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VariousPierre Fournier Edition – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, & Philips (25 CD set) ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy 25CD ... $66.99 74.99
One of the first important cellists on the Deutsche Grammophon label – presented here in a beautiful box that features his complete works for that company, plus other material for Decca and Philips as well! Fournier's phrasing brought a new sort of subtlety to the cello in performance – which DG was able to record extremely well, and allow Pierre the space to deepen our understanding of these works on vinyl. The box presents all albums with original album art – and includes both larger orchestral works and sonatas – the latter of which are Fournier's especially strong suit. Features two complete versions of Beethoven's works for cello and piano – one with Friedrich Gulda, the other with Wilhem Kempff – plus material by Lalo, Saint Saens, Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach, Brahms, Dvorak, and Strauss. 25 CDs in a beautiful package – with great notes too! CD
 
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Jorge BenBen (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the post-bossa years – but this album has Jorge really emerging as the global soul star he was destined to be – from his powerful stare on the cover, right down to the grit in the grooves! The sound here is a refinement of the samba soul mode that Ben had been brewing up from the late 60s onward – a skittish mix of older samba elements, American soul, and some slight fuller production that really comes into its own here – mixing all the acoustic elements at the core with just a slight electric flourish, but never losing its edge in the process – all to provide Jorge with a sublime backdrop for his really amazing vocals. The set's a monument in funky Brazilian soul – and it includes the huge hit "Taj Mahal", which still sounds great, even after all these years – plus loads of other gems that include "O Circo Chegou", "Domingo 23", "Fio Maravilha", "Paz E Arroz", "Morre O Burro Fico O Homem", and "Que Nega E Essa". A gem all the way through – and a record we'd never part with! CD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)

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✨✧ Erasmo CarlosCarlos, Erasmo – Erasmo Carlos (1971) ... CD
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier Tropicalia vibe – a mode that Erasmo never embraced, but which leaves its impression in some of the more striking arrangements here – especially in the way things trip out at all the best times! Fuzzy guitar and offbeat production really add a lot to the set – and titles include "Maria Joana", "Agora Ninguem Chora Mais", "26 Anos De Vida Normal", "Cica Cecilia", "Mundo Deserto", "Sodoma E Gomorra", "Masculino Feminio", and "De Noite Na Cama". CD
Also available Carlos, Erasmo – Erasmo Carlos (1971) (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Wilson Das NevesSamba-Tropi (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Think (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $29.99
Heavy drums, and some great grooves throughout – a wonderful album from percussionist Wilson Das Neves, and maybe his best record ever! The album's more funk than the samba in the title – although the best numbers have a little bit of both – almost an instrumental take on the same territory as Jorge Ben at the end of the 60s, with wickedly riffing guitar and some nicely heavy drums. The lineup is an all-star one – Dom Salvador on piano, Ze Roberto on organ, and trombone from Ed Maciel – and the arrangements are handled by Erlon Chaves, with the same funky approach as his own great music! There's loads of great originals on the record – including "Essa Moca Ta Diferente", "Sarro", "Repouso", and "Bebete Vao Bora" – plus versions of cuts like "Venus", "Evil Ways", and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", all done as groovy instrumentals. CD

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Serge GainsbourgManon 70/Se J'etais Un Epsion/Mister Freedom/Anna ... CD
Philips/Rambling (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the grooviest soundtrack work ever from Serge Gainsbourg – and that's saying a heck of a lot! The CD begins with the legendary score to Manon 70 – a collaboration between Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier, and one that's graced with some breathy vocals from Serge, and some wonderfully hip instrumentation from Colombier! There's some slight exotic touches in the mix – a bit of sitar, some nice percussion, a touch of Hammond – plus some straighter orchestral moments. Next up is Si J'Etais Un Espion from 1967 – which features some great instrumental tracks that snap along with some great jerky undercurrents – the start of that funky Gainsbourg sound that we love so much. Le Jardinier D'Argenteuil follows with a slightly more serious feel – and then the groovy TV soundtrack for Anna ends the whole thing up – with some especially wonderful 60s French pop grooves, and tunes that are different than the Anna film soundtrack! CD features 19 tracks in all – including "Manon", "Regards Echanges", "Auto Stop", "Breakdown", "Pop D'Epoque", "Denoument Et Final", "Jerks En Cavalerie", "Anna", "Roller Girl", and "New Delire Again". CD

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Lindolpho Gaya & Rogerio DupratOs Maestros Premiados ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
An amazing split album – one that features instrumental work by 2 of our favorite arrangers ever! Both Gaya and Rogerio Duprat were key forces in the sound of Brazil at the end of the 60s – Gaya for his soaring, leaping, often-funky arrangements for EMI/Odeon during the Blue Brazil generation – and Duprat for his playfully modern and inventive backings for some of the most important Tropicalia albums of the era! Gaya's presented here on side one of the record – working in a full set of orchestrations that's almost a bit more lush than his regular work, although still grooving with a fair bit of rhythms – a bit different than his Odeon tunes, but still plenty nice. Duprat's side is our favorite, though – and it's a great showcase of the way he was working out modern ideas in more conventional settings before his work with the bigger singers of MPB – as the setting's a bit more standard, but still really wonderful – somewhere between the work of Edu Lobo on large orchestrations, and the harder-grooving moments of Luis Arruda Paes. Gaya tunes include "Carolina", "O Sim Pelo Nao", "Travessia", "Sao Os Do Norte Que Vem", and "Margarida". Duprat tunes include "Alegria Alegria", "Roda Viva", "Gabriela", "Domingo No Parque", "Maria Carnaval E Cinzas", and a wonderful version of "Ponteio". CD

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Johnny GriffinNight Lady ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $8.99
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, almost-modern solos that are some of his most adventurous to date on record – supported strongly on the album's longish tracks by Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's a quality to Griffin's tone that's incredible – urgent, edgey, but never too far out – completely in command of itself, and able to run free, but without wasting at note at all – unlike some of his over-stretched European solos of later years. The set features beautiful long readings of Boland's "Night Lady" and "Old Stuff", plus Griffin's "Scrabble", and versions of "Summertime", "All The Things You Are", and "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day". CD

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Bobby HebbSunny ... CD
Philips/Trocadero (Germany), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Sublime pop soul genius from Bobby Hebb – a standout record that really made his career, and a dusty nugget we never tire of hearing! Bobby was really unique at the time – singing a mixture of soul and pop that kept things real while still crossing over big – earning him an equal audience on both sides of the charts. Part of the credit for the album goes to producer Jerry Ross and arranger Joe Renzetti – who work here in a careful, almost gentle approach to pop – one that's never overblown, and which really lets Bobby's vocals step out front on the title hit "Sunny", plus other tunes that include "Crazy Baby", "I Am Your Man", "Where Are You", "Yes Or No Or Maybe Not", and "Love Love Love". CD

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Masabumi KikuchiIn Concert ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $9.99
Heavy electric piano from Masabumi Kikuchi – played here on two side-long tracks that really stretch out! The album's a live one, and features Kikuchi working with a sextet – a great lineup that features soprano sax, bass, and drums – plus some added organ and keyboards next to Masabumi's own keyboards – especially nice on one track that also features piano! There's a sensitivity to these tunes that's wonderful – a hint at the straighter Japanese trio mode that would dominate later in the 70s, but played with some of the best boldness that scene was bringing to its work at the start of the decade. Titles are both originals – "Yellow Carcass In The Blue" and "Dancing Mist" – both with a sound as evocative as their titles! CD

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Nara LeaoNara Leao (1968) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Pure genius – a lost Nara Leao album from the late 60s, and a key piece in the puzzle of late 60s Tropicalia – a set we'd place right next to equally important records by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Os Mutantes! Although Leao always gets cited as one of the more revolutionary Brazilian artists, her best work is usually incredibly elusive – often obscured by some of her more traditional, or more bossa-oriented records. This one features the lady at her most experimental – singing in this dark mode with great arrangements from Rogerio Duprat – the backstage architect of so many other important Tropicalia albums of the time. The arrangements are wonderful – with a spooky baroque quality that will haunt you long after the Mutantes crazy guitars have died down – the more subtle side of the Brazilian palette during this revolutionary period, and work that arguably had a much longer-lasting effect. Titles include "Mulher", "Infelizmente", "Tema De Os Inconfidentes", "Anoiteceus", and "Quem E". CD

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Paul MauriatC'est La Vie Lily/Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Two groovy French easy instrumental albums from Paul Mauriat – both from the start of the 70s! First up is C'Est La Vie Lily – the "Lily" installment in the "la vie" series – and one that features Mauriat's great blend of swirling strings, groovy bottom basslines, and well-struck piano lines – all wrapped up in a wonderfully rich sort of brew! The music includes some great tunes from French films – numbers by Francis Lai, Claude Bolling, and others – and titles include "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", "Le Passager De La Pluie", "Let It Be", "Rain", "Balapapa", "Borsolino", and "Paris S'Allume". Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer is a set that follows strongly in the best Paul Mauriat modes of the late 60s – a bit of electric bass at the bottom, well-tuned strings in the middle, and a syncopated style to most of the tracks – which makes things a lot more clean and lean than the easy sounds of a generation before! That bass is used to great effect, but in ways that are different from German pop instrumental styles – and titles include "Let There Be Freedom Peace & Love", "Sympathy", "Colombe Ivre", "Et Mourir De Plaisir", "In The Summertime", and "Pardonne Moi Ce Caprice D'Enfant". CD features three bonus tracks – "Penelope", "Manuelito Barrios", and "El Triste". CD
Also available C'est La Vie Lily/Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Paul MauriatRain & Tears/Vole Vole Farandole (with bonus track) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Sprightly sounds from French maestro Paul Mauriat – two late 60s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Rain & Tears – a record that has just an undercurrent of the sadness you might expect from the title, and maybe a bit more of that nicely syncopated groove that Mauriat can bring to his music – that subtle bounce that made him such a key figure in transforming the sound of easy listening at the end of the 60s! There's still plenty of strings, but some nice electric bass at the bottom – and plenty of Paul's own piano romping over the top – on titles that include "Apres Tout", "This Guy's In Love With You", "Lady Madonna", "Le Ruisseau De Mon Enfance", and "Mrs Robinson". Vole Vole Farandole is a record filled with swirling strings and lively melodies – almost as playful as a soundtrack in parts, but put together with all the sweet trademark touches you'd expect from the easy world of Paul Mauriat! There's a few tunes that almost verge on upbeat and groovy – and tracks include "Sayonara", "Aquarius", "L'Orage", "Isadora", "Get Back", "Oh Happy Day", and "Silver Fingertips". CD features the bonus track "Square Party". CD
Also available Rain & Tears/Vole Vole Farandole (with bonus track) ... CD 9.99

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Paul MauriatToo Much Heaven (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Paul Mauriat in the disco age – a time when the French easy instrumental maestro was speeding up some of his tracks for the club! Yet overall, the sound is still in the best Mauriat mode – especially the style he shifted to at the start of the 70s – a balance of orchestrations, tighter electric modes, and that talent for a slinky solo that could make his music really stand out. Some of the tunes here are from those years, but updated with more of a disco vibe – and titles include "Part Time Lover", "Copacabana", "Too Much Heaven", "Les Uns Contre Les Autres", "Pegase", "Love Theme From Oliver's Story", "De Plus En Plus Seul", and "My Life". CD features 9 more bonus tracks from singles and the Pegase album – including "It's A Heartache", "En Chantant", "Ell M'Oublie", "Danza Ritual Del Fuego", "Rainwater", and "Cleopatre". CD

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Ebo TaylorTwer Nyame (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Production Dessinee (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
An early gem from Ghana legend Ebo Taylor – a smoking little set with a really hypnotic feel overall! The tracks here are all nice and long – and build energy with kind of a minimal layering of sound – an approach that's different than some of the longer Nigerian jams you might know from the time, but with a style that's equally compelling – especially give the great use of guitar and keyboards! These instruments are heard to best effect on the sublime "Peace On Earth" – a tune that features this wonderful other-worldly electric piano – ringing out with tones that are almost vibes-like at times, and which almost have a Sun Ra-ish sort of quality. Also great is "Atwer Abroba" – a tune with some funky horns riffing along with the tight percussion, and captivating vocal refrains over the top. The title cut, "Twer Nyame", has wonderfully chromatic guitars – really let loose, and allowed to build slowly – creating this warm electric energy on the tune! CD

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✨✧ Gal CostaIndia ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio Duprat and Arthur Verocai – and the album's got the lofty feel you'd expect from all three talents – a rich blend of all the modern developments in Brazilian music that had taken place in the 60s, but infused with a newly rootsy sense as well – one that takes the whole thing back to a personal, expressive territory that's really wonderful. Instrumentation includes work on keyboards by Wagner Tiso and Tenorio Jr, plus a bit of guitar from Roberto Menescal – and Gal does a great version of Caetano Veloso's "Relance" – alongside other tracks that include "Passarinho", "Da Maior Imortancia", "India", "Volta", and the funky "Pontos De Luz". The whole thing's incredibly beautiful – and it's got Gal in a wild bikini cover, too! CD
Also available India ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Serge GainsbourgHistoire De Melody Nelson (deluxe edition) ... CD
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's been sampled countless times over the years, and which has gotten the album continuous play on both sides of the Atlantic for many many years. The mighty Jean-Claude Vannier handles the arrangements, and Serge mutters the lyrics over the top, in a raspy loud whisper – while the funky rhythms dart in and out of odd washes of sound, and unusual eerie sounds. There's a very strong soundtrack feel to the album, as waves of music envelop the lyrics – tripped out in funky beats that have become legendary over the years, thanks to some very famous samples! Titles include "En Melody", "Cargo Culte", "Ballade De Melody Nelson", "Valse De Melody", "Ah! Melody", and "L'Hotel Particulier". Wonderful US version too – with a 40 page deluxe booklet that features extensive notes on the album – and a 1971 interview with Gainsbourg! CD
Also available Histoire De Melody Nelson (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ ImpossiblesHot Pepper ... CD
Philips/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky funky Thailand – just about the only 70s funk group we've ever seen from that part of the globe, and a great one at that! The Impossibles work in a tightly-crafted ensemble funk style that's clearly influenced by Kool & The Gang – but which also has the group hitting some well-polished notes on a few of the album's vocal numbers – in a totally cool groove that's got plenty of hard funky riffs at the bottom, sweet horns in the middle, and some great compressed pop vocals on the top! The album's a real lost treasure – one that we've never seen on this side of the Atlantic – and was oddly recorded and issued in Sweden in the mid 70s! But this album is way more than just a musical oddity – as it's super-funky all the way through, with a level of quality that will have it at the top of your crates for a long, long time! Titles include "Hotpepper", "Give It Up", "California", "C'mon Baby", "Easy To Be Hard", "Pretty Thing", "Love Will Keep Us Together", and "Love The Life You Live". CD

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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiEnd For The Beginning ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the presence of Kosuke Mine on soprano sax and Hideo Miyata on tenor – both players whose horns bring in some added sharpness to the date, and further underscore the spiritual elements in Kikuchi's music – almost with the same mix of reeds and driving rhythms you'd find in the post-Coltrane work of Elvin Jones. Titles include "Green Dance", "Bell", "Admire But Destest", "Gin Kai", and "Drizzling Rain". CD

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✨✧ Celia VazMutacao ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime vocals from the lovely Celia Vaz – a singer best known for her later work on the Far Out label, but one who really sparkles here in this classic fusion set! The album's one of the shining jewel's of the MPBC series – and like some of the others, it's got a sharp-edged quality that's still extremely fresh today – a sound that's formed around fusion lines, but recorded with a freer, more spacious way – somewhat hard to describe, but instantly captivating! Vaz sings both lyrically and wordlessly, and the production is warm and pillowy – so her vocals float nicely amidst instrumentation from players who include Marcos Resende on keyboards, Pascoal Meirelles on drums, and Mauro Senise on saxes. Vaz also plays guitar too more strongly on a few of the album's instrumental tracks – and titles include the breezy classic "Mar A Tona No Leblon", plus "Programa Infantil", "O Cacador De Borboletas", "Moleque De Pano", "Tema Pra Mim", and "Mutacao", which features a guest appearance by Pat Metheny. CD

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✨✧ Caetano VelosoCinema Transcendental (with bonus track) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Caetano Veloso at the end of the 70s – still sounding wonderful, but in ways that are quite different from his earliest albums! The sound here is more restrained, and more mature – a beautiful example of the songwriting strength that Veloso evolved as his career moved on – tunes that have a simple, almost elegant brilliance – and which are carried off here by a small backing combo of keyboards, guitar, bass, and percussion. Caetano's vocals have an up-close feel that reminds us of the Qualquer Coisa album – but the overall sound of this set is almost more personal and intimate than that one too. Titles include "Trilhos Urbanos", "Oracao Ao Tempo", "Elegia", "Vampiro", "Aracaju", "Os Meninos Dancam", and "Beleza Pura". This Japanese CD edition includes the bonus "Massa Real". CD

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✨✧ Pierre Henry/Michel ColombierMesse Pour Le Temps Present ... CD
Philips (France), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic! This classic bit of funky electronic French stuff has been showing up in bits and pieces on various compilations over the past few years (most notably the cut "Psyche Rock", which has some sample history to it), but this is the full release of this amazing collaboration between electronic music pioneer Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier – a soundtrack for a full length ballet of groovy electronic pieces that sounds as fresh today as it did back in the late 60s! It's great all the way through, and many tracks have the same feel as the famous "Psyche Rock" – funky, chunky, and bristling with electric energy. Other tracks have a very spare electronic sound – there's odd bubbling sounds, cool funky beats, and some very groovy melodies. CD
 
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Jacques BrelLive In Paris 1960/1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960/1961. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Rare live material from the great Jacques Brel – almost all of which has never been issued before, and stands as a much-needed addition to his catalog of classics in the 60s! The recordings are great – done for radio, and re-presented here with fidelity that's every bit as rich as Brel's live recordings on Philips – which, like these tracks, really show the sense of animation and expression that Jacques brought to his presentation of his lyrics – the sense of wit and intelligence that always made Brel the best (and possibly only) true interpreter of his songs! The tunes are the stuff of legend – biting commentary on love, live, and postwar French society – with backings from the larger Olympia Orchestra on most tracks, plus accordion by Jean Corti, and piano by Francois Rauber. Titles include "Bruxelles", "La Statue", "Rosa", "La Valse A Mille Temps", "Seul", "La Dame Patronnesse", "Les Singes", "Les Paumes Du Petit Matin", "L'Ivrogne", and "Quand On A Que L'Amour". CD

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Cesar Camargo MarianoOcteto de Cesar Camargo Mariano ... CD
RGE/Bomba (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $9.99
Excellent early bossa work from pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano! Cesar's probably best known for his funky fusion work of the late 70s, and for his accompaniment of Elis Regina on some of her classic Philips sides in the same decade – but back at the time of this recording, he was leading a tight little jazz combo filled with fire and life. Cesar's in the lead on piano, and the record's got some wailing solos on sax, guitar, and trombone – grooving hard in a crack bossa jazz mode, and standing out as one of the best examples of the style from the time! The album includes his classic track "Samblues", a bossa dancefloor groover if there ever was one – plus lots of other nice tracks like "Barra Limpa", "Blues Por Mancini", "Sambinha", and "Margarida B". Nice and jazzy, with a very tight sound! CD

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✨✧ Sandra Phillips/Bette WilliamsSwamp Dogg's Southern Soul Girls ... CD
Canyon/Kent (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Forget the Swamp Dogg reference in the title – because the work here is totally different than his usual bag – and very much in the best female southern soul mode of the time! The first half of the CD features the rare Canyon album Too Many People In One Bed by Sandra Philips – a heck of a great singer, and even though she only got a chance to cut this one album, it's more than enough to make her tops in our book! Jerry (Swamp Dogg) Williams produced, and the set's got a sweet southern style that puts it right up there with the best work of Ann Sexton, Tommie Young, or other obscure southern females from the same generation – a great mix of heartbreaking soul and more righteous modes – definitely enough to show that despite her deep feelings, Sandra's no pushover! Williams wrote most of the songs as well – but they're quite different from his usual fare, quite sensitive stuff without any of the Swamp Dogg jokes or political moments you might expect. Titles include "After All I Am Your Wife", "Please Don't Send Him Back To Me", "Some Mother's Son", "My Man & Me", "Rescue Song", and "To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)". The second half of the CD features some equally great work by Bette Williams – another singer who worked with Swamp Dogg during the same time, but with a style that was almost funkier overall! Most of the Williams material here was issued on singles for the Gregar label, but the set also features some unissued tracks too, plus 2 numbers from the Swamp Dogg Presents label. Titles include "Got To Travel On", "He Took My Hand", "Now That I'm Gone", "If She's Your Wife", "Can't Win For Losing", "A Feeling", and "Another Man Took My Husband's Place". CD also features the bonus track "Robin Right On". CD

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Nina SimoneFolksy Nina ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $8.99
Nina's folsky, but she's also jazzy too – and the album's from a key time in which she was finding a very special way to bring the two modes together! Simone could have been a straight jazz singer if she wanted – but as records like this always remind us, she was always striving for something different – a bolder, more righteous way of expressing herself – opening up with a new sort of power that was perfect for the coming change in the 60s! The album's a live one – a setting that always seems to have Nina hitting her stride – and even the familiar tunes take on new energy in the context – a sense of pride and spirituality that's already as great as her work to come for Philips Records. Titles include "Erets Zavat Chalav", "Silver City Sound", "The Young Knight", "The Twelfth Of Never", "Vanetihu", "Lass Of The Low Country", and "When I Was A Young Girl". CD
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VariousMstislav Rostropovich – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon (37CD set) ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 37CD ... $108.99
An incredible collection of work from one of our favorite cellists ever – not just the Deutsche Grammophon recordings promised in the title, but also material recorded for the Decca, Philips, and Westminster labels too – marking a seminal moment when this Russian talent came out into the Western world of classical music, and completely transformed the role of his instrument! Rostropovich has a sense of power and majesty that really comes through in the orchestral material – such as his 1968 reading of Dvorak's Cello Concerto, done here with Herbert Van Karajan – but he's also an incredibly sensitive performer in the right setting – as you'll hear here in work with Martha Argerich, or the Emerson or Melos String Quartets. As with other packages of this nature, the presentation is beautiful – as all albums come with tiny LP-styled reproductions of the original cover art – which really takes us back to the original release of the material, whose historicity can sometimes be buried in other reissue packages. Also features performances with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Benjamin Britten, Sviatoslav Richter, and Rudolf Serkin – as well as his wife, the great Russian soprano Galina Vishnevskaya. Composers include Schumann, Boccerini, Glazunov, Dvorak, Beethoven, Schubert, Messiaen, Britten, Faure, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich. CD

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✨✧ Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate ... CD
Interscope, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that arguably has even more majesty than the debut album from Michael Kiwanuka – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of that now-classic record! Production here is by Dangermouse, Inflo, and Paul Butler – and there's an airiness to some songs that really has Kiwanuka's vocals floating in space – maybe more iconic than before, and held nicely in a balance between open sonic elements and more crispily-focused instrumental touches. Michael uses folksy currents in his vocals that almost recall Nina Simone during her Philips Records years – and titles include "Black Man In A White World", "One More Night", "Love & Hate", "Rule The World", "Father's Child", "The Final Frame", and "Cold Little Heart". CD

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✨✧ VariousGidon Kremer – Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon (22CD set) ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 22CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Violinist Gidon Kremer is a musician whose solo and small group work has been crucial in transforming the face of classical performance in the past few decades – but he's also an equally stunning artist in a concerto setting, as you'll hear on this fantastic collection of his recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon and Philips label! Kremer's violin always has a bit of an edge – modern even in a familiar setting, and open to new phrasings and sounds that only seem to get richer, and bolder in front of an orchestra. And his ear for repertoire is equally thrilling – as the set not only features works by older giants like Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert – but also a huge range of material from modern and later composers – including Shnittke, Glass, Milhaud, Chausson, Vieuxtemps, Part, Lurie, and others – a range of compositions that make this set one of the most wide-ranging in styles of any collections we've seen like this. Conductors include Pierre Boulez, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Colin Davis, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, and even Kremer himself – and as with other packages from Deutsche Grammophon, this 22CD set features mini LP-styled replicas of all the original albums – complete with original album artwork, and additional notes in a booklet. CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Club – Psychedelic Jazz – The Best Mindblowing Spaced-Out Jazz Grooves ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Psychedelic Jazz galore – a wonderful look at the hip blend of funky grooves and tripped-out production that emerged at the end of the 60s! The sounds here are every bit as amazing now as they were a few decades back – a genre-busting blend of electric instrumentation, chunky rhythms, and weird techniques – all mixing up elements from soul, funk, rock, Latin, and other sources into a really unique sort of groove! The work here is both from the US and overseas – pulled from Universal-owned labels like MPS, Chess, and Philips – and the package does a great job of mixing key examples of the genre with some other under-reissued gems. 16 tracks in all – including "The Squire" by Mike Nock, "The Fuzz" by Roy Ayers, "Burning Spear" by Jimmy Smith, "Summertime" by Gabor Szabo, "Zoom" by Volker Kriegel, "Uwiii" by Wolfgang Dauner, "The Moving Finger" by Dorothy Ashby, "Big Family" by Free Orbit, "Love Me" by Johnny Teupen, "Ganges Delta" by Okko, "Misty Purple" by Kuhn Brothers & The Mad Rockers, "Guru-Vin" by Don Sebesky, and "Season Of The Witch" by Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger. CD

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✨✧ Jorge BenA Banda Do Ze Pretinho ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky, soulful, and totally wonderful – a wicked late 70s live set from Jorge Ben – and one of his few post-Philips albums that really holds onto the best energy from earlier years! The date's a live one, and the group grooves in a style that's got plenty of Africa Brasil touches – mixed with some other soulful and funky modes too – always great for Jorge's wonderful vocals, especially on some of the earthier tracks. The production is nice and lean – with a core focus on Jorge's great voice, and the funky instrumentation of the band – which really lets the fantastic sound of the record come through strongly, without some of the heavier elements on some of Jorge's 80s records. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Troca Troca", "Bom Dia, Boa Tarde Boa Noite Amor", "A Banda Do Ze Pretinho", "Denize Rei", "Berenice", "Amante Amado", and "Era Uma Vez Treze". CD

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✨✧ Jackson Do PandeiroO Rei Do Ritmo (15CD set) ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 15 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An insane collection of work from one of the most important percussionists in Brazil during the second half of the 20th Century – an artist who more than earns the king of rhythm title of this set! Jackson Do Panderio's so great at his work, he was nicknamed after his instrument – the pandeiro, that large Brazilian percussion item that looks a bit like a big tambourine – but which is often played deftly with the hands, in a style that's a bit like a conga, but with a sound that's sometimes more drum-like – opening up into a range of lively grooves in the hands of someone as talented as Jackson! The collection offers up 15 albums' worth of material – a few full original records done for Philips, complete with cover art – and a huge range of other recordings that appeared on singles, EPs, and compilation tracks over the years – brought together here in different settings that really trace Jackson's career – from early forro material, to important samba sides, and everything in between. Jackson's music has been woefully missing from the reissue market – apart from a handful of greatest hits sets over the years – and this massive package is the first to ever fully show the huge range of his mighty talents! CD
Also available O Rei Do Ritmo (15CD set) ... CD 99.99

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✨✧ Elis ReginaElis 70 Anos (Essa Mulher/Saudade Do Brasil Vols 1 & 2/Montreux Jazz Festival/bonus tracks) (4 CD set) ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 1979/1980/1982. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from the last few years of the legendary Elis Regina – brought together in one box set! First up is the album Elis Essa Mulher – really great late work from Elis – recorded in the company of arranger Cesar Mariano, whose masterful touch made for some of Elis' best albums of the 70s! Cesar arranged and conducted here, and although the production is perhaps a bit more contemporary than Elis' work for Philips, the vocals are sublime – much more driving and jazzy than a few years before, really working hard to dig deep and get the best sound out of each of the tunes! Titles include "Cai Dentro", "Basta De Clamares Inocencia", "Eu Hein Rosa", "As Paraencias Engagem", and a nice version of Joyce's "Essa Mulher". Saudade Do Brasil Vols 1 & 2 is a great little album by Elis – recorded for Warner/Elektra at the end of her career, but very much in the spirit of her classic work for Philips in the 70s. Like so many of those records, this one features arrangements and keyboards by Cesar Camargo Mariano – and the list of tracks is a stellar blend of work by some of Brazil's finest writers. Includes a wonderful version of Milton Nascimento's "Maria Maria" – plus "Alo Alo Marciano", "O Primeiro Jornal", "Marambaia", "Menino", "Redescobrir", "Sabia", "Onze Fitas", "Conversando No Bar", and "Redescobrir". Montreux Jazz Festival is a stunning live recording from Elis Regina – one of the last few records she cut during her short time on this planet – and one of the best as well! The album's got a jazzy fire that's missing from some of Regina's other material of the time – and Elis sings with a group that includes a stellar guest performance by Hermeto Pascoal on a number of tracks, and runs through a lively set of tracks that includes a bunch of excellent groovers – upbeat numbers that almost get a bit funky at times. A highlight of the album is the long cut "Cobra Criada", which builds slowly into a complex funky line, with Elis scatting madly over the top. Other goodies include "Asa Branca", "Cai Dentro", "Garota De Ipanema", and a great remake of "Upa Neguinho", with nice messed-up arrangements. Comes with 7 bonus tracks – including "Mancada", "Samba Dobrado", "Aguas De Marco", "Onze Fitas", "Agora Ta", and "Rebento". CD

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✨✧ VariousAmazing Bossa Nova – Journey To Rio De Janeiro ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1960s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The title certainly gets things right – as the 2CD collection is filled with amazing bossa nova tunes – mostly from the classic 60s years of the genre, with a few sweet bits from later years too! The set's got 36 tracks split into two different "themed" discs – one titled On The Beach, with tunes that are perfect for a sunny summer afternoon in the sand – the other titled On The Hill, showing some of the more sophisticated currents of the bossa world as it began to mature! A good deal of the work is from the Universal catalog – on labels that include Verve, Philips, and Elenco – and the set also brings in a few choice bits from other sources too – even a few original mono mixes from the 60s. Titles include "Moca Flor" by Tamba Trio, "Agua De Beber" by Astrud Gilberto, "Espere Um Pouco" by Quarteto Em Cy, "Estamos Ai" by Leny Adrade, "We & The Sea" by Tamba 4, "Coisas Do Brasil" by Leila Pinheiro, "Desafinado" by Laurindo Almeida, "Aguas De Marco" by Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Coracao Vagabundo" by Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, "Batucada" by Marcos Valle, "Quiet Nights" by Wanda De Sah, "Garota De Minha Cidade" by Johnny Alf, "Sonho De Um Carnaval" by Milton Banana Trio, "Retrato Em Branco E Preto" by Nara Leao, "Carta Ao Tom 74" by Vinicius De Moraes & Toquinho, "Reza" by Edu Lobo, and "Lamento Do Morro" by Doris Monteiro. CD

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✨✧ VariousChris Sullivan Presents The Wag – Iconic Tunes From The Wag Club 1983 to 1987 (4CD set) ... CD
Harmless (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Rare jazz, funk, and soul – all presented in a great tribute to one of the coolest clubs on the London scene of the 80s – the legendary Wag, home to a hotbed of rare groove activity in the years before the acid jazz years broke the whole thing wider – served up here in a special 4CD set that's overflowing with 53 classic cuts from back in the day! Even if you don't know The Wag, the set's a killer batch of funk from the 70s, with a few tracks from bracketing decades, too – all served up at a mighty nice price, given all the great music – and packaged in a special box with a huge booklet of notes on the club – which gets raves from folks as diverse as Joe Strummer, Paul Weller, Kid Creole, David Bowie, Norman Jay, and Prince. Titles include "In The Bottle" by Brother To Brother, "Right On" by Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers, "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" by Esther Philips, "Cookies" by Brother Soul, "Wicky Wacky" by Fatback, "Pick Up The Pieces One By One" by AABB, "The New Killer Joe" by Benny Golson, "Return Of The Prodigal Son" by Freddie Hubbard, "The Word" by Junkyard Band, "Genius" by Quando Quango, "Supernature" by Cerrone, "You + Me = Love (long version)" by Undisputed Truth, "Dancing In Outer Space" by Atmosfear, "Time Moves On" by Strutt, "K-Jee" by The Nite Liters, "I Got It" by New York Port Authority, "All this Love That I'm Giving" by Grace Jones, "17th Street" by Gil Scott-Heron, "Shorty The Pimp" by Don Julian & The Larks, "Woman Of The Ghetto" by Doris Duke, "Mambo Show" by Eddie Palmieri, "Ozonio" by Dom & Jadir De Castro, "Life On Mars" by Dexter Wansel, "Can You Get It" by Mandrill, and "Crystal World" by Cyrstal Grass. CD

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✨✧ VariousDavid Oistrakh Edition - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon (22CD set) ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), New Copy 22 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work by one of the greatest violinists of the 20th Century – a player who could master difficult pieces with ease, and bring his own edge to more familiar works in the repertoire! This box set features David Oistrakh in both modes – on under-reissued albums for the Deutsch Grammophon, Decca, Philips, and Westminster labels – all presented here with their original artwork, in tiny LP-style sleeves that take us back to the years when Oistrakh was first making waves in the US when these titles were issued on vinyl. Oistrakh plays mostly violin, but also a bit of viola too – and even acts as conductor in a few spots – on material that's dominated by violin concertos, but also features a few piano trios and sonatas too. Composers include Paganini, Wieniawski, Kreisler, Dvorak, Chopin, Hindemith, Bruch, Janacek, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven, Goldberg, Prokfiev, and Debussy – and other musicians include Igor Oistrakh on violin, Hans Pischner on harpsichord, Frida Bauer on piano, and Sviatoslav Knushevitsky on cello. 22 CDs in all – and a nice booklet of notes! CD

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✨✧ Georges BrassensLe Temps Ne Fait Rien (19CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 19 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An amazing run of music from one of the hippest French artists ever – the legendary George Brassens, a singer/songwriter who was equally important to the sound of postwar French music as Jacques Brel or Serge Gainsbourg! In fact, Brassens may have been one of the first to touch on some of the territory explored by the latter – as his songs often included sexual themes and controversial topics in a playful way – and some of his best-known songs dealt with subjects like pornography, misogyny, cuckoldry, and other topics not usually included in pop music. Brassens has the same sort of wit as Brel – able to poke holes in the proper manners of French society – but his presentation is very different, as he mostly just sings alongside his own acoustic guitar – at a level that's very personal, and which further underscores his strengths as a singer/songwriter. Most of Georges' material has never been presented to the American market – which makes him a real discovery to most of our ears – but his influence on France has been undeniable, which you'll discover in this massive package of music which includes over 300 titles in all – every bit of Brassens' work in the studio for Philips Records, plus additional CDS of rare material, live recordings, and even some bonus archival recordings! The 19CD package comes with a beautiful 48 page book – with notes on all the recordings in French, and lots of images too. CD

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✨✧ Serge Gainsbourg & OthersIntegrale Serge Gainsbourg et Ses Interpretes Vol 1 – 1957 to 1960 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A massive document of the early years of the great Serge Gainsbourg – presented both in his original recordings, and performances of his songs by some of his hipper contemporaries! The set's about 50% Serge – with material from the early EP and single releases for Philips – and the rest is really great work that features unusual takes on Gainsbourg songs – some by instrumental groups, some by male or female singers, and some by vocal groups as well! It's great to hear all the different interpretations of Gainsbourg's tunes – and the way these singers take on his witty and sometimes controversial lyrics – set to instrumentation that includes lots of the jazz and Latin touches that Serge was using in his own work. Highlights include a number of jazz instrumentals by Alain Goraguer – and vocal titles that include "Ronsard 58" by Michelle Arnaud, "Le Poinconneur De Lilas" by Les Freres Jacques, Douze Belles Dans La Peau" by Simone Bartel, "Devense D'Afficher" by Pia Colombo, "Le Claquer De Doigts" by Trumpet Boy, "Douze Belles Dans La Peau" by Jacques Lasry, "Mambo Miam Miam" by Los Goragueros, "Mes Petites Odalisques" by Hugues Aufray, "La Recettte De L'Amour Fou" by Michele Arnaud, and "Ell N'Avait Que Dix Sept Ans" by Francis Lemarque with Serge Gainsbourg. 66 tracks in all – a great 3CD package – with 13 tracks on CD for the first time! CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". CD features bonus tracks "Save Me" and "Why Must Your Love Well Be So Dry". CD

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✨✧ TomcatsRunning At Shadows – The Spanish Recordings 1965/1966 ... CD
RPM (UK), 1965/1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer work from The Tomcats – a Brit group of the mid 60s, but one who had a lot more success recording in Spain for Philips Records than they did back home! The group later morphed into the psych outfit July – but here, they have a tight, raw sound – maybe more garagey than some of their contemporaries from the UK – filled with lots of rough-edged inspiration from the American scene of a few years before, and delivered in the stripped-down, lean and mean style that some of the other Spanish groups were using at the time. The collection also adds in one unissued track, plus a few more by the related Second Thoughts – all for a heady package of 60s garage guitar numbers that include "Macarenas", "Seventh Son", "Looking For My Baby", "For Your Love", "You Gotta Help Me", "Cocaine", "It Ain't Right", "Running At Shadows", "La Neurastenia", "Don't Ask For Me", and "Two Minds In Tune". CD
 
 
 



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