A very sweet little album by this great Motown group! The record was produced by Norman Whitfield, and it's a perfect example of the rumbling funky soul sound that he was developing at the time – a mixture of heavy bass, rumbling percussion, fuzzy guitars, and a stone righteous sound that pushed soul music firmly into the 70s! The songs are mostly all originals written by him and Barrett Strong – and the band is filled with great players like Dennis Coffey, Earl Van Dyke, Johnny Griffith, and the great Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin. Titles include "Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite The World) Friendship Train", "What It Is?", "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me", "What's Going On", and "You Make Your Own Heaven & Hell Right Here On Earth". CD
(Out of print. PLEASE NOTE: This CD plays fine, but unfortunately there is one very small second of a glitch at 5:45 on track 7.)
A Parisian player gives a strong tip of the hat to the great Bud Powell – the American bop genius whose work and presence were an undeniable force on the French jazz scene of the 50s and 60s! Rene Urtreger does a wonderful job of catching some of Bud's fire here – working through a host of tracks that includes some of Powell's most famous compositions, played with plenty of dexterity, but also a slightly different vibe as well – some more sensitive elements at points, and a bit harder swing at others. Trio members include Benoit Quersin on bass and Jean-Louis Viale on drums – and titles include "Budo", "Dance of The Infidels", "A La Bud", "Celia", and "Parisian Thoroughfare". CD
Village People —
Cruisin ... CD Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
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A real breakout album for The Village People – thanks largely to the hit "YMCA", which had surprising play at the time – and has gone onto become one of those ballpark hits that everyone seems to sing completely un-self-consciously! The group are still working here in a New York Sigma disco mode – with backings by the Gypsy Lane group – and apart from the "YMCA" hit, other long tracks include "Hot Cop", "My Roomate", "The Women/The Cruiser", and "Ups & Downs". CD
Village People —
Go West ... CD Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
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The only "west" these guys have gone is the West Village – the home of their aesthetic, and a post-Stonewall playground that was getting very firmly noticed by the mainstream by this point! The album's their last big one for Casablanca – and features arrangements from Horace Ott, who gives the record a surprisingly soulful core in the grooves – something that's also enforced by the production at the New York branch of Sigma Sound! Titles include the massive hit "In The Navy", plus the tracks "Go West", "Citizens Of The World", "I Wanna Shake Your Hand", "Manhattan Woman", and "Get Away Holiday". CD
Sadao Watanabe —
Recital ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
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A great live set from Sadao Watanabe – one that shows the wealth of influences he'd been drawing on, from post-Coltrane spirituality, to African-oriented rhythms, to a slight bit of funk! The group's great – with Watanabe on flute, alto, and soprano sax, Takehiro Honda on Fender Rhodes and piano, Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, plus added bass, trombone, and percussion – and we especially like Honda's keyboards, which make any session like this an instant treat! The album's got a warm, soulful feeling, but a sharper edge than most of Watanabe's smoother work of the time – and titles include "Hiro", "Maraica", "Wana Tanzania", and "Mathari Terbenam". CD
Upbeat stormers from the legendary Chess Records – a collection of 20 tracks from the 60s that bristle and burn with the best energy of a Northern Soul dancefloor! The package really spans the genius of Chess at the time – running through soul, jazz, blues, and gospel in search of a groove – going past the bigger hits to feature some great lesser-known gems, including a few singles from tinier Chess-related labels! There's plenty of Chicago and Detroit 60s grooves running through the set – mixed with other great bits that pick up the sound nicely, and stretch out with some really unusual touches! Titles include "Hold On" by The Radiants, "It Ain't Necessary" by Mamie Galore, "Ordinary Joe" by Terry Callier, "Leave It In The Hands Of Love" by Fontella Bass, "Landslide" by Tony Clarke, "Sweeter Than The Day Before" by The Valentinos, "More & More" by Little Milton, "More Love That's What We Need" by The Gospel Classics, "I Can't Help Myself" by The Gems, "Wade In The Water" by Ramsey Lewis, "Boogaloo Baby" by Tommy & Cleve, "Make Sure" by The Dells, and "Peak Of Love" by Bobby McClure. CD
(Out of print. Digipack has some light edge wear.)
The coolest cuts in the world – all hand-picked by the DJs at Germany's legendary Mojo Club! The nite spot is famous for its ability to blend together jazz and soul, funk and Brazilian, and all sorts of grooves from around the world – and that's definitely what you'll find in this excellent selection of tracks! Titles include "Salsation" by David Shire, "Psyche Rock" by Pierre Henry, "Bolero 75" by James Last, "Jungle Fever" by Chakachas, "Summer in the City" by Quincy Jones, "Feedback Brother" by Peter Herbholzheimer, "My Kind of Sunshine" by Dieter Reith, "Funky Like a Train" by The Equals, "Ponta De Lanca Africano" by Jorge Ben, and "Hal Lucy N O One Step" by George Gruntz. Very groovy stuff, and all packed into one massive piece of wax! LP, Vinyl record album
Erykah Badu —
Live ... CD Universal, 1997. Used ...
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A surprising second album from Erykah Badu – a live recording, coming right on the heels of her first studio set – and showing that the girl's equally great without any added production work! The feel is warm, earth, and wonderful – intimate, and richly spiritual – as Erykah reprises a few tracks from the Baduizm set, and runs through a few newer numbers as well! Titles include "Rimshot", "Otherside Of The Game", "Boogie Nights", "Stay", "Tyrone", and "Searchin". CD
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As One ... CD Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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The Bar-Kays definitely groove as one on this tight little set – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding great – thanks to a matured outlook on their music, one that has them fitting nicely alongside some of their Mercury ensemble funk contemporaries – but in ways that still make them stand out from the pack! Titles include "Body Fever", "As One", "Say It Through Love", "Open Your Heart", "Deliver Us", and "Take The Time To Love Somebody". CD
Gary Bartz —
Shadow Do ... CD Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
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A key early pairing of saxophonist Gary Bartz and producer Larry Mizell – working here together before their more famous collaboration on Capitol Records, in a sound that's even more freewheeling and open-ended! Bartz still has a bit of an edge in his horn here – the style laid down heavily on his NTU Troop records from a few years before – and Mizell takes that edge and runs with it nicely, helping Gary to focus his rhythms a bit more, and reach out with some really wonderful electric sounds. Hubert Eaves plays keyboards here – and Mizell brings in a bit too – and the blend of keys and reeds is really great, with that double-edged depth that makes Gary Bartz so great on his best albums! A bunch of the cuts have that airy Mizell feel to them we totally love, including "Love Tones", "Gentle Smiles (Saxy)", "Sea Gypsy", and "Winding Roads". CD
One of the greatest records of all time – and don't you forget it! Despite the countless lines of type that have been written about this record, nothing does it full justice like an all-through listen – something we're reminded of every time we put this one on the turntable, which is a heck of a lot over the years! Brian Wilson busted his ass making this little gem – and the rest of the world, and the band, were never the same again – awash in harmonies that most other groups tried to match, set to themes of young loss, longing, and frustration that really mark an emotional development – not just in the Beach Boys, but in pop music in general. And although some of the tracks are ones you've heard a million times on oldies stations, they somehow resonate together much more strongly here – taking on new meaning as the smaller elements of each song come into constellation with each other – creating a complicated tapestry of feelings set to near-godlike orchestrations. Titles include "God Only Knows", "Caroline No", "Pet Sounds", "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "You Still Believe In Me". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Contains mono mix of the album.)
BG Knocc Out & Dresta —
Real Brothas ... CD Outburst/Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy ...
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A strong, consistent and nowadays under-acknowledged standout in the early-to-mid 90s west coast gangsta rap boom from Eazy E proteges BG Knocc Out & Dresta! They don't reinvent the wheel on Real Brothas, but it really is a solid snapshot of the sound and the era – and the rhyme skills are top notch – flowing as strongly as their more legendary Compton peers. Includes "Everyday All Day", "Jealousy", "Whose The G", "Life's A Puzzle", "Micc Checc", "Compton & Watts", "Do Or Die", "Take A Ride", "50/50 Love", "Real Brothas", Down Goes Anotha N***a" and more. CD
A moving tribute to the late, great Serge Gainsbourg – served up in a mix of film and songs from his famous partner Jane Birkin! The set features a DVD directed by Jane – a 40 minute documentary filled with private images of Serge, laid out in a very loving tribute – and it's packaged with 2CDs' worth of music recorded with Serge in duet, or with lots of Gainsbourg help as both a writer or producer. Includes a rare alternate take of "Jane B" from 1968, plus "Rocking Chair", "Nicotine", "Exercice En Forme De Z", "Yesterday Yes A Day", "Ex Fan Des Sixties", "Di Doo Dah", "La Decadanse", "Baby Lou", "Quoi", "Et Quand Bien Meme", "Raccrochez C'Est Une Horreur", and lots more – including live versions of "Un Chose Entre Autres" and "Ces Petitis Riens" – and the song "La Gadoue" done with Les Negresses Vertes. CD
A killer from James Brown – and one of his best instrumental albums of the King years! The record has James working with the pre-JBs James Brown Band – a tight assemblage of players who really know how to craft an off-kilter groove. The guitar's popping on the beat here as much as the horns, making for a syncopated groove that's utterly fantastic – as tight as a drum, and as funky as one too! Includes some great long cuts – like the 9 minute, two-part versions of "Ain't It Funky" and "Fat Wood" – plus some great shorter funky 45 type material, like "Nose Job", "Use Your Mother", "Give It Up Or Turnit Loose", and a version of "Cold Sweat". All the work here is tremendous – the kind of inspirational funky material that makes the album a lasting classic decade after decade! CD
James Brown —
Payback ... LP Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
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A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same sessions as the JBs album Damn Right I Am Somebody – Payback has the group backing James with amazing intensity, playing on and on for very long stretches, improvising jams that perfectly match the vocals, which are often as improvised as the music. The most famous example of this style at work is "The Payback", which begins with a simple head arrangement, then has James riffing off on politics and power, letting the band come in at just the right moment, dropping solos that are still some of the best ever recorded on a funk album. The rest of the album's equally great, and even though most tracks run close to 10 minutes, and the album's a 2LP set, most of the material stays fresher than any 3 minute funk record we've ever heard. Some tracks are separated by these cool voices that rise up as seques – and titles include "Stone To The Bone", "Mind Power", "Take Some Leave Some", and "Shoot Your Shot". LP, Vinyl record album
Great mid 70s work from Jimmy Cliff, who should have been an international superstar, if Island hadn't put so much of their resources and effort behind Bob Marley instead! Recorded not long after his landmark Harder They Come LP, this one's got the same soulful sound that put that album over the top – and and a rawly emotional intensity that really packs a strong punch. It's an incredible set – and if The Harder They Come is the beginning and end of your Jimmy Cliff knowledge, this is a great one we think you'll find nearly as essential! 10 cuts in all, including "Can't Live Without You", "Come On People", "Better Days Are Coming", "Sooner Or Later", "Those Good Ole Days", "Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving You" and "Struggling Man". CD
Pivotal west coast rap from Compton's Most Wanted! NWA cast such a long shadow in the late 80s, especially in the nascent gangsta rap and G Funk scenes, it was tough for top shelf peers and followers to get their due, but CMW deliver the goods and this record stands the test of time! Production by LA old school-er the Unknown DJ and CMW's DJ Slip give this set a nice stripped down west coast sound, with MC Eiht holding up his own end of things (and taking up the slack for the Chill MC) on the mic. 11 tracks in all, including "It's A Compton Thang", "One Time Gaffled Em", "This Is Compton", "Late Night Hype", "Duck Sick", "I'm Wit Dat" and "Rhymes Too Funky Pt 1 (Live at Lonzo's 1988)". CD
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell —
Easy ... CD Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
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The last set of duets from the team of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell – and a sublime set of tracks that really stretches their partnership even further than before! It's no secret that Terrell was Marvin's favorite partner in the studio – and you can really hear his strong feeling for her in the quality of the work here – upbeat and joyous one minute, tender and sensitive the next – all put together with that growing range that Gaye was showing so strongly at the end of the 60s. This one goes way past the standard Motown duo mode – and it's filled with great tracks that include "California Soul", always a favorite round these parts – plus "I'm Your Puppet", "The Onion Song", "Good Lovin Ain't Easy To Come By", "Love Woke Me Up This Morning", "What You Gave Me", and "Satisfied Feelin". CD
Some of the best work that Stan Getz ever recorded – a fantastic collaboration with French soundtrack maestro Michel Legrand! The album features larger orchestrations by Legrand, often touched with voices – swirling, swaying, and swinging in a style that's as hip, modern, and fresh as some of the greatest soundtracks Legrand wrote in the 60s. The setting lets Stan really open up – blowing freely in his best post-Coltrane mode, but with a tightness that's missing from other records – and a soulful approach to the tunes that really leaves us breathless! Tremendous stuff – a record that's unlike anything else we can describe, and one we've treasured for years! We love this one to death, and never tire of hearing it! Titles include "Soul Dance", "Flight", "Redemption", and "Bonjour Tristesse". CD
The complete five part version of Pierre Henry's amazing "L'Apocalypse De Jean" – recorded in 1968, but presented here for the first time ever in its entirety! The expanded recording further takes off from the dark, spooky quality of the shorter original – with a sublime mix of low-end noise and other sounds, all in that groundbreaking Henry electronic spirit of the 60s. Jean Negroni delivers spoken passages between all the electronics – and the five passages bear the subheadings of "Dans L'Adoration Le Livre Aux Sept Sceaux Est Recu", "Les Premieres Detresses Le Septime Sceau Et Les Sept Trompettes", "Les Sept Signes", "Les Six Coupes", and "Le Judgement". CD
A really well-titled collection – given that it features the most important steps in the long musical journey of Pierre Henry – easily one of the most important electronic musicians of the 20th Century! The package offers a heck of a lot of amazing music for the price – and is very heavy on Henry's crucial 60s recordings – including both his funky analogue grooves, and his much more abstract sonic compositions! Much of this material has been issued over the years, but never in a package this complete – and the depth of the sounds here is stunning – a set that should be given as a textbook to anyone who ever thinks about making any sort of electronic music. Works include "Messe De Liverpool (1967)", "Pierres Reflechies (1982)", "Coexistence (1958)", "Mouvement Rhythm Etude (1970)", "La Noire A Soixante/Granulometrie (1967)", "Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (1963)", "Le Voyage (1962)", "Futuristie (1975)", "Messe Pour Le Temps Present (1967)", "Le Xeme Remix (1998)", "Envol (2010)", "L'Art De La Fugu Odyssee (2011)", "Pulsations (2007)", and the previously unreleased "Le Fil De La Vie", which features cool shakuhachi! CD
Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones —
Black Whip ... CD Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ...
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Amazing stuff from Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones! Unlike some of the other players on Prestige during the early 70s – who often got a bit weaker as the decade moved on, thanks to the departure of some of the better forces arranging and producing the records – Jones kept on playing hard, improving his guitar skill to a point where he was riffing and grooving away at a pace that's simply mindblowing when you hear it. Case in point is the mighty "Black Whip", a fantastic bit of funky jazz that cracks back and forth with all the whiplike qualities hinted at in the title – and which has a totally infectious jazz dance groove that always gets us on the floor. Other titles include the original groovers "Freak Off" and "Crank Me Up", both tasty numbers, plus some mellow pop covers like "My Love" and "Daniel". CD
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix – beautifully put together by the young Skip Scarborough, with a feel that's very similar to Gary Bartz's work with Larry Mizell! Azar's reeds are wonderful – soaring, searching, in a style that's inspired by Coltrane, but with a more direct focus – again like Bartz, or maybe a bit like Hadley Caliman too – and the record features strong work from a lineup that includes Patrice Rushen on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Paul Jackson on bass, and Harvey Mason on drums. The whole thing's got a great Fantasy Records funk groove – and includes many nice titles like "Theme For A New Day", "Kickin Back", "Canticle For The Universe", "Gratitude", and a great take on Scarborough's "Can't Hide Love". CD
An incredible treasure trove of music – the complete film scores that Michel Legrand penned for his films with director Jacques Demy – plus rare bonus tracks, alternate versions, vocal takes, and even a bit of working sessions and studio work as well! We've always been huge fans of this key cinematic collaboration – a musical match heard most famously in the films Les Parapluies De Cherbourg (Umbrellas Of Cherbourg), Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (Young Girls Of Rochefort), and Peau D'Ane (Donkey Skin) – music scored by Legrand with a sublime blend of his jazzy roots and some of the more joyous elements in the narrative – still some of our favorite soundtrack work ever! But here, in this great box with 11 CDs in tiny sleeves, you also get full soundtracks for Lola, Les Sept Peches Capitaux, La Baie Des Anges, L'Evenement Le Plus Important Depuis Que L'Homme A Marche Sur La Lune, Lady Oscar, Parking, and Trois Places Pour Le Vingt Six. Plus, the set also features a series of "Suites Symphoniques" for the three famous films – an English language version of Young Girls Of Rochefort, a CD of working sessions and playbacks, and another CD that features vocal and instrumental interpretations of the tunes – by Sergio Mendes, Bud Shank, Astrud Gilberto, Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, Isabelle Aubret, and many others! A real treasure – and the sort of set we never thought we'd see! CD
Dreamy, soul-steeped avant pop sounds from Sweden's Little Dragon! The group has been delivering with atmospheric production, high quality songs, and timeless, genuine soul for long enough that we could consider them veterans by this point – and we're glad they continue to do their thing with fresh, distinctive style. Singer Yukimi Nagano is a big part of the appeal, and she really flourishes on this one – infusing the synth pop styled tracks and the more subtle mood pieces with an indispensable soulful integrity. Includes "Klapp Klapp", "Mirror", "Pretty Girls", "Underbart", "Car Rider", "Paris", "Lurad", "Nabuma Rubberband", "Only One", "Killing Me", "Pink Cloud" and "Let Go". LP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff – the second volume in this excellent series that focuses on the 70s work of 3 of Brazil's greatest soul artists! During the 70s, while most of Brazil was focusing on the MPB work of the post-Tropicalia years, Tim Maia, Hyldon, and Cassiano were forging a whole new sound – one that paid respect to the huge influence that American soul and R&B had had on black Brazil, but which also had room for some of the new forms of expression that were coming into Brazilian music at the time. The result is a batch of tracks that shift from mellow soul to spacious uptempo numbers – sharing a lot of the stylistic influences of mid 70s American chart soul, but sounding a lot different in some of the rhythms, and in the style of language used in the lyrics. Titles include "Chocolate", "Nao Quero Dinheiro", "Nao Figue Triste", and "Preciso Ser Amado" by Tim Maia; "Primeira Pessoa Do Singular", "Taxi Pra Bahia", and "Pelas Ruas De Los Angels" by Hyldon; and "Nana Contigo", "Ana", and "Saia Dessa Fossa" by Cassiano. Also includes the duet "I Don't Know What To Do With Myself", between Tim Maia and Hyldon! CD
Vibist Ichrio Masuda takes on the songs of Richard Rodgers – in a setting that's a lot more fitted to the traditional spirit of the music than you'd guess from the 70s date of the record! The album's almost got a Verve sort of 50s feel – relaxed small combo grooving on familiar tunes, but with lots of very personal inflections from the musicians – especially Masuda on vibes, as well as Kieko Nemoto on piano and Ikuo Shiozaki on guitar. Titles include "Bewitched", "This Can't Be Love", "Where Or When", "Thou Swell", "The Lady Is A Tramp", and "I Could Write A Book". CD
Sweet vibes from Japanese musician Ichiro Masuda – a set recorded in the 70s, but with a style that's much more old school! Masuda returns the vibes to their roots in swing, but sets them up here in a laidback quintet with guitar and piano – a group that's got a much more relaxed, laidback vibe than you'd hear on a vintage recording – with excellent recording quality as well! The result is some sensitive interpretations of Irving Berlin tunes – with Masuda's vibes ringing out strongly as the lead solo instrument, and getting some great help on drums from Takeshi Inomata. Titles include "When I Lost You", "Cheek To Cheek", "I Love Piano", "I Used To Be Color Blind", "Say It Isn't So", and "Blue Skies". CD
The music of Cole Porter is in wonderful hands here – a small combo led by vibist Ichiro Masuda, who's got this gentle way of swinging the tunes, and really making them open up with a lot of tonal color! Masuda's approach is more swing-based than modern, which means that he upholds a lot of the original intentions of Porter's music with his phrasing – while rhythmically still taking some of the tunes into fresher territory – with a group that also includes Ikuo Shiozaki on guitar, Keiko Nemoto on piano, Yohichi Kobayashi on bass, and Takeshi Inomata on drums – the last of whom provides a nice sort of flair to the date. Titles include "Anything Goes", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "True Love", "Night & Day", and "Let's Do It". CD
We've never heard from Japanese saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze before, but he's really won us over with this inventive little session – an understated mix of modern moments and lyrical touches, done with some especially nice vibes from Hiroshi Hatsuyama! The group's just a quartet with bass and drums, so there's lots of interplay between Matsukaze and Hatsuyama – the vibes ringing out with soulful undercurrents that balance the leader's sharper lines on alto, tenor, and flute. Titles include "What Masa Is She Is Out To Lunch", "Good Nature", "Under Construction", "Yellow Sands", and "Warm Pack". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique Jamaican instrumental style during his early years with the Skatalites, and on his later solo recordings for Studio One. This set's probably the first time Mittoo's work has been properly packaged and remastered – and the folks at Soul Jazz have done an amazing job of selecting just the right tracks for such a project. The whole thing wails along with a stone rocksteady groove – with plenty of nice drum parts and funky rhythm bits underneath Jackie's soulful organ. If you dug the label's 100% Dynamite series, you'll really dig this one – and the whole thing's very much in the same vein. Tracks include "Drum Song", "Reggae Rock", "Hot Tamale", "Killer Diller", "Black Organ", "Stereo Freeze", "Wall Street", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Juice Box", and "Killer Diller". LP, Vinyl record album
Holy Soundtracks! Of all the knock-off Batman albums from the 60s, this one's the only legit soundtrack to the Batman TV show – and it's way way better than any other piece of vinyl with the Batman logo at the time! The album is every bit as great as you might think – as it's got the full flavor of the campy television classic – with loads of the original music from the show – the themes you remember, as you heard them, and not a bunch of watered-down tracks inspired by the show – plus (and this is the best part!), the record has loads of dialogue from the TV show in between the tracks – cool exclamations from Adam West, Burt Ward, and others – which makes listening to the record as fun as watching the show! Titles include "Batman Pows The Penguin", "Batman Riddles The Riddler", "Gotham City", "Batman Thaws Mr Freeze", and "To The Batmobile!" LP, Vinyl record album
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and hip than even the best of Schifrin's soundtrack work from the 60s! Some tunes certainly show the deft talent for arranging woodwinds and rhythms that first caught the ears of so many listeners on famous soundtracks – but in the setting of this record, away from any directorial needs, Lalo's also free to explore some groovier music ideas – and he really lets loose tremendously as the set rolls on! The titles alone should tell you the feel of the record – with names like "Secret Code", "Dissolving", "Vaccinated Mushrooms", "Wheat Germ Landscapes", and "How To Open at Will The Most Beautiful Window". CD also features four groovy bonus tracks by Schifrin – "Another Side Of Harry", "Blues A Go Go", "Lucille", and "Self Destruct". CD
Although the Tams had some huge fame in local scenes in the US – especially in the south – there's never been a good collection of their work, until now! This sparkling 21 track set brings together most of their best moments from their ABC 60s recordings – albums and singles that are all pretty darn hard to find these days, and which are always woefully overplayed when you find them on original wax. The group had a great swinging harmony style, capable of hitting nice twists and turns, with a real punch to deliver the tasty hooks of their best songs. You'll definitely hear what we mean on tracks like "You Lied To Your Daddy", "Silly Little Girl", "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me", "Go Away Little Girl", "Shelter", and "What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)". CD
The debut album from Jody Watley – an instant hit that became one of the biggest soul albums of the mid 80s! Jody stepped out from soul group Shalamar to work with producer Andre Cymone on a this set of tracks that set the blueprint for slick soul at the time – still very much in the bass and keys mode of Shalamar and other chart-topping acts of a few years back, but with more space for strong vocals in the lead. Titles include "Looking For A New Love", "Still A Thrill", "Some Kind Of Lover", "For The Girls", "Love Injection", "Do It To The Beat", "Don't You Want Me", "Most Of All", and "Learn To Say No", a duet with George Michael. Also includes an extended club version of "Looking For A New Love". CD
Funky funky female soul! Marva Whitney was one of the greatest singers in the James Brown stable of stars during the late 60s – and she sang with a hard raw style worth of The Godfather himself! Brother James produced and wrote a good part of this classic album – and the record is one of the greatest JB albums of all time! Nearly every cut's a winner – like the sample classic "Unwind Yourself", which has a crazy corkscrew sax line, or the massive two-part remake of the Isley's "It's Your Thing" (titled "It's My Thing"), or the slowly funky "Get Out Of My Life", or the massive duet with Bobby Byrd "You Got To Have A Job", or the classic instrumental "In The Middle". It's all great – and the album's one of the best funk records you could buy! CD
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than before! The instrumentation on here is really mindblowing – almost at a Motown level, with isolated instruments really crackling out from the fuller backings – all set to rhythms that snap and bounce, and are almost a bit funky at times. Credit is definitely due to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi – but Amy's vocals are really tremendous too – classic, but really personal and fresh! Titles include "Rehab", "Just Friends", "Back To Black", "Love Is A Losing Game", "He Can Only Hold Her", "Some Unholy War", and "Me & Mr Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Swedish vocalist Monica Zetterlund – a landmark album that has her singing with the Bill Evans Trio! The album was recorded in 1964, with a spare sound that's quite different from most of Monica's other work. As usual, her vocals are wonderfully cool and icy, and she runs through a strong set of material that includes a few jazz standards, a few jazz versions of traditional Swedish material, and a remake of "Waltz for Debby". Other cuts include "Once Upon a Summertime", "It Could Happen to You", "So Long Big Time", and "Lucky To Be Me". Sophisticated jazz vocals by one of the biggest talents of the continent, and a rare recording by Bill Evans from the classic years! CD
If you've ever needed proof that Paris was a swinging place, dig this set of tunes that show how much the city still hung onto jazz – even under the grip of Nazi domination in the early 40s! The package features tracks by a variety of Parisian groups recorded between the years 1940 and 1944 – a few tracks each, remastered for CD, and packaged together in a way that makes them work well together. Titles include "Douce Georgette" and "L'Oeil Noir" by Joseph Reinhardt, "Loin", and "Chiffon" by Le Quintette Francais, "67 Rue Couperin" and "Elle Et Lui" by Christian Bellest, "Palm Beach" and "Irene" by Andre Ekyan, "Nuit Et Jour" and "Agatha Rhythm" by Dany Kane, and "Star Blues" and "Trop Tot" by Eddie Barclay. 24 tracks in all. CD
The music of the French New Wave – brought out beautifully in an overstuffed 3CD set! The late 50s shift in French cinema is arguably one of the most important film moments in the 20th century – and although the movies are best remembered for their directors, stars, and striking images – most of the films also had some pretty amazing music as well! In fact, we've always felt that the music was integral to the Nouvelle Vague – from famous jazz scores, to lovely lyrical passages, to bold orchestral arrangements that also ended up having a huge impact on wider European music as well. This package is the first we've ever seen to really dig deep into the New Wave – and it brings together 80 tracks from dozens of films – a really wide variety of music, provided by artists who include Michel Legrand, Georges Delerue, Paul Misraki, Pierre Jansen, Miles Davis, Maurice Jarre, Jean Constantin, Martial Solal, Michel Magne, Antoine Duhamel, Alain Romans, and others – from movies that include 400 Blows, Jules & Jim, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Les Bonnes Femmes, Une Femme Est Une Femme, Breathless, Weekend, Lola, Cleo De 5 A 7, Le Bonheur, Alphaville, and many others! Some films are represented by a few tracks, others by famous themes – and the package also features a booklet with notes in French and English too. CD
Don't think "jazz funk", think more "funky soul", or "soulful jazz" – as the collection here is filled with classic 70s gems that really blur the boundary between styles! Almost all these cuts have a strong jazz base at the core, but also bring in lots of funk and soul elements as well – from tight rhythms, to soaring vocals, to other key elements that helped lots of these tracks crossover big at the time – and still stay strong all these many years later! The package is a reworking of a classic series from the London scene in the 80s – a set of collections that was key to the rare groove scene at the time – and the 3CD set features 30 tracks that include "Whistle Bump" by Deodato, "Black Is The Color" by Wilbert Longmire, "El Bobo" by Webster Lewis, "Westchester Lady" by Bob James, "Let The Music Play" by Charles Earland, "Strut" by Chico Hamilton, "Rock Creek Park" by The Blackbyrds, "Inherit The Wind" by Wilton Felder with Bobby Womack, "Harlem River Drive" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Mister Magic" by Grover Washington, "Love Will Bring Us Back Together Again" by Roy Ayers, "Love Has Come Around" by Donald Byrd, "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Movin" by Brass Construction, "Always There" by Ronnie Laws, "Open Your Mind" by Kleeer, and lots lots more! CD
A beautiful setting for trumpeter Till Bronner – a set that has the German musician stepping out on a host of famous film themes, with backing from a larger orchestra that creates a wonderful backdrop for his solos! The style's very different than some of Bronner's more groove-oriented sets, and is a great reminder that he's also got an ear for deeper sounds and more expansive modes – yet still in a way that holds onto all of the soul in his horn. Chuck Loeb put the set together with Till, and also helped with the arrangements – as did Chris Walden, Nan Schwartz, and Jeff Lorber. The album features some guest appearances – including Everett Harp on tenor, Gregory Porter on vocals, Chuck Loeb on guitar, Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, Lizzy Cuesta on vocals, Joy Denalane on vocals, and Rick Braun on flugelhorn. Titles include "Moon River", "Forbidden Colours", "Run To You", "Love Theme From Cinema Paradiso", "Il Postino", "Mulholland Falls", "Happy", and "The Godfather Waltz". CD
Not a classic from the early years of James Brown – but a later greatest hits package that's gone onto have legendary status – given all the key cuts it includes! Most numbers here are the shorter single versions – and together, they pack a hell of a punch – showing an especially strong focus on the best soul and funk years of the legendary Godfather Of Soul! Titles include "I Got You", "Sex Machine (part 1)", "I Got The Feelin", "Mother Popcorn (part 1)", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1)", "Think", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "Hot Pants (part 1)", "Superbad (parts 1 & 2)", "Papa Don't Take No Mess (part 1)", "Payback", "Get On The Good Foot", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
Not just a "best of" from James Brown's legendary recordings at the Apollo Theater – but a set that also unearths two rare tracks from the never-issued album Get Down At The Apollo With The JBs! The core of the set presents the best moments from Live At The Apollo Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – all records that not only helped set the tone for 60s soul to come, but which further went onto elevate the place of live recordings in pop music in general – and really illustrate the way an artist could be even more exciting live than in the studio! James is completely on fire here – working with sharp energy and amazing dexterity – as are his backing bands – completely mesmerizing throughout, and showing us that funky soul at its best hardly relies on any tricks in the studio or production techniques. The set features the previously unreleased live versions of "Hot Pants Road" and "There It Is" – plus "I'll Go Crazy", "Sex Machine", "Get Up Get Into It Get Involved", "Soul Power", "Cold Sweat", "There Was A Time", "Try Me", and "Please Please Please". CD
Have a funky funky Christmas with the great James Brown – an artist who has a surprisingly great way with a Holiday tune! James was always great all the other months of the year – but at Christmas he really stepped things up, and cut a whole host of excellent Holiday singles and albums in the late 60s – some of the best of which are featured here! The tight set features 11 classic Christmas cuts from The Godfather – some of them deeply soulful, some of them short and funky – all of them great. Titles include "Soulful Christmas", "Go Power At Christmas Time", "The Christmas Song", "Sweet Little Baby Boy (parts 1 & 2)", "Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas", "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto", "Merry Christmas Baby", "Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay", and "Please Come Home For Christmas". CD
Stunning stuff – and one of the best-ever Latin soul albums of all time! Despite the fact that Eddie Cano's earlier albums are more in a Latin easy mode, this late 60's side for Dunhill is totally smoking – and probably his greatest album ever! Forgive the superlatives, but we're totally serious on this one – as the set's a firey batch of Latin instrumentals, with a slammin' boogaloo groove all the way through – filled with mad percussion, jazzy piano riffs, and a non-stop groove that's totally great. The set was recorded live at PJ's nightclub, and it's a non-stop Latin Soul party that includes massive originals like "Slip Slip", "Brown & Blue", "Miro Como Es", and "Don't Ever Change" – plus smoking covers of "El Pito" and "Louie Louie". The set screams with excitement, and is as great as the album is rare! CD
Common's strongest record in years – working once again with producer No ID – and they're repping their hometown of Chicago as profoundly and soulfully as ever! Everything is on point here. Common rhymes with a direct, truthful knowledge of everyday struggles – yeah, he's been a star for years, with a respectable acting career on top, but he damn sure hasn't forgotten where he's from – and there's no greater demonstration of that truth than his continuing later career reunion with No ID. We definitely dug their preceding Dreamer/Believer record, but this one hits even deeper. It shows progressive, future-ready beatcraft on one hand, and dusty soul samples and gospel choruses on the other. Both modes are solid. Tracks include "The Neighborhood", "No Fear", "Diamonds", "Hustle Harder", "Real", "Kingdom", "Blak Majik", "Nobody's Smiling", "Rewind That" and more. 3 bonus tracks on the deluxe edition: "Out Of Bounds", "7 Deadly Sins" and "Young Hearts Run Free". CD
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, Marvin Parks, Bridgette Amofa, Melanie Charles, Tasha's World, and others – all of whom really help give the record a sense of variety and voice that goes way beyond any of Conte's other records! And the vocals are hardly a commercializing element, either – as the whole thing's got that full, rich, stone classic sound that we can always trust from Conte – a deeply jazzy approach that's rooted in older modal and spiritual jazz styles. Till Bronner plays guest trumpet on one track – and titles include "Shades Of Joy", "Ahmad's Blues", "Soul Revelation", "Baltimore Oriole", "Uhuru", "Sunrise", and "Goddess Of The Sea". Japanese pressing includes the tracks "Prayer For Yusef" and "Astral Rivers". CD
A pair of soundtracks for films by Jean-Pierre Melville – back to back on a single CD! First up is L'Aine Des Ferchaux – scored by Georges Delerue with a strong sense of drama, maybe even more than you're used to expecting from a Melville film – although given the need for "American" tones in the music, the drama's perhaps well-placed! Delerue's already got that great ear for rich feeling with very subtle tones – and balances things out nicely with a more more restrained, more "adult" numbers. Titles include "Manhattan Deux Hommes", "A La Dimitri", "La Route", "Slow Du Desespoir", and "Maudet Et Ferchaux". Un Flic is more the Melville you might expect – an excellent crime film from the early 70s, scored by Michel Colombier with a great mix of jazz and moodier, mellower elements! The score begins with a sweet vocal track – "C'Est Ainsi Que Les Choses Arrivent", sung by Isabell Aubret – then moves through some beautifully blue tunes that are simply tremendous overall. Titles include "Un Monsieur Distingue", "Chez Luce", "Night Club Trois Heures Du Matin", "Chaussee D'Antin", and "Pre Hold-Up". CD
Art Farmer —
Modern Art ... CD United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ...
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A seminal session as a leader by the young Art Farmer – recorded for United Artists, and a great set of tight lyrical tunes, played by Farmer in his sparkling style – in a group along with Benny Golson on tenor and Bill Evans on piano. Evans is a special treat here, as the 1958 session was recorded at a time when he was making a fair bit of appearances in various rhythm sections for horn players (like Miles Davis) – and although this role in Evans' career was a short one, it yielded some amazingly beautiful moments, as you'll hear on this album. Art's brother Addison plays bass, and Dave Bailey rounds out the group on drums. Tracks include "Cold Breeze", "Mox Nix", "Jubilation", and "Fair Weather". CD
A great funky combo, working here with legendary producer David Axelrod – who helps them hit some even deeper grooves than before! Funk Inc are perfect at the core – a stunning mix of Hammond, guitar, and heady rhythms – but Axelrod also brings in a new sense of space and timing – which sharpens the edge, and has the group moving past simple straight jazz funk, as Axelrod brings in some added horns, and even a bit of vocals from singers who include Edna Wright, Augie Johnson, and Jim Gilstrap. Tracks include "Where Are We Going", "Price to Sell", "It Ain't The Spotlight", "God Only Knows", "Gimme Some Lovin'", "Somewhere In My Mind", and "The Girl Of My Dreams". CD
Johnny Griffin —
Night Lady ... CD Philips/Universal (Germany), 1964. New Copy ...
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A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, almost-modern solos that are some of his most adventurous to date on record – supported strongly on the album's longish tracks by Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's a quality to Griffin's tone that's incredible – urgent, edgey, but never too far out – completely in command of itself, and able to run free, but without wasting at note at all – unlike some of his over-stretched European solos of later years. The set features beautiful long readings of Boland's "Night Lady" and "Old Stuff", plus Griffin's "Scrabble", and versions of "Summertime", "All The Things You Are", and "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day". CD
Soaring soul from Hearts Of Stone – a group who only ever cut this one album for Motown, but who really use the best of the label's talents to hit the same sort of groove as The Originals! Like that better-known group, these guys have a sound that really bridges the 60s and 70s – not as heady as other Motown groups of the period, but still with some modern funky soul touches in the mix – and a real old school sense of harmonies that makes the vocals breathtaking throughout. Arrangements are by Wade Marcus, Paul Riser, and Henry Crosby – all with a great mix of the rough and the smooth – and titles include "If I Could Give You The World", "It's A Lonesome World", "One Day", "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)", "You Gotta Sacrifice", and "Yesterday's Love Is Over". Also contains a sweet cover of "Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again"! CD
Inner Circle's second record for Capitol – with even more of a pronounced late 70s soul sound this time – without hiding their rootsier side! If the album cover and title tune allude to something of a rebirth for the band, that's somewhat true – showing a strong hand at a nicely grooving soul sound on a sizable portion, but those numbers are usually followed by ones with stronger reggae rhythms and spiritual wisdom. It's a tough balance to pull off without coming off as trying too hard to appeal to different genre fan bases, but it's honestly a natural fit for Inner Circle. Very nice stuff! Includes "Ready For The World/I Like To See You Dance", "Catch me When I'm Coming (With My Music)", "Never Born To Be Wild", "I Found A Girl", "Great American Dream", "I'm A Rastaman" and more. CD
One of the more openly-grooving albums we've heard from Japanese reedman Eiji Kitamura in the 70s – a live performance that has the players working in this relaxed, small combo version of swing! Kitamura plays clarinet, and the group features some especially great tenor from Satoru Oda – who really shines on a long solo during the album's leadoff version of "Lester Leaps In"! Vocalist Martha Miyake sings a bit on the record – adding in a nice late nite vibe to tunes like "My Ideal" and "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" – before stepping back to make room for players Muneyoshi Nishiyo on trumpet, Kazuo Yashiro on piano, and Ichiro Masuda on vibes. CD
A beautiful album of spiritual soul and Brazilian influenced jazz from Azar Lawrence – and a pretty rare one we're thrilled to have! Lawrence is a stellar sax player with a sound that's a bit like Gary Bartz, which means that he fits in perfectly with the Fantasy-era Prestige Records sound – but the sounds on this set are uncommonly rich and globally influenced. The set's predominantly acoustic, with lots of modal grooves in kind of a Strata East vein – and angular post-Coltrane playing that's very similar to Bartz's work on the Libra album from his early days. Players include Raul De Souza on trombone, Ron Carter on bass, Billy Hart on drums, Dom Salvador, who is really allowed to shine on piano on a few tracks, and drummer & percussionist Guilherme Franco, who brings a world of wonderful percussion on a couple of numbers. Titles include "Highway", "From The Point of Love", "Novo Ano", and "From The Point Of Light". CD
One of the most hard-wailing albums that Harold Mabern ever cut – a bit of a shift from some of his more lyrical modes, and a soul jazz smoker that's almost in a Prestige jazz funk mode! The combo here is great, and a bit of a shift for Harold – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Hubert Laws on tenor and flute, Buster Williams on bass, and the mighty Idris Muhammad on drums – playing in a way that's slightly more open than his hard-bumping grooves on other Prestige albums of the time. The whole thing's got a gritty energy that definitely lives up to the title – and which makes the album one of the best that Mabern ever cut as a leader. Boogaloo Joe Jones plays guitar on one track – a great version of "I Want You Back" – and other titles include "Alex The Great", "John Neely-Beautiful People", and "XKE". CD
Diogo Nogueira & Hamilton De Holanda —
Bossa Negra ... CD Universal (Brazil), 2014. New Copy ...
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Some of the most incredible music we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a set that brings his work on bandolim into a whole new focus, by teaming him with the younger singer Diogo Nogueira! The album has this spare power that really grabs us right away – amazing interplay between the vocals and acoustic strings – with a rhythmic pulse throughout, which almost takes us back to some of the best post-bossa experiments in Brazil during the late 60s! Nogueira's vocals are wonderfully soulful, but never overdone – and the only other instrumentation is percussion and acoustic bass, used in these warm, rootsy ways that giev the music an earthy feel and a timeless spirit. Tremendous stuff throughout – with titles that include "Bicho Da Terra", "Bossa Negra", "Ta", "Ate A Volta", "Mundo Melhor", "Doce Flor", "Mais Um Dia", and "Salamandra". CD
A special vinyl-only collection of work from Michel Polnareff – one of our favorite French pop talents from the end of the 60s! Polnareff's got this quality that's unlike anyone else we can think of – very expressive, but without being overly emotive – sometimes crafting the lyrics with this warble, sometimes with a raspy whisper – and almost always set to these cool baroque arrangements that really push the whole thing over the top! Michel's not nearly as well-known on these shores as some of his contemporaries, but his music is equally wonderful – and this special set has a very strong focus on all his best years of the late 60s, with more from the early 70s – and a few key tracks from later years too. Titles include "Ame Caline", "Le Roi Des Fourmis", "Love Me Please Love Me", "L'Amour Avec Toi", "Ta Ta Ta Ta", "Ring A Ding", "Le Bal Des Laze", "Mes Regrets", "Ne Dans Un Ice Cream", "Tam Tam", "Radio", "Lettre A France", and "Holidays". LP, Vinyl record album
An early example of the genius of Baden Powell in Europe – a record that helped the bossa guitarist break out of his usual Brazilian bag, and expand his sound a bit with appreciative influences from the Parisian scene! The record still has Powell working in the style of his early work in Brazil – acoustic guitar dancing alongside jazzy bossa rhythms – but the sound is expanded a bit more with arrangements by Paul Mauriat, in a way that produces a slightly more forceful style – one that never overwhelms the bossa, but which emphasizes its best parts. There's almost a soundtrack approach here at times, and the record features a slight bit of vocals from singer Francoise Walch – and includes the tracks "Deve Ser Amor", "Adagio", "Chanson D'Hiver", "Samba Triste", "Garota De Ipanema", "Bahiana", and "Euridice". CD
A pretty cool set that mixes together Indian percussion and jazz – pairing the tabla work of Badal Roy with accompaniment by a quartet that includes Richie Beirach on piano, Dave Liebman on saxes, Frank Tusa on bass, and Jeff Williams on percussion. The set starts out slow and spare, then builds as the tracks go on – then dips down again for some tabla-heavy jams that are mighty nice – a great example of the unique styles that Roy brought to the 70s jazz scene on a few hard to find recordings. Titles include "Sun King", "Ashirbad", "Shanti", "Rock In Cal", "The Tonal & The Nagual", and "Folk Song Of Bangladesh". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)
Talib Kweli & Hi Tek (Reflection Eternal) —
Reflection Eternal ... LP Rawkus/Universal, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
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Brilliant early work from Talib Kweli – who pretty much cemented his repuation as one the greatest MCs of his generation around this time – and it's tight as ever! We thought Black Star never outta separate way back then, but onn this burning set of dope joints, we all found out Talib could stand solid on his own, never sounded strong than he does here with Hi-Tek's soulful production. And over time, in our book, this LP has become certifiably classic. Tracks include "Move Somethin", "The Blast" featuring Vinia Mojica, "This Means You" featuring Mos Def, "Down For The Count" featuring Rah Digga & Xzibit, "Ghetto Afterlife" featuring Kool G Rap, "Love Language" featuring Les Nubians, "Soul Rebels", "Eternalists", "Memories Live", "Africa Dream", "Name Of The Game", "Too Late", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
A (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow to cynicism, but for our money, there's more than enough strong stuff here. It features production by Remi, plus Mark Ronson on a couple tracks, and it's a mix of styles that ably demonstrate Amy's depth as an interpreter. There's some great, kinda late night jazzy soul numbers, classic level 60s R&B and thoroughly modern hip hop soul – all with strong vocal performances from Amy. Includes "Our Day Will Come", "Between The Cheats", "Tears Dry (Original Version)", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2011)", "Like Smoke" feat Nas (and some eerily timely lyricism, as of this album's release date), "Valerie ('68 Version)", "Half Time", "The Girl From Ipanema", "Half Time", "Body & Soul" with Tony Bennett, "A Song For You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund – a great batch of jazz standards and originals, recorded with larger backing from the orchestra of Georg Riedels! The album's entirely in Swedish, but Monica swings her vocals with a style that's definitely inspired by the best American jazz vocalists of the 50s – offering up some really great versions of tunes like "Speak Low", "Dat Dere", "Baltimore Oriole", "Stockholm Sweetnin", and "Take Five" – all of which make some great appearances on the album, done in really compelling new takes! The record's a bit like some of the 50s/60s French remakes of English jazz tunes with new lyrics – a great set of vocal jazz with a wonderful edge – even if you can't understand all the words! CD
Really wonderful work from vocalist Monica Zetterlund – recorded at a time when she was really coming into her own! The album really has Monica stepping past her initial influences from American jazz – working in an idiom that's equally well suited to expression in her native Swedish, as it is filled with traces of a pan-global approach to jazz that features elements of bossa, modal jazz, and other compelling rhythms. Backings aren't credited, but they're plenty darn great – and titles include "Monicas Vals", "Konstigt", "Siv Larssons Dagbok", "Vilsevalsen", "Jag Tror Pa Dej", "Visa Fran Utanmyra", and "Spela For Mej". CD
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've ever seen – a wonderful blend of contemporary cuts and overlooked gems from the past 40 years – including some excellent gems from the 80s that have never gotten the right sort of exposure! There's some real treasures on here – songs we totally totally love – and the mood changes often, but in a really great way – so that favorites mix nicely with the more obscure numbers – in a batch of cuts that runs for over 80 minutes, and which includes "Driving Home For Christmas" by Chris Rae, "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Silje Nergaard, "What Do You Want This Year For Christmas" by Dean Grech, "This Christmas" by Malene Mortensen, "Thanks For Christmas" by Three Wise Men (XTC), "Ho Ho Ho" by Georgie Fame, "On Christmas Morning" by Benny Sings & Clara Hill, "Benoit's Christmas" by Pale Fountains, "Joy" by Tracey Thorn, "Last Christmas" by Til Bronner, "This Christmas" by Mary J Blige, "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" by Burt Bacharach, "Fairytale Of New York" by The Pogues, "Christmas Love" by Rotary Connection, "Santa Baby" by The French Impressionists, and "Simply Havin A Wonderful Christmas Time" by Joke Bruijs. CD
A rich collection of roots reggae from the great Frontline imprint of Virgin Records – home to the company's excellent run of Jamaican grooves in the late 70s! Frontline came into being just as reggae was hitting its classic stage – and the label really did a great job of giving exposure to a huge range of talents that were brewing up some of the best roots music of the time. Island may have been first, but Frontline was a very close second – as you'll hear in this 37 set selection that includes "Evil Doers" by U Roy, "Satta A Massa Gana" by Johnny Clarke, "Satta" by I Roy, "Pocket Money" by The Gladiators, "Country Living" by The Mighty Diamonds, "House Of Dread Locks" by Big Youth, "Natty Dread A Take Over" by U Brown, "Rastaman Skank" by Tapper Zukie, and "If You Don't Love Jah" by Althea & Donna. CD
Spirit, swing, and a whole lot more – a mighty collection of music all hand-picked by the legendary Nicola Conte! There's a deeply soulful groove to the whole thing – and a touch of the exotic as well – and the package really reminds us a lot of the great Gilles Peterson Universal collections that were out a few years back – full of deep tones and rich colors, and proof that when you've got the right guy at the helm, a collection of older jazz tracks can be way more than just the sum of its parts! In addition to Universal label work – originally issued on Decca, Emarcy, and other labels – the package features some Fantasy/Prestige tracks too – including some great gems we might have missed otherwise. Almost 75 minutes of music – with titles that include "Taboo" by Dorothy Ashby, "New Delhi" by James Clay, "Big P" by New Jazz Orchestra, "Juan-Les-Pins" by Staffan Abeleen, "Subo" by Klaus Weiss, "Spanish Castles" by George Gruntz, "Modette" by Roy Haynes, "My Favorite Things" by Sound Of Feeling, "Jungle Fantasy" by Yusef Lateef, "Feeling Good" by Pat Bowie, "The Hooter" by Ernie Wilkins, "Afro Blue" by Abbey Lincoln, "Bogota" by Ahmad Jamal, and "Baltimore Oriole" by Lorez Alexandria. CD
Man, these guys really know how to groove – and even on a bigger label, with a more commercial image, they still manage to come up with a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of rhythm schooled in years of indie funk that comes through even on the mellower cuts here – which themselves show an even better side of the group in this generation, one that comes across great here on a few slower numbers that have a sweetly stepping groove. Titles include "Nightcruising", "Freaky Behavior", "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love", "Touch Tone", "Hit & Run", "Unforgettable Dream", "Traffic Jammer", and "Backseat Driver". CD
A set put together as the soundtrack for the James Brown bio-pic – but one that features mostly original recordings by The Godfather himself, and a few older cuts altered a bit for the film! The groove runs from early 60s soul to early 70s funk – and there's a fair bit of live tracks, which go well to display James at his vibrant concert best. About a quarter of the material seems to be vintage recordings, augmented with some new performances or vocals to fit the scenes in the film – but these fit well alongside the classics, to a point where there's hardly much discernable difference (as well as little in the notes to explain them as well.) Tracks include "Sex Machine", "Mother Popcorn (part 1)", "It's A Man's Man's Man's World (live)", "I Got The Feelin (live)", "Soul Power (live)", "Try Me (live)", "Please Please Please", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "I Can't Stand Myself (live)", and "I Got You". CD
A fantastic soundtrack recorded in the immediate post-Tropicalia years – featuring some of the best early 70s work by Chico Buarque, Nara Leao, Maria Bethania, and others! The cover has a mad image with Buarque, Leao, and Bethania in top hats and shiny uniforms – and the music follows up with a similarly lively spirit – samba-esque, with other touches of rock and jazz production that give the work an expansive and trippy feel. Roberto Menescal handled the arrangements – and titles include "Cacada" by Chico Buarque, "Mais Uma Estrela" by Nara Leao, "Soneto" by Orquesta De Cordas, "Soneto" by Nara Leao, "Partido Alto" by MPB-4, "Formosa" by Nara Leao & Maria Bethania, "Baioque" by Maria Bethania, and "Cantores De Radio" by Chico, Naria, and Maria together! CD
Paco De Lucia with Larry Coryell & John McLaughlin —
Castro Marin ... CD Philips/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
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A real bridge-building album for the legendary Paco DeLucia – as the set begins in the same solo mode as his best records from the 70s, but expands near the end to bring in help from two other key guitarists of the time! The setting is quite similar to previous DeLucia albums – at least in the choice of material, and lack of any other backings – but for one track, Paco's famous acoustic guitar is joined by more acoustic from Larry Coryell – who returns on another number that also features more 12 string from John McLaughlin! The style of the record is still strongly Paco's own – as he handled arrangements throughout – and there's none of the weaker moments or gimmicks of some of the later 80s sessions of this nature. Instead, the whole thing is filled with incredible guitar interplay – on titles that include "Convite", "Palenque", "Huida", and "Castro Marin". CD
The heady second album from Egg – even more freewheeling and jazz-based than the first! The tracks on the set step out in quite some length – and often forgoe vocals entirely, in favor of long spiralling organ and tone generator lines from a young Dave Stewart – who sounds great on the set, working with a progressive jazzy style that recalls the sound of Soft Machine and other Brit jazz rockers at the time. There's also some really wonderful production touches on the set too – which space out the already trippy sound through some simple, but effective use of 70s techniques. Vocals do crop up from time to time, but the main focus of the set is the instrumentation – and titles include "A Visit To Newport Hospital", "Contrasong", "Boilk", and "Long Piece No 3". LP, Vinyl record album
Nino Ferrer —
Nino Kids ... CD Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
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Not the kiddie songs you might expect from the title and cover, and instead a really cool collection of hip French grooves from singer Nino Ferrer! There's definitely a youthful touch on some numbers, but most of the tunes have a funky or groovy feel – of the sort that really showcases the beat groove, jazz-heavy style that made Nino the French equivalent of Brit singers like Georgie Fame! The backings here are often nicely playful, and the 60s numbers are especially great – of the sort that make Ferrer's music the sort that could easily be re-discovered by a contemporary generation – the kind of cool and groovy 60s tunes that still sound wonderful after all these years. Titles include "Miraza", "Oh He Hein Bon", "Le Telefon", "Madame Robert", "Alexandre", "Mamadou Meme", "Il Pleut Bergere", "Chanson Pour Petit Bout", "Les Hommes A Tout Faire", and "Les Cornichons". CD
Warmly gliding soul from Gloria Gaynor – a great little set that has none of the cliches that sometimes mar our memory of Gloria's work, awash in tight arrangements that mix equal part disco and mainstream soul! Much of the record is upbeat, but never over the top – and even the longer tracks have a hook-heavy simplicity that's really great – a bit like the move into club that some of the Motown artists were also making at the time. Meco handled some of the production and arrangements, and titles include Casanova Brown", "(If You Want It) Do It Yourself", "How High The Moon", "The Prettiest Face I've Ever Seen", "What'll I Do", "Tell Me How", "I'm Still Yours", and "Walk On By". CD
THE lasting classic from Gloria Gaynor – the record that contains her tremendous hit "I Will Survive", and a great batch of disco grooves overall! The album's got a simple, honest sort of approach, despite its release in an era of overblown dancefloor sets – and arranger Freddie Perren does a great job of balancing all the elements here – hitting strong on the rhythms, but mixing in bits of strings from Gene Page and others – all in a sound that's round, warm, and surprisingly soulful, despite the big crossover fame of the hit on the record. In addition to a nice long take of "I Will Survive", other tracks include "Anybody Wanna Party?", "Please, Be There", "I Said Yes", and "You Can Exit". CD
All the best work of the Jackon 5 and young Michael Jackson – stuffed into one 30 track master mix, and packaged here with a bonus CD of remix tracks too! The core mix is great – like heading into a special soul night at a club that focuses only on the grooviest, most upbeat tracks from the Motown years – spun back to back in a non-stop way that only seems to increase the energy of the individual songs! DJ Hasebe never plays with the tunes too much, but does a really good job of putting them all together – and titles include "Nobody", "To Know", "Love Song", "Darling Dear", "Chained", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "It's Great To Be Here", "Dancing Machine", "One Day I'll Marry You", "Touch", "I Wanna Be Where You Are", and "Mama's Pearl". CD2 features exclusive remixes by DJ Hasebe of three tracks – "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", and "ABC". CD
BB King hips up his groove a bit here – picking up some of the crossover soul and rock touches used by contemporaries over at Chess/Cadet, and expanding his sound with a range of guests that include Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and Carole King! Despite the presence of these bigger names, the set's very much in BB's own spirit – mostly focused on his vocals and guitar work, and still mostly including original compositions. A few tunes get nice and funky on the rhythms, although still very much in a blues-based way – and Jimmie Haskell contributes a few larger arrangements from time to time. Titles include "King's Special", "Until I'm Dead & Cold", "You're Still My Woman", "Hummingbird", "Go Underground", and "Chains & Things". CD
Pat Kirby's looking a little bit like a school teacher on the cover of this one – but the music inside is lush, mature, and all-adult – hardly the stuff of schoolboy fantasies! Kirby's a lesser-known singer from the 50s, but she's a great one too – a vocalist who never goes too far, but who also doesn't resort to any cliches to carry over a tune – often singing with a gentler kind of approach that reminds us more of singers to come in the 60s. Backings are by Ralph Burns, and penned with some nice jazzy touches, but also some of those great modern Burns strings – and titles include "In Love In Vain", "Like Someone In Love", "All Or Nothing At All", "Lover Man", "Love Is A Simple Thing", "The Gentleman Obviously Doesn't Believe", and "I Fall In Love Too Easily". CD
Some of the coolest, hippest albums Roland Kirk ever recorded – Slightly Latin, Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith, I Talk With The Spirits, and Rip Rig & Panic – each very different in their own way, and a key part of his great leap forward in the 60s! The box features four heavy vinyl albums, with detailed booklet with rare photos and notes – and the whole package is very limited too! Slightly Latin is one of the maddest Roland Kirk albums of all time! The title says "Slightly Latin", but it's more of a mixed-up blend of orchestrations and voices, plus Exotica tinges – with Roland playing some very off-kilter reed solos on flute and various saxes. The sound is incredible, and the arrangements are incredibly strange – and the album sounds like nothing that Kirk (or anyone else) has ever done. Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith is Roland Kirk's only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic. The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie Boykins on bass and Grady Tate on drums – all free-thinking talents that are enough to match the whimsy of Kirk's own playing on tenor, flute, stritch, and manzello – but also strong enough jazz players to hold tight during the straighter jazz moments of the set. I Talk With The Spirits is one of Roland Kirk's moodiest albums – and a record that really helped him find a big new audience in the 60s. The approach here is a bit different than some of Kirk's more bombastic jazz albums from previous years – gentle, and almost spiritual at times – thanks to heavy use of flute, which Kirk explores with a deeply personal tone – easing out gentle lines that really foreshadow the use of the instrument in the post-Coltrane generation. The record has a dark somber tone at times, and a sweetly redemptive one at others. Rip Rig & Panic is a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. LP, Vinyl record album
Quite a cool one from this hip prog band – a special single in a very cool cover – with great sound throughout! "Felona" begins with this cool bell-like chime – ringing out over strummed acoustic guitar with the tune's joyous lyric – before the whole thing then hits a heavier proggish keyboard and electric part in the middle! "L'Equilibrio" starts with a wicked keyboard line right at the start – as great as anything that Yes or Genesis might have produced at the time – especially the latter – and the solo near the end is worth the price of the whole single! 7-inch, Vinyl record
The first three solo albums from Os Mutantes singer Rita Lee – all work that really follows in a great vibe from her key contributions to the Tropicalia scene! Build Up has Rita stepping out as a sophisticated pop singer, almost in the way that Nico did on the Chelsea Girl album, after leaving the Velvet Underground. Arrangements have a weird twisted edge – as Rita makes her way through a set of originals and a few covers, in an almost deadpan, ice-blond mode that reminds us of some of Jane Birkin's early work. Arrangements are by the great Rogerio Duprat, and titles include "Sucesso, Aqui Vou Eu", "Prisioneira Do Amor", "Hulla Hulla", "Tempo Nublado", "Precisamos De Irmaos", and "Calma" – plus a nice cover of "And I Love Him". On Hoje E Primeiro, Lee is clearly the star of the show – singing all lyrics with a much fiercer vocal approach than on her earlier solo album – pushing things hard to keep up with the jamming keyboards of Arnaldo Baptista and guitar of Sergio Dias – both of whom are working with the energy that would show up in the Mutantes styles in the years after Lee departed. One of the most compelling aspects of the record is the structure of the tunes – less conventionally rockish overall than the direction Os Mutantes were moving towards – and still with that strong dramatic flair that Lee always provided when in the group. Titles include "Vamos Tratar Da Saude", "Amor Branco E Preto", "Superficie Do Planeta", "Teimoisia", "Tapupukitipa", "Beija Me Amor", and "Frique Como". On Atras Do Porto, Lee hits a sort of space rock sound, with a weird set of materials that sort of mixes an early 70's space rock guitar sound with Wings-like production for a more pop feel. Our Portuguese is terrible, so we can't read the lyrics and get hip to the concept, but the inside cover has the band looking kind of like refugees from Spinal Tap or something. With the cuts "Tem Uma Cidade", "Menino Bonito", "Mame Natureza", and "Eclipse Do Cometa". CD
Dreamy, soul-steeped avant pop sounds from Sweden's Little Dragon! The group has been delivering with atmospheric production, high quality songs, and timeless, genuine soul for long enough that we could consider them veterans by this point – and we're glad they continue to do their thing with fresh, distinctive style. Singer Yukimi Nagano is a big part of the appeal, and she really flourishes on this one – infusing the synth pop styled tracks and the more subtle mood pieces with an indispensable soulful integrity. Includes "Klapp Klapp", "Mirror", "Pretty Girls", "Underbart", "Car Rider", "Paris", "Lurad", "Nabuma Rubberband", "Only One", "Killing Me", "Pink Cloud" and "Let Go". CD
Carmen McRae's book of ballads is a great set of standards – performed by a core trio that features Don Abney on piano, over larger backings by Frank Hunter! The set's a treasure from Carmen's early years – and is filled with dusky renditions of tunes that are familiar, but which have a very different feeling here – thanks to McRae's sense of care and space with the material – one that almost brings a personal, reflective quality to the whole thing. Titles include "He Was Too Good To Me", "By Myself", "My Romance", "When I Fall In Love", and "Please Be Kind". CD
Maybe one of the first truly brilliant albums from Milton Nascimento – a set that builds on the excellent previous work by the singer/songwriter, but which also has him moving into much more soulful territory as well! Nascimento's work is one of the true treasures of Brazilian music of the past 50 years – and here, it finds a perfect place between larger arrangements, jazzy inflections, and some earthier instrumental touches that keep him tied to the earth – a really careful balance of modes that Milton would not only explore more deeply on key albums to come, but which would become a touchstone for a whole generation of artists as well. The arrangements are wonderful – done by Luiz Eca (of Tamba Trio fame) and saxophonist Paulo Moura – and songs include originals by Milton, plus titles by Dori Cayammi, Toninho Horta, Fernando Brant, and Marcio Borges. Titles include "Sentinela", "Tarde", "Pai Grande", "Quatro Luas", and "Sunset Marquis 333 Los Angeles". CD
Elis Regina —
Elis (1974) ... CD Polygram/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
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One of the real 70s classics from the legendary Elis Regina – a set of records that are so wonderful, generations of other Brazilian artists have never been able to match them for their sense of power and presence! Regina's really coming into her own with this set – finding a unique voice that's past the bossa and jazz of her 60s material, and with a deep sense of power in the vocals – but one that's never as overdone or cloying as work by Anglo singers of the time. The balance of subtle emotion with rich musical energy matches the best of work by Milton Nascimento at the time – and a great deal of thanks goes to Cesar Camargo Mariano, who's working here at the height of his powers on arrangements, and on keyboards as well. Titles include Milton Nascimento's "Travessia" and "Ponta De Areia", Ary Barroso's "Na Batucada Da Vida", Gilberto Gil's "O Compositor Me Disse" and "Amor Ate O Fim", and more by the team of Joao Boasco and Aldir Blanc. CD
Sylvia Telles —
Voce E Eu ... CD Universal (Brazil), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
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Beautiful bossa by one of the first singers to really embrace the genre – the lovely Sylvia Telles, represented here by some of her best tracks from the late 50s and early 60s! Sylvia initially started as a singer with a bit more of the romantic flourishes of the postwar generation in Brazil, but soon became greatly enamored of the new bossa sound at the end of the 50s – and used her wonderfully clean, fluid style to really work magic with the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim and others! This set combines tracks from Telles' years at Odeon and Philips – and features titles that include "Dindi", "Lobo Bobo", "Perdido De Amor", "Estrada Do Sol", "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar", "Caminhos Cruzados", "Tu E Eu", "Se Todos Fossem Iguais A Voce", "Por Causa De Voce", and "Voce E Eu". CD
Caetano Veloso looks like a bit of an old geezer on the back cover of this live set – but damn if he isn't still one of the most exciting talents in the world, even alongside most of the contemporary generation too! The performance is a concert that's very much in the spirit of the studio album Abracao – and the two wonderful records that preceded it – music that's easily some of the most inventive, creative, and immediately appealing that Caetano Veloso has ever recorded – at a level that easily sums up all his past genius in a range of styles, but finds a way to fuse the whole thing down to a very focused core. The vocals alone are wonderful – that haunting style that Veloso really seemed to develop strongly after his years in London – and the instrumentation is often spare and simple, but with these great little twists and turns – especially on the rhythms and phrasing. And despite what must be a relatively large venue, Veloso preserves this sense of intimacy throughout – really reminding us of his undeniable pull, not just in Brazilian culture, but around the globe as well. Titles include "Homem", "Quando", "Um", "Lindeza", "Reconvexo", "Voce", "A", "Funk", "Alguem", and "Eclipse". CD
Viva Voz —
Viva Voz ... CD EMI/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
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A sweet groover from 70s Brazil – the only album we've ever seen by this harmony group – a male/female sextet that mixes warm vocals with lively samba rhythms! The approach is fantastic, and unique – different than the breezier feel of bossa nova harmony groups, and with some rootsy elements in the rhythms – which creates a vibe that's very fresh, and which suits the vocals beautifully! Arrangements are by Luis Avelar, and a nice current of jazz runs through the work – clearly that influence from American harmony groups picked up by Tamba Trio and Quarteto Em Cy – but used here in a nicely different way. Titles include "To Aqui Te Esperando", "O Trenzinho Caipira", "Lado Do Avesso", "Bela Bela", "Sabor Impune", and "Tomara". CD