Pure brilliance from start to finish – especially the second side of the record, which has a continuous run of tunes that's very unique – and still completely sublime all these many years later! The album shows the fracturing ideas of the group, but crafted together with a unity you ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Beatles at their late best – 1968's self-titled set, now immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band with a double that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender ... (Rock) read moreCD
Very cool – mono Beatles albums all in tiny LP-styled sleeves! Includes the albums Please Please Me, With The Beatles, Beatles For Sale, Help, Hard Day's Night, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, and the 2CD Mono Masters set. (Rock) CD
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature ... (Rock) read moreCD
A landmark leaping-off point for The Beatles – and a record that really paved the way for countless new ideas to come! The mix of catchy pop and freer ideas here is really wonderful – tunes that introduce a whole new mature world in mainstream music – yet manage to have all the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Incredibly fluid work from the Gordon Beck trio of the late 60s – and powerhouse ensemble that featured Tony Oxley on drums and Jeff Clyne on bass. The tunes are all originals by Beck, and played in a style that has lots of the free and introspective styles that were percolating in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The great first album from Beggar & Co – a sweet UK soul trio from the early 80s, and one who grew from the ashes of the equally great Light Of The World! The style here is similar to LOTW's variation on American funk of the time – particularly the tight blend of jazz and funk they ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Richie Beirach —
Ballads ... CD Sony (Japan), 1986. New Copy ...
A special album of solo piano from Richie Beirach – originally recorded only for the Japanese market, and done in a style that's even more sensitive than some of Beirach's similar material for ECM! Richie mixes both original material and standards here – interspersing modern modes with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A second special set of ballads from pianist Richie Beirach – and, like the first, an 80s album that was only issued on the Japanese market – but which is well worth seeking out if you love Beirach as much as we do! The performances here are all solo, and the material is a mix of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Late 60s magic from William Bell – two tremendous albums on a single CD! Wow is a record that definitely earns the "wow" in its title – as it makes us sit up and take new notice of William Bell's talents! Although Bell's best known for his earliest Memphis hits, he really ... (Soul) read moreCD
Groundbreaking work by one of the greatest artists in Brazil – a masterful collection that dips heavily into Jorge Ben's key recordings of the 60s and early 70s for Philips! The scope of sounds here is really amazing – as Jorge starts with an already-great driving samba groove, then ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An amazing collection – every single Jorge Ben album recorded for Philips – one hell of a massive legacy in music, packaged here with a bonus CD of rare material too! The albums in the collection are the stuff of legend – amazing discs that forever changed the face of Brazilian ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Hard-driving work from UK sound library hero Brian Bennett – an artist who gave us so much great funky work at the start of the 70s, and who's still going strong here at the other end of the decade! Both records are mighty nice – a mixture of familiar funk with some deeper tones that ... (Sound Library) read moreCD
Bassist Max Bennett displays a wonderful ear for unique phrasing and compelling small combo leadership on this set – working with a group that includes Carl Fontana on trombone, Charlie Mariano on alto, Nick Travis on trumpet, and Mel Lewis on drums! The style is a bit in the east coast ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of Tony Bennett's most fantastic albums from the 60s, and a record that features some nice jazzy arrangements that push past the usual heavy studio ones. The album includes a great reading of "Samba Do Aviao" with backing by Carlos Lyra, Helcio Milito, and Al Cohn – plus "F ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A nice little 2CD set – one that features the full 1962 Carnegie Hall concert by Tony, with a second CD that gives the album enough space to add in a huge amount of previously unreleased tracks! The performance has Tony singing with both the trio of Ralph Sharon, and a larger orchestra ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A 60s classic from Tony Bennett – a record that sported a huge title hit, but which also stands strongly as a really unified album! Tony's at his maturing best here – still working with core jazz inspiration from the Ralph Sharon Trio, but also getting fuller strings from George Siravo ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the best jazz recordings in years from the legendary Tony Bennett – a set that has the singer paired with the piano talents of Bill Charlap, in a mode that recalls Bennett's 70s classics with Bill Evans! Like those records, there's almost an equal focus here between piano and vocals ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
If you've ever doubted the real jazz sensibility of Tony Bennett, then this is an album to change your mind – because Tony's working here in a marvelously unadorned setting – with only the piano of Bill Evans to back him up! The record's a rare gem from years after Bennett was cracking ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Tremendous work from the great Josh Berman – one of the most important musicians on the Chicago underground scene of the past decade or so – not just for his work on cornet, but also for his warmly collaborative and supportive spirit! That quality really comes through here – on a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great collection of 60s soundtracks from Elmer Bernstein – all originally issued by the indie Ava label, where Bernstein was one of the biggest stars! Elmer had already had a number of years experience working in Hollywood – including some classic late 50s scores that perfectly mixed ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
James Sedares conducts the Phoenix Symphony. (Soundtracks) CD
Elmer Bernstein/Vikki Carr —
Silencers ... CD RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1966. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The groovy groovy soundtrack to the first Matt Helm film – starring Dean Martin as a 60s master of intrigue! Elmer Bernstein handled the soundtrack with a really great approach – jazz, swinging, and with plenty of mod 60s bits – very much in some of the same territory as Lalo ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Chuck Berry makes the same London move as some of his other Chess Records contemporaries – and the result is one of Chuck's best albums from the later years! The set's not as star-studded as other efforts of this nature – but that's fine with us because Chuck really shines as the lead ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet little mid-70s Italian soundtrack – penned by the lesser-known Mario Bertolazzi, but done with styles that are in some of the best groovy modes of the time! Music is a nice blend of funky bits, swirling strings, and some lighter jazzier bits – balanced maybe with a bit more ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A treasure trove of amazing music – the earliest Elenco and Philips albums by Maria Bethania, all packaged together in one massvie set! The work here is incredible – some of the deepest Brazilian music ever recorded – rich in feeling and complex emotion – and delivered at a ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The second chapter of Maria Bethania's career – every bit as wonderful as the first! Unlike some of her contemporaries, whose talents dimmed a bit as the 80s approached – Maria Bethania continued to record some of the deepest, most powerful material of the MPB generation – ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Lovely work from Marco Betta – a contemporary film that's scored with all the sensitivity of the Italian scene from years back – set up here in a light mix of piano, orchestrations, and some occasional solo passages on cello, violin, and guitar! The tunes are relatively short, but ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Brilliant southern soul from the Malaco scene – slices of work from both the late 60s and late 70s, some of which is previously unissued! The set begins with some great work by the duo of Betty Johnson and Charles Warren – singing together in a mode that has echoes of some of the other ... (Soul) read moreCD
Sylvain Beuf —
Joy ... CD Harmonia Mundi, 2009. Used ...
A warm little live set from Andy Bey – quite possibly one of the most personal and unassuming albums of his recent comeback career! The set's a trio one, recorded at the end of the 90s – and it features Andy on both vocals and piano, plus Peter Washington on bass, and either Kenny ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
BG Knocc Out & Dresta —
Real Brothas ... CD Outburst/Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy ...
Strong stuff from BG Knocc Out & Dresta – Eazy E proteges from the early-to-mid 90s west coast gangsta rap boom! They don't reinvent the wheel on Real Brothas, but "real" it certainly is – and a solid, nowadays under-acknowledged standout from the era. The rhyme skills are ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD