The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing. Cover has a Stereo stamp on front.)
Wonderful work from one of the most compelling players on the Chicago scene of the past few years – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player whose sound is really taking the instrument one step further in its evolution! The group here features some equally fresh-voiced Chicago talents too – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Tribo", "Ma", "Parangole", "Estranheleza", "Nos Espantaremos O Urubu", "Voce Escolheu Errado O Seu Super Hero", "Carioca Canibal", and "Monseir Duchamp". (Brazil) LP, Vinyl record album
Classic MPS session by funky pianist Monty Alexander! This one's filled with moody trio material, played by Alexander's tight little group with Senator Eugene Wright on bass and Bobby Durham on drums. Wright's basslines are nice and warm, and roll off in a groovy way with Alexander's tightly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Pausa. Cover has tape along the spine & seams and a name in marker.)
2 Atlantic sessions from Mose – back to back on one CD! I Don't Worry is one of Mose's first albums for Atlantic – a great set of soulful jazz vocals, done in a rootsy style that has some slight New Orleans touches – and a nice sort of beat undercurrent! The sound of the set ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Epic, polyrhythmic instrumentals from Alto! – ambitious, hypnotic and danceable stuff, going way beyond what you might expect from Portland-based experimental/instrumental rock trio! They carry a world of influences, from West African and Ethiopian sources as much a European and American ones ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adalberto Alvarez —
Son 14 ... LP Egrem/Areito (Cuba), Late 70s. Very Good+ ...
A very unique outing – a set that mixes the sweet harmonies of The Ames Brothers with wild backings from Esquivel! Most of the tracks are in Spanish, and have Esquivel doing a standard Latin sound, but which also approaches his own solo work in some of the more unusual moments! (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet second set from 80s singer Carl Anderson – a date that's got poise, class, and a heck of a lot of soul! Although a mainstream effort, there's a nice sort of depth to the record – one that shows that Columbia wasn't pitching Anderson as much towards a crossover artist as they ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker.)
Margie Anderson —
Blues ... LP Spin O Rama, Late 50s. Very Good ...
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has some oxidation and plays with surface noise. Cover has a cutout hole and some splitting on the bottom seam.)
Ann-Margret at her grooviest – singing the super-groovy theme from The Swinger – perhaps her greatest film appearance ever! There's a mod bounce to the album that goes way way beyond any of Ann's other albums of the period – thanks to arrangements from Marty Paich, Quincy Jones, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Walter Zuber Armstrong & Steve Lacy —
Call Notes ... LP World Artists, 1979. Near Mint- ...
Side one features a duet between Armstrong and Lacy, recorded in Holland in 1979 – on "Call Notes" – which features Lacy on soprano sax, and Armstrong on soprano flute and Bolivian wood flute. Side two just features Armstrong – on "Lost Lagoon", on soprano ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble —
Le-Le ... LP AJE, 1987. Near Mint- ...
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features excellent vibes from Billy Lewis – plus Lamont King and Steve Murphy on saxes, Warren Oree on bass, Greg Jones on drums, and Ed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light ringwear.)
Lynne Arriale —
Melody ... CD TCB (Switzerland), 1998. Used ...
An amazing electronic score – put together for an equally amazing film – Edward Artemiev's wonderful music for Andre Tarkovsky's Solaris – sounds that are as riveting as the images on the screen! Artemiev beautifully blends analogue keyboard lines with strings, sometimes creating ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brian Auger & Julie Tippetts —
Encore ... LP Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ...
An overdue reunion for Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll (now billed as Tippetts) – and a late 70s session that sounds quite a bit different than their mod soul of the 60s! The format here is still somewhat in a soul-based vein – but the sound is much more 70s, and much more "adult&qu ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aster Aweke —
Ebo ... CD Barkhanns, 1993. Used ...
The beginning of an empire! This was the first solo album cut by the now-famous Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds – cut after years of work in the music business that included stints in the groups Manchild and The Deele, and lots of production work for other LA soul acts. The record's kind ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work by maestro Burt Bacharach – subtle genius, and an album that offers more to us every time we listen to it! Burt's work has been recorded by many – but few ever gave it the kind of treatment that he did – as you'll hear in this brilliant array of sweeping strings, ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue Note during the early 60s – but Dave's also got a ... (Jazz) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has wear, splitting & masking tape along the top & bottom seams.)
That's "Heath", not "health" – as you might think the title's misspelled – as in Jimmy Heath, who arranged most of the numbers on the set! Heath's contribution is a good one too – as it helps Baker create one of his most tightly-wrapped albums of the time, a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting.)
A great return to form for Chet Baker – his first record in a number of years away from the studio, and proof that his genius could adapt to just about any setting! The album's got a tight focus that's probably one of the keys to its success – a set of arrangements by Don Sebesky that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very unusual – a set of orchestral and vocal performances, based around songs from the Civil War – packaged in a very handsome book! Also fetaures narration from Ramond Massey. (Classical) LP, Vinyl record album
Well, it's not Jaws – but it's still pretty darn groovy – a very cool set of tracks that features some long, lush orchestrations from the great John Barry – plus some sublime disco sounds from Donna Summer! The first half of the record features Barry's extended "Return To ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
UK West Indian ex-pats in vaguely sci-fi looking outfits team up with Martin Hannett for a blistering set of post punk guitar slashing that sadly seems to have become mostly a side bar in the history of the 80s UK scene. None of the dubby effects of their singles and little of the reggae influence ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the poster and printed inner sleeve, in the embossed cover!)
Features some unusual musical contributions from Arrigo Barnabe – and titles include "O Gato", "O Pardal", "Neblina", "Zoom", "Alem Do Arco Iris", "Kitsch", "Eu Sou De Do Papai", and "Detetive Durao". (Brazil) LP, Vinyl record album
A recent samba session, but one with a really classic sound – thanks to heartfelt vocals from Batatinha, who was getting on in years by the time of the album! The backings here are gentle and spare – usually just a bit of guitar, percussion, and other instrumentation – but mostly ... (Brazil) read moreCD
The US debut of modern reed genius Stefano Di Battista – a young player who'd recorded a bit for Blue Note in Europe, and who's breaking out here in a very soulful style on his first American album. Stefano plays alto and soprano with a post-Coltrane spirituality, mixed with a hint of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Compilation of Capitol artists doing material designed to show off rhythmic stereo patterns. Les Baxter does a couple exotica things, and Dick Harrell delivers two cool rockin' drum tracks. There's a total of 9 tracks in all, including "Bangkok Beat", "Blue Rhumba" and "Bo ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK stereo pressing, with a promo sticker. Flip-back cover has light wear.)
A great little record that's kind of a prequel for Rubber Soul – filled with short, tuneful tracks that would flower more deeply on that later album – and often served up with a bit more wit and adult consciousness than in any of the group's earlier records! One of those records that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Odeon, with gold rim labels. Cover has a partially unglued top seam, otherwise looks great!)
A great return to basics for William Bell – and an album recorded with a warm, intimate quality that we really love! The vibe here is almost in the style of some of the growing Malaco work coming out of the Jackson scene – with a sound that's smooth, but somehow even more deeply ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)