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✨✧ Kenny RiceHouse Party ... CD
Jam Jar, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99
In case you're wondering, they DO still make 'em like they used to – at least when it comes to classic-styled soul records, like this St Louis effort from Kenny Rice! Kenny comes from a world that might be more blues than soul, but there's definitely a lot of southern soul styles at play on this set – from Kenny's great vocal leads, right down to the sweet combo backing, which even includes some organ and saxes from St Louis legend Oliver Sain! About half the album's got more of a blues vibe than a soul one – but even those sounds are recorded at a level that's more like you'd hear from a 70s indie than a contemporary label – and Rice's own drums help kick lots of the tunes into headier soul territory, and create this wider-ranging vibe that certainly lives up to the house party spirit promised on the cover. Titles include "I Wanna Satisfy You Baby", "Big Blue", "Back Street", "Pink Champagne", "Honky Tonk", "I'm Tore Up", "Oh Yes It's You", and "Hard Working Man" – plus a very cool take on Horace Silver's "Liberated Brother". CD
 
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Brian AugerBack To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... CD
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A genius collection of work from legendary keyboardist Brian Auger – and a set that's way way more than just a typical "greatest hits" package! Instead, the double-length set is filled with loads of rare gems that trace all of Auger's strengths – from his early years in the Brit beat group scene, to his explosion of trippy soulful styles with singer Julie Driscoll, to his blinding jazz work of the early 70s – served up here with lots of unusual tunes and work that goes way beyond his more familiar modes! Auger's approach to the organ is sublime – schooled on American greats like Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, but then taken to soaring new heights as the 60s move on – but without any of the over-indulgence of some of his jazz rock contemporaries – which means that Auger always stays true to his soulful roots. We couldn't have hoped for better – and even if you have a few Brian Auger albums at home, you'll still find plenty here to discover. Titles include "Blues Three Four", "That Driving Beat", "Black Cat", "Fire In The Mind", "Ellis Island", "Red Beans & Rice (part 1)", "I've Gotta Go Now", "Finally Found You Out", "Save Me", "Git Up", "Whenever You're Ready", "Freddie's Flight", "Freedom Jzz Dance", and "Indian Rope Man". CD features a massive 24 tracks in all – including early mod piano material, and even work with Rod Stewart in The Steampacket! CD
Also available Back To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... LP 18.99

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Blue ModeSpace Race ... CD
3 On The B, 2015. New Copy ... $7.99
A really great groover, and a set that's way more than just another retro funk outing – given that these guys have plenty of tight jazz skills too! The group works here with a few key differences than other organ combos of late – the first of which is the strong use of flute by lead reedman Chip Wickham, who also plays a mean tenor – but uses the flute to create these wonderfully cool, snakey solos that take us right back to 60s giants like Jerome Richardson or Frank Wess! Another standout is the keyboard work of Gabriel Casanova, which also includes Wurlitzer Piano and clavinet in addition to Hammond – a blend of keys that make for a richer sense of spectrum throughout the album, even though all three instruments are handled with the deep soul of a classic organ jazz player from years back. The group also features drums, guitar, and a bit of congas – and titles include a surprisingly groovy remake of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", plus great originals that include "Tortilla Chip", "Rice Beans & Bugaloo", "Dr Shrip", "Space Race", "When The Rope Failed", and "Colt's Run". CD

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Eddie FloydEddie Floyd Experience ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
An overlooked later set from Stax Records giant Eddie Floyd – a Malaco records album that has Eddie transforming his sound nicely for the time – picking up a slightly clubby groove while he still keeps his vocals right on the money! Arrangements are by Wardell Quezerque, who keeps plenty of southern soul roots at the core – while also bringing in a modern soul approach that's quite different than the Eddie Floyd sound of a decade before. Production is by Floyd and Mack Rice – and the pair also wrote most of the songs on the set, some great original material that really helps strengthen this new voice of Eddie's. Titles include "Prove it To Me", "Feel My Body", "Take A Chance On Me", and "You're Gonna Walk Out On Me". CD

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Sabu MartinezDalecarlia Recordings 1971 to 1972 ... CD
Mellotronen (Sweden), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Mindblowing work from the legendary Latin percussionist Sabu Martinez – some extremely heavy sides recorded overseas during his time on the Swedish scene in the 70s, some of which are appearing here for the first time ever! The groove here is amazing, and goes even further past Sabu's famous Afro Temple album – far into territory that's hardly ever been explored this well – mixing Latin rhythms with a range of different funky jazz modes, all of them great! Sabu's congas are amazing – dark, soulful, and filled with power – really driving throughout, in settings that include a full group of young percussionists, a funky big band, and a smaller combo with some killer Hammond. A few tracks are live, one is from a musical play, and the others are from the lost album Aurora Borealis – a very rare indie date. Every bit as great, if not better than, the other Sabu reissues on Mellotronen – with titles that include "The Latin Percussion People", "The Sacrifice", "Oh Min Dara", "Will O The Wisp", "Not So Loud Please", "Cute", and "Puertorican Rice & Beans". CD

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Wooden Glass Featuring Billy WootenWooden Glass Recorded Live ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $24.99
Mad funky vibes from The Wooden Glass – a group led by vibist Billy Wooten – an obscure player in the history books, but one who has had a huge influence on 21st Century groove! Billy's got a hard style on the vibes that's like Bobby Hutcherson and Roy Ayers at their soulful best – working here with a tight combo that includes guitar and organ, very much in the mode of his classic work with the slightly more famous (although equally obscure) Indianapolis combo The Ninteenth Whole! The set's a live one, but it really cooks with a sweet electric feel – echoey, funky, and soulful – as tunes spin out in a staggering approach to the vibes that's unmatched by any record of its time. Billy was a huge influence on Madlib and the sound of Yesterday's New Quintet – and hearing this set, it's virtually a blueprint for that group's current work! Includes great covers of "In The Rain", "Day Dreaming", and "Love Is Here" – plus Wooten's excellent original tracks "Monkey Hips & Rice" and "Joy Ride". CD

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VariousOther Side Of The Trax – Stax/Volt 45rpm Rarities 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Stax Records turned out plenty of hits in the 60s – but the Memphis label was also a non-stop powerhouse of recording, and cut countless sides that were every bit as great as their hits, but never fully got their due! This collection brings together a huge amount of those gems – 24 rare Stax singles, none of which have ever been reissued – which makes this package a treasure trove of under-discovered Memphis soul, even if you've got some other Stax/Volt sets in your collection! A number of these tracks are early numbers by artists who'd break bigger on Stax later in the 60s – and others are by singers you might not know at all, but who were key to helping the label form its sound at the time – as their top-shelf team of writers and studio talents made these obscure singles every bit as great as their work for bigger artists. Titles include "I Need Somebody" by Johnny Daye, "Separation" by Carla Thomas, "Under My Nose" by Eddie Floyd, "Here I Am" by Lynda Lyndell, "Bashful Guitar" by Johnny Jenkins, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Sweet Thing" by Gorgeous George, "The Big Dipper" by Sir Issac & The Do Dads, "Uh Oh I'm In Love Again" by Eddie Jefferson, "Beach Bash" by The Mar-Kays, "You Belong To Her" by Barbara & The Browns, "Strange Things" by Johnny Taylor, and "This Kind Of Woman" by Ivory Joe Hunter. CD

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Lee RitenourFirst Course ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... About May 25, 2016
Excellent early work by Lee Ritenour – tight and soulful, but not as slick or commercial as later records! The album's an all-star, all-soul fusion effort – with work by Harvey Mason on drums, Dave Grusin and Patrice Rushen on keyboards, and Tom Scott on reeds – and the whole thing's produced by Skip Drinkwater, who handles the set with that easy funky groove that he brought to his excellent work with Eddie Henderson and Bobby Humphrey! There's loads of nice electric funk tracks on the album – including a great version of Grusin's "Theme From 3 Days Of The Condor", Jerry Peters' "Canticle For The Universe", and the cuts "A Little Bit Of this & A Little Bit Of That", "Wild Rice", and "Sweet Syncopation". CD

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✨✧ VariousStax Of Funk Vol 2 – More Funky Truth ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... About April 1, 2016
A mountain of funk from one of the greatest soul labels of all time! Stax is known round the world over for their soulful work – by singers like Otis Redding or Carla Thomas, and instrumental tunes by Booker T & The Mgs – but the label was also quite a funky powerhouse – especially as the 60s drew to a close, and the management of the company got a lot hipper, and a heck of a lot more musically open-minded! This killer batch of tracks features 21 numbers from those days – including many obscure and funky tunes that only ever came out on singles, or which were recorded by artists that never made it as big as Stax stars from earlier years. The result of all that obscurity is an extremely fresh selection of tracks – plenty of down-n-dirty funky 45 numbers, played by hip Memphis combos, and featuring some really deep soul vocals. Titles include "Dark Skin Woman" by Sir Mack Rice, "Ain't No Sin" by John Kasandra, "Bump & Boogie" by The Wrecking Crew, "Shame On The Family Name" by Calvin Scott, "Cool Strut" by Bernie Hayes, "Bump Mean" by Sir Mack Rice, "Soul Machine" by Reggie Milner, "How Can You Mistreat The One You Love" by Katie Love, "Cold Blooded" by The Bar Kays, "Do The Side Saddle" by Rufus Thomas, "Stay Away From That Monkey" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Them Hot Pants" by Lee Sain, "Devil In A Man" by Stu Gardner, "Curcuits Overloaded" by Inez Foxx, "From Toys To Boys" by The Emotions, "Got It Together (parts 1 & 2)" by Rudy Robinson & The Hungry Five, and "Crosscut Saw" by Albert King. CD

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✨✧ Nitty Gritty SextetNitty Gritty Sextet ... CD
Rocafort (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long lost late 60s Latin Soul record by Nitty Gritty Sextet – featuring legendary New York Latin players, and a hip, soulful boogaloo sound that should have made major waves on the scene – but somehow never saw release back in the day! The personnel reads like a who's who of the scene – Bobby Marin on composition, Charlie Palmieri and Richie Ray on piano, Tito Puente on timbales, Bobby Rodriguez on bass and Louie Ramirez on vibes, Jimmy Sabater and Willie Torres on vocals. Includes a mix of feverish instrumentals and vocal numbers – in both English and Spanish, and the titles include "Something New", "Nitty Boo Boo", "Would You Believe Me?", "Rice And Beans", "Dixie's Mambo", "Fun City Hippy", "Say Listen", "A Fool Like Me", "Papel De Bambu" and "Shingaling Now, Boogaloo Later". CD

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✨✧ FalconsWorld's First Soul Group – The Definitive Falcons ... CD
History Of Soul (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of work from one of the hippest, coolest vocal groups ever – a Detroit group whose members included later solo stars Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, and Mack Rice – and whose work was a big part in the development of soul music in the 60s! The Falcons started out with more familiar doo wop harmony modes, but held together over the course of a number of excellent recordings to really evolve – having an undeniable impact on the group sounds that Motown would later take to the bank – but maybe doing them with an even more heartfelt, powerful style overall. There have been other Falcons reissues on the market over the years, but this 4CD set is the first one we've seen to cover so much ground – 114 tracks that include their recordings for Lupine and United Artists, plus other tracks for labels like Mercury and Atlantic, where the group only recorded a few cuts – all brought together here in a stunning package that even includes demos, too. The booklet is very big – over 30 pages – and includes full notes on the group and its members, plus discographical information – and lots of photos and label scans too! CD

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✨✧ Various1960s Psychedelic Radio Commercials ... CD
Rock Beat, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really wild radio commercials, and a lot lot more – a very cool set that has some big names in the 60s underground promoting popular products – mixed with these even weirder "exploitation" bits that use stories of the youth culture to market items, and help push a whole range of things on the radio! The package is like tuning into a strange time machine – one that shows these mis-steps and odd bits that would never make the history books, but which stand as a wonderful illustration of the way that the mainstream dealt with all the cultural changes of the late 60s. The CD features 62 tracks in all – and in addition to trippy ads for products like Rice Krispies, Ban Deodorant, 7-Up, Lee Jeans, and lots more – you also get ads for concerts, movies, music venues, and plenty more! CD

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✨✧ VariousGerman Funk Fieber Vol 2 – Infectious Rare Grooves & Krauty Schlager Wonders 1969 to 1978 ... CD
Show Up (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
German funk galore – a huge batch of 70s gems we'd never find in years of digging on this side of the Atlantic! The grooves here are all pretty darn great – kind of a harder and heavier take on the In Kraut vibe – with vocals on some tracks, but a decided emphasis on kickass drums, rumbling bass, and wicked instrumental licks – all used to really cook up the tunes in a way that's different from American funk of the time – but equally groovy! The set list is possibly even more tight than the first volume – and like before, this one's got full notes on all the cuts – painting a full cultural picture that really helps us enjoy the music. Titles include "High Snobiety" by Sigi Schwab, "Rice & Beans" by James Last, "Get Up Stand Up" by Malcolm's Locks, "Mandrake" by Les Humprhies, "Geld" by Joy Fleming, "Back Talk" by Jurgen Franke, "Understanding" by Don Anderson, "Betwixt & Between" by Fredy Brock, "Sehnsucht" by Kati Kovacs, "Sunny" by Jochen Brauer Sextett, and "Evening Air" by Peter Thomas. CD
 
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Apollo BrownGrandeur ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
A winning effort from one of the finer post-Dilla Detriot hip hop producers – gritty and soulful on the beats, brightly accented and moody on the more atmospheric touches, diverse and underground star-studded on rhymes! Guests include Oddisee, Reks, Sean Price, MOP, Evidence, OC, Wordsworth, Planet Asia, Ugly Heroes, Your Old Droog, Chino XL & Finale, Rasheed Chappell, Big Pooh & Dynasty, Freddie Gibbs and more. Includes ""Finally", "Neva Eva" feat Barrel Brothers, "What You Were Looking For" feat Oddisee", "Brass Tacks" feat Chino XL Finale, "Not That Guy" with Your Old Droog, "Money" with Masta Ace & Wordsworth, "In The Moment" feat OC, "Yesman S**t" with Seak Price & Reks, "Chekered Flag" with Ugly Heroes and more. CD

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ArtisticsWhat Happened ... CD
Brunswick, 1969. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
A stunning early set from The Artistics – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were one of the best Chicago soul groups at the end of the 60s! The harmonies are wonderful – smooth, but with a rough undercurrent too – balanced at a level that few groups could touch at the time, save maybe The Four Tops! Yet the style's way different than Motown, too – very much in that loping Brunswick soul style of the time, which means there's all these great grooves that really keep things going – even at mellower moments. Eugene Record produced and wrote most of the tracks – and titles include "What Happened", "Walking Tall", "With These Hands", "Why Did She Have To Leave Me", "When I'm Not Around", "Yesterday's Girl", and "Price Of Love". CD

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BosqCelestial Strut ... CD
Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Bosq returns with even more brilliantly soulful sounds than on the debut – it's one of the most diverse dancefloor ready set of grooves on the Ubiquity label in years! Bosq's love for classic percussion heavy jams from across the globe is on full display – from Afro Soul, to Latin, to Brazilian and stateside styles – but the sound is ultimately very fresh, particularly in the way he blends so many influences into a distinctive whole. Bosq himself plays piano, Rhodes, organ, synth, bass and percussion – and the impressive guest roster of vocalists and instrumentalists includes funky soul diva Nicole Willis, Kaleta, Jimmy Riley, Angeline Morrison and more! Titles include "Cumbia En Bahia", "Bounce And Pull Up" with Evan Laflamme, ""Ella" feat Jesus Pagan, "Bad For Me" with Nicole Willis, "Change" feat Jimmy Riley, Take Over", "Pap The Price" and "Liars & Thieves Dub" with Kaleta, "Laughs On Me" with Angeline Morrison and the hard grooving title track. CD

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David BowieFive Years – 1969 to 1973 (12CD box set) ... CD
Parlophone, Early 70s. New Copy 12CD ... $138.99 149.99
Way more than just another box of famous albums sold at a high price – because this set is a true treasure for any fan of these key years of David Bowie, and features lots of exclusive material too! As you'd guess from the title, the package spans five full years of recording – a time when Bowie created the albums Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Pinups – all of which are included here, four of which in completely new remasters done for the package! The set then also includes two key live albums – Santa Monica 72 and the Ziggy Stardust Motion Picture Soundtrack – both of which capture the amazing energy of a Bowie live show at this point. The set then also features a superb double-length set of rare material – titled Re:Call 1, and featuring loads of rare treasures like "Velvet Goldmine", "Amsterdam", "Round & Round", "Ragazzo Solo Ragazza Solo", "Holy Holy", "Hang On To Yourself (Arnold Corns version)", "Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns version)", "John I'm Only Dancing (sax version)", "Holy Holy (Spiders version)", and lots more too! Then, the package also includes the 2003 mix of the Ziggy Stardust album – plus a huge companion book with new essays, rare photos, original press reviews, and even a foreword from Ray Davies! All albums in original artwork – and the whole thing is super-heavy, and super-beautiful! CD

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✨✧ James BrownBlack Caesar ... CD
Polygram, 1973. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental cuts, plus Lyn Collins, who sings a sock version of "Mama Feelgood" that's worth the price of the record alone! Includes the classic "Down & Out in New York City", plus "Blind Man Can See It", "Sportin' Life", "The Boss", "Dirty Harri", and "Chase". CD
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Caston & MajorsCaston & Majors (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99
Majestic Motown from the 70s – an almost-overlooked record, but a surprisingly sophisticated gem that's well worth discovering again! The album's definitely soul at the core, but embraces so many other rich styles too – and at points, almost feels like some of the most ambitious material of the Cadet/Concept scene in Chicago – especially given the full orchestrations on the tracks, handled by Jimmy Haskell and Jerry Long! Leonard Caston's the real genius behind the record, though – and works here to provide great support for co-vocalist Carolyn Majors – who trades leads back and forth with him, and is sometimes showcased on tracks that really let her heavenly vocals take off! The whole thing's great – and titles include an early version of the cut "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", which was later recorded by other groups – plus "Child Of Love", "There's Fear", "Satisfied Mind", "Let There Be Love", "No One Will Know", and "Say You Love Me True". CD features loads of bonus tracks too – 9 more numbers that act as a great second chapter to the album – titles that include "Mother's Son", "What About The Price", "If I Can", "We're Together", "I've Got To Fly", "Don't Let", and "I'm Flying Your Sky". CD

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Chi-LitesBrunswick Complete Singles Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $28.99
The complete early Brunswick singles of one of our favorite vocal groups ever – the sublimely sophisticated Chi-Lites – a group who brought harmony soul to a whole new level with records like these! The Chi-Lites could be heartbreaking on their ballads and mellow cuts – then soar out with a new sort of righteous power at other, more upbeat moments – always holding onto not just their wonderful sense of group phrasing, but also the special sort of lyrics that were penned for the group by leader Eugene Record! And while the Chi-Lites had a huge run of full albums for Brunswick, their singles are really something special – and are collected here in a massive package of 56 tracks on 3CDs. Titles include "My Baby Loves Me", "Love Is Gone", "Price Of Love", "Being In Love", "Homely Girl", "Toby", "Here I Am", "Marriage License", "I Found Sunshine", "Stoned Out Of My Mind", "I Want To Pay You Back", "We Are Neighbors", "Trouble's A Comin", "I Like Your Lovin", "24 Hours Of Sadness", "Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was", "Give It Away", and lots lots more! CD

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Stanley Clarke/Patrice Rushen/Ndugu ChanclerStandards (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Kind Of Blue/Vertical Jazz (Italy), 2001. New Copy CD & DVD ... $11.99
Three giants from the years of 70s fusion – coming together here in an all-acoustic set! The look and title of the record is similar to a mode that ECM used years ago – when bringing its more contemporary artists into an old school style – and that format fits perfectly here for the trio of Stanley Clarke on bass, Patrice Rushen on piano, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – as the album's got this full, rich, acoustic warmth that's totally great – and a sound that will really amaze you if you only know these players in a more electric context. Clarke is wonderful on acoustic bass – really working the instrument with a deep tone – and Rushen's as deft on acoustic piano as she is on the keyboards, really taking us back to her earliest years in jazz. Titles include "Manteca", "Oleo", "We Three Kings", "Lover Man", and "Mack The Knife". Also features a bonus DVD – with interviews and four complete tracks from the sessions! CD
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Miles DavisLast Word – The Warner Brothers Years (Tutu/Siesta/Amandla/Dingo/Doo Bop/Miles & Quincy/Live) (8CD set) ... CD
Warner, 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 8 CDs ... $59.99 64.98
The complete final recordings of Miles Davis – and music that shows that the legendary trumpeter was still continuing to grow strongly in his later years! The set features a great scope of sounds – from soundtrack projects with Marcus Miller and Michel Legrand, a live tribute to Gil Evans recorded with Quincy Jones, other excellent live material, and some important records that show the late Davis embracing new rhythms of the 80s, in the same way he worked with funk, soul, and rock styles in the 70s! The package is a great deal at this price – and features 86 tracks on 8CDs – all with original artwork and notes – in a box that includes the albums Tutu, Music From Siesta, Amandla, Dingo, Doo Bop, Miles & Quincy Live At Montreux, Live Around The World, and Live Performance From Nice Festival – the last of which never came out at the time, and was only later included as bonus tracks on a 2CD version of Tutu. CD

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Guido & Maurizio De AngelisPer Grazia Ricevuta (with bonus download) ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99
A surprisingly striking score from Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – filled with these sensitive passages we don't always hear in their music – served up in a cool blend of acoustic and electric elements with some very nice touches! The melodies are almost sentimental at times, but never too much – a balance you'd be more likely to find in French cinema of the time, such as in the work of Francis Lai – although the soundtrack also intersperses numbers that have a definite Italian feel as well. This very loving reissue features an insane number of tracks – 44 numbers in all, including the complete film score, the original album, and a bonus single too – with titles that include "Il Tarlo", "Secondo Tema Di Benedetto", "Me Pizzica Me Mozzica", and "Viaggio Immaginario". CD
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Georges DelerueGeorges Delerue Film Music Collection (Comme Un Boomerang/Les Insulaires/Fantomas/L'Incorrigible/Va Voir Maman/Banlieu Sud) (3CD set) ... CD
Beat (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99
A heady serving of soundtracks from French composer Georges Delerue – served up in a limited 3CD set! The set begins with Comme Un Boomerang – a soundtrack that's worth the price of the package alone – a real gem – with 2 funky tracks that are totally worth the price of the record! One of these is "Espoir" – a killer funk tune with some heavy breakbeat drums all the way through, rolling over and over in a conga-driven mode that's very much in the classic South Bronx street party sound of early hip hop! The other good track is called "Free", and it's a long modal fusion jammer – with electric keyboards, and lots of hard sax riffing, kind of in the mode of Stone Alliance! The other tracks are pretty decent, too – but they're all in a mellow easy slinky sex sort of style. Titles include "La Lettre", "Boomerang", "Generique", and "La Melancolie". Next up are 5 tracks from Les Insulaires – a score that has this melancholy sense of melody, served up in a manner that's filled with those sentimental touches that Delerue could do so well – maybe better than any of his contemporaries, in the way he ever avoided going too overboard. Next are 5 tracks from a later Fantomas film – music that has this nicely pulsating sense of action and tension – with some of the playful melodies you'll know from earlier scores in the franchise, mixed with a few tracks that have a bit more suspense. The set continues with a fair bit of tracks from L'Incorrigibile – a full orchestral score from Delerue, but one that can also kick back with some lighter instrumentation at times – particularly in those warm themes that characterize Georges' best work of the 70s. Next up is Va Voir Maman Papa Travaille – a score with a few 70s funky electric touches, mixed with melodies that are sometimes humorous, sometimes sentimental – again showing Delerue as a French master of understatement. The set concludes with a huge amount of tracks from Banlieue Sud Est – a score that has some nice use of musette to underscore its Parisian qualities, mixed with other exotic elements on woodwinds, and a few more conventional Delerue passages. The package features 70 tracks in all on 3CDs – all from the Sugar Music holdings. CD

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EmotionsSunbeam ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". CD

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Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best post-Coltrane modes of expression in jazz, and which really takes advantage of the freedoms of the Strata setting to open up the sound in really beautiful ways! Beatrice Parker handles the vocals, with a very warm and spiritual style that's not unlike some of the early, righteous recordings by Dee Dee Bridgewater – and other group members include Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf on saxes, Bevin Turnbull on keyboards, Mashujaa Aliye Salamu on guitar, Leroy Seals on bass, and Fred Kwaku Crawley on a host of hip percussion instruments. There's a slight undercurrent of funk on a few tunes, but most tracks are focused more in a soaring, spiritual groove – with titles that include "Circles", "The Sojourner", "Peace (Salaam)", "Traces Of Trane", "Ecstasy", "Music Is Nothing But A Prayer", and "Malika". CD

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EsqueritaEsquerita! ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Standout early work from the mighty Esquerita – an artist you might initially write off as a Little Richard copycat, but one who also delivers a whole lot more in the end! The groove here is rough R&B, inflected with a touch of early soul – and the piano lines are worth the price of admission, played at a level that goes back to early New Orleans roots, but with more 50s bluesy currents – often alongside some tenor and guitar that rival the best instrumentation you'd find on indie singles at the time from King and Atlantic – quite a surprise for the normally-pop Capitol Records. And the vocals are something else, too – certainly with a soaring, screaming range – but also just wonderful when they're more down to earth, and in the groove. Titles include "Hey, Miss Lucy", "Why Did It Take You So Long", "She Left Me Cryin'", "Get Back Baby", "I Need You", "Maybe Baby", and "I'm Battie Over Hattie". CD

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Tennessee Ernie FordPortrait Of An American Singer 1949 to 1960 (5CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy 5CDs & Book ... $99.99 176.98
The first collection to ever do justice to one of our favorite singers of all time – the legendary Tennessee Ernie Ford, an artist so great he was practically a genre unto himself! Ford's music of this era is beyond compare – rooted in early country and hillbilly styles, but also open to some strong influences from R&B at times too – especially in his more romping numbers, which are always a treat. And Ernie also had a way of putting over a historical theme with a nice sense of wit – that kind of wry style and wink of the eye that Lee Hazlewood later took up more strongly – but which makes even the more straightforward songs here still sound completely delightful. Production is wonderful, too – not soppy pop country, but cool Capitol Records in the 50s – with this nice kick that really sounds great, and which sets fire to the often-playful arrangements from Jack Fascinato. And as with all recent Bear Family set, the production values knock the whole thing out of the park – with this heavy 12" square hardcover book – 124 pages, and filled with vintage images, album scans, record labels, and even lots of notes on the music. 154 tracks on 5CDs – including duets with Kay Starr, Cliffie Stone, Mollie Bee, and others. CD
(Please note: The outer box has a small rip on one side. The price has been lowered to reflect this.)

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Aretha FranklinAtlantic Albums Collection (19CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 19 CDs ... $98.99 105.98
An insane collection of music – filled with rare tracks, classics, and unreleased material – one that brings together so many different modes of the mighty Aretha Franklin – all of them great! And sure, you definitely know Aretha's sound on Atlantic Records – but do you know every moment of genius she cut for the label? Because Franklin on Atlantic has a lot more to offer than the hits (although there's plenty of those here in this package too) – as she kept evolving her style over the course of the 70s – really coming up with some compelling, sophisticated modes that aren't always fully given their due! Albums here include early classics – like I Never Loved A Man, Aretha Arrives, Aretha Now, Lady Soul, and Soul 69 – but there's loads more gems, including This Girl's In Love With You, Aretha In Paris, Spirit In The Dark, Young Gifted & Black, Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky), Let Me In Your Life, and the Sparkle soundtrack with Curtis Mayfield. The collection also features two massive live recordings – 2CDs of Live At The Filmore West, and OH Me Oh My Aretha Live In Philly 1972 – plus the 2CD version of Amazing Grace, with lots of bonus tracks. And the collection even features a rare 2CD set – Rare & Unreleased Recordings Fromn The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul – a huge amount of obscure cuts, even if you already own some albums by Aretha. With 19CDs, all in original artwork, this is a hell of a collection for the price! CD

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye Vol 1 – 1961 to 1965 (7CD set) (Soulful Moods/Stubborn Kind/When I'm Alone/Hello Broadway/Together/How Sweet It Is/Nat King) ... CD
Motown, Early 60s. New Copy 7CD ... $24.99 35.99
The birth of a legend – the first seven albums from Motown giant Marvin Gaye, served up here in one nicely-priced package! The set's similar to the Original Album Classics series – in that it features each individual album in a tiny record sleeve – all stacked together in a nice box that brings all the music together – including a number of records that haven't been on CD in quite awhile! Even at this early point, Marvin's way ahead of the game – able to lay down hard, heavy soul tracks when he wants – but also slide into a ballad like nobody else, and even hit a few jazzier moments too. The range of modes here is really wonderful – showing that Motown was already trying to let Gaye move into the many directions he'd follow later on – and albums include the tearjerking When I'm Alone I Cry, the seminal Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, the duet with Mary Wells on Together, the soaring How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, the jazzy Tribute To Nat King Cole, the classy Hello Broadway, and the moody Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye. CD

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". CD
Also available Black Radio Vol 2 ... LP 16.99

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Joe HendersonAn Evening With Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Al Foster ... CD
Red (Italy), 1987. New Copy ... $15.99
Spare, stretched-out work from tenorist Joe Henderson – one of his hippest recordings of the 80s, and a great live date recorded with just bass and drums for accompaniment! Henderson's horn is heard in great company with the bass of Charlie Haden and drums of Al Foster – both players who really know what to do with the extra time allotted them in the extended setting of the record – making the set a great showcase not just for Joe's raspy tone on tenor, but for their own beyond-rhythm talents as well! The whole thing's great – easygoing and open, but with a really dark edge – and titles include "Ask Me Now", "Serenity", "Beatrice", and "Invitation". CD

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Patrice HollowayLove & Desire – The Patrice Holloway Anthology ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $10.99
The complete solo Capitol singles and Motown recordings by Patrice Holloway – the latter of which are seeing light of day for the first time ever! Patrice has a wonderful voice and tje material throughout this set, both mid 60s Capitol numbers and the sadly overlooked Motown recordings, is top notch and hit worthy to say the least. Patrice may be overshadowed by her sister Brenda, but the little we've been lucky enough to hear over the years suggested that she was just a twist of fate away from stardom – and this excellent set certainly confirms that! 25 tracks in all: "Stolen Hours", "Lucky, My Boy", "Evidence", "Black Mother Goose", "For The Love Of Mike", "Stevie", "Come Into My Place" (Brenda & Patrice Holloway), "All That's Good", "Love Walked Right In", "Crying", "Face In The Crowd", "(He Is) The Boy Of My Dreams", "The Go Gang" and more. CD
 
 
 



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