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Duke EllingtonPopular Duke Ellington ... LP
RCA, 1966. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A beautiful 60s album from Duke Ellington – one that features some of his more popular numbers, as you'd guess by the title – but captured in these sublime, sophisticated arrangements that really reflect the genius sound of his group during the later years! The tracks are familiar, and the arrangements are maybe never too way out – but they're also these mini-masterpieces in color and tone – carried off by a fantastic group of all-stars who've matured and grown as much as the Duke himself – Cootie Williams and Cat Anderson on trumpets, Lawrence Brown and Buster Cooper on trombones, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Harry Carney on piano. There's a darkness in Duke's piano that's maybe missing from earlier versions of this material – that great modern undercurrent of the late years – and titles include "Black & Tan Fantasy", "The Twitch", "Perdido", "Solitude", "The Mooche", "Creole Love Call", "Take The A Train", and "Sophisticated Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington 55 ... LP
Capitol, 1955. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke's most popular albums of the 50s – but we won't hold that against him! The session's one of a number of 50s outings that revisit older classics with the new level of quality offered in the studio – and it's got a similar feel to some of Duke's work for Bethlehem around the same time, which was also done by producer Gus Wildi – tight, but never too facile – and a perfect demonstration of the great balance the Ellington orchestra had at the time. The group includes key players Ray Nance, Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Juan Tizol, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Hamilton – and titles include "Black & Tan Fantasy", "Rockin In Rhythm", "Flying Home", "Happy Go Lucky Local", and "In The Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with purple text.)

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✨✧ Braen/Raskovich/Kema (Alessandro Alessanadroni/Giuliano Sorgini/Giulia De Mutiis)Pawnshop EP ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that's billed as an EP, but which has more than enough funk and fuzz to top much longer soundtracks – thanks to great work from the legendary Braen/Raskovich studio combo! The group are really the brainchild of Alessandro Alessandroni – who plays guitar, bass, sitar, and even sings a bit – and Giuliano Sorgini – who handles drums, Hammond, and lots of percussion – both seasoned sound library maestros in their own right, but really set loose here under the guise of Braen to explore a unique blend of funk and psychedelia! The drums are amazing – truly heavy on most numbers, making for a super-funky set – and the use of moody guitar and sitar is wonderful, with lots of weird, wild shading – but always in a way that keeps things groovy throughout. Titles include "Please Don't Say No", "Carol", and both vocal and instrumental versions of the three tunes "My Shade", "Telegraph Is Callin", and "Laura What You Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 600 copies. Covers are variable in black and tan versions.)

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Beau BrummelsBradley's Barn (2LP deluxe edition – colored vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner/Run Out Groove, 1967. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
A crucial album in the sound of late 60s Warner – recorded by west coasters The Beau Brummels in the heart of Tennessee, at the legendary studios of country producer Owen Bradley! This meeting of west and country is fantastic – a really incredible extension of earlier folksy rock styles forged by Dylan, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, and others – handled with incredible care, and a style that's equally honest and ironic – but coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – one of those rare few albums that somehow draws from a wealth of inspiration, but manages to make something completely standout in the process – almost a Feelies/Good Earth for its own generation! Tremendous stuff – and titles include "Jessica", "Bless You California", "I'm A Sleeper", "Little Bird", "Turn Around", and "An Added Attraction". Very cool double LP reissue – with loads of bonus tracks that include "Long Black Veil", "Confessions (demo)", "High There", "Deep Water (alt version)", "Love Can Fall A Long Way Down (alt mix)", "Bittersweet", "Jessica (alt version)", "Tan Oak Tree", "Just A Little Bit Of Lovin (demo)", "I Love You Mama (alt version)", "I'll Be Your Baby (alt version)", and "Lift Me (alt take)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 3000 copies on multi colored vinyl.)

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Max Romeo & The UpsettersWar Ina Babylon (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 23.99
Essential stuff, whether you're a fan of roots reggae, Jamaican soul or the otherworldly antics of the Upsetter! Though you might not know it from some of the bitter rebukes Scratch later laid to wax against him, Romeo was clearly his favorite son when it came to vocalists, and got the prodigal treatment when it came to the choice of rhythms to voice. A monumental effort on both their parts, this album continues to amaze us with every spin, Romeo's soulful inflections matched perfectly to the dark, swampy Black Ark grooves. Include "War Ina Babylon", "Chase The Devil", "Stealin'", "One Step Forward", "Smile Out Of Style", "Uptown Babies", "Tan And See", "Smokey Room" and "Norman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited red vinyl pressing!)
 
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CloversOld Black Magic/Rock & Roll Tango ... 7-inch
United Artists, Early 60s. Good+ ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Stanley BlackAll Time Top Tangos ... LP
Decca (UK), 1959. Very Good+ ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove, with lined London inner sleeve.)

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Black FlagDamaged ... CD
SST, 1981. Used ... $7.99
An unmitigated blast of punk, worthy of setting the stage for the American hard core movement! While punk rock had been firmly established by the time this album came out, no one was prepared for the next level that Black Flag would take things to with this brutal, nihilistic, stripped down assault on the status quo! A classic that will stand up for ages, wit fist in the air anthems like "Rise Above", "Six Pack", "What I See", "TV Party", "Police Story", "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie", "Thirsty & Miserable", "Depression", "Padded Cell", "Damaged I", "Damaged II", "Life Of Pain", "Room 103" and "No More". CD

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Black IceI Judge The Funk ... LP
Transcontinent, 1979. Very Good- ... $11.99
A lost bit of ensemble funk from the end of the 70s – served up in a mix of bass-heavy club and boogie styles! The group have a rolling groove that's a bit like some of the work by Instant Funk or other clubby funk acts – but the overall feel is a bit tighter and more small group-oriented, even though the end result is as tight and professional as anything coming out on some of the bigger labels at the time – making for a great mix of indie and mainstream funky club styles! Our favorite cuts may actually be the mellower ones – which have some great soul harmonies – but even the uptempo tracks are pretty nice, with a strong Philly-inspired sound overall – and titles include "Postcard Love Affair", "My Fantasy", "Push", "There You Go", "Fantasize", "I Judge The Funk", and "You're Always on My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has light wear, a promo stamp, and light aging.)

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✨✧ Black SabbathParanoid ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Quite possibly the greatest moment of genius ever from Black Sabbath – and a genre-changing record that influenced generations! The group are at their lean, raw best here – free from any cliches at all, and working in an incredibly heady brew of fuzzy guitar, romping bass, and dark drums – all topped by the instantly recognizable screech of the young Ozzy Osborne! Guitarist Tony Iommi virtually redefines rock use of the guitar with this record alone – and the Oz follows suit with some of the creepiest vocals set to record ever. Titles include the classics "Paranoid" and "Iron Man", plus "War Pigs", "Planet Caravan", "Electric Funeral", "Hand Of Doom", and "Rat Salad". LP, Vinyl record album
(90s pressing in a barcode cover.)

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Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (two-tone vinyl with star design) ... LP
Rawkus, 1998. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in proud, mic skills centric hip hop and while highs and lows of Mos Def's work as the years rolled along – and it still stands as strong (then) underground hip hop that takes on the ghetto fabulous themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story" – the Slick Rick classic redone along the lines of Jeru's "One Day" – and "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night", "Twice Inna Lifetime and more. 13 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition two-toned vinyl with star pattern – very nice!)

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Paul DesmondFirst Place Again (black cover) ... LP
Warner, 1960. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The first big Paul Desmond solo album of the 60s – and a standout set that's very much in the tradition of his best work on RCA! This rare side was cut for Warner Brothers during a time when they were taking a brief dip into jazz – and it's a rarely-heard set that features Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and Percy Heath on bass, all backing up Paul with a spare "after hours" sound that's a marked change from his tightly woven work with Brubeck. Desmond's alto is full of possibilities here – working wonders with familiar tunes like "Greensleeves", "You Go To My Head", "Time After Time", and "East Of The Sun" – as well as with the John Lewis modern number "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label stereo Warner/Seven Arts pressing with deep groove, labelled "Paul Desmond & Friends".)

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Headphones – Black Shirt, White Ink (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, 2010. New Item ... $12.99
A feast of funky head sounds – laid out in beautiful silhouette! The image features a brain stuffed with all the groovy styles of music we carry at Dusty Groove – held inside by a logo-emblazoned set of headphones – the kind of picture that looks great from a distance, and even cooler when you come up close! Our logo and website address are on the back – and the shirt is printed in brilliant white on a bold black – 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T. Measurements – Length: 31", Chest: 46", Waist 46". Clothing
Also available Headphones – Black Shirt, White Ink (LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Headphones – Black Shirt, White Ink (LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, 2010. New Item ... $12.99
A feast of funky head sounds – laid out in beautiful silhouette! The image features a brain stuffed with all the groovy styles of music we carry at Dusty Groove – held inside by a logo-emblazoned set of headphones – the kind of picture that looks great from a distance, and even cooler when you come up close! Our logo and website address are on the back – and the shirt is printed in brilliant white on a bold black – 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T. Measurements – Length: 30", Chest: 42", Waist 42". Clothing
Also available Headphones – Black Shirt, White Ink (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, 2010. New Item ... $14.99
A feast of funky head sounds – laid out in beautiful silhouette! The image features a brain stuffed with all the groovy styles of music we carry at Dusty Groove – held inside by a logo-emblazoned set of headphones – the kind of picture that looks great from a distance, and even cooler when you come up close! Our logo and website address are on the back – and the shirt is printed in bold black on brilliant white – a 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T. Measurements – Length: 32", Chest: 50", Waist 50". Clothing
Also available Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99

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Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, 2010. New Item ... $12.99
A feast of funky head sounds – laid out in beautiful silhouette! The image features a brain stuffed with all the groovy styles of music we carry at Dusty Groove – held inside by a logo-emblazoned set of headphones – the kind of picture that looks great from a distance, and even cooler when you come up close! Our logo and website address are on the back – and the shirt is printed in bold black on brilliant white – a 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T. Measurements – Length: 31", Chest: 46", Waist 46". Clothing
Also available Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (EXTRA EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 14.99

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Duke EllingtonBlack, Brown, & Beige (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used ... $3.99
An important larger work from Duke Ellington – a suite of tracks that encompasses a range of styles and emotions in African-American expression! The work features some key guest work from Mahalia Jackson – singing here in a way that's different than other vocalists who worked with Duke in the 50s – much more steeped in a rootsy tradition. Group members include John Sanders, Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Quentin Jackson, and Cat Anderson – and the piece is divided into 6 sections, and includes the famous "Come Sunday" theme throughout most of the second half. Plus, the CD features a number of rare bonus tracks – including "Blues In Orbit" and "Track 360" in alternate takes, and a whole alternate version of the album – plus an acapella version of "Come Sunday", and even Mahalia Jackson swearing in the studio! CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonBlack, Brown, & Beige – The 1944 to 1946 Band Recordings (3CD set) ... CD
Bluebird/RCA, Mid 40s. Used 3 CDs ... $12.99
A massive selection of songs from the same period as Ellington's album of the same name. With a whole bunch of his classic players, including Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Hodges, Ray Nance, Al Hibbler, Oscar Pettiford, and many more. Tracks include "Work Song", "Come Sundday", "The Blues", "Three Dancers", "I Ain't Got Nothin But The Blues", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "I Didn't Know About You", "Mood To Be Woo'd", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Caravan", "Everything But You", "Mood Indigo", "Sophisticated Lady", "Solitude", "Black Beauty", "Balcony Serenade", "Tell Ya What I'm Gonna Do", "Come To Baby, Do!", "I'm Just A Lucky So-And-So", "Suddenly It Jumped", "A Gathering In A Clearing", "You Don't Love Me No More", "Back Home Again In Indiana", "Just You, Just Me", "Beale Street blues", "Transblucency", "My Honey's Lovin Arms", "Memphis Blues", "St Louis Blues", "Midriff", and "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Billy Harper/Stanley Cowell/Sonny FortuneGreat Friends ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1986. Used ... $12.99
A spiritual soul jazz supergroup – featuring some of our favorite players of the Strata East 70s scene! This obscure recording was made in the mid 80s, but it's got the feel of the best 70s work by Harper, Fortune, and Cowell – a richly expressive session built around original compositions, and long modal playing in a Love Supreme tradition! The group's a quintet featuring Sonny Fortune on alto, Billy Harper on tenor, Stanley Cowell on piano, Billy Hart on drums, and Reggie Workman on bass – most of whom, minus Fortune, played together on a similar session (called Such Great Friends – not to be confused with this one!) a few years earlier. The feel of the album's like some of Harper's best from the 70s – very open, but never too free, with lots of stretching, yearning passages from the rhythm section – making for a perfect platform for the solos of Harper and Fortune. Titles include "Equipoise", "East Harlem Nostalgia", "Insight", "Awakening", and "Is It Not True Simply Because You Cannot Believe It". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ajay Heble & Rob WallacePeople Get Ready – The Future Of Jazz Is Now ... Book
Duke, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99 26.95
The future of jazz is now, even if it's in the past – as the editors here bring together a selection of essays that document the forward-thinking movements in jazz from the mid 60s onwards – some of which are only getting full appreciation all these many years later! There's a nice variety of subjects from an equally nice variety of writers – and essays include "Jeanne Lee's Voice" by Eric Porter, "Days Of Bread & Roses" by Mark Ribot, "Experimental Music In The Academy In New York City" by Tamar Barzel, "The Antiquity Of The Avant Garde" by John Szwed, "Black Jazz In The Digital Age" by Greg Tate, and "Ancient To The Future" by members of the AACM, including Nicole Mitchell, Matana Roberts, Don Moye, Wadada Leo Smith, and Roscoe Mitchell. There's also a section on the "Jazz Photography Of Thomas King" – and the whole thing is 312 pages, softcover, with some black and white photographs. Book

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Robson Jorge & Lincoln OlivettiRobson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polysom (Brazil), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Great 80s grooves from this cool Brazilian duo – the guitar and vocals of Robson Jorge and a sweet range of keyboards from Lincoln Olivetti – tied together in a style that's got plenty of great electro soul touches! At some level, the album recalls some of the 80s grooves coming from the US soul scene at the time – but the music also has elements that reflect some of the Brazilian funk of groups like Unaio Black or Banda Black Rio, and maybe even some of the styles of Marcos Valle in the early 80s too! There's a depth to the instrumentation that reflects a stronger understanding of jazz than most groups of this nature – and the vocals often take more of a place on the sidelines in favor of the instrumentation. The jazz sound is underscored by work from Marcio Montarroyos on trumpet and Leo Gandelman on baritone sax – and titles include "Eva", "Jorgea Corisco", "No Bom Sentido", "Raton", "Squash", "Ginga", and "Alegrias". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kendrick Lamar & OthersBlack Panther (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Interscope, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 34.99
A modern classic hip hop soundtrack to Black Panther that should make T'Challa proud! It was pretty clear early on that Black Panther might be one of the greatest modern super hero movies – and an important one for the political and cultural climate of the late teens – so the pressure was on to deliver a relevant soundtrack. What's stunning is how creatively uncompromising it is, with sharp, lyrically pointed tracks by Kendrick Lamar – and with no watering things down to PG-13 on this unedited version – plus tracks by Schoolboy Q, Vince Staples, The Weeknd, Ab-Soul and more. Kendrick headlines or guests on several tracks including the title track, "All The Stars" with SZA, "King's Dead" with Jay-Rock, Future & James Blake, "Big Shot" with Travis Scott and "Pray For Me" with Weeknd. Other tracks include "Opps" by Vince Staples, "I Am" with Jorja Smith, "X" by Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland KirkDog Years In The Fourth Ring (Rare Live Material & Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata) ... CD
32 Jazz, 1960s/1997. Used 3 CDs ... $9.99
One of the greatest contributions made by the 32 Jazz label so far has been the rich amount of classic Roland Kirk material they've released on the market. The best of Kirk's work has been out of print for years, and like the folks at 32 Jazz, we think that's a darn shame – which is why we're extra-excited about a set like this! This nicely (and strangely) packaged 3 CD set features 2 CDs worth of previously unreleased live material – recorded in the years 1964 to 1975, by jazz recordist/archivist George Bonafacio. The material is amazing, and definitely gives proof to the claim that Kirk's live sets were even more amazing than his studio recordings. There's a wealth of great stuff here that really opens up an understanding of Kirk's 60s and early 70s years – and titles include "Rahsaantalk", "Misterioso", "Jammin With A Wolf", "Sister Sadie", "Blues For Alice", and a very groovy "Multi-Horn Medley". And if that's not enough, the 3rd CD of the set features the totally rare Natural Black Inventions album, which Kirk recorded for Atlantic. The record's got an amazing sound: Roland plays solo (mostly), and without the aid of overdubbing, to create these amazing soundscapes of multiple horns and circular breathing. It's filled with these fantastic throbbing pulsating reed lines, with one horn blowing rhythm, and one playing an adventurous solo – and both being blown live a the same time! Tracks include "Black Root", "Raped Voices", "Day Dream", and "Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said". 3 great CDs of material by one of our favorite-ever reed players – and nicely priced, if we do say so ourselves! CD
(Out of print. Slipcase has light edgewear.)

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times ... CD
Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Some of the most righteous and furiously funky Afro Soul since Fela Kuti's prime – and it's beyond appropriate for such a committed, perfect personification of a classic sound via a modern player come from Fela's own son Seun! As strident as Seun's approach is, much like his father at his best, the call for revolution is as personal and soulful as it is political – this is a universal that's as riveting as you'd hope. Joined by veterans of the Egypt 80 band that Fela helped form back in the day, and featuring guests as legendary as Carlos Santana – who sounds SO good in a supporting roll on an Afro Soul tune – and modern soul jazz heavy Robert Glasper, this is among the finest new albums on the Strut label in years. Includes "Last Revolutionary", "Black Times" feat Carlos Santana, "Corporate Public Control Department (CPCD)", "Kuku Kee Me", "Bad Man Lighter (BML)", "African Dreams", "Struggle Sounds" and "Theory Of Goat And Yam". CD

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Last PoetsUnderstand What Dub Is ... LP
Studio Rockers (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
A dubbed-up take on the Last Poets album Understand What Black Is – one that seems to completely reinvent the sound of the record, while still holding on to some of the words and knowledge that are the group's calling card! Prince Fatty handled the dubs, and Nostalgia 77 produced – and the music drops in spoken bits from the Last Poets amidst all the basslines, riffing guitar, and echoing drums – sometimes more in snippets than full passages, but still keeping the spirit of most songs. Titles include Prince Fatty dubs of "Rain Of Terror", "North East West South", "What I Want To See", "Understand What Black Is", "The Music", "How Many Bullets", and "Certain Images". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Friends ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
With friends like these, it's easy to sound great – and the record's a trio classic from drummer Shelly Manne, cut with the same associates heard on his famous My Fair Lady album for Contemporary! Piano is by Andre Previn and bass is by Leroy Vinnegar – and as with the other set, Previn's a real surprise here – bursting forth with brightness and presence that are right at home in the setting, and which make us recast our previous conceptions of him as a more cocktail-styled player. The tunes are sometimes longish, which makes for some more inventive interplay between trio members – and titles include "Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas", "Squatty Roo", "Tangerine", "The Girl Friend", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "Stars Fell On Alabama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and masking tape along the spine and a bit of pen.)

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a lightly bent corner and some aging.)

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Idris MuhammadBlack Rhythm Revolution! ... LP
Prestige, 1971. Very Good ... $59.99
One of the first records ever as a leader from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – a set that was cut right at the same time Idris was burning up the kit on his classic jazz funk sessions with other Prestige label players! The groove here is tight, funky, and very much in the mode that Muhammad laid down for other bigger soloists – a solid, socking sound that was the early 70s inheritance of the "Popcorn" funk groove of the late 60s. Players here are all great – and include Melvin Sparks on guitar, Harold Mabern on electric piano, and Virgil Jones on trumpet – and tracks include great covers of "Express Yourself" and "Super Bad", plus "Wander" and "Soulful Drums". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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Ramon Norwood (Radius)Improvisational Aesthetics in Black & White ... Book
Blurb/Etc, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful little DIY black & white photography book by Ramon Norwood, aka Radius Etc, the multi-talented Chicago abstract hip hop producer, beatmaker and artist! We don't fancy ourselves art critics here at Dusty Groove, but we know Radius's sound, and for us it's pretty nice to see how his straight-forward snapshots of the world through his eyes translate into his hazy beautiful beats and production – but this is all visual and it's a wonderful view whether you've heard him, or are only seeing his photos – of a lovely old building through a tagged doorframe, a cloudy distant Chicago skyline, lonely souls on a commuter train, stacks of records calling you from another room and lots of other stark but storied shots. It's a slim book you can flip through a little too fast – just 56 paperback pages – but we keep coming back to it! Book

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OutkastRosa Parks (main, acapella, radio, inst) (with download & insert) (2018 Black Friday Release) ... 12-inch
LaFace, 1998. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $15.99
Outkast's first single from Aquemini – one of the great southern hip hop singles of the late 90s and an important creative benchmark for Big Boi, Andre 3000 and Organized Noize however you might feel about their use of the civil rights heroine's name! As fresh, soulful & uniquely Outkast today as ever. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition – with download!)

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Eugene Perkins/LaMont Zeno TheaterBlack Fairy ... LP
Taifa/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $44.99
A totally righteous little record – originally put together in support of a local stage production in mid-70s Chicago, but a set that's come to gain some global funky fame over the years! The record mixes together spoken bits, sung vocals, and some very cool instrumentation that includes lots of Fender Rhodes and guitar, plus excellent reed passages from the young Chico Freeman – all with a hip-stepping vibe that's a fair bit like the best soul-based soundtracks of the period! The spoken parts are especially great – and really make the record stand out from the pack – and the whole thing has a progressive, positive energy that follows in the spirit of earlier Chicago artists like Oscar Brown Jr or the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. The core story features a Black Fairy who's self-conscious about her social standing and race – and learns to empower herself by tapping into her inner strength and pride – very powerful stuff for a children's stage at the time, and a message that's unfortunately still very relevant all these many years later. Titles include the killer modal jazz number "Black Land Of The Nile", which almost feels like one of Archie Shepp's spiritual vocal tracks – plus "The Streets Of Harlem", "Afrika's My Home", "Travel to Afrika", "Black Fairy Returns", and "Hey Black Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 100 copies.)

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Sun RaCrystal Spears (2018 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Saturn/Modern Harmonic, 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really wonderful album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – recorded during their early 70s relationship with Impulse Records, but rejected by the label at the time – because the sound was too far ahead of its time! That lack is our gain, though – as the session's gone onto legendary status over the years – in part because of Ra's fantastic work on keyboards on the title track – which pave the way for the album's great mix of acoustic and electric elements! After the jagged keyboard interplay of "Crystal Spears", the set then moves into some great group numbers that build in the best tradition of the Arkestra's earliest work – but with the different of Ra on electric instead of acoustic – so that percussion interacts with the work of John Gilmore on tenor and Danny Davis on alto, everything sounds maybe even more spacey and other-worldly than it would if Ra was playing a standard piano. Other titles include "The Eternal Sphynx", "The Embassy Of The Living God", and the very long "Sunrise In The Western Sky" – all of which have a lot more keyboards. CD
(Limited edition!)
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RaekwonShaolin Vs Wu Tang ... CD
Ice Water Inc/EMI, 2011. Used ... $4.99
Following the relative creative triumph of Cuban Linx 2 Pt 2, Raekwon once again keeps one boot fully trenched in a classic era Wu Tang styled approach. Guests include Method Man, Ghostface, Inspectah Deck, Raheem Devaughn, Black Thought, Rick Ross and Nas. Tracks include "Shaolin Vs Wu Tang", "Every Soldier In The Hood" feat Meth, "Butter Knives", "Snake Pond", "Rich And Black" feat Nas, "Ferry Boat Killaz", "The Scroll", "Masters Of Our Fate" with Black Thought and more. CD

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Random Axe (Sean Price, Black Milk, Guilty Simpson)Random Axe ... CD
Duck Down, 2011. Used ... $8.99
Black Milk, Sean Prince and Guilty Simpson swingin' it as Random Axe! A solid underground hip hop supergroup that's notable for bridging Detroit to Brooklyn – but more than that, it's simply solid, worthwhile modern hip hop from cats who care about the quality. Includes "Zoo Drugs", "Random Calls", "Black Ops" feat Fat Ray", "Chewbacca" feat Roc Marciano, "The Hex", "Monster Babies", "4 In The Box", "Shirley C" feat Fatt Father, "Never Back Down", "Understand This" and more. CD

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✨✧ Wanda RobinsonBlack Ivory ... LP
Perception, Early 70s. Very Good ... $14.99
Wanda Robinson was one of the first hip, black, female poets to set righteous words to funky music – and this album is one of her two classic sides for the Perception label from the early 70s. The format is spoken word over funky instrumentals – and backing is by Patrick Adams, James Moody, and others, mixing jazz, soul, and funk conceptions to fit the mood of each of Wanda's tracks on the set. The titles should give you a good flavor of the material – as the set includes "The First Time I Saw Loneliness", "The Great American Passtime", "Parting Is Such", "Tragedy No 456", "A Black Oriented Love Poem", "Instant Replay", "The Trouble With Dreams", and "Grooving". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original booklet cover.)

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RZA & OthersAfro Samurai ... CD
Koch, 2006. Used ... $7.99
The RZA's fine second phase career as a top notch soundtrack maestro continues with Afro Samurai – the music for the anime/blacksploitation hybrid starring Samuel L Jackson – and a varied batch of tracks that's really a lot more than the typical Ghost Dog/early Wu Tang style beats you might be expecting! Naturally, RZA does bring plenty of martial arts style and soul beat instrumentals, but there are also a lot of vocal cuts – which run the gamut from raw freestyle-like bits to atmospheric r&b. GZA drops in, as do pioneers Big Daddy Kane and Q-Tip! Titles include "Afro Theme" with rhymes by RZA, "Certified Samurai" feat Talib Kweli, Lil Free & Suga Bang, "Just A Little Dude" feat Q-Tip & Free Murder, "Oh" and "The Walk" feat Stone Mecca, "Cameo Afro" feat Big Daddy Kane, GZA & Suga Bang, "Take Sword Pt 1" with RZA & Berretta 9 and more vocal tracks, plus the instrumentals "Afro Intro", "Afro's Father Fight", "The Empty 7 Theme", "Afro Samurai Theme (First Part and Second Part)" and more. Several bonus tracks, too, billed as Bobby Digital! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Klaus SchulzeBlack Dance ... CD
Virgin (UK), 1974. Used ... $9.99
3 long tracks of synth fueled bubbling Krautrock, from one of the founding memebers of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Temple: "Way Of Changes", "Some Velvet Phasing", and "Voices Of Syn". CD
(Out of print.)

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ShoesBlack Vinyl Shoes – The Anthology 1973 to 1978 (Black Vinyl Shoes/Bazooka/One In Versailles/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A great package of work from Shoes – one of the finest acts to come from the Illinois scene in the 70s – presented here with three full albums, and bonus tracks too! First up is their seminal Black Vinyl Shoes – an album that may well stand as the group's lasting treasure! The set's got a sharp-edged quality that still sounds pretty tremendous all these many years later – power pop, but without any commercial elements to smooth out its energy – served up with a raw, earnest quality that's neither punk nor hard rock – yet which deserved to be praised every bit as much as the best contemporary efforts in those genres too! These guys have a hell of a way with a hook, yet never hit you over the head with it either – and there's a lack of posturing that's really refreshing – a key difference between the sound of Shoes and their bigger Northern Illinois contemporaries Cheap Trick – an attitude that's different than, yet not that far off from the energy of The Replacements to come. Titles include "Capital Gain", "Boys Don't Lie", "She'll Disappear", "Fatal", "It Really Hurts", "Nowhere So Fast", and "Fire For Awhile". Bazooka is the long-lost first album from Shoes – recorded at home, and even rawer than any later releases – appearing here on vinyl for the very first time! The group are already pretty amazing at this early point – right on the money, and almost with more of a punkish vibe at points – although other tunes have them ripping out these mean guitar lines that are definitely way too ballsy for early punk. The songwriting is superb – amazing considering how young the guys were, and that the record was really just recorded for their own initial interest – and not a bigger company looking for a hit. There's also more darkness than in later years too – not everywhere, but at key points that make for a nice edge to the record. Titles include "Pinheads", "Love Took A Turn", "Rock Your One", "Along With Love", "New Meat", "I'm Brazen", "The Atlantic", "My Anisette", and "Educated". Last is One In Versailles – the debut album from Shoes – a cracker of a first record from any band, but a set that hardly made a dent at the time – given that it was only pressed in a limited run of 300 copies! That doesn't stop it from being a real moment of greatness, though – because the set sparkles with charm right from the very first note – nicely less polished than Shoes' later work, especially their major debut on Elektra – with a raspy intensity that really furthers the ideas wrapped up in the core of the tunes – and which almost comes across with the earnest yet relaxed quality of The Feelies in parts – even though this one was cut years before the emergence of that group! Titles include "One Night", "The Sun", "Banjo", "Eggroll Rock", "Do I Get So Shy", "Un Dans Versailles", "Kristine", and "Dance In Your Sleep". Comes in a box with a big booklet of notes – and 18 bonus tracks that include "Rock & Roll Freak", "My Husband's Home", "I'd Like To Take You Out Again", "Nothing Means More", "I Can Make It (demo)", "I Wanna Hide", "Okay (Bomp version)", "Tomorrow Night (Bomp version)", "Baby's Gone", "Ever Again", "Lucky Tail", "Capital Offense, "She'll Disappear (demo)", "I'll Take You Away (alt)", and "Like I Told You (second version)". CD

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Cecil TaylorComplete Cecil Taylor On Black Saint & Soul Note (Winged Serpent/Historic Concerts/Olu Iwa/For Olim) (5CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s. Used 5 CDs ... $28.99
Five CDs, and four amazing albums from Cecil Taylor – all recorded for the Soul Note label during a one of Taylor's most prolific periods! Each record here has a slightly different feel – and together, they really show the range of Cecil's mighty talents – from the solo piano work of For Olim, to his hip drum duets with Max Roach on the double-length Historic Concerts set, to his full Orchestra Of Two Continents performance on Winged Serpent, and his slightly smaller Unit group on Olu Iwa! You'll be hard-pressed to find such a comprehensive document of Taylor's talents in this range of settings – and players include Enrico Rava and Tomasz Stanko on trumpets, Jimmy Lyons and Frank Wright on saxes, William Parker on bass, and Max Roach and Steve McCall on drums! CD

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Delroy WilliamsI Stand Black ... CD
Makasound (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $14.99
Choice rockers material from Delroy Wilson and Augustus Pablo! The Rockers all star rhythm section provides a massive set of tough tracks to deliver his sweet rendition of the Rasta message over. Unquestionably some of Pablo's finest productions, these numbers prove that even through the end of the 70s heavy roots could be found, and Wilson's soulful vocals take these tracks to the next level. 15 tracks in all, including "Heathen Valley", "Mountain Top", "Learn", "Idrens Feel Nice", "All The Time (extended 12" mix)", "I Stand Black", "Crucial", "Think Twice (extended 12" mix)", "I AM Leaving This Town", "This Love", "Fox Hole", "Jah Children Love", "Little Less Talking", "Your Mind" and "Babylon Boy (extended 12" mix)". CD
(Out of print.)

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YahZarahBlackstar ... CD
Three Keys Music, 2003. Used ... $4.99
The major debut of YahZarah – one of our favorite underground soul singers of the past few years, finally out with a album that we can easily get! YahZarah seems to have grown in leaps and bounds since her first self-produced set – really stretching out here as a vocalist with an incredible depth, and a sound that is simply incredible! Vocally, YahZarah is in territory travelled by Minnie Riperton, Denice Williams, and some of our other favorite singers of the 70s – sweet, mellow, and soulful – yet instrumentally, the record's got a fresh and contemporary feel – lots of stripped-down keyboard lines, spare beats, and a strongly NeoSoul approach. There's some really wonderful tunes on the set that stand as instant soul classics, the sort of work that keeps us digging for fresh new talent – and in our opinion, it won't be long before YahZarah's one of the top of the top of the current soul scene! Titles include "Baby", "So Amazing", "Nova", "Wishing", "One Day", "Same Page", "Friday", "Babylove", "Blackstar", "Feel Me", and "Roof Top". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousBirth Of Soul Vol 4 – Late 50s To Early 60s Black Music That Heralded The Soul Explosion ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
This series keeps on getting better and better – and this fourth installment may well be the best illustration to date of the birth of soul music! As hinted by the title, the collection features tracks from the late 50s and early 60s that marked a key transition from earlier R&B and blues into soul music – work that pulled a bit more strongly from the church than some of its predecessors, and which also put over a groove that was a bit more sophisticated, sometimes a bit more polished – all to set the stage for the huge soul music explosion to come later in the 60s! A number of the artists here are familiar from R&B years, but they're represented by tracks that show a real change in their styles – and others are known from later successes, but stand out here with early work that's a lot more formative – making them a perfect choice for the collection. CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Come On & Stomp" by Marv Johnson, "Lil Valley" by The MMs & The Peanuts, "Bossa Nova Baby" by Tippie & The Clovers, "Irresistible You" by Bobby Peterson, "Take Your Heart" by Betty Willis, "Puff" by Kenny Lynch, "Jack Be Nimble" by The Intruders, "A Clock That's Got No Hands" by Della Reese, "I Came Running" by Wade Flemons, "You'd Be Crying Too" by The Matadors, "The Gypsy Said" by The Fiestas, "Please Don't Cry Anymore" by Ketty Lester, "Pretty Little Girl Next Door" by Bobby Day, and "Trouble I've Had" by Clarence Ashe. CD

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VariousLife & Death On The New York Dance Floor – 1980 to 1983 – Part 2 ... LP
Reappearing, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A fantastic companion to the book of the same name by author Tim Lawrence – the excellent Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor – which explores all the cool strands of funky punk, avant rock, and arty grooves that exploded on the New York scene after the decline of disco! Some of this work might fall into the post-disco side of the spectrum, other cuts are maybe a bit more post-punk – and together, they represent a really fantastic wellspring of new creativity – at levels that were years ahead of their time! Titles on this second volume include "Vena Cava" by John Robie, "Contort Yourself (August Darnell mix)" by James White & The Blacks, "Love Tempo (Mark Kamins mix)" by Quando Quango, "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)" by George Kranz, "Pop Your Funk (inst 7" b-side mix)" by Loose Joints, "Bustin Out (long version)" by Material, "Don't Make Me Wait (ext)" by Peech Boys, and "Rapper Dapper Snapper" by Edwin Birdsong. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSoul Don't Worry – Black Gospel During The Civil Rights Era – 1953 to 1967 ... CD
Narroway, 1950s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic set of gospel tracks from the 50s and 60s – one that definitely takes the Civil Rights theme in the title seriously, but in ways that are often a bit more subtle than you might expect! Gospel music was key to the strivings of under-represented Americans during these years – as the music was a place of rich cultural expression and unbridled righteousness – maybe a more spiritual place to express messages that would soon have more secular orientation, but no less force overall! The work here really helps you hear how more directly political soul music found its voice in the second half of the 60s – and the work often has group vocal interplay that rivals some of the best of the soul generation. Titles include "I'll Fight For The Right" by JM Bell & The Robinson Ensemble, "What Is Freedom" by Friendly Four, "I Cried" by Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, "I'm Watching & Waiting" by Myrtle Jackson, "Stand By Me" by Marie Knight, "Traveling To That City" by Harold Bowen Singers, "Take Courage" by Rosie Wallace, "I Heard The Voice" by Wooten Choral Ensemble, "Soon We'll Be Done" by Utterback Concert Ensemble, "Viet Nam" by Southern Bells, and "I'm Going To Walk Through The Streets" by Melody Kings. 27 tracks in all! CD
Also available Soul Don't Worry – Black Gospel During The Civil Rights Era – 1953 to 1967 ... CD 24.99

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VariousSoul Don't Worry – Black Gospel During The Civil Rights Era – 1953 to 1967 ... CD
Narroway, 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99 29.98
A fantastic set of gospel tracks from the 50s and 60s – one that definitely takes the Civil Rights theme in the title seriously, but in ways that are often a bit more subtle than you might expect! Gospel music was key to the strivings of under-represented Americans during these years – as the music was a place of rich cultural expression and unbridled righteousness – maybe a more spiritual place to express messages that would soon have more secular orientation, but no less force overall! The work here really helps you hear how more directly political soul music found its voice in the second half of the 60s – and the work often has group vocal interplay that rivals some of the best of the soul generation. Titles include "I'll Fight For The Right" by JM Bell & The Robinson Ensemble, "What Is Freedom" by Friendly Four, "I Cried" by Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, "I'm Watching & Waiting" by Myrtle Jackson, "Stand By Me" by Marie Knight, "Traveling To That City" by Harold Bowen Singers, "Take Courage" by Rosie Wallace, "I Heard The Voice" by Wooten Choral Ensemble, "Soon We'll Be Done" by Utterback Concert Ensemble, "Viet Nam" by Southern Bells, and "I'm Going To Walk Through The Streets" by Melody Kings. 27 tracks in all! CD

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VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 (with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride 3 – None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A fantastic collection of righteous work from the 70s years of Studio One – tracks from a time when the label was giving voice to some of the deeper cultural strands of Jamaican music, including a fair bit of Rastafarian-inspired material – presented here by both bigger names at the label, and some much more obscure artists who only recorded briefly at the time! The package may well be the deepest in this excellent series from Soul Jazz – and like the rest, it not only offers up some killer music, but does so in a way that really understands its subject – and presents the tunes with copious notes to bring greater meaning to the message. Titles include "Whey No Dead" by Glen Miller, "When The Time Comes" by Zoot Simms, "Wrong Doers" by Sugar Minott, "Jehovah" by The Nightingales, "It's No Secret" by Alphonso Stewart, "Conscious Dread Lock" by Horace Andy, "Dread Oppression" by The Mellodies, "Jah Jah Help Us" by Big Joe, "Can't Catch Me" by Wailing Souls, "Get Up & Try" by Lloyd Jones & The Super Natural Six, "Satisfaction" by Errol Dunkley, "Give Natty Dread Glory" by Mr Manchester, and "Selassie Bandman" by The Manchesters. CD
Also available Studio One – Black Man's Pride 3 – None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty (with bonus download) ... LP 26.99

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride 3 – None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty (with bonus download) ... LP
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
A fantastic collection of righteous work from the 70s years of Studio One – tracks from a time when the label was giving voice to some of the deeper cultural strands of Jamaican music, including a fair bit of Rastafarian-inspired material – presented here by both bigger names at the label, and some much more obscure artists who only recorded briefly at the time! The package may well be the deepest in this excellent series from Soul Jazz – and like the rest, it not only offers up some killer music, but does so in a way that really understands its subject – and presents the tunes with copious notes to bring greater meaning to the message. Titles include "Whey No Dead" by Glen Miller, "When The Time Comes" by Zoot Simms, "Wrong Doers" by Sugar Minott, "Jehovah" by The Nightingales, "It's No Secret" by Alphonso Stewart, "Conscious Dread Lock" by Horace Andy, "Dread Oppression" by The Mellodies, "Jah Jah Help Us" by Big Joe, "Can't Catch Me" by Wailing Souls, "Get Up & Try" by Lloyd Jones & The Super Natural Six, "Satisfaction" by Errol Dunkley, "Give Natty Dread Glory" by Mr Manchester, and "Selassie Bandman" by The Manchesters. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Studio One – Black Man's Pride 3 – None Shall Escape The Judgement Of The Almighty ... CD 18.99

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VariousTotally Wired & Illicit Grooves – Acid Jazz – The Birth Of A Scene 1987 to 1990 ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Tremendous grooves from the earliest (and best) years of the acid jazz scene – all recorded at a time when London was exploding with sounds from the 60s and 70s, and turning out some of the hippest music on the planet! Although the term "acid jazz" was soon mishandled and mis-managed here in the US, the earliest days of the movement were really a tremendous time in London – a period when folks returned to the core elements that made funk, jazz, and soul great – and shook off all of the too-electric and too-stiff modes that had crept in during the 80s! Most of the work here is in a really spare, stripped-down funky mode – a cross between soul jazz of the 60s and blacksploitation funk of the 70s, with possibly a few more contemporary elements thrown into the mix. And in these years way before the current deep funk revival, what's even more important is the way these songs were produced – with a warmth that other groups hadn't had in years, and a real love of the way these tracks might have sounded in older studios a few decades before. The package contains a number of key rare singles from the Acid Jazz label, other album tracks, and even a few classics that had a big influence on the London scene. Titles include the rare pre-Acid Jazz single "Got To Give" by The Brand New Heavies, the sublime "Rejoice In Righteousness" by Bukky Leo Quintet, and the tracks "Cut & Run" by Lay Zee Muthas, "Like A Gun" by King Truman, "The Killer" by Night Trains, "People Get Ready" by The Brand New Heavies, "Haw Right Now" by Patrice Rushen, "Earthly Powers" by Man Called Adam, "Mr PC" by Snowboy, "Spinning Wheel" by New Jersey Kings, "Let The Good Times Roll" by The Quiet Boys, and "Mighty Mouse" by Caesar Frazier. Loads of great notes too – a really detailed look at the London scene at the end of the 80s! CD

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✨✧ AACM Great Black Music EnsembleLive At The Currency Exchange Volume 1 ... CD
AACM, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic testament to the never-ending legacy of mindblowing music from Chicago's AACM collective – a live set that brings together some of the less-recorded musicians in the organization, all working through a set of beautiful live improvisations! The music is listed as "spontaneous improvisations" in the notes – but the whole thing has a very spiritual, very cohesive vibe – which illustrates a great sense of warmth and intimacy between all the players – pure magic, of the sort that makes truly creative jazz such a pleasure. The group's directed by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins on alto and soprano sax – a musician who you've no doubt heard before, and whose vision here is maybe one of his richest on record – thanks to contributions from Jerome Croswell on trumpet, Ed House on tenor, Adam Zanolini on soprano and flute, Taalib Din Ziyad on flute and vocals, Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, Art Turk Burton on congas, Jeremiah Collier on drums, Micah Collier on bass, and Saalik Ziyad on keyboard effects and vocals. Recorded live at the Currency Exchange Cafe – hosted by artist Theaster Gates – with titles that include "Great Black Music", "Way Out East", "Bells", "The Call", "Peace", "Ancient To The Future Power Stronger Than Itself", and "Vision Of Possibilities". CD

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✨✧ Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (LARGE) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, 2010. New Item ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A feast of funky head sounds – laid out in beautiful silhouette! The image features a brain stuffed with all the groovy styles of music we carry at Dusty Groove – held inside by a logo-emblazoned set of headphones – the kind of picture that looks great from a distance, and even cooler when you come up close! Our logo and website address are on the back – and the shirt is printed in bold black on brilliant white – a 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T. Measurements – Length: 30", Chest: 42", Waist 42". Clothing
Also available Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99

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✨✧ Goodie MobStill Standing – Atlanta, Georgia Volume One ... LP
LaFace, 1998. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Their sophomore release, with "Black Ice", "The Damn", "Greeny Green", "I Refuse Limitation", "They Don't Dance No Mo", "Beautiful Skin", "Ghetto-ology", "Inshallah" and "Still Standing" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockFlood (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Sony/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic double-length set from Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters – easily one of Herbie's greatest records ever, but originally only issued in Japan! Hancock is in tremendous form here – almost as if he's merging the grooves of the Headhunters album with the wilder electric modes of Sextant – stretched out in a live setting with Herbie on Arp, clavinet, and Fender Rhodes – in a very hip group with Bennie Maupin on reeds, Blackbird McNight on guitar, Paul Jackson on bass, Mike Clark on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion. Tracks are long, and move nicely between funky passages and soulful elements – at a level that's quite different from the double-live Japanese albums that Miles Davis recorded for Columbia at the same time. Titles include "Actual Proof", "Spank A Lee", "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" – and great remakes of "Chameleon" and "Watermelon Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Derrick Harriott & The CrystalitesPsychedelic Train (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunningly soulful set from Derrick Harriott – who works here as a one-man powerhouse on vocals, arrangements, and production! The set's definitely got some of the psychedelic elements promised on the cover – almost to rocksteady what the late 60s Norman Whitfield productions were to earlier Motown soul. But Derrick Harriott also brings in some great sweet soul elements, too – echoing some of the fragile harmony styles of the east coast scene, while also fitting the mode to hip Kingston grooves – all the while maybe beating Studio One at their own game! The mix of material here is fantastic – a record that has a great sense of depth right from the start, the keeps on giving over the years – and titles include "Hum My Song", "Message From A Black Man", "Psychedelic Train", "Riding For A Fall", "Walk The Streets", "Go Bye Bye", and "The Loser". Reissue also features 13 bonus tracks, many on CD for the first time – including "Been So Long/You Lied To Your Daddy", "Solomon", "The Girl's Alright With Me", "Have Some Mercy", "Tang Tang Festival Song", "Long Time", "Psychedelic Train (chapter 3)", and a great take on Gene Chandler's "Groovy Situation". CD

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✨✧ Justin Hines & The DominoesJezebel/Just In Time ... CD
Island (Japan), 1976/1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice heavy platter from former Treasure Isle star Justin Hinds and his backing group the Dominos, with a double helping of rootsy goodness! Both of the albums on this set feature production by Jack Ruby and the backing of the Black Disciples band – with Robbie Shakespeare, Horsemouth Wallace, Ansel Collins and others, the team that helped Burning Spear craft some of his best roots albums around the same time. Hinds had a rawer, less polished approach to his own singing, and the vocal harmonies of the Dominos followed suit, making this set stand out from the rest of the pack Island was recruiting in the mid 70s. The Black Disciples craft a nice batch of tough rhythms for a pair of great, mid-70s roots sides, maybe not as widely known as some others, but still crucial and classic! 19 tracks in all, including "Fire", "Prophecy", a nice recut of his earlier hit "Carry Go Bring Home", "Dip And Fall Back", "Natty Take Over", "What You Don't Know", "Let's Rock", "Help Your Falling Brother", "Bad Minded People", "What You Gonna Do", "One Bird In The Hand", "Groovin", "Positive Way" and "Stop The Rain". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ IndexBlack Album/Red Album/Yesterday & Today ... CD
Lion, 1967/1968/1970. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Three LPs worth of rare psychedelia from The Index – the uber rare Black Album and Red Album on one disc, and the epic length Yesterday And Today set of newly discovered rarities on the second disc – fuzzed out, raw and echoing bits of wigged out primitive psych from the mid 60s Detroit combo! Disc one includes the Black Album and Red Album from 67/68 – with "Eight Miles High", "John Riley", "Shock Wave", Fire Eyes", "Rainy, Starless Nights", "Turquoise Feline", "Breakout", "I Love You", "Spoonful" and many more. Yeterday And Today on disc two includes recodings from the original era and into 1970, and includes "Jill", "Long Tall Shorty", "Morning Dew", "Mustang Sally", "Deaer Friend", "Kick It Out", "431 Lakeshore Drive", "Helplessy Hoping" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jimmy LyonsComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (Wee Sneezawee/Give It Up/Burnt Offering/Nuba/Something In Return) (5CD box set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s. Used 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great run of music from Jimmy Lyons – some of his most important albums as a leader! First up is Wee Sneezawee – the kind of work that makes you love the Black Saint label for giving players like Jimmy Lyons a chance to still express themselves this way! Lyons is in wonderful form throughout – blowing with all the sharp tones that you'd know from his work with Cecil Taylor, but also bringing in a bit more structure too – kind of shaping a coherent sound out of an infinite array of possible actions – any of which seem possible at any moment, given the dynamic energy of the group! Other players include William Parker on bass, Paul Murphy on drums, Karen Borca on bassoon, and Raphe Malik on trumpet – and tracks include "Wee Sneezawee", "Gossip", "Shackinback", "Remembrance", and "Driads". On Give It Up, Jimmy Lyons is wonderful, but equally great is trumpeter Enrico Rava – whose bold tones on the record easily match those of Lyons in terms of energy and inventiveness! The format is relatively free – although some tunes have a bit of an inside swing, at least more so than Lyons' work with Cecil Taylor – and other players include Karen Borca on bassoon, Jay Oliver on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums. Titles include the long workouts "Methods", "Never", and "Give It Up" – plus the shorter tune "Ballada". Burnt Offering features great duets between Jimmy Lyons on alto and Andrew Cyrille on percussion – and titles include "Popp A", "Exotique", and "Burnt Offering". Nuba is a compelling collaboration between percussionist Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Jeanne Lee, and alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons – one of the freer sessions on the Black Saint label, and one of the most striking as well! Cyrille handles a wide range of percussion – and also a few whistles too – and he really sets the tone with his open, expressive approach to his instruments – almost more melodic at points than rhythmic, with echoes of African roots that come through more strongly than on some of his other albums. Most numbers are pretty spare, and titles include "Nuba 1", "Cornbread Picnic (Maize)", "The One Before Zero", "JJ & A", "In These Last Days", "Sorry", and "Nuba 2". Something In Return is another set of duets between Lyns and Andrew Cyrille! While working in Cecil Taylor's group, Cyrille and Lyons developed a wonderful interplay and dynamic, which can be felt in full effect on this wonderful duo recording, where they approach mostly original material, but also take on Strayhorn's "Take The A Train". Also includes the title track "Lorry", "JL", "Nuba" and "Fragments I". CD

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✨✧ Nicole Mitchell Black Earth EnsembleAfrika Rising ... CD
Dreamtime, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The genius of the Chicago collective scene is firmly back in action – on this stunning second CD from Nicole Mitchell! The record is incredible – light years ahead of her debut, and a rich tapestry of sounds and colors performed by a large group that features some of the best underground musicians in the city's soulful avant scene. From the first moment of the set, the music grabs you with the depth and intensity of some of the best work of the 70s Strata East era – and it stands proudly in a tradition of work that includes the collective projects of the AACM, and groups like the Sun Ra Arkestra and Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Mitchell's writing is wonderful – stretching out on a Coltrane-like journey of discovery and spiritual expression – and her playing on the set is interwoven with some beautifully vocalized passages. Titles include "Afrika Rising Trilogy", "Peaceful Village Town", "Emerging Light", "Bluerise", "Goldmind", and "Wheatgrass". CD
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✨✧ Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (black & white vinyl edition) ... LP
RCA/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Klaus Nomi's standing here on the cover with the oversized cabaret costume he used famously backing David Bowie – but this early solo album definitely has the singer very much in his own territory overall! Some of the songs are a weird reworking of older European cabaret mode, or Brechtian song ideas – given this strange post-punk twist, and set to rockish backings that are a very unusual contrast to the more operatic leanings in Klaus' vocal style – almost this Liquid Sky moment where an amnesiac opera singer wanders into a downtown New York club and happens to take the stage. Other tracks are moodier and more spacious – and work together with the straighter rock songs to make the whole thing feel like a larger conceptual album, even though that sort of thing wasn't really what Klaus, or the rest of the scene were going for at the time. Titles include "Nomi Song", "You Don't Own Me", "Nomi Chant", "Total Eclipse", "The Cold Song", and "Keys of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on black & white "Cabaret Smoke" vinyl!)

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✨✧ Soulful StringsPaint It Black ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The group runs through jazz standards like "Take Five" and "Sidewinder", plus some pop and soul tracks like "Sunny", "Eight Miles High", "Lover's Concerto", and "Paint It Black". A bit funky, a bit groovy, and some nice instrumental tracks from the legendary Cadet studios! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. CD
Also available Soul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 (with bonus download) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Reese & The Smooth Ones (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album features one long piece – "Reese & The Smooth Ones" – and it's a stunning array of spontanteous instrumentation, with a jagged sound that never stops reinventing itself! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cilla BlackCilla/In My Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1965/1974. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Two key albums from England's legendary Cilla Black – back to back in a single set, and with 26 bonus tracks too! First up is the amazing 1965 debut, Cilla – a record that maybe draws even more heavily on American soul music than some of Dusty Springfield's early work – all given some impeccable handling in the studio by arranger Johnny Scott, with a bit of help from Johnny Spence, and the record's producer, George Martin. Tunes are a great blend of American pop tracks and more off-beat numbers – done in that strangely syncopated mode that always provided a perfect counterpoint for Cilla's vocals – percolating the tracks wonderfully, and keeping things nice and clean, in a way that you don't always find in her later records. Titles include "Baby It's You", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Every Little Bit Hurts", "This Empty Place", "Come To Me", "Dancing In The Street", and "Whatcha Gonna Do Bout It". In My Life is the first set in the second chapter of Cilla Black's years with EMI – and her first record without George Martin at the production helm, too! The styles open up with a lot more contemporary 70s elements than some of Black's previous records – and there's a fair bit of keyboard work to create these warmer currents underneath Cilla's always-strong lead vocals. Titles include "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song", "Someone", "Daydreamer", "Everything I Own", "Baby We Can't Go Wrong", "Let Him In", "Like A Song", and "I Believed It All". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – including "Changes", "From The Inside", "Alfie Darling", "He Was A Writer", "I'll Still Love You", "Little Bit Of Understanding", "Heatwave", "Anything You Might Say", and the full mono mix of the debut album. CD

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✨✧ Dusty Groove T-Shirt!Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (MEDIUM) ... Clothing
Dusty Groove Gear, 2010. New Item ... Out Of Stock
A feast of funky head sounds – laid out in beautiful silhouette! The image features a brain stuffed with all the groovy styles of music we carry at Dusty Groove – held inside by a logo-emblazoned set of headphones – the kind of picture that looks great from a distance, and even cooler when you come up close! Our logo and website address are on the back – and the shirt is printed in bold black on brilliant white – a 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T. Measurements – Length: 28", Chest: 40", Waist 40". Clothing
Also available Headphones – White Shirt, Black Ink (EXTRA LARGE) ... Clothing 12.99

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonBlack, Brown, & Beige (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
An important larger work from Duke Ellington – a suite of tracks that encompasses a range of styles and emotions in African-American expression! The work features some key guest work from Mahalia Jackson – singing here in a way that's different than other vocalists who worked with Duke in the 50s – much more steeped in a rootsy tradition. Group members include John Sanders, Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Quentin Jackson, and Cat Anderson – and the piece is divided into 6 sections, and includes the famous "Come Sunday" theme throughout most of the second half. Plus, the CD features a number of rare bonus tracks – including "Blues In Orbit" and "Track 360" in alternate takes, and a whole alternate version of the album – plus an acapella version of "Come Sunday", and even Mahalia Jackson swearing in the studio! CD
Also available Black, Brown, & Beige (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Gang Of FourSongs Of The Free (180 gram splattered colored vinyl) (2015 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Warner, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly our favorite Gang Of Four album – and the one in which their funk approach really seems to work! The album's got a camp appeal that can't be denied – known famously for it's big post-disco hit "I Love A Man In Uniform" – but overall the whole thing actually seems pretty well thought out – taking the heady politics of earlier records, and putting them into catchy guitar-driven dancefloor tracks that clearly get the message out to a whole new audience of converts! Titles include "Call Me Up", "I Love A Man In Uniform", "Life It's A Shame", "I Will Be A Good Boy", "The History Of The World", "Muscle For Brains", "Of The Instant", and the sublime William Blake-inspired groover "We Live As We Dream, Alone". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Josef KOnly Fun In Town (2LP black & gold vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Postcard/Disques Du Crepuscule (Belgium), 1981. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A seminal set from the Scottish scene in the post-punk years – the legendary first album by Josef K! The impact of Only Fun In Town is well known – as the group instantly made a name for themselves with hard-edged guitars and a jagged sense of rhythm that equally echoed sounds coming out of the Manchester and Leeds scenes at the same time – but the record still has a strong, special sort of vibe that's kept it a favorite round these parts for years – and which makes it one of the best-remembered records on the Postcard label. Titles include "Crazy To Exist", "The Angle", "Forever Drone", "Heart Of Song", "16 Years", "Sorry For Laughing", and "Citizens". This great 2LP version features bonus material from singles and John Peel sessions – including "The Missionary", "Chance Meeting", "Radio Drill Time", "Final Request", "Heaven Sent", and "Heart Of Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on black & gold vinyl!)

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✨✧ Method Man & RedmanBlackout! – promo radio advance version ... LP
Def Jam/Wu-Tang, 1999. Very Good 2LP ... Out Of Stock
With all the singles they dropped in the years prior to this, everyone was anticipating with glee when they heard it was to be. And, believe it or not, it still lives up to the hype. The first full length double feature with "1, 2, 1, 2", "Da Rockwilder", "Tear It Off" and another dozen smoked out cuts, including "Run 4 Cover", "Fire Ina Hole", "Mi Casa", "Maaad Crew" and "Dat's Dat S**t". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean radio edits in a Def Jam sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds really stand strongly on their own – with a newly-cast vision of price and power in independent Jamaica – set to new rhythms that signify the important musical changes that were taking place with the cultural changes of the 70s! Most of the tracks here are from the first half of the 70s, and are something of the birth of the roots reggae years – but also maybe have even more power together, in this beautifully-selected collection from Soul Jazz. The package features some especially great notes on the politics of the Jamaican scene at the time, which really illuminates the music – a heady selection of tunes that include "Roots Natty" by The Gladiators, "Black Man's Pride" by Alton Ellis, "Created By The Father" by Dennis Brown, "Child Of The Ghetto" by Horace Andy, "Love & Understanding" by Glen Miller, "Got To Be Cool" by The Classics, "Equal Rights" by The Heptones, "Build Our Dreams" by John Holt, "Forgive Them" by Johnny Osbourne, "Children Listen To Wise Words" by Freddie McGregor, "Up Park No Man's Land" by Winston Jarrett, and "Why Can't I" by Cedric Im Brooks. CD

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✨✧ James BrownSay It Loud – I'm Black & I'm Proud ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A bomb! The title of this one says it all – a burning anthem of pride and power, issued in 1969, at the end of one of the most troubling decades in America. James answers all the Uncle Tom cries from his critics – and comes up with "Say It Loud", an instant chant that was taken up around the world, and which still packs a pretty hard punch today! The album's filled with other excellent cuts – like the tasty funk number "Lickin' Stick", with some rocket-driven guitar, and the great instrumental "Shades of Brown". Other titles include "Goodbye My Love (parts 1&2)", "Let Them Talk", "I Love You", and "I Guess I'll Have To Cry Cry Cry". CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ Goodie MobStill Standing – Atlanta, Georgia Volume One (picture disc) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
LaFace, 1998. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The stellar follow up to Soul Food, and like it's classic predecessor, Still Standing stands strong as a relatively timeless southern hip hop classic to this day! The core classic line-up is still together on this one and the Organized Noize production is still in prime form, too – covering the bases from slow rolling southern funk, to sparer backdrops, to surprising left turns like the funk rock guitar on "Just About Over". Titles include "Black Ice (Sky High)" with Outkast, "The Damm", "Greeny Green", "I Refuse Limitation", "They Don't Dance No Mo", "Beautiful Skin", "Ghetto-ology", "Inshallah" and "Still Standing", "Just About Over", "Gutta Butta", " LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary picture disc!)

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✨✧ Junior ParkerYou Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth degree on the cover – which has a front image of a young Asian boy eating a big watermelon, Sambo-style – and the back cover features notes that say things like "Chinese kids like watermelon, Irish like bagels, black people like Jewish rye, and today everybody loves the Blues." Fortunately, this comic packaging doesn't affect the album too much – as Junior's still in the fine form he was at the end of the 60s, cruising between blues and soul, with a slight touch of jazz, in a unique way that sounds better to our ears than the work of most of his contemporaries. Titles include "Five Long Years", "That's Alright", "Way Back Home", "Man Or Mouse", and "I Like Your Style". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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✨✧ Todd RundgrenSomething/Anything? (colored vinyl pressing – with bonus 7 inch) (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Bearsville, 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Arguably one of the greatest pop albums of all time – a pure act of genius from Todd Rundgren, and one of the few cases in rock music where two records are actually better than one! The double-length set was Rundgren's third solo effort after the breakup of Nazz – but it's a broad step ahead from the first two, and a strong move into the kind of near-perfect, yet always-human pop that made Rundgren so great in the 70s. Sides one through three of the album were completely done by Todd himself – all instruments, voices, and production handled through the then-new magic of the 16 track studio – and Rundgren's really at his best here, working in the kind of personal modes that make his tunes so great, some of the best of the mainstream singer/songwriter generation. Side four has fuller arrangements and other players coming into the mix, but the core feel of the rest of the record is very nicely preserved – apart from a few tunes that perhaps get a bit too goofy. It's hard to imagine more great pop songs in one album – and the set's overflowing with genius moments that include "Marlene", "I Saw The Light", "I Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference", "It Takes Two To Tango", "Sweeter Memories", "I Went To The Mirror", "One More Day", "Song Of The Viking", and "Hello It's Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl pressing – with bonus 7 inch of "Hello It's Me"/"Cold Morning Light"!)

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✨✧ ManhattansBlack Tie/Love Talk ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1979/1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Group soul titans The Manhattans – still going strong at the end of the 70s & beginning of the 80s – a pair of underappreciated albums together in a single set! First up is 1981's Black Tie – recorded in Chicago with producer Leo Graham – who brings a somewhat polished groove to the proceedings, no less soulful and lacking no depth of emotion from the mighty Manhattans! Titles include "Just One Moment Away", "You Stand Out", "Let Your Love Come Down", "Honey Honey", "I Wanta Thank You", "Deep Water", "When I Leave Tomorrow" and more. The earlier album is up next – 1979's Love Talk – a wonderful blend of mellow harmony tracks and fuller, more upbeat Philly-styled tunes! It's all very much in the spirit of the group's first few albums for Columbia, and handled with a similar level of skill. The group had one of the most compelling, richest harmony styles of any 70s mainstream group – and if anything, the more they recorded, the more they made magic in the studio. Titles include "Devil In The Dark", "After You", "Love Talk", "We Tried", "That's Not Part Of The Show", "New York City", and a surprisingly palatable version of "The Way We Were/Memories". CD

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✨✧ VariousFrom The Vaults Vol 1 – The #1 Sound ... CD
Studio One, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty collection of gems from the Studio One vaults – with really rare material that goes way past the obvious! Titles include "Love" by Bop & The Beltones, "Stand For I" by Roy Tomlinson, "Guess What" by Im & The Sound Dimension, "Dub Street" by Johnny Earl & Jennie, "Tears From My Eyes" by The Gaylads, "Peanut Butter" by Black & George, "Love Got Me" by Glen & Dave, "Good Enough" by Clive Alphonso, "Press Along Nyah" by Larry & Alvin, "Spirit Down Here Below" by The Soulites, "Knocking At My Door" by Alton Ellis, "Popcorn Reggae" by Soul Agent & The Soul Defenders, "Tenament Yard (unreleased ext mix)" by Eddie Constantine, "Unity (ext mix)" by Johnny Osbourne, and "Ten Years Ago" by The Officials. CD

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✨✧ Art Ensemble Of ChicagoParis Session ... LP
Arista, 1969/1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Nice 2LP set that brought the US some of the great recordings cut by the Art Ensemble while they were in Paris (some of which have also come out under the Black Lion imprint). All of the material was recorded in the Polydor Studios in Paris in 1969, and the tracks include "The Spiritual", "Tutankhamun", "Toro", "Tthintthedalen", and "Lori Song". The feel of the tracks is very laidback, spare, and similar to the material on People in Sorrow, which was recorded during the same period. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a bumped corner.)

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Bobby Blue BlandAin't Nothing You Can Do ... LP
Duke, 1964. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Beautiful early soul stuff by one of the greatest singers ever. Bobby's young soulful voice is in top form on this set, and the LP includes such great cuts as "Ain't Nothing You Can Do", "I'm Gonna Cry", "Black Night", and "Steal Away". Very cool cover, too, with a cartoon of Bobby and some girl standing on opposite sides of a huge breaking heart! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s green label ABC/Dunhill pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some edge wear.)

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 3 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this third volume include Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Anti-Pop Consortium, Jeremiah Abia, and others – and titles include "God Is Black", "Black Fros Black Gold", "Young Frankenstank", "Sleep Is The Cousin Of Def", "Mack Jarrett", "Chains & Water", "The Name Is Blunt Sonny Blount", "Spartacus Free The Slaves", and "A Blood Sample From Erroll Garner". CD

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John CameronJazzrock – KPM 1097 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of the crowning achievements of British arranger John Cameron – and perfectly titled too – given that John got his start in jazz, but also worked with plenty of British rock acts too – a legacy that comes together perfectly in this ultra-groovy set! The tunes are among some of Cameron's funkiest – and often feature heavy electric elements in the rhythms, topped by bold passages on horns – keyboards criss-crossing with saxes, basslines rumbling next to trumpets – all with a funky style that's right up there with the best of the American crime, cop, or blacksploitation soundtracks of the time! Titles include "Chicago Sidewalk", "Brass Monkey", "The Prowler", "Underlying Expectancy", "Smokey Joe's Dilemma", "The Great Escape", and "49th Street Shakedown". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don CherryMu Second Part ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $49.99
Don Cherry really breaks out here on his classic Mu sessions from France – using the new freedoms of post-68 Paris to explore themes at a level that would set the tone for generations to come! The album's very spare, and very improvised – with Cherry on pocket trumpet, piano, and wooden flute – plus a bit of percussion too – alongside drummer Ed Blackwell, who's equally unbridled – showing a huge evolution since the time both he and Don spent in the group of Ornette Coleman! There's a few echoes of the global elements that Cherry would later embrace more strongly in the 70s – but the core energy here is mostly improvised jazz, handled at a level that really makes a lot better use of the freedom than some of Don's contemporaries. Titles on this second part include "Bamboo Night", "The Mysticism Of My Sound", "Psycho Drama", "Smiling Faces Going Places", "Teo Teo Can", and "Dollar Brand/Spontaneous Composing/Exert Man On The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and red marker on the front and inside the gatefold.)

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Don CherrySymphony For Improvisers (non RVG remaster) ... CD
Blue Note, 1967. Used ... $11.99
One of the first truly important records from Don Cherry as a leader – and an amazingly well-crafted session that brings together ideas from his early years with Ornette, and expands them with some of the freedoms he was learning from the European scene! The record boasts a format and lineup that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time – 2 side-long "suite" tracks, performed by a group that features Cherry on cornet, Pharoah Sanders on tenor and piccolo, Karl Berger on vibes and piano, Gato Barbieri on tenor, Ed Blackwell on drums, and both Jean-Francois Jenny- Clark and Henry Grimes on bass! There's a fair bit of room for creative improvising on the session, but the overall album's a bit more structured than contemporary free jazz outings – and clearly shows the mark of Cherry's interpolation of styles at the time. Two long suites are entitled "Symphony For Improvisers" and "Manhattan Cry" – with shorter passages that include "Nu Creative Love", "Infant Happiness", "Manhattan Cry", and "Lunatic". CD
(Out of print.)

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Reverend Sam DixonMy Soul Says Yes ... CD
Samdy/Asherah, Late 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A gospel record, but one that lets you know that there's something different going on from the very first note – which seems to be the kind of sound you'd expect more from a blacksploitation soundtrack than any kind of album cooked up in a church! That difference hangs on throughout the entire set – which might well rank up there with some of the most soulful gospel albums of all time – a distinction that's even more amazing when you flip over the cover, and realize that some of the members of the group were kids! Yet the album has a much deeper sound than any children's chorus records of the time – and maybe could be seen as a gospel equivalent to the famous Latin album by the Harlem Youth Percussion Ensemble – a set that's equally rare in the original, and equally deep in terms of quality. Titles include "Anyway", "Will You Be Ready", "My Soul Says Yes", "Love Is The Answer", "I'm Prayin", "Don't Let Your Heart Be Troubled", and "Standing Looking Over Jordan". CD

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Rodney FranklinLearning To Love/Marathon/Skydance/It Takes Two ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A soulful keyboard maestro – served up here on four 80s albums for Columbia Records! First up is Learning To Love – a set in which Rodney Franklin adds in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was really one of the leading lights of the Columbia Records jazz scene of the time – an exceptionally strong artist, and very much his own spirit – yet sadly not as remembered these days as contemporaries like Lonnie Liston Smith or Herbie Hancock. Yet Rodney's got all the range of both of those artists – the same ability to mix jazz, funk, fusion, and soul – the last of which he does here wonderfully, with help from singers Jim Gilstrap, Howard Smith, and Darryl Phinnessee. Yet at the heart of all the tracks are Rodney's nice soulful keyboards – which have the same smooth feel as Bobby Lyle's from the same time – and the same ability to blend wonderfully with lyrics and other instrumentation. The record was produced by Stanley Clarke – and titles include the great "Enuff Is Enuff" – the theme from the early 80s blacksploitation flick One Down Two To Go – plus "Sonshine", "Learning To Love", "Don't Wanna Let You Go", "Sailing", and "That's The Way I Feel Bout Your Love". Marathon is full of great keyboard work from Rodney Franklin – an artist who was well-trained in the best 70s fusion modes, and really knew how to keep things real on an 80s groover like this! The set's got less acoustic touches than on previous Franklin albums, but the sound is still plenty soulful throughout – a nice contrast to some of the flatter keyboard work of some of his contemporaries of the period – and proof that even with newer technology, the right artist can still make things sound great! There's a few well-chosen mellower moments amidst the groovers – and the set features a bit of vocals, but is mostly instrumental overall. Titles include "Lumiere", "Searchin For", "Let's Talk", "Love Is The Answer", "Stay On The Groove", "Marathon", and "Reflection Of A Dream". Skydance is a great example of why we always reach for our Rodney Franklin records time and time again over the years – as there's few other players who could serve up a blend of soul and jazz this well! The album's got a great balance of electric and acoustic, that instantly-warm style that Franklin virtually invented on these classic Columbia recordings – with plenty of care to avoid falling into fusion cliches that were either too jamming, or too clunkily commercial. Rodney plays a host of keys himself – including Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – and the set features some nice lead vocals from Darryl Coley and Phyllis St James – but also gives plenty of space for instrumental focus, with some tracks that are longer than usual for Franklin. Titles include the gentle stepper "One From The Heart", plus "Fiesta", "Destiny", "Song For You", "Skydance", and "Children". It Takes Two is a bit late in Rodney's classic years for Columbia, but still pretty darn nice – although certainly much more of a soul album than before! A fair number of the tracks here have standout lyrics – sung by Brenda Russell, Philip Ingram, Frank Musker, and even Franklin himself – but the keyboards still dominate pretty strongly, and include the mix of electric and acoustic modes that always made Rodney's albums nice. The keys show a definite influence of 80s technology, as does the production – which is shared by Franklin and Michel Colombier – and titles include "Motion", "Broken Wings", "It Takes Two", "My Wish", "The Eagle & The Condor", and "Look What's Showing Through". CD

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Griot GalaxyKins ... LP
Black & White/Third Man, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
An overlooked gem from the Detroit scene of the early 80s – played by a group who came after the generation of Tribe and Strata Records, but who went on to have some really slow-burning influence in their own sort of way! The music definitely has echoes of the loft and spiritual jazz scenes of the 70s – but the quintet also really open things up with some of the more flexible rhythms that were coming out of New York during the same period, and working with a slight touch of more ambitious structures – of the sort you might have heard on overseas labels recording American jazz musicians during the 80s. Reeds are at the core of the set – playec by the trio of Faruq Z Bey on tenor and alto, Anthony Holland on alto and soprano, and David McMurray on tenor, alto, soprano, and flute – given very creative energy by Tani Tabbal on drums, and Jaribu Shahid on both acoustic and electric bass. Titles include "Xy-Moch", "Zycron", "Zenelog Aintro", "Androgeny", "Kins", and "Xy Moch". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donny Hathaway/Quincy JonesCome Back Charleston Blue ... LP
Atco, 1972. Very Good ... $12.99
An unusual album in the Atlantic career of Donny Hathaway – and a unique collaboration with the legendary Quincy Jones! The music here is Hathaway's sole entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack genre of the 70s – penned for film version of a Chester Himes novel, and scored in a mix of funky 70s modes and other more standard jazz styles. Quincy's on board as the "musical supervisor" – and clearly helps Donny focus his energies towards the hipper side of the soundtrack spectrum, especially on the more contemporary styled tracks. And although most of the work here is instrumental, Hathaway also sings a bit too – most famously on the classic "Little Ghetto Boy" – which is easily one of Donny's greatest tracks ever! Other titles include "Come Back Charleston Blue", with vocals by Margie Joseph, plus "Bossa Nova", "Tim's High", "Hearse To Graveyard", "Harlem Dawn", "String Segue", "Furniture Truck", and "Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Abdullah IbrahimWater From An Ancient Well ... LP
Ekapa/Blackhawk, 1986. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A real standout for Dollar Brand – and one of those few records that features him letting loose with a slightly larger jazz group – in this case a septet of American players that features some great horn work by Ricky Ford on tenor, Carlos Ward on alto, Charles Davis on baritone, and Dick Griffin on trombone! As you might expect from the presence of these giants, the set's got a depth that recalls some of the more spiritual sounds of the 70s – such as you'd find on Muse Records, and maybe even on Strata East! The sound is nice and angular – steeped in the Africanist tradition of Ibrahim's earlier work, but coming off even better thanks to the twists and turns of the horns. Titles include "The Mountain", "The Wedding", "Sameeda", and "Mandela". LP, Vinyl record album

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Weldon IrvineLiberated Brother (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nodlew/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best titles on Black Jazz or Strata East at the time, but also filled with an even richer array of colors and musical ideas. Weldon's work on electric piano is worth the price of admission alone – often spare, spacious, and perfectly placed – especially on the funky classics "Homey", "Mr Clean", and "Sister Sanctified" – a tune later cut by Stanley Turrentine, but heard here in Weldon's original version! Other cuts include "Gloria", "Juggah Buggah", "Blues Wel-Don", and "Liberated Brother". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Franz Koglmann with Bill DixonOpium For Franz ... LP
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
Incredible work from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – a musician who doesn't always get the same sort of credit as his avant jazz contemporaries – but who certainly warrants strong recognition for the depth of this set! The record is bristling with brilliance – and has this mixture of free expressions balanced with a sense of structure – in a way that's almost a link between the loft jazz world of the 70s New York scene, and some of the Hat Hut or Soul Note productions to come! Side one has Franz working with a quintet that also features Bill Dixon on trumpet, plus Steve Horenstein on tenor, Alan Silva on bass, and Muhammad Malli on cymbals – a group that sparkles with these fantastic organic rhythm progressions next to standout solos from the horns. Side two features two tracks with a quintet that also includes Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Joseph Traindi on trombone, Cesarius Alvim Botelho on bass, and Aldo Romano on drums – and one more with a trio that includes Toni Michlmayr on bass and Gerd Geier on electronics. The Lacy tracks are tremendous – and it's a very fresh setting for Steve to be blowing alongside Koglmann's flugelhorn – and the electronics tracks have a sound that's very unusual too, not like any other jazz approach we've heard in the format. Titles include "For Franz", "Der Vogel Opium", "Carmilla", and "Karl Und Das Lochspapier". LP, Vinyl record album

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Franz Koglmann with Steve LacyFlaps ... CD
Pipe/Black Monk (Austria), 1973. New Copy ... $15.99
Steve Lacy had plenty of fantastic moments on the European scene of the 70s – but this unique album may well stand as one of his best! The set's very different than any of Steve's recordings with his own group – partly because the core energy here comes from trumpeter Franz Koglmann – who sets things up in a really unusual way, by often embracing rhythm – but also setting it free in all these other erratic patterns too – which proves to be a perfect foil for Steve's soprano sax, and Franz's work on trumpet and flugelhorn. There's no piano at all – just wonderful bass from Toni Michlymayr, percussion from Muhammad Mali, and slight but distinct electronics from Gerd Geier – a trio of players who are less familiar than most on Euro avant jazz sets of this type – and really bring a lot of distinct qualities to the set. Titles include "Bowery 1", "Steirish WC Nr 2", "Hommage To An Old Raincoat", and "Misera Plebs Take 1". CD

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Alvin LucierRicochet Lady – Trevor Saint ... CD
Black Truffle (Austria), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99
A really beautiful piece by composer Alvin Lucier – one that continues his longstanding legacy of sonic exploration, but with results that are maybe a bit more beautiful than ever before! "Ricochet Lady" is a composition for solo glockenspiel – a long-spun minimal piece that has the instrument performed next to a wall – so that the resulting sonic vibrations start to stimulate the instrument as it's being played – almost creating a sort of feedback in the glockenspiel, but at a level that's completely acoustic overall! The piece was composed for percussionist Trevor Saint, who performs it here in four different spaces – each of them a bit different, which makes for a very different sort of resonance on the instrument in each recording. Very beautiful! CD

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✨✧ MetallicaAnd Justice For All (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Elektra/Blackened, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The album that changed everything for Metallica – catapulting them from patron saints of unrelentingly heavy thrash metal to reluctant (at first, anyway) mainstream superstars! The production is glossier sounding than ever before, and whether that compromised the rawer brutality of their heaviest moments is debatable to this day – but that's countered by the slow-building, incredible songcraft (the shortest one is over 5 minutes long) and all around ambitiously structured material. Includes "Blackened", "Eye Of The Beholder", the game-changing "One", "Harvester Of Sorrow", "To Live Is To Die", "Dyers Eve" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 remastered version.)

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OGJB Quartet (Oliver Lake/Graham Haynes/Joe Fonda/Barry Altschul)Bamako ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A quartet with a name that you might not have heard before, but which stands for the first initials of the four great members of the group – Oliver Lake on alto and soprano sax, Graham Haynes on cornet, Joe Fonda on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums, percussion, and mbira! There's a long-burning spirit to the record that really takes us back to some of Lake's greatest moments from decades past – and which really seems to elevate Haynes more than usual too – and Fonda is superb in the setting, often working with full, thoughtful lines on his bass that are especially illuminating. Altschul is incredibly sharp and focused – almost working in a mode that's more Ed Blackwell than some of his other work – and the whole thing is superb, an instant classic from a group we hope to hear more from. Titles include "Bamako", "Listen To Dr Cornel West", "3 Phrase 09", "Just A Simple Song", "Be Out S'Cool", and "Is It Alright". CD

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Sonny RedSonny Red ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic album as a leader from Sonny Red – a saxophonist who never got much chance to record under his own name, but always gave us something special when he did! Sonny recorded famously with Donald Byrd and Curtis Fuller in the 60s – but here, he's in an even hipper 70s mode of his own – a bit modal, a bit spiritual – in ways that make the whole album feel like some of the best 70s efforts on the Black Jazz label, with a righteous quality we might never have expected in Red a decade before! Sonny blows tenor, alto, and flute – all of them with a sharp, soulful edge – and he works here in a fantastic quartet that includes Cedar Walton on piano, whose own shadings give the record a lot of depth – plus the great Billy Higgins on drums, and Herbie Lewis on bass. Titles include a great remake of "Mustang", which Red recorded with Donald Byrd – plus "And Then Again", "Love Song", "Tears", and "Rodan". CD

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Rolling StonesThrough The Past Darkly – Big Hits Vol 2 ... LP
London, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
Loads of late 60s classics from the Rolling Stones – served up in a special set dedicated to the late Brian Jones! The music here really shows the darkening side of the Stones' sound – and titles include "Paint It Black", "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow", "2000 Light Years From Home", "Mother's Little Helper", "She's A Rainbow", "Let's Spend The Night Together", and "Street Fighting Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing in the octagonal gatefold cover, with some surface wear.)
Also available Through The Past Darkly – Big Hits Vol 2 (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 34.99

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Rolling StonesThrough The Past Darkly – Big Hits Vol 2 (180 gram orange vinyl pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
London/Abkco, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
Loads of late 60s classics from the Rolling Stones – served up in a special set dedicated to the late Brian Jones! The music here really shows the darkening side of the Stones' sound – and titles include "Paint It Black", "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow", "2000 Light Years From Home", "Mother's Little Helper", "She's A Rainbow", "Let's Spend The Night Together", and "Street Fighting Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary limited edition pressing – on heavyweight orange vinyl and in a die-cut sleeve – octagonal, just like the original!)
Also available Through The Past Darkly – Big Hits Vol 2 ... LP 16.99

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SouliveNext ... CD
Blue Note, 2002. Used ... $3.99
This funky combo kicks it hard on their second Blue Note album – expanding the group a bit more to include an alto player, which makes for a nice choppy jazz funk sound! The record's got a few appearances by famous guests – including Amel Larrieux, Black Thought, Talib Kweli & Hi Tek, and Dave Matthews – who were probably included by Blue Note to hype the set to a more mainstream audience. The real talent, though, comes from the group – as Soulive sound tighter than ever here, grooving with a choppy intensity that hardly needs extra help – and which grooves through most of the record as the real core of the excitement! Titles include "Tuesday Night's Stand", "Fluries", "Liquid", "Joyful Girl", "Whatever It Is", "Alkime", "ED Hambone", "Bridge To Bama", "I Don't Know", and "Clap!". CD
(Out of print. BMG club pressing.)

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✨✧ Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively political, but never overwrought – and Tapscott is playing with a strong quintet that includes Black Arthur Blythe on alto, David Bryant and Walter Savage on bass, and Everett Brown on drums. The lineup is great – and Blythe is a real revelation, with a tone and style that's different than some of his later work, but equally soulful – and the use of two basses makes for some wonderful rhythmic elements that really drive the modal energy of the music. The set includes an important early version of "The Dark Tree" – a modal groover that's one of Tapscott's lasting legacies – plus the tunes "Niger's Theme", "For Fats", and "The Giant Is Awakened". CD

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Buddy TerryAwareness ... LP
Mainstream, 1971. Sealed Gatefold ... $19.99
A surprisingly soulful session from saxophonist Buddy Terry – a really righteous little record that reminds us a lot of work from the Strata East or Black Jazz labels! Buddy's working here with a relatively large group, but in a way that's really free and spontaneous – not nearly as tightly arranged as other records on the Mainstream label – and almost in the spirit of some righteous larger jazz ensemble. Players include Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano and Fender Rhodes, Buster Williams on bass, Mtume on percussion, and Roland Prince on guitar – all working together at a really organic, soulfully searching level that rivals the great Frank Foster album on Mainstream from the same stretch. Terry himself plays soprano, tenor, flute, and percussion – and titles include "Stealin Gold", "Abscretions", "Kamili", "Sodom & Gomorrah", and the extended "Awareness" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent French reissue on Wewantsounds. Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front.)

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TomsToms ... LP
Black Sheep, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A rare slice of power pop from the end of the 70s – just the kind of indie label gem that makes the genre so great! In a world where so many other groups were getting punky or quirky, The Toms keep things tight and right – really focusing on catchy melodies and well-penned rhythms – delivered with a simple, straightforward approach that's free from gimmicks, but plenty darn compelling. Lyrics are pretty fresh, but also have a sort of "instant classic" feel – making you wonder if you'd heard the songs before, given the way they grab you right away. Titles include "Let's Be Friends Again", "You Must Have Crossed My Mind", "Other Boys Do", "The Door", "It's Needless", "The Flame", "Think About Me", and "Better Than Anyone Else". LP, Vinyl record album

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TwinkleGirl In A Million – The Complete Recordings ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Groovy Brit girl pop from Twinkle – a singer who shone briefly for a stretch in the 60s, which is when most folks know her songs – but who also recorded some more obscure material in the 70s – which gets included here on a nicely expanded set! Twinkle's got a style that's maybe a bit more dreamy than some of her UK contemporaries – less the brash, proud pop of Cilla Black or Petula Clark than the blue-tinged styles of some of the American girl singers of the time – especially some of those who were best at weepy ballads and songs of loss. Yet Twinkle's also much more of an enigma – as she wrote most of the material herself, and sort of sprung on the scene out of nowhere – with enough personal presence that she's not just another girl singer run through a few changes in the studio. The package features a whopping 43 tracks in all – all of her Decca label recordings, plus more for the Instant and President labels, plus a record producer Mike D'Abo, later 70s material, and even some live tracks too – with titles that include "Micky", "Terry", "Take The Trouble", "For Sale", "Smoochie", "Jane", "Joanna", "Bowden House", "I Am A Woman", "The End Of The World", "Sha La La La Lee", "Days", "Caroline", and "The End Of The World". CD
 
 
 



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