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Conte CandoliLittle Band Big Jazz ... LP
Crown, 1960. Very Good ... $8.99
An incredible record – and the kind of rare LA bop session that got totally lost because it was never packaged properly! This obscure set was issued by the Crown label under a number of names – both the Conte Candoli All Stars and Vince Guaraldi – and the group includes Conte Candoli, Buddy Collette, Vince Guaraldi, Leroy Vinnegar, and Stan Levey – all playing with a fantastically tight and incredibly soulful bop groove, of the sort you always hear them credited for, but which you can never find on any of their snoozy more famous records. Vince Guaraldi plays some incredibly soulful piano, in a manner that's very different than his Fantasy recordings – and he's playing here with a killer group of LA players who deliver some of their finest recorded work! Trust us, the session's a gem – and it's one of those you can put on and surprise your friends, and yourself! Tracks include "Muggin The Minor", "Mambo Diane", "Macedonia", and "Little David". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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VariousCrown Jewels Vol 1 (gold colored vinyl) ... LP
Big Crown, New Copy ... On December 6, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandBacao Rhythm & Steel Band ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. Used ... $8.99
A fantastic full length set from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – a group who've really won us over in recent years with a fast flurry of funky 45s! The group take an older steel band sound, and forge it to a might tighter rhythmic impulse – with a sound that's often even funkier than the best (and few) funky steel band tracks from the 70s – served up with razor-sharp instrumentation, and great production in a Daptone/Soul Fire mode – which really keeps things sounding raw all the way through! The group's got strong ties to the Mighty Mocambos – and some other contemporary funk acts too – and the music is top-shelf all the way through, a funkier full steel band record than you'll ever hope to find. Titles include "Beetham Highway Ride", "Scorpio", "Pimp", "Tropical Heat", "Laventille Road March", "Round & Round", "Port Of Spain Hustle", "Jungle Fever", "Love Like This", and "Dog Was A Doughnut". CD

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

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Channels 4/Carla & The CarlettesCross My Heart/Groovin ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99 10.98
Two rare soul tracks – back to back on a sweet 7" single! "Cross My Heart" is a different version of the Billy Stewart tune – done here by the "Channels 4" in this very unusual group soul mode – kind of harmony soul, but very rough around the edges, with these weird calls that almost make the single fall apart, while it still holds onto the great melody! Carla & The Carlettes sing in a similar setting – clearly a live one, which makes their take on "Groovin" sound unusual edgey as it inspires the small crowd! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up". CD
Also available It Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 13.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love ... LP
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It Rains Love ... CD 12.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 16.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up" – and 2CD version features a full bonus album of instrumentals by Leon Michels and the group! CD
Also available It Rains Love ... CD 12.99

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Kool & TogetherSittin On A Red Hot Stove/Nassau Beat (demo) ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
Two rare grooves from this legendary group! "Sittin On A Red Hot Stove" is a slow-stepping monster – very hard and funky, but moving at a pace that's much more leisurely than anyone who's getting themselves burned on a grill! The tune's got a completely badass vibe that's almost like Merda – and it's backed here by a demo version of "Nassau Beat" – a very loose reworking of "Funky Nassau", with a nicely dark edge! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lady Wray/El MichelsQueen Alone – Instrumentals ... LP
Big Crown, 2016. Sealed ... $13.99
An all-instrumental version of Lady Wray's Queen Alone record – one that features no vocals at all from the woman herself, and which instead works perfectly as a great illustration of the instrumental talents of Leon Michels and crew! Michels produced and directed the whole album – and is here at the head of the lineup on drums, guitar, keyboards, and saxes – all instruments he plays beautifully, in a mode that's maybe more of a 60s soul-styled version of the usual sinister El Michels funk approach. You can definitely hear where the vocals might come into the mix, but it's also wonderful to hear the group on their own – on titles that include "Do It Again", "Smiling", "It's Been A Long Time", "Cut Me Loose", "Underneath My Feet", "Bad Girl", and "They Won't Hang Around". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby OrozaThis Love ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. Used ... $6.99
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul singles over the years! Bobby's got a sweet soul style that's already great – but it really takes off here in the company of the Finnish musicians – who also recorded the whole set with Bobby at the Timmion studios, which makes the whole thing sort of a joint project between the two creative forces! The lean, sinister quality we always love in Cold Diamond & Mink's music really helps shape the sound of the vocals – and Bobby himself also plays guitar and organ on the record. Jimi Tenor adds guests flute in a few spots – and tracks include "Bobby's Mood", "Your Love Is Too Cold", "Keep On Believing", "Maybe Maybe Maybe", "This Love", "Down On My Knees", and "There Can Be No Love". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)
Also available This Love ... CD 12.99

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Bobby OrozaThis Love ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul singles over the years! Bobby's got a sweet soul style that's already great – but it really takes off here in the company of the Finnish musicians – who also recorded the whole set with Bobby at the Timmion studios, which makes the whole thing sort of a joint project between the two creative forces! The lean, sinister quality we always love in Cold Diamond & Mink's music really helps shape the sound of the vocals – and Bobby himself also plays guitar and organ on the record. Jimi Tenor adds guests flute in a few spots – and tracks include "Bobby's Mood", "Your Love Is Too Cold", "Keep On Believing", "Maybe Maybe Maybe", "This Love", "Down On My Knees", and "There Can Be No Love". CD
Also available This Love ... CD 6.99

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79.5Predictions ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
The first full album from 79.5 – a contemporary female soul group, but one with a very unique approach to their sound! The group's got three lead singers, but their style is different than some of the more poppy female trios out there – and, if anything, they seem to echo older sweet soul modes from the 70s, but serve them up with a crisper, contemporary approach to the instrumentation! There's plenty of catchy tunes, but the pacing and presentation is really fresh – not commercial at all, although if these guys are as great as we think, the rest of the world might be hearing a lot from them in years to come! Leon Michels produced, and gave the whole thing just the right sort of depth to match the lightness of the vocals – and titles include "Wavy", "Facing East", "Fireman", "Terrorize My Heart", "Predictions", "Sisters Unarmed", "You'll Come Back", and "Fantasy". CD

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Sunny & The SunlinersLittle Brown Eyed Soul ... LP
Key Loc/Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 22.98
One of our favorites ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting a raw raw groove on the harder-hitting numbers, really nailing the groove on both fronts. One of the highlights of the album is actually an instrumental reading of "Soul Power" – done with a nice chunky groove – and other great tracks include sweet harmony readings of "Together" and "Cross My Heart", plus the upbeat tunes "Boogaloo Down Broadway" and "Hip Huggin Minnie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sunny & The SunlinersSmile Now Cry Later ... LP
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 20.98
One of the greatest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – a classic set of heartbreaking soul that's the Texas equivalent of the best late 60s harmony styles coming out of Spanish Harlem or East LA! The group were a Tex/Mex combo at their core, but on a handful of records like this, they easily take on the leading lights of the late nite group soul crowd – with a sound that's a wonderful evolution of their earlier crossover hit "Talk To Me", inflected by all the deeper soul developments of the 60s. There's a few surprises along the way – including some jazzier moments that really keep things interesting – and titles include "I Want To Make It Up To You", "Everybody Knows", "Hopeless Case", "Stop That Thief", "Hold On I'm Comin", "Sidewinder", "Put Me In Jail", "Smile Now Cry Later", and "Baby I Apologize". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000!)

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VariousYIA – Youth In Action Talent Contest Winners ... LP
YIA/Big Crown, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A totally cool little record – and one that was so rare, it was initially only pressed up to give to the singers and performers who worked on its grooves! The music here is all from a talent show in Brooklyn, circa 1968 – headed by the Youth In Action charity, and filled with very strong performances by soulful, youthful talents right from the streets! The whole thing's got a very raw feel – like the funkiest of the funky 45s from the time – and the recording is also live, with an audience that's getting pretty darn wild as the set moves on. Tracks mix great group soul performances with gritty funk and soul instrumentation – and tracks include "I Want To Be Sweeter To You" by The United Souls, "Love Makes A Woman" by Carla & The Carlettes, "I Wish It Would Rain" by Channels 4, "Come & Get These Memories" by Sharon Seabrook & The Starlettes, "Cowboys To Girls" by The Destinations, and "Thrillers Band" by The Thrillers Band. LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! Please Note – LP sleeves are variable.)

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✨✧ Bobby OrozaThis Love ... LP
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul singles over the years! Bobby's got a sweet soul style that's already great – but it really takes off here in the company of the Finnish musicians – who also recorded the whole set with Bobby at the Timmion studios, which makes the whole thing sort of a joint project between the two creative forces! The lean, sinister quality we always love in Cold Diamond & Mink's music really helps shape the sound of the vocals – and Bobby himself also plays guitar and organ on the record. Jimi Tenor adds guests flute in a few spots – and tracks include "Bobby's Mood", "Your Love Is Too Cold", "Keep On Believing", "Maybe Maybe Maybe", "This Love", "Down On My Knees", and "There Can Be No Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available This Love ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Bobby Oroza/Cold Diamond & MinkThis Love – Instrumentals (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet instrumental take on the Bobby Oroza debut record – a set that works perfectly well as a deep funk record, even without the vocals – thanks to instrumental help from Cold Diamond & Mink! Bobby's still on the set – playing guitar, organ, and percussion – and gets help from the group on added guitar, bass, and drums – all recorded with a nicely moody vibe at the Timmion studios, with this laidback, slow funk approach that's got a late nite, mellow soul style! Titles include instrumental versions of "Bobby's Mood", "Alone Again", "This Love (parts 1 & 2)", "Deja Vu", "Down On My Knees", and "There Can Be No Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition translucent red vinyl – with poster!)

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✨✧ El Michels AffairSounding Out The City ... LP
Truth & Soul/Big Crown, 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s funk – and which makes for tunes that have a looser structure overall, which allows much more room for instrumental interplay, and the kind of sweet surprises that make the album so great! These guys have a real penchant for an unusual rhythm and interesting instrumental flair – and they borrow as much from 70s soundtracks and Latin albums as they do from the funky 45 era that clearly gave them their start. Totally fresh all the way through, and a record that delights us a lot more than we might have expected! Titles include "Detroit Twice", "El Pueblo Unido", "Behind The Blue Curtains", "Ocho Rios", "Hung Up On My Baby", "This Song's For You", and "Slide Show". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sunny & The SunlinersMr Brown Eyed Soul ... LP
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful work from the Texas scene at the end of the 60s – a huge collection of the English language soul songs of Sunny & The Sunliners! The group first hit national fame in the earlier part of the 60s, with a sweet falsetto crossover hit – but as the decade moved on, they balanced their music equally between Spanish and English tunes – the former in more of a Tex-Mex mode, the latter in a wonderful version of sweet soul! In a way, Sunny's work here is a lot like Joe Bataan during his Sweet Soul years – a heartbreaking blend of Latin roots and east coast soul – produced with a rootsy vibe that really gets right to the heart of the matter! Sunny's work has never been reissued properly – especially the soul tracks from this period – and the collection is an ear-opening listen all the way through – and one that should hopefully put the group right up there with material by The Delfonics, Moments, and other sweet soul groups. Titles include "Smile Now Cry Later", "Put Me In Jail", "Should I Take You Home", "Cross My Heart", "Get Down", "Rain Makes Me Blue", "Outside Looking In", "My Dream", and "Open Up Your Love Door". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Sunny & The SunlinersSmile Now Cry Later/I Only Have Eyes For You ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest tracks ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – the completely sublime "Smile Now Cry Later", which set the tone for a whole generation of harmony soul! The instrumentation is very slow, almost invisible at times – while Sunny sings the lead lyric in a heartbreaking way, with harmony support on the hook! "I Only Have Eyes For You" is a redone version of the group soul take on the tune by The Flamingos – complete with that cool watery guitar, but with even more of an edge than that group's recording of the classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandPIMP/Police In Helicopter ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked set of funky steel drums – a bad-stepping number from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, and just the kind of hard funk cut we're always digging for on steel drum records! We hardly ever find gems this good though – as "Pimp" has these slow-snapping drums that make the cut sound wonderful, even before the other elements come in – bits of steel pan and trumpet that fill the tune up beautifully, and bring a sweet melodic element to the funk! "Police In Helicopter" is even more slower-stepping – a bit like a dub tune, which is a great setting for the steel! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ BrainstoryDead End/Mnemophobia ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Contemporary sweet soul from Brainstory – a cut that has this lightly tripping groove with a nice sparkle around the guitar – this warm quality that's really matched by the fragile, heartbreaking vocals in the lead! "Mnemophobia" has a title that's a bit headier, but a sound that's very much in the same space – a great reworking of the kind of late nite sweet soul that always played so well on the East LA scene of the 60s, or the New Jersey underground of the early 70s! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ El Michels AffairShadowboxin/Iron Maiden ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
El Michels and Wu-Tang – always a wonderful combination, as you'll hear on this fantastic funky 45! The group take on "Shadowboxin" and strip it right down to its roots – just bassline, slow-stepping drums, and a wicked bit of organ – completely different without any vocals, but maybe showing a further side of the Genius/GZA genius! The Ghostface track "Iron Maiden" is remade on the flip – just badass downturning groove, tight horn blasts, and some very cool organ that comes across with a nicely spooky vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lady WrayPiece Of Me/Come On In ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Crisply crackling vocals from Lady Wray – given this great slow-stepping bassline on "Piece Of Me", which really sets the scene for the moody vibe of the tune! "Come On In" has this very echoey drum break – setting up a different sort of moody mode – almost slow funk, with a sinister edge – making the Lady sound even better than usual! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandScorpio/8th Wonder ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band take on two classics from the old school – both with their trademark mix of steel drums and funk! "Scorpio" is the classic jam from Dennis Coffey – taken in a way here that's completely different, as the drums take on the guitar parts – and other percussion creates a massively skittish groove! "8th Wonder" is the classic track from Sugarhill Gang – but done here without any vocals at all, which leaves more fantastic focus on the bursts of sound that drive the tune, and that wonderful hook that hangs all the way through! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ OkonkoloCantos ... LP
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes almost psychedelic heights without flying too far from the soulful roots. It's soul music in the truest sense – group leader Abraham Rodiguez is a Yoruba Chango priest – and titles include "Yemaya", "Canto Asoyin", "Wolenche Por Chango", "Oba", "Ochun", "Canto Por Obatala", "Canto Por Ochun", "Obatala" and "Elegua". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Connie SmithBorn To Sing (4CD set) ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $92.99 139.99
The first fantastic chapter in the career of Connie Smith – all her RCA recordings from her first few years on the label – work that sees Connie as being maybe one of the most important female singers in a new generation of country music – and maybe one of the few who could ever take the crown from the recently departed Patsy Cline! Like Cline, Connie is maybe at her best when singing heartbreaking material, of which there's plenty in this package – but she also opens up nicely on other sorts of work too – in a good variety that features early compositions by Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard, Dallas Frazier, and Bill Anderson – all handled in the best 60s RCA mode. The package features a wealth of singles and b-sides, plus the full albums Connie Smith, Cute N Country, Miss Smith Goes To Nashville, Great Sacred Songs, Connie In The Country, Downtown Country, and Sings Bill Anderson – plus a rare French session too – 129 tracks in all, presented with a very big booklet of notes and photos, and a full discography too. CD

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VariousHillbillies In Hell – Tribulations – Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952 to 1974 ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Tortured souls and troubled hearts – served up here in a dark set of narratives from the classic years of country music! As with previous volumes in this excellent series, the package goes way beyond the big hits, to turn up lots of great songs from the shadowy corners of country – songs about bad deeds and poor choices – handled by a variety of different singers who really keep things interesting! There's way more love of the music here than the sense of kitsch you might expect from the cover – and although you might first find the songs appealing from a gimmicky perspective, we can bet that you'll be getting the message before long. Titles include "Dead Man's Cave" by Bobby Griggs, "Marbone Swamp" by Bill Browning & The Dark Hollow Boys, "Endless Sleep" by Hank Williams Jr, "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down" by Bobby Grove, "Dark Day In Dallas" by Tex Ritter, "Bury Me Face Down" by Cowboy Copas, "No Hiding Place" by Sunshine Boys Quartet, "Satan's Jeweled Crown" by The Louvin Brothers, and "East Dallas Dagger" by Durwood Daily. (Note: most of the contents are the same as the LP 777 in the series – but the CD has 32 titles in all!) CD

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VariousMusic City Blues & Rhythm ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic sounds from the Bay Area scene of the 50s – more than enough to showcase a legacy of R&B as strong as postwar work from LA! The music here is great – tight, lively, and often very witty – with the sharpness of jump blues and pre-soul work from south Cali labels like RPM and Crown – done in a similar blend of class and groove that reflects the big changes on the bluesy side of the spectrum as artists and audiences moved to the west coast! All the tracks were recorded by the Music City studio in Berkeley – better known for later funk and soul – and a fair bit of them make their first appearance here – as 22 of the CD's 28 tracks have never been issued before. As usual with Ace Records, the presentation is stunning – lots of notes, history, and rare photos – for titles that include "Music City Jump" by Alvin Smith, "Here Lies My Love" by Roy Hawkins, "She Moves Me" by Jimmy "T99" Nelson, "Moving Out Baby" by Chick Morris with Al Harris, "Baby Call" by Jimmy Raney, "You Gotta Be Mighty Careful" by The Richmond Boys, "Long About Midnight" by Little Willie Littlefield, "Ease My Mind" by Pee Wee Parham, "Roland's Blues" by Roland Mitchell, "You're The One" by Gene Lee & The Blues Rockers, "Walking Blues" by Johnny George, "Wrong Doing Woman" by Jasper Evans, "Tin Pan Alley" by Sidney Grande, "I Don't Stand No Quittin" by Gloria Jean Pitts, "Your Money Ain't Long Enough" by Que Martyn with Del Graham, and "Who Did It" by an Unknown Male Vocalist. CD

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✨✧ AntenaCamino Del Sol ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the early 80s – and were a real breath of fresh air in the post-punk years with their light and jazzy approach to the groove. As you'll hear in this set, Antena's style borrows a lot from the bossa, but also throws in some wonderful poppish touches – including jangly guitars recorded in a similar mode to some of the other French/European indie groups of the time, and a slight darkness in production that almost gives a Martin Hannett-like undercurrent to the whole set. The group's album Camino Del Sol has been lovingly reissued with a great set of notes, as well as a series of bonus tracks from an additional ep – making for a beautiful 14 track package that will really help you rediscover this nearly-lost group! Titles include "Sissexa", "To Climb The Cliff", "Camino Del Sol", "Bye Bye Papaye", "Noelle A Hawaii", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Seaside Weekend", "Frantz", and "Ingenuous". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jimmy WitherspoonJimmy Witherspoon ... LP
Crown, Mid 50s. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic material from Jimmy Witherspoon – that sublime mix of blues and jazz that really set him apart from the rest! Titles include "Failing By Degrees", "Big Fine Girl", "Have A Ball", "Fickle Woman", "Sweet Lovin Baby", and "Ain't Nobody's Business". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Wilburn BrothersWonderful Wilburn Brothers ... CD
King, Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Wilburn Brothers Teddy and Doyle – captured here on an early King Records album from the years before their bigger fame on Decca! The sound and style here is more close to the hills than later Wilburn records – maybe more in a Louvin mode, with plenty of blue notes and sad-tinged vocals – sung to instrumentation that's even sparer than a bluegrass record, even though it shares some of the same aspects – so that the duo vocals are right out front, with a power that's still wonderfully gripping after all these years! Titles include "Are You Lonely Too", "Give A Little Take A Little", "Goose Pimples", "Anticipation Blues", "Long Gone Lonesome Blues", and "Will You Be Ready To Wear A Golden Crown". CD

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✨✧ Red CallenderSwingin' Suite (blue & pink cover) ... LP
Modern, 1955. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful bass work from 50s LA player Red Callender – heard here on this classic side recorded for the Modern imprint. Swingin Suite is easily one of Red's tightest sessions – a date that has Callender's basslines strongly leading a nonet of players that includes Harry Jones on trumpet, John Ewing on trombone, Willie Green on alto sax, and Buddy Collette on flute and tenor. Collette's lines have a nice sharp edge throughout, and soar out beautifully amidst the bigger backings – and although a "suite", the whole session's got a much more relaxed feel than that compositional title might make you think. Tracks include "On Again", "Greenery", "Pastel", "Dancers", "October Blue", "Bihari", "Skyline", and "Outlines". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Crown pressing, with deep groove. Cover has waviness and staining due to moisture over a large portion.)

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Jefferson AirplaneCrown Of Creation ... LP
RCA, 1969. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Jefferson Airplane flying high in the late 60s – both a creative and commercial triumph for the band – balancing the tripped out adventurousness of their earlier work, with a more focused approach that brought them to bigger and bigger audiences! Front loaded with moodier, acoustic-based songs that build into heavier rock as the record plays on – with some really great use of sound effects for added drama on here and there! Titles include "Lather", "In Time", "Star Track", "Chushingura", "If You Feel", "Ice Cream Phoenix", "The House At Pooniel Corners" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove, with RCA inner sleeve. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Janet JacksonJanet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 ... LP
A&M, 1989. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A crowning moment in New Jack Swing – or New Jill Swing, as it were – a perfect step forward for Janet Jackson, as she continues to work with the duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with a vibe that was setting the scene for the rest of mainstream soul at the time! The album's got a larger overall feel than her previous set – partly because it makes use of the expanded CD recording style to add in interludes that link the tracks, and create a great flow through the record – while the lady herself still soars through plenty of catchy cuts that would win her some big hits! Titles include "Escapade", "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Alright", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", "Black Cat" and "Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP pressing – a lot more spacious than the original!)

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Alexander O'NealHearsay (180 gram purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tabu (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... About October 20, 2019 (delayed)
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's own life and experience, and that feel is definitely augmented by the spontaneous, conversational feel of the intros and links – a really nice contrast to the wonderfully tight R&B production from the superteam of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Of course, lots of these tracks also struck big as singles for Alexander – proof that the cuts are more than strong enough to stand on their own – yet taken over the course of the whole album, with all the extra bits, the whole thing really sounds great. Titles include "Hearsay", "The Lovers", "Fake", "Criticize", "Crying Overtime", and "Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alexander O'NealHearsay (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... About December 4, 2019
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's own life and experience, and that feel is definitely augmented by the spontaneous, conversational feel of the intros and links – a really nice contrast to the wonderfully tight R&B production from the superteam of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Of course, lots of these tracks also struck big as singles for Alexander – proof that the cuts are more than strong enough to stand on their own – yet taken over the course of the whole album, with all the extra bits, the whole thing really sounds great. Titles include "Hearsay", "The Lovers", "Fake", "Criticize", "Crying Overtime", and "Sunshine". CD

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Clark TerryClark Terry Live At Mokuba Vol 3 ... LP
Crown (Japan), 1976. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Killer live work from Clark Terry – recorded at one of the high points in his career! The relaxed set really has a nice edge – a bit rougher than some of the bigger-label Terry dates from the west at the time – and the group features Ernie Wilkins on tenor, Marty Harris on piano, Vic Sproles on bass, and Ed Soph on drums. Titles include "On The Trail", "I Want A Little Girl", and "Straight No Chaser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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✨✧ New York Citi Peech BoysLife Is Something Special (voc, glimmer, special edition, acapella) ... 12-inch
Island, 1982. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the crowning moments of the Paradise Garage scene – when the sound of the underground burst out loud on the airwaves, and Larry Levan found himself working this big single for Island Records. The cut's offered here in an original vocal version, a special club mix, and a very cool short "glimmer", which is great instrumental passage with these squishy keyboards that are excellent! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Island sleeve.)

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✨✧ Be Bop DeluxeSunburst Finish (3CD/DVD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
One of the crowning moments of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe – a set in which it seemed that everything the group was trying for really came together – in a mode that's both tuneful and timeless, and which – a bit like Sparks or 10CC – was slightly out of time with the rest of the rock scene in the 70s! There's a few surprisingly catchy numbers – of the sort that should have made the group even bigger on the international scene – but Nelson also manages to work in lots of keyboard magic, too – in that compressed approach to his prog inclinations, which was always the appeal of the group. The set's neither glam nor punk, nor prog or classic rock – very much its own sort of thing – with titles include "Fair Exchange", "Life In The Air Age", "Ships In The Night", "Crystal Gazing", "Blazing Apostles", and "Beauty Secrets". This deluxe version comes in a 10" case, with a nice booklet of notes – and the first 2CDs feature the original stereo mix, remastered – plus a new 2018 stereo mix – and bonus tracks that include "Ships In The Night (single)", "Beauty Secrets (first version)", "Crying To The Sky (first version)", "Ships In The Night (alt vocal)", "Crystal Gazing (alt vocal)", and "The Mystery Demo". CD3 features 9 more recordings done for BBC in 1976 – some for John Peel, some for BBC In Concert. DVD features a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the old and new versions of the album – plus a promo video for "Ships In The Night", and BBC TV performances of "Ships In The Night" and "Fair Exchange". 68 page book features unseen photos from Bill Nelson's private collection, a new essay by Bill, and even more notes – plus a facsimile concert program, a replica of a Harvest press release, four postcards, and a replica of a promo poster! CD
(Limited edition!)
 
 
 



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