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✨✧ StravinskyLes Noces/Chant Du Rossignol/Symphonies Of Wind Instruments – Robert Craft/Orpheus Chamber Ensemble/Gregg Smith Singers/Columbia Symphony Orchestra ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(70s Masterworks pressing. Cover has light wear and aging with a promo ink stamp on back.)
 
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AkakageHere Comes The Akakage! ... CD
Media Craft (Japan), Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used ... $4.99
A collection of tracks from Japan's Akakage – a really groovy little group with a stripped-down, retro-styled sound – one that's almost an extension of the Readymade groove of the 90s, but which has a more straightforward approach! The tunes are playful without being annoyingly so – and make good use of a wide palette of 60s references pulled from jazz, bossa, and soundtrack work – but also manage to maintain their own feel pretty strongly. The CD brings together tracks from the group's albums More More More and Would You Like Akakage – and features 14 titles that include "Do You Know Me (special edit)", "How Are You (short)", "Kiss Me Baby", "Little A's Thing", "She Is A Pretty Girl", "Impression", "Lodgers", and "The Tide Is High". CD
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Bar-KaysGotta Groove (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Volt/Craft, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Amazing work from the new version of The Bar-Kays – a group who reformed to become a combo as heavy as any of the best funky groups from Detroit, LA, or New York at the time! There's a style here that's a sweet Memphis distillation of ideas bubbling under in music by Sly Stone, Funkadelic, and others – taken to new territory here by a group that was already steeped in 60s soul instrumental sounds! The cuts show a great ear for simple hooks and playful instrumental twists and turns – still with a bit of the trumpet used on Bar-Kays work of the past, but more in a groove that lets the guitar step out nicely with psychedelic soul undercurrents! Tracks include "In The Hole", "Funky Thang", "Grab This Thing", "Street Walker", "Humpin", and "Don't Stop Dancing To The Music (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cachao/Juliu Guiterrez/Fajardo/Nino RiveraComplete Cuban Jam Sessions (5CD set) ... CD
Panart/Craft, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $53.99 59.99
An incredible collection of records – a series of albums that forever changed the sound of Latin music around the world! These five sets were all cooked up in the changing Cuban scene at the start of the 60s – where musicians were getting looser and freer, with a sound that was quite different than the tighter big bands of a few years before – strongly influenced by changes in American jazz, including the jam session mode that was big on record during the 50s! In a way, these sides are an answer to that – as they feature all-star musicians coming together on long, more spontaneous tracks – often in smaller combos with heavy influence on rhythm, and lots of work from the key soloists on the dates. Each record has a different leader, but often some of the same musicians – and there's some especially great work on trumpet and tenor by other members of the group – at a level that went on to influence the small combo sound of artists like Joe Cuba, the grooves of the Latin Soul/boogaloo scene, and even the all-star American groups like the Alegre All Stars and Fania All stars in years to come. Records 1 and 2 feature leadership by Julio Gutierrez, record 3 is led by Nino Rivera, record 4 (the most famous) is led by bassist Cachao, and record 5 is led by flautist Fajardo. Great box set – all CDs in small LP-styled sleeves with original art – alongside a 96 page booklet of notes and photos! CD

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Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (180 gram 2LP expanded edition) ... LP
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that sound is the genius that is Terry Callier! This is very stripped down material, very dark and brooding – a good chance to hear Terry before he hit the Chess studios and they backed him up with a lot of orchestrations (although we love the orchestrations, too.) The material has a soulful spiritual feel, and is sung with a lot of passion over acoustic guitar. Think of Nina Simone's folksier stuff from the same time, if you need a reference. Tracks include "900 Miles", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "It's About Time", "Promenade In Green", and "I'm A Drifter". This expanded edition includes bonus tracks – "Be My Woman", "Jack O' Diamonds", and "The Golden Apples Of The Sun" – plus alternate takes of "Promenade In Green" and "900 Miles". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)

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Vince GuaraldiPeanuts Portraits – The Classic Character Themes ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Some of the grooviest tunes from the Peanuts cartoons – key character themes penned and played by the legendary Vince Guaraldi, in a set of recordings that features both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! A few cuts get really funky, too – the electric numbers, which remind us that back when we were wee ones, watching these cartoons, Guaraldi was already shaping our consciousness with his great way with a groove. The package is one that really gets right to the heart of Guaraldi's genius – and shakes free of some of the holiday spirit of other Peanuts jazz packages, to get into some incredibly groovy numbers that include "Peppermint Patty", "Joe Cool", "Charlie's Blues (variation)", "Blue Charlie Brown (version 2)", "Frieda (alternate)", "Little Birdie", and "Schroeder (alternate)" – plus the famous "Linus & Lucy". Also features versions of "The Masked Marvel" and "Linus & Lucy" played solo by George Winston. LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album

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Isaac HayesShaft (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, he did the inconceivable, as the album was one of the first times a pop musician had scored, not just sung on, an entire soundtrack. Plus, the soundtrack's super-huge – running as a double-length batch of tracks that was a rarity for the often-slim soundtrack market. Includes many great funky numbers – both vocal and instrumental – including "Theme from Shaft", "Cafe Regio's", "Walk from Regio's", "Bumpy's Lament", and "Do Your Thing", in the nice 19 minute long version! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Isaac HayesShaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Stax/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99 24.99
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, he did the inconceivable, as the album was one of the first times a pop musician had scored, not just sung on, an entire soundtrack. Plus, the soundtrack's super-huge – running as a double-length batch of tracks that was a rarity for the often-slim soundtrack market. Includes many great funky numbers – both vocal and instrumental – including "Theme from Shaft", "Cafe Regio's", "Walk from Regio's", "Bumpy's Lament", and "Do Your Thing", in the nice 19 minute long version! 2CD version is overflowing with bonus material – 22 tracks that are pulled from the film score recordings, not the separate studio sessions issued on record – with titles that include "Shaft's Cab Ride/Shaft Enter's Building", "Shaft's First Fight", "Bumpy's Lament (film version)", "No Name Bar (film version)", "Shaft's Pain", "Rescue/The End Theme", "Do Your Thing (film version)", "I Can't Get Over Losin You", and "Cafe Regio's (film version)". CD
Also available Shaft (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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Isaac HayesSpirit Of Memphis – 1962 to 1976 (4CD set – plus bonus 7 inch single) ... CD
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch ... $46.99 59.99
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes – one that's overflowing with unreleased material, and presented in a totally cool package! The set's shaped like a 7" single box – and is book-like, with very detailed notes by Stax historian Robert Gordon, alongside page after page of vintage photos and other cool images, too. And inside some of the pages are 4 super-cool CDs – each of which has a different theme that further exposes Ike's genius! CD1 is titled "Soul Songwriter Soul Producer" – and features two dozen tracks that Hayes handled for Stax/Volt – material by The Astors, Danny White, David Porter, Floyd Newman, Johnnie Taylor, Charlie Rich, Judy Clay, The Charmels, Soul Children, Billy Eckstine, The Emotions, Ruby Johnson, and others. CD2 is titled "Volt & Enterprise Singles" – and features all the 7" tracks released by Isaac Hayes during his time on those labels – including two tracks done as a duet with David Porter, two more as Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads, and even a rare Radio Spot too! Things really get interesting on CD3, titled "Cover Man" – which features those cool, long extrapolations of other folks' songs that Hayes pioneered on his albums – but included here with unreleased material too. There's a great never-heard take on "Windows Of The World" – plus unreleased PUSH Black Expo material from 1970 – live takes on "Ten Commandments Of Love", "Just Want To Make Love To You/Rock Me Baby", "I Stand Accused", and "Stormy Monday". CD4 is maybe the coolest of the bunch – titled "Jam Master", with those long grooves that Ike did in the studio while putting together records. Almost all the tracks on CD4 are previously unissued – including "You've Made Me So Very Happy", "Black Militant's Place", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Do Your Thing (extended jam)", "Groove A Thon (extended jam)", and "Hung Up On My Baby (extended jam)". And if all that isn't enough, the set even comes with a cool 7" replica of Ike's first single for the Youngstown label – "Laura We're On Our First Go-Round". 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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Norma JeanMeridional (turquoise marble vinyl pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Craft, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition turquoise marble vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Parish HallParish Hall (180 gram pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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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Charlie ParkerSavoy 10 Inch Collection ... CD
Savoy/Craft, Late 40s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A beautiful 100th Birthday tribute to the legendary altoist Charlie Parker – a special set that features of some of his first important recordings – sides done in the mid 40s for the Savoy label, originally issued in LP form on very limited 10" albums! The early Bird 10" releases are impossible to find on vinyl – and are featured here with newly restored and remastered audio, and a quality level that's not nearly as likely to split and fall apart as the vintage versions. The CD features a booklet of notes and other information – plus rare photos, ephemera, and new notes – and the whole thing's a great treasure from the early years of bop! Four full albums – all volumes of New Sounds In Modern Music with Charlie Parker in the lead, plus work from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpets. Includes key versions of "Milestones", "Cheryl", "Billie's Bounce", "Chasin The Bird", "Ko Ko", "Now's The Time", "Constellation", "Parker's Mood", and "Confirmation". CD

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David PorterVictim Of The Joke? (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/Craft, 1971. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
Probably the best-remembered solo album from David Porter – one half of the famous Hayes/Porter team that ruled Stax Records in the 60s, although not as successful as an artist on his own as Isaac Hayes! Porter's style is a lot more adventurous – and this album's a wonderful illustration of that fact – an offbeat mix of dialogue, sound effects, and straighter soul vocals – put together as kind of a "suite", with a really unified feel. Like Hayes' baroque symphonies in soul, David's obviously trying to stretch past shorter song forms – and we really love his creative chances on the record. Titles include the legendary "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" – which has been sampled many times over the years – plus the tracks "Human", "Pretty Inside", "Storm In the Summertime", "When You Have To Sneak", and "If I Give It Up I Want It Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sons of TruthMessage From The Ghetto (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by Stax Records – from the title of the record, to the cover, to the grooves laid down by the group! The album was originally issued on Truth – the gospel subsidiary of Stax – and while it does have a bit of a spiritual component, the group's also plenty darn funky too – and the record has a feel that's far more secular than most other gospel records of the time! In fact, the whole thing may well stand as one of the best mainstream examples of the funky gospel genre of the 70s – one of the few records of this type issued on a slightly bigger label, even though the set still is something of a rarity! There's plenty of fuzzy guitar and electric piano in the mix – and the religion in the song lyrics is fairly buried in most cuts, and the overall approach is more one of general spiritualism and humanity, than it is preachy and churchy. Tracks include "The Ghetto", "Son Of The Deacon", "Give It Up", "God Bless The Children", and "He's All We Need". LP, Vinyl record album

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Irma ThomasAfter The Rain (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Rounder/Craft, 2006. New Copy ... $28.99 34.99
A surprisingly nice set from Irma Thomas – recorded in a spare and stripped down way, but without any of the "too earnest" cliches that can sometimes mar other recent albums by classic soul stars! The feel here is almost gentle and easygoing at times – still in the powerful New Orleans-influenced mode of Thomas' roots, but never too forced or overdone – just rolling out with a warmth and confidence that shows that Irma doesn't have anything to prove to anyone! Production is by Scott Billington, who's worked with Thomas before – but he somehow seems to have gotten it more right here than before – and titles include "Stone Survivor", "Soul Of A Man", "Another Lonely Heart", "In The Middle Of It All", "Flowers", "I Count The Tears", "Shelter In The Rain", "Another Man Done Gone", and "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor". LP, Vinyl record album

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ZombiesRIP – The Lost Album ... LP
Craft, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
Great late work from The Zombies – tracks that are a perfect bridge between Odessey & Oracle and the early records from Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent! The cuts here include some late singles issued as part of the Time Of The Zombies album in the US, and other Decca work from the time that never saw the light of day for years – brought together with a very unified feel that shows not only the increasing sense of majesty in Blunstone's vocals, but also some of the grittier touches that Argent was bringing to his instrumentation. Titles include early versions of "Smokey Day", "She Loves The Way They Love Her", and "If It Don't Work Out" – plus "Girl Help Me", "I'll Keep Trying", "Don't Cry For Me", "Imagine The Swan", "Walking In The Sun", and the smoking instrumental "Conversation Off Floral Street". LP, Vinyl record album

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ZombiesZombies – I Love You ... LP
Craft, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
Fantastic early work from The Zombies – the kind of material that set them apart from the rest of their generation, right from the start – thanks to the young brilliance of Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone! This set presents all the tracks in their rare mono mixes – different than some previous US issues of the material – and even at the start, you'll hear just how unusual and compelling the group's approach to their music was – kind of the road to the Odessey & Oracle to follow! Titles include "The Way I Feel Inside", "How We Were Before", "Leave Me Be", "She's Not There", "Whenever You're Ready", "Is This The Dream",. "Indication", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDouble Whammy – A 1960s Garage Rock Rave-Up (blue vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Craft, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
A well-chosen batch of rare garage rock gems from the 60s – rare work from labels that include Stax, Fantasy, Original Sound, and Vanguard – including three never-issued tracks! The choice of material is great, and the whole thing features notes from producer Alec Palao – a name we've really come to trust for sets like this, which go way past the hits and obvious choices. Titles include "Can't Get Enough" by The Pullice, "Attention" by Lonnie Duvall, "Harmonica Man" by The Torquays, "Psychotic Reaction (unedited version)" by Count Five, "She's Gone" by Group B, "Double Whammy" by Jack Bedient & The Chessmen, "In The Night" by The Bittersweets, "Short Haired Fathers" by Circus Maximus, "Anytime Anywhere" by The Squires, "This Calls For A Celebration" by The Fantastic Zoo, "Rat Race" by The Tears, "I Can't Make A Friend" by The Vagrants, "The Animal In Me" by The Orfuns, and "The People In Me (full length version)" by The Music Machine. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousGospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection (3LP set) ... LP
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $45.99 49.99
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – and there's a nice criss-crossing of artists going on here – so that you'll get some gospel singers moving into very soulful territory, and some soul artists trying their hand at music that's a bit more righteous overall! And while albums by The Rance Allen Group on the label have been reissued over the years, this is the first time anyone's pulled together the much more obscure 45s – which gives us a much bigger picture of the label at work. The set features 34 tracks in all – and titles include "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" by Reverend W Bernard Avant, "He's Mine" by Jacqui Verdell, "At The Feet Of The Master" by Blue Aquarius, "I'm A Child Of The King" by The People's Choir Of Operation Push, "Reflections" by Louise McCord, "We're The Salt Of The Earth" by Rance Allen Group, "Ride Out The Storm" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "If The Shoe Fits Wear It" by The 21st Century, "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by Rev Maceo Woods, "Hot Line To Jesus" by Rance Allen Group, "I Got The Vibes" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "Consider Me" by Terry Lynn Community Choir, "Keep My Baby Warm" by Charles May & Annette May Thomas, and "Do It Yourself" by Jimmy Jones. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousJesus Rocked The Jukebox – Small Group Black Gospel 1951 to 1965 (3LP set) ... LP
Concord/Craft, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $43.99 48.99
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel – one that really keeps the spirit of the "jukebox" in the title! The tunes here are all upbeat, and often share a lot with R&B material of the 50s – especially the vocal group numbers, which often echo more secular modes of early doo wop, but rise the lyrics towards more heavenly aims – while often imbuing the tunes with lots of earthy energy! All the tracks here are from the Vee Jay and Specialty Records labels – and in the case of Vee Jay especially, the well-chosen selection of tracks provides a long-overdue focus to tunes that have mostly been reissued for the spiritual market, and haven't gotten the kind of exposure in the soul scene that they've needed over the years! This collection really corrects that – handled by the excellent Craft division of Concord who've been giving us some great Stax reissues – and the package is overflowing with rare singles, a total of 40 tracks in all – accompanied by great notes in a really well-done package. Titles include "Let Jesus Lead You" by The Detroiters, "Let Me Ride" by The Staple Singers, "Ananais" by The Chosen Gospel Singers, "Wade In The Water" by Harmonizing Four, "This May Be The Last Time" by The Original Five Blind Boys, "Just Another Day" by Soul Stirrers, "I Am So Glad" by Patterson Singers, "I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This" by Highway QCs, "Move Upstairs" by The Gable-Airs, "Angels Watching Over Me" by The Detroiters, "The Lord's Prayer" by Swan Silvertones, "Sinner Run To Jesus (take 1)" by Soul Stirrers, and "People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing" by Original Blind Boys. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLand Of Sensations & Delights – Psych Pop Sounds Of White Whale Records 1965 to 1970 ... CD
White Whale/Craft, Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A very groovy look at a very groovy record label – LA powerhouse White Whale Records, home to some mighty fine sounds in the second half of the 60s! As you'd guess from the title, there's a slight current of trippiness running through this material, but it's often blended with a really strong sense of production and a nice ear for a hook – maybe a bit like A&M Records, who might be a comparison to some of the work here – as White Whale always had a careful ear for the up-and-coming, and gave them great freedom to do their thing, and the right sort of production and presentation to make everything come out groovy! And although White Whale had some hits back in the day, this material is definitely from the farther reaches of the label's singles – as you can tell from the set list, which includes "Vegetables" by The Laughing Gravy, "You Got The Love" by Professor Morrison's Lollipop, "My Door Is Always Open" by Rainy Daze, "Love Story" by The Brothers, "Superman" by The Clique, "Look At You Now" by Bazooka, "Won't You Say You'll Stay" by The Rockets, "The Proud One" by Buster Brown, "Goin It Alone" by The Bears, "Song #7" by Lyme & Cybelle, "Darlin You Can Count On Me" by The Everpresent Fullness, "Little Girl Little Boy" by The Odyssey, "I'll Be In" by The Answer, and "We Must Find A Way" by The XLs. CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker In New York (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Riverside/Craft, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite a great session for Chet Baker – one that has him recording in New York, with a hip lineup that includes some incredibly soulful players! The tunes on the set feature Chet in either quartet or quintet formation – working with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Al Haig on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Tracks are longish, and the sound is much more in the mode of Riverside at the time, than the sound of Chet's earlier Pacific Jazz records – and Chet holds his own nicely in this company, giving a hint of the style to come in a few more years. Titles include "Fair Weather", "Hotel 49", "When Lights Are Low", "Solar", and "Blue Thoughts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, and cut from original analog masters by Kevin Gray!)

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✨✧ Creedence Clearwater RevivalLive At Woodstock ... LP
Craft, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete Woodstock performance by Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969 – brought together here as an official album for the first time ever! CCR were a very important part of that legendary rock festival, but didn't get placement on the original record in a way that lived up to their presence at the concert – a fact that's nicely corrected here, with a double-length album that brings together every song they played that night in 1969! The set features a very long jamming take on "Suzie Q" – plus "Green River", "Born On The Bayou", "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "I Put A Spell On You", "Night Time Is The Right Time", "Keep On Chooglin", "Commotion", and "Bootleg". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Celia Cruz & Tito PuenteAlma Con Alma – The Heart & Soul Of Celia Cruz & Tito Puente (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tico/Craft, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great project from Tito Puente – maybe not his only collaboration with Celia Cruz, but maybe one of the best – a top-to-bottom album of unified vision, topped with sublime vocals from the legendary lady! The set was arranged and produced by Tito – and brings together tunes that are maybe a bit rootsier than some of his other work – that return to tradition that Puente was clamoring for as the 70s began, as a way of shaking off what he felt were the worse influences of the Latin Soul youngsters (not something we agree with ourselves!) The vibe of the album is quite different than its 1970 date – more like something from pre-Castro Havana at times, but with an updated, more sophisticated sense of arrangements and percussion. Titles include "Guiro 6/8", "Chango", "Alguien Vendra", "Cuyi", "Sahara", "Elegua", and "Salsa De Tomate". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fania All-StarsLive At Yankee Stadium Vols 1 & 2 ... LP
Fania/Craft, 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
By the mid 70s, the New York Latin scene was boomin' so large it could easily fill venues like Yankee Stadium – as you'll hear on this excellent live set from the Fania All-Stars, a monster record that easily ranks with the best live Latin sides of the time – like Eddie Palmieri at Sing Sing, the Tico-Alegre All Stars at Carnegie Hall, or Mongo Santamaria at Yankee Stadium! Tracks are nice and long – a real mix of soul and Latin, with slight funk and electric touches – and players include Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Bobby Valentin, Mongo Santamaria, Ricardo Ray, and Roberto Roena. Vocals are by a host of singers that include Santos Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, and Celia Cruz – and Manu Dibango also joins the group for the track "Congo Bongo", a great long number in which he does a hot little solo! Other tracks include "Bemba Colora", "Hermandad Fania", "Echate Pa'Lla", "Pueblo Latino", "Mi Gente", and "Soy Guajiro". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pete RodriguezI Like It Like That (A Mi Me Gusta Asi) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Alegre/Craft, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic little album of Latin Soul – a perfect example of why Pete was known as the "King Of The Boogaloo" during the 60s! The group's having a non-stop party on the album – breaking it hard with heavy piano lines, rumbling bass underneath the grooves, tight timbales, and some shouted lyrics in English that are always very catchy. The title cut, "I Like It Like That", is the sort of groover that you'll be singing for years – even after hearing it only once – and the album's filled with other great cuts, like "Pete's Madness", "Micaela", "Si Quires Bailar", "Soiy El Rey" and "3 and 1". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Like It Like That/A Mi Me Gusta Asi ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Brenton WoodBaby You Got It ... LP
Double Shot/Craft, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful wonderful soul from Brenton Wood – one of the most unique singers of his day, and a talent whose voice worked well on so many types of numbers! This album's Brenton's second – a great follow-up to the first, and one that shows him pushing the envelope a lot in terms of the music he's working with. The title track – "Baby You Got It" – is a great groover with a catchy edge – one of a handful of tunes with really a charming, catchy chorus that he brings some emotional depth to. Another gem is "Gimme Little Sign" – a tune that's very much in the spirit of his earlier hit "Oogum Boogum Song", a great thing for us – but the whole thing is a gem! Other tracks include "Two Time Loser", "Trouble", "Me & You", "Darlin'", "Little Happy-Go-Lucky Girl" and "Give It Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet – Ballads By Chet Baker (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Riverside/Craft, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for Pacific Jazz – but a bit more fleshed out by the other players in the set – who seem to push a bit more personality into the tunes, and not just let Chet's trumpet dominate. The sound is soft and gentle – as you'd expect from the title – and other players include Bill Evans, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones – all bringing a bit of a New York undercurrent to the west coast Baker solo style. Titles include "How High the Moon", "It Never Entered My Mind", "If You Could See Me Now", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Time On My Hands", and "You And The Night And Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, and cut from original analog masters by Kevin Gray!)

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✨✧ Chet BakerIt Could Happen To You – Chet Baker Sings (180 gram stereo pressing) ... LP
Riverside/Craft, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of Chet Baker's most classic albums of the 50s – a record that features both vocals and strong trumpet solos – all from a time when Baker was one of the hottest things going in jazz! The album's different from records from previous years, in that it moves Baker from LA to New York – where he works with a great quartet that features Kenny Drew on piano, George Morrow or Sam Jones on bass, and Philly Joe Jones or Danny Richmond on drums – all players who have a slightly different approach than some of Baker's compatriots on Pacific Jazz sessions, which also seems to bring out a bit more bite in Chet too. Tracks are still shortish, with those breathy Baker vocals we love so much, balanced with really well-crafted trumpet solos – and titles include "It Could Happen To You", "Do It The Hard Way", "Old Devil Moon", "Dancing On The Ceiling", and "The More I See You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice pressing – heavy cover and vinyl – and cut from analog masters done by Kevin Gray!)
Also available It Could Happen To You – Chet Baker Sings ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ Isaac HayesBlack Moses (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Baroquely beautiful work from the Stax soul master – one of Isaac Hayes' heaviest albums of the 70s – and a record so massive, they needed 2LPs to contain the whole thing! The record's a culmination of the rich, full style of soulful arranging that Hayes had pioneered in his early solo work at Stax – a sound that's incredibly rich, filled with added voices and instrumentation, but totally dominated by Ike in a powerful, masculine approach to soul. Some tunes are familiar – like the album's versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Close To You", "Going In Circles", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Need To Belong To Someone" – but they're all completely transformed here by Hayes with a bad-rapping, personal mode that's totally great. Album also features some great "Ike's Rap" cuts too! Great reissue – super-heavy vinyl, and the original fold-out cover design! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Staple SingersCome Go With Me – The Stax Collection (Soul Folk In Action/We'll Get Over/Staple Swingers/Be Altitude/Be What You Are/City In The Sky/rarities) (7CD set) ... CD
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... Out Of Stock
Legendary sounds from the Staple Singers – a set of albums for Stax Records that really helped push the group from the gospel folk underground into the soul music mainstream – and which also helped transform the rest of the scene in the process! The Staple Singers had recorded previously for Vee Jay, Epic, and other labels – but when the group hit Stax, at a time when the label was newly set free in the late 60s, the mix of forces really turned out to create something special – message-oriented soul music that drew on the strength of the group's gospel experience, but delivered themes that were every bit as righteous from a secular perspective too – all set to music from the great studio forces who were making Stax so wonderful at the time! This set features six full albums, all from the original tapes – Soul Folk In Action, We'll Get Over, Staple Swingers, Be Altitude Respect Yourself, Be What You Are, and City In The Sky – plus a special Singles Live & More album of bonus tracks! Bonus tracks include "Stay With Us", "Brand New Day", "Walking In Water Over Your Head", "I Got To Be Myself", "Oh La De Da", and "Trippin On Your Love" – plus Live At Wattstax recordings of "I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Are You Sure", and "I Like The Things About Me". Comes in a heavy box, with all original album sleeves, remastered from the original tapes. CD

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✨✧ Staple SingersCome Go With Me – The Stax Collection (Soul Folk In Action/We'll Get Over/Staple Swingers/Be Altitude/Be What You Are/City In The Sky/rarities) (7LP set) ... LP
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7 LPs ... Out Of Stock
Legendary sounds from the Staple Singers – a set of albums for Stax Records that really helped push the group from the gospel folk underground into the soul music mainstream – and which also helped transform the rest of the scene in the process! The Staple Singers had recorded previously for Vee Jay, Epic, and other labels – but when the group hit Stax, at a time when the label was newly set free in the late 60s, the mix of forces really turned out to create something special – message-oriented soul music that drew on the strength of the group's gospel experience, but delivered themes that were every bit as righteous from a secular perspective too – all set to music from the great studio forces who were making Stax so wonderful at the time! This set features six full albums, all from the original tapes – Soul Folk In Action, We'll Get Over, Staple Swingers, Be Altitude Respect Yourself, Be What You Are, and City In The Sky – plus a special Singles Live & More album of bonus tracks! Bonus tracks include "Stay With Us", "Brand New Day", "Walking In Water Over Your Head", "I Got To Be Myself", "Oh La De Da", and "Trippin On Your Love" – plus Live At Wattstax recordings of "I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Are You Sure", and "I Like The Things About Me". Comes in a heavy box, with all original album sleeves, and 180 gram vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressings.)

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✨✧ VariousGospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – and there's a nice criss-crossing of artists going on here – so that you'll get some gospel singers moving into very soulful territory, and some soul artists trying their hand at music that's a bit more righteous overall! And while albums by The Rance Allen Group on the label have been reissued over the years, this is the first time anyone's pulled together the much more obscure 45s – which gives us a much bigger picture of the label at work. The set features 34 tracks in all – and titles include "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" by Reverend W Bernard Avant, "He's Mine" by Jacqui Verdell, "At The Feet Of The Master" by Blue Aquarius, "I'm A Child Of The King" by The People's Choir Of Operation Push, "Reflections" by Louise McCord, "We're The Salt Of The Earth" by Rance Allen Group, "Ride Out The Storm" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "If The Shoe Fits Wear It" by The 21st Century, "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by Rev Maceo Woods, "Hot Line To Jesus" by Rance Allen Group, "I Got The Vibes" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "Consider Me" by Terry Lynn Community Choir, "Keep My Baby Warm" by Charles May & Annette May Thomas, and "Do It Yourself" by Jimmy Jones. CD
Also available Gospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection (3LP set) ... LP 45.99

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✨✧ CybotronEnter Cybotron (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house – served up here as a spare, fuzzy approach to funk – but with lots of the colder touches you'd find from post-punk imports at the time! The blend is quite unique, and even more unusual given the fact that the trio were working in virtual obscurity on the Detroit scene – as an early project from the legendary Juan Atkins, with guitarist Jon-5, and the mysterious electronician 3070! There's more funk here than most of the group's electro contemporaries – but the sound is still nicely cold in all the right parts too – and titles include the seminal "Clear", which was years ahead of its time – plus "Cosmic Cars", "Cosmic Raindance", "Industrial Lies", "The Line", and "Alleys Of Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Buddy GuyMan & The Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vanguard/Craft, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
We love our Buddy Guy here in Chicago – and this set cut for Vanguard, one of his first full solo albums with his own band will always be a favorite! Buddy's late 60s sound was as charismatic as he'd always be, but there's an understated approach to his lead that's really wonderful, and hits us much deeper than the showy, guitar solo heavy stuff that the blues club tourists want to hear! He's got the great Otis Spann playing piano, Wayne Bennett on rhythm, Jack Myers on bass, Lonny Taylor and Fred Below on drums, and Donald Hankins, Aaron Corthen and Bobby Fields on saxes. Titles include "A Man And His Blues", "I Can't Quit The Blues", "One Room Country Shack", "Just Playing My Axe", "Worry, Worry", "Jam On A Monday Morning" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary Edition on 180 gram vinyl!)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerSavoy 10 Inch Collection (4 x 10 inch LP set) ... LP
Savoy/Craft, Late 40s. New Copy 4 x 10 inch LP set ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful 100th Birthday tribute to the legendary altoist Charlie Parker – a special set that recreates the feel of some of his first important recordings – sides done in the mid 40s for the Savoy label, originally issued in LP form on very limited 10" albums! The early Bird 10" releases are impossible to find on vinyl – and are maybe reproduced here in a form that's even better than the original – with great vinyl, newly restored and remastered audio, and a quality level that's not nearly as likely to split and fall apart as the vintage versions. The box also features a big booklet of notes and other information – plus rare photos, ephemera, and other Charlie Parker material – and the whole thing's a great treasure from the early years of bop! Four full albums – all volumes of New Sounds In Modern Music with Charlie Parker in the lead, plus work from Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie on trumpets. Includes key versions of "Milestones", "Cheryl", "Billie's Bounce", "Chasin The Bird", "Ko Ko", "Now's The Time", "Constellation", "Parker's Mood", and "Confirmation". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Savoy 10 Inch Collection ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ PharcydeBizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (2LP colored vinyl – 25th anniversary edition) ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1992. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The essential early 90s classic by The Pharcyde, the group's high water mark, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the era! Along with Del and the Souls Of Mischief, the Pharcyde were one of the few West Coast units to achieve any kind of widespread popularity using the uniquely loopy, funhouse kinda of vibe of De La Soul, Black Sheep and Tribe Called Quest in their lighter moments. Features the classics "Passing Me By", "Soul Flower", "Ya Mama", "I'm That Type Of Ni@*a", "Officer", "4 Better Or 4 Worse", "Return Of The B-Boys", and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ PharcydeBizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (2LP/3 x 12 inch singles – 25th Anniversary deluxe edition) ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1992. New Copy 2LP & 3 12 Inch singles ... Out Of Stock
The essential early 90s classic by The Pharcyde, the group's high water mark, and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the era – dressed up the the nines here in a beautiful 25th Anniversary set! Along with Del and the Souls Of Mischief, the Pharcyde were one of the few West Coast units to achieve any kind of widespread popularity using the uniquely loopy, funhouse kinda of vibe of De La Soul, Black Sheep and Tribe Called Quest in their lighter moments. Features the classics "Passing Me By", "Soul Flower", "Ya Mama", "I'm That Type Of Ni@*a", "Officer", "4 Better Or 4 Worse", "Return Of The B-Boys", and lots more! 25th Anniversary edition comes in a really beautiful foldout package with alternate cover art with the remastered original album on double vinyl plus 3 X 12"s with the "Ya Mama", "Passin' Me By" and "Otha Fish" singles each in their own replicas of the original picture sleeves, plus new liner notes. LP, Vinyl record album
(The best reissue we've seen – 2LP transluscent blue and yellow colored vinyl, 3 old school 12" singles in replica picture sleeves and new liner notes by Jeff Weiss – in a deluxe foldout package!)

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✨✧ PharcydeLabcabincalifornia ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/Craft, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second Pharcyde record – and though not as blunted and playful as the first one, it's still nearly as great – with that unrivaled, wholly original, easy west coast vibe! The production is more steady-handed this time around, which alienated fans of Bizarre Ride early on, but it also laid the groundwork for the late 90s Jay Dee groove of keyboards and measured beats! The set also features production by M-Walk and Diamond D. 17 tracks including "Bullsh*t", "Pharcyde", "Groupie Therapy", the classic single "Runnin", "She Said", "Splattitorium", "Drop", "Somethin That Means Somethin", "Hey You", "Devil Music", "Emerald Butterfly", "Heart & Soul", "The Hustle", "The E.N.D." and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ZombiesZombies ... LP
Parrot/Craft, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first US album by The Zombies – a brilliant little record that shows the group as way more than just a Brit Invasion combo! The songs are short, rocking, and nearly all very catchy – but they've got an airy quality that elevates them past simple pop, into the god-like territory that would emerge even more strongly on later work by the group. Most songs are originals by Rod Argent or Chris White – and the set includes the hits "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There" – plus "Summertime", "What More Can I Do", "I Don't Want To Know", "Sometimes", "It's Alright With Me", "Can't Nobody Love You", "Work N Play", and "Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousJazz Dispensary – Soul Diesel Vol 2 (180 gram colored vinyl) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky jazz from the mighty large Fantasy Records catalog – home to all those great Prestige jazz funk classics at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s! The Jazz Dispensary series has been giving us some well-chosen cuts from this generation, all taken straight from the original master tapes – which makes the tunes crackle a lot more than previous Prestige reissues – and titles on this volume include "The Twang Thing" by Billy Butler, "Who's Gonna Take The Weight (single version)" by Melvin Sparks, "Wander" by Idris Muhammad, "Mamblues" by Cal Tjader, "Cootie Boogaloo" by Rusty Bryant, "Soul Groovin (single version)" by Merl Saunders Quartet, and "Jungle Strut" by Gene Ammons. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on opaque orange swirl vinyl!)

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✨✧ Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that sound is the genius that is Terry Callier! This is very stripped down material, very dark and brooding – a good chance to hear Terry before he hit the Chess studios and they backed him up with a lot of orchestrations (although we love the orchestrations, too.) The material has a soulful spiritual feel, and is sung with a lot of passion over acoustic guitar. Think of Nina Simone's folksier stuff from the same time, if you need a reference. Tracks include "900 Miles", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "It's About Time", "Promenade In Green", and "I'm A Drifter". This expanded edition includes bonus tracks – "Be My Woman", "Jack O' Diamonds", "It's About Time", and "The Golden Apples Of The Sun" – plus alternate takes of "Promenade In Green" and "900 Miles". CD
Also available New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (180 gram 2LP expanded edition) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Doug CliffordDoug Cosmo Clifford ... LP
Craft, 2018. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Solo album by the Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer, featuring guests Donald Duck Dunn, Stu Cook, and Tower Of Power. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing, still sealed.)

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✨✧ Delaney & BonnieHome (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Roots rock but with a strongly soulful undercurrent – thanks to key late 60s Stax production from Donald Duck Dunn and Don Nix, both of whom make the record sound a lot hipper than many other similar sets from the time! The record showcases the singing and songwriting talents of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett – a pair who were hyped heavily by the rock scene of their era, but who also step out here with equally soulful appeal – almost a blue-eyed soul take on the Stax sound of the late 60s! Of course, it helps that the pair get plenty of help on the record from folks like Booker T & The MGs, The Memphis Horns, Isaac Hayes, and William Bell – but their own efforts are pretty great too, as heard on tracks that include "My Baby Specializes", "Things Get Better", "We Can Love", "Just Plain Beautiful", "Everybody Loves A Winner", and "Pour Your Love On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Roy AyersVibrant – Very Best Of Roy Ayers ... CD
Connoisseur Collection (UK), Early 80s. Used ... $8.99
Not necessarily the "best" of Roy Ayers – as the set only features work from the 80s sessions Roy cut for Columbia, Ichiban, and Ronnie Scott – but there's more than few nice little numbers here that show that Roy was alive and kicking after the 70s! Many of the tracks are a bit colder than before from a rhythmic perspective – but Roy's vibes and soulful vocals are still the same, and if anything his ability to craft a sweet sensuous ballad has only gotten stronger. Titles include "I Really Wanna Be With You", "Poo Poo La La", "Programmed For Love", "Nite Flyte", "Everybody", "Love Will Bring Us Back Together (live)", "Black Family", "Running Away (live)", "Marlon", and "In The Dark". CD
(Out of print.)

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Camp LoGet Down Brothers/On The Way Uptown (bonus LP) ... LP
Vodka & Milk, Early 90s/2018. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 22.99
A double album set of classic & contemporary Camp Lo – the solid Get Down Brothers on the contemporary tip and the bonus On The Way Uptown LP on the classic tip! Get Down Brothers finds working nicely in modern, but not at all trend hopping effort with straight up hip hop and some clubbier sounds that don't weigh down the veteran rhyme craft. Titles includes "Genie Alert", "Crocket & Tubs" with YahZarah, Love Is Love", "Strings", "Black Connection", "What They Know", "This Is Lo" and more. On The Way Uptown features early 90s era demos from their uberclassic Uptown Saturday Night plus some nice pre-Uptown Saturday Night material! 12 tracks including "Sugar Streets", "Coolie High Is Life", "Short Eyes", "World Heist", "Sparkle (110th St Demo)", "Superfly", "Hollywood At The Disco" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus LP of early 90s Uptown Saturday Night era demos!)

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ChicksSound Of The Chicks ... CD
Sundazed, 1966. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Tremendous girl group work from the New Zealand scene of the 60s – served up by a duo who've got a very special take on the music! The Chicks are sisters, and work together in a mode that's very hand in glove – singing the lyrics together on this host of groovy tunes, but with a style that's a bit more down to earth than some of the harmonies of other groups of this nature – almost like the girls are so excited and happy with the tunes, they're exclaiming together – instead of trying to craft some more complex patterns with their vocals! That style makes these tracks instantly compelling, and bursting with energy – and backings have a tight Brit invasion style, nicely romping and rave up – with an odd male vocal urging the sisters on at points. Titles include "Heart Of Stone", "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", "The Birds & Bees", "I Feel Fine", "I Want You To Be My Boy", "Looking For The Right Guy", and "Goodnight Baby". CD
Also available Sound Of The Chicks (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 24.99

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ChicksSound Of The Chicks (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sundazed, 1966. New Copy ... $24.99 25.99
Tremendous girl group work from the New Zealand scene of the 60s – served up by a duo who've got a very special take on the music! The Chicks are sisters, and work together in a mode that's very hand in glove – singing the lyrics together on this host of groovy tunes, but with a style that's a bit more down to earth than some of the harmonies of other groups of this nature – almost like the girls are so excited and happy with the tunes, they're exclaiming together – instead of trying to craft some more complex patterns with their vocals! That style makes these tracks instantly compelling, and bursting with energy – and backings have a tight Brit invasion style, nicely romping and rave up – with an odd male vocal urging the sisters on at points. Titles include "Heart Of Stone", "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", "The Birds & Bees", "I Feel Fine", "I Want You To Be My Boy", "Looking For The Right Guy", and "Goodnight Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sound Of The Chicks ... CD 14.99

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Kenny Claiborne & The Armed GangKenny Claiborne & The Armed Gang ... LP
Espacial (Spain), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Kenny Claiborne's the singer, but the record's clearly got plenty of help from The Armed Gang – a small group that may well just be the Italian producer Sangy, who brings all sorts of sweet electro soul elements to the mix! The album's got more of an NYC streetsoul vibe than some of the other Italian work of the time – almost like Sangy was hitting the city and catching some late night radio shows – then running back to Italy to work with Kenny to craft a really well-balanced soul record that's quite different than some of the more throwaway Italo club tracks of the tune! Make no mistake, the record's got plenty of tracks that would work well in the club – tunes with a midtempo groove, and plenty of basslines and beats – but the whole album is balanced out nicely, amidst tracks that include "Sexy Night", "For You My Girl", "Say Yeah", "Are You Ready", "You", "Hey Girl", and "Funky Fever". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chris ConnellyHeart Has To Ache Before It Learns To Beat – The Lyrics & Poems Of Chris Connely ... Book
Shipwrecked, 2020. New Copy ... $20.99 29.99
Chris Connelly is a hell of a singer – a man with a god-like voice that we'd rank right up there next to David Bowie and Scott Walker – and we're sometimes so entranced by the sound of his voice that we actually forget to listen to the lyrics of his songs, which are equally great! This book more than corrects that bad habit of ours, and brings a special focus to the talents of Connelly with the pen – collecting over forty years of lyrics and other writing in one really massive book – 450 pages worth of words that Chris penned for every one of his solo albums, plus his work in other groups, and even collaborations with other artists and some unused lyrics too! We could stuff the description by mentioning Connelly's ties to groups like Ministry or Fini Tribe, or talking about the collaborations with Meshell N'Degeocello or KMFDM – but the man himself is the core of the book, and the wealth of his writings in one place is really stunning. The songs read like poems, maybe even coming across more so in the space of silence without music – and the huge book is a wonderful tribute to the dedication and craft that Connelly has brought to his long career. Softcover, 451 pages. Book
(Initial copies signed by Chris Connelly himself!)

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Chick CoreaSong Of Singing ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 About May 5, 2021
A key album in Chick Corea's shift from Latin jazz to arch-modern – recorded with Circle bandmates Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums, and done with a free sound that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time! Chick's out on this one – way out – in that free mode of his first great rise to fame, without any of the silly Scientology of later years – and Holland and Altschul are in some of their greatest form ever, working with Chick to craft a starkly compelling album of tunes that showed that jazz piano still had a lot of room to grow at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Toy Room", "Ballad I", "Flesh", "Rhymes", and "Nefertitti". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!) This title is scheduled for release about Wednesday, May 5.

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Curren$y & Harry FraudOutrunners ... CD
SRFSCHL, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Curren$y and production partner Harry Fraud, outrunning a lot of their peers, even on relatively low key sets like Outrunners – with Curren$y's laidback flow in as fine of form as ever – and Fraud's production honestly rock solid track for track! The set is filler free and faultless, head nodding craft all the way, with just enough from for some solid guest spots by Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Conway The Machine and Jim Jones. Includes the title track, "Cutlass Cathedrals", "90 IROC-3" feat Wiz Khalifa, "Riviera Beach" with Conway The Machine, "Gold & Chrome" with Rick Ross, "Mugello Road", "Seven Seas", "In The Coupe" with Jim Jones and "Pounds Of Paper". CD

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Dining RoomsTre ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2003. Used ... $6.99
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. There's loads of really solid tunes in here – sly numbers that sneak up on you with a subtle approach to the craft, gently burrowing in and taking root – somehow making the album that much more compelling overall. A number of tracks have some wonderfully languid vocals, some male and some female – and these tunes fall nicely next to instrumental numbers with a very evocative approach. Titles include "Anima Per Amarti", "Tunnel", "La Citta Nuda", "Fluxus", "Flamenco Sketches", "Dreamy Smiles", "You", "African Loungesters", and a nice cover of Sun Ra's "Astro Black"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dining RoomsTre (US version) ... CD
Guidance, 2003. Used ... $3.99
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. There's loads of really solid tunes in here – sly numbers that sneak up on you with a subtle approach to the craft, gently burrowing in and taking root – somehow making the album that much more compelling overall. A number of tracks have some wonderfully languid vocals, some male and some female – and these tunes fall nicely next to instrumental numbers with a very evocative approach. Titles include "Anima Per Amarti", "Tunnel", "La Citta Nuda", "Fluxus", "Flamenco Sketches", "Dreamy Smiles", "You", "African Loungesters", and a nice cover of Sun Ra's "Astro Black"! CD
(Out of print. Disc has a promo stamp.)

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Pino DonaggioDon Camillo ... LP
Digitmovies (Italy), 1984. Sealed ... $14.99
A remake of the earlier Don Camillo film from the 50s – done here with music that's got an even more sprightly feel! You might know Pino Donaggio from darker, more serious soundtracks – but here, he uses a mix of keyboards and woodwinds to craft lots of groovy tunes that are in the best spirit of the 80s comedic Italian soundtrack modes! Given that Terence Hill was the lead, we can bet that there's a lot of goofy action on screen – set to tunes that include "Ring The Bells", "Verso Pomponesco", "Sfida A Carte", "I'm A Fool", "Don Camillo Parla Con Il Signore", and "Nella Chiesa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent limited 180 gram vinyl.)

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✨✧ Female SpeciesTale Of My Lost Love ... LP
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A tale of lost love, and lost music too – served up in this never-issued album from a very cool little group – a west coast girl pop outlet with a very dreamy sound! The group was formed by sisters Vicki and Ronnie Gosset, who'd later go on to greater fame as songwriters – but here, along with some female friends, they craft this music that really sparkles strongly, and which should have gotten the group some much bigger fame at the time! The style is a mix of late 60s girl group sounds and some headier 70s touches – including a bit of AOR polish and crossover country hooks in a few spots – but used in this really thoughtful, gentle sort of way – so that the group really retain their own sound throughout. As usual with the Numero Group, this is music you'd never hear otherwise – and titles include "Peace Of Mind", "Baby Buggy", "Bye Bye Bye", "Till The Moon Don't Shine", "Chinchilla Hat", "In The Moonlight", "Here Comes The Night", "Sooner Or Later", "There's A Rainbow", "Explain Why", "Tying The Leaves", and "Tale Of Lost Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Free NationalsFree Nationals ... CD
Obe, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
These guys are known by some as the backing band of Anderson.Paak, but they're a hell of a group on their own – rock-solid right at the core, and able to effortlessly craft a sweet blend of funk and soul – yet also leave room for plenty of guests along the way! The musicianship here is fantastic – classic, yet very much their own – echoing the perfection of 70s studio work, but with a very contemporary vibe and a nicely up-close spirit –a sound that's perfect all the way through, and which makes a great accompaniment to guest work from TI, Shafiq Husayn, Daniel Caesar, Syd, Benny Sings, T Nava, Callum Connor, Conway, Westside Gunn, and even Anderson.Paak. The kind of record that's perfect for bumpin all summer long – with titles that include "Gidget", "Rene", "Shibuya", "Eternal Light", "The Rivington", "Beauty & Essex", and "On Sight". CD

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✨✧ Free NationalsFree Nationals (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Obe, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
These guys are known by some as the backing band of Anderson.Paak, but they're a hell of a group on their own – rock-solid right at the core, and able to effortlessly craft a sweet blend of funk and soul – yet also leave room for plenty of guests along the way! The musicianship here is fantastic – classic, yet very much their own – echoing the perfection of 70s studio work, but with a very contemporary vibe and a nicely up-close spirit –a sound that's perfect all the way through, and which makes a great accompaniment to guest work from TI, Shafiq Husayn, Daniel Caesar, Syd, Benny Sings, T Nava, Callum Connor, Conway, Westside Gunn, and even Anderson.Paak. The kind of record that's perfect for bumpin all summer long – with titles that include "Gidget", "Rene", "Shibuya", "Eternal Light", "The Rivington", "Beauty & Essex", and "On Sight". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Free Nationals ... CD 11.99

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Paolo FresuTempo Di Chet ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2021. New Copy ... $28.99
A really lovely tribute to the memory of the great Chet Baker – served up here by Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu – who works in a loose, open setting that's a bit like some of the wonderful overseas records that Baker cut in his final decade! Backing is just piano rom Dino Rubino and bass from Marco Bardoscia – and there's plenty of space for Fresu to craft these beautifully shaped notes on both trumpet and flugelhorn – never too forced, and always with that amazingly easygoing style that Chet held onto, even in his final years. Stefano Bagnoli joins the group on drums on two Fresu originals – "Palfium" and "Jetrium" – and the set features a number of other originals, including "The Silence Of Your Heart", "Postcard From Home", "Fresing", "Chat With Chet", "Hotel Universo", "Hermosa Beach", and "Catalina". CD

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✨✧ Red GarlandStretching Out (Satin Doll/Lil' Darlin') ... CD
Prestige, 1959. Used ... $9.99
Classic work by the Red Garland trio – 2 albums from 1959, back to back on one CD! The "stretching out" in the title is certainly appropriate, as Red's working in a more expanded setting here than most other pianists at the time – getting the room to craft long and thoughtful lines on piano, working on tunes that sometimes run as long as 10 minutes, hitting a lot more soulful notes along the way than some of the other big piano trio combos of the time. Titles include "Lil Darlin", "M Squad Theme", "The Man I Love", "It's A Blue World", "Like Someone In Love", and "Blues In The Closet". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fitz Gore & The TalismenSoundmagnificat ... LP
Gorbra/Sonorama (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A rare jazz gem from tenor saxophonist Fitz Gore – originally issued on the Gorbra label in Germany in a very tiny quantity! The record's a bit unlike anything else of the time – spiritual jazz, certainly, but with all these different approaches that vary from track to track, as does the lineup – really showing a richness that leaves us breathless once the record is done! Gore's got this nicely edgey tone on the tenor – a tendency to maybe craft the occasional angles you might hear from an alto, but with a deeper sound overall – and other players on the record include Ulrich Gore on piano, Gerhard Ebbo on bass, and Phillipe Zobda Quitman on drums – although one track has gamelan, another has vibes, and another has congas – all of which makes for a nice shift in flavors! At times, Fitz has this slow-burning quality, at others he almost echoes a Coltrane ballads mode, and at one point he sings a bit – really surprising us with his mellifluous voice. Titles include "Steal Away", "Requiem For Julian Cannonball Adderley", "Delilah", and "A Sinner Kissed An Angel" – most nice and long. LP, Vinyl record album

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Tadao Hayashi Harp TrioMihatenu Yume/The Impossible Dream (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $24.99
A really groovy harp jazz trio – one that moves through territory that's a bit like American player Dorothy Ashby on some of her small combo records – but with Japanese musician Tadao Hayashi in the lead! The approach is relatively lean – just the bass of Takao Kusagaya and drums of Koichi Suzaki for support – which leaves Hayashi plenty of space to craft these amazing combinations of notes on the instrument, in a style that still has a gentle groove, even when mellow – thanks to especially nice work on the bass! The tunes are mostly familiar, but sound really different in this setting – and the album has a recording quality that really makes the strings resonate strongly – maybe even more so than on a classic album by Ashby. Titles include "My Favorite Things", "Watch What Happens", "Wave", "The Impossible Dream", "Misty", and nice take on Barry White's hit "Love's Theme". CD
(Part of the Nippon Jazz Spirits series!)

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardHub Cap (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $2.99
Classic Freddie Hubbard on Blue Note – from the hip cover to the magical music in the grooves! The session is one of Freddie's all-time best from the early days – and features a very hard wailing lineup that mixes tight hardbop rhythms with some more adventurous soloing that almost has a modern jazz kind of tinge. Cedar Walton's on piano, Julian Preister's on trombone, and Jimmy Heath is on tenor – working with Freddie to craft some mindblowing work on titles that include the amazing "Plexus", plus "Hub Cap", "Cry Me Not", and "Earmon JR." CD also features a bonus alternate of "Plexus". CD
(CONDITION NOTE: we're including the tray card, which looks alright from the outside, but it has some glue and wear inside, clear tape, and is missing one spine – priced accordingly. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Odion IruojeDown To Earth ... LP
Odion Limited (Nigeria), 1983. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Odion Iruoje is billed as the "Sound President" on the cover – a title he definitely deserves, given the amazing sound of this set – which mixes early 80s Nigerian electro sounds with a bit of influence from hip hop too! Iruoje's completely comfortable in both mides – and can craft grooves that flow effortlessly on waves of basslines, skittish guitar, and snapping percussion – mixing electric elements on keyboards with rootsier touches on talking drums – but all in a way that's completely organic, and opens up on some beautifully open, extended grooves! The leadoff track – "Identify With Your Root" – has a riff and a rhyme that would have been right at home on Sugarhill Records – but other cuts – like "Love Care" and "Aro Affair" – have some spacey keyboard bits and fuzz that almost moves into William Onyebor territory! Other cuts include "Ikebe", "Anogo Giri", and "Alhaja & Obiageri". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram UK reissue on Soundway.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesWho's Blue? – Rare Chess Recordings Of The 60s & 70s ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A far-reaching set of hard-to-find 60s & 70s recordings by the great Etta James for Chess/Cadet – ranging from vibrant funk to slow cooking R&B, stripped down brassy blues and string accented jazzy numbers – diverse stuff held together by all around impeccable craft and the flat out amazing singing of Etta! The recordings were cut from the mid 60s to early 70s for the most part, and made in Chicago, Muscle Shoals, Nashville, New Jersey and LA. Such a sprawling collection would bog down a lesser singer, but in this case it shows just how versatile Etta James is, even if the records didn't always hit the charts. 24 tracks in all: "Only A Fool", "Seven Day Fool", "You're A Fool" (Etta slays a lotta fools in this set), "Fire", "My Man Is Together", "Let Me Know", "Nobody But You", "Take Out Some Insurance", "Sweet Memories", "Do Right", "Can't Shake It" and many more. CD

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Juju Rogers40 Acres N Sum Mula ... LP
Jakarta (Germany), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 23.98
Juju Rogers cut a pretty unique path on his debut album, and this might be even stronger! He has a unique perspective to draw from – born and raised in Germany with an African American GI father and a German mother, his voice and perspective in contemporary hip hop is fresh and distinctive by nature – but the craft is universally relatable. The beats and bass thump, there's nice use of live instrumentation on several tracks, and Juju's charismatic and forthright rhymes and sung vocals are really strong. Includes "89", "Real S**t", "Black Thursday", "Follow Me", "Mula", "10 Yas", "Identity", "God" & "Babalyon". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ JulyJuly – The Complete Recordings (July/Second Of July/Temporal Anomaly/Resurrection/The Wight Album/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/2020. New Copy 6CD ... $36.99 51.99
The complete recordings of July – a set that features their rare original album, unreleased tracks, and lots of surprisingly great later material too! First up is the self-titled July album from 1968, presented in both mono and stereo mixes – the debut album from July – a group who only gave the world this gem of a record back at the end of the 60s – but who've gone on to become legendary, based on the strength of the set! The whole thing is a real standout in the psych scene of the UK – well-crafted songs that are tight, but groovy and loose at the same time – tuneful, but filled with experiments – and produced with just the right sort of inventive qualities to make the special flourishes and individual moments of genius really come to light! There's so many great things going on here – an all-rich, no-filler record that's filled with gems that include "My Clown", "Dandelion Seeds", "Jolly Mary", "Hallo To Me", "You Missed It All", "The Way", "To Be Free", "Crying Is For Writers", "I See", and "A Bird Lived". Next is Second Of July – a great counterpart to the legendary self-titled album from July – material recorded in a private setting, to predate that psych masterpiece – but every bit as stunning overall! The quality of this work goes way beyond its origins as demo material – as the sound is wonderful, the musical ideas very rich, and overall psychedelic conception is amazing! There's no overindulgence, but also no easy pop psych modes either – and it's really incredible how much these guys can pack into a short song – from unusual guitar lines, to freewheeling rhythms, and trippy ideas in the lyrics. Many numbers have a sweet groove underneath, and are slightly freakbeatish – but there's also a much more unique feel to the record as well. Tracks include "Dandelion Seeds", "You Missed It All", "My Clown", "Friendly Man", "I See", "The Girl In The Cafe", and "Move On Sweet Flower". The box set then moves into two later albums from a re-formed group – Temporal Anomaly and Resurrection – both of which feature material conceived over a number of years, issued on Resurrection in 2013, and on Temporal Anomaly here for the first time ever. Tracks are great – still very much in the spirit of the classic material, and produced with a nicely understated vibe. Last up is The Wight Album – a recent project from July – still sounding surprisingly great after all these years! At this point, the group is a duo – original members Peter Cook and Tom Newman – but they really manage to craft some great sounds here, with a style that ties back to their initial recording in 1968, and which features some of the successful flourishes of their revived activity from about a decade ago! The tunes are way better than any sort of younger attempt at material like this – mostly because there's a nicely understated, although still quite psychedelic, approach to the whole thing – maybe a reminder that with the best psych records, charm is every bit as important as fuzz. Titles on the double-length set include "The Traveler", "Sophie", "Special Guy", "Henry's Squirrel", "Seeking The Hacksaw Blades", "The Game", "What's Gonna Be", "Disco Klingon", "Mods Of Ryde", "It's Up To Me", and "Once When We Was Free". CD

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JulyWight Album ... LP
Grapefruit (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $38.99
A recent project from July – that legendary UK psych band of the late 60s, still sounding surprisingly great after all these years! At this point, the group is a duo – original members Peter Cook and Tom Newman – but they really manage to craft some great sounds here, with a style that ties back to their initial recording in 1968, and which features some of the successful flourishes of their revived activity from about a decade ago! The tunes are way better than any sort of younger attempt at material like this – mostly because there's a nicely understated, although still quite psychedelic, approach to the whole thing – maybe a reminder that with the best psych records, charm is every bit as important as fuzz. Titles on the double-length set include "The Traveler", "Sophie", "Special Guy", "Henry's Squirrel", "Seeking The Hacksaw Blades", "The Game", "What's Gonna Be", "Disco Klingon", "Mods Of Ryde", "It's Up To Me", and "Once When We Was Free". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lokkhi TerraCubangla (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Funkiwala (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
A Latin combo from London, but one with a wider range of styles in their music – as you might guess from the lineup pictured on the cover! Lokkhi Terra are great at familiar Latin jazz modes – really using their instrumentation to craft strong standout solos on trumpet, flute, Fender Rhodes, and percussion – but there's often some very unusual twists in the rhythms, which are billed in modes that run from "sufi samba" to "Cubangla funk" to "Baul blues"! The vocals can be unusual, too – handled by the female singers pictured on the cover, who shift modes on different tracks in a way that keeps things interesting – opening the door to more global elements than just Afro Cuban roots. Titles include "Bhromor", "Como", "Kala Re", "Badaam", "Bhandari Revisited", and "Lal Mere". LP, Vinyl record album

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show Number 13 – Black Tape X Restricted 18+ ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2012. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
Beats and mixes by Madlib & rhymes by unnamed rappers – an unplanned appendix to the Madlib Medicine Show series – The Black Tape! Number 13 finds Madlib flipping the script on the hip hop DJ mix racket – applying his deep-digging, adventurous style to rhymes by a broad selection MCs – household names and underground figures alike. This isn't about remixing rap classics, it's about flavoring Madlib's own craft with a surprising range of voices. No tracklist, dirty a** XXX artwork, 60 minutes of Madlib hip hop mix mastery. CD

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✨✧ Melba MooreLot Of Love ... LP
Capitol, 1986. Very Good ... $2.99
Crisp, warm, and nicely-grooving soul from Melba Moore – one of her most consistent albums of the period, and possibly the biggest hit of career! The team of writers and producers on the album is top-shelf – with work from Kashif, Paul Lawrence, Gene McFadden, and others – who really craft the right sort of sounds to fit Melba's wonderful voice! The first half of the album features more danceable, synth flavored 80s sounds, and the second has some great ballads – including the great duet "A Little Bit More" with Freddie Jackson. Other tracks include "Love The One I'm With (A Lot Of Love) "There I Go Falling In Love Again", "You Trip Me Out", "Falling", "Stay", "Don't Go Away", and "I'm Not Gonna Let You Go" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Mourning A BLKstarCycle ... CD
Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness – and their genre-bending, gender non-confirming style really pushes forward the energy of underground soul music – as they worked together in an empty storefront in Cleveland to craft this beautiful cycle of songs initial sketches they all fleshed out together – in a mix of shifting vocal leads, heavy drums, dark guitar lines, and proud horn parts. Titles include "Sense Of An Ending", "Something JD Said", "Been Around", "Devil Get Behind Me", "Whom The Bell Tolls", "The Wants", "Deluze (Solange say rmx)", "So Young So", "The Box", and "4 Days". CD
Also available Cycle ... LP 28.99

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Mourning A BLKstarCycle ... LP
Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.99
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness – and their genre-bending, gender non-confirming style really pushes forward the energy of underground soul music – as they worked together in an empty storefront in Cleveland to craft this beautiful cycle of songs initial sketches they all fleshed out together – in a mix of shifting vocal leads, heavy drums, dark guitar lines, and proud horn parts. Titles include "Sense Of An Ending", "Something JD Said", "Been Around", "Devil Get Behind Me", "Whom The Bell Tolls", "The Wants", "Deluze (Solange say rmx)", "So Young So", "The Box", and "4 Days". LP, Vinyl record album
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Andrew Oldham OrchestraRolling Stones Songbook ... CD
Decca (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $8.99
Wonderful easy grooves – from an orchestra leader who couldn't read a note of music! During the 60s, Andrew Oldham was probably best known to the world as the flamboyant manager of the Rolling Stones – but during the same period, or at least the earliest stretch of it, he also headed up his own studio orchestra – working with pop arranger David Whittaker to craft some incredibly groovy albums! This one's the ensemble's fourth and final effort – a magical transformation of familiar Rolling Stones numbers into some sweet easy instrumentals – all asparkle with the best styles of mid 60s Brit easy, served up with orchestrations that run from baroque to breezy! Titles include "Blue Turns To Grey", "You Better Move On", "Heart Of Stone", "Time Is On My Side", "The Last Time", "Theme For A Rolling Stone", and "Tell Me". CD

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Pete RockDon't Smoke Rock Instrumentals (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Babygrande, 2019. New Copy ... $21.99
Long-awaited instrumentals version of the 2016 team-up LP with Smoke DZA! Where the original LP is still stands strong as a showcase for DZA guests as varied as Dave East, Rick Ross, Cam'Ron & Nymlo, BJ The Chicago Kid, Jadakiss & Styles P, Wale, Mac Miller, Big KRIT & more, the instrumentals demonstrate perfectly how timeless Pete Rock's production craft carries on this deep in the new millennium. Tracks include "Limitless", "Black Superhero Car", "Hold The Drums", "Milestone", "Show Off", "I Ain't Scared", "Until Then", "Dusk 2 Dusk", "Last Name" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Patrice RushenPrelusion/Before The Dawn ... CD
Prestige, 1974/1975. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The first 2 albums as a leader from keyboardist Patrice Rushen! Prelusion is a great set from Patrice – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, and Oscar Brashear on trumpet), playing a range of keyboards, from acoustic and electric piano, to ARP, and clavinet. The tracks are long, and have a wonderfully composed soul jazz vibe – feeling a heck of a lot like work on labels like Strata East, deeply dipping into a soulful bag that's solid and real, with no fakery or tricks to make the mood happen. Includes "Traverse", "Shortie's Portion", "7/73", and "Haw Right Now". Before The Dawn has Patrice working in a groove that's almost like that of Herbie Hancock at the time – using lots of electric piano, clavinet, and synth to craft some mighty fine jazz funk grooves. The group's a monster assemblage of Fantasy jazz players like Hubert Laws, Lee Ritenour, Hadley Caliman, and Harvey Mason – and the session crackles with a tight edge that you'll never find in any of Patrice's later work. Tracks are long, with lots of great spacey grooves, and titles include "Razzia", "Before The Dawn", "Kickin Back", and "Jubilation". Note: CD omits the track "Puttered Bopcorn" from Prelusion – due to space restrictions. CD
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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Ralph ThomasEastern Standard Time ... CD
Zebra/BBE (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
No standards here, as the tracks are all originals – written by reedman Ralph Thomas and the rest of his group – to create the sort of unique little record that really keeps us digging for rare jazz over the years! Thomas grew up in Chicago, where he soaked up the soulful sounds of both the west side and the AACM – but the set was recorded after he'd moved to Los Angeles, at the suggestion of some of his contemporaries – where he was able to bring together some equally inventive players, while also working as part of the same hip scene that included Horace Tapscott and Nate Morgan! Some of the rhythms here recall some of Morgan's music on the Nimbus label, but there's maybe a bit more of a soul current too – with Thomas on alto, tenor, soprano, and flute – amidst guitar, keyboards, drums, flute, and some especially nice percussion – all to craft rhythms that move between spiritual, modal, and more conventionally soulful styles – a vibe that's maybe a bit like some of the 70s Detroit work on the Strata label. Titles include "Spellbound", "Cafe Phillipp", "Big Spliff", "Venice", "EST", "Deloreso", and "Muscavado". CD

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Henry ThreadgillWhen Was That? ... LP
About Time, 1982. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written, longer-thought concepts by Threadgill – perfectly paired with a lineup that includes Craig Harris on trombone, Olu Dara on cornet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff and John Betsch on drums – players who work well with Henry's flute, alto, and tenor to craft these deep-feeling lines amidst inventive rhythms. Production is great – very unassuming, and just right for the mood – and titles include "Melin", "10 to 1", "Just B", "When Was That", and "Soft Suicide At The Baths". LP, Vinyl record album
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Raf VilarStudies In Bossa ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2011. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
An excellent debut from Rio-raised, London-based Raf Vilar on Far Out – breezy, airy melodies and light arrangements with enough classic bossa craft to stand the test of time! Raf is the nephew of the legendary Ivan Conti, so it's safe to say that he's got this stuff in his blood, but fear not any possible nepotism getting him a record deal. We were spinning this album again and again, digging every second before we even read a brief bio. Trust us, it's the real deal! The arrangements are mostly laidback, but filled with unfakeable love and passion for easygoing bossa, with some of the best tracks featuring just Raf's vocals and a guitar – but the more arranged numbers with piano, bass, sax and additional percussion are great, too. Includes "Por Um Amor Qualquer", "Bossa Me", "Sem Ter Voce", "Le Com Cre", "So No Ar", "Amargo Amor", "Silidao", "Lullaby" and more. CD

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Paul WellerFly On The Wall – B-Sides & Rarities (3CD box set) ... CD
Universal (UK), 1990s/Early 2000s. Used 3CD ... $19.99
A beautifully packaged 3CD set that collects obscure work done by Paul Weller during the important 3rd phase of his career – the post-Jam, post-Style Council years when Weller chose to record simply under his own name, and craft some incredibly great music! The tunes from this period are a real stylistic blend – drawing on older folk, soul, jazz, and funk, yet also keeping an ear open towards some of the current trends bubbling under on the London scene. The set features 38 tracks on 3 CDs – packaged in a cool box with a nice booklet – containing remixes, b-sides, and rare tracks that include "Here's a New Thing", "Into Tomorrow (demo)", "Arrival Time", "Fly On The Wall", "The Loved", "Steam", "A Year Late", "Eye Of The Storm", "Shoot The Dove", "Wild Wood (Portishead rmx)", "Right Underneath It", "Helioscentric", "There's No Drinking After You're Dead (Noonday Underground rmx)", "As You Lean Into The Light", "Another New Day", "Black Sheep Boy", "Sister Sadie", "Don't Let Me Down", "Bang Bang", and "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City". CD
(Out of print.)

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WhispersWhisper In Your Ear/Whispers/Imagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of classic albums from The Whispers – with bonus tracks too! On the first set, the mighty group does way more here than just Whisper in your ear – as they're completely on top of their game, ending the 70s with a wickedly sharp sound that would help them stand strong for years to come! The group started in fragile harmony soul modes, grew with confidence in the 70s, hit a bit of a dancefloor mode – and here step off with this mature style that's totally wonderful – the best of all worlds together as one – shaped by arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Gene Page, and Keni Burke! Titles include "Whisper In Your Ear", "Homemade Lovin'", "If I Don't Get Your Love", "Love At Its Best", "Can't Do Without Love", and "Pretty Lady". The 1979 Whispers album was one of a few to bear the group's name as its title – and it's also one of our favorite albums by The Whispers – a later gem with some really great songs, and a sound that shows the group strongly moving into hit territory! In some way, the album's almost a return to the mellow harmony soul of the group's roots – slowing down the pace from the disco years to craft some extremely great ballads and midtempo numbers. There's still a bunch of great club tracks too – like the classic "And The Beat Goes On" – but in a way, our favorite tracks are the mellower ones, like "Lady", "I Love You", and the sublime, "A Song For Donny", a tribute to the late Donny Hathaway, written around the music of his classic "This Christmas". On Imagination, the group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". Bonus tracks include an instrumental of "Song For Donny" – plus 7" mixes of "Can't Do Without Love", "Can You Do The Boogie", "And The Beat Goes On", "It's A Love Thing", and "I Can Make It Better". CD

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✨✧ VariousHouse Of Ages – Classic, Rare, & Unreleased Dance Music – Selected By Jeremy Newall ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Not really the house of ages – given that most of these cuts are so rare, they're only making their first appearance here – but a great little collection that reminds us that there's still so much to discover in the funky underground of the last few years of the 20th Century! Jeremy Newell really knocks it out of the park with this one – and comes up with a deep, soulful collection of house tracks from the farthest reaches of the scene – either work that only appeared on very obscure singles, or didn't even make it past tape back in the day – leaping forth here with a wickedly groovy sound that's more than worth the wait. Titles include "Take Me Higher" by Jimi Polo, "I Promise (more beats for passion mix)" by Mark Rogers, "Keep On Pressing (KOT orig mix)" by Sean Grant, "More I Get" by Teleport feat Russell Patterson, "Yo Razor" by Arts & Craft with Razor Cain, "Don't Run Away" by Soul Dhamma, "When I See You (tight voc)" by Frank Youngwerth with Ernie, "Freak It (Tony Humprhies inst mix)" by Johanna, "Mainline (Roger S Ego trip mix)" by Tribal House, "We Can Make It (unreleased dub)" by UBQ Project, and "Deeper (Benji Candelario's deeper than deep unreleased mix)" by Susan Clark. CD

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VariousNext Stop Soweto – Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 27.99
A beautiful set of late 60s to early 70s Soweto township jive sounds – soulful, joyful and amazing numbers mostly only ever available on rare South African 45s – brought to the world at large by our friends at Strut Records! Most numbers are from the early 70s, with a couple from the last couple years of the 60s, material from local combos in the years before the Soweto uprising of 1976. It's wonderful music, and you'll want to jump up and dance to most of the numbers – most with exuberant vocals and wholly danceable guitar and percussion, a joyous mix jazz, soul, rumba and funk in the craft. Amazing! Includes "I Sivenoe" by Melotone Sisters With Amaqola Band, "Maphuti" by Mgababa Queens, "Kuya Hanjwa" by S Piliso & His Super Seven, "Wenzani Umoya" by The Big Four, "Inkonjane Jive" by Zed Nkabinde, "Take Off" by Tempo All Stars, "Enuva" by African Swingsters, "Sikhwele" by Aba-Lilizeli, "10 To 11" by Sammy Boy, "Iza Wena" by Happy Africa and more. 20 tracks on 2LPs. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousThis Ain't Chicago – The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987 to 1991 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
This ain't Chicago, but the sound here owes plenty to the Windy City as well – as the collection documents an amazing criss-crossing of cultural modes that occurred when early UK house musicians took the sound of the underground into the bigger British club scene! In a way, this music's a third chapter in a journey that began when the post-disco American underground were digging the styles of the British electronic generation – then began to craft their own music with early house productions from Chicago and Detroit. These rose in such popularity with UK listeners, that by the end of the 80s, the grooves reversed themselves, and flowed back over the Atlantic – inspiring musicians like these to take the best elements of American house music, particularly Chicago acid, and push it even further into something new! And while the generation yielded plenty of lame tracks and crossover pop, this set shows the real deal – those excellent initial singles that made digging UK singles almost as great as US ones, at least for a brief while. 2CD package features 24 titles that include "Take Me High (mansion mix)" by Colm III, "Show Me What You Got (acid mix part 1)" by SLF, "Jealousy & Lies" by Julian Jonah, "Where's The Love Gone (rmx)" by Julie Stapleton, "Safety Zone" by Exocet, "Pressure Dub" by Ability II, "1666 (pyro-maniac mix)" by MD Emm, "Free To Be" by Window Smashers, "Twin Tub" by Return Of The Living Acid, and "Crashing" by Baby Ford. CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ James BrownAin't It Funky (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Culture Factory (France), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer from James Brown – and one of his best instrumental albums of the King years! The record has James working with the pre-JBs James Brown Band – a tight assemblage of players who really know how to craft an off-kilter groove. The guitar's popping on the beat here as much as the horns, making for a syncopated groove that's utterly fantastic – as tight as a drum, and as funky as one too! Includes some great long cuts – like the 9 minute, two-part versions of "Ain't It Funky" and "Fat Wood" – plus some great shorter funky 45 type material, like "Nose Job", "Use Your Mother", "Give It Up Or Turnit Loose", and a version of "Cold Sweat". All the work here is tremendous – the kind of inspirational funky material that makes the album a lasting classic decade after decade! CD
(Limited edition.)

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✨✧ Cut ChemistAudience's Listening ... CD
Warner, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cut Chemist brings his deep digging style out of the world of legendary mix sets and behind-the-scenes hip hop wizardry – finally out front with (can you believe this?) his first ever solo album! Sadly, you have to worry when a great hip hop DJ/producer gets a major label solo album in this sad day and age of expensive sample clearance, as they often feel a little bit neutered by the system. Never fear in this case. Chem builds his signature eclectic craft around samples – some fairly obvious and some quite surprising – with occasional live instrumentation and a few appearances by topshelf underground MCs. The sounds are far too diverse to nail in a sentence or two, but they run from a catchy hip hop thump, to some Brazil-sampling groovers, to funky avant garde bits. Too many newer beatmakers opt for an obtuse, laptop-derived, barely musical approach. All the more reason to cherish Cut Chemist! Tracks include "Motivational Speaker", "(My 1st) Big Break", "The Lift", "The Garden", "Spat", "What's The Attitude" feat Hymnal, "Metrorail Thru Space", "Storm" feat Edan & Mr Lif, "2266 Cambridge" feat Thes One, "Spoon", "A Peak In Time" and "The Audience Is Speaking Theme Song". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisLive At The Plugged Nickel ... LP
Columbia, 1965/1982. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This stunning live set has been hailed by many as one of the finest moments of Miles' mid 60s career – music played with a frenetic energy that even blows away the famous studio sessions of the time! The group here is a landmark lineup – young modernists Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, and Tony Williams on drums – all reaching out to really increase their craft, and work through new ideas alongside Miles' trumpet. This set includes long versions of "Walkin", "Agitation", "So What", "All Blues", "Yesterdays", and "On Green Dolphin Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Dining RoomsTre ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2003. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 3rd album by The Dining Rooms (in case you couldn't guess by the title!) – and the best so far! These guys have really matured from earlier outings – moving into a sophisticated realm of downtempo soundscapes crafted with a great deal of care, and which are put together with a lot more than simple tricks and gimmicks. There's loads of really solid tunes in here – sly numbers that sneak up on you with a subtle approach to the craft, gently burrowing in and taking root – somehow making the album that much more compelling overall. A number of tracks have some wonderfully languid vocals, some male and some female – and these tunes fall nicely next to instrumental numbers with a very evocative approach. Titles include "Anima Per Amarti", "Tunnel", "La Citta Nuda", "Fluxus", "Flamenco Sketches", "Dreamy Smiles", "You", "African Loungesters", and a nice cover of Sun Ra's "Astro Black"! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tre ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Nathan HainesSquire For Hire ... CD
Chilli Funk (UK), 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lordy – what a great album! This is the kind of record that only comes down the pike once in a rare while – a completely solid, totally great, exemplary "take it to the next level" sort of album that you'll be playing for years! Nathan Haines already had our attention with his tremendous first album Sound Travels – one of the best full sets to come out of London in the past decade – but this second set is even more majestic than that one, with a fully-formed approach to the music that's simply stunning! Nathan throws out half of his broken beat chops, and digs even deeper into his soulful inspirations from earlier years – working with producer Phil Asher to craft one of the best soul jazz albums of the 21st century! Nathan wrote, arranged, and plays saxes on the set – and the album features guest vocals from Marlena Shaw, Vanessa Freeman, Rich Medina, and Marcus Begg – all of whom fit in perfectly with the cosmic soul jazz approach of the tunes! Imagine if Compost Records went into the past and merged with the Black Jazz label, and you've only got part of the picture of this one – as the set both pushes past expectations from other records, and redefines the standards all together! Includes a surprisingly great cover of Steely Dan's "FM", plus the cuts "Folk Jazz", "Oblivion", "Nothing New", "Springtime Rain", "O Misterio", "U See That", "Right By Your Side", and "Let It Go". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Freddie HubbardHub Cap (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note (UK), 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Freddie Hubbard on Blue Note – from the hip cover to the magical music in the grooves! The session is one of Freddie's all-time best from the early days – and features a very hard wailing lineup that mixes tight hardbop rhythms with some more adventurous soloing that almost has a modern jazz kind of tinge. Cedar Walton's on piano, Julian Preister's on trombone, and Jimmy Heath is on tenor – working with Freddie to craft some mindblowing work on titles that include the amazing "Plexus", plus "Hub Cap", "Cry Me Not", and "Earmon JR." CD also features a bonus alternate of "Plexus". CD
Also available Hub Cap (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Yusef LateefEastern Sounds ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title says it all – as Yusef Lateef works here in that wonderful mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and Eastern stylings that he brought to all of his best early sessions as a leader! Lateef himself is playing tenor, flute, and oboe – which he uses to craft these eerie snakecharmer lines that work perfectly with the modal grooves of the tracks – very unusual rhythms for the time, and a real precursor to some of the world jazz experiments to come from overseas. The rest of the group features pianist Barry Harris, drummer Lex Humphries, and bassist Ernie Farrow, who also plays a strange instrument called a rabat – which further adds to the charm of the record. Titles include "Plum Blossom", "Purple Flower", "Three Faces Of Balal", and "Chinq Miau". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Little FeatSailin Shoes ... CD
Warner, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album from Little Feat – and it's a great one! Loose roadhouse bluesy and country rock-styled songs – infused with their own weirdness! This is one of those great examples of a band that not only loved, but could play down home American music of many kinds – and add their own personal craft and idiosyncratic charms to whatever they touched. Includes "Easy To Slip", "Cold Cold Cold", "Triple Face Boogie", "Sailin' Shoes", "Cat Fever", "Texas Rose Cafe" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mat MathewsModern Art Of Jazz (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
East coast chamber jazz from Mat Mathews – a committed modernist who was always working in new groupings of unique instruments, to craft a new sound for 50s jazz that was at once freshly new, but not overly complicated. This set has him working with like-minded players – including Oscar Pettiford, Art Farmer, Dick Katz, Joe Puma, Kenny Clark, Gigi Gryce, and Herbie Mann – playing accordion in the lead on tracks that include "Not So Sleepy", "The Puritan", "Now See How You Are", and "Knights At The Castle". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shirley ScottLegends Of Acid Jazz (Hip Soul/Hip Twist) ... CD
Prestige, 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two hip recvords from organist Shirley Scott – back to back on a single CD! First up is Hip Soul – early Shirley Scott at her best – working with husband Stanley Turrentine to craft a great set of soul jazz tracks! The mood is laidback and easygoing, and honestly, it's Turrentine's deeply soulful solos that really make the set crackle – bringing an edge to the record that Shirley didn't always have, even on her earlier recordings with Eddie Lockjaw Davis. Stan's tone is superb – with a subtle rasp that really breaks open the sound – and his playing is extremely well-handled – always keeping us on the edge of our seat, blowing as he goes with incredible confidence and creativity! The rest of the group features Herb Lewis on bass and Roy Brooks on drums – and titles include "Trane's Blues", "Hip Soul", "411 West", "By Myself", and "Stanley's Time". On Hip Twist, Shirley's joined by husband Stanley Turrentine, whose tenor work on any Scott album always takes it to the next level! Stan's tone is still nice and raw here – blowing out some hard and soulful lines that are the perfect complement to Shirley's more composed work on the Hammond. The rest of the group includes George Tucker on bass and Otis Finch on drums – and tracks include "Hip Twist", "Violent Blues", "That's All", "All Tore Down", and "Rippin & Runnin". CD

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✨✧ Woody ShawLittle Red's Fantasy ... LP
Muse, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic record – one of Shaw's real landmarks of the 70s, and a lasting testament of soul jazz genius! The record features Shaw working with a group that includes a number of like-minded players – Frank Strozier, Ronnie Matthews, and Stafford James – all of whom fit together perfectly with Shaw to craft some strident tunes with the same sort of modal groove and soulful spiritualism as his work on the Moontrane record. Titles include "Sashianova", which has a great modal groove, "Jean Marie", and "Tomorrow's Destiny" – but the whole album is great together, and we never tire of listening to it! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. White label promo. Cover has light wear in one small part of the top seam, but is great overall.)

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✨✧ Clark Terry & Bob BrookmeyerTonight ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer combination of talents – and one that made a few excellent records in the 60s! Bob Brookmeyer's got a cool, compressed tone – that great approach he developed on valve trombone in the 50s – and it brings a new level of sophistication to the trumpet of Clark Terry here – at a time when the player was really opening up to new ideas, and effortlessly balancing a fresh modern vibe with a swinging sense of soul! The horns work a special magic together – one that's like a more sophisticated take on the sound that Art Farmer and various trombonists could craft in the Jazztet – and rhythm is from the trio of Roger Kellaway on piano, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – the last of whom seems to remember the great energy he brought to his own records on Epic a few years before, which also featured Terry. Titles include "Sometime Ago", "Tete A Tet", "Blue China", "Hymn", "Weep", "Step Right Up", and "Blindman Blindman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has light aging and an ink stamp on back.)

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✨✧ Henry ThreadgillWhen Was That? ... LP
About Time, 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful, lyrical albums we've ever heard from Henry Threadgill – a set that still has all the sharp edges you might know from his other work, but which also comes across with a slightly more sensitive sound as well! The compositions are beautiful – really well-written, longer-thought concepts by Threadgill – perfectly paired with a lineup that includes Craig Harris on trombone, Olu Dara on cornet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff and John Betsch on drums – players who work well with Henry's flute, alto, and tenor to craft these deep-feeling lines amidst inventive rhythms. Production is great – very unassuming, and just right for the mood – and titles include "Melin", "10 to 1", "Just B", "When Was That", and "Soft Suicide At The Baths". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
Also available When Was That? ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Boillat Therace Quintet with Benny BaileyMy Greatest Love ... CD
M Records/We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from this fantastic French group – and one that also features superb guest work from trumpeter Benny Bailey, at a time when he was at the most righteous apex of his talents! The core group is lead by Jean Francois Boillat on Fender Rhodes and piano, and Raymond Therace on alto, tenor, and flute – and together, the players craft a superbly soulful groove – a mix of sharp reed lines with warmer Rhodes elements – like some of the hippest records on the Muse label at the time, or with a Black Jazz label vibe at others! Bailey fits right into the mix, and matches the energy he gave the world on some of his Ego label recordings from Germany – bringing key colors and strong solos to titles that include "Prompt", "Blue Bossa", "Geminio", "My Greatest Love", "Le Colin", and "Gibraltar". CD
 
 
 



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