A fantastic collection of funky mod and psych tracks from the great Rob Bailey – the man who's steered us through a handful of other wonderful compilations over the years, and won our undying respect in the process! Rob's choices are quite far from the obvious – and are made up from a ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A triple-header of greatness from the Funkytown Grooves label – a well-priced set that really shows off the label's commitment to classic funk and soul! The set brings together a blend of album tracks and rare mixes – some of the best titles from the FTG reissue series of the past few ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Gal Costa —
India ... CD Philips/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy ...
One of the richest, most expressive albums ever from the great Gal Costa – a set from her immediate post-Tropicalia years, and one that shows that she's got a lot more to offer than just a wild sense of experimentation! Gilberto Gil is the musical director here – with help from Rogerio ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A pretty amazing little record from Dion DiMucci – especially if you only know his earliest rock and roll hits! Dion was always a cat who was hipper than most of his mainstream contemporaries – as evidence by the surprisingly deep turn he'd take at the end of the 60s – but during ... (Rock) read moreCD
An amazing bit of Brazilian funk – and the best album ever by this exciting soulful duo! The record's their first, and it's got a crackling intensity that you don't always find on their other albums – a groove that mixes hard samba with bass-heavy funk, with a sound that makes them one ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Pedro Santos —
Krishnanda ... CD CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)...
A totally unique album from the Brazilian scene of the 60s – a set that was recorded right in the middle of the big Tropicalia years, but which has more of the earthier touches that would emerge in the Brazilian scene during the 70s! Yet there's also a sense of tight arrangement here too ... (Brazil) read moreCD
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Sublime sounds from the legendary Louvin Brothers – heard here on a collection of tracks recorded before their more famous years at Capitol Records – for labels that include Decca, Apollo, and MGM! Yet even at this early point, the brothers are fantastic – graced with a harmony ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Pure genius from The Dells – one of the few older vocal groups who could really change and evolve their sound – not by losing anything from their roots, and instead getting better and better with each new release! This set's a perfect example of why The Dells were the pinnacle of ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible combination of the two sides of The Dells – a set that has them presenting older tracks and newer material – all with sublime arrangements from the fantastic Charles Stepney, who'd really been transforming their sound from the There Is album onward! Stepney brings in a ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pair of Persuasions albums on a single CD – with bonus tracks too! First up is I Just Want To Sing With My Friends – a great little record from the Persuasions – and a bit different than their earlier work, too! Unlike a lot of the group's other records from the early 70s ... (Soul) read moreCD
A groundbreaking little record – and one that set a whole new standard for guitar funk in the 70s! By the time of this set, Dennis Coffey had been playing, arranging, and producing all over the Detroit soul scene for many years – so it wasn't like he really needed a hit to get paid or ... (Soul) read moreCD
Pivotal years of the Chicago blues scene – a time when the city was moving from rural influences to electric modes! That great span of work is presented here beautifully – in a set of tracks that begins in the mid 30s and end in the mid 50s – tracing an evolution that would not ... (Blues) read moreCD
A pair of classics from Blue Magic – brought together in a single set! First up is the self-titled Blue Magic – the start of a tremendous run from Blue Magic – easily one of the greatest harmony groups of the 70s, a quintet we'd place in a rare class with heavy hitters like The ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic mid 60s live album by The Staple Singers – recorded at Chicago's New Nazareth Church – here for the first time in complete form, on the eve of the recording's 50th anniversary! Originally released in the tumult of the Civil Rights era, it stands strongly as one of the finest ... (Soul) read moreCD
The cover's a bit trippy, but the sound is anything but – and instead stands as a strong tribute to the way the early work of Chuck Berry continued to influence a generation of rockers well through the 60s! Berry's the frontman, and gets plenty of chance to sing and sear on guitar – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Charles McPherson in the 70s – really hitting a great groove for the new decade – and finding a way to set himself apart from the style of his earlier work! McPherson first rose as a sharp bopper, with an alto style that was in a Charlie Parker mode – but by the end of the 60s, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A full, funky set from tenorist Paul Jeffrey – a set that has the lesser-known player backed by a large group of west coast all-stars – including Blue Mitchell on trumpet, David T Walker on guitar, and Joe Sample on keyboards! There's a tighter sound here than on some of Jeffrey's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet album of soulful jazz from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a wondeful talent who made a rare few albums as a leader! The record is quite different than Coles' earlier work for Epic and Blue Note – in that it's got the slightly electrified Mainstream sound of the 70s firmly in place ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the fullest albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a set that has him blowing along with a set of soulful larger backings – sometimes with a bit of gospel overtones as well! The lineup on the album's pretty darn hip – players who include Larry Willis on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the records that really put saxophonist Scott Hamilton on the map – a well-matched set with reedman Bob Wilber, and a date that has each player taking a different end of the sonic spectrum! Wilber blows alto, soprano, and clarinet – often with a style that maybe hints at trade, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jerry Weldon & Massimo Farao —
What's New ... CD Venus (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
One of the more beautiful, more subtle settings we've ever heard for the tenor of Jerry Weldon – a very relaxed ballad session cut with pianist Massimo Farao – done with crystal-clear sound, and a very late nite vibe! Over the years, Weldon's developed a really tremendous voice on the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very groovy solo work by the lovely Jane B – working here with a set of songs by Serge Gainsbourg, and sublime arrangements by Brit Easy/KPM maestro Alan Hawkshaw. The record's got a super-sexy sound, with a lot of whispered Frenchy tracks in a style that's similar to Serge's best work ... (French) read moreCD
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin take Jane's ever-growing trash rock aesthetic into the Euro club world of the 70s – and the result is an insane batch of tracks that are among Birkin's craziest work of the decade! She sings with an incredibly deadpan style – as you'll hear especially ... (French) read moreCD
Sweet sweet work from Jane Birkin – an early solo set that steps strongly off of her classic duets with Serge Gainsbourg! In a way, this album's as much a record by Serge as it is by Jane – since Serge wrote almost all the tracks, and since the arrangements are handled by the legendary ... (French) read moreCD
A landmark collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin – his paramour at the time, and a much younger woman! The pair come together beautifully here in a set of sensuous duets – tunes that have an open, honest approach to the relations between the sexes – yet ... (French) read moreCD
That's Night Blooming Jazzmen, not "Jasmine" – the name of one of the coolest projects to ever come from the hands of Leonard Feather! Sure, Feather presented some stiffer acts in his earlier years, but this group definitely isn't one of them – as they're an all-star, all-soul ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet Hammond groover from the 60s – and one that's been sadly overlooked as the years go on! Don't pass this one by, though, as the young Gene Ludwig is a hell of a talent – a cooker on the keys, with a strong sound that was brewed up in the clubs of Pittsburgh and Ohio – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The cover's a bit goofy, but the album's a standout in the 70s career of Sarah Vaughan – one of those sets in which she tried out newer, more contemporary material – and found that both her voice and the new style of arranging were a surprisingly good fit! Vaughan has help here from ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Barry Miles —
Scatbird ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Killer keyboards from the amazing Barry Miles – one of the lesser-known talents of the 70s jazz funk generation, but a heck of a great little player – especially on this album! The set has Barry playing both acoustic and electric keys – sometimes in a soaring, full-on mode that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Dave Hubbard – a player who's probably best known for his soaring work with Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – but who steps out here with a very fresh voice of his own! At some level, the album's an update of the soul jazz style that Prestige ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Blue Mitchell —
Vital Blue ... CD Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
One of the more obscure Blue Mitchell albums of the 70s – and one of the most far-reaching too! The set's still got an electric current, like his other work on the Mainstream label at the time – but there's also less funk at the core, and more of a spiritual jazz vibe – a quality ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Paul Anka —
Headlines ... CD RCA/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Paul Anka's a long way from the teen pop of his youth – and he's also nicely far from some of the more disco years too – maturing as a songwriter, both on his own, and on the album's collaborations with heavyweights like Sammy Cahn, or the teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill, and Alan ... (Rock) read moreCD
Polished Paul Anka in the best sort of way – that version of the singer/songwriter who was moving past crossover pop, and maybe finding a more mature space for his music! The approach is definitely adult contemporary, but with a bit more of that hook-heavy style that Anka did so well from ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Ned Doheny —
Prone ... CD Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Maybe our favorite record ever from 70s mellow rock maestro Ned Doheny – thanks to production from Steve Cropper and arrangements from Jimmie Haskell – both of whom give the record a super-soulful sound! Ned's always had this blue-eyed style that's gotten him equal play on both sides ... (Rock) read moreCD
The title's got a very positive vibe – and so does the music on the set – cool, compressed late 70s AOR – put together in the best sort of way! Unlike some of the more familiar American work of the genre, this set was recorded in the UK – and has a style that's maybe a bit ... (Rock) read moreCD
Early work from Randy Edelman – one of those AOR songsmiths who had no trouble turning out great material for records of his own! The set's got a nicely understated vibe – polished, but less commercial than some of its contemporaries – more in the way that some of the better AOR ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Nigel Olsson —
Nigel ... CD Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ...
Sweetly shining AOR material from Nigel Olsson – a singer who cut his teeth as a member of the Elton John band earlier in the 70s, and a pretty good frontman on his own! Nigel blends a fair bit of soul influences in his style – almost in a Bill Medley style – and the production ... (Rock) read moreCD
Beautiful stuff – and a record we never tire of hearing! This album's a sublime extension of the earlier Brazilian style of the Tamba Trio – in a set that has them adding a fourth member, and picking up some cool new sounds from producer Creed Taylor! The set brings the group's ... (Brazil) read moreCD
We're not entirely sure about the "incident" mentioned in the title – clearly front page news back in the day – but we can say that the album's a sweet little groover with a nice mod bounce – a set that features lots of great organ and piano from the mighty Marty Paich, ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
One of the grooviest albums ever recorded by guitarist Barney Kessel – a sweet reworking of Henry Mancini's fabulous music for Breakfast At Tiffanys! The set's got a warm feel and more than a bit of bossa nova inspiration – similar to some of the other Kessel and Shorty Rogers projects ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet early date as a leader from Elvin Jones – one that has him working strongly away from a John Coltrane setting, with some hip arrangements by Melba Liston! Elvin brings in some excellent accompaniment from two other Joneses as well – Thad on cornet and Hank on piano – both ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Kyoto Jazz Sextet —
Unity ... CD Universal (Japan), 2017. New Copy ...
The Kyoto Jazz sound just keeps on getting better and better – from the time 20 years back, when it was a visionary club movement spearheaded by Shuya Okino – to the point now where it's focused into a core jazz combo that brings beautiful new life to Okino's music! The group are a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful live set from Gary Burton – originally issued only in Japan, but a wonderful record that stands strongly with Gary's classic early 70s work for Atlantic and ECM Records! The group's a quartet – and has Gary's vibes alongside warm guitar lines from Sam Brown – a player ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little live set from Sergio Mendes and his Brasil 65 group – a pre-Brasil 66 combo that features Wanda De Sah on vocals and Rosinha De Valenca on guitar! The style here is more traditionally Brazilian bossa than Sergio's later work on A&M – a fluidly jazzy groove captured ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of the most fantastic hardbop albums of all time! Tommy Turrentine was the less-famous trumpet-playing brother of Stanley Turrentine – but he was a hell of a player in his early days, and he cut some amazing records with his brother during the younger years of his career. This is the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the rare few albums cut by vocalist Dodo Greene – best known for her obscure Blue Note session – and even that one's pretty darn rare! Dodo's a hell of a singer, and one that never fully got her due (although we can testify to seeing her years ago in a wonderful small club set ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of the most hard-grooving albums we've ever heard from jazz vibist Terry Gibbs – and a set that's full of surprises throughout! First, Nat Pierce plays jazz organ, instead of his usual piano – which gives the whole thing an R&B current you'd never expect – especially from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sweet 70s work from saxophonist Pete Yellin – a set that's almost as noteworthy for its electric piano lines by Hal Galper as it is for Yellin's solos on alto and flute! Galper's warm keys really help add a lot to the session – bringing in a slightly righteous tone, even when tunes are ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Fully righteous work from singer Maxine Weldon – working here with bigger backings from Ernie Wilkins that mix in a bit of blues, soul, and funk! The style's never too polished, and almost has a similar feel to some of Esther Phillips' work on the Kudu label during the early 70s – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Buddy Terry —
Awareness ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly soulful session from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a really righteous little record that reminds us a lot of work from the Strata East or Black Jazz labels! Buddy's working here with a relatively large group, but in a way that's really free and spontaneous – not nearly as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Farmer —
Homecoming ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of Art Farmer's hippest albums of the 70s – thanks to some incredible work from the rhythm section! The tracks here are all quite skittish and grooving – not really funky, but flowing with a wonderful sort of energy – and bouncing along on the bottom with more drive than you ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sonny Red —
Sonny Red ... CD Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ...
A fantastic album as a leader from Sonny Red – a saxophonist who never got much chance to record under his own name, but always gave us something special when he did! Sonny recorded famously with Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller in the 60s – but here, he's in an even hipper 70s mode of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An overlooked chapter in the Harold Land/Bobby Hutcherson partnership that recorded more famously for Blue Note – a date that's issued here under the tenorist's own name, but which also features equal contributions from Hutcherson on vibes! Tracks have that long, modal quality that has the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very cool collective from the contemporary Detroit scene – one led by a soulful saxophonist, and a great female singer – working here with strong guest contributions from Amp Fiddler, Zo, Dwele, Marcus Douglas, and John Bibbs! Saxappeal handles the reed solos and production – ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A smooth later groover from Crown Heights Affair – a lot more 80s sounding than the group's classic work, but in a way that's actually totally great! CHA were never shy of hitting a mainstream sound – and early in the group's career, they traded harder funk for smoother disco – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Call ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
Large-group genius from the legendary Horace Tapscott – one of the few recordings of his groundbreaking Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! The music here is totally righteous right from the start – even more searching and soaring than Tapscott's trio or solo work – thanks to help from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The record that forever put George McCrae on the map – and a crossover bit of Miami soul from the 70s with all the key elements of the TK sound firmly in place! George's vocals are nicely flanged out in that cool production mode that TK was using with its big acts of the time (an approach ... (Soul) read moreCD
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful live set from 1972 – and a very unique album from Roy Ayers' Polydor years! The album originally was never issued in the US – clearly done for a hipper European market at the time – and it's got more of a jazz vibe than some of Roy's other work on Polydor, with sounds ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful bit of late 60s pop – featuring a harmony group who can really sing – a group who really hit big with the famous cover tune of the set, but who really sound wonderful throughout! The album was masterminded by the team of Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss – who wrote most of ... (Rock) read moreCD
Solo piano work from Curtis Clark – an unsung talent from the west coast, and one who's mostly recorded for the Nimbus label in the same open-ended format as Horace Tapscott! The album offers up a more sensitive side of Clark's work than we remember – long tracks that are beautifully ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jesse Sharps Quintet/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Sharps & Flats ... CD Nimbus, 1979/1985. New Copy ...
Soaring spiritual soul jazz from the LA scene – a CD that features a beautiful performance by the Jesse Sharps Quintet, plus a longer extended track from Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra! We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard of Sharps before this CD – but he's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost spiritual jazz classic from pianist Nate Morgan – maybe the musician's best-remembered moment, and for good reason too! The set's got this soaring, spiritual vibe that's much more early 70s than you'd guess from the date of recording – a post-Coltrane spirit with lots of modal ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great set from LA pianist Nate Morgan – one of the leading underground talents in the west coast soul jazz scene of the late 70s and early 80s! The album's a trio set, performed in an blocky, exploratory style that recalls McCoy Tyner's best early work – but which also has a free and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent bit of spiritual soul jazz on Horace Tapscott's Nimbus label – featuring a group led by pianist Kaeef Rauzadun that includes Henry Franklin on bass, George Bohannon on trombone, Wilbert Hemsley on tenor, and Gary Bias on alto and soprano sax. The album's also got some beautiful ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Horace Tapscott/Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra —
Flight 17 ... CD Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ...
One of the best Horace Tapscott albums on Nimbus – and one that features him playing with the Pan-African Peoples Arkestra, who give the session a much fuller feel than some of Horace's other sparer sets. The group's made up of some strong hip players from the LA underground – and in a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An excellent overview of the hippest side of contemporary Blue Note – that moment when the label really started paying attention to some of the more soulful currents of the underground, and found a way to help hip players make some really wonderful sounds! Much of the work here is from that ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
Solo work from Alfa Anderson – a singer that you might remember as one of the original voices in Chic – that famous funky soul group from the 70s! Alfa's still held onto all the funky edge of her roots, but has tuned it here towards a much more 21st Century style – lean and ... (Soul) read moreCD
A sweet little soundtrack to this mid-80s animated feature – one that definitely delivers some excellent moments from Giorgio Moroder, in the style of his famous work on other films – and one that also includes some surprisingly nice sounds from German fusion musician Klaus Doldinger ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A later date from 70s soul legend Randy Crawford – cut overseas, at a time when she was initially without US representation – a situation that was immediately corrected with the strength of the album! The set has Randy really getting back to basics – mostly working with tight ... (Soul) read moreCD
The biggest collection of work we've ever seen from Los Bravos – a group who broke big around the world with the famous title hit, but who also had a heck of a lot more to offer, too! Los Bravos hail from Spain, but they quickly were picked up and produced by the British arm of Decca – ... (Rock) read moreCD
The female pop soul trio was alive and well in the 80s – morphed strongly from its 60s girl group roots and 70s disco chorus mode – to the point where a group like Expose was perfectly poised to take over the top of the charts! That catchy, poppy style is very firmly in place here ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great introduction to the legendary CTI Records label from the 70s – a groundbreaking imprint for both jazz and soul, and a company who helped a whole generation of musicians find a new way forward! The set's got a really great balance – with both some of the funky jazz and soulful ... (Funky Compilations) read moreCD
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A pair of Trojan Records compilations – back to back on a single CD! Both of these sets are way more than just collections of early rocksteady and reggae – as the set list of both records was surprisingly special – and often included some obscurities from Trojan, and well as ... (Reggae) read moreCD
One of those landmark meetings of mighty talents that sounds even better on record than it does on paper – as the set somehow finds this really special space that's completely between all the best early 70s modes of both Terry Riley and John Cale! Cale was really coming into his own at the ... (Rock) read moreCD
Tony Williams Lifetime —
Emergency ... CD Polydor/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy ...
A seminal jazz rock statement from drummer Tony Williams – one that has him stepping out quite far from his original "new thing" recordings of the mid 60s! The album's got a genre-forming sound that's incredibly fierce – a power trio churning of Williams drums, John ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A silly title, but a funky little record – one of the only ones we've ever seen from guitarist Jay Berliner, and one of the best cookers from the early 70s Mainstream Records years! The sound here is almost soundtrack funk at points – lots of up-front lines from Berliner on guitar ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great overview of the work of Levert – the trio who helped find a whole new range for male group expression in the 80s – while also providing the launching pad for the solo career of Gerald Levert as well! Both sides of that legacy are showcased here – in a set of tracks that ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic work from Colosseum – a pair of records that really stand out as completely unique hybrids from the British jazz rock years! Although Colosseum are probably best known as a progressive band, they certainly had plenty of jazz touches – and Valentyne Suite spawned the great ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some of the greatest moments ever from guitarist Eric Gale – brought together in one extremely well-chosen batch of tracks! Gale's a legendary figure, even just for his session work alone – which includes performances on hundreds of albums for other artists – but here, the music ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A career-spanning look at the music of Delegation – one of the few UK soul groups of the 70s who could go head-to-head with the best American acts of the time! Delegation have this razor-sharp style that almost prefaces 80s groove – a mode that was born in the disco generation, but ... (Soul) read moreCD
Hudson (DeJohnette/Grenadier/Medeski/Scofield) —
Hudson ... CD Motema, 2017. New Copy ...
A group who take their name from the Hudson River Valley – beautifully pictured here on the front cover – and a quartet who work in an equally expansive array of sounds – all sharp elements of tone and timing from a lineup that features Jack DeJohnette on drums, John Scofield on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An insanely ripping little record – one that comes on with all the raw power of the heaviest work by Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin at the time – even though these guys never hit that sort of fame! The group's a trio with an incredibly deft touch – able to make the simple ... (Rock) read moreCD
Round, warm sounds from bassist Charnett Moffett – working here on both acoustic and electric bass, always with that laidback sense of flow that always made his older work so great! Moffett seems to shape each tune in a different way – and he's joined in this pursuit by guitarist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Not the kind of easygoing sounds you'd usually expect from a record with the word "ambience" in the title – as these tracks are plenty raw, mighty greasy, and very much in the best spirit of the kind of sounds we're used to hearing on any collection that bears the name of The Cramps! ... (Rock) read moreCD
A fantastic collection of work from Norman Connors – a musician who first started out playing drums in spiritual jazz groups at the start of the 70s, then moved on to take over the worlds of funk and soul! Connors' material of this time was essential at bringing a new sort of depth to soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
Timeless, traditional, beautiful bluegrass ballads of love and lament from the Stanley Brothers – including the best version of "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow" you'll ever hear! These earlier Stanley recordings from the late 40s and early 50s have some strains of tradition blues, ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Waylon Jennings at peak mid 70s perfection! Ramblin' Man fits in stylistically with the gruff honky tonk hero mode he first fully realized a couple albums earlier, but he's still fiercely blazing trails here, pairing his gruff lead vocals with sweeter female harmonies on some tracks, changing the ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
The first of the twin Waylon Jennings masterpieces from 1973 – a career-defining year that saw the releases of both Lonesome, On'ry & Mean and Honky Tonk Heroes – 2 of Waylon's greatest albums! Self-produced and focused on the voice and the driving heart of the songs, this is ... (Rock) read moreCD
Waylon's close runner-up to Honky Tonk Heroes in overall quality, and one of the greatest outlaw albums ever! As with close buddy Willie Nelson's albums from the period, Dreaming My Dreams showed just how great he could be after wrestling full creative control from the label. The firm, proud ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A great early 70s effort from Waylon and probably his very best album to the point in his career – clearly paving the way for his outlaw years to come! The Taker/Tulsa prominently features songs that were cut in fairly stripped down settings, the kind that Waylon always preferred ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A really great bit of live work from Miles Davis – and the first-ever recorded appearance of the quintet with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – even though the album was never issued in the US at the time! The set follows very strongly in the mode of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreCD
A sweet little live set by Sade – done with the subdued warmth of her later work, but also featuring a few key songs from earlier years! There's a nicely understated quality to the record, in keeping with Sade's own presence – and we're quite pleased to hear how these songs hold up ... (Soul) read moreCD
The classic first solo album by Big L – with bedrock DITC production by Buckwild, Showbiz and Lord Finesse – perfectly framing the rhymes by Harlem's finest. Big L didn't leave a huge wealth of recordings before he was taking away from the world, but he started out strong, and this ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Maybe the best album ever from this seminal British jazz rock combo – a record that really has the group stretching out in the expanded space of a concert setting! Colosseum were already one of the best groups to mix jazzy currents and heavy rock modes – but they really set a fire with ... (Rock) read moreCD