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New Rakim18th Letter ... LP LP format
Universal, 1997. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's been a long time.... The return of the 18th letter, still up to par with "New York (Ya Out There)", "The Mystery (Who Is God?)", "When I'm Flowin'", "Guess Who's Back", "The Saga Begins" and 8 more on 2 LP's. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve which has a cut corner.)

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New RakimWhen I Be On Tha Mic (clean, street, inst)/Flow Forever (clean, dirty, inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Universal, 1999. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A-side produced by Primo, flip by Clark Kent. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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New Nelson Riddle/Adam West & Burt WardBatman – Original Television Soundtrack ... LP LP format
20th Century/Universal, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available Batman – Original Television Soundtrack ... CD 13.99

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New Ralphy SantiAnsia ... CD CD format
Pimienta/Universal, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)

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New Lalo SchifrinThere's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Dot/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Rhoda ScottFeelin' The Groove ... CD CD format
Universal (France), 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lively trio set from American organist Rhoda Scott – recording here in her ex patriot home of Paris, with a trio that features Houston Person on tenor and Steve Phillips on drums. Rhoda's firmly atop the Hammond B-3 on the set – grooving with all the majesty of her earlier records, and showing that she can really carry a solo far without letting down herself or the listener. Person's a good match for her style, but she's still the boss on the set! Titles include "Gwine Up", "Nova", "Nizza", "Raoul's Blues", "Same Train", and "Strut That Strut". CD

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New Donna SummerLove To Love You Baby ... CD CD format
Casablanca/Universal, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first great moments of the Munich disco scene of the 70s – an electric batch of soul served up in support of Donna Summer's landmark title hit! The set features the full 16 minute version of "Love To Love You Baby" – done as a monumental suite that dips, turns, slinks, and slides alongside Summer's sexy vocals beautifully. As with that track, Giorgio Moroder arranged the others on the set as well – along with tunes in more of a straightforward soul approach for the time. In retrospect, that was a totally brilliant approach – trailblazing on one hand, and saleable to the mainstream on the other! Other titles include "Need A Man Blues", "Full Of Emptiness", "Whispering Waves" and "Pandora's Box". CD
Also available Love To Love You Baby ... LP 3.99

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New Isao SuzukiHip Dancin' ... CD CD format
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real standout in the mid 70s Japanese jazz scene – one of a few excellent albums by Isao Suzuki, a jazz cello player who could work well in a variety of settings! This album's got Isao grooving with some slight electric touches – working with Japanese players that include Kazumi Watanabe on guitar and Fumio Karashi on Fender Rhodes, plus rhythm by the American team of Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – which balances things out nicely. The record's got an extended groover called "Hip Dancin" that's really nice – warm and gentle, but with a lot of soul, and moving at a good little pace! Other tracks include unusual versions of "Sack O Woe", "Alone Together", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD

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New Masahiko TogashiRings ... CD CD format
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Spare solo percussion work from Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi – a double-length set of tracks that runs through 12 "rings" – all different shorter passages that are part of a longer composition – played by Togashi on drums, percussion, vibes, marimba, celesta, and glockenspiel! The sound of the set builds as time goes on – overlapping passages to create a fuller sound, as Togashi explores the space around him with percussion that unfolds throughout the course of the set – in ways that are sometimes more organic and spiritual than some of his recordings with other musicians. CD

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New Masahiko TogashiSong For Myself ... CD CD format
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The intimate nature of the title is very apt on this one – as the album features spare duets between drummer Masahiko Togashi and other Japanese musicians – including the great Sadao Watanabe on flute, and either Masahiko Satoh and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano! The sound is open, and sometimes a bit free – but in a way that's very inventive, and never too overpowering – as Togashi finds a way to really keep things grounded, and work in the best collaborative spirit with each musician. A real standout on the East West catalog of the 70s – and titles include "Haze", "Fairy Tale", "Song For Myself", and "Song For My Friends". CD

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New Masahiko TogashiSpiritual Nature ... CD CD format
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mid 70s live recording by Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi – performed with help from a larger group that includes Sadao Watanabe on reeds, Masahiko Satoh on percussion, Shigeo Suzuki on reeds, and extra added percussion. Tracks are long and exploratory – usually beginning with spare percussion, and then slowly adding in additional instrumentation. The "spiritual nature" of the title is apt, as the exploratory style of the tunes is never too avant – simply searching and stretching, in a righteous, almost post-Coltrane way. Titles include "The Beginning", "Moving", "On The Footpath", and "Spiritual Nature". CD

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New Tserendavaa & TsogtgerelChants Diphoniques De L'Altai Mongol/Xoomij Overtone Singing From Mongolia (CD & DVD) ... CD CD format
Routes Nomades/Universal (France), 2008. Used CD & DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)

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New Sadao WatanabePamoja ... CD CD format
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later than Sadao Watanabe's classic period, but a great album with some really wonderful moments! The set was recorded live in Tokyo in 1975, and it features Watanabe working with a group that includes Isao Suzuki on bass, Yshiaki Masuo on guitar, and Takehiro Honda on piano. The four tracks are all long, with some of the searching Coltrane-ish playing that Watanabe brought to his earlier Sony albums, but they've also got a fair bit of the warmth he was reaching for during the 70s – combining elements of world jazz styles into a mode that really pushed his work on alto and flute. Titles include "Pamoja", "Vichakani", and "Musitoni". CD

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New Sadao WatanabeRecital ... CD CD format
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Marva WhitneyIt's My Thing ... CD CD format
King/Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available
It's My Thing ... LP 9.99
It's My Thing (expanded edition) ... CD 16.99

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New VariousUltimate Free Soul Blue Note ... CD CD format
Blue Note/Universal (Japan), 1960s/1970s/2014. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The soaring spirit of Blue Note Records – served up here with a really special twist to fit the mode of the Free Soul series! The package is overflowing with goodness – four hours' worth of listening, with a special focus on two periods of the label – that great late 60s/early 70s stretch when they were trying out so many new ideas and rhythms, including elements borrowed from soul, Latin, fusion, and Brazilian modes – and the more recent stretch that has seen Blue Note re-emerge as one of the most forward-thinking labels in jazz! CDs 1 and 2 feature older gems – including "Lover To Lover" by Maxi Anderson, "Kathy" by Moacir Santos, "As" by Gene Harris, "Tuesday Heartbreak" by Ronnie Foster, "Harlem River Drive" by Bobbi Humphrey, "To See A Smile" by Ronnie Foster, "Where Are We Going" by Donald Byrd, "You're Welcome Stop On By" by Lou Donaldson, "Save The Children" by Marlena Shaw, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, "In Pursuit Of The 27th Man" by Horace Silver, "Early Morning Love" by Moacir Santos, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Stormy" by Duke Pearson. CD3 features newer work – including "Come To My Door" by Jose James, "Holding Onto You" by Derrick Hodge, "Maiden Voyage" by Dianne Reeves, "Praise" by Aaron Parks, "You're Still The One" by Otis Brown III with Gretchen Parlato, "Ain't Misbehavin" by Jason Moran with Meshell Ndegeocello, "No Love Dying" by Gregory Porter, "Afro Blue" by Robert Glasper with Erykah Badu, "Please Set Me At Ease" by Madlib, and "Won't You Open Up Your Senses" by 4Hero with Vanessa Freeman. CD

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New A+Enjoy Yourself (radio, inst, album, acapella) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Universal, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Jorge BenAcustico MTV Vol 2 – Banda Do Ze Pretinho ... CD CD format
Universal (Brazil), 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tight little live set from Jorge Ben – recorded for MTV, but easily as great as any of his other live recordings in Brazil. The group's tight and warm, with a really soulful feel and a bouncing groove that returns Jorge's sound to earlier years. Tracks include a number of classic numbers redone in ways that really open them up – and Jorge's extremely charming in this intimate setting, showing he hasn't lost his edge at all! Titles include "Taj Mahal", "Filho Maravilha", "Pais Tropical", "Que Pena", "Que Maravilha", "Mas Que Nada", "Chove Chuva", and "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando Os Alquimistas". CD
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New Jorge BenTabua De Esmeralda ... CD CD format
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
Searing samba soul from Jorge Ben – one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s, and for good reason too! The album's got a slightly fuller feel than some of Ben's other work of the time – never slick, but with backings balanced nicely against his own raspy vocals and acoustic guitar – sweetening things up with a bit of the strings you'd find on Forca Bruta, but with a hint of the soul to come on Africa Brasil! The balance is great – thanks to arrangers Osmar Milito, Darcy De Paulo, and Hugo Bellard – and as usual, Jorge's vocals are the main attraction – dipping, turning, and rising with this really unique, personal feel – Ben-like brilliance at its brightest. The whole thing's wonderful – a key gem from the Philips years – and titles include "Cinco Minutos", "Zumbi", "Brother", "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando Os Alquimistas", "Errare Humanum Est", "Menina Muler Da Pele Preta", "Hermes Tri", and "O Namorado Da Viuva". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Booker T & PriscillaBooker T & Priscilla ... CD CD format
A&M/Universal (Germany), 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
Memphis goes to California – with surprising results! The album's one of a few that Booker T cut after splitting with the MGs – of legendary Stax Records fame – and it's completely different than his earlier sides, and not in a bad way! Book recorded the set in California with wife Priscilla Jones, and it's done in a mixture of soul, rock, and folk styles – one that's as much in keeping with the Laurel Canyon or San Francisco scenes than Book's earlier work was with the Memphis ones. Booker and Priscilla both sing – sometimes together, sometimes apart – and the double-length set is pretty warm, fuzzy, and a bit trippy. Titles include "Delta Song" and "Wedding Song", both of which are standout tracks – and other titles include "She", "Funny Honey", "Medley From The Jones Ranch", and "The Sun Don't Shine". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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