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✨✧ VariousSounds Of The Times – From The KPM & Conroy Music Libraries 1970 to 1977 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of Brit sound library work – most of it from the legendary KPM 1000 Series, plus assorted bits from the Conroy label as well! The work here leans heavily towards funky jazz – those fuzzy, hard-driving tunes that always made KPM sides a key choice for action films and cop shows – and which have made digging through sound library records such a delight all these many decades later! The compilers did a really wonderful job with this set – creating a feel that's a bit different than the usual sound library collection – because although funky overall, the package also features some jazzy moments too – key cuts that are interspersed with the action moments to create a really fleshed-out sense of mood and feeling. Plus, the set list is huge – 25 tracks in all, running for well over 70 minutes – truly the treasure trove we promised at the start of this review, with titles that include "Soul For Sale" and "Tycoon" by Keith Mansfield, "Block Buster" and "Head In The Clouds" by Johnny Pearson, "Loco Motion" and "Soul Foot Strut" by Dave Gold, "Traffic" and "Challenger" by Alan Hawkshaw, "Short Cut" by James Clarke, "Heavy Traffic" by James Cameron, "Speculation" by David Lindup, "Vegas To LA" by Dick Doerschuk, "Tough Assignment" by Chris Gunning, "Speedway" by Nick Ingman, "String Boogie" by Brian Bennett, and "The Double Take" by Steve Gray. CD
Also available Sounds Of The Times – From The KPM & Conroy Music Libraries 1970 to 1977 ... CD 16.99

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Elmer Bernstein/Vikki CarrSilencers ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
The groovy groovy soundtrack to the first Matt Helm film – starring Dean Martin as a 60s master of intrigue! Elmer Bernstein handled the soundtrack with a really great approach – jazz, swinging, and with plenty of mod 60s bits – very much in some of the same territory as Lalo Schifrin or Hugo Montenegro at the time! And equally great, the record also includes a few great vocal tracks by Vikki Carr – "The Silencers" and "Santiago" – both of which are very groovy numbers that swing with a wonderfully cheesy sort of sound! Other tracks are instrumentals, and titles include include "Tun Tzee", "Tina's Waltz", "Matt Helm's Blues", and "Early To Bed". CD

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Danny Davis & The Nashville BrassTravelin/Caribbean Cruise ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
Two early 70s albums from Nashville brassman Danny Davis – back to back on a single CD! Travelin is a pretty unusual concept – a record that mixes Nashville songs with some richer 70s orchestrations – using the trumpet of Danny Davis and his larger brass setting to create a very different sound for the songs! A few numbers have a bit of bluegrass acoustics mixed in with the horns, but others drop this out – and titles include "Are You Sincere", "Brassy Bluegrass", "Rocky Top", "Almost Persuaded", "Ramblin On", "Gotta Travel On", and "The Nashville Express". On Caribbean Cruise, Danny Davis & The Nashville Brass pick up a slight current of calypso, mix it with their brassy horns, and put the whole thing together with Nashville arrangements from Bill McElhiney! The whole thing's a bit unusual, but also makes for one of the fresher settings for the Davis group – on titles that include "Matilda", "Marianne", "Jamaica Farewell", "I Can See Clearly Now", "Mama Don't Want No Peas & Rice & Coconut Oil", and "Banana Boat Song". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players too!)

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Camarata/Kingsway Symphony Orchestra & ChorusBach Spectacular/The Romantic Rachmaninoff ... CD
Phase 4/Vocalion (UK), 1969/1972. Used ... $1.99
... CD

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✨✧ Chaquito/John GregorySpies & Dolls/TV Thrillers ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1972. Used ... $9.99
Two funky groovers from Chaquito – aka John Gregory, a very groovy British arranger of the 70s! Spies & Dolls is a cool 70s update on the sort of album that came out often in the 60s – but instead of the usual James Bond themes, this one features a lot more funky action – blacksploitation grooves mixed in with some of the older-styled tunes, all taken into great cop show big band territory by Chaquito! There's a few Brit numbers here mixed in with better-known American themes – and titles include "Bullitt", "The Anderson Tapes", "They Call Me Mister Tibbs", "Our Man Flint", "Money Is", "Shaft", and "The French Connection". TV Thrillers features loads of great 70s tunes, plus a few 60s numbers too – most of them thrillers, as you'd guess from the title – which means a fair bit of crime and cop grooves in the mix! Arrangements are tight, very much in the best spirit of the originals, with lots of great 70s touches – and titles include "It Takes A Thief", "Mission Impossible", "The Name Of The Game", "Hawaii 5-0", "Softly Softly", "Mannix", "I Spy", "Callan", and "Troubleshooters". CD
Also available Spies & Dolls/TV Thrillers ... CD 11.99

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Chaquito/John GregorySpies & Dolls/TV Thrillers ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
Two funky groovers from Chaquito – aka John Gregory, a very groovy British arranger of the 70s! Spies & Dolls is a cool 70s update on the sort of album that came out often in the 60s – but instead of the usual James Bond themes, this one features a lot more funky action – blacksploitation grooves mixed in with some of the older-styled tunes, all taken into great cop show big band territory by Chaquito! There's a few Brit numbers here mixed in with better-known American themes – and titles include "Bullitt", "The Anderson Tapes", "They Call Me Mister Tibbs", "Our Man Flint", "Money Is", "Shaft", and "The French Connection". TV Thrillers features loads of great 70s tunes, plus a few 60s numbers too – most of them thrillers, as you'd guess from the title – which means a fair bit of crime and cop grooves in the mix! Arrangements are tight, very much in the best spirit of the originals, with lots of great 70s touches – and titles include "It Takes A Thief", "Mission Impossible", "The Name Of The Game", "Hawaii 5-0", "Softly Softly", "Mannix", "I Spy", "Callan", and "Troubleshooters". CD
Also available Spies & Dolls/TV Thrillers ... CD 9.99

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Dorothy CollinsDorothy Collins ... LP
Vocalion, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & aging with a cutout hole.)

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Perry ComoPerry/Perry In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974. New Copy ... $9.99
Obscure 70s work from Perry Como – two RCA albums back to back on a single CD! Perry features heavenly vocals from the great Perry Como – a set that has maybe a slight touch of 70s style in the production, but which still has those great Como vocals firmly intact! Nick Perito handles the charts, and the Ray Charles Singers step in for a bit of backup vocals – but Perry's the main man throughout, adapting nicely to some more contemporary tunes that sound great in the Como setting. Titles include "The Way We Were", "Brian's Song", "Weave Me The Sunshine", "Beyond Tomorrow", "That's You", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". In Person is a swinging live set from Perry Como – one that's maybe got a bit more jazz in the mix than some of his other albums, thanks to the bigger band backing him up – often with this vibrant feel that maybe has Perry himself bringing a bit more punch to his presentation too! But if you dig the pillowy-soft Como sound, don't fret – as there's plenty of that in place here – on titles that include "Everybody's Talkin", "I've Got You Under My Skin/Hello Young Lovers", "Love Is Spreading All Over The World", "Father Of Girls", "You'll Never Walk Alone", and "It's A Good Day". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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Ray ConniffLaughter In The Rain/Love Will Keep Us Together ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1975. Used ... $11.99
Two later albums from Ray Conniff – an easy listening maestro who might have been past his hit-selling days, but could also sound even groovier than before! Laughter In The Rain is a great 70s take on easy modes from the decade before – as familiar Conniff chorus parts and compressed orchestrations are matched with some sweet keyboards at all the right places – gentle Fender Rhodes that comes into some of the best tracks on the album, and enhances their warm mellow currents. A few moments even have a hint of funk – that sweet Rhodes element that can make so much music sound so great – and titles include versions of "Angie Baby", "Laughter In The Rain", "Mandy", "Seasons In The Sun", "Eres Tue", "Having My Baby", and "Feel Like Makin Love". Love Will Keep Us Together has Ray Conniff really stretching out in the slinky, sexy modes of the 70s – bringing in a bit of warm electric piano to his orchestrations and chorus – as he serves up his own great takes of some of the popular cuts from the first half of the decade! Titles include "My Little Friend", "Rhinestone Cowboy/Wildfire", "Please Mr Please", "Midnight Blue", "At Seventeen", and "Love Will Keep Us Together/How Sweet It Is". CD

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Johnny DankworthDuet For 16 – The 1959 BBC Transcription Recordings ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1959. New Copy ... $7.99
Rare late 50s work from UK bandleader Johnny Dankworth – the jazz musician who'd also do some great soundtrack recordings in the 60s! These upbeat, hard-swinging tracks really preface Dankworth's soundtrack greatness – as they've got a tight, lively approach that's wonderful all the way through – still echoes of the bigger bands of the postwar years, especially the soulfulness of Basie – but also a wider sense of tone and timing, which makes great use of soloists who include Kenny Wheeler and Dickie Hawdon on trumpets, Danny Moss on tenor, Derek Smith on piano, and Dankworth himself on alto sax. The CD features 40 tracks from three broadcasts originally done for French audiences – and titles include "New Forest", "Threesome", "Duet For 16", "Seven League Boots", "Skeleton In The Bathroom", "Prince Iwo", "Two's Company", "Square Face", and "Royal Ascot". CD

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Johnny DankworthToo Cool For The Blues – The 1959/1960 BBC Transcription Recordings Vol 2 ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1959/1960. Used ... $5.99
Three programs' worth of music from Brit bandleader Johnny Dankworth – all pulled from the BBC archives, and presented here with really wonderful sound! Johnny's definitely got a lot of jazz in his approach here, but the charts also reflect some of his talents for larger arrangements too – as he works with a relatively big ensemble, but allows for breakout solos by himself on alto, Danny Moss on tenor, Derek Smith on piano, and Dickie Hawdon on trumpet! There's a few spots that have a French announcer presenting the tracks – possibly for continental audiences – and titles include "I May Be Wrong", "Tracey's Trip", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "The Wizard", "Vice", "Too Cool For The Blues", "Runnin wild", and "Old Blues". CD

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✨✧ Amancio D'SilvaKonkan Dance ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1974. Used ... $10.99
A previously unissued album from Indian guitarist Amancio D'Silva – recorded during his legendary run of work at Lansdowne Studios, but making its first-ever appearance here! The work on the set is every bit as far-reaching and progressive as some of D'Silva's official releases – and like those sides, this one does a tremendous job of blending complicated guitar lines, unusual rhythms, and some super-hip instrumentation! Amancio has a way of playing guitar that's a bit like Gabor Szabo – airy and exotic at times, with a free-flowing quality that's really explored nicely here on the longish tunes on the set. Players include Don Rendell on saxophone, Stan Tracey on piano, and Alan Branscombe on flute, vibes, and electric piano – but best of all is the use of sitar and tabla on the record – often employed sparingly, but in a way that adds some great echoes of Indian music. Titles include "A Street In Bombay", "What Maria Sees", "A Song For Francesca", and "Konkan Dance". CD
(Out of print.)

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Paul GonsalvesBoom Jackie Boom Chick ... LP
Vocalion/Spellbound (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... $23.99
Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves – one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a tremendous sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving – work by a quartet that features Gonsalves on tenor, plus Pat Smythe on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and Ronnie Stevenson on drums – all hitting a soulful hardbop style that's very much like the best Tubby Hayes records from the time! Gonsalves' tone is incredible – with that raspy, almost flatted mode that he used with Ellington – and it really stretches out here with plenty of room for creativity, in a way that makes us wonder why nobody ever got this one issued over on our side of the Atlantic. Titles include "Boom Jackie Boom Chick", "Village Blues", "Poor Butterfly", "Blue PG", and "Taboo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe HarriottMovement/High Spirits ... CD
EMI/Vocalion (UK), 1964/1965. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
Overlooked gems from this key reedman on the Brit modern scene of the 60s – two rare albums in a single package! First up is Movement – one of the most obscure albums recorded by Joe Harriott – leading light of the British avant scene in the 60s – and one of the best, too! The album features Harriott working with a quintet that includes Shake Keane on trumpet, Pat Smythe on piano, Bobby Orr on drums, and Coleridge Goode on bass – playing in territory that's somewhat in the neighborhood of his Abstract and Free Form albums, but also a bit more inside, with more of a focus on swinging, hard-hitting jazz. The rhythms are often quite tight and soulful, and although the album's touched with lots of angular moments – both in the solos and backings – the overall sound is wonderfully grooving and tremendously captivating! The album's got that perfect blend of modern, modal, and soul that make the best Brit jazz albums from the mid 60s so wonderful – and the set list includes original tunes such as "Movement", "Spaces", "Blues On Blues", "Revival", "Beams", and "Count Twelve". High Spirits is pretty unique – a set of takes on tunes that come from a musical show, but recast strongly as soulful sides for the Harriott combo! Pianist Pat Smythe re-arranged all tracks in the set – and really gives them a new sort of energy – opening them up for lots of solo work on his own piano, plus alto from Harriott, and some beautiful trumpet lines from the great Shake Keane – a player who always sounds great next to Joe. The rest of the group features Coleridge Goode on bass and Bobby Orr on drums – and titles include "Home Sweet Heaven", "Something Tells Me", "Go Into Your Trance", "I Know Your Heart", and "Was She Prettier Than I". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby HelmsBobby Helms ... LP
Vocalion, 1965. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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HiroshimaHiroshima/Odori ... CD
Arista/Vocalion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Two sweet sets from Hiroshima – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that was never too polished or commercial! The group's led by reedman Dan Kuramota – who plays both sax and flutes, including a bit of Japanese wooden flute – which gives the record a few slight "Eastern" touches a times, although the overall vibe is strongly in the best soulful fusion of the period! In keeping with that approach, there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung in English with a soulful vibe – on titles that include "Lion Dance", "Da Da", "Taiko Song", "Holidays", "Never Ever", and "Kokoro". Odori is a wicked blend of jazz and soul from Hiroshima – a group who've got the smooth blend of styles we love in some of the import-only fusion dates that were coming from Japan in the late 70s! The group's got a few light touches that emphasize their Pacific roots – including light flute lines and touches of koto and shamisen, but often used in more subtle ways than on earlier Japanese albums that mixed these rootsy elements with jazz – and the overall vibe here is one that's got plenty of appeal to fans of crossover fusion from the time, especially the kind with a strong current of soul! There's a bit of vocals on the record, too – and titles include "Winds Of Change", "Odori", "Echoes", "Cruisin J-Town", "Fortune Teller", and "Shinto". CD

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Tony KinseyIntroducing The Tony Kinsey Quintet/Jazz At The Flamingo ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1956/1957. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
2 early albums from British drummer Tony Kinsey – both of which feature some incredible horn work! Introducing The Tony Kinsey Quintet is from 1956 – and features an early version of the Kinsey group that included the great Don Rendell on tenor sax, Ronnie Ross on baritone, and Bill Le Sage on piano and vibes. The tracks on the set are mostly familiar numbers, taken in shorter versions – but Rendell's searing tenor work is worth the price of the album alone – and has a real edge, even in the tighter ensemble passages. Titles include "Caravan", "Love For Sale", "No Name Flyer", "Cambridge Blue", and "Sweet & Lovely". Jazz At The Flamingo is from one year later, and features a group with the legendary Joe Harriott on alto – plus Bob Efford on tenor and Bill LeSage again on vibes and piano. The tracks on that set are longer, fresher, and more modern – and display a keen jazz vision starting to emerge in Kinsey's work – one that's helped strongly by the presence of Harriott, as well as LeSage's work on vibes. Titles include "The Mystery Of The Marie Celeste", "Hi Ya", "Pict's Lament", "Fishin The Blues", and "Just Goofin". CD

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Andre KostelanetzPlays Michel Legrand's Greatest Hits/Plays Chicago ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1971/1974. Used ... $6.99
An older bandleader takes on sounds from two different groovy sources of the 70s – both of them great! Plays Michel Legrand has Andre Kostelanetz serving up some sweet versions of tunes from some of Legrand's famous soundtracks of the 60s and early 70s – most of them done with fairly broad string arrangements, but underscored with some of the groovier tones and timings that make Michel's music so great. Andre never gets too overemotional, even when things are lush – and titles include "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life", "Summer Of 42", "Lady Sings The Blues", "Orson's Theme", "Once Upon A Summertime", and "Pieces Of Dreams". Plays Chicago is even weirder, but maybe even cooler too – as Andre Kostelanetz handles the music of Chicago – stripping the tunes of the heavy brass styles you might expect, and instead washing them heavily in strings, which then often get a similar dynamic range to the horns! Arrangements are from Don Sebesky, Torri Zito, Luther Henderson, Marty Manning, and Al Capps – and titles include "Fancy Colours", "Make Me Smile", "Questions 67 & 68", "Beginnings", "25 Or 6 To 4", "Flight 602", and "Wake Up Sunshine". CD

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Andre KostelanetzPlays Music Of Villa Lobos/Conducts Music From Spain (SACD) ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1974. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(SACD hybrid pressing.)

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Henry ManciniMancini Country/Country Gentleman ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974. New Copy ... $11.99
Two unusual Nashville-tinged albums from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Mancini Country is quite an interesting set – not what you might expect from the mostly-urbane Henry Mancini – but a record that fits surprisingly well into his early 70s catalog! At the time, Hank was moving away from some of the bolder, jazzier modes of his start – and heading towards moodier, mellower music that had a great late nite vibe. His use of isolated piano and chorus is well-known on other records of the time – and comes through great here on tracks that were recorded both in Nashville and Hollywood. Titles are mostly country classics – many from the RCA catalog – recast as Mancini instrumentals – with titles that include "Let It Be Me", "Last Date", "Almost Persuaded", "The End Of The World", "Phone Call To The Past", "I Can't Stop Loving You", and "Make The World Go Away". Country Gentleman has Henry Mancini moving towards some sweet updates of his older piano and chorus mode – using country tunes as the template, but also working in some nice 70s elements to the arrangements and orchestrations! Things are a bit less dark than other albums in his late nite vibe of the period – and there's occasional flourishes in the instrumentation that are almost a playful poke at country styles, handled with the usual Mancini class. Titles include "With One Exception", "Delta Dawn", "If You've Got The Time", "Your Cheatin Heart", "For The Good Times", and "Come Live With Me". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players!)
 
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Billie HolidayLady Day – The Complete Billie Holiday On Columbia 1933 to 1944 (10CD set) ... CD
Columbia, 1930s/Early 40s. Used 10 CDs + Book ... $39.99
An amazing set – really really beautiful, and a whopping 10CDs' worth of material that Billie Holiday recorded during the 78rpm era – for labels that include Columbia, Okeh, Vocalion, Decca, and Parlophone! The package has an oversize cover, with a giant book in the middle – and the set features Holiday singing with Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson Eddie Heywood, Benny Goodman, and her own group as well. 239 tracks in all – and a bargain at this price! CD
(Out of print.)

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Bukka WhiteParchman Farm ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy ... $13.99
The complete Vocalion and Okeh Records 78s of the great Bukka White – a blues singer who was maybe a few years later than some of the first big stars from the Mississippi scene – but who's gone onto have a legacy and impact that will last for years to come! Bukka's got a very strong touch on the guitar – a rhythmic strumming that feels like it's going to tear the instrument apart, and which carves out a rough groove for the songs – which only get even better once he opens up with his unusual sense of vocal inflection! The package was created at a time when Bukka White was enjoying a huge revival of interest, and is still one of the best representations of his work – with titles that include "Pinebluff Arkansas", "Sleepy Man Blues", "Parchman Farm Blues", "When Can I Change My Clothes", "Black Train Blues", "Good Gin Blues", "Fixin To Die", "Bukka's Jitterbug Swing", "District Attorney Blues", and "Special Streamline". CD

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✨✧ Roy Acuff & The Smoky Mountain BoysKing Of Country Music – The Complete Foundational Recordings – 1936 to 1951 (9CD & DVD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 9CDs & DVD ... Out Of Stock
Seminal work by one of the first big figures in country music – the great Roy Acuff, whose early material was the second force putting the sound on the map after the work of Jimmie Rodgers! Roy was one of the greatest stars of the early years – a hell of a singer, an important composer, and a tireless performer who criss-crossed the south constantly – helping the music to spread and grow, and sparking countless careers along the way! This package is the first to really do justice to these important early years of Acuff – much more so than any of the public domain packages on the market – as the whole thing's handled with the Bear Family sense of completeness – which means that the 9CD box features a whopping 226 songs, recorded for the Vocalion, Arc, and Columbia labels between 1936 and 1951 – all packaged with a massive 184 page hardcover book, filled with new biography information, session notes, an a newly-done discography – plus a fantastic amount of rare photos and illustrations. The set also features a bonus DVD, which features the 1940 Grand Ole Opry film – which includes work by Acuff and Uncle Dave Macon. The set even includes a rare 1948 instrumental album by The Smokey Mountain Boys too! CD
 
 
 



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