC DJ John Peel, who produced the album for his own Dandelion label! There's a sound here that's eerie and almost ancient at times – that post-hippie sensitivity to the past, often expressed here with folksy instrumentation and poetic themes, but never in a mode that's too dippy or silly. At some level, a few of these tunes have the same fragile folksy mode as the Bridget St John records on Dandelion – but overall, the sound is much looser, freer, and more collaborative. Titles include "Enigmatic Insomniac Machine", "Third Sonnet To Sundry Notes Of Music", "To A Broken Guitar", and "Death of Don Quixote". Next is The Asmoto Running Band – the second album from Principal Edwards Magic Theatre – and arguably even better than the first, thanks to some really focused production from Nick Mason! The sound here has more of the building elements of psychedelia you'd expect from Mason's history with Pink Floyd – and a bit less of the flowery looseness of Principal Edwards' debut – and the new focus is a really welcome addition, as it helps the group find a new level of power in their music they might never have attained! There's still plenty of folksy instrumentation and trippy themes in the tunes – but the guitars are more electric, the studio tricks more dynamic, and the overall record is a much more pleasing bit of ear candy that stands up well to the test of time. Titles include "Freef", "Total Glycerol Esther", "Mc Alpine's Dream", and "Asmoto Running Band". CD 3 features a huge amount of unreleased material – including some BBC Top Gear sessions, some Live At Hampstead tracks, and demos – plus the bonus tracks "Lament For The Earth" and "Ballad Of The Big Girl Now & The Mere Boy". CD
 
 
 



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