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Johnny AceMemorial Album ... LP
Duke, Early 50s. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west coast postwar R&B singers into a rougher, rawer mode that would pave the way for Memphis soul in years to come. And although Johnny died a tragic early death (and partially because of it), the impact of his work was tremendous, even in the few short years for which he recorded for Duke – leading to countless posthumous collections, mostly illegitimate, which often presented Johnny's work in less-than-superior conditions. This set is still the best – and features 12 tracks that Ace recorded for the Duke label. Titles include "How Can You Be So Mean", "My Song", "The Clock", "Cross My Heart", "Anymore", "Don't You Know", "Saving My Love For You", "So Lonely", and "Pledging My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing. Cover has a split spine, surface wear, and a name in pen.)
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Johnny AdamsI Won't Cry – The Complete Ric & Ron Singles 1959 to 1964 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
The best work ever from the great Johnny Adams – a Crescent City soul singer with a hell of a lot of power, brought into wonderfully strong focus here on these early recordings for the Ric & Ron label! Johnny recorded later in Nashville and Jackson, but he's never sounded better than on these early sides – which have a depth of feeling and timeless power that we'd rank right up there with some of the most important names during the early years of soul. The material is nicely free of overdone New Orleans styles – and instead has this care and class that really reaches out from the roots of the material, to showcase Johnny as a singer with a great deal of care and class, but one who's still able to let loose in the best deep soul modes too. Adams hardly ever got the chart coverage he should have deserved – but this 24 track set will more than support his strong legacy – with detailed notes, and a stunning array of tracks that include "Closer To You", "Teach Me To Forget", "Who You Are", "Showdown", "A Losing Battle", "Life Is Just A Struggle", "Cold Cold Heart", "Coming Around The Mountain", and "Nowhere To Go". CD

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Johnny OtisMidnight At The Barrelhouse – The Johnny Otis Story Vol 1 1945 to 1957 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1940s/1950s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Incredible earlier work from Johnny Otis and other great players – the first volume in Ace's Johnny Otis Story – in a number of settings with players including The Robins, Little Esther, Big Mama Thornton, The Jayos, The Sheiks and others! Remarkable, formative west coast rhythm & blues that really sounds great – from stripped down formations to bigger R&B orchestra numbers that are just as incredible – cut for Modern, Savoy, Peacock, Mercury, Dig, Federal and other labels. 25 tracks: "Johnny Otis Signature", "Good Old Blues" with Pete Guitar Lewis, "Double Crossing Blues" with The Robins & Little Esther, "Oopy-Doo", "Cattle Train" with Jimmy "Hurricane Edwards" Beasley, "Shake It Lucy Baby", "Buy Bye Baby" with Marie Adams, "Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)", "Every Beat Of My Heart" with The Royals and more, building up to '58's huge "Willie And The Hand Jive". CD

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Johnny OtisOn With The Show – The Johnny Otis Story Vol 2 1957 to 1974 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great second volume of pivotal episodes of The Johnny Otis Show from Ace Records and a compilation that represents two eras of Johnny Otis! On With The Show starts out by continuing the story of his late 50s and early 60s R&B years – then segues hard into his grittier funk-honed style of the late 60s and early 70s. The first half starts out right where Vol 1 left off – tracing his good-natured, rollicking R&B. Fittingly, this half of the set effectively ends with '61's "Hand Jive One More Time" and the next track, '67's "Keep The Faith", shows a remarkable transition in style to groove heavy soul and funk. It's all great – be it his charismatic riffs on the Bo Diddley beat that so characterized the "Hand Jive" era, to the ribald funk of "Signifying Monkey" and beyond. 24 tracks in all and featuring a great set of notes. Titles include "Good Golly", "The Jelly Roll", "The New Bo Diddley", "Let's Love It Up", "Banana Peels", "The Watts Breakaway", "Cold Shot", "Country Girl", "I Got The Walkin' Blues", "Cuttin' Up", "Jaws", "Bye Bye Baby (Until We Meet Again)" and more. CD

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✨✧ Johnny OtisCreepin' With The Cats ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid/Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Johnny Otis' Dig sides have always been among the hardest of his to find (and in fact, the album of his on the Dig label trades hands for hundreds amongst collectors). But now (you knew this was coming, didn't you?) the great folks at Ace have put o out this cool 22 track set featuring a whole bunch of released and unreleased stuff from Johnny's stormin' Dig years. Tracks include such loopy rockin' classics as "Groove Juice", "Dog Face Boy", "Ali Baba's Boogie", "Midnight Creeper", and "Sleepy Shines But Boogie". Wildman stuff from Shuggie's dad, recorded during the height of the LA R&B scene. CD
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Bobby Darin & Johnny MercerTwo Of A Kind ... CD
Atco, 1960. Used ... $2.99
A really surprising pairing of talents – and one that makes the album one of the real standouts from the early Bobby Darin years on Atco Records! Johnny Mercer was one of the coolest, grooviest songwriters of the 40s – and he was also a singer with a hell of a lot of charm – which makes him a perfect match here for Darin, who was a master showman right from the start! The pair trade lines wonderfully, and get the right sort of jazzy backings from Billy May – who knows how to keep things swinging, and lift the spirits of the set! The album starts and ends with the warm title cut "Two Of A Kind" – co-written by the pair – and other titles include some great Mercer compositions, plus other titles too – with tracks that include "Ace In The Hole", "East Of The Rockies", "Bob White", "Mississippi Mud", and "Who Takes Care Of The Caretaker's Daughter". CD
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VariousAce 30th Birthday Sampler – Soul & Funk ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $6.99
Rare soul and heavy funk – all served up by one of the greatest labels going! It's hard to believe that Ace Records got their start some short 30 years ago – because for most of that time, we've come to trust the label more than anyone else for taking us back to the best older music of the 20th century. And while Ace was initially known for their reissue work in the R&B and rock n roll fields, over the past decade or so, the company's really taken center stage in funk and soul – with dozens and dozens of great CDs that have become huge Dusty Groove sellers over the years. This 20 track set is a low-priced dip into the best that Ace has to offer in the funk and soul fields – and honestly, although most of this stuff was issued elsewhere on Ace, the collection's still got a freshness that matches most of their full-priced CDs. Titles include "Brother Ratt" by Dave Hamilton, "Make Me Yours" by Betty Swann, "Hey Stoney Face" by Mary Love, "Too Much For You" by Bobby Angelle, "I'll See You In Hell First" by Phillip Mitchell, "Peace Love Not War" by Johnny King & Fatback Band, "Careful Man" by John Edwards, "Soul Feeling (part 1)" by Eddy Giles, "Got To Get Me A Job" by Ann Alford, and "I Can't Take It Any More" by The Persians. CD

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VariousBig Beat – The Dave Bartholomew Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great batch of songs by legendary New Orleans R&B and soul producer Dave Bartholomew – recorded by a sprawling line-up of soul, pop, R&B and rockers – another revelatory set in the Ace Records series of songwriter compilations! The numbers here stretch back to the 50s and continue up to the end of the 60s/start of the 70s – with Bartholomew-penned tunes done here by Fats Domino, Shirley & Lee, Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette, Brenda Lee, Georgie Fame, Bobby Charles, Tami Lynn, Bobby Mitchell, Dave Bartholomew himself and many more! 25 tracks in all: "The Fat Man" by Fats Domino, "Ain't Gonna Do It" by The Pelicans, "Blue Monday" by Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, "Sick And Tired" by Neville Grant, "One Night Of Sin" by Tami Lynn, "The Big Beat" bh The Del Vikings, "The Monkey" by Dave Bartholomew and many more. CD

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VariousBlues Masters Volume 18 – More Slide Guitar Classics ... CD
Rhino, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. Used ... $5.99
Includes tracks by Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Junior Lockwood, Black Ace, Tampa Red, Son House, Earl Hooker, Johnny Winter, and Boyd Gilmore. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBorn To Be Together – The Songs Of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the 60s – featured here in a great mix of soul, rock, and vocal numbers from the time – including a fair number of unusual versions of hits from the team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil! Weil's got a style that's sometimes a bit deeper than her contemporaries – and when mixed with Barry's strong sense of punch in a tune, has a way of bringing some surprising sophistication to pop music – little emotive moments that peek out from more hook-heavy numbers – but all without ever sounding lachrymose or overblown. As part of that quality, lots of these tunes have some great New York-styled production – that uptown balance of emotion and class – and as with other titles in Ace's excellent songwriter series, the notes alone are almost worth the price of admission – given all the historical detail, cultural commentary, and cool images. Titles include "New World Coming" by Mama Cass, "Love Is Only Sleeping" by The Monkees, "Angelica" by Scott Walker, "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" by Gene Pitney, "Love Him" by Doris Day, "Good Good Lovin" by Bobby Hebb, "You Baby" by Len Barry, "Born To Be Together" by The Ronettes, "This Is A Love Song" by Bill Medley, "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by The Happenings, "Shape Of Things To Come" by Slade, and "Proud" by Johnny Crawford. CD

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✨✧ VariousBowie Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The genius of Ziggy Stardust didn't just spring out of the blue – as David Bowie spent years listening to other music by a range of different artists – engaging them, supporting them, and absorbing them in the process – all to weave into the rich tapestry that became his own musical legacy! Bowie famously covered 60s tunes on his Pin Ups album, and did others' tracks on some other studio sides as well – and his live performances were famous over the years for surprising remakes that offered unabashed homage to those who influenced him – a few of whom would become musical partners as well. This loving package features 24 tracks that were all later performed by Bowie, but delivered here in their original versions – all with detailed notes that trace the lines between the initial takes and the remakes – with the kind of flourish we've come to love from Ace Records. Titles include "Fill Your Heart" by Biff Rose, "It Ain't Easy" by Ron Davies, "Sorry" by The Merseys, "Rosalyn" by The Pretty Things, "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & The Vandellas, "Nite Flights" by The Walker Brothers, "Alabama Song" by Lotte Lenya & The Three Admirals, "Kingdom Come" by Tom Verlaine, "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" by The Kinks, "White Light White Heat" by The Velvet Underground, "Louie Go Home" by Paul Revere & The Raiders, "If There Is Something" by Roxy Music, "Criminal World" by Metro, "Amsterdam" by Jacques Brel, "Wild Is The Wind" by Johnny Mathis, "I Took A Trip On A Gemini Space Ship" by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and "Pablo Picasso" by The Modern Lovers. CD

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VariousCold Cold Heart – Where Country Meets Soul Vol 3 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Southern soul galore – a wonderful range of tracks that are done in that best deep soul mode that borrowed heavily from country music – but also really transformed things to fit their own righteous needs! Make no mistake, the collection is all soul music all the way through – but the songs also echo some of the more heartbreaking themes and local needs you'd find in country music – and also use some isolated elements in the instrumentation and production too! The best way to think of the package is as a collection of southern soul, but one that shows a surprising lack of color barrier when it comes to musical styles – and as always with Ace/Kent, the notes and overall conception of the whole thing is really wonderful. 24 tracks in all – including "Easy Loving" by Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis, "Big Blue Diamonds" by Little Johnny Taylor, "I Hang My Head & Cry" by Arthur Alexander, "True Love Travels On A Gravel Road" by Percy Sledge, "Touch Your Woman" by Margie Joseph, "Who Will The Next Fool Be" by Bobby Bland, "Stand By Your Man" by The Mirettes, "Till I Get It Right" by Bettye Swann, "Another Man's Woman Another Woman's Man" by Laura Lee, and "Jambalaya" by Ralph Soul Jackson. CD

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VariousGreatest Hits From Outer Space ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A mad mix of space-age instrumentals, groovy vocal tunes, and lots lots more – and definitely one of the coolest compilations we've ever seen! The cover states that "a galaxy of stars goes where no other compilation has ever gone before" – and we can definitely agree with that claim, given the unique feel of the music, and the wonderful assortment of tracks in the set! The set list draws on many different genres – early rock, offbeat country, easy instrumentals, sound library gems, and lots more – all to bring together a startling array of sounds that's more than enough to send you into outer space on your own. Weird tracks are mixed nicely with tuneful numbers – so that there's a really great sense of discovery as the set rolls on – a vibe that's as well-chosen as some of Ace Records' Halloween compilations, but in a sci fi sort of mode. Titles include "Armstrong" by John Stewart, "Destination Moon" by The Ames Brothers, "Lunar Rhapsody" by Les Baxter, "Happy Blues For John Glenn" by Lightnin Hopkins, "Theme From Star Trek" by Leonard Nimoy, "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" by Bobby Womack, "Doctor Who" by BBC Radiophonic Workshop, "Visa To The Stars" by Jean Jacques Perry & Gershon Kingsley, "Rocket To The Moon" by Moon Mullican, "Forbidden Planet" by David Rose, "Everybody Gets To Go To The Moon" by Themla Houston, and "Footprints On The Moon" by Johnny Harris. CD

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VariousHere Today! – The Songs Of Brian Wilson ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Think the genius of Brian Wilson was only tapped by his partners in The Beach Boys? Think again – because as this lovely little set will show, a huge amount of other artists drew from the songwriting genius of Brian Wilson in the 60s – not just to cover the big hits of his famous group, but also to dig much deeper into the full spectrum of his songbook – and come up with their own versions of album tracks from Pet Sounds, Smile, and other gems of the time! The collection is wonderfully free of overdone hits – and instead is full of lots of our favorite songs from Wilson – and not just tunes he wrote for the Beach Boys, but other artists as well. And although Brian himself only produced a handful of cuts on the set, most of the 25 numbers have a very unified feel – thanks to a host of contemporary producers really working hard to explore things in the same way as Wilson in the studio. There's a few cuts from later years, but most are late 60s vintage – and titles include "Here Today" by Bobby Vee, "Guess I'm "Dumb" by Johnny Wells, "Time To Get Alone" by Redwood, "Farmer's Daughter" by Basil Swift & The Seegrams, "Girl Don't Tell Me" by Keith Green, "She Rides With Me" by Joey & The Continentals, "My Buddy Seat" by The Hondells, "Don't Hurt My Little Sister" by The Surfaris, "Caroline No" by Nick DeCaro, "Good Vibrations" by Hugo Montenegro, "You Still Believe In Me" by Kristy MacColl, and "God Only Knows" by Betty Everett. CD

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VariousLong-Lost Honkers & Twangers – Unreleased 60s Gems From The Ventures, Fireballs, Rondels, Titans, & Reveliers – Plus Many Others ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 22.99
Killer instrumentals from the glory days of the garagey combo – a smoking little set that's very heavy on twangers – those wicked guitar-driven cuts that were often recorded with lots of cool echo and effects! Some of the names here are big ones, but most are smaller and lesser-known groups – and even the stars are represented by rare or unissued tracks – making the whole package as much fun as sorting through a rare pile of rock instrumental 45s from the 60s! And as usual with Ace, there's been plenty of care not just to choose the best tracks, but also provide excellent sound and a rich amount of history behind each number too – something you wouldn't get if you were only looking for 45s. Titles include "White Water" by The Reveliers, "The Psychedelic Worm" by Johnny & The Hurricanes, "Wax Em Down" by The Avantis, "Night Creature" by The Gigolos, "The Spur" by The Ventures, "Car Hop" by The Exports, "Loch Lamond Rock" by The Ramrods, "Flat Tyre" by The Reveliers, "Ghost Train" by The Swanks, and "Showboat" by The Rondels. CD
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VariousMessin With The Blues – Where It's At ... CD
Atlantic/Ace (UK), Late 40s/1950s. Used ... $7.99
A wealth of blues from the legendary Atlantic Records – served up here in a set of tracks that goes way past the obvious! In fact, even though there's a few names here that were bigger entries in the Atlantic catalog, they're represented by lesser-known tracks – and mixed in with other artists who only recorded 78 or 45rpm singles for the label – but who really left some gems behind in the label's rich catalog! A few cuts are more upbeat R&B, but most of the work has a looser, more laidback approach to blues – nicely late nite at times, and all handled with the kind of care that made Atlantic such a winner right from the start. The set's got a full book of notes on all the music, and features 25 titles that include "After Hour Session" by Frank Floorshow Culley, "Up The Line" and "Hoy Hoy" by Little Johnny Jones, "She's A Woman" by Jimmy Griffin, "Real Real Gone" by John Lee Hooker, "Break Of Day Blues" by Hal Paige, "Draggin Hours" by Odelle Turner, "Climbin Up To Heaven Blues (part 1)" by Jimmy Earle & The Jazz Kings, "Messin Up" by Chuck Norris, "Losing Hand" by Ray Charles, "Play On Little Girl" by T Bone Walker, "Cold Love" by Lucky Davis, "Blue Harlem" by Tiny Grimes, and "Drinkin Wine Spo Dee O Dee" by Larry Dale. CD

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VariousOn A Cool Day – The Soulful Side Of Cool Jazz ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Not just cool jazz – despite what the title might say – and instead a whole host of soulful jazzy styles from the late 50s and early 60s – pulled forth from the kind of singles that once boomed from backroom jukeboxes in taverns on the south side of town! The collection is great – very much in the spirit of some of the Mod Jazz compilations on Ace, but maybe even a bit more farther-reaching too – and the tracks are a great mix of instrumental and vocal jazz numbers, put together with the same great ear as the soul collections on the Outta Sight label. Titles include "Like Young" by Ann Henry, "I Walk The Streets" by Lyn Avalon, "Scenes In The City (edit)" by Charles Mingus, "Comin Home Baby" by Dave Bailey, "Johnny With The Gentle Hands" by Cootie Williams & Wini Brown, "Baby Do You Ever Think Of Me" by Sonny Stitt, "Goodbye Old Girl" by Art Farmer, "Wayning Moments" by Wayne Shorter, and "Sack O Woe" by Ray Bryant. CD

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VariousR&B Box – 30 Years Of Rhythm & Blues (6 CD box set) ... CD
Rhino, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 6 CDs ... $49.99
A really well-done collection – one that spans key postwar years of R&B, then moves through doo wop into the seminal sounds of 60s soul – almost all from Atlantic Records! Music from Illinois Jacquet, Lionel Hampton, the Ravens, Mabel Scott, Big Jay McNeely, Percy Mayfield, the Five Keys, Lloyd Price, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, the Chords, Johnny Ace, Ray Charles, James Brown & much more. CD
(Out of print. Great heavy box with big booklet too!)

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VariousRocking Back – Rock Revival ... LP
Duke, Late 50s/Early 60s. Sealed ... $14.99
Featuring Bobby Bland, Ernie Harris, Willie Mae Thornton, The Casuals, Johnny Ace, Clarence Brown, Rob Roys, Little Junior Parker, El Torros, and Paul Perryman. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a small cutout hole and cutout notch.)

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VariousWild Thing – The Songs Of Chip Taylor ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A much-needed look at songwriter Chip Taylor – best-remembered for penning the Troggs' classic "Wild Thing", but the man behind some other wonderful work of the 60s as well! As you'll hear in this wonderfully-collected set, Taylor's tunes found plenty of welcome ears in both the rock and soul sides of the music spectrum – no surprise, as his songs often have a timeless, personal quality that we'd rank right up there with the work of Jimmy Webb – although most of Chip's compositions are often a bit more playful as well! As with others in the "songwriter" series from Ace, this volume presents the material with rich track-by-track notes, label scans, and vintage photos – a very detailed look at Taylor's tunes, with titles that include "I Can't Let Go" by Evie Sands, "Country Girl City Man" by Billy Vera & Judy Clay, "Sneakin Up On You" by Peggy Lee, "Picture Me Gone" by Madeline Bell, "Is That You" by Arthur & Mary, "Welcome Home" by Walter Jackson, "Son Of A Rotten Gambler" by The Hollies, "Wake Up John" by Little Eva, "Tommy" by Reparata & The Delrons, "My Johnny Doesn't Come Around Any More" by Debbie Rollins, "His True Love For You" by Al McCarther, "Make Me Belong To You" by Barbara Lewis, "Any Way That You Want Me" by Tina Mason, "Try Just A Little Bit Harder" by Lorraine Ellison, and "I Want The Real Thing" by Chip Taylor himself. CD

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VariousYou Talk To Much – The Ric & Ron Story Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A key force in the development of New Orleans soul – the homegrown Ric & Ron Records label – home to some of the best early productions from the Crescent City! The roster of talent here is really amazing – a host of artists who'd go onto develop the New Orleans style even more strongly in the 60s, mixed with some lesser-knowns who really sparkle in this setting – sharp, tight, damn soulful singles that are all delivered without any overproduction, and nicely free of all those cliches that would later overwhelm music from the Big Easy. The rhythms alone are worth the price of the record – hard-romping piano, bass, and drums that really set an instrumental fire right from the start – then pave the way for searing lead performances from the singers and instrumental stars. The set's the best we've ever seen of these early days of the label – and features 24 tracks that include "Tell It Like It Is" by Eddie Bo, "Easy Rockin" by Eddie Lang, "I Love You Still" by Joe Jones, "Come On" by Johnny Adams, "Don't Lie To Me" by Mercy Adams, "Don't Mess With My Man" by Irma Thomas, "Carnival Time" by Al Johnson, "Nobody Knows" by Martha Carter, "All Nite Long (parts 1 & 2)" by Robert Parker, "Cuttin Out" by Professor Longhair, "Let's Get It" by Edgar Blanchard, and "Rocket To The Moon" by Chris Kenner. CD

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✨✧ Young DisciplesRoad To Freedom (US version) ... CD
Talkin' Loud/Polygram, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest soul albums of the past 20 years – an instant classic the day it was released! When this killer came out in the UK in 1991, it was one of the best soul records we'd heard in years. Carleen Anderson, the then-unknown daughter of Bobby Byrd & Vicki Anderson, sung some of the deepest vocals we'd heard in years – and she was backed by funky soundscapes filled with references and homages to greats like Roy Ayers, Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, 24-Carat Black, and many others – all now well-remembered artists from the rare groove years of the 70s, but at the time just barely-remembered echoes from the past who were being kept alive in the British soul scene. The record was (and is) impeccable – a wondrous treat for fans of the kind of rare groove material we stock at Dusty Groove – and it features stellar performances by the likes of Carleen Anderson, Master Ace, Johnny Lytle, Maceo Parker, and others! This US version features a few remixes from the original UK album – and titles include "All I Have (Young Ideas mix)", "Funky Yeh Funki (Mek It)", "Talkin What I Feel", "Move On", "Apparently Nothin (Soul River)", "Get Yourself Together (parts 1 & 2)", "Freedom Suite", "Step Right On (original mix)", and "As We Come (To Be)". CD
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✨✧ VariousHey Beach Girls! – Female Surf & Drag 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard grooving surf pop from the early-to-mid 60s – and this one's from the ladies – sun soaked, pulpy surf and drag strip rockers featuring The Honeys, Donna Loren, The Surfettes, Andrea Carroll, The Westwoods, Ellie Gee & The Jets, Dee Dee Sharp, Little Pattie & The Statesmen and many more! The solo and girl group vocals are a great mix of sweetness and rebelliousness, and the same could be said for the songs – which also masterfully mix knowing kitsch and genuine rockers. Players, producers and arrangers include Gary Usher, Lee Hazlewood, Hal Blaine and David Axelrod – and in Ace Records tradition, it comes with a thick booklet of great notes & photos. Titles include "Pray For Surf" & "Shoot The Curl" by The Honeys, "Cycle Set" by Donna Loren, "Surfer's Playmate" by The Fleetwoods, "Drag Race Johnny" by Little Pattie & The Statesmen, "Your Baby's Gone Surfin'" by Duane Eddy & The Rebellettes, "Don't Drag No More" by Susan Lynne, "Surfer Boy" by The Supremes, "Rod Hot Rod" by The King Pins", "Red Corvette" by Ellie Gee & The Jets and many more. 25 in all! CD

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✨✧ VariousReady Or Not – Thom Bell Philly Soul Arrangements & Productions 1965 to 1978 ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime soul from the great Thom Bell – one of our favorite arranger, producer, songwriters of all time – and a talent who really helped push the Philly soul scene much farther than most during the 70s! Bell was trained as a classical pianist as a kid – which might explain part of his ear for a special sort of tune – but by the time of this work, he was neck-deep in the soul scene – and working with a fantastic track record for bringing the best out of a very wide variety of artists! Bell was especially great with groups – he helped more than a few really stretch out their wings and grow – but as you'll hear here, Thom also handled a fantastic range of music in Philly studios – all with magnificent touches that really set the tunes apart from the rest – French horns, harpsichord, and especially that twangy sitar sound that worked so well with a harmony ballad. The set's got 23 tracks in all, and a massive set of notes on the man and his music – with titles that include "What I See" by Three Degrees, "Here I Go Again" by Archie Bell & The Drells, "You've Been Untrue" by The Delfonics, "Moody Woman" by Jerry Butler, "Something For Nothing" by MFSB, "One Man Band" by Ronnie Dyson, "Close The Door" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" by Johnny Mathis, "Look The Other Way" by Lesley Gore, "What Kind Of Lady" by Dee Dee Sharp, "It's The Same Old Love" by The Courtship, "Do You Remember Yesterday" by The Intruders, "Track Of The Cat" by Dionne Warwick, and "I Wanna Be A Free Girl" by Dusty Springfield. CD

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✨✧ VariousYet Mo' Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great mix of funky jazz, jazzy funk, and funky soul – all pulled from the Atlantic catalog of the 60s, and including some very tasty numbers that were only ever issued as funky 45s! The set's one of the nicest in the great Mod Jazz series on Ace, and it's the only one to feature Atlantic material, which rarely ever gets the same funky treatment as other labels from the 60s. Titles include "The Sidewinder" by Tamiko Jones & Herbie Mann, "Do It To Death" by Jackie Ivory, "Jet Set" by Dave Pike, "Fever" by Esther Phillips, "Jam Up Twist" by Tommy Ridgely, "Sticks & Stones (part 1)" by Gene Ludwig, "Bloodshot" by Hubert Laws, "Sombrero Sam" by Charles Lloyd, "The Foolkiller" by Mose Allison, "One Note Samba" by MJQ & Laurindo Almeida, "It's A Funky Thing – Right On (part 1)" by Herbie Mann, "Watermelon Man Ska" by Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, "Trese Lobos" by Mark III Trio, "You're The Boss" by LaVern Baker & Jimmy Ricks, "Burnin Coal" by Les McCann, and "Twist City" by Matthew Gee & Johnny Griffin. 26 cuts in all – and like finding a jukebox that's lain dormant in a jazz lounge for 30 years! CD

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✨✧ VariousLos Angeles Soul Vol 2 – Kent/Modern's Black Music Legacy 1963 to 1971 ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great work from the Kent/Modern family of labels on the LA scene of the 60s – a company that initially broke big during the postwar years of R&B, but continued to record a huge amount of wonderful artists as the years went on! Because of their ties to R&B in the previous decade, Kent also had a great ear for the deeper side of soul music – so there's plenty of tracks on this set that may well have come from Memphis, Muscle Shoals, or other points south – mixed in with others that have a cool Cali vibe, including a few great early funk tracks, and some crossover gospel gems! The collection is the sort that Ace does the best – and is filled with rare singles, unreleased tracks, and other gems – all supported by very detailed notes. Titles include "At Last" by Jimmy bee, "Where She Att" by ZZ Hill, "Like I Do" by Bobby John, "Don't Believe Him" by Stacy Johnson, "Mighty Clouds Of Joy" by BPS Revolution, "Nobody But Me" by The Other Brothers, "Ghetto Child" by Johnny Copeland & His Soul Agents, "What Is This World Coming To" by Charles Taylor, "Jodine" by Earl Foster, "It's Getting Late" by Al King, "Whole World Down On You" by Larry Davis, "The Good Side Of My Girl" by Clay Hammond, "I'll Be Standing By" by Chuck Walker & The VIPs, "You're Still My Baby" by Venetta Fields, and "Rock Me Baby" by Millie Foster. CD

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✨✧ Various14 Golden Recordings From The Historic Vaults OF Duke/Peacock Records ... LP
Duke/ABC, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from the legendary Houston labels Duke and Peacock – home to some groundbreaking R&B, blues, and early soul music! Features work by Bobby Bland, Johnny Ace, Junior Parker, OV Wright, Joe Hinton, The Casuals, The Rob Roys, The El Torros, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and half split top seam.)

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✨✧ VariousGood Clean Fun – The Chiswick Sampler ... CD
Chiswick/Ace (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Includes music from The Count Bishops, Riff Raff, Radio Stars, Damned, Albania, Johnny & The Self Abusers, Two Two, The Gorillas, and Johnny Moped. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousGunsmoke Vols 3 & 4 – Dark Tales Of Western Noir From A Ghost Town Jukebox (10 inch vinyl) ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A cool collection of really oddball numbers – unusual country, offbeat pop numbers, and a fair bit of cuts that have a popcorn groove somewhere down there at the bottom! These aren't the usual sorts of cuts you might expect – and instead, the collection's definitely on the hipper side of the spectrum from the things we hear from the Stag O Lee label – maybe the farther reaches past Bear Family and Ace records – into the real hinterland of the obscure 45. CD brings together material from the 10" LP sets vols 3 and 4 – and tracks include "Fire Of Love" by Jody Reynolds, "Lonely Moon" by Johnny Wells, "On The Horizon" by Ben E King, "Squaw Girl" by Fatima, "Hellbound Train" by Marie Robertson, "Tennessee Hillbilly Ghost" by Eddy Arnold, "Hard Working Man" by Dorsey Burnette, "Lumber City" by Big Buddy K, "Wild Streak" by Johnny Fallin, "Ghost Town" by Eddie Miller, "Down Bound Train" by Frank Gay & The Gayblades, "Bury Me Deep" by Bill Shaw, "The Living Dead" by Jim Burgett, "Mistery's Child" by Richard Hayes, "Workin On The Santa Fe" by Randy Starr, "Cell Walls" by Craig Brown, and "Rebel Heart" by Larry Hall. CD
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VariousNew York Blues Vol 2 ... LP
Fire/Charly (UK), Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A collection of gritty blues recorded for Harlem soul powerhouse Bobby Robinson – originally issued on his Fire, Fury, and Fling labels – and with a few tracks each by Sammy Myers, Johnny Acey, Mighty Joe Young, and Dr Horse – and more by Bobby Long, B Brown & His Rockin Vouts, and Noble Watts & June Bateman. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Leo ParkerRollin With Leo (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those great "never was" Blue Note sessions – recorded in the 60s, but never issued until years later – even though the label had assigned it a cover, title, and catalog number! The album was the last session by baritone sax player Leo Parker – a bop and R&B legend who sadly passed along at the young age of 36, but left a really rich legacy of music. Parker has a way with the baritone that's almost as lean as a tenorist – blowing the horn with sharp, well-placed notes that really make this session cook – somewhere in the R&B-influenced territory of Don Wilkerson's work on Blue Note. Other players include the great Dave Burns on trumpet – always a welcome presence on any date – plus Bill Swindell on tenor sax, Johnny Acea on piano, Al Lucas or Stan Conover on bass, and Wilbert Hogan or Purnell Rice on drums. Tracks include "The Lion's Roar", "Rollin With Leo", "Jumpin Leo", "Talkin The Blues", "Mad Lad Returns", and Illinois Jacquet's "Music Hall Beat". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousRockinitis Vol 1 – Electric Blues From The Rock & Roll Era ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Skip the "rock" in the title, because this set is pure blues all the way through – filled with rare treasures from those years when the electric guitar first started dominating the music – with a heady sound that rang from the Chicago scene down to Texas – and all the way out to the west coast as well! The package is maybe a bit more rough-edged and less gimmicky than some of other titles on the Stag O Lee label – with a strong focus on gritty blues from the heyday of the small indie label scene of the 50s. Titles include "Tell Me Who" by Bobo Jenkins, "I'm Gonna Love You" by Eddie Taylor, "Mean Old Train" by Papa Lightfoot, "I Feel So Worried" by Sammy Lewis, "The Wolf Pack" by Kid Thomas, "Just You & I" by Guitar Red, "Your Love Keeps A Workin On Me" by Lulu Reed, "Don't Cut Out On Me" by Tender Slim, "I'm Tired Of Beggin" by The Sly Fox, "Please Don't Go" by Johnny Acey, "Shim Sham Shimmy" by Champion Jack Dupree, and "Just Can't Say" by Willie Nix. LP, Vinyl record album

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DC LaRueFace of Love (Johnny Juice rmx, DJ Spinna rmx, Mell Starr rmx UB 7" edit)/Indiscreet (Johnny Juice rmx, DJ Spinna rmx, Mell Starr rmx UB 7" edit) ... 12-inch
Fraternity/Pyramid Disco, 1979. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $10.99
New mixes of two classic club tracks from DC LaRue – but mostly done in ways that completely change up the groove! "Face Of Love" is handled in versions by Johnny Juice, DJ Spinna, and Mell Starr – and Mell and Spinna keep the more classic vibe, but work out some very different elements – while Johnny Juice makes the whole thing almost feel like a hip house number! The approach is a bit similar on the flip – as the Juice mix of "Indiscreet" has a fair bit of hip hop elements – while Spinna chooses to focus on the massive bassline of the cut, and Mell makes the whole thing feel like a party! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Johnny BristolLove Takes Tears/Go On & Dream ... 7-inch
MGM, 1975. Very Good ... $2.99
One of the best solos singles by Johnny Bristol! "Love Takes Tears" is an excellent mellow soul number – built around a groove that's almost like "Love's Theme" by Barry White, but graced with warm vocals by Johnny that give the tune a very catchy hook! "Go On & Dream" is mellower, a great example of the gentle side of Bristol! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Johnny BristolStrangers (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Excellent smooth soul from Johnny Bristol – working here in territory that's a lot more sophisticated than his earlier work, in the same vein as smooth modern soul singers like Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, or Prince Phillip Mitchell! The album's got a sweet warm feel – and the richness of the songwriting and vocals make us wonder why Johnny wasn't a bigger star on his own – because each new track is a gem, and the album's got a quality level to match the best of the biggest names of the 70s! However, it's also gems like this that keep us digging through the history of soul music – looking under the surface of the big stars to find excellent work from "almost rans" like Johnny! Cuts include "Strangers In The Dark Corners", "I'm Waiting On Love", "When The Fire Is Burning", "If You Ever Need Somebody", "You Can't Have Love (Without Complications)", and "She's So Amazing". CD

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Johnny Dyani With Witchdoctor's Son & Dudu PukwanaRejoice/Together ... CD
Cadillac (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
A pair of albums from the legendary Johnny Dyani – packaged here in one great little set! Rejoice features searing live work from Johnny Dyani – a set that has the bassist opening up strongly in a trio with Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Okey Temiz on drums and percussion! Feza sounds even better here than usual – blowing these long, inventive solo lines that match the work of Ted Curson for 70s fire – really spurred on by Okey's creative changes, into a soulful space that may well be some of Mongezi's most spiritually expressive of the 70s! Dyani's bass is strong, and ever-present – never needing to dominate, but always felt as this rich pulse – and powerful melodic element at just the right moments. Titles include "Mad High", "Makaya Makaya", "Pukwana" and "Imbomgolo". CD also features an unreleased track from the same performance – the 20 minute "Mad High Revisited". Together is a record that really gets back to Johnny Dyani's roots in South African jazz! Although Dyani and his expatriates in the Blue Notes helped give London a new sound of avant jazz expression in the 70s, the music here returns to the warmer melodic style of their early 60s days – with loping rhythms that draw on regional tradition, and soulful interplay between the alto of Dudu Pukwana, tenor of Peter Shimmy Radise, and keyboards from Dyani – who shifts his instrument for this special recording! The group also features use of guitar, congas, whistles, and a South American harp – used in rhythmic ways that pulsate warmly – on titles that include "Kalahari", "Tula Tula", "High Priest", "Johnny's Kwela", and "Together". CD

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Fela & Africa 70JJD (Johnny Just Drop) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.99
An amazing album-length jam from Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 – recorded on the group's home turf at Kalakuta, and with this stretched-out building of energy that's completely amazing! James Brown may have created the longform funky style of vamping and soloing – but Fela takes it here to the next level, and adds in a fantastic political message too – all with this sound that's extremely powerful, but with an intimate feel too – thanks to the crowd noises around the space of the recording! LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw DavisOw – Live At The Penthouse ... CD
Reel To Real, 1962. Used ... $12.99
A never-issued live date by two incredible tenor giants – the legendary team of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis, working here with the same intensity as their famous albums of the early 60s! As with those dates, the duo really take off when recorded in a spontaneous performance setting – which is the case here, on two shows captured at Seattle's Penthouse night club, but with a vibe that's very much like the fire that the pair would set on their famous shows back in New York! The rhythm trio is rock-solid too – Horace Parlan on piano, Buddy Catlett on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – players who are both able to move with strong boppish energy, but also hit all the right modern moments that both musicians invoke – as Griff and Lockjaw match tenor solos with brilliant energy, on titles that include "How Am I To Know", "Second Balcony Jump", "Bahia", "Blue Lou", "Ow", "Blues Up & Down", and "Tickle Toe". CD
Also available Ow – Live At The Penthouse (180 gram vinyl) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP 38.99

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Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw DavisOw – Live At The Penthouse (180 gram vinyl) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Reel To Real, 1962. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $38.99 49.99
A never-issued live date by two incredible tenor giants – the legendary team of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Lockjaw Davis, working here with the same intensity as their famous albums of the early 60s! As with those dates, the duo really take off when recorded in a spontaneous performance setting – which is the case here, on two shows captured at Seattle's Penthouse night club, but with a vibe that's very much like the fire that the pair would set on their famous shows back in New York! The rhythm trio is rock-solid too – Horace Parlan on piano, Buddy Catlett on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – players who are both able to move with strong boppish energy, but also hit all the right modern moments that both musicians invoke – as Griff and Lockjaw match tenor solos with brilliant energy, on titles that include "How Am I To Know", "Second Balcony Jump", "Bahia", "Blue Lou", "Ow", "Blues Up & Down", and "Tickle Toe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing!)
Also available Ow – Live At The Penthouse ... CD 12.99

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Johnny HammondGambler's Life ... LP
Salvation, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An amazing bit of jazz funk from Johnny Hammond – and one of his greatest LPs! This is the first album that Johnny recorded with Larry Mizell, cut right before the pair of them went onto do the landmark Gears album. While this one never became as famous as Gears, it's got some fantastic moments that are every bit as great – a perfect blend of Mizell's spacey fusion and Hammond's fiercely soulful soloing, with lots of great jazzy changes to keep the pace fresh throughout. Includes the great spacey jazz cuts "Star Borne" and "Yesterday Was Cool", the latter of which is an excellent piece of work by Larry Mizell – plus the cuts "Back To The Projects", "Gambler's Life", "Rhodesian Thoroughfare", and "Virgo Lady". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny HartmanThis One's For Tedi ... LP
Audiophile, 1980. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the last albums that Johnny Hartman recorded in his all-too-short career – and a relatively laidback session that really shows his talents with a ballad! All tunes here have that magnificent Hartman vocal approach firmly in place – that deep-toned, mellifluous style that really set Johnny apart from his contemporaries – and the backing is small combo, with piano and arrangements from Tony Monte, and nice use of guitar from Lorne Lofsky. Most tunes are familiar ones, but the Hartman touch transforms them nicely – and titles include "Miss Otis Regrets", "Send In The Clowns", "That's All", "More I Cannot Wish You", "Then I'll Be Tired Of You", "The Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", and "It Could Happen To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)

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Johnny LetmanFunky Day In Paris ... LP
Black & Blue (France), 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of the best soul jazz sides on the Black & Blue label – a great late 60s session from trumpeter Johnny Letman – one of a number of older American ex-patriots in Paris! Although Letman worked with Horace Henderson, Basie, and Cab Calloway, he really didn't make many recordings as a leader – but he really shines on this laidback session – blowing in a mellow and open-ended way that reminds us of some of the Prestige/Swingville sides of the early 60s. The group here includes Hal Singer on tenor, Tiny Grimes on guitar, and Milt Bucker on piano and organ – and titles include "Funky Day In Paris", "Po Man's Blues", and "On A Persian Market". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny LytleMoon Child (ABC/Riverside) ... LP
Riverside/ABC, 1963. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the rarest early albums by Johnny Lytle – and a very tasty set of tracks that has a slightly different kick than usual. Johnny's regular trio with Milt Harris on organ and Peppy Hinant on drums is joined by Steve Cooper on bass and Ray Barretto on congas – which gives the tracks a fuller sound, and a nicely rolling groove from the conga. The vibes and organ still dominate strongly – which is ok by us – and the sound is opened past Johnny's regular stepping groove. Titles include a number of nice originals like "The House Of Winchester", "Moon Child", and "The Moor Man" – plus "Work Song" and "A Taste Of Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole, some surface wear, splitting in the top seam, and a name in pen on back.)

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Johnny NashVery Best Of Johnny Nash 1956 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A big overview of the early work of Johnny Nash – a singer that most folks know for a huge crossover radio hit in the early 70s, but who got his start much earlier, through years of recording for ABC Records! The label really saw the young Nash as a singer to challenge Nat King Cole or Johnny Mathis – and he definitely does a great job in the territory of both here, but also really finds his own space too – eventually ending up more as a precursor to the sorts of 60s male singers who were adept at more heartbreaking material, ala Jerry Butler or Chuck Jackson. Arrangements are large and rich, often with a bit of vocals behind the lead of Nash – on 31 tracks that include "Moment Of Weakness", "Love's Young Dream", "Too Much Love", "World Of Tears", "Kisses", "The End Of The World", "Almost In Your Arms", "Roots Of Heaven", "The Wish", "Too Proud", and "Take A Giant Step" – plus the unusual "Teen Commandments", done with Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV! CD

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Riz Ortolani/Johnny Mathis/The AnimalsBiggest Bundle Of Them All ... LP
MGM, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $8.99
The bulk of this one's handled by Riz – in a mixture of styles that runs from 60s groovy to fake Italian, in keeping with the mob comedy theme of the film. The work's some of his grooviest from the time – and it does have some nice jazzy touches, plus bits of electric guitar to soup things up. Johnny Mathis sings the cut "Most Of All There's You", which is actually a pretty nice number – and the vocal version of "The Biggest Bundle Of Them" all is a great little number by The Animals that ranks with some of their nicest work at the time. Other tracks include "In The Night Club", "Petrol Station Robbery", "Dance On The Terrace", "Celli's Theme", and "The Meeting Of The Master Minds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small opening. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Teru SakamotoTeru Sakamoto Trio Live At Rikuzen Johnny ... CD
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $23.99
A tremendous live set from pianist Teru Sakamoto – a session that soars with all of the life, soul, and imagination of McCoy Tyner at his 70s best! The record's got a feel that's quite open – long tracks, with plenty of solo space for Sakamoto on the piano – but the sound is always inside, rhythmic, and focused – never too out or too experimental, just soaring up to the skies with a brilliant sense of expression. The trio features Takao Neichi on bass and Takeshi Watanabe on drums – and titles include a great modal take on "My Favorite Things", plus "Left Alone", "Yuyake Koyake", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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Tennessee ThreeSound Behind Johnny Cash ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tracklist sticker, edge wear, and surface wear.)

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VariousShibuya Jazz Classics Presents Johnny's Underground – Best Of Johnny's Disk ... CD
Johnny's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CDs ... $24.99
A double-length look at the legendary Johnny's Disk label from Japan – and important indie that forged new ground for jazz at the end of the 70s, and also opened the way towards lot of creative experimentation for years to come! Johnny's wasn't just a jazz label, though – and instead it echoed some of the genre-crossing modes that were also taking place in other Japanese scenes at the start of the 80s – styles that are really emphasized here on CD 2, which is titled "Under Ground" – in contrast to the "Jazz Ground" of CD 1! The modes on CD 2 are a mix of avant rock, jazz improvisation, and other modes – sometimes playful, sometimes dark – and the styles on CD 1 are often warmer, and represent a strong Johnny's Disk contribution to the warm piano trio modes of 70s Japan. 23 tracks in all – with work by Lee Won Hui, Sonoda Mayumi, Ktayama Mitsuaki, Nakayama Eiji, Kingkong Paradise, Sakamoto Teru, Itakura Katsuyki, Kondo Kouji, Miyoshi Youji,Terui Ken & Aterui Jazz Gakudan, Oguri Hitoshi, and Hayasaka Koukou. CD
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Johnny CashJohnny Cash At San Quentin – Complete 1969 Concert (remastered edition) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Johnny returns to prison for another incredible set, released in its entirety for the first time with the 9 songs left off of the original LP! Like the Folsom gig, the set was captured by producer Bob Johnston, who also so masterfully recorded Bob Dylan at his most primal. Unlike the Folsom set, in which Johnny was famously accompanied by the Tennessee Three, the San Quentin band was fleshed out to include all of the still performing Carter women, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers. Another breathtaking prison recording, featuring the famous version of "A Boy Named Sue" where you hear the crowd going completely nuts. Tracks include "I Walk The Line", "Darlin' Companion", "San Quentin", "Wanted Man", "There'll Be Peace In The Valley", "Ring Of Fire", "He Turned The Water Into Wine", "Daddy Sang Bass", "I Don't Know Where I'm Bound" and more. 18 tracks in all, with lots of previously unreleased photos and essays, including some insight from Merle Haggard – who had, uh, his own little gig at San Quentin if you catch my meaning. CD
(Punch through barcode.)
Also available Johnny Cash at San Quentin ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ Johnny HammondHigher Ground ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive work from Johnny Hammond – stretching out here in some totally jamming grooves that really transform his style for the 70s! The sound here is a lot hipper and tighter than some of Hammond's more rough-edged soul jazz of the 60s – a groove that's a great precursor to his more famous meetings with Larry Mizell a few years later – and equally great! Johnny's got plenty of space here – and is really taking his time with the grooves, thanks to some open ended arrangements by Bob James, who also plays electric piano on the record! The record is a seminal piece of work in the transformation of the chunky 60s organ sound to a sweeter 70s keyboard groove – and was proof that Johnny, more than most of his 60s soul jazz contemporaries, was ready to embrace the new sounds of the decade with open arms. Includes the great sample cut "Big Sur Suite" – plus "Higher Ground", "Summertime/The Ghetto", and "Catch My Soul". CD
(2016 Blu-spec CD pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Johnny HammondWild Horses Rock Steady ... CD
Kudu/King (Japan), 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent Kudu work from one of the greatest organists of the 70s – a player who really stretched out and opened up his groove during the decade! Johnny Hammond was also known as Johnny Hammond Smith back in the 60s – but by the time of his legendary run at Kudu/CTI, he'd hit a much different groove – working with tight soulful arrangements that really set him loose to run away on the keyboards – and hitting a lean, mean sound that was light years from his playing of the decade before. Arrangements here are by Bob James – with a super-dope style that's wonderful – kind of at the start of the mode that Hammond would hit with Larry Mizell – but also more of the harder, straight forward soul jazz of his Prestige years. Titles include versions of "Wild Horses" and "Rock Steady" – plus a groovy version of "Peace Train", featuring a long solo by Harold Vick! CD
(2017 Japanese pressing – includes obi.)

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✨✧ Johnny PaycheckJukebox Charlie & Other Songs That Make The Jukebox Party ... LP
Little Darlin', 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and thick black tape on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Johnny SmithSound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roulette/EMI, 1960/1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Johnny Smith sound is a wonderful one – not just the sound that he makes with his groundbreaking work on the strings of the guitar, but also the way he records the instrument – which set a new standard in jazz guitar albums, and also helped pave the way for countless generations to come! A date like this is a great example of the standard-setting work that Smith was able to give us in his prime – and the approach slightly updates the Smith guitar sound of the early 50s – clarifying it a bit, but still keeping that great tone right out front – with a group that includes Hank Jones on piano, George Duvivier on bass, and Ed Shaughnessey on drums. Titles include "Misty", "Embraceable You", "Blues Chorale", "Prelude", "As Long As There's Music", and "Round Midnight". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jr Walker & The All StarsWalk In The Night – The Motown 70s Studio Albums (A Gasssss/Rainbow Funk/Moody Jr/Peace & Understanding/Jr Walker & The All Stars/Hot Shot) (3CD set) ... CD
Motown/ (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
6 Motown albums from Jr Walker & The All Stars – all long overdue for reissue! First up is A Gasssss – a gas of a record from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that has the magical Johnny Bristol producing – giving the group this really warm, soaring sound that's totally great! Walker still serves up plenty of strong tenor solos, but there's also some vocal currents in the mix – strong leads at times, but also some nice backups too – all of which really helps to keep things soaring! Titles a nice mix of Motown covers and original material – and titles include "I Was Made To Love Her", "Do You See My Love", "And When I Die", "Honey Come Back", "Holly Holy", "Riding High On Love", "At A Saturday Matinee", and "Groove & Move". Next up is Rainbow Funk – a record that definitely has Jr Walker & The All Stars picking up a bit of funk – but in a groove that still mixes things with that warmly soulful glow the group had right from the start! The basslines are definitely up a bit from before – although not rumbling in Norman Whitfield territory – and the sax solos get a bit more space to stretch out and bite on the longer numbers, but often with a bit of backing vocals to warm things up around the edges! Jr is great all the way through – Motown's very strong answer to King Curtis – and titles include "Right On Brothers & Sisters", "Way Back Home", "Feeling Alright", "Psychedelic Shack", "Pieces Of A Man", and "Teach Them To Pray". Moody Jr is a sweet early 70s groover from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that reunites the group with producer Johnny Bristol, who always has a great way of helping them set fire to their sound! Walker and company may have shot from the gate with a mix of R&B tenor and Motown soul – but the sound here is much more in the latter, more matured mode of the label – with strong deep soul lyrics on a number of cuts, which are balanced out nicely by Bristol's fuller production. There's plenty of sax solos too, of course – and titles include "Way Back Home", "Bristol's Way", "Don't Blame The Children", "Me & My Family", "Still Water Medley", and "Groove Thang". Peace & Understanding is a record that has Jr Walker and the group stepping out with some of the righteous touches promised in the title – partly in the choice of songs on the set, which are all nicely tucked into that strong mix of deep soul vocals and saxophone lines that had become the Jr Walker groove! The set features work from a number of different arrangers – all the hipper side of Motown in the early 70s, as the list includes, Willie Hutch, Gene Page, and James Carmichael – and tunes include two great originals, one by Hutch, one by Leon Ware. Tracks include "It's Alright Do What You Gotta Do", "Soul Clappin'", "Gimme that Beat (parts 1 & 2)", "It's Too Late", and "Peace & Understanding Is Hard To Find". The self-titled Jr Walker & The All Stars album is maybe the rarest in the bunch – an obscure UK-only record from 1974, and one that has the group's usual approach warmed up by some more ambitious arrangements – a bit like the direction some of the vocal acts of the 70s were taking at the time! The production on most of the set is by Clarence Paul – and there's mostly a focus on the saxophone, not any vocals at all – which makes the set feel a bit like some of the Willis Jackson or Lou Donaldson work for Atlantic around the same time – or maybe even a bit like Hank Crawford on Kudu. Titles include "Boogie Down", "All In Love Is Fair", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Break Down & Sing", and "Dancin Like They Do On Soul Train". Hot Shot is a mid-70s stormer from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that glides along on a fuller set of backdrops than before, with Holland-Dozier-Holland production from Brian Holland returning to Motown – but in a hip 70s style that has strings and funk dancing along in a great way beneath the strong sax solos in the lead! There's a bit of vocals on the record, but the real strength lies in the instrumentation – especially some of the weirder, fuzzier guitar lines and keyboards. Titles include "Why Can't We Be Lovers", "Hot Shot", "Probe Your Mind", "I Need You Right Now", and "You Ain't No Ordinary Woman". CD

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinNight In Tunisia ... LP
Freedom (Germany), 1967. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of Johnny Griffin's first "stretched out American lead soloist with rhythm section" albums – a format he would use perhaps a bit too much in the 70s, but which here still sounds quite fresh! The set was recorded at the Monmartre Jazzhuis in Copenhagen, the place that virtually invented such sets – and it's got Johnny blowing over rhythm by Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Orsted Pederson, and Albert Heath. Tracks are long, and include "Night In Tunisia", "All The Things You Are", "Indiana", and "Exactly Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Johnny LytleEverything Must Change ... LP
Muse, 1978. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A later Muse date with legend John Patton on organ, Miles' drummer Al Foster diggin' in with the legendary George Duvivier on bass, and harp and synthesizer thrown in for added layers of sound. Johnny's signature songs the "Village Caller" and the mellow burner "Lela" are cast in a new light, while the title ballad displays Johnny's lyrical side. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mostly split top seam, some surface wear, and a name in marker on back.)

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✨✧ Johnny LytleSoulful Rebel/People & Love ... CD
Milestone/Dusty Groove, 1971/1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two lost smokers from vibes legend Johnny Lytle – back to back on a single CD! The Soulful Rebel is lost early 70s set from Lytle – totally funky, but in a way that's very different than his famous 60s work! The album's got a sweet electric groove that comes not only from Johnny's vibes, but also from the sweet Hammond and Fender Rhodes of Billy Nunn, and the smoking guitar of David Spinozza – who really wails away here, and brings in a cutting edge to the tunes that's a lot sharper than some of his later work! Lytle's vibes are wonderful throughout – filled with that sense of space, soul, and timing that's always made him one of the grooviest players ever on the instrument – and this time around, he seems to have an even greater ear for unusual tones – in a way that makes the album sparkle strongly throughout! The rhythms are smoking, too – with Ron Carter on electric bass, Jozell Carter on funky drums, and Ray Barretto on congas – cooking things up righteously on the album's funky tunes. Highlights include the stone smoker "Gunky", a great remake of "The New Village Caller", and a reworking of "Lela" – plus the extended "Soulful Rebel Suite" – mighty nice! People & Love is one of Johnny Lytle's most righteous albums ever – a soaring, spacious set that's almost to Lytle's career what Gears was to Johnny Hammond's! Of course, Lytle's groove here is different – no Mizell production, and a mellower feel overall – but the unbridled space of 70s Milestone is definitely a key influence here – and Johnny stretches out here like never before! The players are all pretty hip – and include Daahoud Hadi (aka Butch Cornell) on electric piano and organ, Marvin Cabell on flute and tenor, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Betty Glamann on harp, and Jozell Carter on drums – all perfect mates here for Johnny's spiritual exploration of sound with his vibes – in ways that are almost more amazing than work from Bobby Hutcherson or Roy Ayers at the time! Titles include an amazing original called "Libra", plus "Tawhid", "Where Is The Love", "Family", and a version of "People Make the World Go Round". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ Oliver Nelson with Johnny Hammond & Lem WinchestTaking Care Of Business ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige/OJC, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Oliver Nelson is definitely taking care of business here – thanks to some key help from the great Lem Winchester on vibes, and a young Johnny Hammond Smith on organ! The pair bring a mighty deep groove to the record – which gives Nelson a chance to show off some of the deeper tones on his tenor and alto sax – a sound that gets a lot more space for personal expression than on some of his albums with larger arrangements! The raw sound of the record is a great change from the more composed modes you might know from Oliver's other dates – and the set's further illustration that Nelson was one of the most complete, most versatile talents in jazz at the time. Titles include "Trane Whistle", "In Time", "Groove", and "Lou's Good Dues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Zoot SimsQuietly There – Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Zoot Sims plays the music of Johnny Mandel – a wonderful combination that makes the record a real standout in Sims' career from the time! The tunes all have a really well-penned quality – that mix of heartfelt and groovy that Johnny Mandel did so brilliantly back in the 60s – often for larger soundtrack modes, but with a sense of feeling that makes them work even better in a small group lineup like this. Of course, it helps that Zoot's raspy tone is leading things off, in a well-recorded setting – and the other players in the group have a cohesive energy that's different than some of the other Pablo dates of the time – more serviceable swingers letting the lead man get all the best space on the tunes. Players include Mike Wofford on piano, Chuck Berghofer on bass, Nick Ceroli on drums, and Victor Feldman on vibes and percussion – and titles include "Zoot", "Quietly There", "Cinnamon & Clove", "Low Life", "Emily", and "A Time For Love". CD

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinHush A Bye (The Man I Love/You Leave Me Breathless/bonus tracks) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Black Lion/Muzak (Japan), 1967. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An expanded version of this famous series of recordings – originally issued on two different records by the Black Lion label, and expanded here with bonus material! The record's n astounding live set from Johnny Griffin – recorded at the famous Club Montmartre in Copenhagen, Dexter Gordon's famous home in the late 60s – but a place that was also a showcase for the new sort of energy that Griffin was bringing to his horn at the time! The record crackles with the kind of free energy of the best Montmartre sessions – long tracks and compelling solos, stretched-out versions of tunes you may recognize, but which are transformed nicely by Griff's great solo work – and by a rhythm section that features Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! Titles include "The Man I Love", "Blues For Harvey", "Indiana", "Old Folks", "You Leave Me Breathless", "Night In Tunisia", "Leave Me Alone Blues", "All The Things You Are", "The Masquerade Is Over", "Sophisticated Lady", "Hush A Bye", and "Wee". CD

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✨✧ Johnny DankworthJazz From Abroad ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Incredible early work from British leader Johnny Dankworth – jazz work that's as fluid and grooving as his best 60s soundtrack sessions, and cut with an early sense of power that's really great! Dankworth's tight on the head arrangements, really leaping into the rhythms of the tune with the same love of groove as contemporary Johnny Keating – but he also makes some strong solo space on the best tracks on the album, really letting the sax players in the group stretch out searingly. Players aren't named in the credits, sadly, but we're guessing they're the top-level players who made appearances on Dankworth's key British sides of the time. Titles include "A String Of Camels", "Cannonball", "Chano", "Avengers Theme", "Sack O Woe", "Esso Blues", and "Curtain Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & pink label pressing. Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Geri Allen Trio & The Jazzpar 1996 NonetSome Aspects Of Water ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1996. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Beautiful work from pianist Geri Allen – a set that features the musician both with her trio, and with a larger nonet that was put together as part of her winning the 1996 Jazzpar prize – as well as a set that features some great late work from trumpeter Johnny Coles! The first half of the record features the trio – a wonderfully warm group that includes Palle Danielsson on bass and Lenny White on drums – really stretching out on the titles "Feed The Fire" and "A Beautiful Friendship". Then, Johnny Coles joins the trio – and gets a great solo space on a version of "Old Folks" – before the larger group comes in, still with Coles up front in the lead on flugelhorn. Those large group titles include "Smooth Attitudes", "Some Aspects Of Water", and "Skin". CD

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George BensonBlue Benson ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1968/1976. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A sweet 70s collection of late 60s work from George Benson – tracks recorded in 1968 for Verve, originally from the albums Giblet Gravy and Goodies! The set list here really does a great job of picking out the best numbers – the kind of clean, lean tunes that were pushing Benson from his soul jazz roots towards a much bigger audience – yet still without any of the commerciality of later years to come. Players on the tracks include Herbie Hancock on piano, Billy Cobham on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Johnny Pacheco on percussion – and arrangements are by Horace Ott and Tom McIntosh. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Low Down & Dirty", "Thunder Walk", "Doobie Doobie Blues", "What's New", and "I Remember Wes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersBest Of The Columbia & RCA/Vik Years 1956 to 1959 ... CD
Sony/Real Gone, Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
A nice collection of overlooked work from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – not the oft-reissued material from the group's years at Blue Note, but instead some slightly more obscure sides recorded for Columbia and RCA! The work here also represents a time when Blakey was experimenting a bit more with the group – a stretch right before he settled into some of the more-recorded groups with Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, and Bobby Timmons – but still had a great ear for important younger talent! Players here include Bill Hardman, Donald Byrd, and Lee Morgan on trumpets; Jackie McLean on alto; Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, and Benny Golson on tenor; and Horace Silver and Sam Dockery on piano! The set includes material from the albums Hard Bop, Drum Suite, Jazz Messengers, Night In Tunisia, and some of the French-only live recordings that Blakey did for RCA in the late 50s – and the set features 16 tracks that include "Nica's Dream", "Evidence", "Blues March For Europe No 1", "Along Came Manon", "Lester Left Town", "Night In Tunisia (live)", "Moanin With Hazel", "Night In Tunisia (take 3)", "Ecaroh", "Cubano Chant", "Almost Like Being In Love", "The Sacrifie", and "Couldn't It Be You (take 4)". CD

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✨✧ CTI All StarsCTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Vol 1 to 3 ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1972. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Man, it's like a talent bomb exploded! This set's stuffed with work by some of the greatest jazz funk players of the early 70s – Johnny Hammond, Bob James, Deodato, George Benson, Joe Farrell, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr, Hubert Laws, and others – all playing together at a massive live concert recorded in Hollywood in 1972! And although you might worry that the collection of so many great talents on one stage might just create confusion – don't! The quality of the work is excellent – almost better than the best of the CTI studio sides, with a lean, clean sound that's really really tight – never overblown, just sweet electric funk with loads of great space for solo work. This 2CD set brings together all 3 volumes of the original album – for a total of 13 long long tracks that include "Blues Force", "Rock Steady", "Grits Bowl", "California Dreaming", "Inner City Blues/What's Going On", "People Make The World Go Round", "Cherry Red", and "Funkfathers". CD
(2017 pressing, part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection – includes obi!)

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Daddy DewdropDaddy Dewdrop ... LP
Sunflower/MGM, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The group behind one of the coolest novelty tunes of the 70s – the excellent "Chick A Boom (Don't Ya Jes Love It)" – one of those cuts that showed up everywhere at the time, but didn't exactly put the band on the map! That great cut leads off the set – and other numbers follow in a similar space – weird territory between pop psyche and early glam – with fuzz on the edges of the grooves on most moments, and flanged-out vocal production. Titles include "Johnny Do It Faster", "Migrane Headache", "5 Card Stud", "Chick A Boom", "March Of The White Corpuscles", and "Diggin On Mrs Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $4.99
The meeting of two classic talents late in their careers – in a setting that's ideal to bring out all the complexity of their well-honed genius! The approach of the album is mostly an Ellington one – as the group features some of Duke's stalwarts, like Ray Nance, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Lawrence Brown, and Aaron Bell – but Coleman Hawkins gets plenty of space as the main soloist on each number, alongside Duke, who also solos strongly on piano! As with most later records by the players, the writing is great – with a lot more dark moments than you'd expect – and titles include "The Rictic", "You Dirty Dog", "Limbo Jazz", "Wanderlust", and "Self Portrait Of The Bean". CD
(BMG Direct pressing. Inner pages of the booklet have some pencil, cover has some wear.)

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Duke EllingtonNewport 1958 ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Duke Ellington at Newport and in the studio – in a set of tracks recorded both live and away from the concert – but with a really unified feel overall! Duke's group here is in fine fine form – with key late 50s players who include Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Jimmy Hamilton on clarinet, and Cootie Williams, Clark Terry, and Cat Anderson on trumpets – plus a guest appearance by Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax! A few tunes stretch out nicely with that mix of complicated modernism and all-out swing that Duke was bringing to the table at the time – and although initially aimed at the popular festival crowd of the time, the album's got more than enough depth to please fans of his other 50s classics on Columbia. Titles include "Juniflip", "El Gato", "Just Scratchin The Surface", "Princes Blue", "Multicolored Blue", "Happy Reunion", and "Jazz Festival Jazz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing.)

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Von FreemanDedicated To You ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1993. Used ... $14.99
Von Freeman blows it bold and beautifully here – with just the right sort of sound we first fell in love with when seeing him in small club gigs in Chicago! There's an easygoing soulfulness to Freeman that grabs us right away – but there's also an edge, too – a quality that marks his lineage on a tenor scene that goes back to Johnny Griffin and John Gilmore – and the days when you could play things straight, but still always be inventing as well – never needing to go to the farther reaches, just always working out new feelings, new emotions on the familiar canvas of tunes that gave you plenty of solo space. Of Freeman's few studio recordings, this is one that really gets the sound of his soul just right – that tender feeling and slightly offbeat edge that always made us sit up and take notice. Rhythm is from the comfortable trio of Jodie Christian on piano, Eddie DeHaas on bass, and Wilbur Campbell on drums – and titles include "Four", "There Goes My Heart", "Song For My Father", "There Is No Greater Love", "Dedicated To You", and "My Foolish Heart". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jerry GoldsmithChinatown ... CD
ABC/Varese, 1974. Used ... $28.99
Jerry Goldsmith's score for one of the greatest movies of the 70s – done with this spacious mix of jazzy elements that's completely sublime – and a bit like some of Johnny Mandel's best scoring too! The film is set in the 30s, but Goldsmith uses a lot of mature 70s elements in his music – nothing electric or funky, but just these open orchestrations that are really wonderful, and especially moody – sometimes laced with a jazzy trumpet solo, or a bit of piano – almost with that old Hollywood-through-crumbling LA of the 70s motif that you'd find in the music to Long Goodbye. Titles include "The Wrong Clue", "The Captive", "The Boy On A Horse", "The Last Of Ida", "Easy Living", and "Noah Cross". CD
(Out of print.)

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Babs GonzalesExpubident World Of Babs Speedy Gonzales ... LP
Expubident, Late 60s. Very Good ... $33.99
One of the rarest albums ever from singer Babs Gonzales – one of the coolest vocalists to ever hit the bebop scene! The record is issued on Babs' own label, and lists Clark Terry, Melba Liston, Charlie Rouse, Johnny Griffin, Horace Parlan, and Ray Nance on the cover – although we're not sure if they're all on the set. You can definitely here some strong Nance-like violin work soloing on side b – a nice change for Babs. Side one is more swinging – and titles include "Cool Cookin", "Le Continental", "Me", "Lullaby Of Doomed", "Beginning Of The End", and "Babs Mood For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is stained and flaky on the bottom 3 inches, but also appears to have been signed by the artist on front.)

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✨✧ Richard Groove HolmesDancing In the Sun ... CD
Versatile/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
Groove Holmes is definitely dancing in the sun here – working with full arrangements from Mario Sprouse, in a sweetly soulful style that's not unlike Johnny Hammond at the time! Groove still plays Hammond on most numbers – but also a bit of mini Korg too – and although the backdrops are in a fully-arranged jazz funk mode, there's still a strong focus on Holmes' keyboard lines up front, which still get plenty of space to stretch out and do their thing. Sprouse plays a bit of keyboards on the record too – and titles include a remake of "Misty", plus "Let's Groove", "Dancing In the Sun", "Highway Of Life", and "Calypso Holiday". CD
(Part of the "Versatile: Find Out Fusion" series!)

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ImpressionsDefinitive Impressions ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Heavenly harmony soul! 28 rock solid tracks of the Impressions' best work for ABC Records from the 60's – some of the best group soul recorded during the decade, and a motherlode of excellent tracks written by Curtis Mayfield and arranged by the great Johnny Pate! Tracks include "Minstrel & Queen", "I Made A Mistake", "Grow Closer Together", "You've Been Cheatin", "I Loved & I Lost", "I Need You", "Meeting Over Yonder", "Amen", "People Get Ready", "I'm So Porud", "Talkin About My Baby", "Sad Sad Girl & Boy", "I'm The One Who Loves You", "Gypsy Woman", "I've Been Trying", "You Always Hurt Me", and "Woman's Got Soul". Not a dud track on the whole CD, and if you're not breathless after it's over, we'll slap you across the face and make you start the whole thing over! CD

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Al Kooper with Shuggie OtisKooper Session ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Shuggie Otis' second appearance on record (the first was with Johnny Otis on the Cold Shot LP) – done in a studio blues jam headed by Al Kooper, who's more than willing to back off and let Shuggie get plenty of space to do his own thing! The record has Shuggie really going to town on a few numbers – in that messed-up west coast slightly funky style of his, a perfect match for Kooper's rock-inflected blues – and the album's a surprisingly satisfying entry in the early years of Otis' career – not unlike his first few bluesy albums for Columbia! Titles include "Double Or Nothing", "Bury My Body", "One Room Country Shack", "Shuggie's Old Time", and "Shuggie's Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
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Martin Kuchen & Landaeus TrioMind The Gap Of Silence ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99
A fantastic record from saxophonist Martin Kuchen – and a set that has us really reevaluating his talents, with a new sense of soul and spirit we've never heard before! The setting is relatively spare – and Kuchen dominates the proceedings on soprano, alto, and tenor saxes – while Mathias Landaeus plays piano with some analog delay, alongside Johnny Aman on bass and Cornelia Nilsson on drums – both players who follow the lead of Landaeus, and give Kuchen plenty of space to shine in the spotlight! What Martin does with this space is wonderful – blowing with a style that has an edge, borne from the more avant work of the past, but also given this mellower sense of soul that almost has him coming across like an avant Ben Webster – a bit boozy and beaten, but with an undeniable spark that shines through with every note. Brilliant, and unlike anything we think we've heard before – on titles that include "Love Flee Thy House", "Sounds & Ruins", "Sorkifsta", "Mind The Gap Of Silence", and "East Hastings Satian Slow Stomp". CD

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery In Paris – The Definitive ORTF Recording ... CD
Resonance, 1965. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
Beautifully-recorded material by the great Wes Montgomery – some fairly open-ended tracks recorded for French radio in the 60s – with guest work from tenorist Johnny Griffin on a number of tunes! The core group here is great enough on its own – as Wes' guitar is backed by superb piano from Harold Mabern – who's really opening his flow at this time in his career, and makes for some really imaginative collaboration here with Montgomery – and the rest of the combo features tight rhythm from Arthur Harper on bass and Jimmy Lovelace on drums. The addition of Griffin is a nice surprise – especially as Montgomery wasn't often playing with tenor in a small group setting by this point – and titles include "Twisted Blues", "Blue N Boogie/West Coast Blues", "Full House", "To wane", "Jingles", "Impressions", "Four On Six", and "Round Midnight". CD

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Jackie ParisSong Is Paris (Japanese pressing) ... CD
MCA/Impulse (Japan), 1962. Used ... $16.99
A rare gem by singer Jackie Paris – an underrecorded LA singer from the 50s and 60s, with a sound and style that's somewhere between early Mark Murphy and later Bobby Troup! Paris has less of the vocalese approach of some of his contemporaries – and is also lacking the heavy vocal style of singers like Johnny Hartman or Billy Eckstine – which means that he's got a bright, to the point approach that's rare for singers of his generation. Arrangements on the set are by Bobby Scott – who does a good job of shifting between jazzy and moody to fit the range of the material – and titles include "Jenny", "My Very Good Friend In The Looking Glass", "Nobody Loses All The Time", "Duke's Place", "Thad's Blues", and "Cinderella". CD
(Out of print, early 90's Japanese pressing.)

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Jimmy SmithKeep On Comin ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1983. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
A great back to basics session from organist Jimmy Smith – recorded live in the early 80s, but with a freewheeling small combo sound that takes us back to his Blue Note years! The group on the album's a quartet – with Jimmy on both piano and organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Johnny Griffin on drums – and the tracks are long and open-ended, with plenty of solo space for all players – especially Burrell, whose warmly-colored lines really help shape the sound of the record. Titles include "No Problem", "Keep On Comin", "Callitwhachawanna", and "Be Yourself" – as well as a short piano solo medley from Jimmy! CD

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Jimmy SmithOther Side Of Jimmy Smith ... LP
MGM, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
The other side of Jimmy Smith is a mellow side – as this album's nearly all ballads and standards, set to moody late night orchestrations by Johnny Pate. Jimmy's playing is very very nice – and in a relaxed introspective mode that he hadn't really been allowed since some of his Blue Note sessions. Pate's got more of rep for funk and soul, but he does a pretty nice job here – and Jerome Richardson plays some nice flute on many tracks. Titles include "My Romance", "Nobody Knows", "My Way", "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?", and "Bewitched". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some surface wear.)

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✨✧ SmithsStrangeways, Here We Come ... CD
Rough Trade, 1987. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Part of the great 80s run from The Smiths – and a record that has them continuing to grow, continuing to express new ideas – yet still find a way to hang onto all the charm and catchiness that made them so great in the first place! Morrissey's definitely stretching out a bit with his songwriting, and Johnny Marr's guitar finds lots of lovely places to show us why he was such a standout talent in his generation – and production, as always, is wonderfully uncluttered – none of those too-smooth or too-commercial modes that held back so many Smiths contemporaries once they started raising in fame. Titles include "A Rush & A Push & The Land Is Ours", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "I Won't Share You", "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", "Death Of A Disco Dancer", and "Girlfriend In A Coma". CD

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Nick Travis QuintetPanic Is On ... LP
RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $29.99
No panic here – just tightly-crafted jazz, and one of the better RCA small combo sessions of the 50's! Trumpeter Nick Travis leads the group in that well-honed style that RCA was carving at the time – work that was as arranged as much of the recordings coming out of the west coast, but with a bit of a freer edge on the solo work. The group's pretty great overall – with Al Cohn on tenor, Johnny Williams on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Art Mardigan on drums – and titles include "Nick's Knacks", "Jazzbo's Jaunt", "In the Nick Of Time", and "Cohn Pone". Great Jim Flora cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Ccover has some light surface wear and an ink stamp.)

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McCoy TynerMcCoy Tyner Plays Ellington ... CD
Impulse/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $22.99
McCoy plays Duke, with surprisingly great results – thanks to an expanded trio format that features lots of additional percussion! McCoy's on piano, working alongside Coltrane bandmates Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – but the real charm of the record comes from Willie Rodriguez and Johnny Pacheco, who add in extra percussion to most numbers, and really complicate the rhythms nicely! The tracks are way more than simple Ellington tribute numbers, and the fresher rhythms really liven things up tremendously – giving the record a soulful swing that we wouldn't expect from either Tyner or Duke! Titles include "Mr Gentle & Mr Cool", "Gypsy Without A Song", "Duke's Place", "Caravan", and "Searchin". CD
(Part of the "Impulse – The Masterworks" series! UHQCD pressing.)

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VariousEscape In Time – Popular British Television Themes Of The 60s ... CD
El (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Way more than just the usual collection of famous British TV themes from the 60s – as this set offers up some great rare nuggets, unusual versions, and some obscure tracks that are all pretty darn fresh to our American years! As you well know if you're a fan of anything pop culture from this generation, British TV was way hipper than most of the American small screen in the 60s – from the stories, to the settings, to the wonderfully cool themes and backing music that supported the show – often a cool hybrid of postwar Soho jazz modes and lots of the best soundtrack/sound library styles that were evolving in the hands of an elite few on the London scene. Some of the best and grooviest of that generation are presented here – in an overstuffed collection that includes "Gurney Slade" by Max Harris, "Danger Man" by Red Price Combo, "The Avenger" by Johnny Dankworth, "Tuesday Rendezvous" by Bert Weedon, "Face To Face" by Frank Chacksfield, "Comedy Playhouse" by Ron Grainer, "What The Papers Say" by London Philharmonic, "Monty Python's Flying Circus" by Eastman Wind Ensemble, "The Saint" by Les Reed, "Fireball" by Don Spencer, "Z Cars" by Johnny Keating, and a number of tracks from The Prisoner too! CD

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✨✧ VariousHeaven Must Have Sent You – 25 Northern Soul Classics ... LP
Universal (Netherlands), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... $9.99
An excellent collection of rare soul tracks from the 60s – a set that's billed with a "Northern Soul" title – but which is pretty darn great for any fans of upbeat and very groovy soul! Many of the cuts here never broke big back in the day, but were discovered and brought back strongly by soul collectors in more recent decades – mixed together here with a few classics, all for a set list that's overflowing with gems from Motown, Chess, and other classic labels! Titles include "Wade In The Water" by Marlena Shaw, "Breakin Down The Walls Of Heartache" by Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon, "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend, "I Got A Feeling" by Barbara Randolph, "Blowin Up My Mind" by The Exciters, "The Night" by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, "There's A Ghost In My House" by R Dean Taylor, "Do I Love You" by Frank Wilson, "Heaven Must Have Sent You" by The Elgins, "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones, "He Who Picks A Rose" by Jimmy Ruffin, "This Love Starved Heart Of Mine" by Marvin Gaye, "Wear It On Our Face" by The Dells, "Ordinary Joe" by Terry Callier, "Why Am I Lovin You" by Debbie Dean, and "Love Love Love" by Bobby Hebb. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHillbillies In Hell – Country Music's Tormented Testament – 1952 to 1974 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... About October 16, 2020 (delayed)
A hell of a cool little set – one that begins with obscure country songs about drug use, then moves onto a whole host of songs with themes of suicide, insanity, damnation, and redemption! The music is every bit as great as you'd guess from the title and cover – and the folks at Omni, who already do an amazing job with obscure country reissues, really knock it out of the park with this one – by pulling together two decades' worth of unusual tracks from the indie underground – all supported by great notes as well. The package is a heady journey through the underbelly of country – sounds you'd never hear on the charts – and titles include "Suicide" by Louie Innis, "Satan's Chauffeur" by Jimmy Minor, "Marijuana The Devil Flower" by Johnny Price, "LSD" by Wendell Austin, "The Needle" by Harry Snyder, "California Hippie Murders" by Red River Dave, "Demon Of Jealousy" by Jesse Bruce, "The Devil Was Laughing At Me" by Jimmy Newman, "Psycho" by Eddie Noack, "Hell Train" by Billy Strange, "Race With The Devil" by Johnny David, and "Fourteen Stories Down" by Don Bailey. This deluxe reissue includes 2 bonus tracks – "Hades Highway" by Len Barrow and "Hellbound Train" by Billy Flood. CD
(Deluxe edition features two bonus tracks!)

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VariousJukebox In Crampsville – 60 Way Out Tunes At A Dime Apiece ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Mad music that you might never have heard otherwise – the fantastic fifth installment in this excellent series inspired by The Cramps – and maybe the deepest-digging so far! There's no holds barred here – both in the source of the material, and the style – and the main criteria just seems to be finding tracks that are as way-out and wild as possible – almost all of which are pulled from the 45rpm underground of the late 50s and early 60s! The "jukebox" in the title is well-placed – as most of these cuts are mad rompers that would really liven up a nightclub – but we also can't imagine there ever being any jukebox as hip as this one, to bring all these fantastic singles together. Titles include "Icky Poo" by The Nomads, "Pimples & Braces" by Ric Gary, "Fling" by The Phaetons, "Laffin Beatnik" by Johnny Beeman, "Bop Crazy Baby" by Vern Pullens, "Boom Stix" by Curley & The Jades, "Cannibal Stew" by Jerry & Mel, "Talk About A Party" by Lee Braun, "Mad Gass" by The Royal Teens, "Mama's Place" by Bing Day, "Mo Taters" by The Earthworms, "I'm The Wolfman" by Round Robin, "A Logger's Wife" by Buzz Martin, and "Strollie Bun" by The Blonde Bomber. CD

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VariousMad Mats Presents Digging Beyond The Crates ... CD
BBE (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
Mad Mats is not only digging beyond the crates here, he's also digging beyond any conventional expectations you might have – as the set's got a unique vibe that may well make it one of the most compelling BBE compilations in years! The music is from the late 60s through the present – but it all comes together in a very future-sounding way – with rhythms that are often offbeat, electric elements that seem to crackle with independent energy, and vocals that can fall down in the mix one minute and burst forth the next! This isn't a dance music compilation, and it's also not a set of rare funk tracks either – and instead, Mats creates his own very personal journey in sound – heedless of time periods, genres, and often national boundaries. Titles include "Take A Stand" by Psalms, "Big Big Boss" by Johnny Moore, "Badly" by Cuthead, "Sherriff (Murlo rmx)" by Gappy Ranks, "Keep The Music Alive" by Yvonne Gray, "Evil Woman" by Bobby Hebb, "Jazz In Outer Space" by BSTC, "The Traveller" by Deft, "Space Based" by Mode M, "Don't Hold Back The Feeling (key trip dub)" by U N I, "Animations" by Intimate Disco, and "Jah I See You" by Ensemble Entendu. CD

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VariousStrange Breaks & Mr Thing 2 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.98
A fantastic funky follow-up to the first Mr Thing compilation from BBE – and a set that's equally filled with rare and soulful grooves! If we didn't know better, we'd swear he went into our crates and pilfered our own record collections – because the package contains plenty of overlooked cuts that we've loved for years, but which have never gotten their due – and not even all of them are from totally obscure pressings or small indie labels – just the kind of records that people pass over sometimes, because they don't know how great they sound! There's lots and lots and lots of deeply funky numbers on the collection – and the package really takes us back to the glory days when BBE compilations were always turning us onto something new – especially during the Keb Darge glory days. 2CD set features one mixed disc, one unmixed – with titles that include "Back Ground Music" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Searching For Soul" by Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers, "ABC" by Hot Butter & Soul, "Spooky Do" by Dick Walter, "The Horse" by Val Merral's Orchestra, "It's Just Begun" by Hot City Bump Band, "Sally" by Frank Pleyer Big Band, "Love Is Just A Word" by Johnny Griffith Inc, "Can't Stop Talkin" by Art & Ron, "Family Affair" by The Generation Gap, "Gacek" by Jerzy Milian, "Rockin Chair" by John L Watson with White Mouse, "Pink Panther" by Alan Tew, "Twinkle Stars Boo Galoo (live)" by Oscar Harris & The Twinkle Stars, "The Message" by Tinga Stewart, and "Pru Urebu" by The Rias Orchestra. CD

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VariousYulesville – 33 Rockin Rollin Christmas Blasters For The Cool Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Yulesville is coolsville – especially when it comes in the form of a killer collection of rare Christmas singles from the folks at Bear Family! The package is awash in the kind of groovy, sometimes goofy Holiday singles that broke big in the early years of rock and soul – a nice antidote to the sort of sleepier work that usually graced the record racks in earlier years – and the kind of music that's perfect for sipping egg nog into the wee small hours of Christmas morning! There's plenty of gems here that we've never heard before, and plenty of other great nuggets too – titles that include "Rock & Roll Christmas" by Cordell Jackson, "Wishing Is For Fools" by The Melodeers, "Jingle Jangle" by The Penguins, "Jingle Rock" by Tommy Lee & The Orbits, "Big White Cadillac" by Little Joey Farr, "Xmas Bell Rock" by Barry & The Highlights, "Twisten Bells" by Santo & Johnny, "Sleigh Bell Rock" by Three Aces & A Joker, "Winter Wonderland" by Allen & The Flames, "The Cactus Christmas Tree" by The McGuire Sisters, "It's Christmas Everywhere" by Paul Anka, "All Winter Long" by Linda Laure, and "Christmas Kisses" by The Bookends & Ray Anthony. 33 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersTheory Of Art (aka A Night In Tunisia – RCA) ... LP
RCA, 1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A reissue of one of Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides from the late 50s, a killer album that sports a great lineup of the Jazz Messengers that included Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, Bill Hardman, Sam Dockery and Spanky DeBrest. The three of them sparkle and shine with the sort of brilliance that Blakey's leadership brings to the group, and they wail their way through a 13 minute long reading of "Night In Tunisia", with excellent solos all around, and the other cuts "Theory Of Art", "Couldn't It Be You?", "Evans", and "Off The Wall". This reissue adds the bonus number "Social Call" recorded for RCA at very nearly the same time, but with a larger group that features Wynton Kelly in place of Sam Dockery, plus the addition of Lee Morgan, Sahib Shihab, Melba Liston and Cecil Payne in the horn section. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Rosemary Clooney with Duke EllingtonBlue Rose (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff, and proof that Rosemary Clooney was always one heck of a great singer – with strengths in jazz that you didn't always hear in her pop work! As you'd guess from the cover, Duke Ellington's leading the group on the album – and most of the tracks here are older Ellington standards, reworked with bold vocal lines from Clooney – in a way that's right up there with any of the usual singers with Ellington's band! Players include Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Harry Carney – and titles include "I'm Checkin Out", "Mood Indigo", "Blue Rose", "Grieving", "Hey Baby", and "Passion Flower". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "If You Were In My Place" and "Just A Sittin & A Rockin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Pacheco & MelonFlying High ... CD
Vaya, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A second wonderful collaboration between Johnny Pacheco and vocalist Melon – a duo who really find a special sort of place when working together! Melon's got this fluid, soulful sort of style – a mode that opens up Pacheco more, especially past some of the more iconic grooves he'd been using with the bigger singers on his projects from the period – with results that make the record one of the sharpest, hippest indie salsa sets from the time! Titles include "El Lunar", "La Casuelita", "El Panuelito", "Antes La Tuve Yo", and "Una Experiencia". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank SinatraRing A Ding Ding (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Concord, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Frank's first album for his own label – Reprise catalog number 1001 (originally), a number that must have made Sinatra proud! The album's got a really swinging feel that befits the title, and which follows in the best Capitol work by Nelson Riddle. Things are very jazzy and upbeat, thanks to arrangements by Johnny Mandel – and the set list includes loads of great numbers that Frank carries off to perfection! Titles include "Ring A Ding Ding", "The Coffee Song", "Let's Face The Music & Dance", "Let's Fall In Love", "A Fine Romance", and "You & The Night & The Music". This remastered 50th Anniversary edition includes 2 bonus tracks: "Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart", a previously unreleased "Have You Met Miss Jones" – a 10+ minutes long outtake version! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerMcCoy Tyner Plays Ellington ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mc Coy plays Duke, with surprisingly great results – thanks to an expanded trio format that features lots of additional percussion! McCoy's on piano, working alongside Coltrane bandmates Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – but the real charm of the record comes from Willie Rodriguez and Johnny Pacheco, who add in extra percussion to most numbers, and really complicate the rhythms nicely! The tracks are way more than simple Ellington tribute numbers, and the fresher rhythms really liven things up tremendously – giving the record a soulful swing that we wouldn't expect from either Tyner or Duke! Titles include "Mr Gentle & Mr Cool", "Gypsy Without A Song", "Duke's Place", "Caravan", and "Searchin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing in a mono cover with small Stereo sticker. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a bit of gloss separation at the opening.)
Also available McCoy Tyner Plays Ellington ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ VariousIf You're Not Part Of The Solution – Soul, Politics, & Spirituality In Jazz 1967 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Righteous jazz, but with a bit of a funky twist too – a great selection of classics from the years when 60s soul jazz was reaching out with a new sense of pride and power, and finding a way embrace all of the musical changes that were coming its way! The music here is often by artists who might have been playing straighter standards, or bluesy organ numbers a few years before – but who here are set fire by the changes of the 60s – both at a musical level, and a political one – the latter in ways that resonate strongly even in the instrumental passages on the set! The title is a reference to a famous quote by Eldridge Cleaver, used often by The Black Panthers – and the set begins with Joe Henderson's number of the same name, "If You're Not Part Of The Solution You're Part Of The Problem" – and follows with "Let's Make Peace & Stop The War" by Funk Inc, "Bitches Brew" by Eddie Jefferson, "HNIC" by Harold Vick, "Tawhid" by Johnny Lytle, "John Coltrane" by Clifford Jordan, "Celestial Bodies" by Catalyst, "Warriors Of Peace" by Azar Lawrence, "Africans Unite" by Gary Bartz NTU Troop, and "Black Feeling" by Johnny Hammond Smith. All tracks are nice and long – and the set has a great mix of spiritual ideals with a few funky currents. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul City New Orleans – Big Easy Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music ... CD
Fantastic Voyage (UK), Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
60 tracks from Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Prince La La, Raymond Lewis, Barbara Lynn, Earl King, Elton Anderson, Tommy Ridgley, Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, Bobby Marchan, Lee Dorsey, Aaron Neville, Johnny Adams, Martha Carter, Martha Nelson, Barbara George, Wallace Johnson, Eddie Bo, Roy Brown & Joe Jones . CD

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✨✧ VariousStompin Vol 6 ... LP
Stompin (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features work by Billy Gayle, Johnny Spain, Poor Bob, King Perry, Little Lawrence & The Suspenders, Tye-Tongue Hanley, Young Jesse, Rev Ballenger, Jesse Anderson & The Sparklers, Roy Wright, T Valentine & Co, Willard Harris & His Czars Of Rhythm, Little Shy Guy & The Hot Rods, Boogaloo & His Gallant Crew, and Frank Motley's Crew With Angelface. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousStrange Breaks & Mr Thing 2 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s. Used 2CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic funky follow-up to the first Mr Thing compilation from BBE – and a set that's equally filled with rare and soulful grooves! If we didn't know better, we'd swear he went into our crates and pilfered our own record collections – because the package contains plenty of overlooked cuts that we've loved for years, but which have never gotten their due – and not even all of them are from totally obscure pressings or small indie labels – just the kind of records that people pass over sometimes, because they don't know how great they sound! There's lots and lots and lots of deeply funky numbers on the collection – and the package really takes us back to the glory days when BBE compilations were always turning us onto something new – especially during the Keb Darge glory days. 2CD set features one mixed disc, one unmixed – with titles that include "Back Ground Music" by Kalyanji Anandji, "Searching For Soul" by Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers, "ABC" by Hot Butter & Soul, "Spooky Do" by Dick Walter, "The Horse" by Val Merral's Orchestra, "It's Just Begun" by Hot City Bump Band, "Sally" by Frank Pleyer Big Band, "Love Is Just A Word" by Johnny Griffith Inc, "Can't Stop Talkin" by Art & Ron, "Family Affair" by The Generation Gap, "Gacek" by Jerzy Milian, "Rockin Chair" by John L Watson with White Mouse, "Pink Panther" by Alan Tew, "Twinkle Stars Boo Galoo (live)" by Oscar Harris & The Twinkle Stars, "The Message" by Tinga Stewart, and "Pru Urebu" by The Rias Orchestra. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Strange Breaks & Mr Thing 2 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Soundtrack Breaks For Modern Living ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Jim CapaldiOpen Your Heart – The Island Recordings 1972 to 1976 (Oh How We Danced/Whale Meat Again/Short Cut Draw Blood/bonus material) (3CD/DVD set) ... CD
Island/Esoteric (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD & DVD set ... Out Of Stock
Three full albums from Jim Capaldi, plus lots of bonus work – and a DVD of live BBC performances too! First up is Oh How We Danced – the first solo album from Jim Capaldi – and a wicked little set that has Capaldi not only working with fellow bandmates from Traffic, but also with some of the best musicians on the Muscle Shoals scene! The combination of both unlock an even more soulful style than you'd expect from any Traffic side project – and provide a perfect focus for Capaldi's great vocals – already crossing over big to a soul scene with his Traffic recordings, but sparking even new interest here with Muscle Shoals rhythms. The sound is wonderful – quite different than Capaldi's bigger hits in later years, and with a rootsy, earnest feel that reminds us that at their roots, all these British acts really got things right at the start – with a freshness that needs to be remembered, even amidst their later cliches. Titles include "Eve", "Don't Be A Hero", "Last Day Of Dawn", "Oh How We Danced", "Open Your Heart", and "Love Is All You Can Try". Next is Whale Meat Again – a record with a beautiful mixing of modes – Jim Capaldi's Traffic-bred, London-styled vocals, and the sweet southern soul grooves of Muscle Shoals – all wrapped together with a sound that's even tighter than Capaldi's debut album! Jim's a big edgier here overall – both in the way he delivers the vocals, and in the lyrics of the tunes – and his singing's underscored perfectly by help from Jimmy Johnson on guitar, Barry Beckett on piano and organ, David Hood on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums – all of whom create the right sort of warm Muscle Shoals vibe to make Capaldi's music sound wonderfully soulful. Steve Winwood plays a bit of guest organ on the set, and may well help with backing vocals – and titles include the funky "Low Rider" (different than the War tune) – plus "We'll Meet Again", "Summer Is Fading", "My Brother", "It's Alright", and "Yellow Sun". Short Cut Draw Blood is the third solo album from Traffic's Jim Capaldi, and maybe the most obscure of his early work – a set that was done after Traffic had broken up, but still with some strong help from Steve Winwood – working here in an all-star array of London and Muscle Shoals musicians, which includes Barry Beckett, Rebop Kwaku Baah, Pete Carr, Jess Roden, Chris Spedding, and others! Capaldi's easygoing groove and great way with a tune are fully intact – and titles include "Living On A Marble", "Johnny Too Bad", "Goodbye Love", "Seagull", "Keep On Trying", and "Love Hurts". Box set features bonus tracks "Going Down Slow All The Way", "Tricky Dick Rides Again", "Sugar Honey", "Still Talkin", and "Talkin About My Baby". DVD features a Old Grey Whistle Test performance from 1976, with the Jim Capaldi Band – and one more from 1976 with Jim Capaldi & The Space Cadets. CD

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