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Johnny AdamsOnly Want To Be With You ... CD
Sunset Blvd, New Copy 2CDs ... $21.99 22.99 On October 21, 2022
... CD
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Judy BoucherCan't Be With You Tonight ... LP
Orbitone (UK), 1986. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An 80s set of lovers rock from Judy Boucher – who first rose to fame in the group Judy Jack & The Beanstalks! LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy.)

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Ezra CollectiveWhere I'm Meant To Be (deluxe orange & yellow marble vinyl pressing – with booklet) ... LP
Partisan, New Copy 2LP ... $32.99 34.99 On November 4, 2022
... LP, Vinyl record album
This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, November 4.

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Jim HallIt's Nice To Be With You – Jim Hall In Berlin (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1969. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
A wonderful album from guitarist Jim Hall – different than some of his other work, and with a slightly harder edge! The unique session has him playing in an MPS 60s mode – more straight-on than some of his more airy moments – with a sound and tone that still recalls his work with Paul Desmond or Art Farmer, but a more direct approach, and an occasional groove as well! The trio's as unique as the record – the great Jimmy Woode on bass and drums from Daniel Humair – and titles include "Blue Joe", "Romaine", "Young One For Debra", "Body & Soul", and a great version of "Up Up & Away", which soars to the sky in a way you'd never expect from Jim! CD
(Out of print.)

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Stacy LattisawCotillion Years – 1979 to 1985 (Young & In Love/Let Me Be Your Angel/With You/Sneakin Out/Sixteen/Perfect Combination/Not The Same Girl) (7CD set) ... CD
Cotillion/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 7CD ... $42.99 59.99
All the best early years of Stacy Lattisaw – served up in one nice little set! And when we say "early", we mean early – given that Stacy was just in her teens when she sang a good number of the tunes on this collection! But although young, Lattisaw already had a depth that went beyond most of the older soul singers of her time – a mature, deep-voiced way of putting over a tune with a lot more careful balance of emotion than you might expect for such a youthful talent – and the big hit potential of these records really illustrates just how much Stacy could break past familiar girl soul modes, to a point where she was one of the most popular female singers of the 80s. CD features the full albums Young & In Love, Let Me Be Your Angel, With You, Sneakin Out, Sixteen, I'm Not The Same Girl, and her duet album with Johnny Gill, A Perfect Combination. The set also features bonus tracks from singles too! CD

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✨✧ LightmenFree As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Judnell/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the same sort of new jazz freedom explored by artists like Horace Tapscott in LA, or the AACM in Chicago – performed by a generation of musicians who might have been more straight ahead a few years before – but who really take off here in the new energy of the post-Coltrane years! Most numbers are still pretty rhythmic, and have a unified core – but some of the performances are even more outside than you'd know from later Lightmen records – showing a strong avant jazz pedigree for the members of the group. The lineup here features a very young Ronnie Laws on alto, soprano sax, and flute – sounding quite different than his jazz fusion work of the late 70s – and in addition to Thomas on drums, other players include Doug Harris on tenor, Carl Adams on trumpet, Kenny Abair on guitar, and Joe Singleton on trombone. Titles include "Creative Music", "Free As You Wanna Be", "May 67", "Luke 23:32-49", "#109 Psychosomatic", and "Talk Visit". Plus, this 2CD version features unreleased extended mono mixes – and a great booklet of notes! CD

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Prince Johnny CGotta Be Me (radio, bonus, inst)/Kevey Keve Is a Dancer With Soul (radio, inst)/Love Crazy (radio, inst) ... 12-inch
Rap-A-Lot, 1992. Very Good- ... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Second HandDeath May Be Your Santa Claus (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Mushroom/Trading Places (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
An amazing little record that seems completely unto itself – born in that incredible early 70s moment when the UK was overflowing with elements of prog, psych, and hard rock – but served up here by a group who seem to take their own path right from the start! The instrumentation is incredible deft – drums and basslines that could be funk, if they weren't so complex – turned instead towards these fast-moving rhythmic lines that are completely explosive – and intersected at angles by the work on organ and mellotron – and crossed at another angle by the mad vocals of Rob Elliott! There's a musical sophistication here that might put these guys somewhere in the Zappa or King Crimson side of the spectrum – but the songs have a more straightforward, organic appeal overall. Titles include "Death May Be Your Santa Claus", "Cyclops", "Take To The Skies", "Take To The Skies", and "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi". Features three bonus tracks – "Baby RU Anudder Monster", "Funeral", and "Dip It Out Of The Bog Fred". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eiko ShuriNice To Be Singing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Warner (Japan), 1978. Used ... $19.99 29.99
Produced by Don Costa – with Pete Jolly on piano and Fender Rhodes! CD
(2021 remastered edition with 3 bonus tracks – includes obi!)

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✨✧ LightmenFree As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Judnell/Now Again, 1970. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the same sort of new jazz freedom explored by artists like Horace Tapscott in LA, or the AACM in Chicago – performed by a generation of musicians who might have been more straight ahead a few years before – but who really take off here in the new energy of the post-Coltrane years! Most numbers are still pretty rhythmic, and have a unified core – but some of the performances are even more outside than you'd know from later Lightmen records – showing a strong avant jazz pedigree for the members of the group. The lineup here features a very young Ronnie Laws on alto, soprano sax, and flute – sounding quite different than his jazz fusion work of the late 70s – and in addition to Thomas on drums, other players include Doug Harris on tenor, Carl Adams on trumpet, Kenny Abair on guitar, and Joe Singleton on trombone. Titles include "Creative Music", "Free As You Wanna Be", "May 67", "Luke 23:32-49", "#109 Psychosomatic", and "Talk Visit". Plus, this 2CD version features unreleased extended mono mixes – and a great booklet of notes! CD

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✨✧ Teena MarieIt Must Be Magic (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest album that Teena Marie ever cut – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of the lady's work for Motown! The set's got this bright, positive bounce that grabs you right from the start – but also moves into a depth that's way different than other funk albums of the time – a way with a ballad and a thoughtful track that almost makes Marie the 80s heir to the Minnie Riperton legacy, especially given the strength of her voice on the set – and the fact that Teena wrote and produced the whole album herself! At a time when so many other female soul singers were at the mercy of other folks' talents and ideas, Lady T steps forth boldly with this classic set – brimming over with greatness on cuts that include the stellar "Portuguese Love", plus "Yes Indeed", "Where's California", "Opus III", "Square Biz", "365", "Revolution", and "Ballad Of Cradle Rob & Me". This expanded CD also includes 2 live tracks recorded in Long Beach – versions of "Deja Vu" and "Someday We'll All Be Free" – plus the bonus track "Square Biz", done in an instrumental version. All written & produced by Teena, too! CD
(2002 pressing. Booklet and tray card have name and notes in pen.)

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✨✧ Howard McGheeJust Be There (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice later date from this legendary trumpeter – long tracks recorded in Copenhagen, with a lineup that features Horace Parlan on piano, Per Goldschmidt on baritone, Mads Vinding on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! CD

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that wasn't initially conceived as a full album by Gil Scott-Heron – but one that's come to be an essential part of his catalog, thanks to the always-relevant title theme! The album's actually a classic collection of work from the early years of Gil Scott-Heron at the Flying Dutchman label – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever – a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great keyboard accompaniment from frequent partner Brian Jackson on keyboards on nearly every track – plus help from Hubert Laws on flute and sax, and Bernard Purdie on drums. Nearly all the famous classics by Gil are here, and the titles include some of Gil's best jazz funk groovers, including "Pieces Of A Man", "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "Save The Children", "Sex Education Ghetto Style", "Whitey On The Moon", "Did You Hear What They Said", The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", and "No Knock". Plus, this CD edition adds in 9 more bonus tracks – including "Free Fall", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "When You Are Who You Are", "Who'll Pay For Reparations On My Soul", "Speed Kills", "Paint It Black", "The Middle Of Your Day", "Free Will", "Or Down You Fall", and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (first version)". CD

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✨✧ McCoy TynerThings Ain't What They Used To Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice later set – with a fair bit of solo material, but also a few duets each with John Scofield on guitar and George Adams on tenor! Includes the bonus tracks "Lush Life", "Sweet and Lovely", and "Song For My Lady". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Dee Dee WarwickI Want To Be With You – The Mercury/Blue Rock Sessions ... CD
Mercury/Hip-O, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent work by Dionne Warwick's soulful sister! Dee Dee is one of the great unsung heroes of 60s soul – and although she cut a fair bit of work back in the day, much of it is yet to be properly reissued. That situation has changed for the better with this excellent set – a 26 track compilation of Dee Dee's work for the Mercury/Blue Rock label, recorded during the years 1965 to 1973, and including the bulk of her rare albums Foolish Fool and I Want To Be With You, plus a number of even rarer singles! Arrangements are by the likes of Ed Townsend, Horace Ott, and others – and Dee Dee's approach is a hard soul take on the uptown groove, handled with an equal balance of poise and raw energy. Titles include "Locked In Your Love", "We're Doing Fine", "Next Time You Fall In Love", "Ring Of Bright Water", "All The Love That Went To Waste", "Don't You Ever Give Up On Me", "Girls Need Love", "It's Not Fair", "Foolish Fool", "Another Lonely Saturday Baby", and "You Don't Know What You Do To Me". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Elton Dean Quartet/EDQThey All Be On This Old Road (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the most striking work we've heard from all the players in the group – and that's really saying a lot, given how many stunning records they gave us back in the 70s! The music here is wonderfully free and improvised, but also has a way of focusing on a specific element too – sometimes the piano pulsations of Keith Tippett, sometimes the very organic bass work of Chris Laurence, or the soulful alto sax work of Elton Dean, or intuitive percussion of Louis Moholo! The qualities are a bit hard to describe in words, but there's a vibe to the set that really shows why key players of the British 70s scene were often so different than their European counterparts – this mix of humanism and instrumental progressivism, sometimes a bit warmer than at other points – but balanced with freer flights of creativity. Titles include "Naima", "Dede Bup Bup", "Overdoing It", "Not Too Much", and "Nancy". CD features in four unissued bonus tracks, the most striking of the bunch – "Edeeupub", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Attic", and "Echoes". CD

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✨✧ Jim HallIt's Nice To Be With You – Jim Hall In Berlin ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album from guitarist Jim Hall – different than some of his other work, and with a slightly harder edge! The unique session has him playing in an MPS 60s mode – more straight-on than some of his more airy moments – with a sound and tone that still recalls his work with Paul Desmond or Art Farmer, but a more direct approach, and an occasional groove as well! The trio's as unique as the record – the great Jimmy Woode on bass and drums from Daniel Humair – and titles include "Blue Joe", "Romaine", "Young One For Debra", "Body & Soul", and a great version of "Up Up & Away", which soars to the sky in a way you'd never expect from Jim! CD

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✨✧ Jim HallIt's Nice To Be With You – Jim Hall In Berlin ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album from guitarist Jim Hall – different than some of his other work, and with a slightly harder edge! The unique session has him playing in an MPS 60s mode – more straight-on than some of his more airy moments – with a sound and tone that still recalls his work with Paul Desmond or Art Farmer, but a more direct approach, and an occasional groove as well! The trio's as unique as the record – the great Jimmy Woode on bass and drums from Daniel Humair – and titles include "Blue Joe", "Romaine", "Young One For Debra", "Body & Soul", and a great version of "Up Up & Away", which soars to the sky in a way you'd never expect from Jim! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charles BrownMessage/I'll Always Be In Love With You ... 78 RPM
Aladdin, 1951. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
 
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Bonnie Baker With George Albright & His OrchestraI'm Goin To Be A Bad Girl/I've Been Waitin For Your Phone Call For Eighteen Years ... 78 RPM
Universal, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Labels have small stickers.)

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Chicago Soul Jazz Collective with Dee AlexanderOn The Way To Be Free ... CD
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, 2022. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A very hip step for this tight Chicago group – as they take their already-righteous sound, and open the door for singer Dee Alexander, who really adds a lot to the record! We mostly know Dee as a jazz singer, but here, she also brings in a bit of soul too, as do the group – and create a record that's in territory that's maybe a bit more jazz-based than the music of Sharon Jones, but still also pretty funky too! Dee's great in the lead, and the set's full of original tunes that really carry a message – as you might guess from the album's title, and the group's previous record – mostly written by John Fournier, the tenorist in the group – with titles that include "The Man Is Coming Back", "Nothing Good Ever Goes Away", "On The Way To Be Free", "Mama Are We There Yet", "Carry Me", and "Crazy Wrong". CD

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✨✧ Ian Carr with NucleusLabyrinth ... LP
Vertigo/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer progressive jazz session from Britain's Ian Carr – the legendary trumpeter who began as a bop player, then made the move to progressive jazz rock during the late 60s, along with about half of the country's other jazz musicians – but at a level that's still very much better than most of the rest of the pack! This album's one of the best by Carr's Nucleus group – and it's filled with excellent work by some of the scene's finest luminaries – a great lineup that includes Gordon Beck on electric piano, Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, and Brian Smith and Tony Coe on a variety of reeds – all players who add a strong jazz sensibility to the proceedings! The lovely Norma Winstone sings wordless vocals on a number of tracks – and the overall sound moves from hard and "out", to tight and groovy – on titles that include "Origins", "Bull Dance", "Arena", "Naxos", and "Exultation". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ian Carr with NucleusRoots (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vertigo/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic album from trumpeter Ian Carr and his legendary Nucleus group – a combo who are really right on the money here, finding their own sort of space at a level that's very different than some of the other rock/jazz projects on the UK scene at the time! There's often a lot more space between the notes going on here than on more jamming, more progressive records – a laidback groove that's wonderfully soulful, and which ties this Nucleus set a bit more strongly to American jazz funk that was rising up at the time – or maybe like some of the better Euro work by groups like Cortex or Placebo! Ian Carr leads the group on trumpet, Dave MacRae plays a lot of great keyboards, and Brian Smith blows strong solos on tenor, soprano, and flute – on titles that include "Southern Roots & Celebration", "Capricorn", "Images", "Caliban", "Roots", and "Whapatiti". LP, Vinyl record album

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BuariBuari ... LP
RCA/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99 34.99
Maybe the best-known international album from Sidiku Buari – an artist who recorded some killer sets in his native Ghana, but who got a rare chance to work here in the US for this album – which features some tight funky elements by Bernard Purdie on drums, Paul Grivvin on keyboards, and Lou Hemsey on guitar! Hemsey arranged, and there's a gritty vibe to the record that's like some of the best RCA label funk of the time – such as work by the Nite Liters – mixed with some other touches that show Buari's roots on the West African scene – served up in a hybrid that's arguably more successful here than most overseas projects of this nature! Titles include "Ku Ku Maria", "Advice From Father", "Iro Le Pa", "Oh Africa", "Peace", "Then Yebtheyet", and "Karam Bani". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sammy Burdson (Gerhard Narholz)Background Action ... LP
Conroy/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99 34.99
A killer set of sound library funk, and one that hardly needs to be relegated to the background – given the frenetic energy in the set! Sammy Burdson is a pseudonym for Gerhard Narholz – founder of the Sonoton sound library – but here, he's working in a style that's much more full-on and driving than some of his other work – lots of heavy drums, mixed with tripped out guitar and keyboard lines – on tracks that all offer up shorter and longer variations on some really fantastic themes! It's almost like the whole record is made up of "chase" themes from cop/crime soundtracks of the time – and titles include "Kabul Trip", "Route Africaine", "Speed Unlimited", "Hurricane Wheels", and "Water Pollution". LP, Vinyl record album

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DJ QuikRhythm-Al-Ism ... LP
Profile/Be With (UK), 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $39.99 46.99
A nicely surprising turn for DJ Quik – a set that has him bringing in a bit of an R&B vibe to his rhymes, and also unlocking maybe a bit more of his star power too! Quik really embraces the bass-heavy old school funk that was the stock in trade of the west coast scene for most of the 90s – but he also foregrounds the soul aspect of the grooves too, which creates a sense of warmth that a real surprise – especially in contrast to the edge of some of his earlier music! And surprisingly, this shift is a great one – maybe just bailing out on the "too street" mode just in time – and shining strongly amidst guests who include 2nd II None, Snoop Dogg, AMG, Hi-C, and even El Debarge. Titles include "We Still Party", "Hand In Hand", "Down Down Down", "No Doubt", "Speed", "Medley For A V", "So Many Wayz", "I Useta Know Her", "Whateva U Do", "Get 2Getha Again", and "Bombudd II". LP, Vinyl record album

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DJ QuikSafe & Sound ... LP
Profile/Be With (UK), 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $39.99 46.99
Think what you want about DJ Quik, the west coast hip hopper is a key part of the sound of his scene in the 90s – and also maybe one of the most dedicated to the legacy of old school funk as well! This album's overflowing with wonderful samples – work by Cameo, Parliament, One Way, Rick James, The Blackbyrds, and others – all wonderful choices from Quik in the studio, and a way to ground his sometimes-dated rhymes with a really classic vibe – so much so, the album's maybe even more enjoyable now from the perspective of time – as a filter of the 70s through a 90s west coast style! Titles include "Get At Me", "Diggin U Out", "Somethin 4 Tha Mood", "Tha Ho In You", "Summer Breeze", "Quik's Groove III", "Sucka Free" and "Keep Tha P In It". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fuzzy DuckFuzzy Duck ... LP
MAM/Be With (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A really groovy little record – and one by a group who might well be better-named "Funky Duck", given all the heavy drums and sharp riffing on the tunes! These guys are definitely a rock group, but they've also got the sort of instrumentation that would be right at home on a funky soul session – massive drums from Paul Francis, who also handles a lot of percussion, plus wicked basslines from Mick Hawskworth, who works with Francis very hand-in-glove – while Roy Sharland delivers lots of organ and electric piano, and Graham White handles the sharp guitar and vocals too. Were this set issued in the US back in the day, it would have been the kind of crate-digging funky rock record valued by the true school generation – and cuts include "Time Will Be Your Doctor", "Mrs. Prout", "Just Look Around You", "Afternoon Out", "More Than I Am", "Country Boy", "In Our Time", and "A Word From Big D". 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 30.99
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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Willie HutchSeason For Love ... LP
RCA/Be With (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99 32.98
Early work from the great Willie Hutch – a set that's different than his more famous Motown music of the 70s, but which already shows a nicely ambitious approach! Willie's a warmer, sweeter-voiced singer here – working through some great original tunes of his own, plus a few well-chosen classics – all in a mix of soul and strings that definitely grooves, but which could also have gotten Hutch some bigger exposure in the larger music world as well. A few numbers are almost more in a jazz vocal territory – or at least in territory of artists like Lou Rawls or Arthur Prysock – while others have the righteous energy of Willie's later sound too. The arrangements are by Rene Hall and Perry Botkin Jr – and titles include "Season for Love", "The Shortest Distance", and "Trying To Understand A Woman", plus covers like "Hurt So Bad" and "Twelfth of Never". LP, Vinyl record album

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Keith Mansfield/Alan Hawkshaw/David SnellBig Business/Wind Of Change – KPM 1124 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 30.99
A double-barreled gem from the UK sound library world of the 70s – two different themes, both of them groovy! Side one features Big Business numbers by Keith Mansfield – not industrial themes, but the kind of slinky, jazzy material that would have been perfect for that world where 70s businessmen were letting their hair get a big shaggy, loosening their ties, and starting to mix a bit of weed with their afternoon cocktails! There's loads of great electric touches – some might nice basslines, riffing guitars, and keyboards – all topped with nicely colorful horns – and titles include "Clean Air", "Tycoon", "Hot Property", "Whistle Stop Tour", "Power Complex", and "Sleeping Giant (parts 1 & 2)". Mansfield handles most of side two – with some help from Alan Hawkshaw and David Snell – and the theme is Wind Of Change, a set of bold statements for the modern documentary film! The music is often a bit brassier, but has some nicely groovy moments – and titles include "Motorail Express", "Road & Rail", "Quality Fair", "Summer Location", and "World In Action". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mother Freedom BandCutting The Chord ... LP
All Platinum/Be With (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 30.99
Obscure bit of funky stuff on the All Platinum label! The group's a weird one – a bit jazz, a bit soul, not really sure of what they are, and kind of shifting their style from track to track in a really groovy sort of way! The record has a totally great breakbeat track called "(Assistants Rag) When You're Hot You're Hot", plus a number of other good cuts in an ensemble funk vein – and given the overall name of the group, and the strange "nude kid" cover, we're guessing that these guys have an interesting history, and ties to other groups of the time! Titles include "Flick Of The Wrist", "Gotta Get It Back", "Mr. Brother", and "Touch Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ocean MoonCrystal Harmonics ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 30.99
A really unusual later entry in the KPM sound library series – a set that's mellower and a lot more meditative than some of the label's usual work – not action or funky soundtrack material, but instead an electronic set that resonates nicely with some of the Japanese minimal work of the time! The tunes here are of varying lengths, and really mix together a nice range of elements – some bright moments, some more obtuse sonic passages – sometimes with a bit of rhythm, oftentimes just flowing along on air! Titles include "New Infinity", "White Mirror", "Peace Bells", "Sleep Golden", "The Long Path", "Forest Motion", "Mountain Dreaming", and "Lost Oceans". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jay Richford & Gary Stevan (Brugnolini/Torossi)Feelings ... LP
Carosello/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
A legendary sound library set from the 70s Italian scene – exactly the kind of record that got so many folks digging for sound library funk so many years ago! The record's a masterpiece of funky rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and warmer touches – served up with plenty of Fender Rhodes in the mix, plus sweet flute lines, wah wah guitar, and just the right use of strings to give the whole thing almost a blacksploitation vibe at times! The set was billed to the team of Jay Richford and Gary Stevan – but it's actually the product of better-known sound library maestros Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi, who work here at a level that's at the top of their powers. There's almost a cop/crime vibe to the record at times – and although some instruments solo at points, the real groove lies in the tight vamping of the orchestra – which hits all the right notes to really send the whole thing soaring – often with a nice use of tone and color too! Titles include "Flying High", "Fearing Much", "Going Home", "Running Fast", "Walking In The Dark", and "Feeling Tense". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur RussellAnother Thought ... LP
Point/Be With (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $46.99 48.99
Beautiful music from Arthur Russell – some of his most tunefully compelling work ever, but still done with all the offbeat edges we love from his more experimental sounds too! The music often features Russell singing along with processed lines on cello – in this haunting style that at one level evokes the more personal side of the post-punk scene, but which also links Arthur back to older singer-songwriters like Tim Buckley or Kenny Rankin at their best. The use of processing on the vocals recalls a bit of the vibe of the early Ben Watt solo recordings, and his work with Robert Wyatt – but there's also a sound and spirit here that's definitely Russell's own – that incredible outburst of creativity that was taken from us all too soon. Titles include "Hollow Tree", "My Tiger My Timing", "Losing My Taste For The Night Life", "Me For Real", "Lucky Cloud", "Another Thought", and "A Little Lost". LP, Vinyl record album

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Klaus Weiss Rhythm & SoundsSound Inventions ... LP
Selected Sound/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99 34.99
A rare sound library treasure from the great Klaus Weiss – a German drummer who worked heavily in the worlds of jazz, funk, fusion, and prog during the 70s – all experience that he certainly brings to bear on this great little set! The album's full of funky drums and electronics – the style here's a bit more electric than on some of Klaus' other sound library recordings – as Klaus is letting the electronics lead the drums, and not vice versa – but the approach does make for some lots of great moments overall, especially if you dig pre-electro type grooves! Titles include "Air Space", "Statements", "Don't Stumble", "Glide", "Sound Inventions", "Drumcrazy", "Funky Art", "Waves", "Fidget", "Sections", and "Hot Chocolate". 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)... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Aretha FranklinOne Step Ahead/I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face ... 7-inch
Columbia/Be With (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible single from the early years of Aretha Franklin – proof that she did some really wonderful work on Columbia before hitting fame at Atlantic! "One Step Ahead" is completely sublime – this slow-stepper with nicely jazzy instrumentation in the rhythm – a percolating guitar that moves gently underneath Aretha's fantastic presentation of the lyric! And "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face" is a killer that you may well know – this uplifting number that has a righteous current both in the lyric and in the tune's great use of flute and vibes! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ SolaUn Muneco De Madera ... LP
RCA/Be With (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really groovy little record, and one that's got all sorts of very cool things going on – sweet female vocals from Sola that almost feel like they're lifted from a French record, and not a Spanish language set – mixed with orchestrations that have a nice undercurrent of funk – a bit sound library/soundtrack, with all these very cool flavors and elements, almost like some very cool Italian record from around the same time! Manuel Alejandro is the maestro of the set – writer, arranger, and director – and Sola really fits his groove – on titles that include "Soy Rebelde", "Un Muneco De Madera", "Oye Mama Oye Papa", "En Ellos Creo", "Tabu Tabu", "Unete A Mi", "Bada Bada Ba", and "La Ultima Palabra". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Michael WycoffLooking Up To You/Diamond Real (Tee Scott inst mix) ... 12-inch
RCA/Be With (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sublime 80s mellow from Michael Wycoff – a great track lifted from his classic Love Conquers All album, and a tune that never gets old! The track glides in beautifully on some sweet keyboards that have a lot of 70s warmth – and Wycoff's voice, while smooth, also crackles with an honest sense of soul that we totally love. Wonderful – deeply soulful yet smoothly grooving at the same time! The flipside is an instrumental – a great boogie-styled number with plenty of great keyboards – which may well come from the mighty Webster Lewis, who produced the tune! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Brian Bennett/Alan HawkshawSynthesis – KPM 1132 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Very groovy work from these two Brit sound library greats – loads of funky tunes, and great keyboards too – all served up in a massively funky record that was never issued to the public at large! Had this set hit the real record racks in 1974, it might well have challenged some of the greatest material from George Duke or Herbie Hancock – as the tunes are mostly funky, and feature lots of wonderful work on a wide variety of keyboards – sometimes getting all cool and wigged-out, even when the grooves are upbeat – a bit like Herbie in his Sextant years! Titles include "Hit Me Hit Me", "Big Black Cadillac", "Collision Course", "The Executive", "Hovercraft", "Mermaid", "Auto Glide", "Where The Action Is", and "Getting It Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sammy Burdson/Klaus Weiss/Larry RobbinsDramatic Tempi/Background Rhythms ... LP
Conroy/Be With (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer from the UK Conroy sound library series of the 70s – and a record with two very distinct personalities! Side one really lives up to the dramatic tempo promised in the title – thanks to some fierce heavy drums from the great Klaus Weiss, known for a whole bunch of funky classics on the German scene of the 70s, and really bringing a lot here to his collaboration with Sammy Burdson (aka Gerhard Narholz)! The flipside is funky too, but with a slightly different vibe – lots of warmer melodic elements from arranger/composer Larry Robbins, but still served up with plenty of funky drums! Titles include "Vox Pop", "Percussion Take", "Canned Pop", "Pop Waves", "Cyclodrom", "Devil's Drive", "The Camp", "Is It Hip", and "Crime Ways". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Freestyle FellowshipInnercity Griots ... LP
4th & Broadway/Be With (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic classic from the Cali scene of the early 90s – one of the key records that had the west coast going head to head with some of the smarter acts back east – a great balance to the up and coming genius of Wu Tang and Brand Nubian! There's a similar sense of message and play going on here – rhymes from Mikah 9, PEACE, Aceyalone, and Self Jupiter – set to beats that bounce nicely, but never in a way that undercuts the lyrics – nicely crisp production with assist from the Earthquake Brothers. Titles include "Inner City Boundaries", "Shammy's", "Everything's Everything", "Park Bench People", "Mary", "Cornbread", "Way Cool", "Heavyweights", "Pure Thought", "Hot Potato", and "Six Tray". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie HutchSoul Portrait ... LP
RCA/Be With (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds pretty darn great – singing with a raspy tone that reminds us a bit of Curtis Mayfield – especially given that Willie uses the same sort of righteous undercurrent as Curtis – not yet as over the top political, but brewing under nicely with a really marked sense of power! The backings are great too – all arranged by Hutch himself, and already showing some of the hipper styles that he'd bring into play in his later blacksploitation work. One of the deepest soul albums on RCA at the time – with a righteous vibe that's totally great – and filled with wonderful original tunes that include "Lucky To Be Loved By You", "Ain't Gonna Stop", "You Gotta Try", "Let Me Give You The Love You Need", "Do What You Wanna Do", and "Good To The Last Drop". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Keith MansfieldVivid Underscores – KPM 1190 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sound library masterpiece from the great Keith Mansfield – a UK maestro who was very adept at an older style of keyboard funk at the start of the 70s, but who here moves into a range of styles that also point the way towards 80s grooves to come! There's still lots of full instrumentation in the mix – this isn't one of those keyboard-only sound library sessions – but Keith changes up his instruments from track to track, and uses the other backing, especially the drums and horns, to keep things full of color, without the coldness that might happen if other artists were handling these keyboards. Titles include "Trucking Company", "High Velocity", "Crash Course", "Dawn Of Aquarius", "Staying Power", "Matter Of Urgency", "Hot Cargo", "Espionage", and "Omen". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alan Parker/Madeline BellVoice Of Soul – Themes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Themes/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records ever made by singer Madeline Bell – even though it was never issued to the public at the time! Madeline Bell first broke big on the UK soul scene at the end of the 60s, and also sang famously on many studio sessions too – but here, she works alongside groovemaker Alan Parker (with some help from Mike Moran), to serve up vocal versions of tunes that also appeared on the instrumental album Sound Of Soul! That record was a counterpart to this one – also issued on the Themes label – but the presence of Bell's vocals really sends things over the top, and she works at a level that makes us wish that she and Parker had made more commercial releases at the time. All tunes are nice and soulful, with plenty of funky currents – and titles 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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Barbara AcklinLove Makes A Woman (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Barbara Acklin's first album – and a landmark of Chicago soul that firmly established Acklin as one of the city's best writers and new female singers! Acklin had a classy sound that was different than some of her raw soul sisters in the city – but although she was classy, she also didn't have any of that little girl stuff that you might hear from singers like Denice Chandler or Barbara Mason. Instead, she had an approach that mixed a real soul vocal with more sophisticated material, in a manner that worked well with the evolving blueprint for the Brunswick Chisoul sound. Carl Davis and Eugene Record do a perfect job producing Barbara's songs, all forged nicely into the loping soul groove that set Chicago apart from other cities in the late 60s. Includes the big title track "Love Makes A Woman" – plus "Be By My Side", "Your Sweet Loving", "Come and See Me Baby", and a great cover of "The Look of Love"! CD features the bonus track "Fool Fool Fool (Look In The Mirror)". CD

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Cannonball AdderleyThings Are Getting Better (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $5.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – given the great change and evolution in the style of Cannonball Adderley's music – definitely pointed towards the soul jazz fame to come in the 60s! The group here has Adderley's alto in the company of some all-stars who may not be his regular group, but who definitely help keep the whole thing at a top-shelf level throughout – a quintet that features Milt Jackson on vibes, Wynton Kelly on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. There's still a few echoes of Cannon's earlier bop recordings, but the sound is also moving towards the new modes to come – especially on the classic title cut "Things Are Getting Better". Other cuts include "Just One Of Those Things", "Sounds For Sid", "Groovin High", "Serves Me Right", and "Blues Oriental". CD includes two alternate takes. CD
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Mike AllemanaVonology (with download) ... LP
Ears & Eyes, 2022. New Copy ... $20.99 25.00
A wonderfully surprising effort from guitarist Mike Allemana – a secret hero of ours in the Chicago jazz scene for many years – as a player who first worked with tenor giant Von Freeman, and later with guitarist George Freeman – and who's gone on to be both a supporter of and champion for their rights in jazz history! Here, Mike pays tribute to his first mentor – but with a sophisticated suite of tracks that's unlike anything we might have expected – beautifully rich sounds delivered by Allemana on guitar, Victor Garcia on trumpet, Greg Ward on alto, Geof Bradfield on tenor, Tomeka Reid on cello, Kendall Moore on trombone, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Michael Raynor on drums – the last of whom also played with Von Freeman too! The vibe is very different than the small combo jazz of the south side scene where the Freemans and Allemana regularly played – more painterly in sound, with these vibrant strokes of color and tone that paint a wonderful portrait – on titles that include "The Mediator", "Welcome Enter", "Communion & Renewal", "Libra Channeling", and "The Mentor's Benediction". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Vonology ... CD 9.99

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Rodrigo AmadoLet The Free Be Men ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2021. New Copy ... $23.99
A set with two strong horn players upfront – but one that draws some equally fantastic energy from the bottom end of the group too – thanks to wonderful contributions from Kent Kessler on bass and Chris Corsano on drums! The musical qualities of tenorist Rodrigo Amado seem to just deepen more and more with each new release – there's a sense of soul here we might not have heard this strongly a few years before, one that really matches the work on the record from Joe McPhee – who blows soprano sax, pocket trumpet, and even a bit of pvc pipe – the last with that special sort of magic that's continued to make Joe such a vibrant player over the years. But we're also equally moved here by the basswork of Kent Kessler – who's got this way of matching his strengths with openness, at a level that's really echoed by the drums of Corsano – a mixture of boldness and sensitivity that's really wonderful. All tracks are long improvisations, recorded in Copehagen – and titles include "Resist", "Let The Free Be Men", "Never Surrender", and "Men Is Woman Is Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jake AustenFlying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll – Conversations With Unjustly Obscure Rock 'N' Soul Eccentrics (paperback) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... $5.99 24.95
The best (truly – they got this book right) of Roctober gets a classy rock 'n' soul book compilation from Duke University Press – an incredible collection of interviews that were featured over the years in the great DIY magazine over the years! Interviews with musical legends who should be household names (a few of which are) and infamous figures alike, from soul, R&B and jump blues to country, garage rock and beyond – including Oscar Brown, Jr., David Allan Coe, The Fast, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Sam The Sham, The Good Rats and many more – plus images and illustrations from the pages of Roctober. Flying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll is edited by Roctober main man Jake Austin, who also penned many of the original pieces, along with James Porter, Ken Burke, Mike Maltese, Dan Sorenson, Jonathan Poletti. Forward by Steve Albini. Paperback, 290 pages. Book

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AxidentalsAxidentals With The Kai Winding Trombones ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good ... $4.99
A groovy little vocal group with a swinging 50s sound – working here with some great jazzy arrangements from trombonist Kai Winding! The style of the set prefaces Winding's pop/jazz sides for Verve in the mid 60s – but has a sound that's somewhat similar – with lead vocals by the male/female Axidentals group, and some trombone-based jazzy backings that showcase Winding's horn amidst a larger brass section. There's a great poppy punch to these tunes – and the Axidentals themselves can be credited for some extremely inventive vocal arrangements at times – in styles that go way beyond those of conventional groups of the period, in a mode that reminds us of some of the work by the Kirby Stone Four or the John LaSalle Quartet. Titles include "Walkin", "Out Of This World", "You Gotta Wail", "No Moon At All", "Day In Day Out", and "Close To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some price sticker remnants, half split top seam, and a wide cneter split in the bottom seam.)

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Burt BacharachCasino Royale (50th anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Colgems/Quartet (Spain), 1967. New Copy ... $20.99 29.95
One of Burt Bacharach's finest moments, and a soundtrack that we never tire of hearing! Burt wrote all the tunes – and the album's a wonderful romp, with lots of odd twists and turns that are quite different from Burt's usual bag (baby!), but which still have all of the charm of his best work. A few performances on the set are by Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass, who do the completely chaotic "Casino Royale Theme" – and the lovely Dusty Springfield sings a versions of "Look Of Love" that has to be the best ever recorded! Other tracks include "Home James, Don't Spare The Horses", "Money Penny Goes For Broke", "The Venerable Sir James Bond", and "Hi There Miss Goodthighs". This expanded 50th anniversary edition is different than any of the other bonus versions on the market – as it first features the full album in stereo, then includes another 22 mono tracks, many never heard before – tunes from the film and a few singles – with titles that include "Sitar Background", "The Black Rose", "James Bond In Scotland", "Gymnasium Training", "Le Chiffre's Magic Act", "Bond Arrival In France", and "Have No Fear Bond Is Here", with vocals by Mike Redway. CD
(Limited edition!)

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Derek Bailey & Han BenninkDerek Bailey & Han Bennink (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 32.99
A legendary meeting of free jazz talents – and one of those records that completely changed the game during the 70s! Both guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Han Bennink work here at a level that seems completely divorced from American roots in jazz – about as strongly in the post-68 freedoms of the European scene as possible – with both musicians opening up an incredible range of sonic elements on their instruments! And while the sometimes-bold drum work of Bennink might be seen as a challenge to the more intricate guitar sounds of Bailey, both players really find a way to work together perfectly – which also makes the record a key illustration of that spontaneous understanding that can arise between the best of the free jazz scene. Titles include "Call That A Balance", "Misty", "The Girl With The Concrete Tongue", and "Who Is That". 2LP version features unreleased bonus tracks on the full second album! LP, Vinyl record album

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Chet Baker & Philip CatherineThere'll Never Be Another You ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Chet Baker did so many wonderful things in his later years, which are often sadly overlooked except for those in the know – and one of the best was to start working with guitar more often, instead of piano – using the gentleness of the instrument to really change his style and the different way he shaped his notes! That approach is heard to perfection here – as Baker blows alongside guitarist Philip Catherine – a partner on other late sessions, but performing here without any other instrumentation at all – just his guitar and Chet's trumpet, on these beautiful long tracks that stretch out with a sublime sound throughout! Chet sings a bit, but his trumpet "voice" dominates, and is completely mesmerizing – on titles that include "Beatrice", "Leaving", "My Foolish Heart", and "There'll Never Be Another You". CD

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Bobby Bare with Skeeter Davis, Liz Anderson, & Norma JeanTunes For Two/The Game Of Triangles/Your Husband My Wife (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Morello (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A trio of albums that pair RCA country star Bobby Bare with some of the label's female singers – all brought together with bonus tracks too! Tunes For Two is one of the magical pairings of Bobby Bare and Skeeter Davis – both rising stars in the RCA country lineup of the 60s – each with their own sort of special sound! Skeeter's got a heartbreaking mode that's kind of post-Patsy Cline – perfect for the slower, blue-tinged tracks on the set – and a nice contrast with the more natural approach of Bobby – who's always got his emotions handy, but also often with a wry eye that lets him put things in perspective. The pair duet directly on most numbers – instead of singing back and forth – and titles include "In The Misty Moonlight", "Dear John Letter", "Too Used To Being With You", "True Love", "Let It Be Me", and "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds". Game Of Triangles is a compelling take on the country duo mode of the 60s – an album that features some tracks that have all three singers working together – beautiful "love triangle" numbers – then more tracks that feature each singer on their own! The triangle numbers are especially compelling – and include "One Among The Three Of Us", "Bye Bye Love", "Three Mixed Up Hearts", "Which One Is To Blame", and "The Game Of Triangles" – a really fresh version of country heartbreak modes. Other cuts are nice, too – and include Bobby Bare singing "Homesick" and "Guess I'll Move On Down The Line", Liz Anderson singing "The Wife Of The Party" and "Fairytale", and Norma Jean singing "Pursuing Happiness" and "Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You". Last up is Your Husband My Wife – a set that has the duo of Bare and Davis really maturing nicely – hitting modes that are a lot more country than some of Skeeter's early pop material, with beautiful back/forth vocals that open up the well-penned tunes of heartbreak and the struggles of love to survive. Titles include "Before The Sunrise", "Let's Make Love Not War", "There Never Was A Time", "A Truer Love You'll Never Find", and the great "Your Husband My Wife". CD features three more bonus tracks – "Vegas" by Bare with Jeannie Bare, "No Memories Hangin Round" by Bare with Rosanne Cash, and "It's A Dirty Job" by Bare with Lacy J Dalton. CD

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Gary BartzGary Bartz – Jazz Is Dead 6 ... CD
Jazz Is Dead, 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Saxophonist Gary Bartz joins the duo of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad – bringing a warm sense of soul to their soulful backings – which range from funky to spacey, and do a nice job of capturing the mid 70s feel of Gary on record! The sound isn't the Larry Mizell or Ntu Group version of Bartz – but a warm, spiritual take on alto sax – with strong solo that really soar out over the proceedings, even when the Young/Muhammad rhythms might not be as dynamic – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Gary Bartz always made the best of any situation – and really shines here amidst the Fender Rhodes, Hammond, guitars, and vibes that make up the rest of the music. Titles include "Soulsea", "The Message", "Day By Day", "Blue Jungles", "Spiritual Ideation", and "Black & Brown". CD

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Be Bop DeluxeAxe Victim ... LP
EMI/Harvest, Mid 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99 19.99
The amazing debut of Be Bop Deluxe – a record that's made up of all sorts of familiar parts, yet somehow really manages to set itself apart as a whole! The young Bill Nelson is at the top of his game here – a hell of a guitarist, which we sometimes forget in his later work – and a vocalist with a sinister edge that gives the record a sense of darkness that matches the compressed production and overall moody vibe – a child of the Bowie/Bolan generation, but one that's a real black sheep of the family too! The strength of the record is impossible to sum up in easy words – but it's there for the hearing, right from the very first note – on titles that include "Jet Silver & The Dolls Of Venus", "Axe Victim", "Love Is Swift Arrows", "No Trains To Heaven", "Jets At Dawn", "Rocket Cathedrals", and "Third Floor Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing in the gatefold cover, with light ring & edge wear.)

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Be Bop DeluxeLive In The Air Age ... LP
EMI/Harvest, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP ... $9.99 11.99
The "air" here might well refer to the charged atmosphere in the arena during the live show that makes up this set from Be Bop Deluxe – a nice summation of everything that Bill Nelson and the group had done on their studio classics from the mid 70s, maybe stripped-down here a bit away from the studio! Yet somehow, the music also has that wonderful sense of compression that the group always got – a way of layering the sound at a level that's maybe post-glam, pre-punk, and without some of the fuller trappings of ELO, with more of a focus on the guitar. The whole approach holds up surprisingly well on stage – and titles include "Shine", "Fair Exchange", "Sister Seagull", "Blazing Apostles", "Life In The Air Age", and "Ships In The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & white vinyl pressing. Cover has some surface & edge wear.)

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Beach BoysWouldn't It Be Nice/God Only Knows ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1966. Very Good ... $11.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow & orange label pressing with IAM stamp.)

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Beastie BoysAglio E Olio (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Grand Royal, 1995. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
Be warned – this might not be the Beastie Boys you know and love, because this special set has the trio returning to their punk rock roots – getting some help from Awol, and blasting through tracks that are as loud and fast as the work on their early Polly Wog Stew EP! In fact, the group are so fast here that they blast through the songs very quickly – the record is just a quarter of an hour in length – yet given that they could just have kept doing their same hitmaking thing at the time, it's great to hear them still be able to operate in a hardcore mode! Titles include "Square Wave In Unison", "Brand New", "Deal With It", "Believe Me", and "Nervous Assistant". Again, this is not hip hop – it's punk rock! Includes bonus tracks – "Light My Fire" and "Soba Violence". LP, Vinyl record album

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BeatlesLet It Be ... LP
Apple, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $59.99
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 Apple label pressing with Bell Sound/SF stamp. Cover has light wear, but this is a fantastic copy overall!)
Also available Let It Be (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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BeatlesLet It Be (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Apple/Universal (Japan), 1970. Used ... $24.99
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". CD
(2014 SHM-CD pressing – includes extra booklet, wraparound obi, and original stickered outer sleeve!)
Also available Let It Be ... LP 59.99

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George BensonBeyond The Blue Horizon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CTI, 1970. Used Gatefold ... $14.99 18.99
A great early CTI session by George Benson, and one of the most stripped-down, straight-ahead funky records he did for the label! There's a sharpness here that's different than the larger feel of some of Benson 's later records – a sound that almost links back to his soul jazz roots in the 60s – played by a tight combo that features Benson on guitar, Clarence Palmer on organ, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus percussion from Michael Cameron and Albert Nicholson. There's a version of "So What" on here that's got to be one of the best funky takes of that standard ever – with great hard grooves on the intro – and on other cuts, the real genius is in the way the simple tracks are arranged to shift between darkly chromatic passages and slight bits of funk. Titles include "All Clear", "Ode To A Kudu", and "Somewhere In The East". CD also features 3 bonus alternate takes, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Sharon BensonSunshine (with bonus track) ... LP
Polydor/P-Vine (Japan), 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $35.99 39.99
UK soul from the start of the 90s – and a set that definitely shows some of the best influences of that scene at the time! Sharon Benson's got a soulful voice that gets just the right treatment in the lean backings that are used on the album – some of the crisp, percolated beats of the Soul II Soul generation, but served up in a way that's more personal too – almost with the catchy vibe of some of the best work of Sybil a few years before, but also with that homegrown indie soul vibe that was really beginning to mark the style of a separate UK soul scene that was just taking off. Titles include "One Two I Love You", "Sunshine", "There Can Only Be One", "LCP", "Searching", "Bad Decisions", and "Anyone Compared To You". Reissue features a bonus track – "Sunshine (vibe mix)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Black IvoryBaby, Won't You Change Your Mind (with bonus track) ... CD
Today/Octave (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
Fantastic ballad soul from one of the greatest groups from the east coast 70s scene! Black Ivory may not have scored as big as some of their contemporaries on the charts – but to fans of harmony soul, they'll always be kings, and this record is the sort that forever gave them keys to the kingdom! They're working here with writer/arranger/producer Patrick Adams – back when his main talents were for ballads, not disco – and Adams perfectly crafted a set of songs to bring out the best side of the group's heavenly vocal talents. Includes loads of wonderful ballads, like "Wishful Thinking", "No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts", "It's Time to Say Goodbye", "Time is Love", and "Baby, Won't You Change Your Mind". Features the bonus track "We Made It". CD

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Bobby BlandCome Fly With Me/I Feel Good I Feel Fine/Sweet Vibrations/Try Me I'm Real ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 22.99
Four fantastic albums from Bobby Bland – all brought together in a single package for the first time! First up is Come Fly With Me – great work from Bobby Blue Bland – one of the few artists to rise up at the end of the 50s, and still find a way to chart their own path forward in soul with fresh material like this! Bobby's voice is still incredible here, and he works with production from Al Bell and Monk Higgins, the latter of whom arranged – in this cool style that's a bit like some of the territory that Tyrone Davis was taking on at Columbia Records during the second half of the 70s – fuller arrangements that bring some sophisticated soul touches to the music, but in ways that never lose the core of Bobby's genius! Titles include "Lady Lonely", "Night Games", "You Can Count On Me", "Love To See You Smile", "Come Fly With Me", and "To Be Friends". The next album is I Feel Good I Feel Fine – and Bobby Bland sounds pretty good too – thanks to arrangements from the great Monk Higgins, who does a perfect job of mixing Bland's trademark vocals with some sweet late 70s arrangements! The sound is upbeat, but never in a cliched disco mode – more in the territory that you'd hear Johnnie Taylor using over at Columbia Records – maybe a good comparison, given the Memphis roots that both artists shared – as both also evolved a lot to shift their sound with the changing modes of the time. And as with Johnnie, Bobby never loses the core that makes him great – as you'll hear on titles that include "Tit For Tat", "Soon As The Weather Breaks", "In His Eyes", "Someone To Belong To", "I Feel Good I Feel Fine", and "Little Mama". Sweet Vibrations is a real gem from the start of the 80s – arranged by Monk Higgins, who co-produced the set with Al Bell – a duo who'd already given Bobby some great records before, but who really knock it out of the park with this one. There's an extra-special quality going on here – maybe a slight reintroduction of blues roots, but still with a very contemporary spirit – set up to superb backings throughout. Titles include "Soul With A Flavor", "Hollywood Woman", "You'd Be A Millionaire", "Sweet Vibrator", "Special Kind Of Fool", and "A Real Woman Is What It Takes". Try Me I'm Real is record with a title that certainly fits the bill – as the amazing voice of Bobby Bland is as real here as it ever was, and blended with superbly soulful backings that take the singer's sound forward for a whole new generation! Some of Bobby's contemporaries were content to just stick in a straight blues mode – but Bland really grew and developed a lot as an artist, thanks in part to Monk Higgins and Al Bell – who are both at the production helm of the record, and balance the bluesy roots of Bobby with some richer soul backings that really knock the whole thing out of the park! We love Bobby Blue Bland during his early Duke Records years – but we love him equally as much for music like this, on titles that include "But I Do", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Givin Up The Streets For Love", "A Song For You My Son", "Just You Just Me", and "Love Is Where It's At". CD

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Colin BlunstoneOne Year (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Epic/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $34.99 36.99
Amazing solo work from ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone – his first album after parting ways with his former group – and one of our favorite albums of all time! Blunstone's vocals were already amazing in The Zombies – especially near the end – but this set takes things even further, by blending his sublime lyrics with spare arrangements that often just feature simple string passages and warm piano parts – subtle accompaniment that leaves Colin strongly in the lead! The songs are wonderful – penned to recall the changes and issues of the year after the parting of the group – with plenty of help from old buddies Rod Argent and Chris White too. There's never been another record like this again, and there never will be – one of the true treasures of the greatest generation of music! Titles include "Let Me Come Closer To You", "I Can't Live Without You", "Smokey Day", and "Say You Don't Mind" – plus a fantastic cover of "Misty Roses", and the more rocking "She Loves The Way They Love Her". This amazing 50th anniversary edition adds in 14 more tracks to a wonderful package – rare material that mostly features Blustone solo – with titles that include "Sing Your Own Song", "Let Me Come Closer To You", "You Really Were A Surprise", "I Won't Let You Down", "Too Much Too Soon", "I'd Like To Get To Know You", and "Are You Ready". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
One Year ... LP 49.99
One Year (UK pressing) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsThat's The Way It Should Be ... CD
Columbia, 1994. Used ... $2.99
A surprising mid 90s comeback for Booker T & The MGs – a session that reunites Booker T on Hammond, Steve Cropper on guitar, and Donald Duck Dunn on bass – with additional drums from either Steve Jordan or James Gadson! The sound is somewhat in the classic Stax mode of years back – in that most tracks are spare instrumentals with lots of lines from the organ and guitar – spun out over rhythms that are never too complicated, and which have the stepping soul instrumental quality of the Memphis scene from years back. But the sound is also somewhat different too – produced with a bit more "room" than in the Stax days, and with a sound on the organ that's not as low-end as before – a bit brighter overall. Still, the record's a lot better than you might expect for the time – a nicely restrained effort that tries to hearken back to the old days. Titles include "I Can't Stand The Rain", "Camel Ride", "Let's Wait Awhile", "Gotta Serve Somebody", "Slip Slidin", "Mo Greens", and "Just My Imagination". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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David BowieZiggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ryko, 1973. Used ... $7.99
Arguably one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time – and the key flowering of the partnership between David Bowie and Mick Ronson! The guitars here are heavy – so much so that the record's always crossed over big with crowds who are always suspicious of Bowie's artier work of the 70s – and represented a crucial moment when his groundbreaking music also found a large mainstream audience as well. And despite the fact that Ziggy's an androgynous space rocker with a spurious pedigree, the manufactured posturing of the album's come to be taken quite literally over the years – a vivid text of alienation, expression, and redemption – served up beautifully over a host of classic tracks that include "Five Years", "Soul Love", "Moonage Daydream", "Suffragette City", and "Ziggy Stardust" – all further proof of Bowie's 70s ability to slide in wherever he wanted with ease! Features great bonus tracks – unreleased demos of "Ziggy Stardust" and "Lady Stardust" – plus the unreleased "Sweet Head", the b-side "Velvet Goldmine", and an unreleased mix of "John I'm Only Dancing". CD
(Out of print Ryko version – with 5 bonus tracks!)
Also available Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (picture disc) ... LP 25.99

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Charles BradleyChanges (with download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
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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Randy BrownWe Ought To Be Doin It/You're So Good ... 12-inch
Chocolate City, 1980. Near Mint- ... $5.99
One of Randy Brown's greatest cuts ever – a smooth mellow soul track, with a nice little two-step vibe, and a groove that make the hook bite nicely! The cut's got the feel of Tyrone Davis or LJ Reynolds work from the time – with a nice mix of deep and smooth! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Casablanca sleeve. Sleeve and labels have some marker.)

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Sandro Brugnolini/Stefano TorossiMusica Per Commenti Sonori (with bonus CD) ... LP
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
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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✨✧ Bubble PuppyGathering Of Promises (with bonus tracks) ... CD
International Artists/Fuel, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The lone album from the Bubble Puppy – a monumental effort of late 60s hard grooving psychedelia – and one of very best albums to come out of the original Texas psych scene! A couple of the Pup's labelmates at United Artists get a lot of revelry all these years later, and rightfully so – who would argue the importance of The Red Krayola and 13th Floor Elevators – but Bubble Puppy deserve to be on that top shelf, too. The sound is tight and hard hitting, with trippy lyricism and groovy group harmonies, while the guitars range from cathartic fuzz to some surprisingly pretty melodicism. Not as far out as some of their peers, but the groove is absolutely killer. With the original album and 8 bonus tracks, including a few alternate mixes and single versions. Titles include the benchmark single "Hot Smoke And Sasafrass", plus "Todd's Tune", "I've Got To Reach You", "Lonely", "Hurry Sundown", "Elizabeth", "It's Safe To Say", "Beginning" and much more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Rudiger Carl IncKing Alcohol (New Version) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
FMP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... $16.99 19.99
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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Ian Carr with NucleusBelladonna ... CD
Vertigo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
One of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and flute from Brian Smith – coming into contact with the Fender Rhodes of Dave MacRae and the Hohner electric of Gordon Beck! The pairing of keys is wonderful – and the whole thing is sewn together by the guitar of a young Allan Holdsworth, who's very much in the sway of Carr's sound here, instead of the later directions he'd take as a leader. The set might be worth it alone for the massive "Summer Rain" – a slow funk track that trips along beautifully – but the whole thing's great, and other titles include "Belladonna", "Mayday", "Suspension", and "Hector's House". CD
Also available Belladonna ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Ian Carr with NucleusBelladonna ... LP
Vertigo/Mr Bongo (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99 27.98
One of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and flute from Brian Smith – coming into contact with the Fender Rhodes of Dave MacRae and the Hohner electric of Gordon Beck! The pairing of keys is wonderful – and the whole thing is sewn together by the guitar of a young Allan Holdsworth, who's very much in the sway of Carr's sound here, instead of the later directions he'd take as a leader. The set might be worth it alone for the massive "Summer Rain" – a slow funk track that trips along beautifully – but the whole thing's great, and other titles include "Belladonna", "Mayday", "Suspension", and "Hector's House". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Belladonna ... CD 11.99

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Ian Carr with NucleusSolar Plexus/Belladonna ... CD
Vertigo/BGO (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 21.98
Two jazz rock classics – back to back as a 2CD set! Solar Plexus was a pivotal album in the career of British jazzman Ian Carr – one that had him really opening up into some trippy, spacey grooves – adding in a lot of keyboards, kicking up the grooves, yet still never losing the strong jazzy finish that was the best part of his earlier work. Players on the set include trumpeters Harry Beckett and Kenny Wheeler, guitarist Chris Spedding, and keyboardist Karl Jekins, who really throws in some groovy lines on the set! Titles include "Elements 1 & 2", "Snakehips Dream", "Torso", "Spirit Level", and "Bedrock Deadlock". Belladonna is one of the heaviest electric sets from UK trumpeter Ian Carr – and that's really saying a lot, given how much heavy work he cut with his group Nucleus! The sound here is a groundbreaking mix of acoustic horns and keyboards – trumpet from Carr, and a mix of tenor, soprano, alto, and flute from Brian Smith – coming into contact with the Fender Rhodes of Dave MacRae and the Hohner electric of Gordon Beck! The pairing of keys is wonderful – and the whole thing is sewn together by the guitar of a young Allan Holdsworth, who's very much in the sway of Carr's sound here, instead of the later directions he'd take as a leader. The set might be worth it alone for the massive "Summer Rain" – a slow funk track that trips along beautifully – but the whole thing's great, and other titles include "Belladonna", "Mayday", "Suspension", and "Hector's House". CD

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Jim CarrollCatholic Boy (with bonus tracks) (2022 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Atco/Fat Possum, 1980. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... On November 25, 2022
A totally great album from the early years of the New York punk scene – and a set that will be remembered as the moment of musical glory for the legendary Jim Carroll! As with Tom Verlaine, Richard Hell, and Patti Smith – Carroll has roots in writing, but energy that needs music to really set it on fire – sounds that explode here with the intensity of the generation who lived through the city on fire, the garbage strike, and all the other tumult of NYC in the late 70s – an experience that's also added to Jim's young struggles with addiction. The music is every bit as sharp as Carroll's lyrics – and in addition to the seminal "People Who Died", the record sparkles with tunes that include "Three Sisters", "Nothing Is True", "Wicket Gravity", "City Drops Into Night", "Crow", "I Want The Angel", and "Catholic Boy". (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Saturday, November 26. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 25. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on November 26 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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Eugene ChadbourneThere'll Be No Tears Tonight ... CD
Parachute/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.99
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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Pastor ChampionI Just Want To Be A Good Man ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2022. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Pastor Wiley Champion is a gospel singer with a hell of a voice – the sort that could have instantly made him a huge soul singer, if he ever chose to leave his faith – but which is maybe even more powerful here directed towards a spiritual sort of setting! The album's a very lean effort, especially for a contemporary album – recorded to two track analog tape in a church in Oakland, but with crisp fidelity that lets the vocals really come to life once the songs begin – as Champion sings with light backings from his own guitar, plus a bit of keyboard, bass, drums, and tenor. The whole thing is wonderfully without any sense of cliche – and has none of the slavish attempt to sound "authentic" that you might fear from a contemporary record like this – just the pure, unadulterated power of a singer who's worked in obscurity for decades, finally getting his due. Titles include "To Be Used By You", "Storm Of Life", "I Know That You've Been Wounded", "He'll Make A Way", "I Just Want To Be A Good Man", and "Who Do Men Say I Am". CD
Also available I Just Want To Be A Good Man ... LP 20.99

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Pastor ChampionI Just Want To Be A Good Man ... LP
Luaka Bop, 2022. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
Pastor Wiley Champion is a gospel singer with a hell of a voice – the sort that could have instantly made him a huge soul singer, if he ever chose to leave his faith – but which is maybe even more powerful here directed towards a spiritual sort of setting! The album's a very lean effort, especially for a contemporary album – recorded to two track analog tape in a church in Oakland, but with crisp fidelity that lets the vocals really come to life once the songs begin – as Champion sings with light backings from his own guitar, plus a bit of keyboard, bass, drums, and tenor. The whole thing is wonderfully without any sense of cliche – and has none of the slavish attempt to sound "authentic" that you might fear from a contemporary record like this – just the pure, unadulterated power of a singer who's worked in obscurity for decades, finally getting his due. Titles include "To Be Used By You", "Storm Of Life", "I Know That You've Been Wounded", "He'll Make A Way", "I Just Want To Be A Good Man", and "Who Do Men Say I Am". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Just Want To Be A Good Man ... CD 13.99

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Cher3614 Jackson Highway (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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 CD 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". CD

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CherrelleFragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... About September 21, 2022 (delayed)
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". CD

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✨✧ Childish GambinoAwaken My Love (with download) ... LP
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, following his own path in respectable, highly rewarding fashion. Includes "Me And Your Mama", "Have Some Love", "Boogieman", "Zombies", "Riot", "Redbone", "Terrified", "California", "Terrified", "The Night Me & Your Mama Met" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dee Clark with The Kool Gents & The DelegatesHis Best Recordings ... LP
Solid Smoke, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99 9.99
Killer Chicago soul – features early Kool Gents cuts "Just Like A Fool", "This Is The Night", "I Just Can't Help Myself", and "Crazy Over You" – plus Delegates cuts "Mother's Son" and "I'm Gonna Be Glad". Also features Clark cuts "I'm Going Home", "It's Impossible", "Raindrops", "Hey Little Girl", and "Your Friends". LP, Vinyl record album

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Linda CliffordLet Me Be Your Woman ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1979. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
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
(Cover has surface and edge wear, a cutout notch and names in pen on the front, back and labels.)

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Bobby ColePoint Of View (2LP pressing – with bonus tracks) (2022 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Concentric/Omnivore, 1964. New Copy 2LP ... On November 25, 2022
An incredible treasure from a lost vocal jazz genius – the little-known Bobby Cole, every bit as great a singer as he was a songwriter, very unusual for the time! Bobby was probably best remembered as the house pianist at Jillys, but at the time of this 1964 recording, he was poised to emerge as a serious vocalist with a rich talent for penning interesting and witty little tunes. The album's got Bobby singing in a style that's halfway between Matt Dennis and Mark Murphy – with the sophisticated talents of both in place, and perhaps a bit of the wit of Bob Dorough or Roy Kral. The original album features Bobby on piano and vocals, with only bass and drums behind him – and titles include "You Can't Build A Life On A Look", "Heat", "You Could Hear A Pin Drop", "Change Of Scene", "A Perfect Day", "Elegy For Eve", and "Status Quo". CD features 13 unissued bonus tracks too – different than the ones that were on the previous Japanese CD release – great titles with a similar vibe, including "Checkerboard Life", "Drink This Cup", "Never Ask The Hour", "A Toast", and "When She Was In Love With Me". (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Saturday, November 26. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 25. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on November 26 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP version – with 13 bonus tracks!)
Also available
Point Of View (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99
Point Of View (with bonus download) ... LP 28.99

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Bootsy CollinsPower Of The One (with bonus tracks) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
Bootsy Collins may be the last man standing in the P-Funk universe – and certainly is able to more than step up with the kind of magic that first made us fall in love with his music back in the 70s! This set's got a rock-solid, no-nonsense quality that has the legend working alongside a host of great guests in the kind of bass-heavy funk territory that made him an originator – and which he still does a heck of a lot better than just about anyone else – especially as he avoids any temptation to try to make the album sound too contemporary. Guests include George Benson, Snoop Dogg, Emmaline, Larry Graham, Branford Marsalis, Victor Wooten, and many others – on titles that include "Creepin", "Wishing Well", "Funktropolis", "Club Funkateers", "Soul Not 4 Sale", "Funkship Area 51", "The Power Of The One", "Slide Eazy", and "Bootsy Off Broadway". Japanese CD features two bonus tracks – "Bewise (FredWreck rmx)" and "Bootsy's Play-Cation". CD

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John ColtraneTrane Of August '57 (aka John Coltrane With The Red Garland Trio) ... LP
Doxy, 1958. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Classic late 50s 'Trane for Prestige – with backing by the Red Garland trio, and tracks in a loose comfortable format that really lets Coltrane open up on his solos. The rhythm team of Art Taylor and Paul Chambers still give the set a strong degree of tightness, though – and by no means should this one be thought of as a throw off set. Five nu7mbers in all: "Traneing In", "Slow Dance", "You Leave Me Breathless", "Soft Lights & Sweet Music" and "Bass Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(EU reissue from 2009.)

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John Coltrane & Johnny HodgesComplete Studio Sessions With Johnny Hodges ... CD
Definitive/Norgran (Spain), 1954. Used ... $6.99
Here's a side of John Coltrane you may not know about – his pre-Miles Davis, post-Earl Bostic time with Johnny Hodges! Right after he left the Bostic group, where he was a bit buried in the orchestra (but still had some nice moments), Coltrane hooked up with Johnny Hodges for these 1954 sessions on Verve/Norgran. The group is nice and small – with players that include Shorty Baker, Jimmy Hamilton, and Cal Cobbs – but the main focus is on the solo work of Hodges, with Coltrane mostly providing supporting work in the group. But still, if you dig Hodges (and we sure do!), the set's a nice one – and features tracks that include "Used To Be Duke", "Warm Valley", "Madam Butterfly", "Sweet As Bear Meat", and "Burgundy Walk", as well as a very cool 17 minute "Ballad Medley"! CD

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CommonBE ... CD
GOOD/Geffen, 2005. Used ... $4.99
BE isn't exactly a back-to-basics LP in the vein of his classic work for Relativity – but it is indeed a return to a focused, genuinely soulful, no BS approach – and it's a very welcome one at that! It seems like Com was a bit affected by some of the criticism folks had for the spacious, astral Electric Circus LP – if you ask us Common had no reason to apologize, but we'd be lyin' if we said we weren't hoping for another batch of tracks that sound like they could have been written on a front porch on the southside of Chicago. This is indeed that record – 11 tracks, few guest appearances, and a warm, consistent sound all the way through. There's a 3 track span on this album, from "Chi-City" through "Real People", that's seriously close to perfection. Welcome home, Common! Ruggedly produced by Kanye West, with a couple of stellar production contributions from Jay Dee! Other tracks include "The Corner" feat Last Poets, "Go!", "Faithful", "Testify", "Love Is. . .", "The Food (live)" (this great track has been circulating for a while since it was performed on Chappelle's Show, and we're thrilled Common and Kanye had the good sense to include it on the album), "They Say" featuring John Legend and "It's Your World (Part 1 &2)". CD

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CzarfaceCzarmageddon (with bonus trading cards) ... LP
Silver Age, 2022. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99 31.99
There's no Czarmageddon here – as the album's hardly an end game, and instead seems to have Czarface rising up again with a new sort of power and pride! Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric seem to really earn their superhero status here – coming on with a quality that almost makes the whole thing effortless – as they unite the classic energy of their roots with the kind of freshness that's made previous projects so great! Kool Keith makes a guest appearance on "Fearless & Inventive" – and other titles include "Bob Laczar", "Splash Page", "Walk Through Walls", "The Czarlaac Pit", "Can It Be", "Czarv Wolfman", "Logan 5", and "Nu Mutantes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus trading cards!)

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Paquito D'Rivera with Arturo SandovalReunion (2022 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Messidor (Germany), 1990. New Copy ... On November 25, 2022
A great set of Latin-tinged jazz – and the first recording that Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval had made together in many years! The set's got the angular groove of Paquito's best work of the early 80s – tight Latin jazz, with plenty of percussion at the bottom – played out over longer tracks that allow plenty of space for him and Sandoval to solo, and which also feature piano by Danilo Perez and guitar by Fareed Haque. Titles include "Tanga", "Latin American Suite", "Claudia", "Body & Soul", "Reunion", and "Friday Morning". (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Saturday, November 26. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 25. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on November 26 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Reunion ... LP 29.99

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Daggerboard with Henry FranklinDaggerboard & The Skipper ... CD
Wide Hive, 2022. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Daggerboard work here with the great west coast bassist Henry Franklin – aka Skipper, which you might know from his famous 70s albums for the Black Jazz label! Franklin's a talent who's been keeping the fires burning for decades on the west coast underground scene – and he's still a hell of a talent, and an equally great composer – as you'll hear here, when Daggerboard really lets him take the lead. If anything, Franklin's bass might be even more upfront in the mix than on some of his own recent albums – and the group's also joined here by the great Roger Glenn on vibes – another older west coast player who delivered a superb 70s album on Fantasy. The group's co-led by Erik Jekabson on trumpet and Gregory Howe on percussion – and some of the tracks also feature some great subtle use of a string quartet too. Titles include "Involuntary Separation", "Skipper's Garden", "Conception Point", "Video Culture", "Seven For Henry", and "Agapanthus". CD
(Barcode has cutout hole.)
Also available Daggerboard & The Skipper ... CD 9.99

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Daggerboard with Henry FranklinDaggerboard & The Skipper ... CD
Wide Hive, 2022. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Daggerboard work here with the great west coast bassist Henry Franklin – aka Skipper, which you might know from his famous 70s albums for the Black Jazz label! Franklin's a talent who's been keeping the fires burning for decades on the west coast underground scene – and he's still a hell of a talent, and an equally great composer – as you'll hear here, when Daggerboard really lets him take the lead. If anything, Franklin's bass might be even more upfront in the mix than on some of his own recent albums – and the group's also joined here by the great Roger Glenn on vibes – another older west coast player who delivered a superb 70s album on Fantasy. The group's co-led by Erik Jekabson on trumpet and Gregory Howe on percussion – and some of the tracks also feature some great subtle use of a string quartet too. Titles include "Involuntary Separation", "Skipper's Garden", "Conception Point", "Video Culture", "Seven For Henry", and "Agapanthus". CD

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Dee Daniels with Monty AlexanderMusic Made Me Sing It ... CD
Cobra/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Singer Dee Daniels has some great backing here – the trio of pianist Monty Alexander, who really bring a strongly soulful swing to the set! Dee's one of those 80s vocalists who can draw on older jazz traditions and borrow some of the inflections from soul music of the 60s and 70s – then spin things out with a lean, mean quality that's a great change from some of the too-familiar torch and jazz standard styles on the scene! The approach is maybe in the territory of Ernestine Alexander during her great run of albums on Concord – and as with those, there was less mainstream play with the music of Daniels – which is what makes it such a great discovery. Monty's on piano with John Clayton on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums – and titles include "He Loves Me", "This Must Be Love", "Dr Feelgood", "Come Try My Love", "Adonnadee", and "I Got This Bridge I Want You To Buy". CD

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✨✧ Dazz BandWild & Free (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Geffen/PTG (Netherlands), 1986. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The Dazz Band may be wild and free in the title, but the album's tighter than ever – a lean, focused approach to the Dazz Band sound – done here with loads of 80s production and instrumentation in the mix! The rhythms are heavy with drum machine lines – often mixed with keyboard bits and swirled together with a sound that's even more crossover than some of the group's earlier work. Vocals often take a back seat to the grooves – but on the ballads they shine through nicely, and remind us of the group's roots. Titles include "The Beat That's Right", "Wild & Free", "Love MIA", "Sunglasses", "Something You Said", and "Time Will Heal A Broken Heart". CD features bonus tracks – "Wild & Free (ext dance rmx)", "Last Chance For Love", "Love MIA (house mix)", and "A Place In My Heart". CD

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Deep PurpleFireball (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Rhino, 1971. Used ... $7.99
A definite fireball from the legendary early lineup of Deep Purple – a record that has the group soaring to the skies in a blazing blend of guitars, keyboards, bass, and drums! A set like this is seminal for understanding just how far rock music stepped in just a few short years – because back in the mid 60s, these guys might have been slavishly laying out blues riffs, or trying to copy their American heroes – but those roots are completely subsumed in the band's own style, and delivered with a dexterity that's truly amazing – a brash, balls-out quality that should be given everything it's trying to claim – because a record like this doesn't need to answer to anyone! Titles include "Fireball", "No No No", "Anyone's Daughter", "Demon's Eye", "The Mule", and "No One Came". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Fireball ... LP 24.99

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Paul DesmondTake Ten Plus (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1963. Used ... $4.99
That's "Take Ten", not "Take Five" – a great title cut that echoes Paul Desmond's previous work with Dave Brubeck – but which then gives way quickly to some sweet bossa-styled grooves done with guitar from Jim Hall! The album's one of the strongest of the Hall/Desmond collaborations for RCA – A sublime showcase not just for Paul's impeccable alto, but also for the amazing tones and chromes that fly freely from the strings of Jim's guitar! Both players are set up with just a bit of gentle backing – light percussion from Connie Kay, and a bit of bass from Gene Cherico or Gene Wright. The whole thing's a well-conceived study in economy, as the two players craft sly and subtle lines around spare drum and bass backings – slowly hanging sound in space to weave a rich web of sound that's as compelling as it seems to be effortless! Titles include "Take Ten", "El Prince", "Embarcadero", "Samba De Orfeu", "Theme From Black Orpheus", and "Alone Together". Plus, the CD reissue features 3 bonus tracks – "Out Of Nowhere", and alternate takes of "El Prince" and "Embarcadero". CD
(1999 CD pressing.)
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Take Ten (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99
Take Ten (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99
 
 
 



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