The first Chicago album – presented here in all its jazzy brilliance! Back in the day, we used to wince when we heard these guys – but over the years, thanks to much rediscovery of the band by groove hounds, we've really come to like their work a lot. This first album especially has ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three giants of the Chicago improvised scene, coming together here in an album that recalls the best early recordings from the AACM! There's this open, collaborative spirit going on here – music that moves between structure and freedom, and which stands as a testament to the instant rapport ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fire (Mats Gustafsson) —
Defeat ... LP Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2021. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the more intimate albums recorded under the Fire name – a set that features core work from the trio of Johan Berthling on electric bass, Andreas Wearlin on drums, and Mats Gustafsson on flute, baritone sax, and live electronics! The electric bass is key here, and often sets up a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic Soul Orchestra —
Stampede ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2003. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A landmark album – one that has the beat-heavy Quantic transform into the Quantic Soul Orchestra, for a stunning deep funk performance! The record sounds like nothing Quantic have done in the past – and shares a sound with work from the Soul Fire/Daptone underground, with a tight blend ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure Bay Area group – with titles that include "Smoke Show", "Ruthless Is Reality", "41Fivin", "Snitches & Bitches", "Tic Tac", "Lavish", "Call It What You Want 2", and "Court In The Street". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
A pair of very stripped-down albums from John Lee Hooker – issued together in this 70s set! First up is Country Blues Of John Lee Hooker – featuring the legendary John Lee Hooker, heard here in one of his more obscure recordings from the late 50s – at least in contrast to his ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s brown label pressing. Cover has a tiny hint of seam splitting at the top, but is nice overall.)
Frank Sinatra —
My Way ... LP Reprise, 1969. Near Mint- ...
A standout late 60s set from ol' blue eyes – and a record that gave him one of the last great songs of his career! The title cut's a well-known gem, but the whole thing's pretty sweet – arranged and conducted by Don Costa, and done in that maturing masculine mode Sinatra was hitting at ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual US issue of material that Memphis Slim recorded in Paris – with work by Carey Bell on harmonica, Lowell Fulsom on guitar, and SP Leary on drums! Titles include "Grinder Man Blues", "Misery", "I Wanna Dance", "Chicago Bounce No 2", "Born ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, and a name near the top.)
An overlooked 80s gem from this fantastic Cuban group – directed by pianist Chucho Valdes, with work from Oscar Valdes on percussion, Juan Mungia and Jorge Verona on trumpets, Jose L Cortes on flute and baritone, Carlos Averoff on tenor, and Carlos Morales on electric guitar! (Latin) LP, Vinyl record album
A brilliantly evocative album from Pat Metheny – one that's got a quietly epic feel, as Pat and group soar out across the American landscape in a set of tunes that subtly explore space and sound while still remaining wonderfully fluid. There's nothing forced here, and nothing too slick ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam, light wear, and a trace of a price sticker.)
Quite obscure later work from Maxine – done in a style that's partly like her classic uptown soul work for Wand, but which also has some more down-home and rootsy moments – in an approach that was clearly intended to make her come across as more of a hard soul singer! Arrangements are ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
1970s reissue of Bird's incomparable Dial sides, cut during the height of the Bop age. Though the cover just has a generic photo of Bird, there's extensive notes on the back, and the tracks are arranged in a documentary sort of fashion, lining up all the takes together, so you can hear Bird ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great chapter in 60s bossa jazz – Zoot Sims "answer" to Stan Getz's bossa work on Verve – recorded in a similar jazz-meets-bossa style, with some great guitar work by Jim Hall! Zoot's solos are a bit tighter and not as laidback as Stan's – giving a more jazz-based ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo gold label pressing with deep groove. Also includes the bossa dance steps insert!)
A stunningly beautiful batch of Latin jazz tracks by this great Cuban trumpeter – a later date for the Coco Records label, but one that shines as brightly as its brilliant work from the 70s! There's a really earthy feel to the record at times, mixed with some bolder jazz moments at others ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever from The Staple Singers – and that's really saying a lot, as they cut a huge amount of really great records! The album's an unusual collaboration between the group and Curtis Mayfield – one that forges the great vocal styles they were developing at Stax ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in great shape, save for some very light aging along one edge of the cover.)
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Freddie Hubbard's greatest records – a soaring bit of soulful modernism that's almost a precursor to 70s sounds on record labels like Black Jazz or Strata East! Freddie's at his early best here – stepping aside from some of the more serious Blue Note modes, and definitely ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red and purple label pressing – a nice copy. Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner.)
The mighty Alan Lomax has maybe done more to document rural American music in the 20th century than anyone else – most famously for a midcentury series of recordings for the Library Of Congress and Folkways Records, which established Lomax as having an incredible ear for lesser-heard sounds ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl and cover, with a nice booklet of notes too!)
Doug Hammond —
Folks ... LP Idibib/Manufactured, 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
A lasting classic from drummer Doug Hammond – maybe one of his most widely-circulated records, even though the whole set is still relatively obscure! That doesn't stop the music from being great, though – and the whole thing is a great bridge between the New York loft jazz years of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Guitarist John Scofield is a player who always needs an electric outlet for his instrument – but this time around, he seems to have an even sharper fusion groove than ever – a rhythmic pulse to his instrument that really seems to move along with the keyboards from Peter Levin and drums ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Live ... LP Epic, 1981. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A great mix of the talents of Michael Jackson and his famous brothers – and a set that's probably got an equal weight on the focus of both! There's a fair bit of Off The Wall-era Michael that informs this set – the kind of upbeat, grooving tracks that made that record so great – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet jazzy work from War – a record that has them stretching things out a bit from before, and finding new ways to groove for the second half of the 70s! All the core elements are still firmly in place – that sublime blend of jazz, soul, funk, and Latin elements – but there's a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout notch. Shrinkwrap is aged.)
A collection of modern works performed by the Rome Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bruno Maderna. Titles include "Kontra Punkte" by Stockhausen, "Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima" by Penderecki, "Available Forms 1" by Earle Brown, and "Rimes Pour ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing – 4S/1S. Cover has light wear and a bumped corner.)
Luiz Henrique & Walter Wanderley —
Popcorn ... LP Verve, 1969. Near Mint- ...
An excellent collaboration between two of Verve's best Brazilian artists of the late 60s – the groovy organist Walter Wanderley, and the breezy breathy vocalist Luiz Henrique! The set is a perfect example of the way that Verve took bossa playing and gave it a groovy production twist – ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Muddy Waters can't get no grinding – but that's hardly a problem, given the strength of this sweet early 70s set! The album marks Muddy's return to more basic Chicago blues after his funky electric period on Chess – but the set's still got some of the trippier touches of a few years ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever cut by Japanese wood flute player Hozan Yamamoto – a set that has him working with very groovy backings from the Sharps & Flats ensemble – who almost give the whole thing an MPS label blending of funky jazz and world music sounds! The approach is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best, most influential indie singer-songwriter records of the 90s – and maybe the best ever by the late, great Elliot Smith! In the noisy indie rock early 90s, vulnerable, quietly-recorded, largely solo acoustic confessionals were not par for the course, but Elliot Smith was by no ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that really has The National stepping forth with the kind of strong songwriting that have made them such favorites over the years – tunes that feel personal, but which are understated too – warm and witty enough to win over new listeners right away, but at a level that also ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An intense album of spiritual jazz tracks – played by Lon Moshe and the Southern Freedom Arkestra – maybe one of the only albums we've ever seen by this lesser-known vibist! The album was recorded in 1976, during the height of the Black Fire DC underground scene – and Moshe's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked 60s pop gem from Margo Guryan – probably best known as the writer of the "Sunday Morning" hit for Spanky & Our Gang, but an equally great singer on her own! Margo's got a style that's towards the hipper side of girl pop in the late 60s – but one that's also ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant late statement from Tino Contreras – the legendary Mexican drummer who's been part of the jazz scene in Mexico City for decades – and who can still give the world wonderfully vibrant music like this! There's a deeply spiritual vibe to the record – a sound that's like ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible side of the talents of the legendary Alice Coltrane – obscure 80s material that was recorded in the years after her famous records on Impulse and Warner Brothers – only ever issued on cassette at the time! The tracks have Alice still very much in the same spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set from this fusion supergroup – a great quintet that features keyboards from Warren Bernhardt, vibes from Mike Mainieri, tenor and soprano from Michael Brecker, bass from Eddie Gomez, and drums from Peter Erskine. As with other Steps Ahead records, the vibes really balance out ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth Smokey at the height of his powers – gliding along in the quiet storm groove that he helped to invent, and still sounding surprisingly down to earth – thanks to an intimate and relaxed feel to the set! Despite the date of the album, the instrumentation is nicely restrained, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Count Basie and Quincy Jones were always a mighty mighty combination – and there's no finer proof of that fact than this sweet little set! Quincy had a way of swinging Basie's group even more than Neal Hefti did – really letting the piano step out front, and swinging the larger horn ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full length from Cold Cut, with their big hits "people Hold On" and "Doctorin' The House", plus their other cut and paste and house and hip hop crossover numbers, like "Fat (Party & Bullsh*t)", "theme From 'Reportage'", "Stop This Crazy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Tommy Boy, includes the printed inner sleeve.)
A smooth number cut by the Roots with Philly NuSoul prodigy Musiq Soulchild, a teaser for the new full length! As you might expect, Malik B and Black Thought are on point with the rhymes, over a sly Rhodes-driven groove with a nice shuffling jazzy beat. A hot one from the world's greatest hip hop ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Not really a symphony, but a great album that features the soulful alto sax of Hank Crawford blowing over some rich larger backings from David Matthews – all with a sweetly funky Kudu sound! The style's a bit more polished than some of the other Kudu sessions of the time – almost a bit ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work by Tyrone, but an excellent album of smooth modern soul tunes that builds off his strong work for Columbia! The album features a sublime stepper called "Are You Serious" – a great track that easily ranks with Tyrone's best work from later years – and the rest of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great introduction to the work of Telex – the very groovy Euro pop group started by keyboardist Marc Moulin after his early work in Placebo! The sound here is very different than that group – very catchy, very poppy, and upbeat with a ear towards helping the continental scene live ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on "shrimp pink" and "fern green" vinyl – includes download!)
Clubby work from the South African scene of the 70s – but a set that's got a very equal amount of jazz – as you might guess from the group's saxophone-wielding leader on the cover! Tracks are long, and build from an instrumental core first – often leaving out vocals entirely, as ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ian Carr with Nucleus —
Belladonna ... LP Vertigo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
One of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Miles Davis —
Bitches Brew ... LP Columbia, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sun Ra Arkestra —
Swirling ... LP Strut (UK), 2020. New Copy ...
Sun Ra left the planet a few decades ago, but his Arkestra has been going strong – really carrying the torch that the great one kept burning – and stepping out here in their first studio album in 20 years! The record is really something special – that core Sun Ra spirit, but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Blue Note debut of cornet player Ron Miles – a musician with a great sense of phrasing, and maybe some of the strongest sense of color we've ever heard come from the instrument in recent years! The group here, though, is really a strong part of that sense of tone – as the lineup ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really fantastic collaboration between two pioneers of African music – and a set that nicely opens both into the jazziest side of their talents! Hugh Masekela blows flugelhorn, and Tony Allen handles drums and plenty of percussion – and although both artists sing a bit, the main ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A spiritual jazz treasure from drummer Doug Hammond – and a set that also features a very unusual group! The lineup features Doug's core trio with Muneer Abdul Fataah on cello and a very young Steve Coleman on alto – the latter of whom is free and fantastic, and maybe looser here in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
14 versions of "St Louis Blues" by performers including Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Eartha Kitt, Perez Prado, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Waller, and more. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
A gospel record, but one that lets you know that there's something different going on from the very first note – which seems to be the kind of sound you'd expect more from a blacksploitation soundtrack than any kind of album cooked up in a church! That difference hangs on throughout the ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three never-issued albums from Brother Ah – the enigmatic musician who may be known best for his work with Sun Ra, and his rare album on Strata East! Both of those moments date from earlier years, though – and past that time, Brother Ah was still working strongly on some amazing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a glow in the dark box, with an exclusive booklet, virtual reality headset, an album download, and a download of virtual reality content!)
Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of Awareness —
Key To Nowhere ... LP Divine/Manufactured, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – an enigmatic musician who worked briefly with Sun Ra, and continued an exploration of the sonic heavens on his own! This rare 1975 album features Ahh's Sound Awareness ensemble – a 25 piece group that features a host of voices set to percussion, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very trippy album from the enigmatic Brother Ah – aka Robert Northern, former member of Sun Ra's Arkestra, and also a lecturer on the east coast. This album's his first, originally issued on the Strata East label – and a space mixture of other-worldly sounds. The first long track on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Heavy numerological rhymes, and the best production on any Wu project (still to this day, even). One of our absolute favorite albums in the classic Wu pantheon, and indisputably one of the very best – one of the very few that plays with hard solidity from start ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The breakthrough album by Blondie! Parallel Lines is their third album overall, and having been released only 7 months after their second, you know they were hungry to break big – and they do it here with unbeatable cool. For as tight and bright as as the sound is, a trademark of producer ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve, with polyliner attached.)
A live bit of fusion supergroup jamming – one in which Billy Cobham and George Duke are joined by Alphonso Johnson and John Scofield in a set of really soulful numbers! The main focus here is straight fusion jamming, but there's also a nice undercurrent of funk and soul in the set as well ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album