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Just Ice/Mobb Deep/House Of Pain/LL Cool JHip Hop Party Classics – Moshitup/Hit It From The Back/Jump Around (pete rock remix)/Jingling Baby Remix ... 12-inch
Hip Hop Classics, Late 80s-Mid 90s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Hip Hop Classics sleeve.)

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LL Cool JControl Myself (radio, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2006. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Featuring Jennifer Lopez. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JWalking With A Panther ... LP
Def Jam, 1989. Very Good ... $29.99
At this point LL was definitely going for radio play, and it worked, with a tight pop formula and lots of very catchy tracks. Still, commercial crossover in '89 was a little different story and there's more than a handful of great tracks here, with LL in true form on "I'm That Type of Guy", "Big Ole Butt", "Jingling Baby", and "It Gets No Rougher". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some surface and edge wear.)

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LL Cool J/Busta RhymesPut Ya Hands Up (clean, dirty, inst)/What It Is (clean, dirty, inst)/Grimey ... 12-inch
White Label, Early 2000s. Very Good- ... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(A-side label has a sticker remnant and a peel spot.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JBoomin System (radio 1, radio 2, underground mix) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1990. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a bumped corner and a very small tear in the opening.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JRadio ... CD
Def Jam, 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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June ChristySomething Cool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used ... $4.99
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. And, on this CD reissue, you'll also hear the pair in a whopping amount of extra material, pulled from singles and albums issued around the same time, for a total of 24 cuts in all. Titles include "Magazines", "Whee Baby", "I'm Thrilled", "Out Of Somewhere", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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JoyceCool ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
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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✨✧ 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

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✨✧ VariousCool Europa – European Progressive Jazz In Germany 1959 to 1963 ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic celebration of the 100th release by the Sonorama label – and one that offers up what the label does best – a collection of never-heard jazz recordings from the European scene! The work here isn't collected from other Sonorama reissues, but instead is comprised from tracks that never added up to a full reissue project – but which easily rival all the better-known sounds you'll hear from the French scene of the new wave years, the hip Scandinavian modern scene, or the German scene of 60s MPS/Saba fame! Most numbers are hardbop or modal jazz, and the leaders alone are some of our favorite talents of this generation – players who never fully got their due in the US, but whose music continues to excite us over the decades. Titles include "Blues For Koebes" by Francy Boland, "Gigi's Pad" by Fast Sadi, "Straight No Chaser" by Rolf Ericson, "Tempus Fugit" by Barney Wilen, "Ginger" by Jack Sels, "Psychophysis" by Roland Kovac, "Ole Coltren" by Joki Freund, "Warm Up" by Helmut Brandt, "You Stepped Out Of A Dream" by Attila Zoller, "Inspiration In 6/8" by Hermann Mutschler, "Futurity" by Michael Naura, and "Bag's Groove" by Rolf Kuhn. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cool BreezeAssimilation ... CD
Dorado (UK), 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
Downtempo and acid jazz grooves from Charlie Lexton in his pre-jungle/drum & bass days. 19 tracks in all, though some are shorter interludes. Includes "Down By Law", "Can't Deal With This", "Check It", "Assimilation", "Lo And Slo", "It'll Take More Than That", "Tik Tok (Kid Loops rmx)", 'Charlie Don't Surf", "Socio Groove" and "All In One". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alessandro AlessandroniTrip Around The World (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stella/Saar Milano (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99 About January 22, 2022 (delayed)
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

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BeatlesBeatles Live At The BBC ... CD
Apple, Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
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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Don Byas with The Jacobs BrothersGroovin High – Live In Haarlem 1964 ... CD
Dutch Jazz Archive (Netherlands), 1964. New Copy ... $19.99 29.99
An unusual later performance from tenor giant Don Byas – one that has him working with a very cool Dutch group, and hitting some modes that are quite different than some of Don's earlier work! Byas was right at home in the overseas scene at the time – a fact that you'll notice on his surprisingly strong Dutch language introductions to one of the tracks, and which you'll hear superbly in his work with Pim Jacobs on piano, Ruud Jacobs on bass, and John Engels on drums – all top players on the scene in The Netherlands, with a bold rhythmic approach that often pushes Byas more strongly into 60s grooves than anyone might expect. The album begins with a great modal version of "On Green Dolphin Street", and includes takes on "I Remember Clifford", "Lady Bird", "Groovin High", "Moonlight In Vermont", and "Billie's Bounce". CD

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Donald ByrdJazz In Paris – Parisian Thoroughfare ... CD
Universal (France), 1958. Used ... $14.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Donald ByrdParisian Thoroughfare (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Brunswick/Sam Records (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 About December 20, 2021 (delayed)
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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Benny CarterSwingin' The 20s ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the record, and is working in a small group mode that may well be even more deftly compelling than his earlier combo sides for Verve! The group here is only a quartet – with Benny on alto and trumpet, Earl Hines on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – and it's possibly the modern rhythm section that gives the record a nicely soulful groove, and lets the tunes come off as more than just rehashed classics. Carter's tone on the alto is great – and very nicely recorded, with that edge that was showing up strongly in these later years – and titles include "Laugh Clown Laugh", "Thou Swell", "Who's Sorry Now", "A Monday Date", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "In A Little Spanish Town", and "Mary Lou". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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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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Guido & Maurizio De AngelisIl Cittadino Si Ribella (crystal vinyl pressing) ... LP
GDM/AMS (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A nice bit of funky crime work from Italy – a soundtrack to an obscure payback film from the 70s, done here with a nice mix of heavy beats, tight guitar, and some cool keyboards! The groove here is very much in the style of some of the best compilations of Italian cop soundtrack work we've stocked – and unlike some other thrillers of the time, the set's overflowing with funky tracks, so that you get way more than just a few funky numbers for your money! The blazing image on the cover is a great idea of what you'll hear inside – and titles include "Drivin All Around", "Goodbye My Friend", and "Il Cittadino Si Rebella". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition crystal clear vinyl pressing!)

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DL, Katchin, Illicit TSuboi, Muro, & OthersFor Diggers Only (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2016. New Copy Book ... $29.99
Fanatical Japanese record collectors share their love of rare vinyl, and a lot more too – in this ultra-cool book that's filled with label and cover scans, and lots of other record images too! The core text is in Japanese, but there's plenty here to love even if you can't read the language, but are on the same wavelength, record-wise – as the chapters feature the favorite records of each of the collectors, plus shots of their collections, studios, and other record-related reality! Think of reading the book as scrolling through pages of rare records online – or finding a catalog from a hip store overseas – as you'll see loads of things you'll end up digging for in years to come, all hand-picked by some of the coolest collectors in the world. 262 pages, softcover, full color. Book

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Doctor UmezuDiva ... LP
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and keyboardist Ichiko Hashimoto! The tunes have a bit of jazz in the mix, but also move through other instrumental styles – often with more fullness than Takada's own work, maybe in a mode that echoes some of the cool "jazz plus" experiments on French labels – first on Saravah, later on Nato/Chabada. There's a bit of voice on the record, but mostly used as another instrument – in a nice mix that includes alto, tenor, soprano, and bass sax – plus bass clarinet, toy piano, pianica, percussion, marimba, gongs, drums, and even some toys! Titles include "Gosan", "Ohayashi", "Poi", "Diva", and "Nishibi No Ataru Heya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Tal FarlowRecital By Tal Farlow ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $19.99
Don't think "recital" in terms of a snoozy session of chamber work – as the album's a real gem from Tal Farlow – one of the rarest 50s sessions by this groundbreaking jazz guitarist! The tracks are long, and the record's cut in an easily grooving style – with help from a very cool west coast lineup that includes Bill Perkins on tenor, Bob Gordon on baritone sax, Bob Eneveldsen on trombone, Monty Budwig on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums – a very unusual group for a Verve session, and a piano-less one too! Farlow's tone is excellent – and you'll also hear some wonderful work from Perkins, who could really blow with a lot of soul at this point. Titles include "Walkin", "On The Alamo", "Moonlight Becomes You", "Lorinesque", and "Will You Still Be Mine". David Stone Martin cover, too! CD
(Ultimate HQ CD pressing – part of the "Tal Farlow 100th Anniversary Collection" series!)

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Vince GuaraldiComplete Warner Brothers/Seven Arts Recordings (Oh Good Grief/Eclectic/Alma-Ville/bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Omnivore, 1968/1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99 25.98
A trio of wonderful records – plus rare bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Oh Good Grief – one of the coolest, grooviest albums that pianist Vince Guaraldi ever recorded – a set that's got the same Peanuts theme as his earlier dates for Fantasy Records, but which also features some sweet electric touches that only make things even better than before! In addition to his warmly vamping piano, with all those lyrical touches we love so much, Vince is playing an electric harpsichord too – which makes for some very groovy moments – in a cool quartet that features guitar from Eddie Duran, bass from Stanley Gilbert, and drums from the great Carl Burnett! All tunes are Peanut-themed – the music that Guaraldi wrote for the TV specials – but they're sometimes taken at a looser style that's even jazzier overall – as you'll hear on the classic "Linus & Lucy", plus "Red Baron", "Peppermint Patty", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", and "Rain Rain Go Away". The Eclectic Vince Guaraldi nicely expands Vince's sound of earlier years – by taking his lyrical piano groove and adding in a bit of electric harpsichord – plus slightly larger arrangements that feature a bit of electric bass, guitar, and just the right light touches of strings. The resulting sound is wonderful – as deeply reflective as some of Vince's better-known work, but with some cool late 60s touches that really give the album a fresh kind of feel. And heck, Vince even sings on 2 Tim Hardin tracks – "Black Sheep Boy" and "Reason To Believe" – using a great raspy style of vocals that we didn't even know he had! Other titles include a great electric version of "The Beat Goes On", plus cool originals "Nobody Else", "Coffee and Doe-Nuts", and "Lucifer's Lady". Alma-Ville was cut during Vince's late 60s hipster phase – and it combines work on piano with a bit of electric playing, plus hip LA arrangements that include drums by Dom Um Romao, guitar by Herb Ellis, and added percussion by Rubens Bassini. Tracks are mostly originals – short groovers and sing-song numbers, a lot cooler than some of Vince's earlier work – all dancing along in a sweetly breezy groove that makes for a heck of a delightful little album! Titles include "Rio From The Air", "Cristo Redentor", "Uno Y Uno", "Detained In San Ysidro", "Jambos", "Alma Ville", and "The Masked Marvel". 2CD set features 4 bonus tracks – "Oh Happy Day", "The Sharecropper's Daughter", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose (take 15)", and 'The BEat Goes On (alt take 14)". CD

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Vince GuaraldiOh Good Grief! ... CD
Warner, 1968. Used ... $5.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums that pianist Vince Guaraldi ever recorded – a set that's got the same Peanuts theme as his earlier dates for Fantasy Records, but which also features some sweet electric touches that only make things even better than before! In addition to his warmly vamping piano, with all those lyrical touches we love so much, Vince is playing an electric harpsichord too – which makes for some very groovy moments – in a cool quartet that features guitar from Eddie Duran, bass from Stanley Gilbert, and drums from the great Carl Burnett! All tunes are Peanut-themed – the music that Guaraldi wrote for the TV specials – but they're sometimes taken at a looser style that's even jazzier overall – as you'll hear on the classic "Linus & Lucy", plus "Red Baron", "Peppermint Patty", "Great Pumpkin Waltz", and "Rain Rain Go Away". CD

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Lars GullinLars Gullin Vol 1 – With Chet Baker – 1955/1956 ... CD
Dragon (Sweden), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
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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Hot ChocolateHot Chocolate – The RAK Singles (4CD set) ... CD
RAK/7T's (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99 38.99
A stellar collection of work from Hot Chocolate – the ultra-cool British group who mixed equal parts rock and soul in the 70s – a group who only had a few hits on our side of the Atlantic, but who have a much wider run of music than that brief radio fame might make you think! The scope of work here is wonderful – tracks that span the years 1970 through 1986 – a time both before and long after most of our ears knew the group – with cuts that go way past "You Sexy Thing" – 71 titles in all, with every 7" single that Hot Chocolate issued for the RAK label in the UK – all served up here in one lean 4CD set. Tracks include their fantastic "Emma" – plus "Robot Love", "Girl Crazy", "Bed Games", "Children Of Spacemen", "Sex Appeal", "Pretty Girls", "You Could've Been A Lady", "Everybody's Laughing", "Ruth", "Rumors", "Changing World", "Cheri Babe", "You'll Never Be Son Wrong", "The Girl Is A Fox", "Losing You", "Don't Put It Off", and lots lots more – even two different versions of "You Sexy Thing". 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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Iron ButterflyUnconscious Power – An Anthology 1967 to 1971 (Heavy/In A Gadda Da Vida/Ball/Live/Metamorphosis/Fillmore East/bonus tracks) (7CD set) ... CD
Atco/Eclectic (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... $49.99 68.99
A monstrous assortment of work from Iron Butterfly – one of the key groups in helping the American scene move from psych to hard rock at the end of the 60s! First up are mono and stereo mixes of Heavy – a record that's not nearly as well known as their classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – but which has a very similar vibe all the way through! The songs are a bit shorter, but these guys really manage to do a lot with a little – using lots of brooding bass right up from the bottom, to create a blueprint for hard rock imitators in years to come – none of whom were able to match these guys' simple, direct approach – and their optimistic sense of power in their music. Many numbers often have this vocal interplay that really works wonderful with the fuzzy guitar lines – and titles include "Possession", "Unconscious Power", "So Lo", "Look For The Sun", "Stamped Ideas", "Fields Of The Sun", and a nice fuzzy funk version of "Get Out Of My Life Woman". Next is the stereo mix of In A Gadda Da Vida – the album that rocked a million dorm rooms back in the 60s – and for good reason, too – given that the title track is a side-long, totally jamming monster – the kind of track that was really revolutionary at the time, and which still has a hell of an impact all these many years later! "In A Gadda Da Vida" was shortened to a single – with the big hook intact – but this classic album version runs for 17 minutes in length, and has the group doing all these cool jams with their instruments – all the animals in the garden of Eden talking to each other (or at least that's what our addled teenaged minds always thought!) Shorter tracks are mighty nice too – a heady, heavy brew of Hammond and fierce guitar from Erik Brann, on cuts all penned by group leader Doug Ingle. Titles include "Termination", "My Mirage", "Flowers & Roses", and "Most Anything You Want". Next is the stereo mix of Ball – a killer classic from Iron Butterfly – a group who always had way more to offer than their hits, as you'll find out when dipping into this full length set! The album's worth it alone for the organ lines – which kind of take off from the territory of The Doors, but are often more unusual – and mixed with vocals that can have an eerie sensibility, but without ever sounding indulgent! The music's not pop psych, but it's also never too full of itself – and titles include "In The Crowds", "In The Time Of Our Lives", "Soul Experience", "Lonely Boy", "Belda Beast", and "Filled With Fear". Next are mono and stereo mixes of Live – great live document of the heady power of Iron Butterfly – with titles that include "You Can't Win", "Are You Happy", "In A Gadda Da Vida", "Filled With Fear", and "In The Time Of Our Lives". Next is Metamorphosis – a record that's not a complete metamorphosis for Iron Butterfly, but one that definitely has the group stretching out with even more force and confidence than before! The group were maybe one of the few to come to hard rock via psych, instead of the blues rock path that so many others took at the time – and that difference is key here, as the songs really resonate with the potential for trippiness, but have this great sense of focus – one that makes the vocals sound even more potent than ever. There's still plenty of great organ work too – and titles include "Free Flight", "Shady Lady", "Best Years Of Our Life", "Slower Than Guns", and "Stone Believer". The set also features the 2CD 1968 Fillmore East set – an unreleased live performance from Iron Butterfly – one that captures the group at their late 60s height, in front of a very heady crowd at The Fillmore East! The recording quality is great – very clear, and different than the group's studio albums – with maybe even a bit more focus on the vocals of Doug Ingle, and the guitar lines of Erik Brann – in a way that lifts them out of the bottom sound a bit more, and presents the group in a whole new sort of focus! Plus, the brief patter from the stage also really helps us get an idea of how a trippy band like this could hold such great sway over a crowd at the time – energy that doesn't seem to stop at all, through the 2CD set's presentation of material from four different shows, on two nights of recording. Titles include "Are You Happy", "Stamped Ideas", "Fields Of Sun", "You Can't Win", "Unconscious Power", "My Mirage", "Her Favorite Style", "Possession", "Iron Butterfly Theme", and the mighty "In A Gadda Da Vida". CD set also features more tracks from singles, new remastering, a poster, and a big booklet of notes! CD

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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. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... $68.99 79.98
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

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Alan JonesFrightfest Guide To Exploitation Movies ... Book
Fab, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 19.95
Maybe you've never seen The Creamator, Caged Men, Brotherhood Of Satan, Sleazy Rider, or Garden Of The Dead – but you'll soon discover the charms of those films and dozens of others in this really cool book – a full-color volume on work from the glory days of the exploitation film of the 60s and 70s – presented with a style that's every bit as lively as the movies themselves! The films deal with any number of sensational themes you might imagine – sex, Satan, crime, and creepiness – and together, they represent a high point of b-grade (maybe even c-grade) cinema – at a time when drive-ins and low rent theaters offered exposure to movies that would never have even been shown on TV! The book is beautiful – especially if you have trash-trained aesthetics like us – a whopping 240 pages, with full color images throughout – and synopses and details of more than 100 lost films. Book

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Etta JonesLonely & Blue (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Hard to imagine Etta Jones being lonely and blue – especially when she sounds as great as this! The album's one of Jones' early classics from Prestige – a date that really has her classing things up a lot, and drawing on bits of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington's styles, to mix in with the bluesier tones of her roots – put together with a great deal of charm, and a new sophistication that made Etta one of the hippest jazz singers of the 60s! Backing is by a cool small combo – with Patti Brown on piano, Wally Richardson on guitar, and a bit of tenor from Budd Johnson – and titles include "I'll Be There", "In the Dark", "Gentlemen Friend", "I Wonder", and "Miss You So". CD includes 3 more bonus tracks from a date recorded with Gene Ammons on tenor – "But Not For Me", "If You're But A Dream", and "Cool Cool Daddy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rahsaan Roland KirkReturn Of The 5000 Lb Man ... LP
Warner, 1975. Very Good ... $14.99
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
(Cover has partial seam splitting and surface wear.)

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LaurneaLaurnea II (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1999. Used ... $9.99
An incredible new soul album – and one of our favorites of the past few years! Laurnea's one of the best singers we've heard in ages, and she's got a warm sweet wonderful voice that works perfectly with the album's mellow jazzy arrangements. There's lots of cool electric keyboards, a slowly funk rhythm section, and some great songwriting with a very positive vibe. Very much in the vein of some of the other great indie southern acts we've been stocking – like N'Dambe, Seek, or Donnie – but also with a totally tight sound that's sure to make her a big player in years to come. Catch this one first, and we guarantee you'll be the first on your block to raise a big fuss! Titles include "Come Inside", "Keep Your Head Up", "Music", "Wrong", "Mary", "She's Hurtin", "Groovin", "Peaceful Waters", and "Still Come Back 2 U". CD
(Out of print.)

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Carmen McRaeBy Special Request ... LP
Decca, 1955. Near Mint- ... $26.99
A cool session for Decca that has Carmen's vocals flowing out wonderfully amidst some very haunting backings! The sound here is a bit unusual – given that the groups are headed by accordion Mat Mathews and pianist Dick Katz – both of whom have a good ear for unusual phrasing, and who help keep the record from being just another torchy vocal set from the 50s. Carmen's warmly fluid voice cascades nicely over the top of the tunes – and instrumentation often features a bit of guitar from Mundell Lowe luring in the background – furthering the warmth of the record, and almost giving it a nicely laidback, late nite quality. Titles include "Supper Time", "Yardbird Suite", "Something To Live For", "You Took Advantage Of Me", "I'll Remember April", and "This Will Make You Laugh". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – MVJJ 30069.)

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Mighty FlamesMetalik Funk Band ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
The Mighty Flames never sound too metallic here – at least not in any way that's cold or harsh, or heavy metal too! Instead, these guys have a warm groove that's on the tighter side of African funk – that point when the sound was getting a stronger influence from American soul and club music – as you'll hear on the grooves in the set! The tunes are mostly upbeat, and wrap their basslines, guitar, and keyboards together tightly – but they also have a looser vibe overall, and some especially nice synth lines – which almost feel as if they were added to the music afterwards, creating this cool sort of outer space presence. Titles include "Search Out Watch Out", "Road Man", "Funk Child", "Lover Man's Bullet", "Music Is The Answer", and "Let's Work Together". CD

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Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker At Storyville ... LP
Blue Note, 1953/1985. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Rare work by Charlie Parker, recorded at Storyville Nightclub in Boston in 1953 – originally broadcast on radio station WHDH, and featuring Bird in a more open, relaxed style than his studio sessions. The recording quality is a bit dated, but the quality of the playing isn't – with extremely fresh solo work by Parker, and great supporting work by players that include Herb Pomeroy, Red Garland, Roy Haynes, Kenny Clarke, and Sir Charles Thompson. Titles include "Cool Blues", "Dancing On The Ceiling", "Groovin High", "Out Of Nowhere", "Moose The Mooche", and "I'll Walk Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 80s pressing. Includes the Blue Note inner sleeve.)

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Sid RaminStiletto – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Fantastic stuff – and one of the grooviest soundtracks you'll ever hope to own! Sid Ramin did a heck of a lot of work for TV soundtracks by the time this one came out – and he took all that experience, and came up with some fantastically swinging jazz tracks that have a sock-mod 60s groove! Hammond organ dances around the best numbers – blasting out with horns on variations of the very catchy "Stiletto" theme – and other great cuts mix flute, strings, and a bit of harpsichord or piano – creating that cool 60s easy sound that never gets old in our book! Titles include "Confrontation", "Goat Island", "Follow That Man", "Stiletto", "Tram", and the classic "Sugar In The Rain", a great light bossa number with some dreamy vocals from Sally Stevens! LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo Masterworks pressing. Library copy – cover has peeled spots, tape remnants, a cut corner, and ink stamps. Labels have peeled spots and some marker.)

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Return To ForeverMusic Magic ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Sealed ... $11.99
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
(Shrink has a nice price sticker.)

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Henri SalvadorHomme Studio ... LP
Born Bad (France), 1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at a time when Salvador had completely retreated from the mainstream! If you know Salvador's jazzy blend of island modes from the previous decade, you'll be stunned at what you hear here – as Henri's become a really cool, groovy, almost experimental talent – effortlessly blending together so many different strands of music to fit the mood of a tune, maybe a bit like Pierre Barouh over at Saravah – in the way he still stays tuneful, but is always willing to throw in some unusual elements and sounds! We've always loved Salvador's music, but have never heard any of these cuts before – a fantastic array that includes instrumentals and even a project for Disney too. Titles include "Hello Mickey", "Rock Star", "On L'A Dans L'Baba", "Kissinger Le Duc Tho", "J'Aime Tes Genoux", "Sex Man", "Siffler En Travaillant", "Pauvre Jesus Christ", "Le Bilan", and "Et Des Mandolines". LP, Vinyl record album

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George Shearing & Mel TormeElegant Evening ... LP
Concord, 1986. Near Mint- ... $5.99
One of the great Mel Torme comeback albums of the 80s – with piano from George Shearing! Titles include "I'll Be Seeing You", "You Changed My Life", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "My Foolish Heart", "Last Night When We Were Young", and the cool "Moon Medley" and "Dream Medley". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Phuong TamMagical Nights – Saigon Surf, Twist, & Soul 1964 to 1966 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
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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✨✧ TwilightStill Loving You ... CD
Luv N' Haight, 1981. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A lost bit of Cali soul from the 80s – the first album from Twilight, not really a group, but more of a solo studio project from Lawrence Ross! Ross was a shift worker at General Mills, but had some free time to conceive his dream soul album during the twilight hours of the day – hence the name of the "group" –and after slaving away on his off hours to put the whole thing together, he recorded most of this set within the space of a week playing most of the instruments himself! A few other guest artists came in to round out the sound, but there's definitely a personal quality to the record that belies Ross' close association with the whole thing – carefully written tunes that could have challenged the mainstream, had they gotten bigger production, but which have a great deal of charm since they're done here in a more stripped-down, indie-styled way. Twilight has all the best aspects of soul acts of the time – some tight groovers that mix up boogie rhythms with some warmer Cali soul – and a few mellower cuts that benefit from some cool spacey keyboards. Titles include "Play My Game", "Scorpittiarus", "We'll Be Special", "Love's High", "You Know It's Me", "Love's The Way", "Straight To My Heart", and "Just A Kiss Away". CD

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ViolatorSay What (radio, inst)/First Degree (radio, inst)/Violators (radio, inst) ... 12-inch
Violator, Near Mint- ... $1.99
With LL Cool J on "Say What", Da Franchise and Ja Rule on "First Degree", and Busta Rhymes, L Boogie, Mysonne, Noreaga, Prodigy, and Sonja Blade on "Violators". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered Violator sleeve.)

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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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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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Julius Wiedemann & Joaquim PauloFunk & Soul Covers (hardcover XL edition) ... Book
Taschen, 2015. New Copy ... About December 1, 2021 (delayed)
One of the funkiest coffee table books you'll ever hope to own – a massive collection of rare funk and soul album covers – beautifully put together, and with a wealth of information too! The set's way more than just a stash of cool-looking images – as the folks at Taschen have really taken some care with the project – making sure that the covers chosen all look pretty darn great in the reproductions, and getting some additional credits for each image shown – plus little reviews, stories, and blurbs about the images too! The authors have really brought some great care to the whole thing – and at 573 full-color pages, the book is a hell of a value for the price – especially when you consider that it also includes interviews with David Ritz, Larry Mizell, and Gabriel Roth – plus top 10 lists from DJs and collectors like Egon, Steinski, Danny Krivit, Quantic, Andy Smith, and others! Book
(Hardcover, 11.5 x 11.5 in., 8.10 lb, 432 pages.)

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Hank WilliamsPictures From Life's Other Side Vol 1 ... CD
BMG, 1951. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
A key slice of work from the too-short career of the legendary Hank Williams – recordings he did for a regular radio show sponsored by Mother's Best Flour in Nashville during the year 1951 – a time when Hank was riding high with his talents, before leaving our planet all too soon! The work here is a nice change from some of Williams' studio records, and his other live performances – as there's a relaxed, easygoing quality that really gets at the kind of charms that set Hank apart from the rest – and which must have been wonderful coming into a home over a broadcast show like this! Because the show was regular, Hank didn't just perform his hits, but also handled a wider range of material – which makes the Mother's Best recordings so important to his catalog – as together, the tracks offer up almost as much as he recorded for MGM on record. This first volume features 49 tracks from the program – with titles that include "Nobody's Lonesome For Me", "Where The Old Red River Flows", "Cool Water", "Lonely Tombs", "I Saw The Light", "Seaman's Blues", "They'll Never Take", "Dear Brother", "Something's Got Hold Of Me", "When God Dips His Love In My Heart", "Calling You", "Move It On Over", "Alabama Waltz", and "Lord Build Me A Cabin". CD

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Nancy WrightYou Make Me Feel So Young ... LP
Concert Disc, 1960. Very Good- ... $9.99
Nancy Wright's billed as a "citizen of the supper clubs" in the notes to this set – but the record's got a lot more to offer than that, thanks to some great small combo backing! Wright's vocals are supported here by instrumentation from the septet of Caesar Giovannini – a cool little group who use piano, vibes, trumpet, and guitar with a fluid, almost watery style – one that really matches the trills in Nancy's voice, but which also help keep it lean and focused, without any of the too-overdone modes you might get on an album of larger backings. There's a pleasingly present quality to Wright on the entire LP – one that's used to being center stage, but very up for swinging with a small group. Titles include "Mad About The Boy", "It Could Happen To You", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Why Shouldn't I", "It's All Right With Me", "When The Sun Comes Out", and "We'll Be Together Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is great!)

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Various16 Big Hits Vol 8 – A Collection Of 16 Original Motown Hits ... LP
Motown (UK), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A cool UK collection, with some nice non-hit material – 16 tracks that include "You" by Marvin Gaye, "The Composer" by Diana Ross & The Supremes, "Here Comes The Judge" by Shorty Long, "I Guess I'll Always Love You" by The Isley Brothers, "Nitty Gritty" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "I Miss You Baby" by Marv Johnson, "Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby" by Jimmy Ruffin, "You Met Your Match" by Stevie Wonder, "Doggone Right" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and "What Is A Man" by The Four Tops. LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice UK pressing, in a flipback cover!)

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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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✨✧ VariousHurdy Gurdy Songs – Words & Music By Donovan 1965 to 1971 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 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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VariousIkebukuru West Gate Park ... LP
East World/Universal (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... $54.99
A cool collection of sounds from the Japanese show of the same name – based around a park in Tokyo that's full of young kids and gangs – and presented here with a mixture of hip hop beats and more intense musical modes! Think of the record maybe as the score for some Tokyo-set video game based around skateboarding and crime, and you'll get part of the picture here – although there's also some nice surprises along the way, including a few jazzier and more soulful cuts that bring a nice sense of variety to the instrumentals! The record features 18 tracks in all – and titles include "Sivad Drum N Bass", "Attack", "Kick It Loud", "Like This Like That", "Digi Rock Metal", "Ambient Piano", "Loud Music Delight", "Side Car", and "Terrible Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi and insert!)

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VariousJason's Lyric Soundtrack Sampler ... LP
Mercury, 1994. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Includes selections by LL Cool J, Five Footer Crew, LSD, Scarface, Ahmad, The Twinz, Spice 1, and Jayo Felony. LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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VariousLa Noire Vol 9 – Greyhound ... LP
Doghouse & Bone (France), Mid 50s. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
The great La Noire series hops a Greyhound bus, and takes a musical journey across 50s America – stopping along the way for a great array of R&B singles and early pre-soul gems! The tunes are a well-chosen batch of cuts – lesser-known numbers from that moment when jump blues was picking up inspiration from gospel and jazz – and really letting a lead singer often take off and dominate the sound of a song with a very soulful vibe! Titles include "Let's Have A Ball" by The Wheels, "I'll Be Oh So Good" by Velma Cross & Her High Steppers, "I Pawned Everything" by Walter Spriggs, "Green Town Girl" by The Travelers, "Just Say The Word" by Frankie Marshall, "Cool Kind Lover" by Jesse Thomas, "Baby Baby What's Wrong" by Earl Gaines with Louis Brooks & His Hi Toppers, "Greyhound" by Amos Milburn, and "I Gotta New Car" by Big Boy Groves. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNu Leaf ... LP
Numero, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $23.99
A really unusual idea for a compilation – but the sort that we've really come to appreciate from the folks at Numero Group! The package traces a shift in American independent jazz during the 80s – following the sorts of players who might have played spiritual jazz or rock-oriented fusion in the 70s, as they pick up new instruments, try out new studio techniques, and work in other modes that are surprisingly soulful overall! You might think of the set as the bridge between 70s jazz and smooth jazz – and there's a a few players here you'll recognize from the previous decade – yet the songs are nearly as slick or commercial as mainstream smooth jazz, and maybe stand as a nice indie antidote to the sounds coming from the GRP label during the decade. Titles include "Tropical Chill" by Plunky, "Maria's First" by Calvin Keys, "Waiting For You" by Frank Potenza, "Born With A Desire" by Tony Palkovic, "Sidetrack" by James Dallas, "6295 SW Fisher" by George Shaw, "Sunbeam" by Larry Bright, and "Orphans" by Michael Hayes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cool package, too – with a cigarette pack design, right down to the tax seal over the top!)

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VariousReggae Africa – Roots & Culture 1972 to 1981 ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $24.99
A really cool little package, and one that looks at the rise of reggae on the African scene of the 70s – including many tracks that mark a moment before that big 80s wave of African-based superstars that rose up to larger global fame! The cuts here are maybe a bit more homegrown and unusual – and there's a fair bit of work by West African acts who didn't always record in a reggae mode, but managed to add the rhythms to the palette of their albums in the 70s. As with all the titles on the Africa Seven label, the set list is great – with titles that include "I'll Be Your Man" by Christy Essien, "Bobby" by The Lijadu Sisters, "Darling I'm So Proud Of You" by Black Reggae, "Hello Friends" by Georges Happi, "Goodbye Friends" by The Mebusas, "Hop Sy Trong" by Tala Andra Marie, "I'll Cry" by Essama Bikoula, "All This Nonsense" by Carlos & Miki, and "Babette D O" by Pasteur Lappe. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousReggae Gold 2003 ... CD
VP, 2003. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
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
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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VariousRockets Of Love – Power Pop Gems From The 70s, 80s, & 90s ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
That's the great Cheap Trick on the cover – an image that gives you a very good idea of what you'll find inside – the kind of cool, catchy tunes that group mastered in the 70s – served up here by a really surprising range of artists from later years too! The "power pop" here is the key – as tunes are filled with hooks, and could certainly hit the charts – but also lie in that special space between punk, new wave, and early indie modes – heard here on cuts that run for a lot longer than the best-known power pop years of the late 70s and early 80s. The territory's a nice change from the usual Ace Records mode – and the set features 24 tracks that include "The Popular Girl" by Martin Newell, "I Need You" by The Wonders, "Whatever Happened To Fun" by Candy, "It's You Tonight" by The Flashcubes, "Foolish" by DM3, "Mary Anne" by Marshall Crenshaw, "Modern Man" by 4 Out Of 5 Doctors, "Winter In The Hamptons" by Josh Rouse, "I Wanna Be A Teen Again" by Tom Foolery, "Rocket O Love" by The Knack, "Never To Come Again" by Brad Jones, "Had To Make You Mine" by Cheap Trick, "Storybook" by The Blow Pops, and "Hearts In Her Eyes" by The Records. 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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VariousSpace Jam ... CD
Atlantic, 1996. Used ... $4.99
A record for a movie that seemed like a bit of a joke at the time of release – but one that's gone on to have surprising staying power with new generations over the decades – as has the mix of music that makes up the soundtrack! The set's from the big 90s anthology soundtrack moment – and features cuts that include "All Of My Days" by R Kelly with Changing Faces & Jay Z, "That's The Way" by Spin Doctors with Biz Markie, "Fly Like An Eagle" by Seal, "The Winner" by Coolio, "Space Jam" by Quad City DJs, "I Believe I Can Fly" by R Kelly, "I Found My Smile Again" by D'Angelo, "Givin U All That I've Got" by Robin S, "Basketball Jones" by Barry White & Chris Rock, "I Turn To You" by All 4 One, "Buggin" by Bugs Bunny, "Upside Down" by Salt N Pepa, and "Hit Em High (The Monsta's Anthem)" by B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Method Man. CD
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ CameoKnights Of The Sound Table ... LP
Chocolate City, 1981. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massively funky work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply mindblowing, especially in a pre-sampling, pre-programming world – proof that spontaneous work by a group like this could still blow away any commercial crap! There's a few mellower moments too – always a side of the group that we love – and titles include "Use It Or Lose It", "Freaky Dancin", "I Like It", "Knights By Nights", "I'll Always Stay", "The Sound Table", and "Don't Be So Cool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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✨✧ Groove PresentsGroove Presents Rare Groove A to Z – Ultimate Edition/3rd Edition (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An even-better volume of this amazing publication – a true treasure trove for fans of all things funky – and one of the coolest books of rare records we've ever seen! The Japanese book is a dictionary of rare groove classics from the 60s and 70s – listing hundreds of rare albums in alphabetical order, and featuring full color cover art, label and date information, and even a "rarity" meter – telling how hard it is to find the records! There's also reviews of each record, but written in Japanese – yet even without that information, there's plenty of great stuff here – and the visuals alone are worth the price of admission, as you'll find plenty here to guide your digging for rare albums for years to come. You'll also find some other cool features too – including a section on unreleased tracks from the 60s and 70s, which have come out in later years. Almost 400 pages, full color images, and beautifully put together! This fantastic 3rd edition adds in lots more albums – and is about 20% bigger than the last version! Book

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✨✧ Lee KonitzTranquility ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by Lee Konitz – a sublime 50s treasure we've loved for years! The session's the most perfect realization of the compacted angular cool style that he was reaching for in the 50s – and each note is crafted with a precision and intensity that you'll be hard pressed to find on other albums from the time, even others of his that are quite excellent. Guitarist Billy Bauer is fantastic, and his playing acts like these tiny little spider webs to support Konitz's creepingly exploratory solos – held together magically by some very slight rhythmic accompaniment from the team of Henry Grimes on bass and Dave Bailey on drums. Titles include "Stephanie", "Sunday", "Jonquil", and "Lennie Bird". CD

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganJeru ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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.)

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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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✨✧ Annie PhilippeSensationnel! – Ye Ye Bonbons 1965 to 1968 ... LP
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Claude WilliamsonRound Midnight ... CD
Bethlehem, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from west coast pianist Claude Williamson – from the cool image on the cover, right down to the freely swinging grooves on the vinyl! Williamson's working here in trio formation with Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums – mostly on familiar tunes, but done in ways that have a really personal sort of approach. The album often has Claude taking his time on the intros to the tunes – setting things up in broad flourishes in a near-solo mode, before letting the bass and drums come into play – and this style creates a nicely moody feel that matches the late nite image of the cover. Titles include "Hippy", "Stella By Starlight", "I'll Know", "Tea For Two", "Love Is Here To Stay", and "The Song Is You". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ VariousHouse Party – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP
Motown, 1990. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With "House Party" by the Full Force family (Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, UTFO, Cheryl Pepsii Riley, Doctor Ice, Ex-Girlfriend and E-Crof), "I Can't Do Nothing For You, Man!" by Flavor Flav, 'To Da Break Of Dawn" by LL Cool J, "Funhouse" and "Kid Vs Play" by Kid 'N Play, "Jive Time Sucker" by the Force MD's, "Why You Get Funky On Me" by Today and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear, with BPMs in marker in back.)

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✨✧ VariousMood Mosaic Vol 18 – Shape Of Things ... CD
Mood Mosaic (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousTeeVee Toons – The Commercials ... CD
TVT, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Shorter than the usual TV Tunes 2 LP sets, and with only 50 tracks – but, oh, what tracks they are! Loads and loads of cool old TV commercials, back from the old days – when nobody cared how goofy they sounded, and when they spent way too much money on studio hacks churning out cool little grooves and jingles. You'll remember some of these, and others will come back to you from the deepest haunts of your memories. Titles include "Plop Plop Fizz Fizz" (Alka-Seltzer), "A Little Dab'll Do Ya" (Brylcream), "When You Say Bud" (Budweiser), "Choo Choo Charlie" (Good & Plenty), "Be A Pepper" (Dr. Pepper), "Meow Meow Meow Meow" (Meow Mix), "The Dogs Kids Love To Bite" (Armour Hot Dogs), "Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut" (Almond Joy) – and loads loads more! Very goofy, but a real hit with the kids and the sample crowd. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousTruth Is A Lie – American Soul Music 1955 to 1972 ... LP
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful collection of vintage soul music – the latest crowning achievement in the Cairo series from Mississippi Records – and, like the rest, an excellent combination of classics and little known gems from the golden years! The package is as before – 2 LPs in a great cover, complete with a heavy booklet of notes and photos – all to support a selection of cuts that runs strongly towards the deep soul side of the spectrum, with bits of New Orleans soul here and there – and occasional currents of funk! Titles include "Shell Of A Woman" by Doris Allen, "Turning Point" by Jimmy Holiday, "Lonely Room" by Mickey Murray, "I'll Make It Up To You" by Clay Hammond, "Pain Is The Name Of Your Game" by Ural Thomas, "Heart Full Of Love" by The Invincibles, "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" by The Wallace Brothers, "Reapin What I Sow" by Ernie K Doe, "Song To Sing" by Raw Spitt, "The Greatest Love" by Willie West, "Danger" by Marvin L Simms, "He's Down On Me" by Betty Green, "I Feel A Little Lonely" by Earl Connelly, "Anybody But You" by Barbara West, and "Too Late" by Reuben Bell. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP set with cool embossed cover and heavy booklet!)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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 ... Out Of Stock
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 ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing, with deep groove – a nice copy!)

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✨✧ Robert CobertDark Shadows – Original TV Soundtrack ... LP
Philips, 1969. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful wonderful soundtrack – recorded to accompany the strange horror/soap opera show Dark Shadows! The music is really weird – moogy at times, groovy at others – with lots of cool late 60s touches like fuzzy guitar, electric piano, and floating string and woodwind passages that have a really dark edge. Many of the tracks feature narration by stars Jonathan Frid and David Selby – creating a spooky sort of ghost story feel. And some of the even better tunes are instrumentals, with surprisingly groovy guitar in the front – creating an almost Ventures-like horror sound! Titles include "No 1 At The Blue Whale", "When I Am Dead", "Meditations", "I'll Be With You Always", "Josette's Theme", "Dark Shadows 2 Collinwood", "Shadows Of Night", "Seance", and "I Barnabas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes poster! Cover has a super mild bumped corner and is a great copy!)

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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 ... 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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✨✧ Paco RosClasicos Con Ritmo ... LP
Maller/Adarce (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Waller Creek Boys with Janis JoplinWaller Creek Boys ... LP
Lysergic Sound, 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Janis Joplin may be best known for her contributions to mainstream rock at the end of the 60s – but here, she's a much younger singer, working in a very cool, rootsy group from the Austin scene – a trio that features her own vocals and work on autoharp, with Waller Creek Boys Lanny Wiggins on acoustic guitar and Powell St John on harmonica – both of whom would go onto later fame in the Texas underground! The style here is nicely rootsy – folk blues, but with some original material by Janis – who's already got this incredible voice on the sessions, even though she's only 19 years old. Some of the recording quality is a bit raw, but that also maybe makes the music sound even more intense – as you'll hear on titles that include "How Long", "No Reason For Livin", "Trouble In Mind", "Daddy Daddy Daddy", "Banks Of The Ohio", "St James Infirmary", "Railroad Bill", and "Winnin Boy Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousGospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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. CD

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✨✧ VariousMerry Luxmas – It's Christmas In Crampsville ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 ... LP
Mood Mosaic (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousTruck Drivin Son Of A Gun ... CD
Starday/Nashville, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nobody put together a truck driving country record better than the Starday/Nashville label in the 60s – and this sweet little set is a perfect tribute to their talents! The set's full of cool, groovy, truck-themed tunes from the indie underground of the time – not the polished pop work of the big labels, but close-to-the-ground cuts from a company who really gave a lot of new ideas a chance – ideas, in this case, that had a lot to do with the rising role of the truck driver, and all the complications of interstate travel! There's plenty of nicely obscure tunes here – and maybe a few that you'll know from other collections, but which are more than appreciated in this company too. Titles include "When I Come Drivin Through" by The Willis Brothers, "Big Mack" by Johnny Bond, "Truck Drivin Son Of A Gun" by Red Sovine, "Convoy In The Sky" by The Willis Brothers, "The Gear Jammer & The Hobo" by Red Sovine, "That's Truck Drivin" by Slim Jacobs, "Man Behind The Wheel" by George Morgan, and "Thunder On The Road" by Johnny Bond. CD

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✨✧ VariousWizzz Vol 3 – Psychorama Francais 1967 to 1970 ... LP
Born Bad (France), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fab French grooves from the end of the 60s – funky, trippy, and a whole lot more – and a set that goes way beyond the sorts of familiar French tracks you'll know from your local coffee shop or bistro! Instead, these tunes really dig deep – very obscure work by artists who were embracing all the best freedoms of the 60s – to mix together elements in this cool, groovy way – often with results that are surprisingly funky! Maybe the best volume in the series so far – and certainly the one that's got the most obscure material – with titles that include "Helga Selzer" by Bernard Chabert, "Hold Up Inusite" by Joana, "Je T'Apprendrai A Faire L'Amour" by Nato, "Tumba (part 2)" by Fatty Nauty, "Notre Homme A Moi" by Jane Et Julie, "Eve" by Bruno Leys, and "Nevralgie Particuliere" by Long Chris. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a very cool booklet of notes, too!)

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✨✧ William OnyeaborHypertension ... LP
Luaka Bop, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
William Onyeabor's looking pretty chilled out on the cover – especially given the Hypertension title of the record – a cool, confident dude decked out in a velvet jacket and sombrero – able to carry off that look as well as he can carry the grooves on the set! In anyone else's hands, this music might be somewhat cheesy – but Onyebor's a guy who can take lean keyboard lines, and weave them into a much deeper Afro Funk sound – drawing on all the best modes of the 70s, and avoiding the cliches of the 80s – and coming up with a very unique groove in the process. It helps that there's plenty of righteous spirit in his music and message – as you'll hear on titles that include "Hypertension", "Politicians", "The Moon & The Sun", and "Papa Na Mama". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Henri SalvadorHomme Studio ... CD
Born Bad (France), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's a bit of a pun – that's "home studio", not homme studio – a reference to the fact that most of this work was recorded by 60s French pop star Henri Salvador in his own private studio – music that makes for some of the most interesting sounds in his career, at a time when Salvador had completely retreated from the mainstream! If you know Salvador's jazzy blend of island modes from the previous decade, you'll be stunned at what you hear here – as Henri's become a really cool, groovy, almost experimental talent – effortlessly blending together so many different strands of music to fit the mood of a tune, maybe a bit like Pierre Barouh over at Saravah – in the way he still stays tuneful, but is always willing to throw in some unusual elements and sounds! We've always loved Salvador's music, but have never heard any of these cuts before – a fantastic array that includes instrumentals and even a project for Disney too. Titles include "Hello Mickey", "Rock Star", "On L'A Dans L'Baba", "Kissinger Le Duc Tho", "J'Aime Tes Genoux", "Sex Man", "Siffler En Travaillant", "Pauvre Jesus Christ", "Le Bilan", and "Et Des Mandolines". CD
Also available Homme Studio ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ John SangsterAhead Of Hair ... LP
Festival/Blank (Australia), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest takes on the music of Galt MacDermot you'll ever hope to hear – as Australian percussionist John Sangster turns in some wonderful rhythm-heavy versions of the tunes from Hair – and also adds in a few sweet numbers of his own! Sangster also wrote a few new tracks, and the whole thing works as a nice suite that moves between percussive stuff and funky moments. The main mode is jazz, but there's lots of other wild touches in the mix too – as Sangster plays vibes, theremin, congs, claves, guiro, kalimba, tubular bells, marimba, Indian bells, and lots more instruments – alongside organ from the great Col Nolan, plus Bob McIvor on trombone, Lennie Hutchinson on bass, and Derek Fairbrass on drums. Ben Turpin adds in a bit of "moon voice" – which is as cool as it sounds – and titles include "Frank Mills", "Turn On", "Walking In Space", "Drop Out", "Three Five Zero Zero", "Good Morning Sunshine", "Let The Sunshine In", "What A Piece Of Work Is Man", "Hashish", "Aquarius", and "Hare Krishna". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousCellarful Of Motown Vol 4 – The Rarest Detroit Grooves ... CD
Motown (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing return to form for this legendary collection – filled with never-heard numbers, pulled from the 60s and 70s vaults of Motown Records! Even if you think you've got plenty of Motown in your collection already, you'll find plenty more here to love – totally fresh tracks by some of the label's biggest artists, plus some other gems by lesser-known stars – all of which have all the punch, power, and sparkle of classic Motown at its best! The 2CD set is brimming over with greatness – and we're honestly stunned that they can still come up with so many unreleased gems, even after three previous volumes in the collection. Titles include "Kidnapped" by The Blackberries, "Keep On Tryin" by The Fantastic Four, "My Baby Moves Me" by Brenda Holloway, "Your Kiss Kiss" by Marvin Gaye & Oma Heard, "Miss Lonely Heart" by The Vandellas, "You Gave Me Love To Live For" by Debbie Dean, "Head Over Heels In Love With You Baby" by The Spinners, "I'd Cry" by Chuck Jackson, "Twin Brother" by Eddie Holland, "Daddy Cool" by Oma Heard, "Three Time Loser" by Marvin Gaye, "The Girl I've Chosen To Be My Bride" by Joe Stubbs, "A Bird In The Hand" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Somebody's Waiting For Me" by The Contours, "Only A Lonely Man Would Know" by Ivy Joe Hunter, "The House That Jack Built" by JJ Barnes, "The Philly Dog" by Earl Van Dyke, and "Why Don't You Come Home" by Stevie Wonder. CD

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✨✧ VariousCiao Bella – Italian Girl Singers Of The 60s ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... 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

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✨✧ VariousMasterpiece Volume 32 – The Ultimate Disco Funk Collection ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Mid 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousSmithsonian Anthology Of Hip Hop & Rap (9CD box set with 300 page book) ... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 9CDs ... Out Of Stock
A huge dip into the history of hip hop – in a set that's something of a groundbreaking effort from the folks at the Smithsonian! If we're honest, we'll tell you that we're old enough to remember a time when folks thought that hip hop was just a fad – when it was a musical style that would disappear in just a few short years. But now, all these many decades later, the form has had such an impact on American culture that the Smithsonian Institute is giving it some official sort of due – something we never would have believed back in the 80s! The package is huge – 9CDs with a whopping 129 tracks in all, and a 300 page book that supports the recordings with an insane amount of notes, photos, and all sorts of other information – alongside a track list that was put together by folks who include Questlove, 9th Wonder, Chuck D, Jeff Chang, and MC Lyte! The set is especially great on old school tracks up through the golden era hip hop years – but also moves into the 21st century too – and artists include Treacherous Three, Afrika Bambaataa, Fearless Four, Cold Crush Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Run DMC, Fatback, Sugarhill Gang, Kurtis Blow, Funky Four +1, T La Rock, Schoolly D, Beastie Boys, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Eric B & Rakim, Mantronix, Stetsasonic, Audio Two, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte, Marley Marl, Tone Loc, Jungle Brothers, NWA, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, 3rd Bass, De La Soul, Queen Latifa, DOC, 2 Live Crew, Dr Dre, Sir Mix A Lot, Digable Planets, Positive K, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Naughty By Nature, Black Sheep, Tribe Called Quest, Geto Boys, Pharcyde, 2Pac, Warren G, Gang Starr, Notorious BIG, and many many more! CD

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✨✧ VariousSpace Jam (red & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A record for a movie that seemed like a bit of a joke at the time of release – but one that's gone on to have surprising staying power with new generations over the decades – as has the mix of music that makes up the soundtrack! The set's from the big 90s anthology soundtrack moment – and features cuts that include "All Of My Days" by R Kelly with Changing Faces & Jay Z, "That's The Way" by Spin Doctors with Biz Markie, "Fly Like An Eagle" by Seal, "The Winner" by Coolio, "Space Jam" by Quad City DJs, "I Believe I Can Fly" by R Kelly, "I Found My Smile Again" by D'Angelo, "Givin U All That I've Got" by Robin S, "Basketball Jones" by Barry White & Chris Rock, "I Turn To You" by All 4 One, "Buggin" by Bugs Bunny, "Upside Down" by Salt N Pepa, and "Hit Em High (The Monsta's Anthem)" by B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J, and Method Man. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited editon on red & black vinyl!)
Also available Space Jam ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Mason WilliamsMason Williams Phonograph Record ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
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.)
 
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✨✧ Gregg AllmanLaid Back ... LP
Capricorn, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Greg Allman's excellent solo debut – all the more impressive given that it came out just weeks apart from the Allman Brothers' classic Brothers & Sisters – here's a southern rock legend stepping out and showing different sides of his immense talent around the same time his band was also near a creative peak! Greg's uniquely expressive voice is in the spotlight here, on tunes that touch on laid back southern rock, but gospel blues & soul tinged, too, sans guitar heroics for the most part. Includes the eternally great "Midnight Rider", "Queen Of Hearts", "Please Call Home", "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing", a really cool country rock take on "These Days", "Multi-Colored Lady", "All My Friends" and certainly only of the fresher takes "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split on the bottom seam and light surface wear.)

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Nat BirchallTradition Disc In Dub – Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner ... LP
Ancient Archive Of Sound (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $36.99 49.99
A fantastic album in the new dub tradition that UK saxophonist Nat Birchall has been exploring – recorded modes that are very different than his spiritual jazz albums, but equally cool overall! The vibe here is maybe like some lost date recorded at King Tubby's – but with more of a jazz element in the mix – as Birchall plays tenor and flute, plus piano, melodica, organ, bass, and percussion – all in this swirling mix that's created by Al Breadwinner – who's not only the producer and mixer, but adds in his own organ, drums, guitar, piano, melodica, and percussion! The group are joined by Vin Gordon – whose trombone is an excellent balance in the sound – and David Fullwood adds in some trumpet lines too, which furthers the jazz elements in the overall sound. Titles include "Hornsman Rock", "Dub In The Heavens (parts 1 & 2)", "Struggle Dub", "Organizer Version", "Olaudah Equiano Dub", "Giza Dub", and "Congo Drum Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve BlackVillage Boogie ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s – while others have a slightly looser rhythmic approach, but one that still grooves nicely, too – all given some great energy by the vocals of Steve Black, whose style of singing is nicely playful, and almost as bubbling as the instrumentation! The title track has this really cool mix of electronics and dub – and titles include "Brand New Wayo", "Igholoye", "Precious Tim", "Village Boogie", "When You Know What's Wrong", "Fun In The Street", and "Step Out When You're Down". CD

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Benny CarterNew Jazz Sounds – The Urbane Sessions ... CD
Norgran/Verve, Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
Kind of a loosely thrown together session that has Carter at the core, Harris joining in on a number of numbers, and Gillespie taking up his horn for the last 2. The record's got a good relaxed Verve feel – and although the style is more jam session in operation, the tracks are short and tight. Titles include "Angel Eyes", "The Song Is You", "Frenesi", and "That Old Black Magic" – and the record's got a wonderfully cool cover. CD includes 42 tracks nicely divided up into "strings" and "small group" sessions. CD
(Out of print.)

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Jarvis CockerChansons D'Ennui Tip Top ... CD
Abkco, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really cool project from Jarvis Cocker – a set that's inspired by the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, with Cocker singing in French throughout – and at a level that really opens up his well-known love of some of the best pop modes of the 20th Century! Jarvis often whispers as much as he sings – taking a page from the book of Serge Gainsbourg – but the album's also not just a slavish rehash of French modes from the past, as some of the arrangements are a bit more contemporary – and offer up a a nice way to transform songs originally associated with Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Francoise Hardy, and other French singers from years past. Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier guests on "Paroles Paroles" – and other titles include "Requiem Pour Un Con", "Aline", "Elle Et Moi", "La Tendresse", "Dans Ma Chambre", "Il Pleut Sur La Gare", and "Amour Je Te Cherche". CD
Also available Chansons D'Ennui Tip Top ... LP 25.99
 
 
 



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