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Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
A lost legacy in clubby soul – a huge amount of work from singer/producer Lee Moore – a post-Stax talent on the Memphis scene, and an artist who also made a bit of a mark on the New York scene! The "boogie" in the title is a very good indication of the groove going on here ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 20CD
CD...$246.99 299.99
An amazing document of one of the most important radio shows of the postwar years – the legendary Louisiana Hayride, a weekly live performance broadcast that was maybe only second to the Grand Ole Opry! Yet unlike the Opry, the Hayride also had a wider range of talent – as has been ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1970s. New Copy 7LP (reissue)
LP...$108.99 119.98
Seven amazing albums from the legendary Fela Kuti – all packaged here in a special limited box set – with choices made by modern soul legend Erykah Badu! The package includes some of our favorite Fela albums ever – and all of them are records that really show him honing his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reprise, 1995. New Copy (reissue)
A timeless jangly country rock album from a band that didn't sound like it was setting out to reinvent the wheel, even if they ultimately almost did! At the time, pressure was pretty high to live up the preceding legacy of Uncle Tupelo and the contemporaneous debut of Son Volt, but in hindsight, ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capricorn/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
The legendary music of Maxayn – finally given its due, and presented here in a great 3CD box, with all albums in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Maxayn – the debut album from a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD
An incredible run of music from a really legendary band – a quintet who were as important to the British folk scene as Fairport Convention – and one who worked with an equally hip sort of vibe! Where that group featured key work from a young Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny, this one ... CD
Ornette At 12/Crisis
Impulse/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy
A pair of overlooked albums from Ornette Coleman – back to back on a single CD for the first time ever! Crisis is a record that bursts out with a sound that definitely lives up to its striking title – as Ornette Coleman explores the new frontiers of experimental jazz with one of his ... CD
Nonesuch, 1996. New Copy 5CD (reissue)
A modern country rock masterpiece. Wilco's second album, an unlikely (for its time) major label double album does an incredible job of showing stylistic breadth and sprawl behind lyrical and emotional consistency, arrangements-wise recalling the best of the band's more adventurously rootsy forbears ... CD
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CD
A stunning 6CD set – one that's overflowing with rare rockabilly, weird hillbilly, and lots of other raw and raunchy material from the glory days of the indie single! The box brings together all the material from the Rockin Rarities LP collection – a total of 11 full records, presented ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
Anti, 2017. New Copy
Another step forward for soul legend Mavis Staples – the singer who's found a whole new showcase for her talents by working with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy – as she does here in an album that's maybe the most seamless of any the pair have crafted together! Tweedy wrote most of the songs on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes – one that's overflowing with unreleased material, and presented in a totally cool package! The set's shaped like a 7" single box – and is book-like, with very detailed notes by Stax historian Robert Gordon, ... CD
Cramps/Sony (Italy), 1970s. New Copy 15CDs
The Italian progressive rock scene of the 70s is one with many different strands and styles – a good deal of which you'll get to experience in this amazing little collection! Italian prog is the stuff of legend – as tight and well-played as the most famous work from the UK at the start ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A massive tribute to one of our favorite soul singers of all time – one of the hippest cats of the 70s, and an artist that we never tire of hearing! Leroy Hutson got his start working with Chicago soul legends Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, but he quickly became a strong force on his ... CD
Any Other Way
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic sounds from Jackie Shane – a Canadian soul singer who's achieved a bit of recent fame, due to her legacy as an underground trans figure – but an artist who'd already be a winner, even without such a fascinating back story! Fortunately, both sides of Jackie's life are included ... CD
Stax/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
It's been almost 60 years since the Stax Records label forever changed the face of American soul music – and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by dipping into this well-chosen batch of 60 classic tracks from the label's glory days! The whole Stax groove is here – from the ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1968/1970. New Copy 3CD & 2 hardcover bo
CD...$106.99 129.99
Woody Guthrie left this planet all too soon – in 1967, after years of struggle with Huntington's Disease – but not before leaving behind generations of singers and musicians who were forever in debt to his work! Some of the best of those artists came together here – in two ... CD
Tuff City, Early 80s. New Copy 5LP & 7 inch
The Tuff City label was one of our favorite indies on the New York old school hip hop scene – a company that was maybe a few years later than some of its contemporaries, but one that always kept a strong ear to the streets – and really helped find the sounds that pushed hip hop into the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 8CD & DVD
Dylan on the road from the late 70s to early 80s – bringing words and wisdom that are more spiritually inspired than anything he'd put out before – backed by some of the most soulful arrangements and players he's ever had behind him! Trouble No More is all unreleased material and focuses ... CD
Harmony Of Difference
Young Turks, 2017. New Copy
Pure fantasticness from the great Kamasi Washington – a set that's much more compact than his sprawling Epic, but which has an equally wonderful vibe overall! The album features material that Washington performed at the Whitney Biennial – to accompany paintings by his sister – ... CD
Geffen, 1995. New Copy 4 x 7 inch
Standout classic singles from the Shaolin hip hop essential Liquid Swords by GZA – with heavy numerological rhymes, and the best production on any Wu project (still to this day, even) – in a beautiful oversized box with custom art prints! These are seriously some the greatest songs in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Edsel (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic collection of rare punk nuggets from the glory days of the UK scene – put together by DJ Gary Crowley, who runs a specialist show on British radio – and served up here in a book-style package that's overflowing with detailed notes, images of the original singles, and other ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
The female voice found a whole new way to flower in the world of folk music during the 60s – a style that helped women get past some of the more standard sultry modes of postwar pop, and hit the kind of righteous currents and deeper themes that helped transform a generation! The moment began ... CD
I Tell A Fly
Virgin, 2017. New Copy
One of the most unique artists we've heard in years – and one who will no doubt be setting the world on fire for years to come! Benjamin Clementine's a singer, but also a poet – inspired by jazz and classical music, yet working here in neither – and instead, finding a path that's ... CD
Parlophone, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 13LP
LP...$223.99 249.98
Amazing music from one of our most-treasured stretches of David Bowie's career – that creatively-fertile time when he escaped to West Berlin, hid from the mainstream, and made some groundbreaking records with Brian Eno – then returned to the limelight to remind us all that he was still ... LP, Vinyl record album
Parlophone, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 11CD
CD...$138.99 149.98
Amazing music from one of our most-treasured stretches of David Bowie's career – that creatively-fertile time when he escaped to West Berlin, hid from the mainstream, and made some groundbreaking records with Brian Eno – then returned to the limelight to remind us all that he was still ... CD
Universal, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 5CD
The complete singles of The Who – but a set that's way more than just a greatest hits package, as it features lots of unusual b-sides that weren't on the famous albums by the group! The package features 86 tracks in all – almost a surprisingly small number, given the importance of The ... CD
Savoy/Mosaic, Late 40s. New Copy 10CD
CD...$168.99 169.00
The roots of modern jazz never sounded this great before – and this is the first time ever that all the early bop recordings by Savoy have been properly brought together in one place! Savoy was one of the most important labels to record the early bop pioneers – and had a dedication to ... CD
Rough Trade/Sire, 1986. New Copy 5LP (reissue)
A triumphant third album from The Smiths – one that really focuses the energy of their previous sets, and helps them find a new sort of sonic perfection! Those haunting guitars are still in all the right places – as are Morrissey's heartfelt lyrics – but there's also a nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cherry Red (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD
An incredible collection of electronic sounds that went on to inform generations of rock, pop, and dance music in years to come – but all featured here with much more interesting examples from the European roots of the genre! There's a wonderful criss-crossing of sources going on here – ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD & Book
An amazing tribute to one of the greatest series of ethnographic material ever recorded – the legendary Disques Ocora records – still unsurpassed in terms of their care and quality! The material set a new standard for field recordings – handled by musicologist Charles Duvelle, ... CD
Transatlantic/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
A very cool look at the freakiest years of the legendary Transatlantic Records label – an important British imprint that was essential to blues and folk in the late 60s, but which also released some much trippier material too! The music here is a frenetic blend of jazz, folk, prog, and some ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 7CD
A monumental collection of indie singles from fertile Manchester scenes of the late 70s to early 90s! Starting with the intial postpunk burst of inspired activity from bands and solo artists in the late 70s – and a mind-boggling diverse lot even then – and on through the jangly avant ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 5CD
A killer box set filled with some of the darker sounds to spring from the (predominantly) UK postpunk scenes – not just straightforward, black-clad, lacy-gloved goth – but a huge number of diverse, compelling tracks! This isn't the cliched goth of later years – as these are the ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD
The British mod scene of the 60s was drinking up a very heady brew of American jazz, soul, and R&B – then doing a great job of turning it into their own sort of music, as you'll hear on this set! Most of the numbers here are English, but could easily go head-to-head with the most romping ... CD
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy 2LP
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, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 7CD
Way more than just another box set by a well-established act – as this collection moves way past their hits, and pulls together a huge amount of unreleased material that really testifies to the long-running genius of one of the most unique British groups to emerge in the late 60s! The set ... CD
Warner, 1984. New Copy 3CDs/DVD
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines ... CD
Atlantic, 2017. New Copy 8CD
The classic music of Kraftwerk – re-presented beautifully in this excellent box set! The package features material from famous recent live performances by the quartet – as they go back and present new takes on classic albums – from Autobahn through Radioactivity, Trans Europe ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
Five classic Blue Note albums from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – all packaged together in a single set, with very cool LP-styled sleeves! Doin Allright has Dexter Gordon working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with ... CD
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
The glory days of Marvel Comics – presented here in a stunning set of full color images from the vault! The book follows the Taschen treatment of DC Comics – and features page after page of legendary covers, pages, and panels – plus lots of other unusual images too – ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
The rowdy road antics of the legendary Fab Four – captured here in a wealth of candid shots during their last two years of global touring – and presented here in glorious black and white! Photographer Harry Benson had unfettered access to the group during these years – and the ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
Given the rise of Soviet Realism in the Stalin years, we were never sure that the Russian avant garde cinema lasted that long – but we stand corrected by this beautiful book – which features hundreds of full color film posters from the 20s and 30s! The images are wonderful – ... Book
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
Beautiful vintage work from German illustrator Fritz Kahn – a man credited with creating the "infographic" style – which is a way of using illustrations and diagrams to convey larger ideas! One of the most famous examples of this is on the front cover – "man as ... Book
Extraordinary Records (hardcover)
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
A cool take on the record album art book genre – one that focuses more on the vinyl than it does on the covers! The volume is a really amazing one – put together by European groove maestros Giorgio Moroder and Alessandro Benedetti, with a focus on weirdly-pressed vinyl releases from ... Book
Burger, 2017. New Item
Join the new cassette revolution, and find a way to make your music even more portable than ever! This cool little portable tape player looks great, and works on its own with headphones – but it's also fitted with 21st Century technology that lets you make MP3 files of your favorite ... Misc
Jazz Covers (hardcover)
Taschen, 2015. New Copy
An amazing book – a true treasure for any fan of rare jazz albums! The book offers up way more than you'd guess from its title – because the array of material here is really fantastic – vintage jazz album covers of a very wide range, and not just the usual classics you might find ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy
A super-huge book of classic album covers from the 60s, 70s, and beyond – not just famous images, like the one pictured on the cover – and instead a very thoughtful collection of rock record shots from both the mainstream and the underground, with an especial eye for the kind of ... Book
Impulse, 2017. New Copy
A much-needed look at the life and legend of John Coltrane – easily one of the most important musicians of the 20th Century! The documentary explores the short but crucial musical journey of Coltrane – a span of jazz creativity that was less than two decades, but showed a growth that ... DVD
Mark Mothersbaugh – Myopia (hardcover)
Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, 2014. New Copy
A deep dig inside the mind of Mark Mothersbaugh – a musician that most folks know for his role in Devo, and his soundtrack material too – but also a visual artist with a legacy that's maybe even more mindblowing than his work on record! The book is the first we've ever seen to look at ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2008. New Copy
A beautiful book on the dancehall scene in Jamaica – one that's done in a different style than some of the other Soul Jazz books – which are often focused more on album cover art! This book's got a very different approach – and is more an art book with photos of the dancehall ... Book
Gingko Press, 2017. New Copy
Hip hop started in the streets, then quickly moved to the studio once the music got more sophisticated – then made a further move to the home studio as costs went up and technology got better – almost taking things back to the underground as it opened up lots of new creative freedoms! ... Book
University Of Florida Press, 2017. New Copy
A long-overdue look at the soul scene in Florida – 60s and 70s music from the Sunshine State that sometimes never gets the proper placement as sounds from northern locales like Philly or Detroit – but which was every bit as important over the years! Author John Capouya does a really ... Book
New Item
A crucial piece of plastic that you'll treasure for years! This 45 adapter may be tiny, but it provides a key function when you're out spinning in clubs – as it easily allows you to slide 45s on and off a conventional turntable, thanks to its unique cone-shaped top! The adapter fits on the ... Misc
Duke University Press, 2016. New Copy
Maybe the coolest book ever from dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence – the man who's given us definitive works on disco and dance music – now turning his sharp eye on some key years of the New York scene! The book looks at a very special time in the city's underground – a post-Studi ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2017. New Copy
A surprisingly beautiful book on the famous 60s radical Jerry Rubin – one that's not only the first-ever look at the man's life, politics, and influence – but one that's also presented in a lavishly visual style that really conveys the crossroads of art and ideas of which Rubin was a ... Book
Scepter Wand Forever
Stephen Guarnori (UK), 2017. New Copy
A hugely detailed book on the Wand/Scepter label – a huge soul music powerhouse in the 60s, and a company that flourished well into the 70s disco years as well! The label has a fascinating musical legacy – one that's much deeper than its big hits by Dionne Warwick and BT Express – ... Book
Amadana (Japan), 2015. New Item
A totally wonderful little turntable – solid, stylish, and totally self-contained – with a strong sound that's a lot better than most other plug-and-play models on the market! The first thing that stands out with this one is the base – which is very solid, and has a wood veneer ... Turntable
Stax/Rhino, Mid 60s. New Copy 7LP
An amazing legacy in soul music – seven classic Stax Records albums from one of the greatest soul singers of all time – each presented here with their own jackets and artwork! The work here is all totally wonderful – the kind of mindblowing, groundbreaking vocals that easily made ... LP, Vinyl record album
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD
John Morales has a wonderful talent for taking a funky track and making it sound even funkier – which he does beautifully here in this killer collection of old school tunes! Many of the numbers are vintage clubby soul from the late 70s and early 80s – and Morales has this great way of ... CD
Atlantic, 2017. New Copy
Vocals by Aretha Franklin – taken to whole new territory in this unique mixing of modes! The set brings together core elements from classic Atlantic Records songs by Aretha – classics recorded during her late 60s/early 70s heyday for the label – and adds in these larger charts by ... CD
Atlantic/Stax, 1960s. New Copy 9CD
This is it! A pretty darn complete document of one of the greatest soul labels of all time – put together in a wonderful box with a book on the label that's almost as great as the music on the 9CDs in the set! This one established a new standard for box sets when it was issued in 1991, and ... CD
Taschen, 2017. New Copy
Over 400 wonderful images from this legendary film – David Bowie's starring role as the alien in Nicolas Roeg's Man Who Fell To Earth! The book is way more than screen grabs – as all the images here were shot during production – so you get lots of backstage shots, production ... Book
FM3, 2017. New Item
An amazing version of this ultra-cool item – the legendary Buddha Machine, which has been around for many years in a number of incarnations – but may well have found the perfect expression in the music of Philip Glass! The original Buddha box was a small transistor radio-like object ... Misc
 
Updated December 16, 2017


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