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✨✧ LL Cool JHey Lover (radio, inst, LP, acapella) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1995. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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LL Cool JHow I'm Comin' (LP, inst)/Buckin' Em Down (LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1993. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $4.99
Produced by Marley Marl and QD III. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a cut corner, with mild corner bends.)

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LL Cool JRadio ... CD
Def Jam, 1985. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
A hip hop milestone for the Def Jam label and early rap superstar LL Cool J! This the fantastic first LP for LL – one that really helped kicked off a whole new school of hip hop – and proved to be huge game changer for the early Def Jam era! Radio features straight up excellent early Def production from Rick Rubin and loads of tight tracks from LL – whose charisma continued to flow for the next couple of decades – even if his later records could never approach this unf***withable level. Tracks include "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "Rock The Bells", "Dangerous", "That's A Lie", "You'll Rock" and "I Can Give You More". A piece of history! CD

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✨✧ LL Cool JI Shot Ya (tropical sprite remix, inst) ... 12-inch
Island/Def Jam, 1995. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Sprite Remix promo in clear vinyl.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JRadio ... LP
Def Jam, 1985. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The fantastic first album from LL Cool J – one that really kicked off a whole new school of hip hop – the early Def Jam era! Radio features straight up excellent early Def production from Rick Rubin and loads of tight tracks from LL – whose charisma continued to flow for the next couple of decades – even if his later records could never approach this benchmark level. Tracks include "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "Rock The Bells", "Dangerous", "That's A Lie", "You'll Rock" and "I Can Give You More". A piece of history – and an album that changed hip hop forever! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Frankfort/Wayne stamp. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a mild corner bend, but is great overall!)
Also available Radio ... CD 5.99
 
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Dizzy GillespieCool World/Dizzy Goes Hollywood ... CD
Verve, 1963/1964. Used ... $6.99
Nice one! Dizzy did the soundtrack for the lost Shirley Clarke verite drama The Cool World – a beautiful black and white film shot mostly on location in the Harlem of the early 60s. Mal Wladron wrote the material for the score, and Diz plays the music with a moody emotionality that you don't often hear in his other 60's work. The recording was made by his great group that included Kenny Barron and James Moody, and the titles include "The Pusher", "Duke's Fantasy", "Coney Island", and "Enter Priest". The CD also features the groovier Dizzy Goes Hollywood, which features the same group doing jazz readings of 60's soundtrack themes like "Carioca", "Never On Sunday", "More", and "Walk On The Wild Side". The whole thing's got 22 tracks in all, and is a very cool slice of Dizzy's career that you'll be hard pressed to find on vinyl! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ JoyceCool ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2015. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Plenty cool sounds from Joyce – a lady who's always been the definition of the world used in the title – thanks to her totally unique, totally wonderful style! The album's one of a number of recent gems that have Joyce really going back to basics – hitting that soaring blend of vocals and acoustic guitar that first made her 70s recordings so great, cut here with small combo instrumentation that includes Tutty Moreno on drums and Helio Alves on piano. But the real charm, as always, comes from Joyce – the way she works her voice, plays her guitar, and ties the two of them together in a manner that's unlike anyone else – a sound inspired by bossa, inflected by jazz, but totally her own throughout. Familiar tunes get completely remade with the approach – as you'll hear on the set – which includes these sublime Joyced-up versions of "Cool", "Let's Do It", "Love For Sale", "Fever", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Invitation", and "Moon River" – all sounding very unique, and plenty darn cool! CD

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✨✧ VariousCool Heat – The Best Of CTI Records ... CD
CTI/Robinsongs (UK), 1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
A great introduction to the legendary CTI Records label from the 70s – a groundbreaking imprint for both jazz and soul, and a company who helped a whole generation of musicians find a new way forward! The set's got a really great balance – with both some of the funky jazz and soulful vocal cuts recorded by the label and it's partner imprint, Kudu – and over the course of the 25 tracks on the extended collection, you'll not only hear a great evolution in grooves for the 70s generation – but also a fair bit of tracks that have gone onto new lives as sample cuts too! Titles include "Mama Wailer" by Lonnie Smith, "Say You Love Me" by Patti Austin, "2001 – Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Deodato, "Jaws" by Lalo Schifrin, "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" by Idris Muhammad, "Supership" by George Benson, "Baltimore" by Nina Simone, "Polar AC" by Freddie Hubbard, "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" by Esther Phillips, "It's Going To Take Some Time" by Gabor Szabo, "Flute Song" by George Benson & Joe Farrell, "Forecast" by Eric Gale, "Baretta's Theme" by Ron Carter, "Breakout" by Johnny Hammond, "Wildflower" by Hank Crawford, "Westchester Lady" by Bob James, "Grand Prix" by Fuse One, "Shoogie Wanna Boogie" by Dave Matthews, "Be Yourself" by Kenny Burrell, "Sugar" by Stanley Turrentine, "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard, "Super Strut" by Deodato, and "Follow Your Heart" by Joe Farrell. CD

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✨✧ VariousJ&S Harlem Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard-hitting Harlem soul – a sweet selection of indie singles from the late 60s and early 70s – most of which are light years away from the mainstream! The sound of many cuts here is quite unique – elements of soul modes of the era, but swirled up and spit out in really fresh ways – often with a bit of grit in the grooves, and some unusual, offbeat production, instrumentation, and rhythms – all of which help keep things cool throughout! We'll be honest in saying that we'd hardly heard most of these singles before, and only knew a few of the artists – but there's a wealth of wonderful music to discover in the package – all quite different than you might find on other funk or soul collections, with almost the revelatory approach we're used to getting from the Numero Group. CD features track-by-track notes on the tunes – and titles include "I'll Do It For You" by Little Willie, "She Said I'd Be A Failure" by Clarence Ashe, "I Pray To Keep Our Love Strong" by Johnnie & Joe, "I Got A Feeling" by Dicky & Billy, "24 Hours Of The Day" by The Gillettes, "Stay Away From My Baby" by Taffie Lee, "Dancing In A Dream World" by Jimmy & Arthur, "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" by Miss Johnnie, "You Needn't Tell Me" by Sity & James, "I Won't Ever Try To Change You" by Henry Hodge, "Money & All Your Love" by Freda Allyne, and "It Doesn't Matter" by Niece Dezel. CD

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✨✧ Bruno MacDonaldGreatest Albums You'll Never Hear – Unreleased Records By The World's Greatest Musicians (hardcover) ... Book
Aurum (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cool look at albums that never happened – planned projects that were almost produced, but which fell apart at some point in the creative process – leading to a surprisingly large legacy of lost albums by some of rock music's biggest stars! Sure, everyone knows a few of these – like The Beach Boys' Smile – but this book opens the door to lots lots more – including projects by The Kinks, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Buffalo Springfield, Madonna, The Sex Pistols, Beastie Boys, and many more. Best of all, the book presents the albums almost as if they actually existed – in short sections within larger chapters that each feature an imagined cover, projected release dates, and a short section that tells the story of the record – which often features a "what happened next" sidebar to show where the creative process landed. The great presentation really helps illuminate the material – and the book is 256 pages, in color throughout. Book
(Please Note – This copy has remnants of an old sticker on the front, and the price reflects this.)

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Alessandro AlessandroniTrip Around The World (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stella/Saar Milano (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful sounds from one of the coolest Italian composers of all time – one of our go-to favorites for both soundtrack and sound library material! This set has Alessandro Alessandroni hitting some sweet 70s modes – funky at times, slinky and sexy at others – all with this fantastic ear for sound and space, with a quality level that really sets him apart – and which makes this totally obscure gem every bit as great as some of the key Italian cinematic classics from the period! Imagine – you're working in the very solitary space of a sound library, knowing that you're going to make a record that will never be for sale in the record racks – yet you completely bring your a-game to the proceedings. That's what makes Alessandroni such a giant – and we're sure you'll agree once you hear this music! The set features some great harmonica bits from Gianfranco Di Lelio, plus cool keyboards, guitar, and titles that include "My Sitar", "Seven Steps", "A Day In The Sun", "Oceano", "Everest", "Beach Party", "Summer Breeze", "Desert Inn", and "Love On The Sand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – on clear yellow vinyl!)

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Aquarian DreamNorman Connors Presents Aquarian Dream ... LP
Buddah, 1976. Very Good+ ... $22.99
A wonderful debut from Aquarian Dream – a group who first appeared under the direction of Norman Connors – and who also have lots of the same blend of jazz, soul, and funk you'd find in Connors' own music of the time! Yet Aquarian Dream are very much their own bag, too – a distinctly different group who are to Connors what Ramp was to Roy Ayers – a separate entity that shares the key production talents of their sponsor – but who break out in a wonderful vibe that's all their own! The album's best remembered for its key clubby groovers, but we also love the mellower moments too – which have a sublime stepping quality that really comes through via instrumentation from Claude Bartee on tenor and soprano sax, and Jacques Burvick on a whole host of cool keyboards. Gloria Jones (not the famous one) is a great lead singer – and titles include the classic Chicago club track "Phoenix" – plus "Look Ahead", "Once Again", "Let Me Be The One", "I'll Always Love You T",, and "Treat Me Like The One You Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine and top seam.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall – Hamburg 1979 ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $38.99 44.99
Late work from Chet Baker on the European scene is always something special – and live dates from Hamburg's Onkel Po's club are always pretty darn special too – so you can imagine the greatness that awaits you on this really wonderful album! The tracks are all very long – even longer than most other Chet Baker live albums of the time – and Chet's got that wonderful open phrasing that we love from these years – even more of a way of spacing out the notes than on his early material, given a twist here from a cool group who even bring some slightly funky currents to the rhythms – a lineup that features Phil Markowitz on piano, Jean Louis Rassinfosse on bass, and Charlie Rice on drums – the last of whom is a player who's not afraid to provide a nice snap and crackle when needed! Titles include "There'll Never Be Another You", "Broken Wing", "Black Eyes", "Love For Sale", and "You Can't Go Home Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beach BoysSunflower/Surf's Up ... CD
Capitol, Late 60s. Used ... $3.99
Incredible stuff – and some of the best post-Pet Sounds material you can find by the Beach Boys! We hardly ever see either of these on vinyl anymore – and it's been years since they've been out on CD – so we're extra-pleased to have them back to back on one CD! Sunflower is the kind of record that's easy to pass by when you're first getting into the group, but later on – after digging for gems on records like Wild Honey or Friends, you'll come back to it as a totally solid record, filled with loads of excellent little songs like "Slip On Through", "This Whole World", "Cool, Cool Water", "Tears In The Morning", and "Add Some Music To Your Day". Surf's Up is a bit more spotty – but it's also got some incredible work by the group – including "Disney Girls", "'Til I Die", and "Surf's Up". 22 tracks in all – and a CD that will keep you going long after you get tired of listening to Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile. CD

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✨✧ BeatlesBeatles Live At The BBC ... CD
Apple, Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
The Beatles live at the BBC – heard here in a host of rare recordings that were done between March 1962 and June 1965 – pulled from the vaults of the legendary radio station, and with a few cool dialogue bits too! The versions here were all played live on the air, and make for some much-needed alternate takes on the big hits by the Fab Four – and a few American numbers that really show the influence of other styles on their early sound. And since the recordings were done in a top-shelf studio, they're not muddy concert recordings – but actually feel more like some lost EMI studio material from the same period. 71 titles in all – including "Nothin Shakin", "The Hippy Hippy Shake", "Glad All Over", "Rock & Roll Music", "Ticket To Ride", "Ooh My Soul", "Don't Ever Change", "Slow Down", "Matchbox", "I Forgot To Remember To Forget", "The Honeymoon Song", "Lucille", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Taste Of Honey", "From Us To You", "I Got A Woman", "I'll Be On My Way", "Shot Of Rhythm & Blues", "Some Other Guy", "Soldier Of Love", and "Clarabella". CD
(Mono recordings.)

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Bobby BlandCome Fly With Me/I Feel Good I Feel Fine/Sweet Vibrations/Try Me I'm Real ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 22.99
Four fantastic albums from Bobby Bland – all brought together in a single package for the first time! First up is Come Fly With Me – great work from Bobby Blue Bland – one of the few artists to rise up at the end of the 50s, and still find a way to chart their own path forward in soul with fresh material like this! Bobby's voice is still incredible here, and he works with production from Al Bell and Monk Higgins, the latter of whom arranged – in this cool style that's a bit like some of the territory that Tyrone Davis was taking on at Columbia Records during the second half of the 70s – fuller arrangements that bring some sophisticated soul touches to the music, but in ways that never lose the core of Bobby's genius! Titles include "Lady Lonely", "Night Games", "You Can Count On Me", "Love To See You Smile", "Come Fly With Me", and "To Be Friends". The next album is I Feel Good I Feel Fine – and Bobby Bland sounds pretty good too – thanks to arrangements from the great Monk Higgins, who does a perfect job of mixing Bland's trademark vocals with some sweet late 70s arrangements! The sound is upbeat, but never in a cliched disco mode – more in the territory that you'd hear Johnnie Taylor using over at Columbia Records – maybe a good comparison, given the Memphis roots that both artists shared – as both also evolved a lot to shift their sound with the changing modes of the time. And as with Johnnie, Bobby never loses the core that makes him great – as you'll hear on titles that include "Tit For Tat", "Soon As The Weather Breaks", "In His Eyes", "Someone To Belong To", "I Feel Good I Feel Fine", and "Little Mama". Sweet Vibrations is a real gem from the start of the 80s – arranged by Monk Higgins, who co-produced the set with Al Bell – a duo who'd already given Bobby some great records before, but who really knock it out of the park with this one. There's an extra-special quality going on here – maybe a slight reintroduction of blues roots, but still with a very contemporary spirit – set up to superb backings throughout. Titles include "Soul With A Flavor", "Hollywood Woman", "You'd Be A Millionaire", "Sweet Vibrator", "Special Kind Of Fool", and "A Real Woman Is What It Takes". Try Me I'm Real is record with a title that certainly fits the bill – as the amazing voice of Bobby Bland is as real here as it ever was, and blended with superbly soulful backings that take the singer's sound forward for a whole new generation! Some of Bobby's contemporaries were content to just stick in a straight blues mode – but Bland really grew and developed a lot as an artist, thanks in part to Monk Higgins and Al Bell – who are both at the production helm of the record, and balance the bluesy roots of Bobby with some richer soul backings that really knock the whole thing out of the park! We love Bobby Blue Bland during his early Duke Records years – but we love him equally as much for music like this, on titles that include "But I Do", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Givin Up The Streets For Love", "A Song For You My Son", "Just You Just Me", and "Love Is Where It's At". CD

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Errol Brown & The RevolutionariesCulture Dub/Medley Dub (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Two classic albums of dub from Erroll Brown – both maybe a bit more obscure than his classics of the time, but which also show the real depths of his talents! Culture Dub is a batch of instrumental dubs of songs from Culture – who were then riding high after their Two Sevens Clash album – taken here by Brown into very moody, very abstract territory – a stretched-out, spacey sound that has all sorts of cool guitar and keyboard elements bubbling amidst the murky basslines and drums. Titles include "Everyday Love Dub", "Skillful Dub", "Iron Sharp Dub", "Freedom Jam", "Deep Root Dub", and "Harder Than The Rest Dub". Medley Dub is a very different record overall – one that reworks older recordings from Sonia Pottinger's catalog of the late 60s and early 70s – rocksteady modes taken into dub territory, with really amazing results! You'll hear momentary echoes of the old amidst the soundclash of the new – and titles include "Revelation Of Dub", "Trinity Of Dub", "Tip Top Affair", "Engineer's Special", "Natty Dutty Dub", and "Swing & Dub". 2CD set features 24 more bonus tracks – Culture-related tracks that include "Work On dub", "Dog A Nyam Dub", "Freedom Rock", "Natty Dub", and "Jah Rastafari (version)" – and 15 other Brown dubs from the late 70s – including "Merry Go Round Version", "In The Park Version", "Lick Version", "Blue Bird Dub", "Revolutionary Version", "Stormy Dub", and "Road Hog". CD

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1953. Used ... $3.99
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, showing just a slight dose of modernism, and lots more of that cool, icy alto sax work that made Desmond a standout right from the start. Rhythm is by Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums – and titles include "Laura", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "For All We Know", "All The Things You Are", and "I'll Never Smile Again". CD

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CameoPost Mortem/Good Times (one-sided single) ... 12-inch
Chocolate City, 1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A very cool single with 2 of Cameo's best early funk tracks! The record is a one-sided promo 12" single issued by Chocolate City – and "Post Mortem" is a sample classic, with a riff you'll recognize instantly! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Casablanca sleeve. Label has an ink stamp.)

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Eddie Cano & Art PreciadoTaste Of Education Vol 2 ... LP
CP, 1972. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the most obscure albums from Latin piano giant Eddie Cano – recorded after his famous groovers of the 60s! The record's an odd one, but it's got some great moments – partly a Spanish language instruction record, but with music by Eddie – so that you'll have these spoken parts teaching spanish, while Eddie grooves along with some rhythms and piano – surprisingly cool overall! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, tape on the top seam, and a light number in one corner – and label and cover both have stamps from a library.)

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Mel CarterWhen A Boy Falls In Love ... LP
Derby/Abkco, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.99
The rare first album from Mel Carter – a cool, classy singer from the west coast scene – and one who echoed some of the more sophisticated styles from back east by soul artists like Jerry Butler or Walter Jackson! Mel's definitely got a style that's all his own – and his voice would soar to bigger fame a few years later on Liberty Records – but this early set for the rare Derby label is a gem through and through – with these well-crafted uptown soul arrangements by Rene Hall and Joe Hooven – both of whom really know how to help Carter's voice soar in the sessions! Titles include "Time Of Young Love", "Wonderful Love", "After The Parting The Meeting Is Sweeter", "Hold Me", "For Your Love", "So Wonderful", "You Can Count On Me". and "We'll Bless Each Day With Our Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available When A Boy Falls In Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Mel CarterWhen A Boy Falls In Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Derby/Abkco, 1963. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
The rare first album from Mel Carter – a cool, classy singer from the west coast scene – and one who echoed some of the more sophisticated styles from back east by soul artists like Jerry Butler or Walter Jackson! Mel's definitely got a style that's all his own – and his voice would soar to bigger fame a few years later on Liberty Records – but this early set for the rare Derby label is a gem through and through – with these well-crafted uptown soul arrangements by Rene Hall and Joe Hooven – both of whom really know how to help Carter's voice soar in the sessions! Titles include "Time Of Young Love", "Wonderful Love", "After The Parting The Meeting Is Sweeter", "Hold Me", "For Your Love", "So Wonderful", "You Can Count On Me". and "We'll Bless Each Day With Our Love". CD features bonus tracks – "When A Boy Falls In Love (single version)" and "So Wonderful (single version)". CD
Also available When A Boy Falls In Love ... LP 24.99

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June ChristyMisty Miss Christy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
One of June's all-time classics – and perhaps her most famous album, next to the sublime Something Cool. The set, like that one, was arranged and conducted by Pete Rugolo – whose icy and modern touches are the perfect foil for June's sad and dark voice. Familiar tunes are completely transformed by the pair's masterful handling – and titles include "The Wind", "There's No You", "For All We Know", "This Year's Kisses", "That's All", and "Maybe You'll Be There". CD features some bonus tracks too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Stelvio CiprianiIncubo Sulla Citta Contaminata (City Of The Walking Dead) ... CD
Cinevox/Quartet (Spain), 1980. New Copy ... $20.99 28.99
A striking soundtrack for this Italian horror film – not really a zombie flick exactly, but one with a very similar bent – scored by the great Stelvio Cipriani with loads of cool keyboards and rhythms! The horror mode's definitely of the John Carpenter generation – which means that Cipriani does a great job of balancing action and space throughout – using his instrumentation sparingly at just the right moments – then surging forward to really move things along! Titles include "Sustain", "I'll Find My Way To You", "L'Attesta", "Metropolis", "Agguato", "Incubo", and "Masquerade". CD has a total of 28 tracks in all – and the usual great Quartet presentation! CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Elmer Gantry's Velvet OperaLong Nights Of Summer – The Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera Anthology (3CD set) ... CD
Direction/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99 30.99
Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera weren't the biggest group on the British scene of the late 60s, but they were certainly one of the coolest – as you'll hear on this massive collection that brings together all their key work of the time! First up is the self-titled debut album – stunner of a set from a group who should have been huge – especially given the sharpness and wit of this debut album! Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera bring together all the best strands of up and coming Brit rock of the time – a bit of psych undercut with some bluesy elements, marked by a moddish smirk that really keeps the whole thing punched-up throughout – no overindulgence, no easy mark for a hit – just a very individual sensibility that few of the group's underground contemporaries could match! These guys come across with all the personality of The Who in Happy Jack/Magic Bus years – and have a similar use and distance of trippy elements of the time – almost tongue in cheek, but just because they find a way to shift between them and straighter rock so easily. Songs are all great, and really well-written – and apart from a version of Oscar Brown Jr's "I Was Cool", the set features original material that includes "Mother Writes", "Mary Jane", "Flames", "Lookin For A Happy Life", and "Walter Sly Meets Bill Bailey". Next is the group's second album Ride A Hustler's Dream – a set that maybe has the group bringing in more blues influences to the music at times, but mostly as a way to let both the guitar work and vocals get even fuller and strongly expressed – which means that when the psychedelic elements come into the mix, there's an even more powerful vibe than on their debut album too! Titles include "Black Jack Davy", "Ride A Hustler's Dream", "Honey By", "Anna Dance Square", "Depression", "Warm Day In July", and the very cool "Raga" – and a great remake of "Eleanor Rigby". 3CD set features the debut album in a rare promo-only mono mix, plus 34 bonus tracks that include "There's A Hole In My Pocket", "She Keeps Giving Me These Feelings", "The Painter", "And I Remember", "Talk Of The Devil", "Dreamy", "Volcano", "A Quick B", and lots more – including singles and BBC tracks too! CD

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Lars GullinLars Gullin Vol 1 – With Chet Baker – 1955/1956 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The first entry in this wonderful series that documents the early genius of baritone saxophonist Lars Gullin – a player on the Swedish scene of the postwar years, but one who also got plenty of attention on our shores – thanks to key issues of his records by Emarcy/Mercury in the 50s! Lars has a wonderful tone on his instrument – and is one of a handful of players in his generation who were taking the instrument away from larger ensembles, and using it as a setting for sublime solo work in small groups – a quality that puts Gullin right alongside American greats of the time on the instrument, like Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, or Serge Chaloff! Lars is probably more like the latter two here – swinging with some nice bop inclinations – on tracks recorded with a number of different combos, including four that have trumpeter Chet Baker joining in with Gullin. Titles include "Cool Blues", "Lars Meets Jeff", "Igloo", "Danny's Dream", "All Of Me", "Ma", "Perntz", "Lover Man", "Brash", "Fedja", and "I'll Remember April". CD

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Merle HaggardKern River/Amber Waves Of Grain ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
Two mid-80s sets from Merle Haggard – back to back on a single CD! First up is Kern River – a real classic from the Epic Records years of Merle Haggard – a set that has both the singer and the label realizing that one of the strongest suits of Hag's style at the time was his maturity – which is brought to light here in a great set of blue-tinged tunes filled with themes of loss and looking back! Grady Martin co-produced the set with Merle, and there's an easygoing vibe here that never pushes Haggard's vocals too much – and instead really revels in the gentler tones and more personal aspects of his voice. Titles include the classic "Kern River" – plus "Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You", "There Won't Be Another Now", "I Wonder Where I'll Find You At Tonight", "You Don't Love Me Any More", and "There's Somebody Else On Your Mind". Amber Waves is a later live set from Merle Haggard – one that echoes some of the attitudes of his famous concert recordings for Capitol, but which also has some nicely different qualities too! As with those albums, Merle's definitely pitching some of the ideas and politics towards a more populist audience – but he's also reveling in some of the more mature modes of his Epic Records years – sliding into some of the mellower tunes with the confidence that he often brought to his more uptempo early hits. Titles include "I Wish Things Were Simple Again", "Amber Waves", "American Waltz", "The Farmer's Daughter", and "Gone With The Wind" – plus cool medley cuts "Tulare Dust/Mama Tried", "The Okie From Muskogee's Comin Home/The Okie From Muskogee", and "Working Man's Blues/Always Late With Your Kisses". CD

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IceEach Man Makes His Destiny (aka Ice) ... LP
Kedzie, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some of the best American funk collectives of the time – a group that's heavy on wah wah guitar over Fender Rhodes riffs, but which also features lots of searing solos in the middle – an instrumental intensity that sometimes dominates more than the vocals! A few gentler groovers are mighty nice too – served up with warm vocals that bubble along with the rhythms – and at a few spots, you'll even hear the trademark "magic bag" sound of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Titles include "Too Little Room", "Suicide", "One Chance", "Love Can", "There's Time To Change", "Dgunji", and "Put An X On The Spot". Also issued in the US under the title Ice. LP, Vinyl record album

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Millie JacksonMoods Of Millie Jackson – Her Best Ballads ... CD
Spring/Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A side of Millie Jackson that we really really love – her ballads and mellow tracks – a style that Millie did unlike anyone else back in the day! Jackson's sometimes best remembered for her sassier side, but we love it when she kicks back and moves slowly into a groove – drawing on her southern deep soul roots, but giving things a warm modern twist too – that perfect balance of modes that made Millie a key force in changing the sound of soul back in the 70s! The track selection here is sublime – and pulls together some real gems from Jackson's famous Spring LPs – including some tracks that begin with these really cool monologues, and others that have kind of a midtempo groove that nicely changes up the pace. The whole thing's tremendous – the kind of Millie Jackson collection we made for ourselves decades ago on cassette – and titles include "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "There You Are", "A Love Of Your Own", "I'll Be Rolling", "From Her Arms To Mine", "Angel In Your Arms", "I Still Love You", and "Making The Best Of A Bad Situation". CD

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Jaime & NairJaime & Nair (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CID/Polysom (Brazil), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99 39.99
Incredible stuff – the kind of obscure Brazilian 70s album that first got us into the music in the first place, and which keeps us digging through the racks for more and more over the years! The set is the first album ever recorded by the team of Jaime Alem and Nair De Candia – both of whom sing on the record, either separately, or as a duet. The tracks have a cool jazzy feel, with grooves that might fall somewhere in between Edu Lobo and Egberto Gismonti's music, but which also have a sound all their own. Aw shucks, we'll never describe this accurately, but it's a good one, and if you don't know it, it's a treasure! With the tracks "Das Minhas", "Zabumba Do Nego", "Boi Le Le", "Sob O Mar", and "Nevoa Seca". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Near Mint- 6LPs/4CDs ... $49.99
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continutiy that would unite the music – until now. The folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: missing CDs and booklet.)

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Guy LafitteGuy Lafitte – His Tenor Sax & Orchestra 1954 to 1959 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
Tenorist Guy Lafitte's a hell of a player – the kind of talent who easily rivaled some of the American greats of the postwar years on his instrument, but whose music rarely made it out of the French scene in which it was recorded! And although Lafitte sounded great in a small combo, his sound was bold enough to step out in larger groups too – which you'll hear hear on some of the sextet-plus groups that make up the recordings on the CD! The music's a great first step in the French jazz world as it was finding its own voice – and Lafitte blows alongside other giants who include Raymond Fol and Martial Solal on piano, Benny Vasseur on trombone, and Roger Guerin on trumpets – in this collection of material from some of his rare 10" album releases of the time. CD features 18 tracks in all – and titles include "Caravan", "Swingin The Berry's", "My Ideal", "Stay Cool", "Blues For Vidi", "Reminiscing Mood", "Cynthia's In Love", "Do Not Disturb", "Genevieve", and "Cameleon". CD

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✨✧ MessengersMessengers ... LP
Rare Earth, 1969. Very Good+ ... $29.99
The only album we've ever seen from The Messengers – a group who've got a soulful garagey style that's a perfect fit for the Rare Earth label! The quartet get some great Motown production from Dean Taylor, and sing some Holland Dozier Holland material too – in a set that includes "Most We Always Live For Tomorrow", "Nowhere To Run", "Window Shopping", "Gotta See Jane", "Greyhound To Indiana", "I'll Move Heaven & Earth", "You Keep Running Away", "Leavin Here", "A Little Bit For Sandy", and "Do You Believe In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a cool rounded-top cover, which has light wear and one small cut corner.)

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Gerry MulliganJeru ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1962. Used ... $4.99
A pretty great little album – and very different than Gerry Mulligan's regular sides from the time! The session was originally produced as part of the sessions for the short-lived Jazztime label in the early 60s – and was produced by Dave Bailey with a soulful undercurrent that's quite similar to his own sessions from the period. Gerry's really shaking free of the "cool" cliches for the record – working with a deeply grooving rhythm section that includes Bailey on drums, Ben Tucker on bass, and Tommy Flanagan on piano – making a key return of piano to a Gerry Mulligan session! Alec Dorsey's also in the group on conga – adding a nice little extra kick to a few of the best tunes on the set – and Gerry himself is playing baritone with a style that's as fluid as on his freer-floating 50s recordings, but which also hits more of a rolling sort of tenor groove! Titles include "Get Out Of Town", "Blue Boy", "Capricious", "Here I'll Stay", and "Inside Impromptu". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Mystic Astrologic Crystal BandMystic Astrologic Crystal Band Featuring Steve Hoffman ... LP
GNP, 1967. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A trippy 60s treasure from this groovy west coast group – a cool quintet led by the fuzzy-headed Steve Hoffman – who not only wrote some very unusual tunes for the combo, but also comes up with an equally unusual mix of instruments! The music is half psych, half sunshine pop – the latter because many of the tunes have a very catchy vibe, and often feature group harmonies behind Steve's lead – the former because there's some cool instrumental elements in the mix, including electric sitar, bass marimba, organ, and lots of unusual touches on tablas, saw, autoharp, and other offbeat elements. Most songs are short, and very catchy – and titles include "Early Dawn", "Barnyard Philosophy", "Factory Endeavor", "Geometry Alley", "Only Time", "I Think I'll Just Lie Here & Die", "The MACB Theme", and "Sunbeams & Rainbows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 90s Get Back reissue.)

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Orchestra HarlowHommy – A Latin Opera ... LP
Fania, 1973. Very Good ... $19.99
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits that trace the story of the record, but which also have the humorous touches of some of the older Alegre All Stars albums from the 60s. And although Orchestra Harlow borrow the name of the Who's album, the work here is all original – not covers – two long "acts", spread out over the sides of the record with a sophisticated approach that shows the Harlow group moving into much deeper territory at the time. Lead vocals are by Junior Gonzalez, and you'll also hear Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, Justo Betancourt, and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez. Tracks include "Gracia Divina", "Mantecadito", "El Doctor Y La Razon", "Es Un Varon", "El Dia De Navidad", and "Soy Sensacional". LP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing.)

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Alhaji Waziri OshomahAlhaji Waziri Oshomah Vol 1 to 5 – 1978 to 1984 (5CD set) ... CD
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About December 31, 2022
A huge package of work that finally brings the rare Nigerian albums of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah to a much larger global audience – all beautifully brought together with a booklet that pays tribute to Oshomah, with contributions from his family – and sound quality that's a heck of a lot better than tracking down scratched-up original copies of the vinyl! The sound here is amazing – a really unique fusion of both the spiritual and funky currents running through Nigerian music at the time, graced with hypnotic percussion, rhythmic guitar riffs, and some very cool keyboard work at times – all topped with Alhaji's deeply soulful vocals. Imagine a deeper spirituality in the Fela generation, and you'll just get a start at understanding this music – then you'll have plenty to discover across the albums Oyoyo King, Godfather Of Afemai Music, Etsako Super Star, Mr Please Please Please, and Mr Dynamite. CD
Also available Alhaji Waziri Oshomah Vol 1 to 5 – 1978 to 1984 (5LP set) ... LP 105.99

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Alhaji Waziri OshomahAlhaji Waziri Oshomah Vol 1 to 5 – 1978 to 1984 (5LP set) ... LP
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LPs ... $105.99 112.99
A huge package of work that finally brings the rare Nigerian albums of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah to a much larger global audience – all beautifully brought together with a booklet that pays tribute to Oshomah, with contributions from his family – and sound quality that's a heck of a lot better than tracking down scratched-up original copies of the vinyl! The sound here is amazing – a really unique fusion of both the spiritual and funky currents running through Nigerian music at the time, graced with hypnotic percussion, rhythmic guitar riffs, and some very cool keyboard work at times – all topped with Alhaji's deeply soulful vocals. Imagine a deeper spirituality in the Fela generation, and you'll just get a start at understanding this music – then you'll have plenty to discover across the albums Oyoyo King, Godfather Of Afemai Music, Etsako Super Star, Mr Please Please Please, and Mr Dynamite. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerOne Night In Birdland ... LP
Columbia, 1950. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Rare live material from Charlie Parker – recorded in the very familiar territory of the Birdland nightclub, but not issued until an LP release from the 70s! The material originally was broadcast on radio, but through the series of the Rose transcription disc archive – which meant better recording and preservation than most other radio material of the bop years – helping to make this album a real treasure among Bird fans in the years after his death. The lineup is a very tight bop-based one – with Fats Navarro on trumpet, Bud Powell on piano, and Art Blakey on bass. Chubby Newsome adds vocals to "Embraceable You" – and the rest of the set includes "Wahoo", "Round Midnight", "This Time The Dream's On Me", "Dizzy Atmosphere", "A Night In Tunisia", "Move", "The Street Beat", "Out Of Nowhere", "Little Willie Leaps", "Ornithology", "I'll Remember April", and "Cool Blues/52nd St Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has unglued top seams, a tracklist sticker, a bit of marker and a promo stamp.)

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Dave Pell OctetCampus Hop – Jazz Goes Dancing ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Short tight ensemble jazz tracks, very much in a LA style from the initial post-cool years – set to tunes written by the legendary Harry Warren. The group includes Pell, Jack Sheldon, Bob Enevoldsen, Paul Moer, and Mel Lewis – and tracks include "Lulu's Back In Town", "Java Junction", "Summer Night", "Remember Me", and "I'll String Along With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging, mostly in back, and a small split in the bottom seam.)

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PersuadersThin Line Between Love & Hate ... CD
Collectables, 1972. Used ... $6.99
A landmark album – one of the greatest harmony soul albums of the early 70s! The title cut is one you'll know instantly – as "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" is one of those soul classics that never gets old – and the rest of the album's equally great, with a sublime mix of rough and sweet that the group was never able to duplicate again. The sound is incredible – with arrangements by Richard Poindexter, and backings by the group Young Gifted & Bad, who often use a bit of vibes behind the vocals, which makes for a really cool sound! Titles include "Let's Get Down Together", "Blood Brothers", "If This Is What You Call Love (I Don't Want No Part Of It)", "Love Gonna Pack Up" and "You Musta Put Something in Your Love". CD

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Annie PhilippeSensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... LP
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 26.99
Beautifully groovy work from mid 60s France – all by a singer who's every bit as great as France Gall, Francoise Hardy, or other French greats of the time – but not nearly as well known! This cool collection should correct that fact, as it finally gives worldwide exposure to this brilliant material from Annie Philippe – a bold-voiced female singer whose delivery of the songs is superb throughout – augmented by early arrangements from the likes of Jean-Claude Vannier, Paul Mauriat, Christian Gaubert, and others! Almost all the numbers have a romping quality that lives up to the "ye ye" promise of the title – but there's also a vibe that's deeper than throwaway pop, as Philippe manages to bring a lot of punch to the tunes without ever losing her cool – as you'll hear on tunes that include "pas De Taxi", "Pour La Gloire", "Plus Rien", "C'Est La Mode", "On M'A Toujours Dit", "Sensational Jeffry", "J'Ai Rate Mon Bac", "Un Petite Croix", "Le Mannequin", "Bonjour Bonsoir Et Au Revoir", and "J'Ai Tant De Peine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lou ReedWords & Music – May 1965 (double 180 gram 45rpm deluxe edition – with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1965. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $79.99 80.99
Never-heard early sounds from the young Lou Reed – early recordings of material that helped cement his fame in the Velvet Underground – uncovered after being lost for almost 50 years! The tracks here are early demos of both songs that the Velvets would famously soon record, and other material that they didn't – done by Lou with help from John Cale on a number of the tracks, and already in a surprisingly dark sort of style – despite the fact that the instrumentation is mostly just a single guitar alongside the vocals! With that approach, there's maybe a slight nod to the Greenwich Village scene in terms of the presentation – and served up that way, you can hear just how strongly the young Reed is already shaking up the scene in New York – almost as if he's using the modes of the folkies as ammunition to mow them all down. The package features never-heard takes of "Heroin", "I'm Waiting For The Man", and "Pale Blue Eyes" – plus "Too Late", "Buttercup Song", "Buzz Buzz Buzz", "Stockpile", "Men Of Good Fortune", and even "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams". 2LP pressing features bonus tracks – an alternate of "I'm Waiting For The Man", and versions of "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", "Gee Whiz", "Baby Let Me Follow You Down", "W&XYZ Blues", "Lou's 12 Bar Instrumental", and the creepiest version of "Michael Row The Boat Ashore" you'll ever hear! LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition, in a very cool die-cut cover – pressed at RTI on 180 gram 45rpm vinyl with bonus 7 inch EP and CD!)
Also available Words & Music – May 1965 (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Return To ForeverMusic Magic ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Lots of musical magic here – a further extension of the Return To Forever vibe that helped Chick Corea find some of his best energy of the 70s! The style is still as tightly focused as before, but also opens up with a bit more soul, too – trading some slight moments of jamming for a CTI sense of funk – a mighty nice move that makes this album one of our all-time favorites by the group! Gayle Morgan plays some very cool organ and mini-moog next to Chick's wide array of keyboards – and Joe Farrell serves up wonderful tenor, soprano sax, and flutes – which really help shape the sound. Stanley Clarke brings in plenty on bass – and a bit of vocals too – and the whole thing's nicely kicking, as you'll hear on cuts that include "The Musician", "Hello Again", "Musicmagic", "So Long Mickey Mouse", "Do You Ever", and "Endless Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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Paco RosClasicos Con Ritmo ... LP
Maller/Adarce (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99 36.99
A really cool little record from 70s Spain – one that takes themes from classical music, and opens them up in all sorts of really wonderful grooves – hardly classical at all, and much more in the vein of some of the European soundtrack material of the time! Paco Ros handles a range of keyboards – Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes, and even a bit of vibes – and gets these romping rhythmic backings on standard bass, drums, and percussion – nice and spare, without some of the disco trappings that a set of this nature might normally fall into! If you're a classical music lover, you might wince here – but if you dig 70s keyboard records, you'll find plenty to love – on tunes that include "Orgia", "Aria De La Suite", "Danza Espanola No 5", "Danza Del Fuego", "Sonata Num 15", and "Pavana Para Una Infanta Difunta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 300!)

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Steve SaizLogo Party Vol 3 ... Book
Dale Zine, 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
A really cool idea for a book – one that's filled with hundreds of logos of vintage record labels – all in full color, and all presented without any other text at all! If you love flipping through rare records as much as us – especially 45s – you'll find plenty to love here, as the book has a huge amount of record label logos from the soul side of the spectrum, and plenty more too – some from the covers, either front or back – many clearly taken from the vinyl itself – and all presented with a brilliant look that's as fun as handling the records. Plus, this third volume is very big – twice as large as previous volumes! Book

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SanctuarySanctuary (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Veritas/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Sanctuary are a mighty unique group – a quality that's clear right away when they serve up their own version of the Yes tune "Time & A Word" – delivered with a quality that's a lot more down to earth overall, with a transformative power that really helps the group leave their mark on the material! Yet the album's not a set of covers, either – as there's plenty of original material, and Sanctuary seem to work in this unusual territory that's maybe partly inspired by the LA changes of the CSN generation, some of the longer form instrumentation of the UK prog world (although the record's not prog at all), and more heartfelt expressions from the direction of Long Island in the east. All that makes for a very cool, very unusual album – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Time & A Word", "Hard To Be", "Winter's Dream", "1982A", and "All In My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sanctuary (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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SanctuarySanctuary (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Veritas/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Sanctuary are a mighty unique group – a quality that's clear right away when they serve up their own version of the Yes tune "Time & A Word" – delivered with a quality that's a lot more down to earth overall, with a transformative power that really helps the group leave their mark on the material! Yet the album's not a set of covers, either – as there's plenty of original material, and Sanctuary seem to work in this unusual territory that's maybe partly inspired by the LA changes of the CSN generation, some of the longer form instrumentation of the UK prog world (although the record's not prog at all), and more heartfelt expressions from the direction of Long Island in the east. All that makes for a very cool, very unusual album – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Time & A Word", "Hard To Be", "Winter's Dream", "1982A", and "All In My Dreams". CD features four bonus tracks – "Things Get Better", "Rainmaker", "Freedom Rider", and a remake of the Donny Hathaway tune "Magnificent Sanctuary Band". CD
Also available Sanctuary (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Jo StaffordGetting Sentimental Over Tommy Dorsey ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1963. Used ... $11.99
Jo Stafford gets sentimental over Tommy Dorsey – but in sweet swinging ways that really reflect the 60s setting of the record! In other words, the tunes may be a bit old – but they're recast in more modern arrangements here by Nelson Riddle, Billy May, and Benny Carter – all of whom add in some 60s cool to help the record match the energy of other vocal jazz sessions on Reprise at the time! Jo does a great job with the material, and really sounds fresher here than on some of her previous jazz sets – especially those for other labels. Titles include "I'll Never Smile Again", "Oh Look At Me Now", "Whatcha Know Joe", "Yes Indeed", and "The Night We Called It A Day". CD
(2013 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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Billy TaylorBilly Taylor With Four Flutes ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Good ... $9.99 14.99
A great change of pace for Billy Taylor – and one of the most striking sessions he made in the 50s! As you'll guess from the title, the record features Taylor's piano along with four flutes – played by Frank Wess, Herbie Mann, Jerome Richardson, and Phil Bodner – working here both in group formation, and in solo mode – fluttering nicely with a cool jazzy sound that really prefaces lots of use of the instrument in the 60s! Another added bonus on the record is added congas from Chano Pozo on most tracks, making for a groovy Latinesque bounce. Titles include "Blue Shutters", "One For The Woofer", "The Song Is Ended", "Back Home", "No Parking", and "Lady Be Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, RLP 12-306, with microphone logo and deep groove. Vinyl plays with some crackles. Cover has surface wear and aging, heavy edge wear, and masking tape holding the top seam and spine.)

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Carl ThomasShe Is (main, no rap, inst) ... 12-inch
Bad Boy, 2003. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Featuring LL Cool J. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered Bad Boy sleeve.)

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Twinn ConnexionTwinn Connexion ... LP
Decca, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Groovy sunshine pop – and a really fantastic album! These guys have a weird look, a silly name, and a sound that's pretty darn great – a mix of New York and West Coast late 60s pop styles – a bit trippy, a bit hippy, and with some nice psyche pop touches! The album features some great organ and harpischord work – and the Twinns sing together in a cool style that's partly harmonized. Includes the wonderful tune "I Think I'll Just Go Out & Find Me A Flower", plus "The Music Turns Me On", "Young & Free", "Summer Sadness", "Oh What A Lovely Day", and "Foolin Around". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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ViolatorViolator – The Album ... LP
Violator, 1999. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
With appearances by Q-Tip, Flipmode Squad, Noreaga, LL Cool J, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Mobb Deep, Big Noyd, Beatnuts, Cam'ron, Busta Rhymes, Cormega, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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Dexter WanselStargazer – The Philadelphia International Anthology 1976 to 1980 ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 24.99
Five years of amazing sounds from Dexter Wansel – a keyboardist who could be as far out as his fiercest fusion contemporaries of the 70s, yet also groove with enough soulful styles to be a key part of the Philadelphia International explosion of the 70s! This massive collection really gets at all that made Wansel so great back in the day – his incredible ear for inventive arrangements, spacey way of spinning out a soul tune, and great sense of balance that never made his music sound overdone – always an effortless blend of jazz, soul, and funk – in ways that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to touch! Many of these tunes have vocals, but they also have plenty of keyboard solos too – kind of like CTI hitting a Philly groove, but one that was definitely reserved for the hipper spaces of the clubs – or the hipper clubs out there in outer space. 2CD set features great notes, sublime sound, and a killer batch of 32 tracks that includes "Life On Mars", "Disco Lights", "Let Me Rock You", "I'll Never Forget My Favorite Disco (12" version)", "The Sweetest Pain", "Holdin On", "One Million Miles From The Ground", "Rings Of Saturn", "Theme From The Planets", "Funk Attack", "Stargazer", "Ode Infinitum", "Latin Love", "Let Me Rock You", "Holdin On", "Prelude 1", "New Beginning", "Time Is The Teacher", "A Prophet Named KG", "I Just Want To Love You", "All Night Long", "It's Been Cool", "Voyager", and "Time Is Slipping Away". CD

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Baby WashingtonSoul Of Baby Washington ... LP
Unart, 1967. Very Good+ ... $14.99 23.99
One of a rare few full length albums from the great Baby Washington – a very cool singer from the New York scene of the 60s! In many ways, Washington's material was the epitome of the New York uptown approach – she sang in a deep soulful style, set amdist swirling uptown production that brought a polish to the songs, but which never overpowered her beautiful voice. This hard to find United Artists LP is probably the best set of tracks by her that you'll ever find, and it includes such lost classics as "The Clock", "There He Is", "Careless Hands", and "Go On" – plus the better-known "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing, nice and clean! Cover has some light pen, but is very nice overall.)

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WhoWho Sell Out ... LP
Decca, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99 29.99
An incredible album – and one of the most revolutionary rock albums of the late 60s! The Who recorded this one as a tribute to mainstream radio at the time – linking together some solid stand alone tunes with shorter, wittier tracks that were recorded as commercials for products that included baked beans, acne cream, and deodorant – as well as cool announcer bits too! The end result is one of the most sonically complex records issued by a mainstream rock act of the time – sort of like The Who said "yeah, everyone's trying to copy Sgt Peppers with big arrangements, but we'll take this concept album thing in a whole new direction!" Brilliant all the way through, and with tracks that include "Armenia City In The Sky", "Heinz Baked Beans", "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand", "I Can See For Miles", "I Can't Reach You", "Rale", "Sunrise", and "Silas Stingy". LP, Vinyl record album
(US stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, some splitting in the spine, and a small peeled spot and some remnants from sticker removal at the top left corner.)
Also available Who Sell Out (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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WhoWho Sell Out (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Geffen, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
An incredible album – and one of the most revolutionary rock albums of the late 60s! The Who recorded this one as a tribute to mainstream radio at the time – linking together some solid stand alone tunes with shorter, wittier tracks that were recorded as commercials for products that included baked beans, acne cream, and deodorant – as well as cool announcer bits too! The end result is one of the most sonically complex records issued by a mainstream rock act of the time – sort of like The Who said "yeah, everyone's trying to copy Sgt Peppers with big arrangements, but we'll take this concept album thing in a whole new direction!" Brilliant all the way through, and with tracks that include "Armenia City In The Sky", "Heinz Baked Beans", "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hand", "I Can See For Miles", "I Can't Reach You", "Rale", "Sunrise", and "Silas Stingy". This fantastic new package features the whole album in stereo and mono – plus 26 more bonus tracks, and a 16 page booklet of new notes and photos! CD
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Mason WilliamsMason Williams Phonograph Record ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Amazing stuff – one of those records you see for years, and always pass by – but which yields some real surprises once you dig in! Mason Williams is one of the cooler cats in the Warner Brothers stable of the late 60s – but he's also one of the more subtle, too – a folkie at heart, but an artist with a really great sense of wit, warmth, and variety – very much in the best genre-stepping style of the Burbank scene of the time. The set features, of course, Mason's huge hit "Classical Gas" – an instrumental you'll recognize instantly – but next to that is the sublime "Baroque A Nova", a very cool scatting harmony track that's like some lost late 60s Hugo Montenegro gem – and the camp psych gem "The Prince's Panties" – done with all the wit of late 60s Warner – as is the whole album! Other tracks include "Wanderlove", "Overture", "All The Time", and "She's Gone Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Matt WilsonMatt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O ... CD
Palmetto, 2010. Used ... $4.99 6.99
A really cool jazz Christmas from Matt Wilson – with excellent, small combo jazzy takes on classic holiday material – but even better than that, bring warmth, elegance and class to some too-often recorded songs and a novelty tune or two! Wilson's a drummer and percussionist, a guy who actually knows how to really play bells on a Christmas album, joined by Jeff Lederer on sax, clarinet and piccolo, and Paul Sikivie on bass. Includes "Winter Wonderland", "The Chipmunk Song (Chirstmas Don't Be Late)" (with jazz clarinet in place of Alvin, Simon & Theodore...a really nice track that takes it well out of novelty territory), "Mele Kalikimaki", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Snowfall", "Little Drummer Boy", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and more. CD

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Various76 In The Shade – Presented By Bob Stanley ... CD
Ace (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A really cool collection, and one that's got a very special focus – an imaginary soundtrack for the record-breaking British summer of 1976 – a searingly hot time that really pushed the nation to the brink! Bob Stanley's given us some great collections on Ace Records before – often with Pete Wiggs, or as Saint Etienne – and this set continues the very special vibe of those sets, by bringing together cuts that we never would have thought would work so well otherwise – a sublime mix of soul, rock, and pop – all glowing together with the warm vibe of the summer of 1976! Titles include "I'm Mandy Fly Me" by 10CC, "Walking So Free" by Spike Janson, "Sugar Shuffle" by Lynsey DePaul, "Liquid Sunshine" by John Cameron, "Not On The Outside" by Sylvia, "You Are My Love" by Liverpool Express, "You're The Song" by Hollywood Freeway, "Discover Me" by David Ruffin, "Stoned Out" by Simon Park, "Montreal City" by Azimuth, "Stay With Me" by Blue Mink, "Music" by Carmen McRae, "Rock N Roll Star" by Barclay James Harvest, "Fallin In Love" by Hamilton Joe Frank & Reynolds, "Inspiration Information" by Shuggie Otis, and "Miss My Love Today" by Gilbert O'Sullivan. Imagine the mixtape from Guardians Of The Galaxy, but done by a much hipper ear, and you'll get a good idea of this one! CD

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VariousCiao Bella – Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s ... LP
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 24.99
Great groovy pop from the Italian scene of the 60s – a wealth of rare singles from female singers, almost all of whom we've never heard before! We'll confess to a long love and deep knowledge of female French singers from the time – but also admit a strong ignorance about most Italian pop, which always seems a bit harder to find – especially collected together in sets like this for the English-speaking world. And while we totally love the French sets from Ace Records, we almost dig this one even more – as the whole thing's so fresh, so groovy that each new tune is a real delight – as bold orchestrations mix with mod rhythms, rockish instrumentation, and some totally cool Italian lyrics sung by a batch of female singers who've definitely got us already digging for more. Titles include "Baluba Shake" by Brunetta E I Suoi Balubas, "Il Mio Posto Quale" by Ornella Vanoni, "Sono Qui Con Voi by Caterina Caselli, "Un Amore Inutile" by Isabella Ianetti, "La Notte E Fatta Per Rubare" by Catherine Spaak, "Il Geghege" by Rita Pavone, "Ragazzo Triste" by Patty Pravo, "Se Telefonando" by Mina, and "Questa Sinfona" by Carmen Villani. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDestination Jurassic Land – 33 Artifacts From Times Before Christ ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.99
A cool collection of caveman-themed rockers from the glory days of the 7" single – music that's very much in the same mad spirit as the monster rock records of the time – and which is served up here in a similar blend of echoey instrumentals, guitar-heavy groovers, and a mix of hard rockers and novelty numbers too! The package is plenty playful, and you'll definitely recognize a few names here from the world of monster rock too – although the mix of material is also pretty darn fresh, too – and really opens up a whole new sort of territory from these glory days of American popular music. Titles include "Brontosaurus Walk" by Buddy Merrill, "Caveman" by Tommy Roe & The Satins, "McDonald's Cave" by Piltdown Men, "Be A Cave Man" by The Avengers, "Dinosaur" by Link Wray, "Caveman" by Terry Fell, "Volcano Rock" by Tommy Mercer & The McBrides, "Cave Man Rock" by The Majestics, "The Cave (parts 1 & 2)" by Gary Spider Webb, and "Cave Man Love" by Space Man With The Rockets. 33 tracks in all – and a very nice package! CD

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VariousElectronic Jugoton Vol 1 – Synthetic Music From Yugoslavia 1980 to 1989 ... LP
Jugoton/Everland (Germany), 1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 39.99
Those are some pretty crabby ladies on the front covers – workers for the Jugoton label, working on quality control – but they're probably not the right audience for the music on this set, which is very cool and groovy – and not the sort that would usually go for the blue-haired set! As you'll guess from the title, the sounds were all created in the 80s – partly following off the British electronic modes of the post-punk years, in both cold wave and new wave styles – then moving into some of the shifting styles as the decade moved on, although still often nicely not really in any sort of too-commercial territory! Given the wealth of Croatian, Serbian, and other talents handled by the label, there's a huge amount going on here – as you'll discover on titles that include "Ti I Ja" by Denis & Denis, "Pocket" by Master Scratch Band, "Kad Je Kraj Blizu" by Parliament, "Palcica" by Mato Dosen & HC Andersen, "On" by Zana, "Devica 69" by Laboratorija, "Zaba" by D'Boys, "Radio Video" by Nicky, and "Harakiri" by Dubravka – plus some short "Jugoton Express" tracks. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousElvis Presley Connection Vol 3 – 35 Roots & Covers Of Elvis Presley ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
A really cool collection, even if you want nothing to do with Elvis Presley at all! The set's got way more to offer than just some covers in the mode of Elvis – and instead, it brings together all sorts of weird and wonderful singles from the late 50s and early 60s – some that are very distantly related to Presley, some more tied to the star in terms of material he might have covered, or vice versa – and the whole thing comes across more like some hip look at the varied scene at the time, instead of just another Elvis tribute record! There's a whopping 35 tracks in all, presented with very detailed notes – and the package features some very rare demo tracks – including "The Love Machine" by Gerald Nelson, "Viva Las Vegas" by Mort Shuman, "I Met Her Today" by Don Robertson, "Fun In Acapulco" by PJ Proby, and "My Desert Serenade" by Kenny Karen. Other cuts include "Where Could I Go But To The Lord" by Marty Robbins, "I'll Remember You" by Kui Lee, "You Don't Know Me" by Patty Page, "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford, "Girls Girls Girls (part 2)" by The Coasters, "Angel" by Skip Arne & The Dukes, "Kiss Me Quick" by Rikki Henderson, "King Of The Whole Wide World" by Les Carle, "Bossa Nova Baby" by Tippie & The Clovers, and "Memphis Tennessee" by The Chavis Brothers. CD

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VariousGospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection (3LP set) ... LP
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $20.99 49.99
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – and there's a nice criss-crossing of artists going on here – so that you'll get some gospel singers moving into very soulful territory, and some soul artists trying their hand at music that's a bit more righteous overall! And while albums by The Rance Allen Group on the label have been reissued over the years, this is the first time anyone's pulled together the much more obscure 45s – which gives us a much bigger picture of the label at work. The set features 34 tracks in all – and titles include "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" by Reverend W Bernard Avant, "He's Mine" by Jacqui Verdell, "At The Feet Of The Master" by Blue Aquarius, "I'm A Child Of The King" by The People's Choir Of Operation Push, "Reflections" by Louise McCord, "We're The Salt Of The Earth" by Rance Allen Group, "Ride Out The Storm" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "If The Shoe Fits Wear It" by The 21st Century, "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by Rev Maceo Woods, "Hot Line To Jesus" by Rance Allen Group, "I Got The Vibes" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "Consider Me" by Terry Lynn Community Choir, "Keep My Baby Warm" by Charles May & Annette May Thomas, and "Do It Yourself" by Jimmy Jones. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHurdy Gurdy Songs – Words & Music By Donovan 1965 to 1971 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
A really great take on the music of Donovan – not his own groovy songs of the 60s, but a whole host of others taking up his tunes and moving it into some really great new dimensions! We love Donovan to death, and while we'll never tire of the man's own recordings of his tunes, we're always surprisingly charmed when other people take up his work – as you'll hear here, in a blend of jazz, rock, soul, and pop takes on these really wonderful songs – lyrics that often have all these playful psychedelic touches, and melodies that open themselves up to all sorts of very cool mod arrangements! Many of these tracks are lesser-known versions – not hit covers, but the kind of unusual tunes that really make a well-done compilation like this so worth owning. As with other Ace titles, there's plenty of notes on each tune and its interpreter – and titles include "The Pebble & The Man" by Bridget St John, "Celeste" by Paul Jones "Poor Cow" by Noel Harrison, "Superlungs" by Terry Reid, "Sonny Goodge Street" by Tom Northcutt, "Jenifer Juniper" The Sandpipers, "Season Of The Witch" by Lou Rawls, "Snakeskin" by Julie Felix, "Try & Catch The Wind" by The Gosdin Brothers, "Oh Gosh" by Sandie Shaw, "Translove Airlines" by Big Jim Sullivan, "Lalena" by Deep Purple, "Three King Fishers" by Gabor Szabo, "Hampstead Incident" by Boujoura, "Skip Along Sam" by The Sugar Shoppe, and a fantastic take on "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Eartha Kitt! CD

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VariousLight Mellow Hawaii – Meets Aloha Got Soul ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Not the Hawaiian music you'd know from your grandfather's exotica collection, or from the time your aunt went to see Don Ho – and instead a package of very cool, very groovy cuts that lean heavily on the soul side of the spectrum – all done in collaboration with the folks at Aloha Got Soul! If you know the Hawaiian soul vibe, you'll know that it shares a bit with Cali soul of the time – a preference for easygoing grooves, tight instrumentation, and production that's right on the money, but still never too commercial either – with a vibe that makes these indie cuts really sparkle nicely after all these years! There's plenty here you'd never find in any sort of original pressings – and the package features 19 tracks that include "Be Gentle" by Rob Mehl, "Catching A Wave" by Steve & Teresa, "I Feel Like Getting Down" by Nova, "Give Love A Try" by Nohelani Cypriano, "Sing" by Music Magic, "Sparkle" by Greenwood, "Countryside Beauty" by Tender Leaf, "Your Light" by Aina, "Break Away" by Al Nobriga, and "Baby Won't You Touch Me" by Joy Carol. 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 ... $12.99 18.99
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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VariousMasterpiece Volume 32 – The Ultimate Disco Funk Collection ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Mid 80s. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
A great entry in this long-running collection – a series that's really evolved over the years, as you'll hear on this CD! Masterpiece was never about straight disco at the start – it always focused on more obscure post-disco tracks from the early 80s – and by the time of this volume, the label's shifted a lot more towards the second half of the decade – so that you've got a range of very cool 80s groove numbers that fly way below the radar! Most of these are tracks we'd never heard before – much more obscure than the early volumes – and there's a great range of work from varied sources, with titles that include "One & Only" by Cool R, "Jealous Lovers" by Ritsch $, "Come To Me" by Bennie Braxton, "Green Light" by Carmen Bogart, "I Can't Wait To Break" by Billy Jones, "I'll Be There (club mix)" by Demetrius, "Jealousy" by Bora Bora, "A Lover's Passion" by Tammi Holt, "Don't Quit (12" mix)" by Cecile Grier, "Confide In Me (ext radio)" by Jimmy Holland, and "Shifting Sands" by Pete Q with Helen Rogers. CD

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VariousMerry Luxmas – It's Christmas In Crampsville ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
One of the craziest collections of Christmas music you'll ever hope to own – a fantastic assortment of rare and obscure Holiday singles from the record collection of The Cramps! The music is mostly from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – a heyday not just for the 45rpm format, but also for mad experimentation in many styles of mainstream music – moments that could sometimes have the wit of a novelty single, or the searing power of a sonic powerhouse punch – all of which you'll get here on a hip assortment of 31 unusual songs of the season! Titles include "Santa Done Got Hip" by The Marquees, "Jingle Bell Hop" by Jackson Trio, "Santa Claus" by Bo Carter, "Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail" by The Reverend JM Gates, "Eskimo Pie" by George Jones, "Swingin Santa" by Sandy Baron, "Christmas Boogie" by Sugarchile Robinson, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas" by Gayla Peevey, "Cool Yule" by Tony Rodelle Larson, "I Want A Man For Christmas" by Joan Shaw, and "Bring That Cadillac Back" by Harry Crafton. CD

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VariousMood Mosaic Vol 18 – Shape Of Things ... CD
Mood Mosaic (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Don't be put off by the cheesy look of the cover – as the set's filled with cool, classy funk rarities – a really wonderful selection of tracks that features plenty of gems that work perfectly here together! The long-running Mood Mosaic series has been at it longer than most – and they've continued to really grow and expand their musical palette as the years have gone on – so that by the time of this 18th volume, you'll find an amazing blend of cuts from jazz, soul, Brazilian, rock, and other global sources – brought together in a really beautiful mix of funky moods and modes! Titles include "Growing" by Hareton Salvanini, "Ceddo" by Manu Dibango, "Love To Fly" by Venus Gang, "Gang Train" by Bernard Estardy, "Coasting" by A Band Called O, "Some Kind Of Fever" by Maxine Sellers, "Slabo Day" by Peter Green, "Soul Raga" by Mehrpouya, "Main Theme" by Rosebod, and "Nijana" by Jana Koubkova. CD

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VariousReggae Gold 2003 ... CD
VP, 2003. Used 2 CDs ... $1.99
VP's annual collection of dancehall bangers! Tracks include "Make It Clap (Remix)" by Busta Rhymes & Spliff Star featuring Sean Paul, "No Letting Go" by Wayne Wonder & LL Cool J, "Pon De River, Pon De Bank" by Elephant Man, "The Greatest" by Bounty Killer, "Row Like A Boat" by Beenie Man, "Hey Sexy Lady" by Shaggy, "Get Busy" by Sean Paul, "Badman Surprise" by Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Mad Cobra, and Assassin, "It's A Pity" by Tanya Stephens, "She's Still Loving Me" by Morgan Heritage, "One To One" by Buju Banton, "360 Turn" by Beres Hammond, "She's Hot" by TOK, and "Honey I Sugar Pie" by Tanto Metro & Devonte. CD
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VariousRepresent – You Must Learn ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used ... $18.99
Includes tracks by Guru, LL Cool J, Intelligent Hoodlum, Nice & Smooth, Showbiz & AG, NWA, Ali Dee, Positive K, EPMD, Eric B & Rakim, Heavy D & The Boyz, Arrested Development, and Ice Cube. CD
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VariousSchoolhouse Funk – Stage Bands, Lab Bands, & A Toast To The Boogie! ... CD
Cali Tex, 1970s. New Copy ... $5.99 17.98
Pretty darn cool stuff – and some of the rarest funky numbers you'll ever find! This great little set was put together by funky collector Josh Davis – and it's a totally fresh batch of tracks that digs through rare recordings that were cut by obscure groups working in colleges or high schools around the US during the 1970s! The focus is on funky material, and although the sources may be a bit suspect, the grooves are all pretty darn nice. The album features great versions of "Red Clay", "Soul Pride", "Loose Booty", "Chameleon", "Scorpio", and "The World Is A Ghetto" – as well as some very tasty originals of its own! The originals of this sort of record are always darn hard to find – and usually, they only ever have one good track – so with a compilation like this, how can you miss? CD

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VariousSounds Of The Unexpected – Weird & Wacky Instrumentals From Pop's Final Frontiers ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 19.99
A totally cool collection of really offbeat numbers with a space age sort of theme – tunes that run the gamut from rock instrumentals to electronic pop – with lots of stops along the space in between! The package is right up there with some of the best "themed" collections by Ace Records – not just a superb selection of tunes, but really put together in the best way possible – with thoughtful transitions between the tunes, and a huge booklet of notes and label images – with some text on the late Vicki Fox, who put together this set, and others for Ace in the past. You'll definitely recognize a few names here, but the setting makes them sound really amazing and unique – especially some of the soul, jazz, and blues artists in the mix. Titles include "Waltz In Orbit" by Ray Cathode, "Watusi Zombie" by Jan Davis, "Savage Girl" by Felix & His Fabulous Cats, "War Of The Worlds" by The Atlantics, "Caravan" by Gabor Szabo, "Hot Pot" by The Tornados, "Funky Me" by Timmy Thomas, "Uh Oh" by The Imps, "Flameout" by 101 Strings, "It's Karate Time" by Travis Wammack, "Long Sentence" by The Upsetters, "B'Wana Bongos" by Preston Epps, "Hung Over" by The Martinis, "Music To Watch Space Girls By" by Leonard Nimoy, "Aztec" by Bo Diddley, "Watusie Freeze (part 1)" by Big Walter & The Thunderbirds, and "RFD Rangoon" by The Forbidden Five. CD

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VariousThis Is Funkiwala ... LP
Funkiwala (UK), 2022. New Copy ... $22.99 26.99
The Funkiwala label's given us a great array of global sounds in recent years – almost all of which have a cool contemporary spin, as you'll hear on this set! Influences range from around the globe, and many of the acts here are unique hybrids of elements and styles – a mode from one scene transposed on another – which makes the whole thing even more compelling than you might expect! The set begins with a great remake of the Tim Maia tune "Que Beleza", done by Phil Dawson with vocals from Nina Miranda and work from Domenico, Kassin, and Moreno Veloso – and other cuts include "On A Summer's Day" by Archie The Goldfish, "Harmoniuzinho" by Lokkhi Terra, "Shado Ki Re Amar" by Shikor Bangladesh All Stars, "NuOracle" by Justin Thurgur, "Eu Topo" by Beiju, and "Eni Agee" by Cubafrobeat. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousToo Slow To Disco Presents Yacht Soul – The Cover Versions ... CD
How Do You Are, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An incredibly cool collection – one that offers up all sorts of weird and wonderful soul music covers of mainstream mellow 70s hits – new versions of the famous tunes that pull them strongly over to the world of R&B, often with results that are better than the original versions! The set is both a great demonstration of how much soul there was lurking in the original AOR productions of the mid 70s, and how strongly those currents could be unlocked even more in the right hands – as you'll hear in these sublime takes on tunes by Hall & Oates, Toto, Seals & Crofts, The Doobie Brothers, and other 70s pop giants. Titles include "Dirty Work" by Pointer Sisters, "Minute By Minute" by Peabo Bryson, "Georgie Porgy" by Side Effect, "He's Gone" by Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Summer Breeze" by Main Ingredient, "Lazy Nina" by Greg Phillinganes, "In The Way" by Brothers Johnson, "This Is It" by Millie Jackson, "Takin It To The Streets" by Quincy Jones, "I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me" by Tavares, "God Only Knows" by Betty Lavette, "Let Em In" by Billy Paul, and "A Love Of Your Own" by The Ebonys. CD

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VariousWhere The Girls Are Vol 3 – Chess Female Singers & Groups ... CD
Chess/Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
An excellent selection of rare female soul from the Chess family of labels in Chicago – featuring a huge amount of material that we've never seen on other reissues! You'll recognize a few of the names, but most of the material by them is obscure – and there's a heck of a lot of other great work by lovely singers that we've rarely seen before – a great mix of deep soul, bluesy soul, and some of the especially cool classy soul that Chicago was known for. Titles include "You Gave Me Soul" by Andrea Davis, "How Long" by The Kittens, "I Just Can't Help It" by The Clickettes, "My Baby's Real" by The Starlets, "You Really Know How To Hurt A Girl" by Jackie Ross, "This Time Tomorrow" by Tammy Montgomery, "Just How Much Can One Heart Take" by The Kolettes, "My Mama Told Me" by Barbara Carr, "Your Kind Of Lovin" by Jan Bradley, "He's My Guy" by Margaret & Carol, "I Let Myself Go" by Geraldine Hunt, "Is It A Sin?" by Timiko, "She's Got Everything" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Party Across The Hill" by Yvone Baker & The Sensations, and "Pretty Little Words" by Tawney Williams. 26 cuts in all – with loads more great stuff! CD

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald/Ramsey Lewis/Jimmy Smith/Kenny BurrellVerve Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Swinging Christmas/Sound Of Christmas/Christmas 64/Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas) (180 gram 4LP set) ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. New Copy 4LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Four Christmas classics in one package – two from Verve, two from Chess Records! First up is the album Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – a wonderful Holiday album that's stayed fresh for years! Ella's got a perfect style to interpret these numbers – working with Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia in a set of lightly jazzy versions of Christmas favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "Frosty The Snowman", and one of the best versions of "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" ever recorded! The Sound Of Christmas album by Ramsey Lewis is a classic – and probably one of the best-selling Christmas jazz albums of all time! Ramsey and his classic trio with Redd Holt and Eldee Young serve up a tight set of grooves based around Holiday favorites like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Winter Wonderland", "Here Comes Santa Claus", "The Christmas Song", and "Sleigh Ride" – and also carve out a few nice originals like "Christmas Blues" and "The Sound Of Christmas". Side one features the trio on its own, and side two features added arrangements by Riley Hampton – swirling around to expand the groove even more! Christmas 64 – also issued as Christmas Cookin – is as cookin a Christmas album as you'll ever find! Jazz organ giant Jimmy Smith works with Billy Byers to craft some sublime instrumentals that have his Hammond interpreting Christmas classics like "We Three Kings", "White Christmas", "Silent Night", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". If you know Jimmy from the time, you know that he can really make tracks like these groove nicely – and take them to places you never expected! Last up is the album Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas, from guitarist Kenny Burrell – on which he grooves nicely and gently over arrangements by Richard Evans, perfectly crafted in that soul jazz mode of his 60s work for Chess – not Kenny's most challenging format, to be sure, but proof that he often works better in a more structured environment than a freer one. Titles include "Away In A Manger", "My Favorite Things", "Little Drummer Boy", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Merry Christmas Baby", and "Go Where I Send Thee". LP, Vinyl record album
(All four albums with original cover art on the jackets – in a cool slipcover too!)

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Complete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Rahsaan Roland KirkReturn Of The 5000 Lb Man ... LP
Warner, 1975. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful late chapter in the jazz journey of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – and an album of subtle genius that's really opened up to us over the years! The setting here isn't as "hit you over the head" as on some of Kirk's Atlantic Records – because at one level, the tunes are mostly straight, and free of gimmicks – yet also still manage to conjure up the warmth, spirit, and soul that Roland brought to his best work. There's a slightly electric vibe running through some of the tunes, thanks to keyboards from Hilton Ruiz – and the album also benefits from organ work by Trudy Pitts and guitar from Billy Butler – both of whom are wonderfully restrained, in a way that matches the subtlety of the entire conception of the set. Titles include "Theme For The Eulipions", which features a great recitation from Betty Neals, plus cool chorus vocals – and other titles include "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Giant Steps", "Loving You", and "I'll Be Seeing You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Burbank label pressing.)

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✨✧ MontanasComplete Studio Sessions ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Montanas look like a bunch of groovy 60s cats on the cover – and while they definitely had some great hits during the British Invasion years, they also kept on cutting some very cool material well into the 70s – all of which is included in this overstuffed set! The work begins where you might imagine – tuneful British rock, with great harmonies and catchy hooks – but as the 60s slide into the 70s, the group changes their lineup, and really start taking on some great new material – the tracks here that really make the collection great! Things are still pretty catchy in the 70s, but the pop modes have shifted a lot – bringing influences from psych and other new styles, and opening up a new sort of production style too – maybe a hint at the more compressed modes that UK acts would use in the 7ts generation. If you only ever thought of The Montanas as a group with a few oldies hits, you'll really be surprised here as you make your way through the 42 track selection of cuts that includes "Doctor Nero", "Difference Of Opinion", "Teardrops", "You Got Me Wrong Girl", "Miss Mackenzie", "Sammy", "Mystery", "No Smoke Without Fire", "Henry Ford", "Suzanne", "Love Machine", "Seaport", "Goodbye Little Girl", "Ciao Baby", "You've Got To Be Loved", "I Need To Fly", "Round About", and two versions of "One Thing Or Another" – plus a cover of the Grateful Dead classic "Uncle John's Band". CD

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✨✧ Mark MurphyMeet Mark Murphy – The Singing M ... LP
Decca, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty darn cool stuff from one of the greatest jazz singers around! This one was Mark's first album, cut a long time ago when he was a wee lad – as you'll see by the photo on the cover. The arrangements are by Ralph Burns, and they're pretty darn hip – and although the style is more traditional than some of Mark's later records, it's amazing to hear how well-developed his vocal style is even at this early age. Many of the tracks remind us of some of the harder swinging work that Murphy cut in London and Europe during the late 60s – and tracks include "I've Got Two Eyes", "You Mustn't Kick It Around", "Exactly Like You", "Give It Back To The Indians", and "Fascinating Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pink label promo with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Annie PhilippeSensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautifully groovy work from mid 60s France – all by a singer who's every bit as great as France Gall, Francoise Hardy, or other French greats of the time – but not nearly as well known! This cool collection should correct that fact, as it finally gives worldwide exposure to this brilliant material from Annie Philippe – a bold-voiced female singer whose delivery of the songs is superb throughout – augmented by early arrangements from the likes of Jean-Claude Vannier, Paul Mauriat, Christian Gaubert, and others! Almost all the numbers have a romping quality that lives up to the "ye ye" promise of the title – but there's also a vibe that's deeper than throwaway pop, as Philippe manages to bring a lot of punch to the tunes without ever losing her cool – as you'll hear on tunes that include "pas De Taxi", "Pour La Gloire", "Plus Rien", "C'Est La Mode", "On M'A Toujours Dit", "Sensational Jeffry", "J'Ai Rate Mon Bac", "Un Petite Croix", "Le Mannequin", "Bonjour Bonsoir Et Au Revoir", and "J'Ai Tant De Peine". CD

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✨✧ Johnny Smith with Stan GetzMoonlight In Vermont ... CD
Roulette, 1952/1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful document of some of the most laidback jazz ever recorded – the sublime 50s recordings of the Johnny Smith group, done at a time when the lineup included Stan Getz! The tunes on the set feature Johnny's mellow electric guitar setting the pace, alongside wonderfully-blown early solos from Stan, plus some other tenor work from Zoot Sims and Paul Quinichette, who also sit in the tenor chair on a few of these recordings. The tunes are mostly standards, but done in a great style that's not exactly cool jazz, but which has a groundbreakingly easy groove that's simply sublime! 16 tracks in all, with titles that include "Vilia", "Jaguar", "Tabu", "Cavu", "I'll Be Around", "Moonlight In Vermont", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Tenderly", and "Ghost Of A Chance". CD

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✨✧ Stark RealityDiscovers Hoagy Carmichael's Music Shop (2022 Black Friday Release) ... LP
AJP/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most tripped-out albums of funk you'll ever buy – a rare treasure with a very unusual history! The Stark Reality were a cool little combo formed to work on public television in Boston in the late 60s – and the combo featured some heavy guitars, fuzzed-up vibes, and some monster percussion laid out in tight bass and drum rhythms that were years ahead of their time! The group recorded one rare album – ostensibly a children's record, but based around old compositions by Hoagy Carmichael, completely pulled apart, sliced up, overly harmonized, and spat out into wild funky tunes that bear no resemblance to their originals! John Abercrombie handles the guitar, Monty Stark delivers the vibes and vocals – and titles include "Rocket Ship", "Shooting Star", "Bustin Out Of Doors", "Comrades", "Swing High", "Cooking", "Grandfather Clock", "The Old Prospector", "The Whale", "Junkman's Song", and "Merry Go Round". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet with rare photos, liner notes and more!)

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✨✧ Edwin Starr & BlinkyJust We Two ... LP
Gordy, 1969. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare gem from Edwin Starr – quite different than any of his other work for Motown, and a sweet soul album that's been a favorite of ours for years! Although Edwin's always best known for the hard soul of hits like "War" or "25 Miles", this record takes off in a whole new direction – pairing Starr with the groovy (and little-known) female singer Blinky – in a set of duets that clearly take off from the Marvin Gaye female duet style of the 60s, but which also has a warmer 70s glow overall. Edwin and Blinky manage to hit a space that's much hipper than the area charted by Marvin and Tammi, and the record has kind of a cool sing-songy soul style, almost in the vein of Friends of Distinction at times. Production is by Frank Wilson, and titles include "Can't We Be Strangers Again", "I'll Understand", "Oh How Happy", and "I'm Glad You Belong To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with GLPS-945 labels. Includes Motown inner sleeve. Cover has partial split on top seam, small center split on bottom seam with tape, cutout notch, light surface wear, a touch of pen on the back.)

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✨✧ Phuong TamMagical Nights – Saigon Surf, Twist, & Soul 1964 to 1966 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
You may not know the name of Phuong Tam – but you'll definitely get plenty of the surf, twist, and soul promised in the title – a very cool blend of American modes of the mid 60s, filtered through the cultural crossroads of Saigon, and topped with these beautiful vocals that are completely transcendent! The story of Phuong Tam is laid out in detailed notes inside – both in English and Vietnamese – but the music itself is more than enough, and is the sort of unusual South Asian hybrid that the Sublime Frequencies label has done such a great job with over the years – music we never would have heard otherwise, presented here in a really beautiful way. Almost all tracks have as much strong small combo work with electric guitar as they do lead vocals from Phuong – and the set features a bonus songbook of lyrics, too. Titles include "Buon 18", "Tinh Linh", "60 Nam", "Ai", "Dem Huyen Dieu", "Phut Say Mo", "Anh Dau Em Do", "Buoc Giang Ho", "The Hay Con Xa Lam", and "Nhung Ngay Qua". CD

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✨✧ Mason WilliamsMason Williams Phonograph Record/Ear Show/Music By/Handmade/Sharepickers ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Five really inventive albums from the great Mason Williams – presented here in a single package! First up is the Mason Williams Phonograph Record – amazing stuff, one of those records you see for years, and always pass by – but which yields some real surprises once you dig in! Mason Williams is one of the cooler cats in the Warner Brothers stable of the late 60s – but he's also one of the more subtle, too – a folkie at heart, but an artist with a really great sense of wit, warmth, and variety – very much in the best genre-stepping style of the Burbank scene of the time. The set features, of course, Mason's huge hit "Classical Gas" – an instrumental you'll recognize instantly – but next to that is the sublime "Baroque A Nova", a very cool scatting harmony track that's like some lost late 60s Hugo Montenegro gem – and the camp psych gem "The Prince's Panties" – done with all the wit of late 60s Warner – as is the whole album! Other tracks include "Wanderlove", "Overture", "All The Time", and "She's Gone Away". Next is the Mason Williams Ear Show – a wonderfully weird record from the mighty Mason Williams – a set that's filled with lots of cool little surprises at each new twist and turn – yet which also comes across with a really solid, tuneful feel overall! The album's got a bit of folk, a bit of moog, and a bit of kitsch – but has a way of serving it all up with the kind of warmth and wit we love so much in that unique late 60s Warner Brothers moment – the same sort of vibe you might get from Van Dyke Parks or Harpers Bizarre at their best. Some tunes have Mason Williams singing these beautifully poetic lyrics straight, while others evoke the playful feel of his appearances on the Smothers Brothers Show – but things are really balanced throughout, and give the record that sense of discovery we hardly ever find in albums these days. Titles include a new version of "Baroque A Nova" from Mason's first album, the cool electronic "Generatah Oscillatah" instrumental, the groovy "Last Great Waltz", a "One Minute Commercial", and a wild remake of "Cinderella Rockefella" – plus "Saturday Night At The World", "$13 Stella", and "Whistle Hear". Music By Mason Williams is sublime genius from Mason – one of the most subtle talents in the Warner hip stable at the time – more so than even Jack Nitzsche or Van Dyke Parks! The album is a non-ironic blend of soundtrack styles, country music, and even some pseudo classical numbers – all handled with that youthful sense of nostalgic loss that seems to oddly characterize so much of the best work of the late 60s Warner scene. Titles include "Cowboy Buckaroo", "J Edgar Swoop", "Sunflower", "A Major Thang", "The Brothers Theme", and "Bucko's Memoirs". Handmade is a record that's lovingly handmade by Warner studio genius Mason Williams – an artist who, like so many of Warner's great talents of the late 60s, started out in folk, but soon exploded to great new heights in the recording freedom offered by the label – as you'll hear in this really incredible set! Williams mixes acoustic instrumentation with larger arrangements, offbeat rhythms, and occasional vocals – post-folk, post-sunshine pop, and with these hip undercurrents that were barely understood in the right way at the time – even though Mason himself was enough of a popular figure for some folks. The songwriting is smart, and the instrumentation and arrangements even more so – as you'll hear on a great reworking of his famous "Classical Gas", plus "Jose's Piece", "Find A Reason To Believe", "Saturday Night At The World", "Tomato Vendetta", and "It's Over". Sharepickers is the last album in an amazing run of records that Mason Williams did for Warner Brothers – impossible to define in easy terms, as the whole thing is a mix of acoustic instrumentation, larger arrangements, occasional vocals, and this wonderful interplay between underground artists and top-shelf studio talents on the LA scene of the time! Williams' instrumental chops alone would have made the record great – but he really knocks it out of the park with his overall conception, which fits in that unique late 60s/early 70s Warner space perfectly, next to albums by Van Dyke Parks, Neon Philharmonic, John Hartford, and some of the other genre-breaking talents on the label. Titles include "Train Ride In G", "Poor Little Robin", "Godsend", "Linda Crest Lament", "A Little Bit Of Time", "Largo De Lux", and "Here I Am Again". CD

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✨✧ Link WrayLink Wray Rumble (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Big Pink (South Korea), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really cool 70s album from the great Link Wray – done at the time when he was reinventing himself, and changing from a damn great instrumental guitarist to a singer as well – one with a much bolder presence in the limelight than ever before! Wray serves up some fantastic electric solos here, and sings a fair bit too – and the record has some connection to his earlier self-titled set on Polydor, but was recorded at Wally Heider's in San Francisco – instead of Link's three-track shack – which makes for a richer vibe overall! There's plenty of great help on the session – all-star work from Boz Scaggs on guitar, Pete Escovedo on congas, and Lenny Pickett on tenor – and Wray may well be at the apex of his 70s confidence in the lead, as you'll hear on titles that include "It Was A Bad Scene", "Good Time Joe", "Walkin/Bulldog", "I Got To Ramble", "We Said I Do", "Step This Way", "Super 88", and "She's That Kind Of Woman". CD

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✨✧ VariousCiao Bella – Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great groovy pop from the Italian scene of the 60s – a wealth of rare singles from female singers, almost all of whom we've never heard before! We'll confess to a long love and deep knowledge of female French singers from the time – but also admit a strong ignorance about most Italian pop, which always seems a bit harder to find – especially collected together in sets like this for the English-speaking world. And while we totally love the French sets from Ace Records, we almost dig this one even more – as the whole thing's so fresh, so groovy that each new tune is a real delight – as bold orchestrations mix with mod rhythms, rockish instrumentation, and some totally cool Italian lyrics sung by a batch of female singers who've definitely got us already digging for more. Titles include "Baluba Shake" by Brunetta E I Suoi Balubas, "Il Mio Posto Quale" by Ornella Vanoni, "Sono Qui Con Voi by Caterina Caselli, "Un Amore Inutile" by Isabella Ianetti, "La Notte E Fatta Per Rubare" by Catherine Spaak, "Il Geghege" by Rita Pavone, "Ragazzo Triste" by Patty Pravo, "Se Telefonando" by Mina, and "Questa Sinfona" by Carmen Villani. CD
Also available Ciao Bella – Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ VariousDo It Again – The Songs Of Brian Wilson ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool look at the music of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, and one that's very different than other collections of this type on the market – as the package doesn't just include other groups who were recording at the same time as the Beach Boys, and instead has a whole host of cuts from later years – showing just how strong the influence of Brian Wilson has remained over the decades! If you dig 60s LA sounds, you'll still find plenty here – but they're mixed with recordings of Brian Wilson songs from later years, and much farther afield – a really interesting collection of cuts that's supported by very detailed notes on each of the artists and recordings! Titles include "A Day In The Life Of A Tree" by The Fiction Aisle, "Hawaii" by Bruce & Terry, "It's OK" by Celebration, "Heroes & Villains" by The Rubinoos, "Do It Again" by Wall Of Voodoo, "Love & Mercy" by Libera, "Farmer's Daughter" by Fleetwood Mack, "Warmth Of The Sun" by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, "I Wanna Pick You Up" by Darian Sahanaja, "Vegetables" by Jan & Dean, "Wake The World" by Epicycle, "Please Let Me Wonder" by King's Singers, "Little Pad" by Louis Philippe, "Lonely Sea" by Steve Almaas & Ali Smith, "Darlin" by The Persuasions, "Hang On To Your Ego" by Frank Black, "Let's Put Our Hearts Together" by The Pearlfishers, and "Sail On Sailor" by KGB. CD

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✨✧ VariousHip Hop Collected (180 gram red & white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A double-length collection of hip hop classics from the old school onwards – a package that's maybe a bit short on notes, but which more than makes up for that with an all-classic presentation of the music! There's not a cut here that won't delight – and titles include "Ring The Alarm" by Fu Schnickens, "Can I Kick It" by Tribe Called Quest, "La Raza" by Kid Frost, "It's Tricky" by Run DMC, "Go See The Doctor" by Kool Moe Dee, "Strictly Business" by EPMD, "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J, "Get On The Dance Floor" by Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, "Woo Hay Got You All In Check" by Busta Rhymes, "Shook Ones (part 2)" by Das Efx, "NY State Of Mind" by Nas, "I Got 5 On It" by Luniz, "Full Clip" by Gang Starr, "Paid In Full (mini madness Coldcut rmx)" by Eric B & Rakim, "6 In The Mornin" by Ice T, "CREAM" by Wu Tang Clan, "Regulate (jamming mix)" by Warren G & Nate Dogg, "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc, "She's On It" by Beastie Boys, and "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing – on red and white heavyweight vinyl!)

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✨✧ VariousTortilla Funk ... CD
Lazarus Audio, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very cool! The folks at Lazarus Audio – who also gave you the Black Sugar and We All Together reissues – put together this excellent 19 track compilation of rare Tex/Mex funk from the late 60's and early 70's. The vibe is a mix of straight funk instrumentals and tracks that have a bit more of a Chicano rock/soul sound. We've never seen any of these in the original, and they represent the cream of the crop of the rare border funk scene! Tracks include "Radiator" by Steam Heat, "Cantaloupe Island" by Big Lou, "Pack My Bag" by A. Ramirez, "Cissy Strut" by Joe Bravo, "Dynafunk" by Jazzmanian Devil, "Everybody's Getting So Funky" by Faces South, and "Cokin' & Tokin'" by Tortilla Factory. The cover's a bit weak, but the CD's a great batch of rare stuff that you'll never find elsewhere! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousTreat Em Right (voc, cribmix)/Going Back To Cali/My Melody (voc, dub) ... 12-inch
Groove Sound, Early/Mid 90s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With tracks by Chubb Rock, LL Cool J, and Eric B & Rakim. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Green label pressing. Label has a small spot of marker.)

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✨✧ VariousUltra Lounge Vol 4 – Bachelor Pad Royale ... CD
Capitol, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lot more brash and bold than you might guess from the title – not just sleepy seduction music, but a batch of really dynamic tunes that will really push the limits of your hi-fi! Most numbers here are instrumental, although some of them have some occasional vocal refrains in the mix – and most have rhythms that are slinky and seductive – never too over the top, but filled with jazzy flourishes and some compelling instrumental moments – so much so that you'll be fine in your pad on your own, even without a girl! Titles include "Like Young" by Dave Pell, "Playboy's Penthouse" by Cy Coleman, "Shangri La" by Spike Jones, "A Shot In The Dark" by Jimmie Haskell, "Melancholy Sounds" by King Curtis, "Night Train" by Alvin Rey, "The Beast" by Milt Buckner, "Cool" by Lou Busch, "Sexe" by Line Renaud, "Caravan" by John Buzon Trio, "Spring Sprang Sprung" by Jack Fascinato, and "Theme From Our Man Flint" by Elliot Fischer. CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ VariousYou Better Believe It – Rare & Modern Soul Gems 1967 to 1978 ... CD
WEA (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is the kind of soul music we live for – sweet, rare tracks that never made the charts, but which sound as great as any of the bigger hits from the time! The collection brings together 25 tracks recorded for Atlantic and Warner Brothers during the late 60s and 1970s – many of them done in the same studios, with the same producers and arrangers, as the bigger hits of the time – but with a fresher feel that's kept them in the underground for many years. A few of the numbers on the set are lesser-known tracks by bigger artists, and others are incredible contributions from acts who never got the chance to cut a full LP – stepping forth here with some wonderful smooth soul tunes that rank with our favorite work from the time! The whole thing's great, and titles include "Calling For Your Love" by The Enticers, "You'll Never Be Sorry" by Gerald Sims, "I've Got To Come In" by Jean Battle, "Paint Yourself In The Corner" by The Classic Sullivans, "Without A Doubt" by Major Lance, "Save Your Love For Me" by Vivian Reed, "One On One" by Prince Phillip Mitchell, "Free (I'm Coming Home)" by Cool Sounds, "I Love You" by Terry Collins, "Nice & Easy" by Barbara Lynn, "Let's Get Together" by The Aristocrats, "Fragile Handle With Care" by Sam Dees, and "May Not Be What You Want" by Bobby Sheen. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdParisian Thoroughfare (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Brunswick/Sam Records (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second volume of work that Donald Byrd recorded live at the Olympia in Paris in 1958 – even harder-hitting in tone than the first! The set features Byrd playing some tight hardbop lines – working in a cool group that also features Bobby Jaspar on tenor, Walter Davis Jr on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – all players who come together with the sound and style of some of those great late 50s Prestige blowing sessions! The difference, though, is that Byrd is the clear leader here – working his trumpet solos with techniques that really show him growing as an artist on this Paris trip – forging a tight vision into the music that makes it way more than just a loose bop exercise on stage. You'll hear that especially on "52nd Street Theme", but the whole set's pretty darn great – and tracks include "At This Time", "Formidable", "Two Bass Hit", "Parisian Thoroughfare", and "Stardust". LP, Vinyl record album
(Done with great vinyl, and a heavy European-style cover!)

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✨✧ Rosemary Clooney/The Hi-Lo'sRing Around Rosie With the Hi-Lo's/Hollywood's Best With Harry James ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1955/1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
Very groovy stuff – at least on the first album! Ring Around Rosie features 12 jazzy duets with The Hi-Lo's, one of the most magnificent male vocal groups of the 50s. If you dig the Hi-Lo's as much as we do, you'll find the album to be a key addition to their catalog – as it features some great vocal harmony numbers like "I Could Write A Book", "Everything Happens To Me", "Coquette", "Doncha Go Away Mad", and a wonderfully nutty reading of "How About You?" Backing is by Frank Comstock, who worked with the group on most of their best recordings – so the record's more a Hi-Lo's album than a Clooney one. The second album on the CD is a more swing-based set of tracks, one that features Rosie singing with Harry James' orchestra – on numbers like her big hit "Come On-A My House", plus "In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening", "On The Atchinson, Topeka & The Santa Fe", and "Ruby". 24 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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