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✨✧ AlfalunaCommenti Musicali – Spaziali Vol 1 ... LP
Contempo (Italy), Early 80s. New Copy ... $21.99
Weird and wonderful electronics from the Italian scene of the early 80s – a selection of instrumental tracks that were originally designed for TV programs on space and the stars! The music is heavy on analogue elements – lots of dark moogy moments, soaring sonic flights, and some more focused keyboard passages that get nicely rhythmic, while still sounding a bit creepy – almost in the mode of electronic horror work from the time, but with less tension, thanks to some of the freer-floating sonic passages! Titles on this first volume include "Ossessione Dello Spazio", "Rampa Di Lancio", "Mondi Di Ghiaccio", "Stelle Sconoscuite", "Viaggio Nell'Universo", and "Leggende Di Atri Mondi" LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AlfalunaCommenti Musicali – Spaziali Vol 2 ... LP
Contempo (Italy), Early 80s. New Copy ... $21.99
Weird and wonderful electronics from the Italian scene of the early 80s – a selection of instrumental tracks that were originally designed for TV programs on space and the stars! The music is heavy on analogue elements – lots of dark moogy moments, soaring sonic flights, and some more focused keyboard passages that get nicely rhythmic, while still sounding a bit creepy – almost in the mode of electronic horror work from the time, but with less tension, thanks to some of the freer-floating sonic passages! Titles on this second volume include "Odissea Stellare", "Gocce Spaziali", "Nebbi Cosmica", "I Satelliti", "Verso L'Ignoto", "Computer Di Bordo", and "Dialogo Di Robot". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony AllenBlack Voices ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on the Paris scene in the 90s – really refining a new sound, while keeping all the best bits from before – creating this new sort of darker groove that almost mixes older percussion with kind of a spacey style that's echoes proggish funk from a range of groups from Can to Cymande! There's loads of cool keyboards and tight guitar lines, and even the vocals have some spacey production that makes them fit nicely with the grooves. Titles include "Asiko", "Get Together", "Black Voices", and "The Same Blood". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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Arashi (Akira Sakata/Johan Berthling/Paal Nilssen-Semikujira ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2016. New Copy ... $22.99
Reedman Akira Sakata is one of the most spiritual players to ever come out of the Japanese scene – one of the few saxophonists who can really match the richer soul of a Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders, but also able to open up with the freer jazz styles of later generations too! This recording is a perfect example of his brilliance – as Sakata's not only firmly in control of his own musical vision, but really able to shape the styles of younger collaborators Johan Berthling on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – both excellent musicians in their own right, but maybe even more majestic here in Sakata's company! Akira plays both alto and clarinet on the record – and provides some of his incredible vocalizations too – on titles that include "Snowing On The Temple Garden", "Blow Of The Humpback Whale", "Samikujira", and "Again Sheep Said Wolf Is Coming". LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie WhitewaterArchie Whitewater (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the Cadet/Concept side of Chess – the same slice of the musical universe that gave us Rotary Connection and important productions from Charles Stepney! The sound here has some surprisingly soulful elements at times – especially the instrumentation, which features some great break moments that get nice and funky, and strands of soulful jazz and blues that really make the music way different than most other groups we can think of – or maybe a bit like a rare elite who shared such visionary territory with Archie Whitewater, such as Shades Of Joy on their first Fontana record. The keyboards and sax lines are as great as the drums – and the vocals have a melancholy undercurrent that's a really refreshing change from some of the overly-postured modes you'd get from other groups in 1970. Titles include the sublime sample cut "Cross Country" – but there's loads of other nice ones with the same stripped-down "Dusty Fingers" sort of groove – and other titles include "Life Is A River", "Home Again", "Lament For The Walking Dead", "Seacoast", "Country To the City", "Friends & Neighbors", and "Mist Of The Early Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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Atlantide (Jean Paul Massiera)Atlantide (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Replica (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
One of the most rock-oriented sets we've ever heard from JP Massiera – who wrote all the words and music here for a French group who take on the myth of Atlantide! The style mixes tuneful lines on guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – without some of the keyboards you might expect from the prog scene at the time, and instead this warmly harmonic approach on the vocals – at a level that almost seems to take off nicely from the multi-tracking style used by Yes! And there is a bit of cool acoustic guitar soloing – very deft, and another Yes-like touch – but the overall sound of the record is very unique, as you'd expect from the participation of Massiera. Titles include "Images", "Atlantide", "Soleil Noir", "Reverie", and "Le Regard Des Dieux". LP, Vinyl record album
(These copies have a small top seam split, but have been reduced in price.)

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✨✧ Brian AugerBack To The Beginning Again – A Brian Auger Anthology Vol 2 ... LP
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99
A totally wonderful collection – even better than the first volume, and filled with rare and unusual work from this legendary British keyboardist! The set features loads of gems from Brian's early years – some mod piano rompers and heavy Hammond groovers – showing a very strong tie to the soul jazz sound of the early 60s, which then transforms into some excellent 70s groovers as the set moves in – work that's every bit as tremendous as the tunes that start out the set. Even if you've got some of Auger's albums in your collection, there's way more to discover here – and the set has a brilliant focus on the deepest, most soulful side of his music! Titles include "In & Out", "Love For Sale", "Maiden Voyage", "Inner City Blues", "Brain Damage", "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend", "Funky Mama", "Moanin", "Straight Ahead", "Work Song", "Poinciana", and "Light On The Path". Even features notes on the music by Auger himself! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Back To The Beginning Again – A Brian Auger Anthology Vol 2 ... CD 14.99

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Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine (40th anniversary yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever – and also one of his deepest, too! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo – and the amazing energy of the rest of the group too. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD 8.99

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Bama – The Village PoetGhettos Of The Mind ... LP
Aware, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A lost classic in the funky poetry mode of the 70s – and right up there with the best work from the time by the Last Poets, Jim Ingram, or Gil Scott Heron! Bama's got a rough-edged voice that works very well with the funkier backings of the set – handled by a team that includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and this rough vocal style also fits the themes of the tunes, which are still as political and righteous as other work in the genre, but a bit more down to earth as well. The music itself was arranged and composed by Jimmy Wizner and Billy Jackson – and titles include "Ghettos Of The Mind", "The Right To Be Wrong", "Nothingness", "Drunken Sister", "I Got Soul", "Welfare Slave", "Social Narcotics, and "Blackman, My Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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Barbara & ErniePrelude To ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet Records. But the vocals – by singer Barbara Massey – have a flanged-out quality that's clearly overdubbed, creating a double-voiced sound that's almost a bit like Brasil 66! This mix of modes is really great – completely unique, and sublime throughout – with a vibe that was years ahead of its time, and which is finally beginning to get some recognition these many years later. Arrangements are by the pair, but Deodato also had a hand in the record too – and the core combo of musicians includes Grady Tate on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion, and Sam Brown on guitar – alongside more guitars from Ernie and keyboards and piano from Barbara. Tracks include "Searching the Circle", "Do You Know", "For You", "Play With Fire", "My Love & I", "Satisfied", and "Prelude" – plus a wild remake of "Somebody to Love"! LP, Vinyl record album

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William BellThis Is Where I Live (with download) ... LP
Stax, 2016. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
A great return to form for the legendary William Bell – one of the first singers to make the Stax Records label so great back in the 60s – finally back on the imprint, working here in one of the best settings he's had in decades! The album was recorded in New York, not Memphis – but there's definitely a deep soul flag flying throughout – as Bell sings wonderfully in the company of a small group of sympathetic musicians who flavor the lyrics with just the right currents, while nicely avoiding some of the overdone cliches that can sometimes mar a "return" album by a legendary soul singer like William! Best of all, there's no guests at all – just the man himself, sounding wonderful from a vocal perspective – maybe even more compelling, given the passage of years, and what they've brought to his lyrical presentation. Titles include "The Three Of Me", "The House Always Wins", "More Rooms", "Walking On A Tightrope", "Poison In The Well", "People Want To Go Home", "Mississippi Arkansas Bridge", and "All Your Stories". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)
Also available This Is Where I Live ... CD 14.99

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Sir Richard BishopSalvador Kali ... LP
Revenant/Exiled, 1998. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99
Really beautiful sounds from Sir Richard Bishop – a set recorded in the late 90s, but delivered with a feel that takes us back to late 60s albums by folks like Sandy Bull, John Fahey, or Peter Walker! Bishop plays a range of guitars – plus piano and harmonium, too – on these long-drawn tracks that bring in some global currents of styles, but often have a very open, hypnotic vibe – very much like some of Bull's most compelling music, but maybe even more organic, given the level of presentation. The set features the very extended "Al Darazi" – plus "Cadaques", "Burning Caravan", "Rasheed", "Morella", "Hadley", "Kamakya", and "Pedro's Last Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – first time on vinyl, and unique 3-sided pressing!)

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Franco BixioA Pugni Nudi (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cinevox (Italy), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which has always got an undercurrent of funk as well – unfolding beautifully through the use of electric bass at the the bottom of most tracks, even some of the larger arrangements. Some of the best numbers have very cool keyboard or piano – ringing out with a cool compressed sound that's mighty nice – and a few cuts even have some nice funky breaks as well! Titles include "With Bare Fist", "A Fist In The Thought", "Noble Impulse", "Dog's Heart", "With Clenched Fists", and "The Hunt Down". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available A Pugni Nudi ... CD 19.99

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Black SabbathNever Say Die (180 gram gray vinyl) ... LP
Warner, 1978. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 21.99
An overlooked gem from the initial run of Black Sabbath – the last album to feature Ozzy Osborne on vocals, and a set that really hones the group's power of the previous years! You might expect a more commercial outing from the cover – or maybe think that these guys were trying on some newer waves at the end of the 70s – but honestly, the guitars are as sharp as ever, Ozzy's vocals are nice and fierce, and there's a cool, compressed vibe that really shows these guys influencing a new generation with their music. The bass is maybe not as heavy as before, but that seems to be the only point of power missing from the pentagram – on titles that include "Never Say Die", "Junior's Eyes", "Johnny Blade", "Shock Wave", "Air Dance", "Swinging The Chain", and "Breakout". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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BloPhase IV (with bonus download) ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping at the bottom – and some of the darkness of their earlier work is replaced by a upbeat style that really lifts the music up – although never in ways that are trying to put a fake smile on things for commercial purposes! Instead, these guys just seem to have a great sense of their own energy – and maybe an even stronger influence from American funk than before, turned towards a grittier Nigerian groove, with some deeply soulful production. Titles include "Scandi Boogie", "Trace Of Suicide", "Music Makes You Happy", "Save Me", "You're So Kind", "Move Up", and "I Miss Your Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
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BlondiePlastic Letters (180 gram picture disc – with bonus download) ... LP
Chrysalis/Universal (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $36.99
A seminal album from the New York scene – one that took the sound of the lower east side into the bedrooms of America – thanks to the tightness and charm of the group! Chris Stein is in the lead on loads of fantastically sharp guitar lines, Clement Burke gives the music a mighty nice kick on drums, and James Destri brings in a range of keyboard elements that perfectly hang the record between early punk and new wave modes – and maybe underscore some of the beautifully tuneful lead vocals from the great Debby Harry! There's few better places to start if you're looking to leap into Blondie – and titles include the classic "I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear", plus "I'm On E", "Fan Mail", "Bermuda Triangle Blues", "Youth Nabbed As Sniper", "I Didn't Have The Nerve To Say No", "Cautious Lip", "Detroit 442", and "Love At The Pier". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy pic disc pressing – with download!)

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✨✧ Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
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Braen's MachineTemi Ritmici E Dinamici (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Maybe the coolest and grooviest music we've heard from the obscure Braen's Machine sound library project from early 70s Italy – a record that's less tripped out than its predecessors, and instead has this great style that's heavy on bossa elements and funky jazz! The vibe's a bit like the best Italian soundtracks of the period – especially work by Morricone or Trovajoli – and the group still apparently features contributions from Alessandro Alessandroni, working with Piero Umiliani – which gives the whole thing a very strong soundtrack pedigree! Instrumentation includes some mighty nice keyboards – both Hammond and electric piano – and lots of great production on familiar instruments, which can give things like a snare drum a very odd crackle, or a flute this weirdly spacious sound. Titles include "Movimento", "Dinimica", "Gara", "Passeggiata", "Aspetti Grotteschi", "Esercizi Ginnici", "Ritmica Sportiva", and "Rinuncia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of full album!)
Also available Temi Ritmici E Dinamici ... CD 18.99

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