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Rob Franken ElectrificationFunctional Stereo Music (Together/Six Seven Eight/Don't Stop/Colours & Images/Absorbed Love/Blue Sky Fingers) (3CD set) ... CD
678 Records (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99
An amazing package of rare work on Fender Rhodes – a 3CD set that brings together six full albums that were recorded in the 70s, but never saw the light of day until vinyl issued in recent years! Pianist Rob Franken is totally great – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of the 70s when it came to the Fender Rhodes! Rob's a master of the instrument here – playing it jazzily, but also with this open flow that's really wonderful – and which really makes the best use of the instrument's potential, and doesn't drown it in too much jamming, which could sometimes be the case with other European musicians who handled the instrument! Instead, Franken lets the space between the notes do as much as the notes themselves – which really keeps things soulful throughout – and although most of the cuts feature an augmented trio, sometimes with added percussion or keyboards – a few of the tracks feature Ferdinand Povel on flute and tenor, and Jiggs Whigham on trombone. But even without the horns, the keys are more than enough – as they step out and soar on a whopping 70 tracks in all – including a few bonus tracks too! CD

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Rita HovinkLove Me Or Leave Me (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP
Decca/678 Records (Netherlands), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
Ultra-hip vocals from Rita Hovink – a Dutch singer who's got a way of making even familiar material sound pretty darn fresh! Rita's working here with a cool combo that's got a great sense of arrangement – a way of opening up the tunes and finding some unusual instrumental modes that really pave the way for Hovink's vocal interpretations. The group features Rob Van Dijk on both piano and Hammond, and Wim Overgaauw on guitar – and a few tracks feature guest instrumentation from either Carl Schulze on vibes, Harry Verbeke on tenor, or Thijs Van Leer on flute. The tunes are almost all familiar, but done in very cool ways – and titles include "Sunrise Sunset", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "After You've Gone", "Don't Sleep In The Subway", "Goodbye Charlie", "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day", and "The Fool On The Hill". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes CD with 5 bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Rob Franken ElectrificationAbsorbed Love ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pianist Rob Franken left this planet all too soon – passing away in his early 40s in 1983 – but during the 70s, he recorded a wealth of fantastic sessions on the Dutch jazz scene – including this rare batch of tracks that are issued here for the first time ever! The tunes are all keyboard instrumentals, with Rob on both electric piano and some more electronic modes – working in small combo formats with either Eef Albers or Joop Scholten on guitars – both of whom are excellent players who bring plenty to the rhythms while Franken really lets loose on his solos – then step into the groove with some great solos of their own! The work here is right up there with our favorite keyboard jazz of the 70s – with plenty of elements that raise these grooves up to the level of classics by Bob James, Deodato, or Herbie Hancock – and titles include the originals "Rob's Hit", "Escape", "Hard Beat", "Loadstone", and "Absorbed Love" – plus covers of "The Anderson Tapes", "Blow Up", and "Red Baron". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rob Franken ElectrificationColours & Images ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jazzy keyboards from the great Rob Franken – maybe one of the hippest cats on the Dutch scene of the 70s when it came to the Fender Rhodes! Rob's a master of the instrument here – playing it jazzily, but also with this open flow that's really wonderful – and which really makes the best use of the instrument's potential, and doesn't drown it in too much jamming, which could sometimes be the case with other European musicians who handled the instrument! Instead, Franken lets the space between the notes do as much as the notes themselves – which really keeps things soulful throughout – as he works with musicians who include Ferdinand Povel on flute and tenor, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, Joop Scholten on guitar, Jan Huydts on keyboards – plus the great team of John Lee and Gerry Brown on rhythm on one cut – a fantastic remake of their "Her Celestial Body", which they did on one of their 70s albums for Blue Note. Titles include "Por Hermeto", "How'd You Do It Stanley", "Images", "November", "Up The Street Round the Corner Down The Block", "Afro Blue", and "Colours". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rob Franken ElectrificationDon't Stop ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fender Rhodes and vibes – a combination that always sounds fantastic, but which maybe sounds especially great here in a rare 70s session from Dutch keyboard legend Rob Franken! Rob's usually fantastic, no matter what the setting – but here, he's working on a set of spacious grooves that get plenty of great tones and colors from the vibes of Wolfgang Schulter – who works alongside Rob in a groove that's right up there with some of the best MPS funky electric jazz from the early 70s! About half the tracks on the set were written by German pianist Michael Naura – who himself was also doing some great Fender Rhodes work in the 70s – and titles include "Call", "Samba For Sander", "Song For Josef", "Barracuda", "Brown Out", "Concensus", and "Serenade For Myself". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rob Franken ElectrificationSix Seven Eight ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), 1975/1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dutch pianist Rob Franken is at the top of his game here – the top of his electric game, that is – as the album's a masterpiece in Fender Rhodes instrumentals, and right up there with the best US Rhodes work of the time! The album's a dream come true if you're a fan of jazzy electric keys – as Rob brings all his earlier jazz chops into play, while also keeping things nice and lean – so that you get to hear the keys spin out and do their thing – with mostly just the bass of Wim Essed and drums of Hank Zomer providing loose accompaniment! A few tracks appear to have some Arp as well, and most of the album was recorded in 1975 – a particularly wonderful year for keyboard jazz. Titles include "Frisky Frog Funk", "Esopet", "One Finger Snap", "Child Song", "Title Wave", "Spain", "Blame It On The Sun", and "Six Seven Eight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rob Franken ElectrificationTogether ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), 1972/1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic Fender Rhodes and other cool keyboards – served up in rare 70s sessions from Dutch jazz legend Rob Franken – tracks that are only making their first appearance here! The record has a mighty lean groove overall – usually just Rob's electric piano and organ in a quartet with electric bass, drums, and guitar – occasionally letting that last instrument get a bit of solo space, but usually just having the sweet keys of Franken in the lead! The tracks from 1972 are all funky keyboard jazz – but some of the numbers from 1975 add in some cool spacey elements too – using electronics in a Herbie Hancock way along with the other instruments in the mix. Titles include "The Pleasant Pheasant", "Rhyme & Reason Time", "Cactus", "The Kumquat Kids", "Together", "Skabadaf", "La Vendedora", "Scintilla", and "Turtle Shake". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rob Franken ElectrificationBlue Sky Fingers ... LP
678 Records (Netherlands), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very jazzy work from Dutch keyboardist Rob Franken – a set of tracks that definitely lives up to the "fingers" in the title, as all the tunes feature very deft work on guitar from Joop Scholten! Joop's got a style that's very tight, and sometimes a bit 60s soul jazz in approach – which makes for a bit of a change from some of Franken's other Fender Rhodes albums of the 70s – but a sound that's no less groovy overall! Rob moves with the changes in this great way – with a vibe that's a bit like some of the early 70s electric piano material from players Sonny Phillips or Neal Creque – and the warmth of Joop's guitar gets support from bass and drums throughout, with a bit of added percussion on a few cuts. Titles include a nice version of the Weldon Irvine tune "Sister Sanctified" – plus "Upstairs", "Speed Ball", "The Coming Atlantis", "What A Face", "Beat It", "The Borgia Stick", and "The Day After Sunday". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Albert D PattersonBeats To The Rhyme – A Collection Of Instrumental Hip Hop Records For The Beat Connoisseur (hardcover – with bonus CD) ... Book
Gingko Press, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Think you know hip hop records? Think again – because if you only know the commercially released and vocal versions of the material, then you only know half the story – because among true collectors, the instrumental wax can be even more in-demand! This book opens up that secret world of hip hop – by detailing rare instrumental versions of hip hop albums – some issued only as promotional items, some only as record club or online releases, and some as dodgy bootlegs from the underground! The book has page after page of these releases – with label scans of the original records, alongside other release information, and a very well-done review for each item – a brilliant book that will really open you up to a greater range of hip hop vinyl to collect. There's listings for about 200 different instrumental records, plus more images and other details in the book – and the whole thing even features a bonus CD of instrumental mixes! Book
(Includes bonus CD mixed by DJ Spair!)

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Five For JazzSoulscape ... CD
Dischi Della Quercia (Italy), 1996. Used ... $8.99
A really great group who definitely live up to the soulful promise of the title on this set – an earlier effort from trumpeter Flavio Boltro, with a sound that's almost a precursor to the High Five Quintet! The combo play with a really classic approach overall – steeped in influences from both Blue Note Records and the Italian scene of the 60s! Boltro's warm trumpet sound is always a treat – and it's set up here alongside the tenor and soprano sax of Emanuele Cisi, the piano of Luigi Bonafede, bass of Rosario Bonaccorso, and drums of Francesco Sotgiu. Titles include "To Joe", "Preghiera", "Think To Paolo", "Chia Blues", "First Smile", and "Aiova". CD

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✨✧ Wynder K FrogSunshine Super Frog (with bonus track) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A record with a Donovan reference in the title, but a much more mod set overall – thanks to searing Hammond work from organist Mick Weaver, who was maybe one of the hippest London cats on his instrument at the time! The tunes draw equally from the Hammond soul jazz of artists like Jimmy Smith or Jimmy McGriff, and from the soul instrumental style of the time – particularly the grooves of Stax and Atlantic Records – and the deft work on the keys of the organ show that you hardly need a singer to make these records groove. Titles include "I Feel So Bad", "Blues For A Frog", "Hold On I'm Coming", "Incense", "Feel It", "Dancin Pain", "Mercy", and "Somebody Help Me". Features four bonus tracks – "Turn On Your Lovelight", "Zooming", "I'm A Man", and "Henry's Panter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with bonus track!)

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✨✧ MazeSilky Soul ... LP
Warner, 1989. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Silky soul indeed from the great Frankie Beverly – a late 80s album, but one that has the smooth soul genius very much at the top of his game! Frankie's work from the 70s inspired countless imitators in the next decade – but after so many other male singers trying to cop his game, Beverly can still do it better than the rest – with this easygoing, effortless style that's never commercial or cheesy – and which continues to raise the bar for sophisticated soul! Grooves are mostly in that perfect midtempo stepping style that seems to work best for Frankie – and the overall instrumentation and production are far more timeless than some of the other big records of the period – with a style that places the set very strongly in the best Maze tradition. Titles include "Can't Get Over You", "Silky Soul", "Just Us", "Love's On The Run", "Mandela", and "Songs Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Silky Soul ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ D TrainMiracles Of The Heart (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
James D-Train Williams' first album for a major label – and a really great follow-up to the indie success of his initial recordings for Prelude Records! The style here is very similar to the clubby grooves of D-Train's earlier sides – thanks to strong keyboards, production, and songwriting help from Hubert Eaves – the jazzy talent who helped give Williams' his trademark groove! Instrumentation veers slightly more towards mainstream 80s soul at times, but the Eaves' sound is still very firmly in place here – and titles include the groovers "Oh How I Love You (Girl)", "Misunderstanding", and "Let Me Love You" – plus "You Are Everything", "I Got Your Number", "Stand Up & Fight", and "Miracle Of The Heart". CD also features 4 bonus tracks from singles – 12" mixes of "Misunderstanding" and "Oh How I Love You Girl" – plus "You Are Everything (acapella)" and "Oh How I Love You Girl (inst)". CD
Also available Miracles Of The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD 7.99

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John ColtraneParis Concert ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1961. Used ... $5.99
A great addition to the live material the John Coltrane Quartet recorded for Impulse Records in the early 60s – long, live tracks from a Parisian concert, with performances that are extremely long and open-ended! The group isn't totally free – as free as they'd be on some of their overseas live performances a few years later – but they already stretch out magnificently on long takes of "Mr PC", "The Inch Worm" and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" – all with extremely expressive solos from Coltrane, plus piano from McCoy Tyner, bass from Jimmy Garrison, and drums from Elvin Jones! CD
(Out of print.)

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5 RoyalesFive Royales ... CD
King, Late 50s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.99
A stone killer from the legendary 5 Royales – one of the greatest groups to ever record for King Records in the 50s, and a key force in helping move things forward from doo wop to soul! The balance between Lowman Pauling's lead and the harmonies is amazing – a big inspiration on the young James Brown & The Famous Flames – and many cuts have this hard guitar used in a very rhythmic way, which creates a groove that few other groups could touch! The tracks all have a great hard-edged sound, with little of the schmaltz that can sometimes date these albums a bit too much – just lots of raw group vocals that definitely pave the way for 60s soul, but also have a stronger 50s R&B current in the background! The material is very rootsy soul stuff – and titles include "One Mistake", "Mine Forevermore", "Wonder Where Your Love Has Gone", "I Know It's Hard But It's Fair", and "Get Something Out Of It". CD

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Gnarls BarkleyOdd Couple ... CD
Atlantic/Downtown, 2008. Used ... $0.99
A round two knockout for Gnarls Barkley – an album we think is better than the landmark St Elsewhere LP – boisterous pop art & soul from Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo! We were slightly trepid when the Odd Couple was announced, fearing a hasty attempt to rekindle the magic that clearly caught everyone by surprise a couple years ago, but that worry is squashed. This is a near masterpiece, kids! Incredibly deep and impressively spun from obscure sound library records, Italian soundtracks, and all kinds of moddish samples by Danger Mouse – with warmly scratchy vocals by Cee-Lo that are as fresh as anything he's ever done. Again, he's laughing in the face of darkness and depression, and somehow making a party out of it! You won't find another mainstream success story this year that's so fun and charming on a superficial level – while truthfully dark and troubled if you focus some on the lyrics. Hype be damned, this one's amazing! Tracks include "Charity Case", "Who's Gonna Save My Soul", "Going On", "Run (I'm A Natural Disaster)", "Would Be Killer", "Open Book", "Whatever", "Surprise", "No Time Soon", "She Knows", "Blind Mary", "Neighbors", "A Little Better". CD

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Janelle MonaeDirty Computer ... CD
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
Janelle Monae knocks it out of the park here – sounding every bit as great as before, but also hitting this righteous mode that really takes the singer to incredible new territory! If you loved Janelle's previous records, don't worry – she's still as catchy and playful as ever – but there's also a depth and darkness that's inspired by recent political turns in America – which Monae also uses to address issues that go back much farther in her experience, woven together in songs that are maybe even more politically powerful because of the way that they'll also win over the mainstream! Stevie Wonder gets the very first thanks in the long notes at the end of the book – and the mix of soul and message here definitely hearkens back to Stevie in the 70s – is all Janelle's own. Heck, even guests like Zoe Kravitz, Brian Wilson, and Pharrell Williams can't get in the way – on titles that include "Screwed", "Django Jane", "I Got The Juice", "Stevie's Dream", "Don't Judge Me", "Crazy Classic Life", "Take A Byte", "Do Afraid", "Americans", "I Like That ", "Pynk", "Jane's Dream", and "Make Me Feel". And hey, you've gotta love a record that's inspired both by Vibranium and Stevie Wonder! CD

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✨✧ VariousAtlantic Rhythm & Blues Vol 6 – 1966 to 1969 ... CD
Atlantic, Late 60s. Used ... $2.99
Culled from the rich history of the Atlantic records label, and lovingly put together with great notes and everything! 25 tracks in all, including "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd, "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding, "Mustang Sally" and"Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett, "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" and "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave, "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley, "I've Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You", "Do Right Woman – Do Right Man",'Respect", "Baby I Love You", "Natural Woman" and "Think" by Aretha Franklin, "Show Me" and "Skinny Legs & All" by Joe Tex, "Memphis Soul Stew" by King Curtis and "Tighten Up" by Archie Bell & The Drells. CD
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VariousSpotlight On Fraternity EP ... 7-inch
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
A great look at Fraternity Records – an Ohio company who never issued that many records back in the day, but who made some fantastic contributions to the scene! Fraternity is best known as the home to a few crossover rockers, but the company also recorded some great soul tracks too – following the lead of fellow Cincinnati label King Records, although maybe with a better ear for rock tracks than King would have as the 60s moved on. This beautiful 7" EP features four great tracks from Fraternity – "Jealous Woman" by Albert Washington & The Kings, "Rockin Pneumonia" by The Charmaines, "Walk Like A Man" by 2 Of Clubs, and "Sa Ba Hoola" by Lonnie Mack. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Keith JarrettSomewhere Before ... CD
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful illustration of the inherent sense of beauty in Keith Jarrett's early work – an approach to piano that was simple, straightforward, and marked by a ringing sense of tone that's evident in the very first note of the set! Jarrett here isn't trying to break any rules in jazz piano, nor is he trying to go out of his way to make the world known of his presence – and instead, he's got a simple, subtle approach to the keys that's filled with tenderness and gentle tones – but not in a way that's hokey or overly sentimental. There's certainly echoes here of 60s work by Steve Kuhn, and of earlier records by Vince Guaraldi – but Jarrett also hints at a bold power underneath that seems likely to break out at every turn. The album's a live recording, with Charlie Haden on bass and Paul Motian on drums – and titles include "A Moment For Tears", "Pout's Over", "My Back Pages", "Pretty Ballad", "Moving Soon", "Old Rag", and "Dedicated To You". CD

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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A heck of a great record from Jim Ford – an early 70s country outsider whose early work hardly got any circulation at the time – but who's managed to go on to become the stuff of legend over the years! This set's got Jim at his best – maybe sounding even more country than on his two Capitol Records sessions, with slightly fuller production – but still that very individual, very distinct way of songwriting and putting over a tune – a quality that sparkles strongly on the album's batch of all-original material by Ford. A few tracks are reworks of numbers done on his unreleased second session for Capitol, taken in a very different way – and the whole thing has an offbeat vibe that's in the best left-of-Nashville mode of the early 70s. Titles include "He Turns My Radio On", "Family Tree", "Mixed Green", "I Call Her Baby", "Rising Sign", "Which Way", "If I Go Country", and "If There's A Will There's A Way". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetComplete Last Concert ... CD
Atlantic, 1974. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Summertime", "The Cylinder", "Blues In A Minor", and "One Never Knows". CD

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