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✨✧ Gene SimmonsI Done Told You ... CD
Sun/Charly (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great early work from Gene Simmons – a Memphis singer best known for a later Halloween novelty record, but an artist here who's at the prime of his youthful powers – and very much an important part of the early sound of Sun Records! Gene was maybe getting more of his songs recorded by other artists at the time, but he's also a hell of a singer too – with a great mix of blues and hillbilly roots, fused into a spare style that really brings out the moodier elements in his music, and which is light years from more mainstream rock and pop – those farther reaches that always yield plenty, if you know where to dig into the Sun Records catalog! The set features 27 tracks from these early years, including some alternates too – and titles include "Drinkin Wine", "Juicy Fruit", "Mom & Pop", "Money Money Money", "I Done Told You", "Crazy Woman", "If I'm Not Wanted", "Drinkin Scotch", "Down On The Border", "Gene's Jumpin Jive", "You Can't Break The Chains Of Love", and "Peroxide Blonde & A Hopped Up Model Ford". CD
 
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DarondoLet My People Go ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
Mad homegrown soul from the enigmatic Darondo – a brief Bay Area star back in the 70s, and also host of TV comedy and children's shows! Darondo only ever saw release of 3 singles, but they're all pretty darn great – a weird mix of funk, soul, and sly slinky grooves – very unique in conception, and with a heady, tripped-out vision that makes us wish he'd recorded more. Luv N Haight have really done Darondo justice with this set – bringing together all 6 tracks from the singles, plus 3 more previously unissued numbers – all in a great package that features words from the man himself, plus some great images from his older TV shows. A near-lost soul figure, but one with enough charisma to fill the careers of other more famous acts! Titles include "How I Got Over", "Let My People Go", "Legs (part 1)", "True", "Didn't I", "I Want Your Love So Bad", "My Momma & My Poppa", "Sure Know How To Love Me", and "Listen To My Song". CD

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MomusPhilosophy Of Momus ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1995. Used ... $6.99
One of the last truly brilliant albums from Momus – even if it's got a few dodgy tracks! The problem with this one is that it's a lot longer than his albums for Creation – 19 tracks in all, about 8 or 9 of which should have stayed in the ash bin. But amongst those clunkers, there's some really incredible work – perfect little tunes that have all the dark edgey quality of earlier years, with a well-composed pop sensibility that gives them more hooks than a room full of coat racks. Some of these tunes are incredible treasures, the kind we'd never want to part with. Our favorites include "Red Pyjamas", "Slide Projector Lie Detector", "I Had A Girl", "Paranoid Acoustic Seduction Machine", and "The Loneliness Of Lift Music". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousAge Of Worry – From Country Pop To Freak Folk – The Space Age Relics Of Monument Records 1960 to 1970 ... LP
Monument/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1960s. New Copy ... About October 23, 2020 (delayed)
Fantastic sounds from one of the most troubled decades in modern American history – a moment so rocky, its changes and politics even touched the world of country music! While you might think of country as being just a flag-waving, gun-toting version of society, these rare gems show a completely different world – served up by thoughtful, topical tunes that are maybe a more mid-center version of the themes that were more popularly taken up by folk music or hippies at the time! The work is almost all from obscure 45rpm offerings by Monument Records – a very interesting company in the 60s, one that was always a bit off to the left of the Nashville mainstream, and more than willing to take chances – especially with unusual material like this. Some tracks are by older artists, getting hip to the times – but many more are by talents that managed to serve up a few great songs, then slide off the scene for good – leaving us just these tasty relics to remember them by. Omni brought the same great presentation to the package as their Hillbillies In Hell series – on a set of 28 titles that include "Mac The Merchant" by Durwood Haddock, "Age Of Worry" by Billy Walker, "Apology At Bedtime" by Jim Mann, "Code Alarm 7" by Vern Stovall, "Outcast" by Larry Collins, "Permanent Wave" by Orville Couch, "The Night Miss Nancy Ann's Hotel For Single Girls Burned Down" by Tex Williams, "Love Thy Neighbor" by Carl Vaughn, "Every Man Has A Prison" by Rusty Draper, "What Of Tomorrow" by Arthur B Hancock, "Tale Of A Wooden War" by Kenny Jones, "Left Wing Birds" by The Charades, and "A Gun Don't Make A Man" by Capt Ty Herrington. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Juliette GrecoJolie Mome – La Muse De Saint Germain Des Pres (colored vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Poppy/RPM (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The title certainly gets it right – as the lovely Juliette Greco was perhaps the most distinct voice on the left bank of Paris in the postwar years – a singer who forever helped transform the sound of chanson, and pave the way for the sexy styles of other singers to come in the 60s! Greco's style here is simple, but powerful – never as overly-emotive as some of her contemporaries, and always presented with an open, honest knowledge of the world's charms and its challenges – which really comes through in the well-selected batch of work for the set. Tracks are from an assortment of rare French EP releases, and the package features 26 titles in all – tracks that include "Accordeon", "Les Feuilles Mortes", "Jolie Mome", "Je Hais Les Dimanches", "Souls Le Ciel De Paris", "Je Suis Comme Je Suis", "C'Etait Bien", "Chanson Pour L'Auvergnat", "La Fete Aux Copains", "Ca Va", "Chandernagor", and "La Fiancee Du Pirate". LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD UK Release.)

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✨✧ Max RoachBright Moments ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1987. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Proof that Max Roach was always experimenting with his music – even in the later years! The album's one of a few 80s efforts to feature Roach's Double Quartet – a group that takes his regular four-piece jazz group and augments it with a string quartet – all in a sound that's almost an extension of modes first begun by Roland Kirk in the 60s! The Kirk reference isn't accidental – as the title track here is a great version of Kirk's "Bright Moments" – one that uses the strings to offset the core jazz work of Roach on drums, Odeon Pope on tenor, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Tyrone Brown on electric bass – all in ways that are as creative as they are playful, definitely in a Kirk-styled spirit. Other tunes follow suit – and use the strings to echo Kirk's dream of a black classical music, but also one that's always firmly jazz-based at all times. Titles include "Double Delight", "Hi Fly", "Bright Moments", "Elixir Suite", and "A Tribute To Duke & Mingus". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gregorio Garcia SeguraHarlem Pop (with bonus CD) ... LP
Quartet (Spain), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky work from Spanish sound library composer Gregoria Garcia Segura – tunes that move along with a mighty nice groove, often hitting the sorts of styles we love in Italian cop/crime soundtracks from the 70s! The music is filled with funky jazz elements – heavy drums and basslines, riffing guitars, sweet keyboards, and plenty more – plus the occasional mellower moment to balance things out – almost as if the whole thing is some rare funky library record from KPM or DeWolfe! Titles include "Samba Del Pito", "Harlem Pop", "Africa Pop", "Una Simple Melodia", "Al Este Del Oeste", "Pensando En Ti", "Safari", and "Baila Balanga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 – with bonus CD!)

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✨✧ Mal WaldronUp Popped The Devil ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Searing work from Mal Waldron – recorded in the early 70s with an excellent trio that features Billy Higgins on drums and Reggie Workman on bass! The group's got a lot more fire and energy than some of Waldron's other assemblages of the 70s – and the tracks are long and exploratory, yet also groove at the best moments – a great blend of some of the freedom that Waldron had been exploring overseas, while still tying things to some of the more soulful, spiritual currents of his early years. Carla Poole joins the group on flute for the track "Space Walk" – and other titles include "Up Popped The Devil", "Snake Out", and "Changachangachang". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Count BasieHall Of Fame ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $22.99
Excellent work from that wonderful 50s moment when Count Basie was really reinventing his band – stripping things down, getting nice and lean, and putting in this soulful kick to the rhythms that really helped modernize the groove! The set's a mix of arrangements from Ernie Wilkins, and a few more by Neal Hefti – both in that masterful sense of space that helped this Basie band really isolate its key soloists on record – not just the Count's fantastic lines on piano, but also work from Freddie Greene on guitar, Joe Newman and Thad Jones on trumpets, Benny Powell on trombone, Marshall Royal on alto, and both Frank Wess and Frank Foster on tenor and flute! Titles include "Big Red", "Lollypop", "Dolphin Dip", "Low Life", "Slats", "Move", and "Flute Juice". CD
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Polly BergenAll Alone By The Telephone ... LP
Columbia, 1958. Very Good ... $0.99
A bittersweet set of vocals from Polly Bergen – recorded with a sound that really fits her sad-eyed look on the cover! Although Bergen's voice is sometimes confident and full, it's nicely restrained here – often somewhat dark-toned and moody – in ways that remind us of Morgana King, especially in the way that Polly holds back at just the right moments – keeping things mature by never getting too overly emotive. There's a nice sense of depth to the record that goes way beyond simple pop singing – and Luther Henderson's arrangements further help color the sound of the set – by giving it a sense of unity that almost reminds us of some of Sinatra's best blue-toned late 50s albums for Capitol. Titles include "By Myself", "When The Wind Was Green", "All Alone", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Too Late Now", "He Didn't Call", and "Not Like Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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BerioSinfonia – Swingle Singers/Berio/NY Philharmonic ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
The original recording of Berio's dark vocal piece Sinfonia, and one of the pivotal moments when the Swingle Singers switched from doing jazzy versions of classical tunes to work that was more avant garde. Their high level of talent is apparent in this recording, and they give Berio's work a nice haunting sound, with a feel that's even spookier because you sort of recognize them as a pop group, but one that's gone a little crazy here. Cool stuff, and with a good set of notes. LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Masterworks pressing.)

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Giancarlo Bigazzi & Marco FalagianiMediterraneo (clear blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
AMS (Italy), 1991. New Copy ... $18.99
A really sweet little soundtrack to the 1991, WWII set film Mediterraneo – with warm instrumentation on Greek and Middle Eastern string, percussion and wind instruments – seamlessly blended with drums guitars and saxes! The soundtrack was composed by Giancarlo Bigazzi & Marco Falagiani – with nice, subtle and timelessly appealing moments – our favorite bits played on the ethnic instruments – including santouri, bouzouki, gavala and percussion. Titles include "L'Arrivo", "Il Tempo Passa", "Aziz Il Turco", "Ballo In Piazza", "Cornamuse", "Mediterraneo", "Lontani", "Il Pope", "L'incontro", "Lo Sbarco" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Benjamin BiolayVengeance ... CD
Naive (France), 2013. Used Gatefold ... $1.99
Beautiful work from Benjamin Biolay – easily one of our favorite French artists of the 21st Century – even though we've been following his work since the previous one! Benjamin's got a sound that's just perfect if you, like us, dig an older generation of French work by artists like Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, Michel Polnareff, and others from that magical late 60s moment when French pop really found its own sound. Biolay's got a way of sliding in the sinister next to the groovy – often with vocals that are spoken as much as sung – and produced to perfection by his own strong ear for unusual combinations of sounds. Benjamin helped launch the career of many other great French acts in the past decade or two – but we still love his own work the best – and an album like this definitely lives up to that faith. Titles include "Venganza", "Marlene Deconne", "Personne Dans Mon Lit", "Confettis", "La Fin De La Fin", "L'Insigne Honneur", and "Tresor Tresor". CD

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Richard BooneI've Got A Right To Sing (Jazz Chronicles) ... LP
Nocturne, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
We've honestly never heard of Boone before – but according to the notes, he sang with Basie in the 60s – and overall, he does have a sound that's somewhere in the range of Joe Williams. However, unlike Williams, Boone seems to fancy himself as more of an overall singer – and works through a number of genres on the set, not just Basie blues. The backings are either by a core quintet that includes Herman Riley on tenor and Dolo Coker on piano, or by the Allen Ray Orchestra. There's a few righteous moments on the set that make the album worth checking out – kind of higher concept numbers in which Boone expresses himself with that groovy approach to pop soul that was floating around LA in the 60s – kind of a "dashiki" hip approach. Titles include "Framed", "Old Folks", "Beyond The Moon", "Cocoa Joe", "Hard Hearted Hannah", and "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Jazz Chronicles issue.)

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BrainstormFunky Entertainment ... CD
Tabu/Right Stuff, 1979. Used ... $4.99
They're not lying with the title of this album from Brainstorm – because this classic late 70s set has the group moving into some very funky territory – stepping up the basslines even more than before, and really finding a great way to focus on the groove! The approach is right on the money throughout – and sparkles with some deeper touches than usual for a group of this nature – thanks in part to work from key guests like Ernie Watts on reeds, Phil Upchurch on guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums – plus a bit of guest vocals from Syreeta too! The grooves grow up nicely from the energy at the bottom – filled out with lots of quick-stepping instrumentation over the top – and maestro Jerry Peters produced the whole thing with that great mix of sophistication and groove that can make his records so great. The album's definitely one of the clubbiest moments ever from the group – and titles include "Hot For You", "Don't Let Me Catch You With Your Groove Down", "Popcorn", "Funky Entertainment", "A Case Of The Boogie", and "You Put A Charge In My Life". CD
(Still sealed, spine has a cutout notch.)

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James BrownJames Brown – Live At Home With His Bad Self ... CD
Polydor, 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A rare lost treasure from James Brown – the full, unedited version of a live concert that was cut up and butchered for the Sex Machine album – presented here for the first time ever, with a huge amount of never-issued tunes! Sex Machine was one of those "fake" concert albums from James – some original live recordings, other studio tracks tricked out – and put together in a way that never really made much sense. This set is something completely different altogether – a James Brown concert from start to finish, complete with some wickedly sharp patter from the stage – and long tunes that really show his group hitting on all burners! The lineup of musicians include three drummers at once – Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Stars, and Melvin Parker – alongside Fred Wesley on trombone, Maceo Parker on alto, Jimmy Nolen on guitar, and Charles Sherrell on bass. James himself plays a bit of organ at instrumental moments – and tracks include the never-released "Lowdown Popcorn", "World", "Spinning Wheel", "Try Me", "I Got The Feelin/Lickin Stick Lickin Stick", and "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" – next to versions of "There Was A Time", "Say It Loud", "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing", "Mother Popcorn", and "I Can't Stand Myself". CD
Also available James Brown – Live At Home With His Bad Self ... LP 22.99

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James BrownJames Brown – Live At Home With His Bad Self ... LP
Polydor, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
A rare lost treasure from James Brown – the full, unedited version of a live concert that was cut up and butchered for the Sex Machine album – presented here for the first time ever, with a huge amount of never-issued tunes! Sex Machine was one of those "fake" concert albums from James – some original live recordings, other studio tracks tricked out – and put together in a way that never really made much sense. This set is something completely different altogether – a James Brown concert from start to finish, complete with some wickedly sharp patter from the stage – and long tunes that really show his group hitting on all burners! The lineup of musicians include three drummers at once – Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Stars, and Melvin Parker – alongside Fred Wesley on trombone, Maceo Parker on alto, Jimmy Nolen on guitar, and Charles Sherrell on bass. James himself plays a bit of organ at instrumental moments – and tracks include the never-released "Lowdown Popcorn", "World", "Spinning Wheel", "Try Me", "I Got The Feelin/Lickin Stick Lickin Stick", and "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" – next to versions of "There Was A Time", "Say It Loud", "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing", "Mother Popcorn", and "I Can't Stand Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available James Brown – Live At Home With His Bad Self ... CD 13.99

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James BrownRevolution Of The Mind ... LP
Polydor, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... About December 31, 2020
An amazing double-live album that's to concert records what James Brown's Payback was to the sound of studio funk! Like that classic, this is a double-length 2LP set that really has James and the JBs stretching out and doing their thing – working here in a setting that's supposed to be the "part 3" to the famous Live At The Apollo albums – but with a vibe that really shows the different spirit of the Godfather in the 70s! The JBs are wonderful – really showing their chops here, in a way that maybe even blows the tightness of the previous James Brown Band to pieces – as the long tracks allow for plenty of solos, rhythm changes, and monstrous moments of soul from James. Brown also opens up with some cool bad-rapping moments, too – and titles include "It's A New Day So Let A Man Come In & Do The Popcorn", "Get Up Get Into It Get Involved", "Super Bad", "Sex Machine", "Escape-Ism", "Make It Funky", "Hot Pants", "Soul Power", and "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Street date bumped from July 2020 to TBA.)

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Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by it's biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most inescapable slow dance classics ever – and if its ubiquity overshadows the rest of the record, that's not because it's any less excellent! Peabo's affectionate style is in top form here, and Roberta is such a perfect duet partner – with plenty of lead moments of her own. It definitely feels like a perfectly balanced partnership. The record's got some lovely slow jams on par with the aforementioned pop soul standard, plus some great ones that up the tempo a little bit. Other titles include "Blame It On Me", "Born To Love", "Heaven Above Me", "Comin' Alive", "Can We Find Love Again", "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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Glen CampbellGlen Campbell – Icon Christmas (aka That Christmas Feeling) ... CD
Capitol/Universal, Late 60s. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
A set that's quite different than the usual late 60s Capitol sounds from Glen Campbell – a special Christmas album, cut during Glen's early years as a solo act! There's definitely a bit of a country tinge, but some moments are more crossover pop as well – mixed nicely here in arrangements from Al De Lory, who mostly keeps the proceedings mellow and somewhat melancholy – with less of those soaring tones that you might know from Campbell's chart hits. The approach for the tunes, which include some very nice obscure numbers – including "Christmas Day", "Pretty Paper", "Old Toy Trains", "It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas", and "Christmas Is For Children". CD

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Ray ConniffTheme From SWAT/Send In The Clowns ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1976. Used ... $18.99
Very cool 70s work from Ray Conniff – two albums that have him taking on a very new groove! Theme From SWAT features a whole host of hip TV themes from the time – performed by Conniff's studio ensemble with a strong focus on instrumental solos – both by Ray on trombone, and Ethmer Rothen on flute – plus an unnamed keyboardist who does a pretty nice job! The Conniff Singers come in for a bit, but don't dominate entirely as they do on some of Ray's other 70s records – and there's even a few moments that get a bit funky – at least as funky as you'd expect from the man himself. Titles include "Mystery Movie Theme", "Police Story", "Baretta's Theme", "Welcome Back", "SWAT", and "Love Is All Around". Send In The Clowns is a nice mix of modes from Ray Conniff – as the record has him trying on a whole bunch of different styles – TV themes, soulful pop, and moodier mellow numbers – including one that even features some guest piano from Pete Jolly! The album's a bit more mixed in vibe than other Ray Conniff 70s records, but that also makes for some nice surprises – on titles that include "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", "Memories Are Made Of This", "Lonely Night", "Vera's Theme", "Love's Theme", and "Send In The Clowns". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Michael JacksonOff The Wall ... LP
Epic, 1979. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
Michael, if only you'd stayed at this level! This 1979 solo album by Michael is a killer batch of soul grooves – one of his best moments ever, and a crowning cap to a stellar 70s run – both as a younger solo act, and with the whole Jackson family! Quincy Jones produced, and the album's got a funky undercurrent that's really stunning – clubby, yet plenty darn soulful, with a wickedly sly groove that others would try to copy for years, but never fully match. Titles include seminal groovers like "Rock With You", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", "Working Day And Night", "Girlfriend", "Off The Wall", "Burn This Disco Out" and more. Amazing amazing amazing work from the to-be-coronated King Of Pop! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
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Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
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Jr & His SoulettesPsychodelic Sounds ... CD
Moore (Spain), Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Raw organ funk & wah wah soul from siblings Jr & His Soulettes – led by guitarist/vocalist/big brother Harold Moore, Jr. backed by his younger sisters – all of whom range from 6 to 10-years-old! The groove is steeped in the rawest funky organ soul sound, with vocal and instrumentals, and a couple of seedy song titles, when you consider the youth of the performers – but the actual sound of those is far from offensive, and actually pretty sweet. A world away from the ultra professional slickness of the Jackson 5! Titles include "Thing, Do The Creep", "Momma, Love Tequilla", "Pimp", "Waw-Waw Rock", "Love From Above", "Flip Will", "Do Your Funky Thing", "Slow", "Kat-Walk", "Rock 'N Roll Santa", "Pop Junior Pop" and more. CD
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JulyJuly – The Complete Recordings (July/Second Of July/Temporal Anomaly/Resurrection/The Wight Album/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/2020. New Copy 6CD ... $38.99
The complete recordings of July – a set that features their rare original album, unreleased tracks, and lots of surprisingly great later material too! First up is the self-titled July album from 1968, presented in both mono and stereo mixes – the debut album from July – a group who only gave the world this gem of a record back at the end of the 60s – but who've gone on to become legendary, based on the strength of the set! The whole thing is a real standout in the psych scene of the UK – well-crafted songs that are tight, but groovy and loose at the same time – tuneful, but filled with experiments – and produced with just the right sort of inventive qualities to make the special flourishes and individual moments of genius really come to light! There's so many great things going on here – an all-rich, no-filler record that's filled with gems that include "My Clown", "Dandelion Seeds", "Jolly Mary", "Hallo To Me", "You Missed It All", "The Way", "To Be Free", "Crying Is For Writers", "I See", and "A Bird Lived". Next is Second Of July – a great counterpart to the legendary self-titled album from July – material recorded in a private setting, to predate that psych masterpiece – but every bit as stunning overall! The quality of this work goes way beyond its origins as demo material – as the sound is wonderful, the musical ideas very rich, and overall psychedelic conception is amazing! There's no overindulgence, but also no easy pop psych modes either – and it's really incredible how much these guys can pack into a short song – from unusual guitar lines, to freewheeling rhythms, and trippy ideas in the lyrics. Many numbers have a sweet groove underneath, and are slightly freakbeatish – but there's also a much more unique feel to the record as well. Tracks include "Dandelion Seeds", "You Missed It All", "My Clown", "Friendly Man", "I See", "The Girl In The Cafe", and "Move On Sweet Flower". The box set then moves into two later albums from a re-formed group – Temporal Anomaly and Resurrection – both of which feature material conceived over a number of years, issued on Resurrection in 2013, and on Temporal Anomaly here for the first time ever. Tracks are great – still very much in the spirit of the classic material, and produced with a nicely understated vibe. Last up is The Wight Album – a recent project from July – still sounding surprisingly great after all these years! At this point, the group is a duo – original members Peter Cook and Tom Newman – but they really manage to craft some great sounds here, with a style that ties back to their initial recording in 1968, and which features some of the successful flourishes of their revived activity from about a decade ago! The tunes are way better than any sort of younger attempt at material like this – mostly because there's a nicely understated, although still quite psychedelic, approach to the whole thing – maybe a reminder that with the best psych records, charm is every bit as important as fuzz. Titles on the double-length set include "The Traveler", "Sophie", "Special Guy", "Henry's Squirrel", "Seeking The Hacksaw Blades", "The Game", "What's Gonna Be", "Disco Klingon", "Mods Of Ryde", "It's Up To Me", and "Once When We Was Free". CD

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanTchip Tchip – Electronic System Vol 3 ... CD
RKM/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Maybe not the first album of electronics to come out of the European scene – but a set that definitely marked that standout moment when moogy pop found a great way forward! Dan Lacksman had plenty of studio experience before cutting this gem of a record – and he brings that all to bear strongly here, working through both rock and easy modes – and using guitars and more conventional instrumentation alongside all the weird analog instrumental sounds, to give the tunes a catchy, playful sort of vibe – a bit like the territory that Perry & Kingsley explored, but more song-based overall. Titles include the slow funk classic "Sky Lab" – plus "Funky Kouly", "Spider", "In The Woods", "Hey Hey", and "Stay With Me" – plus the clunky cover of "Tchip Tchip" that starts off the record (you might skip that and begin on track 2!) CD
Also available Tchip Tchip – Electronic System Vol 3 (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanTchip Tchip – Electronic System Vol 3 (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
RKM/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Maybe not the first album of electronics to come out of the European scene – but a set that definitely marked that standout moment when moogy pop found a great way forward! Dan Lacksman had plenty of studio experience before cutting this gem of a record – and he brings that all to bear strongly here, working through both rock and easy modes – and using guitars and more conventional instrumentation alongside all the weird analog instrumental sounds, to give the tunes a catchy, playful sort of vibe – a bit like the territory that Perry & Kingsley explored, but more song-based overall. Titles include the slow funk classic "Sky Lab" – plus "Funky Kouly", "Spider", "In The Woods", "Hey Hey", and "Stay With Me" – plus the clunky cover of "Tchip Tchip" that starts off the record (you might skip that and begin on track 2!) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 900 – on orange vinyl!)
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LazarusLazarus/Fool's Paradise ... CD
Bearsville/Wounded Bird, 1971/1973. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A pair of records from this overlooked harmony group of the 70s! The self-titled Lazarus album has this warm glow right from the start – a mode that seems to draw on the same kind of relaxed energy that was showing up in the work of groups like America or Crosby Stills & Nash – a mode that wasn't trying nearly as hard to cop the harmony styles of the soul generation, and which instead had this easygoing vibe that was, at this point, still more personal than some of the too-produced AOR moments to come. Instrumentation is mostly just piano, bass, and guitar – which suits the vocals beautifully – and titles include "Warmth Of Your Eyes", "Refugee", "Whatever Happened", "Doncha Cry", "Memory Of A Stranger", and "Rivers". Fool's Paradise is a warmly glowing set from Lazarus – a group here who maybe have a bit more punch than on their debut, thanks to the addition of drums on a few cuts – but who still mostly take their cue from the laidback interplay of their vocals! The approach is nicely understated – not the polished pop of some of their contemporaries, but almost a singer/songwriter evolution of harmony work past the 60s – yet before the polish of AOR. The balance is great – maybe like a more understated America – and titles include "Poets & Lovers", "Thoughts Of You", "Take Me High", "Ladyfriends 1", and "When Will The Home Of Me Begin". CD

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London SuedeLondon Suede (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Demon/Nude, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... On October 24, 2020 (delayed)
One of the crowning moments of early 90s Britpop and rock in general – a record that was a legitimate phenomenon in Suede's (or The London Suede, if we must say so on this side of the pond) native UK – and a masterful antidote to the angstier alt rock of the time of worldwide. With a sound that takes more cues from classic Bowie and glam rock than most of their early 90s pop peers, it holds up better today than most of them, but it'd be just a sound, however great, without Brett Anderson's voice and Bernard Butler's guitar sound early on in their career. Includes "So Young", "Animal Nitrate", "Metal Mickey", Breakdown", "The Drowners", "Moving" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(First ever US vinyl reissue – for which we begrudgingly bill it as London Suede!)

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✨✧ David McCallum (with David Axelrod)McCallum ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The hardest to find of the David McCallum albums on Capitol – and like the others, a very nice set of moody tunes with arrangements by HB Barnum, and hip production by David Axelrod! Axelrod gets in some very nice moments on the set, slipping in some dark passages underneath simple pop tunes – a blend of late 60s covers and a few cool originals for the set, like "White Dasies", "Oh My", and "BB". Also includes versions of "98.6", "I'm A Believer", "Mellow Yellow", "California Dreamin", and "Mercy Mercy Mercy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing.)

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Joe Meek & OthersEmotional, Cosmic, & Occult World Of Joe Meek ... LP
Chump Change, Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
A host of amazing productions from the legendary Joe Meek – the UK studio genius who made some really incredible music in the 60s! Joe had a sense of echo, space, and electronics that was unrivalled by anyone else working in London at the time – and his music here easily rivals the best offbeat sounds coming from the American west coast, particularly the LA and Pacific Northwest scenes! There's lots of great guitar moments and sharp garagey edges – and lots of those weird, unusual instrumental moments that made Meek's music sound moogy years before the moog was invented. But there's also some wonderfully dramatic pop vocals too, which bring this sense of life to these tunes that never gets old. Titles include "Valley Of The Saroos" by The Blue Men, "Johnny Remember ME" by John Leyton, "Crazy Drums" by The Outlaws, "North Wind" by Chick Lewis, "Singing The Blues" by Jason Eddie & The Centremen, "Night Of The Vampire" by The Moontrekkers, and "The Angry Desert" by The Sound Offs. LP, Vinyl record album

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Neon PhilharmonicBrilliant Colors – The Complete Warner Bros Recordings (Moth Confesses/Neon Philharmonic/singles) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 18.98
A pair of amazing albums – and a huge amount of bonus material too – all from one of the coolest groups on Warner Brothers at the end of the 60s! First up is the record The Moth Confesses – one of our favorite albums ever from the genius moment of late 60s Warner Brothers – a set we'd rank right up there next to our favorites by Van Dyke Parks and Harper's Bizarre! The set's billed as a "phonograph opera", written by Tupper Saussy – and it's served up with these fantastic arrangements that are ambitious, but nicely handled, too – with lots of groovy currents that keep the whole thing far from soppier territory of cats like Rod McKuen, and always done with that great sense of wit that makes this Warner era so great! There's definitely a few tuneful tracks that could spin as Sunshine Pop hits – but the whole thing's really better taken as a whole, as the way everything comes together with a sense of mood and tone is completely sublime – really a lost aesthetic, and one that deserves new discovery all these many years later. Titles include "Morning Girl", "Brilliant Colors", "Little Sparrow", "The Last Time I Saw Jacqueline", "Cowboy", and "The New Life Out There". Next Is Neon Philharmonic – the second sublime album from Neon Philharmonic – and one that seems to go even deeper than the first in its blend of ambitious musical themes and mature lyrical ideas! The presentation here is even more symphonic than on the first record – but at a level that's never soppy or sleepy – as there's a gentle groove on most tracks, loping around in these really lovely modes that make the tunes sparkle and glisten with the best sort of late 60s Warner Brothers wit! There's this wonderful mix of longing, nostalgia, and a kind of new vision for post-60s adulthood to the record – very hard to describe, but completely wonderful – at once completely heartfelt, but also with a great sense of distance on itself. Titles include "Long John The Pirate", "Do You Remember Dresden", "You Lied", "Forever Hold Your Peace", "Harry", and the wonderful "F Scott Fitzgerald & William Shakespeare". The 22 bonus tracks are especially amazing – rare singles, b-sides, and even some radio spots too – a huge amount of added genius from this incredible group. Bonus titles include "Letters Crossing", "Jody", "Better Times", "A Little Love", "Flowers For Your Pillow", "Snow", "Clouds", "To Be Continued", and "Keep The Faith In Me". CD

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✨✧ New OrderBrotherhood ... CD
Qwest, 1986. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The steely cover's an apt one – as New Order have still largely held onto their edge here – those raspy guitars and moodier moments that first marked their early work – all elements that keep things compelling amidst some of the more tuneful moments of the songs! There's definitely a lot more hooks than before, but most tracks are still pretty far from commercial pop – and if anything, showcase the preference for darker sounds that would mark the alt rock underground that was springing up in the US, clearly a generation inspired by New Order's initial experiments. Titles include "All Day Long", "Weirdo", "Paradise", "State Of The Nation", "Angel Dust", "Every Little Counts", and "As It Is When It Was". CD

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Roy OrbisonSings Lonely & Blue (Original Master Recording) (gold CD) ... CD
Monument/Mobile Fidelity, 1960. Used ... $28.99
A seminal moment for the Nashville scene – a time when the city was able to turn its country production talents to the world of pop – and provide the perfect setting for the amazing vocals of Roy Orbison! Roy had recorded previously for Sun, but despite the great track record of that label, it was his handling by Monument on records like this that really set his star on the rise – using Orbison's deep, dark twang amidst some light strings and echoey production that's never schmaltzy at all – just this fantastic echo of all the blue moods at the core of the tunes! Titles include Roy's originals "Only The Lonely", "Blue Avenue", "Come Back To Me", "Blue Angel", "I'm Hurtin", and "I'll Say It's My Fault" – plus versions of "Bye Bye Love", "Cry", and "I Can't Stop Loving You". CD
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PaternosterDie Ersten Tage (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, 1971. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99 20.98
A rare early moment from the legendary Austrian group Paternoster – sounds that predate their one and only cult-status album – originally created for the equally legendary film, Die Ersten Tage! The music here was never issued commercially at the time – and the release of these sounds adds a much-needed page to the slim book of Paternoster – especially since the creative flair of these songs really fleshes out our understanding of the group! As with their vocal music, most of the style here is slow, but jamming – kind of mellow prog, almost – but lighter, too – and with a moodier vibe, given the absence of lyrics – which lets the offbeat guitar parts do most of the speaking for the group. The whole thing's fragile, yet jagged – earthy, but cosmic – and the set features 30 tracks in all, appearing here on record for the first time ever! 3CD version features a bonus CD2, with 7 more film cue tracks – and CD3, which features demo versions of the songs "I Wanna Bring You Down", "Not Like You", "Paternoster", "Old Danube", "Mammoth Opus", "The Pope Is Wrong", and "Stop These Lines". CD

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ResidentsResidents Commercial Album ... LP
Ralph, 1980. Near Mint- ... $39.99
A genius moment for the Residents – a record in which they not only claim to go "commercial", by playing some tuneful songs throughout – but one in which they also claim that most pop music is the same as contemporary commercials – which means that all the songs here are just a minute long! The combination of modes is completely charming, and a wonderful refinement of all the genius that got the Residents going in these early years – and the shortness of the tunes, combined with the electronics and weird instrumentation, almost makes the record feel more like a relic from the cooler side of the German new wave – especially work by Der Plan. Titles include "Easter Woman", "Amber", "Japanese Watercolor", "Art Of Being Polite", "Medicine Man", "Tragic Bells", "Loss Of Innocence", "Simple Song", "My Second Wife", "Floyd", and lots lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with purple Ralph logo and incorrect track list on back. Includes the Ralph inner sleeve.)

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Tom ScottTom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection ... CD
BGO (UK), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD

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Silver ConventionSave Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $12.99
A huge breakout moment for disco in the 70s – the first album from Silver Convention, a very early example of the European power on the club scene! The group's the brainchild of arranger Sylvester Levay and producer Michael Kunze – who come up with some great German disco rhythms for the record, mixed with soaring female trio vocals, by a group that includes two German gals and American soul singer Roberta Kelly! The vocal approach is similar to that 70s Philly group mode – popularized by First Choice, Three Degrees, and others – and pumped it up with the Munich sound of throbbing bass and heavy beats, which was arguably one of the first steps towards house music in the 80s. Titles include the huge hit "Fly Robin Fly", plus "Save Me", "I Like It", "Chains Of Love", "Tiger Baby", "Always Another Girl", and "Heart Of Stone". CD features bonus tracks – "Fly Robin Fly (12" disco version)" and "Tiger Baby (12" disco version)". CD

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✨✧ Sonny & CherLook At Us ... LP
Atco, 1965. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic moment in 60s pop – and the record that forever launched the duo of Sonny & Cher upon the world – a completely charming, if also mismatched couple whose work together is completely fantastic! Sonny had been bumping around the LA music scene for years by the time of this record – but when he found the young Cher, the pair instantly clicked – with a chemistry that's so different than so many other male/female duos of the time – partly because of the difference in their voices, but also because of the way that each of them remain completely individual, even while singing together. Titles include the massive worldwide hit "I Got You Babe", plus versions of "Then He Kissed Me", "The Letter", and "Let It Be Me". The real treat, though, is the material by Sonny – including the tunes "It's Gonna Rain", "Just You", and "Sing C'Est La Vie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan & blue label pressing.)

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Jermaine StewartFrantic Romantic (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Cherry Pop (UK), 1980s. New Copy ... $12.99
Dancer and pop soul sensation Jermaine Stewart's bright, thumping and 80s dancefoor R&B that busted out huge on the pop charts for a moment! Jermaine was a dancer on Soul Train and background singer before busting out with some catchy R&B hits and the massive pop smash "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off". It's a fun record, and it's interesting to listen to the very 80s sound all these later, after its time in the dark outdated pop shadows, before it became a celebrated influence of the hippest post millennium DJs. Cultural chin-scratching aside, it's a straight up catchy, appealing album from a very talented Jermaine Stewart. Titles include the huge 80s emblem "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" plus "Dance Floor", "Jody", "Versatile", "Frantic Romantic", "Don't Ever Leave Me", "Out To Punish", "Give Your Love To Me" and "The Word Is Out". This UK CD on Cherry Pop has 5 bonus tracks: "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off (Special Extended Version)", "Brilliance", "The Word Is Out (West Mix – Extended Mix)", "Jody (Dance Version)" and "Dance Floor (Extended Version)". CD

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Joe TexHe Who Is Without Funk Cast The First Stone ... CD
Dial/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Joe Tex is definitely not without funk on this sweet little set – a smoking TK Records session that carries strongly from the vibe of his "I Gotcha" years! Longtime producer Buddy Killen is still on deck to keep everything tight and right – a mix of Joe's southern soul roots with some sharper elements of the 70s – served up here at a level that may well be one of the most perfect blends of all the great Joe Tex styles – even though the record itself has kind of a hokey title and cover (which seems to have a bunch of white folks, obviously "without funk", ready to throw stones at Tex!) Joe wrote all the lyrics himself, and the few mellow moments have a wonderfully heartbreaking quality. Titles include "Loose Caboose", "Finger Popped Myself Into The Poor House", "How Do You Spell Relief", and "Who Gave Birth To The Funk". CD
(Part of the Miami Sound – Original Soul/Funk/Disco Collection series!)

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✨✧ Linval Thompson/Big Joe/TrinityTrojan Roots Collection (I Love Marijuana/African Princess/Rock In The Ghetto/bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A trio of classic albums produced by Linval Thompson – with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Linval's I Love Marijuana record – an album with a striking title – and a set that really marked the full promise of Linval Thompson in the 70s – a dubby classic that's every bit as strong on the vocal side of Thompson's skills, as it is the production side! The album was recorded at Tubby's with the Revolutionaries band and an uncredited Junjo Lawes (who would later go on to cut some of the best dub albums ever, with Scientist) – and the vocals have this great style of cresting between sweeter modes and more biting modes – particularly when wrapped around the social themes that always made Thompson stand out. Titles include "I Love Marijuana", "Don't Push Your Brother", "Dread Are the Controller", "The Children of the Ghetto", "Not Follow Fashion", and "Jamaican Colley Version". African Princess is a set that features great DJ vocals from Big Joe – one of the lesser-knowns of the time, but a voice that's perfect for the rich sense of flow that Linval Thompson brings to the production – on titles that include "African Princess", "Big Disgrace", "Tubby At The Controls", "Smoke Marijuana", "Love Can Conquer", and "Pauline Love The Natty". Rock In The Ghetto is classic 70s work from Trinity – a Jamaican deejay singer who gets some excellent help on the set from Linval Thompson! Thompson mixes dubby modes with some sharper, crispier crackles at key moments – working as a nice way of punctuation to the moods delivered by Trinity's vocals – which are almost always in the righteous modes you'd guess from the title. Tracks include "Dangerous Rockers & Ting", "Pope Paul Dead & Gone", "Don't Lose Me", "Life Is Not Easy", "Don't Lose Me", "Every Trick In The Book", "Freedom Style", and "Rock In The Ghetto". 2CD set features 10 bonus tracks – titles that include "Lover's Style" and "Come On Baby Dub Style" by The Roots Radics, "Follow My Heart (12" mix)" and "Pope Paul Dead & Gone (12" mix)" by Trinity, "Mr CID" by Barry Brown, "There's A Song" by Pat Kelly, "King Tubby's Rockers" and "Second Hand Girl" by Scientist & Roots Radics, and "Here With Me" by Linval Thompson. CD

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TrapezeMedusa (3CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Threshold/Purple (UK), 1970. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
The second album from Trapeze – stripped down to a trio here, and coming across with a quality that really showcases the hard rock directions that lead singer Glenn Hughes would have in years to come! The drums are great – thanks to work from Dave Holland – and the guitars burst in with just the right searing moments, as Hughes sings with more soul than before, and maybe a quality that sounds a bit like Paul Rodgers on some of the more hard-rocking tunes. The album's probably the group's best-remembered – and the one that got the most circulation over here on this side of the Atlantic – an overlooked hard rock classic, with very strong vocals in the lead! Titles include "Seafull", "Black Cloud", "Jury", "Your Love Is Alright", "Makes You Wanna Cry", and "Medusa". This edition features loads of bonus tracks – with mono and stereo edits of "Black Cloud" on CD2, plus live material from a Pop Workshop and Flushing, NY performance – and CD3 features five more tracks recorded live in 1971! CD

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Dionne WarwickDeja Vu – The Arista Recordings 1979 to 1994 (12CD set) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 12CD ... $49.99
A huge run of music from the legendary Dionne Warwick – all of it very different than her early work with Burt Bacharach, and brought together as a strong testament to her ability to change and grow over the years! Although Dionne started as a sweeter singer in the 60s, and had a few great Warner Brothers moments during the 70s – she really reemerged strongly on Arista at the end of that decade – thanks to strong help from a label that really knew what to do with a top-shelf female singer, and help them move past some of the pop and disco pitfalls that brought down some of their contemporaries in the decade! Warwick really returned to the American consciousness with these records, then kept on growing and maturing – really able to shift through a range of styles as the 80s moved into the 90s, even ending up with a bit of jazz in the mix – as you'll hear on this long run of records. The box set features twelve full albums, a great value for the price – records that include Dionne, No Night So Long, Hot Live & Otherwise, Friends In Love, Heartbreaker, How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye, Finder Of Lost Loves, Friends, Reservations For Two, Sings Cole Porter, Friends Can Be Lovers, and Aquarela Do Brasil. CD

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WitchMovin On/Kuomboka ... CD
Now Again, 1980/1984. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99 19.98
Two later moments from Zamrock legends Witch – both of which show the group moving into a much more soulful groove! Movin On has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows Witch picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older Zamrock styles to create a really unique sound overall! At times, the record echoes some of the Euro disco records of the late 70s – but there's also a deeper current to the record too, especially on some of the more personal tunes. Keyboards take over more than guitar at times – and although the group's name originally meant "We Intend To Create Havoc", this record might have changed the meaning to "We Intend To Create Happiness". Titles include "To Be Felt", "Movin On", "I'm Coming Back", "Let's Get Together", "It Feels So Good", and "My Desire". Kuomboka is a surprisingly great later set from Witch – one that still has some of their funky styles of a few years before, but which also seems to bring in some stronger African elements as well – in the kind of sweet fusion that was showing up in some of the hipper South African acts of the period. The sound is more late 70s, especially in the keyboards, than some of the clunkier pop that you might expect from the 1984 date – and a few really great numbers have cool moogy touches that really make the record stand out. Titles include "Erotic Delight", "Come Together", "More Sweat Than Sweet", "I Wanna See The Light", and "Kuomboka". CD

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Various1978 – The Year The UK Turned Day-Glo (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1978. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
The title's maybe a bit misleading – as most folks think of day-glo as a color associated with some of the most throwaway culture of the 80s – but the brightness of the hue definitely marks the big explosion in styles during the key British year of 1978 – a time when the punk revolution of 1977 opened the door for a big range of modes to follow! It might be said that the post-punk years came immediately after the initial days of punk – and they definitely begin here, as hard and fast modes are mixed with more unusual styles that include mod revival moments, electronic experiments, and even some offbeat pop – expressions of humor, anger, and a shifting political landscape – served up as an amazing document of the creative intensity of the time! As with other Cherry Red boxes, the overall package is great – a huge amount of notes to support the 79 tracks within – a diverse array of music from Blue Steam, The Others, UK Subs, The Jam, Monochrome Set, Wreckless Eric, Spizzoil, Public Image Ltd, 999, The Stranglers, Japan, The Only Ones, Magazine, Alternative TV, Slush, Time Machine, Eater, The Bozos, Tyla Gang, Ed Banger, No Sweat, The VIPs, John Cooper Clarke, Scritti Politti, Penetration, Stiff Little Fingers, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias, Teardrops, Coventry Automatics, Menace, Bleach Boys, Jilted John, Zones, Electric Chairs, and many more! CD

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VariousC90 (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1990. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A heady dose of music from a key year in the British scene – a moment when all the changes that had taken place in pop music during the tail end of the 80s were really coming home to roost – to change the sound and style of the indie world a fair bit since the initial C86 compilation! By 1990, the beats of the Summer Of Love and the growing wave of psychedelic elements were really hitting home – mixed with all the smarter songwriting styles that had come into play, and a genre-crossing love of the groove and strong ear for catchy lyrics – modes that were never too commercial, but really showed a focus and tunefulness that the scene hadn't had at the start of the previous decade. This 3CD set is awash in key cuts from 1990 – all handled with the detailed notes and overstuffed tracklist that made the previous volumes so great – 63 tracks in all, with work by Saint Etienne, World Of Twist, Flowered Up, Manic Street Preachers, The La's, The Steamkings, The Ogdens, Mongtomery Clifts, Hey Paulette, Life With Patrick, Mousefolk, Greenhouse, Action Painting, The Charlatans, Thousand Yard Stare, Spiritualized, The Popinjays, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Heavenly, Spacemen 3, Bark Psychosis, Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Ocean Colour Scene, and many more. CD

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VariousDJ Format's Psych Out – A Collection Of International Funky Fuzz-Laden Gems ... CD
BBE (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Cool cuts from around the globe – all brought together in one wonderfully funky set! The music here all draws heavily from American funk and psych styles – and often uses some slightly different instrumentation, or more regional inflection – to make the usual psych funk styles sound even more groovy and exotic – in a mindblowing way that makes the entire set a real musical delight! Most tracks are instrumental – heavy on drums and fuzzy guitar – but there's a few vocal moments, too – and the funk current is super-strong, way more so than on other collections that promise a heavy bottom, but usually just present offbeat psych. Titles include "Jet Pop" by Bana Pop Band, "Foxy Lady" by 49th Blue Streak, "Karate Chop" by The Tijuana Brats, "Stari Dvorac" by Pro Arte, "Nie Przejziemy Do Historii" by Krzysztof Klenczon, "Louis Louis" by Friar Tuck, "Time Of Machines" by Sergio Ferraresi, and "The Shaman's Dance" by Alexandr Sergeyevich. CD

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

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VariousTea & Sympathy – The English Baroque Sound 1968 to 1974 ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A great document of a really cool moment in British pop – a time when the music eschwed guitars in favor of strings and larger arrangements – not in the sweet style that American singers were using at the start of the 60s, but a much darker mode that paved the way for even more complex music to come in the 70s! The arrangements here are complex, yet still very tuneful and groovy – and maybe some of the best easy comparisons might be the music of the Left Banke here in the US, or the way that strings were used to great effect in the music of Nick Drake. As always with Ace Records, the presentation is wonderful, with plenty of notes and a superb set list of 22 tracks that include "Please Believe Me" by Nirvana, "Say You Don't Mind" by Colin Blunstone, "Pictures" by Ray Brooks, "Off To Find A New Land" by Lea Nixon, "Alice" by Jon Plum, "When The City Sleeps" by Bombadil, "Mary Jane" by Erasmus Chorum, "Shapes & Shadows" by Tandem, "Forever Autumn" by Virgrass & Osborne, "The Sevent Hour" by Gordon Waller, "Very Well" by Les Payne, "You're Lovely" by Sunchariot, "Coathanger" by Clifford T Ward, and "Lifetime" by The Bliss. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ KaleidoscopeFurther Reflections – The Complete Recordings 1967 to 1969 (Tangerine Dream/Faintly Blowing/bonus tracks) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from Kaleidoscope – a wonderful UK psych group from the 60s, not to be confused with the American group of the same name! The sound here is wonderfully fresh – modes that are not unfamiliar from the period, but put together by the group with a great sense of spontaneity – a sort of energy that almost makes you feel like they were discovering all the best aspects of the music while recording the records – a quality that really makes this set stand out from other psych work of the time. There's some occasional gentle moments that almost bring in a Sunshine Pop feel to the music – but never in a poppy or commercial way, and more in the kind of thoughtful balance that you'd find on the first album by Millenium. CD features two full albums – Tangerine Dream and Faintly Blowing – plus bonus tracks from singles too. Titles include "Dear Nellie Goodrich", "Holiday Maker", "Snapdragon", "Poem", "Faintly Blowing", "Please Excuse My Face", "Just How Much You Are", "Jenny Artichoke", and "Balloon". CD

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✨✧ Paul McCartney & WingsVenus & Mars ... LP
Capitol, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Paul McCartney & Wings – a set that features killer hits and lesser-known gems – all woven into a fantastic 70s sonic tapestry! The production and presentation of the record are wonderful – the whole thing was virtually a pop art piece when it came out – and Paul's got a way of both being intimate and charming, and helping push the whole group with soaring energy that really made them huge at the time. The album's got great production – and also features guest work from Allen Toussaint, Tom Scott, and Dave Mason. Side one is a non-stop flow of pop genius – woven from the tunes "Venus & Mars", "Rock Show", "Love In Song", "You Cgave Me The Answer", "Magneto & Titanium Man", and "Letting Go" – and side two follows up with so many great surprises – including "Treat Her Gently Lonely Old People", "Medicine Jar", "Spirits Of Ancient Egypt", and "Listen To What The Man Said". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve but missing all other extras.)

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✨✧ MechTasmania (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polton/GAD (Poland), 1984. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The cover looks a bit goth, but Mech are a harder-rocking Polish group overall – one who come from more of a progressive background, but have a leaner, cleaner style here by the time of this album from 1984! The group were huge on the Polish live scene, and clearly have some amazing chops that must have been something to witness on stage – not an all-out hard rock or pre-metal approach, as they go for some more tuneful moments that allow them to space things out and shift their mood – although always with a bit of a current of darkness. Titles include "Poploch", "Tasmania", "Suahilli", "Brudna Muzyka", "Elektryczna Kokieteria", and "Spokojnie To Minie". CD features the bonus track "Samosierra" – plus five more new mixes from the original tapes. CD

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✨✧ Harry NilssonPoint! ... LP
RCA, Early 70s. Sealed Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of greatest moments of genius by pop vocals eccentric Harry Nilsson – the classic early 70s "story" album The Point – perhaps is most imaginative work! The Point is a weird tale of a kid whose head was differently shaped than the rest of his townsfolk (hey, we're not making this up!), which leads him to go on a Yellow Submarine-esque psychedelic odyssey to sort out his identity and feelings! In the end, everything ends up all happy and sweet, but not before Nilsson lays down some very cool, very groovy tracks over nice off-beat instrumentation arranged and conducted by George Tipton. Titles include "Everything's Got 'Em", "Me And My Arrow", "Poli High", "Think About Your Troubles", "Life Life", "Are You Sleeping?", "POV Waltz" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Get On Down pressing, sealed. Includes comic.)

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✨✧ Jack NitzscheSt. Giles Cripplegate ... LP
Warner, 1972. Sealed Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very high-art moment for Jack Nitzsche – and a set that prefaces most of his famous soundtrack work to come! The album's completely different than Jack's earlier work in the 60s – and is more of a full-scale orchestral session, done with the London Symphony Orchestra, and featuring some very serious compositions that go way beyond "The Lonely Surfer"! There's a dark complexity here that's really great – a sense of sound that's sometimes slightly off-camera (or off-mic, as the case may be) – brewing and bubbling up from the bottom, and giving a real sense of depth to the record. There's little here that will please fans of Nitzsche's earlier instrumental pop, but if you're a fan of his soundtrack work, you'll find this one to be especially amazing! The work "St Giles Cripplegate" is presented here in 6 movements – all composed and orchestrated by Jack! LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a large hole at the top right. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ One WayWrap Your Body ... LP
MCA, 1985. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Damn, One Way never lets us down – and although the group cut many albums back in the day, all of them have some great standout moments! The groove here seems even tighter than ever, but never slick or commercial – a very important distinction, given that so many of One Way's contemporaries really let things slide as they headed for the pop charts. Not so with Al Hudson and group, though – as they always know how to balance things out with all the best elements they had from the start – a good mix of upbeat groovers and some mellower steppers – the latter of which really make us love the record. Titles include the smooth stepper "More Than Friends, Less Than Lovers", which features lead vocals by Ewana Wilson, and some sweet harmonies by the Ridgeways that really make the track – and other titles include "Let's Talk", "Serving It", "Condemned", and "If I Knew". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SupertrampCrime Of The Century (original master recording) ... CD
A&M/Mobile Fidelity, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure mainstream 70s pop genius, the most fully-formed of all early Supertramp albums – and a record that's filled with a surprising amount of great Fender Rhodes moments too! The set's a masterpiece from start to finish – filled with themes of loss and loneliness, but served up by the group with an incredibly redemptive sense of majesty and power – really fresh for the time, and still wonderful all these many years later – despite the fact that so many of these songs have gone onto become classics. The keyboards on the set work perfectly with the oddly-timed rhythms of the tunes – and there's a great blend here between high concept and straight ahead pop – on titles that include "School", "Bloody Well Right", "Asylum", "Dreamer", "Rudy", and "Crime Of The Century". CD
(Out of print Gold CD – on Mobile Fidelity!)

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✨✧ Taste Of HoneyTaste Of Honey ... LP
Capitol, 1978. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Probably the most successful album the Mizell Brothers ever produced, and a fine set of uptempo groovers from this female soul duet! There's some nice jazzy moments underneath the catchy lyrics, and in a way, the album's style is sort of a blueprint for the sound that would emerge over the next few at Capitol Records, where some incredible albums of modern soul would be recorded. And sure, at one level the group's hit "Boogie Oogie Oogie" is a bit of throwaway pop disco – but there's plenty of other great moments that show the group as a more sophisticated soul outfit, including "This Love Of Ours", "Sky High", and "If We Loved". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousBlue Note Guitar 70s – The Guitar Of BN LA ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great look at the way that the Blue Note record label renewed its commitment to jazz guitar in the 70s – finding some of the best new talents of the decade, and recording the instrument in a variety of different ways! The Blue Note jazz funk sides of the time are very well-known, but the music here is nicely expanded past those modes – to include some great mellow moments, fusion tracks, and even some numbers that completely defy easy description! There's a heck of a lot of great guitarists on the set – Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Robby Krieger, Dom Minasi, Ray Gomez, Reggie Lucas, Earl Klugh, John Rowin, Tommy Bolin, and Joe Beck – and CD2 is made entirely of tracks that feature David T Walker on guitar. Titles include "Night Whistler", "Sister Love", "Dance Band", and "Makin It" by Donald Byrd – plus "Some Neck" by Ronnie Foster, "Beginnings" and "Soft Cycles" by Gene Harris, "New York City" and "Golden Rainbows" by Alphonse Mouzon, "Baby's Gone" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Sitting Here All Alone" by The Waters, "New Day" and "Fever" by Ronnie Laws, "Only Women Bleed" by Carmen McRae, "RK Bossa" by Dom Minasi, "Gum Popper" by Robbie Krieger, "Andy's Walk" by Chico Hamilton, and the killer cuts "Mango Sunrise" and "Rise On" by John Lee & Gerry Brown. CD

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✨✧ VariousTea & Sympathy – The English Baroque Sound 1968 to 1974 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great document of a really cool moment in British pop – a time when the music eschwed guitars in favor of strings and larger arrangements – not in the sweet style that American singers were using at the start of the 60s, but a much darker mode that paved the way for even more complex music to come in the 70s! The arrangements here are complex, yet still very tuneful and groovy – and maybe some of the best easy comparisons might be the music of the Left Banke here in the US, or the way that strings were used to great effect in the music of Nick Drake. As always with Ace Records, the presentation is wonderful, with plenty of notes and a superb set list of 22 tracks that include "Please Believe Me" by Nirvana, "Say You Don't Mind" by Colin Blunstone, "Pictures" by Ray Brooks, "Off To Find A New Land" by Lea Nixon, "Alice" by Jon Plum, "When The City Sleeps" by Bombadil, "Mary Jane" by Erasmus Chorum, "Shapes & Shadows" by Tandem, "Forever Autumn" by Virgrass & Osborne, "The Sevent Hour" by Gordon Waller, "Very Well" by Les Payne, "You're Lovely" by Sunchariot, "Coathanger" by Clifford T Ward, and "Lifetime" by The Bliss. CD
Also available Tea & Sympathy – The English Baroque Sound 1968 to 1974 ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Jo Ann CampbellAll The Hits – Her Complete Cameo Recordings ... CD
Cameo/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete Cameo Recordings of Jo Ann Campbell – a really unusual singer who first popped up in the earliest days of rock n roll, and who's working here at sort of a second chapter of her too-short career! The style is a mix of older rock and country modes with a tighter 60s sense of girl pop – never too over the top or gimmicky, but often using electric bass to punctuate things strongly at the bottom – bringing a sense of syncopation that keeps Jo Ann grooving a bit, even on the ballads. The presentation echoes some bigger Nashville moments of then-recent years, but the presentation is definitely in the pop mode of the Cameo label – as you might guess from the "hits" in the title. Cuts include "Little Miss In Between", "Wolverton Mountain", "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin", "Things", "Devil Woman", and "You Don't Know Me". CD adds in 7 more bonus tracks, 2 unreleased – with titles that include "Sloppy Joe", "Patches", "Ain't It Funny What A Fool Will Do", "Waitin For Love", and "Mother Please". CD

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✨✧ John Carter TrioEchoes From Rudolph's (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an incredible dexterity and sensitivity in sound – much looser and more open to sudden shifts of inspiration than his music with Bradford – with accompaniment from Stanley Carter on bass and William Jeffrey on drums and percussion! The style is free, but never indulgently so – and Carter finds this way to always reach for melodic moments even at his most intense – creating the kind of magic that few other musicians might with his instruments. Titles include "Echoes From Rudolph's", "To A Fallen Poppy", "The Last Sunday", "Armin", and "Angles". 2CD set adds in a whole disc of extra material from the trio – with a 19 minute "Echoes From Rudolphs/To A Fallen Poppy", and a very long stretch of different improvised passages! CD

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✨✧ One WayOne Way Featuring Al Hudson (1980) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Al Hudson and One Way – a set that still has the group bristling with loads of funky energy – yet also hitting a groove that's wonderfully smooth as well! One Way were really one of the top of the larger funk combos of the time – and this set's a great illustration of the way they were able to perfectly balance all their different components, and come up with a sound that was lean, mean, and right on the money! Vocals shift a bit from track to track, as does the groove – and although things are upbeat, they're also never disco at all – nor too "fake funk" either. Some moments echo the coming style of 80s groove, but there's also a deeper soul feel overall, too – especially heard in the mellower ballads, which are as great as the uptempo numbers. Titles include "Something In the Past", "Do Your Thang", "Pop It", "I Wanna Be With You", "You're The One", and "Copy This". CD features a bonus track – "Tonight (full length version)". CD

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✨✧ One WayWrap Your Body (with bonus track) ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Damn, One Way never lets us down – and although the group cut many albums back in the day, all of them have some great standout moments! The groove here seems even tighter than ever, but never slick or commercial – a very important distinction, given that so many of One Way's contemporaries really let things slide as they headed for the pop charts. Not so with Al Hudson and group, though – as they always know how to balance things out with all the best elements they had from the start – a good mix of upbeat groovers and some mellower steppers – the latter of which really make us love the record. Titles include the smooth stepper "More Than Friends, Less Than Lovers", which features lead vocals by Ewana Wilson, and some sweet harmonies by the Ridgeways that really make the track – and other titles include "Let's Talk", "Serving It", "Condemned", and "If I Knew". CD also features the bonus track "Let's Talk (extended version)". CD

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✨✧ Roots MagicTake Root Among The Stars ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
These guys already had our attention the moment we looked at the cover – and noted that they were playing songs by Phil Cohran, Sun Ra, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre – then they really won us over once we heard the very first few notes of the set! The group's only a quartet on most tracks, but they've got a sense of majesty to really live up to the music – definitely making magic with the roots they refer to in their name – in a lineup that features Alberto Popolla on clarinet and bass clarinet, Errico De Fabritiis on alto and baritone sax, Gianfranco Tedeschi on bass, and Fabrizio Spera on drums and percussion. There's some nice surprises along the way – harmonica, zither, and "objects" used in the performances – and there's a way of reworking avant traditions that remind us of some of the most innovative sides of the Italian scene at the end of the 80s – on titles that include "When There Is No Sun", "Karen On Monday", "Frankiphone Blues", "Devil Got My Woman", "Humility In The Light Of The Creator", and "A Girl Named Rainbow". CD

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✨✧ Glen CampbellGentle On My Mind/By The Time I Get To Phoenix ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of Capitol Records classics from Glenn Campbell – back to back on a single CD! First up is Gentle On My Mind – an insanely wonderful early album from Glenn Campbell – the kind of music that's not really rock, pop, or country – but instead a unique summation of all, at a level that only Campbell could do this well The album kicks off with the sublime pop hit "Gentle On My Mind" – one of those jangly tunes that we could listen to forever – and then soars into a beautiful blend of tunes from different sources, including covers of Nilsson's "Without Her", Rod McKuen's "The World I Used to Know", Jimmie Rodgers' "It's Over", and Donovan's "Catch The Wind" – as well as the huge hit "Mary In The Morning". Glenn's got a hell of a voice – and it sounds great on all the tracks! By The Time I Get To Phoenix begins with Glenn Campbell's amazing take on the title tune by Jimmy Webb – a pure moment of 60s genius! The pairing of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb is probably one of the greatest ideas ever in the history of pop music – as you'll hear on the album's title track, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Glen's original hit version of the song – written by a wee Jimmy at a young age – forever cut the way for his unique blend of pop, country, and easy vocal styles. The tune also kicks off this pretty nice little album of tracks that features great lesser known numbers, including some surprisingly great country covers. Titles include "Back In The Race", "My Baby's Gone", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "Bad Seed", "Love is A Lonesome River", and "I'll Be Lucky Some Day". CD

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✨✧ ClipseLord Willin' (plus bonus track) ... LP
Star Trak/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first Clipse album to see release – and a neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop masterpiece produced by the Neptunes – the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T arrive as smooth, confident rhymers with plenty of standout moments, while the Neptunes reach an early production peak. The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD and their more pop-oriented productions. We thought from the first needle drop that this was a record we'd be able to come back to for years and years and years, and that indeed holds true! Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. Get On Down reissue includes the Selector remix of "Grindin'" feat Sean Paul, Bless, Kardinall Offishall, NORE, Baby & Lil' Wayne. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Marvin GayeI Heard It Through The Grapevine (aka In The Groove) ... LP
Tamla, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Marvin's definitely in the groove on this set – cooking on all burners with a host of late 60s Motown hits – bad-stepping his way towards some of the more mature moments to come in the 70s! The album's probably best remembered for the cut "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" – easily one of Marvin's biggest moments of the 60s, and a track whose popularity led to the album's title change from In The Groove to later incarnations as Heard It Through The Grapevine! Other cuts are equally great, and show Gaye really stretching out with mature, masculine confidence – pushing the envelope nicely on cuts that include "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever", "There Goes My Baby", "Change What You Can", "You're What's Happening", "Tear It Down", "You", and "Some Kind Of Wonderful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus replica of the original cover for the album – initially titled In The Groove.)

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✨✧ Nate WooleyKNKNIGHGH – Minimal Poetry For Aram Saroyan ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record that comes on with the frenzy of an Ornette Coleman Quartet session – and one with a very similar lineup too – given that Nate Wooley is on trumpet, Chris Pitsiokos is on alto, Brandon Lopez is on bass, and Dre Hocevar is on drums! Yet the sound is freer, and bolder too – as the instruments flurry together in clusters, then burst out into incredible sonic territory as the set moves on – with moments that include Wooley blowing fast and tuneful with a mute, like some speed freak Miles Davis – or hitting these popping, punctuated sounds that are really unusual. The record's one that really keeps us on the edge of our seats – and furthers the sense of surprise that can make real jazz improvisation so special! CD

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✨✧ Early BHistory Of Jamaica – Early B At Midnight Rock ... CD
Midnight Rock/Roots (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A set that brings together the first two albums from one of the great, if less-remembered talents of the 80s DJ scene in Jamaican music – an artist with a raw, biting approach to his words – which are laid out in an almost-languid sort of way that really fits the digital beats and echoey basslines! Early B's rhythms and inflections have lots of great twists and turns along the way – and also maybe represent some of the changes taking place in American hip hop as it was hitting its second chapter – those moments when things never had to be as straight or patterned as before, and really got interesting. The production is by Jah Thomas, with some really fantastic surprises that pop out of the mix at various moments – and titles include "Pedestrian", "Sunday Dish", "Take Up Your Bible", "Ganja Man", "Get Inna De Army", "Learn Fi Drive", "Operating Theatre", "Girls Them Sexy", "Hot Up Bout Ya", "Visit Of King Salasie", "Send In The Patient", "Cane Man A Feh Bathe", "Computer Tek Over", "Poor Class Want Mass", "New York Party", "Just Love & Unity", and "Four Wheel No Real". CD

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✨✧ SupremesSupremes – Produced & Arranged by Jimmy Webb ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked moment of 70s genius from The Supremes – and from the great Jimmy Webb as well – given that the pop studio genius wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! Jimmy had plenty of famous work under his belt by this point in time – including his famous collaborations with 5th Dimension – but the sound here is something completely different entirely, and very different than Webb's own records, as he was starting to find a voice of his own. Instead, the man is more than happy to let the vocals of the Supremes flow forth in this really heavenly way – with Jean Terrell now in the group instead of Diana, but never missing a beat in the lead – as she soars out in this sophisticated mix of strings and soul that's completely sublime! The songs are very fresh territory for the group, and the use of mostly Webb material on the record makes for a very unified set – almost the Supremes' answer to Minnie Riperton's fantastic first album with Charles Stepney, Come To My Garden. Titles include "Once In The Morning", "Cheap Lovin", "When Can Brown Begin", "Beyond Myself", "I Guess I'll Miss The Man", "All I Want", "I Keep It Hid", and "5:30 Plane". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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✨✧ Tears For FearsSongs From The Big Chair ... LP
Mercury, 1985. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Was there a finer moment of 80s pop than this little gem? Maybe not – as the duo are at their most floppy-haired charming throughout – serving up some of the catchiest new romantic material of their generation, including the hits "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" – plus the tracks "Broken", "Listen", "Head Over Heels", "Mothers Talk", and "The Working Hour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record club pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousPuissance 13 + 2 ... LP
Musea/Lion, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wicked collection of French prog and fusion from the start of the 70s – all with a jazzy or folky vibe that shows just how wonderfully warm the French scene was at the time – and how it could be very different than similar music coming from Germany, England, or Italy during the same stretch! All tracks here were recorded live, and although the groups are varied, the sound is surprisingly unified – with loads of funky fusion moments that are kind of an offbeat, outside take on styles that American groups were just beginning to explore – with some especially strong keyboard moments that point the way towards directions that Herbie Hancock would take a few years later. There's a few other tunes that bring in acoustic elements, almost with an acid folk sound – and titles include "Charles" by Catharsis, "Arkham" by Spectre, "Mekanik Kommando" by Magma, "Informers Blues" by Zabu, "Jappy's Boogie" by Solitude, "All's So Comic" by Ergo Sum, "I'm On My Way" by Voyage, "Promenade"b y Claude Engel, "Aria Populaire" by Catherine Ribeiro & Alpes, and "Iguane" by Alain Markusfeld. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSun Gospel ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Gospel genius from the legendary Sun Records – an imprint usually associated with the earliest roots of rockabilly, but also a Memphis powerhouse that managed to capture a number of different styles surprisingly well during the 50s! Sun had one of its big early hits with The Prisonaires – a group of convicts who could harmonize beautifully – and many of these tracks follow a similar vibe, with that up-close, uncluttered style of recording that Sam Phillips did so well – which really lets the vocals of the groups come through! But there's also some surprising crossover moments going on here too – as some tracks feature more familiar Sun artists singing spiritual tunes – showing just how much the gospel side of the market was during these formative years of country, pop, and rock. The set's got 32 tracks in all – a huge amount of overlooked material from Sun – and titles include "Softly & Tenderly" by The Prisonaires, "Forgive Me Lord" by Southern Jubilee Singers, "I Need Jesus" by Song Fellows, "Amazing Grace" by Jones Brothers, "House Of God" by an Unknown Female Trio, "Nobody's Looking Back" by Wally Fowler, "Rainbow Of Love" by Evans Family Singers, "Until I Pray For You" by Rudi Richardson, "Where Shall I Be" by Brewsteraires, "My Heart Is A Chapel" by Mary Johnson, "My God Is Real" by Prisonaires, "All My Sins Been Taken Away" by Sonny Burgess, "Round Up In Glory" by Sun Spot Quartet" – and the tracks "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" by the Million Dollar Quartet, and even a "Sermon" by Jerry Lee Lewis. CD

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Jim Baker/Steve Hunt/Brian Sandstrom/Mars WilliamsExtraordinary Popular Delusions ... CD
Okka Disk, 2007. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
An electric improvised set from Chicago – one that features piano, electric piano, and synthesizer by Jim Baker – plus bass and guitar from Brian Sandstrom, drums and percussion from Steve Hunt, and a variety of saxophones from Mars Williams! The album's somewhat unassuming at points – free, but often a bit restrained – so that quieter, more tuneful moments sit alongside some of the fuller expressions of the quartet. Baker's piano is a key force in the sound, but when Williams opens up on saxophone, he really takes over – and titles include "Feudal Gestures", "Goat & Adding Machine Ritual", "Futile Jester", "Hail To Thee Malthusia", "Somebody Rang A Bell", and "Space On Experiments In Animals". CD

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Ed MottaPoptical ... CD
Trama (Brazil), 2003. Used ... $7.99
A bold leap forward for Ed Motta – once a mainstream Brazilian soul singer, now the darling of the jazz groove underground! The album's even more experimental than Ed's groundbreaking Dwitza set – and has him working through a warm blend of jazz and soul styles – heavily drenched in 70s-styled keyboard work, with Ed's lush vocals sounding even better than before! The range of expression on the set is amazing – Ed will be scatting at one moment, crooning another, always in perfect step with the album's jazzy keyboard work – soaring along with a really righteous sound. Plus, the album's also got a few songs in English – a real change for Ed, and something that is bound to push him onto even greater audiences! Titles include "Rainbow's End", "The Rose That Came To Bloom", "My Rules", "Gifts & Sorrows", "Quem Pode Surpreender", and "Tem Espaco Na Van". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousMonterey International Pop Festival – June 16, 17, 18, 1967 (4CD box set) ... CD
Rhino, 1967. Used 4CD + Book ... $39.99
A key moment from the late sixties – probably better known now through the film by D.A. Pennebaker – but just as great here in this deluxe box set! The set features music from John Phillips, the Association, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Canned Heat, Country Joe & the Fish, the Steve Miller Band, the Electric Flag, Lou Rawls, Ravi Shankar, Jefferson Airplane, Booker T & the MGs, the Who, Otis Redding, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Mamas & the Papas, and more – plus an awesome oversized booklet packed with great photos and notes! CD
(Out of print. Comes in a cool heavy fabric box – front cover has a light impression from storage next to another box set, individual CD's have small cutout holes through artwork.)

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VariousMusik Music Musique – 1980 The Dawn Of Synth Pop (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1980. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
A great little set that brings together the big bang of electro pop that hit the UK scene at the start of the 80s – work from that moment when previous, more experimental strands of music from the initial post-punk years started cleaning things up, going for hooks, and making some pretty darn catchy music in the process! Yet the work here is also maybe still far from some of the overplayed big hits of a few years later – that key moment when early experimenters were crafting some great tunes, but still not sounding too commercial – and sometimes enticing other artists who didn't always record in this mode to join in on the fun! And if you think you know all the sounds from this time, this box set might give you a big surprise – as there's plenty of work here that we didn't expect – not just more obscure tunes by bigger names, but also some obscure artists who fit right into the groove – all given plenty of coverage in the large booklet of notes. 3CD set features 58 tracks in all - with work by The Passage, Berlin Blondes, Buggles, M, Silicon Teens, Rockets, John Foxx, Science, Fad Gadget, Zeus, OMD, Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls, Dark Day, Der Plan, Kevin Harrison, Japan, Dalek I, Taxi Girl, Systems, Karel Fialka, Nini Raviolette, The Korgis, Alex Fergusson, The Metronomes, Lori & The Chameleons, and others. CD

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VariousPacific Breeze 2 – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1972 to 1986 (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $35.99 39.99
Sweet sounds from a real golden age in Japanese music – a time when the scene had picked up plenty of influences from the US scene, but was carefully crafting some great styles of their own! The music here has touches of jazz, fusion, soul, and AOR – but there's a special balance that's a bit different than American chartbound material of the time – tight, but never too slick – and with a great ear for allowing the more interesting sides of the music to come forth in all the best ways – so that although catchy, the tunes aren't just going slavishly for a hook or a hit! There's a lot of resonance in the instrumentation with some of the scene that had Japanese jazz musicians working with American fusion players – but the overall approach is maybe more soul-based overall. An even deeper set than the first volume – with titles that include "Kanpoo" by Yumi Murata, "Hidari Mune No Seiza" by Tetsuji Hayashi, "Yubikiri" by Eiichi Ohtaki, "Vibration" by Kimiko Kasai, "Pink Shadow" by Bread & Butter, "The Tokyo Taste" by The Sadistics, "Blind Curve" by Momoko Kikuchi, "Skyfire" by Eri Ohno, and "Rainy Saturday & Coffee Break" by Junko Ohashi & Minoya Central Station. LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie-exclusive colored vinyl pressing – limited!)

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✨✧ VariousTokyo Nights – Female J-Pop Boogie Funk 1981 to 1988 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great look at the bright world of female soul in Japan during the 80s – a time when the nation was hitting some of its greatest heights of the postwar years – and was coming up with a magical musical groove to follow! While disco reigned in American clubs in the late 70s, the style really took off in Tokyo during the following decade – maybe mixed a bit with European and 80s club styles, but still unabashedly as upbeat and bubbling as American work of previous years – all to showcase a range of female singers whose style really matches the groove! The music takes off a bit from that shift into soul by Japanese jazz singers in the 70s – but is much farther than that mode overall, especially once the beats and keyboards get going. The package does a great job of being faithful to this legacy – and includes notes on each song and artist, along with album covers too. Titles include "Wanna Kiss" by Hitomi Tohyama, "Dancin" by Junko Ohashi, "Dress Down" by Kaoru Akimoto, "I'm In Love" by Aru Takamura, "Broken Eyes" by Mariko Tone, "TNT" by Rie Murakami, "Love Is A Work Of Mind" by Ra Mu, "Mystical Composer" by Kikuchi Momoko, and "Sky Restaurant" by Yumi Seino. CD

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✨✧ VariousAmerica Invertida – Leftfield Pop & Experimental Folk From 80s Uruguay ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1980s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A collection of music we never expected to be this wonderful – but that's also because we were completely unaware of the scene until this release! The album brings together songs from a special time in Uruguay – a moment when democracy was returning to the nation, which seemed to inspire a whole new level of creativity in the scene in Montevideo – documented here by a select and beautiful assortment of songs! It's a bit hard to define the real charm of this music in words – and the title only gets at part of the quality – because there's elements here that also echo some of the more personal sounds up in Brazil, by an artist like Joyce – while also weaving together with some of the gentler moments of the UK post punk and cold wave years, as you might hear in the music of Young Marble Giants or Weekend. Acoustic and electric elements intertwine effortlessly, with vocals that often have an airy yet powerful charm – all gentle, but never thin or thoughtless at all – on titles that include "Kabumba" by Jugo Jasa, "Desencanto" by Contraviento, "Capitulos" by Mariana Ingold, "En Este Momento" by Travesia, "Bombinhas" by Leo Masilha and Jorge Cumbo, "El Chi-li-ban-dan" by Eduardo Mateo, and "Tra Tus Ojos" by Estela Magnone and Jaime Roos. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousElectrical Language – Independent British Synth Pop 1978 to 1984 (4CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive look at a key moment in British music – that post-punk era when keyboards and electronics came into the mix, but weren't yet used in polished or commercial ways! The groups here really run the gamut – from some who'd later move into more noisy territory, to others who might change things up and go for the charts – almost all captured at their earliest, working for the wealth of tiny indie labels that sprang up in England once the forces of punk knocked down the walls of the major labels! The scope of sounds here is totally great – from moody, moogy analogue numbers – to other tighter electronic songs that burst and crackle with energy – sometimes instrumental, often vocal – and always a cut above. The package is a hardcover book-style one – with page after page of notes and images on the artists in the set – plus 4CDs that feature a total of 80 tracks – with music by The Passage, Thomas Leer, Box Of Toys, Poeme Electronique, Dalek I, Colourbox, The Normal, Alex Fergusson, Eyeless In Gaza, Bodhi Beat Poets, Two, The Fast Set, Play, Goat, Futurerhythm, David Harrow, Fiat Lux, Blue Zoo, Lori & the Chameleons, Tim Blake, Charlie's Brother, The Quarks, Hybrid Kids, Beasts In Cages, Naked Lunch, Edward Ka-Spel, The Mobile, Fad Gadget, Local Boy Makes Good, Chris & Cosey, Pink Industry, Music For Pleasure, and many more! CD

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Warm, soulful sounds from a crucial time in the Japanese music scene – a 70s moment when the nation was finding a special groove of its own – but one that also drew heavily from American soul and jazz as well! It's no secret that the Japanese have always had a great love of American sounds – but by the mid 70s, that longtime love had also turned into some great homegrown sounds of their own – as Japan developed a number of its own strong soul singers, who were often backed by the ever-growing array of great jazz musicians, particularly those of the fusion side of the spectrum. Plus, there also seemed to be a lot more criss-crossing between Tokyo and US studios at the time – particularly those on the west coast – which resulted in a special blend of sounds that had all the class and cool of the Japanese urban scene, but also some of the sunniness of the west coast too. That special mix of music is perfectly summed up here – in a collection that offers up plenty of cuts that were never issued outside of Japan back in the day – with vocals both in English and Japanese, and plenty of grooves that are perfect for any fan of fusion-styled R&B. Titles include the classic "LA Nights" by Yasuko Agawa – plus "Say Goodbye" by Hiroshi Sato, "I Say Who" by Tomoko Soryo, "Sports Men" by Haruomi Hosoni, "Midnight Driver" by Minako Yoshida, "Machibouke" by Tazumi Toyoshima, "Exotic Yokogao" by Hitomi Tohyama, "Lady Pink Panther" by Shigeru Suzuki, "Drip Dry Eyes" by Yukihiro Takahashi, and "Bamboo Vendor" by Masayoshi Takanaka. CD

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze 2 – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1972 to 1986 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet sounds from a real golden age in Japanese music – a time when the scene had picked up plenty of influences from the US scene, but was carefully crafting some great styles of their own! The music here has touches of jazz, fusion, soul, and AOR – but there's a special balance that's a bit different than American chartbound material of the time – tight, but never too slick – and with a great ear for allowing the more interesting sides of the music to come forth in all the best ways – so that although catchy, the tunes aren't just going slavishly for a hook or a hit! There's a lot of resonance in the instrumentation with some of the scene that had Japanese jazz musicians working with American fusion players – but the overall approach is maybe more soul-based overall. An even deeper set than the first volume – with titles that include "Kanpoo" by Yumi Murata, "Hidari Mune No Seiza" by Tetsuji Hayashi, "Yubikiri" by Eiichi Ohtaki, "Vibration" by Kimiko Kasai, "Pink Shadow" by Bread & Butter, "The Tokyo Taste" by The Sadistics, "Blind Curve" by Momoko Kikuchi, "Skyfire" by Eri Ohno, and "Rainy Saturday & Coffee Break" by Junko Ohashi & Minoya Central Station. CD
Also available Pacific Breeze 2 – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1972 to 1986 (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP 35.99

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze 2 – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1972 to 1986 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Sweet sounds from a real golden age in Japanese music – a time when the scene had picked up plenty of influences from the US scene, but was carefully crafting some great styles of their own! The music here has touches of jazz, fusion, soul, and AOR – but there's a special balance that's a bit different than American chartbound material of the time – tight, but never too slick – and with a great ear for allowing the more interesting sides of the music to come forth in all the best ways – so that although catchy, the tunes aren't just going slavishly for a hook or a hit! There's a lot of resonance in the instrumentation with some of the scene that had Japanese jazz musicians working with American fusion players – but the overall approach is maybe more soul-based overall. An even deeper set than the first volume – with titles that include "Kanpoo" by Yumi Murata, "Hidari Mune No Seiza" by Tetsuji Hayashi, "Yubikiri" by Eiichi Ohtaki, "Vibration" by Kimiko Kasai, "Pink Shadow" by Bread & Butter, "The Tokyo Taste" by The Sadistics, "Blind Curve" by Momoko Kikuchi, "Skyfire" by Eri Ohno, and "Rainy Saturday & Coffee Break" by Junko Ohashi & Minoya Central Station. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Pacific Breeze 2 – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1972 to 1986 (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP 35.99

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✨✧ VariousPacific Breeze – Japanese City Pop, AOR, & Boogie 1976 to 1986 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Warm, soulful sounds from a crucial time in the Japanese music scene – a 70s moment when the nation was finding a special groove of its own – but one that also drew heavily from American soul and jazz as well! It's no secret that the Japanese have always had a great love of American sounds – but by the mid 70s, that longtime love had also turned into some great homegrown sounds of their own – as Japan developed a number of its own strong soul singers, who were often backed by the ever-growing array of great jazz musicians, particularly those of the fusion side of the spectrum. Plus, there also seemed to be a lot more criss-crossing between Tokyo and US studios at the time – particularly those on the west coast – which resulted in a special blend of sounds that had all the class and cool of the Japanese urban scene, but also some of the sunniness of the west coast too. That special mix of music is perfectly summed up here – in a collection that offers up plenty of cuts that were never issued outside of Japan back in the day – with vocals both in English and Japanese, and plenty of grooves that are perfect for any fan of fusion-styled R&B. Titles include the classic "LA Nights" by Yasuko Agawa – plus "Say Goodbye" by Hiroshi Sato, "I Say Who" by Tomoko Soryo, "Sports Men" by Haruomi Hosoni, "Midnight Driver" by Minako Yoshida, "Machibouke" by Tazumi Toyoshima, "Exotic Yokogao" by Hitomi Tohyama, "Lady Pink Panther" by Shigeru Suzuki, "Drip Dry Eyes" by Yukihiro Takahashi, and "Bamboo Vendor" by Masayoshi Takanaka. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousLullabies For Catatonics – A Journey Through The British Avant Pop/Art Rock Scene 1967 to 1974 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic little collection – and one that's maybe a lot more fun than you might expect! There's little material that's actually avant, and just a few that might fall into the more boring sides of the art rock spectrum – and instead, the set brings together work from the psych and early prog years by a host of British acts who were really willing to take a chance with their music! There's more than a few big names here, and a few big hits too – but those cuts are mixed with overlooked gems and album tracks that really get at the amazing creative explosion that was happening in British music at the time – a moment when things were sounding so different than just a few years before – but results that were surprisingly groovy and catchy too. As with other box sets on the Grapefruit label, the track selection is superb – and the whole thing comes with song-by-song notes that get at the history and special quality of each number – amidst 79 titles by artists who include Deep Feeling, Open Road, 9:30 Fly, Gnome Street, Matching Mole, Nirvana, Comus, Matching Mole, The Coxhill/Bedford Duo, Spring, The Velvet Frogs, Bachenkel, Third Ear Band, Woody Kern, Genesis, The Riot Squad, Dantalian's Chariot, Mighty Baby, Cressida, Rustic Hinge, Eyes Of Blue, Fuschia, Blonde On Blonde, and Ron Geesin. CD

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassSouth Of The Border ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1963. Used ... $8.99
Herb Alpert's going South Of The Border again in another marvelous set of modern mariachi tunes – taking that wonderful Tijuana Brass sound, and turning it towards a number of familiar hits of the day! There's equal parts 60s instrumental pop and Latin groove in the mix – and the punctuated yet compressed Alpert production really hits some sublime moments. Herb's really finding his own sound here – not just the one that would be used on other Tijuana Brass albums, but also on the genius to come from A&M! Titles include "Girl From Ipanema", "Up Cherry Street", "Mexican Shuffle", "El Presidente", "All My Loving", and "Numero Cinco". CD
(Out of print Signature Series edition.)

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Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... CD
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack's only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear in Ashford's surprisingly great vocals. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moogy sound that's very nice – and other tracks include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right On Top". CD

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✨✧ Body 11Youth ... LP
Medical, Mid 80s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A one-man German operation from the mid-80s – but one with a punchy approach that rivals some of the better electro pop from the Euro scene at the time! Body 11 only ever issued a 7" EP back in the day, plus a handful of cuts on cassette – but the sound here really recalls those great early 80s moments when older, colder groups like Cabaret Voltaire or Human League found a way to get more tuneful – yet still hold onto most of the edge that made them so great. Had Body 11 issued these cuts in early 80s Sheffield or Manchester, he might well have broken big – but it's also the mystery of these obscure tracks that keeps the record really interesting too. Instrumentation includes lots of Yamaha, Korg, and Roland electronics – and titles include "Wasteland 2", "Under My Command", "Just A Smile", "Marching", "Hearts", and "Fascination". LP, Vinyl record album
(Milky clear vinyl, including the insert.)

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David BowieAladdin Sane (45th anniversary silver vinyl pressing) ... LP
Virgin, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99
One of our favorite David Bowie albums ever! Aladdin Sane was a real turning point for Bowie – recorded on the heels of the tremendously popular Ziggy Stardust album, but really pushing the boundaries past the more straight-ahead rock and glam of that record. Instead of just sitting on his laurels, Bowie tripped out into a wilder, weirder world with this one – mixing together elements of some of the baroque arrangements of early records, with the meaner leaner sound of the 70s – populating the songs with freaks, weirdos, and odd characters that gave the whole thing a really creepy edge. The whole thing's an oft-overlooked gem that, to us, is truly one of Bowie's most magical moments – and titles include "Drive In Saturday", "Panic In Detroit", "Aladdin Sane", "Watch That Man", "The Jean Genie", "The Prettiest Star", "Time", and "Lady Grinning Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition silver colored vinyl – exclusive to indie brick and mortar stores in the US.)

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Brian CharretteGood Tipper ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Great Hammond work from Brian Charette – served up in a style that's a bit different than most contemporary organ jazz sessions! The tracks here are sometimes short – like the old soul jazz organ singles back in the 60s – and Charette mixes things up nicely with a few great covers of soundtrack and pop moments – a bit like some Jimmy McGriff album on Sue Records! Yet Charette's also got a much wider range of sounds than McGriff ever did – a knowledge of the Hammond that embraces all the changes from Larry Young forward – worked out with a sweet trio that includes either Avi Rothbard or Yotam Silberstein on guitar, and Mark Ferber or Jordan Young on drums. Joe Sucato guests on tenor on the album's one long track – and titles include "The Kicker", "Good Tipper", "Another Quarter", "Standing Still", "You Only Live Twice", "Up Up & Away", and "Time Of The Season". CD

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Daddy DewdropDaddy Dewdrop ... LP
Sunflower/MGM, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
The group behind one of the coolest novelty tunes of the 70s – the excellent "Chick A Boom (Don't Ya Jes Love It)" – one of those cuts that showed up everywhere at the time, but didn't exactly put the band on the map! That great cut leads off the set – and other numbers follow in a similar space – weird territory between pop psyche and early glam – with fuzz on the edges of the grooves on most moments, and flanged-out vocal production. Titles include "Johnny Do It Faster", "Migrane Headache", "5 Card Stud", "Chick A Boom", "March Of The White Corpuscles", and "Diggin On Mrs Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light surface wear.)

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Lizzy Mercier DesclouxZulu Rock (aka Gazelles) (with download including bonus tracks) ... LP
Ze (France), 1984. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99 23.98
Quite possibly the hippest album ever recorded by Lizzy Mercier Descloux – a session done in South Africa, and featuring a variety of unusual rhythms! The sound here isn't conventional African pop, and like other gems from the Ze Records catalog, this set blends together a number of styles into its own unique groove – some of the Ze dancefloor modes from earlier records, bright guitars ala high life recordings, and even some tropical touches that seem to be borrowed a bit from reggae. The resulting sound is great, and provides a deeper foil than before for Lizzy's English and French lyrics. Titles include "Aybssinia", "Mais Ou Sont Passees Lee Gazelles", "Dolby Sisters Saliva Brothers", "Queen Of Overdub Kisses", "I'm Liquor", "Momo On My Mind", and "Sun Jive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download of the full album – plus bonus tracks too!)

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Astrud GilbertoSeptember 17, 1969 ... LP
Verve, 1969. Near Mint- ... $49.99
One of the grooviest records ever from the lovely Astrud Gilberto – a session that beautifully mixes her usual bossa nova with bits of Sunshine Pop and other hip late 60s grooves – all in a mode that really takes off a lot more than other Gilberto albums on Verve! The style here is really wonderful – upbeat, soaring, and joyous on most of the best numbers – a real transformation of Astrud's usual groove, and a great departure from too familiar bossa nova material. The record's been a little bit lost to the shifting sands of time – possibly because it's not as iconic as it might be – but we totally love it, and really consider it one of Gilberto's best moments ever in the studio. Arrangements are by Albert Gorgoni – and titles include a fantastic long jamming version of the track "Beginnings" that sounds completely different from the Chicago hit, and which is a stunning dancefloor groover! The album also includes an English version of "Canto De Osshana" called "Let's Go", plus a groovy uptempo version of the Bee Gee's "Holiday", and the great cut "Love Is Stronger Than We" from the soundtrack to A Man & A Woman. Other tracks include "Think Of Rain", "A Million Miles Away Behind The Door", "Don't Leave Me Baby", and "Summer Sweet (part 1, part 2 to be continued)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Haruomi Hosono/Takahiko Ishikawa/Masataka MatsutohyaAgean Sea (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Great Tracks/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99
A dreamy little record, and one that's every bit as warm and sunny as its cover – served up here in a mix of 70s Japanese fusion and soundtrack modes, with a relatively straight vibe overall! There's some of the whimsy of the artists' other work, but nicely filtered into modes that showcase their growing participation in the city pop years – but always with a kind of understated quality that makes the whole thing so great! There's a nicely laidback vibe to the whole thing, which breaks a bit when a jazzier moment comes into the mix – and titles are all in Japanese, or we'd tell you more about the record. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy clear vinyl pressing – with obi!)

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Stan KentonSophisticated Approach ... LP
Creative World, 1961. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A great set by Stan Kenton – one that applies the dark tones of his style to a range of popular numbers that end up completely transformed! The album features some wonderful charts from arranger Lennie Niehaus – emerging here as one of the more complicated talents of the west coast scene of the time – and stepping off the strength of his 50s small group sessions, into a realm that really points the way towards his later soundtrack work. The sound is lush and filled with colors from the dark end of the spectrum – mostly carried by a mellophonium-heavy horn section, but also featuring some redemptive moments on breakout solos. Titles include "Darn That Dream", "Moonlight Becomes You", "How Do I Look In Blue", "Time After Time", "My One And Only Love", and "You Stepped Out Of A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing in an alternate cover, which has some tape down the spine.)

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Living Guitars/Living StringsJoy Of Christmas/Sound Of Christmas ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1969/1970. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
Two sweet instrumental Christmas albums – both from the RCA pop paradise of the 60s! First up are the Living Guitars – that instrumental lineup that took 60s guitar modes from the pop world, and set them up with a bit more of a bachelor pad/easy listening motif – guitar out front in the mix, but also set up in larger arrangements – and sometimes more late nite than rocking. In the mode of other "living" series records from the time, many titles are in medley mode – and include "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride", "Oh Christmas Tree/Deck the Halls", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Jingle Bell Rock/Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", and "Silver Bells/The Real Meaning of Christmas". Next up are the Living Strings – a group who were a bit like the Soulful Strings over at Chess Records, but a lot more mellow overall – although this time around, they've got a bit of an electric bass at the bottom to give them a bump when needed! The group's lush sound is perfect for a Holiday record – especially the kind you play after a big meal, when the evening is winding down – and titles include "The Christmas Waltz", "Winter Wonderland/Jingle Bells/Snow Bells", "Oh Come All Ye Faithful/The First Noel/The Coventry Carol/O Holy Night", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "A Handful of Happy New Years", "Toyland/The Little Drummer Boy/Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", and "Blue Christmas". CD

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Hugo MontenegroMoog Power ... CD
RCA/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
A groovy moogy classic! This was one of the first records to apply the moog sound in a pop idiom in a major way – and boy, is it a resounding success with us! Hugo Montenegro scores a number of pop tracks and originals in the same cool jazzy style that he used on his best 60's soundtracks, then, he builds in a lot of groovy moog parts, and peppers the tracks with some vocals by male members of his chorus. The tracks have a lot of nice sharp bits that might be used as samples, with good quirky moog moments, and occasional heavy drums. Tracks include "Moog Power", "Dizzy", "You Showed Me", "More Today Than Yesterday", "Hair", and a very cool cover of "MacArthur Park". CD
 
 
 



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