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Johnny JenkinsTon-Ton Macoute! (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Atco/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 24.99
An excellent bit of raw funky southern soul from Johnny Jenkins – recorded in Macon, GA, and one of the last relics of the relations that Atlantic Records had with all of the little local scenes in the south! Ton-Ton Macoute is one of those records that manages to blend funk, blues, and southern rock & soul way, way better than so many pretenders from the time – just a damn near perfectly realized set ! Johnny Jenkins sings, stomps, plays guitar and blows harp (with some extra help from Duane Allman on the guitar front), and he runs through tracks like "Blind Bats & Swamp Rats", "Sick & Tired", "Voodoo In You", "Rollin' Stone", "Bad News", "Down Along The Cove", and the absolute classic, classic breakbeat track "I Walk On Guilded Splinters". Features the bonus tracks "My Love Will Never Die" and "I Don't Want No Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Shakey Jake with Bill Jennings & Jack McDuffGood Times (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige/4 Men With Beards, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A stunner from Shakey Jake – and a set that's got a surprising jazz element as well – given that the singer/harmonicist works here with Jack McDuff on Hammond and Bill Jennings on guitar! Jack and Bill were working together on other soul jazz sessions for Prestige Records during the same period – but they sound completely different here, as they recast their mighty powers to create spare grooves for Shakey Jake! Jake sings throughout – often with a raw, unbridled style that's a lot more powerful than you'd guess from his name – and he also alternates with some harmonica solos too, but still leaves room for Jack and Bill to solo a bit as well. The album's a unique gem that really brings together both sides of the Prestige sound of the period – and titles include "Worried Blues", "Tear Drops", "You Spoiled Your Baby", "Still Your Fool", "Good Times", "Huffin & Puffin", and "Call Me When You Need Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Black NastyTalking To The People (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
Excellent heavy funk from Stax! Black Nasty were one of the heaviest groups on the label – with a rock-solid guitar-based groove that went even farther than the Bar-Kays, who were no slouch in the guitar department themselves! The grooves are all slow to midtempo, with the band coming down hard on the downbeats, jamming away in a style that sounds more like heavy Detroit Westbound than sweetly soulful Memphis. Most all cuts have vocals – sung in a shouting style by the band that works well with the tripped-out hooks of the songs. This was the only album the band ever cut, but it's become a fast favorite among those who like their funk raw. Tracks include "We're Doin Our Thing", "Rushin Sea", "Booger The Hooker", "Black Nasty Boogie", "Nasty Soul", and "Getting Funky Round Here". LP, Vinyl record album

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Colin BlunstoneOne Year (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic/4 Men With Beards, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
Amazing solo work from ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone – his first album after parting ways with his former group – and one of our favorite albums of all time! Blunstone's vocals were already amazing in The Zombies – especially near the end – but this set takes things even further, by blending his sublime lyrics with spare arrangements that often just feature simple string passages and warm piano parts – subtle accompaniment that leaves Colin strongly in the lead! The songs are wonderful – penned to recall the changes and issues of the year after the parting of the group – with plenty of help from old buddies Rod Argent and Chris White too. There's never been another record like this again, and there never will be – one of the true treasures of the greatest generation of music! Titles include "Let Me Come Closer To You", "I Can't Live Without You", "Smokey Day", and "Say You Don't Mind" – plus a fantastic cover of "Misty Roses", and the more rocking "She Loves The Way They Love Her". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available One Year ... CD 11.99

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Staple SingersHammer & Nails (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Riverside/4 Men With Beards, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
A classic pre-soul album by The Staples – very different than their later secular work of the 70s, but every bit as excellent! The album was done in a folksy spirit for Riverside at the start of the 60s – and captures the group in very raw, stripped-down format – with just guitar from Roebuck Staples, plus a bit of bass and drums – and tremendous four voice harmonies on a set of very spiritual numbers! The spare approach is wonderful – really lets you get to hear the group in all their vocal glory – and titles include "Hear My Call Here", "Great Day", "Hammer & Nails", "Gloryland", "New Born Soul", and "New Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bill FayBill Fay (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Deram/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful early record from singer Bill Fay – recorded in a baroque brilliance that rivals the late 60s work of Scott Walker! Like Walker, Fay's as much a poet as he is a singer – and he's also got the great fortune here to be working with some excellent arrangements – handled by British jazzman Michael Gibbs, and featuring some excellent guitar work from Ray Russell. That said, Bill Fay has a distinctly artful presence with a style that's all his own! He's slightly folksy at times, with echoes of some of more mysterious aspects of late 60s and early 70s psych folk scenesters – but his overall vision is far more elaborate, and carried off here to perfection in a rare kind of "once in a career" record that still holds up beautifully today! Titles include "Garden Song", "The Sun Is Bored", "Narrow Way", "We Have Laid Here", "Methane River", "Goodnight Stan", "Be Not So Fearful", and "Down To The Bridge". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Max Romeo & The UpsettersWar Ina Babylon ... LP
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone 70s classic in the Island Records catalog – proof that although the label was scoring big with some of their superstar acts, they still had a great ear out for groundbreaking reggae material! The mighty Max Romeo works here with Lee Scratch Perry in the studio – who gives him fantastic support, at a level that opens up really righteous currents in his music – a fantastic blend of the roots reggae spirit of Romeo and the studio genius of Perry! Romeo's soulful inflections matched perfectly to the dark, swampy Black Ark grooves – on titles that include "War Ina Babylon", "Chase The Devil", "Stealin'", "One Step Forward", "Smile Out Of Style", "Uptown Babies", "Tan And See", "Smokey Room", and "Norman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ John CaleAcademy In Peril (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, most unusual albums ever from the great John Cale – a set that draws strongly on his roots in the New York underground of the mid 60s – including time spent with Tony Conrad and other experimentalists! The record is almost all instrumental – and has Cale mixing modes that include spare passages that are very evocative and contemplative, with fuller orchestral outbursts that are somewhere in the territory of his material with Terry Riley, but more freewheeling and less minimalist overall. Piano is the main instrument on many numbers, and Cale stuns us with his command of the keyboard – and the album features one striking vocal performance on the song "King Harry", alongside other titles that include "The Philosopher", "Brahms", "Legs Larry At Television Centre", "John Milton", and "Intro/Days Of Steam". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John FaheyVoice Of The Turtle (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous early statement from the great guitarist John Fahey – and a record that has all his best ideas coming into really sharp focus! Fahey was a very collaborative person right from the start – even as a record collector, before his own recordings – and that spirit is felt here on some of the duet tracks, in which John and associates perform these acoustic instrumental tunes that plumb the past of underground America, but turn it out again into something completely new and fresh – not folk revial, but more a reworked fantasy of the nation, almost as a refuge for the changes of the late 60s. The sound is beautiful – with a flute accompaniment here, a bit of fiddle there, and even Fahey duetting with himself on guitar – thanks to the magic of overdub. As usual with these early Takoma records, the style is very fluid – sometimes very tied to the 78rpm generation, but other points much more towards the freewheeling guitar introspection of some of Fahey's underground contemporaries. The overall sound is amazing, too – as Fahey almost uses the studio as an additional instrument, but in very subtle ways. Titles include "Bottleneck Blues", "Bill Cheatum", "Lewisdale Blues", "Bean Vine Blues", "A Raga Called Pat (part 3)", "A Raga Called Pat Part IV", "Train", "Je Ne Me Suis Reveillais Matin Pas En May", "The Story Of Dorothy Gooch (part 1)", "Nine Pound Hammer", and "Lonesome Valley". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl – and it reproduces the original 12-page booklet! Very nicely done!)

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✨✧ FunkadelicMaggot Brain ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff – and arguably the greatest early Funkadelic album ever! The set moves past the simple fuzzy style of the group's debut, and the overly-stoned sound of Free Your Mind – and rockets into a heady funk style that's filled with sly social commentary and an incredibly dark vision of the future! The centerpiece of the album is the mindblowing "Maggot Brain" title track – a tune that begins with a chilling spoken intro, then slowly builds amidst washes and washes of post-Hendrix guitar. That cut then rolls into some shorter, funkier numbers that rank with some of the group's best ever – using the device of party-hearty energy to convey a sense of alienation and horror at the world. The whole thing's brilliant throughout – and apart from being a soul classic, the set should also rank as one of the greatest rock albums of all time! Titles include "Maggot Brain", "Super Stupid", "Back in Our Minds", "Can You Get to That", and "Wars of Armageddon". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Maggot Brain ... CD

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✨✧ Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ La DusseldorfViva (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Teldec/4 Men With Beards, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A bit of a shift for La Dusseldorf, but a good one too – and a record that has the group reaching even more towards some of the punkish directions initially inspired by their music! The sound's less stretched-out than before – shorter tunes, often with a bit more force, especially on the vocals – but the overall approach is still heavy on the driving drums we love from La Dusseldorf – played live, with a very human feel, but with a forward-moving feel that's clearly an inspiration for later drum machine styles. The group produced this record themselves, so the sound's a bit different than their work with Conny Plank – and they layer in electronics and experimental bits in just the right way – creating complicated textures of sound that must have been mindblowing for the late 70s scene. Titles include "Viva", "Cha Cha 2000", "Geld", "Vogel", "Rheinita", and "White Overalls". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MoondogStory Of Moondog (180 gram purple & green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Prestige/4 Men With Beards, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the enigmatic Moondog – his third, and to that point, possibly most angular record for Prestige to date! The work here is quite different than some of Moondog's later, more serious compositions – in a mode that's much earthier, personal, and spontaneous – a little more in keeping with the mostly-jazz catalog on Prestige (although admittedly, all Moondog records are still a strange fit for the company!) There's a spare, stark modern style and a looser, freer sound, with lots of off kilter, but hypnotic percussion. The tracks are largely played on instruments created by Moondog himself, including a triangular drum and a string instrument struck with a clave, and tripod suspended log hit with rubber mallets. Titles include "Up Broadway", "Perpetual Motion", "Gloving It", "Two Quotations In Dialogue", "5/8 In Two Shades", "Moondog's Theme", "Wildwood", "Organ Rounds" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on purple & green vinyl!)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneNina Simone At Town Hall (180 gram dark pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Colpix/4 Men With Beards, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An important early live show for Nina Simone – a move from the world of small nightclubs (as mentioned in the title of her first record), to the classy Town Hall venue – working in front of an audience filled with left-leaning listeners who were the perfect crowd to get the unique bag she was working on at the time! The performance is a great one – mellow, moody, and a bit folksy – with Nina singing and playing piano with power that really rings out in the larger space – really egged on by the enthusiastic response of the audience. Titles include her classic reading of "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", plus "The Other Woman", "Under The Lowest", "Summertime", "You Can Have Him", "Wild Is The Wind", "Return Home", and "Cotton Eyed Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on pink vinyl!)

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✨✧ Miles DavisAgharta (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia/4 Men With Beards, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A seminal 70s side from Miles Davis – originally a Japanese recording, and one that returns to the solid push of the initial electric years! The record's a completely cooking little session – one that mixes the raw, noisier styles of other Davis albums with a focus, funked-up energy that's really set loose in the freer standards of the Japanese scene – all to come up with a sound that's completely otherworldly, and which is light years ahead of most mainstream fusion from the period. Pete Cosey plays some really wicked guitar and synthesizer, Al Foster kicks tremendous energy on his drums, Sonny Fortune brings a soulful depth on soprano sax and flute, and Michael Henderson creates massive flow on the bass. Titles include "Prelude", "Interlude", and a long version of "Theme From Jack Johnson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-nice heavy vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Miles DavisDark Magus (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia/4 Men With Beards, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Some of Miles noisiest, freest playing from the 70s – recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1974, and originally issued only in Japan – most likely because the album was so darn noisy, Columbia was scared to release it to the American market! As with other Davis gems from this time, the group is as adventurous as Miles himself – a really great lineup with Dave Liebman and Azar Lawrence on reeds, plus rhythm from Michael Henderson on bass, Al Foster on drums, and Mtume on percussion – all matched by three searing electric guitarists – Reggie Lucas, Pete Cosey, and Dominique Gaumont – who duel back and forth in monster solos that run all over the place during the set! Titles include "Moja", "Wili", "Tatu", and "Nine". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dark Magus (Japanese pressing) ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ John FaheyGreat San Bernardino Birthday Party – John Fahey Vol 4 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An explosive album from the mighty John Fahey – and maybe the record in which he starts to really break from tradition – and strongly foreground all the new changes he wanted to bring to acoustic music! There's still a strong Americanist vibe going on here, but Fahey's also stretching things out, improvising a lot more, and really letting some darker corners come forward in his sound – not just on the 19 minute title track, which is a jaw-dropper in and of itself – but also on some of the shorter tracks, as he plays with tape tricks, duets with organ or flute, and even invites the Mysterious Al Wilson along on veena! The whole thing's amazing – exactly the summation of what made Fahey such a unique talent – and titles include "The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party", "Sail Away Ladies", "900 Miles", "Guitar Excursion Into The Unknown", and "Knott's Berry Farm Molly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – with bonus booklet of notes!)

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✨✧ FunkadelicCosmic Slop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite early Funkadelic albums – and a real turning point for the group! Gone are the trippier guitar solos of earlier days, and in their place is a tighter approach to funk – one that has the band grooving hard and soulfully on shorter tracks that perfect the dark vision hinted at in the Maggot Brain years! The tunes are shorter, funkier, and catchier – and the vocals are especially great – so much so than on the title cut "Cosmic Slop" has harmonies so great you'd swear you were listening to late-Motown Temptations! Other tracks continue with a great soul-based focus, and include "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure", "Nappy Dugout", "No Compute", and "Can't Stand the Strain" – and the record is packaged in a mind-blowing wraparound cover by Pedro Bell, the first of many the band would use! LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful vinyl reissue – super-heavy!)

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✨✧ FunkadelicFree Your Mind . . . And Your Ass Will Follow (180 gram limited red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An insane classic from one of the wildest funk bands ever! According to reports, George Clinton and the band cut this set in a marathon 48-hour stretch in the studio – working like mad all night and day long, after dropping a motherlode of some mighty fine acid! We don't know if that story's entirely true, but the music on the album certainly backs it up – as it's some of the band's freest, most open-ended, most heavy-jamming work ever recorded! Guitars dominate over funky bass and drums – and the whole thing's an amazing blend of music, swirled together into a non-stop psychedelic party that includes P-Funk gems like "Funky Dollar Bill", "Free Your Mind", "Eulogy and Light", and "I Wanna Know If It's Good To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on red vinyl!)

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✨✧ FunkadelicLet's Take It To The Stage (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A tasty little album from Funkadelic – one that has Bootsy Collins joining the group, and really hitting the unique approach that would become the definitive P-Funk groove! And although tracks are shorter and even more focused, there's still a fair bit of guitar in the set – keeping the trademark Funkadelic sound in place, to set them aside from from the growing horn-heavy Parliament groove. Yet in both groups' work at the time, there's a growing emphasis on the rhythms at the bottom – a pulling up of the basslines in a way that was no doubt influenced by Bootsy's presence, and which would have a key influence on the sound of funk for years to come! Includes the massively infectious funk track "Get Off Your Ass and Jam", plus "Let's Take It To The Stage", "Be My Beach", "Baby I Owe You Something Good", "The Song Is Familiar", "No Head No Backstage Pass", "Atmosphere", "Stuffs & Things", and "Better By the Pound". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Let's Take It To The Stage (remastered with bonus track) (UK pressing) ... CD 9.99
 
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✨✧ Miles DavisDark Magus ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1974. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of Miles noisiest, freest playing from the 70s – recorded live at Carnegie Hall in 1974, and originally issued only in Japan – most likely because the album was so darn noisy, Columbia was scared to release it to the American market! As with other Davis gems from this time, the group is as adventurous as Miles himself – a really great lineup with Dave Liebman and Azar Lawrence on reeds, plus rhythm from Michael Henderson on bass, Al Foster on drums, and Mtume on percussion – all matched by three searing electric guitarists – Reggie Lucas, Pete Cosey, and Dominique Gaumont – who duel back and forth in monster solos that run all over the place during the set! Titles include "Moja", "Wili", "Tatu", and "Nine". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on 4 Men With Beards.)
Also available Dark Magus (Japanese pressing) ... CD 18.99
 
 
 



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