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Derek Bailey & Mototeru TakagiLive At Farout ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1987. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Two sharp-edged players, coming together here in a wonderful set of live improvisations – Derek Bailey on guitar and Mototero Takagi on alto sax – each working as if they've understood each others special qualities through years of performing together on stage! Bailey's strings have a metallic quality that mixes well with Takagi's raspy soprano sax – sometimes blown soulfully in straighter lines, but often spun out with lots of angular elements that really match Derek's famous approach to guitar. Either way sounds great to our ears – and titles include "Duo 1", "Duo III", and "Duo IV". CD features the bonus "Duo II". CD

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Billy Bang & William ParkerMedicine Buddha ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful work from two players who've just gotten better and better over the decades – both musicians who've made a huge impression from the late 70s onward, but who also continue to grow and refine their ideas as the years go on! This set features beautiful duets recorded at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, in 2009 – with Bang on violin and thumb piano, and William Parker on bass, plus a bit of shakuhashi and dousn gouni as well. Both players handle strings at a level that's far different than most of their contemporaries or influences – and have this sublimely spiritual style that's often a bit exotic too – but never in the sort of easier ways of Bang's Vietnam-related projects. Instead there's a very freely creative spirit as both players come together – finding a unique voice that's extremely moving, and never too heavy-handed – a huge reminder of why we love them both so much. Titles include "Bronx Aborigines", "Eternal Planet", "Buddha's Joy", "Medicine Buddha", and "Sky Song". CD

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Adam Caine/Adam Lane/Bob Lanzetti/Billy MintzTransmissions ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2020. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
Adam Caine has lots of sounds in his bag here – work that varies not just as he switches between electric guitar, electric bass, and synthesizer – but which also brings out a range of different qualities on each instrument! The approach is a bit hard to describe, but is not that far from some of the older ECM sessions of the 70s – a key instrumentalist in the lead, always willing to take chances and move past conventional modes of expression – with support from a well-matched group that includes Bob Lanzetti on second guitar, Adam Lane on acoustic bass, and Billy Mintz on drums. Nick Lyons plays alto sax on one track – and titles include "The Girls", "Heavenly Bodies", "Cloud Over", "Night Driver", "Alien Flower", "The Spiral", and "The Core". CD

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Francois Carrier/Masayo Koketsu/Daisuke Fuwa/Takashi ItaniJapan Suite ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Not a suite as in the sense that you might guess from the title – nothing composed, no overarching master idea – as instead the set features a series of improvisations all recorded in Saitama – featuring a group with both Francois Carrier and Masayo Koketsu on alto saxes, plus Daisuke Fuwa on bass and Takashi Itani on drums and percussion! The alto interplay is pretty great, and pretty fierce at times – and titles include the 25 minute long "Uchi Soto" – plus "Ogose", "Yuzu", "Kaze To Kumo Ni Noboru", "Rakuyou", and "Kacho Fugetsu". CD

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Free Jazz Group WeisbadenFrictions/Frictions Now ... CD
LST/No Business (Lithuania), 1969/1971. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A pair of albums from this lesser-known German improv group from the start of the 70s – two rare albums that are as free as their name, and which were both initially pressed in small runs of just a few hundred copies! The quartet have a surprisingly lyrical approach to their music at times – thanks especially to the reed work of Deiter Scherf, whose work on flute is sublime, and sometimes matched by that of Gerhard Konig, who plays both guitar and flute in the group. Scherf also handles alto, oboe, piano, shenai, and prepared trumpet – the last of which has a great sound – and the rest of the quartet includes Michael Sell on trumpet and Wolfgang Schlick on drums and metal bracket – an array of instruments that is changed up often during the long performances on the record! Titles include "Frictions" – a continuous piece that took up the whole first LP – and "Frictions Now", in two parts. CD

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Frank Gratkowski/Achim Kaufmann/Wilbert De Joode/Tony BuckFlatbosc & Cautery ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Reedman Frank Gratkowski always has a way of making unusual sounds from his familiar instruments – in this case, alto, clarinets, and flutes – and his energy on the record is really matched by the other three performers, who improvise with Frank in a loft in Germany with a spirit that's very open, yet wonderfully sensitive too! These players all have careful ears for each other – and they manage to make some very individual magic throughout – Achim Kaufman on piano, Wilbert De Joode on bass, and Tony Buck on drums and percussion – working with Gratkowski at a level that really shows the advances of expression allowed by the past few decades of improvised music. Titles include "Small Ways Chasmal", "X-Ularities", "Tenuous Like Beyond", "Tangible Thin Threads", and "Biomes". CD

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Katarsis4Live At The Underground Water Reservoir ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2021. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
We're not entirely sure if the set was recorded underground, but there's definitely a sense of resonance that comes through in the performance – this echoey space that just seems to further intertwine the improvisations of the members of the group! Katarsis4 is an all-horn group – with Arminas Bizys on alto and baritone, Kazimieras Jusinskas on soprano and alto, Algridas Janonis on alto and hornpipe, and Danielus Pancerovas on baritone and alto – a blend of horns that makes for an amazing array of sounds and tones throughout the one long improvised performance on the set – sometimes all tied together, almost harmonizing – other times confronting each other in the open space of the performance – really beautiful, and in ways that are quite different than standard saxophone quartet material! There's an equal ear her for sonic possibilities as there is for music – and that makes for a hauntingly beautiful record throughout. CD

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Juozas Milasius/Tomas Kutavicius/Dalius NaujokaitisLive At Willisau 1993 ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1993. New Copy ... $9.99 29.99
The core trio here steps out on their own at first, and are then augmented by work from the Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra – an added quartet who really bring an intensity to the performance! Well, maybe that intensity is already there – but slightly muted – as the guitar of Juozas Milasius, piano of Tomas Kutavicius, and drums of Dalis Naujokaitis come together with a very spacious, open sense of understanding. Yet when the others come in – Vytas Labutis on saxes, and the other three on voice, plus all on cymbals, clapping, and "trampling" – there's a ferocity to the record that's undeniable. Titles include "Sailor's Nightmare", "Play Me", "Reflection Nebula", and "String Walker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)

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Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/FourmenonlyModern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe/Fourmenonly – Complete Recordings (Trees/Position 2000/Fourmenonly Vol 1/Science Fiction Stories) (3CD set) ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CDs ... $38.99 42.99
A fantastic lost legacy in European free improvisation – the complete works of a group who were first known as Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe, then later as Fourmenonly – presented here in a beautiful 3CD set! First up is the album Trees – issued on a small label in 1968, but a set that matches the groundbreaking energy of the early work on FMP – played by a group that features Helmuth Zimmer on piano, Wilfreid Eichorn on tenor and soprano sax, Claus Buhler on bass, Rudi Thielmann on drums, and Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, Mellophon, piston, and percussion! The group have a melodic vibe at the core – often feeling out the initial space as a unit, then exploding with sound and color – and really making especially great work of the talents of Joos and Eichorn – players who work together with great power, driven on by the others. Titles include "Lonely Time", "Trees", "Schnee Verbrennt", "Change Of Beauty", and "The Devil Is Green Blue Yellow". CD also features a bonus unreleased improvisation too! Next is Position 2000 – a record of even longer improvisations, and one that shows the quintet really developing their sound – strongly aware of the farther reaches, but always beginning in some more colorful passages that almost have a melody, before exploding out with very vibrant energy! The lineup is the same as on the debut – with Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, mellophone, Indian flute, and percussion – and Wilfried Eichorn on tenor, soprano sax, bass clarinet, flute, and percussion – alongside Helmuth Zimmer on piano, Klaus Buhler on bass, and Rudi Thielmann on drums. Titles include "The Sun Is Coming Over", "Position 2000", and "Where Love Forever Shines". CD also features an unreleased improvisation. For the next album, bassist Buhler has departed the group – who are renamed Fourmenonly! Their first record is a brilliant set of free jazz from the German scene of the 70s – very different than other work of the time, in that there's maybe more of a future-thinking balance between sounds and silence, frenzy and fragility – all served up by a quartet that features Herbert Joos on trumpet and flugelhorn, Wilfried Eichhorn on tenor and soprano sax, Helmuth Zimmer on piano and percussion, and Rudi Theilmann on drums and percussion. Titles include "Viridiana/Ich Und Meine Bruder/Compulsion" and "Count Down/Excess". On the album Eight Science Fiction Stories, the Fourmenonly lineup is expanded by trombonist Wolfgang Czelusta – and perform some fantastic work billed as "science fiction stories", all composed by Herbert Joos. The sound is as revolutionary as on the group's earliest material, but also maybe more compact as well – nicely focused, with especially strong emphasis on the interplay between Czelusta on trombone, Wilifried Eichorn on bass clarinet, flute, and oboe, and Herbert Joos on flugelhorn, trumpet, and mellophone. The piano of Helmuth Zimmer is amazing – almost Cecil Taylor-like in intensity at times – and drummer Rudi Theilmann does a great job of moving from passages of full-on power to more spacious percussion. Titles include "Lucifer Is Marching On", "Dead Season", "The Beauty Without A Face", "Departure", "Plastic Happiness", and "Space Wall". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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RED Trio & Celebration BandSuite 10 Years Anniversary ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 25.99
The core RED trio works here with a very expanded lineup – one that turns their smaller-format free jazz into the mode of an improvising orchestra – all in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the trio! The group features Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernani Faustino on bass, and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums and percussion – and the door opens for many others in the Celebration Band – a lineup that includes John Butcher on tenor and soprano, Rodrigo Amado and Pedro Sousa on tenors, Sei Miguel and Luis Vicente on trumpets, Fala Mariam on trombone, Nuno Torres on alto, Matthias Stahl on vibes, and Carlos Santos on electronics. All these elements are used sparingly – so that you almost feel like the trio is still at the core, just being augmented – and titles include "Corrente", "Mais Vale", and "Ditirambo". CD

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Sam RiversZenith – Sam Rivers Archive Project 2 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A fantastic lost slice of work from reedman Sam Rivers – recorded at a point when he was really able to let loose and go for a long stretch of a time – and with a mode that's a bit similar to his better-known late 70s recordings for the Circle label! Some of the elements here are the same – such as the presence of the enigmatic Joe Daley on tuba and euphonium – both instruments he blows with stunning dexterity, to create a lower end of tone next to Sam's biting work on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The group also features the mighty Dave Holland on bass and cello – and double drums from Barry Altschul and Charlie Persip, the latter of whom was really discovering a freer side of his talents at the time. Rivers also plays a bit of piano – and the set features one very long improvisation, titled "Universal Message". CD

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Sam Rivers TrioBraids – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 4 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Unissued work from the fantastic Sam Rivers – a live date recorded in Germany in 1979, with a vibe that's somewhere in the territory of Sam's late 70s albums for the Circle label with Joe Daley – but handled here in a nicely different way! Daley is in the group on euphonium and tuba, blowing these deep lines that are very moody and filled with a strong sense of "bottom" mixed with surprising melody in the improvisations – and other players include Dave Holland on bass and cello, and Thurman Barker on drums – the last of whom has a great way of pulsating with intensity, ala Rivers. Sam blows tenor, soprano, and flute, and also plays piano – and the set features one long improvisation that stretches out for almost an hour, divided into two sections. CD

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Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry AltschulRicochet – Sam Rivers Archive Project Vol 3 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A searing live performance from Sam Rivers – never issued before, and recorded as one non-stop improvisation with a really amazing trio! Rivers plays tenor, soprano, flute, and piano – and the record is a great example of the constantly creative energy that he can bring to the fold – especially when working with Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums – two players we've always loved, but who we're still blown away with in the company of the leader! The energy here matches classic 70s Rivers records on Impulse and Horo – and the single long improvisation, titled "Ricochet", runs for 52 minutes in length. CD

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Wadada Leo Smith & Sabu ToyozumiBurning Meditation ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith in his best sort of setting – working in an openly creative space for improvisation, one that has Smith not only shaping things majestically with his lines on trumpet – but also making some nice shifts to other instrumentation too! Drummer Sabu Toyozumi is a fantastic partner on the set – a sometimes-strong instrumentalist, but one who's also nicely focused too – so that he really finds a way to match all the many shifts and steps that Wadada makes over the course of the album's long, live, improvised performance. Smith also handles a bit of koto, bamboo flute, and percussion – and titles include "Don Cherry – A Silver Flute Song", "Lines", "Burning Meditation/Uprising", "There Are Human Rights Blues", and "Creative Music 1 – Red Mountain Garden Wild Arises & Glacier". CD

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Sabu Toyozumi/Mats GustafssonHokusai ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Reedman Mats Gustafsson seems to be able to improvise with just about anyone – really shifting his sound and his spirit to match the moment, which is definitely the case here in a set of duets with drummer Sabu Toyozumi! There's a spaciousness here that's very different than some of Gusatafsson's performances with other drummers – especially Paal Nilssen-Love – and Sabu's use of the many aspects of the drum kit match with the always-inventive creations from Mats on baritone sax, fluteophone, and flute. The proceedings are wonderfully spacious, with these rich sonic elements that seem to leap from the void with a great sense of surprise – and titles include "Sunflower", "Woman With A Cat", and "For Ever Advancing Artistry". CD features the bonus solo tracks "Red View Of Mount Fuji" and "Manga By Hokusai". 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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✨✧ Barry GuyIrvin's Comet ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Solo bass from the great Barry Guy – titled after the painting Comet, by Albert Irving – an image which graces the cover of the record – but served up here in a style of sound that's completely Barry's own! The music has that mindblowing quality that Guy can hit when he's really at his best – that way of opening up the instrument to new sonic possibilities that first made him such an exciting improviser at the start of his career, and which is still best heard in a solo setting like this – one that shows that Barry has lost none of his fire, nor is ever willing to just hang around in territory that's too familiar from earlier periods in his career. The painting in the title is apt – as at times, Guy has a very painterly style in sound – really making all the right choices all feel so right – on titles that include "Comet", "Oscillating", "Old Earth Home", "Barehead", and "Closed Space". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kaoru Abe & Sabu ToyozumiMannyoka ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fiercely improvised work from the duo of Kaoru Abe on soprano and sopranino saxophone – and Sabu Toyozumi on drums and percussion! On "Song For Mithue Totozumi", the pair jump right into the fray – with Abe spinning out these incredible lines with effortless ease – taking his horn into the kind of territory we're used to hearing from European saxophonists, with superb support from Toyozumi! Toyozumi is wonderful on "Song For Sakamoto Kikuyo", in three parts – a piece that builds up with this organic, almost abstract energy from the percussion – very spacious in parts, but woven together beautifully by these snaking, yet angular lines from Abe's reeds – which gain intensity as the performance moves on, building to a real sense of ferocity by the end! CD

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✨✧ Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John StevensBlue Cat ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We never cease to be amazed at the sonic sensibilities of the cornet of Bobby Bradford – a musician who always seems to turn out stunning work, no matter what the decade! Here, Bradford is heard in an unissued live performance that features one long improvisation – but a piece that has that usual mix of preconceived structure and individual freedom that Bobby seems to do better than most – a vibe that comes through especially well when the group are hitting some surprising moments of swing! The pairing of Kent Carter's bass and John Stevens' drums is superb – and the alto of Frode Gjerstad stands out again as one of the best pairings with Bradford since the reedwork of John Carter. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Marion Brown & Dave BurrellLive At Black Musician's Conference 1981 ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic testament to the slow-burning spiritual genius of Marion Brown – a player who sometimes got eclipsed in an era of bigger avant personalities, but who really gets to showcase his talents in a spare setting like this! The live performance pairs Brown's alto with the piano of Dave Burrell – another player who's sometimes understated, but in the best way possible – and together the pair sound completely sublime – gently exploring the farther reaches of tonal space with their improvisations, and almost always keeping things in relatively soulful formation! The set features beautiful readings of two Billy Strayhorn tunes – "My Little Brown Book" and "Lush Life" – balanced with original material that includes "Gossip/Fortunado", "La Placita", "Crucificado", "Puna Mae Ole", and "Punaluu Peter". CD

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✨✧ William Hooker & Thomas ChapinCrossing Points ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dark-edged, long-form improvisations from the duo of William Hooker on bass and Thomas Chapin on tenor – recorded in the early 90s in New York, but done with a freewheeling sound that really carries on a loft jazz legacy! Chapin's definitely got an ear for some of the rawer, more exploratory sounds that the European free scene helped to forge – but he also has an earthier, more soulful approach too – knowing when to bring in a bit of swing when needed, and not just fall into textures and tones. Titles include "The Subway", "Addiction To Sound", and "The Underground Dead". CD

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✨✧ Liudas MockunasIn Residency At Bitches Brew ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bitches Brew is the club, not the sound of the music – a night spot in Yokohama where European reedman Liudas Mockunas improvised these performances in the company of a range of different Japanese players! The lineup shifts with each track, as do the horns handled by Mockunas – who blows tenor and soprano sax – plus a very cool "water prepared soprano sax" – in the company of Akira Sakata on clarinet and alto, Masayo Koketsu on alto, Eiichi Hayashi on alto, Yoshihide Otomo on guitar, and Kazutoki Umezu on bass clarinet, alto, and soprano! All tracks are nice and long, and filled with the sort of sharp reed interplay you'd know from both the music of Mockunas or Sakata – on titles that include "Brown Line", "Green Line", "Red Line", "Blue Line", and "Yellow Line". CD

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✨✧ John Tchicai/Cecil McBee/Garrison Fewell/Charlie KTribal Ghost ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The set's got a really beautiful sound – one that comes from the ringing guitar tones of Garrison Fewell, and the twin reeds of John Tchicai and Charlie Kohlhase – each of whom plays in a different channel of the recording! This approach gives the record a great sense of space from the start – as Tchicai plays tenor and bass clarinet, and Kohlhase plays alto, tenor, and baritone – with Fewell's guitar bridging the space and creating a resonance that really holds the whole thing together. And if that's not enough, the album's got some sublime bass work from Cecil McBee – often very subtle and soulful – plus just the right touch of drums from Billy Hart. The set's proof that they do still make 'em like they used to – at least in terms of spiritual avant sessions – and titles include "The Queen Of Ra", "Tribal Ghost", "Dark Matter", and "Llanto Del Indio". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sabu Toyozumi/Mats GustafssonHokusai ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Reedman Mats Gustafsson seems to be able to improvise with just about anyone – really shifting his sound and his spirit to match the moment, which is definitely the case here in a set of duets with drummer Sabu Toyozumi! There's a spaciousness here that's very different than some of Gusatafsson's performances with other drummers – especially Paal Nilssen-Love – and Sabu's use of the many aspects of the drum kit match with the always-inventive creations from Mats on baritone sax, fluteophone, and flute. The proceedings are wonderfully spacious, with these rich sonic elements that seem to leap from the void with a great sense of surprise – and titles include "Sunflower", "Woman With A Cat", and "For Ever Advancing Artistry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 400 copies!)
Also available Hokusai ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Rodrigo Amado with Peter EvansFreedom Principle ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title definitely lives up to the sound of the record – a really loose, free session from a quartet that includes strong work from both trumpeter Peter Evans and tenorist Rodrigo Amado – the latter of whom leads the group! All tracks are long, and build with a nice degree of energy – one that gets back to the "freedom principle" generation between the ESP and loft jazz years – when spontaneous creativity like this was really in action. All four members contribute equally to shape the sound of the performance – and the group also features Miguel Mira on cello and Garbirel Ferrandini on drums. Titles include "Pepper Packed", "Shadows", and "The Freedom Principle". CD

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✨✧ Attic (Rodrigo Amado/Goncalo Almeida/Onno Govaert)Summer Bummer ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tenorist Rodrigo Amado gets plenty of open space to really show off his creative tones and textures here – improvising freely in a trio that also features Goncalo Almeida on bass and Onno Govaert on drums! We've heard Amado before, but somehow he really grabs us here – partly because he's got this way of hitting soulful currents before going farther out – grounding his freer, looser moments in some more organic energy – which really keeps things interesting on the three longer tracks on the set. Titles include "Walking Metamorphosis", "Free For All", and "Aimless At The Beach". CD

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✨✧ Detail (Johnny Dyani/Frode Gjerstad/John Stevens)Day Two ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic long improvisation by the best version of the Detail trio – the one that features Johnny Dyani on bass, Frode Gjerstad on tenor and soprano sax, and John Stevens on drums! That lineup didn't leave behind many recordings – which makes this one completely essential, as it really shows the thoughtful interplay between these three very well-matched musicians – especially Stevens and Dyani, who are often off in very separate territory that somehow ends up being completely complementary! Gjerstad's sharper lines definitely give the music some focus and voice – and the set features two parts of a long improvised performance, recorded in a studio in Norway in 1982. CD

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✨✧ Peter KuhnOther Shore ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It seems like it's been many years since we last heard from reedman Peter Kuhn – but the sharpness of this set hardly marks the passage of time, as Kuhn's every bit as vibrant as he was a force on the avant scene of the late 70s and early 80s! As before, Kuhn handles a lot of b-flat and bass clarinet – but he also blows a bit of tenor and alto too – shaping sounds in very open territory, in a trio with Kyle Motl on bass and Nathan Hubbard on drums, in a mix of freedom and spirituality that almost recalls the New York loft jazz mode of decades back. Titles include "Not Two", "Unstrung Heroes", "Is Love Enough", "Beginning Anew", and "No Coming No Going". CD

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✨✧ Andrew Lamb/Tom Abbs/Michael Wimberley/Guillermo BRhapsody In Black ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Andrew Lamb is billed as "The Black Lamb" here – a nice nickname, given the earthy quality of the set! The group's got two percussionists at its core – Michael Wimberly and Guillermo E Brown – both players with different energies that help expand the roots of the record – while Tom Abbs builds up its trunk with his organic lines on bass, plus a bit of tuba and didjeridoo too. Lamb unfolds these evocative lines on saxes and flute – and even a bit of conch shell too, handled with a wonderfully exotic tone that's not gimmicky at all. Tracks are quite long, and build with a rich feel that makes the album one of the most soulful we've ever heard on the No Business label – and titles include "Initiation", "Song Of The Miracle Lives", "To Love In The Rain", and "Rhapsody In Black". CD

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✨✧ Jan Maksimowicz/Dmitrij GolovanovThousand Seconds Of Our Life ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The album's got a very poetic title, and a wonderfully poetic sound as well – music that adds up to way more than the 1000 seconds promised on the front, served up in beautiful duets between Jan Maksimowicz on soprano sax and Dimitrij Golovanov on piano! Some tunes are quite short, others run for a few minutes – and there's a great sense of variety throughout – sometimes quite free, sometimes more lyrical – often with a nice sense of space around the edges, and a balance of modernism and sentiment, a bit like ECM at its best. Titles include "210 Seconds", "302 Seconds", "170 seconds", "72 Seconds", and "228 Seconds". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sunny Murray/Bob Dickey/Robert AndreanoHomework ... LP
Super Secret Sound/No Business (Lithuania), 1994. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Drummer Sunny Murray really hit some wonderfully subtle, sensitive moments in the later years of his career – as you'll definitely hear here, working in a trio with Robert Andreano on guitar and Bob Dickie on bass! Both of the string players use their instruments in ways that are often textural – with Andreano creating slower waves of sound on his electrified instrument, and Dickie moving with careful energy alongside – which has Murray often using the drum kit in more open, spacious ways that resonate well with the other two musicians. A few tracks get freer jazz force, and remind us of Sunny's bold, righteous power in such a setting – and titles include "Good Things", "Swell", "Homework", "Memorial Day", and "Why You Need A Lawyer When Your Pants Are On Fire". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Threadbare (Jason Stein/Ben Cruz/Emerson Hunton)Silver Dollar ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's few folks who can handle a bass clarinet with the dynamic of Jason Stein – and here, as a member of the Threadbare trio, he really demonstrates his power on the instrument! For reedmen of an older avant jazz era, the bass clarinet was sometimes the instrument they would use for mellower, moodier improvisations – but Stein has the ability to work the horn both in that way, and with the sort of frenzy that you'd normally hear on a tenor sax – a quality that comes out especially well next to the guitar of Ben Cruz, who can play with a fair bit of fuzz at times, as the whole trio is driven nicely by the drums of Emerson Hunton. The mix of instrumentation and overall sound is great – another feather in Stein's mighty cap – and titles include "Funny Thing Is", "Silver Dollar", "Threadbare 02", "And When Circumstances Arise", "Untitled", and "24 Mesh Veils". CD

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✨✧ Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus GotesmanasNox ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A masterful set of improvisations from a quartet who can move at so many different levels and speeds – sometimes very spacious and sensitive, other times with a ferocity that shows that they've really found their footing together as a unit! Nate Wooley is on trumpet, and is often at his best slow-shaping mode here – as is Liudas Mockunas on bass clarinet, sopranino, and tenor – both players who may well be inspired by the careful creations on bass of Barry Guy, then taken to more intense territory by the drums of Arkadijus Gostesmanas. The set features three long, nicely varied improvisations – "Multa Dies", "Multa Nox", and "Multa Lux". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)
 
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Chuck BerryChuck Berry/More Chuck Berry ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A double-helping of Chuck Berry brilliance from his early years on Chess Records – music that always has way way more to offer than you might think! Sure, some of Chuck's hits are very familiar – and sure, the man could later be a bit of a parody of himself – but there's no denying the power of this early material, and the revolutionary way Chuck had of playing guitar – rooted in blues, paving the way to rock, and also opening the door to lots more funky soul in years to come! The guitar work alone is worth the price of admission, but the songs and vocals are wonderful too – and the CD features 26 titles that include "Down The Road A Piece", "Mad Lad", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Anthony Boy", "Little Queenie", "Oh Baby Doll", "Confessin The Blues", "Almost Grown", "Jo Jo Gunne", "Wee Wee Hours", "Too Much Monkey Business", and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man". CD

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Sam CookeMan Who Invented Soul ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good ... $16.99
A posthumous collection of material that Sam recorded for RCA before his untimely death – not really a greatest hits collection, but a lot better than the usual "house cleaning" type of record that gets issued in this sort of situation. 11 tracks in all, including "Blowin' In The Wind", "(Somebody) Ease My Troublin' Mind", "Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out", "Danny Boy", "The Great Pretender", "Send Me Some Lovin'", "I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More", "Falling In Love", "Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "Willow Weep For Me" and "Try A Little Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Dr JohnMojo Of Dr John ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 20.99
A great little collection that definitely gets at the mojo of Dr John – the legendary New Orleans soul singer who really sprang forth in the mainstream at the end of the 60s! Much of this set captures the doctor before that time – early tracks from both New Orleans and LA, all of which echo the vibe of his later productions, but with a style that's maybe more stripped-down and a bit less psychedelic – although there's still a few great trippy touches along the way! CD1 features material recorded both as Dr John, and under his real name of Mac Rebenack – and CD2 features more early rarities, plus some live material too. 31 tracks in all – with titles that include "Feedbag", "Sahara", "Good Times", "The Ear Is On Strike", "Go Ahead On", "Doghouse Blues", "Got Lonesome-itis", "You Said It", "Make Your Own", "Somebody Tryin To Hoodoo Me", "I Pulled The Cover Off You Two Lovers", "Don't Want No Monkey In My Business", and "Bring Your Own Along". CD

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✨✧ NoreagaMelvin Flynt – Da Hustler ... CD
Penalty/Tommy Boy, 1999. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Tracks include "Sometimes", "Gangsta's Watch", "Cocaine Business" feat. Kelis, "Wethuggedout" with Missy Elliott, "First Day Home", "If U Want It", "Oh No", and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Snorri BrosLaundromat (hardcover) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99 40.00
The title's no lie, as the book is exactly what is promised – a surprisingly cool photo book that documents the laundromats of New York City – conveniently divided up into different chapters for each borough, with the real address of each location as well! Every image has the same stark representation as the photo on the front – and the presentation creates this really surprising sense of form and format – the slight variations that set each business apart, almost like the famous storefront book from years back. There's a short essay on the status of the American laundromat at the end – and the book is hardcover, full color, and 155 pages. Book

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VariousGodfather's R&B – James Brown's Productions 1962 to 1967 ... CD
Smash/BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A host of wonderful work produced by James Brown – most of it by a range of different singers, and one by The Godfather himself! The collection brings together some of the earliest James Brown productions – mid 60s tracks recorded for King and Smash Records, most of which aren't nearly as well known as later JB productions for the People and Polydor labels! As with that later work, all the grooves here are right in the same territory that James was hitting himself – upbeat, funky, and stone out of sight soul – all with plenty of rough edges, and backings from the same tight core of musicians that were helping out Brown on his recordings. The package is a real treasure – and is a great complement to the James Brown Singles collections from the Hip-O Select label – proof that even in these early days, James was clearly the hardest working man in show business – given all his time in the studio with other artists! 22 tracks in all – including "I Found Out" and "I'll Keep Pressing On" by Bobby Byrd, "That's When I Cry" and "If You Don't Think" by Anna King, "I Don't Care" and "Unexplainable" by Dizzy Jones, "Got No Excuse" and "If You Don't Work You Can't Eat" by James Crawford, "Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (part 1)" by Elsie Mae, "Lookie Lookie Lookie" by The Jewells, "Wide Awake In A Dream" and "Nobody Cares" by Vicki Anderson, "Devil's Den" by The Poets, "It Hurts To Be In Love" by Yvonne Fair, "That's The Spirit" by Rev Willingham, "Faith" by The Five Royales, "I Cried" by Tammy Montgomery, "Soul Food (parts 1 & 2)" by Al Brisco Clark, and "New Breed (The Boo Ga Loo) (part 1)" by James Brown. CD

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✨✧ John Cameron/Alan ParkerKPM 1000 – Afro Rock ... CD
KPM/Tummy Touch (UK), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – and like the rest, never really made for public sale back at the time! Despite that humble origin, though, the grooves here are right up there with the funkiest work coming out from that side of the Atlantic at the time – a brilliant post-colonial blend of acoustic percussion, electric keyboards, and a fair bit of fuzzy guitar – all presented with a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the rhythms that's often funkier than work by some of the bigger names in the genre. Titles include "Heavy Water", "Ice Breaker", "Solid Satin", "Punch Bowl", "Frozen Steam", and "Black Light" by Alan Parker – and "Swamp Fever", "Range Rover", "Survival", "Afro Waltz", "Heat Haze", "Rocking Rhino", and "Afro Metropolis" by John Cameron. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousLight On The Southside – Photographs Of Chicago Southside Nightlife 1975 to 1977 (hardcover book with 2LP set) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/2009. New Copy 2LP & Book ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most beautiful record we've ever seen from the folks at The Numero Group – and that's saying a lot, given the quality of all their top-shelf releases! This beautiful edition features a hardcover book of vintage black and white photographs taken on Chicago's south side in the mid 70s – images of patrons and proprietors from long-lost nite spots that include Perv's House, Pepper's Hideout, The High Chaparral, and The Showcase Lounge – all the kind of clubs that were likely to feature the sort of Chicago funk and soul that Numero's been reissuing for the past few years! The images are amazing – a really rare look into the community that supported this sort of music – caught far far from the mainstream, in placed that were almost even private, compared to more well-travelled entertainment outlets. Photographs come from the collection of Michael Abramson – and are beautifully reproduced on LP-sized pages, in a book that also features some vintage flyers, posters, and business cards from the clubs! And if that's not enough, Numero also throws in some great notes of their own, and a bonus 2LP set with music that includes "I'm A Streaker Baby" by Arelean Brown, "No Better Time Than Now" by Ricky Allen, "The Same One" by Malcolm Simmons, "You Made Me Suffer" by Andrew Brown, "This Is My Prayer" by Lady Margo, "It's A Dream" by Little Ed & The Soundmasters Band, "I Sayed That" by Slim Willis Band, "Bring It Down Front" by Hugh Hawkins, "Womans Lib" by Lucille Spann, "Gimmie Some Of Yours" by Artie White, "Baby" by Walter Butterball Davis, "Is It Because I'm Black (inst)" by Syl Johnson, "Goose Walk" by Little Mack, "Young Blood" by Detroit Jr, "California Lady" by James Kinds & Stack, and "I Learned My Lesson" by Willie Davis. The albums are packaged in their own Numero-like cover – then nestled in a slipcover with the book – a hell of a sweet set at this price, and it also comes with an introduction by Nick Hornby! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mississippi John Hurt1928 Sessions (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, 1928. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Vintage work from Mississippi John Hurt, but somehow amazingly clear and crisp in this classic LP presentation! The tunes are wonderfully earthy – just vocals and guitar from Hurt, in a style that's definitely blues, but which has some surprisingly jazzy inflections at times – at least from the perspective of older-style jazz. Titles include "Candy Man Blues", "Spike Driver Blues", "Big Leg Blues", "Ain't No Tellin", "Frankie", "Nobody's Dirty Business", and "Louis Collins". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Quincy JonesQ – The Best Of Quincy Jones ... LP
A&M, Late 70s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
An excellent set of 70s soulful fusion from Quincy – recorded during his legendary A&M years, when he was working with some of the best new singers in the soul business, like Leon Ware, Patti Austin, Luther Vandross, and James Ingram. The album leans towards the smoother soulful side of Quincy's work, and features many classic R&B oriented cuts like "The Dude", "Body Heat", "Is It Love We're Missin", "Superstition", "I Heard That", "Razzamatazz", and the Latiny groover "Ai No Corrida". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover, with minimal wear.)

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✨✧ Kim FowleyLord Of Garbage (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kim Fowley, an author? Stranger things have happened – and given Fowley's penchant for putting his finger in just about every pie that came within reach, the whole thing's no surprise at all! The book is a stunning account of Fowley's important years in the music business – working in the sometimes lowest reaches of the LA scene, yet sometimes hitting the highest heights too – all told in really interesting detail, with a pacing that's completely unique! At lots of points, it kind of feels like Kim's telling you the story of his life over a few dozen drinks at the bar – with all the tangents you might expect – but at other times, there's this lucidity that's right in line with the Fowley genius in the studio – that way of being and going crazy while still holding all your cool – summed up perfectly in these few lines near the end of the book: "Well this is my version of what happened to me. I don't know if it really happened or not, but I think it did. I'm holding back a lot of stuff because it's too overwhelming in its darkness and it would be a sad read." Book
 
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James BookerKing Of New Orleans Keyboard Vol 1 ... CD
Junco Partner (Switzerland), 1970s. Used ... $16.99
Titles include "How Do You Feel", "Going Down Slow", "Classified", "One Hell OF A Nerve", "Rockin' Pneumonia", "Ain't Nobody's Business", "Harlem In Hamburg" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Diana RossLady Sings The Blues ... LP
Motown, 1972. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
On the one hand, our jazz snob side wonders why Diana Ross would be picked to star as Billie Holiday, but on the other, it makes perfect sense, as this soundtrack to the film was made during the early 70s, when she was at the top of her career, and one of the highest profile female soul singers. And she acquits herself quite well, with a solid performance that's more than respectable, helped along the way by sympathetic orchestral arrangements from Benny Golson and Oliver Nelson. While we may not turn to this recording over any of Billie's originals, it's a pretty remarkable turning point for Diana, establishing her "diva" status and helping to launch her solo career to new heights. 34 numbers in all, though many of them are dialogue or musical bits lifted from the film. Includes "All Of Me", "the Man I Love", "Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "Fine & Mellow", "You've Changed", "My Man", "Strange Fruit" and "God Bless The Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn and aged. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Ike & Tina TurnerSo Fine (purple & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Pompeii/Goldenlane, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99 29.99 About September 17, 2021
A great one from Ike & Tina – recorded for Ike's short-lived Pompeii subsidiary for Atlantic, with a hard heavy sound that's really great, almost a mixture of the duo's Sue sides with some of Atlantic's southern soul from the same time – but with this badass funk current that really shows the way that Ike was evolving his groove since the start of the 60s! Titles include "Too Hot To Hold", "Bet'Cha Can't Kiss Me", "Ain't Nobody's Business", "I Better Get Ta Steppin", "So Fine", "We Need An Understanding", and "A Fool In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy WitherspoonJimmy Witherspoon ... LP
Crown, Mid 50s. Sealed ... $11.99
Fantastic material from Jimmy Witherspoon – that sublime mix of blues and jazz that really set him apart from the rest! Titles include "Failing By Degrees", "Big Fine Girl", "Have A Ball", "Fickle Woman", "Sweet Lovin Baby", and "Ain't Nobody's Business". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram EU pressing on Vinyl Lovers.)

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Young Disciples ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.98
A treasure trove of soul from the East St Louis scene – all of it recorded under the Young Disciples program – an effort to keep kids off the streets, and one with some very funky results! Although set up as a social program, Young Disciples had some amazing cultural results – a legacy of very hip music with a full range of soulful expression – mellow harmony soul, upbeat group numbers, hard-edged funk, and quick-stepping dancers – all packaged together here beautifully by the Numero group! Like all of their other releases, the album's more of a musical story than just a simple compilation – packaged with a wealth of detailed notes and vintage photos from the Young Disciples project – more than enough to keep your eyes occupied while you listen to the wonderful grooves in the set. The whole thing's one of the heaviest releases to date from Numero – and the CD features 21 tracks that include "Would You Rather" and "Hard Hard" by The Georgettes, "The World Is Changing" by LaVel Moore, "Crumbs From The Table" and "Girls Girls Girls" by The Young Disciples Co, "Third Flight" by Third Flight, "Tears" by Debonettes, "It's Not Your Business" by Sharon Clark & The Product Of Time, "Country Loving Country Style" by Bobby McNutt, "I Love You" by Dauphin Williams, "Anyone Or Anything" by DeDe Turner Happening, "People" by Ames Harris Desert Water Bag Company, and "Homeboy" by Eddie Fisher & Allan Dealth Merry. CD

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VariousHillbillies In Hell Vol XI – Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952 to 1974 ... LP
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $25.99
A beautiful entry in this long-running series – a continuing testament to the darker sides of American life that formed the subject matter for so much of postwar country music! The package brings together some great tunes by bigger names of the time – not entirely hits, but the kind of material that these top-shelf talents can turn out with effortless ease – bringing just the right balance of subtle emotion to send the whole thing home in just the right way! These aren't overdone weepies, but honest songs about the tragedy that is life – served up here on 16 titles that include "One Dyin & A Buryin" by Roger Miller, "The Drunken Driver" by Ferlin Husky, "I'm Low Low Low" by Loy Clingman, "The Town That Broke My Heart" by Bobby Bare, "All My Trials" by Anita Carter, "Bury The Bottle With Me" by Dick Curless, "None Of My Business" by Henson Cargill, "Jim Johnson" by Porter Wagoner, "The Old Pine Tree" by Red Sovine, and "Goin To Hell On A Sled" by John D Loudermilk. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ MJT+3Make Everybody Happy ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Windy City classic – from Vee Jay Records! The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass! Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time – a killer little group that was almost a Chicago secret back in the day, but one that's well worth discovering if you've got any sort of a love for hardbop or soul jazz! This oft-overlooked gem is one of the best hardbop albums to ever come out of Chicago, and it's got some great originals by Mabern – like "Richie's Dilemma" and "Make Everybody Happy" – plus a nice version of Booker Little's "Sweet Silver". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover is nice.)

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✨✧ MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Five tracks: "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", "Whiffenpoof Song", "Rochelle" and "Big Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono maroon label pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, with some writing in pen on back.)

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✨✧ Ike & Tina TurnerToo Hot To Hold (Pickwick pressing) ... LP
Pickwick, Late 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Like too many artists, Ike must not have paid close attention to the deals he signed, 'cause there's so many cheapo compilations on labels like Pickwick of his 60s material floating around. This one's got a couple of cuts with a nice, hard funky vibe to them, and the rest are also nice raw early R&B, with Tina shouting away the whole time. Includes "Too Hot To Hold", 'Ain't Nobody's Business", "It Sho Ain't Me", "I Better Get Ta Steppin'", "Shake A Tail Feather", "A Fool In Love", and "You're So Fine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Grover Washington JrSoul Box Vol 2 ... LP
Kudu, 1973. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the richest albums from the Kudu years of Grover Washington – a double-length set that shows the full range of his soul and imagination! The album was done in collaboration with Bob James – who arranged and conducted all tracks, and also plays keyboards on the date – and the style is kind of an added extension of other Washington work on Kudu, with added string and chorus bits to round out the sound! Things are still wonderfully soulful – thanks to James' sense of space and timing on the charts – and if anything, the added voices and orchestrations bring an almost soundtrack-like quality to the record – but one that still leaves plenty of room for Washington's solos on tenor, alto, and soprano sax! Most tracks are quite long – really stretching out with lots of room for fresh ideas – and titles include "Taurian Matador", "Don't Explain", "Easy Living/Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and bent corners at the bottom.)

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✨✧ Screamin' Jay HawkinsBecause Is In Your Mind (colored vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Philips/Third Man, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A nice little set from Screamin Jay Hawkins – done during his surprising revival years at the end of the 60s – and with a nice new soulful twist, thanks to production from the excellent Huey P Meaux! The vibe is definitely different than the Screamin Jay work of the 78rpm years – but the vocals are excellent, and the shift to soul music really suits his unique style – and maybe even gives him a whole new way to express himself! Titles include "Please Don't Leave Me", "I Wanta Know", "I Need You", "My Marion", "Bite It", "Move Me", "Good Night My Love", "Our Love Is Not For 3", "Ain't Nobody's Business", "Take Me Back", "Trying To Reach My Goal", and "So Long". Features great cover art by Karl Wirsum too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Snooky PryorMind Your Own Business ... CD
Discovery/Antone's, 1996. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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✨✧ Grand PubaYa Know How It Goes (T Ray rmx, LP voc, T Ray inst)/Lick Shot (LP, inst)/Mind Your Own Business ... 12-inch
Elektra, 1992. Very Good- (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
You can't front on this nice single off his his first solo LP, with the non-LP b-side "Mind Your Business" about Puba's early days with Masters of Ceremony. Beats by Puba, T Ray and the Stimulated Dummies. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Junior ParkerLove Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On (aka Outside Man) ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums ever from Junior Parker – a great little set that shows he had a lot more to offer than just the average bluesman! The album's got a nice little soul sound in the backings – tight rhythms from Horace Ott, who nicely avoids a lot of the cliches that the blues business was hitting at the time – in order to keep Junior in hip territory that's filled with breaking drums and heavy basslines! There's a few key crossover tracks here, plus some surprisingly sweeter numbers – and the album's a gem through and through – well-appreciated by new generations over the years, thanks to its diversity of tracks! Titles include a great break version of "Taxman" – plus two more Beatles numbers, "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Lady Madonna" – and the tracks "Outside Man", "Darling Depend On Me", "You Know I Love You", "River's Invitation", and "Just To Hold My Hand". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo Groovy Collection!)

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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Sextet In New York ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Rock-solid live material from the classic Cannonball Adderley Sextet – a combo who could usually groove even better on a concert date then they could in the studio! The album's one of a number of key live sides from Cannon in the 60s – and although it pre-dates his work on Capitol, it's done in a similar spacious mode – with plenty of longish tracks that build upon the core groove set down by Joe Zawinul's piano, Sam Jones' bass, and Louis Hayes' drums – a perfect backdrop for the creative and complicated solos of Cannon on alto, Nat Adderley on cornet, and Yusef Lateef on tenor, flute, and oboe! The date was recorded live at the Village Vanguard in 1962 – and titles include "Gemini", "Planet Earth", "Dizzy's Business", "Syn-anthesia", "Scotch & Water", and "Cannon's Theme". CD
(Out of print.)

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ScreentonesHistory Of Kodokuno Gourmet – Season 1 to 8 ... LP
HMV (Japan), 2021. New Copy ... $49.99
A really great accompaniment to one of our favorite TV shows in recent years – Japan's great Solitary Gourmet – a program that has a weary businessman discovering special magic in tiny restaurants that he encounters in his travels! The work here is almost all instrumental, and moves between jazz and other small combo modes – sometimes with a whistle or a voice, but usually using acoustic guitar, soprano sax, keyboards, and drums – shifting in different arrays as the music stretches out here to cover the different settings and seasons of the show. We've always loved watching the program, but never realized how great the music is on its own – and if anything, the package has us wanting an even more complete collection from the many dozens of episodes broadcast over the years. 25 tracks in all – including "Ginza", "Swing 56", "Irish Spoon", "I Miss U", "Jiro's Title", "Stay Alone", and "12pm Next". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFashion Records – Style & Fashion – A-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine Style ... CD
Fashion/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99 22.99
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – documenting a reggae scene that had grown to be as important as Kingston by that time – thanks to trans-Atlantic flows of vinyl, and a fair bit of immigration from the West Indies too! The music here is strongly in the styles that really exploded in London during the stretch – and early digital dancehall material is offset by sharp-edged jungle rhythms, and warmed up by some lover's rock too – but always with a quality that's earthy, and very close to the streets. The label was run out of the basement of the Dub Vendor record store, which gave them a great ear for changes in sound and styles – and they've got a fascinating story that's fully documented here in the notes, in best Soul Jazz fashion. Titles include "Let's Dub It Up" by Dee Sharp, "Dance Pon De Corner" by Papa Face featuring Red Man, "Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain rmx)" by Poison Chang, "Wikkeda" by General Levy & Hard N Pure, "Played By This Ya Sound" by Bunny General, "You're Nicked" by Laurel & Hardy, "Rising To The Top" by Dee Sharp, "To The Bump" by Papa Face & Bionic Rhona, "As You See It" by Cutty Ranks, "Bubble With I" by Asher Senator, "Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ rap mix)" by Top Cat, "DJ Business" by Papa San, "You'll Never Need Somebody" by Janice Walker, "DJ Jamboree" by Papa Face with Keith Douglas, "Heat" by General Levy, and "Sweet Soul Rocking" by Carlton Lewis. CD

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsUnfinished Business ... LP
Fantasy, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's nothing unfinished about this business – as The Blackbyrds are at the top of their game here – working in a sweet blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all produced to perfection by their mentor Donald Byrd! The groove is quite similar to some of Byrd's best from the time – a bit fuller than the first few records by The Blackbyrds, thanks to the addition of larger horns – and put together in ways that really has them soaring towards the skies on waves or righteous soul! There's vocals on most tracks, but they really take equal place next to the group's wonderful instrumentation – especially the heady keyboards of the mighty Kevin Toney, still a key member of the combo at this point. Titles include "Party Land", "In Life", "Time Is Movin", "Lady", and "You've Got That Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has staining on the edges and light surface wear.)

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ApplejacksApplejacks ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99 About August 20, 2021
Underappreciated Brit Beat from the mid 60s – the complete 1964-1965 Decca recordings of the Applejacks! The 'Jacks do to the sound proudly, with punchy numbers and more delicate, slower tunes – and some choice covers. They recorded a then exclusive Lennon-McCartney tune, "Like Dreamers Do", as well as Ray Davies' "I Got To Sleep" – both of which are among the plentiful bonus tracks. Titles include "Tell Me When", "Wishing Will Never Make It So", "Over Suzanne", "Hello Josephine", "Too Much Monkey Business", "I Wonder", "See If She Cares". "What's The Matter Litttle Girl", "What'd I Say" and more. 10 bonus tracks: "Bye Bye Girl", "Make Up Or Break Up", "I'm Through", "Baby's In Black" and more. CD

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✨✧ David ByrneCatherine Wheel ... LP
Sire, 1982. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A rare bit of David Byrne from the best years of the Talking Heads – tunes commissioned by Twyla Tharp for an offbeat piece of dance entitled The Catherine Wheel. A few of the tracks are vocals, and feature some of Byrne's most compelling lyrics from the time – and others are instrumentals, filled with guitar and prophet, and coming up with lots of dark rhythmic sounds that lie somewhere in the territory of experimental work at the time by Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Adrian Belew, and other mainstream avant rockers. Titles include "His Wife Refused", "Two Soldiers", "Red House", "My Big Hands", "Big Business", and "What A Day That Was". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)

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Gene HarrisNexus ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1976. Used ... $24.99
A great little solo set from Gene Harris – and a perfect example of that magical time after he'd left the Three Sounds, but hadn't yet hit the more standard styles of later years – a period when Harris was really experimenting with a wide range of keyboards and sounds! The set has arranger Jerry Peters weighing in – bringing some of his own quirky touches into play with Gene's wonderful work on keyboards – which includes plenty of Fender Rhodes and moog, as well as other keys of the time too. Funky titles include "Koko & Lee Rose", "Funky Business", "Rushin Roulette", "HRD (Boogie)", and "Gettin Down Country" – and the set's got a great mellow moody soul track called "Prayer 76", with a bit of a Roy Ayers feel. CD
(Out of print, 2001 Japanese pressing.)

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Mississippi John HurtMr Hurt Goes To Washington ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 25.99
Really great later recordings from Mississippi John Hurt – recorded in Washington DC, hence the title – and done in this stripped-down mode that really captures Hurt at his best! The tracks were all recorded for the Library Of Congress, mostly on the stage of the Coolidge Auditorium, but with an intimacy that's very different than some sort of live or festival situation – as there's great resonance in the guitar, almost making the whole thing feel as if was a project for Takoma Records! The set features a massive 40 tracks in all – and titles include "Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me", "Trouble I've Had All My Day", "Pera Lee", "Walking The Floor Over You", "Nobody's Dirty Business", "Candy Man", "Richland Woman Blues", "I Got Mine", "Good Morning Miss Carrie", "Poor Boy A Long Way From Home", "Blessed Be The Name", and "I'm Satisfied". CD

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Syl JohnsonDresses Too Short ... LP
Twinight/Numero, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
The funkiest album that Syl Johnson ever recorded – filled with short, tight cuts that play more like a stack of funky 45s than the standard soul album of the time! The record draws from the great run of singles that Syl cut for Twinight Records at the end of the 60s – some of the hardest soul coming out of Chicago at the time, with a gritty feel that's right up there with some of James Brown's best late 60s work – or even better, some of the other obscure acts working in the American underground at the time. A few tunes are familiar from their popularity as classic 45s – but the album's got lots more wonderful numbers that are lesser-known – and all of them are great! Titles include the classic Syl Johnson sample cut "Different Strokes" – plus "Dresses Too Short", "I Can Take Care of Business", "Soul Drippin", "Sorry Bout Dat", "Same Kind Of Thing", and "Come On Sock It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful reissue – with great vinyl, and a very heavy cover!)

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✨✧ Jay KingHelen's Son ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Jay King's had quite a career in soul music – some of it back in the 80s, through his work with Club Nouveau – and lots of it behind the scenes, as a writer, producer, and greater creative force in the business! Yet standing up front here on his own, Jay's maybe in his greatest position ever – really turning into a great mellow soul singer in his later years, and serving up a set of original tracks that should have been classics! Production is tight, but never slick – and there's often some strong use of saxophone next to King's voice – which has a raspy charm as it flows out over the keyboards, on titles that include "Good Kinda Lovin", "Runnin", "Trying To Get You Back", "I'm Where You Belong", "The One", and "Take My Breath Away". CD also features two bonus tracks – "Runnin (Boogie Back radio)" and "Runnin (Boogie Back extended)". CD

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Okuden Quartet (Walerian/Shipp/Parker/Drake)Every Dog Has Its Day But It Doesn't Matter Because Fat Cat Is Getting Fatter ... CD
ESP, 2020. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
That's Mat Walerian on the cover, looking all nice and spooky – but the group has a very down-to-earth, familiar trio at the core – Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums and percussion – players who really give the album a lot of well-grounded spirit! Walerian plays alto, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, and flute – sometimes in contrast to the mood of the others, especially Parker and Shipp, who have this fantastic way of revolving around each other in sonic space! The set is full of great moments and wonderful surprises – well worth the double length accorded to the album – and titles include "Magic World", "Thelonious Forever", Sir Denis", "Business With William", "Lesson II", and "Forest Council". CD
(Some light wear inside case.)

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Lou Ragland/Hot ChocolateI Travel Alone (Hot Chocolate/Conveyor/bonus & unreleased tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $16.99 29.99
An amazing set of music – two rare albums from Ohio funk legend Lou Ragland, plus bonus tracks, and a whole set of unreleased sessions too – a huge amount of new music, even if you've got some of the previous reissues! First up is the legendary Hot Chocolate album – one of the greatest lost funk records of all time! The group is not the British pop band, but an Ohio funk group led by the great guitarist Lou Ragland. The album's originally from Canada, which makes it super rare – and these guys are funky funky funky, and kick some major booty with a heavy guitar sound that's just great! Some of the cuts are instrumental, and some of them have some excellent soul vocals that are produced with a nice deep sound that's brought out nicely by the excellent quality of the reissue. The record's got a bit of Sly Stone, a bit of Grant Green, and a bit of Mike James Kirkland – with a tasty raw indie soul vibe – and the original album was only pressed up at 500 copies. Titles include "So Dam Funky", "Ain't That A Groove", "Sexy Moods Of Your Mind", "Messin With Sly", and "What You Want To Do" – plus 8 more tracks from the same vintage – "Good For The Gander" by Hot Chocolate, "I Travel Alone" and Big Wheel" by Lou Ragland, "Red Robin" and "I've Got Something Going On" by Volcanic Eruption, and "I Can't Take It" and "What The Doctor Prescribed" by Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate. Next is The Conveyor – the second album from Lou Ragland, stepping out here in a great set of mellow soul tracks! The album's quite different from the heavy funk of the Hot Chocolate album – more of a message-oriented approach to soul, in the vein of similar 70s indie work by Mike James Kirkland. The arrangements are also bigger – not smooth, but ambitious, in a style that perfectly matches the higher vision Lou's going for in tracks like "Understand Each Other", "What Should I Do?", "The Next World", and "It's Got To Change". Conveyor also comes with bonus tracks too – "Tend To Your Business" by Wildfire, plus "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" and "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" by Lou Ragland. And last up is an incredible batch of unreleased material – maybe the biggest and best so far from Ragland – tracks that have this really ambitious quality that mixes soul, funk, and larger orchestrations – especially some light strings, which really expand the sound, and push the music into this righteous territory that reminds us a lot of the creative experiments in Chicago during the Cadet/Concept years! Lou's vocals are great, and the message is totally righteous – and even though the tape quality is slightly aged, the soulful vibe really comes through – on cuts that include "Understand Each Other", "It Ain't My Fault", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", "Spend My Life Loving You", "Until I Met You", and "Brother Louie". Lovingly packaged by Numero – with a huge booklet of photos and history – and cool mini-LP sleeves too! CD

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Tower Of PowerYou Ought To Be Havin Fun – The Columbia/Epic Anthology ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Mid 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 24.99
Two slices of work from Tower Of Power – both recorded for Sony/CBS, but with over a decade between them! First up, the set presents 19 killer cuts from the Columbia Records years of Tower Of Power – a time when the group moved away from Warner Brothers, where they were maybe losing a little steam – and forged this fantastic sense of soul that was missing from some of their earlier records! At the start, TOP were a rock-solid funk act – but here, they also bring a stronger soul approach to their vocals and songwriting – in a way that mixes their always-sharp instrumentation with a deeper, more developed vibe – super-strong material that sometimes doesn't always get its due. The set brings together Columbia tracks from albums, singles, and even some b-sides – with tracks that include "You Ought To Be Havin Fun", "Am I A Fool", "Lovin You Is Gonna See Me Thru", "Ain't Nothin Stoppin Us Now", "Because I Think The World Of You", "We Came To Play", "Love Bug", "While We Went To The Moon", "Somewhere Down The Road", "Deal With It", "By Your Side", and "Heaven Must Have Made You". The second half of the package features tunes the group recorded for Epic Records during the mid 90s – material that was only issued on CD at the time, and which shows TOP to continue the strengths of their earlier years! Some of the cuts go for a retro funk approach, others have a more contemporary soul vibe – and the set features 16 Epic tracks that include "A Little Knowledge", "Recapture The Magic", "Soul With A Capital S", "Please Come Back To Stay", "You", "Rhythm & Business", "Come To A Decision", "Undercurrent", "Diggin On James Brown", and "How Could This Happen To Me". CD

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Dempsey TravisAutobiography Of Black Chicago ... Book
Bolden, 1981. New Copy ... $4.99 17.00
A well-known book around these parts – and a very important piece of Chicago history! The playful title is no mistake – as Dempsey Travis tells the story of black Chicago through his own history – his youth on the south side, rise as an important African-American businessman, and his continued years of service to and interaction with the community. Travis is one of those names that may not ring that strongly outside the Windy City, but here in Chicago he left an undeniable impact – where his story of hope and hard work have gone onto inspire many over the years. But more than tale of success, the book's just a great read – and a really fascinating portrait of the changes in mid-century Chicago through one man's eyes. 216 pages, softcover. Book

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Nicole WillisTortured Soul ... CD
Timmion (Finland), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Smoking soul from Nicole Willis – one of our favorite funky females of the past decade or two! Nicole's been making great records for awhile, but she really knocks it out of the part with this killer set – grooving hard with the Soul Investigators, in a raw raw groove that really gives the whole Daptone/Sharon Jones scene a run for their money! And if anything, the production and instrumentation on this one is even rawer than you might expect – in a great space that's somewhere between the funky 45 underground of the late 60s, and the best southern soul of the same time. Didier produced, and gives the record a few sweet trippy touches in just the right places – almost bringing in a Darondo aesthetic at a few points – and titles include "Delete My Number", "Light Years Ahead", "On The East Side", "Break Free", "Time To Get Business Straight", "It's All Because Of You", "You Got Me Moonwalkin", and "Now I Can Fly". CD

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VariousMainstream Soul Survey – Man Needs A Woman ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99
A rare look at the soul music side of Mainstream Records – a label that's mostly known for its famous jazz fusion sides of the early 70s – but who also turned out a fair bit of great soul work as well! Most of the Mainstream soul tracks were only ever issued as 45s – making this collection even more valuable in the way that it scoops up countless bits of lost wax, and brings them together in a whopping 26 track package – much of which has never been reissued before! The titles here all originally appeared on the Mainstream, IX Chains, and Brown Dog label – and although Mainstream often had a reputation for tight production on its jazz, there's a nicely rough-edged feel to most of these numbers – styles that echo southern soul and New Jersey indie work from the same time. Equally important is the fact that many of these cuts represent obscure early material by artists who would score much bigger on later labels – a great help to filling in the cracks in their early careers. Titles include "You Can Be Cured", and "Take A Few More Steps" by Randolph Brown, "We're Not Too Young To Fall In Love" and 'When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" by Jackie Beavers, "It's All In The Back Of Me Now" and "Everyone Has Someone" by Linda Perry, "Where Can I Run" by The Underground Express, "Call On Me" and "Intruder" by LJ Reynolds, "Down On Me" by Jeany Reynolds, "Satisfy My Woman" by Calvin Arnold, "Grass Ain't Greener" by Charles Beverly, "We Gonna Make It" by Roger Hatcher, "You Shot Me" by The Georgia Soul Twisters, and "Business Deal" by Doris Duke. CD

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✨✧ VariousPhilly Soul – Music From The City Of Brotherly Love ... CD
Unisex (UK), 2003. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Philly Soul – the NEW Philly Soul – is some of the best music being recorded in the world today – and this tasty set is filled with it! Back in the day, Philly was the scene of some of the hippest soul music being recorded – and it's great to know that the City of Brotherly Love is very firmly back in business – at the forefront of both underground and mainstream soul and hip hop – with an undeniable imprint that's created some of the greatest music to cross our turntables in recent years! This set is a great overview of the current Philly phenomenon – and it pulls together tracks from indies, majors, and imports, painting a picture of the rich musical underground that Philadelphia has been laying on our lucky ears. Titles include "7" by Ursula Rucker, "Child Of Troubled Times" by Quite Sane, "Say The Word" by Lizz Fields, "Golden Boys" by Res, "I Don't Know" by Jaguar Wright with Black Thought, "Rock Wit U" by DJ Jazzy Jeff with Eric Roberson, "Fun" by Floetry, "We Live In Philly" by Jill Scott 7 DJ Jazzy Jeff, "Something In The Way" by Jazzyfatnastees, "Superstar" by King Britt with Ivana Santilli, "Newness" by Musiq, "Looking For Love" by Vikter Duplaix, "It's Love" by Jill Scott, and "Grover" by The Philadelphia Experiment. CD
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✨✧ VariousR&B Hipshakers Vol 1 – Teach Me To Monkey ... CD
Gusto, Early 60s. New Copy ... $5.99 9.99
A treasure box of early 60s R&B 45s – a top shelf collection of singles cut for the King & Federal labels from 1960 to 1964 – amazing numbers from Hank Ballard, Freddy King, The Drivers, Little Bobby Moore, Willie Dixon & The Big Wheels, Johnny Guitar Watson, Carol Ford, Little Willie John and more. Early 60s soul and rollicking R&B sides to rival the best and most exciting sounds of the era – compiled by DJ Mr Fine Wine, most of which have never been reissued before now! Includes "Gibble Gobble" by Willie Wright & His Sparklers, "Broadway" by Hank Ballard, "What Makes You So Cold" by Lulu Reed, "My Nerves" by Little Willie John, "The Slummer The Slum" by The 5 Royales, "I Don't Know About You" by Lloyd Nolan, "Where You At Jack" by Little Mummy,, "That's It Man" by The Valentines, "Mind Your Own Business" by Eugene Church, "Regardless" by Charles Brown,, "Texas Oil" by Freddie King", "One Zippy Zam" by Roy Mildton & His Orchestra, "Mom, Won't You Teach Me To Monkey" by Little Emmett Suttoon, "Hog Killin Time" by Eddie Kirk and more. CD

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✨✧ Choice FourFinger Pointers ... LP
RCA, 1974. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arranged and produced by Van McCoy, with a New York 70s studio soul feel. Includes the two-part title track, which is sort of a "message" cut about people who don't know their own business. Our fave is "Can't Get Used to Sleeping Alone", a nice East Coast ballad, and other cuts include "The Woman I'm Being True To", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "If I Don't Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, lightly shopworn and aged.)

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✨✧ King TubbyMajestic Dub ... LP
Jet Star/Demon (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy dub, with a mighty sharp edge – all those points and angles that King Tubby brought to the music with a special punch of his own – almost as if he's showing the scene that these sorts of dub tracks aren't the stuff of head-nodding naps, but instead have a righteous mystical power of their own! Bunny Lee produced, and the musicians are a familiar group of players, but with a lot more edge here than they'd have over at Island Records – Sly Dunbar on drums, Robbie Shakespeare on bass, Willie Lindo on lead guitar, Earl Chinna Smith on rhythm guitar, and Winston Wright and Jackie Mittoo on some mighty nice organ lines! Titles include "Dub Them Under Manners", "Ragga Muffin Dub Stylee", "Bad Boys Dub Stylee", "The Best Dub In The Business", "Back Out A This Dub Stylee", and "Majestic Stylee". LP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever vinyl reissue!)

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✨✧ Michael NesmithInfinite Tuesday – An Autobiographical Riff (hardcover) ... Book
Crown Archetype, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
To those in the know, Mike Nesmith has always been way more than a Monkee – a genius at business, a sensitive songwriter, and a guy who's had a hand in so many key moments in music and culture – even if he doesn't always take credit for his work! That understated quality has always been one of Nesmith's greatest calling cards, and it comes through wonderfully in this book – less a narrative memoir than a series of well-penned snapshots from different moments in his life and experience – open and honest about challenges and frustrations, but also with a good sense of perspective too. The man's done a hell of a job of carving out a great life for himself, and that really comes through here – and the book is hardcover, 306 pages, and has some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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✨✧ Three PiecesVibes Of Truth ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album of jazz funk – and the only record we've ever seen by this group! The 3 Pieces may not have lasted long in the record business, but this rare album from 1975 has made them legends on the rare groove scene for years. The record was cut during the height of the jazz funk years at Fantasy Records – and it features Donald Byrd handling the production chores, in a similar manner to the style that he used with the more famous Blackbyrds, who were also recording for Fantasy the time. The record features loads of electric piano and ARP, plus some tight and smooth guitar, and a nice rolling groove that is very catchy. A number of tracks have vocals – in kind of a subdued soul mode – and tracks include the groove classics "Backed Up Against The Wall", "Shortnin Bread", "Concrete Jungle", and "Vibes Of Truth". And believe it or not, there aren't any vibes on the album! CD

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✨✧ VariousFast Jivin Class Cutters High On Booze – Spellbound Cavemen & Mad Scientists From The Vault Of Lux & Ivy ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Those crazy Cramps are at it again – serving up an insane array of rare 45s with a really mad mix of styles – the kind of sounds that you might hear if you fell asleep and woke up in a world of b-movies and 60s exploitation flicks! The styles are hard to peg – you might almost say "The Cramps" – and give enough of a hint – and these are all the real deal – the kind of weird and wonderful 7" singles that were recorded by the thousands back when studios were cheap, pressing plants did heavy business, and every local scene seemed to have some completely creative combos and producers. The package features 42 tracks in all – and titles include "Spunky Onions" by Billy Davis & The Legends, "Tomahawk" by Tom Brown & The Tom Toms, "Mr Custer Stomp" by The Scouts, "Sleeping In A Car" by Tyrone Bracken, "Yabba Dabba Doo" by Frankie Davidson, "Like Spellbound" by Tarantulas, "Kan Gu Wa" by The Scholars, "The Ghost Hop" by Surfmen, "Space Monkey" by Lisa Anders & The Victory Five, "Cerveza" by Boots Brown, "Shot Rod" by Conny & The Bellhops, and "Upturn" by Eddie Smith & The Hornets. CD

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✨✧ Mississippi John HurtWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare recordings of delta blues legend Mississippi John Hurt – captured solo and beautifully well on 3 dates in late 1964, recorded by Gene Rosenthal – with Hurt's distinctive way of a somehow gentle melodic acoustic blues guitar sound, coming from hard-strummed and plucked strings as unvarnished and amazing as can be – and a way with vocals that's just as unique and wonderful! It's got the intimacy of the best field recordings, but the sound quality and John's voice and guitar are in such fine form here, it feels "big" despite being as raw and real as can be. Includes "Slidin' Delta", "Louis Collins", "Staggerlee", "Monday Mornin' Blues", "Comin' Home", "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor", "You Can't Come In", "Joe Turner", "Lonesome Am I", "Trouble Blues", "Nobody's Dirty Business", "Lovin' Spoonful", "Worried Blues" and "Avalon Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Lou Ragland/Hot ChocolateI Travel Alone (Hot Chocolate/Conveyor/bonus & unreleased tracks) (4LP Box Set) ... LP
Numero, Mid 70s. Near Mint- 4LP Box Set ... Out Of Stock
An amazing set of music – two rare albums from Ohio funk legend Lou Ragland, plus bonus tracks, and a whole set of unreleased sessions too – a huge amount of new music, even if you've got some of the previous reissues! First up is the legendary Hot Chocolate album – one of the greatest lost funk records of all time! The group is not the British pop band, but an Ohio funk group led by the great guitarist Lou Ragland. The album's originally from Canada, which makes it super rare – and these guys are funky funky funky, and kick some major booty with a heavy guitar sound that's just great! Some of the cuts are instrumental, and some of them have some excellent soul vocals that are produced with a nice deep sound that's brought out nicely by the excellent quality of the reissue. The record's got a bit of Sly Stone, a bit of Grant Green, and a bit of Mike James Kirkland – with a tasty raw indie soul vibe – and the original album was only pressed up at 500 copies. Titles include "So Dam Funky", "Ain't That A Groove", "Sexy Moods Of Your Mind", "Messin With Sly", and "What You Want To Do" – plus 8 more tracks from the same vintage – "Good For The Gander" by Hot Chocolate, "I Travel Alone" and Big Wheel" by Lou Ragland, "Red Robin" and "I've Got Something Going On" by Volcanic Eruption, and "I Can't Take It" and "What The Doctor Prescribed" by Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate. Next is The Conveyor – the second album from Lou Ragland, stepping out here in a great set of mellow soul tracks! The album's quite different from the heavy funk of the Hot Chocolate album – more of a message-oriented approach to soul, in the vein of similar 70s indie work by Mike James Kirkland. The arrangements are also bigger – not smooth, but ambitious, in a style that perfectly matches the higher vision Lou's going for in tracks like "Understand Each Other", "What Should I Do?", "The Next World", and "It's Got To Change". Conveyor also comes with bonus tracks too – "Tend To Your Business" by Wildfire, plus "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" and "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" by Lou Ragland. And last up is an incredible batch of unreleased material – maybe the biggest and best so far from Ragland – tracks that have this really ambitious quality that mixes soul, funk, and larger orchestrations – especially some light strings, which really expand the sound, and push the music into this righteous territory that reminds us a lot of the creative experiments in Chicago during the Cadet/Concept years! Lou's vocals are great, and the message is totally righteous – and even though the tape quality is slightly aged, the soulful vibe really comes through – on cuts that include "Understand Each Other", "It Ain't My Fault", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", "Spend My Life Loving You", "Until I Met You", and "Brother Louie". Lovingly packaged by Numero – with a huge booklet of photos and history! LP, Vinyl record album
(Box has light wear and some light smudges on back.)
Also available I Travel Alone (Hot Chocolate/Conveyor/bonus & unreleased tracks) (3CD set) ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ VariousWheedle's Groove Vol 2 – Seattle Funk, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1972 to 1987 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A second set of grooves from the Seattle scene – and a much-needed follow-up to the first Wheedles Groove compilation! This set picks up where the last one left off – still digging the funk and soul of the 70s, but also following the scene into clubby territory, modern soul, and boogie too – with a range of under-discovered gems that groove right into the mid 80s! Just about all the work here is new to our ears – pulled from obscure indie singles from the city's small labels – and served up in some surprisingly sophisticated styles that match all the poise and class of the best Cali soul of the time. Light In The Attic have done a really wonderful job with the package – deep notes that really match the research that went into the record – but a sense of funk and flair that makes the whole thing way more than just a history project. The grooves are totally great – a really fresh discovery, especially if you dig 80s boogie and club – and tracks include "Don't Lose Your Love" by Don Brown, "Get Off The Phone" by Epicentre, "Trouble In Mind" by Malik Din, "Love One Another" by Frederick Robinson III, "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" by Bernadette Bascom, "I'm Through With You" by Romel Westwood, "Holding On" by Unfinished Business, "You Turn Me On (Portland session mix)" by Push, "I Wonder Love" by Seattle Pure Dynamite, "Darlin Oh Darlin" by Steppen Stones, and "Let's Backtrack" by Cold Bold & Together. CD

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✨✧ Eddie HillHot Guitar – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Country music talent Eddie Hill is maybe best known to the world as the guy who gave the Louvin Brothers their first work, or as a big force on the Grand Old Opry – but he's also a hell of a guitarist who cut some fantastic sides during the postwar years – records that ring out with all sorts of great guitar modes that easily puts Hill right up there with some of the greats of his time! The package is the first to ever do justice to the strengths of Eddie's talents – and features singles recorded for Decca, Mercury, RCA, and Columbia, plus some rare Apollo Records work too – all brought together in a collection that has Hill stepping easily through a variety of hillbilly talents, always with plenty of vocal charm to match his instrumental strengths too. Titles include his classic "The Hot Guitar" – a commentary on all the rising hillbilly styles in 1951 – plus "The Gottalotta Song", "Black Denim Trousers & Motorcycle Boots", "High Wide & Handsome", "Lovin Spree", "Who Wrote The Letter To Old John", "My Sugar Booger", "Bless Your Little Thumpin Gizzard", "Melting Steel", "Mind Your Own Business", "Fire Ball Eight", "Buckshot", "Wild Cat", and "Hard Road To Travel". CD

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✨✧ VariousSouth Texas Rhythm & Soul Revue – Rare Mid 60s R&B And Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smoking soul from 60s Texas – a tremendous amount of rare tunes from obscure little singles – pulled together to showcase the Lonestar State as a musical powerhouse to rival Motown, Philly, or the Windy City! The tracks here are all from various labels headed by the legendary Huey P Meux – and unlike other Texas work you may know from the time, lots of these numbers are bubbling over with the kind of soul elements you'd normally hear from east coast indie work of the time – and in that way, are almost like some of the other 60s material cut by southern transplants on the LA scene of the time – familiar, but a little offbeat too – with odd little twists and turns that really keep things interesting, and which make the package a really fresh musical discovery. There's some nice deep soul elements at times, particularly on the mellower cuts – and titles include "Go Go Train" by Jackie Paine, "That Is Why The End Must Begin" by Joe Masters, "Irene" by Rockin Dave Allen, "Time" by Charles Barry, "Get To Gitten" by Big Walter, "Doggin Around" by Jean Knight, "Friends In Show Business" by Joe Melvin, "Neighbor Neighbor" by Alton Valier, "You'll Lose A Good Thing (demo)" by Barbara Lynn, "Let Them Talk" by Johnny Adams, "If You're Looking For A Fool" by David King Thomas, and "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down" by Margo White. CD

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Lamont DozierBoogie Business edit (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Danny GattonUnfinished Business (with bonus tracks) ... CD
NRG, 1987. Used ... $5.99
With John Previti on bass, Dave Eliott, Brooks Tegler & Shannon Ford on drums, Jon Carroll on hammond organ, & Roger McDuffie & Bruce Swaim on sax. CD
(Out of print.)

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Larry Page & His OrchestraTaking Care Of Business – Featuring Waltzing To Jazz ... LP
Calla, Late 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
Very groovy work from arranger Larry Page – a set that's a bit jazz, a bit easy, and plenty darn groovy throughout! The Larry Page sound is built upon a stepping rhythm, a snakey sax, and a sweet female vocal – used wordlessly in a way that drifts through the fuller grooves of the group, often with a nice sence of balance to the sharper edge of the sax! There's a surprising bite to most numbers here, a sense of soul that keeps these tunes from being the easy listening work you might guess from the cover – a bit like some of the John Schroeder work done over in the UK at the same time. Titles include "Leanda's Theme", "Waltzing To Jazz", "African Waltz", "Take Five", "Jo Jo", "Gravy Waltz", and "Everyone's Gone To The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has some ring and edge wear, discoloration from age, and a small index label on front.)

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Barry Gemso ExperienceSki Lodge Serenade ... CD
Siesta (Spain), 2000. Used ... $6.99
Sounds like the 60s – and like a fair bit of work on British labels from the 80s, like El Records or Compact. These guys lean on the cheesier elements of 60s pop – and although they're certainly missing a bit of the needed soul and emotion in their vocals (a bit too "ironic"), they more than make up for it with some nice backings, especially on the vibes and organ parts. Titles include "Groovin Happenin", "Me & Penelope", "Venus & Mars", "Buttercup Business", "St Tropez", "The Box", "Hangliding", and "Girl On A Snowmobile". CD
(Out of print.)

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Brand New HeaviesTBNH ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul influences, but leaned up into a groove that's very contemporary – and which continues to stand head and shoulders above the generations of artists who've been inspired by their sound! As you might notice by the cover, the core duo of Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy are the key force of the sound – but their longtime partner N'Dea Davenport is on vocals for many tracks on the set – replaced at a few points by guests who include Laville, Angie Stone, Angela Ricci, Beverley Knight, and Siedah Garrett – a nicely shifting lineup that almost give the record the variety of a classic Incognito set. Titles include "Stupid Love", "Just Believe In You", "Get On The Right Side", "Little Dancer", "It's My Destiny", "Getaway", "Beautiful", "Wired Up", "Together", and "Dontchawanna". CD
Also available TBNH ... LP 24.99

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Brand New HeaviesTBNH ... LP
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 25.98
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul influences, but leaned up into a groove that's very contemporary – and which continues to stand head and shoulders above the generations of artists who've been inspired by their sound! As you might notice by the cover, the core duo of Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy are the key force of the sound – but their longtime partner N'Dea Davenport is on vocals for many tracks on the set – replaced at a few points by guests who include Laville, Angie Stone, Angela Ricci, Beverley Knight, and Siedah Garrett – a nicely shifting lineup that almost give the record the variety of a classic Incognito set. Titles include "Stupid Love", "Just Believe In You", "Get On The Right Side", "Little Dancer", "It's My Destiny", "Getaway", "Beautiful", "Wired Up", "Together", and "Dontchawanna". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available TBNH ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ EmotionsDon't Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (Flowers/Rejoice/Sunbeam/Come Into Our World/New Affair/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing box set – five full albums of material, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Flowers – a soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". Next is Rejoice – a huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". Sunbeam is great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". Come Into Our World has the sweet Emotions at the top of their game – one of the brilliant albums that has the soulful trio working hand in hand with Earth Wind & Fire! The girls were plenty great in their early years, but working with Maurice White and company, they really took off – hitting a whole new level that really unlocked some deeply spiritual power in their vocals! And sure, the approach also yielded the group plenty of hits – but for good reason, too – given the classic quality and all-great nature of a set like this. Maurice White produced, and the lineup is filled with plenty of Earth Wind & Fire players too – working with some great arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Wade Marcus, and others. Tunes are balanced between clubby numbers and some nice midtempo moments – and titles include "Where Is Your Love", "Cause I Love You", "Come Into My World", "On & On", "I Should Be Dancing", "Layed Back", and "Yes I Am". New Affair has The Emotions breaking free a bit from the Earth Wind & Fire influence, and grooving nicely with a sweet 80s feel! The girls' voices are still quite wonderful – some of the deepest harmonies in the female soul world at the time – and the tunes kick it up nicely in a blend of snapping bassy club tracks and mellower cuts that sweetly sway with their great vocals! Loads of wonderful tracks – and an album not to miss! Titles include "Turn It Out", "There'll Never Be Another Moment", "Now That I Know", "Love Lies", "When You Gonna Wake Up", and "Here You Come Again". 3CD set features 8 bonus tracks – including "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix", "Don't Ask My Neighbors (single version)", "I Should Be Dancin (single version)", "My Baby Dance", "Changes", "Where Is Your Love (single version)", and "Flowers (single version)". CD

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✨✧ Jonas KullhammarLat Det Vara ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible step forward for reedman Jonas Kullhammar – an album that's put together as a summation of his feelings after taking a brief break from the recording business – but which also stands as one of his greatest moments to date! We've always loved Jonas' music, but there's a sense of power and majesty here that we've never heard before – at least not this clearly – an unbridled love of jazz-based expression, served up with longtime partners Torbjorn Gulz on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Jonas Hongersson on drums. The vibrancy of these players has been documented before on other recordings by the quartet, but there's really something special going on here – possibly because the album's slated to be the group's last (as might be guessed by the Let It Be cover image), but also just because Kullhammar's tenor work is so expressive, so personal, and at the same time, so much more straightforward than ever before – a sound that will definitely get him the attention we've been saying he deserves for years – one of the greatest voices on his instrument of the past few decades. All material is played by the quartet – save for the title track, which features a larger group with guests who include Goran Kajfes on cornet, Per Rusktrask Johansson on alto, and Janne Kullhammar on drums – and titles include "Alvsalavals", "KBT", "Fodelsedagen", "Julaftonsfan", "Domedagen", and "Lat Det Vara". CD
(Out of print.)

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Galt MacDermotDivine Hair Mass In F ... LP
Revelation/RCA, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $3.99
A very very weird version of "Hair", rewritten as a mass, and performed in a church by the original cast, plus a priest, organist, and everything else that you might throw in if you were going to do it this way. The album's got all the tracks from the score – like "1000 Year Old Man", "Flesh Failures", "The Lesson", and "Hair" – but it's also got spoken bits, and weird spiritual versions of moments in the musical. More proof that Galt MacDermot must be the richest man in the music business by now! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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TreniersAfter Hours With The Fabulous Treniers ... LP
Hermitage, Late 50s. Very Good ... $28.99
A Chicago R&B classic, and a tough bit of wax to find. The Treniers were one of the city's raunchiest groups, and although they played lots of upscale nightclubs, they also had crazy antics and songs that made them the talk of the town on both sides of the tracks. This set's got them doing a mix of standards and more off-kilter stuff, and the track list includes "Rockin Is Our Business", "After Hours Bossa Nova", "Charmaine", "Baldhead", and "Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has moderate wear, a frayed corner and a fully split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Brigitte Fontaine & Art Ensemble of ChicagoComme A La Radio ... LP
Saravah/Superior Viaduct, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums ever recorded – a legendary meeting between the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and inventive French singer Brigitte Fontaine! The set was recorded at the end of the 60s in Paris, and it perfectly sums up all of the incredible energy bubbling out of the post-68 years – an openness to new music, new ideas, and new forms of expression – presented here in an open, honest way that only the Saravah label could muster! Fontaine's vocals are wonderful – soft-sung and spoken, with a style that's like that of a more artful and poetic Jane Birkin – and the backings from the Art Ensemble are some of their most sensitive ever – very balanced and conscious of sound, in ways that make us wish they'd recorded a lot more like this. There's never a dull moment on the record, and the set is honestly one of the reasons we first got into this business in the first place – the kind of life-changing record that's a real honor for us to stock. Frequent Fontaine partner Areski joins in on a few tracks, and titles include "Comme A La Radio", "L'Ete L'Ete", "Le Brouillard", "Tanka II", "Leo", and "Les Petits Chevaux". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousShapes 08:01 ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tru Thoughts are at it again – hitting us once more with a wonderful selection of grooves, all priced so low we wonder how the label ever manages to stay in business! This entry in the label's Shapes series is as rock-solid as the rest – way more than a simple compilation, and instead more of a deep exploration of the well-crafted Tru Thoughts sound – one that's strongly unified across the label, given that some of the acts share members, and some artists often remixes other's work! Grooves range from funky to dubby to mellow to downtempo – and titles include "Be Known (Owusu rmx)" by Up Hygh, "Brown Paper Bag (Flowering Inferno version)" by Me & You, "Humankind (Grant Phabao rmx)" by Alice Russell, "Crazy Bout Ya" by Milez Benjiman, "Belly Full Of Lead" by Unforscene, "Feet Keep Moving" by Natural Self, "Fly Away" by Hot 8 Brass Band, "Quiet Dawn (Bonobo rmx)" by Nostalgia 77, and "She Said What (version)" by Quantic Soul Orchestra. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Donna SummerCats Without Claws ... LP
Geffen, 1984. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A big crossover moment for Donna Summer in the 80s – a set that features lots of keyboard-heavy arrangements from Michael Omartin – who produced the record at a level that really gets the most out of Summer's hook-heavy style! Donna's way past the drama of the disco years here – and does a great job of getting right down to business on most of the tunes – never pushing things too far past her vocal range, but adding just the right sort of punch to the lyrics alongside Omartin's catchy keyboards. Titles include "Eyes", "Supernatural Love", "Cats Without Claws", "Suzanna", "It's Not The Way", "There Goes My Baby", and "I'm Free". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousEccentric Soul – Capitol City Soul ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set offers up a stunning array of rare gems, many of which were never even pressed on record – all showing Columbus to be one of the funkiest, grooviest cities in the US during the early 70s! Lots of the work here has that same heavy groove that we love from the Capsoul collection – and since that initial Numero foray into the compilation business, the label has only become more skilled at unearthing and presenting great sounds like this. The package features notes on both the music and the project of researching it – plus a long appendix on the local labels featured, along with photos and label scans too! Titles include "Woe Is Me" by Kool Blues, "I Need Your Love" by Chandlers, "Funky Disposition" by Dean Francis & Soul Rockers, "Lose The One You Love" by Soul Partners, "Look In The Mirror" by Vondors, "Hysteria" by Four Mints, "This Is The Way That I Am" by La Fez, "When He's Gone" by Associated Press, "Excuse Me Miss" by Jupiter's Release, and "I've Been Trying" by Love Maximum. CD
 
 
 



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