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Captain SkyAdventures Of Captain Sky ... CD
AVI/Past Due, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A legendary funk set from late 70s Chicago – served up by our own Captain Sky, aka Daryl Cameron – an imposing figure who often worked in the same space-themed territory as the P-Funk empire in the mid 70s! The difference here, though, is that Cameron wrote, produced, and put the whole thing together himself – with help from a few friends in the studio – making the album a great homegrown attempt to rival the strength of the bigger funk ensembles of the period – something The Captain and crew do pretty darn well throughout! There's lots of heavy bass on the set – a strong precursor of modes to come – mixed with riffing guitar, sweet keyboards, and plenty of tight rhythms – on cuts that include the famous sample cut "Super Sporm" – a killer extended track with a great conga break, and a tight old school sample sound – plus "Now That I Have You", "Saturday Night Move-Ease", "Wonder Worm" and "Can't Stop Now". CD
Also available Adventures Of Captain Sky ... LP 14.99

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Captain SkyPop Goes The Captain ... CD
AVI/Past Due, 1979. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The second smoking album from Captain Sky – a Windy City funk legend, and one who's cut from some of the same cloth as Bootsy Collins or Rick James! Like both of those artists, the Captain's a pretty imposing figure, with a bit of future flash to his looks – and while he uses lots of the basslines that might tie him to Bootsy and the P-Funk universe, he's also got a groove that mixes in some of the more sophisticated modes you'd know from the Chicago scene at the time! There's almost a late Curtom feel to the record – tight funk, a bit faster than early in the decade, but still not really disco – and with some mellow midtempo tracks that balance things out beautifully – and really show Sky evolving past the style of his first record. Tracks include "Moonchild", "Fearless", "Cream & Sugar", "Rebirth", "Hero", "Double You SKY", and "Ker-Runch". CD

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Chocolate Buttermilk BandNo Money No Honey/Mr LSD ... 7-inch
Past Due, Early 80s/2021. New Copy (pic cover)... $15.99 16.99
Two great tracks from this legendary group – both with a vibe that works perfectly together! "No Money No Honey" is a cut conceived many years back by band leader Larry Akles – finally recorded in 2021, but with a snapping blend of beats and basslines that has a classic boogie groove! "Mr LSD" is a rare early by the group – a tune that has a full group feel that rolls along wonderfully – warm and wonderful grooves with a hipper take on the clubby sound of the time – and superb soaring vocals over the top! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)

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✨✧ CordialTheir First EP ... 12-inch
Tolimar/Past Due, 1979. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $18.99 19.99
A really cool Cali group from the end of the 70s – stepping out here on their first EP – supposedly produced by Bill Withers, but more than great enough on its own without any sort of celebrity help! The combo's got a unique blend of cultures from different neighborhoods in San Francisco – which is how they were originally pitched – and they work together with a warm, sophisticated take on jazzy club of the time – heard to great effect on the record's funky jazz remake of the Jobim classic "Wave", with warm keyboards and great solo flute – sounding different here than anything you might expect! The flipside features two slightly shorter tracks – "Special Love" and "Cordial's Preview" – both of which have an equally cool funky jazz take on club, with some of the same great mix of flute and keys! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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JammersJammers (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Past Due, 1982. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A jamming little project from dancefloor maestro Richie Weeks – early 80s club tracks, done with a sweetly soulful approach! The music's still as heavy on the bass as other Salsoul work from the time, but there's a warmer approach to the vocals overall – a style that's as concerned with soulful approach of the lyrics as it is the rhythmic progression of the grooves – thanks to great lead vocals from Sheldon Weeks and Debra Blackwell. Richie plays keyboards, and titles include "And You Know That", "Funky You, Funky Me", "Out To Get You", "What Have You Got To Lose", and "Just For You". Also features bonus tracks – "Just For You (unreleased 12" mix)" and "And You Know That (Richie Weeks mix)". CD

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9th CreationReaching For The Top ... CD
Prelude/Past Due, 1977. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Damn funky work from 9th Creation – a group who recorded this set for the mostly-disco Prelude label, but who still serve up the same heavy sound as their earlier work! There's a tightness here that few other groups can touch – that special magic that you can hear when a larger funk ensemble somehow manages to groove with the sharpness of a quartet – but with this fuller sound that really infuses the songs with a fantastic current of soul! The set's got a few mellower moments mixed in with the groovers – the sort of balance that only Earth Wind & Fire might have gotten this right – and there's also maybe a bit more of a spiritual vibe to some of the lyrics, in a mighty nice way. Titles include "Come Back Home", "He's Coming", "A Good Time", "The Time Has Come", "Reaching For The Top", and "It Ain't Right". CD

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9th CreationSuperheroes ... LP
Hilltak/Past Due, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Fantastic funk from 9th Creation – a group who really tighten up their sound for this record, but still stay as wonderful as before! There's a totally right-on-the-money vibe to the whole thing – like the best Wayne Henderson/At Home productions from the late 70s – or maybe that great Parliament moment when the group was trimming it down, but still finding a way to add in all these great elements around the edges! JD Burrise produced, and also handles the lead vocals – but the whole thing's a definite ensemble effort, and it's clear that these guys were having a hell of a time putting the record together in the studio – especially given all the sweet moments in the instrumentation – which hit some jazzy passages too. Titles include "Superheroes", "What's Shakin", "Got My Baby Back", "Shucks You're Fine", "I'd Do It Again", "Much Too Much", and the nice mellow number "Love is a Fantasy". Sweet and jazzy – very nice! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Richie WeeksLove Magician Archives Vol 1 – Disco New York City 1978/1979 ... CD
Past Due, Late 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Never-heard music from the great Richie Weeks – an artist you might know for his work in New York dancefloor groups The Jammers and Weeks & Co – but who's heard here on cuts that represent his never-ending efforts to come up with great grooves in the studio! Much of this music was done in collaboration with Patrick Adams of P&P Records fame – and at some level, lots of the cuts have that nicely offbeat vibe that marks the best of P&P – a lean, mean style that's very different than the fuller sound of mainstream disco, and which really gets to the core of the groove! A few cuts have vocals from Tanyayette Willoughby, and one more features work from the great Leroy Burgess – on titles that include "I'll Keep You Up", "Just Cause I Don't Dance (voc mix)", "Love Magician (version 2)", "At The Disco", "I've Been There Before (version 2)", "Who Cares (version 4)", "How Many Times (version 4)", "Everyone Knows (version 3)", "Find That Disco Rhythm (version 2)", and "Just Cause I Don't Dance (version 2)". CD
Also available Love Magician Archives Vol 1 – Disco New York City 1978/1979 ... LP 40.99

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✨✧ Richie WeeksLove Magician Archives Vol 1 – Disco New York City 1978/1979 ... LP
Past Due, Late 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $40.99 42.99
Never-heard music from the great Richie Weeks – an artist you might know for his work in New York dancefloor groups The Jammers and Weeks & Co – but who's heard here on cuts that represent his never-ending efforts to come up with great grooves in the studio! Much of this music was done in collaboration with Patrick Adams of P&P Records fame – and at some level, lots of the cuts have that nicely offbeat vibe that marks the best of P&P – a lean, mean style that's very different than the fuller sound of mainstream disco, and which really gets to the core of the groove! A few cuts have vocals from Tanyayette Willoughby, and one more features work from the great Leroy Burgess – on titles that include "I'll Keep You Up", "Just Cause I Don't Dance (voc mix)", "Love Magician (version 2)", "At The Disco", "I've Been There Before (version 2)", "Who Cares (version 4)", "How Many Times (version 4)", "Everyone Knows (version 3)", "Find That Disco Rhythm (version 2)", and "Just Cause I Don't Dance (version 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Love Magician Archives Vol 1 – Disco New York City 1978/1979 ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Weeks & CoWeeks & Co (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Past Due, 1983. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maestro Richie Weeks is at the helm of this sweet set of early 80s groovers – funky club in the best second chapter mode of the Salsoul label – served up with a sound that's lean and mean throughout! We're not sure who the "Co" is, since Richie sings, plays keyboards, and handles most of the rhythms too – all at a level that's tight, but never uptight – and which gets graced at points by some jazzy instrumentation and female chorus vocals too! Tunes are mighty catchy – grooving, but in a hip post-disco way – and there's even a bit of vocoder on some of the lyrics. Titles include "Good To The Last Drop", "Tunnel Of Love", "Knock, Knock", "Rockin It In Your Pocket", and "Going Out Of My Head". Also features bonus tracks – "Rock Your World (long version)" and "If You're Looking For Fun (orig Shep Pettibone 12" master dub)". CD

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✨✧ HorizonMagic Music – The Story Of Horizon – San Antonio, Texas 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The full story of this really unique group – a soulful quartet who hail from San Antonio, but who have a rock-solid boogie sound that's like some of the best acts coming out of the east coast at the time! Horizon only issued a few indie label singles back in the day, but they've got a heck of a lot more to offer here – as the package includes ten never-issued cuts alongside their rare singles – all to paint a very vivid portrait of a group you'd never expect to hail from the southern side of Texas! The tracks are mostly upbeat and have a great clubby vibe – really well-crafted instrumentation over well-done arrangements – with vocals often harmonized by the group together with the lead – a soaring spirit that's clearly inspired by Earth Wind & Fire, but served up with a leaner sound overall, and a mode that's very much the group's own. Titles include "Lady Fantasy", "Over & Over", "Saving My Love For You", "Try My Love Again", "Rock It On Down", "Magic Music", "Feel The Funk", "Give It Up", "They Don't Make Em Like You", "Jen", "Let Me Be The One", "Snap To It", and "You Went Away". CD

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✨✧ Netwerk (Network)I Need You (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Still Music/Past Due, 1984. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A great lost bit of 80s groove – the one and only album from Netwerk, a bouncing funky soul outfit that followed strongly in the spirit of BB&Q Band, Mtume, and other 80s groove heroes – maybe no surprise, as the group features a number of artists who played with those groups too! The album's impossibly rare in the original – recorded in New York, but only issued in the Netherlands for just a minute in the early 80s – although the set's got a depth and quality level that rivals some of the much bigger 80s acts of the period! The sound here is upbeat and positive – lots of bass and keys in the instrumentation, and joyous vocals that soar over the top of the beat from two male lead singers – unified together with a very righteous vibe. The production quality is great – totally top-shelf – and titles include "Jennie", "Cover Girl", "I Need You", "Hard To Give It Up", and "Why You Wanna Treat Me Like That". Reissue features lots of bonus tracks – including "I'm Still In Luv (parts 1 & 2)", "Who's Gonna Know", "Tonight", "Taste Yo Lips", "Heartthrob", "Somewhere Hanging Over My Head", "Out Of Control", and "Y U Wanna Treat Me Like That (reprise)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Larry DixonStar Time – Larry Dixon & Lad Productions Inc – Chicago 1971 to 1987 ... CD
Past Due, 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Two rare albums from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – plus an even more obscure array of rare singles and lost tapes from the same time too! The set begins with Larry's wonderful indie set I Am So In Love – originally issued on vinyl with a glued-on photocopy on the cover image! The album's a self-produced effort from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – and a great mix of sweeter soul and a few clubbier numbers – all of which sound surprisingly great, given the homemade look of the package! According to the label, the album was recorded live – most likely live in the studio, but with a freewheeling freshness that gets away from some of the cliches of this time – and which is really in keeping with the honest, personal approach Larry brings to the record. Titles include "What I Am", "Body", "Show Me", "Star Time", "Free Me", "Hey Girl", and "I'm So In Love". Next up is 1984's Can't Price Love – done with a bit more of an 80s soul vibe, but still villed with wonderfully sweet vocals from Larry! Dixon co-wrote some of the tunes and his guitarist Charles Parks takes credit for some of the others – and titles include one gospel song "Wait For Me" (both vocal and instrumental) , "Can't Price Love" (also vocal and instrumental version), "Doing What Comes Naturally", "Dance To The Beat", and "Make Up Your Mind". The second half of the collection is maybe even cooler than the first – a huge array of rare tracks done by Larry Dixon, from the early 70s through the mid 80s – really showing the evolution of both the indie soul sound of the time, and of the sort of artists who never fully got their time in the spotlight! Some tracks are by Dixon, others feature a different singer in the lead – and together, the work really illustrates the choices made by indie singers who were usually working a few years behind mainstream trends, but with a sharpness that really belies their lesser-star status. The music is already great on the rare funk or harmony singles at the start – but gets even more interesting as Larry and musicians cook up a sweet jazzy take on club – one that's almost more cosmic funk at times, with kind of a Cali-Tex vibe, than any sort of the disco on the east coast – especially given the placement of really strong musicians in the group. These 20 tracks are a huge revelation – and titles include "Next Time", "The Only One", "Don't It Make You Dance", "Love In Your Heart", "Feelings So Fine", and "Being With You" by Larry Dixon; "Space Caravan", "Groove It All Night", and "Love We Had (demo)" by Charles Parks III & The High Society Players; and "Ready For Your Touch", "That Kind Of Love", and "Ready For Your Touch (Jerome's dub)" by Chuck-A-Luck. CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Larry DixonStar Time – Larry Dixon & Lad Productions Inc – Chicago 1971 to 1987 (4LP set) ... LP
Past Due, 1970s/1980s. Sealed 4LP ... Out Of Stock
Two rare albums from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – plus an even more obscure array of rare singles and lost tapes from the same time too! The set begins with Larry's wonderful indie set I Am So In Love – originally issued on vinyl with a glued-on photocopy on the cover image! The album's a self-produced effort from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – and a great mix of sweeter soul and a few clubbier numbers – all of which sound surprisingly great, given the homemade look of the package! According to the label, the album was recorded live – most likely live in the studio, but with a freewheeling freshness that gets away from some of the cliches of this time – and which is really in keeping with the honest, personal approach Larry brings to the record. Titles include "What I Am", "Body", "Show Me", "Star Time", "Free Me", "Hey Girl", and "I'm So In Love". Next up is 1984's Can't Price Love – done with a bit more of an 80s soul vibe, but still villed with wonderfully sweet vocals from Larry! Dixon co-wrote some of the tunes and his guitarist Charles Parks takes credit for some of the others – and titles include one gospel song "Wait For Me" (both vocal and instrumental) , "Can't Price Love" (also vocal and instrumental version), "Doing What Comes Naturally", "Dance To The Beat", and "Make Up Your Mind". The second half of the collection is maybe even cooler than the first – a huge array of rare tracks done by Larry Dixon, from the early 70s through the mid 80s – really showing the evolution of both the indie soul sound of the time, and of the sort of artists who never fully got their time in the spotlight! Some tracks are by Dixon, others feature a different singer in the lead – and together, the work really illustrates the choices made by indie singers who were usually working a few years behind mainstream trends, but with a sharpness that really belies their lesser-star status. The music is already great on the rare funk or harmony singles at the start – but gets even more interesting as Larry and musicians cook up a sweet jazzy take on club – one that's almost more cosmic funk at times, with kind of a Cali-Tex vibe, than any sort of the disco on the east coast – especially given the placement of really strong musicians in the group. These 20 tracks are a huge revelation – and titles include "Next Time", "The Only One", "Don't It Make You Dance", "Love In Your Heart", "Feelings So Fine", and "Being With You" by Larry Dixon; "Space Caravan", "Groove It All Night", and "Love We Had (demo)" by Charles Parks III & The High Society Players; and "Ready For Your Touch", "That Kind Of Love", and "Ready For Your Touch (Jerome's dub)" by Chuck-A-Luck. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet – and in great shape! Shrink has some sticker residue.)

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✨✧ HorizonMagic Music – The Story Of Horizon – San Antonio, Texas 1977 to 1984 ... LP
Horizon/Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
The full story of this really unique group – a soulful quartet who hail from San Antonio, but who have a rock-solid boogie sound that's like some of the best acts coming out of the east coast at the time! Horizon only issued a few indie label singles back in the day, but they've got a heck of a lot more to offer here – as the package includes ten never-issued cuts alongside their rare singles – all to paint a very vivid portrait of a group you'd never expect to hail from the southern side of Texas! The tracks are mostly upbeat and have a great clubby vibe – really well-crafted instrumentation over well-done arrangements – with vocals often harmonized by the group together with the lead – a soaring spirit that's clearly inspired by Earth Wind & Fire, but served up with a leaner sound overall, and a mode that's very much the group's own. Titles include "Lady Fantasy", "Over & Over", "Saving My Love For You", "Try My Love Again", "Rock It On Down", "Magic Music", "Feel The Funk", "Give It Up", "They Don't Make Em Like You", "Jen", "Let Me Be The One", "Snap To It", and "You Went Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ JammersJammers (plus bonus tracks) ... LP
Salsoul/Past Due, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A jamming little project from dancefloor maestro Richie Weeks – early 80s club tracks, done with a sweetly soulful approach! The music's still as heavy on the bass as other Salsoul work from the time, but there's a warmer approach to the vocals overall – a style that's as concerned with soulful approach of the lyrics as it is the rhythmic progression of the grooves – thanks to great lead vocals from Sheldon Weeks and Debra Blackwell. Richie plays keyboards, and titles include "And You Know That", "Funky You, Funky Me", "Out To Get You", "What Have You Got To Lose", and "Just For You". Also features bonus tracks – "Just For You (unreleased 12" mix)" and "And You Know That (Richie Weeks mix)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jammers (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ 9th CreationBubble Gum ... CD
Rite Track/Past Due, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic album of jazzed-up funk – the lasting legacy by this oft-sampled group! 9th Creation originally hailed from west of the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and this album was recorded in Oakland with the same sweet jazzy finish as work by some of the other big Northern California funk acts of the time – especially Pleasure, who with their sharp sense of a groove are probably the closest comparison to the group's sound. The album is best known for the cut "Bubble Gum" – a great number with lots of jazzy changes, and a modern funky groove that still sounds pretty darn fresh – but the whole album is totally great, and filled with plenty of other songs that have the same feel as the title cut! Tracks include "Sexy Girl", "Quit It", "Falling In Love", "We Need Love", and "Rule Of Mind". CD

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✨✧ VariousAmerican Boogie Down – America's Lost Disco, Funk, & Boogie ... LP
Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A massive batch of rare club tracks unearthed by Chicago's Past Due label, packaged together wonderfully as a document of a lost side of soul and disco! So far, Past Due's efforts have only surfaced as expensive 12" singles – so this collection is the first full length set to showcase the label's music – a treasure trove of under-discovered gems from the indie soul underground of the late 70s and early 80s! The music is to the far left of some of the better-known club work from the east coast of the time – including that of P&P Records – and most cuts here almost fall more in the upbeat funk mode than conventional disco grooves you'd find on bigger labels. Most numbers groove along in a wave of bumping bass, sweet keyboards, and other hip instrumental touches – and vocals are usually deep and soulful, much more so than in ordinary club. Titles include "Galaxy" by Visions Of Tomorrow, "Midnight Rhythm" by The Right Direction, "The Heat Is On" by Lonnie Givens, "Get Up Get Down & Let Your Body Pop" by Greyship Daviz, "Dance" by Destiny In Time Band, "Party" by Monofide, "Kiss You Everywhere" and "You Are Number One" by Devarne, "You Bring Out The Best In Me" by Destiny In Time, and "If You Like What We're Doing" by The Fabulous Kings. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Larry DixonStar Time – Larry Dixon & Lad Productions Inc – Chicago 1971 to 1987 (4LP set) ... LP
Past Due, 1970s/1980s. New Copy 4LPs ... Out Of Stock
Two rare albums from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – plus an even more obscure array of rare singles and lost tapes from the same time too! The set begins with Larry's wonderful indie set I Am So In Love – originally issued on vinyl with a glued-on photocopy on the cover image! The album's a self-produced effort from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – and a great mix of sweeter soul and a few clubbier numbers – all of which sound surprisingly great, given the homemade look of the package! According to the label, the album was recorded live – most likely live in the studio, but with a freewheeling freshness that gets away from some of the cliches of this time – and which is really in keeping with the honest, personal approach Larry brings to the record. Titles include "What I Am", "Body", "Show Me", "Star Time", "Free Me", "Hey Girl", and "I'm So In Love". Next up is 1984's Can't Price Love – done with a bit more of an 80s soul vibe, but still villed with wonderfully sweet vocals from Larry! Dixon co-wrote some of the tunes and his guitarist Charles Parks takes credit for some of the others – and titles include one gospel song "Wait For Me" (both vocal and instrumental) , "Can't Price Love" (also vocal and instrumental version), "Doing What Comes Naturally", "Dance To The Beat", and "Make Up Your Mind". The second half of the collection is maybe even cooler than the first – a huge array of rare tracks done by Larry Dixon, from the early 70s through the mid 80s – really showing the evolution of both the indie soul sound of the time, and of the sort of artists who never fully got their time in the spotlight! Some tracks are by Dixon, others feature a different singer in the lead – and together, the work really illustrates the choices made by indie singers who were usually working a few years behind mainstream trends, but with a sharpness that really belies their lesser-star status. The music is already great on the rare funk or harmony singles at the start – but gets even more interesting as Larry and musicians cook up a sweet jazzy take on club – one that's almost more cosmic funk at times, with kind of a Cali-Tex vibe, than any sort of the disco on the east coast – especially given the placement of really strong musicians in the group. These 20 tracks are a huge revelation – and titles include "Next Time", "The Only One", "Don't It Make You Dance", "Love In Your Heart", "Feelings So Fine", and "Being With You" by Larry Dixon; "Space Caravan", "Groove It All Night", and "Love We Had (demo)" by Charles Parks III & The High Society Players; and "Ready For Your Touch", "That Kind Of Love", and "Ready For Your Touch (Jerome's dub)" by Chuck-A-Luck. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)
 
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Chicken ShackCrying Won't Help You Now – The Deram Years 1971 to 1974 (Imagination Lady/Unlucky Boy/Goodbye/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Deram/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 39.99
British group Chicken Shack famously first got their start on the Blue Horizon label – but when they moved to Deram Records, they really stretched out and opened their sound – as you'll hear on the three albums on this set! First up is Imagination Lady – a fantastic album from this legendary British group – a bluesy rock combo who grew up in the same space as Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, but who never fully got their due on this side of the Atlantic! The group here is a unique lineup that only recorded this one album – a trio with John Glascock on bass and Paul Hancox on drums – two players who give leader Stan Webb plenty of space in the spotlight, which means a very strong emphasis on his mindblowing work on guitar! Webb's a musician with the chops of contemporaries Eric Clapton and Peter Green, and you can definitely hear that here – and, like his contemporaries, Stan is also really taking the music way past its bluesy inspirations – using the trio to maybe bring in more of a hard rock vibe, yet never going too far in that direction either. Titles include "Daughter Of The Hillside", "Crying Won't Help You Now", "The Loser", "Telling Your Fortune", and "Poor Boy". Next is Unlucky Boy – a set that has Chicken Shack really refining the blues inspirations of their roots, heading into hard rock territory, and really helping define a sound that so many other groups would soon steal and use to great radio fame! The vocals of Stan Webb are recorded with a nice sort of echo at times – more 70s guitar hero than before, but at a level that really makes them even more powerful, and less straight blues-inspired at times – bold, powerful, and with a quality that should have made Webb one of the better-remembered greats of his generation! Titles include "Revelation", "Stan The Man", "Jammin With The Ash", "Unlucky Boy", and "You Know Could Be Right". Last up is Goodbye – a set that maybe has Chicken Shack stripping things down even more than the previous record – almost going back to their blues roots, but with all the lessons that they'd learned over other albums! Stan Webb is still a hell of a frontman, on both vocals and guitar – and titles include "Going Down", "Webb's Boogie", "You're Mean", "Poor Boy", "Webb's Guitar Shuffle", and "You Take Me Down". 3CD set features bonus tracks – single versions of "Poor Boy", "As Time Goes Passing By", and "Telling Your Fortune". CD

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Grant GreenMatador ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $11.99
A fantastic mid 60s album from Grant Green – but one that never got its due originally, because it was unreleased at the time – and didn't come out until a Japanese version in the late 70s! Despite that oddly long gap, Matador is truly one Grant's best ever records – a really inventive session that goes way past his standard soul jazz roots – and which really shows the guitarist stretching out towards future styles of jazz! The session's a spare quartet date – with Green's guitar playing modal grooves over rhythm by by his incredible combo – with Bob Cranshaw on bass, Elvin Jones on drums and the incomparable McCoy Tyner on piano – blocking out bold changes that really drive the record strongly. Cuts are long, and there's a freewheeling quality to the material that's only ever matched by some of the Grant Green/Larry Young sessions from the same time – especially the Street Of Dreams Record. Titles include "Matador", "Bedouin", Green Jeans", and a killer version of "My Favorite Things", done in a very Coltrane-esque style. CD
(1990 pressing.)

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LitterEmerge ... LP
Probe/ABC, 1969. Near Mint- ... $14.99 19.99
Heavy fuzzed out psychedelia from the late 60s Twin Cities scene – the wild and hard charging Emerge from The Litter – with a heft that would be just as right at home in Detroit at the time as it was in Minneapolis! A lot of that has to due to with the heft – the drums pound heavily and the vocalists wail more than sing – this is a nasty piece of business, this Litter! Still, lumbering as chose to, there's still a nice groove that comes out, particularly on the less frezious moments, and the titles include "Journeys", "Feeling", "Silly People", "Blue Ice", "For What It's Worth", "Little Red Book", "Breakfeast At Gardenson's", and "Futures Of The Past". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 80s UK Big Beat pressing in a brown barcode cover.)

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel ... LP
Epic, 1974. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest female soul stars! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too – not credited with production, due to contractual reasons, although he helped put most of the album together. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label Capitol reissue pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousCellarful Of Motown Vol 5 – The Rarest Detroit Grooves ... CD
Motown (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
A long-overdue fifth entry in this amazing series – and like the previous volumes, a double-length set of rare material from the Motown vaults! 20 of the 43 tracks on the set are previously unreleased – and all of the material here goes way past the hits – to really show the full amazing scope of music that Motown was recording back in the day – with obscure cuts from the big names on the label, and some equally great tracks from artists who never fully got their due! The groove is upbeat on most tracks – very much in the Northern Soul spirit of the label – and titles include "Whisper You Love Me Boy" by The Lewis Sisters, "True Fine Boy" by The Funk Brothers, "A Toast To The Lady" by Frank Wilson, "I Want A Love I Can See" by The Underdogs, "Don't Be Too Long" by Anita Knorl, "All I Have Left Are Memories" by Sammy Turner, "Hold On To Me Darling" by Ann Bogan, "Determination" by Ivy Jo Hunter, "I Don't Want You Anymore" by Chris Clark, "There's No Love Left" by Eddie Holland, "Then" by The Temptations, "A Miracle Happened" by Johnny Bristol, "All I Want Is A Little Bit Of Love" by Barbara McNair, "In Your Heart" by Patrice Holloway, "Tomorrow's Child" by Terry Johnson, "It" by Little Lisa, "When Someone's Good To You" by Oma Page, "Too Much To Hope For" by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, "I Wish I Liked You" by Connie Haines, "The Truth Does Hurt" by Funk Brothers, "I Don't Know What You Got" by Edwin Starr, "Only You" by Brian Holland, and "I Found My Love In You" by Tommy Good. CD

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✨✧ VariousFunky Funky Detroit – Rare & Unreleased Motorcity Funk & Soul ... CD
Funky Delicacies/Tuff City, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Detroit finally gets its funky due – stepping out from the shadows cast by endless Motown and Northern Soul compilations, and fixing its funky wagon to a great batch of rare indie groovers! The package brings together some real gems from labels that have barely, if ever, been reissued in the past – Sport, Big Hit, and Northern – and features tunes that run in vintage from the late 60s through the mid 70s. There's a really fierce funky 45 sort of feel going on here – with lots of deep deep bass on the best cuts, plenty of snapping drums, and vocals that have lots of raw and rough southern-styled touches! The set's got 17 tracks in all – with titles that include "Party On 4th Street" and "Mama Didn't Lie" by Black Nasty, "Going To Get It" by Calvin Williams, "Don't Leave Me To Be Lonely" by The Dramatics, "Funky Soul" by Dynamic Walton Brothers, "You Better Get Yourself Together" by Timmy Shaw & Chuck Holiday, "Keep On Stepping" by Black Nasty, "Bit Off More" by Lynn Day, and "Uncle Tom" by Herbie Thompson. CD

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VariousMasterpieces Of Modern Soul Vol 2 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
The title totally gets it right – because these are some wonderfully put-together soul tunes – mini-masterpieces of the modern variety, and the kind of cuts that are ripe for rediscovery today! Hardly any of these cuts got their due back in the 70s, but they've all got a completely sublime sound – that groove that first started as Northern Soul turned into modern – when the rhythms laid back a bit more and the lyrics hipped up a bit – moving past simple soul themes into even deeper, more mature modes. Production is great, but never commercial at all – and most of the singers still have a really great edge – raspy enough to really bring enough feeling to the tunes, but poised with the right maturity to fit the music. Completely wonderful throughout, and even better than the first volume – with 24 tracks that include some great harmonies on many numbers. Titles include "Double Love" by The California Playboys, "A Broken Heart Cries" by The Pretenders, "It's Better To Cry" by Johnny Watson, "What Hurts" by Grover Mitchell, "Still A Part Of Me" by The Minits, "Lovin" by The Pacesetters, "Always" by Garland Green, "You Gotta Be A Lady" by The Chargers, "That's The Way Our Love Is" by The Radiations, "You're Gonna Lose Me" by Freddie Hubbard & Jeanie Tracy, "Hope For Love" by Darrow Fletcher", "I Can See Him Loving You" by The Mayberry Movement, "More Than Just Somebody I Know" by Brenda Wayne, "The Fool Who Used To Live Here" by Betty Fikes, "I'm A Dreamer" by Bobby Burn, and "Wear Your Natural Baby" by Towana & The Total Destruction. CD

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✨✧ Robert Wyatt & Alfie BengeSide By Side – Selected Lyrics (hardcover) ... Book
Faber & Faber (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The music of Robert Wyatt often comes across with a surprisingly poetic quality – one that finally gets its due here in a well-presented book that mixes words from his songs with images and other writings – most done in collaboration with Wyatt's longtime creative partner Alfie Benge! The book's got much of the appeal of Robert Wyatt album covers and CD booklets over the past few decades – many of which have Benge's contributions too – and the artwork is just in just the right balance next to the words, which are further illuminated by some non-lyrical passages that are a great addition to the book. Hardcover volume is 191 pages, with black and white images scattered throughout! Book

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✨✧ ComusFirst Utterance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
A legendary group who never fully got their due – and maybe one of the creepier acts on the British scene at the start of the 70s! The cover art probably gives things away – but the sound of the record is even more haunting – with some acoustic elements that echo the acid folk movement of the time, but more dynamic energy at other spots that resonate more with prog – all topped by vocals that have a completely sinister sound that really makes the group stand out! Despite the acoustic guitars, these guys are hardly the traditional-leaning style of some of their folk rock contemporaries – and, if anything, it feels like they opened up some Pandora's box from the past, and let out all this weird Wicker Man energy. Titles include "Bitten", "The Prisoner", "Diana", "The Herald", "Song To Comus", and "Drip Drip". CD features bonus tracks – "All The Colours Of Darkness", "Winter Is A Coloured Bird", "In The Lost Queen's Eyes", and "Diana (maxi single version)". CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Dance Fusion – Presented By Colin Curtis ... CD
Z Records (UK), Late 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Don't think "fusion" as in the usual electric mode of the jazz genre – think instead of the kind of cool cuts that mix together a few different modes – Brazilian and funky, vocal and groovy, modal and Latin – all of which you'll hear in this great little set! The package takes us back to the days when a straight jazz track could really set a London or Tokyo dancefloor on fire – especially if the DJ was someone like Gilles Peterson or Sunaga T – both of whom have always been a huge inspiration to the kind of music we champion here at Dusty Groove! And here, Colin Curtis follows in very strong formation – uncovering cool cuts from the 70s, many of which never fully got their due – and which really expand your understanding of jazz from the time. These numbers go way past CTI, Blue Note, Prestige, and other big labels of the period – and instead mostly come from the mighty catalog of Muse Records – with cuts that include "Image" by Dom Salvador, "Murilley" by Charles Earland, "Empty Faces" by Mark Murphy, "Samba Express" by Eric Kloss, "To Let You Know I Care" by Ron Eschete, "Ponteio" by Dom Um Romao, "What's Going On" by Michele Hendricks, "New York Afternoon" by Richie Cole, "El Exi-Hente" by Harold Ousley, "Samba Do Brilho" by Bill Hardman, "The Angels" by Dom Um Romao, "Spirit's Samba" by Dave Pike, "Demon Upstairs" by Michael Carvin, "Zamba" by Walt Barr, "Someone To Light Up My Life" by Mark Murphy with Viva Brasil, and "Spirits Of Truth" by Emanuel K Rahim & The Khaliqs. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousMen In The Glass Booth – Groundbreaking Re-edits & Remixes By The Disco Era's Most Influential DJs (3CD set) ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. Used 3CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection – and one that fills in a crucially under-documented side of the New York dancefloor generation – the wealth of special mixes and edits that were made for that city's important DJs for their own use in clubs! The package sorts through a mountain of never-issued acetates, and goes way past conventional disco or rare club collections – to showcase the special mixing talents these DJs brought to their re-presentation of the material – which was usually done on tape, then pressed onto acetate discs for their own private use! Those rare treasures are brought forth here – in a beautiful package that's also overflowing with fantastic notes that finally give this lost history its due – all handled by Al Kent – who's a hell of a mixer himself, as well as an underground club historian. 3CD set is overflowing with gems – and titles include "I Just Wanna Say I Love You (John Luongo rmx)" by Leon Collins, "What About Love (Tony Gioe rmx)" by Marboo, "Ten Percent (Walter Gibbons Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Double Exposure, "Inside America (Rick Gianatos disco queen acetate edit)" by Juggy Murray Jones, "Dancing Free (John Luongo rmx)" by Hot Ice, "Black Water Gold (Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by The Sunshine Band, "Magic Bird Of Fire (Francois Kevorkian Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "It's Good For The Soul (Jay Negron Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Salsoul Orchestra, "My Love Is Free (Walter Gibbons disco madness rmx)" by Double Exposure, "Reaching Out For Happiness (Jonathan Fearing rmx)" by Fay Hauser, "Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Tom Savarese rmx)" by Love Symphony Orchestra, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Ripple, "I Wanna Be Near You (John Morales Sunshine Sound acetate edit)" by Ruby Andrews, "I've Been Looking For Somebody (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "The Disco Scene (Rick Gianatos rmx)" by Lake Shore Drive, "Bumpsie's Whipping Cream (Tom Savarese rmx)" by TC James & The Fist O Funk Orchestra, "Janice (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Skip Mahoney, "My Number's Up (Tee Scott rmx)" by The Salsoul Orchestra, "The Love Bug Done Bit Me Again (David Todd rmx)" by Skyliners, "LA Sunshine (Robert Ouimet rmx)" by Aura, "Love Has Come My Way (Jim Burgess rmx)" by Tony Valor Sound Orchestra, "Handsome Ma (Bobby DJ Guttadoro rmx)" by Sparkle Tuhran & Friends, "Love Thang (Tee Scott rmx)" by First Choice, "Burn Me Up (Jellybean Benitez edit)" by Kay Gees, "Love Is The Message (Tee Scott rmx)" by Brooklyn Express, "Changes (Jellybean Benitez rmx)" by Chain Reaction, "J'Ouvert (Frank Sestito rmx)" by John Gibbs & The Jam Band, "By The Way You Dance (Bobby DJ Guttadaro rmx)" by Bunny Sigler, "It's Good For The Soul (Walter Gibbons disco madness version)" by Salsoul Orchestra, and "It's A Better Than Good Time (Walter Gibbons rmx)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. CD
(Still sealed!)

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✨✧ VariousStrangers In The Room – A Journey Through The British Folk Rock Scene 1967 to 1973 (3CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous overview of some really important years in British music – a period that sometimes gets overlooked, due to the huge explosion of psych, prog, and other styles – but one that's equally creative in its own sort of way! First off, forget the term "folk rock" – because although that's what this music might be, it's also very different than the pop folk modes that were big on the US scene in the mid 60s – as this folk rock scene instead represented a host of British musicians really retrenching, and finding their own sort of styles – sometimes borrowing bits from the ancient past of England, other times bringing forth a contemporary way of putting over a tune – at a level that might have gotten commercial and overproduced if these guys were working on the American west coast, but which instead has a nicely unadorned quality here. At a time when most American labels (and listeners) were really leaving folk music behind, these artists were able to often work free from the needs of a big commercial hit – and make genius music that's gone on to transform many minds over the decades. The set moves way past the obvious – and features a whopping 60 tracks in all, with lots of notes in the package – and even includes a few never-issued tracks as well. Includes work by Harvey Andrews, Jade, Michael Chapman, Andy Roberts, Mr Fox, Pentangle, Shirley Collins, Prelude, Heron, Mike Cooper, Paul Brett's Sage, Lifeblood, Dando Shaft, Canticle, Jeremy Harmer, Bridget St John, Al Jones, Bill Fay, Fairport Convention, The Woods Band, Matthew's Southern Comfort, The Johnstons, Beau, Richmond, Chimera, Spirogyra, and many others! CD
 
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Pastor ChampionI Just Want To Be A Good Man ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2022. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Pastor Wiley Champion is a gospel singer with a hell of a voice – the sort that could have instantly made him a huge soul singer, if he ever chose to leave his faith – but which is maybe even more powerful here directed towards a spiritual sort of setting! The album's a very lean effort, especially for a contemporary album – recorded to two track analog tape in a church in Oakland, but with crisp fidelity that lets the vocals really come to life once the songs begin – as Champion sings with light backings from his own guitar, plus a bit of keyboard, bass, drums, and tenor. The whole thing is wonderfully without any sense of cliche – and has none of the slavish attempt to sound "authentic" that you might fear from a contemporary record like this – just the pure, unadulterated power of a singer who's worked in obscurity for decades, finally getting his due. Titles include "To Be Used By You", "Storm Of Life", "I Know That You've Been Wounded", "He'll Make A Way", "I Just Want To Be A Good Man", and "Who Do Men Say I Am". CD
Also available I Just Want To Be A Good Man ... LP 20.99

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Pastor ChampionI Just Want To Be A Good Man ... LP
Luaka Bop, 2022. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
Pastor Wiley Champion is a gospel singer with a hell of a voice – the sort that could have instantly made him a huge soul singer, if he ever chose to leave his faith – but which is maybe even more powerful here directed towards a spiritual sort of setting! The album's a very lean effort, especially for a contemporary album – recorded to two track analog tape in a church in Oakland, but with crisp fidelity that lets the vocals really come to life once the songs begin – as Champion sings with light backings from his own guitar, plus a bit of keyboard, bass, drums, and tenor. The whole thing is wonderfully without any sense of cliche – and has none of the slavish attempt to sound "authentic" that you might fear from a contemporary record like this – just the pure, unadulterated power of a singer who's worked in obscurity for decades, finally getting his due. Titles include "To Be Used By You", "Storm Of Life", "I Know That You've Been Wounded", "He'll Make A Way", "I Just Want To Be A Good Man", and "Who Do Men Say I Am". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Just Want To Be A Good Man ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Jaco Pastorius & Rashied AliBlackbird (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Timeless/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99 29.99
One of the most unique albums ever recorded by the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorious – and one of the most outside as well! The set features duets recorded with drummer Rashied Ali for French Radio in 1984 – and as with John Coltrane, Ali is something of a muse here with Pastorius – really setting him free into more improvised, outside territory – nicely unbound, although still very much in command of those talents and touches that made Jaco such an influential musician during the short time he was on the planet! Ali comes on full at times, punctuates the proceedings at others – and Jaco moves between round notes and more abstract elements – sometimes even upping the fuzz in a really great way. Titles include "Broadway Blues", "Slang", "Fannie Mae", "Purple Haze", "Continuum", and a version of "Naima". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000 – on heavyweight yellow vinyl!)

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Jerry ButlerSpice Of Life ... LP
Mercury, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $13.99
Perhaps the greatest record Jerry Butler made in the 70s, and a very tight bit of baroque Chicago soul with arrangements and production by Samuel F. Brown III. The tracks are a good mix of originals and covers, and they all show Jerry going way past his Gamble & Huff/Mercury years – into the sophisticated mix of soul, jazz, and studio imagination that was going down on the Chicago scene of the late 60s and early 70s. A few cuts feature duets with Brenda Lee Eager, but the best numbers are the solo ones, like "A Prayer", "That The Way it Was", "If I Could Remember", and "I Need You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam, partial splits on top seam, surface & ring wear.)

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Dusko GoykovichBrandenberg Concert – Dusko Goykovich With Strings ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the greatest trumpeters on the European scene of the past few decades – heard here in a completely sublime setting! Dusko Goykovich has played in many styles and many ways, but hasn't ever done a date with full strings before – a long-overdue placement for his wonderful tone on trumpet – shimmering out front of a larger ensemble, in the manner of classic "with strings" dates by Dizzy Gillespie or Art Farmer! Altoist Peter King arranged the album – and titles are all originals by Dusko, some of which you might know from earlier records – reworked here beautifully for the new setting. King also solos on a handful of tracks too – a rich voice that provides a nice balance with Dusko's trumpet. Strings are never overdone, and the album's always got a nice swing from a core rhythm trio that features Renato Chicco on piano. Titles include "Good Old Days", "Handful O Soul", "Danca Comigo", "St Germain Des Pres", "Adriatica", "In My Dreams", and "I Miss You So". CD
(Part of the Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign!)

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Dean MartinCapitol Years ... CD
Capitol, 1950s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
A wonderful overview of Dean's classic years at Capitol – one that goes way past any "greatest hits" compilation, and which includes some really unique gems! The set's got a few unreleased tracks – but even more than that, there's some great lost singles that haven't shown up on other Dean Martin reissues, and which give a much wider scope of the way he was working at Capitol, especially in the 50s. The set's got 40 tracks in all, and highlights include "Open Up The Doghouse", a duet with Nat King Cole; "You Was", a duet with Peggy Lee; "Dreamy Old New England Moon", sung with Paul Weston; and unreleased tracks "It's 1200 Miles From Palm Springs To Texas", "My Guiding Star", "Be An Angel", "I'd Cry Like A Baby", "Susan", and "Peanut Vendor". CD

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Les McCann Ltd.On Time ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99 14.99
A quartet session that has Les playing with Leroy Vinnegar on bass, Ron Jefferson on drums, and Joe Pass on guitar. Pass' guitar opens the group up nicely – expanding Les a bit past some of the gospel drenched work of earlier yesr. Tracks include "Maichen", "Bernie's Tune", "So What", "On Time", and "Fondue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and silver label Pacific Jazz pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams, light surface wear, and a name in pen.)

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David NewmanFathead – Ray Charles Presents David Fathead Newman ... LP
Atlantic, 1958. Very Good+ ... $4.99 11.99
David Newman's first album as a leader – recorded under the Ray Charles banner, and featuring Ray himself on piano! The set's a really surprising one – as it's much more jazz-based than we'd expect, given the Charles connection – and really steps out with some lively solo work that goes way past the usual Ray Charles groove. The group's a small one – with Newman on alto and tenor, Ray on piano, Bennie Crawford on baritone, and a young Marcus Belgrave on trumpet – and the tunes have a really solid soul jazz approach, one that sounds a heck of a lot more like a late 50s session for Prestige Records than it does for Atlantic! Titles include "Hard Times", "Weird Beard", "Bill For Bennie", "Tin Tin Deo", and "Sweet Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has tape residue along the top seam, a cutout notch, a small peel spot and a partially split top seam.)

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RA The Rugged ManDie Rugged Man Die ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2004. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $28.99 32.99
The third time's the charm for RA The Rugged man – as the set's actually the third full length set he put together in the studio, yet the first that any label deemed to release! Part of the problem was that in the past, RA had been caught up in all that big major label hip hop signup of the 90s – working for companies who couldn't really get his vibe – something that maybe didn't happen until he got the chance to drop this overdue nugget via Nature Sounds, who were certainly one of the more forward thinking imprints of the time. After plenty of appearances with others, including work on Rawkus sets, RA gets the chance to lead on his own – opening the door to featured guests who include Masta Killa, Killah Priest, J-Zone, and Ayatollah – on cuts that include "Lessons", "Casanova (Fly Guy)", "A Star Is Born", "Chains", "On The Block", "How Low", "They Luv Me", "Da Girlz", "Black & White", and "Midnight Thud". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stan Tracey with Mike OsborneAlone & Together – Live At Wigmore Hall 1974 ... CD
Cadillac (UK), 1974. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 18.99
Two rare performances from the same evening of music in 1974 – one issued briefly on the album Stan Tracey Alone, one appearing here for the first time ever! CD1 features that Tracey album – an extended solo improvisation titled "Eighty One Plus One", which has Stan really stretching out at this key point in his career – that moment when he'd moved past his more angular, Monkish modes of the 60s – into territory that was much freer, and even more captivating – as Tracey always plays with this sense of timing that holds things together, even as his hands are soaring to the farther reaches of the piano! CD 2 features a duet with alto saxophonist Mike Osborne – also from the same night, and as one extended improvisation titled "Two Part Intention" – which has Tracey building up these layers of sound on piano, while Osborne glides freely over the top in a style that's both modern and soulful at the same time. Great stuff – and a much-needed example of this key moment in British jazz! CD

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Ruby TurnerLivin A Life Of Love – The Jive Anthology 1986 to 1991 ... CD
Jive/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used 2CD ... $16.99
Classic work from Ruby Turner – a UK soul singer, but one who was part of a new generation that hardly had to answer at all to her contemporaries on the other side of the Atlantic! The tracks here have a modern, midtempo groove that's right up there with the best US mainstream soul of the period – and Turner's voice, honed by years of work with others, really soars out right from the start – with a richness that really keeps these songs fresh, even past some of the production styles of the time! Ruby sings here as if she's working for Atlantic Records at the end of the 60s, and not Jive Records in the 80s – and she brings a proud, full sound to her vocals that holds up wonderfully over the years. The set's a really well-chosen batch of tracks – 32 numbers that show Turner at her best, including duets woth Jimmy Ruffin and Jonathan Butler – with titles that include "I'm Livin A Life Of Love", "Hurting Inside", "If You're Ready Come With Me", "I'm In Love", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "It's My Life (ext version)", "Step In My Shoes", "Still Waters Run Deep", "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted", "Just My Imagination", "It's Gonna Be Alright", "Paradise (radio edit)", "Everytime I Breathe", "It's Gonna Be Alright (Brixton bass mix)", "It's You My Heart Beats For", "Merry Go Round", and "Provoking". CD

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Andre WilliamsRib Tips & Pig Snoots – Rare & Unreleased Au Go Go Soul 1965-1971 ... LP
Soul Tay Shus/Tuff City, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Finally! Andre Williams has been getting loads of press over the past few years as the true "Funky Godfather" that he is – but up until now, nobody's ever done a good compilation of his work! This long-overdue set from Tuff City digs through the vaults of Avin, Sport, & Wingate – smaller labels that Williams recorded with around the same period that he was working with Chess – and the result is a funky funky batch of great little tracks, the sort that we always sell for a bundle on our funky 45 pages! Williams hard funky talent rings loud and true here (a hell of a lot more than on those recent recordings) – and the album's filled with great gems like "Black Bull", "Loose Juice", "Soul Groove", "Bassology", "Hard Hustling", "Jivin Around", "Rip Tips (parts 1 & 2)", "Pearl Time", "Chickent Thights", and the great "Sweet Little Pussy Cat". 16 cuts in all – and nice and funky! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAction Time Vision – A Story Of Independent UK Punk 1976 to 1979 (4CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99 51.99
A truly incredible collection – even more wonderful than we might have guessed from the title and cover – and both of those are already pretty darn appealing! This package might well be the most comprehensive we've ever seen on the early days of punk in England – a package that goes way past the big names, way past the classic cuts, and really digs deep into the huge explosion of indie labels that fueled the scene – creating a legacy of rare singles and amazing sounds that the British scene hadn't seen in years! If you dig the Sex Pistols or Clash, there's dozens of other tunes here to love – some by artists you'll know from later fame, represented here on very early tracks – and lots more from acts who maybe only gave the world a handful of brilliant singles. The presentation is as stunning as the music – 111 tracks on 4CDs, inside a heavy 64 page book-style jacket – with page after page of notes on each song and band, and lots of images as well. Consider this whole thing an overdue primer on all the punk you missed – even if you lived back in the day – and lose yourself in the huge array of tracks by groups who include The Radiators From Space, Puncture, Some Chicken, The Panik, The Only Ones, Suspects, Tueway Army, The Boys, Acme Sewage Co, Raped, Bazoomis, Menace GLC, Sids, Rudi, Art Attack, Angelic Upstarts, Mean Street, Poison Girls, Chelsea, Demon Preacher, Leyton Brothers, The Dole, Riff Raff, The Tights, Social Security, Nicky & The Dots, No Way, The Wall, Hollywood Brats, Disco Zombies, Spizzoil, Horrorcomic, The Cravats, and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Barbara AcklinBrunswick Anthology ... CD
Brunswick (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet and heavy soul from Chicago – a massive 36 track set that features some of the best work that Barbara Acklin ever recorded for the Brunswick label! The package is filled with some of Barbara's best work – expertly selected in a way that includes the hits, but also goes way past that material to include a lot of other great and overlooked tunes. Titles include "I Did It", "It's A Groovy Idea", "Love Had Come To Stay", "Be By My Side", "Your Sweet Loving", "Love Makes A Woman", "I've Got You Baby", "Fool Fool Fool", "Someone Else's Arms", "After You", "What's It Gonna Be", "Yes I See The Love", and "Portrait Of A Broken Heart". Also includes some duets with Gene Chandler – including "Show Me The Way To Go", "Love Won't Start", "Little Green Apples", and "Anywhere But Nowhere". CD
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✨✧ Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique (20th Anniversary edition – 180 gram pressing & quadfold cover) ... LP
Capitol, 1989. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Beasties' masterpiece – and one of the original nightmares for sampling opponents everywhere – the cut & paste hip hop classic Paul's Boutique! The Dust Brothers unapologetic way of weaving very famous samples with soul, funk and film score obscurities would steal the show if not for the infectious, boisterous rhymes of the Beastie Boys – they couldn't possibly have cared less about alienating the massive frat boy fan base built with License To Ill, and it's a joy to behold. It's one of those mindblowing pop transformations on par with the Beatles (who the Beasties and Dust Brothers were so brazen to sample several times on this album) and the Beach Boys on the pop maturation scale from earlier hits to later artistry – even if the wild lyrics and deft back & forth rhymes by the Beasties aim to be the goofy antithesis of maturity. From classic rock dinosaurs to soul and disco classics, from the Jaws score to "Dueling Banjos", it all finds it's way into the beatcraft – and both mainstream pop and underground hip hop are better now because of this record. Tracks include "Hey Ladies", "Shake Your Rump", "High Plains Drifter", "Shadrach", "Johnny Ryall", "Eggman", "Car Thief", "What Comes Around", the "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" suite and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Anniversary edition features remastering overseen by the band – and includes a free digital download featuring a track-by-track commentary by the Beasties!)

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✨✧ Eddie & ErnieLost Friends ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A deep soul treasure! You've probably never heard of the team of Eddie & Ernie, but they've risen to fame over the years with collectors of rare 60s soul – and have recently been immortalized on volumes of Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures, one of the most important soul compilation series to come out in the past decade or so! In fact, Eddie & Ernie's tracks on the set have drawn such interest over the years that Dave's finally pulled together 24 of the pair's rare tracks from the 60s – sublime soul duets recorded for labels that include Columbia, Eastern, Chess, Artco, and Revue – a brilliant blend of deep and sweet soul that makes us wonder why these guys were never bigger than they were. Think of the set as the same as finding a stash of some of the best 60s soul singles you could hope to hear, and get ready for a great discovery that will have you coming back to the CD again and again! Titles include "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do", "You Make My Life A Sunny Day", "A Man To Love A Woman", "Lost Friends", "I'm Gonna Always Love You", "Standing At The Crossroads", "The Groove She Put Me In", "Watch Your Step", "Bullets Don't Have Eyes", "We Try Harder", and "Outcast". CD

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✨✧ Noel Akchote/Mary Halvorson/Bill FrisellLoving Highsmith ... CD
Ayler (Sweden), 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of duets, greatly expanded here – and taken way past their initial use as music for a really lovely film about the author Patricia Highsmith! There's nothing really soundtrack-like about the music – although the setting has given all the artists involved a chance to work on some shorter tracks that have a different vibe than you'd get in more longform improvisation – beautifully personal, almost poetic moments – as guitarist Noel Ackchote duets first with Mary Halvorson on CD1, then with Bill Frisell on CD2 – a guitar-heavy package that's full of beautiful sounds throughout! Both CDs features a number of tracks used in the film, plus lots more session material too – with the original theme "Death Is Only A Dream" on both, plus many improvisations, and a few remakes of standards too. CD

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✨✧ Blue MagicThirteen Blue Magic Lane ... LP
Atco, 1975. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Sublime work from Blue Magic – a record that still has them singing in the sweet harmony sound of earlier records, but which also picks up a fuller sound and a bit of a groove – thanks to stone Philly arrangements by Norman Harris and Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey! A number of tracks add in a bit of moog that sound surprisingly great next to the group's harmonies – electrifying them a bit without overwhelming them – and letting Blue Magic step way past their fragile harmony roots into the forefront of Philly group soul at the time! Tracks include the groovers "We're On The Right Track" and "Magic Of The Blue", the ballads "Chasing Rainbows" and "Loneliest House on the Block", plus "What's Come Over Me", which is a duet between the group and Margie Joseph. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some ring and edge wear, light surface wrinkles, and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Mavis StaplesOnly For the Lonely/Mavis Staples ... CD
Volt/Stax, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 key solo albums by Mavis Staples – back to back on a single CD, and with a bonus track too! First up is the self-titled Mavis Staples record – a set that really expands the Stax sound nicely with a bit of strings to sweeten up the groove! Steve Cropper's at the production helm, and there's still enough grit in the grooves to remind us we're down in Memphis – but the choice of tunes and range of Staples' vocals show a growing sense of power that's really great – a mode that pulls itself up past simple southern soul cliches, and aims nicely at the mainstream! Yet even in that mode, the album's never too commercial, and certainly not pop-oriented at all – just proof that Stax was growing wonderfully at the time, and had plenty to offer a great talent like Mavis. Titles include a funky version of "Son Of A Preacher Man", plus "Pick Up The Pieces", "You're Driving Me", "Security", "Until I Met You", "Sweet Things You Do", "Good To Me", and "Chained". On Only The Lonely, Mavis Staples hits a newly sophisticated groove that's set up in full arrangements from the great Horace Ott, and produced with a nicely sweet touch from Don Davis! The sound is a great example of the changes going on at the new Stax at the end of the 60s – a more mature, adult sort of sound that goes way beyond simple soul – especially the too-sweet style that sometimes dominated female acts during the Stax/Atlantic years. Ott's backings have never sounded better, and at points Mavis almost brings an Aretha-like depth to her vocals – or even better, hits a range that really ranks right up there with some of the best indie female southern soul acts of her generation. Titles include "Don't Change Me Now", "It Makes Me Wanna Cry", "I Have Learned To Do Without You", "You're The Fool", "What Happened To The Real Me", and "How Many Times". CD also features the bonus track "That's The Way Love Is" – a duet with Johnnie Taylor. CD

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✨✧ Weather Report8:30 ... CD
CBS, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Weather Report at the height of their 70s fame – captured live in a double-length set, very much the practice for jazz superstars of the time! The format is familiar – but the liveness gives the album a slightly different feel than their studio sets – a sound that echoes out strongly along with thunderous applause from the crowds, who are themselves clearly situated in some very large arenas. And while the studio Weather Report albums are easily documents of the group's power themselves, it's something extra to hear the crowd going nuts for them here – cheering on Jaco Pastorius during a frenetic bass solo, roaring with approval at a Joe Zawinul keyboard bit, or clapping with enthusiasm after Wayne Shorter finishes a snakey solo. Tracks are all longish, and titles include "Black Market", "Birdland", "Thanks For The Memory", "8:30", "Brown Street", "In A Silent Way", and "Slang". Due to the length of the CD, the track "Scarlet Woman" has been omitted. CD
(Columbia Jazz Contemporary Masters pressing.)

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✨✧ Fontella BassVery Best Of Fontella Bass – The Chess Collection ... CD
Chess (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily the best-ever collection we've seen of the work of Fontella Bass – and one that really goes past her oft-remembered hit, to feature the full scope of her mid 60s work for Chess Records! To most folks, Fontella's remembered for a few reasons – her Aretha Franklin-styled hit "Rescue Me" (often mistaken for Aretha herself), or the fact that she married Art Ensemble member Lester Bowie. But back at the start, Fontella was a heck of a great little soul singer – capable of a wide variety of modes, all of which are included here! The 25 track package really shows an evolution in music – and Bass sings in styles that include deep soul ala Atlantic, sweet soul ala Motown, uptown soul ala Wand, soaring soul ala Brunswick, and tight duet soul, in the mode of some of the more famous duets coming from Detroit or New York. CD really digs deep and brings back a full range of singles, plus some unreleased tracks – and the sound here is totally great. Titles include "Oh No Not My Baby", "Our Day Will Come", "Free At Last", "I Surrender", "I Can't Rest", "Leave It In The Hands Of Love", "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin", "The Soul Of A Man", "Joy Of Love", "Don't Mess Up A Good Thing", "You're Gonna Miss Me", "Come & Get These Memories", "Rescue Me", "Since I Fell For You", "I'm A Woman", "How Glad I Am", "Impossible", and "Lucky In Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gal CostaBem Bom ... LP
RCA (Brazil), 1985. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Completely charming work from Gal Costa – lush backgrounds, jazzy keyboards, and lots of other elements you might not have expected in her music a dozen years before – but all handled by Gal with the kind of care and class that have made her one of the greatest Brazilian singers of the past 50 years! The album's a nicely mature effort that shows the world that Costa's got plenty of fresh pages in her book after the 70s – and although many of the tracks are mellow, they're still filled with feeling, and never too sleepy or syrupy at all – even though the arrangements sound slightly dated in spots. Titles include a duet with Tim Maia on "Um Dia De Domingo" and one with Caetano Veloso on "Sorte", plus "De Volta Ao Futuro", "Bem Bom", "Muito Por Demais", "Ultimo Blues", and "Acende O Crepusculo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear.)

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✨✧ Jackie DeShannonAll The Love – The Lost Atlantic Recordings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A stunning set of work from the great Jackie DeShannon – easily one of the hippest singer/songwriters of the 60s! Jackie rose to great fame in the previous decade, and by the 70s was recording for Atlantic Records – a great fit, given the soulful undercurrent in her music. Yet for some reason, these tracks, which were intended to become her second album for the label, were never issued at the time – and only half the material here has ever seen the light of day over the years. Jackie's got this nicely matured style here – some folksy roots, a bit of country twang at times – but mostly that more adult, sophisticated approach that moved past her previous pop to a world of deeper themes and ideas. Rhino issued some of these tracks, and one of them was a single back in the 70s – but this is the first time that all numbers are gathered together – along with some excellent duets with Van Morrison too! Core DeShannon titles include "Easy Evil", "Sweet Soul Singer", "Free The People", "Spare Me A Little Of Your Love", "If You Like My Music", "Hydra", and "Drift Away" – and the four duets with Van Morrison include "Sweet Sixteen", "Flamingos Fly", "Santa Fe", and "The Wonder Of You". Also includes a bonus Coca-Cola commercial at the end! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie & ErnieTime Waits For No One ... LP
Cairo/Mississippi, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A deep soul treasure! You've probably never heard of the team of Eddie & Ernie, but they've risen to fame over the years with collectors of rare 60s soul – and have recently been immortalized on volumes of Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures, one of the most important soul compilation series to come out in the past few decades! In fact, Eddie & Ernie were so "lost" for years, this album marks their first-ever full length set on vinyl – long overdue, given that they were recording in the 60s and early 70s – both as Eddie and Ernie, and under the names Phoenix Express, The New Bloods, and Little Worley & The Drops. The duo have a brilliant blend of deep and sweet soul that makes us wonder why these guys were never bigger than they were – and think of the set as the same as finding a stash of some of the best 60s soul singles you could hope to hear. Titles include "Bullets Don't Have Eyes", "Lost Friends", "I'm A Young Man", "I'm Going For Myself", "Watch Your Step", "Self Service", "Falling Tears", "That's The Way It Is", "Time Waits For No One", and "Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Stacy LattisawCotillion Years – 1979 to 1985 (Young & In Love/Let Me Be Your Angel/With You/Sneakin Out/Sixteen/Perfect Combination/Not The Same Girl) (7CD set) ... CD
Cotillion/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 7CD ... Out Of Stock
All the best early years of Stacy Lattisaw – served up in one nice little set! And when we say "early", we mean early – given that Stacy was just in her teens when she sang a good number of the tunes on this collection! But although young, Lattisaw already had a depth that went beyond most of the older soul singers of her time – a mature, deep-voiced way of putting over a tune with a lot more careful balance of emotion than you might expect for such a youthful talent – and the big hit potential of these records really illustrates just how much Stacy could break past familiar girl soul modes, to a point where she was one of the most popular female singers of the 80s. CD features the full albums Young & In Love, Let Me Be Your Angel, With You, Sneakin Out, Sixteen, I'm Not The Same Girl, and her duet album with Johnny Gill, A Perfect Combination. The set also features bonus tracks from singles too! CD

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✨✧ Bobby PierceIntroducing Bobby Pierce ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums cut by organist Bobby Pierce – and a surprisingly sweet set with a real 60s Prestige Records sort of groove! The style here is a bit like the great Don Patterson material from the time – very open, with a slight undercurrent of funk, but a groove that's more classic Hammond than most other organists were hitting at the time. The group's a quartet – with Pat Martino on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums – and the record includes a cover of "Think", plus "I Remember Ray", "Mr PC", and "To Newport With Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness & wear on the bottom 2 inches with the back paste-on lightly peeling off – due to moisture.)

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✨✧ Andre WilliamsRib Tips & Pig Snoots – Rare & Unreleased Au Go Go Soul 1965-1971 ... CD
Soul Tay Shus/Tuff City, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Finally! Andre Williams has been getting loads of press over the past few years as the true "Funky Godfather" that he is – but up until now, nobody's ever done a good compilation of his work! This long-overdue set from Tuff City digs through the vaults of Avin, Sport, & Wingate – smaller labels that Williams recorded with around the same period that he was working with Chess – and the result is a funky funky batch of great little tracks, the sort that we always sell for a bundle on our funky 45 pages! Williams hard funky talent rings loud and true here (a hell of a lot more than on those recent recordings) – and the album's filled with great gems like "Black Bull", "Loose Juice", "Soul Groove", "Bassology", "Hard Hustling", "Jivin Around", "Rip Tips (parts 1 & 2)", "Pearl Time", "Chicken Thighs", and the great "Sweet Little Pussy Cat". CD has 3 bonus tracks, too! CD
Also available Rib Tips & Pig Snoots – Rare & Unreleased Au Go Go Soul 1965-1971 ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ VariousSwitched-On Eugene ... CD
Numero, Mid 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The world of moogy music first exploded back in the late 60s – when artists like Bruce Haack, Perry-Kingsley, and others were making all these wonderfully weird records that featured heavy analogue electronics and other playful elements! By the 80s, most of that music had gone away – some migrating to the world of new age, others turning more mainstream – yet up in Eugene, Oregon, there was a small scene that continued the electronic experiments of years past – work that sounded very different than most of the darker cold wave and industrial sounds that were popping up at other points on the globe. This collection offers up a long-overdue look at that scene – and features work from a collective of artists who really continue some of the hippest traditions of the genre – from the early records that Bruce Haack made with Miss Nelson, to some of the weird Mort Garson productions, even to some of the more wigged-out French psych/electronics of the 70s. Some of these tracks have vocals, some are instrumental – and they're all nicely "switched on" – providing a great bridge between the world of Walter Carlos and the Stereolab generation to come. Titles include "Energy" by Kim Carter, "Other Playgrounds" by Peter Kardas, "The Seven Rays" by David Stout, "Finale From A Walk Down Serenity Lane" by Joel Horowitz, "Self Regulation 2" by Carl Juarez, "The Ride" by Talve, "New Snow" by Peter Nothnagle, and "Patterns" by Suse Millemann. CD

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✨✧ Dinah WashingtonWhat A Diff'rence A Day Makes ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the most important records in the career of Dinah Washington – even if only for the hit title track! The work here has Dinah elevating yet again – way past the R&B of her roots, and the jazz of a few years later – into a territory that definitely earns her the title of Queen, with her majestic ability to balance all those previous styles, yet also come across with a new level of sophistication! The vocals are heartbreaking – really moving into that rich emotion of her final years – at a level that would become a huge influence for countless others in decades to come. Titles include "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Manhattan", "Time After Time", "It's Magic", "I Won't Cry Anymore", and "I Thought About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label UK pressing. Cover has adhesive residue on the seams and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Tim MaiaSoul Tim Duetos ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
Tim Maia's been one of Brazil's greatest soul singers for the past 30 years, and this set's a fitting tribute to the influence he's had on the country's R&B and soul scene – as it pairs him with a host of like-minded acts, both young and old. Participants include Sandra De Sa, Tony e Frank, Luiz Melodia, Banda Black Rio, Emilio Santiago, DJ Cuca, Hyldon, and Fat Family – and titles include "Reencontro", "Voce", "Meu Pais", "Sossego", "Um Dia De Domingo", "Nao Quero Dinheiro", "Eu E Voce, Voce E Eu", and "A Festa Do Santo Reis". CD
(Out of print and sealed.)

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Bruno BerleNo Reino Dos Afetos ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2022. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A really lovely little record – one that feels like an instant classic in the world of MPB – the sort of long-overdue new release by a Brazilian artist that we hope we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! As with the elite list of our Brazilian favorites of the past 20 years, Bruno's got a way of reaching into the past to grab just a bit here and there – then folds things together with a style that's crispily fresh, and very much his own – soulful, yet not mainstream soul at all – electronic at times, but with a warmly beating acoustic heart – and the kind of music that will grab you instantly upon first listen, at a level that our words could never hope to convey! Titles include "So Nois Dois", "Some Nyame", "Quero Dizer", "Ate Meu Violao", "Virginia Talk", "Sereno", "Arraiada", and "Beat 1". CD

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John ColtraneOne Down, One Up – Live At The Half Note ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used 2 CDs ... $7.99
A long overdue testament to the live genius of the mighty John Coltrane Quartet – captured at the legendary Half Note club in NYC – disc 1 recorded on a date in March 1965 and disc 2 on a date in early May of the same year! The set finds Coltrane plus McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on the kit working in a far more adventurous guise than many of the 60s studio sessions – stretching out incredibly on the half hour epic workout "One Up, One Down" and a beautifully loose run of "Afro Blue". The stylistic themes are carried through similarly on the second disc's long grooving "Song Of Praise" and an amazing "My Favorite Things", but stretching near or past the 20 minute mark. These long bootlegged recordings are now available on CD officially for the first time ever – complete with the original radio introductions and announcements! CD

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Sammy Davis Jr & Carmen McRaeBoy Meets Girl ... CD
Decca/MCA (Japan), 1957. Used ... $12.99
A real classic from Sammy Davis Jr & Carmen McRae! Given Sammy's great talent for personal interaction on the stage, as heard often on his key Rat Pack recordings, he's a real natural for this sort of duet mode – as he manages to talk and sing his way through the tunes beautifully, really opening up Carmen a heck of a lot, and getting her past the staid, serious mode of most of her 50s albums. Titles include "People Will Say We're In Love", "Happy To Make Your Acquaintance", "You're The Top", "Cheek To Cheek", "Baby It's Cold Outside", and "Tea For Two". CD
(Out of print, includes obi which has a crease through it.)

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Marvin Gaye & Diana RossDiana & Marvin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A surprisingly nice album – even if you're not a fan of Diana Ross! Given that Marvin and Diana are standing back to back on the front cover, we kind of get the idea that there wasn't as much sympathy in the session as on some of Marvin's classic duet sides from the 60s with Tammi Terrell – but the record's actually not that bad, though – thanks to a sweet smooth soulful style that's very much in the style of Marvin's Let's Get It On album. Of course, the overall project isn't nearly as sublime – but the record does feature arrangements by Paul Riser, James Carmichael, Dave Blumberg, and Gene Page that have a seductive quality that moves well past the vocal mismatch. Titles include "Stop, Look, Listen", "Just Say, Just Say", "I'm Falling In Love With You", "Include Me In Your Life", "You Are Everything", "Love Twins", and "My Mistake", plus the bonus tracks "Alone", "I'll Keep My Light In My Window", and "The Things I Will Not Miss". CD

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Sam Gendel & Sam WilkesMusic For Saxophone & Bass Guitar – More Songs ... CD
Astrollage (Japan), 2022. New Copy ... $28.99
A really beautiful follow-up to the previous set of duets from these two west coast musicians – and a record that's maybe even more sublime than the first! We're not sure what it is – maybe it's the passage of a few years that has deepened the sound, or maybe just the warmth that both players have for each other – yet whatever the case, the combination of the saxophones of Sam Gendel and the bass of Sam Wilkes flows out with all these tones and textures that go way past the obvious – definitely in some of the "beyond jazz" modes of the LA scene in recent years, but still with enough solo strengths to please fans of more conventional instrumentation too. There's great sonic touches to many tracks – almost an International Anthem vibe, but not in a remix/cutup way – and titles include "Greetings To Idris More Songs", "Flametop Green", "Welcome Vibe", "Theem Prototype", "SG's Prius", "Streetlevel", and a nice version of "Caroline No". CD

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✨✧ Hot Sauce featuring Rhonda WashingtonGood Woman Turning Bad – The Complete Volt Recordings ... CD
Stax (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A lost album from the legendary Stax Records – a full set of tracks from the deep soul group Hot Sauce – planned as a record of its own in the final years of the label, but never issued at the time! Hot Sauce were one of the funkiest groups on Stax in the early 70s – a wickedly badass group who sported great lead vocals from Rhonda Washington – a singer who really knew how to stay on the groove and send the whole thing home! The work on this set is a great evolution of the Stax groove – and shows where the label might have gone in terms of 70s funk, had they stayed the course – and although the album's long overdue to get released, we're plenty happy to finally have it out after all these years. Many tracks were issued over the years as singles, and the set also features a few tracks not intended for the album too – titles that include "Stop Dogging Me", "Funny", "Mama's Baby", "I'll Kill A Brick", "Good Woman Turning Bad", "I Can't Let You Go", "Echoes From The Past", and "I Can't Win For Losing". CD

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Roscoe MitchellKeeper Of The Code – Paintings 1963 to 2022 ... Book
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2023. New Copy ... $36.99 40.99
A long-overdue document of the artistic activity of Roscoe Mitchell – best known to most as a key member of both the AACM and Art Ensemble Of Chicago as a jazz musician, but a surprisingly accomplished painter too! Mitchell's artistic career is captured here in both distant chapters – his early work in the 60s, including a few famous paintings that ended up on album covers – and his more recent burst of visually creative activity in the past fifteen years, presented here in a stunning array of very vibrant images! The painting on the cover is just the tip of the iceberg – as the book features dozens of other artworks, in an edition that's 138 pages in length – complete with an interview with Mitchell on his creative activity too. Book

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Ray Parker JrAfter Dark (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Geffen/Universal (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Ray Parker Jr gave the world the massive Ghostbusters theme in the mid 80s, but that didn't stop him from coming out after dark – and showing folks that at the heart of the matter, he was still a top-shelf soul artist through and through! As with some of Ray's best, the album's a really self-contained affair – with Parker handling almost all the production and arrangements on the set, and moving easily between mature mellow soul numbers and the kind of catchy cuts he always did so well, right from his start in Raydio! Natalie Cole duets with Ray on "Over You" – and other cuts include "After Midnite", "I Love Your Daughter", "You Make My Nature Dance", "The Past", "I Don't Think That Man Should Sleep Alone", and "Lovin You". CD features two bonus mixes of "I Love Your Daughter". CD

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Jimmy SmithJimmy Smith At The Organ – The Incredible Jimmy Smith Vol 2 ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Very Good ... $79.99
Wonderful early stuff from Jimmy Smith! The album is one of two great sessions that capture Smith in all his youthful prime, playing with other Blue Note greats like Art Blakey, Kenny Burrell, and Lou Donaldson – and nicely constructed tracks that take standard tunes and open them up into a whomping good soul jazz groove, thanks to Jimmy's monster organ playing. The solos are pretty free and gosh darn creative – and titles on this volume include "Plum Nellie", "Billie's Bounce", "The Duel", and "Buns A Plenty". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd Street deep groove pressing – with RVG etch and ear! Side 1 label is loosely pasted over an Art Blakey label, but the vinyl is correct. Cover has some light splitting on all sides, light surface wear, but looks nice overall.)

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Garrett SarachoJazz Is Dead 15 – Garrett Saracho ... CD
Jazz Is Dead, 2022. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most ambitious recordings in the excellent Jazz Is Dead series – and one that marks a long-overdue return for Garrett Sarracho – an artist who gave the world the excellent En Medio album for Impulse Records in the early 70s – but who has mostly kept his talents underground for the past few decades! Here, Saracho is really majestic on piano – and brings in all sorts of currents from Latin jazz, which makes for a very different sound than some of the leaner records in this series – heavy percussion, soaring horns, and all sorts of other wonderful elements – served up next to the core contributions of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The duo have definitely let Sarracho loose to explore his own musical vision, and the record is very much his own – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Trucha", "The Gardens", "Altitude", "White Buffalo", "Sabor Del Ritmo", "El Cambio Es Neccesario", "73", and "Calo". CD
Also available Jazz Is Dead 15 – Garrett Saracho ... LP 25.99

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Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Garrett SarachoJazz Is Dead 15 – Garrett Saracho ... LP
Jazz Is Dead, 2022. New Copy ... $25.99 27.99
One of the most ambitious recordings in the excellent Jazz Is Dead series – and one that marks a long-overdue return for Garrett Sarracho – an artist who gave the world the excellent En Medio album for Impulse Records in the early 70s – but who has mostly kept his talents underground for the past few decades! Here, Saracho is really majestic on piano – and brings in all sorts of currents from Latin jazz, which makes for a very different sound than some of the leaner records in this series – heavy percussion, soaring horns, and all sorts of other wonderful elements – served up next to the core contributions of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The duo have definitely let Sarracho loose to explore his own musical vision, and the record is very much his own – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Trucha", "The Gardens", "Altitude", "White Buffalo", "Sabor Del Ritmo", "El Cambio Es Neccesario", "73", and "Calo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad with Garrett SarachoJazz Is Dead 15 – Garrett Saracho (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Jazz Is Dead, 2022. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most ambitious recordings in the excellent Jazz Is Dead series – and one that marks a long-overdue return for Garrett Sarracho – an artist who gave the world the excellent En Medio album for Impulse Records in the early 70s – but who has mostly kept his talents underground for the past few decades! Here, Saracho is really majestic on piano – and brings in all sorts of currents from Latin jazz, which makes for a very different sound than some of the leaner records in this series – heavy percussion, soaring horns, and all sorts of other wonderful elements – served up next to the core contributions of Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The duo have definitely let Sarracho loose to explore his own musical vision, and the record is very much his own – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Trucha", "The Gardens", "Altitude", "White Buffalo", "Sabor Del Ritmo", "El Cambio Es Neccesario", "73", and "Calo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jazz Is Dead 15 – Garrett Saracho ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Oliver NelsonImages ... LP
Prestige, 1960/1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Oliver Nelson never gets his due, and we can never understand why, because his talents as both an arranger and soloist are extremely strong. This nice 2 LP set brings together 2 albums that are bound to make a convert out of anyone who's been passing him up so far, and it shows a young Nelson in a small group with players like Richard Williams, Richard Wyands, Roy Haynes, and Eric Dolphy. You might be tempted to get the set for the Dolphy playing (which is great), but you'll be stunned when you realize how many times you'll be thinking you hear Dolphy going out, and then find out that it's actually Nelson. Great stuff, and with the cuts "Mama Lou", "Altoitis", "Three Seconds", "The Drive", and "111-44". Originally released as the albums Straight Ahead and Screamin' The Blues. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light ripple in the paste-on across the top.)

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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonVery Best Of Ashford & Simpson ... CD
Warner/Rhino, 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
15 tracks – and a great selection of work by the team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson! The pair started out doing some excellent work at Motown during the early 70s – but it wasn't until they moved to Warner in the middle of the decade that they began to emerge as the powerhouse act they became for the rest of their career. Nick and Valerie changed the face of duet soul forever – taking it past the simple boy/girl themes of 60s work by artists like Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell or Maxine Brown & Chuck Jackson, into a strident, adult, hard-grooving mode that forever changed the way male and female voices interacted in soul music. The set kicks off with a live medley of older Motown hits, which makes for a good comparison of modes – then rolls into classics like "Send It", "Found A Cure", "Nobody Knows", "Love Don't Make It Right", "Don't Cost You Nothing", "I'd Know You Anywhere", "Somebody Told a Lie", "Is it Still Good To Ya", "It Seems To Hang On", "Happy Endings", "Solid", and "Stuff Like That", done with Quincy Jones. CD
(Booklet has a name and a few notes in pen.)

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✨✧ Bruno BerleNo Reino Dos Afetos ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really lovely little record – one that feels like an instant classic in the world of MPB – the sort of long-overdue new release by a Brazilian artist that we hope we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! As with the elite list of our Brazilian favorites of the past 20 years, Bruno's got a way of reaching into the past to grab just a bit here and there – then folds things together with a style that's crispily fresh, and very much his own – soulful, yet not mainstream soul at all – electronic at times, but with a warmly beating acoustic heart – and the kind of music that will grab you instantly upon first listen, at a level that our words could never hope to convey! Titles include "So Nois Dois", "Some Nyame", "Quero Dizer", "Ate Meu Violao", "Virginia Talk", "Sereno", "Arraiada", and "Beat 1". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available No Reino Dos Afetos ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Stan GetzNobody Else But Me ... CD
Verve, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Stan Getz albums ever – even though it wasn't issued until the 90s! The set's a rare unreleased session from 1964 – recorded by Getz with a fresh, free-thinking approach – but abandoned by Verve because they were making so much money with Stan's bossa nova sides of the time! Stan's working here in his great mid 60s quartet with vibist Gary Burton – heard briefly on record on the Getz Au Go Go album, which Verve made mostly a bossa session – but stepping out here with the kind of truly fresh sound that made its first, long-overdue recorded appearance on this set. The whole album has a fluid, lyrical style that's similar to that used by Stan for the wonderful Sweet Rain album – a sense of rhythm and timing that was modern, yet never forgot the melody – clearly inspired by Stan's earlier bossa experiments, but way way past their basics. The blend of vibes and sweetly-blown tenor is amazing – and titles include "6 Nix Quix Flix", "Waltz For A Lovely Wife", "Out Of Focus", "Sweet Sorrow", and "Nobody Else But Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnetteRuta + Daitya ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Pretty trippy stuff – duets between Jarrett and DeJohnette, in a variety of modes that run from out and improvised, to mellower and modal. Jarrett plays piano, electric piano, organ, and flute – and DeJohnette plays a variety of percussion. Titles include "Ruta & Daitya", "Sounds Of Peru", "Pastel Morning", "You Know You Know", and "All We Got". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some surface wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Max Roach & Archie SheppLong March Part 1 ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant little record – and a key step in the explosion of growth that Max Roach experienced in the 70s! Shepp and Roach are no strangers to the modern frontiers of jazz – but in a series of duets like this in the 70s, Roach really pushes his own work on drums past any boundaries of previous, structured recordings – and manages to light a new fire under Archie Shepp as well – unlocking some of the energies that had been dormant during his return to straighter playing in the late 70s. Shepp's tone is wonderful – rich and soulful, and nicely structured at points – but the real stunner here is Roach, showing a huge range of expressive styles on the drums – encompassing a wealth of 70s mode of playing, almost in a way that says "hey you younger guys, I invented all of this – and look what I can do here!" The tracks are long and exploratory – and titles include "U Jaa Ma", "The Long March", "Sophisticated Lady", and "J.C. Moses". CD
(Out of print. Spot of minor discoloration from sticker on reverse/under side of tray card – minor blemish, and otherwise in nice shape.)

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✨✧ Al StewartTime Passages ... LP
Arista, 1978. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A 70s gem from singer/songwriter Al Stewart – a set that was part of his long-overdue rise to global fame – after quietly giving the world a number of great and overlooked albums from the UK scene! The vibe here is similar to the preceding set – the classic Year Of The Cat – in that Al's got all of his sharp songwriting and very unique vocal phrasing intact – all set to sharp production that brings out the real strengths of his catchier moments, and certainly pushes Al far past the more Dylan-inspired territory of his earliest years. Titles include the wonderful title cut "Time Passages" – plus "Song On The Radio", "Life In Dark Water", "Valentina Way", "A Man For All Seasons", "Almost Lucy", "The Palace Of Versailles", and "Timeless Skies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ John Tchicai & Vitold RekSatisfaction ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best 90s albums from reedman John Tchicai – a really wonderful set of duets with bassist Vitold Rek, in an album that's both a lean showcase for all the strengths that both players can bring to their instruments – and a key demonstration of the never-ending diversity that Tchicai can have in his music! John blows tenor, soprano, and bass clarinet – and even delivers a few fantastic spoken passages that add a surprising amount of righteous power to the record – and there's a nice sense of structure to most tracks, even when things move past any sort of standard convention. Titles include "Rue De La Tour", "Song For T", "The Prayer", "Hullo", "The Bass Is The Base", and "Illingen". CD

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✨✧ VariousPanama! Vol 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk On The Isthmus 1967 to 1977 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A second heavy dose of sounds from the Panamanian scene of the 60s and 70s – a long-overdue companion to the previous volume of the series on Soundway, filled with rare gems that are finally getting their first exposure to the world outside the isthmus! The sounds here are completely fresh – somewhat Latin-styled in the rhythms, but often put together in ways that are quite different than any more familiar music of the time – touches of tropical styles, funky grooves, and other odd elements that really keep things interesting – shifting our ears way past any easy expectations, and making us love the Soundway label all over again for their massive work in digging up the rare stuff! The package contains rich notes on the music put together by the label – a look at this oft-ignored musical culture, complete with vintage photos and record images too, so that the whole thing's almost as much of a visual treat as it is an audio one. Titles include "Descarga Superior" by Los Superiores, "Jazzy" by Los Papacitos, "Borambon" by Camilio Azuquita, "La Escoba" by Alfredo Y Su Salsa Montanera, "Love Letters" by Lord Cobra Y Los Hnos Duncan, "Piculina" by Chilo Pitty, "Ain't No Sunshine" by The Soul Fantastics, "Dreams" by The Duncan Brothers, "Tamborito Swing" by Los Silvertones, and "Ese Muerto No Lo Cargo Yo" by The Exciters. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
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