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Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1972. Used ... $6.99
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! CD also features a 9 minute version of "Me & Mrs Jones" – recorded live in London, 1973, plus the single versions of "Am I Black Enough For You?" & "Me & Mrs Jones". CD

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Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul/War Of The Gods ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
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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✨✧ Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1972. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Billy PaulMe & Mrs Jones – The Billy Paul Anthology ... CD
Philadelphia International/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The full scope of genius of the legendary Billy Paul – one of the hippest, most important singers in 70s soul – a righteous talent that we'd put right up there with Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers at their best! Like both Marvin and Bill, Billy Paul had this way of embracing newer, more powerful ideas – while also delivering them with a style that was maybe more confident and proud than politically overstated – which means that his music had this subtle power that helped to transform generations, and win big new audiences over to the message in his songs! Billy's voice is completely distinct – he sings like nobody else before or since – and there's sometimes currents of jazz, sometimes more straightforward modes – all crafted perfectly to fit the spirit of each of the distinct songs that make his 70s catalog so wonderful. The set list here is great – 31 tracks that perfectly define the man and his legacy – titles that include "Let The Dollar Circulate", "Am I Black Enough For You Baby", "Brown Baby", "This Is Your Life", "Ebony Woman", "I Was Married", "I Think I'll Stay Home Today", "Let's Fall In Love All Over Again", "False Faces", "People Power", "The Whole Town's Talking", "Thanks For Saving My Life", "I Trust You", "Let's Make A Baby", "Sexual Therapy", "How Good Is Your Game", "Bring The Family Back", "When Love Is New", and his classic "Me & Mrs Jones". CD

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✨✧ Billy PaulWar Of The Gods ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a name in pen on the front.)

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✨✧ Billy PaulLive In Europe ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really majestic live set from Billy Paul – recorded in the UK at the height of his greatest fame – but in a way that features plenty of longer tracks that really let Billy stretch out and do his thing! Given this expanded setting, there's a surprisingly righteous feel to most numbers – a sound that continues the groove of Going East and War Of The Gods, and also features a bit more of Paul's presence as an entertainer on the stage. The album's a beautiful illustration of the fact that Billy was easily one of the hippest artists working for Philadelphia during the early days – and it offers up some tremendous transformations of the tunes "Thanks For Saving My Life", "Your Song", "Me & Mrs. Jones", "War Of The Gods", and "Brown Baby". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Billy PaulSuper Hits ... CD
Philadelphia International/Epic, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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John Dankworth/Billy StrayhornEchoes Of An Era (Billy Strayhorn Live/Jazz From Abroad) ... LP
Roulette, 1958/1961. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Two older Roulette albums – brought together in one 70s package! The first set is a live Billy Strayhorn date – recorded with a group that includes Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves on reeds, Harold Baker and Clark Terry on trumpets, and Quentin Jackson on trombone. Next up is Jazz From Abroad – an incredible early work from British leader Johnny Dankworth – jazz work that's as fluid and grooving as his best 60s soundtrack sessions, and cut with an early sense of power that's really great! Dankworth's tight on the head arrangements, really leaping into the rhythms of the tune with the same love of groove as contemporary Johnny Keating – but he also makes some strong solo space on the best tracks on the album, really letting the sax players in the group stretch out searingly. Players aren't named in the credits, sadly, but we're guessing they're the top-level players who made appearances on Dankworth's key British sides of the time. Titles include "A String Of Camels", "Cannonball", "Chano", "Avengers Theme", "Sack O Woe", "Esso Blues", and "Curtain Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker spot and some light wear.)

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Billy TaylorTaylor Made Jazz ... LP
Argo, Late 50s. Very Good ... $12.99
Think what you want about Billy Taylor, this session's a nice little cooker that was cut around the same time as Argo's famous hard swing sets by Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Woode, and Clark Terry – possibly the same time as those sessions, as they all seem to overlap personnel and mood quite a bit. This one's got more than a few Ellingtonians in tow – including Gonsalves, Terry, Earl May, Ed Thigpen, and Harry Carney – but the mode of swinging is shorter and harder, with all tracks written by Taylor. Titles include "Tune For Tex", "Cu Blu", "Biddy's Beat", "Theodora", and "Mood For Mendes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing with deep groove.)

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Billy Vera & Judy ClayStorybook Children ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good+ ... $5.99
One of the only few albums to ever feature the vocals of Judy Clay – a wonderful deep soul singer who also cut a handful of excellent singles for Stax in the late 60s! Like some of that work – specifically her Stax duets with William Bell – this set really showcases Judy's strength as a partner in song – a really great match for Billy Vera, who sounds way better here than you might expect! Billy and Judy trade lines in this really fantastic way – often blue-tinged and melancholy, a style that is quite different from most of the peppier male/female work of the 60s – although there's also two tracks on which Vera sings solo. Backing is by a small combo with Vera on electric guitar, Chip Taylor on acoustic guitar, and Paul Griffin on piano – and titles include "Storybook Children", "Ever Since", "When Do We Go", "Just Across The Line", "Soul Man", "Good Morning Blues", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "So Good (To Be Together)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a sticker spot.)

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✨✧ Hearts & Minds (Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Chad Taylor)Electroradiance ... CD
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully bold setting for the bass clarinet of Jason Stein – a heady trio that features Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards and electronics, and the great Chad Taylor on drums – a musician who can't help but bring a sense of swing to this very far-reaching session! Taylor's always been one of our favorites – a musician who sometimes has the elliptical swing of a Billy Higgins or Hugh Walker, but can also be totally free as well – and here, he somehow manages to balance both sides of his music – while Stein blows bass clarinet the way most folks might handle a tenor – and Giallorenzo manages to color all the empty spots with nicely subtle work from his electric forces. Titles include "Slowly Drifting Outward", "Slippery Slope", "Treeline"," Back & Forth", "Future Told", "Frencher Frosty's Book", and "Electroradiance". CD

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonAnd His Mother Called Him Bill (Bluebird pressing) ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1968. Used ... $3.99
A nicely understated session that was recorded in honor of Billy Strayhorn – who'd passed away a few months before the recording. The set features all classic Strayhorn compositions – played in new versions by Duke and a group that includes Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Aaron Bell, and Jimmy Hamilton. The recording quality is great, and the sound of the album really makes old classics sparkle nicely once again! Titles include "UMMG", "Blood Count", "Boo Dah", "Rain Check", "Day Dream", "All Day Long", and "Lotus Blossom", done in a haunting solo piano version by Duke! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonAnd His Mother Called Him Bill (French pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A nicely understated session that was recorded in honor of Billy Strayhorn – who'd passed away a few months before the recording. The set features all classic Strayhorn compositions – played in new versions by Duke and a group that includes Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Aaron Bell, and Jimmy Hamilton. The recording quality is great, and the sound of the album really makes old classics sparkle nicely once again! Titles include "UMMG", "Blood Count", "Boo Dah", "Rain Check", "Day Dream", "All Day Long", and "Lotus Blossom", done in a haunting solo piano version by Duke! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some staining, and waviness.)

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Johnny HodgesTriple Play ... LP
RCA, 1967. Near Mint- ... $7.99
The "triple play" in the title refers to the fact that Johnny's working here with 3 different groups – all of them large ones, and stuffed with Ellington-esque players that include Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, Milt Hinton, Tiny Grimes, Hank Jones, Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney, and Billy Butler. Tracks are short, but there's a few nice ones that have the raw bite of Hodges' best work for Verve – with titles that include "Fur Piece", "Take Em Off Take Em Off (parts 1 & 2)", "Sir John", "On The Way Up", and "Wild Onions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Hank MobleyStraight No Filter ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... $14.99
No filters here, as Hank Mobley's sound is clean, lean, and right on the money – hitting that newly-sophisticated groove of the Caddy For Daddy years in this sweet unissued set! The date was recorded in the 60s, but unissued by Blue Note for many years – another one of those head-scratching mysteries from the label, yet also a real treat to 80s jazz fans who finally got their hands on the sides – a whole new discovery of Hank Mobley's genius, further appreciated at a time when we weren't hearing more from him. The players are top-shelf all the way through – and include Freddie Hubbard or Donald Byrd on trumpet, Herbie Hancock or Barry Harris on piano, Paul Chambers or Butch Warren on bass, and Philly Joe Jones or Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Chain Reaction", "Third Time Around", "Hank's Waltz", and "The Feelin's Good". Only briefly on LP – and only in this pressing! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Straight No Filter ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Hank MobleyStraight No Filter ... LP
Blue Note, 1965/1986. Very Good+ ... $24.99
No filters here, as Hank Mobley's sound is clean, lean, and right on the money – hitting that newly-sophisticated groove of the Caddy For Daddy years in this sweet unissued set! The date was recorded in the 60s, but unissued by Blue Note for many years – another one of those head-scratching mysteries from the label, yet also a real treat to 80s jazz fans who finally got their hands on the sides – a whole new discovery of Hank Mobley's genius, further appreciated at a time when we weren't hearing more from him. The players are top-shelf all the way through – and include Freddie Hubbard or Donald Byrd on trumpet, Herbie Hancock or Barry Harris on piano, Paul Chambers or Butch Warren on bass, and Philly Joe Jones or Billy Higgins on drums. Titles include "Chain Reaction", "Third Time Around", "Hank's Waltz", and "The Feelin's Good". Only briefly on LP – and only in this pressing! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing. Cover has a 4 inch tear in the front panel held with wide clear tape.)
Also available Straight No Filter ... CD 14.99

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Hank MobleyTurnaround! (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $12.99
One of the best-ever Hank Mobley albums on Blue Note – and a killer batch of soulful hardbop that was cut right around the same time as the classic No Room For Squares LP. In fact, the album contains work from 2 different sessions that filtered over to the Squares album – one that featured Mobley with Freddie Hubbard, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, and Billy Higgins; and another that included Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, Butch Warren, and Philly Joe Jones. The work is incredibly sharp – with that wonderful mix of soul jazz, hardbop, and nascent spiritualism that Mobley brought to his best work of the 60s. Titles include "My Sin", "Straight Ahead", "The Turnaround", and "East Of The Village". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousLegacy Of Soul ... LP
Sony (Germany), Mid 70s. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A great little collection of 70s soul – one that's mostly mainstream, and a really great reminder of all the wonderful sounds that were coming our way, back in the day! The work here is from a variety of Sony labels – old catalog cuts from Columbia, RCA, and Philly International – but served up with a really wonderful choice of cuts, and a nice focus on the kind of tunes that not only sounded great in the 70s, but which have continued to spark new interest with larger audiences as the years moved on! There's also a few unreleased tracks on the 7 track vinyl version – including "Use Ta Be My Guy (DJ Reverend P edit)" by MFSB and "Back Stabbers (DJ Reverend P Edit)" by The O'Jays – alongside other tracks that include "Fantasy (Shelter DJ mix)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Harlem" by Bill Withers, "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "In The Mood" by Tyrone Davis, and "Let Em In" by Billy Paul. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on heavy brown vinyl.)

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VariousRhythm Love & Soul Live ... CD
Shout, 2002. Used ... $1.99
Music from Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Barbara Mason, Thelma Houston, the Spinners, Edwin Starr, Carl Carlton, Gloria Gaynor, the Manhattans, Billy Paul & more. CD

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✨✧ Johnny MandelHarper ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hell of a soundtrack from the great Johnny Mandel – maybe his jazziest work of the 60s, and perfectly scored for this groovy cop film that stars Paul Newman as the 45-wielding title character! The vibe here is almost more 60s Quincy Jones than anything else – with sublime orchestrations from Dick Hazard, Bill Holman, and Billy Byers – which all have this great balance between swinging ensemble passages and standout solo instruments, including a sweet bit of Hammond. The record features two vocal tracks – "As Sure As You're Born" with lyrics by Marilyn & Alan Bergman, and vocals by Sam Fletcher – "Quietly There", by Morgan Ames with vocals by Ruth Price – and instrumental titles include "Magnus Cum Louder", "Harper", "Harper's Ferry", "Mexican Breakfast", and "Bel Air". Also features the vocal track "Livin Alone" – written by Andre Previn, with lyrics by Dory Previn. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, small ink stamp, and some pen on back.)

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✨✧ Hank MobleyStraight No Filter (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No filters here, as Hank Mobley's sound is clean, lean, and right on the money – hitting that newly-sophisticated groove of the Caddy For Daddy years in this sweet unissued set! The date was recorded in the 60s, but unissued by Blue Note for many years – another one of those head-scratching mysteries from the label, yet also a real treat to 80s jazz fans who finally got their hands on the sides – a whole new discovery of Hank Mobley's genius, further appreciated at a time when we weren't hearing more from him. The players are top-shelf all the way through – and include Freddie Hubbard or Donald Byrd on trumpet, Herbie Hancock or Barry Harris on piano, Paul Chambers or Butch Warren on bass, and Philly Joe Jones or Billy Higgins on drums. CD version really expands from the original LP – with 9 titles that include "Chain Reaction", "Third Time Around", "Hank's Waltz", "Yes Indeed", "Straight No Filter", "Syrup & Biscuits", and "The Feelin's Good". CD
(Out of print Connoisseur pressing – still sealed!)
Also available Straight No Filter ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousBody & Soul – Love Serenade – Twenty Four Sensual Grooves ... CD
Time Life, 1970s/1980s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Music from Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole, Heatwave, Freddie Jackson, Norman Connors, the O Jays, Surface, the Chi Lites, the Manhattans, Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, Billy Paul & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousConcert For George ... CD
Concord, 2003. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Includes performance by Anoushka Shankar, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and Joe Brown. CD
(Includes slipcase, barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great look at the Elvis Presley universe – not sounds by the King himself, but music that first inspired his creations – and other songs that have contemporary artists inspired by the records that Presley was releasing during the early years of his career! The collection is fantastic – a great sideline to the famous sounds of Elvis and Sun Records – and there's a really great range of material included throughout, all supported by very detailed notes that really show the thought and care that went into the selection of tracks. The whole thing is as vibrant and colorful as the image on the cover – and titles include "All Shook Up" by David Hill, "Just Because" by The Shelton Brothers, "Baby Let's Play House" by Vince Taylor, "King Creole" by Dick Penrose, "Hard Headed Woman" by Paul Rich, "Baby I Don't Care" by Rodney Scott, "I Beg Of You" by Jimmy Lane, "Hot Dog" by Young Jessie, "I Need Your Love Tonight" by Col Joye & The Joy Boys, "Love Me" by Billy Williams Quartet, "Paralyzed" by Mickie Most & His Playboys, and "Mystery Train" by Vernon Taylor. CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1952. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Archie SheppThings Have Got To Change/Cry Of My People ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1971/1972. New Copy ... $9.99
A pair of Impulse Records classics from Archie Shepp! Things Have Got To Change is wonderful post-Paris work from Archie Shepp – a record that has him bringing more focus back into his work after sessions overseas – and also making some great use of the legendary Joe Lee Wilson on vocals! There's a feeling here that's a real change for Shepp, but a great one too – a sound that's trying to reach new levels of expression in jazz – with a bit less of the sharp edges of the 60s, and more of the warmer, more righteous modes of the post-Coltrane generation. Wilson's vocals really help Shepp achieve those aims – by adding a lyrical balance to the tunes, and imbuing them with additional messages beyond the instrumentation – especially on the extended suite "Money Blues", which takes up all of side one. Also important is Cal Massey, who composed two of the tracks on the set, and also plays electric piano alongside Shepp in a spare duet on the beautiful "Dr King The Peaceful Warrior". Other players include Grachan Moncur and Charles Greenlee on trombones, Billy Butler on guitar, James Spaulding on alto and flute, and Ted Daniels on trumpet – and Romulus Franceschini adds some electronic music on "Things Have Got To Change". Cry Of My People is one of the most righteous albums ever from Archie Shepp – a beautiful late Impulse set of grooves, and a record that matches the genius of Attica Blues! Shepp's working with a losse collective of players that includes Charles Greenlee, Harold Mabern, and Beaver Harris – plus vocalists like Joe Lee Wilson and Peggie Blue – all to craft a set of tunes that are as righteous and political as they are spiritual and soulful! The great Cal Massey handled arrangements on a number of the tracks on the set – bringing together the players with a wonderfully unified feel, pushing away the easy spirituality of earlier records to forge a massively powerful sound – and Shepp matches his great efforts by blowing some of his most soulful lines on record! Titles include the wonderful "African Drum Suite (parts 1 & 2)", plus "A Prayer", "Cry Of My People", "The Lady", "All God's Children Got A Home In The Universe", and "Rest Enough". CD

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✨✧ XLos Angeles ... LP
Slash/Fat Possum, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records to ever come out of the west coast punk scene at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – incredibly well-penned and well-played – at a level that instantly leaves behind so many of its contemporaries! The themes of the tunes are fantastic – sung by Exene Cervenka and John Doe – as little tales of lust, greed, compromise, and decay – all set to the fantastic drums of DJ Bonebrake and the searing guitar of the great Billy Zoom! The quartet are amazing together – never missing a beat as they rip through classics that include "Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not", "Johnny Hit & Run Pauline", "Soul Kitchen", "Nausea", "Los Angeles", and "Sex & Dying In High Society". LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 remastered version – with download!)

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Hank MobleySlice Of The Top ... LP
Blue Note, 1966/1979. Sealed ... $34.99
A lost session by Hank Mobley – originally recorded in 1966, but not officially issued until 1979, and then only briefly until another short issue in the mid 90s! The record has Mobley really reaching out into a new bag – hitting a more soulfully arranged sound than on some of his other straighter Blue Notes – a full, rich groove that's totall wonderful! Duke Pearson arranged the group, and it's slightly larger than usual – with James Spaulding on alto, Lee Morgan on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and Kiane Zawadi and Howard Johnson providing a very unique tuba/euphonium bass part – hardly the clunky horns you might expect, and instead sort of a rumbling bottom-end sound that's really great. Titles include "Hank's Other Bag", "Touch Of Blue", and "A Slice Of The Top". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original late 70s issue. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Alvin QueenAshanti ... LP
Nilva (Germany), 1981. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Fantastic work from drummer Alvin Queen – spiritual, soulful, and leaping around with joy and magic! The set features a totally hip group – with James Spaulding on alto and flute, Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Billy Saxton on tenor, and John Hicks on piano – and it's got a post-70s sense of soul jazz that's at once laidback and confident, yet still searching and meaningful. Titles include "From Way Back", "One For Booker", "Song Of Courage", and "Naima's Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersKarma ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the best-remembered album from Pharoah Sanders' legendary run at Impulse Records – a set that crossed over big, and sold to countless folks who might not have bought a jazz album this hip otherwise! The record was Sanders' first in the wake of Coltrane's passing – and it's a beautiful extended suite of tracks that flows with a sense of grace, power, and majesty that's simply breathtaking – a new level of expression in spiritual jazz – and virtually the blueprint for an entire generation to come! The album features the classic track "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – spanning a tremendous amount of space and time – and featuring Leon Thomas' classic vocals on the lyrics! Thomas also returns on the cut "Colors", which is a bit more outside, and quite free overall – and other players on the date include Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, James Spaulding on flute, Julius Watkins on French horn, Ron Carter and Richard Davis on bass, and Freddie Waits and Billy Hart on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousRockin Rhythm & Blues From Memphis Vol 2 ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent assortment of rare soul from 60s Memphis – most of it from the great House Of The Blues label – an early contemporary of Stax Records, and almost a precursor to the later soul sound of Hi Records too – given that Willie Mitchell features in a fair bit of the singles collected on this set! The style's nice and raw – definitely with the R&B elements promised in the title, but already more directed to the soul styles that Memphis would pioneer in the 60s – especially at the level in which the city was at such a unique crossroads of the south! Rural blues elements get electrified, and folded into a mix of both solo and group styles, sometimes with an early current of funk – in a smashing set of 21 tracks that includes "I Believe To My Soul" by Bill Yates, "Search No More" by Jimmy Dotson, "Thirty Five Thirty" by Willie Mitchell, "Soul House" by Ed Pauling & The Exciters, "No Fooling Around" by Del Monte, "Good Grip" by Daddy Goodloe, "Sooner Or Later" by Larry Birdsong, "Catch That Teardrop" by Five Royales, "Don't Break My Heart" by Roy Brown, "Please Wait" by Charles Jammer, "Fee Bee" by Billy Adams, "Bowleg Twist" by Gene Bowlegs Miller, and "Squeeze Me" by The Aristocrats. CD
 
 
 



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