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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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ John Carter TrioEchoes From Rudolph's (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an incredible dexterity and sensitivity in sound – much looser and more open to sudden shifts of inspiration than his music with Bradford – with accompaniment from Stanley Carter on bass and William Jeffrey on drums and percussion! The style is free, but never indulgently so – and Carter finds this way to always reach for melodic moments even at his most intense – creating the kind of magic that few other musicians might with his instruments. Titles include "Echoes From Rudolph's", "To A Fallen Poppy", "The Last Sunday", "Armin", and "Angles". 2CD set adds in a whole disc of extra material from the trio – with a 19 minute "Echoes From Rudolphs/To A Fallen Poppy", and a very long stretch of different improvised passages! CD
 
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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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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SecretsInfatuation – Singles & Demos 1966 to 1968 ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Great early work from The Secrets – a UK group that features early contributions from later singer/songwriter Clifford T Ward – but in a style that's much more group-oriented overall! Ward's already a hell of a songwriter – and loads of the cuts here are under-discovered nuggets that sparkle at a level that only a rare few Brit records of this time can do – sweet, but never poppy – clever, but never too much so – and often with a heartfelt, emotional candor that we might link to the best by The Hollies and Zombies. And in fact, there's an instant charm here that definitely recalls Hollies at their best – a way of doing a heck of a lot with just a little, and really bringing forth special qualities in the tunes without resorting to overdone gimmicks or studio interference – although the production here is pretty darn groovy too. The collection features loads of singles from the group, plus rare demos and unreleased tracks – all with richly detailed notes in the best Cherry Red tradition. Titles include "Infatuation", "She's Dangerous", "Such a Pity", "I Suppose", "Sympathy", "I Think I Need The Cash", "The Gloria Bosom Show", "Looking Down The Glass", "The Same Applies To You", "Teacher", and "I Intend To Please". CD

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✨✧ PartnersLast Disco In Paris ... LP
Marlin, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet disco set from the late 70s – the only one we've ever seen by the Partners, who we're guessing were some sort of European studio combo! The sound is mighty nice – exactly what you'd guess from the title – the best sort of funky Euro disco style of the time, with some sweet harmony vocals that almost have a Bee Gees vibe – yet never nearly as poppy as their disco tunes! There's a warmth here that marks the Paris in contrast to other European club sounds of the time – and attention to lyrics that goes way past the usual "let's throw a singer at some grooves" – especially on the album's mellower cuts. Titles include "Partners", "Friday", "Dance", "Green Eyes", and "Love Meant To Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small name in pen on the back.)

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✨✧ Village PeopleMacho Man ... LP
Casablanca, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The macho aesthetic gets redefined for a whole new audience – as The Village People play with a pastiche of masculine images from daily life, all recast for the post-Stonewall generation! The group bring camp back firmly for the 70s – and are still one of the best-remembered mainstream disco acts of the time – thanks to catchy, poppy grooves that had most of the country humming their tunes, even if they didn't agree with their sexual politics. Grooves are by the hit team that made most of the VP albums strong – Horace Ott arranging, Gypsy Lane backing, and Jacques Morali at the glorious helm of the whole thing – and titles include "Macho Man", "I Am What I Am", "Key West", and "Sodom & Gomorrah". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Davis & The Monster OrchestraNight & Day/Up Jumped The Devil (plus bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD
SAM/Harmless (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A pair of stone killers from John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – back to back in a single set, and with bonus tracks too! Night & Day is early work from John Davis and his Monster Orchestra – easily one of the coolest larger groups working on the US disco scene of the 70s – definitely a cut above some of their more mainstream contemporaries! The Davis difference is hard to define, but John definitely gets it right on this set – using full strings, female chorus vocals, and other instrumentation – but really still keeping things lean, in the best manner of MFSB or the Salsoul Orchestra. Core rhythms are from Davis on keyboards, Charles Collins on drums, Sugar Bear Foreman on bass, and Larry Washington on percussion – and titles include "I Can't Stop", "In The Still Of The Night", "I Get A Kick", "Night & Day", "Tell Me How You Like It", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". Bonus tracks include "Tell Me How You Like It (7" edit)", "I Get A Kick (12" version)", "Nigh & Day (7" version)", and "I Can't Stop (12" version)". Up Jumped The Devil is prime symphonic disco from the mighty John Davis and his well-named Monster Orchestra! The set's got a dramatic flourish that still mixes in plenty of live instrumentation – including keyboards and flute from John, plus some nice congas from Larry Washington! John sings lead vocals on most cuts, but uses some cool processing to kind of space out the sound – making for a compressed and flanged-out sound that's poppy, but really compelling. And although the whole thing sounds hokey, the quality of the grooves is actually pretty great from an instrumental standpoint. Titles include "Once Upon A Time", "We Can Fly", "Up Jumped The Devil", "You Gotta Give It Up", "You're The One", "The Magic Is You", and "Recapitulation". CD features bonus tracks – "Up Jumped The Devil (12" version)", "You're The One (7" edit)", "The Magic Is You (7" edit)", and "You Gotta Give It Up (12" version)". CD
 
 
 



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