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BeatlesLet It Be (Special Edition) (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Apple/Capitol, 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 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". CD2 features lots of great bonus material – including "The Walk", "Let It Be/Please Please Me/Let It Be", "Wake Up Little Suzie/I Me Mine", "For You Blue", "Maggie Mae/Fancy My Chances With You" – and bonus dialogue from the film, other alternate takes, and the first rooftop performance of "Don't Let Me Down". CD
(Special edition – with new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell!)
Also available
Let It Be ... CD 3.99
Let It Be (Special Edition) ... CD 17.99

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✨✧ Tyrone DavisLet's Be Closer Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1977. Used ... $11.99
The cover has Tyrone Davis in a very diverse crowd, but the record is pure Davis all the way through – that great blend of bluesy roots and classier soul that made most of his 70s records so wonderful! The approach here is even more careful and well put-together than some of Tyrone's last records at the indie label Dakar – a new step forward on Columbia, where songwriter/producer Leo Graham gave Davis some great material to work with – helping him to find a strong new voice, just as most of his audience was doing the same. Titles include "In The Sand", "This I Swear", "I Got Carried Away", "Let's Be Closer Together", "You Need Love", "All You Got", and "If That's What It Takes". CD features bonus 7" mixes of "All You Got" and "This I Swear". CD

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Elton Dean Quartet/EDQThey All Be On This Old Road (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
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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George DukeI Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)/Say That You Will ... 12-inch
Epic, 1974. Very Good+ ... $11.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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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 ... $6.99 15.98
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
Also available Free As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks, booklet, & bonus download) ... LP 20.99

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LightmenFree As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks, booklet, & bonus download) ... LP
Judnell/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 25.98
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 2LP version features unreleased extended mono mixes – and a great booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Free As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Donna LorenI'm Gonna Be Alright/I'm In Love With The Ticket Taker At The Bijou Movie ... 7-inch
Challenge, 1962. Very Good+ ... $19.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Labels have some marker.)

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Rene MarieI Wanna Be Evil – With Love To Eartha Kitt ... CD
Motema, 2013. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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Barbara MasonGive Me Your Love/You Can Be With The One You Don't Love ... 7-inch
Buddah, 1972. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Great stuff – and one of Barbara's dopest cuts! "Give Me Your Love" is a badass Curtis Mayfield tune from the Superfly soundtrack – and here, Barbara does a cool cool version with souped-up Curtom styled production, and some sweet female backing vocals. Curtis produced the track, and also handled the flip, which is a sweeter ballad number. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Hugh Mundell/Augustus PabloAfrica Must Be Free By 1983 (with bonus dubs) ... CD
RAS/VP, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
An incredible moment of righteous energy from the Kingston scene of the 70s – sublime production by Augustus Pablo, and very powerful lyrics from the great Hugh Mundell! Despite the laidback groove of the record, the tunes themselves have as much political energy as American work of the spiritual jazz generation, steeped in Rastafarian inspiration, but delivered by Hugh Mundell with this beautifully fragile vocal style – which somehow almost makes the message in the music even more compelling than if it came across from a more heavy-handed force! Chinna Smith plays lead guitar, and Pablo handles a lot of the piano and melodica lines – and titles include "Let's All Unite", "My Mind", "Africa Must Be Free By 1983", "Why Do Black Men Fuss & Fight", "Book Of Life", "Run Revolution A Come", "Day Of Judgement", and "Jah Will Provide". CD also features the full Africa Dub album, too – but with each dub track right after the regular song on the record – with titles that include "Unity Dub", "My Mind Dub", "Ital Sip", "Revolution Dub", "Africa Dub", "Sufferer Dub", and "Western Kingston Style". CD

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New MastersoundsBe Yourself (with bonus download) ... LP
King Underground, 2003. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A warm return to funky form for the New Mastersounds – working here in an instant-classic groove that recalls the glory days of the Memphis scene! The group's instrumental sound is supported by some extremely burning work on Hammond – sweet and soulful licks that remind us a lot of the sound of Booker T in the late 60s, backed up by some guitar work that shifts easily from uptight and scratchy, to superdope and mellow. The album changes things up nicely from track to track, going for grooves that blend in a lot of different modes, and which show the group to be really expanding their format. Titles include "Better Off Dead", "Six Underground", "Barca", "You've Had It All", "This Ain't Work", "Idle Time", "Your Love Is Mine", "RTA", "Coming Down", and "Be Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl! Includes download.)

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Paul WallHow To Be A Player (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Swisha House, 2004. Used CD & DVD ... $19.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
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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✨✧ Johnny HodgesUsed To Be Duke (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Norgran/Verve, 1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
OK, so the title's a bit misleading – as Hodges never used to be "Duke", just played with him – but the record's a great one – really sharp set of standards from the mid 50s, played with a tightly moving focus! The small group settings includes Ellingtonians, plus the unlikely addition of John Coltrane on tenor on a few tracks. Hodges' tone is tremendous, as always – and the record sparkles on both the more uptempo and the more measured numbers, with titles that include the Hodges originals "Used to be Duke" and "Sweet As Bear Meat", Ellington's "Warm Valley", plus "Madam Butterfly", and "Sweet Lorraine", "Time On My Hand"s", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Poor Butterfly". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ King CrimsonHappy With What You Have To Be Happy With ... CD
Sanctuary (UK), 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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

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✨✧ Cheryl LynnIt's Gonna Be Right (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cheryl Lynn's punching up her sound a bit here – working with Hubert Eaves, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and even some of her own productions – in a style that's got a heavier sort of 80s groove than earlier albums, but still mighty nice – and a great change from the disco of her earlier years! Lynn's vocals, as always, are totally top-shelf – more than bold enough to soar over whatever groove she'd choose – although in this case, the groove is right on the money – definitely as right as the title implies! Titles include "Fade to Black", "Find Somebody New", "Let Me Love You", and "Love's Been Here Before". CD features the bonus track "Fidelity (12" version)". CD

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✨✧ Be Bop DeluxeLive In The Air Age (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1977. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
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". 3CD set features three more bonus John Peel live tracks on CD1 – and CD2 and CD3 feature a full extended live performance, done in London at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977! Newly remastered, with new notes by Bill Nelson, and in the correct running order for the first time on CD. CD
 
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Bajka with Das Goldenes ZeitalterI Can No Poet Be/Love's Serenity ... 12-inch
Jazzman (UK), 2005. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great counterpart to the amazing Das Goldenes Zeitalter single on Jazzman – one that features vocals by Bajka throughout, but a similar Goldenes groove on all tracks! "I Can No Poet Be" begins with lots of righteous soul jazz riffing from the group – building up almost like some lost Impulse Records tune from the early 70s, before giving way to some poetic vocals from Bajka – done in her own warmly raspy mode! "Love's Serenity" pulsates with a rolling acoustic bassline and percussion – and features some great Pharoah Sanders-like saxophone lines at the start – really dominating the tune strongly, so much so that Bajka doesn't even make an appearance on the track! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve, with a small sticker spot.)

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ChevronsThat Comes With Love/Don't Be Heartless ... 7-inch
Brent, 1959. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has initials in marker and a small sticker.)

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Edith Wilson with Little Brother MontgomeryHe May Be Your Man But He Comes To See Me Sometime! ... LP
Delmark, 1976. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and some stains along the bottom.)

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✨✧ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton MarsalisDon't Be Afraid – The Music Of Charles Mingus ... CD
Jazz At Lincoln Center/Palmetto, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson on alto and soprano saxophone, Ted Nash on alto and soprano saxophone and flute, Joe Temperley on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Carlos Henriquez on bass, Herlin "Homey" Riley on drums, Eric "Top Professor" Lewis on piano, Walter Blanding on tenor saxophone, Victor Goines on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet and clarinet, Ron Westray and Vincent Gardner on trombone, Andre Hayward on trombone and tuba, and Lew Soloff, Marcus Printup, Ryan Kisor, and Wynton Marsalis on trumpet. CD

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

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

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Keith MansfieldContempo – KPM 1188 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A record with an unassuming cover, but a set that's overflowing with a fantastic array of funky instrumentals – and maybe a lot more so than any other mid 70s records with a more soul-styled cover! Keith Mansfield is an unassuming guy – mostly laboring in relative obscurity of the Brit sound library scene, as on this record for KPM – but he makes real magic with funky drums and soul-drenched horns – often beating the best of the blacksploitation generation at their own game – with so many tunes here that are aching to be sampled, you might actually throw away all your different Shaft-based soundtracks for this one no-filler record! Titles include "Snake Hips", "Funky Footage", "Man Alive", "Cut To Music", "What's Cooking", "Good Vibrations", "Breezin", and "Sun Goddess". 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)... $29.99
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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Steve MooreAnalog Sensitivity – KPM 2164 ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
A new entry in the legendary KPM sound library series, but one that feels very much like some of the best keyboard sessions the label was recording when it moved into its more electric mode at the start of the 80s! Steve Moore does a great job of making things moody while still moving forward – lots of darker washes of sound hiding behind the melodic moments upfront – as the tunes often have this bubbling, trickling quality that makes us feel like the music is creating itself as the session progresses in the studio! The approach makes for a nicely organic variation on this sort of music – definitely the sensitivity of an analog performance – and titles include "Behind The Waterfall", "Mirror Mountain", "Syzygy", "Pentagram Of Venus", "Urge Surfing", and "Of Dust Thou Art". 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
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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SolaUn Muneco De Madera ... LP
RCA/Be With (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
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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✨✧ Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... LP
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lewis TaylorLewis Taylor ... LP
Island/Be With (UK), 1996. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a classic from UK singer Lewis Taylor – one of the best blue-eyed soul albums recorded in the 90s, and a record that's still years ahead of its time! In a stretch when so many others were putting out fake soul – or breathing heavily on downtempo records – Taylor found a way to really deliver something new and unique, yet also come across with the classic mellow flow of 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or The Isley Brothers! Taylor's vocal delivery here owes plenty to both, but the production is very crisp and individual – handled by Lewis himself, and in a spare mix of modes that's quite different than some of the more stock "beats and keys" modes that would take over underground soul in the next decade! Instead, there's this great range of subtle tones and textures that work beautifully alongside Taylor's sublime vocals – all to suit some beautifully-written tunes too. Titles include "Lucky", "Track", "Betterlove", "Right", "Spirit", "Bittersweet", and "Whoever". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jorge Lopez RuizEl Grito ... LP
Acoua/Be With (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A brilliant large group performance from Argentine bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz – and one that's got all the fire and energy you might expect from the cover! The album's an extended piece in five movements – written, arranged, and directed by Ruiz on bass – but featuring some stunning solo work from Mario Cosentino on alto sax, Gustavo Bergalli on flugelhorn, and Ruben Lopez Furst on piano! The tunes step out slowly, but build fully – with a mixture of complex ideas and rich individuality that reminds us a lot of the Clark Boland Big Band, with with perhaps an even greater sense of space. The album's a gem all the way through – and movements include "Hasta El Cielo", "Mab Amor", "El Grito", "Tendre El Mundo", and "De Nuevo El Grito". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fuzzy DuckFuzzy Duck ... LP
MAM/Be With (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ JunieSuzie Super Groupie ... LP
Westbound/Be With (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A funky tribute to all the "Super Groupies" who were helping out the 70s music scene – maybe the closest thing that Junie Morrison every came to a tribute album – and a set that's got all the same wonderful complexity of his other solo albums on Westbound! As with those records, there's a pre-Prince approach to funk that draws heavily from Ohio Players and P-Funk elements – but which really gets a sharper, more sinister focus with Junie in the lead – at a level of soulful stardom that could have made him another Bootsy Collins, if folks were ever smart enough to figure out what he was doing at the time! Titles include the funky classic "Suzie Thundertussy" – plus "Super Groupie", "Surrender", "Junie III", "What Am I Gonna Do", "Stone Face Joe", "Suzie", and "If You Love Him". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Barry Morgan & Ray CooperPercussion Spectrum – Themes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Themes/Be With (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sound library set that definitely lives up to its title – as the whole thing features nothing but drums and percussion, running through a very wide spectrum of sounds throughout! Barry Morgan and Ray Cooper handle the instruments – and come together with a sense of variety that's amazing – different rhythms and sounds from track to track – so that some numbers almost feel as if there's a fuller funky group in the mix, while others let you know that the drums are king! Tracks vary in length, but are quite short overall – so that the album's got 33 sharp little stunners, with titles that include "Samba Street", "Child's Theme", "Impulsion", "Fast Action", "The Chaser", "Vibraphone", "Gathering Storm", "Drums On Parade", "Percussion Power", "Runaway", and "Tropical Peace". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Linda Babe MajikaDon't Treat Me So Bad ... LP
Gallo/Be With (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Groovy South African soul from Linda Bab Majika – a singer who's part of that new generation of positivity that was flowing out of the scene, reaching out here with a sound that's pretty universal in appeal! The music is more conventional 80s soul than you might expect – and richer and fuller than some of the synth-heavy work of the period in South African soul – still with lots of beats and keyboards, but a bolder production sound that really suits Linda's vocals! There are occasional elements that you might recognize from bigger crossover world acts – such as the South African artists who were getting play on US radio – but the overall sound is more soul than anything else, on titles that include "Let's Make A Deal", "It's Our Home", "Don't Treat Me So Bad", "Play Boy", and "Kunzima". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Caiphus SemenyaListen To The World ... LP
Sony/Be With (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sweet little record from Caiphus Semenya – a South African singer, but one who works here with backings from some top-shelf studio talents in LA – a mix of jazz and fusion players who really bring a great sense of groove to the material! Tracks include two originals co-written with Letta Mbulu – and the mix of South African roots and Cali soul is a bit similar to some of Letta's late 70s work – maybe a bit more upbeat than the political climate in SA warranted at the time, but that sometimes happens when an overseas artist spends a bit of time on the west coast. Titles include "Gumba Boogie", "Play With Fire", "Umoya", "Angelina", "Without You", and "Ziph'Inkomo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Caiphus SemenyaStreams Today Rivers Tomorrow ... LP
Munjale/Be With (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
South African soul from Caiphus Semenya – and a set that's got a nicely righteous, upbeat vibe throughout! Caiphus works here in that best sort of South African style in the decade when the nation's struggles were getting a lot more global attention – showing a spirit that refuses to be dimmed, as Semenya's often backed by a group of female singers that includes Letta Mbulu, who worked on the record with Caiphus! There's a bubbling, uplifting sound here that's great – very pure, and not of the more watered-down style of others who would soon borrow from the scene – on titles that include "Matswale", "Nomalanga", "Aida", "Mamase", "Moshanyana", and "Ndi Kulindile". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyPrice You Got To Pay To Be Free ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – one that really displays the full charm of their approach at the time, and that wonderfully crowd-winning mode that made Cannon a key act at this time for rock and soul audiences too! Adderley raps a bit at key points, and brings some righteous energy to the concert – while the rest of the group follow up with performances that really send the whole thing home – Nat Adderley on cornet, Zawinul on Fender Rhodes and piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Cannon plays some soprano sax, in addition to his familiar alto – and titles include "Alto Sex", "Lonesome Stranger", "Wild Cat Pee", "Soul Virgo", "Painted Desert", "Directions", "Pra Dizer Adeus", "Rumplestiltskin", "Price You Got To Pay To Be Free", "Esquisition", "Get Up Off Your Knees", "Down In Black Bottom", and "The Scene". Produced by David Axelrod too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear and two small splits in the bottom seam.)

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Terry AllenPedal Steal & Four Corners (LP/3CDs/book – with download) ... LP
Paradise Of Bachelors, Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy LP, 3CD & Book ... $28.99 32.99
Terry Allen has always been one of the most enigmatic figures in Texas music – but the work included here might well be some of his most compelling – even if it is a bit far from the straighter country of his start! Allen's always been a very narrative songwriter – and here, he takes that form one further – in a series of radio plays and longer audio narratives, most of which intersperse sung passages with spoken bits, sound effects, and beautiful music as well! These aren't any sort of sleepy, too-prosaic works – but instead, the sort of material that's always had us link Allen's music with the books of Barry Gifford or Barry Hannah – instantly evocative, and with a vision for storytelling that's completely captivating – a journey begun on his Juarez album, and really extended here. The special package features the first vinyl appearance of a few of these pieces – and 3CDs of music that contain the complete "Pedal Steel", "Torso Hell", "Bleeder", "Dugout", and "Reunion (A Return To Juarez)". Also features a great 28 page booklet on all the material! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor with Jon Irabagon & Joe FondaLong Tall Sunshine ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A really great trio set from drummer Barry Altschul – a record that easily swings between freer moments and straighter swing – thanks to the help of bassist Joe Fonda, and saxophonist Jon Irabagon – who blows tenor, soprillo sax, and alto clarinet! Fonda's bass may well be the rock of the set – a he's always a bit understated, but finds a way to bridge the space between Altschul's loose work on the kit, and the more soulfully cohesive lines of Irabagon's reeds. The tunes all have a loose structure, but are easily broken open by improvisation – and titles include "Be Out S'Cool", "Irina", "The 3Dom Factor", "Long Tall Sunshine", and "Martin's Stew". CD

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Rodrigo AmadoLet The Free Be Men ... CD
Trost (Austria), 2021. New Copy ... $18.99
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". CD

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Rodrigo AmadoLet The Free Be Men ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2021. New Copy ... About July 30, 2021 (delayed)
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
Also available Let The Free Be Men ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Chet AtkinsComplete RCA & Columbia Christmas Recordings (Christmas With Chet Atkins/East Tennessee Christmas/bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony/Real Gone, 1961/1983. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 24.99
A pair of Holiday albums from Nashville guitar legend Chet Atkins – back to back in a 2CD set, complete with a huge amount of bonus material too! First up is the classic Christmas With Chet Atkins – a sweet strummy Christmas album from the great Chet – a set that's filled with guitar-based tunes that have a special Holiday feel – some of which have warm vocal passages from the Anita Kerr quartet! We always love Chet on RCA during the classic years, but his warm sound is especially nice for the Holidays – a sort of cozy, cuddly approach to guitar that sounds great on these familiar tunes – and which is recorded here with some of those perfect RCA country touches of the early 60s! Titles include "Jingle Bell Rock", "Jingle Bells", "Silver Bells", "White Christmas", "Blue Christmas", "Silent Night", and "Little Drummer Boy". Next is East Tennessee Christmas – an early 80s album from guitar great Chet Atkins – one that really updates his sound for a modern generation, yet still leaves plenty of room for his masterful work on the strings! The record has fuller backings on most tracks – gentle orchestrations that still have the guitar in the lead – and there's also some chorus vocals, in a mode that's kind of an 80s take on the older Anita Kerr Singers approach. Titles include "East Tennesse Christmas", "Let It Snow", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Away In A Manger", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Jingle Bell Rock". CD set features LOTS of bonus tracks – including "Christmas Carols", "Jingle Bells", "Greensleeves", "Bells Of St Mary's", "Winter Wonderland (1976)", "White Christmas (1976)", "Jingle Bells (1976)", "Silver Bells (1976)", "Ave Maria", "Winter Walkin", "Sleighbells Reindeer & Snhow", and lots more. CD

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AtmosphereFamily Sign (with bonus 7 inch single & download) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $27.99 30.99
There's a richness in sound here that's both unusual for Atmosphere, and maybe for hip hop in general – as the use of piano and guitar on many songs really set the stage for some indie elements too! Not that the album's rock, as Slug's lyrics and rhymes are as crispy as ever – as is Ant's production – yet there is a quality here that's really part of the evolution of hip hop at the time, something that Atmosphere and other groups were helping trigger. Titles include "My Key", "The Last To Say", "Just For Show", "She's Enough", "Millennium Dodo", "Ain't Nobody", "Who I'll Never Be", "My Notes", "Something So", and "I Don't Need Brighter Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus 7 inch & download!)

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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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✨✧ Derek Bailey & Han BenninkDerek Bailey & Han Bennink (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
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 BakerChet – Ballads By Chet Baker (with bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $4.99
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for Pacific Jazz – but a bit more fleshed out by the other players in the set – who seem to push a bit more personality into the tunes, and not just let Chet's trumpet dominate. The sound is soft and gentle – as you'd expect from the title – and other players include Bill Evans, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones – all bringing a bit of a New York undercurrent to the west coast Baker solo style. Titles include "How High the Moon", "It Never Entered My Mind", "If You Could See Me Now", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Time On My Hands", and "You And The Night And Music". Also includes the bonus track "Early Morning Mood". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Chet – Ballads By Chet Baker (plus bonus track) (Keepnews collection) ... CD 7.99

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Reverend Robert Ballinger with Willie DixonKing's Highway ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 22.99
Robert Ballinger might be a Reverend, but he's got the sound of a 50s bluesman in Chicago – no surprise, as he recorded most of these tracks in the Windy City during the decade – with plenty of help from the great Willie Dixon on bass! Ballinger sings and plays piano on these cuts – with raw, romping energy that makes these vintage singles as appealing as blues sides as they are as gospel gems – originally done for labels that include Chess, United, and Peacock – sometimes with added backing vocals or instrumentation, but always with Ballinger's raw energy at the core. This 2CD set is the first we've ever seen to really do justice to these recordings – and features 35 tracks that include "Hold My Body Down", "No Bread", "He's My Everything", "The Little Black Train", "How I Got Over", "Something Has Happened", "Poor Wayfaring Pilgrim", "Oil In Your Vessel", "Standing In The Safety Zone", "This Train", "God Rode In A Windstorm", "The Life I Sing About", "Sweet Lamb", and "I Got To Tell It". CD

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Barrino BrothersLivin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
The only album ever by The Barrino Brothers – a stellar early 70s harmony group, and one who could sing with the best of the east coast scene of the time! The whole set's got a feel that's very much in the best mode of groups like The Modulations, Soul Generation, and even The O'Jays – as the group's got a deeper, more solid sound than some of the more fragile outfits of their era. Production is very strong – thanks to the Holland-Dozier-Holland powerhouse sound of the time – and the group's vocals are supported on a full groove that really helps send the whole thing over the top! The title cut "Livin High Off The Goodness Of Your Love" is a stone classic – and other nice tracks include "Rain", "I Had it All", and "It Doesn't Have to Be That Way". Loads of bonus tracks too – including "Trapped In A Love", "I Had It All (single)", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Livin High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (inst)", "Livin High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (single)", "Born On The Wild (voc)", and "Born On The Wild (inst)". 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 ... $13.99 14.99
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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✨✧ Count BasieDance Along With Basie ... LP
Roulette, 1958. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the lesser-remembered Basie sessions for Roulette – but one of the best ones too! The album follows nicely in the "dance" style of Basie's earlier albums for Clef – by offering a set of work that was typical of that the group might have performed on one of their more popular live sets for swingers. The tunes are a bit familiar, the charts are more rhythmic and not too far out – but the playing is top-shelf all the way, and the set grooves with a style that makes you easily understand why the Count was still going strong at the time. Titles include "It Had To Be You", "Fools Rush In", "Easy Living", "Give Me The Simple Life", "Secret Love", and "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono color bar pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, with a bit of pencil in back.)

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Beach BoysSmiley Smile/Wild Honey (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
Fantastic stuff! Smiley Smile is the issued version of Smile, a classic – and even though some may gripe that it's missing the 50% extra material that was supposed to be on the Smile set, it's still utterly fantastic! Titles include "Vegetables", "Heroes & Villains", "Fall", "Little Pad", "With Me Tonight", and "Wind Chimes". Wild Honey is a great lost album, too – one that has the Beach Boys going back to more stripped-down sounds, but still staying kind of odd and eerie, on tracks like "Let The Wind Blow", "I'd Love Just Once To See You", "Country Air", "Aren't You Glad", and "Here Comes The Night". CD also features 6 bonus tracks, including alternate takes from the Smile sessions! CD
(Out of print.)

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Beastie BoysAglio E Olio (with bonus tracks) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Grand Royal, 1995. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
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 ... CD
Apple, 1970. Used ... $3.99
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
Also available
Let It Be (Special Edition) ... CD 17.99
Let It Be (Special Edition) (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD 23.99

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BeatlesLet It Be (Special Edition) ... CD
Apple/Capitol, 1970. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
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
(Special edition – with new mixes by Giles Martin and Sam Okell!)
Also available
Let It Be ... CD 3.99
Let It Be (Special Edition) (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD 23.99

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✨✧ BeatlesWith The Beatles ... CD
Apple/EMI (Japan), 1963. Used ... $18.99
An iconic early cover image from The Beatles – with iconic early music to match! The tunes are short, tuneful, and undeniably great – that sound that instantly set the group apart from just about all of their contemporaries. Titles include "It Won't Be Long", "All My Loving", "Hold Me Tight", "Roll Over Beethoven", "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Money", "Little Child", and "Devil In Her Heart". CD
(2009 Japanese pressing, remastered and packaged in a tri-fold sleeve – includes obi!)

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Benny Benack III with Steven Feifke Big BandSeason's Swingin' Greetings (deluxe edition) ... CD
Cellar Live, 2021. Used ... $6.99
Tracks include "Sleigh Ride", "My Girlfriend Is An Elf", "Ma'oz Tzur", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "The Dreidel Song", and "My Wishlist Is You". CD
(Light slice mark across back cover.)

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✨✧ Black SavageBlack Savage (with bonus CD & download) ... LP
Afro 7 (Estonia), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 27.99
A Kenyan funk combo from the 70s – and one who've got a groove that definitely lives up to the striking image on the cover! The set brings together obscure singles and album tracks from Black Savage – a group who sing in English throughout, and also draw plenty of influence from American soul acts as well – but always with a vibe that filters the music through a slightly fuzzy sort of veil – creating lots of weird, wild elements on the guitars as well as the vocals – both of which seem to be pretty processed in the production! There's almost a Westbound Records sort of spirit to the record at times – that trippy blend of funk and psych that was a Detroit hallmark at the start of the 70s – although a few other tunes have a more sing/song, catchy sort of approach. Titles include "Do You Really Care", "Sharpeville", "Savaged", "I Don't Know What To Do", "Exotica", "Save The Savage", and "Grassland". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Ed BlackwellWhat It Be Like? – Ed Blackwell Project Vol 2 ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the last recordings made by Ed Blackwell before his early passing in 1992 – an Oakland live date recorded with an excellent lineup that includes Graham Haynes on cornet, Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Mark Helias on bass, and a bit of guest trumpet from Don Cherry! The style here is earthy and organic – never overly modern, and building in a way that echoes Blackwell's angular roots, but transforms that sound into more spiritually exploratory lines. Ward's work is especially great, and the absence of a piano means that the interplay between cornet and sax is the main driving force of most tunes. Titles include "Nebula", "Grandma's Shoes", "Pentahouse", "First Love", and the extended "Lito" suite in 3 parts. CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersNight In Tunisia (First Editions Series – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1958. Used ... $9.99
One of Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides from the time – and a killer album that sports a late 50's lineup of the Jazz Messengers that included Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, and Bill Hardman. The three of them sparkle and shine with the sort of brilliance that Blakey's leadership brings to the group, and they wail their way through a 13 minute long reading of "Night In Tunisia", with excellent solos all around, and the other long cuts "Theory Of Art", "Couldn't It Be You?", "Evans", and "Off The Wall". CD reissue also sports 3 additional bonus cuts – alternate takes of "Off The Wall", "Night In Tunisia", and "Theory Of Art" – plus new artwork and notes! CD
(Out of print.)

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Blossom ToesWe Are Ever So Clean (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1967. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99 About January 20, 2022
A Brit psych pop epic from '67 – the amazing We Are Ever So Clean by Blossom Toes – a delirious blend of heavy psych rock with ultra catchy hooks! Blossom Toes are quite remarkable for their penchant for masterfully blend pretty much all of the possible permutations of the psych idiom, circa '67. They have they freeform lyricism, the experimental studio touches, the grand arrangements, the hummable hooks, the heavy guitars and drums – and they do it all quite masterfully! 15 tracks from the main LP – plus 10 bonus tracks pulling together outtakes, instrumentals, live cuts, demos and singles! Titles include "Look At Me I'm You", "I'll Be Late For Tea", "The Remarkable Saga Of The Frozen Dog", "Love Is", "What's It For?", "What On Earth", "Mrs Murphy's Budgerigar", "When The Alarm Clock Rings", "Track For Speedy Freaks", "Everybody's Talking" (LP outtake), "Mister Watchmaker" (live), "Looking Up I'm Looking Back" (live) and much more! CD

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Colin BlunstoneOne Year (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
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". CD
(50th Anniversary Expanded Edition!)
Also available One Year (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Colin BlunstoneOne Year (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Epic/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $34.99 36.99 On January 7, 2022
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
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One Year (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99
One Year (with bonus tracks) ... CD 17.99

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David BowieStage (Japanese pressing – with bonus track) ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1978. Used 2CD ... $24.99
A tremendous live set cut during the height of David Bowie's years in Berlin – and the kind of performance that showed that his more experimental work from this time could be every bit as appealing as the classics! The first half of the set features some amazing numbers from the Heroes and Low years – presented here with some darker orchestrations that sound really wonderful, and which slightly recast the styles of the tunes on the albums. The second half mixes in some older classics with a few surprising bits – making for the kind of "star appeal" that must have been welcome to more mainstream Bowie fans during these more obscure years. 20 tracks in all – including "Beauty & The Beast", "Breaking Glass", "Speed Of Life", "What In The World", "Heroes", "Warszawa", "Be My Wife", "Soul Love", "Star", "Art Decade", "Alabama Song", "TVC 15", and "Ziggy Stardust". CD
(Out of print, early 90's Japanese pressing – still sealed with obi! Shrink has a small price sticker remnant.)
Also available Stage ... LP 16.99

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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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BrakPrawo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Punk rock from Poland – a set of tracks that have surprising resonance with UK work of the same time, served up here in a collection that might be one of the first times this music has made it out to the west! The core of the set features recordings from the early 80s – with singer/guitarist Ziemowit Kosmowski at the head of the group, and standing as the right sort of bold frontman to really send things over the top with a universal punk rock appeal – even if you can't understand the lyrics! Titles include "Prawo", "Do Wziecia", "Zmeczony", "Najemnik", and "Miejzki Park" – and the set also features two bonus live tracks from recent years. CD

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Teresa Brewer with Count Basie & Duke EllingtonSongs Of Bessie Smith/It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Boplicity (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A pair of later jazzy vocal LP gems by Teresa Brewer, both backed by jazz greats – Songs Of Bessie Smith with Count Basie and Thad Jones, and It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing with Duke Ellington – both released by Flying Dutchman in 1973! Teresa's popularity peaked a couple decades earlier as a girlish pop singer, and she succeeds strongly on both records – not just because of the jazz heavies in the band, but because she has the pipes and genuine affection for the material to pull it off. It's lovely stuff! Songs Of Bessie Smith have the bluesy overtones necessary to make it work, without trying the hide Teresa's naturally softer approach. Basie on piano throughout, with arrangements by Jones, and a great big band on half and more intimate arrangements on the other half. It Don't Mean A Thing. . .works just as wel, with Duke Ellington and Ernie Wilkins arrangements, and great Flying Dutchman players that include Bernard Purdie, Joe Beck and Mtume. 20 tracks in all, including "Trombone Cholly", "Gmme A Pigfoot", "I Ain't Got Nobody", "St Louis Blues", "I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues", "Mood Indigo", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "I've Got To Be A Rug Cutter", "Tulip Or Turnip", "I'ts Kinda Lonesome Out Tonight" and more. CD

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

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

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Barbara BrownGot To Be Somebody – The XL Sessions – 60s Memphis Gold ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A great full length collection of work by Memphis singer Barbara Brown – a vocalist who appeared both as a solo act, and with her sisters – on a variety of singles for labels like Cadet, Atlantic, Tower, and MGM in the late 60s and early 70s! Barbara's got a deep, rich voice that's clearly schooled in gospel, but pointed towards more secular ends – an approach that's very much in keeping with the best late 60s wave of soul from Atlantic Records, and which is carried off here with a sharpness and precision that's simply mindblowing! Why Brown never scored bigger is a real mystery to us, because these tunes come off like the cream of the crop of southern soul at the end of the 60s – not just obscurities for obscurity sake, but some of the highest level of soul a female soul singer could hope for at the time! Titles include "Can't Find No Happiness", "Plenty Of Room", "A Great Big Thing", "Things Have Gone To Pieces", "Man Around The House", "Play Thing", "I'm Gonna Start A War", "I Don't Want To Have To Wait", "It Hurts Me So Much", "Got To Be Somebody", "There's A Look On Your Face", and "If I Can't Run To You I'll Crawl". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave Brubeck & Jimmy RushingBrubeck & Rushing (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest collaborations of Dave Brubeck's years at Columbia Records – and one of the greatest jazz sessions from vocalist Jimmy Rushing too! On paper, the modernist Brubeck and Kansas City roots singer Rushing would seem to be a very unlikely pair – but by this time in his career, Jimmy had gotten extremely inventive and was very open to new ideas – and manages to lend his amazing vocals to some sublime instrumental backdrops from the Brubeck quartet! Dave unlocks a whole host of bluesy tones for the session, and really matches Rushing's energy – and Paul Desmond's alto sounds somewhat unusual in that setting, but with a real appeal too – a very unusual sound for a record like this. Titles include "There'll Be Some Changes Made", "My Melancholy Baby", "Blues In The Dark", "I Never Knew", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Evenin", "All By Myself", "River Stay Way From My Door", "You Can Depend On Me", and "Am I Blue". CD features the previously unreleased bonus track "Shine On Harvest Moon". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Peabo BrysonDon't Play With Fire ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Tremendous work from Peabo Bryson – and a record that really has him coming on strong, and staying long! Bryson's vocals are sublime – rooted in gospel depth, but turned towards some warmer secular modes – all wrapped up in a style that's tight, but never slick – perfect production by Peabo himself, with a care and sensitivity that's quite different than some of his later, clunkier work. Bryson is still a mighty fresh talent at this point in his career – glowing with an inner light that really shines through – on tracks that include "Go For It", "We Don't Have To Talk", "Turn It On", "Words", "Let Me Be The One You Need", "Give Me Your Love", and "Don't Play With Fire". 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

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Childish GambinoAwaken My Love (2 x 45rpm LP pressing – with virtual reality headset & download) ... LP
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $53.99 59.99
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. This crazy good 2LP box limited edition box set version comes with a double vinyl set that plays at 45rpm – in a cool glow-in-the dark box, and comes with downloadable virtual reality headset and downloadable content! LP, Vinyl record album
(In a glow in the dark box, with an exclusive booklet, virtual reality headset, an album download, and a download of virtual reality content!)
Also available Awaken My Love (with download) ... LP 20.99

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Childish GambinoAwaken My Love (with download) ... LP
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy ... $20.99 22.99
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
Also available Awaken My Love (2 x 45rpm LP pressing – with virtual reality headset & download) ... LP 53.99

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✨✧ June ChristyMisty Miss Christy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, Mid 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of June's all-time classics – and perhaps her most famous album, next to the sublime Something Cool. The set, like that one, was arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo – whose icy and modern touches are the perfect foil for June's sad and dark voice. Familiar tunes are completely transformed by the pair's masterful handling – and titles include "The Wind", "There's No You", "For All We Know", "This Year's Kisses", "That's All", and "Maybe You'll Be There". CD features some bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print and still sealed. Shrink has an old price sticker.)

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Linda CliffordLet Me Be Your Woman ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
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
(White label promo. Cover has a hype sticker, promo stamp, large faded letters in marker on both sides, and some pen in back.)

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Natalie ColeThis Will Be – Natalie Cole's Everlasting Love ... CD
Capitol/Heart & Soul, Late 70s. Used ... $3.99
A nice collection of classics – with cuts that include "La Costa", "Inseparable", "I've Got Love On My Mind", "This Will Be", "Annie Mae", "Be Thankful", "Keep Smiling", "Our Love", and "What You Won't Do For Love". CD
(Out of print, promotional sticker over barcode and stamp on CD.)

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Natalie ColeUnforgettable With Love ... CD
Elektra, 1991. Used ... $1.99
A much better record than we want to admit, with Natalie moving towards jazzy numbers and standards, for a blockbuster Grammy winning effort. Her voice stands up well to the mainstream polish, and even the creepy "duet" with her father is enjoyable. 22 tracks in all, including "The Very Thought Of You", "Paper Moon", "Mona Lisa", 'This Can't Be Love", "Lush Life", "That Sunday That Summer", "Avalon", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Nature Boy", "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", "Thous Swell" and "Unforgettable". CD
(Out of print.)

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CommonBE ... CD
GOOD/Geffen, 2005. Used ... $6.99
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 – 12 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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chris ConnorJazz Date With Chris Connor/Chris Craft ... CD
Atlantic/Collectors Choice, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful stuff – and a great CD that brings together 2 of Chris Connor's best jazz albums for Atlantic! Just about all of Chris' records are great, but on both of these she really hits her stride – working in the small combo setting that she first recorded with, singing to sensitive backing by players like Lucky Thompson, Mundell Lowe, Oscar Pettiford, Joe Puma, and Al Cohn. Arrangements on A Jazz Date are by Ralph Sharon, and those on Chris Craft are by Stan Free – and they both work perfectly to bring out the best of Chris' icy cool vocals! 24 cuts in all, including "The Night We Called It A Day", "Lover Man", "Be My All", "Here Lies Love", "Moon Ray", "All I Need Is You", "Driftwood", and "Lonely Town". CD
(Out of print.)

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Patrick CorneliusThis Should Be Fun ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Patrick Cornelius steps out here both as a strong leader, and as a great songwriter too – on a set that's filled with almost all original material from the pen of the alto saxophonist – tunes that have a strong sense of color and verve, which makes the record one of the most illuminating to date from Cornelius! The group's also got a real strength in the piano of John Escreet – who has some sharper edges that really enrich the vibe of the record – and Patrick's alto lines are also balanced with a nice sense of depth from trombonist Nick Vayenas, a player we don't know at all – but who seems to be finding his own with the set. The rest of the group features Ben Allison on bass and Mark Ferber on drums – and titles include "Precious Souls", "Telescope", "Big Pictures", "This Should Be Fun", "For Morgan", and "Restless Willow". CD

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✨✧ CountsWhat's Up Front That Counts (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Westbound/Ace (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Maybe the funkiest album ever cut for the legendary Westbound label in Detroit – and that's saying a lot, given that the company was the initial home to Funkadelic! Yet on this stunning full length set, The Counts maybe do that famous group one better – pushing aside their vocals for some incredible instrumental interplay that comes from bumping Hammond lines, wickedly sharp drums, and non-stop riffing guitars – all of which take center stage, while the vocals only seem to be part of the mix to urge the instruments onward! Tracks are long and jamming – ala the early Westbound work from George Clinton – and although The Counts recorded before and after the space of this album, this set is definitely the group's masterpiece. Titles include "What's Up Front That Counts", "Rhythm Changes", "Thinking Single", "Why Not Start All Over Again", "Bills", and "Pack Of Lies". CD features two bonus tracks – "Motor City" and "What's It All About". CD

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Miles DavisBitches Brew (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1969. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark by which so many other records would be judged (and fail) in years to come! The double-length set makes full use of all four sides of the record – expanding the flow (as well as the lineup) of the original Davis modal vision – and using all players to amazing effect, so much so that most players here turn out some of their best recorded work ever! The lineup is virtually a whose who for the sound of fusion in the 70s – including Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, Bennie Maupin on bass clarinet, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea on keyboards, John McLaughlin on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Lenny White and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus Jumma Santos and Don Alias on added percussion. Titles include "Pharaoh's Dance", "Spanish Key", "Sanctuary", "Bitches Brew", "John McLaughlin", and "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down". CD features one bonus track – "Feio" – nearly 12 more minutes of electric goodness! CD
(Includes slipcase, which has light edgewear.)
Also available Bitches Brew (Legacy Edition – 2CDs) ... CD 14.99

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Miles DavisKind Of Blue (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1959. Used ... $1.99
What can we say? This is the ultimate Miles Davis album – the one that includes so many songs that we've heard way too much in Starbucks, in retail stores, or at a friend's house who claims to be a "jazz expert", but is really a yuppie dilettante. Yet somehow, over all the years, and all those playings, the record manages to still sound fantastic – a truly inspirational piece of music that's long deserved all the attention it gets! The legendary group on the album includes John Coltrane on tenor, Cannonball Adderley on alto, Bill Evans on piano, and Paul Chambers on bass – working with Miles in a relatively modal style, with brilliant rhythm changes and a wonderful sense of space. The whole thing's sublime – and titles include "Blue In Green", "All Blues", "So What", and "Freddie Freeloader". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Kind Of Blue (2CD Legacy Edition) ... CD 11.99

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Miles DavisSteamin' With The Miles Davis Quintet ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $7.99
An early pairing of Miles Davis & John Coltrane – one of the duo's mid 50s classics for Prestige, as you might guess from the verb in the title! And although "Steamin" might be a word that's a bit too firey to describe the action going on here, the album's got a tremendous sense of presence throughout – as Davis' cooler trumpet is matched with Trane's earthier solo work – all supported by Red Garland trio backing in a style that's as near-classic as it comes for 50s jazz. Titles include "Diane", "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "When I Fall In Love", and "Salt Peanuts". CD

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✨✧ Nathan DavisNathan Davis With Georges Arvanitas Trio – Live in Paris – The ORTF Recordings 1966/67 (180 gram 3LP pressing) ... LP
Sam Records (France), Mid 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $54.99 59.99
Amazing music by one of our favorite saxophone players of all time – captured here at the height of his 60s genius on the European scene! The tracks here have never been issued at all – but stand as a perfect complement to the killer MPS/Saba albums by Nathan Davis – and are served up with a similar blend of soulful hardbop and modernist edges – qualities that are already present in the fantastic phrasing of Davis on tenor and flute, pushed even further by the equally great work of French piano legend Georges Arvanitas! Although Arvanitas could be out when he wanted, he could also swing like the best of them – and his pairing with Davis here is perfect, and really brings out both the soul and edge in both players – especially in the company of George's fantastic rhythm duo of Charles Saudrais on drums and Jacky Samson on bass. The set's full of other surprises, too – including a bit of organ from Arvanitas, and an appearance by Jack Dieval – and the whole thing is beautifully recorded by French Radio. Tracks are all long – and include "Mid Evil Dance", "Blues For Southeast Asia", "The Hip Walk", "Rules Of Freedom", "A5", "The Thing", "Love Ye The Neighbor", "Nathalie's Dance", and "Yesterdays" in both flute and tenor versions. LP, Vinyl record album

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Reverend Gary DavisWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1969. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
The last studio album from the Reverend Gary Davis – and a set that was a great attempt to finally capture his talents in a well-recorded setting! Despite that fact, the presentation here is mostly in the spirit of Davis' roots – mostly with the man himself on vocals, guitar, banjo, and harmonica – the last of which is often overdubbed, given the 12 track recording – with some occasional added vocals from Sister Annie Davis. Most tracks were recorded in 1969, but the set also features two numbers recorded five years before – and titles include "Let's Get Together", "Sun Goin Down", "Lol I'll Be With You Always", "Out On The Ocean Sailing", "Birmingham Special", "Soon My Work Will All Be Done", and "There's A Destruction In That Land". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Doris DayChristmas Present/Be A Child At Christmas Time ... 7-inch
Columbia, 1964. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo with a small sticker.)

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Jackie De ShannonMe About You/Laurel Canyon/Put A Little Love In The Heart/To Be Free ... CD
Imperial/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
Four classic albums from Jackie DeShannon – all in a single set! First up is Me About You – sophisticated Jackie at her best – working with great arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Nick DeCaro – both cats from the California scene we can really trust for "cut-above" pop work like this – music that goes way past the simple sounds of DeShannon's start – into cool adult territory that really makes the album great. Jackie's vocals are surprisingly soulful in the setting – even more so than before – and the tunes include lots of gems, including versions of Van Dyke Parks' "High Coin", John Sebastian's "Didn't Want To Have To Do It", and Tim Hardin's "Baby Close Its Eyes". Also includes "I Keep Wanting You", "Me About You", and "Nicole". Next is Laurel Canyon – heady work from Jackie DeShannon's later years in 60s pop – an album with themes and styles that go way beyond her earlier recordings – as you might guess from the hip Laurel Canyon reference in the title! Jackie's working here in a mode that's much more strongly in a singer-songwriter style than before – with arrangements and backings that are a lot more organic, and less pop-tuned than ever – almost in a Laura Nyro approach on some numbers. As usual, a good portion of the tracks were written by Jackie herself – including "Holly Would", "Come & Stay With Me", "LA", "Too Close", and "Laurel Canyon" – and the album also features a few well chosen tracks by other writers too, like "Bitter Honey" by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols, "I Got My Reason" by Barry White, and "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" by Smokey Robinson. Put A Little Love In Your Heart is quite possibly the last great hit from singer Jackie DeShannon – an album built around the righteous spirit of the title track – filled with really wonderful original tunes penned by Jackie and soul singer Jimmy Holiday! The album may well be the best to explore the space between pop and soul that often characterized Jackie's work – and the overall sound is somewhat similar to some of Dusty Springfield's best pop/soul work from the same stretch. 10 of the album's 12 tracks are originals by Holiday and DeShannon – all set to soaring orchestrations by James Langeford, which often have a pronounced influence from the sound of Atlantic Records in the late 60s! Titles include "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", "You Are The Real Thing", "River Of Love", "Movin", "You Can Come To Me", "You Have A Way With Me", and "I Let Go Completely". To Be Free is an interesting little record – with kind of a crossover California soul feel overall – recorded with Rene Hall arrangements that echo a few rootsy modes at times, mixed in with fuller orchestrations that step a bit back towards Jackie's earlier years on Imperial – a surprisingly nice blend, with a fresh sound for the 70s. The album features a number of great tracks co-written with Jimmy Holiday – a fellow Imperial talent – and titles include "Mediterranean Sky", "Sooner Or Later", "What Was Your Day Like", "Livin On The Easy Side", "Brighton Hill", and "When Morning Comes Again". CD

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DellsThey Said It Couldn't Be Done – But We Did It ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Brilliant 70s work by The Dells – and an album that has the group reinventing themselves wonderfully, by moving over to Philly and recording with Norman Harris! As he did with so many other artists at the time, Harris took the group firmly into the clubs with a soaring Sigma sort of groove – one that supports the group with backings from players that include key Philly talents like Bobby Eli, Ron Kersey, Larry Washington, and Earl Young – but which also keeps plenty of space for the sublime harmonies that always made The Dells so great! Titles include "Teaser", "Our Love", "Could It Be", "Rich Man Poor Man", "Waiting For You", "Get On Down", and "Betcha Never Been Loved". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Raheem DeVaughn & The ColleaguesWhat A Time To Be In Love ... CD
SoNo, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A wonderful pairing, and one that's really helped Raheem DeVaughn find a great new place in his music – a space that's still got all the sensual soul of previous records, but which has him collaborating with The Colleagues to give it a lot more focus and direction! There's a classic vibe taking place here – even amidst song topics that are very contemporary – and Raheem seems to rise up like a contemporary Marvin Gaye, with a sense of majesty and presence that he's never had before – and which shows that his pairing with The Colleagues production team is a mighty great thing. Titles include "Up & Down", "Lawd Help Me", "Marvin Used To Say", "Mr Midnight", "Motions", "Black Fist Cafe", "Twilight", "Special Occasion", and "Outer Limits". CD

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DiablosWind/Baby Be Mine ... 7-inch
Fortune, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $14.99
One of our favorite doo-wop tracks of all time! Nolan Strong and the Diablos do an incredible job with "The Wind" – making the cut slow, deep, sad, and dreamy – in a way that few other doo wop groups could match. "Baby Be Mine" is more of an uptempo number – hard rocking, and sounding a bit like Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Purple label pressing.)

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Krzysztof DudaFor Better Sound (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 80s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A sweet little set that definitely lives up to the 80s look of its cover – as does the work by Krzysztof Duda on a range of Roland, Moog, and Yamaha keyboards! The tracks all have a lean, clean, 80s electronic sound – bright grooves that are filled with keyboards and basslines, on top of drum machine rhythms that further the all-electric spirit of the cuts – leaving Duda to work as a one man band on the recordings, but with the bubbling energy of some of the bigger electro pop acts of the period – tunes that would be very comfortable next to records by Jan Hammer or Harold Faltermeyer. All titles are instrumentals – and tunes include "Art Of Roland", "For Better Sound", "Hotel W Hanko", "Without", "Free Combination", and "Out To Out". CD features four bonus tracks from Duda's archives too! CD

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Aynsley Dunbar RetaliationRemains To Be Heard (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A sweet set from the group of drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who oddly doesn't play that instrument on every track – but whose rough, rootsy vocals are definitely at the core of the whole sound! Before this group, Dunbar had cut his chops in a variety of settings on the UK scene – both the hard rock and blues rock worlds, the latter of which maybe dominates here as an influence – although guitarist John Morshead also lays down plenty of heavy riffs that more than rival some of the heavier groups that Aynsley worked with in the past! Another strong force on the record is Victor Brox – who plays both piano and organ – always with a moody vibe that fits the spirit of the music. Annette Brox sings with Dunbar on a number of tracks, in a very cool pairing that sounds pretty unique – and titles include "Keep Your Hands Out", "Fortune City", "Toga", "Bloody Souvenir", "Invitation To A Lady", and "Blood On Your Wheels". CD

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Johnny Dyani With Witchdoctor's Son & Dudu PukwanaRejoice/Together ... CD
Cadillac (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 About November 30, 2021 (delayed)
A pair of albums from the legendary Johnny Dyani – packaged here in one great little set! Rejoice features searing live work from Johnny Dyani – a set that has the bassist opening up strongly in a trio with Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Okey Temiz on drums and percussion! Feza sounds even better here than usual – blowing these long, inventive solo lines that match the work of Ted Curson for 70s fire – really spurred on by Okey's creative changes, into a soulful space that may well be some of Mongezi's most spiritually expressive of the 70s! Dyani's bass is strong, and ever-present – never needing to dominate, but always felt as this rich pulse – and powerful melodic element at just the right moments. Titles include "Mad High", "Makaya Makaya", "Pukwana" and "Imbomgolo". CD also features an unreleased track from the same performance – the 20 minute "Mad High Revisited". Together is a record that really gets back to Johnny Dyani's roots in South African jazz! Although Dyani and his expatriates in the Blue Notes helped give London a new sound of avant jazz expression in the 70s, the music here returns to the warmer melodic style of their early 60s days – with loping rhythms that draw on regional tradition, and soulful interplay between the alto of Dudu Pukwana, tenor of Peter Shimmy Radise, and keyboards from Dyani – who shifts his instrument for this special recording! The group also features use of guitar, congas, whistles, and a South American harp – used in rhythmic ways that pulsate warmly – on titles that include "Kalahari", "Tula Tula", "High Priest", "Johnny's Kwela", and "Together". CD
 
 
 



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