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AmnestyFree Your Mind – The 700 West Sessions ... LP
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 23.98
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, but also a grittier, more guitar-based groove at times too – one that rumbles heavily at the bottom of the rhythms, with a sound that's like Norman Whitfield-era Motown, taken to much greater extremes! There's actually a lot more Detroit going on in the work than Indy – but the horns also have a jazzier, more open-ended quality too – not just parts penned for simple funky rhythms, but ones that show some influence from the more righteous side of the jazz spectrum. The material was all recorded on two dates in 1973 – but only issued here for the first time – and together, the tracks are a great example of a hip group from the underground, really letting loose with a great sense of freedom. There's some vocals on the record, but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation overall – and titles include "Can I Help You", "Love Fades", "Trouble Will Remain", "We've Come A Long Way", "Liberty", "Mister President", "Free Your Mind", "We Have Love", and "Lord Help Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Available again after a a few years out of print!)

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✨✧ David AxelrodEarth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (with bonus instrumentals album) ... CD
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the environment, circa 1970 – with beautiful arrangements in the best Axelrod tradition – performed by a large group of jazz players who mixes vibes, guitars, and off-kilter reeds – augmented by a group of singers who perform some of the lyrics of the set, most of which are adapted from the Old Testament and from Navajo legends! The record's broken into two long suites – "The Warnings" and "The Signs" – and the whole thing blends together in a spacey, other-worldly mix of heavy arrangements and trippy grooves! Amazing package – includes a full bonus LP of instrumental versions, appearing here for the first time ever – plus a huge 32 page booklet of notes and images! CD

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David AxelrodSong Of Innocence ... CD
Capitol/Now Again, 1968. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house producer at Capitol Records – where he'd created big hits for Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley – and he'd also been experimenting a bit with studio techniques for other rock groups. But here, the Axe brings all his experience into play – then sends things soaring to the skies – with music based on the work of poet William Blake, but delivered in this totally groovy west coast 60s mode. The core of the instrumentation features funky drums from Earl Palmer and bass from Carole Kaye – both of whom really keep things rock-solid amidst the larger mix of strings and instruments directed by the great Don Randi – who himself is pretty darn wonderful too. The music has nice snatches of fuzz and organ throughout – jazzy moments, funky passages, and lots more too – served up on tunes that include much-sampled song "Holy Thursday" – plus "The Smile", "A Dream", "Song Of Innocence", and "The Mental Traveler". William Blake never sounded so funky! CD
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)
Also available Song Of Innocence ... CD 9.99

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David AxelrodSong Of Innocence ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 27.98
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house producer at Capitol Records – where he'd created big hits for Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley – and he'd also been experimenting a bit with studio techniques for other rock groups. But here, the Axe brings all his experience into play – then sends things soaring to the skies – with music based on the work of poet William Blake, but delivered in this totally groovy west coast 60s mode. The core of the instrumentation features funky drums from Earl Palmer and bass from Carole Kaye – both of whom really keep things rock-solid amidst the larger mix of strings and instruments directed by the great Don Randi – who himself is pretty darn wonderful too. The music has nice snatches of fuzz and organ throughout – jazzy moments, funky passages, and lots more too – served up on tunes that include much-sampled song "Holy Thursday" – plus "The Smile", "A Dream", "Song Of Innocence", and "The Mental Traveler". William Blake never sounded so funky! LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)
Also available Song Of Innocence ... CD 9.99

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David AxelrodSongs Of Experience (with booklet) ... CD
Capitol/Now Again, 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their already-successful sounds into super-hit material by adding some nice funky touches, and excellent baroque production. This album lets Axelrod fully explore his talents for larger studio arrangements, and complex yet soulful instrumentation. The record is subtitled "an anthology of awareness after birth, based on the 18th century poems of William Blake" – and it features incredible arrangements conducted by Don Randi, played by a host of excellent LA jazz and studio players. The overall sound is spacey and dark, with nice touches of funk, and plenty of cool instrumental passages that have been sampled over the years by hip hoppers and other producers. Titles include "London", "The Fly", "The Human Abstract", "A Divine Image", and "The Sick Rose". CD
Also available Songs Of Experience ... CD 9.99

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DamonSong Of A Gypsy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Now Again, 1968. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 19.98
An amazing reissue of this now-legendary album – once a lost psych oddity, but a set that's gone onto make plenty of waves over the years! Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual. The core album's been treasured for years by the few fans who had an original copy, and by a few more who had a previous reissue – but this double-length set is the first to ever tell the true tale of the enigmatic Damon – with a huge 64 page booklet of notes, and a massive amount of rare bonus tracks too. The core album includes "Song Of A Gypsy", "Funky Funky Blues", "Don't You Feel Me", "The Night", "Feel Your Love", "Oh What A Good Boy Am I", and "Birds Fly So High". Bonus tracks include some demo and 45 versions of "Song Of A Gypsy", plus "Don't Cry", "Lonely Surfer", "Bowlin Alley Jane", "Everything Is Alright", "The Little White Cloud That Cried", "I Wonder Why", and "I've Got My Pride". CD

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EquaticsDoin It!!!! ... LP
Now Again, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Rare 70s funky soul from The Equatics – just the kind of record that keeps us digging and still excited after all these years – resurrected by the like minded diggers at Now Again! You know the kind of album we're talking about, the ones you come across with enigmatic cover art, no names on the back you recognize or even anything indicating where or when it's from. Then you take a spin and it's the real thing from the get go! The production is nice and raw but not ragged, and a funky vibe that groups today emulate but just can't recapture. This set's mid 70s R&B, mostly instrumental but with a few vocal numbers, all nicely done up in a very groovy, funky fashion. There's a couple of nice covers, like their Isaac Hayes-ish take on "Walk On By" and a nice rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine", but the rest of the set's mostly originals, like "Merry-Go-Round" and some nice raggedy instrumentals like "What They Doin?", "Santana" done up in parts 1 and 2 (maybe on a 45 somewhere. . .), "Cisco Fare" and the jazzy "The Touch Of You". Amazing! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Karl Hector & The MalcounsNon Ex Orbis ... CD
Now Again, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Some of the fullest, freakiest sounds we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and a set that almost has the contemporary combo resonating with some of the older psych and fuzz that often gets reissued on the Now Again label! JJ Whitefield – of Whitefield Brothers/Poets Of Rhythm fame – is at the helm of the group, and also handles the production – and the whole thing is a deep shift from the sharper, funkier style of his early material – as this record's really awash in fuzz and long, languorous space – drawing elements from older funk, jazz, and global elements, and pushing them all through a mighty cool psych-styled filter. Marja Burchard sings some cool wordless vocals on the record, but most of the focus here is instrumental – with great organ, vibes, moog, and plenty of fuzzy guitar. Titles include "Crawling Through Your Mind", "Hymnins (extended)", "Inhale/Exhale", "Mother Seletta", "Dekagon", and "Asteroid". CD
Also available Non Ex Orbis ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Karl Hector & The MalcounsNon Ex Orbis ... LP
Now Again, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
Some of the fullest, freakiest sounds we've ever heard from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – and a set that almost has the contemporary combo resonating with some of the older psych and fuzz that often gets reissued on the Now Again label! JJ Whitefield – of Whitefield Brothers/Poets Of Rhythm fame – is at the helm of the group, and also handles the production – and the whole thing is a deep shift from the sharper, funkier style of his early material – as this record's really awash in fuzz and long, languorous space – drawing elements from older funk, jazz, and global elements, and pushing them all through a mighty cool psych-styled filter. Marja Burchard sings some cool wordless vocals on the record, but most of the focus here is instrumental – with great organ, vibes, moog, and plenty of fuzzy guitar. Titles include "Crawling Through Your Mind", "Hymnins (extended)", "Inhale/Exhale", "Mother Seletta", "Dekagon", and "Asteroid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Non Ex Orbis ... CD 12.99

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Heliocentrics & Melvin Van PeeblesLast Transmission ... LP
Now Again, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
A mindblowing collaboration between The Heliocentrics and underground film legend Melvin Van Peebles – a set that has the group serving up some madly trippy grooves, while Melvin speaks and sings some wisdom of his own! Van Peebles already blew our minds years ago with his insane soundtrack to Sweet Sweetback's Baaaadasss Song – still one of our favorite records of all times – and The Heliocentrics follow in the odd spirit of that gem, by mixing lots of sounds and styles together in a mad cacophony of music – then leaving just the right amount of space for Melvin to come into the mix! Instrumentation is often fuzzy and psych-oriented, but always with a funky, soulful vibe as well – of the sort you'd hear on vintage records from Van Peebles – and titles include "Big Bang Reincarnation", "Transformation", "Infinite List", "Trust The Cosmos", and "Blue Mist". LP, Vinyl record album

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JBsThese Are The JBs ... LP
Now Again, 1970. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
A stunner of a record – the first-ever album by The JBs, never issued back in the day – and lost for years until it recently resurfaced on a test pressing! The set features a leaner, more stripped-down version of the group – one that features Bootsy Collins on bass, and which doesn't rely as much on the horns as it does some very upfront playing by the rhythm section – who really set fire to the extended instrumental solos on the album's very long tracks! Group members include Robert McCullough on tenor, St Clair Pickney on flute and baritone, Bobby Byrd on piano, Catfish Collins on guitar, and James Brown himself on organ – and the mighty Clyde Stubblefield handles drums, as well as Frank Kash Waddy. All tracks are very long – quite different than the shorter single-type cuts on Pass The Peas – and the record features the first recording of "The Grunt", plus the long jams "I'll Ze", "These Are The JBs (parts 1 & 2)", and "When You Feel It Grunt If You Can". LP, Vinyl record album
(Also comes with a great book – detailing the album and its rescue from obscurity!)

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Key & ClearyLove Is The Way ... CD
Now Again, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.98
Some of the most unique soul music you'll ever hope to hear – recorded by a pair of artists who mostly worked in Buffalo, New York during the 70s – with a very odd style that's completely their own! We'd quickly place the duo of Jesse Key and Sylvester Cleary in territory that would include Shuggie Otis or Terry Callier – artists who are almost a genre to themselves, and who manage to make their message mean even more by standing apart from the pack! In this case, Key & Cleary work with very early use of a drum machine – often used at levels that are slower and gentler than the beat-heavy 80s – and given these lightly folksy guitar touches that underscore some of the more righteous currents in their music, and which make the more personal songs sound even better. Maybe imagine if Bill Withers teamed up with the very young Timmy Thomas – but recorded at home on an 8 track studio – and you'll get part of the picture of what's going on here. Titles include "There Are Troubles", "A Man", "Dog's Delight", "Turn Me On", "Storm Of 77", "Help Build Buffalo", "Salamanca", "What It Takes To Live", and "The Secret". 2CD version features a bonus disc – with 9 unreleased tracks! CD
Also available Love Is The Way ... LP 49.99

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Key & ClearyLove Is The Way ... LP
Now Again, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $49.99 55.98
Some of the most unique soul music you'll ever hope to hear – recorded by a pair of artists who mostly worked in Buffalo, New York during the 70s – with a very odd style that's completely their own! We'd quickly place the duo of Jesse Key and Sylvester Cleary in territory that would include Shuggie Otis or Terry Callier – artists who are almost a genre to themselves, and who manage to make their message mean even more by standing apart from the pack! In this case, Key & Cleary work with very early use of a drum machine – often used at levels that are slower and gentler than the beat-heavy 80s – and given these lightly folksy guitar touches that underscore some of the more righteous currents in their music, and which make the more personal songs sound even better. Maybe imagine if Bill Withers teamed up with the very young Timmy Thomas – but recorded at home on an 8 track studio – and you'll get part of the picture of what's going on here. Titles include "There Are Troubles", "A Man", "Dog's Delight", "Turn Me On", "Storm Of 77", "Help Build Buffalo", "Salamanca", "What It Takes To Live", and "The Secret". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000! Includes download with bonus tracks.)
Also available Love Is The Way ... CD 16.99

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LightmenFree As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Judnell/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the same sort of new jazz freedom explored by artists like Horace Tapscott in LA, or the AACM in Chicago – performed by a generation of musicians who might have been more straight ahead a few years before – but who really take off here in the new energy of the post-Coltrane years! Most numbers are still pretty rhythmic, and have a unified core – but some of the performances are even more outside than you'd know from later Lightmen records – showing a strong avant jazz pedigree for the members of the group. The lineup here features a very young Ronnie Laws on alto, soprano sax, and flute – sounding quite different than his jazz fusion work of the late 70s – and in addition to Thomas on drums, other players include Doug Harris on tenor, Carl Adams on trumpet, Kenny Abair on guitar, and Joe Singleton on trombone. Titles include "Creative Music", "Free As You Wanna Be", "May 67", "Luke 23:32-49", "#109 Psychosomatic", and "Talk Visit". Plus, this 2CD version features unreleased extended mono mixes – and a great booklet of notes! CD

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Lightmen Plus OneFancy Pants (2CD version – mono/stereo versions) ... CD
Judnell/Now Again, 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the coastal cities – and even the undergrounds of Chicago and Detroit in the early 70s – and in fact, there's a vibe here that would be right at home with the Tribe Records spirit of the motor city, as the group balance their freewheeling inclinations with a nice sense of rhythm as well! Players include Doug Harris on some excellent soprano, tenor, and flute – plus Virgil Solomon on flute and alto, James Hensley on trumpet and light whistle, Joe Singleton on trombone, and Marshia Frazier on electric piano. Titles include "Sorrow Bitterness & Revolution", "Hope", "Blue Tip", "On The Road Home", "Song Of Praise", and "Ujimma". 2CD version features the standard stereo mix and the unissued mono version – plus a great booklet of notes! CD

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Lightmen Plus OneEnergy Control Center (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lightin/Now Again, 1972. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Cosmic jazzy genius from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – the kind of a record that sounds like it should have come out of Detroit or Chicago in the early 70s – and not the Texas scene from which the group hailed! The Lightmen have a vibe that reminds us a lot of The Pharoahs or some of the Tribe Records collective – a willingness to mix free-thinking jazz expression with tighter grooves and funkier rhythms – stepping out in an instrumental vibe that still has plenty of funky 45 touches, but which also sits nicely alongside the most cosmic work coming out from Impulse at the time! The title cut "Energy Control Center" has an electric spacey quality that reminds us of Sun Ra at his best – and other tunes soar out with a brilliant post-Coltrane sense of freedom evident in work on saxes, flute, and piano. Titles include "Wench", "Cold Bair", "Leo", "Jupiter's Child", and "The Phantom". This amazing expanded version features loads of bonus tracks, unreleased material, singles, and the great spiritual number "All Praises To Allah". CD

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Al ManfrediBlue Gold ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 17.98
The lost legacy of Al Manfredi – a south Cali singer who made a short splash with a garage combo in the 60s, then quickly retreated to a quiet life behind the counter of a music store! Yet during that time, Al was secretly work on his own – using multi-track technology to create these beautiful, bittersweet songs – tunes that would be completely ruined if they were ever set to bigger arrangements, or recorded by a major label – even though many of them sound like the kind of songs that could have been huge! Instead, their obscurity is what makes them real musical treasures – sung by a completely honest, down to earth voice – often harmonizing alongside himself – and accompanied by some surprisingly complex guitar parts, alongside bass and drums. This reissue does plenty to restore the lost Manfredi legacy to life – and includes the few tracks from his rare self-released album, plus full notes, and more music too. Titles include "Of The Sea", "I Don't Live Today", "Five Six", "Let It Alone", "Foggy Night", "Empty Of Your Possession", "What A Way To Be Laughing", and "Blue Gold" – plus tracks by Al's earlier band, Lost & Found – "Don't Move Girl" and "To Catch The Sun". 2CD version features added tracks "Can Be Near You", "Basking", "What A Way To be Laughing (acoustic)", "Star Factory", "Never With You (acoustic)", and "Just Can't Stay Away". CD
Also available Blue Gold ... LP 49.99

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Al ManfrediBlue Gold ... LP
Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $49.99 55.98
The lost legacy of Al Manfredi – a south Cali singer who made a short splash with a garage combo in the 60s, then quickly retreated to a quiet life behind the counter of a music store! Yet during that time, Al was secretly work on his own – using multi-track technology to create these beautiful, bittersweet songs – tunes that would be completely ruined if they were ever set to bigger arrangements, or recorded by a major label – even though many of them sound like the kind of songs that could have been huge! Instead, their obscurity is what makes them real musical treasures – sung by a completely honest, down to earth voice – often harmonizing alongside himself – and accompanied by some surprisingly complex guitar parts, alongside bass and drums. This reissue does plenty to restore the lost Manfredi legacy to life – and includes the few tracks from his rare self-released album, plus full notes, and more music too. Titles include "Of The Sea", "I Don't Live Today", "Five Six", "Let It Alone", "Foggy Night", "Empty Of Your Possession", "What A Way To Be Laughing", and "Blue Gold" – plus tracks by Al's earlier band, Lost & Found – "Don't Move Girl" and "To Catch The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing – includes download with bonus tracks!)
Also available Blue Gold ... CD 15.99

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Timothy McNealyFunky Movement ... CD
Shawn/Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The first-ever full length collection of work by the mighty Timothy McNealy – the Texas funk genius who only issued a few rare funky 45s back in the day – but has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! McNealy's music is completely unique right from the start – funky sounds that answer to no other scene or sound at all – not James Brown, not New Orleans soul, not even Detroit or Chicago – completely unique, but every bit as mindblowing as the rest! There's almost a love of muddy production on these numbers – not that the sound is bad, but just that all the core elements seem pushed together in search of a groove – guitar messing with keyboards, basslines bumping the drums – often with the vocals somewhere down in the mix too, so that he whole thing comes out with this raw sonic blast that's really amazing! Some of Timothy's singles have been reissued over the years – but this full set by Now Again is long-overdue – and has the label's usual high quality treatment, right down to detailed notes that tell the surprisingly big tale of McNealy's time in music – much more than we ever knew before. Titles include "Sagittarius Black", "Funky Movement (parts 1 & 2)", "Will You Be There", "KC stomp", "I Am So Glad You're Mine", "Easy Easy Easy", "What Would You Do", and a very cool remake of "What's Going On". CD

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Lloyd MillerJazz At The University Of Utah (with insert and download) ... LP
East West/Now Again, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
An astonishingly rare treasure by exotic jazz genius Lloyd Miller – originally issued by East West Records in a run of just a few hundred copies! Recorded at The University Of Utah, it's a wonderful synthesis of the eastern and otherwise globally-inspired instrumentation Miller is beloved for, and the western jazz styles of his earlier years playing behind Don Ellis, Eddie Harris & others. Recorded with players from the university's jazz ensembles, along with several numbers with the Mike Johnson Quartet, it came a time when Miller was becoming so well educated in Far Eastern, Middle Eastern and Asian music and culture, and was already such a seasoned American jazz player himself, it's really stunning this set is such a rare one! Amazing stuff from a late 60s period when he was really starting to cement his legend. Includes "Amber Eyes (Guzel Gozler)", "Yona", "Natanie", "Blue Rue", "Sixty Years Of Jazz", "Gol-E Gandom", "Hue Wail", "Sakura", "Impressions Of Bhairavi Raga" and "Midsummer Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes an excellent insert with notes by Francis Gooding and lots of photos, plus a download with WAV files & video of late 60s performances, plus Miller's autobiography "Sufi, Saint & Swinger"!)

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Mr ChopFor Pete's Sake ... CD
Five Day Weekend/Now Again, 2009. Used ... $2.99
Space funk specialist Mr Chop takes on the beatcraft genius of Pete Rock on For Pete's Sake – blueprint Pete Rock singles and benchmark beats – refashioned as fuzzed out psychedelic funk instrumentals! It works out masterfully, and very much in the mold of some of our other favorite material by Mr Chop and fellow travellers The Heliocentrics in recent years. Heavy drums & percussion, killer bass rhythms, fuzzy funk rock guitars, cosmic keys and synths galore. It's done with Pete Rock's core inspiration pretty well pronounced on the standouts like "TROY", "Mecca And The Soul Brother" and "The World Is Yours", but Mr Chop really makes the groove his own – a sonic stamp that shoots far into the cosmos! Other tracks include "Good Life", "Main Ingredient", "Get On The Mic", "Straighten It Out". "I Got A Love" and "Intermezzo" (1-7). CD
(Advance promotional copy packaged in a slim sleeve.)

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Ngozi FamilyDay Of Judgement (with download) ... LP
Now Again, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, stripped-down instrumentation and some very sharp drums! The drums rattle out underneath the magnificent fuzzy guitar lines in the lead – almost with this compressed quality that recalls Thin Lizzy at their funkier moments – but much more raw, stripped-down, and unpolished – so that the English language lyrics burst out with a really biting sound! The record's one of the first in the Zamrock tradition, and is still one of the best – a set that deserves to be in any collection of hard rock, proto-punk, and even funk rock from the 70s. Titles include "I Wanna Know", "Day Of Judgement", "We Wonna Give It To Her", "Tikondane", and "Let Me Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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PaternosterDie Ersten Tage (with download featuring bonus tracks & film) ... LP
Now Again, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $49.99 55.98
A rare early moment from the legendary Austrian group Paternoster – sounds that predate their one and only cult-status album – originally created for the equally legendary film, Die Ersten Tage! The music here was never issued commercially at the time – and the release of these sounds adds a much-needed page to the slim book of Paternoster – especially since the creative flair of these songs really fleshes out our understanding of the group! As with their vocal music, most of the style here is slow, but jamming – kind of mellow prog, almost – but lighter, too – and with a moodier vibe, given the absence of lyrics – which lets the offbeat guitar parts do most of the speaking for the group. The whole thing's fragile, yet jagged – earthy, but cosmic – and the set features 30 tracks in all, appearing here on record for the first time ever! LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000! Includes a WAV download for the album, bonus tracks and a the Die Ersten Tage film!)

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✨✧ Split Decision BandSplit Decision Band ... LP
Now Again, Early 80s. New Copy ... $23.99 27.98
An overlooked treasure from Split Decision Band – a group whose one single issued back in the day has gone onto become a sought-after classic with funk and soul collectors! And yet besides that one famous single, these guys actually have a lot more to offer – an incredibly well-developed sound that easily rivals the best funky soul on either coast at the start of the 80s – but which was forever lost to the world, because the group languished in the hinterland of Des Moines! Singer Gordon Starr later worked with Prince – but here, he's a force that could well have put the Iowa scene next to the Minneapolis one, if he had a chance – working with Split Decision in a wonderful blend of modes that has the group stepping beautifully on mellow cuts, getting heavier on some P-Funk styled numbers, and always finding their own path and identity – unlike some of the more copycat-oriented local groups of their generation. The work here has been pulled from unreleased tapes, and lovingly presented by Now Again – with titles that include "Say Woman", "Dazed", "Crystal Powder", "My Love Just For You", "Seeking", "Shoot Your World", "Split Decision Band Groove", "Watching Out", "Night Dancer", and "You're The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Bubbha Thomas & The LightmenCountry Fried Chicken (2CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lightin/Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo augmented by electric keys and moog in just the right places! The tunes on the set are all instrumentals – jamming along in a sweet little style that mixes funky jazz with some of the rougher touches of the indie 45 scene – letting the band stretch out on extended solos on most cuts, but still keeping the rhythms very tight and in the pocket! In a way, the approach almost feels like some of the funkier work on Tribe Records from Detroit, especially on tracks that have more ambitious solo work. Players include Doug Harris on flute and tenor, Ronnie Laws on tenor, John Henderson on electric piano, and a young Hugh Ragin on trombone – and titles include "Herbs Of Life", "Sweet Ray", "Famous Last Words", "Country Fried Chicken", and "Survival Song". 2CD version features a whole bonus disc of unusual material – rare alternates, unreleased disco tracks, and even some synth versions of tracks from Bubbha's first two albums – plus a big booklet of notes! CD
Also available Country Fried Chicken (2LP set – with bonus tracks) ... LP 22.99

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Bubbha Thomas & The LightmenCountry Fried Chicken (2LP set – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Lightin/Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 25.98
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo augmented by electric keys and moog in just the right places! The tunes on the set are all instrumentals – jamming along in a sweet little style that mixes funky jazz with some of the rougher touches of the indie 45 scene – letting the band stretch out on extended solos on most cuts, but still keeping the rhythms very tight and in the pocket! In a way, the approach almost feels like some of the funkier work on Tribe Records from Detroit, especially on tracks that have more ambitious solo work. Players include Doug Harris on flute and tenor, Ronnie Laws on tenor, John Henderson on electric piano, and a young Hugh Ragin on trombone – and titles include "Herbs Of Life", "Sweet Ray", "Famous Last Words", "Country Fried Chicken", and "Survival Song". 2LP version features a whole bonus disc of unusual material – rare alternates, unreleased disco tracks, and even some synth versions of tracks from Bubbha's first two albums – plus a big booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Country Fried Chicken (2CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Whitefield BrothersEarthology ... CD
Now Again, 2010. Used ... $8.99
The long-awaited return of the Whitefield Brothers – melding global funk and tripped out psychedelia as masterfully as on their massive In The Raw album – and tripping it out and funking it up even more this time! The psychedelic sounds get more pronounced play this time out, but it's still well within the funk realm – gritty drums and percussion under fuzzed out rhythms, keys that range from a jazzy funk groove to thick layers of fuzz and bubbling atmospherics, exotic string accents, heady bass grooves and more. Their reach is global, too, with influences from the east and the west – and a heck of an impressive guest roster – with leftfield MCs on a couple gems – Edan & Mr Lif on "The Gift" and Percee P & MED on "Reverse" – plus Bajka, Brooklyn funk revival masters the El Michels Affair, and fellow psych funk traveller Quantic. Titles include "Joyful Exaltation", "Safari Strut", "Taisho", "Sad Nile", "Ntu", "Pamukkale", "Alin", "Breakin Through" feat El Michels Affair, "Sem Yelesh", "Lullaby For Lagos" feat Quantic, "Chich" and more. CD

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✨✧ David AxelrodSongs Of Experience (with booklet) ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their already-successful sounds into super-hit material by adding some nice funky touches, and excellent baroque production. This album lets Axelrod fully explore his talents for larger studio arrangements and complex yet soulful instrumentation. The record is subtitled "an anthology of awareness after birth, based on the 18th century poems of William Blake" – and it features incredible arrangements conducted by Don Randi, played by a host of excellent LA jazz and studio players. The overall sound is spacey and dark, with nice touches of funk, and plenty of cool instrumental passages that have been sampled over the years by hip hoppers and other producers. Titles include "London", "The Fly", "The Human Abstract", "A Divine Image", and "The Sick Rose". Reissued with the original gatefold cover and everything! LP, Vinyl record album
(Audiophile pressing – with booklet!)
Also available Songs Of Experience ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ German OakDown In The Bunker (with download & bonus tracks) ... LP
Bunker/Now Again, 1972. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the darkest albums of the Krautrock scene in the 70s – an album that was actually recorded in a WWII-era bunker – where the duo were free to open up their instruments, jam for a very long time, and play with the sorts of effects and techniques you might know from bigger groups of the period! Yet there's a brooding quality here that's different than Can, Faust, or other groups – maybe because German Oak were a duo without a very clear path forward, and also because recording an album in an underground concrete bunker was bound to produced some weird vibes on the session! One of the group members recalls in the notes that in the space, he couldn't help thinking of the trauma of WWII – and you can definitely hear that in the music, and see it in the look of the package – which carries tunes that include "Screaming Skeletons", "Missile Song", "Belle's Song", and "Nothing". This fantastic package offers up some great notes from the group – in both German and English – and also adds in rare material too – the tracks "Bear Song", "Happy Stripes On Cats", "Ghost Guitar", and "Bear Song (alt version)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus tracks and digital booklet!)

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✨✧ Seu Jorge & AlmazSeu Jorge & Almaz ... CD
Now Again, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible music from Seu Jorge – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all of his previous records! This time around, Jorge really knocks it out of the park – by stepping away from some of his tighter styles, and going for a looser, more organic approach that's totally great – forged strongly with the cool combo Almaz, which features members of Nacao Zumbi, and bassist Antonio Pinto – the guy behind the great music in City Of God! The result is a record that's completely fresh, new territory for Jorge – but a set that also still holds onto all the best charms of his previous records too – and given that he's always seemed poised for superstardom and global crossover, it's even more incredible that he's made such a rootsy record like this! The record's filled with cool covers – all given the Almaz twist – tunes by Kraftwerk, Roy Ayers, Michael Jackson, Jorge Ben, Tim Maia, and others – completely reworked, and tuned up with spare instrumentation that's mostly guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "The Model", "Cala Boca Menino", "Girl You Move Me", "Juizo Final", "Cirandar", "Tempo De Amor", and "Rock With You". CD
(Advance promotional copy packaged in a sleeve sleeve.)

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✨✧ Lightmen Plus OneEnergy Control Center (2LP version – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Lightin/Now Again, 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cosmic jazzy genius from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen – the kind of a record that sounds like it should have come out of Detroit or Chicago in the early 70s – and not the Texas scene from which the group hailed! The Lightmen have a vibe that reminds us a lot of The Pharoahs or some of the Tribe Records collective – a willingness to mix free-thinking jazz expression with tighter grooves and funkier rhythms – stepping out in an instrumental vibe that still has plenty of funky 45 touches, but which also sits nicely alongside the most cosmic work coming out from Impulse at the time! The title cut "Energy Control Center" has an electric spacey quality that reminds us of Sun Ra at his best – and other tunes soar out with a brilliant post-Coltrane sense of freedom evident in work on saxes, flute, and piano. Titles include "Wench", "Cold Bair", "Leo", "Jupiter's Child", and "The Phantom". This amazing expanded version features loads of bonus tracks, unreleased material, singles, and the great spiritual number "All Praises To Allah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus material!)
Also available Energy Control Center (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ VariousLoving On The Flipside – Sweet Funk & Beat Heavy Ballads 1969 to 1977 ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mellow soul heaven – and one of the greatest compilations of this style we've ever heard! This is exactly the kind of laidback, tripped-out soul we totally love – a host of rare ballads and love songs pulled from the 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – sometimes by groups who are better known for funky tracks, other times by overlooked harmony groups and solo singers who rival the greatness of east coast artists like The Moments or Whatnauts! Titles include "I Don't Think I'll Ever Love Another" by Darling Dears, "Slippin Around" by Thomas East, "Since You've Been Gone" by Little Janice, "Love" by Black Conspirators, "What Am I Waiting For" by Black Exotics, "Who Do You Think You're Fooling (part 1)" by Symphonic Four, "I'll Find A True Love" by Lee Bonds, "Young Girl" by Jazzie Cazzie & The Eight Sounds, and "Is It Me You Really Love" by Black Velvet. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card – which also includes 80 page digital booklet!)

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✨✧ AmanazAfrica (with bonus download) ... LP
Now Again, 1975. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully fuzzy work from Amanaz – one of the trippiest, headiest groups of the Zamrock scene of the 70s! The guitars here are very full and present – not at a hit you over the head jamming label, but with this rich sonic element that has lots of bassy undercurrents – at a level that makes the album a head-nodding gem all the way through – poised perfectly between some of the more psyche styles of the African scene of the time, and some of the more thoughtful singer-songwriter material. The group have a quality that's surprisingly deep – very soulful, and with a subtle power that comes through strongly – thanks to a mostly-English batch of lyrics (although a few tunes here are in their native Bemba.) No cuts are all-out funky, but all have this great slow-funk sort of charm – and titles include "I Am Very Far", "Sunday Morning", "Khala My Friend", "Green Apple", "Africa", "Making The Scene", "Easy Street", "Big Enough" and "Kale". 2LP edition features both versions of the album that were released – one a heavy drums mix, the other a more fuzzy guitar mix! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ David AxelrodEarth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (with Instrumentals LP & booklet) (2018 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the environment, circa 1970 – with beautiful arrangements in the best Axelrod tradition – performed by a large group of jazz players who mixes vibes, guitars, and off-kilter reeds – augmented by a group of singers who perform some of the lyrics of the set, most of which are adapted from the Old Testament and from Navajo legends! The record's broken into two long suites – "The Warnings" and "The Signs" – and the whole thing blends together in a spacey, other-worldly mix of heavy arrangements and trippy grooves! Amazing package – includes a full bonus LP of instrumental versions, appearing here for the first time ever – plus a huge 28 page booklet of notes and images! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus instrumentals LP and 28-page booklet.)
Also available Earth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (with bonus instrumentals album) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Michael Cosmic/Phill Musra GroupPeace In The World/Creator Spaces (with bonus download) ... LP
Cosmic/Now Again, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing package – a pair of rare avant jazz albums, presented here together! The first album is Peace In The World – maybe the only album issued under the name of Michael Cosmic – but a set that's part of a key legacy with his brother, reedman Phill Musra! The set has Cosmic in very heady territory – sounds that come from his young tenure in the AACM, his brief time with Cecil Taylor, and his budding reputation on the 70s Boston scene – where the set was recorded, and almost stands as a precursor to the rich legacy of improvisational jazz that would emerge on the New England scene for decades to come! Tracks are long and very free, but have spiritual currents too – and Cosmic is mostly on piano, with Musra on soprano sax and tenor, Leonard Brown on soprano and tenor, John Jamyll Jones on bass, Huseyin Ertunc on drums, and Eric Jackson on percussion. Titles include "We Love You Malcolm X", "Peace In The World", "Sapce On Space", and "Arabia". Next is the related album Creator Spaces, by Phill Musra – recorded at the time when he was part of the very underground Boston avant scene – a world that had a slightly different vibe than music coming from Chicago, Detroit, or New York! The album's got a spiritual avant bent – soulful at the core, with lots of references to outer space as well – and an approach that feels a lot like a classic Saturn Records session by Sun Ra, both in sound and spirit! Musra plays reeds, chimes, and percussion – and the group features some incredible sax work by Michael Cosmic, who also plays a bit of organ, again in a tripped-out, Ra-type way. Huseyin Ertunc plays percussion – very free and loose, in ways that are a great balance to the more angular lines of the reeds – and tracks include "The Creator Is So Far Out", "The Creator Spaces", "Egypt", and "Arabia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000!)

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✨✧ LightmenFree As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks, booklet, & bonus download) ... LP
Judnell/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the same sort of new jazz freedom explored by artists like Horace Tapscott in LA, or the AACM in Chicago – performed by a generation of musicians who might have been more straight ahead a few years before – but who really take off here in the new energy of the post-Coltrane years! Most numbers are still pretty rhythmic, and have a unified core – but some of the performances are even more outside than you'd know from later Lightmen records – showing a strong avant jazz pedigree for the members of the group. The lineup here features a very young Ronnie Laws on alto, soprano sax, and flute – sounding quite different than his jazz fusion work of the late 70s – and in addition to Thomas on drums, other players include Doug Harris on tenor, Carl Adams on trumpet, Kenny Abair on guitar, and Joe Singleton on trombone. Titles include "Creative Music", "Free As You Wanna Be", "May 67", "Luke 23:32-49", "#109 Psychosomatic", and "Talk Visit". Plus, this 2LP version features unreleased extended mono mixes – and a great booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Free As You Wanna Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ PaternosterDie Ersten Tage (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, 1971. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A rare early moment from the legendary Austrian group Paternoster – sounds that predate their one and only cult-status album – originally created for the equally legendary film, Die Ersten Tage! The music here was never issued commercially at the time – and the release of these sounds adds a much-needed page to the slim book of Paternoster – especially since the creative flair of these songs really fleshes out our understanding of the group! As with their vocal music, most of the style here is slow, but jamming – kind of mellow prog, almost – but lighter, too – and with a moodier vibe, given the absence of lyrics – which lets the offbeat guitar parts do most of the speaking for the group. The whole thing's fragile, yet jagged – earthy, but cosmic – and the set features 30 tracks in all, appearing here on record for the first time ever! 3CD version features a bonus CD2, with 7 more film cue tracks – and CD3, which features demo versions of the songs "I Wanna Bring You Down", "Not Like You", "Paternoster", "Old Danube", "Mammoth Opus", "The Pope Is Wrong", and "Stop These Lines". CD
Also available Die Ersten Tage (with download featuring bonus tracks & film) ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Mike Nyoni & Born FreeMy Own Thing ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice rhythmic pulse that keeps things interesting – and some of the cuts pick up the rhythms a bit more, so that there's some snapping currents that make for a great contrast with his offbeat vocals and weirdly wobbly way of singing! As always with Now Again, the reissue of this material is a great lost treasure – handled perfectly, with great sound and detailed notes that really do justice to the music – on titles that include "I Don't Know", "Come Back To Me", "My Dear Girl", "Messed Day", "Mad Man", "My Own Thing", "Coming Home", "It's Only A Dream", and "Soweto". 2CD set features all three of Mike's rare albums – Born Free, I Can't Understand You, and Kawalala. CD

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✨✧ Mike Nyoni & Born FreeMy Own Thing (with booklet & download featuring bonus tracks) ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully trippy sounds from Mike Nyoni – one of the funkier talents in the Zamrock scene of the 70s – even though he also works with lots of the slight psychedelic touches of other contemporaries too! Mike's style on guitar is a bit too loose to be funk, but it's also got this nice rhythmic pulse that keeps things interesting – and some of the cuts pick up the rhythms a bit more, so that there's some snapping currents that make for a great contrast with his offbeat vocals and weirdly wobbly way of singing! As always with Now Again, the reissue of this material is a great lost treasure – handled perfectly, with great sound and detailed notes that really do justice to the music – on titles that include "I Don't Know", "Come Back To Me", "My Dear Girl", "Messed Day", "Mad Man", "My Own Thing", "Coming Home", "It's Only A Dream", and "Soweto". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 1000! Includes obi & nice booklet – plus a download bonus tracks!)
 
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GorillazNow Now (picture disc) ... LP
Parlophone, 2018. New Copy ... On April 19, 2019
A leaner, tighter, but maybe even more appealing effort from The Gorillaz – on their second LP in just over a year's time! This animated alt pop supergroup once again pays heartening respect to some of the greatest living real life human artists who did get invited to the post-millennium pop music landscape often enough, co-billing the legendary George Benson on the album opener "Humility", and the quality doesn't diminish from there, with with sweet, synthy cinematic tune after another. Other titles include "Tranz", "Hollywood" feat Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle, "Kansas", "Idaho", "Lake Zurich", "Magic City", "Fire Flies", "One Percent" and "Souk Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barbara GryfeWhat The World Needs Now (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CBC/Majik Bus (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 25.99
Sweet jazzy pop from Barbara Gryfe – a singer who not only works here on a rare album for the Canadian Broadcasting System, but who also sings a bit in Hebrew too! The production and presentation have a sweet late 60s style – a bit influenced by the Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach material on Scepter, but maybe also with some inspiration from some of the sunnier singers on the LA scene – slight soul currents in the backing, but a very blue-eyed style from Barbara overall. Titles include "People", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Who Am I", "One Child", "Colours Of The Rainbow", "What The World Needs Now", and "If I Were A Rich Girl". LP, Vinyl record album

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Oscar Perry/AscotsLet Me Grow Old With You/You're So Indifferent To Me Now ... 7-inch
Sundae Soul (Germany), 1975/1978. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Two rare deep soul tracks from the 70s – back to back on a single 45! "Let Me Grow Old" is Oscar Perry's reworking of a Lowell Fulson tune – done with a sweet electric guitar line that snakes through the track, almost in a Miami soul mode – topped with superb vocals from Perry that remind us again what an overlooked talent he is! The Ascots are wonderful on "You're So Indifferent To Me Now" – a groover with a nice midtempo stepper that snaps along in an easygoing groove – one that lets the lead set things up before the harmonies come into the mix and really keep the whole thing moving! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousHome Again Blues – Really The Postwar Blues ... LP
Mamlish, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $33.99
A killer collection of rare blues from the Mamlish label – an imprint who brings the same sort of historical sensitivity that you might now from collections on Yazoo Records! As with that company, the music here is mostly pulled from vintage 78s, and given fresh presentation for a whole new generation of blues enthusiasts – a much-needed look at some of the more obscure artists of the period – including singers on the Chicago and Detroit scenes who were really transforming the music at the time. Titles include "Lou Ella" by Baby Face Leroy, "Worried Blues" by Hot Rod Happy, "Come On Babe" by Bluesboy Bill, "1951 Blues" by Luther Huff, "Home Again Blues" by Frankie Lee Sims, "Time For My Lovin To Be Done" by Eddie Kirkland, "Come Back Sugar Mama" by LC Green, and "Wee Wee Hours" by Charles Bradix. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here with a strong sense of personality that really sets the album apart from other female disco albums of the era. One of the greatest examples of this is her stunning "Runaway Love" – which has a bad-rapping, almost Marlena Shaw-esque monologue in the middle – but other tracks are equally nice, and include "Gypsy Lady", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Broadway Gypsy Lady", "You Are You Are", and "I Feel Like Falling In Love Again". Arrangements are by Gil Askey – who also produced the set in collaboration with Curtis Mayfield! CD features the bonus tracks "Runaway Love (12" mix)", "Gypsy Lady (12" mix)", and "If My Friends Could See Me Now (12" mix)". CD

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✨✧ GorillazNow Now (with download) ... LP
Parlophone, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A leaner, tighter, but maybe even more appealing effort from The Gorillaz – on their second LP in just over a year's time! This animated alt pop supergroup once again pays heartening respect to some of the greatest living real life human artists who did get invited to the post-millennium pop music landscape often enough, co-billing the legendary George Benson on the album opener "Humility", and the quality doesn't diminish from there, with with sweet, synthy cinematic tune after another. Other titles include "Tranz", "Hollywood" feat Snoop Dogg & Jamie Principle, "Kansas", "Idaho", "Lake Zurich", "Magic City", "Fire Flies", "One Percent" and "Souk Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousHome Again Blues – Really The Postwar Blues ... LP
Mamlish, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of rare blues from the Mamlish label – an imprint who brings the same sort of historical sensitivity that you might now from collections on Yazoo Records! As with that company, the music here is mostly pulled from vintage 78s, and given fresh presentation for a whole new generation of blues enthusiasts – a much-needed look at some of the more obscure artists of the period – including singers on the Chicago and Detroit scenes who were really transforming the music at the time. Titles include "Lou Ella" by Baby Face Leroy, "Worried Blues" by Hot Rod Happy, "Come On Babe" by Bluesboy Bill, "1951 Blues" by Luther Huff, "Home Again Blues" by Frankie Lee Sims, "Time For My Lovin To Be Done" by Eddie Kirkland, "Come Back Sugar Mama" by LC Green, and "Wee Wee Hours" by Charles Bradix. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Home Again Blues – Really The Postwar Blues ... LP 33.99

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✨✧ VariousWants List 4 – The Return Of The Soulful Rare Grooves ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of mellow 70s soul – one that's even better than you might guess from the cover or title! The tracks here are all pretty rare – hence the "wants list" title – but even more than that, they're a spectacular example of the best sort of sophisticated, mature soul music that took roots in the 70s – tracks that are well put-together, but never in a slick or commercial way – and which have an approach to the groove that's nicely laidback, and quite far from both chart soul or dancefloor material. If you know the 70s work by Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, you'll find lots of material here in very similar territory – and titles include "These Memories" by Almeta Latimore, "Now That I Have You" by Tommy McGee, "It's So Real" by McArthur, "Trust In Me" by Natural High, "We Go Back A Ways" by The Impressions, "Black Cream" by Harold Wheeler, "Lightin Up" by Ty Karim, "You Got Your Hold On Me" by Mary Clark, "Don't Shut Me Out" by Bobby Wilson, "Deal With That (strings version)" by Dee Edwards, "If I Can't Have Your Love" by Jocelyn Brown, "A Love Of Your Own" by The Ebonys, "Let's Get Down To Business" by Pat Lundy, "I Don't Want To Leave You" by Debbie Taylor, "Give Him Up" by The Manhattans, and "I Want Sunday Back Again" by Maxine Weldon. CD

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✨✧ VariousWants List 4 – The Return Of The Soulful Rare Grooves ... LP
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of mellow 70s soul – one that's even better than you might guess from the cover or title! The tracks here are all pretty rare – hence the "wants list" title – but even more than that, they're a spectacular example of the best sort of sophisticated, mature soul music that took roots in the 70s – tracks that are well put-together, but never in a slick or commercial way – and which have an approach to the groove that's nicely laidback, and quite far from both chart soul or dancefloor material. If you know the 70s work by Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, you'll find lots of material here in very similar territory – and titles include "These Memories" by Almeta Latimore, "Now That I Have You" by Tommy McGee, "It's So Real" by McArthur, "Trust In Me" by Natural High, "We Go Back A Ways" by The Impressions, "Black Cream" by Harold Wheeler, "Lightin Up" by Ty Karim, "You Got Your Hold On Me" by Mary Clark, "Don't Shut Me Out" by Bobby Wilson, "Deal With That (strings version)" by Dee Edwards, "If I Can't Have Your Love" by Jocelyn Brown, "A Love Of Your Own" by The Ebonys, "Let's Get Down To Business" by Pat Lundy, "I Don't Want To Leave You" by Debbie Taylor, "Give Him Up" by The Manhattans, and "I Want Sunday Back Again" by Maxine Weldon. LP, Vinyl record album

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Chet BakerBest Thing For You ... CD
A&M, 1977/1989. Used ... $12.99
Lost material by Chet Baker – recorded for his late 70s album You Can't Go Home Again, and released in this special package after his untimely death in 1988. As with the album that did get released, there's a focus here that's a nice change from some of Baker's looser European material of later years – a sense of Chet's presence and phrasing that comes through quite strongly, and which is supported here by a sensitive group of top-shelf accompanists who include Paul Desmond, Kenny Barron, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter. The set features a great 17 minute take on "El Morro" by arranger/producer Don Sebesky – plus the tracks "Oh You Crazy Moon", "If You Could See Me Now", "The Best Thing For You", and "You've Changed". CD
(Out of print. Digipack has some wear.)

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Shirley BasseyDiamonds Are Forever - Remixes ... CD
EMI (France), 1960s/2000. Used ... $6.99
Pretty darn wonderful! We've always dug the 60s work of Shirley Bassey – and we can remember how her brassy vocals first thrilled us when we were kids sitting up to watch Goldfinger on the late show – but now the great one's majestic voice has been wonderfully remixed in a tasty batch of tracks designed to take Shirley into the next century! The set's way way better than we expected – and instead of just cutting Shirley's original tracks to bits, the remixers have been very sensitive to the original groove, adding in funky beats at just the right parts, and giving the tunes lovely flourishes like extra keyboards, funky sample riffs, and some nicely compressed instrumentation. Sure to please both fans of Shirley's classic work and lovers of recent loungecore remix projects – and solid all the way through. "Light My Fire" is remixed by Kenny Dope, "Where Do I Begin" remixed by Team, "Goldfinger" remixed by Propellerheads, "Easy Thing To Do" remixed by Nightmares On Wax, "Diamonds Are Forever" remixed by Mantronix, "Spinning Wheel" remixed by DJ Spinna, and "If You Go Away" remixed by DJ Skymoo. A wonderful way to get Shirley's old catalog going again! CD
(Out of print.)

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Build An ArkLove – Part 1 ... CD
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2009. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
A perfect title for a perfect record – especially given all the love we've felt from Build An Ark over the years! The album's a masterpiece through and through – easily the greatest statement ever from this already-amazing band – a contemporary ensemble, but one that we'd seamlessly rank right next to our righteous favorites on labels like Impulse Records, Tribe, or Strata East – with all the political power and sense of social mission those references would imply! The song titles alone will give you a great idea of the beautiful vibe behind Build An Ark – tunes like "Celebrate", "How Do We End All This Madness", "Love Is Everywhere", "World Peace Now", and "This Prayer For The Whole World" – which re-ignite the Love Supreme candle first lit by John Coltrane in the 1960s – burning brightly again in the 21st Century, and almost even more inspiring – given the youthful energy of the group. As always, mainman Carlos Nino deserves a hell of a lot of credit for getting something this great, this right – but the group is also very clearly a collective, and draws amazing energy from members who include Dwight Trible, Kamau Daaood, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Damon Aaron, Jim Lang, and others. In addition to above-mentioned titles, other tunes include "Sweet Thing", "World Music", "More Love", "In The Park", and "Play The Music". CD

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Bill Evans5 Original Albums (Explorations/Waltz For Debby/Moonbeams/Interplay/At Shelly's Manne Hole) (5CD set) ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $25.99
A great package – 5 wonderful albums from Bill Evans, all in tiny LP-styled sleeves! Explorations features the Bill Evans trio with Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – a near-perfect lineup that forever raise the bar for jazz piano expression! The title here is certainly apt – because even though many of the tunes are shortish, Evans has a sense of exploration in the way he's approaching the keys – one that still retains some of the lyrically rhythmic traces of his first few records – but which also glides forth into territory that was virtually untapped on record for the time. The revolution here is so subtle, it's easy to miss from the perspective of our generation – but give it a few listens, and the record will open up beautifully! Titles include "Israel", "Haunted Heart", "Elsa", "Nardis", and "I Wish I Knew". Waltz For Debby is an incredible album from Bill Evans – and maybe THE record you need in your collection if you're trying to understand his contribution to jazz! The album's one of Evan's first sides from the Village Vanguard – and features the legendary trio that included Scott LaFaro on bass and Paul Motian on drums – both players who could shake free from conventional rhythmic roles in a piano trio, yet who also support Evans' lyrically modal playing here beautifully! The tracks are a bit longer than Bill's studio sides from the time, allowing for even more magical interplay on the keys – and titles include "My Foolish Heart", "Waltz For Debby", "Detour Ahead", "My Romance", "Some Other Time", and "Milestones". Moonbeams is a very hip set from Bill Evans' second trio – the legendary lineup that featured Chuck Israels on bass and Paul Motian on drums! Both players bring Evans' sound to an even greater level of spaciousness – allowing for lyrical interplay that's completely amazing, and even furthers the promise of genius made by Bill on his first few albums – a bold step forward that really makes this album one of Evans' standout sets of the early 60s! Titles include an early reading of Evans' wonderful tune "Re: Person I Knew", plus "Very Early", "In Love In Vain", "Stairway To The Stars", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "If You Could See Me Now", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Polka Dots & Moonbeams". Interplay is a rare quintet outing for Evans – one that breaks the mode of the usual trio format by adding in Freddie Hubbard on trumpet and Jim Hall on guitar – alongside rhythm players Percy Heath on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums – already a unique enough match for Evans' talents! The pairing of Evans and Hall has been beautifully documented on other records – and sounds equally great here – but the real treat is Freddie Hubbard's horn, which often lays back on most of the tracks, then bursts in with a brashness that really ignites some of the tunes! Titles include "When You Wish Upon A Star", "You & The Night & The Music", "I'll Never Smile again", "You Go To My Head" and the Evans original, "Interplay". At Shelly's Manne Hole is a great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! Titles include "Blues In F", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", and "Round Midnight". CD

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4th Movement (Death)4th Movement ... CD
Tryangle/Drag City, 1980. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
Detroit proto-punk legends Death, born again as The 4th Movement – starting the 80s with a new approach and a new name – serving a higher power now, but still with the raw and heavy vibe we loved so much in their previous incarnation! If you come into this worried about such a vital band from the rock underground going Christian, you can set that aside. This is more soul punk than Christian rock, in that they're literally singing for their souls AND there's a genuine soulful quality to the vocals, raw as they can be – as was the case with Death. Realness and integrity abound! Includes "Revelations Eve", "Always At Your Door", "Seek The Life That's To Be", "The Build Up", "Life Without End", "Love And Music" and more. CD
Also available 4th Movement ... LP 11.99

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4th Movement (Death)4th Movement ... LP
Tryangle/Drag City, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 22.99
Detroit proto-punk legends Death, born again as The 4th Movement – starting the 80s with a new approach and a new name – serving a higher power now, but still with the raw and heavy vibe we loved so much in their previous incarnation! If you come into this worried about such a vital band from the rock underground going Christian, you can set that aside. This is more soul punk than Christian rock, in that they're literally singing for their souls AND there's a genuine soulful quality to the vocals, raw as they can be – as was the case with Death. Realness and integrity abound! Includes "Revelations Eve", "Always At Your Door", "Seek The Life That's To Be", "The Build Up", "Life Without End", "Love And Music" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 4th Movement ... CD 7.99

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Chuck JacksonChuck Jackson Arrives ... LP
Motown, 1968. Very Good ... $9.99
Chuck arrives at the Motown label – and already finds a fresh new sound that's different from his earlier years at Wand Records! Chuck only worked with Motown for a few short years, but his time at the label marked a big shift in his work – a move away from the more staid "Iceman" soul of the Wand recordings, and into a sound that was deeper, more expressive, and nicely mature as well. There's a growing southern soul sensibility to many of these tracks – as Chuck seems to be taking a cue from some of the better singers of the late 60s, and deepening his sound with influences brought north from Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The core sound's still prime Motown, though – with top-shelf arrangements and productions – and in a way, these recordings mark the link between Memphis and Detroit that would be explored a lot more heavily in key 70s recordings by Don Davis and other producers who skirted between the two cities' scenes. Titles include "Lonely Lonely Man Am I", "To See The Sun Again", "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", "I Can't Go On Sharing Your Love", and "Where You Gonna Run To Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with the deep groove.)

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✨✧ Hubert LawsMorning Star (remastered edition) ... CD
CTI, 1972. Used ... $8.99
One of the most sublime Hubert Laws albums for CTI – a set that features his incredibly soulful flute work floating over these beautiful large arrangements by Don Sebesky – all ticked by some sweet electric piano from Bob James! The sound is perfect – that balance of soul and sophistication that really made CTI a groundbreaking label at this point – and which made it a perfect place for a hip artist like Hubert to really hit his stride! And in fact, Laws may not have ever hit this height again – as even though later albums are all still pretty great, and plenty soulful, this set's got an extra something special that we never tire of hearing! Titles include "No More", "Morning Star", "Let Her Go", and "What Do You Think Of This World Now?" CD

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Peggy LeeMirrors ... LP
A&M, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
An incredible album from Peggy Lee – baroquely beautiful, in a way that builds massively off of her "Is That All There Is Period" – and take her into territory that's almost equal to Lotte Lenya! The whole album was written by the team of Lieber & Stoller, in a sad, boozy, faded style that's quite different than any of their earlier pop hits – and arrangements by Johnny Mandel and Perry Botkin are handled in a style that goes more for the emotive depths than the poppy hooks – really allowing Peggy to sing in a mature style that really befits her voice at the time. The record's incredibly dark – and is the kind that probably killed her career at the time, but which now stands above most other other records of the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Some Cats Know", "Ready To Begin Again", "A Little White Ship", "Tango", "Say It", and "I Remember". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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LTDSomething To Love/Togetherness/Devotion/Shine On ... CD
A&M/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99
4 classic records from LTD on 2CDs! Something To Love is a great little groover with arrangements by Philly Soul maestro Bobby Martin – who mixes together funk, club grooves, and smooth soul. Jeffrey Osborne's vocals really shine on this one, too! Osborne's emerging strongly in the mellow soul mode on Togetherness, too – especially on the album's two great ballad cuts, "Concentrate On You" and "We Both Deserve Each Other". Devotion is one of LTD's biggest from the 70s – a sweet mix of mellow soul and boogie. Shine On features more solid boogie sounds – with the group still grooving beautifully in their best late 70s mode at the cusp of the next decade! 37 tracks on a 2CD set that compiles their last few years of the 70s! "Back In Love Again", "Stay With Me", "We Party Hearty", "Material Things", "Age Of The Showdown", "Stranger", "Share My Love", "Say That You'll Be Mine", "One On One", and "Dance N Sing N", "You Gave Me Love", "Lovers Everywhere", "Holding On", "Jam", "Don't Stop Loving Me Now", and "Let's All Live & Give Together", "Don'tcha Know", "Shine On", "Where Did We Go Wrong", "Getaway", "Lady Love" and more. CD

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Jemeel MoondocAstral Revelations – Live At Bimhuis ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A recent live performance from underground alto genius Jemeel Moondoc – but, like all of his albums in recent decades, a set that feels much more like a lost 70s classic overall! Tracks are long, spiritual, and beautifully building – with a perfect quartet that features Matthew Shipp on piano, Hilliard Greene on bass, and Newman Taylor Baker on drums – flowing openly, with almost a loft jazz sort of vibe – and that never-ending sense of soulful creativity that always comes from Moondoc's horn with ease. Shipp is wonderful too – very much part of the group, and in that almost-reborn style that's had us falling in love with him all over again in recent years. Titles include "Here Now Gone Now", "Ornette Gone Bye", "Blues For Katie", and "Cosmic Nickelodeon". CD

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MudhoneyFive Dollar Bob's Mock Cooter Stew EP ... LP
Reprise, 1993. Sealed ... $11.99
Titles include "No Song III", "Between Me & You Kid", "Six Two One", "Underide", "Deception Pass", "Make It Now Again", and "In The Blood". LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior MurvinPolice & Thieves (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mango/4 Men With Beards, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 23.99
The all time classic from Junior Murvin – as essential as any late 70s reggae! Production-wise, Police And Thieves is among Scratch's finest moments, from the most monumental period in Perry's career, during the height of the Black Ark. The title track needs no introduction from us, and the rest of the record is solid, funky roots rock, at a level Murvin would not match again in his career. His sweet falsetto is draped in the dense, murky production that carved a niche in history for Perry. Tracks like "Roots Train" and "False Teaching" are the embodiment of crucial, and the album is filled with other great cuts like the now classic title track, "Rescue Jah Children", "Tedious", "Easy Task" and "I Was Appointed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Natural FourNatural Four ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Sweeeeet soul from the 70s! The Natural Four were one of the greatest soul harmony groups of the 70's – and their work on the Curtom label has an amazing "rough with the smooth" quality that really sets them apart from east coast groups of the time! Part of the strength of the set has to do with Leroy Hutson – who arranged and produced the whole album, and gives it a superdope quality that makes it stand proudly with the best work on Curtom Records of the time. The sound is full and polished, yet also honest, earnest, and personal – in that great mix of moods that Hutson and Curtis Mayfield could bring to their own work of the time. The whole set's a classic, and titles include "Try Love Again", "You Bring Out The Best In Me", "Can This Be Real?", "This is What's Happening Now", and "Things Will Be Better Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and minor splitting.)

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Nicolay & The Hot NightsGlaciers ... LP
Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 19.98
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a primarily production-driven style into an inspired band leader – whether it's the progressive hip hop soul he plays with Foreign Exchange or the charged funky fusion here. The Hot At Nights are great on this set, with a vibe that reaches back to 70s electric jazz funk, to searing Prince-like electric guitar, to airier sounds. Includes "Now The Coast Is Clear", "Tell Me Something New", "Of Days Gone By", "Pioneer 11", "The Current", "Behind Your Door", "Saturn", "Victory Of The People" and "To See You Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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Otis ReddingDock Of The Bay – Sessions ... CD
Atlantic/Volt, 1967. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A great re-imagining of the final moments of the too-short career of the mighty Otis Redding – a set that puts together an album based around his huge posthumous hit "Dock Of The Bay" – and releases the album as if Otis hadn't died at the end of 1967! As is now legend, Redding passed away all too soon, but had left behind some killer material that was not yet released by Stax Records – including "Dock Of The Bay", plus lots of other gems that Atlantic then issued on a variety of different albums in years to come. This set brings back all those cuts in one full length set – showing what should have happened if the final recordings of November/December 1967 were released as an album – right down to liner notes that point the way forward, not mourn Redding's recent passing. All cuts have been issued before, but sound great in this setting – which is very different than the original Dock Of The Bay album from 1968. Titles include "Champagne & Wine", "Love Man", "Direct Me", "The Happy Song", "Think About It", "Hard To Handle", "Dock Of The Bay", "I've Got Dreams To Remember", "Pounds & Hundreds", "I'm A Changed Man", "Gone Again", and "Amen". CD

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Jack ScottJack Scott On Groove ... CD
Groove/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
A great later chapter in the career of Jack Scott – one of the best of the never-hit rockers of the late 50s, still going strong here on this set of recordings for RCA's Groove label in the mid 60s! Although most others had changed their styles by the time, Jack still held strongly onto all the things that made early rockabilly great – a heavy dose of country twang, plenty of romping rhythms, and the kind of deep-toned vocals that should have made Scott a superstar – had anyone ever given him a chance! Yet that obscurity is what also makes these tracks so great – superb rockers with an effortless blend of raw indie energy and bigger label production – 20 tracks that include "Don't Hush The Laughter", "There's Trouble Brewin", "Blue Skies Movin In On Me", "Flakey John", "Tall Tales", "Separation's Now Granted", "Gone Again", and "I Hope I Think I Wish". CD

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ShakatakOut Of This World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Secret (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Plenty of sweet keyboards here, and a groove that's almost ahead of its time – a real precursor to some of the more sophisticated jazzy soul of the later part of the decade – handled here with great early 80s flair by the mighty Shakatak! The group almost sound like an early inspiration for Incognito at this point – and given their UK origins, and the style of music that Bluey himself was making at the time, the reference is a surprisingly good one – especially considering the way this record loves to wrap female vocals around jazzy instrumentation! Vocals are by Gill Saward, Tracey Ackerman, and Norma Lewis – and titles include "Dark Is The Night", "Slip Away", "Don't Say That Again", "Out Of This World", "If You Could See Me Now", and "Sanur". CD features bonus tracks – "I Lose Myself (rmx)", "Dark Is The Night (Steve Mac mix)", "Out Of This World (Steve Mac mix)", "Dark Is The Night (7" mix)", and "Out Of This World (7" mix)". CD

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✨✧ Benny SoebardjaLizard Years (Lizard/Gimme A Piece Of Gut Rock/Night Train) (2CDs plus booklet) (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Strawberry Rain, Mid/Late 70s. Used 2CD Gatefold ... $8.99
The collected mid 70s psych/prog/funk rock of Benny Soebardja – a beacon from the Indonesian scene and for underground rock the world over – with nearly all of the material from his 3 great albums with his Lizard group! The Lizard Years is made up of tracks from the albums Lizard, Gut Rock and Night Train LPs – at a time when Benny was veteran of the regional scene with the groups Giant Step, The Peels and Shark Move – stepping out front and backed by an incredible group of musicians going by the name Lizard. The music is tripped out, though accessible – with guitars ranging from proggy to funky, spacey keys and quite a bit of flute – nicely sung by Benny, in English, and with a really unique vibe that sweeps you right in! We were introduced to Benny's style of this period via Now Again's Those Shocking, Shaking Days comp – and it's great to have such a sprawling collection here – complete with a great booklet that puts it all in perspective. 30 tracks on 2CDs: "18 Years Old", "Come Closer", "Crime", "In 1965", "Sunny Day", "Cynthia", "Candle Light", "The Advantage Of Music In Me", "Circle Of Love", "The End Of The World", "Someday", "I'm Still In Luv Wit Ya'", "Gut Rock", "Night Train", "Stroll On", "Talked About My Girl", "Woman Of Desire", "Struggle For Life", "A Signal From Outer Space" and more. CD

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanGeorge Gershwin Songbook Vol 1 ... CD
EmArcy, 1950s. Used ... $3.99
One of the fuller-sounding albums recorded by Sarah Vaughan for Emarcy in the 50s – a set of George Gershwin numbers, mostly set to large studio backings directed by Hal Mooney! The lush approach is a nice one for Vaughan, and an early hint of her talents in such a setting – one that makes for sophisticated sounds and phrasing that really sets her apart from the pack! Jimmy Jones plays piano on most numbers, and titles include "Embraceable You", "They All Laughed", "Soon", "My Man's Gone Now", "Do It Again", "Love Walked In", "He Loves & She Loves", "Looking For A Boy", and "They All Laughed". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBlue Break Beats 2 ... CD
Blue Note, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
A really wonderful collection of grooves that first came to light in the 90s – one that had the Blue Note label digging back in their catalog and completely re-thinking their approach to reissues – given the new popularity of jazz in the hip hop sample world! As you'd guess from the title, the music here is very strongly oriented in the mode of "breaks", or tracks that were sampled for later hip hop and club recordings – classic jazz tunes from the glory days of Blue Note that have gone onto live again, thanks to the keen ears and inventive work of more contemporary DJs and producers. After all these years, The Blue Breakbeats series still stands as one of the best illustrations of the funkier side of the label – and titles on this second volume include "Orange Peel" by Reuben Wilson, "Higga Boom" by Gene Harris, "Jasper Country Man" by Bobby Humphrey, "Good Humor Man" by Blue Mitchell, "Ain't It Funky Now" by Grant Green, "The Kumquat Kids" by Eddie Henderson, "The Phantom" by Duke Pearson, "Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith, "Ummh" by Bobby Hutcherson, "The Worm" by Jimmy McGriff, "The Caterpiller" by Lou Donaldson, "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson, "Beale Street" by Donald Byrd, "Viva Tirado" by Gerald Wilson, and "Street Lady" by Donald Byrd. CD
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VariousJames Brown's Funky People Part 1 ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
Part 1 of the legendary compilation series of James Brown Productions for his own People Records imprint – with monster tracks by The JBs, Lyn Collins, and Maceo! Now a long-established treasure trove of stone classic funky soul, it's easy to forget that the deeper legacy of the People Records roster was pretty well overshadowed by James Brown's pivotal figure for quite a few years before this hugely necessary series. It was a sampler's dream in the 80s, and it's still a listener's dream – and a vital overview of once overlooked gems! Tracks include "Same Beat" by the Fred Wesley & The JBs, "Parrty" by Maceo & The Macks, "If You Don't Get It The First Time" by Fred Wesley & The JBs, "Take Me Just As I Am" by Lyn Collins, "Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again" by Lyn Collins, "Hot Pants Road" by The JBs, "Mama Feelgood" by Lyn Collins, "Think" by Lyn Collins, and "Gimme Some More" by The JBs! CD
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VariousMovements Vol 2 – 15 Deep Funk Pearls Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $1.99
A second turn in the Movements series on the Perfect Toy label – some of the most blazingly funky 45s you'll hear – put together by the Tobias Kirmayer of Tramp Records! Once again we're floored by how great all of this stuff sounds – some of the deepest, tightest funk material we've ever heard – with snapping drums, perfectly timed horn blasts – and some hard psychedelic soul touches of organ and wailing vocals – while never falling short of unfailingly funky! 15 great tracks: "If It Feels Good" by Phil Flowers, "There's A Wrinkle In Our Time" by 1984, "Don't Chain My Soul" by Carlton Basco, "My Mind Set Me Free Pt 1" by House Guests, "Now Is The Time" by Sisters Love, "Southern Fried Chicken Pts 1 & 2" by Bill Thomas & The Fendells, "Warm Daddy's Choice" by River Front Band, "Bring Out Yourself" by Emperors Soul 69, "Bahama Soul Stew" by Funky Nassau, "Motherless Child" by Harmonica Paul, "Arabian Funk" by Ray Anthony and more! CD

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VariousShaolin Soul Episode 4 – Everybody's Talking About The Good Ol Days ... CD
Because (France), Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
It's Wu-Tang's world, and we just live in it – as we're reminded again by this great series of older funky cuts sampled by the group! As with other volumes, most of these numbers emerged at some point or another in Wu-Tang and related productions – but this set presents the full original songs, unmixed – a pretty damn great blend of 70s funky soul on its own, even if you've never had an ear for hip hop! Artists are a great mix of soul stars and underground legends – and titles include "What The World Needs Now" by Carla Thomas, "I Get High" by Freda Payne, "Get Myself High" by The Dynamics, "That's All Right With Me" by Esther Phillips, "Intimate Friends" by Eddie Kendricks, "Ain't Got The Love Of One Girl" by The Ambassadors, "Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do" by Betty Wright, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "I'm Your Mechanical Man" by Jerry Butler, "Have Mercy On Me" by East St Louis Gospelettes, "Here I Go Again" by Jean Plum, "Let's Do It Again" by Staple Singers, "Only One Can Win" by The Sylvers, "Don't Make The Good Girls Go Bad" by Della Humphrey, "Dead" by Carolyn Sullivan, "Trouble" by Brenton Wood, "Float On (single edit)" by Floaters, "I Wish You Were Here" by Al Green, and "A Good Man Is Gone" by Monk Higgins & Alex Brown. CD

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✨✧ VariousSound Of Philadelphia – Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1970s. Used ... $6.99
A sweet little set of classic 70s Philly – one of the best collections of work by the team of Gamble & Huff we've ever seen! There's nothing too obscure or offbeat here – and instead, the collection focuses mostly on the massive crossover tracks produced by the pair back in the day – the landmark soul that not only redefined the sound of Philly, but also the 70s as well! And while most of this material has been on the market often over the years, it's still pretty darn nice to see it all clustered together in one place. Most titles are the full-length album versions – and the CD features 14 tracks that include "Me & Mrs Jones" by Billy Paul, "When Will I See You Again" by Three Degrees, "TSOP" by MFSB, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice, "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders, "Use Ta Be My Girl" by The O'Jays, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls, "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "Love Train" by The O'Jays, "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead, "Close The Door" by Teddy Pendergrass, and "If You Only Knew" by Patti LaBelle. CD
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✨✧ David BowieBlackstar ... CD
ISO/Columbia, 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David Bowie's late career peak arrived just days before he left us! The preceding record The Next Day was a solid reminder of Bowie at his fuzz guitar-graced 70s best, while still standing firm in the here-and-now, yet we still sort of wished for more creatively daring work. Here it is! Once again, Bowie co-produces with Tony Visconti, but it's clear from the start that they're going for something deeper and more complex. Chilling bits of strings, keyboards and sputtering beats begin the epic title track, before Bowie's voice comes in like a spirtual guide – approaching Scott Walker territory here – augmented by sax and other cool touches. It's an amazing start to an unpredictable set of songs, each as hypnotic as the one before. The stranger vibe of the opener comes in and out as the album plays on, but there's some fuzzier and heavier bits, too – on songs that are enigmatic and anthemic, arty and accessible. Incredible! Other titles include '"Tis A Pity, She Was A Whore", "Lazarus", "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)", "Girl Loves Me", "Dollar Days" and "I Can't Give Everything Away". CD

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✨✧ Red GarlandGroovy (20 bit remaster) ... CD
Prestige, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Long tracks and plenty of room to move around – a perfect setting for the classic sound of the Red Garland Trio on Prestige! Despite the title, the album's not so much groovy as it is lyrically beautiful and filled with sensitivity – a key bridge between piano players of the mainstream in the years before Garland, and some of the bigger, bolder names that would rise up during the 60s soul jazz years. Rhythm is by Paul Chambers on bass and Art Taylor on drums – and the longer tracks give Chambers plenty of room to express his unique talents on the bass. Titles include "Gone Again", "Hey Now", "Will You Still Be Mine", "What Can I Say Dear", and "C-Jam Blues". CD
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✨✧ Frank SinatraSwingin Affair (plus bonus track) ... CD
Capitol, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Swingin Affair indeed – as the album's one of our favorite ever from Frank's Capitol years! Nelson Riddle shows here that he can be just as great on the uptempo numbers as he is on the ballads – and casts Sinatra's full rich vocals into a great set of older swinging tunes. Frank really breathes new life into these standards – completely transforming them and making them his own – and in the process making us love tunes that we never thought we'd care for! Titles include "Oh Look At Me Now", "At Long Last Love", "From This Moment On", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Night & Day" – plus the bonus track "The Lady Is A Tramp". CD

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✨✧ Grady TateAfter The Long Drive Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily our favorite album ever by Grady Tate – a complex suite of tracks about adult love, loss, and redemption – put together with a focus and clarity that even surpasses his classic Windmills Of My Mind record! The whole thing was arranged and conducted by Harold Wheeler – who sets Grady up in a batch of tunes that are easily some of the best from that late 60s era when writers like Burt Bacharach and Jimmy Webb had inspired countless others to spin mature tales of human interaction – in a style that's far from pop, and beautifully mature all the way through. If you've always dug the tune "Sack Full Of Dreams" from Tate's Windmills album, this whole set is done in a similar mode – with cuts that include "I'll Try Again", "I Can Deliver", "Follow The Path", "Bridges", and "There's Nothing Between Us Now" – as well as the completely sublime title track! CD

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✨✧ VariousBirth Of The Cool Funk Vol 2 – Vintage Jams & Serious Grooves ... CD
Laser Light/Groove Merchant, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty selection of rare funky jazz from the Groove Merchant, Solid State, and LC labels! Despite the low price of this set, the selection's actually quite good – and the CD includes a number of sought-after gems that we don't see that often on vinyl. Titles include "Walk A Soul Mile" by Johnny Lytle, "First Come, First Served" by Ramon Morris, "Bad Bad Simba" by O'Donel Levy, "Tapioca" by Jimmy McGriff, "Ain't It Funky Now" by Jimmy McGriff, "Snowblower" by B.Baker Chocolate Company, and "Caught You Lying Again" by Joe Thomas. CD
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✨✧ VariousShaolin Soul Episode 4 – Everybody's Talking About The Good Ol Days (with bonus CD) ... LP
Because (France), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's Wu-Tang's world, and we just live in it – as we're reminded again by this great series of older funky cuts sampled by the group! As with other volumes, most of these numbers emerged at some point or another in Wu-Tang and related productions – but this set presents the full original songs, unmixed – a pretty damn great blend of 70s funky soul on its own, even if you've never had an ear for hip hop! Artists are a great mix of soul stars and underground legends – and titles include "What The World Needs Now" by Carla Thomas, "I Get High" by Freda Payne, "Get Myself High" by The Dynamics, "That's All Right With Me" by Esther Phillips, "Intimate Friends" by Eddie Kendricks, "Ain't Got The Love Of One Girl" by The Ambassadors, "Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do" by Betty Wright, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "I'm Your Mechanical Man" by Jerry Butler, "Have Mercy On Me" by East St Louis Gospelettes, "Here I Go Again" by Jean Plum, "Let's Do It Again" by Staple Singers, "Only One Can Win" by The Sylvers, "Don't Make The Good Girls Go Bad" by Della Humphrey, "Dead" by Carolyn Sullivan, "Trouble" by Brenton Wood, "Float On (single edit)" by Floaters, "I Wish You Were Here" by Al Green, and "A Good Man Is Gone" by Monk Higgins & Alex Brown. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shaolin Soul Episode 4 – Everybody's Talking About The Good Ol Days ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Hubert LawsMorning Star/Carnegie Hall/Chicago Theme ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of CTI classics from reedman Hubert Laws! First up is Morning Star – one of the most sublime Hubert Laws albums for CTI – a set that features his incredibly soulful flute work floating over these beautiful large arrangements by Don Sebesky – all ticked by some sweet electric piano from Bob James! The sound is perfect – that balance of soul and sophistication that really made CTI a groundbreaking label at this point – and which made it a perfect place for a hip artist like Hubert to really hit his stride! And in fact, Laws may not have ever hit this height again – as even though later albums are all still pretty great, and plenty soulful, this set's got an extra something special that we never tire of hearing! Titles include "No More", "Morning Star", "Let Her Go", and "What Do You Think Of This World Now?". The next album features maybe some of the coolest music ever recorded at Carnegie Hall – a wonderful venue that's perfect for the blend of soul and space of the CTI Records years of Hubert Laws! Laws' lead lines on flute really stretch out beautifully in the setting – given ample room to roam amidst a lineup that features Dave Friedman on vibes, Ron Carter on bass, and Bob James on piano and electric piano – all on tracks that have the same open, breathy quality as Hubert's sublime Afro Classic album. Like that set, there's a subtle dose of funk in the mix, but more focus on an airier mode up top – stretched out beautifully over a medley of Chick Corea's "Windows" and "Fire & Rain" – and on a 20 minute take of "Passacaglia In C Minor". Chicago Theme is one of Hubert Laws' funkiest records for CTI – recorded with a full group funky style that's plenty darn great, and a lot harder-hitting than some of Hubert's more laidback sessions for the label! Arrangements are by Bob James and Laws – working here with a large batch of players who come together beautifully, almost in the style of a funky 70s cop show soundtrack! James plays keyboards, and other players include George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, Don Grolnick, and Ron Carter – on titles that include James' own "Chicago Theme", a great cover of "Midnight At The Oasis" with wonderful drums from Steve Gadd, who also kicks it nice and large on Laws' own "I Had A Dream". Other tracks include "Going Home", "I Had A Dream", and "Inflation Chaser". CD

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✨✧ VariousBlue Break Beats – Vols 1 to 3 – The Jazz Break Beats That Made Hip Hop Hits (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A special package that brings together the first three volumes in this landmark series – one that had the Blue Note label digging back in their catalog and completely re-thinking their approach to reissues – given the new popularity of jazz in the hip hop sample world! As you'd guess from the title, the music here is very strongly oriented in the mode of "breaks", or tracks that were sampled for later hip hop and club recordings – classic jazz tunes from the glory days of Blue Note that have gone onto live again, thanks to the keen ears and inventive work of more contemporary DJs and producers. After all these years, The Blue Breakbeats series still stands as one of the best illustrations of the funkier side of the label – and titles include "Blue Juice" by Jimmy McGriff, "Groovin For Mr G" by Richard Groove Holmes, "Street Lady" by Donald Byrd, "Jasper Country Man" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Higga Boom" by Gene Harris, "Walk Tall" by Cannonball Adderley, "Howlin For Judy" by Jeremy Steig, "Sho Nuff Mellow" by Rueben Wilson, "Ode To Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson, "Don't Call Me N*gger Whitey" by Gene Harris, "Mystic Brew" by Ronnie Foster, "Ground Hog" by Duke Pearson, "Ummh" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Ain't It Funky Now" by Grant Green, "Your Love Is Just Too Much" by Gene Harris, "Kudu" by Eddie Henderson, "The Weasil" by Donald Byrd, "It's Your Thing" by Lou Donaldson, "The Worm" by Jimmy McGriff, "Orange Peel" by Reuben Wilson, "The Kumquat Kids" by Eddie Henderson, "Good Humor Man" by Blue Mitchell, "Viva Tirado" by Gerald Wilson, "Turtle Walk" by Lou Donaldson, "Final Comedown" by Grant Green, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Joe Williams, "You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Lou Rawls, and "Oliloqui Valley" by Herbie Hancock. CD

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✨✧ Nicolay & The Hot NightsGlaciers ... CD
Foreign Exchange, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from a primarily production-driven style into an inspired band leader – whether it's the progressive hip hop soul he plays with Foreign Exchange or the charged funky fusion here. The Hot At Nights are great on this set, with a vibe that reaches back to 70s electric jazz funk, to searing Prince-like electric guitar, to airier sounds. Includes "Now The Coast Is Clear", "Tell Me Something New", "Of Days Gone By", "Pioneer 11", "The Current", "Behind Your Door", "Saturn", "Victory Of The People" and "To See You Again". CD
Also available Glaciers ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Alan PriceTwice The Price – The Decca Recordings (Price To Pay/Price On His Head/singles) (3CD set) ... CD
Decca/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from Alan Price – a singer who first got his start in The Animals, but quickly burst forth as a solo act on his own – working in an equally great mix of jazz, blues, and soul! Price is a hell of a talent – and one that was never as strongly recognized on our shores – and like his contemporary Georgie Fame, he also is a crack pianist and organ player – both instruments he uses strongly to accompany the gritty grooves on this set. And in fact, if you like Georgie Fame's 60s recordings, you'll find a lot here to love too – no surprise that the two artists later teamed up together – and the package features both of Alan's albums for Decca, plus a whopping 19 more singles that may well represent the best of the bunch – all tracks that didn't appear on the albums. 44 tracks in all – with titles that include "Love Story", "Tappy Tortoise", "Never Be Sick On A Sunday", "Any Day Now", "Tickle Me", "Who Cares", "The Time Has Come", "The Trimdon Grange Explosion", "Come & Dance With Me", "So Long Dad", "Don't Do That Again", "The House That Jack Built", "Goin Down Slow", and "Move On Drifter". CD

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✨✧ VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 5 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge amount of great work from the FTG label – one of the most trustworthy soul reissues on the CD market! FTG has reissued lots of 70s and 80s classics over the past decade or so, often with lots of bonus tracks – a fair bit of which are included here, as many selections are remixes or singles, and lots more are reissued from the new versions on their CDs! This volume features a massive 46 tracks – a great deal at this price – and titles include "Love Train (ext)" by The O'Jays, "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "No Limit (ext)" by Breakwater, "I Don't Know If It's Right (12" disco)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Going Back To My Roots (single)" by Odyssey, "The Sweetest Pain" by Dexter Wansel, "Strut Your Funky Stuff (UK 12" rmx)" by Frantique, "You Know How To Love Me (edit)" by Phyllis Hyman, "This Is It (12" mix)" by Dan Hartman, "Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis, "Break Your Promise" by The Delfonics, "Stir It Up (single)" by Johnny Nash, "Disco Lady (single)" by Johnny Taylor, "Free (single)" by Denice Williams, "Let's Try Again (ext)" by Surface, "Go On & Cry (7" edit)" by Bloodstone, "Who's Getting It Now (12" version)" by Chocolate Milk, "Can You Feel My Love" by Khemistry, "Get Loose (12" mix)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Keep It Coming" by The Jones Girls, and "Can I Be With You Tonight (12" mix)" by Steven & Sterling. CD

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✨✧ VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 6 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The vaults are open again, and the folks at FTG have done another amazing job of pulling together rare soul tracks from their massive catalog of reissues! FTG focus here mostly on vintage Sony/RCA material – and the 3CD package features a great mix of 70s and 80s soul – tunes that include a fair bit of classics from back in the day – some of which were hits, some that were only appreciated even more strongly in later years! 3CD set features 39 tracks in all – and titles include "I Love Music (Tom Moulton mix)" by The O'Jays, "Get Away (12" version)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Zulu (12" version)" by The Quick, "On Target (12" mix)" by Jones Girls, "Groovin You (7" mix)" by Harvey Mason, "Lay It On Me" by Heatwave, "Dancin" by Grey & Hanks, "I'm In Love (single)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Love Zone (ext)" by Billy Ocean, "Buttercup (rmx)" by Carl Anderson, "Finesse (rmx)" by Glenn Jones, "We Go A Long Way Back (12" mix)" by Bloodstone, "Penny For Your Thoughts (single)" by Tavares, "COD" by Mtume, "Nothing Like A Slow Dance" by Skool Boyz, "Programmed For Love (12" ext)" by Roy Ayers, "It's Over Now (special version)" by Luther Vandross, "Sanctified Lady (ext)" by Marvin Gaye, "Stop To Love (special version)" by Luther Vandross, "Jack Your Body (club your body)" by JM Silk, "So Many Tears (cool mix)" by Regina Belle, "Cry Of The Lonely (club house mix)" by JM Silk, "Happy (12" rmx)" by Surface, and "Star Search (Shep Pettibone mix)" by Mico Wave. CD

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Aaron AbernathyDialogue ... LP
Aaron Abernathy, 2017. New Copy ... $21.99
Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, produced, and arranged the whole set – but what's most important is his voice – this kind of crackling sound that demands attention, and which really has the kind of urgency to fit the lyrics of his songs – which again, maybe feel even more his own than before! Instrumentation is nice and lean – often strong on drums from the man himself, plus a bit of keyboards – augmented by some extra bass and percussion, but kept with this sharp focus that really matches the needs of the tunes. Abernathy's the kind of soul singer who should be huge – if there was any justice in the world – and we're hoping this second set is really the start of a path to greatness. Titles include "Children Of The City", "Human Action Matters", "Generation", "Restrictions", "Now A Days", "The Villain In Me", and "Daily Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Buffalo SpringfieldWhat's That Sound – Complete Albums Collection (Buffalo Springfield/Buffalo Springfield Again/Last Time Around/stereo & mono) (5CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $35.99 39.98
The complete albums of Buffalo Springfield – two of which are presented here in mono and stereo mixes, all supervised by Neil Young himself! First up is the self-titled Buffalo Springfield – a warmly collaborative record that would set the scene for countless work to come from the LA scene! Right from the start, there's something special going on here – a bit of the twang the Byrds were exploring at the time, and a very strong move past any sort of folk tendencies any of the group members might have had a few years before – but all without going into some of the too-sunny styles that were peaking in west coast pop. Instead, there's this current of darkness and subtle wit that really shines through – all without any psychedelic indulgence, and balanced perfectly amidst the guitars of Steven Stills, Richie Furay, and Neil Young – each of whom get a chance to sing on the record too. Bassist Bruce Palmer and drummer Dewey Martin complete the group – and titles include the classic "For What It's Worth" – plus "Nowadays Clancy Can't", "Leave", "Pay The Price", "Burned", "Do I Have To Come Right Out & Say It", and "Everybody's Wrong". Next is Buffalo Springfield Again – a record that's way more than just "again" – that is, a recap of the first Buffalo Springfield classic – as the set not only has the group really exploding forward, but also the individual members taking these strong steps on their own that really point towards their big legacies to follow! Neil Young grabs us with darkness on the first tune, Richie Furay warms us with some country strains on the next, and Stephen Stills moves into a space that's very much his own on the next – yet throughout it all, the record has this sense of unity that really holds up over the years – giving us depth that makes the whole thing an amazing listen time and time again. There's some key help along the way – a bit of piano from Don Randi, electric piano from Jack Nitzsche, and even some recording help from Jim Messina – all furthering the warmth of the group's approach. Titles include "Mr Soul", "Sad Memory", "Hung Upside Down", "Good Time Boy", "Rock & Roll Woman", "Broken Arrow", "A Child's Claim To Fame", and "Expecting To Fly". Last up is Last Time Around – not just the last by Buffalo Springfield, it also really shows the key members striving for a solo voice of their own! The set was released after Buffalo Springfield had already broken up, and a number of the tracks within are near-solo projects handled by Neil Young, Richie Furay, and Stephen Stills – although there's also some of those great duets that really have the group spirit shining so strongly. Jim Messina produced, and really makes sense of the material together as a whole – on titles that include "It's So Hard To Wait", "Four Days Gone", "Carefree Country Day", "Special Care", "The Hour Of Not Quite Rain", "Questions", "I Am A Child", "On The Way Home", and "Kind Woman". 5CD package features new remastering right from the original tapes, supervised by Neil Young – and the mono version of the first album is different from the stereo, which has one less track! Also features mono and stereo versions of Buffalo Springfield again – and all albums come in original mini LP sleeves. CD

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Charmells/LV JohnsonI've Done It Again/Seeing Is Believing ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A beautiful tune from The Charmells – one of the lesser-known acts on Stax/Volt in the 60s – but also one of the best! The girls have fantastic harmonies on "I've Done It Again" – a slow-stepping number that has a nicely jazzy flourish at times – quite different than the usual Memphis group soul mode! There's also a slightly jazzy flute on "Seeing Is Believing" – which does a great job of working alongside the strings to bring a more lyrical energy to the tune next to the deep soul lead of the great LV Johnson! Both slow burners – in the best way possible! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Alice DarrI Only Know How To Cry – Music For Lovers & Losers ... LP
Charlie Parker, 1962. Near Mint- ... $59.99
One of the most obscure albums on the Charlie Parker label – moody vocals from Alice Darr, with just the guitar of Mundell Lowe and bass of George Duvivier for accompaniment! The set includes a number of original and unusual tunes – titles that include "Try Try Again", "The Lost & The Lonely", "Yes He's Gone", "I Only Know How To Cry", "Leave Me Alone", and "It's A Lonely World". LP, Vinyl record album
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Four Brothers (Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, etc)Together Again ... LP
Vik, 1957. Very Good- ... $11.99
How many different iterations of the "Four Brothers" were there? We don't know, but as near as we can tell, this grouping might most resemble the "original", with four West coast heavies joining forces for a swinging side. Originally making up the sax section of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Herbie Steward and Serge Chaloff are the brothers, and they're joined by fellow Herman alum Buddy Jones, plus Elliot Lawrence and Don Lamond in the rhythm section on this side for Vik. As you'd expect, the numbers are all West coast gems, by the likes of Cohn, Sims, Jimmy Giuffre, Gerry Mulligan and Manny Albam amongst others, and featuring the brothers blowing in a remarkably spry manner for such a heavyweight lineup. 10 tracks in all: "Four And One More", "So Blue", "The Swinging Door", 'Four In Hand", "A Quick One", 'Four Brothers", "Ten Years Later", "The Pretty One", "Aged In Wood" and "Here We Go Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Vik pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, a partially split spine, some wear, and aging.)

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✨✧ Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors, & Barry AltschulAround Again – The Music Of Carla Bley ... CD
Tum (Finland), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A trio take on the music of Carla Bley – and a record that takes us back to a time when Bley's compositions were showing up in the repertoire of the hippest trios of the 60s – long before she ever got the chance to make bigger records on her own! That sense of openness that Bley brought to jazz is perfectly captured here – and very evenly balanced between the piano of Iro Haarla, the bass of Ulf Krokfors, and drums of Barry Altschul – the last of whom is maybe more part of Bley's generation, but somehow feels even more youthful here! Haarla's got maybe a sharper approach on the piano than some of Bley's interpreters in years past – but also knows when to lay back and let the bass and drums emerge a bit more too – on titles that include "Ida Lupino", "Closer", "Batterie", "King Korn", "Intermission Music", "Around Again", "Start", and "Jesus Maria". CD

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✨✧ Mike CooperOh Really/Do I Know You/Trout Steel/Places I Know/Machine Gun Co (plus bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Dawn/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing legacy in music from Mike Cooper – a British musician who started out in the world of folk blues, but never ended up moving towards some of the rockish modes of his contemporaries – instead finding his very own sort of special space in the freedom allowed by the Dawn Records label! The set begins with the very spare Oh Really – a set that has Mike Cooper mostly on guitar and vocals, in a style that's part Piedmont, part Delta blues – but also given a more folksy spin, and graced with Cooper's unusual vocals – almost making the whole thing feel like a spare acoustic version of Canned Heat territory – with titles that include "Maggie Campbell", "Saturday Blues", "Electric Chair", "Crow Jane", and "You're Gonna Be Sorry". Do I Know you is a record that follows up with a sound that's maybe a bit fuller than Mike Cooper's debut, but still relatively spare – with Mike on acoustic guitar and slide guitar, Harry Miller on bass (really great bass, by the way!), and Poor Little Anne on a bit of vocals. Miller brings these deep tones to the record that really transform things – and titles include "Do I Know You", "Start Of A Journey", "First Song", "Theme In C", and "The Link". Trout Steel is a beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as Mike Cooper's vocals and acoustic guitar come into play with more guitar from Stefan Grossman – plus alto sax from Mike Osborne, tenor and soprano from Alan Skidmore, piano from John Taylor, and bass from the late Harry Miller – all key players on the UK avant jazz scene of the time! The mix of these players with Cooper's core inspiration is not unlike some of the most progressive material coming from Island Records – or, even better, the special jazzy moments on records by Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin – company that Cooper could very easily keep, given the strength of his songwriting. Titles include "Don't Talk Too Fast", "On My Way", "Hope You See", "Weeping Rose", "Trout Steel", "I've Got Mine", "That's How", and "Pharoah's March". Places I Know blends Cooper's acoustic guitar and rootsy vocals with some very compelling arrangements from Mike Gibbs – the British jazz talent who was already known for his larger ensemble creations at the time, but who works here in these really subtle ways – to inflect Cooper's core inspirations with just some slight instrumental colors, tones, and phrases on most numbers – while Cooper brings in the core Machine Gun Co group on a few more. The result is a record that's way more than familiar folk – and arguably a lot hipper than most of the British acid folk of the time, too – on titles that include "Night Journey", "Paper & Smoke", "Country Water", "Time To Time", "Goodbye Blues Goodbye", and "Places I Know". The Machine Gun Co album is a partner record to Places I Know – recorded in the same sessions, but with tracks that are longer, and even more openly expressive – all with backings from the sweet Machine Gun Co quartet, a group with some especially nice electric piano from Alan Cook! Heavy use of that instrument really works against some of the folksier elements in Cooper's music – with these blocks of warm sound and color that really illuminate the tunes, and almost unlock a new level in the vocals. Cooper plays a bit of electric guitar at times – and titles include "So Glad That I Found You", "Lady Anne", "Midnight Words", and "Song For Abigail". CD also features songs from singles – "Your Lovely Ways (parts 1 & 2)", "Time In Hand", and "Schaabisch Hall". CD

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✨✧ KamNeva Again ... LP
Street Knowledge, 1993. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
With "Peace Treaty", "Still Got Love 4 'Um", "Drama", "Neva Again", "Y'All Don't Hear Me Dough" and "Ain't That A B*tch". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ StylisticsHurry Up This Way Again/Closer Than Close/1982 ... CD
Philadelphia International/West Side (UK), 1980/1981/1982. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Although best known for their big hits of the early 70s, The Stylstics continued to be a great group well into the decade – and recorded some of their best work for the Philadelphia International label in the early 80s! The sound here is quite different than the fragile harmonies of early hits – and instead, has The Stylistics emerging as a wonderfully mature modern soul act – one that could still send a ballad over nicely, but who could also sound equally wonderful in a mellow midtempo vein. And in a way, it was the group's own solid grounding in harmony styles that helped Philly International find a new sound in the post-disco years – working here in a mode that's a great bridge to an older style of east coast soul, yet which also points the way towards tremendous growth in the 80s. The 2CD set features all of the tracks on the group's 3 Philly International albums – Hurry Up This Way Again, Closer Than Close, and 1982 – a total of 24 tracks that include "We Could Be Lovers", "Lighten Me Up", "It Started Out", "Always Something There To Remind Me", "Driving Me Wild", "Mine All Mine", "Is There Something On Your Mind", "Searchin", "United", "Call On You", "I Have You You Have Me", and "Don't Come Telling Me Lies". CD
(Out of print, booklet is lightly creased.)

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✨✧ VariousSnow – The Get Easy Christmas Collection ... CD
Universal (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Waaaaaaay more than a collection of Holiday Music – simply one of the grooviest sets we've heard in a long long time! The compilation is the 5th in the stellar Get Easy series, and it more than lives up to previous volumes with a wealth of hard to find Christmas tunes, served up in a late 60s glimmer that's as seductive as its lovely package! There's loads of wonderful tunes on here that we wouldn't have known of otherwise, interspersed with a few more familiar numbers – all rolling together in a joyous blend of jazz, funk, and groovy – one you'll be going back to all year long, despite the weather outside. Titles include "Sleigh Ride" by Soulful Strings, "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" by Burt Bacharach, "Snow" by Claudine Longet, "Christmas Love" by Rotary Connection, "You're All I Want For Christmas" by Brook Benton, "What Christmas Means To Me" by Stevie Wonder, "Ten Below" by Chris & Peter Allen, "Jing Jing A Ling" by Honey & The Bees, "Purple Snowflakes" by Marvin Gaye, "White Christmas" by Jimmy Smith, "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway, "It's Christmas Time Once Again" by Brian Hyland, and the super-rare Scott Walker tune "Winter Night"! CD
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Max BennettMax Bennett Plays ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good+ ... $49.99
An expanded edition of an earlier 10" LP – featuring a group led by bassist Max Bennett, one that includes Charlie Mariano on alto, Stan Levy on drums, Claude Williamson on piano, and Frank Rosolino on trombone! Helen Carr makes a vocal appearance on a track or two, and the album's got a nicely rich style that pushes it past simple expectations – really cooking with a mean Mariano solo one minute, and laying back for a mellower vocal passage the next – all proof that Bennett was one of the cooler leaders of his time, and it's a damn shame he didn't make more records like this! Titles include "Rubberneck", "Just Max", "They Say", "TK", "Do You Know Why", and "I'll Never Smile Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Johnny BristolFree To Be Me ... LP
Handshake, 1981. Very Good- ... $1.99
Very obscure work from singer Johnny Bristol – an artist that we know best from his post-Motown work in the 70s, but who sounds great on this sweet album of early 80s soul! The record's got a feel that's a bit smoother than some of Johnny's albums for MGM and Atlantic – and it goes for a mellow soul approach that opens up a whole new side of Bristol's talents. Johnny's in sweet surroundings here – working with help from HB Barnum and Bruce Baxter on arrangements that match the sophisticated with the soulful – very much in the best mode of the early 80s modern scene. Titles include "Take Me Down", "Loving & Free", "If I Can't Stop You", "Love Is On Tonight", "Till I See You Again", and "Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Hansa International.)

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Marti CainePoint Of View (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Be With (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 34.99
One of the few albums cut by UK soul singer Marti Caine – oddly released on the BBC's own record label, even though the whole thing's got a relatively mainstream sound overall! Marti moves in a smooth groove that's part club, part modern soul – and the whole thing features production by Barry Blue – who'd earlier had some great crossover pop fame himself! There's an understated vibe to the record that fits Marti's look on the cover – but underneath that image, there's some really well-written tunes and top-shelf delivery. Titles include the midtempo burner "Love The Way You Love Me" – plus "Too Much Between Us", "Snowbird City", "Who", "Love Is Running Through Me", and "I'll Never See You Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western Music ... LP
ABC, 1962. Very Good ... $16.99
A classic! What seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius, and the result was the most successful album of his career – and a bona-fide number one hit that rode the charts for years and years! Ray's voice works perfectly with the material, and thanks to soulful arrangements by Gil Fuller, Marty Paich, and Gerald Wilson, the whole thing comes off to perfection. Titles include "You Don't Know Me", "I Can't Stop Lovin You", "Careless Love", "You Win Again", and "Worried Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
ABC/Concord, 1962. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums on a single CD package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit that rode the charts for years and years! Ray's voice works perfectly with the material, and thanks to soulful arrangements by Gil Fuller, Marty Paich, and Gerald Wilson, the whole thing comes off to perfection. Titles include "You Don't Know Me", "I Can't Stop Lovin You", "Careless Love", "You Win Again", and "Worried Mind". Volume 2 is the second installment of one of Ray's greatest albums – and a landmark in the genre of country soul! As the title implies, Ray's singing a host of tunes best known from the country side of the spectrum – but he's working here with arrangements by LA jazzers Marty Paich and Gerald Wilson, to completely re-cast the tunes into the "modern sounds" mode promised in the title. The result is wonderful – a style that gave Ray's career a whole new boost, and a genre that was a perfect foil for his rich bluesy mode of singing. Titles include "No Letter Today", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Teardrops In My Heart", "Making Believe", and "Hang Your Head In Shame". CD
 
 
 



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