A classic bit of early 80s fusion – from this supergroup that included Michael Brecker on tenor, Eliane Elias on piano, Peter Erskine on drums, Eddie Gomez on bass, and Mike Maineri on vibes! The sound's a lot more acoustic than you'd expect from the time and the setting, but the overall ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some writing indentations on the front.)
A surprisingly nice solo set – with the classic "Rough Boys", plus "Cat's In The Cupboard", "Let My Love Open The Door", "Jools & Jim", "A Little Is Enough", and "I Am An Animal". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Another wonderful project from the all-encompassing world of Madlib! This sweet little EP features work by Malik Flavors – keyboardist for Yesterday's New Quintet, working here in a very similar vein! The album's got a sound that's almost a stripped-down take on the YNQ groove – spare ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic album by Keely Smith – Louis Prima's one-time wife and classic singing partner, working here on her own! Swingin Pretty features arrangements by Nelson Riddle – showcasing Keely as a great singer in her own right, able to work in that sophisticated jazz-based style that you'd ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty sweet mid 60s disaster movie – filmed in Cinerama, and featuring an all-star cast that includes a great later Sal Mineo role! The music is lush and slightly sentimental – almost in a Rogers & Hammerstein mode, with South Pacific-y touches on the album's few vocal numbers. ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The vocals of Melba Moore, and some great Philly soul rhythms – put together with tight arrangements from McFadden & Whitehead, who give Moore a similar approach to some of the best Philadelphia International records of the time! There's a really nice sense of balance to the record ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has light wear & a cut corner.)
One of the greatest records ever by Lou Rawls – if only for one cut! That's the amazing "See You When I Get There", which starts with a Fender Rhodes riff over a hard thumping beat – while Lou does this little monologue about calling his woman at home. Then strings sweep in, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice, very laidback session that has Moody and Cohn trading solos on an easy batch of bop tracks, along with Barry Harris, Roy Brooks, and Sam Jones. The recording quality is at the usual high standard for MPS – although the set was actually produced by Don Schlitten, presumably in New ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Given that the Soulful Strings were really just a studio side project of the Chi soul arranger Richard Evans, it seems sort of strange to have them cut a live LP, but the session, recorded at Chicago's London House, works quite well, and has a bit more lively feel than some of their classic studio ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell —
Naptown Blues ... LP Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. Very Good+ ...
A historic pairing of blues talents – one that only flourished for a few short years, but created some wonderful music together! Leroy Carr brings lots of jazz inflections to his work on piano, but the overall sound is definitely blues – thanks strongly to the guitar lines of Scrapper ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing.)
Ennio Morricone —
Red Tent ... LP Paramount, Early 70s. Very Good+ ...
Kind of a mellow Morricone soundtrack – written for this weird balloon film that starred Sean Connery! Bruno Nicolai conducted, and the whole thing's fairly orchestral – with strings and voices coming in and out – but overall, there's still a wonderfully Morricone-esque quality ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Monk plays unaccompanied on a mix of standards and originals, including "Monk's Point", "Dinah", "Ruby, My Dear", "Ask Me Now", and a classic version of "I Surrender, Dear" – done spare and moodily, with a really haunting tone! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful 70s work from Gabor Szabo – a record that has him picking up a bit more of a soulful undercurrent, while still keeping all his great guitar work nicely upfront! The album has Gabor recording at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios – with help from Philly soul arrangers Richie ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully sweet soul by Billy – perhaps a bit more pop soul than some of his other albums, but no less great! Gamble & Huff were firmly in the control room on this one – and the results show on excellent cuts like the huge hit "Me & Mrs. Jones", the funky groover ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not a bad little album from Crown Heights Affair – pretty disco in parts, but also essentially more of an uptempo soul record, with that strident east coast groove. Includes disco and regular versions of "Dreaming A Dream", plus "Foxy Lady", "You Smiled", "P ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
38 tracks in all, spread out over 5 pieces of vinyl, including "You Don't Want To Go To War" and "The Party Don't Stop" by Mia X, "Break Em Off Something", "How You Do Dat", "Pass Da Green", "Hot Boys & Girls", "Plan B", ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three female singers/MC's with backing by the Sugarhill Gang Band – and rhymes that sound like they might have been written by the Sugarhill Gang. Maybe it's not up to the standards of other early female MC's like Sha Rock of the Funky 4 +1, but this is more like a 1979-era slow-tempo ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The influence of the Byrds, Gram Parsons, and Flying Burrito Brothers knew no bounds back in the day – as you'll hear on this wonderful collection of underground recordings that followed very strongly in their lead! If you think alt-country's only a recent invention, then think again – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most underground sounds you could ever hope to hear – quite literally, as the music on the set was recorded in a subterranean studio based in a cavern in Missouri! We could go on making endless jokes about "hard rock" and things like that – but we'll quickly skip ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare rock from the Golden Triangle scene of Southeast TX in the late 60s and early 70s – a well-curated overview of the stylistically sprawling material being cut at Mickey Rouse's Lowland Recording Studio in Beaumont! Texas rock of the late 60s and early 70s justifiably brings to mind acts ... (Funky Compilations) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arcade Fire —
Neon Bible ... LP Merge, 2007. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A totally great collection – filled with obscure vocal group gems from Imperial Records in the 50s – including work by The Savoys, Jewels, Pelicans, Shades, Fidelitones, Avalons, Crystals, Robins, and Sha-Weeze! (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
"I need a fix – and a kiiiiiiiiiissssssss!" What can we say? Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and the boys reinvented the wheel with the of wildly hedonist glam skronk spun on this still incredible debut record. Both records they made for Mercury are incredible, but this is the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, with lipstick labels and Sterling stamp, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A definite masterjam from Chaka Khan and Rufus – one of the group's last key efforts together – produced to perfection by the mighty Quincy Jones! Chaka's vocals are sublime right from the start – taking on the soaring majesty she'd use on her initial solo recordings – and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker.)
Neu! ... LP Astralwerks, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Electronics and rock stripped to its bare essentials on the first and extra outstanding Neu album – an avant classic and arguably admissable to the list of the most important rock albums ever! Neu! was recorded with Conny Plank, delivering the prototypical Krautrock goods in all its motoric ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This is a collection of tracks from what seems to be the second incarnation of the Falcons – without some of the more famous members like Wilson Pickett. However, it is not clear whether all of the tracks are exclusively with the new members. The songs include "I Found A Love", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little live set – recorded overseas, but with a really classic 60s southern soul sound overall! Stax always did a pretty good job of shopping its big artists overseas – where they met with extremely enthusiastic response, as you'll hear in this classic live album recorded by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ike & Tina Turner —
Nuff Said ... LP United Artists, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of their last together, and a record that's very much in the hit Ike & Tina style! Lots of hard heavy guitar, pounding drums, and raw heavy soul vocals from Tina. Tracks include "Baby", "Sweet Flustrations", "I Love What You Do To Me", "Tell The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stamp in the top right corner.)
Art Ensemble Of Chicago —
Urban Bushmen ... LP ECM, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A live set from 1980 – and one that shows the Art Ensemble still able to capture some of the warmth and imagination from their early years. Most tracks are fairly long, and the group move through their usual panopoly of instruments along the way. Titles include "Urban Magic", " ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful example of the maturation of American avant jazz in the 70s – a set that has the Revolutionary Ensemble really drawing their sound into focus, drawing on older experimental modes and forging them into a rich new vision – one that would certainly live up to the AACM's promise ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare moment in time – documented in this legendary meeting of two American modernists on the European scene of the 60s! The session features a 1965 performance by the George Russell Sextet, but is especially noteworthy for the presence of Don Cherry – making a key guest appearance on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from trumpeter Jimmy Owens! Owens was always one of the hipper talents on his instrument during the 70s, and this A&M set features him in a nice groovy group that includes 2 guitars, and piano by Kenny Barron. The tracks are long, and offer Owens chance to open up amidst the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little 60s album by Johnny Hodges – one of the few post-Verve sessions that has him still playing in the hard swinging Ellingtonia small combo mode of the 50s! Players are all strong – and include Jimmy Jones, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Harry Carney, and Paul Gonsalves – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful group soul vocals effort from the Persuasions in the early 70s – working in a throwback acapella mode, but still with a fresh feel – thanks to a hip dawn of the 70s sound, and a stripped-down feel that you'd probably have never gotten back in the day! It's amazing how fresh ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare cross-cultural session from 1979 – one in which Columbia Records was allowed to record live performances involving a number of American jazz musicians playing alongside Cuban groups like Irakere and The Cuban Percussion Ensemble! The blend of modes here is really great – ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An essential 2LP set that's just about the only vinyl release you can find that documents the work of the legendary (and short-lived) Circle group – an important avant jazz combo that featured Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul. The record captures a Parisian ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-ever documents of the young genius of tenorist Wardell Gray – exactly the kind of music that shows why he was one of the biggest and best of the bop saxophonists – before he was taken away from us all too soon! The material here was originally issued on 78s or 45s, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great album by The Ice Man's Band – the instrumental group who worked behind Jerry "Iceman" Butler on some of his cool early 70s work. The album's nice and laidback – with some very nice mellow keyboards and smooth dope guitar, and the whole thing's a very nice ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar – stepping out from under the protective wing of Willie Mitchell, and doing a surprisingly great job overall! Al does get a bit of help in the studio ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob James —
Two ... LP CTI, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few singles from Chicago's excellent Faison – a boogie-styled group who certainly deserved greater fame! Lead vocalist Joyce Faison really sparkles on "Who Loves You Better" – putting over the tune with a quality level to match the best club divas on Prelude – ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Although the group's Latin disco track on side a was probably intended to be the big hit, we totally dig their funky cover of "The Bob Newhart Theme" on the flip side. It's nice and groovy, with some good moogy keyboards, and a brassy orchestral riff stating the theme at the beginning. (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Mindblowing music from Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – a record that's got plenty of garagey grit at the core, but which also has a heady freak rock vibe overall! The 1967 album really captures this perfect moment – one when so many artists like Don Van Vliet had their feet in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Milestone 2-fer of sides Mongo cut for Battle, then licensed to Riverside, and finally collected here. These sessions are from the early 60s, and feature a gang of the best jazz and Latin sidemen around at the time, including Pat Patrick (of Sun Ra's Arkestra!), Nat Adderley and Bobby ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey French disco from the late 70s – written and arranged by Didier Marouani, with plenty of keyboard work to take the record out into the heavens! Titles include "Just Blue", "Blue Tears", "Symphony", "Save Your Love For Me", "My Love Is ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
George Wallington —
Our Delight ... LP Prestige, 1950s/1980. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Truthfully we don't know what happened to George Wallington, but he was one of the bright lights on the early bebop scene. He didn't leave behind a whole lot of recordings, but this 2 LP set brings together selections from three hard to find Wallington sides from the 50s – George Wallington ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Bill Evans trio sessions on Verve – recorded with a group that features Chuck Israels on bass and Larry Bunker on drums, both perfect accompanists for Evans in his exploration of unusual rhythms and lyrical tones on the keys! Both players have a dancing quality that goes far ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first Salsoul album from Aurra – and the start of a great run that would make the group one of the label's strongest acts in the early 80s! Things are nicely funky throughout – more 80s groove than the disco that first brought Salsoul success – and right from the start, Aurra ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mega-hit for Stevie Wonder – an album that features a killer title cut, plus lots of other wonderful tunes that show the world that a full-formed adult soul star had arrived on the market! There's a depth here that's really great – not the totally heady, righteous sound of Stevie in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Who'd have thought that Chess would be the US company to release this nice bit of groovy psych pop by Britain's Status Quo – but then again, who cares? Includes their fantastic track "Pictures Of Matchstick Men", plus "Ice In The Sun", "Elizabeth Dreams", "S ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing. Cover & label have a drill hole.)