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✨✧ Allman Brothers BandReach For The Sky ... LP
Arista, 1980. Very Good+ ... $5.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Matt Bauder/Zach Wallace/Aaron SiegelMemorize The Sky ... CD
482 Music, 2007. Used ... $9.99
CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Bel FiresFall For The Sky EP ... 12-inch
Birdcage, 1985. Very Good+ ... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Samuel BlaserPieces Of Old Sky (LP sleeve pressing) ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2009. Used ... $6.99
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CalderaCaldera/Sky Islands ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of killers from this jazzy Latin combo of the 70s! First up is the self-title Caldera album – a jazzy Latin fusion classic – and the first album by the border-crossing combo! The group features both North and South American players – coming together in a hard-riffing approach to fusion that rivals the best fusion combos of both the California and Brazilian scenes at the time. There's a few nice moments that really belie their more southern roots – and recall the choppy fusion of Airto, or the vocal scatting of Flora – but the set's also got a sunny west coast finish, thanks to some wonderful production from Wayne Henderson – who kicks things up in a way that the group hardly matched on later albums! Guest stars include Raul De Souza and Roberto Da Silva – and titles include the funk classic "Coastin", plus "Guanacaste", "Out Of The Blue", "El Juguete", and "Synesthesia". Nest is Sky Islands – a set that's recorded with a smooth soulful style that's right up there with the best of the Capitol Rare generation! Caldera mixes together nice jazzy saxes with guitars, percussion, and some great keyboard work by Eduardo Del Barrio – all produced by the group with a sweet arching style that's very much in the Brazilian fusion style of the time – a wonderful blend that also gets a dose of California warmth, which is just the right element to send the whole thing home nicely! Tracks include the classic "Sky Islands", plus "Pegasus", "Carnavalito", "Triste", and "Ancient Source". CD

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CalderaSky Islands ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
Classic Latin-tinged fusion on Capitol – recorded with a smooth soulful style that's right up there with the best of the Capitol Rare generation! Caldera mixes together nice jazzy saxes with guitars, percussion, and some great keyboard work by Eduardo Del Barrio – all produced by the group with a sweet arching style that's very much in the Brazilian fusion style of the time – a wonderful blend that also gets a dose of California warmth, which is just the right element to send the whole thing home nicely! Tracks include the classic "Sky Islands", plus "Pegasus", "Carnavalito", "Triste", and "Ancient Source". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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CalderaSky Islands ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good ... $6.99
Classic Latin-tinged fusion on Capitol – recorded with a smooth soulful style that's right up there with the best of the Capitol Rare generation! Caldera mixes together nice jazzy saxes with guitars, percussion, and some great keyboard work by Eduardo Del Barrio – all produced by the group with a sweet arching style that's very much in the Brazilian fusion style of the time – a wonderful blend that also gets a dose of California warmth, which is just the right element to send the whole thing home nicely! Tracks include the classic "Sky Islands", plus "Pegasus", "Carnavalito", "Triste", and "Ancient Source". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole and a few creases.)

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Captain SkySaturday Night Move-Ease/Wonder Worm ... 12-inch
AVI, 1978. Very Good+ ... $11.99
It may not be "Super Sporm", but these two tracks still jam along nicely in the disco breaks style that makes the Adventures Of Captain Sky a late 70s block party and roller rink classic! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a AVI sleevel with splitting.)

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Cryan ShamesScratch The Sky ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great step forward for The Cryan Shames – a group who started their career singing other peoples' music, but who emerge here with some great songs of their own! There's a brilliant Sunshine Pop feel to the whole record – but there's also some garagey elements that reflect the group's presence on the Chicago scene of the 60s – not a Dunwich quality entirely, but not far off either! That edge makes the psych moments really sparkle nicely – with a more sinister feel than anyone might have guessed from the group on their initial outing. A few moments echo Brit invasion modes – but with a trippier style that's a bit like Chad & Jeremy on Columbia – and titles include "Cobblestone Road", "The Sailing Ship", "A Carol For Lorelei", "Sunshine Psalm", "Mr Unreliable", and "In The Cafe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing with barcode.)

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dB'sFalling Off The Sky ... LP
Bar None, 2012. Near Mint- ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and bonus CD.)

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Dave DouglasSingle Sky ... CD
Greenleaf, 2009. Used ... $3.99
A beautiful big band project from trumpeter Dave Douglas – done in close collaboration with Jim McNeely, acting as artist in residence and conductor for the Frankfurt Radio Big Band! The ensemble's got a hell of an artistic approach – and they work perfectly here in re-imagining Douglas' music for a larger group – partly with help from Douglas on a few tracks penned specifically for big band, but also with key direction from McNeely, who rearranged some of the others. Dave gets in some strong solos on the date – but other standout players include Staffan Weber and Oliver Leicht on reeds, Peter Feil and Christian Jaksjo on trombones, and Tony Lakatos on tenor and flute. Titles include "A Single Sky", "Persistence Of Memory", "Blockbuster", "Bury Me Standing", "The Presidents", and "Campaign Trail". CD
(Barcode has some marker.)

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Aretha FranklinHey, Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
One of Aretha Franklin's greatest records – and a complicated batch of jazzy tunes that features arrangements and production by Quincy Jones! The record breaks way past the stock southern soul style of some of Aretha's earlier work for Atlantic – and it features a more sophisticated style that hits a number of different moods, and which shows off Aretha's strong commitment to growth as an artist. Features a semi-hit reading of King Pleasure's old classic, "Moody's Mood For Love", plus "Sister From Texas", "Somewhere", "Angel", and "That's The Way I Feel About Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and splitting on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Curtis FullerCabin In The Sky ... LP
Impulse, Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
A very unique album by Curtis Fuller – quite different than any of his other records at the time! The session has Curtis blowing on tunes from the score to Cabin In The Sky – arranged by Manny Albam, and performed by a large group that includes Freddy Hubbard, Hank Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer. Far from the snoozy outing that you might guess from the title, the album's actually a deeply spiritual album that has Fuller playing in warm rich tones that he rarely achieves elsewhere. The backing is sensitive, and doesn't get in the way – and instead creates a magical pillow of sound that allows Fuller to craft these warm and sweet notes that are really wonderful. Titles include "The Prayer", "Savannah", "Love Turned The Light Out", and "Love Me Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Labels have some marker.)

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Emmylou HarrisPieces Of The Sky ... CD
Warner, 1975. Used ... $1.99
Includes "Too Far Gone", "Sleepless Nights", "Coat of Many Colors", "Boulder To Birmingham", "Bottle Let Me Down", and "Queen Of The Silver Dollar". CD
(Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Jon IrabagonBehind The Sky ... CD
Irabbagast, 2015. Used ... $8.99
CD

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John James/Pete BerrymanSky In My Pie ... LP
Transatlantic (UK), 1971. Very Good ... $6.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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KamasutraRunning Away (blue sky, red sky, green sky, black sky, yellow sky, orange sky) ... 12-inch
Wild Flower (Italy), 1993. Very Good+ 2x12" (pic cover)... $6.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Lori LiebermanGun Metal Sky ... LP
Drive On, 2011. Near Mint- ... $2.99
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Mike MandelSky Music ... LP
Vanguard, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
Sweet jazzy keys from Mike Mandel – grooving here in a fuller jazz funk mode that's a bit like the best work of the 70s on Kudu Records! The approach is quite nice – with Mike handling all the electrics, and getting solo support from and array of jazzy players who include David Sanborn on alto, Gary Anderson on tenor, Darryl Thompson on guitar, and Wilbur Bascomb and John Lee on bass! The sound's a nice blend of funky and slick – and the album sports a great instrumental cover of Steely Dan's "Peg", as well as the original tunes "As Fine As You Are", "Pyramids", "Elephant & Castle", "Another Kind Of Spring", and "Jupiter Finger". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Eno/Moebius/Roedelius/PlankBegegnungen ... LP
Sky, Late 70s/1984. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Sparely gentle work from various assemblages of electronicists Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius, and Hans Joachim Rodelius – aided and abetted here by producer Connie Plank! There's a personal, intimate feel to this work that almost makes it feel acoustic at times – despite the mostly analogue electronics used to generate the tunes – and the record is key proof that Cluster and Eno were possessed of a sensitivity that few of their contemporaries could match. Eno sings on the incredible "Belldog", one of his best vocal/electronic tracks, and he also joins the pair on "Schoene Hande". Other tracks include "Nervos", "Pitch Control", "Two Oldtimers", and "Dem Wanderer". LP, Vinyl record album
(German DMM pressing. Cover has some edge wear.)

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Goddess Of FortuneGoddess Of Fortune ... LP
Spiritual Sky (UK), Early 70s. Very Good ... $5.99
Unusual spiritual sounds – produced by George Harrison! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve.)

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RoedeliusOffene Turen ... LP
Sky (Germany), 1982. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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RoedeliusSelbstportrait 2 (180 gram presssing) ... LP
Sky (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The fourth solo set from Roedelius and the follow up the the loosely structured, oddly beautiful Selbstportrait – aptly titled Selbstportrait 2! The way he's blending dreamy synth and keyboard melodies with spare, elemental and minimalist soundscapes continues here, and it continues to enthrall! Titles include "Signal", "Aufbruch", "Alle Jahre Wieder", "Grundlsee", "Regenwurm", "Thronfolge", "Tee Fur Die Geisha" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cluster & EnoCluster & Eno ... LP
Sky (Germany), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key meeting between 2 important forces in electronic music in the 70s – the increasingly-experimental Brian Eno and the Cluster team of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius! Unlike the trio's other album, this one's an all-instrumental affair – one that takes the atmospherics of Cluster, and gives them a darker Eno edge – in a way that gives the record an incredibly moody feel, and predates endless electronic work to come in the 90s. There's a spare brilliance here that's almost indescribable – songs that are hardly songs, sounds that slide back into silence – but somehow the whole thing's got a power that's far beyond the sum of its very small parts. Titles include "Wehrmut", "Fur Luise", "One", and "Die Bunge". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in beautiful shape!)

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✨✧ Family CircleFamily Circle ... LP
Sky Disc/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost harmony soul treasure – by an obscure family group from the Newark scene! The Family Circle have a fantastic style that mixes together sweet and deep soul styles into a darkly tinged approach that we'd rank with the best harmony soul of the early 70s – similar to work from bigger New Jersey groups, like The Moments or Whatnauts – but with an interesting twist too, given the mix of male and female vocals.. Nearly every track on the album is an original tune – conducted with baroque arrangements by George Andrews, and delivered with a near-perfect approach that makes this album a real treasure all the way through – not a soul record that's great because it's rare, but just a great album all the way through. Titles include "Change", "If You Really Want To Make It", "Loving You Makes The World Go Round", "I Hope You Really Love Me", "Mariya", and "La La So Lucky". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Brian Eno/Moebius/RoedeliusAfter The Heat ... CD
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Probably the best of the Brian Eno/Cluster collaborations – and a damn great record that's probably one of Eno's last great efforts of the 70s! The record has a beautifully spacey sound, with spare analog electronics that have a perfect German 70's feel – flowing out with an Eno-tuned sense of grace, and made even better by lyrics from Brian on a few of the album's best tracks! The singing style here is in that same beautiful deadpan machine-like mode used on Another Green World – and those tracks are easily up there with his best vocal work on his own albums. Titles include "The Belldog", "Broken Head", "Light Arms", "Old Land", and "Oil". CD

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✨✧ Muddy WatersHard Again ... CD
Blue Sky, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
Produced by Johnny Winter – with cuts that include "The Blues Had A Baby & They Named It Rock & Roll #2", "Little Girl", "Deep Down In Florida", "Jealous Hearted Man", and "Mannish Boy". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Muddy WatersKing Bee ... CD
Blue Sky, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print, original pressing.)

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✨✧ ClusterSowiesoso ... CD
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key chapter in the career of the legendary Cluster – one that has the German duo of Hans-Joachim Rodelius and Dieter Moebius stepping back from their fuller sound of records past – hitting a spare, spacious, lightly electronic sound that would have a huge impact on modern music for many years to come! The feel here is similar to some of the pair's work with Brian Eno, but even more spare overall – often quiet, and almost organic at times – even though most instrumentation comes from electric guitar, keyboards, and analogue electronics. There's an understated quality to the record that makes for a key break from the overindulgence of prog – a move that Cluster made brilliantly to keep themselves healthy for many years to come! Titles include "Zum Wohl", "Sowiesoso", "Halwa", "Dem Wanderer", "Umleitung", and "Es War Einmal". CD

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✨✧ ClusterSowiesoso (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A key chapter in the career of the legendary Cluster – one that has the German duo of Hans-Joachim Rodelius and Dieter Moebius stepping back from their fuller sound of records past – hitting a spare, spacious, lightly electronic sound that would have a huge impact on modern music for many years to come! The feel here is similar to some of the pair's work with Brian Eno, but even more spare overall – often quiet, and almost organic at times – even though most instrumentation comes from electric guitar, keyboards, and analogue electronics. There's an understated quality to the record that makes for a key break from the overindulgence of prog – a move that Cluster made brilliantly to keep themselves healthy for many years to come! Titles include "Zum Wohl", "Sowiesoso", "Halwa", "Dem Wanderer", "Umleitung", and "Es War Einmal". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cluster & EnoCluster & Eno ... CD
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key meeting between 2 important forces in electronic music in the 70s – the increasingly-experimental Brian Eno and the Cluster team of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius! Unlike the trio's other album, this one's an all-instrumental affair – one that takes the atmospherics of Cluster, and gives them a darker Eno edge – in a way that gives the record an incredibly moody feel, and predates endless electronic work to come in the 90s. There's a spare brilliance here that's almost indescribable – songs that are hardly songs, sounds that slide back into silence – but somehow the whole thing's got a power that's far beyond the sum of its very small parts. Titles include "Wehrmut", "Fur Luise", "One", and "Die Bunge". CD

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✨✧ Moebius & PlankRastakraut Pasta ... CD
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first collaboration between Dieter Moebius and Conny Plank – and one of the best! The pair come together here in modes that are a lot more playful than some of the other German projects of this nature at the time – not as spare and sensitive as some of the others, and with a bolder sense of rhythm, and willingness to drop lots of odd elements into the mix – a style that almost makes the record come across with similar tones to the Brian Eno/David Byrne collaborations of the early 80s! Each tune has a basic structure, and a few key elements – fuzzy guitar, odd electronics, offbeat rhythms – and they each state their existence quickly, laying out a basic concept right away, then playing with it in cool ways as the tunes roll on. Apart from some found spoken bits, the whole thing's instrumental – and titles include "News", "Feedback 66", "Landebahn", "Solar Plexus", "Two Oldtimers", and "Missi Cacadou". CD
 
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African Head ChargeOff The Beaten Track (with download) ... LP
On-U Sound (UK), 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
The title and cover definitely get the vibe of the record right – as African Head Charge continue to go off the beaten track with their unique blend of sounds! In the generation before downtempo, these guys were pretty darn unique – and key forerunners in blending together rootsy elements, dubby production, and some very sweet electronics and effects, too – all in a mode that's inspired by Jamaican originals, but taken to much headier territory in the hands of Adrian Sherwood. Titles include "Off The Beaten Track", "Some Bizarre", "Belinda", "Language & Mentality", "Throw It Away", "Conspiring", "Release The Doctor", "Down Under Again", and "Over The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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AirtoTouching You, Touching Me ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $5.99
One of Airto's most polished records, and an album that we've really grown to love over the years! There's a pretty strong modern soul/R&B component to the album – but at the core, there's still a strong feeling for Brazilian rhythms, and the record's got a wonderfully warm Brazilian fusion component. Marcos Valle arranged many of the tracks with Airto, and the record's similar to some of his excellent R&B-ish work from the early 80s, particularly the stuff he did after working with Leon Ware. Great players and singers on the sessions, too – including George Duke, Herb Alpert, Flora Purim and The Sweet Inspirations. Tracks include "Heartbeat", "Amajour", "Partido Alto", "Open Space", "Tempos Atras", and "And Then We Touched The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lorez AlexandriaDidn't We ... LP
Pzazz, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Obscure album by Lorez, with a mix of jazz and pop stuff, and arrangements (mostly) by pianist Ronell Bright. Bright plays in the group backing Lorez, as does the great tenor player Teddy Edwards. The legendary Paul Gayten produced, and the track list includes "Play Me The Blues", "Comet In the Sky", "Psychedelic Bag", "Nonchalantly", "Talk About Cozy", and "Endless". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and staining. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, tracks 3 & 4.)

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Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Incredible early work from Lorez Alexandria – the kind of albums that instantly set her apart from other singers of the 50s, reissued here properly for the first time in years! On This Is Lorez, the singer is working with sublime small combo backings from the group of pianist King Fleming – an unusual Chicago ensemble that includes Wilber Wynn on guitar, Ronald Wilson on flute and oboe, Vernel Fournier on drums, and Audrey Jones on bongos – a musical lineup that brings in a different sort of sophistication to the record, shading tunes with moody colors on flute and oboe that perfectly support Alexandria's soulful and sensitive interpretations of the tunes. The whole thing is pure genius, and a key look at the new levels of sophistication that were bubbling everywhere on the Chicago scene during the years of Jamal and Sun Ra. Lorez Sings Pres follows in a very similar mode – with backing by a Chicago group that again includes King Fleming piano, plus Charles Stepney on vibes, Paul Serrano on trumpet, and Vernel Fournier on drums – an extremely hip lineup that makes the record far more than just the Lester Young tribute promised in the title! But despite the instrumentalists, the real star on all sides is Alexandria – who sings with dark tones and deep colors that go far beyond conventional jazz vocals – all carried off with that slightly breathy mode that was one more unique aspect of her work! CD features all tracks from both albums – a total of 22 titles that include "Snowstorm", "I'm Glad There Is You", "The Sky Is Crying", "I'm Making Believe", "Necessity", "Penthouse Serenade", "DB Blues", "This Year's Kisses", "Easy Living", "No Eyes Blues", "Jumping With Symphony Sid", and a key early reading of "Baltimore Oriole". CD

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Roy AyersDaddy Bug ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A brilliant set of straight jazz material from Roy Ayers – a set recorded for Atlantic at a time when he was working for the label in Herbie Mann's group – but done in a much more righteous groove that really points the way towards Roy's growth in the 70s! The lineup changes a bit throughout the set – but all cuts feature Herbie Hancock on piano, who helps give the record a solid modal groove that works great with the sound of Roy's vibes – and other players include Buster Williams and Ron Carter on bass, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, and Freddy Waits and Bruno Carr on drums. There's a bit of added strings and woodwinds at points – already showing Ayers' ear for larger, more ambitious sounds – and the whole record's arranged by the ultra-hip William Fischer. Titles include the classic "Daddy Bug", plus "Bonita", "I Love You Michelle", "Emmie", "Shadows", "It Could Only Happen With You", and "Look To The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy Bang & William ParkerMedicine Buddha ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, in 2009 – with Bang on violin and thumb piano, and William Parker on bass, plus a bit of shakuhashi and dousn gouni as well. Both players handle strings at a level that's far different than most of their contemporaries or influences – and have this sublimely spiritual style that's often a bit exotic too – but never in the sort of easier ways of Bang's Vietnam-related projects. Instead there's a very freely creative spirit as both players come together – finding a unique voice that's extremely moving, and never too heavy-handed – a huge reminder of why we love them both so much. Titles include "Bronx Aborigines", "Eternal Planet", "Buddha's Joy", "Medicine Buddha", and "Sky Song". CD

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Gary BartzLibra/Another Earth ... CD
Milestone, 1967/1968. Used ... $10.99
Early soul jazz brilliance from a young Gary Bartz – music that pre-dates his Ntu Troup, and his work with Larry Mizell! Libra is fantastic early work from Gary – and probably his rarest record ever! The album was cut at a time when the young Bartz was first coming to prominence in the hip late 60s soul jazz group of Max Roach – and Bartz's playing at the time is a perfect model of mid-Coltrane searching with some of the tighter sides of soul jazz that were being forged at labels like Blue Note by players like Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan. The record's a masterpiece of youthful soulful energy – and the group includes Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass, Albert Dailey on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums, all players who are perfectly matched to fit Bartz's stridently creative vision. His solos on alto are impeccable – some of the most meaningful we've ever heard on the instrument from the time – and the album's a great one all the way through! Titles include "Air & Fire", "Eastern Blues", "Libra", "Freedom Of The Day", and "Cabin In The Sky". Another Earth is amazing too – one of the first that Gary Bartz ever cut – done during a time when he'd been working with Max Roach and a super-hip group of younger soul jazz players who would go onto shape the sound of the 70s. Bartz leads a group that includes Stanley Cowell, Freddy Waits, Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, and Reggie Workman – and the music sounds like it was lifted from one of the best albums on Strata East from the 70s. There's no funk, no vocals, no weird rhythms – just pure spiritual jazz, played to perfection, and filled with a creative vitality that most of the players had lost a few years later. Tracks include the album-side "Another Earth", plus "Dark Nebula", "UFO", and "Perihelion & Aphelion". Note: CD omits the track "Disjunction" from Libra – due to space restrictions. CD

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BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Apple label stereo pressing.)

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Bunny BeriganTake It Bunny ... LP
Epic, Mid 30s/1955. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes with the frenzy of any of his competitors, but also an entertainer who was willing to step back and personalize (and vocalize) things when needed. Players on the tunes include many who would go onto lead their own groups – Artie Shaw, Jack Teagarden, Claude Thornhill, and others – and titles include "I Can't Get Started With You", "Solo Hop", "Dixieland Shuffle", "It's Been So Long", "Let Yourself Go", "If I Had My Way", "I'd Rather Lead A Band", and "A Melody From The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(CSP pressing.)

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Hiram Bullock/Haru/Leni Stern/Mike Stern55 Bar Sessions ... CD
King (Japan), 1998. New Copy ... $10.99
Four different guitarists – Hiram Bullock, Haru, Mike Stern, and Leni Stern – each coming together in this special sort of session – a record that fives each player two tracks of their own, alongside rhythms from Harvie Swartz on bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums! All four guitarists have a very warm spirit, and that makes for a record that's very unified – and which almost makes it feel as if each individual were trying to find a special space alongside each other. Titles include "All Blues" and "All The Things You Are" from Hiram Bullock, "Days Of Wine & Roses" and "Solar" from Haru, "Solar" and "The Sky Is Crying" from Leni Stern, and "Body & Soul" and "On Green Dolphin Street" from Mike Stern. CD

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BusdriverJhelli Beam ... CD
Epitaph/Anti, 2009. Used ... $5.99
A wild set of boundlessly spraying lyrics from Busdriver – who can pack 3 minutes with more wordplay than just about any MC we can think of – the man is phenomenally talented in this area, which you have to acknowledge whether unfiltered, surrealistic indie hip hop is your cup of tea or not! The beats have some spacey, synth flavored funk, dense synth bits and more, and he brings in some high quality beatmakers and arrangers, including Omid, Nobody, Shawn Lee and more. Titles include "Split Seconds", "Me-Time", "Handfuls Of Sky", "Scoliosis Jones", "Least Favorite Rapper" feat Nocando, "Do The Wop", "World Agape", "Manchuria" feat Myka 9", "I've Always Known" and more. CD

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Kate BushHounds Of Love ... LP
EMI, 1985. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Titles include "Running Up That Hill", "Under Ice", "The Big Sky", "Hounds Of Love", "Cloudbusting", and "Hello Earthy". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Donald ByrdBlack Byrd ... LP
Blue Note, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A landmark album – Donald Byrd's first session with producer Larry Mizell, the man who went onto forever change the face of jazz funk! After rumbling around for a few years attempting electric styles that really didn't fit his mode, Donald wisely hooked up with Larry, and hit a groove here that would carry him for many many years. The album's a masterpiece of soul – heavy production with great keyboards, creating a nice set of grooves that let Byrd solo over the top, sounding better than he had in years! Great all the way through, and with tracks that include "Flight Time", "Sky High", "Black Byrd", "Slop Jar Blues", "Mr Thomas", and the prophetically-titled "Where Are We Going?" LP, Vinyl record album

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Matt CabShunkashito ... CD
Warner (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... $15.99
Cool, catchy soul from Matt Cab – a soul singer with American roots, but one who's been making much bigger waves recording albums like this for the Japanese scene – where he seems to be creating quite an audience for his music! Matt's got a style that could be huge if he were given bigger chart placement over here – instantly appealing, with a quality that's heartfelt, but never overdone – and a mode that's never trying too hard to be anything other than a kind of hummable, memorable soul with nice crossover potential – especially on the album's midtempo tracks, which might be the most appealing. The album features guest work from Sway, Maco, and Che'Nelle – and titles include "Take My Hand", "Sweet Simplicity", "Castle In The Sky", "Used To Know", "Come Back", "To You", "Call Your Name", and "That Touch". CD

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Creedence Clearwater RevivalWilly & The Poor Boys ... LP
Fantasy, 1969. Very Good ... $18.99
It's hard to get any more classic than this for Creedence Clearwater Revival – as this legendary late 60s album is definitely the place where it all comes together! The pairing of John Fogerty's lead guitar and the scratching rhythm guitar of brother Tom really sounds wonderful here – driven on by tight bass and drums, but always with this rootsy edge that stretches from the Bay Area scene way down to the bayou! Titles include the classic "Down On The Corner" and a great version of "The Midnight Special" – plus "It Came Out Of The Sky", "Side Of The Road", "Effigy", "Don't Look Now", and "Fortunate Son". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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Lew Davies & His OrchestraStrange Interlude ... LP
Command, 1961. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $0.99
Orchestral instrumental stuff, with Tony Mottola on guitar, Phil Bodner on reeds, and Sy Mann playing a groovy ondioline and if that's not enough, there's two theremin players! Cuts include spooky versions of "Ebb Tide" and "Riders in the Sky", plus the title track "Strange Interlude" and "In A Mist", "Wild Goose", "Intermezzo", "Old Devil Moon", "The Riddle Song", "The Witching Hour", "Laura" and "Spellbound". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dia.L (Lailah Reich & Radius)Dia.L (with download) ... LP
Etc, 2016. New Copy ... $15.99
The self-titled debut of Dia.L – the duo of vocalist, viola and kalimba player Lailah Reich and ever-creative Chicago producer Radius! The name is pronounced as "dial", and they dial up a really unique sound with boundless astral atmosphere, but it still has a fairly intimate feel, rooted in abstract soul. The soulful resonance is especially strong because of the sweet, subtle and hushed quality of Lailah's vocals, which blend with and dance alongside the beats in a beautiful way! On that front, Radius never disappoints on the production tip, always able to balance a undercurrent of insistent beats with atmospheric effects, and the sky is the limit when working with an intuitive vocal partner. Titles include "Wide Eyed" with guests Kenny Keys and Jana Buttanari, "Sadness", "Harvest Of Calm", "Poi Tree", "Robots", "Trade Winds", "Piece Peace" and "Next Chapter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition test pressing version – in a plain white sleeve. Includes download!)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireFaces ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
The genius of Earth Wind & Fire knows no bounds – and even on this double-length set, the group keep up their groove tremendously! The 2LP scope of Faces might make it seem like an ambitious enterprise, but it's really just an overstuffed package that tries to contain all the genius the group was capable of at the time – a flurry of well-written, nice-grooving, and still-righteous soul tracks that have the EWF sound glowing brightly at the end of the 70s – always seeming to re-ignite itself with its own bold sense of power. A few tracks get a bit mellow, and almost adult – but the best numbers here are the groovers – still done with plenty of jazz in the mix, and a sublime mix of guitar, horns, and percussion that few other groups could carry off this well! Titles include "Pride", "Let Me Talk", "Turn It Into Something Good", "Sparkle", "And The Love Goes On", "Sailaway", "Take It To The Sky", "Song In My Heart", and "Win Or Lose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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Duke EllingtonIndigos ... LP
Columbia, 1957. Very Good ... $4.99
One of Duke Ellington's best albums of the 50s – a well-conceived session of dark moody tracks that revisits a few old favorites, hits a few standards, and offers a new gem that's right up there with the classics! The "indigos" title is taken very seriously here – as the album's awash in blue tones and darker hues – a bit Kenton in inspiration, but carried off with a lot more intimacy and sense of soul throughout. The group by this point is completely mature – and old bandmates like Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Cat Anderson and Ray Nance on trumpets, and Jimmy Woode on bass all fit together perfectly under Ellington's direction. Titles include Duke's great "The Sky Fell Down", plus "Mood Indigo", "Autumn Leaves", "Tenderly", "Dancing In The Dark", "Where Or When", and "Solitude". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye stereo pressing.)

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Emerald WebStargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $24.99
A beautifully trippy duo who work here mostly with electronics – but who use the instruments in very organic ways that are almost acoustic! There's an earthy, almost hippieish quality to the sounds on the set – music that belies the pair's placement in the pre-New Age instrumental underground shared by Iasos, Laraaji, and others – but which also comes across here with a unique quality that's very much all their own! The music has a naive, optimistic feel that's very cool – and even when the keyboards step out front a bit more strongly on a few tracks, the energy of the record still has a lot more warmth than the Sky Records scene in Germany. After a smattering of various reissues, this full set finally does the duo justice – bringing together all the best track from their rare album and cassette-only releases – with the kind of notes and details we love from the Finders Keepers label. Titles include "Dawn", "The Dragon's Gate", "Flight Of The Raven", "Voices Of The Sage", "Chasing The Shadowbeast", "Nightsong", and "Valley Of The Birds". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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