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CommonA Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 ... LP
Loma Vista, 2021. New Copy ... On February 5, 2021
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CommonA Beautiful Revolution Pt 1 (red, white & blue marble vinyl pressing) ... LP
Loma Vista, 2021. New Copy ... On February 5, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited indie exclusive version!)

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✨✧ CommonElectric Circus ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used ... $2.99
NuHop? Common newcomers who buy Electric Circus for the single with Mary J Blige are going to be left with some head scratching – but if you like the spiritual/psychedelic Com that was hinted at on Like Water For Chocolate, this may be the follow up you were waiting for! This is still hip hop – with production by the Neptunes, Jay Dee, ?uestlove and others, but it's definitely a boundary stretcher. The mood runs from Roots style soul bumpers to Hendrix and Eugene McDaniels style feedback heavy freakouts. There's a guest on nearly every track, mostly from the Okayplayer camp and NuSoul titans, including Bilal, Omar, Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and others. We won't lie to you, we miss the Chicago hip hop Common that kicked insight over raw and soulful productions, but you can't fault the guy for being an artist, and he really has crafted something original here. A great cover – a kind of rainbow drenched cut and paste photo collage of the contributors and inspirations with Com out front, sort of reminding us of Tribe's Midnight Maurauders, and even Sgt. Pepper. Tracks include "Ferris Wheel", "Soul Power", "The Hustle", the first single "Come Close", "New Wave", "Star *69", "Jimi Was A Rock Star" and more. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ CommonFinding Forever ... LP
Geffen, 2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
Common lean, filler free late 80s Finding Forever – a set that's definitely the thematic follow up to the semi-comeback BE LP – and a solid one, with highpoints that equal Com's best work of the decade! The set is largely produced by Kanye West, with some terse, harder hitting moments, some laidback and soulful ones, and some really nice homages to Dilla and DJ Premier. Another winner from Com at a point just after he hit a late peak and was still riding high! Titles include "Start The Show", "The People", "Drivin' Me Wild" feat Lily Allen, "I Want You", "Southside" feat Kanye West, totally killer "The Game" featuring scratches by Premier (and a sound that's a total Primo tribute), "U Black Maybe", "So Far To Go" feat D'Angelo, "Break My Heart", "Misunderstood" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Common PeopleOf The People, By The People, For The People ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the best psych albums we've ever heard on Capitol from the 60s – an introspective session with lots of space, sounds, and plenty of dark corners! The album reminds us a lot of work by Gandalf, who also recorded for Capitol at the time – very laid back at times, with a gentle approach to the music that also lapsed into some jazzy phrasing at certain points. Quite nice overall, with a really great little sound – and titles that include "This Life She Is Mine", "Girl Said", "Land Of A Day", "Hudson Hill Feeling", "They Didn't Even Go To The Future", "Soon There'll Be Thunder", "Those Who Love", and "Why Must I Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram reissue.)

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BelongCommon Era ... LP
Kranky, 2011. Near Mint- ... $24.99
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Sam JonesSomething In Common ... CD
32 Jazz, 1977. Used ... $22.99
It's not often that Sam Jones gets the chance to record as a leader with a group larger than a trio – but when he does, the results are always great – and this album's no exception! Jones is working here on a date that's easily one of his best ever – a sextet outing that features Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Slide Hampton on trombone, Bob Berg on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums. The trio of Jones, Walton, and Higgins is well documented on other albums – but expanded to a sextet here, the group really opens up their sound – letting the horns search out majestically over the top of the tunes, while Walton provides those round, warm tones that make numbers like these dance in a lyrical beauty that he first displayed when working with the Jazz Messengers in the early 60s. Titles include a great 12 minute take on Jones' "Seven Minds", the always-great Walton classic "Bolivia", and the titles "Every Man Is A King", "For All We Know", and "Blue Silver". CD
(Out of print.)

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Charles Rumback & Ryley WalkerLittle Common Twist ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
A wonderful instrumental duo effort from drummer Charles Rumback and guitarist Ryley Walker – the former a vital player in the Chicago jazz and experimental scene, the latter one one time Chicago, now NYC based player who has been as important as anyone taking the folk and blues-steeped avant garde acoustic guitar influences of Jansch, Fahey and others into new realms. Where their previous work together and some more angular edges, this one his a more hypnotic sound overall, with loose folk passages that flow into surprisingly futuristic sounds, with producer John Hughes on synth and electronics. Thrill Jockey continues to be an welcoming home to progressive instrumental music. Includes "Half Joking", "Self Blind Sun", "Idiot Parade", "And You, These Sang", "Menebhi", "Ill-Fitting/No Sickness", "If You're Around And Down" and "Worn And Held". CD
Also available Little Common Twist ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Charles Rumback & Ryley WalkerLittle Common Twist ... LP
Thrill Jockey, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 20.99
A wonderful instrumental duo effort from drummer Charles Rumback and guitarist Ryley Walker – the former a vital player in the Chicago jazz and experimental scene, the latter one one time Chicago, now NYC based player who has been as important as anyone taking the folk and blues-steeped avant garde acoustic guitar influences of Jansch, Fahey and others into new realms. Where their previous work together and some more angular edges, this one his a more hypnotic sound overall, with loose folk passages that flow into surprisingly futuristic sounds, with producer John Hughes on synth and electronics. Thrill Jockey continues to be an welcoming home to progressive instrumental music. Includes "Half Joking", "Self Blind Sun", "Idiot Parade", "And You, These Sang", "Menebhi", "Ill-Fitting/No Sickness", "If You're Around And Down" and "Worn And Held". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Little Common Twist ... CD 13.99

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Walter Smith III & Matthew StevensIn Common 2 ... CD
Whirlwind, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on the guitar, warmed up nicely by the tenor! Other group members include Micah Thomas on piano, Linda May Han Oh on bass, and Nate Smith on drums – and the tunes bubble and pulsate with really fresh, unique rhythms that match the energy of the tenor and guitar, as the group make their way through some well-penned tunes by both Smith and Stevens. Titles include "Little Lamplight", "Opera", "Type Rider", "Van Der Linde", "Clem", "Cowboy", "Lotto", and "Provinces". CD
Also available In Common 2 (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP 26.99

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Walter Smith III & Matthew StevensIn Common 2 (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Whirlwind, 2020. New Copy ... $26.99 28.99
A great second set from this group led by tenorist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens – music that rings out with a really beautiful, resonant sound right from the very first note – a unique blending of the two instruments, in ways that often have lots of edges and angles on the guitar, warmed up nicely by the tenor! Other group members include Micah Thomas on piano, Linda May Han Oh on bass, and Nate Smith on drums – and the tunes bubble and pulsate with really fresh, unique rhythms that match the energy of the tenor and guitar, as the group make their way through some well-penned tunes by both Smith and Stevens. Titles include "Little Lamplight", "Opera", "Type Rider", "Van Der Linde", "Clem", "Cowboy", "Lotto", and "Provinces". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available In Common 2 ... CD 13.99

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Mike Sopko/Bill Laswell/Tyshawn SoreyOn Common Ground ... CD
MOD Reloaded, 2020. New Copy ... On January 29, 2021
... CD

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✨✧ Ray Brown/Milt JacksonMuch In Common ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first albums in what was to become a very successful pairing – the bass of Ray Brown and the vibes of Milt Jackson, working here in a down-homier setting that was miles away from his work with the MJQ! The set's got a light jazzy backing on most tracks – with some guitar from Kenny Burrell, some piano by Hank Jones, and some organ by Wild Bill Davis – and about half the tracks on the set feature vocals by gospel singer Marion Williams, singing here in a jazz/gospel style that comes across with a lot less of the hoke than you'd expect. Titles include "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Nancy", "Much In Common", and "Gravy Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ John PrineCrooked Piece Of Time – The Atlantic & Asylum Albums 1971 to 1980 (John Prine/Diamonds In The Rough/Sweet Revenge/Common Sense/Bruised Orange/Pink Cadillac/Storm Windows) (7CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, 1970s. New Copy 7CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic run of records – music that firmly established John Prine as one of the most inventive singer/songwriters of the 70s! Prine rose up out of the Chicago folk scene of the 60s – but he soon became something different than just a folk or country singer – even though he was admired strongly by both worlds of music. Instead, John's songs took on this new sense of wit and bite learned from folk, but delivered in a style that was maybe less preachy – but also not as rural as the vibe of country tunesmiths who were changing things up at the time. There's definitely echoes of the work of Kris Kristofferson or Shel Silverstein in Prine's words – but the execution is completely his own, and transforms wonderfully over the course of these records – at a level that shows just how much the singer was able to keep ahead of the pack, and keep his contributions relevant over the years. The box features the full albums John Prine, Diamonds In The Rough, Sweet Revenge, Common Sense, Bruised Orange, Pink Cadillac, and Storm Windows – in LP replica sleeves, with new notes, and poster inserts too. CD
(Limited edition box set!)
 
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✨✧ Hernan Gutierrez Y Su OrquestaY Ahora... La Tremenda Salsa De ... LP
Common Cause, 1980. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jason McGuinessEmpyrean Tones ... LP
Common Good, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jason McGuiness handles the keyboards, but he's also got some great help on the session too – a strong lineup of guests that includes Kamasi Washington on tenor, Phil Ranelin on trombone, and Keyon Harrold on trumpet! Drums are by Te'Amir Sweeney, who's got this crackling touch that brings a tight acoustic core next to the freer flows that McGuiness brings on keyboards – balancing the album out nicely, and grounding some of the cosmic currents of the leader – in ways that nicely hold a space between an album of electric funk and spiritual jazz! Titles include "Titals", "Cosmos", "Discipline", "Empyrean Tones", and "Black Messiah Project". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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John Barry/Elephant's Memory/The Groop/NilssonMidnight Cowboy (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... $43.99
A sublime soundtrack from John Barry – common, to be sure, but also a wonderfully-crafted set that goes way beyond the stereotypes of his work for the James Bond films! The record is probably best known for Nilsson's famous version of the Fred Neil tune "Everybody's Talkin" – which is great in itself – but it's Barry's own work on the title theme that we totally love. "Midnight Cowboy" is a darkly turning slowly pondering tune that will haunt us until the day we die – performed here on the original number with a sad-tinged harmonica that unites both the country of Joe Buck's roots and the sleaze of the love generation. The tune's great – and is matched here by the whimsy of "Florida Fantasy", and the Barry tracks "Fun City" and "Science Fiction". But also, Barry acted as the overall music director for the film – and used some tracks from the hip group Elephant's Memory, plus others by The Groop – but offbeat acts who really fit the spirit of the film. The record's almost worth it just for the cut "Old Man Willow", a really tripped-out longer track from Elephant's Memory – swirling around in organ and hippie vocals, and oddly echoing the main Barry theme of the set at times! This stunning 2CD set features a massive 42 tracks in all – the original album, which features bonus tracks by Barry, Lesley Miller, Nilsson, and The Groop – plus 23 more tracks from the film score – which really expand on all the cool touches that Barry brought to the instrumentation! CD

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✨✧ Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli)Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (original pressing) ... CD
Rawkus, 1998. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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 commercial leaning themes of the day and well beyond. Stand out cuts include "Definition" "Twice Inna Lifetime", "Children's Story", "Respiration" featuring Common Sense – and other tracks include "Brown Skin Lady", "Yo Yeah", "Thieves In The Night" and more. CD
(Out of print, includes slipcase.)

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Richie ColeAlto Madness ... LP
Muse, 1977. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Nothing too mad here, but a wonderful record that really shows the genius of Richie Cole in the 70s! Cole on Muse is a wonderful combination – sharp-edged alto sax, rooted in tradition – but let loose on some freer soul jazz modes as well, really showing the strong jazz underground that was bubbling strongly at the time. Cole's alto is set up beautifully with rhythm from Harold Mabern on piano, Rick Laird or Steve Gilmore on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums – and the record also features percussion from Ray Mantill and guitar from Vic Juris – both players who shape the sound of the record differently than you might expect. As on other Cole records of the time, Eddie Jefferson makes a great guest appearance – singing wonderfully on "Moody's Mood 78" and "The Common Touch" – the latter of which is a great lost bit of Jefferson from the 70s. Other cuts include "Cole's Nocturne", "The Price Is Right", "Remember Your Day Off", and "Last Tango In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)

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John CorbettVinyl Freak – Love Letters To A Dying Medium ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 24.95
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to embrace even at the height of the CD era – so much so that he talked Downbeat magazine into letting him write a special column on musical delights that had never made it to the digital format! Corbett helped plenty of music get reissued on CD himself – thanks to countless label projects – but he also always held a special place in his heart for the kinds of records that never got reissued – and those are the sorts of titles featured here – a massive run of music that runs from jazz to funk, American and European, totally obscure to completely common – presented beautifully together in this massive book! The volume doesn't just bring together Corbett's columns, but also offers up full color reproductions of all the record covers, along with a few other details too – to support efforts on dozens of artists – a huge list that includes Melvin Jackson, Bill Leslie, Black Grass, Night Blooming Jazzmen, Phil Seamen, Khan Jamal, Klaus Doldinger, The Mad-Hatters, Tommy Jones, Guy Warren, The Three Souls, United Front, Johnny Lytle, London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Paul Smoker, AK Salim, Noah Howard, Jack Wilson, and many others – a good number of whom have yet to be reissued. The book is wonderful – and Corbett's longtime declaration of being a vinyl freak is more important than ever, given the rebirth of the medium! Book is 250 pages, softcover, with color images. Book

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Lou CourtneyI'm In Need Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements – and the record's got a wonderfully full soul sound – with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads – all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of – sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album – and filled with great tracks like "I Will If You Will", "I'm In Need Of Love", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", "Somebody New Is Loving On You", and "The Common Broken Heart" – plus with the bonus cuts "Beware" and "Why". CD

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Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max RoachMoney Jungle (Douglas) ... LP
United Artists, 1962. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The real success factor here is Ellington, who was hitting a point in his career when he was really beginning to experiment again – as you'll hear in the beautifully angular piano lines that he lays next to Mingus' bass and Roach's lively drums. The set's nearly all originals, and titles include "Money Jungle", "Le Fleurs Africaines", and "Wig Wise". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Douglas Collection pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Everly BrothersDown In The Bottom – The Country Rock Sessions 1966 to 1968 (Hit Sound/Sing/Roots/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Warner/RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD set ... $24.99
Three overlooked gems by the Everly Brothers – all very different than their early hits, and very much in the hippest territory the duo would ever hit! First up is The Hit Sound Of The Everly Brothers – a really amazing little album, and not a set of the pair's earlier hits, but instead an all new recording that has the duo moving into rootsier modes that rub shoulders with the same country rock territory of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers! In truth, Don and Phil Everly are probably more important to the rise of the sound than anyone else – as their early work took a bluegrass harmony style, and moved it onto the rock charts – yet here, they almost seem to move backwards, and nod back to their roots – while still showcasing plenty of electric guitar in the mix. Most tunes are hits by other artists, but transformed with very hip late 60s Warner presentation – think Beau Brummels on Bradley's Barn – and titles include "Devil's Child", "Legend In My Own Time", "I'm Movin On", "Let's Go Get Stoned", "She Never Smiles Anymore", and "Sea Of Heartache". Sing is a record that has The Everly Brothers in a completely different mode than before, as you might guess from their look on the cover – a record that has Don and Phil moving into some very cool rootsy territory – really opening the door towards a generation of country rock to come, but at a level that reminds us that they maybe got the whole thing going in the first place! Production is in a very cool late 60s Warner Brothers mode – echoes of folk, psych, and sunshine in the mix – but all handled with this mature style that's at once sophisticated, yet completely down to earth – in a set of original tunes by the brothers, plus some gems from Terry Slater too – completely wonderful music that includes "Bowling Green", "A Voice Within", "I'm Finding It Rough", "Do You", "Mary Jane", "It's All Over", and "Talking To The Flowers". Roots is sublime country rock and superb vocals from the Everly Brothers – an album as close to our hearts as the much more hipster-celebrated work of the era by Gram Parsons, the Byrds and others! The Everlys grasped onto their significance throughout the 60s by hopping from trend to trend with little success – but they finally nailed it in 1968 with this effort. (Artistically, if not commercially.) The boys apply their staggering harmonies to country and country-ish material, adding their own unique spin to the tunes – and earnestly work in some montages of their family radio shows from the early 50s! It's easily their most endearing work of the 60s. Produced by Lenny Waronker with strings by Nick DeCaro. Includes wonderful versions of Jimmie Rodgers' "T For Texas", "Shady Grove", Randy Newman's "Illinois", Ray Price's "You Done Me Wrong", Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and "Sing Me Back Home", plus "Ventura Boulvard" and "Turn Around" written by Ron Elliot of Beau Brummels. 3CD set features lots more bonus tracks – including "When Eddie Comes Home", "Empty Boxes", "Milk Train", "Lord Of The Manor", "My Elusive Dreams", "You're Just What I Was Looking For Today", "Omaha", "Mr Soul", Shop Girl", "Human Race", "A Little Bit Of Crazy", "Nothing But The Best", and "Love Of The Common People". CD

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FlamingosSound Of The Flamingos ... LP
End, Late 50s. Fair ... $2.99
A totally hard to find harmony vocal set on the End label, with nothing but pure heavenly east coast harmonies. Unlike other groups, who added a lot of filler to their LPs, the Flamingos always sang top notch material, so this set plays more like an album than the collection-of-singles type sets that were common around this time. A veritable motherlode of seminal cuts, with 10 nice numbers in all including "Goodnight Sweetheart", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "I'm In The Mood For Love", "As Time Goes By", 'Where Or When", "In The Still Of The Night", "When I Fall In Love", "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Everybody's Got A Home (But Me)" and "Love Walked In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label stereo pressing, matrix ending in 1A/1B. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover is lightly stained and wavy on the bottom half, with a name in red marker on back.)

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Food BrainShinjuku Mad ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $29.99
A heavy rock soundtrack from Japan – one served up with lots of freaky, fuzzy touches! The instrumentation here includes piano, guitar, bass, and drums – and all tracks are instrumental, with a cool groove that takes off nicely from the American psyche hinterland of the period – almost a soundtrack use of the kind of grooves you might find on rare Mainstream rock albums. Like those sides, some of these have a bit of funk at the bottom, while others are a bit bluesy – and overall, the instrumental approach really helps the music avoid any common cliches of the genre. CD comes with some images from the film – which looks like a really crazy movie! CD

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Lowell FulsomSoul (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $22.99
The title gets it right here – as the album's as much a soul effort as a blues one – and is a nice change from the sound of Lowell's earlier years! There's still plenty of grit in the grooves here – and even with the front cover proclamation, the album's still one that's best filed in the blues racks – but the album does show a great mixing of modes that was common for some of the west coast releases on the Kent label at the time – the kind of south LA blend of sounds from the east mingled with the 60s changes going on in its own community. Lowell's vocals have a hard-bitten edge that's totally great, and instrumentation includes some heavy piano and guitar, plus some of the heavier rhythms that point towards his famous Tramp sound to come. The album has a pretty nice soulful feel – a bit rootsy, but also with some urban electric touches that go nicely with Lowell's vocals – and titles include "Shattered Dreams", "Talkin Woman", "Black Nights", "Sittin Here Thinkin", "Every Time It Rains", and "My Aching Back". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Strange Feeling" and "Trouble I'm In". CD

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Benny GreenBenny's Crib ... CD
Sunnyside, 2020. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A sweet trio set from Benny Green – one that has him on electric piano more than acoustic – and which also has some other great surprises along the way! Benny's command of the electric instrument is great – blocky in attack, but warmly spreading out as the notes emerge – given gentle rhythm accompaniment from David Wong on bass and Aaron Kimmel on drums – players who drop out in a few spots, and who really seem just like extra icing next to the core rhythmic approach of the leader! There's guest flute from Anne Drummond on two tracks, vocals from Veronica Swift on one more – and titles include "Coral Keys", "Harold Land", "Central Park South", "Benny's Crib", "Something In Common", and "Seascape". CD

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... CD
Stax, 1969. Used ... $5.99
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! CD

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✨✧ Eddie Higgins Trio/Hubert LawsSoulero/Laws' Cause ... CD
Collectables, 1965/1969. Used ... $8.99
Two lost groovers from the mid 60s jazz catalog of Atlantic Records! Soulero is a very groovy session of piano trio material, recorded in Chicago by the city's "great white hope" of the 60s: pianist Eddie Higgins. The set was recorded for the Dunwich production group (who gave the world The Shadows of Knight), but was licensed to Atlantic for final release. The group's a very tight trio, with Higgins backed by Richard Evans on bass and Marshall Thompson on drums – and the resulting sound is nice and soulful, in the same tradition of Chicago piano recordings by Ramsey Lewis and Ray Bryant. Titles include "Soulero", "Tango Africaine", "Mr. Evans", and "Shelly's World". Hubert Laws' Laws' Cause is a much more fleshed-out record – and features larger arrangements scored by Laws and Chick Corea, often with a bit of a Latiny feel, as was common for Laws' records at the time. The instrumentation is pretty interesting at times – in that cool "high concept" way that labels like Atlantic and Cadet were working in at the time – and in addition to Laws' flute, there's bits of harpsichord, bassoon, sitar, and even some vocals by a young Melba Moore. Titles include "No More", "If You Knew", "A Day With You", and "Shades Of Light". CD

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Takehiro HondaJodo ... CD
Trio/Solid (Japan), 1971. Used ... $19.99
A great trio date that has Takehiro Honda working with Reggie Workman on bass and Motohiko Hino on drums – an extremely great group that really takes off in this setting! The record is one of the freer sides from Honda at the time – done in the more open, lyrical modes that were coming into prominence in Japan at the time – although still with a strong sense of rhythm, as was common in all of his work. One track features Honda on electric piano – but we're actually more partial to the acoustic numbers, as they burst out with a proud, righteous energy that's really great! Titles include "Jodo", "Lazy Dream", "The Way To Brooklyn", and "Second Country". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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J DillaShining ... CD
BBE (UK), 2006. New Copy ... $8.99
A glorious send off from J Dilla – with some of the most soulful productions Dilla's ever laid down – and appearances by Common, D'Angelo, Pharoahe Monch, Madlib, MED, Black Thought and others! It's impossible to listen to The Shining without considering the sad circumstances surrounding its release, and all too easy to over praise, but this record is filled timelessly inventive production – and passionate rhymes from the honored guests. A lot of the more leftfield, abstract touches that create most of the character on the Donuts LP are really on the outskirts of the sound here – a much richer, deeper, funky drum influenced batch of sounds. We're speechless. There's one more official posthumous LP in the can, and thank goodness for that. Tracks include in-your-f**kin' face intro "Geek Down" with Busta Rhymes, "E=MC2" feat Common, "Love Jones", "Love" feat Pharoahe Monch, "Baby" feat Madlib & Guilty Simpson, "So Far To Go" feat Common & D'Angelo (come back D', the world needs you), "Jungle Love" feat MED & Guilty Simpson, "Dime Piece (Remix)" feat Dwele, "Love Movin'" feat Black Thought and "Won't Do". CD

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JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green & Willie Den4 Trombones (Debut pressing) ... LP
Debut, Early 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
One of the best early albums on the legendary Debut label – a unique 4 trombone session that features the talents of JJ Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green, and Willie Dennis – all set to rhythm by the trio of John Lewis on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Art Taylor on drums! The players all get plenty of room to solo – stretching out nicely on the tracks, and resisting the popular multi-trombone style of ensemble work of the time. The full length album has different tracks than the similar 10" version of the session – long takes on "Trombonosophere", "Ow", "Chazzanova", and "Now's The Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Debut pressing – nice and clean! Side A label has fallen off the record (common for Debut), still included. Cover has peeled spots on front from sticker removal and a small stain at the bottom right corner.)

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Fumio KarashimaHot Islands ... CD
King/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About January 20, 2021
A more electric album than usual from pianist Fumio Karashima – but in a great way too! The album has Karashima playing Fender Rhodes, mini-moog, and other keys – in addition to his usual acoustic piano – in a driving quartet lineup with bass from Miroslav Vitous and saxes from Mabumi Yamaguchi! The sound is different than Karashima's acoustic work – a bit bolder and sometimes more spacey – but the record still strongly displays his warmth and imagination, especially on original compositions – and although in a common fusion mode of the time, there's a sense of subtlety here that we can really appreciate. A few tracks get a bit funky at the bottom, and titles include "Breeze", "American Tango", "By Road", "Hot Islands", "Chardin Square", and "Merry Go Round". CD

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Femi KutiFight To Win ... CD
MCA, 2001. Used ... $2.99
Fela's funky son is back – sounding more soulful than ever! The album's a great one – an incredibly solid effort that's light years beyond Femi's first two LPs – spanning a globe of grooves with one foot in his father's Afro Funk tradition, and another in the future of soul, hip hop, and funk. The set features guest work by Common, Money Mark, Mos Def, and others – and tracks include "Do Your Best", "Traitors Of Africa", "Tension Grip Nigeria", "Fight To Win", "Stop AIDS", "Alkebu-Lan", "One Day Someday", and "Missing Link". CD
(Out of print.)

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Malik YusefGreat Chicago Fire – A Cold Day In Hell ... CD
Bungalow, 2003. Used ... $3.99
A pretty nice album from Malik Yusef – another exhibit in Chicago's case for hip hop recognition nationwide! Common, Juice, Kanye West, Twista and lots of others current and former residents make appearances here – a really soulful and smooth record that seems to be as much influenced by R.Kelly's nuts-n-bolts synth soul tracks as anything from the hip hop underground. That's not a rub – it works really well with the laid back rhymes, and it actually comes off pretty uniquely in the straight up hip hop realm. Tracks include "A Cold Day In Hell", "How Wild Are You", "Wouldn't You Like To. . ." with Common & Kanye, "I Spit", "Struggle", "Woman Where Is Your Soul" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Les McCannLes McCann Sings ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Very Good+ ... $7.99
An early vocal set from Les McCann – quite unusual, and pretty darn soulful as well! The album's done in a mode that foreshadows Les' move to soul during the 70s, and features him singing to some hip arrangements by Gerald Wilson – in a soulful, jazzy style that was common for LA of the mid 60s – somewhere in a space between Lou Rawls and Arthur Prysock – with all the hip, adult aspects you'd expect from those references! Tunes include a fair bit of standards, but swung in really fresh ways by Wilson – and McCann's got this restrained style of singing that's really great – almost as if he's hiding a broken heart beneath his groove. Tracks include "It's Way Past Suppertime", "Next Spring", "Bye Bye Black Bird", "Deed I Do", "I Cried for You", and "Wonder Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing, with deep groove.)

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Roberto MenescalBoy From Ipanema Beach (aka Bossa Nova De Roberto Menescal) ... LP
Kapp, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
A excellent set of instrumental bossa nova tunes by Roberto Menescal – one of Brazil's true musical geniuses of the 60s! The arrangements are bossa, but much more off-kilter than usual, with a weird edge, and groovy instrumentation, like vibes, that are not that common on Brazilian material from this period. The overall mood of the material is incredible, and the record shines with a freshness you'll be hard pressed to find on other bossa releases. Titles include "Negro", "Inverno", "Bolinha De Papel", "Samba De Verao", "Girl From Ipanema", and "O Amor Que Acabou". LP, Vinyl record album

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Monday MichiruDouble Image ... CD
Polygram (Japan), 1998. New Copy ... $8.99
A real turning point for Monday Michiru – a set that has the Japanese singer moving into more complex rhythms than some of the straighter soul of her initial releases – really keeping things interesting as she stretches out lyrically too! Monday arranged and produced most of the record – although she also has help from some great guests, as was common in her early years – a lineup that includes DJ Krush, Mondo Grosso, Byron Wallen, and The Angel – all of whom add some creative energy to the project. There's a touch of drum and bass in the mix at times, but the key highlight is Monday's great sense of song and her fantastic vocals – soaring out as one of the few late 90s audiences who can take things over the top to a whole new audience. Cuts include "Reflexions", "You Make Me", "Island Of The Saints", "Method 2 The Madness", "Double Image", and "Scheme Of Things". CD
(Please Note – CD case has a sticker in Japanese on the back.)

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Riz OrtolaniGege Bellavita ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1979. New Copy ... $8.99
A catchy little soundtrack for this late 70s Italian sex spoof – a film in which the lead character's wife discovers his philandering, then decides to pimp him out to the neighbors! The score begins with a jaunty vocal tune – "Nun Me Scuccia" – which is then echoed in a few other tracks, and mixed with the kind of lighter, playful melodies that were more common in Italian comedies during the period – still mostly with acoustic instrumentation, but also touched with occasional keyboard or guitar lines. The vocal track starts and ends the score – and the set features ten more instrumental numbers in between! CD

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Patti PageLet's Get Away From It All ... LP
Mercury, 1957. Very Good ... $3.99
A travel-themed set from Patti Page – and a pretty darn great one at that! Patti nicely shakes off some of cliches here – working with full, jazzy backings, and often hitting sounds that are a bit more mature than on her familiar pop numbers – modes that nicely match the global scenes and locales featured in most of the tunes. And while the gimmick is a relatively common one for 50s vocal dates, the mix of worldly tunes really does wonders with Patti – making the set a real standout in her Mercury catalog. Titles include "Mississippi Mud", "South Of The Border", "April In Paris", "Just A Little Bit South Of North", "Basin Street Blues", "Let's Get Away From It All", and "Under Paris Skies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bubble under the gloss, along the spine.)

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David Peel & The Lower East SideHave A Marijuana ... LP
Elektra, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Probably one of the most controversial records to be issued on Elektra at the end of the 60s – a rough-edged batch of hippie dippy tracks that shares a fair bit of energy and humor with The Fugs! The tunes here are perhaps a bit more focused than the work of The Fugs, but the group explore similar territory too – not just the drug references in the title, but also the kind of offbeat word play and double-entendres that were common at the time. The set was recorded "live on the streets of New York" – and Peel sings, and plays harmonica and guitar – with other instrumentation that includes two 12-string guitars, bass, and tambourine. Titles include "Mother Where Is My Father", "Here Comes A Cop", "Up Against The Wall", "I've Got Some Grass", "I Do My Bawling In The Bathroom", and "Show Me The Way To Get Stoned". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label big E pressing.)

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PreservationEastern Medicine, Western Illness ... CD
Nature Sounds, 2020. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A strong little record that speaks its message right in its title – and which follows up with some inventive production touches that are sure to set Preservation apart from the pack! Much of the aesthetic here seeks to bridge a space between New York and China – using the melting pot of Queens as a strong springboard – sometimes with found snippets that address global issues, sometimes with slight instrumental flourishes that echo trans-Pacific culture – but all topped with rhymes from a variety of guests that really center the project in New York – contributions from Roc Marciano, YoungQueenz, Mach Hommy, Ka, Your Old Droog, Quelle Chris, AG, Grande Marshall, and others. Titles include "Rose Royce", "Medicine Drawer", "Lemon Rinds", "A Cure For The Common", "Mouth Of A River", "Money In the Wild", "A Scholar's Rock", and "Dragon Town". CD

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RebirthThis Journey In ... CD
Kajmere, 2005. Used ... $4.99
The long-awaited first full length set by Rebirth – and a record that more than lives up to all the brilliant promise the group has displayed on their first few singles! Rebirth are an amazing combo – a fully-formed funky soul ensemble with a vision that's incredibly deep – and a sense of power, poise, and cosmic energy to match the best 70s work of Earth Wind & Fire. The grooves here are often laidback and smooth – but never slick – forged out of loosely snapping percussion, warmly flowing keyboards, and these amazingly well-crafted jazzy changes – of the sort that really put the group miles above most of their contemporaries. Take it from us, this record's an instant classic – the kind that you'll be playing for years and still finding magic! Titles include "Stray Away", "Sinkin", "Got Your Madness", "Revolving Door", "Shake It", "Common Ends", and "Mark Of His Ways". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some lighnt edgewear.)

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✨✧ RootsIlladelph Halflife ... CD
Geffen, 1996. Used ... $4.99
The second major label set from The Roots, and what many consider their first and definitely not their last) irrefutable classic! We could make the case for the debut Do You Want More? as a bonafide classic, too, but this is certainly the tone certainly the one that cemented their status and one of the greatest live-tested hip hop bands. Given how strong and far reaching The Roots pedigree would become over the years, this one's all the more amazing to revisit – and it's fresh and distinctive to this day. 20 tracks including intro & outro, with "Respond/React", "Clones", "No Alibi", "No Great Pretender" "Universe At War" (featuring Common while he was still Common Sense), "What They Do", "Ital (The Universal Side)", Concerto Of The Desparado", "The Adventures In Wonderland" and more. CD
(Out of print. BMG club pressing.)

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RootsOrganix ... LP
Remedy, 1993. New Copy 2LP ... About January 5, 2021 (delayed)
The first, independent, Roots LP with so many classics that never made it to their later import and major label releases. What more can we say... Tracks include "The Roots Is Comin", "Pass The Popcorn", "The Anti-Circle", "Writers Block", "Good Music", "Grits", "Leonard I-V", "I'm Out Deah", "Essawhamah? (Live At The Soulshack)", "Popcorn Revisited", "Common Dust", "The Session (Longest Posse Cut In History)", "Carryin' On", "Peace", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RootsThings Fall Apart (3LP deluxe edition) ... LP
MCA, 1999. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... $62.99 64.99
A landmark effort from the Legendary Roots Crew – one that a lot of folks hail as their greatest album – given the lavish deluxe edition it richly deserves! Laced with jazzy soul backdrops and lyrics that are both personally and culturally reflective – and it's also the best produced Roots album to this point, with an unpredictable, yet perfect flow from track to track. Guests include Mos Def, Common, Erykah Badu and JazzyFatNastees. Titles include "The Next Movement", "Step Into The Realm", "The Spark", "Dynamite", "Without A Doubt" "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New", "Double Trouble", "Adrenaline!" and "Don't See Us". This beautiful deluxe 3LP version and includes loads of bonus tracks like ""New Years At Jay Dee's", "Y'All Know Who", "You Got Me (Me Tienes Remix)", "Quicksand Millennium", "Table Of Contents (Part 3)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe 3LP pressing – comes in great box sleeve with foldout inner sleeves and booklet!)

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SandboyEchoes ... CD
Hinterland (Germany), 2005. Used ... $1.99
A great second chapter in the career of Switzerland's Sandboy – a collection that features a few key new songs, plus great remixes of work from the Wanderlust album and a few other Sandboy remixes of other work! The remixes alone are worth the price of admission – because they expand the original Sandboy groove with a variety of spacey soul touches that we really like – but the new tracks really top off the set even more, and are a great reward to all of us who have been waiting for more material! New tracks include "Call Out" with Randolph Matthews on vocals and "Common Cause" with Clara Hill – and remixes include "Lua Nua (Smiles Ahead three trees rmx)", "Les Eclairs (Leroy Schlimm rmx)", "Written In The Leaves (Break Reform rmx)", "BSB (Gerd's 4lux rmx)", and "Viver (Butti 49 re-fusion)" – plus remix tracks "So Real (Sandboy rmx)" by Gerd with Vanessa Freeman and "Brain Mousse (Sandboy's moisturizing rmx)" by Plastyc Buddha. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Keely SmithEssential Capitol Collection ... CD
Capitol, 1950s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Lovely work from Keely Smith – the vocalist best known for her classic duets with Louis Prima in the 50s, but a singer who shines equally well on her own! This massive package is stuff with solo material that Keely recorded for Capitol in the 50s – plus a few Prima duets too, and two more done with Frank Sinatra! The backings are often by Sinatra's arranger Nelson Riddle, and have that perfect poise that Sinatra got back at Capitol – classy, jazzy, and swinging – a perfect fit for Keely's vocals. Titles include "Nothing In Common" and "How Are Ya Fixed For Love" with Sinatra, plus "All The Things You Are", "Stardust", "When Your Lover Has Gone", "All The Way", "The Whippoorwill", "There Will Never Be Another You", "Fools Rush In", "The Song Is You", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Autumn Leaves". 27 tracks in all – including a bonus live version of "When Day Is Done", recorded in Vegas in 1958. CD

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Jeri SouthernYou Better Go Now ... LP
Decca, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $9.99
An early album that compiles material that Jeri Southern recorded in her first few years for Decca Records – tunes done in the dreamy, romantic style that was one of Southern's key calling cards in the 50s! The style is never too sleepy, nor too commercial – and instead, Jeri's got a great way of putting over a moody late nite tune without resorting to common cliches. Backings are by Sy Oliver, Camarata, Sonny Burke, and others – but the album's got a nicely unified feel, thanks to Jeri's strong vocals in the lead. Torchy stuff, but in an uncommon way – and with titles that include "When I Fall In Love", "Give Me Time", "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "Remind Me", "That Ole Devil Called Love", and "What Good Am I Without You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Twilite ToneClearing ... CD
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
A really great Stones Throw debut from Twilite Tone – a Chicago beatmaker who's been one of our local heroes for years, and who finally gets the wider exposure he's deserved for way too long! Tone's done some big name work for Common, Kanye, and others – but here, he's very much at home inside his wonderful little shell – creating these endlessly creative sounds that really move past the obvious, and which showcase the kind of richer sonic palette we would have guessed from his record shopping habits over the years! There's a few 80s electro modes that come as a great surprise, mixed with harder core elements too – and there's occasional moments of sweetness, too – a emotional range that comes across nicely, on titles that include "N'Loveagain", "Tuff Love", "The Sound", "Do It Properly", "Taxi Cab Confessions", "The Lite", "Baby Steps", and "Ancestors & Angels". CD

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Jerry Jeff WalkerMr Bojangles – The Atco/Elektra Years (Mr Bojangles/Five Years Gone/Bein Free/Jerry Jeff/Too Old To Change) (5CD set) ... CD
Atco/Morello (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $32.99
Five full albums from Jerry Jeff Walker – presented here in a box set with original album art too! First up is Mr Bojangles – a fantastic early moment from Jerry Jeff Walker – a set that contains the huge "Mr Bojangles", but also features lots of the other sorts of amazing songs that really set Walker apart from the rest! The work is poised perfectly between folk and country – both worlds that would soon revere the smartness of Jerry Jeff's songwriting skills – and a young David Bromberg is an important part of the sound, on both lead acoustic and electric guitar! The production is great – as stripped-down as a folk record, but with some of the sensitivity and jazzier currents of a singer/songwriter album – and in addition to "Mr Bojangles", other tunes include "Gypsy Songman", "I Keep Changin", "Maybe Mexico", "I Makes Money", "Little Bird", "The Ballad Of The Hulk", nd "Round & Round". Next is Five Years Gone – a set with a cover that almost looks like some 80s indie rock record – which is maybe a good indication of just how far Jerry Jeff Walker has stretched out his sound since his debut! The style here is free of the folksier elements of the past – fuller arrangements that have piano and organ doing as much as guitar – mixed with bits of dobro and vibes that shade things with more subtle country colors – even though Jerry Jeff here is a lot less of a country singer than he'd soon become! Instead, there's a very open, honest presentation – on material that is very post-folk, and in a singer/songwriter mode that should have made Walker huge at this point. Titles include "Tracks Run Through The City", "Dead Men Got No Dreams", "Janet Says", "About Her Eyes", "Seasons Change", "Help Me Now", and "Happiness Is A Good Place To Visit But It Was So Sad In Fayetteville". Bein Free is an overlooked classic from Jerry Jeff Walker – and a set that's very different than his crossover pop of a few years before! Walker here really explodes as both the singer and songwriter that would make him an underground legend in the generation of Kris Kristofferson, Kinky Friedman, and Townes Van Zandt – someone who can touch mainstream country with his styles and sound, but who was also in a very separate space – one that was hip enough to get plenty of nods from the cognoscenti in the worlds of rock, folk, and singer/songwriters. The Dixie Flyers back up Jerry Jeff here, and give the record a nicely unified sound – thanks in part to work on piano and dobro from Jim Dickinson – on titles that include "Vince Triple O Martin", "But For The Time", "A Secret", "Nobody's", "Some Go Home", "Where Is The DAR When You Really Need Them", and "I'm Gonna Tell You". On the cover of Jerry Jeff, Walker looks more like a country singer than on previous records – and he maybe sounds more like one too, but with a richness and sensitivity that maybe echoes some of the Elektra albums of the period by Mickey Newbury – although a bit more upbeat too! As with Newbury, Walker's an artist whose songs earned great money for others – but who's always maybe one of the best interpreters of his tunes – working here with offbeat shifts in styles that are far from common country, and which maybe also echo the range of modes that Kris Kristofferson would evoke on his earliest records too. Titles include "Lone Wolf", "Bad News", "I'm Not Strange", "Comfort & Crazy", "Banks Of The Old Bandera", and "Her Good Lovin Grace". Too Old To Change is a record that's maybe a bit too early in the career of Jerry Jeff Walker to earn the "too old" in the name – it was just a bit over a decade since his debut – but it's also clear that Walker has lived a lot of life in the space of time, which you can definitely her in his choice of material and vocal performance. There's less originals than before, but Jerry Jeff does a great job of moving between up-close and personal songs and a few more rockish moments – opening up the sort of space that made his records like this a key bridge between the worlds of Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle to come. Titles include "Mountains Of Mexico", "Old Nashville Cowboy", "Hands On The Wheel", "I Ain't Living Long Like This", "Too Old To Change", and "Northeast Texas Women". CD

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Cassandra WilsonNew Moon Daughter ... CD
Blue Note, 1995. Used ... $3.99
A pivotal set from Cassanda Wilson – and a record that firmly established her as one of the freshest new singers in jazz at the time! The album's awash in rootsy, dusky tones – and has an earthiness that's clearly inspired by older blues, but expressed by Cassandra in voicings that are more clearly jazz-based. Titles include an unusual range of covers – used in this way many years before the Starbucks generation of vocalists made it common place – with covers that include "Last Train To Clarksville", "Harvest Moon", "Skylark", and "Love Is Blindness" – alongside originals that include "Until", "A Little Warm Death", "Find Him", "Solomon Song", and "Memphis". CD
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✨✧ Yancey BoysSunset Blvd (with bonus instrumentals) ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
The full length debut of the Yancey Boys – Frank Nitt & Illa J – the former of the venerable duo Frank N Dank, the latter J Dilla's rhyme centric younger brother – who come together with the dual purpose of keeping J Dilla's production pedigree alive, and to simply deliver timeless, top notch Detroit hip hop! Production is provided by J Dilla's archive – and a pretty impressive roster of Dilla friends and collaborators take part as guests – include Common, Talib Kweli, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Dank, Rhettmatic, Eric Roberson, Guilty Simpson, J Roc and others. Titles include "Dilltro" with Dank, "Fisherman" feat Vice, J Rocc & Detroit Serious, "Flowers" with Kweli, Niko Grey & Rhettmatic, "Without Wings", "Beautiful" with Posdnuos, "Quicksand" with Slimkid3 & Niko Gray", "The Throwaway", "This Evening" and more. CD version includes a bonus disc with the complete Dilla instrumentals! CD

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Zap MamaAncestry In Progress (Limited Edition 2 Disc Set) ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2004. Used 2CD ... $2.99
African soul, filtered through modern Philly – and spun out with some great help from guests that include Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Bahamadia, and Common! The set's the greatest work to date from Marie Daulne – a funky batch of tunes that's overflowing with catchy numbers, and which is going for a universal soul approach that's sure to open up ears around the planet! Afro rhythms mix with modern beats – but in a way that's really fresh, and never cliched – all centered around the wonderful vocals of Daulne, who makes some incredible sounds with her voice! Titles include "Sweet Melody", "Bandy Bandy", "Yelling Away", "Show Me The Way", "Follow Me", "Miss Q'N", "Yaku", and "Alright". CD

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VariousBonehead Freaks ... LP
Belter, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Includes selections by Common Ground, Mass Temper, New Word Act II, The Looking Glass, Serpent, Sweet Tooth, King Biscuit Entertainers, Fear, Kevin Coughlin, Melodiers, Alice Blue, and Drift. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is bent a bit at the bottom right corner.)

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VariousFree Soul Meets P-Vine Jazz ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $22.99
Rare jazz gems from the 60s and 70s – all tracks from albums that have been reissued on the P-Vine label in recent years, but pulled together with an especially groovy focus for the Free Soul series! Most of these tunes are upbeat and very lively, and the strong presence of jazz vocals really links the style of the collection to the more familiar soul-based Free Soul titles – although a number of these tracks really stretch out into more spiritual jazz territory too! The CD features over 80 minutes of music – all of them great – and titles include "You've Got To Have Freedom" by Pharoah Sanders, "On A Clear Day" by Fred Johnson, "The One Who Needs You" by Vince Andrews, "Moves" by Doug Hammond, "Attica" by The Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe, "Sack Full Of Dreams" by Paul Humphrey, "He Loves You" by Janice Borla, "Feel Like Making Love" by Meta Roos, "Common Ground" by Judy Roberts, and "Dancing & Singing" by Billy Wooten. CD

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VariousMemphis 70 – The City's Funk & Soul In The Decade After Otis 1968 to 1977 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A mind-expanding look at Memphis soul – one that gets way past common cliches about the city and its music! There's a heavy dose of funk in the mix on most numbers here – a gritty, fuzzy approach to the music that seems slightly borrowed from the Detroit scene at the end of the 60s – then mixed with some rougher, rootsier southern soul styles too! But other tracks take on a more sophisticated sound too – some of the righteous elements that hit Stax in the post-1968 period, especially as Isaac Hayes and David Porter were working on their own great solo work. Yet unlike Hayes and Porter, most of the artists here are much lesser-known – singers and groups who never charted big, but who got the chance to record for Memphis labels like XL, Stax, Select-O-Hits, and Sounds Of Memphis. CD features 20 tracks in all – and titles include "Dig It" by The Optimistics, "Mississippi Mud" by Smithsonian, "Two Paces Ahead Of Love" by Willie Walker, "Pullin" by The Minits, "It's Bump Time" by Gene Bowlegs Miller, "Blackrock Yeah Yeah" by Blackrock, "Keep The Faith" by Mel & Tim, "Watch Dog (alt)" by Barbara & The Browns, "Come What May" by John Gary Williams, "Strange Things" by Art Jerry Miller, "Shake" by The Ovations, "Tip Toeing" by Alvin Cash, "The Way Of Me" by Hannon, "Take A Giant Step" by LaCleve Milon, "Papa Killed A Chicken" by Willie Toliver, and "Don't Boom Boom" by Lillian Hale. CD

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VariousModern Jazz Dance Classics Vol 2 – Compiled By Jeff The Fish ... LP
Staubgold (Germany), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99
A great assortment of funky jazzy cuts from recent years – a stunning package that shows just how much the love of jazz on the dancefloor has exploded in the contemporary underground – in ways that are so different than the modes of decades back! Yes, there was a time when "jazz" on a dance track meant a lame sax solo or stolen sample from the 70s – but things really evolved past that, to a whole generation of artists who've really re-embraced live instrumentation mixed with clubbier rhythms – pushing things way way past the more familiar jazz funk sounds of back in the day! In other words, these cuts are new, but also resonate with some vintage elements – very fresh, and exploding with new ideas and very groovy sounds – titles that include "Finding Common Ground" by Mario Cruz, "Catfish Sandwich" by Brian Charette, "Yggdrasil" by PJS, "Theme From Quartet" by Fox Capture Plan, "Another Brick In The Wall" by Wildcard, "Falling In Love With Love" by Niki Haris, "Lisbon" by Markpaulnorton, "Gotta Be Free" by Nina Mya, "K's Dream" by Yusuke Shima, "San Gogo Fu" by Caroxfa, "Fly" by Nicole Banks, and "Jungle" by Shahin Novrasli. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Taka BoomTaka Boom ... LP
Ariola, 1979. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic club from Taka Boom – a singer with a name that was just right for the disco generation! Taka's got an approach here that's common for the time, but also a cut above – an approach to disco that's more soulful overall, and which has a bit more staying power than throwaway pop for the clubs. The album features some good help in the right places – including Chaka Khan on backing vocals, Gary Bartz on alto sax, and McKinley Jackson on some of the arrangements – all forces that nicely match the soulful impulse of Taka's vocals. Titles include "Troubled Waters", "Night Dancin", "Red Hot", "Dance Like You Do At Home", "Cloud Dancer", "You're My Everything", and "Dance Baby Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Richie ColeAlto Madness/Hollywood Madness ... CD
Muse/32 Jazz, 1977/1979. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nothing too mad here, Alto Madness is a wonderful record that really shows the genius of Richie Cole in the 70s! Cole on Muse is a wonderful combination – sharp-edged alto sax, rooted in tradition – but let loose on some freer soul jazz modes as well, really showing the strong jazz underground that was bubbling strongly at the time. Cole's alto is set up beautifully with rhythm from Harold Mabern on piano, Rick Laird or Steve Gilmore on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums – and the record also features percussion from Ray Mantill and guitar from Vic Juris – both players who shape the sound of the record differently than you might expect. As on other Cole records of the time, Eddie Jefferson makes a great guest appearance – singing wonderfully on "Moody's Mood 78" and "The Common Touch" – the latter of which is a great lost bit of Jefferson from the 70s. Other cuts include "Cole's Nocturne", "The Price Is Right", "Remember Your Day Off", and "Last Tango In Paris". Hollywood Madness, a great example of the Muse Records charm of altoist Richie Cole – bop-fired creativity at its peak, mixed with some added contemporary elements to keep things fresh! In this case, Richie's horn takes on some key bop classics, but also opens up a bit with vocalsits too – Eddie Jefferson on versions of "Hi Fly", "Relaxin At Camarillo", and "Waiting For Waits" – the latter of which also features Tom Waits as well! The Manhattan Transfer make some subtle guest appearances too – but in ways that are much more restrained than their own albums, really leaving most room for Richie's horn. Bruce Forman plays guitar and Dick Hindman piano – and titles include "Hi Fly", "Relaxin At Camarillo", "Hooray For Hollywood", "I Love Lucy", "Malibu Breeze", "Waiting For Waits", and "Tokyo Rose Sings The Hollywood Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Will DowningCome Together As One ... CD
Island, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Will Downing sounds wonderful here on this late 80s set – standing out instantly from most of his contemporaries, with a deep-toned, classic vocal approach that's simply tremendous! Even though some of the backings smack of 80s mainstream production, there's a depth here that goes beyond common commercial soul – a hipper, more mature approach that made Downing one to watch at the time – and a surprising respite from the obvious, even when smooth and mellow. Titles include "Too Soon", "The Love We Share", "Come Together As One", "I'll Wait", "Rules Of Love", "Test Of Time", "Closer To You", and "Sometimes I Cry". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max RoachMoney Jungle ... LP
United Artists, 1962. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rarely are such "meeting of the minds" sessions worth any fuss at all – but in this case, the masterful talents of the players turn what should be a snoozy "common denominator" session into a modernist classic that still crackles with excitement after all these years! The real success factor here is Ellington, who was hitting a point in his career when he was really beginning to experiment again – as you'll hear in the beautifully angular piano lines that he lays next to Mingus' bass and Roach's lively drums. The set's nearly all originals, and titles include "Money Jungle", "Le Fleurs Africaines", and "Wig Wise". Very nice! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and bent corners.)

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✨✧ Connie FrancisConnie Francis Sings Italian Favorites ... LP
MGM, 1960. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Connie Francis dips back into her New Jersey roots, and serves up a set of tunes in Italian – all nicely restyled with some of those dramatic Connie Francis pop arrangements, in a mode that works equally well on both the English and Italian lyrics of the tunes! The style is one that was common at the time – especially for male singers – but Connie's album was probably one of the biggest of the genre, and also stood out as one the most unified full records she cut at the time. Titles include "Anema E Core", "You Alone", "Volare", "There's No Tomorrow", "Santa Lucia", "Come Back To Sorrento", and "Non Dimenticar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeLove Starved Heart – Rare & Unreleased ... CD
Motown, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure chest of rarities – like a dream come true! This excellent CD features previously unissued tunes, all recorded during Marvin's prime 60s years at Motown – with a quality level that will surprise you, and a depth of great songs that will show that Marvin had way more going on than his more common records might have let on. The set's got a few clinkers, but honestly, most of the tracks are great – rare little soul tunes sung with that mixture of raspiness and sweetness that makes Marvin so great, handled with the care of the rest of his Motown work. CD
(Out of print. BMG club pressing.)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... LP
Enterprise, 1969. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Vinyl plays with a short click on "Walk On By".)
Also available Hot Buttered Soul ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Kid Creole & OthersGoing Places – The August Darnell Years 1976 to 1983 ... CD
Strut, Mid 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wide-ranging look at the talents of August Darnell – an artist who's probably best known to the world as Kid Creole, but who also had a hand in a number of other dancefloor acts of the late 70s and early 80s! All tracks here have that trademark August Darnell groove – a good ear for jazzy, playful rhythms – often with styles borrowed from previous decades in the 20th century, retooled with hipper, leaner styles for the time! Darnell was one of the first to actively reach back into the past for ideas to use on the dancefloor – and although the practice is quite common now, the tracks here have a sound that few contemporary artists could ever hope to match. And when he wanted to, Darnell could also hit a club groove as great as any other artists on the New York scene of the late 70s – a pulsing, hypnotic approach to rhythm that was probably best know from his side projects on Ze Records. The tunes go way beyond familiar Kid Creole hits – and titles include "Goin To A Showdown" and "I'm An Indian Too (12" mix)" by Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band, "Is That All There Is" by Cristina, "Paradise" and "Emile (Night Rate)" by Aural Exciters, "There But For The Grace Of God Go I (12" version)" by Machine, "Don't Play With My Emotions" by Ron Rogers, "On A Day Like Today" by Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9, "Pharoah (Can't Take It To The Grave" by Coati Mundi, "Sunshower" by Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, and the Kid Creole tracks "He's Not Such A Bad Guy After All (12" version)", "Double On Back", "Off The Coast Of Me", and "Going Places (Zemix version)". CD

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✨✧ Music Revelation EnsembleElec Jazz ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the last bold statements made by the Music Revelation Ensemble – recorded at the end of the 80s, but still very much in an angular mode that's somewhere between the Ulmer/Ornette experiments of the 70s, and some of the post-no wave jazz in New York! Neither of those comparisons are a surprise, given that the group had strong New York roots – and a lineup that includes James Blood Ulmer on guitar, David Murray on tenor sax, Amin Ali on electric bass, and Cornell Rochester on drums. Tracks are sharp-edged and freewheeling – sometimes with a ferocity that was a bit more common in the Naked City generation – and titles include "Exit", "Inter City", "Big Top", "Tap's Dance", and "No More" – all written by Ulmer. CD
(Out of print. Includes obi, back cover of booklet has a small date in pen.)

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✨✧ Jerry Jeff WalkerJerry Jeff ... LP
Elektra, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jerry Jeff Walker looks more like a country singer than on previous records – and he maybe sounds more like one too, but with a richness and sensitivity that maybe echoes some of the Elektra albums of the period by Mickey Newbury – although a bit more upbeat too! As with Newbury, Walker's an artist whose songs earned great money for others – but who's always maybe one of the best interpreters of his tunes – working here with offbeat shifts in styles that are far from common country, and which maybe also echo the range of modes that Kris Kristofferson would evoke on his earliest records too. Titles include "Lone Wolf", "Bad News", "I'm Not Strange", "Comfort & Crazy", "Banks Of The Old Bandera", and "Her Good Lovin Grace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Spike Wilner TrioLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from pianist Spike Wilner – an artist we already respect for his tireless work running the Live At Smalls series – and one that we've grown to love even more for the fresh new sound of this wonderful record! Spike's always had a way of linking styles and generations with his piano – sometimes very traditional, sometimes very personal – yet here, he finds this really wonderful groove that's somewhere in between, but very unique as well – a trio format that has the guitar of Yotam Silberstein and bass of Paul Gill often dancing alongside his own lines on piano – so that all three instruments resonate out strongly in the melody, and find new ways to spiral out together! The approach is very individual, and especially well-tuned to the wide range of material here – which includes Wilner compositions, and some other surprising choices. Titles include "Blues For The Common Man", "Pathetique", "Variations On A Popular Theme #1", "Magnetic Rag", and "Hopscotch". CD

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✨✧ VariousIn The Christmas Groove ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest Christmas compilations you could ever hope to own – but you probably guessed that already, from the cover image that pays tribute to a classic set from James Brown! The JB image is certainly well placed – as most of the tracks here are deeply funky Holiday tunes – the kind of gritty seasonal ditties that were only ever issued as funky 45s back in the day – and most really only on a local level, too! Strut's really outdone themselves with this excellent collection – as it features a fair bit of Christmas rarities we've never heard before, but which are totally wonderful – all-new tunes, not common Christmas cover versions – played and performed with a hell of a soulful feel throughout. Knock that ol' Bing Crosby record off the turntable, and give this one plenty of spins this December – and dammit, the music's so great, you may well find yourself playing the collection well into the New Year too! Titles include "Boogaloo Santa Claus" by JD McDonald, "Angel's Christmas" by Wild Honey, "Black Christmas" by Harlem Children's Chorus, "Getting Down For Xmas" by Milly & Silly, "Soul Santa" by Funk Machine, "Funky Funky Christmas" by Electric Jungle, "Christmas Present Blues" by Jimmy Reed, "Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul" by Soul Saints Orchestra, "Christmas Morning (Sean Bonniwell edit)" by Zebra, "Let's Get It Together This Christmas" by Harvey Averne, "Auld Lang Syne" by Black On White Affair, and "The New Year" by Jimmy Jules & The Nuclear Soul System. CD

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✨✧ De La SoulBizness (clean, inst, LP, acapella) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1996. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
De La teams up with Common Sense for this track from the "Stakes Is High" LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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✨✧ De La SoulGrind Date (with bonus instrumentals) ... LP
Sanctuary/BMG, 2004. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first post-Tommy Boy De La Soul album – and it's a winner! We've been on board with De La throughout their long career – anyone with open ears must know that even their spottiest records (and this is NOT one of those) feature at least a handful of treasure tracks. Two songs into Grinda Date you'll find the stellar "Verbal Clap", one of J Dilla's finest blueprint era inspired productions ever, with precise on beat rhymes by De La. Other highlights include "He Comes" with Ghostface, a soulful track that would sound just as great on Ghost's Supreme Clientele. At the time it came out, this was De La's best album since Stakes Is High, we might actually like this one just as much. Featuring production by Dave West, J Dilla, Madlib and 9th Wonder – plus guest appearances by Yummy, Ghostface, Carl Thomas, MF Doom, Common and others. Other tracks include "The Future", "Much More" feat Yummy, "The Grind Date", "Shopping Bags", "Days Of Our Lives" with Common, "Come On Down", "Rock Co. Kane Flow" featuring MF Doom and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Groove TheoryGroove Theory ... LP
Epic/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the sound is still plenty underground – and filled with the warmer tones and deeper soul styles that wouldn't be that common until years later when the Neo Soul scene rose to prominence. The overall package is the work of former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson – who plays some keys, and ensures that the rhythms are never too bombastic to overwhelm Amel's vocals. Titles include the massive stepper's cut "Tell Me" that hit huge here in Chicago – plus "Baby Luv", "Didja Know", "Come Home", "Hello It's Me", "Hey U", "Good 2 Me", "You're Not The 1", and "Boy At The Window". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stan Hunter & Sonny FortuneTrip On The Strip ... CD
Prestige/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare gem on 60s Prestige Records – and one of the earliest records to feature the incredible talents of reedman Sonny Fortune! Sonny burst into fame in the 70s as a spiritual player with a really freewheeling groove – but this late 60s date has Fortune in the company of Hammond player Stan Hunter – a very hip musician with a fluid feel that's really wonderful – and which already unlocks some amazing sounds in Sonny's alto and tenor sax! The vibe has this open sort of groove – a style that's somewhere between Don Patterson trio sides and work by Larry Young – with a freshness that really stands out from some of the more common organ/tenor modes of the time – proof that Fortune was already a hell of an innovator even at this early point. The rest of the group features Sherman Suber on guitar and John Royal on drums – and titles include a killer modal take on "Invitation", plus "Trip On The Strip", "HFR", "Sonny's Mood", "Corn Flakes", and "Yesterday". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ John Legend & The RootsWake Up (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Okayplayer, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
John Legend shakes loose of the contemporary pop soul style of his previous couple of records with a comparatively raw and direct soul vibe – revisiting some of best socially aware, emotionally resonant and still relevant songs of the 60s & 70s! The best tracks on the set are the ones that have the rawest, most live sounding groove – and there's plenty of that, as he's backed by The Roots. There's no denying John Legend's truthful love of this material, and he sings with genuine depth. They wisely choose numbers with lyrics that stand true to this day, a few of which feature fresh rhymes by guest MCs that further bridge the eras. The track selection is excellent – covering classics by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and they also go as deep as Baby Huey & Eugene McDaniels. Includes "Hard Times" with Black Thought, "Compared To What", "Wake Up Everybody" with Common & Melanie Fiona, "Our Generation" feat CL Smooth, "Little Ghetto Boy" feat Black Thought (plus the prelude with Malik Yusef), "Hang On In There", "Wholy Holy", "Shine" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange colored vinyl. Limited edition of only 1500 copies!)

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✨✧ Henry ManciniThief Who Came To Dinner ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A keyboard classic from Henry Mancini – and one of his greatest soundtracks ever! The album's far far different than most of Mancini's other work – a stripped-down, slow-funk batch of tracks that mix together keyboards and organ, riffing out over rhythm and strings, in a mode that would make Quincy Jones weep! The main theme is a stunner – and it rolls out again and again in different versions with a nice moogy bit behind it, sounding almost like an Italian soundtrack tune – but with a lot more spacey soul! The rest of the soundtrack follows suit – sliding forward in a brilliantly slinky way – all without any common cliches of the time, and an amazingly balanced groove. Titles include "Tail Gate", "Jackie's Theme", "Dog Eat Dog", "Theme From Thief Who Came To Dinner", "Getaway", and "First Job". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Rudy Ray MooreCockpit – The Third Rudy Ray Moore Album ... CD
Kent/Dolemite, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rudy Ray Moore flies the friendly skies – and turns out one of his best records of the 70s! The set is easily one of the tightest albums from Rudy's classic years – and uses a fair bit of musical backings beneath his very raunchy comedy – in ways that are sometimes funky, but also have jazzier or more soulful moments – with the kind of vibe that was common for performers like Moore in a club – as they'd usually have a small combo grooving along with their jokes. Rudy's classic "Petey Wheatstraw – The Devil's Son-In-Law" is done here in a nice extended version – and other tracks include "Have You Seen My Mule", "Like A Brother", "The Big Shipwreck", "Mop Bucket", and "Pool Shooting Monkey". And yes, the title is something of a dirty joke – but isn't that what you buy Rudy Ray Moore albums for in the first place! CD

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✨✧ Parish HallParish Hall (180 gram pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A pastoral name, but a really hard-hitting band – a power rock trio who come on with a sound that's incredibly full for such a small group! Most numbers here have some really heady bass work – rumbling at the bottom and giving a fuzzier, nastier edge to some of the tunes – and other instrumentation includes heavy drums, piano, and guitar – all used tightly, and with the sort of energy that was much more common for mainstream groups of the time, particularly in a post-Cream generation. Vocals by Gary Wagner are slightly soulful at times – a nice Bay Area sort of earnestness that really adds another layer to the record. Titles include "Dynaflow", "My Eyes Are Getting Heavy", "Silver Ghost", "Lucanna", "Skid Row Runner", "How Can You Win", "Take Me With You When You Go", and "Ain't Feelin Too Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary pressing – great tip-on cover, and 180 gram vinyl!)

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✨✧ Pseudo SlangThank God It's Not Another Mix Tape ... CD
Baby Steps, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
Genuine hip hop from Pseudo Slang – the duo of Emcee Sick & Tone Atlas – featuring dynamic wordplay, often jazzy beats and some nice turntable work from DJs Cutler, Tommee & LoPro! The overall vibe is fairly smoothed out, with mid career Dilla & Common, and late Tribe kinda sound – but the rhymes can be busy, too! 11 tracks including the intro, outro & interludes: "Back Porch Remix". Saku Koivu Rides Again", "Solitude", "Flipping", "Snowy Daze Again" and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank Sinatra/Phil Spector/Elvis Presley/Bing Crosby/Ella FitzgeraldChristmas Tale – Timeless Classic Albums (Jolly Christmas/Christmas Gift To You/Christmas Album/Merry Christmas/Swinging Christmas) (5CD set) ... CD
Vinylogy (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A great set of Christmas classics – five albums, each represented with LP-styled artwork in a box of 5 CDs! First up is Jolly Christmas by Frank Sinatra – one of the greatest Christmas albums of the 20th century – a rich tapestry of sadness and longing from Ol' Blue Eyes himself! Sure, most folks think that Christmas albums are supposed to be cheery and celebratory – but Frank, coming off of his best Wee Small Hours years at Capitol, rightly chose the sadder side of Christmas – and put together an album full of songs that really get at the bluer side of the holiday. Side one of the set includes some tremendous secular songs – the kind of mid-century tunes that often had a dark undercurrent of separation and unfulfilled desire – masquerading as holiday tunes, but in Frank's hands, coming off more like smokey late night tunes of lost love and wasted life. Side two's got some more spiritual-oriented tunes – but again, done by Frank, with arrangements by Gordon Jenkins, these tunes come off with a lot less celebratory spirit than you'd expect. Titles include "The Christmas Waltz", "Mistletoe & Holly", "The Christmas Song", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear", and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". Next is A Christmas Gift To You – Phil Spector's classic Christmas album – a swirling delight of 60s pop and soul numbers, still one of the greatest full Christmas LPs ever recorded! The whole thing is wonderful – a mix of soul, rock, and pop – all produced with that classic "wall of sound" style that made Phil Spector such an early production genius in the 60s! The music is from those magical times when boundary-busting art and craft were mixed perfectly with pop styles that anyone could instantly fall in love with – and titles include "Frosty The Snowman" by The Ronettes, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, "Marshmallow World" by Darlene Love, "Sleigh Ride" by The Ronnettes, "Winter Wonderland" by Darlene Love, "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town" by The Crystals, and "Silent Night" by Phil and other artists on the set! Next is Elvis Christmas Album – an early Holiday gem from Elvis Presley – a set that had RCA Records wisely rushing the young singer into the studio to cut a host of Christmas tunes – which ensured that Elvis would be spinning on the turntable for many seasons to come! Titles include "Here Comes Santa Claus", "Silent Night", "Blue Christmas", "White Christmas", and "Santa Bring My Baby Back". Next is Merry Christmas from Bing Crosby – which may well be THE Christmas album of the 20th century – a 50s issue of 40s singles cut by Der Bingle, packaged in a cover with a classic cover image that's ensured that the record stayed in print for dozens of Decembers in years to come! Given that Bing virtually owned Christmas on TV during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, the album's place in popular music is well-earned – and honestly, Bing's "aw shucks, I'm just reg'lar folks" sort of approach to these tunes really helped create a kind of common man secular side to the Holidays that forever transformed America's celebration of the season. Or maybe we're going to far with this one . . . But whatever the case, the album's a standard, and one we were certainly raised on. Titles include "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Adeste Fideles", "Faith Of Our Fathers", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", and "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Last up is Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – a wonderful Holiday album that's stayed fresh for years! Ella's got a perfect style to interpret these numbers – working with Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia in a set of lightly jazzy versions of Christmas favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "Frosty The Snowman", and one of the best versions of "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" ever recorded! CD

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✨✧ Twilite ToneClearing ... LP
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great Stones Throw debut from Twilite Tone – a Chicago beatmaker who's been one of our local heroes for years, and who finally gets the wider exposure he's deserved for way too long! Tone's done some big name work for Common, Kanye, and others – but here, he's very much at home inside his wonderful little shell – creating these endlessly creative sounds that really move past the obvious, and which showcase the kind of richer sonic palette we would have guessed from his record shopping habits over the years! There's a few 80s electro modes that come as a great surprise, mixed with harder core elements too – and there's occasional moments of sweetness, too – a emotional range that comes across nicely, on titles that include "N'Loveagain", "Tuff Love", "The Sound", "Do It Properly", "Taxi Cab Confessions", "The Lite", "Baby Steps", and "Ancestors & Angels". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Clearing ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ VariousDisco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground (3LP set) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2000. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection – an important re-investigation of the unusual mix of sounds and styles on the New York scene in the years after disco – a time when funk, punk, hip hop, and art were all colliding at once – providing a really fresh antidote to the staid sounds of Studio 54! The "disco" in the title should be taken lightly – as these cuts didn't play at the slick uptown dance spots – but were instead the soundtrack for the cool spots happening downtown, as the previous loft culture morphed into clubs, in this very special blend of the energy of CBGB and the underground soulful dancefloors. The set list is filled with classics from this time – and titles include "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Tell You Today (voc)" by Loose Joints, "Walking On Thin Ice (re-edit)" by Yoko Ono, "Over & Over" by Material, "Spasticus Autisticus (version)" by Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players, "Kiss Me Again (original edit)" by Dinosaur, "Move" by Nicky Siano, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "I Walk" by Don Cherry, "Voices Inside My Head" by Common Sense, and "Wheel Me Out" by Was Not Was. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pharoahe MonchInternal Affairs (red & orange swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP
Rawkus/WAR Media, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The fantastic solo debut of Pharoahe Monch – served up after a few years of guest appearances that were really raising our ears to his mighty talents! The Pharoahe returns the favor here – inviting in guest versions from Common, Talib Kweli, Canibus, Apani B Fly, Busta Rhymes, MOP, and others – all rolled into that crisply perfect production style that made Rawkus albums like this so essential at the time – and so great over the years to come. Titles include "Behind Closed Doors", "Queens", "Simon Says", "Official", "God Send", "The Next Sh*t", "Right Here", and "The Truth" – plus the great remix version of "Simon Says", with work from Method Man, Redman, and Shabaam Sahdeeq. LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary limited edition red & orange swirled vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Roy Hargrove & The RH FactorHard Groove ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
A funky collaboration of new and old players – as trumpeter Roy Hargrove explores a range of classic styles with a host of excellent guest stars! The RH Factor project includes work by Bernard Wright, Cornell Dupree, Karl Denson, and other funk luminaries – and it also features great vocal performances from the likes of Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo. The groove soars from Miles-inspired electric to the heavy funk of George Clinton – and makes plenty of side-trips in between – exploring a range of soulful jazz, both new and old, and coming off a lot better than we might have thought! Titles include "Pastor T", "I'll Stay", "Common Free Style", "Juicy", "The Stroke", "Poetry", "Liquid Streets", "The Joint", and "Forget Regret". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
 
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✨✧ Adlai Stevenson/Alexander ScourbyVoice Of The Uncommon Man ... LP
MGM, 1965. Sealed ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in the top right corner.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonIn The Uncommon Market ... LP
Pablo, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic testament of the live genius of Duke Ellington – material recorded from a few different 60s shows recorded in Europe – woven together to make an album that's every bit as magical as some of the Duke's famous studio sides from the 40s and the 50s! The choice of tunes is great – some less-familiar Ellington compositions, highlighted by that fantastic blend of modernism and swing that the group was developing strongly from the mid 50s onwards – even more so than in previous years, with a maturation in both the leader and group members that made whole new heights of colorful expression possible! Players include Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Harry Carney on saxes – and Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, and Cootie Williams on trumpets – on titles that include "Bula", "Silk Lace", "Star Crossed Lovers", "ESP", "Guitar Amour", "Kinda Dukish", and two takes on "The Shepherd", which was done for a film about Jean Miro! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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BoredomsSuper Roots 9 – Livwe! ... CD
Commons (Japan), 2007. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print, still in the original oversized jewel case!)

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Miles DavisBlue Moods ... CD
Debut/OJC, 1955. Used ... $5.99
An odd little session for Miles Davis – playing here with a great group, but one that's made up of musicians who are all uncommon sidemen for him, even at this early point in his career! Britt Woodman (a nom-du-date?) is on trombone, and Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones are in the rhythm section – plus Teddy Charles' vibes where you might expect a piano. As you might guess from the title and instrumentation, the set has more to do with Miles' more contemplative explorations of the time – his "blue moods" – than his more upbeat boppish styles, but that's where Charles' vibes come in and really make the set a great one. The group runs through a nice set of laidback, cool renditions of the tunes "Nature Boy", "Alone Together", "There's No You" and "Easy Living" – all done in nice longer takes! CD

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

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✨✧ Azar LawrenceSummer Solstice (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige/Craft, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A beautiful album of spiritual soul and Brazilian influenced jazz from Azar Lawrence – and a pretty rare one we're thrilled to have! Lawrence is a stellar sax player with a sound that's a bit like Gary Bartz, which means that he fits in perfectly with the Fantasy-era Prestige Records sound – but the sounds on this set are uncommonly rich and globally influenced. The set's predominantly acoustic, with lots of modal grooves in kind of a Strata East vein – and angular post-Coltrane playing that's very similar to Bartz's work on the Libra album from his early days. Players include Raul De Souza on trombone, Ron Carter on bass, Billy Hart on drums, Dom Salvador, who is really allowed to shine on piano on a few tracks, and drummer & percussionist Guilherme Franco, who brings a world of wonderful percussion on a couple of numbers. Titles include "Highway", "From The Point of Love", "Novo Ano", and "From The Point Of Light". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing.)

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One WayWho's Foolin Who ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... $11.99
A classic from One Way – who're still going strong in the early 80s! The group's ace in the hole was always the great work of Al Hudson – a fearless leader who kept things funky, and who wrote in some great hooks to tracks that give them uncommon strength. Case in point is the classic "Cutie Pie", which is the leadoff track here – with a funky bassline would be right at home on George Clinton's Computer Games – but it really takes flight thanks to One Way's deeper-sinking hook. The album is among their bigger hits of the period – but it's also proof that they were still going strong creatively, too. No foolin'! Lots of solid cuts, including "Runnin Away", "Who's Foolin Who", "Sweet Lady", "Give Me One More Chance" and "You're So Very Special". CD

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Johnnie Ray with Billy Taylor TrioTil Morning ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The fragile genius of Johnnie Ray is beyond compare! Johnnie had this weird wispy voice that was quite uncommon for male singers of the time (although it probably paved the way for countless falsetto acts of the past two decades) – and his strange way of putting over a song was often misunderstood in his day, but still managed to grab quite a few ears at the time. Til Morning is a jazzier set cut with the Billy Taylor Trio – titles include "My Ideal", "I'm Confessin", "Hands Across The Table", and "Day By Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 Eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Ralph StrainOnly These People Are Permitted To Buy This Album ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the most unusual albums on the Riverside label – an obscure outing from vocalist/pianist Ralph Strain – presented with a cover that lists the names of all the people who are permitted to buy the record! We're guessing that Riverside allowed unlisted folks to buy the record – although the whole thing is pretty uncommon, so maybe that wasn't the case – and the set is a nice mix of standards, with one original by Strain titled "Ralph's Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing, with silver text and microphone logo.)

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✨✧ Thug Life (2Pac)Thug Life Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Interscope, 1994. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
The first and only volume from Tupac's Thug Life group – with Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R guest appearances by YNV & Nate Dogg – raw street rap with an uncommonly soulful backdrop for the time! Thug Life came out in the midst of the early 90s gangsta rap media backlash, and whether or the final track list was a result of that or not, the mix of hardcore rhymes with some more tender soul samples of The O'Jays, Curtis Mayfield and more on a few tracks give a more contemplative vibe here and there – and Tupac is at near peak charismatic flow on his turns at the mic, too. Includes "Bury Me A G" with Natasha Walker of YNV, "Don't Get It Twisted", "Pour Out A Little Liquor", "Stay True", "Under Pressure", "Street Fame", "Cradle To The Grave", "Str8 Ballin'". LP, Vinyl record album

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Various16 Bars (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Lightyear, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 24.99
An uncommonly soul-steeped hip hop soul soundtrack and musical companion piece to the documentary 16 Bars – spearheaded by Speech from Arrested Development, in which he visited and recorded with incarcerated singers and rappers finding hope in a prison rehabilitation program. The soundtrack isn't heavy-handed in any way, rather documents the recordings in a straight forward way and lets the voices and words tell their stories. It's genuinely touching stuff. Includes "Recidivism" by Anthony Johnson feat Speech, "Broken Chains" by Devonte James, "Inspire" by Teddy Kane feat Positive Impact Choir, "Lost One" by Teddy Kane, "Lay My Burden Down" by Garland Carr feat The REAL Program Chorus, "Two Stamps" by Garland Carr. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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VariousUnissued Sixties Garage Acetates Volume 5 – You Tore My Brain! ... LP
Norton, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Norton Records, the reigning deep garage rock relic hunters, still digging up gold – rugged, shambling r&b fueled, punk rock prefiguring singles from 1964-1968 – stuff that's never even been officially released! The stuff runs the gamut from raw, but capable blue eyed interpretations of r&b, to wild instrument bashing in the most hard charging and stumbling tradition. Some of it's ultra low fi, others have a clarity that could have pushed it closer to the mainstream – totally great stuff that's gotta be fresh news to even the most devoting 60s garage enthusiasts! Includes some great tracks by unknown artists, plus The Pharoahs, IVBidden, Jams Street Overpass, Sir Winston & The Commons and more. Titles include "Sick And Lonely" by IVBidden, "Watusi" by Invictas, "No Sorrow" by Sir Winston And The Commons, "I Can't Go On" by Fanatics, "The Hunter" by Unknown, "She Can't See" by James Street Overpass and more. 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ English BeatSpecial Beat Service ... CD
IRS, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The third album from The English Beat and another step further away from their rougher roots – which may not have sat well with strident fans of their earlier, punchier ska revival sounds – but it stands up today as one of the most timeless leftfield pop albums of the early 80s! The Beat never discarded their calypso, ska, rocksteady inspirations, they simply expanded upon them – and there's plenty of hooky, catchy songcraft on Special Beat Service – as well as the uncommonly soulful pop of songs like "Save It For Later"! Other tracks include "I Confess", "Jeanette", "Sorry", "Sole Salvation", "She's Going", "End OF The Party", "Ackee 1 2 3" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Raphy LeavittJibaro Soy ... CD
Borinquen, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early classic from the great Raphy Leavitt – one of the leading underground lights of the 70s salsa scene, especially if you get away from the Fania/Tico side of the universe! There's a strong sense of soul to the record right from the start – one that comes more from the delivery of the lyrics, and some of the bluer notes in the instrumentation – never that uncommon compared to the rest of the scene, but delivered with this gritty sensibility that almost takes us back to Spanish Harlem days. Titles include "Jibaro Soy", "Cafe Colao", "La Cuna Blanca", "En Memoria A Un Hermano", and "Consentida". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Taj MahalBrothers/Music Fuh Ya/Evolution ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of Warner Brothers albums from Taj Mahal – all served up as a single collection! First up is Brothers – one of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter moments actually creep near or even cross over the line into kind of a fusiony soul feel, with the tightly thumping electric bass and rolling sax, but Taj keeps the overall vibe as uncommonly diverse as his other records for Columbia. Tracks include "Malcolm's Song", "David & Angela", "Night Rider", "Brother's Doin Time", "Free The Brothers", "Love Theme In The Key Of D", and "Funky Butt". Music Fuh Ya is a sweetly soulful set that has Taj Mahal really trying on some new flavors – yet still keeping things strongly in the bluesy territory of his roots! In addition to the lead vocals and lots of acoustic guitar, the set also features key contributions from Rudy Costa on a range of saxes, plus flute and kalimba too – plus other unusual elements that include steel drums, timbales, and banjo – all of which inflect different moments with freshly playful sounds, and a surprisingly Caribbean vibe at times. Titles include "You Got It", "Sailin", "Truck Driver's Two Step", "Curry", and "The Four Mills Brothers". Evolution is a well-titled set – given that the record really shows an evolution in the style of Taj Mahal! Some cuts are still in an older bluesy mode, but a few others feature some great backings from Leon Pendarvis – who creates this fuller, soaring sort of style that takes off with plenty of power! The approach is a great way to use Taj's vocals in a richer 70s soul setting – and those cuts are balanced by some more stripped-down numbers that include a few that follow in the recent Mahal use of steel drums. Titles include "Sing A Happy Song", "Lowdown Showdown", "Why You Do Me This Way", "Highnite", and "Salsa De Laventille". CD

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✨✧ Freddie NorthFriend ... LP
Mankind, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent lost southern soul LP for the Mankind subsidiary of Nashboro/Excello. Freddie North sings in a sweet southern style, and he's backed by a nice set of professional arrangements by Jerry Williams. The record was recorded both in Muscle Shoals and Philly, for a mix of styles that was uncommon for southern soul records at the time. Loads of nice tracks, including "I Did The Woman Wrong", "You and Me Together Forever", "Did I Come Back Too Soon (Or Stay Away Too Long?)", and "Laid Back and Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy!)
 
 
 



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