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✨✧ Chris Connor & Maynard FergusonDouble Exposure ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of Chris Connor's standout albums for Atlantic Records – and a session that actually makes us really appreciate the presence of Maynard Ferguson! The album's got a bit more punch than some of Chris' other records for the label, and is a nice shift in mood after a series of sad, dreamy, sometimes sleepy albums of ballads and sadder songs. Chris still manages to get in some rich emotion on the set, but the overall sound is a bit more swinging and upbeat – with a good set of tunes that includes "Summertime", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "That's How It Went All Right", "It Never Entered My Mind", and "Black Coffee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing, including the Atlantic inner sleeve. Cover has light aging.)

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Jose FajardoMister Pachanga ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $28.99
A great little set from flautist Jose Fajardo – recorded during that brief early 60s period when Columbia was putting out some of the strongest pachanga records on the New York scene! Fajardo's work on flute is completely wonderful – that hard, punctuated approach to the instrument that was also used by the young Pacheco – and which makes a perfect accompaniment to the lively rhythms on the set. The groove is great throughout – very careful use of the small combo instrumentation – and although most cuts have vocals, it's the instrumentation that really sends us. Titles include "Alegre Pachanga", "Guiro En Charanga", "Que Nos Separa", "La Negra Sanda", "Yo Puedo Mas Que Tu", and "Baila Charanga". LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing! One corner of the cover has some very light wear.)

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records, 1971. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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
(Cover has some wear and a center split spine.)

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✨✧ Roland KirkInflated Tear (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... $9.99
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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Ramsey LewisRoutes ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Ramsey Lewis in two modes – both of them great! The set's got Ramsey working with two different producers, each on a different side of the record – and both of them bring a nice inflection to the soulful groove that Lewis had already developed at Columbia Records! Side one's done with Larry Dunn, who brings in some Earth Wind & Fire talent in the studio – and puts Ramsey in that tight, funky, soul-based groove he always did so well with the group – cast here in that great Columbia Records blend of acoustic piano and electric backings, which always seemed to create a deeper soul than other fusion modes of the time. Side two features Allen Toussaint working with Ramsey – definitely bringing up some New Orleans funk influences from the Crescent City – yet also keeping things nicely electric too, very much in the mode that Toussaint used best at Warner Brothers at the end of the 70s. Titles include "Whisper Zone", "High Point", "Looking Glass", "Come Back Jack", "Hell On Wheels", and "Colors In Space". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mother EarthMake A Joyful Noise ... LP
Mercury, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $3.99
Mother Earth definitely make a soulful noise on this excellent second set for Mercury Records – an album that has slightly fuller backings than their debut, but in a way that only seems to bring out more of the soulful currents of their sound! The mix of rural inspiration and tighter presentation is a great illustration of the changing North Cali style of the period – and no surprise, a young Boz Scaggs is in the group, providing rhythm guitar next to the vocals of Tracy Nelson and R Powell St John. A few country legends provide extra support on fiddle, dobro, and steel – balanced nicely by a strong horn section too – on titles that include "Stop The Train", "Soul Of The Man", "Blues For The Road", "Come On & See", "I The Fly", "Wait Wait Wait", "I Wanna Be Your Mama Again", and "Then I'll Be Moving On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear, a cutout hole, and clear tape on the spine.)

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Alex PudduMark Of The Devil ... LP
Al Dente (France), 2017. New Copy ... $26.99
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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✨✧ JD AllenAmericana – Musings On Jazz & Blues ... CD
Savant, 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite a powerful little record from JD Allen – billed in the notes as a "blues record", but a set that's got an undeniably spiritual feel – so much so, it might be one of Allen's best records to date! The setting is a trio – with Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on drums – and the open format really allows a lot of space for Allen to stretch out and blow with a lot of righteous energy on tenor – hardly in any familiar blues-based mode – and instead, maybe in that key soulful style that John Coltrane hit on his seminal Coltrane Plays The Blues album. Titles include "Another Man Done Gone", "Tell The Truth Shame The Devil", "Lightnin", "Lillie Mae Jones", "Americana", and "Bigger Thomas". CD
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✨✧ WarPlatinum Jazz ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 light wear.)

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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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Ted HeathBig Ones/Satin, Saxes & Bouncing Brass ... CD
Decca/Vocalion (UK), 1963/1970. Used ... $16.99
Sweet swinging 60s work from British bandleader Ted Heath – packaged together in one nice double-length set! The Big Ones features Ted really grooving it up at the end of the 60s – picking up some of the modder tunes of that part of the decade, and swinging them with some groovy touches that include electric bass, guitar, and drums that are a heck of a lot harder than on some of his earlier records. Ted's still got the jazzy Heath band sound firmly in place – but also makes the whole thing swing with a mod Brit Easy sort of approach! Titles include "Spinning Wheel", "Light My Fire", "Satisfaction", "In The Year 2525", "Good Morning Starshine", and "Don't Cha Hear Me Calling To Ya". Satin Saxes & Bouncing Brass is from the earlier end of the decade – recorded in 1963 with some great horn arrangements that show why the Heath band was one of England's best in the postwar years. The album features some added string arrangements, but also still boasts the great arranging talents of Johnny Keating, then still Heath's right-hand man, and a killer when it comes to arranging horns in breakout jazzy moments. Titles include "Mirage", "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Close Your Eyes", "At Last", "Egyptian Night", and "Ebb Tide". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Big Ones/Satin, Saxes & Bouncing Brass (CDr pressing) ... CD 6.99

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HeptonesBook Of Rules ... LP
Jaywax/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
A soulful classic from The Heptones – easily one of the greatest trios to emerge from the Jamaican scene in the late 60s – and one of the few who were really able to evolve their style as the years went on! The style here is to earlier Heptones material as the early 70s Impressions records on Curtom were to their 60s albums on ABC – more righteous in content, and hipper in overall expression – with this beautiful interplay between the vocals of Leroy Sibbles, Barry Llewelly, and Earl Morgan – all captured with this warm glow in the Harry J Studio! Players on the date include Cedric Im Brooks on tenor and Leslie Butler on organ – and titles include "Suffering So", "Peace & Harmony", "Book Of Rules", "Black On Black", "Do Good To Everyone", "Wah Go Home", and "Over & Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby HutchersonOblique ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... $14.99
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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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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Montgomery BrothersMontgomeryland ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), 1958/1959. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the best records we've ever heard by The Montgomery Brothers – an album that's combined from 2 different sessions, but which has quite a unified feel! Monk Montgomery plays Fender bass – and both groups feature work by Buddy and Wes Montgomery – Buddy on piano and Wes on guitar, of course! But almost even more exciting are the horn players – as one of the sessions features Pony Poindexter on alto, the other Harold Land on tenor – and both of them add a nice depth to the tracks that you don't always hear on other of the horn-less Montgomery Brothers sides – an edge, or "bite" that makes the album one of the most soulful Montgomery outings ever recorded. Tracks include "Renie", "Far Wes", "Lelia", "Wes Tune", and "Monk's Shop". CD

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ Roseanna VitroTropical Postcards (SACD) ... CD
A Records, 2004. Used ... $6.99
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(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Muddy WatersAfter The Rain ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Muddy's grooving hard and funky – with help from Cadet studio funksters like Charles Stepney, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, and Morris Jennings – one of the best ever of the once oft-maligned, now oft-beloved funk era Chess/Cadet albums! After The Rain has more of Muddy's classic bluesy finish than some of the other Chess blues remodel albums from the time – but it's still got plenty of raw production and great fuzzed out guitar that totally killer! Hard charging dirty grooves from Muddy Waters that we've always dug – and we're thrilled to see these kinds of records get some belated love! Titles include "I Am The Blues", "Hurtin Soul", "Bottom Of The Sea", "Honey Bee", "Rollin' And Tumblin'", "Screamin & Cryin", and "Blues & Trouble". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousJoey Negro – Remixed With Love Vol 3 – Part 3 ... LP
Z Records (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $31.99
Soaring sounds from Joey Negro – a man who's given us plenty of great club tracks on his own, and who here works some real magic with a host of gems from the glory days of disco! The tunes are all expanded wonderfully – given a prime edit sort of treatment – as Joey focuses on key elements that really make the tunes special, then expands them out in a wonderful way – a catchy vocal here, slamming piano there, and so on – all at a level that makes most of these cuts even stronger stormers than in their original versions! Titles on this 2LP Part 3 version include "I Am Somebody (Joey Negro finessed rmx)" by Glenn Jones, "Never Gonna Give You Up (Joey Negro re-grooved mix)" by Patrice Rushen, "You (Joey Negro zoomed in mix)" by Samuel Jonathan Johnson, "Free (Joey Negro re-grooved mix)" by Deniece Williams, "Shining (Joey Negro tribute to Leroy Burgess mix)" by Venus Dodson, "Doin It (Joey Negro soulful reprise)" by Gwen McCrae, and "Shante (Joey Negro cosmic funk mix)" by Mass Production. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Is Love ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavenly soul doesn't get any more heavenly than this! Al Green's at the height of his powers here – working in that wonderfully smooth, wonderfully warm style that made his early 70s material so wonderful! This album's maybe slightly less iconic than some of Green's other titles for Hi Records – but only because it's less chock-full of hits, even though the quality and sound is every bit as high as the rest of them! Willie Mitchell did an impeccable job on production – and titles include the classic track "Love Ritual" is a great little groover with a funkier sound than usual for Al, which is fine by us – and other tracks include "LOVE", "The Love Sermon", and "There Is Love" Hey, they weren't kidding with that title! CD
Also available Al Green Is Love ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Herbie HancockFlood (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Sony/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic double-length set from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters – easily one of Herbie's greatest records ever, but originally only issued in Japan! Hancock is in tremendous form here – almost as if he's merging the grooves of the Headhunters album with the wilder electric modes of Sextant – stretched out in a live setting with Herbie on Arp, clavinet, and Fender Rhodes – in a very hip group with Bennie Maupin on reeds, Blackbird McNight on guitar, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion. Tracks are long, and move nicely between funky passages and soulful elements – at a level that's quite different from the double-live Japanese albums that Miles Davis recorded for Columbia at the same time. Titles include "Actual Proof", "Spank A Lee", "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" – and great remakes of "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Airto/DeodatoFingers/Airto & Deodato In Concert ... CD
CTI/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way artists like Wolf, Etta James, and Bo Diddley were being handled (especially with a "we know better than them" message on the cover like this!), the funky blues records from this time actually seem to be some of the most enduring from Chess – especially with younger listeners in the 21st Century! A big part of the success here goes to producers Charles Stepney and Gene Barge – who helped bring together a younger batch of players for Wolf's backing – including Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch on guitars, Louis Satterfield on bass, and Morris Jennings on drums. Titles include "Spoonful", "Tail Dragger", "Smokestack Lightning", "Red Rooster", "Evil", and "Down In The Bottom". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Howlin Wolf Album ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Joey PastranaLet's Ball ... LP
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The title alone should make you want to pick this one up – as anyone with the guts to name a record Let's Ball back in the 60s really had something going! The album's one of the best of Joey Pastrana's early gems – a fierce little record that explodes with Latin Soul energy, and which also shows the more sophisticated side of Pastrana's work that would emerge in the 70s – some of the more complicated elements that would arise more in his move to salsa a few records later. Titles include the massive party cut "Hey Let's Ball – with some great lyrics, and a totally catchy hook – plus the slamming descarga "Mani Picante", the bassy groover "Jammin' With Joey", and the hip boogaloo "My Shingaling"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Connie SmithJoy To The World (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Connie Smith looks a lot more saintly than usual on the cover here – and she sounds a fair bit saintly, too – as she makes her way through a set of Christmas tunes on this 70s album for Columbia! Given the time, the album's maybe more of a throwback to Christmas records of years past – particularly that majestic kind that Columbia did so well in the early 60s – as Connie's voice is often captured with these serious, lush arrangements that are much less country than you might expect – and which have the singer often rising with backing vocals from The Jordanaires or Holladay Sisters, who both bring a more spiritual vibe to the music. Titles include "Joy To The World", "What Child Is This", "O Holy Night", "Come All Ye Faithful", "Sweet Little Jesus Boy", and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks". CD has an extra-cool bonus track – a 1986 duet with Willie Nelson on "Silent Night". CD

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✨✧ U-RoyVersion Galore ... LP
Treasure Isle/Get On Down, 1970s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Spice 1Spice 1 ... LP
Jive/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Actress X London Contemporary OrchestraLageos ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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 8.99

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✨✧ Randy EdelmanIf Love Is Real ... CD
Arista/Sony (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Musiq SoulchildFeel The Real ... CD
E One, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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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Actress X London Contemporary OrchestraLageos ... CD
Ninja Tune, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 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

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