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Brook BentonRainy Night In Georgia – The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A's & B's ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $27.99 28.98
A great run of music from a really key point in the career of the great Brook Benton – a time when all the country soul ideas he'd been brewing for years were finally able to hit a level of mature, modern expression! The music here begins with a few late 60s singles for Reprise Records – some of the most obscure work here, and a great introduction to the work that Brook would soon do for Atlantic/Cotillion – which only furthers the qualities of the Reprise singles – showing an evolution that's arguably deeper and more sophisticated than any of the more rockish singers who were treading a similar path, but could never do it this well! Brook can bring in Otis Redding-like phrasing when he wants, or slide into a more casual down-home vibe at other points – always working with top shelf help from the staff at Fame and Criteria Studios, as well as Jimmy Bowen on the Reprise singles, or Arif Mardin on some other tracks. There's definitely songs here that we've never seen reissued before – and the 31 track set features titles that include "Poor Make Believer", "Movin Day", "Soul Santa", "A Black Child Can't Smile", "You're The Reason I'm Living", "Weakness In A Man", "Lonely Street", "The Glory Of Love", "Do Your Own Thing", "Touch Em With Love", "Woman Without Love", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Shoes", "Let Me Fix It", and "Take A Look At Your Hands". CD

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PrincePrince ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $34.99
An overlooked record in the grand scheme – which is unforgivable in our book! This self-titled album Prince's second album, and already his vision is becoming a little more focused, and you can really hear the seeds of his later efforts – a really remarkable, unique, and fascinating record that stands up with some of his best work, and bucks all late 70s trends and cliches in pop, soul and funk! In some ways this is one of our favorite Prince records, as it has a kind of intimacy that was lacking on later sets – or maybe because the hit "I Wanna Be Your Lover" has such a mad groove! "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad" has the sly sound that would run throughout the rest of Prince's better work for years to come – and Chaka Khan would later cover "I Feel for You", and hit large with it in the 80s. Also includes "Sexy Dancer", "With You" and "When We're Dancing Close & Slow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... LP
Enterprise, 1969. Very Good ... $19.99
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.)

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Bud PowellBud Powell In Paris ... LP
Reprise, 1964. Very Good- ... $11.99
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 stereo pressing. Cover wear, aging, marker and clear tape along all seams.)

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Frank SinatraWorld We Knew (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Reprise (Japan), Late 60s. Used ... $13.99
A later gem from Sinatra – filled with a mix of unusual mature songs, set to arrangements by Ernie Freeman Claus Ogerman, Billy Strange, and Jimmy Bowen. Titles include his "Somethin Stupid" duet with Nancy – plus "This Town", "This Is My Song", "This Is My Love", "The World We Knew", and the perfect "Drinking Again" – a Reprise Records classic if there ever was one! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Blue JugBlue Jug ... CD
Capricorn/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the most obscure records from the early 70s run on Capricorn Records – and a set with nicely deep corners that really live up to the promise of the label! These guys look like a bunch of hillbillies on the cover – an aspect that's maybe inferred by the "jug" in their name, too – but they work in some of the more sophisticated blends of styles coming out of the southern scene at the time – bits of rock and country, plus maybe a bit of soul, all wrapped around each other at the American Studios in Memphis – and delivered with a simple, no-nonsense quality that's neither trying to be too earnest, nor trying to crack the charts. These guys come across exactly as they appear on the cover – unabashed, and really only trying to live in a world where they're comfortable with themselves – which makes for a mighty nice album overall. Tracks include "Sugar Man", "Education", "Hard Luck Jimmy", "When The Moon Rises", "A Miner's Song", "Take A Little Time", and "Come On To Town Ned". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Captain BeyondSufficiently Breathless ... LP
Capricorn, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
A slightly gentler album than the first Captain Beyond outing – but one that really has the group stretching out their wings wonderfully! The set's recorded both in Macon and Sausalito – and really has a vibe that indicates that mix – a core southern rock element, handled with the soulful undercurrents of early 70s Capricorn Records – but given some freer-thinking elements at times from the Bay Area scene! The drums power through nicely at some of the best points – but even the laidback tunes are pretty darn great – and we honestly never can understand why Captain Beyond weren't as big as some of their contemporaries from the southern scene. Titles include "Starglow Energy", "Evil Men", "Drifting In Space", "Bright Blue Tango", "Everything's A Circle", and "Voyages Of Past Travelers". LP, Vinyl record album

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Keith PatrickKeith Patrick (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $16.99
A lost 80s soul gem – the first album from Keith Patrick, issued during the later run of the Omni label – and a set that stands strongly next to some of that imprint's records by Royce Royce and Jean Carne! Like their albums, this set's got that smooth Omni mix of modern soul and quiet storm – often set to instrumentation that's a bit heavier on the beats and keyboards than it would have been a few years before, but which is warmed up considerably by Keith's wonderful vocals in the lead. The singer's got an undeniable charm – one that really sends these tunes over the top – and the whole thing's one of those headscratchers when you wonder why Patrick never scored bigger at the time. Titles include "Reach For The Sky", "Sail Away", "Be My Girl", "All My Love", "How Far", "Night To Remember", and "Love U Now". CD features a bonus track – "Night To Remember (extended version)". CD

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VariousElemental Instrumentals – Raw Primitive Instrumental Rock From Cuca Records Of Wisconsin 1959 to 1965 ... CD
Cuca/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Searing instrumentals from the legendary Wisconsin-based Cuca label – one of the coolest indies of the 60s! Although Cuca was working out of tiny Sauk City in the dairy state, the company had an ear for a groove that matched the better known imprints of the west coast scene – and managed to record a heck of a lot of great local groups with a heavy guitar-based groove! Forget any thoughts you may have of California or the Northwest 60s scenes as the only true bastions of rocking guitar instrumentals – because this CD more than gives the Midwest its due, and serves up 28 smoking tracks that are also supported by some great notes on Cuca. Titles include "Scalping Party" by The Tornados, "Wasted" by The Zakons, "Spin Out" by Teen's Men, "Side Winder" by Vibratones, "This Way Out" by The Furys, "Rock Casual" by The Stagemen, "The Voodoo Walk" by The Voodoos, "Cyclone" by The Nocturnes, "Rotation" by Six Shooters, "Rewind" by Grind Prix's, "War Party" by The Catalinas, and "Hades" by Frank Gay & The Gayblades. CD

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Booker T & PriscillaBooker T & Priscilla ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $28.99
Memphis goes to California – with surprising results! The album's one of a few that Booker T cut after splitting with the MGs – of legendary Stax Records fame – and it's completely different than his earlier sides, and not in a bad way! Book recorded the set in California with wife Priscilla Jones, and it's done in a mixture of soul, rock, and folk styles – one that's as much in keeping with the Laurel Canyon or San Francisco scenes than Book's earlier work was with the Memphis ones. Booker and Priscilla both sing – sometimes together, sometimes apart – and the double-length set is pretty warm, fuzzy, and a bit trippy. Titles include "Delta Song" and "Wedding Song", both of which are standout tracks – and other titles include "She", "Funny Honey", "Medley From The Jones Ranch", and "The Sun Don't Shine". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Chico BuarqueOs Primeiros Anos (Chico Buarque De Hollanda Vols 1, 2 & 3) ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1966/1967/1968. New Copy 3 CDs ... $29.99
A beautiful collection of work from Chico Buarque – one of the most important singer/songwriters in Brazilian music during the past 50 years! The three records in the set are the classic Chico Buarque De Hollanda Vols 1, 2, & 3 – real standard-setting records that still stand as some of Chico's finest music ever! The first album is Chico Buarque's debut, and a groundbreaking batch of tunes that helped shape the sound of popular music in Brazil for years to come! Buarque predates the Tropicalia era, but is working here in a style that clearly allowed for their later impact – a mode that draws on styles from bossa, folklore, and samba – but which somehow manages to rise into a groove that's all its own. Buarque's genius can immediately be summed up in classics on the set – like "Pedro Pedreiro", "A Rita", "Tem Mais Samba", "A Banda", and "Ole Ola" – all wonderful numbers that make the album an essential one in any collection! Volume 2 features simple, effective, straightforward tunes – and music that has had a resonance in Brazil for many decades since! At one level, the sound here draws heavily from the samba recordings of previous years – but at another level, there's a greater level of sophistication that predates the growth of the MPB generation during the 70s – a sound that blends in some larger backings and airy production, all for a sound that's completely heavenly! Titles include "Noite Dos Mascarados", "A Televisao", "Fica", "Com Acucar, Com Afeto", "Logo Eu?", "Ano Novo", "Realejo", and "Um Chorinho". Volume 3 is a record that seems to draw on all the best elements of 60s Brazilian pop, and forge them into a sound that's all its own! At one level, there's a post-bossa style of larger arrangements here that recalls the work of Edu Lobo – handled by Maestro Gaya in a mode that recalls some of the best bits of the time on the Elenco or Forma labels. But at another level, there's also a personal and slightly folksy style that reminds us of the initial power of Geraldo Vandre – a sound that's clearly present in Buarque's work, and which stands in a direct line to the best strengths of the emerging Tropicalia generation. The set's filled with classics that include "Carolina", "Roda Viva", "O Velho", "Ate Pensei", "Sem Fantasia", and "Desencontro" – and a few tracks feature Chico in duets with either Toquinho, Cristina, or MPB4! CD

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✨✧ Stelvio CiprianiQuel Pomeriggio Maledetto ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
Sweet funky soundtrack work from Stelvio Cipriani – one of the maestro's best late 70s film scores, and one of his grooviest too! The music here has all the sharp, soulful elements of early 70s American soundtracks by Quincy Jones or Lalo Schifrin – complete with wah wah guitar, sweet funky flute, bumping basslines, and even some mighty nice keyboards – all served up without ever pushing things too far over the top – so that the balance of funk, jazz, and more scene-setting elements is perfect – that really sort of special balance you get only on the few best records by Jones or Schifrin. And while Cipriani can sometimes veer towards the more slinky, sexy side of the spectrum, he hardly does so here – as even the mellower moments have a nice subtle sort of groove, and continue the spirit of jazz. CD features 23 tracks in all! CD

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

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Cissy HoustonCissy Houston (Private Stock) ... CD
Private Stock/Cherry Pop (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
One of the best 70s showcases for the mighty vocals of Cissy Houston – that tremendous approach that was rooted in gospel, but burst out strongly in the secular world – thanks to records like this! Houston's working here with clubby maestro Michael Zager, but the set's not all disco – and instead does a great job of mixing mellower cuts with more upbeat numbers – always with a focus on Cissy's bold approach to the lyrics. Titles include "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", "Tomorrow", "Morning Much Better", "Love's Holding On", "Love Is Something That Leads You", and "It Never Really Ended". CD

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Ulrich KlatteVertigo Swirl Label – Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (2nd Edition) (hardcover) ... Book
CPG (Germany), 2010/2016. New Copy Book ... $44.99
Amazing – one of the most beautiful discographies we've ever seen, put together in tribute to one of the hippest labels ever! Vertigo Records was the prog/psych arm of Philips at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – home to a huge range of sounds, from the fuzzy of Black Sabbath, to the jazz rock of Colosseum, to the electronics of Kraftwerk – and dozens more artists who only recorded the odd single album or two! The whole label is laid out beautifully here – in a hardcover book that gives a full page to each album issued by the company – with color reproductions of the covers, including the gatefolds – track listings, session details, and other information – sometimes more than you'd find on the original record jacket! If you love the classic covers and packaging of Vertigo, you'll find this book to be every bit as great – essential for any collector of these groovy sides from way back. A hugely updated second volume – with 320 pages (double the first one!), all in color – with 400 images of every Vertigo swirl label title, inside and out – UK and German pressings, with a huge amount of details on each record. Also includes features on the singles, alternative releases, and even unreleased albums! Book

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Karin Krog & Dexter GordonSome Other Spring – Blues & Ballads ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously respectful of the players that she records with, and unlike other jazz vocal recordings, where the soloists take back seat to the singer, her recordings have them coming out front, and really sharing the spotlight – both in solo space, and in the interplay between the singer and musicians. Tracks include "Blue Eyes", "How Insensitive", "Some Other Spring", "Blue Monk", and her "Tribute To Jimmy Scott". CD
Also available Some Other Spring – Blues & Ballads ... LP 24.99

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Karin Krog & Dexter GordonSome Other Spring – Blues & Ballads ... LP
Sonet (Sweden), 1970. Near Mint- ... $24.99
The icy voice of Norwegian singer Karin Krog is a perfect match for Dexter's deep soulful saxophone, and the two of them perform wonderfully together in this rare set of tracks recorded in 1970 with Kenny Drew on piano and Niel Henning Orsted-Peterson on bass. Krog has always been tremendously respectful of the players that she records with, and unlike other jazz vocal recordings, where the soloists take back seat to the singer, her recordings have them coming out front, and really sharing the spotlight – both in solo space, and in the interplay between the singer and musicians. Tracks include "Blue Eyes", "How Insensitive", "Some Other Spring", "Blue Monk", and her "Tribute To Jimmy Scott". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert – and autographed by Karin Krog, Kenny Drew, and NHOP!)
Also available Some Other Spring – Blues & Ballads ... CD 16.99

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

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Master Musicians Of JajoukaPrimal Energy – That Is The Music & Ritual Of Jajouka, Morocco ... LP
Adelphi, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $34.99
An excellent recording of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka – one to rival the earlier album recorded by Brian Jones for Apple Records! The on-site recording captures the music perfectly – an other-worldly blend of percussion and reed instruments with a droning and rhythmically intense quality that's unlike anything else on this planet – really amazing stuff that was an especially big influence on a range of late 60s cultural icons! There's precious few albums that get the essence of the music this well – and although most of the draw here is instrumental, a few tracks have chanting vocals that are nice too. Titles include "Brian Jones", "Jajouka Black Eyes", "Sidi Hamid Sherk", "Waving", and "Boujeloud". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie NelsonFor The Good Times – Tribute To Ray Price ... CD
Legacy, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
Willie Nelson pays tribute to the great Ray Price – something you might find surprising, if you only think of Willie as a country music outlaw – but which is a real natural to us, given that the young songwriter Willie gave Price one of his best songs ever! That song is the classic "Night Life" – which kicked off one of Ray's best albums (paid tribute by the cover image here) – and rather than reprise that set, Willie takes off on a whole host of other classic tunes from Price's fantastic years on Columbia Records – set to full arrangements that have a very classic feel, arranged and conducted by Nashville legend Bergen White! The set's got all the fantastic feel you could hope for – a real meeting of country music strands – on titles that include "Faded Love", "City Lights", "Crazy Arms", "Night Life", "Make The World Go Away", "Invitation To The Blues", "For The Good Times", "I'm Still Not Over You", and "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me". CD
Also available For The Good Times – Tribute To Ray Price ... LP 18.99
 
 
 



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