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BatidaBeginning, The Medium, The End, & The Infinite – Ikoqwe ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2021. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 13.98
An album that revolves around a story of sorts – three creatures from a distant time and space come to earth and send their impressions back home – yet manage to do so in a way that resonates strongly with the earlier work we've liked from Batida! The music, as before, is a hybrid of global elements and contemporary electronics – and some of the story is carried by spoken bits that come across like found vocal bits, and give a nice sense of structure to the record – even though they are often altered, and given some sort of "alien" quality in the voice. There's plenty of drum machine work on the record, but there's also lots of vintage sound samples – some from 50s field recordings by Hugh Tracey, others from the International Library Of African music – all used here in really inventive ways. Titles include "Makumba", "Outra Cidade", "The Medium", "Bulubulu", "The Principle", "Quarentena", "The End", and "Falta Muito". CD

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✨✧ BatidaBeginning, The Medium, The End, & The Infinite – Ikoqwe ... LP
Crammed (Belgium), 2021. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An album that revolves around a story of sorts – three creatures from a distant time and space come to earth and send their impressions back home – yet manage to do so in a way that resonates strongly with the earlier work we've liked from Batida! The music, as before, is a hybrid of global elements and contemporary electronics – and some of the story is carried by spoken bits that come across like found vocal bits, and give a nice sense of structure to the record – even though they are often altered, and given some sort of "alien" quality in the voice. There's plenty of drum machine work on the record, but there's also lots of vintage sound samples – some from 50s field recordings by Hugh Tracey, others from the International Library Of African music – all used here in really inventive ways. Titles include "Makumba", "Outra Cidade", "The Medium", "Bulubulu", "The Principle", "Quarentena", "The End", and "Falta Muito". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Beginning, The Medium, The End, & The Infinite – Ikoqwe ... CD 11.99

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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (2LP pressing) ... LP
Alston/Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 28.99
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's every bit as funky as their first! The uniquely choppy rhythms of the group's first album are every bit as great here as on the first set – and if anything, the band's instrumentation is even better, especially on the guitar, which is wickedly tight, and played with a super-dope flanged-out approach on the solos. Vocals are great too, maybe even more soulful than before, especially on the album's few midtempo cuts – and the album's a must-have for any fan of the group's funky sound! Titles include "That's What I Get", "Super Woman", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Falling Apart At The Seams", and "Trip To Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP pressing – remastered from the original master tapes!)

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✨✧ Clifford BrownBeginning & The End ... CD
Columbia, 1952/1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Features very early work with Chris Powell And His Blue Flames – on "Ida Red" and "I Come From Jamaica" – plus 3 longer Philly sides from 1956, with Billy Root on tenor and Sam Dockery on piano – on titles that include "Walkin", "Donna Lee", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print, please note that there is some clear tape on the booklet and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Jose JamesNo Beginning No End 2 ... CD
Rainbow Blonde, 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really mindblowing work from Jose James – an artist we loved right from his very first record, but one who has us completely over the top with this record – a set that may well push James from the soul underground into firmly classic territory – the sort of space that will have the record standing strong with soul classics from decades back, and for a long time to come! Jose's tremendous vocally, but there's also an extra-special spirit to some of these tunes – one that's still very strongly in the hands of the man himself, even though James opens the door for plenty of guests – a lineup that includes Ledisi, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Aloe Blacc, Lizz Wright, Eric Truffaz, and others – not the kind of guests who overwhelm and take a too-strong turn in the spotlight, but the right sort of addition to the core sound. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Just The Way You Are" – plus "Turn Me Up", "I Need Your Love", "Saint James", "Take Me Home", "Oracle", "Feels So Good", "I Found A Love", and "You Know What I Do". CD

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Beginning Of The EndFishman (full length, 45 version)/Funky Nassau (full length) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Strut (UK), 1972. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $11.99
That's "Fishman", not fisherman – and the tune's a rare b-side from the insanely funky group Beginning Of The End – presented here in a never-issued full length take that runs for nearly 12 minutes in length! Given that Beginning Of The End usually only gave us shorter funk tracks, the longer format is a wonderful change – and totally worth all the vinyl space it takes up – especially when the flipside features the original 45 version of the tune, and a 5 minute full length version of the group's classic "Funky Nassau"! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Beginning Of The EndFunky Nassau ... LP
Alston/Strut (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A monster bit of funk that's unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don't hold that against them – because instead of being a Caribbean cliche, they took the best part of the island rhythms, and used them to forge an incredible approach to funk! They've got a choppy sound that's the result of some incredibly dexterous guitar, bass, and drums – and which you'll recognize instantly from their one-time hit "Funky Nassau", a killer funk track that never gets old, no matter how many bands cover it over the years! That gem kicks off the album, which then rolls into the monster funky "part 2", which is even better! Other titles are equally wonderful – and include "Come Down", "Surrey Ride", "Monkey Tamarind", and "In The Deep". Essential – and one that you'll be spinning for years! LP, Vinyl record album
(New vinyl edition – remastered from the original master tapes!)
 
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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiEnd For The Beginning ... LP
Philips/Superfly (Japan), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the presence of Kosuke Mine on soprano sax and Hideo Miyata on tenor – both players whose horns bring in some added sharpness to the date, and further underscore the spiritual elements in Kikuchi's music – almost with the same mix of reeds and driving rhythms you'd find in the post-Coltrane work of Elvin Jones. Titles include "Green Dance", "Bell", "Admire But Destest", "Gin Kai", and "Drizzling Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies – beautiful heavy-cover reissue, with obi and insert!)
 
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Eric B & RakimLet The Rhythm Hit Em ... CD
MCA, 1990. Used ... $6.99
The third album from Eric B & Rakim – absolute classic MC/DJ duo hip hop and maybe their most solid from beginning end, as impossible as that should've been after high bars they set with Paid In Full & Follow The Leader! By this point, Rakim was firmly established as one of hip hop's greatest rhymers, but he still steps to a higher level here, with a more forceful approach on some grittier material and his trademark cool and measured flow on others. "Let The Rhythm Hit Em" and "In The Ghetto" strong enough to call this a classic on their majesty alone, but this one's got one should-be standout track after another including "Mahogany", "No Omega", "Keep Em Eager To Listen", "Step Back", "Run For Cover" and more. CD

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✨✧ Gladys Knight & The Pips2nd Anniversary ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The second anniversary of Gladys Knight & The Pips on Buddah Records – and an album that really shows the new level of depth the group were able to hit at the label! A key factor on the album is work by Eugene McDaniels – who produced the record, and wrote a good number of tracks too – really pushing Gladys and the group into righteous territory they wouldn't have touched a few years before – a deeper groove that really matches some of their best soundtrack material of the mid 70s! Gladys really stretches out wonderfully with her leads – and the Pips provide just the right sort of warm backdrop to hold things together. Titles include "Street Brother", "At Every End There's A Beginning", "Summer Sun", "Feel Like Making Love", and "Money". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the seams and light surface wear.)

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Pete RockReturn Of The SP1200 ... LP
TruSoul, Early 90s/2019. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Early Pete Rock beats from the 90s golden age – beginning with the dawn of that decade when Pete was at the forefront the era's pioneering production heavies ushering in a new era in hip hop, to closer to the end of the decade and his solo debut Soul Survivor. It's a testament to his production pedigree that each one of these instrumentals wouldn't sounded right on point on any of the NY hip hop classics of the era, yet these remained unreleased til now. Includes scratches by J Rocc of the Beat Junkies, and titles include "Dreamer", "Harps Of Heaven", "Round Midnight", "Hole The World Doesn't Stop (Before I Get Mines)", "Gutta Music", "Kool Jazz", "Below 0", "A Khamlimba Story", "Food 4 Thought" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ray CharlesLive At The Olympia – Paris 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1962. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning live material from the great Ray Charles – a 3CD set that brings together a wealth of stage performances from May of 1962, in setting that often lets us focus as much on Ray's incredible piano work as it does his trademark vocals! Charles' talents need no introduction from us, but they're in fantastic formation here – without some of the studio trappings that he was beginning to use in the 60s, and much more of the jazzy flourishes that he was using towards the end of his time at Atlantic Records – played here by a group that includes Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, Hank Crawford on alto, and David Fathead Newman on tenor. The package features 52 live tracks – including "Blue Stone", "The Danger Zone", "From The Heart", "Margie", "One Mint Julep", "Doodlin", "Careless Love", "Hit The Road Jack", and "I Believe To My Soul". Also features a few bonus studio cuts – including work with Louis Jordan! CD

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✨✧ Bobby Darin25th Day Of December With Bobby Darin ... LP
Atco, 1960. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare Christmas album from the great Bobby Darin – and a set that's quite different than some of his secular hits of the time! The album was cut for Atco, during Bobby's great early run on the label – and it showcases a surprisingly reverent Darin – one who clearly holds the Holiday season in high esteem, as he works here with these righteous backings from Bobby Scott! Darin sings in a style that's got some strong spiritual undercurrents – almost an early nod to his inspirations at Atlantic – and Scott balances the backings nicely, without any sort of hoke a session like this might normally have. Titles include "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks", "Holy Holy Holy", "Baby Born Today", "Child Of God", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "Dona Nobis Pacem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing, in the foil cover. Vinyl has a press flaw that clicks at the end of "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" and the beginning of "Jehovah Hallelujah" but is clean otherwise.)

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✨✧ VariousScared To Get Happy – A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 to 1989 (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1980s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sprawling 5CD box set of benchmark 80s indie pop from the UK – chronologically sequenced (for the most part) from the beginning to the end of the decade – with so many brilliant songs both straight-up classic and others that are relatively forgotten! Incredible stuff from the post punk guitar years, to dreamier and more psych steeped sounds, to the dancier grooves late in the decade that laid the groundwork for the 90s. Classics and early singles by Prefab Sprout, TV Personalities, Everything But The Girl, Pulp, Biff Bang Pow!, Primal Scream, The Wedding Present, The Soup Dragons, House Of Love, The Shamen, The Rosehips, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Wonder Stuff, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, James, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Lloyd Cole & The Commotion, The Darling Buds, The Boo Radleys and many, many more! More than 130 tracks in all – with a thick booklet of notes! Kind of like a Nuggets for the indie 80s British scenes! SO many great songs, but to name a few: "Revolutionary Spirit" by Wild Swans, "The Missionary" by Josef K, "Lions In The Garden" by Prefab Sprout, "A Picture Of Dorian Gray (Live)" by TV Personalities, "Just Like Honey (demo October '84)" by Jesus & Mary Chain, "Oblivious" by Aztec Camera, "Velocity Girl" by Primal Scream, "Go Out And Get 'Em, Boy" by The Wedding Present, "If I Said" by The Darling Buds, "Son Of A Gun (demo)" by The LAs, "The Hardest Thing In The World" by Stone Roses, "Catweazle" by The Boo Radleys and many, many more! CD

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✨✧ Earl SweatshirtFeet Of Clay (with an etched side) ... LP
Warner, 2020. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A short, brilliant blast of creative wordplay from Earl Sweatshirt – who'd been riding a peak for years leading up the Feet Of Clay and shows no signs of coming down – with production by ES himself, Alchemist, Ovrcast and a Mach Hommy, all tasked with providing a moody, headnodding backdrop for such a distinctive figure, and they pull it off perfectly. The vinyl version of Feet Of Clay plays longer than the earlier digital releases, but it still has the short and sweet feeling of being dropped into a strangely lyrical dream and lifted out before you wake up. 9 tracks that for the most part find Earl in peak unfiltered stream of consciousness flow from beginning to end, each track seamlessly floating to the next. Includes "74", "East", "Mtomb" feat L.Ive, "OD", "El Toro Combo Meal" feat Mavi, "Tisk Tisk/Cookies" and "4N" feat Mach Hommy, "Ghost" and "Whole World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing. Includes insert.)

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✨✧ Earl SweatshirtFeet Of Clay (with an etched side) ... LP
Warner, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A short, brilliant blast of creative wordplay from Earl Sweatshirt – who'd been riding a peak for years leading up the Feet Of Clay and shows no signs of coming down – with production by ES himself, Alchemist, Ovrcast and a Mach Hommy, all tasked with providing a moody, headnodding backdrop for such a distinctive figure, and they pull it off perfectly. The vinyl version of Feet Of Clay plays longer than the earlier digital releases, but it still has the short and sweet feeling of being dropped into a strangely lyrical dream and lifted out before you wake up. 9 tracks that for the most part find Earl in peak unfiltered stream of consciousness flow from beginning to end, each track seamlessly floating to the next. Includes "74", "East", "Mtomb" feat L.Ive, "OD", "El Toro Combo Meal" feat Mavi, "Tisk Tisk/Cookies" and "4N" feat Mach Hommy, "Ghost" and "Whole World". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ PJ HarveyRid Of Me (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second PJ Harvey album and the last with a stripped down, raw rock trio sound – and a tense, quiet-loud dynamic that's as thrilling today as the day it came out! Includes the challenging, masterful title track that's taut and chilling from beginning to end, but starts so quiet, you're almost forced to crank the volume only to blow your eardrums when the chorus rages in – for our money it's one greatest songs of the early 90s alt rock boom – and that's just beginning! Includes her great cover of "Highway 61 Revisited", "Legs", "Man-Size", "50 Queenie", Yuri-G", "Snake" and "Ecstasy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetAmerican Landscape 2 ... CD
Okka Disk, 2006. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
Peter Brotzmann's on clarinet this time around, and working here in an extended studio piece with his Chicago Tentet combo – one of his greatest groups of later years, featuring both Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark on reeds, as well as Joe McPhee on both trumpet and alto sax! The work builds slowly, almost tentatively – the fills in strongly as the piece goes on – with a sound that's almost like the Jazz Composers Orchestra style at the end of the 60s, but not as dynamic overall. The reeds are almost strongest in shaping the tune – although other contributions include trombone from Hannes Bauer, tuba from Per Ake Holmlander, and cello from Fred Lonberg-Holm. CD 2 features the second half of the work – returned to a tentative beginning, then stepping out more strongly as things move on! CD

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Tony BurkillWork Money Death ... CD
ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A dead-serious effort from a saxophonist we hope to hear more from in years to come! The style here is a solid, soulful mode that really hearkens back to the best modal moments of the late 60s and early 70s – rhythms that seem to borrow an influence from African styles, but fused into a jazz mode that's got the soaring spirit of the post-Coltrane generation – very specifically like the hippest work on the Milestone or Black Jazz labels in the early 70s – work that would be a flawless match for Burkill's style here! Tony's got a really rich tone on the tenor – raspy and full at the same time, and really diving to the depths as he expresses himself on his solos – driven strongly by the bass of Neil Innes, who also co-wrote all the tunes with Burkill – with drums from Sam Hobbs, piano and organ from George Cooper, and percussion from Pete Williams. The whole thing's amazing – rock-solid, no-nonsense, and filled with soul and spirit. Titles include "At Odds With the World", "Out Of A Shooting Star", "Beginning & End", "Work Money Death", and "Third Of All Numbers". CD

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✨✧ Tony BurkillWork Money Death ... LP
ATA (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $22.99 28.99
Tony Burkill might be making a goofy face on the cover, but the album's a dead-serious effort from a saxophonist we hope to hear more from in years to come! The style here is a solid, soulful mode that really hearkens back to the best modal moments of the late 60s and early 70s – rhythms that seem to borrow an influence from African styles, but fused into a jazz mode that's got the soaring spirit of the post-Coltrane generation – very specifically like the hippest work on the Milestone or Black Jazz labels in the early 70s – work that would be a flawless match for Burkill's style here! Tony's got a really rich tone on the tenor – raspy and full at the same time, and really diving to the depths as he expresses himself on his solos – driven strongly by the bass of Neil Innes, who also co-wrote all the tunes with Burkill – with drums from Sam Hobbs, piano and organ from George Cooper, and percussion from Pete Williams. The whole thing's amazing – rock-solid, no-nonsense, and filled with soul and spirit. Titles include "At Odds With the World", "Out Of A Shooting Star", "Beginning & End", "Work Money Death", and "Third Of All Numbers". LP, Vinyl record album

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ClipseLord Willin' (plus bonus track) ... LP
Star Trak/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $28.99 31.98
The first Clipse album to see release – and a neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop masterpiece produced by the Neptunes – the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T arrive as smooth, confident rhymers with plenty of standout moments, while the Neptunes reach an early production peak. The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD and their more pop-oriented productions. We thought from the first needle drop that this was a record we'd be able to come back to for years and years and years, and that indeed holds true! Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. Get On Down reissue includes the Selector remix of "Grindin'" feat Sean Paul, Bless, Kardinall Offishall, NORE, Baby & Lil' Wayne. LP, Vinyl record album

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Karen DaltonIn My Own Time (50th Anniversary edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy ... On January 7, 2022
Enigmatic folk rock and soulful bluesy vocals from Karen Dalton – her legendary lost 1971 album that's credited with inspiring some the most idiosyncratic work by folk rock superstars and contemporary freak folk heroes alike! Karen was a fixture on the 60s NY folk scene – Dylan even gives her props in his Chronicles Vol 1 memoirs – but she rarely recorded. Her voice carries a huge Billie Holiday influence – but the delivery is wholly unique in her earthy folk phrasing, a real dip back into Harry Smith territory. Her guitar and banjo picking is strong, too! In My Own Time was recorded for Paramount at the end of 1970 and beginning of '71, with really rich and surprisingly soulful backing on an interesting selection of material written or popularized by Dylan & The Band, George Jones, Paul Butterfield, and even a folksy soul take on "When A Man Loves A Woman". Other tracks include "Something On Your Mind", "In My Own Dream", the traditional "Katie Cruel", "One Night Of Love" and "Are You Leaving For The Country". 50th Anniversary version includes 9 bonus tracks! CD
(Remastered anniversary edition – with 9 bonus tracks!)

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Led ZeppelinCoda (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Swan Song/Atlantic (Japan), 1982. Used ... $13.99
The title's an apt one – given that the record was the end of the tremendous run of records from Led Zeppelin – issued after the death of legendary drummer John Bomham – but the set's also way more than just an endpoint, as many of the tracks return to the group's beginning – and bring back unheard sounds from early 70s sessions! There's a nice criss-crossing of styles here – from the rawness of the earliest records, to the refined complexity of the mid 70s – and the album's way more than just an afterthought to the catalog – and is filled with great cuts that include the Bonham showpiece "Bonzo's Montreux", plus "We're Gonna Groove", "Poor Tom", "I Can't Quit You Baby". "Wearing And Tearing", and "Ozone Baby". CD
(Out of print, includes obi. Appears to be taken from the Definitive Collection box set.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisThem Changes ... LP
Cadet, 1970. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of the hardest-hitting electric sets ever cut by Ramsey Lewis – a live performance from the start of the 70s, done with a really gritty groove! Ramsey's on both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – the former of which is played with even more forces than on his Cadet studio recordings – heard here in small group formation, without any added studio backings – just the guitar of Phil Upchurch, the bass of Cleveland Eaton, and the drums of Morris Jennings. The tracks are a bit longer than usual for Ramsey on Cadet too – and often hit these down-n-dirty modes that are similar to turn of the 70s work by Les McCann or Junior Mance. Tracks include "Do Whatever Sets You Free", "Them Changes", "Unsilent Majority", "Something", and "See The End From the Beginning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing.)

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Mighty Tom CatsSoul Makossa ... LP
Winley/Demon (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A great lost bit of funk – and a pretty mysterious record, too! The record came out hot on the heels of Manu Dibango's big original version of "Soul Makossa" – and while it's got a groove that definitely leans towards Afro Funk, it's also got plenty of Caribbean touches too – a wicked blend of funk and island styles that's almost like The Beginning Of The End at some of the best moments – but with a touch of New York underground as well! We've never been entirely sure if the group wasn't just a Winley Records studio project – maybe The Rimshots under another name – but whatever the case, the record's a damn funky classic – filled with lots of original-sounding grooves that make the whole thing well worth tracking down. Titles include a version of "Soul Makossa", with a groove that's harder than the original – plus "Skin N Soul", "Good Groove", "Mozambique" and the extended "Bahamas Melody". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gary NumanReplicas ... LP
Beggars Banquet, 1979. Very Good+ ... $49.99
The icy hot classic from Gary Numan – post punk synth rock that sounds as amazing as ever! Replicas is one of those albums that's just about perfectly conceived from beginning to end – with guitars adding some harder edged bite, the Moog and synths adding a melodic soul, and vocals from Gary carrying the human electric theme just right – even giving it a near Bowie level sense of character! Tracks include "Are Friends Electric?", "The Machman", "Praying To The Aliens", "Down In The Park", "Replicas", "You Are In My Vision", "When The Machines Rock", "I Nearly Married A Human" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing with A1/B1 matrix and Strawberry stamp. Includes the round corner inner sleeve. Cover has very light edge wear.)

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Danilo PerezProvidencia ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2010. Used ... $5.99
Includes the songs "Daniela's Chroniclles ", "Galactic Panama", "Historia de un Amor", "Bridge of Life, Part I", "Providencia", "Irremediablemente Solo", "The Oracle", "Bridge of Life, Part II", "The Maze: The Beginning", "Cobilla", and "The Maze: The End". CD

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Elvis PresleyRaised On Rock/For Ol Times Sake ... LP
RCA, 1973. Very Good ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker. Vinyl has a small mark that clicks during the end of "Raised On Rock" and the beginning of "Are You Sincere" but is in great shape otherwise.)

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SaultUntitled (Rise) ... CD
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $22.99 26.99
A record with an unassuming cover, but with a deeply soulful sound that comes across right away – a spare blend of simple beats and well-crafted basslines, topped with vocals that almost seem like they're trying hard not to get in the way of the groove! The approach is great – gently clubby, but very soulful throughout – with a lot more warmth than you might guess from the 4AD-styled look of the cover! Titles include "Scary Times", "No Black Violins In London", "You Know It Ain't", "Free", "Street Fighter, "Rise", "Fearless", and "The Beginning & The End". CD

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Wire154 ... LP
Warner/Pink Flag, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 27.00
Here's the one where it all goes crazy – where Wire move beyond the short, sharp shock of their earliest material – and almost lay the blueprint for the whole post-punk generation in the process! The ideas and sounds are every bit as sharp as before, but they're mixed with a moody sense of soundscape and experimental currents – definitely the unusual sounds that the Gilbert and Lewis team were keen to explore! Imagine Brian Eno making a punk record at the end of the 70s, and you'll have a good idea of the vibe going on here – but that's just the beginning, as there's so much more going on – including moments of hope and tunefulness that come as a real surprise, and which keep the album so wonderfully strong over the decades. Titles include "Once Is Enough", "Two People In A Room", "Single KO", "40 Versions", "I Should Have Known Better", "On Returning", "The 15th", and "Map Ref 41N 93W". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAtlantic Rhythm & Blues – 1947-1974 (8 CD box set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 8 CDs ... $69.99
Here it is, the mother of them all! The set's got 8CDs worth of killer soul, funk, and Rhythm & Blues – all culled from the rich history of the Atlantic records label, and lovingly put together with great notes and everything! Although this sort of set usually tends to be a bit simplistic, this box actually features a beautiful mix of tracks, lots of which are hard to get in any format. It's a lot to go through, but it's worth the trip! We can't even begin to list the tracks here, there's 203(!) of them in all, but some of the artists include the Bar Kays, the Beginning of the End, Archie Bell & The Drells, Ruth Brown, Solomon Burke, the Capitols, Clarence Carter, the Chords, the Cookies, Don Covay, King Curtis, Tyrone Davis, the Drifters, Roberta Flack, King Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Major Harris, Donny Hathaway, the Ikettes, Willis Jackson, Nat Kendricks & The Swans, Barabra Lewis,the Mar-keys, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Stick McGhee, Otis & Carla, the Persuaders, Percy Sledge, The Spinners, Willie Tee, Joe Tex, Chuck Willis, Betty Wright and loads more! CD
(Out of print, and original version, in the LP-sized box! ?Mark through barcode.)

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VariousCult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
Heavy funk from the Bahamas – a whole bunch of groups that will show you that Nassau had a lot more to offer than The Beginning Of The End! The groove here is totally wonderful – somewhat like American funk of the late 60s and early 70s, but served up with some very unusual rhythmic patterns too – a bit Jamaican at times, but certainly not reggae – and somewhat sunny and Caribbean styled, but not in a way that's cheesy or filled with any hokey island-styled stereotypes. Instead, the tunes are deeply funk and soulful – grooving with plenty of dark edges and gritty instrumentation that's often heavy on the guitar. Many numbers have vocals, and those are great too – and as usual with the Numero label, the whole thing's put together with amazing notes and packaging, so that you get a full history lesson and a heck of a lot of photos to support the music too! Titles include "Gonna Build A Nation" by Cyril Ferguson, "Mustang Sally", "I Am The Man For You Baby", and "Funky Fever" by Jay Mitchell, "Theme From Shaft" by Esquires LTD, "Gimme Some Skin (inst)" by Frank Penn, "Words To My Song" by Dry Bread, "People Won't Change" by Willpower, "Take Five" by Ozzie Hall, "Watcha Gonna Do Bout It" and "The Time For Loving Is Now" by Mustangs, "Honesty Is The Best Policy" by Gospel Chandeliers, and "Don't Touch That Thing" by Sylvia Hall. CD

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✨✧ VariousLA's Unsung – Nimbus West Compilation ... CD
Nimbus, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
A very fitting title for a really wonderful compilation – one that features tracks from the catalog of the legendary Nimbus Records label, home to some of the most creative work in the Los Angeles scene at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s! Nimbus' main star talent was pianist Horace Tapscott – and the label recorded work by many in Tapscott's creative circle at the time, a rich blend of many different jazz talents, many of whom are still sadly "unsung" even years later. The energy here is similar to the Chicago AACM scene, the St Louis style of the early 70s, or some of the New York loft jazz recordings of the mid 70s – but the Nimbus scene is also characterized by a stronger modal sound, one that creates a lot more rhythmic pulsing in the music, giving many of the tunes on the set a pronounced groove that easily helps them span time and location. Titles in clude "UGMAAGER" by Nate Morgan, "Question" by Jesse Sharps, "Prayer Of Happiness" by Billie Harris, "Mrafu" by Nate Morgan, "Calvary" by Dadisi Komolafe, "Same Shame" by Ricky Kelley, and "Raphael" by Roberto Miranda. CD

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VariousRootsman Vibration At King Jammy's (4CD set) ... CD
17 North Parade, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $23.99 25.98
King Jammy productions for roots based heavies – with 4 classic complete albums by Johnny Osbourne, Barry Brown, Hugh Mundell and Lacksley Castell and Noel Phillips – in a great box set! Each CD comes in a mini-LP replica sleeve, too! Johnny Osbourne's Folly Ranking, circa the end of the 70s/beginning of the 80s, predates Johnny's dancehall hitmaking with some great mento roots on tracks that include "Mr. Walker", "Cool Down", "Folly Ranking", "Love Song" and more. Barry Brown's Showcase is a sweet showcase for BB's stellar rootsy vocals and include the tracks "Best Things In Life", "Ain't Gonna Turn Back", "School Days" and more. Hugh Mundell and Lacksley Castell share vocal duties on Jah Fire – which includes "Be My Princess", "Million Miles", "Walk With Jah", "Black Sheep" and more. Noel Phillips's Youthman Vibrations includes the tracks "Youth Man", "Pauline", "Looking Someone", "Jah No Dead", "Money Man Skank", "Be My Woman", "Slavery Days" and more. Each CD comes in a mini-LP replica sleeve, too! CD

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✨✧ Aloe BlaccChristmas Funk (red & white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Aloe Blacc, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A full on funky soul Christmas gift from Aloe Blacc! AB wasn't messing around with the title here, he delivers genuinely funky Christmas cheer from beginning to end, all the more endearingly so, as it's rooted strongly in new original songs rather than leaning on the classic Christmas songbook like so many modern holiday albums. Even the couple covers are pretty loosely adapted! His soaring soul vocals are as out front and instantly recognizable as on his major label work of the previous few years, but he ultimately steers clear of the pop soul sound of some of it in favor of diverse funk & soul influences from the 70s onward. Includes the Aloe originals "Tell Your Mama", "I Got Your Christmas Right Here", "I Can't Wait For Christmas", "The Mrs Saved Christmas", "All I Have Is Love", "At Christmas", "Funky Ass Christmas", "Love Comes Home" and the aforementioned covers – Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and Wham's "Last Christmas" – pairing spacious funky bass and beats with seasonally appropriate chimes on the former, soaring soul vocals and an electro-era George Clinton-inspired backdrop on the latter. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & white split colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ NasIllmatic ... CD
Columbia, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nas's debut LP masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near perfect slice of east coast street hop. Nasir, "World Is Yours", indeed. This one truly one of the great, filler free, beginning-to-end classics with not a wasted second on it – 100% lean with masterful production by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock and Q-Tip – and the titles include "NY State Of Mind", "Life's A B***h", "Half Time", "One Love", "Memory Lane", "Represent" and more. CD

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✨✧ SaultUntitled (Rise) ... LP
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record with an unassuming cover, but with a deeply soulful sound that comes across right away – a spare blend of simple beats and well-crafted basslines, topped with vocals that almost seem like they're trying hard not to get in the way of the groove! The approach is great – gently clubby, but very soulful throughout – with a lot more warmth than you might guess from the 4AD-styled look of the cover! Titles include "Scary Times", "No Black Violins In London", "You Know It Ain't", "Free", "Street Fighter, "Rise", "Fearless", and "The Beginning & The End". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Untitled (Rise) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Benny VelardeAy Que Rico ... LP
Fantasy, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare original pressing of this lost album of west coast Latin jazz from the 60s! Benny Velarde was part of the great Latin scene in San Francisco at the end of the 50s and beginning of the 60s – and this album is one of the only ones ever cut under his own name. The record's filled with work by great players like the famous Duran brothers Manuel, Carlos, and Eddie – plus Armando Paoloni, Cliff Anderson, and Pete Escovedo. Pupi Legarreto handled most of the arrangements – and titles include "Jamaicuba", "Canto Guajiro", "Las Guajiras", "Yolanda Pachanga", "Ay Senor", "Assebouco", and "Baila Mi Guaguanco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear on the front, and back has a stain in one corner.)

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✨✧ Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance BandAfrican Carnival ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Funky African work from Fred Fisher – a Nigerian trombonist who crafted his own unique groove at the end of the 70s! Fred both sings and plays trombone – the latter with a Fred Wesley-like soulfulness – and his rhythms here are really wide-ranging, and embrace a host of new styles coming into play at the time – including a fair bit of influences from American soul! Some cuts have a rootsy groove, while others move into tighter dancefloor territory – never in a commercial style at all, but with traces of boogie and other 80s modes in the mix. Vocals are sometimes in English, which furthers the global appeal of the music – and the set brings together tracks from 4 different albums by Fisher. Titles include "Say The Truth", "Asa Sa", "Iye Ye Mu Elediamemisise", "No Way", "Let Love Free", "WTFS", "Beautiful Dancer", "Happy Blue Night", "The Beginning Ishan", "Ehimedede", "Babajoo", and "Ebi Lolo". 2CD set features 20 tracks in all. Note: The music on the whole set is great, but there are a few tracks that suffer sound-wise from some distortion in the masters used. Most of the other tracks are fine, though. CD

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✨✧ William S Burroughs & Brion GysinWilliam S Burroughs & Brion Gysin ... LP
Cold Spring, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of work from experimentalist William S Burroughs and artist Brion Gysin – a personality who always seemed to open up Buroughs most creative side! The record brings together both straight readings and more experimental recordings – yet even the straight tracks are still pretty offbeat, as Gysin and Burroughs were huge proponents of the cut-up technique in writing – which meant that pages of the written word were cut up and reassembled at random – forming the text for some of the readings here! Most work is from the 60s through 1970, but there's one later segment from 1982 – and segments include "The Beginning is Also The End", "Reading At The Centre Hotel", and "Invisible Art" by Burroughs – and "I Am That I Am", "Pistol Poem", "Cut Ups Self-Explained", and "I Am This Painter Brion Gysin" – all by Gysin. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hans Dulfer/Han Bennink KwartetJazz In Paradiso ... CD
Heavy Soul Music/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Hans Dulfer – a set that features a group with the legendary avant drummer Hank Bennink, plus Willem Van Manen on trombone and Maarten Altena on bass – a real demonstration of the power of the Dutch jazz scene as it was really beginning to burn at the end of the 60s! As with some other European scenes, the Netherlands was initially in the throes of American modes – but here, Dulfer and associates work with a blend of free improv and larger structure that would mark maybe the strongest Dutch contribution to avant jazz over the years – with Dulfer maybe equalling the young Peter Brotzmann for fire and imagination – so much so, you'd hardly know that he was the father of smooth jazz saxophonist Candy Dulfer. Titles include "Los Orrelani", "Bird Frog", and "The Triple/Seventy Eight/Bird Frog". CD
(Part of the "Jazz Premium Seats – Rare Jazz – Live & Sessions" series!)

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✨✧ Rob Mazurek & Emmett KellyAlien Flower Sutra ... LP
International Anthem, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ever-adventurous composer, arranger and coronet player Rob Mazurek teams up with similarly creative wanderer Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang, Josh Abrams Natural Information Society and more)! Alien Flower Sutra finds the duo and their guest players crafting a pretty awesome mix of interstellar psych-jazz-folk with vocals and guitar – with lots of fuzzier, jazzier instrumental passages. Very cool stuff on International Anthem, which has quickly become one of Chicago's best indie labels for free thinking creative output! Mazurek handles the electronic treatments, synths and coronet, with Kelly's lyrics, voice and guitars, and accompanied by Guilherme Granado, Carlos Issam Thomas Rohrer and Brittany Mazurek. Includes "Back To The Ocean, Back To The Sea", "Android Love Cry", "Blackout", "Bright Nights Havoc", "I Untied My Wrists", "Of Time Wasted", "Remember Nothing", "Embryo Genesis", "We Are One" and "Overture Towards The Beginning Of The End Of Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ NasIllmatic ... LP
Columbia/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Nas's debut LP masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near perfect slice of east coast street hop. Nasir, "World Is Yours", indeed. This one truly one of the great, filler free, beginning-to-end classics with not a wasted second on it – 100% lean with masterful production by DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock and Q-Tip – and the titles include "NY State Of Mind", "Life's A B***h", "Half Time", "One Love", "Memory Lane", "Represent" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sweet InspirationsComplete Atlantic Singles – Plus ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest female soul groups of the 60s – and one of the few who really helped to take the format into deep soul territory! The Sweet Inspirations got their start doing background work for countless sessions for Atlantic Records – and by the time of these tracks, they'd emerged as a fully-formed, deeply-skilled unit – graced with singers who'd been trained in gospel, but worked heavily in soul – with a sound that was perfect for the southern turn that Atlantic Records was taking at the time! The style of many of these early cuts is similar to the Memphis and Muscle Shoals modes of Aretha Franklin on late 60s Atlantic – but there's also some later Philly styles, too – early Sigma modes that are still pre-disco, but really show the range of the group. 2CD set features all the Atlantic singles from the group – from the beginning right up to the end of their time at the label – 37 tracks that include "That's How Strong My Love Is", "Let It Be Me", "Chained", "Brand New Lover (parts 1 & 2)", "Evidence", "Change Me Not", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "Light Sings", "Flash In The Pan", "Them Boys", "Get A Little Order", "Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again", "You Really Didn't Mean It", and "Don't Fight It". CD

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✨✧ Kanye WestLate Registration ... LP
Def Jam, 2005. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Time will tell whether the sophomore LP Late Registration will prove to be as revolutionary of a commercial force as College Dropout turned out to be – but it's a better album! We loved the debut as much as the rest of the world did, but this one's an easier listen from beginning to end. The production is tight, the guests earn their spots, and the whole thing's furiously soulful. Much is being made of LA hipster/orch pop troubadour Jon Brion's co-production, but this is Kanye's show. On one level Kanye can rock a subject as cliched as "Gold Digger", and still come out with a fresh perspective that runs deeper than it sounds on the surface, then deliver a serious track about the evils of the diamond trade that still rocks the ice. And those are just the first singles. Another great one! Tracks include "Wake Up Mr West", "Heard 'Em Say", "Touch The Sky" feat Lupe Fiasco, "Gold Digger" feat Jamie Foxx, "Drive Slow" feat Paul Wall & GLC, "My Way Home" feat Common, "Crack Music" feat Game, "Roses", "Bring Me Down" feat Brandy, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (rmx) feat Jay-Z, "We Major" feat Nas & Really Doe, "Gone" feat Consequence & Cam'Ron and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stone Poneys/Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys, & Friends Vol 3 ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Linda Ronstadt got her start in the Stone Poneys, but this third album from the group makes it clear that she's rising as a lead act on her own – and as the "friends" in the title indicates, Ronstadt's also beginning to have quite a reach within the California scene itself too! The album unfortunately doesn't list credits besides songwriting, but we're guessing there's some great talents in the studio – as the mix of solo vocals, group harmonies, and larger instrumental touches is really wonderful – way past simple Capitol 60s pop! The set's overflowing with great tunes – and titles include the cool "Fragments" medley – plus versions of Tim Buckley's "Aren't You The One", "Hobo", and "Wings", a version of Mike Nesmith's "Some Of Shelly's Blues", and a version of Laura Nyro's "Stoney End". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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✨✧ VariousKraut – Teil 1 – Die Innovativen Jahre Des Krautrock 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive overview of the best years of Krautrock – that fresh wave of new music that emerged on the West German scene at the end of the 60s, and carried the nation forward strongly all through the 70s! The set definitely begins at the beginning – as early cuts almost echo some of the blues rock that was bubbling up in the UK and US, before quickly moving into some of the modes that are more familiarly associated with Krautrock – including inspirations from jazz and improvised music, avant electronics, and freewheeling instrumentation that had a huge impact on many artists for decades to come! This 2CD set is done in the best Bear Family tradition – with a huge booklet of notes and images – although we should also say that the notes are in German, but still have enough helpful bits that you'll be able to get the gist when needed. 22 tracks in all – and titles include "Redskin" by Jane, "Souls Married To The Wind" by Parzival, "Cappuccino" by Abacus, "A Young Man's Gash (part 2)" by Gash, "La Leyla" by Ramses, "Chub Chub Cherry" by Silberbart, "Ants" by Tomorrow's Gift, "Rock N Roll Preacher" by Atlantis, "Keep On Running" by Cravinkle, "Mesentery" by Ikarus, "Schones Babylon" by AR & Machines, and "Big City" by Thirsty Moon. CD
 
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John Lee HookerGet Back Home In The USA (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Damn fantastic work from the mighty John Lee Hooker – tracks recorded overseas in 1969, but with a raw vibe that takes us back to the time when Hooker was just beginning to set the Hastings Street scene on fire! The record features just John and his guitar – a mode that always seems to bring out the best in the bluesman – served up in that legendary John Lee Hooker quality that mixes rhythm, improvisation, and mindblowing vocals together at a level that will never have you missing the other musicians at all! The recording quality is superb – wonderfully crisp – and titles include "Cold Chills", "Get Back Home In The USA", "Big Boss Lady", "Little Rain", "I Had A Dream Last Night", "Back To Your Mother", and "When My First Wife Left Me". CD features 7 more bonus tracks added to the album – including "Sittin Here Thinkin", "I'm Going Upstairs", "Crazy Bout You", and "I'm So Worried Baby". CD

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Don Rendell/Ian Carr QuintetBlue Beginnings ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
Genius early work from this legendary British jazz combo – material recorded right before the release of their classic Shades Of Blue album – which marked a huge watershed in European modern jazz! The tracks here were recorded live on the BBC, and have the group stepping out in their really unique blend of modern ideas and straighter swing – the kinds of sounds that could only have been carried off so well by Ian Carr on trumpet and Don Rendell on tenor and soprano sax – both players with deeper roots in British jazz, but really ready to try something new! The rest of the group here features Colin Purbrook on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Trevor Tompkins on drums – and the set's overflowing with great original numbers that bristle with fantastic interplay between the horns. Titles include "Garrison 64", "Blue Doom", "Latin Blue", "Sailin", and "Big City Strut" – plus a version of the Neil Ardley tune "Shades Of Blue", and a nice take on "Autumn Leaves". CD

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✨✧ Pink FairiesPolydor Years (Never Never Land/What A Bunch Of Sweeties/Kings Of Oblivion/with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Floating World (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of key albums from the Pink Fairies – served up with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Never Never Land – the fantastic debut of the Pink Fairies – easily one of the shaggiest, headiest bands on the UK scene at the start of the 70s – and a group who rose from the ashes of the equally important Deviants! The record's an unusual mishmash of modes – a set that confidently swaggers between psych, hard rock, and maybe even a bit of proto-punk – very confident in its approach, and coolly compressed in the production, but never in the slick style that would dominate British rock more strongly in the mid 70s. The Fairies aren't afraid to let their freak flag fly, but they're also clearly moving past hippiedom too – on titles that include "War Girl", "Do It", "Say You Love Me", "Tack One Side Two", "Thor", "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout", and "The Dream Is Just Beginning". What A Bunch Of Sweeties is filled with freaky fuzz from the Pink Fairies – a seminal UK group who were maybe trapped in a space between late psych and early glam – and somehow equally important to both! There's lots going on in the set – modes that are as offbeat as styles put forth by The Fugs in the late 60s, but a lot sharper overall from a musical perspective – especially in the way the group uses great guitar work and a few catchy numbers to sew the whole thing together – on titles that include "Portobello Shuffle", "Marilyn", "Pigs Of Uranus", "Walk Don't Run", "X-Ray", "I Went Up I Went Down", and "I Saw Her Standing There". Kings Of Oblivion is maybe the most fully-formed album from the legendary Pink Fairies – and a set that's got some really searing guitar from Larry Wallis – a melodic genius whose sound really holds things together, and gives the group a stronger focus than ever before! The guitar lines seem to bring out and amplify all the ideas the group were going for before – and maybe give the group a sense of darkness that they never fully reached – not hard rock cliche, but this tightness that's also completely individual – maybe like early Thin Lizzy at their best, yet in a completely different way. Titles include "I Wish I Was A Girl", "City Kids", "When's The Fun Begin", "Chromium Plating", "Street Urchin", and "Chamber Maid". Bonus tracks include "Going Down", "Walk Don't Run (first version)", "War Girl (alt mix)", "The Snake", "Do It (single mix)", "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout (alt mix)", "Well Well Well (alt mix)", "City Kids (alt)", and "Hold On (single)". CD

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✨✧ VariousBristol Sessions 1927/1928 – The Big Bang Of Country Music (5CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1927/1928. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal moment in country music history – a series of recording sessions in late 20s Tennessee that went onto spawn generations of sounds and styles to come! The "big bang" in the title is very well-placed – as these sessions were a huge success right from the start, and marked the beginning of decades of country music to come – an explosion of records and talent that all came from this one magical moment! The Bristol sessions not only mark the initial recordings of both The Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers – but also include a huge amount of other talents from Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and elsewhere – all of whom traveled to the city to participate in the dates, and help ignite the spark of country music. Producer Ralph Peer had an amazing ear for talent and styles – and he pulls together a range of regional modes, and launches them forward with an energy that really helps put these sounds in the spotlight. Other artists include Blind Alfred Reed, Uncle Eck Dunford, BF Shelton, Ernest V Stoneman, Henry Whittier, Johnson Brothers, Blue Ridge Corn Shuckers, Alfred G Kranes, El Watson, Ernest Phipps, and others – and the set features every single surviving recording from these legendary sessions, including alternate takes – along with a heavy 120 page hardcover book that's oversized, features lots of photos and notes on the recordings, plus new essays as well. A big set that's more than worth the price tag – given the historical importance and high quality of the music within! CD

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✨✧ Tony ScottModern Art Of Jazz ... LP
Seeco, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of Tony Scott's best straight jazz sessions of the 50s – a wonderfully done small combo set that shows Scott beginning to move from straight bop into more modern modes! The album features Tony on baritone sax and clarinet – blowing with a well-chosen group of fresh modern talents that include Sahib Shihab, Bill Evans, Henry Grimes, and Paul Motian. Clark Terry also plays a bit of trumpet, but it's the Evans/Motian combination that seems to work the most magic – opening up the rhythms a lot, and really pulling some spacious sounds out of Scott's horn. Titles include "Five", "She's Different", "Blues For 3 Horns", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Tenderly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, & The TrinityStreetnoise ... CD
Atlantic/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some great funky grooves by this legendary British ensemble – featuring excellent keyboard work by Brian Auger, recorded during the period when he was really beginning to stretch out a bit, and hit a much more open-ended kind of sound. Julie Driscoll is still on vocals, singing in her raw sound, but Brian's Trinity group gets a fair number of nice instrumental moments on the set – which are greatly appreciated! The CD brings together all the tracks from the original double LP – and titles include "Light My Fire", "Czechoslovakia", "Finally Found You Out", "In Search Of The Sun", "Ellis Island", "I've Got Life", and "Save The Country". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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✨✧ Harpers BizarreCome To The Sunshine – The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings (Feelin Groovy/Anything Goes/Secret Life/Harpers Bizarre 4/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Warner/El (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing set – all four of the legendary Warner Brothers albums by harmony giants Harpers Bizarre – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Feelin Groovy – the fab first LP by Harpers Bizarre! The group were one of the strangest pop ensembles operating in the seminal LA scene of the mid 60s – ostensibly a sweet harmony vocal group, but with a strangely childish approach that also had an ear open for the mind-blowing production styles of the Brian Wilson era. Van Dyke Parks was a big supporter of the group – and they perform a sublime version of his tune "Come To The Sunshine" as the leadoff track on the album – and even though Van Dyke didn't handle the arrangements of the record, the style of the music is very similar to his own, with guitar, bass, and drums coming into play with strings, woodwinds, and baroque orchestral touches. The record is as dark as it is sublime – one of those pop gems that hit big, but which has a brooding depth bubbling underneath the sugary coating – ala Pet Sounds. Tracks include "Happy Talk", "The Debutantes Ball", "I Can Hear The Darkness", "Raspberry Rug", and their huge hit version of "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)". Next is Anything Goes – the group's second album – and while it has a lot of similarities with the first, it's also a lot deeper of an expression of their strange blend of harmony vocals, sweet 60s pop, and the nostalgia for the early 20th century that was running through the Burbank Warner scene that included a young Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Lenny Waronker, and other LA underground of the mid 60s. The whole record fits together beautifully – beginning with an old-timey radio kind of announcer, then sliding into sublimely crafted harmony tunes that include originals from the LA luminaries and the group, plus a few other surprising covers. Titles include the hit version of "Anything Goes", plus "The Biggest Night Of Her Life", "Milord", "Virginia City", "High Coin", "Jessie", "This Is Only The Beginning", and "You Need A Change". The Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre is the third album by Harpers Bizarre – and one that shows them growing in leaps and bounds with each new release! The record is a sublime fusion of sweet pop California 60s harmonies (ala The Sandpipers or The Lettermen), baroque arrangements with a fake dreamy nostalgia (ala Van Dyke Parks or Randy Newman), and drug-addled underground takes on the eazy sound of the generation (ala Brian Wilson or Love). This album is one of their most perfectly-realized visions, and it features a great blend of older songs, all hipped-up to modern LA arrangements by the likes of Nick De Caro, Perry Botkin, and others. The record has an approach that's simply mindblowing when you consider the amount of funds and effort that must have been put into a record that would only be truly appreciated 40 years later – and it's filled with great titles that include "Me, Japanese Boy", "Look To The Rainbow", "Funny How Love Can Be", "Mad", "Green Apple Tree", and "Las Mananitas". Last up is the group's fourth album, unfortunately, the last Warner album by Harpers Bizarre – one of the few testaments of genius left to us by this incredible group! The record shows the group moving past the sweet pop and dreamy nostalgia of earlier albums – tentatively stepping into the haze of the late 60s LA scene with a blend of songs that share a lot musically with earlier work, but which also seem to have a more adult approach to some of their themes. Arrangements are by the group mostly – with help from pop geniuses like Jack Nitzsche, Nick De Caro, Lenny Waronker, Harry Nilsson, and Perry Botkin Jr. The harmonies are sublime – and the group effortlessly blends original tunes like "Soft Soundin Music", "All Through The Night", "When The Band Begins To Play", and "There's No Time Like Today, along with bizarre covers like "Hard To Handle", "Something Better", "I Love You Alice B Toklas", and Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To", which is worth the price of the record alone! Bonus tracks include "Both Sides Now", "Small Talk", "Poly High", "If We Ever Needed The Lord Before", "Malibu U", "Cotton Candy Sandman", "Lost My Love Today", and "Bye Bye Bye". CD

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✨✧ Hubert Laws/George BensonIn The Beginning/In Concert Carnegie Hall ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1974/1976. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A split CTI package – with a record apiece by Hubert Laws and George Benson! Hubert Laws is first with In The Beginning – moody work from one of the most groundbreaking flute players of the 70s – and a real standout in the legendary catalog of CTI Records! Hubert Laws was not only richly talented, but he was also capable of a large number of styles – and this double-length set for CTI has him moving past the electric funky jazz that was the usual manner of the label. The set features backing by a range of different keyboardists – from Bob James, to Clare Fisher, to Richard Tee – plus tenor by Ronnie Laws, percussion by Airto, drums by Steve Gadd, and guitar by Gene Bertonicini. All tracks are long, and the material spans funk, jazz, and even a bit of classically influenced playing. Titles include "Mean Lene", "Restoration", "Moment's Notice", and "Reconciliation", and "In The Beginning". Next up is George Benson In Concert Carnegie Hall – one of his hardest-hitting albums of the time! In a way, the record returns George to his early years at CTI – particularly the album Beyond The Blue Horizon – as the set's got a stripped down smaller group, working in a tight blend of electric jazzy bits that's very nice! Ronnie Foster lays down some great keyboards on the set, Hubert Laws is on flute, and George himself plays a hollow body with a nice soulful tone – stretching out on some straight jazz on most cuts, but also hitting a few of his smoother notes from the mid 70s. Titles include "Sky Dive", "Take Five", "Octane", "Summertime", and "Gone". CD

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John ColtraneImpressions – Graz 1962 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1962. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Fantastic material from an important early tour of Europe by the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Graz, Austria – and a perfect example of the group as they were really beginning to stretch out and explore! At some level, the vibe here is like the famous first run of Village Vanguard sessions by Coltrane – but the sound shows just how much the players had opened up since the previous year – really tremendous work from the leader on both soprano sax and tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums! Coltrane's solos are long and freewheeling, with a beautifully exploratory, yet soulful vibe – and titles include "Inch Worm", "I Want To Talk About You", "Autumn Leaves", and "Impressions". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington At Newport ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Very Good+ ... $49.99
One of the first albums to ever issue recordings made at the Newport Jazz Festival – quite a big hit, and the beginning of a real trend in jazz! The set's also some great work by Duke – free to perform in a setting that's not bound by some of the time restrictions of earlier years, which lets him offer up three long tracks with a great deal of sophistication over previous recordings. Titles include "Jeep's Blues", "Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue", and "Newport Jazz Festival Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam and light wear.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington At Newport 1956 – Complete ... CD
Columbia, 1956. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
One of the first albums to ever issue recordings made at the Newport Jazz Festival – quite a big hit, and the beginning of a real trend in jazz! The set's also some great work by Duke – free to perform in a setting that's not bound by some of the time restrictions of earlier years, which lets him offer up three long tracks with a great deal of sophistication over previous recordings. Titles include "Jeep's Blues", "Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue", and "Newport Jazz Festival Suite". 2CD version features lots of bonus tracks! CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Ellington At Newport ... LP 49.99

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Philip GlassKoyaanisqatsi ... CD
Antilles, 1983. Used ... $8.99
One of the first film scores ever done by Philip Glass – and a sublime batch of music that exposed his genius to a whole world who'd never heard him before! The music builds in a beautifully minimal way – with rumbling organ and orchestral themes at the beginning, which slowly evolve into brilliantly streaming lines of repeating notes played on keyboards, reeds, and strings – building in a gradual way, but with really subtle power – and occasional voices that come into the blend to push the whole thing even further. Completely amazing – and still one of our favorite records by the legendary composer! CD
(Out of print, slight crease through traycard artwork.)

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.98
One of the most monumental debuts in rock history – a record that hit the world like a led zeppelin, and left an impression for years to come! Led Zeppelin pretty much took over rock right from the beginning – which isn't too surprising, given that Jimmy Page had an in-demand guitar heavy for years already – but the power of this debut is still astonishing after all these years – a blistering blend of bluesy roots, psych fuzz, and razor-sharp instrumental dexterity! The whole thing's a gem – and titles include "Good Times Bad Times", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" "You Shook Me", "Dazed And Confused", "Your Time Is Gonna Come", "Black Mountain Side", and "I Can't Quit You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy vinyl – and remastered by Jimmy Page too!)

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Jon LucienI Am Now (plus bonus track) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1970. Used ... $7.99
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in recent years – and this initial RCA album is a musical masterpiece that's filled with joy, life, and emotion – all without any of the cliches that such a reference might imply! Arrangements are by Lucien, with some occasional help from Horace Ott and Stanley Rubinstein – all a swirling blend of strings, jazz, and some groovier rhythms at the bottom that have made this record an underground favorite for years. Titles include a killer version of "Who Will Buy", done as a breezy jazz groover, in a way that's made it a classic jazz dance track for years – plus "I Am Now", "How Insensitive", "Love For Sale", and "Dindi" – all given the lush, lovely, swirling, soulful Lucien sound! This remastered edition from Big Break UK includes the bonus "Who Will Buy (Mono Version)". CD

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Baris MancoDunden Bugune (picture disc) ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1971. New Copy ... $29.99 33.98
An incredible Turkish psych album from Baris Manco – totally riveting work that blends some traditional Turkish influences with the panoramic psychedelia of the late 60s & early 70s – all of which makes for lots of fuzzed out rock-funk, and a fantastic melodic sensibility! The most fascinating aspect of the album is its way of blending far out sounds from the East and the West – and the vocals are effectively melodic amidst the tuneful backings – with Turkish and Eastern accents, hand percussion and drums, and guitars that mix rock up nicely! This rare album had a troubled release history from the beginning, so it's all the more joyful to have it now – and titles include the great single "Daglar Daglar I", plus "Kirpiklerin Ok Ok Eyke", "Kagizman", "Kol Dugmerleri", "Derile", "Iste Hendek Iste Deve". "Seher Vakti", "Anadolu", and "Lory". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Sun RaContinuation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
Mindblowing music from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – sounds recorded during the same marathon session that gave the world the records Other Planes Of There, When Sun Comes Out, and When Angels Speak Of Love – but titles that are much more obscure overall! The initial release of the material featured very misleading notes, but the true details of the session are even more impressive – as Ra plays a variety of unusual instruments alongside piano – including the piano strings, space organ, and clavioline – alongside some sublime straight horn work from John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto and oboe, Pat Patrick on baritone, Danny Davis on alto and clarinet, Walter Miller on trumpet, Robert Cummings on bass clarinet, and Ali Hasaan on trombone! The lineup here has that raw power the Arkestra first unleashed after their initial move to New York – almost a sense of new freedom in the new environment – even at a time when they weren't clicking on a financial level, but still continued to push forward with new ideas in music! Some passages have this great approach that links the cosmic ideas of the Arkestra with older traditions of jazz soloing – while others reflect the growing concern of the group with new textures and sounds – making for some very impressive elements on both the horns and percussion. The group is completed by Ronnie Boykins on bass, Art Jenkins on space voice and percussion, and Tommy Hunter on drums, percussion, and some mighty nice reverb – and titles include "Biosphere Blues", "Intergalactic Research", "Earth Primitive Earth", "New Planet", and "Continuation To Jupiter Festival". Beautiful 2CD reissue features sublime sounds from the original tapes, remastered – plus a full bonus CD of unreleased tracks that include "Blue York", "Conversation Of The Universe", "Red Planet Mars", "Cosmic Rays/Next Stop Mars", "The Myth", "Meteor Shower", "Infinity", "The Beginning Of", and "Endlessness". CD

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Sonny Rollins/Thad JonesSonny Rollins & Thad Jones ... LP
Period/Up Front, 1957/1958. Very Good ... $6.99
A legendary split album from the hardbop underground of the 50s – two different sides by two different artists – both of them great! Side one features stunning work from Sonny Rollins – blowing at a level that matches his early gems for Blue Note, with that razor-sharp tone and sense of timing – and a style that's already beginning to move away from some of the more familiar conventions of bop. Sonny's tracks only include three numbers – but all are worth the price of admission – and feature Rollins on tenor with Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Gil Coggins on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass, and Kenny Dennis on drums – on the titles "Like Someone In Love", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "Theme From Pathetique Symphony". Thad Jones really shines on side two – an early demonstration of his conception for a larger group, but done at a level that's looser than some of his big band recordings with Mel Lewis. The group features tremendous tenor from Frank Foster on two tracks that also have piano by Jimmy Jones – and titles include "Lust For Life" and "I Got It Thad & That Ain't Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface and edge wear and a bit of marker.)

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Sparky-DThis Is Sparky-D's World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1988. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Maybe not the first full length album by a female MC, but a really well-remembered set from the early days – and one that hardly tries to go for any crossover modes at all! Instead, Sparky-D really keeps it live and close to the streets – beginning the set with an acapella track that almost feels like a freestyle – then following with lots of strong production work from Spyder D – who again keeps things lean and nicely sharp – really providing the kind of beat-heavy burst that could make old school rhymes sound so powerful and urgent! Titles include "Never Ran, Never Will", "Grand Creator K-Wiz, Best In The Biz", "This Is Sparky D's World", "I Can't Stop", "Yankee Boy", "Punk Rock Rap", "Throwdown", and "Sparky's Rap". This extended CD edition has bonus 12" mixes and instrumentals – 6 of them, including "Throwdown (Original 12" Version)", "I Can't Stop (Instrumental)" and more. CD

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✨✧ Philip GlassKoyaanisqatsi ... LP
Antilles, 1983. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first film scores ever done by Philip Glass – and a sublime batch of music that exposed his genius to a whole world who'd never heard him before! The music builds in a beautifully minimal way – with rumbling organ and orchestral themes at the beginning, which slowly evolve into brilliantly streaming lines of repeating notes played on keyboards, reeds, and strings – building in a gradual way, but with really subtle power – and occasional voices that come into the blend to push the whole thing even further. Completely amazing – and still one of our favorite records by the legendary composer! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Masterdisk stamp on translucent vinyl.)
Also available Koyaanisqatsi ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most monumental debuts in rock history – a record that hit the world like a led zeppelin, and left an impression for years to come! Led Zeppelin pretty much took over rock right from the beginning – which isn't too surprising, given that Jimmy Page had an in-demand guitar heavy for years already – but the power of this debut is still astonishing after all these years – a blistering blend of bluesy roots, psych fuzz, and razor-sharp instrumental dexterity! The whole thing's a gem – and titles include "Good Times Bad Times", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" "You Shook Me", "Dazed And Confused", "Your Time Is Gonna Come", "Black Mountain Side", and "I Can't Quit You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Broadway label pressing, SD 8216, with RI suffix. Vinyl has a number of marks and plays with some crackles. Cover has wear and aging, split seams, a light stain and wrinkles at the bottom left corner, and masking tape across the bottom.)
Also available Led Zeppelin (180 gram pressing) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin (deluxe 2CD edition) ... CD
Atlantic, 1969. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most monumental debuts in rock history – a record that hit the world like a led zeppelin, and left an impression for years to come! Led Zeppelin pretty much took over rock right from the beginning – which isn't too surprising, given that Jimmy Page had an in-demand guitar heavy for years already – but the power of this debut is still astonishing after all these years – a blistering blend of bluesy roots, psych fuzz, and razor-sharp instrumental dexterity! The whole thing's a gem – and titles include "Good Times Bad Times", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" "You Shook Me", "Dazed And Confused", "Your Time Is Gonna Come", "Black Mountain Side", and "I Can't Quit You Baby". Deluxe adds a second disc of live material. CD
Also available Led Zeppelin (180 gram pressing) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Orquesta Afro BrasileiraObaluye (10 inch LP) ... LP
Todamerica/Day Dreamer (UK), 1957. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic experiment from 1957 – and a record that's every bit as wonderful as you'd guess from the name of the group! The music is a very raw blend of percussion and other Brazilian instrumentation – beginning with a very rootsy style at the start, but then picking up more contemporary elements as the music goes on – a bit of jazz at times, female vocals at others – all recorded with a sense of majesty and power that rivals the legendary score for Black Orpheus, especially the long rootsy track that takes up all of the first side of that soundtrack. Yolanda Borges is the singer, Paul Roberto does a bit of narrative presentation, and Abigail Moura put the whole thing together – with titles that include "Festa De Congo", "Liberdade", "Obaluaye", "Saudacao Ao Rei Nago", "Amor De Escravo", and "Calunga". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John ColtraneMy Favorite Things – Graz 1962 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from an important early tour of Europe by the John Coltrane Quartet – tracks recorded in Graz, Austria – and a perfect example of the group as they were really beginning to stretch out and explore! At some level, the vibe here is like the famous first run of Village Vanguard sessions by Coltrane – but the sound shows just how much the players had opened up since the previous year – really tremendous work from the leader on both soprano sax and tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums! Coltrane's solos are long and freewheeling, with a beautifully exploratory, yet soulful vibe – and titles include "Mr PC", "Every Time We Say Goodbye", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and a great 24 minute take of "My Favorite Things". CD

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✨✧ El ChicanoViva Tirado ... LP
Kapp, 1970. Fair ... Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been emanating from Spanish Harlem a few years earlier. The group had an organ-heavy sound that first scored big on their rendition of Gerald Wilson's "Viva Tirado" – done as a single by the group with a stepping jazz beat that was missing from the earlier version, which worked great with their bubbly organ sound. The album was recorded to follow up the hit – done as a live set after hours at the Kabuki Sukiyaki Restaurant in south LA, and filled with tight jazzy covers 60s groovers like "Cantaloupe Island", "Eleanor Rigby", "Hurt So Bad", and "Coming Home Baby". The record's also got an amazing version of "Quiet Village" – and while it may not be as Latin as some of the group's later work, it's the beginning of a great tradition, and has a sound that was copied endlessly – but rarely matched! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is very marked up and plays with surface noise and crackles. Cover has ring and edge wear and some light stains in back. Label has some marker.)

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✨✧ James BrownEverybody's Doin' The Hustle & Dead On The Double Bump ... LP
Polydor, 1975. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Forget the "hustle" and "bump" in the title – as the set's not a disco cash-in set by the Godfather – and instead is an overlooked funky gem from the 70s! The set still follows strongly in the best modes of the early 70s – with that sharp JB-styled groove underneath – and in a way, the record's bit like Breaking Bread was to that group's great run – maybe a bit more focused, and slightly more upbeat – but still with a righteous approach to funk overall! David Matthews conducts, and players include Fred Wesley on trombone, Maceo Parker on alto, St Clair Pickney on tenor, and both Charles Sherrell and Leon Pendarvis on clavinet – and a few tracks are remakes of older numbers, nestled next to some newer gems. The set features the standout funky cuts "Your Love", which has a great break at the beginning, and "Superbad Superslick" – and other titles include "Hustle", "Turn On The Heat & Build Some Fire", "Calm & Cool", and a remake of "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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Jazz CrusadersLive At The Lighthouse '66 ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Good Gatefold ... $4.99
One of the Jazz Crusaders' classic funky live sets from the 60's, recorded live at the Lighthouse, where there talents were slowly becoming the stuff of legend. Nice tight soul jazz stuff, with some excellent groovers that include an early version of "Scratch", plus "Blues Up Tight", "Miss It", and "Doin' That Thing". Longish tracks, with good drawn-out solos, and a totally heavy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Vinyl plays with some crackles and occasional pop, with loud surface noise in the left channel at the beginning of Side A. Cover has ring and edge wear, aging, some light stains, and splitting in the top seam.)

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Renee RosnesWritten In The Rocks ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 17.98
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from pianist Renee Rosnes in a long time – a set that features Rosnes working at the head of a very hip quintet with Steve Nelson on vibes and Steve Wilson on alto, flute, and soprano sax! Both of the Steves really open up the sound here – taking the music into deeper, more ambitious territory than usual for Renee – especially as the core of the album is built around the extended "Galapagos Suite", which features these patterns of shifting colors and shades that are especially great in the way they combine the piano and Nelson's vibes. The rest of the group features the mighty Peter Washington on bass and Bill Stewart on drums – and titles include "Goodbye Mumbai", "Lucy From Afar", "Written In The Rocks", "The KT Boundary", "So Simple A Beginning", and "From Here To A Star". CD

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✨✧ Dexter WanselStargazer – The Philadelphia International Anthology 1976 to 1980 ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 24.99
Five years of amazing sounds from Dexter Wansel – a keyboardist who could be as far out as his fiercest fusion contemporaries of the 70s, yet also groove with enough soulful styles to be a key part of the Philadelphia International explosion of the 70s! This massive collection really gets at all that made Wansel so great back in the day – his incredible ear for inventive arrangements, spacey way of spinning out a soul tune, and great sense of balance that never made his music sound overdone – always an effortless blend of jazz, soul, and funk – in ways that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to touch! Many of these tunes have vocals, but they also have plenty of keyboard solos too – kind of like CTI hitting a Philly groove, but one that was definitely reserved for the hipper spaces of the clubs – or the hipper clubs out there in outer space. 2CD set features great notes, sublime sound, and a killer batch of 32 tracks that includes "Life On Mars", "Disco Lights", "Let Me Rock You", "I'll Never Forget My Favorite Disco (12" version)", "The Sweetest Pain", "Holdin On", "One Million Miles From The Ground", "Rings Of Saturn", "Theme From The Planets", "Funk Attack", "Stargazer", "Ode Infinitum", "Latin Love", "Let Me Rock You", "Holdin On", "Prelude 1", "New Beginning", "Time Is The Teacher", "A Prophet Named KG", "I Just Want To Love You", "All Night Long", "It's Been Cool", "Voyager", and "Time Is Slipping Away". CD

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VariousLadies Choice – The Pen Of Swan Records (mono blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Swan/Sundazed, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $25.99
A wonderful collection of work from Swan Records – the legendary Philly indie who was one of the city's first great sources of rock, pop, and soul – presented here in a special focus on female artists who recorded for the label! The package has some very well-chosen cuts – as a number of these were issued only as promo singles, which makes the whole thing essential even if you've got other Swan work in your collection – and even better as an introduction to girl singers and groups who were first beginning to forge the Philly sound! Titles include "Ladies Choice" by Patty Saturday, "Laughin" by Ginger Davis & The Snaps, "My Special Boy" by Kathy Lynn & The Playboys, "I'd Rather Fight Than Switch" by The Tomboys, "Where Is Johnny Now" by The Sapphires, "Nothin Much Tom Cat" by Ruth & Sherry, "He's Mine" by The Swans, "Hang It Up" by Joy Dawn, "Gonna Find The Right Boy" by Audrey Slo, "When He Comes Along" by The McKinleys, and the unissued cut "Bongos On The Beach" by The Three Degrees. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dexter WanselStargazer – The Philadelphia International Anthology 1976 to 1980 ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Five years of amazing sounds from Dexter Wansel – a keyboardist who could be as far out as his fiercest fusion contemporaries of the 70s, yet also groove with enough soulful styles to be a key part of the Philadelphia International explosion of the 70s! This massive collection really gets at all that made Wansel so great back in the day – his incredible ear for inventive arrangements, spacey way of spinning out a soul tune, and great sense of balance that never made his music sound overdone – always an effortless blend of jazz, soul, and funk – in ways that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to touch! Many of these tunes have vocals, but they also have plenty of keyboard solos too – kind of like CTI hitting a Philly groove, but one that was definitely reserved for the hipper spaces of the clubs – or the hipper clubs out there in outer space. 2CD set features great notes, sublime sound, and a killer batch of 32 tracks that includes "Life On Mars", "Disco Lights", "Let Me Rock You", "I'll Never Forget My Favorite Disco (12" version)", "The Sweetest Pain", "Holdin On", "One Million Miles From The Ground", "Rings Of Saturn", "Theme From The Planets", "Funk Attack", "Stargazer", "Ode Infinitum", "Latin Love", "Let Me Rock You", "Holdin On", "Prelude 1", "New Beginning", "Time Is The Teacher", "A Prophet Named KG", "I Just Want To Love You", "All Night Long", "It's Been Cool", "Voyager", and "Time Is Slipping Away". CD
Also available Stargazer – The Philadelphia International Anthology 1976 to 1980 ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ VariousLadies Choice – The Pen Of Swan Records (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Swan/Sundazed, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful collection of work from Swan Records – the legendary Philly indie who was one of the city's first great sources of rock, pop, and soul – presented here in a special focus on female artists who recorded for the label! The package has some very well-chosen cuts – as a number of these were issued only as promo singles, which makes the whole thing essential even if you've got other Swan work in your collection – and even better as an introduction to girl singers and groups who were first beginning to forge the Philly sound! Titles include "Ladies Choice" by Patty Saturday, "Laughin" by Ginger Davis & The Snaps, "My Special Boy" by Kathy Lynn & The Playboys, "I'd Rather Fight Than Switch" by The Tomboys, "Where Is Johnny Now" by The Sapphires, "Nothin Much Tom Cat" by Ruth & Sherry, "He's Mine" by The Swans, "Hang It Up" by Joy Dawn, "Gonna Find The Right Boy" by Audrey Slo, "When He Comes Along" by The McKinleys, and the unissued cut "Bongos On The Beach" by The Three Degrees. CD
Also available Ladies Choice – The Pen Of Swan Records (mono blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 25.99

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John ColtraneAfro Blue Impressions ... CD
Pablo, Early 60s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
One of the best posthumous releases by the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – and a set that really captures the group at a perfect moment – when they were really beginning to stretch out a lot, yet still in a style that was mostly inside! The material was recorded in Berlin and Stockholm – and features wonderfully fresh versions of tunes you'll know from classic Impulse and Atlantic albums by Coltrane – really reworked in this live setting, and opened up in that magical style of the group! In addition to some wonderful soprano and tenor sax from Coltrane, the group also features McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – on titles that include "Lonnie's Lament", "Afro Blue", "Cousin Mary", "Spiritual", and "My Favorite Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nubya GarciaSource/We Move ... LP
Concord, 2021. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
A really tremendous take on the Source album from saxophonist Nubya Garcia – one that has new versions of the tunes served up by some of his hippest contemporaries – at a level that brings together his current work on the London scene with a global underground that has found a way to embrace a whole new generation in jazz! There's plenty of touches here that maybe echo the London at the start of this century – when the 4Hero generation were first beginning to mix jazz instrumentation and more cosmic levels of production – but the songs also feature some key American underground elements too, which makes for a wonderful sense of variety throughout the set – but not in the jagged style that usually comes with a remix album. Players include Joe Armon Jones on piano and keyboards, Sam Jones on drums, and Nubia on tenor sax – and the record features vocal appearances from Akenya, La Perla, and Sheila Maurice-Grey. Titles include "Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be (Nala Sinephro rmx)", "La Cumba Me Esta Llamando (Kaidi Tatham rmx)", "Boundless Beings (Georgia Anne Muldrow rmx)", "Source (Dengue Dengue Dengue rmx)", "Stand With Each Other (Keiyaa rmx)", "Inner Game (Black Spade rmx)", "The Message Continues (DJ Harrison rmx)", and "Pace (Moses Boyd rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Al Grey & Jimmy Forrest QuintetLive At Rick's ... LP
Aviva, 1979. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Al Grey and Jimmy Forrest found some really great company working together in the 70s – a way to extend the soulful sounds that either player had first started crafting at the beginning of the 60s – Grey on his excellent soul jazz trombone albums for Chess, and Forrest on some killer tenor dates for Prestige – both great moments that the players return to here in a spirited live performance from Chicago! The setting's a small group one – a quintet with Shirley Scott on piano, instead of her usual Hammond – and the tracks burst out with some boldly-blown solos from both Grey and Forrest, who are determined to make their unique voices known – on titles that include "CB & Me", "Salty Papa", "I Can't Get Started", and "Truly Wonderful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some seam splitting and light surface wear.)

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Harpers BizarreAnything Goes ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Bizarre is right – and incredibly hip too! This was the group's second album – and while it has a lot of similarities with the first, it's also a lot deeper of an expression of their strange blend of harmony vocals, sweet 60s pop, and the nostalgia for the early 20th century that was running through the Burbank Warner scene that included a young Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Lenny Waronker, and other LA underground of the mid 60s. The whole record fits together beautifully – beginning with an old-timey radio kind of announcer, then sliding into sublimely crafted harmony tunes that include originals from the LA luminaries and the group, plus a few other surprising covers. Titles include the hit version of "Anything Goes", plus "The Biggest Night Of Her Life", "Milord", "Virginia City", "High Coin", "Jessie", "This Is Only The Beginning", and "You Need A Change". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has surface wear, aging, a lightly bent corner and a small metal grommet.)

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✨✧ Main IngredientEuphrates River ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Although the Main Ingredient were best known for their early 70's singles, this album from '74 is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Stan TraceyFrom Stan With Love (With Love From Jazz/We Love You Madly) ... CD
Lansdowne/Resteamed (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 24.99
Two fantastic albums from the great British pianist Stan Tracey – both the kind of material that has made him one of our favorite players of that scene in the 60s! First up is With Love From Jazz – a beautifully bold statement from the Stan Tracey Quartet – one of the group's key recordings of the 60s, and a wonderful document of the talents of tenorist Bobby Wellins! During the 60s, Tracey and Wellins worked together like the team of Monk and Charlie Rouse – crafting a groove that was as soulful as it was angular – filled with feeling and life, and at once willing to explore the outer reaches of jazz, yet never going too far as to lose its humanity. Yet Wellins and Tracey were no simple Monkish pair – as heard on this set from 1967, a suite of tracks composed by Stan, and featuring him on celeste and vibes as well as his usual piano. The rhythms are increasingly complex as the set moves on – taking the angularities of Tracey's 50s work, and inflecting them with a sense of exploratory energy that really moves the style into a whole new level – one that's wonderfully dynamic, and filled with a freshness that still resonates strongly today. Titles include "Three Times Loser Three Times Bluser", "Undercover Lover", "Amoroso Only Moreso", "Two Part Intention", "Sweet Used To Be", and "Love Now Weep Later" – all of which sound much better than their hokey titles! We Love You Madly is Stan Tracey's tribute to the music of Duke Ellington – but a set that's done in a very different way than you might expect – as the music is filled with contributions from all these fantastic British modern soloists, who take things in directions that you really might not expect – as do some of the rhythms, which reflect more of Tracey's territory at times, and really keep things interesting! The set features key soloists on each track – in a lineup that includes Ian Carr on flugelhorn, Joe Harriott on alto, Tony Coe and Don Rendell on tenor, and Tracey himself on piano. Titles include the great original "We Love You Madly" – plus "Lay By", "Blues With A Feeling", "Creole Love Call", "Passion Flower", and "I'm Beginning To See The Light". CD

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VariousCuba Son – Les Enregistrements Fondateurs Du Son Afro-Cubain 1926 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 20s/1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 29.99
A wonderful overview of the Cuban musical style of son – the core Afro-Cuban blend that influenced generations of American Latin music in the 50s, 60s, and 70s – and which also laid the groundwork for salsa too! This package stretches back to the roots of the style on record in a really wonderful way – beginning with a full disc of acetates and aluminum recordings from the pre-war years, which may well be the rarest of the bunch – then moving forward for a full CD of pre-Castro work in the 50s, and a follow-up disc from the first few years of Revolution – when the music was still going strong! Given the scope of recordings, it's a bit hard to put our finger on one approach here – but we can definitely say that you'll discover the roots of many more contemporary Latin modes – as you dig into this set of 72 tracks, with work by artists who include Sexteto Bolana, Septeto Habanero, Conjunto Casino, Celia Cruz, Sexteto Tipico Habanero, Ignacio Pineiro, Conjunto Chapottin, Nelson Pinedo, Trio Matamoros, Abelardo Barroso, Beny More, Cachao, Cheo Marquetti, Los Compadres, Miguelito Cuni, and many others. CD

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✨✧ Beggar & CoSleeping Giants ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2012. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest record we've ever heard from Beggar & Co – a set that sparkles strongly from a host of excellent guest work – not just from Incognito, but also from some key American musicians as well! The groove is tighter than ever – and very much in the 70s-inspired style that's always made us love the group – a wonderfully warm blend of jazz, funk, and soul that comes off with the feel of a lost treasure from way back! The set's got a positive, upbeat sound throughout – and titles include "If You Really Love Me", "Victoria Park", "Summer Is Here At Last", "While The City Sleeps", "New Beginnings", "Rise", "Yesterday's Gone", and "Changes". CD

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✨✧ Renaldo DominoI'm Hip To Your Game/You Don't Love Me No More ... 7-inch
Smash, Mid 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet sweet soul from Chicago's unsung genius! "Hip To Your Game" is a wonderful blend of strings and falsetto vocals – slowly unfolding with a soft magic that makes us wonder why Renaldo wasn't one of the biggest singers of his time. "You Don't Love Me" is more upbeat, bringing Renaldo's vocals a bit deeper – very much in the best loping Chi-soul mode of the 60s – with a really great little groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Vinyl has some marks that click a bit at the beginning of each side.)

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✨✧ Nubya GarciaSource/We Move ... CD
Concord, 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really tremendous take on the Source album from saxophonist Nubya Garcia – one that has new versions of the tunes served up by some of his hippest contemporaries – at a level that brings together his current work on the London scene with a global underground that has found a way to embrace a whole new generation in jazz! There's plenty of touches here that maybe echo the London at the start of this century – when the 4Hero generation were first beginning to mix jazz instrumentation and more cosmic levels of production – but the songs also feature some key American underground elements too, which makes for a wonderful sense of variety throughout the set – but not in the jagged style that usually comes with a remix album. Players include Joe Armon Jones on piano and keyboards, Sam Jones on drums, and Nubia on tenor sax – and the record features vocal appearances from Akenya, La Perla, and Sheila Maurice-Grey. Titles include "Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be (Nala Sinephro rmx)", "La Cumba Me Esta Llamando (Kaidi Tatham rmx)", "Boundless Beings (Georgia Anne Muldrow rmx)", "Source (Dengue Dengue Dengue rmx)", "Stand With Each Other (Keiyaa rmx)", "Inner Game (Black Spade rmx)", "The Message Continues (DJ Harrison rmx)", and "Pace (Moses Boyd rmx)". CD
Also available Source/We Move ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Dexter WanselLife On Mars ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of space age funk – and maybe one of the greatest moments ever from Philly Soul maestro Dexter Wansel! The album goes way beyond any of Wansel's other work – and blends his warm soulful styles with some of the more keyboard-oriented funk that was coming out of the Herbie Hancock camp during the mid 70s – a vibe that's every bit as electric and spacey as you'd guess from the cover! Some cuts have a bit more of a soul focus, but others have loads of jazzy keyboards from Dexter – driven on by some great drums at points too. Titles include Wansel's legendary version of "Theme From the Planets" with the much sampled breakbeat at the beginning – plus the funky "Life On Mars", and the tracks "One Million Miles From The Ground", "You Can Be What You Wanna Be", "Prophet Named KG", "Rings Of Saturn", and "Stargazer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Scorpio reissue.)

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✨✧ Noah HowardBlack Ark (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Freedom/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the strongest moment of genius ever from saxophonist Noah Howard – a legendary album that captures the altoist at the height of his powers! The 1969 session was recorded at a time when Howard's contemporaries were making big noise overseas – but the date finds Noah at home in New York, working with a lineup that includes Arthur Doyle on tenor, Earl Cross on trumpet, Leslie Waldron on piano, Norris Jones on bass, and Mohammed Ali on drums – all in a groove that's a perfect link between the avant sound of Shepp and Ayler in the 60s, and some of the rougher modes of the loft jazz scene to come! Howard's got a great way of stating a theme on these tunes – a manner that has the group in very cohesive formation at the beginning, often with righteous overtones – then opening up freely in the ensuing space with some incredibly bold solos. The whole thing's amazing – a US date that easily matches, if not beats, the brilliance of the best BYG/Actual generation overseas – and titles include "Domiabra", "Ole Negro", "Mount Fuji", and "Queen Anne". Great package too – a tri-fold gatefold cover, and very unique! CD

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✨✧ Ronald MuldrowYesterdays ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set of organ jazz on Enja Records – a label that normally never embraces the Hammond this strongly, but does a really great job on this overlooked gem! The group's led by guitarist Ronald Muldrow, and features organ work by Mel Rhyne – that legendary Indianapolis player who was just beginning to open up a strong second chapter of his career during this generation – really sounding great, and every bit as important to the sound of the record as Muldrow's guitar! Ron plays with a nice sense of color, and phrasing that occasionally rivals that of one of Rhyne's hometown contemporaries from years back – and Victor Campbell provides some nicely snapping drums to keep the whole thing moving along. Titles include "Besame Mucho", "Sham Time", "Yesterdays", "Grooving High", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)
 
 
 



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