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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1965. Used ... $5.99
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into Bacharach territory – and which is followed up by the even-greater "Spanish Flea" – an ear-popping anthem that's one of the greatest bits of 60s instrumental pop ever recorded! And over and above those two tunes, the album's still got plenty more to offer too – a wonderful array of tracks all given the Tijuana touch, with titles that include "More & More Amor", "Mae", "Walk Don't Run", "Felicia", and "Cinco De Mayo". CD
(Out of print.)
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into Bacharach territory – and which is followed up by the even-greater "Spanish Flea" – an ear-popping anthem that's one of the greatest bits of 60s instrumental pop ever recorded! And over and above those two tunes, the album's still got plenty more to offer too – a wonderful array of tracks all given the Tijuana touch, with titles that include "More & More Amor", "Mae", "Walk Don't Run", "Felicia", and "Cinco De Mayo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Going Places ... CD 5.99

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Art Blakey/Charlie Persip/Elvin Jones/Philly Joe JGretsch Drum Night At Birdland Vol 2 ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
An amazing second chapter of the legendary Gretsch Drum Night At Birdland – and one that might even have more percussive power than the first! As before, the lineup features four key talents on the drum kit for the time – Art Blakey, Charlie Persip, Elvin Jones, and Philly Joe Jones – all hardboppers who are definitely a cut above the usual, filled with fire and amazing energy – as they develop new voices on their instrument, and rise above a standard role of timekeeping! All players participate strongly – stepping out on side one on with Elvin, Philly Joe, and Charlie on differing solos within a version of "Tune Up" – and on side two as Blakey, Elvin, and Persip take off on "Night In Tunisia" – with help from Tommy Flanagan on piano, Sonny Red on alto, Charles Greenlee on trombone, and Ron Carter on bass. The drums are mostly in the lead, but the other players offer up nice contributions too – and the record's a stormer throughout! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ BlundettoWorld Of Dub (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2015. New Copy ... $21.99
Blundetto dives deep into the world of dub – offering up fresh abstractions of work from his previous World Of Blundetto album – but at a level that's completely different than the original! These tracks are maybe even more of a transformation of the originals than the sort of dub work you'd know from Jamaica in the 70s and 80s – as Blundetto strips most tracks down to their core – with bass and drums in a very spare setting, then echoed out strongly with some sweet studio tricks, and rebuilt from the bottom up with slight touches on guitar, keyboards, or spacey vocals! The whole thing's surprisingly powerful – maybe even beating the early On-U Sound mode at its own game – and titles include "Idiot's Dub", "Love Me Dub", "World Of Dub", "Last Broken Dub", "Hard Til I Dub", "Above The Dub", and "Work A Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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Camille Lil BobStop/Brother Brown ... 7-inch
BGP (UK), 1969/1972. New Copy ... $9.99
Raw soul from Camille Bob – a singer who only cut a handful of tunes, all of them great! "Stop" has these wicked vocals right up front in the mix – almost as if Camille is trying to blow the needles way into the red – rising high above the fierce funky guitar and bold horns in the groove! "Brother Brown" is a wicked bit of funk – fast guitar with a mad wah wah groove, topped with horns that are tight one minute, weird the next – all given this bad-rapping lyric from Camille that's totally outta site! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Pete Brown & PibloktoThings May Come & Go – But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever ... CD
Harvest/Warner (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $15.99
Pure genius from the mind of Pete Brown – and a seminal slice of sound from the Harvest Records empire – a record that's every bit as messed up as you'd guess from the title – and we mean that in the best way possible! The album flies its freak flag high, but never in a messed up or sloppy way at all – as Brown wickedly weaves together all these jazzy currents with his own brash, bold lyricism – making the best of the amazing guitar skills of Jim Mullen, and keyboard work of Dave Thompson – who are definitely a cut above the usual jazz rockers of the period, and are able to match the drama of Pete's vocals, but also help him from never sounding too self-absorbed. They definitely don't make 'em like this anymore – as you'll hear on titles that include "High Flying Electric Bird", "Someone Like You", "Walk For Charity Run For Money", "Golden Country Kingdom", and "Firesong". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Tyrone DavisWithout You In My Life ... LP
Dakar, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
Warm and tender work from the mighty Tyrone Davis – really singing here at the height of his early powers, in that wonderful blend of the rough and smooth that made him so unique! Davis has a gritty touch in his singing style, but the backings have that perfect Brunswick Chicago soul approach – a blend that's laid out perfectly in the album's arrangements from Monk Higgins, Willie Henderson, and Tom Tom Washington! Tyrone's a singer who's really a cut above – especially on his early work like this – able to charm and convince us with just about any sort of lyric. Titles include "Wrapped Up In Your Warm & Tender Love", "I'm Just Your Man", "There It Is", "I Had It All the Time", and "True Love Is Hard to Find". LP, Vinyl record album

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Elephant 9 with Reine FiskeSilver Mountain ... CD
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $10.99
A group that's as heavy as its name – working here in a wonderful array of keyboard sounds from Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, mellotron, and minimoog – all set to some nicely lumbering rhythms, and topped with guest guitar from Reine Fiske! The style's a mix of spacey moments and funky currents – yet all served up without any sort of easy retro style at all – and instead with a personality that's very much the group's own – kind of in the way the contemporary Kullrusk can take older modes and really change them up into something new and fresh. Tracks are all relatively long, and build up their sound in space, to eventually find a groove – which is then let loose almost with a sonic intensity that takes us back to classic Can, but with more jazz than rock. Titles include "Occidentali", "The Above Ground Sound", "Kungsten", "Abhartach", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". CD

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Claude FrancoisIntegrale 1963 to 1972 (13CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 13 CDs ... $44.99
A huge collection of work from Claude Francois – a French singer who might have been one of the classier male artists on their scene in the 60s – as you can probably guess from his stylish look on some of these album covers! Claude always worked at a level that was a cut above – still in the same lively modes as his contemporaries, at least on the earlier albums here – but with some mature touches that let the listener know that he wasn't just going straight for the crossover crowds of the "yeh yeh" years, and instead was trying to reach for higher ideals in his presentation of the songs. In other words, Francois isn't maybe as rock or pop as other male singers you might know from the time – but more than makes up for that with his sense of sophistication and class. Box set features 13 full albums, each with original album art – records that include Si J'Avais Un Marteau, Les Choses De La Maison, Meme Si Tu Revenais, J'Attendrai, Comme D'Habitude, Eloise, Un Monde De Musique, Menteur Ou Cruel, Le Monde Extraordinaire, Si Douce A Mon Souvenir, C'Est La Meme Chanson, Il Fait Beau Il Fait Bon, and Y'A Le Printemps Qui Chante. CD

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Rosie GainesCaring (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... $18.99
A near-lost album of 80s soul from Rosie Gaines – produced, arranged, and mostly written by Rosie with help from a few key associates – and done in a nicely mellow style that has a deeper feel than most other work from her contemporaries! Instrumentation is definitely in the 80s mode – with a fair bit of electric percussion and keyboards – but Rosie's vocals aren't content with just sliding along with the rhythms, and have a deeply soulful range that we really like a lot, and which totally makes the record great. We've always been surprised that this set didn't push her onto bigger fame – but over and above that mystery, the record's a great one that holds together beautifully over the years. Titles include "I've Gone Too Far", "Skool-ology", "Caring", "Frustration", "Wake Up", "Good Times", and "What Are We Coming To". CD features bonus tracks – "Crazy" and "In A Jam". CD

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✨✧ J-LiveAll Of The Above ... CD
Coup D'Etat, 2002. Used ... $2.99
Nothing fancy – just a way too long in the making, straight up hip hop record from J-Live, a record that cares a whole lot about the words for a change. Stripped down, pure hip hop from the heart, with intelligent lyrics and straight ahead, well thought out beats, from and MC and producer who clearly does what he does because he loves it. Tracks include "First Thing First", "How Real It Is", "MCee", "Once For The Griot", "Nights Like This", "Travelling","All Of The Above", "All In Together Now" and more. Here's a plus – as far as we can tell, J-Live is the only MC on this record – when's the last time you bough t a hip hop LP with no cameos? CD
(Out of print.)

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Millie JacksonCaught Up (UK pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Seminal 70s southern soul from Millie Jackson – a record that's head and shoulders above most of what she recorded in later years! Before she got all naughty and raunchy, Millie Jackson was one of the best female soul singers to come out of the south – and this album's a work of understated brilliance that brings a new level of emotion and feeling to the music. The whole thing's conceived as a bit of a concept album – one in which Millie's a bit fragile at the start, due to unfulfilled love – then regains her confidence by confronting those around her, and eventually steps forth boldly as a proud, new woman. Jackson put together the record with producer Brad Shapiro – and the overall style is Muscle Shoals, but with a more sophisticated twist – thanks to inventive use of strings alongside the more standard soul rhythms. Highlights include a great remake of "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" (complete with a nice bit of spoken dialogue!) – plus "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "It's Easy Going", "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "Summer (The First Time)", and the great "It's All Over But The Shouting". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – including alternate "live vocal" versions of "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", and "Feel Like Making Love" – and an instrumental called "A House For Sale" by The Muscle Shoals Swampers! CD

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✨✧ Jose JamesDreamer (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Traffic (Japan), 2007. Used ... $10.99
The stunning debut of a really tremendous talent – a singer we'd put right up there with Jon Lucien or Terry Callier for his uniquely soulful approach to music! Like both of those previous stars, Jose James has a voice that's completely his own – a way of approaching a tune that instantly defies genres – but never in those cloying cliched ways that weigh down the Starbucks generation of singer/songwriters! Instead, James has a breathy presence that reminds us of Nina Simone at her best – and like Callier, he's clearly informed by jazz, but not truly a jazz singer – more of an open-minded cat who's able to embrace a broad history of sound, then work it out into his own personal musical vision. Instrumentation here is mostly small combo – piano, keyboards, guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums – used in a simple but shifting array to fit the mood of each new tune. Trust us, this is one you'll file with your classics right away! Titles include "Spirits Up Above", "Blackeyedsusan", "The Dreamer", "Velvet", "Red", "Winterwind", "Desire", "Love", and "Park Bench People". CD

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Marcelo D2Meu Samba E Assim ... CD
Sony (Brazil), 2006. Used ... $4.99
Marcelo's not lying with the title to this one – as the record bristles with a lot more Brazilian influences than some of his previous work – a brilliant blend of the classic and the modern, served up with plenty of hip hop touches! But while certainly in the hip hop camp, Marcelo's also deeply respectful to the sounds that influence his music – and he's got a subtle way of presenting his rhymes here that really moves away from a simplistic "beats with Brazilian" approach! The balance is hard to describe accurately, but it really comes off well here – and overall the record impresses us more than anything we've heard from Marcelo before, and over and above the Portuguese lyrics, the album's almost worth it alone for Marcelo's inventive production! Titles include "Sinistro", "E Assim Que Se Faz", "E Preciso Lutar", "Meu Samba E Assim", "Lada", "Pra Que Amor", and "Falador". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Rockefeller pressing.)

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Morrissey/MullenLife On The Wire/It's About Time ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1982/1983. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A pair of sweet albums from the Morrissey/Mullen team – back to back in a single set! First up is Life On The Wire – a great set from the group co-led by guitarist Jim Mullen and reedman Dick Morrissey – the latter of whom was a player involved with plenty of jazz rock projects at the start of the 70s, but who works here in a great blend of fusion and soul! There's lots of room for both leaders to solo on the set, but the record also features some nice vocals from Carol Kenyon – who brings in a strong current of soul to match the vibe of the instrumentation – in a way that makes the whole thing a very strong Brit equivalent of some of the best American soul/fusion sessions from the late 70s. Titles include "Takin Time", "Life On The Wire", "Makin Waves", "Brazil Nut", "Come & Get Me", and "Running Out Of Time". It's About Time has the duo of Jim Mullen and Dick Morrissey hitting plenty of soulful modes – working in a style that's much more late 70s funky fusion than you'd guess from the date of the record –complete with soulful vocals from Tessa Niles! The singer replaces Carol Kenyon, who worked on the group's last record – but the approach here is very much the same – tight, but never slick – with lots of nice funky currents on cuts that include "I Pull The Strings", "Above The Clouds", "So So Fine", "Ounce Of Bounce", "It's About Time", and "Stop & Look Around". CD

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OzoneWalk On/Send It ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy ... $11.99
The first two albums from Ozone – back to back on a single CD! Walk On is the great debut of Ozone – a group who'd worked previously as the backing band for Billy Preston – which should give you an idea of how great they are! The group have a razor-sharp way of putting things together – tight and funky, yet never over the top – and definitely a real cut above most of their contemporaries – even at this heady time for soul music! The balance of their sound is wonderful – with some occasional smooth moments amidst the jazzy funk – and the whole thing feels more like some of the best Capitol Records groovers of the time, instead of what you might expect from early 80s Motown. Titles include "Cosmic Egg", "Ego", "Walk On", "This Is Funkin Insane", "That J", and "You On My Mind". Send It is filled with killer grooves from Ozone – an overlooked early 80s group on Motown, and easily one of the label's strongest suits of the time! The group have the tighter sound of most of the Motown work of the time – but they also manage a looser, more organic sort of approach to their groove – a sound that's almost more in the ensemble funk and 80s groove best of the Capitol Rare scene of the time, and a lot less like some of the more chartbound acts on their label. There's plenty of bass in the backings, but it's never used in a way that's too over the top – and the group balance things out nicely with a careful approach to vocals and some more sensitive ballads. Titles include "Keep On Dancin", "Over & Over Again", "Gigolette", "Do What Cha Wanna", "Tune Up", and "Girl I Can't Wait". Also includes a 12" single mix of "Gigolette". CD

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Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A pair of gems from The Players Association – back to back on a single CD! First up is the fantastic first album from The Players Association – a group who may well have gotten their name for the great jazzy musicians in their lineup! Players Association are best known for their disco grooves, but they've got a core sense of instrumentation that's really a cut above – with strong leadership from jazzman Chris Hills – who plays drums, guitar, and keyboards – and other players who include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Bob Mover on alto and soprano, Jon Faddis on trumpet, and Mike Mandell on keyboards! Ray Mantilla and Buddy Williams add in some great percussion to the mix – which furthers the spontaneous, jazzy vibe of some of the tunes – and titles includes the funky cut "I Like It", which has a nice break in the beginning, plus the tracks "Let's Groove", "Hustlin", "Moon In Pisces", and a sweet cover of "For The Love Of You". Turn The Music Up is wonderful work from The Players Association – a group who were equal parts jazz funk and equal parts 70s club – with a vibe that's maybe like The Blackbyrds or other Fantasy Records acts at their best! The mighty Chris Hills is at the helm – and the record is overflowing with top-shelf talent from the jazz side of the spectrum – work by Bob Berg on tenor, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Bob Mover on alto – all with room to solo, and really helping bring a musical maturity to the record that other disco records never seem to have! Titles include "Everybody Dance", "Ride The Groove", "The Closer I Get To You", and "I Wish". CD

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Q65Nothing But Trouble – The Best Of Q65 1966 to 1968 ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A buzzing set of fiery 60s rock from Q65 – a Dutch combo that really tear it up in a garagey, but still quite pop way on this set of material cut from 1966-1968! The best part of it for us is the rusty razor rhythm guitar sound here – a really fierce element that keeps things nice and mean, even though the group had a really good handle on pop hooks. Very nice stuff on this jam packed CD! Titles include "Cry In The Night", "From Above", "I Got Nightmares", "The Life I Live", "I Despise You", "The Life I Live", "Just Who's In Sight", "It Came To Me", ""80% O", "Spoonful", "Ann", "Sour Wine", "Down In The Bottom", "No Place To Go", "Fairy Tales Of Truth" and "Ridin' On A Slow Train" (both as Circus) and more! 24 tracks in all. CD

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SOS BandSOS III (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
A solid smoker from the SOS Band – maybe one of the group's best-remembered albums, and for good reason too! The set's got a groove that's beautiful right from the start – 80s funk that's really a cut above, and touched with just the right mix of jazzy elements and warmer moments too – giving the whole record a much more balanced feel than similar efforts of the time! Production is from Ricky Sylvers and Gene Dozier – the latter of whom we especially love, and who no doubt helps bring his years of soulful experience into the great sound of the set. Titles include "You Shake Me Up", "Have It Your Way", "Your Love", "High Hopes", "Good & Plenty", and "Groovin". Great reissue – with bonus tracks that include "High Hopes (edit)", "Good & Plenty (7" version)", "Good & Plenty (12" version)", "Groovin (special version)", and "Your Love (US 12" version)". CD
 
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AngelsMy Boyfriend's Back ... LP
Smash, Mid 60s. Good+ ... $4.99
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and is followed by a number of similarly done tunes – arranged by Leroy Glover and Alan Lorber with a jaunty vibe that really works well with the girls' vocals, and with a sound that's the sort of cut-above work you'd expect from Lorber and Glober! The album features a number of other originals – including "Thank You & Good Night", "World Without Love", "Hurdy-Gurdy Man", "Love Me Now", "Has Anybody Seen My Boyfriend", and "The Guy With The Black Eye". LP, Vinyl record album

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CarsicknessShooting Above The Garbage ... LP
TMI, 1980. Near Mint- ... $29.99
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(Cover appears to have been signed by members of the group.)

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John Davis & The Monster OrchestraAin't That Enough For You ... LP
SAM, 1978. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Classic disco grooving by John Davis – upbeat and clubby, and definitely a cut above work by most of his late 70s contemporaries! Davis has this magical way with a groove – able to bring in an undercurrent of funk while still letting the strings soar and the vocals fly – a way of keeping things deep even when crossing over – with a vibe that's arguably like some of the best that Salsoul had to offer at the time. Lyrics aren't much, but that lack is more than compensated by the keyboard and sax solos on the tunes – played by the man himself – on titles that include "Disco Fever", "A Bite Of The Apple", "I'll Be The Music", "Ain't That Enough For You", "Kojak Theme", and "I Got The Hots For You". LP, Vinyl record album
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DellsLove Connection ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One thing you have to remember about The Dells – they always sound great! Even here, in later years, their sound is superb – a rich, deep approach to harmonies that's still head and shoulders above most other groups in the business! The production on the set is by Norman Harris and the Harris Machine – and some tracks get a Philly groove on, while others stick in a mellower ballad mode that's completely dominated by the group. Niceness abounds, and titles include "Private Property", "God Helps Those", "Don't Trick Me, Treat Me", "Wasted Tears", and "How Can One Man Be So Lucky". LP, Vinyl record album

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Electric PrunesI Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) ... LP
Reprise, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An early moment of genius from The Electric Prunes – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were a cut above their contemporaries, and why Warner really backed them strongly right from the start! There's a depth here that rivals some of the group's Sunset Strip contemporaries – and although David Axelrod's not working with them on the record, there's still lots of dark corners and sharp edges – really thoughtful sounds that are spun out wonderfully on fuzzy guitars and organ, with some nicely subtle drums in the rear. Tracks include "I Has Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", "Try Me On For Size", "Get Me To the World On Time", "About A Quarter To Nine", and "Luvin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissued on 180 gram vinyl.)

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First ChoiceDelusions ... LP
Philly Groove/Gold Mind, 1977. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – as their backings for groups of this nature are always sensitive to the complexities of the vocals! The record's mostly uptempo – with plenty of soaring tracks that still retain the more soulful sound of the group's early work – and the songwriting's generally tight, a few notches above earlier albums on Warner – showing that their return to the indie fold was a very good move. Titles include the classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" – plus "Doctor Love", "Indian Giver", "Do Me Again", and a great version of Stevie Wonder's "Love Having You Around". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Delusions (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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First ChoiceDelusions (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – as their backings for groups of this nature are always sensitive to the complexities of the vocals! The record's mostly uptempo – with plenty of soaring tracks that still retain the more soulful sound of the group's early work – and the songwriting's generally tight, a few notches above earlier albums on Warner – showing that their return to the indie fold was a very good move. Titles include the classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" – plus "Doctor Love", "Indian Giver", "Do Me Again", and a great version of Stevie Wonder's "Love Having You Around". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Doctor Love (single)", "Love Having You Around (single)", "Indian Giver (single)", "Doctor Love (12" Tom Moulton mix)", "Let No Man Put Asunder (12" Shep Pettibon mix)", and "Let No Man Put Asunder (12" Frankie Knuckles mix)". CD
Also available Delusions ... LP 6.99

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Roy HaynesRoy Haynes Hip Ensemble ... CD
Mainstream/Boplicity (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
Drummer Roy Haynes works here with an ensemble that's definitely as hip as the title promises – a really righteous group that makes the album one of Roy's most spiritual records ever! Haynes was always a drummer who was really a cut above, even back at the start – but here, he really steps out strongly with a new musical vision for the 70s – working with a lineup that includes George Adams on tenor and flute and Marvin Hannibal Peterson on trumpet – but players who give the music a really bold feel, right from the start! The rest of the lineup is wonderful, too – as Carl Schroeder plays Fender Rhodes with this flowing vibe that's plenty soulful – alongside bass from Terud Nakamura and Mervin Bronson, conga from Lawrence Kilian, bongo from Elwood Johnson, and more drums from Haynes himself. Titles include a sublime reading of Stanley Cowell's "Equipoise" – plus "Tangiers", "You Name It", and "Satan's Mysterious Feeling". CD

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JBsFood For Thought ... LP
People/Get On Down, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
The classic first album by The JBs – James Brown's Fred Wesley-led backing band, and the force behind most of his greatest records of the early 70s! The band are incredible at this point – sharper, harder, and funkier than just about any other combo around – and that includes all the thousands of groups in the funky 45 underground who were always trying to copy their sound, but never got things this right! Not only are the rhythms the stuff of legend – but the use of the instruments is far far above the norm – as can be heard on the mindblowing "The Grunt", which was sampled heavily by Public Enemy to great fame – and which features a saxophone solo that sounds more like a whistling tea kettle! The set collects some of the group's best early singles, and includes all of the short little funky cuts that made them a legend right out of the box – "Pass the Peas", "The Grunt", "These Are The JBs", "Hot Pants Road", "Wine Spot", "To My Brother", "Blessed Blackness", "Theme From King Heroin", "Escapism (parts 1 & 2), and "Gimme Some More" – all together here in one tight little album of massive funky hard beats and breaks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – with heavy tip-on cover!)
Also available Food For Thought (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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JBsFood For Thought (180 gram pressing) ... LP
People, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
The classic first album by The JBs – James Brown's Fred Wesley-led backing band, and the force behind most of his greatest records of the early 70s! The band are incredible at this point – sharper, harder, and funkier than just about any other combo around – and that includes all the thousands of groups in the funky 45 underground who were always trying to copy their sound, but never got things this right! Not only are the rhythms the stuff of legend – but the use of the instruments is far far above the norm – as can be heard on the mindblowing "The Grunt", which was sampled heavily by Public Enemy to great fame – and which features a saxophone solo that sounds more like a whistling tea kettle! The set collects some of the group's best early singles, and includes all of the short little funky cuts that made them a legend right out of the box – "Pass the Peas", "The Grunt", "These Are The JBs", "Hot Pants Road", "Wine Spot", "To My Brother", "Blessed Blackness", "Theme From King Heroin", "Escapism (parts 1 & 2), and "Gimme Some More" – all together here in one tight little album of massive funky hard beats and breaks! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Food For Thought ... LP 21.99

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Quincy JonesThey Call Me Mister Tibbs ... LP
United Artists, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An excellent Quincy Jones score that stands head and shoulders above the soundtrack to the first film in this series, In The Heat Of The Night. Q is in fine fine form with this material – adding in a lot more funk than before, to fit the uptown theme of the film. There's lots of nice jazzy tracks on the record, and some tight funky ones that made the soundtrack virtually a blueprint for the blacksploitation sound of the 70s! Titles include "Soul Flower", "Call Me Mr. Tibbs", "Black Cherry", "Blues For Mr. Tibbs", and "Fat Poppadaddy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Konstrukt & Joe McPheeBabylon ... LP
Roaratorio, 2014. Sealed ... $14.99
The legendary Joe McPhee joins forces with this underground Turkish group – adding in his own tenor and pocket trumpet to their freewheeling blend of moogs, reeds, organ, guitar, bass, and drums! There's a fair bit of electric instrumentation in the mix – but all of it is played at a level that's as free and improvisational as the acoustic elements – although McPhee himself is clearly the standout throughout – a bold, confident voice that rises above all the other musicians, especially when he really gets going on tenor! Titles include "Flyswatter", "Involution", "Tek'e", and "Simple Questions/Complex Answers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Fela KutiFela Kuti & His Koola Lobitos (3CD set) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1960s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 29.98
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the 60s – a gritty blend of styles that's already head and shoulder above the work of most of his contemporaries – with a vibe that definitely points the way towards his genius of the 70s! The horns come together beautifully, often in a sad Hugh Masekela-type style, underpinned by work on electric bass, and some warm electric piano – a wonderful blend that's spun out over the course of short tracks that include "Lagos Baby", "It's Highlife Time", "Signature Tune", "Araba's Delight", "Omo Ejo", "Obinrin Le", "Lal Se", and "Wa Dele". CD

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Alton McClain & DestinyGonna Tell The World ... CD
Polydor/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
A sublime set from Alton McClain & Destiny – one of the hippest female soul trios ever – and a group who definitely work at a level that's far above most of their contemporaries! The group's got a jazzy flourish here that really deepens their sound – a strong influence from producer Skip Scarborough, who also wrote a fair bit of the tracks, and plays on the record alongside Patrice Rushen and Herbie Hancock on keyboards! Both of those players underscore the really rich sound of the record – an approach that's equally rooted in fusion as it is in soul – and which helps the vocal interplay find a space that's way beyond the usual girl group cliches of earlier years, especially some of the more lackluster trios of the disco generation. Alton's leads are wonderful – very rich and filled with soul – and titles include "My Destiny", "We're Gonna Make It", "Love Notes", "Because Of You", "Why Did You Let Me Love You", and "Making Room For Love". CD features the bonus track "My Destiny (12" mix)". CD

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Blue MitchellBrasses & Strings (aka Smooth As The Wind) (record plays from the INSIDE OUT) ... LP
Fortissimo/Riverside, 1961. Very Good Gatefold ... $36.99
A rare one from Blue Mitchell – issued on the Riverside offshoot label Fortissimo – and a record that plays from the INSIDE OUT – starting at the inner label and playing through to the outer groove – backwards from conventional albums! The re-titled set features music from Blue's Riverside date Smooth As The Wind – a slightly different record than usual for Blue – not as down-n-dirty and funky, but more "smooth as the wind" – with Blue blowing solos over larger arrangements by Tadd Dameron and Benny Golson, a small string group mixed with jazz and horn backings. Given the hipness of the arrangers, the session's still got a nice edge – and the choice of material takes it past the realm of stringy standards, into a more complex mode that shows a very different side of Blue. Titles include "Strollin", "A Blue Time", "For Heaven's Sake", "Peace", and "Smooth As The Wind". As noted above, this record plays opposite from most of the records you own – from the INSIDE OUT. To start play you must drop the needle on what would normally be the runout groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear red vinyl pressing. PLEASE NOTE: THIS RECORD PLAYS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! Cover has a partially split top seam.)

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OddiseeOdd Tape (with download) ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A top-quality instrumentals set from Oddisee – nothing odd about the strength of material here, as he's one of the most consistent producers of his era! The Odd Tape is exceptionally good headphones music, held together by the beatcraft with strains of anthemic soul in the DNA, sputtering drums, bursts of synth and more melodic keys and other elements, done with all around attention to detail that's above and beyond. It really does feel like a batch of instrumental songs, as opposed to a collection of beats. Titles include "Alarmed", "Right Side Of The Bed", "The Breakthrough", "On The Table", "Sliver Lining", "Out At Night", "Long Way Home", "Still Sleeping and more. CD
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Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown ... LP
Nilva, 1985. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls earlier brilliance on labels like Blue Note or Prestige! Queen's at the head of the group on drums – pushing the lineup with Blakey-like intensity, yet in a slightly looser, more open feel overall – especially when it comes to the structure of the solos. Players include Manny Boyd on saxes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, John Hicks on piano, and Ray Drummond on bass – the last of whom produced the record with a very jazz-sensitive ear! Titles include "Hassan", "Europia", "Jammin Uptown", "After Liberation", and "Mind Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry WillisInner Crisis ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's head and shoulders above the rest of the work on Groove Merchant at the time. Players include Harold Vick, Roland Prince, and Eddie Gomez – and the overall groove is an incredible array of soulful rhythms, played by Larry on electric piano, in a mode that makes the record feel like a lost gem from Strata East or Black Jazz. Includes the cuts "Out On The Coast", "153rd Street Theme", "Inner Crisis", and "Bahamian Street Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Attica BluesTest Don't Test ... CD
Sony (France), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An extremely well put-together album by this NuSoul combo! The record builds off the group's earlier work on Mo Wax, but takes things to the next level with a more fully developed sense of soul. The beats are as heavy as always, but there's also some wonderful instrumentation in the mix – great keyboards, interesting instrumental effects, and a production style that's reaching for more than the group could have ever hoped for a few years back. Above it all, the vocals are strong and proud, keeping things real on just about every track. Titles include "Deeper", "What Do You Want", "Talk To Me", "The Quest", "Re-Cycled", "Security", "The Man", and "Mangled". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ DeBargeIn A Special Way ... CD
Motown, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly great album from DeBarge – proof that the group really had something great at the start! Much as we'd like to dismiss DeBarge for their dated costumes and silly covers, the group still stands as one of the strongest pop acts from early 80s Motown – and have an undeniably catchy groove that still has appeal after all these years! Of course, part of the strength of this one is actually the mellower numbers – sung in a wonderfully sweet harmony mode that was instantly timeless. The best of these is "Stay With Me", sampled to great effect, and a tune elevates this album above all the rest – but there's plenty of other tasty numbers too, including "Time Will Reveal", "Need Somebody", "Be My Lady", "Love Me In A Special Way" and "Queen Of My Heart". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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