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Archie Bell & The DrellsLet's Groove – The Archie Bell & The Drells Story ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A great great group who never lost their groove – featured here on a set that's the first-ever label-spanning collection of their genius! The set begins with a huge amount of tracks from the Atlantic Records years of Archie Bell & The Drells – records that start with their raw Texas funk groove, then move into the group hitting a Philly soul mode – which they do wonderfully, and continue to expand their sound in a really great way! The second half focuses on their sublime 70s Philly gems for Gamble & Huff – tracks that showed up on the Philadelphia International family of labels, and which had Archie and the group sounding equally great on the modern club dancefloors! There's also some rare material that was recorded in between these stretches for the Glades label – and the 44 track, 2CD set is overflowing with rare gems, well-remembered favorites, and other well-chosen tracks. Titles include "Soul City Walk", "I Love My Baby", "My Balloon's Going Up", "You Never Know What's On A Woman's Mind", "Girls Grow Faster Than Boys", "Old People", "Strategy", "Show Me How To Dance", "Glad You Could Make It (12" disco)", "Go For What You Know", "Showdown", "Dog Eat Dog", "A Soldier's Prayer 1967", "Do The Choo Choo", "Girl You're Too Young", "Don't Let The Music Slip Away", "Wrap It Up", "Deal With Him", "Archie's In Love", "Ain't Nothing For A Man In Love", "I've Been Missing You", and "Nothing Comes Easy". CD

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James BrownGravity (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scotti Bros/Big Break (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A bit of a comeback for James Brown – a mid 80s outing recorded with Dan Hartman, who gives the record a "contemporary" sound that's definitely a great way to slide James in with the younger crowd at the time! The style's still funky, but has more street soul elements too – and the record sports guest appearances by Alison Moyet, Steve Winwood, and Stevie Ray Vaughan – and although the production is a bit stiff at points, there's some undeniable quality in James that still makes some nice moments shine through! Titles include "Gravity", "Let's Get Personal", "How Do You Stop", "Living In America", "Goliath", "Repeat The Beat", and "Return To Me". Lots of bonus tracks too – including "Living In America (12" R&B dance)", "Living In America (inst)", "Living In America (soundtrack version)", "Gravity (12" ext)", "Goliath (12" message house mix)", "Gravity (single)", and "How Do You Stop (12" ext)". CD

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Donald Byrd & 125th StreetLove Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – often with some strong vocals in the lead, but also plenty of room for Donald to stretch out and serve up the kind of perfect solos he worked out with the Mizell Brothers in the years before – modes that are continued here with some great guest help from singers and musicians who include Syreeta, Isaac Hayes, Jim Gilstrap, Wah Wah Watson, and Greg Phillinganes! If you like Donald Byrd albums like Places & Spaces or Stepping Into Tomorrow, you'll find that the sound here is a continuation of that mode – taken into the leaner funk territory that would come to play in the 80s. 2CD set features almost all the best tracks from those years, including some single mixes too – and titles include "Thank You For Funking Up My Life (12" disco version)", "Marilyn", "Butterfly", "Gold The Moon White The Sun", "Sexy Dancer", "Love Has Come Around", "Loving You", "Love For Sale", "Star Trippin", "I Love You", "Midnight", "Your Love Is My Ecstasy", "Have You Heard The News", "People Suppose To Be Free", "Morning", "I'm Coming Home", "Sunning In Your Love Shine", "Everyday", "Falling", "So Much In Love", and "Forbidden Love". CD

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ChangeChange Of Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A game-changing album from Change – a real breakthrough for the early 80s international soul combo! Change Of Heart has some great production by Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis – and on top of that, it's perhaps the best set of songs the group had recorded to to date. Jam/Lewis wrote half the tunes and produced most of the album, which is front-loaded with some of the best of them. They kick up the beat them the big hit "Change Of Heart", along with the great "You Are My Melody", "True Love", "It Burns Me Up", and the more mellow "Say You Love Me Again", the album's opener. Change's own Timmy Allen's songs are great, too – and the record is remarkably consistent as a whole. Slick without sacrificing the soul, and with the bouncing mid 80s Jam/Lewis production vibe that's sounds as fresh as ever! Other titles include "Lovely Lady", "Got My Eyes On You" and "It Burns Me Up". This Big Break UK remastered version has 4 bonus tracks: "Change Of Heart (Single Version)", ""You Are My Melody (Single Version)", "It Burns Me Up (Single Version)" and "Change Of Heart (12" Alternate Dance Version)". CD

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✨✧ DelegationIn Love's Time – The Delegation Story 1976 to 1983 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
A career-spanning look at the music of Delegation – one of the few UK soul groups of the 70s who could go head-to-head with the best American acts of the time! Delegation have this razor-sharp style that almost prefaces 80s groove – a mode that was born in the disco generation, but which is much leaner overall – and really well-suited to the vocal approach of the trio – who themselves are maybe tighter and hipper than a good deal of their contemporaries! By the time the 70s were drawing to a close, Delegation had really grown into something wonderful – and you'll hear a great evolution in sound and style on this massively-packed set – which includes early work for the State label, plus bigger sides for Ariola and Mercury – including a few single mixes too. 33 titles in all – with tracks that include "Turn On To City Life", "12th House", "It's Your Turn (12" mix)", "Heartache No 9 (12" mix)", "Oh Honey (12" mix)", "Stand Up", "Sho Nuff Sold On You", "Let Me Take You To The Sun", "Mr Heartbreak", "Gonna Bring The House Down", "Feels So Good", "Dance Prance Boogie", "Singing (12" mix)", "I Figure I'm Out Of Your Life", "I Wantcha Back", "Tell Her", "Welcome To My World", "We Can Make It", and "Someone Oughta Write A Song". CD

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Kool & The GangCelebrate (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
A super-huge album for Kool & The Gang – and for good reason too! The set features their massive hit "Celebration" – a cut that firmly planted the group in the mainstream, and which keeps getting countless play over the decades – probably still earning them a fortune in royalties year after year from wedding bands alone! The group's got some great help on the record from Deodato – the Brazilian keyboardist who scored big with his own records in the 70s – and who's working here to arrange, conduct, and produced the album with a sweet jazzy finish! In a way, it's Deodato's ear for a great warm groove that really seems to make the set sparkle – giving it a strong soul sound, even with tighter production – still somewhat down to earth, despite its hit status – that core quality that's always made Kool & The Gang so great! Apart from "Celebration", other tracks include "Jones Vs Jones", "Love Festival", "Love Affair", "Night People", and "Morning Star". CD features the bonus tracks "Celebration (single)", "Take It To The Top (single)", "Jones Vs Jones (single)", "Morning Star (long version)", and "Celebremos (12" Spanish version)". CD
Also available Celebrate ... LP 7.99

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✨✧ Kool & The GangOpen Sesame (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A pivotal album from Kool & The Gang – a record that pushes the group past their roots as a funky 45 combo, and into larger, more righteous territory overall! There's some nicely spiritual vibes running through the set – almost as if they borrowed a bit of energy from Earth Wind & Fire, while still hanging onto the core of their own funky groove – a style that's maybe summed up best on the album's killer cut "Little Children" – a very righteous jazzy soul number that's been sampled to great use, and one that introduced a great mellow sound for the group! The whole set's great, though – and other tracks include the dancefloor classic "Open Sesame", plus "Super Band", "Gift Of Love", "Whisper Softly", "Love", and "Sunshine". This remastered edition from Big Break UK includes 3 bonus tracks: "Open Sesame (Groove With The Genie) – Part 2 (Single Version)", "Super Bad (Single Version)" and "Open Sesame (Groove With The Genie) (Promotional 12" – Special Disco Version)". CD

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✨✧ Lipps IncMouth To Mouth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A classic bit of club from Lipps Inc – an album that's got the group nicely stretched-out and extended – taking them way past the simpler sounds you might know from their hit single work! Tracks here are all quite long, and feature lots of instrumental workouts over very tight rhythms – almost a mix of Casablanca disco with some of the freer modes you'd get from labels like Prelude or Salsoul – served up with lots of guitar and heavy basslines from group leader Steven Greenberg! Vocals are by Cynthia Johnson – who helped Lipps Inc become one of the first standout soul acts from the Twin Cities – and in addition to a great extended take of "Funkytown", titles include "All Night Dancin", "Power", and "Rock It". CD features four bonus tracks – all the shorter single mixes of the long tracks on the album. CD

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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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Teddy PendergrassTP (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
As perfect a summation of the Teddy Pendergrass genius as you'll ever hope to find – a magnificent maturation of that incredible sound he first forged with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, set forth in even more confident, sophisticated soul territory! As with the Melvin albums, there's a nice mix here of sultry ballads and groovers – the latter of which are changing with the Philly modes of the time, but still very much at the top of their game – light years from clunky commercial work, or easy dancefloor fodder. The album's stunner is "Love TKO" – a killer mellow soul track that's not only one of Teddy's best, but which has enjoyed recent popularity due to a heavy bit of sampling by hip hoppers – but the whole thing's great, and other titles include "Take Me In Your Arms Tonight", "Let Me Love You", "Girl You Know", "Is It Still Good To Ya", "I Just Called To Say", and "Can't We Try". CD features bonus tracks – "Take Me In Your Arms Tonight (12" long version)", "This Gift Of Life (12" long version)", and 7" single versions of "Is It Still Good To Ya", "Can't We Try", and "Love TKO". CD
Also available TP ... LP 19.99

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RippleSons Of The Gods (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1977. Used ... $9.99
A really rich second album from Ripple – a group who took awhile to return to the studio, but really developed a lot in the process! The combo started out as a straight funk act – but here, they really take off with a tight approach to their instrumentation – razor-sharp work on guitar, keyboards, bass, and percussion – soaring off into the clouds with energy that more than matches the image on the cover! Given their Atlanta roots, there's a vibe here that's a bit like some of the best Tommy Stewart material of the time – and Floyd Smith produces the group on the record, really finding a great way to blend everything together, but without ever losing an edge! Titles include the club classic "The Beat Goes On and On" – plus "Sons of The Gods", "Do What You Wanna Do", "Here I Stand", "Call Me Traveling Man", and "Victorious". CD features a bonus track – "The Beat Goes On & On (single version)". CD

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SkyySkyyhigh – The Skyy Anthology 1979 to 1992 ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 24.99
A heavy package of work from the legendary Skyy – the funky club combo headed by Randy Muller after his work with BT Express and Brass Construction! With Skyy, Muller honed his groove even more than before – creating a really tight focus on bass-heavy bottoms, and focusing all instruments in the group into a solidly soaring sound that showed that funk was alive and well on the dancefloor – even well beyond the disco years – as you'll hear in this collection of work that not only includes Salsoul Records classics by Skyy, but also later work for Capitol and Warner too. The 2CD set really runs the gamut of Skyy sounds – and links their disco material with some great later 80s grooves too – on titles that include "The Groove Is Bad", "First Time Around (12" mix)", "Call Me", "Let's Celebrate (12" mix)", "Real Love", "Up & Over", "Start Of A Romance", "Givin It To You (12" special mix)", "Bad Boy (12" version)", "When You Touch Me", "Get Into The Beat", "Movin Violation", "Let Love Shine (12" version)", "You Got Me Up", "Love Plane", "Skyyzoo (12" mix)", "Fallin In Love Again", "Disco Dancin", and "Superlove". CD

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Taste Of HoneyTaste Of Honey (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Probably the most successful album the Mizell Brothers ever produced, and a fine set of uptempo groovers from this female soul duet! There's some nice jazzy moments underneath the catchy lyrics, and in a way, the album's style is sort of a blueprint for the sound that would emerge over the next few at Capitol Records, where some incredible albums of modern soul would be recorded. And sure, at one level the group's hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie" is a bit of oversaturated pop disco – but there's plenty of other great moments that show the group as a more sophisticated soul outfit, including "This Love Of Ours", "Sky High", "Distant", "You're In Good Hands", "Sky High" and "If We Loved". This remastered version from Big Break UK includes bonus mixes: "Boogie Oogie Oogie (Single Mix)", "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" New Boogie Mix)" and "Disco Dancin' (12" Disco Mix)". CD

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✨✧ Timmy ThomasWhy Can't We Live Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from Timmy Thomas – one that mixes together electronics and soul in this wonderfully unique mellow groove – a style that's hardly ever been matched again, and which may well put this album at the same level as Shuggie Otis' classic Inspiration Information set! Timmy's working here in a very unusual format – one that takes spare drum-machine beats, adds in warm keyboard chords, and graces the whole thing with smooth vocals to give it a real dose of soul! The contrast between the colder beats and Timmy's sweetly crackling voice is amazing – and creates a sound that echoes with love, loss, and loneliness – making the album one of the finest to come from the growing Miami scene of the 70s. Includes the landmark title cut "Why Can't We Live Together", plus "Dizzy Dizzy World", "The Coldest Days Of My Life", "Funky Me", "Take Care Of Home", "In The Beginning", and "Cold Cold People". CD features bonus tracks – "People Are Changin", and single mixes of "Funky Me" and "Why Can't We Live Together". 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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✨✧ Dionne WarwickHeartbreaker ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Sweet 80s soul from Dionne Warwick – an album that features a fair bit of production work from Barry Gibb – and a sometime sound that definitely shows his presence! The style here is smoother than Dionne in earlier years – with a nice undercurrent of jazz in the instrumentation, one that helps keep things hipper than you might expect – and which avoids a lot of the cliches of early 80s pop soul that might muck things up. Gibb's touch helps things glide nicely at times – a bit of that soulful Bee Gees flourish – and tracks include "Heartbreaker", "It Makes No Difference", "Take The Short Way Home", "Just One More Night", "You Are My Love", and "Our Day Will Come". CD

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✨✧ BT ExpressGive Up The Funk – The BT Express Anthology 1974 to 1982 ... CD
Big Break (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible legacy of funk – from a group who were easily one of the tightest, sharpest acts in the mainstream soul scene of the 70s! BT Express are a combo who pre-date disco, and whose grooves went a long way towards forging the blueprint for that mid 70s movement – but their music also never went the way of the easy crossover hit, or the cliched mode of pop disco production – as the second half of the 70s only seemed to have the group digging in their heels and sounding even funkier than ever! Compression is the key to the BT Express sound – an ability to bring together many different elements and lay them down right on the money together – focusing things so that the complexity of their instrumentation is often understated, even though it's the quality that makes their grooves so great! This wonderful package really gets right to the core of the BT Express sound – picking all the right tracks from both their indie and major label years – and serving up 31 tracks that include "Make Your Body Move", "Happiness", "This House Is Smokin", "Mental Telepathy", "That's What I Want For You Baby", "Peace Pipe", "Shout It Out", "Sunshine", "This Must Be The Night For Love", "What You Do In The Dark", "Ride On BT", "Give Up The Funk", "Does It Feel Good", "Can't Stop Grooving Now", and "Do It Til You're Satisfied". CD

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✨✧ Kool & The GangEmergency (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet 80s sounds from the legendary Kool & The Gang – one of the key classics from the second chapter of the group – when their lineup and sound were a lot leaner than before, and they managed to cross over big to a much wider audience than before! The upbeat cuts show that the group were still kings of the funky dancefloor – and the mellower ones are equally great too – showing a rising ballad style that proved to be the group's big crossover card at the time – a way of putting over a laidback track, but with plenty of soul. This approach is heard to great effect on the album's great single "Cherish" – and other tracks include "Bad Woman", "Surrender", "Emergency", "Misled", "Fresh", and "You Are The One". 2CD version is overflowing with bonus tracks – 16 more titles that include a variety of single and alternate mixes – including the great "Throwdown", which is a hits medley of later work – plus "Cherish (saxophone edition)", "Emergency (12" rmx)", "Fresh (12" dance mix)", "Fresh/Misled (12" special mix)", "Emergency (12" alternative dance mix)", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Kool & The GangSomething Special (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". CD features lots of bonus tracks – include "Steppin Out (12" mix)", "Get Down On It (12" mix)", "Take My Heart (12" mix)", "Stop", "Steppin Out (single)", "Get Down On It (single)", and "Take My Heart (single)". CD
 
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Billy Preston & Syreeta/David ShireFast Break ... LP
Motown, 1979. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Billy Preston & Syreeta handled the music for this slightly-lame, kind of strange Gabe Kaplan vehicle from the late 70s. The music is relatively fine, although the album lacks any totally funky moments. Instrumentals include "Books & Basketball", "Half Time", "The Big Game", and "Welcome To Cadwaller". Also includes regular and disco versions of "Go For It", the theme of the movie. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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VariousStrain, Crack, & Break – Music From The Nurse With Wound List Vol 2 – Germany ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 34.99
Wild sounds in a range of different styles – jazz, rock, and more outside modes – all served up in support of a legendary list made years ago by the group Nurse With Wound! The list was a secret guide to all things weird and unusual – put together decades back, and now famous as kind of a Rosetta Stone for stepping into music from the farther left side of the spectrum – here served up from a range of German recordings from back in the day, most recorded during a key moment when the scene was really breaking down boundaries in styles! There's a fair bit of electric elements here, and you'll recognize a few artists as being heroes from the prog and MPS generations – on titles that include "Fritz Muller Traum" by Fritz Muller, "Jazzi Jazzi" by Tomorrow's Gift, "Output" by Wolfgang Dauner, "Black Sand" by Brainticket, "Trauma" by Gomorrha, "Big City" by Thirsty Moon, "Snakeskin Tango" by Brainstorm, "Scorpion" by Association PC, "The Executioner" by My Solid Ground, "It Loves Want To Have Done" by Anima Sound, and "It's So Nice" by Ex Magma. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousStrain, Crack, & Break – Music From The Nurse With Wound List Vol 1 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic assortment of forward-thinking sounds – music that comes from some of the farthest corners of the postwar experimental underground – and which was all famously cited by the group Nurse With Wound as a big influence on their earliest albums! That reference aside, though, the collection is more than mindblowing enough, even if you're not a devotee of NWW – because the package offers this amazing criss-crossing of styles and sources – work from territories that lie far beyond easy categorization or reference, with some especially unusual work from the oft-overlooked French scene of the 60s and 70s! You'll hear bits of noise, slices of improvisation, occasional electronics, and lots more – in modes that skew towards the instrumental, with selections that include "Cecile" by Jacques Thollot, "Warinobaril" by Lard Free, "Fille De L'Ombre" by Dashiell Hedayat, "Frayeur" by Horrific Child, "Triptik 2" by Jean Guerin, "Generique (Theme De Myriam)" by Pierre Henry, "Sarcelles C'Est L'Avenir" by Red Noise, "Solo Un Dia" by ZNR, "Captain Tarthopom" by Jean Cohen Solal, "Les Enfants Saugaves" by Mahjun, and "La Plage" by Philippe Besombes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gene ShawBreak Through ... CD
Argo/Dusty Groove, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
An amazing record – bold, proud, and soulful – a set that we'd easily rank with any classic early 60s session on Blue Note – and for good reason too! This rare date is the debut as a leader for trumpeter Gene Shaw – also known as Clarence Shaw in an earlier history of work with Charles Mingus – and it's an incredible blend of hardbop grooving with sharper-edged modern jazz ideals – an incredible blend that comes off beautifully on every track in the set! Shaw's probably best known for his late 50s work on the Charles Mingus albums Tijuana Moods, East Coasting, and Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry – but after a famous fight with Mingus, Clarence "hid out" in Chicago and worked under the name of Gene – but soon made big waves on his own with tremendous work like this. (In the liner notes to the 1963 release of Tijuana Moods, in which Mingus says that he loved Shaw, but can't get in touch with him anymore!) Every aspect of the record is superb – from the writing, to the rhythm section, to the incredibly well blown solos from trumpeter Shaw and tenorist Sherman Morrison – who himself is another vastly-overlooked talent in jazz. The rest of the group features James Taylor on piano, Sidney Robinson on bass, and Bernard Martin on drums – a totally crackling rhythm section who give most tunes a snapping sort of groove! Most tracks are originals, and titles include "Autum Walk", "Six Bits", "The Thing", "It's A Long Way", "AD's Blues", "Marj", and "Our Tune". CD
(Out of print.)

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Arthur AlexanderYou Better Move On ... LP
Dot, Early 60s. Good ... $14.99
Landmark southern soul from Arthur Alexander – one of the first key figures in the genre! Arthur was the first big artist to break out of the Muscle Shoals scene of the 60s – and worked in a style that had bits of R&B, bits of country, and bits of the sweeter soul that was cracking the charts at the time. Some of the tracks on the set were early Rick Hall productions, while others were handled in a Nashville mode by Dot – in a style that has a great blend of sweet and rough touches. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Vinyl plays with some surface noise. Cover has some surface wear, half split top seam, mostly split bottom seam, and is stained at the bottom 3 inches on back.)

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✨✧ CorneliusPoint ... CD
Matador, 2001. Used ... $2.99
Great work from Cornelius – probably the best album so far! The record has a sublime quality – effortlessly blending the wealth of sounds and shapes you'd find on a record by Stereolab or The High Llamas, touches with a bit of Cornelius' gentleness from previous records. A real treat overall – and one that would break them big in the US, if it got out enough! Titles include "Point of View", "Bug", "Smoke", "Tone Twilight Zone", "Bird Watching At Inner Forest", "Brazil", and "Fly". CD

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EmotionsDon't Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (Flowers/Rejoice/Sunbeam/Come Into Our World/New Affair/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 30.99
Amazing box set – five full albums of material, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Flowers – a soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". Next is Rejoice – a huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". Sunbeam is great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". Come Into Our World has the sweet Emotions at the top of their game – one of the brilliant albums that has the soulful trio working hand in hand with Earth Wind & Fire! The girls were plenty great in their early years, but working with Maurice White and company, they really took off – hitting a whole new level that really unlocked some deeply spiritual power in their vocals! And sure, the approach also yielded the group plenty of hits – but for good reason, too – given the classic quality and all-great nature of a set like this. Maurice White produced, and the lineup is filled with plenty of Earth Wind & Fire players too – working with some great arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Wade Marcus, and others. Tunes are balanced between clubby numbers and some nice midtempo moments – and titles include "Where Is Your Love", "Cause I Love You", "Come Into My World", "On & On", "I Should Be Dancing", "Layed Back", and "Yes I Am". New Affair has The Emotions breaking free a bit from the Earth Wind & Fire influence, and grooving nicely with a sweet 80s feel! The girls' voices are still quite wonderful – some of the deepest harmonies in the female soul world at the time – and the tunes kick it up nicely in a blend of snapping bassy club tracks and mellower cuts that sweetly sway with their great vocals! Loads of wonderful tracks – and an album not to miss! Titles include "Turn It Out", "There'll Never Be Another Moment", "Now That I Know", "Love Lies", "When You Gonna Wake Up", and "Here You Come Again". 3CD set features 8 bonus tracks – including "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix", "Don't Ask My Neighbors (single version)", "I Should Be Dancin (single version)", "My Baby Dance", "Changes", "Where Is Your Love (single version)", and "Flowers (single version)". CD

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Fleetwood MacPious Bird Of Good Omen ... LP
Blue Horizon/Fat Possum, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
The pious bird of good omen might well be the track "Albatross" here – nestled in the middle of the record, and a key sign that Fleetwood Mac were ready to break from their roots! But this is no heavy bird hanging around the group's neck – as the groundbreaking instrumental really set them free from their straight blues rock expressions, and is mixed here with a great range of material that really shows Peter Green and the group ready to take on the 70s. If you loved Green's blues guitar work on other records, don't worry – there's still plenty of it here – but the range of songs is great, and in addition to the amazing "Albatross", other tunes include the fantastic original version of "Black Magic Woman", plus "The Big Boat", "Rambling Pony", "Just The Blues", "Looking For Somebody", "Stop Messin Round", "The Sun Is Shining", "I Believe My Time Ain't Long", and "Coming Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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Woody HermanGiant Steps ... LP
Fantasy, 1973. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Genius 70s work from Woody Herman – funky big band with electric touches, served up on a range of wonderful tunes! Woody's still at the helm of the group on saxes and clarinet – but as with other Fantasy and Cadet albums, the real thanks here goes to arrangers – who include Bill Stapleton, Alan Broadbent, Tony Klatka, and Richard Evans – who's making a brief post-Cadet appearance here to serve up a fierce version of his classic "First Thing I Do" – a jazzy reworking of the Joyce Williams tune, done here with a nice break, wah-wah guitar, and a real badass soundtrack style! Rhythm players include Joe Beck and Ray Barretto – and the whole album's great throughout. Titles include "Think On Me", "A Child Is Born", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "First Thing I Do", "Giant Steps", and a great take on Chick Corea's "La Fiesta", complete with electric piano! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Waylon JenningsSinger Of Sad Songs/The Taker & Tulsa/Good Hearted Woman/Ladies Love Outlaws ... CD
RCA/Morello (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 20.99
Four fantastic early 70s albums from Waylon Jennings – all brought together in a single set! First up is Singer Of Sad Songs – a real career-changing record from Waylon Jennings – a set that's a few years before his big burst of fame, but which already shows him exploring the kind of material and direction that would fuel that later fire! Lee Hazlewood is on board for some of the production, and the tunes are a really well-chosen batch of numbers that shake loose from some of the more commercial or folksy work that Jennings was recording for RCA a few years before – and starting to open up into some of the cooler country currents that were coming from the underground. The set features a wonderful version of the Lee Hazelwood tune "She Comes Running" – "Time Between Bottles Of Wine", "Sick & Tired", "No Regrets", "Honky Tonk Woman", "Rock Salt & Nails", "Donna On My Mind", and "Must You Throw Dirt In My Face". The Taker/Tulsa is seminal 70s work from Waylon Jennings – a set recorded at a time when the singer was really starting to break from the rest of the country music pack! The set features some great tunes penned by the young Kris Kristofferson – a hint at the sort of vibe going on here, as Jennings was starting to bring in some more interesting material to his performances – which here often including some nicely stripped-down instrumentation that hints at the outlaw sound to come! Titles include "The Taker", "You'll Look For Me", "Lovin' Her Was Easier", "Six White Horses", "Casey's Last Ride", "Sunday Mornin' Coming Down", "Tulsa", and "Grey Eyes You Know". Good Hearted Woman is a record that would give Waylon Jennings one of his big songs of the 70s – the great title track co-written with Willie Nelson, and a real blueprint for the growing outlaw vibe the pair would soon inhabit! Ronny Light handles a lot of the production, with that fresh style that's newly respectful of Waylon in comparison to some 60s recordings – sparkling nicely here on tunes that include nicely mature themes that really show the depths that Jennings could offer when given a chance. Titles include "Do No Good Woman", "To Beat The Devil", "One Of My Bad Habits", "The Same Old Lover Man", "Good Hearted Woman", and "It Should Be Easier Now". Ladies Love Outlaws has a hokey title – but the set's the sort that laid the groundwork for the big rise of Waylon Jennings in the 70s – full of material that includes some classics penned by Waylon himself, plus more from Hoyt Axton, Mickey Newbury, and Lee Clayton! The production is nicely modern – RCA finally getting things right with a singer of this depth – and titles include "Thanks", "Frisco Depot", "Sure Didn't Take Him Long", "Crazy Arms", "Revelation", "Never Been To Spain", and "Under Your Spell Again". CD

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Janis JoplinI Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good ... $14.99
The stellar solo debut of Janis Joplin – fronting her own Kozmic Blues Band after the break from Big Brother! The raw emotion of her voice is as impressive as ever here – and there is more of a rockin' blues vibe here than on her earlier records – thanks the killer horn section in this new band. There's some stripped down numbers, too, giving this record a pretty balanced feel. A classic! Titles include "Try", "Maybe", "As Good As You've Been To This World", "Kozmic Blues", "To Love Somebody", "Little Girl Blue", and "One Good Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 360 Sound pressing. Cover has ring and edge wear. Label has a name in pen. Vinyl has a click on "Work Me, Lord".)

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

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LoadstoneLoadstone (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Barnaby/Big Pink (South Korea), Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A rare jazz rock treasure from Loadstone – the only set that the group ever recorded, but an album with more than enough punch to knock out their competition on Columbia Records! Dave Grusin produced, and he seems to use his late 60s soundtrack experience to help these guys sound trippy and tight at the same time – lots of heavy drums next to fuzzy guitars, topped with horn charts that give the whole record plenty of punch! Vocals often have nice blue-eyed soul touches – and tunes include the standout track "Time", which features a tasty percussion break, and some nice BST-styled horn work and the wonderfully trippy "Flower Pot", which runs for over 15 minutes and gets a bit funky too. Other cuts include "It Couldn't Be Bad", "Dayshine", "See The Light", and "Keep On Burning". CD

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Melba MooreThis Is It ... LP
Buddah, 1976. Very Good ... $5.99
A real stormer from Melba Moore – brilliantly-arranged dancefloor soul with beautiful lead vocals by Melba – on one of her best records of the 70s! Melba is straight-up amazing here, bringing genuine soul to feverish dancefloor gems and otherwise soaring numbers. This Is It was produced and arranged by Van McCoy, who was at the peak of his disco-era popularity at the time. We'd call this work here on Melba's record a creative peak for Van – even though if it didn't break Melba out in a big way commercially at the time. It includes the McCoy-penned should-be classic "This Is It", plus "Free", "Stay A While", a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Make Me Believe In You", "Lean On Me" (one of the greater showpieces for Melba's incredible voice), "Blood Red Roses", "Brand New" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Annette PeacockPerfect Release ... CD
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more strongly in the New York scene a few years later. There's almost a funk/rock sound at times – heavy bass and guitars, which are topped by Annette's more languid vocals – and on the track "Survival", there's a lot of long funky instrumental passages that more than make up for Annette's silliness on some other tunes! Other titles include "The Succubus", "Love's Out To Lunch", and "Rubber Hunger". CD
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Annette PeacockPerfect Release ... LP
Tomato, 1974. Very Good+ ... $34.99
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more strongly in the New York scene a few years later. There's almost a funk/rock sound at times – heavy bass and guitars, which are topped by Annette's more languid vocals – and on the track "Survival", there's a lot of long funky instrumental passages that more than make up for Annette's silliness on some other tunes! Other titles include "The Succubus", "Love's Out To Lunch", and "Rubber Hunger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)
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Annette PeacockPerfect Release (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Quite a big album for Annette Peacock – and a set that helped break her into a much wider audience than before! The album's got a quirky electric style that's years ahead of its time – a blend of Peacock's older jazz roots with some of the artier styles that would show up much more strongly in the New York scene a few years later. There's almost a funk/rock sound at times – heavy bass and guitars, which are topped by Annette's more languid vocals – and on the track "Survival", there's a lot of long funky instrumental passages that more than make up for Annette's silliness on some other tunes! Other titles include "The Succubus", "Love's Out To Lunch", and "Rubber Hunger". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Rose RoyceIn Full Bloom ... LP
Whitfield, 1977. Sealed Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A big one for Norman Whitfield – who found in Rose Royce what he'd been lacking for years – a hit group ready to handle a number of styles, all well, and all with an adventurous style that would break them past the legions of lackluster funky soul groups of the late 70s. The record blends the band's more famous funky styles with smoother jazzy soul that's almost in a Minnie Riperton mode – and which is made even more so by the sweet lead vocals of Rose Norwalt. She's heard to best effect on the cuts "Wishing On A Star" and "Ooh Boy" – and other funkier numbers include "Do Your Dance", "Funk Factory", and "It Makes You Feel Like Dancing", which are all filled with great keyboards and nice spacey grooves. LP, Vinyl record album
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Aki TakaseAki Takase Plays Fats Waller ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $16.99
A very unusual take on the music of Fats Waller – but that's maybe no surprise, given that Eugene Chadbourne's a member of the group! Aki Takase takes the songs of Waller here in a variety of different ways – sometimes using them as jumping off points for very free improvised passages, sometimes hanging more to the melodies, but still exposing all these unusual little qualities – and at a few points taking them straight – in a way that makes a nice sort of break between the more offbeat numbers – a spirit of play that's a bit like the Melody Four albums from the 80s. In addition to Aki on piano and Chadbourne on guitar and some vocals – the set also features Thomas Herberer on trumpet, Nils Wogram on trombone, Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, and Paul Lovens on drums. Titles include "Vipers Drag", "Your Feets Too Big", "Any Tune But Fats Tune", "Lookin Good But Feelin Bad", "Intermezzo 3", "Hold Tight", and "I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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VariousOther Side Of The Trax – Stax/Volt 45rpm Rarities 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Stax Records turned out plenty of hits in the 60s – but the Memphis label was also a non-stop powerhouse of recording, and cut countless sides that were every bit as great as their hits, but never fully got their due! This collection brings together a huge amount of those gems – 24 rare Stax singles, none of which have ever been reissued – which makes this package a treasure trove of under-discovered Memphis soul, even if you've got some other Stax/Volt sets in your collection! A number of these tracks are early numbers by artists who'd break bigger on Stax later in the 60s – and others are by singers you might not know at all, but who were key to helping the label form its sound at the time – as their top-shelf team of writers and studio talents made these obscure singles every bit as great as their work for bigger artists. Titles include "I Need Somebody" by Johnny Daye, "Separation" by Carla Thomas, "Under My Nose" by Eddie Floyd, "Here I Am" by Lynda Lyndell, "Bashful Guitar" by Johnny Jenkins, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Sweet Thing" by Gorgeous George, "The Big Dipper" by Sir Issac & The Do Dads, "Uh Oh I'm In Love Again" by Eddie Jefferson, "Beach Bash" by The Mar-Kays, "You Belong To Her" by Barbara & The Browns, "Strange Things" by Johnny Taylor, and "This Kind Of Woman" by Ivory Joe Hunter. CD

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VariousShe Wants You – Pye Records' Feminine Side 1964 to 1970 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Fantastic Brit girl pop from the 60s – from one of the labels who did it better than most! Pye Records was famously home to Petula Clark, but the company had lots of other wonderful female singers in its lineup – and over the course of the 60s, they continually set the tone for new standards in British music – taking on all the right inspirations from American pop and soul, but also delivering the goods with that uniquely English style of arranging and producing – always with an extra punch that makes every one of these tracks a gem! The set's got a really good range of material – a few bigger names, and lots of more obscure singers – including a few heard here in earlier years, before moving onto more rock-based work in the 70s. The insides of the booklet are as lively as the cover – great images of the singers, rare records, and other vintage materials – alongside 25 tracks that include "Adam Can You Beat That" by Dana Gillespie, "I Can't Break The Habit" by The Ferris Wheel, "Lost Summer Love" by Lorraine Silver, "I Run To Hide" by Anita Harris, "I Want You" by Jeannie & The Big Guys, "Run To Me" by Glenda Collins, "Seven Letters" by Margo & The Marvetts, "Thank Goodness For The Rain" by Peanut, "Hollywood" by Jackie Trent, "Rain" by Petula Clark, "Question" by Sandra Barry, "The Life That I Lead" by The New Faces, "Dark Shadows & Empty Hallways" by Tammy St John, "Your Kind Of Love" by The Breakaways, and "How Can I Hide It From My Heart" by Maxine Darren. CD

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✨✧ Janis JoplinI Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! ... CD
Columbia, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The stellar solo debut of Janis Joplin – fronting her own Kozmic Blues Band after the break from Big Brother! The raw emotion of her voice is as impressive as ever here – and there is more of a rockin' blues vibe here than on her earlier records – thanks the killer horn section in this new band. There's some stripped down numbers, too, giving this record a pretty balanced feel. A classic! Titles include "Try", "Maybe", "As Good As You've Been To This World", "Kozmic Blues", "To Love Somebody", "Little Girl Blue", and "One Good Man". CD
Also available I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Lambert, Hendricks & RossHottest New Group In Jazz ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
How can we even begin to describe the genius of Lambert Hendricks and Ross? The group was a jazz vocal supergroup that merged three talents that had already made a big name in the bebop vocalese field – Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and the lovely Annie Ross – and the project was an attempt to completely work the emerging vocalese style onto a full-blown jazz group. This album wasn't their first – but it was the first to really break them with the masses, and it's a vocal jazz classic if there ever was one. Backings are by the Ike Isaacs Trio, plus Harry Edison on trumpet – and titles include "Moanin", "Twisted", "Cloudburst", "Everybody's Boppin", and "Sermonette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove and 1A matrix. Cover has minimal wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Steve Miller BandFly Like An Eagle ... LP
Capitol, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A masterpiece from the legendary SF rocker Steve Miller – and a perfect summation of the years of blues, soul, funk, and rock he'd been soaking up in the Bay Area scene – served up here with an edge that's still very firmly in place! Miller was already plenty great before this set, but somehow the record really pushes Steve into perfection territory he'd never hit before – able to cross over big with a few key tracks, but still have this sharpness in his guitar work and sense of charm that never seem to die! The album crossed over instantly with the massive cut "Fly Like An Eagle" – already great on its own, but supported here with the massive "Space Intro", which adds an extra minute of cool electronics to the tune – and other great cuts include the amazing funky rocker "Take The Money & Run", which has a break that never gets old – plus the hit "Rock N Me", and the cuts "The Window", "Wild Mountain Honey", "Sweet Maree", "Blue Odyssey", "Mercury Blues", and "Dance Dance Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(In fantastic shape!)

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✨✧ John ScofieldElectric Outlet ... CD
Gramavision, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Guitarist John Scofield is a player who always needs an electric outlet for his instrument – but this time around, he seems to have an even sharper fusion groove than ever – a rhythmic pulse to his instrument that really seems to move along with the keyboards from Peter Levin and drums from Steve Jordan! The vibe is very different than the older-style soul jazz mode that Scofield would explore in later years – and perfect for the style of Gramavision sessions like this at the time. David Sanborn brings in some sweet alto lines, and Ray Anderson plays trombone as well – and titles include "Pick Hits", "Best Western", "Big Break", "Just My Luck", and "King For A Day". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has light age spots.)

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✨✧ MildlifeAutomatic (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Heavenly, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mildlife snuck under the radar a bit with their previous record – but here, they seem poised to break big, and with a sound that's very much their own! All the great keyboard work from before is still in place, but the vocal quotient of the music has been increased – to a level where the songs mix jazzy instrumentation with some dreamy lyrics, all served up with a nicely spacey vibe overall! The blend is a bit hard to explain – production at times almost reminds us of mid 70s German work, with the vocals handled like a Neu record – but the instrumentation is farther ranging, with lots of nice electric flavors that change things up over the course of the record. Most tracks are funky, but in a spacey way – and titles include "Vapour", "Downstream", "Rare Air", "Citations", "Memory Palace", and "Automatic". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nobuo Hara with Sharps & FlatsSoul Modern Jazz 3 – Members ... CD
Columbia/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard driving jazz from the Japanese scene of the 50s! The album's one of the best recorded by Nobu Hara and the legendary Sharpes & Flats group – a really swinging set of big band jazz that drives with the power of some of the 60s recordings by the Clarke-Boland Big Band, and which offers plenty of space for the soloists to swing out during the set with really dynamic energy – especially as the saxes and trumpets break from the group to start their own sort of presence in the music! Unfortunately, all the notes are in Japanese – so we can't tell you the exact lineup or the song titles – but the album's a strong one, and a perfect example of the strength of the Japanese scene in the postwar years! CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Jacques Loussier, Andre Hodier, Andre Previn, & Claude BollingMusique Classique Et Jazz – La Naissance Du Crossover 1958 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A well-done look at a style that would break big on the European scene of the mid 60s – the mixture of jazz performance and classical melodies – presented here in a slightly different way by some of the genre's true pioneers! Jacques Loussier recorded famous albums of Bach tunes done ala jazz, Andre Previn recorded often as a classical musician – but the work here is different than both of those modes – as the tracks are mostly jazz numbers, but handled with the kind of technical prowess that you'd hear from a classically-trained pianist – still very swinging, but with piano parts that mix melody and improvisation with some jaw-dropping command of the keyboard. The package features work from four key proponents of the scene – each represented on some less-reissued material. First up is Jacques Loussier, on titles that include "Mon Ami My Friend", "Sarabaya Johnny", "Oh Heart Of Love", "Le Chant Des Canons", and "La Fiancee Du Pirate". Next is Andre Hodier on "The Alphabet", "On A Blues", "Cross Criss", "On A Standard", "Paradoxe II", and "On A Riff". Claude Bolling serves up a few numbers – "Clair De Lune", "Back To Swing", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Cry Me A River" – followed by Andre Previn, on titles that include "Young Man's Lament", "Blame It On My Youth", "Summertime", "A Year Of Youth", "Young & Tender", and "Love Is For The Very Young". CD

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✨✧ MildlifeAutomatic ... CD
Heavenly, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Mildlife snuck under the radar a bit with their previous record – but here, they seem poised to break big, and with a sound that's very much their own! All the great keyboard work from before is still in place, but the vocal quotient of the music has been increased – to a level where the songs mix jazzy instrumentation with some dreamy lyrics, all served up with a nicely spacey vibe overall! The blend is a bit hard to explain – production at times almost reminds us of mid 70s German work, with the vocals handled like a Neu record – but the instrumentation is farther ranging, with lots of nice electric flavors that change things up over the course of the record. Most tracks are funky, but in a spacey way – and titles include "Vapour", "Downstream", "Rare Air", "Citations", "Memory Palace", and "Automatic". CD
 
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Philip BaileyChinese Wall ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A big breakthrough for Philip Bailey – and a record that was kind of a second-level explosion for the Earth Wind & Fire sound in the 80s! There's a definite crossover feel to the record – a style that takes Bailey's soulful vocals, and mixes them with lots of catchy hooks – in ways that push the Kalimba aesthetic even more into mainstream modes. Yet the album's still got some solid soul grounding, too – thanks to arrangements by Tom Tom and Arif Mardin – which is a nice contrast to the production by Phil Collins, who also guests on the hit "Easy Lover". Other cuts include "Time Is A Woman", "Go", "Walking On The Chinese Wall", "Photogenic Memory", "I Go Crazy", and "Children Of The Ghetto". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Oneness Of JujuMake a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1981. Used ... $9.99
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout, in a way that has the group following a similar path as Earth Wind & Fire – roots in spiritual jazz, but able to bring in a bit of soul and funk – all while never losing their core! The album's big breakout track is "Every Way But Loose" – a killer dancefloor tune that played big on New York clubs, and was even licensed to other labels – probably the group's best-remembered tune. But the whole album's great – with Plunky Nakabinde very much at the helm, serving up lead vocals and saxes – on titles that include "Make A Change", "Loves Wonderland", "Always Have To Say Goodbye", "Run Away Bay", and "Higher". Great expanded set features lots of unreleased music – the great "Plastic (unreleased version)", plus extended studio versions of "Run Away Bay", "Always Have To Say Goodbye", "Time", and "Every Way But Loose". CD
Also available Make a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... LP 28.99

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Oneness Of JujuMake a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $28.99 29.99
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout, in a way that has the group following a similar path as Earth Wind & Fire – roots in spiritual jazz, but able to bring in a bit of soul and funk – all while never losing their core! The album's big breakout track is "Every Way But Loose" – a killer dancefloor tune that played big on New York clubs, and was even licensed to other labels – probably the group's best-remembered tune. But the whole album's great – with Plunky Nakabinde very much at the helm, serving up lead vocals and saxes – on titles that include "Make A Change", "Loves Wonderland", "Always Have To Say Goodbye", "Run Away Bay", and "Higher". Great 2LP set features lots of unreleased music – the great "Plastic (unreleased version)", plus extended studio versions of "Run Away Bay", "Always Have To Say Goodbye", "Time", and "Every Way But Loose". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Make a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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SpiritualizedLadies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (180 gram neptune blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Plain/Arista, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 31.99
A surprisingly big breakthrough for Spiritualized – something we never would have guessed from the underground years of Spacemen 3 in the decade before! The set fuses that previous group's love of fuzz and space with a tighter sense of songwriting – that new psych blend of guitars and beats that was taking the British scene so strongly in the years after the emergence of Happy Mondays and other groups of their generation – carried forward strongly here by Spiritualized at a level that's maybe a bit hipper and more sonically interesting. All tracks are penned by leader J Spaceman – and titles include "Come Together", "Broken Heart", "No God Only Religion", "Cool Waves", "Cop Shoot Cop", "All Of My Thoughts", and "Electricity". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive "neptune blue" pressing. Limited to 1000 copies – in a special cover which displays the "pill case" design of the original CD release.)

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✨✧ Oneness Of JujuMake a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The third album from the mighty Oneness Of Juju – and a set that has the group tightening up their groove after the spiritual jazz approach of previous records! The style here mixes a bit more boogie with their very sharp instrumentation – still with lots of righteous energy throughout, in a way that has the group following a similar path as Earth Wind & Fire – roots in spiritual jazz, but able to bring in a bit of soul and funk – all while never losing their core! The album's big breakout track is "Every Way But Loose" – a killer dancefloor tune that played big on New York clubs, and was even licensed to other labels – probably the group's best-remembered tune. But the whole album's great – with Plunky Nakabinde very much at the helm, serving up lead vocals and saxes – on titles that include "Make A Change", "Loves Wonderland", "Always Have To Say Goodbye", "Run Away Bay", and "Higher". Great expanded set features lots of unreleased music – the great "Plastic (unreleased version)", plus extended studio versions of "Run Away Bay", "Always Have To Say Goodbye", "Time", and "Every Way But Loose". CD
Also available
Make a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... LP 28.99
Make a Change (aka Every Way But Loose) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Bob Stone Big BandBreakin' Out ... LP
Fantasia, 1986. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Sidemen include Tom Hope on piano, Tony Vacca on tenor sax & flute, Jim Atlas on string bass, and Kent Minor on baritone sax. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Ed BruceSee The Big Man Cry – The Complete Sun & Wand Recordings 1957 to 1965 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Ed Bruce is a cat that most folks know from his work as an actor, or his 70s country recordings – but he got his start way before that, as you'll hear on these wonderful cuts from the late 50s and early 60s – including a host of unissued material from the Sun Records archives, and some pretty obscure singles for the Wand Records label too! There's a nice shift going on in the space of these recordings – early work that has the unbridled rawness of the Sun rockabilly years, moving into some of the more careful phrasing that would mark Ed's later hits – but still with a nice edge at the core – perfect for the deep blueness that makes the Wand singles so great. The package is as great on the inside as it is on the out – lots of excellent Bear Family notes and photos – and the set features 30 tracks in all, including "I'm Gonna Have A Party", "See The Big Man Cry", "You Come To Me", "Baby That's Good", "King Of Fools", "Alone With A Broken Heart", "Flight 303", "Spun Gold", "He Gave Her To Me", "The Greatest Man", "Doll Baby", "Part Of My Life", "Sweet Woman", and "Unbreakable Heart". CD

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Jimmy HeathReally Big ... CD
Riverside, 1960. Used ... $11.99
Very hip work from a young Jimmy Heath – a relative newcomer to the scene at this point, but breaking out with a firm conception and tone, exercised strongly here in a set of large group arrangements worked out in collaboration with Tom McIntosh. McIntosh's work in this format is well known from albums by Dizzy and James Moody – and as with those records, this one has an edgey quality that really keeps the music fresh, and which provides a good foil for solos by Heath, McIntosh, Pat Patrick, and Cannonball Adderley. Titles include "Big P", "Mona's Mood", "Nails", and "The Picture Of Heath". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rolling StonesBig Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) ... LP
London, 1960s/Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
All the great early hits – including "Play With Fire", "Satisfaction", "19th Nervous Breakdown", "The Last Time", "As Tears Go By", "Get Off My Cloud", "Not Fade Away", "Good Times Bad Times", "Time Is On My Side", and "It's All Over Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with Bell Sound stamp, in the gatefold cover with booklet, all in great shape!)
Also available Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) (Japanese SACD pressing) ... CD 36.99

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Rolling StonesBig Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) (Japanese SACD pressing) ... CD
Abkco/Universal (Japan), 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $36.99
All the great early hits – including "Play With Fire", "Satisfaction", "19th Nervous Breakdown", "The Last Time", "As Tears Go By", "Get Off My Cloud", "Not Fade Away", "Good Times Bad Times", "Time Is On My Side", and "It's All Over Now". CD
(Out of print, 2014 SHM-SACD pressing–for SACD players only!!! Obi has two pieces of clear tape but this is still a great copy overall.)
Also available Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) ... LP 24.99

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VariousDisques Debs International Vol 1 – An Island Story – Biguine, Afro Latin & Musique Antillaise – 1960 to 1972 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling biguine rhythm that flowed from Guadeloupe – almost a mix of Latin and jazz, but with a different sort of vibe of its own – which was then interwoven with elements from Cuban, European, and African styles amidst the initial decade or so of recordings on this set! Debs had strong ties with Paris, and a bit with the West African scene – and their recorded legacy almost follows old colonial paths, but in reverse – creating this wonderful criss-crossing of cultures amidst their grooves. The package is wonderful – loads of vintage photos and great notes in the best Strut Records way – and titles include "Douce Kombass" by Henri Debs Quintet, "Mr Morin" by Joseph Lacides, "Lan Mise" by Geno Exilie, "Feeling Happy" by Cyril Dias Et Son Orchestre, "Ces P'Tits Je T'Aime" by Daniel Forestal Et Sa Guitare, "Assez Fait Cancan" by Guy Conquette, "Stanislas" by Eric Virgal, "Meringue Mondey" by Remy Mondey, "Si I Bon Di I Bon" by Le Ry-Co Jazz, "Salvana" by Dolor Et Les Diables Du Rhythme, and "Van Van" by Henri Guedon Et Les Contesta. CD

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VariousSoul Voices – 60s Big Ballads ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A fantastic collection of male soul tracks from the 60s – and one that really charts a whole new shift in the music – the rise of strong singers who aren't afraid to show their emotions, but with a sophistication that's very different than the earlier years of blues and R&B! There's an adult, mature approach to the songs here – vocalists who are accepting the terms of their heartbreak, or taking stock of their situation – putting forth their feelings strongly and directly, set to top-shelf arrangements that make it clear that they're not really the losers in the game! The set is in the best Ace/Kent tradition – really pulling together a fantastic body of work, mixing familiar and unfamiliar singers, and knocking it out of the park with the overall presentation. Titles include "Like A Big Bad Rain" by Kenny Carter, "They Say I'm Afraid" by Freddy Butler, "Anytime You Want Me" by Garnet Mimms, "A Day Or Two" by Garrett Saunders, "Can't Stand Your Fooling Around" by Gene Burks, "You Are A Lucky So & So"b y Sammy Sevens, "Through A Long & Sleepless Night" by Jimmy Radcliff, "Now You Are Gone" by Brooks O'Dell, "Forget The Girl" by Walter Jackson, and "Lonely People Can't Afford To Cry" by Clyde McPhatter. CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandAll Smiles ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hard slammer from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – recorded when the band was burning up the road in Europe, taking great players and audiences in one fell swoop, coming up with some of the strongest straight jazz of their generation! The album features stunning solos all around by an all-star mix of American and European players that includes Benny Bailey, Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, Dave Pike, Sahib Shihab, and Ronnie Scott – all coming together with incredibly fluidity, yet also breaking out for some massive solos on their own! Arrangements are by Boland – tight, right, and outta site – and titles include "Let's Face The Music & Dance", "High School Cadets", "By Strauss", "Gloria", "Sweet & Lovely", "Get Out Of Town", and "I'm All Smiles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later German pressing, CRM 686. Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandTwo Originals – All Blues/Sax No End ... CD
MPS/Verve (Spain), 1967/1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of screaming big band work from the legendary Clarke-Boland ensemble – 2 albums' worth of material recorded for MPS at the end of the 60s! All Blues is an effort that uses the "blues" of the title merely as a springboard for their ebullient big band groove! The album featuring a stellar array of soloists, including Tony Coe on clarinet, Sahib Shihab on flute, Ake Persson on trombone, Benny Bailey on trumpet, and others – on top of stellar work from the leaders! The tunes are wonderful throughout – tightly jazzy, played in a full on big band mode, but with plenty of breakout solos that really showcase the excellent talents in the group! Cuts include "At Ronnie's", "The Wildman", and Francy Boland's "All Blues" suite. Sax No End is easily one of the most hard-burning 60s sessions from the legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band – and has that ensemble really cutting changes incredibly – working with a tremendous amount of power that not only comes from the sax soloists, but also from trumpet work by Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman, and Shake Keane – as well as the group's usual hard-slamming rhythm section of Francy Boland on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and Jimmy Woode on bass. The tracks are shortish, but get in plenty of great solo space – and are all originals for the session, with titles that include "Peter's Waltz", "Milkshake", "The Turk", "Sax No End", and "New Box". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Howlin WolfBig City Blues (aka Howlin Wolf Sings The Blues) ... LP
United, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Howlin Wolf sings the blues, and comes across in a way that influences an entire generation too – with that raw, raspy sound that made the singer a perfect blend of delta roots and contemporary sounds that were bubbling up in the postwar years! These tracks have a spare, simple, stark style that's still a lot more powerful than most of the records that tried to copy Wolf's modes in later years – mindblowing guitar work from Willie Johnson, harmonica lines that weave the whole thing together, and tremendous vocals that would shake the paint off your walls, even without any other instrumentation! Titles include "Crying At Daybreak", "Twisting & Turning", "Brown Skin Woman", "Morning At Midnight", "Backslide Boogie", "House Rockin Boogie", "Keep What You Got", and "Worried About My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Custom pressing. Cover has light edge wear and bottom has a partial seam split.)

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✨✧ Oliver Nelson's Big BandLive From Los Angeles ... CD
Impulse, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
A unique little outing for Oliver Nelson – one that breaks him out of the familiar territory of the studio, and puts him in a much more spontaneous live setting! Nelson's playing soprano sax on the album – using the instrument in an edgey way that has echoes of Coltrane, yet which also fits in nicely with the usual Nelson groove – a fully soulful approach to a larger ensemble, heard famously on countless sessions for other artists in the 60s, but even better hear with Oliver at the helm! Other players on the record include Bobby Bryant, Tom Scott, Frank Strazzeri, Mel Brown, and Lou Blackburn – coming together with Nelson in a hip take on the west coast soul jazz groove of the time. Titles include Nelson's own "Miss Fine" and "Guitar Blues", plus lively versions of "Night Train" and "Milestones". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Aesop RockFloat (green colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mush/Rhymesayers, 2000. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99 26.99
This is the Aesop album on MUSH records before he got signed to Def Jux. It is a piece of raw, dark, poetic artistry that describes his hometown of NYC and the trials and tribulations in it beautifully. This album is a little rougher and his lyrical style is just a little more advanced on his later work, but all the same, it gets massive praise here. Tracks include "Commencement At The Obedience Academy", "Drawbridge", "Big Bang", "Garbage", "Basic Cable", "I'll Be OK", "Attention Span", "Spare A Match", "Breakfast With Blockhead", "Fascination", "Skip Town", "How To Be A Carpenter", "The Mayor And The Crook", "Prosperity", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Year Anniversary pressed on 1 of 3 colored sleeves & custom color double vinyl!20th Year Anniversary pressed on 1 of 3 colored sleeves & custom color double vinyl – includes download!)

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Shirley BasseyShirley Bassey Is Really Something ... LP
United Artists, Late 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
Funky Shirley Bassey! This is a great set of Shirley's groove-happy work cut in the late 60s – hip tunes arranged by UK easy maestro Johnny Harris, best known for his fantastic work on the Stepping Stones record under his own name, forever a beathead classic! Features the great, funky big band version of "Light My Fire" – one of Shirley's best tunes ever, and a cut that's been sampled and remixed often in recent years! Also includes the breakbeat version of "Spinning Wheel", and the cuts "My Way", "Sea & Sand", "What About Today?", "You & I", "Easy To Be Hard", "Life Goes On" and "Yesterday I Heard The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Bee Gees, Tavares, Yvonne Elliman, & OthersSaturday Night Fever ... LP
RSO, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Yes, it was a mega-hit – and yes, it was one of those records that everyone who lived through the 70s seemed to own at one time – but after all these decades, you can't deny the power of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack – especially for the way that it mixed club soul classics with new original material! Obviously, the Bee Gees cover placement make them big stars of the record – but the set's also got some great early disco gems – like "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, "KJEE" by MFSB, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph MacDonald, "Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy, "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman, "Boogie Shoes" by KC & The Sunshine Band, and "More Than A Woman" by Tavares. The Bee Gees reinvent themselves from the early days – and sing "Stayin Alive", "How Deep Is Your Love", "More Than A Woman", "Jive Talkin", "You Should Be Dancin", and "Night Fever" – and the set also features a few instrumentals by David Shire – "Manhattan Skyline", "Night On Disco Mountain" and "Salsation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has some mild water staining, while the back has some wear up on top.)

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Toni BraxtonSecrets ... CD
LaFace, 1996. Used ... $2.99
The second smash hit record in a row by Toni Braxton, and one of biggest and best of the mid 90s – the secret was out by this point to say the least! If the pressure was high to match the sales and creative strengths of the self-titled solo debut, Toni, composer/producer Babyface and producer LA Reid rise to the challenge with unforgettable songcraft and a built-to-last production aesthetic, carried to the heavens by Toni's voice. She's at her peak here, bringing a soulful resonance and all around depth to every note, whether it's on a chart ready pop soul confection, or a richly emotional ballad. Perhaps Toni's biggest moment as a superstar, but she personifies realness throughout! Includes "Come On Over Here", "You're Making Me High", "There's No Me Without You", the eternal "Un-Break My Heart", "Talking In His Sleep", "I Don't Want To", "Let It Flow", "In The Late Of Night" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jacques BrelLes Marquises (Brel) ... CD
Barclay/Universal (France), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Jacques Brel's last album before his death – and an oft-overlooked piece of work that's fantastically different from his better-known 60's oeuvre, but also every bit as great! The tracks on here have an amazingly somber quality – filled with deep swells of emotion that probably made Scott Walker, Mort Shuman, and all the rest wish that they'd waited another 15 years to cover Brel's work! And because this stuff missed the big 60's wave of English translation, it's a lot less familiar, which makes it even more important to have in the original format. A few cuts have some breakout groovy instrumentation too – almost a bit funky at times – but the real standouts are the mellower tracks. Titles include "Jojo", "Jaures", "La Ville S'Endormait", "Voir Un Ami Pleurer", and "Les F...". Fantastic, and a fitting last testament to one of the world's greatest artists! CD

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Captain SkyAdventures Of Captain Sky ... LP
AVI, 1978. Fair ... $4.99
A legendary funk set from late 70s Chicago – served up by our own Captain Sky, aka Daryl Cameron – an imposing figure who often worked in the same space-themed territory as the P-Funk empire in the mid 70s! The difference here, though, is that Cameron wrote, produced, and put the whole thing together himself – with help from a few friends in the studio – making the album a great homegrown attempt to rival the strength of the bigger funk ensembles of the period – something The Captain and crew do pretty darn well throughout! There's lots of heavy bass on the set – a strong precursor of modes to come – mixed with riffing guitar, sweet keyboards, and plenty of tight rhythms – on cuts that include the famous sample cut "Super Sporm" – a killer extended track with a great conga break, and a tight old school sample sound – plus "Now That I Have You", "Saturday Night Move-Ease", "Wonder Worm" and "Can't Stop Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition and plays with surface noise and crackles. Cover has ring and edge wear and a split top seam.)
Also available Adventures Of Captain Sky ... LP 23.99

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Captain SkyAdventures Of Captain Sky ... LP
AVI/Past Due, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
A legendary funk set from late 70s Chicago – served up by our own Captain Sky, aka Daryl Cameron – an imposing figure who often worked in the same space-themed territory as the P-Funk empire in the mid 70s! The difference here, though, is that Cameron wrote, produced, and put the whole thing together himself – with help from a few friends in the studio – making the album a great homegrown attempt to rival the strength of the bigger funk ensembles of the period – something The Captain and crew do pretty darn well throughout! There's lots of heavy bass on the set – a strong precursor of modes to come – mixed with riffing guitar, sweet keyboards, and plenty of tight rhythms – on cuts that include the famous sample cut "Super Sporm" – a killer extended track with a great conga break, and a tight old school sample sound – plus "Now That I Have You", "Saturday Night Move-Ease", "Wonder Worm" and "Can't Stop Now". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Adventures Of Captain Sky ... LP 4.99

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James CarrMan Needs A Woman ... LP
Goldwax, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s – Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others – but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. Fortunately, his genius has been kept alive by record collectors everywhere – for whom this rare gem is a holy grail! The album features 11 tunes that sum up the best of the south in the 60s – all sung by James with his unbelievably heartbreaking voice. Titles include "The Dark End Of The Street", "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", "A Woman Is A Man's Best Friend", "I'm A Fool For You", "Stronger Than Love", "More Love", and "Sowed Love & Reaped A Heartache". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Miles DavisWater Babies ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A much different album than you might expect from the cover – hardly the funky 70s set implied by the Big Fun-styled cover – and instead a lost slice of work from his groundbreaking late 60s years! The set was recorded in 1967, but unissued until Miles late 70s time away from the studio – hence the cover, which attempts to contemporanize the record – and the music is very much in the dark moods and sharp tones of Filles De Kilimanjaro, and features a somewhat similar group! The core quintet of Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums handles the first half of the set – but the group's then expanded to include Chick Corea on electric piano along with Herbie on keys – and Ron Carter steps out so that Dave Holland can bring some more modern tones to the bass. Tracks are all somewhat long, and titles include "Capricorn", "Water Babies", "Sweet Pea", and "Two Faced". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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Gary FarrAddressed To The Censors Of Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atco/Big Pink (South Korea), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Gary Farr looks a bit sallow on the cover, and the title's a bit clunky too – but the album's got a tight roots rock vibe that's very different than what you might expect! Jerry Wexler produced the set at Muscle Shoals – and although Farr hails from the UK, he slides right into the best southern modes – turning out tracks that often have some nice twists that take them past the usual blue-eyed soul – as does his vocal delivery, which occasionally stretches farther than expectations, with some unusual phrasing that almost echoes some of the hipper singer/songwriter generation too. Instrumentation is by some of the best at Muscle Shoals – Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, and others – and titles include "Breakfast Boogaloo", "Mexican Sun", "Faith What A Face", "Wailing Wall", and "Muggsy The Lard". CD

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Preston GlassMusic As Medicine ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2008. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Nothing medicinal here, at least not in the way we remember as kids – nothing bitter or off-putting, as Preston Glass has a sound that's every bit as smooth as his name! Preston's a producer with a few decades of mainstream soul and jazz work under his belt – famous recordings with big name artists that you'd certainly recognize. But here, he's really getting back to basics – working in more of a stripped-down, homegrown mode that really sounds great – more of an indie-soul sort of style, although still with plenty of the warmth and professionalism you'd expect from Glass' resume. A number of big talents help out on the set – including Maurice White, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Ali Woodson, Wilton Felder, and Larry Graham – and Glass does a great job of integrating all of these talents together, which makes for a really unified sound overall. Titles include "Blackberry", "Groove Injection", "Calming The Beast", "Panic Button", "Everybody Let's Dance", "Ready To Mend The Breaks", "Burn It", "Without The Music", "Music As Medicine", and "Love Will Get Us Through The Times". CD

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Dexter Gordon & Slide HamptonDay In Copenhagen (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
A tremendous European meeting of tenorist Dexter Gordon and trombonist Slide Hampton – brought together in this impeccable sextet session for MPS – a real standout in the label's straight jazz catalog over the years! By the time of the set, Gordon had been working heavily in Europe, especially Copenhagen – a locale where he was given ample freedom to stretch out and really explore his tone and phrasing. Hampton had also kicked around the continent a fair bit too, but in a tighter format, doing arrangements for others and working in bigger groups – and it's actually his careful touch that really helps shape the sound of the set – by bringing Gordon's groove into a focus more strongly than before, and reminding us that Dex was a great group player when he wanted to be! The frontline features Gordon's tenor, Hampton's trombone, and the trumpet of Dizzy Reece – often stating the heads in a fluidly soulful way, then breaking out nicely with individual voices – very much in the best Blue Note mode. Rhythm is by the trio of Kenny Drew on piano, Art Taylor on drums, and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass – and titles include 3 excellent originals by Hampton – "A New Thing", "My Blues", and "A Day In Vienna" – plus a wicked almost-Lee Morgan-esque take on "What's New", and versions of "Shadow Of Your Smile" and "You Don't Know What Love Is". LP, Vinyl record album

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Julius HemphillBoye Multi-National Crusade For Harmony – Archival Recordings (7CD box set) ... CD
New World, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 7CD ... $99.99 111.99
A rich tapestry of rare work from reedman Julius Hemphill – most of it from a time when he was getting exposure on bigger jazz labels around the world, but here still performing the sort of work that goes right back to his roots on the St Louis scene, as part of the groundbreaking Black Artists Group! Every CD on the set features a different slice of work – from duets with cellist Abdul Wadud, to some solo material, larger group performances, and even some chamber music as well – served up in a package that really gets at both the depth of creative activity that was always taking place in Hemphill's career, and his strengths as a soloist, no matter what the setting. Each disc on the set features over an hour's worth of music – and players are a diverse array that includes Michael Carvin on drums, Dave Holland on bass, Roberto Miranda on percussion, Olu Dara on trumpet, John Carter on reeds, and Ursula Oppens on piano. Titles of the discs include "The Boye Multi National Crusade For Harmony", "Julius Hemphill/Abdul Wadud Duo", "Janus Company", "Chamber Music", "Roi Boye Solo & Text", "Boye Multi National Crusade For Harmony II", and "Live At Joyous Lake". And from what we can tell, all music here is exclusive to the set – even if passages are titled in the same way as previous album releases. CD

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Bill HolmanIn A Jazz Orbit ... CD
Andex/VSOP, 1958. Used ... $9.99
A wonderful showcase for the arranging talents of Bill Holman – one that steps off with a more straightforward and swinging style than some of his work of the time for the Stan Kenton group! Holman here is in a great mode that bridges the large group styles of the swing years and the changes in big band sounds that would take place in the 60s – and he's almost prefacing the style of the Clarke Boland Big Band by writing charts here that pack a real punch on the ensemble passages, yet which also rely very strongly on breakaway horn solos to tear up the tunes! The strength of the players is a key factor in the success of the album – as soloists include Frank Rosolino, Jack Sheldon, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, and Holman himself – on titles that include "Kissin Bug", "You Go To My Head", "Far Down Below", "Aura", "Theme & Variation #2", and "No Heat". CD

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel Lewis OrchestraMonday Night ... LP
Solid State, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $7.99
Genius work from the Jones & Lewis group – easily one of their best albums! If you've ever wondered why these guys got the chance to make so many records, check out this excellent early set and hear them at their finest. The group's a kick-ass one – with a host of all-star players like Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddy Daniels, Seldon Powell, Roland Hanna, Richard Davis, and of course Jones and Lewis themselves – and the overall groove is similar to the Clarke-Boland Big Band at their best. Lots of rolling riffing rhythms, and breakout solos that really respect the members of the group – and which light a fuse under nearly every track. Features the funky groover "Mornin Reverend", plus "The Waltz You Swang For Me", "Say It Softly", "The Second Race", and "Kids Are Pretty People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has unglued seams, writing in marker inside the gatefold, and some wear.)

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Thad Jones & Mel Lewis OrchestraMonday Night/Central Park North ... CD
Solid State/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $10.99 16.99
Two early albums from this hip late 60s ensemble! Monday Night is genius work from the Jones & Lewis group – easily one of their best albums! If you've ever wondered why these guys got the chance to make so many records, check out this excellent early set and hear them at their finest. The group's a kick-ass one – with a host of all-star players like Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddy Daniels, Seldon Powell, Roland Hanna, Richard Davis, and of course Jones and Lewis themselves – and the overall groove is similar to the Clarke-Boland Big Band at their best. Lots of rolling riffing rhythms, and breakout solos that really respect the members of the group – and which light a fuse under nearly every track. Features the funky groover "Mornin Reverend", plus "The Waltz You Swang For Me", "Say It Softly", "The Second Race", and "Kids Are Pretty People". Central Park North is excellent work from the team of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis – arguably one of their best albums from the late 60s, and a set that's got some really great funky big band numbers! There's a nice bouncing groove to the group that they normally don't have – possibly because Richard Davis is playing some Fender bass on the set, which brings in a nice focus on the bottom end – and the best numbers have a sock-soul feel that's in the best late 60s large group soul jazz mode! Titles include "Tow Away Zone", "Jive Samba", "The Groove Merchant", and "Central Park North". CD

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Gladys Knight & The PipsEssential Gladys Knight & The Pips 1961 to 1965 ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $20.99 21.99
If you only know Gladys Knight from her Motown classics, or her big hits of the early 70s, you'll find a huge amount to discover here – because right from the start, the lady and her group were really something special! The idea of a male/female vocal group was a bit unique in the early 60s – not completely uncommon, but never handled with the perfection of Gladys Knight & The Pips – as the mixture of Knight's richly soulful lead and the harmonies of the trio of male singers was incredible – captured very strongly by Harlem producer Bobby Robinson, with singles that appeared on his own Fire/Fury label, and Vee Jay as well! There have been other sets that bring together work from this time, but this might be the most complete we've ever seen – 40 tracks in all, with a few alternates, and a few solo tracks by The Pips as well – titles that include "Operator", "Come See About Me", "Go Away Stay Away", "Who Knows", "Walking In Circles", "Jungle Love", "Linda", "Darling", "One More Lonely Night", "Every Beat Of My Heart", "Room In Your Heart", "It Hurts So Bad", "Letter Full Of Tears", "The Devil In Me", "Daybreak", "Lovers Always Forgive", and "How Do You Say Goodbye". CD

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Konono No 1Assume Crash Position ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2010. Used ... $6.99
Masterful Congolese dance music from Konono No 1 – just as exciting and rhythmically amazing as their benchmark Congotronics album for Crammed of a few years earlier– with a somewhat bigger and more melodic sound this time out that doesn't sacrifice the street sound immediacy one bit! There was more of a clattering, gritty and distorted element to the production of their international breakthrough Congotronics set – and if the sound is a little cleaner this time out, it just makes the feverish energy all the more inviting! The likembe and always incredible drums and percussion are at the forefront – no fewer than five players are credited on the likembe thumb piano that's so central to the group's sound – with Mingiedi Mawangu, Augustin Makuntima Mawangu and Pauline Mbuka Nsiala contributing vocals (which are really beautiful on this album) with Makonda Mbuta on likembe, Antoine Ndombele on bass likembe, Vincent Visi on drums, Ndofusu Mbiyavanga on percussion & tam tam and Duki Makumbu on bass guitar – with guitar on a few tracks by Nzila Mabasukisa, guest vocals by Ewing Sima and addition likembe by members of the Kasai Allstars. Titles include "Wumbanzanga", "Thin Legs", "Mama Na Bana", "Makembe", "Fula Fula", "Guiyome", "Konono Wa Wa Wa" and "Nakobala Lisusu Te". CD

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Mary Jane GirlsOnly Four You ... LP
Motown, 1985. Sealed ... $13.99
A lasting classic from the funky female foursome who were one of the biggest acts on Motown in the mid-80s – working here with super tight production and arrangements from Rick James – who also wrote all the songs on the record too! The girls' look is a bit dated, but their sound has surprisingly strong staying power – partly because of Rick's crossover version of funk in the rhythms, but also because of the way the vocal interplay still stays nice and catchy! The album's definitely commercial, but doesn't have that clunk that makes other efforts of this time from the time fall flat – and titles include "In My House", "I Betcha", "Girlfriend", Wild & Crazy Love", "Shadow Lover", "Break It Up", and "Lonely For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with a cutout notch.)

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Johnny MathisYou Light Up My Life/That's What Friends Are For/Best Days Of My Life/Mathis Magic ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
A quartet of late 70s albums from Johnny Mathis – back to back in a single set! You Light Up My Life is mellow magic from Johnny Mathis – a late 70s set that updates his older style for a crossover audience in adult contemporary! The style is smooth and polished, but never so much so that Johnny's amazing voice can't shine through – thanks to soulful arrangements from Gene Page, who'd done plenty of work with hipper soul artists in the 70s – and Deniece Williams makes a great guest appearance on a number of tracks – really bringing Mathis into that duet style that would hit even bigger for the singer in the 80s. Titles include "If You Believe", "To Much Too Little Too Late", "How Deep Is Your Love", "It Was Almost Like A Song", and "Till Love Touches Your Life". That's What Friends Are For is a superb set of duets between Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams – a set that's a key part of Johnny's rise into soul music during the 70s, and one that also forms a cornerstone of the early career of Deniece Williams too! Williams' soaring vocal range is a great match for the trademark Mathis modes – and the pair take on some great tunes that are mostly in a midtempo groove, which allows for all this fantastic interplay between the vocals – at a level that really shows what the duo can do together, and how they're not just two superstars who happened to be in the same studio. Titles include "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ready Or Not", "Touching Me With Love", "Me For You You For Me", and "Until You Come Back To Me". Best Days Of My Life features Johnny Mathis at the end of the 70s – still working in some of the best soul modes he explored during the decade, but also reaching forward in a more adult sort of style too! The album has Mathis working with arrangements from Gene Page – who balances things between some fuller soul numbers that have Johnny hitting a few groovier styles, and some mellower moments that preface the move he'd make towards adult contemporary in the 80s – but with a bit more of a laidback approach. Songs are from a variety of sources, and include a few nice remakes of older standards – and titles include "Gone Gone Gone", "The Bottom Line", "The Last Time I Felt Like This", "Begin The Beguine", "As Time Goes By", and "There You Are". Mathis Magic has a nice sort of bite at times – Johnny breaking out of just mellow modes, and getting a bit of inspiration from Gene Page, who handled the arrangements for the set. A few tunes almost kick into a clubby sort of vibe, in which Johnny's vocals soar nicely – and titles include "Love", "Night & Day", "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind", "No One But The One You Love", "To The Ends Of The Earth", and "Heart Soul Body & Mind". 2CD set features bonus tracks – "I Never Said I Love You", "So Deep In Love", "Without Us", and "Comme Ci Comme Ca". CD

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✨✧ Les McCann & Eddie HarrisSwiss Movement – Montreux 30th Anniversary Edition (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The extremely successful union of two of Atlantic's biggest funky jazz stars, caught live in Switzerland, with the amazing Benny Bailey sitting in on trumpet. The tracks are long and funky, and are virtually a blueprint for pop soul jazz playing of the time – mixing slinky rhythms with some breakout solos that show that all players are still deeply committed to a strong jazz sound. Titles include "Cold Duck Time", "The Generation Gap", "Kathleen's Theme", and their great version of "Compared To What", with the famous vocal by Les that made the track a soul jazz vocal hit! CD also features the bonus track "Kaftan". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lyle MurphyNew Orbits In Sound ... LP
GNP, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
An obscure west coast set – featuring some very hard-driving big band arrangements, short but with breakout solos that really keep things moving along at a good pace. Murphy wrote and arranged most of the material – cool little offbeat tunes, many with a space theme to match the cover of the album. Players include Frank Morgan, Milt Bernhart, Chico Hamilton, Buddy Colette, and Bob Gordon – and titles include "Lost In A Fugue", "Frantastic", "Frankly Speaking", "Tone Poem", and "Orbit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and split bottom seam.)

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OutkastSouthernplayalisticadillacmuzik ... LP
LaFace/Legacy, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
The mid 90s instant classic! Outkast's debut set hem up as one of the most distinctive hip hop duos ever, right out of the gate, but it also helped to established the freewheeling, funky dirty south sound, thanks to genius Organized Noize production! The Outkast sound would get bigger and more wildly eclectic on the records to follow Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, but the consistent, funky southern swagger on this one holds up incredibly well. It sounds fresh to this day! Includes breakout hit "Player's Ball", "Crumblin Erb", "Git Up, Git Out", "Claimin' True", "Funky Ride", "Soouthernplayalisticadillacmuzik", "Ain't No Thang", "CallOf Da Wild", "Hootie Hoo" and a couple of interludes. LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary pressing.)

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsBurnin/Confessin The Blues ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 albums recorded by Esther in the years before she broke into big fame on the Kudu label. Burnin is a stunning live set that marked Esther's move from being a loud young R&B singer into an older, more mature interpreter of material in a more jazzy style. She's backed here by a good group that includes Jack Wilson on piano, Richard Tee on organ, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and she moves through a heartbreaking set of material that heralds her later 70's recordings for Kudu. Tracks include "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", "And I Love Him", "Shangri-La", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". Confessin points back at Esther's earlier career in R&B, but has a nice jazzy finish – thanks to players like Sonny Criss, Teddy Edwards, and Herb Ellis – and the record also features a few more sides from the Burnin sessions at Freddie Jett's Nightclub in LA. Titles include "Romance In The Dark", "I Wonder", "I'm Getting Long Alright", "In The Evenin", and "I Love Paris". Due to time limit restrictions, the CD excludes the cuts "I'm Getting Long Alright" and "It Could Happen To You" from the LPs. CD
(Out of print.)

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Alice RussellTo Dust ... LP
Tru Thoughts/Differ-Ant (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 25.99
Dusty grooves from Alice Russell – a set that's steeped in heavy soul influences all the way through – from her great vocals on the top, to the tight instrumentation in the middle, to all the heavy drums that keep things kicking on the bottom! The album may well be Russell's tightest outing to day – and a set that's done in close collaboration with Alex Cowan – who really helps move Alice's music forward strongly with some new elements that never appeared in previous outings! There's some cool little twists and turns in the music – slight use of contemporary keys and electronics alongside the live funk elements – blended in nicely, without any sense of gimmick at all – and really helping bridge the space between the deep funk underground where Russell's worked strongly for years, and the bigger soul mainstream she could well dominate in the future. Titles include "Twin Peaks", "I Loved You", Citizens", "To Dust", "Hard & Strong", "For A While", "A To Z", and "Let Go". Features bonus track "Different" – plus "I Loved You (acoustic)", "I'm The Man That Will Find You", "Heartbreaker (Sefi Zisling remake)", and "I Loved You (Anoushka's wild hearts edit)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sahib ShihabSummer Dawn (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Argo/Rearward (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.98
A fantastic early record by Sahib Shihab – a motherlode of modal jazz grooves, cut during the early days of the Clarke-Boland Big Band! The record features a core group of players from that ensemble – including Shihab on alto, baritone, and flute, plus Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, Ake Persson on trombone, Francy Boland on piano, Joe Harris on bongos, and Kenny Clarke on drums – all coming together here with a groove that's really groundbreaking – a style that's sweet and soulful, but rhythmically revolutionary too! The tracks are all long and grooving – with the kind of dancing jazz tone that you'd expect from the Saba/MPS label during the mid 60s – a big change from the Argo label that originally issued the record. But that's no surprise, either, as the session was actually recorded in Europe by Gigi Campi – the man behind the CBBB albums on MPS – with a feel that's quite similar to other Shihab classics, like Companionship or Seeds. The whole thing's great – one of Shihab's most wonderful records, and totally worth owning – and titles include "Lillemor", "Please Don't Leave Me", "Waltz For Seth", and "Herr Fixit". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martial SolalA Bout De Souffle (aka Breathless) – And More! ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $19.99
A great collection of jazz-based soundtrack work from French modernist Martial Solal – served up here in a nicely expanded CD set! First up is Solal's score for A Bout De Souffle – a film best known as Breathless around the world, and an early movie by Jean Luc Godard that perhaps gave Martial Solal his biggest early global exposure! Solal's sharp, modern tones on the piano are very firmly in place here – but there's also lots of more dynamic jazz instrumentation too – of the sort that rivals other French new wave soundtracks by artists like Miles Davis, Barney Wilen, or Art Blakey. Yet Solal, like Godard, is perhaps a bit more sophisticated in his musical approach – and often breaks out into these little paintings in jazz, a bit like some of Elmer Bernstein on our favorite jazzy late 50s soundtracks. Titles include "New York Herald Tribune", "La Mort", "Poursuite", "Campagne Premiere", "L'Amour La Mort", and "Duo". CD also fetaures 11 more tracks – equally great Solal music for film – from the movies L'Affaire D'Une Nuit, Le Proces, Lennemis, Echappment Libre – and a previously unissued bonus piano solo for A Bout De Souffle. CD
(Out of print.)

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Bill WithersJustments ... LP
Sussex, 1974. Very Good ... $29.99
A massive 70s album from the great Bill Withers – one that's sometimes overlooked next to his huge crossover records that preceded it – but which is every bit as wonderful! Withers is still on Sussex Records, and still has that completely unique approach that made him a soul genre unto himself – a fantastic voice, a nicely acoustic core, and this sense of flow that's completely magnetic – augmented here with maybe a bit more funk than before, and some great use of keyboards too! The material has a conversational, wise and world weary tone that's brilliantly effective and more intimate than Bill's bigger hits of the day – and there's also some subtly innovative parts to the production that are really moving, from the harp accented piano on "Stories" and the funky percussion flavored rambler of a closing number "Railroad Man". Other tracks include "You", "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh", "Heartbreak Road", "Green Grass", "Ruby Lee", "Can We Pretend", "Liza", and "Make A Smile For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousDon't Stop – Recording Tap (3LPs – with CD and 11 bonus instrumentals) ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. Sealed 3LP & CD ... $34.99
Not much of a cover photo, but one of the most amazing collections so far from the Numero Group – a richly archival project that finally brings to light the lost efforts of the short lived Tap Records label! Tap was the brainchild of Jeremiah Yisrael – an ambitious producer, and legendary perfectionist – so much so that he often put more effort into these indie productions than you'd find at bigger label projects of the time! Most material here dates from the years 1981 and 1982, and the music is a mix of club, modern soul, boogie, and a bit of hip hop – nearly all of which hardly got any exposure at the time. The booklet not only tells the tale of the label and Yisrael's career, but also Numero's efforts in resurrecting these lost tapes from a very moldy near-death experience – a narrative that's almost as exciting as the music in the package. And the package is pretty great too – not only because of the 24 page, full color booklet – but also because of the supplemental book that reproduces lost sheet music and studio notes from the Tap sessions. Amazing stuff throughout – well worthy of another deep bow for the Numero team! The 3LP version is beautifully packaged in a box modeled after old studio reel-to-reels – with one LP featuring 11 instrumental bonus tracks exclusive to the vinyl – and includes the 14 track CD for good measure! Titles include "Breakout" and "We've Had Enough" by Arnie Love & The Lovettes, "Invisible Wind" and "Guilty" by Jackie Stoudemire, "Missy Missy Dee" by Missy Dee & The Melody Crew, "So Nice" by Annette Denvil, "Rub A Dub Dub" by The Fabulous 3 MCs, "Don't Stop Dancin" and "Run Away Hide From Love" by Jackie Stoudemire, and "Breakout" by Magnetism. Also features two tracks from 1971 – "Does He Really Mean It" and "Love Which Way" by Bonnie Freeman. Instrumentals for the vinyl include "Breakout Beats" and more by Tap Orchestra, "Rub A Dub Dub" by Fabulous 3 MCs, "Invisible Wind" and "Guilty" by Jackie Stoudemire, and "Missy Missy Dee" by Missy Dee & The Melody Crew. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition boxset – in an amazing package! Still sealed with hype sticker, and old price sticker on shrink.)

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VariousGary Crowley's Lost 80s Vol 2 – 21 More Diverse & Eclectic Tracks 1980 to 1986 (180 gram clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Edsel (UK), 1980s. New Copy 2LP ... $86.99
A second great helping of hip British work from the 80s – all put together by British radio DJ Gary Crowley – whose work on Capitol Radio London kept him quite close to the action at the time! As with the first volume, this set does a great job of going past obvious chart hits, and pulling together some real gems from the time – not totally obscure tracks, as many of these numbers were issued on bigger labels – but very groovy tracks that show what a wealth of groundbreaking music was coming out in the years after punk! Gary really takes the "diverse and eclectic" in the title seriously – and serves up a set of tracks that include "Hey DJ (7" version)" by World's Famous Supreme Team, "Slang Teacher" by Wide Boy Awake, "Latin Music" by Kid Creole & The Coconuts, "As The Time Goes By" by Funkapolitan, "Jungle Music" by Rico & Special AKA, "I Don't Want To Live With Monkeys" by The Higsons, "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses, "Torchlight" by Ellen Foley, "Blue" by Fine Young Cannibals, "Mick's Up" by Style Council, "Venceremos (7" version)" by Working Week, "Thinking About You" by Altered Images, "Window Shopping" by Friday Club, "Mellow Moods" by Pressure Point, and "The Secret Life Of Arabia" by BEF with Billy MacKenzie. Very limited vinyl pressing – 180 gram clear vinyl, with 21 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGary Crowley's Lost 80s Vol 2 – 65 More Diverse & Eclectic Tracks 1980 to 1986 (4CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $48.99 59.99
A second great helping of hip British work from the 80s – all put together by British radio DJ Gary Crowley – whose work on Capitol Radio London kept him quite close to the action at the time! As with the first volume, this set does a great job of going past obvious chart hits, and pulling together some real gems from the time – not totally obscure tracks, as many of these numbers were issued on bigger labels – but very groovy tracks that show what a wealth of groundbreaking music was coming out in the years after punk! Gary really takes the "diverse and eclectic" in the title seriously – and serves up a set of tracks that include "Hey DJ (7" version)" by World's Famous Supreme Team, "Slang Teacher" by Wide Boy Awake, "Latin Music" by Kid Creole & The Coconuts, "As The Time Goes By" by Funkapolitan, "Jungle Music" by Rico & Special AKA, "I Don't Want To Live With Monkeys" by The Higsons, "I Know What Boys Like" by The Waitresses, "Torchlight" by Ellen Foley, "Blue" by Fine Young Cannibals, "Mick's Up" by Style Council, "Venceremos (7" version)" by Working Week, "Thinking About You" by Altered Images, "Window Shopping" by Friday Club, "Mellow Moods" by Pressure Point, and "The Secret Life Of Arabia" by BEF with Billy MacKenzie. 4CD set features a very cool book-styled package, with plenty of notes – and a total of 65 tracks in all! CD

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VariousLotus Disco – #Love #Hope #Desire ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Not the kind of record you'd bring to a yoga class, as you might think from the title – but instead a really joyous celebration of soulful club music – pulled together with a host of disco classics from the late 70s and early 80s! These aren't the big hits of the time, but instead some lesser-known gems that got bigger play in the hipper clubs and the underground – far from the limelight of Studio 54 and the radio charts, where real clubgoers and dancefloor fanatics kept the disco groove going well into the 80s! None of these tracks is super-rare, but they work together beautifully to showcase the hipper side of female club – in a lineup that includes work by a number of talents who never fully got their due. Titles include "Love Rescue" by Project, "Slippery People (club version)" by Staple Singers, "Give Me Your Love" by Sylvia Striplin, "Loveline (extended)" by Shawn Jackson, "Sweet Dynamite (Tom Moulton 12" mix)" by Cladja Barry, "Can't Fake The Feeling (dub)" by Geraldine Hunt, "I Love Your Beat (inst)" by Rena, "Get On Up & Do It Again" by Suzy Q, "Breaking & Entering (12" mix)" by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, "On Your Knees" by Grace Jones, and "Too Damn Hot" by Duncan Sisters. CD

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VariousWonder Of Stevie 3 – Presented By DJ Spinna ... LP
BBE (UK), 1970s/2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
An incredible collection of Stevie Wonder cover versions – different versions of familiar tunes, but ones that really manage to sparkle with all the righteous soul of the Stevie himself! It's been over a decade since DJ Spinna brought us the last version of his Wonder Of Stevie series – and during that time, he's managed to come up with a huge amount of great tracks that make the whole thing go way way deeper than before – not just cuts that copy the Wonder mode, but which seem to draw strong inspiration from its genius, and really soar to the skies! Much of the music here resonates with a charm that's located around the years of albums like Music Of My Mind and Innervisions, with all the jazzy currents that might imply – and some cuts are 70s vintage, others are more contemporary. Titles include "Bird Of Beauty" by US Atlantic First Navy Show Band, "It's My Pleasure" by Billy Preston, "Love's In Need Of Love Today" by John Minnis Big Bone Band, "As" by Tony Sherman, "Buttercup" by Jackson 5, "Have A Talk With God" by East St Louis Gospelettes, "Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me" by Quincy Jones, "Golden Lady" by Reel People with Tony Momrelle, "If You Don't Love Me" by GC Cameron, "If She Breaks Your Heart Again" by Foreign Exchange, "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" by Black Sugar, "Go Home" by Jrod Indigo, and "Make My Water Boil" by David Ruffin. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AfriqueSoul Makossa ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of The Rising Funk", apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD
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✨✧ David BowieZiggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arguably one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time – and the key flowering of the partnership between David Bowie and Mick Ronson! The guitars here are heavy – so much so that the record's always crossed over big with crowds who are always suspicious of Bowie's artier work of the 70s – and represented a crucial moment when his groundbreaking music also found a large mainstream audience as well. And despite the fact that Ziggy's an androgynous space rocker with a spurious pedigree, the manufactured posturing of the album's come to be taken quite literally over the years – a vivid text of alienation, expression, and redemption – served up beautifully over a host of classic tracks that include "Five Years", "Soul Love", "Moonage Daydream", "Suffragette City", and "Ziggy Stardust" – all further proof of Bowie's 70s ability to slide in wherever he wanted with ease! LP, Vinyl record album

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



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