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✨✧ AmericaAlternates & Rarities (green vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rhino, 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited "Soapsud" green vinyl pressing!)

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Will AshonChamber Music – Wu-Tang & America In 36 Pieces (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $6.99 24.00
One of the most unique books we've ever read on the subject of hip hop – a volume that takes the Wu-Tang as its main touchstone, but which moves past any simple history or biography – and instead paints a very complex picture of music and culture in America through 36 different "chambers" – all interlocked essays that deal with urban space, technology, family, film, and other diverse topics that work together surprisingly well! Rather than attempt to take on the monolith that is the Wu-Tang Clan, author Will Ashon instead illuminates their universe – both the one that lead to their musical creations, and their reception – putting that legacy in great perspective with some wonderfully written prose! Hardcover edition is 374 pages, with some black and white images. Book

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BeatlesBeatles Conquer America ... LP
Nems, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $33.99
Features Ed Sullivan appearances from Feb 9, Feb 16, and Feb 23 in 1964 – and one from September 12 in 1965 – plus a Shindig performance from Jan 20 in 1965, and a Minneapolis press conference in 1965. LP, Vinyl record album

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Conti FamilyFabulous Conti Family Presents Sounds Of America ... LP
Conti Family, 1976. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, partially split seams and a light dusting of paint around the edges.)

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Elvis CostelloKing Of America ... LP
Columbia, 1986. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Tommy DorseyV Disc – A Musical Contribution By America's Best For Our Armed Forces Overseas ... CD
V Disc/Collectors Choice, 1940s. Used 3 CDs ... $16.99
With 38 tracks including "Swanee River", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Song Of India", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Wagon Wheels", "Tess' Torch Song", "Brotherly Jump", and "In The Blue Of Evening". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a small tear.)

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Remigo DucrosAmerica Giovane (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Leo/BTF (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 39.99
A groovy set of sound library tunes from Remigio Ducros – a set dedicated to the liberated young Americans of the early 70s, who get a mighty nice soundtrack from the man himself! The tunes are a mix of full-on funk and laidback numbers – the latter of which still have a current of funk in the rhythms, but mixed with a bit more rock at times – sometimes acoustic, sometimes fuzzy and Hendrixy, a few points even with some harmonica – all with a more dynamic range than you might guess from a faceless sound library set! Ducros really spans the spectrum in his styles – as you might guess from titles that include "Campus Sit In", "Village Blues", "Black Congregation", "Country Feeling", "Sunday In Central Park", "Weekend Down Town", "Ride ON", "Hendrix Memento", "Black Not Coloured", and "The State Of Harlem". LP, Vinyl record album

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Grady Hendrix & Chris PoggialiThese Fists Break Bricks – How Kung Fu Movies Swept America & Changed The World ... Book
Mondo, New Copy ... About February 1, 2022 (delayed)
... Book

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Hot TunaAmerica's Choice (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Friday Music, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 36.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Ivan LinsAmerica Brasil Vol 1 ... CD
Sony (Brazil), 2015. Used ... $12.99
One of the strongest, most positive albums that Ivan Lins has recorded in years – a set that almost has the feel of some of his biggest albums from the 80s, a time when Lins was riding high on a big wave of international acclaim! The production is a bit more top-shelf than other recent efforts, but that's a great thing – as it really helps to bring out the strengths in Lins' songwriting – which hasn't dimmed at all over the years. There's plenty of catchy tunes on the set – the kind of classic work from Lins that you can totally dig, even without knowing the language – and titles include "Cantor Da Noite", "Cantoria", "Luxo Do Lixo", "America Brasil", "Agua Doce", and "Do Oiapoque Ao Chui". CD
(Still sealed.)

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MachitoIrving Berlin In Latin America ... LP
Tico, Late 50s. Very Good ... $3.99
There's been more than a few excellent Latin sets based upon the work of Irving Berlin – but this album may well be the finest! Machito's in top top form here, working in that late 50s heavy-jazz mode that we treasure from some of his best Tico/Roulette albums – and the all-instrumental set has some very strong Latin big band work on horns across the top, and lots of Latin rhythms from Machito underneath! Titles include "Heat Wave", "Always", "Slumming On Park Avenue", and "Let's Face The Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Forum pressing. Cover has a partial bottom split, light wear & aging.)

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Curtis MayfieldThere's No Place Like America Today (turquiose vinyl pressing) ... LP
Curtom/Rhino, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
A great album by Curtis Mayfield – filled with some excellent lesser-known gems! There's No Place Like America was Curtis' scathing testament to the State Of The Union – and it's got a hip political tone that's right up there with the best of his early 70s songwriting – perhaps even more so, as the message is a bit subtler than on other albums, and laid out in this stoner mellow funk vein that's very tasty throughout, and which makes for an extremely unified album! The album includes a version of the cut "Hard Times", which was done earlier by Baby Huey, plus "Blue Monday People", "Love To The People", and "When Seasons Change". Also includes the great sweet love song, "So In Love"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ethan MichaeliDefender – How The Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America (hardcover) ... Book
Houghton Mifflin, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 32.00
We're ultra-proud to be Chicagoans – and one of the many things that makes is proud is The Chicago Defender – our city's famous African-American newspaper, easily one of the best and most important in a long legacy of progressive 20th Century publications! This very hefty book tells the full tale of the Defender – offering up hundreds of pages that look not just at the paper's history, but also its role in the segregated black community of Chicago, and its lasting impact – both at a local and national level. The book is extremely well-researched, and written by an author who was also part of the Defender staff in its later years – and the whole thing clocks in at a whopping 633 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Charles MingusCharles Mingus In Paris – The Complete America Recordings (UHQCD pressing) ... CD
America/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy 2CDs ... $28.99 34.99
The complete recordings – both master and alternate takes – of the famous Charles Mingus session recorded in Paris in October of 1970! The work here was originally issued on two different albums by the America label, but it was all recorded on a single day – and features some of the best later Mingus work in the studio! The tracks here are all relatively long, and captured with an intensity that's similar to some of Charles' amazing live work from the same period – really cut loose and unfettered, with long solos that build up from a tremendous sense of imagination and creativity. The group's relatively small – a sextet with Mingus on bass, Jaki Byard on piano, Bobby Jones on tenor, Charles McPherson on alto, Eddie Preston on trumpet, and Dannie Richmond on drums – all coming together in classic Mingus small group formation, with the kind of drive you'd expect more from the late 50s or early 60s. Titles include "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird", "Love Is A Dangerous Necessity", "Blue Bird", "Pithecanthropus Erectus", "Peggy's Blue Skylight", and a wonderful remake of "I Left My Heart In San Francisco". CD 1 features all the master takes – and CD 2 features alternates and false starts, all of which are previously unissued! CD

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Van Dyke ParksDiscover America ... LP
Warner, 1972. Very Good+ ... $38.99
Van Dyke Parks is at his finest here – painting a unique picture of early 70s America that's touched with the same mad vision as his classic Song Cycle album! The styles are a bit wider-ranging here – and in a way, Parks seems to draw from a sonic space as wide-ranging as the "discover America" bus trip promised on the cover – shifting between Caribbean, country, classical, and soul styles – but all in a weird blend that comes off sounding very strange in the end. As before, there's a certain sense of nostalgia to the music – but any sweetness is undercut by the offbeat arrangements and instrumentation. Titles include "Jack Palance", "Bing Crosby", "John Jones", "FDR In Trinidad", "Stars & Stripes Forever", and "G-Man Hoover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a short click in one spot, but is great overall. Cover has a cut corner, a bit of light wear, and a small bit of seam splitting – but is nice overall.)

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Steely DanAlive In America ... CD
Giant, 1995. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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✨✧ SupertrampBreakfast In America ... LP
A&M, 1979. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A hell of a record from Supertramp – the set that catapulted them into global stardom after a late 70s run of really great, but overlooked albums! The album is a pure pop masterpiece all the way through – catchy tunes with slightly deeper ideas – a nice sense of striving in the lyrics, but never too overdone – and maybe as many great keyboard lines as the one classic album to precede it by the group – Crime Of The Century! Every cut's a classic – and titles include "Child Of Vision", "Take The Long Way Home", "Oh Darling", "Breakfast In America", "Goodbye Stranger", "Gone Hollywood", "The Logical Song", and "Just Another Nervous Wreck". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Stefano Torossi & Giovanni TomassoEchoing America (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cometa (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A record that definitely lives up to its title – an obscure Italian sound library session that blends instrumental touches that evoke an America at the start of the 70s with some of the hipper, deeper currents you'd expect from the team of Stefano Torossi and Giovanni Tomasso! There's plenty of expected sound library funk in the mix here – but there's also bits of banjo, harmonica, and acoustic guitar – all used sparely, but in a way that paints "America" on some of the groovier cuts here – in a way that makes for one of the most unique sound library sessions we've ever heard! Plus, the book comes with some nicely hokey notes about our nation, and some nice vintage photos – including images of a hippie wrapped in a flag in a hammock, and a confederate soldier loading a canon. Titles include "Black Power", "Policeman", "Fake It", "Six Miles From Blackstook", "Slateridge Sunday Breakdown", "Harlem Jungle", and "Metropolis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – on colored vinyl!)

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WingsWings Over America ... LP
Capitol, 1976. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... $13.99
A massive 3LP package – one that set a whole new standard for 70s live albums! The group's at their rocking best – a bit rawer here than in the studio – and the set includes some overlooked gems from albums, plus renditions of a few Beatles tunes too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has light wear.)

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VariousAmerica's Musical Roots ... LP
Chess/Festival, 1950s/1960s. Sealed ... $14.99
Includes work by Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Lowell Fulsom, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Memphis Slim. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with a hype sticker and cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousAmerican Boogie Down – America's Lost Disco, Funk, & Boogie ... LP
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A massive batch of rare club tracks unearthed by Chicago's Past Due label, packaged together wonderfully as a document of a lost side of soul and disco! So far, Past Due's efforts have only surfaced as expensive 12" singles – so this collection is the first full length set to showcase the label's music – a treasure trove of under-discovered gems from the indie soul underground of the late 70s and early 80s! The music is to the far left of some of the better-known club work from the east coast of the time – including that of P&P Records – and most cuts here almost fall more in the upbeat funk mode than conventional disco grooves you'd find on bigger labels. Most numbers groove along in a wave of bumping bass, sweet keyboards, and other hip instrumental touches – and vocals are usually deep and soulful, much more so than in ordinary club. Titles include "Galaxy" by Visions Of Tomorrow, "Midnight Rhythm" by The Right Direction, "The Heat Is On" by Lonnie Givens, "Get Up Get Down & Let Your Body Pop" by Greyship Daviz, "Dance" by Destiny In Time Band, "Party" by Monofide, "Kiss You Everywhere" and "You Are Number One" by Devarne, "You Bring Out The Best In Me" by Destiny In Time, and "If You Like What We're Doing" by The Fabulous Kings. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBlack Spirits – Festival Of New Black Poets In America ... LP
Black Forum/Motown, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99 On August 19, 2022
Amiri Baraka supervised this cool set of work by modern black poets from the early 70's, featuring stuff by The Original Last Poets, Stanley Crouch, Larry Neal, Kali, Norman Jordan, and Baraka himself. The record's a tough one to find, and the tracks are (as you'd imagine) very righteous. Recorded live at the Apollo in 1972. With "Circles", "Black Is", "What's Happening To The Heroes" by Kali, "A Folk Fable For My People" by Johari Amini, "Boppin" by David Henderson, "The Poet The Dreamer", "Brothers, The Struggle Must Go On" and "Mind And Soul After Dark" by Norman Jordan, "Notes From A Guerilla Diary" by Aski Mohammad Toure, "And See Her Image In The River" by the Original Last Poets, "Pimp's Last Mack: A Death Request" by Stanley Crouch, "One Thousand Nine Hundred & Sixty Eight Winters" by Jackie Early, "Hip Men" by Amus Moore, "Holy Days by Larry Neal and more. LP, Vinyl record album
This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, August 19.

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VariousCaribbean In America – 1915 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 10s/1920s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 29.99
Caribbean styles hit the American scene – then get transformed into something completely different in this huge collection of recordings that span styles that include jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, and blues! In some cases, the Caribbean element comes through in the song structure – which might be lifted directly, then reworked for an American audience. But at other times, the influence is more in the rhythms or instrumentation – used as inspiration to then create something new – a bit in the way that American soul would provide the inspiration for reggae in the 60s. The package has the usual fantastic Fremeaux presentation – with a big booklet of historical notes, in both French and English, to support 66 titles that include "Jamaica Farewell" by Sam Cooke, "Salty Fish Aki Rice" by Ruth Wallis, "Bajan Girl" by Lionel Belasco, "Sly Mongoose" by Sam Manning, "El Gallero" by Dioris Valladares & Angel Viloria, "El Mambo Diablo" by Tito Puente, "Hey Little Girl" by Professor Longhair, "Un Poco Loco" by Bud Powell, "Chee Koo Baby" by Lloyd Price, "Shrinking Up Fast" by Camille Howard, "Ojai" by Joe Lutcher, "Salee Dame" by Albert Nicholas & Baby Dodds, "Inside" by Hector The Ram, "Run Come See Jerusalem"b y Stan Wilson, "I Learn A Merengue" by Robert Mitchum, "Afro Blue" by Cal Tjader, "La Maricutana" by Damiron & Chapuseaux, "Magical Joe" by Herb Jeffries, "Begin The Beguine" by Charlie Parker, "Make It Do" by Slim Gaillard, "Guitarambo" by Mickey Baker, and "Don't Touch Me Nylon" by The Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan). CD

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✨✧ VariousChange Is Gonna Come – The Voice Of Black America 1963 to 1973 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A brilliant testament to the righteous power of soul music in the civil rights era – and key proof that even a subtle message could do a lot back in the day! The package presents the work in roughly chronological order – starting from a time when politics had to be peddled softly, and moving towards a time when things could be a bit more explicit – showing a great evolution of themes of pride and power, offered up in tunes both familiar and obscure. The collection is way more than a "hip hits of the 60s" sort of set – and acts almost as a mini-documentary of the contributions of soul music to civil rights – supported by a great set of notes and photos in the booklet. We're especially happy to see the track "Have You Ever Seen The Blues" by Yaphet Kotto – alongside 22 more titles that include "Blues For Mr Charlie" by Lou Gosset & Joe Lee Wilson, "The Ghetto" by Homer Banks, "We're A Winner" by The Impressions, "When Will We Be Paid" by The Staple Singers, "Oh Lord Why Lord" by Parliament, "Message From A Black Man" by The Spinners, "Run Charlie Run" by The Temptations, "Cryin In The Streets (parts 1 & 2)" by George Perkins & The Silver Stars, "Free At Last" by Jackie Day, "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Donny Hathaway, and "The Prayer" by Ray Scott. CD

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✨✧ VariousHard To Handle – Black America Sings Otis Redding ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
The music of Otis Redding – sung by some of his hippest contemporaries, and by a whole new generation inspired by his talents! The tunes here are all numbers you'd know from Redding's famous recordings for Stax and Atlantic – yet the versions are nice and fresh – some done with a gritty down-home feel that's rougher than any of Redding's records, others done with an inventive style that pushes the music forward into new modes – possibly those that Otis might have explored on his own, had he not been taken from us so soon! The package is a great testament to the Otis Redding legacy in soul music – and is filled with a whopping 25 tracks, all of them well-chosen – including "Baby Cakes" by Maxine Brown, "Just One More Day" by Clarence Carter, "Give Away None Of My Love" by Buddy Miles, "Wholesale Love" by Arthur Conley, "Hawg For You" by Tina Britt, "Hard To Handle" by Patti Drew, "Chained & Bound" by Bettye Swann, "I'm Missing You" by Mitty Collier, "Sister Pitiful" by Judy Clay, "These Arms Of Mine" by Albert Washington & The Kings, "Monkey On My BacK" by Jackie Hairston – plus the previously unreleased "Loving By The Pound (part 2)" by Otis Redding himself! CD

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VariousHow Many Roads – Black America Sings Bob Dylan ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
The oft-covered Bob Dylan songbook never sounds so soulful – classic interpretations of Dylan's canon from a great, far reaching roster of black artists – from the the ever-stirring Staple Singers, southern soul heroes Howard Tate and OV Wright, charismatic country soul from Brook Benton, great gender role perspective flipped versions by Nina Simone and Patti LaBelle, a funky tamborine take by Con Funk Shun and much more! It's another excellent entry in the Songwriter Series from Ace Records, extra excellent in that it takes an obvious hero of 60s Songwriter – and actually pulls together songs that'll take you by surprise for their depth – whether you treasure Dylan, deep 60s & 70s solo & group R&B, funk, folk soul...or all of the above! Includes "Blowin In The Wind" by OV Wright, "Girl From The North Country" by Howard Tate, "The Man In Me" by The Persuations, "Lay lady Lay" by The Isley Brothers, "Emotionally Yours" by The O'Jays, "All Along The Watchtower" by Bobby Womack, "Maggie's Farm" by Soloman Burke, "Mr. Tamborine Man" by Con Funk Shun and more. 20 tracks in all. CD

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VariousLet It Be – Black America Sings Lennon, McCartney, & Harrison ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Think The Beatles only had an impact on rock and pop fans in the America of the 60s? Think again – because their music had an undeniable impact on soul as well – as you'll here from this wonderful range of remakes of classic cuts from the Fab Four! The work here is a real surprise if you don't know the legacy – but it also really makes sense once you're reminded of the mind-expanding, ear-opening territory the group hit in the latter half of the 60s – and working with themes of social change, alienation, and personal longing – of the sort that turn out to be perfect for new interpretations in soul! Most of these cuts are way more than standard cover versions, too – as the arrangements are really inventive, and take off in bold new directions that make the songs very much new properties overall. Most of the work here is from the late 60s and early 70s – and as always with Ace Records, the notes and presentation really put the music in context! Titles include "The Fool On The Hill" by The Four Tops, "Dear Prudence" by The Five Stairsteps, "For No One" by Maceo & The King's Men, "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Tomorrow Never Knows" by Junior Parker, "Got To Get You Into My Life" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Do You Want To Know A Secret" by Mary Wells, "Lovely Rita" by Fats Domino, "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Undisputed Truth, "Savoy Truffle" by Ella Fitzgerald, and "Let It Be" by Bill Withers. CD

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VariousStop The War – Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1965 to 1974 ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
The Vietnam war was tough on most folks in the US – but it's no secret that it was especially tough on black Americans – who were often given little choice and little chance to get out of the callup to the military action – which left a huge impression on their community for years to come! This package documents the affect of Vietnam in soul music – in ways that are both direct and more subtle, as the package blends together a number of tracks that you likely don't know at all, and others that you might have missed as being critical of the war – as there's more subtle messaging going on, a lesson that was learned during the Civil Rights era, when a mellower lyric might get more mainstream circulation – as a call to action that a change was going to come. The quality of cuts here is wonderful – as well-selected as some of the Ace/Kent collections of rare soul music on small labels – and there's definitely a few here that we're hearing for the first time, alongside other numbers that really sound great in the setting. Titles include "Fighting For My Baby" by Donald Jenkins, "Lonely Soldier" by William Bell, "Letter To A Buddie" by Joe Medwick, "I Want To Come Home For Christmas" by Marvin Gaye, "My Ship Is Coming In Tomorrow" by The Pace Setters, "Johnny" by King Hannibal, "Going On Strike" by The Emotions, "Uncle Sam" by Jimmy Hughes, "My Soldier Boy Is Coming Home" by The Shirelles, "Glad To Be Home" by Charles Smith & Jeff Cooper, "The War Is Over My Brother" by The Sensational Saints, "Home To Stay" by RB Greaves, "Stop The War" by The Impressions, "Wish You Were Here With Me" by The Fawns, "VC Blues" by Allen Orange, "Promise That You'll Wait" by Michael Lizzmore, "Men Are Getting Scarce" by Chairmen Of The Board, and "Leave Him Alone" by Stu Gardner. CD

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriChapter One – Latin America ... LP
Impulse, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We love this record! Although Gato Barbieri has put out a few snoozers in his career, this amazing first chapter of his Latin venture for Impulse is an incredible record throughout – one of the greatest Impulse sessions of the 70s! Gato returns to his native Argentina for the session – and works with a collective of musicians in Buenos Aires to create a sound that's a startling blend of Latin rhythms and post-Coltrane freeness. Barbieri's tone is amazing, and has a rich Pharoah Sanders-ish spirituality to it – soaring out over acoustic percussion and Latin rhythms with an earthy, organic sound that's completely wonderful! Titles include "Encuentros", "India", "Nunca Mas", and the fantastic "To Be Continued". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo/quad pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear, a small cutout hole, and a small light stain in front.)

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✨✧ Count BasieAmerica's #1 Band – The Columbia Years (4CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1983. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes 90 orchesta and small group tracks including "I'll Remember April", "St. Louis Blues", "Taxi War Dance", "Pound Cake", "Easy Does It", Stay On It", "Rock-A-Bye Basie", and "Ebony Rhapsody". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Carla BleyLooking For America ... CD
Watt/ECM (Germany), 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Carla Bley on piano, Earl Gardner, Lew Soloff, Byron Stripling, and Giampaolo Casati on trumpet, Robert Routch on french horn, Jim Pugh, Gary Valente, and Dave Bargeron on trombone, David Taylor on bass trombone, Lawrence Feldman on alto and soprano saxophone and flute, Wolfgang Puschnig on alto saxophone and flute, Andy Sheppard on tenor saxophone, Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, Karen Mantler on organ and glockenspiel, Steve Swallow on bass guitar, Billy Drummond on drums, and Don Alias on percussion. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ben SidranFree In America/Doctor Is In/Little Kiss In The Night/Live At Montreux ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Four albums from the great Ben Sidran – a mighty hip jazz singer, and a great pianist too! First up is Free In America – a great little set all the way through – and about as classic as you can get for Sidran in the 70s! The album's got a bit more soul in the mix, but still has some jazzy elements in the backings – and where things were sometimes messed up in the past, they're much more straightforward here – in ways that make the record really sparkle nicely! Ben's voice is still really compelling, and as on his best albums, there's some nice funky grooves in the mix that keep things fresh. Players include Phil Upchurch on bass and guitar, Woody Shaw on trumpet, David Newman and Sonny Seals on saxes, and Richard Tee on organ. Titles include the great instrumental "Let's Make A Deal" – a fast groover with guitar and keyboards riffing away, sounding like some lost jazz funk gem from the Fantasy Records catalog – plus "Beg For It", "Cuban Connection", "Free In America", "New York State Of Mind", and "Feel Your Groove". Doctor Is In is one of Ben Sidran's biggest records from the 70s – a smooth combination of jazz, fusion, soul, and a bit of New Orleans groove! There's still a very unique feel to Sidran's music here – a sense of personality that really makes the whole thing sparkle – and which keeps the record from sounding too much like anyone else. Grooves are a great mix of jazz and soul elements – in territory that certainly has a 70s LA sort of quality, but which never gets too poppy or commercial – thanks to Ben's vocals, and mostly small combo backings from players who include Phil Upchurch on bass, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Larry Carlton on guitar, and Tony Williams on drums. Nick DeCaro adds in a bit of extra strings from time to time – and titles include "Silver's Serenade", "Charlie's Blues", "Be Nice", "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "One Way Grave", and "See You On The Other Side". Little Kiss In The Night is one of our all-time favorites from the great Ben Sidran – thanks to a strong dose of fusion in the mix! The grooves here are somehow a bit sharper than the few Sidran records before – with a quality that almost reminds us of Fantasy Records soul from the mid 70s, or some of the best jazz-tinged R&B sets of the time – all linked back nicely to Ben's rootsier elements from the start. As always, Sidran's got some really top-shelf musicians on board to help him find his groove – including Phil Woods on alto sax, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Arthur Adams on guitar – and arrangements on many numbers are by Mike Melvoin, who sounds even funkier here than we'd expect. There's a great instrumental on the set called "The Cadillac Kid", which has a nice hard fusion groove – and other cuts include "Face Your Fears", "Doing You", and "Moose The Mooch". Live At Montreux is tightly funky work from Ben Sidran – thanks to a strong lineup of players, and the open-ended relaxed setting of Montreux! The tracks here are a bit longer than some of Ben's studio sides for the label at the time – and almost hearken back to the more open flow of his Blue Thumb years – with plenty of room not only for Sidran's great vocals, but also from instrumental contributions from Steve Khan on guitar, Mike Mainieri on vibes, and the Brecker Brothers on horns. Titles include "I Remember Clifford", "Eat It", "Song For A Sucker Like You", "Midnight Tango/Walking With The Blues", and "Come Together". CD

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanMusic Of Ornette Coleman – Forms & Sounds/Skies Of America ... CD
Sony/BGO (UK), 1967/1972. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A great couple of harder-to-find Ornette Coleman records – nicely paired up in a 2CD set! First up is The Music Of Ornette Coleman, from 1967 – which is beautiful record that serves as both a showcase for Ornette's "serious" writing efforts – and his ability to play with a larger ensemble! It kicks off with Ornette playing trumpet solos with The Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet as they perform his "Forms & Sounds" live. That's followed by recordings of Ornette's "Space Flight" and "Saints & Soldiers" performed by The Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia Quartet, a string ensemble that brings a new light to Ornette's compositions! Skies Of America is an ambitious record with full orchestra, in a haunting sound that's light years from any of his smaller group recordings of the 60s and 70s! There's an incredible feel to the strings used here – played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Measham – all tied up and dark, with swirling sounds that run up beautifully from the bottom, then take off to the skies promised in the title – opening the door for Ornette to come in and solo freely over the top – in a magical mix that easily makes the record a standout in his long and mighty career! Harmolodic theory is definitely a part of Coleman's conception here – but in very different ways than his quartet or quintet recordings. Lots of tracks on this one, including "Skies Of America", "The Men Who Live In The White House", "Sunday In America", "Dreams", "Native Americans", "Silver Screen", "The Artist In America" and more. CD

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✨✧ Gamilah ShabazzAmerica's Living In A War Zone (radio edit, street mix, inst) ... 12-inch
RCA, 1992. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Guest spots by Ice Cube & Grand Puba. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sven KirstenTiki Pop – America Imagines Its Own Polynesian Paradise (hardcover) ... Book
Taschen, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful look at the American love of the exotic –a book that's overflowing with full color-images and a wealth of tiki-styled history! This book is way more than just another fluff piece on postwar tiki culture – and instead digs deep into the US fascination with Pacific culture – tracing its roots to exploratory efforts of the 19th Century, then showing the huge explosion in the 20th – as America began to annex Hawaii, and both WWII and the budding airline industry allowed US citizens to travel to the islands, and bring a fair bit of its culture back home! The presentation is in the best Taschen mode – glossy pages, filled with beautiful images and surprisingly strong writing, too – in chapters that cover topics that look at the Hawaiian music craze, tiki cocktail bars, exotic dining in America, exotica style, and celebrities' role in island culture – plus lots lots more. The book is over 600 pages – beautifully presented throughout. Book
(Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.46 lb, 640 pages.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldThere's No Place Like America Today ... LP
Curtom, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great album by Curtis Mayfield – filled with some excellent lesser-known gems! There's No Place Like America was Curtis' scathing testament to the State Of The Union – and it's got a hip political tone that's right up there with the best of his early 70s songwriting – perhaps even more so, as the message is a bit subtler than on other albums, and laid out in this stoner mellow funk vein that's very tasty throughout, and which makes for an extremely unified album! The album includes a version of the cut "Hard Times", which was done earlier by Baby Huey, plus "Blue Monday People", "Love To The People", and "When Seasons Change". Also includes the great sweet love song, "So In Love"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent turquoise vinyl pressing.)
Also available There's No Place Like America Today (turquiose vinyl pressing) ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ VariousAmerican Boogie Down – America's Lost Disco, Funk, & Boogie ... LP
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A massive batch of rare club tracks unearthed by Chicago's Past Due label, packaged together wonderfully as a document of a lost side of soul and disco! So far, Past Due's efforts have only surfaced as expensive 12" singles – so this collection is the first full length set to showcase the label's music – a treasure trove of under-discovered gems from the indie soul underground of the late 70s and early 80s! The music is to the far left of some of the better-known club work from the east coast of the time – including that of P&P Records – and most cuts here almost fall more in the upbeat funk mode than conventional disco grooves you'd find on bigger labels. Most numbers groove along in a wave of bumping bass, sweet keyboards, and other hip instrumental touches – and vocals are usually deep and soulful, much more so than in ordinary club. Titles include "Galaxy" by Visions Of Tomorrow, "Midnight Rhythm" by The Right Direction, "The Heat Is On" by Lonnie Givens, "Get Up Get Down & Let Your Body Pop" by Greyship Daviz, "Dance" by Destiny In Time Band, "Party" by Monofide, "Kiss You Everywhere" and "You Are Number One" by Devarne, "You Bring Out The Best In Me" by Destiny In Time, and "If You Like What We're Doing" by The Fabulous Kings. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousMost-Played Oldies On America's Jukeboxes – Motown's Greatest Artists ... CD
Motown, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Seventeeen songs from Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Marvelettes, Diana Ross, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Mary Wells, Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Temptations, and Marvin Gaye. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Daniela CasaAmerica Giovane 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Leonardi/BTF (Italy), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
America's never sounded better than in the hands of Italian sound library talent Daniela Casa – who does a great job here of serving up all these cool tracks that would have been right at home in a film set during the 70s! The music is a mix of themes that evoke different slices of the American experience – almost all of them with keyboards, and most with a nice current of funk as well – plenty of action elements that resonate nicely with the best Italian soundtracks of the crime/cop variety from the same stretch in time! Titles include "Icarus", "Big Sur", "Spiralys", "Beta Lady", "NYC 42nd", "Fix", "Third World Tango", "Puertorico Slum", "Soft Bird", and "Kentucky Fried Chicken". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ James Blood UlmerAre You Glad To Be In America? ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic bit of Black Rock from James Blood Ulmer – and a record that was issued by Rough Trade in the UK, giving it a surprising influence on the post-punk scene of the time! In a way, Ulmer's groove here has a lot of punky-funk in the mix – thanks to some heavy electric bass from Amin Ali, and tight drumming from Ronald Shannon Jackson. The horns sneak in and out of the rhythms next to Ulmer's sometimes heavy guitar work – and players include David Murray, Oliver Lake, and Olu Dara – all grooving in a frenetic sound that's a key link between the New York downtown and UK post-punk scenes! Titles include "See Through", "TV Blues", "Time Out", "Jazz Is The Teacher (Funk Is the Preacher)", "Interview", "Pressure", and "Layout". CD

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✨✧ WipersYouth Of America ... LP
Jackpot, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The incredible second album by The Wipers – a record that cements Greg Sage's status as not only a pioneering figure in Pacific Northwest punk/post punk songcraft, but also as one of the more innovative guitarists in that scene. Youth Of America carries on the surprisingly melodic, yet blazing intensity of the debut, but with richer guitar atmosphere. The 10+ minute title track is the biggest step forward in that regard, but the whole record is a underappreciated gem! Other titles include "Taking Too Long", "Can This Be", "Pushing The Extreme", "When Its Over" and "No Fair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered from the original tapes.)

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✨✧ VariousStrange World – Cosmic & Earthly Doo Wop & R&B From America & Jamaica ... LP
Pyramid/Mississippi, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the most stunning collections we've ever seen from Mississippi Records – a companion to their Cairo label of soul reissue sets, but with a special focus on vocal group material! The package alone is incredible – a hefty 2LP set, with this amazing 42 page booklet of 12" x 12" notes in the middle – full of deep details on all the music, and overflowing with photos of giants like Sun Ra, Lee Perry, and many others! Yet the music is even better – tracks that go way beyond standard doo wop that you might hear from the oldies scene – and instead really groundbreaking vocal work that begins in the 50s, and moves into some soul and rocksteady modes in the 60s! Titles include "Oh Blues" by The Prehistorics, "So Blue" by The Vibrations, "The Storm" by The Vitones, "Sweet Breeze" by Vernon Green & The Phantoms, "Vibrations Of Man" by Sun Ra, "Chubby" by Bunny & Skitter, "I'm So Glad You Love Me" by Juanita Rodgers, "Never Reach Perfection" by Chris Kenner, "My Love" by Jessie Hill, "Wages Of Love" by The Wailers, "Magic" by The Ideals, "Strange Is Love" by The Marquis, "Feel Alright" by The Silvertones, "Dreaming" by The Cosmic Rays, and "You Made Me Warm" by The Sharks. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes 42 pages of full color 12" X 12" liner notes bound in a gatefold LP.)

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✨✧ Nico FidencoEmanuelle In America ... LP
Beat/Sonor (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Emanuelle makes it over to the US – to give our shores a sexy taste of her erotic antics – and as usual, Nico Fidenco's along for the ride, to ensure that the movie's got a very groovy soundtrack! As with other Emanuelle scores of the 70s, there's a blend here of erotic pop styles, slinky soundtrack bits, and a few more exotic-styled moments that stand out nicely from the pack – making for a good variations in sound throughout the set, possibly even more musical depth than you'd get in the story or acting on the screen! A few tunes are performed by the group Harmonium, and have a tighter combo style – and instrumentation includes some great electric basslines, keyboard parts, and some occasional stronger guitar moments. Titles include "Your Solstice", "So It Pleases You", "I Celebrate Myself", "Emanuelle In America Dream", "Trouble", "Spellbound", "Rhubarb", and "Emanuelle In America Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 800 copies – with a bonus insert that includes photos from the film!)

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✨✧ Haruomi HosonoAmerica – Live In US 2019 ... LP
HMV (Japan), 2021. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Haruomi Hosono has been one of the key creative forces in Japanese music for decades – and he's still sounding surprisingly great here, in a live setting recorded in Los Angeles in 2019 – working with small group backing, as he takes on a range of his own original tunes, plus work from Kraftwerk, Louis Jordan, Shelby Flint, and other unusual sources! The mix of modes hearkens back to Hosono's famous solo records of the 70s – offbeat, but in an understated way – and Hosono's vocals feel as if they haven't aged at all, on titles that include "Angel On My Shoulder", "Radio Activity", "Pom Pom", "Body Snatchers", "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens", "Sports Men", and "Absolute Ego Dance" – plus "Honey Moon", which features guest work from Mac DeMarco. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ PrinceWelcome 2 America ... CD
NPG/Legacy, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic album from Prince – recorded in 2010, and unreleased at the time – but clearly one of the greatest things he gave us in the final decade of his life! This isn't uncooked demo material, or under-thought studio tracks – and instead, the whole thing is a fully-formed record with a message that really comes through in the title – more political Prince than usual, with an eye for our nation that rivals Sign O The Times! It may be that back when Prince recorded the set, the time wasn't right for the message – but these tracks definitely hit home now – and are often delivered in this sinister slow funk mode that really fits the lyrics – almost as if Prince were trying to give the world his version of a righteous 70s album on Curtom Records. Titles include "Running Game", "Born 2 Die", "Welcome 2 America", "Check The Record", "Hot Summer", "Stand Up & B Strong", "Same Page Different Book", and "One Day We Will All B Free". CD

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✨✧ Sounds Of BlacknessAfrica To America – The Journey Of The Drum ... CD
Perspective, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

 
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Charles MingusGreat Concert Of Charles Mingus ... CD
America/Universal (France), 1964. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 24.99
Charles Mingus recorded many great concerts over the years – but this huge double-length collection may well be one of the most likely to earn the title of "great" – as the lineup is superb, and the music really captures Mingus at a time when he was setting a new fire in his sound! The time is the magical year of 1964 – and Mingus works here with a small group that features Eric Dolphy at a time right before he was to leave our planet all too soon – stretching out with the kind of incredible solos that Mingus allowed players in his group – showing some of the new spirituality that was coming into his sound at the time, emboldened by the leadership of the famous bassist. Dolphy blows flute, alto, and bass clarinet – alongside tremendous work from Clifford Jordan on tenor – springboarding here into the more spiritual currents of his albums to come – next to work from the great Jaki Byard on piano and Dannie Richmond on drums. All titles are very long, filled with majestic solos – and tracks include "Fables Of Faubus", "Parkerana", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk", "ATFW", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Meditations On Integration". CD
Also available Great Concert Of Charles Mingus (UHQCD pressing) ... CD 28.99

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Charles MingusGreat Concert Of Charles Mingus (UHQCD pressing) ... CD
America/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy 2CDs ... $28.99 34.99
Charles Mingus recorded many great concerts over the years – but this huge double-length collection may well be one of the most likely to earn the title of "great" – as the lineup is superb, and the music really captures Mingus at a time when he was setting a new fire in his sound! The time is the magical year of 1964 – and Mingus works here with a small group that features Eric Dolphy at a time right before he was to leave our planet all too soon – stretching out with the kind of incredible solos that Mingus allowed players in his group – showing some of the new spirituality that was coming into his sound at the time, emboldened by the leadership of the famous bassist. Dolphy blows flute, alto, and bass clarinet – alongside tremendous work from Clifford Jordan on tenor – springboarding here into the more spiritual currents of his albums to come – next to work from the great Jaki Byard on piano and Dannie Richmond on drums. All titles are very long, filled with majestic solos – and tracks include "Fables Of Faubus", "Parkerana", "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Blue Silk", "ATFW", "Sophisticated Lady", and "Meditations On Integration". CD
Also available Great Concert Of Charles Mingus ... CD 12.99

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Charles MingusReincarnation Of A Lovebird (Prestige – aka Blue Bird/Pithecanthropus Erectus) ... LP
Prestige/America, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Two great sides of Mingus, recorded in France in 1970 and originally issued on America records. The group's a smallish one, featuring Mingus stalwart Dannie Richmond on drums and Jaki Byard on piano, plus Charles McPherson, Bobby Jones and Eddie Preston up front. These sides offer ample proof that he could still drive his band into a raging inferno of pent-up tones, colors, and feelings, even at this later point in his career. 6 tracks in all, with lengthy takes of Mingus' "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird" and "Pithycanthropus Erectus", and two more originals "Peggy's Blue Skylight" and "Love Is A Dangerous Beauty", a great reading of Bird's "Blue Bird" plus the standard "I Left My Heart In San Francisco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record two has a mild edge warp that does not affect play. Cover has light ring wear.)

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Carl Perkins/Jerry Lee Lewis/Roy Orbison/Johnny CashClass Of 55 – Memphis Rock & Roll Homecoming ... LP
America, 1986. Near Mint- ... $33.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a mid 70s Johnny Cash souvenir photo book. Cover appears to have been signed by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in back.)

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Jean Luc Ponty & Stephane GrappelliJean Luc Ponty/Stephane Grappelli (aka Violin Summit) (French pressing) ... LP
America (France), Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
More unusual than you'd expect – thanks to some electric piano from Maurice Vander and guitar from Philippe Catherine! Titles include "Valerie", "Golden Green", "Bowing Bowing", and "Memorial Jam For Stuff Smith". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging, with a bit of pen inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoCertain Blacks (Inner City) ... LP
America/Inner City, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a key French session that captures the group at the height of their powers! The centerpiece of the album is the extended track "Certain Blacks (Do What They Wanna)" – done in a beautiful mix of politics and free group improvisation that come across with amazing power and clarity – making the piece one of the best translations of the Chicago AACM spirit to the European scene. Other tracks on the session include the soulfully spiritual number "One For Jarman", which captures the group at a uniquely laidback level – and the bluesy "Bye Bye Baby", which features one of the few pairings of the group with Chicago Beau and harmonica player Julio Finn. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Oscar Peterson & Stephane GrappelliOscar Peterson/Stephane Grappelli Quartet Vol 2 ... LP
America (France), 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
French violinist Stephane Grappelli joins up with one of Oscar Peterson's European trios for this 1973 recording – which features Kenny Clarke on drums and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass. The tracks are mostly standards in a swing-based mode – and the album was originally issued on the American label in France. Titles on this second volume include "I Won't Dance", "The Folks Who Live On The Hill", "Autumn Leaves", "My Heart Stood Still", "Blues For Musidisc", and "If I Had You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Noah HowardSpace Dimension ... LP
America/SeriE.WOC (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the few key pairings of Noah Howard and Frank Wright – and a great session that stands perfectly next to those recordings made by the pair under Wright's name! The record bristles with the best energy of the BYG and America sides from the time – but possibly goes even beyond those with a sense of cohesion and soulfulness that is especially gripping. The pairing of Howard's alto and Wright's tenor is one of those few avant matches made in heaven, and they work together wonderfully in freely exploratory territory that recalls the best of the ESP scene of the 60s. The group's a quartet – with Bobby Few on piano and Art Taylor on drums – and tracks include the Howard originals "Space Dimension", "Viva Black", "Song For Poets", and "Blues For Thelma" – plus a shorter version of Wright's classic "Church Number Nine", recorded with Muhammad Ali on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 250!)
 
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Miguel Abuelo & NadaMiguel Abuelo & Nada ... CD
RGS (Argentina), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
Argentine rock, recorded in Paris during the early 70s – a really unusual expatriate album that comes off with a sound that's pretty unique! Miguel Abuelo clearly draws inspiration from the heavier rock that was showing up in South America at the time – yet the overall execution of the record also shares some of the warmer, more optimistic qualities that marked some of the French groups during the period – occasional folksy elements, and a post-68 positivity that holds on even when things get somewhat trippy and jammy. Instrumentation is heavy on guitars – both acoustic and electric – and the longer tracks really take off with some wild sounds, especially when bits of moog or electronics are dropped into the mix. Titles include "Senor Carnicero", "El Muelle", "Estoy Aqui Parado Sentado Y Acostado", "El Largo Dia De Vivir", and "Tirando Piedras Al Rio". CD

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Leny AndradeLuz Neon ... CD
Timeless (Holland), Late 80s. Used ... $11.99
A laidback little bossa session from Leny Andrade – recorded with that great mellow fusion sound she was using during the late 80s – a style that gave a nice shimmer to her recordings, but never really got in the way of her powerful vocals! The album features a core jazz group, occasionally augmented by larger arrangements – all in a mode that's warm and subtle, and which marks the best sort of mode that Leny found in the studio during her later years. Titles include "Aquario", "Adeus America", "Pelo Cansaco", "Saigon", "Recordar E Viver", and "Wave". CD
(Out of print.)

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B-52sB-52s ... LP
Warner/Rhino, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
A hell of a debut from The B-52s – and a record that's become surprisingly timeless over the years, despite a retro-styled approach by the group! These guys aren't the silly group of later years here – and instead, they've got this moody darkness that's wonderful – a re-envisioned postwar America, one in which the neuroses are all on the outside – served up with instrumentation that's stark, but incredibly tight – snapping drums, riffing guitar, and these great organ lines that sound beautiful next to the vocals of Fred and the girls. The set gave the group their perennial hit "Rock Lobster" – but taken as a whole, it's an incredibly different landscape – as you'll discover on tracks that include "Planet Claire", "52 Girls", "Dance This Mess Around", "Lava", "There's A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)", "Hero Worship", "6060-842" and "Downtown". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joseph BeuysBeuys Laughing/Beuys Lacht (10 inch LP) ... LP
Staeck/Steidl (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $33.99 40.00
A pretty amazing little record – and one that's right up there with the wit and concept of other work you might know from artist Joseph Beuys! The material is from 1974 – culled together from a succession of tapes of Beuys speaking during a tour of America – tapes that seemed to include a surprising amount of laughter in spots, which was all then pulled out and mixed together as a single album of laughing – one that has a vibe that's a lot spookier than you might expect! There's an odd sense of poetry to the laughter – almost like soundshape writing, but more "improvised" if that makes any sense – and the tapes were lost for decades, and finally rediscovered and remastered for this release. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition remastered EP with booklet!)

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✨✧ David Boykin & SebauLast Slave Movie/Which Side Are You On ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99
Maybe one of the most political projects we've ever heard from saxophonist David Boykin, and one of the most ambitious too – a jazz opera that deals with the recent struggles of black America in the face of increased police brutality – inspired by the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others! The piece features vocals – both sung and rhymed, performed by a group that was put together especially for this event – with vocals from Rhonda Gray and Quenna Lene, plus Boykin himself – and rhymes from Manu Wisdom. Bokyin plays fantastic tenor throughout, alongside drums from Josh Ross and bass from Rollo Radford – and the mix of voice with this stripped-down lineup is incredibly powerful, with the best energy of an underground project like this from the 70s. The group also features a bit of turntable work from Abstract Black and some piano from Aliyyah Heatherington – and the whole thing was recorded live in concert, in late 2017. CD
(CDR release – direct from the artist!)

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Billy BraggRoots Radicals & Rockers – How Skiffle Changed The World (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
You'll know Billy Bragg as a singer/songwriter, but he's also a surprisingly strong historian and author here – giving us a vivid look at the rise of skiffle bands on the UK scene at the end of the 50s! Skiffle was something that never played as strongly on our shores, but was inspired by American blues and folk – influences that younger UK artists used to create raw acoustic music that was heavy on rhythm, and a great contrast to the overproduced pop of England's post-war years! Long before the Beatles and the Stones, skiffle bands were the hippest things going in the British underground – and Billy Bragg does a great job of tracing the movement and showing its impact – something that's long overdue in the annals of music writing that's often too America-centric on the influences of British rockers in the 60s. 431 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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James BrownSay It Live & Loud – Live In Dallas 1968 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1968. Used ... $34.99
An amazing James Brown live set from the crucial year of 1968 – the show that marked the debut of "Say It Loud I'm Black & I'm Proud" – a cut that would become an anthem for much of America in the years to come! The feel here is somewhat similar to Brown's famous Boston show of the same year – a mix of blistering uptempo funk tracks, played by the band at a clip that's even faster than their studio sides, mixed with a few more stripped-down, personal cuts that feature James getting a bit more intimate with the audience. The production quality of the set is wonderful – and it leaves in all the hip spoken bits between tracks, really preserving the liveness of the concert, and packaging the whole thing with some great notes and photos too! Titles include "I Guess I'll Have To Cry Cry Cry", "Say It Loud", "If I Ruled The World", "There Was A Time", "Maybe The Last Time", "I Got The Feeling", "Cold Sweat", "Please Please Please", "Tighten Up", "Licking Stick", and lots more! CD
(Out of print, 2016 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)
Also available Say It Live & Loud – Live In Dallas 1968 (with bonus tracks) ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ James BrownSay It Live & Loud – Live In Dallas 1968 (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Polydor, 1968. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 39.99
An amazing James Brown live set from the crucial year of 1968 – the show that marked the debut of "Say It Loud I'm Black & I'm Proud" – a cut that would become an anthem for much of America in the years to come! The feel here is somewhat similar to Brown's famous Boston show of the same year – a mix of blistering uptempo funk tracks, played by the band at a clip that's even faster than their studio sides, mixed with a few more stripped-down, personal cuts that feature James getting a bit more intimate with the audience. The production quality of the set is wonderful – and it leaves in all the hip spoken bits between tracks, really preserving the liveness of the concert, and packaging the whole thing with some great notes and photos too! Titles include "I Guess I'll Have To Cry Cry Cry", "Say It Loud", "If I Ruled The World", "There Was A Time", "Maybe The Last Time", "I Got The Feeling", "Cold Sweat", "Please Please Please", "Tighten Up", "Licking Stick", and lots more! LP version features two unreleased bonus tracks – "That's Life" and "The Popcorn". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)
Also available Say It Live & Loud – Live In Dallas 1968 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 34.99

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✨✧ Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club ... CD
World Circuit/Nonesuch, 1997. Used ... $5.99
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the nation! The "social club" in the title is well-put – as there's a relaxed, easygoing approach to the music here – warmly collaborative efforts from some of the greats of the scene in Havana – many of whom were able to enjoy renewed global attention, thanks to the efforts of the record and film. The lineup features Ruben Gonzalez on piano, Eliades Ochoa on guitar, Cachaito on bass, and Guajiro on trumpet – plus famous vocal contributions from Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and Omara Portuondo. Titles include "Chan Chan", "Dos Gardenias", "El Carretero", "Candela", "Viente Anos", "El Cuarto De Tula", "De Camino A La Vereda", "Murmullo", and "Orgullecida". CD
(Includes booklet and slipcase – all in nice shape!)

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✨✧ Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
World Circuit, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A contemporary legend in Latin music – one that was done in collaboration with the film of the same name – organized by Ry Cooder, directed by Wim Wenders, and put forth as a reminder to America that Cuban culture was still going strong, even decades after we turned our backs on the nation! The "social club" in the title is well-put – as there's a relaxed, easygoing approach to the music here – warmly collaborative efforts from some of the greats of the scene in Havana – many of whom were able to enjoy renewed global attention, thanks to the efforts of the record and film. The lineup features Ruben Gonzalez on piano, Eliades Ochoa on guitar, Cachaito on bass, and Guajiro on trumpet – plus famous vocal contributions from Ibrahim Ferrer, Compay Segundo, and Omara Portuondo. Titles include "Chan Chan", "Dos Gardenias", "El Carretero", "Candela", "Viente Anos", "El Cuarto De Tula", "De Camino A La Vereda", "Murmullo", and "Orgullecida". 2LP version features rare bonus tracks – including a trio take of "Orgullecida", plus "Vicenta", "As Tus Pies", and "La Cleptomana". Also comes with a big booklet of notes and images too! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Buena Vista Social Club ... CD 5.99

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Eric Burdon & The AnimalsEvery One Of Us ... CD
MGM/BGO (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $8.99 20.99
Another gem from The Animals' overlooked late 60s years on MGM – a time when the group were easily making some of the most inventive music on the label! The styles here are even wider than before – definitely an attempt to showcase "every one of us" that made up the group – in a blend of spacey sounds, gentle folksy moments, and some of the rougher tones of previous MGM records. Many titles were written only by Burdon – a bit of a change from before – and showcase an increased use of acoustic guitar alongside his bleak vocals. Titles include "The Immigrant Lad", "Year Of The Guru", "Serenade To A Sweet Lady", "White Houses", "New York 1963/America 1968", and "Uppers & Downers". CD

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✨✧ Carter FamilyIn The Shadow Of Clinch Mountain (12CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. Used 12CDs ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible package – one that features everything this famous trio recorded from 1927 to 1941 – the greatest presentation of their classic material we've ever seen! Along with Jimmie Rodgers, these guys were responsible for the start of country music in America – and you'll never get a better way to experience their genius in all its glory. 287 songs, beautiful sound, and a huge hardcover book that's filled with notes, photos, and lots more. CD
(Box has some very light wear in one corner – but this is a great copy overall.)

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Tino ContrerasLa Noche De Los Dias ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $21.99 22.99
A brilliant late statement from Tino Contreras – the legendary Mexican drummer who's been part of the jazz scene in Mexico City for decades – and who can still give the world wonderfully vibrant music like this! There's a deeply spiritual vibe to the record – a sound that's like some of Tino's most far-reaching work of the late 70s – and the group here features added percussion alongside piano, organ, saxes, and guitar – both acoustic and electric, which creates a great bridge in the sense of sound – as the music swirls together with a sense of majesty that almost recalls the best Latin America projects of Gato Barbieri on Impulse Records. All tunes are originals by Contreras, delivered with a fantastic spirit by the group – and titles include "Mascaras Blues", "Nina Yahel", "El Sacrificio", "Al Amanecer", and "Malinche". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cross CountryCross Country (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atco/Big Pink (South Korea), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A great little group, and one that we only know from this one early 70s album on Atlantic – an unusual set that's kind of a mix of rootsy modes with more baroque elements – often with strongly harmonized vocals, ala America – but a very different sound overall! The production is great – full and rich, but never commercial or slick – just the right balance of vocals, guitars, and all the subtle elements that shift in and out of the mix – all with a quality that makes us wonder why these guys never went on to much bigger fame, and a longer string of records. Titles include "Just A Thought", "Cross Country", "A Ball Song", "Tastes So Good To Me", "Extended Wings", "Things With Wings", and "Today". CD

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Paul DesmondBridge Over Troubled Water ... LP
A&M, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
Paul Desmond serves up his own versions of some key tunes by Simon & Garfunkel tunes – with results that are simply amazing! The style here takes all the airy brilliance of the original S&G tunes, and turns it towards a more jazz-based mode – one that has some of the slight Brazilian undercurrents in the rhythms that you'll find on Desmond's previous two albums for CTI! The full arrangements are by Don Sebesky, who brings a great sense of balance to the set – and Herbie Hancock plays some great electric piano, in a group that also features Airto on percussion and Gene Bertoncini on guitar. But the real star of the set is Paul Desmond – blowing with that amazing tone of his – and sliding from tune to tune with effortless ease, in a way that really transforms these tunes in their instrumental readings. Titles include "Cecilia", "Mrs. Robinson", "America", "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright", and "Scarborough Fair" – all done with a sweet jazzy A&M approach! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear.)

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Pino DonaggioPino Donaggio – Greatest Hits From The Cinevox Archives ... CD
Cinevox (Italy), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2CDs ... $24.99 26.99
The cover's a bit unassuming, and it hides the greatness within – a huge run of work from Italian composer Pino Donaggio – an artist who picked up the torch where the 60s generation left off! Donaggio learned many lessons from predecessors like Ennio Morricone and Armando Trovajoli – but he also brought his own sort of spin to the music, and was able to effortlessly move between lush orchestrations and some of the leaner, more electric styles that some of the 80s generation were using. You'll hear all of that and plenty more here – in a career-spanning set that features a number of titles on CD for the first time ever – music from films that include Lo Zio D'America, Attenti A Quei Tre, Ti Piace Hitchcock, Oceano, Hotel Colonial, Senza Buccia, Il Caso Moro, Amore Piombo E Furore, Sissi, and Il Veterinario. CD
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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Joao DonatoNew Sound of Brazil – The Piano Of Joao Donato ... CD
RCA/BMG (Brazil), 1965. Used ... $14.99
Darkly brilliant – and one of Joao Donato's most fantastic records! The set was recorded during Joao's time in America in the mid 60s – cut in New York with lofty backings by Claus Ogerman, in a pillowy soft mode that fits perfectly with Joao's light bossa piano lines, and which has all the hints of sadness and moodiness that often creep into his playing. The complicated approach of the album far surpasses some of Joao's work from Brazil at the same time – and the album's one of the best of its generation, a sublime mix of all elements that still sounds as fresh today as it did in 1965! Titles include "Amazonas", "Glass Beads", "Sugarcane Breeze", "Vento Do Canavail", "It Didn't End", and "O Barquinho". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Sally EatonFarewell American Tour ... LP
Paramount, 1970. Very Good ... $9.99
A really unusual album from singer Sally Eaton – not really her farewell tour of America, although the title also matches the subtle drama of the cover image and the way that Sally puts together the lyrics! The tunes are very unique, explained a bit by Eaton in the notes – which also include her horoscope chart, in case you want to figure her out – just the sort of touch that makes the whole thing a wonderfully distinct album, even during a period when American music was already overflowing with distinction! Arrangements are by Harold Wheeler and George Brackman – and if you know Wheeler's work, especially for the stage, you'll get a great idea of the vibe here – although Sally's mix of fragility and intelligence in her vocal approach is something that needs to be heard to be understood. Titles include "This Time Next Autumn", "Flowers In The Air", "Once Before You Go", "I Don't Want To Need You Anymore", "Reader & Advisor", and "Long Time Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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FalcoFalco 3 ... LP
A&M, 1985. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Includes the mega 80s hit, "Rock Me Amadeus" and "Vienna Calling", "America", "Munich Girls", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Gathering (Jesse Sharps)Healing Suite ... CD
Village LA, 2022. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
A really powerful project from the LA underground – served up by a group led by Jesse Sharps, who you may remember from classic albums on the Nimbus label – and done at a level that unites the sound of his generation with some of the best currents of more contemporary years! The lineup here is filled with righteous, spiritual giants – the great Dwight Trible on vocals, Phil Ranelin on trombone, Theo Saunders on piano, Robwerto Miranda on bass, Derf Recklaw on congas and percussion – alongside Mercedes Smith on alto, Amos Delone on baritone , and Maia on flute! There's a strong mix of message and music going on here – also delivered with a bit of poetry from Kamau Daaood – and although the set was recorded before the events of 2020, it's got a deep sense of power that really gets at the needs of America in the years after George Floyd. The set begins with a stunningly dark take on "Strange Fruit", then moves into Daaood's equally powerful "Healing Suite" – and soars next on the long "Freedom's Sweet" by Horace Tapscott, before closing with "Mother", a composition by the great Nate Morgan. CD

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Gift Of GabFinding Inspiration Somehow ... CD
Nature Sounds, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
The last album ever recorded by Gift Of Gab – a set recorded during his final years, which were full of health troubles – but music that definitely sparkles from the inspiration mentioned in the title! Gab's got that razor-sharp quality here that made him such a key part of Blackalicious – that fast-rhyming style that's definitely a gift, and which has a lot more emotional power than just lyrical speed – set here to production that really drives home a sense of urgency in the music, and makes us wish he hadn't been taken from us all too soon! Titles include "The Idea Of America", "Vice Grip", "World Without Money", "The Gentrification Song (rmx)", "You Gon Make It In The End", "Going Farther", and "Back To The Light". CD
(CD features the bonus EP Rejoice Rappers Are Rapping Again.)
Also available Finding Inspiration Somehow ... LP 24.99

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Gift Of GabFinding Inspiration Somehow ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2021. New Copy ... $24.99
The last album ever recorded by Gift Of Gab – a set recorded during his final years, which were full of health troubles – but music that definitely sparkles from the inspiration mentioned in the title! Gab's got that razor-sharp quality here that made him such a key part of Blackalicious – that fast-rhyming style that's definitely a gift, and which has a lot more emotional power than just lyrical speed – set here to production that really drives home a sense of urgency in the music, and makes us wish he hadn't been taken from us all too soon! Titles include "The Idea Of America", "Vice Grip", "World Without Money", "The Gentrification Song (rmx)", "You Gon Make It In The End", "Going Farther", and "Back To The Light". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Finding Inspiration Somehow ... CD 12.99

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Dexter GordonBlues Walk! – The Montmartre Collection Vol 2 ... LP
Black Lion, 1967. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Dexter Gordon at his European best – working at his very familiar haunt, the Cafe Montmartre in Copenhagen – a city that welcome Dexter Gordon with welcome arms in the 60s, as Dex left America to take care of himself and renew his energy overseas – expanding his sound and styles in ways that made him a much more revolutionary tenorist than during his earlier time on the US scene! The group features Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums – and tracks are all nice and long. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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Merle HaggardBranded Man/Sing Me Back Home/Okie From Muskogee ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 22.99
A trio of early classics from the great Merle Haggard – served up here in a single set! Branded Man is a key early album in the career of the legendary Merle Haggard – a set that's open about his time behind bars, and which resonates beautifully with all the themes of loss and loneliness that haunted his music for years! Even at this early stage, Haggard is head and shoulders above the rest – contributing his own fantastic work to the record, and also taking on a few tunes by others – almost making the whole thing feel like a concept album – not a unified suite of tracks, but more one that's unified with a sense of emotion and persona that few other country singers were bringing to the format at the time. While Johnny Cash may have learned to boost his career by recording in prisons, Merle used his time in one to create the sort of deep emotional well that you'll hear on classics that include "Branded Man", "I Threw Away The Rose", and "I Made The Prison Band" – next to other gems that include "Loneliness Is Eating Me Alive", "Long Black Limousine", "Go Home", "My Hands Are Tied", "Gone Crazy", and "Don't Get Married". Sing Me Back Home is a fantastic album from Merle Haggard – one that signals its sense of longing and wandering with its title and cover – then really delivers the goods in a package that's overflowing with strong original material by the man himself! While so many other country singers were singing about drinking and loving with a nod and wink, Haggard was able to set a whole new tone with a record like this – really digging deep both in spirit and lyrical presentation – and making the kind of music that raised the bar for generations to come! Every song on the record is a gem - and titles include "Where Does The Good Times Go", "Sing Me Back Home", "Look Over Me", "Wine Take Me Away", "If You See My Baby", "I'll Leave The Bottle At The Bar", "Home Is Where A Kid Grows Up", "My Past Is Present", "Good Times", and "Seeing Eye Dog". Okie From Muskogee is one of the most legendary albums in the long career of the mighty Merle Haggard – a live set that's capped with the famous title tune – recorded down in Oklahoma, as a nod to the roots of Merle's heritage – and one that was really able to carefully play both sides of the fence at the end of the 60s! So while Hag is singing the anthemic title tune – a proud statement against hippies and the radical underground while most of America is standing strong – he's still also reaching out with a palette of emotional expression that shows that the man himself is deeply complex, and able to rise up a bit of Okie pride, while also letting the world know that the same spirit was also fanning the flames of the musical revolutions out on the west coast too. The set's overflowing with classics – not just the new "Okie From Muskogee" – but also killer versions of "Mama Tried", "No Hard Times", "In the Arms Of Love", "If I Had Left It Up To You", "White Line Fever", "Blue Rock", and a medley of "Swinging Doors", "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive", "Sing Me Back Home", and "Branded Man". CD

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Joe Harriott Double QuintetIndo-Jazz Suite (US pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $39.99
A lost classic from reedman Joe Harriott – and a landmark blending of jazz and world music! The core of the group is that quintet of West Indian alto player Joe Harriott – one of the leading lights of the British jazz scene of the 60s, and a dedicated modernist who was as important to England as Ornette Coleman was to America. Harriott's group is expanded by the addition of John Mayer's quintet of Indian musicians, who play in tandem with Harriott's group in a swirling blend of styles and sounds. The sound is spacey and trippy, with more elements of Indian music, than of jazz, but Harriott still manages to get some nice playing in. The whole album is one long suite of tracks, and titles include "Contrasts", "Raga Megha", and "Raga Gaud-Saranga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red and purple label pressing, with Atlantic inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout hole, a Factory Sealed sticker in back, and a small center split in the bottom seam.)

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HeatwaveToo Hot To Handle ... LP
GTO (UK), 1976. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A killer album of crossover soul from the mid 70s – one that dropped like a bomb when it hit, and gave this UK group a number of big hits in America! Keyboardist Rod Temperton wrote all the tracks on the album – and he's got keen talent for both funky numbers and ballads. If soul stations played album side specials the way that classic rock stations do, side one would be in heavy rotation – as it kicks off with the funky title cut, rolls into the hit "Boogie Nights", cuts to the sample classic "Ain't No Half Steppin" (forever made famous by Big Daddy Kane), and steps into the moody ballad "Always & Forever". It's hard to beat that lineup, but side two does a pretty good job – and includes a similar mix of titles like "Super Soul Sister", "All You Do Is Dial", and "Sho'nuff Must Be Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a sticker remnant and a small peel spot.)

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Jon Irabagon's OutrightUnhinged ... CD
Irabbagast, 2012. Used ... $2.99
A great little album from talented tenorist Jon Irabagon – served up with a cover that's sort of a parody of a hip hop record – but delivered with a bold musical sound that's right up there with Jon's work in Mostly Other People Do The Killing! The tenor's really out front in most numbers – carving out a fresh space that changes throughout the set – sometimes spare and improvised, yet other times boldly swinging with lots of angular changes – setting fire to the group's lineup of trumpet, keyboards, bass, and drums. One track features a larger ensemble, and a few others feature guest players too – all integrated wonderfully into Irabagon's bold musical vision. Titles include "Lola Pastillas", "Camp Douglas", "Mourning In America", "Charles Barkley", "Parker Posey", and a nicely offbeat version of "Take Five". CD
(Out of print, small sticker on back of digipack.)

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Jimmy James & The VagabondsNew Religion/London Swings/This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Open Up Your Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $8.99 20.99
Four classic albums from this hip British soul group – issued here in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is New Religion – a record that was also released in America by Atlantic Records. Although they were a UK soul act, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds were a perfect match for the Atlantic soul stable of the 60s. The group had a smooth group style that was partly uptown, partly northern soul – as clearly illustrated in this album, which is divided up into a "mood red: you feel like leaping" side, and a "mood blue: you feel like digging deeper" side. The band chose some good material that really helps them maintain a solid socking soul sound – including "The Entertainer" and "Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud" by Tony Clarke, "Ain't No Big Thing" and "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl" by Gerald Sims, and "Little Boy Blue" and "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield. Also features "Come To Me Softly", a sweet dreamy ballad by Jimmy, and kind of a bit crossover hit for the boys. London Swings is two-sided monster – as the album was originally split with work from the Alan Bown Set too! Here, the CD features just the live material from the soul group – a smoking performance from Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – one that goes way past the sweetness of their hits, and which has a crowd-pleasing, party-hearty approach to soul that's really great! Jimmy and the group serve up versions of "Sock It To Em JB", "That Driving Beat", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "You Don't Know Like I Know", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds is a record that featured some crossover tracks with New Religion – but the set here just features the exclusive cuts – including "I Feel Alright", "I Can't Get Back Home To My Baby", "Never Like This Before", "I Don't Wanna Cry", and "You Showed Me The Way". Open Up Your Soul is a record with a really wonderful sound – the deeply soulful vocals of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, mixed with rich arrangements handled by Nicky Welsh, and produced to perfection by Brit maestro John Schroeder! The record's got the sophistication of some of the Richard Evans productions over at Chess/Cadet at the same time – and, no surprise, the group lead off with a great cover of The Dells "Wear It On Our Face" – then roll into cuts that include "Cry Like A Baby", "Good Day Sunshine", "Four Walls", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "If You're Gonna Love Me", and "Open Up Your Soul". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks from singles – including "Why", "Bumper To Bumper", "Close The Door", "Give Us A Light", "I Wanna Be your Everything", "Hungry For Love", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". CD

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Antonio Carlos JobimComposer Of Desafinado Plays ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good Gatefold ... $13.99
Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic Verve session from 1963 – a tremendous record, done with a wonderful airy sound that became the trademark for bossa production in America – and which also had a great inspiration on the sound of mid 60s bossa in Brazil! Claus Ogerman arranged and conducts the orchestra, and Jobim plays guitar and piano – with a core group that also features Jimmy Cleveland on trombone and Leo Wright on flute, both American jazz players who help add some further complexities to the sound. Tracks include "Jazz Samba", "Favela", "O Morro", "Aqua De Beber", "Girl From Ipanema", and "Chega De Saudade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has light surface wear, small peel from an old price sticker.)

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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsAmerican Love Call (with bonus download) ... LP
Colemine/Dead Oceans, 2018. New Copy ... $20.99 23.99
Man, these guys just keep on getting better – and this time around, Durand Jones & The Indications deliver a record that's way more than just another funk band with a lead singer! Instead, there's a depth and complexity to this set that takes us back to our favorite indie soul albums at the start of the 70s – particularly ultra-hip work from the Philly and New Jersey scenes, where sweet and funky soul modes could exist in equal space – and come up with results that are every bit as great! The core funky instrumentation from the group is still in place - but there's also larger arrangements with a bit of strings and vocals – really opening up the tunes, and somehow underscoring their more righteous currents in a way that smaller instrumentation would never do. Jones sounds better than ever – as if he's been waiting for a chance like this to really take off – and titles include "Morning In America", "Circles", "True Love", "Walk Away", "Long Way Home", "Sea Gets Hotter", "How Can I Be Sure", "Listen To Your Heart", and "Court Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Etta JonesBest Of Etta Jones – The Prestige Singles ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
18 soulful tracks from Etta Jones – a unique singer who managed to straddle the worlds of jazz and blues, without giving short shrift to either! The selection brings together tracks that Etta recorded for the Prestige label in the 60s, and which were released as singles – none of them really crossover or chart singles, but some of Etta's strongest work of the decade, the sort that got spun over and over again on jukeboxes in smaller jazz lounges in America's cities. Titles include "Old Folks", "Don't Go To Strangers", "If I Had You", "Hurry Home", "Just Friends", "In The Dark", "Nature Boy", "The Gal From Joes", "Love Walked In", and "Unchained Melody". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promo stamp.)

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JoyceRio De Janeiro (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Omagatoki (Japan), 2011. Used ... $19.99
Sweet work from Joyce – a very intimate album that really reminds us of her classics from years back! Most of the set just features Joyce's vocals and guitar – but as you'll know if you love her as much as we do, that alone is enough to make the record wonderful – a slyly seductive blend that few other artists could carry off this well! The style is rooted in bossa, but inflected with jazz – and yet carried off with an individual style that nobody else can touch. Titles include "Adeus America", "Puro Ouro", "Vela No Breu", "Manha No Posto 6", "Viva Meu Samba", "Rio Meu", and "Mascarada". CD
(Out of print, 2011 Japanese pressing – still sealed with obi!)

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Ryan Keberle & CatharsisHope I Hold ... CD
Greenleaf, 2019. Used ... $4.99
Very far-reaching music from Ryan Keberle – sounds that feel as if they're coming from a group that's much larger than a quintet – given all the many musical elements and inflections in the mix! The album's initial inspiration comes from a Langston Hughes poem entitled "Let America Be America Again" – and there's definitely a spirit of change throughout, and a positive one at that – flowing from the leader's shifting work on trombone, Fender Rhodes, piano, and keyboards – and given a fuller vision with the tenor of Scott Robinson, bass of Jorge Roeder, and drums of Eric Doob – all of whom come into really wonderful focus when Camila Meza makes her appearance on vocals. Meza also plays guitar, with a wonderful sense of color – and titles include "Tangled In The Ancient Endless Chain", "Campinas", "Become The Water", "Peering", "para Volar", "Zamba De Lozano", and "Despite The Dream". CD

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✨✧ Madvillain (Madlib & MF Doom)Madvillainy – Instrumentals ... LP
Stones Throw, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99 19.99
A Stones Throw sci-fi masterpiece – one that was destined for greatness from conception, but we're still pretty well blown away by the final product! Madlib brings nothing but the best sci-fi sound collages, scratches, and titanically driving funky beats – the grooved out 70s side of 'Lib's personality is wisely given a powder, given that these were designed to back a vocal presence as insane as that of Doom. When it's not so pounding, the sound drops into the kinda gloomy, murky crackle of earliest Wu Tang. This is easily the best album of its kind since Dr. Octagon tore the flood gates open. Essential!!! "The Illest Villains", "Accordian", "Bistro", "Raid" feat Medaphoar, "America's Most Blunted", "Rainbows", "Curls", "Money Folder", "Hardcore Hustle","Fancy Clown", "Supervillain", "All Caps", "Rhinestone Cowboy" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1970. Used ... $9.99
A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal masterpiece – to the career of Curtis what the early solo albums of Issac Hayes were to his own genius – a bold, unfettered statement of pride and power – of the sort that would both make Mayfield and the Curtom Records label forces to be reckoned with in the 70s. Every cut is a classic – and titles include "Move On Up", "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", "Wild & Free", "Give It Up", "The Makings Of You", "The Other Side Of Town", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue". Extra tracks include demo versions of "Power to the People", "Underground", "Readings in Astrology", "Suffer", and the single version of "(Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below We're All Going To Go". CD

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Lloyd MillerLifetime In Oriental Jazz ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
They definitely got the title right on this one – as jazz musician Lloyd Miller spent his lifetime recording in more unusual, exotic variations of his genre – often at a level that's kept him in relatively obscure territory over the decades! Yet its that obscurity that also really illustrates Lloyd's strong commitment to making music that pushes boundaries and opens doors – with a career that includes a fair bit of young years on the Mid-East and European scenes, where Miller was able to pick up countless influences from other cultures, and weave them into his own music as well. Miller spent most of his time in America in relative obscurity, but issued a string of recordings on his own label over the decades – the best of which are pulled together here in a fantastic overview of his music! There's plenty of modal and spiritual jazz elements in the mix – and a great blend of eastern and western instrumentation as well – on tracks that include many under Miller's name, plus more with the Press Keys Quartet and Jef Gilson Septet. LP features 9 tracks in all – including "Gole-E Gandom (Wheat Flowers)", "Gozel Guzler (Amber Eyes)", "Bizz-Aire", "Indo-European Improvisations", "Hue Wail", "Chant Inca", and "Le Grand Bidou". LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus Ah Um ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $3.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". CD

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus Ah Um (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $3.99
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of his career, and working with incredible younger players that interpreted his work with a great deal of fire! The tracks are a bit more tightly arranged than work on some of Mingus' previous work for labels like Atlantic and Bethlehem, but that also gives them a razor-sharp emotional edge that's carried off perfectly by players who include John Handy and Shafi Hadi on alto saxes, Booker Ervin on tenor, Willie Dennis and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Horace Parlan on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums. The album is filled with key Mingus classics – like "Better Git It In Your Soul", "Boogie Stop Shuffle", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", and "Fables of Faubus" – plus "Self Portrait In Three Colors", "Open Letter To Duke", and "Bird Call". CD features 3 rare bonus tracks – "GG Train", "Girl Of My Dreams", and "Pedal Point Blues" – and also features 4 tracks presented here in their full versions, not the edited ones that appeared on the original LP. CD

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✨✧ Red MitchellCommunication ... CD
Grammofonverket/Dragon (Sweden), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Bassist Red Mitchell got his start on the west coast scene in America – but once he moved to Sweden, his creative powers really opened up – to the point where he was not only a hell of a musician on his initial instrument, but also a colorful pianist and a hell of a leader too! This album's a wonderful demonstration of the genius that Red hit with the Swedes – as it features material that soars with color and life throughout – work that's expressive, but never in a cliched way – and which maybe brings forward an older style of arranging with freshly new spirit for the 70s – but all without every trying to sound too contemporary in ways that would sink its timelesness. If that sounds a bit odd, it's because the music is too – but in a really special way – crafted from tunes by writers who include Cedar Walton, Wolfgang Dauner, Chick Corea, and members of the group – which includes Mitchell on bass and piano, plus Bosse Broberg on trumpet, Nils Sandstrom on tenor, Goran Strandberg on piano, Bertil Strandberg on trombone, and Petur Ostlund on drums. Mitchell even sings a bit in two spots – and the double-length setting makes for some nice long performances – of titles that include "My Woman", "Too Late Now", "Pamukkale", "Cirrus", "Til Jan Johansson", "Windows", "The Rise & Fall Of The Empire", and "The Loner". CD

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Janelle MonaeDirty Computer (45 rpm 2LP pressing) ... LP
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 30.98
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! LP, Vinyl record album

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John ColtraneThelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $1.99
A rare gem of a session – live material recorded by the Voice Of America in 1957, and featuring a unique Thelonious Monk quartet with John Coltrane on tenor! The performance is contemporaneous with Coltrane's appearance on the legendary Monk's Music album for Riverside – and the overall feel here is a bit similar to that classic. Yet the live setting also allows Coltrane to open up and improvise a lot more – stretching out in fluid lines that are often a strong contrast to the more angular notes coming out of Monk's piano. Rhythm is by the team of Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums – and titles are broken up into an "early show" and "late show" – 9 numbers in all that include "Bye-ya", "Epistrophy", "Nutty", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "Monk's Mood", and "Evidence". CD

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Alicia Hall MoranHere Today ... CD
Yes, 2017. Used ... $5.99
The striking image on the cover is a great indication of what you'll hear within – as singer Alicia Hall Moran opens up and completely reworks music from the American songbook, while also adding in some great compositions of her own! The record features songs you'd normally hear in the voices of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, and Billie Holiday – but given these very unusual arrangements that use guitar, drums, and light strings – plus some of Alicia's own piano – all to paint a very different version of the world when mixed with Moran's own words and very unusual style. There's a richness here that points the way towards a new spirit of America – one that's there for anyone with the ears to hear it – on titles that include "Round About De Mountain", "We All Just Live In The World", "Two Wings", "Feeling God", "Gold", "God Bless The Child", "Black Wall Street", "Higher", and "Oklahoma Girl". CD

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Ennio MorriconeIl Gatto A Nove Code (smoke vinyl poster – with poster) ... LP
Rustblade (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $39.99
A very spooky score for this film that's also known in America as "The Cat With Nine Tails" – the second collaboration between Ennio Morricone and noted horror director Dario Argento! The album's a bit different than some of Morricone's other work on horror films – and at times, it almost has qualities that sound more like a western – a spacious mix of light strings and more sparely focused instrumentation – sometimes a bassline, sometimes a bit of flute. Other numbers get a bit more dark and jagged – slightly atonal, with shimmering, shifting styles that create a tremendous amount of tension! Titles include "Paranoia Prima", "1970", "Sottintesi", "Ninna Nanna In Blu", "Placcaggio", and "Metafora Finale". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary Edition – limited edition of 499 copies, on smoke vinyl, with poster!)

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Ennio MorriconeIl Gatto A Nove Code (with bonus tracks) ... LP
AMS/Cinevox (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 39.99
A very spooky score for this film that's also known in America as "The Cat With Nine Tails" – the second collaboration between Ennio Morricone and noted horror director Dario Argento! The album's a bit different than some of Morricone's other work on horror films – and at times, it almost has qualities that sound more like a western – a spacious mix of light strings and more sparely focused instrumentation – sometimes a bassline, sometimes a bit of flute. Other numbers get a bit more dark and jagged – slightly atonal, with shimmering, shifting styles that create a tremendous amount of tension! Titles include "Paranoia Prima", "1970", "Sottintesi", "Ninna Nanna In Blu", "Placcaggio", and "Metafora Finale". Also fetaures three bonus tracks – "Passeggiata Notturna (single version)", "Placcaggio (alt)", and "Ninna Nanna In Blu (movie takes version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ennio MorriconeOnce Upon A Time In The West ... LP
RCA, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One of Morricone's most famous scores – and certainly the one that got him recognized worldwide as a genius! The whole thing's pretty damn eerie – about as eerie as the movie, which is a real stunner – and it shifts from dark orchestral themes to sparer numbers that use guitar, banjo, and some really creepy whistling to set the mood. Some tracks feature vocal work by I Cantorni Moderni, directed by Alessandro Alessandroni – and titles include "C'Era Una Volta Il West", "Cheyenne", "Armonica", "L'Uomo Dell'Armonica" and "L'America Di Jill". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label stereo pressing. A nice copy!)
 
 
 



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