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DanleersBest Of The Danleers – The Mercury Years ... CD
Mercury, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $13.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Tony MartinMercury Years (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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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✨✧ David BowieMercury Demos (with art print & contact sheets) ... LP
Parlophone, 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Antonio Carlos JobimGreatest Hits (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury (Canada), 1960s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Philips.)

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✨✧ Lesley GoreIt's My Party – The Mercury Anthology ... CD
Mercury/Chronicles, 1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David TornCloud About Mercury ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Cloud About Mercury ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Jimmy McCracklinMercury Recordings ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked chapter in the career of Jimmy McCracklin – some late 50s recordings done for the Mercury label, in the time between his bigger hits on Chess and Imperial! The music here is all totally great – a seminal blend of bluesy roots and newer soul shadings, very much in the early soul territory that Jimmy was helping forge at the time. The set begins with some rougher-edged numbers, but shows a real growth in sound and style as the short years move on – a maturation of McCracklin's style that's strongly helped by efforts from producers Clyde Otis and Shelby Singleton. Titles include "The Wobble", "Georgia Slop", "Hitched", "By Myself", "Doomed Lover", "What's That (parts 1 & 2)", "Folsom Prison Blues", "With Your Love", and "Let's Do It". CD
 
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ABCHow To Be A Zillionaire! ... LP
Mercury, 1985. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Steve Allen & Gus BivonaSwingin' & Dancin' ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing, with deep groove.)

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Gene AmmonsJug Sessions ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Very Good+ 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 AndersonErnestine Anderson – The Toast Of The Nation's Critics ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
One of Ernestine's early albums for Mercury – a bit unsure as to its direction: soul jazz, straight ballad vocals, or a bit of vocalese jazz – but that's kind of what makes it interesting! Pete Rugolo conducts the group on the session – and he also contributed the original tune "Interlude" to the set. Other strong tracks include a version of "Social Call", plus "Welcome To The Club", "Azure Te", "Runnin Wild", and "Heat Wave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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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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Louis ArmstrongLouis ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Harry ArnoldHarry Arnold + Big Band + Quincy Jones = Jazz! ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good+ ... $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 bubbles along the spine and some aging on the back.)

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Josephine BakerAvec Josephine Baker (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Early 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
Material recorded late in the years after Josephine Baker left our shores for Paris – with tracks that include "Te Voyo Benn", "Olele Olela", "Pecadora", "Minuit", "Barina", "Santa Chiare", and "Serenade Celeste". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a piece of black tape in one corner.)

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Two Ton BakerMy Little Pup With The Patent Leather Nose/Myrtle The Turtle & Flip The Frog ... 78 RPM
Mercury, Mid 40s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Both labels have a small sticker.)

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Two Ton BakerNursery Rhyme Time ... 78 RPM
Mercury, 1946. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Both labels have a small sticker.)

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✨✧ Bar-KaysAs One/Nightcruising/Propositions/Dangerous ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A quadruple pack of albums from The Bar-Kays – four records on two CDs! First up is As One, a record that definitely has the Bar-Kays definitely grooving as one – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding great – thanks to a matured outlook on their music, one that has them fitting nicely alongside some of their Mercury ensemble funk contemporaries – but in ways that still make them stand out from the pack! Titles include "Body Fever", "As One", "Say It Through Love", "Open Your Heart", "Deliver Us", and "Take The Time To Love Somebody". Nightcruising is a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of rhythm schooled in years of indie funk that comes through even on the mellower cuts here – which themselves show an even better side of the group in this generation, one that comes across great here on a few slower numbers that have a sweetly stepping groove. Titles include "Nightcruising", "Freaky Behavior", "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love", "Touch Tone", "Hit & Run", "Unforgettable Dream", "Traffic Jammer", and "Backseat Driver". Propositions is 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". Dangerous has a tighter sound than before for The Bar-Kays – that lean approach to funky grooves that some of their contemporaries were hitting as the 80s moved on – yet still served up here by the full ensemble with a relatively fresh feel overall. Amidst the beats and keyboards, there's still lots of nice funky inflections on bass and guitar – often handled in a skittish mode that energizes things nicely, especially alongside the more electro-styled vocals. The vibe of the record is definitely in keeping with the cover – but in the best way possible – and titles include "Dangerous", "Dirty Dancer", "Make Believe Lover", "Freakshow On The Dance Floor", and "Sexomatic". CD

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✨✧ Bar-KaysFlying High On Your Love ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good ... $3.99
A great step forward for The Bar-Kays – an album that actually has them taking on a few mellower moments, amidst the heavy funk you might expect – yet all without softening their groove at all! The album's very much in the best spirit of the group's Mercury debut – still recorded in Memphis, with production that's tight, but never uptight – enough to firmly put the group at the top of the funk superstar scene of the mid 70s, yet never sell out the rich Memphis groove that first got them going! Titles include "You Can't Run Away", "Let's Have Some Fun", "Can't Keep My Hands Off You", "Whatever It Is", and "Shut the Funk Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Bar-KaysPropositions ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
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". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Bar-KaysShine/Give It Up ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1978. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $19.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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Charlie BarnetCharlie Barnet Plays Charlie Barnet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Very Good ... $14.99
Bold work from Charlie Barnet – packaged in a cover with great graphics too! Titles include his classic "Skyliner" – plus "Blue Lou", "Gal From Joe's", "Charleston Alley", "Cherokee', and "Southern Fried". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing! Cover has a small bit of tape in one corner and some aging, but is nice overall.)

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William BellIt's Time You Took Another Listen ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Near Mint- ... $11.99
It's clearly long after his Stax years at this point, but the album's still got some nice enough soul moments, and was still all recorded in the south. Tracks include "Yesterday I Lied, Today I Cried", "Morning Glory", "Your Love Keeps Me Going", "Let it Shine", and "Satin Sheets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a bent corner.)

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Ben His Tumba & His OrchestraLet's Cha Cha Cha ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
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 BentonGolden Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1961. Very Good ... $2.99
... 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)... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has a light wear and a drillhole.)

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Brook BentonIf You Believe ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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BerliozSymphonie Fantastique Op 14 – Dorati/Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ... LP
Mercury, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label mono pressing. Cover is in great shape!)

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Chuck BerryGolden Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Chuck BerrySt Louie To Frisco To Memphis ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Blue Stars Of FranceLullaby Of Birdland ... CD
Mercury/Nippon (Japan), 1954. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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.)

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Blues MagoosPsychedelic Lollipop ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Near Mint- ... $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
(Mis-pressed stereo red label pressing with deep groove, matrix 2/61096 A1/B1, with mono labels. Cover has a drillhole through the center, some splitting in the top seam, and a bit of pen on back. Label has a small drillhole.)

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BohannonCut Loose ... LP
Mercury, 1979. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A great set of clubby tunes from Bohannon – a bit discoey, to be sure, but still with plenty of the odd rhythms and odd touches of his earlier work! The tracks here are all long and chunky – made up of strutting drum bits that are far from conventional, often topped by oddly riffing guitar that percolates in the tunes with a rough-edged quality that's far from mainstream disco. A few cuts feature bits of keyboards too, and some weird processing on the vocals – but the main groove here is really from the interplay of beats, bass, and guitar! Titles include "Cut Loose", "The Beat (part 2)", "Mighty Groovy", "At Night Fall", and "That's The Way It Goes" – all tremendous work even for a major label effort! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Bon Jovi7800 Degrees Fahrenheit ... LP
Mercury, 1985. Very Good ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Clifford BrownQuintet Vol 1 ... LP
EmArcy/Mercury, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
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 light wear and a small sticker.)

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Clifford BrownRemember Clifford ... LP
Mercury, 1955/1963. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A lasting tribute to Brownie! The album was released some years after Brown died, and is comprised of songs from his 1955 album Clifford Brown With Strings, plus a few tracks from other recording sessions from that year before his death. The players include Richie Powell (Bud Powell's brother who also died in the crash with Brown),piano; Max Roach on drums and Harold Land and Sonny Rollins on tenor sax. Brown's original composition "Sandu" and Richie Powell's own "Time" are included as well as "Yesterdays," "Cherokee (Indian Love Song)," "Willow Weep for Me" and an unusual version of "Take the A Train." LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Jerry ButlerGolden Hits Live (second cover) ... LP
Mercury, 1968. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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 ButlerPhiladelphia Sessions – Iceman Cometh, Ice On Ice, & More! ... CD
Mercury, Late 60s. Used ... $18.99
Genius work from Jerry Butler – working here with the early Gamble & Huff team, years before their 70s fame with Philly International, in a smooth soul style that would soon become known as Philly Soul! By the late 60s, Jerry's work with Vee Jay was long ended – the label had come to an end through financial misdealings, but Jerry was still growing as a vocalist, ready for new styles and challenges. Hooking up with Gamble & Huff was pure genius, as the pair were brilliant young producers, working magic with smaller groups – but ready to handle a talent as large as Jerry's with ease. Butler's name and style proved to be a perfect foil for many of their new and sophisticated approaches to soul – and the union instantly yielded some super-huge hits, including "Only The Strong Survive", "Hey Western Union Man", "Never Give You Up", "Lost", and "Moody Woman". All those great tracks are on this set – which combines Butler's first two albums with the Gamble & Huff team (Iceman Cometh and Ice On Ice), and also adds in 3 bonus tracks from other albums (many of which repeated tracks from these two, and are hence not correctly reissued on their own.) The set's a brilliant batch of late 60s soul – with a total of 25 tracks that include (in addition to the numbers named above) "Brand New Me", "Beside You", "No Money Down", "Go Away, Find Yourself", "Been A Long Time", "When You're Alone", "Don't Let Love Hang You Up", and "How Can I Get In Touch With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CallModern Romans ... LP
Mercury, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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CameoAnthology ... CD
Mercury, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Owwwww! We don't even need to call Cameo a guilty pleasure, because even though they always fell more on the commercial side of funk, we've never been embarassed by our appreciation of their slick, in-your-face style. This excellent 2 CD set covers just about their entire career, from their harder funkier roots in the early days, with numbers like "Rigor Mortis", "Post Mortem" and "Funk Funk", to the wigged early 80s dancefloor numbers "Shake Your Pants", "Freaky Dancin", and "Keep It Hot", to their later, bass heavy radio numbers like "She's Strange", "Attack Me With Your Love" and "Candy". CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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CameoBest Of Cameo – 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection ... CD
Mercury, Late 70s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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CameoMachismo ... CD
Atlanta Artists/Mercury (Japan), 1988. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Machismo ... LP 0.99

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Dick CampbellDick Campbell Sings Where It's At ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A pretty compelling session – with work from Mike Bloomfield on guitar and Paul Butterfield on harmonica! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)

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David CarrollPercussion Orientale ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Chi-LitesFantastic Chi-Lites ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Fantastic Chi-Lites is right, because the group's still going strong even after their hit years on Brunswick – stepping forth with a sweet harmony sound that nicely fits the Philly arrangements they get on this set! There's a maturity here that gets past the fragile soul of earlier sets, and which has the group moving into a warmly adult mode that's a perfect shift from their more familiar hits. Includes the classic club groover "My First Mistake" – a stunning track that recalls the best work of groups like Blue Magic or Double Exposure – and other tracks include "I've Got Love On My Mind", "If I Had A Girl", "Who's In Love With Me", "Let's Touch", and "Love At Its Best". LP, Vinyl record album

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Del Close & John BrentHow To Speak Hip ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $29.99
A hilarious album – not dated at all, and really pretty groovy stuff that holds up well over time! The format is this: Brent and Close are the hippie and straight man – presenting a guide to talking "hip", which is a mixture of beatnik and junkie slang, delivered in a variety of settings and interview styles. The album should be hokey, but given Close's hipness at the time, and his relaxed Chicago improv style, it comes off extremely well – and makes the album a treasure to listen to, filled with great bits that we'd love to see sampled on hip hop records (hint, hint!) Titles include "The Hang Up", "Basic Hip", "The Loose Wig", "Cool", "Uncool", and "Summary". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has masking tape on the bottom seam, a piece of tape at the opening, and a partially unglued booklet.)

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Al Cohn & Zoot SimsYou N Me ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $9.99
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". CD

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Con Funk Shun7 ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
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 ... LP
Mercury, 1981. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ShunSecrets ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good ... $1.99
A great early album from Con Funk Shun – a mix of funkier tunes and some excellent smooth modern ones in step with the mellower work by Cameo or Maze – done with more soaringly emotional sounds that moves beyond their peers! A love for earlier 70s styles might be what pushes Secrets above and beyond – honest, intimate, and at times just more focused in the vocals department than both the funky soul groups of the time and the quiet storm singers of the approaching early 80s – and still doesn't spare the bass, horns and funky interplay! High points include the closing instrumental "Indian Summer Love" and funky centerpiece "Ffun" –plus "Doowhachawannadoo", "Who Has The Time", "Secrets", "Tear In My Eye" and "I'll Set You Out OK". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Robert CrayDon't Be Afraid Of The Dark ... LP
Hightone/Mercury, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout notch.)

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Robert CrayStrong Persuader ... LP
Mercury, 1986. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker and a fairly large sticker spot.)

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Xavier CugatBest Of Cugat ... LP
Mercury, 1961. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
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
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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Xavier CugatCugat Caricatures ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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+ ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Xavier CugatCugat Plays Continental Hits ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice F:35d "Perfect Presence Sound" pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Xavier CugatCugi's Cocktails ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Cugat and cocktails – what could be better? The set's a bit later than Xavier Cugat's classic vintage – but in a really nice way, one that has him opening up with some groovy 60s rhythms! The style is still heavily Latin, but there's also some nice influences from bossa nova and some of the dance trends that were creeping into the dancefloors of the time – and arranger Hal Mooney gives the whole thing a playful kind of approach that's still as rhythmic and percussive as Cugat's other albums, but which also uses the horn charts to carve some nice colors over the top! Titles include the excellent original "Cugi's Cocktail" – a great slow-groover with a soul jazz finish – plus "Manhattan", "Zombie", "Singapore", "Daiquiri", "Old Fashioned", and "Cuba Libre". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Xavier CugatMost Popular Movie Hits As Styled By Cugat ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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 LeppardHigh N Dry ... LP
Mercury, 1984. Very Good ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Def LeppardHysteria ... LP
Mercury, 1987. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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(Includes printed inner sleeve – which is a bit wrinkled. Cover has light wear.)

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Diamond & The Psychotic NeuroticsStunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop ... LP
Mercury, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $14.99 24.99
The early 90s hip hop masterpiece from Diamond D! Along with Showbiz and AG's first EP, and Lord Finesse's first couple releases, this record helped introduce the world to one of the most solid crews in hip hop, DITC – who reigned supreme for years, making top quality records one after another. The classic and oft-imitated Diamond beats laid the blueprint for so much hip hop to follow – and the titles include "Sally Got A One Track Mind," "Best Kept Secret," "I'm Outta Here," "Check One, Two", "Freestyle (Yo That's The Sh..)" and more! Loads of great guest stars, like Lakim Shabazz, Big L, Fat Joe, and Brand Nubian. LP, Vinyl record album

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DulcimerAnd I Turned As I Had Turned As A Boy ... LP
Mercury, 1971. Sealed Gatefold ... $39.99
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ExumaExuma ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $33.99
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
(Cover has light wear.)

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Art Farmer/Benny Golson JazztetAnother Git Together ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $9.99
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. CD

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Frederick FennellMusic Of Leroy Anderson ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split spine.)

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Freddie & The DreamersFreddie & The Dreamers ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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Freedom ExpressEasy Ridin ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Good+ ... $5.99
Pretty decent soul/rock material from the early 70s. The liner notes say that these guys started their career working with Buddy Miles, Electric Flag, and Sam & Dave – but the record's got a lot more of a soul vibe than you might expect, and it reminds us of some of the more rock-sounding soul acts on Stax from the same time. Titles include "7 1/2", "Don't Bogart Me", "The Pusher", "Who Can We Depend On?", and "You Never Get Too Big". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has ring & edge wear, clear tape on the seams, and some stains.)

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Gap BandGap Band (1979)/Gap Band II/Gap Band III ... CD
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Massive music in a wonderful package – three funky classics from The Gap Band! First up is the group's self-titled album from 1979 – 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". Gap Band II features 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". Gap Band III is sagreat 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

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Gap BandGap Band III ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
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- ... $4.99
Titles include "Afternoon Of An Elf", "Don't Be That Way", "Fandango", and "A Smooth One". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erroll GarnerErroll Garner Plays Misty ... LP
Mercury, 1954. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Pure and simple pianistics from the great Erroll Garner – an album built around his famous composition "Misty", and featuring a number of other tunes played with equally fragile beauty. You may think you've got Garner pegged, but there's a quality to this work that really haunts us – a mixed-up, chopped-up rhythm that seems to give even familiar songs a dark, moody quality that completely transforms them. Titles include "That Old Feeling", "Where Or When", "Again", "Frantenality", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and "Exactly Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Back cover has light staining along the bottom seam, but looks great otherwise.)

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Terry GibbsLaunching A New Sound In Music ... LP
Mercury, 1959. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Back cover has some pen.)

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Terry Gibbs/Steve Allen/Gus BivonaAllen's All Stars, Terry Gibbs Captain ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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✨✧ Gilberto & The Musicabana OrchestraCha Cha Cha ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
One of those better-than-usual Latin albums on Mercury from the 50s! Titles include "Chevere", "Molique", "Facil Para Bailar", "Cameisno", "Suave Cha Cha Cha", "A Lo Ultimo", and "Cha Cha Cha En Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has oxidation under the gloss, which causes some lightness in the image.)

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Patrick GleesonBeyond The Sun – An Electronic Portrait Of Holst's The Planets ... CD
Mercury/BSX, 1976. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
One of the most ambitious records ever made by electronic wizard Patrick Gleeson – a huge talent on the moog and Arp, whose work was featured on key 70s jazz albums by Charles Earland, Joe Henderson, Bennie Maupin, and Herbie Hancock – and that's saying a lot, given that Herbie already played plenty of keyboards himself! This set's a reworking of "The Planets" – the symphonic suite by the composer Gustav Holtz – whose spacey structures are perfect for Pat's other-worldly work on the keys. Trombonist Julian Priester plays on the record – adding a few analog moments next to Pat's work on the EMU Polyphonic Synthesizer – and titles include "Saturn The Bringer Of Old Age", "Neptune The Mystic", "Uranus, The Magician", "Mars The Bringer Of War", and "Mercury The Winged Messenger". CD

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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

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Joe GordonIntroducing Joe Gordon ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Amazing work from bop trumpeter Joe Gordon! Gordon was a lost talent who only cut a handful of records before his untimely death in 1963 – but he was a heck of a trumpeter, with a rich talent that we'd rank up there with Lee Morgan and Kenny Dorham. Joe plays here in a group that includes Art Blakey on drums and Charlie Rouse on tenor – and the overall sound is right up there with the best raw bop on Blue Note or Prestige during the same time. Titles include "Toll Bridge", "Lady Bob", "Flash Gordon", "Xochimilco", and "Bous Bier". CD

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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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Gigi GryceReminiscin' ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $9.99
A great lost date from the wonderful Gigi Gryce – a set that features the altoist in an sextet, but often swinging with a looser vibe than on some of his better-known albums from the 50s! There's a mix of soulful and modern here that's not unlike the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – both players of Gryce's same postwar generation, and coincidentally recording for Mercury at the same time. Although the groove here is definitely different – less emphasis on the bottom, and more on the top – not just Gryce's wonderfully raspy alto, but also the trumpet of Richard Williams too. All other players are great as well – and Eddie Costa brings in some sweet vibes – in a lineup that also features Richard Wyands on piano, and either Reggie Workman or George Duvivier on bass, and either Walter Perkins or Bob Thomas on drums. Tracks include "Reminiscing", "Gee Blues Gee", "Blue Light", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
Also available Reminiscin' ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Gigi GryceReminiscin' ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A great lost date from the wonderful Gigi Gryce – a set that features the altoist in an sextet, but often swinging with a looser vibe than on some of his better-known albums from the 50s! There's a mix of soulful and modern here that's not unlike the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – both players of Gryce's same postwar generation, and coincidentally recording for Mercury at the same time. Although the groove here is definitely different – less emphasis on the bottom, and more on the top – not just Gryce's wonderfully raspy alto, but also the trumpet of Richard Williams too. All other players are great as well – and Eddie Costa brings in some sweet vibes – in a lineup that also features Richard Wyands on piano, and either Reggie Workman or George Duvivier on bass, and either Walter Perkins or Bob Thomas on drums. Tracks include "Reminiscing", "Gee Blues Gee", "Blue Light", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep grovoe! Cover has a small cutout hole, and a very light trace of an old sticker in another corner.)
Also available Reminiscin' ... CD 9.99

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Roy C HammondMore Sex & More Soul ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Classic 70s southern soul from Roy C – a brilliant follow-up to his excellent Sex & Soul album, but a great little record that more than stands on its own! Although Roy's roots are in New York City, his sound here is one that echoes strongly with the changes going on down in the Memphis, Jackson, and Miami soul scenes at the time – an approach to southern soul that still maintains the rootsiness of the vocals, yet which wraps them up in a warmer, more adult sort of mode – almost inspired by the work of Al Green, but a bit more down home. Titles include "From The Outside Looking In", "Sure Nuff In Love With You", "After Loving You", "Show Me Love, I'll Show You Pain", and "Great Great Grandson Of A Slave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Roy HaynesRoy Haynes' Busman's Holiday (10 inch LP) ... LP
Mercury, Near Mint- ... $119.99
Fantastic overseas work from this legendary drummer – leading a hip sextet that features Sahib Shihab on alto and baritone, Bjarne Nerem on tenor, and Ake Persson on trombone! Titles include "Little Leona", "Gone Again", "Miss Mopsey", and "Hagnes". LP, Vinyl record album
(A very nice drummer logo pressing! Cover has a few small bits of tape on the seams, but is nice overall.)

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Hindemith/SchoenbergSymphonic Metamorphoses/5 Pieces For Orchestra Op 16 – Rafael Kubelik/Chicago Symphony Orchestra ... LP
Mercury, 1955. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Deep groove maroon label mono pressing! Cover has a partially split top seam.)

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✨✧ Shirley HornLoads Of Love/Shirley Horn With Horns ... CD
Mercury, 1963. Used ... $2.99
2 early albums by the great Shirley Horn – back to back on one CD! On Loads Of Love, Shirley sings some somber ballads over large orchestrations by Jimmy Jones – in a mode that's different from recent work, but which also shows that she's a great singer with a really sensitive style. The groove's not as open as on some of her small combo recordings, but that also brings out a side of Shirley that you don't always hear on record – a committed, honest, slightly sad style that's quite striking, considering that this was one of Shirley's first albums. Titles include "That's No Joke", "Love For Sale", "Ten Cents A Dance", "Who Am I?", "Only The Lonely", and "Wild Is Love". Horn With Horns is hip stuff from Shirley – very mature and swinging jazz, despite any hokiness you might expect from the "with horns" tag. Arrangements are by Quincy Jones, Thad Jones, and Billy Byers – and the set list features some good current numbers, and a bunch of standards, all redone nicely in a 60s sophistijazz style. Tracks include "Wee Small Hours", "That Old Black Magic", "The Great City", "On The Street Where You Live", and "Let Me Love You". CD
(Out of print, a few tracks are highlighted on traycard artwork.)

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Ivory Joe HunterSince I Met You Baby ... LP
Mercury, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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(80s pressing.)

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Inman & IraSinging Spokesmen For The New Generation ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... $0.99
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(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some tape residue along the opening.)

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Horst JankowskiAnd We Got Love ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A fantastic album from the great Horst Jankowski – and a set that really points the way towards some of his groovy records to come for the MPS label! The sound here is maybe a bit more sprightly and upbeat than some of Jankowski's previous records – still a haunting blend of his grand piano lines and larger backings handled by Erwin Lehn, but also balanced with a more pronounced sense of rhythm on some cuts – thanks to drums from the mighty Charly Antolini! These upbeat tunes have a soaring swing that's completely sublime – Horst really setting the pop instrumental mode free to hit the next level – and titles include "A Band", "Casino Royale", "Zabadak", "The Happening", "It Must Be Him", "Don't Sleep In The Subway", and "The Last Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Horst JankowskiGenius Of Jankowski ... LP
Mercury, 1964. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The genius of Jankowski here is in the way that Horst manages to create this sweet little groove every time he hits the keys of the piano – often syncopating the rhythms a bit in the background, which kicks up the lead instrument nicely – in ways that are quite different than the usual American easy approach of the early 60s! Jankowski's groove was a hit right off – and his trademark piano is also augmented by the Jankowski Singers, who twitter and titter along with the tunes – on titles that include the classic "A Walk In The Black Forest", plus "Sing Song", "Simple Gimpel", "Nola", "Soon Luck Will Knock On Your Door", "When The Girls Go Marching In", and "Toselli Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Horst JankowskiStill More Genius of Jankowski ... LP
Mercury, 1966. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Fantastic piano work from the very groovy Horst Jankowski – an artist who's really stepping into his own with this sweet mid 60s album! The set still follows the balance of electric bass and hard piano sounds from Horst – but it also fleshes out the music in a really great way, by adding in these lovely larger backings from the Erwinh Lehn orchestra – every bit as full of color as on their classic album for MPS! The Lehn touch is a great one – and makes the whole thing really sound wonderful – with that balance of tonal complexity and straightforward groove that made some of the MPS/Saba productions so great. Titles include "Violets In March", "Elmer's Tune", "Black Forest Holiday", "Shadow of Your Smile", "Danke Danke", "Sir Scotch Whiskey", and "Let's Live a Little". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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JBsPass The Peas – The Best Of The JBs ... CD
Mercury/People, Early 70s. Used ... $2.99
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs Monaurail", which runs for over 8 minutes) – in tight edits that sum up the funk perfectly, and put it over the fence with some amazingly hard rhythms! Tracks include "The Grunt (part 1)", "Hot Pants Road", "Doing It To Death (part 1)", "Breaking Bread", "If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up & Try It Again", "Blow Your Head", "Gimme Some More", "Pass The Peas", "Same Beat (part 1)", and "Damn Right I Am Somebody (part 1) (7 inch single mix)". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Joan Jett & The BlackheartsI Love Rock & Roll (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blackheart/Mercury, 1981. Used ... $6.99
Timeless rock & roll from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – an indie rock pioneer who simply doesn't get the credit she deserves for shattering the glass ceiling for both women and independent souls in mainstream rock in the early 80s! Includes the hit title track and her cool cover of "Crimson & Clover", plus "Nag", "Bits & Pieces", "Be Straight" and more – plus "Louie Louie", "You Don't Know What You've Got (live)", "Summertime Blues", and "Nag" with the Coasters! CD
(Out of print.)

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Buddy JohnsonWalkin ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Classic material from Buddy Johnson – a key figure in the transition from bigger band jazz to raw R&B in the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label deep groove pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Ella JohnsonSomeday/It's 'Bout To Break My Heart In Two ... 78 RPM
Mercury, 1955. Very Good ... $8.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Quincy JonesGreat Wide World Of Quincy Jones (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1959. Used ... $13.99
Quincy's world is great and wide indeed – and even at this early point in his career, he was displaying a wonderful talent for bringing in bits from all sources! The album's essentially a straight jazz set, but it's got some great exotic touches that are in keeping with the "world" theme and the globe-trotting titles on the set. The group's excellent too – with players that include Sahib Shihab, Budd Johnson, Les Spann, Lee Morgan, and Phil Woods – all working through hip arrangements by Al Cohn, Bill Potts, and Ernie Wilkins. Titles include "Ghana", "Air Mail Special", "Chant Of The Weed", "Eesom", and "I Never Has Seen Snow". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Louis JordanMan, We're Wailin ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $22.99
One of the heaviest of Louis' mid 50s recordings – recorded live, or so we're supposed to think by the subtitle – which reads "Louis Jordan & His Brilliant Tympany 5 In A Typical Late, Late, Late Night Club Performance"! Louis' voice and sax are better than we remember from many other recordings of the time – and he's backed by a small combo that includes Jackie Davis on organ, Irving Ashby on guitar, and Billy Hadnott on bass – all grooving in a loose and free style that makes for a nicely spontaneous feel. Titles include "The Jamf", "The Slop", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "I Never Had A Chance", and "A Man Ain't A Man". Great stuff all around! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mercury pressing with deep groove.)

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Louis JordanMan, We're Wailin (Trip) ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the heaviest of Louis' mid 50s recordings – recorded live, or so we're supposed to think by the subtitle – which reads "Louis Jordan & His Brilliant Tympany 5 In A Typical Late, Late, Late Night Club Performance"! Louis' voice and sax are better than we remember from many other recordings of the time – and he's backed by a small combo that includes Jackie Davis on organ, Irving Ashby on guitar, and Billy Hadnott on bass – all grooving in a loose and free style that makes for a nicely spontaneous feel. Titles include "The Jamf", "The Slop", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "I Never Had A Chance", and "A Man Ain't A Man". Great stuff all around! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing on Trip.)

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Louis JordanSomebody Up There Digs Me ... LP
Wing/Mercury, 1956. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Somebody up there digs Louis Jordan – and we do too – thanks to the searing sound of these Mercury Records sides from the 50s! The approach here is a bit more rocking and R&B-influenced than Jordan's initial material – and Louis goes back to some classics, reworks their groove, and shows everyone that although he's one of the originators, he can still do it better than most! Sax lines and searing guitar parts really infuse the grooves with a lot of soul – and Jordan himself is impeccably charming and pretty darn groovy throughout! Titles include "Run Joe", "Early In The Morning", "Caldonia", "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Beware Brother Beware", "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town", and "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Wing pressing with deep groove. Cover is lightly stained and flaky on the bottom half.)
 
 
 



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