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Poppy FamilyWhich Way You Goin' Billy (plus bonus tracks) ... LP
London/Granadilla (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... About November 25, 2015 (delayed)
Sweet and groovy pop from The Poppy Family – a group that's probably best known for the fact that it included Terry Jacks before he went onto big fame with his solo hit "Seasons in the Sun". Terry's wife Susan sings on most of the cuts, and the album's got a nice feel that mixes folk rock and sunshine pop – heard to biggest fame in the album's great title cut, "Which Way You Goin Billy" Other cool tunes include "Free From the City", "Beyond the Clouds", "There's No Blood In Bone", "Happy Island", and "Of Cities & Escapes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Poppy FamilyWhich Way You Goin' Billy/Poppy Seeds ... CD
London/Granadilla (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... About November 25, 2015 (delayed)
Sweet and groovy pop from The Poppy Family – a group that's probably best known for the fact that it included Terry Jacks before he went onto big fame with his solo hit "Seasons in the Sun". Terry's wife Susan sings on most of the cuts, and the album's got a nice feel that mixes folk rock and sunshine pop – heard to biggest fame in the album's great title cut, "Which Way You Goin Billy" Other cool tunes include "Free From the City", "Beyond the Clouds", "There's No Blood In Bone", "Happy Island", and "Of Cities & Escapes". CD

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✨✧ Diana Ross & Michael Jackson/Quincy JonesEase On Down The Road/Poppy Girls ... 7-inch
Motown, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Sun RaFuturistic Sounds Of Sun Ra ... LP
Savoy/Poppy Disc (UK), 1961. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The one and only album that Sun Ra ever cut for the Savoy label – a beautifully understated session that mixes more conventional jazz with some particularly Ra-like touches! The group on the set is extremely tight – especially the horn work of John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Pat Patrick – who glide together along with some of the best mainstream modernists of the 50s, but break out with earthier tones and phrases that clearly mark their playing as different from the norm. Ra plays relatively straight piano for the album, but there's more than enough Arkestra touches from other players on bells and assorted percussion – emphasizing the rhythmic qualities of the tunes, and really living up to the promise of titles that include "Bassism", "China Gates", "Of Sounds And Something Else", "Tapestry From An Asteroid", "Jet Flight", "Space Jazz Reverie", and "Where Is Tomorrow?". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Futuristic Sounds Of Sun Ra ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Louis & Bebe BarronForbidden Planet – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Poppy Disc (UK), 1956. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Classic early electronic work from Louis & Bebe Barron – and the score to one of the best 50s space thrillers! This LP does a nice job of bringing the material out again – and although the sound quality isn't totally perfect, the spookiness of the music more than makes up for that. Titles include "Flurry of Dust", "The Landing", "Invisible Monster Approaches", and "Ancient Krell Music". 23 tracks in all – and lots of weird wonderful numbers! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Gato BarbieriFenix ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $7.99
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on drums, and additional percussion on most tracks. The cuts have a Latin finish to them, but they've also got a strongly pronounced soul jazz vibe – something that's missing from lots of Gato's other work, and which feels a lot here like some of Pharoah Sander's best work for Impulse! Titles include "Tupac Amaru", "Bahia", "Falsa Bahiana", "El Dia Que Me Quieras", "El Arriero" and "Carnavalito". LP, Vinyl record album

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ChrismaHibernation (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Polydor/Medical, 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)... $14.99
Sharp, dark, new wave genius from Chrisma – one of the duo's rare late 70s albums, and a standout gem that really deserves deeper discovery! There's a stark quality to most tunes here – one that reminds us of the mix of analogue elements and spare lyrics we love in the best of the Sheffield scene of the time – never too poppy or commercial, but somehow oddly catchy amidst all the weirdness and noisy bits! Vocals alternate between male or female leads from track to track – and some of the best tracks have a fuzzy noise that almost reminds us of The Normal. Titles include "Gott Gott Electron", "We R", "So You Don't", "Hibernated Nazi", "Aurora", and "Rush 79". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing, #278/500.)

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Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77Interlude ... CD
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
The hippest, coolest work we've ever heard from Jamie Cullum – a wonderful collaboration with Nostalgia 77, who bring a lot of deeper jazz tones back to Cullum's music! The members of the group shift from track to track, but really give the whole thing a soulful vibe that's been missing from some of Jamie's work in the past – a move back to his roots in jazz, with a sensibility that almost even steps farther back – and links him to hip 60s British talents like Georgie Fame or Zoot Money. Cullum's voice is wonderful, as always – but it's especially great to hear it in a setting like this, which is quite far from some of the more poppy directions he'd been heading on previous records. Titles include "The Seer's Tower", "Walkin", "Don't You Know", "Interlude", "Lovesick Blues", "Come & Get Me", "Out Of This World", "Make Someone Happy", "Good Morning Heartache", "Sack O Woe", and a version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" done with Gregory Porter. CD
Also available Interlude ... LP 16.99

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Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77Interlude ... LP
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 24.99
The hippest, coolest work we've ever heard from Jamie Cullum – a wonderful collaboration with Nostalgia 77, who bring a lot of deeper jazz tones back to Cullum's music! The members of the group shift from track to track, but really give the whole thing a soulful vibe that's been missing from some of Jamie's work in the past – a move back to his roots in jazz, with a sensibility that almost even steps farther back – and links him to hip 60s British talents like Georgie Fame or Zoot Money. Cullum's voice is wonderful, as always – but it's especially great to hear it in a setting like this, which is quite far from some of the more poppy directions he'd been heading on previous records. Titles include "The Seer's Tower", "Walkin", "Don't You Know", "Interlude", "Lovesick Blues", "Come & Get Me", "Out Of This World", "Make Someone Happy", "Good Morning Heartache", "Sack O Woe", and a version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" done with Gregory Porter. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Interlude ... CD 9.99

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Miles DavisYou're Under Arrest ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
Sweeter studio Miles Davis from the 80s – a record that takes the 70s electric experiments and fuses them into a sound that's got a lot more R&B influence than before! The style is a bit poppy at times, but never in a way that's too slick – and often, Davis is using his muted trumpet to state lines boldly in ways that still have a greater sense of depth and craft than most of his contemporaries. A few tracks show some of the gritty New York rock/funk trend of the time, while others are lighter and more lyrical – and titles include covers of "Time After Time" and "Human Nature" – Miles' attempt to find standards in contemporary pop – plus the tracks "Katia", "You're Under Arrest", "Ms Morrisine", and "One Phone Call/Street Scenes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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DeBargesDeBarges ... LP
Motown, 1981. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The wonderful first album from DeBarges – a surprisingly great batch of harmony soul that really updates the "family" sound of 70s groups like The Sylvers and Five Stairsteps – and helps it find a whole new place in the 80s! The arrangements are wonderfully old school – often mellow in a way that gives the harmonies plenty of space to shine – without any too-poppy elements that you might expect! And honestly, the whole thing has a relaxed, easygoing vibe that maybe makes it one of the best Motown moments from the time – and certainly one of the greatest Motown debuts of the decade. Titles include "Hesitated", "What's Your Name", "Queen Of My Heart", "You're So Gentle So Kind", and "Strange Romance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & some light wear.)

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You ... LP
Philly Groove, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Super Mama DjoboSuper Mama Djobo ... LP
New Dawn (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Rare work from this important Guinean combo – music recorded in Lisbon at the start of the 80s, and issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of the best elements come through – especially the incredible interplay on guitar, which is woven through the rhythms in this rich tapestry of sound – with lots of brilliantly breakout moments too. Vocals are sung in unison, which furthers the righteous spirit of the record – and although recorded in Europe, there's no attempt to commercialize the music or make it poppy at all. Titles include "Panseau Na Isna", "Marietu Djeme", "Manobra Da Pequena", "Wai Nene", and "Nambia". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Taana GardnerTaana Gardner (with bonus Kenton Nix CD) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as step out on a groover – always with that higher range of vocals that really made her a standout at the time, but in ways that are never gimmicky or poppy at all. And in fact, there's a lot more depth to the record than you'd guess from the dated exercise cover image – a classic soul approach that's also quite a surprise for the mostly disco West End label too. Tracks are all nice and long – and backings are by Sunship, with Bernard Wright on Fender Rhodes. Titles include "Work That Body", "We Got To Work It Out", "When You Touch Me", "Paradise Express", and "Just Be A Friend". CD features five bonus tracks – "Heartbeat (12" club)", "Heartbeat (12" party)", "No Frills (12" Larry Levan club)", "No Frills (12" party)", and "Work That Body (orig 12" mix)". Also then features a whole bonus CD – Kenton Nix's West End Works – with titles that include "There's Never Been No One Like You (orig 12")" by Kenix with Bobby Youngblood, "Heartbeat Rap" by Sweet G, "Rap Your Heart Out" by Sweet G, "Serious Sirius Space Party (12" club)" by Ednah Holt, "Chillin Out (12" voc)" by Inez Brooks, "No Sense (orig 12") by D'Bora, "That's The Word (unreleased 12")" by Taana Gardner, and more mixes of these tracks too. CD

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Al GreenFull Of Fire ... LP
Hi Records, 1976. Very Good ... $4.99
Hi Records perfection from the mighty Al Green – slightly later than some of his key early hits, but a record that shows Green still taking fire on all burners! Production is by the team of Al and Willie Mitchell – in a mode that's slightly fuller and more updated than before, but still very much that original mode the pair pioneered during Green's first years at Hi – a smooth, rich sound that's never slick, never poppy, and never cloying – and a mode that never falls into disco or pop temptations other singers were trapped in at the time. Backings are by the Memphis Horns and Memphis Strings – with some occasional backup vocals from Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes or The Duncan Sisters – and titles include "I'd Fly Away", "That's The Way It Is", "Glory Glory", "Always", "Full Of Fire", "Together Again", "Soon As I Get Home", and "Let It Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click.)

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Ronnie HawkinsBest Of Ronnie Hawkins – Featuring His Band (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Searing sounds from Ronnie Hawkins – one of the sharper, more hard-hitting mainstream talents in the early days of rock and roll – and one of the few who could bring an indie sound to a bigger market, all without ever losing his edge! Ronnie gets great backings from The Hawks – a tight combo who keep things from ever sounding too poppy, and who often back Hawkins' excellent vocals with some strong guitar lines that create some surprisingly bluesy currents. Hawkins himself is a great singer, too – with a style that's got a bit of a rockabilly twang, but a slower, more soulful approach too – almost a precursor to later swamp rock – no surprise, given that Ronnie pulled himself up from home territory in the Ozarks! Titles include "Searchin", "Mojo Man", "Sexy Ways", "Bossman", "Bo Diddley", "Come Love", "Honey Love", and "Arkansas". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – including "Forty Days", "Southern Love", "Need Your Lovin", and "One Of These Days". CD

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Rosetta HightowerHightower ... CD
CBS/RPM (UK), 1971. Used ... $9.99
A crossover soul classic from the UK scene of the early 70s – easily one of the best sets ever from vocalist Rosetta Hightower, recorded during her ex-patriot days in England, with production from husband Ian Green! Green's got a great sense of majesty in his backings for Hightower – a sound that's partially inspired by Bacharach's American soul sides of the 60s – but which also pushes into hipper, more righteous territory but often with some of the same pop soul modes of US work of the time. The backings are full, but never too poppy – and Rosetta's vocals really help sharpen the soul of the set, as does Green's great ear for a catchily compelling rhythm. Titles include "Selfish Woman", "Michael", "Black Bird", "My Back Yard", "Why", "True Love Adventure", "The Time Of Year", and "We've All Been Together From The Start". CD features a whopping 8 bonus tracks – CBS singles that include "One Heart For Sale", "What Can I Do", "Come Together", "Go Pray For Tomorrow", "The April Fools", and "Persuader". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller (25th Anniversary picture disc edition) ... LP
Epic, 1982. Near Mint- (reissue)... $16.99
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a clear plastic sleeve, with printed insert.)

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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller (picture disc) ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good ... $8.99
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! This seldom seen picture disc version has an image of Michael in a leather jacket in front of a purple backdrop on one side, and the image from the album art with Michael in a white suit in front on the other. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the plastic sleeve with factory sticker.)

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James LastBeachparty (4CD set) ... CD
Polydor (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $23.99
Seven albums on four CDs – each of them a sunny sort of groove party from German Maestro James Last! Last had already been turning out lots of instrumental pop for the German scene in the 60s – but he reinvented his sound a bit with these classic Beachparty records from the early 70s – going for a groove that's upbeat and swinging, still with some of the brassy punch of before – but also adding in more tropical elements on percussion, and very effectively using a mixed male/female vocal group to add lyrics to the tunes! The singers are well-chosen – from British groups like Brotherhood Of Man, The Breakaways, and The Ladybirds – and vocals are all in English, with a sing-song sort of playfulness that might well be called a precursor to the sound of ABBA. And the music here is definitely in the same spirit of ABBA, too – poppy and catchy, as the Last crew take on lots of familiar hits of the day, and recast them into their own sort of groove. The 4CD set features the full albums Beachparty, vols 1 to 6 – plus the Happyning album too – a whopping 84 tracks in all! CD

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LinxGo Ahead (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $5.99
Full steam ahead from Linx – a duo who could easily come up with some of the catchiest soul of their generation! The set's got a sparkling feel that follows strongly from the previous Intuition album – bouncy grooves that take a clubby groove, and trim it down nicely – making for some really great hooks in the process, and almost acting as a blueprint for crossover 80s soul in years to come! There's some great Brit funk elements in the backing – which makes the set groove differently from US efforts of this type – and we mean that in a great way – some slight darkness in the keyboards and rhythms, which really keeps things from sounding too poppy overall. Titles include "So This Is Romance", "I Wanna Be With You", "Urban Refugee", "All My Yesterdays", and "I Don't Want To Learn". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Plaything (12" mix)", "Don't Hit Me With Love (12" mix)", "So This Is Romance (Rio mix)", "I Won't Play This Game (remix)", "I'm Not Joking (long)", "The Ice Is Melting", and "It's My Life (extended)". CD

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Ed MottaEntre E Ouca (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
Early soul material from the great Ed Motta – a record that really has the Brazilian singer hitting his stride! Ed's a singer that we've loved for many years, and await eagerly for each new record – but this early 90s set is one of his first great musical moments, a set that has him really finding his voice, and following strongly in the Brazilian soul tradition of his famous uncle, Tim Maia! And although Motta had worked in some more beat-heavy, poppy modes on previous records, this one has a much richer vibe – and shows the love of older 70s styles that would reemerge later on his seminal AOR set – done here with leaner, more stripped down modes that are mighty nice. The songwriting is great – and Motta's voice, as always, is incredible – and the instrumentation features a fair bit of Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, which really further the warmth of the vocals. Titles include "Bem Longe", "Agora Que O Dia Accordou", "Entre E Ouca", "A Vontade", and "Se Ate As 11". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rene & AngelaRise ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Hard to go wrong with Rene & Angela at this point in their career – as they're super tight, always upbeat, and plenty darn soulful – no matter what the groove! The album's a perfect example of 80s groove at its best – a reworking of mainstream soul modes with a slight modern dancefloor touch – still never disco cliches, nor some of the too-poppy modes used by some of their contemporaries – and a blend that's always right on the money for the vocals of Angela Winbush to shine! Titles include the groover "Can't Give You Up", the mellow number "My First Love", and the cuts "Take Me To The Limit", "When It Comes To Love", "Bangin The Boogie", "Rise", and "Keep Runnin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Terry RileyRainbow In Curved Air ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good ... $14.99
One of Terry Riley's most enduring works, and a haunting record that contains two extended modal minimal jams – "Rainbow In Curved Air" and "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band". "Rainbow" features Terry interweaving cool keyboard lines on organ, electric harpsichord, and the amazingly cool "rocksichord" – which is almost a guitar-like keyboard! "Poppy Nogood" has a similar groove on organ and soprano saxophone. Both tracks are prime material by Riley, and they have a sound that's influenced countless artists in the current electronica generation – but which never sounded better than here, on the original recordings! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Top and bottom seams are unglued, and corner has a small sticker.)
Also available Rainbow In Curved Air (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Terry RileyRainbow In Curved Air (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $14.99
One of Terry Riley's most enduring works, and a haunting record that contains two extended modal minimal jams – "Rainbow In Curved Air" and "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band". "Rainbow" features Terry interweaving cool keyboard lines on organ, electric harpsichord, and the amazingly cool "rocksichord" – which is almost a guitar-like keyboard! "Poppy Nogood" has a similar groove on organ and soprano saxophone. Both tracks are prime material by Riley, and they have a sound that's influenced countless artists in the current electronica generation – but which never sounded better than here, on the original recordings! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rainbow In Curved Air ... LP 14.99
 
 
 



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