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East New York Ensemble De MusicAt The Helm ... CD
Ikef/Folkways, 1974. Used ... $6.99
An extremely righteous bit of soul jazz – originally issued in a very small pressing by Folkway Records, at a time when the label was doing some great underground recordings! The sound is loose and free – spiritually building in a manner that recalls the work of Ahmed Abdul Malik, Phil Cohran, and some of the AACM – and the album has a style that's exploratory, but never goes too far out, or loses its sense of rhythm and swing. Tracks are longish, and the core group features soprano sax and Korean reeds by Bilal Abdurahman and vibes by Ameen Nuraldeen – plus guest work on bass by James Smith, and appearances by a lot of different world percussion players. There's a nice Eastern feel to some of the tracks, and titles include "Mevlana", "Ti Ti", "Sun Flower", and "Bent El Jerusalem". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records, 1971. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", "You Say It", and the classic "Tired Of Being Alone" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, with some pen. Label has some pen.)

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Syl JohnsonWe Did It/Any Way The Wind Blows ... 7-inch
Hi Records, 1972. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Hi sleeve.)

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Roland KirkInflated Tear (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... $14.99
A landmark album from Roland Kirk – one of his key 60s sides for Atlantic records, and an amazing blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and freer thinking styles! Roland's playing an insane assortment of horns on the set – often at the same time, if you know his 3-way style of blowing – and instruments used for the recording include Manzello, stritch, flute, whistle, English horn, and flexatone – in addition to standard tenor and clarinet. Other players in the group include Ron Burton on piano, Steve Novosel on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums – and the album's got some incredible original compositions that include "Many Blessings", "Handful Of Fives", "Lovellevellioqui", "Laugh for Rory", "Black and Crazy Blues", and "The Inflated Tear". Also includes the bonus track "I'm Glad There Is You". CD
(Out of print Atlantic 50th Anniversary pressing in a cardboard digipack.)

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✨✧ WarPlatinum Jazz ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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 slight shift in the presentation, with maybe just a touch more of the jazz promised in the title – which might have to do with the album's initial placement as a Blue Note Records title! The first half of the record features all new material, showcasing this slight shift in the group's sound – and a mode that's nicely free of any hits – and the second half of the set brings back some key jazzy tracks from earlier records, which fit perfectly into place. Titles include "War Is Coming", "I Got You", "LA Sunshine", "Platinum Jazz", "Slowly We Walk Together", "River Niger", "H2Overture", "City Country City", "Four Cornered Room", and "Deliver The Word". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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VariousPlayers – 12 Super Rare Original Funk Monsters From The Late 60s & Early 70s ... CD
Soul Patrol (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
A great set of grooves from the legendary Soul Patrol Records – the long-running label that's always a key source for hard to find funk! As with other Soul Patrol sets, tracks here represent the farthest reaches of the funky 45 underground – hard to find singles from the late 60s and early 70s, brought together in a blistering array of heavy drums, scratchy guitars, and all-soul vocals! Most of the cuts are ones that we've never seen reissued elsewhere – and titles include "Funk" by King C, "Doin What You Need To Do" by Anthony Burns, "Love" by Rudy Lambert, "Sweet" by Brother Williams, "We Know We Got To Live Together" by Eugene Blacknell & The New Breed, "The Players" by The Inter Circle, and "Shucky Dan" by Ko Kane. CD

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✨✧ Gene HarrisOur Love Is Here To Stay ... LP
Jubilee, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few rare early albums by Gene Harris – cut before his more legendary work as leader of the Three Sounds, andlater Concord Records fame – and he really serves up a soulful swing on the keys! Gene really knows his way around the keyboard, even this early in his career, with a deftness that often comes across right in the very first few notes of a tune – but never in a way that's show-offy at all – especially once the easygoing rhythm duo gets into a groove! Bass is by Mike Long, drums are by George Herman – and titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "Let's Fall In Love", "Cheerful Little Earful", "The Girl Friend", "Out Of This World", and "Love Me Or Leave Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear with a mostly split bottom seam & a name in marker on the back.)

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✨✧ Alex PudduMark Of The Devil ... LP
Al Dente (France), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wild shift in sound from the enigmatic Alex Puddu – as you might guess from the cover – not the straighter funk of some of his previous records, but instead a richly-crafted album that owes plenty to the golden age of Italian soundtracks! As part of that approach, Puddu works here with the famous soundtrack singer Edda Dell'Orso – whose voice was such a big part of Morricone classics back in the day – and the larger orchestrations are conducted by Giacomo Dell'Orso, who does a perfect job of opening things up to so many different instrumental elements, while still holding to some of the cinematic funk of Puddu's other music. The record features a stunning array of instrumentation – from familiar strings to vibes, Fender Rhodes, electric sitar, tenor sax, and lots lots more – on titles that include "The Whip", "Il Sogno Il Fuoco", "The Haunted Palace", "Tentazioni", "La Carne E Il Peccato", "Il Canto Delle Vergini", and "Mother Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamArrival Of Kenny Dorham ... LP
Jaro, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of Kenny Dorham's best records ever – and one of his rarest too! The set was cut for the short-lived Jaro label, home to a few great jazz sides during its short-lived American tenure – and the set features Kenny grooving at a level that's extremely tight, very much in the best spirit of his work for Blue Note or Prestige – and recorded here with equally top-shelf sound! The record shows Kenny at his lyrical best – working alongside the piano of Tommy Flangan, who really helps enforce this side of his music – and also getting some help from Charles Davis on baritone, who brings in some darker edges to the record. Other players include Butch Warren on bass and Buddy Enlow on drums – on tracks that include the original entitled "Stage West", plus another sweet tune by Davis entitled "Turbo" – as well as the numbers "Butch's Blues", "Six Bits", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Flavor Unit MCs/Almighty RSORoll Wit Tha Flava (orig, Kid Capri bounce track, Shandi's S Oxford mix, inst)/Badd Boys ... 12-inch
Epic, 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
Posse cut featuring Queen Latifah joined by Freddie Fox, D-Nice, Dres (of Black Sheep), Treach, Chip Fu, and Heavy D with nice verses from all MC's involved. One of Latifah's last dope records, and the last dope single from the now-defunct Flavor Unit. Mid-tempo production by D-Nice. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Elvis PresleyGot A Lot O' Lovin' To Do ... LP
Party Records (Malaysia), Mid/Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Saun & StarrLook Closer ... CD
Daptone, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The mighty debut of Saun & Starr – a female soul duo who have been best known for their backing work behind Sharon Jones – stepping out here into the spotlight with some great support from the Dap-Kings! Although funky, the duo also have more of a deep soul approach than Sharon Jones – a quality that's very old school, and which burns with the fire of some lost 70s session on Stax Records – the kind of super-heavy sound that first made us fall in love with the Daptone label so many years back! The Dap-Kings are at their best in the setting – maybe looser, and more personal than on some of their recordings with Jones – and titles include "In The Night", "Dear Mr Teddy", "Look Closer", "Hot Shot", "Sunshine", "If Only", "Your Face Before My Eyes", and "Big Wheel". CD

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✨✧ Airto/DeodatoFingers/Airto & Deodato In Concert ... CD
CTI/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99
CTI Records meets that Brazilian fusion sound of the 70s – served up here on two classic albums! Fingers is one of Airto's greatest records ever – a really hard hitting batch of tracks that mix sharp-edged fusion lines with some earthier Brazilian percussion touches – all in a way that nicely steps off of Airto's first few American releases, and warms the groove up with a nice dose of California soul! Flora Purim joins in here on both vocals and percussion – and the rest of the group features Hugo Fattoruso on keyboards and harmonica, Jorgte Fattoruso on drums, and David Amaro on both electric and acoustic guitars – shifting nicely between both instruments in a way that further underscores the blended vibe of the record! Most of these tracks are Airto classics – like "Tombo in 7/4", "San Francisco River", "Romance Of Death", "Ringers", and "Wind Chant" – and the record has a very sweet CTI production style, but is still rough enough around the edges to keep things nice and real! Deodato In Concert is an excellent little live set from Deodato – hard to believe because the sound's just as tight and funky as his studio albums, and possibly even more interesting because he manages to pull it off equally well in a live setting! The record features percussion by Airto, guitar by John Tropea, and vocals by Flora Purim – and those are just the marquee names of a large and amazing grew of great musicians! All tracks are long and complicated, for very hynotic feel throughout. The funkiest number is "Tropea", which has a nice long 8 minute groove – and the set also features a cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again", plus the tracks "Parana", "Branches", "Baubles, Bangles And Beads" and "Skyscraper". Amazing! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Roy BrownGood Rockin Brown – The King & Deluxe Acetate Sides ... CD
King/Ace (UK), 1947. Used ... $8.99
Some of the greatest work from the early years of R&B – all presented here with incredible sound, in a collection that also includes 17 never-issued tracks! Roy Brown's music for King Records is the stuff of legend – some of the rawest, raunchiest, most hard-swinging material of the time – on a par with the label's classics by Tiny Bradshaw and Wynonie Harris, but maybe even better overall! And while Roy scored plenty of hits with King, he also spent a hell of a lot of time in the studio during the year 1947, too – recording a number of songs that never made it onto singles – all of which are presented here with stunning sound – as Ace Records went back to the original acetates for all the recordings in the package. Titles include "Lolly Pop Mama", "Special Lesson No 1", "Bye Baby Bye", "I'm The Man Who Sings The Blues", "Farm Town Gal", "My Mama's Boy Friend", "Long About Midnight", "The Gal's Drunk Again", "Whose Hat Is That", and "Looking For A Woman". CD

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Ray CharlesSweet & Sour Tears ... CD
ABC/Rhino, 1964. Used ... $12.99
Easily one of the best Ray Charles albums on ABC – if not one of the best Ray Charles albums of all-time. Ray's in his C&W mode here, but it's a bit more restrained than on other LPs, and is replaced here by a sophisticated style that works perfectly with his heartbreaking voice. Proof that Ray knew what he was doing when he said that he didn't want to cut any more crazy R&B records! Titles include "Teardrops From My Eyes", "Cry", "A Tear Fell", "You've Got Me Crying Again", and "I Cried For You". The CD includes 7 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Willie Colon & Mon RiveraThere Goes The Neighborhood ... CD
Fania, 1975. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Mon Rivera gets a great revival here during the height of the 70s salsa era – thanks to backings from Willie Colon, and a sound as solid as any of the best on Fania Records at the time! The album has Willie working with a tight combo that's heavy on trombone, piano, and percussion – backing up Mon's lead vocals, and also featuring Rivera a bit on guiro. The tunes are mostly lively bombas or plenas – romping around with a lot of joyous energy – with arrangements from Mon, Willie, and Jorge Millet. Titles include "Mosaico", "Baila Mi Bomba", "Pena De Amor", "Ya Llego", "La Humanidad", and "Si Te Vas". CD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)

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Patrick CowleyMuscle Up ... CD
Dark Entries, Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Moody work from the legendary Patrick Cowley – all music originally composed for use in 70s porno films shot on the San Francisco scene – most of it in the years before Cowley took off in more techno-styled dancefloor modes! These tracks are all heavy on electronics, but the grooves are often somewhat gentle – mostly in modes that run from midtempo to spacey, and which clearly featured during the more languid erotic scenes of the movies – maybe moments when the action was heated, but also rapturously intense. And as such, the music has a very different vibe than the familiar funk and jazz you'd know from other porn films of the period (although there is one great funk number here) – and the use of electronics give most of these cuts a cool, spacey vibe – almost like Sky Records material from the German scene, or pre-cold wave electronics. Titles include "Deep Inside You", "5oz Of Funk", "Timelink", "Uhura", "Pigfoot", "Don't Ask", "Cat's Eye", and "Somebody To Love Tonight". CD

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Randy EdelmanIf Love Is Real ... CD
Arista/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
Early work from Randy Edelman – one of those AOR songsmiths who had no trouble turning out great material for records of his own! The set's got a nicely understated vibe – polished, but less commercial than some of its contemporaries – more in the way that some of the better AOR artists were an evolution of earlier singer/songwriter styles – which only a rare few could take to the top of the charts. Randy's style is heartfelt, but never too cloying – and titles include "If Love Is Real", "Take My Hand", "Autumn Days With You", "Sentimental Fools", "It's Hard To Say Goodbye", and "Can't It All Be Love". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
(Out of print.)
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Indian OceanSchool Bell Treehouse/Tree House Schoolbell (parts 1 & 2) ... 12-inch
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99 14.98
One of the most offbeat 12" singles to ever come from the hands of Arthur Russell – and that's saying a lot, given some of his other grooves! The approach here is much more experimental than some of Russell's other projects for Sleeping Bag Records – as the main track builds slowly from a mix of electronic rhythms and percussion, layered with deep sounds that really match the groove – but at a pace that's dark and moody, although building with tribal energy as things move on! There's a pan-global, past/future vibe going on here – one that reminds us how revolutionary Russell was at the time, and what a huge inspiration he was to later giants of the post-house, post-club global scene. Over 20 minutes of music between the two sides – more like a short album instead of a 12" single! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Lebron BrothersLlegamos/We're Here ... LP
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 22.98
Soaring salsa from the mighty Lebron Brothers – a group who first burst on the Latin scene with a strong run of Latin Soul recordings, but who are taking a more straightforward approach here! Yet that change hardly makes any difference, as the Lebrons still have that bold, youthful energy that made their records such a great change from some of the too-big bands of the previous generation in Latin music – and their shift from boogaloo to salsa is a great example of the way the key younger acts were helping make the waves that so many other artists would follow! Pablo Lebron sings lead vocals, and Angel and Jose Lebron co-lead the mighty tight grooves – which include alto from Gabe Gill and tenor from Herman Saldana – both players who keep a soulful sound to the set. Titles include "Mi Fracaso", "Si Ti", "Todo Lo Hechaste Ha Perder", "Orgullo, Riqueza Y Lujo", and "Tus Recuerdos". LP, Vinyl record album

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Musiq SoulchildFeel The Real ... CD
E One, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 17.98
Musiq Soulchild has been making music for many years – the man virtually invented the beats n keys format back at the start of the century – and he's still got the sharp crackle and classic depth that won us over to his sound back in the day! This double-length set is completely unassuming – almost casual, if it wasn't so tight – as Musiq layers his vocals perfectly amidst some heavy, head-nodding beats and spacious keyboard fills – all with maybe more 80s modes than on his earliest records – but at a level that's never too easy or cliched. The set includes guest appearances by Marsha Ambrosius, Willie Hyn, The Husel, Chris Theory, Blaqgxld, and even Neil DeGrasse Tyson – on titles that include "Humble Pie", "Feel The Real", "Benefits", "Serendipity", "Let Go", "Test Drive", "Broken Hearts", "Shudawudacuda", "Start Over", "My Bad", "The Moon", and "Sunrise Serenade". CD

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Spice 1Spice 1 ... LP
Jive/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 25.98
The first full length classic from Spice 1 – an MC who came up in the wake of Too Short on the west coast, but has definitely found his own style by the time of this set! Some tracks almost have an Ice Cube mix of biting social commentary and view from the streets – while others are maybe more in the crossover gangsta vein that would rise strongly in years to come. Samples are all obvious, but well-used – records from Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Isaac Hayes – and the album also features some tight mixing and production from Ant Banks. Titles include "In My Neighborhood", "187 Proof", "Peace To My Nine", "Welcome To The Ghetto", "Money Or Murder", "City Streets", and "Break Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ira SullivanHorizons ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967. Used ... $11.99
One of the hippest albums ever from Chicago reedman/trumpeter Ira Sullivan – a set that takes on a really different feel than his previous bop-styled records – and which shows a whole new side of the musician! Ira's clearly inspired here by the changes in jazz in the 60s – particularly the work of John Coltrane – and he reaches forward in a wonderfully expressive way that's filled with joy, life, and a spiritual sensibility we never heard this strongly again in Sullivan's music. There's a definite modal jazz vibe to most of the record – played beautifully by an obscure rhythm section that features Dolphe Castellano on piano and electric harpsichord, William Fry on bass, and Jose Cigno on drums – players with a wonderfully refreshing conception that really makes the album sparkle. Yet Sullivan's the clear star of the show, too – really shining on a range of horns that includes trumpet, tenor, and soprano sax – sometimes played together on the same tune. Lon Norman plays a bit of trombone on the record – and the set's got some great eastern numbers like "Ninevah", "Horizons", and "Adah" – plus the tracks "Oh G", "Norwegian Wood", and "E Flat Tuba G". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and intensity that made that moment of new creativity so great – from the edgey production work and scratches by Louie Lou, to the extra help from Mantronik, and even the album's early appearances by Special K and MC Serch – which further the sense of collaboration from the streets that made some of the Fresh Records sets so great. Titles include "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London", and "It's Time To Chill". CD features bonus tracks – "It's Yours (12" radio)", "Breakdown (12" mix)", "He's Incredible (12" mix)", "Breaking Bells (12" mix)", "Bass Machine (12" mix)", "Love Blind (12" mix)", and "Runaway (12" voc)". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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U-RoyVersion Galore ... LP
Treasure Isle/Get On Down, 1970s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
The debut of U-Roy, and an album that paves the way for countless wonderful sounds to come! The album's an early one in the toasting approach – and has U-Roy calling out the tunes in this echoey style that's wonderful – somehow more urgent than reggae records of just a few years before, and almost dismantling the tunes as he works alongside them! Rhythms are cooked up by Duke Reid – and the album's the stuff that put both him, and the role of the DJ in reggae firmly on the map! Titles include "Your Ace From Space", "On The Beach", "Version Galore", "True Confession", "Tide Is High", "Things You Love", "The Same Song", "Happy Go Lucky Girl", "Rock Away", "Wear You To The Ball", "Don't Stay Away", and "Hot Pop". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sarah VaughanBrazilian Romance ... CD
Columbia, 1987. Used ... $2.99
One of the last great records ever made by Sarah Vaughan – a really solid session of Brazilian tunes, one that's produced by Sergio Mendes, arranged by Dori Caymmi, and which features guest vocals by Milton Nascimento! The general approach is west coast mellow – as the group features Alphonson Johnson, George Duke, Hubert Laws, Tom Scott, and Ernie Watts – and most of the tunes are English translations of older Brazilian tracks from the 60s and 70s, done by Sarah in an easy, jazzy tone. Titles include "Love & Passion", "Your Smile", "Obsession", "Make This City Ours Tonight", "Nothing Will Be As It Was", and "Photograph". CD

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VariousOther Side Of The Trax – Stax/Volt 45rpm Rarities 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Stax Records turned out plenty of hits in the 60s – but the Memphis label was also a non-stop powerhouse of recording, and cut countless sides that were every bit as great as their hits, but never fully got their due! This collection brings together a huge amount of those gems – 24 rare Stax singles, none of which have ever been reissued – which makes this package a treasure trove of under-discovered Memphis soul, even if you've got some other Stax/Volt sets in your collection! A number of these tracks are early numbers by artists who'd break bigger on Stax later in the 60s – and others are by singers you might not know at all, but who were key to helping the label form its sound at the time – as their top-shelf team of writers and studio talents made these obscure singles every bit as great as their work for bigger artists. Titles include "I Need Somebody" by Johnny Daye, "Separation" by Carla Thomas, "Under My Nose" by Eddie Floyd, "Here I Am" by Lynda Lyndell, "Bashful Guitar" by Johnny Jenkins, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Sweet Thing" by Gorgeous George, "The Big Dipper" by Sir Issac & The Do Dads, "Uh Oh I'm In Love Again" by Eddie Jefferson, "Beach Bash" by The Mar-Kays, "You Belong To Her" by Barbara & The Browns, "Strange Things" by Johnny Taylor, and "This Kind Of Woman" by Ivory Joe Hunter. CD

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✨✧ Frozen ExplosionFrozen Explosion ... CD
B-Boy/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Frozen Explosion may not look as dope here as some of his NYC contemporaries – but the blue-eyed MC has the honor of being one of the few folks from the Chicago scene to cut a full length hip hop set back in the 80s! The record disappeared almost immediately upon release, even though it was issued by B-Boy Records on the east coast – but it's grown in interest over the decades, thanks to shouts by DJ Shadow and other hip hop historians! FE's maybe not going to knock MC Serch or Tony D out of the lineup, but the album's still got some nice moments – and titles include "Rapman", "Cold Kickin'", "Smashing", "Babs", 'Direct Contact", "Iwo Jima", "Rapaholics", "Mac Nife", "Beaver Jam", and "Cold Dub". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanRight Now (RVG Remaster Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff, and one of Jackie McLean's best for Blue Note from the "new thing" period! The album features Jackie working out a wealth of new ideas, in a quartet that includes Larry Willis on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Clifford Jarvis on drums. Jackie holds down the frontline himself on alto, and the tracks are nice and long, with one composition by Jackie, and two by Willis – all in the exploratory mode of work on records like One Step Beyond. Tracks include "Eco", "Poor Eric", "Christel's Time", and "Right Now". Plus, the CD also features a bonus alternate take of "Right Now". CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Patrick CowleyAfternooners ... LP
Dark Entries, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The continuing lost legacy of Patrick Cowley – the San Francisco 80s club maestro who made some famous records with Sylvester – but who also did a huge amount of underground sounds for porno films at the time! This set digs deep into that legacy – by featuring music that Cowley did for the 1982 film Afternooners, as well as a few other tracks from the time – material that's a great 80s extrapolation of the sorts of slinky funk you'd know from 70s porn! The sounds here are heavy on beats and keyboards – a much more slowed-down take on territory that Cowley explored on his club singles of the period – and the basslines are plenty heavy, and very seductive – as you might imagine, given the images they were used with on the screen. We should tell you that the package does include a few nude images inside – so be warned if you're offended by that sort of thing. Titles include "Love Come Set Me Free", "Big Shot", "Surfside Sex", "Hot Beach", "The Runner", "One Hot Afternoon", "Leather Bound", and "Bore & Stroke". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ClipseTil The Casket Drops ... LP
Columbia/Get On Down, 2009. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Malice & Pusha T back with The Neptunes on the bulk of Til The Casket Drops – recorded Columbi, after the Jive Records swan song/uncompromising masterpiece Hell Hath No Fury back in '06, and this one still head-and-shoulders above most major label hip hop LPs circa '09! The couple of concessions to street rap radio can be forgiven with album tracks that cut as deep as the ones here – with a couple produced by DJ Khalil, and guests including Kanye West, Yo Gotti, Cam'Ron, Ab Liva, Keri Hilson & Nicole Hurst. Titles include "Freedom", "Popular Demand (Popeyes) feat Cam'Ron & Pharrell, "Kinda Like A Big Deal" feat Kanye West, "Showing Out" feat Yo Gotti, "I'm Good" feat Pharrell, "Door Man", "Never Will It Stop" feat Ab Liva, "All Eyes On Me" feat Keri Hilson, "Counseling" feat Nicole Hurst, "Life Change" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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✨✧ LazarusLazarus/Fool's Paradise ... CD
Bearsville/Wounded Bird, 1971/1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of records from this overlooked harmony group of the 70s! The self-titled Lazarus album has this warm glow right from the start – a mode that seems to draw on the same kind of relaxed energy that was showing up in the work of groups like America or Crosby Stills & Nash – a mode that wasn't trying nearly as hard to cop the harmony styles of the soul generation, and which instead had this easygoing vibe that was, at this point, still more personal than some of the too-produced AOR moments to come. Instrumentation is mostly just piano, bass, and guitar – which suits the vocals beautifully – and titles include "Warmth Of Your Eyes", "Refugee", "Whatever Happened", "Doncha Cry", "Memory Of A Stranger", and "Rivers". Fool's Paradise is a warmly glowing set from Lazarus – a group here who maybe have a bit more punch than on their debut, thanks to the addition of drums on a few cuts – but who still mostly take their cue from the laidback interplay of their vocals! The approach is nicely understated – not the polished pop of some of their contemporaries, but almost a singer/songwriter evolution of harmony work past the 60s – yet before the polish of AOR. The balance is great – maybe like a more understated America – and titles include "Poets & Lovers", "Thoughts Of You", "Take Me High", "Ladyfriends 1", and "When Will The Home Of Me Begin". CD

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✨✧ SparksBest Of The Rest Of The Island Years – 1974 to 1978 (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) (2018 Record Store Day) ... LP
Island/Universal (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An overstuffed collection of work from one of the coolest groups to record for Island Records in the 70s – a group who had mainstream fame, but also managed to work in some pretty experimental modes to their music! Sparks came of age in the glam years, but always had a higher idea and larger musical vision – a bit like ELO when they really got going, and with a similar ear for mini-symphonies in pop music, but at a level that could still be pretty darn catchy and appealing to the growing guitar hero generation. This set features plenty of classics, and some well-chosen other moments too – and titles include "England", "Gone With The Wind", "Lost & Found", "Barbecutie", "Alabamy Right", "Amateur Hour", "Looks Looks Looks", "This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us", "Hasta Manana Monsieur", "Get In The Swing", "Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth", "Tearing The Place Apart", "Intrusion/Confusion", "Thank Got It's Not Christmas", and "Something For The Girl With Everything". 24 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram transparent red vinyl pressing – with download!)

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✨✧ Workshop De Lyon50th Anniversary (Inter Frequencies/La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad/Tiens Les Bourgeons/Concert Lave/Anniversaire/Chant Bien) (6CD box set) ... CD
Bisou/Souffle Continu (France), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge testament to the genius of this important French free jazz ensemble – a group who were already quite different than the rest at the start, then only grew into more compelling modes as the years went on! The core trio here that drives all the performances is Maurice Merle on saxes, Christian Rollet on drums, and Jean Bolcato on bass – although a number of the records also feature some really wonderful contributions from reedman Louis Slavis. Merle will come as an especially strong revelation to those who don't know his work – as he handles alto and soprano with qualities that can be searing one minute, then quite soulful the next – in ways that really reflect the special organic energy of the group. The box features 6CDs, but includes way more than that – as it features 9 full albums, one unreleased, with bonus tracks too – most of which make their CD debut in this package. Albums include Inter Frequencies, La Chasse De Shirah Sharibad, Tiens Les Bourgeons Eclatent, Concert Lave, Musique Basalte, Anniversaire, Fondus, Chant Bien Fatal, and Arzana – most in replicas of their original album covers too! Booklet features more details – with notes in French and English. CD

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✨✧ James Brown, The JBs, Lyn Collins, & Bobby ByrdJames Brown Revue – Live At The Apollo Vol 4 1972 ... LP
Polydor/Get On Down, 1972. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A never-issued James Brown album from 1972 – a killer live performance from The Apollo Theater – and one that features a fair bit of help from other members of his People Records crew! James performs a bit on the record – but the set also features some great instrumental sides from the JBs, who get almost half the set – plus a few songs each by Bobby Byrd and Lyn Collins – two of the greatest singers to ever work with The Godfather! There's also some great introductions by Danny Day – in that usual hip style we love from James' concert recordings – and titles include "Wine Spot", "From The Back Side", "Hot Pants Road", "Honky Tonk", "Pass The Peas", and "Gimme Some More" by The JBs – plus "I Know You Got Soul", "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right", and "Keep On Doin What You're Doin" by Bobby Byrd; and "Do Your Thing", "Think", and "I'll Take You There" by Lyn Collins. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Johnny ClarkeRockers Time Now ... LP
Frontline/Get On Down, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great moment for Jamaican singer Johnny Clarke – who really got a chance to shine in the mainstream with this classic album for Virgin – a record that should have given Clarke the same kind of international fame as some of his contemporaries on Island Records! All the element here are right on the money – a lean rockers groove with instrumentation by The Agrovators – who beautifully balance a sense of craft and understatement that really lets Johnny shine in the spotlight! Bunny Lee produced, King Tubby mixed, and titles include "Rockers Time Now", "African Roots", "Satta Massagana", "Declaration Of Rights", "They Never Love Poor Marcus", "Natty Dreadlocks Stand Up Right", "Prophecy A-Fulfilled", and "Stop The Tribal War". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby HutchersonOblique ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Bobby Hutcherson's greatest records ever – and a session that never got released at the time! The album's an excellent quartet session, one that's very much in the best spirit of Bobby's great Happenings album on Blue Note – and it features a similar group that includes Hutcherson on vibes, Herbie Hancock on piano, Albert Stinson on bass, and Joe Chambers, one of Hutcherson's best accompanists from the 60s, on drums. The format's a bit more modal than Happenings – and the set features 6 wonderful little tracks that mix together the "new thing" sound of earlier Hutcherson Blue Notes, with some of the nascent soulfulness that started creeping into his work at the end of the 60s. The album was recorded in 1967, but only first issued in Japan in at the end of the 70s – and then later in the US, and even then only briefly – but we'd still rank the set as one of Bobby's best for Blue Note! Titles include "Til Then", "Mr Joy", "Subtle Neptune", and "Theme From Blow Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ruby RushtonTrudi's Songbook – Volume One ... CD
22A (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ruby Rushton is the name of the group, not an individual member – and it's also a name that's sure to be at the top of your list once you hear this incredible debut! The album's got this fantastic blend of funky and spiritual grooves – all played with a quality that's soulful, but effortless – almost vintage, but never trying to sound forced or copycat at all – just this easy-flowing groove that's incredible, and which kind of gives the record an instant classic sound from the very first note! Edward Cawthorne is the ersatz leader – as he wrote and arranged the whole set – but his work on flute and saxes is just one part of the album's wonderful groove, which also includes trumpet from Nick Walters, keyboards from Aidan Shepherd, bass from Fergus Ireland, drums from Eddie Hick, and percussion from Joseph Deenmamode – a lineup who seem to be tied together in soul and spirit right from the start. The London-based group are rock-solid throughout – hitting territory that's maybe more soulful than some of the spiritual currents of the Gondwana Records scene a few years before, but with an equal sort of depth. Titles include "Trudi's Mood", "Moonlight Woman", "Prayer For Yusef", "Where Are You Now", "Elephant & Castle", and "The Camel's Back". CD

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Actress X London Contemporary OrchestraLageos ... CD
Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pretty moody little collaboration between electronic wizard Actress (Darren Cunningham), and the London Contemporary Orchestra – both working here in a way that's quite unlike other records of this nature we've heard in the past! At first, we were maybe guessing that the set would have a Cinematic Orchestra vibe – but the Actress presence really shapes every sound from the start, even the rich acoustic elements of the larger lineup – often creating these unnerving sounds and shapes that make it feel as if Cunningham is battling the whole ensemble by himself! Other times, things are more subtle – with a resonance between electric and acoustic that's completely haunting – and titles include "Hubble", "Surfer's Hymn", "Chaos Rain", "Chasing Numbers", "Galya Beat", "Momentum", "Voodoo Posse Chronic Illusion", and "Audio Track 5". CD
Also available Lageos ... LP 26.99

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Actress X London Contemporary OrchestraLageos ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.99
A pretty moody little collaboration between electronic wizard Actress (Darren Cunningham), and the London Contemporary Orchestra – both working here in a way that's quite unlike other records of this nature we've heard in the past! At first, we were maybe guessing that the set would have a Cinematic Orchestra vibe – but the Actress presence really shapes every sound from the start, even the rich acoustic elements of the larger lineup – often creating these unnerving sounds and shapes that make it feel as if Cunningham is battling the whole ensemble by himself! Other times, things are more subtle – with a resonance between electric and acoustic that's completely haunting – and titles include "Hubble", "Surfer's Hymn", "Chaos Rain", "Chasing Numbers", "Galya Beat", "Momentum", "Voodoo Posse Chronic Illusion", and "Audio Track 5". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Lageos ... CD 12.99
 
 
 



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