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Anthony Newley/Peter Sellers/Mandy Rice-Davies/MisFool Britannia/Scandal/Stop The World I Want To Off ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A great look at the wit of England in the years before the rise of Monty Python – a special early 60s time when new ways of lampooning society were really coming into play, sometimes finding their only outlet on the musical stage! As part of that legacy, the set features two important early Anthony Newley productions – the international hit Stop The World I Want To Get Off, and the even more striking Fool Britannia – a parody of the Profuma affair, with a cast that includes Newley, Peter Sellers, and Joan Collins. The 2CD collection also adds in some Profumo-related recordings, to provide context – as well as some great selections from That Was The Week That Was, a show headed by David Frost – and a full run of other late 50s/early 60s songs from the soundtrack to the film Scandal – which dealt with the story. There's way too much to list here – the collection has a whopping 52 tracks in all – and the music provides a great portrait of early 60s UK – with selections that include "You've Got What It Takes" and "A Good Man Is Hard To Find" by Mandy Rice-Davies, "Christine" and "SEX" by Miss X, "Couple" by Eleanor Bron & John Fortune, "Running Bear" by Johnny Preston, "Apache" by The Shadows, "If You're Game Baby" and "Well I Must Admit Sir" by That Was The Week That Was, the full soundtracks to Fool Britannia and Stop The World – plus more titles too! CD

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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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✨✧ Danny Davis & The Nashville BrassTravelin/Caribbean Cruise ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
Two early 70s albums from Nashville brassman Danny Davis – back to back on a single CD! Travelin is a pretty unusual concept – a record that mixes Nashville songs with some richer 70s orchestrations – using the trumpet of Danny Davis and his larger brass setting to create a very different sound for the songs! A few numbers have a bit of bluegrass acoustics mixed in with the horns, but others drop this out – and titles include "Are You Sincere", "Brassy Bluegrass", "Rocky Top", "Almost Persuaded", "Ramblin On", "Gotta Travel On", and "The Nashville Express". On Caribbean Cruise, Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass pick up a slight current of calypso, mix it with their brassy horns, and put the whole thing together with Nashville arrangements from Bill McElhiney! The whole thing's a bit unusual, but also makes for one of the fresher settings for the Davis group – on titles that include "Matilda", "Marianne", "Jamaica Farewell", "I Can See Clearly Now", "Mama Don't Want No Peas & Rice & Coconut Oil", and "Banana Boat Song". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players too!)

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JBsBreakin' Bread ... CD
Polydor/Elemental (France), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in some really tight song formats that almost go back to the early days of the group's first few singles. The album's filled with great playing, wonderful grooves, and Fred Wesley's keen sense of humor – which sparks the whole set with a sense of warmth and creative play that show why the JBs are still the greatest funk band ever. Includes the excellent "Little Boy Black", which begins with some tasty James Brown vocals; the oft-sampled "Rockin' Funky Watergate"; plus "Step Child", "Makin Love", and "Rice & Ribs". Not as drawn out as Doing It To Death, but more complicated than Food For Thought, and still a totally essential bit of funk! CD
(Limited edition!)

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Nineteenth WholeSmilin' ... CD
Eastbound/Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes player Billy Wooten, who leads the group, and has had a huge influence on his own these days – but even if you've never heard of them, the record will grab you right away – as it's got a sinister funky groove that few other groups could hope to match! There's a really unique blend of vibes, guitar, and organ going on here – and although the record does have a bit of vocals, the main focus here is on the instrumentation – which jams together in ways that are unlike most other funk combos of the time, including a good number of the group's contemporaries at Westbound! Sweet original tracks include "Monkey Hips 'n Rice", "Looking Through The Windows", and "Dark Clouds Risin", plus a stellar cover of "Slippin' Into Darkness". CD
(Comes in a great little cardboard LP-styled sleeve!)

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Nitty Gritty SextetNitty Gritty Sextet ... CD
Rocafort (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
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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Tales Of JustinePetals From A Sunflower – The Complete Recordings 1967 to 1969 ... CD
EMI/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A criminally neglected group from the UK scene of the 60s – a cool psychedelic trio who recorded at Abbey Road in the same generation as The Beatles and Pink Floyd, but never got the fame they deserved! The tunes are very creative and clever – never overblown, but filled with as much fantastic imagery as catchy hooks – performed by a group who are able to do plenty with just a few elements, and get all the right sort of help from the larger set of studio musicians at EMI. The group were brought to the studio by the young partnership of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber – but apart from that strong professional step up, they're very much their own thing – and have a wonderfully fresh sound that's really ripe for rediscovery. CD presents 21 tracks in all – the group's complete recordings, with a few even taken from a rare acetate – with titles that include "Eleventh Obsolete Incident", "Pathway", "Saturn", "Morpheus", "Albert", "Monday Morning", "Sitting On A Blunestone", "Sunday School", and "Music To Watch Us By". 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
Also available Wooden Glass Recorded Live ... CD

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VariousComplete Stax/Volt Singles 1959 to 1968 (9CD set) ... CD
Atlantic/Stax, 1960s. New Copy ... About January 19, 2017
This is it! A pretty darn complete document of one of the greatest soul labels of all time – put together in a wonderful box with a book on the label that's almost as great as the music on the 9CDs in the set! This one established a new standard for box sets when it was issued in 1991, and it was the first time you could really get a clear picture of the great work of Stax without spending a lifetime tracking down obscure singles. A portion of this work will be familiar to you – as it includes classic tunes by the likes of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Kays, Booker T & The MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, William Bell, and others – but there's also a wealth of amazing soul by artists who recorded for Stax and Volt, yet never made it big on the charts, and never cut full albums for the label. Just a small amount of these folks include The Memphis Nomads, Jeanne & The Darlings, Derek Martin, Barbara & The Browns, Eddie Jefferson, The Tonettes, Macy Skipper, The Premiers, Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads, Ruby Johnson, Bobby Wilson, Eddie Purrell, Sir Mack Rice, and many others. A lifetime of listening in one box – and an essential set if you dig 60s soul! CD

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✨✧ VariousRunning The Voodoo Down – Exploration In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967 to 1980 ... CD
Festival, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
A great look at the influence of psychedelia on funk music – served up here in territory that starts with electric Miles Davis and prime Jimi Hendrix – then takes off into great new space of its own! The collection's awash in freak and fuzz, but also has plenty of heavy drums and basslines, too – served up by a range of soulful artists who were really blowing their minds and expanding their musical horizons at the end of the 60s – taking the same kind of chances that rock artists were in their album-long journeys – with results that are equally impressive! Familiar tracks are mixed with lesser-known gems – and titles include "Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip" by Fugi, "Red Hot Mama" by Funkadelic, "Cherrystones" by Eugene McDaniels, "Patience Is Virtue" by William S Fischer, "Liar" by The Meters, "Thrills Of Love" by Warlock, "Willie Nelson (take 3)" by Miles Davis, "California Dreamin" by Eddie Hazel, "Like A Rolling Stone" by The Undisputed Truth, "Thank You For Talkin To Me Africa" by Sly & The Family Stone, "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic, "Doriella Du Fontaine" by Lightnin Rod & Jimi Hendrix, "Talkin Loud & Sayin Nothin (parts 1 & 2)" by James Brown, "Down By The River" by Buddy Miles, and "In A Silent Way (live)" by Santana. 2CD set features bonus tracks not on the vinyl – including "I Feel Bad" by Pure Hell, "Brown Rice" by Don Cherry, and "If You Got It You'll Get It" by The Headhunters. CD

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VariousSon Of A Gun & More – From The Lee Hazlewood Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
One of the most comprehensive sets we've ever seen to look at the legacy of the legendary Lee Hazlewood – and one of the few to focus on the impact he's had on the 21st Century! Lee's songs have become the stuff of legend over the years – not just his own recordings, but classic tracks sung by the Sinatra family members, Dean Martin, and countless others – who are usually features on similar sets under the Hazlewood banner. But this package goes those one better – and looks mostly at material from the past 20 years – plus a few older songs – showing that, if anything, the present century has given Lee's music even more power than ever in the hands of diverse talents like these. As with more "vintage" sets from Ace Records, the presentation is great – a lot of tracks, and very detailed notes that really like the Hazelwood heritage to all this recent music. Titles include "A Cheat" by Jarvis Cocker & Richard Hawley, "Some Velvet Morning" by Primal Scream & Kate Moss, "First Street Blues" by Mick Harvey, "I'm Glad I Never" by Jesus & Mary Chain, "Sand" by Holly Golightly, "Look At That Woman" by Gallon Drunk, "You Turned My Head Around" by Dean & Britta, "I'd Rather Be Your Enemy" by Boyd Rice, "Summer Wine" by Ville Valo & Natalia Avelon, "Paris Summer" by Frances Ruffelle, "My Autumn's Done Come" by Mark Morriss, "No Train To Stockholm" by Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, and "Long Black Train" by Thriftstore Masterpiece with Frank Black. Also includes vintage songs – "She Comes Running" by Waylon Jennings, "The Man Who Made An Angel Cry" by Loy Clingman, "Lady Bird" by Virgil Warner & Suzi Jane Hokom, and "Friday's Child" by Billie Dearborn. CD

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VariousStax Of Funk Vol 2 – More Funky Truth ... CD
Stax/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
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, "Circuits 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
Also available Stax Of Funk Vol 2 – More Funky Truth ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ VariousDisco Funk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Playback, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way more funk than disco – and a set that really shows the grittier groove that was going down in the clubs in the years before Studio 54! Think of this one more as in the mode of funky 45s from the mid 70s – as the album's a compilation of groups we've mostly never heard of – like Hudson County, The People, TCB, The Third Time Around, and Brothers Soul, plus a few very early tracks from Con-Funk-Shun – a wonderful blend of funky numbers that has about 80% of the funk promised in the title, and only 20% of the disco! Many numbers are instrumental, often with great effects on the bass, keyboards, or production – and although there was clearly a bit more money spent in the studio than on your usual funky 45 outing, the groove is still very much the same. Titles include the in-demand "Bim Sala Bim" by Hudson Country, "Cookies" by Brother Soul, "Rice & Beans" by Madeira, "Don't Boom Boom" by Lilian Hale, "Party Is A Groovy Thing" by The People, "Bumpsombody" by Con Funk Shun, "Get It Up" by TCB, and "Soon Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" by The Third Time Around. CD includes a few bonus tracks – "What About Love" by Marboo, "Tommy's Groove" by The Gap Band, "Lady Lady Lady" by Boogie Man Orchestra, and "Stay With Me" by Tasha Thomas. CD

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✨✧ VariousPraise Poems 4 – A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky folk, jazzy soul, and lots more righteous sounds from the 70s – all served up here in a massive fourth volume of this wonderful series! Praise Poems virtually defines a genre unto itself – music that's between spaces, scenes, and styles – and which borrows from the best around the edges, then makes something rich and new in the process – as you'll hear from the assortment of ultra-rare cuts on the set! This is music we never would have discovered otherwise – and we dig through a lot of obscure indie records from the 70s – and the way the tunes work together is perfect, and really presents a color-blind approach to the new range of hip sounds that was bubbling in the underground in the years after the summer of love. And don't let the new age-styled cover put you off, because the music definitely has a bite – on titles that include "You Need Love" by The PTS, "Goodbye Rainbow" by Michael Dues, "He Is Gone" by Scott Williams, "Black Child" by Morris Dow & Eastern Sound, "Sittin High" by Joe Lee Wilson, "Swingin The Down Home Blues" by Tommy Palmer Trio, "Iceland Land Of The Micemen" by Nicodemus, "Bamboo & Rice" by Bill Osborn, "Muddy Water" by Arrie Mae Morton Trio, "Moon Child" by Scott Cunningham Band, and "Herby's Tune" by The Three Souls. CD

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✨✧ VariousTropical Disco Treasures ... CD
Essential, Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet set of tropics-infused disco cuts from the end of the 70s – not grooves recorded in the tropics, but American tracks that bring in a range of different flavors from south of the border! The mix here is a bit more upfront than some of the exotic disco of the time – as most of these numbers are relatively mainstream club cuts that make unabashed use of Latin, samba, and Caribbean modes – often just as an extra flavor sprinkled on top of more conventional disco grooves. The approach was a big one in Miami – where it's continued in variations over the years – and titles include "Jungle Drums" by Wild Fantasy, "For The Love Of My Man" by Celi Bee, "Que Sera Mi Vida" by Gibson Brothers, "The Runner" by Tropique, "Coconut Groove" by Rice & Beans Orchestra, "Spandisco" by Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band, "Another Cha Cha/Cha Cha Suite (radio mix)" by Santa Esmeralda, "Living In Ecstasy (ext mix)" by Ecstasy, "El Bimbo" by Bissmo Jet, and "Ritmo Do Brazil" by Ultimate. CD

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✨✧ Sabu MartinezDalecarlia Recordings 1971 to 1972 ... CD
Mellotronen (Sweden), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousOther Side Of The Trax – Stax/Volt 45rpm Rarities 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Clarice & Sergio AssadReliquia ... CD
Adventure Music, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Really lovely sounds from the father/daughter team of Clarice and Sergio Assad – a pair who would already be great as a musical duo, even without a family connection! Sergio plays acoustic guitar throughout – with a fullness of sound, but also the lighter, lyrical sensibility that makes him a perfect match for Clarice's vocals – which have that mix of jazz and more personal expression we love in our favorite Brazilian singers from the 70s – like Tania Maria or Joyce. The songs are simple, and often poetic – but never in a soppy way – more like they're being written in air by guitar and voice, creating a marvelous portrait in sound. Titles include "Capoeira", "Cidade", "Sol De Clave", "Ventos", "The Last Song", "Angela", and "Song For My Father". CD

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HeronTwice As Nice & Half The Price (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Dawn/Wasabi (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... About November 9, 2016 (delayed)
The title's a reference to the double-length nature of the set – but it might also be taken as a reference to the group's sound, too – as Heron's got a slightly fuller approach than on their debut album! There's more electric instrumentation in the mix, and arrangements that have the band stepping out more strongly with some rockish inflections, even though the overall approach is still pretty darn folksy – and handled with that really unique, really personal style that makes the group one of the best of the Brit folk scene from the period. Titles include "Madman", "John Brown", "Miss Kiss", "Love 13", "Winter Harlequin", and "Big A". CD

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Michel LegrandLa Rancon De La Gloire (The Price Of Fame) ... CD
Play Time (France), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
A relatively recent soundtrack from Michel Legrand – but one that shows that the legendary maestro's lost none of his touch over the years! If anything, there's a depth and complexity here that may surpass some of Legrand's work – orchestral modes that often evoke his score for Peau D'Ane in the way woodwinds and strings lightly intertwine and allow beautiful melodies to flourish – those kind of special themes that allow Legrand to deliver so much feeling with so little effort. Titles include "La Sortie De L'Ombre", "Rosa Et Samira", "Osman Et Eddy", "La Cure", "Chaplin", "En Avant", "Guet Apens", and "Crooker". CD

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Willie NelsonFor The Good Times – Tribute To Ray Price ... CD
Legacy, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
Willie Nelson pays tribute to the great Ray Price – something you might find surprising, if you only think of Willie as a country music outlaw – but which is a real natural to us, given that the young songwriter Willie gave Price one of his best songs ever! That song is the classic "Night Life" – which kicked off one of Ray's best albums (paid tribute by the cover image here) – and rather than reprise that set, Willie takes off on a whole host of other classic tunes from Price's fantastic years on Columbia Records – set to full arrangements that have a very classic feel, arranged and conducted by Nashville legend Bergen White! The set's got all the fantastic feel you could hope for – a real meeting of country music strands – on titles that include "Faded Love", "City Lights", "Crazy Arms", "Night Life", "Make The World Go Away", "Invitation To The Blues", "For The Good Times", "I'm Still Not Over You", and "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me". CD
Also available For The Good Times – Tribute To Ray Price ... LP 18.99

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Lloyd PriceThis Is My Band ... CD
Double L/Essential, 1963. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Lloyd Price steps off to the side a bit, and allows his great backing band to really get some time in the spotlight – on this smoking set that was issued on LLoyd's own LL label! The group have this wicked mix of jazz, R&B, and mod soul – and often use sweet Hammond in the lead, in a way that makes the whole thing feel a bit like some of the Jimmy McGriff albums on Sue Records or Veep, or maybe like some of the most soulful Benny Golson arrangements on Prestige, when the horn players step out more in the front! There's a great mod soul groove to the whole thing – a style that's quite different from the vocal material that Price gave us on his own records, with more mof a jukebox-thumping style on cuts that include "Brother Eliajah", "Go Straight Ahead", "Soulful Waltz", "Oh Pee Day", "Number Four", "Trouble (parts 1 & 2)", "No Limit", and "Cool Blue". CD

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VariousFrench Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1978 to 1985 – Selected By Charles Maurice ... CD
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
That's a suave-looking dude on the cover, and there's some suave-sounding sounds within – the cream of the crop of the hippest spectrum of the French club scene at the start of the 80s, brought together in a beautiful package of grooves! The work here is quite different than some of the cheesier, clunkier Euro disco hits of the time – and instead, there's a lot of care and craft brought to the rhythms and lyrics – often a lot more soul elements than you might expect, and with occasional global currents that reflect the unique sound of Paris in the postcolonial years. There's almost an AOR catchiness to some of the tunes, but the presentation is more strongly soulful overall – on titles that include "Bye Cocotiers" by Marc Ashy, "Keep Cool" by Messan, "Sunshine" by Greg Smaha, "Sheriff's Horse" by Roots, "Funky Biguine" by Crystal, "Havana" by Nielo Feel, "Funk Force Leader" by Ideku Dynasty, "Talk Me Mam's" by Black Bells Group, "Le Sherif Qui Danse" by Claude Morgan, and "Givin It Up" by Charms. CD
Also available French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1978 to 1985 – Selected By Charles Maurice ... LP 24.99

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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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Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $31.99
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding Dorothy's more spiritual sound at the end of the 60s, clearly opened up in a way that's not unlike the direction of Alice Coltrane's work, but a lot more focused and a lot more funky! Ashby not only plays her usual jazz harp, but also koto as well, and even sings a bit too – and the larger group directed by Evans features work by Stu Katz on vibes and kalimba, Lenny Druss on flutes, and Cash McCall on guitar – all in a groove that's really a precursor to the Earth Wind & Fire generation of the Chicago scene! Titles include the amazing break "The Moving Finger" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Dust", "Joyful Grass & Grape", "Heaven & Hell", "Wax & Wane", "Shadow Shapes", "For Some When Young", "Myself When Young", and "Drink". CD
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AvengersEveryone's Gonna Wonder ... CD
Parlophone/RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Not the American Avengers punk group from the San Francisco scene of the late 70s – nor the UK television duo of Emma Peel and John Steed – but a totally great late 60s group from New Zealand, and one who've got a beautifully baroque sense of psych to their sound! The group have maybe the same lofty approach that the Bee Gees were using on their own sublime late 60s records, but the sound here is a bit more stripped down, gritty, and garagey – with the higher elements coming both from the way the group harmonizes, and creatively uses conventional small group instrumentation – with these deft turns of instrumental phrase that illuminate the darker corners of the songs in a really great way. The package brings together a host of rare singles, mostly recorded in New Zealand by the Parlophone label – and also even includes some very cool radio spots too! 27 tracks in all – with titles that include "Days Of Pearly Spencer", "Love Hate Revenge", "Midnight Visitation", "Sunshine Lady", "Everyone's Gonna Wonder", "Take My Hand", "Night In The City", "Sally", "September Winds", "What Price Love", "Flower Girl", "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind", "Love Is A One Way Ticket", "Fisherwoman", "Night Time", and "Waterpipe". CD

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AzymuthAzimuth (Linha Do Horizonte) ... CD
Som Livre/Far Out (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too! There's more than a few great breaks and samples on the set – and titles include "Brazil", "Caca De Conta", "Melo Dos Dois Bicudos", "Manha", "Periscopio", and "Montreal City". CD
(40th Anniversary edition.)

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Pierre BarouhVivre ... CD
Core Port/Saravah (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $21.99
Rare late 60s work from the legendary Pierre Barouh – a set that's possibly one of his greatest albums ever, and one that really shows the love of jazz and Brazilian music that he explored on his groundbreaking Saravah label! The instrumentation here is relatively simple on most tracks – lots of acoustic guitar, played in a Baden Powell sort of style – plus some jazzier piano, and occasional fuller backings on a few tracks, arranged by Maurice Vander and Raymond Lesenechal. Barouh's vocals have a raspy warmth that's just great – very much like some of the Brazilian artists who gave him early inspiration, served up with a more relaxed, personal feel than most of the other French singers of the time. The whole thing's great – every bit the promise you might hope for in Barouh's music if you heard him on the soundtrack for A Man & A Woman – and not surprisingly, many of the tunes are co-compositions with Francis Lai, who penned that score. Titles include "Vivre", "Un Jour D'Hiver", "Le Coeur Vole", "Ce Piano", "Huit Heures A Dormir", "Cell Qu'On N'Oublie Pas", "De L'Amour A L'Amour", and "Chanson Ouverte A Mon Directeur Artistique". CD

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Cindy BlackmanOracle ... CD
Muse, 1995. New Copy ... $4.99
Cindy Blackman's one of those players who always surprises us with her music – coming across with a lot more to offer than just her unique role as a girl drummer in jazz – sounds so bold, we instantly forget her gender and pretty image on the cover, and always just let ourselves get swept away by the power of her music! This set is possibly one of Blackman's best from the Muse Records years – thanks to a top-shelf quartet that includes Gary Bartz on alto and soprano sax, Kenny Barron on piano, and Ron Carter on bass – a great trio even on their own, but given a nice sense of focus through Blackman's drums. As usual, Blackman penned some great originals for the date – and the setting is an especially nice one for Bartz, who's really given a lot of space for great solo work on the set. Titles include "The Oracle", "AJ", "Beatrice", "Traffic", "Why", "Our Blues", and "Who Needs Forever". CD

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✨✧ Till BronnerChattin With Chet ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the first records that really made us sit up and take notice of trumpeter Til Bronner – and one of the first where he really started to find his sense of soul! Til's got a style that mixes older influences with modern production – in a manner that reminds us of the work of some of the new French artists on Blue Note, like Eric Truffaz or St Germain. But in Til's case, the influence is also one of Chet Baker – as you'll hear in Bronner's horn and vocals – which is filtered through some warm soulful production that has a wonderfully smooth R&B vibe. The result is a captivating record that's appealing to fans of jazzy R&B, vocal jazz, modern smooth jazz, and retro funky jazz. Great stuff – and it's good to see the European jazz underground developing further and further. Titles include "She Was Too Good To Me", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Have You Met Chet?", "Tell Me", "Not Like This", and a hip hop version of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" – but the real standout cut is the album's wonderful version of "Everything Happens To Me", done as a jazzy broken beat track, and totally worth the price of the CD! CD
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Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve NobleSoulfood Available ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
The title's a very apt one – as saxophonist Peter Brotzmann somehow sounds even more soulful than ever – almost at a level that evokes John Coltrane and Albert Ayler with his searing, searching tones on the album's very long title track! "Soulful Available" is worth the price of admission alone – as Brotzmann blows this very spiritual tenor over bass from John Edwards and drums from Steve Noble – as all three players build intensity and resonate together, almost with a 60s ESP sort of vibe – quite different than usual for Peter, but really appreciated as well! Some of the more familiar Brotzmann sense of tone and timing come through on the album's two shorter tracks, both of which are great too – "Nail Dogs By Ears" and "Don't Fly Away". CD

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James BrownBlack Caesar ... CD
Polygram, 1973. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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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Chad & JeremyYesterday's Gone – The Complete Ember/World Artists Recordings ... CD
World Artists/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
A compelling collection of tracks from the team of Chad & Jeremy – a UK duo who broke big during the years of the British Invasion – and actually ended up having a big more success here in the US than in their home turf! That distinction may well come from the sound of the pair – who are more acoustic than a lot of their contemporaries, and mix in elements of folk that really set them apart – not just the acoustic guitars they intertwine in their backings, but also their way of harmonizing beautifully on the lyrics – which almost evokes some of the bigger American acts of the folk boom of the early 60s. Yet Chad & Jeremy are definitely more rock, than folk – especially on the standout singles included in the set, which may well be worth the price alone – as this comprehensive package not only brings together two full albums issued in the US, but also 17 more mono singles – which may well be the best tracks in the set! Plus, there's an additional 10 alternate takes and different mixes – plus 6 more titles from a Live Folk album that featured the group – making for a massive 57 tracks in all, plus some very detailed notes. Titles include "Yesterday's Gone", "A Summer Song", "No Tears For Johnnie", "Donna Donna", "No Other Baby", "Girl From Ipanema", "From A Window", "September In The Rain", "Only For The Young", "If She Was Mine", "The Truth Often Hurts The Heart", "Stanley & Dora", "Ain't That Just Like Me", "This Morning", and "Four Strong Winds". CD

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✨✧ Columbia NightsIn All Things ... CD
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really expansive sound – built from bass, synths, keys, percussion that lifts it to cosmic heights – in a perfect mix of atmospheric instrumentals and vocal-led tracks. The sound carries influences from soaring 70s soul jazz, to post millennium electronic soul – which mingle seamlessly, and carry a real depth of genuine soul, however spacey the composition! The guest vocalists are top notch, including Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, Vaughan Octavia and others, and titles include "Sphere", "Cerulean", "In All Things", "Circle", "Now" with Diggs Duke, "The Rhythm" with Sarai Abdul-Malik, "Coming Home" with Aaron "AB" Abernathy, "Neverend/All For You" feat Siara Shawn, "Ever Between" with B Jamelle and "Glide" with Vaughan Octavia. CD
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Arthur CrudupMusic Man Like Nobody Every Saw (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $149.99 174.99
One of the founding fathers of rock and roll – finally given his due in this massive box set! Arthur Crudup was a famous influence on Elvis Presley, but even without that fame, he was a hell of a bluesman on his own – a key part in the shift of styles that took place during the 40s – a mode that took Crudup's rural roots into more focus, with some of the tighter modes of the urban scene! This set shows that shift – and plenty more too – over the space of 124 tracks in all, which include Crudup's complete recordings for RCA and associated labels, as well as material for Trumpet, Checker, Ace, and Fire Records too – all packaged with a heavy, hardcover book that's almost worth the price of admission alone! The book features all-new notes, loads of photos and images, and a discography too – and the box finally takes Crudup's music from the scattered array of public domain and greatest hits CDs, and gives it the showcase it deserves. CD

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DalidaIntegrale Des Enregistrements Orlando – De 1970 A Aujourd'Hui (12CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 12CD ... $38.99
A special set that focuses on the second half of the career of Dalida – a huge French singer who first got her start in the 50s, but who here is working on material from the 70s and beyond – all handled by her brother and artistic director, Orlando! Dalida was already a fully-formed vocal talent before this time – but her close collaborations with Orlando really helped push her over the top – giving her a special sort of voice on through her songs, tapping into an early wave of disco, and really finding a way to keep the singer maturing as time went on. As with other sets in this series, the price and presentation are great – 12 full albums, each presented in tiny LP-styled sleeves – records that include La Rose Que J'Amais, Une Vie, Des Gens Qu'On Aimerait Connaitre, J'Attendrai, Besame Mucho, Salma Ya Salama, Laissez-Moi Danser, Mourir Sur Scene, Fini La Comedie, Pour Te Dire Je T'Aime, Pour En Arriver La, and Escales Autour Du Monde. CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles In Berlin (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 7.99
A really great bit of live work from Miles Davis – and the first-ever recorded appearance of the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – even though the album was never issued in the US at the time! The set follows very strongly in the mode of the group's work at the Plugged Nickel – with a pace that's faster than usual, and bristling with freely exploratory energy. Titles include "Milestones", "So What", "Walkin", and a nicely stepped-up version of "Autumn Leaves". Shorter's solos are worth the price of the record alone, but Williams' work on the kit never ceases to amaze! CD features a bonus track – "Stella By Starlight"! CD
 
 
 



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