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✨✧ Jackie DavisBig Beat Hammond ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a price sticker remnant.)
 
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VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1966 to 1970 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of offbeat pop that Quentin Tarantino might throw into a soundtrack – but there's also a much deeper range of sounds going on than you might expect, with wonderfully clever instrumentation, and lots of surprisingly heartfelt passages in the vocals! And sure, the language might be a barrier – but there's a really universal sense of appeal to this music – a variant of 60s soul and pop, focused through a different sort of lense – and the instrumentation alone is great – with wicked guitars, Hammond, and other garagey touches! As usual with Ace, the whole thing's supported with nicely detailed notes that tell the whole story behind these wonderful lost gems (we like this one even better than the fab first volume) – and titles include "Namida No Go Go" by Emy Jackson & Blue Comets, "Koi Gurui" by Chiyo Okumura, "Tokyo No Hito" by The Peanuts, "Warui Kuse" by Kazumi Yasui, "Boy & Girl" by Akiko Wada, "Namida No Mori No Monogatari" by Akiko Nakamura, "Saike Na Machi" by Reiko Mari, "Bazazz No 1" by Kayoko Ishuu, and "Furi Furi 5" by Linda Yamamoto. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiFischiando In Beat ... CD
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
We're not entirely sure what "fischiando" means, but we can definitely testify that the album lives up to the "beat" in its title – those kind of groovy, mod tunes we love so much in Italian 60s soundtracks from the great Piero Umiliani! This set's even more obscure than most of those records, though – done for the tiny Omicron sound library, as part of Piero's Sound Workshop series – with a nice mix of jazzy instrumentation on horns, plus a sweet range of keyboards that include Fender Rhodes, Hammond, and even a bit of spinet! Some tunes have bossa rhythms, others are more 60s mod – and the record also features a few sweet bits of whistling and acoustic guitar as well – although the main focus seems to come from the horns and keyboards. Titles include "Yes OK", "Autostop Per Rio", "Fischiando In Beat", "Tokio Blues", "Go Go Go", "Sono Un NJostalgico", and "Samba Mah Na", a great remake of one of Umiliani's famous themes! CD

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Dave DavaniFused! – Swinging Soul Sound Of Dave Davani ... CD
Parlophone/Big Beat (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Mod mod 60s jazz – and 20 tight-as-can-be instrumentals from London's Dave Davani combo! Dave's a Hammond player with a great mix of soul jazz and R&B in his grooves – very much the best sort of instrumental work you might expect from London in the swinging 60s – a great blend of American influences and UK mod styles. The rest of the group includes guitar, bass, and drums – plus a bit of vocals and Latin percussion from Beryl Wayne. The groove here is clearly a precursor to the James Taylor Quartet, and the overall sound is better than some of the more famous groups from the time – such as the combos of Brian Auger or Graham Bond. The set features tracks from Dave's Parlophone album, a few other singles, and even 4 previously unissued tracks from the same time – with titles that inlcude "Big Bossa Man", "Working Out", "Funky Mama", "Sack O Woe", "Boot Leg", "Harlem Waltz", and "Pig Foots". CD

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Deep Street SoulCome Alive ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99
Deep Street Soul are deeper than ever here – coming across with full-on, nonstop funky action – right from the very first drum breaks that start out the record! The set's got the group moving with incredible tightness – a razor-sharp instrumental core to beat the rest of the deep funk competition – topped on most cuts by vocals from May Johnson, who's easily one of the most unbridled singers we've heard working with a group like this! Some cuts have nicely noisy electric piano (Wurlitzer?) – which gives these guys a different core than some of the more Hammond-heavy groups – and the record also features guest vocals from Kylie Auldist and Joshua Taveres – but honestly, we like May's vocals the best! Titles include "Out Of The Gates", "Little Ray", "Done Me Wrong", "Big C", "Deux Freres", "The Hardest Part Is Knowing", "Love On Tap", and "Sweet Sugar Man". CD

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonMusty Rusty/At His Best ... CD
Cadet/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1965. Used ... $23.99
Two Cadet Records cookers from Lou Donaldson – back to back on a single CD! Musty Rusty is a great mid 60s session by Lou Donaldson – a bridge between his earlier Blue Note recordings and his styles of the mid and late 60s – featuring an electric group with Billy Gardner on organ, Grant Green on guitar, Ben Dixon on drums, and Bill Hardman on trumpet. The tracks have the same tight group feel as the work that Lou recorded for Blue Note with Big John Patton on Hammond and Grant Green on guitar – and titles include "The Space Walk", "Hipty Hop", "Musty Rusty", "Midnight Sun", and "Ha' Mercy". At His Best is somewhat misleadingly titled – because it isn't a "best of", but a straight album from Lou's days at Cadet, and one of his best, we might add! The record features Lou's tight group with Billy Gardner on organ, grooving away in a modal soulful mode that should have made him a lot more famous. Bill Hardman is on trumpet, Grady Tate is on drums, and Calvin Newborn rounds out the group on guitar. Titles include "Greasy Papa", "Wig Blues", "Blues #3", and "Win, Lose, or Draw" – and Lou's in better form than on most of his other Cadet LPs! CD
(Out of print.)

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Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, & The TrinityOpen (aka Jools) ... LP
Atco, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Great stuff – one of the amazing early albums from the team of Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger – kind of a next-generation to the Brit beat group sound of the mid 60s – one that moves beyond simple R&B modes, to bring in more sophisticated soul and jazz touches! Driscoll's vocals are amazing – some of the boldest belted out in the British scene at the time – and Auger's Hammond work really cooks throughout – at a level that easily makes him one of the best UK organists to hit the scene, amidst some very heady company in the 60s. There's a few bluesy moments, but our favorites are the funky ones – especially the group's reading of "Season Of The Witch", which is tremendous. Other cuts include "In & Out", "Black Cat", "Goodbye Jungle Telegraph", and "Break It Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $29.99
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Fame At Last (with bonus tracks) ... CD 10.99

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
Also available Fame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 29.99

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Manfred MannFive Faces Of Manfred Mann (UK version) ... LP
HMV (UK), 1964. Very Good+ ... $49.99
Manfred Mann's the guy in the lead, but the group's definitely one that's got five faces – thanks to the sharp talents of all the members of the quintet! Drummer Mike Hugg gets things going with a sharp Brit beat, vocalist Paul Jones really gives the songs some shape and a bit of harmonica too, Mike Vickers adds in great guitar and alto sax, Tom McGuinness brings some bluesy bass, and Manfred Mann himself really sends the whole thing home with soulful piano and Hammond lines! Jones contributed a few original tunes to the set – including "She", "Can't Believe It", and "Did You Have To Do That" – and the record also features versions of "Groovin" and "Watermelon Man" – plus the hit single "Sha La La". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian stereo pressing on Capitol, with deep groove. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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✨✧ Medeski, Martin & WoodDropper ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... $3.99
A return to funky grooving for Medeski, Martin, & Wood – and a slamming set that really captures the energy of the group in performance! The trio move effortlessly through tight Hammond grooving and off-beat jazzy piano work, riffing hard in the jam-band mode that's made them a huge favorite with the funky jazz crowds in the US. The album's got some great production that pastes together a wash of soundscapes between and beneath the group's playing – never getting in the way at all, and really bringing out some of the stranger sides of their tones. Titles include "Shacklyn Heights", "The Dropper", "Philly Cheese Blunt", "Sun Sleigh", "We Are Rolling", and "Big Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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David SanciousTrue Stories/Just As I Thought ... CD
Arista/Beat Goes On (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of albums from David Sancious – back to back on a single CD! First up is True Stories – a heavy blend of soul, jazz, and rock influences – all jamming together freely in this late 70s set from David Sancious and his Tone group! The style here is probably more appealing to rock fans looking for a bit of fusion than it is to fans of keyboard jazz from the 70s – but as with other Sancious albums from the period, there's enough of a range of modes going on that if you don't hear something you like at first, you're bound to hear something you do later! Other members of the group include Alex Lighterwood, Gail Boggs, Gerald Carboy, and Brenda Madison – all of whom seem to sing together on some of the fuller vocal numbers. Titles include "Sound Of Love", "On The Inside", "Matter Of Time", "Ever The Same", and "Fade Away". On Just As I Thought, David Sancious is working as a solo act – without the billing of the Tone group on his previous albums – but the overall sound is still very much in the same wonderful blend of fusion, funk, and soul! David's keyboards are maybe a bit more at the forefront than before – and the album has him stretching out wonderfully on a variety of keys – polymoog, prophet, minimoog, Hammond, and both electric and acoustic piano – crafting lines that are never too overdone, and which always have a nice sense of hook – but which also deliver a lot more bite than sounds by smoother fusion artists. There's a fair bit of instrumental numbers on the set – but the record also features Kabir Ghani singing on "Again" and "Suite For The End Of An Age". Other titles include "The Naked I", "Run", "Just As I Thought", and "Valley Of The Shadow". CD

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James Taylor Quartet1987 (Mission Impossible/Money Spyder) ... CD
Re-Elect The President/BGP (UK), 1987. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
The earliest work ever recorded by UK Hammond hero James Taylor as a leader – sides cut at a time when he was a key link between the British Mod and Acid Jazz scenes! The first half of the set is from the classic Mission Impossible – the group's first hard-hitting Hammond-driven album, and a killer batch of retro funky tunes with a 60s R&B instrumental feel! James is really wailing on the Hammond on this one – blowing out some hip solos that romp with a mod late 60s London groove, stomping his way through hip covers of tunes that include "Blow Up", "Mission Impossible", "Alfie", "Mrs Robinson", and "Goldfinger" – and laying down some great originals like "Be My Lady" and "The Stooge". A really great album – and the kind of record that shows the raw roots of James' early career, the ones he's returning to in his recent excellent funk recordings! Money Spyder has a groove that's sometimes more 60s Mod than 70s Funk – and James plays some firey piano as well as Hammond organ – in a groove that recalls some of the best British beat group sounds of the 60s – and which supplies a perfect soundtrack for this "fake film" that has overriding crime themes! This was the record that first hooked us on the band way back in the 80s, and it's got an amazing groove that still sounds very fresh today. Titles include "The Money Spyder", "Car Chase", "Mr. Cool's Dream", "The Onion Club", "The Stroll", and "A Real Mean Time". CD

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Peter ThomasEasy Loungin – 20 Easy Listening Classics ... CD
Universal (Germany), 1960s. Used ... $12.99
An overstuffed collection of work by one of the greatest German arrangers ever! Peter Thomas is well known to our ears for his mad mad soundtrack work in the crime, western, and sci fi genres – but he's also got a long history of turning out tunes for German easy listening sessions during the same period. That history has long been neglected, but finally comes to light in this hip little set – a package of 20 tunes from the 60s that also includes some of Peter's hippest soundtrack tunes. Space jazz collides with sexy grooves collide with gunfire in the alley – set to mod electronic effects, guitar and Hammond solos, and even some bossa percussion. Titles include "Verrater", "Twiggy Beat", "Pardon Me Mrs Carmen", "Like To Get To Know You", "The World Is Gone", "Big Boss", "Slimfinado", "Gente", "Pizzicato Leo", and "Der Gorilla Von Soho". CD
(Out of print.)

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Piero UmilianiBon Voyage ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1975. New Copy ... $9.99
Great grooves from Piero Umiliani – a sweet 70s session of sound library material, served up in a warm blend of funky rhythms and mighty nice keyboards! Hammond is in the lead on most numbers – echoing those cool odd phrasing styles that Umiliani used in the late 60s, but given more of a straightforward groove thanks to the backings – which move between cop show funk and some slightly clubbier styles at point. The whole thing's got all the wit and whimsy we've come to love from Piero – and which you might expect from the cover image too – and titles include "Slogan", "Trip", "Bon Voyage", "Union Pacific", "Business Is Business", and "Wild Cat". CD
(Limited to 500 copies. Comes in a slim case.)

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Piero UmilianiIl Marchio Di Kriminal ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $11.99
A great entry in the Kriminal series of films – one that features some wonderfully groovy work from Piero Umiliani! The music here is Umiliani at his most playful – rooted in jazz, but with warmer touches from bossa and other mod 60s Italian styles too – sometimes set to wordless vocals that scat along wonderfully with the rhythms, other times delivered instrumentally with some mighty nice Hammond upfront in the mix! The overall presentation is way tighter and more professional than some of the images on the screen from the film – although the movie itself does have plenty of charm too – and the CD features great remastering, and a total of 19 great numbers in all! CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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VariousIn-Kraut 3 – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967 to 1974 ... CD
Marina (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
The In-Kraut series is at it again – moving and grooving in a hip array of funk and mod styles from the 60s and 70s – most of which are even fuzzier and more upbeat than on previous volumes! The music here is heavy on Hammond, guitar, and romping drums – and a fair bit of tunes have English language too – sometimes sung with a slight German accent, which further enforces the charm of the songs! As before, the whole package is completely top-shelf – filled with obscure German gems we'd never have heard otherwise – and supported with full notes on the music, including track by track details on each tone. Given that there's 20 titles in all on the set, that's a heck of a lot of information – so you'll have plenty to read while listening to groovers that include "Glory Be" by Daisy Clan, "Fever" by Certain Lions & Tigers, "Drift" by Heinz Kiessling, "The Beat Goes On" by Inga, "La Avispa" by The Rainbow Orchestra, "Butterflies Never Cry" by Georgees, "Whole Lotta Love" by Dieter Zimmermann, "My Soul Is Black" by Gene Williams, "High" by Karl Schiller, "Stroke It" by Ingfried Hoffmann, "That's Me Boy" by Memphis Black, and "Hipguard" by Acid. CD
Also available In-Kraut 3 – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967 to 1974 ... LP 18.99

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VariousIn-Kraut 3 – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967 to 1974 ... LP
Marina (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99
The In-Kraut series is at it again – moving and grooving in a hip array of funk and mod styles from the 60s and 70s – most of which are even fuzzier and more upbeat than on previous volumes! The music here is heavy on Hammond, guitar, and romping drums – and a fair bit of tunes have English language too – sometimes sung with a slight German accent, which further enforces the charm of the songs! As before, the whole package is completely top-shelf – filled with obscure German gems we'd never have heard otherwise – and supported with full notes on the music, including track by track details on each tone. Given that there's 20 titles in all on the set, that's a heck of a lot of information – so you'll have plenty to read while listening to groovers that include "Glory Be" by Daisy Clan, "Fever" by Certain Lions & Tigers, "Drift" by Heinz Kiessling, "The Beat Goes On" by Inga, "La Avispa" by The Rainbow Orchestra, "Butterflies Never Cry" by Georgees, "Whole Lotta Love" by Dieter Zimmermann, "My Soul Is Black" by Gene Williams, "High" by Karl Schiller, "Stroke It" by Ingfried Hoffmann, "That's Me Boy" by Memphis Black, and "Hipguard" by Acid. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available In-Kraut 3 – Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967 to 1974 ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The TrinityJools & Brian ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great UK beat group grooves from the late 60's – featuring the amazing voice of Julie Driscoll and the hard Hammond organ sounds of Brian Auger! Auger's working here with his Trinity group – the small combo that had a firey Jimmy McGriff-like quality – as you'll hear on their cover of McGriff's own "Kiko" – plus other groovers like "I Know You", "Let's Do It Tonight", and "Fool Killer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label Duophonic pressing.)

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✨✧ MohawksChamp (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Pama (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the heaviest albums ever made – and a monstrous bit of organ funk that never gets old! The Mohawks were a one-off studio group led by arranger/keyboardist Alan Hawkshaw (the "hawk" in the Mohawk name), and they're working here in a mad London mix of beat group grooving, soul jazz Hammond, West End seediness, and even a bit of early rocksteady! The grooves are tremendous – a sweet blend of heavy bass, tight drums, and hard-wailing organ – never quitting all the way through, and served up on a set of nearly all original tunes! Includes the classic "The Champ", sampled more times than we can count, and a blueprint for early hip hop – plus the cuts "Can You Hear Me", "Landscape", "Senior Thump", "Dr Jeckyll & Hyde Park", "Hip Jigger", "Baby Hold On", and "Sound Of The Witchdoctors". CD

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✨✧ Piero PiccioniFermate Il Mondo – Voclio Scendere ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's loads of great organ in this obscure soundtrack from Piero Piccioni – Hammond played with all these cool flutters and weird tones – and mixed with some playful horn passages too! The music moves between groovy styles and whimsical ones – jumping back and forth throughout the album's short tracks – and the groovier ones are extra-heavy on organ, which is handled in a way that's quite a change from the use of the instrument in jazz! There's much more of a sense of variety here than on other Piccioni soundtracks – which means that the album's 16 titles will give you plenty to discover. CD
 
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Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". CD
Also available Gears (with bonus tracks) ... LP 23.99

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Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gears (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Johnny HammondGears/Forever Taurus ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Amazing stuff! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of Gears, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the say we he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". The second half of this CD is Forever Taurus, which Johnny recorded right after his legendary Gears album, and it features production by Wade Marcus that's very much in the Larry Mizell mode that made Johnny huge in the 70s! As with the Gears record, Johnny's backed by a large ensemble of players – and the overall sound has lots of nice touches, extra percussion, and a good electric groove. Tracks include "Cosmic Voyager", "Walk In Sunshine", "Ghetto Samba", and the title cut. CD

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Johnny Hammond SmithTalk That Talk ... LP
Prestige/New Jazz, 1960. Very Good ... $19.99
Subtle early magic from Johnny Hammond Smith – the kind of sweet organ jazz set that really set Smith apart from his contemporaries in the 60s! There's a slightly offbeat vibe here that's hard to peg, but which already marks Hammond as one of the more inventive players of his generation – never content to just rehash R&B modes for jazz organ, and instead really exploratory in terms of timings and phrasings – using his instrument to great effect in a hip combo that features George Tucker on bass, Art Taylor on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas – plus some excellent tenor from Oliver Nelson on three tracks! Titles include "Talk That Talk", "Bennie's Diggin", "Portrait Of Jennie", "An Affair To Remember", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Riptide", "Misty", and "Minors Allowed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy purple label pressing, with RVG etch. Cover is nice.)

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✨✧ Johnny HammondGears ... LP
Milestone, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a small split on the top seam.)
Also available
Gears (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99
Gears (with bonus tracks) ... LP 23.99

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Spencer Davis GroupTaking Out Time – The Complete Recordings 1967 to 1969 (With Their New Face On/Round The Mulberry Bush/Funky/BBC Sessions/bonus tracks) (3C ... CD
United Artists/RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99
Great work from the second chapter of The Spencer Davis Group – the time immediately after Steve Winwood left to form Traffic, and the combo stepped forward into some even headier music of their own! This period of the SDG isn't nearly as well known as their early hits – and the box set is a really surprising revelation overall – music that has some of the R&B currents of the earlier group, but which is also infused with a headier, trippier style too – not just in the instrumentation, but in the way the records are put together – with cool elements that space things out slightly, but never get too indulgent! The mix is a bit like that on the earliest work of The Move – or that shift that Small Faces were taking after moving to the Immediate label – and as with previous work from the Spencer Davis Group, there's as much great Hammond on the tunes as there is guitar, thanks to the talents of new member Eddie Hardin. Some of the best cuts almost hit a freakbeat mode – with a very cool mix of mod and psych – and the 3CD set features the full albums Funky and With Their New Face On – plus material from the Round The Mulberry Bush soundtrack, lots more singles, some BBC sessions, and even some alternate and unreleased tracks too. 68 tracks in all – titles that include "Letters From Edith", "Time Seller", "Taking Out Time", "After Tea", "Sanity Inspector", "What A Way To Die", "Firefly", "Magpie", "Groove Extra", "The Girls Song", "Don't Want You No More", "Der Wassermann", and "Picture Of Heaven". CD

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✨✧ Nico Fidenco (Donimak)Stati D'Animo Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CAM/Sonor (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A beautifully groovy sound library album – one that's in our favorite kind of mode – the same sort of funky and jazzy style as the best soundtrack work of the time! Film maestro Nico Fidenco put together the music – under the name of Donimak – the the sounds have maybe even more punch and funk in the mix than some of his sexy soundtrack material of the 70s – plus some cool instrumental flourishes on funky flute, distorted guitar, and Hammond organ – and occasional sweet wordless vocals too! Titles include "Vocal Theme", "Psycho Feeling", "Celestial Feeling", "Young Feeling", "Dedicated To The Beatles", "Indian Feeling", "Obsessiv Feeling", and "Industrial Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Piero UmilianiPsichedelica ... CD
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Not the sort of psychedelic music you'd expect from an American rock band of the late 60s – and instead, a stunning set of funky genius from Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Umiliani! The record's actually a precursor to Umiliani's famous global score for Sweden Heaven & Hell (Svezia Inferno E Paradiso) – and shares many of the themes that went onto that record, complete with romping funky rhythms, sweet jazzy Hammond lines, and mod fuzzy guitar! Many numbers are upbeat groovers, without any of the longform indulgence you'd expect from psychedelia – and Umiliani draws on his jazz background to allow just the right space for solo instruments to take the lead in the instrumental setting. Titles include "Birra Vermouth E Gin", "Contestazione", "Hippies", "Nel Cosmo", "Stoccolma My Dear", "Notte Di Mezza Estate", and "Viva La Sauna Svedese" – a version of the classic "Mah Na Mah Na". CD
Also available Psichedelica (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Piero UmilianiPsichedelica (with bonus CD) ... LP
Omicron/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Not the sort of psychedelic music you'd expect from an American rock band of the late 60s – and instead, a stunning set of funky genius from Italian soundtrack maestro Piero Umiliani! The record's actually a precursor to Umiliani's famous global score for Sweden Heaven & Hell (Svezia Inferno E Paradiso) – and shares many of the themes that went onto that record, complete with romping funky rhythms, sweet jazzy Hammond lines, and mod fuzzy guitar! Many numbers are upbeat groovers, without any of the longform indulgence you'd expect from psychedelia – and Umiliani draws on his jazz background to allow just the right space for solo instruments to take the lead in the instrumental setting. Titles include "Birra Vermouth E Gin", "Contestazione", "Hippies", "Nel Cosmo", "Stoccolma My Dear", "Notte Di Mezza Estate", and "Viva La Sauna Svedese" – a version of the classic "Mah Na Mah Na". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of full album!)
Also available Psichedelica ... CD 16.99

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VariousStroboscopica Vol 3 – Jazzy Orchestral Latin Strobo Sounds From Cinematic 70s Filmworks ... CD
Plastic (Italy), Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
Insanely wonderful grooves from lost Italian sources! Like the other two volumes in this series, this third entry in the Stroboscopia set is a must-have if you dig 60s Hammond organ groovers, 70s keyboard funk tracks, and any sort of tune that has a slightly offbeat edge. The set list features 20 tracks in all – all instrumentals with the kind of funky and groovy sound that you'd expect to find on jazz albums by more famous funk artists, but which are equally great in this nicely packaged compilation! Titles include "Carter", "Joy Bells", "The Taste Of Repeat", "Asfalto", "Smooth & Manly", "Supermarket", "A Little Sad", and "Malcontento Popolare" – and artists include Rino De Filippi, Giuliano Sorgini, Puccio Roelens, Alessandro Alessandroni, and Mirot Lash. One of the best sets on Plastic we've heard in years! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Screamin Jay HawkinsPlanet Sessions (Night & Day Of Screamin Jay Hawkins – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Planet/Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible lost moment in the career of Screamin Jay Hawkins – material that was recorded in London in the mid 60s, and with a very different flavor than most of Hawkins' other material! There's a mod jazz approach to this set that's totally great – as Jay's raw vocals come into play with a sweet-grooving Hammond, in a combo that also features some sharp work on guitar, and some strong sax solos too! The upbeat, jazzy vibe is totally great – and gives Screamin Jay a whole new focus for his vocals – and for his songwriting, too – as most of the material here is original. And while Hawkins is always best remembered for his spooky, gimmicky cuts, this material is equally great in a totally different way – and, if it were pursued further, might have given the man a whole new direction in his career. Make no mistake, there's still plenty here to love if you're a longtime fan of Screamin Jay Hawkins – but you'll also really appreciate the mod grooves in the set as well! Titles include "I Wanna Know", "In My Dream", "Change Your Ways", "Serving Time", "Please Forgive Me", "Move Me", "My Marion", and "All Night". Plus, CD features a whopping 12 bonus tracks – a few alternate takes, and other versions of album songs – plus the titles "I'm Lonely" and "Stone Crazy". CD

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✨✧ Gene Harris3 Sounds/Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds ... CD
Blue Note/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of killers from keyboardist Gene Harris – both recorded for Blue Note, and back to back on a single CD! First up is Gene Harris/The 3 Sounds – the last Three Sounds album for Blue Note – and the funkiest too – thanks to lots more electrification than usual, and some killer arrangements from the mighty Monk Higgins! Monk's really at the top of his game here – going past even his great previous work for the group, and working with a tight, sharp edge that recalls his funky 45 brilliance of the 60s – yet tuned a bit more towards the electric Cali jazz of early 70s Blue Note! Gene Harris plays loads of funky piano lines – and in addition to the trio's core electric bass and drums, the set also features some added work on percussion from Paul Humphrey – who really brings in a kick – plus added guitar, congas, and even a bit of Hammond from Higgins too! Some cuts even have a bit of vocals too – sung in this offbeat way that's a wild approach to soul. There's some killer breaks on the set – including the massive "Put On Train" and "What's The Answer" – but the whole set smokes, and other cuts include "I'm Leaving", "You Got To Play The Game", "Your Love Is Just Too Much", "Did You Think", "Hey Girl", and a mad version of "Eleanor Rigby". On the second album – Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds – Gene really steps into the solo spotlight – moving away from his work with the Three Sounds trio, and headed into even more righteous territory – as you might guess from the trippy image on the cover! The set features Harris mostly on acoustic piano, but amidst larger arrangements from Wade Marcus that really round things out with a warm, soulful edge – mixing guitar from Sam Brown and Cornell Dupree with Gene's lines on piano – and giving things an extra kick at the bottom with drums from Freddie Waits, and percussion from Johnny Rodriguez and Omar Clay. The record echoes Harris' older roots at some points, yet comes across with a richer 70s vibe too – a hip 70s style that's strongly due to the contributions of Marcus' arrangements. Tracks include a great remake of "Listen Here", which begins with a great funky break; a sweet steppers version of "Killer Joe"; and the tracks "Lean On Me", "Day In The Life Of A Fool", "Django", "Emily", and "C Jam Blues". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ Piero PiccioniMusica Amore ... LP
General/Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The music of love from the great Piero Piccioni – served up here in a set that's right up there with his best soundtracks of the early 70s! The sounds come from a wonderful Piccioni array of instrumentation – some heavy Hammond here, a bit of soaring strings there – all set to offbeat, unusual arrangements that make these tunes sound a hell of a lot fresher than anything coming from the American instrumental scene at the time! There's still a few groovy echoes of Piero's mod 60s years – mixed with fantastic 70s charts that go even deeper, and which maybe make the record one of our favorites ever from the maestro – thanks to some currents of jazz and bossa from time to time. Shawn Robinson sings great soul vocals on the tunes "Right Or Wrong" and "Once & Again" – and other instrumental tracks include "Play Girl", "War Love Call", "Fiore Nero", "Ebony Rider", "Easy Dreamer", and "TNT Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks – Return To The Old School – Classic Breaks & Beats From The Birth Of Hip Hop ... LP
BGP (UK), New Copy 2 LPs ... Out Of Stock
A damn classic entry in the Super Breaks series from BGP – one that's filled with crucial sample cuts from the old school – some really wonderful funky nuggets, brought together here as a great reminder of the tracks that first got us digging back in the day! There's less of the totally obscure numbers here than you might find on other Super Breaks volumes, but things aren't totally mainstream either – and the compilers have not only done a great job of pulling together tracks that were really important for hip hop, but have also managed to put a really fresh spin on the music altogether – reminding us once again that even in the age of digital music, nothing beats a well-done compilation! Titles include "Shifting Gears" by Johnny Hammond, "Mary Mary" by The Monkees, "Scratchin" by Magic Disco Machine, "It's Just Begun" by Jimmy Castor, "Africano" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band, "Got To Get A Knutt" by New Birth, "Get Up & Dance" by Freedom, "Super Sporm" by Captain Sky, "Who Is He & What Is He To You" by Creative Source, "Funky President" by James Brown, "Blow Your Head" by The JBs, "Johnny The Fox" by Thin Lizzy, "Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man" by Dyke & The Blazers, "The Clapping Song" by Shirley Ellis, and "Get Ya Some" by Melvin Sparks. LP, Vinyl record album

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Con Alma Trio with Jerry BergonziCon Alma Trio Meets Jerry Bergonzi ... CD
Abeat (Italy), 2016. New Copy ... $11.99
The mighty tenor of Jerry Bergonzi gets a great showcase here – in the Hammond-based Con Alma Trio, with some mighty nice work from Vito Di Modugno on the keys of the organ! The group's also got a very sprightly guitarist – Guido Di Leone – who plays in a way that's breezier than an old school organ jazz group, which seems to open up the colors of the sound – in ways that Jerry really takes to with his tenor – blowing tones that really illuminate the record, almost creating a triangulated vibe between the three instruments. Titles include "Red's Blues", "Maki Papi", "Bi Solar", "Gilda", "Blue Night", "Eternal Triangle", and "Mingus". CD

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Fabio FaborB82 – Ballabili Anni 70 ... CD
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Grooviness galore – a wonderful set of instrumentals in the best Italian sound library mode – jazzy, upbeat, and put together with all the unusual sonic touches we love from the coolest soundtracks of the time! The style here follows nicely on the B81 album from Fabor – but is maybe even more jazzy overall, with a few more currents of soul jazz – which creates a sweet mod style as sounds come together from Hammond, flute, guitar, vibes, and even a bit of electric harpsichord! Tunes are all pretty short, but pack a hell of a punch – with a strong focus on the grooviest elements – recorded in an equally groovy way. Titles include "Expo 2000", "Daily Telephone", "Park Line", "Apollo Center", "Full Time", "Nerofumo", "Daytona Sprint", and "Executive". CD

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaNuova Consonanza ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of the atonal and offbeat musical elements that he'd explore on his famous horror soundtracks – but in a setting that's right out there with the farthest reaches of the experimental scene at the time! As the group's name implies, there's a lot of improvisation going on here – played by musicians who include Morricone on trumpet, Frederic Rzewski on piano, Mario Bertoncini on percussion, John Heineman on trombone, Roland Kayn on Hammond and vibes, Franco Evangelisti on piano and percussion, and Ivan Vandor on tenor sax. Yet the sound is hardly free jazz, either – as there's more of a avant compositional vibe going on – a bit like the sense of chance in the music of John Cage, especially as the instruments and players shift from track to track. Titles include "Quartetto", "Trio Di Fiati", "Improvvisazione Per Cinque", "Improvvisazione Per Otto", "RKBA 1675/1", and the haunting "Cantata", which just features voices processed through filters and reverb! CD
Also available Nuova Consonanza (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaNuova Consonanza (with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of the atonal and offbeat musical elements that he'd explore on his famous horror soundtracks – but in a setting that's right out there with the farthest reaches of the experimental scene at the time! As the group's name implies, there's a lot of improvisation going on here – played by musicians who include Morricone on trumpet, Frederic Rzewski on piano, Mario Bertoncini on percussion, John Heineman on trombone, Roland Kayn on Hammond and vibes, Franco Evangelisti on piano and percussion, and Ivan Vandor on tenor sax. Yet the sound is hardly free jazz, either – as there's more of a avant compositional vibe going on – a bit like the sense of chance in the music of John Cage, especially as the instruments and players shift from track to track. Titles include "Quartetto", "Trio Di Fiati", "Improvvisazione Per Cinque", "Improvvisazione Per Otto", "RKBA 1675/1", and the haunting "Cantata", which just features voices processed through filters and reverb! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD with entire album!)
Also available Nuova Consonanza ... CD 16.99

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Menahan Street BandLights Out/Keep Coming Back ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2012. New Copy (pic cover)... $4.99
A sweet little single from Menahan Street Band! "Lights Out" has this slow funk brilliance that's almost lifted off a rare 70s soundtrack – beats that are hard, but mellow too – topped by these snakey horns that really bring in a blue sort of feel to the music – almost an Ethiopian feel, but funkier! "Keep Coming Back" is awash in Hammond lines right from the start – swing-stepping like a cool 60s instrumental, complete with some wangly guitar – all again in a slow mode that's really a nice change from the usual! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Shadows Of KnightBack Door Men ... LP
Dunwich, 1966. Very Good+ ... $59.99
A fuzzy, freaked-out classic from one of the coolest groups to work on the Chicago scene of the 60s – the mighty Shadows Of Knight, easily one of the best garage acts of their time! The album's got a raw power that's undeniable – a gritty sound that almost beats the Boston, Texas, and Sunset Strip scenes at their own game – as sharp guitars, weird Hammond, and plenty of feedback come together to blow away the listener right from the start – all with a sound that's a lot more heady than the group's better-known "Gloria" hit, with a far-reaching vibe that makes us wish these guys had kept on recording a few more years longer – because they might have given some of the best European psych acts a real run for their money! Titles include "Bad Little Woman", "The Behemoth", "Three For Love", "Peepin & Hidin", "Gospel Zone", "High Blood Pressure", and "Tomorrow's Going To Be Another Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has light wear and a small name in pen on back.)
 
 
 



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