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Jorge BenBen (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ... $5.99 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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Jorge BenBig Ben ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1963. New Copy ... $11.99
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 BenSolta O Pavao ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
An overlooked treasure from the great Jorge Ben – an album recorded between the fame of his "Taj Mahal" hit and Africa Brasil classic – and a set that's every bit as wonderful as those two records! There's a tight, choppy groove to most of the set – that mix of samba, soul, and currents of American funk that Jorge created in his music – turned here towards some of the unusual themes that showed up on his Tabua De Esmeralda album, but maybe given a bit more punch, too – so that even without the benefit of language, the vocals and grooves on the set are completely captivating to a global audience! There's loads of fresh sounds here – some real under-discovered gems from Jorge's key 70s years – and titles include "Cuidado Com O Bulldog", "Zagueiro", "Para Ouvir No Radio (Luciana)", "Jorge De Capadocia", "Dumingaz", "Se Segura Malandro", and "Jesualda". CD

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Chico BuarqueChico Buarque (1984) (CD & book) ... CD
Philips/Abril Cultural (Brazil), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked gem from Chico's mid 80s period – a record filled with strong and subtle songs, often backed by some nicely jazz-tinged arrangements from Cristovao Bastos! The album's not as revolutionary as some of Chico's earlier records, but it more than makes up for that with an incredibly solid quality overall – and a mature, sophisticated approach to songwriting that easily matches some of Caetano Veloso's best work of the same time. Titles include "Pleas Tabelas", "Samba Do Grande Amor", "Mil Perdoes", "Vai Passar", "As Cartas", and "Suburbano Coracao". Amazing package, too – comes in a hardcover book-style jacket, with a bonus 42 page book that also includes full color images, with lots of vintage photos, plus notes on the record in Portuguese! The whole thing's sort of an update of the old Abril Cultural style of the 70s – brought into the CD generation. CD

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Erasmo CarlosCarlos, Erasmo – Erasmo Carlos (1971) ... CD
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 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 21.99

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Gal CostaIndia ... CD
Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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. Instrumentationincludes 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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Nara LeaoOpiniao De Nara (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
Beautiful work from the incredible Nara Leao – a record that's lightly driven by the bossa, but with some sadder and darker touches that really set the sound apart! Backings on most tracks are simply spare percussion, and an acoustic guitar follows Nara's vocals as they dart in and out of the shadows – giving the record the moody feel of some of Baden Powell's best late 60s work, but with a slightly lighter feel overall – thanks to Nara's vocals. There's a great undercurrent of melancholy throughout – but one that doesn't overwhelm the record, as on some of the too-emotive sides by Brazilian divas of a few years before – and overall, the whole thing is an amazing balance of styles that comes off perfectly! Titles include "Mal Me Quer", "Labareda", "Esse Mundo E Meu", "Opiniao", "Acender As Velas", and "Sina De Caboclo". CD features bonus tracks – "Acender As Velas" and a Spanish language version of "Opiniao". CD

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Les ParisiennesL'Integrale 1964 to 1969 (3CD) ... CD
Philips/Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $18.99 29.99
The complete work of Les Parisiennes – a lovely female French pop group from the 60s – supervised by pianist Claude Bolling! The 3CD package brings together all the quartet's music for Philips Records in the mid 60s – a surprisingly big batch of recordings, given that most of them were done in the space of four short years – and presented here with an equally big range of styles to match! Some of the tunes are done in that older-styled, jazz boogie mode that Bolling used in his own instrumental work – but others are sweeter, lighter, and show echoes of the other pop modes going down in Paris during the 60s. The group's an under-discovered gem from these key French pop years – and the 71 track package features titles that include "Je Te Desteste", "Ce Soir A St Tropez", "Les Parisiennes", "File Le Temps", "Il Flotte", "Paris Je T'Aime D'Amor", "Theme De Borsalino", "Bonnie & Clyde", "Boom Band A Bang", "Jimmy Brown", "Les Zozos", "Le Tunnel Sous La Manche", "Les Frites", "La Salade", "Hans", "Mickey Tintin Et Spirou", and "Dans La Poche Du Kangourou". CD

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Paul MauriatPenelope/Holidays ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy ... $16.99
Two early 70s gems from French easy maestro Paul Mauriat – both from a time when he was at the height of his powers! Penelope has a sexy lady on the front cover, and a sound that definitely matches that mood too – although Mauriat also manages to bring up some funky strings at a few points too – maybe giving the music more of a special sort of soundtrack mix than some of his earlier records! The sound is bright, but never too polished – and titles include "Penelope", "Melancholy Man", "La Bikina", "Et Mourir De Plaisir", "Reviens Je T'Aime", and "Etude In The Form Of Rhythm & Blues". Holidays is a sweet set that serves up easy instrumental versions of European and American pop hits from the late 60s and early 70s – all done with that spacious blend of strings, piano, and electric bottom bass that always made Paul Mauriat one of the sexier, slinkier easy listening artists of his time! Titles include "Jesus Cristo", "Holidays", "La Chanson Pour Anna", "Mother Of Mine", "Here's To You", "Speak Softly Love", and "Apres Toi". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard player!)

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Caetano VelosoCinema Transcendental (with bonus track) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
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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✨✧ Klaus Doldinger5 Original Albums (Jazz Made In Germany/Live At Blue Note Berlin/In Sudamerika/Doldinger Goes On/So Much Doldinger) (5CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most soulful jazz recorded in Europe during the 1960s – four full albums by legendary German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger, plus a bonus compilation that's filled with rare singles too! Doldinger's probably best remembered for the more dynamic fusion he cut with the Passport group in the 70s, but back in his early years he was full on soul jazz player, steeped in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Stitt, and others before him – all players that we'd easily rank Doldinger with during these years, given the ultra-high level of his work for Philips! But given his German orientation, Doldinger also picked up on some of the freer influences that were running around the European scene of the 60s – and the tracks here don't just sparkle with American soul jazz sounds, but also show a bit of Brazilian and more progressive jazz influences as well. And alongside Doldinger's tremendous tenor and soprano sax, the recordings here are equally noteworthy for the organ lines of Ingrfried Hoffmann – an ultra-cool player on the Hammond, with the mixture of rhythmic energy and playfulness you might find in the work of Jack McDuff for Prestige at the same time! Doldinger and Hoffmann cook tremendously throughout – so much so, you can easily forget their country of origin, and just put these sides on equally next to your favorites from Prestige or Cadet. The set features four rare albums, each in tiny LP-styled sleeves – plus the So Much Doldinger set, which features 17 titles in all, including some Latin-styled tunes, and others cut with Paul Nero's Blue Sounds combo. CD

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✨✧ Pierre Henry/Michel ColombierMesse Pour Le Temps Present ... CD
Philips (France), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary album – one that came from the more serious side of the French electronic scene of the 60s – but which has gone on to great fame in a number of different scenes – thanks to its mad blend of funk and electronics! There's grooves here you'll recognize from famous hip hop or club samples, and styles that clearly pave the way for later groups like Stereolab – but back in the 60s, this is where it all began – when electronic pioneer Pierre Henry decided to work with groovy French arranger Michel Colombier – on a batch of tracks for a ballet that were years ahead of their time! The styles here are wonderful – and in addition to the funkier cuts, there's also some spare electronic moments that link back towards some of Henry's more academic catalog – which makes for a great album as the funk bursts out of the spookier sounds. The set includes the full Messe Pour Le Temps Present – done with Colombier – plus parts of Le Voyage, Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir, and La Reine Verte. Titles include the famous "Psyche Rock", plus "Teen Tonic", "Jericho Jerk", "Too Fortiche", "Les Divinites Paisibles", "Mort", "Danse Du Jeune Homme", and "Rock Electronique". CD
Also available Messe Pour Le Temps Present ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Paul MauriatNoel (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare Christmas album from French maestro Paul Mauriat – presented with a style that's maybe a bit more lush and scented with the season than some of his other albums of the time! The strings are a bit fuller, and the rhythms more laidback – so that the overall vibe is more in the best Christmas orchestral mode of the 60s – and a bit less like some of Mauriat's famous instrumental pop. Still, the approach is a nice one for those late hours after the party – when the fire's still going in the fireplace, and you're sitting around with the last few visitors enjoying a nightcap. Titles include "Rin Rin", "Among The Cattle & Grey Donkey", "Adeste Fideles", "Silent Night"," White Christmas", and "Little Father Christmas". CD also features 7 more Christmas tunes – including "Alle Jahre Wider", "Liese Riselt Der Schnee", "For Never & Always", and "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer". CD

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✨✧ Jane BirkinBaby Alone In Babylone (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A later album from Jane B, but one that's still pretty darn groovy, thanks to arrangements from Alan Hawkshaw! The overall sound is somewhat in keeping with the date – keyboards and rhythms that sound more 80s than 70s – but the tunes themselves have all the breathy, sensual qualities of Birkin's best work with Serge Gainsbourg from years back – no surprise, given that Serge wrote all the tunes in the set! As before, the combination of Birkin and Gainsbourg is hard to resist – still the standard by which so much other work like this should be judged – on either side of the Atlantic. Titles include "Overseas Telegram", "Rupture Au Miroir", "Haine Pour Aime", and "Norma Jean Baker". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Chico BuarqueAlmanaque (CD & book) ... CD
Philips/Abril Cultural (Brazil), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The kind of record that kept Chico Buarque going strong well into his later years – a beautifully-penned, beautifully-sung album filled with subtle graces and charms! The style here is vaguely samba-oriented, but as with most of Chico's other work, it's delivered in a mode that defies simple genre distinctions – that true blend of modes that Buarque virtually introduced in the early years of MPB, and which he could still pull off better than anyone else. The album's wonderfully free of gimmicks, and has a depth that really rewards repeated listenings – and backings are by a host of top-shelf musicians who include Toquinho, Toninho Horta, Cristovao Bastos, Mauro Senise, Robertinho Silva, Djalma Correa, and Marcio Montarroyos. Arrangements are mostly by Francis Hime, who also plays on the record – but Dori Caymmi and Edu Lobo also contribute arrangements too. Titles include "As Vitrines", "Almanaque", "Tanto Amar", "Angelica", "Moto Continuo", "Ela e Dancarina", and "O Meu Guri". Amazing package, too – comes in a hardcover book-style jacket, with a bonus 42 page book that also includes full color images, with lots of vintage photos, plus notes on the record in Portuguese! The whole thing's sort of an update of the old Abril Cultural style of the 70s – brought into the CD generation. CD

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✨✧ Chico BuarqueChico Buarque (1978) (CD & book) ... CD
Philips/Abril Cultural (Brazil), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Chico's strongest albums of the late 70s – a masterful set of sophisticated tunes, recorded with some great guest help from Milton Nascimento, Zizi Possi, and Elba Ramalho! The album's got a slightly melancholy feel overall – not completely somber, but a slightly world-weary sound that makes the album a bit different and more mature than some of Chico's earlier work – and which beautifully unlocks a new chapter in his tremendous talents. The style is great – perfect for Buarque's growing international fame at the time, but not in a way that's ever too commercial. Titles include "Calice", "Feijoada Completa", "Tanto Mar", "Apesar De Voce", "Pequena Serenata Diurna", and "Ate O Fim". Amazing package, too – comes in a hardcover book-style jacket, with a bonus 42 page book that also includes full color images, with lots of vintage photos, plus notes on the record in Portuguese! The whole thing's sort of an update of the old Abril Cultural style of the 70s – brought into the CD generation. CD

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✨✧ Chico BuarqueSinal Fechado (CD & book) ... CD
Philips/Abril Cultural (Brazil), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Chico pays tribute to a host of other Brazilian composers – but he manages to make the work entirely his own, thanks to a deeply personal approach! Styles here run the gamut from samba to sophisticated, often handled with slightly jazzy undercurrent – and backings are by Perinho Albuquerque, in a warm mode that sometimes has fuller flute, guitar, and percussion – but which also drops out at times to give the record a much more intimate approach. Tunes are written by Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Noel Rosa, Nelson Cavaquinho, Vinicius De Moraes, and Sebastiao Nunes – and titles include "Festa Imodesta", "Filosofia", "Cuidado Com A Outra", "Lagrima", "Voce Nao Sabe Amar", "Ligia", and "Sem Compromisso". Amazing package, too – comes in a hardcover book-style jacket, with a bonus 42 page book that also includes full color images, with lots of vintage photos, plus notes on the record in Portuguese! The whole thing's sort of an update of the old Abril Cultural style of the 70s – brought into the CD generation. CD

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✨✧ Serge Gainsbourg & Jane BirkinJane Birkin – Serge Gainsbourg (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin – his paramour at the time, and a much younger woman! The pair come together beautifully here in a set of sensuous duets – tunes that have an open, honest approach to the relations between the sexes – yet never in any sort of cliched late 60s hippie-esque ways. This album is perhaps the archetypal Gainsbourg erotic effort – and it's filled with wonderful duets set to breathy, bouncy orchestrations – tunes that forged a whole new "adult" level in pop music – not just in France, but around the globe! The arrangements are amazing, and feature some of the weirdest instrumentation ever heard on a pop record – especially one that was as successful as this. Backings are by Athur Greenslade – and titles include the classic "69 Annee Erotique" and "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus", plus "Jane B", "Elisa", "Orang Outan", "Les Sucettes", and "Manon". CD
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✨✧ Lindolpho Gaya & Rogerio DupratOs Maestros Premiados ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Jorge BenEra Uma Vez A Banda Do Ze Pretinho – 1978 to 1981 (A Banda do Ze Pretinho/Salve Simpatia/Alo Alo Como Vai/Bem Vinda Amizade) (4CD set) ... CD
Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $54.99
Four albums from the second chapter in the career of Jorge Ben – packaged here in a single set, with a few bonus tracks too! First up is A Banda Do Ze Preinho – a record that's 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". Salve Simpatia is late 70s funky soul from Jorge Ben – a record that tightens up the sound a bit from his earlier years on Philips – but still keeps in all the core elements we love so much! The tracks bounce along with a tight samba soul approach that's built very much on Jorge's earlier experiments – handled with a bit more modern soul on the arrangements, but in a way that only makes the grooves come across more directly – in a style that's akin to some other Brazilian artists who were shifting more soul towards soul from other styles at the time – such as Marcos Valle and some of his contemporaries. Titles include "Salve Simpatia", "Ive Brussel", "Waldomiro Pena", "Adelita", "Occulatus Abis", and "Menina Crioula". Alo Alo Como Vai has 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". Bem Vinda Amizade is an 80s groover with a sound that's a bit of a change from his 70s classics! The backings show Ben picking up some modern soul elements from the US scene of the time – but these are also mixed with some rougher, rhythmic styles that are definitely Brazilian – which makes for a really compelling blend – quite similar to the samba and soul mix of Jorge's 70s records, but tuned towards the ears of a different generation overall. Bits of boogie mix in to the groove nicely – and titles include "Katarina Katarina", "Para Que Digladiar", "Santa Clara Clareou", "O Diam Em Que O Sol Declarou O Seu Amor Pela Terra", "Lorraine", and "Luiz Wagner Guitarreiro". CD set features 3 bonus tracks – "Natal Brasileiro", "Waimea 55,000", and "Saci Perere". CD

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Chocolate Do BahiaBarraca Do Chocolate ... CD
Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
An unusual album from 70s Brazil – one that's got a slightly different vibe than some of the other funky samba records of the period – both in the approach of the singer, and the overall groove! There's definitely a samba core to the set – especially in the way a female backing group echoes the lead lyrics from Chocolate – but the arrangements are often quite diverse, and really move through a range of different rhythmic patterns – sometimes straight samba, sometimes with almost jazzy changes – which creates all these instrumental colors that match the unusual phrasing of Chocolate Do Bahia. The style is almost a bit like some of the Philips 70s work of Emilio Santiago – but still very unique overall – and titles include "Ele Guenta", "Me Da Birinaite", "Meu Passarinho", "Sereia Sereia", "Roda De Samba", "Nao Deixa Nao", and "La Vem O Homem". CD

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Antonio Carlos JobimMusic Of Antonio Carlos Jobim – Beach & Forest ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
A beautiful collection of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim – and one that features some songs recorded by the maestro himself, and other recordings of his compositions handled by key Brazilian contemporaries! The title's a reference to the way the set's divided up – in that CD 1 is "beach", with some slightly breezier tunes – and CD2 is "forest", with some deeper strands of Jobim's work, especially moving into the 70s. The package features 30 tracks in all, and a good number of harder-to-find tracks from Brazilian Philips recordings, as well as Verve classics – with titles that include "A Felicidade" by Sylvia Telles, "So Danco Samba" by Wanda De Sah, "Samba De Uma Nota So" by Os Cariocas, "O Amor Em Paz" by Toninho Horta, "Piano Na Mangueira" by Quarteto Em Cy & MPB4, "Olha Maria" by Chico Buarque, "Vivo Sonhando" by Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, "Correnteza" by Boca Livre, "Dindi" by Sylvia Telles, and "Aguas De Marco" by Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim – plus "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce", "Passarim", "Luiza", "Chega De Saudade", "Triste", and "Wave" by Jobim himself. 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 SimoneNina Simone With Strings ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
Only Nina could make us love a "strings" setting so much – moving past the sleepiness that usually graces such vocal albums, and using the backings to give her work an added level of majesty and power that we really really love! The feel is a bit like some of Nina's later Philips recordings – in that the larger arrangements are used to hint at larger moods and concepts that lurk behind familiar and folksy tracks. The approach is most famously heard on the album's incredible reading of "I Loves You Porgy" – but all titles are great, and other tunes include "Pigs Foot & A Bottle Of Beer", "Chain Gang", "The Man With The Horn", and "Falling In Love". CD
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✨✧ Billie HolidayClassic Lady Day (Solitude/Recital/Velvet Mood/Lady Sings The Blues/All Or Nothing At All) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1950s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
5 late albums from Billie Holiday – all collected in one sweet set, in tiny LP-styled sleeves, too! First up is Solitude – classic Billie Holiday for Verve – sad, blue-tinged, and recorded with great small combo backing – in a mode that really updates the sound of her initial recordings while still keeping the best elements intact! Players include Oscar Peterson, Alvin Stoller, Barney Kessell, and Ray Brown on the core group – plus bits of added solo work from Flip Phillips on tenor and Charlie Shavers on trumpet. Titles include "Solitude", "Moonglow", "Tenderly", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "East Of The Sun", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "Easy To Love". Recital is not really a recital in the "live" sense, in that the album's a studio session – but a great batch of classic Verve sides by Billie Holiday! The care and quality of the record definitely demonstrate that the Verve years are some of Holiday's best – and for the session, Norman Granz has backed up Billie with a great batch of musicians – including Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Flip Philips on tenor, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Oscar Peterson on piano. Tracks include "Remember", "Yesterdays", "He's Funny That Way", "Stormy Weather", "My Man", and "Lover Come Back To Me" – and the cover has a portrait of Billie by David Stone Martin! Velvet Mood is a record with a velvet mood, but one with a bit of an edge – as you might expect from Billie Holiday in the 50s, hardly the stuff of a too-soft vocal date! The album's got Holiday working in wonderful small combo mode – getting some key Verve backup from players who include Sweets Edison on trumept, Benny Carter on alto sax, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Jimmy Rowles on piano – a warmly intimate group who really fit the sad-tinged vocals from Billie. Tracks are longish – maybe a bit more so than usual for a Holiday Verve session – and the set list includes beautiful renditions of "What's New", "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "When Your Lover Has Gone". Next 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". 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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✨✧ VariousHoneybeat – Groovy 60s Girl Pop ... CD
Sony/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best collections of 60s girl pop we've seen in years – all rare tracks pulled from the vaults of Columbia and RCA Records – presented with fantastic sound and a great set of notes! The collection's more on an Ace Records level than most we've seen from the Real Gone label – and certainly is a wonderful antidote to all the shoddy, cheapo collections of material like this on the market – a great testament to how great things can sound when the right sort of folks are put in charge of the project! The choice of cuts is great – very well-balanced between soul and pop, and artists you'll know and those you won't – with tracks that include "I Don't Want No Mama's Boy" by Erma Franklin, "I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy" by The What Four, "You're My Loving Baby" by The Sweet Things, "Stand By Me" by Little Eva, "Sweet Hunk Of Misery" by Linda Carr, "Don't Monkey With Me" by The Lollipops, "Baby You're Mine" by Sandi Shelton, "I Wish I Had Known" by Sandra Philips, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Nichelle Nichols, "I Just Don't Understand" by Carmen Cole, and "No News" by The Glories. CD
 
 
 



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