Great later work by singer Helen O'Connell – a vocalist best known for her classic early 40s recordings with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, but who sounds pretty darn great at this point in her career! The style is much different than Helen's older work – a mix of jazz and swing that ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A standout album from Oasis – the set that forever put them on the map, thanks to the great "Wonderwall" – and a record that also incudes "She's Electric", "Some Might Say", "Morning Glory", "Champagne Supernova", "Roll With It" ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(On heavy vinyl – and includes album download with bonus tracks!)
A striking session for Anita O'Day – and a refreshing change from her work of the 50s! This one has Anita singing with arrangements by Gary McFarland, a mix of easy jazz styles that show a more sophisticated side to her voice – a bit more careful than before, with more hidden in the ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anita O'Day —
Anita ... LP Verve, 1956. Very Good ...
One of the strongest of Anita's mid 50s outings for Verve – a tightly-crafted set that benefits from some good arrangements from Buddy Bregman! The format is perfect for Anita – giving her little space to have to make decisions, and letting her concentrate on the tone and charm that ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & yellow label Verve, Inc pressing, with a deep groove.)
Something of an addition to the Verve "songbook" mode of the 50s – but it's also one that's a lot more dynamic than the others, thanks to some very jazzy arrangements from Billy May! The groove here is very upbeat and jazzy – hard-swinging in the manner that May forged with ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc. pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a bit of splitting.)
An early Odetta record where she duets with Larry Mohr for a nice selection of folk songs that have elements of the blues and country. Tracks include "John Henry", "Old Blue", "Water Boy", "Car-Car Song", "Pay Day At Coal Creek", and more. (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and a bit of seam splitting.)
Blistering live set by west coast hardcore supergroup Off! – recorded at the BBC – proving once again that this isn't just some side project, it's one the greatest punk rock bands of the post-millennium! Don't be surprised a few years down the road when Off! is noted in vocalist Keith ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Claus Ogerman lays down some groovy soul instrumentals, with a nice pop feel, in the best tradition of his other great instrumental LPs for RCA. There's lots of nice instrumental moments that have a surprisingly funky feel, and the record fits perfectly in any collection of groovy mod 60s albums! ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a sticker on one corner, two punched holes on the spine, and a small name in pen on back.)
Ohio Players —
Fire ... LP Mercury, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual album from the mighty Ohio Players – their first full length set, and a record that's very different than their better-known work on Westbound and Mercury – but every bit as great! The band is tight and funky, but in a sort of deep soul 60s way – with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yuji Ohno —
Lupin The 3rd ... LP Columbia/Victory (Italy), 1980. New Copy Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Some of the coolest cuts you'd ever hear for a 70s cartoon – lots of jazzy, upbeat grooves from Japan – all scored for the famous Lupin The 3rd series! The music is the brainchild of keyboardist Yuji Ohno – a jazz musician at heart, and a player who allows himself plenty of solo ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really strong, earlyish EP by Okkervil River – cut in between Down The River Of Golden Dreams and Black Sheep Boy LPs – plus a couple of never before released bonus tracks! Includes "A Favor", "You're Untied Again", "And I Have Seem The World Of Dreams", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure Olatunji sessions on Columbia – but a record that's still got plenty of firey percussion! Titles include "Bo Su Aye", "Ashafa", "Ojo Davis", and "Dyke Ko Dide". (Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lovely groover – one of the swinginest soundtracks penned by Nino during the 60s, written for a sex comedy starring Uno Tognazzi and Juliet Prowse. The feel of the work is great – somewhere between Piero Piccioni and John Barry – with a mixture of strings, tight rhythms, and ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most obscure – and best – albums by David Oliver, a smooth soul singer who recorded at the end of the 70s, with a warmly spiritual sound that had touches of Leon Ware, DJ Rogers, and other 70s smooth soul greats. This gem is produced by Wayne Henderson – who's really ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a bit of sticker residue.)
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of groovy instrumentals – in a mix of jazz and Sue Records soul! Jimmy Oliver got his start playing guitar with Clyde McPhatter, but really shines here at the head of his own combo. (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is great overall – really more vg+ – but has a small bump on one track that clicks for a few spins. Cover has some light wear.)
A beautiful album recorded for Stax by this great southern soul vocal group – one of the few albums ever cut by Ollie and the group – which really stands out strongly in the classic Memphis scene! The arrangements are classic Stax – handled by Isaac Hayes, David Porter, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky, fantastic grooves from this hip UK combo of the 70s – a set that's heavy on keyboards and guitars, all produced with this cool compressed feel by the mighty Mike Vernon! The sound is kind of a mix of 70s American funk from the mainstream, and some of those great British studio styles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal collection of work from the earliest years of the London punk scene in the 70s – material by a pre-Clash group that famously featured Joe Strummer, working at a level that definitely prefaces all the greatness to come! The style here is certainly in the gritty, short, heavy punch ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first album from The Only Ones – an important force on the UK scene during the early punk years, although a group who were never as nihilistic or headline-grabbing as some of their contemporaries! In a way, the album's got a feel that's more in the mode of the New York scene of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some wear and a crease near the opening.)
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited repress! Purportedly down the last 100 copies!)
An incredible legacy in music – presented here in a really wonderful package! For years, the music of William Onyeabar has been the stuff of legend, but only accessible to a few who could get their hands on scarce original pressings – but that lack has really been corrected by this ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We love this album – and think it's even better than Hair for sheer grooviness! Sure, it's the soundtrack to the world's first "nudie" musical – which might be enough to make you wince – but the score was written and performed by a hip little group called The Open ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever proper full length album by Roy Orbison, recorded for Sun 1956, but not released until 1961! It's hard to imagine how rock and roll history might've been changed if this incredible record was release closer to the time of it's recordings, but it'll sound great forever! Includes ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered, limited edition colored vinyl.)
Orchestra Harlow —
El Exigente ... LP Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A stunning album from Orquesta Harlow – one of their wildest of the 60s, and filled with delights! The record starts with this strange sound of a train pulling into a station, then rolls into a massive boogaloo groove that really sets the pace for the album – hitting hard with some ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful early album by Orchestra Harlow – a real criss-cross of styles, done with the kind of energy that made this group one of the most popular on the New York scene! Larry Harlow's at the head of the group on piano, and a young Ismael Miranda sings lead vocals – mostly in ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multicolor label pressing!)
Orchestra Kool —
Kool Heat ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent (and very rare) boogaloo album by Orchestra Kool! The group has a rough hewn, tightly walloping feel that we totally love – with English vocals on some tunes and Spanish on others – with killer rhythms and some jazzy reed work. The album includes lots of hard stompin' ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Orchestra USA/John Lewis —
Sonorities ... LP Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good+ ...
A serious piece of jazz orchestral work – directed by John Lewis, conducted by Harold Farberman, and featuring solos by Jerome Richardson, Joe Newman, Dick Katz, and Richard Davis. The work's perhaps Lewis' most seriously avant garde on record – taking off even further from previous ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam, light wear, and notes in pen and pencil on back.)
The title gets it perfectly right on this sweet little set – as the grooves are raw and stripped down – often just to the core elements of Afro Funk! The music may be the most hard-hitting we've ever heard from this legendary combo – and it's served up beautifully in this well-sel ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Oregon sound, still alive and well into the 80s – perhaps given even more room to express itself in an ECM setting like this! The album's a mix of angular notes and warmer tones – very much the experimentalism that the group prided itself on at the time – and which really set ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure and excellent bit of funk from the Caribbean! The group's got a style that's part Beginning Of The End-type Bahamian groove, part Jamaican dub, and part American-inspired funk – blending organ, guitar, flute, sax, trumpet, and drums into a very tasty groove that runs through a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the coolest record ever from this always-great group – one of the best contemporary acts to really get the sound of vintage soundtracks right – working here in a special package that features unusual vinyl, a great cover, and some amazing music within! The tunes are all from ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums by The Originals – and one of their most coherent albums on Motown! The record was produced by Lamont Dozier, who also wrote all the songs on the album for the group – and it's kind of a mix of Dozier's strident 70s update of the 60s Motown groove (which he'd ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet modern soul from the Originals – one of Motown's few groups from older years to really adopt a successful 70s sound. Much of the arrangements are by producers Frank Wilson and Michael Sutton – and the album's got a smooth LA soul sound that's different than the group's earlier ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a stain and a name in maker along the opening.)
Spare and spooky – and a cool Italian soundtrack for this horror film that's also known (alternately) as The Blade Of The Ripper, The Next Victim, Next, and The Strange Vice Of Mrs Ward. The style is kind of a mixture of Piccioni and Morricone – as some tracks have a spare, moody, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hmm . . . A strange one. The name of the group makes you think they're from Japan, but honestly, the sound of the record is straight Cuban all the way. In fact, since most of the songs are boleros in Spanish, done with a romantic feel, we're hard pressed to believe their origin – but that's ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the clearest moments of brilliance ever from saxophonist Anthony Ortega – an album that should stand as one of THE avant jazz sessions of the 60s, but which is sadly often overlooked! Although Ortega first rose to fame quickly in the 50s, his talents were often used in larger backing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label pressing. Cover has small seam splits, some wear, with a name in pen and small stain on back.)
A beautifully balanced Italian soundtrack from the 70s – not just the straight crime score you might expect, but a record that really fleshes things out with a lot of depth! True, some of the most compelling cuts are the funky ones you'd expect from such a film, but these are often offset by ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The bulk of this one's handled by Riz – in a mixture of styles that runs from 60s groovy to fake Italian, in keeping with the mob comedy theme of the film. The work's some of his grooviest from the time – and it does have some nice jazzy touches, plus bits of electric guitar to soup ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tripped-out batch of tracks from Brazil! These guys mix together a bit of funk, a bit of psych, and touches of Jorge Ben-like soul – into a blend that's really groovy all the way through, and which will be sure to please any fan of the Samba Soul groove! Jorge Ben's influence is all over ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hardest rocking albums ever cut by Os Mutantes – a record that's got a slightly ironic take on rock and roll styles of the time – still performed with the sense of drama and humor that always made the band so great! Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista are still in the group at ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although there's been a few "best of" collections out already by this legendary Brazilian rock group – this volume still stands as the most nicely-selected batch of tracks, and it comes complete with great liner notes that help you really navigate and understand their music. There's ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from one of our favorite funk combos ever – Japan's legendary Osaka Monaurail, easily one of the sharpest, tightest, most soulful groups of the past 20 years! These guys have a really no-nonsense approach to funk – from the top to the bottom, from the execution to the ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great compilation of classic Shuggie – with 10 of the best tracks from the Here Comes Shuggie Otis, Freedom Flight and Inspiration Information records – all pressed up beautifully, with heavy wax and a great cover too! (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition indie store exclusive for Record Store Day 2013.)
Forget the fact that "bongo" is in the title, and forget the fact that the record was cut for the sometimes sleepy Tampa label – because this one's a killer! Bongo player Mike Pacheco leads a highly percussive combo through a set of sides that crackles with electricity, and which ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another departure for Pacheco – as he kicks off the 70s with a set of funky instrumental tunes! The tracks on this set are quite different from either his earlier charanga records, or his later salsa ones – and sparkle with the kind of "soul meets Latin instrumental" style of ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Multi color early Fania pressing! Cover has masking tape on edges.)
A landmark album, and the first-ever record on the young Alegre label – a sure-fire hit that put both the company and Pacheco firmly on the map! The record's a genre-setting batch of hard early charanga grooves filled with great flute work from a young Johnny Pacheco – recording here ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Alegre pressing – division of Branston – in a nice glossy cover.)
Pacific Gas & Electric —
Get It On ... LP Bright Orange, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ...
The long buried first album by Bay Area rock & soul combo Pacific Gas & Electric – cut for the Bright Orange label in 1968! PG&E cut some great little numbers in the late 60s & early 70s, and we're thinking they MUST have kicked some serious arse live – and there are ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Uncensored cover version on Power, with a half split top seam.)
A pile of funky 45s – stuffed into one glorious album! The record's the best-ever by The Packers – a hip west coast combo from the 60s, with roots in the Memphis scene of the time! The sound here is kind of a variation on the Booker T & The MGs and Mar-Keys sound – changed ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light staining along the opening.)
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Patti Page is definitely in the land of hi-fi here – sounding a lot groovier than on some of her other 50s albums, thanks to some really wonderful arrangements by Pete Rugolo! Pete swings things hard here – with the same dramatic flair and playful turns of his own instrumental albums ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Emarcy pressing with drummer logo & deep groove. Labels have some markings. Cover has discoloration from age and a split bottom seam.)
Hard to find Charlie Palmieri classic. One of his tight early albums with his Duboney Orchestra, and vocals by Victor Velazquez. Tracks include the mambos "Tengo Maquina Y Voy A Sesenta" and "La Timba Es Mia", plus a few guaguancos and "Son Sasonao", a son montuno. ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing! Cover has a cutout hole, some splitting on the spine, and some light wear – but this is a pretty nice copy overall.)
Post PE hip hop for the New World Order, from one of it's most serious wordsmiths. We'll put this one in the same category as some of the Coup's recordings, couching politically conscious rhymes in very west coast gangsta-ish production. Probably too smart for his own good, we're still guessing ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An expanded version of the first album to carry the Jazz At The Philharmonic formula into the studio – and a record that virtually coined the term "jam session" for 50s jazz! Norman Granz repeats the style he'd done so well in a live setting – and brings together a host of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of control here – as Ray Parker's at the height of his 80s hitmaking power, scoring strongly on one of his key classics from the decade for Arista! The tunes have a bit more of that catchy, rhythm-heavy sound that Parker was forging at the start of the decade – a quality that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely unique little set from singer Steve Parks – a set cut in the Bay Area scene of the early 80s – but done with a righteous 70s vibe that mixes jazz, soul, and bits of Latin influences as well! The overall approach is definitely soul, but there's plenty of jazz inflections in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing – still darn hard to find!)
Emmanuelle Parrenin —
Maison Rose ... LP CBS/Lion, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
An album of fragile beauty and buried darkness – in a space that's somewhere between the work of Nico and Brigitte Fontaine, but a fair bit sweeter overall! Emmanuelle Parrenin sings here in a timeless style that might almost be called folksy – especially in the return to tradition ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album