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Allison Au QuartetThe Sky Was Pale Blue Then Grey ... CD
(Canada), 2012. Used ... $2.99

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CalderaCaldera/Sky Islands ... CD
Capitol/ (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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CanMother Sky – Live In Berlin June 1971 ... CD
Asteroid, 1971. Used ... $9.99
(CDr pressing.)

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Crack The SkyAnimal Notes ... LP
Lifesong, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a light crease.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles In The Sky (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1968. Used ... $11.99
Miles Davis makes the electric transition – in this groundbreaking set from the late 60s! The classic mid 60s quintet is still in place here – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – but the sound is looser, freer, and more spacious – often echoing some of the rhythmic concerns that would dominate Miles' music in a few more years, but without as much of a bombastic sound. Williams' drums are amazing – fierce one minute, then fading the next – and Herbie Hancock's use of both electric and acoustic piano really points at his own directions in coming years. George Benson plays one one track – "Paraphernalia" – introducing electric guitar to the Miles Davis sound – and other long tracks on the set include "Stuff", "Black Comedy", and "Country Son". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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John Dikeman, Klaus Kugel & Raoul Van Der WeideAcross The Sky ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2012. Used Gatefold ... $2.99

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Klaus DoldingerPassport (aka Sky Blue) ... LP
Amiga (Germany), 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Classic grooving from Klaus Doldinger and his Passport group – stretched out fusion with just the right mixture of jamming energy and spacey soul! The sound here still has some nice rough edges – not as polished as later Passport work – an almost proggish influence on the keyboards at times, but a bit tighter at other moments. The core of the album is long snakey reed work from Klaus on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – plus keyboards played by himself and Hendrik Schaper. Tracks are somewhat spacey, but sometimes funky too – and titles include "Mandrake", "Sky Blue", "Ataraxia", "Loco Motive", "The Secret", and "Louisiana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Drew SkyRazzmatazz/Funky Disco ... 12-inch
Chicago Underground, 1992. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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(Gold label pressing. Label has some marker.)

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Vernon Duke & John LatoucheCabin In The Sky – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
Turner Classic/Rhino, 1943. Used ... $5.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis FullerCabin In The Sky ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1962. Used ... $25.99
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". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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FuturesCastles in the Sky ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Soaring soul from The Futures – a Philly group who'd already worked for years in the underground before cracking the racks with this debut LP in 1975 – schooled strongly in their best vocal modes from previous singles, and ready to unleash the best side of their sound on the world! The set's got a perfectly put-together style that's much more like some of the Philly vocal work on Atlantic of Philadelphia International at the time – although also not as commercial, thanks to a righteous undercurrent in the group's presentation and overall aesthetic – hinted at by their image on the cover! Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Wade Marcus, who also echo a bit of Detroit styles too – particularly the righteous blend of The Temptations towards the end of their Motown years. The Futures are equally great on mellow cuts and stormers – and titles include Castles", "Do Unto Others", "Ninety Days (In The House Of Love Correction)", "I Had A Dream", "Love Will Be Around Forever", and "Super Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout notch, and small sticker on back.)

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Frank HewittOut Of The Clear Black Sky ... CD
Smalls, 2000. Used ... $6.99

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Elmore JamesSky Is Crying – The History Of Elmore James ... CD
Rhino, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $3.99

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Jazz Is Dead (Billy Cobham, Jimmy Herring et al)Great Sky River ... CD
Zebra, 2001. Used ... $5.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ King CrimsonSheltering Sky ... CD
1995. Used 2CD ... $11.99

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Mild Mannered RebelEar To The Sky ... CD
Mild Mannered Rebel, 2013. Used ... $0.99

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✨✧ Pete MingerLook To The Sky ... CD
Concord, 1992. Used ... $4.99
(Booklet has a cut corner & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Mingus DynastyChair In The Sky ... CD
Elektra/Collectables, 1979. Used ... $6.99
A bold statement from former members of the Charles Mingus group – working here together as a unit after the passing of Mingus, in a set that has some of the best fire and energy of Charles' later years! The tracks here are all Mingus compositions – performed in longish takes that allow for some great solo work from John Handy on alto, Joe Farrell on tenor, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, and Jimmy Knepper on trombone – and rhythm on the session is by the trio of Don Pullen on piano, Charlie Haden on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums. Titles include "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "My Jelly Roll Soul", and "Sweet Sucker Dance". CD

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Rare EarthGeneration (Light Up The Sky)/Magic Key ... 7-inch
Rare Earth, 1969. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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(Labels have some marker and stickers.)

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Redhead Kingpin & The FBIDo The Right Thing (happiness remix, 212 sky king remix, happiness 7" remix) ... 12-inch
Virgin, 1989. Very Good (pic cover)... $0.49
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William R Chemerka & Allen J WienerMusic Of The Alamo (with CD) (hardcover) ... Book
Bright Sky Press, 2009. New Copy ... $5.99 29.95
The seige and battle of the Alamo is a well-trodded piece of history, but what isn't often part of the historical record is the musical history – and this nice tome from authors William Chemerka and Allen Wiener aims to correct that! Includes a look at the songs sung and played prior to the battle itself, as well as the pop culture tunes it inspired. Includes a CD of songs, a forward by Davy Crockett actor Fess Parker, and unlikely Alamo historian/Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins. Hardcover, 191 pages. Book

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✨✧ Family CircleFamily Circle ... LP
Sky Disc/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 16.98
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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Jim LauderdaleBlack Roses ... CD
Sky Crunch, 2013. Used ... $4.99

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Jim LauderdaleBlue Moon Junction ... CD
Sky Crunch, 2013. Used ... $6.99

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Jim LauderdalePatchwork River ... CD
Sky Crunch, 2010. Used ... $4.99

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✨✧ ClusterCluster 1971 ... CD
Sky/DA (Germany), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first rumblings of genius from German electronic giants Cluster – but oddly, a record recorded without any synthesizers at all! The team of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Rodelius are both playing organ here – as well as cello and Hawaiian guitar, and some "audio-generator" and amplifier effects – and they're recording with some excellent production help from the legendary Conny Plank, who uses all sorts of weird techniques to mess up the sound in really great ways. Ordinary notes are completely abstracted here – given cosmic tones and echoey rumblings that are far more challenging than most of the later work by Cluster, especially the pair's more ambient late 70s recordings. The 3 long songs are identified only by their timings – "15:33", "7:38", and "21:17". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ndala KashebaYellow Card ... CD
Limitless Sky, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jim LauderdaleCould We Get Closer? ... CD
Sky Crunch, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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✨✧ Jim LauderdaleOld Time Angels ... CD
Sky Crunch, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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✨✧ Eno/Moebius/RoedeliusAfter The Heat ... LP
Sky (Germany), 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
Probably the best of the 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light crease on one corner.)

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✨✧ Dan HartmanRelight My Fire (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Sky/Purpose, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning disco classic from Dan Hartman – maybe an unlikely talent for the dancefloors, given his image on the cover – but an artist who definitely went onto shape the sound of the clubs at the end of the 70s! The album's got the Hartman groove really hitting hard, and right on the money – a tightly compressed approach to disco that really lays heavily on the hooks – in a style that's similar to where Peter Brown was going at the time, with a similar compressed sensibility that gets past any of the fluff that was drowning others in the disco generation! In fact, it could well be argued that the approach here really helps focus a dancefloor sound towards the modes of the 80s – while still allowing for the fluid soul of the disco years too – a style that's summed up perfectly in the album's extended classic "Vertigo/Relight My Fire", which features famous vocals by Loleatta Holloway! Other titles are all sweet too – and include "Free Ride", "I Love Makin Music", "Just For Fun", "Love Strong", and "Hands Down". CD features some nice bonus tracks too – "Boogie All Summer (single)", "Relight My Fire (single)", "Hands Down (12" version)", "Hands Down (Hands Up)", "Relight My Fire (historical 1979 rmx)", and "Vertigo/Relight My Fire (progressive instrumental rmx)". CD

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✨✧ VariousKollektion 2 – Roedelius – Electronic Music Compiled By Lloyd Cole ... LP
Sky/Bureau B (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavenly sounds from the legendary Roedelius – all hand-picked from the Sky Records collection by the equally legendary Lloyd Cole! Roedelius is a name known to many for his work with Cluster and Brian Eno – but these tracks are all even more personal, poetic electronic numbers issued under his solo name – music that really shows how Roedelius helped strip down and refine German sounds in the waning years of the prog scene – taking elements that once would have been monster jams, and focusing them into just a short smattering of their key elements – but in a way that's equally effective! Most numbers here are very keyboard-heavy, often with little else going on at all – and titles include "Ampher", "Aufbruch", "Schoner Abend", "Etoiles", "Zwei Sind Eins", "Cafe Central", and "Langer Atem". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... $3.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Lorez AlexandriaThis Is Lorez/Lorez Sings Pres ... CD
King/BGP (UK), 1957. Used ... $9.99
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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Australian All Stars (with Don Burrows)Jazz For Surf-Niks Vol 2 (with bonus track) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $9.99
A pivotal moment in the development of Australian jazz – as a quintet featuring Don Burrows, the country's greatest reed player of the 60s and 70s, got this rare chance to cut a record for a US label during an American tour! Even at a young age, Burrows is fantastic on a range of horns – alto, baritone, and flute – and he's working here with tenorist Dave Rutledge, pianist Terry Wilkinson, bassist Freddy Logan, and drummer Ron Webber – a group of lesser-known players, but who really keep up with Burrows' inventive lines. Tracks are short and arranged by the group with a breezy boppish feel – and titles include "Criss Cross", "Pearly", "Steynelus", "Freshwater", "Lotus Bud", and "Down The Mine". Cool "surf" cover, too! CD also features the bonus track "Sky Lounge Blues". CD

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✨✧ Billy Bang & William ParkerMedicine Buddha ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
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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Richie Beirach & Dave LiebmanQuest For Freedom ... CD
Sunnyside, 2010. Used ... $8.99
The core Quest sound, in a whole new setting – one that features the piano of Richie Beirach and reeds of Dave Liebman, cast out over some larger jazz arrangements from the Frankfurt Radio Big Band! All the sense of space and tension in the original Quest sound is still very firmly in place – and in fact, our hat's off to arranger Jim McNeely, for handling the large group so well, as to give Beirach and Liebman the sort of room to shape the record with their own moody touches. Liebman plays both soprano sax and wooden flute – and titles include "Vendetta", "Jung", "Pendulum", "The Sky Is the Limit", "Enfin", and "Port Ligat". CD

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George BensonSpace ... LP
CTI, 1978. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A collection of George Benson material from other CTI sessions – but that's ok with us, because the material's great, with that spare spaced-out funk sound of the label's best early 70s work! Players include Hubert Laws, Ronnie Cuber, Fred Wesley, Steve Gadd, and Bad Bascomb – and Dave Matthews handled arrangements on one track. Titles include "Sky Dive", "Summertime", "Octane", and "No Sooner Said Than Done". LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing.)

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A funky jazz treasure – and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eric Burdon & The AnimalsTwain Shall Meet ... CD
MGM/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Great later work from The Animals – a set that's not as tripped-out as some of their other late 60s work, and which almost starts to show Eric Burdon's rising love of soul and funk! The sound is still pretty rockish overall – but there's some great use of bass rumbling at the bottom – bringing up a rumbling quality that fits nicely with Burdon's somewhat bleak presentation of the lyrics at various points. Production by Tom Wilson almost has a raspy, lo-fi sort of feel – different than the bluesier roots of the group, and almost a precursor of indie work in decades to come! Titles include the classic "Sky Pilot", plus "Monterey", "Just The Thought", "Closer To The Truth", "No Self Pity", "Orange & Red Beams", and "We Love You Lil". CD
Also available Twain Shall Meet (180 gram pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Eric Burdon & The AnimalsTwain Shall Meet (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MGM/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Great later work from The Animals – a set that's not as tripped-out as some of their other late 60s work, and which almost starts to show Eric Burdon's rising love of soul and funk! The sound is still pretty rockish overall – but there's some great use of bass rumbling at the bottom – bringing up a rumbling quality that fits nicely with Burdon's somewhat bleak presentation of the lyrics at various points. Production by Tom Wilson almost has a raspy, lo-fi sort of feel – different than the bluesier roots of the group, and almost a precursor of indie work in decades to come! Titles include the classic "Sky Pilot", plus "Monterey", "Just The Thought", "Closer To The Truth", "No Self Pity", "Orange & Red Beams", and "We Love You Lil". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Twain Shall Meet ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Donald ByrdBlack Byrd ... CD
Blue Note, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
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?" CD

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Caston & MajorsCaston & Majors (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99
Majestic Motown from the 70s – an almost-overlooked record, but a surprisingly sophisticated gem that's well worth discovering again! The album's definitely soul at the core, but embraces so many other rich styles too – and at points, almost feels like some of the most ambitious material of the Cadet/Concept scene in Chicago – especially given the full orchestrations on the tracks, handled by Jimmy Haskell and Jerry Long! Leonard Caston's the real genius behind the record, though – and works here to provide great support for co-vocalist Carolyn Majors – who trades leads back and forth with him, and is sometimes showcased on tracks that really let her heavenly vocals take off! The whole thing's great – and titles include an early version of the cut "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", which was later recorded by other groups – plus "Child Of Love", "There's Fear", "Satisfied Mind", "Let There Be Love", "No One Will Know", and "Say You Love Me True". CD features loads of bonus tracks too – 9 more numbers that act as a great second chapter to the album – titles that include "Mother's Son", "What About The Price", "If I Can", "We're Together", "I've Got To Fly", "Don't Let", and "I'm Flying Your Sky". CD

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Channels/Continentals/Bop-Chords/Love-NotesRumble ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
One of Jubilee Records' excellent collections of earlier vocal group material – served up in a cool covered package with some nice Scorpio Rising overtones! The collection doesn't exactly come across with the violence implied by the name, and most material here has a style that's older than the cover image would imply – but the album, like others in the series, was a key format for presenting cuts known only as singles – at a level that gave them a bit more prominence in the market. The whole thing's great – music that's at the best level of early group soul on the New York scene – and titles include "Fine Fine Frame" and "Dear Lord" by The Continentals, "The Gleam In Your Eye" and "The Closer You Are" by The Channels, "Castle In The Sky" and "When I Woke Up This Morning" by The Bop Chords, and "If I Could Make You Mine" and "Tonight" by The Love Notes. CD

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Al CohnAl Cohn & His Charlie's Tavern Ensemble (East Coast West Coast/Mr Music) ... CD
RCA/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used ... $9.99
An album and a half from Al Cohn – all with his batch of players from the Charlie's Tavern scene! The core material here is from the RCA set Mr Music – a tight little record with a strong focus on Al Cohn's solo work! Al's the lead soloist in a number of largish groups that are often tightly arranged, but which let the leader break out nicely – cutting with an edge on his tenor that's sometimes even sharper than usual. Cohn handled most of the arrangements – but a few are by Johnny Carisi, Ralph Burns, or Manny Albam –a nd players include Joe Newman on trumpet, Billy Byaers and Frank Rehak on trombone, Gene Quill on alto, and Jimmy Raney on guitar. Proceedings are tight, but never too uptight – and titles include "Cabin In The Sky", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "This Reminds Me Of You", "Move", "Cohn My Way", "La Ronde", and "Never Never Land". The remaining three tracks on the record are from Al Cohn's "east" side of the album East Coast West Coast – a batch of material arranged by Al, and featuring Joe Newman on trumpet, Billy Byers and Eddie Bert on trombone, and Hal McKusick and Gene Quill on alto saxes. Titles include "Inside Out", "Autumn Leaves", and "Serenade For Kitty". CD

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✨✧ Alice ColtraneMonastic Trio ... LP
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from Jimmy Garrison and drums by either Ben Riley or Rashied Ali – both really fluid players who open up nicely in this way that's never to far out, at least in the way that John Coltrane was using rhythms at the time – but which allow Alice to really take the lead as a bold musical visionary of her own! Perhaps most exciting, Pharoah Sanders sits in on one of the album's longest tracks – blowing tenor with a force that's enough to bring back The Great One – but the real charm of the set is Alice's piano work, bubbling out here with a sensitivity that we never would have expected from the harder-edge sessions cut with Coltrane – that new level of spirituality she instantly brought to her own solo sessions. Titles include "Ohnedaruth", "Lovely Sky Boat", and "Atomic Peace". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mike CurbHot Wheels ... LP
Forward, 1969. Sealed ... $24.99
Classic 60s throwaway bubble gum pop to go with this soundtrack to the 60s Saturday morning cartoon Hot Wheels! All tracks have vocals, and the sound is somewhere between The Sunrays and The Lovin Spoonful – maybe not nearly as clever as either of them, but still pretty cool nonetheless, and produced by Mike Curb with a sound that's a lot better than a lot of his other work of the time. Titles include "Mothers", "It's Magic", "Sky Hawks", "Come Back Baby", and "Words & Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)

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Jorge DaltoListen Up ... LP
Gaia, 1978. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A clubby classic from Jorge Dalto – a set that starts out in jazz, but moves into plenty of soul, too – a sweet blend of fusion and R&B rhythms, with plenty of appeal for the dancefloor! Jorge's keyboards are great, and they slide out beautifully from the full, swelling backdrops – in ways that remind us a lot of Rodney Franklin's great work for Columbia Records – especially in the way that acoustic keys are balanced with electric elements. Titles include "Samba All Day Long", "Listen Up", "Sky", "Spanish Harlem", "La Costa", and "Girl In Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen in one corner and a sticker remnant in another.)

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DeodatoMotion ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Motion has Deodato moving heavily into the realm of 80s soul – using a bit more of an electro feel overall – one that often includes work on Prophet, Linn drums, and DMX next to the more traditional instrumentation of the set. There's some great vocals from the Juicy team of Jerry and Katreese Barnes – singing in a style that's deeply soulful, and which really balances out the electronics with a good deal of vocal warmth. Camille also sings on a few tracks on the set, and titles include "SOS Fire In The Sky", "Never Knew Love", "Bus Stop", "Motion", "Are You For Real", and "Make You Feel Good". CD

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Electric Wire HustleLove Can Prevail ... LP
Okayplayer, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99
A solid second album from New Zealand electro soul combo Electric Wire Hustle – and a subtle, but still pretty progressive step away from the more sample-flavored, beat-driven debut! Love Can Prevail has just a bit more of an abstract, electronics-accented approach to the production – but the soulful approach to the vocals and overall feel of the songs cuts as deep as ever here. Strong work from a unique group! Includes "If These Are The Last Days", "Loveless", "By & Bye", "Bottom Line", "The Spirit", "Look In The Sky", "Light Goes A Long Way", "To See You Again", "Blackwater" and "Numbers And Steel". LP, Vinyl record album

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Emerald WebStargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
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". CD

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✨✧ Booker ErvinIn Between ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the last records that Booker Ervin ever recorded, and one of the best! There's a depth of tone and conception here that goes far beyond even Ervin's already-great albums for Prestige – a mix of modernism and soulful expression that really points the way towards jazz expression in the 70s – although sadly, Booker was to leave the planet before getting a chance to stretch out in that era. All 6 tracks on the album are originals – and they sparkle with the imagination found on some of the most top-shelf Blue Notes of the time – work by Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, or Wayne Shorter – played by a group that includes the amazing Richard Williams on trumpet (almost worth the price of the record alone), Bobby Few on piano, Lenny McBrowne on drums, and the little-known Cevera Jefferies on bass. Loads of dark edges, searing solos, and plenty of free flights into the sky – on titles that include "The In Between", "Tyra", "The Muse", "Mour", "Sweet Pea", and "Largo". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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