Groovy stuff from the lovely Sandra Alexander – with a wonderful LA late 60s crossover of styles! This one has the same pop vocal feel of her other album, but it's trippier than usual, with weird arrangements, and a cool trippy laidback feeling. Sandra does some nice versions of the Isleys' ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some staining & peeling along the bottom seam.)
An excellent early album by one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time! The session's a very hip affair – recorded with the Ramsey Lewis Trio backing her up on one side, and a group led by Frank Foster on another – both playing in a tight soul jazz mode that works perfectly for ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing. Cover has some marker on back.)
The Liks first LP, and a breath of fresh air from the early 90s west coast. Straight up, stripped down beats from E Swift and King Tee, plus a couple of very early Madlib tracks, and more takes on rhymes about booze than we could have imagined. Includes "Lik Wit", "Only When I'm ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout notch.)
All Tiny Creatures —
Harbors ... LP Hometapes, 2011. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
The first ever album by the incredible Davie Allan & The Arrows – a great batch of pulpy garage rock instrumentals that shatters every cliche in the book! This set finds the group at it's tightest, melding earlier surf rock & r&b, and even a little bit of Bakersfield honky tonk ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare album from Hollywood studio musicians turned garage rock heroes Davie Allan & The Arrows! This is another of their Nugget-fueling efforts with short, short cuts blazing with fuzzy-as-hell guitars, rumbling drums and thumping bass – rolling along with fluid, thematic lead guitar ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a sticker with, some staining, splitting and stuck on paper due to moisture.)
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 60s pressing – with pasted-on artwork on a white sleeve!)
The famous author/disc jockey/comedian/talk show host lays down an album of moody jazzy piano, with light tinkling ivories over a lush large orchestra. The music's mostly standards, but there's a couple Steve Allen originals: "Tonight", "Candlelight" and "Stay Just a ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen —
Black Voices ... LP Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)...
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 ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice one from Barcelona's Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – with some righteous, timeless original tunes by the group – plus some stylistic boundary-busting collaborations with remix producers! The straighter Afrobeat numbers are pretty great – inspired by the legends of the style, ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes a download code for a digital version of the album plus additional remixes.)
Excellent work from Laurindo – a truly wonderful album, played with small combo backing, which gives the set a jazzier feel than usual! Players include Jimmy Rowles on organ, Bob Cooper on tenor, Howard Roberts on guitar, and Shelly Manne, Milt Holland, and Chico Guerro on percussion – ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bossa guitar, dreamy orchestrations, and a wonderful American take on the Brazilian sound of the 60s – served up with sparkling Capitol Records production in a set that's easily one of the greatest by guitarist Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's guitar is matched here with some lightly jazzy ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album of funky jazz – arranged and conducted by British organ and sax player Johnny Arnold – but also featuring some incredible work from an assortment of west coast soul jazz players that include Charles Kynard, Curtis Amy, Hadley Caliman, and Vi Redd! As the title kind ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)
Not a Hawaiian band, as you might think from misreading the title – but a very cool early 80s German electronic duo – one with an equally great ear for tuneful melodies and darker moments! The music here rivals the best of the German new wave of the time – and shares that scene's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aminadav Aloni —
Once ... LP Dual Planet (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy ...
Weird, wild, and very electronic – an obscure soundtrack from Israeli composer Aminadav Aloni – done in a style that's halfway between the more avant American analogue experiments of the 60s, and some of the spacier European styles to come! The whole thing's a mix of moogy moments, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
SRO ... LP A&M, 1966. Very Good ...
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The genius of this set is summed up in the tune "Magic Trumpet" – perhaps one of the best estimations of Herb's talents we could think of! The tune, like the entire album, is a fluid bit of magic that takes an older brass-driven mode into the far groovier styles of the 60s – ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Epic, polyrhythmic instrumentals from Alto! – ambitious, hypnotic and danceable stuff, going way beyond what you might expect from Portland-based experimental/instrumental rock trio! They carry a world of influences, from West African and Ethiopian sources as much a European and American ones ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool contemporary score from Italy – but one that feels like horror greats from the late 70s and early 80s! The instrumentation here is mostly in an old school electric style – keyboards and guitars that echo the music of Goblin, but at a level that's often more spare and less ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit on the opening.)
Amanar De Kidal —
Tumastin ... LP Mississippi/Sahel Sounds, 2016. New Copy ...
Great work from one of the darkest groups working on the current Tuareg scene – an ensemble who can vary their tone nicely, and produce a range of emotions and compelling sounds that really make this set stand out from the pack! Sure, there's plenty of offbeat guitar work with lots of snakey ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Africa ... LP Now Again, 1975. Near Mint- 2LP (reissue)...
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nancy sings some sweet Latin groovers in Spanish – backed by groovy 60s arrangements from Joe Sherman! The feel here isn't quite as driving as on her classic "Mas Que Nada" album – but it does have a similar style – sort of blending easy 60s vocals with swinging pop ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic Jug, playing in a laidback open-ended blowing session, with other strong Prestige players – like Coltrane, Jerome Richardson, Paul Quinichette, Art Taylor, and Mal Waldron, who always seems to be the driving force between most Prestige sides like this. The album has only 4 tracks, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove & RVG stamp. Cover has some seam splitting and a small sticker on one corner.)
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a center split on the top seam held with clear tape.)
24 tracks that perfectly illustrate all that was great about Gene Ammons in his early days – a set of singles and 78s recorded for Chess in the late 40s and early 50s, featuring players that include Tom Archia, Matthew Gee, Junior Mance, Sonny Stitt, and Bill Massey. Titles include "Do ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a couple of small stains.)
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, light wear and a tracklist sticker that is mostly removed.)
Sweet trumpet work from one of Duke Ellington's best sidemen – done for Mercury in 1958 with some very tight arrangements by Anderson and Ernie Wilkins – all in a mode that show's a bit of Cat's Ellington association, but which also opens up in some other swinging modes – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some notes in pen on back.)
Nice and rarely seen trio side from under-recorded Chicago pianist Anderson. He plays here with Bill Lee and either Walter Perkins or Philly Joe Jones on drums, in a trio that made the core of the rhythm section on Frank Strozier's excellent Jazzland date, Long Night. The group is in fine form ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
One of a number of excellent self-produced albums by Vince Andrews – sax player, singer, and all around entertainer from the Ohio scene! The album's got Vince working in a variety of styles – from mellow soul to straight jazz, often augmented with unique touches – and although ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and clear tape along part of the top seam.)
Horace Andy —
Get Wise ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horace Andy —
In The Light ... LP Hungry Town/17 North Parade, 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Horace Andy's holding an acoustic guitar on the cover, but the record's got some searing electric lines in the mix – really bringing this sharp edge to the already-great rhythms behind Andy's famous vocals! Horace is one of the few cats who can sing in the higher end of the vocal register, ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Petrol ... LP Friends Of Friends, 2016. New Copy ...
The cover's got a fuzzy picture of a tenor on the front, and the sound here has some nicely fuzzy currents to match – a compelling blend of jazz music with almost a larger sense of sonic space – a bit like a small combo trying to perform their version of Disintegration Loops! The core ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 60s girl group classic if there ever was one – and the only standout album from the lovely Angels! The group were known, of course, for the title hit "My Boyfriend's Back" – a quick-stepping number that was a runaway pop hit at the time. That tune kicks off the album, and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool early 10" album from The Animals – the group's second in this format, and never originally issued in the US! The group are at their young, gritty best here – with lots of bluesy currents in the music, thanks to Alan Price on Hammond – topped with soulful vocals ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Keren Ann – a French singer we first fell in love with on her albums done with producer Benjamin Biolay – working here with a different talent at the helm, but a sound that's equally sublime! Keren's also making a big step towards a global market here, too – ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully moody session from the late 50s – one that features the eerie vocals of Leda Annest over the orchestrations of Phil Moore! Leda's got a haunting voice that's somewhere in the range of Yma Sumac, but a bit less dramatic – more kind of a wordless instrument, used amidst the ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime uptown soul from Anthony & The Imperials – here working without the "Little" in their name, which is a good indication of the nature of the material! The tracks are all wonderfully composed original numbers from Teddy Randazzo – who also arranged and produced the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)
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 ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)
The album's only got two long tracks – but both of them are more than enough to make it great! "Kalabuley Woman" takes up all of side one – and the tune's got this wickedly dubby approach to funk – almost like Cymande at the start, but then filled up with all these ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Richard D James has lost none of his touch over the years – still as stark and ear-grabbing as he was when we heard the first Aphex Twin release – at a level that really lives up to all the faith we've had in his music over the years! This EP is bubbling over with blips, beats, and ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Apollo 100 —
Joy ... LP Mega, Late 60s. Very Good ...
A real treat for the 2001 generation! Apollo 100 takes Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring", and gives is a jazzy electric keyboard reading – kind of a perfect bit of fluffy pop for a generation that was already digging the classical/easy experiments of the Swingle Singers and ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The mad look of artist Karel Appel on the cover is a very fitting image for this set – as the music moves around in so many insane ways – often with the kind of dynamic, explosive vibe of Appel's famous paintings! We're tempted to call the set an audio version of abstract expressionism ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tripped out, melodic and groovy pop psych from Apple – a great UK group that mixes accessible tunecraft with a rugged underbelly and just enough weirdness – their excellent Apple A Day album that's up there in greatness with some of Apple's much better remembered peers. As you might ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heady set of jazz from the Australian scene of the 70s – a bit funky jazz, a bit harder jamming – and a record that's got a lot more edge than its contemporaries from the European scene! Ted White plays tremendous flute and alto sax here – the latter with a sharply spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rod Argent's project immediately after the breakup of the Zombies! There's plenty of Zombie-like ideas here – particularly those floating around the Odyssey and Oracle album, but they're also done without the dreamy pop style of Colin Blunstone's vocals, which makes for a much harder sound ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing, including the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear & waviness near the bottom seam.)
A lost fusion classic from the early 70s – one of the only records cut under the leadership of drummer Horacee Arnold, but a heck of a great little set with a soaringly righteous sound! The style here is plenty full-on, but a bit less rock-leaning than some of the other Columbia fusion of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Horacee Arnold —
Tribe ... LP Columbia, 1973. Very Good+ ...
A very soulful batch of fusion tracks from drummer Horacee Arnold – here leading a group that includes reed talents Billy Harper and Joe Farrell, percussionist Ralph McDonald, guitarist Ralph Towner, and Dave Friedman on vibes and percussion. Tracks are long and spiralling, with a spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a few wonderful albums recorded by the Art Ensemble of Chicago with singer Fontella Bass – a vocalist who's best known to the world for her 60s soul hits, but who's coming out here as a tremendous force in modern jazz! Fontella's sound here is miles away from that of her work for ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album