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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

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Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD features bonus tracks – "Over & Over (12" disco mix)", "Over & Over (single mix)", "Tried Tested & Found True (single mix)", "So So Satisfied (single mix)", and "Tried Tested & True (Mike Maurro unreleased mix)". CD

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✨✧ Dave BaileyComplete 1 & 2 Feet In The Gutter Sessions (Getting Into Something/One Foot In The Gutter/Two Feet In The Gutter) ... CD
Columbia/Lonehill (Spain), 1960/1961. Used 2CDs ... $29.99
Some of the most soulful jazz ever recorded for Columbia Records – 3 albums worth of material from the combo of drummer Dave Bailey! Bailey's probably best known for his work in the Gerry Mulligan group, but for a brief time at the start of the 60s he stepped out as a leader – working with a focus and intensity that easily matched the best hard boppers on Blue Note or Prestige! These 3 records for Columbia are all amazing sets that we'd rank with some of our favorite jazz from the time – razor-sharp records that have a really earthy finish, and which bring out some of the best hardbop work on record from horn soloists Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Junior Cook, Charlie Rouse, and Bill Hardman – all of whom really catch fire under Bailey's guidance! But even above the great horn work on the albums, we really have to note the piano – as Horace Parlan plays on 2 of the albums, easily matching his Blue Note classics, and Billy Gardner follows up on the last set – working with a low low bottom that we love from his sides with Lou Donaldson. Bassists are Peck Morrison and Ben Tucker – and titles include "Slop Jah", "Little Old Mongoose", "Blues For JP", "One Foot In The Gutter", "Sandu", "Two Feet In The Gutter", "Lady Iris B", "Coffee Walk", and "Brownie Speaks". And if 3 albums' worth of material isn't enough, the CD also features 3 more tunes from Bailey's rare Jazztime session with Grant Green and Frank Hayes – "Reaching Out", "Our Miss Brooks", and "One For Elena". 16 tracks in all – most of them quite long! CD
(Out of print.)

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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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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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Thomas DolbyFlat Earth ... LP
Capitol, 1984. Near Mint- ... $8.99
An overlooked early 80s gem from Thomas Dolby – a beautifully mellow album that comes across with less of the quirky pop touches of his earlier work! The Dolby heard here is almost in an Eno/Green World mode – mixing electronics with evocative lyrics – at a level that's a few notches up from soundscape mode, but which is also as concerned with the overall colors and shapes of the music as it is with the lyrics. But the lyrics themselves are the biggest surprise – often quite personal and intimate, with a Prefab Sprout-esque pop quality from time to time, but stronger soul qualities overall. And to our groove-tuned ears, Dolby's electronics here are really a cut above – echoing with some electro styles, but also in a more sophisticated mode that transforms Kraftwerk into more effective pop. Titles include "Dissidents", "The Flat Earth", "Screen Kiss", "White City", "Mulu The Rain Forest", "I Scare Myself", and "Hyperactive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve.)

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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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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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Oliver LakeClevont Fitzhubert ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1981. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Some of the sharpest work we've heard from Oliver Lake during the early 80s – a relatively free, improvised album that almost recalls some of his loft jazz recordings of the 70s! The group's a quartet – with Lake on alto, soprano sax, and flute – and other players include Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Donald Smith on piano, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums – the last of whom brings this punched-up energy to many of the tunes – driving them forward, even when the horns are frenetic, in a way that really helps make the album a cut above. Smith gets in a few sensitive moments – and one number features some beautifully sweet flute from Lake – easily one of our favorite points on the record. Titles include "November 80", "Sop", "Clevont Fitzhubert", "King", and "Hmbay". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Linda Lovelace & OthersDeep Throat Anthology Parts 1 & 2 ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1972/1974. Used ... $9.99
A new issue of the classic porn funk soundtrack – now with the addition of music from Deep Throat II! Deep Throat is one of the most famous porn films from the early 70s – a runaway hit that made porn star Linda Lovelace a household name at the time. But over and above the nudie images and clit-in-the-throat gimmick that got the films so much press, both movies actually had some great music too – recorded anonymously for the films, but with a quality level that really makes them stand out. The instrumentals have a perfect porno groove to them – lots of slinky guitar, bass, and drums – topped with warm keyboards that snake around like some pleasure-driven blonde on the satin sheets of a shag-rugged motel room. And some of the tunes are vocal numbers – with a silly, sexy approach that's really great – and which only further serves to play up the gimmicks of the movies! If you've purchased the previous issue of some of the music from the first film – throw it out – because the audio quality for this edition is much improved – remastered from the original reels – and it comes in a great package with 24-page booklet and liner notes by Ron Jeremy! The music from the second film is presented first, then followed by the full score of the first film – presented with additional dialogue bits as well! 20 tracks in all, with titles that include "She's Got To Have It", "Deeper & Deeper", "La La La", "Latino", "Deep Throat", "Saxy", "Run Linda Run", "Driving With Linda", "Deep Throat To You All", "Love Is Strange", and "Money Is No Object". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ OsibisaWoyaya ... LP
Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and their nice laidback groove. This album includes a great version of Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above", plus "Beautiful 7", "Move On", "Survival", and "Rabiatu" – all of which have the band's trademark Afro funk groove. Nice Roger Dean gatefold cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

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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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Terry ReidBang, Bang You're Terry Reid ... LP
Epic, 1968. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A lost classic that needs to be in every hip rock collection! Terry Reid is one of those talents who never got his due when his albums first came out – like Tim Buckley, Nick Drake, Billy Nichols, Colin Blunstone, Curt Boettcher, and countless others that are all getting the "I'm sorry, forgive me, I'll love you forever" treatment from the rock cognoscenti. And even though Terry's style is a bit harder and more rocking than all of the above, his place in the music is similar – in that he had a really unique way of putting things together, kind of a blend of tight pop, blue-eyed soul, and some trippy influences – all wrapped up in some very tight production that makes the album sparkle like a lost pop gem. Titles include strong originals like "Erica", "Tinker Taylor", "Without Expression", "Sweater", and "When I Get Home" – plus covers of "Season Of The Witch" and "Bang Bang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Epic pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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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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✨✧ Sounds Of TomorrowSounds Of Tomorrow ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $3.99
Moogy, groovy, and really wonderful stuff – a set of rare private recordings made by the team of Scott Ludwig and Maximillian Crook, both electric inventors and very groovy musicians in their own right! The pair have a bit of a connection to Del Shannon – who used their Musitron instrument on the chorus of his hit "Runaway" – and a few of these tracks were actually produced by Shannon himself, in later years away from pop fame. But over and above that brief connection to mainstream pop, this work more than stands out on its own – and crackles with a sound that's simple, yet intense – almost a 60s garage rock aesthetic applied to electronic instrumentation, with a result that's got the appeal of some of Bruce Haack's work, but none of the child-like themes. Ludwig's playing the Sonocon and Crook is on the Musitron – both instruments of their own invention, and with a fuzzed-up approach to analogue electronics – and the CD features a range of material from in-home recordings and a rare live date! Titles include "Beeswax", "Our Electronic Bag", "Space Child", "Hero", "Punk Walk", "Firefighter's Theme", "The Diamond", "Runaway", "Caravan", "Hawaiian Vibes", and "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight". CD
 
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AngelsMy Boyfriend's Back ... LP
Smash, Mid 60s. Good+ ... $1.99
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- ... $24.99
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(Cover appears to have been signed by members of the group.)

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✨✧ CBS Jazz All StarsMontreux Summit Vol 1 ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A really amazing little record – way more than usual for this sort of live recording – given that it features some very unique performances together by artists we've never heard on the same stage otherwise! The premise is simple, but wonderfully effective – in that the album brings together some of the leading lights of the Columbia/CBS jazz stable at the time – a massive lineup of talent from a few key generations in jazz, sounding surprisingly great hear together! All tracks are nice and long – and titles include a brilliant version of "Infant Eyes" by a quartet with Stan Getz on tenor and Bob James on piano; "Fried Bananas" with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, Woody Shaw on trumpet, and George Duke on piano; "Bahama Mama" with Bob James on keyboards, Bobbi Humphrey on flute, Eric Gale and Steve Kahn on guitars, and Billy Cobham on drums – and the long jam session tracks "Montreux Summit", "Blues March", and "Andromeda" – which feature work from most of the players above, all working in one large group – plus added flute from Hubert Laws and Thijs Van Leer, percussion from Ralph Maconald, and bass from Alphonso Johnson. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DellsLove Connection (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
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". CD features a bonus track – a US single edit of "Private Property". CD

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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. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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 7.99

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Herbie HancockDirectstep ... CD
CBS/Sony/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums – alongside more familiar partners Bennie Maupin on reeds, Paul Jackson on bass, and Bill Summers on percussion! Given these last three, there's almost a slight Headhunters feel to the set – but the overall groove is a bit more mellow, with some wonderfully spacey touches that are super-soulful – and miles above anything that Herbie was recording in the US at the time. Titles include the sublime mellow groover "Butterfly", plus "Shiftless Shuffle", and the side-long jazzy jammer "I Thought It Was You"! CD

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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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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders Live At The Lighthouse '68 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/EMI, 1967. Used ... $9.99
One of the Jazz Crusaders many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent, but '68 is a real standout! Perhaps the single feature that pushes this set above and beyond the others, is the beautiful longer tracks – ones have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group, particularly in comparatively dry studio settings. Those standout tracks include "Native Dancer" and "The Emperor", and they sit nicely next to straighter soul jazz tracks like the group's reading of "Eleanor Rigby" and "Ooga-Boo-Ga-Loo". This CD features four previously bonus tracks – including "Cathy The Cooker", "Shadows", "Tough Talk" and Third Principle". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Lee KonitzJazz A Confronto ... LP
Horo (Italy), 1976. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Great Konitz work recorded in Italy – definitely in that "cut above" mode you get with Horo! The group features Dave Cliff on guitar, Peter Ind on bass, Al Levitt on drums – and the set features a mix of tunes by Konitz, Tristano, Wayne Marsh, and others. Tracks include "Roma Today", "317 E 32nd Street", "Mimiche", "Background Music", "Blues For Sinesio", "Fools Rush In", "Feather Bed", and "Cerri Three". LP, Vinyl record album

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Konstrukt & Joe McPheeBabylon ... LP
Roaratorio, 2014. Sealed ... $11.99
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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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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Salsoul OrchestraMagic Journey ... LP
Salsoul, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Ahhhh . . . The Salsoul Orchestra at its finest, with Vince Montana at the helm, crafting some superb arrangements that have all of the positivity of the best funky club groove that made the group great – without any of the disco schlock of their contemporaries! The group's format is still head and shoulders above most of its imitators here – a perfect balance of larger orchestrations and tighter rhythms for the club – handled with all the best Philly elements that Montana brings to play. Titles include the superb soul track "Run Away", which features excellent lead vocals by Loleatta Holloway – one of her best tracks ever – and other instrumental titles include the funky "Getaway", plus "Magic Bird Of Fire", "It's A New Day", and "Alpha Centuri". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & light wear.)

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✨✧ Clark TerryOut On A Limb With Clark Terry ... LP
Argo, Late 50s. Very Good ... $39.99
A fantastic album from Clark Terry – head and shoulders above most of his other work, with a sound that's probably only matched by his fine first LP for Emarcy. The record was cut during a batch of sessions that Argo put together in the late 50s – sessions that featured Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Wood, both fellow Ellingtonians like Terry, and who also had albums come out under their own names during the sessions. The album is far more than just a bunch of small group Ellington material, though – as it swings with an edge that's as sharp as a razor, produced with a bit of roughness, and driving with a really rhythmic pulse. Tracks are short by very well handled – and titles include "Phlanges", "Daylite Express", "Blues For Daddy O's Jazz Patio Blues", "Clarke's Expedition", and "Trumpet Mouthpiece Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split bottom seam with moderate aging on the back.)

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Throttle Elevator Music with Kamasi WashingtonThrottle Elevator Music IV ... CD
Wide Hive, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the record, which gives them a spiritual sound we never would have expected! Core group members include Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery on guitars and piano, Mike Hughes on drums, and Erik Jekabson on flugelhorn and trumpet – but the presence of Washington is what really seals the deal, on tracks that include "Gibraltar Road", "We Can Work With That", "Sweet Spot", "No One To Vote For", "Boeske Trail", and "Throwing The Switch". CD
 
 
 



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