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Georgie FameGeorgie Fame & The Blue Flames – The Complete Live Broadcasts – BBC Radio Sessions 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Rhythm & Blues (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Rare live work from one of our favorite British talents of the 60s – singer/organist Georgie Fame, a musician who was strongly inspired by American jazz and soul, but quickly took things into a territory that was all his own! Georgie barely cracked our shores during the 60s, but over in the UK, he was a whirlwind of energy – moving from an initial mix of soul and jazz covers to some wonderful songs of his own – all done here with plenty of his own great instrumentation on the Hammond, in a combo that also features Peter Coe on tenor, Colin Green on guitar, and Speedy Acquaye on congas! The work is very well-recorded – originally broadcast by the BBC, and kept safely on tape for years – and this 2CD version features 64 tracks in all, including some interview bits between the songs. Titles include "Preach & Teach", "Boot Leg", "My Girl", "The World Is Round", "Ride Your Pony", "Monkeying Around", "Something", "Like We Used To Be", "No No", "Point Of No Return", "Telegram", "In The Meantime", "Let The Sunshine In", and "Tell All The World About You". CD

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Georgie FameRhythm & Blues At The BBC 1965 ... LP
Rhythm & Blues (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $23.99
Rare live work from one of our favorite British talents of the 60s – singer/organist Georgie Fame, a musician who was strongly inspired by American jazz and soul, but quickly took things into a territory that was all his own! Georgie barely cracked our shores during the 60s, but over in the UK, he was a whirlwind of energy – moving from an initial mix of soul and jazz covers to some wonderful songs of his own – all done here with plenty of his own great instrumentation on the Hammond, in a combo that also features Peter Coe on tenor, Colin Green on guitar, and Speedy Acquaye on congas! The work is very well-recorded – originally broadcast by the BBC, and kept safely on tape for years – and this set features material from the year 1965, 18 tracks in all – with titles that include "Preach & Teach", "Boot Leg", "My Girl", "The World Is Round", "Ride Your Pony", "Monkeying Around", "Something", "Like We Used To Be", "No No", "Point Of No Return", "Telegram", "In The Meantime", "Let The Sunshine In", and "Tell All The World About You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Georgie FameWalking Wounded – Live At Ronnie Scotts ... CD
Go Jazz, 1998. Used ... $6.99
The great Georgie Fame hardly sounds wounded here – as the singer's in the middle of a great return to form in the 90s – a decade that saw him cutting some tremendous albums like this! Fame's in his home turf of London – working with a small combo at Ronnie Scott's, and turning in songs that have a perfect blend of blues and soul roots mixed with Georgie's unique jazzy inflections – at a level that's even more sophisticated than his work in the early days! The group is great too – with Anthony Kerr on vibes, Guy Barker on trumpet, Alan Skidmore on tenor, and Peter King on alto – and Fame sings tracks that include "Cape Cuckoo", "If You Live", "Eros Hotel", "Abide With Me", "The Woodshed", "Zavolo", and "It Happened To Me/My Buddy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clarence CarterFame Singles Vol 1 – 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Clarence Carter's first few years of Fame Studios singles – simply put, some of very best southern soul of this or any other period – both sides of each single Clarence cut with Rick Hall at Fame from 1966-1973! Recorded at the vaunted Muscle Shoals studio during the peak years of the facility and Clarence's career – what more can we say? The production and arrangements by Hall personify the sound and style of the southern soul era – and Clarence's capability to truly emote, as well as demonstrate a sly wit and unique personality – ultimately transcending all trends at the time! Absolutely essential material and it sounds as great as ever – with mastering direct from the Fame masters tapes too. Includes "Tell Daddy", "I Stayed Away Too Long", "Thread The Needle", "Too Weak To Fight", "Let Me Comfort You", "Back Door Santa", "Doin' Our Thing", "Take It Off Him And Put It On Me", "The Few Troubles I've Had", "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone", "Funky Fever", "Snatching It Back", "Devil Woman" and more. CD

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Grace JonesFame ... LP
Island, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
A classic disco stormer from Grace Jones – recorded at Sigma Sound with a real Philly groove, thanks to arrangements from John Monster Davis – and produced with a full, soaring sound from the legendary Tom Moulton! The set may well be Grace's true club classic from the late 70s – a record that works both on the quirky levels of her early rise to fame, and on the more soulful expectations mainstream clubgoers had at the time – a beautiful balance that owes plenty to the input from Davis and Moulton! Titles include "Do Or Die", "Pride", "Fame", "Below The Belt", and "Am I Ever Gonna Fall In Love In New York City". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edge wear and a stuck gatefold.)

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Candi StatonCandi Staton – The Fame Years ... CD
Fame/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Excellent early work from Candi Staton – recorded for Rick Hall's famous Fame studios in Muscle Shoals! The tracks here are quite different than some of Candi's later, more famous work – very much in the best deep soul tradition of singers like Ann Sexton, Betty Harris, or Ann Peebles – really drenched in emotion and feeling, and recorded with rootsy backings that really bring out the best in her vocals. And sure, lots of folks love Candi for her later disco work – but honestly, this is the stuff that really moves us, and we're really happy to finally have some of it on CD! Plus, this set is the first time most of this work has been legitimately reissued – a fact that makes us even happier – and the CD features 26 tracks in all, with titles that include "Love Chain", "The Best Thing You Ever Had", "Evidence", "I'm Gonna Hold On", "The Thanks I Get For Loving You", "Freedom Is Beyond The Door", "In The Ghetto", "Sure As Sin", "How Can I Put Out The Flame", "Too Hurt To Cry", "Do Your Duty", and "What Would Become Of Me". CD

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VariousFame Studios Story – Home Of The Muscle Shoals Sound (3CD set) ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $28.99 34.99
Genius work from one of the greatest Southern Soul studios ever – Muscle Shoals' legendary Fame Studios – the start of a huge wave of great music in the 60s, and a genre-changing sound that's still going strong today! The package is the best we've ever seen to look at Fame – not just a killer selection of the studio's music – 75 tracks that bring together rare singles, hits, and some lesser-known gems – but also a beautiful hardcover book, filled with pages and pages of great notes, vintage images, and more – really telling the unique take of Fame, producer Rick Hall, and all the mighty talents who helped make Muscle Shoals one of the most important sites for soul music in the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Ten Miles High" by David & The Giants, "Search Your Heart" by George Jackson, "Let Them Talk" by Dan Penn, "Two In The Morning" by Spooner's Crowd, "Lady In The Rain" by Lowell Fulson, "Wanted Lover" by James Govan, "Grits & Gravy" by The Fame Gang, "Get Involved" by George Soule, "What Color Is Love" by Roscoe Robinson, "Laugh It Off" by The Tams, "Thief In The Night" by Ben & Spence, "Take Me Just As I Am" by Mitty Collier, "I'm Just A Prisoner" by Candi Staton, "Thread The Needle" by Clarence & Calvin, and "Slippin Around With You" by Art Freeman. CD

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VariousHall Of Fame – Rare & Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A love letter to the legendary Fame Records – filled with unissued tracks and rare gems from the vaults! Fame was one of the great ones back in the day – the driving force behind Muscle Shoals soul music, and a company that helped really redefine the sound of the music in the 60s – thanks to incredible production, and a tight cast of studio musicians who knocked it out of the park on nearly every session! 21 of the set's 24 tracks have never been issued before – and, even more compelling, none were featured on the similar 7" box set from Ace – making the package a treasure trove of music, even for the serious soul collector. Titles include "Tell It Like It Is" by Big Ben Atkins, "Almost Persuaded" by Jackie, "You're So Fine" by James Barnett, "I Do" by June Conquest, "Your Helping Hand" by Otis Clay, "In The Heat Of Love" by Marjorie Ingram, "Steal Away 67" by Jimmy Hughes, "You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy" by Ralph Soul Jackson, "Let's Do It Over" by Travis Wammack, "For You" by George Jackson, "Baby Come Back" by Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, "Keep On Talking" by Prince Phillip, "It Ain't No Harm" by George Byrd & The Dominoes, "Blind Can't See" by Richard Earl & The Corvettes, and "I Need Someone" by The Entertainers. CD

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VariousHall Of Fame Vol 3 – More Rare & Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The wealth of wonderful music from Muscle Shoals never stops – and this third volume in the Hall Of Fame series features a stellar batch of 22 tracks that were recorded at the end of the 60s, but never issued at the time! Some of the cuts are by bigger names in southern soul, and others are from smaller acts who fit perfectly with the tight production of Rick Hall and the Fame Studios staff – that core backing group who always kept things right on the money, and helped just about any singer hit new heights at the time! And even if you think you know the Muscle Shoals groove, or already have a fair bit of southern soul in your collection, you'll still find plenty to knock your socks off here – killer cuts that really deserve this new discovery, and which continue to blow our minds and ears – even though we've been digging the sounds of Fame Studios for decades. Titles include "A World Of My Own" by Billy & Clyde, "You're Too Much" by Billy Young, "The Door To My Heart" by Dan Brantley, "You Left The Water Running" by Ralph Soul Jackson, "Don't Let A Good Thing Go To Waste" by Dan Greer, "Hail Hail The Gang's All Here" by Prince Phillip, "You Don't Miss Your Water" by Otis Clay, "Come On Home" by Herman Moore, "What Our Love's Gonna Turn Out To Be" by Roy Lee Johnson, "I Done Run Out" by Clarence Cater, "I Don't Want To Know" by George Jackson, and even a few tracks by some unkown singers! CD

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VariousRock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2007 ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used ... $4.99
Promotional release with tracks from the 2007 inductees – REM, Van Halen, Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmast Flash & The Furious Five – 16 tracks total. CD

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VariousThis Is Fame – 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Classic sounds from one of the coolest labels and studios in southern soul – the mighty Fame, which was to Muscle Shoals what Stax was to Memphis – especially at the time of these mid 60s recordings! Like Stax, Fame was an indie with a strong ear to the ground – and was able to pull together some incredible talent for its in-house roster – really strong songwriters, and session musicians who went on to become the stuff of legends – very different than the slicker cats on the coast, and instead some really dedicated young players who forever helped change the sound of soul in the 60s! Because of the core collection of talent at Fame, and the strength of its leader and producer Rick Hall, there's a really unified vibe to this material, even though the singers in the lead are always different – as were the labels that originally released some of this material. Leave it up to Ace Records to pull all the best bits together, and also give us the wonderful story behind the Muscle Shoals scene – on titles that include "Fortune Teller" by The Del-Rays, "I Can't Stop" by Arthur Conley, "It Tears Me Up" by James Barnett, "Feed The Flame" by Billy Young, Take Me Just As I Am" by Dan Penn, "Hi Heel Sneakers" by Jimmy Hughes, "Slippin Around With You" by Art Freeman, "That Kind Of Lovin" by Otis Clay, "Don't Make Me Hate Loving You" by Jeanie Greene, "Back In Your Arms" by George Jackson, "Thread The Needle" by Clarence Carter, "You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy" by Ralph Soul Jackson, "Long Ago" by Ben & Spence, "Keep On Talking" by James Barnett, "Come On Home" by Herman Moore, "Almost Persuaded" by June Conquest, "Wish You Didn't Have To Go" by Spooner & The Spoons, "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" by Jimmy Hughes, "A Piece Of My Heart" by Art Freeman, and "Blind Can't See" by Richard Earl & The Corvettes. CD

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✨✧ Van MorrisonHow Long Has This Been Going On – Van Morrison With Georgie Fame & Friends ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features great guest vocals from Georgie Fame! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Phil OchsChords Of Fame ... LP
A&M, 1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Silver label pressing. Includes newspaper clippings. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Candi StatonCandi Staton – Fame Years Pepe Bradock Mixes – Do Your Duty/Evidence ... 12-inch
Honest Jons (UK), Early 70s. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Expansive workouts of two funky soul numbers by the great Candi Staton – Fame years standouts "Do Your Duty" and "Evidence" reimagined by Pepe Braddock! "Do Your Duty" starts out with a funky repititive stomp & clap to march onto the floor with, gradualy layering the groovy sounds and effects before cooling out and letting the vocals fly. The "Reconstruction A Rebrousse Temps" mix of "Evidence" on the flip seems to keep all of the great funk elements of the original, and simply expands to groove. The "Sweet Interludes" is a trippier affair, with lots of clattering, echoey effects. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Candi StatonTrouble, Heartaches, & Sadness – The Lost Fame Sessions Masters (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fame/Parlophone (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of rare deep soul from the great Candi Staton – a female singer that we'd rank right up there with Mavis Staples and Bettye Lavette for sheer power and sense of feeling! Candi recorded her best early work for the Fame label in Muscle Shoals, but not all of it was issued back in the day – and this vinyl release brings together all of those rare tracks for the first time ever – really well-crafted material, not demo tracks or clunkers – but some overlooked gems, including cuts penned by the great George Jackson! All work features the crack Muscle Shoals musicians, and impeccable production by Rick Hall – and titles include "One More Hurt", "Slipping Away", "I'll Be Here", "Are You Just Building Me Up", "Trouble Heartaches & Sadness", "Do Right Woman", "I Gave A Little & Lost A Lot", "Where Were You", and "Spread Your Love On Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousFame – The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture ... LP
RSO, 1980. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features "Fame", "Out Here On My Own", "Hot Lunch Jam" by Irene Cara, "Dogs In The Yard" by Paul McCrane, "Red Light" by Linda Clifford, "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine" by Paul Mccrane and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has shelf wear, an unglued bottom seam and a name in pen.)

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✨✧ Jerry Lee LewisSings The Country Music Hall Of Fame Hits Vol 2 ... LP
Smash, 1969. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and partially split seams.)

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✨✧ George JacksonOld Friend – The Fame Recordings Vol 3 – Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Fame Vaults ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Never-issued work by the great George Jackson, mixed together with a handful of some of the few singles released back in the day – all to serve up a seminal portrait of this crucially-overlooked talent in southern soul! George was one of those backroom figures who helped out countless other artists – he wrote songs for some of the best, and recorded a fair bit of material at the Fame Records studios too – but oddly most of his music was never issued in the 60s and 70s, and it's only in more recent years that we're finally getting the fuller picture of his genius on his own! Jackson's a hell of a singer who really brings a rich degree of characterization to his well-penned words – some of the hippest, most sophisticated deep soul lyrics of his time – served up here with equally great Fame Studios backings that go way beyond the Muscle Shoals studio work the players were doing for bigger name artists. And although the set's the third in this excellent series, there's not a bit of filler, and not a sign of Jackson running out of steam – just pure deep soul greatness throughout, on titles that include "Break Away From Me", "I'm In The Middle Of A Good Thing", "It's Up To His Woman", "I'm Holding On", "Superstitious Woman", "Bad Case Of Love", "Heart On A String", "Gotta Have Soul", "That From The Heart", "Won't Nobody Cha Cha With Me", "All He Can Do Is Love You", and "If You Ain't Here". CD

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✨✧ VariousHall Of Fame 2 – More Rare & Unissued Gems From The Fame Vaults ... CD
Fame/Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We can't get enough of Fame Records – that legendary powerhouse of southern soul in the 60s and 70s – and fortunately, the vaults of the studios have finally been opened after all these decades – and we're really getting the full picture of all the genius that went down in Muscle Shoals! This tremendous little package is essential southern soul listening for both the collector and newcomer – a whopping 24 tracks that virtually define the sound of the genre at its height – handled perfectly by producer Rick Hall and his core combo of crack musicians – working way past cliche to create some tremendous music on the set! A few of the artists here are names you'll know from Fame hits, a few more are lesser-knowns from the scene at the time – and a few more are even completely unknown – singers who weren't listed on the master tapes or studio records, but who are issued here because their vocals are so great. Titles include "Long Ago" by Ben & Spence, "It Tears Me Up" by James Barnett, "Take Me Back" by George Jackson, "Unfortunately" by Jackie, "Have Pity On Me" by Billy Young, "Don't Let It Be Sad" by June Conquest, "Fool For A Woman" by Prince Phillip, "Take It All Off" by Clarence Carter, "Are You Teasing Me" by Linda Carr, "I Can't Stop" by Big Ben Atkins, "Get In A Hurry" by Joe Simon, and "Midnight Affair" by George Soule. CD
 
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✨✧ Billie HolidayI Gotta Right To Sing The Blues ... LP
Hall Of Fame, 1930s/1940s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Titles include "Strange Fruit", "Fine And Mellow", "Billie's Blues", "Yesterdays", "I'll Get By", "My Old Flame", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the green tinted cover, with light wear.)

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Marcell StrongMumble In My Ear/What You're Missin' Someone's Getting' ... 7-inch
Fame, 1970. Good ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl plays with some surface noise and the occasional pop and crackle. Labels have some wear.)

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✨✧ Jimmy HughesSteal Away/Lolly Pops, Lace & Lipstick ... 7-inch
Fame, Early 60s. Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal single in the development of southern soul! Jimmy was one of the first great discoveries of the legendary Rick Hall, and "Steal Away" is an undisputed classic that put Hughes and Hall on the map! The track has incredible vocals, lifted a bit from Solomon Burke, but also with a raspy southern style that had yet to be exploited fully by 60s singers. Great stuff! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing. Vinyl plays with the occasional pop and crackle.)
 
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John AbercrombieNight ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1984. Used ... $8.99
The airy tones of guitarist John Abercrombie find a bit of a different setting here – a slight change from some of his earlier ECM albums, but still with a relatively open vibe overall! Jan Hammer's in the group on keyboards, but sounds thankfully very different than his Miami Vice fame – almost reminding us of his earliest jazz years in German, especially when he hits a nice groove – which is often echoed by strong tenor lines from Michael Brecker, whose voice might be the strongest in the set overall – although again, nicely different than his more famous material. Jack DeJohnette handles drums for the quartet – and titles include "Night", "3 East", "Look Around", "Four On One", and "Believe You Me". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Night ... LP 16.99

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John AbercrombieNight ... LP
ECM, 1984. Near Mint- ... $16.99
The airy tones of guitarist John Abercrombie find a bit of a different setting here – a slight change from some of his earlier ECM albums, but still with a relatively open vibe overall! Jan Hammer's in the group on keyboards, but sounds thankfully very different than his Miami Vice fame – almost reminding us of his earliest jazz years in German, especially when he hits a nice groove – which is often echoed by strong tenor lines from Michael Brecker, whose voice might be the strongest in the set overall – although again, nicely different than his more famous material. Jack DeJohnette handles drums for the quartet – and titles include "Night", "3 East", "Look Around", "Four On One", and "Believe You Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)
Also available Night ... CD 8.99

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Cannonball AdderleySophisticated Swing – Emarcy Small Group Sessions (Sophisticated Swing/Cannonball's Sharpshooters/To The Ivy League From Nat/Enroute) ... CD
EmArcy, Late 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
4 early Cannonball Adderley albums on 2 CDs! The package is a brilliantly put-together look at Cannon's early style – forged at Mercury in the years before he settled into soul jazz fame in the 60s, a mix of hardbop styles that shows his genius even as a young player, working with players that include brother Nat Adderley, Junior Mance, Jimmy Cobb, and Sam Jones, as tight a combo as Cannon had in the 60s, and a bit more versatile too! The set features a total of 36 tracks, some great notes, and a wealth of excellent titles that will have you rediscovering why you like Cannonball Adderley all over again! Titles include "Bimini", "Porky", "Another Kind Of Soul", "Jubilation", "Our Delight", "Stay On It", "Fuller bop Man", "That Funky Train", "Sam's Tune", "Miss Jackie's Delight", and "Cobbweb". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cannonball Adderley with Bossa Rio SextetCannonball's Bossa Nova ... CD
Capitol/Riverside, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Cannonball Adderley recorded this nice little groover in 1962, when American musicans were just getting on the bossa tip, and still keeping things pretty authentic. The record was cut in New York with Sergio Mendes' early Bossa Rio group – the legendary Brazilian jazz ensemble that featured Paulo Moura, Dom Um Romao, and Durval Ferreira. The mixture of tight bossa rhythms and Cannon's soulful sax is totally great – and it's only because the Riverside label was folding at the time that the record never got bigger fame. It's here now, though, and the record's a real treat – especially at this price! Includes the cuts "Joyce's Samba", "Clouds", "Minha Saudade", "Corcovado", "Batida Diferentes", and "Sambops". Plus, the CD also features bonus single versions of "Corcovado" and "Clouds"! CD

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Arthur AlexanderLonely Just Like Me – The Final Chapter ... CD
Elektra, 1991/1992/1993. Used ... $5.99
A key comeback moment for Arthur Alexander – arguably one of the first great soul talents to rise from the south at the start of the 60s, but an artist who'd fallen far from fame by the time of this early 90s set! The record was cut at a time when Alexander had all but given up music, and was driving a bus in Cleveland – but it shows a singer who's lost none of his power over the years, and who's very much at home with his own songs. Production is by Ben Vaughn, and while it's possibly not as "authentic" as some of that done on soul revival sets in recent years, we actually like it all that much more for that. Instrumentation is mostly small combo, and features plenty of piano and organ from Spooner Oldham, guitar from Dan Penn, and work by other soul studio luminaries – on titles that include "If It's Really Got To Be This Way", "Go Home Girl", "Every Day I Have To Cry", "Lonely Just Like Me", "All The Time", "There Is A Road", and "Mr John". CD
(Out of print.)

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Andrew Ashong & Kaidi TathamSankofa Season EP ... 12-inch
Kitto (UK), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)... $19.99 25.98
British singer Andrew Ashong has been bubbling under for years – but he may well have found the right path forward for global fame here, in the fantastic company of Kaidi Tatham – who gives the singer a righteous groove that seems to push his vocals even more than before! We love just about anything Tatham ever gives us – but with a vocalist in the front, the depth of his music is tremendous – and the pairing here step out on a set of six songs that reignites the promise of the 4Hero generation in London – very different than before, evolved past the modes of the past – but still with the same sort of soulful optimism and cosmic hope that first inspired us many years back! Titles include "Low Ceilings", "Washed In You", "Ey Mo Kay", "Sankofa Song", "Learning Lessens", and "To Your Heart". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Atlantic StarrAlways – The Warner/Reprise Recordings 1987 to 1991 (All In The Name Of Love/We're Movin Up/Love Crazy/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
Three full albums from Atlantic Starr – with lots of bonus tracks too! All In The Name Of Love has Atlantic Star at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in so many other younger groups in the earlier part of the 80s – although it's also a bit more polished too. Most instrumentation is electric, and tunes are mostly written by the team of David and Wayne Lewis – both of whom sing on the record. Barbara Weathers also handles female vocals, and titles include "Once Lover At A Time", "Let The Sun In", "My Mistake", "I'm In Love", "Always", "Don't Take Me For Granted", and a version of Sam Dees' "All In The Name Of Love". We're Moving Up is one of the last in a long run of 80s hits from Atlantic Starr – a group who were already moving up the soul charts before the release of the album! The set continues their move into commercial territory started a few records before, but it also shakes loose of some of the colder sounds of 80s soul – and picks up a somewhat warmer vibe on the keyboards and rhythms. Porscha Martin sings female vocals with the group, and titles include "Under Your Spell", "Love Ain't Fair", "Woman's Touch", "We're Movin Up", "My Sugar", "You Deserve The Best", and "Don't Start The Fire". Love Crazy is a set that's got a nice change in groove from Atlantic Starr – a sound that's still got a lot of their best elements intact, but which also seems to bring on some of the best elements that were being introduced by the British scene too! Rhythms at points are maybe more in the Soul II Soul or Lisa Stansfield modes – which makes for some great tunes that really reinvigorate the group and update them for a new jack generation, while still holding onto the charms of the past. A few moments get more in a mellow quiet storm sound – all with the balance that made earlier Atlantic Starr albums classics – on titles that include "Love Crazy", "Hold On", "Masterpiece", "Girl Your Love's So Fine", "I Can't Wait", "If You Knew What's Good For You", and "Come Lover". 3CD package features all albums in tiny LP-styled jackets – with bonus tracks that include "One Lover At A Time (ext)", "Always (edit)", "Let The Sun Shine IN (ext rmx)", "All In The Name Of Love (single)", "My First Love (ext)", "Bring It Back Home Again (Joe Smooth ext mix)", "My First Love (7" edit)", and "Bring It Back Home Again (Joe Smooth underground mix)". CD

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✨✧ AzymuthAguia Nao Come Mosca ... CD
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
An incredible little record – and the set where it really all comes together for this legendary funky jazz group! Azymuth were already great on their debut, although maybe a little experimental at times – but here, they really find the soulful groove that later got them big fame on the US scene – effortlessly blending their tight jazz skills with a dose of samba soul, and turning out some wonderfully groovy music in the process! There's clearly an influence here from the best years of Earth Wind & Fire – but also more of the edge that you'd expect from the young trio – as the amazing Jose Roberto Bertrami blows us away with his wickedly sharp keyboard solos, as Alexandre Malheiros and Mamao create these beautiful rhythms that go way past anything you might have expected from a trio. The whole thing's wonderful – one of the most soulful Brazilian records of the 70s – and titles include the great cuts "Tarde", "Tamborim Cuica Ganza Berimbau", "Falcon Love Call", and "Aguia Nao Come Mosca". CD

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✨✧ Peter BardensAnswer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
Fantastic solo work from Peter Bardens – an artist who'd later gain fame as the lead singer of Camel, but who's even more fantastic here on his own – working in a trippy blend of modes that's equally balanced between prog and psych! Bardens plays organ on most of the tracks, but he uses the instrument in ways that are very different from the more R&B-inspired Hammond lines of the mod generation – often tightly fused with the sublime guitar of Andy Gee, a player who's got this sharp sound that's full of chromatic hues that really resonate with the keys of the organ – as the pair take off in this soaring groove that's occasionally a bit funky, always a bit trippy, and which gets a great kick from bass, drums, and percussion – plus support vocals from Linda Lewis and Steve Ellis. The album's really something special – great all the way through – and titles include "The Answer", "Homage To The God Of Light", "I Don't Want To Go Home", "I Can't Remember", "Let's Get It On", and "Don't Goof With A Spook". CD features two bonus tracks – material from the related Village project, from a single – "Man In The Moon" and "Long Time Coming". CD

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BarrabasBarrabas – Musica Caliente (aka Wild Safari) ... LP
RCA/Sommor (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... About August 20, 2021 (delayed)
Wonderful work from Barrabas – a hip Spanish group of the 70s who effortlessly blend together elements of funk, rock, and soul – at a level that made them surprisingly big on this side of the Atlantic too! Maybe part of the strength of their fame was that over here, the group were never pictured on the cover – so they fit right in the record racks with other funk records of the time – as they serve up a wild safari of grooves that's almost in a sort of party mode, with the band jamming on congas, organ, and guitars! The vocals trade back nicely between the lead singer and the ensemble in a soulful mode that shows that everyone was paying attention – and the best tracks have a tight groove with choppy guitar and driving conga, almost in an LA Chicano funk mode. Titles include "Woman", "Never In This World", "Wild Safari", and "Chicco". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kenny BarronWhat If? ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that point, he's always had a tremendous ear for the right tones and shadings from horns needed to augment his own soulful vision on the keys – a way of setting up the other players in the group to build on the well-crafted Barron lines, and take them even further into the stratosphere. This set follows that format, and draws great energy from Wallace Roney on trumpet and John Stubblefield on tenor – both at their younger best, and working alongside Kenny's piano with Cecil McBee on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. The lineup sparkles most on the 4 longer Barron numbers on the album – "Phantoms", "What If", "Voyage", and "Lullabye" – all of which take us back to the brilliance of Kenny's best Muse albums of the 70s. Other tracks feature smaller, more piano-centrist groupings – on tracks that include "Dexterity", "Close To You Alone", and "Trinkle Trinkle". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Tony BennettTony Makes It Happen/Yesterday I Heard The Rain ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
A pair of late 60s Columbia classics from Tony Bennett – back to back on a single CD! First up is Tony Makes It Happen – a very jazzy album, with a group that features Joe Wilder and Joe Newman on trumpets, Urbie Green on trombone, Joe Soldo on flute, and orchestrations from Marion Evans – all of whom really bring out those unique qualities that set Bennett apart from so many other singers in his generation! Where a Vic Damone might have used his inherent richness to push things over the top, the maturing Tony is a master of restraint – still able to run the full gamut of his amazing range, but set up with these beautiful arrangements that bring some adult understanding to the tunes, in a beautifully subtle vibe. Titles include "What Makes It Happen", "I Don't Know Why", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", "She's Funny That Way", "A Beautiful Friendship", and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore". Next is Yesterday I Heard The Rain – fantastically mature work from Tony Bennett – a record that follows in that great direction the singer was taking in the 60s – delivering sophisticated vocals that didn't care much for the charts, but which really stand the test of time as the years go by! As on some of Tony's best from the period, arrangements are by Torrie Zito – whose careful orchestrations always let Bennett's vocals soar out in the lead, while also hitting some occasional flourishes that bring just the slight touch of drama to the music – but never in the over the top styles of some of his contemporary! Space is the key here – lots of space between the words and the notes – which makes even simpler songs sound pretty darn amazing. Titles include "Sweet Georgie Fame", "Fool Of Fools", "Only The Young", "I Only Have Eyes For You", "Yesterday I Heard The Rain", and a surprisingly great version of "Hushabye Mountain". CD

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Franco BixioEd Ora – Raccomanda L'Anima A Dio (with bonus track) ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
A very early soundtrack from Italian great Franco Bixio – done when he was just a lad of 18, before his fame with Vince Tempera – but with a sound that puts the young Franco on equal footing with the best of the spaghetti western generation! The score begins with a groovy vocal tune – "Just A Coward", sung in English by Mary Ushua – then moves into the kind of material that you'd expect from the period – but sometimes inflected with instrumentation that is almost more 60s than western, especially on some of the tracks where electric guitar has a bit more prominence. The CD marks the first time that most of this material is issued commercially – an 19 track set that features two versions of "Just A Coward". CD
(Limited to 300 copies!)

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Bliss BandDinner With Raoul ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A gem of a record from Bliss Band – a group that features lead vocals and Fender Rhodes from Paul Bliss – who also turns out to be a hell of a songwriter too! Bliss has this sweet way of crafting a tune – AOR tight, but never too slick – that really special moment of the 70s scene when artists like Paul were able to bring a high level of care to work in the studio – elevating the singer/songwriter mode of a few years before with lots of well-crafted jazzy instrumentation – in ways that echo the bigger fame of Steely Dan during the same period, but with a bit more personal approach. The result is completely sublime – a record that stands as one of our favorite AOR sets from the time – with titles that include "Don't Do Me Any Favors", "On The Highway", "Right Place Right Time", "Rio", "Over The Hill", "Here Goes", "Stay A Little Longer", and "Take It If You Need It". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear, some aging, and a promo stamp. Vinyl has a short click on "Rio".)

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Lo BorgesMuito Alem Do Fim ... CD
Naphta (Brazil), 2021. New Copy ... $19.99
The great Lo Borges first rose to fame as part of Milton Nascimento's corner club in the early 70s – and damn, if he doesn't still sound great after all of these years – maybe even more true to his roots than Milton in more recent recordings! Lo's got a hell of a way with a tune, and he works here with his brother Marcio, another member of the old corner club – on songs that are really well-penned, and have this captivating quality even if you can't understand the language – maybe at a level that wants you to learn Portuguese, just so you can unlock the magic of the way the words go together! As with much of Borges' recordings in recent decades, the approach is rock-based, but in an understated way – completely unique, and really transcendent – on titles that include "Terra Da Gado", "Muito Alem Do Fim", "Muito Querida", "Copo Cheio", "Vida Ribeirao", and "Rainha". CD

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✨✧ David BowieLet's Dance ... LP
EMI, 1983. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A mega-hit for David Bowie – and an album that reduced some of the complexity of previous efforts, yet still managed to hold onto all that was great! There's definitely some massive chart material here, but the tunes are still some of the best of their time, pop-wise – tracks that bring forward the best dark corners of the Bowie mythos, and refine them slightly for a new generation – always in tunefully compelling ways. And despite the crossover fame of the set, it holds up surprisingly well over the years – possibly because of that status. Titles include "Modern Love", "China Girl", "Let's Dance", "Without You", "Criminal World", and "Cat People" (in a different take than the soundtrack version.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Masterdisk stamp. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Billy BrooksWindows Of The Mind ... CD
Crossover/We Want Sounds (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Funky trumpet galore – and one of the few albums ever cut by trumpeter Billy Brooks as a leader! At the time of this 1974 LP, Billy Brooks was an overlooked LA trumpeter working in the Ray Charles band – and although this record didn't bring him instant fame when it was released, it's grown to become a groove classic over time – thanks to a really unique approach to funky jazz that's even different than early 70s material on labels like CTI or Prestige! The standout cut is the sample track "Forty Days" – a masterpiece of jagged drums and floating horn work, sampled to great fame by Tribe Called Quest, and instantly famous for years after. The whole album's great, though – a funky big band mix of electric and acoustic playing, with some really mad numbers that feature a lineup that includes Herman Riley on tenor, Calvin Keys on guitar, and Lonnie Shelter on flute – plus some cool electronics from Billy, in addition to his trumpet. Tracks include "Shetter Cheeze", "Good News Blues", "Cooling It", "Black Flag", "Shetter Cheeze", and "CP Time". CD

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✨✧ Brothers JohnsonOut Of Control ... LP
A&M, 1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The Brothers Johnson are hardly out of control on this mid 80s set – as the album's got a tight groove that shows the duo are still going strong long past their 70s fame! As before, there's a bit of bounce on the bottom – that bassy groove that the pair first crafted back in their Quincy Jones days, topped with some sweet keyboards too – and punched up a bit on the rhythms, in styles that are in keeping with the changes in soul at the time. There's a nice degree of warmth on some of the best numbers here – and titles include "Lovers Forever", "Do You", "Let's Try Love Again", "Out Of Control", "Save Me", "Tokyo", and "It's All Over Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jocelyn BrownOne From The Heart (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1987. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 18.98
A classic groover from Jocelyn Brown – presented here in a 2CD set that's overflowing with remixes! One From The Heart was a big mainstream moment for Jocelyn Brown – the crowning realization of all the great work she'd done in the club underground in the early part of the 80s – presented here with a slightly more crossover vibe, but a sound that's still pretty darn great in the end, thanks to Brown's tremendous vocals. Jocelyn's really keeping an older style of female soul alive here – amidst some beats and more programmed rhythms – belting things out with the pipes that first rose her to fame in the disco years, pretty proud and unabashed here. Rhythms are better than usual for a major label record like this – thanks to help from Hubert Eaves and Jellybean – and titles include "Love's Gonna Get You", "Ego Maniac", "True Love", "Caught In The Act", "I Cry Real Tears", and "Living Without Your Love". Bonus CD features 10 more remixes – of "Ego Maniac", "Caught In The Act", and "Love's Gonna Get You". CD

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Ruth BrownSoftly (aka Ruth Brown 65) ... LP
Mainstream, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
A very unusual setting for the legendary Ruth Brown – the singer who first rose to fame singing raw-edged R&B tracks for Atlantic Records in the 50s – but who works here in a much jazzier mode overall! The set features backings from Peter Matz – who often accompanied the classier singers of the time – and Ruth really does a great job of mixing her bold vocals with his jazzy charts – soaring to new heights in a way that swings nicely, and makes for much deeper soul than most of Matz's other projects. Musicians include Hank Jones on piano, Clark Terry on trumpet, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Urbie Green on trombone, and Richard Davis on bass – and there also seem to be some female backup singers in a few spots too. Titles include two from Nellie Lutcher "Hurry On Down" and "He's A Real Gone Guy" and Dick Hyman's "Watch It", "Whispering Grass", "I Know Why", "Here's That Rainy Day", and a very interesting interpretation of "On The Good Ship Lollipop" – which almost makes the whole tune sound like a sad ballad. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some aging, and a company sticker.)

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Brown SugarI'm In Love With A Dreadlocks – Brown Sugar & The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
The first collection we've ever seen to do justice to the Brown Sugar trio from the UK reggae scene of the late 70s – a group who do a fantastic job of merging older sweet soul styles with a new lovers' vibe, all in a mode that's completely sublime! The group's noteworthy as the starting place of Caron Wheeler, who'd later rise to great fame in Soul II Soul – and Carol Simms, who'd later rise on her own as Kofi – but even without that later legacy, the music here is completely wonderful – and is presented with detailed notes, in a set that collects all the singles the trio recorded at the time with Dennis Bovell and John "Brownie T" Kpiaye. Brown Sugar are clearly influenced by the sweeter side of American group soul style in the late 60s – and even cover a few cuts from that era – yet they also have this bad-stepping style that really offers up the strongest current of the London style of the period – the crisper crackle and rootsier production approach that was really showing a scene coming into its own. Titles include "Black Pride", "Our Reggae Music", "Hello Stranger", "You & Your Smiling Face", "Loving Dreadlocks Dub", "Confession Hurts", "Proud", "Do You Really Love Me", "Hurtin", "Run Away Love",a nd "Dreaming Of Zion". CD

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckStardust (Brubeck Desmond/Dave Brubeck Quartet) ... CD
Fantasy, Early 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond double header – two vintage albums in a single package! Stardust is great stuff from the early days of the Brubeck/Desmond alliance – when Dave's piano had first met up with Paul's alto, with incredible results that would soon transform the face of popular jazz. The set's mostly standards – but it does include 2 strong originals, "Crazy Chris" and "Lyons Busy", as well as some Brubeck-ized versions of tunes like "Frenesi", "Mamselle", and "At A Perfume Counter". Dave Brubeck Quartet is sublime early work from pianist Dave Brubeck – already recording here with the amazing Paul Desmond on alto sax – in the kind of magical blend that would bring both players great fame by the end of the 50s! Even at this early point, the subtle modern touches are perfectly in place – that blend of space, sound, color, and tone that made the Brubeck/Desmond team so unique – recorded here without any other gimmicks or trappings to get in the way. The set mostly features shorter versions of standards – including "Stardust", "Just One Of Those Things", "Alice In Wonderland", and "All The Things You Are" – but it also features an amazing 14 minute take on "At A Perfume Counter", with really extended solo lines from Desmond! CD
(Small sticker remnant on CD.)

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✨✧ Dave Brubeck & Paul DesmondDave Brubeck/Paul Desmond (Jazz At The Blackhawk/Jazz At Storyville) ... CD
Fantasy, Early 50s. Used ... $6.99
Really early work from the team of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond – cut years before their hit fame at Columbia, when Brubeck was first cooking up his modernist combo, and recording for Fantasy Records on the west coast. The set brings together a few early albums – Jazz At The Blackhawk and Jazz At Storyville – both harder to find sets that show Brubeck mostly working on turning out new versions of older standards, filtered through his modern take to time structures and phrasing. Titles include "Jeepers Creepers", "Let's Fall In Love", "I May Be Wrong", "Over The Rainbow", "Tea For Two", and "This Can't Be Love". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) ... LP
Scepter, 1974. Very Good- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Do It (Til You're Satisfied) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". CD features two bonus tracks – the original 7" single versions of "Express" and "Do It". CD

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellAsphalt Canyon Suite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99
A stunner from Kenny Burrell – one of his most sophisticated and soulful sessions of the 60s! Kenny's working here with the ultra-cool arranger Johnny Pate – best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, and his 70s soundtrack fame – but a heck of a creative talent when it comes to a jazz session like this! For the record, Pate's created these spare little backdrops – not nearly as full as those penned by Don Sebesky or Claus Ogerman – and with a gentle sort of grooving quality that really pushes Kenny along nicely. Burrell's guitar is very strongly upfront in the mix – working chromatic magic at a level hardly ever matched again on record! Side one features the extended "Asphalt Canyon Suite" – a magnificent tune that's simply sublime – and side two features 5 shorter tracks, "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Going To Jim & Andy's", and "Sugar Hill". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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Jean CarneJean Carne Sings Philadelphia ... CD
Society Hill, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A fantastic tribute to Philly soul – put together by a lady whose classic work helped make the city sound so great! Jean Carne really rose to fame with her Philadelphia International recordings of the late 70s – and helped the label usher in a new level of hip, sophisticated soul that set a whole new standard at the time. And here, Jean looks back not only at those years, but also some other slices of Philly music too – aided and abetted by the great Butch Ingram, whose classic style of production and arranging give the whole record a vibe that's not too different than some of Jean's best work in the 80s. Along the way, Carne gets a bit of help from Don Juan, Glenn Leonard, and Johnny Ingram – on titles that include "What's Come Over Me", "Infant Eyes", "Give It Up", "Bye Bye Baby", "Spirit Of Love", "One Million Miles From The Ground". "Do You Get Enough Love", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", and "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon". CD

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✨✧ Chambers BrothersPeople Get Ready ... LP
Vault, 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
The first album ever from The Chambers Brother – a much rootsier set than the psychedelic soul that later earned them fame in the 60s! The set's heavy on influences from folk, blues, and gospel – and pitches the group more towards the crossover college scene than the mainstream soul crowd – thanks to an appreciatively rootsy style of production that really has the vocals and acoustic instrumentation presented without any other augmentation. Tracks were recorded live at The Unicorn in Boston and the Ash Grove in LA – and most numbers are covers, with versions of "Summertime", "Your Old Land", "It's All Over Now", "Reconsider Baby", "People Get Ready", "Tore Up", and "Money". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear and a small cutout hole.)

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Cheap TrickAt Budokan ... LP
Epic, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
A seminal set from Cheap Trick – a group who had already cut some excellent studio albums before this one, but who somehow finally reached huge fame in the mainstream with this classic concert release! The album is one of the greatest, most iconic live rock records of its era – in which the to that point under-appreciated Cheap Trick (in the US at least – as you can hear the wild screams, they had the love elsewhere) midwestern powerpop progenitors FINALLY broke through and cemented their legend! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, FE 35795. Includes booklet.)

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David Clayton ThomasDavid Clayton Thomas/Tequila Sunrise/David Clayton Thomas (with bonus track) ... CD
BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
A trio of solo albums from David Clayton Thomas – packaged here with a bonus track too! First up is the self-titled Columbia set David Clayton Thomas – great early solo work the singer who'd rose to fame as part of Blood Sweat & Tears – stepping out here with a sound that's maybe even more soul-based than his music with that famous group! The set features production from Bobby Colomby, of BS&T – and the groove is somewhat similar, but with less horns, and a lot more riffing guitar, keyboards, and other elements used to bring out some of the funkier currents in David's vocals! A few tracks were recorded in Memphis, with guitar from Steve Cropper – and the record even features some arrangements from Claus Ogerman and Jimmy Giuffre. The set includes a remake of of "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" – with a break at the start that's as funky as the original – and other titles include "We're All Meat From The Same Bone", "Sing A Song", "Don't Let It Bring You Down", "Once Burned", "Stealin In The Name Of The Lord", and a surprisingly great take on the Gram Parsons tune "She". Next is Tequila Sunrise – a fantastic solo album from David Clayton Thomas – and a set that still retains the amazing vocals he brought to Blood Sweat & Tears, but which has a completely different focus overall! Clayton-Thomas wrote almost all the songs on the set – and he works here with a tight core group that features William Smitty Smith on keyboards and arrangements, and plenty of guitar from Danny Kortchmar – both musicians who give the whole record a very strong, tight vibe that makes the whole thing feel like it comes from some hip early 70s group. Titles include "Friday The 13th Child", "My Song", "Last Time That She Cried", "The Face Of Man", "Nobody Calls Me Prophet", and "Fallin By Degrees". Next up is another self-titled album – David Clayton Thomas, from 1973 – with David himself handling arrangements, and doing a mighty nice job – getting plenty of sweet keyboards from William D Smith, and strong lead guitar from Domenic Troiano – both of whom echo the funky rock currents in the music. There's a bit of a Memphis rock vibe to the record at times – and titles include "Small Family", "Professor Longhair", "Harbor Lady", "Harmony Junction", and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby". CD also features the bonus track "Some Hearts Get All The Breaks". CD

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Clear Blue SkyClear Blue Sky ... CD
Vertigo/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
An insanely ripping little record – one that comes on with all the raw power of the heaviest work by Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin at the time – even though these guys never hit that sort of fame! The group's a trio with an incredibly deft touch – able to make the simple combination of guitar, bass, and drums explode in wonderfully fresh ways – with some quick-changes that really leave us breathless, and really show off their amazing talents – but never in a way that's overdone at all – as these guys have more of the bottom-end, blues-inspired appeal of Zeppelin during their early years. Vocals are by guitarist John Simms, who's also got a wild way of singing – and titles include "The Rocket Ride", "I'm Comin Home", "Birdcatcher", "My Heaven", "You Mystify", and "Tool Of My Trade". CD
(Part of the "Golden Era Of Rock – 1965 to 1975" series!)

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Patsy ClineGonna Shake This Shack Tonight – Stop, Look, & Listen ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A fantastic collection of early material by Patsy Cline – one that offers up a nice change from the usual greatest hits package, and really digs deep into some of the harder work of her early years! The set's heavy on original recordings done for the Four Star label before Patsy rose to fame at Decca – and many of these tracks have a harder, darker vibe – one that really fits the "shack shaking" image of this series! There's a total of 31 tracks in all – including some unusual takes on familiar tunes, and lots of other early gems – all supported with the usual great Bear Family notes. Titles include "I Don't Wanna", "Stop Look & Listen (alt)", "Ain't No Wheels On This Ship", "Love Love Love Me Honey Do", "Today Tomorrow & Forever", "Hungry For Love", "Walking Dream", "Too Many Secrets", "Turn The Cards Slowly", "Honky Tonk Merry Go Round", "A Poor Man's Roses", "Don't Ever Leave Me Again", and "In Care Of The Blues". CD

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David Bennett CohenDavid Bennett Cohen At The Piano ... LP
Rag Baby, 1984. Sealed ... $9.99
Solo piano tribute to Professor Longhair, Otis Spann, and Meade Lux Lewis by David Cohen of Country Joe & The Fish and Elephants Memory fame. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Phil Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass EnsembleKelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 2012. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
An amazing bit of music – and an incredible document of generations of creative jazz energy as well! The legendary Phil Cohran teams up here with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – a collective made up of Cohran's sons, who follow strongly in the rich legacy of his own Artistic Heritage group – yet in a very different way! Hypnotic Brass have caught the ear of many during their bright rise to fame – with a fluid, horn-heavy groove that's really amazing – echoes of Sun Ra and other Chicago creative legends – yet played almost entirely on brass instruments, which gives them an even bolder vibe. Here, working with their progenitor brings the group even more depth than before – an excellent sound that really spins things out wonderfully – percussion layered underneath the horns, solos taking jazzy flight, and an overall righteous vibe that holds things together beautifully. The album's way more than the sum of its parts – and those parts are already rich indeed – and titles include "Stateville", "Cuernavaca", "Ancestral", "Spin", "Zincali", "Apsara", and "Frankincense & Myrrh". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur ConleyShake, Rattle, & Roll ... LP
Atco, 1967. Very Good ... $29.99
The second Arthur Conley album for Atlantic – and like the first, a record that really cooks with some great Otis Redding production! The sound and style is very similar to Otis' work for Stax during the 60s – but the album was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, with engineering by Jimmy Johnson, and it's got a bit of a different sound from the Memphis soul of Otis' records. There's more horns, and less organ and guitars, and Conley's vocals are produced in a raw style that brings out the best of his work. Includes versions of the Otis Redding tracks "Ha Ha Ha" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long", plus Conley's own "Love's Got Me", "Hand & Glove", and "I'll Take The Blame". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s purple and tan label stereo pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams, light surface wear, and some aging. Vinyl has a short click on "Baby What You Want Me To Do".)

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Chick CoreaSong Of Singing ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... $9.99
A key album in Chick Corea's shift from Latin jazz to arch-modern – recorded with Circle bandmates Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums, and done with a free sound that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time! Chick's out on this one – way out – in that free mode of his first great rise to fame, without any of the silly Scientology of later years – and Holland and Altschul are in some of their greatest form ever, working with Chick to craft a starkly compelling album of tunes that showed that jazz piano still had a lot of room to grow at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Toy Room", "Ballad I", "Flesh", "Rhymes", and "Nefertitti". CD
(Out of print first CD pressing with a small cutout notch through the spine.)
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Chick CoreaSong Of Singing ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99
A key album in Chick Corea's shift from Latin jazz to arch-modern – recorded with Circle bandmates Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums, and done with a free sound that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time! Chick's out on this one – way out – in that free mode of his first great rise to fame, without any of the silly Scientology of later years – and Holland and Altschul are in some of their greatest form ever, working with Chick to craft a starkly compelling album of tunes that showed that jazz piano still had a lot of room to grow at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Toy Room", "Ballad I", "Flesh", "Rhymes", and "Nefertitti". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the "Forever Chick Corea" collection!)
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Ted CursonTypical Ted (aka Cattin Curson) ... LP
Trident, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An excellent set from genius trumpeter Ted Curson – recorded in Paris in the early 70s! Ted's playing with hard, hot fire, and he's joined by the great American reed player Chris Woods, who plays alto and flute with an edgey soulful quality that always makes us wonder why he didn't achieve greater fame at the time. The George Arvanitas trio is backing the pair up, and they're at the height of their powers here, with some totally heavy bass from Jacky Samson, and the usual stellar drumming from Charles Saudrais. All tracks are long, and the grooves really open up in an amazing way – with Curson blowing fierce, often modal lines over the top, and Woods snaking around in some wonderful reed solos. Tracks include "Typical Ted", "Flatted 5th", and "Marjo". One of Curson's best ever! LP, Vinyl record album

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Blossom DearieLittle Jazz Bird 1952 to 1959 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Mid 50s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99 29.99
A big set of work from the lovely Blossom Dearie – one of the most unique singers in jazz, and a great pianist too! Blossom first rose to fame on the scene in Paris, but quickly returned home to the US – where she cut some beautiful albums for Verve in the 50s – sprightly vocal sides that were very different than some of the torchy modes of the previous generation, and even different than other 50s work by singers like Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan! The charms of Blossom are impossible to describe in words, but they'll grab you right away upon first listen – and you'll get plenty of listening here – as the 3CD set begins with material from her Paris years, including the album Miss Blossom Dearie Et Sa Musique Jazz Sweet, the EP Blossom Dearie Piano, and then moves onto verve albums that include Blossom Dearie, Give Him The Ooh La La, Once Upon A Summertime, My Gentleman Friend, and Sings Comden & Green. 71 tracks in all – with notes in French and English! CD

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Delaney & Bonnie & FriendsOn Tour With Eric Clapton ... LP
Atco, 1970. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A killer set of southern rock – even if the whole thing was recorded in London, while the group was on tour with Eric Clapton! Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett are at the height of their powers here – really reworking rootsy southern elements into the kind of sharp-edged 70s sound that made them such an important part of the scene at the time – even though they never went as mainstream to get the kind of crossover fame as some of their contemporaries! But it's that true-to-roots quality that really keeps things great here – as they work with famous help from Eric Clapton and Dave Mason on guitars – alongside sounds by southern stalwarts who include Bobby Whitlock on organ, Jim Price on trumpet, Bobby Keys on saxes, and Jim Gordon on drums. Titles include "Things Get Better", "Little Richard Medley", "Coming Home", "That's What My Man Is For", and "I Don't Want To Discuss It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has light aging down the spine and a bit of pen.)

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Raul De SouzaSweet Lucy ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet Lucy, and mighty groovy – a wonderful album from Raul De Souza, cut during the height of his fame on the California scene! Like Raul's other work for Capitol, this record really sparkles from tight help from George Duke – who handles production, and some of the arrangements – and really helps De Souza find a tight jazzy groove! The instrumentation is a bit leaner than some of Raul's other records of this nature, which is a nice thing – as you get to hear plenty of keyboards from Patrice Rushen, Fender Rhodes from Dawilli Gonga, trumpet from Freddie Hubbard, and percussion from Airto. There's a bit of chorus vocals at times, but the main focus is on Raul's trombone solos – and cuts include of Joao Donato's "Banana Tree", plus "Sweet Lucy", "New Love", "Wild & Shy", "Bottom Heat", "Wires", and "At Will". CD

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Eddie & ErnieTime Waits For No One ... LP
Cairo/Mississippi, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A deep soul treasure! You've probably never heard of the team of Eddie & Ernie, but they've risen to fame over the years with collectors of rare 60s soul – and have recently been immortalized on volumes of Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures, one of the most important soul compilation series to come out in the past few decades! In fact, Eddie & Ernie were so "lost" for years, this album marks their first-ever full length set on vinyl – long overdue, given that they were recording in the 60s and early 70s – both as Eddie and Ernie, and under the names Phoenix Express, The New Bloods, and Little Worley & The Drops. The duo have a brilliant blend of deep and sweet soul that makes us wonder why these guys were never bigger than they were – and think of the set as the same as finding a stash of some of the best 60s soul singles you could hope to hear. Titles include "Bullets Don't Have Eyes", "Lost Friends", "I'm A Young Man", "I'm Going For Myself", "Watch Your Step", "Self Service", "Falling Tears", "That's The Way It Is", "Time Waits For No One", and "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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Electric Banana (The Pretty Things)Complete De Wolfe Sessions (Electric Banana/More Electric Banana/Even More Electric Banana/Hot Licks/Return Of The Electric Banana) (3CD set) ... CD
De Wolfe/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99
A fantastic legacy of music from the UK scene – even though it's a pretty darn secret one as well! The Electric Banana were a very unique studio group – a combo who featured Phil May and Dick Taylor of the Pretty Things, right at a time when that group were at the height of their fame – working as a faceless studio combo with other musicians for the DeWolfe Sound Library label – all to create these tight, short rock tracks that would later end up getting used in film soundtracks and TV programs all through the 70s! A surprising number of these tracks have vocals – a bit of a change from the usual sound library recordings of the period – and over the course of the five records in the box, there's a real sense of evolution – on that matches all the growth that the Pretty Things were going through too – although maybe not as trippy overall. The group also features John Povey on drums and Wally Waller on bass – and early work features arrangements from Reginald Tilsley, which drop away pretty quickly in favor of the core sound of the combo. 3CD set features five full albums, plus notes on all the music included – with titles that include "Do My Stuff", "Maze Song", "Alexander", "Street Girl", "Grey Skies", "Free Love", "Danger Signs", "Eagles Son", "The Loser", "Sweet Orphan Lady", "The Dark Theme", "Blow Your Midn", "Love Dance & Sing", and "A Thousand Ages From The Sun". CD

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Shaun EscofferyStrong Enough ... CD
Universal (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
We've loved the music of Shaun Escoffery for many years now – right from that time when he emerged from the UK scene as key talent in the Omar generation – the kind of strong songwriting voice and confident singer that really helped mark a difference from the world of soul in the US! Escoffery has evolved wonderfully over the course of his superb recordings – and here, he continues to grow even more – coming on strong, and maybe with more of a 60s soul inspiration than ever before – kind of a romping, vibrant approach to the music that echoes the Motown generation, while still also sounding immediately contemporary, and graced with a production style that maybe makes Shaun's vocals sound even more powerful than ever! We've been waiting decades for Escoffery to get the international fame he deserves – and maybe this record is the one that will put him over the top, given the strength of the songs and the overall set as a whole. Titles include "River", "Imagine", "Lucky", "Soldier", "Heat", "With These Eyes", "Need To Believe", "Candle", "You Remind Me", and "Surrender". CD

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsBig Crown Vaults Vol 1 – Lee Fields & The Expressions ... CD
Big Crown, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Never-heard work from Elmer Lee Fields – one of the greatest deep soul singers of the contemporary age – an artist who had to wait decades to get the attention he deserves, and one who's never been in better hands than these! The tracks here are unreleased gems from the sessions for Lee's albums It Rains Love and Special Night – both produced by Leon Michels, of El Michels fame – with backing that echoes some of the amazing funk of that combo, but which also sometimes gives Fields the warmth of a Memphis production from way back in the Hi Records days! The mix of styles is great – and Lee, as always, is one hell of a soul singer – really shining on tracks that include "Two Timer", "Do You know", "Out To Get You", "Don't Give Up", "Time", "Regenerate", and "Thinking About You". The album also features bonus instrumentals by El Michels – non-vocal takes of five tunes from the record! CD
Also available Big Crown Vaults Vol 1 – Lee Fields & The Expressions (lavender swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsBig Crown Vaults Vol 1 – Lee Fields & The Expressions (lavender swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP
Big Crown, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99
Never-heard work from Elmer Lee Fields – one of the greatest deep soul singers of the contemporary age – an artist who had to wait decades to get the attention he deserves, and one who's never been in better hands than these! The tracks here are unreleased gems from the sessions for Lee's albums It Rains Love and Special Night – both produced by Leon Michels, of El Michels fame – with backing that echoes some of the amazing funk of that combo, but which also sometimes gives Fields the warmth of a Memphis production from way back in the Hi Records days! The mix of styles is great – and Lee, as always, is one hell of a soul singer – really shining on tracks that include "Two Timer", "Do You know", "Out To Get You", "Don't Give Up", "Time", "Regenerate", and "Thinking About You". The album also features bonus instrumentals by El Michels – non-vocal takes of five tunes from the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited indie exclusive pressing!)
Also available Big Crown Vaults Vol 1 – Lee Fields & The Expressions ... CD 12.99

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Fleetwood MacThen Play On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/BMG, Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Really incredible work from the early version of Fleetwood Mac – a set that has them moving past the straighter blues of their roots, but not yet in the smooth territory of later 70s fame – music that's awash in the mindblowing guitar work of Peter Green! The pacing and song structure is great – very fresh, and another example of the way that the group and their contemporaries used blues rock as this surprisingly strong springboard to quickly move into new and inventive territory of their own! Titles include "Coming Your Way", "Show Biz Blues", "Under Way", "One Sunny Day", "Fighting For Madge", "Like Crying", and "Before The Beginning". Great CD version – with the original 14 track UK version of the record, in a book-like cover with new notes! Also features four bonus tracks that include "A World In Harmony", "The Green Manalish", and "Oh Well (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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Brigitte FontaineBrigitte Fontaine Est ... CD
Saravah/Superior Viaduct (France), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
The Saravah Records debut from this amazing French singer – done with a wonderful sound that really links two generations of French music! At some level, the album's got a slightly more standard feel – bits of jazz, but inflected freshly – almost like the sublime Jeanne Moreau album on 60s Polydor. But at another level, there's already some of Fontaine's experimental spirit strongly at play – putting the songs together with a very creative, poetic approach. Pierre Barouh (of Francis Lai soundtrack & Saravah fame) handled the music, and the orchestrations have lots of cool little bits and weird twists and turns – and Brigitte's voice is strong and clear, more like other familiar female French singers than on her later work. Tracks include "L'Homme Objet", "Le Beau Cancer", "Il Pleut", "Je Suis Inadaptee", and "Comme Rimbaud". Totally worth having if you dig groovy French stuff! CD

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✨✧ Redd FoxxLaff Of The Party – Vol 2 ... LP
Dooto, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Before he went on to fame as Fred Sanford, Redd Foxx cut a number of comedy albums, many for the Laff label, but these on Dooto were first. Includes "The Preacher's Bicycle", "The Brown Nosed reindeer", "The Lost Toupee", and "The Pregnant Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a short click at the beginning of each side.)

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Aretha FranklinGospel Soul Of Aretha Franklin ... LP
Checker, 1972. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A collection of earlier work by Aretha Franklin – issued by Chess after her fame on Atlantic, but featuring tunes cut when a younger woman, working with famous father Reverend CL Franklin! Given that CL was one of the biggest stars of Chess' gospel recordings, there was plenty of material recorded back in the day – and Aretha's heard here on some great live tunes that mostly just feature piano backings. Nice raw energy here – 9 tracks in all, including 'Precious Lord", "You Grow No Closer", "The Day Is Past And Gone" and "He Will Wash You White As Snow". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing, in a black and white cover. Cover has a cutout mark, and is slightly bumped in one corner.)

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Von FreemanSerenade & Blues (with bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
Right from the very first note, you'll know you're in for something special here – the unusual phrasing and open-hearted qualities that made Von Freeman one of the true Chicago legends on the tenor saxophone – even though he never got the global fame of contemporaries like Clifford Jordan or Johnny Griffin! Yet we can easily mention Von in the company of both of those giants – and as you'll hear here, Freeman's got a depth of expression that also rivals Gene Ammons and Dexter Gordon, especially on the open-ended, stretched out ballads that make up most of the material here. The group is very easygoing – perfect for the spirit of the music – John Young on piano, David Shipp on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums – on titles that include "Serenade In Blue", "Time After Time", "After Dark", and "Von Freeman's Blues". CD features the bonus track "I'll Close My Eyes". CD

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Gap BandGap Band 8/Straight From The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Total Experience/BGO (UK), Late 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $10.99 19.99
A pair of late 80s gems from the Gap Band – back to back, with bonus tracks too! First up is Gap Band 8 – very sharp work from The Gap Band – working confidently in a mid 80s boogie soul mode with a couple of solid slow jams and that funky synthesizer groove which they had pretty much perfected by this point! The Gap Band's way of inflecting easygoing 80s soul and more ballad-y numbers with funky synth and bass, as well as diverse styles of percussion is a big piece of the pie at this point in their career – as is the supremely catchy songwriting. Definitely an overlooked Gap Band effort worth revisiting! Includes "Big Fun", "I Can't Live Without Your Love", "Get Loose, Get Funky", "Don't Take It Away", "I'll Always Love You", "Bop B Da Da (How Music Came About)", "I Owe It To Myself" and more. Straight From The Heart is great work from the later, leaner sound of the Gap Band – a time when the group were working with a bit more programming than before, but still very much in the funky soul territory of their roots! Like contemporaries Cameo, Gap Band were able to make a great shift into the electro soul generation – one that maybe even got them greater fame than in the early years – almost as if their initial impulses were waiting for the 80s funk generation to really find the right sort of sound for their groove! The whole album's rock-solid – filled with tunes that should have been hits – and titles include "Come & Dance", "All The Way Yours", "I'm So Satisfied", "You Told Me That", and "Straight From The Heart". 2CD set features six bonus tracks from Gap Band 8 – "Big Fun (mega mix)", "Zibble Zibble (dub-zibble money mix)", "I Owe It To Myself (rmx)", "Big Fun (Bandolero mix)", "Big Fun (serious dub mix)", and "Bop B Da B Da Da (ext version)". CD

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✨✧ Stan Getz & Joao GilbertoGetz/Gilberto (mono & stereo mixes with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1964. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with guitarist Joao Gilberto really pushed the format over the top – thanks in part to the vocals of Gilberto's lovely wife Astrud, who'd never sung in the studio before this famous recording! The record created a sound that was copied endlessly, and which catapulted Astrud to unbelievable fame worldwide – even though she was only included in the session at the last minute, because Joao couldn't sing in English – and the mix of Stan's tenor and Joao's guitar is wonderful – and backed throughout by this light, lilting bossa nova rhythms. Titles include the classic recording of "Girl From Ipanema", plus loads of other bossa classics like "Desafinado", "Cocovado", "O Grande Amor", and "Vivo Sonhando". CD features the full mono and stereo mixes of the album – plus bonus 7" single mixes of "Girl From Ipanema" and "Corcovado". CD

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Goldie & The GingerbreadsThinking About The Good Times – Complete Recordings 1964 to 1966 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
A heck of a great girl group from the 60s – one who never got much play on our side of the Atlantic, but who were one of the most unique UK groups of the time! For one thing, the quartet didn't just sing to studio backings – they also played their own instruments too – which made them more in the mode of some of the mod male British acts of the time than some of the more polished Brit pop female singers! Not that they didn't get great help in the studio, though – as some of these cuts feature top production efforts from giants like Alan Price and Shel Talmy – both of whom never get in the girls' way, and just find a mode to let their sound shine even more strongly on record! Goldie & The Gingerbreads never got the full fame they deserved – save for a few singles issued on Decca and smaller labels – but they did record plenty for a brief stretch, as you'll hear here in a selection of 20 tracks that includes a few unissued tracks done for Atlantic Records as well. Titles include "That's Why I Love You", "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat", "Look For Me Baby", "The Skip", "VIP", "Bye Bye Baby", "What Kind Of Man Are You", "Something Beautiful", "Chew Chew Fee Fi Fum", "Little Boy", and "Sporting Life". CD

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✨✧ Colin GrantNatural Mystics – Marley, Tosh, & Wailer (hardcover) ... Book
WW Norton, 2011. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A very well-written book – especially in comparison to the fluffy Bob Marley books that usually litter the market – and a much deeper look at the role of The Wailers, and the triangulated sense of character that hung between Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer! The book gives equal power to each individual – and uses them as different roles for masculinity in Jamaican culture, and global expression as well – as writer Colin Grant traces the early years of the group, the later fame of both Marley and Tosh, and the path to security and obscurity followed by Bunny. Grant's sense of time and place are quite vivid – and really get past the cliches of other writing on Marley – and the book is 305 pages, hardcover, with a fair bit of black and white images. Book

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Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.99
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", "You Say It", and the classic "Tired Of Being Alone" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vince Guaraldi TrioCharlie Brown's Holiday Hits ... CD
Fantasy, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
The music of Vince Guaraldi and Peanuts isn't just for Christmas – although Vince racked up plenty of fame over the years for his Christmas-themed tunes – and this collection's a great reminder that the Guaraldi genius graced a whole host of different Charlie Brown cartoons in the 60s and 70s – all with results that are completely sublime! The music here is from a host of different small combos, used in a number of different Holiday-themed cartoons over the years – and Vince plays piano with accompaniment that shifts from track to track, and includes a bit of trumpet from Tom Harrell, guitar from Eddie Duran, and timbales from Benny Velarde. The album may well be worth it alone for the classic "Joe Cool" – a tune that may well be our favorite from the Peanuts cartoons – and but the set includes lots of other greatness, with titles that include "Linus & Lucy", "Thanksgiving Theme", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", "Schroeder", "Charlie's Blues", "Charlie Brown Theme", "Surfin Snoopy", "Heartburn Waltz", and "Track Meet". CD

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Vince Guaraldi TrioJazz Impressions ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1964. Used ... $9.99
Great early work from the amazing Vince Guaraldi – an album issued in the 60s on the wave of his rising fame, but which was most likely recorded a few years earlier! The group here is Vince's key early trio with Eddie Duran on guitar – grooving with Vince in drumless splendor that takes most of its rhythmic cues from Guaraldi's inherent sense of groove on the keys of the piano – a simple, spacious touch that's almost more magnificent here in its early simplicity than it is in later years. There's a slight influence of 50s modernism on the keys – bits of John Lewis or Bill Evans – but the warmth and lyricism of the overall set mark the record clearly as Vince's own musical vision. Titles include "Autumn Leaves", "Fenwyck Farfel", "Yesterdays", "Room At The Bottom", and "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a faint mark from a small sticker.)

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✨✧ Peter GuralnickSam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock N Roll ... Book
Little Brown, 2015. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The story of one of the all-time greats – told by one of the all-time greats – the full tale of Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, told by southern music giant Peter Guaralnick! Long before he rose to fame as the man who discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips was already humming strong with his Memphis-based Sun Records label – home to an amazing run of blues, R&B, and rockabilly – with important initial recordings by artists who include Howlin Wolf, Ike Turker, Johnny Cash, and many others! And while the story of Sun has often been told in overdone cliches and too-heavy platitudes, Guaralnick really gets behind those landmarks, and tells the real tale of the man and his music – with treatment of Phillips that's almost as detailed as some of his writings on Elvis. The book is massive – over 750 pages, and a rock-solid read throughout – with some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Jimmy HamiltonCan't Help Swinging ... CD
Prestige, 1961. Used ... $19.99
A great small group set from Ellington's legendary reedman – caught here in a nicely different setting than the larger ensemble in which he earned his fame! Jimmy Plays both tenor and clarinet on this swing-oriented session – with a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Harrison, and Earl Williams. The tracks are short, with an emphasis on Hamilton's solos – and titles include "Route 9W", "Pan Fried", and "Town Tavern Rag". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lionel HamptonOutrageous ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $18.99
Later work from legendary jazz vibist Lionel Hampton – and a set that has him returning to the energy of the large group ensemble that first brought him fame in the 40s! Yet the style isn't 40s at all – and instead shows an evolved take on big band modes – similar to the great shift in the European scene of the 70s, as Hamp brings in a bit of electricity on the piano, organ, and guitar – mixing with a larger section of horns that have a surprisingly strong, screaming style – often over rhythms that are heavy in touches from funk and soul! Hamp gets to solo on the record, but the approach is often more focused on the overall sound too – in a lineup that includes Herman Riley and Paul Moen on saxes, Wild Bill Davis on organ, Walt Johnson and Oscar Brashear on trumpets, and George Bohannon, Tom McIntosh, Curtis Fuller, and Jimmy Cleveland on trombones! Tracks are nice and long, and full of colorful changes – on titles that include "Hamp & Dex", "Dr Lambchop", "Ko Ko", "Wail For The Cat", and "Tap Step". CD
(Part of the "Timeless Jazz Syndicate" series!)

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Herbie HancockTreasure Chest ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Seminal sides from Herbie Hancock – amazing material recorded for Warner Brothers in the years between his time at Blue Note and his big fame at Columbia Records – all sides that definitely show Hancock as one mighty righteous cat! Herbie's really stretching past his more conventional jazz of earlier years here – working both with a bit more electricity in his keys, and some larger arrangements that have a wonderful sense of flow and funk – a groove that definitely puts Hancock on a par with Quincy Jones at his funky best during the early 70s! The album's filled with great grooves pulled from the Warner Brothers albums by Hancock – including some quite long numbers – titles that include the funky nuggets "Wiggle Waggle", "Lil Brother", and "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" – plus "Sleeping Giant", "Crossings", "Quazar", "Ostinato", and "You'll Know When You Get There". CD

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Gene HarrisTone Tantrum ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 About October 20, 2021
Sweet sweet keyboards from the amazing Gene Harris – one of his seminal electric sides for Blue Note in the 70s – recorded between his earliest fame in the Three Sounds, and his later return to acoustic styles in the 80s! The sound here is equal parts jazz and soul – as Gene's working with vocalist/arranger Jerry Peters, who brings in a good deal of his own groove to the tracks – giving them a strong focus that's sometimes missing from other solo Harris sets. Both Peters and Harris play Fender Rhodes and other keyboards on the album – alongside a variety of players that include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Harvey Mason on drums, and Chuck Rainey on bass. Tracks include the Peters tunes "If You Can't Find Love" and "A Minor", a two-part remake of Duke Pearson's "Christo Redentor", the sweet stepper "Peace Of Mind", and a strong vocal take on Stevie Wonder's "As". CD

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Karl Hector & The MalcounsNon Ex Orbis ... CD
Now Again, 2019. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Some of the fullest, freakiest sounds we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and a set that almost has the contemporary combo resonating with some of the older psych and fuzz that often gets reissued on the Now Again label! JJ Whitefield – of Whitefield Brothers/Poets Of Rhythm fame – is at the helm of the group, and also handles the production – and the whole thing is a deep shift from the sharper, funkier style of his early material – as this record's really awash in fuzz and long, languorous space – drawing elements from older funk, jazz, and global elements, and pushing them all through a mighty cool psych-styled filter. Marja Burchard sings some cool wordless vocals on the record, but most of the focus here is instrumental – with great organ, vibes, moog, and plenty of fuzzy guitar. Titles include "Crawling Through Your Mind", "Hymnins (extended)", "Inhale/Exhale", "Mother Seletta", "Dekagon", and "Asteroid". CD

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Woody HermanChildren Of Lima ... CD
Fantasy/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
An overlooked chapter of the 70s genius of Woody Herman – and the kind of album that shows him continuing to grow strongly, many years after his initial fame! The record takes off ambitiously from some of the funkier Herman sessions of the start of the 70s – and features the core group augmented by the Houston Symphony Orchestra on side one – offering up larger backings to color in the sophisticated sounds of the tunes "Variation On A Scene" and "Children Of Lima", both jazz suites penned by Alan Broadbent, who'd done great work with Herman's group. Side two is back to straighter big band numbers – tunes that burst out with a lot of life and energy, and which have a few of the soulful stylings of Herman's previous funk. Highlights include great covers of "25 Or 6 To 4" and "Where Is The Love", plus a version of Broadbent's driving "Far In". CD

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RB HudmonCloser To You ... LP
Cotillion, 1978. Very Good- ... $2.99
A nice batch of Memphis soul tracks, produced in a sparkling modern vein, with some very nice moments. The title cut's a remake of the Seals & Crofts track "Closer", but the best cuts are the ones written (or co-written) by the great Bettye Crutcher (of Stax fame). These include the great "Can't You See I Love You", plus "Bringing You Love", and "I'm Everything You Need". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and large initials in marker on front and back. Labels have initials in marker.)

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HypnosonicsSomeone Stole My Shoes – Beyond The Q Division Sessions ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1986. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Lost material from Mark Sandman – tracks recorded in between his time in Treat Her Right, and his greater fame in Morphine – served up here in the first-ever package of the recordings! The sound is nice and stark – almost the spareness of post-punk work, but with more mid 80s production that creates more darkness, and a very particular sound on the guitar and bass. Sandman is joined by future members of Morphine, and gets occasional horn help from members of Either/Orchestra – and titles include "Early Man", "Someone Stole My Shoes", "Insomniac", "Where's The Girl", "Livin With You", and "Rub It In". CD features two bonus tracks too! CD
Also available Someone Stole My Shoes – Beyond The Q Division Sessions ... LP 23.99

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HypnosonicsSomeone Stole My Shoes – Beyond The Q Division Sessions ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1986. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Lost material from Mark Sandman – tracks recorded in between his time in Treat Her Right, and his greater fame in Morphine – served up here in the first-ever package of the recordings! The sound is nice and stark – almost the spareness of post-punk work, but with more mid 80s production that creates more darkness, and a very particular sound on the guitar and bass. Sandman is joined by future members of Morphine, and gets occasional horn help from members of Either/Orchestra – and titles include "Early Man", "Someone Stole My Shoes", "Insomniac", "Where's The Girl", "Livin With You", and "Rub It In". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Someone Stole My Shoes – Beyond The Q Division Sessions ... CD 15.99

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IxtahueleEden Ahbez's Dharmaland ... CD
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 2021. New Copy ... $12.99
A beautiful tribute to the music of Eden Ahbez – the original "nature boy" himself, and a mystical west coast composer who was to the LA scene what Moondog was to New York! The songs here come from unrecorded sheet music left behind by Eden – songs composed in the early 60s, when he was stretching out even more than his postwar years of momentary fame – performed here by the group Ixtahuele, who use some of the home-made percussion instruments and flutes that Ahbez created himself! There's a very dreamy vibe to the whole thing – postwar exotica filtered though a more contemporary appreciation – but all without any sort of cheesy retro modes at all – instead, music that's very faithful to the Ahbez inspiration, yet never slavish either. Titles include "Dharma Man", "The Lion & The Fox", "Bwawto", "Fire Of The Soul", "The King & Queen Of Waters", and "Grapevine". CD

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Bob JamesAll Around The Town ... CD
Tappan Zee/Koch, 1979. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A live set by Bob – packaged in a cover that has a picture of him in a Taxi, certainly designed to cash in on his fame doing the theme for that TV show! The record's actually quite nice, and is a good blend of the mellow Bob from later years and the darker Bob from earlier ones – performed with a set of players that include Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammad, Tom Scott, Richard Tee, Earl Klugh, Tom Browne, Joanne Brackeen, and Eddie Gomez. Includes nice versions of "Westchester Lady" and "The Golden Apple", plus "Kari", "Touchdown", "Farandole", and "Stompin At The Savoy". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available All Around The Town ... LP 6.99

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Bob JamesAll Around The Town ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A live set by Bob – packaged in a cover that has a picture of him in a Taxi, certainly designed to cash in on his fame doing the theme for that TV show! The record's actually quite nice, and is a good blend of the mellow Bob from later years and the darker Bob from earlier ones – performed with a set of players that include Steve Gadd, Idris Muhammad, Tom Scott, Richard Tee, Earl Klugh, Tom Browne, Joanne Brackeen, and Eddie Gomez. Includes nice versions of "Westchester Lady" and "The Golden Apple", plus "Kari", "Touchdown", "Farandole", and "Stompin At The Savoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet and Columbia inner sleeves. Cover has light edge wear and a partially unglued top seam.)
Also available All Around The Town ... CD 9.99

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Etta JamesTell Mama – Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions ... CD
Chess/MCA, 1968. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary Fame Studios lineup that included Barry Beckett on organ, Charles Chalmers on tenor, and Roger Hawkins on drums – all coming together with the great Rick Hall at the production helm! Etta's back in hard-belting R&B-tinged territory here – a bit more sophisticated than the 50s, with a good mix of hard soul numbers and ballads, opening up in some southern territory that really suits her well. Titles include "The Same Rope", "Watch Dog", "Tell Mama", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Just A Little Bit", and "Don't Lose Your Good Thing". CD adds a whopping 10 bonus tracks to include other material recorded by Etta for the album – issued only on singles during the 60s, or never issued until this CD. Additional tracks include "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", "Misty", "I've Gone Too Far", "You Took It", "I Worship The Ground You Walk On", and "You Got It". CD

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JapanObscure Alternatives ... LP
Ariola, 1978. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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(Mid 80s UK pressing on Fame. Cover has some ring and edge wear.)

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JBsFood For Thought/Doing It To Death/Damn Right I Am Somebody ... CD
People/Robinsongs (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 20.99
Essential funk in a single set – three killer albums from James Brown's legendary backing group! First up is Food For Thought – the classic first album by The JBs – James Brown's Fred Wesley-led backing band, and the force behind most of his greatest records of the early 70s! The band are incredible at this point – sharper, harder, and funkier than just about any other combo around – and that includes all the thousands of groups in the funky 45 underground who were always trying to copy their sound, but never got things this right! Not only are the rhythms the stuff of legend – but the use of the instruments is far far above the norm – as can be heard on the mindblowing "The Grunt", which was sampled heavily by Public Enemy to great fame – and which features a saxophone solo that sounds more like a whistling tea kettle! The set collects some of the group's best early singles, and includes all of the short little funky cuts that made them a legend right out of the box – "Pass the Peas", "The Grunt", "These Are The JBs", "Hot Pants Road", "Wine Spot", "To My Brother", "Blessed Blackness", "Theme From King Heroin", "Escapism (parts 1 & 2), and "Gimme Some More" – all together here in one tight little album of massive funky hard beats and breaks! Doing It To Death is an incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group playing hard, long, and loud, in the free funk improvisational mode that was James' real contribution to the music at the time. The tracks are all incredibly long, with James at the forefront, egging the band on with shouts and comments – but also letting them open up large instrumentally, playing in a mode that's as much jazz as it is funky soul. The whole thing's peppered with some nice shorter segues between tracks – but the long cuts are the winners, and are some of the best funk ever recorded! Titles include "Mo Peas", "Doing It To Death", "La Di Da La Di Day", "You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I'll Be Straight", and "Sucker". Last up is Damn Right I Am Somebody – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. The grooves then kick in – with the same heavy funk as on earlier records, but also a nice nod towards experimental production – from strange fade ups and fade downs, to stark time and rhythm changes, and even bits of electronics used to create some very cool moments in the grooves! The whole thing's as dead funky as can be, and is stuffed with insane classics like "Blow Your Head", "Same Beat", "Damn Right I am Somebody", "I'm Payin' Taxes, What am I Buyin'", and a great cover of Marvin Gaye's "You Sure Love to Ball"! CD

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Quincy JonesBig Band Bossa Nova ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ... $5.99
Perhaps THE greatest Quincy Jones album of the 60s – a hard-swinging batch of big band bossa tunes – and one of the greatest American takes on the bossa sound ever! Quincy really brings a lot of soul to the set – syncopating the bottom end of the tunes to really bring out the rhythms, and working with a jazzy flourish of horns that creates all these quick and clever little turns in the tunes! The sound's been heard most famously on the incredible track "Soul Bossa Nova" – an original by Quincy for the set, which has gone onto much greater fame through its use in the film Austin Powers, and a bazillion TV commercials! But the whole album's great too – and other tracks include "Serenata", "Lalo Bossa Nova", "Boogie Bossa Nova", and "Chega De Saudade". CD

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Jupiter & OkwessNa Kozonga ... CD
Everloving, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Fast funk and lots of sharp riffs from Okwess – a group with roots in the Congo, but who've risen to international fame – thanks in part to their updating of older Afro Funk modes, and the strong presence of lead singer Jupinter Bokondji! The group are clearly aware of more contemporary rhythms, but still mostly make their grooves the old school way – with lots of riffing guitar, funky basslines, drums, and percussion – all set to vocal interplay between Jupiter and the rest of the group! The set features a few guest appearances – including work by Money Mark, Ana Tijoux, and Marcelo D2 – which should give you some idea of how much these guys have their ears open to the rest of the world – and titles include "Telejay", "Meiux Que Ca", "Muba", "Bolingo", "Bakunda Ulu", "Jim Kata", "Na Kozonga", and "You Sold Me A Dream". CD

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Stacey KentClose Your Eyes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Candid/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 64.99
One of the first albums ever recorded by UK jazz singer Stacey Kent – the start of a great run of albums that would bring the vocalist great fame in the decade to come! The style here is nice and laidback – that strong commitment to reviving jazz vocal modes that made Kent such a standout in a generation of smoother jazz artists – a real no-nonsense approach that has Stacey singing strongly with backing from a small, tight combo! Players include Jim Tomlinson on tenor, Colin Oxley on guitar, and David Newton on piano – all of whom really flesh out the colors of the tunes, on titles that include "There's No You", "It's Delovely", "Close Your Eyes", "Dream Dancing", "Day In Day Out", "Sleep Warm", "Little White Lies", and "You Go To My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP pressing – first vinyl release!)

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Stan KentonKenton '76 ... LP
Creative World, 1976. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Like some of the better bandleaders of earlier years, Stan Kenton hit the 70s with a keen ear for younger talents and fresher sounds – and although his fame at the time was waning, the quality of his work really seemed to be taking off! This set's one of Stan's best from the period – a batch of warmly-grooving numbers that stretch out in a completely different way than earlier work – almost soul jazz at times, with a good blend of rhythms that soar with some of the changes that were showing up in Woody Herman's work of the time. The record's got a great jazz dance number called "Samba De Haps", with solo work by a young Tim Hagans – plus a nice soaring tune called "Time For A Change", and the tracks "Tiburon", "Decoupage", and "A Smith Named Greg". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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