Al's first major label record – cut when he was an emerging soul jazz vocalist, but before he'd gone totally over the top in super-slick hit mode. The album's got a good 70s LA jazzy backing, with guests like Dave Grusin, Arthur Adams, and Larry Bunker keeping the music moving at a nice pace. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant lost record from the Barry White side of the 70s soul universe – the one and only album issued by Jay Dee, and a set that's every bit as great as other White side projects with artists like Tom Brock, Danny Pearson, and Gloria Scott! Like all of those, the soulful maestro is very ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from Jazztronik – a set that reminds us why we first fell in love with his music so many years ago! The album mixes wonderful keyboard lines and warmly soulful vocals – the former from the man himself, Ryo Nozaki – the latter from guests who include Valerie ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Prime period B-Sides, live recordings and other rarities from The Jesus & Mary Chain – great stuff from the first 5 or 6 years of their career – up there creatively with their best work ever! As dark-edged as the band is, they've often worn their influences on their sleeves over the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wickedly wonderful album by Antonio Carlos Jobim – recorded in LA in the mid 60s, and a perfect meeting of styles that makes for one of his most compelling albums of the 60s! Jobim sings and plays over pillowy-soft arrangements by Claus Ogerman – lightly dancing numbers that weave ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A wickedly wonderful album by Antonio Carlos Jobim – recorded in LA in the mid 60s, and a perfect meeting of styles that makes for one of his most compelling albums of the 60s! Jobim sings and plays over pillowy-soft arrangements by Claus Ogerman – lightly dancing numbers that weave ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
All the elements that make the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim so wonderful – summed up perfectly in the title of this American session from the 60s! The sounds are full of the gentle love that Jobim always brought to his writing and performance – a sense of space and style that really ... (Brazil) read moreCD
All the elements that make the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim so wonderful – summed up perfectly in the title of this American session from the 60s! The sounds are full of the gentle love that Jobim always brought to his writing and performance – a sense of space and style that really ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a small cutout grommet and some splitting on the top seam.)
Pretty great sounds from the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim – an album cut a bit later than his bossa years, but with a darkly sophisticated sound that's pretty darn compelling! The album features larger orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, and in a way, it's similar to the Jobim album on Decca ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Antonio Carlos Jobim —
Urubu ... CD Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ...
Brilliant 70s material by Antonio Carlos Jobim – one of his key sets from the middle part of the decade that had the composer really deepening his approach to both singing and songwriting – moving past some of the more instrumental modes that he was using at the start of the decade! ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The wonderful world of Antonio Carlos Jobim gets a whole lot bigger on this American release from the 60s – thanks to a collaboration with the great Nelson Riddle, the arranger whose work made so many of Frank Sinatra's albums so great! Riddle really understands the jazzy elements at the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A pre-Beach Boys gem from Bruce Johnston – and definitely the party promised in the title! We're not sure about the pajamas, though – because things are so romping, nobody's sure to get any sleep – as Johnston and crew cook things up with a great mix of garage and surf, and maybe ... (Rock) read moreCD
An overlooked gem from jazz singer Etta Jones – an effort cut around the same time as her better-known records for Prestige, but one that's maybe done with an even hipper sound overall! Etta's nicely laidback, and hits that soulful, singing mood that makes her so great right from the start ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A stunning run of music from one of the greatest female soul singers at the end of the 60s – a voice we'd easily rank right up there with better-known greats like Aretha Franklin or Fontella Bass! But Linda Jones is something really special, too – very much her own woman, especially in ... (Soul) read moreCD
Much as we love the legendary debut from Joy Division, we love this second album even more – as the whole thing's a perfect realization of their genius – and such a strong step forward, it still pains us to remember that singer Ian Curtis was taken from us all too soon, and the group ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost chapter in the career of cellist Fred Katz – an album recorded after his small combo work with Chico Hamilton, and sort of a larger group take on the whimsical sound of the classic Hamilton Quintet! The tracks are all older folk tunes, adapted by Katz to fit a chamber jazz mode – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from soul singer Paul Kelly – an overlooked talent who was given a great 70s run by Warner Brothers, but never fully got his due! Paul's got roots in southern soul, but works here in a slightly modern mode too – with production from Buddy Killen that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear and a large peeled spot from sticker removal.)
Howard Kenney —
Super Star ... CD Warner/Cherry Red (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
The first album from Howard Kenney – and a set that may not have made him the superstar promised in the title, but a pretty nice record overall! Kenney's got this cool, classy approach to soul – a style you'd guess from his look on the cover, and which comes across without any too-comme ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sweet and mellow vocal work from Bev Kenny – a sophisticated jazz singer who only cut a few albums back in the 50s and 60s! The set's a strong one – and has Bev singing easily with the Johnny Smith group – nothing fancy, but quite nice, and with a warm and intimate feel that has ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Early work by singer Beverly Kenny – a great 50s jazz vocalist who never got her due, but who managed to make some pretty fine records at the time! This album's one of them, and features backings from Ralph Burns – not as dark and moody as some of his other work of the 50s, and in a ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Surprisingly soulful stuff from this Canadian combo – an album produced by Felix Pappalardi, with a sound that definitely shows his touch! Although they've got a British-sounding name, the group work in much warmer territory overall – personally-penned tunes that sometimes have the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has an ink stamp and some marker.)
All you need is love – that, and some great vocals and backings as well! Anita Kerr really gets groovy on this little set – taking the famous sound of her harmony quartet into some great late 60s territory – a range of pop tunes hinted at by the Beatles reference on the cover ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Anita Kerr and her singers take on the baroque pop sound of the late 60s – working here in a way that mixes their smoother vocals with more complicated arrangements and some nice use of electric harpsichord! The approach isn't as over the top baroque as other albums like this – thanks ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Includes "Not The Only One", "Really Really", "2 Phones", "Pride", "La Familla", "The For That", "Thought You Heard (Bread Winners Anthem)", "Hard For", "Ask OfFor More"< "The Truth", T'old ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chaka Khan —
Chaka ... LP Warner, 1978. Used ...
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The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker.)
Chaka Khan —
Chaka ... CD Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ...
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The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Chaka Khan —
Naughty ... CD Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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A great album of mellow modern soul tracks recorded in Chaka's post-Rufus years! The record was produced by the great Arif Mardin, the man who made so many of the 70s Atlantic soul records work so well – and he handled Chaka's voice with a sweet sweet sound that you don't always get on her ... (Soul) read moreCD
Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers – the wonderful second chapter of her career, when she fully broke away from Rufus, and became an amazing solo act on her own! All the records here are classics, and really take Khan who a whole new level – often working with production and arrangements ... (Soul) read moreCD
Damn wonderful solo work from Chaka Khan – a record that holds onto all the best funky elements of her 70s music with Rufus – but also finds a way to put the lady even more strongly out front! There's maybe a bit more of a clubby vibe here than before, but never in a cheesy or ... (Soul) read moreCD
Kindred ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy ...
A rare early 70s set of post psychedelic rock from Kindred – with a sprawling, tightly grooving sound! Kindred combines male & female vocals that have the feel of late 60s/early 70s Cali sunshine rock, sometimes with bluesy electric guitars and keyboards, congas in the percussive mix, ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of a pair of powerhouse, post psychedelic rock we've heard from Kindred – solid stuff with a tight groove, but a pretty far reaching well of influences! Some pretty vibrant electric guitar keeps it all together, and it's a mix of harder hitting, catchy rock with both male and female lead ... (Rock) read moreCD
Three albums from the late 80s – all of which show Earl Klugh still going strong, and very much at the top of his game! Soda Fountain Shuffle is a set that's got plenty of electric elements in the rhythms, mixed with lots of acoustic interplay from Earl over the top! Klugh's touch on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the deepest records we've ever heard from UK soul singer Beverly Knight – a set that was recorded in Royal Studios in Memphis, with a much more down-home vibe than any of her other music! Knight's always had a fantastic vocal approach – but here, she maybe gets the setting she's ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A classic bit of spare electronics from the Kraftwerk man machine! The album's perhaps a bit tighter than some of their earlier albums, but it's also got that spare tinny sound that influenced a generation of hip hoppers, electro heads, and Miami bass stars. Titles include "Computer ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Move over Bam! This is the legendary bit of electro funk that along with "Trans Europe Express" forever put Kraftwerk in the crates of hip hoppers everywhere – a spare sublime track with a sly melody line over the top, perfect for breaking or just kicking back and feeling those ... (Rock) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp, small sticker, and a bit of pen.)
A sleazy film, but one with some really great music from Francis Lai – the composer better known for his mainstream contributions to classics like A Man & A Woman and Live For Life! In any setting, Lai displays an amazing genius for spare tunes that hit a lyrical chord and a warmly ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Larsen Feiten Band (Neil Larsen & Buzz Feiten) —
Larsen Feiten Band ... CD Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ...
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The lovely Nicolette Larson, heard here in a special live set from the height of her career – recorded in 1978 by Warner Brothers, but only ever circulated as a promo at the time! The performance is great – and has all those special, sweet touches that we love in Nicolette's studio ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the hipper albums ever cut by singer Monica Lewis – an artist who's maybe as remembered for her cheescake image as she is for her vocals! Yet make no mistake, the lady's definitely got some jazz chops here – working in a nicely stripped-down setting led by pianist Jack Kelly, ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Red & black splatter vinyl, #02414, still in the shrink. Cover has a mark through the barcode.)
Little Beaver —
Party Down ... CD Cat/Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ...
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A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight ... (Soul) read moreCD
Little Feat's third, and maybe best their album – the adventurous country rock, soul, boogie blender Feats Don't Fail Me Know! Oh, this group wasn't going to fail anytime soon – not creatively, anyway. Nope! They really come into their own here – mixing up distinct styles into ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Of course, this is not the last record album – it's not even the last album by Little Feat – but it's a damn good one! The Last Record Album isn't restless as the previous few albums, with kind of a laidback groove, overall – and we actually really dig Little Feat in a mellow ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from Little Feat – and it's a great one! Loose roadhouse blues-y and country rock styled songs – infused with their own weirdness! This is one of those great examples of a band that not only loved, but could play down home American music of many kinds – and add ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later album from Little Feat – and one that adds some new dimensions to their ever-searching vibe! On Time Loves A Hero, Little Feat takes some surprising steps – even for them – into a bit of a fusiony rock vibe some of the time. Still, the soulful boogie rock and stripped ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lively Ones —
Surf City ... CD Del-Fi/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
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The title's borrowed from a hit by Jan & Dean – but the music here is very much the Lively Ones' own – that cool blend of surf guitar, echo, and other hip elements that make their early 60s Del-Fi records so great! The guitar lines are wonderfully chromatic – very well-tuned, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very unusual album from The Lively Ones – a set that has the group going south of the border, with all of the guitar/surf styles you might expect – but also getting some help from the lesser-known Surf Mariachis, who play on about half of the album's tracks! The notes offer up little ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
Jester ... CD Harvest/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ...
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A hell of a record from this lesser-known Belgian combo – one who work at a level that sounds much more like 1972 than the 1977 date of the record – a wickedly tight approach to prog that's perfectly at home on the Harvest label! The set begins with a masterpiece of heavy drums, long-wo ... (Rock) read moreCD
A nice little record from Belgian prog combo Machiavel – a set that has them compressing their sound a bit from earlier years, but in a way that almost seems to make their music more tuneful and powerful than before! The shift here is a bit like that mid 70s point when Yes moved away from ... (Rock) read moreCD
Kenya ... CD Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
A real corker from Machito – a set that's got a lot more bite and earthy fire than some of his other albums of the 50s – as you might be able to guess from the cover and the title! The record definitely lives up to the Afro-Cuban promise on the front – thanks to very hip ... (Latin) read moreCD
8 ... LP Paisley Park/Warner, 1987. Used ...
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We remember when this one came out, everyone sort of put it down and said that Prince was caught in a crisis of overproduction. Now, though, from the perspective of his crap work in the 90s, this album stands as a beautiful bit of 80's jazz funk – and a cool batch of instrumentals that have ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Taj Mahal —
Brothers ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ...
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One of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-titled set – given that the record really shows an evolution in the style of Taj Mahal! Some cuts are still in an older bluesy mode, but a few others feature some great backings from Leon Pendarvis – who creates this fuller, soaring sort of style that takes off with plenty of ... (Blues) read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set that has Taj Mahal really trying on some new flavors – yet still keeping things strongly in the bluesy territory of his roots! In addition to the lead vocals and lots of acoustic guitar, the set also features key contributions from Rudy Costa on a range of saxes, plus ... (Blues) read moreCD
This one's a bit tighter than some of the group's earlier albums – but still equally funky, and still very nice! Malo are at the top of their form here – grooving hard with great guitar from Jorge Santana, tight congas from Francisco Aquabella, sweet organ from Ron De Masi, and great ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has marker spot.)
Dos ... LP Warner, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear.)
Dos ... CD Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
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A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, ... (Latin) read moreCD
Malo ... CD Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
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Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... (Latin) read moreCD
Malo ... LP Warner, 1972. Used Gatefold ...
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Wonderful 70s Latin soul from the legendary Bay Area combo that included Jorge Santana, Luis Gasca, and Coke Escovedo – all players who'd go onto great solo fame on their own, working together here as a youthfully inventive group that really set the tone for the west coast sound of the decade! ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a stuck gatefold, waviness from moisture, and an unglued bottom seam.)
A keyboard classic from Henry Mancini – and one of his greatest soundtracks ever! The album's far far different than most of Mancini's other work – a stripped-down, slow-funk batch of tracks that mix together keyboards and organ, riffing out over rhythm and strings, in a mode that ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear, a promo sticker, and a sticker spot.)
Charlie Mariano —
Reflections ... CD Whatmusic/Warner (Germany), 1974. Used ...
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A great set of fusion tunes – recorded by American saxophonist Charlie Mariano, in the company of a very hip Finnish ensemble! This 1974 gem features some of Charlie's best work of the decade – freewheeling, but never too out, and with none of the rock flourishes that sometimes mar his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Spacey electric work from guitarist Pat Martino – a record that seems to be as concerned with sound overall as it is with the jazz stylings of Martino's guitar – and we mean that in a good way! The older modes of Martino's 60s soul jazz work are very far gone by now – but in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2 killers from Mass Production – back to back on a single set! On the first record, Mass Production are definitely In A City Groove – as the record bounces along with a really wicked mix of 80s boogie and modern soul – almost better than before, and a great example of the self-con ... (Soul) read moreCD
2 classics from funk legends Mass Production – back to back in a 2CD set, with 11 bonus tracks too! First up is In The Purest Form – a set that has Mass Production stepping forward as one of the best soul acts in the Cotillion Records roster at the end of the 70s – and maybe one ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lots of choppy grooves here – a surprisingly jamming set from Matrix – recorded near the end of the 70s, but with some of the dynamic energy you'd be likely to find in a Euro fusion record from a few years before! The group mix acoustic horns with lots of hip keyboards – Fender ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of later Maze albums – back to back in a single set, and with bonus tracks too! First up is Silky Soul – a late 80s album, but one that has the smooth soul genius very much at the top of his game! Frankie's work from the 70s inspired countless imitators in the next decade ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the rare few albums from vocalist Mary Ann McCall – a hell of a great singer, and one with a really moody, dark style! Mary Ann's got all the sad tones and blue hues we love in June Christy's best work – and she arguably works with even hipper backings, too – some ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Beautiful later work from guitarist John McLaughlin – a record that moves heavily into a Brazilian-inspired vibe – not necessarily in the actual style of the music, but more in the sunny spirit that embraces the whole session! The album was recorded in Paris with airy backing that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great guitar from the legendary John McLaughlin – working here with a combo of French players, but in a style that still leaves his instrument out front in the lead! Keyboards from Katia LaBeque and Francois Couturier are used in relatively subtle ways – never overwhelming the acoustic ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Jackie McLean —
Fat Jazz ... CD Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ...
Early pre-Blue Note hardbop by Jackie McLean – and one of the few recordings to feature his sextet with Ray Draper! Draper was a real legend in late 50s jazz – a tuba (?) player, believe it or not, with a sound that was dark, brooding, and very modern – very unlike you'd expect ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Jackie McLean's earliest dates as a leader – a stone cooker that already shows an edge that sets him apart from other artists! The feel here is similar to McLean's albums for Prestige at the same time – a mixture of bop and some of the modernist themes that often surfaced in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A big 70s classic from The Meters – a set that broke the group way out of the indie funk ghetto, and firmly put them on the map with a larger soul audience at the time! There's still plenty of roots in the music, but there's also a bit more attention to the overall song structure too – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
80s electro soul from Marcus Miller – nicely grooving in a mix of beats, keyboards, and vocals – all handled by Marcus himself! As with his other work from the decade, there's a jazzy flair to much of the record – a style that goes a bit deeper than just the simple soul that you ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is torn at the bottom. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Big ol' bass from Marcus Miller – but also some sweet keyboards and great vocals too – all wrapped up in a set that's really got Miller at the height of his powers! Marcus wonderfully skirts the worlds of soul and fusion for the record – and mostly creates a tight groove on his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)
A classic trio session from Charles Mingus – one of the few he ever recorded! The set's got Mingus on bass, working with regular drummer Danny Richmond and pianist Hampton Hawes – an unusual choice for the record, but a player whose sense of freedom and intensity at this point really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare non-Blue Note late 50s session that features Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – and a stone cooker that feels like some of the best Jazz Messengers dates of the time! There's a chance that the session was possibly cut "under duress", like a number of other jazz albums on Roulette ... (Jazz) read moreCD