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✨✧ Ed OG & Da BulldogsBe A Father To Your Child (first step, first word rmx, first step inst, first word inst) ... 12-inch
PWL, 1991. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Double-sided promo. Label has a bit of marker and light stuck-on residue.)
 
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✨✧ Children Of ZeusBalance ... CD
First Word (UK), 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A beautiful soul set from UK duo Children Of Zeus – a pair who work here in a mode that goes way past the usual – kind of an old school mellow mode from the 90s, blended with a touch of hip hop production – but all with the righteousness of the best indie soul from more recent years! We really liked the last record from these guys, and this one is even better – music that makes its mark right from the very first note, able to shift between the underground and the mainstream with effortless ease! Titles include "No Love Song", "Nice & Sweet", "Sunrise", "Balance", "Cali Dreams", "The Most Humblest Of All Time Ever", "Love Again", and "What I'm Seeing". CD
Also available Balance ... LP 28.99

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Children Of ZeusBalance ... LP
First Word (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 33.99
A beautiful soul set from UK duo Children Of Zeus – a pair who work here in a mode that goes way past the usual – kind of an old school mellow mode from the 90s, blended with a touch of hip hop production – but all with the righteousness of the best indie soul from more recent years! We really liked the last record from these guys, and this one is even better – music that makes its mark right from the very first note, able to shift between the underground and the mainstream with effortless ease! Titles include "No Love Song", "Nice & Sweet", "Sunrise", "Balance", "Cali Dreams", "The Most Humblest Of All Time Ever", "Love Again", and "What I'm Seeing". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Balance ... CD 15.99

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Takuya KurodaFly Moon Die Soon ... LP
First Word (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic chapter in the continuing evolution of trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – a great musician who's got equal parts jazz and soul in his makeup, and who serves up sounds with a nicely cosmic vibe! The set's funky at times, soaringly soulful at others – almost as if Takuya's trying to compete with the CTI 70s spirit of Freddie Hubbard, but with a vision that's all his own – a style that makes Kuroda one of the best of the new generation of genre-breaking soul jazz players who've sprung up in the wake of the Robert Glasper generation – always brimming over with new ideas and fresh styles! The set features vocals on a few tracks by Corey King – a great singer who's a great match for the sonic qualities of Kuroda – and other musicians include Craig Hill on tenor, Takeshi Ohbayashi on keyboards, and Takahiro Izunmikawa on Fender Rhodes – on titles that include "Moody", "Fade", "TKBK", "Fly Moon Die Soon", "Do No Why", and nice remakes of "Tell Me A Bedtime Story" and "Sweet Sticky Thing". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kaidi TathamInsight To All Minds ... LP
First Word (UK), 2021. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album that sparkles with joy and life from the very first note – but that's also what we've really come to expect from Kaidi Tatham in all the many years he's given us music! Tatham is one of a few key talents from the London scene at the start of the century to continue to stay vital and fresh over the years – always still with the crisply cosmic quality that made him so great in the first place, but a continued evolution into more righteous, sophisticated territory – which means there's even more message in his music than before, at a level that lives up to the promise of the title! Kaidi's a fantastic one-man show throughout – but does accept a small amount of help at a few moments, including vocals from Eric Lau and Uhmeer on a track apiece. Titles include "Carry It Mongo Man", "DSXSWC", "Insight To All Minds", "Chungo", "Rodney", "Rain", "Could It Be", "Stro Kyat", "Tek Care", and "Intergalactic Relations". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nathaniel CrossDescription Is Not The Described EP ... LP
First Word (UK), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trombonist Nathaniel Cross works here in a great combination of jazz and more contemporary rhythms – a style that uses beats on most of the tracks, but which still features plenty of warm, improvised work from Cross and his bandmates! The style is very much in the current London mode – post-jazz, almost – but in a way that still brings forward the sensibilities that make the music great – as Cross works here with contributions on tenor, trumpet, Hammond, and clavichord – on titles that include "Goodbye For Now", "Charge It To The Game", "Light In The Darkness", and "Who Looks Inside Awakes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kaidi TathamIn Search Of Hope ... LP
Freedom School/First Word (UK), 2008. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant album from Kaidi Tatham – deeper by far than anything we've ever heard from him, and way more than you might expect if you only know his singles from the London scene! This set's got a very strong jazz component – monstrous keyboard work from Kaidi that stretches and soars with the kind of sound you might expect from George Duke on MPS – coupled with some leaner, more rhythmic elements that show Tatham's strong ties to the London scene – yet still in ways that really break from its conventions! There's a warmth, depth, and spirituality to the record that's really amazing – the kind of new territory that others have found on the excellent Freedom School label – a place that offers a rare outlet for creative expression in times like these. The whole thing's instrumental, and Kaidi played all instruments himself – mixing acoustic percussion with beats, electric keyboards with piano, and coming across with a sound that's far richer than the sum of its core elements. Titles include "Simiya", "I'm High", "So Amazed", "Swift Inspiration", "In Search Of Hope (part 1)", "Do What You Gotta Do", "On A Vibe", "These Things Will Pass", and "He Laughs She Cries". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Ken NordineYou're Getting Better – The Complete Word Jazz Dot Masters 1957 to 1960 (limited edition 2CD set) ... CD
Dot/Hip-O Select, Late 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $49.99
The complete 50s Word Jazz efforts from the incomparable Ken Nordine – an incredible assemblage of his spoken word/poetry and charismatic surrealist irony backed by first rate jazz session players – the whole of his early work for Dot Records! This is Ken's best and earliest Word Jazz – the beats-inspired stream of consciousness genius that's a genre all his own. He's best known for his radio work, and has been hailed more recently for Asphodel's reissue of his later, equally great lounge psychedelia concept album Colors – but this stuff is more impressive for its being so ahead of the curve. The after hours jazzy backing on the first couple of Word Jazz albums, which is up earliest in this set, is fairly stripped down and spare, and gets more extroverted and groovy as the set progresses – with more experimental touches along the way. You can really sense the musicians getting more comfortable and playful as they learn how to groove to the oddball vocals. Players include Dick Marx and Dick Campbell on piano, Johnny Frigo on guitar, Ken Soderbloom on woodwinds, Emmet Frazier on bass, Bob Frazier on drums and others. The tracks are from the Dot LPs Word Jazz, Son Of Word Jazz, Next! and Word Jazz Vol II, with some previously unreleased bits, plus odds & ends from later releases that were recorded during the sessions. This is the definitive CD compilation of early Nordine – an incredible set for fans of leftfield vocals, oddball jazz, or anyone open to a mystifying and hypnotic aural experience like no other! 45 tracks on 2CDs: "The Wet Stranger", "What Time Is It", "My Baby", "The Vidiot", "Miss Cone", "Secretary", "I Used To Think My Right Hand Was Uglier Than My Right Hand", "Charlie Zen", "Mr Big", "Smerd", "Hafta Have You", "There's A She And A He", "So And So", "Involutional Intellection", "Silly Ideas I Used To Have" and many more! CD
(Out of print and in great shape!)

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✨✧ Down To The BoneClassic Album Series (From Manhattan To Staten/Urban Grooves/Spread The Word – with bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Dome (UK), 1996/1998/2001. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The first three albums from Down To The Bone – packaged here in a nicely-priced set, with bonus tracks too! First up is From Manhattan To Staten – a record that moves across the boroughs of New York – and which also managed to have a huge impact on the Windy City as well – given that the music of Down To The Bone was perfect for the groove of the Chicago steppers scene in the 90s! The group are a bit jazz, a bit soul, and have this chunky funky rhythm at the bottom that shows their roots in the British scene – maybe a mix of electric jazz modes with inspirations from artists like Soul II Soul or the James Taylor Quartet – taken to a style that's slightly tighter overall. There's a fair bit of programming in the rhythms, mixed with live instrumentation from group members – and titles include the classic "Staten Island Groove", plus "Muesli Brown", "Savour The Flavour", "Brooklyn Heights", "3 Days In Manhattan", "Carlito's Way", "On The Corner Of Darcy Street", and "17 Mile Drive". Urban Grooves is the second album from Down To The Bone – and a set that really continues the vibe of their debut – a mix of programmed funky rhythms and liver jazz instrumentation – all awash in a groove that really helped them cross over big on both sides of the Atlantic! The production is tight, but looser than smooth jazz of the time – and the record's got more than a few strong keyboard and saxophone solos to offset its rhythmic patterns, which often draw heavily from the best styles of the British soul scene in the late 80s and early 90s. Titles include "A Little Touch Of Soul", "Phat City Hustler", "Joy Is A Good Groove", "Bump N Hustle", "To The Bone", "The Zodiac", and "Urban Jazz". Spread The Word is the overlooked third album from Down To The Bone – a set that maybe didn't take the world by storm as much as their first two, but which still has the group very much in fine formation! All the best previous elements are in place here – that strong mix of funky jazz instrumentation with contemporary rhythmic production – almost a blend of some of the funkier club styles of the time with more mainstream fusion, at a level that made these guys both a hit on the dancefloors and for kicking back at the crib! Titles include "The Backburner", "Righteous Reeds", "Sound As A Pound", "Bridgeport Boogie", "The Lowdown", and "Black Choice". 3CD set features all albums in small LP-style jackets – and bonus tracks include "Deja Vu", "Concrete Jungle", "Staten Island Groove (live studio version)", and "Brooklyn Heights (live studio version)". CD

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Mose AllisonMose Allison – The Complete Atlantic/Elektra Albums – 1962 to 1983 (6CD set) ... CD
Atlantic/Strawberry (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 6CD ... $42.99 59.99
A really wonderful collection of music – work that has an already-great artist taking off into all these new directions of his own – completely reinventing himself as the jazz generations moved on, always with a really strong sense of wit and imagination! Mose Allison first emerged as a bop pianist in the 50s, but soon added a unique vocal approach that was a bit New Orleans-tinged, but with a beat jazz sensibility too – a style that was a huge influence on the UK mods in the 60s, and countless others over the years! By the time Mose hit Atlantic Records in 1962, he was already perfecting that style – then opening it up to other elements as the 60s moved on, often hitting some wilder, more unusual approaches that just kept coming through the 70s! As he shifted over to Elektra Records at the end of that decade, he stepped slightly back to more traditional jazz vocal modes – but still also kept penning his own great tunes, often with themes that maintained his unique sense of wit and vision. The box features a whopping 104 tracks on 6CDs – 12 full albums that include I Don't Worry About A Thing, Swingin Machine, Word From Mose, Wild Man Is On The Loose, Mose Alive, I've Been Doin Some Thinkin, Hello There Universe, Western Man, Mose In Your Ear, Your Mind Is On Vacation, Middle Class White Boy, and Lessons In Living. CD

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CrusadersImages (Verve originals pressing) ... CD
Blue Thumb/Verve, 1978. Used ... $12.99
Hard to miss with The Crusaders at this point – and the album's one of their stone classics from the 70s – just the kind of soulful fusion that few other groups could touch! The core trio of Joe Sample's keyboards, Wilton Felder's saxes, and Stix Hooper's drums is augmented by the guitar of Billy Rogers and bass of Robert Popwell – both players who slide in warmly to the grooves, yet still help the combo keep that lean, funky sound they first forged after dropping the first word from their Jazz Crusaders name. Things are never slick at all, and the use of vocals and larger instrumentation is yet to come – leaving the album a tight, right, outta sight groover all the way through! Titles include "Fairy Tales", "Merry Go Round", "Cosmic Reign", "Snowflake", "Covert Action", and "Bayou Bottoms". CD
(Out of print. Cover some wear, barcode has a cutout mark.)

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CymandeArrival (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Paul Winley/Traffic, 1981. Used ... $11.99
The last album ever cut by the group Cymande – done years after their classic first 3 records, and with a groove that's quite different – but also extremely nice! The sound here is much more in an ensemble funk mode than the group's earlier dubby work – with an approach that borrows a lot from Earth Wind & Fire, as well as British funk groups of the time – like Real Thing and Light Of The World. There's some nice jazzy playing in the mix that bubbles around between the vocals – in a style that's almost got some of the approaches of Oneness Of Juju as they entered their dancefloor years at the end of the 70s. Lots of catchy numbers, and titles include "It's Magic", "Sweet Talk", "What's The Word – Good Times", "Living For Your Love", and "You Won't Feel So Proud". CD
(In a very cool Japanese-styled, LP-like cardboard sleeve cover!)

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Cypress HillCypress Hill (25th Anniversary Skull) ... CD
Columbia/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy ... $32.99 75.98
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop – in cased here in skull for its 25th Anniversary! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real world street violence with a darkly comic sensibility, redefined usage of the word "blunt" forever more, and simply delivered one of the most influential rap (or rock. . .considering the astonishing crossover success) albums of the decade. "How I Could Just Kill A Man", "Hand On The Pump", "Hole In The Head", "Real Estate", "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", "Phunky Feel One", "Pigs", "Latin Lingo", "Something For The Blunted", "Psychobeatbuckdown" and more. Get On Down's 25th Anniversary is one of the coolest, craziest things we've seen for a commemorative anniversary edition ever – housed in an amazin, hard resin black skull – essentially a 3D physical recreation of the group's 1991 logo – plus a 100 page hardcover book! CD
(Please Note – these copies have a few light marks from shipping. This is only on the outer box, and the contents are still beautiful!)

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JBsFunky Good Time – The Anthology ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99 29.98
A killer 2CD set of funky grooves by one of the best backing bands ever! The JBs were James Brown's legendary combo during his monster funk years of the early 70s – and this well-selected compilation brings together 30 rare tracks from their best years! The set's got a great set of notes – and it stretches beyond work by the JBs alone to include cuts from other groupings of the band, like Maceo & The Macks, The Last Word, The First Family, and The New JBs. Titles include "Rockin Funky Watergate", "Keep On Bumpin Before You Give Out Of Gas", "Soul Power 74", "My Brother (parts 1 & 2)", "The Grunt (parts 1 & 2)", "Dirty Harri", "More Peas", "Watermelon Man", "Givin Up Food For Funk (parts 1 & 2)", "JB Shout", "Blessed Blackness", "Same Beat (parts 1, 2, & 3)", and "Gimme Some More (Very Live)". Nice nice nice – and with a fair number of non-LP tracks! CD

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Lord BuckleyBest Of Lord Buckley (Crestview) ... LP
Crestview, 1951. Very Good ... $16.99
Lord Buckley's rare early recordings for the Vaya label in LA – groundbreaking sides that predated most comedy albums, and which also had a huge influence on the spoken word recordings of the beat generation! The tracks were recorded live, with Buckley talking in a mixture of jive and gibberish that may well have marked him as the first true hipster on record – and which also puts him in a lineage that's somewhere between Slim Gaillard and Babs Gonzales. Titles include "The Nazz", "Jonah And The Whale", "Nero", "Gettysburg Address", "Marc Antony's", and "Funeral Notation" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and some tape on the bottom seam.)

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Mahavishnu OrchestraBirds Of Fire ... CD
Columbia, 1972. Used ... $2.99
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great keyboards from Jan Hammer – all played without the cliche of his later years! The group's completed by the surprisingly great electric violin of Jerry Goodman and the bass of Rick Laird – and the tunes nicely blend a few more contemplative moments with full-on, rock-inspired fusion jamming. Titles include "Miles Beyond", "One Word", "Sanctuary", "Open Country Joy", "Resolution", "Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love", and "Thousand Island Park". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Birds Of Fire ... CD 3.99

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Mahavishnu OrchestraBirds Of Fire ... CD
Columbia, 1972. Used ... $3.99
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great keyboards from Jan Hammer – all played without the cliche of his later years! The group's completed by the surprisingly great electric violin of Jerry Goodman and the bass of Rick Laird – and the tunes nicely blend a few more contemplative moments with full-on, rock-inspired fusion jamming. Titles include "Miles Beyond", "One Word", "Sanctuary", "Open Country Joy", "Resolution", "Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love", and "Thousand Island Park". CD
(Punch through barcode.)
Also available Birds Of Fire ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ VariousBrunswick & Dakar 12" Singles Collection Vol 3 ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderful work from the later years of Brunswick Records – a time when the company briefly re-emerged as a surprising force on the hipper dancefloors of the time – thanks to a great run of funky club, soulful disco, and seminal boogie tracks! Brunswick didn't issue many albums at the time – and they were quite far from their hit years of the early 70s – but their 12" output from the period is wonderful, and way more than just the usual throwaway work for the discos – done with a real sense of quality, and a devotion to both funk and soul undercurrents that really keep things strong. Titles on this great 3rd volume include "Don't Say Goodnight" and "Love Me Today" by First Love, instrumental and vocal versions of "I Wanna Boogie With You" by Charlie Singleton & Stargasm, "Jammin Big Guitar" and "Rockin Big Guitar" by Vaughan Mason, vocal and instrumental versions of "Word Up" by Legacy, vocal and instrumental versions of "Gimme The Funk" by Charade, "Rock The House (parts 1 & 2)" by Elite, and the fantastic groover "You Are The One" by AM/FM. CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Nickel & Penny Labels ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
A long-overdue collection – and a rich document of one of our favorite sides of the Chicago soul scene! The package is devoted to the tiny Nickel and Penny labels, but it's also equally a set dedicated to legendary radio DJ Richard Pegue – whose work in both mainstream soul and later dusties formats really helped to shape our understanding of soul music! Pegue produced and wrote nearly every track on the set – which makes the collection one of the most unified the Numero Group has ever produced – a true tribute to Richard's great ear for a groovy soul record, and to all the smaller-name groups he helped support on the Windy City scene. The booklet does a great job of telling Pegue's story – really getting at the unique vision he brought to Chicago soul, and the wit and warmth that made him a favorite of many folks over the space of decades. The music alone is enough – stuff we've been waiting to get reissued for years – but together with the Numero research and booklet, the end result is sublime! Titles include "Just Say The Word" by Jerry Townes, "Fall In Love Again" by The Voices, "Never More" by Little Ben & The Cheers, "Why Do You Want To Make Me Sad" by The Norvells, "Instrumental 1" by Richard Terry & Company, "Shadows" by South Shore Commission, "This Is The Woman" by Sidney Pinchback, "The Ember Song" by Sidney Barnes, "Sign Of The Zodiac" by South Suburban Electric Strings, "This Love Of Mine" by Extensions, "Forever Is A Long Long Time" by The Voices, "Do The Pearl Girl (part 2)" by The Matta Baby, "I've Got To Find A Way" by Hallelujah Chorus, "First Thing I Do In The Morning" by Joyce Williams, and "I'm Gonna Get Even With You" by Little Ben & The Cheers. CD
(Includes slipcase and booklet.)

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VariousStrange Breaks & Mr Thing 2 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $10.99 16.98
A fantastic funky follow-up to the first Mr Thing compilation from BBE – and a set that's equally filled with rare and soulful grooves! If we didn't know better, we'd swear he went into our crates and pilfered our own record collections – because the package contains plenty of overlooked cuts that we've loved for years, but which have never gotten their due – and not even all of them are from totally obscure pressings or small indie labels – just the kind of records that people pass over sometimes, because they don't know how great they sound! There's lots and lots and lots of deeply funky numbers on the collection – and the package really takes us back to the glory days when BBE compilations were always turning us onto something new – especially during the Keb Darge glory days. 2CD set features one mixed disc, one unmixed – with titles that include "Back Ground Music" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Searching For Soul" by Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers, "ABC" by Hot Butter & Soul, "Spooky Do" by Dick Walter, "The Horse" by Val Merral's Orchestra, "It's Just Begun" by Hot City Bump Band, "Sally" by Frank Pleyer Big Band, "Love Is Just A Word" by Johnny Griffith Inc, "Can't Stop Talkin" by Art & Ron, "Family Affair" by The Generation Gap, "Gacek" by Jerzy Milian, "Rockin Chair" by John L Watson with White Mouse, "Pink Panther" by Alan Tew, "Twinkle Stars Boo Galoo (live)" by Oscar Harris & The Twinkle Stars, "The Message" by Tinga Stewart, and "Pru Urebu" by The Rias Orchestra. CD

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✨✧ George GuzmanIntroducing George Guzman ... LP
Fania/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing Latin soul – and the first record ever by the youthful George Guzman! The grooves kick in from the word "go" – with strong electric bass setting the scene, and lots of dark, descending blue notes – copped from 60s soul and jazz influences, and crafted perfectly to fit the Spanish Harlem sound of the time! Lyrics are mostly in English, and nearly every track is a mad groover – of the sort that will make your stereo perk up its too-tired ears! Trust us, this one's a gem – a record we'd recommend to anyone – and filled with wonderful tracks like "Lazy Boogaloo", "French Boogaloo", "Herba Buena", "Chant Of The Isles", "Marilu", and the goofy "Banana Freak Out"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cecil TaylorStructures Revisited (Into The Hot/Unit Structures) ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 1961/1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of crucial Cecil Taylor sessions from the 60s – both of which show the free-thinking pianist working amidst some larger arrangements! First up are three tracks from the Gil Evans album Into The Hot – all tunes written by Cecil Taylor – a very bold move for Evans, given Taylor's strongly out reputation even at this point in his career – and possibly even more bold, given that Taylor's on the tracks playing piano, alongside players who include Archie Shepp on tenor, Jimmy Lyons on alto, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums – plus work on one track from Ted Curson on trumpet and Roswell Rudd on trombone. The material's fantastic, and is a key part of Taylor's work at the time, and shows a very different setting for his piano – a bit of tension with the larger Evans group, in a way that's almost more compelling than his own early dates as a leader – on the titles "Pots", "Bulbs", and "Mixed". Next is the Unit Structures album – one of a rare few albums done by pianist Cecil Taylor for the Blue Note label in the 60s – some of the most outside work recorded for the imprint at the time! The word "structures" here is perhaps a bit misplaced – as the work has a strong sense of freedom with the soloists – who operate based on a system of energy and impulses described by Taylor in the notes, at a level that's maybe one of his most inventive, ambitious expressions of the decade! The whole lineup is great – with especially strong horn work from Eddie Gale on trumpet, Jimmy Lyons on alto, and Ken McIntyre on alto, oboe, and bass clarinet – and Taylor's piano gets accompaniment from two groundbreaking bassists – Henry Grimes and Alan Silva – plus drums from Andrew Cyrille. Given the lineup, and the format, the whole thing almost feels more like one of the BYG/Actuel avant sessions than Blue Note in the 60s – and titles include "Steps", "Enter Evening (Soft Line Structure)", "Unit Structure/As Of A Now/Section", and "Tales (8 Whisps)". CD

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✨✧ Cypress HillCypress Hill ... CD
Columbia/Ruffhouse, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real world street violence with a darkly comic sensibility, redefined usage of the word "blunt" forever more, and simply delivered one of the most influential rap (or rock. . . considering the astonishing crossover success) albums of the decade. "How I Could Just Kill A Man", "Hand On The Pump", "Hole In The Head", "Real Estate", "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", "Phunky Feel One", "Pigs", "Latin Lingo", "Something For The Blunted", "Psychobeatbuckdown" and more. CD

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✨✧ Cypress HillCypress Hill (20th Anniversary red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Columbia/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real world street violence with a darkly comic sensibility, redefined usage of the word "blunt" forever more, and simply delivered one of the most influential rap (or rock. . .considering the astonishing crossover success) albums of the decade. "How I Could Just Kill A Man", "Hand On The Pump", "Hole In The Head", "Real Estate", "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", "Phunky Feel One", "Pigs", "Latin Lingo", "Something For The Blunted", "Psychobeatbuckdown" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition red colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ Mahavishnu OrchestraBirds Of Fire ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A great second album from Mahavishnu Orchestra – one that has them still very might in the same tight formation as the first! As before, there's a heck of a lot of power here – monstrous work on drums from Billy Cobham, sharp-edged guitar from John McLaughlin, and a range of great keyboards from Jan Hammer – all played without the cliche of his later years! The group's completed by the surprisingly great electric violin of Jerry Goodman and the bass of Rick Laird – and the tunes nicely blend a few more contemplative moments with full-on, rock-inspired fusion jamming. Titles include "Miles Beyond", "One Word", "Sanctuary", "Open Country Joy", "Resolution", "Sapphire Bullets Of Pure Love", and "Thousand Island Park". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, with light wear.)
Also available
Birds Of Fire ... CD 3.99
Birds Of Fire ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Black SabbathHeaven & Hell (2LP deluxe edition) ... LP
Warner, 1980. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Timeless metal from Black Sabbath and their first album with Ronnie James Dio out front – and we'd honestly put it up there with the best work of all their careers! No disrespect to Ozzy or the early, definitive era of Black Sabbath – those first few album are among the most influential rock & roll albums of all time and Heaven & Hell doesn't reinvent the wheel – but this new phase with another veteran front man is a masterclass heavy riffs, soaring vocals and hasn't aged a day. Includes the classic title track and "Neon Knights", "Children Of The Sea", "Wishing Well", "Die Young", "Walk Away" and "Lonely Is The Word". This loaded deluxe edition includes a full LP of bonus tracks – rarities, live versions and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(2021 deluxe edition – with a bonus LP!)

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✨✧ John PrineLive At The Other End – December 1975 (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Atlantic, 1975. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Never-issued material from the great John Prine – recorded towards the end of his Atlantic Records years, at a time when the label was clearly going to give the world a demonstration of Prine's many charms in a concert setting! Prine was, above all, the kind of artist who was maybe at his best when able to open up in the warmth of a welcoming audience – the kind that first supported him when he emerged from the Chicago club scene at the start of the 70s – and who are definitely in place here! The album features two full sets, but without any sort of repetition – and Prine delivers these wonderful versions of early Atlantic material, plus other tunes too – sometimes with spoken intros, and with guest help from Steve Goodman on two titles too. Titles include "Great Rain", "Often Is A Word I Seldom Use", "Flashback Blues", "way Down", "Spanish Pipedream", "Middle Man", "Saddle In The Rain", "Everybody", "Hello In There", "The Late John Garfield Blues", "The Accident", "Donald & Lydia", "Sour Grapes", "Common Sense", "The Torch Singer", "Mexican Home", "Illegal Smile", and "Sam Stone". CD
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✨✧ John PrineLive At The Other End – December 1975 (4LP 180 gram box set) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. New Copy 4LP box set ... Out Of Stock
Never-issued material from the great John Prine – recorded towards the end of his Atlantic Records years, at a time when the label was clearly going to give the world a demonstration of Prine's many charms in a concert setting! Prine was, above all, the kind of artist who was maybe at his best when able to open up in the warmth of a welcoming audience – the kind that first supported him when he emerged from the Chicago club scene at the start of the 70s – and who are definitely in place here! The album features two full sets, but without any sort of repetition – and Prine delivers these wonderful versions of early Atlantic material, plus other tunes too – sometimes with spoken intros, and with guest help from Steve Goodman on two titles too. Titles include "Great Rain", "Often Is A Word I Seldom Use", "Flashback Blues", "way Down", "Spanish Pipedream", "Middle Man", "Saddle In The Rain", "Everybody", "Hello In There", "The Late John Garfield Blues", "The Accident", "Donald & Lydia", "Sour Grapes", "Common Sense", "The Torch Singer", "Mexican Home", "Illegal Smile", and "Sam Stone". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sugarhill GangBest Of The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper's Delight (180 gram translucent gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sugar Hill/Friday Music, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mighty look at one of the first great groups in hip hop – maybe not the originators of the style, but certainly the one to get some of the biggest exposure – thanks to the work of Sugar Hill Records, and some very catchy tunes! The Sugarhill Gang were one of the key groups involved in taking the spirit of South Bronx street parties to the mainstream outside the big city – and given all the hits on the set, you can bet that they did a pretty great job – on titles that include the very long original version of "Rapper's Delight", plus "8th Wonder", "Apache", "The Lover In You", "The Word Is Out", "Girls", "Kick It Live From 9 To 5", "Livin In The Fast Lane", and "Hot Hut Summer Day". Also includes "Showdown" – which has them meeting up with The Furious Five – and "Work Work The Body", with Big Bank Hank, Kory-O, and Wonder Mike! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousEccentric Soul – The Nickel & Penny Labels ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue collection – and a rich document of one of our favorite sides of the Chicago soul scene! The package is devoted to the tiny Nickel and Penny labels, but it's also equally a set dedicated to legendary radio DJ Richard Pegue – whose work in both mainstream soul and later dusties formats really helped to shape our understanding of soul music! Pegue produced and wrote nearly every track on the set – which makes the collection one of the most unified the Numero Group has ever produced – a true tribute to Richard's great ear for a groovy soul record, and to all the smaller-name groups he helped support on the Windy City scene. The booklet does a great job of telling Pegue's story – really getting at the unique vision he brought to Chicago soul, and the wit and warmth that made him a favorite of many folks over the space of decades. The music alone is enough – stuff we've been waiting to get reissued for years – but together with the Numero research and booklet, the end result is sublime! Titles include "Just Say The Word" by Jerry Townes, "Fall In Love Again" by The Voices, "Never More" by Little Ben & The Cheers, "Why Do You Want To Make Me Sad" by The Norvells, "Instrumental 1" by Richard Terry & Company, "Shadows" by South Shore Commission, "This Is The Woman" by Sidney Pinchback, "The Ember Song" by Sidney Barnes, "Sign Of The Zodiac" by South Suburban Electric Strings, "This Love Of Mine" by Extensions, "Forever Is A Long Long Time" by The Voices, "Do The Pearl Girl (part 2)" by The Matta Baby, "I've Got To Find A Way" by Hallelujah Chorus, "First Thing I Do In The Morning" by Joyce Williams, and "I'm Gonna Get Even With You" by Little Ben & The Cheers. CD
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✨✧ Roy BuddGet Carter (3CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1971. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Brit soundtrack genius Roy Budd – an artist who started with his roots in jazz piano, but who really explodes here in a range of groovy styles! The main title is an incredible blend of Eastern percussion and moody jazz – and other cuts bring in some trippier elements, mixed with funkier bits and warmer moments – all at a level that have Budd even outdoing the best late 60s work by Lalo Schifrin! The keyboards are often at the forefront – either acoustic or electric – and the album's got so many groovy grooves, with such variety, it's got a feel that's much richer than the usual soundtrack set. Titles include "Love Is A Four Letter Word", "Carter Takes A Train", "Looking For Someone", "The Girl In The Car", "Livin Should Be This Way", "Manhunt", "Goodbye Carter", and "Hallucinations". This fantastic 3CD set is overflowing with greatness! First, the whole thing comes in a heavy book-style cover – with dozens of pages of notes, photos, and images from the film – and CD2 features 18 more rare mixes of songs from the film – a great addition to the 22 tracks on CD1 – making for a whopping 40 tracks in all. CD3 features 19 more Roy Budd grooves, mostly from soundtracks – songs that include "Mr Funker", "Diamond Fortress", "No Cooperation", "Cassette Jazz", "How Can We Run Away", "Fear Is The Key", "Who Needs Love Anyway", "Versailles Exit", and "Jazz It Up". CD

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✨✧ Nicole Mitchell & Moor MotherOffering – Live At Le Guess Who ... CD
Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nicole Mitchell is an artist who made us sit up and say "wow" when we first saw her perform on the south side of Chicago 25 years ago – and she continues to make us express the same sort of surprise as the years go on – ever shifting her music, changing her focus, and continuing to get involved with really creative projects like this! The record is part of Mitchell's new sense of cosmic exploration – and features Nicole on flute and electronics, working alongside a lot more electronics from Moor Mother, who also delivers spoken passages on the album's all long tracks – which maybe make the whole thing come across like some Afro-Futurist blend of jazz, spoken word, and science fiction music – something that must have been amazing to see when it was performed live for this recording. Titles include "Up Out Of The Ugly", "Vultures Laughing", and "Prototype Eve". CD

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✨✧ Earl ScruggsNashville's Rock/Dueling Banjos/Storyteller & The Banjo Man/Top Of The World ... CD
BGO (UK), Early 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Four post-Flatts albums from the great Earl Scruggs – served up in a single set! First up is Nashville's Rock – a very unusual album from legendary bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs – a set that has him taking on a whole host of famous 60s rock tunes, and turning them into hip banjo-led instrumentals! By the time of the record, Earl had influenced a host of countless rockers – and it's quite a compelling change for Scruggs to handle material from that same scene, but bring it all right straight back to Nashville with his performance! Later Scruggs might end up in territory that was too rockish, but this record definitely has his classic sound right up front in the mix – even on the few tracks that might have a female backing chorus. Titles include "Everybody's Talkin", "Nashville Skyline Rag", "Hey Jude", "Love Is Just A Four Letter Word", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Honky Tony Women", and "Train Number Forty Five". Dueling Banjos is a record that takes its title from the big Deliverance hit by Eric Weissberg – but a set that reminds the world that when it comes to banjo, there's maybe nobody better than the great Earl Scruggs! And while the record has some of the elements of the Earl Scruggs Revue sound – in that his sons Randy and Gary are on the set – the whole thing is also all instrumental, and has a much more bluegrass-oriented vibe – thanks in part to great help from Vassar Clements on fiddle, Josh Graves on dobro, and Chip Young on guitar! The instrumentation is fantastic – and titles include "Peking Fling", "Just Joshin", "Flint Hill Special", "Black Mountain Blues", "Fireball Mail", and "Lonesome Ruben". Storyteller & The Banjo Man is a fantastic return to form for the great Tom T Hall – and a record that hints a bit at the bluegrass direction his later small label records would take! Earl Scruggs and his sons provide great musical backing, while Tom sings lead in that fantastic style of his – sometimes telling his own stories, sometimes singing the words of others – all in a lean, respectful, acoustic-driven setting that's maybe even better than most of Hall's own records at the time! Titles include "Shackles & Chains", "The Engineers Don't Wave From The Trains Anymore", "Song Of The South", "Don't Give Your Heart To A Rambler", "Dim Lights Thick Smoke", "No Expectations", "There Ain't Country Music On The Jukebox", and "Don't This Road Look Rough & Rocky". Top Of The World is a great late career album from Earl Scruggs – a set that features his sons still in the mix, but with a whole sort of production style and presentation that almost makes the whole thing a tribute to Earl's greatness! There's plenty of strong banjo solos in the lineup – and guests include Ricky Skaggs, Tracey Nelson, and the Burrito Brothers – but all used sparingly, with just the right vocal augmentation next to the instrumentation – and plenty of room for solos throughout. Titles include "Till the End Of The World Rolls Round", "Lay Me Down In Dixie", "Roller Coaster", "Carolina Star", "We'll Meet Again Sweetheart", and "Love Gone Cold". CD

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✨✧ VariousYou Got The Power – Cameo/Parkway Northern Soul 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Cameo/Abkco, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare soul gems from a legendary Philly family of labels – the Cameo/Parkway imprints, and the related Fairmount as well! Cameo and Parkway were home to plenty of pop hits at the start of the 60s – but they always put their money back into the scene, and were close to the ground digging up the best and brightest new Philly acts – something that maybe made them one of the first and most important to unleash the strong legacy of Philadelphia soul! Given the hits on Cameo, the company always had a great hear for upbeat groovers – which also makes for plenty of Northern Soul magic here – a legacy almost to rival early Motown, collected here in a long-overdue official look at this side of the label. Titles include "Because Of My Heart" by Frankie Beverly & The Butlers, "I Love Him So" by Nikki Blu, "Village Of Tears" by Ben Zane, "Night Owl" by Bobby Paris, "Country Girl" by Vickie Baines, "Envy In My Eyes" by The Orlons, "You Got The Power" by The Four Exceptions, "You Didn't Say A Word" by Yovnne Baker, "Who Do You Think You Are" by Soul City, "The Grass" by Lonnie Youngblood, "Shake & Shingaling (part 1)" by Gene Waiters, "SOS" by Christine Cooper, "Pass Me By" by Hattie Winston, "Picture Me Gone" by Evie Sands, and "Eddie's My Name" by Eddie Holman. CD
 
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Pop GroupAlien Blood ... LP
Mute, Early 80s. New Copy ... $21.99 22.98
Never-issued material from the legendary Pop Group – some of it intended for a second album, and produced by Dennis Bovell and the group together! Titles include "Don't Call Me Pain (first mix)", "Words Disobey Me (Dennis The Menace mix)", "We Are Time (ricochet)", "Snowgirl (take 3)", "Boys From Brazil (ridge reel 4)", "Thief Of Fire (bass addict)", "Don't Sell Your Dreams (a mix)", "Kiss The Baak", and "Blood Money (st)". LP, Vinyl record album

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SpinnersTruly Yours – Their First Motown Album With Bonus Tracks – 1963 to 1967 ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
The first Motown full length record by the Spinners – Original Spinners from '67 – followed by an impeccably well-chosen collection of bonus material! It's excellent stuff – an overlooked album with some very hard to find Motown work by this early version of the legendary Spinners – with lead vocals by Bobby Smith and Edgar Edwards. The tracks have a mixture of sweet and raw harmonies – crafted with an elegantly soulful sound that would later take the group way over the top during the 70s, and which here sounds sublime next to some of the group's Motown contemporaries! The first 12 tracks on this excellent Kent compilation are the Original Spinners tracklist – including "Sweet Thing", "I Cross My Heart", "I'll Always Love You", "Truly Yours", "Like A Good Man Should", "For All We Know", "How Can I", "It Hurts To Be In Love", "Nobody Else But You", "Where Is That Girl", "Tomorrow May Never Come" and "That's What Girls Are Made For". Most of the 14 bonus tracks are previously unreleased masters – revelatory stuff from earlier in the 60s – formative, yet beautifully realized recordings with productions by Harvey Fuqua and Ivy Joe Hunter! Titles include "Darling", "Words Can't Describe", "12 O'Clock", "Just Another Guy", "We're Gonna Be More More Than Friends" and more. CD

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✨✧ John Duke KischSeparate Cinema – The First 100 Years Of Black Poster Art (hardcover) ... Book
Reel Art, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful posters from a huge legacy in film – 100 years' worth of images that were used to promote black cinema – with entries that run from the early silent era, through unusual mid-century material, 70s blacksploitation movies, and both mainstream and indie films from later decades! Yet the book is way more than just another poster book – as the images here come with plenty of text – thoughtful writings on trends, styles, and key figures in black film – amidst words and images that pull no punches on treatment of race and social issues. The book is oversized, very heavy, full color throughout, and 317 pages – filled with fantastic images. Book

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Alessandro AlessandroniRitmo Dell'Industria #2 ... LP
Grand Prix/BTF (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 35.99
The sound of industry, circa 1969 Italy – which means that everything sounds a heck of a lot groovier than you might expect! Soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni handled the album – and it's completely fantastic right from the very first note – nothing like an industrial album, nor even some of the peppier "industry themed" sound library sets of the European postwar theme – and instead, the music is full of jazzy elements and cool wordless vocals – especially those scatting styles you'd know from Alessandroni's work with I Cantori Modern! Tremendous throughout – and quite possibly one of the grooviest albums the composer has ever given us. Titles include "Moto Blues", "Dialogando", "Circolazione", "Basso Regime", "Vie Motrici", "Escursione", and "Numero Uno". LP, Vinyl record album

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Allman BrothersBrothers & Sisters ... CD
Polydor/BMG, 1973. Used ... $3.99
The Allman Brothers at their best – and a key 70s set that may well have the group working at their peak! All their best southern roots are firmly tied together here – not just the country-touched approach to rock that was the group's calling card, but also their ties to some of the Georgia soul scene as well – an element that really surfaces in some of the album's piano lines and rhythms, which really help underscore the depth of the tunes – and give the group a solid footing that's stronger than some of their more cliched contemporaries. These tunes hold up wonderfully over the years – and have a visionary approach that almost sparkles even more strongly here in the 21st Century than when we first started digging their sounds on radio back in the 70s. Titles include "Southbound", "Jessica", "Pony Boy", "Wasted Words", "Ramblin Man", "Come & Go Blues", and "Jelly Jelly". CD
(CRC pressing.)
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✨✧ Allman BrothersBrothers & Sisters ... LP
Capricorn, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
The Allman Brothers at their best – and a key 70s set that may well have the group working at their peak! All their best southern roots are firmly tied together here – not just the country-touched approach to rock that was the group's calling card, but also their ties to some of the Georgia soul scene as well – an element that really surfaces in some of the album's piano lines and rhythms, which really help underscore the depth of the tunes – and give the group a solid footing that's stronger than some of their more cliched contemporaries. These tunes hold up wonderfully over the years – and have a visionary approach that almost sparkles even more strongly here in the 21st Century than when we first started digging their sounds on radio back in the 70s. Titles include "Southbound", "Jessica", "Pony Boy", "Wasted Words", "Ramblin Man", "Come & Go Blues", and "Jelly Jelly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful 180 gram EU reissue, with insert.)
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Dorothy AshbyIn A Minor Groove/Hip Harp ... CD
Prestige, 1958. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
2 of Dorothy Ashby's classic Prestige sessions – back to back on one CD! First up is material from Hip Harp – great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of African stringed instruments. Ashby was part of the same scene as Yusef Lateef, and like Lateef, she managed to use odd instrumentation in new contexts, to get a very unique jazz sound. This set's got harp and flute in the lead, and features the tracks "Pawky", "Charmaine", "Jollity", and "Back Talk". On In A Minor Groove, Ashby swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like Yusef Lateef or Les Jazz Modes, who were trying similar experiments in jazz. This session features Dorothy in a quartet with the flute of Frank Wess, the bass of Herman Wright, and the drums of Roy Haynes, whose warm lyrical touches provide the perfect melodicism for the group. Titles include "Rascallity", "Bohemia After Dark", "Taboo", "Autumn In Rome", and "It's A Minor Thing". CD

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AzymuthFlame/Spectrum ... CD
Milestone, 1984/1985. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Subtle magic from Azymuth – two mid 80s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Flame, a set that nicely lives up to its title – and which shows the strengths the trio picked up during their years in the US! The sound here is round and soulful – a great fusion of the group's roots in the 70s Brazilian fusion scene, and some of the smoother styles of the California one – never in a way that's too soft or commercial. As usual, there's a heavy emphasis on the keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami – who also sings a bit in a wordless, scatting sort of way. Flora Purim joins in on vocals on the cut "The Textile Factory" – and other titles include "Tamal Vista Boulevard", "Rapa Poeira", and "Flame (O Amor E Chama)". Spectrum is proof that Azymuth were one of the few groups who could keep things real at a time when most of their fusion contemporaries were sounding cloying and commercial! The album's got a well-rounded sound that really shows the group's roots in the 70s, and their wonderful evolution over the years – that keyboard-heavy sound that's always warm and soulful, and never too tinny or beat-heavy. Jose Roberto Bertrami's keys come across with a 70s warmth that most groups were lacking by this time – and the backing from Alex Maheiros on bass and Ivan Conti is always very subtle, and simple too – swirled up alongside the keyboards, and mixed in with a few occasional bits of guest instrumentation – including trumpet from Marcio Montarroyos on one track, and flugelhorn from Paulinho Olivera on a few more. Titles include versions of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", Jobim's "Song Of The Jet", and Ivan Lins' "The Island", plus the cuts "Universal Prisoner", "Candomble", and "Areis". CD

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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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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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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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✨✧ FireFather's Name Is Dad – The Complete Fire (3CD set) ... CD
Pye/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 30.99
Fire are a hell of a group – one who recorded an important Brit psych single, an overlooked masterpiece album, and a whole lot more wonderful music that's all finally collected here for the first time ever! To try to some up Fire in easy words is a bit impossible – they're one of those really special Brit groups from the psychedelic era – very far from their American cousins, and working with production and studio elements that take already really wonderful tunes and make them even more amazing – tuneful and trippy at the same time, with a sonic quality that's years ahead of its time – so much so that the group maybe had more of an impact on the psych revival years of the 80s in the UK, than they did on the mainstream market during their too-short existence. There's a nicely sinister vibe going on throughout – almost like The Who during Happy Jack years – and the first two CDs in the set provided the group's full recorded legacy from the early years – the full album The Magic Shoemaker, and loads of singles and demo tracks – 37 tracks that include "Tell You A Story", "Magic Shoes", "Father's Name Is Dad", "Treacle Toffee World", "It's Not Easy Falling Out Of Love", "Toothy Ruthie", "Alison Wonderland", "I Can See The Sky", "Happy Man Am I", and "Reason For Everything". CD3 features a much later live set from 2007 – 17 more tracks, billed as The Magic Shoemaker Live. CD

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Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". CD
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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99 30.99
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album
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Benny GolsonBenny Golson Quartets (Turning Point/Free) ... CD
Mercury/Gambit (Spain), 1962. Used ... $9.99
2 LPs of Benny Golson quartet sessions – 1962's Turning Point and Free – back-to-back on CD! First up is Turning Point, a beautiful album showcasing the tenor stylings of Golson in an intimate setting with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Golson plays two originals, plus standards, and his tone is fantastic throughout! This is one of the few efforts from the period that really shows him in an open-ended jazz vein, without a focus on his arrangements – which are excellent! Titles include "Turning Point", "Stella By Starlight", "Three Little Words", "Alone Together" and "Dear Kathy". Next up is Free – another great one! The material has a beautifully confident tone, with Golson's tenor cutting, changing, and swinging perfectly in lines that are masterfully crafted, yet full of raw emotion. This quartet includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Arthur Taylor on drums – and titles inlcude "Sock Cha-Cha", "Shades Of Stein", "Just By Myself", "My Romance" and "Just In Time". CD also includes the bonus track "Impromptune" – cut in 1960 with Cedar Walton, Tommy Willams and Albert Tootie Heath. CD
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GreensladeTemple Songs – The Albums 1973 to 1975 (Greenslade/Bedside Manners Are Extra/Spyglass Guest/Time & Tide) (4CD set) ... CD
Warner/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $34.99 50.99
A great little package – all four of the classic albums from Greenslade, packaged here in one monstrously proggy set! First up is the self-titled Greenslade – a set that's as sprawling and dynamic as its famous cover image from Roger Dean! Dean gives the whole package a bit of a Yes-like vibe – and there's definitely that sort of inspiration going on here – a really sharp, well-played mix of the keyboards of leader Dave Greenslade with fierce work on bass and drums – both handled with a fantastic sense of changes, and a driving force that never gets lost in itself or overindulgent! At a time when some prog groups were getting too darn proggy, these guys really stay the course – and are given fantastic guidance in the vocals of Dave Lawson – a really distinct singer who should have had a much bigger audience at the time. About as great as you can get for a record like this – with tracks that include "Temple Song", "Sundance", "Feathered Friends", "An English Western", and "Drowning Man". Bedside Manners Are Extra is a record that's filled with keyboard lines that really soar, thanks to leader Dave Greenslade – and vocals from Dave Lawson, who almost seems to have the same sort of energy as a young Freddie Mercury! The mix of elements here is great – at a level that should have made Greenslade much bigger at the time, as they really come on with a topshelf performance that rivals the best of this crossover prog generation. The drums are fantastic, too – really setting a solid ground while the organ and other keyboards soar over the top. Titles include "Pilgrim's Progress", "Drum Folk", "Sunkissed You're Not", "Chalk Hill", "Time To Dream", and "Bedside Manners Are Extra". Spyglass Guest is filled with fantastic keyboards from Dave Greenslade – a UK progger we'd have to put right up there with Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson for his skills on the keys! And at some level, on this album Dave hews closer to the core sound of the best prog years than Wakeman or Emerson might have been doing in 1974 – still very much awash in unusual time changes and fast shifts in tone and style – but all while keeping his music nicely focused overall! In other words, the keyboards are amazing, but never too in love with themselves to get lost in jamming – while Dave also sings a bit alongside his Fender Rhodes, clavinet, Arp, and organ – and gets strong help from the mighty drummer Andrew McCullough, whose deftness also keeps things moving – with other work from Clem Clempson and Andy Roberts on guitars, and Tony Reeves on bass. Titles include "Spirit Of The Dance", "Red Light", "Siam Seesaw", "Theme For An Imaginary Western", "Melancholic Race", "Joie De Vivre", and "Little Red Fry Up". Time & Tide is the final album from Greenslade – a set that has the group maybe compressing things a bit from their previous records – going for shorter songs that sometimes have a bit more bite, but still never lose that fantastic keyboard core that made them so great at the start! Titles include "Doldrums", "Gangsters", "Waltz For A Fallen Idol", "The Flattery Stakes", and "Animal Farm". CD

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Jutta HippJutta Hipp Quintet ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $13.99 About October 20, 2021
An amazing early bop session from Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this first album has her working with German contemporaries like Joki Freund on tenor sax and Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, carving out a dark little batch of tracks with a sharper edge than you'd expect! Although Hipp's the leader, it's the amazing horn interplay that really makes the record shine – as Mangelsdorff and Freund work in unison on many of the intros to the songs, cutting back and forth like a double-edged sword, then breaking out into wonderfully compact solos. About 3 tracks feature Hipp in a trio, but the remaining 5 feature this quintet – and it's just great! Titles include "Cleopatra", "Mon Petit", "What's New", and "Variations". CD

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HiroshimaEast/Providence ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1989/1992. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 16.99
A pair of later albums from one of the most unique fusion groups of their generation! First up is East, a record that really has Hiroshima embracing both their name and their previous approach to tight jazzy fusion – a set that's very electric, but also uses plenty of koto, taiko, and shamisen to give the music a strong Japanese flavor! The strongest lead comes from Dan Kuramoto, whose keyboard work and reed lines get plenty of space – but the set's also a definite group effort, with a warm sense of sympathy between the players – something you'd definitely need to blend acoustic and electric elements in this way! Machun sings lovely lead vocals on a few tracks – and titles include "East", "Tabo", "Streetcorner Paradise", "Daydreamer", "Living In America", and "Thousand Cranes". Providence showcases the continuing evolution of the Hiroshima sound – a set that still features the group's blend of electric fusion and more traditional Japanese elements – but which also marks a bit of a shift in the style of electric instruments at the time! In other words, the vibe here is more early 90s fusion than the sound of their earlier records – a shift in the choice of keyboards used by leader Dan Kuramoto, which are mixed alongside koto, shamisen, taiko, and percussion. Jeanette Clinger sings lead vocals in a few spots – and titles include "Turning Point", "Island World", "Time On The Nile", "With This Heart", "Kazen", "Providence", "One Of Us", and "Ribbon In The Sky". CD

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Bill HolmanFabulous Bill Holman – His Octet & Orchestra (Stan Kenton Presents/Fabulous Bill Holman) ... CD
Jazz City/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1957. Used ... $6.99
2 slices of work from tenor saxophonist Bill Holman – a key force in the Stan Kenton band of the early 50s, but a player who sounds even better as a leader on his own! The first half of this set brings together material from Holman's Kenton Presents sessions for Capitol in 1954 – octet material done with Don Fagerquist, Bob Eneveldsen, and Stu Williamson providing full brass support on trumpet and trombones – while Holman, Herb Geller, and Bob Gordon cut some broader lines themselves on saxes. Tunes are all great originals by Holman – extremely inventive in both melody and structure – with titles that include "Sparkle", "Tanglefoot", "Song Without Words", "Cousin Jack", "Back To Minors", and "Jughaid". Next up is material from the 1957 Coral album The Fabulous Bill Holman – a record that's got a maturity of expression that pushes Holman way past his Kenton years! The tracks are all larger ensemble ones, arranged and partially written by Bill, and played by the group in a broad chromatic style that's very nice – certainly Kenton-esque, but with a style that's somehow a bit more personal. Players include Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, Conte Cantoli, Stu Williamson, and Holman himself – and titles include "Evil Eyes", "You & I", "Bright Eyes", and the extended "The Big Street" – a great 17 minute tune! CD
(Still sealed.)

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". Sing Baby Sing is sublime work from the duo of Jackie & Roy – a guy/gal vocal team, but one with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Both Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing – and Roy also plays a mean piano, and writes a fair bit of the tunes too – really lively numbers that show off the bop-styled techniques they developed while working with Charlie Ventura – but with hipper, groovier lyrics – of the sort that are a key precursor to folks like Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg! Instrumentation on the set is great, too – a small combo with guitar from either Joe Rumero or Barry Galbraith – served up in a really great mix of tunes that includes "Season In The Sun", "Slowly", "Cheerful Little Earful", "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". CD

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Jackie & RoySpring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (aka Jackie & Roy) ... CD
Black Lion/Storyville (UK), 1955. Used ... $4.99
One of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". CD
(Out of print.)

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Walter JacksonFeeling Good ... LP
Chi Sound, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The first of six "comeback" albums that this great Chicago soul singer cut during his second wave of recording during the late 70s! Walter had originally done some amazing work with the great Carl Davis at the Okeh label during the mid 60s – and this album marks a return to their collaboration – this time at Davis' own Chi-Sound subsidiary of 20th Century Records. Jackson here takes all the smooth sophistication of his early days, and transforms himself into an adult singer of soul songs – taking a route similar to that travelled by singers like Jerry Butler or Lou Rawls at the same time. Like Rawls, the style doesn't always work – but when it does, it's great. Titles include "Love Is Lovelier", "Words", "Too Shy To Say", "Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)", "Love Woke Me Up This Morning", and a remake of "Welcome Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, small sticker remnants, and some clear tape on the spine.)

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Hank Jones & Tyree GlennHank Jones & Tyree Glenn Quintet/Sextet – Complete Recordings ... CD
Lonehill/Roost (Spain), 1957/1958/1961. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
The complete recordings of pianist Hank Jones with the Tyree Glenn group! The sessions are mostly lightly swinging affairs, but there are a fair number of lovely ballads, too – all recorded for Roulette Records in that sweet mix of swing and bop they were using in the late 50s. Jones nimbly leads all the way on the keys – but leaves plenty of room for first mate Tyree Gleen's trombone, or occasional (and quite groovy) vibes. The group includes Mary Osborne on guitar, Tommy Porter on bass, Jo Jones on drums, plus Harold Shorty Baker on trumpet. Recorded on separate dates in New York in 1957 and '58, and Chicago in 1961. Disc one includes "Sinbad The Sailor", "Svennson", "Lonely Moment", "All Of Me", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Royal Garden Blues", "Sunday", "Teach Me Tonight", "There Will Never Be Another You", "I Wanna Be Loved" and more. Disc two includes "Wonder Why", "Dear Old Southland", "Limehouse Blues", "Some Other Spring", "Mack The Knife", "Learn To Croon", "Indiana" and more! CD

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Malibu Ken (Aesop Rock & Tobacco)Malibu Ken (blue colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
Aesop Rock teams up with producer Tobacco as Malibu Ken – and one the best Aesop projects in years! There's a sly humor to Malibu Ken that doesn't play quite as cynical as at can on some the more dystopian sci-fi sounding production Aesop Rock has rhymed over going all the back to the Def Jux days. There's still nicely futuristic vibe, courtesy Tobacco with squalling synth sounds and beats like a digital engine revving up, but there's a more playful kind of vibe, too. Here's hoping this is only the first Malibu Ken LP! Includes "Corn Maze", "Tuesday", "Save Our Ship", "Sword Box", "Dog Years", "Acid King", ""Suicide Big Gulp", "Churro", "1+1=13" and "Purple Moss". LP, Vinyl record album
(On blue vinyl colored vinyl with download – and comes in a die-cut sleeve with pop out cardboard wearable mask!)

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MC LyteEyes On This ... CD
First Priority/Traffic, 1989. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
MC Lyte's second full length record – a bit overlooked in the grand scheme, if only because the preceding Lyte As A Rock was a tough act to follow – so now's a great time to catch up with it! To our ears, Eyes On This is every bit as nice as the debut, and it that last of Lyte's no nonsense late 80s east coast rap efforts – before she started inching more towards a commercial style in the early 90s. An underappreciated classic! Includes "Cappucino", "Stop, Look, Listen" featuring Audio Two, "Survival of the Fittest (rmx)", "I Am the Lyte", "Cha Cha Cha", "Not Wit' A Dealer" and another song dedicated to Shante, "Shut The Eff Up! (Hoe)". Also includes "Throwin Words At U", "Please Understand", "Rhyme Hangover", "Funky Song" and "Slave 2 The Rhythm". CD

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Rudy Ray MooreEat Out More Often ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Classic stuff – Rudy's first album, and a fitting launch to his famous career of party records and live club performances! The cover's got Rudy in front of a nude black model, laying back on the couch, and encouraging him to do the thing that's implied by the title – but the record itself is far more creative than just a bit of nasty words and sexy references. Rudy's at the top of his game here, bad rapping over a bit of music in a landmark effort that set the stage for countless other party records to come – but which is still presented here in one of its strongest examples. The set kicks off with an extended take on "Dolemite", with other tracks that include the funky groover "You Could Be Ugly Too", plus "Pimpin Sam", "So Glad I Could Come", and "Ballad Of A Boy & Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later green label Comedians Inc pressing.)

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Lee Perry & The UpsetterUpsetter Collection ... CD
Trojan (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
A nice selection of Upsetters tracks, and other Perry productions, from 1969-1973. Though he had yet to make the mothership connection through the Black Ark, his vision is fully formed on all these funky numbers, and it's clear where much of his inspiration was coming from with "Freak Out Skank"and other numbers like "Cold Sweat". A total of 16 groovy Scratch creations, mostly by the Upsetters: "Return Of Django", "Django Shoots First", "The Vampire", "Drugs & Poison", "Sipreano", "Black IPA", "Tipper Special", and the "French Connection", plus The Bleechers "Check Him Out", The Gatherers "Words Of My Mouth", Carlton & His Shoes "Better Days", and the Perry numbers "Cow Thief Skank", "Bucky Skank" and "Kill them All". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sal SalvadorSal Salvador Quintet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 1953. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
Sal Salvador was one of the 50s more accomplished modernist talents on jazz guitar – and his work ranks up there with players like Tal Farlow, or Gil Melle's great bandmate Joe Cinderella. This is Salvador's rare first album for Blue Note – only issued in a 10" vinyl format! The record features quartet and quintet material, and includes tenorist Frank Sokolow, an icy-toned genius who's never gotten his just dues. Sokolow and Salvador sound great together, and create a haunting sound that's better than anything we've heard on other Salvador records from his later years. Titles include "My Old Flame", "Get Happy", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Gone With The Wind", and "After You've Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Philippe SardeLe Choc/Les Siens De Glace ... CD
Music Box (France), 1974/1982. New Copy ... $26.99 33.99
Two different soundtracks for films with Alain Delon in the lead – an actor who always seems to work with great music on his movies! First up is Le Choc – a set that has fuller orchestrations penned by Philppe Sarde, but handled by UK maestro Peter Knight – who you might know from late 60s Fontana Records productions – all capped with these great saxophone solos from Wayne Shorter! Shorter's a surprise for the record – he wasn't doing much work like this at the time – and he really adds a lot to the tunes, which include "Coup De Foudre", "Tendresse", "Le Charme", "Le Danger", "La Joie", "L'Amour", and "Commando Schroeder". Next is Les Siens De Glace – a great Georges Lautner film from 1974, with a score that has Sarde exploring some of the darker sides of his talents! The score has a bit of wordless vocals that are nice and creepy, and some very strong violin solos from Hubert Rostaing – which break out in a variety of moody ways, over titles that include "Trauma", "Reverie", "Malaise", "Obsession", "Regrets", "Agression", "Cauchemar", and "Trouble". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Elliott SmithElliott Smith (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Kill Rock Stars, 1995. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
Elliot's Smith's second solo album and his first for Kill Rock Stars, a landmark for the label and Elliot's legacy – unintentionally kicking the doors open for a loner folk, melancholy acoustic movement in an indie rock era known for earsplitting noise at the time. It's more willfully intimate than what we'd lump in with what was being sold as "low fi" at the time, with material that really only needs Elliot's yearning voice, words and acoustic guitar to give us all we need. Lovely, heartbreaking stuff all the way. Includes the devastating "Needle In The Hay", "Clementine", "Christian Brothers", "Satellite", "Good To Go", "Alphabet Town", "Southern Belle", "St Ides Heaven" and "The Biggest Lie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 25th Anniversary pressing! Indie exclusive purple vinyl.)

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Pat ThomasDid It – From Yippie To Yuppie – Jerry Rubin An American Revolutionary (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 49.99
A surprisingly beautiful book on the famous 60s radical Jerry Rubin – one that's not only the first-ever look at the man's life, politics, and influence – but one that's also presented in a lavishly visual style that really conveys the crossroads of art and ideas of which Rubin was a key part! The book is even better than Pat Thomas' previous book, Listen Whitey – and has the same heavily visual feel as that one – as words from Rubin and his contemporaries are mixed with larger historical information, an incredible amount of cultural sidebars – and hundreds of fantastic images from the 60s onwards. Rubin's known as one of the founding fathers of the yippies – the Youth International Party, which gave political focus to the freedoms of hippies, and was a key part of the protests in Chicago in 1968. But the man's also had a much larger, even more colorful life – and this book really gets at all of that, and then some – one of those rare cases where you pick up a book on someone, and actually find yourself far more illuminated than before – both in terms of the subject, and their larger cultural role. 253 very vivid pages, hardcover, and done in the best Fantagraphics style. Book

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Michael TisserandKrazy – George Herriman, A Life In Black & White (hardcover) ... Book
Harper, 2016. New Copy ... $8.99 35.00
There have been a number of art books over the years about George Herriman – groundbreaking cartoonist and animator, and the creator of Krazy Kat – but this may be the first really well-done historical look at his live and creations – presented in a beautiful format that still features images throughout, but which is also very heavy on history and research as well! Author Michael Tisserand provides many pages of notes at the end to support his long research into Herriman – and the layout juxtaposes cartoons with the author's words, which are often a lot more down to earth than the images. 545 pages, hardcover, with black and white images throughout. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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✨✧ Too ShortLife Is – Too Short (with bonus download) ... LP
Jive/Legacy, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 21.98
The second album from Too Short, and like the first, a set that firmly established both the Cali scene and the Bay Area as a hotbed of harder-hitting hip hop! And sure, there were countless later gangsta acts that slide into the sorts of cliches that often marred the genre – but back at the start, folks like Too Short, Ice T, and NWA were really exploding with a sense of message that was quite a surprise to anyone whose ears were pointed to the east – really opening the door for countless other scenes to add their two cents – including the big wave that would soon rise from the south. The whole thing still sounds surprisingly fresh all these many years later – and titles include "Life Is Too Short", "I Ain't Trippin", "Nobody Does It Better", "Cuss Words", "City Of Dope", "Don't Fight The Feelin", "Rhymes", and "Pimp The Ho". LP, Vinyl record album
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Yuma Uesaka/Marilyn CrispellStreams ... CD
Not Two (Poland), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
This might be the first time we're hearing the work of reedman Yuma Uesaka – who turns out to be a fantastic partner for the always-tremendous piano talents of Marilyn Crispell! Uesaka is as much of a composer as an improviser – and the work here is all composed at the core, but with structures that allow for plenty of individual contributions – inspired by the poetry of Rushi Vyas, whose words are included with the CD – even though Yuma is just expressing himself on saxes and clarinets. The pair are joined by Chatori Shimizu on sho on one track – but the core energy just comes from reeds and piano, with Crispell reminding us once again that she can be a hell of a musical partner in just about any setting. Titles include "Torrent", "Ma/Space", "Meditation", "Interations 1", and "Streams". CD

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✨✧ Jimmy WebbCake & The Rain – A Memoir ... Book
St Martins, 2018. New Copy ... $4.99 17.99
A beautiful memoir from one of our favorite songwriters of the 60s – the legendary Jimmy Webb, who first sprung on the charts with a variety of hits at a very young age! Only just a boy, Webb displayed a sensitivity with words and ear for unusual arrangements that beat the work of so many of his older predecessors in the music business – and like Burt Bacharach or Charles Stepney, Webb helped create a sound that would go on to define a generation. Jimmy tells the tales of his early years here – leaving off right at the start of the 70s, and focusing on those amazing early moments of creation, which quickly took him up to the elite of the west coast music scene. The tone is great – often very honest and surprisingly down to earth – and the book is 346 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book
(Small remainder mark on spine.)

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VariousComplete Motown Singles 12A – 1972 (limited edition 5CD set – with bonus 45) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1972. Used 5 CDs & 45 ... $64.99
The sprawling soul sounds of Motown, circa '72 – with all the amazing singles from January to July of that huge and historic year – collected here in the first of a 2 box set grand finale for the Complete Motown Singles series! Creatively, the first half of '72 was an incredible period. Veterans like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and The Four Tops sound freshly inspired, Marvin Gaye is hitting his peak, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5 are in full stride, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and The Supremes are still cutting gorgeous singles. In other words, there's still a whole lot of distinctively Motown magic happening! But '72 also finds the label branching out into funk, funk rock and both sunnier and grittier material by a variety artists – from Undisputed Truth and Sisters Love, to Frankie Valli and Rare Earth. The label would soon make the move to the west coast, so it's truly the end of an era – therefore as apt of a point as possible for Hip-O Select to begin closing up their beautiful series. Vol 12A has 113 tracks on 5CDs – encased in a hardcover, 130-page full color book with essays and notes on each track – including songs by all the above, plus Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, David Ruffin, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, The Commodores, Syreeta, Edwin Starr, Thelma Houston, The Devastating Affair, Bobby Darin, Blinky, Posse, The Marvelettes, Blue Scepter, GC Cameron, The Originals, Eddie Kendricks, Gladys Knght & The Pips and more! Also includes a bonus 45 by The Blackberries – "Somebody Up There" backed by "But I Love You More" – with the Mowest logo on the inner label! Love this! Can't wait for Vol 12B! CD

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✨✧ Manfredo FestBrazilian Dorian Dream ... CD
T&M/Far Out (UK), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sublime little set – quite possibly the greatest album ever from Brazilian keyboardist Manfredo Fest! Manfredo first cut his teeth on the bossa scene of the 60s – but by the time of this rare indie session, he'd moved up to the US – and was working with sweet keyboards to really electrify his groove! The record's a wonderful blend of 70s Brazilian fusion modes and just a dash of American soul – and in addition to Manfredo's wonderful work on Fender Rhodes, the set also has these brilliant vocals from Roberta Davis – a singer who works wordlessly, using her voice as an instrument in this really cool way – sliding along with the grooves, and making the album sound unlike anything else we can think of. The overall feel is a bit like Joao Donato's excellent Quem E Quem album – and titles include "Jungle Cat", "Facing East", "Who Needs It", and "Brazilian Dorian Dream". CD

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✨✧ Fabio Frizzi/Walter Rizzati & Alessandro BlonksteinerLucio Fulci's Gates Of Hell Trilogy (City Of The Living Dead/The Beyond/House By The Cemetery) (3CD set) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1980/1981. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Three Italian horror classics – packaged here in a single set! First up is Fabio Frizzi's score for Nella Citta Dei Morti Viventi/City Of The Living Dead – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric – making for a moody mix of music that goes way beyond the usual spare slasher keyboards! A few numbers use wordless vocals, while others have nicely stepping strings – and a beefier bassline comes into play on a few standout funk tracks as well. Titles include "Toward Dawn", "Fatti Misteriosi", "Apoteosi Del Mistero", "Occhi Di Brace", and "Verso L'Alba". Next is Frizzi's Beyond/E Tu Vivrai Nel Terrore L'Aldila – a very spooky soundtrack – and one that stands out as one of the best-remembered from this important second generation of Italian horror! The record's got less of the atonal orchestrations and funk/thriller modes of a few years before – and moves into the spare, eerie quality that John Carpenter helped usher in – with lots of crashing piano lines, atonal guitar parts, and weird descending chords that feel like they're going to suck you into the deep! There's some very nice and sparing use of synthesizer within the score – just the right bit to add a creepy edge, but maybe not as much as on other synth-heavy soundtracks from the time – and titles include "Voci Dal Nulla", "Oltre La Soglia", "Suono Aperto", "Verso L'Ignoto", and "Giro Di Blues". Walter Rizzati's score for Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero/House By The Cemetery has lots of keyboards – in a spare, spooky soundtrack from the early 80s Italian horror scene – a blood-dripping masterpiece from director Lucio Fulcio! Walter Rizzati's music here is heavy on the kinds of electric touches you'd hear from both Goblin or John Carpenter – and often paced at a level that's somewhere between the pair – not as jamming as Goblin, but a bit fuzzier than Carpenter – a blend that makes for some really wonderful numbers that are plenty creepy here on their own – even away from the images on the screen! There's plenty of great bits that creep up on you slowly – and others that jump mercilessly from dark corners – on titles that include "Quella Villa", "I Remember", "Incontro", "Blonk Monster", "Verso Il Terrore", "Voci Dal Terrore", "Tema Bambino", and "Chi Sta Arrivando". CD

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✨✧ Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club ... LP
Sire, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album by The Tom Tom Club – a group that started out as a side project by Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz – but which went onto have a surprising life of its own! Like the Talking Heads at the start of the 80s, Tom Tom Club were very open to pulling together rhythms from the soulful underground – bits of Caribbean influence and certainly some sounds from hip hop too – but used in these cool sing-songy tunes that also had ties to the same New York underground scene that gave the world ESG and Liquid Liquid! Yet there's also a nicely complex set of textures, too – thanks to work on the record by Adrian Belew and Steve Stanley – both of whom can balance out funky elements and more interesting textures. The record took off immediately with the track "Genius Of Love" – inspired by hip hop, and respected by that scene too – as was the album's classic "Wordy Rappinghood". The whole thing's great – an excellent document of the moment, but more timeless too – and other titles include "L'Elephant", "As Above So Below", "On On On On", "Lorelei", and "Booming & Zooming". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousKeep The Dream Alive – A Tribute To Mayor Harold Washington ... LP
Ecobert, 1988. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure late 80s soul effort – dedicated to the memory of (then) recently-departed Harold Washington – the first African-American mayor of Chicago! The set's a batch of message-oriented soul tracks – most dealing with Washington's legacy in some way – and the album was put together by the team of Charles and Curtis Colbert. Jerry Butler and Albertina Walker both make an appearance on the set – but most of the other singers are lesser-knowns from Chicago. Titles include "Words To Harold", "Carry On", "For The Love", "Thank You", "He Was The One", "Friend Of Mine", and "Keep The Dream Alive". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ B Astrid Daley & Adam Parfrey, edsSin-A-Rama – Sleaze Sex Paperbacks Of The Sixties (expanded edition) ... Book
Feral House, 2005. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first book we've ever seen to fully do justice to the world of porn paperbacks in the 60s – that insanely profitable underground that existed in a space between girlie mags and cinematic pornography – when words enough were plenty to titillate the libido of a reader! Many of the publishers were secretive, distribution was often controlled by the mob, and some of the writers were bigger stars working under fake names for ready cash – all to create a surprisingly rich tapestry of work that's mostly been lost to the shifting sands of time! The large volume features many essays on different topics within the field – alongside an insane amount of full color images reproducing the paperbacks in all their glory – images that are far wilder than the one on the front of the book, and which make reading the text a complete delight throughout. The whole thing is way more than the usual fluff books that just present lurid paperbacks – as the writing is great, full of knowledge, and really gets at the heart of the matter – with profiles on writers that include Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, Eric Stanton, Gene Bilbrew, Ron Haydock (aka Vin Saxon), and even Ed Wood – and contributions from Miriam Linna, Lydia Lunch, Robert Silverberg, and others. 327 pages, softcover, and full color throughout. Book

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✨✧ Hugo FattorusoHugo Fattoruso & Barrio Opa ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first work we've heard in many years from keyboardist Hugo Fattoruso – an artist who was born in Uruguay, but whose talents have been intertwined with Brazilian music for many years – including early recordings in a bossa mode, and 70s fusion with his legendary Opa combo! This set follows the style of those great 70s albums – with a fusion style that owes plenty to the jazz changes in Brazil, particularly the way that jamming instrumental solos could often be wrapped up strongly with the rhythms – and the great balance between acoustic and electric elements in the music! Hugo plays keyboards throughout, and even vocalizes at times – in a cool wordless style that again reminds us of some Brazilian 70s artists – and the setting here is wonderfully sharp throughout – very much a fusion mode that really pushes the boundaries, but never loses its groove. Titles include "Antes/Goldenwings", "La Del Cheche", "Llamada Insolita", "Candombe Alto", "El Romance Del Sordo", "Botijas", "Trenes De Tokyo", and "Candombe Beat Funk". CD

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✨✧ Manfredo FestBrazilian Dorian Dream ... CD
T&M/Far Out (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sublime little set – quite possibly the greatest album ever from Brazilian keyboardist Manfredo Fest! Manfredo first cut his teeth on the bossa scene of the 60s – but by the time of this rare indie session, he'd moved up to the US – and was working with sweet keyboards to really electrify his groove! The record's a wonderful blend of 70s Brazilian fusion modes and just a dash of American soul – and in addition to Manfredo's wonderful work on Fender Rhodes, the set also has these brilliant vocals from Roberta Davis – a singer who works wordlessly, using her voice as an instrument in this really cool way – sliding along with the grooves, and making the album sound unlike anything else we can think of. The overall feel is a bit like Joao Donato's excellent Quem E Quem album – and titles include "Jungle Cat", "Facing East", "Who Needs It", and "Brazilian Dorian Dream". CD

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✨✧ Bill HolmanComplete Big Band Recordings (Fabulous Bill Holman/In A Jazz Orbit/Bill Holman's Great Big Band/bonus tracks) ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1954/1957/1958/1960. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A full package of work from the mighty Bill Holman – 2CDs worth of music – including three full albums plus bonus tracks! First up is material from the 1957 Coral album The Fabulous Bill Holman – a record that's got a maturity of expression that pushes Holman way past his Kenton years! The tracks are all larger ensemble ones, arranged and partially written by Bill, and played by the group in a broad chromatic style that's very nice – certainly Kenton-esque, but with a style that's somehow a bit more personal. Players include Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, Conte Cantoli, Stu Williamson, and Holman himself – and titles include "Evil Eyes", "You & I", "Bright Eyes", and the extended "The Big Street" – a great 17 minute tune! Next Is In A Jazz Orbit – a set that has Holman in a great mode that bridges the large group styles of the swing years and the changes in big band sounds that would take place in the 60s – and he's almost prefacing the style of the Clarke Boland Big Band by writing charts here that pack a real punch on the ensemble passages, yet which also rely very strongly on breakaway horn solos to tear up the tunes! The strength of the players is a key factor in the success of the album – as soloists include Frank Rosolino, Jack Sheldon, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, and Holman himself – on titles that include "Kissin Bug", "You Go To My Head", "Far Down Below", "Aura", "Theme & Variation #2", and "No Heat". Bill Holman's Great Big Band is a session from 1960 that has Bill Holman still sitting nicely at the top of the west coast large group format from the 50s! As with previous dates of this nature, Holman's got a way around the charts that few can match – a way of swinging the whole ensemble strongly, yet never in ways that are cloying, commercial, or cliched. All the right players find a space for expression – and the lineup includes Richie Kamuca and Bill Perkins on tenor sax, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Conte Candoli on trumpet – all players who really sparkle nicely when they step out from the larger group. Titles include "Stereoso", "Shadrack", "Quickstep", "Aura", "The Moon Is Blue", "June Is Busting Out All Over", and "Spinuet". CD features 10 more bonus tracks – tunes from Holman's Kenton Presents sessions for Capitol in 1954 – octet material done with Don Fagerquist, Bob Eneveldsen, and Stu Williamson providing full brass support on trumpet and trombones – while Holman, Herb Geller, and Bob Gordon cut some broader lines themselves on saxes. Tunes are all great originals by Holman – extremely inventive in both melody and structure – with titles that include "Sparkle", "Tanglefoot", "Song Without Words", "Cousin Jack", "Back To Minors", and "Jughaid". CD
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✨✧ Paul HornVisions ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nice fusiony jazz done with soul and airy atmophere by Paul Horn – including some choice covers, and sounds that range from fusiony jazz with a little bit of funk and more lilting numbers lifted by flute and wordless vocals! Horn has a tendency to go head first into a more new agey vibe, but here we get a more grounded approach with more soul and bits of funk in the bass, keys & percussion. The players include Larry Carlton, Joe Sample and Tom Scott. Includes a nice takes on a trio of Stevie Wonder numbers: "Too High", "Visions" and "Living For The City", Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Chelsea Morning" (the former featuring some vocals and keyboards by Joni), plus "High Tide"., "Long Time Gone", "Song With No Words" and "Dida". CD

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✨✧ ICP OrchestraEast Of The Sun ... CD
ICP (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual musical moment for the ICP Orchestra – as the recording is the first in the group's long history to not feature the work of co-founder Misha Mengelberg on piano – a loss here that is noted by the group's wordless vocal performance of Misha's "Psalm" theme at the start of the set, before launching off into territory that covers both his compositions and those of other group members – swinging nicely between structure and individual freedom! Drummer Han Bennink is still a key member of the group, and Guus Janssen takes up the piano and a bit of organ – but in very different ways than Mengelberg – in a lineup that also features Ab Baars and Tobias Delius on clarinet and tenor, Michael Moore on alto, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Thomas Heberer on cornet, Mary Oliver on violin and viola, Ernst Glerum on bass, and Tristan Honsinger on cello. Many of the tracks are relatively short, in comparison to some of the group's other work – and they've sometimes go this special sparkle and wit that shows that Mengelberg's influence is alive and well in the group, even if he's not participating in the recording. Titles include "Rondo", "Sendai", "Impro Een", "Browse Of Morning", "Oorwurm", "Bleekgezicht", and "Pilaren/Twee Lijnen". CD

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✨✧ Pop GroupY Live ... LP
Mute, Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A never-issued live set from this fantastic band – appearing here on vinyl for the first time ever! Mark Stewart and crew are every bit as raw and biting in a concert setting as in the studio – and the set's amazing in the way it conveys the strength of their sound, but without some of the studio touches that they used at the time. Titles include "Thief Of Fire", "Savage Sea", "Don't Call Me Pain", "Boys From Brazil", "Words Disobey Me", "We Are Time", and "Snowgirl". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousTo The Outside Of Everything – A Story Of UK Post-Punk 1977 to 1981 (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Great sounds from some of our favorite years of the British scene – those moments right after punk first exploded, and a generation of young English artists took off in so many different musical directions! The era's been labeled as post-punk, but what makes it really unique is that the label hardly does the music justice – as the time had such a rich array of sounds and styles, it would be impossible to sum of the vibe in just a few short words! There's definitely some punk elements in the music, but there's also electronic moments, sweeter songs, noisy bits, compressed prog inspirations, and even some occasional witty elements – with songwriting that's really stood the test of time over the years. There have been other collections of post-punk work over the years, but we've never seen a package like this – as the 5CD set features 111 tracks in all, packaged inside a book-style cover that's overflowing with notes and images – all with a track selection that includes lots of lost gems. In other words, even if you're like us, and already love this period, you'll still find plenty of greatness here – as the whole thing's balanced well enough to please both newcomers and longtime collectors. Includes work by Dif Juz, Glaxo Babies, The Homosexuals, Ultravox, Swell Maps, Clock DVD, Maximum Joy, Section 25, The Cravats, Native Hipsters, Josef K, Art Objects, The Passions, Big In Japan, Fischer-Z, Family Fodder, Girls At Our Best, Ludus, Boots For Dancing, In Camera, The Disco Zombies, Medium Medium, Alternative TV, The Nightingales, My Captains, Five Or Six, Steve Diggle, Dance Chapter, Fire Engines, Spoon Fazer, and many others! CD

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✨✧ DJM TrioCave Art ... LP
Paxico (UK), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A jazz trio, but one who serve up tunes from a whole host of different hip hop sources – instrumental readings of cuts originally served up by 9th Wonder, Jurassic 5, Pete Rock, MF Doom, and Tribe Called Quest! The setting is familiar – bass, drums, and either piano or keyboards, depending on the cut – but the group really live up to the spirit of the originals, first by using drums in a way that often feels like beats – and second by never jazzing things up too much, and often just laying in the cut and really loving the rhythms! Titles include "Shapes", "One Beer", "We Our Future", "Wordplay", "The Way You Do It", "Great Expectations", "TROY", "Let's Group", and "Koolout Ish". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rob FryeExoplanet ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first album as a leader from Rob Frye – and a set that's likely to be the start of a big creative wave to come! Rob serves up a very unusual instrumental blend here – one that's heavy on percussion and keyboards, but used in a very organic setting – not one that's moody or atmospheric, but which has sort of a rising power that really gets at the planetary vision of Frye's music! Rob himself plays woodwinds and electronics – and other musicians include Quin Kirchner and Tommaso Moretti on drums, Cooper Crain and Dan Quinlivan on electronics, Edbrass Brasil on woodwinds, and Ben Lamar Gay on cornet! The sound is wonderful – very hard to describe in words – and titles include "Intercosmos", "Jupiter Control", "Lightship Sgr A Sgr", "Goldilocks", and "Sunrise On Pruhina". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jutta HippJutta Hipp Quintet – New Faces New Sounds From Germany (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing early bop session from Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this first album has her working with German contemporaries like Joki Freund on tenor sax and Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, carving out a dark little batch of tracks with a sharper edge than you'd expect! Although Hipp's the leader, it's the amazing horn interplay that really makes the record shine – as Mangelsdorff and Freund work in unison on many of the intros to the songs, cutting back and forth like a double-edged sword, then breaking out into wonderfully compact solos. About 3 tracks feature Hipp in a trio, but the remaining 5 feature this quintet – and it's just great! Titles include "Cleopatra", "Mon Petit", "What's New", and "Variations". 2015 Blue Note Authorized Dealer pressing – in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary – and the indie retailers that support them! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mr FoxMr Fox/The Gipsy ... CD
Transatlantic/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first two albums from Mr Fox – UK folk contemporaries of Fairport Convention and Pentangle, but a group who are maybe even more committed to the traditional roots in their sound! The self-titled Mr Fox features vocals from both Bob and Carole (later Carolanne) Pegg – singing together and trading leads in a way that really elevates the majesty of the music – which, according to them, comes from the ancient world of the Yorkshire dales – a quality that definitely comes through in the way they vocalize the words. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic, but these guys use electric bass in the best ways of their bigger contemporaries – really setting the music apart from familiar folk, and giving it a sinister edge at the bottom – and occasionally peppering things with organ lines too. Titles include "The Hanged Man", "Join Us In Our Game", "The Ballad Of Neddy Dick", "Mr Fox", and "Salisbury Plain". The Gipsy is a record that expands the sound nicely from the group's debut – adding in some slight electric touches in surprising places – including the fiddles and organ – and also using some original material by the group that really burns with a nice deep edge. There's an attempt here to move past conventional acid folk styles – although never in commercial ways – just compelling juxtapositions of instrumentation and vocal interplay, which almost seems to unlock more of a pagan vibe in their sound! Titles include "House Carpenter", "The Gipsy", "Aunt Lucy Broadwood", "Mendle", and "All The Good Times". CD

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✨✧ Run The JewelsRTJ4 (neon magenta vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mass Appeal, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
RTJ come on with the force of a hurricane on the very first track – and don't let up throughout the course of this completely sharp 4th LP – a record that may owe plenty to the spirit of 2020, even if just as an antidote to what ails us! EL P and Killer Mike sound more urgent than ever before – clearly brimming over with energy and a sense of message – so much so that the album's guests almost dim in comparison – although we do appreciate the work from Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Greg Nice, DJ Premier, and Pharrell Williams! The record is full of sharp samples and production modes that punch with the force of a fist – and titles include "Out Of Sight", "Holy Calamafuck", "Goonies Vs ET", "Walking In The Snow", "Ju$t", "Yankee & The Brave", "Never Look Back", "Ooh La La", "A Few Words For The Firing Squad", and "Pulling The Pin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive neon magenta vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Celi BeeBlow My Mind ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Celi Bee picks up a few 80s touches for this album – mixing her usual disco groove with some slight Eruo electro touches – adding in a nice dose of darkness to the set! Celi's still got an undeniably strong talent for a catchy tune – the kind of vibe that first made us fall in love with her music during the TK years – and even amidst some colder keyboards here, she still comes across with plenty of charm – a sing-song way of hitting the lyrics that makes even simple, silly words kind of groovy. This approach is heard to great effect on the track "Donkey Donkey" – and on other tunes that include "It's Love", "Blow My Mind", "Dancin Nuts", and "Love Drops". CD

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✨✧ Franco BixioFilm Music Of Franco Bixio (Deserto Di Fuoco/Instantanea Per Un Delitto/Diario Segreto/Il Tuo Piacere E Il Mio) ... CD
CAM/Quartet (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Four rare soundtracks from Italian composer Franco Bixio – appearing here on CD for the first time ever! First up is Deserto Di Fuoco – a score that begins with a dreamy wordless vocal theme, but then quickly moves into tenser moments – a kind of low-end, brooding approach to the music which is occasionally cut with some sweeter strings, yet still in a way that preserves the moody vibe of the other cuts! There's one "momento sexy" in the mix, but most of the tunes stay in this formation – kind of a mix of drama with slight currents of Italian warmth. Instantanea Per Un Delitto is a standout score right from the start – especially since the whole thing begins with a tune titled "I Want To Die" – a vocal number that's followed by a fair bit of other vocal tunes too – rockish numbers that almost feel like they were lifted from some Mike Curb/AIP soundtrack in the US – with titles that include "Back To My Baby", "My Sleeping Lady", "Pro9mise", "A Trip Around The World", and "Woman Pig". The soundtrack Diario Segreto Un Carcere Femminile follows – a mix of shorter tunes and warmer themes – sometimes in a lightly erotic mode, but also balanced with a bit of action too – and nice use of spare guitar and piano to evoke some nicely moody moments. There's a few tunes with fuller woodwinds and strings – a nice touch, and much more sensitive than usual for Bixio! Last up is the score for Il Tuo Piacere E'Il Mio – music that's filled with all sorts of weird touches – from spare recorder or harpsichord lines, to some offbeat churchy vocals – used on short tunes that end up with a pretty spooky vibe overall! The 2CD set features 63 tracks in all – done in the great quality we've really come to appreciate from the Quartet label. CD

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✨✧ Mamas & PapasAll The Leaves Are Brown – The Golden Era Collection ... CD
MCA, Late 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Attention fans of The Mamas & The Papas: Christmas has come early this year! This totally excellent set is better than any fan of this groovy late 60s vocal group could have ever hoped for – as it features 4 of their classic LPs for Dunhill, presented in their entirety, mixed with additional bonus tracks! This one is a huge surprise to all of us who've had to be content with only greatest hits collections by the group for years – and it's the first time we've really been able to hear (on CD) all the subtle mania of the group. These guys are way more than just their hits "Monday Monday" and "California Dreamin" – as John & Michelle Phillips, Cass Elliott, and Denny Doherty were as much a part of the mad, twisted, late 60s LA scene as Brian Wilson, Arthur Lee, or Van Dyke Parks. There's a whopping 52 tracks in all, plus a totally excellent booklet of notes – and titles include "Dancing In The Street", "I Saw Her Again", "Words Of Love", "Straight Shooter", "Got A Feelin", "Safe In My Garden", "Gemini Childe", "Nothing's Too Good For My Little Girl", "Midnight Voyage", "Creeque Alley", "Dedicated To The One I Love", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "I Saw Her Again", and lots more! CD
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Lou Reed & Kris KristoffersonBottom Line Archive Series – In Their Own Words With Vin Scelsa (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Bottom Line, 1994. New Copy 3LPs ... On November 26, 2021
(Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Saturday, November 27. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 26. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on November 27 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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Leonard CohenSongs Of Love & Hate (50th anniversary edition – 180 gram white vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... On November 26, 2021
One of the more heavily brooding albums ever cut by Leonard Cohen – and also one of the best – the iconic Songs Of Love And Hate from 1971! Cohen's aptly titled third LP, with the nice spare approach to production that most of his early work had, even more stripped down, with voice and acoustic guitar the focus, and some tasteful, more lush texture when the mood strikes – and oh so incredible wordplay and phrasing from the iconic maverick poet/songwriter. Classic bummers including "Avalanche", "Last Year's Man", "Dress Rehearsal Rag", "Diamonds In The Mine", "Love Calls You By Your Name", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Sing Another Song, Boys" and "Joan Of Arc". (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Saturday, November 27. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 26. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on November 27 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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FatlipLoneliest Punk ... LP
Delicious Vinyl/ORG, 2005. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
The debut solo set from Fatlip – a record that showed the world that he maybe had even more to offer on his own than as a member of Pharcyde! The title might seem strange, but it's a play on the name Thelonious Monk – and that sort of wordcraft is key to the album's strength – as Fatlip works with self-deprecating wit and occasional heart-on-the-sleeve confessionals – set to production by J Swift, Edy Crahp, and Squeak E Clean – and some occasional beats by the 45 King! Tracks include "Fat Leezy", "First Heat", "The Bassline", "Today's Your Day" feat Chali 2na, "Joe's Turkey", "I Got Sh*t", "Writer's Block", "MIA", "The Story Of Us", "All On A Fly", "Freaky Pumps" feat Shock G & Humpty Hump, and "Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
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Dr Prof Leonard KingStill Steppin – 10th Anniversary ... CD
Uuquipleu, 2020. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
One of the many great projects from drummer Leonard King – a larger ensemble, but one that's still got all the sharp energy of his smaller group work! King's definitely in the lead on drums, and getting help from a few percussionists too – singing at times, urging the group on in ways that aren't that different from some of Roy Porter's vocalizations back on his famous albums of the 70s! In other words, King is a drummer first and a singer second – but his way of putting over a tune really shows how all-in he is with his music – leading a group that also includes some strong work on trumpet and a mixture of reeds from an assortment of different players. The great Ron English is in the group on guitar – and titles include "Number Four", "Deep Blue", "The Story Of Neptune", "Atoll", "Pissed Off With A High Degree Of Elegance", "True Bassonification Suite", and "Closed For Remodeling Suite". CD
(CDr release.)
Also available Still Steppin – 10th Anniversary ... CD 7.99

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Dr Prof Leonard KingStill Steppin – 10th Anniversary ... CD
Uuquipleu, 2020. New Copy 2 CDs ... $7.99
One of the many great projects from drummer Leonard King – a larger ensemble, but one that's still got all the sharp energy of his smaller group work! King's definitely in the lead on drums, and getting help from a few percussionists too – singing at times, urging the group on in ways that aren't that different from some of Roy Porter's vocalizations back on his famous albums of the 70s! In other words, King is a drummer first and a singer second – but his way of putting over a tune really shows how all-in he is with his music – leading a group that also includes some strong work on trumpet and a mixture of reeds from an assortment of different players. The great Ron English is in the group on guitar – and titles include "Number Four", "Deep Blue", "The Story Of Neptune", "Atoll", "Pissed Off With A High Degree Of Elegance", "True Bassonification Suite", and "Closed For Remodeling Suite". CD
Also available Still Steppin – 10th Anniversary ... CD 2.99

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KoobasKoobas (with bonus tracks) ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $11.99
An overlooked gem from The Koobas – a group who tried very hard and made some excellent records in the late 60s – only to see this set come out after the group had thrown in the towel! Don't let that stop your ears from digging in deep, though – as the whole thing's a subtle masterpiece from a time when so many other things were going on – a record that's got its own sort of logic that's completely charming – neither garage or psych, but with the wit and sharpness of both – set to these fantastic vocals from Keith Ellis, a singer whose bite would also hit big with Juicy Luicy, but who somehow sounds more sinister here. It's hard to sum up the charms of the record in a few short words, but they're definitely there the moment you first give the record a listen – smart songs, creative production, and lots of twists and turns that really keep things interesting – on titles that include "Here's A Day", "Constantly Changing", "Barricades", "Royston Rose", "Gold Leaf Tree", and "Mr Claire". CD features bonus tracks too – "Face", "Champagne & Caviar", "Sweet Music", "First Cut Is The Deepest", "Gypsy Fred", "Sally", and "Walking Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Noah PremingerContemptment ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
There's an intensity here that we're not sure we've heard on other records from tenorist Noah Preminger as a leader – a sense of burn that comes up from the bottom, and which comes through even on some of the mellower tracks on the set – hard to peg in words, but definitely there from the very first note! Most tracks are originals, and very well-penned – so that they allow for a lot of creative interplay between Preminger's tenor, the guitar of Max Light, bass of Kim Cass, and drums of Dan Weiss – who often has this way of bringing a bit of bristle to the sound! Titles include "Hygge", "The Late 90s", "Contemptment", "Hey J", and "Kamaguchi" – plus a version of "Promises Kept". CD

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Al StewartYear Of The Cat (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric, 1976. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
The biggest record that Al Stewart ever cut – as you no doubt know from the oft-played title track – but a set that also stands as a great testament to all the many years he'd been crafting fine music before fully getting the recognition he deserved! Stewart's got a way with words that's like few of his contemporaries – maybe a bit like Donovan, with whom he shares a similar vocal approach – and also a clear early love of Bob Dylan, yet an immediate evolution past that influence – so that the whole thing is very much in a world of Al's own, with some slight 70s mainstream production, but not enough to soften the music into more mainstream AOR – despite the fame of the hit. Titles include, of course, "Year Of The Cat", plus "One Stage Before", "Flying Sorcery", "Broadway Hotel", "Lord Grenville", "If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It", and "Midas Shadow". CD features the bonus track "Belsize Blues" – and a full bonus live concert, recorded in Seattle in 1976, issued here for the first time ever. CD
(45th Anniversary Edition with a bonus live CD!)
Also available Year Of The Cat ... LP 7.99

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Bubbha Thomas & The LightmenCountry Fried Chicken (2CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lightin/Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 15.98
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo augmented by electric keys and moog in just the right places! The tunes on the set are all instrumentals – jamming along in a sweet little style that mixes funky jazz with some of the rougher touches of the indie 45 scene – letting the band stretch out on extended solos on most cuts, but still keeping the rhythms very tight and in the pocket! In a way, the approach almost feels like some of the funkier work on Tribe Records from Detroit, especially on tracks that have more ambitious solo work. Players include Doug Harris on flute and tenor, Ronnie Laws on tenor, John Henderson on electric piano, and a young Hugh Ragin on trombone – and titles include "Herbs Of Life", "Sweet Ray", "Famous Last Words", "Country Fried Chicken", and "Survival Song". 2CD version features a whole bonus disc of unusual material – rare alternates, unreleased disco tracks, and even some synth versions of tracks from Bubbha's first two albums – plus a big booklet of notes! CD
 
 
 



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