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Double BeatInternational Funk Music ... CD
Big Sur (Italy), 2004. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousFeel The Beat – Afro Funk ... CD
Big Sur (Italy), 2006. Used ... $6.99
An excellent modern take on the Afro Funk genre of the 70s – one that's filled with work by current groups who really get the classic sound right! As in the older work of Fela, there's plenty of percussion, keyboards, and horns in the mix here – often played straight and live, as on the older records, and with a solidly soulful sound that would be bound to make the great one proud! A few tracks go for a slightly more modern production approach, but always still keep the overall feel of the tune just right – and the set's one that you'll proudly put next to your older Afro Funk records, as proof that the sound lives on today, when placed in the right hands. Titles include "Mama Don't Want No Gun (Beatfanatic rmx)" by Kokolo, "NESTA 75" by Antibalas, "Diggin" by Ras, "Elephant" by Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, "Lagos Sound System" by Les Barons, "Un Tour Du Monde (inst mix)" by Love & Salt, "Cheney Lane" by Nostalgia 77, "The Name Of Fela Will Always Stand For Freedom" by The Jetsons with Jessica Lauren, "Take Time To Change Your Mind (Faze Action rmx)" by Quantic Soul Orchestra, and "See Line Woman" by Femm Nameless. CD
 
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OffenbachEn Fusion 40th Anniversaire – Le Show Complet (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Return To Analog (Canada), 1979. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99
A beautiful mix of Quebecois prog and fusion – performed here by the core group Offenbach, working with larger accompaniment from the Vic Vogel Big Band! The performance is a unique one, but also a summation of all the freewheeling ideas that were taking place in this overlooked scene – echoes of European music mixing with more homegrown execution – and coming off brilliantly throughout. This special 2LP edition features six tracks that were no on the original release, and a bonus instrumental cut too – with titles that include "A L'Envers", "Vagabond", "Sad Song", "Teddy", "High Down", "Promenade Sur Mars", and "Duke's Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 100 numbered copies!)

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John StewartOld Forgotten Altars – The 1960s Demos ... CD
Omnivore, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Very early work from John Stewart – spare, stripped-down demo recordings done right before his groundbreaking albums on RCA – all served up in that special style that really made John a key bridge between folk and country at the end of the 60s! The music just features Stewart on vocals and guitar – and the earlier numbers maybe have a vocal approach that references some of the folk styles of the time – but as the music progresses, both the style and songs get more original – as all of the material is John's own. A few songs feature duets with Buffy Ford Stewart – and titles include "Lock All The Windows", "One More Chapter Is Gone", "Children Of The Morning", "Draft Age Today", "One Tiny Grain Of Sand", "Big Sur", "Mother Country", "July You're A Woman", and "Down The Highway You Go". CD
 
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✨✧ VariousMusik Music Musique – 1980 The Dawn Of Synth Pop (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1980. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A great little set that brings together the big bang of electro pop that hit the UK scene at the start of the 80s – work from that moment when previous, more experimental strands of music from the initial post-punk years started cleaning things up, going for hooks, and making some pretty darn catchy music in the process! Yet the work here is also maybe still far from some of the overplayed big hits of a few years later – that key moment when early experimenters were crafting some great tunes, but still not sounding too commercial – and sometimes enticing other artists who didn't always record in this mode to join in on the fun! And if you think you know all the sounds from this time, this box set might give you a big surprise – as there's plenty of work here that we didn't expect – not just more obscure tunes by bigger names, but also some obscure artists who fit right into the groove – all given plenty of coverage in the large booklet of notes. 3CD set features 58 tracks in all - with work by The Passage, Berlin Blondes, Buggles, M, Silicon Teens, Rockets, John Foxx, Science, Fad Gadget, Zeus, OMD, Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls, Dark Day, Der Plan, Kevin Harrison, Japan, Dalek I, Taxi Girl, Systems, Karel Fialka, Nini Raviolette, The Korgis, Alex Fergusson, The Metronomes, Lori & The Chameleons, and others. CD

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✨✧ VariousThree Day Week – When The Lights Went Out 1972 to 1975 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very different picture of the British scene than you might know from the worlds of classic rock and chart hits of the early 70s – as this collection focuses on a really special sort of sound that hints at the bleaker, less satisfying sides of English life – often with a slightly sinister quality that might come as a big surprise! The package is a follow-up to previous gems from compilers Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs – like the compilations English Weather and State Of The Union – and like those, there's a wonderfully unified vision to the whole package – almost a mini-sociology statement, but one that's completely fun – given the fantastic range of music chosen for the album. Tracks are a non-stop surprise all the way through – as glammy bits mix with offbeat pop, catchy prog, and plenty of other tunes that maybe defy any sort of generic description altogether! Titles include "Rod" by Matchbox, "Kill" by Mike McGear, "Part Of The Union" by The Brothers, "The Hertfordshire Rock" by Ricky Wilde, "Sailing" by Sutherland Brothers Band, "And The Fun Goes On" by Lieutenant Pigeon, "War Against War" by Pheon Bear, "Roly Pin" by Roly, "Stardust" by David Essex, "What Ruthy Said" by Cockney Rebel, "Why Am I Waiting" by Robin Goodfellow, "Urban Guerilla" by Hawkwind, "Londonderry" by Phil Cordell, and "Cut Loose" by Stud Leather. CD

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✨✧ Lenny Welch/OC SmithCadences – The Early Recordings 1957 to 1962 ... CD
Cadence/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work from two different singers – each featured here on rare singles for the Cadence Records label! First up is Lenny Welch – a singer with a voice that's as smooth as butter, and a key link between some of the more pop-oriented vocalists of the 50s, and the new generation of 60s "icemen" like Jerry Butler and Chuck Jackson! Like those two, Lenny's got a great way of putting over a sad tune with just the right balance of emotion – never too overdone, nor self-indulgent – but perfectly poised with a nicely mature quality. And Lenny's also a great singer on a more upbeat number – a surprisingly rocking vocalist when he wants to be, as you'll hear on some of the more groove-oriented titles on this set – tunes that have a classy early soul approach, one that's almost a bit like uptown soul of a few years later. CD features 19 Welch titles – including "Rocket To The Moon", "I'd Like To Know", "Darlin", "You Don't Know Me", "Pony Time", "You Can Have Her", "Mama Don't You Hit That Boy", "Taste Of Honey", "Congratulations Baby", and "The Last Star Of Evening". The bigger surprise here is OC Smith – recording her as Ocie Smith – years before his big country soul hits at the end of the 60s, and in a style that's as cool and classy as Lenny Welch, but maybe a bit more rocking too – with nice use of electric bass at the core of larger arrangements, and a nice sense of rhythm that often brings in a bit of jukebox mambo or popcorn soul. CD features 6 titles by Ocie Smith – including "Lighthouse", "Bad Man Of Missouri", "Forbidden Fruit", "If You Don't Love Me", "Too Many", and "Slow Walk". CD

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Sugarhill GangBest Of The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper's Delight (180 gram translucent gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sugar Hill/Friday Music, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $48.99
A mighty look at one of the first great groups in hip hop – maybe not the originators of the style, but certainly the one to get some of the biggest exposure – thanks to the work of Sugar Hill Records, and some very catchy tunes! The Sugarhill Gang were one of the key groups involved in taking the spirit of South Bronx street parties to the mainstream outside the big city – and given all the hits on the set, you can bet that they did a pretty great job – on titles that include the very long original version of "Rapper's Delight", plus "8th Wonder", "Apache", "The Lover In You", "The Word Is Out", "Girls", "Kick It Live From 9 To 5", "Livin In The Fast Lane", and "Hot Hut Summer Day". Also includes "Showdown" – which has them meeting up with The Furious Five – and "Work Work The Body", with Big Bank Hank, Kory-O, and Wonder Mike! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Patrick CowleyAfternooners ... LP
Dark Entries, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The continuing lost legacy of Patrick Cowley – the San Francisco 80s club maestro who made some famous records with Sylvester – but who also did a huge amount of underground sounds for porno films at the time! This set digs deep into that legacy – by featuring music that Cowley did for the 1982 film Afternooners, as well as a few other tracks from the time – material that's a great 80s extrapolation of the sorts of slinky funk you'd know from 70s porn! The sounds here are heavy on beats and keyboards – a much more slowed-down take on territory that Cowley explored on his club singles of the period – and the basslines are plenty heavy, and very seductive – as you might imagine, given the images they were used with on the screen. We should tell you that the package does include a few nude images inside – so be warned if you're offended by that sort of thing. Titles include "Love Come Set Me Free", "Big Shot", "Surfside Sex", "Hot Beach", "The Runner", "One Hot Afternoon", "Leather Bound", and "Bore & Stroke". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MisunderstoodChildren Of The Sun – The Complete Recordings 1965/1966 ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge package of work from The Misunderstood – a 60s Cali group who made the scene briefly in London, but never got the bigger exposure they deserved – a damn shame, given that the work here is a masterpiece in blending blues influences with late garage and early psych, all with a hard edge that's years ahead of its time! The set begins with the group's few Fontana singles, then brings in a huge host of the rare and unreleased material that have made them the stuff of legend over the decades – tracks that had gotten released in various UK packages, to paint a much fuller picture of the group's genius – finally compiled here for the first time ever. The set features 33 tracks in all – and a huge 32 booklet of notes that really gets at their story, their music, and their place within the cosmos. Titles include "My Mind", "Children Of The Sun", "You Don't Have To Go", "Who's Been Talking", "I Unseen", "Who Do You Love", "Find The Hidden Door", "Bury My Body", "Goin To New York", "Blues With A Feeling", "You Got Me Dizzy", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "I Cried My Eyes Out", "Cryin Over Love", "End Of Time", and "Why". CD

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✨✧ Fred Van Hove & Peter BrotzmannFront To Front (with bonus download) ... LP
Dropa Disc, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two improvising giants, still very much at the top of their game – and making music that almost has the same intensity as their groundbreaking work from decades back! We've heard often from Peter Brotzmann in recent years, so Fred Van Hove may be the biggest surprise here – as he can really set fire on the piano, at a level that you'd never expect from his image on the cover – matching the robust energy of Brotzmann's continued magnificence on saxes – a fire that never seems to dim at all, and which is really burning strongly here in the company of his old musical partner, in ways that are different than some of his collaborations with younger improvisers. The set was recorded live at the Summer Bummer Festival in 2019 – and titles include "Terms & Conditions", "Nervous Pudding", "Quite A Package", and "Front To Front". LP, Vinyl record album

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Walter Ross/Joseph Schwantner/William PennTrombone Concerto/Prelude, Fugue & Big Apple/Modus Caelestis (Consortium III)/Ultra Mensuram For Three Brass Quintets ... LP
CRI, Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small index label on back.)

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✨✧ George BensonBig Boss Band ... CD
Warner, 1990. Used ... Just Sold Out!
George Benson more than earns the title on this one – given that most of the tracks feature backings from the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster – a great ensemble who really help keep things soulful throughout! Despite the date of the set, the feel here is a bit more classic than most of Benson's work from the time – as the group bring a full acoustic soul to the record – a swelling, swaying brace of horns that seems to push George's vocals a bit more than usual – past that simply sweet style that was the usual Benson bag. There's a range and depth here that's really surprising – a quality that goes past the hokey title, which might make you expect less from the record – and although there's a few brief moments that get slightly contemporary, these pass quickly in favor of a classic groove. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Without A Song", "Ready Now That You Are", "Basie's Bag", "Skylark", and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing". CD
(Out of print, Columbia House pressing.)

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Big BangArriving Soon ... CD
Arision (UK), 2002. Used ... $9.99
Brilliant – and we didn't know he had it in him! Simon "Big Bang" Serritella has been turning out singles and remixes from the underground London scene of the past few years – and although those have all been pretty sweet, this debut LP is a giant step forward! The groove is a cosmic blend of beats and keys that's similar to other London work – but it's also handled with an incredibly soulful approach, one that feels a lot more steeped in the history of the groove than you might think, with samples and influences that run back to 60s bossa, baroque soul, and beyond! Truly a gem, and wonderful all the way through – with tracks that include "Spanish Portrait", "Clouds", "Negotiator", "Workshop", "Speak Low", "Neptune Rising", and "Pressure". Features guest work by Jessica Lauren, Earl Ziner, Hajimi Yoshizawa, and IG Culture too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Big MaybelleGospel Soul Of Big Maybelle ... LP
Brunswick, Mid 60s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
An obscure session for Big Maybelle, but a great one too – a record that has her moving past the melancholy blues of her earlier work, into a lively gospel-based mode that's surprisingly great for her voice! The sound is quite upbeat and joyous – in a style that really has Maybelle's voice soaring to the skies – supported by arrangements from Alan Lorber and John Jacobs that are a bit like some of the backings Jackie Wilson received at Brunswick, including some additional chorus support. Tunes are a mix of gospel standards and a few secular tracks as well – and titles include "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", "Do Lord", "Dry Bones", "Down By The Riverside", and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light aging on the back and a small cutout hole, but looks great overall.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandLatin Kaleidoscope ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $43.99
One of the greatest records ever by this hip jazz ensemble – and one of their most unique! The record has the band grooving hard through two incredible suites of Latin music – Gary McFarland's "Latin Kaleidoscope" and Francy Boland's "Cuban Fever" – each of which takes up a side of the record, both driving the band to new solo heights with a very hip edge! Players include the usual cream of the crop of European jazz residents – like Sahib Shihab, Dusko Goykovich, Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Woods, Tony Coe, and Benny Bailey – and the tracks include "Uno Graso De Areia", "A Rosa Negra", "Olhos Negros", "Cara Bruja", and "Fiebre Cuban". Wonderful all the way through – and always a treasure! One of the shining jewels in the crown of MPS – and a Gilles P classic all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese white label pressing – heavy cover and vinyl!)

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Clarke Boland Big BandOff Limits ... CD
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $12.99
Easily the hippest of the Clarke-Boland Big Band Records from the classic years – a set of hard grooving tracks that really pushes the envelope of their style! There's a few elements here that are different than usual – such as the presence of electric piano on a few tracks, which creates a very new sound for the group, the presence of some exotic jazz influences (perhaps borrowed from the MPS Jazz Meets The World series), and the use of some edgier compositions on the set, including work by late 60s European free-thinkers, like Eddie Louiss, Albert Mangelsdorff, and John Surman. The reed work is really incredible in this setting – and is handled by Sahib Shihab, Ronnie Scott, Billy Mitchell, and Derek Humble – all of whom seem to blow with inspiration from Surman – using tones that are far more out there than usual. Titles include "Exorcisme", "Sakara", "Our Kind Of Sabi", "Osaka Calling", "Wintersong", and "Astrorama". CD
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice case with a glossy silver metalic finish!)

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Lefty Dizz with Johnny Big Moose WalkerChicago Blues Festival 1979 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the first recordings to ever feature Lefty Dizz in the lead – done at a time when the singer/guitarist was a young star on the Chicago scene, but getting some key exposure here, thanks to an overseas recordings! Lefty's as great as you might guess from his name – a strong personality, but never in a way that's as hokey or overstated as he might be in the hands of a big label production – just balanced with the right sort of Chicago roots energy, in a group that also features piano and a bit of vocals from Big Moose Walker, and some additional guitar from Willie James Lyons. Titles include "Blue Shadow", "RM Blues", "Take Out Some Insurance", "Things That I Used To Do", "All Right OK You Win", "One Eyed Woman", and "Lake Shore Drive Boogie". CD features bonus tracks – "Shake For Me", "Funny Acting Woman", and "Blue Shadow (take 1)". CD
(Part of the "True Blue Masters – Black & Blue" series!)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band 20th & 30th Anniversary ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Tremendous live work from Dizzy Gillespie – and one of his few big band sessions from the time! The album has Dizzy recreating his bigger group sound of the 50s – but with a groove that's much more lively, open, and swinging – very much in keeping with the MPS big band style of the late 60s, which is no surprise given that the album was recorded for the label! Players here are all great – and include Jimmy Owens, Dizzy Reece, Tom McIntosh, Curtis Fuller, Chris Woods, and Sahib Shihab – bursting out with strong solos on some very long tracks! Titles include a beautiful 10 minute reading of "Con Alma", plus "The Things Are Here", "Things To Come", and "Frisco", a great one by Mike Longo, who's also with Dizzy's group at this point! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label German pressing. Label has a small bit of pen, but is nice overall.)

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Gitte Haenning/Clarke Boland Big BandGitte Haenning Meets The Clarke-Boland Big Band ... CD
Bureau B (Germany), 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the rare few vocal jazz sessions cut by the legendary Clarke-Boland Big Band – a highly swinging affair that ranks with the group's best work of the time for MPS! Singer Gitte Haenning was a bit of a pop-styled vocalist at the time – but in the company of the CBBB she really sounds great – coming across with an almost-icy tone that reminds us a bit of the work of Monica Zetterlund, and grooving with a soaring style that swings perfectly alongside the group! As usual, the players in the ensemble are the cream of the crop on both sides of the Atlantic – and include Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, John Surman, Kenny Clarke, Benny Bailey, and Dusko Goykovich – all master musicians who know how to perfectly come together, yet also break out with a sweet solo when they get the space! The whole thing's got a sound that easily matches the CBBB vocal work with Carmen McRae and Mark Murphy – and titles include "I Love The Life I Live", "November Girl", "My Kinda World", "Sack Full Of Dreams", "Go To Hell", and "Marriage Is For Old Folks". CD
(Out of print.)

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Slide Hampton & Vaclav Zahradnik Big BandB&S – Slide Hampton & Vaclav Zahradnik Big Band ... LP
Supraphon (Czechoslovakia), 1971. Very Good ... $13.99
Classic material from Slide Hampton's years in exile – years that were far more fruitful than his years in the US, and in which he hooked up with some of the best European players to forge a whole new dimension in his work. This session has Slide working with a large group that includes some of the most compelling Eastern European players of the time, plus a few from the Western side. Karl Velebny plays vibe, Barre Phillips plays bass, Stu Martin's on drums, John Surman plays soprano and baritone, and other players include Jiri Stivin, Laco Gerhardt, Rudolph Dasek, and Miroslav Krysl. Titles include "The End Of Love", "B&S", "Jeannette", and "Fashank In Blues" Most tracks written by Slide, and the writing is excellent! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing – with first cover! Cover has a tiny bit of seam splitting on the top, but is nice overall.)

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Milt JacksonMilt Jackson Big 4 At The Montreux Jazz Festival 1975 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Pablo (Japan), 1975. Used ... $24.99
Milt Jackson's working here with his "Big 4" group – a quartet (natch) that includes Oscar Peterson on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – all opening up nicely in this laidback live environment! Despite the Montreux hype of the 70s, the record's got a surprisingly intimate feel – and offers a nicely restrained Peterson doing some very sensitive solo work – augmented by some of Jackson's most chromatic sounds on vibes. Titles include "Mack The Knife", "Night Mist Blues", "Stella By Starlight", "Speed Ball", "Nature Boy", and "Funji Mama". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Don Jacoby & The College All StarsSwinging Big Sound ... LP
Decca, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Don Jacoby plays with select players from university jazz programs from around the US. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear.)

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel Lewis with Ruth BrownThe Big Band Sound Of Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Featuring Miss Ruth Brown ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
Ruth Brown joins the big band of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis – in a set that's a real standout in the career of all three artists! Thad and Mel already have a pretty great groove going at this point – a large ensemble approach to jazz, yet one that's swingingly soulful – very much on a par with some of Gerald Wilson's hip work of the same time at time. And adding in Ruth Brown's vocals is a great choice – as she not only needs a great showcase like this for her amazing voice, but also because she really helps unlock a soulful sort of energy that the group always had in their instrumental music. The approach is a bit like some of Etta Jones' best 60s recordings – a nice shift for Brown – and titles include "Black Coffee", "Fine Brown Frame", "You Won't Let Go", "Trouble In Mind", and "Be Anything (But Be Mine)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split on the top seam and light surface wear.)

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Jimmy ReedBig Boss Man ... LP
Bluesway, 1968. Very Good+ ... $24.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams held with clear tape and some light surface wear.)

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Takeshi TerauchiNippon Guitars – Instrumental Surf, Eleki, & Tsugaru Rock 1966 to 1974 ... LP
Big Beat (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Blazing 60s & 70s string-shredding mastery from Japan's great guitar instrumentals guru Takeshi Terauchi – whose playing matches the greatest 50s & 60s rock guitar gurus in both dexterous ability and pulpy mood setting! Takeshi put his own unique spin on the chugging styles of the period – hard-charging twang, surf and beat in the 60s, and distorted spacey and funky rock later on in the 70s – all of it pretty amazing! Includes "Ganroku Hanami Odori", "Rising Stars", "Sado Okesa", "The Clamour Of The Sun", "South Pier" and "Summer Boogaloo" by Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunnys, plus "Hoshi Eno Tabeji (Journey To The Stars", "Sa No Sa", "Touryanse", "Nambuzaka Yuki No Wakare", "Tsugaru Eleki Bushi" and more by Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans. 14 tracks on the vinyl version. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Laurie AndersonBig Science (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Nonesuch, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences that would mire down performance art in years to come. Instead, she's got a clean, clear style that's simply amazing – spoken passages that are poetic and pointed, but which also have a slight undercurrent of wit – a charming quality that never takes itself too seriously, even when the sounds and styles are somewhat dark. Instrumentation includes some great rhythm passages from David Van Tieghem, plus surprising performances from Rufus Harley on bagpipes and George Lewis on trombone. Titles include "From The Air", "Big Science", "O Superman", "Born Never Asked", "Walking & Falling", "Example #22", "Let X = X", and "It Tango". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Count BasieCount Basie Big Band – Live Montreux 77 ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 70s Count Basie Band in all their glory – recorded live in extremely tight formation at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival! Despite the live setting, the recording quality here is impeccable – easily on a par with most of the group's studio dates from the decade, especially in the way that Basie's piano thunders out in front of the rest of the group! Players include Sonny Cohn, Bobby Mitchell, Al Grey, Jimmy Forrest, Eric Dixon, and Freddie Green – and although tracks are short, they're still filled with a good sense of surprise – that Basie dynamics that really started kicking in during the 50s, and which held on strong on records like this! Titles include "The More I See You", "Night In Tunisia", "The Heat's On", "Freckle Face", "Splanky", "I Needs To Be Bee'd With", "Lil Darlin", and "Bag Of Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ George BensonBig Boss Band ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1990. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
George Benson more than earns the title on this one – given that most of the tracks feature backings from the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster – a great ensemble who really help keep things soulful throughout! Despite the date of the set, the feel here is a bit more classic than most of Benson's work from the time – as the group bring a full acoustic soul to the record – a swelling, swaying brace of horns that seems to push George's vocals a bit more than usual – past that simply sweet style that was the usual Benson bag. There's a range and depth here that's really surprising – a quality that goes past the hokey title, which might make you expect less from the record – and although there's a few brief moments that get slightly contemporary, these pass quickly in favor of a classic groove. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Without A Song", "Ready Now That You Are", "Basie's Bag", "Skylark", and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing". CD

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✨✧ Big Boss ManWinner ... CD
Blow Up (UK), 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
It's been a few years since we last heard from Big Boss Man – but it's been well worth the wait, as these guys know how to cook up a mod groove better than just about anyone else! Winner's got a sound that takes us back to the swinginest days of London in the 60s – Hammond wailing over some snapping mod rhythms – sometimes instrumental, sometimes topped off by slightly psychedelic vocals that expand the sound even more. In the past few years, these guys have really grown a heck of a lot – and have managed to pick up some Latin influences that sit nicely alongside their straighter inspirations from jazz, soul, R&B, and 60s mod rock – making for an album of many surprises, and an expansive sound that's way more than just a quick retro-styled groove! Titles include "Kelvin Stardust", "Fall In Fall Out", "Complicated Lady", "Reach Out", "Oh My Gawd", "Boogaloo", "Fever Special", "Everybody Boogaloo", "The Hawk", and "Got It So Bad". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Big MaybelleBig Maybelle – The Okeh Sessions (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Okeh/Pure Pleasure (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A bit blues, a bit jazz – and a singer with a style unto her own – the amazing Big Maybelle, one of the greatest artists to record for Okeh Records in the 50s! This well-done collection pulls together every single Maybelle recorded for the R&B powerhouse back in the day – a motherlode of great work that easily puts her right up there with Lavern Baker or Ruth Brown as one of the great female singers of the 50s. The package features a whopping 22 tracks in all – including many bits that get lost between the tracks in some of the too-sifted collections of her work from the time. Titles include "Maybelle's Blues", "Hair Dressin Women", "My Big Mistake", "Ain't No Use", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", "So Good To My Baby", "Gabbin Blues", "You'll Never Know", and "New Kind Of Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ice T, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, & OthersColors – Original Soundtrack (magenta vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the first classic hip hop movie soundtracks of the late 80s, and a motherlode of great cuts! As divisive, hard hitting and uncompromising as the movie was, the Colors soundtrack does a great job of delivering on the tone with Ice T's title track and theme some, a snapshot of mid-to-late 80s classic rap, funk from Rick James and more. A time capsule for sure, but with tracks that are vital to this day. Marley Marl produced the majority of these cuts, and this was the early days of the Cold Chillin/Warner alliance, and titles include "Paid In Full (7 minute Cold Cut remix)" by Eric B & Rakim, "Butcher Shop" by Kool G Rap, "Colors" by Ice T, "Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste" by M.C. Shan, and "Go On Girl" by Roxanne Shante. More by Salt N Pepa, Big Daddy Kane, 7A3, and Rick James. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Milt JacksonFor Someone I Love – Milt Jackson & Big Brass ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly nice pairing – the vibes of Milt Jackson and some larger horn backings that fall heavy on the trumpet and trombone side of the spectrum! The sound's not nearly as heavy or hokey as you'd expect – thanks to arrangements by Melba Liston – and the horns do a nice job of setting a scene that lets Milt's vibes sneak in and out with effortless ease – coloring things with a great one, and a very rhythmic feel. The album's worth it for one track alone – the really great "Bossa Bags", which grooves with a sound that's everything you'd expect from the title! Other tracks include "Extraordinary Blues", "Save Your Love For Me", "For Someone I Love", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "Just Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a strip of tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ VariousFrench New Wave (Et Dieu Crea La Femme/Un Temoin Dans La Ville/Jazz Sur Seine/Eva/Jules Et Jim/Tires Sur Le Pianiste/Le Meprise/A Bout De Souffle) (5CD set) ... CD
DOL (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
5CDs' worth of great music from the Nouvelle Vague – the French New Wave of Cinema that emerged at the end of the 50s – and which often featured a fair bit of jazz in the mix for its soundtracks! CD1 features the Paul Misraki score for Et Dieu Crea La Femme – And God Created Woman – an early Brigitte Bardot film directed by Roger Vadim, full of jazzy numbers by Misraki, presented here without the Bardot narration on other versions of the soundtrack. The CD features 23 tracks in all – with bonus material too! CD2 features great work from tenorist Barney Wilen – his full soundtrack to the film Un Temoin Dans La Ville, plus his own jazz album Jazz Sur Seine! CD3 features the Michel Legrand music for Eva – a perfect blend of Legrand's earlier straighter jazz work, with some of his later talent for groovy orchestrations. The overall feel is quite dark – with the kind of jazz-based soundscapes that were showing up in some other French soundtracks at the time, and sweet little noirish feel. CD4 features three scores by Georges Delerue – all for films directed by Francois Truffaut – Jules Et Jim, Tires Sur Le Pianiste, and Le Mepris – all sounding great together. CD5 features Martial 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. CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big Band with Carmen McCraeNovember Girl ... LP
Rearward (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rare gem from the Clarke Boland Big Band – and one of the group's few vocal sessions ever! The album's a really unique one – recorded in the UK in 1970, and featuring singer Carmen McCrae joining the group for a fresh and unusual batch of tracks – most of them originals written for the session! The CBBB is in fine fine form throughout – hard-swinging with an impossibly tight sound, and featuring solo work by Tony Coe, Sahib Shihab, and Billy Mitchell. But even more surprising is Carmen – really opening up on the record, thanks to the fresh, new material – and hitting dark moods that perfectly fit the November Girl title of the session! Titles include "Just Give Me Time", "A Handful Of Soul", "Dear Death", "My Kinda World", and "November Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(It's hard to tell from the image, but Rearward packaged it all in a really nice sleeve with a glossy silver metalic finish!)

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✨✧ Takeshi TerauchiNippon Guitars – Instrumental Surf, Eleki, & Tsugaru Rock 1966 to 1974 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Blazing 60s & 70s string-shredding mastery from Japan's great guitar instrumentals guru Takeshi Terauchi – whose playing matches the greatest 50s & 60s rock guitar gurus in both dexterous ability and pulpy mood setting! Takeshi put his own unique spin on the chugging styles of the period – hard-charging twang, surf and beat in the 60s, and distorted spacey and funky rock later on in the 70s – all of it pretty amazing! Includes "Ganroku Hanami Odori", "Rising Stars", "Sado Okesa", "The Clamour Of The Sun", "South Pier" and "Summer Boogaloo" by Takeshi Terauchi & The Bunnys, plus "Hoshi Eno Tabeji (Journey To The Stars", "Sa No Sa", "Touryanse", "Nambuzaka Yuki No Wakare", "Tsugaru Eleki Bushi" and many more by Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans. 25 tracks on the CDversion. CD

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✨✧ Clarke Boland Big BandBlowing The Cobwebs Out – The Campi Years ... CD
Emanon (Germany), 1969/1970. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from this legendary ensemble – with selections from Volcano, Rue Chaptal, At Her Majesty's Pleasure, and Off Limits. Packaged in a beautiful longbox, with a booklet rich in information, and a cool packaging style for the CDs! CD
(Out of print numbered limited edition.)

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AB SkhyRamblin' On (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
MGM/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A lost hard rock gem from a Milwaukee quartet – produced by Kim Fowley with a sound that's as raw and garagey as his best indie productions from the mid 60s! These guys have all sorts of familiar elements in the mix – an influence from blues, a trippier style of guitar, and some nicely soulful currents in the vocals of Den Geyer – but there's a special brew that takes all of these qualities into special territory, making for the kind of standout set that was mysteriously overlooked at the time – but which makes for one of those rare treasures that lie far below the giants of the classic rock generation. Titles include "Gotta Be Free", "Hope For The Future", "Pearl", "Lady In The Dark", "I'm Walkin", "Trackin Shoes", "Sweet Mother Earth", and the jazzy guitar tune "Gazebo" – dedicated to the great Gabor Szabo! CD

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Kurt E ArmbrusterBefore Seattle Rocked – A City & Its Music ... Book
University Of Washington, 2011. New Copy ... $5.99 26.95
After the big grunge years, we had a habit of never touching any music book with Seattle in the title – but this one's different, and really does an amazing job of getting at the city's lost musical legacy! The book goes back – way way back – and looks at the musical communities in Seattle right from the start, and all the interesting hybrids that were created during the depression and war years, and which really blossomed at mid-century! There's a surprising amount of jazz in the pages – plus country and other styles too – and the well researched book is also balanced with sections from countless interviews the author did for the project. 374 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Louis ArmstrongDisney Songs The Satchmo Way (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Walt Disney, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A very cool little record – even though it's a bit out of the ordinary for the Louis Armstrong catalog! The set was recorded during that 60s stretch when Louis was emerging as a hell of a charming singer – one who scored a few big pop hits, in a mode that he also invokes here – providing vocal renditions of some of the best Disney theme tunes from the postwar years! The mix of material is very nice – some obvious numbers by the Shermans, mixed with more surprising earlier tracks – and arrangements are by Maxwell Davies, who keeps things groovier than most talents in the Disney studios might have. Titles include "Bout Time", "Bare Necessities", "Ten Feet Off The Ground", "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Chim Chim Cher-ee", "Heigh Ho", Zip A Dee Doo Dah", and "Bibbidi Bobbidi Bo". LP, Vinyl record album

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John BarryKing Kong ... LP
Paramount, 1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
John Barry's music for the blockbuster 1976 remake of King Kong – surprisingly sensitive at points, given the action on the screen of the film! Barry's got a great ear for sounds that underscore the sensitivity of the big ape – and his scoring here is a good illustration of his continued growth in the 70s – the way he moved into even more mature territory at a time when he could have easily just kept churning out hit themes. A few tunes show some 70s touches as the action ramps up, but overall most of the orchestrations have a timeless feel that's quite surprising – and which have a bit more durability than the film itself! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the poster!)

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BroncoCountry Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Island/Big Pink (South Korea), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.99
A fantastic album of funky folk, or folky funk – but maybe no surprise, since the great Jess Roden is in the group on vocals! Roden always seems to be attached to music that finds its own sort of groove – and that's definitely the case here, as acoustic instrumentation is used in ways that are nicely spacious and surprisingly soulful – almost like some rural take on the direction that urban mods were hitting in the 60s, and very different than any other sort of country-styled rock of the time! Roden produced, too – and titles include "Bumpers West", "Civil Of You Stranger", "Well Anyhow", "Home", and "Misfit On Your Stair". CD

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✨✧ Gene ChandlerGene Chandler Situation ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s – with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul groove – but the best part of all is Gene, who's an amazing singer with a maturity that stretches years beyond his earlier hits, and which put him in a camp with the best of his generation. The songwriting is excellent throughout, with a great mix of uptempo numbers and heartbreakingly personal ones. Titles include "Groovy Situation", "Simply Call It Love", "Not The Marrying Kind", "Give Me a Chance", and "Hey, Little Angel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam, a cutout hole, and light surface wear.)

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Con Funk ShunConfunkshunizeya – The Mercury Anthology ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 20.99
Super-sharp work from Con Funk Shun – one of the best of the mainstream funk acts to emerge in the second half of the 70s – working with the sort of style that was trained in the funky 45 underground, then given a bigger, fuller push to album-length glory! The set is a superb selection of their work for Mercury records – and the tracks here also really show why Con Funk Shun were always a cut above – as they had a way of bringing strong soul vocals to play that often illuminated the tunes very strongly – especially when the group would harmonize together. The set features 32 tracks in all – including "So Easy", "Chase Me", "Ffun (12" mix)", "Confunkshunizeya", "Loveshine", "Shake & Dance With Me", "Sure Feels Good To Me", "Electric Lady", "Burnin Love", "Can You Feel The Groove Tonight", "Ms Got The Body", "By Your Side", "Bad Lady", "California 1", "Too Tight", "Lady's Wild", "Let Me Put Love On Your Mind", "Who Has The Time", "Ain't Nobody Baby", and "Got To Be Enough". CD

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Eddie Costa & Art FarmerEddie Costa Quintet (Interlude pressing) ... LP
Interlude, 1957. Very Good- ... $29.99
An extremely great session from Eddie Costa – one of his best sessions recorded for Mode from 1957! In what is an odd meeting of players, especially for the label, Eddie's piano and vibes meet up with Art Farmer's trumpet, the alto of Phil Woods, bass of Teddy Kotick, and drums of Paul Motian – all of whom work together with the fluidity and soulfulness of some of the best Prestige sessions of the time. The horn work is tremendous – and it's hard to remember Woods sounding this great on other albums of the time, really cutting an edge next to Farmer's trumpet – which also has an incredible tone for the album, right up there with his Farmer's Market record. Titles include "Big Ben", "Blues Plus Eight", "Stretch In F", and "Get Out Of The Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has 4 inch splits in the seams, with some surface wear and small initials in pen on back.)

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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 ... $24.99 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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Brian EnoFilm Music 1976 to 2020 ... CD
Astralwerks, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Many years back, Brian Eno gave us a record called Music For Films – a set that came out during his initial run of Ambient recordings, showing us how strong his instrumental creations could be when and if applied to a cinematic mode! The tracks there were half imagined works for film – and those of us who loved Eno were always hoping that it would lead to more prominent scoring for the electrosonic genius. Turns out, that happened anyway – as this set of 17 tracks will attest – a rising Eno role in the film soundtrack world, served up on contributions from big productions and lesser-known gems. The set features work from films that include Heat, We Are As Gods, Trainspotting, Married To The Mob, Jubilee, Top Boy, Sebastiane, Hammerhead, Rams, Lovely Bones, Francis Bacon's Arena, and Cool World – a surprisingly rich array of material! CD
Also available Film Music 1976 to 2020 ... LP 28.99

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Brian EnoFilm Music 1976 to 2020 ... LP
Astralwerks, Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 34.98
Many years back, Brian Eno gave us a record called Music For Films – a set that came out during his initial run of Ambient recordings, showing us how strong his instrumental creations could be when and if applied to a cinematic mode! The tracks there were half imagined works for film – and those of us who loved Eno were always hoping that it would lead to more prominent scoring for the electrosonic genius. Turns out, that happened anyway – as this set of 17 tracks will attest – a rising Eno role in the film soundtrack world, served up on contributions from big productions and lesser-known gems. The set features work from films that include Heat, We Are As Gods, Trainspotting, Married To The Mob, Jubilee, Top Boy, Sebastiane, Hammerhead, Rams, Lovely Bones, Francis Bacon's Arena, and Cool World – a surprisingly rich array of material! LP, Vinyl record album
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Peven EverettPower Soul ... CD
Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
Peven Everett in all his glory – stepping forth in one of his best-produced albums in years! As with most of Peven's records, all music and vocals are from the man himself – a one-man show, but with a lot more going on than most full groups! Peven is really at the top of his game here – gliding over the top of the tunes with a sense of soul and spirit that's really tremendous – warm vocals, sweet keys, and snapping rhythms – but all wrapped up with a depth that none of his contemporaries can match! The record's key proof that Peven can easily be THE biggest soul star of the decade when he gets things focused – and the record's awash with instant classics that include "All My Life", "Can't Do Without", "Surely Shorty", "Stuck", "Just A Girl", "Sexy Make Up", and "Washing". CD

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FoundationsBaby, Now That I've Found You ... LP
Uni, 1967. Very Good+ ... $8.99
The Foundations were the first of many successful British groups to break the American charts – and this first LP has the racially mixed group grooving like the best US soul acts from the same time. The set kicks off with the band's first big single – "Baby, Now That I've Found You", a huge radio hit on both sides of the Atlantic – then it rolls into a mix of original tracks and covers, most with kind of a southern soul sound. Titles include "Jerking The Dog", "I'm A Whole New Thing", "Come On Back To Me", "Just A Little While Longer", and "I've Seen The Writing On The Wall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine with a strip of clear tape, a cutout hole, and light surface wear.)

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Fraser & DeboltFraser & Debolt With Ian Guenther ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good ... $4.99
Moody, folksy work from the Canadian duo of Fraser & Debolt – helped here by a bit of extra work on fiddle from Ian Guenther! The sound is often quite spare – acoustic guitars and vocals, with little else more than the guest fiddle – in a style that's nicely rough-edged, especially for Columbia Records at the time – and which makes the record feel more like some obscure indie effort than a release on a bigger label. Most of the tunes are originals, and quite compelling – with a darkly poetic sensibility that's right at home with labelmates Tim Hardin and Leonard Cohen – and titles include "Old Man On The Corner", "Warmth", "Stoney Day", "Pure Spring Water", "All This Paradise", "Gypsy Solitaire", and "Armstrong Tourest Rest Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear and some aging.)

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Gary's GangKeep On Dancin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/PTG (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99
A clubby classic from the enigmatic Gary's Gang – a group who scored a big disco hit with the title track of this album, a unique groove that features some weird keyboard and synth touches – alongside some surprisingly great percussion at the bottom! The group effortlessly mix electric and acoustic elements, all with a vibrancy that allows both elements to flourish strongly at the same time – creating a playful interplay that really makes their music sound unique compared to some of their disco contemporaries! Titles include "Showtime", "Party Tonight", "Do It At The Disco", "Let's Lovedance Tonight", "Keep On Dancin", and "You'll Always Be My Everything". CD features bonus tracks – "Keep On Dancin (12" club mix)" and "Keep On Dancin (Hollywood's 5am club mix)". CD

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye Live! ... LP
Tamla, 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful 70s live album from Marvin Gaye – a set that was as expansive, ambitious, and sophisticated as his studio work from the time! The album's put together almost like a 3-sided portrait of Marvin – in that it begins with a long section of current work, moves into a "fossil medley" of older hits, then returns to "now" to showcase two of his biggest his of the time. The orchestrations are sublime – wonderfully carried off in a live setting amidst some very frantic screams from the females in the audience – and Marvin's vocals are incredible too – floating out magically amidst the crowd, and easily some of his best on record from the decade. Titles include the album's hit reading of "Distant Lover" – plus "Let's Get It On", "What's Going On", "Trouble Man", "Inner City Blues", "Distant Lover", "Keep Getting It On", and "Jan". Packaged in a cool gatefold, with a die cut image of Marvin's big silver boots! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the die-cut gatefold cover, with surface wear and a few peeled spots. Vinyl has a short click on "Introduction".)

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Gloria GaynorLove Tracks (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $12.99
THE lasting classic from Gloria Gaynor – the record that contains her tremendous hit "I Will Survive", and a great batch of disco grooves overall! The album's got a simple, honest sort of approach, despite its release in an era of overblown dancefloor sets – and arranger Freddie Perren does a great job of balancing all the elements here – hitting strong on the rhythms, but mixing in bits of strings from Gene Page and others – all in a sound that's round, warm, and surprisingly soulful, despite the big crossover fame of the hit on the record. In addition to a nice long take of "I Will Survive", other tracks include "Anybody Wanna Party?", "Please, Be There", "I Said Yes", and "You Can Exit". 5 bonus tracks: 12" disco versions of "I Will Survive", "Anybody Wanna Party?" and "Substitute", plus a 12" Spanish version of "I Will Survive" ("Yo Vivire") and a previously unreleased Tom Moulton mix. CD

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Giant CrabCool It – Helios (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Uni/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A really wild little record from the Uni Records label at the end of the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that Uni was putting out plenty of wild records at the time! Giant Crab have this style that mixes psych with sunshine pop – woven in this amazing blend of sounds, over the course of a surprising 16 tracks on the set – tunes that are all short, but pack plenty in the mix – with lots of work on 12 string guitar, keyboards, saxes, and harmony vocals – often brought together with some great effects and studio touches too! The arrangements are superb – showing a wider musical vision, but without losing the feel of the group at the core – and titles include "What Became Of Yesterday's Hero", "Don't Jump To Conclusions", "Help Yourself", "Trust Somebody", "Hello Yesterday", "Cool It", "The Invasion Of Helios", "I Don't Want To Live This Way", and "Walking In Different Circles". CD

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Dexter GordonMontmartre 1964 ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1964. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
An early example of Dexter Gordon on the European scene – recording here at his soon-to-be-frequent home of Club Montmartre – a club where Gordon was able to hole up, and really expand his sound! Some of the tracks here are a bit shorter than the 20 minute jams that Dex would let loose on in the late 60s – but he's already finding a way to bring new maturity to his horn, and repair some of the damage of his lifestyle in previous years – working with a superb group that features Tete Montoliu on piano, Alex Riel on drums, and some really fantastic bass from a young Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen. Titles include "Big Fat Butterfly", "King Neptune", "Cheese Cake", "Manha De Carnival", "Loose Walk", and "I Want More" – and as a surprise, Dex even vocalizes a bit with a nice hip vibe. CD

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Dexter GordonMontmartre 1964 ... LP
Storyville (Denmark), 1964. New Copy ... $23.99 25.99 On April 30, 2021
An early example of Dexter Gordon on the European scene – recording here at his soon-to-be-frequent home of Club Montmartre – a club where Gordon was able to hole up, and really expand his sound! Some of the tracks here are a bit shorter than the 20 minute jams that Dex would let loose on in the late 60s – but he's already finding a way to bring new maturity to his horn, and repair some of the damage of his lifestyle in previous years – working with a superb group that features Tete Montoliu on piano, Alex Riel on drums, and some really fantastic bass from a young Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen. Titles include "Big Fat Butterfly", "King Neptune", "Cheese Cake", "Manha De Carnival", "Loose Walk", and "I Want More" – and as a surprise, Dex even vocalizes a bit with a nice hip vibe. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Marcia GriffithsNaturally/Steppin ... CD
Sky Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got a soulful sparkle that's undeniable – music that could have, should have (if things were right) gotten Marcia much bigger fame in the US crossover market of the time – as these songs work equally well as laidback soul numbers, even with strong reggae rhythms – thanks to the warmth and class of the vocals! A number of tracks are originals, and titles include "Dreamland", "Tell Me Now", "Melody Life", "Survival Is The Game", "Feel Like Jumping", "Mark My Word", and "Truly". Steppin features Marcia Griffiths at the height of her powers – singing wonderfully and soulfully, in a style that almost transcends her Jamaican roots! While other reggae singers of the period were maybe polishing things up a bit, to reach larger commercial fame, Griffiths seems to be stepping back more into soul, while still working with familiar Kingston rhythms – crafting this mode that's completely compelling, and which has as much personal feeling as some of the more powerful social themes of the roots era. Errol Brown recorded the tracks at Treasure Isle, and titles include "It's Impossible", "Steppin Out Of Babylon", "Where Were Why", "Why There Is No Love", "Give & You Get", and "I'm Hurting Inside". CD

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✨✧ Woody HermanWoody ... LP
Cadet, 1970. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The most obscure of Woody's albums for Cadet – and a bit different than the other two! The album still features one side of upbeat groovy tunes – recorded with Richard Evans in a style that's a mix of big band funk and Cadet Records soul – and which show Woody to be a lot hipper than anyone might have thought at the time – putting together some amazing arrangements of tunes that soar with great power, still very jazzy, but also filled with a youthful energy that's really great. Includes a great version of "How Can I Be Sure", plus cool originals like "Smiling Phases", "A Stone Called Person", and "Saccharine Sally". The difference here, though, is that some of the tunes also have some vocals by Woody – sounding pretty cool, actually, and almost spoken – and that one side of the record is dominated by a long version of "Blues In The Night", with a solo by Tom Harrell. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Chris HillsEverything Is Everything – Comin Outta The Ghetto (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Embryo/Big Pink (South Korea), 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic early work from Chris Hills – an artist you might know most from later work as part of Players Association – but who here is in an equally soulful sort of mode! The guy on the cover might look a bit unlikely as a soul artists – especially given that he's fading away in the photo – but the record's got a rock-solid approach right from the start, very similar to the best of the other funk groups recording for Atlantic at the time! The set is one of the deepest issued on Herbie Mann's Embryo imprint for Atlantic – and although Chris is the main creative talent on vocals, arrangements, and lots of instruments – the set also features strong organ work from Lee Reinoehl, and additional vocals from soul singer Chico Waters. Titles include "Comin Outta The Ghetto", "Sweet Joanne", "Six Of One", "Mean Old Love", "Sure As Shootin", and "Talkin Bout Soul". CD

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Hot Chocolate10 Greatest Hits ... LP
Big Tree, 1970s. Very Good ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, tracklist sticker, and surface wear.)

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✨✧ Freddie JacksonRock Me Tonight ... CD
Capitol, 1985. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Freddie Jackson was certainly one of the biggest new soul stars of the 80s – and this debut LP is still a treasure! Freddie's got a skill that transcends his age – with an approach that's decidedly 80s, but classic enough to last for years and years. The songs on the record are all extremely well-written, and although the arrangements have certain elements that might date – like DX7, drum machine beats, and floppy bass pedal riffing – the quality of the work is super-high all around, and Freddie's rich soul vocals hold everything together perfectly. Catchy tunes abound – and tracks include "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)", "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)", "Calling", "I Wanna Say I Love You", and "You Are My Lady". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy James & The VagabondsNew Religion/London Swings/This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Open Up Your Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
Four classic albums from this hip British soul group – issued here in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is New Religion – a record that was also released in America by Atlantic Records. Although they were a UK soul act, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds were a perfect match for the Atlantic soul stable of the 60s. The group had a smooth group style that was partly uptown, partly northern soul – as clearly illustrated in this album, which is divided up into a "mood red: you feel like leaping" side, and a "mood blue: you feel like digging deeper" side. The band chose some good material that really helps them maintain a solid socking soul sound – including "The Entertainer" and "Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud" by Tony Clarke, "Ain't No Big Thing" and "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl" by Gerald Sims, and "Little Boy Blue" and "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield. Also features "Come To Me Softly", a sweet dreamy ballad by Jimmy, and kind of a bit crossover hit for the boys. London Swings is two-sided monster – as the album was originally split with work from the Alan Bown Set too! Here, the CD features just the live material from the soul group – a smoking performance from Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – one that goes way past the sweetness of their hits, and which has a crowd-pleasing, party-hearty approach to soul that's really great! Jimmy and the group serve up versions of "Sock It To Em JB", "That Driving Beat", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "You Don't Know Like I Know", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds is a record that featured some crossover tracks with New Religion – but the set here just features the exclusive cuts – including "I Feel Alright", "I Can't Get Back Home To My Baby", "Never Like This Before", "I Don't Wanna Cry", and "You Showed Me The Way". Open Up Your Soul is a record with a really wonderful sound – the deeply soulful vocals of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, mixed with rich arrangements handled by Nicky Welsh, and produced to perfection by Brit maestro John Schroeder! The record's got the sophistication of some of the Richard Evans productions over at Chess/Cadet at the same time – and, no surprise, the group lead off with a great cover of The Dells "Wear It On Our Face" – then roll into cuts that include "Cry Like A Baby", "Good Day Sunshine", "Four Walls", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "If You're Gonna Love Me", and "Open Up Your Soul". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks from singles – including "Why", "Bumper To Bumper", "Close The Door", "Give Us A Light", "I Wanna Be your Everything", "Hungry For Love", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". CD

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Bobby JonesLegacy Of Bobby Jones (aka Arrival Of Bobby Jones) ... LP
Muse, 1972. Near Mint- ... $6.99
An excellent debut from saxophonist Bobby Jones – an extremely talented player whose work was a big part of the Charles Mingus group in the early 70s – and an artist who works with a surprising sense of soul! The album's got Bobby in a really great lineup – with sensitive backing from Charles McPherson on alto sax, Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums – and 2 tracks feature some added whimsicality from Bob Dorough, who plays electric piano, and Sue Evans, who plays an assortment of percussion. Bob plays on the groovy tunes "Stone Bossa" and "Keepin Up With The Joneses" – and other tracks include "Thanks To Trane", "Ballad For Two Sons", "As The Crow Flies", and "Blues For The Brown Buddha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 80s white label promo. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Quincy JonesBack On The Block ... CD
Quest/Warner, 1989. Used ... $2.99
One of the last really all-star sets from Quincy Jones – and a record that reprises the format of some of his big records of the 70s – like Mellow Madness or Body Heat – in a way that has Quincy surrounding himself with top-shelf artists of all sorts, from jazz soloists, to hip hoppers, to R&B vocalists. Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane rap on a version of "Birdland" that also has solos from Miles, Diz, and James Moody; Take 6 sing on a mellow version of Ivan Lins' "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)", Bobby McFerrin sings goofily on "Wee B Dooinit", Siedah Garrett and Al B Sure sing on "The Secret Garden", and a whole choir joins in on "Tomorrow". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Quincy JonesQuintessential Charts (This Is How I Feel About Jazz/Quintessence) ... LP
ABC, 1956/1961. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A split 70s LP – with two earlier classics! First up is How I Feel About Jazz – an important early album from Quincy Jones! Q's working here in some of his hippest settings of the 50s – scoring longish versions of jazz tunes for groups that include players like Lucky Thompson on tenor, Herbie Mann on flute, Art Farmer on trumpet, Phil Woods and Gene Quill on alto sax, Hank Jones on piano, and even Charles Mingus on bass! As with most Jones albums of the time, Quincy has a way of making a bigger group sound nice and lean – hitting some especially nice edges along with the rhythms, and really showing the way towards a new soulful sound for a bigger band. Titles include a sublime 10 minute version of "Walkin" that kicks off the album with a great soulful groove – plus original tunes "Evening In Paris", "Stockholm Sweetnin", and "Boo's Blues", as well as a version of Cannonball Adderley's "Sermonette". Next is Quintessence – a very soulful set of big band material from Quincy Jones – recorded during that tight early 60s period when his arrangements just couldn't fail! The album's his only session for Impulse, and it's got a slightly deeper style than his work from the time for Mercury – a bit more sophisticated, with nice modern touches that take the tunes in surprising directions. Part of the greatness of the set lies in the players – as the album features work by Curtis Fuller, Thad Jones, Stu Martin, Freddie Hubbard, Patty Brown, Phil Woods, and Jerome Richardson – and titles include "Robot Portrait", "Hard Sock Dance", "The Twitch", and "For Lena & Lennie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel LewisConsummation ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $13.99
One of the greatest records ever cut by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – way way more than a big band jazz session, and a fantastically hip batch of grooves that encompasses a wealth of styles! The Jones/Lewis group could sometimes sound a bit clunky and overhashed – but on this set, they've got a surprisingly lyrical approach – free-thinking and easily grooving, but with room for complicated solos and complex rhythms. All tracks are originals by Thad Jones – and players include Roland Hanna on electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, and a host of great talents on reeds and brass. Titles include the sweetly funky cuts "Us" and "Ahunk Ahunk", plus the tracks "Dedication", "Consummation", "Tiptoe", and "Fingers". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Mike James KirklandDoin' It Right ... LP
Bryan/Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 20.98
A tremendous second set of work from the mighty Mike James Kirkland – a west coast soul talent who never fully got his due, but who will forever be legendary for a few key records like this! Mike can give us all the right funky currents when he wants – but this album also displays an almost deeper approach to soul – one that often has the sensuous qualities of mid 70s Marvin Gaye at his best, but delivered with some slightly rougher edges that really keep things interesting – and which keeps the record from sounding anything else like the bigger 70s soul on the charts! Titles include "You Put It On My Mind", "It's Too Late", "Love Insurance", "Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You)", "Got To Do It Right", "The Only Change", and "Love Is All We Need". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hans Koller Free SoundNome ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Fantastic work from avant saxophonist Hans Koller – rare material that stands with the best Free Sound albums he released for MPS in the 70s! By this point in his career, Koller was really exploding with talent – a sax player who first begun in the postwar years with modes that were more California modern, but expanded and changed throughout the 60s – to the point where Hans was one of the most open-minded, freely-creative musicians on the central European scene! If you've only heard Koller's straighter tenor, you'll really be blown away here – as Hans blows both that horn and soprano sax, in a freewheeling group that also features Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Zbigniew Siefert on alto and violin, Adelhard Rodinger on bass, and Janusz Stefanski on drums. And while the music definitely lives up to the Free Sound name of the group, it's also not entirely free jazz – as there's a sense of structure and larger modern ideals that hearkens back to some of Koller's earlier music, even while the soloists are taking off. Titles include the 40 minute workout on "Nome", the 11 minute "Ulla M Kompanie 22/8", and the surprisingly spiritual "Kunstkopfindianer/Adea". CD

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Kool & The GangIn The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet set that's part of a big early 80s run from Kool & The Gang – a time that saw the funk legends really hitting the mainstream, and winning over a huge new audience in the process! Given that the Gang virtually invented ensemble funk at the start of the 70s, they're perfectly poised here to move into modes that so many of their younger competition were trying – but never did so well – that blend of 80s elements and more sharply-fused funk instrumentation, all honed down into a tightly snapping groove. The real surprise, though, is the group's growing ability for ballads – which put records like this into hands of folks who never would have dug their funk a few years before. And while we might have had a few problems with that shift at the time, the passage of years has got the whole thing sounding pretty darn great to our ears – especially in comparison to so much weaker work from the time. Titles include "In The Heart", "Joanna", "Tonight", "Straight Ahead", "September Love", "You Can Do It", and "Home Is Where The Heart Is". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Tonight (12" dance mix)", "In The Heart (single rmx)", "Straight Ahead (12" long)", "Ladies Night (promo 12" '83 rmx)", "Joanna (single)", and "Tonight (AOR mix)". CD

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✨✧ Kool & The GangLadies' Night/Celebrate/Something Special/As One/In The Heart/Emergency (3CD set) ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99 20.99
A massive package of work from the mighty Kool & The Gang – 6 full albums from the 80s, served up here in a 3CD set! First up is Ladies Night – a shameless dancefloor cash-in move – but a record that's still pretty darn great as well! You all know the big title cut "Ladies Night", so we won't bother to describe it – but we can say that the group wisely hooked up with Deodato, who produced, mixed, and even played keyboards on the album. Deodato keeps a nice jazzy punch in the tracks, while still moving towards the slickly produced funk sound that was the group's main approach at the time of the record. JT Taylor's on vocals, and the album's even got a few mellow cuts – like the crossover easy number "Too Hot" – amidst the midtempo 80s grooves that really step out and make the whole thing move. Other tracks include "Ladies Night", "Hangin Out", "Tonight's The Night", "If You Feel Like Dancin", and "Got You Into My Life". The next album is 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". As One is solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great production for the album – helping them to focus their energy and soar soulfully, but without resorting to any stiff gimmicks or cliches! There's a great groove running through most of the numbers here – a confident quality that's never too commercial, and which bubbles along nicely throughout. Titles include "Street Kids", "Big Fun", "As One", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho", "Let's Go Dancin", and "Pretty Baby". In The Heart is a sweet set that's part of a big early 80s run from Kool & The Gang – a time that saw the funk legends really hitting the mainstream, and winning over a huge new audience in the process! Given that the Gang virtually invented ensemble funk at the start of the 70s, they're perfectly poised here to move into modes that so many of their younger competition were trying – but never did so well – that blend of 80s elements and more sharply-fused funk instrumentation, all honed down into a tightly snapping groove. The real surprise, though, is the group's growing ability for ballads – which put records like this into hands of folks who never would have dug their funk a few years before. And while we might have had a few problems with that shift at the time, the passage of years has got the whole thing sounding pretty darn great to our ears – especially in comparison to so much weaker work from the time. Titles include "In The Heart", "Joanna", "Tonight", "Straight Ahead", "September Love", "You Can Do It", and "Home Is Where The Heart Is". Last up is Emergency – 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". CD

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Lambert, Hendricks & RossHottest New Group In Jazz ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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. Cover has a name in pen, light surface wear, and a small split on the top seam.)

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LaraajiVision Songs ... CD
Numero, 1984. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Music of a very different style than some of Laraaji's other work – more tuneful and song-based – with shorter tracks that show a whole different side of his talents! Laraaji's gotten great acclaim for his homespun spiritual sounds – long tracks that first found a home in Brian Eno's Ambient series, then came out on a variety of self-released records, and have even seen a big new revival in recent years. But the music here is a mixture of echoey vocals and rhythm patterns – songs that almost feel like special prayers of motivation and uplift – a karmic legacy stripped down more for an 80s generation, but still filled with a rich amount of spirit! The man's a surprisingly strong singer, with a trippy quality that really fits his lyrics – and almost gives some of the songs a late 60s sort of LA underground vibe. Titles include "Is This Clear", "Hare Jaya Jaya Rama", "Great Bells", "Laws Of Manifestation", "Cosmic Joe", "We Shall Be Lifted", and "I Can Only Bliss Out". CD

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Le Theatre Du Chene NoirMiss Madona EP ... 7-inch
Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99
Heavenly sounds from early 70s France – an EP, but one with the power of a much bigger record – thanks to uniquely-crafted work from Le Theatre Du Chene Noir! The set begins with "Le Chant Du Cirque" – a tune that has an eerie wordless vocal over a slow-building rhythm, then cut through with this sublime alto solo by Pierre Surtel – very soulful and spiritual! The flipside features "Le Numero De Miss Madona" – which has this great electronic-sounding organ from Daniel Dublet, almost in a Sun Ra mode – followed by the shorter "Ballade De La Bete", which slows the organ down, and adds in some eerie voice! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Level 42Complete Polydor Years Vol 1 – 1980 to 1984 (Level 42/Pursuit Of Accidents/Standing In The Light/True Colors/bonus tracks) (10CD set) ... CD
Polydor/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 10CD ... $69.99
An insanely big collection of work from Level 42 – a British group from the 80s who were equal parts soul and pop, but also had a strongly jazzy current as well! These guys leapt onto the international scene from the British one in the mid 80s – thanks to a soulful core that not only made them a nice change from some of the lighter English pop of the period, but which also made the group play surprisingly well with American soul audiences too – thanks in part to the currents of jazz and richer elements that they brought to their music. Level 42 clearly have a love of fusion, but find a way to fit it into a tighter groove that's topped with bright blue-eyed soul vocals – all of which really comes through strongly here on this huge first chapter of the group's career. They were clearly working like mad during the early 80s – as the set features the full albums Level 42, The Pursuit Of Accidents, Standing In The Light, and True Colors, plus lots more 12" singles, remixes, 7" singles, b sides, live recordings, and even some early tapes from 1980 too. The package features 94 tracks in all, plus great notes too! CD

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Jerry Lee LewisBallads Of Jerry Lee Lewis ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
A great set of work from Jerry Lee Lewis – material that really shows off the many-faceted levels of his genius, in a way that's different than some of the bigger hits of his early days! Sure, Jerry could be a rocker who could burn up the piano when he wanted – but he was also a skilled singer at mellower material, particularly with a country sort of tinge – really opening up some of the bluer, more melancholy modes that would really come to prominence during his great second career chapter on Mercury and Smash! These cuts, though, are from the early Sun Records sessions – material that wasn't always given strong favor by the label at the time, in deference to more chartbound rockers – collected together here in a great 27 track package that really opens up our understanding of the Jerry Lee Lewis sound. Titles include "Born To Lose", "Crazy Arms", "Invitation To Your Party", "I'm The Guilty One", "Fools Like Me", "Love On Broadway", "The Ballad Of Billy Joe", "I Know What It Means", "You Win Again", "Cold Cold Heart", "Seasons Of My Heart", and a nice duet with Charlie Rich on "Sail Away". CD

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Smiley LewisI Hear You Knocking ... LP
Imperial, Late 50s. Sealed ... $19.99
Raw New Orleans soul from Overton "Smiley" Lewis – one of the city's big stars in the 50s R&B years, and a singer who arguably set the stage for later deep soul to come! A few years before, and Lewis might have been more of a blues singer – but here, he's working with some strong Nola piano lines and lightly loping rhythms – in a mode that's vaguely in the Fats Domino side of the universe, but a lot more raw and stripped-down too – from the performance to the production! Tracks include Smiley's classic "I Hear You Knocking", plus loads of other nice ones – including "Bumpity Bump", "Bells Are Ringing", "Blue Monday", "Lost Weekend", "Real Gone Lover", and "One Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited 180 gram Pure Pleasure remaster.)

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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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Bruno MariniBruno Marini 4 ... CD
Arte Sonora (Italy), 1985. New Copy ... $19.99
Bruno Marini may not be the biggest name in that small group of players of the baritone saxophone – but he's a hell of a musician, and works his horn in a really wonderful way on this debut set! Marini's got an ability to swing with a modern sense of tone and color – a bit like Cecil Payne at his best, back in the day – but also very different, with this human, compassionate quality that brings things out of his instrument that we're not sure we've heard from anyone else! The set features all original numbers – written either by Marini, or the group's pianist Marcello Tonolo – and the rest of the combo features Marc Abrams on bass and Valerio Abeni on drums. Titles include "Screech", "Backbiter", "Alyke", "White Snowballs", and "Drawing". CD

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Mask Man & The Agents with Harmon BetheaGot To Find A Sweet Name ... LP
Musicor, 1972. Very Good+ ... $39.99
The second LP by Harmon Bethea, the Mask Man, and his agents – a funky party group with a good sense of humor that made them a big hit in the same circuit that supported Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts. Unlike Doug, though, Harmon and crew had a tighter funk sound – and placed a lot more emphasis on the grooves than the jokes. You'll hear that a-plenty on this tasty album – which features a version of the band's classic "One Eye Open" routine, plus the tracks "Love Bandito", "When You Got Money", "We Going to Miss You On the Corner", and "Talking About the Boss and I". Very entertaining! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear, heavy edge wear with splitting in the spine and bottom seam, and some light stains on back.)

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

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Charles MingusThree Or Four Shades Of Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The three or four shades of the blues here are all pretty darn deep – as Charles Mingus is returning to the soulful gospel-influenced mode he swung big in the early 60s! The record's something of a later predecessor of the classics Blues & Roots for Atlantic and Mingus (x5) for Impulse – and the style is slightly less dramatic, but still quite steeped in soulful explorations that feature plenty of notes from the bluer side of the spectrum! Players include George Coleman and Ricky Ford on tenor, Jack Walrath on trumpet, and Larry Coryell on guitar – and titles include new takes on "Better Git Hit In Your Soul" and "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" – plus"Nobody Knows", "Noddin Ya Head Blues", and "Three Or Four Shades Of Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and light stains, mostly on back.)

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $4.99
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous Wes Montgomery with bigger charts, you'll be surprised to hear him here in a cooking little combo – the kind of group that made Mel Rhyne a local Hammond hero in Indy, although it seemed to take decades for him to get any sort of larger recognition. The groove is straight and simple, but the real charm is Wes' chromatic lines on guitar – already quite distinctive among his contemporaries, and allowed ample room to express their voice in this setting. Titles include "Ecorah", "Missile Blues", "Too Late Now", "Jingles", and "Whisper Not". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $28.99
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous Wes Montgomery with bigger charts, you'll be surprised to hear him here in a cooking little combo – the kind of group that made Mel Rhyne a local Hammond hero in Indy, although it seemed to take decades for him to get any sort of larger recognition. The groove is straight and simple, but the real charm is Wes' chromatic lines on guitar – already quite distinctive among his contemporaries, and allowed ample room to express their voice in this setting. Titles include "Ecorah", "Missile Blues", "Too Late Now", "Jingles", and "Whisper Not". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – Victor VIJ 144.)
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Mr FoxMr Fox/The Gipsy ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
The first two albums from Mr Fox – UK folk contemporaries of Fairport Convention and Pentangle, but a group who are maybe even more committed to the traditional roots in their sound! The self-titled Mr Fox features vocals from both Bob and Carole (later Carolanne) Pegg – singing together and trading leads in a way that really elevates the majesty of the music – which, according to them, comes from the ancient world of the Yorkshire dales – a quality that definitely comes through in the way they vocalize the words. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic, but these guys use electric bass in the best ways of their bigger contemporaries – really setting the music apart from familiar folk, and giving it a sinister edge at the bottom – and occasionally peppering things with organ lines too. Titles include "The Hanged Man", "Join Us In Our Game", "The Ballad Of Neddy Dick", "Mr Fox", and "Salisbury Plain". The Gipsy is a record that expands the sound nicely from the group's debut – adding in some slight electric touches in surprising places – including the fiddles and organ – and also using some original material by the group that really burns with a nice deep edge. There's an attempt here to move past conventional acid folk styles – although never in commercial ways – just compelling juxtapositions of instrumentation and vocal interplay, which almost seems to unlock more of a pagan vibe in their sound! Titles include "House Carpenter", "The Gipsy", "Aunt Lucy Broadwood", "Mendle", and "All The Good Times". CD

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MushroomEarly One Morning (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Pink (South Korea), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.99
There have been a number of groups named Mushroom over the years – but this Irish group might be one of the coolest – as they mix together traditional acoustic instrumentation with some nice electric touches – but all with a vibe that's different than some of their UK folk rock contemporaries! Sure, there's some fiddle and tin whistle in the mix, but there's also moog, organ, electric bass and guitar – and this full sound on many numbers that's always seeming to be about to leap into hard rock territory – especially when the drums and guitars kick things up! The whole thing's far less precious than you might guess – and titles include "Early One Morning", "The Liathdan", "Crying", Unborn Child", "Johnny The Jumper", "Potter's Wheel", "Standing Alone", "Devil Among The Tailors", "Tenpenny Piece", "Drowsey Maggie", and "King Of Alba". CD features four bonus tracks – "Met A Friend", "Kings & Queens", "The King Of Ireland's Daughter", and "Devil Among The Tailors (first version)". CD

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Willie NelsonMy Own Way/Minstrel Man ... CD
RCA/Wounded Bird, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
Two really great albums from Willie Nelson – back to back on a single CD! First up is My Own Way – a set issued at the height of his early 80s fame, with a picture from that time to match – but a record that actually features all these great overlooked sides from the tail end of Willie's years at RCA! If you don't know the RCA material from Nelson, it's totally great – and has this great quality that still makes all the best use of his vocals and songwriting skills, while also changing up the arrangements from the more popular Willie Nelson modes that broke big later on Columbia Records. Titles include a surprisingly powerful version of "Both Sides Now" – plus "I'm A Memory", "Rainy Day Blues", "Pins & Needles", "Stay Away From Lonely Places", "One In A Way", "Funny How Time Slips Away", and Willie's own version of "Hello Walls", with some great vocoder-like vocals through a guitar pickup! Minstrel Man has a picture of Willie Nelson from later years on the cover – but the set features some lost material from his earlier days on RCA – the kind of unusual tunes that really set Nelson apart from the pack, both as a singer and a songwriter! If you love Willie Nelson as much as we do, you'll know that there's so many great corners and overlooked chapters of his career to discover – and this album's definitely full of plenty of those – on titles that include "The Minstrel Man", "Mountain Dew", "Laying My Burdens Down", "Good Times", "Will You Remember", and "Senses". CD

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North Texas State College Lab BandNorth Texas State College Lab Band ... LP
90th Floor, 1961. Very Good- ... $7.99
Early work from the North Texas Lab Band – an ensemble that would go onto become one of the biggest breeding grounds for jazz talents in the Lonestar State! At this point in their recorded career, the group have a heavy Kentonite influence – no surprise, since they get notes and an endorsement from Stan himself! Players in the group include Marvin Stamm, Dee Barton, and Herb Porter – and the tracks are pretty fresh and original, with that Kenton blend of modern, swing, and solo space. Titles include "Dee Day", "Vino For Doris", "Moon Bag", and "Waltz Of The Prophets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine and bottom seam.)

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Patti PageOn Camera ... LP
Mercury, 1959. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Patti Page is playing off the success of her late 50s TV show here – and offers up a set of swinging arrangements from the program, exactly as they were done for the TV audience! The style's a bit different than Patti's bigger hits – and showcases a wider range of musical modes, often ones that are more optimistic and cheery than the lovelorn themes that dominated the singles. Titles include "It's A Pity To Say Goodnight", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "Crazy Rhythm", "When Day Is Done", "Then I'll Be Happy", and "The Gypsy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam with a strip of clear tape and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul/War Of The Gods (SACD multi-channel disc) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 28.99
Two ultra-hip albums from Billy Paul – back to back in a single set! First up is 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul – a record that features Billy Paul at the height of his powers – able to capture the ears of the crossover audience, yet still stay very strongly on message – all with this righteous power that maybe makes Billy one of the hippest mainstream soul stars of the 70s! Gamble & Huff are at the helm, and arrangements at Sigma Sound are by Lenny Pakula, Norman Harris, and Bobby Martin – but throughout the whole thing, it's Billy's delivery that really sends the record over the top – the new sense of maturity he brings to the huge hit "Me & Mrs Jones", the funky vibe of "Am I Black Enough For You", and the wealth of great work on tracks that include "I'm Gonna Make It This Time", "I'm Just A Prisoner", "Brown Baby", and "Let's Stay Together". A masterpiece of sophisticated soul that not only had Billy crossing over big, but which opened whole new doors in the market for black male singers! War Of The Gods is a stone treasure from one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s – and a set you'll regularly find in the coolest of record collections from back in the day! Billy Paul was always one of the hippest talents on Philly International – mixing together soul and jazz influences with a deeper sense of spirituality, and long experience as a sophisticated vocalist. This album's one of his most sublime efforts – kind of a quasi-spiritual record with a similar high-concept approach to some of Marvin Gaye's work from the same time – really righteous, in ways that the Philly label didn't always hit – and which really goes past even most of Billy's already hip previous efforts. Gamble and Huff produced and wrote most of the record – including the two long tracks that make up side one, "I See The Light" and "War Of The Gods", the latter of which starts out slow and moody, then breaks out into a club groove. Other titles include the more standard soul tune "The Whole Town's Talking", plus "Thanks For Saving My Life" and "Peace Holy Peace". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Annette PeacockPerfect Release ... CD
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99 On May 14, 2021
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 (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tomato/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... On May 14, 2021
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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✨✧ Duke PearsonNow Hear This ... LP
Blue Note, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Duke Pearson knocks it out of the park with this one – perfectly summing up all the new ideas in jazz arranging and large ensemble work he'd been exploring at Blue Note – and pushing things way way past his previous small group material as well! The album's quite different than most other 60s iterations of big band jazz – as Pearson's got a way of making all instruments come together on the rhythms, then exploding with subtle colors and soulful tones – yet all at a level that's never forced or gimmicky at all. It helps that he's got a tremendous lineup of players here – both Lew Tabackin and Frank Foster on tenor (the latter of whom does some arranging for the record) – plus Pepper Adams on baritone, Marvin Stamm and Randy Brecker on trumpets, Garnett Brown and Jimmy Cleveland on trombones, Jerry Dodgion and Al Gibbons on alto, and the rhythm team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums. Duke plays superb piano with a really sophisticated touch, but it's really his strength as an arranger that makes the whole thing come together beautifully. Andy Bey sings on a version of "I'm Tired Cryin Over You" – and other titles include "Amanda", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Dad Digs Mom", "Disapproachment", and "Make It Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light surface wear and an ink promo stamp.)

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PilotPilot – The Albums (From The Album Of The Same Name/Second Flight/Morin Heights/Two's A Crowd/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
EMI/7T's (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99
Sharp hooks, huge melodies, and 70s guitar pop greatness from Pilot – a genius pop group who only gave the world a handful of records, all of them pretty darn great! From The Album Of The Same Name includes their signature tune, "Magic" – and it's one of those songs everyone knows, whether or not they no who made it – but Pilot soars all around on these tunes. The guitars have punch, but the falsetto vocals are the main cabin of this vessel – and it's grand 70s soft rock of the first order! Other tracks include "Just A Smile", Lucky For Some", "Girl Next Door", "Sooner Or Later", "Never Give Up", "Sky Blue", "Never Give Up", and "Over The Moon". Second Flight is the excellent second album from Pilot, really perfecting the guitars, keyboards and vocals and hooks formula that shot them into the pop consciousness a year or so earlier – probably their best album ever! The opener "You're My No 1" is so catchy, we can hardly believe it's not a throwback pop radio staple, and the record has a few of tracks nearly as grand. The vocals & harmonies are better arranged, and the guitars and keyboards are in that great comfort zone between the glam pop of the previous couple years and the new wave pop to come. Somewhat silly bubble gum lyricism, sure, but it's tasty stuff! Other tracks include "January", "Love Is", "Call Me Round", "To You Alone", "Passion Piece", "Dear Artist" and more, plus the bonus demos "You're Devotion", "Love Is", "January" and "Lady Luck". Morin Heights is later work from 70s soft rock tunesmiths Pilot – a couple years on from their biggest hit, but still making gloriously catchy tunes! The hallmarks of their earlier stuff is here, with some twists & turns. The lyrics are the kind of lovestruck or lovelorn naivete that's cloying to some, and hopelessly endearing to others – relying more this time out and an overall catchiness than huge choruses and hummable singles. We'd fly with these guys anytime! Titles include "Hold On", "Canada", "First After Me", "Steps", "The Mover", "Penny In My Pocket", and "Maniac". Two's A Crowd is the last full 70s album from Pilot – just a duo by this point, but working with all the punch and panache of their early records! As before, their ability for hook-heavy tunes is amazing – as there's so many numbers here that could have been huge AM radio hits, but which also have some surprisingly thoughtful lyrical touches, and arrangements that are simple, but which really pack a hell of a punch. Titles include "Monday Tuesday", "Big Screen Kill", "Creeping Round At Midnight", "Library Door", and "Mr Do Or Die". CD features lots of related bonus tracks – including "Pamela", "Ra Ta Ta", "Just Let Me Be", "Maniac", "Us", "Lady Luck", "No Ties No Strings", "Are You In Love", "Just A Smile", and "Stop & Let Go". CD

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Plastic CloudPlastic Cloud ... LP
Pacemaker Entertainment/Lion (Canada), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A legendary set from the Canadian 60s underground – a landmark record from a group who've gone onto become huge over the years with psych collectors, even though they never cracked the charts (or the US market) at the time! The set's way more than just another obscure rock release – as it's got a sharpness, tightness, and sense of songcraft that matches some of the bigger names in the US scene at the time – put together with a style that knows when to open up, but never loses itself in self-indulgence either. There's some surprisingly strong harmonies throughout the tunes – which often have a fuzzy, rollicking edge, but without losing sight of the sunny groove – and titles include "Epistle To Paradise", "Shadows Of Your Mind", "Art's A Happy Man", "Bridge Under A Sky", the epic centerpiece "You Don't Care", "Face Behind The Sun", "Dainty General Rides", and "Civilization Machine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pointer SistersBlack & White ... CD
RCA, 1981. Used ... $9.99
A great step into the 80s for The Pointer Sisters – a record that has them bringing in themes that are a bit more soulful than some of their previous efforts! The album's still got all the big crossover potential of their other hits – but the groove's got a solidly soulful vibe overall – plenty catchy, and with some great 80s elements bubbling underneath – more than enough to freshen up their sound, and give the trio great new territory to work through! Titles include the mega-hit "Slow Hand" – plus "Sweet Lover Man", "We're Gonna Make It", "What A Surprise", "Got To Find Love", "Fall In Love Again", "Should I Do It", and "Someday We'll Be Together". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alex Puddu with Edda Dell'OrsoIn The Eye Of The Cat ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2016. Used ... $9.99
The world of Alex Puddu just keeps on getting bigger and bigger – and so do the wonderfully funky sounds on his records! Puddu's always been a real up-and-comer in the global funk underground – an artist who gets just the right 70s vibe in his instrumentation, arrangements, and production – not in a small group funk style, but in the best modes of the soundtrack and sound library scenes – especially the groovier artists working overseas at the time! And while his other music has always been great, this record really blows us away – with a mixture of complicated tones and catchy grooves that surpasses anything we've heard from Alex before – not just an attempt to be retro, but a move that goes beyond into territory that's all Puddu's own – even when famous Morricone collaborator Edda Dell'Orso brings her marvelous vocals into play on some of the album's tracks. Genius material throughout – with titles that include "Immersioni", "Il Sogno La Luna", "Terra E Fuoco", "Una Donna Allo Specchio", "Mood Psychedelico", and "The Bull". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tito PuenteDancing Under Latin Skies ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
This one's a bit subdued, but it's still classic RCA material by Tito – with a strong easy Latin vibe, of the sort that went down very big with the Catskills crowd. The record's got plenty of Cha Cha and Mambo Latin jazz tracks, most of which are covers, apart from the originals "Dancing Under Latin Skies", "Port Au Pleasure", and "Acapulco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light staining and light wear.)

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✨✧ Rolling StonesExile On Main Street (remastered 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Virgin/Universal, 1972. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
The Rolling Stones at their rawest, most shambling, sleazy and brilliant – the epic, unimpeachable Exile On Main Street! What can we say about one of the most iconic LPs of all time other than chime in with our agreement that it's one of the greatest rock albums ever! Big choruses come and go, but the easy hooks of earlier and later Stones hits are buried in mud, grit and a sleazy bluesy groove. Titles include "Rocks Off", "Rip This Joint", "Tumbling Dice", "Sweet Virginia", "Loving Cub", "Torn And Frayed", "Let It Loose", "All Down The Line", "Shine A Light", "Soul Survivor" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2010 remastered version on 180 gram vinyl.)

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✨✧ Diana RossDiana ... LP
Motown, 1980. Very Good- Gatefold ... $7.99
A record so big they dropped the "Ross" from Diana's name – just to show how large the lady was living at the end of the 70s! The album was a key set in the solo years of Diana's career – a back to basics dancefloor effort done with impeccable production by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rogers – often in that tightly snapping mode that made Chic so great, a sound that really breathed new life into Ross' sound at the time! Roger's fast-riffing guitar touches cook the album up beautifully – pushing a catchy pop groove into the massive hits "Upside Down" and "I'm Coming Out" – both numbers that have aged surprisingly well over the years. Other tracks include "Tenderness", "My Old Piano", "Now That You're Gone", "Friend To Friend", and "Give Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
 
 
 



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