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Mundell LoweTacet For Neurotics – The Music Of Alec Wilder ... LP
Riverside/Offbeat, 1956. Very Good ... $11.99
Less of a jazz effort than some of Lowe's other albums of the time – with a focus on the compositional work of Alec Wilder, featuring 12 new tunes written specially for the album, jazzy, but also with some more expansive soundtrack touches. Players include Lowe, Joe Wilder, Don Hammond, Milt Hinton, and Trigger Alpert – and titles include "Pop What's A Passacaglia", "Let's Get Together & Cry", "She Never Wore Makeup", "Suggestion For Bored Dancers", and "No Plans". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Art Of NoiseAmbient Collection ... CD
China/Offbeat, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Shoji AketagawaYamazaki Blues ... CD
Aketa's Disk/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $24.99
A slightly different album than usual from pianist Shoji Aketagawa, but one that still follows strongly in the best tradition of his offbeat gems for the Aketa's Disk label! This set has Shoji co-credited on piano and vocals – the latter of which aren't really sung lyrics, but maybe more sub-verbal expressions done alongside his bold work on the piano – almost an expansion of the kind of grunts you'd hear on older recordings by Erroll Garner, but taken into an even more pronounced position – so that they're often strong enough to become part of the melodic makeup of the tune! The group also features bass from Koichi Yamazaki, and drums from Takashi Miyasaka and Kenichi Kameyama – on titles that include "African Dream", "Footprints", "Yamazaki Blues", "Kameyama Blues", and "Dear Old Stockholm". CD

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Alessandro AlessandroniBackground Disco EP ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
Fantastic funk from Alessandro Alessanadroni – certainly not a household name to most folks, but one of the coolest composers on the Italian scene of the 60s and 70s! Alessandroni first rose to fame doing film score work in the 60s, but by the time of these cuts, he was very much up front as an artist able to take on just about any sort of style – working here in a cool groove that's not entirely the disco promised in the title, and more of an offbeat style of funk that's even groovier! Two tracks feature female lead vocals by Lorena, and I Cantori Moderni sing on all the cuts – titles that include "Baby Come Down" and "I Get You In My Mind", each in two different versions! LP, Vinyl record album

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Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that there's more 60s rawness on the record than you'd get from bigger-label funk at the time – as Ed "Apple" Nelson still works here with a mostly underground vibe! Ed plays drums – which are mighty hard on most numbers – and his vocals have this offbeat, off-kilter, over the top quality that almost reminds us a bit of the Hank Ballard/James Brown recordings for late 60s King – particularly in the way that Nelson's completely unbridled with his energy. The whole thing's great – one of the best funky collections we've heard in years – and presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information too. Titles include "Free & Easy (parts 1 & 2)", "Moon Light", "Curse Upon The World", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Down Home Publicity", "True Love Will Never Die", "Gotta Stand For Something (parts 1 & 2)", and "I'll Give You A Ring". CD features a massive 52 page booklet, too! CD

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ArawakAccadde A ... LP
Golden Pavilion (Portugal), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... About October 15, 2019 (delayed)
Amazing grooves from Arawak – an obscure Italian combo from the 70s sound library days – and one who work here in a wickedly sharp take on funky jazz! The group's got some great flute in the lead – sometimes biting hard over the breaks, ala Jeremy Steig – sometimes floating a bit more dreamily, with a vibe that's soulful and mellow! Other instrumentation includes a bit of keyboards, guitar, bass, and some plenty nice drums – which snap and break with a real sharpness on some of the album's best tracks. The tunes are pretty offbeat – straight, but not your usual bag of funk – and a bit more like some of the excellent sound library work on the Cenacolo or Rotary labels at the same time. Titles include "Accadde A Harlem", "Accadde A Las Vegas", "Accadde In Biafra", "Accadde A Yellow Park", "Accadde A Boston", "Accadde A Bahia", and "Accadde A Bali". LP, Vinyl record album

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Atomic ForestDisco Roar ... LP
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 25.98
A really wild album from this Indian psych group of the 70s – a set that's a bit different than their better-known first and second albums, but which is pretty darn groovy overall! The set's definitely somewhere in the "disco" of the title – but not in a slick, commercial way – as the group are working mostly as a funky instrumental combo, with some weird keyboard touches and offbeat production that might be aimed at the dancefloor, but which would have sent folks running for the doors in an American club. Singers appear in a few spots, but the real appeal is the tight, fast, and super-funky instrumentation – honestly even funkier than on their previous albums, which really transforms any tune they try to touch. Titles include "Another Star", "2001", "Life is Anew", "Devil Woman", "I Wish", "Spectrum", and "Smackwater Jack". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoEl Ray Criollo ... LP
United Artists, 1966. Very Good ... $34.99
Ray Barretto just before the Latin Soul era – working in the excellent style he used on his Charanga Moderna album – a choppy groove that has plenty of weird twists and turns – always rhythmic, and always plenty darn soulful! The instrumentation here is a mix of small combo jazz and some of the charanga modes – with two violins, trumpet, trombone, piano, and timbales – plus vocals by Willie Garcia and Adalberto Santiago. The groove is nice and sinister on the best cuts – with that strange offbeat sound that Ray was bringing to Latin music at the time – an edge that was missing from earlier work, and which really helped set the scene for the boogaloo generation! Titles include "Rareza En Guajira", "Descarga Criolla", "Salsa y Dulzura", "Don Lengua", and "Yo Soy La Candela". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing!)

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Han Bennink/Brodie West/Terrie ExLet's Go ... LP
Terp (Netherlands), 2010. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A record that's every bit as great as you'd guess from the three artists billed on the cover – raw guitar from Terrie Ex, offbeat alto sax from Brodie West, and some amazing percussion from the legendary Han Bennink! The record feels very free and improvised – very much in the best spirit of other Ex/Bennink collaborations, but really taken to the next level with West's contributions – played with a raw tone that really holds the whole thing together, and sends it back to almost ESP-like territory – well, maybe ESP with a dose of FMP, if that's not too alphabetic a formulation! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bonniwell Music MachineBonniwell Music Machine (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
An amazing second chapter for The Music Machine – working here with the last name of leader Sean Bonniwell in their name – in a groove that's even weirder and wilder than before! The group take on an odd new sound here – still the heady brew of fuzz and Hammond on their original garagey recordings from LA – but with a mode that also really lets Bonniwell's offbeat character come to the forefront – both in the odd lyrics, and his stark presentation in the lead – a Sunset Strip sense of personality that's almost up there with Kim Fowley at times! The record's definitely one of the weirder, more edgey sides cut for Warner Brothers in the mid 60s – and titles include "Astrologically Incompatible", "Double Yellow Line", "The Trap", "Soul Love", "Bottom Of The Soul", "Me Myself & I", and "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on olive green vinyl!)

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Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim)Black Lightning ... LP
Chiaroscuro, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as one side of the record features work from Kippie Moketsi on alto, Basil Manenberg on tenor and flute, and Duku Makasi on tenor – and the flipside features a quartet with Manenberg again – a player whose deep tones really make for a perfect combination with Dollar Brand's snakey piano lines. Moketsi is great, as always – with that offbeat reed sound that always makes his performances so unique. Side one includes the extended groover "Black Lightning", and side 2 features a rendition of "Blue Monk", plus "Little Boy", and "Black & Brown Cherries". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave BrubeckTime Further Out ... LP
Columbia, 1961. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Like Dave Brubeck's legendary Time Out set? Try this one – a great record that takes off from the concept of the first, but which goes in some very fresh new directions – using the same great group with Paul Desmond on alto, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums! Dave's still working out some nutty time signatures here – but apart from the science, the thing that really makes the record cook is Desmond's alto – icy, edgey, floating, and always a treat – almost even more amazing in the space of some of these offbeat numbers. Titles include "Maori Blues", "Far More Drums", "Bluetee", "Far More Blue", and "It's A Raggy Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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Tim BuckleyLook At The Fool ... LP
DiscReet, 1973. Very Good ... $9.99
The last album that Tim Buckley ever gave the world – and a great leaping-off point for speculation about what he might have done, had he not left the planet too soon! Tim's actually beginning to explore a bit of funk in his music here – still using that amazing voice with all of its range from the early Elektra years – but often set to backings that feature heavy drums from Earl Palmer, tight bass from Chuck Rainey, and keyboards from Mike Melvoin – all cats who can be tight, but never slick – and whose groove is more than loose enough to let Buckley direct the whole proceedings. Given that Tim has an occasional raw rasp, and a very offbeat way with his lyrics, the mix of elements is actually not that far from the funk of Betty Davis on her first two albums – with a similar shrug towards any easy genre categorizations. Titles include "Freeway Blues", "Look At The Fool", "Tijuana Moon", "Mexicali Voodoo", "Down In The Street", "Wanda Lou", and "Bring It On Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and seam splits.)

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✨✧ David ByrneCatherine Wheel – Complete Score ... CD
Sire, 1982. Used ... $4.99
A rare bit of David Byrne from the best years of the Talking Heads – tunes commissioned by Twyla Tharp for an offbeat piece of dance entitled The Catherine Wheel. A few of the tracks are vocals, and feature some of Byrne's most compelling lyrics from the time – and others are instrumentals, filled with guitar and prophet, and coming up with lots of dark rhythmic sounds that lie somewhere in the territory of experimental work at the time by Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Adrian Belew, and other mainstream avant rockers. Titles include "His Wife Refused", "Two Soldiers", "Red House", "My Big Hands", "Big Business", and "What A Day That Was". CD

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C & The ShellsI've Fallen In Love/You Are The Circus ... 7-inch
Cotillion, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Weird trippy soul from C & The Shells! Both songs have kind of an offbeat approach that really makes them great – sing-songy melodies, sung by a guy with a deep soul style, but set to some sweetly swaying arrangements that make them sparkle. "Fallen In Love" is especially great, with a hook that you'll love right away! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Eugene ChadbourneThere'll Be No Tears Tonight ... CD
Parachute/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1980. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by guitarist Eugene Chadbourne – a set billed as "free improvised country and western bebop" – and which features Chadbourne serving up these wild variations on tunes by Carl Perkins, Roger Miller, David Allen Coe, Bobby Bare, Merle Haggard, and other country music legends! The album's much more Eugene than Nashville – although Chadbourne does sing lyrics on all of the tunes, but in a way that's very offbeat and hardly unlike the originals at all – as is his guitar work, which is acoustic and all twisted and turned up in all the offbeat phrasings you might expect! Much of the record is Chadbourne on vocals and electric dobro – but the set also features some drums by David Licht, saxes from John Zorn, and cello from Tom Cora. Titles include "The Last Word In Lonesome Is Me", "I'm The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised", "Georgia In A Jug", "Motel Time Again", "Dang Me", "Window Shopping", "Jealous Loving Heart", "Mr Record Man", and "Swingin Doors". CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)

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Rupert ClemendoreLe Jazz Trinidad ... CD
Cook, Late 50s. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
An amazing record from the legendary Cook label – billed in the cover as "patois jazz" – but with a sound that's surprisingly sophisticated overall! Rupert Clemendore works here in a mix of piano, vibes, bass, and lots of cool percussion – in a style that's somewhere between the music of Moondog and early small group sides from Sun Ra – tunes that are often very rhythmic at the core, but with an earthy sort of orientation that's quite unique – and a way of hitting sounds and styles that's quite hard to pinpoint! The notes refer to the music as "sophisticated jazz with a pixie beat" – and that's not far off, given the mix of modernism and lightness in Rupert's style. Really wonderful, and quite unique – with titles that include "Offbeat", "Eastern Conga", "Mambo Chop Suey", "Mambo Ebonier", "Doris Oh", "Drummer's Mood", and "Clem's Confusion". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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CristinaCristina (US pressing) ... LP
Ze, 1980. Very Good ... $11.99
The first chapter in the career of one of the strangest forces in the New York club scene at the end of the 70s – the ultra-camp Cristina, an offbeat singer who mixed Brechtian angst with the punky funk of the Ze Records scene! Cristina came from a theater and academic background, and honestly was not much of a singer – which made for an unlikely disco star at the time. But she also had a weirdly campy way of putting over a tune – and was aided in her early efforts by August "Kid Creole" Darnell, whose production and lively rhythms really helped give Cristina's records a surprising amount of lasting power. Titles include "Jungle Love", "Don't Be Greedy", "Mamma Mia", "La Poupee Qui Fait Non", "Temporarily Yours", and "Blame It On Disco". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the inner sleeve. Cover has some wear, a promo sticker and a cut corner.)

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Brian Davison's Every Which WayBrian Davison's Every Which Way ... CD
Mercury/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A beautifully moody little record from drummer Brian Davison – a onetime member of The Nice, but stepping out here with a sound that's totally wonderful on his own! The record's got all these odd jazzy elements around the edges – thanks in part to sax and flute from Geoffrey Peach, and these really spacious basslines from Alan Cartwright – which figure in the sound almost as much as the guitar, and give all the songs these subtle shapes and offbeat vibes! Graham Bell handles lead vocals and plays lots of electric piano too – and the vibe is a bit hard to describe, but might be somewhere in the early solo Jack Bruce side of the spectrum. Titles include "Bed Ain't What It Used To Be", "The Light", "Go Placidly", "Castle Sand", and "What You Like". CD

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Eighties LadiesLadies Of The Eighties ... LP
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $19.99
A legendary project from Roy Ayers – and a record that's almost as in-demand as his classic Ramp album! The Eighties Ladies were a hip vocal quartet, with the soulful Sylvia Striplin on lead – and they work here in a mix of perfect Ayers-styled grooves – often using female harmonies in just the same way as Ramp, but coming across with a style that's a bit more pointed at the clubs, and very much in the same mode as Striplin's classic solo album too! Roy brings plenty of jazzy undercurrents to the set – those sinister shapes and changes that always make his music so great – and Edwin Birdsong's help with arrangements ensure that there's some suitably offbeat twists and turns, which really keeps things interesting. Titles include the classic break "Turned On To You", plus vocal and instrumental versions of "Ladies Of The Eighties", and the tracks "Tell Him", "It's Easy To Move", "I Knew That Love", "He Is Mine Forever", and "Sing Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ladies Of The Eighties (with bonus track) ... CD 16.99

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Eighties LadiesLadies Of The Eighties (with bonus track) ... CD
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A legendary project from Roy Ayers – and a record that's almost as in-demand as his classic Ramp album! The Eighties Ladies were a hip vocal quartet, with the soulful Sylvia Striplin on lead – and they work here in a mix of perfect Ayers-styled grooves – often using female harmonies in just the same way as Ramp, but coming across with a style that's a bit more pointed at the clubs, and very much in the same mode as Striplin's classic solo album too! Roy brings plenty of jazzy undercurrents to the set – those sinister shapes and changes that always make his music so great – and Edwin Birdsong's help with arrangements ensure that there's some suitably offbeat twists and turns, which really keeps things interesting. Titles include the classic break "Turned On To You", plus vocal and instrumental versions of "Ladies Of The Eighties", and the tracks "Tell Him", "It's Easy To Move", "I Knew That Love", "He Is Mine Forever", and "Sing Me". CD also features the bonus 7" version of "Turned On To You". CD
Also available Ladies Of The Eighties ... LP 19.99

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El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! Please Note – LP sleeves are variable.)

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Konrad ElfersFuneral in Berlin ... LP
RCA, 1967. Sealed ... $19.99
One of the grooviest Michael Caine spy films of the 60s – given an equally groovy soundtrack by Konrad Elfers! We don't know Elfers from other work of the time, but this album's a real standout – not the usual spy sort of work, although still with some great jazzy touches at times – including some wonderful reed passages – which are then mixed with some of the more tense, thriller-style elements that are served up with larger orchestrations – but always given this odd, offbeat style that reflects the unusual feel of Caine's films as Harry Palmer in the 60s. Titles include "The Funeral", "Fate Of Two Pawns", "Skating Rendezvous At Europa Centre", "Palmer Meets Samantha", and "Checkpoint Charlie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a cut corner.)

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FairuzWahdon ... LP
We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A 70s treasure from Lebanese singer Fairuz – a vocalist who never broke big on our shores, but who gave the world this beautiful blend of traditional instrumentation and contemporary production! The music comes across in two different modes – side one has more acoustic elements, and uses compelling percussion alongside offbeat strings – and side two brings in some more contemporary elements, but never in a way that sounds pop or mainstream – thanks to the vocals of Fairuz. Ziad Rahbani arranged and composed the whole thing – and titles include "Ana Indi Hanine", "Al Bosta", "Wahdon", "Habeytak Tansit Al Nom", and "Baatilak". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fela & Africa 70Confusion/Gentleman ... CD
Barclay/MCA, Early/Mid 70s. Used ... $8.99
Really mindblowing work from Fela – a seminal 70s set that may well open up even more than any other album from the time – as the leader and Africa 70 stretch out on a single track that takes up the entire record! "Confusion" is almost proggish at the start – with a long passage that just features drums from Tony Allen and some really offbeat electric piano from Fela – slowly building up a groove out of the darkness, then letting the rest of the group come into the mix – all at a level that definitely sets the tune on fire for the righteous politics of the lyrics! The whole thing's no sloppy, over-extended jam – and instead, the record's a great demonstration of the care and craft that Fela brought to his musical vision at the time. The Gentleman LP is represented here by 3 songs – "Gentleman", "Igbe (Shit)", and "Fe Fe Naa Efe" – all of which are brimming with angry energy, and a heavy brassy overdrive! Loads of African funk grooves, packed onto one superbly done CD! CD
(Out of print.)

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Walter FrancoRevolver (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Discos Continental/Polysom (Brazil), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A bit of an oddball record from Walter Franco, and one we've really come to love over the years! Franco's clearly going for an experimental rock sound here – and while the hard jamming kind of works at odds against that at times, at others, the whole thing gels together nicely in a blend of offbeat guitar work, choppy vocals, and percussion that's almost in the mode of late 70s Peter Gabriel or early 80s Adrian Belew. Judging from the lyrics on the inner sleeve, Franco's been influenced by some of the same concrete poets that Caetano Veloso had been reading – especially on the structurally-influenced tracks like "Mamae D'Agua", "Feito Gente", "Bumbo Do Mundo", and "Revolver". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fabio Frizzi/Walter Rizzati & Alessandro BlonksteinerLucio Fulci's Gates Of Hell Trilogy (City Of The Living Dead/The Beyond/House By The Cemetery) (3CD set) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1980/1981. New Copy 3CD ... $39.99
Three Italian horror classics – packaged here in a single set! First up is Fabio Frizzi's score for Nella Citta Dei Morti Viventi/City Of The Living Dead – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric – making for a moody mix of music that goes way beyond the usual spare slasher keyboards! A few numbers use wordless vocals, while others have nicely stepping strings – and a beefier bassline comes into play on a few standout funk tracks as well. Titles include "Toward Dawn", "Fatti Misteriosi", "Apoteosi Del Mistero", "Occhi Di Brace", and "Verso L'Alba". Next is Frizzi's Beyond/E Tu Vivrai Nel Terrore L'Aldila – a very spooky soundtrack – and one that stands out as one of the best-remembered from this important second generation of Italian horror! The record's got less of the atonal orchestrations and funk/thriller modes of a few years before – and moves into the spare, eerie quality that John Carpenter helped usher in – with lots of crashing piano lines, atonal guitar parts, and weird descending chords that feel like they're going to suck you into the deep! There's some very nice and sparing use of synthesizer within the score – just the right bit to add a creepy edge, but maybe not as much as on other synth-heavy soundtracks from the time – and titles include "Voci Dal Nulla", "Oltre La Soglia", "Suono Aperto", "Verso L'Ignoto", and "Giro Di Blues". Walter Rizzati's score for Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero/House By The Cemetery has lots of keyboards – in a spare, spooky soundtrack from the early 80s Italian horror scene – a blood-dripping masterpiece from director Lucio Fulcio! Walter Rizzati's music here is heavy on the kinds of electric touches you'd hear from both Goblin or John Carpenter – and often paced at a level that's somewhere between the pair – not as jamming as Goblin, but a bit fuzzier than Carpenter – a blend that makes for some really wonderful numbers that are plenty creepy here on their own – even away from the images on the screen! There's plenty of great bits that creep up on you slowly – and others that jump mercilessly from dark corners – on titles that include "Quella Villa", "I Remember", "Incontro", "Blonk Monster", "Verso Il Terrore", "Voci Dal Terrore", "Tema Bambino", and "Chi Sta Arrivando". CD

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Fabio Frizzi/Walter Rizzati & Alessandro BlonksteinerVault Of Horror Presents – The Gates Of Hell Trilogy (City Of The Living Dead/The Beyond/House By The Cemetery) (180 gram 3LP set with book) ... LP
Demon (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy 3LP ... $74.99 82.99
Three Italian horror classics – packaged here in a single set! First up is Fabio Frizzi's score for Nella Citta Dei Morti Viventi/City Of The Living Dead – exactly the kind of set that shows why he was one of the true masters of Italian horror! The sounds here are a mix of electric and acoustic elements – but the latter are often played in offbeat ways that they really sound electric – making for a moody mix of music that goes way beyond the usual spare slasher keyboards! A few numbers use wordless vocals, while others have nicely stepping strings – and a beefier bassline comes into play on a few standout funk tracks as well. Titles include "Toward Dawn", "Fatti Misteriosi", "Apoteosi Del Mistero", "Occhi Di Brace", and "Verso L'Alba". Next is Frizzi's Beyond/E Tu Vivrai Nel Terrore L'Aldila – a very spooky soundtrack – and one that stands out as one of the best-remembered from this important second generation of Italian horror! The record's got less of the atonal orchestrations and funk/thriller modes of a few years before – and moves into the spare, eerie quality that John Carpenter helped usher in – with lots of crashing piano lines, atonal guitar parts, and weird descending chords that feel like they're going to suck you into the deep! There's some very nice and sparing use of synthesizer within the score – just the right bit to add a creepy edge, but maybe not as much as on other synth-heavy soundtracks from the time – and titles include "Voci Dal Nulla", "Oltre La Soglia", "Suono Aperto", "Verso L'Ignoto", and "Giro Di Blues". Walter Rizzati's score for Quella Villa Accanto Al Cimitero/House By The Cemetery has lots of keyboards – in a spare, spooky soundtrack from the early 80s Italian horror scene – a blood-dripping masterpiece from director Lucio Fulcio! Walter Rizzati's music here is heavy on the kinds of electric touches you'd hear from both Goblin or John Carpenter – and often paced at a level that's somewhere between the pair – not as jamming as Goblin, but a bit fuzzier than Carpenter – a blend that makes for some really wonderful numbers that are plenty creepy here on their own – even away from the images on the screen! There's plenty of great bits that creep up on you slowly – and others that jump mercilessly from dark corners – on titles that include "Quella Villa", "I Remember", "Incontro", "Blonk Monster", "Verso Il Terrore", "Voci Dal Terrore", "Tema Bambino", and "Chi Sta Arrivando". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavyweight triple vinyl pressing – on "Nasty" colored vinyl – in a heavy book-style cover!)

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✨✧ Dominic FrontiereBillie ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $0.99
A playful little soundtrack for this offbeat Patty Duke film – handled by Dominic Frontiere in ways that are sometimes sentimental and respectful, and sometimes seem to be poking a bit of fun at the subject matter! Frontiere's usually our favorite when he hits an upbeat groove – and there's some nice 60s mod moments here that definitely make the soundtrack work seeing out – kind of jaunty numbers that are real standouts. But some of the mellower moments aren't bad either – and have a nice sort of balance next to the other cuts. Patty Duke sings "Funny Little Butterflies" and "Lonely Little In Between" – and other titles include "Discotheque", "Hold It", "The Girl Is A Girl Is A Girl", and "The Beat". LP, Vinyl record album

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Slim GaillardGroove Juice – The Norman Granz Recordings & More ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
Fantastic material from the great Slim Gaillard – one of the most unique singers of all time, and a key link between jazz and the growing wave of R&B in the postwar years! Long before singers like Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Joe Turner, and others started making offbeat, uptempo material for indie labels like King and Atlantic – the great Slim Gaillard was cooking up his own unique brew on the LA scene – a small combo approach, which allowed for lots of flexibility – both in the stripped-down style of rhythm, and Slim's completely amazing vocal technique – which was often filled with slang, jive, and lots of sly jokes too! Gaillard started out years before Norman Granz came into his own as a record producer – but, like so many of his generation that Granz worked with, Gaillard really hit a new level on the material you'll hear here – a good deal of which we'd not heard on other collections. The set begins with a fantastic 12 minute "Opera In Vout (Groove Juice Symphony)" – from a Jazz At The Philharmonic performance – then rolls into 16 more rare singles recorded for MGM – including "Boip Boip", "Money Money Money", "The Hogan Song", "Down By The Station", "Mom's In The Kitchen But We've Got Pop On Ice", "Organ Oreenne", "Little Red Riding Woods", "Bongo Cito", and "When Banana Skins Are Falling". Next are 28 more tracks that were issued on Mercury, Clef, and Verve Records – loads of Slim Gaillard classics, including "Taxpayer's Blues", "Yo Yo Yo", "Chicken Rhythm", "Potatoe Chips", "I Know What To Do", "You Goofed", "Oh Lady Be Good", "Genius", "Babalu Oreeney", "Sabroso", "Laughing In Rhythm", "Gomen Nasai", and "Go Man Go". 2CD set also features 9 more bonus alternate takes – and some great notes too! CD

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Erroll GarnerThat's My Kick ... CD
MGM/Mack Avenue, 1967. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
A nicely offbeat session from Erroll Garner – with some slightly unusual aspects, yet all the great choppy grooves we've always loved in his music! That's My Kick features a cool lineup that's somewhere in territory you might find on Verve or Prestige Records at the time – some nice added percussion at the bottom, thanks to congas from Jose Mangual and Johnny Pacheco – and a cool guitar-accented sound, played by the always-great Wally Richardson! Garner's piano is still very strongly in the lead of the tunes – strutting away with plenty of soul – and titles include "Gaslight", "Nervous Waltz", "More", "Like It Is", "That's My Kick", and "Shadow Of Your Smile". CD

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Jef GilsonJef Gilson Archives – A Collection Of Previously Unreleased Recordings, Rehearsals, Demos & Alternate Takes ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $8.99
Amazing sounds from Jef Gilson – one of the coolest, hippest jazz musicians working on the European scene of the 60s and 70s! Gilson has his own label – Palm Records – and was noted for his keen sense of collaboration, and openness to new ideas – not just modern elements that were moving around the postwar scene, but also some crucial crossovers with other global styles as well – and his list of collaborators over the years included reedman Michel Portal, trumpeter Bernard Vitet, prog rocker Christian Vander, and exotic jazz musician Lloyd Miller. Gilson's music was often issued in small pressings over the years, or buried under the names of bigger stars in his collaborations – but this wonderful package finally shows the genius in his full light – by bringing forth a host of rare tracks from Gilson's own archives, carefully selected by the Jazzman Records team. There's a really wonderful array of sounds going on here – some straighter jazz grooves, some offbeat rhythms, some exotic instrumental passages, and some occasional forays into Latin or African modes – all instantly compelling, and with the sort of unique sounds that are bound to have you digging for some of Gilson's commercially released music. Titles include "Choro In Blue", "Chant Inca", "Lamento", "Three Four One", "Anamorphose", "Java", "Agnus Dei", "Java Pour Raspail", and "La Cigale Et La Fourmi". CD

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Danny Guglielmi/DenaAdventure In Sound ... LP
Tops, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
A compelling little set from Danny Guglielmi – a mix of weird instrumental numbers and some straighter vocal ones that feature singing by the lovely Dena! The album's somewhere between offbeat jazz and bachelor pad territory – and the album features early tape experiments that have Danny playing bass, guitar, piano, and violin – overdubbing each of them in ways that sometimes used odd effects to create some really weird sounds! The album's never totally over the top, but still pretty cool overall – and Dena's vocals are nicely light and sing-song. Titles include "Mosquito Festival", "Na Wa Da Ha", "Jealous", "AEIOU", "It's So Peaceful In The Country", "Hot Schottish", "Firelight Reverie", and "Bullfrog". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. NOTE – Cover is lighty stained on the bottom 4 inches, with flaking/stuck-on paper on front & back.)

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✨✧ Doug HammondEllipse ... CD
Idibib/Octave (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $21.99
Quite possibly the rarest album ever from this great percussionist – and one of the most intimate, too – given that the record only features Doug Hammond on drums, percussion, and piano – alongside flute from Karen Joseph! The percussion alone is great, and handled by Doug with a really cool style – most likely multi-tracked, so that he's also adding some voice and piano to the percussion and drums – sometimes with very rhythmic, earthy pulses – sometimes a lot more offbeat and outside! And although Joseph plays on the record, there's a lot more solo percussion moments throughout – which almost has Hammond in territory of work by artists like Andrew Cyrille or Milford Graves. That comparison is a key acknowledgement of the sometimes-overlooked genius that Hammond brought to the New York scene in the 70s – as we think you'll agree when hearing tracks that include "East 14th Street", "Concentric Dream", "Warm Up", "Funk Beat From The Motherland", "Night Of Sand", "Apple Birdleg March", and "Prayer From The Sun". CD

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Eddie HarrisPlug Me In ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $14.99
Killer stuff – and an amazing album that not only showcases the varitone sax talents of Eddie Harris, but also features some fantastic arrangements by Chicago soul genius Charles Stepney! Harris plugs in right from the start – blowing an electric sax that comes up with some groovy groovy sounds – perfect for Stepney to work with on the backdrops – mixing together funky orchestrations, off-kilter strings, and even some prepared piano, ala John Cage – similar to the mode he used with Ramsey Lewis at Cadet! Tunes are wonderful – offbeat, funky, and plenty darn soulful – and titles include "Live Right Now", "It's Crazy", "Winter Meeting", and "Theme In Search Of A TV Commercial". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue and green label pressing.)

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Linda HillLullaby For Linda ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group, working here on vocal and flute, to give the album a richly righteous sound! The vocals are great, and often feature help from Jugeger Juan Grey – with more soul than usual for this sort of set, but still plenty of jazz elements too – with an offbeat quality that's almost like Oneness Of Juju – often used just to lead off a tune, before the solos come in strongly. Other musicians include Sabir Matteen on tenor, Roberto Miranda on bass, Everett Brown on drums, and Virjilio Figuera on percussion. Titles include "Lullaby For Linda", "Children", "Leland's Song", and "The Creator's Musician". CD
Also available Lullaby For Linda (180 gram pressing) ... LP 34.99

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Linda HillLullaby For Linda (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary Nimbus label – and the only set we've ever seen from pianist Linda Hill as a leader! The set's got the same open-ended, spiritually-expressive sound as Adele Sebastian's record for the label – and Sebastian's also a key part of the group, working here on vocal and flute, to give the album a richly righteous sound! The vocals are great, and often feature help from Jugeger Juan Grey – with more soul than usual for this sort of set, but still plenty of jazz elements too – with an offbeat quality that's almost like Oneness Of Juju – often used just to lead off a tune, before the solos come in strongly. Other musicians include Sabir Matteen on tenor, Roberto Miranda on bass, Everett Brown on drums, and Virjilio Figuera on percussion. Titles include "Lullaby For Linda", "Children", "Leland's Song", and "The Creator's Musician". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
Also available Lullaby For Linda ... CD 9.99

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Terumasa HinoMas Que Nada (aka La Chanson D'Orphee) ... LP
RCA (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A cracker of a great little album from Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino – played with a lively bossa groove, but also inflected with plenty of 60s soul jazz touches! The group's not named in the notes (at least not in English!) – but we can say that Terumasa's blowing with a great tone that has traces of Donald Byrd or Blue Mitchell at the time – taking a very firm lead as the soloist in a group that's also got plenty of soul on its own! The overall feel is almost like a Richard Evans/Cadet take on the bossa – but one that's also inflected with some great offbeat phrasings by some of the horn players in the larger group. Titles include "Day Tripper", "Mas Que Nada", "Girl From Ipanema", "Land Of A Thousand Dances", "Taboo", "Yesterday", "Watermelon Man", and "La Chanson D'Orphee". LP, Vinyl record album
(1975 pressing. Cover has some very light wear.)

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Incredible Bongo BandReturn Of The Incredible Bongo Band (with bonus track) ... CD
Pride/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The Incredible Bongo Band returns – with a second super-tasty batch of funky instrumentals! As before, the group seek to rework older echoes of music with some tight 70s funk percussion – played by a lineup that includes lots of drums from Jim Gordon, and loads of sweet percussion from the legendary King Errison – who cut a fair bit of funky records under his own name too. Many of the tracks are older numbers, but mixed with new tunes here – co-penned by arranger/producers Michael Viner and Perry Botkin – and the rhythms here are even more offbeat and complex than the first time around. Titles include the classic "When The Bed Breaks Down I'll Meet You In the Spring" – plus "Sing Sing Sing", "Pipeline", "Wipe Out", "Topsy", "Satisfaction", "Kiburi", and "Sharp Nine" – and with the bonus track "Ohkey Dokey Part I". CD

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✨✧ Chubby JacksonChubby's Rascals (2 x 7 inch EP) ... 7-inch
ABC, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A really weird little set from bassist Chubby Jackson – not jazz, but a set of offbeat kids tunes with a slightly creepy vibe – as you might guess from the cover! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has tape on one side, light wear, and an autograph.)

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Jakky Boy & The Bad BunchI've Been Watching You (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked gem from the early 80s years at Salsoul – a set that's beat-heavy, and plenty funky too – with a groove that's nicely heavy on both roller skate and electro modes! The record's a bit more offbeat than the usual Salsoul set – and we mean that in a good way – more in the street-styled mode you'd hear on the Vaughan Mason/Butch Dayo collaboration for the label – and proof that the company had a strong ear for grooves that go way beyond disco! There's plenty of surprises here – and the approach to the grooves has a very New York feel that mixes together the best of the up-and-downtown modes of the time. Titles include "Angel Baby", "Come To Me", "Rock The Rhythm", "I've Been Watching You", "Holdin On", and "I Need Your Love". CD features a bonus track – "I've Been Watching You (original single)". CD

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Jazz Corps with Roland KirkJazz Corps ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like vibist Lyn Blessing, and bassist Bill Plummer – both groovy talents whose touches really make the record sparkle – and the rest of the combo features trumpeter Tommy Peltier, drummer Maurice Miller, and reedman Freddy Rodriguez! And honestly, the whole thing's great, even without Kirk's help – but Roland's wit and creative energy really send the album home with work on tenor, flute, and stritch. Titles include "Harplyness", "Chalan Pago", "Le Blessing", and "Meanwhile". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some wear and peeling.)

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Harrison KennedyHypnotic Music (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
An amazing solo effort from Harrison Kennedy – a record that's quite different than his work with Chairmen Of The Board, and a set that's easily one of the most compelling albums ever issued on the Invictus Records label! The set's nice and funky at times – the heaviest expression of that early 70s Holland Dozier Holland groove – but there's also moments that have kind of a playful, offbeat mode that's almost folksy soul – hard to peg adequately in words, but touched with these acoustic elements that are quite different than Kennedy's work with the Chairmen. The oddity of the record almost puts it in Rodriguez territory – especially given the raspy charm of Harrison's vocals – and titles include "Night Comes Day Goes", "Gimme A Glass Of Water", "Hypnotic Music", "Closet Queen", and "Up The Organization". LP, Vinyl record album

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Amirtha Kidambi Elder OnesFrom Untruth ... LP
Northern Spy, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Mindblowing music from Amirtha Kidami – an artist who's part of the forefront of contemporary spiritual jazz, but who has a sound that's unlike anyone else we've ever heard before! Kidami sings and plays both harmonium and synthesizer – using both instruments in these strange, offbeat ways that are both ancient and future at once – carving out slow-flowing waves of sound that merge the vocals and keys, while her group really expands out with imaginative energy – soprano sax and a bit of moog from Matt Nelson, bass from Nick Dunston, and drums and "electronic sensory percussion" from Max Jaffe. Titles include "Decolonize The Mind", "Eat The Rich", "From Untruth", and "Dance Of The Subaltern". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Rahsaan Roland KirkBright Moments ... CD
Atlantic, 1973. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
Great double album live set with Roland leading a tight group through a long and varied set of material, all of which showcases the odd goofy sound of his music, and his offbeat approach to more familiar tracks. He talks a bit, makes the odd joke about being blind, and never ceases to amaze with his playing. A bit of vocals too, but sung in such a heartfelt way that you've gotta love 'em! Tracks include "Pedal Up", "Clickey Clack", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Bright Moments Song", "If I Loved You", and "Jitterbug waltz". CD

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Wladyslaw KomendarekDotyk Chmur (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pronit/GAD (Poland), Mid 80s. New Copy ... $12.99
Sweet keyboard lines from Wladyslaw Komendarek – a Polish musician with a sound that's a lot leaner than his name – wrapped up here in a tight set of sound library instrumentals with a mighty nice 80s electro soul style! The tracks are tuneful, and have a bit of a groove – but are also farther from pop keyboards, too – as they've got some darker corners and more offbeat instrumental flourishes amidst the more forward-moving beats and basslines at the bottom. There's almost an 80s horror scoring sound to the music overall – and the record certainly owes something to the influence of John Carpenter's soundtracks – on titles that include "Halo Komputer", "Sen Shoguna", "Dotyk Chmur", "Wiosenny Snieg", and "Cyklamenowe Wyspy". CD features 5 more bonus tracks – one previously unreleased! CD

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KramBiala Sowa Biala Dama Bialy Kruk ... LP
Pronit (Poland), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... About February 1, 2020 (delayed)
A very cool little record from 70s Poland – a set that's funky rock, but heavy on moog – using the keyboard as a really great way to open up the group's sound in a very groovy way! There's vocals on most cuts, but they're recorded with a nice sense of compression – fusing them tightly to the heavy drums, riffing guitar, and mighty sweet keyboards – which also include some great organ lines – all in a blend that kind of echoes mainstream pop of the period, but through this strange lens – almost as if these guys were hearing echoes of AM Radio from the other side of Europe, then crafting catchy, offbeat tunes of their own with Polish lyrics. Titles include "Nasze Kung Fu", "Zaduma", "Zabita Woda", "Deszczowy Rok", "Radosc Snow", and "Tam Gdzie Ty". LP, Vinyl record album

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KramBiala Sowa Biala Dama Bialy Kruk (with bonus track) ... CD
Pronit/GAD (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A very cool little record from 70s Poland – a set that's funky rock, but heavy on moog – using the keyboard as a really great way to open up the group's sound in a very groovy way! There's vocals on most cuts, but they're recorded with a nice sense of compression – fusing them tightly to the heavy drums, riffing guitar, and mighty sweet keyboards – which also include some great organ lines – all in a blend that kind of echoes mainstream pop of the period, but through this strange lens – almost as if these guys were hearing echoes of AM Radio from the other side of Europe, then crafting catchy, offbeat tunes of their own with Polish lyrics. Titles include "Nasze Kung Fu", "Zaduma", "Zabita Woda", "Deszczowy Rok", "Radosc Snow", and "Tam Gdzie Ty". Also includes the bonus track "Biala Sowa Biala Dama Bialy Kruk". CD

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Prince Lasha EnsembleInsight ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1966. New Copy ... $6.99 12.98
Tremendous work from the legendary Prince Lasha – a rare UK-only date from 1966 – and one that has the reedman working away from more familiar contemporaries like Sonny Simmons and Eric Dolphy! The approach on this session is very unique – as Lasha includes harp with the instrumentation, played by David Snell in a style that's right up there with Dorothy Ashby's best jazz work. Pianist Stan Tracey is also on board – playing beautiful notes that have a sharp modern edge, while still falling on the inside of the spectrum – and Lasha himself is especially great – blowing plastic alto sax and wooden flute, both of which have a slightly offbeat sound – but one that's surprisingly warm, which makes the album one of his most sensitive and soulful sessions ever! The tunes are a mix of standards and originals – and there's a wonderful sense of balance here – sounds that are sometimes more inside than other records from Lasha, but which have a really Dolphy-like sense of expression – right at home amidst a wider history of jazz, yet also reaching for new ideas at the same time. Pure genius throughout, and a record that was never made available to audiences in the US. Titles include "Nuttin Out Jones", "Impressions Of Eric Dolphy", "Out Of Nowhere", "Just Friends", "Body & Soul", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Les SinnersSatan (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Disques Merite/Return To Analog (Canada), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A rare bit of Canadian psych from the start of the 70s – served up by a group with a sound that's all their own! Some numbers here are straightforward hard rockers, but others have a more complex approach – not proggy, almost performative – like some of the trippier French material of the period, which almost had a communal creation sort of vibe. There's plenty of searing guitars and very offbeat French lyrics – and the record's got a very nice sense of variety from tune to tune. Titles include "Quebec Nous T'Aimons", "Groovy", "Petite Fille T'Es Down", "OK L'Chien", "Charogne", "Heavy", and "Aux Petits Oiseux" – which is a very cool psychedelic raga that rounds out the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Al Lirvat & Robert Mavouzny QuintetBlowin At The Cigale ... LP
Numera (France), Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $36.99
A very cool record from saxophonist Robert Mavouzny and trombonist Al Lirvat – the latter of whom also cut some biguine albums on the French scene of the 70s! This set's maybe a bit straighter jazz, but you can definitely hear some unusual touches at play – as the group opens up with help from Xavier Chambon on trumpet, Wolf Schubert on piano, Jack Sewing on bass, and Michael Silva on piano. A few moments are more swing, but others are more offbeat – a very unusual session! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and one bumped corner.)

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Loos/ArmstrongLoos/Armstrong ... CD
Okka Disk, 1999. New Copy ... $9.99
That's Loos/Armstrong, not Louis Armstrong – a late 90s Dutch group who improvise freely on both electric and acoustic elements – with a style that makes the record one of the most offbeat albums ever released on the Okka Disk label! In some ways, the combo almost tie together Dutch traditions of free jazz and electronic experimentation – with a lineup that features Gerald Bowhuis on piano, Huib Emmer on guitar, Johan Faber on drums, Patricio Wang on bass and guitar, and Dennis Rudge on voice – plus leader Peter Van Bergen on tenor, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and some mighty cool electronics! At times, the use of voice adds almost a no wave element to the set – and on the set, Rudge reads from Sun Ra's "Endless Realm" , and "Amooooore", a 1916 text from Volt – on titles that include "FTE 1", "FA5 1", "FA 3", and "FL 1". CD

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John D LoudermilkSuburban Attitudes In Country Verse ... LP
RCA, 1967. Sealed ... $19.99
A genius bit of work – and a record that really lives up to its title – filled with the kind of unusual, offbeat, and witty tunes that make John D Loudermilk's late 60s records so great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s stereo pressing.)

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Made To Break (Ken Vandermark)F4 Fake (with bonus download) ... LP
Trost (Austria), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the coolest record we've heard from this amazing group of improvisers – an album that has a title reference to Orson Welles, and begins with a song that's almost got a free jazz take on older crime soundtrack modes! "Aaton" is dedicated to Wells – and it begins with romping drums by Tim Daisy and reeds from Ken Vandermark that almost have a Lounge Lizards vibe – but the tune soon moves into more unusual territory with lots of offbeat electronics from Christof Kurzmann, who also pushes Vandermark too – while bassist Jasper Stadhouders certainly holds off on the groove! "Agora" is dedicated to Zelia Barbosa – but has very little to do with that Brazilian singer, as the whole thing is an amazing frenzy of improvisation on both electronic and acoustic sources! LP, Vinyl record album

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Owen MaercksKinds Of Blue (with bonus download) ... LP
Feeding Tube, 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
Guitarist Owen Maercks hadn't touched his instrument for 15 years before the start of these sessions – but right from the start, he's off and running with the sort of fuzzy frenzy that made his 70s self-titled album such a classic! According to the notes, Owen was spurred on to record by Henry Kaiser – who's a very strong guitar partner on the record – and while Maercks sings a bit, the main attraction of the set is some surprisingly bluesy (but admittedly offbeat!) guitar work from both him and Kaiser. The lineup also features Larry Ochs on tenor and John Oswald on alto – and titles include "Iceland Boogie", "Love Me Now", "Beautiful To Me", "Wild Time", and "Prayin On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Christian McBrideChristian McBride's New Jawn ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The music was recorded live in St Louis, which might be part of the sound – but there's clearly a new mode of expression going on here from McBride, especially when he works his bass with lots of offbeat tones and bold moments that really seem to go past the usual! Waits really keeps the energy up too, and Strickland and Evans soar in all the right moments – on titles that include "The Middle Man", "Ballad Of Ernie Washington", "Ke-Kelli Sketch", "Walkin Funny", "Seek The Source", and "Kush". CD

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Alejandro Medina Y La PesadaAlejandro Medina Y La Pesada ... LP
Fonocal/Svart (Finland), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
A set that takes off with plenty of fire and frenzy from Alejandro Medina – who's working here with his group La Pesada, which translates into "The Heavy" – and definitely gives you a clue as to the sound of this set! Medina's vocals are as wild as his guitar – and he seems to sing with the same heavy inflections and love of fuzz as his instrumental work – on tunes that stretch things out nicely, and move from bluesy inspirations to hard rock territory – but all with that kind of special, offbeat vibe that makes so many of the best Argentine records of the early 70s well worth seeking out. Titles include "Cancion De Cubilete", "Tiempo De Reflexion", "Ven A Mi Linda Nena", "Yo Se Que A Veces Pierdo La Cabeza", and "Algo Muy Profundo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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Meridian BrothersSalvadora Robot (with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin styles – all to create these weirdly offbeat rhythms which are then peppered with acoustic and electric instruments – never in ways that are gimmicky, and always with this organic, spontaneous quality that makes you feel like you've unearthed a crate of obscure Colombian singles in the back corner of an urban flea market! Only a few tracks have a relatively contemporary vibe, but even those echo with older sounds and styles – and titles include "Salvadora Robot", "Somos Los Residentes", "Jefe Indio Vengara", "Doctor Trompeta", and "Un Principe Miserable Y Malvado". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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MetersCabbage Alley ... LP
Reprise, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A really cool cooker from The Meters – recorded during their post-Josie run for Warner Brothers, but with this tight vibe that still holds all their funky New Orleans roots intact! The sound is a bit more expanded here – not in a commercial way, but just in a style that has the group trying out more things – some interesting rhythms, offbeat guitar passages, and maybe even more of a vocal presence – although it's clearly the drums and basslines that are still driving the whole thing along! Production is by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn – again in that great style they were hitting at Warner – and titles include "Soul Island", "Flower Song", "Gettin Funkier All the Time", "Do the Dirt", "Cabbage Alley", and "Stay Away" – plus a version of Neil Young's "Birds"! LP, Vinyl record album

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MonksCavestomp Presents – Monk Jam Live ... CD
Rock Beat, 1999. New Copy ... $4.99 12.99
A legendary live set by The Monks – that offbeat group of American servicemen who recorded famously in Germany during the 60s, then dropped out of sight for decades until a big wave of interest in their sound during the 90s! This set is maybe the culmination of that interest – as it features the group's first concert performance in decades, and one that has them sounding really amazing – not dusted-off old rockers, but these fantastically sharp instrumentalists who are maybe adding in even more weird bits than before – fronted by singer Gary Burger, who has tremendous energy in driving on both the band and the crowd. Titles include "That's My Girl", "Shut Up", "Monk Time", "Hushie Pushie", "Oh How To Do Now", "We Do Wie Du", "Boys Are Boys", "Monk Jam", and "I Hate You". CD

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Ennio MorriconePeur Sur La Ville (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner/We Want Sounds (France), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... On June 20, 2020
A great Morricone soundtrack for a Jean-Paul Belmondo thriller – a score that starts out spare and brooding, then builds nicely as things move on – with lots of cool bottom-end sounds that make the whole thing really move up from the depths! Some tunes echo the sweeter side of Morricone, while others are a bit more brooding – and instrumentation includes some of the same offbeat piano you'd hear in The Burglars, plus light guitar, weird-tuned horns, and other nice bits that are sometimes abstracted beyond recognition! Titles include "Consideration Sur Un Homicide", "Paris Secret", "Defense De Stationner" and "Mannequins". (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Sunday, June 21. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Record Store Day. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, the day after Record Store Day we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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Nahuel Jazz QuartetNahuel Jazz Quartet ... LP
Ascensionale (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $44.99
A beautiful gem from the Chilean jazz scene of the early 60s – one of the only records of its type we've heard from that nation at the time, and a real treasure all the way through! The group's a quartet – with modern alto sax and clarinet lines from Patricio Ramirez alongside warmer piano from Omar Nahuel – recorded with this open, almost echoey sort of vibe that really gives the whole thing a moody edge – a way of making even familiar tunes sound a bit offbeat, especially when the clarinet comes into play! The rhythm section is nice and tight – bass from Alfonso Barrios and drums from Orlando Avendano – and titles include the originals "Tranquilo" and "LR 361" – plus versions of "Serenata", "Taste Of Honey", "Here It Is", and "Donna Lee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Narassa (Sandro Brugnolini)/Zanagoria (Giorgio Carnini)UST 7011 – Popfolkmusic (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fonit Cetra/Sonor (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A split set of sound library instrumentals – recorded by two more famous artists, each working here under a pseudonym! Narassa is Sandro Brugnolini – an artist you might know for darker, moodier music on other records – but who turns in some very cool tracks on side one – numbers that definitely live up to the "popfolkmusic" title – in the way that they offer up unusual instrumental twists that echo popular modes of the tune, but in an offbeat way. The side features weird recastings of modes inspired by Bacharach, Donovan, and others – with titles that include "Pop Medioevale", "Gli Anni Del Candore", "Cineclown", and "Fermiamo Il Tramonto". Side two features work by Zanagoria – aka Giorgio Carnini – tunes that make sweet use of keyboards, including piano, electric piano, moog, and organ – used in a range of styles that includes a few especially nice funky tracks! Titles include "Calcio Derby", "Verdi Pascoli Inglesi", "Apertivo Da Vanni", and "Itinario Di Un Hippy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 600!)

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NicoEnd ... LP
Island, 1974. Near Mint- ... $43.99
One of Nico's darkest albums – and the kind of record we always suggest to those who doubt her genius! The incredibly spare set has Nico playing harmonium, which makes for a spooky off-kilter sound that really gives the record a somber approach – especially as the instrument sounds a heck of a lot like her voice – very dark and moody, with lots of offbeat tones! Nico also gets some hip help, too – as the set features Brian Eno on keyboards, and production by John Cale – who also plays a huge variety of odd instruments too. Titles include a sublime 9 minute reading of The Doors' "The End", one that makes the original seem like candy floss – plus the tracks "Secret Side", "Innocent & Vain", "Valley Of The Kings", "We've Got The Gold", and "It Has Not Taken Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later UK blue label pressing.)

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Annette PeacockI'm The One (180 gram pressing) ... LP
RCA/Future Days, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $43.99
One of the best albums by offbeat jazz singer Annette Peacock – one with a loose, very innovative vibe in arrangements – with some pretty darn cool electronics! Annette not only has a strong voice, she's fearlessly creative in her use of it! On this album, her vocals are often processed through the electronics, in a way that's a good couple decades ahead of the curve, but never in a way that comes even close to denigrating her strength as a singer. At times, she's screaming like Betty Davis in a funky mode, at others she's getting raw and dirty in a Tom Waits vein, and at others she presages 80s club oddities like Klaus Nomi! Somehow these divergent modes work together, making this one of the most unique and trailblazing albums of Annette's career! Includes the funky break track "Pony", a pretty compelling number, plus "I'm The One", "Been & Gone", "Love Me Tender", "Blood", "One Way", "Gesture Without Plot", "Did You Hear Me Mommy?" and "7 Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing, including the booklet and poster.)

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David Peel & The Lower East SideHave A Marijuana ... LP
Elektra, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Probably one of the most controversial records to be issued on Elektra at the end of the 60s – a rough-edged batch of hippie dippy tracks that shares a fair bit of energy and humor with The Fugs! The tunes here are perhaps a bit more focused than the work of The Fugs, but the group explore similar territory too – not just the drug references in the title, but also the kind of offbeat word play and double-entendres that were common at the time. The set was recorded "live on the streets of New York" – and Peel sings, and plays harmonica and guitar – with other instrumentation that includes two 12-string guitars, bass, and tambourine. Titles include "Mother Where Is My Father", "Here Comes A Cop", "Up Against The Wall", "I've Got Some Grass", "I Do My Bawling In The Bathroom", and "Show Me The Way To Get Stoned". LP, Vinyl record album
(Butterfly label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Michael PerlitchKeyboard Tales ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
A really weird and wonderful album on early 70s Atlantic – a set that features moody piano and keyboards from Michael Perlich, who also delivers these long, offbeat, almost epic songs! Titles include "Pete The Bondage Freak", "Captain Zanzibar", "Take Off", "Planet Mission Alpha", "Holy Joe", and "Remember Sarah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some very light wear – but this is a great copy overall.)

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John Phillips, Stomu Yamashta, & OthersMan Who Fell To Earth – Original Soundtrack (2LP + 2CD Box Set) ... LP
Universal (UK), 1976. New Copy 2LP & 2CD set ... $39.99
David Bowie's on the cover, but the music here is from a much wider array of musical sources – in a surprising array of instrumental and vocal tracks that really live up to the madness of the famous film! The key contributor here is John Phillips – who not only gives us some excellent vocal tracks that are in the manner of his Wolfking album, but also handles a few instrumental numbers that are pretty compelling – and offset by more offbeat percussion tracks by Stomu Yamashta, who's the other key artist on the original material! There's also some familiar pop moments from Louis Armstrong and the Kingston Trio – but most of the music is original. Titles include "America", "Jazz", "Rhumba Boogie", "Space Capsule", "Desert Shack", "Window", "Alberto", "Liar Liar", "Jazz II", and "Bluegrass Breakdown" by John Phillips; "Poker Dice", "Wind Words", "Mandala", "One Way", "Memory Of Hiroshima", and "33 1/3" by Stomu Yamashta; "Venus" and "Mars" by The Bournemouth Symphony; "Love Is Coming Back" by Genevive Waite; and "Blueberry Hill" by Louis Armstrong. LP, Vinyl record album

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Piero PiccioniCamille 2000 ... CD
Camille 3000 (Italy), 1970. New Copy ... $32.99
One of the coolest classics from the glory days of the Italian soundtrack scene – a set that perfectly brings together all the funky, jazz, and mod-styled touches of the great Piero Piccioni – on a record that's maybe had more life over the years than the film did on the screen! The mix of instruments here is completely sublime – with some especially wonderful use of Hammond, but with very offbeat sounds – next to flute, warmer woodwinds, and some wicked basslines that hit the hippest sort of funk soundtrack modes. The recording quality is amazing, too – with unusual isolation and shading used on the instruments, to further make the sound magic – and titles include "Funky Lovers", "Pearls", "Slow Flute Beat", "Charms", "Brasil 2000", "Tears In Brasil", "Camille 2000", and "Tears In Rome". One of our all-time favorites – with 28 tracks in all, including some great alternate takes! CD
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing!)

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Dave PikeDoors of Perception ... LP
Vortex, 1970. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Groovily tripped-out work from vibist Dave Pike – and one of the few American albums that matches the experimental sound of his work for MPS! The session's often quite free and open – in a way that not only uses odd instrumental combinations and arrangements, but which also features some offbeat production by Herbie Mann that further abstracts the sound! Elements of Pike's earlier work shine through in a few of the more straightforward groovers, but his new European-endowed sense of hipness wins in the end – thanks to a good deal of modal grooves, psychedelic elements, and even a bit of fuzzy Fender bass! Other players include Lee Konitz on alto sax, Don Friedman on piano, Chuck Israel on bass (electric and acoustic), and Eddie Daniels on tenor and clarinet – and titles include "Free Improvisation", "The Drifter", "Ballad", "The Doors Of Perception", and "Anticipation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Geraldo PinoBoogie Fever ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" that you'd expect from the title – but like some of the best Nigerian efforts of this time, there's a very freewheeling interpretation of the style – so that things are often plenty offbeat, even when you think they're heading into familiar territory – filled with the criss-crossing of rhythms and cultures we love in Pino's other music, and recorded with a very gritty production style overall! The whole thing's plenty damn funky – in a way that matches the best energy of some of the more underground New York club 12" singles of the period – and titles include "Ganja", "Shake Shake Shake", "African Hustle", "Dance For Love", and "Boogie Fever". CD

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David PorterVictim Of The Joke? (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/Craft, 1971. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
Probably the best-remembered solo album from David Porter – one half of the famous Hayes/Porter team that ruled Stax Records in the 60s, although not as successful as an artist on his own as Isaac Hayes! Porter's style is a lot more adventurous – and this album's a wonderful illustration of that fact – an offbeat mix of dialogue, sound effects, and straighter soul vocals – put together as kind of a "suite", with a really unified feel. Like Hayes' baroque symphonies in soul, David's obviously trying to stretch past shorter song forms – and we really love his creative chances on the record. Titles include the legendary "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" – which has been sampled many times over the years – plus the tracks "Human", "Pretty Inside", "Storm In the Summertime", "When You Have To Sneak", and "If I Give It Up I Want It Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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Connie Price & The KeystonesWildflowers (expanded edition) ... CD
Now Again, 2004. Used ... $7.99
A damn funky little album – and one of the best Stones Throw albums of the past 20 years! Connie Price & The Keystones are a modern group – but one who's steeped in all the older messed-up funky styles of their Stones Throw labelmates – even some of the offbeat psych and rock that the label has reissued from around the globe! There's a wonderfully tripped-out sound to their work – taking the core instrumentation of funky drums, choppy guitars, smoking keyboards, and soulful sax – and pushing it out with a Stark Reality-ish vibe that really makes the group stand out from the rest of the deep funk underground! The album's a brilliant debut that we'll be digging for years – and it also feature appearances by Malcolm Catto, and members of Funk Inc, Poets Of Rhythm, and The LA Carnival! Titles include "Sticks & Stones", "Sucker Punch", "The Buzzard", "Double Dutch", "Wild Flowers", "Tall Dry Grass", "Fuzz & Them", and "The Shadows Of Leaves". Expanded version features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Raga Doll", "Afro Som", "Hurricane Malcolm", "Hello I'm Inside Out", "Sticks Dub", and "Attack Of The Killer Penguins". CD

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Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersBig Stick ... LP
Prestige, 1968. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Quite possibly the rarest album from Pucho & The Latin Soul brothers – and also one of the greatest, too – thanks to a wonderfully soulful vibe overall, and some wicked vocals from the great Jackie Soul! Arrangements are a bit bigger than some of their previous dates, but nicely offbeat too – put together by Bill Fisher, and featuring loads of great keyboards and organ from Neal Creque! The sound's got less horns than beofre, but the heavy percussion, keyboards, and vocals more than offset that loss – and make for one of the most unique Pucho albums ever! Titles include "Swamp People", "Left In the Cold", "Big Stick", "Cold Shoulder", and a very groovy version of "Sunny"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese only reissue pressing!)

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Sun Ra & John CageJohn Cage Meets Sun Ra – The Complete Film (DVD & clear vinyl 7 inch single) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... DVD
Modern Harmonic, 1987. New Copy DVD & 7 inch ... $20.99 25.99
A fantastic package – a 7" sleeve that contains the full film of the meeting between Sun Ra and John Cage – legendary meeting of talents from two different sides of the underground – avant composer Cage and jazz visionary Ra – both performing together at a special one-night event that took place at Coney Island in 1987! The set doesn't really feature Ra jamming with Cage (as if anyone could "jam" with John Cage!) – and instead, both players were on the stage at the same time, but would each step aside to let the other do their thing – Cage would vocalize in these amazing passages that are right up there with the most beautiful vocal work he ever did, alongside some "silent" performances too – and Ra would play keyboard solos that have a beautifully offbeat electric vibe! The package features the full film on DVD for the first time ever – and also includes a bonus 7" single – with the selections "Empty Words & Keyboards" and "Silent Duet 2" – both of them very unusual meetings of the minds. DVD

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Pierre RaphJeunes Filles Impudiques (Schoolgirl Hitchhikers) ... 7-inch
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover)... $14.99
Funky sounds and offbeat grooves from an obscure French adult film of the late 60s – directed by Jean Rollin under a fake name, and scored by Pierre Raph with the same sort of charm as his work for Requiem For A Vampire! This EP features a number of different styles of sounds from the film – the very funky "Gilda & The Gunshots", with really great bass and drums; the slow-stepping jazz tune "Jewel Thieves", which almost feels like early 60s Italian cinema jazz; and the more lively "Schoolgirl Hitchikers", which has this innocent jazzy flute line that must have been a real contrast to the sex on the screen! There's also "An Intimate Relationship" – which has a sexy spoken part in English – and the hippy/trippy guitar/flute theme "Jeunes Filles Impudiques", with a few sex sounds in the background! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Real ShooBeeDoo (Reggie Fields)Reminiscing (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wenha/Tidal Waves, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
An obscure set from the Detroit scene of the early 80s – a jazz record, but one with a nice current of soul – thanks to work on both bass and vocals from Reginald "ShooBeeDoo" Fields! Wendell Harrison recorded the record, and also plays tenor on the record – but the set's very different than most of his music, both of the 70s and 80s – because Fields has an offbeat style that's very much his own, and which really seems to tie the rest of the musicians on the record to his sharp energy on the bass! That instrument is used in both acoustic and electric modes – and things sometimes get loose, open, and slightly free – then balanced out with straighter, more soulful passages. In addition to tenor from Harrison, the set also features Billy McCoy on electric piano, Tani Tabal on tablas and drums, and Allen Barns on additional tenor. Pamela Wise sings on "Ancient Egyptian Rhythms" – and other titles include "The Wagon Walk", "The Morning Sun", "Reminiscing", and "Shoo Will Be Back In Due Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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ResidentsMole Box – The Complete Mole Trilogy Preserved (Mark Of The Mole/Tunes Of Two Cities/Big Bubble/Mole Show/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Ralph (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 6CD ... $34.99
The complete Mole Trilogy from The Residents – a complicated longform work that dominated most of their recordings in the mid 80s, and which created a fair bit of bonus material and sidebar songs – all of which are compiled in this massive 6CD set! The Mole storyline is a very loose narrative used to give a bit more structure than usual to the group's offbeat mix of electronics, processed vocals, and all the strange instrumentation that made them a key bridge between academic experiments of the postwar years, and more progressive work to come in the postpunk scenes around the globe. The group always hid their identity, and were perhaps even more hidden than usual behind this long storyline – while still spinning out the kinds of sounds that always held their audiences rapt, and kept their listeners guessing. CD features the full albums Mark Of The Mole, Tunes Of Two Cities, The Big Bubble, and The Mole Show – plus bonus tracks for each album, a full bonus CD of another Mole show in Washington in 1983, and a bonus CD of Miscellaneous Mole Material – all with a big booklet of notes. CD

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RobMake It Fast Make It Slow ... LP
Essiebons/Soundway (UK), 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The second album from Ghanaian funk singer, composer and arranger Rob – issued for the first time ever outside of Ghana, thanks to the deep diggers at Soundway! Rob sings in English throughout – and there's a slinky, slow-cooking, kinda strange groove on most of the numbers – a mix of funk with lots of offbeat, oddball touches – of the sort that some folks these days might dub Afro Psych – but which was just pretty darn experimental back in the day! Rhythms are heavy on guitar, bass, and drums – and plenty of offbeat percussion – all topped with some great heavy horns too. The memorable title track is one of the most unique Afro Funk songs you could ever hope to hear – , with dexterous opening horn blasts, clattering bell-like percussion, and undeniably carnal English vocals – and the rest of the album's pretty darn amazing too! Other titles include "Loose Up Yourself" "Not The End", "I've Got To See You Again Lord", "He Shall Live In You", "But You", "Bargain" and "Back On You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Make It Fast Make It Slow ... LP 22.99

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RobMake It Fast Make It Slow ... LP
Essiebons/Soundway (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
The second album from Ghanaian funk singer, composer and arranger Rob – issued for the first time ever outside of Ghana, thanks to the deep diggers at Soundway! Rob sings in English throughout – and there's a slinky, slow-cooking, kinda strange groove on most of the numbers – a mix of funk with lots of offbeat, oddball touches – of the sort that some folks these days might dub Afro Psych – but which was just pretty darn experimental back in the day! Rhythms are heavy on guitar, bass, and drums – and plenty of offbeat percussion – all topped with some great heavy horns too. The memorable title track is one of the most unique Afro Funk songs you could ever hope to hear – , with dexterous opening horn blasts, clattering bell-like percussion, and undeniably carnal English vocals – and the rest of the album's pretty darn amazing too! Other titles include "Loose Up Yourself" "Not The End", "I've Got To See You Again Lord", "He Shall Live In You", "But You", "Bargain" and "Back On You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Make It Fast Make It Slow ... LP 19.99

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RobRob (aka Funky Rob Way) ... CD
Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey qualities that go deep and dark, but with more of a soul-based style than some of the psych-influence work from Zimbabwe and other scenes of the time! Spare electronic bits come into play with the keyboards, guitar, drums, and bass – but at a level that's never overdone – just enough to keep things slightly offbeat and unsettling, while Rob himself grooves away in the lead! It's almost impossible to describe in words what makes this set so unique – but one drop of the needle will have you hooked for life – thanks to cuts that include "Funky Rob Way", "Forgive Us All", "Boogie On", "Just One More Time", "More", and "Your Kiss Stole Me Away". CD
Also available Rob (aka Funky Rob Way) ... LP 20.99

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RobRob (aka Funky Rob Way) ... LP
Essiebons/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 21.98
The funky Rob way is a massive one at that – a new path into Afro Funk modes for the 70s, with a groove that's made this set a collectors classic for decades! The group is tighter than most, yet more skittish too – percussion rattling alongside basslines that have these echoey qualities that go deep and dark, but with more of a soul-based style than some of the psych-influence work from Zimbabwe and other scenes of the time! Spare electronic bits come into play with the keyboards, guitar, drums, and bass – but at a level that's never overdone – just enough to keep things slightly offbeat and unsettling, while Rob himself grooves away in the lead! It's almost impossible to describe in words what makes this set so unique – but one drop of the needle will have you hooked for life – thanks to cuts that include "Funky Rob Way", "Forgive Us All", "Boogie On", "Just One More Time", "More", and "Your Kiss Stole Me Away". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Rob (aka Funky Rob Way) ... CD 10.99

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Rovi (Piero Umiliani)Discomusic (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1978. New Copy ... $26.99
A wild one from Italian soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a set that definitely lives up to the disco promise of the title, but which still has some of the cool playful touches of Umiliani's work in movies too! The record may well be the funkiest that Piero ever cut – and was done for a sound library series, so has a groove that's a bit different than soundtrack material – longer songs with more focus, and instrumental grooves that mix together funky rhythms with larger orchestrations – but always in a style that's slightly offbeat, and quite different from disco material from the US. Titles include "Happy End", "Forcing", "Odeon", "Hobby", "Optimist", "Skypass", "Carousel", and "Discomania". LP, Vinyl record album
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Arthur RussellAnother Thought ... CD
Orange Mountain, Mid 80s-Early 90s. Used ... $11.99
Beautiful music from Arthur Russell – some of his most tunefully compelling work ever, but still done with all the offbeat edges we love from his more experimental sounds too! The music often features Russell singing along with processed lines on cello – in this haunting style that at one level evokes the more personal side of the post-punk scene, but which also links Arthur back to older singer-songwriters like Tim Buckley or Kenny Rankin at their best. The use of processing on the vocals recalls a bit of the vibe of the early Ben Watt solo recordings, and his work with Robert Wyatt – but there's also a sound and spirit here that's definitely Russell's own – that incredible outburst of creativity that was taken from us all too soon. Titles include "Hollow Tree", "My Tiger My Timing", "Losing My Taste For The Night Life", "Me For Real", "Lucky Cloud", "Another Thought", and "A Little Lost". CD

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Arthur RussellWorld Of Arthur Russell (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s. New Copy 3LP ... $32.99 34.99
Music beyond description – a unique blend of disco, funk, avant garde, and dub – the wonderful world of the late Arthur Russell! Russell was a bass player by trade, but he was schooled in both classical and Eastern music forms – and brought an incredibly fresh vision to his work in New York in the late 70s and early 80s. To some, Russell was a groundbreaking disco pioneer – with an offbeat production style and unique conception of rhythm. To others, Russell was a performance artist and avant garde musician – working in circles that included Phillip Glass, David Byrne, and Robert Wilson. This mix of modes was very much a part of the post-disco, post-punk sound of New York at the time – and nobody summarized it (or allowed it!) better than Russell himself. This excellent set from Soul Jazz is one of the first to truly give him his due – and it brings together a large amount of his disco-related projects, plus a few more introspective numbers cut under his own name. The sound is incredible – unlike anything you could categorize – especially on the Russell-titled numbers – and as always with Soul Jazz, the whole thing's beautifully packaged, with rich notes on the music and the person behind it! Titles include "Go Bang (Francois K mix)" by Dinosaur L, "Wax The Van" by Lola, "Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan mix)" by Loose Joints, "In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan mix)" by Dinosaur L, "Pop Your Funk" by Loose Joints, "Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons mix)" by Indian Ocean, and "Let's Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons mix)", "A Little Lost", "In The Light Of The Miracle", and "Keeping Up" by Arthur Russell himself! LP, Vinyl record album
(Newly remastered in 2018!)

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Philippe SardeMille Milliards De Dollars/Conte De La Folie Ordinaire/Le Crabe-Tambour ... CD
Music Box (France), 1977/1981/1982. New Copy ... $22.99
A trio of really lovely soundtracks from the great French composer Philippe Sarde – each of them a magical illustration of his wonderful talents! Mille Milliards De Dollars has a fantastic use of piano throughout – jazzy, but warm and sentimental around the edges – really the dominant instrument amidst some lighter orchestrations, and used in ways that make for some of the most tuneful, seductive moments in Sarde's legacy from the time! Conte De La Folie Ordinaire is an unusual film – one that stars the great Ben Gazzara in a set of scenes adapted from the stories of Charles Bukowski – set to music by Sarde that often evokes a sense of place in the story, with both Mexican and bluegrass elements in the songs. Last up is Le Crabe-Tambour – Sarde at his most dramatic, scoring for a military thriller – and using lots of brass in very offbeat ways! CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Armando SciasciaViolin Reactions (200 gram pressing) ... LP
Vedette/Roundtable (Australia), 1974. New Copy ... $29.99
The definitely got the title right on this one – as the album's got plenty of violin, but never in the way you might expect – as the instrument is used in all these weird and wonderful ways that really make the record a treat! There's neither classical nor jazz-based violin approaches at play – and instead, Armando Sciascia almost seems to be trying to find all the weird, offbeat sounds he can from the instrument – but in ways that are sometimes funky, sometimes dark, and always pretty darn compelling! Some tracks have these chugging rhythms that come from percussion by Tullio De Piscopo – best known for his later club work – others have a spare, moody vibe with offbeat string passages echoing in space – almost as if they're electronic, with weirdly spacey qualities. The record is quite experimental for a sound library session – and titles include "Reagente B", "Acidocloroscuccinico", "Atomo Asimmetrico", "Nucleofilo", "Planctonico", "Enantiomorfo", and "Substrato Ax". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sign Of FourHammer, Anvil, & Stirrup ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2013. Used ... $7.99
A totally great little set from Sign Of Four – a project of Miles Newbold from the Natural Yogurt Band – served up with an approach to exotic jazz funk that's even trippier than his previous work! Miles plays a load of live instruments here – vibes, flute, guitar, percussion, and keyboards – all sifted and filtered together with some cool studio work to sound very vintage, and very offbeat – like some weird Eastern take on American soul jazz of the 60s, or like a garage band trying their best to sound like Sun Ra! The music is some of the best new work we've ever heard on the Jazzman label – and really feels a lot more like some lost exotic record from years back – with titles that include "Samba Moderno", "Morocco", "Topsy Turvy", "Mirage", "Morphine", "Fruit Juice For Everyone", and "Sun Suite Humulus Lupulus". 11 tracks on the CD. CD
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Sign Of FourHammer, Anvil, & Stirrup ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99
A totally great little set from Sign Of Four – a project of Miles Newbold from the Natural Yogurt Band – served up with an approach to exotic jazz funk that's even trippier than his previous work! Miles plays a load of live instruments here – vibes, flute, guitar, percussion, and keyboards – all sifted and filtered together with some cool studio work to sound very vintage, and very offbeat – like some weird Eastern take on American soul jazz of the 60s, or like a garage band trying their best to sound like Sun Ra! The music is some of the best new work we've ever heard on the Jazzman label – and really feels a lot more like some lost exotic record from years back – with titles that include "Samba Moderno", "Morocco", "Topsy Turvy", "Mirage", "Morphine", "Fruit Juice For Everyone", and "Sun Suite Humulus Lupulus". 11 tracks on the CD. CD
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Horace SilverThat Healin' Feelin' – United States Of Mind Phase 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the most righteous Horace Silver albums for Blue Note – and a far-reaching, politically-bent batch of tracks that feature vocals by Andy Bey, in a similar style to the work he did on the Gary Bartz records from the time – very hip, and quite different than other jazz vocal work from other singers! Silver plays electric piano on most of the record – and other musicians include Houston Person on tenor and Idris Muhammad on drums – both of whom figure on cuts that feature singer Jackie Verdell replacing Andy Bey. The groove is pretty great throughout – lots of those offbeat lines that you might hear on other Bey albums, warmed up with some of Silver's more familiar soul jazz – and the album is volume 1 (or "Phase 1") of Horace's trippy United States Of Mind series, a series of records on the state of the then-trashed union (proving once again that what goes around, comes around!) Tracks include "The Happy Medium", "Permit Me To Introduce Myself", "Wipe Away the Evil", and "Love Vibrations". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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1619 Bad Ass Band1619 Bad Ass Band (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TSG (Japan), 1976. Used ... $9.99
Badass funk from this obscure 70s band – one who play here with a really wicked edge to their groove! At some level, the sound is right up there with some of the bigger ensemble funk acts of the time – particularly that Mercury Records generation who were tightening things up from the indie years of the earlier part of the decade. Yet there's also some rougher edges that really make the record great – some offbeat production touches, and weird raspy sounds from some of the instruments – not to mention some hard and heavy breaks on some of the album's best tracks! Bits of moog round things out with some especially nice touches on a few tunes – and titles include "Just For You", "Step Out", "I Am Mine", "Where Did I Go From Here", "Nothing Can Stop My Loving You", "Nobody", "Love To Love", and "For A Taste Of Your Love". CD
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Smuggler BrothersMusicone ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... $19.99
Heavy funk from Smuggler Brothers – an Italian group who start out in the vintage cop/crime modes of 70s soundtracks, but then bring in a whole host of different elements to play in the mix! The core grooves are heavy on bass, drums, and lots of nice keyboards – but there lots more going on in the all-instrumental tracks – unusual electronics, offbeat horns, sweet percussion, and even some mandolin that somehow comes into the music at one point! Production is by Massimo Martellotta of Calibro 35 – who gets the sound every bit as right as his own group – on titles that include "Kemonia Flow", "Gran Fango", "Sciarra O'Scaro", "Suddenly", "T'Anno", and "Lost In Val Demone". CD

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Jerry SolomonPast The 20th Century ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 24.99
The title might be a bit reversed – because there's hardly anything 21st Century at all about this music – and at some level, it almost feels as if Jerry Solomon is going back in time – at least within the parameters of his own life! The songs often have this weird, almost child-like approach – with spare instrumentation that might include toy piano, chimes, percussion, and guitar – the last of which is almost never used in a straightforward manner. Jerry sings, but with this almost dirge-like quality – in a way that instantly makes all the tunes sound very weird and offbeat right from the start. The titles give a good idea of the spirit – and include "Denied Of All Human Life", "I Just Don't Fit This Modern Age", "A Good Old Fashioned Date", "They Came From Everywhere", and "Past The 20th Century". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry SolomonVirginity For All – Private Press 45s 1965 to 1969 ... LP
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 34.99
Some of the weirdest underground rock material you'll ever hope to hear – self-produced, self-released material by Jerry Solomon – who's definitely one of the true outsiders of his scene! The approach here is a bit like that taken by Brute Force on his classic late 60s album – in that the structure of the songs often echo more familiar rock styles, but are usually delivered in a very offbeat way – not just via the strange lyrics, but also Jerry's wailing vocals, and instrumentation that's almost always this odd shadow of the familiar. The titles alone are pretty great – and include "Ann Landers & The PTA", "All I Ever Do Is Read Dear Abby", "They're Losing Their Virginity", "We Had Too Much Champagne", "We're Going To Talk About The Weather", "Look At The Flowers", "Psychic Vibrations", and "Come To The Love-In". 2LP set – with 30 strange singles! LP, Vinyl record album

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Giuliano SorginiElettroformule (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Leo/BTF (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A fantastic little record, and one that really lives up to the "elettro" promise in its title – as Giuliani Sorgini uses lots of offbeat electronics, in a mode that's almost a link between the musique concrete experiments of the 60s, and some of the more electronic-based sound library material of the time in which the album was recorded! There's lots of dark moments and strange noises on the record, but Sorgini does a good job of balancing tuneful sections with more abstract passages – in a way that moves beautifully between darkness and light, but with maybe a bit more time in the shadows overall. Titles include "Marker", "Loudspeaker", "Solitudine Venusiana", "Maracas Nell'Atmosfera", "Fabbrica Spaziale", "Dinamica K", and "Malinconia Magnetica". LP, Vinyl record album

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StuffOld Dreams New Planet ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
A very cool little combo – one that almost sounds like a funk band working with broken instruments! Stuff are really out to do something new here – borrowing bits of jazz and funk, then weaving together a sound that's equal parts acoustic and electric – but which has lots of fuzz and strange sonic qualities on the second half – thanks in part to the group's use of unusual instruments, including the wind synth – and their great ear for skittish, offbeat rhythms! The whole thing is maybe an extension of some of Madlib's jazzier work from years back – but airier at times too, and less tied to hip hop – with titles that include "Galapagos", "Delta", "Slug", "Strata", "Spinning Leaf", and "Vault". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ebo Taylor Jr & Wuta WazutuGotta Take It Cool ... CD
Phonogram/Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
The son of the legendary Ebo Taylor serves up a great record of his own – a sweet blend of funky highlife and other 70s-styled grooves – set to short cuts with a nicely compact vibe, and a cool style of production that almost owes a bit to the style of Jamaican music! There's lots of basslines that move carefully along the bottom – never too dubby, but definitely giving the work a nicely stepping style – while offbeat organ, riffing guitar, and other elements move nicely through the mix alongside the very raw vocals of the younger Ebo! At times, we'd almost call the set a Ghanian take on the harder sound of Kingston in the early 70s – and titles include "Mondo Soul Funky", "Swinging Soul For Love", "You've Got Yours Greedy Man", "Every Woman Needs A Helper", "Gotta Take It Cool", "Systems To Love", and "Begging On Knees". CD
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Ebo Taylor Jr & Wuta WazutuGotta Take It Cool ... LP
Phonogram/Mr Bongo (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
The son of the legendary Ebo Taylor serves up a great record of his own – a sweet blend of funky highlife and other 70s-styled grooves – set to short cuts with a nicely compact vibe, and a cool style of production that almost owes a bit to the style of Jamaican music! There's lots of basslines that move carefully along the bottom – never too dubby, but definitely giving the work a nicely stepping style – while offbeat organ, riffing guitar, and other elements move nicely through the mix alongside the very raw vocals of the younger Ebo! At times, we'd almost call the set a Ghanian take on the harder sound of Kingston in the early 70s – and titles include "Mondo Soul Funky", "Swinging Soul For Love", "You've Got Yours Greedy Man", "Every Woman Needs A Helper", "Gotta Take It Cool", "Systems To Love", and "Begging On Knees". LP, Vinyl record album
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Gloria Ann TaylorLove Is A Hurtin Thing (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Selector Sound/Luv N' Haight, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 29.98
A stunning set of soul – and an album that will win you over right from the very first offbeat note! Some mad guitars introduce Gloria Ann Taylor's title cover version of "Love Is A Hurtin Thing" – and the whole album follows suit with these really unusual funky elements – echoey piano that feels like it was lifted from Charles Stepney, a righteous fuzzy funk part that has a Tribe Records vibe, and even certain elements that remind us of old Italian soundtracks – but mixed with much deeper soul! And the best thing of all is that all these cuts are classics, not some retro remakes – instead these overlooked nuggets that remind us that just when we think we've heard all the great soul there is to hear, a record like this comes around to open our minds all over again. Gloria never had a full length album back in the day, but this set brings together most of her rare singles – a massive batch of tracks that includes "What I Want", "How Can You Say It", "Love Is A Hurtin Thing", "Deep Inside Of You", "World That's Not Real", "Music", "Had It All The Time", "Burning Eyes", and "What's Your World". LP, Vinyl record album

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Teacher Haters/Unknown Female Soul SingersBig Pig Alley/Cut Loose/We Got A Thing/Guys Today (180 gram pressing) ... 12-inch
Preservation Project, Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $11.99
A sweet 12" single from the limited Preservation Project series! Side one begins with The Teacher Haters – unreleased material by a 60s group that have a very soulful take on the party rock style – really mixing together garagey elements and bluesy inspirations – a bit like some of the cooler Texas combos of the time! "Big Big Polly" has vocals that are more offbeat vocalizations alongside the chorus – with this romping groove that's mighty nice – and the wild singer in the band continues his thing on "Cut Loose", while the rest of the group hold more towards a romping groovy lyric! Side two features two cuts by unknown female soul singers – both pretty great! "We Got A Thing" has this fantastic intro that's maybe worth the price of admission – setting a rising tone for the tune that the vocals really strive to match! "Guys Today" is a bit longer than the usual soul single – and has this great late nite vibe, but with a looser feel than the usual 45! 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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