Scripting is disabled or not working. dustygroove.com requires JavaScript to function correctly.
Style sheets are disabled or not working. dustygroove.com requires style sheets to function correctly.

All Categories

$




Items/page

Happy End Edit search Phrase match

 
Sort by
Exact matches: 1
Exact matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Happy EndKazemachi Roman ... LP
Pony Canyon (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $49.99
A seminal bit of Japanese rock from the early 70s – performed by a group that included Harumi Hosono, and who has a style that borrows from the best of the LA scene of the late 60s! The tunes are extremely catchy – done in a folksy style that has compressed guitars and spacious production that evoke bits of The Byrds, Graham Parsons, Beau Brummels, late Association, and some of our other favorite work from those magical years. Lyrics are all in Japanese, but sung in a simple and compelling style that somehow makes you forget that fact! LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing!)
 
Possible matches: 17
Possible matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Elton Dean's NinesenseHappy Daze/Oh For The Edge ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $14.99 About November 30, 2021 (delayed)
Seminal work from British reedman Elton Dean – two classic Ogun albums back to back on a single CD! First up is Happy Daze – a set that's got a lot more complicated class than you might expect from the title – really wonderful large ensemble arrangements penned by Dean, and definitely in the spirit that he claimed made the group the heir to Keith Tippett's previous group of the late 60s! The music here is all nicely inside, and pretty darn soulful – swinging and stepping with a bit more of a groove than some of the other Ogun Records work of the time – really back to that hip point at the end of the 60s, when British jazz groups stretched out in their spirit, but never got too avant in their style – a perfect blend that Dean really recreates here, with help from players who include Alan Skidmore on tenor, Harry Beckett on trumpet, Mark Charig on trumpet and tenor horn, Nick Evans and Radu Malfatti on trombones, Keith Tippett on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. Titles include "Nicrotto", "Seven For Lee", "Sweet FA", and "Three For All". On Oh For The Edge, there's definitely an edge to the music – but one that's a bit different than that of some of Elton Dean's contemporaries in the 70s British scene! Dean brings a lot more swing and soul to this record than you might expect – working with a large group, but never letting the players get totally outside – which is a real change from some of the more freely improvising UK ensembles of the period. Dean's own work on alto and saxello are totally great – as are the core rhythms of the group, which come from Keith Tippett on piano, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums. But we're also plenty happy to hear Alan Skidmore on tenor, Harry Beckett and Mark Charig on trumpets, and Nick Evans on trombone. The recording has a very good "roomy" sound to it that gives it a darker edge than some of the other Ogun recordings from the time – and tracks include "Fall In Free", "Dance", "Friday Night Blues", and "Prayer For Jesus". CD

Possible matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
2PacUntil The End Of Time (4LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Death Row, 2001. New Copy 4LP ... $82.99 89.99
2Pac may have left the planet in 1996, but his music kept on coming strong – thanks to the release of a set like this – which brought together all sorts of unissued material the rapper had left behind in the vaults – most of it recorded during his Makaveli period! Tracks include "Letter 2 My Unborn", "Ballad Of A Dead Soulja", "Lil Homies", "Let Em Have It", "Good Life", "Breathin", "Happy Home", "All Out", "Thug N U Thug N Me Remix", "Until The End Of Time", "MOB", "When Thugz Cry", "U Don't Have 2 Worry", "This Ain't Livin", "Why U Turn On Me", "Words 2 My First Born", "Runnin On E", "My Closest Roaddogz", and "When I Get Free". LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ WhispersHappy Holidays To You (1987 pressing) ... LP
Solar, 1979. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest soul Christmas albums of the 70s – a warm and smooth set by The Whispers, done in a style that's actually better than most of their hit work of the time! The style here is really great – and takes us back to the best Whispers mellow soul of the end of the 70s, before the production got too slick, and the lyrics a bit too lost. The set's got some nice original material – like "Funky Christmas" and "This Time Of Year" – plus great versions of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas, and "Happy Holidays", "White Christmas", and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! Cover has a cutout hole.)

Possible matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousScared To Get Happy – A Story Of Indie Pop 1980 to 1989 (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1980s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sprawling 5CD box set of benchmark 80s indie pop from the UK – chronologically sequenced (for the most part) from the beginning to the end of the decade – with so many brilliant songs both straight-up classic and others that are relatively forgotten! Incredible stuff from the post punk guitar years, to dreamier and more psych steeped sounds, to the dancier grooves late in the decade that laid the groundwork for the 90s. Classics and early singles by Prefab Sprout, TV Personalities, Everything But The Girl, Pulp, Biff Bang Pow!, Primal Scream, The Wedding Present, The Soup Dragons, House Of Love, The Shamen, The Rosehips, Pop Will Eat Itself, The Wonder Stuff, The Stone Roses, Inspiral Carpets, James, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Lloyd Cole & The Commotion, The Darling Buds, The Boo Radleys and many, many more! More than 130 tracks in all – with a thick booklet of notes! Kind of like a Nuggets for the indie 80s British scenes! SO many great songs, but to name a few: "Revolutionary Spirit" by Wild Swans, "The Missionary" by Josef K, "Lions In The Garden" by Prefab Sprout, "A Picture Of Dorian Gray (Live)" by TV Personalities, "Just Like Honey (demo October '84)" by Jesus & Mary Chain, "Oblivious" by Aztec Camera, "Velocity Girl" by Primal Scream, "Go Out And Get 'Em, Boy" by The Wedding Present, "If I Said" by The Darling Buds, "Son Of A Gun (demo)" by The LAs, "The Hardest Thing In The World" by Stone Roses, "Catweazle" by The Boo Radleys and many, many more! CD

Possible matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Charles EarlandIntensity (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1972. Used ... $8.99
A wonderfully-named session – as Charles Earland plays here with an intensity that's undeniable! The album marks a key shift for Earland – one away from the more standard soul jazz mode, into a realm of looser, freer rhythms that really take off from the start – knowing no end on the longer tunes, and really letting Charles run to the skies on the keys of the Hammond! The group on the set is a larger than usual one – with a trumpet section that includes Lee Morgan and Virgil Jones; reed players that include Billy Harper and Hubert Laws; and a double-edged rhythm line forged through the drums of Billy Cobham and the conga of Sonny Morgan – often working alongside each other to really widen the groove! The sound is remarkable – tight, but never slick – and in a sophisticated groove that could hardly be hinted at from Earland's earlier work. All tracks are long, and titles include "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Morgan", "Cause I Love Her", and "Happy Cause I'm Going Home". CD also brings in 2 more bonus tracks – both in a similar mode, from the album Charles III – "Lowdown" and "Speedball". CD
Also available Intensity (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

Possible matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Charles EarlandIntensity (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A wonderfully-named session – as Charles Earland plays here with an intensity that's undeniable! The album marks a key shift for Earland – one away from the more standard soul jazz mode, into a realm of looser, freer rhythms that really take off from the start – knowing no end on the longer tunes, and really letting Charles run to the skies on the keys of the Hammond! The group on the set is a larger than usual one – with a trumpet section that includes Lee Morgan and Virgil Jones; reed players that include Billy Harper and Hubert Laws; and a double-edged rhythm line forged through the drums of Billy Cobham and the conga of Sonny Morgan – often working alongside each other to really widen the groove! The sound is remarkable – tight, but never slick – and in a sophisticated groove that could hardly be hinted at from Earland's earlier work. All tracks are long, and titles include "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "Morgan", "Cause I Love Her", and "Happy Cause I'm Going Home". CD also brings in 2 more bonus tracks – both in a similar mode, from the album Charles III – "Lowdown" and "Speedball". CD
Also available Intensity (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

Possible matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Michael FranksOne Bad Habit ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Warm vocals, jazzy keyboards, and a wonderfully laidback set from Michael Franks – a perfect illustration of the kind of music he could make better than anyone else! Although recorded at the end of the 70s, the set's got a simplicity that few other records of the time could match – a stripped-down and honest quality that really sparkles, even amidst the top-shelf production and studio work supplied by Warner Brothers Records. Arrangements here are by Larry Williams, Clare Fischer, and others – but as before, the main focus is usually on the sweet vocals and keyboards – gliding out warmly over Michael Franks' well-penned and unique compositions. Titles include "One Bad Habit", "Still Life", "Loving You More & More", "Baseball", "Inside You", "Lotus Blossom", "He Tells Himself He's Happy", and "On My Way Home To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

Possible matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Johnny HarrisMovements ... LP
Blank, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.99
A seminal album from Johnny Harris – the David Axelrod of the UK! Like David, Johnny worked heavily at the end of the 60s and early 70s – blending funk and jazz influences with older styles of soundtrack and instrumental work, coming up with a sublime style that was never duplicated, and barely understood at the time of release. (That's one reason why this album's lain under-appreciated for years – and why we're so happy to have it back again now!) Movements is a brilliant suite of tracks, blending funky rhythms and soaring strings, isolated instruments and atmospheric production – breaking forth with some amazing sample tracks that really crack a groove. The whole thing's incredible, and one of those lost groove classics that we'd recommend for any serious collection. Titles include "Footprints On The Moon", "Light My Fire", "Stepping Stones", "Fragments Of Fear", "Paint It Black", "Something", "Reprise", and "Give Peace A Chance". LP, Vinyl record album

Possible matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Iron ButterflyUnconscious Power – An Anthology 1967 to 1971 (Heavy/In A Gadda Da Vida/Ball/Live/Metamorphosis/Fillmore East/bonus tracks) (7CD set) ... CD
Atco/Eclectic (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... $49.99 68.99
A monstrous assortment of work from Iron Butterfly – one of the key groups in helping the American scene move from psych to hard rock at the end of the 60s! First up are mono and stereo mixes of Heavy – a record that's not nearly as well known as their classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – but which has a very similar vibe all the way through! The songs are a bit shorter, but these guys really manage to do a lot with a little – using lots of brooding bass right up from the bottom, to create a blueprint for hard rock imitators in years to come – none of whom were able to match these guys' simple, direct approach – and their optimistic sense of power in their music. Many numbers often have this vocal interplay that really works wonderful with the fuzzy guitar lines – and titles include "Possession", "Unconscious Power", "So Lo", "Look For The Sun", "Stamped Ideas", "Fields Of The Sun", and a nice fuzzy funk version of "Get Out Of My Life Woman". Next is the stereo mix of In A Gadda Da Vida – the album that rocked a million dorm rooms back in the 60s – and for good reason, too – given that the title track is a side-long, totally jamming monster – the kind of track that was really revolutionary at the time, and which still has a hell of an impact all these many years later! "In A Gadda Da Vida" was shortened to a single – with the big hook intact – but this classic album version runs for 17 minutes in length, and has the group doing all these cool jams with their instruments – all the animals in the garden of Eden talking to each other (or at least that's what our addled teenaged minds always thought!) Shorter tracks are mighty nice too – a heady, heavy brew of Hammond and fierce guitar from Erik Brann, on cuts all penned by group leader Doug Ingle. Titles include "Termination", "My Mirage", "Flowers & Roses", and "Most Anything You Want". Next is the stereo mix of Ball – a killer classic from Iron Butterfly – a group who always had way more to offer than their hits, as you'll find out when dipping into this full length set! The album's worth it alone for the organ lines – which kind of take off from the territory of The Doors, but are often more unusual – and mixed with vocals that can have an eerie sensibility, but without ever sounding indulgent! The music's not pop psych, but it's also never too full of itself – and titles include "In The Crowds", "In The Time Of Our Lives", "Soul Experience", "Lonely Boy", "Belda Beast", and "Filled With Fear". Next are mono and stereo mixes of Live – great live document of the heady power of Iron Butterfly – with titles that include "You Can't Win", "Are You Happy", "In A Gadda Da Vida", "Filled With Fear", and "In The Time Of Our Lives". Next is Metamorphosis – a record that's not a complete metamorphosis for Iron Butterfly, but one that definitely has the group stretching out with even more force and confidence than before! The group were maybe one of the few to come to hard rock via psych, instead of the blues rock path that so many others took at the time – and that difference is key here, as the songs really resonate with the potential for trippiness, but have this great sense of focus – one that makes the vocals sound even more potent than ever. There's still plenty of great organ work too – and titles include "Free Flight", "Shady Lady", "Best Years Of Our Life", "Slower Than Guns", and "Stone Believer". The set also features the 2CD 1968 Fillmore East set – an unreleased live performance from Iron Butterfly – one that captures the group at their late 60s height, in front of a very heady crowd at The Fillmore East! The recording quality is great – very clear, and different than the group's studio albums – with maybe even a bit more focus on the vocals of Doug Ingle, and the guitar lines of Erik Brann – in a way that lifts them out of the bottom sound a bit more, and presents the group in a whole new sort of focus! Plus, the brief patter from the stage also really helps us get an idea of how a trippy band like this could hold such great sway over a crowd at the time – energy that doesn't seem to stop at all, through the 2CD set's presentation of material from four different shows, on two nights of recording. Titles include "Are You Happy", "Stamped Ideas", "Fields Of Sun", "You Can't Win", "Unconscious Power", "My Mirage", "Her Favorite Style", "Possession", "Iron Butterfly Theme", and the mighty "In A Gadda Da Vida". CD set also features more tracks from singles, new remastering, a poster, and a big booklet of notes! CD

Possible matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Martin JacobsenStraight Off ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Martin Jacobsen's got a great touch on the tenor here – a style that's light, but crisp at the same time – almost as if you're hearing an alto in action, but with a deeper tonal range overall! There's a voice here that's very much his own, and which will certainly have us paying more attention to Jacobsen in the future – although right now, we're enjoying this album more than enough to keep us happy! Some of the best tracks here are Jacobsen's own compositions, which really emphasize his strengths – and get a nice sort of swing from quartet members who include Hiroshi Murayama on piano, Gilles Naturel on bass, and Mark Taylor on drums. Titles include "Headway", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Nightfall", "West Coast Blues", "Groovy Samba", and "Straight Off". CD

Possible matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Poppy FamilyWhich Way You Goin Billy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
London/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
A really sweet record from the Canadian scene at the end of the 60s – and a set that feels a lot more like a California-styled version of Sunshine Pop than you might expect! The group's an initial vehicle for the husband/wife team of Susan and Terry Jacks – the latter of whom would blossom as a big AM radio star in the early 70s, but who here steps aside and lets Susan take the lead on most tracks – singing in this slinky style that really fits her look on the cover, with support from instrumentation that includes some psych-styled guitar lines, fit to a more mainstream mode – occasionally touched by nice use of percussion too. Titles include their huge hit "Which Way You Goin Billy" – plus the tracks "Free From the City", "Beyond the Clouds", "There's No Blood In Bone", "Happy Island", and "Of Cities & Escapes". CD

Possible matches13
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousMusic From Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service ... CD
Ace (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A wild assortment of music from an equally wild source – a BBC Radio program hosted by Jarvis Cocker, presented on Sunday mornings as a way to relax and reach some sort of deeper spiritual consciousness! The show was never churchy – but maybe an attempt to find a new sort of inner peace during the modern age – with a selection of songs in a really great range, all linked by the dry wit and understated presence of Cocker as an announcer. This set brings together key tracks from the early years of the show – music that spans decades, and runs from jazz vocal numbers, to electronic music nuggets, 70s AOR, underground folk, and a number of more recent tracks that show that Jarvis has continually had his ear on the rock underground around the globe. The blend is incredibly hard to describe in words, but a delight to hear on record – and the whole thing comes with detailed notes on the track selections from Cocker himself. Titles include "Snowed In" by Tim Rose, "Day Glo" by Serafina Steer, "Cold Rain" by Alternative TV, "Won't That Be A Happy Time" by Joseph & Louis Spence, "Old Molly Metcalfe" by Jake Thackery, "Waters Of March" by Art Garfunkel, "It's A Quiet Thing" by Morgana King, "Rock Intro" by Miranda July, "After The Gold Rush" by The King's Singers, "Invasion Muzak" by John Baker, "True Love Will Find You In The End" by Headless Heroes, "Cars" by The Katzenjammers, "Crazy In Love" by Antony & The Johnsons, "Don't Wait Too Long" by Bob Welch, "Baltimore" by Nina Simone, "December" by David Cain/Derek Boswell, "Gynopedie No 3" by Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group, and "The Interrogative Mood" by Jarvis Cocker & David Cunningham. CD

Possible matches14
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Fantastic FourLost Motown Album – How Sweet He Is – With Bonus Tracks From The Vault ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A never-heard album from this excellent Detroit vocal group – recorded for Motown at the end of the 60s, but appearing here for the first time ever – and compiled with lots of bonus tracks from the vaults! The Fantastic Four never hit the bigger heights of some of the big Motown male groups of the 60s – but in some way, especially at this time in the label's history, they were a much more cohesive, organic ensemble – one that's a bit like The Originals in their strong commitment to great harmonies, and ability to always hold onto their own sort of personality, even amidst the larger Motown production machine. As with most great "lost" projects, we're not sure why this record never saw the light of day – because every aspect is great, from the vocals down through the arrangements and instrumentation – and although a few shorter singles came out over the years the rest of the set is wonderful – and matched here by another 13 rare bonus tracks, including many other unreleased singles! Titles include "A Little Too Much", "We Can Work It Out", "Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy", "You Turn Me Around", "I Feel Like I'm Falling In Love Again", "How Big Is Your Heart", "It Keeps Raining Down Tears", "In A Bad Way", "Fan The Flame", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Double Cross", and "Loving You Is Hurting Me". CD

Possible matches15
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Hippy BoysReggae With The Hippy Boys (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A scorching bit of organ-heavy Jamaican instrumentals by The Hippy Boys – and a still somewhat mysterious effort after all these years, but a highly regarded one – filled out nicely with bunch of great bonus tracks! The group began making waves in the Jamaican live scene at the end of the 60s, and eventually caught the eye and ears of Lee Perry, who invited them on tour as The Upsetters, and the rest, as they say is history. The rare original LP had 10 tracks in all, and this Trojan CD version adds to that a whopping 15 bonus tracks – and the titles include "Nurse J'Kel", "This Is It", "Moon Walk", "Cat Nip", "Seventh Heaven", "Wondering", "Reggae Pressure", "Foot Work" and more credited to The Hippy Boys, plus the Upsetters-billed What Do You Say", "Straight To The Head", "Mellow Mood" and "Family Man", plus "Straight To The Head", "Oney (Happy Clap)", "Capo (Version 2)" and more with Lloyd Charmers. CD

Possible matches16
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Foster SylversFoster Sylvers (Pride LP) ... LP
Pride, 1973. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
How old was Foster Sylvers when he cut this record? Seven? Eight? Whatever the case, the little tyke forever changed the face of funky music with the incredible cut "Misdemeanor" – one of those chunky funky numbers that sounds like nothing else we've ever heard, and which has been in demand on the groove scene for years and years. The cut's simply amazing, and it kicks off a record that's pretty darn tasty all-around. Young Foster's singing in kind of a Jackson Five mode – but he's got some great arrangements by Jerry Peters, David Crawford, and King Errison that keep things pretty funky on many tracks, and nice and soulful on the rest. A good portion of the numbers are covers, but even those are done nicely. Titles include the classic "Misdemeanor", plus "I'm Your Puppet", "Hey Little Girl", "Mockingbird", "I'll Get You In The End", "Swooperman", "More Love", "Happy Face", "Lullabye/Uncle Albert", and "Only My Love Is True". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light wear, vinyl has a click on one track, and label has a name stamp.)

Possible matches17
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Stanley TurrentineIn Memory Of ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone smoker from the great Stanley Turrentine – an album that's got a lot more of an edge than some of his other Blue Note dates from the time – yet, for some odd reason, wasn't issued until the end of the 70s! The group's a crackling septet – yet still put together relatively loosely, not with the tighter arrangements that would show up so often in Turrentine's years. Stan's got a nice raw tone on tenor – and other players include Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Herbie Hancock on piano – plus great rhythms from Bob Cranshaw on bass, Otis Finch on drums, and Mickey Roker on percussion. The percussion brings in a nice extra kick – almost a bit of a Latin vibe at times – and titles include "Make Someone Happy", "In Memory Of", "Niger Mambo", "Fried Pies", and "Jodi's Cha Cha". CD

Possible matches18
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance BandAfrican Carnival ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Funky African work from Fred Fisher – a Nigerian trombonist who crafted his own unique groove at the end of the 70s! Fred both sings and plays trombone – the latter with a Fred Wesley-like soulfulness – and his rhythms here are really wide-ranging, and embrace a host of new styles coming into play at the time – including a fair bit of influences from American soul! Some cuts have a rootsy groove, while others move into tighter dancefloor territory – never in a commercial style at all, but with traces of boogie and other 80s modes in the mix. Vocals are sometimes in English, which furthers the global appeal of the music – and the set brings together tracks from 4 different albums by Fisher. Titles include "Say The Truth", "Asa Sa", "Iye Ye Mu Elediamemisise", "No Way", "Let Love Free", "WTFS", "Beautiful Dancer", "Happy Blue Night", "The Beginning Ishan", "Ehimedede", "Babajoo", and "Ebi Lolo". 2CD set features 20 tracks in all. Note: The music on the whole set is great, but there are a few tracks that suffer sound-wise from some distortion in the masters used. Most of the other tracks are fine, though. CD
 
Partial matches: 138
Partial matches19
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ MajorsWonderful Dream ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A great look at The Majors – a set that features their sole album for Imperial Records, plus lots more bonus material too! The set begins with the full Meet The Majors album – the only full album ever cut by The Majors – a hell of a vocal group from the Philly scene of the early 60s, and one with a fantastic approach that's a bit unlike anyone else we can think of! The group sports soaring lead vocals from singer Ricky Cordo – a singer with a range that's really amazing, and used in these ways that can be really dynamic, even on the mellow cuts – as he's backed by the group's three guys and one gal, who sometimes get a bit more spotlight in the lead – amidst this wonderful palette of instrumental touches, which includes bits of vibes, organ, and other nice touches that really keep things interesting. Titles include "Oh Wee Baby", "Time Will Tell", "She's A Troublemaker", "Don't You Lose Your Cool", "Come One Come On", "What In The World", "A Wonderful Dream", and "Anything You Can Do". The set then moves into 10 more tracks from singles for Imperial and Ro-Cal – titles that include "Tra La La", "One Happy Ending", "What Have You Been Doin", "Get Up Now", and the cuts "Whisper In Your Ear" and "Lundee Dundee", both cut by the earlier version of the group, as The Versatiles. CD

Partial matches20
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Terry RileyLes Yeux Fermes/Lifespan – Original Soundtracks ... CD
Elision Fields, 1972/1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Two rare soundtracks by Terry Riley – unsung examples of his musical genius during one of the the most fruitful periods in his career! Les Yeux Fermes features two very long tracks – each over 18 minutes long, and spun out with a spare, minimal groove that's very much in Riley's Rainbow In Curved Air mode. "Journey From The Death Of A Friend" is especially nice – with extended electric piano parts that flow, dip, and turn wonderfully. And "Happy Ending" builds a bit more slowly – with droning reed parts that almost have an Eastern feel, and remind us at times of something we might hear on Impulse Records! The score for Lifespan features shorter songs throughout – still often quite minimal, with instrumentation that includes organ, tabla, and a bit of electronics – played in a wonderfully spare mode, but always with an inherently rhythmic groove that stretches out in these beautiful patterns in sound. Titles include "G Song", "The Oldtimer", "Delay", "In The Summer", "Slow Melody In Bhairavi", and "Music Inside Curved Entrances". CD

Partial matches21
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Arthur RussellWorld Of Echo (limited CD & DVD) ... CD
Audika, 1986. Used CD & DVD ... $28.99
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! The style is incredibly hard to peg – at times delivered with an almost Nick Drake-like approach that's extremely personal, but also sharing some styles with the mellower work of Suicide and other New York art rock groups from Russell's generation. Russell's voice billows out in a field of echo, directed almost imperceptibly by resonant notes on an electrified cello, and bumped along by muted rhythms that have almost no "attack" but lots of delay. One thing is extremely clear: that the album, which virtually died upon release back in the 80s, was years ahead of its time – and has a quality that easily ranks it as one of the most inventive recordings of its decade. The whole thing's as surprisingly appealing as it is experimental, and this extra-deluxe package features a number of additional tracks – plus a full bonus DVD by Phil Niblock, with music by Russell! Titles include "Wax The Van", "Tone Bone Kone", "Answers Me", "Being It", "She's The Star/I Take This Time", "Tree House", "See Through", "Lucky Cloud", "Happy Ending", "Tower Of Meaning/Rabbit's Ear/Home Away From Home", and "Our Last Night Together". CD
(Out of print.)

Partial matches22
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Joe JacksonBody & Soul ... LP
A&M, 1984. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A real step forward for Joe Jackson, and a record that has plenty of jazz in the mix – as you might guess from its cover's hommage to a Sonny Rollins 50s album on Blue Note! Titles include "You Can't Get What You Want", "Be My Number Two", "Loisaida", "Happy Ending", "Not Here Not Now", "Cha Cha Loco", and "The Verdict". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches23
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Arrested Development3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days In The Life Of ... CD
Chrysalis, 1992. Used ... $2.99
The debut of Arrested Development – a worthy critical favorite early in it's release cycle the went on the dismissed by lot of hip hop heads after it became a hit – and a solid, spiritually resonant effort well worth a reappraisal after all these years! They really was no other hip hop group quite like Arrested Development, then or now – led by producer, writer, vocalist Speech, with a solid bedrock of classic samples and live band instrumentation. Good stuff. Tracks include "Man's Final Frontier", "Mama's Always On Stage", "People Everyday", "Blues Happy", "Mr Wendal", "Children Play With Earth", "Raining Revolution", "Fishin 4 Religion", "Give A Man A Fish", "U", "Eve Of Reality", "Natural", "Dawn Of The Dreads", "Tennessee", and "Washed Away". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

Partial matches24
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Johnny HartmanLive At Sometime ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare 70s album from the legendary Johnny Hartman – a singer who recorded famously on our shores during the 60s, then had a much more obscure run of records in the following decade! The performance is live, a really intimate set that features Rolland Hanna on piano and George Mraz on bass – both wonderfully sensitive accompanists to the maturing style of Hartman's vocals – maybe even more expressive than on his famous records, but at a level that's more sophisticated too! The tunes are handled with great care, and the lack of any drums really allows a strong focus on Johnny's voice – on titles that include "Summertime", "On A Clear Day", "The Way We Were", "Little Girl Blue", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "Send In The Clowns". CD

Partial matches25
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Various90s House & Garage Vol 2 – Compiled By Joey Negro & Neil Pierce ... CD
Z Records (UK), 1990s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Joey Negro's given us some great collections of club music from the 70s and 80s – and he's equally well-skilled at picking the best underground tracks from the 90s – a decade in which some of Joey's own music was staring to get some heavy play too! This set's not your usual dance music from the time – as these cuts are all nice and deep, with a very soulful vibe – almost a return to classic club styles, with warmer production and instrumentation – but given a bit more of a house music kick in the rhythms underneath! Music is from a range of global sources, but also resonates with the most soulful currents on the New York scene in the early 90s – in a list of tracks that includes "I'll Make U Happy Baby (x-tended club mix)" by Ele Ferrer, "100% Power" by Slam Mode, "Anthem (Kerri Chandler distant run mix)" by N-Joi, "Makin Love (Mentalinstrum rmx)" by Cassio Ware, "Blow (Restless Soul poetic peak time mix)" by Fini Dolo, "Music On My Mind (Smack Productions mix)" by Mental Instrum, "All Night Long" by Alexis P Suter, "Moonbeamz" by Abacus, "Let Us All Be Friends (Colonel Abrams orig mix)" by Mama's Children with Lee Truesdale, "Flying Saucer (Kings Of Tomorrow rmx)" by United Future Organization, "A Naked Theme (source mix 1)" by Sound Source, and "Rock Me (Marshall Jefferson deep underground dub)" by Screamin Rachel. 2CD version features 23 tracks in all! CD

Partial matches26
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Cannonball Adderley QuintetHappy People ... LP
Capitol, 1972. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A really unique little album from Cannonball's all-great late years at Capitol – a session that features some strong influences from Brazilian music – "The Happy People" – and production from the legendary David Axelrod! The mix makes for a really unique little record – a set that isn't really bossa, but isn't regular Cannonball funk either – kind of a special hybrid of the two! Airto plays on the set, and contributed the great groover "The Happy People" – a long bit of funky samba that features George Duke on electric piano, and percussion and vocals by Airto himself. The rest of the album's pretty darn great too – with some long tracks that have a more open-ended groove than the usual Cannon funk – featuring more piano by Duke, percussion by Airto and King Errison, cornet by Nat Adderley, and guitar by David T Walker. Other titles include "Ela", "Maria Tres Filhos", and "Savior" – and the album was recorded live, with a very lively feel! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

Partial matches27
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Aposento AltoGoodby Old Friends ... LP
Windeco, 1978. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A Cali soul classic from the 70s – an album recorded totally live in the studio, with no heavy production or overdubs at all – all touches that are hardly needed, given the sharpness of the group! Aposento Alto have an approach that mixes some of the more Latin-inflected soul styles of early 70s California – especially some of the Chicano groups in LA – with a tight horn section that brings in lots of jazzy currents too – in a way that gives these guys a lot more polish than some of their contemporaries, and a groove that's nice and funky too! The recording style gives the whole thing a mighty nice edge – and titles include "He's Coming", "What A Happy Life", "I'm So Tired", "Rejoice", "Te Amo", and "Goodby Old Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing.)

Partial matches28
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
AtmosphereFun EP (Happy Clown Bad Dub Eight) (picture disc) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2005. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A killer, one time promo-only CD EP circulated ahead of Atmosphere's mid 00s classic You Can't Imagine The Fun We're Having LP – with alternate versions of "Say Hey There" and "Panic Attack", plus some equally dope tracks that strong enough to deserve a spot a proper LP. Atmosphere at a creative peak, on cuts crafted to stand the test of time. They avoided trends in '05 and just did their own thing. Wise move, this is as fresh as ever. Other tracks include "They Call It", "You Make We Wanna", "Secret", "Spaghetti Strapped", Horny Ponycorn Horns" and the bonus track "Pretty Broad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the clear PVC sleeve, with insert and download card.)

Partial matches29
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Tim BuckleyHappy Sad ... LP
Elektra, Late 60s. Sealed ... $14.99
One of Tim Buckley's greatest albums ever – thanks to some incredible work by Dave Friedman on vibes! Friedman's sound really brings out the jazziness in Buckley's writing and phrasing – making for a beautiful blend with the album's 12 string guitar work and acoustic percussion – and giving the album a feel that's unlike any other from the time! Tim's in top form here, and is neither too emotional nor too full of himself. Nearly every cut's a gem, but our faves are "Strange Feelin" "Gypsy Woman", and "Love from Room 109 at the Islander". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram red vinyl pressing, on 4 Men With Beards.)

Partial matches30
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Elvis CostelloGet Happy ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good- ... $5.99
An album with a very mod-looking cover – and a set that's also overflowing with lots of mod-styled tracks to match – a cool current of soul from the 60s, but still handled with the sharper 70s vibe of young Attractions! Production is by Nick Lowe – and although The Jam were also turning towards more soul-styled sounds at the time, Elvis and Lowe may well have done them one better with this set. Titles include "Love For Tender", "Opportunity", "The Imposter", "Secondary Modern", "King Horse", "Possession", "High Fidelity", "Riot Act", "Human Touch", "Beaten To The Punch", and "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has unglued seams and a small rip on one corner.)

Partial matches31
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Al Hudson & The Soul PartnersSpreading Love/Happy Feet ... CD
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of ABC Records gems from Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – back to back on a single CD! Spreading Love is excellent early work from Al Hudson – a soulful talent who stood his own in the late 70s, forging an up-tempo funk sound that lived long past disco, and which was sort of a platform for groups of the 80s to build a new dancefloor sound. Hudson relied heavily on bass-y funk to hit his groove, but he also gave strong focus to the good singers who worked with his groups – adding in good ballads that act as a showcase to members like bassist Kevin McCord, who sings some great vocals on this set. The album kicks off with the up-tempo groover "Spread Love", an anthemic dancefloor tune that almost points the way towards soulful house, and it's got some other nice cuts, like the ballads "Lost Inside Of You" and "Love Me Forever", plus the funky numbers "How Do You Do", and "Dance, Get Down". Happy Feet is joyous, bouncy sounds from the legendary Al Hudson – a sweet little set with his Soul Partners group, done in a mode that's right up there with the best music of his One Way combo! The grooves are uptempo, yet are much more rooted in ensemble funk than some of the disco of Al's contemporaries – and if anything, the album really shows a great evolution from the funk bands of the previous generation to a newer, more sophisticated style overall. Hudson's work at the helm is wonderful – and helps steer the group towards some nice mellow moments too – with arrangements from Kevin McCord, Rudy Robinson, and Dave Roberson. Alicia Myers serves up some great early vocals with the group – and titles include "I Don't Want You To Leave Me", "Another Love Song", "You Can Do It", "In The Basement", "Call Me", and "Rock". CD

Partial matches32
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Sonny StittMake Someone Happy ... LP
Roulette, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Stitt's on the Varitone here – blowing away on a mellow set of late night tracks that features some great original compositions! Sure, the groove is perhaps a bit sleepier than some of his other sides of the time, but Sonny always does well in this sort of late nite mode – and the arrangements give him plenty of room to solo over the top. Titles include "Afro Serenade", "I Don't Care If You Do", "Lovin Mood", "Night Of Surrender", "Dreamer", and "Gotta See My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker remnant, a cutout notch, split seams held with tape, and some surface wear.)

Partial matches33
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousHappy Disco 3 – Salsoul Nights – Mixed By DJ Osshy ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
That's a picture of Tokyo on the cover, but all the tracks here are from the glory days of New York club/disco powerhouse Salsoul Records – served up by DJ Osshy in a non-stop mix that includes 24 tracks in all! The sharp, funky grooves of Salsoul cuts really lend themselves to this sort of mixing – and Osshy does a great job of laying them together back to back – maybe never messing them up at all or mixing things too much – but also never letting the energy stop for a minute! Titles include "Let Love Shine" by Skyy", "Rap O Clap O" by Joe Bataan & The Mestizo Band, "Flakes Rap (Jimmy Simpson 12" mix)" by Flakes, "Spring Rain" by Silvetti, "Everyman (Danny Krivit re-edit)" by Double Exposure, "I Got My Mind Made Up (Larry Levan 12")" by Instant Funk, "Falling In Love (Shep Pettibone 12")" by Surface, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess 12")" by Ripple, "Helplessly (Tom Moulton 12" mix)" by Moment Of Truth, "Let No Man Put Asunder (Shep Pettibone 12")" by First Choice, and "All That's Good To Me (Francois K 12") by Rafael Cameron. CD

Partial matches34
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Gene AmmonsHi Fidelity Jam Session (aka Happy Blues) ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gene Ammons in a mighty nice setting – working here in an open-ended jam session style that brings all his best live energy into play at the studio of Rudy Van Gelder! The set's got a crackle that really goes beyond the earlier, shorter bop recordings from Ammons – and a bit more darkness than some of his 60s sessions too – a really wonderful balance of open and tight playing, not just from Jug's tenor, but also from Art Farmer on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, and Duke Jordan on piano! Rhythm's handled by Addison Farmer on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and the mighty Candido also adds in some congas, to really give things a kick. The set list includes four long tracks – "Happy Blues", "The Great Lie", "Madhouse", and "Can't We Be Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG/AB etch in the blue tinted cover. Cover has a split top seam with adhesive residue, light surface wear, and a small split on the bottom seam.)

Partial matches35
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Cliff BeachMerry Christmas – Happy New Year ... CD
California Soul Music, 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cliff Beach has given us some wonderfully homegrown projects in recent years – but here, his approach turns out to be especially well-suited to the territory of a Holiday record – as Cliff reworks a host of familiar tunes, but with this very personal blend of jazz and soul that really sends the whole thing over the top! Beach plays Rhodes and other keyboards – and gets small combo backing by a nice jazz group – who move between soulful interpretations and a few more jazz-based moments, while Cliff's raspy vocals work a special sort of magic on tunes that include "My Favorite Things", "This Christmas", "Soulful Christmas", "Merry Christmas Happy New Year", "Merry Christmas Baby", and "You're A Mean One Mr Grinch". CD

Partial matches36
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Elvis CostelloGet Happy (180 gram 2LP pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album with a very mod-looking cover – and a set that's also overflowing with lots of mod-styled tracks to match – a cool current of soul from the 60s, but still handled with the sharper 70s vibe of young Attractions! Production is by Nick Lowe – and although The Jam were also turning towards more soul-styled sounds at the time, Elvis and Lowe may well have done them one better with this set. Titles include "Love For Tender", "Opportunity", "The Imposter", "Secondary Modern", "King Horse", "Possession", "High Fidelity", "Riot Act", "Human Touch", "Beaten To The Punch", and "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram UME pressing.)
Also available Get Happy ... LP 5.99

Partial matches37
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ DeodatoNight Cruiser/Happy Hour (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Robinsongs (UK), 1980/1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of early 80s gems from this Brazilian keyboard legend – back to back on a single CD! Night Cruiser is a key record in Deodato's move from funky jazz in the 70s to modern soul in the 80s – and one that showcases the best of his talents in both genres! The approach here is more tightly arranged and produced than that of his earlier CTI sides – but in a mode that's still plenty nice to our ears – as Deodato's uncanny sense of rhythm and timing is still very firmly in place, making the set way way more than just a smooth jazz album – and pushing it strongly into the realm of soulful spacey fusion! There's some really great tracks on the set – like the amazing "Skatin", a sweet keyboard number that's a perfect roller skating jam (in case you couldn't guess from the title) – plus "Love Magic", "Uncle Funk", "East Side Strut", and "Night Cruiser". Happy Hour is a classic from Deodato's soul-based years with a nice little R&B-inspired groove! Happy Hour was done at a time when Deodato was really getting into a lot of modern soul production and arranging work with other groups – and here, he tries his hand wonderfully at the style himself – transforming his 70s jazz funk groove into a tightly snapping 80s soul approach! Most tracks on the set feature vocals – by singers who include Kelly Barretto, Eban Kelly, and Candi Staton – but the instrumentation behind them is still plenty jazzy too, thanks to some nice work by Deodato on Fender Rhodes, mini moog, Arp, and other keyboards. Titles include "I Never Get Enough", "Keep On Movin", "Happy Hour", "Just This One Night", "Tears Of A Clown", "Sweet Magic", and "Keep It In The Family". CD features two bonus tracks – "Uncle Funk (7" mix)" and "Keep On Movin (7" mix)". CD

Partial matches38
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Johnny LytleHappy Ground! (Jazzland LP – 1961) ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer set of grooves from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – one of the first and one of the few to ever combine vibes with Hammond organ – in this case, the work of Milt Harris on the keys! The group is a very rhythmic trio, thanks to Harris on the bass pedals, and Penny Hinant on the drums – and titles include the great "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one – and a precursor to some of Lytle's work to come on the Tuba label. Other tracks include "Secret Love", "Happy Ground", "It's All Right With Me", and "Tag Along". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Jazzland pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a small bit of pen on back, but front looks nice.)

Partial matches39
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousHappy Times – The Songs Of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham Vol 2 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from one of the greatest songwriting duos in southern soul – Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, two artists who barely had any success on their own, but who gave the world a host of fantastic songs all handled by other poeple! Penn and Oldham were neck deep in the best elements of the southern scene of the 60s – particularly Memphis, which oozes from many of these recordings in the best way possible – and which also reflects the genre-crossing spirit that was very strong in the Tennessee scene during the period – a post Civil Rights ability to move between soul and rock, country and city, all with a deep sense of feeling that really comes through in this work! This second look at their songs is maybe even deeper than the first put together by Ace Records – as it features lots of real surprises, and overlooked gems that show just how rich the duo's genius was at the time. As always, the notes are very detailed, which really illuminates the wide variety of tracks – a lineup that includes "Goodies" by The Goodees, "Everybody's Got To Cry Sometime" by Art Freeman, "Destroyed" by The Yo Yos, "Big Louie" by Guy Darnell, "Cheaters Never Win" by Tony Borders, "I Do" by June Conquest, "The Power Of Love" by Don Varner, "You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy" by Arthur Conley, "Happy Times" by The Box Toops, "Hey Mister" by Sandy Posey, "Up Tight Good Woman" by Wilson Pickett, "Broadway Walk" by Bobby Womack, "In The Same Old Way" by Bobby Bare, "I Need A Lot Of Loving" by The Ovations, "Hello There" by James & Bobby Purify, "Help Me Find My Groove" by Dee Dee Sharp, "Strangest Feeling" by Bill Brandon, "My Man" by June Edwards, and "I'll Be Your Baby" by Spooner's Crowd. CD

Partial matches40
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Elvis CostelloGet Happy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ryko, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
An album with a very mod-looking cover – and a set that's also overflowing with lots of mod-styled tracks to match – a cool current of soul from the 60s, but still handled with the sharper 70s vibe of young Attractions! Production is by Nick Lowe – and although The Jam were also turning towards more soul-styled sounds at the time, Elvis and Lowe may well have done them one better with this set. Titles include "Love For Tender", "Opportunity", "The Imposter", "Secondary Modern", "King Horse", "Possession", "High Fidelity", "Riot Act", "Human Touch", "Beaten To The Punch", and "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down". Remastered with 10 bonus tracks. CD
(Out of print. Includes the original green tinted Ryko case.)
Also available Get Happy ... LP 5.99

Partial matches41
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BlackbyrdsCity Life/Unfinished Business ... CD
Fantasy, 1975/1976. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
2 classics from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! City Life is a fantastic album from the legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an amazing jazz-inflected funk groove that still leaves us breathless after all these years – and which is the perfect fusion of jazz and soul that was going down with the best groups in the mid 70s. The best example of this sound can be heard on the massive cut "Rock Creek Park" – which begins with a wonderful bass on the intro, a killer moogy keyboard bit, and a super-catchy chorus that goes "doin' it in the park," which you should recognize in about 30 seconds! The rest of the album is great too – and titles include the classic sample track "Love So Fine" – plus "Happy Music", "Hash and Eggs", "Thankful Bout Yourself", and "All I Ask". Unfinished Business has The Blackbyrds are at the top of their game – working in a sweet blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all produced to perfection by their mentor Donald Byrd! The groove is quite similar to some of Byrd's best from the time – a bit fuller than the first few records by The Blackbyrds, thanks to the addition of larger horns – and put together in ways that really has them soaring towards the skies on waves or righteous soul! There's vocals on most tracks, but they really take equal place next to the group's wonderful instrumentation – especially the heady keyboards of the mighty Kevin Toney, still a key member of the combo at this point. Titles include "Party Land", "In Life", "Time Is Movin", "Lady", and "You've Got That Something". CD

Partial matches42
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Claudia QuintetFor ... CD
Cuneiform, 2007. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful array of tones, textures, and sounds – all from instrumentation that includes vibes, percussion, accordion, and tenor sax! The Claudia Quintet have a style that's quite unusual, right from the outset – an approach that's sometimes rhythmic, almost even funky, but which can also be quite free in its exploration of sound. The mix of instrumentation is really fresh, and never too forced – so that even when things get a bit outside, there's still a quality to the record that's strongly cohesive, and which leads nicely back to a few of the more groove-based tunes that almost feel as if they could come from the contemporary European underground. Titles include "I'm So Fickin Cool", "August 5th 2006", "Be Happy", "Rug Boy", "Rainy Days/Peanut Vendor Mash Up", and "Three Odes". CD

Partial matches43
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Peven EverettKing Of Hearts ... CD
Studio Confession, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
We haven't heard from Peven Everett in quite some time – and the respite's been a great one, because it seems that Peven's really regrouped, found new strengths, and has come out with his best record in years! The whole thing's one of the best produced, packaged, and put-together sets we've ever heard from this legendary soul singer from the underground – and one of the few that really live up to the genius we've seen in his great performances on local stages here in the Windy City! Grooves are upbeat, yet warmer than house or dance – and Peven's vocals seem to have really matured a lot, and find a range of tones that's even greater than before – bringing new expression in at a level we hardly would have expected. The keyboards are great, too – skipping along strongly with the rhythms, and showing Peven's roots in jazz – and titles include "Taking Me Back", "You Get Me", "Kissing Another", "We Gone Be Butta", "You Rock Me", "I Just Wanna Make You Happy", "I Can Be Your Boyfriend", and "One Way Ticket". CD

Partial matches44
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
German OakDown In The Bunker (3CD set) ... CD
Bunker/Now Again, 1972. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99 20.98
One of the darkest albums of the Krautrock scene in the 70s – an album that was actually recorded in a WWII-era bunker – where the duo were free to open up their instruments, jam for a very long time, and play with the sorts of effects and techniques you might know from bigger groups of the period! Yet there's a brooding quality here that's different than Can, Faust, or other groups – maybe because German Oak were a duo without a very clear path forward, and also because recording an album in an underground concrete bunker was bound to produced some weird vibes on the session! One of the group members recalls in the notes that in the space, he couldn't help thinking of the trauma of WWII – and you can definitely hear that in the music, and see it in the look of the package – which carries tunes that include "Screaming Skeletons", "Missile Song", "Belle's Song", and "Nothing". This fantastic package offers up some great notes from the group – in both German and English – and also adds in rare material too – the tracks "Bear Song", "Happy Stripes On Cats", "Ghost Guitar", "Belle's Song (extended)", "Python Vs Tiger", "Giant Rock Boulder Golem", "Missle Song (extended)", "Harpy & Peregrine", and "Bear Song (alt version)". CD
Also available Down In The Bunker (with download & bonus tracks) ... LP 24.99

Partial matches45
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Larry Graham & Graham Central StationMy Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Larry Graham's opening his sound up a fair bit for this one – bringing in a bit more of a rock influence than before, and letting the guitars fly all over the tunes! The style's one that's almost got a bit of a pre-Prince influence – more tightly poppy in the construction of the soul, and with a good crossover sound that might have earned Graham some of the "radio" in the title. Tracks include the tightly stepping groover "Is It Love", which has a great west coast slow funk approach, the P-Funky "Are You Happy", and the jazzy "Turn It Out", which has some particularly nice bass work. Other tracks include "Pow", "Boogie Witcha Baby", and "Mr Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some edge wear, a promo stamp, a small sticker spot and a lightly bent corner.)

Partial matches46
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Gladys Knight & The PipsTouch ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Gladys Knight & The Pips sounding fresh and revitalized for the 80s on Touch from '81 – a batch of tunes both produced and penned by Ashford & Simpson! It's a pretty sweet mix of clean grooving, smoothed out soul gems and others with some strings and kind of bigger arrangements that look back a bit on earlier years. With Nick & Valerie at the helm, you can rest assured some hugely memorable hooks and glorious choruses are going to be big part of joyful soul here, and that does ring true! Titles include "I Will Fight", "If That'll Make You Happy", "Baby, Baby Don't Waste My Time", "A Friend Of Mine", "Love Was Made For Two", "God Is", "Reach High", "I Will Survive" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

Partial matches47
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Bill La BountyPromised Love ... LP
20th Century, Mid 70s. Sealed ... $8.99
A great little record from Bill LaBounty – a singer/songwriter who'd rise to even greater success in the late 70s, with some gems that have become overlooked AOR classics – but an artist who still sounds great in this record from before that work! Bill's maybe a bit more rootsy here, but still has a great way with a tune – and titles include "I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me", "Lie To Me", "Crazy", "Take A Step", "Another Drunk", and "Open Your Eyes". Plus, the whole thing's got a fantastic wraparound cover by comics legend Neal Adams – maybe worth the price of the record alone! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed copy.)

Partial matches48
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Jimmy SmithAt Club Baby Grand Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some of Jimmy Smith's studio work of the early Blue Note years – and which features him really stretching out on the Hammond, taking close to 10 minutes to run through each tune – and that's saying a lot, given that there's hardly any other soloists! The rest of the group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums – and tracks on this second volume include "Caravan", "Get Happy", "It's All Right With Me", and "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing". CD

Partial matches49
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Bruce SpringsteenRiver ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP ... $11.99
Prime classic Springsteen double album, circa 1980! The River finds Bruce a few years removed from the massive breakthrough that was Born To Run, and seemingly starting to let go of the darker tone of Darkness On The Edge Of Town, though still with some shadows of it. Definitely a creative high point, and a record we're always happy to revisit. Includes "The Ties That Bind", "Hungry Heart", "Out In The Street", "Fade Away", "Ramrod", "Drive All Night", "Wreck On The Highway", "Independence Day" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeves. Cover has a small sticker spot.)

Partial matches50
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousAloha Got Soul – Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawai'I 1979 to 1985 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots – a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and more – all handled with production that's few notches down from the slicker AOR material of the period, which still lets all the more soulful currents shine through nicely – and which keeps all this stuff from ever sounding too commercial. Given the cultural cross-currents taking place on the islands at the time, there's a surprising mix of backgrounds to some of these groups – which results in a unique sound that's nicely colorblind, and which stands as a bit of a contrast to some of the more defined scenes on the mainland. As always with Strut Records, the track selection and presentation is wonderful – with plenty of notes that illuminate the music – and titles include "Sparkle" by Greenwood, "Get That Happy Feeling" by Lemuria, "Countryside Beauty" by Tender Leaf, "Yesterday's Love" by Aura, "Kawaihae" by Brother Noland, "Feel Like Getting Down" by Nova, "Love One Another" by Mike Lundy, "Coast To Coast" by Rockwell Fukino, and "Call Me" by Hal Bradbury. CD

Partial matches51
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousSoul & The City – Liberated Soul From The Streets Of New York ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2007. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
An excellent collection of contemporary soul from the New York scene – key proof that the Big Apple is ready to challenge the underground work coming from Philly and Atlanta in recent years! Many of the artists here are ones that don't really foreground their New York connection – especially in ways you might be used to from mainstream soul – but taken together, they really show a tremendous achievement for the city – a whole new generation of fresh, creative talents in soul music – artists who include a few familiar names and older talents, but who are mainly made up of up-and-comers just getting their game on! The choice of tracks here is superb – really some of the best work by all artists involved – and the set features 17 titles that include "Marvin" by Peter Hadar, "Grand Larceny" by Lavell, "Getting Happy" by Family Stand, "Outside The Box" by Re Re Valverde, "Look At Me Now" by Morrison Slick, "Boyfriend" by Martha Redbone, "Lady" by Russell Taylor, "You Can't Be Late" by Jeremy James, "Heaven" by Gil Small, "Movin On" by Nick Rolfe, "When I'm With You (Spinna rmx)" by Traciana Graves, "Make You Mine" by Heavy, and "Someday We'll All Be Free" by Jewell Zaire with TL. CD

Partial matches52
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousMy Salsoul – Disco Classics Selected & Mixed By Dimitri From Paris (Japanese version) ... CD
Bethlehem/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dimitri's the king of the French club scene – so we're happy to have him sort through the classic Salsoul disco catalog, pick out his favorite tracks, and serve them up in one extended mix! The CD features 15 cuts in all, with a good blend of favorites and more obscure numbers – and titles include "Sadie" by Joe Bataan, "Law & Order" by Love Committee, "Ten Percent" by Double Exposure, "Boogie's Gonna Get Ya", "Here's To You" by Skyy, "Let's Go Another Round" by Inner Life feat Jocelyn Brown, "Moment Of My Life" by Inner Life with Jocelyn Brown, "Seconds" by The Salsoul Orchestra with Loleatta Holloway, "Catch Me On The Rebound" by Loleatta Holloway, and "Love is You" by Carol Williams. CD
(Out of print, 2014 pressing from Octave-Lab – still sealed with obi!)

Partial matches53
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Pedro Iturralde with Paco DeLuciaJazz Flamenco Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
EMI/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1967/1968. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz experiments in 60s Spain – classic material that features the group of saxophonist Pedro Iturralde working with electric guitar played in a fluid flamenco style – mixed up here in a mode that really creates a whole new genre unto itself! The guitarist here is billed as Paco De Algeciras, but is actually a young Paco DeLucia – a player who really gets the boldness of Iturralde's experiments, and is more than happy to step aside at points and let Pedro deliver some of his best solo work on record – really tremendous lines on both tenor and soprano sax that seem to go past any of the other 60s albums we've heard from him! Yet the guitar is wonderful too – often given a space to break out on its own, in a mode that's so personal and poetic, it adds yet a whole other unexpected level to the record. Rhythms are often modal, working perfectly for the setting – and the group also features Paul Grassel on piano, Eric Peter on bass, and Peer Wyboris on drums – plus a bit of trombone from Dino Piana on a few tracks too. CD features both Jazz Flamenco and Jazz Flamenco Vol 2, released in '67 and '68: titles include "Zorongo Gitano", "Cafe De Chintas", "Soleares", "Ianda Jaleoi", "Bulerias", "Adios Granada", "Homenaje A Granados", and "Las Morillas De Jaen". CD

Partial matches54
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ King Pleasure/Annie RossKing Pleasure Sings/Annie Ross Sings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A record that revolutionized the concept of jazz vocals in the 50s – thanks to famous performances by Annie Ross and King Pleasure! The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market", and the King Pleasure set includes classics like "Red Top", "This Is Always", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and his great duet with Jon Hendricks, "Don't Get Scared". A landmark LP of jazz vocal sides, and one that no fan of vocalese should be without. CD

Partial matches55
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousDriftless Dreamers – In Cuca Country (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Numero, 1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly strong collection of country cuts from a very unusual scene – material recorded for the tiny Cuca Records label in Wisconsin – a company who was more likely to open their doors to just about anyone, than they were to carefully pick who got to record in their studio! Yet because of that approach, Cuca was able to capture some fantastic sounds that would have otherwise been lost to more commercial concerns – music that here represents an underground of country singers and late rockabilly acts from the scene in southern Wisconsin – all artists with the kind of twang and subject matter you'd be much more likely to discover down in Tennessee! As usual with Numero Group, the record is as musically great as it is culturally compelling – put together with plenty of care, and a stunning set list that includes "Happy Don't Last Forever" by Nancy Lee Jordan, "Little Hero" by Dixie Drifter, "Cardinal" by John D Curnow, "Six Foot Down" by Gene Ski & The Troubadours, "There's A River" by Sam Podnay, "Hello Houston" by Johnny Madrid, "Wanderer" by The Lavenders, "Challenge" by Larry Phillipson, "Run Little Girl" by Harrison Two, "Heaven Help The Working Girl" by Janet Kaye, "Trouble Sweet Trouble" by Curley Fields & The Kentuckians, and "When I See You" by Rog Winters & The Plainsmen. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition "Glacial" blue vinyl!)

Partial matches56
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousGroovadelia Vol 2 – 21st Century Spanish Groove ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2009. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A rich serving of grooves from the contemporary Spanish scene – a surprisingly strong place for heavy funk and heady rhythms – played here by a wealth of groups we've never heard before! The package is a real revelation – an indication that there's plenty going on in Spain that our ears have been missing, and proof that all the funky reissues by the Vampi Soul label have definitely been leaving their mark on the younger generation too! Most cuts here have a deep funk or funky jazz vibe – and most are instrumentals too – played by 24 new groups, none of whom appeared on the previous volume in this series – further proof that Spain is really going strong. Titles include "No Te Cruces" by Funklab, "Extra" by Watch TV, "Madrid Boogie" by Venue Connection", "Happy" by Elkano Browning Cream, "Funky Business" by Umbabaraumba, "Rootdown" by Mr Thinkalot, "Meny Un" by Zunk, "Terra Plain" by The Psyco Pixie Puck, "Keep Behind This Line" by Brabenders, "Be A Looser" by Afro Soul" Toating, "Constellation Man" by Mother Groove, and "Snatch" by Superstero. CD

Partial matches57
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousHalloween Nuggets – Monster Sixties A Go Go (3CD set) ... CD
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A hip batch of Halloween nuggets – rare singles, mostly from the 60s – and mostly recorded during that wonderful moment when monster movies and rock and roll had a really happy collision! That era yielded plenty of hits, but this set digs way way deeper than those – to come up with a stunning 98 tracks in all, many of which we've never heard before – and that's saying a lot, given how much we really love Halloween music! If you thought you've heard it all, there's plenty to dig here – way more than familiar tracks like "Monster Mash" – with gems that include "Creature From Outer Space" by Sonny Day, "Nightmare" by The Abstracts, "Witch Girl" by The Mystrys, "Zoola Zooky" by Johnny Anderson, "Vampira" by Bobby Bare, "Ghost Guitars" by Baron Daemon & The Vampires, "The Guillotine" by The Executioners, "Voodoo Doll" by Glenda & Glen, "Grim Reaper" by The Twelfth Night, "Graveyard Creep" by James Dubon, "Scream" by Ralph Nieson & The Chancellors, "Old Boris" by Bela La Goldenstein – and lots lots more! CD

Partial matches58
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Jeffery Scott GreerSchematics For A Blank Stare Vol 1 ... LP
Funk Night, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jeffery Scott Greer has given us some great funk singles in recent years – those expensive funky 45s that can sometimes cost more than a full length album – which is why we're so happy to have this record on hand! Greer can be a one-man band at times, but here he works with help from some other musicians too – although mostly serves things up with his own instrumentation on funky drums, Fender Rhodes, organ, moog, congas, and even flute – the last of which Greer plays with a slinky, soulful quality that's really outta sight! Titles include "Bumpy Rhodes", "Hollow Water", "Gorilla Funk Two", "Hazy Lazy", "Druid Soul", "Night Of The Fox", "Hell's Pilgrims", and "Space Debris". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches59
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Harpers BizarreCome To The Sunshine – The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings (Feelin Groovy/Anything Goes/Secret Life/Harpers Bizarre 4/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Warner/El (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing set – all four of the legendary Warner Brothers albums by harmony giants Harpers Bizarre – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Feelin Groovy – the fab first LP by Harpers Bizarre! The group were one of the strangest pop ensembles operating in the seminal LA scene of the mid 60s – ostensibly a sweet harmony vocal group, but with a strangely childish approach that also had an ear open for the mind-blowing production styles of the Brian Wilson era. Van Dyke Parks was a big supporter of the group – and they perform a sublime version of his tune "Come To The Sunshine" as the leadoff track on the album – and even though Van Dyke didn't handle the arrangements of the record, the style of the music is very similar to his own, with guitar, bass, and drums coming into play with strings, woodwinds, and baroque orchestral touches. The record is as dark as it is sublime – one of those pop gems that hit big, but which has a brooding depth bubbling underneath the sugary coating – ala Pet Sounds. Tracks include "Happy Talk", "The Debutantes Ball", "I Can Hear The Darkness", "Raspberry Rug", and their huge hit version of "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy)". Next is Anything Goes – the group's second album – and while it has a lot of similarities with the first, it's also a lot deeper of an expression of their strange blend of harmony vocals, sweet 60s pop, and the nostalgia for the early 20th century that was running through the Burbank Warner scene that included a young Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Lenny Waronker, and other LA underground of the mid 60s. The whole record fits together beautifully – beginning with an old-timey radio kind of announcer, then sliding into sublimely crafted harmony tunes that include originals from the LA luminaries and the group, plus a few other surprising covers. Titles include the hit version of "Anything Goes", plus "The Biggest Night Of Her Life", "Milord", "Virginia City", "High Coin", "Jessie", "This Is Only The Beginning", and "You Need A Change". The Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre is the third album by Harpers Bizarre – and one that shows them growing in leaps and bounds with each new release! The record is a sublime fusion of sweet pop California 60s harmonies (ala The Sandpipers or The Lettermen), baroque arrangements with a fake dreamy nostalgia (ala Van Dyke Parks or Randy Newman), and drug-addled underground takes on the eazy sound of the generation (ala Brian Wilson or Love). This album is one of their most perfectly-realized visions, and it features a great blend of older songs, all hipped-up to modern LA arrangements by the likes of Nick De Caro, Perry Botkin, and others. The record has an approach that's simply mindblowing when you consider the amount of funds and effort that must have been put into a record that would only be truly appreciated 40 years later – and it's filled with great titles that include "Me, Japanese Boy", "Look To The Rainbow", "Funny How Love Can Be", "Mad", "Green Apple Tree", and "Las Mananitas". Last up is the group's fourth album, unfortunately, the last Warner album by Harpers Bizarre – one of the few testaments of genius left to us by this incredible group! The record shows the group moving past the sweet pop and dreamy nostalgia of earlier albums – tentatively stepping into the haze of the late 60s LA scene with a blend of songs that share a lot musically with earlier work, but which also seem to have a more adult approach to some of their themes. Arrangements are by the group mostly – with help from pop geniuses like Jack Nitzsche, Nick De Caro, Lenny Waronker, Harry Nilsson, and Perry Botkin Jr. The harmonies are sublime – and the group effortlessly blends original tunes like "Soft Soundin Music", "All Through The Night", "When The Band Begins To Play", and "There's No Time Like Today, along with bizarre covers like "Hard To Handle", "Something Better", "I Love You Alice B Toklas", and Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To", which is worth the price of the record alone! Bonus tracks include "Both Sides Now", "Small Talk", "Poly High", "If We Ever Needed The Lord Before", "Malibu U", "Cotton Candy Sandman", "Lost My Love Today", and "Bye Bye Bye". CD

Partial matches60
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Alfredo LinaresLo Que Tengo (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ALG/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A salsa smoker from the great Alfredo Linares – recorded at the start of the 80s, and almost a summation of all the greatness Linares had packed into his music during the decade before! Alfredo is on piano throughout – really driving things along with a rhythmic pulse and the kind of energy that almost make him a Charlie Palmieri of the Venezuelan scene – backed by a combo that features two trumpets, two trombones, and plenty of heavy percussion! Most of the tunes are upbeat and very jamming – in kind of a salsa/descarga mode – and even the few mellow moments open up with some great piano work that makes you happy you're taking a bit of a breather. Titles include "Friends", "Mi Nina", "La Pachanga Del Amor", "A Donde Vas", "Sonando Tambo", "Se Formo La Fiesta", and "Sujetate La Lengua". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches61
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting – and this first volume features the tracks "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now", and "Isotope". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Tone Poet series!)

Partial matches62
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Eddie KendricksHit Man ... LP
Tamla, 1975. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Eddie certainly was the "hit man" on this one – a tight album of hard stepping soul tracks, mostly cut in Eddie's famous "boogie" mode of the mid 70s! The cuts mix wonderful soul vocals with some tight jazzy instrumentation – laid down by players like Wah Wah Ragin, Harvey Mason, Ray Parker, and Leonard Caston, who produced the album with Frank Wilson. The record's got swirling strings around harder instrumentation – in a mode that's perfect for Eddie's sweet vocal style – and the sound is right up there with classic work by Marvin Gaye or Barry White. Includes the nice long cut "Body Talk", plus "Happy", "If Anyone Can", "Fortune Teller", "I've Got To Be", and "Skippin' Work Today". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches63
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ WarWhy Can't We Be Friends? ... LP
United Artists, 1975. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A huge moment for War – maybe the group's biggest album of the 70s, but a set that still has them holding onto everything that makes the great! Like Earth Wind & Fire at their best, War have this way of staying strong and righteous, while still able to hit a hook – jamming one minute, but finding sharp focus the next – and balancing it all out over the course of an album so that there's a sense of depth that really keeps on going once the familiar cuts draw you in. In this case, the familiar cuts are giants – the stunning Latin funk gem "Low Rider", which became an anthem for a generation, and the radio hit "Why Can't We Be Friends" – mixed with other nuggets like the jazzy "Don't No One Get You Down", the funky "Heartbeat", and the cuts "Lotus Blossom", "Smile Happy", "So", and "Leroy's Latin Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a thin stain and a faded name in pen along the opening, and some small stains at the corners of the spine.)

Partial matches64
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Jimmy WitherspoonSome Of My Best Friends Are The Blues ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Great arrangements from Benny Golson – and titles include "Who's Sorry Now", "I Never Will Marry", "I Wanna Be Around", "One Last Chance", "Happy Blues", and "You're Next". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue trident label stereo pressing. Cover has a hype sticker, some aging, and a trace of a price sticker.)

Partial matches65
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Joe HendersonState Of The Tenor – Live At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real moment of genius for Joe Henderson from the 80s – a spare trio session, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, in a mode that recalls Sonny Rollins classic sets there for Blue Note! And while Sonny often performed heavily in a trio setting, unfettered by chords in the rhythm section – this is a unique date for Joe, and he sounds brilliant throughout! Ron Carter and Al Foster provide a crisp but elastic foundation for Henderson's burnished melodies and solos in a very spacious setting – and this first volume features the tracks "Beatrice", "Friday The Thirteenth", "Happy Reunion", "Loose Change", "Ask Me Now", and "Isotope". CD
(Spine has a cutout notch.)

Partial matches66
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Joe Henderson/The Fairfield FourSnap Your Fingers ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's not Joe Henderson the saxophonist, but a great singer with a really magnificent voice – served up here in a huge collection of his early work! The set begins with the record Snap Your Fingers – a classic album from the early years of soul music – the only full length set ever served up by the great Joe Henderson – a vocalist with roots in the legendary Fairfield Four gospel group, but sounding equally great here in a secular mode! The arrangements are by Cliff Parham, and they've got this blend of bluesy vocals and jazzier backings – in a style that's very much like the best Duke/Peacock work of the time – with a spectacular focus on Joe's voice in the lead! The whole album's great, filled with unusual material – with titles that include "Sad Teardrops At Dawn", "Right Now", "Big Love", "Just Call Me", "Snap Your Fingers", "After Loving You", and "If You See Me Cry". The set then moves into some great additional singles, plus lots more gospel material cut with The Fairfield Four – most of it from the rare album The Bells Are Tolling, originally issued on the Old Town label. Additional cuts include "I'll Be So Happy", "The Searching Is Over", "My Hands Are Tied", "Love Me Sweet", "Lord You Know", "Memories", "What Are They Doing In Heaven", and "All Day Every Day". CD

Partial matches67
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Nancy Wilson, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, etcEchoes Of An Era 2 – The Concert ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Not only a great follow-up to the first Echoes Of An Era session, but also a standout 80s performance from Nancy Wilson – quite possibly her best of the decade! The setting is nice and laidback – a live date with a core combo that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, Stanley Clarke on acoustic bass, and Lenny White on drums – plus steller vocals from Wilson, who's really at home in the setting – stretching out beautifully on the long tracks, and coming into play with the soloists at a level that's quite different from her more polished studio records. Clarke's bass is a delight, too – a great reminder that his talents didn't always lie in the electric realm during the 80s – and Henderson, as you might guess, provides some soulful undercurrents that reallyg round the whole proceedings. Titles include "500 Miles High", "Round Midnight", "Rhythm A Ning", "My One & Only Love", "Them There Eyes", and "I Want To Be Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some light staining on the bottom seam and spine.)

Partial matches68
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Polly BergenAll Alone By The Telephone ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good ... $4.99
A bittersweet set of vocals from Polly Bergen – recorded with a sound that really fits her sad-eyed look on the cover! Although Bergen's voice is sometimes confident and full, it's nicely restrained here – often somewhat dark-toned and moody – in ways that remind us of Morgana King, especially in the way that Polly holds back at just the right moments – keeping things mature by never getting too overly emotive. There's a nice sense of depth to the record that goes way beyond simple pop singing – and Luther Henderson's arrangements further help color the sound of the set – by giving it a sense of unity that almost reminds us of some of Sinatra's best blue-toned late 50s albums for Capitol. Titles include "By Myself", "When The Wind Was Green", "All Alone", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Too Late Now", "He Didn't Call", and "Not Like Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye promo with deep groove. Labels have some pen and small stickers. Cover has some wear and aging, half split bottom seam, and some aged tape remnants.)

Partial matches69
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BetweenAnd The Waters Opened ... LP
Vertigo/Wah Wah (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $30.99 56.98
One of the weirdest, wildest records ever issued on the Vertigo label in the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given the reputation of the legendary imprint! There's a bit of vocals on the record, but most of the energy comes from longer-form musical progressions – sometimes more rhythmic, but often times with a heavy sonic drone approach – served up in a blend of percussion, oboe, and keyboards – peppered with work on guitar, motocello, and an adapted harp! The blend is wonderful – unlike anything we can easily describe, and often making you think there's a lot more going on than just a few guys playing in the studio together – almost a vibe like some of the famous Lansdowne Series recordings in the UK. Titles include "And The Waters Opened", "Uroboros", "Syn", "Devotion", "Happy Stage", and "Samum". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches70
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
BloPhase IV (with bonus track) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping at the bottom – and some of the darkness of their earlier work is replaced by a upbeat style that really lifts the music up – although never in ways that are trying to put a fake smile on things for commercial purposes! Instead, these guys just seem to have a great sense of their own energy – and maybe an even stronger influence from American funk than before, turned towards a grittier Nigerian groove, with some deeply soulful production. Titles include "Scandi Boogie", "Trace Of Suicide", "Music Makes You Happy", "Save Me", "You're So Kind", "Move Up", and "I Miss Your Lovin". CD features the bonus track "Back In Time". CD

Partial matches71
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Blood Sweat & TearsBlood Sweat & Tears ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
A stone classic from Blood Sweat & Tears – and a record that went onto have a tremendous impact in jazz, rock, funk, and soul! The group's format is plenty darn famous – adding a lot of horns to hip riffing grooves – but despite countless plays on oldies stations over the years, this initial album still has a power that's undeniable – a way of putting the whole thing together that really uses the best elements of the late 60s studio – handled with sweet production from James William Guerico that rivals his best work for Chicago! Even the lead vocals by David Clayton Thomas hold up nicely – and the set includes the classics "Variations On A Theme By Eric Satie", "And When I Die", "Smiling Phases", "More & More", "Spinning Wheel", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear, aging, and a trace of a price sticker.)

Partial matches72
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Tim BuckleyDream Belongs To Me – Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1968 to 1973 (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Manifesto/Real Gone, 1968/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $35.99 37.99
Fantastic material from Tim Buckley – rare tracks recorded in 1968 and 1973, both presenting two different slices of his too-short career – and standing together as a great addition to his too-small catalog of recorded work! The first half features small sessions from 1968 – with Tim on those amazing vocals of his and Lee Underwood on lead guitar – plus a bit of vibes from Dave Friedman, in a manner that echoes the great use of that instrument on his Elektra albums of the late 60s. The songs are dreamy, open, and have that sublime blend of blueness and flow that really set Tim apart from his contemporaries – titles that include "Danang", "Happy Time", "Buzzin Fly", "Song To The Siren", and "Ashbury Park" – all done in unusual versions. The second half of the record features material recorded in 1973 – songs that are a bit more tight, with more of an overall group feel – almost jamming in the way the whole thing comes together! 1973 titles include versions of "Honey Man", "Falling Timber", "Quicksand", "Stone In Love", "Sefronia", "Because Of You", and "The Dream Belongs To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "Greenish Gold" vinyl!)

Partial matches73
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Herb EllisGreat Guitars Live (Live At The Winery/Live At Charlie's Georgetown) ... CD
Concord, 1980/1983. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
A jazz guitar double-header – two older albums from the classic Great Guitars series packaged in a single set! First up is Great Guitars At The Winery – a date that has a sweet trio of guitarists – Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis – swinging in easygoing, open-ended formation that allows for plenty of fast string interplay! Rhythm is from Joe Byrd on bass and Jimmie Smith on drums, and at times, the guitar-driven approach is almost in the mode of gypsy swing – but with a lot more of a contemporary feel overall. Titles include "So Danco Samba", "Sheik Of Araby", "Broadway", "Air Mail Special", and "Talk Of The Town". Great Guitars At Charlies Georgetown follows the great format first set out by the trio of guitarists Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis – a pretty airy approach to jazz guitar swinging that also features a bit of bass from Joe Byrd and some drums from Chuck Redd! As before, the approach seems to work best on older swing-styled numbers – letting one guitar play rhythm while another solos strongly – on titles that include "Where Or When", "New Orleans", "Change Partners", "Opus One", "Get Happy", and "Danielle". CD
(Out of print.)

Partial matches74
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Donald Byrd & The BlackbyrdsJazz Funk Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 30.99
An amazing tribute to some of the greatest jazz funk of the 70s – the groundbreaking work of trumpeter Donald Byrd, both as a solo act on his own, and as the inspiration for the mighty Blackbyrds group – both of whom are featured on this set! Byrd first broke into new territory in the early 70s with a string of amazing records on Blue Note – all done with help from genius producer Larry Mizell, who helped Byrd's trumpet find a way to groove in an electric space, but at a level that was very different (and a lot more soulful) than any sort of Miles Davis electric modes! This work quickly inspired a young group at Howard University, who chose the name Blackbyrds as a nod to Donald – who quickly became their mentor and producer, and helped them forge a great blend of jazz and funk before they took off on their own. This set features 39 tracks from both artists, illustrating a fantastic partnership and shared musical inspiration – with work from Byrd's Blue Note and Wea albums, and all the great Blackbyrds records for Fantasy in the 70s. Titles include Donald Byrd tracks "Dominoes", "Black Byrd", "Lansana's Priestess", "Wind Parade", "Flying High", "Thank You For Funking Up My Life", "Onward Til Morning", "Dance Band", "Science Funktion", "Dominoes", "Flight Time", "Witch Hunt", "Stepping Into Tomorrow", "Sexy Dancer (12" mix)", "Star Trippin (12" mix)", "Pretty Baby", "Giving It Up", and "Dancing In The Street". Blackbyrds cuts include "Blackbyrd's Theme", "Do It Fluid", "Flying High", "Cornbread", "Time Is Movin", "Happy Music", "Rock Creek Park", "Walkin In Rhythm", "Lookin Ahead", "Street Games", "Gut Level", "Party Land", and "Supernatural Feeling". CD

Partial matches75
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Jimmy Carroll/Red CampSpeed the Parting Guest/Hot-Tempered Clavichord ... CD
Cook, Mid 50s. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
Great work from the legendary Cook label – a full album that combines two earlier 10" albums of experimental sounds! First up is Speed The Parting Guest, a wonderful combination of music and sound effects – very similar to some of the bigger label work from artists like Jack Fascinato or Dean Elliott over at Capitol Records in the late 50s, but an even more sonically-sensitive session done for the smaller Cook imprint! Jimmy Carroll leads an assortment of vibes, bells, harps, toys, percussion, and other odd instruments – all in a weird and playful mix of melodies that almost come across like mini-cartoons in sound! There's not much in the way of larger or conventional instrumentation – which makes Jimmy's work even different than bigger label experiments like this – and the recording quality from Cook really makes all the odd sounds come through with great clarity! Titles include "Happy Little Woodpile", "Tinkle Tinkle Little Bell", "Speed The Parting Guest", and "Hong Kong Local". Next up is The Hot Tempered Clavichord – a session that features mostly clavichord musings from Red Camp – more of a rootsy pianist on other records, but working here on an electrified clavichord – which is a bit like an electric harpsichord in sound, only rougher! The tracks are these cool electric boogie-woogie numbers – and include "Ragout", "Blues In Minore", and "The One I Love". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

Partial matches76
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
ChicC'est Chic ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A massive set from the legendary Chic – and a set that has the dancefloor combo coming down perfectly throughout! Riffing Nile Rodgers guitars really make the tunes cook – as does the superb production – and although the record played plenty in discos and radios of the mainstream, it's still got a raw funky power that holds up brilliantly over the years! The set features the legendary "Le Freak" – a classic cutting track from the old school – plus "I Want Your Love", "Sometimes You Win", "Savoir Faire", "Happy Man", and "(Funny) Bone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rockefeller label pressing with RI suffix. Cover has a very light stain at the bottom.)

Partial matches77
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Cloud OneSpaced Out – The Best Of Cloud One ... CD
P&P, Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $6.99 15.98
Classic work from the legendary P&P Records label – created by one of the "P" talents who gave them their name – studio genius Patrick Adams, who mostly works here on his own under the name of Cloud One! Adams already had great success working with east coast soul groups in the first half of the 70s – and as Cloud One, he really finds his way around the more cutting-edge styles of the time – mixing bits of funk with bits of disco, and often adding in these cool electronic elements that really helped define the P&P sound! Many cuts have cool moogy keyboards, and some spacey elements along the edges – done with a lot more soul than some of the Euro space disco recordings of the same time – with much more of a tie to the New York underground that was Adams' main milieu. Titles include the classics "Spaced Out" and "Atmosphere Strut" – plus "Jump Jump Jump", "Stomp Your Feet & Dance", "Disco Juice", "Don't Let My Rainbow Pass Me By", "Patty Duke", "Happy Music", "Doin It All Night", and "Flyin High". CD

Partial matches78
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Sam CookeFirst Mile Of The Way (3 X 10 inch LPs) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Specialty/Craft, 1955. New Copy 3 x 10 inch LP ... $59.99
Some of the earliest work ever done by the young Sam Cooke – served up here in a really special package! LP1 features early gospel recordings with The Soul Stirrers – a group that featured Cooke in the lead before he went solo – with titles that include "Mean Old World", "Touch The Hem Of His Garment", "Any Day Now", "Peace In The Valley", "Were You There", and "Jesus Gave Me Water". LP2 features the famous Shrine Auditorium Concert by the group from 1955 – with the cuts "I Have A Friend Above All Others", "Be With Jesus", and "Nearer To Thee". LP3 features early demo tracks by Sam – titles that include "Lovable", "I Don't Want To Cry", "Forever", "Happy In Love", "That's All I Need To Know", and "I Need You Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool triple 10" LP package!)

Partial matches79
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Corky CorcoranCorky Corcoran Plays Something ... LP
RCS, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A beautiful album from this obscure tenorist – a player with this rich, mouthy tone that's perfect for the laidback, open-ended tunes on this set – done with just help from piano and bass! The tunes are dominated by Corky's great tone and phrasing – and titles include "Ah Moore", "Funny Valentine", "Something", and "Happy Reunion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has call letter stamps on front and back and some sticker remnants on front.)

Partial matches80
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Hank CrawfordCajun Sunrise ... LP
Kudu, 1978. Sealed ... $7.99
Hank Crawford comes across here as much as a soul star as a jazz musician – as he sings on half the album's tracks, and delivers his trademark alto solos throughout! The album's got a similar vibe to some of Crawford's other CTI/Kudu material of the 70s – but the presence of vocals also brings about something new – especially as Hank's singing nice has a vibe that's maybe more raspy and down to earth than the smooth sound of his horn! Arrangements are by David Matthews, and other players include Fred Wesley on trombone, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Hiram Bullock on guitar, and Cliff Carter on keyboards. Titles include the strong instrumental cut "New York's One Soulful City" – plus "Just The Way You Are", "Daytime Friends", "Evergreen", "Cajun Sunrise", "What A Difference You've Made In My Life", and "I Don't Want No Happy Songs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing! Cover has some light wear.)

Partial matches81
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Andrew CyrilleNews ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2021. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Drummer Andrew Cyrille is a man of many modes – a player we first grew to love on his 60s recordings with Walt Dickerson, then his 70s percussion records from the underground – and over the decades, he's just kept on surprising us with his musical versatility! Here, he's definitely continuing that trend – working at a nicely subtle level with a sound that's surprisingly more in the ECM mode than anyone might have expected if you tried to pair Cyrille with the label years back – these openly-flowing numbers that draw every bit as much from the guitar of Bill Frisell as they do from Cyrille's leadership and drums – performed here by a group that also features David Virelles on piano and Ben Street on bass. Titles are all originals by group members – and include "Mountain", "Happy Lucky", "The News", "Incienso", "Baby", and a version of the Adegoke Steve Colson song "Leaving East Of Java". CD

Partial matches82
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Bobby DarinInside Out ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A great little record by Bobby – recorded hot on the heels of his big hit recording of "If I Were A Carpenter", and with a surprising respect for Tim Hardin and a lot of the other young songwriters of the post-folk years. Keep in mind that Darin was really feeling his mortality at this point, and although it's easy to say that he's becoming a fake folkie, his approach to the material is very sincere – so much so that we're always surprised at how much we like this one. Titles include "Bes Friends", "Darling Be Home Soon", "Hello Sunshine", "Lady Fingers", "Whatever Happened To Happy", and Hardin's "Black Sheep Boy" and "The Lady Came From Baltimore". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink and brown label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

Partial matches83
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Earth Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World (expanded edition) ... CD
CBS, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Amazing! Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, and afrocentric jazz – all expertly handled by the great Charles Stepney, who still has the same rich talent for blending styles that he had while working at Chess/Cadet during the glory days of the late 60s. Some of these songs have been played to death (and covered so much) over the years that it's often easy to forget what a crowning moment this was for former underground soul heroes Earth Wind & Fire – but we'll never cease to be amazed at the power of their mid 70s work, and this album's the best of the best. Titles include "Shining Star", "That's The Way Of The World", "Reasons", "Africano", "See The Light", and "Happy Feelin". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Shining Star (future star)", "All About Love (first impressions)", "Happy Feelin (anatomy of a groove)", "Caribou Chaser (jazzy jam)", and "That's The Way Of The World (Latin expedition)". CD

Partial matches84
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Duke EllingtonGreat Paris Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1963. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
Did Ellington ever record in concert and it not be great? This wonderful double-length set from the 60s is key proof of his genius in an unfettered live setting – recorded in Paris in 1963 with plenty of dark edges! The tracks are short overall, but Duke's really at the head of the group on piano – playing with those angular, modern tones he picked up in the post Money Jungle years – and clearly in charge of the group from the keyboard, not the podium. Horn players include Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Cootie Williams, Johnny Hodges, and Paul Gonsalves – all bringing in some special tones and unique performances to an extended set list that includes both Ellington standards and a few lesser-known numbers. Titles include "Rockin In Rhythm", "Concerto For Cootie", "Suite Thursday", "Tone Parallel To Harlem", "Bula", "Cop Out", "Happy Go Lucky Local", "Theme From Asphalt Jungle", and "Star-Crossed Lovers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Broadway label stereo pressing in the textured cover. Cover has a bit of pencil in back, in great shape other wise.)

Partial matches85
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
EmpresariosSabor Tropical ... CD
Fort Knox Recordings, 2011. Used ... $0.99
An eclectic set of club friendly grooves from Empresarios – their full length debut for Fort Knox Recordings – and one that works quite well on number of levels! There's a bit of contempory Latin club funk, tracks with elements of dub, reggaeton and other contemporary flourishes – done with geniune warmth and a sunny overall vibe. Includes "Smoke For Thought", "Siesta", "Sabor Tropical", "Pensamiento", ""Negrita Lita", "Cumbia", "The Source", "Sohl", "Space Selecta", "Dog Is Everywhere", "Happy Track", "Lock In" and more. CD

Partial matches86
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Bill Evans TrioBill Evans At Town Hall Volume One (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Verve, 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... On February 1, 2022
An open-ended live date from Bill Evans – recorded at the auspicious venue of Town Hall, but recorded with a warmth that matches Evans' smaller club sessions of the 60s! The sound here is possibly a bit more focused and direct than some of the moodier, mellower Evans live records – well pointed at the start, but then moving into some gentler chromatic modes as the set moves on – all with gentle accompaniment from Chuck Israels on bass and Arnold Wise on drums. Titles include trio versions of "I Should Care", "Spring Is Here", "Who Can I Turn To" and "Make Someone Happy" – then Evans takes a 13 minute solo turn, dedicating a suite to the memory of his father! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the excellent Acoustic Sounds series! Street date TBA.)
Also available Bill Evans At Town Hall Volume One (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

Partial matches87
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Bill Evans TrioBill Evans At Town Hall Volume One (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
An open-ended live date from Bill Evans – recorded at the auspicious venue of Town Hall, but recorded with a warmth that matches Evans' smaller club sessions of the 60s! The sound here is possibly a bit more focused and direct than some of the moodier, mellower Evans live records – well pointed at the start, but then moving into some gentler chromatic modes as the set moves on – all with gentle accompaniment from Chuck Israels on bass and Arnold Wise on drums. Titles include trio versions of "I Should Care", "Spring Is Here", 'Who Can I Turn To" and "Make Someone Happy" – then Evans takes a 13 minute solo turn, dedicating a suite to the memory of his father! CD features bonus tracks – "Beautiful Love", "My Foolish Heart", and "One For Helen". CD

Partial matches88
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ella FitzgeraldElla In London ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1974. Used ... $6.99
Something groovy always happens to Ella Fitzgerald in London – and in the 60s and 70s, the city became home to some of her best post-Verve recordings! This date's a compelling live performance recorded at Ronnie Scotts in 1974 – with backing by a quartet that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano and Joe Pass on guitar – gently grooving behind Ella in a setting that's one of the most relaxed live dates we've ever heard her do. Some of the tunes feature a bit of patter on the introductions – showing the Fitzgerald charm that extended way beyond singing – and titles include "The Man I Love", "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "You've Got A Friend", "Happy Blues", and "Lemon Drop". CD
(Out of print. Cover image varies slightly.)

Partial matches89
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Aretha FranklinARETHA (4CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 4CD ... $55.99 59.99
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic – but this package features earlier sides for Chess and Columbia, later work from Arista – and a whole host of rare and unreleased material – plus special tracks from side projects that worked together to form a crucial part of Aretha's legacy over the years! This 4CD package is beautiful – a book-style cover, with loads of vintage and rare photos, essays on Aretha by David Nathan and Rochelle Riley, and track-by track notes on the 81 tracks included in the lavish set. In addition to the rare tracks, there's some other great surprises here – and titles include "Until You Come Back To Me (work tape)", "Chain Of Fools (alt version)", "Rock Steady (alternate mix)", "Call Me (alt version)", "How I Got Over (live single edit)", "Chain Of Fools (alt)", "My Kind Of Town (Detroit Is) (demo)", "Try A Little Tenderness (demo)", "Oh Baby (demo)", "Til It's Over (demo)", "Angel (work tape)", "Somewhere (alt version)", "Mr DJ", "Ooo Baby Baby (with Smokey Robinson)", "Share Your Love With Me (live)", "Spanish Harlem (alt mix)", "Bridge Over Troubled Water (long version)", "Young Gifted & Black (alt long version)", "It's Not Unusual/See Saw (with Tom Jones)", "You're All I Need To Get By (work tape)", "Don't Play That Song (live)", "Spirit In The Dark (live reprise with Ray Charles)", "Oh Happy Day (with Mavis Staples)", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "A Rose Is Still A Rose", "Master Of Eyes", "A Change Is Gonna Come (mono)", "One Step Ahead", "Never Grow Old", "Today I Sing The Blues", "You Light Up My Life (unissued)", "Think", "I Knew You Were Waiting (with George Michael)", "Respect", and her version of "Natural Woman" from the 2015 Kennedy Honors ceremony. CD

Partial matches90
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Ghetto BrothersPower/Fuerza ... LP
Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.98
A legendary record from one of the most unique Latin groups of their time! In an early 70s world where many Latin combos were going for class and poise, the Ghetto Brothers moved in another direction entirely – working here with a fair bit of electric guitar alongside more familiar Latin rhythms – all to push along some wonderfully soulful vocals! The record's got a very different feel than most east coast Latin work of the time – one that's a bit like some of the Chicano soul of the west coast, but not nearly as smooth, and with a definite nod towards both funk and singer/songwriter work of the mainstream! The guitar's really upfront in the mix – riffing off at the start of most tracks – and the vocals have a slightly sweet quality, supported by harmonies from the rest of the group at times – making for a wicked blend of modes that's extremely compelling. A record that's as filled with soul and feeling as it is with hard-edge groovers – featuring titles that include "You Say You Are My Friend", "Ghetto Brothers Power", "I Saw A Tear", "Girl From The Mountain", "There Is Something In My Hearth", "Got This Happy Feeling", and "Viva Puerto Rico Libre". LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches91
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Eddie HollandIt Moves Me – The Complete Recordings 1958 to 1964 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.99
A beautiful collection of all the great and rare material Eddie Holland cut as solo singer in the late 50s and early 60s – including the incredible early Motown material, plus tracks he cut for Mercury, Kudo, Tamla and United Artists! Of course Eddie Holland is best remembered for uber-legendary work as producer, composer and arranger with the Holland-Dozier-Holland super soul unit – for damn good reason, but it's his early work as singer is way too strong to be considered a mere footnote to his greater legacy. Many of the cuts were written and produced by Berry Gordy, along with numbers written and produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, some recorded more famously by later acts, so what you truly have here is the foundation for great things to come – it's beautiful stuff that shines brightly in its own light. Eddie's a solid singer and the songs are terrific, formative stuff that's a pivotal bridge from earlier R&B to massive soul. 56 tracks on 2CDs: "Little Miss Ruby", "Will You Love Me", "Just A Few More Days", "It's Not Too Late", "Just Ain't Enough Love", "Brenda", "Baby Shake", "Magic Mirror", "If Cleopatra Took A Chance", "Action Speaks Louder than Words", "Bashful Kind", "Too Late To Cry", "Happy Go Lucky", "Pretty Little Angel Face", "Day Dreamer", "Rain And Thunder", "I Like Everything About You", "Happy Days" and many more. This set goes deeper than any compilation we've seen of Eddie's recordings, too, with a number of previously unissued Mercury recordings. CD

Partial matches92
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Freddie HubbardArtistry of Freddie Hubbard (Impulse pressing) ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $7.99
A beautiful album that we'd rank as one of Freddie Hubbard's greatest recordings ever – a truly sublime set that's quite different than his Blue Note work of the 60s, and which really shows him emerging as a major talent on the trumpet! The set features a core sextet of key players – the legendary John Gilmore on tenor sax, making a rare appearance here away from the Sun Ra Arkestra – plus Curtis Fuller on trombone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Art Davis on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – the last three of whom provide a soulful, almost spiritual rhythm to the record – elevating Freddie's horn to tremendous heights, possibly for the first time in his career. All tracks are nice and long – and titles include the Hubbard originals "Bob's Place", "Happy Times", and "The 7th Day", all of which roll along on a groove that's not what you'd expect – plus versions of "Summertime" and "Caravan". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear.)

Partial matches93
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Milt JacksonJazz Skyline ... CD
Savoy, Mid 50s. Used ... $9.99
A great little set from Milt Jackson – not just for his work on vibes, but also for some great tenor from Lucky Thompson! Thompson's raspy edge brings a nice degree of soulfulness to the set – a sound that adds depth to the sometimes mellower moments set down by Jackson and the rhythm section of Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall, and Kenny Clarke! The small group setting and the longer tracks make the record a good showcase for Thompson's talents at the time – and his way of building a solo gets plenty of room to do its thing here – on tracks that include "Lover", "Angel Face", "Can't Help Lovin That Man", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "What's New". CD
(Out of print.)

Partial matches94
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Antonio Carlos JobimTerra Brasilis ... CD
Warner, 1980. Used ... $11.99
Pretty great sounds from the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim – an album cut a bit later than his bossa years, but with a darkly sophisticated sound that's pretty darn compelling! The album features larger orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, and in a way, it's similar to the Jobim album on Decca from 1973 (aka Maita Pere) – in that it's got all the simple elements of Jobim's earlier bossa scoring, flushed out into moodier orchestral forms that we'd rank right up there with the modernist work of Gil Evans or Duke Ellington. A few cuts have a breezier sparer sound, and you'll hear English versions of some older bossa tunes. Titles include "Dreamer", "Canta Mais", "Olha Maria", "Wave", "Two Kites", "This Happy Madness", "Song Of The Sabia", "Estrada Do Sol", "Voce Vai Ver", "Off Key", and "Triste". CD
(Out of print.)

Partial matches95
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Antonio Carlos JobimTerra Brasilis ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Pretty great sounds from the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim – an album cut a bit later than his bossa years, but with a darkly sophisticated sound that's pretty darn compelling! The album features larger orchestrations by Claus Ogerman, and in a way, it's similar to the Jobim album on Decca from 1973 (aka Maita Pere) – in that it's got all the simple elements of Jobim's earlier bossa scoring, flushed out into moodier orchestral forms that we'd rank right up there with the modernist work of Gil Evans or Duke Ellington. A few cuts have a breezier sparer sound, and you'll hear English versions of some older bossa tunes. Titles include "Dreamer", "Canta Mais", "Olha Maria", "Wave", "Two Kites", "This Happy Madness", "Song Of The Sabia", "Estrada Do Sol", "Voce Vai Ver", "Off Key", and "Triste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is bent a bit at the bottom right corner.)

Partial matches96
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ Quincy Jones & Bill CosbyOriginal Jam Sessions 1969 ... CD
Concord, 1969. Used ... $6.99
Stone funky work from the late 60s – a landmark batch of tracks by Quincy Jones – originally recorded for the soundtrack of the first Bill Cosby show, and issued here to the public for the first time ever! The show's famous theme "Hikky-Burr" is a well-known groover with a sinister snapping edge that sums up all the best of Quincy's funky jazz soundtrack work in the 60s – and the rest of the tracks on the set follow in a blend of California soul jazz modes that's mighty mighty nice! Players on the tunes include Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, Joe Sample, Eddie Harris, Ray Brown, and Paul Humphrey – and the tracks have a loose, improvised feel that's a nice contrast from a lot of Quincy's tighter soundtrack work. Along with 2 different versions of "Hikky-Burr" (one with vocal by Cosby, one without), the set also features tracks that include "Toe Jam", "Jive Den", "Monty Is That You", and "Eubie Walkin" – plus a loosely disguised version of "Listen Here", and a take on "Oh Happy Day". Great stuff – and wonderful to finally have out on CD! CD

Partial matches97
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Kid Creole & The CoconutsDoppelganger ... LP
Island, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
The expansive musical mind of August Darnell stretches on in this fourth album from Kid Creole & The Coconuts – a blend of dancefloor rhythms and unusual tunes with a B-Movie approach to pop! Darnell's jazzy influences are still running strong on the set – eclipsed slightly by some more modern production, in a way that gives the album a bit more of a crossover feel than previous albums, but still not in a way that mutes the genius underneath. Titles include "Bongo Eddie's Lament", "The Lifeboat Party", "Underachiever", "If You Wanna Be Happy", "Distractions", "Survivors", "Call Me The Entertainer", and "The Seven Year Itch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

Partial matches98
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Johnny LytleDone It Again ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a relaxed West Coast vibe – a beautiful blend that rivals, if not beats, the sound of Cal Tjader on late 60s Verve! Jimmy Foster grooves along on organ, and the interplay with Lytle is key to the classic sound – but the whole group is great here – Major Holley on bass, Peppy Hinant on drums and Don Alias on conga, which brings in plenty of Latin kick. 6 of the 10 numbers are Lytle originals, including "Done It Again", "Sleepy Dozier", "Zote", "Jungle Child" and "Happy Preacher" – plus "If Ever I Should Leave You", "People" and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)
Also available Done It Again (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99

Partial matches99
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Johnny LytleDone It Again (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy Gatefold ... $6.99 14.98
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a relaxed West Coast vibe – a beautiful blend that rivals, if not beats, the sound of Cal Tjader on late 60s Verve! Jimmy Foster grooves along on organ, and the interplay with Lytle is key to the classic sound – but the whole group is great here – Major Holley on bass, Peppy Hinant on drums and Don Alias on conga, which brings in plenty of Latin kick. 6 of the 10 numbers are Lytle originals, including "Done It Again", "Sleepy Dozier", "Zote", "Jungle Child" and "Happy Preacher" – plus "If Ever I Should Leave You", "People" and "The Nearness Of You". CD
(Comes in a great, heavy cardboard gatefold-style package!)
Also available Done It Again ... LP 14.99

Partial matches100
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
MazeLive In New Orleans ... LP
Capitol, 1981. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 26.98
A live album from the mighty Frankie Beverly and Maze – and a set that's every bit as important as their studio classics for Capitol Records! It's always a sign of how huge Frankie Beverly was during the 80s that Capitol let him cut not one, but two double live albums during the early part of the decade – and this one, his first, has the band grooving wonderfully before a crowd going mad in the Crescent City – while the group keep all the perfection, sharp grooves, and sophisticated soul that they had on record! The songs retain all the charm of the studio renditions – and are stretched out a bit more in the live setting, with some really nice interplay with the crowd – who are clearly going nuts in the presence of the group. Titles include the famous live version of "Joy & Pain" – sampled heavily back in the day – plus other classics that include live takes on "Happy Feelins", "Southern Girl", "Look At California", "Before I Let Go", "We Need Love To Love", "The Look In Your Eyes", "Running Away", "Reason", "Feel That You're Fallin", "You", and "Changing Times". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live In New Orleans ... CD 6.99
 
 
 



⇑ Top