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FamilyHigh Fashion (LP, edit) ... 12-inch
Paisley Park, 1985. Very Good (pic cover)... $4.99
A catchy little groover from one of our favorite side-spots in the 80s Prince universe – a cut that's arranged and produced by Clare Fischer, but surprisingly funky overall! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Sleeve and label have some pen and marker.)

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Peggy LeeOle Ala Lee – Great Favorites Styled In Spectacular Latin Fashion ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of Peggy Lee's excellent Latin-tinged sides for Capitol Records – and an album that gives her already-great style of jazz vocals a nice added bounce in the backings! Arrangements are by Joe Harnell – not the most authentic of Latin talents, but an artist who's well-suited to fitting Peggy's pop jazz style of the 60s with some playfully rhythmic arrangements. Titles include "Come Dance With Me", "By Myself", "Fantastic", "Together Wherever We Go", "I Can't Resist You", and "Ole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear, half split top seam, and small splits in the bottom seam.)

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Nitty Gritty Dirt BandPlain Dirt Fashion ... LP
Warner, 1984. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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VariousFashion Records – Style & Fashion – A-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine Style ... CD
Fashion/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 22.99
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – documenting a reggae scene that had grown to be as important as Kingston by that time – thanks to trans-Atlantic flows of vinyl, and a fair bit of immigration from the West Indies too! The music here is strongly in the styles that really exploded in London during the stretch – and early digital dancehall material is offset by sharp-edged jungle rhythms, and warmed up by some lover's rock too – but always with a quality that's earthy, and very close to the streets. The label was run out of the basement of the Dub Vendor record store, which gave them a great ear for changes in sound and styles – and they've got a fascinating story that's fully documented here in the notes, in best Soul Jazz fashion. Titles include "Let's Dub It Up" by Dee Sharp, "Dance Pon De Corner" by Papa Face featuring Red Man, "Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain rmx)" by Poison Chang, "Wikkeda" by General Levy & Hard N Pure, "Played By This Ya Sound" by Bunny General, "You're Nicked" by Laurel & Hardy, "Rising To The Top" by Dee Sharp, "To The Bump" by Papa Face & Bionic Rhona, "As You See It" by Cutty Ranks, "Bubble With I" by Asher Senator, "Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ rap mix)" by Top Cat, "DJ Business" by Papa San, "You'll Never Need Somebody" by Janice Walker, "DJ Jamboree" by Papa Face with Keith Douglas, "Heat" by General Levy, and "Sweet Soul Rocking" by Carlton Lewis. CD

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✨✧ David BowieFashion (4:45, 3:23) ... 12-inch
RCA, 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Off the "Scary Monsters" album. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an RCA sleeve.)

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✨✧ Electric MachineDisco Fashion ... LP
Erezioni (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The sound is electric, but also pretty darn funky – not the colder electro disco that would dominate the European scene in the 80s, but the earlier mode that often had lots of live instrumentation at the core – then augmented by sweet touches on moog and other keyboards! The instrumentation is nice and tight throughout – and the whole thing is very much in the best moogy disco modes of the underground – maybe a bit more offbeat than a record on P&P, but with a similar appeal at times. Not much is known about the original group – but titles include "Space Ship", "Briskness", "To Squeeze Through", "Fancy Good", "Disco Fashion", and "Off The Track". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Eric AlexanderChim Chim Cheree – Tribute To John Coltrane ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2010. Used ... $15.99
Eric Alexander takes on the music of John Coltrane – kind of a dream combination of two of our favorite jazz artists! The set's structured in core Alexander fashion, but definitely has more of a soulful, spiritual bent than usual – one that comes through deeply not only in Eric's great tenor tone, but also in the warmly wonderful piano lines of Harold Mabern – a player who first took fire in the Coltrane generation, sounding even more expressive in the company of Alexander. Other players include John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and titles include "Dear Lord", "Chim Chim Cheree", "Pursuance", "Wise One", "Afro Blue", and "On The Misty Night". CD
(Includes obi.)

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BlazeKeep Hope Alive – Blaze Presents Underground Dance Artists United For Life (expanded 2CD version) ... CD
Susu (UK), 2004. Used 2CD ... $9.99
An incredibly majestic project – and a record that matches its mighty spirit with an equally great set of grooves! Blaze put together the album to benefit the Lifebeat AIDS charity – and they've got help from a tremendous assemblage of underground club talents – including Barbara Tucker, Ultra Nate, Arnold Jarvis, Byron Stingly, Joi Cardwell, Michell Weeks, and others – all working with Blaze as Underground Dance Artists United For Life! The set kicks off with the anthemic "Keep Hope Alive" track – done in ensemble fashion, almost like the classic Philly All Stars recording of the 70s. That cut resurfaces throughout the set, as individual artists step forth with key tracks of their own as well – so that the album features a few takes on the "Keep Hope Alive" theme, plus cuts that include "We Are One" by Blaze, "Spread Love" by Byron Stingily, "Most Precious Love" by Barbara Tucker, "Hiya Luv" by Kenny Bobien, "Be Yourself" by Joi Cardwell, "A Wonderful Place" by Ultra Nate, and "Make The Time" by Arnold Jarvis. Plus, expanded package features a bonus CD with 8 more tracks – including "Not Far Away (Shrine voc mix)" by Blaze, "What Makes The World Go Round" by Stephanie Cooke, "Hiya Luv (Phil Hooton rmx)" by Kenny Bobien, "A Wonderful Place (Fanatix rmx)" by Ultra Nate, "Make The Time (extended)" by Arnold Jarvis, and "Keep Hope Alive (Shrine voc mix)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David BowieScary Monsters ... LP
RCA, 1980. Very Good+ ... $24.99
David Bowie back in costume at the end of the 70s – but informed enough from his Berlin trilogy that he's coming at things quite differently here! The album's a great summation of the sounds on Low, Heroes, and Lodger – taken almost back to some Ziggy Stardust and Space Oddity territory, but in ways that are a bit leaner, and more focused. Even more impressive, though, is the near-complete absence of other 1980 elements in the set – hardly any influences from punk or new wave, no post-disco dancefloor elements – just deeply unique Bowie all the way through, and proof that he could always find his own space in music when he wanted! Titles include "Up The Hill Backwards", "Teenage Wildlife", "Scream Like A Baby", "Because You're Young", "Scary Monsters", "Ashes to Ashes", "Fashion", and "Kingdom Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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BrainiacElectro Shock For President EP ... LP
Touch & Go, 1997. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
The final EP from Ohio synth punk legends Brainiac – a huge stylistic leap from the manic mix of Moog and jagged guitars of their earlier records and live sound into a more sinister, though still slyly humorous mode – which sadly turned out to be a final statement for the band rather than a signal for their future. Working here with producer Jim O'Rourke, the band finds a whole new sound without losing their oddball charm, really drenching it with heavy synth and keys. Brainiac was at a real turning point here and it's tragic we'll never find out where they'd go next! Includes "Fresh New Eyes", "Flash Ram", "Fashion 500", "The Turnover", "For My Beloved" and "Mr. Fingers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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BroadwayWill To Survive (street, tv edit, radio edit, instrumental, acapella) ... 12-inch
ShotCallas, 1997. Near Mint- ... $1.99
More mellow than "Must Stay Paid." Production by DJ Fashion, making good use of the Harlem Underground's version "Ain't No Sunshine" sample. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Silver label pressing.)

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Demon FuzzAfreaka! ... LP
Janus, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Messed-up funky jazz from an obscure early 70s UK group – and an album that really lives up to its trippy cover! The tracks are all long and stretched out – with lots of organ, sax, and spaced out drums – and the overall style is a mix of dub-heavy funk, Afro jazz, and a bit of jazz rock jamming! There's a bit of vocals on the album, but overall most of the set is instrumental – in a really right on and progressive style that we totally love. This is the kind of record that always got passed by in the 80s when everyone was looking for hard James Brown grooves, but which is very much in fashion now with the blunted funky crowd. Cuts include "Hymn To Mother Earth", "Another Country", "Disillusioned Man", and "Mercy (Variation No. 1)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Afreaka! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Demon FuzzAfreaka! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
Messed-up funky jazz from an obscure early 70s UK group – and an album that really lives up to its trippy cover! The tracks are all long and stretched out – with lots of organ, sax, and spaced out drums – and the overall style is a mix of dub-heavy funk, Afro jazz, and a bit of jazz rock jamming! There's a bit of vocals on the album, but overall most of the set is instrumental – in a really right on and progressive style that we totally love. This is the kind of record that always got passed by in the 80s when everyone was looking for hard James Brown grooves, but which is very much in fashion now with the blunted funky crowd. Cuts include "Hymn To Mother Earth", "Another Country", "Disillusioned Man", and "Mercy (Variation No. 1)" – plus bonus tracks "Fuzz Oriental Blues", "I Put A Spell On You", and "Message To Mankind". CD
Also available Afreaka! ... LP 11.99

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EquaticsDoin It!!!! ... LP
Now Again, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Rare 70s funky soul from The Equatics – just the kind of record that keeps us digging and still excited after all these years – resurrected by the like minded diggers at Now Again! You know the kind of album we're talking about, the ones you come across with enigmatic cover art, no names on the back you recognize or even anything indicating where or when it's from. Then you take a spin and it's the real thing from the get go! The production is nice and raw but not ragged, and a funky vibe that groups today emulate but just can't recapture. This set's mid 70s R&B, mostly instrumental but with a few vocal numbers, all nicely done up in a very groovy, funky fashion. There's a couple of nice covers, like their Isaac Hayes-ish take on "Walk On By" and a nice rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine", but the rest of the set's mostly originals, like "Merry-Go-Round" and some nice raggedy instrumentals like "What They Doin?", "Santana" done up in parts 1 and 2 (maybe on a 45 somewhere. . .), "Cisco Fare" and the jazzy "The Touch Of You". Amazing! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Express RisingFixed Rope ... LP
Express Rising, 2015. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A moodier, mellower record than usual from Express Rising – a set that's got a laidback, ethereal feel that really fits the image on the cover! The style here is less the classic funk of ER's debut, and more a moody blend of echoey guitar lines and slow-moving, watery rhythms – all in a instrumental style that recalls some of the best early Durutti Column albums on Factory Records, or maybe some of the more cerebral moments during the glory days of 4AD! The group's listed as a trio this time around – but in typical oblique fashion, we're not sure who's doing what – and how – but the resultant sound is mighty nice, and a real change than previous records. Titles include "Spirit Darts", "Perishable Looks", "Fixed Rope", "Names & Numbers", "Corners Of Your Eyes", "Long Distance Photo", and "Sycamore". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Flying Burrito BrothersBurrito Deluxe ... LP
A&M, 1970. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Benchmark cosmic American music from The Flying Burrito Brothers! Burrito Deluxe is more of a group effort from the Burritos – Gram Parsons is purported to have held the reins on the first record – a slightly less trippy album but no less heart-tuggingly strong. The record also has more of a focus on the roots, still with some psychedelic flourishes and some soaring soundscapes thanks in no small part to Sneaky Pete's pedal steel and the killer group harmonies. Titles include "Lazy Days", "Image Of Me", "High Fashion Queen", "Man In The Fog", "Older Guys", "God's Own Singer", the fabled "Wild Horses" featuring Leon Russell on piano – and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age on back.)

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Freestyle ProfessorsVintage The EP ... CD
Freestyle, 2007. Used ... $5.99
A nearly LP length comeback EP from Freestyle Professors – with beats by Show, Branesparker & Backtrack – and a classic era approach! Vintage is a perfect title – the sound and the rhyme style are straight up golden age, if newly produced. It's not a straight up impersonation of their older work, but true representation of the style. Nothing fancy of fashion forward, just solid hip hop! Includes 2 tracks produced by Showbiz – "FP's Pledge" & One Night", plus "Hear What I Hear", "NY Swagger", "Little Boy Blue" feat Kasha, "When Life Is Calling", "One Night", "Flow Time", "and more. 10 tracks in all. CD

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Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, & Sonny StittFor Musicians Only ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good ... $16.99
A tremendous little record – one that's greater even than the sum of its three mighty parts! Although we've always felt that some of the "all star" sets on Verve could sometimes be a bit too "easy", we're always very big fans of the few that feature strong performances from Dizzy Gillespie – as they have a tight bop groove that lets all the musicians find their right place, and solo in wonderful interplay with each other! Here, Dizz and Sonny Stitt provide the core of a group that also includes Stan Getz on tenor – and the three of them are given four nice long tracks to work through in a relaxed seamless fashion – moving openly and wonderfully over tunes that include "Dark Eyes", "We", and "Be Bop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a split spine, splitting on the top seam, and some aging on the back.)

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Karel GoeyvaertsKarel Goeyvaerts ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1973/1977. New Copy ... $22.99
Beautiful sounds from Karel Goeyvaeters – a Dutch minimalist with a really wonderful sense of tone! The album features two long pieces, both from the mid 70s – each using a variety of sounds in cyclical fashion – in ways that recall some of the best Terry Riley material of the time – even though some of the construction also echoes the approach of Philip Glass or Steve Reich! Karel really likes things to unfold in a subtle, sensitive way – and the tones move along in these patterns that are sometimes imperceptible, sometimes more striking – occasionally with a bit of dissonance, but often with these really lovely little sounds. Side one features "Pour Que Les Fruits Murissent Cet Ete" – and side two features "Op Acht Paarden Wedden". LP, Vinyl record album

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Graham Central StationMirror ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Larry Graham and crew are definitely going for a fuller sound on this set – starting off the record with a funky marching band, in Tusk-like fashion – then rolling into some bass-heavy funk that tops even their previous records for tightness! The groove is a key element in the growth of west coast funk in the 70s – bass in the lead, but keyboards percolating in all over the place, in a style that's almost got touches of jazz – and which sets the stage for many of the Zapp-sounding projects of the future. Titles include "Love", "Mirror", "Entrow", "Do Yah", "Save Me", and "I Got A Reason". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Steve GrossmanSome Shapes To Come ... LP
PM, 1974. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Beautifully choppy jazz from Steve Grossman and his legendary 70s comrades Gene Perla and Don Alias – one of the heaviest hitting American combos of the time! The trio have a tight fusion sound that's as full-on as it is funky – and Grossman blows some amazing work on tenor and soprano sax that cut into the tunes with a really fierce bite – while Perla delivers these round, powerful basslines – and Don Alias alternates between free percussion and some driving funky drums! For this session, the group's joined by Jan Hammer on electric piano and moog, playing in a nicely restrained fashion that's not nearly as overblown as his later work, and which jams into the groove just perfectly – making for a sweet electric set that's a real standout of the 70s. The set includes the breakbeat track "Zulu Stomp", plus "Alodian Mode", "Haresah", and "Extemporaneous Combustion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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Sheila JordanPortrait Of Sheila ... LP
Blue Note, 1962. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label recorded back in the day – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an extremely talented young vocalist, with a unique approach that adds a sparkling modernist touch to familiar tunes – yet which still keeps things in a relatively more straightforward fashion. There's a great mixing of older and newer visions in the set – not just in Jordan's vocals, but also in the small combo backing by the trio of Barry Galbraith on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Denzil Best on drums. Titles include great versions of "Baltimore Oriole", "Dat Dere", and "Hum Drum Blues" – plus the tunes "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Am I Blue", "Laugh Clown Laugh", and "Who Can I Turn To?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram vinyl, still in the shrink.)

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✨✧ KinksKinks Greatest Hits ... LP
Reprise, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Titles include "Dedicated Follower Of Fashion", "So Tired Of Waiting For You", "Till The End Of The Day", and "A Well Respected Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo tan label pressing. Cover has light ring wear and some age spots.)

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Sun RaTaking A Chance On Chances ... LP
Saturn, 1977. Near Mint- ... $299.99
Saturn session that was recorded live at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, in November 1977. The group includes Ra on piano and organ, June Tyson on vocals – and John Gilmore, Ahmed Abdullah, Marshall Allen, and Danny Ray Thompson. Most of the tracks are jazz standards, but they're given the usual Ra twist, and played in a nice spare, moody fashion – with good "out" solos. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a hand-stickered cover – with a black El Saturn label, #772.)

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✨✧ San Ul Lim3 ... CD
World Psychedelia (Korea), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $3.99
Super fuzzed out, trippy 70s psych rock from Korea's San Ul Lim – an album recorded by the Seoul rockers in the power trio format of guitar, bass and drums – but with such a fuzzy, dense tone that it's hard to fathom how on Earth they got the sound! The opening track starts in wonderfully eye-opening fashion with the buzzing guitar sound and raspy vocals – but the follow up tracks have a softer vocal tone and more of a spacey effect – kind of evocative of "Sister Ray" in the relentless buzz sounds, but with a more lilting overall vibe! Includes notes in English, but the titles are Korean – 5 tracks in all, including a mammoth 18 minute closer! (Apologies for the lack of track titles – the booklet includes an English language essay, but not a translation for the song titles!) CD

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✨✧ Archie SheppComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Sea Of Faces/Down Home New York/Little Red Moon/California Meeting) (4CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1975/1984/1985. Used 4CD ... $22.99
A relatively small slice of the long and storied career of tenorist Archie Shepp – but a great one too, and a set of records that marks some of Shepp's more spiritual modes at the time! The package might well be worth it alone for the classic Sea Of Faces – a great little set from Archie Shepp – one of his strongest of the 70s, and a real return to the kind of spiritual jamming he was doing at the end of his time with Impulse Records! The album's well-known for it's great track "Song For Mozambique" – a spare and righteous number that features Bunny Fox singing in a sweet spiritual mode, while Charles Greenlee and Shepp recite chants over the jamming grooves of the band. Fox also sings on the mellow and soulful "I Know Bout The Life", and the Shepp group picks up a straight but hard mode on Cal Massey's great track "Lookin For Someone To Love". The extended jammer "Hipnosis" takes up all of side one – and it's a great little groover that builds nicely with a comping rhythm, yet which gives the band some nice room to solo in an exploratory fashion. Down Home New York is an overlooked killer from Archie Shepp – a set that almost recalls some of the spiritual moments of his later Impulse work, and which definitely has him moving past some of the straighter sounds of this period in his career! Things are never too outside or free, but there's a balance with straightness that's really great – so that when the rhythms are gentle, Archie might really take off in an edgey solo – or when the grooves have more force, he might hang inside with a soulful core energy, holding the whole group together. There's some great use of electric bass on the date – played by Saheb Sarbib – and other players include Charles McGhee on trumpet, Ken Warner on piano, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. Players vocalize a bit at times – in an older Shepp way – and titles include "Down Home New York", "May 16th", "Down Home New York", "Straight Street", and "The 4th World". Little Red Moon features some nicely spiritual currents too – with a group that includes Enrico Rava on trumpet – on titles that include "Naima", "Impromptu", "Whisper Not", and "Little Red Moon". California Meeting is a live set from the west coast – featuring some very long tracks with George Cables on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Eddie Marshall on drums – plus bluesman Royal Blue on one track too. All four albums come in a box, in tiny recor-style sleeves! CD

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Linval Thompson/Big Joe/TrinityTrojan Roots Collection (I Love Marijuana/African Princess/Rock In The Ghetto/bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A trio of classic albums produced by Linval Thompson – with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Linval's I Love Marijuana record – an album with a striking title – and a set that really marked the full promise of Linval Thompson in the 70s – a dubby classic that's every bit as strong on the vocal side of Thompson's skills, as it is the production side! The album was recorded at Tubby's with the Revolutionaries band and an uncredited Junjo Lawes (who would later go on to cut some of the best dub albums ever, with Scientist) – and the vocals have this great style of cresting between sweeter modes and more biting modes – particularly when wrapped around the social themes that always made Thompson stand out. Titles include "I Love Marijuana", "Don't Push Your Brother", "Dread Are the Controller", "The Children of the Ghetto", "Not Follow Fashion", and "Jamaican Colley Version". African Princess is a set that features great DJ vocals from Big Joe – one of the lesser-knowns of the time, but a voice that's perfect for the rich sense of flow that Linval Thompson brings to the production – on titles that include "African Princess", "Big Disgrace", "Tubby At The Controls", "Smoke Marijuana", "Love Can Conquer", and "Pauline Love The Natty". Rock In The Ghetto is classic 70s work from Trinity – a Jamaican deejay singer who gets some excellent help on the set from Linval Thompson! Thompson mixes dubby modes with some sharper, crispier crackles at key moments – working as a nice way of punctuation to the moods delivered by Trinity's vocals – which are almost always in the righteous modes you'd guess from the title. Tracks include "Dangerous Rockers & Ting", "Pope Paul Dead & Gone", "Don't Lose Me", "Life Is Not Easy", "Don't Lose Me", "Every Trick In The Book", "Freedom Style", and "Rock In The Ghetto". 2CD set features 10 bonus tracks – titles that include "Lover's Style" and "Come On Baby Dub Style" by The Roots Radics, "Follow My Heart (12" mix)" and "Pope Paul Dead & Gone (12" mix)" by Trinity, "Mr CID" by Barry Brown, "There's A Song" by Pat Kelly, "King Tubby's Rockers" and "Second Hand Girl" by Scientist & Roots Radics, and "Here With Me" by Linval Thompson. CD

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✨✧ Velvet UndergroundLoaded ... LP
Cotillion, 1970. Very Good+ ... $99.99
The end of the road for the Velvet Underground – but a set that's also one of the group's best-remembered albums too! The record marked a big shift for the group – a move to Atco from Verve, continuing to work without John Cale – and the sound is possibly more rockish and straight ahead than some of their previous efforts (certainly compared to White Light/White Heat) – but always with that dark edge that Lou Reed could bring to the music! In a way, the whole thing's almost a recasting of all the advances made in 60s rock, but seen through a lens that shows the darker corners and shadows that have crept up alongside – that kind of subtle, yet extremely powerful quality that Reed would bring to his long run of solo albums in the 70s – but served up here with more of an edge, in the definite VU fashion. Titles include the seminal classics – "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll", plus "Cool It Down", "New Age", "Head Held High", "Lonesome Cowboy Bill", "Oh Sweet Nuthin", and "I Found A Reason". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cotillion pressing with Broadway address, PR (SP) and AT etches. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousVoguing & The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1976 to 1996 – Part 1 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
A musical document of an amazing moment in the New York scene – the late 80s/early 90s wave of vogue balls – which were almost a collision of club culture with high fashion! There was a particularly rich gender-bending element to the vogue scene – and the music that accompanied it was a key part of that activity – tracks that had already risen to fame in crossover clubs from previous years, taken to new heights by DJs who provided music along with the voguing activity – in a great array of grooves from the disco years through early house music, brought together in ways that made 80s musical evolution make a heck of a lot of sense! The compilation album is a companion to the excellent book of the same name – also by Soul Jazz – and this 2LP part 1 version features tracks that include "Moment Of My Life" by Inner Life, "The Ha Dance (Ken/Lou mixx)" by Masters At Work, "Just Like A Queen (share the throne mix)" by Ellis D, "Is It All Over My Face" by Loose Joints, "Body Drill" by 2 Body's, "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross, "The Witch Doctor (dark ages mix)" by Armand Van Helden, and "Break 4 Love (Spanish fly mix)" by Raze. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink.)
Also available Voguing & The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1976 to 1996 – Part 2 ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousVoguing & The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1976 to 1996 – Part 2 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A musical document of an amazing moment in the New York scene – the late 80s/early 90s wave of vogue balls – which were almost a collision of club culture with high fashion! There was a particularly rich gender-bending element to the vogue scene – and the music that accompanied it was a key part of that activity – tracks that had already risen to fame in crossover clubs from previous years, taken to new heights by DJs who provided music along with the voguing activity – in a great array of grooves from the disco years through early house music, brought together in ways that made 80s musical evolution make a heck of a lot of sense! The compilation album is a companion to the excellent book of the same name – also by Soul Jazz – and this 2LP part 2 version features tracks that include "Din Daa Daa" by George Kranz, "X (Sound Factory mix)" by Junior Vazquez, "Love Is The Message (Tom Moulton mix)" by MFSB, "Cunty (party mix)" by Rageous Projecting Keven Aviance, "Love Thang" by First Choice, "This Brutal House" by Nitro Deluxe, "Ooh I Love It (Love Break)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "Deep In Vogue (Banjie Realness mix)" by Malcolm McLaren. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink.)
Also available Voguing & The House Ballroom Scene Of New York City 1976 to 1996 – Part 1 ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Childish GambinoAwaken My Love (with download) ... LP
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, following his own path in respectable, highly rewarding fashion. Includes "Me And Your Mama", "Have Some Love", "Boogieman", "Zombies", "Riot", "Redbone", "Terrified", "California", "Terrified", "The Night Me & Your Mama Met" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Duke Ellington & John ColtraneDuke Ellington & John Coltrane ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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✨✧ FamilyFamily ... LP
Paisley Park, 1985. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great lost album of 80s soul, and one of the best side projects that Prince ever worked on! This was the only record from the Family, a group that consisted of former members of The Time – and it's very much in the Prince mode of the mid 80s, but also with a voice that's a bit different, perhaps more conventionally soulful. They manage to hit both of the best sides of the Paisley Park sound – and the record's got some nice funk numbers – "Screams Of Passion" and "High Fashion" – plus some nice mellow cuts, including the original recording of "Nothing Compares 2 U" (done to greater fame later by Sinead O'Connor.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Jerry Goldsmith/Lionel NewmanBandolero ... LP
Project 3, 1968. Sealed Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A way cooler soundtrack than you might expect – not only different than the usual western score of the time, but surprisingly sophisticated work for a movie that featured stars like Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Raquel Welch, and George Kennedy! The music was conducted by Lionel Newman, and it's often got this sense of spareness and space that really makes things magical – sounds just hanging there in air, isolated instruments moving in Morricone-like fashion, yet in ways that still occasionally have some of the boldness you'd expect from Jerry Goldsmith too. The themes are often personal, almost romantic – yet never soppy, and occasionally inflected with exotic elements that really keeps things interesting. Titles include "El Jefe", "The Bait", "Ambushed", "A Bad Day For Hanging", and "Sabinas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole. Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)

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✨✧ Henry ManciniConcert Sound Of Henry Mancini ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Henry Mancini takes it to the next level – working with larger orchestrations than usual, in an expansion of his usual 60s groove! The tracks here are all somewhat long – suite-type numbers made up from smaller songs wrapped together in new Mancini arrangements that have a really cool feel in this setting! The orchestra is somewhat large, with strings and woodwinds – but in true Mancini fashion, there's also key solos from players who include Pete Candoli and Conrad Gozzo on trumpet, Dick Nash on trombone, Ted Nash on alto sax, and Jimmy Rowles on piano. Titles include "Peter Gunn Meets Mr Lucky", "The Music Of David Rose", "Academy Award Selections", and "A Tribute To Victor Young". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Evan ParkerChicago Solo ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Evan Parker sounds wonderful here – on a 90s session recorded in Chicago, but a record that may well stand with our favorites from his earliest years on vinyl! Parker was sometimes sounding more academic and dry at this point in his career, but he really wakes up our ears here too – maybe in part because the album's his first-ever solo effort on tenor, in contrast to a number of other records over the years in a Lacy-like fashion, recorded with solo soprano sax! A few tunes are dedicated to heroes and inspirations – Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, and Chris McGregor – and the album features 14 solo tenor tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ PrinceGraffiti Bridge ... CD
Paisley Park, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Well, it wasn't Purple Rain – nor Parade – but this 3rd Prince soundtrack still had some nice moments, thanks to an ever-expanding Paisley Park family that included George Clinton, Morris Day, and Mavis Staples! The older funk acts don't come off as nicely as Prince and The Time do – but with 2LPs worth of material, there's enough good numbers to pick out of the set. Titles include "New Power Generation", "Can't Stop This Feeling I Got", "Love Machine", "Tick Tick Bang", "Shake", "Thieves In The Temple", "Still Would Stand All Time", "Graffiti Bridge", and "The Latest Fashion". CD

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✨✧ Rainbow TeamSong For You (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Full Time/Goody (Italy), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rainbow Team, where have you been all our lives? You're a heck of a great little group – and we love the sound you've got on this second album! Sure, we know you're wearing a bunch of silly day-glo costumes on the cover – and that's probably what's made this record slip by our crates in the past – but one listen to the tightness of your grooves, and we're more than willing to forgive you for any bad fashion choices! The sound of the set is totally great – soaring along in the best sort of 80s groove mode – with tight snapping rhythms at the bottom, and a full set of arrangements that bring in some added horns and just the right amount of sweetening strings. And although Rainbow Team are Italian, the record's got a stone American soul sound – very much like the best of the Capitol Rare generation in the US. Titles include "A Song For You", "Let Em Be", "Please Let's Go", "Bite The Apple", "Hope He Wants", "Let's Forget", and "Don't Cry For Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Archie SheppSea Of Faces ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little set from Archie Shepp – one of his strongest of the 70s, and a real return to the kind of spiritual jamming he was doing at the end of his time with Impulse Records! The album's well-known for it's great track "Song For Mozambique" – a spare and righteous number that features Bunny Fox singing in a sweet spiritual mode, while Charles Greenlee and Shepp recite chants over the jamming grooves of the band. Fox also sings on the mellow and soulful "I Know Bout The Life", and the Shepp group picks up a straight but hard mode on Cal Massey's great track "Lookin For Someone To Love". The extended jammer "Hipnosis" takes up all of side one – and it's a great little groover that builds nicely with a comping rhythm, yet which gives the band some nice room to solo in an exploratory fashion. The cut's written by Grachan Moncur III, and has Charles Greenlee blowing trombone in Grachan's place! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Albert AylerCopenhagen Tapes ... CD
Ayler (Sweden), 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Early material by Albert Ayler – from the all-important year of 1964, recorded in Denmark with a quartet that includes Don Cherry on trumpet, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums. The tunes were recorded live at Club Montmartre and in the studio for Danish Radio – and they've got a bracing feel that's in keeping with the best of Ayler's pre-ESP work – particularly that on the Spirits album. Titles include "Children", "Mothers", "Saints", "Vibrations" – and in typical Ayler fashion from the time, there's more than a few tunes on the album titled the same! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Erroll Garner/Leith StevensNew Kind of Love – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Mercury/Mack Avenue, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual album from piano giant Erroll Garner – a jazz album at the core, but one that was also used as the soundtrack for an obscure Paul Newman film of the 60s! We always love Erroll Garner in a fuller setting – something that's not always easy to find on record – and this album features his piano in the lead, over the top of some great backings from Leith Stevens – known best for his jazz soundtracks of the 50s! Stevens' provides a light bank of strings and woodwinds as support for Garner – and some of the best tunes here have a slight bossa undercurrent – quite sparkling, and very nice overall. Titles include "The Tease", "Mimi", "Paris Mist", "Fashion Interlude", "Louise", and "Theme From A New Kind Of Love". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie (aka Dizzy Gillespie & His Operatic Strings Orchestra) ... LP
Everest, 1952. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Dizzy and strings – a surprisingly great combination! Although it was Charlie Parker who first made famous the modernist "jazz with strings" approach, Dizzy does wonderfully here in the format – working in similar fashion with edgey backing from the "Operatic String Orchestra" in sessions recorded in Paris in the early 50s! The material was originally only issued as a number of separate 78rpm singles, but is brought together here with full notes and a few bonus tracks – making for a wonderful album that documents this really under-represented part of Dizzy's career. The solos are warm, but edgey – blown over the top of backings that shimmer with rich colors, but have a slightly modern bent. Titles include "The Very Thought Of You", "Jalousie", "Sweet & Lovely", and "The Man I Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Steve GrossmanSome Shapes To Come ... CD
PM/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautifully choppy jazz from Steve Grossman and his legendary 70s comrades Gene Perla and Don Alias – one of the heaviest hitting American combos of the time! The trio have a tight fusion sound that's as full-on as it is funky – and Grossman blows some amazing work on tenor and soprano sax that cut into the tunes with a really fierce bite – while Perla delivers these round, powerful basslines – and Don Alias alternates between free percussion and some driving funky drums! For this session, the group's joined by Jan Hammer on electric piano and moog, playing in a nicely restrained fashion that's not nearly as overblown as his later work, and which jams into the groove just perfectly – making for a sweet electric set that's a real standout of the 70s. The set includes the breakbeat track "Zulu Stomp", plus "Alodian Mode", "Haresah", and "Extemporaneous Combustion". CD
(Part of the Modern Jazz Connection series!)
Also available Some Shapes To Come ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Evan ParkerChicago Solo ... CD
Okka Disk, 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Evan Parker sounds wonderful here – on a 90s session recorded in Chicago, but a record that may well stand with our favorites from his earliest years on vinyl! Parker was sometimes sounding more academic and dry at this point in his career, but he really wakes up our ears here too – maybe in part because the album's his first-ever solo effort on tenor, in contrast to a number of other records over the years in a Lacy-like fashion, recorded with solo soprano sax! A few tunes are dedicated to heroes and inspirations – Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, and Chris McGregor – and the album features 14 solo tenor tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ RunawaysRunaways Live In Japan (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Mercury/Culture Factory, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The teen Queens Of Noise tearing it up live in Tokyo! From the beginning, the jaibait cultural baggage tended to cast a larger shadow than their music, which is damn shame, because The Runaways are badass, killer rock & roll band – and they prove that here in epic fashion – especially with the uber-excited Japanese fanbase – who really adored the band a huge way. Raw, glammy kickass rock. Come and get it boys! Includes "Queens Of Noise", "California Paradise", "All Right You Guys" their hard rocking cover of Lou Reed's late Velvets classic "Rock N Roll", "Neon Angels On The Road To Ruin", "I Wanna Be Where The Boys Are", "American Nights", "C'Mon" and "Cherry Bomb". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ TemptationsTemptations Christmas Card ... LP
Motown, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A classic Christmas album from The Temptations – recorded at a time when the group were really riding high on righteous sounds with Norman Whitfield – and almost a bit of a break from the funk and the politics, as a way of celebrating the season around the hearth! Production is by Barrett Strong and Clay McMurray, and the songs are mostly familiar Christmas numbers – almost sung by the quintet in a fashion that's more relaxed, but still vocally sharp – with all the right sort of warmth required for the tunes! Titles include "Someday At Christmas", "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer", "My Christmas Tree", "Silver Bells", "Let It Snow", and "White Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Velvet UndergroundLoaded ... CD
Cotillion, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
The end of the road for the Velvet Underground – but a set that's also one of the group's best-remembered albums too! The record marked a big shift for the group – a move to Atco from Verve, continuing to work without John Cale – and the sound is possibly more rockish and straight ahead than some of their previous efforts (certainly compared to White Light/White Heat) – but always with that dark edge that Lou Reed could bring to the music! In a way, the whole thing's almost a recasting of all the advances made in 60s rock, but seen through a lens that shows the darker corners and shadows that have crept up alongside – that kind of subtle, yet extremely powerful quality that Reed would bring to his long run of solo albums in the 70s – but served up here with more of an edge, in the definite VU fashion. Titles include the seminal classics – "Sweet Jane" and "Rock & Roll", plus "Cool It Down", "New Age", "Head Held High", "Lonesome Cowboy Bill", "Oh Sweet Nuthin", and "I Found A Reason". CD
Also available Loaded ... LP 99.99

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✨✧ VariousSoul Chasers – Volume 1 ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic collection of 70s and early 80s modern soul tracks – one of the first-ever sets of work like this, and proof that the Expansion label was always on the right track! The set's filled with numbers that are still plenty hard to find on vinyl, even all these many years later – and in a way, the music here is almost a blueprint for the way soul reissues have gone well into the 21st century. 14 titles in all – including "Do It Any Way You Want" by Robert Winters, "Call Me" by LJ Reynolds, "Would You Believe in Me" by Jon Lucien, "Looking Up To You" by Michael Wycoff, "All Of My Love" by Genobia Jeter, "Top Of the Stairs" by Collins & Collins, "Got to Get Away" by Sheree Brown, "I Want To Be Your Everything" by High Fashion, "Trying To Get To You" by Valerie Carter, "Never Stopped Loving You" by Tyrone Davis, and "Hold Tight" by Magic Lady. CD

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✨✧ Lee Perry & The UpsettersDouble Seven ... LP
Trojan/Antarctica Starts Here, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Brilliant early work from Lee Perry & The Upsetters – and an album that already shows that Perry's got a fantastic production style firmly in place! The rhythms are great – the kind of laidback, bad-stepping grooves you'd expect from The Upsetters – but there's also a special finish to the album, as Lee works the studio knobs with some subtle tricks to make the tunes explode with strange sonic elements – never in a way that gets in the way of the vocals, when they're important – but always enough to augment the record in really thrilling ways. Titles include "Kentucky Shank", "In The Iaah", "Jungle Lion", "Hail Stones", "Ironside", "Soul Man", and "Cold Weather" by The Upsetters – plus "Stick Together" and "Double Six" by U Roy, "We Are Neighbours" and "Just Enough" by David Isaacs, and "High Fashion" by I Roy. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Piero PiccioniFumo Di Londra (3CD set) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1966. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest soundtracks of the 60s – presented here in a massive package that brings forth a wealth of never-reissued music! Piero Piccioni really hit his stride for the music to this film that was directed by its star – the effervescent Alberto Sordi – a fantastic send-up on the London scene of the time, set to a range of modly romping tunes! Piccioni handled the main music – often with loads of great piano and organ lines – but there's also some great vocal moments too, sung by Lydia MacDonald, Julie Rogers, and even Sordi – and the record also features a few touches from I Cantori Moderni, and a bit of music from Ennio Morricone too. Titles include the wonderful "Mr Dante Fontana", a nutty groover about the mod fashion scene in London – and it also features the famous tracks "Richmond Bridge" and "You Never Told Me". Titles include a few versions of "Fontana" and "Richmond", plus "Ascot Dream", "Magic Castle", "Tango Walk", "Drag Beat", "This Is Life", "Palace Parade March", "Babylon, I'm Coming", and "His Dream Has Come True". 3CD set features the full original album in both mono and stereo – plus 71 bonus tracks from the film score! CD
(Includes stereo mix, mono mix, and film score bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ VariousBirth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Detroit soul scene at the start of the 60s – music from a time before Motown was dominating the city's reputation, and a whole host of other great labels brought the motor city sound to the masses! The work here is quite a surprise if you're only thinking in terms of Northern Soul and some of the more uptempo Detroit groovers – as the work here burns on so many different levels – often with a style that reflects some of the nascent soul coming out of Chicago on labels like Chess and Vee Jay, the latter of whom is featured here amidst a range of other imprints that include Wand, Atlantic, Scepter, Time, Old Town, and Brent – all of whom released some of these early Detroit soul tracks as singles back in the day. In true Ace/Kent fashion, the set also features a few unreleased gems, plus a wonderful set of notes on the city's soul scene – alongside tracks that include "Nosey Folk" by The Del-Phis, "Answer Me" by Vivian Collins, "Can't We Get Together" by Harry Reid, "Here I Am" by Betty Lavette, "Shakin Fit" by The Pyramids, "That's No Way To Spend My Time" by The Pen Ettes, "Wedding Bells" by Melvin Davis, "You Lied" by Marva Josie, "Think A Little Sugar" by Barbara Lewis, "Just One More Time" by JJ Barnes, "My Letter" by Priscilla Page, "I Know How It Feels" by Laura Johnson, "I'm A Lonely Guy" by Timmy Shaw & The Sternphones, "Come Back To Me" by La Wanda William, "I Cried For My Last Time" by The Sonnettes, and "Tears Running & Falling From My Eyes" by James Lately. CD

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✨✧ VariousSatan In Love – Rare Finnish Synth-Pop & Disco – 1978 to 1992 ... CD
Svart (Finland), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Obscure grooves from the Finnish scene of the 80s – tracks that do a nice job of bridging the space between earlier Euro disco modes, particularly the work of the Munich scene – and the huge wave of electro pop that was coming out of the UK at the time! In fact, much of the material here really feels like the latter – save for the fact that the language is often different – and the groups do a good job of echoing the sweet electronic modes of groups like Human League, Ultravox, and Heaven 17 – working with plenty of beats and keyboards, but usually in a way that's warm and catchy, and not like some of the colder electro work of the period. And even if you can't understand the language, lots of these tunes are pretty darn catchy – and the vocals maybe come across just like one more instrumental element – adding an extra flavor to the sweet electric modes. Titles include "San Salvador" by Argon, "Satan In Love" by Emilia, "Cairo C" by Digital Dance, "Tatsia" by Stress, "Nyt Tanssitaan" by Jerry, "Help Me" by Syntax, "Kuolleet Pelit" by Belaboris, "Harhaa" by Raya, "Vanha Suola Janottaa" by Tapa Paha Tapa, "Fashion Maailma" by Press, "17 Up" by Mick Hanian, and "Computer Talk" by BB. CD

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✨✧ Associated Soul GroupTop Hits of Today ... LP
Contessa, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
No players listed, but one of those groovy albums of studio guys, running through pop and soul hits of the day, in a "hitmaker" fashion that was either designed to cash in on folks who went to the record store but didn't look at the cover – or underground funk and soul fans like us, who always pick up these records in the hopes of some interesting breaks or funky instrumentals. This album's not that heavy in that department, but it's still a pretty great batch of cuts – with a few original numbers, and a sound that's a bit more "out" than usual. Cuts include "Our Man Hendrix", "Are You Experienced", "What Else", "Wild Times" and "Uh Uh Uh". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Duke Ellington with Coleman Hawkins & John ColtranGreat Tenor Encounters (Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins/Duke Ellington & John Coltrane) ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
2 great 60s sessions from Duke Ellington – both with a key tenorist! First up is Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins – the meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". Next is Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – a seminal meeting of the old and new generations of jazz in the 60s – put together in perfect Impulse fashion! At some level, this is actually an early 60s John Coltrane Quartet album – with Duke Ellington sitting in for McCoy Tyner on piano, as that's the lineup on about half of the album – tracks that feature Coltrane on tenor, Elvin Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass, all working with Ellington on the keys. On other titles, though, the album features Coltrane playing with a Duke-ish trio that has Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums – slightly less modern, but with a nice sense of depth throughout! Overall, the the record does a great job of balancing between the best talents of both players – and titles include "Big Nick", "The Feeling Of Jazz", "Take The Coltrane", and "My Little Brown Book". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Archie SheppSea Of Faces ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little set from Archie Shepp – one of his strongest of the 70s, and a real return to the kind of spiritual jamming he was doing at the end of his time with Impulse Records! The album's well-known for it's great track "Song For Mozambique" – a spare and righteous number that features Bunny Fox singing in a sweet spiritual mode, while Charles Greenlee and Shepp recite chants over the jamming grooves of the band. Fox also sings on the mellow and soulful "I Know Bout The Life", and the Shepp group picks up a straight but hard mode on Cal Massey's great track "Lookin For Someone To Love". The extended jammer "Hipnosis" takes up all of side one – and it's a great little groover that builds nicely with a comping rhythm, yet which gives the band some nice room to solo in an exploratory fashion. The cut's written by Grachan Moncur III, and has Charles Greenlee blowing trombone in Grachan's place! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousSeafaring Strangers – Private Yacht ... LP
Numero, Late 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
That's Seafaring Strangers, not to be confused with the rootsy vibe of the Wayfaring Strangers on a similarly-named Numero Group series – as these guys are playing tightly-crafted sounds that soar to the mainstream – with a vibe that's obviously classy enough to get them admission to somebody's private yacht! And yet, in keeping with the Numero spirit, all of the music here is pretty darn obscure – pulled from obscure 70s records that were created in the shadow of major label AOR – all music that aimed for the smooth, jazzy vibe of bigger records by artists like Steely Dan or Boz Scaggs – but never got any sort of wide-label release! The quality of the work here is wonderful – homegrown and personal, but put together in a way that's really sharp – showing that even if you love AOR, you don't have to stick to the big labels to find your treasures. In true Numero fashion, the whole thing comes with detailed notes, which show a lot of research into the music – and the fact that the whole thing was hardly an accident in the way that it came together. Titles include "Aquaintances", "Your Burning Love" by Steps, "Give Me Your Love" by Paul Skyland, "Dance Of Love" by Calvin Johnson, "One More Time" by Salty Miller, "Wrap Myself Up In Your Love" by Jim Spencer, "Never Gonna Let You Go" by Michael Miglio, "Please Analyze" by AJ Loria, "Sailing" by Gary Marks, "To Be Lonely" by Country Comfort, and "Back To The Streets" by Rudy Norman. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet.)
 
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Sandy DennyLike An Old Fashioned Waltz ... LP
Island, 1974. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the highest points in the solo career of Sandy Denny – a set that has her working with a hip array of British musical contemporaries, but also getting some sublime larger orchestrations from Harry Robinson and Bob Leaper too! The mix of folksy elements and higher ideals is wonderful – very much in that transformative style that Island Records was bringing to British folk at the start of the 70s – maybe most famously in the work of Nick Drake, but also with Sandy Denny at her best! Titles include "Like An Old Fashioned Waltz", "Whispering Grass", "Friends", "Dark The Night", "Solo", "No End", and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent clear vinyl pressing, still in the shrink, including the insert.)

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Eartha KittNot So Old-Fashioned (aka Sentimental Eartha) ... LP
Music For Pleasure (UK), 1970. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack ShaindlinSet No 2 – Dance Music (Fashions, Etc)/Jazz ... LP
Cinemusic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
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Muddy WatersManish Boy/Young Fashioned Ways ... 7-inch
Chess/Third Man, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99
Maybe one of the most famous Muddy Waters songs ever recorded – served up here in all its fantastically raw glory! The tune's got Waters playing a famous electric guitar vamp that may well have become the blueprint for countless bar bands to come – but serving up the lyrics with a wit that none of them could ever hope to manage – all urged on by this wild girl chorus that really gives the tune an odd edge! And "Young Fashioned" is great, too – a bit tighter, and with a mean harmonica part in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Beautiful reissue pressing – even in a vintage-style Chess sleeve!)

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Paul WilliamsJust An Old Fashioned Love Song ... LP
A&M, 1971. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Yes, that's right – THE Paul Williams: the short blonde guy who was a bit of a celebrity in the early 70s, showing up on countless variety and talk shows, and even making an appearance in the later Planet Of The Apes movies. Despite Williams' short stature and strange looks, he was actually a heck of a songwriter – and this brilliant album is a soft rock masterpiece that more than proves that fact, put together with some simple smooth LA arrangements, mostly done in small group format, and occasionally handled by jazz musicians Tom Scott and David Spinozza. A number of songs were co-written with the great Roger Nichols – and the album includes Williams' fantastic versions of the hits "We've Only Just Begun" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song" – plus the tracks "Waking Up Alone", "I Never Had It So Good", "That's Enough For Me", and "When I Was All Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the standard cover, with a light stain along the opening.)

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Shirley BasseyNever Never Never/Good Bad But Beautiful ... CD
United Artists/BGO (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
Two early 70s albums from Shirley Bassey – back to back in a single set! Never Never Never is a warmly-crafted 70s album from the great Shirley Bassey – a set that continues that great move she was making at the end of the 60s – shaking off some of the bolder, brassier styles that famously got her going at the start, but which were maybe sounding a bit dated after the James Bond soundtracks got too much play! Instead, Bassey's opening up in a nicely mature mode – maybe making the same sort of shift between soul and adult modes that Johnny Mathis was hitting during the same period – and working with great UK maestros Johnny Harris and Arthur Greenslade, both able to balance strings and soul on titles that include "Never Never Never", "Make The World A Little Younger", "No Regrets", "Going Going Gone", "Somehow", "I Won't Last A Day Without You", "The Old Fashioned Way", and "Someone Who Cares". On Good Bad But Beautiful, Shirley Bassey is at her mellow best – sounding very different than the brassy vocalist who first rose to international fame with "Goldfinger" – yet still able to work through all the rich aspects of her great vocal range! Arthur Greenslade handles the backings, and the style is mature, and updated in maybe the way that Frank Sinatra was hitting at the time – both in the choice of songs, and in the way that Greenslade sets Shirley up for the best reading of the lyric. Titles include "I'll Be Your Audience", "Emotion", "Good Bad But Beautiful", "Jesse", "Run On & On & On", "Feel Like Makin Love", and "I'll Be Your Audience". CD

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✨✧ Chick CoreaAkoustic Band ... CD
GRP, 1989. Used ... $2.99
In the electric universe of the GRP label, Chick Corea makes a bold move with his Akoustic Band here – even if the overall conception of the cover and the group's fashions have kind of an "electric" 80s look to it! The group here is a trio – with John Patitucci on bass and Dave Weckl on drums – and Corea's flowing piano lines are at the forefront of the group's work, initiating the tunes with a surprisingly heartfelt feel, and showing some of the sense of space and sound he developed on his electric recordings. Titles include "Spain", "Circles", "TBC", "Morning Sprite", "Bessie's Blues", and "My One & Only Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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DeVol/Mack DavidKrakatoa – East Of Java ... LP
ABC, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A pretty sweet mid 60s disaster movie – filmed in Cinerama, and featuring an all-star cast that includes a great later Sal Mineo role! The music is lush and slightly sentimental – almost in a Rogers & Hammerstein mode, with South Pacific-y touches on the album's few vocal numbers. Barbara Werle sings the tunes "A Nice Old Fashioned Girl" and "Just Before Sunrise" – but the best number is the wonderful "East Of Java" title theme, sung by a male harmony group who's unfortunately unnamed on the cover! Other instrumental tunes are lush and mainstream soundtrack-ish – and titles are mostly variations on the 3 above-named songs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a promo sticker.)

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45 AdapterAluminum Dome 45 Adapter – Red ... Misc
New Item ... $8.99
A crucial piece of aluminum that you'll treasure for years! This 45 adapter may be tiny, but it provides a key function when you're out spinning in clubs – as it easily allows you to slide 45s on and off a conventional turntable, thanks to its unique cone-shaped top! The adapter fits on the spindle of any regular turntable (even those old-fashioned ones with the drop-type in the middle) – and its size and design make it a lot easier to switch 45s back and forth than most other adapters on the market! Plus, this super-heavy aluminum version will always stay in place – and it's a solid piece of metal that can double as an extra weight in your hand when getting into an after-set brawl! Misc

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45 AdapterAluminum Dome 45 Adapter – Silver ... Misc
New Item ... $8.99 9.98
A crucial piece of aluminum that you'll treasure for years! This 45 adapter may be tiny, but it provides a key function when you're out spinning in clubs – as it easily allows you to slide 45s on and off a conventional turntable, thanks to its unique cone-shaped top! The adapter fits on the spindle of any regular turntable (even those old-fashioned ones with the drop-type in the middle) – and its size and design make it a lot easier to switch 45s back and forth than most other adapters on the market! Plus, this super-heavy aluminum version will always stay in place – and it's a solid piece of metal that can double as an extra weight in your hand when getting into an after-set brawl! Misc

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45 AdapterPlastic Dome 45 Adapter ... Misc
New Item ... $1.49
A crucial piece of plastic that you'll treasure for years! This 45 adapter may be tiny, but it provides a key function when you're out spinning in clubs – as it easily allows you to slide 45s on and off a conventional turntable, thanks to its unique cone-shaped top! The adapter fits on the spindle of any regular turntable (even those old-fashioned ones with the drop-type in the middle) – and its size and design make it a lot easier to switch 45s back and forth than most other adapters on the market! Misc
(Please note: the adaptors come in blue, red & yellow, so you may get any of these colors.)

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KraftwerkTrans-Europe Express ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good ... $28.99
An incredibly lovely record from Kraftwerk – fashioned along the same suite-like style as Radio Activity, and served up with some haunting and charming tunes throughout! The electronics are quite spare, yet very thoughtful – never a note out of place, as the quartet build their careful efforts together to create a tapestry of surprisingly warm sounds – using just a bit of vocals in really great ways, and almost prefacing a whole generation of UK and Euro pop to come – yet without any of their schmaltz! Titles include "Europe Endless", "Hall Of Mirrors", "Abzung", "Franz Schubert", and "Showroom Dummies" – not to mention the awesome title track and electro break number "Metal On Metal". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Mr ChopFor Pete's Sake (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Five Day Weekend/Now Again, 2009. Used ... $6.99
Space funk specialist Mr Chop takes on the beatcraft genius of Pete Rock on For Pete's Sake – blueprint Pete Rock singles and benchmark beats – refashioned as fuzzed out psychedelic funk instrumentals! It works out masterfully, and very much in the mold of some of our other favorite material by Mr Chop and fellow travellers The Heliocentrics in recent years. Heavy drums & percussion, killer bass rhythms, fuzzy funk rock guitars, cosmic keys and synths galore. It's done with Pete Rock's core inspiration pretty well pronounced on the standouts like "TROY", "Mecca And The Soul Brother" and "The World Is Yours", but Mr Chop really makes the groove his own – a sonic stamp that shoots far into the cosmos! Other tracks include "Good Life", "Main Ingredient", "Get On The Mic", "Straighten It Out". "I Got A Love" and "Intermezzo" (1-7). CD

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PowerPower (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from the early 80s Malaco catalog – a set that's got more of a mid 70s funky soul feel overall, with just the right mix of upbeat cuts and ballads! These guys can actually harmonize wonderfully on the mellow numbers – with a compelling approach that's right up there with the best male groups of a few years before – but they're also tight enough to step out strongly on the groovers, all without losing their sharpness on the vocal tip – with a warm feel that's more indie club from the 70s than you'd guess from the label or the date. Titles include "Hott", "Groovin", "Old Fashioned Girl", "Betcha Didn't Know That", "I Can't Stop", and "My World". CD features two bonus tracks – DJ and instrumental versions of "Play It Again Sam". CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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Jerry SolomonPast The 20th Century ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 24.99
The title might be a bit reversed – because there's hardly anything 21st Century at all about this music – and at some level, it almost feels as if Jerry Solomon is going back in time – at least within the parameters of his own life! The songs often have this weird, almost child-like approach – with spare instrumentation that might include toy piano, chimes, percussion, and guitar – the last of which is almost never used in a straightforward manner. Jerry sings, but with this almost dirge-like quality – in a way that instantly makes all the tunes sound very weird and offbeat right from the start. The titles give a good idea of the spirit – and include "Denied Of All Human Life", "I Just Don't Fit This Modern Age", "A Good Old Fashioned Date", "They Came From Everywhere", and "Past The 20th Century". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sonora PoncenaEnergized ... LP
Inca, 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The title and the cover might make you think of some sort of old-fashioned ad for batteries, but the album itself is a classic collection of mid 70s hits by Sonora Poncena – material that topped the charts in Latin America, brought together here for the American market by the Inca label! Most of the tunes are heavy on piano from Papo Lucca – playing with warm changes that inflect a sense of emotion without slowing things down – a style that's subtle, but a key part of the Sonora Poncena success, and one that helped the group win over the sometimes more sophisticated American audiences of the 70s. Vocals are by Luigi Texidor, Tito Gomez, Yolanda Rivera, and Miguel Ortiz – and titles include "Con El Pio Pio", "Canto Al Amor", "Boranda", "Tiente Pimienta", "Noche Como Boca E Lobo", and "Nanara Cai". LP, Vinyl record album
(Colombian pressing on Discomoda. Cover has a small cutout hole, unglued top seam, and lightly bent corner.)

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Sweet TrioFly Guy (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1985. Sealed ... $2.99
"Fly Guy" is a good answer record to the Boogie Boy's "Fly Girl". Unlike the usual hip hop answer records, this one is not a dis, but instead using the same idea and music and reversing the genders. Definitely a reminder of an earlier era, what makes this one kinda nice is the Sweet Trio's rhymes about obsolete hip hop gear and fashions. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Miyoshi UmekiMiyoshi ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An obscure one – but pretty darn nice! Miyoshi is a Japanese vocalist who sings in English – ala Pat Suzuki – and like Suzuki, she's got a swinging way with a tune, mixing together strands of jazz and show styles in a loungey style that's a lot more compelling than you'd think. Plus, some of the arrangements on the record are done in a style that keeps things interesting – perhaps a bit showy, but restrained enough not to be too campy. Titles include "Wonder Why", "My Heart Stood Still", "My Ship", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "I'm Old Fashioned". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a peeled spot on back.)

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✨✧ Eddie HeywoodEddie Heywood (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic piano work by Eddie Heywood – a 50s jazz player who crossed over to the pop instrumental realm often, but not on this album! The set's a relatively straight jazz trio session – with Wendell Marshall on bass and Jimmy Crawford on drums – and titles include "So Little Time", "Old Fashioned Walk", "Secret Love", "Hey There", and "You Never Gave It A Try". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Charlie MarianoBoston All Stars ... CD
OJC/Prestige, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Vital early Prestige work from alto sax great Charlie Mariano – who's fronting a quintet of Boston All Stars! The record includes a couple of his more essential early compositions in "Erosong" and "Barsac" – and Charlie's solos on those are incredible on those. It's also got some tightly-swinging takes on "Stella By Starlight" and "I'm Old Fashioned" (which Mariano decisively was not!) – "Bye Bye Blues" and "Bess, You Is My Woman". Dick Twardzik's piano also stands out tremendously throughout the set – along with Herb Pomeroy on trumpet, Bernie Griggs on bass and Jimmy Wiener on drums. Also features material from a 10 inch album subtitled New Sounds From Boston – which is quite appropriate – as the soulfulness of the solos and the overall arrangements sound a good half-decade ahead of their time! Charlie's solos are terrific, but he's a generous leader – with plenty of space for standout moments by a group that features Joe Gordon on trumpet, Sonny Truitt on trombone, Jim Clark on tenor, George Myers on baritone, Glenn Glennon on drums, Jack Lawlor on bass, and Roy Frazee on piano. Includes 2 sessions masters each of Mariano's own "Boston Uncommon" and "The Wizard" – plus "Tzoris" and "Autumn In New York". Also includes "Mariners" and "Aviary" – the former in a sextet setting and the latter a quintet. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ronnie MilsapLost In The Fifties Tonight ... LP
RCA, 1986. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Money", "Nashville Moon", "Old Fashioned Girl Like You", "Lost In The Fifties Tonight", "Happy Happy Birthday Baby", and "How Do I Turn You On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, with hype sticker, and Grammy sticker. Cover has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Oscar Peterson TrioBursting Out – With The All Star Big Band/Swinging Brass ... CD
Verve, 1959/1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous little record, Bursting Out has Oscar Peterson really pushing the fuller, stronger sound he started with his trio of Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen – a set that features additional backings by Ernie Wilkins behind the core sound of the piano combo! The mode here is in that "all soul" style of Peterson's huge-selling Verve albums from the time – but the addition of a larger group makes for a mode that's even fresher – because Oscar rarely used any larger backings, so the record's a real standout! Hearing the strength of the tracks, we're a bit surprised that Peterson never made more albums like this – because there seems to be added inspiration from Wilkins' presence, giving Oscar even more focus and drive on his solos. A rare outing, but a great one – with titles that include "Blues For Big Scotia", "Tricotism", "Manteca", "I'm Old Fashioned", "West Coast Blues", "Here's That Rainy Day", and "I Love You". An unusual set – Swinging Brass With The Oscar Peterson Trio – one of Peterson's few albums with a larger group – featuring some great arrangements from Russ Garcia! Titles include "Blues For Big Scotia", "Con Alma", "Cubano Chant", "OP", and "Little Pea's Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousFelsted Vocal Groups Vol 2 ... CD
Felsted, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from the Castaleers, Marvin & Johnny, the Five Fleets, the Majors, Johnny Angel & the Halos, the Deltairs, Wanda West & group, the Cordials, the Echoes, the Runarounds, the Fashions, Jackie Allen & group, the Hollywood Argyles, the Flares & Jesse Sailes & the Waves. 25 tracks. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ King SistersNew Sounds Of The Fabulous King Sisters ... LP
Warner, 1966. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A set that recreates the sweet harmony style the first four King Sisters brought to the music world in the late 50s – but updates their sound wonderfully with some hip 60s flair! Ralph Carmichael handles the arrangements, and he borrows from a lot of the best sorts of 60s pop vocal modes – touches of bossa here, groovy jazz there, mixed in with the warmer strings that are usually the Carmichael approach! There's a bit of Jimmy Bowman-esque bass bumping along the bottom at times, which makes for an especially nice groove – and titles include "Goin Out Of My Head", "Girl Talk", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Call Me", "I'm Old Fashioned", "Bluesette", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", and "Don't Go To Strangers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a patch of marker on the back.)

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✨✧ Merle HaggardTribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World/It's All In The Movies ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1970/1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of Capitol Records gems from the great Merle Haggard! First up is A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World – a hell of a record from the great Merle Haggard – partly a tribute to the western swing pioneer Bob Wills, but also a fantastic demonstration of all the growth that Merle had undergone in such a short time! The songs are all Bob Wills classics, and they're interpreted here by a group that also features members of Bob's original Texas Playboys lineup – including Johnny Gimble on fiddle and Billie Tiny Moore on mandolin – but the real revelation is the way that Merle can not only give complete credit to the way that Bob Wills influenced his music, but also step into the role of a leader with the same sort of strength as Bob – yet in a completely different way. Hag's vocals are different than other Capitol Records of the time – able to capture all the jazzy inflections that Tommy Duncan had when singing with the Texas Playboys – and the style seems to just be another feather in Merle's mighty cap at the time. Titles include "Right Or Wrong", "Brown Skinned Gal", "Misery", "Roly Poly", "Old Fashioned Love", and "Take Me Back To Tulsa". Next is It's All In The Movies – an overlooked gem from Merle Haggard – one of those sets that you might pass by because it's late in his Capitol Records career, but which turns out to be full of great original material that has Hag still very much at the top of his game! In fact, there's a nice open play with different styles going on here – not a move towards more commercial material, but maybe a hint at some of the directions he'd take on Columbia Records in the 80s – phrasing that shows Merle continuing to grow as a singer, and some more adult themes than some of the hard road tales of his youth. Titles include "Nothing's Worse Than Losing", "Living With The Shades Pulled Down", "After Loving You", "The Seeker", "Let's Stop Pretending", and "This Is The Song We Sing". CD

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✨✧ Janet SeidelHooray For Christmas (with bonus track) ... CD
Muzak (Japan), 2004. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful little Holiday set from jazz singer Janet Seidel – a vocalist we've loved for previous tributes to Blossom Dearie and Peggy Lee, and one who really brings that legacy to play on this Christmas album too! The backings are spare, and very much in a small combo jazz mode – just piano from Janet, with bits of guitar, flute, tenor, bass, and drums – often used sparingly, in ways that really keep the vocals intimate, but of the with the sort of sprightly vibe you'd hear from Blossom. There's some nicely unusual tunes on the set – and titles include "Hooray For Christmas", which is worth the price of the record alone – plus "What Child Is This", "Noel Blanche", "Silver Stars Are In The Sky", "Winter Wonderland", "Give Me An Old Fashioned Christmas", and "Mary Did You Know". Also fetaures a bonus track – "Silver Bells". CD

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✨✧ VariousWould She Do That For You – Girl Group Sounds USA 1964 to 1968 ... LP
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A bit of rock, a bit of soul, and a fantastic compilation that offers a completely fresh take on the girl group sound of the 60s! These aren't overplayed hits, or Brill Building standards – and instead, Ace Records lives up to their long legacy for top shelf compilations, and digs deep into the world of 60s singles to bring together some really wonderful tracks that span a gamut of styles! The earlier cuts offer up initial female answers to the world of male group vocals – and later cuts show maybe some elements of psychedelic production floating in the mix – with lots more twists and turns in the middle. The sound quality is great, the notes are wonderfully detailed, and the set features 14 tracks that include "Lonely For You" by The Ikettes, "I Have Feelings Too" by Denita James, "This Couldn't Be Me" by The Sweethearts, "Moon Out There" by The Puffs, "He Belongs To Me" by Carol Connors, "Look Away" by 2 Of Clubs, "Why Does It Feel So Right" by Shades Of Jade, "Moon Walking" by The Blossoms, "They Are Lonely" by Pat Powdrill & The Powerdrills, "Donnie" by The Bermudas, "Would She Do That For You" by Mary Saenz, "It Kinda Picks Me Up" by Tanya Marie, and "Earthquake" by The Fashionettes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckGone With The Wind ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly nice little album from Brubeck – one that's mostly comprised of old-fashioned type tunes, but which all take on a hip new light in the hands of his classic quartet! As usual, Paul Desmond's one of the main assets of the set – working with Brubeck to forge a slightly off-beat and swinging approach that brings plenty of nice moments to tunes like "Gone With The Wind", "Ol Man River", "Shortnin Bread", "Camptown Races", and "The Lonesome Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label Limited Edition pressing.)
 
 
 



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