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BrittenWar Requiem – Galina Vishnevskaya/Peter Pears/Dietrich Fischer Dieskau/Bach Choir/Highgate School Choir/Benjamin Britten/London Symphony ... CD
Decca (UK), 1963. Used 2CD ... $13.99
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(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and book.)

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Hall & OatesWar Babies ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... $9.99
Hip Hall & Oates material from the early days – a set produced by Todd Rundgren, with a sound that definitely shows his presence! The tunes here are really wonderfully focused – tightened up a bit more than before, but never in ways that are too-poppy or commercial. Rundgren's great ear for a hook is really at play here – emphasizing the best elements of the tunes, in ways that keep them slinkily soulful, with almost a Steely Dan sort of sensibility. Instrumentation is pretty basic and bare – another great aspect of the record – and Rundgren also joins in a bit on guitar. Titles include "70s Scenario", "War Baby Son Of Zorro", "Can't Stop The Music", "Is It A Star", "Beanie G & The Rose Tattoo", "I'm Watching You", "Better Watch Your Back", and "Screaming Through December". CD
(Out of print.)

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Intruders/Billy PaulI'll Always Love My Mama/Only The Strong Survive/War Of The Gods (edit) ... 12-inch
Philadelphia International, 1975/1977. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
Excellent Philly soul! The Intruders "I'll Always Love My Mama" is one of our favorite-ever 70 soul songs – and it's a massive groover that sounds excellent on the dancefloor, and which is also a wonderful thanks to moms all over the world! (Play it for your mama this Mother's Day, and we guarantee you won't have to send her flowers!) The cut's included here in the full version – which runs for 9:41, and has a great monologue in the middle! The flip features two great numbers from Billy Paul – his version of the Gamble/Huff classic "Only The Strong Survive", and a 30 second edit of "War Of The Gods, the part that includes that great little moogy riff that's been sampled more than a few times over the years! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Mixed Masters series reissue.)

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Shorty LongI Wasted A Nickel/This Cold War With You ... 78 RPM
RCA, Late 40s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
78 RPM
(Vinyl white label promo copy! Label has a sticker.)

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Geoff LoveBig War Movie Themes ... LP
MFP (UK), 1971. Near Mint- ... $7.99
UK maestro Geoff Love's recasting of famous themes from military films – including some classics from the 50s and 60s, given a slightly lighter reading here as a great device that still lets you enjoy the famous themes – yet without all the heavy drama of the original soundtrack! Titles include "Is Paris Burning", "Colonel Bogey", "Lawrence Of Arabia", "The Guns Of Navarone", "The Longest Day", and "Where Eagles Dare". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul McCartneyTug Of War ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker. Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)

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Peerless Quartette/Hugh Donovan & James ReedWhen The War Is Over I'll Return To You/Cheer Up Mother ... 78 RPM
Columbia, Late 10s. Very Good ... $0.99
78 RPM

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ProkofievGuerre & Paix (War & Peace) – Vichnievskaia/Miller/Ochman/Gedda/Ghiuselev/Rostropovitch/Choeurs De Radio France/Orchetre National De France ... CD
Erato (France), 1986. Used 4CD ... $4.99
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(Includes original slipcase and book.)

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Syd StrawWar & Peace ... CD
Capricorn, 1996. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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Roy ThomasSuperman – The War Years 1938 to 1945 (hardcover) ... Book
Chartwell Books, 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 24.99
Superman takes on the Nazis, and a whole host of other wartime foes as well – in this beautiful oversized art book, filled with classic stories from the early years of the hero! Superman first hit comic books right before WWII began, so the range of stories here is right in keeping with the Golden Age growth of the hero – presented by comics historian Roy Thomas, who also wrote a bit of text to frame the oversized presentation of these great stories from the early years of Action, Superman, and Worlds Finest comics! The book features some great cover images, too – and is over 300 pages, on heavy paper stock, full color, and hardcover. Book

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Roy ThomasWonder Woman – The War Years 1941 to 1945 (hardcover) ... Book
Chartwell Books, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
A great look at the early years of Wonder Woman – served up in stories that are all set during WWII, a conflict that first gave birth to the character in 1941! The comics here are all from the wonderfully creepy early days of Wonder Woman – when William Marston was penning the strip, and filling it with subtle messages on female companionship and bondage – themes that take on an even weirder twist in the company of Nazis and Japanese spies! Comics historian Roy Thomas put together the book from carefully chosen issues of Wonder Woman, Comics Cavalcade, and Sensation Comics from 1941 to 1945 – and the book also features some text from Thomas that illuminates the period too. Book is over 300 pages, full color, oversized, and nice and heavy! Book

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25 RiflesThird World War ... LP
25 Rifles (UK), 1979. Very Good+ ... $19.99
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(Cover has some sticker remnants.)

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Underground Set (Psycheground Group)War In The Night Before (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tickle/Cinedelic (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $15.99
A totally great set by this obscure Italian combo – a group who work like a psychedelic band, but who come across much more like a funky sound library ensemble – from the heavy drums at the bottom, to the mix of sweet organ lines and fuzzy guitars in the grooves! The whole album's instrumental – and has a really bold sort of sound – thanks in part to the talents of maestro Gianfranco Reverberi, who's in the ensemble, and has a really great way of isolating individual instruments within the larger context of the record! Because of this, you'll find some strongly pronounced elements that would have been lost in the fuzzy haze of more typical psych or prog – and the instrumental approach gives even more focus to the well-played instrumentation – which includes some nice lines on Hammond and flute. Titles include "War In The Night Before", "Car Driving", "Cool Paradise", "Hard To Go Up", "Oblivion", "Libutum", "Hot Paradise", "Hopeless Train", and "Useless Obsession". CD features six bonus tracks issued as 7" singles on Radio Records – including "Arcipelago", "Motor Road Underground", and "Emisfero". CD

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WarAll Day Music ... CD
United Artists/Avenue, 1971. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A sweet sweet set from the mighty War – and maybe the record that really has the group coming into their own! The record's got a stronger vocal presence than earlier War efforts, which is a really great thing – kind of a blend of sweet soul, heavy funk, and Chicano modes – all served up with this ultra-hip East LA sort of vibe that's way more interested in finding the best sweet spot in the music, than it is trying to figure out any labels for its groove! This approach rings out famously in the classic "Slipping Into Darkness" – which gets a 7 minute workout here – but the whole thing is great, and other titles include the seminal "Baby Brother", plus "Nappy Head", "Get Down", and "There Must Be A Reason". CD

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WarGalaxy ... CD
MCA/Avenue, 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A massive jammer from War – and a record that brought the group to a whole new generation of listeners – as well as a good number of later fans who discovered some of these jams in the club! The groove here isn't disco, but this tightening up of War's sweet jamming vibe – almost given a sort of Mizell Brothers twist here, with a focus on sharper rhythms, but still plenty of space for instrumental flourishes over the top. Tracks are long and open, but in different ways than the early years – and there's some rhythmic elements on the record that really have the group trying out something new – and definitely finding a sweet spot in the process! The whole thing's great – and titles include the great extended instrumental "The Seven Tin Soldiers", plus "Hey Senorita", "Baby Face", "Galaxy", and "Sweet Fighting Lady". CD

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WarOutlaw ... CD
RCA/Avenue, 1982. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A sweet snapping groove from War – a set that has the group picking up a bit more boogie in their bounce than before, but at a level that helps keep their funk fresh for a whole new generation! The album's a heck of a lot warmer and more live than most of their contemporaries – and while there's a bit less of the freer moments of their youth, there's still plenty of jazzy touches over the top – and that wonderful trademark blend of Latin elements, jazzy riffing, and captivating chorus vocals! Basslines take on a bit more role than before – but in a good way – and titles include "You Got The Power", "The Jungle", "Just Because", "Outlaw", "I'm About Somebody", and "Cinco De Mayo". CD

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WarWar – Icon ... CD
Far Out/Hip-O, 1970s. Used ... $3.99
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WarWorld Is A Ghetto ... CD
United Artists/Avenue, 1972. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
A monster from start to finish – not only the greatest album from War, but maybe one of the greatest mainstream funk albums of all time! The set's got a really unique groove – one that so many others tried to copy, but which was forged here first – in a wicked LA blend of Chicano funk, heavy organ lines, and soulful singing that sews the whole thing together perfectly. Just about every cut is upbeat and funky – rolling along at that low-rider pace that was War's lasting contribution to funk music – and the album features the huge hits "World Is A Ghetto" and "Cisco Kid", two of the brightest spots on radio funk from the 70s – plus classics like "Four Cornered Room", "City Country City", "Where Was You At", and "Beetles In The Bog". CD
Also available World Is A Ghetto ... LP 14.99

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WarWorld Is A Ghetto ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Very Good ... $14.99
A monster from start to finish – not only the greatest album from War, but maybe one of the greatest mainstream funk albums of all time! The set's got a really unique groove – one that so many others tried to copy, but which was forged here first – in a wicked LA blend of Chicano funk, heavy organ lines, and soulful singing that sews the whole thing together perfectly. Just about every cut is upbeat and funky – rolling along at that low-rider pace that was War's lasting contribution to funk music – and the album features the huge hits "World Is A Ghetto" and "Cisco Kid", two of the brightest spots on radio funk from the 70s – plus classics like "Four Cornered Room", "City Country City", "Where Was You At", and "Beetles In The Bog". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available World Is A Ghetto ... CD 8.99

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WarYoungblood (Living In The Streets)/Keep On Doin' ... 12-inch
United Artists, 1978. Very Good+ ... $19.99
The title cut to War's soundtrack of the same name – a nicely rumbling number with a good uptempo funky groove, lots of acoustic instrumentation, and a raw sound that shows that the band still knew how to make a good funky cut in the late 70s! Part 2 is the instrumental version – with some nice breakdown bits. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)
 
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✨✧ Susa VaslevMusic From Enchanted Forest (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Wyrd War, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Totally weird sounds from a totally weird place – Oregon's Enchanted Forest sanctuary – a playful park with a look and feel that's right out of fantasy books and fairy tales! The music here definitely has a sound to match – almost like videogame themes that you'd hear if the character was moving through some shinto-inspired landscape – with a weird way of referencing elemental forces with electronic instrumentation, but all at a level that's also got this simple, child-like innocence. The whole record really fits the spirit of the cover – and titles include "Log Flume", "Challenge Of Mondor", "Bones & Slim", "Castle Flair", "Mine Music", "Willamette Overture", and "Fantasy Fountains". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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AalonCream City ... LP
Arista, 1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Sweet modern soul with a sound that would get picked up on years later by the LA G-Funk scene. The album's produced by War's Far Out production team – and it's got a smooth sound that's mixed with moogy keyboards and compressed instrumentation on the best cuts. Some tracks are a bit too funky, but the mellow ones are very tasty. Includes the excellent track "Summer Love", plus "Cream City", "Magic Night", "Lonely Princess", and "Jungle Desire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Banks & Steelz (RZA & Paul Banks)Anything But Words ... CD
Warner, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Wu Tang mastermind and all around modern renaissance man RZA teams up with Interpol vocalist Paul Banks...and it works. Wow! Considering the pros and cons of the contemporary musical landscape, one of the major pros is the cross-pollinating possibilities of what would've seemed crazy in the past. Still, the inspiration that might make a solid single happen with disparate figures rarely extends to an album – which is what makes Banks & Steelz such a leftfield win. RZA rhyming over hip hop/synth pop hybrid production and sharing vocals and production duties with Banks – with guest appearances by fellow Wu vets Meth, Ghost and Masta Killa, plus Kool Keith and Florence Welch. Includes "Giant", "Ana Electronic", "Sword In The Stone" feat Kool Keith, "Wild Season" woth Florence Welch, "Conceal", "Love And War" with Ghostface, "Can't Hardly Feel", "One By One", "Gonna Make It" and "Point Of View" with Method Man & Masta Killa. CD
Also available Anything But Words ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Banks & Steelz (RZA & Paul Banks)Anything But Words ... LP
Warner, 2016. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99 21.98
Wu Tang mastermind and all around modern renaissance man RZA teams up with Interpol vocalist Paul Banks...and it works. Wow! Considering the pros and cons of the contemporary musical landscape, one of the major pros is the cross-pollinating possibilities of what would've seemed crazy in the past. Still, the inspiration that might make a solid single happen with disparate figures rarely extends to an album – which is what makes Banks & Steelz such a leftfield win. RZA rhyming over hip hop/synth pop hybrid production and sharing vocals and production duties with Banks – with guest appearances by fellow Wu vets Meth, Ghost and Masta Killa, plus Kool Keith and Florence Welch. Includes "Giant", "Ana Electronic", "Sword In The Stone" feat Kool Keith, "Wild Season" woth Florence Welch, "Conceal", "Love And War" with Ghostface, "Can't Hardly Feel", "One By One", "Gonna Make It" and "Point Of View" with Method Man & Masta Killa. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Anything But Words ... CD 12.99

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Alfred BesterDemolished Man ... Book
Gollancz (UK), 1952. New Copy ... $5.99 12.99
A postwar sci-fi classic from Alfred Bester – a hell of a writer, and one with a long legacy of great work in both comic books and magazines! Yet The Demolished Man is just one of a few novels that Bester ever gave us – a stunning story about murder in the 24th Century, at a time when the police are telepaths, and nobody's secrets are their own! Given the early 50s time at which the book was written, there's a lot of Cold War paranoia at play – yet mapped out into a world that's beautifully fantastic, as only the Bester sense of imagination could provide. There's also a subtle undercurrent of wit – another one of Bester's trademarks – especially within the corporate milieu of the main character. 250 pages, softcover. Book

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Black SabbathParanoid (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Nems/Warner, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
Quite possibly the greatest moment of genius ever from Black Sabbath – and a genre-changing record that influenced generations! The group are at their lean, raw best here – free from any cliches at all, and working in an incredibly heady brew of fuzzy guitar, romping bass, and dark drums – all topped by the instantly recognizable screech of the young Ozzy Osborne! Guitarist Tony Iommi virtually redefines rock use of the guitar with this record alone – and the Oz follows suit with some of the creepiest vocals set to record ever. Titles include the classics "Paranoid" and "Iron Man", plus "War Pigs", "Planet Caravan", "Electric Funeral", "Hand Of Doom", and "Rat Salad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Brecker BrothersDetente ... LP
Arista, 1980. Sealed ... $7.99
An overlooked Brecker Brothers gem from the end of the 70s – easily one of their most soulful sets from the Arista years, and a record that's got way more lasting power than the Cold War reference of its title! The Brecker's are still rooted in jazz here, but definitely step out with plenty of soul in the mix too – vocals from DJ Rogers, Carl Carlwell, Luther Vandross, and others – all of whom really add a lot to the set. The presence of these vocals provides a nice variety – especially given that only about half the tracks have some singing – and in a way, this addition holds back some of the too-jamming tendencies that the Brothers could have – keeping them strongly in the groove throughout! Other players include George Duke on keyboards, Hiram Bullock on guitar, Steve Jordan on drums, and Airto on percussion – on titles that include "You Ga Ta Give It", "Not Tonight", "Tee'd Off", "Squish", "Baffled", "Dream Theme", and "I Don't Know Either". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Jack BruceHarmony Row ... LP
Atco, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
A surprisingly wonderful solo album from Jack Bruce – one that's got a tighter approach to the songwriting, and done in a strange jazz-rock-folk style that at times recalls the early work of Roy Wood, or some of the later work of Tim Hardin. The album's got a strangely personal feel – as Bruce stretches himself a bit more on the lyrics, and goes for a few passages that are more intimate than one might expect from other work. The result is possibly his most cohesive album overall, and a real treat to anyone with ears for a solid jazz rock outing! Titles include "Folk Song", "Morning Story", "There's A Forest", "Can You Follow", "Victoria Sage", "Letter Of Thanks", and "Post War". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)

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Tim BuckleyGoodbye & Hello ... LP
Elektra, 1967. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
Easily one of our favorite albums by Tim Buckley – and a record that really opens up with some key jazzy touches! Buckley's still got his roots in folk here, and his vocals are yet to hit the extremes of Starsailor or Lorca – but there's also a new sense of inflection to the way he puts over the lyrics, shaded in by use of vibes, kalimba, harmonium, and harpsichord – the latter two of which are played on the session by Don Randi! Tracks are relatively short, but high in concept – and include the protest song "No Man Can Find The War", plus "Hallucinations", "Phantasmagoria In Two", "Carnival Song", "Pleasant Street", "Morning Glory", and "Goodbye & Hello". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing. Back cover has a sticker spot.)

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Jim CapaldiWhale Meat Again ... LP
Island, 1974. Very Good+ ... $13.99
A beautiful mixing of modes – Jim Capaldi's Traffic-bred, London-styled vocals, and the sweet southern soul grooves of Muscle Shoals – all wrapped together with a sound that's even tighter than Capaldi's debut album! Jim's a big edgier here overall – both in the way he delivers the vocals, and in the lyrics of the tunes – and his singing's underscored perfectly by help from Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Barry Beckett on piano and organ, David Hood on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums – all of whom create the right sort of warm Muscle Shoals vibe to make Capaldi's music sound wonderfully soulful. Steve Winwood plays a bit of guest organ on the set, and may well help with backing vocals – and titles include the funky "Low Rider" (different than the War tune) – plus "We'll Meet Again", "Summer Is Fading", "My Brother", "It's Alright", and "Yellow Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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CappadonnaYin And The Yang ... LP
Sony, 2001. Sealed 2LP ... $9.99
Sophomore album from the Wu affiliate, with guest appearances by Ghost, Rae, and Killah Priest. 10 tracks total including "The Grits", "Super Model", "War Rats", "Bead Of Life", "Revenge" and "One Way 2 Zion". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny CashKoncert V Praze (In Prague-Live) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Legacy, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
The Man In Black behind the Iron Curtain! The show was recorded live in Prague in 1978 – finding Johnny backed not only by his impeccable Tenessee Three, but it also features the chorus from The Johnny Cash Show – making it much more than a typical concert. The cultural gravity weighs strongly on the performances, without weighing the set down. A warmly charismatic concert from waning near end of the Cold War era. A great setlist of Cash classics, including "Ring Of Fire", "I Still Miss Someone", "Sunday Morning Coming Down", "I Walk The Line", "Casey Jones, "Hey Porter", "Wabash Cannonball", "City Of New Orleans", "I Still Miss Someone" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy Castor BunchPhase Two ... LP
RCA, 1972. Very Good ... $11.99
Probably Jimmy's second best album of the 70s – one with many of the same elements as his legendary It's Just Begun record. The band is grooving hard – with plenty of heavy conga, fuzzed out guitar, and trippy grooves that serve as a perfect foil for Jimmy's super-dope sense of humor. The record features a remake of Jimmy's earlier "Hey Leroy", still done with a Latiny groove, but also with many elements of "It's Just Begun" thrown into the funky mix. The album also features Jimmy's guitar-heavy "Tribute To Jim [Hendrix]", and "Luther The Anthropoid", which was a follow-up to "Troglodyte", with similar stoner caveman lyrics! Another tasty cut is "Party Life", a 7 minute Latin funk number with a very War-like groove! LP, Vinyl record album

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Clarke Boland Big BandMore Smiles ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. Used ... $13.99
A seminal session from one of the greatest large groups ever! This one captures the Clarke-Boland ensemble at the peak of their creativity – swinging hard in that tight firey way that was virtually their trademark during the late 60s. The players are a top-shelf mix of European and American jazz legends – coming together without ego, without attitude, and having a hell of a time working through groundbreaking arrangements from leader Francy Boland. Soloists include Sahib Shihab, Tony Coe, Dusko Goykovich, Ronnie Scott, Jimmy Woode, and Benny Bailey – and the tracks are all short, but swing like a mofo, with plenty of solo action in the mix. Titles include "Love For Sale", "November Girl", "All Through The Night", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Bei Dir War Es Immer So Schon". CD

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DeclaimeSouthside Story ... LP
Someothaship/Vinyl Digital, 2015. New Copy ... $20.99 22.98
A strong return to a more forceful rhyme style for Declaime – still with the funk-steeped beats and hazy mood that's more prominent in his recordings as Dudley Perkins – and it's nice to have him back in a straighter hip hop mode for a minute! It's strong stuff, and if you dug his Stones Throw recordings and haven't kept with his twists and turns over the years – which are well worth exploring by the way – here's an solid point to jump back in, or check him out for the first time if you're unitiated. Includes ""Surenos", "The Message 2014" feat Ms One, "Holly", "Samsara", "Fonkinhabitform", "Concentration" and "Flys Eye" feat Georgia Anne Muldrow, "No Mas Mayate", "War Sucks Like Hell", "GOAT" and God's Watch". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Delmore BrothersFreight Train Boogie – King Recordings 1946 to 1951 ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Sublime sounds from one of the best harmony duos in the hillbilly business – Delmore Brothers Alton and Rabon, sounding completely wonderful here on an early selection of singles cut for King Records! The music's definitely got some of the harmonies and acoustic elements from more bluegrass-oriented acts of the time – but there also almost seems to be a touch of King Records blues in the approach, too – given the way the electric guitar can be used to sharpen the edges of the music, and harmonica lines can help give the vocals a special sort of inflection – especially when they take off on their solos. The blend is great – almost a pre-war mode, from the early 78rpm days when musical genres weren't so ironed-down – and in a way, singles like these also really point the way towards some of the mixing of modes to come a few years later in the rockabilly years. Titles include "Blues You Never Lose", "Muddy Water", "Mobile Blues", "Boogie Woogie Baby", "Trouble Ain't Nothin But The Blues", "Kentucky Mountain", "Used Car Blues", "Weary Day", Blues Stay Away From Me", "Brown's Ferry Blues", and "Take It To The Captain". (And in case you're wondering, there's lots of tracks on this set that aren't on Ace Records' "acetate" collection of Delmore Brothers recordings – and vice-versa!) CD

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Eyes Of BlueIn Fields Of Ardath (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Very cool work from this unique Welsh group of the 60s a combo who might have started out in beat group modes, but really go for something different on this unique set! Eyes Of Blue have this spacious style that almost recalls the Moody Blues at times – but they're also much more gritty and soulful as well – almost as if they hit territory between the Moodies first record and their ambitous later works, but also draw on wider musical references that have them covering a Django Reinhardt tune on one track, and throwing in some classical references on another. Titles include the cut "Merry Go Round", which they did for a film with Quincy Jones – plus "The Light We See", "Souvenirs", "Little Bird", "Door", "Spanish Blues", "Chances", and "After The War". CD also features the bonus single "Apache 69". CD

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Ella Fitzgerald5 Original Albums (Swings Lightly/Sweet Songs For Swingers/Ella In Berlin/Hello Dolly/Whisper Not) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $22.99
Ella Fitzgerald way past the Songbooks – in a set of five different albums that display all the groovy talents she brought to her years at Verve Records! First up is Ella Swings Lightly – a record that has Ella getting some great jazzy backings from Marty Paich – on titles that include "Little White Lies", "You Hit The Spot", "Little Jazz", "720 In the Books", "Knock Me A Kiss", and "My Kinda Love". Sweet Songs For Swingers has Ella singing to light arrangements by Frank DeVol – nothing fancy, but a good set of tunes that are perfect for the lovely style that Ella was hitting back in the 50s. Tracks are short, uncomplicated, and very nicely swinging – even in the gentler moments – with titles that include "Let's Fall In Love", "Sweet & Lovely", "Moonlight Serenade", "I Remember You", and "East Of The Sun". Ella In Berlin is quite a popular live album from Fitzgerald – recorded in Berlin at the height of the cold war years – featuring a famous recording of "Mack The Knife" that almost blew away Bobby Darin's hit with the cut! The album's nicely free of some of the stodginess of some of Ella's Songbook albums from the same time – with light and jazzy backing by a group that includes Jim Hall, Paul Smith, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. Titles include "Mack The Knife", "How High The Moon", "Too Darn Hot", "Gone With The Wind", "Misty", and "Summertime". Hello Dolly is a definite shot at the pop market by Ella Fitzgerald – quite possibly recorded as a follow-up to the 60s success of former singing partner Louis Armstrong, who's referenced nicely in Ella's rendition of the title hit! The first 4 tracks on the set were done in the UK, under the leadership of arranger Johnny Spence – and the remaining 8 were done back on Ella's home turf, with familiar backings by Frank DeVol, and an overall sound that's a bit more lush than those on the British numbers. Includes a hit reading of "Can't Buy Me Love", plus "Hello Dolly", "The Sweetest Sounds", "My Man", "Volare", "The Thrill Is Gone", "How High The Moon", and "Lullaby Of The Leaves". Whisper Not is a groovier batch of tunes than usual for Ella – especially compared to most of her Verve recordings! Ella's getting backed here by Marty Paich and orchestra – in a mid 60s swinging mode that has a nice degree of kick to it, and which shows that Ella's able to groove like some of the other singers of the decade. And sure, the whole thing gets a bit cheesy at times – but in a good way that has Ella breaking from the staidness of her "songbook" sessions. Titles include "Old MacDonald", "Matchmaker", "Wives & Lovers", "Lover Man", "I've Got Your Number", and "Whisper Not". CD

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Kim FowleyLove Is Alive & Well – Sounds & Scenes Of The Flower Love Generation ... LP
Tower, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $69.99
Brilliant work from the great Kim Fowley – one of his weirdest albums of the 60s! Titles include "Flower City", "Flower Drum Drum", "Reincarnation", "Flowers", "War Game", and "Super Flower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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Frankie Goes To HollywoodWelcome To the Pleasuredome ... LP
ZTT/Island, 1984. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Arguably one of the greatest concept albums of the 80s – and the only really strong full length album cut by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! At the time of the set, the group was riding high on the success and controversy of their singles "Relax" and "Two Tribes" – but in the ambitious ZTT mode, sought to expand their sound way past familiar hits, and into a realm of sonic exploration that rivaled that of labelmates Art Of Noise. Don't get us wrong, because the Frankie of this album is still very much in groove-oriented territory – but they also let Horn take over with some more striking tunes that are both longer and shorter than the usual pop track – offsetting the vocal numbers on the record with a rich tapestry of musical backdrops that also more firmly forward the group's social and sexual leanings. The album features surprising covers of "War", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", and "Born To Run" – plus the hits "Relax" and "Two Tribes", and the original numbers "Welcome To the Pleasure Dome", "Krisco Kisses", "The Ballad Of 32", "Wish The Lads Were Here", "Black Night White Light", "The Only Star In Heaven", "The Power Of Love", and "Bang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing, including the printed inner sleeves. Cover appears to have been signed by Holly Johnson.)

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Funk IncChicken Lickin' ... LP
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 19.99
Funky organ, hard tenor sax, and plenty of choppy guitar make this another jazz funk gem in the crown of the legendary Funk Inc! The group are still totally at the top of their game here – stepping out with a deep, soulful Indy-bred blend of jazz and funk – a groove that was easily one of the hippest going in the early 70s Prestige Records scene – and that's saying a lot, given the company the label was keeping at the time! The record's got one track that features some nice soulful vocals – the political cut "Let's Make Peace & Stop The War" – but the best cuts are the instrumentals, grooving along hard in the band's best modal funky tradition! Titles include "The Better Half", "Jung Bungo", and "Running Away". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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