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✨✧ U-NamEssential Collection ... CD
Skytown, Late 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... About August 28, 2017
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✨✧ U-NamSurface Level ... CD
Skytown, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The grooves here go way past the surface level – mighty deep overall, and served up in that fantastic mix of jazzy fusion and club that we love so much from U-Nam! The guitarist just seems to get better and better with each new recording – mixing a 70s style of George Benson soloing with well-crafted rhythms that are never too over the top, and which never force the groove so much that U-Nam can't find space to do his own thing! The style's almost like an instrumental version of Incognito, although with more of a jazzy solo instrumental vibe – and titles include "Back In Style", "Mary Jane", "Groove Paradise", "Going For Miles", "Surface Level", and West Indeed". CD
 
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James DaySong Soul Spirit (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
James Day Songs, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
James Day has always been one heck of a collaborative fellow – but this time around, he seems to be even more so than ever – as the album's overflowing with an insane amount of guests artists – a huge lineup that includes Gordon Chambers, Tony Terry, Audrey Wheeler, Glenn Jones, Sandra St Victor, Karen Bernod, Lalah Hathaway, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Maysa, and others – soul singers both classic and contemporary, coming together here to bring a very joyous vibe to James' music! Many numbers feature more than one singer, creating a trading of vocals that really gives the record a lot of warmth – while Day handles the production and songwriting, sometimes with help from the other artists. Titles include "No Son Of Mine", "Forgiveness", "Battlegrounds", "Stand On My Shoulders", "Who Can Tell The Heart", "It's All Divine (Boogie Back mix)", and "Speak Love". CD features two tracks not on the digital version – "Dreamland" and "We Dance (Cool Million mix)". CD
(CD includes 2 bonus tracks not on the digital version!)

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LighthouseLighthouse/Suite Feeling/Peacing It All Together ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of albums by this very unique group – all brought together in one mighty nice package! First up is the self-titled Lighthouse album – the first record by Lighthouse – a strange band that's always incredibly hard to peg, but who have a sound that we always end up liking a lot! The group mix together folk rock styles with a touch of soul and funk – going for some nice grooves that build up from lots of drum work and airy vocal production, touched here by lots of horns, in a style that's a bit like Blood Sweat & Tears, but a lot lot cooler! This first album is something of a landmark in the jazz/rock vein – and titles include "Never Say Goodbye", "Follow The Stars", "Mountain Man", "Whatever Forever", "Marsha Marsha", and a great cover of "Eight Miles High". Suite Feeling is a record with a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but fused together even more perfectly – but with a leanness that's a good contrast to some of the more overblown groups of the same generation! There's just the right balance here to allow some standout solos – on horns, natch, but also some sweet Hammond too – and a young Howard Shore is also in the group on alto sax, and handled some of the arrangements for the record. Titles include a great version of "A Day In The Life" – plus originals "Taking A Walk", "Could You Be Concerned", "Chest Fever", "Feel So Good", "Places On Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces", and "What Sense". Last up is Peacing It All Together – maybe the most complex album so far from Lighthouse – a set that begins with some great heavy drums, then rolls into the group's trademark blend of jazzy riffing, rocking rhythms, and soaring arrangements! There's a bit more Sunshine Pop in Lighthouse compared to some of their contemporaries in the jazz rock world at the start of the 70s – no attempts to be unnaturally soulful in the lyrics, nor too posturing either – and instead, there's almost a vocal gentleness that makes for a nice counterpoint to the full instrumental modes of the large horn-heavy ensemble. A few cuts get nice and funky, and titles include "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo/Let The Happiness Begin", "The Country Song", "Sausalito", "The Fiction Of Twenty Six Million", "On My Way To LA", and "Daughters & Sons". CD

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Tee Mac featuring Marjorie BarnesNight Illusion ... CD
SKJ/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99 22.99
A sweet bit of funky club from Tee Mac – a set that was recorded in Lagos at the end of the 70s, but which has plenty of American disco touches overall! Tee plays some sweet flute solos in the mix, and the record also features some great lead vocals from Majorie Barnes – who tops off some of the best tracks as they step around in a mix of clubby rhythms and Mac's jazzy solos! Before returning to Nigeria in the late 70s, Tee scored big fame for some work on the biggest singles by Silver Convention (he wrote "Fly Robin Fly" and "Stand Up & Boogie") – and while that disco experience shows in the care and class of the production, the overall sound here is a lot warmer and more fluid than any sort of Euro disco. Titles include "Night Illusion", "Living Everyday", "Struggle", "Hit Hit", "A Certain Way To Go", and "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo". CD

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Night Blooming JazzmenNight Blooming Jazzmen ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the funkiest records ever cut under the direction of Leonard Feather – a sweetly grooving little set that's filled with tight changes and lots of soulful riffing! Feather wrote and arranged the date, but the real strength here is the players – Mainstream Records hipsters who include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Charles Kynard on organ, Paul Humphrey on drums, Freddy Robinson on guitar, and Ernie Watts on sax and flute – plus a bit of vocal work from Kitty Doswell, although the album's predominantly a vocal one. There's almost a soundtrack jazz feel to some of the best cuts here – tunes that are funky, but not in an over-the-top sort of way – with subtleties and sophistication that really keep the album fresh. The set kicks off with "Nam M'Yoho Ren'ge Yo", which has a good groove, and a nice tight break at the beginning – and other tracks include "The Night Blooming Jazmen", "Donte's Inferno", and "Funkville USA". CD

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VariousNigeria Soul Fever – Afro Funk, Disco, & Boogie – West African Disco Mayem ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99 22.98
The Nigerian groove of the 70s – way past the familiar modes of Fela Kuti, and served up here in a range of artists who followed on a huge second wave of soul that soared from Lagos and beyond in the second half of the decade! The music here opens up in a sweet range of different styles – including bits of club and boogie that have come into the scene to open up Nigerian funk in more global modes for the dancefloor – blending African roots with American currents, in a sound that's completely unique – and which is way better than some of the Afro-disco modes that were coming from Europe a the time! As usual with the folks at Soul Jazz, the set's an ear-opening work of genius – from the superb track selection, to the very thorough notes and research – which really do a great job of presenting this side of Nigerian funk that's always been a bit eclipsed by some of the bigger names on the scene. Liner notes are by dancefloor historian Bill Brewster – and titles include "Do The Funkro" by Joni Haastrup, "You Can't Change A Man" by Christy Essien, "Afrikana Disco" by Akin Richards & The Executives, "Ocheche" by Don Bruce & The Anges, "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" by Tee Mac, "Get Up & Dance" by Benis Cletin, "Enoviyin" by Colomach, "Nwaeze" by Jimmy Sherry & The Musik Agents, "Wake Up Your Mind" by Joni Haastrup, "Disco Dancing" by Angela Starr, "Mr Been To" by Arakatula, "Living Every Day" by Tee Mac with Marjorie Barnes, "Wake Up Africa" by Arakatula, and "Soul Fever" by Benis Cletin. CD

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✨✧ James DayRepertoire ... CD
James Day Songs, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The repertoire here is as great as the lineup – positive, upbeat soul songs all written by James Day – and performed with help from a huge cast of talent from the contemporary and classic soul underground – including Maysa, U-Nam, Glenn Jones, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Donnie, Audrey Wheeler, Tony Terry, Cool Million, Gavin Christopher, and others! Some of these are folks we haven't heard in years – and certainly not in a setting this great – as Day works with U-Nam, who co-produced the set, in a mode that's got the same warm mix of classic and contemporary that you'd find in the best music by Incognito! Titles include "Considered Delivered", "We Dance", "Don't Waste The Pretty", "Dance Again", "Repertoire", "Rewind", and "RSVP". CD
 
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✨✧ VariousSoul In Harmony – Vocal Groups 1965 to 1977 – Superb Vocal Harmony From The Classic Soul Era ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of harmony soul gems – and a package that's overflowing with great numbers from a time when small group soul really sparkled in the funky 45 underground! Most of the cuts here have never appeared on CD before, and a handful are previously unreleased – and together, the set really showcases the sublime style of singing that emerged in the second half of the 60s – a new approach to harmonizing that was different from jazz, gospel, or doo wop groups in previous years – with tremendous interplay between the lead and backup parts of the group, in charts that were continually inventive and richly expressive at a level that still sounds completely great all these many years later! If you only know Motown male groups, or bigger names like The Impressions or Stylistics, you'll find plenty here to discover – a really rich tapestry of tunes that includes "Strange Voice" by The Imaginations, "Baby" by The Joneses, "Boom A Rang" by Dynamic Soul Machine, "By Your Side" by Moon & Mars, "Can't Get You Off My Mind" by Brothers Of Soul, "Waiting For Your Love" by The Love Experience, "Linda" by Salt & Pepper, "Need Someone To Love" by The Symphonies, "Take Your Time" by The Festivals, "That Day When She Needed Me" by The Performers, "We Can Make It Baby" by The Reputations, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" by The Four Sonics, and "I'll Be Waiting" by The Lovettes. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Togetherness 2016 ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wickedly sharp entry in the Soul Togetherness series – and one that maybe features a bit more contemporary material than before! There's a few older tracks from the modern soul years of the late 70s – but most of the work here is contemporary soul from the global underground – brought together in a collection that's especially important, given that the scene has moved so strongly to digital releases and one-off singles! These tracks are partly from that hinterland, and partly from the well-chosen range of cuts that we've come to expect from Expansion Records and DJ Richard Searling – a talent who's been running the Soul Togetherness empire for 30 years, and really knows his way around a track. Titles include "Don't Quit" by Deiphuis & Eastar with Jocelyn Brown, "Sunshine" by Los Charly's Orchestra, "I Got To Party" by SouLutions, "Just Talk To Me (boogie back rmx)" by Tracy Hamlin, "No Limit (ext mix)" by Breakwater, "Stranger (back to the future mix)" by Farina Miss, "Adieu" by Trina Broussard, "I Can Feel It (Soulshy mix)" by Beat Rivals, "Never Loved Nobody" by Puff Johnson, "Lotta Love (ext orig version)" by Nicolette Larson, "What I Done Wrong" by Big Lee Dowell & The Cannonballas, "Just Whatcha Like" by Zo with Joi, "All In The Name Of Love" by Seest, and "You & I (spider edit)" by Ronnie Jones. CD

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✨✧ VariousSurinam Funk Force – More Boogie & Disco Funk From The Surinamese Dance Floors ... CD
Rush Hour (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A huge range of funky soul cuts from a very surprising source – the nation of Surinam, which didn't earn its independence until the mid 70s – which then seemed to pave the way for a big wave of wonderful music like this! The cuts often have a groove that's more northern hemisphere club than you'd expect from the nation's South American locale – and given that the nation was previously under the control of the Dutch, there's a lot of back/forth action here with European sounds, styles, and studios – which results in some great grooves that have a really unique hybrid in their approach! Rhythms are strong, but never too slick – never totally polished, as in a Euro disco mode – and instead maybe feel like some of the best underground New York material of the period – especially the sort that was drawing influence from communities of new immigrants. Some tracks have straightforward vocals, others have more of a group chant vibe – and most cuts have at least one key jazzy element, which really sharpens up the sound. Titles include "Happines" by Errol De La Fuente, "Born To Boogie" by Steve Watson, "Craziest" by Sonny Khoeblal, "The Funky G" by Sumy, "Love Dance" by Eddie Tailor, "Kaseko Attack" by Ronald Snijders, "Jamasa Roro" by Astaria, "Tirsa Song" by Sound Track Orchestra & Silvy, "Jhoom Le" by Cyntia, "Freedom Is The Thing" by Langa Langa, and "Jammin With The Jam Band" by Jam Band 80. CD

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✨✧ VariousSvenska Shakers – R&B Crunchers, Mod Grooves, Freakbeat, & Psych Pop From Sweden 1964 to 1968 ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Cool combos from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a surprising north European hotbed of garagey grooves that were every bit as gritty as sounds from the US! In fact, these guys owe nothing to The Seeds or Sonics – as most are recording at right around the same time, and have a similarly rough-edged approach that's totally great – heavy guitars, often turned up to the point of distortion – lots of romping rhythms from frenetic drums – and vocals that maybe borrow a bit of the tunefulness of the Brit Invasion generation, but which are a bit more sinister overall! Most of these cuts are way more than just indie obscurities, too – as the bulk of the work here was recorded by big labels in Sweden – Decca, Columbia, Parlophone, and others – which results in superb production and presentation that really fits the style of the music. The Swedes kept their garage scene going for many years later – with superb work well into the early 90s – but this superbly-selected, 2CD set is the wellspring of that long cultural tradition – with 41 titles that include "Fantasy Island" by The Tages, "Don't Run & Hide" by Stringtones, "I Want To Live" by Mascots, "Bo Bo Boogie Pack" by Annabee Nox, "Misery Is Such A Mystery" by John Julian & Curt Gorans, "Smiling" by Darling, "A Flower In My Garden" by The Hep Stars, "I Set A Fire" by Science Poption, "Baby I Want To Know" by Fools, "Hurt By Love" by Deans "Let Me Show You Who I Am" by Shanes, "Do Ano" by Namelosers, "Daddy Rolling Stone" by Horanges, and "Come On" by Moonjacks. CD

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✨✧ VariousTres Chic – More French Girl Singers Of The 60s ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Groovy gals from 60s France – a power-packed array of Parisian pop nuggets that goes way beyond most other compilations of this nature! Some of the big names are here, but there's way more obscure numbers too – the cool kind of French femmes that made a bit splash during the "yeh yeh" generation, with a mix of the rough and the sweet that few other girl singers could ever hope to touch! There's a really special mod sort of energy here – vocals that push out strongly, yet never succumb to emotional cliches of American and British singers – and backings that are always tight and groovy, but in a jaunty, jerky way that's quite different than straight ahead rock. The mix of modes is completely sublime – just the sort of music that still really sends us after all these years – and titles include "J'Ai Des Problemes Decidement" by Violaine, "Hymne Au Soleil" by Pussy Cat, "Attends Ou Va-T'En" by France Gall, "Tomorrow Is Another Day" by Gillian Hills, "Bravo" by Jacqueline Taieb, "Pas De Taxi" by Annie Philippe, "La Fermeture Eclair" by Delphine, "Les Paillons Noirs" by Michele Arnaud, "Comme Tu Es Jeune" by Liz Brady, "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" by Anna Karina, and "Ecoutez" by Elsa. CD

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✨✧ VariousUnlock The Lock – The Kent Records Story Vol 1 – 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The start of a wonderful label – the legendary LA imprint Kent Records – home to some excellent soul, blues, and R&B in its early years – plus a handful of rockers, too! The label is one that often worked in budget territory, but had some killer talent – and their early run of recordings finally gets its due here – in a package that features a whopping 48 tracks in all, 30 of which have never been on CD before! Big names are here – like BB King and Etta James – but there's also loads of other lesser-known artists too, who really fill in the space between the cracks – and offer up a very vivid picture of west coast R&B in the immediate pre-soul years. As always with Ace, the presentation and notes are superb – and titles include "You You You" by Van Robinson, "South's Gonna Rise Again" by Jesse James, "Ballad Of Stagger Lee" by the Senders, "The Fool" by BB King, "Sweet Lovin Honey" by Don Cole, "Baby Baby Every Night" by Etta James, "Hey Little Mama" by The Barker Brothers, "Dance The Thing" by Floyd Dixon, "Unlock The Lock" by Jimmy Nelson, "That's My Baby" by Artie Wilson, "Bye Bye Baby" by Chuck Tequila Rio, and "Without You" by Hal Davis. CD

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✨✧ VariousWhen A Man Cries – The Deep Soul Of Scepter/Wand ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of obscure deep soul material – all pulled together from a relatively unlikely source! Although the Scepter/Wand labels are mostly known for their uptown soul of the 60s – the labels, along with the related Musicor and Dynamo imprints, also issued some great deep soul – most of it with a rich southern sound that was very different from other work on the labels. This tasty set brings together 27 tracks from the late 60s and early 70s – many of which were only the province of rare 45s or long out of print LPs. The quality is super-high – as you'd expect from Kent – and titles include "When A Man Cries" by Joe Wilson, "You're Gonna Reap Just What You Sow" by Johnny Copeland, "Every Man Needs A Woman" by JB Troy, "Somebody Will" by Clarence Reid, "Sweet Lovin Woman" by The Masqueraders, "It Hurts So Good" by Katie Love, "Loser Again" by Jackie Moore, and "Crying Man" by Benny Gordon. CD

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✨✧ VariousWhere The Girls Are Vol 6 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare female pop sounds from the 60s – a killer collection of soul and rock nuggets, most of which were only issued on small label singles, and hardly saw any exposure back in the day! Yet the work here is every bit as great as bit girl pop hits of the period – maybe even better, because you haven't been hit over the head with it all your life – and can just dive in and really enjoy the wonderful vocals, sublime production, and hip arrangements that make this era such a great one for the growing wave of more dynamic female singers in the US scene. As with previous volumes, the overall package is as wonderful as the track selection – great notes and a vivid look that really adds a lot to the sounds on the CD – sounds that are sublime, and include "Lost" by The Darlettes, "Little Baby" by Kathy Lynn & The Playboys, "Cupid's Got a Hold On Me" by The Belles, "Yes I Know" by The Ladybirds, "My Imaginary Guy" by Deanie Parker & The Valadors, "Big Time Operator" by Joan Moody, "Captured By Your Love" by Felice Taylor, "Jilted" by The Goodees, "I Can't Hear You" by Pat Powdrill, and "Walk Tall" by The 2 Of Clubs. CD

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✨✧ VariousWilliam Bell Presents Atlanta Soul – The Peachtree Records Story ... CD
Grapevine (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous batch of southern soul tunes – all originally recorded for the obscure Peach Tree label in Atlanta – an imprint that was quickly lost to time, but who recorded work that was every bit as great as that coming out of Memphis and Muscle Shoals at the time! One factor in the label's high level of quality is the fact that it was started by Stax singer William Bell – obviously a keen eye for great talent, and an important force in helping Peach Tree pick some of the best undiscovered talent at the time! Most of the work on the compilation is by lesser-known Atlanta soul stars – all of whom are great, and most likely lesser-known because Atlanta didn't have the bigger label presence of other southern cities. The set also features a few rare tracks by Mitty Collier, a singer best known for her Chess work of the 60s – and the package features 20 tracks in all, plus some great notes. Titles include "Share What You Got", "Lovin On Borrowed Time", and "What Do You Want" by Mitty Collier; "The Shocker" by Peg Leg Moffett, "Malnutrition" and "Seven Day Lover" by James Fountain, "Let's Take A Look At Our Life" and "It Sure Would Be Nice" by Emory & The Dynamics, "Purple Haze" by Johnny Jones & The King Casuals, "It's Not A Hurtin Thing" by Gorgeous George, "Things That A Lady Ain't Supposed To Do" by The Four Dynamics, and "You Hurt So Good" by Susie Rainey. CD

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AfriqueSoul Makossa ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of The Rising Funk", apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD
Also available Soul Makossa ... LP 9.99

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Herb AlpertSummertime ... CD
A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $10.99 11.98
Late 60s brilliance from the legendary Herb Alpert – one of a few key records that has him reinventing his style for a whole new generation! Herb name-checks Gil Evans, Miles Davis, and Ahmad Jamal in the notes – and he's definitely opening up the style of his arrangements here – to make room for all the wonderful changes in instrumental music that were taking place at the time. There's less of the fake Mexican-style sound of the early records – and more of that sublime blend of Brazilian, jazz, soundtrack, and singer/songwriter touches that marked the other A&M records of the period. The sound still has Herb's trumpet up front – but there's a lot more space in the arrangements – and titles include a great cover of Brian Wilson's "Darlin", plus "Summertime", Martha My Dear", "Catch A Falling Star", "The Nicest Things Happen","If You Could Read My Mind", and "Hurt So Bad". CD

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AmbassadorsSoul Summit ... CD
Jaimie/Guyden, Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Amazing work by a group that you've probably never heard of! The Ambassadors are an incredible Philly soul harmony group – of the sort that never made it out of the city in the pre-Philly International years, but who had a polish and quality that was every bit as great as bigger-name acts from Chicago or New York. The harmonies on the record are mindblowing – the kind of raw and sweet at the same time that was the Philly calling card on the group soul scene – and arrangements are by a young Bobby Martin, with help from Philly studio legends like Vince Montana, Norman Harris, Leon Huff, and Bobby Eli. Tracks include "I Really Love You", "I Dig You Baby", "AWOL", "Storm Warning", and "If I'm All You Got". 3 bonus cuts, too! CD

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Hermes AquinoDecencontro De Primavera ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along by backings that bring in a bit of jazz at some points, other acoustic instrumentation at others – all fused nicely with a subtle electric glide. Arrangements are by Wilson Mauro, who does a great job of lifting the songs up to the right level – and titles include "Cuidado", "Nuvem Passageira", "Longas Conversas", "Cavaleiro Do Sul", "2010", "Bola Louca E Colorida", and "Desencontro Da Primavera". CD

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Count BasieHigh Voltage ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Late niceness from Count Basie – and a set that definitely lives up to its name – a really high energy set, and one of the few times that Basie ever recorded for the MPS label! The group here works with sharp arrangements from Chico O'Farrill – who's got that punchy groove he was really perfecting in the 60s – a rhythmic snap that works just as well with the Basie group as Neal Hefti's charts did a decade before! Tunes are mostly standards, served up in a no-nonsense mode that's very heavy on the overall rhythmic conception of the group – but with some nice breakout solo moments, too – as you might hope for with a group that includes Eddie Lockjaw Davis on tenor, Eric Dixon on flute and tenor, Joe Newman on trumpet, Jerry Dodgion on alto, and Buddy Morrow on trombone. Titles include "Together", "If I Were A Bell", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Chicago", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Day In Day Out", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". CD

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Johannes Bauer & Peter BrotzmannBlue City – Live At Blue City Osaka – October 1997 ... CD
Trost (Austria), 1997. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic lost performance – only recently discovered by Peter Brotzmann in his tape archive – and a long-overdue presentation of a series of live duets with trombonist Johannes Bauer! The pair work together in a way that's almost like the best early spare sets on FMP – really taking the time to find each others spaces and sounds on some of the shorter tracks – while then also blowing us away with their instant sympathy for each other on the leadoff improvisation – which runs for almost a full 30 minutes! Bauer's always been one of the more overlooked phraseologists on the trombone, and he really shines here in the company of Brotzmann's alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato – on titles that include "Name That Thing", "Hot Mess", "Poppy Cock", "Heard & Seen", and "Blue City". CD

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BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Apple, 1967. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 24.98
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". Plus, this very special anniversary edition features a whole new stereo mix from the original tapes – as well as never-heard session material! The package features 18 bonus tracks that include unusual takes of songs, a few instrumentals, and even one track from the album done with Indian instrumentation! CD
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Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... CD 4.99
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... LP 34.99
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2LP anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... LP 36.99

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Harry BertoiaClear Sounds/Perfetta ... CD
Sonambient, 1971/1973. New Copy ... $13.99
The first new record in years from the legendary Sonambient label – the musical home of sculptor Harry Bertoia, whose creations were always made with their sonic properties in mind! The two pieces here are from Bertoia's tape archives – and both feature his unusual sound sculptures in performance – at a level that's sometimes a bit more subtle than some of the previous Sonambient releases – really showing the creative care that the man brought into his work. These aren't clangy metal industrial sounds – nor do they bear any relation to bells, chimes, or gongs – and instead, the music here is very organic and of this planet – in the way that Bertoia's sculptures always sought to capture and transform the workings of the world. CD

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Jane BirkinBirkin Gainsbourg – Le Symphonique ... CD
Warner, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A wonderful setting for the great Jane Birkin – working here with a full symphony orchestra, in very fresh interpretations of the classic songs of her onetime partner, Serge Gainsbourg! The orchestrations are wonderful – never sleepy, and always nicely light – so that Jane's voice is very upfront in the mix, but has a vibe that's quite different than most of her other later work – almost more fragile, in a way – and certainly with more world experience in her tone than when she sang some of these songs in her youth. The project is a surprising treat, and has us loving Birkin all over again – as well as being really amazed that some of Serge's songs could sound so different. Titles include "Baby Alone In Babylon", "Jane B", "L'Anamour", "La Javanaise", "Amour Des Feintes", "Valse De Melody", "Ces Petits Riens", "La Chanson De Prevert", and "Requiem Pour Un Con". CD

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Paul BleyImprovisie ... CD
America/Bamboo (France), 1972. New Copy ... About July 25, 2017 (delayed)
Incredible work from Paul Bley – and a record that captures him in his excellent electric period, working in a different setting than we've heard him elsewhere! The group on the set is a trio – one that matches Bley's work on electric piano and synthesizer with percussion from Han Bennink and vocals, piano, bass, and additional synthesizer from a young Annette Peacock! Peacock is especially restrained on the record – especially if you only know her later, straighter work – and her contribution here is wonderfully subtle and extremely lovely. Side one features the track "Improvisie", a free improvisation with Bley on electric piano and synthesizer – and tonalities are as "out" as the playing, which is generally quite spacious and dynamic – though hardly quiet. The second side features a Peacock tune titled "Touching" that's a bit more intense – very much in the spirit of the work on the first side, and a unique slice of magic from this one-off session! CD

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Blonde On BlondeRebirth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ember/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $12.99
These guys may have a name that evokes a Bob Dylan album, but their sound is something else entirely – a magical blend of simple instruments in a really unique way – and a songwriting voice that really sets these guys apart from the rest! There were so many great UK groups at the end of the 60s, that possible giants like these guys often got buried in the release schedule of the labels – even though they've got a fully-formed sound right from the start, and a lyrical confidence that's very unique. The music's a bit psych, and not entirely prog – but also reaching for something bigger than any sound of a few years before – and even though the instrumentation is by the very familiar trio of guitar, bass, and drums, there's definitely something special about it – as is also the case with the lead vocals of singer David Thomas. Titles including "Castles In The Sky", "Circles", "Broken Hours", "Heart Without A Home", "Colour Questions", "You'll Never Know Me/Release" and "Time Is Passing". CD features bonus tracks – "Circles (single version)", "Castles In The Sky (alt version)", and "Time Is Passing (alt version)". CD
 
 
 



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