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AssociationAssociation ... LP
Warner, 1969. Sealed Gatefold ... $6.99
Really great work by The Association – a back-to-basics effort that has the group handling most of the instrumentation themselves, in a way that often gives the set a surprisingly intimate feel! Sure, these are the guys who virtually invented candy-coated Sunshine Pop – but they're also a heck of a great group at the core, and move here into some of the looser, more relaxed modes of the Warner Brothers scene at the time – a setting that really helps them bring a hell of a lot of personality to the music. Harmony vocals still soar out beautifully when needed, and the arrangements and songwriting show a lot more signs of their association with the hip LA scene of the 60s – a maturation that really pushes their sound forward in a wonderful way. Titles include "Broccoli", "The Nest", "Love Affair", "Boy On the Mountain", "Under Branches", "Goodbye Forever", and "Yes I Will". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ AssociationBirthday ... LP
Warner, 1968. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of the harder to find LPs by this fantastic pop harmony group from LA. You already know their hits from other LPs, but this one's got a bit more of a rock sound, and some excellent groovy production by Bones Howe. All of the tracks are originals, and they've got nice groovy themes, as you'll guess from titles like "The Bus Song", "Birthday Morning", "Barefoot Gentleman", "Toymaker", and "Rose Petals, Incense, & A Kitten"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Warner/Seven Arts pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ AssociationGreatest Hits! ... LP
Warner, Mid/Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label W7 pressing.)

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AssociationRenaissance ... LP
Valiant, 1966. Very Good+ ... $2.99
An aptly-titled album, as it sprung the genius of The Association fully onto the world – and forever changed the rules for dreamy vocal pop music! The album's a wonderful blend of sweet harmonies, LA production, and the kind of slightly-trippy song stylings you already know from The Association's biggest hits. However, the album's also filled with great little songs that you probably haven't heard before – which makes it an even bigger treat, kind of like stumbling upon a treasure box of unheard musical gems that you've been looking for your entire life! Titles include "Songs In The Wind", "Memories Of You", "No Fair At All", "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies", and "Another Time Another Place". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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Association/Charles FoxGoodbye Columbus – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, 1969. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A groovy groovy soundtrack that contains one of the Association's greatest songs! "Goodbye Columbus" may not be as famous as some of their bigger hits – but we love it to death, and it's the kind of catchy groover they'll find us singing in the coffin long after we've passed away! The soundtrack features the vocal version of the track – as well as some other vocal numbers like "It's Gotta Be Real" and "So Kind To Me". Plus, the soundtrack's also got some excellent instrumental numbers that are in the best spirit of the group's music – with loads of dreamy arrangements and light lilting pop melodies. Tunes include "Love Has A Way", "A Moment To Share", "A Time For Love", and "How Will I Know You?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing.)

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✨✧ AssociationInsight Out ... LP
Warner, 1967. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic dreamy pop! Despite the fact that this one yielded the super-huge hits "Windy" and "Never My Love", the album's also filled with great 60s pop tunes that you've probably never heard before – all as fantastically well-crafted and delicately strung-out as the big hits. The Association were truly one of the greatest 60s pop harmony groups to come out of the LA scene – and even a big hit album like this is the kind of gem that you'd spend years digging through rare vinyl to hope to find! Other titles include "Happiness Is", "On A Quiet Night", "We Love Us", "Reputation", and "Requiem For The Masses". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label stereo W7 pressing. Cover has light wear and small seam splits.)

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✨✧ AssociationAnd Then Along Comes The Association ... LP
Valiant, 1966. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
The first full length album recorded by the legendary Association – a classic bit of Sunshine Pop that would forever change the sound of the 60s! Although familiar, the album's got an amazing depth that still never fails to surprise today – odd production twists and turns, courtesy of a young Curt Boettcher; personally youthful harmonies that slip as often as they soar; and just the right touches of flower power to move the group away from their folkie roots into the new sun of a changing decade! The hits "Along Comes Mary" and "Cherish" are almost worth the price of admission – but lesser-known cuts are even better, and show a wealth of great work penned by members of the group! Other titles include "Standing Still", "Message Of Our Love", "Changes", "I'll Be Your Man", "Blistered", "Round Again", "Remember" and "Enter The Young". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Valiant pressing with black bar at the bottom of labels.)

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✨✧ Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of gems from The Players Association – back to back on a single CD! First up is the fantastic first album from The Players Association – a group who may well have gotten their name for the great jazzy musicians in their lineup! Players Association are best known for their disco grooves, but they've got a core sense of instrumentation that's really a cut above – with strong leadership from jazzman Chris Hills – who plays drums, guitar, and keyboards – and other players who include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Bob Mover on alto and soprano, Jon Faddis on trumpet, and Mike Mandell on keyboards! Ray Mantilla and Buddy Williams add in some great percussion to the mix – which furthers the spontaneous, jazzy vibe of some of the tunes – and titles includes the funky cut "I Like It", which has a nice break in the beginning, plus the tracks "Let's Groove", "Hustlin", "Moon In Pisces", and a sweet cover of "For The Love Of You". Turn The Music Up is wonderful work from The Players Association – a group who were equal parts jazz funk and equal parts 70s club – with a vibe that's maybe like The Blackbyrds or other Fantasy Records acts at their best! The mighty Chris Hills is at the helm – and the record is overflowing with top-shelf talent from the jazz side of the spectrum – work by Bob Berg on tenor, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Bob Mover on alto – all with room to solo, and really helping bring a musical maturity to the record that other disco records never seem to have! Titles include "Everybody Dance", "Ride The Groove", "The Closer I Get To You", and "I Wish". CD
 
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BloChapters & Phases – The Complete Albums 1973 to 1975 (Chapter One/Phase II) ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! There's definitely a rock influence in the set, but the music isn't rock at all – it's a very dark, almost dubby groove at points – and a bit more straightforwardly funk at others – almost a post-colonial style that clearly comes from a London influence, given to the group by a previous association with Ginger Baker. Rhythms are quite tight, and the bass is as strong as the drums – mixed up nicely with riffing guitar, and moody vocals that color the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Preacherman", "Time To Face The Sun", "We Are Out Together", "Chant To Mother Earth", "Miss Sagitt", "Beware", and "We Gonna Have A Party". Phase II is a critical next step for the group – music that's even deeper than before, but a bit funkier too! There's clearly some touches here of other African funk of the time – especially in the way the guitar parts groove with the rhythms – although those heavy Blo basslines from before are still nicely in place, as are some of the fuzzier production elements too. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Sh*t", "Atide", "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", and "Don't Take Her Away From Me". CD

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Mars BonfireFaster Than The Speed Of Life ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Once a legendary member of the group Steppenwolf, and later an in-demand session guitarist in the 70s! This 1968 set captures Mars right at the crossroads – and while the album's certainly got some of the full, fierce guitar we love in Steppenwolf (including some of those great dipping-low lines that were the group's early trademark) – it's also got some grittier edges that belie Mars' role in the late 60s Sunset Strip scene, and his sometimes association with Kim Fowley. There's almost a bit of Fowley growl and grit on the best numbers here – and a similarly messed-up approach to rock and roll that has Mars nicely falling apart a bit, at a time when others were getting a bit more tightened up. Tracks include "Lady Moon Walker", "Sad Eyes", "Faster Than The Speed Of Life", "She", "Ride With Me Bobby", and "In Christina's Arms". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a tracklist sticker and some wear.)

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Clifford BrownComplete Blue Note & Pacific Jazz Recordings (4CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Used 4 CDs ... $19.99
Seminal work from one of the greatest trumpeters of the postwar years – captured here right before his famous association with drummer Max Roach in the final years of his life! The set brings together everything that Clifford Brown recorded for both the Blue Note and Pacific Jazz labels – including sides done with Lou Donaldson as a co-leader, in the groups of drummer Art Blakey and trombonist JJ Johnson, and as as leader on his own. Includes some alternate takes as well! CD

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Maynard FergusonMaynard Ferguson Sextet ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $0.99
A record that will really open your ears to the talents of Maynard Ferguson – especially if you only think of the trumpeter in terms of a big band setting! Here, Maynard's trumpet is super-sharp – working in a killer group that manages to swing, while also opening to lots of modern colors too – this really special blend that comes from the horns of Lanny Morgan on alto and flute, and Willie Maiden on tenor and baritone – both the kind of players that Maynard seems to push to their full potential, which was always one of his strongest suits as a leader. The rest of the group features Mike Abene on piano and a bit of celeste, Ron McClure on bass, and Tony Inzalaco on drums – the last of whom will come as a surprise – given his later association with Ornette. The album's bursting with surprises, and has a lot more edge than you might expect – on titles that include "No More Wood", "To & Fro", "Between Races", "April Fool", "Mike's Mike", and "Slide By Slide". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Bobby HutchersonLinger Lane ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A beautiful later Blue Note album from vibist Bobby Hutcherson – a set recorded after his famous association with Harold Land, but with a groove that's wonderfully soulful in a whole different way! Bobby plays marimbas instead of vibes this time around, and he's working with his own arrangements for a slightly larger group – one that has some sweet fusion overtones, and these wonderful mellow funk inflections – so that even the mellow cuts have this warmly glowing, ultra-soulful sound that's mighty nice – a bit like some of the work from Gene Harris around the same time. Other players include Jerry Peters on Fender Rhodes, who also helped out with the arrangements – plus Harvey Mason on drums and Ernie Watts on reeds – and a few tracks feature sweet backing vocals from The Waters. The highlight here is a nice moody extended version of "People Make The World Go Round", but all cuts are great, and titles include "Silver Rondo", "Manzanita", "NTU", and his dark cover of "Theme From MASH". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing.)

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Bobby HutchersonMedina (plus Spiral) ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $19.99
Two great Bobby Hutcherson albums – both recorded at the end of the 60s, but not released by Blue Note until years later! Both records – Medina and Spiral – give you a glance at the early years of Bobby's famous association with tenorist Harold Land. The Land/Hutcherson combo turned out some of the best modernist soul jazz albums of their age, and their unique interplay, a mixture of free-thinking solos and tight groovy rhythms, set the pattern for so many other 70's jazz groups. Stanley Cowell plays piano on the session, and Bobby's longtime rhythm partner Joe Chambers is on drums. With the tracks "Avis", "Orientale", "Spiral", "Ruth", and "Visions". CD
(Out of print.)

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King CurtisSoul Twist ... LP
Enjoy, Early 60s. Very Good ... $11.99
Raw early work from King Curtis – an album of searing sax instrumentals, recorded for the smaller Enjoy label in the years before King's more famous association with Atlantic! The sound here is equal parts R&B and instrumental soul – hardly the throwaway pop you might guess from the "twist" in the title, and instead a key transitional album in shaping the sound of the sax in soul during the 60s – blown to perfection, but never as over the top as some of the honkers and shouters of 50s sax sessions. Tracks are a good mix of King-penned originals and soulful covers – with highlights that include "Soul Twist", "I Know", "Sack O Woe", "Wobble Twist", "Twisting With the King", and "Big Dipper". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in pen.)

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Mama CassDream A Little Dream ... LP
Dunhill, 1968. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Wonderful stuff! You probably know Mama Cass as one of the "mamas" in the Mamas & Papas – but she's got an insane pop vision on her own, a mad mix of the sweet, psychedelic, and historic, filtered through the haze of a late 60s LA summer afternoon. File this one next to your gems by The Association, Harper's Bizarre, and Van Dyke Parks – and you'll grow to love Mama for her tripped-out groovy pop! Titles include "You Know Who I Am", "Sweet Believer", "Rubber Band", "Long Time Loving You", and "California Earthquake". LP, Vinyl record album

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MillenniumPieces ... CD
Sonic Past/Voiceprint (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $3.99
A nice, nice, nice collection of grooves from the Millennium vaults! As y'all already must know, the group's monumental Begin was the only official album by the Millenium AS the Millennium (Boettcher, Mallory, Salisbury and co. recorded other projects together and individually) leaving a wealth of great material in unreleased, rights-controlled limbo. Decades later some of this bristling, sunshine 60s pop euphoria is FINALLY seeing the light of day. The appropriately titled Pieces is a must for fans of the group and others that came before and after such as the Mamas & Papas, the post-Pet Sounds Wilsons, the Association and others. These comparably rough Millenium nuggets sort of feel like Smiley Smile to Begin's Pet Sounds; they may not be the definitive portrait of the group's greatness, but still an essential piece of the puzzle. These tracks that have languished behind closed doors for decades are better than most sunshine pop records that WERE released. It's the kind of thing that makes us wonder how many legacies in similarly restricted circumstances will be lost forever. Includes "Prelude", "To Claudia On Thursday", "It's You", "Good People", "Once Upon A Time", "A Younger Me", "Sunshine Girl", and lots more. 21 in all! CD

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Thelonious Monk5 By Monk By 5 ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good+ ... $49.99
Monk Monk Monk! A classic, with a lively quintet that includes Thad Jones, Sam Jones, Art Taylor, and the amazing Charlie Rouse, here just beginning a very fruitful association with Monk – and really adding a lot to the session with some incredible tenor work that's as angular and modern as needed for Monk's work, yet with a soulful edge that really brings a lot to the music. The album's got 5 long tracks – hence the title – and they're all Monk classics that include "I Mean You", "Ask Me Now", "Jackie-ing", and "Straight No Chaser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Standard size blue label Bill Grauer Productions Inc pressing, RLP 12-305, with microphone logo and deep groove, in the cover without "Contemporary Series". Cover has some wear and aging, with small splits in the top corners.)

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Thelonious MonkBrilliance (Brilliant Corners/5 By Monk By 5) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1956. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Two classic Riverside Monk LPs, reissued together in one nice set! Brilliant Corners was a real comeback for Monk from the late 50s, and a record that features some of his best writing for horns! The group is incredible – bringing together Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, and Ernie Henry – in a bracing front line that takes Monk's angular piano compositions, and forges them into a horn sound that would have an undeniable influence on modern jazz for years to come! The whole thing's brilliant, and titles include "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-Lue Bolivar Blues Are", "Pannonica", and "Bemsha Swing". Five By Monk By Five is a certified classic of modern jazz, with a lively quintet that includes Thad Jones, Sam Jones, Art Taylor, and the amazing Charlie Rouse, here just beginning a very fruitful association with Monk – and really adding a lot to the session with some incredible tenor work that's as angular and modern as needed for Monk's work, yet with a soulful edge that really brings a lot to the music. The original album's got 5 long tracks – hence the title – and they're all Monk originals: "I Mean You", "Ask Me Now", "Jackie-ing" and "Straight No Chaser", plus this set includes two takes of "Played Twice". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wes MontgomeryBest Of Wes Montgomery (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
A collection of sides cut in the mid 60s by Wes during his association with Verve. Culled from the albums Movin' Wes, Bumpin', Goin' Out Of My Head and Tequila, these numbers all feature the larger arrangements that gave those albums a richer sound than his small group recordings, though Wes' soulful playing shines over top. Arrangements are by Oliver Nelson, Johnny Pate, Claus Ogerman and Don Sebesky and the tracks are 'Tequila", "Movin' Wes (part 1)", "End Of A Love Affair", "Naptown Blues", "Con Alma", "Goin' Out of My Head", "How Insensitive (Insensatez)", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Caravan" and "Bumpin' On Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 25.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP 33.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99 35.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 24.99

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Spanky & Our GangSpanky & Our Gang ... LP
Mercury, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ... $1.99
The first, and perhaps the most conventional album by Spanky & Our Gang – but still pretty darn insane! The group are a strange mix of 60s styles – with bits of We Five, bits of Harpers Bizarre, bits of The Association – but a totally strange and totally fun approach to pop that's very much their own. Cuts on the album are a mix of originals and covers – and highlights include the incredible "5 Definitions Of Love" by Bob Dorough, "Distance" by Joe Renzetti, "Commercial" by the band, and the track "It Ain't Necessarily Bird Avenue". Great groovy stuff – and with arrangements by Renzetti, Dorough, and Stuart Scharf. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo red label pressing with deep groove.)

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TemptationsSolid Rock ... CD
Gordy/Motown, 1972. Used ... $8.99
A masterful album of righteous trippy soul – recorded during the height of the Temptations' strong association with Norman Whitfield! The record has more than a few political/social conscience songs – like "Take A Look Around", "Stop The War Now", and "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" – but the strongest point is the music, more than the message. The arrangements are super funky – with complicated stretched out passages filled with spacey effects, rumbling bass, fuzzy guitars, and cool processing on the vocals. "The End Of Our Road" has some great tight drums, and "What It Is" begins with rolling snare work that's in a Sly Stone sort of groove. Vocals are great as always, and the album also features a long mellow cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". CD
(Elemental Music pressing.)

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James Blood UlmerFreelancing ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good ... $3.99
A major label set, but one that stays very true to the new ideals that James Blood Ulmer was trying to bring to jazz guitar at the time – a really revolutionary style that moves beyond simple genre conventions, and embraces a whole world of new ideas that would inspire others in the decade to come! Ulmer plays with a real frenzy at points – deep currents that reflect the bluesy touches of his early work in jazz organ combos, but given a skittish energy that reflects his association with the downtown crowd – and which was very fitting for his record with Rough Trade! The core group here features James, bassist Amin Ali, and drummer G Calvin Weston – and some tracks feature work from David Murray on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Olu Dara on trumpet. Titles include "Timeless", "Pleasure Control", "Night Lover", "Happy Time", "Rush Hour", "Stand Up To Yourself", and "High Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Leona WilliamsYes Maam – He Found Me In A Honky Tonk (3CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 58.99
A fantastic collection of work from one of the coolest, hippest female singers of the 70s and 80s – but an artist who doesn't always get her due! Leona Williams is best known for her association with Merle Haggard – both on and off stage – but she's also a wonderful talent in her own right, and the kind of song stylist we'd put right up there with our favorite few female country singers Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and maybe Tammy Wynette! Williams hardly ever cracked the charts, but she continued to record some wonderful material over the years – nearly all of which is included in this set – a package that includes all her early recordings for Hickory, later material for Sony, and lots more other recordings too. The set's got a massive 83 tracks in all – almost a mini-box set, in the best Bear Family tradition – right down to the extensive liner notes on this overlooked talent! CD

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VariousFor Discos Only – Indie Dance Music From Fantasy & Vanguard Records – 1976 to 1981 (3CD set) ... CD
Fantasy/Craft, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99 35.99
Rare singles from the glory days of the American club music scene – most of which were only issued as promo release – hence the "for discos only" in the title! The package looks at the wealth of material issued by the Fantasy and Vanguard family of labels in the late 70s – imprints that have never fully gotten their due, in comparison to companies like Salsoul or Philadelphia International – even though they made an equally huge contribution to the world of funky grooves! In fact, given that Fantasy owned Prestige and other jazz labels at the time, they also had a longer heritage in soulful music – which often made some of their singles these real mini-masterpieces in sound. Vanguard was equally unusual, but in a different way – as disco and club were relatively new to their catalog – which almost seemed to give them a freedom to be a bit more experimental than some of the bigger companies working the dancefloors. The result is a great collection of really creative, really upbeat material – almost all of which is nice and extended, and presented here on the rare 12" single versions. Titles include "Til You Surrender (special rmx)" by Rainbow Brown, "Rock Creek Park (rmx)" by The Blackbyrds, "No One Can Do It Like You (12" special Shep Pettibone rmx)", "Chill Out (12" version)" by Free Expression, "I Don't Know What's On Your Mind (special 12" mix)" by Spiders Webb, "Over & Over (special 12" disco)" by Sylvester, "Turn The Music Up (12" disco)" by Players Association, "Beat Of The Night (special 12" disco)" by Fever, "Party Vibes (special 12" disco)" by Ike Turner & Home Grown Funk, "You've Got Me Dancing In My Sleep (special remaster)" by Frisky, "Boogie City (special 12" disco mix)" by Phil Hurtt, "Space Bass (special 12" disco)" by Slick, "Mondo Man (12" version)" by Roni Griffith, "It's Music (special 12" disco)" by Damon Harris, "Always There (special 12" disco)" by Side Effect, "For Your Love (special 12" disco)" by Idris Muhammad, "Straight To The Bank (special 12" disco)" by Bill Summers, "Boogie With Me (12" disco)" by Poussez, "Don't Know What To Say" by The Blackbyrds, "I'm The One" by Rainbow Brown, "I Got The Feeling (Patrick Cowley megamix)" by Two Tons O Fun, "Dance (special 12" disco)" by Paradise Express, and "Savage Lover (12" disco long vocal)" by The Ring. CD

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VariousTransparent Days – West Coast Nuggets (clear vinyl) ... LP
Rhino, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.98
One of the grooviest Nuggets compilations we've seen in years – full of west coast pop psych gems circa '67 & '68 for the most part – with deep cuts by legends and some real obscurities, too! Includes some great tunes by beloved scenesters of the time like West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Electric Prunes and Love, and many more from lesser remembered and rarely (if ever!) compiled groups, too. Great stuff by The Motleys, The Dovers, The Front Line, The Association, Teh Ceyleib People, The Glass Family, The Ballroom, Tandyn Almer, Limey & The Yanks, The Tikis and more. 30 tracks on 2LPs! "Transparent Day" by West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, "I Could Be Happy" by The Dovers, "My Race Is Run" by The Motleys, "Here's Today" by The Rose Garden, "Make It Easy" by The Collectors, "Where You Gonna Go" by Art Guy, "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" by The Association, "Degeneration Gap (short version)" by Tandy Almer, "Baby Please Don't Go" by The Ballroom, "Come Alive" by Things To Come, "Shadows" by Electric Prunes, "Your Mind & We Belong Together" by Love and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Rhino Summer Of Love series – on clear vinyl!)

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VariousWhere The Action Is – Los Angeles Nuggets Highlights (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rhino, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
A totally great, totally groovy collection of work from the LA scene of the 60s – a set that masterfully blends all the garage, psych, and offbeat pop that was coming out of the City Of Angels during this heady period – often with modes that were really criss-crossing each other in style! You'll definitely recognize some of these names, but the greatness of the set comes in the way they put everything together – making musical matches we might not have expected, and creating a real sense of surprise when you hear two unlikely partners in the same space. Titles include "You Set The Scene (stereo)" by Love, "Gentle As It May Seem" by Iron Butterfly, "Dr Stone" by The Leaves, "Baby My Heart" by Bobby Fuller Four, "It's Gonna Rain" by Sonny & Cher, "Come Alive" by Things To Come, "For My Own" by The Guilloteens, "One Too Many Mornings" by The Association, "Baby Please Don't Go" by The Ballroom, "Rainbow Woman" by Lee Hazlewood, "The Rebel Kind" by Dino Desi & Billy, "Come Down" by The Common Cold, "Once Upon A Time" by Tim Buckley, and "Life Is A Dream" by Noel Harrison. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Cryan ShamesSugar & Spice ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The breakout album for The Cryan Shames – a wonderfully groovy harmony pop combo from the 60s – one with a sound that's very much the best Sunshine Pop of LA, even though these guys hail from our hometown of Chicago! The vocals come together with a really magical feel – sometimes mellow and drifty, ala The Association – sometimes vibrant and soaring, in a really catchy way! The whole album's great – with just a touch of Brit invasion guitar jangle behind the vocals at times – and titles include "Heat Wave", "We'll Meet Again", "If I Needed Someone", "Hey Joe", "Sugar & Spice", "July", "I Wanna Meet You", and "Ben Franklin's Almanac". LP, Vinyl record album
(Eletronically re-channeled stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Hard TimesBlew Mind ... LP
World Pacific, 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet sunny California jangle pop – the full recordings by a group that recorded one album and a handful of singles for World Pacific – and who are wonderfully summed up in the notes as "post-Riot On Sunset, pre-flower power rock"! At times, the group's got sweet harmonies that remind us a lot of The Association, and at others, they've got a more rocking guitar-driven approach that's in the mode of some of the folk-rock combos of the California scene, or some of the groovier material cut by that gang of male singers headed up by the Wilson brothers. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MomentsSexy Mama/Where Can I Find Her ... 7-inch
Stang, 1973. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Sexy Mama" is one of The Moments' best tracks ever! It's got a sweet slow funky groove, with a sound that really shows their association with Sylvia's production style. "Where Can I Find Her" isn't bad either, and has a nice sweet midtempo group sound. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strips.)

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✨✧ Bonnie Owens with Merle HaggardQueen Of The Coast (4CD set) ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-overdue tribute to Bonnie Owens – a Bakersfield singer who's maybe best-remembered as the former wife of both Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – but who's also a hell of a talent in her own right! Bonnie's got a rich musical legacy that stretches back to before her association with the stars – and that legacy is captured here in all its glory, with early rare singles for the Tally, Pike, Del-Fi, and X labels, beginning in 1953 – then running through six full albums and a lot more singles done for Capitol Records – including some of her famous debut tracks with Merle Haggard, which you might have guessed from the cover! The box set comes with a hefty hardcover book that tells the full story behind Bonnie's sometimes-overlooked career – along with many photos, full discographical details, and lots more too – all to support the dozens of great tracks that make up her too-short recorded legacy. CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Dispensary – Moon Rocks – Extraplanetary Funk, Space Disco, & Galactic Boogie (180 gram pressing) (2017 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Fantasy, Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A cool collection of funky tracks from the Fantasy Records catalog of the 70s – the kind of hip cuts that were often better than mainstream disco – and which sometimes used a bit of jazz in the instrumentation as well! There's a few spacey themes here, but maybe not as much as you'd guess from the cover and title – but that's OK with us, because we can totally dig these down to earth grooves! Titles include "Let's Get Crackin" by Shock, "I Like It" by Players Association, "Funky Force" by Larry Williams, "Space Is The Place" by Pleasure, "Close Encounters Of A Funky Kind" by Fat Larry's Band, "Space Bass" by Slick, "Messages From The Stars (long wave mix)" by Rah Band, "Do It 4 U" by Starship Connection, and "Sparkle (single edit)" by Fat Larry's Band. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on clear vinyl!)

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✨✧ TemptationsSolid Rock ... CD
Gordy/Motown, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A masterful album of righteous trippy soul – recorded during the height of the Temptations' strong association with Norman Whitfield! The record has more than a few political/social conscience songs – like "Take A Look Around", "Stop The War Now", and "Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)" – but the strongest point is the music, more than the message. The arrangements are super funky – with complicated stretched out passages filled with spacey effects, rumbling bass, fuzzy guitars, and cool processing on the vocals. "The End Of Our Road" has some great tight drums, and "What It Is" begins with rolling snare work that's in a Sly Stone sort of groove. Vocals are great as always, and the album also features a long mellow cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". CD
Also available Solid Rock ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Love GenerationMontage ... LP
Imperial, 1968. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Easily the greatest album ever from Love Generation – a heavenly bit of harmony pop that we'd easily trade for any of our favorites by The Association! The group are always great on all of their records – but on this incredibly sweet set, they really hit a new level – letting more of the rockish touches drop out of the mix, and shifting into a mode that's even more heavy on the vocals and the softer side of the production. There's a style here that really recalls late 60s A&M pop at its best – sweet, but with a maturity that takes it far from most of its contemporaries – a mode that sets the scene for the 70s, but doesn't fall into adult contemporary cliches. Titles are all great – and include their excellent reading of Jimmy Webb's "Montage", plus "Candy", "Love & Sunshine", "I Keep On Talking", "Consciousness Expansion", "You", "Magic Land", "Sunrise Highway", and "The Pill". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Idrissa SoumaoroAmpsa ... LP
Mississippi, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums from the heyday of 70s Mali music – including Soumaoro's previous group, Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel – many of whom had fled by this point – and Idrissa's snakey guitar lines hold together the larger mix of percussion and vocals from the Eclipse group – which seems to feature some younger singers with a really great range. Overall, the recording style is better than you'd expect for such an under-circulated album – but the sound is still nice and raw, especially on the percussion and vocals. Titles include "Djama", "Fama Allah", "Beni Inikanko", "Nissodia", and "Ben". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus booklet of notes, too.)
 
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David Wertman Sun EnsembleEarthly Delights ... LP
Sweet Earth/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A classic of 70s avant spiritual jazz – issued on the tiny Sweet Earth label, which was also home to some very special records from Sun Ra and Marion Brown! Bassist David Wertman is a lot more obscure than those bigger names, but he was part of the New York loft jazz scene in those crucial mid 70s years – and had associations with Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Steve Reid, and other key members of the group – all heavyweights that Wertman can easily stand next to with the strength of the material on this set! The sounds here are a fantastic combination of larger ideas and more spontaneous creation – almost in an AACM mode, but a bit more spiritual overall – with David's bass at the helm of a group that includes David Swerdlove on alto and soprano sax, John Hagen on tenor and soprano, John Sprague on flutes, Greg Wall on baritone, and John Zieman on keyboards. Drummer Jay Conway really provides some great energy to keep things lively and moving – and titles include "Oh John Love Trane", "Clear Air Dancer", "Earthly Delights", and "Relations". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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