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Nina SimoneAmazing Nina Simone ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... About January 25, 2017
Amazing is right – as the album features Nina caught at a great early point in her career, delivering a mix of ballads and folkish tunes – all with the kind of emotion that has kept us listening to her over the years. The approach is simple, but legendary, and filled with righteous power even at this early stage in her recorded career! Arrangements are by Bob Mersey, and titles include "Blue Prelude", "You've Been Gone Too Long", "Chilly Winds Don't Blow", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", and "That's Him Over There". CD

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Nina SimoneAt The Village Gate ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $14.99
An album recorded relatively early in the career of singer Nina Simone – but a set that already shows the very unique approach that would make her a legend by the time the 60s moved on! Even the very first tune is a stunner – a haunting reworking of the favorite "Just In Time", but with Nina grunting instead of singing at the start – as the bass comes across with more power than the drums or piano – really shaping the song in moody tones! That sort of inventiveness follows on every other tune – making the familiar numbers sound very unique, and the unusual ones even more striking – as the set list also features numbers by Oscar Brown Jr, Olatunji, and Simone herself. The recording quality is great – intimate, yet lively – and the set's filled with longish readings of some great tunes that include "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Brown Baby", "Zungo", "Children Go Where I Send You", and "He Was Too Good To Me". CD
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Nina SimoneFolksy Nina ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
Nina's folsky, but she's also jazzy too – and the album's from a key time in which she was finding a very special way to bring the two modes together! Simone could have been a straight jazz singer if she wanted – but as records like this always remind us, she was always striving for something different – a bolder, more righteous way of expressing herself – opening up with a new sort of power that was perfect for the coming change in the 60s! The album's a live one – a setting that always seems to have Nina hitting her stride – and even the familiar tunes take on new energy in the context – a sense of pride and spirituality that's already as great as her work to come for Philips Records. Titles include "Erets Zavat Chalav", "Silver City Sound", "The Young Knight", "The Twelfth Of Never", "Vanetihu", "Lass Of The Low Country", and "When I Was A Young Girl". CD
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Nina SimoneForbidden Fruit ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $14.99
A classic album from Nina Simone's early period! The tracks feature prime work from Nina, caught at the point when she was turning her style from straight jazz into more of a folk-inspired soulful sound – filled with power, anger, and sheer raw emotion – played by a small combo of piano, bass, guitar, and drums, but in a way that opens up in so many different musical directions! There's a really strong genre-crossing approach at work here – and titles include "Rags & Old Iron", "I Love To Love", "Work Song", "No Good Man", "Gin House blues", "Memphis In June" and "Forbidden Fruit". CD
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Nina SimoneHere Comes The Sun ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic RCA work from the great Nina Simone – and an album that definitely shows Nina hitting more of the soul spectrum than some of her folk and jazz work of the 60s! The set's got these wonderful arrangements from Harold Wheeler – a bit electric, and done in a way that takes familiar tongs and completely recasts them for Nina's own vibe – a way of shifting the sense of spirit to unlock a special Simone-like quality you never would have expected in the tunes from anyone else! Titles include a great version of "Ooh Child", plus "Just Like A Woman", "Here Comes The Sun", "New World Coming", and "My Way". And the set also features Weldon Irvine's own composition, "How Long Must I Wander?" CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneNina Simone At Newport ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
A key early moment for Nina Simone – recorded live at Newport in 1960, at a time when the festival was one of the most important showcases for groundbreaking jazz – and a perfect setting for Nina to really let loose in that righteous style that would fuel her career during the 60s! Given that Simone could sometimes be turned out of the cabaret crowd with her politics, the warm welcome she gets at Newport is very fitting support – and you can really hear it in the ay she approaches the material! The set's a hip batch of tunes that includes a few standards like "Trouble In Mind" and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", all done with the righteous Simone flair – plus other lesser-known tracks like "Flo Me La" and "Nina's Blues", opened up in the setting with some nice small combo backing! CD
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Nina SimoneNina Simone Sings Ellington ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... About February 22, 2017
Nina sings Ellington – but as always, she makes whatever she sings all her own! The album's a bit straighter than later efforts – with large backings by Stu Phillips that also feature vocals by the Malcolm Dodds Singers – but Nina also conceived the whole thing herself, as an effort to bring a new level of spiritualism to Ellington's work. The result is a masterpiece – proof that even in her early years, Nina could completely transform anything she laid her hands on – and unlock a soulful depth that even the original recordings might have missed. Titles include "I Got It Bad", "Solitude", "The Gal From Joe's", "It Don't Mean A Thing", and "I Like The Sunrise". CD

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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". CD features bonus tracks "Save Me" and "Why Must Your Love Well Be So Dry". CD

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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". CD features bonus tracks "Whatever I Am (You Made Me)" and "Do I Move You (second version)". CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneNina Simone At Town Hall ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An important early live show for Nina – a move to the classy Town Hall crowd, filled with left-leaning listeners who were the perfect audience to get the unique bag she was working on at the time – heard in very appreciative tones throughout the set! The performance is a great one – mellow, moody, and a bit folksy – with Nina singing and playing piano on tracks that include her classic reading of "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", plus "The Other Woman", "Under The Lowest", "Summertime", and "Cotton Eyed Joe". CD
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✨✧ Nina SimoneIn Paris 1968 ... CD
Studio Songs (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunner of a set from the lengedary Nina Simone – a really special live recording done in Paris in the late 60s – at a time when Nina was working at the height of her powers, and had a young Weldon Irvine in her group as music director! Weldon plays piano, keyboards, and Hammond on the record – and gives the tunes these snakey, long grooves that are nicely different from some of Nina's studio material – and have the singer reaching out with these long takes on tunes that include "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", "Ain't Got No/I Got Life", "Mama Lou/Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "To Love Somebody", "Susanne", and "Be My Husband". And the soulful backing group also features Tom Smith on guitar, Don Alias on drums, and Jumma (Santos?) on percussion! CD
 
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Serge Gainsbourg & OthersIntegrale Serge Gainsbourg et Ses Interpretes Vol 1 – 1957 to 1960 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $16.99 29.99
A massive document of the early years of the great Serge Gainsbourg – presented both in his original recordings, and performances of his songs by some of his hipper contemporaries! The set's about 50% Serge – with material from the early EP and single releases for Philips – and the rest is really great work that features unusual takes on Gainsbourg songs – some by instrumental groups, some by male or female singers, and some by vocal groups as well! It's great to hear all the different interpretations of Gainsbourg's tunes – and the way these singers take on his witty and sometimes controversial lyrics – set to instrumentation that includes lots of the jazz and Latin touches that Serge was using in his own work. Highlights include a number of jazz instrumentals by Alain Goraguer – and vocal titles that include "Ronsard 58" by Michelle Arnaud, "Le Poinconneur De Lilas" by Les Freres Jacques, Douze Belles Dans La Peau" by Simone Bartel, "Devense D'Afficher" by Pia Colombo, "Le Claquer De Doigts" by Trumpet Boy, "Douze Belles Dans La Peau" by Jacques Lasry, "Mambo Miam Miam" by Los Goragueros, "Mes Petites Odalisques" by Hugues Aufray, "La Recettte De L'Amour Fou" by Michele Arnaud, and "Ell N'Avait Que Dix Sept Ans" by Francis Lemarque with Serge Gainsbourg. 66 tracks in all – a great 3CD package – with 13 tracks on CD for the first time! CD

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Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate ... CD
Interscope, 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A set that arguably has even more majesty than the debut album from Michael Kiwanuka – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of that now-classic record! Production here is by Dangermouse, Inflo, and Paul Butler – and there's an airiness to some songs that really has Kiwanuka's vocals floating in space – maybe more iconic than before, and held nicely in a balance between open sonic elements and more crispily-focused instrumental touches. Michael uses folksy currents in his vocals that almost recall Nina Simone during her Philips Records years – and titles include "Black Man In A White World", "One More Night", "Love & Hate", "Rule The World", "Father's Child", "The Final Frame", and "Cold Little Heart". CD
Also available Love & Hate ... LP 24.99

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Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the same time – in a way that really shows some of the deeper strains in Billy's style. Billy's singing with a small piano trio, and his voice is rich and soulful in a way that you don't always get on his later recordings – quite powerful even with limited backings, at a level that really blows us away. The set's nearly all covers, but Billy's interpretations are fantastic, and he turns the tracks into something completely different than you're used to – in the same way that Nina Simone and Isaac Hayes were doing at the time with contemporary hits. Tracks include "Bluesette", "That's Life", "Feelin' Good", "Just In Time", and the Kenny Gamble original, "Missing You". CD

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Della ReeseWhat Do You Know About Love ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... About January 25, 2017
Prime early Della Reese at her best – a record with a really moody feel, and a depth that few other singers can match! The arrangements from Reg Owen have a fair bit of strings, and a very blue undercurrent – and Della's vocals cut through them strongly with a soulful, searching feeling that almost reminds us of a young Nina Simone. The set's free from some of the easier cliches of Della's career, and is exactly the kind of record to showcase her at her best. Tracks include "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "You Better Go Now", "I Never Knew", "I Thought Of You Last Night", "I'm Thru With Love", "That's All There Is", and "I Got It Bad". CD

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Sonny StittDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Back To My Own Home Town ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A late life session from Sonny Stitt – and a great one, too – as the set's got the saxophone giant really opening up in the relaxed, easygoing space of the Black & Blue label studio – which allows Sonny to hit the soulful vibe of his classic recordings on Roost and Verve! The setup is nothing fancy, but Stitt really makes magic with his solos – those strongly-blown, always-imaginative passages that always make his music seem so effortless – so much so that sometimes Sonny doesn't always get his due in the jazz history books! This set's one to put up there with any testament to his genius – and Sonny blows both tenor and alto, alongside Gerald Price on piano, Don Mosley on bass, and Bobby Durham on drums. Titles include "Duty Free", "My Little Suede Shoes", "Simone's Blues", "Streamline Stanley", and "Back To My Own Home Town". CD

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✨✧ Stelvio CiprianiEcologia Del Delitto (Bay Of Blood) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest 70s soundtracks from the great Stelvio Cipriani – served up here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! The music here was scored for a Mario Bava horror film, but it often has a quality that's more lean and lovely overall – that current of sex that we always love in Ciprani's best work, and which made him a key force for transforming the Italian bossa and jazz soundtrack style of the 60s into something completely new for the 70s! There's a lot of sweet keyboards in the music – as you'd expect from Stelvio – but there's also some cool rootsy percussion, which creates a nice juxtaposition between acoustic and electric, especially as things get a bit spookier near the end. Titles include "Ultimo Atto", "Solitudine Di Simone", "Teenagers Cha Cha Cha", "Due Amanti", "Evelyn Theme", "Shake Giradischi", and "Un Cadavere Nel Lago". CD features 31 tracks in all – including 11 never-issued bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Abbey LincolnLove Having You Around – Live At The Keystone Korner Vol 2 ... CD
High Note, 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Unheard sounds from the great Abbey Lincoln – a live performance recorded in 1980, at a time when the singer was really hitting a new sort of life in her music! Abbey's always been way more than just another jazz vocalist – and, like Nina Simone, often works in a territory that's a genre unto herself – a special Lincoln-like groove that comes through perfectly here in the company of Phil Wright on piano, James Leary on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. The tunes are wonderful – powerful, political, and given a very personal spin – on titles that include "Talkin To The Sun", "Love Having You Around", "Driva Man", "Living Room", "Rainbow", "Africa", and "Throw It Away". CD

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✨✧ VariousJay Strongman Presents Popcorn Heartbreak ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great grooves in the classic popcorn soul mode – a special blend of R&B, jazz vocals, early soul, and outright pop – served up on tracks that have a really wonderful groove at the bottom! The popcorn sound is a midtempo stepping one – not as upbeat as Northern Soul, and often with a nice sort of slink in the groove, which lets in jazzier flourishes on the instrumentation, and some occasional Latin touches as well! DJ Jay Strongman's been spinning the music for years – and he's come up with a great selection of tracks that definitely fit the mode – a few familiar numbers, and lots more rare ones – titles that include "So What" by Ray Rush, "The Big Change" by Anna King, "Heartbreak Society" by The Radiants, "River Love" by Hillard Street, "That's Why I Cry" by Varetta Dillard, "I'll Be There" by Damita Jo, "Dreams Never Hurt Nobody" by Jesse James, "A Tear" by Patsie Slater, "Tell Him" by The Gainors, "I Should Have Loved You" by The Sierras, "How Much Land" by Frank Minion, "In The Palm Of Your Hand" by Dolly Lyon, "Now I Lay Me Down To Weep" by Simone Dina, and "You Got Me Crazy" by Lew Conetta. CD
Also available Jay Strongman Presents Popcorn Heartbreak ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Masters At Work & OthersHouse Masters – Masters At Work Vol 2 (4CD set) ... CD
Defected (UK), 1990s/2000s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
The title definitely gets it right – as the team of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega are certainly masters of house – as you'll hear in this overstuffed 4CD set! The package brings together 40 tracks that really span the gamut of the duo's genius – from their important early house records, their crucial remixes of tracks for others, and their groundbreaking work during their second chapter – when the Masters At Work name helped bridge a space between older funk and soul, and the freshest sounds of the 21st Century! There's a huge amount here to love – and titles include "I Like (MAW main mix)" by Shanice, "Our Time Is Coming" by MAW with Roy Ayers, "Buddy X (Masters At Work dub 1)" by Nenah Cherry, "Always There (MAW main mix)" by Incognito with Jocelyn Brown, "I Feel Love (Masters At Work 86th Street mix)" by Donna Summer, "When You Touch Me (MAW re-edit)" by Taana Gardner, "You Can Do It (Nuyorican style mix)" by Nuyorican Soul with George Benson, "Star Chasers (Nu Yorican dub)" by 4Hero, "Let It Go (Ken Lou mix)" by Black Magic, "Ten Percent (Ken Lou mix)" by Double Exposure, "See Line Woman (MAW rmx)" by Nina Simone, "Truth Don Die (Masters At Work house version main)" by Femi Kuti, and lots lots more! CD
 
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Agostinho Dos SantosBossa Nova Vol 1 (Agostinho Espetacular/Inimitavel Agostinho/Agostinho Sempre Agostinho/Agostinho Canta Successos) (4CD set) ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $49.99
The box has "bossa nova" in the title, but Agostinho Dos Santos is the kind of singer who also offers up what came before the bossa as well – a wonderful male singer from Brazil, and one who really bridges the sound of different generations with these records! The approach is sometimes light and jazzy, sometimes more richly expressive – at a level that ties Agostinho to some of the more soulful male singers of the American scene of the 50s – moving easily between different popular modes. Yet most of these tracks are strongly Brazilian from the top to the bottom – and filled with the mix of samba, jazz, and bossa that the RGE label could do so well at the time – with backings on most records by Simonetti. The set features four full albums – each with original artwork and notes, and in a package that also includes 10 bonus tracks as well! CD

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✨✧ Jeri SouthernBlue Note, Chicago – March 1956 ... CD
Uptown, 1956. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Great small group work from singer Jeri Southern – a group so small, the set also features the vocalist on piano! If you only know some of Jeri's more fully-produced albums of the 50s and 60s, you'll really be surprised here – as the singer works in a great small club setting with this open, personal approach that rivals the hipper jazz singers of the time – territory that hipper listeners always knew Southern could hit, even though her records of the period didn't get that far! The strength of her piano work is quite a surprise, as is her ability to really open up her vocals – and the package presents a full club performance for the first time ever, with backing from Al Bruno on bass and Dominic Simonetta on drums. Titles include "Every Time", "You Better Go Now", "I'm In Love With The Honorable Mr So & So", "Dancing On The Ceiling", "Scarlet Ribbons", "When I Fall In Love", "September In The Rain", and "Miss Johnson Phoned Again Today". CD
 
 
 



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