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Art BlakeyReflections In Blue ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About December 2, 2015
Key proof that Art Blakey was still going strong in the late 70s – continuing his 60s legacy of working with the best young players he could find, in a setting that was bristling with sweet soul jazz energy! This version of The Jazz Messengers includes some tremendous players – including a young Bobby Watson on alto, the great David Schnitter on tenor, James Williams on piano, and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet – all grooving with Art in a style that steps nicely from the soulful Prestige Records years, when Blakey was leading the group with Woody Shaw and Carter Jefferson. Tracks are nearly all originals – loping and grooving with a soulful finish that's really wonderful, showing off equal parts of writing from nearly all corners of the group. The album's awash in soulful joy and love, and titles include "Reflections In Blue", "ETA", "Mishima", "Say Dr J", and "Stretching". CD

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✨✧ Chico BuarqueOs Primeiros Anos (Chico Buarque De Hollanda Vols 1, 2 & 3) ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1966/1967/1968. New Copy ... About December 15, 2015
The debut of a legend – Volume 1 – Chico Buarque's first album for RGE, and a groundbreaking batch of tunes that helped shape the sound of popular music in Brazil for years to come! Buarque predates the Tropicalia era, but is working here in a style that clearly allowed for their later impact – a mode that draws on styles from bossa, folklore, and samba – but which somehow manages to rise into a groove that's all its own. Buarque's genius can immediately be summed up in classics on the set – like "Pedro Pedreiro", "A Rita", "Tem Mais Samba", "A Banda", and "Ole Ola" – all wonderful numbers that make the album an essential one in any collection! Pure genius from a young Chico Buarque – Volume 2 – simple, effective, straightforward tunes – and music that has had a resonance in Brazil for many decades since! At one level, the sound here draws heavily from the samba recordings of previous years – but at another level, there's a greater level of sophistication that predates the growth of the MPB generation during the 70s – a sound that blends in some larger backings and airy production, all for a sound that's completely heavenly! Titles include "Noite Dos Mascarados", "A Televisao", "Fica", "Com Acucar, Com Afeto", "Logo Eu?", "Ano Novo", "Realejo", and "Um Chorinho". Amazing work from a young Chico Buarque – Volume 3 – a record that seems to draw on all the best elements of 60s Brazilian pop, and forge them into a sound that's all its own! At one level, there's a post-bossa style of larger arrangements here that recalls the work of Edu Lobo – handled by Maestro Gaya in a mode that recalls some of the best bits of the time on the Elenco or Forma labels. But at another level, there's also a personal and slightly folksy style that reminds us of the initial power of Geraldo Vandre – a sound that's clearly present in Buarque's work, and which stands in a direct line to the best strengths of the emerging Tropicalia generation. The set's filled with classics that include "Carolina", "Roda Viva", "O Velho", "Ate Pensei", "Sem Fantasia", and "Desencontro" – and a few tracks feature Chico in duets with either Toquinho, Cristina, or MPB4! CD

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✨✧ Jimmy CastorButt Of Course/Supersound/E-Man Groovin ... CD
Atlantic/Robinsongs (UK), New Copy ... About January 15, 2016

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Scott FaganSouth Atlantic Blues ... CD
Atco/Saint Cecelia Knows, 1968. New Copy ... On November 20, 2015 (delayed)
One of the great, lost, under-discovered albums on Atlantic from the late 60s – the little-circulated debut of singer Scott Fagan – a very unusual talent who mixes soulful currents with a very personal singer-songwriter approach! Scott's sound is never too polished – he's certainly not trying to be a blue-eyed soul act here – but the music has these currents of organ, electric bass, and occasional groovy rhythms that make for a very compelling counterpoint to his raspy, island-bred vocals. All tunes are originals by Scott – and arrangements are by Horace Ott on most numbers, which might account for the soulful vibe. The album is completely unique – one of those sets that, if you dig it, you'll never find anything to match it – and titles include "In My Head", "South Atlantic Blues", "Crying", "Nothing But Love", "Tenement Hall", "Crystal Ball", and "In Your Hands". CD

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International Submarine BandSafe At Home (180 gram vinyl mono edition) (2015 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... On November 27, 2015
Seminal early country rock from Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band – cut soon before Gram jumped ship to the Byrds for the legendary Sweetheart Of The Rodeo LP! The one-and-only International Submarine Band LP is the first official full length album from Gram Parsons, and probably the record in which GP's deep love of soulful 60s honky tonk is worn most proudly on his sleeve. He covers Merle Haggard's "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues", and overall the album sounds a little bit more Bakersfield than San Francisco. Notoriously produced by Lee Hazlewood's gal Suzi Jane Hokem. Essential! Tracks include "Blue Eyes", "A Satisfied Mind", "Folsom Prison Blues/That's Alright", "Miller's Cave", "Luxury Liner", "Strong Boy" and more, plus the previously unreleased bonus track "Knee Deep In The Blues". (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Saturday, 11/28/15. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules, it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Black Friday. It will not be pre-sold, or reserved in any way. However, the day after Black Friday, we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Smith Dobson with Bobby HutchersonSasha Bossa ... CD
Quartet, 1988. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A rare Bobby Hutcherson appearance – working here alongside piano and vocals from Smith Dobson! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jefferson AirplaneSurrealistic Pillow ... LP
RCA/Sundazed, 1967. Near Mint- (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Early genius from these Bay Area stalwarts – one of the greatest rock records of its time! Surrealistic Pillow is the second Jefferson Airplane album, but they took a number of huge creative leaps in the 8 months or so between their debut record and this one. This one is where they're joined by psych siren Grace Slick, but it's not just the line-up change that sets it apart. Surrealistic Pillow is a perfect title, as it's comforting and disorienting at the same time. It's also the magical confluence of wildly different spirits – with standout contributions by the entire band. Titles include the seminal "White Rabbit" – plus "Embryonic Journey", "3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds", "DCBA 25", "How Do You Feel", "Today", "She Has Funny Cars", and "Plastic Fantastic Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono reissue on 180 gram colored vinyl.)
Also available Surrealistic Pillow ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ VariousCosmic Country (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Warner (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Not the kind of country music you'd hear from the mainstream of Nashville, and instead a really cool collection of underground work from a variety of US scenes at the end of the 60s – most with the kind of trippy currents you'd expect from the "cosmic" in the title! Lots of the work here shows the breaking influence of country on the LA scene, but other tracks also show the trippier influences of that scene on the south as well – especially the spots where longer hair and headier attitudes were not only tolerated, but encouraged in the process of making music! The set's a really unique approach to this period, and draws together so many different strands we wouldn't have thought of – creating a rich tapestry of sounds that includes "Sam Stone" by John Prine, "Catch The Wind" by Vern Gosdin, "Close The Door Lightly" by The Dillards, "Dance Dance Dance" by Crazy Horse, "Deep Water" by Beau Brummels, "Cowboy Movie" by David Crosby, "I Wonder If I Care As Much" by The Everly Brothers, "Truck Stop Girl" by Little Feat, "From A Silver Phial" by Gene Clark, "Some Of Shelly's Blues" by The Monkees, "Wallflower" by Doug Sahm, "Do Right Woman Do Right Man" by Delaney & Bonnie, "$1000 Wedding" by Gram Parsons, "Jesus In 3/4 Time" by John David Souther, and "Pretend I Never Happened" by Willie Nelson. 2LP set has 23 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousDJ Mitsu The Beats – Solid Black ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1970s/2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
DJ Mitsu takes on the legendary Black Jazz label from the 70s – and serves up a sublime mix of spiritual and funky jazz classics from some of the company's greatest records! Mitsu's one of the few cats we could trust with a project like this – and as with his Fender Rhodes mixes from a few years back, this one really respects the core essence of the tunes – yet also finds a way to make them flow beautifully into one another – a 28 track blend of magical music that stands as a great testament to the soulful, spiritual depth of the Black Jazz catalog! There's no tricks or gimmicks at all – just sweet sounds galore – and titles include "Listen Here" and "For Heaven's Sake" by Gene Russell, "Soft Spirit" and "Plastic Creek Stomp" by Henry Franklin, "Infant Eyes" and "Revelation" by Doug Carn, "Little Dance" and "Time & Space" by Rudolph Johnson, "Aunt Lovely" and "Shaw Neeq" by Calvin Keys, "Magic Wand Of Love" and "Maiden Voyage" by Kellee Patterson, "Mode For DD" and "Slinky" by The Awakening, "Trip One" and "Power House" by Chester Thompson and "Funky Mama Moose" by Roland Haynes. CD

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✨✧ VariousGodfather's R&B – James Brown's Productions 1962 to 1967 ... CD
Smash/BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A host of wonderful work produced by James Brown – most of it by a range of different singers, and one by The Godfather himself! The collection brings together some of the earliest James Brown productions – mid 60s tracks recorded for King and Smash Records, most of which aren't nearly as well known as later JB productions for the People and Polydor labels! As with that later work, all the grooves here are right in the same territory that James was hitting himself – upbeat, funky, and stone out of sight soul – all with plenty of rough edges, and backings from the same tight core of musicians that were helping out Brown on his recordings. The package is a real treasure – and is a great complement to the James Brown Singles collections from the Hip-O Select label – proof that even in these early days, James was clearly the hardest working man in show business – given all his time in the studio with other artists! 22 tracks in all – including "I Found Out" and "I'll Keep Pressing On" by Bobby Byrd, "That's When I Cry" and "If You Don't Think" by Anna King, "I Don't Care" and "Unexplainable" by Dizzy Jones, "Got No Excuse" and "If You Don't Work You Can't Eat" by James Crawford, "Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (part 1)" by Elsie Mae, "Lookie Lookie Lookie" by The Jewells, "Wide Awake In A Dream" and "Nobody Cares" by Vicki Anderson, "Devil's Den" by The Poets, "It Hurts To Be In Love" by Yvonne Fair, "That's The Spirit" by Rev Willingham, "Faith" by The Five Royales, "I Cried" by Tammy Montgomery, "Soul Food (parts 1 & 2)" by Al Brisco Clark, and "New Breed (The Boo Ga Loo) (part 1)" by James Brown. CD

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✨✧ VariousSlow Grind Fever Vols 3 & 4 – Yet More Adventures In The Sleazy World Of Popcorn Noir ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easy to get the fever when the grinding's this good – served up from a host of vintage R&B, soul, rock and doo wop tracks – most of which have this slow tempo approach that's mighty nice! These are the kind of cuts that spun on the jukebox in the wee hours – the tunes for later in the night, when the scene was slowing down – and you wanted just the right cut to pull your partner closer, while still holding onto some of the raunch of the more upbeat tracks from before. Obscure numbers are mixed with a few better-known gems – and titles include "Wanted For Questioning" by Bob Lee, "My Love" by Jessie Hill, "Valley Of Tears" by Bobby Rebel, "Balsa Boat" by Elizabeth Waldo, "Driftwood" by Eddie Cooly & The Dimples, "Nobody's Gonna Hurt You" by Donna Dee, "Yellow Hand" by The El Toros, "Cha Jezebel" by The Notes, "Roundabout" by The Jaguars, "Eyes" by Yvonne Baker & The Sensations, "Crawfish" by The Stone Crushers, "Bad" by Cozy Cole, "Now Baby Don't Do It" by El Pauling & The Royalton, "So Many Ways" by Varetta Dillard, "Slow Down Little Eva" by Roy Brown, "Bacon Fat" by Big Daddy & His Boys, "One Day" by Bobby Peterson Quintet, "If I Knew" by Yvonne Fair, and "Well I Tried" by Jay Hawkins. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul On The Real Side #1 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), 1970s/2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Contemporary cuts mixed with rare soul nuggets – all in a blend that goes way beyond the usual soul compilation! The Real Side team have issued a number of underground tracks on their own during the past decade – but they've also got ears that are really tuned towards a unique slice of soul from the 70s – those tracks that might have a deep soul feel in the vocals, but a modern soul element in the rhythms – a blend of rough and smooth that really sparkles strongly on the older tracks on this set! These 70s gems are interspersed with some of the newer material discovered by the pair – and the collection is a treasure trove of soul discoveries – with titles that include "Love's Journey" by Mebus, "I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" by James Bradley, "I Need Your Love" by Patterson Twins, "Real Love (Tom Moulton mix)" by Jacqui Williams, "Rainbow" by Madagascar, "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me" by Jewel Bass, "Looking Up To You" by Michael Wycoff, "Am I Cold Am I Hot" by Bill Harris, "I Can't Do Enough For You Baby" by Tommy Tate, "Hold On To The Blues" by Lonnie Givens, and "I Should Be With You Tonight (Moonlight Studios rmx)" by Jesse Gomez. CD

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✨✧ Mac WisemanTis Sweet To Be Remembered – Complete Recordings – 1951 to 1964 (6CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CDs & Book ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from the great Mac Wiseman – an artist who was as important to the growth of bluegrass in the 50s as Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers – but who doesn't always get his due! Mac's voice is amazing – wonderfully expressive, but in a slyly subtle way – and his range of material here is wonderful, and often surpasses most of the settings in which he worked! A good deal of tracks come from Wiseman's time at Dot Records – where he also acted as their country A&R person – and the set features loads of singles that have never been reissued from the Dot years – plus later Capitol Records tracks, including a full Capitol album that was never released! We've really fallen in love with Mac's music over the years – and this collection does him justice that no other package on the market has before – complete with 164 prime recordings on 6CDs, and a massive heavy book that's filled with images, photos, and rich writings on Wiseman's career by Charles Wolfe and Eddie Stubbs! CD

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