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Rare EarthGet Ready (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Rare Earth/Anagram, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
The first really major album from Rare Earth – issued on their own self-named subsidiary of Motown! The set's a perfect blend of the rich undercurrents of the heady Detroit scene of the late 60s – at one level a tripped-out rock record with styles that almost hint at MC5, at another level a batch of blue-eyed funky soul, with keen appreciation for the grooves coming out of the headier end of the Motor City indie spectrum! There's lots of tripped-out guitar work on the set – reminiscent of contemporary work by Dennis Coffey and George Clinton – mixed with a Mitch Ryder, R&B-inspired vocal style that actually comes across pretty darn well. Added to this is the group's flat-out ability to jam – showcased best in the side-long title cut "Get Ready" – a massive jammer which runs for nearly 22 minutes, and takes up all of side two! Other tracks include "Train To Nowhere", "Magic Key", "Tobacco Road", and "In Bed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
 
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✨✧ Pretty ThingsParachute ... LP
Rare Earth, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very dark work from The Pretty Things – an even more complicated, heavier-sounding album than SF Sorrow! The album's hardly got the lightness you might guess from its Parachute title – and instead, really shows the band moving into darker corners – both musically and lyrically, as they work in a heady brew of sophisticated guitar lines and adult song themes. And although former leader Dick Taylor's left the group, the other members are still holding down the fort nicely – hardly missing a beat here as they step onto a new level in their incredible stretch of growth. Titles include "The Good Mr. Square", "The Letter", "Rain", "Cries From The Midnight Circus", "Sickle Clowns", "Miss Fay Regrets", and "Grass". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Impact Of BrassDown At The Brass Works (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Rare Earth/Big Pink (South Korea), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really groovy record on Motown's Rare Earth imprint – a set that definitely lives up to the "hippies with horns" image on the cover! The set mixes currents of Motown with lots of jazz rock instrumentation from the group – full horns soaring out over arrangements by Henry Crosby, Eddie Nuccilli, and David Van DePitte – no vocals at all, and not even much in the way of guitars! The whole thing is much more of an instrumental funk record than sides by Chicago or BS&T – and titles include "Care Free", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "So Far So Good", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "The High Place", and "One Bad Apple". CD
 
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Sun RaTo Those Of Earth & Other Worlds – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.99
A really beautiful collection of rare tracks from Sun Ra – put together by the mighty Gilles Peterson, who we've trusted for years to give us some of the most soulful, cosmic music on this planet! Gilles has a wonderful ear for a certain strand of sounds from Ra and the Arkestra – their more spacey, more spiritual moments – which are strung together in this wicked double-length collection – which also includes a few tracks never issued before! The inside is as beautiful as the cover, and the whole thing's got copious notes on the music – including some track-by-track details that never showed up on some of the original records. 2CD set features 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "When There Is No Sun", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Love In Outer Space (voc)", "On Jupiter, "We Travel the Spaceways", "Sleeping Beauty", "Mystery Mr Ra", "Blackman", "The All Of Everything", "The World Of Africa", "They Plan To Leave", "Children Of The Sun", "Dreaming", "Black Sky & Blue Moon", "Enlightenment", and "India". CD

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AmnestyFree Your Mind – The 700 West Sessions ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 14.98
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, but also a grittier, more guitar-based groove at times too – one that rumbles heavily at the bottom of the rhythms, with a sound that's like Norman Whitfield-era Motown, taken to much greater extremes! There's actually a lot more Detroit going on in the work than Indy – but the horns also have a jazzier, more open-ended quality too – not just parts penned for simple funky rhythms, but ones that show some influence from the more righteous side of the jazz spectrum. The material was all recorded on two dates in 1973 – but only issued here for the first time – and together, the tracks are a great example of a hip group from the underground, really letting loose with a great sense of freedom. There's some vocals on the record, but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation overall – and titles include "Can I Help You", "Love Fades", "Trouble Will Remain", "We've Come A Long Way", "Liberty", "Mister President", "Free Your Mind", "We Have Love", and "Lord Help Me". CD

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Big MaybelleSaga Of The Good Life & Hard Times (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Rojac/Traffic, 1967. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great set that may well be Big Maybelle's best record ever – really rare work that's quite different than her famous work of the 50s! The set was recorded in the Criteria studios in Miami – and it's got a cool southern soul sound that's part Bobby Blue Bland bluesy soul, and part Muscle Shoals funk – fused together wonderfully by arranger Eric Knight – who really has a great ear for giving Maybelle a wicked new groove! Maybelle's vocals are a bit deeper than usual – much more soul than the blues of a decade before – and tracks include "This Bitter Earth", "How It Lies", "Old Love Never Dies", "My Mother's Eyes", and "Love Careless Love". CD
(In a very cool Japanese-styled, LP-like cardboard sleeve cover!)

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EsperantoVegas ... LP
Favorite (France), 1981. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99
A rare jazzy set from the Venezuelan scene at the start of the 80s – but a record that's got a lot more of the warm soulful glow of the best Fantasy Records productions in the Bay Area a few years before – sophisticated in style, but also very down to earth – and with a lot of nice R&B-tinged elements amidst the jazz-based instrumentation! Some cuts are instrumental jazz funk, but there's also a bit of vocals at points – a balance that almost echoes some of the strongest work from Wayne Henderson and the At-Home Productions team. Titles include "Hollywood", "Kenny's Place", "Kailua", "Tell Me This Is Love", "Love Crusader", "Elle Est Tres Ellegant", and "Wishful Thinkin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmie HaskellCount Down ... CD
Imperial/Mr Nobody, 1959. Used ... $11.99
Space age rock and roll! The great Jimmy Haskell is one of the hippest arrangers of the 50s and 60s – and he penned more than a few great charts in his day for rock and roll oriented films and TV shows. This rare album has him writing some cool spaced-out instrumentals that basically take a 50s instrumental rock groove, feed it through a lot of echo and effects, and turn it into the music you'd hear at a sock-hop on Pluto! There's loads of weird effects and some early work on electronics – all over a general beat that's very much in the "rock n roll" mode. Titles include "Blast Off", "Hydrazine", "Moon Mist", "Homeward Earth", "Asteroid Hop", "Astrosonic", "We Get Messages", and "Weightless Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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HeadstoneBad Habits (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EMI/Big Pink (South Korea), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Ouch – that's a bad pun on the cover, but the record itself is a lot more down to earth – served up by a group who were a short-lived project of singer Mark Ashton after his more famous time in Rare Bird! The style here is very different than Rare Bird – a bit singer/songwriter, but still with a full band approach overall – recorded in modes that mix British and Cali mid 70s styles in the best way possible, and coming across with a lean sort of style that really lets Ashton shine in the spotlight. Titles include "Don't Turn Your Back", "High On you", "Open Your Eyes", "Take A Plane", "Bad Habits", "You've Heard It All Before", and "DMT". 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 ... $15.99
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
Also available Magic Music – The Story Of Horizon – San Antonio, Texas 1977 to 1984 ... LP 14.99

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HorizonMagic Music – The Story Of Horizon – San Antonio, Texas 1977 to 1984 ... LP
Horizon/Past Due, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
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
Also available Magic Music – The Story Of Horizon – San Antonio, Texas 1977 to 1984 ... CD 15.99

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Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Live In Tokyo ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1968. Used ... $9.99
A rare little session by Ramsey Lewis – recorded in Japan at the end of the 60s, but never issued here in the US! The album features Lewis working with his second trio – that of soon-to-be soul superstars Maurice White on drums and Cleveland Eaton on bass – in a mode that's partially like some of his American live sides of the mid 60s, but which also has a more laidback and open approach – a style that breaks a bit past the hit vibe of previous Lewis concert records – especially at one great moment when White plays an electric kalimba, giving a rare early taste of the sound of Earth Wind & Fire in the 70s! The album includes a mellow original by Ramsey called "Soul Ginza", one by Eaton called "Cecille", and great versions of "What The World Needs New", "Song For My Father", "Hang On Sloopy", and "Ode To Billy Joe". CD
Also available Ramsey Lewis Live In Tokyo ... CD 14.99

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Ramsey LewisRamsey Lewis Live In Tokyo ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A rare little session by Ramsey Lewis – recorded in Japan at the end of the 60s, but never issued here in the US! The album features Lewis working with his second trio – that of soon-to-be soul superstars Maurice White on drums and Cleveland Eaton on bass – in a mode that's partially like some of his American live sides of the mid 60s, but which also has a more laidback and open approach – a style that breaks a bit past the hit vibe of previous Lewis concert records – especially at one great moment when White plays an electric kalimba, giving a rare early taste of the sound of Earth Wind & Fire in the 70s! The album includes a mellow original by Ramsey called "Soul Ginza", one by Eaton called "Cecille", and great versions of "What The World Needs New", "Song For My Father", "Hang On Sloopy", and "Ode To Billy Joe". CD
Also available Ramsey Lewis Live In Tokyo ... CD 9.99

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Teo MaceroTeo ... LP
American Clave, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An excellent collection of rare early work by Teo Macero – father of modern jazz to some, thanks to his production work for Columbia Records during the glory days of Miles and Mingus! Macero's a heck of a talent on his own – and this album is one of the few to capture his brilliance. It combines tracks from an early Debut Records ep, plus other sessions from 1957 – and players include Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Pat Rebillot, Charles Mingus, and John LaPorta. The mode is 50s modern – not too out, but taking a lot of chances – and titles include "Blues For Amy", "Un Poco Diablo", "Teo", "I'll Remember April", "Explorations", "How Low The Earth", and "Love/Match Point". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the foil cover, with promo and hype stickers.)

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PopcornPrime Choice (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mad About Records (Portugal), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 39.99
There's a tape box on the cover, and that's a clue to how rare this album is – an obscure funky soul set from early 80s Miami, but one that's very worth discovery after all these lost years! The group have a sound that's nice and lean – more like an uptempo funk group from the mid 70s overall, with warm instrumentation that's played live, and has less of the beats and basslines of other 80s soul groups – a very down to earth vibe, but handled by the group with a top-shelf presentation throughout! Titles include "That Girl", "Popcorn Funk", "Prime Choice", "Until The End", "Song For You", and "Handy Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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ShoesElektrafied – The Elektra Years 1979 to 1982 (Present Tense/Tongue Twister/Boomerang/rarities) (4CD set) ... CD
Elektra/Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99
Three classic albums from Shoes, plus bonus tracks, and a full CD worth of rare material too! First up is Present Tense – a power-pop classic from Shoes – their first full length for Elektra Records, and a set that stands with all the best end of 70s gems from either coast! The songs are impeccable, and the group do a fantastic job of blending sharper guitars with really great lyricism – a mode that maybe makes the Illinois group a strong precursor for territory that The Replacements wouldn't hit until many years later – and which makes just about every track on the album a precious nugget that just gets better and better with time! Titles include "Now & Then", "Every Girl", "I Don't Wanna Hear It", "Three Times", "In My Arms Again", and "Too Late". On Tongue Twister, Shoes continue the brilliance of their first album for Elektra – serving up the kind of music that was so well-done, so subtle, it was maybe missed by most of the world at the time – even though it's gone onto the status of classic, thanks to legions of fans and critics! Shoes have a way with a tune that's unlike anyone else – maybe that compressed charm of Big Star, but fused into the sharper modes of the power pop years – but without any of the too commercial modes of some of the bigger groups of the time. Instead, the whole thing feels like you've just stumbled upon a brilliant band, playing in a backroom bar – which, unfortunately, is how Shoes spent too much of their career. Titles include "Only In My Sleep", "She Satisfies", "Found A Girl", "Hate To Run", "When It Hits", "Yes Or No", "Your Imagination", and "Girls Of Today". On Boomerang, Shoes maybe look a bit too new wave on the cover, but still sound perfect within – very much in charge of that perfect yet understated approach to a tune that has gone on to make them legends in all the many years since this album was released! The group were never out to change the world, and maybe that held them back at the time – but they were also never trying for big chart success, or too-slick modes – and there's a wonderfully honest, down to earth approach to the songwriting and production that clearly sets the stage for all the bigger late 80s groups that would follow in their wake. Nearly every tune is a completely catchy mofo – and titles include "Curiosity", "In Her Shadow", "Double Talk", "The Summer Rain", "Under The Gun", "The Tube", and "What Love Means". 4CD set features a huge amount of bonus material – 8 track demo versions of all three albums, added to their discs – and a bonus CD of 18 more rare tracks – all in a box, with a big booklet of notes! CD

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Toe FatBad Side Of The Moon – An Anthology 1970 to 1972 (Toe Fat/Toe Fat Two/bonus tracks) ... CD
Regal Zonophone/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A pair of overlooked gems from Toe Fat – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled debut of Toe Fat – a group with a silly name, but a really wonderful sound – some of the nascent hard rock currents in the UK scene, but delivered with more depth in both the songwriting and vocals – so that there's searing guitar lines, but also these well-crafted moments that bring tunefulness into play with a headier, deeper lyrical vibe – maybe even some of the late legacy of the Bay Area scene, taken to a UK style. Titles include the group's great version of "Bad Side Of The Moon" – plus "Nobody", "That's My Love For You", "Working Nights", "I Can't Believe", "But I'm Wrong", "You Tried To Take It All", and "The Wherefors & The Whys". Next is the group's second album – stunning sounds from Toe Fat – a group with work in the UK scene, but with enough funky currents in their music to get issued in the US on Motown's excellent Rare Earth label! The leadoff track of the record is maybe even enough to warrant the price of the whole album – this long jam that just continues to have heavy drums and a strong guitar riff – moving along fast and funky, and barely stopping for a bit of lyrics! Other tracks vary things a bit more, but in a good way – showing the group's ties to Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep, in a fusion of hard rock and blues rock, with just a subtle touch of prog. A few gentler moments balance out the record wonderfully – and titles include "Stick Heat", "Three Time Loser", "A New Way", "There'll Be Changes", "Indian Summer", "Idol", and "Midnight Sun". CD features the bonus tracks "Brand New Band" and "Can't Live Without You". CD

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David Wertman Sun EnsembleWide Eye Culture (3LP set – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Sunmuse/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy 3LPs Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 49.99
Really beautiful sounds from bassist David Wertman – an unsung hero of the late 70s spiritual jazz scene around New England, and one who delivers this gem in close partnership with singer Lynne Meryl! Meryl's got this warm, fluid style that's a lot like the way that some of the better Bay Area groups were using jazz vocals a few years before – a mode inspired by overseas singers like Flora Purim or Urzula Dudziak, but used here alongside soulful instrumentation that draws a lot from the more inside currents of the loft jazz scene! Wertman's bass is at the core, and tremendous throughout – full of fire and force, and sometimes matched with a bit of percussion – a musical force that's handled here more fully by Tony Vacca, who employs a range of instruments – next to piano and prepared piano from Tom McClung, and these strong trombone solos from Tim Atherton – a player who really sends the whole thing over the top with his contributions! Most tracks have a great modal groove – and titles include "Forest Dance", "Camel", "Flute Song", "New Earth", "Sing My Love Song", and "Dance Of The Mideast Madness". This expanded edition brings in more rare cuts from other releases – eight bonus tracks that include "How Come", "Up In The Sky", "Sci Fi Fantasy", "Blessing Of Love", "Golden Light", and "You Are My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Please Note – These have a slightly dinged corner from shipping, still a great package!)
Also available Wide Eye Culture (with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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David Wertman Sun EnsembleWide Eye Culture (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sunmuse/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $19.99
Really beautiful sounds from bassist David Wertman – an unsung hero of the late 70s spiritual jazz scene around New England, and one who delivers this gem in close partnership with singer Lynne Meryl! Meryl's got this warm, fluid style that's a lot like the way that some of the better Bay Area groups were using jazz vocals a few years before – a mode inspired by overseas singers like Flora Purim or Urzula Dudziak, but used here alongside soulful instrumentation that draws a lot from the more inside currents of the loft jazz scene! Wertman's bass is at the core, and tremendous throughout – full of fire and force, and sometimes matched with a bit of percussion – a musical force that's handled here more fully by Tony Vacca, who employs a range of instruments – next to piano and prepared piano from Tom McClung, and these strong trombone solos from Tim Atherton – a player who really sends the whole thing over the top with his contributions! Most tracks have a great modal groove – and titles include "Forest Dance", "Camel", "Flute Song", "New Earth", "Sing My Love Song", and "Dance Of The Mideast Madness". This expanded edition brings in more rare cuts from other releases – eight bonus tracks that include "How Come", "Up In The Sky", "Sci Fi Fantasy", "Blessing Of Love", "Golden Light", and "You Are My Love". CD
Also available Wide Eye Culture (3LP set – with bonus tracks) ... LP 39.99

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Wood Brass & SteelWelcome To The Party – The Complete Recordings 1973 to 1980 (Wood Brass & Steel/Hard & Heavy/unreleased album) ... CD
Turbo/Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 24.99
An essential collection of work from one of the hippest funk groups of the 70s – the mysterious Wood Brass & Steel, who also participated in the legendary Skullsnaps record! The first part of the set features an unreleased album that the group recorded for the All-Platinum label in 1973 – music that's hard and funky, but which also shows a strong current of jazz as well – the kind of material that has the group very much in the best Earth Wind & Fire territory of the period, with a sense of righteous perfection that should have made them huge – had the album not stayed in the vaults! The set includes their fantastic "Hey What's That You Say" – which was later reworked as "It's A New Day" for the Skullsnaps album – plus a few more cuts that later appeared on the Brother To Brother debut album – titles that include "Trespassing", "Let's Take A Stroll", "Jermilah", "If He Can Do It She Can Do It", "I Wish It Would Rain", and "A Love Of My Own". Next is the self-titled Wood Brass & Steel album – a legendary bit of east coast funk from the 70s – by a group who'd go on to have a huge influence both in the worlds of hip hop and house! Wood Brass & Steel feature two key players who later became part of the Sugarhill Records house band, and later the On-U Sound collective – Doug Wimbush and Skip McDonald – but the set's got a much fuller, more soulful vibe than work from those later projects – nice use of horns, as hinted at in the title – but not in a way that make these guys a brassy funk band either! Instead, there's a smooth groove throughout – one that comes up from the rhythms first, with a wonderful quality that's years ahead of its time – never disco, but not afraid of some faster rhythms that point the way towards underground club to come. The whole thing's the kind of funky lost gem that makes us happy to do what we do – and it's had long life over the past few decades, thanks to the rich variety of tunes on the set. Titles include the classic cut "Funkanova", an uptempo jazzy instrumental that continued to be a club favorite throughout the house years – plus loads of other good cuts, too, like "WBS Theme", "Welcome To The Party", "Same Ol Me", "Working On A Dream", and a version of "Always There". Hard & Heavy is the incredibly rare second album from Wood Brass & Steel – the mighty funk group we've loved for years for their landmark debut from the mid 70s! This sophomore set is from a few years later, and has the group honing their groove even more – working with these righteous currents in their music that expand the sound into territory that's almost a bit like Roy Ayers at times! As with Ayers, the vocals are often layered into the rhythms – sometimes sung by group members with this soulfully flowing current that has a subtle, sublime sort of vibe – and which works perfectly for the message in the music. Tunes are often in the faster side of midtempo – but never conventional club or disco at all – and there's this really special quality to the whole record, one that even tops the unique vibe of their first album. The original album was very briefly issued by Sugar Hill, during a time when the label was mostly doing hip hop – and is impossibly hard to find in the original pressing. Titles include "Open Up Your Heart", "Be Yourself", "Long Live Music", "Space Walk", "Fly With Music", "Superstar", and "Are You Busy". CD

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VariousCocktail Disco – Mixed By Dimitri From Paris ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 19.99
A whole new genre of disco – served up by one of the biggest club collectors in the world! Dimitri's the man who's guided us through so many other great sets of rare disco tracks over the years – and this time around, he's launching new look at the form! Cocktail Disco is a unique variation that's often heavy on orchestrations, and which sometimes has echoes of older jazz, vocal, or Latin recordings – classic influences that simmer nicely through the mix – and help deepen the sound of the already-soulful late 70s style! And although "cocktail" normally means laidback or sleepy, these tunes definitely aren't – because all tracks here are in a soaring midtempo mode or better – cuts you'd be happy to play with some of the funkier numbers on the dancefloor, and which should stand out nicely, given their unique twist. 2CD set features 21 titles that include "Summertime" by Blue Velvets, "What You Need Is My Love" by Cindy Rodriguez, "It's Got To Be Love" by Darcus, "Ocean's Apart" by Vast Majority, "Show You The Way To Go" by Charlie's Roots, "Again" by Night People, "Lady Of The Night" by Ray Martinez, "Disco Village" by J Elliot Group, "Something About You" by Moses, "Baby I Just Wanna Love You" by Jonell Allen", "Canteen" by Serenade, "Starflight" by The Band Who Fell To Earth, "Take Me With You" by Ralfi Pagan, "Never Too Late" by Ms Victoria Barnes, and "Girl From Ipanema (disco version)" by Astrud Gilberto. CD

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VariousJ Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 to 1984 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Mindblowing jazz from Japan – a tremendous introduction to the 70s scene in Tokyo if you've never heard this music at all – and a package that also includes a fair bit of rare tracks, even if you're not a newcomer! The Japanese love of American jazz is no secret – and the music was spread widely there by American forces after WWII – but during the 70s, something really special happened, and the scene found a voice that was all its own – exploding with new energy to create sounds that were soulful, spiritual, and powerfully poetic! By the end of the 70s, Japanese fusion would get more global exposure – but most of the tracks here are acoustic, save for Fender Rhodes lines – and feature completely inventive, imaginative sounds – often set to grooves that are modal and spiritual too. A fantastic collection throughout – with tracks that include "Blind Man" by Shintaro Quintet, "White Fire" by Takao Uematsu, "Aya's Samba" by Eiji Nakayama, "Earth Mother" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Dead Letter" by Tohru Aizawa, "Kaze" by Takeo Moriyama, "Long Neal" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Unknown Point" by Mitsuaki Katayama, and "Little Island" by Fumio Karashima. CD

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VariousMotown Collected (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Motown/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $37.99 41.99
They're not lying with the title – as this heavy set collects plenty of gems from Motown Records – some of the earliest Berry Gordy productions that set the tone for the label, through later tracks that still have the Motown flag flying strongly into the 80s! There's 33 tracks on the double-length set – and titles include "Money" by Barrett Strong, "Come To Me" by Marv Johnson, "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by The Temptations, "How Sweet It Is" by Marvin Gaye, "Please Mr Postman" by The Marvelettes, "Do You Love Me" by The Contours, "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, "War" by Edwin Starr, "Same Old Song" by The Four Tops, "Uptight" by Stevie Wonder, "Get Ready" by Rare Earth, "It's A Shame" by The Spinners, "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston, "Tears Of A Clown" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, "Super Freak" by Rick James, "It Will Come In Time" by Billy Preston & Syreeta, "Let's Get Serious" by Jermaine Jackson, "Don't Look Any Further" by Dennis Edwards with Siedah Garrett, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, "Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes, "Shotgun" by Jr Walker & The All Stars, "My Guy" by Mary Wells, and "This Old Heart Of Mine" by The Isley Brothers. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMotown Remixed – Hot Remixes Of Motown Classics ... CD
Motown/Universal, 2005. Used ... $8.99
We gotta admit, we kinda like this one! We were a bit suspicious at first – as the genius of Motown hardly needs any messing with – and we had fears that a remix project might just sound silly, goofy, and filled with easy tricks and gimmicks. But the choice of remixers on the set is really great – and includes enough of a range of talents to keep things interesting, but also a small enough group to unify the sound of the album, and still really respect the original vibe of the tunes. Most of the work here is very subtle – and just extends the best core elements, and expands on a few of the strongest musical references – in a way that's really different than the over-done approach of the Verve Remixed project. Titles include "ABC (Salaam Remi Krunk-a-delic party mix)" by Jackson 5, "Quiet Storm (Groove Boutique rmx)" by Smokey Robinson, "Let's Get It On (Producers MPG groove mix)" by Marvin Gaye, "Papa Was A Rollin Stone (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Pete Kuzma solefull rmx)" by The Temptations, "War (King Britt rmx)" by Edwin Starr, "Keep On Truckin (DJ Spinna rmx)" by Eddie Kendricks, "Smiling Faces Sometimes (Futureshock Main Ingredient mix)" by Undisputed Truth, "My World Is Empty Without You (Tranzition rmx)" by Diana Ross & The Supremes, and "I Just Want To Celebrate (Mocean Worker rmx)" by Rare Earth. CD
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✨✧ David Axelrod/Letta MbuluSigns (part 1) (orig, inst)/Warning Talk (part 3) (inst)/Puba Yetla (alt mix, inst) ... 12-inch
Capitol/Now Again, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
5 slices of genius from the legendary David Axelrod – 3 of which are exclusive to this single! "The Signs" is a haunting tune that's lifted from Axelrod's Earth Rot album – a cut that starts with these sublime vibes before rolling into a slow funk groove that's totally great – presented here with the original political lyrics, plus a previously unreleased instrumental – available only on this single! That's followed by another exclusive instrumental of "Warning Talk" – also taken from Earth Rot, and featuring a sweet blend of strings, strummed guitar, and funky drums. The flipside features the Axelrod-produced "Pula Yetla" by Letta Mbulu – a slowly funky African number presented here in rare alternate and instrumental mixes! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousPsychedelic Soul Produced By Norman Whitfield ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic sounds from one of our all-time favorite producers in soul music – the legendary Norman Whitfield, the man who helped some of Motown's artists pick up a new sort of righteous sound at the end of the 60s, before moving on to start his own Whitfield label in the 70s! If you don't know Norman, you definitely know his work – as he's the cat responsible for adding heavy basslines and fuzzy guitars to Detroit soul – picking up on some of the wider musical changes in the Motor City, and using them to push more message-oriented tracks into the scene! Yet Norman wasn't just a 60s powerhouse – as when the 70s approached, he found a way to expand and refine that sound, keeping it fresh in so many different ways – as you'll hear here in this really well-done collection of his best recordings, supported by very detailed notes as well. Tracks include "I Saw You When You Met Her" by The Undisputed Truth, "Ooh Boy" by Rose Royce, "And All Hell Broke Loose" by Willie Hutch, "I've Been Waitin (single version)" by Spyder Turner, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye, "Come With Me (single version)" by Rare Earth, "Just One Love" by Stargard, "Wishing On A Star" by Jr Walker, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Rose Roce, "Love Is What You Make It" by Masterpiece, "Good Lovin" by Mammatapee, "Papa Was A Rolling Stone (single version)" by The Temptations, "War" by Edwin Starr, "It Should Have Been Me" by Yvonne Fair, "Me & Rock & Roll Are Here To Stay" by David Ruffin, and "Psychedelic Shack (single version with intro)" by The Temptations. CD

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✨✧ VariousJ Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 to 1984 (3LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Mindblowing jazz from Japan – a tremendous introduction to the 70s scene in Tokyo if you've never heard this music at all – and a package that also includes a fair bit of rare tracks, even if you're not a newcomer! The Japanese love of American jazz is no secret – and the music was spread widely there by American forces after WWII – but during the 70s, something really special happened, and the scene found a voice that was all its own – exploding with new energy to create sounds that were soulful, spiritual, and powerfully poetic! By the end of the 70s, Japanese fusion would get more global exposure – but most of the tracks here are acoustic, save for Fender Rhodes lines – and feature completely inventive, imaginative sounds – often set to grooves that are modal and spiritual too. A fantastic collection throughout – with tracks that include "Blind Man" by Shintaro Quintet, "White Fire" by Takao Uematsu, "Aya's Samba" by Eiji Nakayama, "Earth Mother" by Koichi Matsukaze, "Dead Letter" by Tohru Aizawa, "Kaze" by Takeo Moriyama, "Long Neal" by Kiyoshi Sugimoto, "Unknown Point" by Mitsuaki Katayama, and "Little Island" by Fumio Karashima. 3LP set features bonus tracks – "Sea Breeze" by George Otsuka and "Ode To Workman" by Terumasa Hino and Reggie Workman. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available J Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz From Japan 1969 to 1984 ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ LA CarnivalLA Carnival Would Like To Pose A Question ... CD
Stones Throw, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet jazzy funk – from the cornbelt of Omaha! The LA Carnival are one of those rarer-than-rare funk groups who not only never got their due back in the day – but also recorded a heck of a lot of great material that never even got issued! They have a totally great sound that bubbles in jazzy licks on trumpet, sax, and organ – next to tighter, funkier vamping on the rhythms – all of which makes for a killer approach to the groove that's surprisingly fresh, given the passage of three decades since the group's heyday. And leave it to the folks at Stones Throw – who know how to dig beyond the crates, into the earth, and come up with a lost slice of funk history that has made the world a much better musical place. They've lovingly remastered these great recordings from the early 70s, and have packaged the whole thing with a well-done set of notes that really goes into detail about this unique group, their amazing sound, and their obscure Nebraska origins! An instant funk essential – and one you'll be thanking yourself for buying for years to come. Titles include "Black Man's March", "Ron's Tune", "The Klan", "Color", "Flyin", "We Need Peace & Love", "Scratchin", "Bad Luck", and "Blind Man". CD

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✨✧ Legendary BeyonsLegendary Beyons ... LP
Albina Music Trust, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Damn great work from the Legendary Beyons – a soul group from late 70s Portland, but one who could easily go head to head with some of the hipper New Jersey and Philly acts of the early part of the decade! The group have fantastic harmonies – and are able to serve them up on these nicely groovy tunes that show very little temptation to nod to the disco craze of the time – as the instrumentation is very down to earth, but handled very well – usually just keeping pace with the wonderfully fluid vocals of the group as they blend, trade lines, and soar to the heavens with their harmonies! The set's just an EP, but it's got the wallop of a full length rare soul album – and titles include "Love Notes", "Let's Talk About Love", "Dreamin You In My Mind", and "There We Were Here We Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a big booklet of notes – rare photos of the group, and an interview with its members.)
 
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Gary BartzLibra/Another Earth ... CD
Milestone, 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Early soul jazz brilliance from a young Gary Bartz – music that pre-dates his Ntu Troup, and his work with Larry Mizell! Libra is fantastic early work from Gary – and probably his rarest record ever! The album was cut at a time when the young Bartz was first coming to prominence in the hip late 60s soul jazz group of Max Roach – and Bartz's playing at the time is a perfect model of mid-Coltrane searching with some of the tighter sides of soul jazz that were being forged at labels like Blue Note by players like Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan. The record's a masterpiece of youthful soulful energy – and the group includes Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Richard Davis on bass, Albert Dailey on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums, all players who are perfectly matched to fit Bartz's stridently creative vision. His solos on alto are impeccable – some of the most meaningful we've ever heard on the instrument from the time – and the album's a great one all the way through! Titles include "Air & Fire", "Eastern Blues", "Libra", "Freedom Of The Day", and "Cabin In The Sky". Another Earth is amazing too – one of the first that Gary Bartz ever cut – done during a time when he'd been working with Max Roach and a super-hip group of younger soul jazz players who would go onto shape the sound of the 70s. Bartz leads a group that includes Stanley Cowell, Freddy Waits, Charles Tolliver, Pharoah Sanders, and Reggie Workman – and the music sounds like it was lifted from one of the best albums on Strata East from the 70s. There's no funk, no vocals, no weird rhythms – just pure spiritual jazz, played to perfection, and filled with a creative vitality that most of the players had lost a few years later. Tracks include the album-side "Another Earth", plus "Dark Nebula", "UFO", and "Perihelion & Aphelion". Note: CD omits the track "Disjunction" from Libra – due to space restrictions. CD

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Al GreenLove Ritual – Rare & Previously Unreleased 1968 to 1976 ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
A selection of earlier Al Green numbers issued originally at the end of the 70s – with new mixing by Willie Mitchell, who'd produced all the original sides. Titles include "Love Ritual", which is a nice groover with some congas in the mix giving the whole thing an earthier thump under the trademark 70s Hi Records sound – and ultimately, upon revisiting this compilation, Mitchell does a pretty great job of filtering Al's wandering muse at this point through the trademark sounds of Memphis and Hi Records! plus "Glory Glory", "Let It Shine", "Keep Me Cryin", "Oh Me Oh My", "I Tried To Tell Myself", and "Smile A Little Bit More". CD

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Revolutionaries/Sir Coxone DoddEvolution Of Dub Vol 5 – The Missing Link (Crueshal Dub/Earthquake Dub/King Of The Dub Rock parts 1 & 2)(4CD set) ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), 1970s. New Copy 4CD ... $22.99 25.98
4 albums worth of crucial dub LPs in a box set – Evolution Of Dub Volume 5 – featuring the rare Crueshal Dub and Earthquake Dub LPs from producer Ossie Hibbert and The Revolutionaires – plus King Of Dub Rock Parts 1 & 2 by Sir Coxsone Dub Sound all in a single set! Crueshal Dub may be the rarest LP in the set; titles include "Cell Block Dub", "Fance Dub Up", "Dubbing West", Swinging My Dub", "Unknown Dub" and more. Earthquake Dub was cut by Ossie in the mid 70s at Channel One with the Revolutionaries – and stands up against the best Rockers style dubs of the era! Tracks include "Earthquake Dub", "Rasta Foundation", Fletcher Land", "Ital Menu", "Secret Agent", "An Event", "Black Diamond Rock", "Collie In Dub" and "Pain Land Dub". Lloyd Coxsone & his Sir Coxsone Sound's pair of King Of The Dub Rock LPs are just as excellent, with titles including "King Of The Dubb Rock, "Love And Love", "Many Moods Of Coxsone, "Sounds Of Safari", "United Africa, "Black Wars Reggae", "Bower Dub", "Poor Man's Story". CD

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✨✧ Contours & Dennis EdwardsJust A Little Misunderstanding – Rare & Unissued Motown 1965 to 1968 ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Motown, here comes a set to open your ears and blow your mind all over again! The set unearths a huge amount of rare work by The Contours – the rollicking group who gave Motown a sweet album and handful of singles in the 60s, but who also recorded a lot of other work that was never issued at the time – including a sweet array of tracks that feature a young Dennis Edwards as their lead vocalist! Edwards is best known for his work in the Temptations – but these tracks predate that time, when Dennis was brought in to give fresh focus to the ailing Contours – and lent his strong lead vocals to their massively grooving sound. The package features a whopping 26 tracks – 14 issued here for the first time ever, and a lot more pulled from only collections of rare Motown releases – and titles include "Determination", "I'll Turn To Stone", "I Like Everything About You", "Can't Do Without Your Love", "Come See About Me", "I Grow Deeper In Love Every Day", "Our Last Rendezvous", "Which Way To My Baby", "Need Your Lovin", "What's So Good About Goodbye", "Sunny", and "I'm Here Now That You Need Me". CD

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✨✧ VariousDerrick Harriott Presents Earthly Sounds ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of work from Jamaican producer Derrick Harriott – a double length set that features 20 tracks on CD for the first time ever, plus lots of rare nuggets – all from a time when Harriott was completely on fire! Harriott was not only a producer, but also a performer, and club and record store owner – which gave him great access to up and coming talents, and a keen ear for all the changes that were taking place on the scene – changes that here sometimes come across with some of the more righteous currents that were showing up in 70s soul, and other times the growing sense of spirituality in Jamaican music. There's a wealth of fantastic work here – all presented in the high standard of the Doctor Bird label, which means notes that are as thoughtful as the track selection – a whopping 48 titles that also includes a fair bit of versions on the second disc. Titles include "Salaam" by Bongo Herman with Les & Bunny, "Throne Of Justice" by The Ethiopians, "Short Cut" by The Crystalites, "Cotton Comes To Harlem" by Winston Wright, "Mash UP" by The Diamonds, "Call Me Trinity" by Joe White, "Medicine Stick" by Denzil Laing, "Shaft" by The Now Generation, "Black Moses" by The Preacher, "Cool Breeze" by Big Youth, "Smokey Eyes" by Glen Brown", "Smokey Version" by The Cyrstalites, "Big Boy" by Junior Murvin, "Tougher Than Tough Version" by Augustus Pablo, "I Roy" by Frankie J & Melinda, "Blackula" by The Crystalites, "Bedroom Mazurka" by Agustus Pablo & Fay, and "Earthly Sounds" by The Crystalites. CD

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Brother AhhDivine Music (Sea/Meditation/Searching) (3CD set) ... CD
Manufactured, 1978/1981/1985. New Copy 3CD ... $25.99
Three never-issued albums from Brother Ah – the enigmatic musician who may be known best for his work with Sun Ra, and his rare album on Strata East! Both of those moments date from earlier years, though – and past that time, Brother Ah was still working strongly on some amazing musical ideas of his own – work that includes the three albums presented in this package, which together really mark a shift for both Ah and some of his spiritual jazz contemporaries as the 70s moved on! The set begins with the beautiful set The Sea – recorded in 1978, with a long-flowing sound that's quite hypnotic, and very much in the spiritual territory of post-Coltrane material – including work by Trane's wife Alice. Brother Ah plays flute, in these fantastic lines that spin out slowly and echo strongly – amidst a mix of percussion, violin, mbira, bass, and drums – often used in ways that build beautifully, and which provide a great introduction to both the sung and spoken passages – presented by Abena Walker, Jeanean Gibbs, and Nataska Hassan Youssef. Titles include "Nuba", "Far Away", "The Village Drum", "Visoins", and "Africa We Are Your Children". Meditation is from a few years later, and has a different makeup – a sound that's much more spare overall, and which just features Brother Ah on flute, zither, and "nature sounds" – with help from Cleo Jomo Faulks on mbira and gong! The tunes have an earthier feel than you might guess from the album's title – still somewhat meditative, but also more open to the vibes of nature than the space of the studio – with moments that feel more more like the organic sounds of the young Moondog, or maybe some of Alice Coltrane's more home-made moments. Titles include "Stillness", "Spirit World", "Close Your Eyes & See", and "Song Of The Unseen". Last up is Searching – a record from 1985 that maybe moves the spiritual agenda from the political to the personal – that shift towards more interior solutions that some musicians took in the 80s, especially as funding for some kinds of spiritual jazz albums fell by the wayside, and some artists had to adapt to the new age underground. Yet although that shift might be in place here, Brother Ah is still as righteous as ever – just equipped with a slightly different voice – as he works alongside some electronics and percussion from Richard Ashman, and blows trumpet and a variety of flutes, while also handling percussion and harmonica in very spacious ways. The record is more about extended sound textures than individual instrumentation – and titles include "I Am", "Going Within", "Inner Voice", and "Know Thyself". First time release for all three records – presented in a really great package! CD

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Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsB Sides & Rarities Part II (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Mute, Mid 2000s-2010s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
An astounding package of work from Nick Cave – one that shows just how endlessly creative he's been in recent years – decades that have most of us thinking of the artist as far more than just a singer and musician – even though he's still able to spend plenty of time in the studio, on music like this! As the title implies, the tracks here are either b-sides to singles issued over the past 20 years, or rare material from a variety of different projects – brought together as a double-length set that fits very well next to any of Cave's full albums with The Bad Seeds. There's a total of 27 tracks in all – and titles include "Opium Eyes", "Instrumental 33", "First Skeleton Tree", "Hey Little Firing Squad", "Fleeting Love", "Accidents Will Happen", "Avalanche", "Vortex", "Free To Walk", "Give Us A Kiss", "Needle Boy", "Lightning Bolts", "Steve McQueen", "First Girl In Amber", "Glacier", "Sudden Song", "Earthlings", and "Heart That Kills You". Also features a live orchestral version of "Push The Sky Away". CD

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Don CherryOm Shanti Om ... LP
Black Sweat (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $36.99 39.99
Rare 70s work from Don Cherry, and one of the most perfect realizations of his organic music concept – a quartet session recorded for Italian broadcast, with long songs that have a very spun-out, meditative vibe! Cherry's on pocket trumpet, but is way more than a horn player – as his vocalizations and spirit really guide the whole proceedings – played by a quartet that features Nana Vasconcelos on percussion, Gian Piero Pramaggiore on guitar, and Moki on tanpura! As you can imagine from the mix of instruments, there's an earthy, organic vibe to the whole set – really special sounds that come together with a natural beauty that may well make the record one of Don's most spiritual performances of the 70s – and that's really saying a lot. Titles include "Koye", "Flute Song", "Dissolution", "Nana's Solo", "Om Shanti Om", Luna Turca", and "Chenrezig". LP, Vinyl record album

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Doug HammondEllipse ... LP
Idibib/Manufactured, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Quite possibly the rarest album ever from this great percussionist – and one of the most intimate, too – given that the record only features Doug Hammond on drums, percussion, and piano – alongside flute from Karen Joseph! The percussion alone is great, and handled by Doug with a really cool style – most likely multi-tracked, so that he's also adding some voice and piano to the percussion and drums – sometimes with very rhythmic, earthy pulses – sometimes a lot more offbeat and outside! And although Joseph plays on the record, there's a lot more solo percussion moments throughout – which almost has Hammond in territory of work by artists like Andrew Cyrille or Milford Graves. That comparison is a key acknowledgement of the sometimes-overlooked genius that Hammond brought to the New York scene in the 70s – as we think you'll agree when hearing tracks that include "East 14th Street", "Concentric Dream", "Warm Up", "Funk Beat From The Motherland", "Night Of Sand", "Apple Birdleg March", and "Prayer From The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shigeharu Mukai & Astrud GilbertoSo & So – Mukai Meets Gilberto (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1983. Used ... $34.99
A rare session from Astrud Gilberto – recorded in the early 80s as a collaboration with Japanese trombonist Shigeharu Mukai! The set's got a dreamy bossa feel throughout – with arrangements that are a bit modern, but still quite jazzy – and very much in the mode that brings out the best in Astrud's lovely vocals. Only 3 of the album's 8 tracks feature Astrud on vocals – but those are all pretty great – and on the other instrumental numbers, Shigeharu steps out with the band on some great tracks that have a tasy Brazilian jazz approach – one that alternates between electric Brazilian fusion numbers, and others that have an earthier percussive bottom. Titles include the vocal numbers "Champagne & Caviar", "Nos Dois", and "Hold Me" – and the instrumentals "Berimbau", "Miracle Of The Fishes", "Terrafirme", and "Keep On Riding". CD
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PaternosterDie Ersten Tage (3CD set) ... CD
Now Again, 1971. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99 20.98
A rare early moment from the legendary Austrian group Paternoster – sounds that predate their one and only cult-status album – originally created for the equally legendary film, Die Ersten Tage! The music here was never issued commercially at the time – and the release of these sounds adds a much-needed page to the slim book of Paternoster – especially since the creative flair of these songs really fleshes out our understanding of the group! As with their vocal music, most of the style here is slow, but jamming – kind of mellow prog, almost – but lighter, too – and with a moodier vibe, given the absence of lyrics – which lets the offbeat guitar parts do most of the speaking for the group. The whole thing's fragile, yet jagged – earthy, but cosmic – and the set features 30 tracks in all, appearing here on record for the first time ever! 3CD version features a bonus CD2, with 7 more film cue tracks – and CD3, which features demo versions of the songs "I Wanna Bring You Down", "Not Like You", "Paternoster", "Old Danube", "Mammoth Opus", "The Pope Is Wrong", and "Stop These Lines". CD

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✨✧ VariousEccentric Soul – Capitol City Soul ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set offers up a stunning array of rare gems, many of which were never even pressed on record – all showing Columbus to be one of the funkiest, grooviest cities in the US during the early 70s! Lots of the work here has that same heavy groove that we love from the Capsoul collection – and since that initial Numero foray into the compilation business, the label has only become more skilled at unearthing and presenting great sounds like this. The package features notes on both the music and the project of researching it – plus a long appendix on the local labels featured, along with photos and label scans too! Titles include "Woe Is Me" by Kool Blues, "I Need Your Love" by Chandlers, "Funky Disposition" by Dean Francis & Soul Rockers, "Lose The One You Love" by Soul Partners, "Look In The Mirror" by Vondors, "Hysteria" by Four Mints, "This Is The Way That I Am" by La Fez, "When He's Gone" by Associated Press, "Excuse Me Miss" by Jupiter's Release, and "I've Been Trying" by Love Maximum. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousHello Everyone – Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968 to 1970 ... CD
Spark/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 20.99
Rare gems from the late 60s UK Spark label – a small imprint founded by the Southern Music publishing company, as their own outlet for some of the cool compositions in their catalog! Many of these tracks were recorded in the basement of the company's London offices – often by the same rough groups of musicians, which means that there's a nicely unified feel to the songs – even while the individual artists are trying to take off in a lots of cool new directions with their vocals and performances. The mode is nicely trippy at times – not all-out psych, but with lots of cool production touches on both the vocals and instrumentation, which really keeps things interesting. The package features 27 tracks in all – most of which we'd never heard before – along with rich notes on this unique slice of late 60s Brit rock. Titles include "Hello Everyone" by Sir Ching I, "Room At The Top Of The Stairs" by Timothy Blue, "The Devil Rides Out" by Icarus, "Digger" by The New Generation, "You're Still Mine" by The Eggy, "Cherrywood Green" by Just William, "Heartbreaker" by The Baby, "The Wall" by The Fruit Machine, "The Old Iron Bell" by Gene Latter, "Midsummer" Dreaming" by John Carter & Russ Alquist, and a stunning version of "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" by Eartha Kitt. CD

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✨✧ VariousNorthern Soul Story Vol 2 – The Golden Torch ... CD
Sony (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A mighty tribute to the Golden Torch – a club that helped usher in the second generation of Northern Soul in the UK scene – and a real hotbed of musical activity that helped bridge soul modes of the 60s and 70s! As with the previous volume, the tracks here are all selected not only for their importance to the club, but also for their wonderful quality overall – the kind of rare soul gems that really set fire to UK dancers back in the day, but which are still the kind of tracks that delight our ears again and again over the years! The package features a whopping 25 tracks in all, many reissued officially here for the first time ever – all with excellent sound. Titles include "They Say" by The Ovations, "Earthquake" by Bobby Lynn, "Blowing Up My Mind" by The Exciters, "I'm Coming To Your Rescue" by The Triumphs, "Investigate" by Major Lance, "Unsatisfied" by Lou Johnson, "Stay" by The Virginia Wolves, "Honest To Goodness" by Herb Ward, "I Worship You Baby" by The Glories, "He Who Picks A Rose" by The Carstairs, "Walk Like A Man" by Johnny Moore, "Stop" by The Lorelei, "KJEE" by The Nite-Liters, and "Hold On To My Baby" by The Cavaliers. CD

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VariousPied Piper Presents A New Concept In Detroit Soul – Mid 60s Uptempo Detroit Dance Music At The Peak Of Its Creativity ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
An absolute treasure trove of rare soul singles from Pied Piper Productions – a mid 60s Detroit soul operation that features Funk Brothers Jack Ashford, Joe Hunter, and Mike Terry – laying down sounds that rival the best Motown groovers of the period! The work is amazing throughout – soul cuts heavily focused on the groove and amazing lead vocals – recorded in ways that are similar to the best of Detroit at the time, but with some rawer aspects too – which makes for a massive package of Northern Soul gems! The package features both solo singers and great groups too – artists who include Lorraine Chandler, The Hesitations, September Jones, The Cavaliers, Willie Kendrick, Nancy Wilcox, and – heard here on rare singles and LP tracks that were originally released on labels like Karate, Kapp, Ruby and Giant – plus a number of recently unearthed titles that are seeing release for the first time ever! The set features 24 tracks in all, and the usual superb Kent notes and packaging – with titles that include "I Can't Hold On" by Lorraine Chandler, "Stuttering Sam" by September Jones, "Gambler's Blues" by Nancy Wilcox, "This Heart Is Lonely" by Rose Batiste, "Just Can't Leave You" by Tony Hesher, "Could It Be" by Micki Farrow, "I Fell In Love (Can't Help It)" by Freddy Butler, "He'll Be Leaving You" by The Pied Piper Players, "If Only You Knew" by Mike & Ray, "Time Changes Things" by Willie Kendrick, and "Lonely Too Long" by The Sandpipers. CD

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✨✧ Tito RodriguezMambos By Tito Rodriguez Vol 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Tico, Early 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lots of rare early work from his earliest years – titles that include "El Mambo", "Pop N Mambo", "Mambo Gee Gee", "Maina Go", "Earthquake", "El Mambo Hop", and "La Renta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the seams, and one cut notch in a top corner.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The most complete collection of pre-Chess work by Etta James ever offered – a huge 2CD package that's filled with rare album tracks, key singles, and even some previously unissued material! Etta's fame at Chess in the 60s is a well-known fact of classic soul music – but in the years before hooking up with that label, she recorded some smoking R&B work for the Kent and Modern labels – really hard-hitting stuff that often had a rawer, earthier quality than any of her later recordings. Even at this early date in Etta's career, she had a voice that wouldn't quit – easily blowing away more established R&B singers like Laverne Baker or Ruth Brown – and tearing it up with some great small combo backings and a production style that really let her do her thing. Collection features 42 tracks in all – with tracks that include "The Wallflower", "Fools We Mortals Be", "Baby Baby Every Night", "Sunshine Of Love", "How Big A Fool", "Dance With Me Henry", "Nobody Loves You Like Me", "Don't You Remember", "We're In Love", "I Hope You're Satisfied", "Come What May", "Market Place", "Shortnin Bread Rock", "My One & Only", "I'm A Fool", "Hey Henry", and "That's All". CD

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✨✧ Sylvain Marc & Del RabenjaMadagascar Now ... LP
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums on the rare Palm label of pianist Jef Gilson – a set that's got even more global instrumental currents than some of the other releases on the imprint during it's too-short run! The group is headed here by bassist Sylvin Marc, who also plays drums and percussion – and Madagascar musician Del Rabenja, who plays the Valiha – a cool bamboo harp-like instrument that dominates the first half of the record, before Del switches over to tenor sax and Fender Rhodes – handled with equally great energy! The rest of the group features more bass, drums, and percussion – working in an earthy groove that's occasionally topped by these vocalizations that really give the music some depth and a strongly collaborative vibe throughout. Titles include "Valiha Ny Dada", "Katramo", "Amore Ny Canal", "Del Light", and "Rotaka". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Smokey Smothers with Freddy KingSmokey Smothers Sings Back Porch Blues ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Chicago blues gem – and some of the rarest material issued by King Records in the 60s – very gritty, earthy blues from singer Smokey Smothers – who gets plenty of help in the studio from a young Freddy King! Smothers has this raspy, almost casual style of singing – one that works well with the easygoing rhythms of the tunes, and opens up plenty of space for Freddy to come in and do his thing – coloring the tunes with the same bold tones as on his own King sessions of the time, and maybe bringing a lot more bite into Smokey's songs than they would have had otherwise! The original record is nearly impossible to find – it fell into obscurity almost immediately upon release – and this set brings it back, along with unissued tracks and singles – to make for a whopping 25 titles in all. Tracks include "Crying Tears", "I Can't Judge Nobody", "Smokey's Love Sick Blues", "Give It Back", "The Case Is Closed", "Midnight & Day", "Honey I Ain't Teasin", "Com On Rock Little Girl", "I Ain't Gonna Be No Monkey Man No More", and "Way Up In The Mountains Of Kentucky". CD

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✨✧ Eden Ahbez & OthersWild Boy – The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez ... CD
Ebalunga (Austria), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the untapped musical legacy of Eden Ahbez – the west coast mystic who's best remembered for delivering the song "Nature Boy" to Nat King Cole (legendarily walking in barefooted during a recording session!) – but who also made a range of other great music in the years that followed! Apart from "Nature Boy", and Ahbez's rare Eden's Island album from 1960, most of his other songs have fallen in in the shifting sands of time – but this record does a great job of digging up the best of the bunch, and presents them in a well-documented package that's much better than some of the public domain Eden Ahbez records that have hit the market. Song songs are by Eden, in a range of exotic vocal modes – others are by contemporaries, some in collaboration with Ahbez, some working on their own – and there's a great rante of trcks that icnlude "The Clam Man", "Umgowah", "India", "Child Of Nature", "Anna Was Mine (demo)", "Overcomers Of The World", and "Monterey" by Eden Ahbez – plus "Surfer John" by Nature Boy & Friends, "Wild Boy" by Mort Wise & The Wisemen, "Eden's Island" by Arthur Lyman, "Land Of Love" by Nat King Cole, "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt, and "Palm Springs" by Ray Anthony. (Put together by the same guy who did Exotic World Of Eden Ahbez – but with different tracks, and even better sound!) CD

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✨✧ Leon's CreationThis Is The Beginning ... LP
Studio 10/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rare album of funky soul from the Bay Area scene at the start of the 70s – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you might expect from the cover! The group's the creation of singer/keyboardist/arranger Leon Pattillo – hence the name – and you might know Leon from his later famous work in the 70s – including a stint with Santana, and loads of great work with other soul artists. But here, he's a young genius working in the freest, funkiest style of the San Francisco generation – with a vibe that's maybe a more spiritual take on territory explored by Sly & The Family Stone – with an earthier, more indie vibe overall. The group has great interplay – tight instrumentation, but never slick, and with some nice long-haired currents – and vocals are by Leon and a female singer – on titles that include "Confusion", "If I Had The Power", "Sightless", "Back Roads", "This Is The Beginning", and "Mirage". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sylvain Marc & Del RabenjaMadagascar Now ... CD
Palm/Souffle Continu (France), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums on the rare Palm label of pianist Jef Gilson – a set that's got even more global instrumental currents than some of the other releases on the imprint during it's too-short run! The group is headed here by bassist Sylvin Marc, who also plays drums and percussion – and Madagascar musician Del Rabenja, who plays the Valiha – a cool bamboo harp-like instrument that dominates the first half of the record, before Del switches over to tenor sax and Fender Rhodes – handled with equally great energy! The rest of the group features more bass, drums, and percussion – working in an earthy groove that's occasionally topped by these vocalizations that really give the music some depth and a strongly collaborative vibe throughout. Titles include "Valiha Ny Dada", "Katramo", "Amore Ny Canal", "Del Light", and "Rotaka". 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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✨✧ VariousEccentric Soul – Capitol City Soul ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set offers up a stunning array of rare gems, many of which were never even pressed on record – all showing Columbus to be one of the funkiest, grooviest cities in the US during the early 70s! Lots of the work here has that same heavy groove that we love from the Capsoul collection – and since that initial Numero foray into the compilation business, the label has only become more skilled at unearthing and presenting great sounds like this. The package features notes on both the music and the project of researching it – plus a long appendix on the local labels featured, along with photos and label scans too! Titles include "Woe Is Me" by Kool Blues, "I Need Your Love" by Chandlers, "Funky Disposition" by Dean Francis & Soul Rockers, "Lose The One You Love" by Soul Partners, "Look In The Mirror" by Vondors, "Hysteria" by Four Mints, "This Is The Way That I Am" by La Fez, "When He's Gone" by Associated Press, "Excuse Me Miss" by Jupiter's Release, and "I've Been Trying" by Love Maximum. CD
Also available Eccentric Soul – Capitol City Soul ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ VariousModernity – 24 Super-Sharp Slices Of Rhythm & Blues, Soul, & Other Grooves ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set with "modernity" as the title, but a batch of tracks that sound plenty old all the way through – mostly the kind of upbeat soul tracks that played big with the 60s mod scene in London! Yet this isn't the usual collection of mod classics – as the work here is very obscure, and served up in the mix of rare singles and unreleased material that we totally love on other Ace/Kent Records collections – presented with great sound, and very detailed notes that are as fun to read as the songs are to hear! All the artists are American, and look very different than the dapper British gents on the cover – soaring out in a set list that includes "Deuces Wild" by Gary & Gary, "Just Can't Help Myself" by Birdlegs & Pauline, "Oh Lady Be Good" by Charles Hodges, "The Hawg (part 2)" by Eddie Kirk, "See See Rider" by Byrdie Green, "Walk Home With Me" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Sundown" by The Merced Blue Notes, "Go Away With Me" by Hollis Dixon & The Keynotes, "I Found A Little Girl" by Eddie Bo, "The Bounce" by Jackie Lee, "Earthquake" by The Fashionettes, "Air Travel" by Ray & Bob, "That's All I Want" by King Carl, "The Warm Up (part 1)" by Clifton White & His Royal Knights, "Soul Grabber" by Willis Jackson, and "Who Knows" by Willie Tee. CD

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✨✧ VariousTotally Wired & Illicit Grooves – Acid Jazz – The Birth Of A Scene 1987 to 1990 ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous grooves from the earliest (and best) years of the acid jazz scene – all recorded at a time when London was exploding with sounds from the 60s and 70s, and turning out some of the hippest music on the planet! Although the term "acid jazz" was soon mishandled and mis-managed here in the US, the earliest days of the movement were really a tremendous time in London – a period when folks returned to the core elements that made funk, jazz, and soul great – and shook off all of the too-electric and too-stiff modes that had crept in during the 80s! Most of the work here is in a really spare, stripped-down funky mode – a cross between soul jazz of the 60s and blacksploitation funk of the 70s, with possibly a few more contemporary elements thrown into the mix. And in these years way before the current deep funk revival, what's even more important is the way these songs were produced – with a warmth that other groups hadn't had in years, and a real love of the way these tracks might have sounded in older studios a few decades before. The package contains a number of key rare singles from the Acid Jazz label, other album tracks, and even a few classics that had a big influence on the London scene. Titles include the rare pre-Acid Jazz single "Got To Give" by The Brand New Heavies, the sublime "Rejoice In Righteousness" by Bukky Leo Quintet, and the tracks "Cut & Run" by Lay Zee Muthas, "Like A Gun" by King Truman, "The Killer" by Night Trains, "People Get Ready" by The Brand New Heavies, "Haw Right Now" by Patrice Rushen, "Earthly Powers" by Man Called Adam, "Mr PC" by Snowboy, "Spinning Wheel" by New Jersey Kings, "Let The Good Times Roll" by The Quiet Boys, and "Mighty Mouse" by Caesar Frazier. Loads of great notes too – a really detailed look at the London scene at the end of the 80s! CD

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✨✧ Brother AhhDivine Music (Sea/Meditation/Searching) (5LP set) ... LP
Manufactured, 1978/1981/1985. New Copy 5LP ... Out Of Stock
Three never-issued albums from Brother Ah – the enigmatic musician who may be known best for his work with Sun Ra, and his rare album on Strata East! Both of those moments date from earlier years, though – and past that time, Brother Ah was still working strongly on some amazing musical ideas of his own – work that includes the three albums presented in this package, which together really mark a shift for both Ah and some of his spiritual jazz contemporaries as the 70s moved on! The set begins with the beautiful set The Sea – recorded in 1978, with a long-flowing sound that's quite hypnotic, and very much in the spiritual territory of post-Coltrane material – including work by Trane's wife Alice. Brother Ah plays flute, in these fantastic lines that spin out slowly and echo strongly – amidst a mix of percussion, violin, mbira, bass, and drums – often used in ways that build beautifully, and which provide a great introduction to both the sung and spoken passages – presented by Abena Walker, Jeanean Gibbs, and Nataska Hassan Youssef. Titles include "Nuba", "Far Away", "The Village Drum", "Visoins", and "Africa We Are Your Children". Meditation is from a few years later, and has a different makeup – a sound that's much more spare overall, and which just features Brother Ah on flute, zither, and "nature sounds" – with help from Cleo Jomo Faulks on mbira and gong! The tunes have an earthier feel than you might guess from the album's title – still somewhat meditative, but also more open to the vibes of nature than the space of the studio – with moments that feel more more like the organic sounds of the young Moondog, or maybe some of Alice Coltrane's more home-made moments. Titles include "Stillness", "Spirit World", "Close Your Eyes & See", and "Song Of The Unseen". Last up is Searching – a record from 1985 that maybe moves the spiritual agenda from the political to the personal – that shift towards more interior solutions that some musicians took in the 80s, especially as funding for some kinds of spiritual jazz albums fell by the wayside, and some artists had to adapt to the new age underground. Yet although that shift might be in place here, Brother Ah is still as righteous as ever – just equipped with a slightly different voice – as he works alongside some electronics and percussion from Richard Ashman, and blows trumpet and a variety of flutes, while also handling percussion and harmonica in very spacious ways. The record is more about extended sound textures than individual instrumentation – and titles include "I Am", "Going Within", "Inner Voice", and "Know Thyself". First time release for all three records – presented in a really great package! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Divine Music (Sea/Meditation/Searching) (3CD set) ... CD 25.99

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✨✧ Don CherryOm Shanti Om ... CD
Black Sweat (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare 70s work from Don Cherry, and one of the most perfect realizations of his organic music concept – a quartet session recorded for Italian broadcast, with long songs that have a very spun-out, meditative vibe! Cherry's on pocket trumpet, but is way more than a horn player – as his vocalizations and spirit really guide the whole proceedings – played by a quartet that features Nana Vasconcelos on percussion, Gian Piero Pramaggiore on guitar, and Moki on tanpura! As you can imagine from the mix of instruments, there's an earthy, organic vibe to the whole set – really special sounds that come together with a natural beauty that may well make the record one of Don's most spiritual performances of the 70s – and that's really saying a lot. Titles include "Koye", "Flute Song", "Dissolution", "Nana's Solo", "Om Shanti Om", Luna Turca", and "Chenrezig". CD
Also available Om Shanti Om ... LP 36.99

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✨✧ Herbie HarperJazz In Hollywood ... CD
Nocturne/OJC, 1953/1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little package that features two rare 10" albums by trombonist Herbie Harper – both issued by the short-lived Nocturne label in the 50s! Harper's sound here is totally great – a tightly-crafted approach to his instrument that rivals that of some of his more famous contemporaries on the LA scene, but which is also served up with a bit of grit in the solos – a slightly earthy feel at times that's a nice contrast to some of the more modern tendencies of the records. The first half of the CD features Harper in a quintet with Bob Gordon on baritone sax, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Harry Babasin on bass, and Roy Harte on drums – and the Babasin/Harte team return on the second half, which features quartet and quintet sides with Al Hendrickson on guitar, Bud Shank on tenor, and Marty Paich on piano. Titles include "Patty", "Herbstone", "Five Brothers", "The New York City Ghost", "Julie Is Her Name", "Sanguine", "Now Playing", "6/4 Mambo", and "Bananera". CD
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✨✧ Soul SearchersSalt Of The Earth ... CD
Sussex/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The amazing second album from The Soul Searchers – even harder, funkier, and rarer than the first! This one blows away everything else the group have ever done – as the record has an angular approach that has the band taking a lot of weird twists with the grooves, creating these dark jazzy edges that have forever made the album a favorite with fans of deep-thinking funk! The massively funky sound of the group's debut are further increased here by a hipper, more sophisticated approach to rhythm and soul – one that's got the group flowing through warm moments one minute, then cutting things into deeper, sharper tones the next. Titles include the sublime "Ashley's Roachclip", a famous BDP sample from way back – plus the cuts "I Rolled It You Hold It", "Blow Your Whistle", "Funk To The Folks", "Ain't It Heavy", and "If It Ain't Funky". CD

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Sly & The Viscaynes (Sly Stone)Yellow Moon – The Complete Recordings 1961/1962 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
The earliest roots of the Sly Stone sound in California – but music that's very different than his heady sounds from the San Francisco scene at the end of the 60s! Instead, the approach here is teen pop and soul at its best – as you'd probably guess from the look of the group, who were all classmates together at Vallejo High – and who work here together as a surprisingly strong sextet! Sly's a member, but we're not going to give him all the credit – as the vocal leads shift, taking full advantage of the young talents in the group – heard here over a very small slice of work during the few years they were together. The harmonies are great – very much in an east coast group soul mode – and the set unearths some rare tapes for some tunes, and also offers up two rare early Sly Stone singles, and a Jasper Woods track that is actually Richard Berry with the Viscaynes. As usual with Ace, the presentation is wonderful – with a huge booklet of notes and lots of photos of the group – to support 19 titles that include "Yellow Moon", "Uncle Sam Needs You", "A Long Time Alone", "Hully Gully Papa", "I'm Coming Home", "Don't Cry Soldier", "I'm Just A Fool", "Oh What A Night", and "Heavenly Angel". CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Prix Label ... LP
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 26.99
A glorious batch of unearthed soul and funk from the early 70s central Ohio scene – the storming singles of Prix label – culled from ultra rare 45s plus previous unreleased gems! Prix was the imprint started to release work captured at Columbus's Harmonic Sounds studios commercially – pummeling funk, uptempo harmony soul, some heavy organ groovers and beyond – work by the Royal Esquires, Eddie Ray, Joe King, Marion Black and others. Most of the tracks were cut in the first few years of the 70s – at a time when when central Ohio was producing soul and funk as mighty as the bigger midwestern cities of Detroit, Memphis and Chicago – standing just as tall even if it didn't get over as well in the marketplace! Some tracks were issued as Prix 45s in the early 70s, and others were never officially released – culled from finished masters, demos and other studio material that was only recently discovered! Titles include "Wait A Minute", "You Got Me" and more by Eddie Ray, "Mystic" and "Mister Kidneys" by OFS Unlimited, "Speak On Up" and "Your My Everything" by Joe King, "Ain't Gonna Run" by Royal Esquires, "Listen Black Brother" by Marion Black, "Melon Jelly" by Soul Ensemble, "I'm Gonna Gitcha" by Chip Willis & Double Exposure and more. LP has 2 bonus cuts – 21 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 2000 copies.)

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VariousJesus Rocked The Jukebox – Small Group Black Gospel 1951 to 1965 (3LP set) ... LP
Concord/Craft, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $43.99 48.99
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel – one that really keeps the spirit of the "jukebox" in the title! The tunes here are all upbeat, and often share a lot with R&B material of the 50s – especially the vocal group numbers, which often echo more secular modes of early doo wop, but rise the lyrics towards more heavenly aims – while often imbuing the tunes with lots of earthy energy! All the tracks here are from the Vee Jay and Specialty Records labels – and in the case of Vee Jay especially, the well-chosen selection of tracks provides a long-overdue focus to tunes that have mostly been reissued for the spiritual market, and haven't gotten the kind of exposure in the soul scene that they've needed over the years! This collection really corrects that – handled by the excellent Craft division of Concord who've been giving us some great Stax reissues – and the package is overflowing with rare singles, a total of 40 tracks in all – accompanied by great notes in a really well-done package. Titles include "Let Jesus Lead You" by The Detroiters, "Let Me Ride" by The Staple Singers, "Ananais" by The Chosen Gospel Singers, "Wade In The Water" by Harmonizing Four, "This May Be The Last Time" by The Original Five Blind Boys, "Just Another Day" by Soul Stirrers, "I Am So Glad" by Patterson Singers, "I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This" by Highway QCs, "Move Upstairs" by The Gable-Airs, "Angels Watching Over Me" by The Detroiters, "The Lord's Prayer" by Swan Silvertones, "Sinner Run To Jesus (take 1)" by Soul Stirrers, and "People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing" by Original Blind Boys. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoul Cal – Disco & Modern Soul 1971 to 1982 (CD & book) ... CD
Now Again/Soul Cal, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy CD & Book ... $9.99
An amazing compilation – a decade in the making, and filled with wonderful grooves – most of which have never appeared on CD or LP reissues! And while the music itself is already wonderful, the package also includes an amazing 80 page book, too – a rich research project that digs deep into the American underground of the 70s – and features a wealth of photos, images, and historical details on music that never got it's due back in the day! The set's based around the groundbreaking series of Soul Cal 12" reissues put together by Stones Throw about a decade ago – wonderful records that unearthed rare grooves that fall beautifully in a space between funk and club – almost all originally issued on tiny little labels from all over the US, but working together to create a rich vibe in the set. Given the book, there's a Numero-like heft to the whole thing – although the range of grooves is even greater than one of their collections – and titles include "Ecology" by Anubis, "You Can Be A Star" by Luther Davis, "Don't Get Discouraged" by UPC All Stars, "Things Cannot Stop Forever" by Stanton Davis, "Free Your Mind" by Record Player, "Get Down" by Freedom Express, "Keep Running Away" by Clifford Nyren, "Love Is" by Leon Mitchison & The Eastex Freeway Band, "What It Takes To Live" by Key & Cleary, "I'm Gonna Miss You Girl" by Ellis & Cephas, "It's A Bad Feeling" by Mixed Sugar, and "Put A Smile On Time" by Rhythm Machine. CD

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✨✧ VariousBoston Goes Disco – Obscure Disco, Boogie, & Modern Soul From Boston Mass & The Surrounding Areas (3LP set & 7 inch single) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP & 7 inch Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge discovery in music – most of which we've never heard before, and which shows that the Boston scene was getting pretty busy during the classic club years – even if the city's grooves never reached the same fame as cuts from New York, Philly, and other points south! The package is definitely a labor of love – put together by DJ/collector Serge Gamesbourg – who's clearly done a hell of a lot of work to unearth these rare singles and small label releases – records that maybe didn't even make it down to New York City back in the day, and which were probably crowed out of the record racks, even if they did! Most of these cuts are nicely rough around the edges – sometimes in more of a fast funk mode, other times with all the cool offbeat touches of indie label club cuts – and almost all numbers get a special Serge Gamesbourg edit, in order to bring out the grooviest elements of the tracks. Titles include "No More Games" by Larry Wedgeworth & Clique, "All In Good Time" by Wildlife featuring Vi Taylor, "Play It By Ear" by Cojo, "Get Up & Dance Don't Want No Party Poo Pershere" by Carrie Mims & Herbe Lee River Junction, "Feel The Music" by Dreamflight, "I Want Your Body" by Royale, "Free For All" by Second Wind, "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" by Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction, "You Make Me Happy" by Christopher Michael Band, "Keep It Comin On" by Gypsy, and "Fire Funk" by Hypnotics. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Elyse WeinbergGreasepaint Smile ... CD
Numero, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The unreleased second album from Elyse Weinberg – a very hip LA singer/songwriter from the late 60s canyon scene working here with guest help from top-shelf talents who include Neil Young, Nils Lofgren, and JD Souther! Yet despite the presence of these giants, the album's very much Weinberg's own – up-close and personal tunes that feature her earthy vocals alongside gentle guitar lines – all at a level that's way different than familiar folk-inflected rock, and which also has that uniqueness that you'd find in a rare few from Elyse's generation – like Young or Joni Mitchell. And unlike other projects of this nature from later years, the whole thing's wonderfully under-done – not poorly produced, but respectfully handled – so that the lady is very much out front in the lead, doing a hell of a lot with just a little – on titles that include "What You Call It", "City Of The Angels", "Nicodemus", "Gospel Ship", "Greasepaint Smile", "My My My", and "Houses". CD

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✨✧ VariousBoston Goes Disco – Obscure Disco, Boogie, & Modern Soul From Boston Mass & The Surrounding Areas ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge discovery in music – most of which we've never heard before, and which shows that the Boston scene was getting pretty busy during the classic club years – even if the city's grooves never reached the same fame as cuts from New York, Philly, and other points south! The package is definitely a labor of love – put together by DJ/collector Serge Gamesbourg – who's clearly done a hell of a lot of work to unearth these rare singles and small label releases – records that maybe didn't even make it down to New York City back in the day, and which were probably crowed out of the record racks, even if they did! Most of these cuts are nicely rough around the edges – sometimes in more of a fast funk mode, other times with all the cool offbeat touches of indie label club cuts – and almost all numbers get a special Serge Gamesbourg edit, in order to bring out the grooviest elements of the tracks. Titles include "No More Games" by Larry Wedgeworth & Clique, "All In Good Time" by Wildlife featuring Vi Taylor, "Play It By Ear" by Cojo, "Get Up & Dance Don't Want No Party Poo Pershere" by Carrie Mims & Herbe Lee River Junction, "Feel The Music" by Dreamflight, "I Want Your Body" by Royale, "Free For All" by Second Wind, "I'm Gonna Get You (Meeow)" by Carrie Mims & Herb Lee River Junction, "You Make Me Happy" by Christopher Michael Band, "Keep It Comin On" by Gypsy, and "Fire Funk" by Hypnotics. 2CD set features one disc of the music in a continuous mix by Serge – the other with unmixed versions. CD

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✨✧ Voice Of The Seven WoodsVoice Of The Seven Woods ... CD
Twisted Nerve/B- Music, 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Acoustic folk psychedelia from Voice Of The Seven Woods – essentially the nom de plume for multi-instrumentalist Rick Tomlinson – on a fairly timeless set of masterfully played tunes! Voice Of The Seven Woods is heavy on hypnotic instrumentals, some earthy & chiming, others with a headier groove, and with tunes that do a fine job of making some far flung influences into a cohesive whole. Songs roll from spare, Spanish style guitar jams, to Middle Eastern folk funk, to breezy British folk grooves – all with equal mastery. Tomlinson plays guitars, oud, sitar, piano, percussion and a rare vocal, with Chris Walmsley on percussion & keys and Pete Hedley on bass and violin. Tracks include "Sand And Flames", "Sayat Nova", "Fire In My Head", "Silver Morning Branches", "Second Transition", "Underwater Journey", "Return From Byzantium", "Smoking Furnace" and "Dusk Cloud". CD
 
 
 



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