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WaxDo You Believe In Magic ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. Used ... $9.99
A modern soul gem produced by Lenny White! Though White lends a touch of jazzy sophistication to the set, it's a straight up dose of mainstream modern soul, with great ensemble vocals and crisp production over tight songs that should have landed Wax at the top of the radio. Somehow though they managed to only find success with some sought after singles years after the fact, but you can grab the whole album here! It's got all the hallmarks of the best of the era – chirping guitars, tasteful keyboards that sit just right in the mix, and rhythms and tempos on most of the tracks that veer between club oriented grooves and tight pop soul. 9 tracks in all, including "Can't Hide From Love", "Crazy In Love", "Playin' The Part", "The Right Time For Us", "Do You Believe In Magic", "Music's On The One", "When And If I Fall In Love", and "April Lady". CD

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Frank WeberAs Time Flies ... CD
RCA/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Frank Weber's a heck of a songwriter – maybe not the kind who will change your life, but the sort who can definitely pen a sweet little song that's just right for the AOR generation! These songs are surprisingly personal, but also have a nice sort of polish, too – never trying too hard for commercial hooks, but also given some jazzy support via arrangements by David Spinozza and John Tropea – both of whom help Weber find the right sort of balance in his music. Richard Tee plays keyboards throughout – which sparkle nicely – and tunes include "71", "Regina", "As The Time Flies", "So Many Sides", "Complicated Times", "Shining In You", and "I Know You Know". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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Esther WilliamsInside Of Me ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer batch of clubby soul from Esther Williams – done with a great New York sound that' perfectly mixes funk and soul! Esther's maybe best known for some of her funky 45 material, but she sounds great here storming the modern dancefloor too – often coming across with a glow that's a lot warmer than you might expect for the early 80s date of the album! In fact, the whole thing's a great illustration of the way that the more underground club artists never moved too far from the soulful styles of the 70s, even when bigger chart acts were sometimes going more electronic. Tunes are nice and catchy throughout – and titles include "I'll Be Your Pleasure" (remixed by Larry Levan), "You Can Have It All", "You Can Use It", "Who Said It Was Wrong", "Ready For Love", and "Make It With You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Joe WilliamsOverwhelming Joe Williams ... CD
RCA, Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Pat Williams/Jimmy WebbHow Sweet It Is ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
A fantastic early soundtrack from the great Pat Williams – cut around the same 60s stretch that he was doing his wonderful albums for Verve – in the years before he'd break bigger with TV work for The Bob Newhart Show and other 70s programs! The tracks have loads of easy, bossa, and sixties grooves running throughout – more dynamic than the usual mainstream soundtrack of the time, almost as if Pat was composing this music on his own, away from the film! Williams titles include "Villa Sweet Villa", "How Sweet It Is", "A Pair Of Boobie Traps", and "Face Up To It Baby". However, despite the greatness of Pat Williams' music, the real highlight of the whole thing might be the incredible "Montage" sequence – which was put together by a young Jimmy Webb, and which features some very groovy vocal passages, with sort of a Harper's Bizarre-esque strangeness to it – a sublime harmony track with a really heartbreaking vibe. The tune was later covered by others, but sounds wonderful here in the original version – which also includes Webb's vocal version of the title. CD

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VariousHistory Of Space Age Pop Vol 1 – Melodies & Mischief ... CD
RCA, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print, sticker over barcode.)

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriUnder Fire ... CD
RCA/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent set from the great Gato Barbieri – one of the gems from his earlier years on record, and an album that's very much in the best spirit of his sides for Impulse in the early 70s! There' definitely some Latin currents in the rhythm – not as strongly stated as on his Latin America series for that other label, but still there in the conception – and Gato blows with that sharp, soulful, spiritual tone that we love so much from this period – so different than the later sound of his smoother records. Lonnie Liston Smith is on piano in the group – getting pretty outside at times, as on his work with Pharoah Sanders – and the combo also features lots of great percussion from Airto and Mtume, too. All tracks are nice and long, and very searching – and titles include "El Parana", "Antonico", "El Sertao", and "Maria Domingas". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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✨✧ Bix BeiderbeckeIndispensable Bix Beiderbecke 1924 to 1930 ... CD
RCA/Jazz Heritage, 1920s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Steve Coleman & Five ElementsCurves Of Life ... CD
RCA, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Martinho Da VilaMartinho Da Vila (1969) ... CD
RCA (Brazil), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic modern samba material by one of Brazil's greatest exponents of the genre! Martinho Da Vila has a voice that's incredible, and incredibly hard to describe – but it grabs you fiercely, and leads you through the album's rich jaunty arrangements and heavy percussion tracks. This first album from 1969 is one of his best early ones, and it includes titles like "Boa Noite", "Quem E Do Mar Nao Enjoa", "Tom Maior", "Brasil Mulato", and "Casa De Bamba". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Martinho Da Vila (1969) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisLock The Fox ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from Eddie Lockjaw Davis – much leaner and meaner than some of his Prestige blowing sessions from earlier years – and recorded with a focused sound that we really love! The group's an excellent one – a sextet that features Les Spann on guitar, Ross Tompkins on piano, and Ray Barretto on congas – really kicking up an extra groove underneath! But the real star of the set is Davis – blowing here with a soulful head-on style that's totally great – cutting through the tunes with effortless ease, and playing in a gutbuckety tone that grabs us right away, without any of the hoke that he could sometimes have. Wonderful throughout – and tracks include "Oh Gee", "West Coast Blues", "On A Clear Day", "Nina Never Knew", "Save Your Love For Me", and "The Good Life". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEarly Ellington 1927 to 1934 ... CD
Bluebird/RCA, Late 20s/Early 30s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonFar East Suite – Special Mix (Bluebird) ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Ellington's greatest albums of the 60s – and a record tinged with Eastern themes and darkly angular modern arrangements. The group here features Ellington stalwarts Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, and Rufus Jones – and the players work together tightly to craft the suite of tracks based on Ellington's impressions of recent travels through the Mid and Far East during the 60s. Titles include "Tourist Point Of View", "Isfahan", "Depk", "Mount Harissa", "Amad", "Agra", and "Blue Pepper". Plus, the CD reissue features 4 alternate takes not on the LP! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
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✨✧ Tim BuckleyLorca ... CD
Elektra, 1970. Used ... $6.99
Far-thinking genius from Tim Buckley – and one of his most experimental albums ever! Lorca really takes off from the sound of earlier albums – pushing the jazz side of the spectrum even more, and stretching out on longer tracks that have his vocals riffing a lot more than usual. Backing is relatively spare – with some nice use of pipe organ and electric piano – and Tim himself is playing 12-string guitar on the sessions. Tunes are all long, and feature some really haunting, echoey vocals. Titles include "Lorca", "I Had A Talk With My Woman", "Anonymous Proposition", and "Driftin". A bizarre but brilliant effort! CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny De Droit & The New Orleans Jazz OrchestraArcadian Serenaders – The Complete Sets 1924 to 1925 Featuring The Original Crescent City Jazzers ... CD
Retrieval (Netherlands), 1924/1925. Used ... $6.99
... CD

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✨✧ Joe FarrellPenny Arcade ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1973. Used ... $8.99
Killer CTI work from Joe Farrell – with grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – a combo that's got a harder, tighter feel than most CTI groups – a key reason why Joe's records of this time are so legendary! The album features a fantastic version of Stevie Wonder's "Too High" – one that breaks all over the beginning with these riffs by Farrell, then grooves into a CTI electric funk mode for about 13 minutes. All tracks are long – and other tracks include "Hurricane Jane", "Geo Blue", "Penny Arcade", and "Cloud Cream". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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Joe FarrellPenny Arcade/Upon This Rock/Canned Funk ... CD
BGO (UK), New Copy ... About July 1, 2018
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Ya Ya FornierBearcat – Introducing . . . Ya Ya Fornier ... CD
Random Chance, 2003. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Udo KasemetsRequiem Renga/Palestrina On Devil's Staircase/Eight Houses Of The I Ching – Paavo Jarvi/Lyra Borealis Ensemble ... CD
Koch, 1994. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Mestre MarcalSerie Aplauso ... CD
BMG (Brazil), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousRace Records – Black Rock Music Forbidden On US Radio 1942 to 1955 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
R&B, jump blues, and even early rock and roll – all served up here in a wonderful collection of vintage work from the postwar years! The collection focuses on the underground of recordings issued as "race records" back in the day – material that had an undeniable impact on bigger groups of the 60s and 70s, but which were often banned from radio at the time – yet circulated strongly through word of mouth and youthful excitement about the new sounds! And although there's plenty of collections from this time on the market, this one is especially well done – with lots of tracks that we don't see elsewhere, nestled alongside a few familiar favorites – all presented with notes in both English and French, and a whopping 77 tracks on 3CDs. Titles include "Hambone" by Red Saunders, "Give It Up" by Doc Pomus with Bill Doggett, "Moondog Mantinee" by Alan freed, "BearCat" by Rufus Thomas, "Rock A Beatin Boogie" by The Treniers, "Rock & Roll" by Wild Bill Moore, "Rock Around The Clock" by Hal Singer, "Sausage Rock" by Doc Sausage & His Mad Lads, "Rock & Roll" by Arleen Talley & LaVerne Ray, "Get Rich Quick" by Little Richard, "Rock This Morning" by Jesse Allen & James Gilchrist, "Rock My Soul" by Mr Google Eyes, "Rock Savoy Rock" by Andrew Tibbs, "We Love To Boogie" by Freddie Strong, and "A Good Rockin Daddy" by Ray Snead. CD

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AtmosphereHeadshots – Se7en (Plus Bonus CD) ... CD
Rhymesayers, Late 90s. Used 2CD ... $5.99
A huge batch of tracks from the Atmosphere vault – 21 cuts from their cassette series, volume 7 to be precise, tracks recorded between the Overcast and Lucy records. Cuts include "Round And Round", "Chokin' On The Wishbone", "Jackpot/Swept Away", "@ It Again", "Higher Livin", "A Tall Seven And Seven" and lots more. Rhymesayers being a more bang for your buck kinda enterprise, the package comes with a bonus CD featuring 10 tracks by Atmosphere and others, including "Industrial Warfare" by Dynospectrum, "Travel (rmx)" by Atmosphere, "Mushroom Trails" by Sess & Slug, "Dubs" by Beyond & Slug and more! CD

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Jorge BenTabua De Esmeralda ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
Searing samba soul from Jorge Ben – one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s, and for good reason too! The album's got a slightly fuller feel than some of Ben's other work of the time – never slick, but with backings balanced nicely against his own raspy vocals and acoustic guitar – sweetening things up with a bit of the strings you'd find on Forca Bruta, but with a hint of the soul to come on Africa Brasil! The balance is great – thanks to arrangers Osmar Milito, Darcy De Paulo, and Hugo Bellard – and as usual, Jorge's vocals are the main attraction – dipping, turning, and rising with this really unique, personal feel – Ben-like brilliance at its brightest. The whole thing's wonderful – a key gem from the Philips years – and titles include "Cinco Minutos", "Zumbi", "Brother", "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando Os Alquimistas", "Errare Humanum Est", "Menina Muler Da Pele Preta", "Hermes Tri", and "O Namorado Da Viuva". CD

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersRitual ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $9.99
A hard-swinging cooker from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – recorded during the landmark year of 1957 – when Blakey's group was open to recording for a number of different labels, in a number of different settings! The set was originally done for the west coast stalwart Pacific Jazz, but it's got a sound that's much more in the hardbop mode of the New York scene – all the fire and intensity that Blakey first cooked up for Blue Note, cast out with a slight sense of openness here in the less iconic setting. Players include Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the album's right up there with Vik/RCA, Savoy, and Chess material they cut at the time. Tracks include "Touche", "Sam's Tune", "Once Upon A Groove", and "Wake Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lo BorgesO Trem Azul ... CD
EMI (Brazil), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A great collection of work from the legendary Lo Borges – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! Lo Borges is perhaps best known to the world for his incredible vocals on Milton Nascimento's classic Clube Da Esquina album – and he's a great artist on his own, too – always working with the mixture of soul and sophistication that you'd know from his Nascimento collaborations. This sweet little set brings together 14 tracks from Lo Borges' EMI years – some great solo tracks, plus collaborations with Toniho Horta and Milton Nascimento – titles that include "O Trem Azul", "Paisagem De Janela", "Voce Fica Melhor Assim", "Equatorial", "Nuvem Cigana", "Clube Da Esquina No 2", "Todo Prazer", "A Forca Do Vento", and his heavenly solo reading of "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser". CD

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Tim BuckleyVenice Mating Call ... CD
Demon (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99
An expanded version of the magnificent Tim Buckley live recordings at the Troubadour in 1969 – a wonderfully unbridled live set from Tim – one that has him taking a number of songs way past the 10 minute mark, and really opening up with some of the jazz-inspired improvisations he could bring to his vocals! The group's a great combo – with Fender Rhodes used in a nice edgey way – alongside guitar, bass, drums, and some especially nice congas – which, along with the Rhodes, really gives some of the tunes a soulful groove – which definitely matches the soulfulness in Buckley's vocals. Titles include "Gypsy Woman", "I Had A Talk With My Woman", "Chase The Blues Away", "Driftin", "Nobody Walkin", "Lorca", "Anonymous Proposition", "I Don't Need It To Rain", "Blue Melody", "Strange Feelin", "Chase The Blues Away", "Testify", and "Venice Mating Call". CD

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Keni BurkeNothin' But Love ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. Used ... $12.99
Killer modern soul, from one of the masters of the genre! This set by Keni Burke features some strong compositions that rank with his good work for RCA from the early 80's, and the production, while a bit more modern, is still pretty sensitive to Keni's good smooth soul sound. Includes the massive stepper's track "Indigenous Love", plus "I Need Your Love", "This Dedication", "I Get Off On You", "It's Alright", and "Nothin' But Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ric CarteyOooh Eee – The Complete Ric Cartey ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
Ric Cartey may not be the biggest name in late 50s rockabilly – but man, does he sure sound great on this set – the first-ever collection to bring together Cartey's classic singles for RCA, plus a wealth of other rare 45s too! Cartey hails from Atlanta, and recorded a bit for that city's famous NRC indie – but despite the setting, Ric's got a great romping sound that's definitely all his own – maybe less hillbilly than some of his contemporaries of the period, and always ready to romp out with a hard-wailing groove! Production on most of these numbers is great – the kind of spare, stark, echoey vibe that makes already-great elements sound even cooler – and the whole package features a huge booklet of notes that tell the tale of Ric's overlooked career in music. Titles include "Crying Good Bye", "Mellow Down Easy", "Oooh Eee", "Poor Me", "Go On Fool", "Scratchin On My Screen", "To Love", "Leave Me Loose", "Born To Love One Woman", "I Wancha To Know", and "Let Me Tell You About Love" – and CD also features 11 more bonus tracks related to the collection, by Sonny James, The Jiv-A-Tones, Charlie Broome, Bobby Wilson, and Chuck Atha. CD

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Stelvio CiprianiRage (Fuoco Incrociato) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox/Digitmovies (Italy), 1984. New Copy ... $18.99
Stelvio Cipriani works here in a mode that's maybe a bit more string-heavy than some of his 70s work – but still used with that great sense of compression and space that always makes his music so wonderful! Unlike some other Italian soundtracks of 80s vintage, this one really has the sense of majesty and balance you'd know from the golden years of the film score – no overdone keyboards or fuzzy guitars – and instead these well-done orchestrations that are balanced with more isolated instruments, and set to an especially great main theme that repeats in some wonderful variations throughout. That theme has that really strong Cipriani sense of emotion, but without ever sounding forced at all – and titles include "La Nube Tossica", "Tema Del Viaggio", "Ricerca In Galleria", "Arrivo Alla Base", and "La Base Nucleare". CD features 4 bonus tracks added to the original album! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Sam CookeTribute To The Lady ... CD
Pickwick/Hallmark, 1959. Used ... $14.99
An early gem from the great Sam Cooke – a pre-RCA session, but one that already has Sam showing a stronger jazzy side of his talents – as you might guess from the title! The Lady, in this case, is the late Billie Holiday – recently passed at the time of this recording, and lovingly paid tribute to by a young Sam Cooke – with vocals that have a perfect blend of sweet and raspy to really unlock the tension in Holiday's music – yet also deliver the sound with a much different vibe overall. The set's a great example of how strongly Cooke could sing in a sophisticated jazzy style – and he does a great job with Holiday standards like "God Bless The Child", "Solitude", "Lover Girl", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". Rene Hall did the orchestrations – and the album's an interesting example of how Cooke, like Holiday, could work within conventional forms to work a subtly progressive agenda! CD
(Out of print.)

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Maria CreuzaPaixao Acesa ... CD
Arca/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
Warmly wonderful sounds from Maria Creuza – really coming into her own at the time of this mid 80s set – and finding a way to blend together rootsy sounds and sophisticated production – all with a result that's a bit like Gal Costa at the time! There's a gentle feel to the set – not sleepy or mellow, but kind of easygoing – as Maria delivers the lyrics with a relatively personal feel, over arrangements that sometimes have a touch of samba, more often a touch of light jazz. Titles include "So Pra Descansar", "Maliciosa", "Tua", "Milagre De Amor", "Fragmentos", "Vontade", "Estrela Cadente", and "Sessoes De Cinema". CD
(Part of the Brasilian Music Love Affair series!)

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Maria CreuzaPura Magica ... CD
Arca/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $13.99
Pure magic from the lovely Maria Creuza – a singer who only seems to get more soulful as the years go on! The set's got a different feel than some of Maria's earlier work – rootsy some minutes, but with a soul-styled sophistication at others – often arranged with jazzy undercurrents that really seem to let her vocals take off nicely. Arrangements are by Sivuca (who also makes a guest appearance on the set) – plus Gilson Peranzzeta, Carlos Kalunga, and Luiz Roberto – and titles include "Coracao Vira Lata", "Ifa Uma Canto Pra Subir", "Luz", "Pura Magica", "Delicado Perfume", "Sou Rei", and "De Tentacao A Cantada". CD
(Part of the Brasilian Music Love Affair series!)

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Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. Used ... $6.99
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD
Also available Little Giant Still Life ... CD 7.99

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Dave Douglas & The WesterliesLittle Giant Still Life ... CD
Greenleaf, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 13.99
Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD
Also available Little Giant Still Life ... CD 6.99

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Champion Jack DupreeChampion Jack Dupree – Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
The title certainly gets it right – because although Champion Jack Dupree recorded some rootsier blues in his time, the music here is all pretty upbeat and rocking – and includes a fair bit of unissued titles recorded for RCA's Groove and Vik labels in the 50s! The set begins with a handful of rare early singles on the Red Robin label in the early 50s, then moves into the RCA work from the second half of the decade – and together, the tunes really have Dupree sounding wonderful as an upbeat singer on some really romping tunes! The music gets better and better as the 50s move on – and in fact, some of the unissued tracks are complete gems – presented here with very detailed notes in a really lovely package – the best Bear Family way. Titles include "Lonely Road Blues", "Dirty Woman", "Story Of My Life (fast version)", "Lollipop Baby", "Hello Darlin", "My Baby's Like A Clock", "Shake Baby Shake", "Drunk Again", "Nasty Boogie", and "The Wrong Woman". CD

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Gianni FerrioIo Emmanuelle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
A really beautiful little soundtrack – and one that's quite different than all of the other late 70s scores that circulated under the Emmanuelle name! This film came out years before that big cycle of sexploitation movies – and also was not part of that series at all – and while the soundtrack certainly has some of the erotics you might expect, there's also a richer, more dynamic sonic range in place – right up there with some of the most explosive moments of genius from Gianni Ferrio at the end of the 60s! Each tune seems to have a slightly different vibe – some thoughtful, some dark and brooding, and some sweetly light – often with piano or organ, but also sometimes using a voice or chorus – but in ways that are again different than the usual, especially the more familiar Morricone/Dell'Orso style. There's a fragile sense of beauty that you'd never get in the later Emmanuelle scores – and titles include "Osmosi", "Analisi", "Contestazione", "Micropsichia", "Caos", and "Ricerca". CD also features five bonus tracks too! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Stan Getz/Bob BrookmeyerStan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer – Recorded Fall 1961 (Verve master edition) ... CD
Verve, 1961. Used ... $6.99
A great lost Verve album that stands as one of Stan Getz's best sessions from the early 60s – a brilliant pairing with Bob Brookmeyer that shows just how much each player had grown in the past decade! There's a strongly modernist feel to the record – more Brookmeyer's influence than Getz's usual bag – with long tracks that move almost airily at times, and which feature some beautiful interplay between tenor and trombone. Rhythm is by a very hip trio of Steve Kuhn on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and John Neves on bass – and the work's got a great balance between freedom and more focused blowing! Titles include "Minuet Circa 61", "Thump, Thump, Thump", and "Who Could Care". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nikki GiovanniTruth Is On Its Way ... CD
Collectables, 1971. Used ... $8.99
Nikki G in total righteousness, surrounded by a big choir, and dropping knowledge on cuts like "Great Pax Whitey", "Poem For Aretha", and "Ego Tripping". Very spiritual stuff, with backing vocals by the New York Community Choir, who also recorded a great soul album on RCA around the same time – and an overall approach that elevates Nikki's poetry into a very spiritual realm! CD

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Garland GreenVery Best Of Garland Green – 24 Tracks From Chicago's Master Soul Singer's Illustrious Career ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A windy city hero – the amazing Garland Green, a singer who makes us mighty proud we hail from Chicago! Garland's got an incredible style that few others can touch – partly schooled in the 60s iceman modes of Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson, with all the sophistication that might imply – but also often given a raspier twist, with slightly southern echoes that make Garland's music feel even more deeply personal! And while most folks know Green's big hits for the Uni label, this package shows a rich legacy that goes much father than that – work recorded for labels that include Cotillion, Spring, RCA, Ocean Front, and Revue – in addition to some key Uni tracks. This trans-label set really does a wonderful job of showing the full range of Garland's mighty talents – a sublime set of soul cuts that run from the start of the 70s right up to the early 80s modern years – packaged with detailed notes too. Titles include "Since You've Been Gone", "These Arms", "Just Loving You", "Just My Way Of Loving You", "He Didn't Know", "Don't Think That I'm A Violent Guy", "Love's Calling", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", "Sweet Loving Woman", "Ask Me What You Want", "You Played On A Player", "Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us", and "Sending My Best Wishes". CD

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Francis HimePau Brasil ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1982. New Copy ... About July 4, 2018
Early genius from the great Francis Hime – including songs written with Vinicius De Moraes, Chico Buarque, and Olivia Hime! Titles include "Embarcacao", "Mente", "Rio Negro", "A Grande Ausente", "Luar Do Japao", "Caca Cancao", "Rio Vermelho", and "Lingua De Trapo". CD

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Dr Samuel J Hoffman/Les Baxter/Harry RevelTheremin – Music Out Of The Moon/Perfume Set To Music/Music For Peace Of Mind ... CD
Basta (Netherlands), Early 50s. Used 3 CDs ... $26.99
Amazing! This is a stunning 3 CD set that reissues the original 10" albums of early Theremin material by Dr. Samuel Hoffman! The records were originally issued by Capitol and RCA in the early 50's, and they're as rare as can be on vinyl. This set packs tiny 5" replicas of the albums themselves into a box, along with a very nice booklet that contains a wealth of information on Hoffman, the Theremin, and lots of other nice bits. The orchestrations for the albums are by Les Baxter and Billy May, and the works were written by the enigmatic Harry Revel. The sound is incredible, and is a wild mix of sci fi and easy themes, with a feel that is out of this world! The package is more beautiful than we can describe, and this is a long-overdue tribute to 3 of the weirdest records of all time! CD
(Out of print.)

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Homer & JethroBest Of Homer & Jethro – Hall Of Fame 2001 ... CD
Federal, Late 40s. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
The earliest work of the team of Homer & Jethro – material recorded for King Records before their bigger 50s fame at RCA – and maybe with an even sharper feel overall! If you don't know the pair, you're in for a treat – as they were both fantastic musicians, Homer on guitar and Jethro on mandolin – an instrument that he played with the quick changes and creativity of a giant like Bill Monroe! But they were also quite witty, too – and could both turn in their own original tunes and make parodies of big hits of the time – a mode that they took on more famously at RCA, but could also do here too – trading vocals back and forth in a way that was a deft as their instrumentation. This set's one of the few to focus on their early King years – and features some great numbers from those days, including "Goodbye Old Booze", "I Feel That Old Age Creeping On", "Poor Little Liza Poor Girl", "It Bruised Her Somewhat", "Ground Hog", and "When It's Long Handle Time In Tennessee". CD

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Waylon JenningsNashville Rebel (4 CD box set) ... CD
Legacy, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used 4 CDs ... $24.99
A huge evolution of genius – with a full CD of material from Waylon's pre-hit years on RCA, another disc that traces his shift to outlaw territory at the start of the 70s, one more CD that shows his exploding fame for the rest of the decade, and one more disc with later work too. 92 tracks in all – and a good booklet of notes! CD

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Clifford JordanFirm Roots ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A great little album from Jordan – one of a number of very hip sessions he cut in the mid 70s, working with his Magic Triangle group that included Cedar Walton on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The group come together with an energy that's extremely rare – creative and experimental, yet never failing to swing, and working as one to explore a slightly cosmic approach to jazz, one that rarely shows up in Jordan's later work. The album's filled with great original tunes – including "One For Amos", "Inga", "Voices Deep Within Me", and "Scorpio" – and Jordan plays tenor and flute. CD also features a bonus unreleased version of "Bearcat". CD

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✨✧ Kendrick LamarDAMN. (collectors edition) ... CD
Aftermath/Interscope, 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
DAMN!, indeed – Kendrick has yet to take even a small step down from the creative peak he's been riding for years – and takes another daring step forward with this strong, strident, no-mess-taking classic in the making! The surprise-announced DAMN! finds him taking on timely concerns – some longtime inherent to everyday racial, social, and class struggles in American life, and others that are purely personal. The production is diverse to a degree, but a bit straight forward compared to the sprawling, years-in-the-making To Pimp A Butterfly – all by design, as DAMN! is clearly made to sound fresh and urgent right now. But like all great musical art, it's built to stand the test of time. Includes guest producers, musicians and vocalists as varied as Thundercat, U2, Kamasi Washington, Kid Capri and Rihanna. This limited collectors edition has the tracks in reverse order from the original version and titles include "BLOOD.", "DNA.", "YAH.", "ELEMENT.", "LOYALTY." feat Rihanna, "PRIDE.", "LUST." with strings arranged by Kamasi Washington, "XXX." feat U2, "FEAR.", "GOD." and "DUCKWORTH." CD
(Hand-numbered limited edition collectors edition – with the tracks in reverse order!)

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George KhanAh ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1968/1975/1980/2005. Used 2CD ... $14.99
A mysterious collection of free improvisations from the UK scene – all featuring saxophonist George Khan, and all presented here with "circa" or "possibly" next to the dates – which further underscores the obscurity of the recordings! Don't let that lack of detail put you off, though – as the set's very much in the best tradition of the Emanem label – a needed document of overlooked genius on the British avant jazz scene – and to us, the first time we've ever heard Khan's music! Even in some of the earliest recordings here – which go back to the late 60s – Khan's got this way of handling his tenor that rivals some of the most creative talents of the European free jazz scene – working in a variety of different settings with some great British contemporaries. Titles include "Battling The Sound", a duet with Terry Day on percussion and alto, and Khan on tenor, soprano, and flute; "At The Hornsey Sit In" with Khan on tenor, alongside Albert Kovitz on clarinet, Peter Lemer on piano, Frank Flowers on bass, and Day on percussion and alto; "Trio In Unity" with Day on percussion, Charlie Hart on bass and violin, and Khan on tenor, soprano, and flute; and "Mopomoso Flute Solo" and "Mopomoso Baritone Solo", with Khan on each respective instrument. CD

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LabelleLabelle – The Anthology ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99
A wonderfully-done look at the legendary soul trio Labelle – plus solo work as well! The collection doesn't feature the full range of Labelle's music – you might need a box set for that – but it does pick up the group when they really hit their stride on RCA in the early 70s – when the trio of Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash were serving up a completely righteous blend of funk and soul! Gone are the more fragile harmonies of their 60s work – and in their place is a confident, badass approach that really let the vocals of the three women soar in a wonderful way. The set features ten tracks from these years – a good number of which were produced by Allen Toussaint – plus 26 more from the solo albums by the group members from the same time. Labelle titles include "Nightbird", "Lady Marmalade", "Are You Lonely", "What Can I Do For You (single)", "Isn't It A Shame", "Who's Watching The Watcher", "Messin With My Mind (single)", and "Something In The Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". Sarah Dash sings "Sinner Man", "Leaving Again", "Oo La La too Soon", "Candy From Your Baby", and "I Can't Believe". Nona Hendryx sings "Casanova", "King Of Hearts", "You're The Only One I Ever Needed", "B-Boys (single)", "To The Bone", "I Sweat (single)", "Keep It Confidential (single)", and "Transformation (single)". Patti Labelle sings "Music Is My Way Of Life", "Teach Me Tonight", "Joy To Have Your Love (single)", "Love & Learn", "My Best Was Good Enough", "Release", "It's Alright With Me (single)", "Little Girls (single)", and "I Don't Go Shopping". CD

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Benedicto Lacerda & PixinguinhaBenedicto Lacerda & Pixinguinha ... CD
BMG (Brazil), Late 40s. Used ... $4.99
Classic instrumental choros from 40s Brazil – originally issued as 78rpm singles, but gathered here with better fidelity for a 1966 RCA album. The work is a key glimpse of the choro style at its best – and features flute work by Benedicto Lacerda, plus great saxophone from the legendary Pixinquinha – either playing solo, or in duets with Lacerda. Titles include "Solucos", "Atraente", "Andre De Sapato Novo", "Lingua De Preto", "Naquele Tempo", and "O Cato E O Canario". CD
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Eden LadinYequm ... CD
Eden Ladin, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
Beautiful sounds from pianist Eden Ladin – a record with a cartoony cover, but a much more serious vibe overall – although still with a sound that's equally bursting with color! Ladin wrote all the material here, and balances acoustic piano with a bit of keyboards – alongside some completely sublime reed work from John Ellis on tenor and soprano sax, and Danya Stephens on tenor. Stephens and Ellis each play on different tracks, but have this mixture of angles and colors that really comes from Eden's writing – and these qualities are nicely underscored by the chromes of the guitar work of Glad Hekselman. Other players include Harish Raghavan on bass and Daniel Dor on drums – and titles include "Lonely Arcade Man", "From The Frozen Cave", "The One Warm Hearted Man Living In The Kingdom Of Ice", "Gambit", "Times Square", "The Way We Used To Laugh", and "Autumn Song". CD

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Jimmy LyonsPush Pull ... CD
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $15.99
Alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons had a legendary run of performances on record with Cecil Taylor – but he sounds equally amazing here as a leader – given the space to really stretch out in a 3LP set that brings together a landmark live performance from 1978! Lyons works here with some lesser-known names – a quintet that includes Karen Borca on bassoon, Hayes Burnett on bass, Munner Bernard Fennell on cello, and Roger Blank on drums – but all players really catch the fire from his horn, and open up in a way that starts with loft jazz inspiration, then really soars to the stratosphere! The live setting of the album – recorded in a cinema – brings a really great quality of "space" to the overall production – and you can really feel Lyons and the group working together as their sounds and performance echo throughout the theater. Titles include the 32 minute "Mary Mary" – plus "Tortuga", "Breakout", "After You Left", and "Push Pull". CD

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Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic inspiration of the 70s era, but with a distinctly 21st Century execution – with crispy edges, cosmic currents, and a chunky approach to rhythm that makes the whole thing come across with a really subtle sort of power! The album's overflowing with guests – including Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Kamasai Washington, Keyon Harrold, and Laylah Hathaway – but there's also a core energy that's all Terrace's own, with lots of snakey keyboards that weave these magical tonal patterns in a wonderful way. Brilliant, and completely captivating – with tracks that include "Push", "Curly Martin", "Never Enough", "Turkey Taco", "Tribe Called West", "Think Of You", "Bromalia", and "Valdez Off Crenshaw" – a nice remake of the Donny Hathaway classic "Valdez In The Country". CD

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Luigi Martinale TrioCaruso – Jazzin Italian Standards (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $7.99
A very different take on the oft-recorded jazz standard mode – as this time around, the standards are all Italian – which makes most of them pretty unfamiliar to our ears! But even the few that we know take on a new sort of life in the hands of pianist Luigi Martindale – a player who mixes lyrical flights with these deep, round currents that are mighty nice – balancing the sonic range beautifully to really illuminate the tunes! The group also features round, warm bass from Stefano Risso – and a gentle crackle in the drums from Paolo Franciscone – both musicians who often allow the piano to dominate, but always seem to encourage its light. Titles include "Caruso", "Una Domenica Bestiale", "Almeno Tu Nell'Universo", "Senza Fine", "Estate", and "In Cerca Di Te". CD

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Ronnie McNeirLove's Comin' Down (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the greatest lost treasures on Motown – the rare third album from Ronnie McNeir, an artist who did plenty for the label back in the 70s, but only managed to ever get this one record released! The set's a gem – arguably his best record ever – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his RCA and Prodigal sets. And like those records, this one's a sweet soul spectacular – written, arranged, produced, and performed by Ronnie – with the tight, warm, all-together quality that makes him an equal to Leon Ware back in the day – and which makes this record almost a great counterpart to Ware's Musical Massage set for Motown – another one-off album that's become the stuff of legend! The songs are amazing – totally fresh and deeply personal, but never in a cloying or commercial way – perfectly balanced on top of some gently grooving rhythms, spare keyboards, and soulful undercurrents that are a perfect example of the maturity that Detroit soul was hitting in the 70s. A young Ray Parker Jr plays lead guitar, but most other instruments are by Ronnie – and titles include "My Love Is Coming Down", "Funky Situation", "Selling My Heart To The Junkman", "Say You Will", "Goodbye After Sunday", and "It Won't Be Long". And while the core record alone would be enough to celebrate, Expansion's also done and dug out another 7 bonus tracks from the Motown vault of the 70s – material that Ronnie recorded for other albums that never materialized, every bit as great as the main stuff here! The discovery of this material is incredible – and makes for an overstuffed CD that's sure to get McNeir's name back out there again. Bonus tracks include "Start Over As Your Man", "Betcha I'll Prove", "Dream Come True", "For Those Who Don't Believe", "Just You Babe", and "I Can't See Myself Without You". CD
Also available Love's Comin' Down ... LP 19.99

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Ralph McTellAll Things Change – The Transatlantic Anthology 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
Beautiful work from Ralph McTell – a British singer with roots in folk music, but an artist who was already finding his own territory by the time of these albums! Unlike other British folkies of the time, who seemed to be heading towards more ancient territory, and were often trying to sound even more old school in their phrasing – McTell was always trying out something new, and moving more towards some of the singer/songwriter territory that a few key American contemporaries were trying at the time. The set brings together three full albums by Ralph for the Transatlantic label – Eight Frames A Second, Spiral Staircase, and My Side Of Your Window – plus the Ralph McTell Revisited album, which features reworked material, as well as some bonus tracks too – all a fantastic summation of Ralph's early years – a time when he was maybe at his best. 51 tracks in all – with titles that include "Nanna's Song", "The Fairground", "Last Train & Ride", "Michael In The Garden", "Clown", "Girl On A Bicycle", "Father Forgive Them", "Are You Receiving Me", "Bright & Beautiful Things", "Daddy's Here", "Terminus", "Suzanne", "Blues In More Than 12 Bars", and "Kew Gardens". CD

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MoonglowsBlue Velvet – The Ultimate Collection ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Fantastic double CD set that includes 44 tracks of the Moonglows amazing doo wop sides recorded for Chess in the 50's. This is some of the best doo wop ever recorded on the planet, and the track list includes such great cuts as "Secret Love", "Most of All", "In My Diary", "Penny Arcade", "Twelve Months Of The Year", "She's Alright With Me", "See Saw", "Over And Over Again", "Mr. Engineer", "Blue Velvet", "Lover, Love Me", "Sincerely", and lots of other cuts that you may be less familiar with. Super stuff, with a nice set of notes! CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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NERDNO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES ... CD
I Am Other/Columbia, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
The Neptunes & co.'s ever-evolving hip hop/electro pop creative outlet NERD is back with their best in years! NERD not only never ever really dies, they're also never ever to be dismissed as an occasional throwaway side project, and they never put out the same record twice. This one finds them slyly innovating in their stylistic playground without trying to reinvent the wheel, and laying off some of the live band fusiony aspects of past efforts – calling in favors from some brilliant guests who sound just as eager to try new things as Pharrell and Chad – including a couple great guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna as a solid rhyme spitter instead of soulful chorus voice for a nice change of pace, an increasingly rare appearance from Andre 3000, MIA and others. Titles include "Lemon" with Rihanna, "Deep Down Body Thrust" and a bass credit for the mighty Thundercat, "Voila" with Gucci Mane & Wale, "1000" with Future "Don't Don't Do It" with Kendrick Lamar, "ESP", "Lighning Fire Magic Prayer", "Rollinem 7's" with Andre 3000, "Kites" with Kendrick Lamar & MIA, "Secret Life Of Tigers" and "Lifting You" with Ed Shearan. CD

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New CensationNew Censation ... CD
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99
The only full album we've ever seen from this obscure 70s soul group – an ensemble who work here with plenty of help on production, arrangements, and songwriting from the great Van McCoy! Van's still a bit shy of his bigger disco fame here – and instead, he showcases that groundbreaking style that helped lots of east coast groups really hit a new groove in the years before Studio 54 – a mode that uses the fuller production styles that Van first worked up in the late 60s, but which also sets things to a more compressed rhythmic style that's pretty darn great! Lots of the work here recalls the style of groups over at RCA – like Choice Four or Main Ingredient – but these guys have a mixed male/female vocal style, which makes for a unique difference too. Tracks include "Let's Get Back Together", "I Was Made For You", "I'm So Glad", "Come Down To Earth", and "Everybody's Got A Story". CD
(Part of the Original Pride Breaks & Beats Collection!)

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Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Art Yard/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $28.99
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! CD

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ResidentsThird Reich 'N Roll (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ralph (UK), 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Anonymous experimentalists The Residents cover, satirize and stage an arty assault on the classic rock and pop regime! The group dispenses with all subtlety here, mocking the heck out of a couple decades worth of American pop culture soundtrack fodder. Anything that could be construed as "the sound of an era" gets skewered mercilessly – drag strip rockers become car crashes, pop songs are recast as creepy noise and other clearly satirical waves rush in throughout the 2 long pieces, but other movements are less obviously sarcastic, and even more innovative. It'd be smug if it wasn't so damn good! Includes the long pair of pieces that made up the original album, "Swastikas On Parade" and "Hitler Was A Vegetarian", plus a huge array of extra ephemera from the sessions or fits the theme, including "Satisfaction", "Beyond The Vealley Of A Day In The Life", "Flying", a 6 part "German Slide Music" section, "Land Of 1000 Dances", "The Letter" and more on 2CDs! CD

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ResidentsThird Reich 'N Roll (special edition) ... CD
Mute (UK), 1977. Used ... $9.99
Anonymous experimentalists The Residents cover, satirize and stage an arty assault on the classic rock and pop regime! The group dispenses with all subtlety here, mocking the heck out of a couple decades worth of American pop culture soundtrack fodder. Anything that could be construed as "the sound of an era" gets skewered mercilessly – drag strip rockers become car crashes, pop songs are recast as creepy noise and other clearly satirical waves rush in throughout the 2 long pieces, but other movements are less obviously sarcastic, and even more innovative. It'd be smug if it wasn't so damn good! CD
(Out of print, hardcover book format housed in a black cardboard slipcase.)

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Sonny RollinsOn The Outside (with bonus track) ... CD
Bluebird, 1962/1963. Used ... $3.99
Some of Rollins' more adventurous work for RCA – with Don Cherry's trumpet on some key tracks! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Satisfaction UnlimitedThink Of The Children ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A really compelling little set from Satisfaction Unlimited – a group we only know from this one corker of a record on the Hot Wax label! The style's a bit in some of the harmony modes of the east coast scene of the time – yet like most Hot Wax/Invictus work, there's also a bit of an odd twist too – a quality that's hard to peg in words, but which is sometimes slightly trippy, other times warmly soulful – almost a Cali indie sort of vibe – with a bit of sunshine that breaks through amidst some of the darker, heavier themes of the record. There's plenty of great numbers with a catchy vibe that could have almost gotten these guys the radio play of some of the RCA groups of the time – and titles include "Time For Us", "Think of The Children", "Bright City Lights", "Let's Change The Subject", "Come On Back", and "Why". CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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Cynthia SchlossReady & Waiting (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TSG/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $26.99
The debut album from Cynthia Schloss – a reggae singer who'd go on to bring a whole new level of soul to Jamaican music! In fact, the album's maybe half reggae, and half soul – delivered by Cynthia with a range that would have been right at home in American soul in the early 70s, especially given that the pace of most tracks is a lot more laidback than some of the disco work that was taking over America at the time! Yet the grooves aren't exactly the usual Jamaican style, either – as they've got a bubbling vibe and upbeat quality that almost reminds us a bit of crossover soul from the same time – a bit like some of the best work on RCA that would peak on AM radio, with a real universal appeal that's only furthered by Schloss' vocals. Titles include "Love Forever", "I Won't Cry", "There's A Fire", "Red Rose", "Winston B", "Guava Jelly", "Hurry To Me", and "Nightfall". CD
(Part of the excellent Groove-Diggers series!)
 
 
 



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