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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 28 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Warner Brothers & Reprise Records ... CD
Warner/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A totally great entry in this always-great series – and one that looks at a slice of raunchy rock that's a bit different than usual! The Warner Brothers label started up right at the end of the 50s – after most of the other rock powerhouse imprints – and they also had more of an ear for pop and mainstream sounds, given their Hollywood home. Yet they also quickly found a way to turn out some really remarkable 45s – music that was maybe even just recorded with leftover studio time, or between the bigger projects on the label – funded by bigger money from films, and often done in a top-shelf studio setting! This legacy of Warner isn't nearly as well-known as their 60s pop and vocal material, but it's equally groovy – if not more so – and gets fantastic treatment here from Bear Family, who not only present a whopping 30 tracks, but also accompany the whole thing with a wonderful booklet that's filled with notes, photos, and record images. The set even includes some surprising rockers by unlikely sources – and titles include "Shimmy Shake" by Billy Land, "The Swing" by Johnny Carroll, "Teen Beat" by Don Ralke, "Road Hog" by Johnny Zorro, "Hanna Lee" by Shelly Dane, "The Fool" by Bob Luman, "Lucille" by The Everly Brothers, "Baby Please Don't Go" by Troyce Key with Eddie Cochran, "Drum Twist" by Buddy Harman, "Saturday Night Fish Fry" by Eddie & Betty, and "Forbidden City" by John Buck & His Blazers. CD

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MC SquaredTantalizing Colours – The Reprise Recordings ... CD
Reprise/Now Sounds (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
Glittering sunshine pop throughout! MC Squared has a name that may sound like a weak late 80s crossover rapper, but the group's a killer harmony act from late 60s Reprise Records – produced to perfection by Lenny Waronoker, and given the same mix of tight studio and hip undercurrents that you'd find in the hippest of the late 60s Warner generation – that slightly sinister edge that can always make LA pop of the time go a lot deeper than you might expect! This package is a true treasure trove of the group's work – their one full album for Reprise, plus bonus tracks from singles – all with a sound that you'd stack proudly next to work by artists like Roger Nichols or Paul Williams at the time. Titles include "The Dolphins", "Adults Only", "Bornatzatt", "Ghost Of Man", "Miss Abercrombie", "Do You Care", "Smilin", "Karneeval", and "Tantalizing Colours". Bonus tracks include "Or Something", "SST", "My Mind Goes High", "Smilin (mono)", and "Time Will Equalize". CD

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Fifth Avenue BandFifth Avenue Band (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $26.99
A lost late 60s gem from Reprise Records – the only album ever recorded by this young band from the Greenwich Village scene! There's a great post-folk feel to the set – warm harmonies and a bit of acoustic instrumentation to show the influence of the earlier generation – but a bit more focus on the tunes overall, and a subtle dose of soul that's really nice. Jon Lind is the lead vocalist, and he's totally great – with almost a Rascals-like approach to his music, especially when harmonizing with Peter Gallway, the other vocalist in the group. Instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, and even a bit of flute – and the tracks include the incredible "Eden Rock" – a sweetly tripping number that easily rivals Kenny Rankin's best work! Other tracks include "Good Lady Of Toronto", "Fast Freight", "Country Time Rhymes", "Calamity Jane", "Faithful Be Fair", "Angel", "In Hollywood", and "Cockeyed Shame". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... CD
Stax, 1969. Used ... $4.99
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! CD
Also available Hot Buttered Soul ... LP 16.99

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Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... LP
Enterprise, 1969. Very Good ... $16.99
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Hot Buttered Soul ... 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 ... Just Sold Out!
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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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 3 – Beat Konducta In Africa ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation of rare African material) with some additional mixing from J Rocc – based on rare African vinyl. The sound is pure Madlib/Beat Konducta heady hip hop funk – recognizable as being spun from and inspired by African material, and impeccably so, with that instantly identifiable, exploratory Madlib sonic stamp. He looks far beyond Afrobeat and funk sources, with some raw funk rock beats, psych, garage and more with some trippy vocal samples – and he's building up from blueprints records originally pressed all over Africa – Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Botswana and Ivory Coast. But too much mention of the source material risks making this sound like a compilation or a mix set, when it's Madlib all the way! Titles include "Motherland", "Raw Introduction To Afreaka", "Warrior's Theme", "Street Hustler", "Afritonic" (Pts 1 & 2), "Tradition", "Blackfire", "Obtaive", "Mtima", "African Bounce", "Freedom Play", "Natural Sound Waves", "Unika (Outro)" and many more. 43 tracks on the CD version, which includes 6 bonus tracks. CD

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Marian MontgomeryLet There Be Love, Let There Be Swing, Let There Be Marian Montgomery ... LP
Capitol, 1963. Very Good ... $4.99
Very groovy work from Marian Montgomery – an overlooked 60s singer who had a wonderful "punch" in her voice! At the time, Marian often recorded in a mode that was a lot like that used over at Reprise Records – a Ray Charles-inspired, Jimmy Bowen-popularized blend of pop, soul, and blues influences – often set to snappy syncopated backings that featured a good dose of Hammond organ behind the vocals! The songs on this set are a great example of Marian's lively style – with backings by Dave Cavanaugh that are very much in a Bowen mode – supported by arrangements from some of Capitol's grooviest talents of the time – including Jack Marshall, Bob Bain, Gerald Wilson, and Cavanaugh himself. And although this is the kind of a sound that should be hokey, it's oddly not – and we find ourselves really loving Marian's work more and more over the years. It's light, swinging, and always plenty positive and playful. Titles on this set include "Romance In The Dark", "Let There Be Love", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Danke Schoen", "Kansas City", "Alright, Okay You Win", "The Good Life", and "Candy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label Dimensions In Jazz pressing. Cover has a promo tracklist sticker on back.)

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Bud PowellBud Powell In Paris ... LP
Reprise, 1964. Very Good ... $9.99
A surprising Bud Powell album for Reprise Records – and one of the label's hippest jazz titles ever! When Frank Sinatra first started up the Reprise imprint, he let Duke Ellington do a bit of A&R for the jazz division – and one of the first things Ellington did was capture the great Bud Powell in his then-local setting of Paris – in this rough edgey session that turned out to be one of Powell's last albums, and one of his best from the 60s. The record is nothing fancy on the outside – just simple piano trio versions of jazz standards like "Parisian Thoroughfare", "I Can't Get Started", "Jordu", and "Dear Old Stockholm" – but Powell's dark genius turns the tracks into jagged little razors, cutting with an emotional depth that's quite surprising. Duke Ellington produced – and trio members include Gilbert Rovere on bass and Carl Fields on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Tri color mono pressing. Cover has a grommet.)

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Keely SmithSings The John Lennon/Paul McCartney Songbook ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A groovy singer takes on the music of The Beatles – all with a sound that does a heck of a lot for both parties involved in the proceedings! Keely Smith was well into her solo career by the time of this set – having stepped away from Louis Prima, and soaring through some great albums on her own in the early 60s – of which this gem might be the capper! 1964 is a pretty early point to recognize the great potential of the songwriting team of Paul McCartney and John Lennon – but chalk that up to producer Jimmy Bowen, who does a superb job of bringing in some of the groovier styles that Reprise Records was getting hip to at the time – served up here courtesy of arrangers Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter. Both Freeman and Carter have a slight current of soul at times, which makes for a great match with Keely's vocals – on titles that include "Please Please Me", "This Girl", "If I Fell", "She Loves You", "World Without Love", "Hard Day's Night", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and "Can't Buy Me Love" – all sounding surprisingly great as jazz tunes! CD

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Ulrich KlatteCosmic Price Guide To Original Krautrock Records (updated & revised 4th edition hardcover) ... Book
CPG (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... About April 1, 2018 (delayed)
A pricey book, but a great one too – an essential guide to all things trippy and far-out – and a volume that covers countless great records from the 60s and 70s! As you'd guess from the title, there's a fair bit of listings for prog, psyche, and other wild rock genres – but there's also a fair bit of avant, experimental, electronic, and even jazz recordings – such is the amazingly expansive taste of the cosmic scene! The book is divided into third sections – the first identifying key artists and key recordings, with dates, label, catalog numbers, and a rough price for value on the used market. The second section lists important labels in order, with all the best releases. But then the third section is the best – a wealth of rare cover images, all in full color – really amazing records, with well over 1200 records covered in that section! The book is hardcover, 448 pages, and very well put together – certainly worth the price. Book

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✨✧ Amanda PetrusichDo Not Sell At Any Price – The Wild Obsessive Hunt For The World's Rarest 78 rpm Records (hardcover) ... Book
Scribner, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fascinating look at the small-but-fervent world of the 78rpm collector – a musical underground that represents the first real step forward for vinyl culture (even though the format's not technically vinyl) – and which has remained surprisingly strong well into the 21st Century! Amanda Petrusich mixes history with some especially great snapshots on different scenes in 78rpm culture – going back to some of the key early collectors who helped enrich an understanding of early 20th Century music, while also often paying it forward – as in the case of John Fahey or Harry Smith – and she follows the scene into more recent years, where a surprising amount of revival activity has given us clearer and clearer pictures of the music of the 20s and 30s than we might ever have thought possible. If you're a record digger, you'll find plenty of familiar names in the book – and if you're a fan at all of older jazz, blues, folk, or hillbilly music – you'll also find a lot of context for the ways you now have access to those sounds. 260 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Aqueduct EnsembleImprovisations On An Apricot ... LP
Last Resort (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $19.99
Aqueduct Ensemble is more of a duo than the large group you'd expect from their name – but they manage to serve up some very spacious sounds over the course of these improvised tracks! The core of the group features Stu on piano and Kit on woodwinds and electronics – acoustic elements that are often layered a bit, with currents that move far from jazz into more lyrical soundscapes – maybe somewhere in that world after the ECM experiments of the 70s, when instrumental groups from a variety of different scenes were making subtle, beautiful records like this! We might put this material somewhere in the sonic territory of Durutti Column, Penquin Cafe Orchestra, or any number of records from the Benelux scene – but there's also a more pastoral quality to the album that really gives it a special vibe. Titles include "Potter's View North", "Borrowed Sax Test", "Cut Grass 1 to 3", "In Perfect Air", and "To Close Without Saving". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gordon Beck with Joy MarshallWhen Sunny Gets Blue – Spring 1968 Sessions ... CD
Turtle (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $12.99
Maybe one of the most soulful records ever cut by British pianist Gordon Beck – even if it appears here for the first time ever! The set's a killer – and has Beck working with vocalist Joy Marshall – a hip female singer who's right up there with the best 60s material by Carmen McRae or Nancy Wilson, and who has a range and sense of power that's maybe even greater than both of them! Equally great are the members of Gordon's group – as a young John McLaughlin plays guitar, the great Tony Oxley plays drums, and the always-excellent Jeff Clyne is on bass – working his instrument with this soulful, stepping vibe that seems to really get the group moving in the right direction. The whole thing's fantastic – a record that could have been issued on late 60s Chess/Cadet Records – and titles include "Sunny", "Telephone Song", "Come Back To Me", "Dr Feelgood", "Gentle Rain", "He Loves Me", and "Goin Out Of My Head". CD also features three trio tracks with Marshall on vocals – "Bewitched", "My Ship", and "Make Someone Happy". CD

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✨✧ James BrownSoul Pride – The Instrumentals 1960 to 1969 ... CD
Polydor, 1960s. Used 2CDs ... $29.99
What could be greater – a whole box set of James Brown instrumentals from the 60s, with great notes, a killer selection of tracks, and even some previously unissued material! The package is a dream come true – great not only for beginners, but also for collectors like us, as it pulls together some sublime non-vocal numbers from rare LPs and singles, improves the sound a lot more from the original wax, and throws in the kind of work that you'd only find in the vaults of King Records! The music is a mix of soul jazz, organ wailers, and early funk recorded with the pre-JB's group that included Pee Wee Ellis. Titles include "Mashed Potatoes 66", "Sudsy", "Soul Pride (parts 1 & 2)", "Go On Now", "Gittin A Little Hipper", "The King", "Top of The Stack", "Devil's Den (live)", "Fat Bag", "Jabo", "New Breed", "Soul Food (parts 1 & 2)", "The Scratch", "Suds", "Tighten Up (live)", "Come On In The House", "Lowdown Popcorn (buttered version)", and the original "tambourine mix" of "Funky Drummer"! CD
(Out of print, slipcover has some edgewear.)

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonPrimal Scream ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1975. Used ... $9.99
One of the funkiest records ever from Maynard Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out of this world! Side one kicks off with two massive numbers – the Arp-heavy "Cheshire Cat Walk", and the Kool & The Gang-ish "Primal Scream" – and both cuts are quite long, with loads of cool instrumental effects. Side two is a bit softer, but it does include a long keyboard groover called "Swamp". CD

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Flavor Unit MCs/Almighty RSORoll Wit Tha Flava (orig, Kid Capri bounce track, Shandi's S Oxford mix, inst)/Badd Boys ... 12-inch
Epic, 1993. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Posse cut featuring Queen Latifah joined by Freddie Fox, D-Nice, Dres (of Black Sheep), Treach, Chip Fu, and Heavy D with nice verses from all MC's involved. One of Latifah's last dope records, and the last dope single from the now-defunct Flavor Unit. Mid-tempo production by D-Nice. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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George & Ira Gershwin/Fred Astaire/Audrey HepburnFunny Face EP – Bonjour, Paris (voc, inst reprise)/Basal Metabolism ... 7-inch
Verve, 1959. Very Good (pic cover)... $9.99
One of the strangest moments of success in the early years of Verve Records – and one of the label's few soundtracks too! The album's one that cleverly combines the core Verve jazz approach with some larger orchestrations by Adolph Deutsche – in a set of tunes based around the compositions of George and Ira Gershwin, used in a new catalog musical that starred Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson! The link to the music of the Gershwins is right up there with the important Songbook projects Verve was doing at the time – and of course, Fred Astaire recorded some great material for the label in the 50s too – reminding the world that he could be a pretty great singer when he wanted, even away from film. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear and aging.)

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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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Prini LorenzPrini Lorenz ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964. New Copy ... $9.99
A romping little record from the Jovem Guarda years in Brazil – a time when that country was strongly embracing American rock in all its 60s styles – and turning out groovy little records like this! Prini Lorenz works before a live crowd here – in this mix of mod elements that almost feels a lot like some of the bigger Sunset Strip live dates from the same time – particularly with the upbeat vibe of albums by Trini Lopez or Johnny Rivers! But there's also a sound here that's a lot cooler than both of their work – maybe because Prini's got this cool sort of accent on his English language vocals – but also because the combo is pretty lively throughout, and seems to turn all sorts of different tunes into upbeat stompers. Titles include "Like A Baby", "Cielito Lindo", "La Bamba", "Lonesome Traveler", "America", "Gotta Travel On", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". CD

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Marino MariniVolare, Come Prima, La Piu Bella Del Mondo – Marino Marini 1955 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99 29.98
Marino Marini is probably best remembered as the man who gave the world "Volare" – the international hit that also helped give Dean Martin a great song here in the US! Yet way past that one tune, Marini served up a whole host of great records in the 50s and early 60s – the kind of light, playful songs that really helped the Italian scene rise out of the doldrums of the postwar years, and point the way towards groovier styles in the 60s! The passage covered by these tunes really shows that evolution in a great way – as the set features 72 tracks that include touches of jazz, Latin, and even a bit of electric early rock and roll – all presented in the usual great Fremeux style, with notes in English and French. Titles include "Volare", "Come Prima", "Balliamo Il Twist", "Da Da Um Pa", Casanova", "El Mareito", "Jaqueline", "Rico Vacillon", "Donne E Pistole", "Hogi Baba", "Bebe", "Capricciosa"," Nanassa", and "Che C'E Conce". CD

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Mistura PuraHollywood Spritz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ubiquity, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99 18.98
There's a bit of Hollywood here, but also a fair bit of bossa nova, older jazz, and other modes that remind us a bit of our favorite older records on labels like Schema and Irma – maybe no surprise, given that the whole thing was recorded in Milan! Federica Grappasonni is at the helm – directing the music providing the rhythms and plenty more – but also opening up the door of the studio to bring in some great artists from the contemporary scene – including Jessica Lauren on keyboards, Josh Evans on trumpet, and Lorenzo Tucci on drums! Those more familiar names will give you a good idea of what's going on here – in an all instrumental set that includes the tracks "C'Est De Rhythme", "Nuevo Jungo", "La Sound 1976", "Hollywood Spritz", "Looking For The Angels", "Sunset At Venice Beach", and even a version of the "Charlie's Angels Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Prince Phillip MitchellTop Of The Line ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A classic set of smooth 70s soul from an under-recognized genius! Phillip Mitchell is a bit like his Atlantic Records contemporary Sam Dees – in that he wrote a lot of material for other singers, recorded a handful of singles, and worked mostly in the southern scene – but he also had a sophisticated, modern style that sounded a lot more like work coming out of New York, Philly, or Chicago. This lost album for Atlantic is a great example of that fact – as it was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but also features some Philly elements too – creating a great mix of modes that's wonderfully unique! There's a feel here that's just like some of the best work from Leroy Hutson, Johnny Bristol, or Leon Ware at the same time – a majestic, mature approach to soul that's simply tremendous. Titles include "In Between Lovers", "Top Of The Line", "I'm So Happy", "Let's Get Wet", "Paying The Price", and "If It Ain't Love It'll Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in large letters on both sides, a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, and light wear.)

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999Albums 1977 to 1980 (999/Separates/Biggest Prize In Sport/Rarities) (4CD set) ... CD
Warner/Captain Oi (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $28.99
The first three albums by 999 – packaged here with a bonus CD of rare tracks too! Some folks have had a bit of trouble with the group over the years – maybe one of the first to be a bit pop-punk from the UK scene (and they did have dyed hair years before the emo generation!) – but after all this time, these albums still sound pretty darn great to our ears – tight, focused, and wonderfully tuneful too – often produced with that nicely compressed style that could always make British work like this sound a lot better than when American groups might try for the same sort of territory. The records are filled with overlooked gems, just waiting to be rediscovered – and all three albums – 999, Biggest Prize In Sport, and Separates – are presented in tiny LP-sleeve replicas, along with a big booklet of notes. Rarities CD features 22 more tracks – tracks from singles, live material, and other rare gems! CD

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Roger PriceRoger & Over ... LP
AA Records, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A weird record from the man who gave the world Mad Libs – featuring one side of hip live material recorded at the Village Vanguard, and some studio tracks with sound effects and other tricks – with help from Don Elliott and Sascha Burland! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some light wear.)

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PrinceParade ... LP
Paisley Park, 1986. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear & aging.)

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Adele SebastianDesert Fairy Princess ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
One of our favorite records ever on the legendary Nimbus label – a special home to spiritual jazz on the west coast at the end of the 70s – and crucial for giving us some really unique talents like this! Adele Sebastian may have only ever cut this one album as a leader, but she's a hell of a flute player with a very deep, spiritual vibe – these sublime lines that soar and stretch out over modal rhythms – played by a totally hip group that includes Rickey Kelley on vibes, Roberto Miranda on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums and a bit of gembreh – a string instrument that brings a nicely exotic vibe to the record. The group's rounded out by Bobby West on piano and Daoude Woods on percussion – and the songs have this open flow that's wonderful – never too far out, but always searching – as the group soar through a version of McCoy Tyner's "Man From Tanganyika", plus the tracks "Desert Fairy Princess", "Belize", "Prayer For The People", and "Day Dreamer". CD

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Wayne ShorterFootprints – Live! ... CD
Verve, 2002. Used ... $2.99
One of the most adventurous records we've heard from Wayne Shorter in years – a collection of live recordings made in Europe in the summer of 2001, featuring a free-thinking group that includes Danilo Perez on piano, John Patitucci on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. The sound here is almost end-of-the-60s Shorter – as the tracks have an incredible amount of space, and might at times almost be dubbed "out". Shorter returns to his angular genius on tenor and soprano sax – crafting long, complicated lines that have a lot more edginess than we've heard from him in years! Titles include "Go", "Valse Triste", "Sanctuary", "Masquelero", "Footprints", and "Atlantis". CD
(Out of print.)

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Barry WhiteLove's Theme – The Complete 20th Century Records Singles 1973 to 1979 (3CD set) ... CD
20th Century/Universal, 1970s. New Copy 3CD ... $39.99 49.99
Barry White was one of the undisputed geniuses of 70s soul – a completely new force that helped the music find even more soul and sophistication than ever before – all while still sounding plenty funky too! And while Barry's albums of the decade were mega-hits – as were his productions with Love Unlimited and the Love Unlimited Orchestra – the man also had a great way with a 7" single – and somehow managed to pack all the punch and power of a full soul orchestra performance into the space of a few short minutes – all while topping the tunes with his own majestic vocals! Barry also completely redefined masculinity at the time – adding in this positive, prosperous, all-encompassing mode to his music – often at a level that was a far cry from soul modes of the 60s, and which paved the way for so many transformations to come. Here, you'll get a heady helping of his great singles of the 70s – some of which you'll know as classics, others which come as a nice surprise – all working together in one massively mighty collection. Titles include "Never Never Gonna Give You Up", "Playing Your Game Baby", "I'm Qualified To Satisfy You", "I'll Do Anything You want Me To", "You're The First The Last My Everything", "Honey Please Can't Ya See", "What Am I Gonna Do With You", "Baby We Better Try To Get It Together", "Your Sweetness Is My Weakness", "I Love The Songs I Sing", "September When I First Met You", "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down To Me", "Don't Make Me Wait To Long", "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby", and "I've Got So Much To Give". 3CD set features a massive 46 tracks in all, with a big booklet of notes – all the singles Barry released with 20th Century Records in the 70s, including b-sides – some of which are instrumentals or long versions! CD

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VariousKev Beadle Presents Private Collection 3 – More Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s (3LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99 27.98
The title says "jazz", but there's a lot more going on here – a range of groundbreaking sounds and styles from the 70s, with some sweet electric modes, occasional Latin rhythms, currents of soul, and even a bit of Brazilian too! The package really takes us back to the kind of rare tracks we first started digging decades ago – when collectors from London and Tokyo were really helping us appreciate the kinds of records we might have passed by in the racks – the lesser names, the smaller labels, and even the more globally expansive range of releases that could sometimes be missed if you were only digging for American jazz! That range of music is really represented here in a great way – with tunes that soar strongly and bristle with energy throughout – sometimes in modes that might echo a label like MPS or Strata East, but often in very unique styles of their own. Titles include "Maryke" by John Thomas & Lifeforce, "La Em Guayaquil" by Banda Metalurgia, "Samba For A Cold Warrior" by Belair, "Samba De Amor" by Francisco Mora Catlett, "Little Sunflower" by Louis Hayes with Leon Thomas, "The World Is A Ghetto" by Lee Willhite, "No Other Love But You" by Clarice Labbe & Charlie Hampton, "Misturada" by Finn Savery Trio, "Kingdom Within You" by Ira Sullivan, and "Latinetta" by Ronald Snijders. Vinyl features two bonus tracks – "Infinite Jones" by John Lee & Gerry Brown, and "Don't Touch" by Don Rader. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSeafaring Strangers – Private Yacht ... CD
Numero, Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
That's Seafaring Strangers, not to be confused with the rootsy vibe of the Wayfaring Strangers on a similarly-named Numero Group series – as these guys are playing tightly-crafted sounds that soar to the mainstream – with a vibe that's obviously classy enough to get them admission to somebody's private yacht! And yet, in keeping with the Numero spirit, all of the music here is pretty darn obscure – pulled from obscure 70s records that were created in the shadow of major label AOR – all music that aimed for the smooth, jazzy vibe of bigger records by artists like Steely Dan or Boz Scaggs – but never got any sort of wide-label release! The quality of the work here is wonderful – homegrown and personal, but put together in a way that's really sharp – showing that even if you love AOR, you don't have to stick to the big labels to find your treasures. In true Numero fashion, the whole thing comes with detailed notes, which show a lot of research into the music – and the fact that the whole thing was hardly an accident in the way that it came together. Titles include "Aquaintances", "Your Burning Love" by Steps, "Give Me Your Love" by Paul Skyland, "Dance Of Love" by Calvin Johnson, "One More Time" by Salty Miller, "Wrap Myself Up In Your Love" by Jim Spencer, "Never Gonna Let You Go" by Michael Miglio, "Please Analyze" by AJ Loria, "Sailing" by Gary Marks, "To Be Lonely" by Country Comfort, and "Back To The Streets" by Rudy Norman. CD

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✨✧ VariousMen In The Glass Booth – Groundbreaking Re-edits & Remixes By The Disco Era's Most Influential DJs – Part 2 (5LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 5LP ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection – and one that fills in a crucially under-documented side of the New York dancefloor generation – the wealth of special mixes and edits that were made for that city's important DJs for their own use in clubs! The package sorts through a mountain of never-issued acetates, and goes way past conventional disco or rare club collections – to showcase the special mixing talents these DJs brought to their re-presentation of the material – which was usually done on tape, then pressed onto acetate discs for their own private use! Those rare treasures are brought forth here – in a beautiful package that's also overflowing with fantastic notes that finally give this lost history its due – all handled by Al Kent – who's a hell of a mixer himself, as well as an underground club historian. Vinyl part 2 features five full records – all with lots of space for the tracks to stretch out – and titles include "My Number's Up (Tee Scott rmx)" by The Salsoul Orchestra, "The Love Bug Done Bit Me Again (David Todd rmx)" by Skyliners, "LA Sunshine (Robert Ouimet rmx)" by Aura, "Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Tony Valor Sound Orchestra, "Handsome Ma (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Sparkle Tuhran & Friends, "Love Thang (Tee Scott rmx)" by First Choice, "Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez edit)" by Kay Gees, "Love Is The Message (Tee Scott rmx)" by Brooklyn Express, "Changes (Jellybean Benitez rmx)" by Chain Reaction, "J'Ouvert (Frank Sestito rmx)" by John Gibbs & The Jam Band, "By The Way You Dance (Bobby DJ Guttadaro rmx)" by Bunny Sigler, "It's Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons disco madness version)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousStax Country ... CD
Stax/Craft, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A surprising side of the legendary Stax Records – especially if you only know the Memphis powerhouse as an outlet for funk and soul! There was always a bit of crossover between country and soul – even in the early days, a label like King Records could easily handle both – or a company like Atlantic could find a way to make its soul singers handle country tunes with ease. Yet the approach here is pure country – tracks recorded during the final few years of Stax – at a time when the company was both growing strongly, thanks to the fame of Isaac Hayes and others – and also trying out new ideas to round out the strength of their operation. Given their proximity to Nashville, and the fact that Memphis studios like Sun or Ardent had handled country-styled sounds – the move seemed to be a good one, and definitely comes across here in the quality of the tracks! The music has a nice left-of-Nashville vibe – almost like some of the growing wave from Austin soon to come, but also a bit like the cooler indie 45 country market of the 70s – which is finally getting its due these days. Either way, the sounds here are way past the hits, and way past the more standard modes of the time – and show that Stax Records could bring as much of a magic touch to country as they could to other sounds they recorded. Titles include "Hippie From The Hills" by Roland Eaton, "The River's Too Wide" by Karen Casey, "That Glass" by Eddie Bond, "Sweet Country Music" by Becki Bluefield, "My Girl" by Danny Bryan, "Satisfied Woman" by Paige O'Brian, "All The Love You'll Ever Need" by Cliff Cochran, "A Mom & A Dad For Christmas" by Lee Denson, and "Truck Driver's Heaven" by Roger Hallmark. CD

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✨✧ SylversSylvers III ... CD
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The last in a trio of legendary early records by The Sylvers – a very hip group from the LA scene of the early 70s – and one that would go much greater fame in later years, but who maybe never sounded as great as on their first few records! There's a sharpness, a freshness here that gets way past most conventional group soul styles of the time – especially those used with younger acts – and The Sylvers already have a very keen ear for taking those special new changes in west coast soul, and working them to their best advantage – a mode they'd pursue even more strongly in later years, when they got some time of their own in the control booth with other artists. Here, though, they're a great vocal powerhouse upfront – serving up a lot of their own original material, and working with Michael Viner, of Incredible Bongo Band fame, on production. Titles include the excellent track "I Aim To Please", which has a good breakbeat intro, plus "TCB", "Love Over Mind", "Be My Love", "Am I Truly Yours", and "Could Be You". CD
(Part of the Original Pride Breaks & Beats Collection!)

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Gene AmmonsLate Hour Special ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Sealed ... $19.99
Very nice album by Jug that often gets overlooked because it's comprised of 2 different sessions, and can't get the "historical" writeup of being a single significant moment in the studio. Some tracks – including "Lascivious" and "Soft Winds" – are with a tight quartet that features the very soulful piano of Patti Brown. The others are with a larger group that has a whole horn section backing Jug up. The sound's a bit unusual for his records of the time, but it also gives him a great platform to work from, and he wails out of the group on his solos. Other titles include "Lullaby Of The Leaves" and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed blue label pressing. Cover has two cutout holes.)

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Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 17.99
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful sound as those great artists – and still going wonderfully strong after all these years! In fact, the album almost feels more like some lost Hi tapes from Bryant's glory days than a contemporary set – as his voice is wonderful, the songs are tight, and both the production and instrumentation have just the right sort of classic approach – soulful, but without overstating things in any sort of cloying "resurrection" mode. Instead, Don's just right on top, and right in the pocket – doing his thing wonderfully on titles that include "Don't Give Up On Love", "I Got To Know", "First You Cry", "It Was Jealousy", "Something About You", "Can't Hide The Hurt", "One Ain't Enough", and "A Nickel & A Nail". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Calibro 35Said ... LP
Tannen (Italy), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
Calibro 35 are finally where they belong – doing a score for an actual film – no surprise, actually, given that their music has always been inspired by funky soundtracks of the 70s! The music here is very much in keeping with their other records, and sometimes even funkier – with some soulful elements on the rhythms and keyboards that are even groovier than usual, and which very much fit the sweet 70s look of the cover! Most tunes are instrumental, and have a sharp blacksploitation vibe – and titles include "Tema Di Blue", "Tensione", "Locale", "Don Vito", "Erotismo", "Prologo", "Sbirri (rmx)", "Tema Del Rosso", and "Risoluzione". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneLove Supreme ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Maybe one of the greatest jazz albums of all time – a real breakthrough moment for the legendary John Coltrane, and the blueprint for generations of jazz records to come! Trane was already breaking down plenty of boundaries before Love Supreme – but he knocked it out of the park for the album – which is a full-length suite of spiritual expression, one that gives even greater focus and message to Coltrane's long-spiralling style of soloing on the tenor sax! The group here is the classic quartet – McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – taking Trane up to the heavens on waves of modal energy, but also holding his spirit closer to the planet than on some of later, more outside performances. There's a slight bit of vocalization on the record – that chanted energy that imbues the set with so much love – and movements include "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on MCA/Impulse, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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Miles Davis & Jimmy ForrestLive At The Barrel Vol 1 ... LP
Prestige, 1952. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An amazing meeting of two very different players who might not normally record together – although maybe not as much of a surprise, given that the set was recorded in the St Louis home turf of both Miles Davis and Jimmy Forrest! At the time, Miles was already a star, but Jimmy was becoming a hell of a tenor player – one that seems to have more of a bop affinity here than on later records – blowing head to head with Davis, and really stretching out on long solos throughout. The rhythm section features Charles Fox on piano, Johnny Mixon on bass, and Oscar Oldham on drums – and titles on this first volume include "Ray's Idea", "Night In Tunisia", "Wee Dot", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
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De LuxMore Disco Songs About Love ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Well, they've definitely got the "disco" in the title right – but there's a lot more going on here too – including some nice post-punk touches that are augmented by guest work from Mark Stewart and Liquid Liquid! The album's tuneful, catchy, and nicely distilled – heavy on the keyboard and rhythm tip, but not in the smoother style of some of the retro 80s acts on the market – instead with a vibe that hearkens back more towards the DIY vibe of the wave of indie labels that sprung up in the years after punk – particularly some of the hipper British or Benelux imprints! These guys almost feel like that moment when Factory records started to go from darkness to warmth, but also have a special spirit that's all their own – as you'll quickly learn to love on tracks that include "Cause For Concern", "Smarter Harder Darker", "These Are Some Of The Things That I Think About", "875 Dollars", "Stratosphere Girl", and "Music Snob". CD
Also available More Disco Songs About Love ... LP 14.99

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De LuxMore Disco Songs About Love ... LP
Innovative Leisure, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Well, they've definitely got the "disco" in the title right – but there's a lot more going on here too – including some nice post-punk touches that are augmented by guest work from Mark Stewart and Liquid Liquid! The album's tuneful, catchy, and nicely distilled – heavy on the keyboard and rhythm tip, but not in the smoother style of some of the retro 80s acts on the market – instead with a vibe that hearkens back more towards the DIY vibe of the wave of indie labels that sprung up in the years after punk – particularly some of the hipper British or Benelux imprints! These guys almost feel like that moment when Factory records started to go from darkness to warmth, but also have a special spirit that's all their own – as you'll quickly learn to love on tracks that include "Cause For Concern", "Smarter Harder Darker", "These Are Some Of The Things That I Think About", "875 Dollars", "Stratosphere Girl", and "Music Snob". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available More Disco Songs About Love ... CD 11.99

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Buddy DeFrancoCooking The Blues/Sweet & Lovely ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1955. Used ... $6.99
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way – DeFranco always managed to keep things fresh and modern, drawing heavily on bop inspiration for a record like this, yet also remaining true to his roots too. Part of the strength of the record is the group, too – given that Sonny Clark is on piano, bringing in a mighty soulful undercurrent to the rhythm section, and even playing a bit of organ too! Tal Farlow brings in some nice guitar – and the group's completed by Gene Wright on bass and Bobby White on drums – on titles that include "Indian Summer", "Cooking The Blues", "Stardust", and "How About You". Sweet and lovely – but plenty darn soulful too – and one of the excellent early 50s Verve dates that features the piano of Sonny Clark with the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco! The album's got an even more unusual twist in that it features a bit of organ from Clark too – one of his only recordings on the instrument – as well as guitar from Tal Farlow on a number of tracks – another leading light of the fresh Verve sound of the 50s, really working some great music next to Buddy's horn. The stripped down sound is very nice – equal parts bop and swing, in that unique mode that made DeFranco one of the hippest players on his instrument at the time! Titles include "Getting A Balance", "Old Black Magic", "Moe", and "What Can I Say". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – Charcoal Shirt, Blue & White Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $14.99
One of the coolest shirts we've ever printed – one with a front image that takes off on a style that Atlantic Records used on its 45rpm EP releases back at the end of the 50s – and a back image that's got an equally striking feel too – so that the whole thing looks as great coming as it does going! The shirts were crafted especially for our 20th Anniversary – and they're 100% cotton, screen printed, and have a very high level of craftsmanship. Clothing
Also available Soul Lady – Charcoal Shirt, Blue & White Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – Charcoal Shirt, Blue & White Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $12.99
One of the coolest shirts we've ever printed – one with a front image that takes off on a style that Atlantic Records used on its 45rpm EP releases back at the end of the 50s – and a back image that's got an equally striking feel too – so that the whole thing looks as great coming as it does going! The shirts were crafted especially for our 20th Anniversary – and they're 100% cotton, screen printed, and have a very high level of craftsmanship. Clothing
Also available Soul Lady – Charcoal Shirt, Blue & White Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $14.99
One of the coolest shirts we've ever printed – one with a front image that takes off on a style that Atlantic Records used on its 45rpm EP releases back at the end of the 50s – and a back image that's got an equally striking feel too – so that the whole thing looks as great coming as it does going! The shirts were crafted especially for our 20th Anniversary – and they're 100% cotton, screen printed, and have a very high level of craftsmanship. Clothing
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Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $12.99
One of the coolest shirts we've ever printed – one with a front image that takes off on a style that Atlantic Records used on its 45rpm EP releases back at the end of the 50s – and a back image that's got an equally striking feel too – so that the whole thing looks as great coming as it does going! The shirts were crafted especially for our 20th Anniversary – and they're 100% cotton, screen printed, and have a very high level of craftsmanship. Clothing
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (MEDIUM) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, New Item ... $12.99
One of the coolest shirts we've ever printed – one with a front image that takes off on a style that Atlantic Records used on its 45rpm EP releases back at the end of the 50s – and a back image that's got an equally striking feel too – so that the whole thing looks as great coming as it does going! The shirts were crafted especially for our 20th Anniversary – and they're 100% cotton, screen printed, and have a very high level of craftsmanship. Clothing
Also available
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99
Soul Lady – White Shirt, Blue & Black Logo (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99

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EnchantmentEnchanted Lady ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the best moments ever from Enchantment – a set that has the group still sticking with the great harmonies that got them started in the 70s, yet stretching out with a tight 80s groove that's just perfect for their energy! There's a decidedly old school feel going on here – a real love of the sorts of group singing you might know from the indie days of soul from the decade before – preserved surprisingly well in the sensitive production by Michael Stokes – who manages to modernize the sound with some key instrumental elements, yet never get in the way of the vocal charts from Emanuel Johnson! The blend is great – a real standout, even amongst the incredibly strong run of soul records coming from Columbia in the early 80s – and titles include "I Know Your Hot Spot", "I Can't Forget You", "Your Love Is Like A Melody", "Only You", and "Peace Is What The World Needs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, large name in marker, and a very small tear in the opening with clear tape remnants. Labels have some pen.)
Also available Enchanted Lady (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ EnchantmentEnchanted Lady (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1982. Used ... $8.99
One of the best moments ever from Enchantment – a set that has the group still sticking with the great harmonies that got them started in the 70s, yet stretching out with a tight 80s groove that's just perfect for their energy! There's a decidedly old school feel going on here – a real love of the sorts of group singing you might know from the indie days of soul from the decade before – preserved surprisingly well in the sensitive production by Michael Stokes – who manages to modernize the sound with some key instrumental elements, yet never get in the way of the vocal charts from Emanuel Johnson! The blend is great – a real standout, even amongst the incredibly strong run of soul records coming from Columbia in the early 80s – and titles include "I Know Your Hot Spot", "I Can't Forget You", "Your Love Is Like A Melody", "Only You", and "Peace Is What The World Needs". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – 12" versions of "I Know Your Hot Spot" and "Only You", and vocal and instrumental mixes of "Here's Your Chance". CD
Also available Enchanted Lady ... LP 9.99

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Ennanga VisionEnnanga Vision ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
One of those records that definitely lives up to its cover – as it's not only a great mish-mash of styles, it's also got some 80s instrumental currents that might come as a surprise if you know other records on the Soundway label! The work recasts older elements of Ugandan music with old school keyboards and drum machines – all at a level that's almost in the territory of some of the best post-punk global experiments – such as work on the Crammed Discs label, and maybe some of the more creative groups from the French and Belgian scenes of the time! The notes describe the music in somewhat enigmatic terms – but there's a straightforward appeal that really makes the whole thing great – a quality that's very unique, and very different – all with a sensitive approach that never goes for easy sorts of gimmicks or tricks. Titles include "All This Blue", "Abbanna Kange", "Kampala Auto Chase", "Endongo Moogs", "Silimu", "Jaja", "New Sunshine", "Essembi", "Killing Ghosts", "Happy Birthday Wonder", and "Otim's War". CD

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Pete & Sheila EscovedoSolo Two ... LP
Fantasy, 1977. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Funky Latin grooves from Sheila Escovedo – recorded in the decade before she hooked up with Prince and dropped the "scovedo" from her last name – when she was part of a hip Bay Area scene that also included her brother Pete! The album's got a great blend of funky fusion and Latin styles – served up with a sound that's right up there with the best on Fantasy Records from the time – a really unique fusion of modes that shows just how much trading of styles was going on in that scene during the 70s. Billy Cobham produced, with a definite ear for the percussion in the group – and the rest of the group features Mark Soskin on keyboards, Ray Obiedo on guitar, and some added horns to flesh out the sound nicely. Pete plays timbales, Sheila's on congas, and titles include "Bittersweet", "Clean Air", "Solo Tu", and "Fantasy Junction" – plus a nice version of Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Betty EverettWoman With Soul ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $59.99
Rare work from Betty Everett – sides recorded for Vee Jay during her time with the label in the 60s, but only issued here on a 70s set on the short-lived Vee Jay international imprint! The set's like some of the great jazz albums issued during the time by VJI – such as records by Wayne Shorter or Bobby Bryant – a rare dip back into the tapes of this legendary powerhouse of soul and jazz! LP, Vinyl record album

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Fatback BandNYCNYUSA ... LP
Spring, 1977. Very Good ... $5.99
A fantastic bit of funk from Fatback – and one of those records that still makes us scratch our heads, and say "Man, how can they make music this tight?" The sound is impeccable – bass and drums really right on the money, with a focus that's a huge influence on countless acts to come – and this wonderful way of still being loose and fluid, while being impeccably played – hardly the too-uptight sounds you might get from other stiffer funk acts of the second half of the 70s! There's a really organic, collaborative feel to the whole groove – which also comes across in the way the vocals are laid down – almost as if the whole group's stumbling onto the lyrics at once through their musical inspiration – on killer cuts that include "Spank The Baby", "NYCNYUSA", "Cosmic Woman", "Double Dutch", and "Soul Finger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has stuck-on paper on the bottom 3 inches on front, and peeling on the bottom half on back.)

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Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. Used ... $8.99
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". CD

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Richard Dimples FieldsDimples (1981) ... LP
Boardwalk, 1981. Near Mint- ... $0.99
A surprise hit for Richard Dimples Fields – and one of those albums that seems to turn up in just about every collection of records from the 80s! Although Fields first got his start turning out self-produced soul albums, and you'd expect him to sound a lot slicker here, recording for MCA's Boardwalk imprint, the record's still got a nice down-home feel that almost makes it feel like an indie soul record, despite the fact that Richard is going for a smooth modern sound on most cuts. Our standout favorite is the classic "She's Got Papers On Me", Richard's entry into the Barbara Mason/Shirley Brown song cycle ("you got my man", "he's your man, but he's my lover", etc) – one that takes the view of the man, but which has a sassy female monologue coming in at the end, telling him off! Other tracks include "I Like Your Lovin", "Let Me Take You In My Arms Tonight", "Let The Lady Dance", "In The Still Of the Night", "I've Got To Learn To Say No", and "Don't Ever Take Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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Tommy Flanagan/Red Mitchell/Elvin JonesSuper Session (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enja (Japan), 1980. Used ... $24.99
A well-titled super session from pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Elvin Jones – and one with a bit more sense of surprise than similar all-star trio outings from the 80s! There's a looseness here that's a good antidote to some of the more tightly-produced Japanese trio sessions – by the Great Jazz Trio, Super Jazz Trio, and other groupings of American players – and Flanagan's touch on the keys is especially nice here, almost a bit more "human" than on other records – with an odd sense of tone and phrasing that keeps our interest throughout. Titles include "Too Late Now", "Minor Perhaps", "Rachel's Rondo", "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", and "Django". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Four TopsTonight ... LP
Casablanca, 1981. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A surprisingly great set from The Four Tops – hardly the throwaway effort you might expect from some of the other Casablanca projects of the time – and instead a really solid effort that follows strongly from the sound of the group's best moments during their ABC Records years! The vocals are sublime – just what you'd expect from the maturing group – and Levi Stubbs gets some really great moments to shine, especially on a few of the mellower tracks. But the harmonies are the key here, and they cascade with a smooth-stepping sophistication that's not unlike the groove The O'Jays were hitting around the same time too – a classy update of their older mode that really opens the Tops up to a new audience, but hardly in a way that's commercial at all. Titles include "When She Was My Girl", "Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over", "Who's Right Who's Wrong", "Let Me Set You Free", "From A Distance", "Something To Remember", and "I'll Never Leave Again". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jerry GarciaBefore The Dead (4CD set) ... CD
Caroline, Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $24.99 25.99
A much-needed look at the work of Jerry Garcia before the Grateful Dead – served up here in a surprisingly huge package of material! Garcia didn't issue many records before the Dead quickly rose to fame on Warner Brothers in the mid 60s – but he did have many years of music experience under his belt, including a fair amount of live performances in the Bay Area scene, a number of which are presented here! The really interesting thing is the way that Jerry was clearly a strong folkie at the start, then opened himself up to the complexity of acoustic music and bluegrass just a few years later – as he works here in groups that include the Black Mountain Boys, Wildwood Boys, Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers, and Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys. There's also work with music partner Robert Hunter – including a birthday party performance from 1961 – and work in a folk club with female singer Sara. Over 3 hours of music, and comes with a 32 page digital booklet. CD

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Marvin GayeTrouble Man ... CD
Motown, 1972. Used ... $6.99
Marvin Marvin Marvin – just when we thought you couldn't impress us any more, you took it to the next level! Trouble Man is a heck of a wonderful surprise from an artist that most folks really only knew as a singer – a fantastically funky blacksploitation soundtrack, conceived and composed by Marvin himself – and served up with some occasional vocals that work beautifully with the album's cool instrumental grooves! The set's easily one of Gaye's most righteous records ever – almost a second chapter to What's Going On, but more instrumental – and like that classic set, it really shows the whole new range of vision that Marvin was able to work in the studio. Gaye gets a bit of arranging help on some tracks from Gene Page and JJ Johnson – and the album's filled with great cuts – including the landmark "T Plays It Cool", plus other gems like "Don't Mess With Mister T", "Main Theme From Trouble Man", "The Break In", and "T Stands For Trouble". Very funky, very sophisticated, and very soulful! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Trouble Man (original gatefold pressing) ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Marvin GayeTrouble Man (original gatefold pressing) ... LP
Tamla, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
Marvin Marvin Marvin – just when we thought you couldn't impress us any more, you took it to the next level! Trouble Man is a heck of a wonderful surprise from an artist that most folks really only knew as a singer – a fantastically funky blacksploitation soundtrack, conceived and composed by Marvin himself – and served up with some occasional vocals that work beautifully with the album's cool instrumental grooves! The set's easily one of Gaye's most righteous records ever – almost a second chapter to What's Going On, but more instrumental – and like that classic set, it really shows the whole new range of vision that Marvin was able to work in the studio. Gaye gets a bit of arranging help on some tracks from Gene Page and JJ Johnson – and the album's filled with great cuts – including the landmark "T Plays It Cool", plus other gems like "Don't Mess With Mister T", "Main Theme From Trouble Man", "The Break In", and "T Stands For Trouble". Very funky, very sophisticated, and very soulful! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the gatefold cover, with a cut corner and light wear.)
Also available Trouble Man ... CD 6.99

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Stan GetzBossa Nova Years (Jazz Samba/Jazz Samba Encore/Big Band Bossa Nova/Getz Gilberto/With Laurindo Almeida) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. New Copy 5CDs ... $44.99 49.99
America's greatest contribution to the bossa nova in the 60s – served up here in a nicely priced 5CD set! The package features all the key albums recorded by Stan Getz in 1962 and 1963 – some of the most important bossa jazz recordings in the US at the time, and all records that have gone onto shape the sound of the music for many years to come! All sessions feature Stan Getz in the lead, paired with a special partner – either guitarists Charlie Byrd, Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, or Laurindo Almeida – or arranger Gary McFarland, and vocalist Astrud Gilberto, who makes a key initial appearance on the last album here. The set features all 5 albums presented with the original track lineups – no bonus cuts – as individual LP sleeve editions inside a larger box. Albums include Jazz Samba, Jazz Samba Encore, Big Band Bossa Nova, Stan Getz With Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida, and Getz/Gilberto. CD

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Terry Gibbs/Sal NesticoTerry Gibbs & Sal Nestico ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the most hard-grooving albums we've ever heard from jazz vibist Terry Gibbs – and a set that's full of surprises throughout! First, Nat Pierce plays jazz organ, instead of his usual piano – which gives the whole thing an R&B current you'd never expect – especially from Pierce – and which almost has Gibbs' vibes coming across like the sort of instrumentation you'd be more likely to hear on Prestige Records at the time! Also great is a young Sal Nistico, who blows tenor with a beautiful sound – rich, full, but also nicely compact for the short tunes on the date – which also romp along with contributions from Turk Van Lake on guitar, Charlie Andrus on bass, and Jake Hanna on drums. Almost a soul jazz set overall, and quite a cooker too – with titles that include "We Three", "Bathtub Eyes", "7F", "The Tweaker", "No Chops", and "Big Lips". CD

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Astrud Gilberto5 Original Albums (Astrud Gilberto Album/Look To The Rainbow/Certain Smile Certain Sadness/Windy/I Haven't Got Anything Better) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... On June 29, 2018
A quintet of wonderful records from the legendary Astrud Gilberto! First up is the Astrud Gilberto Album – pne of Astrud Gilberto's greatest albums of the 60s – a classic session produced for Verve by Creed Taylor, and featuring sweet gentle arrangements from Marty Paich, co-arranged with Antonio Carlos Jobim, who also plays guitar on the session next to the piano of Joao Donato! That's a mouthful of heavy-hitters, we know – but the result is a totally great session that has Astrud's light and gentle vocals drifting over some of the most magical bossa backings you'll ever hear. The whole thing's great, stuffed with bossa classics done in English – and titles include "Once I Loved", "Aqua De Beber", "O Morro", "Dindi", "Dreamer", and "Photograph". Look To The Rainbow is one of the moodiest Verve albums from Astrud Gilberto – a set that has some surprising arrangements by Gil Evans – working here on one of his few 60s dates with a singer! Astrud's blue-tinged vocals work perfectly with Evans' backdrops – and Al Cohn also takes over the helm on two of the album's tracks, but still does a very good job of keeping the groove. There's a nice mix of sadness and lightness in the set – and titles include a wonderful version of "Berimbau" that actually features berimbau playing by Dom Um Romao, a great take on "El Preciso Aprender A Ser So" with English lyrics, and the titles "Bim Bom", "Lugar Bonito", "Frevo", and "Once Upon A Summertime". For Certain Smile Certain Sadness, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! Windy is one of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a style that mixes in some great Sunshine Pop and 60s easy influences too – particularly on the tracks arranged by Williams! Tracks are all quite short, but get a heck of a lot of magic into a tiny space – and the album features some really wonderful songs that break Gilberto's pattern a bit – including versions of the Marcos Valle tracks "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" and "Chup Chup, I Got Away" – plus takes on "Windy", "Sing Me A Rainbow", "Never My Love", and "Where Are They Now?" I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do is one of the darkest albums ever recorded by Astrud Gilberto – her 60s last session for Verve Records, and a batch of beautifully moody tunes throughout! Arrangements are by Albert Gorgoni, who'd handled Gilberto's previous September 69 album – but the style here is a bit mellower, a bit sadder – touched with more adult themes of love, life, and loss – and very much in keeping with Astrud's tear-stained image on the cover! There's a sound here that almost mixes Gilberto's earlier bossa with the more baroque modes of Scott Walker at the end of the 60s – and as with Scott Walker's classic solo sets, the album shows a side of Astrud's talents that we never would have expected a few years earlier! Titles include "Wailing Of The Willow", "Where's The Love", "Wee Small Hours", "If", "Without Him", "Trains & Boats & Planes", "The Sea Is My Soil", and "Didn't We?". CD

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Al GreenBelle Album ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 15.99
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar – stepping out from under the protective wing of Willie Mitchell, and doing a surprisingly great job overall! Al does get a bit of help in the studio – from Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, whose names are hidden in smaller type, under the message on the back that says that the record is "something new" – but as we've come to learn from all the other Al Green records we've loved over the years, the man himself is more than enough to make the record wonderful – with vocals that are unbeatable at this point in his career! Titles include "All N All", "Belle", "Loving You", "Georgia Boy", "Feels Like Summer" and "Dream". CD

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Lars GullinLars Gullin Vol 9 – Summertime 1954/1956 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
A mix of very rare and more familiar work from the legendary Lars Gullin – really showing a lot of growth here in the mid 50 scene in Sweden! The first four tracks on the album are especially great – some very unusually-titled tunes cut for Metronome Records – with a modern-styled septet that features Ake Persson on trombone, Putte Wickman on clarinet, Bjarne Nerem on tenor, and Bengt Hallberg on piano – working through some killer Gullin compositions that have lots of corners and angles – tunes that include "Primula Veris", "Laburnum Vulgare", "Lotus Corniculatus", and "Galium Verum". Next are a handful of tracks also done for Metronome, but issued in the US by Atlantic – although on records that are quite rare anyway – septet, quintet, and octet material that includes "Fedja", "Ma", "How About You", "So What", "Always", and "Perntz". And last up are some tunes that have Lars working with the group of Gosta Theselius, but which don't appear to be ones issued on the more-familiar Swedish Jazz album of 1956 – cut during the same year, though, on titles that include "Summertime", "Lover Come Back To Me", "Yesterdays", and "A Foggy Day". 14 tracks, and nearly 80 minutes of music! CD

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Herbie HancockSextant ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1973. Used ... $3.99
An incredible record – and virtually the blueprint for countless other keyboard records to come! At the height of his 70s powers, Herbie really takes off into space with this set – moving away from more commercial music, and hitting a groove that's totally righteous, totally electric, and completely mindblowing! The album's got a bit of a Headhunters vibe, but it also veers off into some very wild analogue electronics too – a mix of Fender Rhodes, clavinet, melotron, and echoplex processing – augmented by additional work on Arp from Patrick Gleeson. Other players on the set include Bennie Maupin on reeds, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – and the great Buck Clarke rounds out the combo on percussion. The album only features three long tracks – "Rain Dance", "Hidden Shadows", and "Hornets" – but all of them are killers! CD

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Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes Movement ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
Stellar soul from Isaac Hayes – just the sort of overblown masterpiece that made his early solo work on Stax Records so great! The record features only 4 long tracks – all of which go on in that slow-building style that Ike forged at the time – a mode that takes a few simple musical elements, slowly adds more instrumentation, then builds the whole thing up subtly and slyly while Hayes is talking rapturously over the top! There's a feel here that's nicely dramatic, but never in a kitschy, cloying way – a new statement of male soul masculinity, just right for the sophistication of the 70s. Titles include Ike's 12 minute covers of "Something" and "I Stand Accused", plus "One Big Unhappy Family", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Isaac HayesShaft ... LP
Enterprise, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, he did the inconceivable, as the album was one of the first times a pop musician had scored, not just sung on, an entire soundtrack. Plus, the soundtrack's super-huge – running as a double-length batch of tracks that was a rarity for the often-slim soundtrack market. Includes many great funky numbers – both vocal and instrumental – including "Theme from Shaft", "Cafe Regio's", "Walk from Regio's", "Bumpy's Lament", and "Do Your Thing", in the nice 19 minute long version! LP, Vinyl record album

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Mikolaj HertelEpizod A ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 80s. Used ... $1.99
Sweet 80s keyboard work from Polish musician Mikolaj Hertel – a sound library artist who works here almost exclusively on the Roland Juno 106, which has these warmly resonant tones that really open up in the set! Hertel's music is a bit deeper and more melodic than some of the colder keyboard work often used in 80s soundtrack and sound library material – but also avoids all the shlockier cliches of the new age generation, too – a balance that's extremely important to the success of these sides, as Mikolaj almost tries to update older German instrumental electronics for an 80s mode, and succeeds surprisingly well in the process. The music is almost an 80s extension of the Sky Records sound of the late 70s – with all the spareness that might imply – and titles include "Epizod A", "Wewnetrzyny Puls 1", "Prominen Ciemnosci", "Pryzlot Okecie 80", "Rozmowa Z Ptakami", and "Roze W Ogrodzie Rosetto". CD

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Freddie HubbardLive In Zonderschot 1973 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cortizona (Belgium), 1973. New Copy ... $25.99
A lost live performance from the mighty Freddie Hubbard – cut during his early 70s run for CTI, but with a sound that's even more open and flowing overall! The tracks here are nice and long, and make great use of electric piano from George Cables – whose lines really help make the music groove over funky drums from Michael Carvin, and bass from Kent Brinkley. Perhaps the best surprise, though, is saxophonist Junior Cook – who really plays with an edge here, one that we're not sure we've heard on other records – blowing tenor with this really sharp, angular tone that's completely sublime, and almost a bit exotic – and quite an unusual match for Freddie's tight trumpet lines. Titles include "First Light", "Breaking Point", "Sky Dive", and "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies! Heavy vinyl – and plays at 45rpm for wonderful fidelity!)

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Ice CubeDeath Certificate ... CD
Priority, 1991. Used ... $5.99
Cube's anger goes full throttle on his second post NWA full-length. He takes every aspect of his social commentator standpoints to another level from his solo debut – the roles of the angry and educated leader, and the finger-pointing blamer each get their say here, and so do those furiously funky Lench Mob beats. One of the last great gangsta era records to be so propulsive and exciting – Dre's Chronic was waiting just around the corner to haze this sound out of the picture for good. Quite tough to find on wax in it's original pressing – finally reissued with the bonus track "How To Survive In South Central". Other tracks include "Givin Up The Nappy Dug Out", "The Funeral", "Wrong Ni**a To –- Wit", "My Summer Vacation", and "Steady Mobbin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) Japanese reissue version includes 4 bonus tracks – "Sing Sing Sing", "Kiburi (part 1)", "Satisfaction", and "Last Bongo In Belgium (breakers mix)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Millie JacksonMillie Jackson (1972) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Ahhh . . . Great stuff! This Millie Jackson's tremendous debut album – and the work here is completely different from later records that have her more in a bitchy mode! Here, Millie's a heartbroken southern diva – right in the vein of Ann Sexton, Doris Duke, or Shirley Brown – and even though the arrangements are done north of the Mason/Dixon line (in New York by Bert DeCoteaux, and in DC by Tony Camillo), the record feels like it was lifted off the pressing plant in Muscle Shoals or Jackson! Titles include "I Ain't Giving Up", "I Miss You Baby", "Ask Me What You Want", "My Man, A Sweet Man", "I Just Can't Stand It", and "Strange Things". CD version features a whopping 11 bonus tracks – many of which were never issued before – and titles include the MGM numbers "My Heart Took A Licking" and "A Little Bit Of Something", plus "Ask Me What You Want (unedited master)", "Untrue Men", "I Don't Wanna Talk About It", "Strange Things (alt mix)", "My Man A Sweet Man (unedited master)", and "You're The Joy Of My Life (alt take)". CD

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Keith JarrettBackhand (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
ABC/Impulse (Japan), 1974. Used ... $14.99
Prime Keith Jarrett on Impulse Records – and a still-wonderful session that features work by Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian! The sound here is a bit more focused than on some of Jarrett's earlier Impulse sides – but still has that rich and organic sound overall – blending instruments from all players with a sound that's spontaneous and flowing. Jarrett himself plays a bit of percussion and wood flute – and Redman also plays maracas and musette! Tracks are long, and include "Kuum", "Inflight", "Vapallia", and "Backhand". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Quincy JonesBack On The Block ... LP
Quest/Warner, 1989. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the last really all-star sets from Quincy Jones – and a record that reprises the format of some of his big records of the 70s – like Mellow Madness or Body Heat – in a way that has Quincy surrounding himself with top-shelf artists of all sorts, from jazz soloists, to hip hoppers, to R&B vocalists. Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane rap on a version of "Birdland" that also has solos from Miles, Diz, and James Moody; Take 6 sing on a mellow version of Ivan Lins' "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)", Bobby McFerrin sings goofily on "Wee B Dooinit", Siedah Garrett and Al B Sure sing on "The Secret Garden", and a whole choir joins in on "Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul Of A Woman (3CD set – with Give The People What They Want & I Learned The Hard Way) ... CD
Daptone, 2010/2014/2017. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99 23.99
A triple-pack of soulful sounds from Sharon Jones – three albums together at a very nice price! The header of the set is Soul Of A Woman – the fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the Bushwick Philharmonic – a small ensemble of strings who really help elevate the music to classic status! If you're worried that the strings might soften the sound, the very first note of the record will put your mind at rest – as will the heavy drums that mark just about every track, and keep things hard and funky throughout. If anyone ever doubted that the Daptone label was our modern equivalent of Stax Records or Atlantic, this will certainly be the set to change their mind – and will also stand forever as a bittersweet reminder of all the greatness that Sharon Jones gave us over the years. Titles include "Searching For A New Day", "Rumors", "Matter Of Time", "Sail On", "Just Give Me Your Time", "Come & Be A Winner", "Call On God", and "These Tears". On Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones steps out strongly with a sense of maturity that seems to take her vocals even farther than before – and The Dap Kings are more than ready to match her energy with some funky work of their own! Jones has gone through a lot in recent years – both with the band and in her own personal life – and the record's a proud summation of life's challenges and triumphs, served up in the instant-classic style that has made Sharon one of the greatest living soul singers of the past few decades. Bosco Mann knocked things out of the park with his raw production – and also wrote a good number of tracks on the set too – and titles include "Making Up & Breaking Up", "Long Time Wrong Time", "People Don't Get What They Deserve", "Retreat", "Stranger To My Happiness", and "Now I See". I Learned The Hard Way is the fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active embodiment of a true soul sound that will never go away! We've always loved that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings recognize the studio and the stage as different worlds. On stage, Sharon is the possibly the most energetic, charismatic presence you'll ever see and the band brings heft and heat. In the studio, they stretch out and diversify wonderfully, bringing both raw, unpolished funky soul realness to some more stripped down numbers and a full on Stax or Hi level heaviness to the bigger ones. The songs are better and more memorable than ever on this record – with "The Game Gets Old" and "I Learned The Hard Way" (an astoundingly strong one/two punch for the opening minutes) plus "Better Things", "Give It Back", "Money". "The Reason", "Window Shopping", "I'll Still Be True", "Without A Heart", "If You Call" and "Mama Don't Like My Man". CD

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KashifLove Changes ... LP
Arista, 1987. Very Good ... $0.99
Exactly the kind of record that shows why Kashif was one of the leading mainstream talents of the 80s – a set that not only has the artist really maturing as a singer, songwriter, and producer – but one that also has him reaching out to bring in a host of other talents from the time as well! The move is no surprise, given that Kashif had lent his talents to so many other artists' records in the past – and the favor seems to be returned by the album's work from Expose, Meli'sa Morgan, Doug E Fresh, Kenny G, Greg Phillinganes, and Whitney Houston – all of whom come across with a really organic feel that only seems to deepen the main sounds from Kashif. Titles include "Vacant Heart", "Fifty Ways", "Somebody", "Love Changes", "Loving You Only", "Love Me All Over", "Midnight Mood", "It All Begins Again", and "Who's Getting Serious". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the printed inner sleeve.)

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Charly KingsonBorn In Africa (with bonus download) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A great little groover by an artist who may have been born in Africa, but who works here on the Munich scene of the 70s – with help from a surprisingly strong jazz lineup that includes Benny Bailey on trumpets, Sal Nistico on tenor, and the mighty Klaus Weiss on drums, keyboards, and percussion! In fact, the touch of Klaus is all over this set – as the groovers often have the same strong vibe as his own funky fusion records of the time – but given a different spin, thanks to the vocals and songwriting skills of Charly Kingson, who hails from Cameroun. Charly's the cousin of Manu Dibango, and while his sound is equally groovy, it's nicely different – on titles that icnlude "Manyaka", "Nimele Bolo", "Born In Africa", and "Reviens Moi". LP, Vinyl record album
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Last PoetsUnderstand What Black Is ... CD
Studio Rockers (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
The Last Poets are back in action, after far too much time away from the studio – and this time around, they've got some great help from younger producers Nostalgia 77 and Prince Fatty! As with most righteous music of the 70s, there's a message here that's as important today as it was when the group was first making records – issues of race, imbalance, and social justices that could well be delivered by much younger contemporary artists – but also have even more power in the hands of the Poets, given all the decades of knowledge and wisdom they've given us. Rian Vosloo provides some great arrangements on the set, and there's also some dubbier elements at times than the group's earlier work – which also fits the complexity of some of the vocals. Titles include "Certain Images", "She Is", "How Many Bullets", "Understand What Black Is", "Rain Of Terror", "The Bridge", and "We Must Be Sacred". CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisDon't It Feel Good/Salongo/Tequila Mockingbird/Love Notes ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Sweet electric magic from Ramsey Lewis – four 70s albums in a single collection! First up is Don't It Feel Good – massive keyboard work from the great Ramsey Lewis – easily one of his best records ever, thanks to some spaciously funky production by Charles Stepney! Stepney plays keyboards here along with Ramsey, and the twin-keys approach makes for a sound that's extra-special – one that sums up all the earlier soulful creativity of both artists in their late 60s Cadet Records years, and hones it down to an even sweeter groove for the 70s! A number of tracks have some sort of vocal component, but usually in a chorus mode that soon drops out when the keyboards hit home – and the record features a few great short "interlude" tracks that are almost as great as the longer numbers! Titles include the classic "Juaacklyn", a cover of Earth Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World", and the tracks "I Dig You", "Fish Bite", "Don't It Feel Good", "Something About You", and "Can't Function". Salongo is a tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of other players that were often associated with sessions by the group! Ramsey's own combo here includes Steve Cobb on drums and vocals, and Derf Reklaw on reeds and vocals as well – and the overall sound has bits of African and Brazilian influences, worked into a soulful fusion groove that sounds a lot like the instrumental backings EWF were using at the time. Titles include "Brazilica", "Slick", "Rubato", "Salongo", and "Seventh Fold". Tequila Mockingbird is an overlooked gem from the Columbia Records years, filled with loads of great grooves, and some pretty mighty keyboards! Part of the record has Ramsey working with Larry Dunn of Kalimba Productions – getting plenty of the Earth Wind & Fire groove that made so much of his Columbia sessions sparkle – while the rest of the set has the great Bert DeCoteaux handling things, and giving Lewis just the right mix of sophistication and soul he was using with other Columbia acts at the time. The album's a perfect example of the way that Ramsey stepped way ahead of the pack during this time in his career – using keyboards and grooves together in ways that so many artists today are still trying to match – but never hit it this right! Titles include "Camino El Bueno", "Caring For You", "Intimacy", "That Ole Bach Music", "Skippin", "Tequila Mockingbird", and "Wandering Rose" – that cool cut by Neal Creque! Love Notes is a great little album of mid 70s funk from Ramsey Lewis – very much in the mode of his Earth, Wind, & Fire related work – no surprise, since the album's dedicated to Charles Stepney, whose influence was such a key part of the sound of the group, and of some of Ramsey's other Kalimba-produced albums from a few years before! Ramsey plays Fender Rhodes, mini moog, and Arp – and he gets help on keyboards from Stevie Wonder and Derf Reklaw, who also plays saxes and percussion on the set. Features versions of Wonder's "Love Notes" and "Spring High", plus Reklaw's "Chili Today Hot Tamale", "Shining", and "Stash Dash". CD

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A quadruple-header from Ramsey Lewis – four albums from his great 70s electric period on Columbia Records! First up is Funky Serenity – sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". Golden Hits isn't a "best of", but instead has Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". Solar Wind was cut smack dab in the middle of Ramsey's glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". Sun Goddess is one of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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Mad Doctors/Sloopys/Terry Stafford/OthersDr Goldfoot & The Girl Bombs ... LP
Tower, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $4.99
A pretty nice batch of tunes designed to accompany this schlocky spy spoof film that starred Fabian and Vincent Price! The soundtrack's kind of in a Tower Records biker mode – with a lot of different studio groups doing the work – the best of which is the Mad Doctors, who are an instrumental combo who do about half the work on the album. They've got a great style that's really mod and go-go – mixing together fast rhythms, electric bass, and nice touches on guitar, horns, or organ. The Mad Doctors do "Dr Goldfoot's Igloo", "The Mad Mad Doctor", "The Golden Bomb", "The Golden Price", and "Dr Goldfoot & The Girl Bombs". Other tunes include "Dr Goldfoot & The Girl Bombs" by The Sloopys, "Try My World Little Girl" by Terry Stafford, and "Hidin From Myself" by Paul & The Pack. LP, Vinyl record album
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Chuck Mangione5 Original Albums (Chase The Clouds Away/Main Squeeze/Feels So Good/Fun & Games/70 Miles Young) (5CD set) ... CD
A&M (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5CD ... $19.99
Five full albums from a time when jazzman Chuck Mangione was at the height of his powers – all served up here in one package, with tiny LP-styled covers for each CD! Most of these records were instant hits for Mangione, and for good reason too – as Chuck's got a way of balancing the sweet and the soulful here nicely – drifting along with the rhythms, so that all the most rounded, open notes of his horn cascade out warmly – yet never in the sort of too-polished mode that would show up later in mainstream fusion. From the perspective of the 21st Century, it's surprising how strongly creative these records sound – especially when some sonic surprises come into the mix, or Chuck stretches things out in unusual says – such as on the long title track of the final album. A great way to bring all these albums together – which sound even stronger as a whole than on their own! CD

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Herbie MannIt's A Funky Thing – The Very Best Of Herbie Mann (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Varese, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A record that definitely delivers the very best of Herbie Mann – especially if, like us, you think that one of his greatest contributions to music was finding a way to make the flute sound surprisingly soulful in the 60s! Herbie wasn't the first to pick up the instrument and use it for groovy instrumentals – Moe Koffman and a few others had some luck before this work – but the cuts here showcase a time when Herbie was really exploding, working with great production and soulful backing on Atlantic records, and even recording with a few singers too. The music is mostly instrumental, but there's also cuts recorded with Tamiko Jones and Carmen McRae, and the album also features one A&M title, in addition to his Atlantic work here. The set has a great focus on the 45rpm single mixes of these tunes – and the set even moves into a bit of the disco years, with titles that include "Philly Dog", "To Sir With Love", "Life For Life", "Unchain My Heart", "Memphis Two Step", "Push Push (part 1)", "Respect Yourself", "Hijack", "Cajun Moon", "Superman", "Waterbed", Comin Home Baby", "A Man & A Woman", and "Memphis Underground". Also includes a bonus track – "It's A Funky Thing Right On", a recorking of "Memphis Underground" with vocals by Little Milton! CD

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Shelly ManneHot Coles ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A surprisingly great little album – despite a very stupid cover! The concept of the "Coles" in the title is that all the songs on the record are Cole Porter compositions – but unlike other Porter tribute records, which are fairly traditional, Manne takes the tracks in a hip 70s style that often features some nice electric playing and some slyly funky rhythms. The players on the set are great – and include Tom Scott on flute and soprano sax, Moacir Santos on percussion, Victor Feldman on piano, and Mike Wofford on electric piano – all working together in a hip Flying Dutchman vibe that's very different than what you might expect from a usual "songbook" setting! Titles include "Love For Sale", "All Of You", "Begin The Beguine", "Easy To Love", "Get Out Of Town", and "Night & Day". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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MaxaynMaxayn Reloaded – The Complete Recordings 1972 to 1974 (Maxayn/Mindful/Bail Out For Fun) (3CD set) ... CD
Capricorn/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99
The legendary music of Maxayn – finally given its due, and presented here in a great 3CD box, with all albums in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Maxayn – the debut album from a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! Like both of those artists, Maxayn isn't afraid to use an electric guitar when she wants – which puts her music somewhere in the territory of groups like The Bar-Kays and Black Nasty, and the way they could blend rock influences with funk and soul! No surprise, Maxayn's bandmates here include two members of Buddy Miles' group – who really help keep things deep – providing a massive foundation for the lady's incredible vocals. Titles include covers of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Gimme Shelter" – plus the original tunes "Trying For Days", "Jam For Jack", "Song", and "Doing Nothing Nothing Doing". Next up is Mindful – a classic album of funky female soul – and part of the overlooked legacy of the mighty Maxayn Lewis! The set's a wicked blend of funk and rock, served up with help from Buddy Miles' bandmates Andrew Lewis on keyboards and bass, and Marlo Henderson on guitar – an instrument that's played in the same soul-drenched style you'd know from Buddy Miles' albums, which makes for a wonderful blend with the mindblowing vocals of Maxayn! The singer got her start working with Ike Turner – and definitely has the voice to match that legacy – and she's really set free here on material that was years ahead of its time, and which only today is finally getting its due. The album features lots of original tracks – including "Travelin", "The Answer", "Moan to the Music", "Stone Crazy", "Feelin'", and "Good Things" – plus a version of Curtis Mayfield's "Check Out Your Mind". Last up is Bail Out For Fun – a set that was the last in her initial run of the 70s, and maybe the grooviest of the bunch! The keyboards here are more center stage than the guitars of Maxayn's previous records – and they only seem to increase the funky feel of the record, especially as they're folded up with the vocals in this cool flanged-out production style – a mode that almost seems to echo Sly Stone, which might be no surprise – as the blend of funk, soul, and rock in the music definitely owes something to Sly! Yet Maxayn's very much her own woman – singing with full righteous energy on tunes that include some great originals, plus tracks by Buddy Miles and DJ Rogers too. Titles include the great moogy cut "Moonfunk", plus "Bail Out", "Fun", "You Don't Have To Be Lonely", "Trying For Days", and "Life is What You Make It". CD

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MetersMeters ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
One of the greatest albums ever in the history of funk – the first album by The Meters, and virtually the blueprint for countless funk records to come! The album's bubbling over with classics – all hard-hitting instrumentals played by the group in an effortlessly tight style, produced to perfection by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn in their classic 60s New Orleans style. A blinding masterpiece of bass, drums, and scratchy guitar – with tracks that include "Cardova", "Cissy Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "6V6 La", and "Live Wire". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mingering Mike/Dori HadarMingering Mike – The Amazing Career Of An Imaginary Soul Superstar ... Book
Princeton Architectural Press, 2007. New Copy ... $7.99 24.95
An incredible document of the legendary Mingering Mike – the self-styled 70s soul superstar who never recorded any music, but created a huge body of work on hand-drawn record sleeves and 45s! Mike's story has been told briefly before in Wax Poetics, but this book really gets to the full scope of his creations – as it offers up almost 200 color pages of record covers, record labels, and even fake "records" themselves – made out of cardboard, but presented by Mike as if they were his very own albums! The book was put together by Dori Hadar – the DC digger who first stumbled upon the work at a flea market – and he's done a great job of bringing out aspects of Mike's life, and the way that they show up on the albums – very thoughtful commentary throughout, and from the perspective of a record lover who knows that Mike's genius is no mere "outsider art" accident – but a thorough investigation of all aspects of the black music business in the 70s! 192 pages, softcover, full color. Book

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MomusCreate 1 – Procreate (The Poison Boyfriend/Tender Pervert/Don't Stop The Night/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
A trio of wonderful albums from Momus – all from his initial years on Creation, presented with bonus tracks too! First up is Poison Boyfriend, the first album that Momus recorded for Creation Records – a label that provided him with a much stronger springboard than before – which was perfect for the way the singer blended very offbeat lyrics with compelling mainstream songcraft! Momus was always very different than most of the Brit 80s scene in which he worked – influenced strongly by the French work of singer/songwriters like George Brassens, Jacques Brel, and Serge Gainsbourg – but graced with a very British wit, which made for an especially biting style that worked well with the themes of his songs. Momus has a vocal style that's maybe somewhere in Donovan territory, but sharper – and he draws from a variety of European song modes, fitted to the situation of each individual songs – as you'll hear on classics like "Situation Comedy Blues", "Three Wars", "The Gatecrasher", "Flame Into Being", and the Serge Gainsbourg-like "Closer To You". Next is Tender Pervert – one of the most biting albums ever recorded by UK singer/songwriter Momus – a set of songs that comes off sounding like sweet pop tunes, but which deals with topics like closeted homosexuality, misguided Marxist politics, pedophilia, and general seediness overall! There's a really striking mismatch of styles here that makes the whole thing work – with elements of tighter mid 80s pop creeping into Momus' musical styles, as the lyrics themselves take an even darker turn than on any of his previous records. The titles alone should give a good picture of the work – and tunes include "In The Sanatorium", "A Complete History Of Sexual Jealousy Parts 17-24", "The Angels Are Voyeurs", "The Homosexual", and "I Was A Maoist Intellectual". Don't Stop The Night is a record that's maybe the most pop-oriented album that Momus ever recorded – at least in the catchiness of the tunes – but one that's also got some of the darkest subject matter too! Consider the songs – which include a posh Brit pimping out his sister to politicians, a love affair between a young girl and her guitar teacher, and a JG Ballard-like tie between an auto accident and sexuality – all stuff that hardly matches the beats, samples, and keyboards used by Momus – which make the songs as tuneful as they are sinister! Yet that approach is also very much in keeping with his mission – inspired by George Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg – which is to find a way to challenge the listener, but within a mainstream pop format – definitely the case with this late 80s classic. Titles include "How Do You Find My Sister", "Hairstyle Of The Devil", "Amongst Women Only", "The Guitar Lesson", "Shaftesbury Avenue", "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous", and "Trust Me I'm A Doctor". 3CD set features 10 bonus tracks – including "Ballad Of The Barrel Organist", "Hotel Marquis De Sade", "Third Party Fire & Theft", "Morality Is Vanity", "Gilda", "Monsters Of Love", "Eleven Executioners", "What Will Death Be Like", "Murderers The Hope Of Women", and "Righthand Heart (acoustic)". CD

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✨✧ Georgia Anne MuldrowOwed To Mama Rickie ... CD
Animated Cartunes, 2011. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Georgia Anne Muldrow pays tribute to her mother, Rickie Byars Beckwith, a musician and all around artistic force herself on Owed To Mama Rickie – Ms. Muldrow's second album from Animated Cartunes (out of who knows how many surprisingly great albums in the preceding few years) – and quite appropriately, it's among her most spiritual and soulful efforts to date! Georgia is one of those very rare modern funk, soul and hip hop figures, along with the mighty Madlib, with an indefatigable creative energy and who has yet to disappoint. You had to figure that she'd bring her deepest sensibilities for an album as close to her heart as Owed To Mama Rickie, and she does just that. Searching, spiritual lyricism shines this time out – with 4 tracks that share writing credits with Michael & Rickie Byars Beckwith – but there's still quite a bit funk in the production. Honestly, if she's gonna put records out even half this good each time out, we're hoping she continues to drop a couple or three albums a year! Includes "Zulu (The Mind)", "Dr. Feelgood", "EZ Duz It", "Mother, Father, God", "The Jump Rope Song", "The Key", "Love Letter", "Whollyspirit", "Dubby Time!", "More & More" feat Bilal (plus a bonus track remix by our friend Terry Cole of Colemine Records) and "Moonsong Lullabye". CD
(Out of print.)

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Muzyczna Spolka Akcyjna 1111Autoportret X ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A killer fusion group from 70s Poland – one who have a sound that's nicely spacious and surprisingly soulful at times – a bit different than some of their more rock-oriented contemporaries! This set's the first we've heard by the group – no surprise, given how obscure Eastern European records can be on this side of the old iron curtain – and the whole thing's a great revelation, as group manages to come across with an easy-flowing vibe that never makes their music sound forced at all! The group's a quartet, with lots of space for the guitar and keyboards to really do their thing – and the basslines and drums also do plenty to kick up the sound, but in ways that are sometimes a lot funkier than you might expect. There's still a few proggy bits here and there, but never in a way that's too overbaked – and these moments are quickly offset by more spacious passages. Titles include "1111", "Spioch", "Equalizer", "Komunikat", "Bonia", "Cos Na Trzy", "Autoportret X", and "Back To MSA". CD

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David NewmanFathead – Ray Charles Presents David Fathead Newman ... LP
Atlantic, 1958. Good+ ... $4.99
David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work that goes way past the usual Ray Charles groove. The group's a small one – with Newman on alto and tenor, Ray on piano, Bennie Crawford on baritone, and a young Marcus Belgrave on trumpet – and the tunes have a really solid soul jazz approach, one that sounds a heck of a lot more like a late 50s session for Prestige Records than it does for Atlantic! Titles include "Hard Times", "Weird Beard", "Bill For Bennie", "Tin Tin Deo", and "Sweet Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear & aging with some stains & pen.)

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✨✧ People Under The StairsCarried Away (limited fan club edition) ... CD
Om Records, 2009. Used ... $4.99
Dope underground hip hop from People Under The Stairs – their lucky seventh album – still working as one of the finest neo classic hip hop crews in the game, and one of our favorite hip hop duos since the blueprint era! Thes One and Double K bring their A-games each time out, and this return to Om Records is, well, can't call it a return to form, they've been sharp all along! Titles include "Step Off", "Much Too Much", "Hit The Top", "Listen", "Creepshow", "Letter From The Old School", "80 Blocks From Silverlake", "Beer", "Teeth", "Carried Away" and more. This limited edition fan club edition of the CD comes with a little laminated pass card, and it, "entitles you to exclusive party favors at all People Under The Stairs shows," which we'll leave you to work out with them – plus it's also got a code for a bonus free "party jam" at the Om-Records website! Also comes with a foldout poster/PUTS board game. CD
(Slipcover has some edgewear.)

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Esther PhillipsAlone Again, Naturally ... LP
Kudu, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup – one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums – and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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Piero Piccioni/George Garvarentz10th Victim/That Man In Istanbul ... CD
Mainstream/Intrada, 1965. New Copy ... $18.99
A pair of rare Mainstream Records soundtracks from the 60s – back to back on a single CD! First up is The Tenth Victim – also issued in Italy as La Deccima Vittima – one of our favorite soundtracks of all-time!! Piero Piccioni's score for this one is an insane mix of weird grooves, crime jazz, sound effects, and some of the coolest organ riffs you'll ever hear! (At times, we'd swear we were listening to Sun Ra on the keys!) All this fantastic music is the backdrop for an insane film starring Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni that's about a crazy assassin game that's played in the future. If that sounds a bit wild, it is, and the music is in perfect step with the nutty plot. Features the great version of the title theme with vocals by Mina, plus "The Chase", "Spiral Waltz", "The Trap", "Reprieve", "The Pawn", and "Keep Running". That Man In Istanbul is a groovy soundtrack for this 60's international intrigue film starring a young Horst Bucholz! Georges Garvarentz wrote and directed the music, with the sort of flair that he brings to the best of projects like these – and while the stuff's not as funky as his 70's records, there's plenty of great moments – and the tunes have lots of good spy and crime themes! Tracks include "Fight At The Turkish Bath", "Bulldozer Leads The Dance", "Surprise Depot", "Man With The Steel Hand", and "Chase On The Calatma Bridge". CD

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Record CollectorIssue 480 – June 2018 ... Magazine
Record Collector, 2018. New Copy ... $11.49
Record Collector serves up the full story on The Beatles' White Album – along with a cover that pays tribute to that groundbreaking album! There's also articles on Spirit, John Lydon, Rory Gallagher, Joan Armatrading, Nirvana UK, Gruff Rhys, Bruce Springsteen, Wire, Rose Tattoo, and Bill Wyman – all told through the usual RC perspective that focuses on records by the artists! The issue has a special gatefold cover, and lots more short features and reviews – plus loads of ads for records too! Magazine

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Shorty RogersJazz Waltz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
Don't think "waltz music", think "modal jazz" – because the version of jazz waltz that Shorty Rogers serves up here is a great precursor to the great grooves to come on the European scene – especially the work from the artists at MPS Records! Tunes all have this great rhythmic pulse – a way of leaping into a groove that has the piano and bass dancing together wonderfully – often with some cool vibes from Emil Richards, and loads of great reed lines from Bud Shank and Paul Horn! Some tracks feature a small combo, some feature a larger group – and the whole thing is wonderful – with energy that almost rivals the Clarke Boland Big Band with Gigi Campi. Titles include "Be As Children", "Walk On The Wild Side", "Jazz Waltz", "Terrence's Farewell", and "A Taste Of Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Paul SimonPaul Simon Song Book (with bonus download) ... LP
CBS, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
A fantastic early chapter in the solo career of Paul Simon – an unusual 60s album made away from Art Garfunkel, and only released in the UK at the time! Word has it that Paul was never happy with the record, but we find it to be amazing – and this surprising link between his young talents and the growing wave of British folk geniuses, like John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, or John Martyn – as Paul mostly sings and plays guitar with very little in the way of other instrumentation – transforming the familiar songs recorded by Simon & Garfunkel into material that might be more at home on Transatlantic Records during the same time – very personal, very moody, and surprisingly dark overall. Titles include "Patterns", "He Was My Brother", "A Most Peculiar Man", "Sound Of Silence", "A Church Is Burning", "April Come She Will", "Leaves That Are Green", "Flowers Never Ben With The Rainfall", and "A Simple Desultory Philippic". LP, Vinyl record album
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Frank Sinatra & Count BasieIt Might As Well Be Swing ... CD
Reprise, Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
One of Sinatra's greatest records ever – pure genius all the way through! Frank's backed here by the orchestra of Count Basie, with some incredible arrangements by Quincy Jones that really have a jazzy, syncopated kick to them. The move seems to be an unintentional way of covering for Frank's slightly failing pipes – but it also picks up on a seminal beat change in 60s pop, the same sort of gentle snapping groove that you'd find in the best work by Bacharach, a shift that really infuses Frank's vocals with a whole new sound, one that shows that he's ready to keep on growing and growing after being stuck in a Nelson Riddle rut. All tracks are superb – hip 60s pop and showtunes, like "I Believe In You", "Fly Me To the Moon", "More", "The Good Life", "Wives & Lovers", and "I Wanna Be Around". CD
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SkySky (plus bonus tracks) (CD & DVD) ... CD
Ariola/Esoteric (UK), 1979. Used CD&DVD ... $12.99
A classic blend of fusion, rock, and so many other styles – heard here in the groundbreaking debut of Sky! The group features musicians from a surprisingly wide range – the strongest of which is acoustic guitarist John Williams, who'd already had a great run of classical recordings for Columbia Records in the late 60s and early 70s – but steps out here in a very different vein, alongside bold bass from Herbie Flowers (of Brit sound library fame), and lots of great keyboards from Francis Monkman – who first rose to fame in the group Curved Air! The use of acoustic guitar, combined with Williams' virtuosity, gives the record a very different feel than usual albums of this nature – no too-jamming moments, and instead a surprisingly deft, yet light touch on the guitar – one that's never drowned out by the rest of the group. This sense of space really comes to light on the album's reading of Eric Satie's "Gymnopedie No 1" – and other titles include "Westway", "Where Opposites Meet", "Danza", "Cannonball", and "Carillon". Great 2 disc version features bonus tarcks – "Dies Irae", "March To The Scaffold", and a long live version of "Where Opposites Meet (parts 1 to 5) – and DVD fetaures assorted BBC TV appearances, and an interview with John Williams! CD
 
 
 



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