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✨✧ Nellie LutcherReal Gone! (80s pressing) ... LP
Capitol, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A bit jazz, a bit R&B, and swingin all the way through – the great Nellie Lutcher was one of the better singers of her generation, and it's a darn shame that she's not as well remembered as some of her other postwar musical contemporaries. This set was cut for Capitol during the early 50s, sort of a collection of singles based around her hit "He's A Real Gone Guy"; a nice little retrospective of Nellie's career that finally gives her her due. Titles include "Hurry On Down", "Come & Get It, Honey", "That's A Plenty", "So Nice To See You, Baby", "Do You, Or Don't You Love Me", "Fine Brown Frame", and "The Lady's In Love With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on PAUSA.)
 
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Ann-MargretAnn Margret – The Definitive Collection ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 21.98
A fantastic collection of work from those years when singer Ann-Margret first popped up on the American market – young, fresh, and sexy – and willing to do whatever it took to make her music stand out from the pack! Ann-Margret's got a vocal range that's maybe deeper than most of her contemporaries – a lusty growl that makes you feel like she's singing from way down in her toes – with odd bluesy currents mixed with jazzier backings – all in a mode that has really blows away the sultry tones of previous singers like Peggy Lee or Julie London. This 30 track package is a very well-chosen array of tunes from the early RCA years – and includes lots of solo numbers, plus work with Elvis Presley and Al Hirt – on titles that include "Man's Favorite Sport", "Next Time", "Madrid/The Pleasure Seekers", "Mack The Knife", "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Lady Loves Me", "You're The Boss", "Mr Wonderful", "That Old Black Magic", "Everything Makes Music When You're In Love", "Let Me Entertain You", "Take All The Kisses", "Something To Think About", and "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". CD

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Ken BootheFreedom Street (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 22.99
A Trojan Records classic from the mighty Ken Boothe – an album set to just the right sort of grooves for his beautifully soulful vocals! The record's definitely got the political vibe you'd expect from the cover and title, but maybe even more compelling is the way that Ken can still sound heartbreaking and personal when delivering the lyrics – as if the social change around him was a very individual thing, which somehow makes the message of the music even more powerful. Leslie Kong produced, and most tracks are at a slow-stepping rocksteady pace – with titles that include "Now I Know", "Drums Of Freedom", "Love & Unity", "Freedom Street", "Why Baby Why", and "Mr Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 700 – on gray "Asphalt" vinyl!)

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✨✧ Roy BuchananRoy Buchanan Live At Town Hall 1974 ... CD
Polydor/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
A sweet little live set from the great Roy Buchanan – most of it never issued before, and a fantastic document of the mighty power of the guitarist as he rose to fame in the 70s! There's a lean quality here that's mighty nice – none of the showiness of other guitar heroes of Roy's generation, even in such an enthusiastic concert setting – and the recording's a great reminder of why Buchanan was always such a strong craftsman, especially on some of the soul-based numbers and more instrumental passages. Titles include "Done Your Daddy Dirty", "Hot Cha", "Further On Up The Road", "Can I Change My Mind", "I'm Evil", "Too Many Drivers", "Hey Joe", "I'm A Ram", "In The Beginning", "Driftin & Driftin", "Hey Joe", and "Roy's Bluz". 2CD set, with both the early and late sets of the performance! CD

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanOrnette At 12/Crisis ... CD
Impulse/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A pair of overlooked albums from Ornette Coleman – back to back on a single CD for the first time ever! Crisis is a record that bursts out with a sound that definitely lives up to its striking title – as Ornette Coleman explores the new frontiers of experimental jazz with one of his great groups from the end of the 60s! The album's got the intensity of the best ESP sessions of the period, but also shows the richer sonic elements that Coleman can bring to the proceedings – that way of mixing sharp edges with surprising currents – delivered by an all-star group that features Ornette on alto and violin, Don Cherry on trumpet and flute, Dewey Redman on tenor and clarinet, Charlie Haden on bass, and the young Ornette D Coleman on drums. It's especially amazing to hear Haden and Cherry take on such different roles than in the Ornette material of the early 60s – and also realize a wider vision for the music, on tunes that include a great version of Haden's "Song For Che", plus "Broken Shadows", "Trouble In The East", and "Space Jungle". CD

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✨✧ Blossom DearieSix Classic Albums (3CD set) ... CD
Real Gone, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 3CD ... Just Sold Out!
Includes Blossom Dearie, Give Him The Ooh La La , Once Upon A Summertime, Blossom Dearie Sings Comden & Green, Soubrette Sings Broadway Hit Songs, and My Gentleman Friend. CD

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Gigi GryceEight Classic Albums (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone/Music Melon (UK), 1954/1955/1957/1960. Used 4 CDs ... $7.99
Includes the albums – When Farmer Met Gryce, Nicas Tempo, Jazz Lab (with Donald Byrd), Modern Jazz Perspective (with Donald Byrd), Sayin Something, The Hap' Nin's, The Rat Race Blues, and Reminiscin'. CD
(Out of print.)

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Elmo HopeSix Classic Albums – Meditations/High Hope/Hope Meets Foster/Informal Jazz/Here's Hope/Harold Land - The Fox (3CD set) ... CD
Real Gone (UK), 1955/1956/1959/1961. Used 3 CDs ... $18.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Yusef LateefSix Classic Albums (Jazz Mood/Dreamer/Cry Tender/Fabric Of Jazz/Centaur & The Phoenix/Eastern Sounds) (3CD set) ... CD
Real Gone Jazz (UK), 1957/1959/1961. Used 3 CDs ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny MathisYou've Got A Friend (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
A great setting for the legendary voice of Johnny Mathis – as the maturing singer takes on then-contemporary tracks by artists like Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, and The Bee Gees! These tunes really get a different treatment here in Johnny's hands – not just because the arrangements are quite far from the original pop songs – but also because that magic Mathis style really has a lot of different inflections on the lyrics! Titles include "You've Got A Friend", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "If You Could Read My Mind", "For All We Know", "If We Only Have Love", and "It's Too Late". This edition features the full version of the sessions – 8 more bonus tracks that include "Golden Slumbers", "Evie", "So Much In Love", "Reach Out", "This Way Mary", and "Think About Things". CD

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Laura NyroLittle Magic A Little Kindness – The Complete Mono Albums Collection (More Than A New Discovery/Eli & The Thirteenth Confession/bonus track ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
Two full early albums from Laura Nyro – both presented here in their rare mono mixes, with bonus tracks too! First up is More Than A New Discovery – Laura Nyro's first album ever! Even at this early point, Nyro sounds wonderful – a fair bit more soulful than most other female pop singers of her time – with a fully-fleshed out approach to the vocals that's mature and sensitive, and almost a bit more confident at times than in later years. Arrangements are by Herb Bernstein, and almost have the same sort of sunny feel as The 5th Dimension in their famous covers of Nyro's tunes – again with more soul than we might have expected for the time. Titles include "Lazy Susan", "Stoney End", "Flim Flam Man", "Buy & Sell", "He's A Runner", "Billy's Blues", and "Wedding Bell Blues". Eli & The Thirteenth Confession is groundbreaking work from Laura Nyro – exactly the kind of record that sums up the unique genius in her music! The record's not folk, not pop, not soul, nor jazz vocals – but a new sort of style that draws a bit from all those genres, and comes up with a bold new approach that opened the door for countless other female singers in years to come. Despite the fame of the record, and many attempts to copy its genius over the years, Nyro is completely without cliche here – unique in her approach and presentation of the material, and as personally possessed as she is fragile and introspective. Arrangements are by Charlie Calello, and really get the spirit of the tunes right – and titles include "Luckie", "Lonely Women", "Emmie", "Timer", "Eli's Comin", "December's Boudouir", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Woman's Blues", and "Once It Was Alright Now". Bonus tracks include "Stone End (single version with alt lyrics)", "Eli's Comin (single version)", and "Save The Country (single version)". CD

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Michelle PhillipsVictim Of Romance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Real Gone, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A surprisingly compelling album from Michelle Phillips – recorded years after the breakup of The Mamas & The Papas – with a smooth late 70s LA sound that works perfectly for her more mature sexy approach! Jack Nitzsche handled the production and arrangements on most of it, and the album's got more of an edge than you might think from first look or listen – slightly self-reflexive, and less a comeback attempt than an expression of identity finally put on record. Wonderful! Titles include "Aching Kind", "Trashy Rumors", "Let The Music Begin", "Victim Of Romance", "Where's Mine", "Just One Look", "Paid The Price", "Lady Of Fantasy" (the lone track here produced & arranged by John Phillips) and more. This expanded edition has nice booklet notes, too – plus 3 rare bonus tracks: a Nitzsche-produced version of "Guerita" (earlier cut with John Phillips) and a some sweet covers of "Practice What You Preach" and "Had A Lot Of Love Last Night". CD

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RascalsComplete Singles As & Bs (4LP mixed colored vinyl box set) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4LP Gatefold (reissue)... $69.99
A really groovy set of work by The Rascals – one that gets past some of their other greatest hits collections on the market, to include not just all the weird and wonderful b-sides of their singles, but also some of their great later work for Columbia Records too! The music here is a fantastic evolution in sound – from the early garage soul of the Atlantic material issued under the name of The Young Rascals, to the trippier sounds as the group dropped the "young" from their name, and found an even more spacious, soaring sort of approach – one that only continued to get cooler as the 60s came to an end, and organist Felix Cavaliere took more charge of their sound in the studio. The earliest singles are presented in mono, the later ones in stereo – and the 2CD collection features 47 tracks in all – with titles that include "Slow Down", "Sueno", "Groovin (Spanish version)", "Rainy Day", "Of Course", "Baby I'm Blue", "Jungle Walk", "Hummin Song", "Brother Tree", "Saga Of New York", "Rainy Day", "I Believe", "If You Knew", "Away Away", "Almost Home", "Of Course", and all the hits you might expect! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)

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Sahib ShihabFive Classic Albums (Jazz Sahib/Fontainebleau/Night In Tunisia/Uhuru Afrika/Four Altos – plus bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 4 CDs ... $5.99
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SlitsReturn Of The Giant Slits ... CD
CBS/Real Gone, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 14.98
The dramatic return of the Slits – sounding incredible here on this second album! The set's not as rough and ragged as their first effort – but is still also fairly groundbreaking stuff – mixing up dub and post-punk styles with an almost British avant sensibility that has the whole thing coming together beautifully – and with a righteous power that made the trio one of the most important female acts of the postpunk years. The girls' sense of humor and interplay holds all tracks together wonderfully, and the album's filled with enigmatic little tunes that include "Earthbeat", "Or What It Is", "Face Place", "Walk About", "Animal Space/Spacier", "Life On Earth", and "Improperly Dressed". CD

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Keely SmithIntimate Keely Smith (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, 1965. Used ... $9.99
Most folks know singer Keely Smith as part of a famous 50s duo with Louis Prima – but on her own, the vocalist is maybe even more appealing – and sounds especially jazzy on a wonderful record like this! The album definitely lives up to its "intimate" promise – as has Keely singing with piano from frequent accompanist Jeff Lewis, plus bass from Red Mitchell, drums from Irv Cottler, and a bit of guitar from Dennis Budimir – a very mellow, laidback setting that almost puts Keely into the same territory as Julie London on her best albums! There's a very late nite vibe to the whole thing – and even though Jimmy Bowen produced, he's a lot more hands-off here than on some of the other Reprise dates of the time, avoiding any of the tendencies for a syncopated swing that he might usually show. Titles include "He Needs Me", "Sinner Or Saint", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Somebody Loves Me", "It Had To Be You", and "Time After Time". CD features two bonus tracks – a great duet with Frank Sinatra on "Twin Soliloquies", and the track "No One Ever Tells You". CD
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Keely SmithSings The John Lennon/Paul McCartney Songbook ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A groovy singer takes on the music of The Beatles – all with a sound that does a heck of a lot for both parties involved in the proceedings! Keely Smith was well into her solo career by the time of this set – having stepped away from Louis Prima, and soaring through some great albums on her own in the early 60s – of which this gem might be the capper! 1964 is a pretty early point to recognize the great potential of the songwriting team of Paul McCartney and John Lennon – but chalk that up to producer Jimmy Bowen, who does a superb job of bringing in some of the groovier styles that Reprise Records was getting hip to at the time – served up here courtesy of arrangers Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter. Both Freeman and Carter have a slight current of soul at times, which makes for a great match with Keely's vocals – on titles that include "Please Please Me", "This Girl", "If I Fell", "She Loves You", "World Without Love", "Hard Day's Night", "Do You Want To Know A Secret", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", and "Can't Buy Me Love" – all sounding surprisingly great as jazz tunes! CD

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Dusty SpringfieldBrand New Me – The Complete Philadelphia Sessions ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Dusty Springfield continues her exploration of American soul begun with the Dusty In Memphis album – but this time around, she's headed for Philly, where she gets to work with the Gamble & Huff production team! In a way, we like this work even better than Dusty's better-known Memphis recordings – because the gliding Philly groove of the time is a lot more fresh, and somehow doesn't sound as forced as some of Dusty's attempts at straighter, deeper soul. Arrangements are by Thom Bell and Roland Chambers – and rhythms are by a core combo that includes Vince Montana, Ugene Dozier, Ronald Baker, Earl Young, and Norman Harris. Tunes are all Gamble & Huff originals – and titles include "Lost", "Let Me In Your Way", "Never Love Again", "Let's Get Together Soon", "Silly Silly Fool", "Star Of My Show", and "Let's Talk It Over". 17 track CD features the complete Philly recordings – including the previously-unissued "Sweet Charlie", and the tracks "Goodbye", "The Richest Girl Alive", "Cherished", and "Summer Love". CD

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Dionne WarwickOdds & Ends – Scepter Records Rarities ... CD
Scepter/Real Gone, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
A deep excavation of long buried gems from Dionne Warwick's Scepter Records era – bringing out rare alternate versions of a few of the biggest hits with Bacharach/David, a handful of underappreciated album tracks, some great foreign language versions of singles for the international market and other rare treasures! Opens with a previously unreleased version of "I Say A Little Prayer" that's just as soaring and perfect as the original, and the set has relatively overshadowed album tracks like "Monday Monday", "Amanda", "He's Moving On" and "Our Ages Or Our Hearts", an Italian single version of "A House Is Not A Home", German language versions of "Walk On By" and "You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)", alternate versions of "Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets", "Odds & Ends" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose" and lots more – plus a cool bunch of regional promo commercials and public service announcements from back in the day! 26 tracks in all – 10 of which are previously unreleased, and nice little booklet of notes, too. CD

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Jimmy WebbAngel Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
A later set from the great Jimmy Webb – the crucial late 60s songwriter who created so many hits for other people before finally stepping out on his own! Jimmy's got a sound here that's a bit like his late 70s albums on Atlantic – well-produced, with maybe an undercurrent of soul – which also comes through in the way that Jimmy delivers his lyrics! Webb's still a great songsmith – and maybe brings a more heartfelt approach to his music here than in earlier years – a slight AOR polish, but never too much. Titles include "One Of The Few", "Angel Heart", "Scissors Cut", "Nasty Love", "In Cars", and "Work For A Dollar". Features a number of unissued bonus tracks – "Driftwood", "High Rent Ghetto", "Adios", and demos for "Early Morning Song", "In Cars", and "One Of The Few". CD

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Mason WilliamsMason Williams Ear Show ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A wonderfully weird record from the mighty Mason Williams – a set that's filled with lots of cool little surprises at each new twist and turn – yet which also comes across with a really solid, tuneful feel overall! The album's got a bit of folk, a bit of moog, and a bit of kitsch – but has a way of serving it all up with the kind of warmth and wit we love so much in that unique late 60s Warner Brothers moment – the same sort of vibe you might get from Van Dyke Parks or Harpers Bizarre at their best. Some tunes have Mason Williams singing these beautifully poetic lyrics straight, while others evoke the playful feel of his appearances on the Smothers Brothers Show – but things are really balanced throughout, and give the record that sense of discovery we hardly ever find in albums these days. Titles include a new version of "Baroque A Nova" from Mason's first album, the cool electronic "Generatah Oscillatah" instrumental, the groovy "Last Great Waltz", a "One Minute Commercial", and a wild remake of "Cinderella Rockefella" – plus "Saturday Night At The World", "$13 Stella", and "Whistle Hear". CD

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Jackie Wilson7 Classic Albums Plus (He's So Fine/Lonely Teardrop/So Much/Sings The Blues/A Woman, A Lover, A Friend/You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet/By Specia ... CD
Real Gone (UK), Late 50s/1960s. Used 4 CDs ... $24.99
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VariousComplete Loma Singles Vol 1 ... CD
Loma/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99 31.98
The first days of the legendary Loma Records – a 60s side-label at Warner Brothers, and one with a rock-solid reputation for top-shelf soul! Loma never hit the heights of Atlantic, Stax, or Motown – but the quality of the work on this collection is every bit as wonderful as the output from those labels – and maybe even more special, too – as lots of the tracks were never circulated that strongly at the time – acting a lot more like indie soul from the funky 45 underground than work from a much bigger label! This 2CD set features a massive 50 tracks from the imprint – the a and b-sides of the first 25 singles – with titles that include "The Big Jerk (parts 1 & 2)" by Clyde & The Blue Jays, "Baby Don't Look Down" by Billy Storm, "Midnight Prowl" by The Singers, "I Want To Be Loved" by The Enchanters, "Tell Her I'm Not Home" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Playboy" by Sugar N Spice, "I'm Comin Home" by The Olympics, "Hey Girl" by Lucky Carmichael, "Just One Look In Your Eyes" by Bob & Earl, "Something You Got" by Reb Foster, "Goldfinger" by Billy Storm, "Nobody's Baby" by The Apollas, "The Bells Are Ringing" by Smiley Lewis Band, "Your Search Is Over" by Walter Foster, "There's Something On Your Mind (parts 1 & 2)" by Baby Lloyd, "Oh Eddy My Baby" by Brenda Hall, "Since I Fell For You" by Dick Jensen & The Imports, and "That's What's Happening" by Kell Osborne. CD

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✨✧ James Brown5 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Rare & Live Tracks (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s/Early 70s. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Tubby HayesSeven Classic Albums – Jazz Couriers In Concert/Couriers Of Jazz/Tubbs/Tubbs In NY/All Night Long/Return Visit (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone Jazz (UK), 1958/1959/1961/1962. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Harold LandSix Classic Albums – In The Land Of Jazz/Montgomeryland/The Fox/Eastward Ho!/West Coast Blues/Hear Ye! (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone (UK), 1958/1959/1960/1961. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Johnny MathisClose To You/Love Story (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1970/1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early 70s Johnny Mathis – two gems back to back on one CD! Close To You has Johnny Mathis kicking off with his take on the Burt Bacharach title hit, then moving through a number of other late 60s hits – some of which are perfect for the Mathis style, others of which make for a mighty nice stretch – and we mean that in the best way possible! There's some backing elements here that are groovier than usual for Johnny – pushing him in a nice way with modes that seem a bit borrowed from sunshine pop and soul – on titles that include "Come Saturday Morning", "Evil Ways", "Yellow Days", "The Long & Winding Road", "Wave", and "Pieces Of Dreams". Love Story has Johnny Mathis finding a perfect 70s space for his sublime vocal style – not the late nite love moods of the early years, but instead the warmer territory of the rising adult contemporary market – one that almost seemed tailor made for the Mathis magic! Producer Jack Gold does a great job of mixing up moods here – but as you might expect, the ballads are where Johnny really knocks it out of the park – on titles that include "Love Story", "We've Only Just Begun", "My Sweet Lord", "Goin Out Of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "Loss Of Love", "We've Only Just Begun", and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life". CD

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✨✧ Martin DennyEight Classic Albums (Exotica/Exotica 2/Exotica3/Forbidden Island/Primitiva/Enchanted Sea/Exotic Persuasion/Romantica) (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Phyllis DillonOne Life To Live (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Treasure Isle/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic record from one of the first great female voices in Jamaican music – the completely righteous Phyllis Dillon, a singer who set a whole new standard for the genre! The tunes here are beautiful rocksteady numbers – a number of which just have bass, drums, and organ stepping along behind Dillon's powerful lead. A few others change up the rhythms a bit, but Phyllis holds the whole thing together nicely – both on original material, and transformative versions of other tunes from the time. Titles include "One Life To Live", "Love The One You With", "I Can't Forget About You Baby", "Woman Ghetto", "Close To You", "We Belong Together", "You Are Like Heaven To Me", and "Long Time No Nice Time". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ MetersMessage From The Meters – Complete Josie, Reprise, & Warner Singles 1968 to 1977 (3LP black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Heavy soul by one of the funkiest groups of all time – New Orleans mighty Meters, a group who forever set a new standard with the classic singles featured in this package! The Meters are an instrumental group at their core – with a moody blend of heady basslines, bubbling organ, and scratchy guitar – made famous by their early singles on the Josie label, then taken to new heights as they moved to Warner/Reprise in the 70s, and came up with some even more complicated grooves! And while the group's albums are all great, it's definitely their singles that put the money where their funk is – creating these cool, compact, mostly-instrumental modes that pack a hell of a lot of punch in just a short space. The collection features 40 of these massive numbers – titles that include "Joog", "Sassy Lady", "No More Okey", "Trick Bag", "Mister Moon", "Find Yourself", "Chug Chug Chug (parts 1 & 2)", "The Flower", "Smiling", "Do The Dirt", "Africa", "People Say", "Running Fast (long version)", "Disco Is The Thing Today", "Hey Pocky A Way", "Stretch Your Rubber Band", "This Is My Last Affair", "Chicken Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Cissy Strut", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "Dry Spell", "Little Old Money Maker", "Hey Last Minute", and "The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather Doodle Oop". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tower Of PowerHipper Than Hip – Yesterday Today & Tomorrow – Live On The Air & In The Studio 1974 ... CD
Real Gone, 1974. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Killer work from Tower Of Power – captured live in the studio, and with a frenetic funky groove that's even tighter than some of their studio material from the time! At their core, these guys were always first and foremost a live, lively ensemble with a razor-sharp approach to funk – one that comes through beautifully here in the album's heavy drums, searing horn parts, and sharp mix of guitar and keyboard lines – equally great on the instrumental cuts and the vocal ones! The previously-unissued performance was very well-recorded in 1974 – done for WLIR radio in New York, and finally great to have out after all these years. Titles include live versions of "Oakland Stroke", "Soul Vaccination", "Clean Slate", "You're Still A Young Man", "Just When We Start Makin It", "Down To The Nightclub", "What Is Hip", "Time Will Tell", and "Squib Cakes". CD

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✨✧ Alice Babs & Duke EllingtonSerenade To Sweden ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful and rare recording – both for singer Alice Babs, and Duke Ellington himself! The session was cut in Paris in 1963 – and it's a moody, intimate album that features Duke backing up Alice with arrangements that are quieter and more subtle than those used with most other Ellington-related singers. Alice is extremely great on the set – and often sings in weird wordless vocals – not really scatting, but more of a horn based-style that's very icy and cool. The whole thing's great – much greater even than the sum of its two famous parts – and titles include "Serenade To Sweden", "Stoona", "La De Doody Doo", "Strange Visitor", "Come Sunday", "Babsie", and "Untitled Lullaby". CD

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✨✧ Blue Oyster CultRarities Vol 2 (blue colored vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Real Gone, Early/Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Blue Oyster Cult rarities from the peak mid 70s era and up to the late 80s – with 19 tracks on 2LPs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1400 copies on blue colored vinyl – 100 copies include an autographed by Eric Bloom & Buck Dharma!)

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✨✧ Jesse Ed DavisRed Dirt Boogie – The Atco Recordings 1970 to 1972 ... CD
Atco/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A full collection of Atlantic Records material by Jesse Ed Davis – a real music industry insider whose guitar work graced countless albums by superstars during the late 60s and early 70s, but whose work on his own is sometimes overlooked! The set features both Jesse's self-titled and Ululu albums for Atco – the latter of which has Jesse working with a number of his famous friends – including Leon Russell and Mac (Dr John) Rebennack – both of whose work the album owes a lot to. Jesse's got a down-home approach to his work – and sings a set of original tunes, plus versions of tracks by Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Levon Helm, and Taj Mahal – which should give you a good idea of his frame of reference. The self-titled set is maybe a bit more stripped-down – but also features some work by Eric Clapton on guitar and Ben Sidran on keyboards – and both sets were produced by Jesse himself, who's a hell of a talent in the studio. CD also features two never-issued tracks – and titles include "White Line Fever", "My Captain", "Sue Me Sue You Blues", "Ululu", "Alcatraz", "Every Night Is Saturday Night", "Washita Love Child", "Reno Street Incident", "Crazy Love", "You Belladonna You", "Tulsa County", and "Strawberry Wine". CD

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✨✧ Jackie DeShannonStone Cold Soul – The Complete Capitol Recordings (Songs – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual chapter in the career of Jackie DeShannon – tracks from an obscure early 70s album done for Capitol Records, plus a whole bunch more from a rare Memphis session produced by Chips Moman! The core album – Songs – is done at a level that mixes both Jackie's soul and post-folk leanings of the late 60s – a style that's sophisticated and often a bit righteous, but also handled with some smoother arrangements designed to give the work a more mature quality. Themes run a bit deeper than Jackie's better-known early pop – and although a number of the tracks are covers, DeShannon wraps them up beautifully alongside her own original tunes for a really unified record. Titles include "Salinas", "Bad Water", "Ease Your Pain", "West Virginia Mine", "Show Me", "Keep Me Warm", and "Sunny Days". The CD features 10 more tracks from the Chips Moman sessions – work that's often even more soul-based in the instrumentation, and which features core backing by a small combo of American Recording Studios regulars like Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, and Reggie Young. Titles include "Sweet Inspiration", "Stoned Cold Soul (alternate)", "Child Of Mine", "Johnny Joe From California", "Live Till You Die", and "And It Stoned Me". CD

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✨✧ Jack Kerouac with Al Cohn & Zoot SimsBlues & Haikus (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Hanover/Real Gone, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most jazz-based recordings ever done by Jack Kerouac – a set that features some great improvisations from Zoot Sims and Al Cohn! If you only know Cohn and Sims from their more arranged dates of the 50s, you'll really be surprised at their work here – as both players blow lines behind Kerouac, with an earthy, open tone that really matches the spirit of his readings. Sims and Cohn alternate on the long stretch of "American Haikus" on side one – then step back for getnler piano accompaniment on "Hard Hearted Old Farmer" and "The Last Hotel & Some of Dharma". Side two features the longer "Poems From The Unpublished Book Of The Blues" – and Cohn and Sims return again, almost with a bolder force that's totally great. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "blues" & yellow starburst vinyl!)

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✨✧ Johnny MathisJohnny Mathis Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Johnny Mathis sings the music of two guys named Burt – or Bert, depending on the situation – American pop genius Burt Bacharach, and German easy maestro Bert Kaempfert – both of whom were huge musical forces in the 60s! The album begins with a full set of Kaempfert tunes – mostly mellow-stepping numbers that featured Bert's trumpet lines over the top, but which here all have vocals by Johnny – set to these lush arrangements by Herb Rehbein that are even more easygoing than the original versions. Tracks include "The Lady Smiles", "Danke Shoen", "Strangers In The Night", "Wonderland By Night", "Spanish Eyes", and "LOVE". The second half is our favorite, as you might expect – because the music of Bacharach is always wonderful – and, as with the cool, classy vocals of Dionne Warwick – turns out to be a great match for the sound of Mathis too! Arrangements are by Robert Mersey, Ernie Freeman, and Glen Osser – and titles include "Don't Go Breakin My Heart", "Odds & Ends", "This Guy's In Love With You", "Walk On By", "Heavenly", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "The Look Of Love". CD features bonus tracks – including "It Makes No Difference", "Always Something There To Remind Me", "Warm & Tender", "What The World Needs Now", and "Saturday Sunshine". CD

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✨✧ Johnny MathisRaindrop Keep Fallin' On My Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great magic from Johnny Mathis at the start of the 70s – a set that has Johnny working through some groovier tunes from the second end of the 60s – all set to some mighty nice backings from Ernie Freeman! Ernie brings in a fair bit of strings, but also gives things that soulful punch at the bottom that you'll know from his 60s material – and the Mathis vocal maybe is a bit more crisp in the setting, although still with that wonderfully full range that always made the man so unique! Titles include great versions of "Watch What Happens", "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head", "Midnight Cowboy", "Everybody's Talkin", "Jean", "Odds & Ends", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". CD features bonus tracks – "Wherefore & Why", "Whoever You Are I Love You", "Night Dreams", "For All We Know", and "The Last Time I Saw Her". CD

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✨✧ Scientist & Prince JammyScientist & Jammy Strike Back (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Scientist and Prince Jammy look an awful lot like Star Wars characters on the cover – but the grooves on the set are every bit as deep as their other dub classics from the time – completely amazing from conception to execution! If anything, the stars might be the perfect place for the music – given that the sounds here are very open, spacious, and way-out – full of as much echo as attack, at a level that reminds us that the pair are maybe some of the most minimalist of the dub generation! Rhythms are by the Roots Radics, but are always nice and spare – and there's plenty of splash and electro echo to link together the space between the notes – on titles that include "Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker", "Crushing Of The Stormtroopers", "The Princess Takes Her Revenge", "Buck Rogers In The Black Hole", "Death Of Mr Spock", and "Storming The Death Star". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 700 – on yellow-green "Lightsaber" vinyl!)

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✨✧ Delaney & BonnieMotel Shot (expanded edition) ... CD
Atco/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the purest expressions of the genius of Bonnie and Delaney Bramlett – an album that was recorded to feel like it was done in a motel room – with a stripped-down vibe that really gets at the best energy of the pair! Roots rock mixes with blue-eyed soul, gospel piano, and folksy acoustic guitar – often handled with an approach that feels very spontaneous and personal – as if you were a motel staffer standing outside the door of the duo's room, waiting to deliver a meal, but afraid to knock in the middle of a tune! Titles include "Where The Soul Never Dies", "Come On In My Kitchen", "Faded Love", "Talkin Bout Jesus", "Never Sending Song Of Love", "Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad", and "Long Road Ahead". Excellent CD reissue – with 8 more bonus tracks, from the original Elektra tapes that were morphed into the Atco sessions – most of them even more "motel" sounding overall! CD

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✨✧ DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh PrinceHe's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jive/Real Gone, 1988. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of those rare moments where a mainstream hit goes onto preface years of creative talent to come – even though the whole thing might have seemed like a bit of a one-off at the time! The young Will Smith is fantastic as the Fresh Prince – full of charm, at a level that really upped the game for so many other MCs at the time – especially because both his lyrics and his subject matter weren't maybe the most cutting-edge, but could really come over strong, thanks to the inherent stardom in his presentation! We could well argue that Will on the album introduced the whole idea of a crossover hip hop star – one able to do just about anything – but the whole record would be nothing without the creative skills of Jazzy Jeff – who went the complete opposite way after his pairing with Will – more expressive, more experimental – and even more firmly committed to the underground. Yet it was also that easy bridge between underground and fame that made early hip hop albums like this so great – as Jeff brings forward so many great musical moments on titles that include "Live At Union Square", "DJ On The Wheels", "My Buddy", "Rhythm Trax House Party Style", "He's The DJ I'm The Rapper", "Hip Hop Dancers Theme", "Jazzy's In The House", and "Human Video Game". Great 2CD version – featuring the songs missing from the previous single CD – "He's The DJ I'm The Rapper", "Hip Hop Dancer's Theme", "Jazzy's In The House", and "Human Video Game" – plus 11 more mixes, all the varying 12" takes on "Brand New Funk", "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble", "Nightmare On My Street", and "Parents Just Don't Understand". CD
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He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper ... LP 19.99
He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper (with download & bonus album) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonNew Sounds Of Maynard Ferguson/Come Blow Your Horn (with bonus track) ... CD
Cameo/Real Gone, 1963/1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two great albums from a time when Maynard Ferguson was really hitting his stride – back to back on one CD! New Sounds is a really nice set, and very much in the best spirit of the excellent early 60s albums that Maynard cut for Roulette! As with those, there's some great players working in the group – a lineup that includes Willie Maiden on tenor sax, Dusko Goykovich (horribly misspelled in the notes) on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on Baritone, and Lanny Morgan on alto – all of whom get to step out in short but soulful solos that make the tracks bristle with more excitement than you'd think. And as with other Cameo jazz sides from the time, Rufus Jones is on drums – bringing in a nice little punch to the tracks that kicks them up in just the right sort of way. Titles include the originals "Bossa Nova De Funk", "Maine Bone", and "At The Sound Of The Trumpet" – plus a version of "Watermelon Man", and the bonus track "The Song Is You". Come Blow Your Horn is a surprisingly nice album of big band material from Maynard – recorded at a time when he was just getting his start as a big name, and still handling some hip enough players to make the groove swing! One track claims to have a "Dusan Goykovich" as a soloist – who we can only imagine to be our man Dusko Goykovich – and the record has plenty other nice solos by Lanny Morgan. Arrangements are by Don Sebesky, Al Cohn, Willie Maiden, and Oliver Nelson – and tracks include "Groove", "Whisper Not", "Blues For A Four String Guitar", "New Hope", and "Naked City Theme". CD

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✨✧ Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg Reads Kaddish – A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem (red colored vinyl) ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The one-and-only entry in the Verbatum series from Atlantic Records – a proposed spoken word offshoot of the label – but one that only ever issued this fantastic 60s reading by Allen Ginsberg! As you might guess from the cover's beautiful photograph by Richard Avedon, Ginsberg is at the height of his hippie years here – and the poem Kaddish is a freewheeling, spiritually-infused work that is quite different than some of the earlier beat material. Ginsberg draws both on his Jewish roots and his increasing conflict with society for the piece – which is presented here in a lively recording done at Brandeis in 1964. Reissue features new notes and Ginsberg items for the package! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1700 on red vinyl.)

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✨✧ Evelyn Champagne KingComplete RCA Hits & More ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic run of music – all tracks recorded by Evelyn Champagne King for RCA in the late 70s and early 80s – a time when she was continually advancing her groove, thanks to help from studio talents like T Life, Kashif, and Leon Sylvers III! The music here starts in the early days of disco, and moves through a great range of upbeat modes that usually suit King's vocals the best – the kind of ebullient, high-stepping sounds that really seem to set the singer free! 2CD set features a total of 26 tracks – a good number of which are non-LP mixes from singles – and titles include "Back To Love", "Shame (12" mix)", "Teenager (12" version)", "Betcha She Didn't Love You", "Just For The Night", "Till Midnight (12" rmx)", "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In", "Music Box (12" mix)", "Dancin Dancin Dancin", "I'm So Romantic", "Out There (12" mix)", "High Horse (rmx)", "Out Of Control (12" rmx)", "Shake Down (rmx)", "Action", "Let's Get Funky Tonight (12" mix)", "Your Personal Touch (dance version)", "I Don't Know If It's Right (12" mix)", "I'm In Love (12" mix)", and "The Spirit Of The Dancer"> CD

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganSeven Classic Albums Vol 2 – ( Gerry Mulligan - Paul Desmond Quartet/Concert Jazz Band/At The Village Vanguard/Concert In Jazz/ Two Of A M ... CD
Real Gone (UK), 1958/1960/1961/1962. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
... CD
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✨✧ Ben WebsterSeven Classic Albums (King Of The Tenors/Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster/Soulville/Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson/Ben Webster & Ass ... CD
Real Gone (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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Jon Regulus with George FreemanSummer's Almost Gone ... LP
Jo Me, Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Obscure record by a little-known Chicago vocalist from the 70's! Jon Regulus sings in a style that's in the deep-voiced, slow-paced tradition of Billy Eckstine or Johnny Hartman, but the real treat here isn't his singing, but a rare appearance by George Freeman on guitar. George hides in the background, sneaking around Jon's voice, but when the solos hit, he gets kind of crazy, and lays down a lot of weird offbeat notes that sound pretty wild. This isn't a funky record, but it's one of the best chances to hear George play in his messed-up mellow vein, in the way that he does when he's backing someone in a small club in Chicago. And despite the comments about Regulus' singing, he did write all the cuts, and there's some weird ones, like "Road To Hell" and "At This Point In Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have "promo copy" written in pen.)

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VariousMagnificent – 62 Classics From The Cramps' Insane Collection – Long Gone In The World Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
They're not lying about the title of this one – as the set is both "magnificent", and "insane" – an incredible array of offbeat singles from a time when it seemed like just about everybody and their pop had a small record label – and were able to turn out some really mad music that still defies description or categorization all these many years later! Given the Cramps' name on the set, there's a definite current of raunch rock here – but the music also opens up into so many different modes – from R&B, to novelty numbers, to hillbilly sounds, space age instrumentals, fuzz guitar jams, and lots lots more! The whole thing is every bit as wonderful as the previous versions in the series – and titles include "Bila" by Versatones, "The Blob" by The Five Blobs, "Oo Ee" by Ric Cartey, "Little Girl" by John & Jackie, "Wait Up Baby" by The Duals "You're Gone Baby" by Jimmy Lloyd, "Ghost Train" by The Electro-Tones, "Ghost Satellite" by Bob & Jerry, "Real Wild Child" by Ivan, "The UT" by The Sparkles, "The Heel" by Kay Martin, "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts, "Hold It" by Buddy Starr & The Starliners, "Teen Twist" by Buddy Miller, and "The Chase (part 2)" by The Camelots. CD

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✨✧ VariousReal Sound Of Chicago – Underground Disco From The Windy City ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The kind of record that makes us mighty proud to live in the Windy City – and a long-overdue look at the wealth of rare club, disco, and soul cuts bubbling in the Chicago underground at the end of the 70s! During the early part of the decade, the city was widely known for some super-huge soul acts – and in the 80s, house would raise Chicago to international fame – but in the space between, the city kept on putting out some really wonderful music – wicked little cuts issued on small indie labels, most of which never got any circulation outside the midwest! The Mr Peabody crate-digging team's collected together the best of the best from these overlooked years – and also threw in a few of their own edits too – furthering the dancefloor potential of some of the best rare nuggets. 2LP version features 8 cuts – including "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again" by Carmen Amez – plus seven Mr Peabody edits – versions of "Too Far Gone" by LaJohn & Sheela, "The Challenge" by Billy Hinton, "The Composer" by Fantasie, "Running To A Disco" by Lonnie Givens, "Bass Come Back" by The Moore Brothers, "Disco Ball" by Brighter Side Of Darkness, and "Your Love Is In The Pocket" by Premonition. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireReal Earth Wind & Fire – The Ultimate Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Sony (UK), 1970s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work from one of our favorite groups of all time – a jazz/soul combo born in our hometown of Chicago, and one who soared out to the masses in the 70s – to bring a message of pride and spirit to the world! This 3CD set features a huge amount of material from the group's first decade on record – a mix of both big hits and lesser-known album gems from the Columbia Records 70s years – peppered with just a bit of other material here and there, which leaves most of the focus on the kind of soaring sounds that first made the group so great. We've loved these records for decades, but they still never fail to make our hears leap with joy – and taken together, as a 45 track set, the music really seems to pack an extra sort of punch! Titles include "Keep Your Head To The Sky", "Mighty Mighty", "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Open Our Eyes", "Sing A Song", "Sun Goddess (live)", "That's The Way Of The World", "Burning Bush (shout it from the mountain mix)", "Brazilian Rhyme", "Love's Holiday", "I'll Write A Song For You", "Jupiter", "September", "Let's Groove", "In The Stone", "After The Love Has Gone", "Kalimba Story", "Shining Star", "Evil", "On Your Face", "Biyo", "Love Music", "Spirit", "Reasons", "Wanna Be With You", "Fall In Love With Me", "Boogie Wonderland", and "Can't Let Go". CD

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Louis ArmstrongPops Is Tops – The Verve Studio Albums (I've Got The World On A String/Louis Under The Stars/Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson/bonus tra ... CD
Verve, 1957. New Copy 4CD ... $39.99 49.99
Louis Armstrong only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've Got The World On A String – one of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet on tracks like "When Your Lover Has Gone", "We'll Be Together Again", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "I've Got The World On A String". Under The Stars follows in similar format – again matching the trumpet and vocals of Armstrong with arranger Russ Garcia – whose modern, west coast approach is a nice change from some of the other charts that Louis was using in the 50s and 60s. There's a nice swing to most numbers, a sense of punctuation that works perfectly for Louis – and titles include "East Of The Sun", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Stormy Weather", "Home", and "Body & Soul". Third up is Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, presented here in its original mono mix. The album's gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CDs 1 to 3 each feature bonus tracks from the original albums – including alternates, session takes, and more. CD4 features A Day With Satchmo – which offers up 24 tracks from a recording session on August 1, 1957 – really showing the care and craft that went into the creation of a handful of songs that day! CD

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✨✧ Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... LP
Motown, 2010. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most dizzyingly creative in Badu's career! We're reluctant to call Return Of The The Ankh a lighter listen than its predecessor, but, it's a less dense and outwardly experimental batch in the sonic realm – the emotionalism and the head nodding warmth is at the forefront, yet she's as uncompromising and real as ever. The sound is still innovative, unique and her own on all fronts, but the songs chosen for Part Two are ones you want to approach and embrace from the opening seconds – there's not as much of a tripped out overall vibe and you don't need to acclimate from a distance – these songs pull you right in! Includes collaborations with James Poyser, Shafiq Husayn, Ta'Raach, Karriem Riggins, Madlib and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Includes "20 Feet Tall", "Window Seat", "Agitation", "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)", "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long", "Love", "Out My Mind, Just In Time" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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Walter Bishop JrSpeak Low (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jazztime/Craftman (Japan), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... About December 20, 2017 (delayed)
A rare early date as a leader from pianist Walter Bishop Jr – cut for a tiny east coast label that folded almost as soon as the record was issued – but a date that's gone onto great fame over the years, thanks to circulation in a few different formats! Bishop's got a really maturing approach here – as sharp as his work from the bop years, but with a deeper sense of tone and color too – occasional lyrical moments that get great shading from the bass of Jimmy Garrison and drums of GT Hogan – both players who make the album really something special – a real cut above the usual trio session. In that manner, the record features two tunes that run for nearly 10 minutes each – opening up in that reflectively soulful mode that Bish would be known much more for in later years – and titles include "Speak Low", "Milestones", "Green Dolphin Street", and "Blues In The Closet". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art Blakey & Thelonius MonkArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... $3.99
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety of players, at a variety of labels, and taking some real chances with his music before settling into his more established hit Jazz Messengers sound. The group here is Art's own – with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – augmented by the piano of Thelonious Monk – a match that might seem unlikely at first, but not so much so after you consider the great work that Monk and Griffin did together at Riverside during the late 50s. There's a nice match between Johnny's sharp-edged tenor and Monk's imaginative playing – and if anything, the record has Blakey, Hardman, and DeBrest moving dynamically to keep up with the flurry of modern ideas coming from Griffin and Monk! Tracks are almost all originals by Thelonious too – a fact that definitely helps keep up the "Monk-ish" sound of the record – titles that include "Evidence", "Blue Monk", "I Mean You", and "Rhythm A Ning" – alongside Griffin's "Purple Shades". CD

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Angela BofillIntuition (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A great late 80s comeback for Angela Bofill – and the kind of record that shows that she was still head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries! There's a richness here that most of Angie's contemporaries couldn't muster at the time – a style that stretches back to her deeper vocal roots, with some nice touches of jazz brought into the mix from Norman Connors, who produces a few tunes here. But the real strength of the set comes from Bofill right from the start – that bold, righteous approach to singing that still seems to find just the right space to send home the hooks of the tunes – all-adult, yet filled with a youthful sense of power too. Benjamin Wright handles some of the arrangements, and Vincent Brantley produced a bit too – and titles include "I Just Wanna Stop", "Love Is In Your Eyes", "Long Gone", "For You & I", "Intuition", "Festival/Down The Line", "Special Lover", and "Love Overtime". CD features two bonus tracks – "I Just Wanna Stop (single edit)" and "Love Is In Your Eyes (12" single edit)". CD

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Freddy ColeMy Mood Is You ... CD
High Note, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
For years, singer Freddy Cole was known as the brother of Nat the king – but for decades, the brother has kept on giving us music much longer than the famous star – to a point where it's always such a pleasure to enjoy Freddy's sound as he keeps on evolving! The singer's developed a nicely raspy tone as the years have gone on – one that's perfectly suited to the laidback vibe of this album – which features Randy Napoleon on guitar and John Di Martino on piano, with arrangements from both of them throughout. Joel Frahm adds some especially nice tenor and soprano sax – peppering the tunes gently with a real understanding of the role of a saxophonist on a vocal date – and titles include "The Lonely One", "My Heart Tells Me", "Temptation", "I'll Always Leave The Door A Little Open", "My Mood Is You", and "Love Like This Can't Last". CD

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FunkadelicCosmic Slop ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1973. Used ... $7.99
One of our favorite early Funkadelic albums – and a real turning point for the group! Gone are the trippier guitar solos of earlier days, and in their place is a tighter approach to funk – one that has the band grooving hard and soulfully on shorter tracks that perfect the dark vision hinted at in the Maggot Brain years! The tunes are shorter, funkier, and catchier – and the vocals are especially great – so much so than on the title cut "Cosmic Slop" has harmonies so great you'd swear you were listening to late-Motown Temptations! Other tracks continue with a great soul-based focus, and include "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure", "Nappy Dugout", "No Compute", and "Can't Stand the Strain" – and the record is packaged in a mind-blowing wraparound cover by Pedro Bell, the first of many the band would use! CD
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Loleatta HollowayLoleatta (1976) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A real turning point for the great Loleatta Holloway – and a record that really finds a great way to unleash her vocals for the dancefloor! Loleatta got her start as more of a traditional deep soul diva – but here, she really takes off with a sweet Philly groove – thanks to production from Norman Harris, who creates these incredible rhythms that really push Holloway forward strongly! Gone are the sad tears of earlier weepies, and in their place is a strong sense of joy and power – Loleatta's very positive, very progressive, and very dedicated to standing her own ground! Includes the big single "Hit & Run", plus "Dreamin", "We're Getting Stronger", "Ripped Off", and versions of "That's How Heartaches Are Made" and Curtis Mayfield's "What Now". CD features lots of great bonus tracks – including "Runaway", "Dreamin (12" disco)", "Hit & Run (12" disco)", "We're Getting Stronger (12" disco)", "Worn Out Broken Heart (single)", and "Dreamin (single)". CD

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John Lee HookerDon't Turn Me Loose From Your Door – John Lee Hooker Sings His Blues (aka Detroit Special) ... CD
Atco, 1953/1961. Used ... $12.99
Incredible stuff from the the incomparable John Lee Hooker – originally issued on Atco in 1963 – featuring Hooker in some his sparest settings ever captured! Hooker's mostly rolling alone on these tracks, tapping a foot, and telling the truth with just his emotive vocals and trebly licks – a spare approach that really works some magic throughout! The album's a classic – from the cover right down to the grit in the grooves – and titles include "Stuttering Blues", "Wobbling Baby", "You've Lost A Good Man", "Love Me Baby", "My Baby Don't Love Me", "Real Real Gone", "Guitar Lovin' Man", "Talk About Your Baby", and "Drifting Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Dead Oceans, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – and instead, he gets right to the heart of the matter, right from the very first note – with a deep vocal approach that's rivaled by a rare few in the contemporary scene – maybe Lee Fields (and maybe that's it!) The vocals are perfect – never forced or cliched, and really right on the money – and the Indications do a great job, too – with these lean backings that never overwhelm, yet really help keep things funky. Hats off to drummer Aaron Frazier and guitarist Blake Rhein, who wrote most of the songs on the record with Jones – and titles include "Make A Change", "Can't Keep My Cool", "Groovy Babe", "Giving Up", "Now I'm Gone", and "Is It Any Wonder". CD
(Dead Oceans pressing.)

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✨✧ Linda JonesPrecious – The Anthology 1963 to 1972 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
The best-ever collection we've ever seen to focus on the work of Linda Jones – one of our favorite female soul singers of the late 60s, but an artist who never fully hit the fame she deserved! Linda's got a hell of a voice – a sense of positive power that really stands out, right from the start – and even on the earliest material here, she's singing in a deep soul style that's stronger than most of her contemporaries – a mode that she'd only inflect with more emotion and sophistication as the 70s approached – where she cut some stunning sides for the Turbo/All-Platinum label! Those great cuts are here, alongside other gems from the Neptune, Cub, Blue Cat, Atco, and Loma labels – in a set that blows away some of the shoddier, cheaper collections of Jones material – especially the early 70s tracks. There's lots of material on here that wasn't on the Atco/Loma collection by Real Gone – only 7 of these 24 tracks are from that time – and titles include "That's When I'll Stop Loving You", "Stay With Me Forever", "Behold", "If Only We Had Met Sooner", "I Do", "Lonely Teardrops", "Your Precious Love", "Not On The Outside", "I Can't Make It Alone", "Can You Blame Me", "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", "Ooh Baby You Move Me", and "I'm So Glad I Found You" – which is a duet with The Whatnauts! CD

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Betty LavetteThings Have Changed ... CD
Verve, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Bettye Lavette on Verve Records – a move that also signals a shift in her music too – in a way that we can really approve! Bettye's getting some richer care in the backings – more of a classic soul approach, in terms of warmth – never trying too hard to cast the singer in modes that might be a bit forced, and instead almost echoing a Muscle Shoals sort of vibe at times – which leaves Lavette to provide more than plenty of edge to the music with her vocals! All of the tunes here are Bob Dylan covers, but are wonderfully transformed – and even the presence of guest stars like Keith Richards or Trombone Shorty can't get in the way of the lady and her message. Titles include "Emotionally Yours", "Going Going Gone", "Seeing The Real You At Last", "Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight", "Things Have Changed", and "Ain't Talkin". CD
Also available Things Have Changed ... LP 24.99

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Betty LavetteThings Have Changed ... LP
Verve, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 25.99
Bettye Lavette on Verve Records – a move that also signals a shift in her music too – in a way that we can really approve! Bettye's getting some richer care in the backings – more of a classic soul approach, in terms of warmth – never trying too hard to cast the singer in modes that might be a bit forced, and instead almost echoing a Muscle Shoals sort of vibe at times – which leaves Lavette to provide more than plenty of edge to the music with her vocals! All of the tunes here are Bob Dylan covers, but are wonderfully transformed – and even the presence of guest stars like Keith Richards or Trombone Shorty can't get in the way of the lady and her message. Titles include "Emotionally Yours", "Going Going Gone", "Seeing The Real You At Last", "Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight", "Things Have Changed", and "Ain't Talkin". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Things Have Changed ... CD 13.99

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Tim MaiaWorld Psychedelic Classics 4 – Nobody Can Live Forever – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia ... LP
Luaka Bop, 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 23.98
Insanely great sounds from the legendary Tim Maia – easily the most soulful singer in 70s Brazil, and an artist with a heck of a strong ear for funk, too! The music here is an incredible hybrid of American soul and Brazilian elements – especially since some lyrics are in English – and the grooves are often mixed together in a sound that's nice and fuzzy around the edges, with some slight psychedelic elements that makes the cuts a perfect fit for this Luaka Bop series! Yet Tim Maia's hardly a guy who can easily fit into any easy slot or series – because as you'll hear on this set, he's got a vibe that's all his own – a really wonderful approach that's different even from some of his hippest contemporaries in Brazil – and which has gone onto have influence on countless other generations of singers and musicians – including his nephew Ed Motta. The package is great – a real visual tribute to the sounds within – and titles include "Que Beleza", "Ela Partiu", "Do Leme Ao Pontal", "Brother Father Mother Sister", "Quer Queira Quer Nao Queira", "Let's Have A Ball Tonight", "I Don't Care", "The Dance Is Over", "Rational Culture", "You Don't Know What I Know", and "Nobody Can Live Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jack McDuffScreamin' ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Very Good+ ... $18.99
A real killer from Brother Jack McDuff – one of his first truly great albums, and a record that has him breaking from the sleepier R&B organ sound of the 50s – into the leaner, cleaner mode of the 60s! The album's one of the first to have him playing with the incredible drummer Joe Dukes – who gives the grooves plenty of weird twists and turns – that trademark McDuff approach to rhythm that would really set him apart from other organ players. The rest of the group features Leo Wright on alto sax and Kenny Burrell on guitar – both great players here, and not always heard with Jack. Titles include an early take on "Soulful Drums", plus the cuts "After Hours", "Screamin", and "He's A Real Gone Guy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing – nice and clean! Cover looks great, save for a small cutout hole, and a very small rip on the back.)

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Van MorrisonEnlightenment ... CD
Polydor, 1990. Used ... $1.99
Titles include "Real Real Gone", "Youth Of 1000 Summers", "Memories", "She's My Baby", "In The Days Before Rock & Roll", and "See Me Through". CD
(Out of print.)

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Paper BubbleBehind The Scenery – The Complete Paper Bubble (Scenery/Prisoners Victims Strangers Friends/I'm Coming Home/bonus tracks) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/1981. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
Beautiful work from Paper Bubble – a group who was maybe a brief footnote at a time when the UK music scene was really looming large with giants – but one who've gone onto get some huge respect in later years too! The group only issued one full album (Scenery) for Deram in 1969, and all of the tracks from their second planned record were never released – partly due to poor sales of the first, although the backing group from the second sessions went on to form Strawbs! That first album is maybe more than enough to showcase their genius – the duo of Brian Crane and Terence Brake, who were raised in folk, but had already really become more sophisticated singer/songwriters – working with string arrangements next to the acoustic sounds, handled by Phil Dennys, who'd done some great charts for The Bee Gees. The full Scenery album is presented here, along with the unreleased Prisoners Victims Strangers Friends second set, rare bonus tracks from the time, including singles and instrumentals – and a revival album from 1981, titled I'm Coming Home. Some of the unreleased material is slightly less high in production quality, due to no final mixing, but the whole thing's wonderful – and a real revelation in sound! 40 tracks ion all – including "MM Of LA", "Silly Bit Of Sentiment", "Fillin A Gap", "Being Human Being", "Working Man", "Sorry About That", "Woman", "Loving You", "Alone", "Somewhere To Belong", "Getting A Little Love", "Marcia", "Time", and "Saints & Sinners". CD

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RockwellSomebody's Watching Me ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the strangest acts to come from Motown in the early 80s – and almost more of a new wave record than a soul one! The standout hit here is the title track "Somebody's Watching Me" – an odd electro tune that has Rockwell speaking/singing these paranoid lyrics with a vague British accent – but which has Michael Jackson coming in on the chorus to warm up the tune! Sadly, Michael's gone for the rest of the record – so Rockwell takes center stage with tunes that have a soul-based take on styles heard more familiarly by Human League or Ultravox at the time – and which display the real Anglophile bent in American pop at the time. Still, there's a few nice electro moments – and titles include "Obscene Phone Caller", "Change Your Ways", "Runaway", "Wasting Time", and "Knife". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Todd RundgrenAll Sides Of The Roxy – May 1978 (3CD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1978. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
The genius of Todd Rundgren rings out loud and proud here – in the full presentation of a legendary live set from LA in 1978 – known to millions more people than attended, thanks to a live simulcast of the event on nationwide radio! The big FM moment is a key illustration of where Rundgren had gone after his big wave of early 70s hits – as Todd's name was kept alive by the FM stations when AM radio was leaving him behind – while he spun out a non-stop genius of songwriting that refused to be diminished – recording album after album that were filled with very cool tracks that range from experimental numbers to dozens of "shouldda been hits"! All that scope is wonderfully captured here – in a live performance that has members of Hello People and Moogy Klingman working in Todd's tight backing band – as he runs through 2CDs' worth of material from the show, plus additional Roxy tracks too. Titles include "Real Man", "Love Of The Common Man", "You Cried Wolf", "Range War", "Can We Still Be Friends", "Sometimes I Just Don't Know What To Feel", "Black & White", "Dream Goes On Forever", "Eastern Intrigue", "Initiation", "She's Gone", "Hello It's Me", "Just One Victory", "Black Mariah", "Don't You Ever Learn", "The Verb To Love", "Lady Face", "Love In Action", "Hello It's Me", and "Determination". CD

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Seksu RobaSeksu Roba ... LP
Crippled Dick (Germany), 2000. Very Good ... $6.99
A tasty new one! Seksu Roba mix together modern electronics, older funky breaks, and melodic riffs that remind us of a thousand soundtracks from days gone by. The album's got a simple elegance that's just great – with no real vocals apart from the occasional stray sample, and a very unified mix of grooves that's perfectly pleasing from start to finish. Kind of in the retro-electro mode, but with a voice that's all its own – and a simplicity that's really refreshing! Titles include "Cha Cha On The Moon", "Space Race", "Venus Mysterious", "Velvet Star", "Crystal Garden", and "Theme From Psychoholica". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe WilliamsSings About You ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Good+ ... $0.99
An overlooked gem from the great Joe Williams that has him singing in a classier and more laidback style than usual! Gone are the easy swinging blues of the Basie years, and in their place are a set of round, warm, and mellow tones that we really love – a genre-crossing style of vocals that could have easily put Joe up there in the ranks of some of the pop greats of the late 50s. Part of the credit goes to arranger Jimmy Jones – who's giving Joe some of the best backings of his career, in a mode that's similar to Jimmy's work with female singers of the period. But Joe's the real hero here, as he shifts his style amazingly, to incredibly sensitive renditions of tunes that include "I Was Telling Her About You", "You're Mine You", "Poor You", "You Are Too Beautiful", "I Only Have Eyes For You", and "With Every Breath I Take". LP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-color bar label pressing with deep groove. Cover has heavy wear, with some splitting.)

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VariousCan You Feel The Force – The John Luongo Disco Mixes – The Classic Original 12 Inch Extended Remixes ... CD
Groove Line Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Fantastic full length mixes from the legendary John Luongo – one of the first of the 70s underground disco mixers to bring his talents to the mainstream! John has a great ear for the right elements needed to groove up a tune – and has an especially strong love of tight percussion, and middle bits that came to be known as disco breaks – which he used often to create a new current of intensity in the middle of a tune! Luongo had been working at a relatively underground level in Boston during the mid 70s – similar to some of the original tape edit/mixers in New York – but in the late 70s, Columbia Records hired him to bring a special sort of magic to their big run of 12" singles – a good deal of which are featured in this set. The set is maybe the first we've ever seen to bring together John's great work for Columbia/CBS labels – all of it from rare 12" singles, many of which were originally issued only as promos – served up here with a huge booklet of notes on Luongo's contributions, with comments by artists who include Marlena Shaw, Santana, The Real Thing, Cerrone, and Melba Moore. Titles include classic long Luongo mixes of "Shake Your Body" by The Jacksons, "Shine On Silver Moon" by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr, "Can You Feel The Force" by The Real Thing, "Pick Me Up I'll Dance" by Melba Moore, "Vertigo/Relight My Fire" by Dan Hartman with Loleatta Holloway, "Music Is My Way Of Life" by Patti Labelle, "This Time Baby" by Jackie Moore, "Gone Gone Gone" by Johnny Mathis, "In These Changing Times" by Mighty Clouds Of Joy, "Dance To The Music" by Sly Stone, "Blame It On The Boogie" by The Jacksons, "Zulu" by The Quick, "I Will Fight" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "You Stepped Into My Life" by Melba Moore, "Just A Feeling" by Stanley Clarke, "On Our Way" by Southern Exposure, "Candy From Your Baby" by Sarah Dash, "Walk Right Now" by The Jacksons, and "One Chain" by Santana. CD

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VariousDore Northern Soul – LA Black Music Magic ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
A treasure trove of soul from the legendary LA indie label Dore Records – home to some of the finest 60s sides on the west coast – a top-shelf lineup that's never been represented this well! Dore had a few key groups at the time – a young Whispers, and the excellent Superbs – but also cut work by some other great artists too – all with a level of care and class to match the best soul sides coming from New York or Detroit at the time! The Dore approach manages to have a sparkle without losing any sort of edge – careful production and instrumentation, but a real respect for the voices in the lead, too. This means that the label can come up with an upbeat groove that rivals the Detroit sound on the dancefloor – yet also really let the singers and groups do their thing, too. LP-only collection features 14 tracks in all – most rare singles from the label – and titles include "Gone With The Wind" by Rita & The Tiaras, "I'm Givin You Notice Baby" by The Fidels, "What Did You Gain By That" by Kenard, "Your Ship Of Fools" by Ray Marchand, "My Lonely Feeling" by Milton James, "I Only Cry Once A Day Now" by The Puffs, "Nitty Gritty City" by The Swans, "Why Does It Feel So Right" by Shades Of Jade, "Keep On Movin" by Little Johnny Hamilton, "Gettin Back Into Circulation" by The Entertainers IV, and "I Wanna Do It With You Baby" by The Superbs. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousNew Breed R&B ... LP
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 24.98
Not the usual old school R&B – but a sweet batch of cuts from a time when the music was taking on a new style in the soul generation – as older artists and younger singers moved gritty vocals into a range of great new grooves – much of which were a real precursor to the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Years later, we'd probably call these cuts deep soul – although the grooves are more upbeat than the usual numbers of that style, and often romp around in ways that have stronger ties to funk or boogaloo soul – with mighty strong vocals that really sock a heavy punch. Tracks include "I Say I Love You" by Johnny Guitar Watson, "Oh Baby Don't You Weep" by Luther Ingram, "Man Is A Mean Thing" by Barbara Perry, "Double Locks" by Johnny Gosey, "Long Gone Baby" by BB King, "You're Supreme" by Sterling Magee, and "I'm The Man" by Albert Washington & the Kings. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRu-Jac Records Story Vol 3 – 1966/1967 – Finally Together ... CD
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The Ru-Jac label is really on fire here – taking off with some sweet female soul singers, as you might guess from the image on the cover – in modes that mix their deep soul core with some nice jazzy touches too! Two big artists grab the first half of the collection here – Kitty Lane, who might have been right at home working for Stax Records – and Rita Doryse, a jazzier singer who recalls early Marlena Shaw material at Chess! Other artists here continue some of the male deep soul styles that have made Ru-Jac a real favorite for collectors of rare singles – and as with other volumes in this series, the package also includes a number of tracks that were never issued at the time. Titles include "When I'm Alone", "Wait Til Then", "Born To Be Loved", and "Please Let Me Love You" by Rita Doryse; "It's Love I Need", "Sweetheart", and "The Feeling Is Gone" by Kitty Lane; "I Would Cry" and "I Tell You" by Gene & Eddie, "Do The Roller" and "Working Hard" by Leon Gibson, "I Can't Stay Away" and "Who Can It Be" by The Caressors; "She's My Girl (demo)" and "My Love (demo)" by Winfield Parker, and "Sweet Little Girl" and "Finally Together" – both unreleased tracks by an unknown artist! CD

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VariousStudio One Rockers ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $12.99
An excellent compilation that's very much in the spirit of the 100% Dynamite sets on Soul Jazz! This time, Soul Jazz dig through the vaults of the legendary Studio One catalog – some of the most important reggae and rocksteady ever recorded, virtually all of it produced under the tutelage of Clement "Coxone" Dodd. Much of this material has been floating around over the years, but we'd be hard pressed to think of a better collection of it – especially when considering the excellent fidelity of the set, which is way better than an of Dodd's own reissues of the material. Plus, the folks at Soul Jazz have gone out of their way to put together the tracks as an extremely well-thought out introduction to the music, not just a scattered batch of tunes that happened to be available. The set also includes a recent interview with Clement Dodd, plus loads of great rocksteady and early reggae tracks. Titles include "Surfin" by Ernest Ranglin, "Real Rock" by Sound Dimension, "Feel Like Jumping" by Marcia Griffiths, "Greedy G" by Brentford All Stars, "Village Soul" by Lennie Hibbert, "Ethiopia" by Cedric Brooks, "Crabwalking" by Prince Jazzbo, "Hot Milk" by Jackie Mittoo, "Badder Dan Dem" by Lone Ranger, and "Bobby Bobylon" by Freddy McGregor. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousTwelve Inch 70s – More More More (3CD set) ... CD
Crimson (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $14.99
The 12" single was born in the 70s, and it instantly came of age in the disco generation – thanks to help from the sorts of wonderful grooves features in this set! The package is way more than just a batch of hit disco singles – as the range of material is nicely wide, and mixes hits with underground numbers that are well-remembered over the years – many served up here in special versions that were exclusive to the original 12" singles – with the requisite sonic punch you might expect! 3CD set features 32 tracks in all – and titles include "You Don't Have To Go (12" version)" by The Chi-Lites, "Got To Be Real (12" version)" by Cheryl Lynn, "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now (12" version)" by McFadden & Whitehead, "More More More (12" version)" by Andrea True Connection, "It's A Disco Night (12" disco single)" by Isley Brothers, "Love Train (extended)" by The O'Jays, "Keep On Dancin (12" version)" by Gary's Gang, "Taste Of Bitter Love (extended)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Pick Me Up I'll Dance (12" mix)" by Melba Moore, "Gone Gone Gone (disco mix)" by Johnny Mathis, "Rasputin (maxi version)" by Boney M, "This Time Baby (12" version)" by Jackie Moore, "You Bet Your Love (12" version)" by Herbie Hancock, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (12" version)" by Ian Dury & The Blockheads, "Giving Up Giving In (long version)" by The Three Degrees, "Strut Your Funky Stuff (UK 12" rmx)" by Frantique, "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground (12" John Luongo disco mix)" by The Jacksons, "That Funky Disco Rhythm (12" version)" by Gene Chandler, "Love Is The Message (special 12" version)" by MFSB, "We're On Our Way Home (parts 1 & 2)" by Brainstorm, and "Don't Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton mix)(" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. CD

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✨✧ Stephanie MillsHome ... LP
MCA, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Something In The Way", "Home", "Real Love", "Comfort Of A Man", "Fast Talk", "Good Girl Gone Bad", and "Ain't No Cookin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index sticker.)

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✨✧ OutsidersCQ (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/RPM (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fierce fuzz from this legendary Dutch combo in the late 60s – a record that's gone onto have loads of underground appreciation over the past few decades – and for good reason, too! At their core, the group are garagey, but can also trip out in a really great way – mixing straight-ahead rockers with more introspective, experimental passages – but still at a level that always keeps things focused, and never gets too overindulgent. All lyrics are in English, and are very striking – and these guys have a quality that's really all their own – hardly a copycat of any Anglo modes of the period, even though they could match or best the height of the British scene – and a stunning and surprising mode of expression that makes the album a real psych treasure! Titles include "Happyville", "The Bear", "The Man On The Dune", "Doctor", "It Seems Like Nothing's Gonna Come My Way Today", and "Zsarrahh" – plus 6 bonus live tracks! CD

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✨✧ Village PeopleCruisin ... CD
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real breakout album for The Village People – thanks largely to the hit "YMCA", which had surprising play at the time – and has gone onto become one of those ballpark hits that everyone seems to sing completely un-self-consciously! The group are still working here in a New York Sigma disco mode – with backings by the Gypsy Lane group – and apart from the "YMCA" hit, other long tracks include "Hot Cop", "My Roomate", "The Women/The Cruiser", and "Ups & Downs". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ VariousLost Soul Treasures Vol 1 ... CD
Sounds Of Soul, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer selection of rare soul singles – with a mixture of Northern Soul gems and some of the harder groovers that US collectors have gone for for years! Finding this one's like finding a box full of rare singles that somebody left behind at a DJ gig or an oldies radio show – so snatch it up, because it's filled with great cuts like "Michael" by The CODs, "Gonna Send You Back To Georgia" by Timmy Shaw, "Sad Girl" by Jay Wiggins, "Hungry For Love" by San Remo Golden Strings, "Here's A Heart" by The Diplomats, "Steal Away" by Jimmy Hughes, "The Real Thing" by Tina Britt, "No Time For You" by The Commands, "Love-it-is" by Harvey Scales, "The Love Of My Man" by Theola Kilgore, "Poor Unfortunate Me" by JJ Barnes, "Do The 45" by The Sharpees, "Let's Get A Thing Goin" by Don Gardner, "Any Other Way" by Little Jackie Shane, and "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" by The Showstoppers. 27 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print. Note: CD appears to have been mastered from vinyl sources – and although printed professionally, it's a bit low-budget in terms of the packaging. CD may not play well on all players.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & Thelonius MonkArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety of players, at a variety of labels, and taking some real chances with his music before settling into his more established hit Jazz Messengers sound. The group here is Art's own – with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – augmented by the piano of Thelonious Monk – a match that might seem unlikely at first, but not so much so after you consider the great work that Monk and Griffin did together at Riverside during the late 50s. There's a nice match between Johnny's sharp-edged tenor and Monk's imaginative playing – and if anything, the record has Blakey, Hardman, and DeBrest moving dynamically to keep up with the flurry of modern ideas coming from Griffin and Monk! Tracks are almost all originals by Thelonious too – a fact that definitely helps keep up the "Monk-ish" sound of the record – titles that include "Evidence", "Blue Monk", "I Mean You", and "Rhythm A Ning" – alongside Griffin's "Purple Shades". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has a bumped corner and some stains on back.)
Also available Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ NasIllmatic (CLEAN) (2CD 10th Anniversary Edition) ... CD
Columbia, 1994. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Nas hasn't put out a completely successful full length since this all time classic from 92/93/94 – and if his legacy is just a bit tarnished by the hit-and-miss quality of his subsequent albums, and his all too public slaying at the hands of Jay-Z, nothing can take away the impact of this damn near perfect slice of east coast street hop. Nasir, "World Is Yours", indeed. Other tracks include "NY State Of Mind", "Life's A B***h", "Half Time", "One Love" and the rest, with all of that great production by Primo, Pete Rock and Large Professor. Columbia has gone all out with the reverence on this double disc reissue, with remastered digital sound polish and a bonus disc with remixes of "World Is Yours", "Life's A B***h", "One Love" and "It Ain't Hard To Tell", plus bonus tracks "On The Real" and "Star Wars". CD
(CLEAN EDITED VERSION.)

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✨✧ Brooks O'DellI'm Your Man – The Anthology 1963 to 1972 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous singer – finally getting his due! Brooks O'Dell may not be one of the best-known names in 60s soul, but he's got a really incredible voice – one we'd rank right up there with Walter Jackson, Garnet Mimms, and other shining stars of that generation. His approach often has the same mixture of sweet and sad that you'll find in the work of Walter Jackson – but with some of the rougher edges that you might hear in the music of that other 60s Jackson named Chuck – and like both of those singers, O'Dell's backings often blend full strings with tighter rhythms, in a mode that's top-shelf professional, but still deeply personal and soulful. This much-needed CD pulls together Brooks' 60s singles for labels that include Gold, Scepter, Bell, Columbia, and Valentine – then adds in a full album recorded for Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams in the early 70s, most of which was never issued at the time! These later tracks have a bit more of a southern soul approach, but still all the maturity and class of before – and as usual for Kent, the CD comes with a huge booklet of notes that finally tells the full story of O'Dell's career. 26 titles in all – including "I'm Your Man", "Walk On By", "Shirley Remember Me", "Soul Serenade", "If I Had You", "You Better Make Up Your Mind", "The Lively Ones", "Standing Tall", "I Got What It Takes (parts 1, 2, & 3)", "Now You Are Gone", "Nothing's The Same Without You", "Everybody's Friend Nobody's Lover", "Predicament #2", "Is It Real", "Got To Travel On", "Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", and "Turn My World Around". CD

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✨✧ VariousDisco Anthems (3LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Demon (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the set's overflowing with the kind of classic club tracks that not only broke big in the disco generation of the 70s, but which have also gone on to become the sorts of songs that were real touchstones for the period! Some of these tracks were chart hits, but others were more underground – and together, they represent the cream of the crop of the disco years – tracks that found a way to create non-stop grooves, which are often extended here on special versions taken from 12" singles! Titles include "Shake Your Body (12" John Luongo disco mix)" by the Jacksons, "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Boogie Nights (12" version)" by Heatwave, "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now (12" mix)" by McFadden & Whitehead, "Native New Yorker (12" disco mix)" by Odyssey, "Keep On Dancing (12" version)" by Gary's Gang, "I Love America (12" mix)" by Patrick Juvet, "Vertigo/Relight My Fire (12" version)" by Dan Hartman with Loleatta Holloway, "Souvenirs (12" version)" by Voyage, "Givin Up Givin In (long version)" by Three Degrees, "Strut Your Funky Stuff (UK 12" rmx)" by Frantique, "Got To Be Real (12" version)" by Cheryl Lynn, "Turn The Beat Around (12" version)" by Vickie Sue Anderson, "Supernature (12" mix)" by Cerrone, "More More More (12" version)" by Andrea True Connection, "Can't Stop The Music (extended)" by Village People, "Rasputin (maxi version)" by Boney M, and "I Can't Stand The Rain (12" version)" by Eruption. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jeb Bishop & Dan RucciaScratch Slice Jag ... CD
Out & Gone, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Our hometown Chicago lost trombonist Jeb Bishop a few years ago – but he seems to have found a great home in North Carolina, as you'll hear here in a set of duets with violist Dan Ruccia! The interplay of trombone and viola is wonderful – Jeb blowing with those well-shaped sounds that we've always loved in his music – balanced thoughtfully by Ruccia's work on the strings, which is sometimes not as bold as Bishop's sounds, but maybe every bit as compelling because of that – especially at moments when his textures get a bit unique, and the instrument seems to lose all ties to its more familiar modes. There are occasional moments of soulful beauty that come as a real surprise – and titles include "Kepler 186f Rising", "It Wasn't The Buzz", "Antiphonal Thread", "Dive Deep", and "Theme From Theme From A Symphony". CD

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✨✧ Ronnie McNeirRonnie McNeir ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
The amazing debut of Ronnie McNeir – a 70s soul maestro we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware – but one who's possibly even more impressive, given that he cut this record when he was only 22 years old! The album's quite heavy on keyboards – played by Ronnie underneath his wonderful vocals – with jazzy touches that give the record a strongly mature sound, almost in the realm of Stevie Wonder at points, especially Stevie's sound right at the end of the 60s. But Ronnie's also very much his own man too – and puts together the album with a great deal of thought – a few recurring musical themes between some tunes, and even bits of dialogue which serve to unite the different tunes, and almost make the record a mini-symphony of soul! The songwriging is beautiful too – numbers that have a deeply personal feel, but without any common cliches – often a righteous undercurrent that creates a spiritual vibe that links things together wonderfully. There's a depth here that goes way beyond common soul albums of the time – and the album's a real treasure of 70s soul – the kind we'd never part with! Titles include "In Summertime", "Young Girl", "Daddy's Coming Home", "Girl You're Gonna Lose Your Groove", "Keep Your Hands Off My Lady", "Extra Extra", "Gone Away", and "I'm So Thankful". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Dayme ArocenaCubafonia ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and the approach is maybe a bit more traditionally Latin than some of her earlier work, yet still infused with the soaring spirit that we love on the Brownswood label – with a vibe that's never too concerned about any sort of easy labels or boundaries, but also still respects a sense of tradition as well! The group's a large one, with lots of older Afro Cuban elements coming into play with Story's more spiritual leanings – and titles include "Negra Caridad", "Maybe Tomorrow", "Eleggua", "Todo Por Amor", "It's Not Gonna Be Forever", and "Mambo Na Ma". CD

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Nitty Gritty Dirt BandRicochet (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
Weirdly wonderful sounds from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – emerging here as a post-folk group who haven't really gone for sunshine pop, but who know how to use both their own harmonies and the strengths of the studio to their best advantage! There's definitely some catchy vocal bits that recall the work of some of their contemporaries – but these guys also had a strong commitment to roots sounds, right from the start – and contribute some surprisingly strong work on mandolin, harmonica, and other instruments that give them a deeper sound than polished California pop! They've also got a time-spanning quality that fits their name and look – 20s dandies into 60s hippies – and titles include "Happy Fat Annie", "Truly Right", "Search The Sky", and "Shadow Dream Song". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Kanye WestLate Registration (clean version) ... CD
Def Jam, 2005. Used ... $1.99
Time will tell whether the sophomore LP Late Registration will prove to be as revolutionary of a commercial force as College Dropout turned out to be – but it's a better album! We loved the debut as much as the rest of the world did, but this one's an easier listen from beginning to end. The production is tight, the guests earn their spots, and the whole thing's furiously soulful. Much is being made of LA hipster/orch pop troubadour Jon Brion's co-production, but this is Kanye's show. On one level Kanye can rock a subject as cliched as "Gold Digger", and still come out with a fresh perspective that runs deeper than it sounds on the surface, then deliver a serious track about the evils of the diamond trade that still rocks the ice. And those are just the first singles. Another great one! Tracks include "Wake Up Mr West", "Heard 'Em Say", "Touch The Sky" feat Lupe Fiasco, "Gold Digger" feat Jamie Foxx, "Drive Slow" feat Paul Wall & GLC, "My Way Home" feat Common, "Crack Music" feat Game, "Roses", "Bring Me Down" feat Brandy, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (rmx) feat Jay-Z, "We Major" feat Nas & Really Doe, "Gone" feat Consequence & Cam'Ron and more! CD
(CLEAN VERSION – no effs or mfs.)

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✨✧ Eddie ParkerI'm Gone/Love You Baby ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Eddie Parker soars with the best sort of 60s Detroit vibe here – really stepping out strongly on "I'm Gone", thanks to rich Jack Ashford arrangements – which almost has the same vibe as the best Northern Soul groovers from Norman Whitfield! Jack helps out on the flip, too – which has this quick-stepping groove that really catches fire. thanks to some mighty fast guitar – and a trio of female singers behind Jack's lead! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Porter WagonerI Wonder Where You Are Tonight ... CD
Southern Routes, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Prime greatness from Porter Wagoner – a set that offers up a few of his hits, but also includes some overlooked gems from his important 60s years on RCA! Wagoner's been well-served with other "hits" collections on the market, but this set is something else entirely – put together in a way that really understands what makes the man so great, especially in his earliest years – before Porter was maybe pushing some of his gimmick or duet modes a bit too far. Much of the work here is the kind of straightforward material that first put Wagoner on the map – and the set features 29 titles that include "Everything She Touches Gets The Blues", "Dark Waters", "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight", "In The Shadows Of The Wine", "Your Old Love Letters", "Pay Day", "A Satisfied Mind", "An Old Log Cabin For Sale", "Trying To Forget The Blues", and "Hey Maw". CD

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Horace AndyGood Vibes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
17 North Parade (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
A classic compilation – and we can't get enough of Horace Andy's sweet falsetto keening over these chugging, fat rhythms! A tremendous set of sides Andy cut in the mid-70s, packaged together with a few of the cuts in dub versions – all from a period when Horace was really hitting new heights in his music. While Andy cut many seminal sides for Coxsonne Dodd's Studio One – this work, some of it in collaboration with the great Bunny Striker Lee, stands among his best – and also often features Horace with firm creative control. Here he reworks the Studio One classic "Skylarking" as a "Better Version" with Lee, and there's a number of pieces cut at Tubby's with the aid of Prince Jammy (who contributed a nice sound to the In the Light set, also issued by Blood & Fire), like the massive "Pure Ranking" in it's full 8+ minute 12" disco mix version. Also includes the "Dub Vibes" version of the title track, "Mr Bassie", and "Reggae Rhythm – It's Gone International". CD

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✨✧ Roy AyersMystic Voyage ... CD
Polydor, 1975. Used ... $8.99
An archetypal album by Roy – and one that really shows him at the turning point! Gone are the trippier jazz funk moments of earlier albums – and in their place are some tight grooves and wonderfully spacey soul. Roy hits the dancefloor with one of his first uptempo funk numbers "Brother Green", a catchy groover with lots of clavinet, and the massive "Life Is Just A Moment", a storming 2-part number that rolls along with a pounding almost house-like groove. "Mystic Voyage" shows the sweet jazzy side of Roy – as it's a vibes-heavy instrumental with a light stepping groove, perfect for the mellow direction he'd take on other records. The album also features some great off-beat funk numbers that recall earlier albums – including the break-heavy "Spirit Of Doo Doo", plus "Funky Motion" and "The Black Five". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersNo Stranger To Love ... LP
Polydor, 1979. Very Good- ... $2.99
An oft-overlooked funky soul gem from the incredible Roy Ayers – taking turns with both uptempo material and more smoothed out soul sounds – all done with Roy's trademark jazzy approach to the dancefloor! No Stranger To Love is a sly, and often funky set that deserves to be mentioned with his more famous dancefloor ready work of the late 70s – and if it gets an extra point two for the incredibly cool cover photo, the slow burning grooves more than deliver on the promise! The album does a really nice job of rolling out both the sultry jazzy soul and the funkier Ayers modes, with sweet strings in spots, Roy's incomparable vibes, bass and keyboard grooving, and vocals that set the mood for both the slow jams and the funky stuff! Includes the extended mellow number "Don't Let Our Love Slip Away", one of Roy's better downtempo moments, plus great stuff like "Don't Stop The Feeling", plus "What You Won't Do For Love", "No Stranger To Love/Want You", "Shack Up, Pack Up, It's Up (When I'm Gone)", "Don't Hide Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Bird & The BeeInterpreting The Masters Vol 1 – A Tribute To Daryl Hall & John Oates (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Blue Note/Slow Down Sounds, 2010. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A beautiful little tribute to the genius of Hall & Oates – one that has us liking their tunes even more than before! Somehow, The Bird & The Bee are a perfect fit for this music – and their stripped-down renditions of these classics really works wonderfully – recasting the work of Daryl and John in a whole new way, yet still holding onto the best older elements of the songs, too! Inara George's vocals are definitely a change from the male duo – but they have this charm that's undeniable – and the spare keyboards and guitar used on most of the backings get at the best studio techniques of the original pair, yet with some nice retro 80s elements too. Titles include "She's Gone", "Maneater", "Private Eyes", "One On One", "Heard It On The Radio", "Sara Smile", and "Rich Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on colored vinyl!)

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BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... CD
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". CD

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Bobby BlandGet On Down With Bobby Bland ... LP
ABC, 1975. Very Good ... $2.99
Brilliant later work by Bobby Blue Bland – done with backings that are much fuller than on his earlier albums – a mixture of strings and horns that really expand the sound! That doesn't keep things from being soulful, though – as Bobby's in incredible form vocally, really rising to the occasion of the session with some of his best vocal performances of the decade. Great throughout – and one of his few true classic sessions after the early Duke years. Titles include "Today I Started Loving You Again", "I Take It On Home", "I Hate You", "If Fingerprints Showed Up On Skin", and "Too Far Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker.)

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ChantelsChantels ... LP
End, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the greatest girl groups of the fifties – and one of the few who could sing with the same sort of depth as the best male lineups of the time! The Chantels really know how to hit on all burners when they get going – which they do here – and their work of the time is hardly a precursor for bubble gum pop of the 60s, and should more be seen as the start of a tradition that would include later groups like Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, or The Sweet Inspirations. The whole thing's great – and although production has a bit of echo and electric bass, the sound is nice and raw, and hardly pop at all – and in the best End Records tradition, the vocals stay center stage throughout. Titles include "Maybe", "The Pleae", "Whoever You Are", "Every Night", "If You Try", "Sure Of Love", "Whoever You Are", "He's Gone", and "Congratulations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later orange & white label Roulette pressing.)

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Benjamin ClementineAt Least For Now ... CD
Virgin, 2015. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
The fantastic first album from Benjamin Clementine – one of the most unique talents we've heard in years – and a singer with a sound that's as wonderful as it is hard to describe! At some level, there's a bit of jazz in Clementine's music – at least in the way he can croon along with his piano – but his song structure and overall presentation of the music has these deeper, richer currents – almost painterly at times, especially on some of the more string-laden numbers here – yet with earthier currents that both evoke an older European tradition, and maybe elements of the Caribbean as well. Although all these words really never do the album justice – because it's a shining jewel of its own, deserving of a full, rapturous listen – which should immediately lead to another. Titles include "Winston Churchill's Boy", "Gone", "Quiver A Little", "London", "Then I Heard A Bachelor's Cry", and "St Clementine On Tea & Croissants". CD
 
 
 



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