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✨✧ Nina SimoneMood Indigo – The Complete Bethlehem Singles ... CD
Bethlehem, Late 50s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
An unusual look at the earliest work of singer Nina Simone – as the set presents all her original Bethlehem Records 45s – all in their rare mono mixes! The tracks here were all issued as singles, but almost all of them came from the sessions for the album Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting the tunes with gospel-inspired soul, and showing some very slight folksy touches – of the sort that would come in more heavily on later records, but which is already shining pretty strongly here! Nina accompanies herself on some mighty soulful piano – with bass from Jimmy Bond and drums from Al Heath – on titles that include "Plain Gold Ring", "Good Bait", "He Needs Me", "Don't Smoke In Bed", and "I Loves You Porgy". The collection also features the stunning "African Mailman" – one of Nina's most hard-wailing groovers ever – and an alternate take on "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands". CD
Also available Mood Indigo – The Complete Bethlehem Singles (with bonus 7 inch single) ... LP 22.99

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Nina SimoneNina Simone Sings Ellington ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
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 SimoneNina Simone With Strings ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99
Only Nina could make us love a "strings" setting so much – moving past the sleepiness that usually graces such vocal albums, and using the backings to give her work an added level of majesty and power that we really really love! The feel is a bit like some of Nina's later Philips recordings – in that the larger arrangements are used to hint at larger moods and concepts that lurk behind familiar and folksy tracks. The approach is most famously heard on the album's incredible reading of "I Loves You Porgy" – but all titles are great, and other tunes include "Pigs Foot & A Bottle Of Beer", "Chain Gang", "The Man With The Horn", and "Falling In Love". CD
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Nina SimoneVery Rare Evening (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Shout (Japan), 1969/1979. New Copy ... $22.99
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine on Hammond, playing these soulful lines that are mighty lean and plenty powerful – spurred on by rhythms from Al Shackman on guitar, Gene Perla on bass, and Don Alias on drums! The record also features two female backup singers on a few cuts – giving the album an almost Sweet Inspirations like touch at moments – but overall, the feel is straight hip Nina – that unique blend of soul, folk, and jazz that pushed things to the next level at the end of the 60s! Includes the great original "Revolution", plus the track "The Other Woman", "In The Morning", "Ain't Go No/I Got Life", "Save Me", and "To Love Somebody". CD

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✨✧ Nina SimoneAmazing Nina Simone ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing is right – as Nina Simone is really taking off here – showing the world that she's way more than just another jazz singer – able to hit some righteous currents that would only explode even more in years to come! Nina's emotion is subtle, but extremely powerful – maybe not as bold as in her late 60s recordings, but already very much part of the performance – even on some of the more standard jazz tunes. 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 SimoneColpix Singles – Mono ... CD
Colpix/Parlophone, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of early work from the legendary Nina Simone – singles that were originally issued by the Colpix label at the start of the 60s – a company who really let Nina find her own space in music! The sounds here really show the important transition Nina took over her short time with the label – from a straight jazz singer to one who could effortlessly blend together blues and folk influences – and come up with an approach that not only made the music her own, but also pushed an agenda of change in subtle and powerful ways. Nina's live albums for Colpix are well-known, but there's been much less focus on her singles for the company until this collection – which brings together all these rare gems, many in their original 45rpm versions for the first time since they were issued in the early 60s. Arrangements are by Stu Phillips, Ralph Burns, Bob Mersey, and even Nina herself – and titles include "The Other Woman", "If Only For Tonight", "Summertime", "Work Song", "In The Evening By The Moonlight", "I Got It Bad", "Gin House Blues", "Come On Back Jack", "Since My Love Has Gone", "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out", "Children Go Where I Send You", and "Chilly Winds Don't Blow". 2CD set features 27 tracks in all! CD
Also available Colpix Singles – Mono ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Nina SimoneNina Simone At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hip set of live tracks from Nina Simone – very dark and moody, with backing by only a small combo that includes two guitars, bass, and drums by Montego Joe! Nina handles all the arrangements herself – with a quality that really shows her stepping forward from straight jazz, and finding that special, unique sound that really set her apart from all other singers of the 60s! The songs are incredibly spare, with an approach that's intimate and emotional – almost stunningly so, considering the size and scope of the venue – and titles include a 7 minute reading of "The Other Woman/Cotton Eyed Joe" – plus "Black Swan", "If You Knew", "Theme From Sayonara", and "Will I Find My Love Today". CD
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Also available Nina Simone At Carnegie Hall ... LP 24.99

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Ulysses Owens JrSongs Of Freedom – A Tribute To Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, & Nina Simone ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), New Copy ... About April 11, 2018
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Abbey LincolnLove Having You Around – Live At The Keystone Korner Vol 2 ... CD
High Note, 1980. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
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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MaliaMalawi Blues/Njira ... CD
MPS (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
We really loved Malia the last time around, and we love her even more on this record – and really hope the rest of the world can find out what a wonderful singer she is! The lady's got an approach that draws on so many different strands – bits of jazz, soul, and even east African music – but never in a way that's easy, faked, or forced – as she folds all her many influences into a style that's completely unique – maybe a bit like the way that Nina Simone created her own unique sound in the 60s! And, line Nina, Malia's got an approach that's hard to sum up easily – but once it grabs you, it's got you – and holds on tight. Titles include "The Seed", "Black Widow", "Malawi Blues/Njira", "Love Is Holding Both Our Hands", "Disgrace", and "Let Me Breathe". CD

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Helen MerrillArtistry Of Helen Merrill ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
A really fantastic album from singer Helen Merrill – and quite an obscure one as well! The set was recorded after Helen's initial burst to fame on the Mercury label in the 50s – and has her taking on a more laidback, more open-minded approach here in a very hip setting that includes a fair bit of work from guitarist Charlie Byrd – fresh off his fame of recording with Stan Getz, and able to bring some of his unique phrasing to the record in a really great way! The material is nicely varied – different than what Merrill would have recorded in the previous decade – and definitely indicates the step into hipper territory that some of the rising vocalists of the 60s, such as Nina Simone or Oscar Brown Jr, were taking at the time. Other musicians include Jimmy Giuffre on clarinet, Hal McKusick on flute, and Jimmy Raney on second guitar – and titles include "The River", "Minha Rocca", "Forbidden Games", "John Anderson My Love", "Cannetella", "Itsuki No Komoriuta", "Quiet Nights", and "Careless Love". CD

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VariousCool Heat – The Best Of CTI Records ... CD
CTI/Robinsongs (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99
A great introduction to the legendary CTI Records label from the 70s – a groundbreaking imprint for both jazz and soul, and a company who helped a whole generation of musicians find a new way forward! The set's got a really great balance – with both some of the funky jazz and soulful vocal cuts recorded by the label and it's partner imprint, Kudu – and over the course of the 25 tracks on the extended collection, you'll not only hear a great evolution in grooves for the 70s generation – but also a fair bit of tracks that have gone onto new lives as sample cuts too! Titles include "Mama Wailer" by Lonnie Smith, "Say You Love Me" by Patti Austin, "2001 – Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Deodato, "Jaws" by Lalo Schifrin, "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" by Idris Muhammad, "Supership" by George Benson, "Baltimore" by Nina Simone, "Polar AC" by Freddie Hubbard, "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" by Esther Phillips, "It's Going To Take Some Time" by Gabor Szabo, "Flute Song" by George Benson & Joe Farrell, "Forecast" by Eric Gale, "Baretta's Theme" by Ron Carter, "Breakout" by Johnny Hammond, "Wildflower" by Hank Crawford, "Knucklehead" by Grover Washington Jr, "Grand Prix" by Fuse One, "Shoogie Wanna Boogie" by Dave Matthews, "Be Yourself" by Kenny Burrell, "Sugar" by Stanley Turrentine, "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard, "Super Strut" by Deodato, and "Follow Your Heart" by Joe Farrell. 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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✨✧ FCT Trio Meets Carlo AttiFrom Sun Ra To Donald Trump ... CD
Clean Feed, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
With a title and cover like this, we had to check the record out – and the sound within doesn't fail to disappoint! The song titles themselves are extremely political, but the music has a very universal appeal in the freer side of the spectrum – almost a poetic take on the world of free improvisation, with as much tunefulness as unbridled sense of exploration in the musicians! Players include Simone Graziano on piano, Gabriele Evangelista on bass, and Francesco Cusa on drums – working with guest Carlo Atti on saxes. Titles include "Delivering A Load Of Musical Boxes To Wall Street", "Adam Smith Counts Every Penny", "Fiscal Regime In The Life Of The New York Taxidriver/Jazzman", "Sun Ra Vs Donald Trump", and "Accelerating From The Global Society To The Foamed Society". CD

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✨✧ Elvin JonesElvin Jones Coalition ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand – George Coleman on tenor, and Frank Foster on tenor, alto, and bass clarinet – both given plenty of room to run around with long solos on the open space of the record – yet without ever blowing off their heads as much as some of the younger players who'd work with Jones. There's no piano at all on the set – just the rock-slid bass of Wilbur Little, and additional congas from Candido next to Elvin's drums. The tracks have a haunting quality that mixes modal grooving with spare moments, and titles include "Simone", "5/4 Thing", "Shinjitu", and a nice version of "Yesterdays". CD
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✨✧ Various50 Ans De Saravah ... CD
Saravah (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful tribute to the legendary Saravah label – one that features all-new recordings of some of the label's groundbreaking classics – all handled by a younger generation who definitely get the spirit right! Songs are by some of the greats who recorded for Saravah in the 60s and 70s – Brigitte Fontaine, Pierre Barouh, Francis Lai, Jack Treese, Jean-Roger Causimmon, and others – and some of the numbers are done in styles that really recall the original records, while others take off in ways that are more contemporary – but still have that amazing genre-busting, culture-crossing style that's always made Saravah so great! Titles include "13 Jours Au Japon" by Sheena Ringo, "Tell Me" by Bears Of Legend, "La Bicyclette" by Bertrand Belin, "Samba Saravah" by Severin, "Ode To Maffen" by Camelia Jordana, "C'est Normal" by Francois Morel & Yolande Moreau, "Cet Enfant Que Je T'Avais Fait" by Kahimi Kari & Albin De La Simone, and "Decroche Moi La Terre" by Bastien Lallemant. CD
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GoblinSuspiria (40th anniversary edition – with DVD & bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox (Italy), 1977. New Copy CD & DVD ... $19.99
One of the wildest 70s soundtracks by the Italian horror genius group Goblin – filled with a lot of weird distorted electronics, strangely recorded percussion, and oddly-tuned guitar parts and basslines! The overall feel still has the band's electric slightly funky sound firmly in place, but the presence of strange techniques makes the soundtrack one of their most interesting records – a really compelling chapter that also links their groundbreaking style to later genius from an 80s generation of composers! Claudio Simonetti plays lots of cool keyboards – from organ to moog to mellotron, mini moog, and more – and titles include "Suspiria", "Sighs", "Witch", "Black Forest", "Blind Concert", and "Death Valzer". Plus, this CD features 5 bonus tracks that were not issued at the time of the original release, for a total of 12 cuts that includes "Suspiria", "Witch", "Black Forest/Blind Concert", "Death Valzer", "Markos", and "Opening To The Sighs". Special edition features 9 bonus tracks – and also comes with a DVD film – Suspiria Behind The Soundtrack – which includes interviews with Dario Argento and Goblin. CD

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✨✧ Caterina Valente/Alaide Costa/Maysa/Dolores DuranWomen Of Bossa Nova Vol 1 (Bossa Classica/Joia Moderna/Tom Jobim For Maysa/Dolores Duran & Her Interpreters) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool collection of female bossa nova records – one that really goes way past the usual! First up is Bossa Classica by Caterina Valente – a German singer by birth, but one who was really open to new styles from around the world – including lots of jazz, Latin, and Brazilian modes too! The set was recorded in Germany, with backings by Werner Muller – but the style is right up there with the best bossa charts of the time – set up with acoustic guitar in the lead, some light strings, and often some cool woodwind touches that spark the tunes with color while Valente sings in Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, and English. Titles include "Fale Baixinho", "Bruxeira", "Aquarela Do Brasil", "Bahia", "Samba Di Una Nota", "Chanson Sur Un Seule Note", and "Le Chapeau De Paille". Next up is the Joia Moderna album by Alaide Costa – served up in that wonderful mix of jazz, samba, and bossa that makes her 60s recordings so great! There's a nice current of melancholy to the music at times – one that almost links Costa to an earlier generations of singers – but many numbers have light and lively instrumentation that really sets her vocals free – creating a lightness in the music that's also carried through in the lyrics – at a level that made Alaide a very important influence at the time, even though she might not be as well-remembered all these many years later. The set features musical help from Baden Powell and Oscar Castro Neves – and titles include "Samba De Nos Dois", "Se Foi Passado", "Ponto Final", "Encontro Com A Saudade", "Cancao Do Amor Sem Fim", "Gosto Do Seu Olhar", and "Lagrima". Next up is a full album of Antonio Carlos Jobim songs by Brazilian singer Maysa. The sound here is sad and dark – almost in the mode of some of the more obscure US vocalists of the late 50s, the post-June Christy crowd who took bits of jazz woven with their own sadness, and worked in a much darker style than the pop singers of the day. In a way, Maysa sounds best of all in this mode – and we almost like these albums more than some of her later, more famous work. Orchestrations are a mix of strings and woodwinds, handled by Enrico Simonetti – and titles include "Dindi", "Caminhos Cruzados", "As Praias Desertas", "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar", "Por Causa De Voce", "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce", and "Meditacao". Last up is a selection of tracks sung by and inspired by Dolores Duran – an important Brazilian singer in the pre-bossa years – but one who continued to have an impact on that generation too. Dolores sings "Solidao", "Estranho Amor", "Por Causa De Voce", "Fim De Caso", and "A Noite Do Meu Bem" – and the set also features eleven more songs written by Duran, sung by artists who include Maysa, Lucio Alves, Trio Irakitan, Dick Farney, and Elizeth Cardoso. CD

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