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Eric MercuryEric Mercury ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Very Good+ ... $0.99
We can never really figure this guy out – and from the sound of the record, he's in the same place we are! The album's sort of a mix of smooth soul and down-home stylings – but it's never enough in either camp to have any sort of cohesiveness. Mercury's got a voice that could be great, but for some reason he's stuck in kind of a higher concept than might be appropriate for his rougher personal style. Not bad, but not fantastic either. Titles include "Tell Me Love", "Colour Yesterdays", "Princess Summerfallwinterspring", "Love Enough", "No One", and "Sweetie Pie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Mercury RevDeserter's Songs ... CD
V2, 1998. Used ... $2.99
Perhaps the most beloved of albums by Mercury Rev – and also their most unique! This is a band that was just about the least predictable group to appear on a major label during the early 90s "alternative" feeding frenzy – certainly one of those great bands whose influence and impact extends far beyond however many records they sold at the time. Deserter's Songs has textures picked up from classic ornate pop, waltzy numbers and dreamy atmosphere to spare– paired with off kilter vocals and a freewheeling, creative sensibility. A classic! Includes "Holes", "Tonite It Shows", "Endlessly", "I Collect Coins", "Opus 40", "Hudson Line", "The Happy End (The Drunk Room)", "Goddess On A Hiway", "The Funny Bird", "Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Mercury Rev & othersBobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited ... CD
Partisan, 2019. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Penmark through barcode, cover has a hype sticker.)

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John BarryMercury Rising – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
Varese, 1998. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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David BowieMercury Demos (with art print & contact sheets) ... LP
Parlophone, 1969. New Copy ... $62.99 69.99
A completely cool little package – one that offers up the first-ever release of ten tracks that David Bowie recorded in his apartment to give as demos to Mercury Records – material done right before his "Space Oddity" fame, with help from John Hutch Hutchinson on guitar! The set comes as a replica of a large reel-to-reel tape box – complete with fabric on the edge and interior, along with other inserts inside – all of which make you feel like you're getting a special package right from the man himself – as some early statement of his genius from a time when he was far more obscure. Some of the cuts here are very early takes on classics, a few more unusual originals, and even a few covers – titles that include "Life Is A Circus", "When I'm Five", "Love Song", "Lover To The Dawn", "I'm Not Quite", "Occasional Dream", "Janine", "Conversation Piece", "Ching A Ling", and an early take on "Space Oddity". LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes in a replica reel-to-reel tape box with print, 2 contact sheets, and notes by Mark Adams.)

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Jerry ButlerBest Of Jerry Butler (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good ... $0.99
Seminal work by one of our favorite soul singers of all time! Jerry first came to fame with The Impressions and on his own in the early 60s – singing dark moody easy tunes that well earned him the nickname of "Iceman". In the late 60s, though, he moved onto Mercury where he broke through even bigger with some excellent early production by Gamble & Huff, which took Jerry to a whole new level, and which gave his work a swinging soul groove that worked great with his vocals. This set compiles some of the best moments of the Mercury years – including "Never Give You Up", "Lost", "Moody Woman", "Mr Dream Merchant", "Hey Western Union Man", and "Only The Strong Survive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Tony MartinMercury Years (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Early work by Tony Martin – with titles that include "To Each His Own", "That Old Black Magic", "I'll See You In My Dreams", "Guilty", and "Body & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, but is in great shape overall.)

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David TornCloud About Mercury ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1986. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
One of those records that really took the ECM approach of the 70s into new modes for the 80s – a set that might be called post-jazz, or post-fusion – even though it's got some of the best elements of both, transformed by the players in the lineup! David Torn leads the group on electric and acoustic guitars – but the set's an equal effort from everyone involved – with trumpets and electronics from Mark Isham, Chapman stick and synth bass from Tony Levin, and both acoustic and electric percussion from Bill Bruford – a player who seems to inspired Torn with his own previous instrumental recordings. Titles include "The Mercury Grid", "Network Of Sparks", "Previous Man", and "Three Minutes Of Pure Entertainment", a song that's actually seven minutes in length! CD
 
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Steve Allen & Gus BivonaSwingin' & Dancin' ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a few spots of clear tape on the opening.)

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Albert AmmonsDoin The Boogie Woogie/Boogie Woogie At The Civic Opera ... 78 RPM
Mercury, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing.)

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Gene AmmonsJug Sessions ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Early work from Gene Ammons – his obscure late 40s recordings for Mercury Records – mostly from the 78rpm years! Sidemen include Junior Mance, Albert Ammons, Israel Crosby, Gene Wright and lesser known Chicago locals like Wes Landers, Leo Blevins, Jess Miller and Ernest McDonald. As you'd expect the blowing is is nice and soulful, but nice and concise with the shorter takes that groups were doing in the era for the recording formats of the day. 28 numbers in all, including "Concentration", "Red Top", "Idaho", "Shufflin The Boogie", "McDougal's Sprout", "Hold That Money", "Shermanski", "Harold The Fox", "Jeet Jet", "Odd-En-Dow", "Going For The Okey Doak", 'Blowing The Family Jewels", "Dues In Blues", "Daddy Sauce's Airlines", "ABdullah's Fiesta", "Brother Jug's Sermon" and "Little Slam". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ernestine AndersonFascinating Ernestine ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1959. Used ... $26.99
A great slice of work from the early years of Ernestine Anderson – one of her key swingers for Mercury, and the kind of record that should have made her huge at the time! There's a hip-stepping quality here that points nicely towards the 60s – a bit more of a bounce in the backings, almost a Basie-esque quality at times – thanks to arrangements from Ernie Wilkins and Gigi Gryce, both of whom bring a great ear for horn charts to the date. Anderson's inherent sense of soul really opens up strongly with both arrangers – swinging with poise one minute, but bluesy undercurrents the next – in ways that really mark the record as coming from the more jazz-based side of late 50s Mercury spectrum. Titles include "Harlem Nocturne", "A New Town Is A Blue Town", "Nobody's Heart", "I Got Rhythm", "Beale Street Blues", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", and "I Wish I Was Back In My Baby's Arms" CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Fascinating Ernestine ... LP 9.99

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Ernestine AndersonFascinating Ernestine ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great slice of work from the early years of Ernestine Anderson – one of her key swingers for Mercury, and the kind of record that should have made her huge at the time! There's a hip-stepping quality here that points nicely towards the 60s – a bit more of a bounce in the backings, almost a Basie-esque quality at times – thanks to arrangements from Ernie Wilkins and Gigi Gryce, both of whom bring a great ear for horn charts to the date. Anderson's inherent sense of soul really opens up strongly with both arrangers – swinging with poise one minute, but bluesy undercurrents the next – in ways that really mark the record as coming from the more jazz-based side of late 50s Mercury spectrum. Titles include "Harlem Nocturne", "A New Town Is A Blue Town", "Nobody's Heart", "I Got Rhythm", "Beale Street Blues", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", and "I Wish I Was Back In My Baby's Arms" LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)
Also available Fascinating Ernestine ... CD 26.99

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Aphrodite's ChildIt's Five O'Clock ... CD
Mercury/World Psychedelia (Korea), 1969. New Copy ... $4.99
Brilliantly baroque psych from Aphrodite's Child – a stone classic cut while the group was in exile in Paris – heavy on drums, and with soaring keyboards that really work wonders with the vocals! Given that the group features a young Vangelis and Demis Roussos, there's plenty of raw power here – and the energy of the record is quite different than later work by either artist – very bold, and political too – with hardly any signs of their Greek roots, yet a sense of myth and majesty that are undeniable. There's surprising hooks to the tunes at times – and titles include "It's Five O'Clock", "Wake Up", "Annabela. "Let Me Love, Let Me Live", "Funky Mary", "Good Time So Fine", and "Marie Jolie". CD

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Harry ArnoldHarry Arnold + Big Band + Quincy Jones = Jazz! ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Hard swinging big band material from Sweden – featuring the big band of Harry Arnold arranged by Quincy Jones. Quincy had been spending a lot of time in Sweden during the mid 50s – bringing with him a host of great players that would soon become big names on the European scene. Biggest of these is Benny Bailey, who plays some good solos here with a mostly-Swedish group that includes Arne Domnerus, Bengt Hallberb, Ake Persson, and Bengt-Arne Wallin. The style of the work, and its trans-Atlantic jazz orientation, is a direct precursor of later work by the Clarke-Boland Big Band – of whom Bailey was a big part. Titles all swing nicely, and tracks include "Doodlin", "Room 608", "Quincy's Home Again", "Brief Encounter", and "Meet Benny Bailey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has gloss separation along the spine.)

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AuraAura ... LP
Mercury, Mid 70s. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
Is this the same group that went onto become Aurra and record disco records for Salsoul? We don't think so, but folks tell it that it is. Whatever the case, though, the record's a great batch of funky rock tracks, with some really hard groovers that crossover to a funky soul market – despite the obvious rock leanings of the group. Check out the group's excellent version of "Listen To Me (The Ragg)", done with these great descending guitars, soaring organ, and soulful vocals by Al Lathan that are very much in the Baby Huey mode. Other tracks include "No Opportunity Needed, No Experience Necessary", "Song Of Everything", "Life Is Free", "Cross Eyed Eagle", and "Truckin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Sil AustinSil Austin Plays Pretty For The People ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $0.99
No honking here, as Sil Austin takes his deeply soulful tenor sax, and turns it to a set of creamy late-nite tracks – all done over some very "pretty" backings, ala the Verve strings work of Ben Webster or Lester Young. Most cuts have voices in with the orchestrations – and titles include "I'll Walk Alone", "Call me", "Ruby", "My Mother's Eyes", "Stardust", "Prisoner Of Love", and "Sweet Slumber". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Dick Baker & His Music MakerEverybody Has A Laughing Place/I'm A Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion Patch ... 78 RPM
Mercury, 1947. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Both labels have a small sticker.)

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Buju BantonDeportees (Things Change) (orig, what ah mix, tan so back haul up mix, acapella) ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1990s. Good+ (pic cover)... $0.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear.)

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Bar-KaysBallads Collection ... CD
Funk Essentials/Mercury, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bar-KaysBest Of The Bar-Kays Volume 2 ... CD
Mercury, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $3.99
Late Bar-Kays – when the group were getting the "rock" out of their grooves, hitting the bass a lot heavier than before, and opening up in that slicker funkier style of the late 70s. Given that the group had a big hand in defining the sound and style of mainstream funk in the years before this work, they're still very much on top of their game – sounding as soulful as ever, even though they're not as dirty or gritty as they were in the Stax/Volt era. Titles include "Let's Have Some Fun", "Do It", "Spellbound", "Flying High On Your Love", "Dirty Dancer", "Sexomatic (12" mix)", "Whitehouseorgy", "Unforgettable Dream", "Today Is The Day", "She Talks To Me With Her Body (12" mix)", and "I Lean On You/You Lean On Me". 16 cuts in all! CD

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Bar-KaysLight Of Life ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Proof that even a move to a major label couldn't keep the Bar-Kays down – as the group are working here in a great groove that's wider, fresher, and stronger overall than any of their Stax albums! Sure, the whole thing's not guitar-based funk all the way through, but the group are also maturing, and really opening up a lot – working equally well on ballads and mellower midtempo numbers, as they were on the still tight funkier tracks. The overall sound is almost that of the Ohio Players when they moved to Mercury, but without the chart hits, and more of a focus on working at a level that's even higher than before! The band still jams it hard on the funky cut "Give It Up", but also kicks back with some beautiful harmony vocals on "I Lean On You/You Lean On Me", get some great pop hooks in on "Shine", and come together nicely on the tracks "We're The Happiest People In The World", "Angel Eyes", "Are You Being Real", and "Love's What It's All About". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Bar-KaysPropositions ... LP
Mercury, 1982. Very Good ... $6.99
Tightly grooving work from The Bar-Kays – a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' career, with nary a note out of place, and a sweet blend of keyboards over the bass, giving the tunes a strong electric feel – gliding wonderfully over romping rhythms on the upbeat tracks, and stepping sweetly on the album's few mellow gems. Titles include "Tripping Out", "Propositions", "Anticipation", "Do It (Let Me See You Shake)", "She Talks To Me With Her Body", and "You Made A Change In My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Bar-KaysSexomatic (orig, dub, bonus beats) ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1984. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Polygram sleeve.)

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BarberSymphony No 1 Op 9/Overture To The School For Scandal/Medea Suite Op 23/Adagio For Strings – Howard Hanson/Eastman Rochester Orchestra ... LP
Mercury (Netherlands), 1965. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Eddie BarclayTwilight Time ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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George BarnesGuitar Galaxies ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Ben His Tumba & His OrchestraLet's Cha Cha Cha ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
A tight set of French-recorded cha cha tracks – issued here for the US market! Titles include "I Want To Be Happy", "Paradis Bolero", "Love In Porofino", "Achoo Cha Cha", "Tierra Y Luna Cha Cha", and "Porque No". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brook BentonBest Of Brook Benton ... CD
Mercury, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Brook BentonGolden Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1961. Very Good ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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Brook BentonHotel Happiness/Stil Waters Run Deep ... 7-inch
Mercury, 1963. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has a light wear and a drillhole.)

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Brook BentonSongs I Love To Sing ... CD
Mercury/Universal, 1959. Used ... $11.99
Overlooked genius from Brook Benton – moving past his simple hit style here to work with arranger Belford Hendricks in a set of tunes that's a bit more "singerly". The tracks are mostly ballads and slower, sadder numbers – sung by Brook in a style that's slightly emotive, but never too much so – and with just the right touch of soul to keep things from going off track. Titles include "It's Been A Long Long Time", "Lover Come Back To Me", "I'll Be Around", "I Don't Know Enough About You", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Brook BentonSoulful Brook Benton ... CD
Mercury, 1996. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Chuck Berry & The Steve Miller BandLive At The Fillmore Auditorium ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
The cover's a bit trippy, but the sound is anything but – and instead stands as a strong tribute to the way the early work of Chuck Berry continued to influence a generation of rockers well through the 60s! Berry's the frontman, and gets plenty of chance to sing and sear on guitar – and the backing band is actually the combo of a young Steve Miller – soon to explode in fame of his own, but here very respectful to Chuck! Wally Heider recorded the set – and it's definitely one of the headier Chuck Berry moments of the 60s – but mostly because the live setting allows things to get a bit looser, and even grittier. Miller plays guitar, and Jim Peterman turns in lots of great work on organ and electric piano – and titles include "Flying Home", "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "CC Rider", "Feelin It", "Wee Baby Blues", "Hoochie Coochie Man", and "Driftin Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Black SheepNon-Fiction ... CD
Mercury, 1994. Used ... $3.99
We'll admit it's not as dope as the first LP but in our opinion, it deserved more attention than it got. Not as clever as you might hope both in the production and lyrics, but this LP still has its share of jazzy beats and whimsical but memorable rhymes from Dres and Lawnge, with a little extra help on the production from Salaam Remi and guest rhymes from Chi Ali, too. 17 tracks in all, including "Without A Doubt", "Autobiographical", "Me & My Brother", "North South East West", "Do Your Thing", "Gotta Get Up", "EFFECT" and "Who's Next?". CD
(Out of print.)

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Black SheepWolf In Sheep's Clothing ... CD
Mercury, 1991. Used ... $2.99
A Native Tongues classic from 1991 – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at it's best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – but the title is apt, as the wit is pretty sharply barbed – especially when they're skewering hardcore and gangsta cliches. It's as brilliant as ever. Includes the massive "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The Meantime", "Strobelite Honey", "Are You Mad?", "Blunted", "For Doz That Slept" and more. CD

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Bloch/PetersonSinfonia Breve/Free Variations For Orchestra – Antal Dorati/Minneapolis Symphony ... LP
Mercury, 1962. Near Mint- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove maroon label stereo pressing – RFR-1/RFR-1.)

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Blue Stars Of FranceLullaby Of Birdland ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1954. Used ... $9.99
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become the prototype for later acts like The Swingle Singers, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, and Les Double Six! This 1954 album by the group was actually a minor hit in the US, where their swinging harmony version of "Lullaby Of Birdland" crept up the charts for a few weeks. The album's even cooler than the hit, though, and has lots of groovy jazz vocal tracks in French, with the sort of vocalese harmony scatting that you probably already know from the more famous groups mentioned above. You can always pick out Blossom's distinctive voice in the group, but the real strength is the groovy group vocals – shining beautifully in one of the first great recordings of vocalese harmony! Tracks include "Gina", "Embrasse Moi Bien", "La Danse Du Baiser", "Toute Ma Joie", and a version of "Mister Sandman" that's been renamed "Mister L'Amour". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Blues MagoosPsychedelic Lollipop ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Brilliant garage psych from Blues Magoos – a group that's raw and punchy enough to pummel, but pulled off some sweeter numbers and lighter harmonies incredibly well! Walloping drums, excitable vocals and wailing organ grooves – the cracked the charts, but still bring a fully charged proto punk vibe. Totally excellent, the kind of thing we wish were staples of oldies radio, but for whatever reason are left to deeper rock diggers to discover all these years later. Includes "Sometimes I Think About", "Love Seems Doomed", "Worried Life Blues", "Tobacco Road", "One By One" and "I'll Go Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing with skyscraper labels)

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BohannonPhase II ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A nice disco record from Hamilton Bohannon. The album mainly contains uptempo dance numbers but there are a few slower songs like "Daddy's Little Son" – a dedication to his son whose picture is on the cover of the album. The other tracks are "Andrea", "But What Is A Dream", "Bohannon's Disco Symphony", "Isn't It A Beautiful Morning", "Just Doing My Thang", and "Moving Fast". Some of Bohannon's original band members like Ray Parker, Jr. turn up playing guitar on some of the songs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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Clifford BrownQuintet Vol 1 ... LP
EmArcy/Mercury, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
First volume pulled together in the early 80s of Brownie's remarkable work with a smoking quintet that would record some of the finest bop sides issued on the Emarcy label. He's working here with Max Roach, George Morrow and Richie Powell and Harold Land as Brown's foil in the front line. 14 tracks in all: "Delilah", "Parisian Thoroughfare", "Jordu", "Sweet Clifford", "Ghost Of A Chance", "Stompin' At The Savoy", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Joy Spring", "Mildama", "Daahoud", "Gerkin For Perkin", "Take The A Train", "Lands End" and "Swingin'". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Clifford BrownQuintet Vol 2 ... LP
EmArcy/Mercury, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
Second volume pulled together in the early 80s of Brownie's remarkable work with a smoking quintet that would record some of the finest bop sides issued on the Emarcy label. He's working here with Max Roach, George Morrow and Richie Powell and either Sonny Rollins or Harold Land as Brown's foil in the front line. 16 tracks in all: "George's Dilema", "If I Love Again", "The Blues Walk", "What Am I Here For", "Cherokee", "Jacqui", "Sandu", "Gertrude's Bounce", "Junior's Arrival", "Powell's Prances", "Flossie Lou", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing", "I'll Remember April", "Time" and "The Scene Is Clean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly stained and bent corner.)

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Bumblebee UnlimitedLove Bug (double a-side promo) ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1976. Near Mint- ... $38.99
Classic funky club grooves from the never-miss team of Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael! A nice little pumping club soul number with great arrangements featuring soaring strings and the signature spacey P&P moogy sound! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a non-pic promo sleeve.)

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Jerry ButlerGolden Hits Live (second cover) ... LP
Mercury, 1968. Very Good+ ... $0.99
The wonderful thing about this one is that the album allows you to hear how great Jerry could be in any setting – even without the fabulous studio work that graced most of his classic hits. Jerry emerges here as a masterful entertainer, with a rich command of both his talents, and the audience in front of him. No schmaltz, though – and the record features nice versions of "Moon River", "He Will Break Your Heart", "Amen", "For Your Precious Love", and "I Stand Accused" – most clearly recorded live so that Mercury would at least have versions of them in the catalog to compete with the Vee Jay recordings. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jerry ButlerIce Man Cometh ... CD
Mercury/Intermusic (Spain), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
Amazing soul from one of the greats of the 60s! This album was one of the first that Jerry cut for Mercury – where he'd begun working with the young team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to completely rework the earlier sound he'd forged at Vee Jay Records. The album's still got Jerry singing in his wonderfully rich deep voice – hence the "iceman" in the title – but the songs have a bit more of a groove to them, with a soaring soul style that really lifts Jerry up, and pushes him onto a whole new generation of soul fans. The best proof of this are the hits "Hey Western Union Man" and "Never Give You Up" – but the whole album's great, and like most of Jerry's LPs, it's got many wonderful tunes hiding underneath the hits. Titles include "How Can I Get In Touch With You", "Can't Forget About You Baby", "Are You Happy", and "Go Away Find Yourself" – as well as other hits like "Lost" and "Only The Strong Survive". CD
(Limited edition.)

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Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee EagerLove We Have ... LP
Mercury, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
Duets between Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager – done as serious, adult oriented soul tracks, one side of the album in an optimistic "The Love We Have" setting, the other in a sadder "The Love We Had" setting – both of them handled in a mode that's far far different than Jerry's 60s duets with Betty Everett. As with most of Jerry's Mercury work at the time, there's some wonderful tunes on the album – including a few numbers written by Terry Callier or Billy Butler – and the whole thing's produced with a subtle approach that creates a solid warm mellow soul vibe throughout. Very hip stuff – and heck, the inside cover even quotes Kenneth Rexroth! Titles include "Lean On Me", "As The Seasons Change", "I Like Your Lovin", "Can't Understand It", "How Long Will It Last", and "Were We Lovers, "Were We Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Wild Child ButlerKeep On Doing What You're Doing ... LP
Mercury, 1969. Very Good ... $14.99
Recorded in Chicago, with a style that's as messed-up and changed-up as some of the best Cadet/Concept work of the time! With Lafayette Leake on piano and organ, Mighty Joe Young on guitar, and Jimmy Dawkins on lead guitar – and titles include "Gravy Child", "Sweet Love", "It's All Over", "My Baby Done Put Me Down", and "Can You Use A Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, ex-libris copy with Withdrawn stamps and library stickers. Cover has taped seams and a small peeled spot.)

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CallModern Romans ... LP
Mercury, 1983. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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CameoMachismo ... CD
Atlanta Artists/Mercury (Japan), 1988. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Jumpin Bill CarlisleBusy Body Boogie – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Overlooked genius from Jumpin Bill Carlisle – one of those postwar hillbilly figures who should have gotten some credit for helping bring rock and roll into the world! Bill's style is upbeat, romping, and plenty jumping – as you can probably see by the way that Carlisle jumped straight up in the air when playing – music that's rooted in country styles, but which has a very quick tempo and lots of wit in the songwriting – acoustic and electric guitar lines dancing around with plenty of bass kicking things up at the bottom – and Bill's work was often strongly supported by brother Cliff Carlisle, a great player on both dobro and steel guitar. CD features a massive 34 tracks in all – most of Bill's Mercury singles from the 50s, plus some Columbia Records material too – titles that include "Honey Love", "Busy Body Boogie", "Shake A Leg", "Doggie Joe", "Woman Driver", "A Mouse Been Messing Around", "Monkey Business", "Air Brakes", "Down Boy", "Tiny Space Man", "Knot Hole", "T'Ain't Nice", "Too Old To Cut The Mustard", and "Money Tree". CD

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Central LineWalking Into Sunshine (special Larry Levan mix, original) ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1981. Very Good+ ... $14.99
THE standout cut from Central Line – a track so big that it got the group noticed over here on our side of the Atlantic, and forever gave them a place in the hallowed halls of 80s groove! The tune chugs along at a great roller skating rhythm – with some spare use of keyboards that pepper the track alongside the catchy vocals – all made even better here on a super-sweet Larry Levan mix! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ City BoyBook Early ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Al Cohn & Zoot SimsYou N Me ... LP
Mercury, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the best albums that Al Cohn and Zoot Sims ever cut together – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of their collaborations during the 50s and 60s! The set's got a nice small group feeling, and is a bit more open and relaxed than some of their RCA material – still in the sharp, thoughtful mode that marked both Cohn and Sims' sessions – but also a bit more earthy, too – possibly because they've got Mose Allison in the combo on piano. The album includes the incredible spare sax-only track "Improvisation For Unaccompanied Saxophones", which is an extremely haunting track that sounds unlike anything the pair had ever done together – and other titles have the full quintet playing, tunes that include "The Opener", "The Note" and "You N Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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Jerry Colonna & His Dixieland BandHe Sings & Swings ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Mercury/Wing pressing with deep groove.)

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Con Funk Shun7 ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Not the group's 7th album, but a bold statement of the unity they feel as a 7 piece ensemble – perfectly lived up to in the record's well-crafted grooves! The album's one of Con Funk Shun's best overall – really solid, but never too slick, very tight in the bass department, but still soulful on the vocal tip, and never afraid to slip into a sweeter, more mellow tune. Titles include "Straight From The Heart", "Bad Lady", "Promise You Love", "I'll Get You Back", "A Song For You", and "California 1". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Con Funk ShunFever/Electric Lady ... CD
Mercury/Cherry Red (UK), 1983/1985. New Copy ... $12.99
80s magic from Con Funk Shun – a pair of albums back to back! Fever is one of the sweetest-grooving albums ever from Con Funk Shun – proof that the group was almost better when they tightened things up a bit! The set was produced by Deodato at the height of his hit-making soul powers – and it's got a sharpness that really helps bring the Con Funk Shun groove into focus – a style that's not nearly as commercial as Deodato's work with Kool & The Gang, but which shares a similar blend of jazz and modern soul elements! Most tracks groove nicely, even some of the mellower ones – and Deodato's got a perfect balance in the sound of the set – keyboards, beats, and bass all in the right places, with plenty of soulful vocals flowing warmly over the top. Titles include "Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold", "Hard Lovin", "If I'm Your Lover", "Can You Feel The Groove Tonight", "Indiscreet Sweet", and "Baby I'm Hooked". Electric Lady is a relatively beat-heavy set from Con Funk Shun – one that has them moving into some of the same spaces as their ensemble funk contemporaries, and using a bit more programmed rhythms than before! Given their pedigree with grooves, the group still manages to keep things soulful – and the album's still got the group at their funky best – and is definitely not in the vein of some of the more commercial work of this type from the mid 80s. Lead vocals are mostly by Michael Cooper, and titles include "Turn The Music Up", "Electric Lady", "Don't Go", "Circle Of Love", "Pretty Lady", "Tell Me What You're Gonna Do", and "I'm Leaving Baby". CD

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Con Funk ShunSpirit Of Love ... CD
Mercury/Universal, 1980. Used ... $5.99
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-written batch of tunes, and a mode of bass-heavy funk that avoids the cliches of other groups at the time – and goes for a more laidback style that sounds especially nice on the mellower numbers. Michael Cooper's great on lead vocals – and titles include "By Your Side", "Early Morning Sunshine", "Curtain Call", "Happy Face", "Juicy", "Lovestruck 1980", and "Honey Wild". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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Gal CostaGal (1969) ... CD
Philips/Mercury (Brazil), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from 1969, but also features some even heavier and more tripped out guitar – in a way that really pushes the psychedelic aspect of the work! The sound here is really amazing – very fuzzy and freaky at times, in ways that make the album one of the most rocking sets of the entire Tropicalia scene, but in ways that still hang onto the quirky experimental qualities of work by Os Mutantes or Caetano Veloso. Gal's vocals really rip out amazingly at times – light years away from the sweet sound of the late 70s, and more in the frenetic, urgent style you'd expect from the politically-charged scene that spawned the set. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil join Gal on a great version of "Pais Tropical", Jards Macale guest stars on the classic "Empty Boat" – and other tracks include "Tuareg", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Pulsars E Quasars", and "Cultura E Civilizaco". Essential! CD

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Elvis Costello & Burt BacharachPainted From Memory (original master recording SACD) ... CD
Mercury/Mobile Fidelity, 1998. Used Gatefold ... $28.99
... CD
(Limited, numbered edition Hybrid SACD.)

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CovenWitchcraft (red & yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 29.99
An insane record – and one of the strangest moments in pop music during the early 70s! Coven are best known to most folks for cutting the message-oriented, sweet folk tune "One Tin Soldier" – but here, they change course completely – and offer up a whole album dedicated to the dark arts and satanic pursuits – with a sonic quality that actually beats just about anything ever recorded by Anton La Vey! The record is ostensibly an "anti-witchcraft" album – but it actually comes off as being totally sincere – in a really great way. Some tunes are song-based – like "Coven In Charing Cross", "Black Sabbath", and "Choke Thirst Die" – but the album also has this really long "Satanic Mass", which even features the Lord's Prayer spoken backwards – completely creepy, in a Kenneth Anger magick sort of way! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on red & yellow "Hellfire" vinyl!)

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Robert CrayDon't Be Afraid Of The Dark ... LP
Hightone/Mercury, 1988. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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Robert CrayShame & A Sin ... CD
Mercury, 1993. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole)

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Xavier CugatBest Of Cugat ... LP
Mercury, 1961. Near Mint- ... $4.99
We're not sure that this was actually a "greatest hits" because it's hard to find these tracks turning up elsewhere but it's a nice batch of lighthearted Latin dance tracks in any case. Tracks include "Mama Inez", "Tea For Two", "Taboo", "Sway", "It Happened In Monterey", "Always In My Heart", and "Amapola". For the most part the songs are fun and jolly with just a few that are a bit more dramatic and sweeping. LP, Vinyl record album
(Later skyscraper label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Xavier CugatCugat Caricatures ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Silly title – but a great album, with Cugie playing relatively straight Latin versions of 60s pop hits. A few of the tunes are a bit silly, but there's less of the goofiness that "caricatures" might imply. Titles include "Papa Loves Mambo", "Night Train", "Fly Me to The Moon", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Desafinado", "The Continental", "Witchcraft", and "I've Got The World On A String". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove.)

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Xavier CugatCugat Plays Continental Hits ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Xavier CugatCugat Plays Continental Hits ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice F:35d "Perfect Presence Sound" pressing. Cover has a small center split on the top seam.)

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Xavier CugatMost Popular Movie Hits As Styled By Cugat ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Cugie turns his classic Latin sound to a number of older compositions from films – like "Moon River", "High Noon", "La Dolce Vita", "Guns Of Navarone", "Al Di La", and "Flying Down To Rio". Not entirely a classic Latin session, but a nice batch of pop instrumental readings of soundtracks, done with a light lively Latin sound. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Def LeppardPyromania ... LP
Mercury, 1983. Very Good ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring wear and a small rip on the top left corner.)

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Buddy DeFranco/Tommy Gumina QuartetKaleidoscope ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Eric DelaneyMainly Delaney ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
An American set from British drumme Eric Delaney – with titles that include "Ripe Cherry Rock", "Truckin", "Oranges & Lemons", "Say Si Si", and "Rock & Roll King Cole". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: vinyl is great, but cover has water staining on the bottom half – a bit of wrinkling on the front.)

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DellsThey Said It Couldn't Be Done – But We Did It ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Brilliant 70s work by The Dells – and an album that has the group reinventing themselves wonderfully, by moving over to Philly and recording with Norman Harris! As he did with so many other artists at the time, Harris took the group firmly into the clubs with a soaring Sigma sort of groove – one that supports the group with backings from players that include key Philly talents like Bobby Eli, Ron Kersey, Larry Washington, and Earl Young – but which also keeps plenty of space for the sublime harmonies that always made The Dells so great! Titles include "Teaser", "Our Love", "Could It Be", "Rich Man Poor Man", "Waiting For You", "Get On Down", and "Betcha Never Been Loved". LP, Vinyl record album

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Manu DibangoAfrican Soul – The Very Best Of Manu Dibango ... CD
Mercury (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Incredible stuff – a mind-blowing collection of work by Manu Dibango that offers some real gems that go way way past the hits! The package is divided up into different periods of Manu's career – his early recordings in France with Nino Ferrer, his Soul Makossa years, his time in the Ivory Coast, Jamaica, and his revival at the end of the 80s. The real treat is the work with Ferrer – highlighted here in 7 recordings from 1967 to 1969, some of Dibango's earliest tunes – cut in a go-go funky soul mode that's really really great. Other sides are excellent too – with a few big hits mixed in with other numbers we missed – making for a wonderful 15 track sampler that shows that Dibango always stayed strong, no matter what the setting. Afro beats, funky sax, and lots of heavy bass all over the place – and a track list that includes "Wakafrica", "Dikalo", "Soul Machine", "Je Veux Etre Noir", "Hot Chicken", "Sunday Morning", "From Congo", "Wouri", "Senga Abele", "Choc N Soul", "Soul Makossa", "Big Blow", "Duala Serenade", and "Goro City". CD

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Will DowningLove's The Place To Be ... CD
Mercury, 1993. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Dry Dock CountyDry Dock County ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear and an ink stamp.)

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EaglesWhat A Crazy Feeling/I Told Myself ... 78 RPM
Mercury, 1955. Near Mint- ... $13.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(In an original Mercury Records sleeve!)

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Lorraine EllisonCall Me Anytime You Need Some Lovin/Please Don't Teach Me To Love You ... 7-inch
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some wear.)

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Coke EscovedoCoke ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Very Good ... $7.99
An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – and instead is great grooving soul, infused both with the sophistication of fusion and some of the Latin elements of Escovedo's roots – all produced to perfection by Patrick Gleeson – who most folks know for his own spacey keyboard work with Bennie Maupin and others! The mix of elements going on is really complex, but comes across with effortless ease – one of those rare fusions that could happen at a bigger label when all the right talents were brought together. The record kind of "out-Fantasys" the best of Fantasy Records in the Bay Area at the time – and makes great use of singers Linda and Calvin Tillery, plus the great Harvey Mason on drums. Titles include wonderful covers of Lamont Dozier's "Why Can't We Be Lovers" and Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" – plus the tracks "What Are You Under", "No One To Depend On", "Easy Come Easy Go", and "Make It Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has wear and some splitting in the bottom seam.)

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ExumaExuma ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
A landmark first album from Exuma – one of a handful of early 70s classics that really worked hard to break down musical genres! At some level, the set's got a Caribbean feel, but at others it's quite funky – a great mix of Exuma's Bahamian roots and some of the headier sounds that Mercury Records was serving up at the time – all hinted at strongly by the rootsy psychedelia of the cover! And given Exuma's appeal to wider audiences, it's almost tempting to think of him as sort of a tripped-out Richie Havens – with similar acoustic elements, yet a lot more percussion and groove in the end. Titles include "Seance In The Sixth Fret", "You Don't Know What's Going On", "The Vision", "Mamma Loi Papa Loi", and "Dambala". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a split top seam, general wear, and a large sticker spot on the front.)

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Art FarmerListen To Art Farmer & The Orchestra ... LP
Mercury, 1962. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A beautiful set of tracks that features Art Farmer soloing on flugelhorn over larger arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Farmer's work on the instrument was just taking shape at this point in his career, and the soulful backings of Nelson are a really great match for his lyrical tone, and widening sense of expression. Tracks are longer and more complicated than you'd expect – and the set's got some great numbers, like "Naima", "Rue Prevail", "Rain Check", and "Ruby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Mercury pressing with the deep groove.)

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $33.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove, including the Mercury inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Art Farmer/Benny Golson JazztetAnother Git Together ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of our favorite records ever from the legendary Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – and a rare later date, recorded after their more famous albums for Chess! The lineup here is a bit unusual – in that a young Grachan Moncur III is in the combo on trombone – really adding some deep, soulful tones to the music – in ways that are very different than his famous Blue Note performances – but which really shape the sound of the music here wonderfully! Harold Mabern's on piano – again bringing in a different feel to this record for the group, with some lyrical undercurrents that are beautiful – and the rest of the lineup features Roy McCurdy on drums and Herb Lewis on bass – in addition to the sublime trumpet of Art Farmer and tenor of Benny Golson. Titles include one of the best versions of "Along Came Betty" that we've ever heard – plus the tracks "Domino", "Another Git Together", "Reggie", and "Space Station. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing.)

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FranckSymphony In D Minor – Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony ... LP
Mercury, 1961. Very Good+ ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label mono pressing – RFR-6/RFR-3.)

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Freddie & The DreamersSeaside Swingers ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Freedom SingersWe Shall Overcome ... LP
Mercury, 1960s. Very Good- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny FrigoI Love John Frigo He Swings ... LP
Mercury, 1957. Very Good ... $6.99
John, aka Johnny Frigo, who's best known to our set for the rare dynamite jazz dance sides he recorded later on, and to the jazz world at large for his work as a bassist, leads a small group on this rare, early full length for Mercury as as a leader on his first instrument – the violin! It's a pretty sweet set, and really not at all the token late 50s swing set you'd expect from the title, and owes as much or more to the bop scene at the time. Frigo's lead violin gives the tunes kind of a cinematic sweep – and he's accompanied by Dick Marx on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Norm Jeffries on drums and others. Tracks include "What A Difference A Day Made", "Polka Dots And Moon Beams", "Blue Orchids", "Moonlight In Vermont", "Is Love Good To Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover is stained along the opening and is aged overall.)

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✨✧ Peter GabrielGames Without Frontiers/Lead A Normal Life ... 7-inch
Mercury, 1980. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel 3 – Melt ... LP
Mercury, 1980. Very Good ... $6.99
Peter Gabriel at the top of his solo game – tight, focused, and coming across with a nice sort of edge – one that really sits nicely in the same late 70s generation that includes Bowie in Berlin, early Talking Heads, and some of the darker-minded work on the left side of the mainstream at the time! The guitars have a nice edge, but never dominate – and Gabriel's vocals are totally great – soaring with majesty, but never overblown, and deeply personal in all the right spots – but without any fake soul modes. Instrumentation is right on the money – processed nicely, but never overproduced – and hell, players on the album even include Brit jazz legend Dick Morrisey on a handful of tracks! Titles include "No Self Control", "I Don't Remember", "Biko", "Intruder", "And Through The Wire", and "Games Without Frontiers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the spine and some surface wear.)

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Gap BandBallads Collection ... CD
Funk Essentials/Mercury, Late 70s/1980s. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Gap BandGap Band (1979) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (UK), 1979. Used ... $6.99
The start of the legendary second chapter for the Gap Band – the point when the group had reemerged as the tight funky trio of the Wilson Brothers, with a groove that would really set them up nicely for the 80s! This first album in the new format has a wonderfully tight feel – still plenty of sharp edges that echo their earlier groove, but a leaner quality too – one that's got the bass and drums snapping together wonderfully, really setting the tone for the heaviest grooves. There's also a few mellower cuts too – which really sound great, and give the record the same sort of balance you might hear on work by Heaven & Earth at the time. War's Lonnie Simmons produced – and held the cash bag all the way to the bank! Titles include "I'm In Love", "Got To Get Away", "Messin With My Mind", "Shake", "Baby Baba Boogie", "Open Your Mind Wide", and "I Can Sing". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some light edgewear.)

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Gap BandGap Band II ... CD
Total Experience/Mercury, 1979. Used ... $19.99
Mean, lean grooves from The Gap Band – a legendary batch of mainstream funk from the end of the 70s – and a record that really has the trio working at the top of their game! There's a wonderful balance here between funky numbers and mellow ones – the latter of which really help pace the record nicely, giving it a depth that takes the group way beyond the cliches of some of their contemporaries, and firmly establishing the Gap Band as one to watch for the 80s! Titles include the massive "I Don't Believe You Want To Get Up & Dance" – with its classic "Oops Upside Your Head" refrain – plus "Who Do You Call", "No Hiding Place", "Steppin Out", "You Are My High", and "Party Lights". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gap BandGap Band III ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $9.99
A great one from the Gap Band – funky gems and sinister groovers – the best of both worlds for the group! Tunes like "Burn Rubber On Me (When You Want To Hurt Me)" and "Humpin" packed 80s dance floors for good reason, and put the band in steady rotation, while numbers like "Yearning For Your Love" showed the band could drop the tempo, stretch out a bit, and deliver the mighty mellow. This one's certainly at the top of the heap of 80s groovers, as far as we're concerned – a record that really took the Gap Band over the top! Other tracks include "Nothin' Comes To The Sleepers", "Are You Living", "The Way", "Gash Gash Gash" and more. CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Erroll GarnerAfternoon Of An Elf (80s pressing) ... LP
Mercury, 1955. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Titles include "Afternoon Of An Elf", "Don't Be That Way", "Fandango", and "A Smooth One". LP, Vinyl record album

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Terry GibbsExplosion ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Tracks include "The Big Cat", "Tico Tico", "Big Bad Bob", "Billie's Bounce", and "Soft Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label promo with deep groove.)

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Terry GibbsLaunching A New Band ... LP
Mercury, 1959. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Terry Gibbs/Steve Allen/Gus BivonaAllen's All Stars, Terry Gibbs Captain ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Near Mint- ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy GillespieComposer's Concepts ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s/1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
Nice 2LP set that brings together some of his most striking sessions of the early 60s recorded for Emarcy. This set includes pieces composed and arranged by Lalo Schifrin played by a large ensemble led by Benny Carter – with Dizzy as the main soloist, and work by players that include James Moody, Phil Woods, Emil Richards, Francisco Aguabella, and Schifrin himself. Tracks are long, and have complicated introductions – then easily give way to the sort of flowing grooves that Schifrin was penning often at the time. Titles include "The Conquerors", "The Chains", "The Swords", "The Empire", and "The Legend Of Atlantis". The set also features Diz playing tracks from Tom McIntosh, one of the scene's brightest arrangers at the time, and a talent who was looming large, thanks to support from folks like Diz and James Moody. Moody's in the group – blowing tenor with a quintet that includes Kenny Barron on piano, Chris White on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums – and his tone is incredible, with a darkness that he'd rarely had before, and the whole group has a mixture of modern tones and soulful grooves that's beyond compare! Titles include "November Afternoon", "The Cup Bearers", "The Day After". Also included are songs from the soundtrack for the lost Shirley Clarke verite drama The Cool World. Mal Waldron wrote the material for the score, and Diz plays the music with a moody emotionality that you don't often hear in his other 60's work. The recording was made by his great group that included Kenny Barron and James Moody, and the titles include "The Pushers", "Duke's Fantasy", "Coney Island", and "Street Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Benny GolsonTurning Point ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $9.99
An incredible, and oft-overlooked album from the great Benny Golson – and one of the few early albums that really point the way to his huge run of work for decades to come! The style here is a bit looser, and more open than some of Golson's previous albums – less of a focus on arrangements, and more on the spontaneous interplay between his tenor and the crack rhythm section – which features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – a dream lineup who really make the record sparkle. But the real star of the show is Golson – who's hitting this raspy, soulful tone he never had before – much freer of soul jazz formalities, and with a modern edge that's wonderful – as you'll hear on titles that include "Alone Together", "Turning Point", "Stella By Starlight", and "Dear Kathy". CD
Also available Turning Point ... LP 19.99

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Benny GolsonTurning Point ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An incredible, and oft-overlooked album from the great Benny Golson – and one of the few early albums that really point the way to his huge run of work for decades to come! The style here is a bit looser, and more open than some of Golson's previous albums – less of a focus on arrangements, and more on the spontaneous interplay between his tenor and the crack rhythm section – which features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – a dream lineup who really make the record sparkle. But the real star of the show is Golson – who's hitting this raspy, soulful tone he never had before – much freer of soul jazz formalities, and with a modern edge that's wonderful – as you'll hear on titles that include "Alone Together", "Turning Point", "Stella By Starlight", and "Dear Kathy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, EXPR-1021, with obi.)
Also available Turning Point ... CD 9.99

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Lesley GoreI'll Cry If I Want To ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A wonderful early album from Lesley Gore – and a set that's got a lot more to offer than just the famous title track! Lesley's just a young gal at this time, but she sings in this lusty, personal style that's a lot richer than most female pop of the period – and which also shows the way that, during the mid 60s, there was a gentle blurring of the line between soul and rock, especially in material of this nature. Gore has a way of making the tunes hit home with her honesty and easygoing range – even when the numbers are familiar – and arrangements by the great Claus Ogerman also keep things fresher than the usual pop pap. Titles include "It's My Party", "Just Let Me Cry", "I Would", "Judy's Turn To Cry", "The Party's Over", "No More Tears", and "Cry Me A River". Pretty weepy themes – but a much wider range of presentation! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing with skyscraper labels.)

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Lesley GoreMy Town, My Guy & Me ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging.)
 
 
 



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