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Dr Hook & The Medicine ShowSuper Hits ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1970s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dr HookStimu Dr Hook (double a-side promo) ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1975. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Sleeve has light wear.)
 
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✨✧ VariousHave A Nice Day Volume 10 – Super Hits Of The 70s ... CD
Rhino, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring music by Albert Hammond, Hurricane Smith, Edward Bear, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, Vicki Lawrence, Stealers Wheel, Dobie Gray, Skylark, Stories, Looking Glass, and The DeFranco Family. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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VariousForge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
Rare psychedelia from all over the world – rock, soul, funk and astral folk – styles flowing cohesively on a single compilation thanks to the killer melodies, hard drums & percussion, and the impeccable taste of the Now Again/Stones Throw team! Forge Your Own Chains, simply put, is one of the best ever compilations of its kind. A few of the tracks have been reissued in some capacity and have recognizable names to rare psych and funk collectors – it's to Now Again's credit that they're going for a great experience rather than simply compiling the deepest, darkest rarities – but that said, all this stuff is obscure in the grand scheme and totally amazing. It features tracks from the US, Colombia, Sweden, Iran, Nigeria and beyond – tracks by Ofege, East Of Underground, DR Hooker, Baby Grandmothers, Ana Y Jaime, The Strangers and more. Amazing, hard grooving psychedelia for obscure rock and rare beat diggers alike! Titles include "Song Of A Sinner" by Top Drawer, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" by East Of Underground, "Forge Your Own Chains" by DR Hooker, ""Don't You Feel Me" by Damon, "Two To Make A Pair" by The Strangers, "It's Not Easy" by Ofege, "Somebody's Calling My Name" by Baby Grandmothers and more. 15 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousForge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare psychedelia from all over the world – rock, soul, funk and astral folk – styles flowing cohesively on a single compilation thanks to the killer melodies, hard drums & percussion, and the impeccable taste of the Now Again/Stones Throw team! Forge Your Own Chains, simply put, is one of the best ever compilations of its kind. A few of the tracks have been reissued in some capacity and have recognizable names to rare psych and funk collectors – it's to Now Again's credit that they're going for a great experience rather than simply compiling the deepest, darkest rarities – but that said, all this stuff is obscure in the grand scheme and totally amazing. It features tracks from the US, Colombia, Sweden, Iran, Nigeria and beyond – tracks by Ofege, East Of Underground, DR Hooker, Baby Grandmothers, Ana Y Jaime, The Strangers and more. Amazing, hard grooving psychedelia for obscure rock and rare beat diggers alike! Titles include "Song Of A Sinner" by Top Drawer, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" by East Of Underground, "Forge Your Own Chains" by DR Hooker, ""Don't You Feel Me" by Damon, "Two To Make A Pair" by The Strangers, "It's Not Easy" by Ofege, "Somebody's Calling My Name" by Baby Grandmothers and more. 15 tracks in all. CD
Also available Forge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... LP 29.99

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Johnny BristolLove Takes Tears/Go On & Dream ... 7-inch
MGM, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
One of the best solos singles by Johnny Bristol! "Love Takes Tears" is an excellent mellow soul number – built around a groove that's almost like "Love's Theme" by Barry White, but graced with warm vocals by Johnny that give the tune a very catchy hook! "Go On & Dream" is mellower, a great example of the gentle side of Bristol! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jon HendricksCloudburst ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1972. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A mixed bag of tracks from Jon Hendricks – but with some really great moments! The set was recorded in Germany in 1972, and it features Jon running through a variety of styles to please the crowd – some of them blusey, some of them straight readings of older numbers – but on a few of the album's best tracks he really opens up, hitting that uniquely soulful vocal style that's made him a favorite for years with the jazz groove scene. The best tunes include "No More", a vocal remake of Hubert Laws tune, done with a really great hook – and a sublime 8 minute take on Edu Lobo's "Arrasto", swung here with a strident glowing groove. Other tracks include "Jon's Mumbles", "Watermelon Man", "Gimme That Wine", "Cloudburst", and "It Was A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album

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William HookerSymphonie Of Flowers ... CD
ORG, 2019. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't give us this information) – the latter of whom plays some very cool Sun Ra-like electric piano at one point! Hooker is clearly the star of the show, though – and begins with some almost-funky lines, something we've never heard before – then moves into the more familiar mode of improvisation that's made his work on other albums so great over the years. Titles include "Jazz", "Soul", "Hieroglyphics", "Chain Gangs", "Freedom Riders", and "Rastafarian". CD
Also available Symphonie Of Flowers ... LP 18.99

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William HookerSymphonie Of Flowers ... LP
ORG, 2019. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99 29.98
A great album as a leader from the legendary William Hooker – and a fantastic reminder of how wonderful he can be in the spotlight! The set begins with some solo drum work from Hooker, then moves into bolder improvisations with an unnamed saxophonist and pianist (odd that the label didn't give us this information) – the latter of whom plays some very cool Sun Ra-like electric piano at one point! Hooker is clearly the star of the show, though – and begins with some almost-funky lines, something we've never heard before – then moves into the more familiar mode of improvisation that's made his work on other albums so great over the years. Titles include "Jazz", "Soul", "Hieroglyphics", "Chain Gangs", "Freedom Riders", and "Rastafarian". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Symphonie Of Flowers ... CD 7.99

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Sly5thAveInvisible Man – An Orchestral Tribute To Dr Dre ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
An orchestral homage to Dr Dre spearheaded by Brooklyn's Sylvester Onyejiaka, aka Sly5thAve – fleshing out hooks and melodies from throughout Dre's career, from classic singles to deep cuts, into large scale jazzy soul – with a stellar roster of guests including Mark De Clive-Lowe, DJ Center, Quantic, Jimetta Rose and more! It's pretty diverse, capturing timeless Cali funk & soul backdrops as well as slightly more stripped down live band hip hop-style versions, and mostly, but not entirely instrumentals. One exception is "Let Me Ride" with singer Jimetta Rose, who delivers some great, spontaneously emotional vocals – but the whole set is excellent – and titles includes "Shiznit" with Jessie Fisher, "California", "Drelude For Woo" feat Mark De Clive-Lowe, "No Diggity" feat Sydney Driver, "The Jam" feat Matthias Loescher, "Who Am I" feat Paul Wilson, "Still Dre", "My Name Is" feat Robert Searight, "Guilty Conscience", "Nuthin' But A G Thang" feat Brad Allen Williams, "The Edge" feat Quantic, "Next Episode", "Peace" and more. CD

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Audrey WheelerLet It Be Me ... LP
Capitol, 1987. Sealed ... $7.99
Audrey Wheeler's debut album – a really top-shelf effort crafted after years of lending her vocals to other folks' records, and a classic early stint in the group Unlimited Touch! Preston Glass handled production, and the set's about as sharp as can be for a mainstream soul album of the time – still a bit heavy on the beats that had come into vogue a few years before, but put together with a richness that really fits Wheeler's deep vocals – and which shows some of the changes that soul music was making towards the end of the 80s. There's plenty of hooks in the mix, but things are also nicely free from commercial cliches too – and titles include "Love On The Inside", "Irresistible", "Forget About Her", "I Miss You Love ", "Don't Lose Your Touch", and "Let It Be Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn, with hype sticker and Introductory Low Price sticker.)

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VariousDrivin Blues ... CD
32 Jazz, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Mid 90s. Used ... $4.99
Includes music by Homesick James, Peg Leg Sam, Big Maybelle, Eddie Kirkland, Ike & Tine Turner, Big Chief Ellis, Honeyboy Edwards, John Lee Hooker, and Robert Lockwood Jr. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerFree Beer & Chicken ... LP
ABC, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff from John Lee Hooker, and a record that's unlike any other he's ever done! The groove is very hard and funky, with tight drumbreaks and excellent basslines that you'd hardly expect to find on an album by a blues artist – jamming around with a tight groove that really makes us love the record! The guitar on the set is wonderfully scratchy – ripping up and down over heavy drums, with some nice horn touches to flesh the sound up – and wicked vocals from Hook that give the whole set a nice and nasty feel! The best cuts include "Make It Funky", "713 Blues", "714 Blues", and "Bluebird" – and the record's got some very nice breaks! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DramaticsAny Time Any Place ... CD
ABC/PTG (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the excellent recordings made by The Dramatics at ABC – great group soul gems that are sometimes overlooked because they didn't yield as many hits as earlier sets – but which are stellar records nonetheless! This one's got all the right elements firmly in place – killer production by Don Davis, and smooth but real harmonies from LJ Reynolds, Ron Banks, and the rest of the group. There's a few tracks that hit a smooth sort of groove that might be tagged as "disco" – but which is really just an extension of the super-dope mode that the group used in earlier years – and which has a lot more to offer than just a cheap dancefloor cash in. Titles include "Life Is Just A Playground", "Love Birds", "A Marriage On Paper Only", "I'm Hooked On You", "That's My Favorite Song", "I Think About You", and "I Just Wanna Dance With You". CD

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✨✧ Donnie & Joe EmersonDreamin Wild (blue vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Fuzzy and genuinely well-crafted private press grooves from the Emerson brothers – with crazy good hooks, some surprisingly solid musicianship – and songs that range from straight-up catchy, though fuzz-drenched rock, to funk and soul! Donnie Emerson is the lead singer, guitarist and bass player, along with some synth – and on the best tunes, he's got a confident, laidback and warm style on vocals that truly doesn't feel the voice of a kid still in his teens – with brother Joe on drums and other friends on backing vocals here and there. Here's a record that profoundly transcends the private press novelty and the goofy jumpsuits they're rocking on the front cover! Includes "Good Time", "Give Me The Chance", "Baby", the instrumental groover "Feels Like The Sun", "Love Is", "Don't Go Lovin' Nobody Else", "Dream Full Of Dreams" and "My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited 40th Anniversary baby blue vinyl pressing – with tip-on sleeve and with download!)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerUrban Blues ... CD
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic late 60s set from John Lee Hooker – one that has the legend working in a mode that echoes some of the funkier soul styles of the time, but with a vibe that's still very much in the best spirit of his classic work! The groove is slightly amped up by the electric bass of Eddie Taylor and tight drums of Al Duncan, but the session just features a quartet – with the mighty Phil Upchurch on second guitar next to John's lead – and Hooker delivering some fantastic vocals throughout! Titles include "Hot Spring Water (parts 1 & 2)", "Backbiters & Syndicaters", "Mr Lucky", "Cry Before I Go", "I'm Standing In Line", "The Motor City Is Burning", "Want Ad Blues", and "I Can't Stand To Leave You". CD

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✨✧ William Hooker QuintetChannels Of Consciousness ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant showcase for the drums of William Hooker – ringing out loudly and proudly here in the company of younger players who really help support his energy! Hooker's got this sharp punch that comes through right away – that mixture of freewheeling rhythms and more expressive musical vision that's made so much of his recent work so great – given a slightly different spin here in the company of Dave Ross on guitar, Chris Di Meglio on trumpet, Adam Lane on bass, and Sanga on percussion. The passages that have interplay between Sanga and Hooker are especially great – and titles include "Character", "The Unfolding", "Thought & Intention", "Compelling Influences", "Three Hexagons", and "Connected". CD

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✨✧ Eddie KendricksAin't No Smoke Without Fire/Whip ... 12-inch
Arista, 1978. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Post-Motown grooving from Eddie Kendricks – still very much in a boogie mode all the way through! "Whip" is our favorite track here – as it's got a straightforward clubby groove that lets Eddie do plenty on his own with the vocals, especially on the great hook! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in an Arista Disco sleeve, with a cut corner and some wear.)

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Broken KeysGravity ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2006. Used ... $6.99
One of the most creatively compelling projects we've heard on Tru Thoughts in awhile – a great collaboration between Natural Self and Nostalgia 77, and one that brings out the funkiest sides of both artists' work! The album is heavy on older funk and soul references – mostly presented in a clear and straightforward manner that makes for plenty of grit in the grooves, and some of the heaviest drums we've heard on Tru Thoughts since Quantic Soul Orchestra. But there's also a distinct influence coming from funky rock as well as soul – one that brings the guitars up on a number of tunes, and which goes for straightforward, hook-heavy vocals that remind us a lot of the best work of this sort coming out at the end of the 60s! Another great killer in the Tru Thoughts catalog – with titles that include "Redlight", "Bone Train", "The Invisible", "The Witch", "Black Farr", "Stepping Stone", "Slingshot (parts 1 & 2)", and "Razorblade". CD

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✨✧ ChangeSearching/Angel In My Pocket ... 12-inch
Warner, 1980. Near Mint- ... $19.99
"Searching" may well be the group's biggest hit – a quirky bit of pop that steps along nicely with vocals by Luther Vandross – but still sparkles years later with a great hook! "Angel In My Pocket" is a bit more conventional club – fuller and more in a disco mode, with female vocals that soar over the top in club diva style! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Warner sleeve.)

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Fatback BandKeep On Steppin' ... LP
Event/Southbound (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Quite possibly the last really hard-hitting funk album from The Fatback Band – and although their first record on the Event label, a set that cooks every bit as hard as their first few for Perception! The style here is funky 45 soul at its best – lots of hard crackling drums, funky rumpling bass, and enough choppy guitar to level a whole forest in one swoop! Lyrics are part of most numbers, but they're often in the bad-rapping or call and response mode of the People Music album – except for a few sweeter numbers which also sound pretty nice too! "Keep On Stepping" is a great little funky number – as are "Wicky Wacky", "Mr. Bass Man", and "New York Style". We also love the sweet soul track "Love", which has some great vocals, a great hook, and which sounds like a tune from their Feel My Soul LP! Other tracks include "Can't Stop The Flame", "Feeling", and "Breaking Up With Someone You Love Is Hard To Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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FreedomAre You Available ... LP
Malaco, 1984. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Electro 80s grooving from southern funk act Freedom – a record that shows that even the Malaco scene could pick up on bass licks, synth drums, and other production techniques being used heavily up north at the time! However, given the strength of Freedom's overall sound, the album still comes off pretty well on the best tracks – grooving with enough hooks to make for some really catchy tunes. Titles include "Keep On Dancin", "All For You", "It's You", "Are You Available", "Do It All Night", and "Rainbow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd Jazz Lab/Cecil TaylorAt Newport ... LP
Verve, 1958. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the hippest records to ever come out of the Newport series of recordings! Side one of the set features some groundbreaking early work from Cecil Taylor – in a quartet that includes Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Buell Neidlinger on bass, and Dennis Charles on drums – one of the most modern lineups that must have played at Newport at the time! The tracks – "Johnny Come Lately" and "Nona's Blues" – must have really shook up the Newport audiences, so much so that the remainder of the record, on side two, must have seemed traditional by comparison. Yet that side is decidedly modern too – and features work by the Gigi Gryce-Donald Byrd Jazz Lab – with Byrd on trumpet, Gryce on alto, and Hank Jones on piano. Tracks are tightly arranged, but with strong soulful soloing – perhaps some of the best the group ever recorded. Titles include "Batland" and "Splittin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s Japanese pressing, MV 2564.)

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PJ Harvey4 Track Demos (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The self-recorded 4 Track Demos for the Rid Of Me LP, an album eventually recorded by Steve Albini as one of the most surprisingly raw major label debuts of the early 90s – at a time when the majors were signing indie artists and putting out bigger sounding, more accessible versions of them, PJ Harvey bravely went the other way – and it's well worth hearing that era of her work even more intimately. Her voice and lyrics here stand out more here, and it's aching, scary beautiful stuff. Includes "Rid Of Me", Legs", Goodnight", "Yuri-G", "Driving", "50ft Queenie", "Hook", "Snake" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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HE3 ProjectChapter Two (digipack version) ... CD
Family Groove, Mid 70s. Used ... $6.99
A second chapter of excellent jazzy soul from the HE3 (Herman Eberitzch III) Project – killer stuff recorded from 1974 to 1977 at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco – with a sound that blends intense, yet sultry disco era live soul with both jazzier and funkier sounds! HE is on piano, Rhodes, synths – and the vibe on Chapter Two has moments of jazz funk reminiscent of the previous Chapter One set from Family Groove – but others that have a straight up, live and direct modern live soul feel, and others that are straight up jazzy. It's all great stuff – and alternate group lineups throughout include vocalists Johnny Lyvett, Linda Tillery and Wendy Hass, trombone player Sheldon Bermont, sax players Robert Olivera and Jerry Vejmoja, percussionist John Mingo Lewis, guitarist Pat Duffy, drummer Amadeus Barrios and others. Includes "Thesis On Love", Soul Support", "From Africa To Oakland", "Try A Different Road", "It Came From The Clear Blue Sky", "Sashay Sahay", "She Got You By The Hook', "I Know You", "Inspiration", "Make It Sweet", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Summertime" & "High Life". CD
(Digipack version has a sweet metallic silver foil sleeve. Out of print.)

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". Sing Baby Sing is sublime work from the duo of Jackie & Roy – a guy/gal vocal team, but one with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Both Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing – and Roy also plays a mean piano, and writes a fair bit of the tunes too – really lively numbers that show off the bop-styled techniques they developed while working with Charlie Ventura – but with hipper, groovier lyrics – of the sort that are a key precursor to folks like Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg! Instrumentation on the set is great, too – a small combo with guitar from either Joe Rumero or Barry Galbraith – served up in a really great mix of tunes that includes "Season In The Sun", "Slowly", "Cheerful Little Earful", "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". CD

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✨✧ Chaz JankelGlad To Know You – The Chaz Jankel Anthology 1980 to 1986 (Chaz Jankel/Chazanova/Chazablanc/Looking At You/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1980s. New Copy 5CD ... $34.99
A full package of work from the great Chaz Jankel – the keyboardist/composer who first rose to fame with Ian Dury & The Blockheads, but who went onto make some even better work on his own! Jankel's the guy responsible for the great groove on some of the best Dury classics – and when he went solo, he moved even more into funk and soul territory – drawing strongly on influences from American club, and cutting some great records that managed to cross over big on these shores! There's a relatively lean, clean sound to most of these grooves – early 80s beats and keyboards, with some nicely uncluttered vocals – but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation, which sometimes has a bit of a fusiony feel – but still that strong sense of a hook that made Chaz so great at the time, and which kept things true to form as these records moved over the course of his strong early 80s run. The set features the full albums Chas Jankel, Chasanova Questionnaire, Chazablanca, and Looking At You – plus a 12 track set of remixes and rarities – very important, as some of Jankel's work circulated most strongly on the 12" single scene of the early 80s. 48 tracks in all – titles that include "Just A Thought", "Ai No Corrida", "No 1", "3,000,000 Synths", "Questionnaire", "Thank You Very Much", "109", "Without You", "Johnny Funk", "You're My Occupation", "Am I Honest With Myself Really", and lots more cuts – plus a big booklet of notes! CD

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Hopeton LewisDynamic ... LP
Dynamic (Jamaica), 1970s. Very Good ... $11.99
A nice easy rockin' slice of Jamaican soul from rock steady star Hopeton Lewis. The production is courtesy ByronLee, so it has the sort of broader appeal crossover soul influenced sound you might expect, without as much of the raw edge we look for, but a nice bit of southern R&B feel creeping in. 12 tracks in all, including "Drift Away", "Working It Down To The Bone", "Pick Yourself Up", "Show Me Some Loving", "Take My Heart" and "Baby, Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam, some wear, and aging.)

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LutherLuther ... LP
Cotillion, 1976. Sealed ... $29.99
His first album, and his best! After working as the silent talent on albums by David Bowie, Gregg Diamond, and others – Luther Vandross finally got the chance to cut an album on his own, and it's incredible! The record has a perfect sound – one that verges on disco, but never falls into any of its cliches; touches on mellow soul, but never gets too mellow; and which always goes for the best hook in a song, instead of resorting to trickery. The whole thing's pretty darn great – and the record includes "Funky Music (Is a Part of Me", a remake of the track "Fascination" that he cut with Bowie, plus the tunes "The 2nd Time Around", "Emotion Eyes", "This Strange Feeling", and "It's Good For The Soul (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and bumped corners.)

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✨✧ Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. Used ... $4.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! CD
(Booklet has a crease, barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD 7.99

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD 4.99

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Ricardo RichaidTravessiero Feliz ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
A soaring blend of Brazilian modes – served up here by Ricardo Richaid, who's almost a one-man army himself, given the amount of instruments he plays on the set! Yet the record is also way more than just a batch of tunes cooked up in a bedroom – as Richaid has collaborators on nearly every track – which expands his own work on piano, bass, and a variety of guitars – really helping to situation his raspy and compelling vocals amidst some jazzier touches on flute and tenor, guest vocals, percussion, and other elements along the way! The tunes are often really catchy and compelling, even if your command of Portuguese is as bad as ours – and it's clear that Ricardo really knows his way around a hook, in sort of a universal way – while still making music that's completely his own. Titles include "Drone", "Vip Xuxa", "Maracas Enterprise/Frio Da Manha", "Ave Poena", "O Velho Cai", and "Formigas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mark Ronson & The Business IntlMark Ronson & The Business Intl ... CD
Columbia, 2010. Used ... $1.99
A pretty great, genre boundary busting effort from producer, turntablist, behind-the-curtain creative wiz Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – his studio collective that includes Q-Tip, Ghostface, MDNR, funky drummer & Dap-King Homer Steinweiss, keyboard player Victor Axelrod, members of Duran Duran and others! It should be a mess, but it turns out to be pretty much irresistible – Ronson has an ear for a hook – be it funk, hip hop, turntablism, electro or 80s new wave steeped pop. Titles include "Bang Bang Bang", "The Bike Song", "Somebody To Love Me", "Introducing The Business", "Hey Boy", "Missing Words", "The Night Last Night" and more. CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Tom ScottTom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection ... CD
BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD

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XLos Angeles ... LP
Slash/Fat Possum, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 17.99
One of the greatest records to ever come out of the west coast punk scene at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – incredibly well-penned and well-played – at a level that instantly leaves behind so many of its contemporaries! The themes of the tunes are fantastic – sung by Exene Cervenka and John Doe – as little tales of lust, greed, compromise, and decay – all set to the fantastic drums of DJ Bonebrake and the searing guitar of the great Billy Zoom! The quartet are amazing together – never missing a beat as they rip through classics that include "Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not", "Johnny Hit & Run Pauline", "Soul Kitchen", "Nausea", "Los Angeles", and "Sex & Dying In High Society". LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 remastered version.)

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✨✧ VariousFlag Flown High – Best Of Bobby Digital's Roots Productions ... CD
Maximum Pressure (UK), 1990s. Used ... $9.99
Jamaican music, like classic R & B, has always been a producer-driven music, and remains so to this day. Bobby Digital Dixon has stepped up in the 90s to assume the role played in the past by greats like the Hookims or Bunny Lee, while also taking on the mantle of passed down by his mentor King (formerly Prince) Jammy. Clearly the foremost producer in Jamaican music for the last decade, this compilation put together by the folks at Pressure Sounds under their new side label Maximum Pressure focuses on the highlights of his work, and in doing so is a showcase for just about every important contemporary Jamaican singing and dee jay talent. Rather than having to wade through a couple dozen 12 inches each of the hottest rhythms, this compilation brings together the cream of the crop: 19 awesome Digital B tracks, including Garnett Silk's "Mystic Chant", Shabba Rank's "Heart of A Lion", Sizzla's "Good Ways", Louie Culture's "Fire Bun", and "Every Knee Shall Bow" by Garnett Silk, Cocoa Tee & Charlie Chaplin. CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ VariousOnce Upon A Time At King Tubby's ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Woah! Don't get caught in the crossfire! I Roy takes on Prince Jazzbo, and luckily for us, Tubby's not taking sides, cutting mad versions and heavy dubs as the two Dee Jays trade barbs, rhymes and witty rejoinders for a battle on wax that lasted quite a few rounds! This great set by Pressure Sounds not only documents the toasting, boasting and roasting fest that the two heavyweight mic wielders laid to wax across now sought-after 45s, it showcases Striker Lee's production talents and Tubby's well known dub wizardry. For the most part, rhythms are laid down by the Aggrovators, with a couple Jo Jo Hookim produced cuts by the Revolutionaries, but it's all fantastic material, and the set has great notes giving background on the whole battle. 15 tracks in all, including "Do You Love Me?" by Johnny Clarke, "Straight To Jazzbo's Head", "Padlock", "Jazzbo Have Fe Run" and "Straight To Derrick Morgan's Head" by I Roy, "Straight To I Roy's Head" and "Gal Boy I Roy" by Prince Jazzbo, "I Roy The Chiney Commer Around" by Derrick Morgan, and "Straight To I Roy's Big Mouth" and "The Roots Of Dub" by King Tubby & The Aggrovators. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dennis CoffeyGoin' For Myself ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic funky groovers from Dennis Coffey – with his hard guitar sound gettin' all fuzzy over some loud drums and funky Sussex production! This one's still very much on the "Scorpio" vibe, when the label was keeping things nice and hard – and before Dennis got a bit hooked into disco. Includes the cuts "Ride Sally Ride" and "Taurus", which was his similar sounding follow-up to "Scorpio". Also includes "Can You Feel it", "Midnight Blue", "Toast & Jam", "Man & Boy", "It's Too Late" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisMother Nature's Son ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the versions here definitely aren't – as Stepney really pulls them apart and puts them back together with a great range of new elements – sometimes a bit of electronics, sometimes funky drums, and often the kind of deep-bottomed, Chicago soul-styled grooves that Chess/Cadet was hooking up to its best players in the late 60s. Ramsey plays both acoustic and electric piano, and the album is easily one of his (and Stepney's) most brilliant moments in the studio! Titles include "Back In USSR", "Julia", "Sexy Sadie", "Dear Prudence", and "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey". Funky, spacey, and totally great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover and labels have a drillhole.)

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✨✧ Houston PersonLion & His Pride ... CD
Muse, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Houston Person really sounds great in this later date for Muse Records – definitely the older lion in the title, surrounded by a younger pride of players who really make the record swing! The set's got a rock-solid rhythm section with Benny Green on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – that kind of in the pocket combo that was often the driving force of a Person-produced Muse Records session like this. Philip Harper's also in the frontline on trumpet, sparkling nicely next to the tenor – and the tunes have a relatively laidback feel, and a rich sound that hardly shows the date of the record at all. Titles include "Dig", "Dear Heart", "Sweet Love", "Like Someone In Love", and "Captain Hook". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny WinterByrds Can't Row Boats – The Unreleased Masters Collection 1965 to 1968 ... CD
Cicadelic, Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly great collection of early work from Johnny Winter – singles and studio tracks from the few years before he burst on the scene with Columbia Records at the end of the 60s – served up in a range of styles that include psych and folk rock, in addition to Winter's more familiar bluesy sounds! The collection features 36 tracks, all sourced from the original tapes – and presented at a level that's much better than any other previous attempt to look at Johnny's early years – with 21 titles that appear here for the first time ever! There's almost more of an LA early 60s vibe to the music than you'd expect – hence the play on The Byrds in the title – and the psychedelic numbers are perhaps some of the most revelatory here. Titles include "The World Turns All Around Her", "Easy Lovin Girl", "Parchman Farm", "Pneumonia Blues", "Sloppy Drunk", "Comin Up Fast", "Livin In The Blues", "Birds Can't Row Boats", "Goin Down Slow", "Don't Drink Whiskey", "32 20 Blues", "Bad News", "Ballad Of Bertha Glutz", and "Hook You". CD

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DellsFace To Face ... LP
ABC, 1979. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A later effort from the Dells, cut around the time ABC was having some great luck with the Detroit soul of The Dramatics – and also recorded in Detroit, with production work by the likes of Al Perkins, Rudy Robinson, and Calvin Carter, the Dells' old boss at Vee Jay. The tunes have a smoother approach than the group's work at Chess/Cadet – but their vocals are still top notch, with that raspy soul quality that has made them sound consistently strong over the years, no matter what the setting. Includes "Face To Face", "Thought I Could", "Face To Face", "Hooked On Loving You", "Love Me", "Wrapped Up Tight", and "Changed Man". Lots of nice ballads! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear, and a gold promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Force MDsLove Letters ... LP
Tommy Boy, 1984. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
Sweet electro soul from Force MDs – an early album for Tommy Boy that helped set the scene for a countless imitations to come! The record features a unique blend of older harmony soul (clearly referenced by the old school sweaters on the cover) and (then) current electro production – in a mode that supports the vocals with instrumentation from the Tackhead trio of Keith LeBlanc on drums, Doug Wimbush on bass, and Skip McDonald on guitar! Keyboards slide in and out of most tracks as well – and the tunes themselves shift from hook-heavy pop numbers to some gentler ballads that are often some of the best tunes in the set! Steinski makes a guest appearance on the classic "Itchin For A Scratch", and other tracks include "Tears", "Let's Stay Together", "Be Mine", "Don't Make Me Dance", and "Forgive Me Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a center split in the spine.)

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✨✧ Wynton KellyKelly Great ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of Wynton Kelly's greatest albums, and an all-star hardbop session that includes Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. With Philly Joe on drums, and Morgan and Shorter, the LP almost has the feel of a classic Art Blakey session for Blue Note, but Kelly's piano gives it a feel that's a bit warmer, and more relaxed. The tracks are nearly all long, with very open room for soloing, and nice catchy hooks by the various writers – who include Kelly, Morgan, and Shorter. Titles include "Wrinkles", "Mama G", "What Know", and "Sidney". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with AudioMatrix stamp in a yellow top stereophonic "Kelly" cover.)

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✨✧ John Zorn/John Medeski/Matt Hollenberg/Kenny GrohowskiBaphomet ... CD
Tzadik, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really full-on, fierce album from this heady trio of musicians who've interpreted the music of John Zorn before – a set that maybe feels like equal parts avant jazz and death metal – very fitting for the name and image on the cover! The organ of John Medeski has never sounded louder and more full – and he plays a bit of clavinet too – and Matt Hollenberg plays guitar with an edge that's metal, but maybe more complexity too – that mix that Caspar Brotzmann brought to his music in the late 80s/early 90s, but definitely more metal bent here. Drummer Kenny Grobowski is off the hook, too – and the trio are all conducted here by John Zorn, who also wrote the album-length "Baphoment". CD

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✨✧ New OrderMurder/Thieves Like Us ... 12-inch
Factory/Parlophone, 1984. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
"Murder" is a great statement of evolution from New Order – a track that has a title that would have been right at home in the Joy Division years, and the same sort of heavy drums you'd hear on Closer – but a more far-reaching sense of progression as the murky vocals mix with all sorts of nice guitar clusters and electronic elements! The track is backed by "Thieves Like Us" – a fantastically tuneful single from New Order – but one that also still has the group at their best pre-pop level – catchy, but moody at the same time – with really strong basswork from Peter Hook, and a keyboard line that's light and dreamy as a nice contrast! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ricardo RichaidTravessiero Feliz ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A soaring blend of Brazilian modes – served up here by Ricardo Richaid, who's almost a one-man army himself, given the amount of instruments he plays on the set! Yet the record is also way more than just a batch of tunes cooked up in a bedroom – as Richaid has collaborators on nearly every track – which expands his own work on piano, bass, and a variety of guitars – really helping to situation his raspy and compelling vocals amidst some jazzier touches on flute and tenor, guest vocals, percussion, and other elements along the way! The tunes are often really catchy and compelling, even if your command of Portuguese is as bad as ours – and it's clear that Ricardo really knows his way around a hook, in sort of a universal way – while still making music that's completely his own. Titles include "Drone", "Vip Xuxa", "Maracas Enterprise/Frio Da Manha", "Ave Poena", "O Velho Cai", and "Formigas". CD
Also available Travessiero Feliz ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ PerceptionMestari ... LP
Le Chant Du Monde/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really amazing album from a French free jazz group who are really finding their way forward – issued in 1973, but already very different from most of the initial post-1968 recordings on the Parisian scene! The album features a concert recording, with three very long-spun tracks by the quartet – amazing improvisatory energy flowing between the bass if Didier Levallet, the drums of Jean My Truong, the electric piano and clavinet of Siegfried Kessler, and the mix of piccolo, bass clarinet, tenor, and sopranino sax of Jeff Seffer – who also blows this very cool "malabar" reed instrument of his own creation! Both Kessler and Seffer are completely off the hook – and it's great to hear electric keys used in this way on a free jazz recording – bold and very sinister. Titles include "Mestari", "Trabla Air", and "Chott Djerid". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Paul SmithLiquid Sounds ... LP
Capitol, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful small combo grooving from pianist Paul Smith – an unsung hero of the west coast scene, with a talent that balanced easily between jazz and cocktail – with the best styles of both firmly intact! This album's one of his best – as mellow and drifting as the title might imply, recorded with backing that includes flute, alto, clarinet, and guitar – on dreamy little original tunes like "Low Bridge", "Gary Boo", "Hookup", "The Blue Room", "Thou Swell", and "Spring Is Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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John Lee HookerBlues Collection ... CD
CMC, Mid 50s-Mid 60s. Used ... $2.99
Features 20 tracks including "Tupelo", "Frisco Blues", "Drug Store Woman", "No Shoes", "Good Rockin' Mama", and "Boom Boom". CD

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John Lee HookerSittin Here Thinkin ... CD
32 Blues, Late 50s. Used ... $4.99
Great gritty sides from the mighty John Lee Hooker – material with a slightly obscure origin, but recorded in the late 50s, right in a stretch when he was cutting some of his classics! Hooker's guitar and vocals are center stage – both growling with a hell of a lot of soulful power – and the backing features just a bit of rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "I Bought You A Brand New Home", "Teasin Me", "My Cryin Days Are Over", "Sad & Lonesome", "How Long", and "Mean Mistreatin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerOn The Waterfront ... LP
Wand, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really unique album from the great John Lee Hooker – done for the mostly-soul Wand Records label, and with a feel that's quite different than some of Hooker's other records! There's a distinctly jazzy undercurrent running through the record at times – sometimes with some moody, soulful elements bubbling underneath John's lead vocals and guitar on the mellow tracks – or at other times with a fuller sense of arrangements, a bit like you might find on 60s work on the Duke/Peacock label blues sessions. Hooker's in fine form throughout – and seems to open up nicely in the setting – and a few tracks are a bit more stripped-down, with a slightly rootsy feel. Titles include "Don't Want Nobody Else", "Crazy Mixed Up World", "Little Dreamer", "Seven Days", "Don't Be Messing With My Bread", "Storming On The Deep Blue Sea", and "Lost Everything". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Lee HookerSimply The Truth ... LP
Bluesway, Late 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A very groovy set – with extra guitar from Wally Richardson, who recorded the Soul Guru album for Prestige – plus Ernie Hayes on piano and organ, and Bernard Pretty Purdie on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in nice shape! Cover has a cutout hole in one corner, and some light aging inside the gatefold.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerSittin Here Thinkin ... LP
Muse, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Great gritty sides from the mighty John Lee Hooker – material with a slightly obscure origin, but recorded in the late 50s, right in a stretch when he was cutting some of his classics! Hooker's guitar and vocals are center stage – both growling with a hell of a lot of soulful power – and the backing features just a bit of rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "I Bought You A Brand New Home", "Teasin Me", "My Cryin Days Are Over", "Sad & Lonesome", "How Long", and "Mean Mistreatin". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Silky Vincent GroupComplete Hook Up Recordings (with bonus download) ... LP
Hook Up/Tramp (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most obscure work ever issued by Louis Silky Vincent – an artist who also worked for King Records, Westbound, and Stax – but who's out here on his own, on tracks from four rare singles cut for the Hook Up label in the late 70s! The work here is very bold and full-on – funky soul played by a very sharp group, with female singers backing up Silky's lead – all set to horns that really drive the whole thing home! The tunes have a bit of a clubby current at the bottom, but aren't disco at all – really just upbeat funky soul, of the best variety – much more like something you'd hear from the early 70s funky 45 underground. Titles include "Tomorrow", "Missing You", "Come Back Baby", "Breezing", "Dream", "Changed Man", "Get Down For Your Action", and "Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ William HookerMindfulness (clear vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the looser, more experimental albums we've ever heard from percussionist William Hooker – done at a time when his fame was really reaching past the New York downtown scene! The set was recorded in San Francisco, and features the great Glenn Spearman on a variety of reeds, plus DJ Olive on turntables, and Hooker on both drums and a bit of spoken word – on long titles that include "Solemn Breath Knowledge/In This Earthy Body", "Living Organs/Parallel Planes", "Archetypal Space", "Principle Of Duality", and "Flow Rt 1 (Awake)". LP also features two bonus tracks not on the CD – "History & Futures" and "Architecture (Book Of Numbers)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on clear vinyl!)

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✨✧ Spring Street StompersI Go Hook, Line & Sinker For The Spring Street Stompers ... LP
Jubilee, 1959. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Features Don Coates on piano, Jim Hayne on trombone, Walt Lehmann on clarinet, Bob Witter on cornet, Kenny Redmond on drums, Bill Fisher on banjo and Tom Yankus on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono deep groove pressing.)

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B-52sCosmic Thing ... CD
Warner, 1989. Used ... $1.99
The album that really broke the B52s out of the box – the one that took them from being an underground favorite in the clubs and the party scene, to being the kind of group that finally got the exposure they deserved! Of course, some of the help here comes from superproducers Nile Rodgers and Don Was – who really help the group focus on their hooks and crossover groove – all summed up perfectly on the album's hit "Love Shack" – a tune that still gets heavy play around the globe all these many years later. Other tracks include "Roam", "Channel Z", "Cosmic Thing", "Dry Country", "Topaz", "Follow Your Bliss", and "Bushfire". CD
(Punch through barcode & booklet.)
Also available Cosmic Thing ... LP 21.99

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B-52sCosmic Thing ... LP
Warner, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
The album that really broke the B52s out of the box – the one that took them from being an underground favorite in the clubs and the party scene, to being the kind of group that finally got the exposure they deserved! Of course, some of the help here comes from superproducers Nile Rodgers and Don Was – who really help the group focus on their hooks and crossover groove – all summed up perfectly on the album's hit "Love Shack" – a tune that still gets heavy play around the globe all these many years later. Other tracks include "Roam", "Channel Z", "Cosmic Thing", "Dry Country", "Topaz", "Follow Your Bliss", and "Bushfire". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cosmic Thing ... CD 1.99

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Rhian BensonGold Coast ... CD
DKG Music, 2003. Used ... $1.99
A sparking, richly spiritual jazz-influenced neo soul album from Rhian Benson – a Ghana born, London learned singer, with a style that has roots in some of the best deep soul and jazz styles of the past few decades! What really pushes Gold Coast over as such a strong debut is the way it balances a prevalent affinity for the best attributes of artists like Fela (very smooth Afrobeat horns and percussion influences), 70s Miles Davis and Ramsey Lewis (the soaring, but still earthy spiritual vibe) with the much crisper and more easily approachable hooks and melodies of the neo soul movement of the last decade. Rhian's vocals have a very lovely and natural way of never over extending with the note warbling histrionics (which plagues a few of her neo soul peers.) She comes off somewhere between Nina Simone and Sade – with a rich, expressively beautiful voice, but often rolling in sweet, kind of hushed tones for the best kind of natural feel. Nice! 14 tracks including "Words Hurt Too", "Say How I Feel", "Stealing My Peace Of Mind", "Soul Boy", "Shake It Away", "A Moment In Shine", "Gold Sky", "Young Girl" and more. CD
(Advance promotional CDr copy.)
Also available Gold Coast ... CD 1.99

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Jenny BurtonIn Black & White ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
The first album by 80s dancefloor soul diva Jenny Burton – a gleaming, synthesizer and computer grooves laden effort that may have aged pretty quickly after it's initial release – but sounds pretty sweet today and stands out for its embrace of both ultra modern electro soul sounds and chart ready hooks! Jenny's can really belt out the soulful vocals, and the sounds put together by producer/one man band John Robie bring in elements of early hip hop and synthy pop funk – with drum machines, Moogs, synthesizers, keys, and guitar. Titles include "Rock Steady", "Small Rewards", "Players", "You'll Never Come Again", "Remember What You Like", "All The Time/Time" and "Vena Cava". CD

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Mondo Grosso with Monday MichiruButterfly (main mix, Francois K jazzy vibe mix, Sleepy Tongue Love mix, inst) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2000. Used ... $6.99
One of the best songs ever by Mondo Grosso – redone nicely in 2 mixes, plus one instrumental version! The cut was written with Monday Michiru, who also sings lead vocals on the track – and it's got all the righteous soulful power of her best work. The hook is incredible, and the cut mixes jazz, Brazilian, soul, and house into an anthemic groove that's sure to be hitting the dancefloors for years. The main mix is lifted from the album; the Francois K mix has a heavy house vibe; the Sleepy Tongue mix has an extra-soulful punch, and the instrumental mix drum n basses it up a bit! CD
(Out of print.)

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Frank Popp EnsembleTouch & Go ... CD
Unique (Germany), 2005. Used ... $6.99
A great set of jaunty groovers from the Frank Popp Ensemble – a group who always manage to tap into an older mod and Northern Soul-influenced vein, yet come up with a sound that's cracklingly fresh! As with the other Popp releases, this set's got a really playful feel – not really kitschy, but unabashedly groovy – and topped off with plenty of female vocals to emphasize the catchy hooks of the tunes. There's plenty of Hammond grooving in alongside the snapping beats and driving guitars of the tunes – and the album could well be another big crossover hit for the ensemble! Titles include "All I Need", "Enough", "Touch & Gio", "Getting Down", "Business & Pleasure", "Leave Me Alone", "Just Say Goodbye", "Getting Down", "Fonce Danse Le Coeur", and "The World Is Waiting". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaNuclear War ... CD
Unheard Music Series/Atavistic, 1982. Used ... $26.99
Long-overdue reissue of one of Ra's greatest moments! The song "Nuclear War" is to Ra's 80s career what "Space Is The Place" was to his 70s one – a bona-fide hit, played with a catchy groove, and a chorus that was a great hook into new audiences at the time. It's got a political lyric, and a back/forth rhythmic approach that shows that the Arkestra could still hit a good groove when they wanted to! The other tracks on the album have a more straightforward approach – heading into Ra's straighter 80s side, a mix of traditional jazz tunes performed with organ, synthesizer, tenor, alto, baritone, trumpet, and percussion. There's still plenty of oddness in the mix – and Ra's work on organ and synth give the record an eerie edge that gets a bit funky on other tunes. Titles include "Nameless One No 2", "Celestial Love", "Drop Me Off In Harlem", and "Retrospect". CD
(Out of print.)

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Smokey RobinsonWhere There's Smoke ... CD
Motown/Universal, 1979. Used ... $14.99
Smooth Smokey at the end of the 70s – an album that has him moving from the Quiet Storm sound into the more hook-based style that would earn him a fair bit of hits in the 80s! The Robinson vocal approach is always sweet, warm, and mellow on the set – especially on the album's more laidback numbers, which still have a bit of that groove that made Smokey's other 70s work so great – and which helps him retain a bit more of an organic soul sound on the album. And honestly, given the studio traps that a singer his age could fall into, it's pretty amazing how well Smokey's vocals do come through in the set – with a breathy intensity that takes us back to key moments in early years, and which really avoids the schlock of later records! Titles include "The Hurt's On You", "Ever Had A Dream", "I Love The Nearness Of You", "Cruisin", "Shake It", and "Get Ready", CD
(Out of print.)

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John SimonBaroque Inevitable ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Very Good ... $7.99
One of our favorite entries into the strange 60s genre of baroque pop – arranged and produced with very hip touches from the great John Simon! Many of the numbers here are familiar 60s pop tunes – but they're redone in an instrumental way using electric harpsichord, woodwinds, and some very unusual arrangements – but all in styles that still keep things plenty darn groovy! There's less of the "too complicated" modes of some other 60s baroque pop attempts – and Simon remembers to focus on the hooks and grooves that made these numbers so great in the first place – often still keeping in some snapping bass and drum bits at the bottom to push the rhythmic agenda of the originals! Tracks include "Turn Down Day", "All I Really Want To Do", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35", "Yellow Submarine", "Sunny", "Wild Thing", and "Strangers In The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 360 Sound pressing. Cover has a Demonstration stamp and small date in pen on back.)

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SpiritFamily That Plays Together ... LP
Epic, 1969. Near Mint- ... $9.99
The second album from Spirit – and a standout powerhouse of late 60s rock! The combo have a great way of hitting a groove without losing their cool – as heard on the classic "I Got A Line On You", which leads off the set – and unlike most of their contemporaries, who could be too bluesy for their own good, or too indulgent to keep a good hook going, Spirit here really know how to dip around all the best bits of the late 60s underground, and bring them into tighter focus for deeper penetration into the mainstream. The sound is driven strongly by drums from Ed Cassidy and guitar from Randy California – but the record's also got some nicely sweeter moments too, bits of jazz that slide into a few of the best tracks to complicate the vibe. Titles include "I Got A Line On You", "It Shall Be", "Poor Richard", "Drunkard", "Silky Sam", "Jewish", "Dream Within A Dream", and "She Smiles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and bumped corner.)

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Super EaglesSenegambian Sensation – The Original Madal Ly & More Ndagga Music ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used ... $24.99
Classic material from one of Gambia's greatest bands! This staunchly modern group shook things up at home in the late 60s, playing through Marshall amps and dressing in thrift store duds for a sartorial splendor at home with Swinging London. The band covered "Hey Jude" and wrote some dazzling original rock-soul tunes – including the great "Love's A Real Thing", recently heard as the title track of Luaka Bop's African psychedelic collection – but more importantly they embraced and updated the traditional styles that most contemporary bands ignored. Singing in Wolof and broken English they forged a beguiling mix of highlife, Congolese rumba, and Afro-Cuban forms, blending in native Mandinka, Fula, and Jola traditions, all delivered with a crisp, rhythmic propulsion. Tracks include "Mandal Ly", "Viva Super Eagles", "Aduna Poti Ndala", "Aliou Gori-Mami", and "Bada Tourey". CD
(Out of print.)

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ThemBelfast Gypsies (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $12.99
Ok, so Van Morrison's left your group – what do you do? The remaining members of the group split off into two factions, the raunchier of which, the Belfast Gypsies, hooked up with Kim Fowley! This set documents the great work of that post-Morrison Them sidegroup – and most tracks were done in the company of Fowley, with a raw and raunchy sound that's a lot like Fowley's own best rock work of the time. The style's different from other Them work – but not so much so that it doesn't make for a nice extension of the "Gloria" sound – that raw, romping, rhythm heavy vibe of the combo – maybe even more focused at the core without Van Morrison on vocals. Titles include "Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)", "Suicide Song", "Secret Police", "People Let's Freak Out", and "Gloria's Dream". Plus, this set adds in lots of bonus tracks – including "I Want You", "People Let's Freak Out (single)", "The Gorilla", "Midnight Train", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue", "Secret Police (single)", and "Gloria's Dream (single)". CD

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3D Jazz TrioI Love To See You Smile ... CD
Diva Jazz Orchestra, 2020. Used ... $8.99
3D Jazz Trio is Jackie Warren on piano, Amy Shook on bass, and Sherrie Maricle on drums. CD

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Unlimited TouchReach Out (Everlasting Lover) (voc, dub) ... 12-inch
Prelude, 1984. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Sweet electro grooving from Unlimited Touch – a record that's a bit more hook-heavy than some of their earlier work, but which also makes best use of the keys and drum machine bits to create a pretty great groove! Audrey Wheeler is on lead vocals, but the vocals are really late to come in – making the single almost more of an instrumental at times. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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White MysteryF*** Your Mouth Shut ... LP
White Mystery, 2017. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Killer brother & sister garage punk duo White Mystery tearing it up as ferociously as ever! This one really has it all – from profane ragers to almost sugar sweet pop hooks in the vocal department, almost always with Miss Alex White's forever blazing guitar and Francis's stampeding drums, despite couple (pretty great!) stylistic detours. One of Chicago's great post millennium rock acts continues to be a total blast. Includes "Ton Up Kid", "Bad Neptune", "Stand It", "Black Heart Crusader", "Played My Hand", "Wear Your Sunblock", the new wave/beat poetry curveball "Mars Death Pact" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Split purple vinyl.)

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VariousSurrender To The Rhythm – The London Pub Rock Scene Of The 70s (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A fantastic introduction to one of the most confusing British styles of the 70s – the huge pub rock moment that preceded punk, and which offered up a stripped-down approach to the music that helped set the scene for plenty of later changes to come! The name is a bit tricky to explain – much of these bands did play pubs and smaller venues, but they also represented a shift amidst the rising tide of arena rock and overblown concept albums – artists who were maybe getting back to basics with tight, sharp songcraft, and the kind of hooks that first made rock and roll so great in the first place – but also served up with all the sense of variety that had crept into the music from the start! There are a few big names that have always been associated with pub rock – but this set is the first we've seen to really showcase the true scope of the music – with 71 tracks in a nice slipcase with detailed notes - work by Chris Spedding, Moon, Legend, Wild Angels, Dr Feelgood, Flip City, Byzantium, Razorbacks, Chaz & Dave, Fox, Count Bishops, Mott The Hoople, Ducks Deluxe, Kiburn & The High Roads, National Flag, Jona Lewie, Roogalator, Deep Feeling, Status Quo, Steve Ellis, STray, The Pirats, Squeeze, Merton Parkas, Inmates, Ian Gomm, and many others! CD

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✨✧ Philip BaileyChinese Wall ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A big breakthrough for Philip Bailey – and a record that was kind of a second-level explosion for the Earth Wind & Fire sound in the 80s! There's a definite crossover feel to the record – a style that takes Bailey's soulful vocals, and mixes them with lots of catchy hooks – in ways that push the Kalimba aesthetic even more into mainstream modes. Yet the album's still got some solid soul grounding, too – thanks to arrangements by Tom Tom and Arif Mardin – which is a nice contrast to the production by Phil Collins, who also guests on the hit "Easy Lover". Other cuts include "Time Is A Woman", "Go", "Walking On The Chinese Wall", "Photogenic Memory", "I Go Crazy", and "Children Of The Ghetto". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a trace of a price sticker.)

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✨✧ EminemMarshall Mathers LP ... LP
Interscope, 2000. Sealed 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eminem's 2nd LP, where the sh!t REALLY hits the fan. What's still striking and genuinely exciting about this record, which is hardly worth even describing considering the mountains of opinions, protests, and moral grand standing, is Em's willingness to keep instigating the people he offended. Throughout the years it seems that all of the hugely controversial pop artists backed off a little or explained themselves when things got out of hand. Rappers like Ice T and 2 Live Crew, and rockers like Marilyn Manson all made appearances on talk shows, to at least defend their artistic expression when they were accused by conservatives and/or liberal thought police. Eminem saw what was happening, and reacted by sinking bigger bait, which of course hooked meatier targets – the most amusing of which came from overrated VH1 celebrity gadfly/commercial jingle composer Moby, and Lynn freakin' Cheney of all people. Very impressive, Slim. Oh yeah, he raps, too. Includes the tracks "Kill You", the mega singles "The Real Slim Shady" & "Stan", "Remember Me", "I'm Back", "Drug Ballad", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, still sealed with hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockMy Point Of View (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Herbie Hancock from the early years – and a great mix of soul jazz and modernist inspiration! The record include a nice groovy "hit" – Herbie's "Blind Man Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while also groovy, starts to show many more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams on drums, Grachan Moncur on trombone, and Chuck Israels on bass – who all work with Herbie in a larger than usual group that also includes Grant Green on guitar, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Hank Mobley on tenor. The lineup is as great as it sounds on paper – and the larger setting really helps expand Herbie's new ideas – on tunes that include "Blind Man Blind Man", "And What If I Don't", "A Tribute To Someone", "King Cobra", and "The Pleasure Is Mine". CD also includes a bonus alternate take of "Blind Man, Blind Man"! CD
(UK pressing.)

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✨✧ Bobby LyleSecret Island ... CD
Atlantic, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bobby Lyle was one of the few 70s fusion artists who managed to move into the smooth jazz era without ever losing his cool – finding just the right way to shift his sound slightly over the years, but always have that strong ear for a keyboard solo and compelling hook in his grooves! The music here has all the dynamic range of Bobby's earlier fusion, but comes across with a slight shift in instrumentation – no Fender Rhodes, but still keyboards that are a lot warmer than most of Lyle's contemporaries at this point – often balanced with additional acoustic piano, and grounded with acoustic drums (not electric rhythms) and strong tenor solos from James Perkins and Kirk Whalum. Titles include "Secret Island", "Jammin", "Flight To Rio", "Rain Forest", "Paradise Cove", and "Sandance". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 ... LP
Vogue (Germany), Late 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK 90s pressing. Vinyl has a short click in one spot, but is great overall. Cover has some light wear, but is very nice too.)

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✨✧ Skipworth & TurnerSkipworth & Turner ... LP
Warner, 1986. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great later Patrick Adams production – done for the always catchy duo of Rodney Skipworth & Phil Turner, a real bright spot in mainstream mid 80s soul! The pair really have a way with a tune here – building things as the tracks go along, but never in a way that's too cheesy or too pop oriented – hanging onto the hooks strongly, and letting all the best elements of the tracks fall nicely in place. Adams' touch here can be felt in the way that he preserves the most soulful qualities of the lead vocals while still allowing for some more contemporary rhythms on the bottom – and although the focus is pop-driven, the album overall is really a great one. Titles include "Thinking About Your Love", "Can't Give Her Up", "Let Me Down Easy", "Hot Pursuit", "Could Not Get Over You", "Street Parade", and "Won't Get No Better". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has surface wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ WarLove Is All Around ... LP
ABC, 1969/1976. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A selection of tracks culled from the days when War were working with Eric Burdon – during the years 1969 and 1970, when the ex-Animal tried to show the world that he actually had some real soul cred, and hooked up with this hip funky combo from LA to lay down his groove. The tracks are very much in the vein of Burdon's best early stuff with the group – and the album includes two funky rock workouts, versions of "Paint It Black" and "Day In The Life" that both run for a very long time. Other tracks include "Love Is All Around", "Magic Mountain", and "Home Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front and around a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Karen AbbottSin In The Second City – Madams, Ministers, Playboys & The Battle For American's Soul ... Book
Random House, 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Our fair city of Chicago has always been a pretty sleazy place – but back at the start of the 20th century, there was a higher kind of sex trade going on – one that featured high class houses of ill-reputed, and well-educated hookers – which led to a lot more crossing over between the brothels and the boardrooms! This well-done book looks at a very specific time in the city's history – a point when Chicago was really coming into its own – both as a city of industry and a city of sin – a place where reformers rubbed shoulders with gangsters, as part of the new urban experiment. The book does a great job of tracing this larger narrative, in a way that's hardly as salacious as you might expect – a different sort of snapshot than the Devil In The White City. 364 pages, softcover. Book
(The spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Atlantic StarrYours Forever ... CD
A&M/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A groovy little classic from Atlantic Starr – and a great example of the group's wonderfully catchy way of hitting a groove! The music's never pop, but has some captivating hooks all the way through – sweet little bits mixed in with the funky soul approach of the ensemble – made even better by the great way the vocals get traded back and forth! There's a careful approach to the whole set – a way of putting things together with a good degree of class – and definitely avoiding most of the cliches that would make a similar project sound a lot more clunky. Great stuff throughout – and titles include "Who Could Love You Better", "Second To None", "Touch A Four Leaf Clover", "Tryin", and "Island Dream". CD

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✨✧ AtmosphereGod Loves Ugly (3LP deluxe edition – withdownload) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2002. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Slug's distinctive, repuation setting storytelling and Ant's production excellence in ful force. The former weaves songs of demented heartbreak, his voice pushes forth in a tortured singing style, hook friendly, ironic, and angry. Ant does all the production, with some dubby beats, some nice spidery piano loops, some drums are a little more quirky and off kilter (in a good way) than his previous work. Includes "Onemosphere", "The Bass And The Movement", "F#ck You Lucy", the creepy anthem "God Loves Ugly", "Saves The Day", "Vampires", "Modern Man's Hustle", "Blamegame" and "Shrapnel". 2019 remastered 3LP pressing. LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe remastered 3LP pressing includes a download with 2 hours of bonus material and more!)

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✨✧ New OrderThieves Like Us/Lonesome Tonight ... 12-inch
Factory/Parlophone, 1984. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A fantastically tuneful single from New Order – but one that also still has the group at their best pre-pop level – catchy, but moody at the same time – with really strong basswork from Peter Hook, and a keyboard line that's light and dreamy as a nice contrast! That great bass returns on "Lonesome Tonight" – a surprisingly lovely little song, with the vocals actually opening up in a heartfelt way – but all without ever being cloying – that perfect balance that made this period so great for the group! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Orange Colored SkyOrange Colored Sky ... LP
Uni, 1968. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Really great work from Orange Colored Sky – one of the grooviest groups to record on late 60s Uni! The album's got a style that mixes the rougher harmonies of the post-Beach Boys groups with some nice instrumentation that has a bit of a Buckinghams bounce. The tunes are all originals, composed by the organist of the group – and they've got a great mix of sunshine and psyche pop – never really too ambitious, and with lots of rough hooks that have the same compelling quality as the Left Banke at their best! Titles include "The Sun & I", "Just Like Humpty Dumpty", "I'm Taking Her To Dinner", "LA", "Girl Of My Dreams", and "Don't Do As I Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole and bumped corners.)

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✨✧ Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gary TaylorGT ... CD
A&M/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The early 80s debut from singer, songwriter Gary Taylor – also playing Rhodes, piano and synth on this set – filled with nicely grooving 80s soul! The songs are solid, and though he'd go on to write songs for a number of soul and R&B stars, he lets these numbers build slowly into the hooks and choruses. There's lots of bouncing keys and drum machine thump and washes of synth – and nice, funky bass lines. Includes "Down For The Count",, "Just What I Have In Mind", "On The Line", "This Time", "Looking Back", "Special" and more. This CD edition includes the bonus track "On The Line (Long Version)". CD

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✨✧ BB & Q BandGenie (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The last true classic from the masters of the 80s groove genre – a post-Capitol effort for Elektra, but one that's still awash in great keyboards and snapping electro beats! Some of the jazzier sound from the past is gone here, but in its place is a leaner, cleaner sound that's still a fair bit more compelling than most work by the group's contemporaries! Nearly all tracks snap along with rhythms that are nicely placed between the street and the dancefloor – never gimmicky and never too cloying, and tightly focused enough to make the most of the hooks in the vocals. Lots of DX7 on the album, and more than a few numbers have a great sort of breakdance vibe. Tracks include "Riccochet" and "Dreamer" – both remixed by Shep Pettibone –"On The Shelf", "Genie", "Main Attraction", and "Don't Force It". CD features 6 bonus tracks – including "Dreamer (no 1 rmx)", "Main Attraction (finest rmx)", "Dreamer (Shep's dream version)", "Riccochet (Ben Liebrand mix)", and "Dreamer (Shep Pettibone long voc version)". CD

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✨✧ Merle HaggardMama Tried ... LP
Capitol, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the highest moments of genius from the great Merle Haggard – a set that kicks off with the incredible title hit, then keeps on staying strong all the way through! Merle's still in his early Capitol themes here – with lots of songs about regret, loss, and times of mistakes – served up on some classic tunes from the pen of the man himself, plus others by some of his cooler contemporaries! The minute the guitar rings out at the start of "Mama Tried", we're hooked all over again – then hold fast for a wonderful set of tunes that include "Run Em Off", "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)", "I Could Have Gone Right", "Teach Me To Forget", and "Too Many Bridges To Cross Over" – plus one of our all-time favorites, "Little Ole Wine Drinker Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Herbie HancockMy Point Of View (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Classic Herbie Hancock from the early years – and a great mix of soul jazz and modernist inspiration! The record include a nice groovy "hit" – Herbie's "Blind Man Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while also groovy, starts to show many more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams on drums, Grachan Moncur on trombone, and Chuck Israels on bass – who all work with Herbie in a larger than usual group that also includes Grant Green on guitar, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Hank Mobley on tenor. The lineup is as great as it sounds on paper – and the larger setting really helps expand Herbie's new ideas – on tunes that include "Blind Man Blind Man", "And What If I Don't", "A Tribute To Someone", "King Cobra", and "The Pleasure Is Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series!)

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✨✧ Monday MichiruPremiumix ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1999. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from our favorite Japanese soul star – a nice batch of remixes, filled with guest appearances by the likes of Incognito, Basement Jaxx, Shinichi Osawa, Soul Society, Byron Wallen, Rob Playford, and others – all packaged in an extremely captivating cover with great graphics! Titles include "You Make Me (Shin Shin's Mix)", "Yellow Bird (Incognito Capoeira Mix)", "Cruel 2 Be Kind (Basement Jaxx Nite Dub)", "Change Of Scenery", "Double Image (Live At Manic One Remix)", "Love Flow (Mango Margarita Mix)", and "Freed Or Bound (Reconsideration Mix)". Very nice stuff, with more focus on the dancefloor side of Monday's work, than the pop-hook sort of side. A mixture of jazzy bits, drum and bass bits, and lots more! CD
(Please Note – CD case has a sticker in Japanese on the back.)
 
 
 



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