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✨✧ Bob Marley & The WailersConfrontation ... CD
Island, 1983. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A posthumous album from the great Bob Marley – but one that's every bit as important as all the classics that were released during his too-short lifetime! The record really continues that righteous power of the later Bob Marley years on Island – that global scope in both the music's power, and Bob's vision for change in the world – sometimes issued at a more personal level, but always with a spirit that's strong enough to inspire the generations who've grabbed onto this album as a favorite. Titles include "Chant Down Babylon", "Buffalo Soldier", "Mix Up Mix Up", "Blackman Redemption", "Jump Nyabinghi", "Stiff Necked Fools", "I Know", and "Trench Town". CD

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Tony Marsh & Chefa AlonsoGoodbye Red Rose ... CD
Emanem (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The image on the cover really gets at the spirit of the music inside – very relaxed, sympathetic duets between Chefa Alonso on soprano sax and Tony Marsh on percussion – in a mode that really illustrates the more sensitive, personal side of improvised music at its best. Marsh plays mostly drums, but with a very open approach – almost looser in style than Alonso's soprano – which can come on in these full flurries of notes that are especially beautiful. The set features material from three different performances by the pair – illustrating their musical sympathy over the space of months – and titles include "Flim Flam One", "Frusleria Tres", "Huesca", "No Es Un Truco", and "By The Hand". CD

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Eddie MarshallDance Of The Sun ... LP
Timeless/Muse, 1977. Very Good ... $5.99
Drummer Eddie Marshall never cut many albums as a leader, but we'll always love him for this one – a sublime San Francisco 70s session that features tremendous vibes from the great Bobby Hutcherson! But actually, the whole group's great – and also includes George Cables on piano, James Leary on bass, and Manny Boyd on tenor and soprano sax – who works alongside Hutcherson's vibes with some of the same soulful currents as Harold Land from earlier years! The tunes are well-paced – mostly by Marshall, with a slight undercurrent of spirituality – and a lyrical beauty that almost has Bobby in "Little B's Poem" territory at times. Titles include "The Stroll", "The High Priestess Of Gone", "Andree", and "But I Refuse To Come Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marvin Gardens1968 (with book and download) ... LP
High Moon, 1968. New Copy ... $28.99
A group with a New York reference in their name, but a key part of the San Francisco scene in the late 60s – even if they never hit the heights of Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead! Marvin Gardens have a sound that's a bit like the former – a trippy extrapolation of bluesy roots, but taken to territory that's also got a bit of social commentary – sung by a female lead singer who's got a wonderful Bay Area vibe to her sound – maybe a bit of Janis soul at times, and a bit of Grace Slick fronting power at others. The set features one side of rare recordings and demos – including "Titanic", "Close The Door Lightly", "97 Men", "Duncan & Brady", and "Down The Line" – and one side of live material – including "Have A Drink On Me", "The Whisper Song", "Good Night Ladies", and "I Know You Rider". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 2000! Includes heavy book of notes – and download code too!)

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Paul MauriatC'est La Vie Lily/Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1970. Used ... $9.99
Two groovy French easy instrumental albums from Paul Mauriat – both from the start of the 70s! First up is C'Est La Vie Lily – the "Lily" installment in the "la vie" series – and one that features Mauriat's great blend of swirling strings, groovy bottom basslines, and well-struck piano lines – all wrapped up in a wonderfully rich sort of brew! The music includes some great tunes from French films – numbers by Francis Lai, Claude Bolling, and others – and titles include "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", "Le Passager De La Pluie", "Let It Be", "Rain", "Balapapa", "Borsolino", and "Paris S'Allume". Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer is a set that follows strongly in the best Paul Mauriat modes of the late 60s – a bit of electric bass at the bottom, well-tuned strings in the middle, and a syncopated style to most of the tracks – which makes things a lot more clean and lean than the easy sounds of a generation before! That bass is used to great effect, but in ways that are different from German pop instrumental styles – and titles include "Let There Be Freedom Peace & Love", "Sympathy", "Colombe Ivre", "Et Mourir De Plaisir", "In The Summertime", and "Pardonne Moi Ce Caprice D'Enfant". CD features three bonus tracks – "Penelope", "Manuelito Barrios", and "El Triste". CD
Also available C'est La Vie Lily/Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Paul MauriatC'est La Vie Lily/Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Two groovy French easy instrumental albums from Paul Mauriat – both from the start of the 70s! First up is C'Est La Vie Lily – the "Lily" installment in the "la vie" series – and one that features Mauriat's great blend of swirling strings, groovy bottom basslines, and well-struck piano lines – all wrapped up in a wonderfully rich sort of brew! The music includes some great tunes from French films – numbers by Francis Lai, Claude Bolling, and others – and titles include "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head", "Le Passager De La Pluie", "Let It Be", "Rain", "Balapapa", "Borsolino", and "Paris S'Allume". Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer is a set that follows strongly in the best Paul Mauriat modes of the late 60s – a bit of electric bass at the bottom, well-tuned strings in the middle, and a syncopated style to most of the tracks – which makes things a lot more clean and lean than the easy sounds of a generation before! That bass is used to great effect, but in ways that are different from German pop instrumental styles – and titles include "Let There Be Freedom Peace & Love", "Sympathy", "Colombe Ivre", "Et Mourir De Plaisir", "In The Summertime", and "Pardonne Moi Ce Caprice D'Enfant". CD features three bonus tracks – "Penelope", "Manuelito Barrios", and "El Triste". CD
Also available C'est La Vie Lily/Comme J'Ai Toujours Envie D'Aimer (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Curtis MayfieldNever Say You Can't Survive ... CD
Curtom/Charly (UK), 1977. Used ... $9.99
A great album of mellow soul tracks from Curtis Mayfield – laidback, slinky, and almost to his earlier work what Let's Get It On was to the early 70s career of Marvin Gaye! The album's got a warm, soulful vibe that's totally great – not as all-out funky or politically righteous as before, and instead more deeply personal, and almost intimate at times – in a way that really lets Curtis open up with those fragile and heartbreaking vocals that made his 60s work so great. The restraint here is totally great – another mid 70s masterpiece from arranger Rich Tufo – and at times, Mayfield hits a similar mode to some of Leroy Hutson's best Curtom work from the time! Titles include "Just Want To Be With You", "All Night Long", "When We're Alone", "I'm Gonna Win Your Love", "Sparkle", "Never Say You Can't Survive", and "Show Me Love". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Never Say You Can't Survive ... LP 9.99

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Curtis MayfieldNever Say You Can't Survive ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Very Good- ... $9.99
A great album of mellow soul tracks from Curtis Mayfield – laidback, slinky, and almost to his earlier work what Let's Get It On was to the early 70s career of Marvin Gaye! The album's got a warm, soulful vibe that's totally great – not as all-out funky or politically righteous as before, and instead more deeply personal, and almost intimate at times – in a way that really lets Curtis open up with those fragile and heartbreaking vocals that made his 60s work so great. The restraint here is totally great – another mid 70s masterpiece from arranger Rich Tufo – and at times, Mayfield hits a similar mode to some of Leroy Hutson's best Curtom work from the time! Titles include "Just Want To Be With You", "All Night Long", "When We're Alone", "I'm Gonna Win Your Love", "Sparkle", "Never Say You Can't Survive", and "Show Me Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover some wear and moisture stains – includes lyric insert.)
Also available Never Say You Can't Survive ... CD 9.99

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Todd MayfieldTraveling Soul – The Life of Curtis Mayfield (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2016. New Copy ... $21.99 28.99
A relatively biased biography on Chicago soul legend Curtis Mayfield – given that the book was written by his son Todd – but a great one too, filled with details and information that we never would have come across otherwise! Todd Mayfield is a surprisingly great writer – able to include the personal when needed, but also willing to step aside for the sake of the larger history of Curtis – with a way of putting things in just the right sort of perspective. Parts of the book are definitely Todd's tale of growing up with a famous father – but other elements really illustrate the Chicago scene that gave birth to The Impressions and Mayfield's music, and the later, lesser-known life that Curtis lived outside of the spotlight. 358 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Les McCannFish This Week ... LP
Blue Note, 1960s/1973. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A 70s set that collects tracks from Les early years at World Pacific – playing in a very popular 60s soul jazz blend of jazz and gospel influences. Most titles feature Ron Jefferson on drums, but rare groove master Paul Humphrey appears on two songs, and Charles Kynard makes a cameo appearance as well – and an additional track features backing by the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. Titles include groovers like "Fish This Week", "We'll See Yaw'll After While", "Vakushna", "Send It Down To Me", "The Shampoo", "Someone Stole my Chitlins", "The Shout" and "Gone On & Get That Church". Dixie fried and sanctified! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams, a cut corner, and some wear.)

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✨✧ Les McCannLes McCann Ltd Plays The Shampoo At The Village Gate ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The title track was most likely meant to be something of a hit for Les McCann back in his early Pacific Jazz years – and while it maybe didn't hit the heights of the charts at the time, it's still a great little cooker that leads off a tasty little set! The group here is Les' "Ltd" combo – with Ron Jefferson on drums and Herbie Lewis on bass – almost a west coast answer to the classic Ramsey Lewis group in Chicago, although one that plays here with a slightly more laidback sort of groove. Jefferson's rhythm is always a treat, and Herbie's bass is nice and sharp too – and tracks include some good originals by Les, including "The Shampoo", "Smile Stacey", "Someone Stole My Chitlins", "Filet Of Soul", and "You Thought I Knew" – plus versions of "Out Of This World" and "Woody N You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)

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McCarthyThat's All Very Well But – The Best Of McCarthy ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
Impeccable pop work from McCarthy – a group that's probably best known for being a precursor to Stereolab, but which is a heck of a great British pop outfit in its own right! The tunes on this set have a jangly guitar-pop approach that's strongly reminiscent of the Creation Records sound at its best – and many numbers have a strongly rhythmic pulse that hints at the sound that Tim Gane would later bring to Stereolab. The tunes are all incredibly catchy – really wonderful tracks that somehow never got much notice at the time, and which are waiting to be freshly rediscovered today! Titles include "Should The Bible Be Banned", "An MP Speaks", "The Fall", "We Are All Bourgeois Now", "The Myth Of The North", "Charles Windsor", "Keep An Open Mind Or Else", "You're Alive", and "Comrade Era". CD

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Howard McGheeLife Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite an unusual album for trumpeter Howard McGhee – one that has the famous bop trumpeter working in a sweet "with strings" format – ala similar 50s sessions on Verve! Frank Hunter handles the larger group here – working the strings with some nice touches that go way past just sleepy orchestrations – into a realm of playful passages that help coax some quite unfamiliar sounds from Howard's horn! The approach is quite different than some of McGhee's more seminal sides, but is also a great illustration of this under-acknowledge side of his talents – and a voice that definitely seems to echo some of his personal struggles at the time. Titles include "Sonny Boy", "The Thrill Is Gone", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries", and "My Sin". CD

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Ellen McIlwaineWe the People ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Very Good ... $3.99
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene in Tokyo and Germany! The approach on this record is kind of like a mixture between Chaka Khan and Joni Mitchell – lots of upbeat grooves, mixed with jazzy acoustic guitar and some wonderfully soaring vocals – in a style that needs to be heard to be fully understood. The standout cut is the amazing "Jimmy Jean", a soaring jazzy dance cut with unbelievable vocals – and other nice ones include "Sliding", "Ain't No Two Ways", and "All To You". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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