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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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Hugh MasekelaPromise Of A Future ... LP
Uni, Late 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
Classic work from Hugh Masekela – and the album that pushed him over the top! The record features his version of "Grazin In The Grass", a runaway instrumental hit when it was issued – and a sly little groover that was based upon some earlier South African pop melodies that Hugh copped from his roots. The group's a tight little quintet with Al Abreu on tenor and soprano sax, William Henderson on piano, Chuck Carter on drums, and Henry Franklin on bass. The whole thing's great – and tracks include "Stop", "Bajabula Bonke", "There Are Seeds To Sow", "Vuca", "Almost Seedless", and "No Face, No Name, and No Number". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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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 ... $12.99
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 12.99

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldDo It All Night (UK pressing) ... CD
Curtom/Charly (UK), 1978. Used ... $4.99
A clubbier album than usual from Curtis Mayfield – a mid 70s attempt to move onto the dancefloor, but a set that's still got the undeniable Mayfield charm! Half the tracks here were done in collaboration with disco maestro Gil Askey – and these numbers are longer tracks that soar and sway on waves of rhythms and subtle strings – all in a mode that's clearly going for a Philly-styled groove, and which manages to come pretty close in the end! The second half of the album, though, is quite different – mellower numbers that follow through on some of the more personal soul styles that Curtis was laying down on other Curtom albums from the time – a great blend of gentle rhythms, warm instrumentation, and those always-sweet Mayfield vocals – a sound that almost reminds us of some of the best mellow soul of the time from labelmate Leroy Hutson. Clubby tracks include "Do It All Night", "No Goodbyes", and "Party Party" – and mellow tracks include "Keeps Me Loving You", "In Love In Love In Love", and "You Are You Are". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 McCannPretty Lady ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A pretty great set from Les McCann – and quite a bit different than some of his other work of the time! This one's sub-billed as "the ballad style of Les McCann" – but it features Les playing these laidback, mellow numbers that are way different than most jazz ballads of the time – almost darkly modern moments that draw a lot from rich tones and gentle chromes – of the sort we've hardly ever heard McCann play this way, and which almost hint at some of the gentler touch he'd use on the keys during the Fender Rhodes generation – even though this one's recorded a decade before. Backing is equally thoughtful and sensitive – with Herbie Lewis on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums – and titles include two originals – "Pretty Lady" and "Dorene Don't Cry I" – plus "Django", "Stella By Starlight", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Ill Take Romance", and "Little Girl Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear on one corner and a name in pen on the back.)

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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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Gary McFarlandAmerica The Beautiful ... LP
Skye, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
An incredible document of late 60s America – composed and conducted by Gary McFarland, in a style that's much more ambitious than any of his other work! The album's fully titled "America The Beautiful: An Account Of Its Disappearance" – and features "movements" with very telling subtitles that include "On This Site Shall Be Erected", "80 Miles An Hour Through Beer Can Country", "Suburbia: Two Poodles And A Plastic Jesus", and our personal favorite, "Due To A Lack Of Interest, Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled". Gary's really wearing his politics on his sleeve here – picturing a late 60s America that's without hope, without revolution, and clearly in danger of falling prey to its own plasticization. The whole thing's a wonderful antidote to the "revolution is coming" side of the 60s that is more popularly pushed – and Gary was one of the few musicians at the time with an eye that was clear enough to see that in the 60s, you could sing "The Times Are A-Changing" – but in reality, the corporations were a-growing! Musically, the album features a larger group of jazz players working in a full, rich style that has lots of soundtrack touches. There's a real Axelrod-like feel to the set – with string passages one minute, funky rhythms the next – and some breakout jazz soloing that really colors the tunes nicely! Players include Jerome Richardson, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, and Chuck Rainey – and Gary's mostly doing the conducting on the set. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyrePeace & Blessings ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Used ... $6.99
A set recorded in Italy, but with all the soulful roots of Kalaparusha's earlier years with the AACM – an incredible balance of tone and timing, handled by a quartet that also includes Longineu Parsons on trumpet and reeds, Leonard Jones on bass, and King I Mock on drums! Kalaparusha plays a host of wonderful reeds – tenor, clarinet, and lots of flute – plus some percussion too, alternating with the reeds in a real Art Ensemble kind of way. And the tracks on the set have this beautifully building quality that's quite organic at times – really pushing the boundaries, but never going too far out – and carved out of sound with some especially great lines on the reeds. Titles include "J & M", "African Procession", "Anyway You Want It", "No. 39", "Not This", and "Hexagon". CD

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanDestination Out (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A modernist classic from 60s Blue Note! The album's one of Jackie McLean's greatest from the time – and one of his seminal "new thing" sessions cut with young modernists Grachan Moncur and Bobby Hutcherson. 3 of the 4 long tracks on the record were written by Moncur, and have a similar approach to his own recordings for Blue Note – moody and introspective, in a style that's as concerned with sound and space as it is jazz and rhythm – and Hutcherson's vibes are beyond compare here, with have a sinister metallic quality that he only used briefly in his early career! The whole record's a gem, and one not to pass up! Titles include "Kahlil The Prophet", "Riff Raff", and "Love & Hate". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanOne Step Beyond (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note (Spain), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An amazing album – simply groundbreaking, and a key turn for Jackie McLean! The record features a group of hip young players – including a very young Tony Williams, plus Grachan Moncur III, Bobby Hutcherson, and Eddie Kahn – all playing in a spare contemplative modernist mode that would soon become known as "new thing" jazz. The four tracks on the album – "Frankenstein", "Ghost Town", "Blue Rondo", and "Saturday & Sunday" – are extremely stark, and even Hutcherson's often-warm vibes sound harsh and metallic, especially next to McLean's razor-sharp tone. The record's a real treasure – and never too out to be unenjoyable by fans of McLean's more inside work. Extremely compelling – and we sure wish they were making them like this again! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
 
 
 



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