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✨✧ Andrew HillAndrew Hill – Mosaic Select (One For One/previously unissued material) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, 1967/1969/1970. Used 3 CDs ... $59.99
The last remaining treasures from Andrew Hill's legendary years at Blue Note Records – a 3CD collection of incredible work from the late 70s, most of which has never been issued before! 6 of the collection's 31 tracks once appeared on the short-lived One For One reissue in the mid 70s – but the other 25 tracks here are seeing their release for the first time ever – and represent a wealth of genius from pivotal and under-documented years of Hill's career. Recordings are from the years 1967, 1969, and 1970 – with players that include Pat Patrick on flute and saxes, Benny Maupin on flute & saxes, Ron Careter on bass, Robin Kenyatta on alto, Sam Rivers on flute and saxes, Nadi Quamar on thumb piano and percussion, and Teddy Robinson on drums – and Hill plays his usual piano throughout, but also hits the organ on a few of the set's really standout tracks! There's a depth here that goes beyond even most of what we know from Andrew – a sound that's modern, yet often quite soulful – poised nicely between the Passing Ships and Grass Roots years of his career. Titles include "The Dance", "Moma", "Chained", "Sis At The Top", "Fragments", "Illusion", "Yomo", "Prevue", "Now", "Oriba", "Wake", "For Blue People Only", "Without Malice", "Ocho Rios", "Monkash", and "Mother's Tale". CD
(Out of print. Numbered, limited edition. Includes booklet and slipcase.)

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Andrew HillGrass Roots (plus unissued session) ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $9.99
A real stroke of genius from pianist Andrew Hill – and a surprising one too! After an initial legacy of groundbreaking experimental sides for Blue Note, Hill returns to his "grass roots" on this excellent session of straight ahead, fairly funky, soul jazz piano tunes! In the notes, Hill claims a desire to get back to the people – and in a really unusual turn, he shakes off his previous modernist trappings and goes for territory that's much more in the mode of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, or Hank Mobley on Blue Note! Yet despite this turn, and amidst some more conventional arrangements, Andrew's work on piano is still quite dark and moody – filled with beautiful clashing lines and haunting off-beat changes that open up the session way more than you'd expect! Booker Ervin joins in on tenor – on what would become one of his last recordings – and the rest of the group includes Lee Morgan, Ron Carter, and Freddie Waits – all plenty darn hip players who really get the unusual balance of soul jazz and modernism that Hill's going for here! Tracks include "Mira", "Bayou Red", "Venture Inward", "Grass Roots", and "Soul Special". Plus, this CD also features 5 tracks from a previously unissued session that has Woody Shaw as the leader, with Hill on piano and Frank Mitchell on tenor. Idris Muhammad's the drummer on that one – and funky as you'd expect – and tracks include "MC", "Venture Inward (first version)", "Bayou Red (first version)", and "Love Nocturne". CD

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Terumasa HinoHogiuta ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most striking mid 70s sessions from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – an extended suite of tracks performed by a very hip group that includes Mtume on congas and percussion, Cecil McBee on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums! The approach here is almost in a mid 70s spiritual soul jazz mode – with lots of spare percussion and bass work at the beginning, building in mood and meaning as the set goes on and things heat up. Hino plays trumpet and percussion, and all players vocalize at parts of the performance – chanting along with the tunes in a way that really adds a soulful undercurrent to the record. Titles include "The Good People", "Hohjoh", "Hogiuta", and "Yuhkyu". CD

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Billie Holiday5 Original Albums (Lady Sings The Blues/Body & Soul/Songs For Distingue Lovers/Stay With Me/All Or Nothing At All) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $22.99
5 late albums from Billie Holiday – all collected in one sweet set, in tiny LP-styled sleeves, too! First up is Lady Sings The Blues – possibly one of the most essential Billie Holiday albums for Verve – a set that carries the same title as her famous autobiography, and which also features many key numbers from her songbook at the time! The feel here is quite easygoing and relaxed – with small group backing behind Billie's vocals, which themselves are recorded cleanly and clearly throughout. One side features backing by a combo that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, and Paul Quinichette on tenor – and the other features a group that includes Bobby Tucker on piano, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, and the great Willie Smith on alto sax. Titles include plenty of classics – including "God Bless The Child", "Strange Fruit", "Lady Sings The Blues", "No Good Man", "Good Morning Heartache", "I Must Have That Man", and "Trav'lin' Light". Body & Soul is a great late small combo session by Billie – recorded in Hollywood with a group that includes Harry Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, and Alvin Stoller. The songs are short and swinging – with Billie at the top of her form on familiar standards like "Comes Love", "Darn That Dream", "Body & Soul", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "Embraceable You". A few tracks crack the 5 minute mark, making for some nice solos from Webster and Edison! Songs For Distingue Lovers is classic Verve work by Billie – and an album that probably brought the word "distingue" into the vocabulary of more people than any other use! (And in fact, probably also caused a lot more trouble with mispronunciation than any other Billie Holiday album title!) The tracks are slightly longer than usual – familiar songs like "Day In Day Out", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "A Foggy Day", and "Just One Of Those Things" – all given the amazing Holiday take, in a way that opens them up with more emotion than you might have thought possible! On Stay With Me, Billie sings in a warm relaxed setting, with great small combo backing, and piano by Mal Waldron. The record is one of the best we could recommend on the label – and it includes lots of nice tracks like "Everything Happens To Me", "I Wished On The Moon", and "Say It Isn't So". All Or Nothing At All is beautiful Billie from the last years of her life. The material was recorded in 1956 and 1957 in Hollywood, featuring Barney Kessel, Ben Wesbster, Harry Edison, and Jimmy Rowles – all grooving nicely in small group formation. The tracks have a wonderfully fragile quality – and although standards, are still some of Billie's nicest work for Verve. Titles include "April In Paris", "All Or Nothing At All", "We'll Be Together Again", and "But Not For Me". Great David Stone Martin cover, too! CD

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Billie HolidaySongs For Distingue Lovers ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
Classic Verve work by Billie – and an album that probably brought the word "distingue" into the vocabulary of more people than any other use! (And in fact, probably also caused a lot more trouble with mispronunciation than any other Billie Holiday album title!) The tracks are slightly longer than usual – familiar songs like "Day In Day Out", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "A Foggy Day", and "Just One Of Those Things" – all given the amazing Holiday take, in a way that opens them up with more emotion than you might have thought possible! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Back cover has a name in pen.)

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Kanye WestCollege Dropout ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2004. Used ... $2.99
Kanye West finally dropped the full length in early '04 – and it's one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Kanye is probably the hottest beats producer of the year, too, having dug through the greatest soul hooks of the past few decades for his samples, and piled on the chunkiest, catchiest, thickest beats anywhere. And if he doesn't have the greatest vocal delivery in hop hop (if he did, he'd be Superman considering his production pedigree), he makes up for it with some masterful lines, like "I gotta apologize to Mos and Kweli/is it cool to rap about gold if I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali?" from "Breath In Breath Out". Hilariously, Kanye also found just about the sharpest theme for a record that we've scene in a while – the tangential connection between gang bangers and frat boys! He ain't granola, he ain't bling bling, he's just a guy from Chicago with a sometimes astoundingly strong production aesthetic, very smart rhymes and a lot of people who owe him great guest spots, and deliver. Were you looking for more than that? It's a triumph, one that Chicago couldn't be more proud of! "We Don't Care", "Graduation Day", "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson, "Spaceship" with GLC & Consequence, "Never Let Me Down" with Jay-Z, "Get 'Em High" with Talib Kweli & Common,"New Work Out Plan", the great single "Slow Jamz" with Twista & Jamie Foxx and more. CD

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Ed Kelly & Pharoah SandersEd Kelly & Pharoah Sanders (aka Ed Kelly & Friend) ... CD
Theresa/Evidence, 1979. Used ... $21.99
A great little record – not so much for Kelly's keyboards, but for some killer sax work by Pharoah Sanders, who's the "friend" listed in the title! A few cuts are going for a smoother funky sound, but the record has a great version of "Got To Have Freedom" that's done at a different pace than the one on Pharoah's Journey To The One album – loping and modal, warm and soulful, and very spiritual. Other tunes are pretty nice too – and titles include "Newborn", "Rainbow Song", and "Pippin". Plus, the CD features 2 bonus cuts – recorded by Kelly and tenorist Robert Stewart – "Song For The Street People" and "West Oakland Strut" – plus 3 more that are just solo piano tracks by Kelly! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Kilburn & The High-RoadsHandsome (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn/Cherry Red (UK), 1974/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A great CD package featuring the lost 1975 release from Kilburn & The High Road – Ian Dury's fantastic, and at the time, completely anomalous group of pub rock outcasts! The Kilburn sound is tough to describe even now – traces of Phil Spector's rock & soul, ragged 50s jazz, and drunken pub rock make up the sounds that back up Ian's wickedly dry sing-speak monologues – this clearly influenced people from Elvis Costello to Madness to who knows how many others. Ian went on to have more notoriety on the seminal Stiff Records, but this record originally released on Dawn sounds nearly as great to our ears. Oh, but to have a time machine and be able to go back and see this group in action – must've been amazing! This huge 2CD collection features the original album, rare singles and other obscure tracks – plus a full second CD that features 11 tracks with the group "In Session" at Capital Radio in 1974. Titles include "Rough Kids", "Crippled With Nerves", "Pam's Moods", "Broken Skin", "Upminster Kid", "The Badger", "Mumble Rumble & The Cocktail Rock", "The Call-Up", "Father", "Who's To Know", "Back To Blighty", "Twenty Tiny Fingers", and "Thank You Mum". CD

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KindredKindred ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A rare early 70s set of post psychedelic rock from Kindred – with a sprawling, tightly grooving sound! Kindred combines male & female vocals that have the feel of late 60s/early 70s Cali sunshine rock, sometimes with bluesy electric guitars and keyboards, congas in the percussive mix, and a pretty tight groove on most tunes. The guitar work is a might thing to behold, sweetened by the group vocals & harmonies, and the titles include "Captain Bobby Stout", "Sweetness", "Movin On", "Too Many People", "Great Day", "Lullabye", "Hang Ups" and more. CD

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John Henry KurtzReunion ... CD
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
John Henry's certainly not a name that pops out of the early 70s rock history books – but he did a hell of a job with this rare outing for ABC Records – a set that effortlessly blends southern rock elements with a nice current of soul – all handled strongly by producer Steve Barri and arranger Michael Omartin! The blend is one of those that few people can get this right – and like the best of the period, it's handled with this unabashed style in which Henry clearly loves the roots that inspire him, and has no trouble fusing in some other elements to reach for something new – a groove that maybe sounds even better all these many years later, in comparison to overplayed records of the period. Titles include "Get On The Right Road", "Songbird", "Light Shine", "Rock & Roll Love Song For Rosie", "Everything Has Got To Be Free", "You Give Me Something Good To Think About", and a nice remake of "Drift Away". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Patti LabelleWinner In You ... CD
MCA, 1986. Used ... $2.99
A bit one for Patti Labelle in the 80s – a set that crossed over big at the time, but which still has the lady in very soulful territory! Patti seems to sparkle most here on the mellower cuts – the gentle groovers and laidback ballads that helped open her up to a whole new audience, and which really give her a different sound than her 70s Labelle years. Titles include the Bacharach/Carol Bayer Sager title "On My Own" – sung as a duet with Michael McDonald – plus "Oh People", "There's A Winner In You", "Finally We're Back Together", "Beat My Heart Like A Drum", "Kiss Away The Pain", "Something Special", and "You're Mine Tonight". CD
(Out of print.)

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Last PoetsLast Poets/This Is Madness (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Douglas/Snapper (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 2 CDs ... $10.99 11.98
The first two Last Poets albums back to back in one great 2CD set! The Last Poets is the first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – and as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and righteousness at a level as tight as Gil Scott-Heron's first album! The group here is the key second lineup of the ensemble of wordsmiths – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja – and most cuts feature only spare percussion backing over the spoken protest poetry – delivered with a brutal edge that really sums up the righteous politics of the time. Titles include "Run, N*gger", "On The Subway", "When The Revolution Comes", "Jones Comin' Down", "Black Thighs", "N*ggers Are Scared Of Revolution", and "Wake Up, N*ggers" – all of which should give you a good picture of what's going on with the record! This Is Madness is one of the Last Poets' greatest albums – and one of their most sophisticated as well! Gone are the rough-hewn rhymes of the group's first album, and in their place are better arranged, more thought-out tracks that mix in a wealth of musical influences – and which expand the group's verbal expression past simple protests, and into the realm of Jazzoetry that became their trademark during the mid 70s. Tracks include "Related to What", "Black Is", "White Man's Got a God Complex", "Black People What Y'All Gonna Do", and "This is Madness" – and a number of tracks are preceded by strong and forceful chants before the lyrics kick in! Deluxe package comes with 2 CDs – and bonus tracks that include "Sport" and "Spoon" by Lightnin Rod – plus "Doriella Du Fontaine", which features Lightnin Rod and Jimi Hendrix! CD

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Bettye LavetteDo Your Duty ... LP
Silver Fox/Sundazed, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99 24.98
Classic soul from Bettye Lavette – with some her best recordings ever – a batch of tunes cut in Memphis with Lelan Rogers for the Silver Fox label in '69 & '70! The Betty heard here is a lot harder than on her earlier soul sides – recorded with a raw power that could easily blow away Aretha Franklin or any of her hard soul sisters – and done with a unique crossing of southern, funky, and country soul modes! Amazing! Titles include "My Train's A Coming", "Do Your Duty", "Love Made A Fool Of Me", "At The Mercy Of A Man", "Piece Of My Heart", "Easier To Say Than Do", "He Made A Woman Out Of Me", "We Got To Slip Around", "I'm In Love" and "Games People Play". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leo's SunshippWe Need Each Other ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album's a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded package of 12" singles – as the a-side features four vocal tracks that are all great club numbers – then the b-side has all the same songs, but presented as instrumentals! There's a nicely sophisticated feel to most numbers – almost in the Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson side of the spectrum – more midtempo mellow club than any sort of disco – and the set includes the classic cut "Give Me the Sunshine", and the original recording of "I'm Back for More", which was the big hit for Al Johnson a few years later. The other two tracks are "Madam Butterfly" and "Get Down People" – and all four of these are also done as instrumentals. CD

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Joe LovanoClassic – Live At Newport ... CD
Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A definite classic from the great Joe Lovano – a set recorded a decade before its release, and a rock-solid live performance that has Lovano in tip-top formation! Tracks are long, and very open – and Joe blows tenor with this exploratory, creative energy that's a lot like his Vanguard album – working here with Hank Jones on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – a combo that's as rock-solid as Lovano's horn! There's a raspy charm to the tenor that sometimes doesn't always come out this strongly on studio sessions – and the whole thing's an overdue charmer, and one of Joe's best records in years. Titles include "Big Ben", "Bird's Eye View", "Don't Ever Leave Me", "I'm All For You", and "Kids Are Pretty People". CD

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LoveForever Changes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Elektra, 1967. Near Mint- (reissue)... $19.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time! The record's got a sound that's completely unique – as crack LA garage punk rock meets Hollywood baroque production, and the result is an amazing bit of loud guitar noise backed by strings and horns, all graced by the godlike vocals of the great Arthur Lee. Forever Changes is a milestone in rock – an incredibly bleak document about insanity, escape, and the coming revolution that never happened. Think of all the best moments of Wild In The Streets, Zabriske Point, and Invocation of My Demon Brother rolled into one – and you'll only have a tiny slice of the picture! A record that will haunt us until the day we die – filled with incredible songs like "Alone Again Or", "Old Man", "Daily Planet", "Red Telephone", and "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark & Hilldale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rhino pressing.)

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LoveReel To Real ... LP
RSO, 1974. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Quite an obscure one by Love – a mid 70s record that actually has quite a bit of soul in the mix! The album almost seems to be going for a Sly Stone approach – expanding the group past Arthur Lee and crew with a host of additional players that include Harvey Mandel, Bobby Lyle, and Joey Deguero. There's still plenty of bluesy and rocky tracks – but there's also a great cover of William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful For What You Got" – done in a chunky mode that really hits a great groove with us (and which is proof that people were covering the tune even back when it was first released!) Other tracks move between soulful rock, Thin Lizzy-esque compressed guitar numbers, and other styles that show a bit more soul than might be expected. Titles include "Time Is Like A River", "Everybody's Gotta Live", "You Said You Would", "Busted Feet", "With A Little Energy", and "Who Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)

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Love CommitteeLove Committee ... LP
T-Electric, 1980. Very Good ... $6.99
A nicely grooving soul album from Love Committee – who are probably best known for their earlier disco songs, but we really dig this 1980 self-titled album for the mellower numbers – the best of which have a smooth midtempo groove that's as tasty as ever! A few of the numbers were co-written by Eddie Levert of The O'Jays, an indication of the style LC were going for, and they hit it nicely! Titles include "Love People Theme", "Ain't It a Shame", "You Are the One for Me","Boogie Papers", "Who Can We Trust", "I Wanna Make Love to You", and "I Made A Mistake". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has a spot of tape.)

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Pat LundyLoving You – The Funkiest Feeling ... LP
Pyramid, 1977. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Quite possibly the rarest album ever cut by Pat Lundy – a great female soul singer who crops up on a number of different labels over the years, but who never really made it to great fame in the 70s. The set features her classic version of Oscar Brown Jr's vocal reading of "Work Song" – done in an extended funky groove that's been remixed a number of times in recent years for the clubs. Other tracks are a mix of smooth soul and mellow ballads – and the album was arranged and conducted by Phil Medley, of all people! Titles include "Loving You", "Ain't That The Funkiest Feeling", "Danger Heartbreak Ahead", "In The Dark", and "Thank God We Finally Found The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Lyrics BornNow Look What You've Done Lyrics Born! – Greatest Hits ... CD
Mobile Home, 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A funk-steeped trip through the Lyrics Born catalog – and it's not some label-curated hodgepodge/contract fulfilling set either – this one feels as carefully and thoughtfully assembled as could be! Irresistible stuff, be it post 90s Bay Area boom bap or more funky soul-reverent stuff, with LB's charismatic, slightly raspy voice and top quality production work, with appearances by Poets Of Rhythm, Evidence, KRS-One, Stereo MCs, Cut Chemist, Dan The Automator, Latyrx partner Lateef and more. Includes "I Changed My Mind (Stereo MCs Rattlesnake Mix)" with Poets Of Rhythm, "Callin' Out", "Bad Dreams", "I Like It, I Love It", "Real People", "I Got It" (with Galactic), "I'm Just Raw" with Automator and more – plus 2 bonus tracks: "I Changed My Mind (Adrian Younge Remix)" and "Balcony Beach" with Joyo Verlarde. CD
Also available Now Look What You've Done Lyrics Born! – Greatest Hits ... LP 20.99
 
 
 



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