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✨✧ Jean CarnHappy To Be With You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Very Good ... $6.99
One of Jean's classic Philly albums, recorded after she left Doug Carn, and started to make records as a solo artist. The record's got stellar production by Gamble & Huff and Dexter Wansel, and features a nice mix of up-tempo cuts and mellow ones. With the monster "Don't Let it Go to Your Head", and the mix of "Revelation" and "Infant Eyes" that she recorded earlier with Doug Carn. Other cuts include "(No, No) You Can't Come Back Now", "Together Once Again", and "I Bet She Won't Love You Like I Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dolby's CubeMay The Cube Be With You (cubular dub mix)/Googooplexus/Cube Creature Caviar ... 12-inch
Parlophone (UK), 1985. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In the die cut cover.)

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Dr FeelgoodBe Seeing You (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone (Japan), 1977. Used ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print, 2014 SHM-CD pressing with bonus live tracks – includes obi!)

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Dee EdwardsWhy Can't There Be Love/I Can Deal With That ... 7-inch
Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99 8.98
Funky work from Detroit's Dee Edwards – a tune that's almost a fuzzy take on earlier Motown soul modes – still romping, but with lots of trippy guitar around the edges – and echoey production that's almost got a Westbound vibe, as does the guitar! "I Can Deal With That" is one of the coolest cuts we've ever heard from Dee Edwards – a sweet mellow stepper that has a jazzy guitar lick tripping around the bottom, while Dee sings it strong on the top, but in a nicely understated way! The flipside adds in a bit of strings, but never in a way that dampens the groove at all – more like some nice bit of sweetening in the sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Neil InnesHow Sweet To Be An Idiot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Grapefruit (UK), 1973. New Copy ... About April 20, 2020
An unusual solo album from Neil Innes – best known for his work in The Rutles and Bonzo Dog Band! Features lead guitar and organ from Ollie Halsall – and titles that include "Momma Bee", "Immortal Invisible", "Topless A Go Go", and "How Sweet To Be An Idiot". CD

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Dusty SpringfieldStay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips, 1964. Used ... $19.99
Fantastic early soul from Dusty Springfield – material recorded in England, but done with a style that's every bit as warmly wonderful as her later American sessions in the south! Even before hitting Memphis or Muscle Shoals, Springfield brings a sense of soul to her music that most of her other 60s Brit pop contemporaries never seemed to reach – and in a style that's not copycat, either – which is a big thing, given how many others in London were just re-recording American soul at the time. Dusty soars at the right moments, dips at others – and the production and presentation of her voice is perfect – on tunes that include the originals "I Only Want To Be With You" and "Stay Awhile" – plus great reworkings of "Mama Said", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Thru His Eyes", "Anyone Who Had A Heart", and "Everyday I Have To Cry". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Michael JacksonWanna Be Startin' Somethin'/Rock With You (live) ... 7-inch
Epic (UK), 1982. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our all-time favorite solo tracks by Michael Jackson – that incredibly catchy tune from the Thriller album – the one with that groovy vocal "Mama Say Mama Sa Mama Sa Ku Sa" chorus! It always sounds a bit silly, but that's part of the appeal – and the tune has a jazzy groove that's quite different than most of Michael's other work! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red vinyl pressing. Sleeve has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonI Wanna Be Selfish (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stone classic early work from Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson – really moving past the Motown sound – stepping wonderfully into a hip style of soul that would have a huge effect on the direction of R&B in the 70s! I Wanna Be Selfish is actually a very giving effort from the unstoppable duo, mixing intimate numbers with more sweeping sounds – some that borrow the soaring elements of gospel soul, others more mellow and delicate. Ashford & Simpson wrote terrific soul songs as often as many of us wash our hair, and this record's a prime batch! Titles include "Ain't That Somethin", "Don't Fight It", "Ain't Nothin But A Maybe", "Spoiled", "Everybody's Got To Give It Up", and "Main Line". CD features the bonus track "Main Line (long version)" – issued here for the first time ever! CD
Also available I Wanna Be Selfish ... LP 1.99

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✨✧ Isley BrothersI Wanna Be With You (parts 1 & 2)/Rockin With Fire (parts 1 & 2) ... 12-inch
T Neck, 1978. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Funky dancefloor material from the Isleys – pretty guitar-heavy, and not really their best moment, as the soul quotient's a bit low, and they're kind of lost in the grooves. "I Wanna Be" is served up in a disco version, which is really just an extended funker. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ David Ruffin with Laverna MasonI Wanna Be With You/Still In Love With You ... 7-inch
Warner/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A heavenly late 70s track from David Ruffin – a groove that bubbles with a warm sound and a modern soul vibe – almost more Leon Ware than some of David's earlier work – and we mean that in the best way possible! Laverna Mason sings with Ruffin on the chorus – and the flipside, "Still In Love With You", has a groove that's more upbeat and clubby – but still topped with more great Ruffin vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Alexis Cole with One For AllYou'd Be So Nice To Come Home To ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2016. Used ... $11.99
... CD

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✨✧ Staple SingersCome Go With Me – The Stax Collection (Soul Folk In Action/We'll Get Over/Staple Swingers/Be Altitude/Be What You Are/City In The Sky/rarities) (7LP set) ... LP
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7 LPs ... $130.99 149.99
Legendary sounds from the Staple Singers – a set of albums for Stax Records that really helped push the group from the gospel folk underground into the soul music mainstream – and which also helped transform the rest of the scene in the process! The Staple Singers had recorded previously for Vee Jay, Epic, and other labels – but when the group hit Stax, at a time when the label was newly set free in the late 60s, the mix of forces really turned out to create something special – message-oriented soul music that drew on the strength of the group's gospel experience, but delivered themes that were every bit as righteous from a secular perspective too – all set to music from the great studio forces who were making Stax so wonderful at the time! This set features six full albums, all from the original tapes – Soul Folk In Action, We'll Get Over, Staple Swingers, Be Altitude Respect Yourself, Be What You Are, and City In The Sky – plus a special Singles Live & More album of bonus tracks! Bonus tracks include "Stay With Us", "Brand New Day", "Walking In Water Over Your Head", "I Got To Be Myself", "Oh La De Da", and "Trippin On Your Love" – plus Live At Wattstax recordings of "I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Are You Sure", and "I Like The Things About Me". Comes in a heavy box, with all original album sleeves, and 180 gram vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressings.)

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✨✧ Ian Dury & The BlockheadsHit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (disco version)/Reasons To Be Cheerful (part 3) ... 12-inch
Stiff, 1979. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
2 brilliant numbers from the post-punk/post-disco years – with a sound that presages a lot more work to come in the 80s! Both of the tracks have a nice parody of dancefloor rhythms of the time – and almost a Ze Records-like approach that features some great deadpan lyrics! "Reasons To Be Cheerful" is especially great – almost deadpan in the lyrics, and hardly "cheerful" – but pretty great in the way it elaborates its themes! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Wayne Messmer with Judy RobertsSo Lucky To Be Loving You ... CD
WPM, 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
Wayne sings "Fly Me To The Moon", "Scotch & Soda", "Time After Time" and other standards – accompanied by Judy Roberts on piano. CD

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Francis CoppietersPiano Viberations – Small Group Jazz Featuring Piano & Jazz With Rhythm – KPM 1166 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A straight jazz set from KPM, but a great one too – a record that's a great mix of piano and vibes, handled in an almost MPS-ish sort of way! There's a few funky numbers here, and some great rhythms too – very dynamic grooves that are heavy on modal influences, and which really sparkle like some of the best European studio jazz we know from the time. The tracks are all long and well-written too – played with plenty of solo space, and a nice break from the usual sound library mode! It's a shame that the players aren't listed, but given the grooves we can hardly complain – and titles include "The Open Highway", "Funky Chimes", "Cross Talk", "Waltz On The Off Beat", "Sales Talk", "Piano In Transit", "Samba De Negra", and "Blues In The Bassment". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marcia GriffithsPlay Me Sweet & Nice (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Trojan/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $36.99
Fantastic work from Marcia Griffiths – the Jamaican singer who first rose to fame in the duo of Bob & Marcia – but who already sounds very much her own woman on this classic set from the 70s! The groove is as much funky soul as it is reggae – in fact maybe more the former than the latter – and Marcia's got this proud, righteous approach that's very different than her style of just a few years before – set to great grooves that have sharp core instrumentation with Lloyd Charmers on piano and organ, and Willie Lindo on guitar. Almost more of a female funky soul record on most cuts – with tracks that include "Here I Am Baby", "Children At Play", "I'd Rather Be Lonely", "Sweet Bitter Love", "There's No Me Without You", "Everything I Own", "Green Grasshopper", and "Gypsy Man". Also features a full album of rare bonus tracks – including "Play Me", "The First Cut Is The Deepest", "Melody Life", "Don't Let Me Down", "Band Of Gold", "I See You My Love", "It's Too Late", "Baby If You Don't Love Me", "Love Walked In", and "Working To The Top". LP, Vinyl record album

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Smith & MuddTea With Holger ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $29.99
A contemporary entry in the legendary KPM sound library – a record that features Ben Smith and Paul Murphy delivering tunes that echo that label's vintage sound of the 70s, but which also maybe have a deeper song structure overall! These aren't short sound cues or unformed, unfinished ideas – as instead, Smith & Mudd work through these nice instrumental scenes that each have a slightly different vibe – heavy on keyboards and piano, but never a slave to those instruments either – as there's other elements, including light strings, which have a way of fleshing things out and keeping a lively in the music. Most numbers push around the four minute mark, which is longer than usual for classic KPM – and titles include "The Gardener", "Wilerswist", "Tea With Holger", "Innerspace", "Away From Me", and "Kolner Street". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dusko Goykovich with Nathan Davis & Mal WaldronSwinging Macedonia ... LP
Enja/Be! (Germany), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A legendary German session from the 60s – and a record that really showcases the unusual criss-crossing of modes that was going on in the European scene at the time! There's a very strong MPS vibe here – as trumpeter Dusko Goykovich leads a swinging sextet that includes Nathan Davis on flute, soprano, and tenor – blowing some tremendously soulful reed lines – plus incredible rhythms from Mal Waldron on piano, Peter Trunk on bass, and Cees See on drums. The record's an attempt to bring traditional Macedonian rhythms into a jazz perspective – but with players like these, it swings in a way any Macedonian album never could – damn soulful, and with a great exotic vibe. Davis is especially great, and plays in a soaring modal vein that's similar to his work on his classic MPS sides, and on the records he cut in America in the early 70s. The album's a beautiful session that often get's overlooked because it blends it with the Enja catalog – but it's really more of a record that belongs in an MPS reissue series, and is a great lost groover that's waiting to be rediscovered by the Dusty Groove crowd. Titles include "Macedonia", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", "Jumbo Uganda", "Bem Basha", "Saga Se karame", and "The Nights Of Skopje". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kimiko Kasai with Herbie HancockButterfly ... LP
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A legendary pairing of talents – as Japanese jazz singer Kimiko Kasai works alongside Herbie Hancock – in a setting that's very much on the soul side of the spectrum! Both Herbie and Kimiko started out with a straighter jazz sound in their early years – but by the end of the 70s, they'd both picked up plenty of influences from R&B – although Kasai's work was largely unknown to American audiences. This set is one of those rare Japanese-only sessions by Herbie at the time – a few of which have gotten released overseas as the decades have gone on – and Hancock is in his best keyboard groove, and also gets additional help on the keys from Webster Lewis – who no doubt brings a strong soul current to the music too. Other musicians include Bennie Maupin on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Jackson on bass, Ray Obeido on guitar, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion – in a groove that's like a tighter take on the sound of The Headhunters. Kimiko sings in English – and titles include some great versions of Herbie Hancock tunes – including "Maiden Voyage", "Sunlight", "Butterfly", "Tell Me A Bedtime Story", and "Harvest Time" – plus a great take on Stevie Wonder's "As", the cut "Head In The Clouds", and the funk-steeped opener "I Thought It Was You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brian Bennett & Alan HawkshawFull Circle – Tranquil Funk For Laid Back Panoramic Journeys – KPM 2084 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 2018. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
The title totally gets it right – as the album features sound library giants Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett coming completely full circle – emerging again to give us the same sort of grooves they recorded for KPM back in the 70s! The album's a new one, but it's got the complete sound of the 70s all the way through – fantastic production, sublime instrumentation, and just the right way of putting things together with that no-nonsense sound library approach! That means no vocals, never too much jamming, and loads of grooves that are catchy, but also pretty funky too – with larger horn arrangements handled by Hawkshaw, which glide over the rhythms and keyboards in a mighty nice way. Titles include "Serengeti", "Open Road", "On The Nile", "Marrakech", "Midnight Jazz", "Flying", and "Hole In One". LP, Vinyl record album

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John CameronJazzrock – KPM 1097 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of the crowning achievements of British arranger John Cameron – and perfectly titled too – given that John got his start in jazz, but also worked with plenty of British rock acts too – a legacy that comes together perfectly in this ultra-groovy set! The tunes are among some of Cameron's funkiest – and often feature heavy electric elements in the rhythms, topped by bold passages on horns – keyboards criss-crossing with saxes, basslines rumbling next to trumpets – all with a funky style that's right up there with the best of the American crime, cop, or blacksploitation soundtracks of the time! Titles include "Chicago Sidewalk", "Brass Monkey", "The Prowler", "Underlying Expectancy", "Smokey Joe's Dilemma", "The Great Escape", and "49th Street Shakedown". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ceasar FrazierCeasar Frazier – 75 ... LP
Westbound/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that includes Horace Ott, Wilbur Bascomb, and Bernard Purdie. But the overall sound is somewhat shifted too – brought more into the tightly jamming jazz funk mode of the mid 70s – a bit richer and fuller overall, yet never in a way that's slick or sloppy – just more like some of the best later sides on Prestige or Fantasy from the same stretch. The record features a crazy version of the "Mighty Mouse Theme", a mellow take on the Isley's "Summer Breeze", Stevie Wonder's great "Living For The City", and the original "Funk It Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve Gray, Brian Bennett, & OthersHunter/Adventure Story – KPM 1157 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A really great split album of moods from the legendary KPM Sound Library – two different sides, each with a slightly different vibe! Side one is The Hunter – which features a mix of funky action tunes and moodier, tense moments – almost acting like a mini-narrative in sound, with contributions from Steve Gray, Brian Bennett, Clive Hicks, and Dave Richmond – on titles that include "Approach", "Hideout", "The Hunter", "Theme For A Hunter", "Flashing Knives", and "Flying Squad". Side two is Adventure Story – another narrative mix of modes, but with a different flavor, and an especially nice focus on keyboards and woodwinds – used in slinky styles that echo some of the Italian action modes of the period. There's contributions from all the four artists on side one, plus Duncan Lamont – and titles include "Speed Trap", "Knife Edge", "Battle", "Casing The Joint", "The Foil", and "The Investigator". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan HawkshawRoad Forward – KPM 1192 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A fantastic set from sound library keyboard genius Alan Hawkshaw – one that's got a very positive, upbeat mix of acoustic and electric elements – and some mighty nice keys from the man himself! Alan's got ears here that open up channels of sound through territory that includes catchy 70s TV themes, more funky action moments, and even some more subtle currents of jazz – especially on a few cuts that almost feel as if Hawkshaw is beating Bob James on CTI at his own game! Every track is pretty darn great – and there's no filler at all, especially if you like 70s electric keyboard soundtracks – on titles that include "Sky Train", "Destination Venus", "Current Affairs", "Strangelands", "Sheer Elegance", "Mystique Voyage", and "Cruising". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan Hawkshaw/David Lindup/Alan ParkerThemes – Breath Of Danger ... LP
Themes/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $29.99
A killer set from the legendary Themes series of sound library records from the UK scene of the 70s – and an album that definitely lives up to the danger that's promised in the title! The tunes all have some great funk elements, but are also slow and moody too – that more haunting side of the action score, but with plenty to appeal to folks that love the sound library classics of the time – thanks to wicked keyboards, some great basslines, and lots of percussion moments that really make things great! Alan Hawkshaw contributed the great "The Manipulator", with slow keyboards, basslines, and a haunting shaker sound. Alan Parker did the fuzzy guitar groover "Psychosis", a nice suspense-heavy track with a soundtrack-y feel. David Lindup contributed the conga-driven "At Risk" and the chase theme "Dead End" – and other titles include "Manhunt", "Unease", "Cold Sweat", and "Voodoo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan Hawkshaw/Keith MansfieldBeat Incidental – KPM 1043 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Very short themes from these two giants of the Brit sound library scene – some of them funky, some of sweet, all of them pretty darn great! Many numbers have a very stark, spare approach – one drum pattern, a slightly more complicated bassline, then more creative work on keyboards or guitar – all used in these ways that echo with the grooviest qualities of late 60s British TV and broadcasting – which is no surprise, given that most of these tracks were geared towards those settings! Side one is collaborative work between Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield, and side two is all Mansfield on his own – with titles that include "Funky Chase", "Funky Link 1", "Teenage Suspense", "The Busy Scene", "The Passing Scene", "The Brisk Scene", "The Action Scene", "Scene Link 6", and "Funky Fanfare" – done with some mighty nice organ! LP, Vinyl record album

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Nick IngmanDistinctive Themes/Race To Achievement – KPM 1189 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
Nick Ingman's known to some for his groovy guitar instrumentals of the 60s – but here, he's at the top of the sound library game – serving up bigger group instrumentals in two different styles! Side one features "distinctive themes" – and has Ingman working a big band through modes that start with a romping Basie soulful style, then move into more electrified 70s modes – a bit soundtracky, but with some nice touches! Side two features "race to achievement" – a series of short tracks that work very well as TV show themes – some offered in two versions, and all of them nice and brief, but with plenty of action in the mix! Titles include "Ooops", "Against The Odds", "Land Of Opportunity", "It's Easy", "Expanding Markets", "Made It", "Speedway", "Under Pressure", and "Light Preparation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ahmad JamalAwakening ... LP
Impulse/Be With (UK), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 35.99
A mindblowing album from Ahmad Jamal – a fantastic start to the 70s, and a set of music that shows just how far the pianist had come in just a few short years! The album's all acoustic, but has some of that spacious flow that Jamal would bring to his work on Fender Rhodes – with an approach that's even more open in terms of song structure than his earlier trio material – as if Jamal's choosing to omit more notes than he's including – but all with a quality that still keeps the music very full and rhythmic – pulsating with a special sort of energy that's neither Bill Evans, nor McCoy Tyner – but instead this really amazing sound that's all Ahmad's own. The trio features equally wonderful work from Jamil Nasser on bass and Frank Gant on drums – and titles include "The Awakening", "I Love Music", "Patterns", "Wave", and "Dolphin Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... LP
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter Ludemann & Pit TrojaNow Generation – Percussive Underscores ... LP
Coloursound Library/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Percussive underscores, but for the now generation – specifically the one that wants a bit more electronics in their percussion – as most of the set seems to focus more on electric drum styles than the acoustic instruments on the cover! That's hardly a problem, though – as the set's a great one from the time when sound library styles were getting a lot more lean – and the instrumentals here would fit nicely amidst an early 80s dancefloor, especially one that was borrowing some of the funky currents from global regions, and moving them into a more mainstream clubby vibe – ala 99 Records or Ze. There's still a bit of acoustic percussion too – although that might be sampled as well – and titles include "African Nightclub", "The Now Generation", "Panama", "Inorganic Matter", "Mechanical Heart", and "Nepal Trek". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vaughan Mason & Butch DayoFeel My Love ... LP
Salsoul/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
An obscure second set from the man who gave the world "Bounce Rock Skate Roll" – but a great one too! The album's got Vaughan Mason paired with Butch Dayo, in a way that brings a nice sort of back/forth feel to his usual roller skating groove – with results that are even more partyful than the first time around! The pair have a great sort of street soul energy to their groove – not really breakdance or electro, but not that far off – and served up with a much deeper soul conception than you'd usually find in this sort of project! We'd even go so far as to note a bit of hip hop influence in the music – even though the overall approach is definitely clubby soul – and titles include the great "Party on the Corner", plus "Rollalong Songs", "Feel My Love", and "You Can Do It". LP, Vinyl record album

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OptimisticsOptimistics ... LP
Turbo/Be With (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A fantastic album from this young Baltimore group – and one of the most obscure records on the All-Platinum label at the start of the 70s! The company was home to harmony soul heavyweights The Moments and The Whatnauts – and The Optimistics follow in very similar territory – nicely fragile, and kind of a 70s update of earlier street corner modes – but with a great development towards deeper soul styles by the lead singer – all captured in east coast harmony soul perfection by producer George Kerr! A really overlooked gem in the Sylvia Robinson empire – and titles include "You Put Something New In My Life", "Let's Love", "Should I Let Myself Go", "Say It Baby", "Man", and "If I Could Influence Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan Parker, Alan Hawkshaw, & OthersThemes – The All American Powerhouse (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Themes/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Great grooves from the British sound library scene of the 70s – presented here with an American in the title, but with a vibe that's very much in the best modes that Alan Parker, Alan Hawkshaw, and Alan Tew had to offer! There's a few other guys here who aren't named "Alan", but the overall vibe is nicely unified throughout – the kind of funky instrumental tracks that would be right at home in some great cop or crime thriller from the 70s – often with keyboards tied to the groove, topped with some strong trumpet and saxophones. Titles include "Soul Train", "Sweeny Todd", "The Heister", "Speed Run", "Pressure Point", "Overide", "Smokey Joe", and "The Pick Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Judity RavitzBolerio (180 gram pressing) ... LP
NMC/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A wonderfully strange combination of musical elements – and one that really stands out because of that strangeness! Judith Ravitz is an Israeli singer, but she's also got a love for the music of Jorge Ben – and she recorded this sweet little set at a time when Jorge's backing group, A Banda Do Ze Pretinho, were in Israel to back her up! The result is a set of tunes that draw heavily from Ben's late 70s Brazilian funk – but which also have new lyrics added to the tunes – penned by Yaacov Gilad, and sung by Judith! If you dig the sound of Ben's albums on Som Livre, you'll find plenty to love here – and titles include "Que Pena", "Dia De Indio", "Taj Mahal", "Ive Brussel", "Zazueira", "Boiadeiro", and "Que Maravilha". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Scott, Brian Bennett, Steve Gray, & OthersVisual Impact – KPM 1172 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A record with a lot of visual impact, and one with a fair bit of audio impact too – given that the tracks are a great mix of funk, jazz, and some of the more dramatic styles from the KPM sound library of the 70s! The music is nicely varied, but all in the best KPM modes – as even the mellower moments still have a key sort of hook – and the album itself veers more towards the kind of upbeat, groovy tunes that usually make KPM so great! Artists include Brit sound library giants, Johnny Pearson, Johnny Scott, Steve Gray, and Brian Bennett – and titles include "Low Profile", "Nuplex", "Sequence Of Events", "Source Of Energy", "Canaveral Scape", "Keeping Pace", "Giant's Causeway", and "Jaguar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ James ClarkeMystery Movie – Themes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Themes/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mystery movie in the best sort of 70s style – one in which there's lots of cool electric touches, and the overall sound is often more funky than spooky! James Clarke serves up a whole host of tracks that would have been right at home on the coolest cop shows of the 70s – with plenty of great keyboards in the mix, and especially great use of electric bass – which makes even the slower-stepping numbers sound funky. And although the set was done for the UK sound library label Themes – the back cover claims that the record is "ideally suited to the new Americanized style of TV and cinema" – to which we can only agree! Titles include "Car Patrol", "Breathless", "Mystery Moll", "The Heavies", "Mystery Movement", "Dirty Scene", "Night Watch", "Empty Streets", and "Study In Fear". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Cameron/Alan ParkerAfro Rock – KPM 1030 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – and like the rest, never really made for public sale back at the time! Despite that humble origin, though, the grooves here are right up there with the funkiest work coming out from that side of the Atlantic at the time – a brilliant post-colonial blend of acoustic percussion, electric keyboards, and a fair bit of fuzzy guitar – all presented with a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the rhythms that's often funkier than work by some of the bigger names in the genre. Titles include "Heavy Water", "Ice Breaker", "Solid Satin", "Punch Bowl", "Frozen Steam", and "Black Light" by Alan Parker – and "Swamp Fever", "Range Rover", "Survival", "Afro Waltz", "Heat Haze", "Rocking Rhino", and "Afro Metropolis" by John Cameron. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alan Parker/Mike MoranSound Of Soul – Themes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Themes/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The instrumental version of the classic Sound Of Soul record from UK sound library genius Alan Parker – a record that was also served up with great vocals on another version from Madeline Bell! This set lets you hear all the wonderful grooves that Parker came up with for the series – tunes that are funky, soulful, and filled with loads of great 70s touches on keyboards, guitar, and bass – all in the best warm soundtrack modes of the time! Yet because the tunes were also originally created for vocals, there's a deeper current of soul, and even stronger structure overall – on titles that include "Love Doctor", "Move & Shake Your Body", "Soul Slap", "Crumpet", "That's What Friends Are For", "Flying High", "You're A Winner", "Mr Smooth Man", and "Love Is All". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Leon WareRainbow Deux ... LP
Be With (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Great late work from Leon Ware – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, and one of the few who kept on with the same creative spirit over the decades! The album's everything you'd expect from a classic Leon Ware album – a great mix of mellow grooves and modern soul – wrapped up in that warm, sensual style that first brought him to the attention of Marvin Gaye and Barry Gordy back in the 70s – and which held strong during his wonderful collaborations with Marcos Valle! The sound here is wonderfully complex, but instantly appealing – an evolution of the Leon Ware style into the 21st Century, but without ever losing any of his charm, or ever trying to sound too youthful. The whole thing's wonderful – a key addition to Leon's too-small catalog of records – with titles that include "Samba Dreams", "Streets Keep Me Runnin", "Let's Go Deep", "We Should Be Laughin", "The Darkest Night", "Surrender Now", "Summer Is Her Name", "Sigh", "For The Rainbow", and "Let Love In". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Cannonball AdderleyPrice You Got To Pay To Be Free ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – one that really displays the full charm of their approach at the time, and that wonderfully crowd-winning mode that made Cannon a key act at this time for rock and soul audiences too! Adderley raps a bit at key points, and brings some righteous energy to the concert – while the rest of the group follow up with performances that really send the whole thing home – Nat Adderley on cornet, Zawinul on Fender Rhodes and piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Cannon plays some soprano sax, in addition to his familiar alto – and titles include "Alto Sex", "Lonesome Stranger", "Wild Cat Pee", "Soul Virgo", "Painted Desert", "Directions", "Pra Dizer Adeus", "Rumplestiltskin", "Price You Got To Pay To Be Free", "Esquisition", "Get Up Off Your Knees", "Down In Black Bottom", and "The Scene". Produced by David Axelrod too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, light stains on the bottom 3 inches, and some peeling inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ AirtoFree/Identity/Promises Of The Sun (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/BGO (UK), 1972/1975/1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A trio of albums from percussionist Airto – with bonus tracks too! First up is Free – one of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside percussion – but the album also features killer contributions from Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, Keith Jarrett on piano, and Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes – as well as a hip bit of vocals from Flora Purim as well! There's some added horns at parts – but the arrangements are relatively spare and subtle – so that most tracks have a core organic quality, very similar to Airto's work on Buddah/Cobblestone, but given a bit more of a CTI twist. Most tunes are quite long and free-flowing – and titles include "Lucky Southern", "Flora's Song", "Creek (Arroio)", and "Return To Forever". Identity is a soaring set of grooves from one of the world's greatest percussionists – a standout set as a leader from Airto, and a key set in his wonderful run of work from the 70s! The album's still got the loose, free feel of Airto's earliest work, and isn't nearly as crossover-oriented as some of the Flora Purim sets from the time – still strongly in a rootsy, earthy sort of vibe – and produced with a very respectful sound by Herbie Hancock. Herbie plays some Arp on the record, and Wayne Shorter brings in some soprano sax too – but the core elements of the album are Airto's range of percussion instruments, keyboards and piano from Egberto Gismonti, drums from Roberto, trombone from Raul DeSouza, and a bit of vocals from Flora. Titles include "Flora On My Mind", "Cafe", "The Magicians", "Tales From Home", "Identity", and "Encounter". Promises Of The Sun is a record that departs nicely from earlier work, yet still keeps all the best elements intact! Airto's percussion work is firmly at the core of the set – giving it a nice acoustic base to work from, while also adding in touches of electric guitar by Toninho Horta, bass by Novelli, and keyboards from Hugo Fattoruso. The groove is a wonderful blend of the acoustic and electric, organic and synthetic – and is often crafted in a majestic vibe that seems to be inspired by the work of Milton Nascimento from the early 70s. Tracks include "Circo Marimbondo", "Zuei", "Candango", "Ruas Do Recife", "Georgiana", and "La De Casa". CD features bonus tracks "Creek (alt version)", "So Tender", and "Jequie". CD

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Eric AlexanderEric Alexander With Strings ... CD
High Note, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really fantastic album from tenorist Eric Alexander – a player we've always loved, but who really seems to be opening up some new sides in his music in the past few years! As you'd guess from the title, the album's in a classic "with strings" mode – Eric's tenor out front soloing, with support from a familiar core trio that includes David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all augmented by these really beautiful string passages from Dave Rivello – an arranger we're not sure we've heard before, but who does a tremendous job here – couching the strong tenor lines with a sensitivity that reminds of of classic 60s charts from Torrie Zito. There's a mature, open quality to the whole thing that's really wonderful – a new sophisticated side of Alexander's music, and one that we love from the very first note. Titles include "Dreamsville", "Gently", "Lonely Woman", "Some Other Time", "Slow Hot Wind", and "The Thrill Is Gone". CD

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Gregg AllmanLaid Back (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capricorn/Mercury, 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
Greg Allman's excellent solo debut – all the more impressive given that it came out just weeks apart from the Allman Brothers' classic Brothers & Sisters – here's a southern rock legend stepping out and showing different sides of his immense talent around the same time his band was also near a creative peak! Greg's uniquely expressive voice is in the spotlight here, on tunes that touch on laid back southern rock, but gospel blues & soul tinged, too, sans guitar heroics for the most part. Includes the eternally great "Midnight Rider", "Queen Of Hearts", "Please Call Home", "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing", a really cool country rock take on "These Days", "Multi-Colored Lady", "All My Friends" and certainly only of the fresher takes "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". This 2CD deluxe edition is really loaded – with early mixes of the full album following the remastered classic version in Disc 1 and demos, outtakes, alternative version, live recordings and more on Disc 2 – including "Wasted Words", "God Rest His Soul", "Song For Adam/Shadow Dream Song", "Melissa" (Live At The Capitol Theatre) and lots more. 34 tracks on 2CDs. CD

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsJammin With Gene – Hi Fi Jam Session ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. Used ... $22.99
Ahhhh . . . The Jam Session years of Gene Ammons! This album was one of a number that Jug cut for Prestige during the mid 50s, all excellent examples of how perfectly the label's "blowing session" style could work when it wanted to. The set takes Ammons' tenor, and groups it with an all-star cast that includes Art Farmer and Donald Byrd on trumpets, Jackie McLean on alto, Mal Waldron on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. All the horn players are given free reign to solo – and as most of the tracks go on and on and on, they really get room to open up, blowing with the kind of competitive creativity you'd hear in a live set at the same time. Includes three long tracks: "Not Really The Blues", "Jammin With Gene", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD
(Out of print, 2014 SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)

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Gene AmmonsJammin' In Hi Fi With Gene Ammons ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Not to be confused with the Jammin' With Gene LP, this set was later reissued as The Twister. Classic blowing session material from Jug – with 4 long tracks that are all a superb example of how great Prestige could be when they wanted to! The group is filled with great players – Jackie McLean, Mal Waldron, Idrees Sulieman, and Kenny Burrell – and the band plays with a free easy groove that produces some beautiful solos, especially from Jug! Titles include "Cattin", "The Twister", "Four", and "Pennies From Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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Ashford & SimpsonI Wanna Be Selfish ... LP
Warner, 1974. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Stone classic early work from Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson – really moving past the Motown sound – stepping wonderfully into a hip style of soul that would have a huge effect on the direction of R&B in the 70s! I Wanna Be Selfish is actually a very giving effort from the unstoppable duo, mixing intimate numbers with more sweeping sounds – some that borrow the soaring elements of gospel soul, others more mellow and delicate. Ashford & Simpson wrote terrific soul songs as often as many of us wash our hair, and this record's a prime batch! Titles include "Ain't That Somethin", "Don't Fight It", "Ain't Nothin But A Maybe", "Spoiled", "Everybody's Got To Give It Up", and "Main Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ring wear.)

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandSerpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and the sound here is every bit as well-crafted as that combo, but with the difference of steel drums in the mix! The drums provide most of the melodic elements, while the funky backings kick things up nicely – all at a level that's maybe even funkier than some of the best funky steel drum albums of the 70s – especially across the space of the entire album. Titles include "Xxplosive", "Touchdown", "Burn", "Real Hot", "Hoola Hoop", "1 Thing", "Crockett Theme", "Bocas Del Dragon", "Bushfire", and "I Love You". Features bonus tracks – "All For The Cash" and "Great To Be Here". CD

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Derek Bailey & Cyro BaptistaCyro (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1982. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $29.99
An amazing pairing of talents – one that yields some fantastic moments of improvisation! Cyro Baptista is a percussionist by nature, but here he also plays the Brazilian cuica – a unique instrument that has a single bowed string, in addition to more percussive elements – in a way that makes his performance on that instrument a perfect companion to Bailey's incredibly deft, endlessly imaginative work on the strings of the guitar! The pair work here with a clarity that seems to capture each unusual twist and turn, and moment of spontaneous creation – thanks, in part, to the recording efforts of Martin Bisi – and although we can't tell from the notes, it seems as if Baptista might be playing some other percussion instruments as well. Titles include "Tonto", "Joga Toca", "Quanto Tempo", "Polvo", "Toca Joga", and "Rio Branco". 2LP version features a full album of bonus improvisations – all previously unreleased! LP, Vinyl record album

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BandBand (2CD 50th anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99 20.99
Maybe not the first album from the legendary Band – but a record in which the group get everything completely right all the way through – and sparkle with that special sound that continues to influence generations of music makers, and music lovers! All the great elements the group were bringing to their work with Bob Dylan are in place here – but the focus is completely different, with this warm glow that really fits the vocals of Levon Helm, and a sense of unified vision that makes it really hard to even come up with a match for the energy of the group on this album. The great John Simon adds a few special touches to the overall sound – and titles include "Rockin Chair", "Across The Great Divide", "When You Awake", "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Look Out Cleveland", and "King Harvest". 2CD 50th anniversary edition features lots of bonus tracks – including 13 more early, alternate, and instrumental versions of tracks on the album – and a bonus 11 track Live At Woodstock 1969 set, with original rough mixes of tunes that include "I Shall Be Released", "This Wheel's On Fire", "Long Black Veil", "Ain't No More Cane On The Brazos", "Tears Of Rage", "Chest Fever", and "We Can Talk". CD
Also available
Band ... LP 26.99
Band (with bonus tracks) ... CD 3.99
Band (2LP 50th anniversary edition – 2 x 45rpm) ... LP 26.99
Band (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Bastards Of SoulSpinnin (with bonus download) ... LP
Eastwood Music Group, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 20.00
A really special sort of record from the Bastards Of Soul – a Texas group, but one who work in this great mix of deep soul and slight southern rock touches – at a level that almost makes this album feel like some lost nugget from the vaults of Capricorn Records! Vocals are by male singer Chadwick Murray – not the lovely lady on the cover – and there's a cool crossover vibe here that takes us back to work by 70s genius talents like Eddie Hinton or Dan Penn, with guitar lines that are strong, but balanced by these warmer organ currents that really underscore the more soulful elements in the music – as do the laidback rhythms on the tunes. Titles include "I've Got The Key", "Funky Ham & Eggs", "Back To The City", "Spinning Out Of Control", "The Way It Should Be", "The Waiting Time", and "Your Love Has Turned My Heart To Bitterness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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BeatlesAbbey Road (2CD anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Apple, 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 24.99
Pure brilliance from start to finish – especially the second side of the record, which has a continuous run of tunes that's very unique – and still completely sublime all these many years later! The album shows the fracturing ideas of the group, but crafted together with a unity you won't find on The White Album or Let It Be – still a way of making it all gel together beautifully, as the fab four stretch their wings to find new ways of being. Added instrumentation is used wonderfully – never overdone, but with orchestral passages that can really hammer home the best musical moments – and titles include "I Want You", "Because", "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Golden Slumbers", "The End", "Her Majesty", "Polythene Pam", and "Sun King". This very cool 2CD version features a new mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell – and a huge amount of bonus alternate tracks – including "Come Together (take 5)", "Something (studio demo)", "Oh Darling (take 4)", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer (take 12)", "Golden Slumbers/Carry The Weight (takes 1, 2, & 3)", "Sun King (take 20", "I Want You (Trident recording session & reduction mix)", "Octopus' Garden (take 9", "Because (take 1 inst)", and "Mean Mr Mustard (take 20)". CD
Also available Abbey Road (anniversary edition) ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ BeatlesLet It Be ... LP
Apple, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group. Includes the genius cuts "I Dig A Pony", "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe", "I Me Mine", "One After 909", "For You Blue", and "Let It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Apple pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a small center split on the bottom seam.)

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Franck Biyong with Cristina ViolleTrouble – Anywhere Trouble (club mix, radio edit, inst)/Trouble (beats) ... 12-inch
Hot Casa (France), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $24.99
A great little funky single from Franck Biyong – part of his continuing evolution and growth as one of the leading lights in the contemporary Afro Funk underground – an artist who's really moved past some of the slavish styles of years behind! Franck adds in both live drums and rhythm programs here – chanting out the vocals with Cristina Violle alongside him in the lead – while keyboardist Florian Pellissier and a jazzy combo keep things moving in the back! All three vocal mixes of the tune are great, but the club mix may well be the best – although the whole four track single works together almost as a mini suite based on the music! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Black SavageBlack Savage (with bonus CD & download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A Kenyan funk combo from the 70s – and one who've got a groove that definitely lives up to the striking image on the cover! The set brings together obscure singles and album tracks from Black Savage – a group who sing in English throughout, and also draw plenty of influence from American soul acts as well – but always with a vibe that filters the music through a slightly fuzzy sort of veil – creating lots of weird, wild elements on the guitars as well as the vocals – both of which seem to be pretty processed in the production! There's almost a Westbound Records sort of spirit to the record at times – that trippy blend of funk and psych that was a Detroit hallmark at the start of the 70s – although a few other tunes have a more sing/song, catchy sort of approach. Titles include "Do You Really Care", "Sharpeville", "Savaged", "I Don't Know What To Do", "Exotica", "Save The Savage", and "Grassland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus CD & download!)

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (2LP red vinyl edition with bonus track) ... LP
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is a landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance by KRS-One. Importance aside, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clea BradfordClea Bradford With Oliver Nelson & Clark Terry ... LP
New Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $48.99
A really great record from singer Clea Bradford – a soulful talent of the 60s who hardly recorded much, but always knocked it out of the park! This set may well be her best – a great small combo date with the hip Patti Brown on piano, plus Oliver Nelson on alto and Clark Terry on trumpet – with nicely soulful takes of "Skylark", "These Dues", "If You But Knew", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Somebody Loves Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Vinyl has an indentation on two tracks on one side, but it didn't seem to affect play at all, and the rest is great. Cover has a small cutout hole and some light wear.)

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Charles BradleyChanges (with download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, to the range of expressive, emotive lyrics all the way through – given superb support in a range of deep soul and funky currents from the likes of Budos Band, Menehan Street Band, Gospel Queens, Saun & Starr, and Sha La Das! Yet none of these guests ever feel like they're sharing the spotlight with Charles – because, like the James Brown Show of the late 60s, all these super-strong talents are working in constellation around Bradley's majesty – a bold soul vision that's never burned this brightly before. Titles include "Ain't It A Sin", "Nobody But You", "Good To Be Back Home", "Things We Do For Love", "Crazy Love", and "Slow Love" – plus a cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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BrainstormStormin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A set that definitely lives up to its title – a stone stormer from Brainstorm – one of the tightest funky ensembles of their generation, and one of the few who could go deep while still laying down a groove! The set's got a perfect balance of modes – enough of the appeal of bigger mainstream funk acts of the time, but also some righteous undercurrents that really show the group's roots – both in the approach of the lyrics, and in the jazzy instrumentation of the backings – which often show a righteous side of the group that's mighty surprising! The record's one that just grows and grows with each new listening, and is put together with some great sharp-edged production by Jerry Peters – who has a way of showcasing all the most interesting elements, while still keeping things focused too. Titles include the classic "Wake Up & Be Somebody" and "Loving You Is Really My Game" – plus "Waiting For Someone", "We Know A Place", "Hangin' On", "Easy Thangs", and "This Must Be Heaven". CD bonus tracks include "Wake Up & Be Somebody (long ver)" and "Lovin Is Really My Game (parts 1 & 2)". CD
Also available Stormin' ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Brecker BrothersHeavy Metal Be Bop ... LP
Arista, 1978. Very Good+ ... $3.99
No heavy metal here – just tight and funky jamming from the mighty Brecker Brothers! There's a bit more guitar here than on some of their other records – hence, possibly, the title – but the whole thing's still very much in that mix of soulful fusion and jazzy soloing that the pair forged strongly in the mid 70s. Keyboards and guitar jam strongly, but Randy and Michael still get in plenty of space for their solos – pushing their jazz licks with the jamming intensity that might normally be relegated to guitar heroes in the rock world. Tracks include "Inside Out", "Some Skunk Funk", "Sponge", "East River", "Funky Sea Funky Dew", and "Squids". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Leon BridgesGood Thing (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Columbia, 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A soaring set from Leon Bridges – a full length second album that's every bit as classic as his debut, but in a completely different way! Where Coming Home was maybe Leon's answer to the generation of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, Good Thing is more of a nod to the era of Maxwell and D'Angelo – but, as before, coming across with a vibe that's completely Bridges' own – this ebullient, bubblingly soulful quality that's completely sublime – and which has Leon's voice fitting perfectly with the mellow grooving beats, keyboards, and guitar. The singer's voice is maybe even better than before – sure to win over an even new wave of ears – and titles include "If It Feels Good Then It Must Be", "Bet Ain't Worth The Hand", "Bad Bad News", "Shy", "Beyond", "Forgive You", "Lions", "You Don't Know", and "Georgia To Texas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Brother AliUs (colored vinyl pressing – with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2009. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... On March 27, 2020
Furious, hard hitting Rhymesayers hip hop from Brother Ali – possibly the most passionate stuff we've heard from him to date – starting out with a gospel soul style intro and blasting off from there. There's a lot of funk and soul in the beatcraft, which helps the overall vibe cut deeper. This has to be our favorite Rhymesayers set in quite a while. Titles include "Brothers & Sisters", "The Preacher", "Crown Jewel", "House Keys", "Fresh Air", "Tight Rope", "Breakin Dawn", "Babygirl", "Games", "Bad Muf***er Pt II" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(10th anniversary pressing – on double red colored vinyl with a bonus 7 inch!)

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Brother To BrotherLet Your Mind Be Free ... LP
Turbo, 1976. Very Good+ ... $7.99
The second album by this lost East Coast funk act – and although not as totally excellent as their first, still a very nice record that's filled with choppy up-tempo grooves, and some nice dancefloor soul. There's plenty of funky keyboards in the mix – moog, clavinet, and Arp – and the ablum's got a few nice funky moments – like the cuts "Phattenin'" and the classic groover "Chance with You". Also includes the cuts "Joni", "Groovy Day", and "Visions". LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet feat Mike PearsonBe Music, Night – A Homage To Kenneth Patchen ... CD
Okka Disk, 2005. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A wonderful meeting of jazz and poetry – as the Peter Brotzmann Tentet pays tribute to the work of Kenneth Patchen – mixing readings of Patchen's material with backings from the larger group! Section one of the CD features the Brotzmann group improvising under direction from the "lightbox" of Fred Lonberg-Holm, who is also in the group on cello – and then section two features more pronounced readings of Patchen's poetry, done by Mike Pearson in a style that really recalls Patchen's own voice on record. Players include Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark on a variety of saxes and reeds – plus Joe McPhee on trumpet and alto, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, and Michael Zerang on drums. CD

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Pete Brown & PibloktoThings May Come & Go – But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever/Thousands On A Raft (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/BGO (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
Two fantastic albums from one of the most unique artists to record on the UK scene at the start of the 70s! First up is the long-titled Things May Come & Things May Go But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever – pure genius from the mind of Pete Brown – and a seminal slice of sound from the Harvest Records empire – a record that's every bit as messed up as you'd guess from the title – and we mean that in the best way possible! The album flies its freak flag high, but never in a messed up or sloppy way at all – as Brown wickedly weaves together all these jazzy currents with his own brash, bold lyricism – making the best of the amazing guitar skills of Jim Mullen, and keyboard work of Dave Thompson – who are definitely a cut above the usual jazz rockers of the period, and are able to match the drama of Pete's vocals, but also help him from never sounding too self-absorbed. They definitely don't make 'em like this anymore – as you'll hear on titles that include "High Flying Electric Bird", "Someone Like You", "Walk For Charity Run For Money", "Golden Country Kingdom", and "Firesong". Next is Thousands On A Raft – a record filled with long hair, jazzy riffing, and all the best hope that the early years of prog had to offer – all coming together on a record that's years ahead of its time! It's really hard to put a label on Pete Brown's sounds with Piblokto – music that's maybe more poetic than most of its contemporaries, but also has more of a bite, too – definitely that wit of Brown's that never dimmed at all, and instrumentation that's super-sharp, and super-smart – but never too full of itself to be overly indulgent. The songs are longer than on the previous Piblokto record, but in ways that only flesh out the ideas even more fully – on titles that include "Highland Song", "Aeroplane Head Woman", "Got A Letter From A Computer", "Thousands On A Raft", and "Station Song Platform Two". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – "High Sorrow", "Raining Pins & Needles", "Dawn Of A Night Wasp", "Aeroplane Head Woman (alt)", "My Last Band", "Broken Magic", "Flying Hero Sandwich", and "Can't Get Off The Planet". CD

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Sandro Brugnolini/Stefano TorossiMusica Per Commenti Sonori (with bonus CD) ... LP
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
An Italian funk double-header – a sweet little set from the end of the 60s, and one that features killer cuts from both Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi! We love either artist on their other own records, but there also seems to be something about putting them together here that makes them even better than before – certainly funkier, as the album's full of the kind of sharp, hard-grooving titles that first made us fall in love with sound library records in the first place! The date of the album's 1969, and both musicians make nice use of psych elements in their instrumentation – adding a bit of fuzz, wah-wah, or trippy guitar in just the right spaces – never going over the top, or getting too indulgent – but just moving in a groove that's tightly jazz funky at the bottom, and maybe a bit freaky at the top. Wonderful work throughout – and titles include "Sweet Beat", "Repetition", "Starter", and "Makkaresh" by Stefano Torossi – and "Wawa", "Motuproprio", "Polyphony", and "Flyer" by Sandro Brugnolini. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD with entire album!)

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BT ExpressKeep it Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
Great later work from BT Express – a record with a sound that's cleaner, leaner, and more stripped-down than some of their earlier records! The style here is still the same as before – mostly soul aimed at the dancefloor, served up with a tremendous sense of bottom rhythm – but the overall execution is a bit different, with some of the smaller member funk group feel of the time. There's a soaring, sometimes spacey quality to the best groovers – and the group definitely still have a great way here with a hook! Titles include "Star Child", "Keep It Up", "This Must Be The Night For Love", "It's Got To Be You", "Let Yourself Go", "Dancin Dream", and "Just Can't Stop Dancin". CD features 5 bonus tracks from singles – "Star Child (orig 12" special mix)", "This Must Be The Night For Love (orig 12" special mix)", "Keep It Up (orig 12" special mix)", "Let Yourself Go (orig 12)", and "Cowboy Dancer (orig 12")". CD

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BT ExpressNon-Stop (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
BT Express are speeding it up a bit from the first album – hitting more of a disco vein, as would be their due, since they were one of the key groups in inventing the genre! The core ensemble funk sound is still firmly in place, with loads of great horns arranged by the enigmatic Carlos Ward, a jazzy talent who always brought a nice edge to the group's albums. Titles include the tasty funk cut "Devil's Workshop", which has a similar feel to "Express" – plus the massive "Peace Pipe", a very catchy number that's always been a favorite in Chicago – along with the great tracks "Discotizer", "Give It What You Got", "Whatcha Think About That?", and "Close To You". CD also features four bonus tracks – 7" single versions of "Peace Pipe", "Give It What You Got", "Close To You", and "Whatcha Think About That". CD

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RL BurnsideMississippi Hill Country Blues (with bonus download) ... LP
Fat Possum, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 17.98
An album recorded in the Netherlands, but a set that hits right to the heart of RL Burnside's Mississippi roots – thanks to a beautifully spare, careful presentation of the music! Most numbers feature just Burnside on vocals and guitar – with a vibe that's similar to the field recordings that first introduced the world to his talents – those delta-raised styles that have an immediate tie back to the early years of blues on 78rpm discs, especially in this session – where RL seems to almost be reaching back further than the style of some of his other recordings of the same period. Titles include "Skinny Woman", "See What My Buddy Done", "Shake Em On Down", "Don't Care How Long You're Gone", "Jumper On The Line", "Long Haired Doney", and "Greyhound Bus Station". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl – includes download! Limited edition Fat Possum Records 25th Anniversary pressing!)

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Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that sound is the genius that is Terry Callier! This is very stripped down material, very dark and brooding – a good chance to hear Terry before he hit the Chess studios and they backed him up with a lot of orchestrations (although we love the orchestrations, too.) The material has a soulful spiritual feel, and is sung with a lot of passion over acoustic guitar. Think of Nina Simone's folksier stuff from the same time, if you need a reference. Tracks include "900 Miles", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "It's About Time", "Promenade In Green", and "I'm A Drifter". This expanded edition includes bonus tracks – "Be My Woman", "Jack O' Diamonds", "It's About Time", and "The Golden Apples Of The Sun" – plus alternate takes of "Promenade In Green" and "900 Miles". CD
Also available New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (180 gram 2LP expanded edition) ... LP 26.99

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Rudiger Carl IncKing Alcohol (New Version) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $15.99
Maybe the greatest moment ever on record from Rudiger Carl – and not just because the album is "dedicated to all drinker friends"! Despite that embrace of alcohol, the record's got a very sobering power – as the group is a free jazz trio, working in the best bracing early FMP way – with Carl on tenor, Gunter Christmann on trombone, and Detlef Shoenenberg on drums – all turning their instruments inside out as they madly, freely, explosively work off the power of one another! Christmann is especially amazing – and this album might well be to his trombone what the late 60s FMP sides were to Brotzmann's tenor – although Detlef's drums are pretty amazing too – very different than any contemporaries or precursors, and worth the price of admission alone. Titles include "Thrombose", "King Alcohol", "AEIOU", and "Rush Hour/Something/Triotrip". Plus, this 2CD reissue adds in an astounding 70 more minutes of unreleased recordings from the same sessions! CD

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Chris CarterMondo Beat (clear vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Conspiracy International/Mute, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 22.98
Seminal solo sounds from Chris Carter – best known for his work with Cosey Fanni Tutti, and as a core member of Throbbing Gristle – out here in slightly different territory on his own! Chris follows the spare electronics of his work with Cosey – and some of the tracks definitely have the "beat" promised in the title – but at a level that's nicely subtle, and never sacrifices the overall sonic complexity for the sake of a groove! The record's a very early variant of modes that would later be handled less-skillfully by the end of the decade by so many others – and sounds much better here in the hands of one of the originators – on titles that include "Mondo B", "Moonlight", "Real Life", "Noevil", "Nobadhairdo", and "Beyond Temptation". And be warned – the cover says "this record contains subliminals"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl – with download.)

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Johnny Cash & June CarterCarryin' On With Johnny Cash & June Carter (remastered edition) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1967. New Copy ... $4.99 7.99
Johnny first album collaboration with his soon-to-be wife June Carter, and it's a nice one! Carryin' On has it's share of sweet, lovely moments shared by the two, but also has a lot more cool 60s oddball touches than one would expect. The couple cover Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" and two Ray Charles tunes, "I Got A Woman" and "What I Say". All three sound pretty strange coming out of hard-nosed Johnny, and prove to be quite fun and endearing, and very indicative of the freedom he had at Columbia to do whatever the heck he wanted. Other tracks include "Shantytown", "Pack Up Your Sorrows", "Jackson", "What A Good Thing We Had", and "No, No, No". Includes two bonus tracks from the sessions, and new liner notes by old pal Carl Perkins. CD

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Eugene ChadbourneThere'll Be No Tears Tonight ... CD
Parachute/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by guitarist Eugene Chadbourne – a set billed as "free improvised country and western bebop" – and which features Chadbourne serving up these wild variations on tunes by Carl Perkins, Roger Miller, David Allen Coe, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, and other country music legends! The album's much more Eugene than Nashville – although Chadbourne does sing lyrics on all of the tunes, but in a way that's very offbeat and hardly unlike the originals at all – as is his guitar work, which is acoustic and all twisted and turned up in all the offbeat phrasings you might expect! Much of the record is Chadbourne on vocals and electric dobro – but the set also features some drums by David Licht, saxes from John Zorn, and cello from Tom Cora. Titles include "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me", "I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised", "Georgia In A Jug", "Motel Time Again", "Dang Me", "Window Shopping", "Jealous Loving Heart", "Mr Record Man", and "Swingin Doors". CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)

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ChameleonChameleon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A group that you may not know by name – but which features some top-shelf production at the helm – work by both Fred Wesley and Azar Lawrance, plus supervision from one of the Mizell brothers! With all that talent on board, the record's way more than just another obscure one-off funk set on a major label – as some cuts echo the sharp funk that Wesley was using with the Horny Horns at the time, and others have a bit of the cosmic currents from Azar's own records – a blend of jazz funk and fusion, honed into razor-sharp grooves with a bit of an 80s vibe! The whole thing's great – a real lost gem from that brief stint when Elektra Records was putting out some real killers in the soul department – and titles include "Unfair Affair", "We'll Be Dancin", "Mysteryoso", "Game Of Life", "Come Into My Life", "For You", and "Get Up". CD features bonus tracks – "Get Up (12" disco version)" and "We'll Be Dancin (12" disco version)". CD

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ChansonTogether We Stand (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ariola/FTG, 1979. Used ... $3.99
The cover's a bit unassuming, and almost makes this set look like some throwaway disco album – but Chanson's got a lot more to offer than that, and groove tightly here in a really great modern soul vein! The rhythms are strong and bold – forged by the duo of bassist James Jamerson and guitarist David Williams – with a lean vibe that's somewhere in the space of Columbia Records modern soul of the time, with all the depth that might imply – but with plenty of clubby touches too! Key players include Harvey Mason on drums and Donald Myrick on sax – both players who give the record a really top-shelf, all-quality groove. Titles include "Rock Don't Stop", "Sing All Night", "Jack Be Nimble", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Make It Happen". CD features bonus tracks – "Jack Be Nimble (12" mix)" and "Rock Don't Stop (12" mix)". CD

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Ray CharlesDo The Twist With Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Pretty great stuff – and not the gimmicky "dance" record you might guess from the title! The set's simply a collection of some of Ray's best hard-hitting R&B tracks for Atlantic – mostly recorded in the 50s, and brought together with this 60s title, in a package that also features twist dance steps on the back. Get past the title, and the tunes are excellent – an all star selection of tracks that includes "Tell Me How Do You Feel", "I Got A Woman", "Heartbreaker", "Tell The Truth", "You Be My Baby", "What'd I Say", and "I'm Movin On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some splitting in the seams and spine.)

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Cher3614 Jackson Highway (180 gram pressing – with bonus LP) ... LP
Atco/Run Out Groove, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 32.98
We're not normally ones to stock a Cher album, but this one's pretty darn hip – recorded in at Muscle Shoals Sound, the studio referenced in the title of the album, and presented in a wonderful cover image that has Cher standing outside the tiny facility with a host of legendary studio players that include Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, and Roger Hawkins! Sonny's also standing in the crowd in the photo, but he's as in the background as he is on this set – as Cher's singing alone in a soul-styled mode that's befits the setting of the album. Titles include a funky take on "I Walk On Guilded Splinters", plus "For What It's Worth", "Cry Like A Baby", "Save The Children", "Do Right Woman", and "Dock Of The Bay". Plus, the 2LP set features a huge amount of bonus tracks – 11 more numbers from a whole second Muscle Shoals album, but which was never issued – with titles that include "Momma Look Sharp", "Chastity's Song", "It Gets Me Where I Want To Go", "Easy To Be Hard", "I Believe", "You've Made Me So Very Happy", and "The First Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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June ChristyMisty Miss Christy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
One of June's all-time classics – and perhaps her most famous album, next to the sublime Something Cool. The set, like that one, was arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo – whose icy and modern touches are the perfect foil for June's sad and dark voice. Familiar tunes are completely transformed by the pair's masterful handling – and titles include "The Wind", "There's No You", "For All We Know", "This Year's Kisses", "That's All", and "Maybe You'll Be There". CD features some bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
Also available Misty Miss Christy ... LP 6.99

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Clear LightClear Light (clear vinyl pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Elektra/Sundazed, 1967. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
One of the great lost psych albums on late 60s Elektra Records – a set that's maybe got enough power and majesty to stand next to contemporaneous label releases by Love and The Doors! Like both of those groups, Clear Light have a vision here that's completely their own – a sound that steps out immediately to let you know that they're not just another copycat combo from the garage underground, and instead have this vivid new message that demands to be heard – unabashedly forward in its conception, and with a surprisingly sinister edge – yet all without any sense of being too full of itself either! Production is by Paul Rothschild, and is as superb as his best Elektra work of the period – and titles include "Black Roses", "With All In Mind", "The Ballad Of Freddie & Larry", "Sand", and "Night Sounds Loud". LP, Vinyl record album

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Linda CliffordLet Me Be Your Woman ... LP
Curtom, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
Linda Clifford goes a bit over the top with this one – a lavish double-length set, of the sort that ended up bankrupting the Curtom label during the late 70s! Linda's very much in full-disco mode, singing to long clubby arrangements by Gil Askey that have more strings than before – and which really open up onto longer songs that make full use of the double length space! There's a great number here titled "Don't Give It Up", a hip follow-up to the earlier hit "Runaway Love" – which has a similar bad talkin' approach, with Linda doing a bit of a monologue in the middle – a mode that we really love from the singer. Other tracks include "Let Me Be Your Woman", "Hold Me Close", and "Sweet Melodies" – plus the pairing of "One Of Those Songs" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which take up all of the 2nd disc in the 2LP set. LP, Vinyl record album
(UK RSO pressing.)

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CoffeeSlippin' & Dippin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A wonderful female soul trio from the Chicago scene of the 70s – and one we'd stand strongly next to the best gal groups from the Philly or New York scenes! In fact, Coffee were a bit unique in the city – which mostly had male groups getting the record contracts during the decade – and they're given strong soul focus here by Clarence Johnson, the indie soul producer who'd given the city so much other great music over the years! The album's definitely got a disco vibe, but these gals can sing a lot deeper than the usual club trio, too – vocals that are much more trained in an older school mode, ala The Emotions – and which come across nicely on some of the mellower cuts too. Titles include great reworkings of two earlier Chicago soul gems – the Lovelites' classic "How Can I Tell My Mom & Dad", redone as "Mom & Dad 1980", and a fresh new take on Ruby Andrews "Casanova". Other titles include "Slip & Dip", "A Promise", "I Wanna Be With You", and "Can You Get To This". CD features bonus tracks – "Say It's Good To You", and single versions of "Casanova", "Slip & Dip", "Mom & Dad 1980", and "I Wanna Be With You". CD

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CollocutorInstead (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
On The Corner (UK), 2014. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 31.98
A gem of a record that came out at a time when the UK scene was just beginning to explode with a whole new wave of jazz energy – and a set that's ripe for rediscovery even a few years later! Collocutor are a smallish group – just a septet – but they play with a righteous majesty that recalls the work of older spiritual jazz ensembles – this sense of power and vision that comes through right away in their music, and which continues throughout the entire record – making the whole thing one hell of a rich musical statement! Things are mostly in the spiritual jazz spectrum, but go outside a bit from time to time – and there seems to be some echo and other production elements used to expand the sound slightly, but never in a gimmicky way. The group play with plenty of percussion at the core, plus tenor from Josephine Davies, trumpet from Simon Finch, guitar from Marco Piccioni, and flute, baritone, and soprano sax from Tamar Osborn. Titles include "Gozo", "Elephant Room", "Instead", "Agama", and "Archaic Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chris ConnorJazz Date With Chris Connor ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
They got the "jazz date" right in the title on this one – as Chris Connor works here with some exceptional small combo backing – all in a mode that almost takes her back to the earliest sound of her first few records on Bethlehem! Ralph Sharon's the maestro here – handling all the arrangements for a few small combos with players who include Oscar Pettiford on bass, Sam Most on flute, Eddie Costa on vibes, Joe Puma on guitar, and Lucky Thompson and Al Cohn on tenor – all modern-minded players who turn out to be a really great fit for Connor on the date. A few numbers even feature added Latin percussion from Mongo Santamaria – and titles include "All I Need Is You", "Driftwood", "Fancy Free", "It Only Happens When I Dance With You", and "Lonely Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Randy CrawfordNaked & True (2CD version – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Moon/Big Break (UK), 1995. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 13.99
A later date from 70s soul legend Randy Crawford – cut overseas, at a time when she was initially without US representation – a situation that was immediately corrected with the strength of the album! The set has Randy really getting back to basics – mostly working with tight jazz funk backings that recall both her first few records, and her work with The Crusaders – a perfect setting for her wonderful voice, and her trademark use of jazzy currents with more straight-ahead soul! Players on the record include Fred Wesley on trombone, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, and Bootsy Collins on bass – which will give you an idea of the strength of the sound – and titles include "Cajun Moon", "Give Me The Night", "Glow Of Love", "I'll Be Around", "Forget Me Nots", "Joy Inside My Tears", "Purple Rain", and "Come Into My Life". Great 2CD version – features a bonus instrumental version of "The Glow Of Love" – plus 13 more different mixes of tracks from the album – including "Cajun Moon (long trip mix)", "Forget Me Nots (Femi Fem rotation mix)", "Give Me The Night (Mousse T's classic club mix)", "Forget Me Nots (Delaney's mix)", "I'll Be Around (surprise mix)", and "Cajun Moon (cajun trip club version)". CD

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Vic DamoneLinger Awhile With Vic Damone ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Pure crooning genius from Vic Damone – with fresh arrangements from Capitol maestro Jack Marshall! Marshall's work in the studio was often playful – sometimes a bit too much so, as on his own instrumental albums – but here he brings out a real boldness in Damone's voice, a quality that's strong and masculine, yet also not as emotionally overblown as Damone could sometimes be on weaker albums. The balance is a careful one, but handled beautifully here – in a way that has that rare mature and saloony quality that marks the best of 60s male vocal albums of this nature. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Danish Radio Jazz GroupDanish Radio Jazz Group – With Eric Moseholm & Ray Pitts 1965 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Debut/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1965. Used ... $24.99
Brilliant work from the Danish modern jazz scene of the 60s – a group that has way more to offer than you might guess from the "radio" in their name – and a sound that's certainly more striking than any jazz that was hitting American airwaves at the time! The ensemble is somewhat large, but has a way of hitting these sharp-edged modes you'd be more likely to hear from a small modern jazz combo – never too outside, but definitely pushing the boundaries of jazz – and through ways that are quite different than most American modern inspirations of the time. In other words, there's not really any traces of Kenton, Russell, or Evans – and instead the music has a way of exploding right from the start – always a rich tapestry of sound, but one that's somehow bristling with individual expressions from players who include Palle Mikkelborg and Allan Botschinsky on trumpets, Bent Jaedig on tenor and flute, Niels Husum on soprano sax and tenor, Bent Nielson on baritone and clarinet, Louis Hjulmand on vibes, Bent Axen on piano, and Alex Riel on drums. Erik Moseholm and Ray Pitts work together to direct the group – on titles that include "Hanne", "Gizzy", "Voyage Of The Star Bird", "Fujiyama", and "Sound Like Arnoldi". CD
(Out of print, includes obi!)

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Miles DavisSteamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $2.99
An early pairing of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – one of the duo's mid 50s classics for Prestige, as you might guess from the verb in the title! And although "Steamin" might be a word that's a bit too firey to describe the action going on here, the album's got a tremendous sense of presence throughout – as Davis' cooler trumpet is matched with Trane's earthier solo work – all supported by Red Garland trio backing in a style that's as near-classic as it comes for 50s jazz. Titles include "Diane", "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "When I Fall In Love", and "Salt Peanuts". CD

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Miles DavisWorkin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $3.99
One of the four essential quintet sides Miles Davis cut for Prestige in the mid 50s – all modern jazz classics by anyone's measure, along with Steamin', Relaxin' and Cookin'. These quintet sides established Davis and John Coltrane as a significant force to be reckoned with, and helped set the tone for much of the small group and post bop jazz cut in that era. Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones lay a smooth swinging pulse for Miles and Trane to blow over on the set – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "Four", "In Your Own Sweet Way", "The Theme (takes 1 & 2)", "Trane's Blues", "Ahmad's Blues" and "Half Nelson". CD

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✨✧ Miles Davis/Stan Getz/Lee Konitz/Gerry MulliganConception (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1951. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A collection of material recorded for Prestige 10"s and then compiled onto this various artists LP: "Ezzthetic", "Odjenar", "Yesterdays", and "Hibeck" by Lee Konitz with Miles Davis and others, "Conception" and "My Old Flame" by Sonny rollins with Walter Bishop and others, "Intoit" and "Prezervation" by Stan Getz, and "I May Be Wrong" and "So What" by Gerry Mulligan. CD reissue adds 7 bonus tracks from a large Gerry Mulligan session including "Why Not", "Hot Dog", "Flying The Coop", and an alternate take of "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print, 2013 SHM-CD pressing with the original LP cover art – includes obi.)

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Reverend Gary DavisWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1969. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The last studio album from the Reverend Gary Davis – and a set that was a great attempt to finally capture his talents in a well-recorded setting! Despite that fact, the presentation here is mostly in the spirit of Davis' roots – mostly with the man himself on vocals, guitar, banjo, and harmonica – the last of which is often overdubbed, given the 12 track recording – with some occasional added vocals from Sister Annie Davis. Most tracks were recorded in 1969, but the set also features two numbers recorded five years before – and titles include "Let's Get Together", "Sun Goin Down", "Lol I'll Be With You Always", "Out On The Ocean Sailing", "Birmingham Special", "Soon My Work Will All Be Done", and "There's A Destruction In That Land". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philly Groove/FTG, 1968. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". 5 bonus tracks: "Can't Get Over Losing You" (7" version), You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine" (7" version plus a version w/intro), "Loving Him" and "Funny Feeling". CD

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DellsSweet As Funk Can Be ... LP
Cadet, 1972. Very Good ... $8.99
A wonderful record from the Dells – with stellar Cadet production and arrangements by Charles Stepney! This one has a very cool way of putting the tracks together, so that there's these little "segues" in between each cut – short instrumental grooves that are actually quite funky. The full-length tracks are incredible, naturally, and feature the swirling soul style that often worked best with The Dells' majestic vocals, but which also has a bit of a Temptations-ish heavy soul groove at times. Nearly every cut was written by Terry Callier and Larry Wade – and tracks include "Windy City Soul", "Funky Breeze/Ghetto Scene", "Sweet As Funk Can Be", "Origin Of Funk", and "Be Bop Breeze". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul DesmondComplete RCA Albums Collection (Desmond Blue/Take Ten/Bossa Antigua/Glad To Be Unhappy/Easy Living/Two Of A Mind) (6CD set) ... CD
RCA/Sony, Mid 60s. Used 6 CDs ... $33.99
Genius in one of its purest forms! Paul Desmond's alto sax was honed to perfection by the time of these recordings – worked out through fame in the Dave Brubeck Quartet years of the late 50s and early 60s, but also relaxed in a confidence that makes these sides completely majestic, and utterly fantastic! Desmond's tone and approach are languid – but in a way that's incredibly compelling: notes just floating out of the horn, almost effortlessly, seeming not to come from Desmond himself, but to him, gathered together by his warmth and good wit, honed in further by the spare and gentle guitar work of the great Jim Hall – and heard in the company of Gerry Mulligan on one album too! The package is great – with mini LP-styled cover reproductions of 60s RCA classics that include Desmond Blue, Take Ten, Bossa Antigua, Glad To Be Unhappy, Easy Living, and Two Of A Mind – with a booklet of notes, too. CD

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Don DeGrate DelegationI Wanna Be Ready ... LP
AVI, 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Righteous work, with a clubby undercurrent – featuring bass by Jesse Boyce, who also did arrangements with keyboardist Stan Harper! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small seam splits and some masking tape remnants on front.)

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Double Exposure/Salsoul OrchestraMy Love Is Free/It Don't Have To Be Funky (To Be A Groove) ... 12-inch
Salsoul, 1976. Very Good ... $3.99
2 excellent bicentennial grooves from Salsoul, both pumped up nicely in the mix by Tom Moulton. Double Exposure's "My Love Is Free" combines equal parts harmony soul with an uplifting mid 70s Philly club vibe, while Salsoul's "It Don't Have To Be Funky To Be A Groove" is a gliding anthemic number whose title might well be the philosophy of the entire Salsoul organization! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Charles EarlandEarland's Street Themes (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A great little groover from keyboardist Charles Earland – and an album that definitely lives up to its title! There's plenty of street sounds going on here – lots of modern R&B modes that echo the changing styles of early 80s soul music, especially on the east coast! And as part of that, there's a good deal of vocals on the record, alongside Charles' keyboards – work by singers who include Larry Hancock, Bruce Gray, and Sheryl Kendrick – each of whom adds plenty to the record, working over jazzy grooves nicely scored by Earland. Titles include "Be My Lady", "Take Me Away", "Feels So Good To Me", "Burning Devotion", "Tell Me What It Is", and "Go All The Way". CD features a bonus track – "Be My Lady (7" mix)". CD

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Earth Wind & FireAll 'N All (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1977. New Copy ... $4.99 7.99
Genius, pure genius! It was hard for Earth, Wind & Fire to go wrong at this point – and the album's a stellar blend of jazz, funk, and soul, all done in that perfect style they'd hit by the mid 70s. And even though this one was a monster album, of the type that you see in everyone's record collection from the time, it's still got a freshness that we always forget about – and lots of nice twists and turns that show that the band hadn't lost their more sophisticated roots. Case in point is the wonderful "Brazilian Rhyme", a short little groover that you'll instantly recognize as a sample from the first Tribe Called Quest album. Other tracks include "Jupiter", "In The Marketplace", "Magic Mind", "Runnin", "Be Ever Wonderful", and "Serpentine Fire". Plus, the CD features bonus tracks "Would You Mind?", "Runnin (original Hollywood mix)", and "Brazilian Rhyme (live)". CD

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Eddie & ErnieIndication/Nice To Be Near ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99
Two rare tracks from a deep soul duo who've finally gotten their due over the years – thanks to the reissue efforts of Ace/Kent Records! "Indication" is an upbeat groover with kind of a Northern vibe – originally only issued in England, too! "Nice To Be Near" is a cut that appears here for the first time ever – and has a sharper, funkier sound than most of the duo's work – with heavy drums, riffing guitar, and really fantastic lead vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Kurt EllingFlirting With Twilight ... LP
Blue Note, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP ... $16.99
Think what you may about this groove-patched hipster – we still think he's one of the best jazz vocalists of our time! Kurt Elling's carrying a torch that few other singers could handle – a direct line back to the genius male jazz vocal work of singers like Mark Murphy and Jon Hendricks, armed with the confident emotionality and freely expressive style of the former, and the jazz-based virtuosity and sense of humor of the latter. This recent Blue Note session is very much in Elling's best mode – a bit too sweet in parts, but filled with some great numbers that show him always pushing the envelope, not content to just be a "modern classic" vocalist, as might be said for some of his female contemporaries in the jazz vocal realm. Titles include "Say It", "While You Are Mine", "I'm Thru With Love", "Orange Blossoms In Summertime", "Detour Ahead", "Lil Darlin", and "Easy Living". And sure, we wish there were more original compositions – as on other albums – but Elling really still does a great job with the standards! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent remaster.)

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EmotionsSo I Can Love You/Got To Be The Man ... 7-inch
Volt, 1969. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Two great tracks from the "Blind Alley" era! "So I Can Love You" has a fantastic sound – with these slow funky beats underneath a madly riffing organ, dipping and turning as the girls' vocals come in to sweeten up the whole thing! "Got To Be The Man" has a hipper sound than some of the girls' other work – with guitar and bass bubbling along under the really righteous vocals of the track! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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