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✨✧ Kenny RiceHouse Party ... CD
Jam Jar, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ 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 ... Out Of Stock
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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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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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 4 – 1966/1967 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966/1967. New Copy 2CD ... $49.99
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles – including some on the other imprints associated with the company – some by names we never even knew recorded for the label, others by bigger names, but represented here by obscure material that goes way past their hits – and which is ultra cool because of that. There's also a fair bit more deep soul than you might expect from the usual Atlantic mix – tremendous vocals, and often in less hit-heavy modes – which makes the whole thing a great revelation – and just one more reason to bow down and give even more expect to one of the key companies who helped soul music find a home in the 60s. Plus – as if that's not enough – the whole thing comes in a very cool 7" gatefold package – which emphasizes the from-singles nature of the collection. Volume 4 is filled with 50 rare tracks – loads of uncommon Atlantic singles, including some from their 50s partners – with cuts that include "Bye Bye Baby" by Ella Washington, "Sleep Good Tonight" by Sam & Dave, "What Am I Gonna Do" by Dee Dee Sharp, "Book Of Memories" by Percy Wiggins, "I've Got That Feelin" by Darrell Banks, "Let's Go Steady" by Arthur Conley, "Let Me Down Slow" by Bobby Wilson, "These Simple Reasons" by The Mad Lads, "Cool Pearl" by The Capitols, "Happiness" by The Ambassadors, "That Man Of Mine" by Jean & The Darlings, "One Plus One" by William Bell, "Left Over Love" by Mable John, "Get Down" by Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds, "All On A Sunny Day" by Deon Jackson, "Sentimental Reasons" by Percy Wiggins, "Feels Good" by Bobby Wilson, "Bigger & Better" by Mable John, "I'll Be Loving You" by Soul Brothers Six, "Greasy Spoon" by Rufus Thomas, "Don't Say Maybe Baby" by The Capitols, "I'm So Proud Of My Baby" by The Ambassadors, "She Knows What To Do For Me" by Ben E King, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Loveitis" by Harvey Scales, "Love Comes & Goes" by Arthur Conley, "The Grass Always Seems Greener" by Ella Washington, and "Behind Every Great Man There's A Woman" by Percy Sledge. CD

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✨✧ VariousCaribbean In America – 1915 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 10s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99 29.99
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which might be lifted directly, then reworked for an American audience. But at other times, the influence is more in the rhythms or instrumentation – used as inspiration to then create something new – a bit in the way that American soul would provide the inspiration for reggae in the 60s. The package has the usual fantastic Fremeaux presentation – with a big booklet of historical notes, in both French and English, to support 66 titles that include "Jamaica Farewell" by Sam Cooke, "Salty Fish Aki Rice" by Ruth Wallis, "Bajan Girl" by Lionel Belasco, "Sly Mongoose" by Sam Manning, "El Gallero" by Dioris Valladares & Angel Viloria, "El Mambo Diablo" by Tito Puente, "Hey Little Girl" by Professor Longhair, "Un Poco Loco" by Bud Powell, "Chee Koo Baby" by Lloyd Price, "Shrinking Up Fast" by Camille Howard, "Ojai" by Joe Lutcher, "Salee Dame" by Albert Nicholas & Baby Dodds, "Inside" by Hector The Ram, "Run Come See Jerusalem"b y Stan Wilson, "I Learn A Merengue" by Robert Mitchum, "Afro Blue" by Cal Tjader, "La Maricutana" by Damiron & Chapuseaux, "Magical Joe" by Herb Jeffries, "Begin The Beguine" by Charlie Parker, "Make It Do" by Slim Gaillard, "Guitarambo" by Mickey Baker, and "Don't Touch Me Nylon" by The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan). CD

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VariousMore From The Other Side Of The Trax – Volt 45rpm Rarities 1960 to 1968 ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
Stax Records was so great at the start, the label kept on recording and releasing amazing music far past its familiar hits – so much so that the b-sides of their singles were often every bit as great as the better-played sides! This set looks at that huge legacy of music, and brings together two dozen b-sides from early Stax singles – many reissued for the first time ever – which makes the whole thing completely essential, even if you've got other Stax collections, or even the initial box set – which didn't includes many of these tracks! Keep in mind that the classic "Green Onions" was initially issued as a b-side by the label, and you'll get an idea of the quality level you're in for here – killer Memphis soul from the label's top talents, with titles that include "Deep Down Inside" by Carla & Rufus, "I Don't Want Trouble" by Barbara & The Browns, "Whatcha Gonna Do" by William Bell, "Raw Dough" by The Triumphs, "I Want You Back" by Carla Thomas, "The Dribble" by The Mar-Keys, "Good Love Bad Love" by Eddie Floyd, "All Night Worker" by Rufus Thomas, "Mini Skirt Minnie (inst)" by Sir Mack Rice, "I'm Waiting On You" by William Bell, "You Make A Strong Girl Weak" by The Premiers, "Reputation" by The Four Shells, and "Grab This Thing (part 2)" by The Mar-Keys. 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 19.98
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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VariousSoul On Fire – The Detroit Soul Story 1957 to 1977 (3CD set) ... CD
Soul Time (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99
Not the complete Detroit soul story, but a set that's even more interesting than that – as the huge package looks at a wealth of lesser-known tracks from the farther reaches of the scene – mostly with a focus on the kinds of underground 60s cuts that made the Motor City so great! A good deal of the work here is from the labels of producer Robert West – who's probably best known for the Lu-Pine label singles, but also worked with other imprints too – a number of which are included here in a package that goes out of its way to present tracks that go way past the usual Motown-styled modes! There's a good deal of group soul work here, and many of the numbers are from the earlier part of the decade, and show a soul scene that still had plenty of grit, despite the later famous Detroit production policy. Also, many of the tracks are presented in a way that features two tracks or more by a single artist in a row – as if you're flipping over both sides of a single – and the box has a huge booklet that really details all the music too! There's 86 tracks in all – including some unissued numbers from the 60s – and the package features work by Ed Robinson, Sax Kari, The Conquerors, The Falcons, Marv Johnson, Tornados, Delores Maxwell, Don Juan & The Vulcans, The Minor Chords, The Rayber Voices, The Knight Hawks, The Fourmost, The Corvells, Gene Martin, Mack Rice, Eddie Floyd, Betty Lavette, Tina Marvel, Just Brothers, Eddie King, The Precisions, Tony & Tyrone, and many others! You might know a few of these tracks – but you'll also find plenty more to discover. 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

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✨✧ Steve MarcusSometime Other Than Now ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really sharp-edged set from reedman Steve Marcus – a player who'd already had some pretty tight fusion records under his belt before this overlooked gem! Marcus was a saxophonist who was always experimenting with new ideas at this time – part of a generation raised on rock as much as jazz, and always trying to put the two together – yet never in a hokey way, and always with a style that's more jazz than rock! Here, Marcus is maybe in his most jamming fusion mode – a bit like some of the bigger label acts at the time – and working with a set of players that includes Don Grolnick on keyboards, Steve Khan on guitar, Will Lee on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums. d-down and powerful nonetheless! Steve's playing electric soprano sax on most of the record – and titles include "Sometime Other Than Now", "Candles", "Nazca", and "The Brown Rice Ooze". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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✨✧ FishdollNoonsense ... CD
Paxico, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hypnotic, bumping sounds from Beijing's Fishdoll – and if that's not a name that makes you think of dreamy and soulful electro on hearing it, it will after you listen! Warm, bubbling sounds with gentle soul vocals – sung, produced and written by the doll herself – with guest appearances by Drew Hart on bass, Lionmilk on synths, Panagiotis Kostopolous on samples and a couple more. Includes "Toehead", "Beijing Well", "Rice Wine", "Bubbling Bop" feat Drew Hart, "Ripple Of Mortal", "Black Feather", "Panaluya" feat Lionmilk & Panagagiotis Kostopoulos and "Bekew" feat Pax. CD

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✨✧ Harvey MasonMarching In The Street ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easily the greatest album ever by funky drummer Harvey Mason – and quite possibly the only one to live up to the rhythmic complexity that Mason brought to countless other fusion sessions for other groups in the 70s! The tracks are all spacious and snapping with brilliantly funky touches – a sound that resonates with Mason's contributions to Johnny Hammond's Gears album, but which comes off slightly differently here, thanks to a stronger focus on the drums. Keyboards are still a prime element of the set – played here by Herbie Hancock, Dave Grusin, and Jerry Peters – the latter 2 of whom helped out on arrangements for the record – and other players include an all-star lineup of 70s jazz funk legends such as Blue Mitchell, Bennie Maupin, Paul Jackson, Hubert Laws, and others. The title cut "Marching In The Street" is a bucketful of breaks – but all tracks are great too, and titles include "Modaji", "Wild Rice", "Fair Thee Well", "Building Love", "Ballad For Heather", and "Hop Scotch". CD

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✨✧ VariousDisco Funk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Playback, 1975. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Hanni El KhatibSavage Times – The Complete Collection Vol 1-5 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sprawling stunner from Hanni El Khatib – who doesn't leave behind the gritty, yet melodic garage rock and soul sounds he's done so well on an ALREADY diversely inspired career-to-date – it's just that he just does SO much more on Savage Times. We loved the raucous, tight blasts of timeless raw rock with soul he's made his name on so far, but Hanni has a lot more in his wheelhouse – from more angular, skronkier takes on the style, to more subtle and melodious tunes than he's ever done – his range is pretty incredible, but it's unmistakably his own. Impressive stuff! 19 in all: "Baby's OK", "Gonna Die Alone", "Born Brown", "Paralyzed", "Come Down", "No Way", "Black Constellation", "So Dusty", "Mangos & Rice", "Miracle", "Hole Me Back", "Till Your Rose Comes Home", "Savage Time" and more – plus 4 bonus songs: "1AM", "Peep Show", "This I Know" and "Freak Freely". CD

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✨✧ Five RoyalesTell The Truth ... CD
Southern Routes, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic collection of work from The Five Royales – one of the most important groups of the pre-soul generation – and one that had a huge impact on the sound of James Brown, Hank Ballard, and other artists to come! The collection goes way past the King Records hits cut by the group – and offers up a really well-chosen array of cuts that expand your understanding of the combo – especially their influence on funky soul of the 60s. In addition to King cuts, there's also material here from other labels – and tracks include "Mine Forevermore", "Monkey Hips & Rice", "Thirty Second Lover", "Right Around The Corner", "Think", "Tell The Truth", "Baby Don't Do It", "The Slummer The Slum", "Say It", "Don't Give No More Than You Can Take", "Take Me With You Baby", "Catch That Teardrop", "I'd Better Make A Move", and "Wonder Where Your Love Has Gone". CD
 
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✨✧ HeronTwice As Nice & Half The Price (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Dawn/Wasabi (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Blu-Spec CD pressing!)

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Alan PriceTwice The Price – The Decca Recordings (Price To Pay/Price On His Head/singles) (3CD set) ... CD
Decca/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99
Fantastic sounds from Alan Price – a singer who first got his start in The Animals, but quickly burst forth as a solo act on his own – working in an equally great mix of jazz, blues, and soul! Price is a hell of a talent – and one that was never as strongly recognized on our shores – and like his contemporary Georgie Fame, he also is a crack pianist and organ player – both instruments he uses strongly to accompany the gritty grooves on this set. And in fact, if you like Georgie Fame's 60s recordings, you'll find a lot here to love too – no surprise that the two artists later teamed up together – and the package features both of Alan's albums for Decca, plus a whopping 19 more singles that may well represent the best of the bunch – all tracks that didn't appear on the albums. 44 tracks in all – with titles that include "Love Story", "Tappy Tortoise", "Never Be Sick On A Sunday", "Any Day Now", "Tickle Me", "Who Cares", "The Time Has Come", "The Trimdon Grange Explosion", "Come & Dance With Me", "So Long Dad", "Don't Do That Again", "The House That Jack Built", "Goin Down Slow", and "Move On Drifter". CD

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Ray PricePlease Don't Leave Me ... CD
Southern Routes, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 13.99
A really wonderful collection of work by the great Ray Price – a very well-chosen selection of tracks that focuses strongly on his excellent early days, and avoids some of the softer sounds of later years! The Ray heard here is the kind of the honky tonks – working in a midtempo groove that's perfect for blue-tinged vocals – often underscored by steel guitar lines that have a similarly melancholy vibe! This isn't standard weepy country – as Price puts himself out there, but never caves in completely – honest in his feelings, but with his own sense of pride as well. 28 tracks in all – including "Wasted Words", "I've Just Destroyed The World", "Big Shoes", "Heartaches By The Number", "I'll Be There", "The Same Old Me", "It's All Your Fault", "Bubbles In My Beer", "Pride", "The Wild Side Of Life", "Crazy Arms", "Run Boy", "Kissing Your Picture", "Bright Lights & Blonde Haired Women", and "Please Don't Leave Me". CD

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VariousFrench Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 3 – 1977 to 1987 – Selected By Charles Maurice ... CD
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
A decade's worth of slinky sounds from the French scene – a good number of which were recorded after the big disco boom years in the US – at a time when the European clubs kept things going with some fresh flavors of their own! The style here isn't as overtly disco as you might think – as the grooves are nice and open – often a bit more midtempo than upbeat, with currents from modern soul and some of the global cultures that intersected through the wide musical world of Paris! In fact, the whole thing's more of a discovery of new grooves than a French take on familiar styles – as you'll discover amidst tracks that include "Lait De Coco (dub)" by Maya, "Segregation" by Nst Cophies, "Funky & Fire" by Janet N'Diaye Lokamba, "Money" by Kke, "Flash" by Zorgus, "Give Me Back My Song" by Wally & Shane, "Looking For You" by JEKYS, "Qu'Est-Ce Que Tu Fais Par Amour" by Joel Dayde, "Listen To The Music (12" mix)" by Judy Carter, "Un Peu D'Amour" by Silence, and "Funky Baby Love" by Paul Fathy. CD
Also available French Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 3 – 1977 to 1987 – Selected By Charles Maurice ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Maurice BrownMood ... CD
Mobetta/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from trumpeter Maurice Brown – a straight jazz player by training, but one who opens up here in a warmly soulful groove! The record bristles with loads of great keyboards from Kris Bowers – whose sound is as important to the album as Brown's trumpet – and the rhythms are played live, but have a nicely chunky quality that fits in well with the occasional vocal from Maurice – as well as guest vocal contributions from Talib Kweli, Chris Turner, and J Ivy! Most tracks also feature tenor from Chelsea Baratz – and the whole thing's got a nice groove that's maybe in the same electric territory as some of the more soul-drenched titles in recent years from Blue Note. Titles include "The Mood", "On My Way Home", "Stand Up","Moroccan Dancehall", "Shenanigans", "Capricorn Rising", and "Journey Exotique". CD

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✨✧ VariousTake What You Need – UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The music of Bob Dylan, taken in completely new directions – served up here by a host of 60s British singers who offer up versions of the tunes that are quite different than American covers of the time! There's definitely a fair bit of folk in the mix here, but there's also some freer, trippier styles too – and many of these numbers have very different vocal phrasing than the originals – which keeps the material from being slavish copycat tunes, and instead really shows the way that the influence of Dylan was subtly developed as the 60s moved on, to a point where groups might have drawn a big inspiration from the man's songs, but also then opened the door to lots of new territory. But if you're a fan of Dylan's originals, don't worry – there's also plenty here to love – as the craft of the man himself really shines through, and shows that in the right creative hands, his style was not watered down, but augmented in great ways. As usual with Ace, the package is superb – 22 tracks, complete with detailed notes – on titles that include "Love Minus Zero" by Noel Harrison, "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" by The Fairies, "One Too Many Mornings" by Julie Felix, "Down Along The Cover" by Cliff Aungier, "Tears Of Rage" by Country Fever, "Lay Lady Lay" by Sandie Shaw, "To Ramona" by The Alan Price Set, "Visions Of Johanna" by The Picadilly Line, "Tom Thumb's Blues" by Alex Campbell, "Oxford Town" by Three City Four, "If You Gotta Go Go Now" by Manfred Mann, "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" by The Cops N Robbers, "Absolutely Sweet Marie" by The Factotums, and "I'm A Lonesome Hobo" by Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & The Trinity. CD

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Stelvio CiprianiRage (Fuoco Incrociato) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox/Digitmovies (Italy), 1984. New Copy ... $18.99
Stelvio Cipriani works here in a mode that's maybe a bit more string-heavy than some of his 70s work – but still used with that great sense of compression and space that always makes his music so wonderful! Unlike some other Italian soundtracks of 80s vintage, this one really has the sense of majesty and balance you'd know from the golden years of the film score – no overdone keyboards or fuzzy guitars – and instead these well-done orchestrations that are balanced with more isolated instruments, and set to an especially great main theme that repeats in some wonderful variations throughout. That theme has that really strong Cipriani sense of emotion, but without ever sounding forced at all – and titles include "La Nube Tossica", "Tema Del Viaggio", "Ricerca In Galleria", "Arrivo Alla Base", and "La Base Nucleare". CD features 4 bonus tracks added to the original album! CD
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Carsten DahlCarsten Dahl Experience – Ultimate Experience (5CD set) ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), Late 2000s/2010s. New Copy 5CD ... $18.99 29.99
Five full albums of music by the quartet of Carsten Dahl – all packaged together in one nicely-priced set! The first four albums offer up the studio version of the Experience group – a very compelling combo that features Dahl on piano, Jesper Zeuthen on alto, Nils Bosse Davidsen on bass, and Stefan Pasborg on drums – a lineup that only seems to get better as the music moves on here – really finding a way to expand their ideas on tracks that take interesting shapes and forms. There's a bit of space between the first album, Humilitas, and the second, Metamorphosis – but once things get going, the music comes in more frequent waves, and culminates with the excellent Live set that ends the progression. CD

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Delaney & BonnieAccept No Substitute – The Original Delaney & Bonnie (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... About May 25, 2018
Features work by Bobby Whitlock, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and Jim Price! CD

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George DukeFrom Me To You ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
Heavily layered work from George Duke – a record that seems to push all his influences and aspects at once, sometimes getting in the way of each other, but sometimes making for some very nice grooves! The best tunes on the set are those that have a bit of space in them – letting Duke stretch out on the keys in between the notes, or croon in that wispy, spacey style that we always liked best on his MPS albums. Dianne Reeves guests on vocals on the sweet stepper "You & Me", which is worth the price of admission alone – and other tracks include "Up On It", "Sing It", "Down In It", "Carry On", and "What Do They Really Fear". CD
Also available From Me To You ... LP 9.99

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Johnny Dyani QuartetSong For Biko ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Key work as a leader from Johnny Dyani – the legendary bassist from the pioneering South African combo The Blue Notes – recorded with a great quartet featuring Don Cherry, Makaya Ntshoko, and Dudu Pukwana! The album features a wonderful extended tune, running for all of side two, entitled "Jo'Burg–New York" – a musical journey that's worth the price of the album alone – and the set also features a number of great shorter tunes that include "Wish You Sunshine", "Song For Biko", and "Confession of Moods". CD also features a bonus 21 minute track – "Lonely Flower In The Village" – recorded at the original session, and never issued before! CD

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EmotionsRejoice ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Gianni FerrioIo Emmanuelle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
A really beautiful little soundtrack – and one that's quite different than all of the other late 70s scores that circulated under the Emmanuelle name! This film came out years before that big cycle of sexploitation movies – and also was not part of that series at all – and while the soundtrack certainly has some of the erotics you might expect, there's also a richer, more dynamic sonic range in place – right up there with some of the most explosive moments of genius from Gianni Ferrio at the end of the 60s! Each tune seems to have a slightly different vibe – some thoughtful, some dark and brooding, and some sweetly light – often with piano or organ, but also sometimes using a voice or chorus – but in ways that are again different than the usual, especially the more familiar Morricone/Dell'Orso style. There's a fragile sense of beauty that you'd never get in the later Emmanuelle scores – and titles include "Osmosi", "Analisi", "Contestazione", "Micropsichia", "Caos", and "Ricerca". CD also features five bonus tracks too! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Stan GetzBossa Nova Years (Jazz Samba/Jazz Samba Encore/Big Band Bossa Nova/Getz Gilberto/With Laurindo Almeida) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. New Copy 5CDs ... $44.99 49.99
America's greatest contribution to the bossa nova in the 60s – served up here in a nicely priced 5CD set! The package features all the key albums recorded by Stan Getz in 1962 and 1963 – some of the most important bossa jazz recordings in the US at the time, and all records that have gone onto shape the sound of the music for many years to come! All sessions feature Stan Getz in the lead, paired with a special partner – either guitarists Charlie Byrd, Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, or Laurindo Almeida – or arranger Gary McFarland, and vocalist Astrud Gilberto, who makes a key initial appearance on the last album here. The set features all 5 albums presented with the original track lineups – no bonus cuts – as individual LP sleeve editions inside a larger box. Albums include Jazz Samba, Jazz Samba Encore, Big Band Bossa Nova, Stan Getz With Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida, and Getz/Gilberto. CD

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IndependentsJust As Long – The Complete Wand Recordings 1972 to 1974 ... CD
Wand/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
One of the best soul groups to come out of Chicago in the early 70s – a quartet that was overflowing with great talent, and who also went on to influence a lot of other 70s soul as well! The group features one gal singer, and three guys – the former the great Helen Curry, who'd recorded a few solo singles before joining up – the latter the team of Charles Jackson and Marvin Yancy, who'd go onto some crucial production work with Natalie Cole and other singers, plus the great Maurice Jackson, who issued some amazing work on his own! The four come together in a style that really sums up all the sophisticated soul currents taking place in the Windy City at the time – a bit of Brunswick group modes, touched with some of the loftier production styles of Curtom, given some of the fuller, warmer touches that you'd hear from The Emotions or Jerry Butler. The group only spent a few years together, and recorded for the Wand/Scepter label in New York – who often repackaged albums with a lot of overlapping tracks – which makes this collection the first true representation of everything they recorded at the time – served up with the usual stellar Kent Records notes and production. Titles include the Independents' amazing version of Leroy Hutson's "Lucky Fellow" – plus "I Just Want To Be There", "Baby I've Been Missing You", "Our Love Has Got To Come Together", "Leaving Me", "Just As Long As You Need Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Here I Am", "It's All Over", "One Woman Do Right Man", "The Same Old Way", "No Wind No Rain", and "I Love You Yes I Do (Tom Moulton rmx)". CD

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JazztronikBB1 ... CD
Pony Canyon (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
The first music we've heard in quite awhile from Jazztronik – and a set that has them sounding even more funk-oriented than before! We've always loved the creations of leader Ryota Nozaki – even his mellower moments – but this time around, he really steps into new territory by working with a larger group that's heavy on horns, and which has some especially strong bass and drums – all to create a vibe that's more 70s funk than you might expect! But there's also some richer, more sophisticated currents too – that strong sense of arrangement that Nozaki has really developed over the years, worked out here in live horn charts that can be extremely beautiful. Some tracks feature soul-styled vocals by singers Eliana and Aisha, and some are instrumental – and tracks include "Dolphin Smile", "Spotlight", "Caprice", "Sanctuary", "Deja Vu", and "Meguru (2017 version)". CD

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Alphonso JohnsonMoonshadows/Yesterday's Dreams/Spellbound ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a more jazz funk rooted sound than the later, slightly heavier Spellbound! The great group of players includes Patrice Rushen is on keyboards, Benny Maupin on reeds, Lee Ritenour on guitars, Airto Moriera on percussion, Gary Bartz on sax, plus Narada Michael Walden and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Tracks include "Stump", "Cosmoba Place", "Involuntary Bliss", "On The Case", "Amarteifio", "Pandora's Box" and the breezy "Up From The Cellar", which features vocals by Flora Purim! Yesterday's Dreams is a killer all-star session of funky fusion tracks – with a nice tight sound produced by Skip Drinkwater! Yesterday's Dreams differs a little from Alphonso's other strong mid 70s efforts in that it's not as spacey as a whole – but the rubbery, cleanly funky grooves are just as strong – and the record as a whole makes for more of a showcase for his excellent group of players! Bassist Johnson leads the session, but there's a huge amount of guests, such as Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen, Mike Clark, and Sheila Escovedo. Plus, Jon Lucien, Diane Reeves, Flora Purim, and Phillip Bailey all sing on the record! Titles include "One To One", "As Little As You", "Scapegoat", "Show Us The Way", "Tales Of Barcelona", and the future soul classic "Love's The Way I Feel 'Bout Cha". Spellbound is a soulfully spacey fusion set from Alphonso Johnson – with a really catchy sound! The maestro is working in an eclectic mode that's part Earth, Wind, & Fire, part Return To Forever, and part Alphonze Mouzon/Tommy Bolin jamming. The best moments on the record are the more straight ahead ones – which really flirt with chunky rock sounds on the other side of the rubbery fusion funkiness! Mouzon's working on all kinds of electric sounds on this one – a bunch of custom bass effects, steel drums and more – with Clyde Criner working with a long list of keys and synthesizers, Kevin Shireve on guitar and David Igelfeld on drums and percussion. Titles include "Face Blaster", "Summer Solstice", "Bahama Mama", "Nomads", and Moonlight Conversation" "Feelings Are. . .The Hardest Words To Say" and "Earthtales Suite". CD

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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul Of A Woman (3CD set – with Give The People What They Want & I Learned The Hard Way) ... CD
Daptone, 2010/2014/2017. New Copy 3CD ... $15.99 23.99
A triple-pack of soulful sounds from Sharon Jones – three albums together at a very nice price! The header of the set is Soul Of A Woman – the fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the Bushwick Philharmonic – a small ensemble of strings who really help elevate the music to classic status! If you're worried that the strings might soften the sound, the very first note of the record will put your mind at rest – as will the heavy drums that mark just about every track, and keep things hard and funky throughout. If anyone ever doubted that the Daptone label was our modern equivalent of Stax Records or Atlantic, this will certainly be the set to change their mind – and will also stand forever as a bittersweet reminder of all the greatness that Sharon Jones gave us over the years. Titles include "Searching For A New Day", "Rumors", "Matter Of Time", "Sail On", "Just Give Me Your Time", "Come & Be A Winner", "Call On God", and "These Tears". On Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones steps out strongly with a sense of maturity that seems to take her vocals even farther than before – and The Dap Kings are more than ready to match her energy with some funky work of their own! Jones has gone through a lot in recent years – both with the band and in her own personal life – and the record's a proud summation of life's challenges and triumphs, served up in the instant-classic style that has made Sharon one of the greatest living soul singers of the past few decades. Bosco Mann knocked things out of the park with his raw production – and also wrote a good number of tracks on the set too – and titles include "Making Up & Breaking Up", "Long Time Wrong Time", "People Don't Get What They Deserve", "Retreat", "Stranger To My Happiness", and "Now I See". I Learned The Hard Way is the fourth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – solidifying what we learned pretty early on from the indomitable soul spirit that is Sharon and her impeccable combo the Dap-Kings – it's that this is not some retro soul revival novelty act, what they are is the greatest active embodiment of a true soul sound that will never go away! We've always loved that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings recognize the studio and the stage as different worlds. On stage, Sharon is the possibly the most energetic, charismatic presence you'll ever see and the band brings heft and heat. In the studio, they stretch out and diversify wonderfully, bringing both raw, unpolished funky soul realness to some more stripped down numbers and a full on Stax or Hi level heaviness to the bigger ones. The songs are better and more memorable than ever on this record – with "The Game Gets Old" and "I Learned The Hard Way" (an astoundingly strong one/two punch for the opening minutes) plus "Better Things", "Give It Back", "Money". "The Reason", "Window Shopping", "I'll Still Be True", "Without A Heart", "If You Call" and "Mama Don't Like My Man". CD

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Kyoto Jazz SextetUnity ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $24.99
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a wonderfully strong combo – with trumpet, tenor, piano, bass, and drums – a quintet at heart, but with Okino's leadership as the sixth sextet member – as well as guest work from some other players in the Japanese scene. But maybe the most amazing aspect this time around is the return of vocalist Navasha Daya – who you might remember from the sublime Fertile Ground group years back – and who contributes fantastic lyrics to two tracks on the set – pushing the already righteous energy of the instrumental jazz on the record into even more positive territory! Daya sings on two of the album's nine tracks – which might be worth the price of admission alone – but the rest of the group is wonderful, too – and titles include "We Are One", "Ancient Future", "Mission", "Song For Unity", "Peaceful Wind", "Children Of Peace", "Rising", and "Love Light". CD

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Carmen LundyCode Noir ... CD
Afrasia, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on guitar, Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums – a tight core combo who really find a way to push Lundy's energy even more than usual – while Carmen herself handles other keyboards with her vocals, and serves especially righteous material! There's a bit more politics here than on previous records – perfect for the spirit of the moment – but Carmen also mixes a lot of warmth and love into her music as well. Titles include "Black & Blues", "Afterglow", "Whatever It Takes", "I Keep Falling", "The Island The Sea & You", "Have A Little Faith", and "Another Chance". CD

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✨✧ Johnny MandelHarper ... CD
Mainstream/Intrada, 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
A hell of a soundtrack from the great Johnny Mandel – maybe his jazziest work of the 60s, and perfectly scored for this groovy cop film that stars Paul Newman as the 45-wielding title character! The vibe here is almost more 60s Quincy Jones than anything else – with sublime orchestrations from Dick Hazard, Bill Holman, and Billy Byers – which all have this great balance between swinging ensemble passages and standout solo instruments, including a sweet bit of Hammond. The record features two vocal tracks – "As Sure As You're Born" with lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman, and vocals by Sam Fletcher – "Quietly There", by Morgan Ames with vocals by Ruth Price – and instrumental titles include "Magnus Cum Louder", "Harper", "Harper's Ferry", "Mexican Breakfast", and "Bel Air". Also features the vocal track "Livin Alone" – written by Andre Previn, with lyrics by Dory Previn. CD
Also available Harper ... LP 19.99

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Alphonse MouzonFunky Snakefoot ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About July 25, 2018
A really unique album from funky drummer Alphonse Mouzon – a set that has him putting away some of the guitars used heavily on other Blue Note records, in exchange for a keyboard-heavy groove that almost sounds a bit like Gene Harris a the time! In addition to drums, Alphonse solos a fair bit on Arp, moog, and organ – alongside other keyboardists Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis – both of whom contribute some really great work to the set. Tracks are shorter and more focused than before – and a number of them include vocals from Alphonse, sung in a rough-edged style that goes quite nice with his heavy drums on the set! Titles include the incredible break track "You Don't Know How Much I Love You" – worth the price of the album alone – and other tracks include the great "Funky Snakefoot", plus "Tara Tara", "Ism", "I've Given You My Love", "I Gotta Have You", "A Permanent Love", and "Where I'm Drumming From". CD

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Freda PayneReaching Out ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall sound is much more sophisticated than on some of Freda's earlier work. The vocals are especially sharp – quite mature, and almost in a mode that points towards later work by singers like Jean Carn or Marlena Shaw during the late 70s. Includes the nice midtempo groover "We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love", worth the price of the album alone – plus "Mood For Love", "Reaching Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "Mother Misery's Favorite Child", and "Right Back Where I Started From". CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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Bosko PetrovicOriginal Album Collection Vol 1 (Zeleno Raspolozenje/Blue Sunset/Misterij Bluesa/Green Lobster Dream/Stabilisation Blues/BPC Moods) (6CD set ... CD
Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD ... $16.99
A host of recordings with titles you can't pronounce – but served up with a universally appealing jazz sound, thanks to the mighty vibes of Bosko Petrovic! The musician is one of the coolest players who ever worked behind the Iron Curtain – a jazz vibist in Croatia, but one whose music touched other European scenes – and also provided a great welcome for American players who worked in Yugoslavia a the time – including trumpeter Clark Terry, who's the co-star on one of these albums! The package brings together six full albums from Petrovic – most of which feature his larger group material with his BP Convention ensemble – a project that takes off beautifully from some of the cool, creative big band work the MPS label was doing at the start of the 70s. Bosko had a hand in some of those records, but really takes the music to great new directions here – on the full albums Zeleno Raspolozenje, Blue Sunset, Misterij Bluesa, Green Lobster Dream, Stabilisation Blues, and BPC Moods. All records come in tiny LP-styled replicas of their original covers – and the set is a hell of a deal at this price! CD

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Bosko Petrovic, Clark Terry, Sal Nistico, & OthersEvergreen Collection ... CD
Croatia (Croatia), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $5.99
A double length set brings together a strong array of jazz recorded in Croatia – tracks that almost never got any circulation in the US back in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but which really reflect the strong jazz underground on that scene at the time! Some of the tracks feature American soloists working with local groups – and others are even more striking Croatian acts, including some great combos and bigger ensembles led by vibist Bosko Petrovic. The whole thing's a heck of a deal at this price, and a great introduction to this music – with 24 tracks that include "Blues For Me & You" by Damir Dicic Trio, "BP Convention On Tour" by Clark Terry with BP Convention, "Pozdrav Ghani" by Trio Mihajla Schwartza, "Afternoon Walk" by John Lewis & ZLQ, "Easy Living" by Sal Nistico & BP Convention, "Eftertanke" by Zagrebacki Jazz Kvartet, "Stella By Starlight" by Jazz Fair 80 Group, "Theme" by Ico Kelemen & Kvartet Borisa Franciskovica, "Intima" by Mrijan Domic, and the tracks "Valse For Jazz Mama", "BP Club Blues", and "Finta Lap Blues" by Bosko Petrovic. CD

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Stu Phillips/Carrie Nations/Strawberry Alarm ClockBeyond The Valley Of The Dolls (Korean pressing) ... CD
20th Century/Beatball (Korea), 1970. New Copy ... About November 15, 2017 (delayed)
"It's not a sequel – there's never been anything like it." Finally, an awesome reissue of the classically groovy camp soundtrack to "king of the nudies" Russ Meyer's crazy non-sequel to Valley Of The Dolls – one of the greatest exploitation movies of all time! The music is almost unbelievably great for what was essentially supposed to be an X-rated cheapie (little did 20th Century Fox know) – with a wonderfully huge & string heavy score by composer Stu Phillips, insanely groovy, stomping mod rock from the Sandpipers, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and the film's busty real-life Playboy Bunny heroines the Carrie Nations/Kelly Affair! This is a limited, extended edition that runs nearly an hour and includes bonus tracks and a few priceless dialogue snippets from the film – packaged with a thick booklet with cast and filmmaker bios and reminiscences, all the photos you could hope for, and soooo much more. Z Man says it best –"This is MY happening, and IT FREAKS ME OUT!" Titles include the Carrie Nations tunes "Find It" and "Come With The Gentle People", the Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Girl From The City" and "I'm Coming Home", the Sandpipers groovy "Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls Theme", and tons more. 26 tracks in all. CD

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Elvis PresleyBoy From Tupelo – The Complete 1953 to 1955 Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
RCA/Legacy, Early/Mid 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 39.89
A treasure trove of early Elvis recordings – a set the goes deeper into the nascent, pre-pop culture mania, and right into the heart and soul of "A Boy From Tupelo" who really had the voice and charisma of a king – mania, hype and a half century of merchandising be damned! Includes every known studio take, radio recording and live performance available from that trailblazing 3-year period – with the earliest the earliest Memphis Recording Service acetates and the Sun and RCA studio masters on Disc 1, complete Sun Studio sessions on Disc 2, and live and radio performances on Disc 3. 85 tracks on 3CDs – in a nice little box set, with a 130-page book that's worth the price alone! Tracks include "My Happiness", It Wouldn't Be the Same (Without You)", "Harbor Lights", ""That's All Right", "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone", "Fool, Fool, Fool", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Baby Let's Play House", "Blue Moon Of Kentucky", "Maybellene", "I Got A Woman", "Hearts Of Stone", "Mystery Train", and many, many more! CD

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Procol HarumStill There'll Be More – An Anthology 1967 to 2017 ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A huge career-spanning retrospective of the work of Procol Harum – presented in a set that features material from every single album by the group, including a few of their more obscure later efforts! While most folks might know an early hit or two by Procol Harum, those who are truly in the know understand that these guys never made a bad step – that over the course of many records, they kept on sounding great – and continued to work in that unique melange of styles that can only be called Harum-like, or maybe Procol-ish! There's often an especially compelling sense of rhythm and flow that's balanced alongside Gary Brooker's unique vocals – every bit as powerful later as on "Whiter Shade Of Pale". 2CD set comes with notes, a two-sided poster, and 29 tracks that include "Pandora's Box", "The Unquiet Zone", "As Strong As Samson", "For Liquorice John", "Fires Which Burnt Brightly", "Can't Say That", "Grand Hotel", "Conquistador (live)", "The Devil Came From Kansas", "A Salty Dog", "Something Magic", "Strangers In Space", "Homburg", "Cerdes", "Shine On Brightly", "Perpetual Motion", "This World Is Rich", and "Broken Barricades". CD

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Procol HarumStill There'll Be More – An Anthology 1967 to 2017 (5CD & 3DVD set) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 5CD & 3DVD ... $89.99
A huge career-spanning retrospective of the work of Procol Harum – presented in a set that features material from every single album by the group, including a few of their more obscure later efforts! While most folks might know an early hit or two by Procol Harum, those who are truly in the know understand that these guys never made a bad step – that over the course of many records, they kept on sounding great – and continued to work in that unique melange of styles that can only be called Harum-like, or maybe Procol-ish! There's often an especially compelling sense of rhythm and flow that's balanced alongside Gary Brooker's unique vocals – every bit as powerful later as on "Whiter Shade Of Pale". This 5CD set is amazing – 69 tracks from every single album by the group, plus two live concert – Hollywood Bowl in 1973 and Bournemouth Winter Gardens in 1976 – plus 3DVDs that include 210 minutes of mostly unreleased footage of BBC and German TV appearances from 1967 to 1977. Also features the entire Musikladen recording from 1973 – plus a lavish 68 page illustrated book, a replica poster, and a great box to hold the whole thing. Titles include "Pandora's Box", "The Unquiet Zone", "As Strong As Samson", "For Liquorice John", "Fires Which Burnt Brightly", "Can't Say That", "Grand Hotel", "Conquistador (live)", "The Devil Came From Kansas", "A Salty Dog", "Something Magic", "Strangers In Space", "Homburg", "Cerdes", "Shine On Brightly", "Perpetual Motion", "This World Is Rich", and "Broken Barricades". CD

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Bill Pursell & The Nashville Sweat BandBill Pursell & The Nashville Sweat Band & Aides ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
Funky big band work from Bill Pursell – a set that's got some of the disco charm you'd expect from the image on the cover – but one that also has some other jazzy elements too! There's not really a Nashville sound to the record – at least not in country music terms – and if anything, the record really reminds us of the way that some older New York big bands shifted up their groove during the disco generation – blending older jazz and Latin modes with elements more aimed at a contemporary dancefloor – including groovier rhythms, added strings, and female chorus vocals! Titles include "Sandwich Spread" – a nice original worth the price of the record alone – plus "Peter Piper Pumped His Pecks", "Deja Vu", "Now", "Every Day Of The Week", "Bump Me Baby", and "Hold My Hand When We're Going Home". CD

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Robb ScottSiren ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful fusion of Patrice Rushen – and Robb handles much of the music himself on a variety of instruments, and also sings vocals – but in the best collaborative Cali spirit, he also opens the door to work with help from The Waters, Sandra St Victor, Juliet Roberts, Gina Foster, and Elisabeth Troy – all artists who lend a great sense of vocal spirit to the album. The set's nice and long – with a great mix of interludes and full songs – and titles include "Neptune Atmosphere", "Rotary Love", "Keep On", "Essaouira Wind", "Siren", "Negative Pleasures", "Hummingbird", "California Suite Revue", and "Venus In Virgo". CD

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Wayne ShorterJoy Ryder ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $8.99
A fusion set, but one that's got all those sharp, dark edges that Wayne Shorter developed over the years – served up here with a depth that's maybe much more in the far-reaching fusion styles of Columbia Records in the 70s than some of the more polished efforts of the time! The core combo here features some great keyboards from Patrice Rushen – who's strongly returning to jazz, and playing with a lot more dynamism than on her soul records from a few years before – and the rest of the quartet features Nathan East on bass, and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums – augmented at times by guest work from Herbie Hancock and Geri Allen. With all that keyboard talent in place, you can bet there's a strongly electric vibe to the set – but Wayne more than matches that energy with his own work on saxes, especially his sharp-edged soprano. Dianne Reeves sings on the track "Someplace Called Where" – and other titles include "Causeways", "Cathay", "Over Shadow Hill Way", "Anthem", and "Daredevil". CD

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SpiritIt Shall Be – The Ode & Epic Recordings 1968 to 1972 (Spirit/Family That Plays Together/Model Shop/Clear/12 Dreams/Feedback/bonus tracks) ( ... CD
Ode/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $42.99
A fantastic run of music from Spirit – one of the most distinct groups of their generation – able to come up with some big hits that charted on radio, but also work with an instrumental depth that would put most of their contemporaries to shame! The group have a sonic breadth that's amazing – able to interweave strands of rock, folk, and a bit of jazz – but a lot more polish than other efforts of its type, and which trades a bit of psychedelic indulgence for a tighter focus that really lets the best tunes sparkle wonderfully! Production is great – clear, but trippy at the same time – as sensitive to the sonic elements at the core, while also letting the occasional lyrical hook fly free. This package brings together all the genius of the group's early years in one place – as it features the full albums Spirit, The Family That Plays Together, Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus, Clear, and Feedback – plus their amazing soundtrack for the Jaques Demy film Model Shop – which may well be worth of the price of the box alone! The box also features 12 tracks from the Time Circle collection with 1991 mixes, plus a mono mix of the whole Spirit album, bonus tracks "Rougher Road", "1984", "Fuller Brush Man", "Fog", "Coral", "Sweet Stella Baby", "So Little To Say", "Red Light Roll On", "Mellow Fellow", "Veruska", "Free Spirit", "If I Had A Woman", "Now Or Anywhere", "Space Chile", and lots more. All in a special box, with a nice booklet of notes too! CD

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StylisticsSome Things Never Change (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Streetwise/Octave (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked later moment from The Stylistics – proof that a great vocal group never gets old! The set has the quartet reinventing themselves for a new generation – recording for Arthur Baker's Streetwise Records, and getting production and arrangements from Maurice Starr – who has this great way of creating an 80s take on the mellow modes that always suited the group's vocals so well – the kind of late nite harmony numbers The Stylistics virtually helped invent! There's a few more electro soul numbers, too – and even these sound pretty great, given that there's an honesty to the vocals that's very different than a stiffer singer of the vocoder generation. Titles include "Give A Little Love For Love", "The Girl In Yellow", "Love Is Not The Answer", "Just The Two Of Us", and "Some Things Never Change". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Give A Little Love For Love (12" acapella)" and "Give A Little Love For Love (12" piano & vocal)". CD

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✨✧ Kamasi WashingtonEpic (3CD set) ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2015. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 28.98
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist Kamai Washington, who emerges here as a tremendous leader, a hell of a writer, and a rich jazz talent in every sense of the word – carefully steering a group of musicians through work that's searing, searching, and driven with a very cosmic vibe! Tunes are often modal, and never step too far outside, but always push the boundaries – and the instrumentation is a shifting mix of keyboards, piano, trombone, trumpet, bass, drums, and percussion – plus some vocal performances from Dwight Trible and Patrice Quinn. You might know Kamasi from his work with Flying Lotus and Thundercat – the latter of whom plays bass on this set – but the album's very much his own, and very much jazz all the way through. The kind of record we're mighty proud to be offering – with tracks that include "Askim", "The Next Step", "Rhythm Changes", "Miss Understanding", "Leroy & Lanisha", "Re Run", "Seven Prayers", "Malcolm's Theme", and "The Message". CD

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Tammy WynetteYour Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad/Take Me To Your World ... CD
Epic/Morello (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of early gems from Tammy Wynette – back to back on a single CD! On Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad, Tammy does her fragile, sadness soaked magic on many tunes that had already done the rounds with Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and others – and makes them all her own – thanks to her immortal vocal talent and perfectly sympathetic production by Billy Sherill. Sherill would never do better then he did for Tammy Wynette – and his production here makes the album a classic – on titles that include "Apartment #9", "Don't Come Home A Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)", "Don't Touch Me", "There Goes My Everything", "Send Me No Roses", "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad", "I'm Not Mine To Give", "I Wound Easy (But I Heal Fast)", and "Almost Persuaded". Take Me To Your World/I Won't Wanna Play House is an album that's named after the two Billy Sherrill singles that came before – but one that's also filled with other great material from the young Tammy Wynette in her prime! Tammy's got this style here that's partly in the older tearstained mode of earlier country singers, but she also rises up with a bit more pride as well – set up by Sherrill's production in a mode that's as nicely understated as it is emotionally powerful. In addition to "Take Me To The World" and "I Don't Wanna Play House", other tunes include "The Phone Call", "It's My Way", "Fuzzy Wuzzy Ego", "Good", "Ode To Billie Jo", "Or Is It Love", "Broadminded", and "Jackson Ain't A Very Big Town". CD

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YoungbloodsRock Festival/Ride The Wind/Good & Dusty ... CD
BGO (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
A trio of overlooked Warner Brothers albums from The Youngbloods! Rock Festival is a record with a bit of a joke on the cover, but one that's also got a much more mature version of The Youngbloods than just a few years before – a group who are moving past straighter folk, bringing in bits of psych and jazz elements – yet still also keeping their cool a lot more than most of their contemporaries! The mix of acoustic and electric elements is wonderful – these compressed guitar lines that are sometimes complex, sometimes flowing in waves – working with very inventive drums and percussion from Joe Bauer – who maybe even nods towards freer jazz styles at times. Piano is acoustic and electric, woven by Banana beautifully around the lead lyrics of Jesse Colin Young – on titles that include "It's A Lovely Day", "Sea Cow Boogie", "Misty Roses", "On Beautiful Lake Spenard", "Fiddler A Dram", and "Ice Bag". Ride The Wind is beautiful work from the Youngbloods – a mixture of folk rock and jazzy phrasing, very much in the same spirit of Tim Hardin or Tim Buckley, with a depth and complexity that's quite surprising, and which has held up surprisingly well over the years – almost more appealing now than when it was first recorded. The electric piano alone is worth the price of admission – jazzy in a way you won't find on the group's other records – and the album features a number of longer tracks – including a sublime reading of Fred Neil's "The Dolphin", and the cuts "Beautiful", "Sunlight", "Ride The Wind", and "Sugar Babe". Good & Dusty is an album that has The Youngbloods making a bit of shift in their sound – especially compared to the jazzier element of their previous album, Ride The Wind – with a move more towards the sorts of styles you'd expect from the "good & dusty" in the title! A number of the tunes are older numbers from the 50s and 60s – redone by the group with a mix of soul, rock, and folk elements – a bit like some of the hipper country-inspired acts of the time, but with the best sort of early 70s Warner vibe. The lineup is expanded past the previous trio – with added horns from Michael Kane, and some harmonica from Earthquake Anderson – and titles include "Drifting & Drifting", "Pontiac Blues", "Stagger Lee", "Circus Face", "I'm A Hog For You BAby", and "Light Shine". CD

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VariousAm I Dreaming – 80 Brit Girl Sounds Of The 60s (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
There's nothing like 60s British female pop at all – a genre that's very much unto itself, and which seems to draw equally from roots in rock, pop, and soul! Most of the cuts here have a punch that's different than the softer, sometimes sadder tones of American girl pop of the time – a brashness that's often augmented by really great production, and a romping groove that really brings out a soulful current in the vocal delivery! And while you may know this style famously from singers who crossed over here – like Dusty Springfield or Petula Clark – there's a huge amount of work here by much lesser-known acts, which makes this 80 track collection a stunning introduction to this huge world of music. The book alone is maybe worth the price – as it offers track-by-track notes on every single cut – sometimes with record scans or photos, and always with release information too – documenting some really fab sounds by singers who include Jacky, Samantha Jones, Jan Dalton, Glenda Collins, Lorraine Child, Greta Ann, Billie Davis, Antoinette, Kiki Dee, Gillian Hills, Cheryl St Clair, Adrienne Poster, Jacki Martin, Lulu, Barry St John, The Exceptions, and lots lots more! CD

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VariousAt The Louisiana Hayride Tonight (20CD & hardcover book) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 20CD ... $246.99 299.99
An amazing document of one of the most important radio shows of the postwar years – the legendary Louisiana Hayride, a weekly live performance broadcast that was maybe only second to the Grand Ole Opry! Yet unlike the Opry, the Hayride also had a wider range of talent – as has been made famous by Elvis Presley's role on the program in his early years – just a tiny sliver of all the amazing music that you'll hear within! The box is huge – and features over 24 hours of music from the late 40s through the end of the 50s – 531 live tracks in all, plus more studio recordings too – all packaged with a massive hardcover book, over 200 pages, filled with images from the program and notes on all the music. The list of artists is the stuff of legend – both in country music and postwar pop – as the set features performances by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Doug Kershaw, Roger Miller, George Jones, The Browns, Faron Young, Jimmie Davis, The Louvin Brothers, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, Jim Reeves, Eddy Arnold, June Carter, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow, Marty Robbins, Tex Ritter, and countless others. Maybe one of the most amazing sets that Bear Family has ever given us – and well worth the hefty price tag! CD
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VariousAtlantic Rock & Roll (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters/Ruth Brown/Joe Turner/Ray Charles/Lavern Baker/Ivory Joe Hunter) (6CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 50s. New Copy 6CD ... $19.99 29.99
Don't think "rock & roll" – think R&B, or early soul – as the collection here brings together the kind of music that really helped put Atlantic Records on the map during the 50s! The set features six full albums that were originally designed as a way for the label to remind folks that the new rock sounds of the late 50s actually had their roots in the black music that the company did better than just about anyone else – kind of a genius marketing move, and a way to introduce a classic range of R&B singles to the growing album for a full length record. All these many decades later, the six albums in the Rock & Roll series from Atlantic have gone onto become classics – and all of them are presented here on CD, with original cover art, in one very nicely-priced package! You'll get six full albums that include amazing early harmonies from The Drifters plus solo work by Clyde McPhatter too, raw female soul from the amazing Ruth Brown, romping bluesy grooves from Joe Turner, some of the best work that Ray Charles ever recorded, the roots of country soul from Ivory Joe Hunter, and cool classy sounds from the great Lavern Baker. Over 70 tracks in all – and a great deal at this price! CD

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VariousBaby I've Got It – More Motown Girls – More Rare Treats From Motown's Female Roster, Including 16 Previously Unissued Gems ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
A stunning selection of female soul from Motown – all of it rare, and much of it previously unreleased! The set is a great reminder not only of how much we still have to learn about the biggest soul label in the motor city – but also of the exceptional quality that Motown brought to their recordings – so much so that even long-unissued tracks like these can easily stand with the biggest hits from other 60s soul labels! The package is wonderful if you dig female soul – and maybe even if you just like vintage soul in general – and in addition to rare cuts by big Motown names, you'll also hear some lesser-knowns that show the way the company was always trying to reach out for new talent in the fertile world of Detroit music. As usual, Ace has provided very detailed notes that offer as much history as information on the music – and the CD features 24 titles that include "It's Been A Long Time Happenin" by Rita Wright, "There Are Things" by Ann Bogan, "It's Crazy Baby" by Liz Lands, "Baby I've Got It" by Brenda Holloway, "Honey Don't Leave Me" by The Lewis Sisters, "It's All Right" by LaBrenda Ben, "When Someone's Good To You" by Oma Page, "In My Heart I Know It's Right" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Sweet Talkin Guy" by The Marvelettes, "Cookie Boy" by Thelma Brown, "I Up & Think Of You" by Kim Weston, "There Was" by The Lollipops, "Keep Away" by Little Lisa, "Playboy (first version)" by The Marvelettes, "I Know You Don't Love Me No More (orig mix)" by Yvonne Fair, "In Your Heart" by Patrice Holloway, "You've Got Possibilities" by Barbara McNair, and "Bad News" by LaBrenda Ben. CD

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✨✧ VariousBattleground Korea – Songs & Sounds Of America's Forgotten War (4CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 4CD ... $112.99 129.99
A totally wonderful package – and one that will have you throwing away all the Vietnam Rock compilations you have in your collection! This set unearths a massive amount of music that was created during the Korean war – filled with themes of sadness and loss that most folks wouldn't ascribe to wartime music until a decade later – the kinds of songs that represent a really sharp change from the patriotic, triumphant songs that were usually written in previous wartime situations. The variety of music is wonderful, and served up in the best Bear Family tradition – with a surprisingly strong amount of rare blues material, mixed with hillbilly cuts, gospel, R&B material, and other styles too – almost all of it nicely away from the mainstream! The overall package is wonderful, too – a heavy, oversized hardcover book – 160 pages that offer up track-by-track notes on the music, with full color photos, label scans, and lots more vivid images. The book alone is almost worth the price – but you also get 4CDs, with 121 tracks by artists who include Dave Bartholomew, Lightnin Hopkins, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Revelers, Jimmie Osborne, Arthur Crudup, Ray Snead, Edna McGriff, Hank Penny, Jean Shepard, Emmit Slay, Sherman Blues Johnson & His Clouds Of Joy, Billy Mize, Elton Britt, Steve Rogers, Oscar Brand, JB Lenoir, Delmore Brothers, Ernest Tubb, The Gospel Pilgrims, Fats Domino, Max Bailey, BB King, and many more! CD

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VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 4 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $13.99 14.98
A triple-header of greatness from the Funkytown Grooves label – a well-priced set that really shows off the label's commitment to classic funk and soul! The set brings together a blend of album tracks and rare mixes – some of the best titles from the FTG reissue series of the past few years, but working together here in a 3CD set that's overflowing with grooviness! This volume features 45 tracks in all – and titles include "Fidelity (12" version)" by Cheryl Lynn, "Stone Love" by Kashif, "Crazy (single)" by The Manhattans, "Take A Chance (12" version)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Stay Here With Me (12" version)" by Evan Rogers, "Here & Now" by Luther Vandross, "Runner (7" version)" by James Williams, "Lovey Dovey (long version)" by Tony Terry, "My Life Is Waiting (alt voc mix)" by Marvin Gaye, "I Wantcha Back" by Delegation, "Can You Find The Time" by Champaign, "Too Hot To Handle (single)" by Heatwave, "Let Me Talk (12" long version)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "The Groove" by Rodney Franklin, "This Place Hotel (single)" by The Jacksons, "Save The Overtime (12" mix)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "I Know (ext dance)" by Philip Bailey, "Rockit (12" mix)" by Herbie Hancock, "Birthday (12" mix)" by Heatwave, "Heartache No 9 (special remix)" by Delegation, and "Got To Be Real (US single mix)" by Cheryl Lynn. CD

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VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 5 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $13.99 14.98
A huge amount of great work from the FTG label – one of the most trustworthy soul reissues on the CD market! FTG has reissued lots of 70s and 80s classics over the past decade or so, often with lots of bonus tracks – a fair bit of which are included here, as many selections are remixes or singles, and lots more are reissued from the new versions on their CDs! This volume features a massive 46 tracks – a great deal at this price – and titles include "Love Train (ext)" by The O'Jays, "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "No Limit (ext)" by Breakwater, "I Don't Know If It's Right (12" disco)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Going Back To My Roots (single)" by Odyssey, "The Sweetest Pain" by Dexter Wansel, "Strut Your Funky Stuff (UK 12" rmx)" by Frantique, "You Know How To Love Me (edit)" by Phyllis Hyman, "This Is It (12" mix)" by Dan Hartman, "Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis, "Break Your Promise" by The Delfonics, "Stir It Up (single)" by Johnny Nash, "Disco Lady (single)" by Johnny Taylor, "Free (single)" by Denice Williams, "Let's Try Again (ext)" by Surface, "Go On & Cry (7" edit)" by Bloodstone, "Who's Getting It Now (12" version)" by Chocolate Milk, "Can You Feel My Love" by Khemistry, "Get Loose (12" mix)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Keep It Coming" by The Jones Girls, and "Can I Be With You Tonight (12" mix)" by Steven & Sterling. CD

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VariousInfluences Vol 2 – A Selection Of Drum N Bass, House, Brazilian, & Disco – Compiled By DJ Marky ... CD
BBE (UK), 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 19.99
Rare club cuts from a few different generations – all brought together here in a really wonderful collection! The set's supposed to tip us off to the influences on the music of DJ Marky – but even if you don't care about him at all, you'll find plenty here to love – as the package shows the way that great funky tracks can span the globe and space of decades – yet still manage to come together with a really unified feel! Tracks start in the club underground of the late 70s, then move through points overseas to incorporate some great modes that work together wonderfully – in a set of rare grooves that includes "Got To Get Your Love" by Clyde Alexander & Sanction, "Futebol De Bar" by Manuel Azevedo Quartet, "Jungle Kitten" by Manfredo Fest, "Cosa Nostra" by Pasito All Stars, "Meant Love" by Influx Datum, "Dream Come True (Joey Negro reality mix)" by Brand New Heavies, "This Is Acid (K&T dance mix)" by Maurice, "Last Night Changed It All" by Esther Williams, and "Truly One (rmx part 1)" by Origin Unknown. 2CD version is overflowing with great music – 18 mixed tracks by Marky on the first disc, and 12 unmixed tracks on the second disc! CD
Also available Influences Vol 2 – A Selection Of Drum N Bass, House, Brazilian, & Disco – Compiled By DJ Marky ... LP 14.99

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VariousJukebox Mambo 3 – Afro Latin Accents In Rhythm & Blues 1947 to 1960 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's heavy on influences from Latin music – sometimes in the rhythms or percussion, sometimes in other elements as well! About half the tracks here would be right at home on some Ace Records collection of material from labels like King Records, Specialty, or Atlantic – and many have a tripling rhythmic groove that's part New Orleans soul, part romping jazzy percussion. But others seem to borrow maybe a bit more from the Caribbean, too – some of the leaner tracks that echo the coolest styles of the islands, especially in the vocals, percussion, and use of guitar. The choice of cuts is wonderful – a huge array of sounds that you would not expect to come together this beautifully – and titles include "Please Don't Go" by Floyd Dixon, "Alabama Sue" by Roy Gaines, "Mambo Mambo Baby" by Paul Boyers Band, "Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks" by Monogram Caribbean Orchestra, "Bermuda" by Maurice King & His Wolverines, "Mary" by Preacher Stephens With The Foree Wells Combo, "Tough De Times" by The Emperor, "Hurry Back Baby" by Camille Howard, "Caravan" by Chuz Alfred, "Swing Low Sweet Cadillac" by Aggie Dukes, "Double A Mambo" by Linton Garner & His All Stars, "Little Daddy" by Big Bertha, "The Mojo" by Sax Mallard, and "I Ain't Nothing But A Fool" by Christine Kittrell. CD

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✨✧ VariousLooking Back – 80 Mod, Freakbeat, & Swinging London Nuggets – Compiled By Paul Weller (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Fantastic work from a time when the London scene was heavy on influences from American soul, blues, and R&B – and sought to turn the best elements of that music into something new and unique! Some of the groups here are ones that you'll recognize from later years and greater fame, others are early combos that featured later stars, and still others are wonderful groups you've been lost to the shifting sands of time – but who really show the fantastic edge that the British scene had in the mid 60s! Lots of this work has the mod vibe you'd expect from the title, but there's also some fuzzier moments too – and the package is a hell of a deal at this great price! 80 tracks in all – with titles that include "Looking Back" by Spencer Davis, "I Don't Need Your Kind" by The Rockin Vickers, "Done Me Wrong" by The Couriers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Looky, Looky" by The Brothers Grimm, "Kangaroo" by Hoagy Benson, "Reviewing The Situation" Jacki Bond, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, You Can't Be Serious" by The Mirage, "Jak D'Or" by Episode Six, "Until My Baby Comes Home" by The Mojos, "Hush" by Kris Ife, "Take It Easy" by Sugar Simone, "Yes I Do" by Ram John Holder, "Take Away" by The Couriers, "I'll Be Doggone" by Glen Ingram, "Ace Of Clubs" by The Knave, "Last Night" by Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen, "Baby Do You Know What You're Doing" by Arthur Brown Set, "Please Go" by The Trekkas, and "Tough She Says" by The In Crowd. CD

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VariousNothing But A House Party – The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967 to 1971 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Some folks might associate Philadelphia soul with the famous Gamble & Huff productions of the 70s disco years – but the city was already overflowing with great music in the years before Philadelphia International – as you'll hear in this totally groovy set! Philly was making as much great soul music in the 60s as Detroit, Chicago, and New York – thanks to an earlier musical framework that was set up by the city's big pop hits of the late 50s – which provided plenty of labels, studios, and other facilities for Philly's ever-growing array of soul talents, too – so much so that by the end of the 60s, the city was turning into a destination for singers outside of town – almost as much of a musical magnet as studios in Memphis or Muscle Shoals! This set does a great job of bringing together both aspects of that scene – wonderful homegrown talent, mixed with outsiders to really took off in the new Philly sound of the 60s – a joyous, positive, upbeat approach that worked wonderfully well for a variety of artists. Titles include "Your Fool Still Loves You" by Oscar Weathers, "It's All Over But The Shouting" by George Tindley, "You've Been Untrue" by The Delfonics, "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" by The Show Stoppers, "Peace To You Brother" by Lou Johnson, "Christine" by Executive Suite, "Help Me" by Honey & The Bees, "You Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott, "Rainmaker" by The Moods, "Keep On Striving" by Moses Smith, "That's The Price You Have To Pay" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "What You Gave Up" by The Continental 4, "Every Day Is A Holiday" by The Intruders, "Standing In The Darkness" by The Ethics, and "Girl You're Too Young" by Len Barry. CD

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds really stand strongly on their own – with a newly-cast vision of price and power in independent Jamaica – set to new rhythms that signify the important musical changes that were taking place with the cultural changes of the 70s! Most of the tracks here are from the first half of the 70s, and are something of the birth of the roots reggae years – but also maybe have even more power together, in this beautifully-selected collection from Soul Jazz. The package features some especially great notes on the politics of the Jamaican scene at the time, which really illuminates the music – a heady selection of tunes that include "Roots Natty" by The Gladiators, "Black Man's Pride" by Alton Ellis, "Created By The Father" by Dennis Brown, "Child Of The Ghetto" by Horace Andy, "Love & Understanding" by Glen Miller, "Got To Be Cool" by The Classics, "Equal Rights" by The Heptones, "Build Our Dreams" by John Holt, "Forgive Them" by Johnny Osbourne, "Children Listen To Wise Words" by Freddie McGregor, "Up Park No Man's Land" by Winston Jarrett, and "Why Can't I" by Cedric Im Brooks. CD
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VariousTwelve Inch Eighties – Can You Feel It (3CD set) ... CD
Crimson (UK), 1980s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $9.99 12.99
A host of soul tracks, and a few pop tracks too – all taken to the next level, in the best 80s 12" remix mode! This set's a great entry in this well-priced, overstuffed series – full of lost mixes from those great days with an LP-sized single offered up plenty of room for extended versions, dancefloor mixes, and tricked-out takes on some of the bigger cuts of the time – a good deal of which are collected in this 30 track set! This volume's a bit more heavy on soul music than some of the others – and titles include "Can You Feel It" by The Jacksons, "The Slightest Touch (Pettibone touch rmx)" by Five Star, "Deep In Vogue (Banjie realness)" by Malcolm McLaren, "Lost In Emotion (FF rmx)" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, "Let's Hear It For The Boy (ext)" by Deniece Williams, "Body Talk" by Imagination, "Inside Out (12" version)" by Odyssey, "Indestructible (ext version)" by Four Tops with Smokey Robinson, "Who's Zooming Who (dance mix)" by Aretha Franklin, "Seasons Change (12" mix)" by Expose, "Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car (ext version)" by Billy Ocean, "What Can Say To Make You (hateful club mix)" by Alexander O'Neal, "She Won't Talk To Me (12" ext)" by Luther Vandross, "Blame It On The Boogie (PWL mix)" by Big Fun, "Love Pains (Steve Hurley's rmx)" by Liza Minnelli, "Get On Your Feel (pop voc)" by Gloria Estefan, "This Is The Right Time (ext)" by Lisa Stansfield, and "Together Forever (lover's leap extended)" by Rick Astley. CD

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VariousWe Are Ten – The Birthday Presents Heavenly Sweetness 10 ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
The Heavenly Sweetness label celebrates its first ten years in business – with a special birthday present of all-exclusive unreleased tracks! This set doesn't look back at the previous decade of the label, but instead points the way forward – with a wonderful selection of newly-recorded tracks by some of hte label's best artists – including some who've helped define their groove strongly in recent years, and some whose talents are soon to be presenting full length sets for the company! As with the previous ten years of records, the music here is a fantastic blend of new styles and global elements – some strands of soul, jazz, and hip hop influences – but often used in ways that are completely fresh and contemporary – at a level that's made Heavenly Sweetness one of our go-to labels for new and interesting sounds over the past decade. Titles include "You Party Too Much" by The Mule, "O Circo" by Cotonete", "Have A Little Faith" by Blundetto and Ken Boothe, "An Ba Galba" by Roger Raspail and Vincent Segal, "Tijan Ka (2017 version)" by Edmondy Krater and I Live, "Tijan (Hugh LX rmx)" by Edmondy Krater, "F*ck With The Police" by Florian Pellissier Quintet with Roger Raspail and Nawer, "Hip Hop Muse (Lefto rmx)" by Rongetz Foundation, "Be The River" by Anthony Joseph and Hanyo, and "Move In Silence" by Guts with Patrice, Feve, Djeuhdjoah, and Lieutenant Nicholson. CD
Also available We Are Ten – The Birthday Presents Heavenly Sweetness 10 ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Rudiger Carl IncKing Alcohol (New Version) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest moment ever on record from Rudiger Carl – and not just because the album is "dedicated to all drinker friends"! Despite that embrace of alcohol, the record's got a very sobering power – as the group is a free jazz trio, working in the best bracing early FMP way – with Carl on tenor, Gunter Christmann on trombone, and Detlef Shoenenberg on drums – all turning their instruments inside out as they madly, freely, explosively work off the power of one another! Christmann is especially amazing – and this album might well be to his trombone what the late 60s FMP sides were to Brotzmann's tenor – although Detlef's drums are pretty amazing too – very different than any contemporaries or precursors, and worth the price of admission alone. Titles include "Thrombose", "King Alcohol", "AEIOU", and "Rush Hour/Something/Triotrip". Plus, this 2CD reissue adds in an astounding 70 more minutes of unreleased recordings from the same sessions! CD

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✨✧ Fats DominoBallads Of Fats Domino ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great idea for a collection of work by Fats Domino – and one that's maybe a bit more unique than you'd guess from the "ballads" in the title! These aren't late nite love songs, or dreamy tunes by a pop crooner – and instead, the set looks at the slow-burning side of Domino's New Orleans roots – tunes that are still plenty gritty, and have massive piano lines and Crescent City rhythms – just all delivered at a slower-stepping pace! There's a few cuts here you'll recognize, but the focus on the slower speed also makes for a collection that's very fresh in comparison to some of the other Fats Domino sets on the market – especially when given the usual superb Bear Family treatment – which means an overstuffed batch of 32 tracks, with great notes too. Titles include "Poor Me", "One Night", "It Keeps Rainin", "You Win Again", "Good Hearted Man", "Hands Across The Table", "I've Been Around", "What A Price", "Fell In Love On Monday", "Young School Girl", "So Long", "Wishing Ring", "Don't Blame It On Me", "Coquette", and "Three Nights A Week". CD

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✨✧ Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Husker DuSavage Young Du (3CD set) ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
As mammoth of an archival box set for a post punk band as important as this one as we're ever likely to see! Savage Young Du collects a huge number of formative tracks by the Twin Cities legends, and without diving into the rancorous personal history of the band members post-split, it's astounding that this even exists. But the most amazing thing is how strongly it lives up to their later legacy. 47 of the 69 tracks – including a wealth of surprisingly great sound live material, demos, early 7-inch tracks and alternate version of their first (live) album – have never been released before and it's kind of stunning how brilliant the band is at this nascent stage. All the material is from 1979 to 1982, pre-SST, and true to Numero Group standards, it's put together with the utmost care, including a hefty little hardcover book worth the price alone. Includes "Do You Remember", "Sore Eyes", "Do The Bee", "Nuclear Nightmare", "Insects Rule The World", "Sexual Economics", "Statues", "Amusement", "Writer's Cramp", Guns At My School", "Let's Go Die", "Don't Say A Word", "From The Gut", "Brick Layer", "Target", "Gravity", "Real World", "Out On A Limb", "It's Not Fair" and tons more. CD

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✨✧ Slum VillageFantastic Collection (4CD set) ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2000. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Slum Village's legendary Jay Dee-produced Fantastic Vols I & II, with instrumentals, bonus songs, in a nicely-priced 4CD set! Vol I was at one time one of the most sought-after hip hop albums of the era – with some of the most rugged-and-raw Jay Dee production on record! Honestly, we're left pretty close to speechless by how tightly these tracks hold up – and is indeed the template for so many great Dilla productions to come. Vol II, on the other hand, is of the most influential hip hop albums of the 2000s – with lots of straight soul, deep funk, and mellowed out jazzy touches in the production that became a staple in underground soul and hip hop, influencing everyone from ?uestlove and the Roots, to D'Angelo and other neo soul heroes and heroines. Vols I & II are CDs 1 & 2 in this collection, with a Vol III made up of instrumentals and Vol IV with bonus remixes, instros and more with Madlib, Pete Rock and others. CD

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✨✧ Stanley BrothersComplete Starday/King Instrumentals – 1958 to 1965 ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
All the instrumental tracks the Stanley Brothers recorded for King and Starday Records – packaged here in one nicely-priced set! The Stanley's are maybe best known for their incredible harmony vocals – which were some of the best of the postwar bluegrass generation – but their instrumental skills were fantastic, too – and they had a way of bringing together guitar and banjo that was unlike anyone else. Ralph's banjo was as dextrous as some of his contemporaries, but often almost more melodic in a mandolin-like way – and Carter's driving guitar could add a lot of vibrant energy to the music in place of the vocals. The set's overflowing with instrumental gems – and titles include "Stoney Creek", "Five String Drag", "Clinch Mountain Backstep", "Rang Tang", "Wildwood Flower", "Train 45", "Bully Of The Town", "Lonesome Traveler", "Mastertone March", "Steel Guitar Rag", "Midnight Ramble", and "Snow Deer". CD

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✨✧ StylisticsSpecial Style ... CD
Streetwise/Octave (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A whole new sound for The Stylistics – one that has the group working here with Maurice Starr in a sweet 80s street soul style! The approach is a surprisingly good one – and given that Starr's backings are always on the lighter side of the spectrum, the group's trademark harmonies are never dominated too much by the beats and the basslines! In a way, hearing Starr work with The Stylistics here, we can almost hear the link he made between older group soul modes and some of the younger acts he pushed to fame in the 80s – but that's not to say that this set is a pop record at all – because The Stylistics keep things real throughout with a great old school approach to their vocals. Titles include "Love Is Serious", "Special", "Let's Go Rockin", "O Sha Ma", "Sad Girl", and "Only From The Heart". CD
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✨✧ Workshop De Lyon50th Anniversary (Inter Frequencies/La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad/Tiens Les Bourgeons/Concert Lave/Anniversaire/Chant Bien) (6CD box set) ... CD
Bisou/Souffle Continu (France), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 6CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge testament to the genius of this important French free jazz ensemble – a group who were already quite different than the rest at the start, then only grew into more compelling modes as the years went on! The core trio here that drives all the performances is Maurice Merle on saxes, Christian Rollet on drums, and Jean Bolcato on bass – although a number of the records also feature some really wonderful contributions from reedman Louis Slavis. Merle will come as an especially strong revelation to those who don't know his work – as he handles alto and soprano with qualities that can be searing one minute, then quite soulful the next – in ways that really reflect the special organic energy of the group. The box features 6CDs, but includes way more than that – as it features 9 full albums, one unreleased, with bonus tracks too – most of which make their CD debut in this package. Albums include Inter Frequencies, La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad, Tiens Les Bourgeons Eclatent, Concert Lave, Musique Basalte, Anniversaire, Fondus, Chant Bien Fatal, and Arzana – most in replicas of their original album covers too! Booklet features more details – with notes in French and English. CD

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✨✧ VariousDeutsche Elektronische Musik – Experimental German Rock & Electronic Music 1972 to 1983 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the incredible German music scene of the 70s – a sprawling landscape of prog, fusion, electronics, and more – all put together beautifully here with the usual completeness we've come to expect from Soul Jazz! Many of the names are familiar – the sorts you've either passed by in the record racks, or seen priced up high in the collectible imports up on display – and if you've never dipped into these grooves, this set is a perfect way to start – as the folks at Soul Jazz have really tuned their ears well, to pick out key tracks that really resonate strongly with music of the 21st Century – a good deal of which was influenced by these groundbreaking acts. Some cuts are long, but never too overindulgent – and the instrumentation and production techniques are really mindblowing – extremely creative, and often presented here in their most open, honest form. As usual with Soul Jazz, the notes are wonderful – and titles include "Devotion" by Between, "Dino" by Harmonia, "This Morning" by Gila, "Rambo Zambo" by Kollektiv, "La Chasse Aux Microbes" by Michael Bundt, "It's A Rainy Day Sunshine Girl" by Faust, "Hallo Gallo" by Neu, "Rheinita" by La Dusseldorf, "Morgengruss" by Popul Vuh, "Fly United" by Amon Duul II, "Soham" by Deuter, "I Want More" by Can, "Geradewohl" by Roedelius, "No Man's Land" by Tangerine Dream, "Daydream" by Ash Ra Tempel, "High Life" by Ibliss, and "Heisse Lippen" by Cluster. CD

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✨✧ VariousEaster Bunny Hop – 28 Hot Tracks For Your Basket ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A weird and wonderful little collection – maybe the first Easter-themed compilation we've ever seen – but one that barely hews to that rule as well! The set instead features lots of great 50s numbers that seem to deal with both chickens and rabbits – plus a few roosters too – many tracks that have the hillbilly, early rock, and rockabilly vibe you'd expect from the Bear Family label – served up as a really romping collection that never lets up at all! The package is great, with very detailed notes, and a look that's as cool as the cover – and tracks include "Eggbert The Easter Egg" by Rosemary Clooney, "Up Jumped A Rabbit" by Sam Butera, "The Chicken & The Bop" by Lloyd Price, "Red Hen Hop" by Ted Daigle & The Midnighters, "A Chicken Ain't Nothin But A Bird" by Nellie Lutcher, "Sixteen Chickens & A Tambourine" by Roy Acuff, "I Hates Rabbits" by Jerry Neal, "The Fickle Chicken" by The Atmospheres, "Chicken Shot Blues" by Eddie Cochran, "The Chicken" by Roscoe Gordon, "Let's Go Bunny Huggin" by Sonny James, "Rabbit Action" by Jimmy Haggett, "Crazy Chicken" by James Gallagher, and "Bunny Hop Rock" by Slim Martin & The Blue Hill County Boys. CD

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✨✧ VariousHonky Tonk Song – The Don Law Story 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Eleven Light City (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-chosen collection of work handled by country producer Don Law – a late 50s force who kept the honky tonk vibe alive and well on record! The names here are some of the biggest of the time – including a fair bit of Columbia Records artists – and the work together is a great reminder of that special touch that Don could bring to a well-recorded tune – a mode that always made his work different than Chet Atkins productions on RCA or Owen Bradley work for Decca! The set list is wonderful – as most numbers here are more obscure tracks by artists who'd scored bigger hits – some of their rawer work that stands in nice contrast to tunes you might already know. Titles include "Honky Tonkitis" by Carl& Pearl Butler, "Don't Worry" by Marty Robbins, "Can't Hang Up The Phone" by Stonewall Jackson, "Lover By Appointment" by Lefty Frizell & Johnny Bond, "Honky Tonk Song" by Mel Tillis, "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" by Charlie Walker, "Darkness On The Face Of The Earth" by Hawkshaw Hawkins, "Pride" by Ray Price, "Twenty Cigarettes" by Little Jimmy Dickens, "Gotta Get You From That Crowd" by Skeets McDonald, and "The Key's In The Mailbox" by Freddie Hart. CD

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✨✧ VariousInternational Holy Hill Jazz Meeting ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary moment in European free jazz – performances all recorded on a single Sunday in 1969 – but which stand as some of the most powerful music of the time! The vibe here is often in the best spirit of early FMP, or maybe the most outside work of MPS – and the recording quality equals the best avant jazz on both labels – with very long performances on each track that represent the pinnacle of all players involved! One side alone is worth the price of admission – a searing track titled "Finally", performed by an octet with Peter Brotzmann at the helm, alongside Evan Parker on tenor and soprano sax, Fred Van Hove on piano, Paul Rutherford on trombone, Peter Kowald on bass, and Pierre Favre on drums. Favre returns on "Let's Talk About The Weather" – played by a trio with Kowad on bass and Irene Schweizer on piano. Other tracks include "Five To Five" and "Gluga Gluga Blues" by the Joki Freund Quintet, "In Memory Of John Coltrane" by Marion Brown, "Vibration" by the group of saxophonist Joe Fiera and trombonist Ed Kroger, and "Circus Live" by a quartet led by Rolf Kuhn on electric clarinet, with Joachim Kuhn on piano and Stu Martin on drums. CD

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✨✧ Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Count Basie & Lester YoungClassic 1936 to 1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions (8CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Late 30s/1940s. New Copy 8 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An incredible document of one of the greatest pairings in jazz – the groundbreaking tenor sax of Lester Young, and the legendary orchestra of Count Basie! The Young/Basie pairing is the stuff of history books, and has certainly been showcased on other releases – but never in this much detail, or with this much attention to both the sound and discographical information – as the 8CD package pulls together tracks from labels that include Decca, Aladdin, Brunswick, Commodore, Emarcy, Keynote, Mercury, Victor, Vocalion, and a few other imprints – spanning over a decade of recording, with a total of 173 tracks in all! Young's horn is amazing – birthed in swing, but given a sense of soul that would shape countless generations to come – a huge influence on young boppers of the Stan Getz generation, but also a real guide to some of the soul jazz musicians of the 60s, and new traditionalists of later generations too. Some sides here are small groups, many more large ensembles with Basie as the leader – plus a few cuts with Benny Goodman, the Kansas City Six, Teddy Wilson, Sam Price, and Dicky Wells – all numbers that might just feature Young but not Basie. There's even a few with singer Una Mae Carlisle, and a few other tracks feature vocals – although the bulk of the work is instrumental. Wonderful throughout – and a great example of how great the Mosaic presentation can be for music of the 78rpm generation! CD
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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles In Berlin (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Lars GullinLars Gullin Vol 7 – Silhouette 1951 to 1953 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Small group recordings from the great Lars Gullin – all recorded in Sweden in the early 50s, and issued by the Modern and Metronome labels on 10" and 7" vinyl releases! The first three tracks on the set are the rarest – as they were never issued at the time – material by a quartet that features Lars blowing beautifully on baritone, with great piano from Gunnar Svensson – on tunes that include "Alone", "The Continental", and "Stella By Starlight". Next are more great quartet tracks that have Rune Ofwerman on piano – on two takes of the tune "For Goofers Only", plus "All The Things You Are" and "You Go To My Head". Next are some of the best-known Gullin material to US listeners of the time – as they were also issued by Prestige as a 10" LP titled Lars Gullin & His Groups – making Gullin probably the most-issued European jazzman in the US during the postwar years! The music here is very much in keeping with the "groups" promised in the title – and Lars plays in an octet, quintet, and sextet – almost all of which have that tightly arranged, Swedish cool jazz approach. Titles include "Smooth Breeze", "Smart Alec", "Silhouette", "Merlin", "Apostrophe", "Disc Major", and "Colon". The last titles are from a very cool 10" album called Holiday For Piano – which came with a cover that had a "for sale" sign on a piano, and which has Gullin's group working piano-less – ala Gerry Mulligan – with Ake Persson's trombone sounding wonderful in the format, on titles that include "Sad Sally", "You Blew Out The Flame", "Holiday For Piano", "Night & Day", and "Brazil". Over 70 minutes of music – a real treasure at this price! CD

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✨✧ Trevor Lawrence JrRelationships ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's jazz at the core, but with a strong dose of contemporary soul – maybe a bit in the territory of the Robert Glasper Black Radio projects, but with a vibe that's definitely all Trevor's own! The rhythms are rock-solid, and instrumentation often features some mighty sweet keyboards from Kenneth Crouch, Wow Jones, Tabor Gable, and others – alongside other musicians who include Kamasai Washington on tenor, Maurice Mo Betta Brown and Nico Segal on trumpet, Chelsea Baratz and Terrace Martin on saxes, Teodross Avery on tenor, and Nicholas Payton on trumpet. There's just a bit of vocals on the set – sung by Preston Harris, Jimi James, Donna Missal, and oddly LeAnn Rimes – but the instrumental core is what drives the set – on titles that include "Car Vibe", "B Side", "Bring The Party", "The Guts", "11 & 8", "Lovestoned", "Huh", "Alicia's Song", and "Relationships". CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisDon't It Feel Good/Salongo/Tequila Mockingbird/Love Notes ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Sweet electric magic from Ramsey Lewis – four 70s albums in a single collection! First up is Don't It Feel Good – massive keyboard work from the great Ramsey Lewis – easily one of his best records ever, thanks to some spaciously funky production by Charles Stepney! Stepney plays keyboards here along with Ramsey, and the twin-keys approach makes for a sound that's extra-special – one that sums up all the earlier soulful creativity of both artists in their late 60s Cadet Records years, and hones it down to an even sweeter groove for the 70s! A number of tracks have some sort of vocal component, but usually in a chorus mode that soon drops out when the keyboards hit home – and the record features a few great short "interlude" tracks that are almost as great as the longer numbers! Titles include the classic "Juaacklyn", a cover of Earth Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World", and the tracks "I Dig You", "Fish Bite", "Don't It Feel Good", "Something About You", and "Can't Function". Salongo is a tremendous little record, and one of the funky 70s sets that Ramsey Lewis recorded with Earth Wind & Fire! Well, not Earth Wind & Fire entirely – but the Kalimba Productions team of Maurice White and Charles Stepney that gave the group its sound – plus a nice sprinkling of other players that were often associated with sessions by the group! Ramsey's own combo here includes Steve Cobb on drums and vocals, and Derf Reklaw on reeds and vocals as well – and the overall sound has bits of African and Brazilian influences, worked into a soulful fusion groove that sounds a lot like the instrumental backings EWF were using at the time. Titles include "Brazilica", "Slick", "Rubato", "Salongo", and "Seventh Fold". Tequila Mockingbird is an overlooked gem from the Columbia Records years, filled with loads of great grooves, and some pretty mighty keyboards! Part of the record has Ramsey working with Larry Dunn of Kalimba Productions – getting plenty of the Earth Wind & Fire groove that made so much of his Columbia sessions sparkle – while the rest of the set has the great Bert DeCoteaux handling things, and giving Lewis just the right mix of sophistication and soul he was using with other Columbia acts at the time. The album's a perfect example of the way that Ramsey stepped way ahead of the pack during this time in his career – using keyboards and grooves together in ways that so many artists today are still trying to match – but never hit it this right! Titles include "Camino El Bueno", "Caring For You", "Intimacy", "That Ole Bach Music", "Skippin", "Tequila Mockingbird", and "Wandering Rose" – that cool cut by Neal Creque! Love Notes is a great little album of mid 70s funk from Ramsey Lewis – very much in the mode of his Earth, Wind, & Fire related work – no surprise, since the album's dedicated to Charles Stepney, whose influence was such a key part of the sound of the group, and of some of Ramsey's other Kalimba-produced albums from a few years before! Ramsey plays Fender Rhodes, mini moog, and Arp – and he gets help on keyboards from Stevie Wonder and Derf Reklaw, who also plays saxes and percussion on the set. Features versions of Wonder's "Love Notes" and "Spring High", plus Reklaw's "Chili Today Hot Tamale", "Shining", and "Stash Dash". CD

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✨✧ James MasonRhythm Of Life (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chiaroscuro/Shout (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! CD features great bonus tracks too – an unreleased 1977 mix of "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the single mix of that track too – and the later grooves "I Want Your Love" and "Nightgruv". CD

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✨✧ Ennio MorriconePer Un Pugno Di Dollari (Fistful Of Dollars) ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark record – not only in the history of the western, but in that of Ennio Morricone! The soundtrack, written for this hit Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, is everything you'd want in a 60s western – driving orchestral passages, twanging guitar parts, and spooky little bits that isolate the mood of a scene nicely. The work's an instant classic, and is still one of Morricone's strongest western soundtracks – even if it is one of the most familiar. This expanded Italian version features 17 tracks in all – including some rare mono and stereo mixes – and titles include "Quasi Morto", "Musica Sospesa", "Senza Pieta", "Tortura", "Alla Ricerca Dell'Evaso", "Consuelo Baxter", and "Ramon". CD

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✨✧ Bosko PetrovicOriginal Album Collection Vol 2 (With Pain I Was Born/Tiffany Girl/Follow Me/Sarabanda/From Moscow To LA/Zvira Voda) (6CD set) ... CD
Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible legacy in jazz – and an overlooked one, too – a huge amount of work from vibist Bosko Petrovic, a player who was as important on his instrument in Europe as Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson were in the US! In fact, both players are a great comparison – because Petrovic started in the 60s in a strong Jackson/MJQ mode, but then really flowered in the 70s – taking off in all the new directions that Hutcherson explored with his music – including a range of interesting creative projects collected on this set! The first Album Collection focused on Bosko's bigger ensemble work, but this set brings together unusual collaborations and cool projects from the late 70s and 80s – including one album with pianist Kenny Drew, an electric date with Csaba Deseo, duets with pianist Davor Kajfes, a vocal album with singer Zvira Voda, and two more duet albums with pianist Neven Franges. The work is wonderful – most never heard on this side of the Atlantic – and the 6CD set features each individual album in a tiny LP sleeve – a hell of a deal at this price! Features the records With Pain I Was Born, Tiffany Girl, Follow Me, Sarabanda, From Moscow To LA, and Zvira Voda. CD

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✨✧ Ryan PorterSpangle Lang Lane ... CD
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop – all wrapped around themes borrowed from children's music, but turned into some very righteous songs with a completely contemporary vibe! Porter's working here with great musicians who include Kamasai Washington on tenor, Cameron Graves on piano, and Miles Mosley on bass – so that should give you an idea of the instrumental pedigree of the record. And vocals on most tracks are by Patrice Quinn – who completely gets the spirit of the project, then elevates it with her style – which here is mostly a 70s spiritual jazz approach. The titles of the tunes are familiar, but tell you nothing about the real nature of the music – as this is a very rich, very deep project throughout! CD
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✨✧ Deniece WilliamsBlack Butterfly – The Essential Niecy ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of work from Deniece Williams – one of the coolest, classiest soul singers to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s! Williams has roots that go deep in the Chicago scene – including young work under the name of Deniece Chandler – but this set picks off from the time when she hit Columbia Records as a full-formed adult soul singer – one of the freshest talents of her generation – with an ability to hit some of the spiritual currents of Minnie Riperton, and some of the grooves you might expect from Cheryl Lynn! Both those sides and many more are featured here – in a 35 track set that's overflowing with gems, produced by soul music legends who include Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Thom Bell, Ray Parker Jr, George Duke, Jeff Lorber, and others. Titles include "Baby Baby My Love's All For You", "What Two Can Do", "I Can't Wait", "I'm So Proud", "Black Butterfly", "Silly", "God Is Amazing", "Free", "Healing", "All I Need", "Waiting By The Hotline", "Let's Hear It For The Boy (12" version)", "Do What You Feel (single version)", "When Love Comes Calling", "I've Got The Next Dance (12" version)", "That's What Friends Are For", and "It's Gonna Take A Miracle". Also features duets with Johnny Mathis on "Without Us", "Love Won't Let Me Wait", "Too Much Too Little Too Late", and "You're All I Need To Get By". CD

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✨✧ Active ForceActive Force (with bonus track) ... CD
A&M/Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet 80s groover throughout – the only album we've ever seen by this keyboard-heavy quintet, served up in a flurry of catchy catchy tunes! Keys on the set are handled by producer/arranger Michael Stokes – who's very clearly in charge of the voices of the group – giving them real focus on the album's mix of uptempo groovers and a few mellower cuts, sometimes even underscoring things with a groove that's verging on electro! Stokes also handles the keyboards, but Patrice Rushen is on the set on piano – warming things up nicely – and titles include the great midtempo stepper "Give Me Your Love", plus "Bottom Line", "Rise Up", "Keep On Rockin", "My Sunshine", "Coo Coo Kachu", and "I Never Thought I'd Love Again". CD also features a bonus extended mix of "Give Me Your Love". CD

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✨✧ Walter Bishop JrCoral Keys ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway and swell with some great spiritual energy – made even more wonderful by work from reedman Harold Vick, who plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax on the record – and makes it one of his best recordings ever! The reedwork alone is worth the price of admission – but the rhythms are also great too – a mix of soulful, modal, and some slight funky bits – handled by Reggie Johnson on bass, and either Idris Muhammad or Alan Benger on drums. Woody Shaw plays trumpet on some cuts, too – and titles include "Coral Keys", "Soul Turn Around", "Freedom Suite", "Track Down", "Waltz For Zweetie", and "Three Loves". CD
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✨✧ Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... CD
Columbia, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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✨✧ John MartynMay You Never – The Essential John Martyn (3CD set) ... CD
Island (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
John Martyn's one of those artists we seem to appreciate more and more as the years go by – a British folksinger at the start of his career, but one who was already starting to stretch his wings into so many different styles – really interesting modes that definitely took off once the 70s came along! Martyn was of the same generation as Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, and Richard Thompson – and, like all of those giants, was already taking folk influences into a very different space – in his case, often bringing in jazzy currents, and developing a surprising affinity for working with Fender Rhodes – which often helped Martyn mature almost into a more serious vocal singer. All his early albums are classics – and highly recommended by us – but this well-priced, 58 track, 3CD set is a wonderful place to start – as it features material from all of John's best albums, plus unusual later work, and even a few unusual versions too. Titles include "London Conversation", "John The Baptist (alt version)", "Glistening Glyndebourne (alt take)", "The Man In The Station (alt take 2)", "Cocain", "Back To Stay", "Stormbringer", "The Glory Of Love", "Solid Air", "May You Never", "Over The Hill (alt take)", "Grace & Danger (inst)", "Acid Rain (Andy Lyden mix)", "The River (apprentice version)", "Lifeline", "Fine Lines", "Ain't No Saint", "Easy Blues/Gentle Blues", and "Bless The Weather". CD

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✨✧ Harold McNairHarold McNair/Flute & Nut ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two amazing sets from Harold McNair – a fantastic London 60s flute player with a really sharp edge! The self-titled Harold McNair has the leader working in a tight combo with some nice offbeat sounds – including a lot of breathy, soul-toned notes that remind us a fair bit of Roland Kirk – but which also showcase some of Harold's West Indian roots! (McNair was part of the same great West Indian influx of jazz musicians that also gave England Joe Harriott and Dizzy Reece.) The group features Harold mostly on flute, plus a bit of tenor – alongside Bill LeSage on piano, Spike Heatley on bass, and Tony Carr on drums – and titles include the seminal groover "The Hipster" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "Mento", "Indecision", "The Cottage", and "Mini Blues". Flute & Nut features the flute of Harold McNair alongside some sweet arrangements from John Cameron – with whom Harold worked famously on Donovan sessions in the 60s! Many tunes are McNair originals, and Harold's flute is definitely in the lead – but we also love the grooves that Cameron brings on board – a sweet blend of soulful jazz and sound library styles – all of which gives the album a similar feel to Roland Kirk's work with the Benny Golson group on Mercury. Titles include "Burnt Amber", "Herb Green", "Nomadic Joe", "Barnes Bridge", and "The Umbrella Man". CD

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✨✧ OdysseyGoing Back To My Roots – The Best Of Odyssey ... CD
RCA/Music Club (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic soul trio, and one who turned out to be a fair bit more classy than some of their club contemporaries in the late 70s – with an ability to change things up in a great way as time moved on, and really keep their groove fresh for the 80s! This set brings together almost every one of the excellent groovers that Odyssey recorded during their years at RCA – many cuts in single versions that got plenty of play back in the day, and which together really show a wonderful transformation in sound over just a few short years. The package is a heck of a deal – 30 tracks at one mighty nice price – and titles include "Native New Yorker (12" disco mix)", "Going Back To My Roots (12" version)", "Inside Out (12" mix)", "Don't Tell Me Tell Her (12" mix)", "Roots Suite", "If You're Lookin For A Way Out", "Use It Up & Wear It Out (7" mix)", "I Got The Melody", "Follow Me", "Oh No Not My Baby", "Hang Together", "Easy Come Easy Go/Hold De Mota Down", "Lucky Star", "It Will Be Alright", and "Every Lovin Sam". CD

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabeAutumn Blow ... CD
Flying Disk/Victor (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A well-remembered fusion date from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe – and one of his first to get larger circulation with an American audience too! The set has Watanabe blowing sharp and strong on alto, soprano sax, and flute – and working alongside heavyweight American fusion giants – in a combo that includes Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Ernie Watts on saxes, and Harvey Mason on drums! The style isn't nearly as smooth or tightly produced as in later years – and there's still a nice edge to the music throughout – some of those unusual tones that Sadao was developing in Japan in the early part of the 70s, set to creative tunes that also stretch out in both their solos and rhythms. The album was recorded live, which also probably explains the open quality of the sound – and titles include "Orange Bypass", "Just Crusin", "The Chaser", "Rapture", and "Someday In Suburbs". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)
Also available Autumn Blow ... LP 2.99

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✨✧ Various101 Northern Soul – 101 Of The Greatest Northern Soul Anthems (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
The title's no lie – as this sweet little set features 101 Northern Soul classics – a treasure trove of upbeat soul from the 60s – with lots of rare cuts, obscure groovers, and the kinds of tracks that always got more play on UK dancefloors than back home here in the US! For the price, the set is a hell of a collection – and features killer classics from labels that include Motown, Chess, Philips, MGM, and other vintage imprints – with a nice degree of overlooked cuts that have only been discovered by the northern scene in more recent years. Titles include "Til You Were Gone" by Frank Wilson, "Love Love Love" by Bobby Hebb, "Stop Her On Sight" by Edwin Starr, "What More Could A Boy Ask For" by The Spinners, "Can't Satisfy" by The Impressions, "I'm The One Who Loves You" by Darrell Banks, "Why Am I Lovin You" by Debbie Dean, "The Night" by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, "I Got A Feelin" by Barbara Randolph, "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by The Elgins, "Dr Love" by Bobby Sheen, "Trampoline" by Spencer Davis Group, "Nothing Left To Give" by Thelma Houston, "Baby I Miss You" by Tommy Good, "I've Been Blessed" by Bobby Taylor, "Look What You Done Boy" by The Lollipops, "Friday Night" by Johnny Taylor, "Baby I Love You" by Howard Tate, "Helpless" by Kim Weston, "Moody woman" by Jerry Butler, "There's A Ghost In My House" by R Dean Taylor, "Ordinary Joe" by Terry Callier, "Wade In The Water" by Marlena Shaw, "Drop In The Bucket" by Mary Wells, "Baby A Go Go" by Barbara McNair, "Love's Gone Bad" by Chris Clark, "Run For Cover" by The Dells, "Battened Ships" by Odyssey, "Nothing But A Heartache" by The Flirtations, "Sure Is A Lotta Woman" by The Isley Brothers, and "Keep On Lovin Me" by Francis Nero. CD

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✨✧ VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 1 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A triple-header of greatness from the Funkytown Grooves label – a well-priced set that really shows off the label's commitment to classic funk and soul! The set brings together a blend of album tracks and rare mixes – some of the best titles from the FTG reissue series of the past few years, but working together here in a 3CD set that's overflowing with grooviness! The set features a total of 41 tracks in all – and titles include "Disco Nights (12" version)" by GQ, "I Can't Fight Your Love (7" version)" by The Modulations, "Stars In Your Eyes (special disco rmx)" by Herbie Hancock, "Hold Me Tighter In The Rain (7" version)" by Billy Griffin, "Heaven Sent (12" version)" by Stanley Clarke, "Juicy Fruit (voc)" by Mtume, "Firestarter" by Tease, "Giving Myself To You (ext east coast version)" by Glenn Jones, "Anything Worth Having (7" version)" by Johnny Kemp, "Love Is Just The Game (Jellybean rmx)" by Peter Brown, "I Just Got To Have You (single version)" by Kashif, "Dazz (Dazz disco mix)" by Brick, "Grand Theft (7" mix)" by Chocolate Milk, "You" by The McCrarys, "All In The Way You Get Down (rmx)" by Ray Parker Jr & Raydio, "Encore (ext version)" by Cheryl Lynn, "Reach Out (12" mix)" by George Duke, "Show Me The Way (ext version)" by Regina Belle, "Risin To The Top (7" mix)" by Keni Burke, and "Mainline" by Black Ivory. CD

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✨✧ VariousKev Beadle Presents Private Collection 3 – More Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title says "jazz", but there's a lot more going on here – a range of groundbreaking sounds and styles from the 70s, with some sweet electric modes, occasional Latin rhythms, currents of soul, and even a bit of Brazilian too! The package really takes us back to the kind of rare tracks we first started digging decades ago – when collectors from London and Tokyo were really helping us appreciate the kinds of records we might have passed by in the racks – the lesser names, the smaller labels, and even the more globally expansive range of releases that could sometimes be missed if you were only digging for American jazz! That range of music is really represented here in a great way – with tunes that soar strongly and bristle with energy throughout – sometimes in modes that might echo a label like MPS or Strata East, but often in very unique styles of their own. Titles include "Maryke" by John Thomas & Lifeforce, "La Em Guayaquil" by Banda Metalurgia, "Samba For A Cold Warrior" by Belair, "Samba De Amor" by Francisco Mora Catlett, "Little Sunflower" by Louis Hayes with Leon Thomas, "The World Is A Ghetto" by Lee Willhite, "No Other Love But You" by Clarice Labbe & Charlie Hampton, "Misturada" by Finn Savery Trio, "Kingdom Within You" by Ira Sullivan, and "Latinetta" by Ronald Snijders. CD
Also available Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection 3 – More Independent Jazz Sounds From The 70s & 80s (3LP set) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousSenegal 70 – Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70s ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet sounds from 70s Senegal – a nation whose music was overflowing with Cuban influences at the time – which resulted in this amazing hybrid of Latin and African styles in the rhythms! The collection's one of the best to dip into the Senegalese groove we've ever heard – as it doesn't just pull together famous tracks, but also includes some rare and unreleased numbers that really illuminate this unusual style – cuts with a very complicated, sophisticated approach to their grooves – often topped with amazing instrumentation on reeds, piano, and guitar! As usual with other Analog Africa sets, the presentation is stunning – with a huge amount of notes and images that are well worth the price of the package alone – which ensures that the whole thing packs a very heavy cultural punch. Titles include "Sanga Te" by Orchestre Laye Thiam, "Ma Penda" by Orchestre Bawobab", "Kiko Medina" by Tropical Jazz, "Marlama" by Fangool, "Bour Sine" by La Saourouba De Louga, "El Carretero" by Amara Toure & Le Star Band De Dakar, "Africa" by Orchestre GMI, and "Ndlourel" by Gestu De Dakar. CD
 
 
 



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