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Etta JamesAt Last/All I Could Do Was Cry ... 7-inch
Chess, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
2 fantastic tracks from Etta James – both of them raw and bluesy, but also sophisticatedly soulful! "At Last" is one of her all-time greats, a sweetly done number that always breaks our heart, set to impeccable arrangements that show that Etta can move from the rough R&B crowd with ease. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue Chip Series pressing in the printed sleeve.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesDeep In The Night ... LP
Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Titles include "Laying Beside You", "Only Women Bleed", "Lovesick Blues", "Piece Of My Heart", "Strange Man", and "Blind Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Etta JamesI Found A Love/Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing ... 7-inch
Chess, 1972. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(With jukebox strips.)

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Etta JamesI Worry Bout You/Two Sides (To Every Story) ... 7-inch
Argo, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Etta JamesQueen Of Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Queen of Soul is right! Heck, on these early albums, Etta practically invented soul – or at least invented a deep soul style of singing that would be taken up by countless other female singers during the 60s, but rarely matched with this kind of brilliance. Straight up beautiful stuff! The arrangements are uncredited, but we think they're probably by Riley Hampton – who did so much of Etta's other wonderful work in the early 60s. The recordings for sure took place at points between '62 and '64, mostly in Chicago, with couple in New York and one in Nashville. One other thing that is crystal clear about the sessions is that she had access to the very best musicians and the best sound possible – all you need is a listen to know that! The album's an all-solid, all-soul record with loads of obscure tunes and not a bit of filler! Titles include "Flight 101", "Bobby Is His Name", "Breaking Point", "Mello Fellow", "Do Right", and "Somewhere Out There". This first ever proper CD release is loaded with excellent bonus material – recordings from the same early-to-mid 60s period – 13 of them "You Got Me Where You Want Me", "Only Time Will Tell", "Pushover". "You Can't Talk To A Fool", "Would It Make Any Difference To You", "Pay Back", "Tomorrow Night", "I Can't Hold It Any More" and more. 23 tracks in all! CD

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Etta JamesSomething's Got a Hold On Me/Fool That I Am ... 7-inch
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Etta JamesTrust In Me/Stop The Wedding ... 7-inch
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Mid 70s Blue Chip Series pressing.)

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Etta JamesWho's Blue? – Rare Chess Recordings Of The 60s & 70s ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 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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✨✧ Etta JamesCome A Little Closer ... LP
Chess, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent set of messed-up funky soul from Etta James – one of her killer early 70s sides for Chess! The album mixes together bluesy tracks and straight ahead soul – in a hip, bad-walking style that nicely updates Etta's older style for the 70s. The set includes a great funky cut called "Out On The Street Again", which sounds like it should be the theme to some blacksploitation film because it's got these cool strings, and a nice hard groove. Other cuts include "Power Play", "Mama Told Me", "You Give Me What I Want", and "Come A Little Closer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesMystery Lady – Songs Of Billie Holiday ... CD
Private, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesI'm Gonna Take What He's Got/Security ... 7-inch
Cadet, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Etta JamesLove Songs ... CD
Chess, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The gentler side of Etta James – a great collection of ballads and love songs from her 60s years at Chess – a time when she was changing her game from the rougher R&B of the 50s, and turning into one of the most sophisticated soul stars on Chess! There's a great balance here between Etta's raw emotions and some more polished styles in the backdrop – never slick or throwaway pop strings, and instead an equally soulful element of the tunes – handled partly by the great Riley Hampton. CD features 14 tracks pulled from both albums and singles – including "At Last", plus "Trust In Me", "Dearest Darling", "Lovin Arms", "The Love Of My Man", "Never My Love", and "If I Can't Have You". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesLove's Been Rough On Me ... CD
Windham Hill/BMG, 1997. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesQueen Of Soul (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Argo/Elemental (Spain), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Queen of Soul is right! Heck, on these early albums, Etta practically invented soul – or at least invented a deep soul style of singing that would be taken up by countless other female singers during the 60s, but rarely matched with this kind of brilliance. Straight up beautiful stuff! The arrangements are uncredited, but we think they're probably by Riley Hampton – who did so much of Etta's other wonderful work in the early 60s. The recordings for sure took place at points between '62 and '64, mostly in Chicago, with couple in New York and one in Nashville. One other thing that is crystal clear about the sessions is that she had access to the very best musicians and the best sound possible – all you need is a listen to know that! The album's an all-solid, all-soul record with loads of obscure tunes and not a bit of filler! Titles include "Flight 101", "Bobby Is His Name", "Breaking Point", "Mello Fellow", "Do Right", and "Somewhere Out There". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leela JamesLoving You More – In The Spirit Of Etta James ... CD
Shanachie, 2012. Used ... $6.99
A set done in the spirit of Etta James, but with a vibe that's definitely Leela James all the way through! There's definitely a rasp to the album that echoes the spirit of James' generation – enforced by a crispy sound of a stylus hitting a record at the start of the CD – but the backings are definitely contemporary, and in that bouncy, bubbly style that makes Leela's vocals slide out soulfully! Leela may not sound like Etta – but honestly, the results are much better than if she was just doing some sort of Etta remake record. Titles include "It Hurts Me So Much", "I Want To Ta Ta You Baby", "At Last", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "It Hurts Me So Much", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", and "Soul Will Never Die". CD
 
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Mitty CollierShades Of Mitty Collier – The Chess Singles 1961 to 1968 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A mighty helping of music from the overlooked Mitty Collier – a 60s soul singer on Chess Records, and one who was every bit as great as bigger label stars like Etta James or Fontella Bass! Like both of those singers, Mitty's got a voice that grabs you right from the get-go – a deeply soulful approach to her music that's really fresh and without cliche – especially considering she got her start belting out tunes years before some of the bigger names in 60s female soul, and managed to keep things mighty real all the years she was working at Chess. Production and arrangements here are all top shelf – handled by Phil Wright, Riley Hampton, and others – and the CD offers up 24 gems from Mitty's years at Chess – the a-sides of all 15 singles cut for the label, plus 9 more great tunes from the flips! Titles include "Everybody Makes A Mistake Sometimes", "Gotta Get Away From It All", "I've Got Love", "I Had A Talk With My Man", "Walk Away", "My Party", "Sharing You", "That'll Be Good Enough For Me", "Git Out", "Watching & Waiting", "Like Only Yesterday", "No Faith No Love", "I'm Your Part Time Love", and "Miss Loneliness". CD

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Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw vocal power that easily rivaled, if not beat, that of Etta James – her labelmate at Chess, and partner on a few duet tracks here! The collection's a non-stop soul party throughout – as upbeat as Northern Soul, but with plenty of deep soul elements as well – and it's the first time many of these cuts have been brought together on CD, and certainly never before as wonderful as this. Kent serves up some great notes and vintage photos with the package – the latter of which show Sugar Pie in action on stage, clearly one of the sexiest singers to work the circuit back in the 60s! Titles include "In The Basement (parts 1 & 2)", "Soulful Dress", "Witch For A Night", "Ask Me", "Good Timin", "Mr & Mrs", "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools", "Crazy Lovin", "There's Gonna Be Trouble", "Jump In My Chest", "Somewhere Down The Line", "Use What You Got", "Never Love A Stranger", "I Love You So Much", "Go Go Power", and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". CD

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Klaus Doldinger & PassportLifelike ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 15.98
A double-length live album from Klaus Doldinger and his Passport group – a set that captures them jamming nicely in a concert setting, where it always seemed they did their best work! The fusion group still have plenty of sharp edges at this point – and a lot less polish than you might hear on their studio sets – and in addition to the group's own work (which includes Doldinger on reeds and keyboards), the set also features guest work by a host of players – including Sonny Fortune, Dick Morrisey, Herbie Mann, David Newman, Richard Tee, and Steve Jordan – as well as vocals from Etta James and Hamish Stuart. Titles include "Ataraxia", "Dreamware", "Sambukada", "Jadoo", "Alegria", "Ostinato", "Fairy Tale", and "Bahia Do Sol". CD

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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 20.98
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way artists like Wolf, Etta James, and Bo Diddley were being handled (especially with a "we know better than them" message on the cover like this!), the funky blues records from this time actually seem to be some of the most enduring from Chess – especially with younger listeners in the 21st Century! A big part of the success here goes to producers Charles Stepney and Gene Barge – who helped bring together a younger batch of players for Wolf's backing – including Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch on guitars, Louis Satterfield on bass, and Morris Jennings on drums. Titles include "Spoonful", "Tail Dragger", "Smokestack Lightning", "Red Rooster", "Evil", and "Down In The Bottom". LP, Vinyl record album

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Muddy WatersElectric Mud ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good- Gatefold ... $29.99
The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, it was downplayed as a cheap attempt to sell out Muddy's classic blues sound. These days, it's treasured by many of us as a unique funky session that merged the best of Chicago's funk, soul, and blues worlds – taking Muddy's sound way past earlier records and into uncharted waters. It's similar to some of the work on Chess at the time by Bo Diddley and Etta James – and it includes lots of nice updated groovers like "I'm A Man", "I Just Want To Make Love to You", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Same Thing", "She's All Right", and "Tom Cat". Arrangements are by Charles Stepney, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Cadet Concept pressing with deep groove a white gatefold cover – with a split top seam, some aging, and light wear.)

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VariousChicago Radio Soul ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A really great look at a special side of the Chess Records soul catalog of the 60s – tracks that were very big on Chicago airwaves in the label's home town, yet which hardly got much play at all in the rest of the country! The collection's put together by Robert Pruter – the man who (literally) wrote the book on Chicago soul – and it's a wonderful portrait of soul in the Windy City of the 60s, with strands of music that nicely differ from the overplayed hits in later years. The collection also stands as a super-strong tribute to the never-ending genius of Chess Records – a label that never seems to let us down whenever we uncover a soul single we've never heard before! Titles include "Shy Guy" by The Radiants, "No Faith No Love" by Mitty Collier, "I Can't Help Myself" by The Gems, "Love Is A 5 Letter Word" by James Phelps, "A Thousand Miles Away" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Selfish One" by Jackie Ross, "Strange Feeling" by Billy Stewart, "The Creeper" by Freddy Robinson, "Peak Of Love" by Bobby McClure, "Lonely Girl" by Andrea Davis, "This Heart Of Mine" by Tony Clarke, "Bossa Nova Bird" by The Dells, and "Only Time Will Tell" by Etta James. CD

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✨✧ VariousHave Mercy! – The Songs Of Don Covay ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A wonderful testament to songwriting mastery of Don Covay – one of greatest singing and songwriting double threats ever – and if you didn't already know that, this excellent compilation will set you straight! No tribute to Covay the songwriter would be complete without Aretha Franklin's "Chain Of Fools" – but the set actually goes a lot deeper, with straight-up classic soul treasures, raucous R&B, stirring vocal tunes, some funk and funky rock. The reach is impressive, with the aforementioned Aretha hit, plus songs recorded by Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Joe Tex, The Staple Singers, Wanda Jackson, The Wailers, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, Dee Clark, Connie Francis and more! 26 tracks in all, completed by a great set of notes: with "Three Time Loser" by Wilson Pickett, "You're Good For Me" by Lena Horne, "Don't Drive Me Away" by Ben E King, the funky gem "Sookie Sookie" by Tina Britt, "She Said Yeah" by Joe Tex, "Watch The One Who Brings You The News" by Millie Jackson, "Long Tall Shorty" by The Graham Bond Originization, "Mon Cherie Au Revoir" by Arlene Smith and more. CD

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VariousNight Train To Nashville – Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945 to 1970 ... CD
Lost Highway, Mid 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
A pretty amazing batch of soul, R&B, and funk from the Nashville scene – from an astonishing range of years, too! Of course the memorabilia industry that is "Music City USA" is dominated by country music and pop, and this long, long, LONG overdue collection of singles from 1945-1970 demonstrates how much more was going on in East Tennessee beyond Chet Atkins and the Opry! The tunes range from jump blues & soul of the late 40s and 50s, and on through the harmony soul of the 60s and the pre-funk late 60s. 38 tracks on two CDs: "Nashville Jumps" by Cecil Gant, "Just Walkin' In The Rain" by The Prisonaires, "Baby Let's Play House" by Arthur Gunter, "Christene" by Little Hank Crawford, "You Can Make It If You Try" by Gene Allison, "Somebody, Somewhere" by Larry Birdsong, "Monkey Doin' Woman" by Shy Guy Douglas, "What'd I Say" by Etta James, "Snap Your Fingers" by Joe Henderson, "I Want To" by Joe Tex, "The Chokin'" Kind" by Joe Simon, "Rediscover Me" by Johnny Adams and tons more! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSweet Inspiration – The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A treasure trove of wonderful tunes – all written by the legendary southern soul team of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham! The pair rarely entered the spotlight themselves, but contributed countless compositions that helped forge the sound of southern soul in the 60s – classic tunes that made the music of Memphis and Muscle Shoals even more mighty than anyone might have expected – thanks to a depth of feeling, sensitivity of emotion, and a trademark undercurrent of sadness that really helped the music set a new level at the time! This collection is the first to really do justice to the full range of the Penn/Oldham catalog – a beautiful batch of soul singles from a variety of different 60s labels – laid out back to back, in a breathtaking tapestry of soulful music. Titles include "Feed The Flame" by Ted Taylor, "Take Me" by Solomon Burke, "I'm Your Puppet" by Dionne Warwick, "Out Of Left Field" by Percy Sledge, "Cry Like A Baby" by Arthur Alexander, "It Tears Me Up" by Jeanne Newman, "I Met Her In Church" by Tony Borders, "I Need Someone" by The Wallace Brothers, "In The Same Old Way" by Arthur Conley, "Let It Happen" by James Carr, "Are You Never Coming Home" by Sandy Posey, and "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" by Etta James. CD

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Oldies & Goodies ... LP
Original Sound, 1960s. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Featuring Teen Queens, Cadets, Etta James, BB King, Jesse Belvin, Roscoe Gordon, Queens, Marvin & Johnny, Young Jesse, and Joe Houston. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAutumn Leaves – 29 Gems For The Golden Season Of Indian Summer ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little collection of autumn-themed tunes – and one that definitely lives up to the spirit of the Indian Summer in the title! By that, we mean that these songs are maybe more about the cycle of rebirth and new life that's triggered by fall – the shift away from the dog days of August to the new sort of life that's born in September – post-Holiday, back to work, and ready to face the world with a newly-charged sense of energy! These are sad tunes about falling leaves, but lively numbers that revel in all the new colors of the season – served up in a hip mix of vocal, rock, jazz, and pop modes from the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s – all given the best Bear Family spin. Titles include "It's Raining" by Irma Thomas, "Come September" by Bobby Darin, "Waiting For Fall" by Tab Hunter, "Stormy Weather" by Etta James, "In The Rain" by Ferrante & Teicher, "Windy & Warm" by Chet Atkins, "Wild Wind" by Don Duke, "Rain Rain Go Away" by Bobby Vinton, "Autumn In New York" by Bobby Christian, "Cotton Picker" by Eddie Cochran, "Corn Poem" by Bob Davie, and "Turkey Gobbler" by Nino Tempo. CD

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Chess Blues Vol 2 ... CD
MCA/Chess, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Little Milton & Koko Taylor. CD
 
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Trevor Lawrence JrRelationships ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... $5.99
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's jazz at the core, but with a strong dose of contemporary soul – maybe a bit in the territory of the Robert Glasper Black Radio projects, but with a vibe that's definitely all Trevor's own! The rhythms are rock-solid, and instrumentation often features some mighty sweet keyboards from Kenneth Crouch, Wow Jones, Tabor Gable, and others – alongside other musicians who include Kamasai Washington on tenor, Maurice Mo Betta Brown and Nico Segal on trumpet, Chelsea Baratz and Terrace Martin on saxes, Teodross Avery on tenor, and Nicholas Payton on trumpet. There's just a bit of vocals on the set – sung by Preston Harris, Jimi James, Donna Missal, and oddly LeAnn Rimes – but the instrumental core is what drives the set – on titles that include "Car Vibe", "B Side", "Bring The Party", "The Guts", "11 & 8", "Lovestoned", "Huh", "Alicia's Song", and "Relationships". CD

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Gregory JamesMadagascar ... LP
Rogue, 1982. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Gregory James plays electric, acoustic and synthesized guitars and is joined by Barry Shulman playing wind instruments, Bruce Barrett on bass and Robin Tolleson on percussion. The record consists of original compositions and they include "Cameroon", "Jeanetta", "Castle Alley", "Hisayo", "Tann", "Mystery", "Madagascar", and "For Harry Carney". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and light wear.)

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✨✧ Roger JamesRiding Free (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chapter One/RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really compelling solo work from Roger James – a UK music industry figure who spent countless hours on session work in the 60s, then was able to cut this sole record as a leader for the Chapter One label at the start of the 70s! Roger's got an unusual approach here – a mode that's clearly aware of country rock changed in the US, but which delivers the goods in a decidedly British way – with maybe a richer sense of arrangement, and this presentation that evokes the maturity of the singer/songwriter generation – maybe that current of sadness we love so much in the early work of Paul Williams. Mark Wirtz produced, but the approach is quite different than on his 60s pop work – and James wrote most of the songs himself. Titles include "High Into The Sky", "The Return", "It Took Someone Like You", "If You Say So", "I'm Sure That I'm Sure", "Raindrops", "The End/Something Wonderful", and "Riding Free". CD features 13 bonus tracks – material recorded as the Roger James Group, including "It Took Someone Like You", "Out Of My Mind Over You", "I Wonder If She'll Sometimes Think Of Me", and "She's Leaving Me Again" – plus singles that include "Gold", "Lauretta", "Whistling Jack", "If You Try", "Faces & Places", and "If I Didn't Have You". CD

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✨✧ Rodney FranklinIn The Center/You'll Never Know/Rodney Franklin/Endless Flight (bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Four soulful fusion classics from keyboardist Rodney Franklin – all together in a single set! First up is In The Center – wonderful keyboard work from the amazing Rodney Franklin – a player who sounds equally great on acoustic and electric piano! This album does a wonderful job of mixing them both – showing Rodney's more sensitive side on a few acoustic numbers, but then really taking off in a much more groove-based mode for the electric ones – which have a soaring, spacious style that's in that best blend of fusion and soul that was going down at Columbia in the late 70s – but with some spacier Bob James touches too! Most of the cuts were arranged by Byron Olsen, who's got an equally sensitive ear as Franklin – and although there's a bit of vocals on the record, most of the focus is on instrumental grooves – especially Rodney's work on the keys. Titles include the classics "I Like The Music Make It Hot", "Spanish Flight", and "On The Path" – plus "Yours", "Life Moves On", and the extended "Spring Suite". You'll Never Know is fully-formed genius from the amazing Rodney Franklin – one of the best keyboard stars to emerge from the late 70s scene! Franklin's got a great talent for balancing influences from jazz and soul in ways that are similar to contemporaries George Duke and Bobby Lyle – and like both of those players, he still stands strong in jazz, but makes some key nods to soul music on this set – adding in a bit of vocals where needed, and moving into some R&B-drenched fusion lines that all sound pretty darn hip! As on previous records, Rodney plays both acoustic and electric keys – blending them wonderfully for a very deep sound – and the group behind him features some especially nice work on reeds, which bring sharper edges to some of the best tracks on the set. There's a wonderfully deep feel to the whole thing – way more than you'd expect for a major label release at the time – and titles include "Felix Leo", "The Watcher", "The Groove", "Journey", "You'll Never Know", "Return", and "Parkay Man". Next is the self-titled Rodney Franklin – tremendous work from Rodney Franklin – one of our favorite soulful fusion players from the end of the 70s! The album's a keyboard delight through and through – and Rodney plays both acoustic and electric piano, often on the same track – which creates this nicely expanded sound that works well with the album's tight arrangements! There's a fair bit of soul in the mix too – some rhythms that make a few numbers great groovers, courtesy of Tom Tom arrangements – and some other full moments handled by Patrick Williams. Titles include a wonderful version of "Windy City" – the cut you might know from a classic Carl Davis recording – plus "On The Path", "I Like The Music Make It Hot", "Life Moves On", "Creation", and "In The Center". Endless Flight is a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and fusion – smoothed together nicely, but never in a way that's slick or commercial! Franklin's got a keen ear that lets him sit on both sides of the fence wonderfully – in a way that so many other players tried in later years, but never managed to do without losing their groove or selling out too much. Part of the strength of the album is the way that it mixes together acoustic and electric keys from track to track – deepening the spirit of the album through a good sense of pacing and mood, and also offsetting vocal tracks with some key instrumental numbers. Tom Washington produced and heavily helped in the arrangements – and titles include "Vibrations", "Benetta", "Cancion Para Mi Mama", "Dance Tonight", "Endless Flight", "Return To The Source", "Mensaje De Dios", and a surprisingly great funky take on "Hill Street Blues". Includes one bonus track – "The Groove (single version)". CD

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Timo LassyRound Two ... CD
Ricky Tick (Finland), 2009. Used ... $14.99
A Round Two KO from Timo Lassey – modern jazzy sounds with classic resonance from the Finnish saxophonist and his killer combo – featuring a couple of standout vocal numbers featuring Jose James and with sharp production by Teddy Rok! The group delivers timeless jazz with passion and verve – no mere revivalists here, this is a group that drives deeply grooving swing, bop, Latin jazz and other classic influences with contemporary swagger. Jose James is one of our favorite contemporary vocalists and he always exudes a jazz depth, but to hear him in a setting where can go all in with it is wonderful – but those numbers don't steal any fire from the instrumental grooves that are the heart & soul of the set. Tenor & baritone sax man Timo Lassey is backed alto Ari Jokelainen, the always excellent Jukka Eskola oin trumpet, Mikko Mustonen on trombone,Georgios Kontrafouris on keys, Antti Kotjonen on bass, Teppo Makynen on drums and Abdissa Assefa on percussion. Includes "The More I Look At You", "Shifting Winds", "Ya Dig", "Some Love", "Deeper Into", "Fooling Rosetta", "Backyard Puma" and "Buzz Beater Stomp". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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