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Arnaldo BaptistaArnaldo Baptista Box (Loki/Elo Perdido/Faremos Uma Noitada Excelente/Singin Alone/Let It Bed) (5CD set) ... CD
Philips/Canal (Brazil), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $49.99 102.99
A special box set of work from this key member of Os Mutantes – one that looks at all the many facets of his compelling solo career! The first album in the set is the landmark Loki – an incredibly crazy and messed-up album of tracks cut by Arnaldo Baptista after the breakup of Os Mutantes. Baptista wrote all of the songs, except for one, which lists "Os Mutantes" in the credits – and the tracks feature his booze-drenched vocals right up front, with backing by piano, and some very theatrical arrangements that are quite different than the work of his earlier Tropicalia group. The record is tough to describe – sort of a mix of early 70s Euro singer/songwriter trends, particularly those of the Saravah scene – with maybe a bit of post-psyche rock, with piano as the most dominant instrument in the mix. There's a surprisingly personal feel to the whole thing – and titles include "Uma Pessoa So", "Nao Estou Nem Ai", "Desculpe", "E Facil", and "Navegar De Novo". The package also features Singin Alone, from 1982 – a very spare, very boozy solo LP by this ex-Mutantes member. Most of the tracks have him sitting at the piano, singing along in very raspy vocals, with most of the lyrics in English. The record is very different from the Mutantes records, but is an excellent bit of work in the rock singer-songwriter tradtion (which might here include Leonard Cohen or Tom Waits, as comparable examples.) We don't really know what Baptista's up to at this point, but the record is a haunting solo work, with many great tracks like "Jesus, Come Back To Earth", "I Fell In Love One Day", and "O Sol". Next is Elo Perdido – a collaboration with Patrulha Do Espacao - followed by Let It Bed, a more recent album that shows that Baptista had developed into a surprisingly sensitive songwriter. But maybe most amazing is Faremos Uma Noita Da Excelente – a live set from 1978 that also features work from Patrulha Do Espacao – and which wasn't issued at the time! 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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Claude BollingVivre La Nuit ... CD
Philips/Rambling (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the grooviest work we've ever heard from Claude Bolling – a wicked 60s score for a film that featured Serge Gainsbourg on screen, and a host of mod singers on the soundtrack! Bolling brings in a great range of jazzy modes – hardly the trad or classical-styled sounds you'd know from his bigger albums, and more the sort of soul jazz he recorded only briefly in the 60s. About half the tracks are instrumentals by Claude – with bits of Hammond and guitar heard to best effect on the funky "Blue Beat". But the vocal cuts are equally great – still penned by Bolling, often with lyrical help from Nicole Croisille – sung by vocalists who include Jose Bartel, Gerry Beckles, The Girls, and Danielle Licari. Titles include "Voici Le Jour", "Heart & Soul", "Once More", "Good Cook", "Blue Strip", "Vivre La Nuit", "Get That Feelin", and "Purple Night". 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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Francois De RoubaixL'Homme Orchestre (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Rambling (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever written by one of the maddest composers we've ever heard! Although Francois DeRoubaix never gets as much fame as some of the other big French composers, his work from the late 60s and early 70s is completely insane – as you'll hear on this groovy gem from 1970! The album's got a stunning array of great tracks – from funky groovers, to moody 60s numbers, to oddly-instrumentated numbers that show DeRoubaix as sort of a late 60s Raymond Scott – a wonderfully hip soundtrack talent who gets plenty of freedom to do his thing on this wonderful film score! Two tracks have vocals – "Yacht", sung by Olivier De Funes, and "Les Poupons" – sung by Olivier & Louis De Funes – and one more track, "Ballet Du Reve", has a cool spoken bit. Other titles include "Claquettes", "Audition", "Footing", "Judo", "Piti Piti Pas", and "Les Grosses Caisses". CD also features 7 bonus tracks too. CD

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Klaus DoldingerDoldinger Goes On ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $22.99
A lost treasure from German saxophonist Klaus Doldinger – one of his best records from the 60s, recorded at a key point when he was really shifting his style! The set's still got Klaus working with keyboardist Ingfried Hoffmann, whose work on organ made his early records so great – but on this set Hoffmann also shifts from organ to piano on a few of the tracks, working through a modal jazz style that has strong leanings towards the nascent Saba/MPS groove of the time! Doldinger himself is also really opening up – playing soprano sax as well as tenor, and going for a snakey sort of tone that fits in really well with the modally grooves, and which also sets the stage for a European style of sax work of the 70s, without all of the overindulgences that would show up in his own later work. Really great stuff all the way through, and a groove-happy album that's filled with delights! Titles include "Watch It", "Just A Little Bit Of Soul", "Five For You", "Tears", and "Quartenwalzer". Never issued in the US, either! CD

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Serge GainsbourgHistoire De Melody Nelson (deluxe edition) ... CD
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... $11.99 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
Also available Histoire De Melody Nelson (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Serge GainsbourgManon 70/Se J'etais Un Epsion/Mister Freedom/Anna ... CD
Philips/Rambling (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
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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✨✧ 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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Masabumi KikuchiIn Concert ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
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 LeaoCom Acucar Com Afeto ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Lovely stuff! This record's a stunning batch of light tracks – most with a jazzy samba or late bossa sound – and the kind of sparkling production that Nara used a lot more later in the decade. Antonio Adolfo plays piano (and very nicely, we might add!) – and the rest of the group features great jazz players like Octavio Burnier and Jose Roberto Bertrami, all of whom give the session a tight beautiful feel. Nara's voice is incredible, and has a lot more emotion and feeling than on her earlier albums. Every track on the album was written by Chico Buarque – and titles include "Mambembe", "Olhos Nos Olhos", "Samba E Amor", "Dueto", "A Rita", "Trocando Em Miudos", and "Baioque". 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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MPB4Tres Tons (10 Anos Depois/Canto Dos Homens/Vira Virou) (3CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1975/1976/1980. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99
Three hard to find albums from this wonderful group – all packaged together in a single set! First up is 10 Anos Depois – smooth harmony vocals by the classic Brazilian quartet MPB4 – released on the 10th anniversary of the group, and an excellent example of the way they'd matured over the years! The style is still in the mode of their older work – with harmonies right up front in the mix – but the overall style is more sophisticated, with touches of jazz, and complicated musical backings by Wagner Tiso, Magro, and Francis Hime. Quarteto Em Cy join the group on versions of "Ana Luiza" and "Pressentimento" – and the album's got an excellent reading of Milton Nascimento's "Vera Cruz", as well as "Galope", "Canto Triste", and "Amei Tanto". Canto Dos Homens was recorded with a smooth electric feel that works well for their sweet harmonies. The album features songs by Joao Bosco, Livan Lins, Chico Buarque, and Edu Lobo – and the overall sound is different than their 60s work, but great in many different ways. It's because of groups like this that Brazil was able to hang onto a harmony sound long after American groups of the 60s had faded away – and if you dig the Brazilian harmony work of the 70s, you'll like this one a lot. Titles include "O Ronco Da Cuica", "Corrente", "Canto Dos Homens", "Aparecida", "Moreno", "Bola Ou Bulica", and "Negro, Negro". Vira Virou has the group in perfect form, harmony vocal-wise, and the arrangements on most tracks are light and jazzy, slightly modern in instrumentation, but perfectly conceived to bring out the best of the group's singing style. Titles include "Depende", "Olhar De Cobra", "Compadres", "Viracao", "Linha De Montagem", and "Bilhete". CD

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Ebo TaylorTwer Nyame ... CD
Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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
Also available Twer Nyame ... LP 23.99

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Celia VazMutacao ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $18.99
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 VelosoMuito (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A late 70s gem from Caetano Veloso – masterfully understated, and handled in a mature "no tricks" mode, one that he began adopting strongly as he increased his abilities in songwriting and arranging in the latter half of the decade! The tracks are less crazy than on earlier records, but they're also much more well-constructed – with freshly-selected instrumentation, great little hooks, and excellent vocals from Caetano that really cut us to the quick, even if we can't understand the lyrics. The set's exactly the kind of universal record that pushed Veloso far out of Brazil as he regained his strengths back home – and titles include "Terra", "Quem Cochicha o Rabo Espicha", "Muito", "Sampa", and "Ca Ja". 2 bonus tracks on this Japanese CD edition: "Amante Amado" and "Pecado Original". CD

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✨✧ FloorFirst Floor (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/RPM (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully trippy album from the Danish scene of the late 60s – one that's as playful and psychedelic as you might guess from the cover! The tunes are all originals, and all sung in English – and have this great mix of jangle-pop and pop-psych elements that's totally great – clearly inspired by The Beatles in the post-Rubber Soul years, but also coming across with a more personal sort of charm as well – with styles that echo some of the best Hollies material of the period. Some tunes have great baroque backings, others are nice and stripped-down – and the whole thing's the sort of heavy winner that would have made much bigger waves had it gotten issued here in the US. Titles include "Hey Mr Flowerman", "Trusting Mr Jones", "In Every Hand", "Mrs O'Grady", "Nevertheless", "Little Mr So & So", and 'Hush". CD features two bonus tracks from singles – "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "Open The Door Homer". CD

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✨✧ Charlie Munro QuartetEastern Horizons ... CD
Philips/Be! (Germany), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally cool little record – and one that more than lives up to the Eastern promise of its cover! The album's a real stunner from Australian reedman Charlie Munro – a beautiful mix of jazz and exotic elements, at a level that puts it up there with a rare few records that work this well – like the Indo-Jazz experiments of Joe Harriott, the earlier recordings of Ahmed Abdul Malik, and maybe the legendary Jazz Meets World series on MPS! Munro's range of influences is nicely varied here – with some elements of Indian music, others borrowed from Japan, and even some from points that are a bit more Mid-East – mostly delivered on familiar jazz instrumentation, but with very dramatic results. Charlie plays tenor, alto, soprano sax, and bass clarinet – plus a bit of flute and cello too – and the rest of the group includes Mark Bowden on drums and vibes, Neville Whitehead on bass, and Bob McIvor on trombone – an instrument that's often used in these dark, bassy tones with the rhythms. Titles include "Islamic Suite", "Arch's Groove", "Malahari Raga", "David", "Japanese Love Song", "Minimum", "When I Look At You", and "Raised Eyebrows". 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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✨✧ Nara LeaoMeu Primeiro Amor ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Light and lovely tunes from Nara Leao – a sweet mid 70s session that's filled with great vocals and a fair bit of acoustic guitar! The sound here isn't nearly as dark as Leao's work of the 60s – and even as some of her albums from a few years before – but the record's still rich in feeling, and recorded with a relatively spare, personal quality that's never slick or commercial at all – just a warming up of some of the ideas explored in Dez Anos Depois. Arrangements are by Antonio Adolfo and Luis Claudio Ramos – and titles include "Marcha Dos Gafanhotos", "Trevo De Quatro Folhas", "Fiz A Cama Na Varanda", "Sabial Larajeira", "Colar De Estrelas", and "Meu Primeiro Amor". CD
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Jorge BenA Banda Do Ze Pretinho ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99
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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Georges BrassensLe Temps Ne Fait Rien (19CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 19 CDs ... $79.99
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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Jackson Do PandeiroO Rei Do Ritmo (15CD set) ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 15CD ... $139.99
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

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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 ... $16.99 29.99
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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Cesar Camargo MarianoOcteto de Cesar Camargo Mariano ... CD
RGE/Bomba (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
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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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 ... $46.99
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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Nina SimoneFolksy Nina ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
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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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
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 ... $14.99
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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VariousAmazing Bossa Nova – Journey To Rio De Janeiro ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1960s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $29.99
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 ... $31.99
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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✨✧ VariousJazz Club – Psychedelic Jazz – The Best Mindblowing Spaced-Out Jazz Grooves ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
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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✨✧ Jacques BrelLive In Paris 1960/1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960/1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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