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VariousBeaux Arts Trio – Complete Philips Recordings (60CD set) ... CD
Philips, 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 60CD ... $181.99 189.99
The complete recordings of this wonderful group – a trio of musicians who forever changed the interpretation of chamber music in the 20th century! The material here features the original trio with Menahem Pressler, Daniel Guilet, and Bernard Greenhouse – and later versions with violinist Isidore Cohen, and cellist Peter Wiley – on a range of excellent recordings that sometimes include both 60s and later takes on classic trio material. The repertoire is huge – from early music through 20th century modern moments – but the group's strongest suit has always been their sublime interpretation of romantic and classical composers. The box features a total of 60 CDs – all of which include far more than the original album recordings – and composers include Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Smetana Mendelssohn, Ives, Shostakovich, Korngold, Rachmaninov, Faure, Turina, Granados, Rorem, Schumann, Dvorak, Arensky, Brahms, Mozart, Chausson, and Turina. CD
 
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✨✧ Jorge BenBig Ben ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant early work from Jorge Ben – a set that shouldn't be confused with the US album of the same name, and which is one of Jorge's first few gems of the 60s! The album's got Ben stepping out with a slightly jazzier feel than on his debut – a style that's still heavily steeped in the guitar-driven samba that first won him fame, but which also features a fair bit of bossa-influenced instrumentation too – bits of piano, flute, and horns that echo with some darker colors and tones that really add a lot to the tunes! The backings are never too full – nor too full of themselves – but this added level of sophistication really helps push Jorge into a range of fresh new sounds – and that's saying a lot, given how fresh his music from the time already was. Titles include "Agora Ninguem Chora Mais", "Telefone De Brotinho", "Patapatapata", "Na Bahia Tem", "Jorge Well", "Deixa O Menino Brincar", "Bom Mesmo E Amar", and "O Homem Que Matou O Homem Que Matou O Homem Mau". CD

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✨✧ Jorge BenForca Bruta ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastically soulful album from Jorge Ben – one of his greatest records ever, and a key part of Brazilian music in the 70s! The album marks an earthier shift for Jorge – a sound that's still rooted in the samba influences of the 60s, but which also takes on a bit more soul at the bottom – thanks to rhythmic contributions from Trio Mocoto, who work here famously to help Ben shape the overall feel of the set! There's still a bit of larger orchestrations at moments, but these are used sparingly just to sweeten the sound – leaving the main force of the music to come from Jorge's guitar, and the cuica, percussion, and tamborim of the trio. The vocals are wonderful too – slightly raspy, and with a bit more feeling than we ever remember Jorge having on record – sometimes a bit intimate, yet always with an undeniable presence throughout. One of those records that still sends chills up our spines, year after year – with tracks that include "Oba La Vem Ela", "Ze Canjica", "Pulo Pulo", "Apareceu Aparecida", "Terezinha", "Mulher Brasileira", "Forca Bruta", "O Telefone Tocou Novamente", and "Charles Junior". CD

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✨✧ Jorge BenSamba Esquema Novo ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
The start of an amazing legacy in Brazilian music – and a record that really lives up to its title! Jorge Ben completely reinvents the samba here – and comes up with his own new groove in the process – by blending sharp acoustic guitar lines with rootsy percussion – all at a level that's far more rhythmic than the used of the instrument in bossa nova. There's definitely a bossa element – but Joao's singing is a lot more soulful, as is the overall performance – and the styles started here not only launched Ben's career, but also had a huge influence on generations of musicians to come! Titles include the sublime original version of "Mas Que Nada" - plus "Tim Dom Dom", "Chove Chuva", "A Tamba", "Balanca Pema", and "Rosa Menina Rosa". Great stuff, and essential all the way through – we promise! CD

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Blue CheerOutsideinside ... CD
Philips/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Boy, does the heavy slab psychedelic sludge grooves of Blue Cheer ever sound wonderful, even more than 40 years since it originally walked the earth! Outsideinside hit not too long after the classic Vincebus Eruptem, and damned if we can determine why it's not as celebrated as the debut. That fuzzed out stomp of a sound is back in full effect, as are the titanic drums and an overall sound that uses an electric blues influence as a springboard into heavy cosmic space. Includes their ferocious cover of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" plus "Feathers From Your Tree", "Just A Little Bit", "Gypsy Ball", "Come And Get It", "The Hunter", "Babylon" and "Magnolia Caboose Babyfinger". CD

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Jimmy CampbellJimmy Campbell's Album ... CD
Philips/Esoteric (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $5.99
Beautifully sensitive work from Jimmy Campbell – a record with a lot more depth than you might guess from the gimmicky image on the cover! Campbell returns here to spare, fragile territory throughout – working with instrumentation that's mostly just acoustic guitar and a bit of rhythm, plus occasional piano and organ – all in a style that reminds us of Biff Rose at some of his best late 60s moments, which is a pretty good comparison – considering Jimmy's uniquely personal style of singing, and his personally poetic choice of lyrical topics! The album's a real overlooked gem – the kind of singer-songwriter treasure that's arguably more suited to a hip audience these days than it might have been when first released back in the early 70s. Titles include "April Morning", "Paris You're In Paris", "Salvation Army Citadel", "By The Light Of A Lamp", "Maudie", "Baby Walk Out With Your Darling Man", "It Never Rains But It Pours", and "When You're Coming Home". CD

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Gal CostaCantar ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A real moment of beauty from Gal Costa in the 70s – a set that moves away from her more experimental music of the Tropicalia generation, and yields a more personal approach overall – one that's quite similar to the best from Caetano Veloso at the time! As with Caetano during this shift, the balance is very complex – still very thoughtful in its approach to the lyrics, and with inventive arrangements from Veloso, Gilberto Gil, and Joao Donato – but which have a bit more sentiment and feeling as well. Gal sings some beautiful versions of tracks like Donato's songs "A Ra" (with extra lyrics by Caetano), "Ate Quem Sabe", and "Flor De Maracuja", and Caetano's "Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua" and "Joia" – and the set also include a nice version of "Barato Total", with a guest appearance by Gilberto Gil! CD

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Gal CostaGal (1969) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from 1969, but also features some even heavier and more tripped out guitar – in a way that really pushes the psychedelic aspect of the work! The sound here is really amazing – very fuzzy and freaky at times, in ways that make the album one of the most rocking sets of the entire Tropicalia scene, but in ways that still hang onto the quirky experimental qualities of work by Os Mutantes or Caetano Veloso. Gal's vocals really rip out amazingly at times – light years away from the sweet sound of the late 70s, and more in the frenetic, urgent style you'd expect from the politically-charged scene that spawned the set. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil join Gal on a great version of "Pais Tropical", Jards Macale guest stars on the classic "Empty Boat" – and other tracks include "Tuareg", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Pulsars E Quasars", and "Cultura E Civilizaco". Essential! CD

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Gal CostaIndia ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
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

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✨✧ Joao DonatoLugar Comum ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet electric 70s session from the mighty Joao Donato – very different than his earlier bossa work of the 60s – and with the same funky appeal as the best work on his classic Quem E Quem album! This set's got a tighter feel overall – very much in a samba soul style, with lots of great Brazilian bits mixed up with funk and jazz touches – including a range of great keyboards handled by Donato himself! Drums are by the mighty Wilson Das Neves – who brings in some breaks at a few points – and the whole thing's supremely soulful too – with titles that include the funky classic "Bananeira", plus "Patumbalacunde", "Lugar Comum", "Tudo Tem", and "Naturalmente". CD
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Neyde Fraga with Walter WanderleyBalancando (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Think (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $32.99
A really wonderful set of bossa nova vocals – one that features singer Neyde Fraga working with the keyboard talents of the great Walter Wanderley! Walter later cut a famous record for Verve with Astrud Gilberto – but this sweet little set is a real prequel to that album, and features Wanderley trying out a whole host of wonderful grooves with Fraga – almost all of which feature his sparkling Hammond organ in the lead! Fraga's a singer with a bit more punch than Astrud at times, which works great for Walter's jazzy style – and the set's filled with bubbling groovers that include "Diz Que Fui Por Ai", "Doce Amor", "Samba No Balanco", "Questao De Moral", "Balanco Do Mar", "Sambou Sambou", and "Amanhecendo". CD

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Serge GainsbourgHistoire De Melody Nelson (deluxe edition) ... CD
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 17.98
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

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Serge GainsbourgL'Essential Des Albums Studio – 14 Albums Originaux 1958 to 1987 (12 CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 12CD ... $52.99
Amazing music – at an equally amazing price! The set features every studio album ever recorded by Serge Gainsbourg – monumental sounds that completely transformed the world of French music in the 60s and 70s, and have gone on to have a global impact well into the 21st Century! The sounds here are amazing right from the start – a mix of jazz, Latin, and other hip modes – all set to playfully sinister lyrics by Serge – which get even better as the 60s move on, and Gainsbourg dips into fuzz, funk, and other amazing elements to push out some far frontiers in his music! The 70s sees some great electronics, classic collaborations with Sly & Robbie, and gives way to some surprisingly great 80s material towards the end of Serge's too-short career. Box features 14 albums on 12 CDs – with records that include Du Chant A La Une, No 2, L'Etonnant Serge Gainsbourg, No 4, Gainsbourg Percussions, Initials BB, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg, Histoire De Melody Nelson, Vu De L'Exterieur, L'Homme A Tete De Chou, Aux Armes Et Caetera, Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Etoiles, Love On The Beat, and You're Under Arrest. CD

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Serge GainsbourgTenue De Soiree ... CD
Philips/Music Box (France), 1986. New Copy ... $11.99
An overlooked Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack from the 80s – surprisingly well-done, and at a level that both reflects Serge's earlier styles and a much deeper ear for film scoring! There's a main theme that's delivered with this beautifully echoey piano line – sometimes playful, sometimes somber – almost like a melody from a Francis Lai film score – and balanced with some more stylized 80s elements that reflect the instrumental sounds in Gainsbourg's own records of the time – almost a reworking of older 70s trash modes, but towards more comedic ends for the film. The piano passages are especially wonderful – and a real revelation, as they show an emotive quality we don't normally associate with Serge – and titles include "Travelo", "Traverse", "Traveste", "Trave", "Travaux", "Traviolta One", "Travelling", and "Travers". CD also features 6 rare bonus cuts too! CD

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✨✧ Gilberto GilGilberto Gil (1969) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
The rare 3rd album by Gilberto Gil, and a key piece of the Tropicalia puzzle – one of the most wildly experimental albums from those years, and Gil's last before going into exile! The sound is much more electric than his other albums from the late 60's – and the production, songwriting, and instrumentation get very crazy at times – but never too crazy to cover up Gilberto's excellent singing, which is still as filled with feeling as ever. Arrangements are by the mighty Rogerio Duprat, who does as great a job here of balancing Gil's sensitivities as he does on Gal Costa's sublime efforts from 1969 – and the instrumentation is a weird and wonderful mix of Bahian rhythms, fuzzy guitar, and crazy electronics – all heartfelt one minute, freaked out the next. Tracks include "Cerebro Eletronico", "Volks Volkswagen Blue", "Futurivel", and "2001", which was written by Tom Ze and Rita Lee – plus the wild cut "Objecto Semi-Identificado", which is sort of a John Cage-esque track of found radio and electronics, with vocals by Gil! And as an added bonus, you get 5 bonus cuts: demos of "Cultura E Civilizacao" and "Come Medo, Com Pedro", a duet with Jorge Ben & Caetano Veloso on "Queremos Guerra", a live version of the cut "Aquele Abraco", and the cut "Oma Lao". CD

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Gilberto GilGilberto Gil (1971) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare British recording from Gilberto Gil – sung completely in English, and recorded while living in London, in political exile along with Caetano Veloso! The album's somewhat similar to Veloso's famous London album from 1971 – certainly in structure, as the backings are relatively stripped-down, and mostly feature acoustic guitar, bass, and percussion, alongside Gil's English lyrics. But the record's somewhat different too – in that it's got a brighter, more redemptive feel – almost an indication that Gilberto's time abroad hadn't been such a terrible thing – especially given that the record is a new creative departure in his music! The English lyrics are really a treat – and are sometimes sung as a broken strand of familiar words, trying to work themselves together into a fragile tapestry of emotion – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not – but always beautiful, and always filled with the emotion of his experiences in exile! Titles include "Volkswagen Blues", "The Three Mushrooms", "Babylon", "Nega (Photograph Blues)", and "Mamma". 3 bonus cuts: "Can't Find My Way Home", "Up From The Skies", and a great version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". CD

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Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of ParisDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting approach to jazz vocals that was very much in the tradition of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but also drew inspiration from the earlier work of Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and others. Their sound is great – much more 60s groovy than some other vocal groups – and pairing them with Dizzy gives this record an added punch that some of their other sessions are missing! Backing is small combo throughout – with either Bud Powell or Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and James Moody on tenor – and with the presence of Diz, most of the material here is of bop orientation – taken at a fast and lively clip! Lalo Schifrin arranged the whole session too – and titles include "One Bass Hit", "Blue N Boogie", "Emanon", "Groovin High", "Ow", "The Champ", "Tin Tin Deo", "Hot House", and "Con Alma". CD

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✨✧ GimmicksBrasilian Samba ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
The warmth of Brazil meets the cool breeze of Sweden – and the result is an album that's as groovy as groovy can be! The Swedish combo The Gimmicks perform a set of tunes that's very much in the Sergio Mendes/Brasil 66 mode – harmony vocals over the top of bossa arrangements, all sparkling with a sweet 60s finish! The tunes are great – and include favorites like "Look Around", "Roda", "The Joker", "Walk On By", "Chove Chuva", and "Look Of Love", as well as less-performed gems like "Boink", "California My Way", and "Bom Bom Bay". The album sits perfectly next to your A&M classics – and it's a heck of a lot rarer too! CD

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Pierre Henry/Michel ColombierMesse Pour Le Temps Present ... CD
Philips (France), 1967. New Copy ... $16.99
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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✨✧ JoyceEncontro Marcado ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Damn – what a great album! This is Joyce's second solo album – and it's a landmark in Brazilian music, stretching way past the bossa styles of her first release, into a groove that's free, jazzy, and open-ended, a real shift towards the genius of her work in the 70s and 80s. Arrangements are by Luiz Eca of the Tamba Trio – and they have a complicated jazzy approach that really lets Joyce open up as a singer, moving into the sort of territory that you'd expect from artists like Marcos Valle or Elis Regina. The album's a real gem, and it's so rare that it hardly got any global circulation at the time – despite Joyce's later fame at a worldwide level. Titles include "Adam Adam", "Encontro Marcado", "Bom Dia", "Longe Do Tempo", "Asa Branca", "Como Vai, Vai Bem", "Caminho Pro Sol", and "Preparando Um Luminoso". CD

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✨✧ JoyceJoyce (1968) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
The first album by Joyce – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! The album's a wonderfully lyrical batch of tracks – many written by Joyce herself, plus a few by Brazilian songwriters Jards Macale, Toninho Horta, and Marcos Valle – and the orchestrations are by Gaya, and played on a number of tracks by Dori Caymmi and his group. The style shows many elements of Joyce's later unique style, filtered through a more standard late bossa sound – light and breezy, but with a bit of a dark edge that's in a classic Jobim mode. Includes the track "Superego", which feels a lot like Joyce from the 70s – plus the lovely "Litoral", and the tracks "Me Disseram", "Nao Muda, Nao", "Cantiga De Procura", "Choro Chorado", "Bloco Do Eu Sozinho", and "Improvisado". CD
 
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Chico FeitosaChico Fim De Noite Aprenta ... CD
Forma/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the rare treasures from the legendary Forma label – a set of vocals and compositions by singer Chico Feitosa, set to sophisticated arrangements by Oscar Castro Neves, and produced to perfection by the amazing Roberto Quartin! There's a style here that's even a cut above similar work on Elenco or Philips from the time – a blend of bossa, jazz, and more ambitious scoring – all done in a style that's still got plenty of personal moments, despite the greater vision of the music! Feitosa's vocals are wonderful – darkly echoey, almost a bit like Geraldo Vandre, but not as dynamic – and Castro Neves' arrangements bring in just the right sort of sadness to fit the tunes perfectly without smothering them in emotion. A tremendous achievement, with impeccable sound – and a set of tracks that include "Fim De Noite", "Caminho", "Borboleta", "Abandono", "Inquietacao", "Sou So Saudade", "Canto", "Cancao Do Olhar Amado", and "O Amor Que Acabou". CD

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Elis ReginaElis, Essa Mulher ... CD
Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... About July 18, 2015 (delayed)
Really great late work from Elis Regina – 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". CD

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VariousUltimate Suburbia Suite – Evergreen Review ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Totally wonderful music in a host of groovy styles – all brought together in a massive package that really takes us back to some of the best Japanese compilations from the previous decade! The music here is a rich blend of jazz, Brazilian, vocal, Latin, French, and other groovy styles – all hand-picked by Toru Hashimoto, who's given us both the Cafe Apres-Midi and Free Soul collections in the past – and who really outdoes himself here with a stunning array of 58 titles from labels like Verve, A&M, Philips, Capitol, and other cool companies in the 60s! The 2CD package features notes on all tracks in Japanese, but also include small images of the records they were pulled from – and titles include "Under The Blanket" by Pisano & Ruff, "Catavento" by Christine Legrand, "Pigmalio 70" by Umas & Otras, "Les Voyages" by Jeanne Moreau, "Speak Now" by Monica Zetterlund, "Passing By" by The Beach Boys, "Call Me" by Chris Montez, "How Beautiful You Are" by Jimmy Castor, "Feminina" by Joyce, "Que Temps Fait-Il A Paris" by Alain Romans, "Who Needs You" by Claudine Longet, "I'll Follow You" by Bunky & Jake, "Love So Fine" by Pete Jolly, "Who's Afraid" by Sue Raney, "And You Never Knew" by Howdy Moon, "All I Want' by Nick DeCaro, and "And I Love Her" by Gary McFarland. 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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✨✧ VariousJazz Club – Psychedelic Jazz – The Best Mindblowing Spaced-Out Jazz Grooves ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... 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 BenAlo Alo, Como Vai? ... CD
Som Livre/Bomba (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tighter than Jorge Ben's funky work from the early 70s – but still pretty darn great! The record's got Jorge working in a smoother vein than on his Philips sides, with the same sort of modern soul approach that Marcos Valle and other older Brazilian singers were using at the time. But since Jorge's always been a soulster from the start, the style works perfectly for his warm vocals and his keen talent for putting over a groove. Arrangements have kind of a brassy funky samba groove – and titles include "Ma Ma Ma Ma Mae", "Solitario Surfista", "Olha A Pipa", "Cae Cae Caetano", "Alo Alo, Como Vai?", and "A Cegohna Me Deixou Em Mardureira". CD
Also available Alo Alo, Como Vai? (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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✨✧ VariousMercury Living Presence 3 (53CD box set) ... CD
Mercury, 1950s/1960s. New Copy 53CD box set ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best volume so far in this wonderful series – Universal's repressing of vintage Mercury Living Presence albums in limited boxes with original LP-styled sleeves! The titles here include some of the more unusual, more obscure Living Presence titles – 10 of which appear here on CD for the first time, others pulled from the well-mastered 90s run of reissues – and the set even includes four titles that were issued on Philips, but done by the Mercury team – which makes for a great addition. Many of the works are conducted by the Mercury heavyweights – Antal Dorati, Paul Paray, and Howard Hanson – and the range of composers includes Lalo, Dvorak, Franck, Bloch, Gerswhin, Berlioz, Tchiakovsky, Rimsky Korasakov, and Handel – with a bit less of the vocal or "gimmicky" performances that sometimes showed up on the label. Repertoire is rock-solid throughout – and the package comes with a heavy book that offers notes on each title too! CD
 
 
 



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