Burt Bacharach/Tom Jones/Dionne Warwick —
What's New Pussycat? ... CD United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ...
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The classic Burt Bacharach score for What's New Pussycat – a mid 60s sex-farce starring Peter Sellers and Peter O'Toole! The album features some amazing vocal tracks that have become enduring classics – like "What's New Pussycat?" sung by Tom Jones, "Here I Am" sung by Dionne Warwick, and the incredible "My Little Red Book" sung by Manfred Mann – but almost better than these are the Bacharach instruments – handled by Burt in ways that really move past some of the simpler stylings of his pop work of the time, yet which still have all the breezy Bacharach charm firmly intact! Some of these sweet original titles include "Marriage, French Style", "Stripping Really Isn't Sexy, Is It?", "Catch As Catch Can", and "Pussy Cats On Parade". CD
One of the biggest and best albums ever for Hamilton Bohannon – filled with quirky rhythms and really unusual grooves! Bohannon was one of the key forces in setting the scene for disco in the early 70s – and by the time the rest of the country was hitting the dancefloor in the middle part of decade, he was still moving forward, into a whole new realm of groove! The tracks on this set have some really mad rhythms – skittish and scattered, still with a dancefloor approach, but with lots of odd touches that set them apart from the rest of the pack. A key example of this is the great tune "Me & The Gang", which has this off-key piano loping out over chunky beats – but the whole thing's great, with a lot more of a sly edge than you'd expect from the cover. Titles include "Summertime Groove", "The Street Dance", "Let's Start The Dance", "Listen To The Children Play", and "I Wonder Why". 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
Amazing is right – because even at this early stage, James Brown was a killer – sounding harder and heavier than most of his pre-soul contemporaries – and busting out in a stunning sound that instantly put him on the map! This overstuffed early set features some great tracks that move past the more famous hits – 12 numbers that show James at a key point between R&B and early soul. Titles include "Just You & Me Darling", "Dancin Little Thing", "Lost Someone", "You Don't Have To Go", "And I Do Just What I Want", "Come Over Here", "Love Don't Love Nobody", and "The Bells". Reissued with the original cover too! CD
James Brown, proud and loud – a smoking 60s album that provides a great link between his earlier styles and his freer roots – with a brilliant blend of funk, soul, and a touch of raw R&B! Given the power of The Godfather at this point, there's no denying that even the older cuts have a punch that few others could match – making for a record that feels mighty darn unified, despite the stretch of time between a few of the recordings. Titles include the funky gems "Ain't That a Groove (pts 1 & 2)", "The Scratch", "Is It Yes or Is It No", and James' great version of "The Bells" that's always been one of our favorites – plus Just You & Me", "I Love You Yes I Do", "Come Over Here", and "I Don't Mind". The cover also comes with an "autographed" photo of James on the back with the text "James Brown Fans – Frame This 8 x 10 Picture" – and an image that says "Soul Brother #1 Is Peeking At You Thru The Key Hole"! CD
An incredible early album from James Brown – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King – and virtually the blueprint for so many other great things to follow! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, it's got a sheer raw unbridled screaming sound that forever changed the face of soul music. The rest of the album's in a similar mode – and has plenty of great numbers that evoke a similar sound, including the obvious follow-up "No, No, No, No", plus "That's When I Lost My Heart", "Chonnie On Chon", "Hold My Baby's Hand", and "Tell Me What I Did Wrong". CD
James Brown —
Popcorn ... CD King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
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A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone onto have possibly even more funky influence than the Godfather's combo in the 70s! James plays organ on the set – and supposedly a bit of guitar and drums (according to the notes) – but one of the main stars here is Pee Wee Ellis, whose alto lines really cook up some of the best tracks strongly. Yet possibly even more amazing is the overall rhythmic conception – tight, focused, and always on the money – snapping with a sharpness that's mindblowing even all these many years later – a whole new dimension in funky expression, hardly ever matched since! Titles include "Soul Pride (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chicken", "Sudsy", "The Popcorn", "In The Middle (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chase", and "A New Shift". CD
Chico Buarque was an undeniable influence on the generation of Brazilian singers that included Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, and Gilberto Gil. This nice set – originally issued as a 2LP set in 1975 – brings together some of his best work from the years when he was working his magic the strongest in Brazil! Loads of these tracks were variably difficult to find in any form for years and years – which makes the set even more essential! Tracks include "Rosa Dos Ventos", "Gente Humilde", "Construcao", "Cacada", "Sinal Fechado", "Ligia", "Barbara", "Minha Historia", and "Bom Conselho", "Ana De Amsterdam", "Olha Maria" and many more! 23 cuts in all. CD
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Vernon Burch —
Get Up ... CD Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
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Bouncy, bubbly soul from Vernon Burch – one of his stone dancefloor classics from the 70s, served up with a groove that never quits! Burch is one of the few who can make a clubby set sparkle with the more personal qualities of a mellower soul album – and this excellent set is a great example of his style at the time. Production is by James Gadson, who also plays funky drums in the small backing combo – along with keyboards from Michael Thompson and guitar from Burke himself. Titles include the slightly bizarre transgender tune "Sammy Joanne (One Half Woman One Half Man)" – but other numbers are all pretty great, and include "Get Up", "Arrogant Lady", "Once Again In My Life", "Never Can Find The Way", and "For You". CD
Feel Me ... CD Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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A great 80s groove from Cameo – but one that's still done in the group's best early funk ensemble mode! There's maybe a bit more emphasis on the basslines and keyboards than before, but the sound of the music is still wonderfully full and spontaneous – very much in keeping with the warmly collaborative look of the group on the cover, who really sound like they're having a hell of a lot of fun making the record! The rhythms have a razor-sharpness that just about nobody else can touch – and there's all these cool little instrumental flourishes that sneak into the mix and really keep things interesting – odd sounds on familiar instruments, moogy moments on keyboards, and even some vocal inflections that come as a nice surprise. There's two nice mellow cuts – "Feel Me" and "Is This The Way", which have a sweetly compressed harmony sound on the lyrics – and funky numbers include "Better Days", "Keep It Hot", "Roller Skates", and "Is This The Way". CD
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to work in genres that included doo wop, harmony soul, and Latin – the last of which he does surprisingly well! The album's got a wonderfully earthy Spanish Harlem groove throughout – heard most famously on the title hit – "Hey Leroy", a fierce romp with a heavy piano groove that's clearly inspired by the work of Joe Cuba – but burning hard throughout on a variety of groovy covers and hard-hitting originals! Lots of piano, searing sax, snapping percussion, and humorous lyrics – and tracks include "Ham Hocks Espagnole", "Our Day Will Come", "Hey Willie", and "Southern Fried Frijoles". CD
Hollywood ... CD MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
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A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the "jazz" from their name, but it's still a great bit of LA funky soul jazz – with electric keyboards from Joe Sample that are very much in a late 60s mode, plus guitar from David T Walker and Arthur Adams, and bass from Chuck Rainey, in addition to fine work by regulars like Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson, and Wilton Felder. Tracks have a tight and uncomplicated funky approach, with a slightly smooth edge – and titles include "Do Yourself A Favor", "Try A Little Harder", "Cold Duck Eddie", "Way Back Home", and the Afro-funky groover "Alekesam"! CD
The brilliant first album from Fairport Convention – working here in a sound that's much less fully-formed than in later years, but in a really great way! So many things are different here – the guitars are maybe harder and more electric, the vocals of a young Ian Matthews (as Ian MacDonald) are really wonderful, and even female singer Judy Dyble brings a very different quality to the group than the later work of Sandy Denny! These guys are less straight folk here, and more open to a lot of new ideas – great ideas, and ones that really keep things creative and interesting – and maybe looking forward more musically, than the later (and important) backward look the group would take. Titles include a brilliant remake of Emmitt Rhodes' "Time Will Show The Wiser" – plus "I Don't Know Where I Stand", "Chelsea Morning", "It's Alright Ma It's Only Witchcraft", "One Sure Thing", "M1 Breakdown", and "Jack O'Diamonds". CD features four bonus tracks – "Reno Nevada", "Morning Glory", "If I Had A Ribbon Bow", and "Suzanne". CD
Marvin Gaye gets some fantastic help here from Norman Whitfield – whose production gives the record a much more righteous sound than some of Gaye's sweeter soul of the 60s – a really heavy undercurrent that strongly hints at modes to come! The vibe here isn't as fuzzed-out as on some of Whitfield's other groups – like The Undisputed Truth or Temptations – but the record definitely shares some of the same spirit, and really uses the sound to deepen Gaye's groove wonderfully. Titles include Marvin's great version of "I Wish It Would Rain", plus "How Can I Forget", "That's The Way Love Is", "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got", "Cloud Nine", and "Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love". CD
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting approach to jazz vocals that was very much in the tradition of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but also drew inspiration from the earlier work of Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and others. Their sound is great – much more 60s groovy than some other vocal groups – and pairing them with Dizzy gives this record an added punch that some of their other sessions are missing! Backing is small combo throughout – with either Bud Powell or Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and James Moody on tenor – and with the presence of Diz, most of the material here is of bop orientation – taken at a fast and lively clip! Lalo Schifrin arranged the whole session too – and titles include "One Bass Hit", "Blue N Boogie", "Emanon", "Groovin High", "Ow", "The Champ", "Tin Tin Deo", "Hot House", and "Con Alma". CD
A real lost treasure from trumpeter Terumasa Hino – a warm and wonderful live set, and one that's neither too free, nor too smooth – just perfectly set up right down the middle to open up on these beautiful long performances! The lineup is all Japanese – a great array of players that includes Shigeharu Mukai on trombone, Hideo Miyata on tenor, Sadao Watanabe on alto sax, Motohiko Hino on drums, and Fumio Itabashi on Fender Rhodes – part of a slightly larger ensemble who can be tight at times, but still allow plenty of room for open freedom on the solos. Hino's only part of the picture, as the other soloists get in some great space too – and the set includes the 23 minute groover "Logical Mystery", the long soulful original "Into The Darkness", and a sweet mellow take on "Round Midnight". CD
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older crack rhythms with some newer, hipper, jazzier inflections – making for an incredibly powerful sound that really opens them up. Titles include the massively funky "Jungle Jazz" – a jazzy follow up to "Jungle Boogie" – plus some spiritual numbers that have a cosmic soul jazzy feel, like the tracks "Cosmic Energy", "Ancestral Ceremony", and "Winter Sadness". The whole thing's great – and other titles include "Mother Earth", "Caribbean Festival", and "Ride The Rhythm". CD
A killer little set from Les McCann – one of his greatest records of the 60s, thanks to a fair bit of Latin Soul influences! The album's got a groove that's much grittier than Les' other work – a solid, soulful emphasis on bottom rhythms – which are mostly in a boogaloo and shing-a-ling mode – clearly McCann's nod to the Spanish Harlem scene at the time! The backings here are a bit fuller than usual for Les too – and his trio with Leroy Vinnegar is augmented with lots of added percussion, plus vibes from Lynn Blessing, sax and flute from Plas Johnson, and trumpet from Lee Katzman. The whole thing's wonderful – a non-stop party that rivals similar boogaloo jazz sets of the time – and titles include "Fakeout", "Boo Go Loo", "Hey Leroy", "Bang Bang", "La Brea", and "Music To Watch Girls By". CD
Trumpeter Itaru Oki is listed as the leader here, but the set gets some especially strong help from Takashi Tokuhiro on bass – who begins side one's "Shirasagi" with this amazing solo that's worth the price of the album alone! Side two begins with a complete reworking of "You Don't Know What Love Is" – hardly recognizable from the original, given the free sense of improvisation – which rolls into "October Revolution", which has a nicely spacey quality at times. Joe Mizuki plays percussion on that track, and the whole album also features work from Shyoki Ujaki on baritone and Tatsuya Nakamura on percussion – but to us, the bass and trumpet are the main stars here! CD
Os Tres Brasileiros (aka Os Tres Morais) —
Brazil LXIX ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
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Excellent work from Os Tres Brasileiros – better known in Brazil as Os Tres Morais! The group, like many, were a Brazilian ensemble who recorded in America under a different name – one that might be more "catchy" for the American audiences – but apart from that shift, their music is all authentic all the way – with a wonderful harmony vocal sound that follows in the tradition of Quarteto Em Cy or Tamba Trio! Even better, the album has an organist backing the group up – with sweet bubbling notes that sound a lot like the work of Walter Wanderley, and which give the album an even nicer groovy touch! The whole thing's incredible – a real treat all the way through, with great originals like "Sambamor", "Jequi-Bach", "Outono", and "Brincando De Samba" – plus sweet covers like "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Moon River", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
Peaches & Herb —
2 Hot! ... CD Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
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A mega-hit from Peaches & Herb – best known for the crossover classic "Reunited", but equally great for a host of modern soul groovers! The duo first achieved fame at the end of the 60s – through a set of key pop soul tracks that had a warm and sweet finish. Here, though, the pair are stepping out with a bit more of an Ashford & Simpson vibe – more mature and groove-oriented – and getting some great help on production and arrangement from Freddie Perren. Titles include, of course, "Reunited" – plus "Shake Your Groove Thing", "We've Got Love", "Love It Up Tonight", "Easy As Pie", "Four's A Traffic Jam", and "All Your Love". CD
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!" CD
Stunning work from Rufus & Chaka Khan – still very much at the height of their powers on this late 70s release – and still doing things at a level that nobody else can touch! The blend of jazz and soul is completely sublime – given a bit of extra help on arrangements by Clare Fischer and Seawind, both talents who are also at their best during this 70s stretch too – but the real power still comes from the core energy of Rufus, and the way they can effortlessly fuse these slinky, soulful grooves – and, of course, from the massive Chaka Khan – every bit the shining jewel in the group's crown, yet still not broken off as a superdiva on her own. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Street Player", "Stranger To Love", "Turn", "Change Your Ways", "Take Time", "Turn", and "Best Of Your Heart". CD
Randy Weston —
Saga ... CD Universal (France), 1995. Used ...
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Quite possibly our favorite of the wonderful 90s comeback sessions by Randy Weston – thanks in large part to the great players on the set! The album's a smaller group outing than some of Weston's others from the time – played by a septet that includes Billy Harper on tenor sax, Talib Kibwe on flute and alto, Benny Powell on trombone, and Billy Higgins on drums. Neil Clarke adds in a lot of additional percussion to the tunes – expanding the rhythms to match Weston's fluid work on piano – and the set features a great assortment of original tunes with all the evocative power of Weston's classic work. Titles include "Loose Wig", "Tangier Bay", "FEW Blues", "Uncle Neemo", "Lagos", "Night In Mbari", "Casbah Kids", and "Jahjuka". CD
Killer improvisations from Kaoru Abe – working in a solo setting that really lets us hear his genius up close! The album features three tracks with alto sax, and one with bass clarinet – and all have that amazing mixture of tones and sounds that Abe could create – modes that would sometimes be wailing, but never in a way that was needlessly noisy – always very much on point, and filled with meaningful expression that would often resonate with some of the more inside moments. The balance of ideas and attitudes in the course of one album is breathtaking – but that's also a reason why these early records of Abe are valued so highly! CD
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one, but they've got a lean focus here – a groove that has plenty of space for both male and female vocals, as well as a lot of instrumentation – yet never gets bogged down at all. Rhythms have a bit of boogie, and some older ensemble funk modes – and the vocals of Sharon Bryant are especially nice, cutting with a slight feminine edge against the more masculine leanings of the combo. Titles include "Kissin Power", "Straight To The Point", "Bullseye", "What'Cha Feel Inside", "Losin You", "Fallin In Love With You", and "Let The Spirit Move Ya". CD
Roy Ayers —
He's Coming ... CD Polydor/Universal, 1971. New Copy ...
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One of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – the sly, funky and spiritual masterpiece He's Coming from 1971 – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – and it's straight up wonderful all the way through – with a groove that's hugely influential to say the least! Includes the amazing track "We Live In Brooklyn Baby", which has a slow sample bassline in the intro that's just incredible – plus groovy cuts like the spiritual funk classic "He's a Superstar", "He's Coming", and "Sweet Tears". The lineup includes Sonny Fortune on soprano sax and flute and Billy Cobham drums and percussion, and the record's co-arranged by Harry Whitaker, who's also on keys and vocals – with other tracks include "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Ain't Got Time", "I Don't Know How To Love Him", "Sweet Butterfly Of Love" and "Fire Weaver". Amazing stuff, really a beautiful encapsulation of Roy Ayers in peak form! CD
Erykah Badu —
Baduizm ... CD Universal, 1997. Used ...
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A strange title for a first record – but quite fitting, given the impact that Erykah Badu has had on soul music! The record defines a whole new style of expression – "Baduizm", if you will – one in which Erykah sings with a depth that stretches back through a century's worth of jazz, soul, and gospel influences – but works a groove in a stripped-down and forward-thinking mode that sets the pace for countless Neo Soul singers to come! Titles include "Certainly (Flipped It)", "Next Lifetime (radio)", "On & On", "Appletree", "No Love", "4 Leaf Clover", and "Sometimes (mix #9)". CD
Tightly grooving work from The Bar-Kays – a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' career, with nary a note out of place, and a sweet blend of keyboards over the bass, giving the tunes a strong electric feel – gliding wonderfully over romping rhythms on the upbeat tracks, and stepping sweetly on the album's few mellow gems. Titles include "Tripping Out", "Propositions", "Anticipation", "Do It (Let Me See You Shake)", "She Talks To Me With Her Body", and "You Made A Change In My Life". CD
James Brown —
Cold Sweat ... CD King/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ...
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A stone classic from Brother James – a wonderful 60s album that not only includes the incredible title track – one of James' best groovers from the time – but a set that also showcases his talents in so many other styles too! There's a few wonderful ballads – but completely recast by James into songs of pride and power – and some older R&B-styled numbers that hearken back to his earliest years at King – all of which makes for a really rich demonstration of that unique James Brown energy that nobody else in the 60s could ever hope to touch! The Godfather's vocals burst out nicely with some wonderfully soulful overtones, no matter what the tune – and titles include "Fever", "Good Rockin Tonight", "Back Stabbin", "Mona Lisa", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Nature Boy" and "I Want To Be Around" – as well as "Cold Sweat (parts 1 & 2)". CD
A treasure trove of classic James Brown – with the Live At The Apollo (1962), Sex Machine and Revolution Of The Mind albums, plus the benchmark In The Jungle Groove compilation and the appropriately-titled 70s Funk Classics – together in a 5CD box set! Live At The Apollo is a landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings – and the version included here is the remastered edition with bonus tracks. Sex Machine is another classic example of JB cooking it live – in a style that really paves the way for the James Brown/JBs sound of the 70s – with long tracks, and some killer fast versions of some of the best funky cuts from the late King Records years! Revolution Of The Mind ANOTHER monster live set has James and the JB's wailing away in a freewheeling live set of hard funky grooves. In The Jungle Groove ins one of the best JB compilations ever, with essential (one time) rare and unreleased tracks pulled the mighty early 70s. Finally, 70s Funk Classics is that indeed – with an all killer tracklist that includes "Sex Machine", "Super Bad Pt 1", "Make It Funky", "The Payback" and many more. CD
(All albums come in cardboard sleeve replicas of the original album covers!)
A great lost album from James Brown – and totally funky! The record's got a super-hip cover that shows James standing in a blue room with three fine foxy ladies, and the words "I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me" are emblazoned across the top – and the whole thing's as super funky as it looks! The record features many obscure King singles from the mid and late 60s, great little tunes that we always enjoy on funky 45s, and which are sewn together into one of the rawer James Brown LPs from the decade. James and the band are playing Vox instruments – as you can tell by the shameless ad on the back cover – and the record has a garagey funk sound that reminds us of the best Desco work by artists like Lee Fields & Joseph Henry. A prize in any funk collection – and with the cuts "The Soul Of JB", "I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Get It Together (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky Soul #1", "Why Did You Take Your Love From Me", and "Baby Baby Baby Baby". Also features the funky hit "There Was A Time" – always a treat! CD
Funky funky funky! A nice one on King that shows the direction James Brown would take in the 70s – a bit harder and more funky than before, with even more of a focus on the instrumental talents of the ensemble! The band here is super-sharp – playing with that tightly focused, highly funky groove that James virtually invented at the time – ringing out with pride and boldness that are undeniable! The album mixes a few older obscure numbers with the best newer ones – and the set's a no-filler package that's filled with great cuts! Titles include "Stone Fox", "Maybe Good – Maybe Bad (parts 1 & 2)", "Here I Go", "I Got The Feelin", "You Got The Power", and "Just Plain Funk". CD
James Brown's great second album recorded live at the Apollo Theater in Harlem – a set we like even better than the first famous volume – because it's much more stretched-out, harder-hitting, and full of fire! You'd be hard pressed to find a better example of Brown's showmanship on record – as James urges the band through these triple-time takes on some of his classics, and turns in some amazing work in the process! The set includes a killer long version of "There Was A Time" – almost the blueprint of the James Brown funk sound to come – and other titles include "Bring It Up", "Let Yourself Go", and a wonderful duet version of "Think" – plus "Prisoner Of Love", "Out Of Sight", "Try Me", "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World", "Lost Someone","Thanks", "Cold Sweat", "I Feel Alright", and "Please, Please, Please". CD
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the beat" style of funk that would dominate all of James' work in years to come – that amazing groove that completely turned soul music on its ear – and paved the way for generations to come! The result is a startling sound that forever changed the face of groove – and you'll hear it nicely placed on this album, along with great cuts like "Cross Firing", "Mashed Potatoes USA", "Doin The Limbo", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". CD
A classic early 60s set from James Brown – one that showcases the mellower side of his talents on a host of easygoing ballads! The approach is a bit like that used with Etta James over at Chess – as James rough-edged vocals are mixed with sweeter string arrangements from Sammy Lowe and Gene Redd – never too overdone, but filled with a great sense of sadness and loss that unlocks a whole new side of Brown's talents! "Prisoner Of Love" is a gem from the time that's almost James' equivalent to Etta's "At Last" – and the rest of the album follows in a similar mode, but also picks up the pace slightly near the end. Titles include "Prisoner Of Love", "Try Me", "So Long", "Waiting In Vain", "Lost Someone", and "Can You Feel It" – plus the groovy instrumental "The Thing In G", which is an early JB organ showcase! CD
James Brown —
Try Me! ... CD King/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ...
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Massive early work by James Brown – one of his first few albums for King, and a soulful delight that hits plenty hard all the way through! The sound here is razor-sharp – still very much in the R&B mode that Brown began in the 50s, but already showing this sense of edge and tightness that would really set James apart from the pack – an approach that works equally well on the ballads and groovers! The set, of course, includes the massive early hit "Try Me" – plus "Strange Things Happen", "Fine Old Foxy Self", "Gonna Try", "There Must Be A Reason", and "I Won't Plead No More". Loads of great early raw R&B tracks by James – with a very heavy soul sound! CD
The cover's a bit creepy, but the album's still plenty great – old school Cameo still strongly in a funk-based mode, before some of the stiffer grooves of their later years! Bass is the ruler of the set – and most tracks here vamp around in a very heavy P-Funk style of groove – lots of guitar dancing around the rhythms, and plenty of spoken/sung vocals from the whole ensemble – not to mention a heavy dose of keyboards that helps keep things clean and lean! A partyful album if there ever was one – with tracks that include "Soul Army", "Enjoy Your Life", "Flirt", "Secrets Of Time", "I Owe It All To You", and "For You". CD
Con Funk Shun —
7 ... CD Mercury/Universal (UK), 1981. Used ...
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Not the group's 7th album, but a bold statement of the unity they feel as a 7 piece ensemble – perfectly lived up to in the record's well-crafted grooves! The album's one of Con Funk Shun's best overall – really solid, but never too slick, very tight in the bass department, but still soulful on the vocal tip, and never afraid to slip into a sweeter, more mellow tune. Titles include "Straight From The Heart", "Bad Lady", "Promise You Love", "I'll Get You Back", "A Song For You", and "California 1". CD
Sublime early work from guitarist Paco De Lucia – working here with Ricardo Modrego on second guitar, in a wonderful batch of new readings of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca! The tunes are all instrumental, but have a richness that goes beyond words – amazing guitar interplay pulled from flamenco roots, but turned towards new Spanish modes of the 60s – light years from earlier recordings by cats like Sabicas, yet performed with a similar sense of prowess. Titles include "Anda Jaleo", "Zorongo Gitano", "Los Peregrinitos", "Las Tres Hojas", "El Vito", "Cafe De Chinitas", and "Los Cuatro Muleros". CD
Two composers, six films, and a heck of a lot of groovy music – all penned for the movies of Jean-Pierre Mocky in the 60s and 70s – and scored by Francois De Roubaix and Eric Demarsan! De Roubaix dominates most of the set – which is fine by us, because his music here features all the best hallmarks of his great late 60s years – slightly funky undercurrents, odd instrumental twists, and some unusual production that often abstracts familiar sounds into weirdly different ones! These tunes are often quite playful, but have some serious moments too – and at their best moments, they touch on some of the more emotive scores of Lai and Legrand from the 60s, but often turn quickly back towards even groovier territory. The music by Eric Demarsan follows in a similar sort of feel – a bit darker at times, echoing his music for Jean-Pierre Melville – but still with some surprisingly whimsical moments that show a similarity with De Roubaix that we wouldn't have guessed! CD features 23 tracks in all, with notes in English and French – and music from the films La Grande Lessive, L'Etalon, Chut, L'Ombre D'Une Chance, L'Ibis Rouge, and Le Roi Des Bricoleurs. CD
A magical exercise in understatement – and one of Blossom's best albums for Verve! The late 50s session features Blossom back in the US and working with a small combo that includes Bobby Jaspar on flute, Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Ed Thigpen on drums – all grooving with Blossom's vocals and piano in a spare, yet swinging approach to jazz! The tracks are touched with those wonderful little touches and sweetly-voiced moments that always make Blossom's records better than the rest – and titles include "Little Jazz Bird", "Gentleman Friend", "Boum", "L'Etang", and "Chez Moi". CD
2 classic Truffaut soundtracks – both penned by Georges Delerue, and presented here on a single CD! First up is Delerue's beautiful score for Jules Et Jim – music that's probably best known for the vocal tune "Le Tourbillon", sung by Jeanne Moreau – but which also features some amazing scene-setting work from Georges – done in styles that move between evocative orchestrations and some tenser, more bracing moments. Jules Et Jim titles include "Rixe", "Brouillard", "Jim Et Catherine", "Retrouvailles A L'Auberge De La Becasse", "Jules Et Therese", "Le Tourbillon", and "Vacances". The second half of the CD features Delerue's haunting score for Les Deux Anglaises Et Le Continent – a slightly warmer, more sentimental score – but one that's carried off with all of the subtle touches we've come to expect from Delerue. There's a nice blend of light woodwinds and strings on some of the tracks – never used in a too-cliched way, and based around a dark theme that repeats itself nicely. Titles include "Muriel Et Claude", "Une Petite Ile", "Le Voyage En Perse", "La Rupture", "La Passion De Muriel", and "Anne Et Claude Au Musee". CD
A great Tokyo meeting from this wonderful trio – and a great little record that even stands out from most of their others from the time! The set's got a surprising amount of original material by the members of the group – as each player contributes at least one title – and these compositions really help give the whole thing a very fresh, personal vibe – quite different than the more common use of standards on some of their other albums. And although Hank Jones is billed as the "owner" of the group on the title, the set is the same sort of wonderfully collaborative effort as usual – with some specially brilliant work on bass from Ron Carter, and well-chosen work on drums from Tony Williams. Titles include "Forever", "To Destiny", "Pink Lady", "GJT", and "Mellow Blues". 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 —
Reggae Thing ... CD Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1976. Used ...
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Soulful reggae from Jacob Miller and Inner Circle – on a set that's still in touch with their rougher, rootsier material – but done here with a nice polished approach that works really well with the soul-steeped songcraft! Wonderful sounds from the heart of the 70s by this legendary group, stepping out strongly on their Capitol debut. Titles "Groovin In Love", "This World", "Ghetto On Fire", "Tired Fe Lick Weed In A Bush", "Love Is The Drug","80,000 Careless Ethiopians", "Jah Music", "Roman Soldiers In Babylon" and "Reggae Thing". 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
Sam Jones —
Seven Minds ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
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A strong 70s recording by a group that was mostly known as the Cedar Walton trio – the group of Sam Jones on bass, Walton on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums – recorded only for the Japanese market, and a heck of a record! The set's got one standout feature that sets it apart from some of the other sides by the Walton group at the time – the use of a string quartet on a few of the tracks, which creates some great interplay between the core trio and the augmented strings. This is hear to especially great effect on Walton's classic "Holy Land", as well as on the tracks "Le Maestro" and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was". The set also features 3 great tunes by Jones – "Blues For Amos", "Seven Minds", "Miss Morgan". CD
One of the greatest tenor stars in postwar Europe was Guy Lafitte – a magnificent player whose genius rivalled Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, but also one who's been sadly underrecognized outside the French scene of which he was a part. Most of Lafitte's best work from the old days is extremely rare – and this long-overdue set is one of the first times his recordings from the 50s have been reissued properly. The set features tracks recorded in 1954 with a group that includes vibes (Geo Daly), piano (Raymond Fol), and guitar (Jean Bonal) behind Guy's wonderfully-toned tenor – and most of the material is in an easy swinging style that gives him the best room to roam around. The tracks are mostly standards – like "If I Had You", "Stardust", "Where Or When", and "I've Got The World On A String" – but the real genius is in Lafitte's playing, which will grab you from the first moment, and hold you all the way through! CD has a bonus track – "Boogie Blues". CD
Lipps Inc —
Mouth To Mouth ... CD Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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A classic bit of club from Lipps Inc – an album that's got the group nicely stretched-out and extended – taking them way past the simpler sounds you might know from their hit single work! Tracks here are all quite long, and feature lots of instrumental workouts over very tight rhythms – almost a mix of Casablanca disco with some of the freer modes you'd get from labels like Prelude or Salsoul – served up with lots of guitar and heavy basslines from group leader Steven Greenberg! Vocals are by Cynthia Johnson – who helped Lipps Inc become one of the first standout soul acts from the Twin Cities – and in addition to a great extended take of "Funkytown", titles include "All Night Dancin", "Power", and "Rock It". CD
A very apt title – as Jackie McLean sits in for a soulful session with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all "old bottles" at this point in their career, but working together beautifully to brew some very mellow "new wine"! The album's easily one of the best in the trio's run of the time – as Jackie's alto sax really helps flesh things out a bit more than usual – and moves the album past the trio sound of their other records. McLean gets plenty of space to do his thing on the longer tracks – and the piano of Jones, bass of Carter, and drums of Williams have a solid, soulful approach that's really wonderful. Titles include 2 McLean originals titled "Appointment In Ghana Again" and "Little Melonae Again", both remakes of older tunes – plus "Confirmation", "Bein Green", and "Round Midnight". CD
A treasure trove of work from one of the "lost" Motown voices of the 60s – Barbar McNair, a singer who cut some excellent work for the label, but who was not nearly as well known as some of its other female vocalists! Barbara had a great style that was partly sweet soul, and partly uptown – almost in the mode of Maxine Brown, or some of the east coast singers – but handled with a Motown sense of class that was completely unique. The package does a great job of bringing to light Barbara's rich talents – and features one CD that includes her two albums (Here I Am and The Real Barbara McNair) and non-LP singles – plus a full second CD that features Barbara's unissued album Barbara McNair Sings Smokey, as well as a whole bunch of bonus rare cuts from the vaults! The 2CD set features 48 tracks in all – complete with great notes – and together, it's a wonderful batch of music that makes us say "why the heck wasn't Barbara ever as huge as she should have been?" Titles include "My World Is Empty Without You", "What A Day", "Fancy Passes", "Steal Away Tonight", "It Happens Every Time", "Just One Teardrop", "Where Would I Be Without You", "You Could Never Love Him", "I Hear A Symphony", "Who Invented Heartache", "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", "As Long Is There Is Love", "I'll Try Something New", "Anonymous", and "Baby A Go Go". CD
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Buddy Miles —
Them Changes ... CD Mercury/Universal (UK), 1970. Used ...
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A landmark album of crossover funk – fuzzed out rock, soul, and jazzy licks all coming into play together – held totally tight by drummer Buddy Miles, the undisputed king of his scene! Buddy's drums are super-heavy – holding down his Freedom Express group with a heavy jazz-rock sound that would soon have a huge influence on other groups. Includes Buddy's original version of "Them Changes" – a tune that was instantly covered by everyone at the time – plus the cuts "Memphis Train", "Your Feeling Is Mine", "Dreams", and "Down By The River". One for the Fillmore crowd! CD
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
Sweat ... LP Universal, 2004. Used 2LP ...
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A bold statement of modern jazz from Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki – a record that certainly has freedoms, but which might also benefit most strongly from its sense of structure! There's almost a 60s "thing thing" vibe here at times – or maybe a quality that reminds us of the best work from Tomas Stanko and Krysztof Komeda – given that way that Oki's instrument interacts with the piano of Takashi Kako, who's got the same balance of boldness and introspection as the leader. Percussion is by Masahiko Togashi, and titles include "Sky Zou", "Mirage", "Silken Rain On Lotus Blossom", and "Pit Out". CD
Peaches & Herb —
Worth The Wait ... CD Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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Peaches & Herb get some really wonderful help here from Freddie Perren – who really helps them focus their groove nicely for the dancefloor! Given the already-great vocals from the pair, and the long legacy of upbeat work from Freddie, the album's got a heck of a lot going for it – especially as Freddie seems to be a bit sensitive to the earlier roots of the duo, and brings in a sound with older echoes, even amidst a clearly contemporary groove! Most tracks are upbeat, soaring, and joyous – all-out club soul with a bit of an Ashford & Simpson vibe – but there's also a few gentler tracks that round things out nicely, and return us a bit to the romantic ballad style of Peaches & Herb at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Hearsay", "Surrender", "All Night Celebration", "One Child Of Love", "Fun Time", "Discover You", and "The Love Stealers". CD
Quarteto Em Cy —
30 Anos ... CD Universal (Brazil), 1960s/1970s/1980s. Used ...
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An excellent compilation of work by this heavenly Brazilian vocal group! The Quarteto Em Cy were one of the loveliest combos of the bossa years, and they continued to make great work into the 70s and 80s – as you'll hear on this "best of" set that spans the group's 30 years in the music business. Titles include "A Banda", "Intuil Paisagem", "O Circo", "Idolatrada", "Sim Ou Nao", "Salve O Verde", "Samba Do Crioulo Doido", and a few "pout pourri" tracks that feature work by Jobim, Ary Barroso, and Antonio Maria. CD
Raekwon's third album, featuring appearances by Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, Ghostface, Havoc, Capone, Sheek Louch and others. Tracks include "Pit Bull Fights", "King Of Kings", "Smith Bros.", "Robbery", "Planet Of The Apes", "Once Upon A Time", "Musketeers Of Pig Valley", "Ice Cream, Pt.2" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Two rare Roxy Music tracks – both on vinyl for the first time ever! The material here is from the first classic Roxy Music album – as you might guess from the cover image – but the versions are slightly different, and stand as great alternates – especially the wonderful "Ladytron", a tune in which the saxophone of Andy Mackay plays almost as important a role as the guitar – served up here in an unedited version that runs for seven and a half minutes! Nice 10" package, too. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Funky madness from one of the greatest soundtrack composers of all time – the mighty Lalo Schifrin, one of the few guys who could fit bossa, jazz, electronics, and funk into one single tune – and make the whole thing come out like magic! If you only know Lalo from his more famous themes like Mission Impossible and Bullitt, you'll love the range of work included on the set – as the compilation goes past the obvious, to include rare bits from some of Lalo's late 60s instrumental albums, a number of rare singles, and a few great cuts from his overlooked albums of funky 70s electric jazz! The whole thing's put together with an incredible amount of care – hand-picking cuts that have an odd approach, interesting musical elements, weird production, and above all, a great funky groove! Plus, the set's got notes on all the music – giving you a track-by-track listing of where the music came from, why it matters, and more – all in a style that will have you running to dig through the crates for more of Lalo's rare gems! Tremendous throughout, and with tracks that include "Secret Code", "The Gentle Earthquake", "Machinations", "Agnus Dei", "Theme From Medical Center (7" version)", "Spill The Wine", "Ape Shuffle", "Escape From Tomorrow", "Theme From Jaws", "Most Wanted Theme", "Rollercoaster", and "Amityville Frenzy". CD
A stunning package of work from the young Small Faces – a special limited set that brings together their five 7" EP releases from France – all with original cover art, and in a nice heavy box! Each record features four tracks, and some even have titles that are different variations on album releases – and the group here are at their young, mod best – really shining on titles that include "Grow Your Own", "My Mind's Eye", "You Need Loving", "Just Passing", "You Better Believe It", "Don't Stop What You're Doing (alt)", "Come On Children (French EP version)", "All Or Nothing", "Hey Girl", and "Almost Grown". 7-inch, Vinyl record
Donna Summer —
Gold ... CD Universal, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ...
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A supremely fantastic album, and one that's always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown's incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James' singing – but which sounded great with his arrangements and production. Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews arranged this one and only album, and the record's a great blend of sweet soul tracks, funky numbers, and other stellar grooves. There's a killer version of "Soul Man", that begins with a very tasty break; the monster "Yes, It's You", which has a sweetly sliding intro that's ripe for sampling; the righteous political "Why Can't I Be Treated Like A Man" – and lots of other nice ones too! CD
Masahiko Togashi —
Rings ... CD East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
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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
Percussionist Yoshisaburo Toyozumi – aka Sabu – heads up a brilliant set of creative jazz based on compositions by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a record that's clearly titled with a nod to the musical achievements of the AACM! The album's three long tracks are all AEC compositions – and they're peformed by the group with a style that's got the same sort of organic improvisation we love in the Art Ensemble – a mode that's free, yet never too much so – and always skewed with just the right sort of spiritual currents. Toyozumi plays a lot of different percussion – and the group also features Syoji Ukaji on baritone sax, Ryoh Hara on piano, and a bit of alto sax from Yoshiaki Fujikawa. Titles include 'Malachi's Tune", "Roscoe's Tune Odwalla", and "People In Sorrow". CD
A soundtrack for a very silly movie – and one of the oddest albums ever recorded by the great Paul Williams – who both sings and stars in the movie as the phantom in the title! The tunes have a surprisingly heartfelt quality that really comes out when you hear them away from the movie – not nearly as future-shocky, and instead quite personal, with this sense of loneliness and pathos that we love in Paul's other work of the time. The backings are great – mixing Williams' usual smooth LA A&M sound with some slight glam touches – and titles include "Phantom's Theme", "Upholstery", "Goodbye Eddie Goodbye", "Somebody Super Like You", "Old Souls", and "Faust". CD
Call this one the African Consciences riddim compilation. Taking off from a crisp modern rhythm provided by Sly Dunbar, China Smith and Donald Denis, then niced up by Fattis Burrell of the Xterminator Sound System, this set features 12 tracks, each featuring a different vocalist. The cast of characters features all artists of African heritage, whether they be African-American, Afro-European, Jamaican or African and features an all star cast, including Anthony B, Sizzla, Dead Prez, Ty, Mbegane Ndour, Daddy Mory and more. The versions of the track include "African Queen", "R-G-B'z (Red, Black & Green)", "Stand On My Shoulder (African Soldiers)", "Diaspora", "Sang Verse" and "Mama Africa". CD
13 tracks pulled from one of the greatest soul jazz labels of the 70s – the boldly titled Black Jazz, a company who put out some tremendous music! Black Jazz was similar to Strata East and Tribe – 2 other great independents of the time – in that it really allowed the musicians a creative freedom that they didn't always get on bigger and more mainstream labels. The result was a sublime blend of righteous jazz tunes that were some of the most cutting edge jazz funk of the time – a wealth of great numbers that mixed light electric work with really solid jazz soloing, and which occasionally used vocals to serve up the message even more strongly! The set's all-great, all the way through – with classics that include "Coral Keys" by Walter Bishop Jr, "Higher Ground" by Doug Carn, "Powerhouse" by Chester Thompson, "Soul Village" by Walter Bishop Jr, "March On" by The Awakening, "Diswa" by Rudolph Johnson, "Maiden Voyage" by Kellee Patterson, "Slinky" by The Awakening, and "Eglise" by Roland Hanes. CD
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Nicola Conte digs deep into the catalog of Prestige Records – and comes up with a host of spiritual and modal jazz tunes in the process! Conte's ears are always wonderful – not just on his own albums, or his work with Schema Records – but also when he's given material like this – sounds that might seem familiar at the outset, but which really bristle with new energy in his hands! You'll recognize most of the artists here, but Nicola's done an excellent job of pulling out really special tracks – including some under-heard album gems that resonate with some of the earliest examples of spiritual undercurrents in jazz. Titles include "Taboo" by Yusef Lateef, "Poinciana" by Jerome Richardson, "Blues In Bloom" by Gigi Gryce, "Cubano Chant" by Art Taylor, "Talkin Bout JC" by Larry Young, "Barengo" by Barry Harris, "Quiet Dawn" by Cedar Walton, "Feeling Good" by Andy & The Bey Sisters, and "Stolen Moments" by Eddie Lockjaw Davis. CD
One of the greatest volumes in the ultra-cool Trip series – a bizarre blend of styles that really pushes the limits of the format! There's no attempt at unity here – stylistically or otherwise – but that's the real pleasure of the set, because Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey have come up with some brilliant bits buried deep in the musical recesses of the past few decades – a haze of lost treasures from mainstream pop, country, post-punk, and soundtracks – all strung together wonderfully, with a sense of surprise that never dims at all! 2CD set features 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Don't Think Twice" by Bobby Bare, "Release The Bats" by The Birthday Party, "Rock N Roll" by Human League, "Cool Summer" by Bob Lind, "24 Sycamore" by Gene Pitney, "Sock It My Way" by The Animated Egg, "The Lady With The Braid" by Dory Previn, "Rock On" by David Essex, "Wop Do Wop" by Electronicat, "John I'm Only Dancing" by Polecats, "Jet Boy Jet Girl" by Elton Motello, "Going Nowhere" by Neil Sedaka, "Purple Haze" by Dion, and "Pammie's On A Bummer" by Sonny Bono. CD
A mindblowing trip through music of many decades – and a set that makes us respect Joey Negro even more than before! We've loved Joey for years, and have praised his knowledge of classic club heavily and often on these pages – but here, Negro takes on whole new genres – dipping deep into music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s to come up with a wealth of groovy tunes that work surprisingly well together! There's plenty of bits here you really wouldn't expect – lost album treasures next to unexpected mainstream contributions – and Joey's magic ears makes them all come together brilliantly, setting the tracks up in perfect formation to make their best elements resonate strongly! 2CD version features 38 tracks mixed amazingly well – with titles that include "Love Music" by Sergio Mendes, "Free" by Seawind, "Monkey Star" by Arpadys, "It Ain't Love" by Rahsaan Patterson, "Do You Have Any" by Le Pamplemousse, "Strung Out" by Gordon Staples, "Prime Time (Joey Negro edit)" by The Tubs, "Call Me" by Nancy Wilson, "Living In The Past" by Jethro Tull, "Ride Like The Wind" by Christopher Cross, "It's All Up To You" by The Dells, "Lust" by Rinder & Lewis, "Rush Over" by Marcus Miller with Me'shell Ndegeocello, "Chase (Joey Negro edit)" by Giorgio Moroder, and "007 & Counting" by John Barry. CD
A stellar entry in the Trip series – curated this time by effervescent aural groovers Saint Eteinne! Much like the other compilations in the series, the track list is mined from the deep, rich vaults of Universal and subsidiaries – and it's groovy as can be! The set is pretty heavy with the best 70s major soul, by both the biggest stars and the most under-appreciated talents of the era, plus off-kilter groove that no doubt informs the work of the compilers! A mix of 48 tracks on 2 CDs! Disc one includes "Cannibus" by Serge Gainsbourg, "Last Night Changed It All" by Esther Williams, "(A Case Of) Too Much Love Making" by Gloria Scott, "It's Time To Break Down" by the Supremes, "Deus Irae Psychedelico" by Ennio Morricone, "Shooting Star" by Mamas & The Papas, "Lady Orange Peel" by The Attack, "Breakaway" by Ernie Bush and tons more! Disc 2 includes "Like To Get To Know You" by Spanky & Our Gang, "Free From The City" by Poppy Family, "The Radio Song" by Dillard & Clark, "Can't Find The Time" by Orpheus, "Speak Like A Child" by Tim Hardin, "Dark Is The Bark" by the Left Banke, "A Doll's House" by John Barry and lots more! CD
A great installment in this well-named series – featuring a time and globe-spanning trip through a rich array of grooves! Tim Love Lee really expands out the sound on this one – bringing together funky jazz, 60s soul, trippy rock, soulful folk, and even a bit of early electronics into the mix. The CD package is a real stunner – featuring 34 tracks mixed together back to back on 2CDs – often with unusual juxtapositions, and often featuring some very strange mixes! Titles include "The Word" by Gary McFarland & Gabor Szabo, "Hum Along & Dance" by Jackson 5, "Love Without Sound" by White Noise, "Disco Down (Tim Love Lee mix)" by Shed 7, "Hey Love" by Stevie Wonder, "Flight Of The Newborn" by Return To Forever, "Julia" by Ramsey Lewis, "Let It Happen" by Vangelis, "Mobius Trip" by HP Lovecraft, "Cross Reference" by Third World, "It's Serious" by Cameo, "Strip Tease (Bob Sinclar mix)" by Cerrone, and "We The People" by Ellen McIlwaine. CD
Totally wonderful music in a host of groovy styles – all brought together in a massive package that really takes us back to some of the best Japanese compilations from the previous decade! The music here is a rich blend of jazz, Brazilian, vocal, Latin, French, and other groovy styles – all hand-picked by Toru Hashimoto, who's given us both the Cafe Apres-Midi and Free Soul collections in the past – and who really outdoes himself here with a stunning array of 58 titles from labels like Verve, A&M, Philips, Capitol, and other cool companies in the 60s! The 2CD package features notes on all tracks in Japanese, but also include small images of the records they were pulled from – and titles include "Under The Blanket" by Pisano & Ruff, "Catavento" by Christine Legrand, "Pigmalio 70" by Umas & Otras, "Les Voyages" by Jeanne Moreau, "Speak Now" by Monica Zetterlund, "Passing By" by The Beach Boys, "Call Me" by Chris Montez, "How Beautiful You Are" by Jimmy Castor, "Feminina" by Joyce, "Que Temps Fait-Il A Paris" by Alain Romans, "Who Needs You" by Claudine Longet, "I'll Follow You" by Bunky & Jake, "Love So Fine" by Pete Jolly, "Who's Afraid" by Sue Raney, "And You Never Knew" by Howdy Moon, "All I Want' by Nick DeCaro, and "And I Love Her" by Gary McFarland. CD
Fantastic sounds from the 60s and beyond – brought together in a way you'd never expect! This massive 2CD collection runs through so many different styles at once – from jazz to bossa, Latin, vocal tracks, fusion, and more – but all in a way that totally makes sense, thanks to unified sunny spirit, and a strong sense of joy throughout! The collection is titled after a very hip Japanese discography from a decade go – a guide to groovy music from the 60s, but with bits from the 70s and early 80s too – and compiler Toru Hashimoto brings together 52 gems that really fit the bill – all in the sort of collection you'll be playing for years, and which is bound to turn you onto sounds you never would have heard otherwise. The spirit is similar to some of Hashimoto's work in the Cafe Apres Midi series – and titles include "This Love Of Mine" by Shirley Scott, "Miss Universo" by Tita, "Sa Marina" by Som Tres, "Now" by Dave Mackay & Vicky Hamilton, "Like A Seed" by Morgana King, "Whatcha Gonna Do" by Rune Ofwerman, "River" by Carita Holmstrom, "I'm Too Shy" by Paige Clare, "Roda" by The Gimmicks, "Silk Stop" by Bossa Tres, "Chorou Chorou" by Joao Donato, "Aquarius" by Cal Tjader, "It's Over" by Pete York, "Sirie" by Sapoty De Mangueira, "Maos Libertas" by Leci Brandao, "Moon River" by Eva, "Jazz A Gogo" by France Gall, "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face" by Dusty Springfield, and "The Girl From Ipanema" by Boulou. CD
Incredible early work from this Japanese reedman – a player who emerges with a thunderous tone right from the start, then keeps up with an intensity that's simply mindblowing! The album's relatively free, but Abe mixes Brotzmann-like power with more personal, Evan Parker-like passages – carving out long lines of sound on bass clarinet and alto sax, plus a bit of harmonica as well – all with only percussion for support! Even if you know some of Abe's later material, this album's an especially strong revelation – and a set we'd easily rank right alongside the European free jazz best of the time. CD
Incredible improvisations from Kaoru Abe – already very much his own person on reeds, and playing here with a sense of tone, phrasing, and timing that's completely unique! Abe blows both alto sax and bass clarinet here – sometimes with a long conception and spiritual undercurrent that clearly draws inspiration from Eric Dolphy – but which also can break out in these stronger tones and exotic currents that are completely unique – and which make for a very bracing performance throughout. CD features two long "Alto Saxophone Solo Improvisation" tracks – plus two bass clarinet solos, one based on a tune by Bob Dylan. CD
Kaoru Abe is a musician we most know for his work on reeds – but he begins this set with a stunning improvisation on piano – which is played with a sense of fire and freedom that almost rivals Cecil Taylor! Abe then follows the initial piano piece with two very creative harmonica improvisations – both of which clearly draw from his experience on sax and clarinet, and which resonate with sounds from the instrument that we've never heard from any other musician. And there's also an inherent sense of sentimentality in the harmonica which oddly humanizes Abe for a moment – before he then takes off on three alto sax improvisations to finish the album! CD
A great session from 1959 – one that features John Coltrane playing with the Adderley group, recorded in Chicago when they were stopping through the city with Miles Davis' combo at the time! In fact, since the rhythm section includes Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb – and since Coltrane's sitting in with Cannon – the album's essentially a Kind Of Blue-era Miles album, recorded without Miles on trumpet, and grooving in a slightly more soul-based Adderley mode. Given the presence of Coltrane, there's a bit less of the gutbuckety soul jazz that Cannon was cutting in his own Quintet – but that's more than ok with us, as the Coltrane solos more than make up for that difference! The set's got 2 great originals by Coltrane – "The Sleeper" and "Grand Central" – plus the cuts "Wabash" and "Limehouse Blues". CD
An amazing set of tracks from one of our favorite artists ever – a whopping 33 track, 2CD compilation of some of the best of Roy's work for Polydor! Given the title, you can expect a very hip bent to the tracks picked for the set – lots of righteous politics and hip cultural themes bubbling underneath the funky and jazzy grooves that were Roy's forte during the 70s. And while we treasure just about every single track that Roy recorded for Polydor (re-release all the albums – please!), we also have to say that we probably couldn't have come up with a better 33 tracks if we'd picked them ourselves! Titles include "The Old One Two", "Life Is Just A Moment (part 2)", "The Memory", "Hey Uh What You Say Come On", "Running Away", "Searching", "We Live In Brooklyn Baby", "Coffy Is The Color", "Sweet Tears", "Red Black & Green", "No Deposits No Return", "The Third Eye", "Sweet Tears (disco)", "Africa Center Of The World", "Our Time Is Coming", "Destination Motherland", "Fever", "What You Won't Do For Love", "Thank You Thank You", "Can't You See Me (12" mix)", "Baby You Give Me A Feeling", "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", and "Love From The Sun". CD
Secret Omen ... CD Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
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A sweet stunner from Cameo – a set that's got the group working with an even tighter, more on the money sound than before – yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial! These guys were one of the first to push the big ensemble funk sound into a leaner approach, and they really live up to that legacy here – impeccably fusing bass, drums, and everything else together – in a groove that lived far beyond disco, really influenced both hip hop and house, and which makes the album one of their real lasting treasures. Groovers include "Macho", "Find My Way", "Energy", and "I Just Want To Be" – and the album also includes the guitar-funk jammer "The Rock", and the stellar stepper "Sparkle" – which is one of our favorite Cameo cuts ever! CD
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus American ex-patriot Kenny Clarke. Wilen's playing is fantastic, and it's great to hear him and Miles together on the score's spooky meandering passages. The CD reproduces the original black and white cover image – and features a 16 track lineup of the material, with 6 bonus tracks not on the original album. Titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", and "Sur L'Autoroute". CD
Buddy DeFranco —
Mr Clarinet ... CD Norgran/Universal (Japan), 1953. New Copy ...
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Wonderful work from Buddy DeFranco – one of the few jazz musicians who can make us love the clarinet in the post-swing years! Buddy plays with a wonderful style that's got plenty of bop – a great hard edge in the group that you might not expect, but which comes through brilliantly once you hear the rhythm work from Kenny Drew on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Art Blakey on drums! Tracks have a nice open and easy going flow – and titles include "Show Eyes", "Left Field", "Ferdinando", and "Bass On Balls". CD
Two mighty albums by the famous Dub Organiser – back to back on a single CD! CB 200 is a straight up classic – one of his first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so! Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam Piza toasting mightily over some fat rhythms provided by Benbow & Sly, Family Man and an all star cast of other great Jamaican session men. There's a bit of back & forth toasting with Trinity on "Crankface", the huge hit "Cokane In My Brain" and other essentials like "Buckingham Palace", "Plantation Heights" and the title track. On Bionic Dread, Dillinger cuts loose on the mic in his six million dollar style over a set of tasty Hookim riddims, laid nicely at Channel One in the mid 70s. Tracks include "Bionic Dread", "King Of The Road", "Invisible Dread", "Forward Commandments", "Ragnampiza", "Eastman Skank", "Ital Fighting", "Combination Two", Selassie I" and "Natty B SC". 20 tracks in all. CD
No hangin out here – because these guys are tighter than ever, and right on the money from the very first note of the set! A snapping drum break opens up the album – followed by a wickedly stepping bassline, a rolling conga part, and a vamping dance between Hammond and tenor sax – all to set the scene for a batch of grooves that's easily one of the finest ever from this Indy combo! The album's got a sharpness and tightness that balances beautifully between funky jazz and instrumental soul – a territory that's a bit like Kool & The Gang at times, but which has a much more jazz-based approach on the solos. The big cuts include "Smokin' At Tiffany's" and "Dirty Red" – and other tracks include a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love", plus "We Can Be Friends", "I Can See Clearly Now", and "I'll Be Around". CD
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! First up is the duo's fab music for the film Le Pacha – a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – shifting effortlessly from track to track to create a mad melange of musical grooves! Cuts include the classic "Requiem Pour Un Con", which is a funky gem – plus "Psychastenie", "Joss A La Calvados", "Un Noel 67", "Cadavres En Serie", "Batucada Meurtriere", and Brigitte Bardot singing "Harley Davidson"! Next is Vidoq – a handful of songs originally penned for a TV series in the 60s, and very unusual work from Serge! The tunes include two very offbeat vocal numbers, sung in this deep-voiced style – plus a few more serious instrumentals, but with a weird twist. Titles include "Le Mariage De Vidocq", "A Vous De Jouer", "L'Evasion", and "Chanson Du Forcat". Comment Trouvez-Vous Ma Soeur – or "how do you find my sister?" – seems like a perfect title for a film to feature music from Serge – and the music definitely follows suit! The movie's from 1964, so captures that pivotal time when Gainsbourg was shifting from classier French styles to groovy ones – both modes featured here in the instrumentals directed by Colombier, and on Serge's vocal reading of the title tune. Tracks include "Erotico Tico", "No Love For Daddy", "La Course Au Mariage", "Rendez Vous A L'Eglise", "Surboum Chez Ma Soeur", and "Quart D'Heure Americain". CD