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VariousDJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up – Disco Wonderland (3LP set) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $24.99 28.98
A killer set of rare club and underground disco – filled with lots of tracks we haven't seen on other collections! Andy Smith has given us many amazing compilations over the years – sets that have a special mix magic, made up of rocksteady, reggae, vintage funk, and even some rockabilly too! Yet as Andy says here in the notes, he first got hooked on music in the disco generation – and has always had a life-long love of unusual and underground grooves – which he definitely demonstrates here, in a stunning selection of cuts that focus on the funkier side of the disco generation – with a good number of tracks that have turned out to be sample cuts over the years. Titles include "For The Love Of Money" by Disco Dub Band, "Patty Duke" by Cloud One, "Times Are Tight" by Jimmy Young, "Share The Night" by World Premiere, "Is It In" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Let It Flow" by Tamiko Jones, "Main Thing" by Shot with Kim Marsh, "Give It Up" by Neddy Smith, "Groove To Get Down" by T-Connection, "Holding You Tight (ext DJ mix)" by Sure Thing, "First True Love Affair (Andy Smith & Nick Halke reach up edit)" by Jimmy Ross, "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons re-edit)" by Joanne Wilson, "I Wanna Be Myself" by Don Laka, "Get Up & Boogie" by Freedom, and "Take Me To The Top" by Advance. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousDJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up – Disco Wonderland ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A killer set of rare club and underground disco – filled with lots of tracks we haven't seen on other collections! Andy Smith has given us many amazing compilations over the years – sets that have a special mix magic, made up of rocksteady, reggae, vintage funk, and even some rockabilly too! Yet as Andy says here in the notes, he first got hooked on music in the disco generation – and has always had a life-long love of unusual and underground grooves – which he definitely demonstrates here, in a stunning selection of cuts that focus on the funkier side of the disco generation – with a good number of tracks that have turned out to be sample cuts over the years. Titles include "For The Love Of Money" by Disco Dub Band, "Patty Duke" by Cloud One, "Times Are Tight" by Jimmy Young, "Share The Night" by World Premiere, "Is It In" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Let It Flow" by Tamiko Jones, "Main Thing" by Shot with Kim Marsh, "Give It Up" by Neddy Smith, "Groove To Get Down" by T-Connection, "Holding You Tight (ext DJ mix)" by Sure Thing, "First True Love Affair (Andy Smith & Nick Halke reach up edit)" by Jimmy Ross, "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons re-edit)" by Joanne Wilson, "I Wanna Be Myself" by Don Laka, "Get Up & Boogie" by Freedom, and "Take Me To The Top" by Advance. 2CD version features all tracks unmixed on one disc, and a special mix on the other! CD
Also available DJ Andy Smith Presents Reach Up – Disco Wonderland (3LP set) ... LP 24.99
 
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✨✧ George DukeReach For It ... LP
Epic, 1977. Very Good ... $2.99
A real breakthrough album for George Duke – one of his earliest for the Epic label, and an album that took him from the space funk underground to the top of the jazz charts! The album's got a great sound that mixes together all of Duke's influences – Latin rhythms, electric keyboard funk, and some of the freer jamming styles he picked up in the Bay Area scene – and he's joined here by strong crossover fusion players like Ndugu Chancler, Raul De Souza, and Stanley Clarke, all of whom help him forge a groove that's nice and tight. Includes the hit title track "Reach For It", plus the cuts "The End", "Diamonds", "Watch Out Baby", "Lemme At It", "Just For You", "Omi", and "Searchin My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has staining & peeling along the bottom seam, a tracklist sticker, and a promo stamp.)

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George DukeReach For It (with bonus track) ... CD
Epic, 1977. Used ... $8.99
A real breakthrough album for George Duke – one of his earliest for the Epic label, and an album that took him from the space funk underground to the top of the jazz charts! The album's got a great sound that mixes together all of Duke's influences – Latin rhythms, electric keyboard funk, and some of the freer jamming styles he picked up in the Bay Area scene – and he's joined here by strong crossover fusion players like Ndugu Chancler, Raul De Souza, and Stanley Clarke, all of whom help him forge a groove that's nice and tight. Includes the hit title track "Reach For It", plus the cuts "The End", "Diamonds", "Watch Out Baby", "Lemme At It", "Just For You", "Omi", and "Searchin My Mind". CD also features the previously unissued "Bring It On Home". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rose BrothersEverything's Coming Up Roses ... CD
Muscle Shoals Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
Everything's coming up for the Rose Brothers here – sounding better on this second set than on their debut, with a style that really shows the group coming into their own! The quartet have an approach that takes an older 70s group style, and finds a way to make it work within a contemporary soul vibe – surprisingly electric, given the Muscle Shoals imprint – but in a style that's still got a nice southern indie feel overall. The best cuts are the mellower and midtempo ones – which seem to dominate here – and the group have moved away from some of their funk and electro modes of before, a good choice. Titles include "Easy Love", "Celebrate", "Personal Touch", "Just Within Reach", "Fast Lane",a nd "I Wanna Be Your Lover". CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)
Also available Everything's Coming Up Roses ... LP 0.99

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Rose BrothersEverything's Coming Up Roses ... LP
Muscle Shoals Sound, 1986. Very Good ... $0.99
Everything's coming up for the Rose Brothers here – sounding better on this second set than on their debut, with a style that really shows the group coming into their own! The quartet have an approach that takes an older 70s group style, and finds a way to make it work within a contemporary soul vibe – surprisingly electric, given the Muscle Shoals imprint – but in a style that's still got a nice southern indie feel overall. The best cuts are the mellower and midtempo ones – which seem to dominate here – and the group have moved away from some of their funk and electro modes of before, a good choice. Titles include "Easy Love", "Celebrate", "Personal Touch", "Just Within Reach", "Fast Lane",a nd "I Wanna Be Your Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everything's Coming Up Roses ... CD 13.99

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WhispersOne For The Money/Open Up Your Love/Headlights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of wonderful albums from The Whispers – with a bit of bonus tracks too! First up is One For The Money – one of our favorite Whispers albums of the 70s – thanks to wonderful work from Philly soul maestro Norman Harris! Harris produced the record, and also played guitar on the set – giving the group this Sigma Sound-styled backdrop that almost puts the west coast harmony quintet in the territory of Gamble & Huff's work for Philly International! There's plenty of grooves on the set, but also plenty of deeper soul elements too – balanced beautifully with a richness that makes this Whispers album every bit as rewarding as work by some of their east coast contemporaries. Tracks include the sublime mellow cut "Living Together (In Sin)" – plus "One For The Money", "You're Only As Good As You Think You Are", "Sounds Like A Love Song", and "In My Heart". On Open Up Your Love, The Whispers are really riding high on the Soul Train – perfectly set up with production help from the team of Don Cornelius and Dick Griffey – who really help the group make the best of their harmonies, both on mellow cuts and upbeat groovers! The latter cuts are what The Whispers are sometimes remembered most for at this time in their career – but we really love the more laidback cuts too – as they seem to have an even more magical approach, with this floating style that really does wonders for the vocals. Titles include "Open Up Your Love", "You Are Number One", "I'm Gonna Make You My Wife", "Love Is A Dream", "I Fell In Love Last Night", and "Chocolate Girl". Headlights is sublime stuff from The Whispers – a record that features some wonderfully easy-drifting harmony vocals, put together in a careful way that preserves the smooth mellow tip that always made the group sound best! There's a maturity to the record that takes the quintet far past their early harmony soul roots, and even past some of the more clubby styles they were using during the 70s – almost the mix of sophistication that some of the hipper groups at Philly International would reach during the same stretch. The set's definitely got a few groovers, but the mellower steppers are the most wonderful – including the fantastic cut "(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out", a sweet little groover with a hook that's undeniably catchy. Other tracks include "The Planets Of Life", "Disco Melody", "Children Of Tomorrow", "All The Way", and "You're A Special Part Of My Life". CD features bonus tracks – "Sounds Like A Love Song (7" version)" and "You're Only As Good As You Think You Are (7" version)". CD

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✨✧ Isley BrothersLive It Up ... CD
T Neck/Columbia, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mid 70s genius from the Isley Brothers – a record that has them firmly hitting their superstar mode with a fantastic blend of mellow soul and guitar-heavy funk! The record's got a sense of class, care, and poise that's head and shoulders above most of the group's contemporaries – an ability to rock out one minute, then slow things down for a beautiful ballad the next – all while maintaining enough credibility to still hold onto older fans, yet also reach out to a much bigger audience in the mainstream. Titles include the sublime "Ain't I Been Good To You (parts 1 & 2)", a long track with a sinister bassline and a dark groove that really makes it great, a great cover of "Hello It's Me" that's even better than the original, and the key mellow cuts "Lover's Eve" and "Brown Eyed Girl" – plus "Live It Up (parts 1 & 2)", "Need A Little Taste Of Love", and "Midnight Sky (parts 1 & 2)". CD also features a bonus track – "Live It Up", recorded live on the Dinah Shore TV show! CD
(Please note the back artwork has some water damage, including staining and rippling and a small tear at the spine. Booklet is clean and unmarked. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hank Mobley5 Original Albums (No Room For Squares/Roll Call/Peckin Time/Another Workout/Reach Out) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note/Universal, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
5 killer albums from one of our favorite tenor players of all time! First up is No Room For Squares – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are definitely creeping into the mix – a bolder sense of rhythm that really transforms the music from before – and lets Mobley reach out in a whole different way with his solos! The album features material from two different sessions – each of which have Mobley's tenor coming into play with other inventive artists on Blue Note at the time. One date features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano, John Ore on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and the other features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Jones again on drums. Titles include "Up A Step", "Me N You", "Three Way Split", "Carolyn", and the classic "No Room For Squares". Roll Call was recorded during the initial Mobley run at Blue Note, and a keen document of his amazing power on the tenor sax! The album's got a tightness that's almost impossible to believe – a summation of all the best bop trends of the 50s, rolled into a freewheeling and soulful expression, guided by Mobley's always-sharp ear for a groove. The group's great too – and Art Blakey is on drums, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and a young young Freddie Hubbard plays trumpet. All tracks are nice and long, with a firey hardbop sound, deeply held in place by Mobley's soulful tone on the tenor! Titles include "My Groove Your Move", "Baptist Beat", and "The Breakdown". Peckin Time is one of the first great pairings of Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – a trumpet/tenor team that was always a treasure, no matter what the setting! This one's a pretty open-ended blowing date – one that gives both horn players plenty of room to stretch out, in a setting that's filled with sharp-edged, and imaginative lines! The rhythm section is rock solid too – with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and the great Charlie Persip on drums – kicking things nicely on the kit to get a groove going. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Git Go Blues", "Stretchin Out", and "High & Flighty". Another Workout is a rare second chapter to Mobley's famous Workout album – recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until the mid 80s – and even then, only momentarily on vinyl! The session's a great one – a quartet outing with a structure that's similar to Hank's classic Soul Station record, but which is a bit more fluid and free-thinking overall! The long tracks give Mobley plenty of room to open up on his solos – really commanding the record with his deeply soulful tone and strong sense of timing. Other players include Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums (plus Grant Green on one track) – and titles include "Out Of Joe's Bag", "I Should Care", "Getting & Jettin", "Hank's Other Soul", and "Three Coins In A Fountain". Reach Out Is an excellent Hank Mobley session – with an unusual twist that takes it past his earlier work! The lineup's great all the way through – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, George Benson on guitar, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the addition of Benson's guitar gives the tracks a groovily swinging edge that really makes them dance nicely! The set's got 4 originals – "Good Pickins", "Up Over & Out", "Beverly", and "Lookin East" – and 2 soul covers – "Reach Out" and "Goin' Out Of My Head" – and Mobley never misses a beat. Mobley was so great during this period, and we always mourn the fact that he hardly recorded much afterward! CD

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Alborosie & Roots RadicsAlborosie Meets Roots Radics ... CD
VP, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Italian-born, Kingston-based, legit Rastafari and reggae to his very soul Alborosie doing what he seems to do best these days – collaborating with Jamaican icons, this time the legendary Roots Radics – delivering a surprisingly wonderful dub here with classic level rhythms and spacey touches! What works so well here is the way timeless the most timelessly effective elements – thick bass grooves rumbling over the drums, sputtering echoey dub atmosphere – pair so masterfully with modern-to-futuristic bits of synth and keys. Really nice stuff here where the classic inspired roots reach up to the cosmos. Includes "Dub For The Radicals", "The Revelation Dub", "Midnight Dub Ravers", "Shotta Man Dub", "Chalice And Dub", "Surveillance Dub", "Melanin Dub", "Herbsman Dub", "Flabba Dub Step" and "Outcome Dub". CD
Also available Alborosie Meets Roots Radics ... LP 16.99

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Alborosie & The WailersAlborosie Meets Roots Radics ... LP
VP, 2019. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
Italian-born, Kingston-based, legit Rastafari and reggae to his very soul Alborosie doing what he seems to do best these days – collaborating with Jamaican icons, this time the legendary Roots Radics – delivering a surprisingly wonderful dub here with classic level rhythms and spacey touches! What works so well here is the way timeless the most timelessly effective elements – thick bass grooves rumbling over the drums, sputtering echoey dub atmosphere – pair so masterfully with modern-to-futuristic bits of synth and keys. Really nice stuff here where the classic inspired roots reach up to the cosmos. Includes "Dub For The Radicals", "The Revelation Dub", "Midnight Dub Ravers", "Shotta Man Dub", "Chalice And Dub", "Surveillance Dub", "Melanin Dub", "Herbsman Dub", "Flabba Dub Step" and "Outcome Dub". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alborosie Meets Roots Radics ... CD 13.99

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Black PearlBlack Pearl ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Heavy drums and a good dose of soul – both of which make Black Pearl stand out a bit from many of their late 60s contemporaries! There's a definite bluesy undercurrent to the group's music, but the riffs are also pretty hard and fast too – almost a bit funky at times, and delivered with a starker sort of groove than the usual blues rock combo. The musicianship is super tight throughout – really at a superstar level, but without sounding slick or commercial – and the album alone is worth it for the sharp drums and guitar leads, but also sports some pretty great vocals too – with almost a garagey soul sort of feel. Titles include "White Devil", "Mr Soul Satisfaction", "Thinkin Bout The Good Times", "Crazy Chicken", "Forget It", "Climbing Up The Walls", "Reach Up", "Bent Over", and "Endless Journey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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ESGCome Away With ESG ... LP
99 Records/Fire (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
The only real full length album that ESG ever cut back in the day – and a great little set that's filled with tightly-snapping funk all the way through! The vibe here is one that strongly continues the groove laid down by the first ESG EP – a hypnotic blend of simple basslines, vocal chants, and punchy percussion – often produced with a bit of darkness in the mix, so that the music comes off sounding a lot colder than typical small combo funk! There's almost an arty post-punk sensibility to the music here – a sound that got ESG an audience in places most other funk groups could never reach, and which still stands up tremendously over the years! Titles include "Moody (Spaced Out)", "The Beat", "Tiny Sticks", "Parking Lot Blues", "You Make No Sense", "My Love For You", "Chistelle", "Dance", "Come Away", and "It's Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Four TopsAnthology ... LP
Motown, 1960s/1970s. Very Good+ 3LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A pretty darn big collection of work from the 4 Tops – collecting the best of their early years at Motown on up through the 70s. There's a total of 39 tracks on the set, and titles include "Baby I Need Your Loving", "Ask The Lonely", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "It's The Same Old Song", "Something About You", "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Standing In The Shadows Of Love", "I Got A Feeling", "Bernadette", "I'll Turn To Stone", "You Keep Running Away", "Walk Away Renee","If I Were A Carpenter", "Yesterday's Dreams", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Everybody's Talking", "Reflections", "For Once In My Life", "A Place In The Sun", "Can't Seem To Get You Out Of My Mind", "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me", "It's All In The Game", "Still Water (Love)", "In These Changing Times", "You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart" and "(It's) The Way Nature Planned It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Cover has some ring & edge wear and a bent corner.)

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Rodney FranklinSkydance ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $7.99 18.99
A great example of why we always reach for our Rodney Franklin records time and time again over the years – as there's few other players who could serve up a blend of soul and jazz this well! The album's got a great balance of electric and acoustic, that instantly-warm style that Franklin virtually invented on these classic Columbia recordings – with plenty of care to avoid falling into fusion cliches that were either too jamming, or too clunkily commercial. Rodney plays a host of keys himself – including Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano – and the set features some nice lead vocals from Darryl Coley and Phyllis St James – but also gives plenty of space for instrumental focus, with some tracks that are longer than usual for Franklin. Titles include the gentle stepper "One From The Heart", plus "Fiesta", "Destiny", "Song For You", "Skydance", and "Children". CD

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Gloria GaynorNever Can Say Goodbye (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/BBR (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $12.99
The start of a very successful run for Gloria Gaynor – a seminal bit of crossover 70s soul – one that perfectly linked the dancefloor with the airwaves, and managed to take on more than a few living rooms as well! Gloria's not entirely in full blown disco-diva mode yet, and works here with a soaring Philly-styled groove – of the sort you'd hear with groups like First Choice or Three Degrees – almost grounded a bit in earlier female soul, especially in the vocals and overall changes in the grooves – yet sparkled up plenty with some fuller, richer 70s arrangements. Those are handled by Norman Harris and Harold Wheeler – who do plenty to warm up the production by Meco – and the set includes the stunning 6 minute version of Gloria's big hit "Never Can Say Goodbye", plus "All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin", "We Belong Together", "Real Good People", "Honey Bee", and "Reach Out I'll Be There". CD features lots of bonus tracks, too – "Honeybee (Columbia single version)", "Honey Bee (MGM single version)", "All It Took Boy Was Losing You", "Come Tonight", "Never Can Say Goodbye (single version)", "Reach Out I'll Be There (single version)", and "We Just Can't Make It". CD

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Etta JamesAt Last (Original Chess Masters pressing) ... LP
Chess/MCA, 1960. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again and again over the years – but the whole record's wonderful, and handled with this new level of soul sophistication by arranger Riley Hampton – the great Chicago talent who'd reach similar heights in his charts for singers that include Lorez Alexandria and Walter Jackson. Hampton's dark use of strings brings out a whole new side of James' brilliance – a quality that raised Etta James up out of the R&B ghetto, and forever put her into the legions of legendary 60s soul stars! Titles include the perennial classic "At Last", plus "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Tough Mary", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Anything To Say You're Mine", and "Trust In Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Jones Jones (Larry Ochs/Mark Dresser/Vladimir Tarasov)Jones In Time Saves Nine ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
There's no keeping up with these Joneses – as the well-matched trio is alive with energy throughout – really moving past any expectations we might have based on the individual players, as they make all these fantastic choices throughout – and find ways to really reach forward as a single unit, in a range of really wonderful sounds! Bassist Mark Dresser may well be our favorite part of the triangle here – as he's got this sonorous power that's completely compelling – often echoing the work of Larry Ochs on tenor and soprano saxes, but also very much standing apart – while Vladimir Tarasov moves between punctuated passages and more textural aspects of his work on drums and percussion. Titles include "A Fistful Of Jones", "Twelve Angry Jones", "Three Jones Outside Ebbing Missouri", and "The Jones Who Knew Too Much". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300!)

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Meridian BrothersDonde Estas Maria ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
The Meridian Brothers have been making music for quite a few years now – and with each new release, they seem to open up another fresh corner of southern hemisphere sounds, and continue to find a way to weave them together into something quite fresh and unique! Few other folks could navigate a territory this rich, and not get lost in the forest – and The Meridians manage to change rhythms strongly with each new track, utilize both ancient elements and contemporary production, and even, this time around, occasionally reach for some larger arrangements that only seem to give their music an even loftier vibe than before! Most tracks have vocals in Spanish, and instrumentation that speaks in a lot more languages – and titles include "No Me Traciones", "Donde Estas Maria", "Entra El Ritmo Antillano", "El No Esta Muerto", "Cumbia Eres La Cumbia", "Como Estoy En Los Sesenta", and "Yo Soy Tu Padre Yo Te Fabrique". CD

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✨✧ Hank MobleyNo Room For Squares ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Near Mint- ... $16.99
No room for squares with grooves this great – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are definitely creeping into the mix – a bolder sense of rhythm that really transforms the music from before – and lets Mobley reach out in a whole different way with his solos! The album features material from two different sessions – each of which have Mobley's tenor coming into play with other inventive artists on Blue Note at the time. One date features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Andrew Hill on piano, John Ore on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and the other features Donald Byrd on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, Butch Warren on bass, and Jones again on drums. Titles include "Up A Step", "Me N You", "Three Way Split", "Carolyn", and the classic "No Room For Squares". LP, Vinyl record album
(75th Anniversary pressing, still in the shrink.)

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✨✧ Eddie PalmieriFull Circle ... CD
Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – sounding here as if he hasn't changed a thing since the 70s! With most artists, that would be a critique – but given that during the 70s, Eddie was constantly ablaze with creative activity, and always pushing his boundaries – we mean that statement as a compliment in the best possible way – because all these many years later, Palmieri is still setting the standard for everything that can be done in Latin jazz, and reminding us that few folks can ever reach the heights to which he's taken us over the years! Eddie's been sneaking a few killer albums on the market over the past decade or so, and this is the latest in that run – completely away from any more commercial inclinations, and done in a burning descarga mode that allows Eddie's piano to really open up in a killer jazz lineup that includes Jimmy Bosch and Conrad Herwig on trombones, Jonathan Powell on trumpet, Louis Fouche on trumpet, Luques Curtis on bass, and Camilo Molina on timbales! Herman Olivera sings lead vocals, but the tracks are long and feature lots of jazzy solos – on titles that include "Paolo Pa Rumba", "Oyelo Que Te Conviene", "Linda Yambu", "Azucar", "Vamanos Pa'L Monte", and "Muneca". CD

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Andy PrattFurther Disruption EP ... CD
Thrift Girl, 2018. New Copy ... $5.99
Chicago's Andy Pratt further disrupts any dismissive ideas we might've had in recent years about neo-classic singer-songwriters – he's got a raw, real sound, slightly raspy and charismatic voice, and unpretentiously poetic lyrical sensibility that's straight-up irresistible. This great little follow-up EP to his Horizon Disrupted album – again recorded by Steve Albini – has a rawer feel, played in a warm trio setting with a roots rock vibe that serves the lyricism well. Andy didn't reach out to analog devotee engineer Albini for his famous name. It's a studio recording, but has the vibe of a late night barroom live set that's so good you've tuned out the crowd chatter and clattering bottles. That's how perfectly Albini captures it. We really think Pratt would've sounded right at home on Asylum Records in its artist-friendly prime, and nowadays folks like him have to do it DIY, which makes it all the more endearing. Includes "Lincoln Avenue", "God Only Gives You So Many Drinks", "Thrift Store Girl", "Get Close To Me" and "Happiness Is Home". CD

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 ... CD
ESP (Germany), 1965. Used ... $8.99
A seminal set from Sun Ra – even if it's one of his few 60s albums not on the Saturn label! The set was done for ESP during the glory days of that avant powerhouse – a perfect match, given the Arkestra's relocation to New York, and the label's ability to reach out to big new audiences for exciting music – a fact that certainly made this album one of the most widely-circulated Ra albums for many years to come. The group here works in formation that holds up strongly with the Saturn sides – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on alto, Teddy Nance on trombone, Chris Capers on trumpet, Danny Davis on flute and alto, and Ra on piano, bass marimba, and some especially nice electronic celeste! Things get quite out at points – freer almost than other Arkestra sides of the time – and titles include "Outer Nothingness", "Other Worlds", "Nebulae", "Dancing In the Sun", "The Cosmos", and "Of Heavenly Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rasputin StashDevil Made Me Do It ... CD
Gemigo/BBQ (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
A fantastic second album from Rasputin Stash – a group who started out on Atlantic Records as a big ensemble with a pretty freaky, fuzzy sound – but one who emerge here with a sweet mix of funk and soul that's perfect for their placement on this mid-70s offshoot of Curtom Records! The quartet have a reach that they never had before – able to unite their voices and soar with harmonic brilliance that rivals the best of their labelmates – the Impressions or Natural Four – always with the kind of badass currents that both of those groups picked up in the 70s! Yet they can also get a lot funkier, too – picking up some of the best currents from the Curtis Mayfield side of the spectrum, but fusing them into a leaner small group mode – heard to wonderfully effect on the classic "Devil Made Me Do It", and the killer JB's-ish track "Hit It and Pass It". The whole album's wonderful, though – and titles include "I Can Feel Your Jones", "Ooh Baby", and "The Devil Made Me Do It". CD

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SpinnersSpinners ... CD
Atlantic/Friday Music, 1973. Used ... $11.99
A landmark album from The Spinners – one that has the Detroit vocal group making a hip trip to the Philly scene – picking up a whole new sound and rich new energy in the process! A few years later, working in Philly studios would be common for many artists – but this self-titled Spinners set really helped launch the trend – and for good reason, too – given the strength of the production and arrangements from the legendary Thom Bell! Bell's at his best here – helping the group reach whole new territory in their wonderful harmonies – and backing them up with some of the best musicians the Sigma Sound Studios had to offer. The album's overflowing with hits – like "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" – but it's also got some excellent lesser-known material too, like the extended "I Could Never (Repay Your Love)" and "We Belong Together". Other cuts include "Ghetto Child", "Just You & Me Baby", "I'll Be Around", and "Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind". CD
Also available Spinners ... LP 6.99

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SpinnersSpinners ... CD
Atlantic, 1973. Used ... $16.99
A landmark album from The Spinners – one that has the Detroit vocal group making a hip trip to the Philly scene – picking up a whole new sound and rich new energy in the process! A few years later, working in Philly studios would be common for many artists – but this self-titled Spinners set really helped launch the trend – and for good reason, too – given the strength of the production and arrangements from the legendary Thom Bell! Bell's at his best here – helping the group reach whole new territory in their wonderful harmonies – and backing them up with some of the best musicians the Sigma Sound Studios had to offer. The album's overflowing with hits – like "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" – but it's also got some excellent lesser-known material too, like the extended "I Could Never (Repay Your Love)" and "We Belong Together". Other cuts include "Ghetto Child", "Just You & Me Baby", "I'll Be Around", and "Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind". CD
(Out of print.)
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SpinnersSpinners ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good ... $6.99
A landmark album from The Spinners – one that has the Detroit vocal group making a hip trip to the Philly scene – picking up a whole new sound and rich new energy in the process! A few years later, working in Philly studios would be common for many artists – but this self-titled Spinners set really helped launch the trend – and for good reason, too – given the strength of the production and arrangements from the legendary Thom Bell! Bell's at his best here – helping the group reach whole new territory in their wonderful harmonies – and backing them up with some of the best musicians the Sigma Sound Studios had to offer. The album's overflowing with hits – like "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" – but it's also got some excellent lesser-known material too, like the extended "I Could Never (Repay Your Love)" and "We Belong Together". Other cuts include "Ghetto Child", "Just You & Me Baby", "I'll Be Around", and "Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Spinners ... CD 16.99

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UnwoundLeaves Turn Inside You ... CD
Kill Rock Stars, 2001. Used 2CD ... $6.99
Unwound's last album, where they really reach the pinnacle of what they'd been slowly building up to for around a decade – drawing from their roots in raw, dissonant noise rock create a more diverse, deliberately composed sound that's ultimately just as challenging in its way! The band's evolved pretty rapidly over the previous couple albums cycles and really couldn't have ended in a more brilliant way. They've hardly left behind abrasive and noisy sound of earlier records, but it's deft mix of mood and atmosphere and much more ambitious in instrumentation. Keyboards bring a lot of different dimensions here, from droning synth to moody mellotron, but their roots as an angular guitar rock band are firm as ever. Includes "We Invented You", "Look A Ghost", "December", 'Treachery", "Terminus", "Demons Sing Love Songs", "Off This Century", "One Lick Less", "Scarlette", "October All Over", "Summer Freeze", "Radio Gra", "Below The Salt" and "Who Cares". CD
(Out of print.)

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VisionariesSophomore Jinx ... LP
Up Above, 1999. Very Good+ 2LP ... $14.99
Mostly prduced by Mum's The Word & Key-Kool, but guests include Rhettmatic, Babu, J-Rocc, Ridlore & Nucleus. Tracks are "Never The Same", "Top Choice", "Making Things Right (Love Rules All)", "Quattroduction", "Stand Still", "Reach", "DJ's MC's", "Somersault Suicide", "LA Fresh", "Tipping The Scales", "Peace Mic", "Self Sufficient", "Come One Come All", "Spiritual Warfare", "Everybody's Lying", "Thicken Up", "Who?!", "Honorable Mention", & "Together Or Separate". LP, Vinyl record album

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Narada Michael WaldenLooking At You Looking At Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1983. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Plenty of beats here – so much so you might forget that Narada Michael Walden first rose to fame as a drummer – but all the electricity is fine with us, given the 80s groove sound of the set! There's a nice sense of energy that informs most of the tracks – a somewhat funky undercurrent that almost shows traces of the Minneapolis influence on soul at the time, but without a too-Prince sort of sound overall. There's also a few key ballads too – some gentler cuts that round out the set nicely, and which showcase the increasing confidence Walden's had with his vocals over the years. Titles include "Reach Out", "Looking At You Looking At Me", "Burning Up", "Shake It Off", "Dream Maker", and "Tina". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, promo stamp, and tracklist sticker.)

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

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Deniece WilliamsI'm So Proud (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $7.99 10.98
There's plenty to be proud of here – as the album's a key part in the reinvention of Deniece Williams for the 80s – a great way of finding a new setting for her wonderful voice, one that helped her reach a huge new audience in the process! Most of the backings have an 80s approach, but still hold onto some of the deeper warmth of the 70s – and if anything, they represent kind of a "leaning up" of Williams' earlier modes – one that still gives the record a nice bottom, yet also finds a great way of focusing her amazing vocal style. George Duke handled production on half the record – and titles include "They Say", "Heaven In Your Eyes", "It's Okay", "I'm So Proud", "So Deep In Love", and "Do What You Feel". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Heaven In Your Eyes (12" ext dance)", "Do What You Feel (7" version)", and "It's Okay (7" version)". CD

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Various50 Years MPS ... CD
MPS (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $6.99 7.99
A nicely-priced introduction to the very cool MPS record label – easily one of the hippest jazz imprints going in the 60s and 70s – and one of the few that was able to reach around the planet, and unite styles from all over the globe! This set brings together key cuts that made MPS so great – some spiritual jazz, funky electric work, Brazilian cuts, funky jazz, and more – including a small number of tracks from the revived version of the label that's been putting out some new releases in recent years. Titles include "Suspicious Child Growing Up" by Volker Kriegel, "Blues For Liebestraum" by Joe Henderson, "Au Right" by George Duke, "Little Lady" by Elvin Jones, "O Astronauta" by Baden Powell, "Afro Black" by Nicola Conte, "Blues For Duane" by Freddie Hubbard, "Ode To Billy Joe" by Joe Pass, "Sconsolato" by Mark Murphy, "Body & Soul" by Rolf Kuhn, "Brown Skin Girl" by Monty Alexander, "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece" by Don Ellis, "I Love You" by Oscar Peterson, "Running" by China Moses, and "Unfolding" by Malia. CD

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✨✧ VariousDisco Giants Volume 13 – 20 Full Length Disco Classics Of The 80s ... CD
Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $12.99
More soul than disco overall – but with more than enough groove to get heavy play on an 80s-styled dancefloor! Once again this great series brings back a host of heavy cuts from back in the days – post-disco numbers from those key early 80s years when soul started to cross over big again – thanks to catchy grooves like these! Titles include "Joy" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Love's Dance (12" version)" by Klique, "Reach Out" by George Duke, "Step By Step (ext rmx)" by Jeff Lorber with Audrey Wheeler, "What Does It Take (ext mix)" by Kenny G, "Some Kind Of Lover (12" ext)" by Jody Watley, "Sixty Thrills A Minute" by Mystic Merlin, "Break Up" by High Fashion, "Hangin On A String" by Loose Ends, "If You Love Me Just A Little (12" version)" by La La, "Love The One" by Melba Moore & Kashif, "Freak A Zoid" by Midnight Star, "Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan rmx)" by Gwen Guthrie, "State Of Attraction (12" version)" by Rhonda Clark, "Show Me Where You're Coming From" by Carrie Lucas, "Too Many Games" by Maze, "Love Town" by Booker Newberry III, "You'll Be Mine (12" version)" by Instant Funk, and "Serious" by Serious Intention. CD

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✨✧ Archie SheppThings Have Got To Change ... LP
Impulse, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful post-Paris work from Archie Shepp – a record that has him bringing more focus back into his work after sessions overseas – and also making some great use of the legendary Joe Lee Wilson on vocals! There's a feeling here that's a real change for Shepp, but a great one too – a sound that's trying to reach new levels of expression in jazz – with a bit less of the sharp edges of the 60s, and more of the warmer, more righteous modes of the post-Coltrane generation. Wilson's vocals really help Shepp achieve those aims – by adding a lyrical balance to the tunes, and imbuing them with additional messages beyond the instrumentation – especially on the extended suite "Money Blues", which takes up all of side one. Also important is Cal Massey, who composed two of the tracks on the set, and also plays electric piano alongside Shepp in a spare duet on the beautiful "Dr King The Peaceful Warrior". Other players include Grachan Moncur and Charles Greenlee on trombones, Billy Butler on guitar, James Spaulding on alto and flute, and Ted Daniels on trumpet – and Romulus Franceschini adds some electronic music on "Things Have Got To Change". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ TempreesLove Maze (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/We Produce, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavenly heavenly vocal group soul! Although recorded in Memphis for the Stax subsidiary of We Produce, the sound of the record is much more in keeping with some of the best of the New Jersey group soul records from the time – fragile at times, with a sweetness that's quite different than the bolder sound of early 70s Stax! The vocals are very raw, but woven together perfectly – into a soaring sound that will reach up and rip your still-beating heart right out of your chest! Tracks include "Love's Maze", "Wrap Me In Love", "Trust In Me", "At Last", "You Make The Sunshine", and their great cover of "People Make The World Go Round", which is stone cold one of the best Stax tracks from the early 70s! CD features 4 bonus tracks too – "Passion", "It's Christmas Time Again", "Chalk It Up To Experience", and "I Don't Love Nobody But You". CD

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✨✧ Deniece WilliamsI'm So Proud ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
There's plenty to be proud of here – as the album's a key part in the reinvention of Deniece Williams for the 80s – a great way of finding a new setting for her wonderful voice, one that helped her reach a huge new audience in the process! Most of the backings have an 80s approach, but still hold onto some of the deeper warmth of the 70s – and if anything, they represent kind of a "leaning up" of Williams' earlier modes – one that still gives the record a nice bottom, yet also finds a great way of focusing her amazing vocal style. George Duke handled production on half the record – and titles include "They Say", "Heaven In Your Eyes", "It's Okay", "I'm So Proud", "So Deep In Love", and "Do What You Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ First ChoicePlayer (original, Mike Maurro rmx) ... 12-inch
Philly Groove/Brook Side, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer – and one of the earliest Philly club tracks! The tune's a hard-grooving two-part monster arranged and written by Norman Harris – tight rhythms steeped in strings, rolling, dipping, turning in a way that really works magic with the vocals of the ladies! Mike Maurro does a great job with the remix here – which adds 3 more minutes of music to the already-long 7 minute tune – then opens up with even more flowing strings, soaring grooves, and sublime vocals from the fantastic trio! The vocals really reach this unique crescendo near the end of Mike's mix – and those last 3 minutes are definitely something special. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Roland KirkVolunteered Slavery ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful vocals and a straight-on approach that shows him trying to break out of the avant jazz underground, and reach a wider audience with a spiritual message on tracks like "Search For The Reason Why" and "Spirits Up Above". If this description sounds like a mess, it's not – because this side of the album is one of Kirk's most brilliant statements ever about jazz, soul, love and freedom! Side two has Roland in a straighter vein – running through a tight live set from Newport 1968, handled with fire and imagination, the kind of boundless energy he always brought to his public appearances. Tracks on that set include "One Ton", "Three For The Festival", "Afro Blue", and some great remarks by Roland! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusClown ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Stunning stuff – and one of the greatest Charles Mingus albums of all time – a true treasure recorded in that magical year of 1957, when Mingus was finally finding his strongest voice in modern music! The album's near-perfect from start to finish – as bold a statement in jazz as anyone might be allowed to make in the late 50s, yet still always focused, driven, and wrapped up with a tremendous sense of energy. The tracks are all quite long – perfect vehicles for Mingus to reach his full level of expression – played by a group that includes Curtis Porter on tenor and alto sax, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Wade Legge on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums – making an early appearance in his alliance with Mingus that would last for many many years. Titles include classic versions of "Haitian Fight Song", "Blue Cee", and "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird" – plus "The Clown", which features a long improvised monologue by Jean Shephard! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono UK pressing on London. Cover has yellowed tape remnants along the opening on front & back and some discoloration from age.)

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✨✧ Spacemen 3Playing With Fire (with download) ... LP
Space Age/Superior Viaduct, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece from Spacemen 3 – maybe one of the greatest psychedelic albums of all time – and one that we'd rank right up there with giants from the late 60s, and all those lesser-known acts that always seem to get rediscovered over the years! There's a definite 80s quality to the production, but there's also a timeless approach here that really sets the trio apart from so many of their contemporaries who'd reach for fuzz and echo, yet end up sounding completely dated just a few years later. Everything seems set to "rumble" – the Vox Starstreamer, the Fender Jaguar, the Telecaster, Rickenbacker, and other vintage instruments that made this drum-less record so wonderful right at the core – and although the vocals are part of the package too, it's really the guitars that do all the singing here. Titles include "Come Down Softly To My Soul", "How Does It Feel", "Let Me Down Gently", "Lord Can You Hear Me", "Suicide", "Honey", and "I Believe It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Paco De Lucia5 Original Albums (El Duende/Fuente Y Caudal/En Vivo/Almoraima/Plays De Falla) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
Five fantastic albums from the legendary Spanish guitarist – all packaged with original album sleeves too! First up is El Duende Flamenco – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with any overdone sense of technique! Instead, De Lucia creates this really special sort of magic on the instrument – unlocking amazing tones and colors with effortless ease – all with the energy you might expect from a free jazz musician on the instrument, yet always directed in a tuneful, musical way. The album's a key early accomplishment from Paco – and although some tracks have light additional strings, these are used very gently to shade in the background, and still leave the set with the feeling of a solo album overall. Titles include "Percusion Flamenca", "Barrio La Vina", "De Madruga", "Cuando Canta El Gallo", "Canestera", "Punta Del Faro", and "Farolillo De Ferria". Fuente Y Caudal is one of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Paco De Lucia – and a set that really has the guitarist coming into his own – stepping past even his rich flamenco roots, and coming up with a new style that's practically a genre unto itself! Paco's sense of imagination here is wonderful – freed up from any previous expectations, and really set loose on the strings of the guitar – coming up with an amazing blend of rhythm and melody in these fast flurries of notes – at a level that's as passionately powerful as it is breathtaking from a sheer technical perspective. Ramon De Algeciras joins Paco on two tracks, but most numbers are solo – and titles include "Fuente Y Caudal", "Entre Dos Aguas", "Plaza De San Juan", "Los Pinares", and "Cepa Andaluza". En Vivo Desde El Teatro Real is a strong live set from the great Paco DeLucia – one that has his sublime acoustic guitar sounds really ringing out in the large space of a theater – which creates a slightly different vibe than some of his more close-up studio records of the 70s! DeLucia is extremely commanding in this space – and seems to reach out with even more majesty than ever – incredibly deft work on the strings of the guitar, full of fire and feeling – on a set of original numbers that reference tradition, then completely dismantle it as well. Ramon De Algeciras joins on a bit of second guitar, and titles include "Solea", "Fandangos", "Rumba", "Guajiras", "Alegrias", and "Tarantas". Almoraima is a brilliant 70s set from guitarist Paco DeLucia – one that really shows him stretching out with even more pride and power than before – finding that really unique groove that was part jazz, part flamenco, but really something very special of his own! Paco's got a highly rhythmic way with his guitar – using the instrument almost as much as a drum in some passages – while still being able to carve out these complicated passages on the strings, with dynamic energy that few American players might be able to match. Ramon De Algeciras plays second guitar on the record, but most of the music is from Paco's own instrument – and titles include "Rio Ancho", "Plaza Alta", "Ole", "Llanos Del Real", "Almoraima", and "Cueva Del Gato". Last up is a beautiful album in which Paco De Lucia Plays Manuel De Falla – songs by the famous composer that include "Danza De La Molinera", "Danza Ritual Del Fuego", "Danza De Los Vecinos", "Escena", and "Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo". CD

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✨✧ Marcia GriffithsNaturally/Steppin ... CD
Sky Note/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of albums from Marcia Griffiths – the well-titled queen of reggae at the end of the 70s! First up is Naturally, a fantastic album from Marcia Griffiths – very much the kind of material that made her one of the best female singers on the Jamaican scene in the 70s! The set's got a soulful sparkle that's undeniable – music that could have, should have (if things were right) gotten Marcia much bigger fame in the US crossover market of the time – as these songs work equally well as laidback soul numbers, even with strong reggae rhythms – thanks to the warmth and class of the vocals! A number of tracks are originals, and titles include "Dreamland", "Tell Me Now", "Melody Life", "Survival Is The Game", "Feel Like Jumping", "Mark My Word", and "Truly". Steppin features Marcia Griffiths at the height of her powers – singing wonderfully and soulfully, in a style that almost transcends her Jamaican roots! While other reggae singers of the period were maybe polishing things up a bit, to reach larger commercial fame, Griffiths seems to be stepping back more into soul, while still working with familiar Kingston rhythms – crafting this mode that's completely compelling, and which has as much personal feeling as some of the more powerful social themes of the roots era. Errol Brown recorded the tracks at Treasure Isle, and titles include "It's Impossible", "Steppin Out Of Babylon", "Where Were Why", "Why There Is No Love", "Give & You Get", and "I'm Hurting Inside". CD

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✨✧ Etta JamesAt Last (swirl colored vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Argo/Chess/Jackpot, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again and again over the years – but the whole record's wonderful, and handled with this new level of soul sophistication by arranger Riley Hampton – the great Chicago talent who'd reach similar heights in his charts for singers that include Lorez Alexandria and Walter Jackson. Hampton's dark use of strings brings out a whole new side of James' brilliance – a quality that raised Etta James up out of the R&B ghetto, and forever put her into the legions of legendary 60s soul stars! Titles include the perennial classic "At Last", plus "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Tough Mary", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Anything To Say You're Mine", and "Trust In Me". Includes 4 bonus tracks – "My Heart Cries", "Spoonful", "It's A Crying Shame", and "If I Can't Have You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple swirl colored vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Oscar PettifordBlues In My Mind ... LP
Sonorama (Germany), 1958. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An ultra-hip live set from bassist Oscar Pettiford – recorded in Germany during the late 50s stretch when he'd taken up residency overseas, and was making some great connections on the scene! This set definitely reflects Pettiford's reach at the time – as it's got an excellent group that includes Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Michel Hausser on vibes, Hans Koller on tenor, Roger Guerin on trumpet, and Attila Zoller on guitar – all top-shelf talents of the time who really make the record shine! Tracks have that tightly arranged quality that Pettiford brought to his 50s American recordings – but also have a looser, more open vibe that allows the solos to really stretch out – especially on some of the album's longer numbers. The full concert is presented here for the first time ever – and titles include "Are You Real", "HEC Blues", "Happy Afternoon", "Rue Dauphine", "Blues Around Joe", "Autumn Leaves", and "Minor Meeting". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun RaNuclear War (10 inch red vinyl EP) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1962/1977/1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sun Ra from three different decades – one classic track, and two never-issued numbers! "Nuclear War" may well be the closest that Ra ever came to a "hit" – although the profanity in the tune certainly kept it away from the mainstream – a fantastic slow-building number with the group chanting out a strong message against the use of atomic weapons! The version here is from the Saturn album Fireside Chat With Lucifer – a nicely rough take on the tune. Next is the beautiful and unissued "Outer Reach Intense Energy" – heard here in an early version from 1977, with haunting piano lines from Ra at the beginning, and some really searing avant reed solos as the tune moves on. Last up is the beautiful "Twilight" – another unissued number, recorded in 1963, with Ra on "xylophonic electric piano" – which almost sounds like a tripped-out celeste! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ UnwoundLeaves Turn Inside You ... LP
Numero, 2001. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Unwound's last album, where they really reach the pinnacle of what they'd been slowly building up to for around a decade – drawing from their roots in raw, dissonant noise rock create a more diverse, deliberately composed sound that's ultimately just as challenging in its way! The band's evolved pretty rapidly over the previous couple albums cycles and really couldn't have ended in a more brilliant way. They've hardly left behind abrasive and noisy sound of earlier records, but it's deft mix of mood and atmosphere and much more ambitious in instrumentation. Keyboards bring a lot of different dimensions here, from droning synth to moody mellotron, but their roots as an angular guitar rock band are firm as ever. Includes "We Invented You", "Look A Ghost", "December", 'Treachery", "Terminus", "Demons Sing Love Songs", "Off This Century", "One Lick Less", "Scarlette", "October All Over", "Summer Freeze", "Radio Gra", "Below The Salt" and "Who Cares". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Leaves Turn Inside You ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ VariousBaby I've Got It – More Motown Girls – More Rare Treats From Motown's Female Roster, Including 16 Previously Unissued Gems ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning selection of female soul from Motown – all of it rare, and much of it previously unreleased! The set is a great reminder not only of how much we still have to learn about the biggest soul label in the motor city – but also of the exceptional quality that Motown brought to their recordings – so much so that even long-unissued tracks like these can easily stand with the biggest hits from other 60s soul labels! The package is wonderful if you dig female soul – and maybe even if you just like vintage soul in general – and in addition to rare cuts by big Motown names, you'll also hear some lesser-knowns that show the way the company was always trying to reach out for new talent in the fertile world of Detroit music. As usual, Ace has provided very detailed notes that offer as much history as information on the music – and the CD features 24 titles that include "It's Been A Long Time Happenin" by Rita Wright, "There Are Things" by Ann Bogan, "It's Crazy Baby" by Liz Lands, "Baby I've Got It" by Brenda Holloway, "Honey Don't Leave Me" by The Lewis Sisters, "It's All Right" by LaBrenda Ben, "When Someone's Good To You" by Oma Page, "In My Heart I Know It's Right" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Sweet Talkin Guy" by The Marvelettes, "Cookie Boy" by Thelma Brown, "I Up & Think Of You" by Kim Weston, "There Was" by The Lollipops, "Keep Away" by Little Lisa, "Playboy (first version)" by The Marvelettes, "I Know You Don't Love Me No More (orig mix)" by Yvonne Fair, "In Your Heart" by Patrice Holloway, "You've Got Possibilities" by Barbara McNair, and "Bad News" by LaBrenda Ben. CD

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✨✧ Mayafra Space JazzBirth ... CD
Ignition (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Dutch group from the early 80s – but one with a really spiritual feel – more than enough so to live up to their name on this overlooked gem of a record! The group work in this spiraling, open-ended mix of electric piano, modal rhythms, and saxes – often handled in this post-Coltrane sort of way that lets the sax really reach out on the solos, while the rest of the combo find their own groove – a great subtle space that's explored with effortless ease! Tunes build wonderfully – often with a modal sort of groove – and the feel is much more early 70s American underground than you'd guess from the date. Titles include "Birth Of A Sun", "Further In Space", "Marimba Planet", "Cosmic Background Radiation", "Do You Love Music", "Trip To The Nearest Star", and "Brothers & Sisters". CD

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✨✧ Monochrome SetEligible Bachelors (plus Fin, singles, BBC tracks, and more) (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A great little package – one that brings together two albums by the Monochrome Set – plus loads of bonus material too! First up is Eligible Bachelors – maybe our favorite album ever from Monochrome Set – a record that has the group sounding even sharper than their earlier work for Rough Trade – really hitting their stride at a songwriting level, and really finding a sense of clarity in their overall presentation! The songs are smart and sharp, but never cloying at all – very much a strong precursor for the C86 generation, but with an overall quality level that maybe tops them all – especially in the full strength of the album. Titles include "Jet Set Junta", "On The 13th Day", "Cloud 10", "The Mating Game", "The Devil Rides Out", "The Ruling Class", and "March Of The Eligible Bachelors". The set also includes the album Fin – the last full album issued by Monochrome Set – one that came out after the breakup of the group, as you might guess by the title – and which features live material from the full range of the group's years in music! The tracks here start with some of the grittier Rough Trade-era work, and move into the tighter, snappier sound of the group's stride in the early 80s – and given the live presentation, there's a very different vibe to the set than most of their studio material. Titles include "Martians Go Home", "He's Frank", "Sugar Plum", "Straits Of Malacca", "The Strange Boutique", "Jacob's Ladder", "Wallflower", "Apocalypso", "Mr Bizarro", and "Espresso". Then, there's LOTS lots more – including 15 excellent singles that include "Ten Don'ts For Honeymooners", "Lester Leaps In", "Eine Symphonie Des Grauens", "He's Frank", "Silicon Carne", "Fallout", and "JD Haney". There's also 15 more tracks recorded live for BBC and Capitol Radio – and then another 12 tracks that were recorded as demos for the Do It Records label in 1981. The set even features three solo tracks by Bid – "Love", "Reach For Your Gun", and "Sweet Chariots". CD

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✨✧ Fredrik NordstromGentle Fire/Restless Dreams ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic double-length set from a tenorist that everyone should be hearing these days – as Fredrik Nordstrom is easily one of the best talents on his instrument on the European scene – and a player who can really reach across the aisle and bridge both sides of the jazz congress! Fredrik's a modernist, and can clearly go outside when he wants – but he's also committed to a soulful swing at most moments, too – blowing in a style that's open and loose, but never to avant for avant's sake – and instead tied to a rhythmic soul of his group as he moves forward to find new territory to shade with his sound. The presentation of the album hints at the possibilities of two different sounds or structures, but the whole thing is pretty unified overall – and really just seems to use the space of two albums to further open up with a range of beautiful ideas. The group features Nordstrom on tenor, Jonas Ostholm on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums – and titles include "Don't Bley Me", "KK", "Black Chocolate Stout", "Tosca", "Under The Midnight Sun", "Going Home", "Crossed Roads", and "Everlasting Moments". CD

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✨✧ Freddie NorthWhat Are You Doing To Me – The Complete A-Bet Recordings Plus ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The best work ever recorded by Freddie North – one of the most sophisticated singers on the southern scene at the end of the 60s – and an artist who really helped move deep soul past some of the more overdone cliches! The presentation and arrangements here are wonderful – beautifully suited to Freddie's deep-toned vocals, in a way that makes him one of the coolest, classiest singers of the southern scene at the time – yet also one who's still able to reach down to deeper roots to inflect his lyrics with just the right sort of force. The balance is wonderful – and almost makes North feel like some sort of southern soul counterpart to Chicago singers like Walter Jackson or Jerry Butler – and the set brings together work from his one full album for the Abet label, plus some other singles, and a few previously unreleased tracks too – 23 titles that include "Cuss The Wind", "Gotta Go Get Your Mommy", "From The Blind Side", "I Loved Another Woman", "Sun Comes Up", "I Have A Dream", "Oh Lord What Are You Doing To Me", "Til I Get It Right", "Lovin On Back Streets", "Taking Her Love Ain't Gonna Be Easy", and "Thank That Woman". CD

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✨✧ Narada Michael WaldenLooking At Me Looking At You/Nature Of Things/Divine Emotion ... CD
Atlantic/BGO (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of mid 80s albums from Narada Michael Walden – all together in one 2CD set! First up is Looking At You Looking At Me – an album with plenty of beats– so much so you might forget that Narada Michael Walden first rose to fame as a drummer – but all the electricity is fine with us, given the 80s groove sound of the set! There's a nice sense of energy that informs most of the tracks – a somewhat funky undercurrent that almost shows traces of the Minneapolis influence on soul at the time, but without a too-Prince sort of sound overall. There's also a few key ballads too – some gentler cuts that round out the set nicely, and which showcase the increasing confidence Walden's had with his vocals over the years. Titles include "Reach Out", "Looking At You Looking At Me", "Burning Up", "Shake It Off", "Dream Maker", and "Tina". Nature Of Things is a highly electric set from Narada Michael Walden – a mid 80s effort that's filled with catchy little tunes! The style's certainly more mainstream than we might have guessed, given Walden's early career – but it's still much better than most of the pop of its generation – thanks to Michael's strong jazz pedigree, which does seem to inform some of his arrangements and instrumental choices on the album. Most of the percussion is in the form of beats, but Walden's also credited with playing drums (roto-toms, perhaps?) – and in addition to his own lead vocals, the set also features work by Patti Austin and Marth Wash. Titles include "Live It Up", "Nature Of Things", "High Above The Clouds", "Gimme Gimme Gimme", "Suspicion", and "Dancin On Main Street". Divine Emotion is sweet 80s soul from Narada Michael Walden – a set that has the singer/drummer very confidently in the tight R&B territory that served him so well during the decade! As with previous records, there's a fair bit of 80s electronic elements in the mix – bursting, bubbling, and exploding with a joyful groove that really fits Walden's spirit – and serves to emphasize his ever-growing talent for penning at catchy tune! Titles include "Wild Thing", "Explosion", "Jam The Night", "Divine Emotions", "Can't Get You Outta My Head", "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", and "Certain Kind Of Lover". CD

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✨✧ VariousDisco Giants Volume 13 – 20 Full Length Disco Classics Of The 80s ... CD
Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
More soul than disco overall – but with more than enough groove to get heavy play on an 80s-styled dancefloor! Once again this great series brings back a host of heavy cuts from back in the days – post-disco numbers from those key early 80s years when soul started to cross over big again – thanks to catchy grooves like these! Titles include "Joy" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Love's Dance (12" version)" by Klique, "Reach Out" by George Duke, "Step By Step (ext rmx)" by Jeff Lorber with Audrey Wheeler, "What Does It Take (ext mix)" by Kenny G, "Some Kind Of Lover (12" ext)" by Jody Watley, "Sixty Thrills A Minute" by Mystic Merlin, "Break Up" by High Fashion, "Hangin On A String" by Loose Ends, "If You Love Me Just A Little (12" version)" by La La, "Love The One" by Melba Moore & Kashif, "Freak A Zoid" by Midnight Star, "Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan rmx)" by Gwen Guthrie, "State Of Attraction (12" version)" by Rhonda Clark, "Show Me Where You're Coming From" by Carrie Lucas, "Too Many Games" by Maze, "Love Town" by Booker Newberry III, "You'll Be Mine (12" version)" by Instant Funk, and "Serious" by Serious Intention. CD
Also available Disco Giants Volume 13 – 20 Full Length Disco Classics Of The 80s ... CD 12.99
 
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VariousWhere The Action Is – Los Angeles Nuggets Highlights (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Rhino, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... On April 13, 2019
A treasure trove of Nuggets from the LA Scene – fantastic material from a far reaching line up of gritty garage rockers, sunshine pop tunesmiths, psychedelic groovers, trippy psyche folk and much more. (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Sunday, April 14. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Record Store Day. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, the day after Record Store Day we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousUptown Soul – Downtown Funk Vol 2 ... CD
Essential, 1980s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual collection of work that mostly seems to feature obscure soul tracks from the 80s – titles from the farther reaches of the underground, including some lesser-known numbers by acts who broke big in other years of their career! The material is from a variety of sources – some from Philly, some from specific producers – like Buddy Turner or Swamp Dogg – and some from sources we can't determine at all, but in a way that makes them some nice "surprise" entries in he collection! Titles mix together a variety of 80s modes – a bit of club, a bit of electro soul, and some of those transformed southern soul modes that maybe carried a bit more blues at the time – and the set features 17 titles that include "ET" by The Little Debs, "Come & Get Yourself Some" by Formula IV, "Coming Home (7" version)" by Truth, "Think Fast" by Pamela Joy, "You're What's Missin In My Life" by Buddy Turner, "Synthetic World" by Swamp Dogg, "I Believe In Love" by Major Harris, "I Can Do Bad By Myself" by Jesse James, "Special Touch" by Ken Thomas, "So Shy" by Mac Mac & The Jammalott Kingdom, "Give It Up Turn It Loose" by Tony & The Nite Runners, "All I Want To Do" by Johnny Ingram, "Thug Rock" by Sandra Kerr, "We Got One" by Matt Covington, and "Rough Life In The City" by Grace Rico. CD

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Burt BacharachReach Out ... CD
A&M, 1967. Used ... $3.99
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House Is Not A Home", "Bond Street", "Reach Out For Me", "Are You There", "Windows Of The World" – but you may not know the arrangements, which are superb – quite different than the more famous vocal versions you've probably heard ad infinitum, and recorded at a level that brings a whole new magic and majesty to 60s pop! An essential record for any fan of all things groovy – and an album of new pleasures each time we hear it! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dave BaileyReaching Out ... LP
Jazztime, 1961. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible album from drummer Dave Bailey – a set that's almost better than his classic early 60s sets for Epic! Like those records, this one's a rock-solid session that's right up there with the best Blue Note work of the time – perfectly put together, with a sense of poise, balance, and soul that's even more amazing, given that the album was only issued on the short-lived Jazztime label. The lineup is killer too – with Frank Haynes on tenor, Grant Green on guitar, Ben Tucker on bass, and Billy Gardner on piano – and the presence of Green, Gardner, and Tucker really give the set a tight soul jazz groove. Green is great, and the album's equally noteworthy for his presence – and has actually been issued under his name over the years as well. Tracks include "One For Elena", "Reaching Out", "Our Miss Brooks", and "Baby, You Should Know It". Great stuff, and an album that will become one of your favorites! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, on Trio! Cover has some light wear on the top photo area, and on the bottom purple bar, but overall this is a very nice copy.)

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✨✧ Papa John CreachPapa John Creach ... LP
Grunt, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
One of the grooviest albums ever cut by Papa John Creach – a set that mixes his bluesy roots with some stoner funk and rock elements from the early 70s! Creach is on vocals and violin, and working here with a host of famous luminaries – including Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, Paul Kantner, and Jerry Garcia – each of whom definitely leave their mark on the record! Yet despite all these famous names, the record's got a pretty unified feel – and the best cuts have a nicely messed-up funk sound that we really like a lot – kind of in a Blue Thumb sort of blend, with a mix of rootsy elements and wilder electric ones and plenty of funky rhythms at the bottom. Titles include "Soul Fever", "String Jet Rock", "The Janitor Drives A Cadillac", "Plunk A Little Funk", and "Papa John's Down Home Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and staining along the opening.)

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Michael DeaseReaching Out ... CD
Posi tone, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Michael Dease is fast becoming one of our favorite trombonists in recent years – and he's a player with both an amazing ability to evoke so many traditions on his instrument, while also leaving his own special mark as well! Here, Dease takes off in very comfortable company – a combo that features some great Posi-Tone labelmates – including Ralph Bowen on tenor, Walt Weiskopf on alto and tenor, Behn Gillece on vibes, and Luther Allison on piano – all players who work together seamlessly in the ensemble, to realize the richer vision of Michael's increasing skills as an arranger! The lead trombone solos are still quite strong, but they're also part of the larger puzzle in a great way too – a bit like some of the music we love from Conrad Herwig – and rhythm in the group is provided by Peter Brendler on bass and Zach Aldeman on drums. Titles include "Water Runs Dry", "Something In Common", "Morning Shade", "Double Luminosity", "Blackfoot", "The Chameleon Eye", and "The Takeover". CD

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Funkytown ProsReaching A Level Of Assassination ... CD
4th & Broadway, 1991. Used ... $9.99
A very underrated early 90s left coast effort from this largely slept on one album wonder. Snapping production, clever lyrics, hard as hell to find on vinyl, this album's a hip hop insider's dream! 12 tracks in all, including "White Green", "Fallin", "Def Do Us Part", "Genius", "Satisfaction", "Assassination", "Just Another Toss Up", "Too Dam Funque", "False Prophet" and "Here Me Now, Believe Me Later". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, booklet has a slight cut corner.)

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✨✧ Grant GreenReaching Out ... CD
Black Lion (Germany), 1961. Used ... $12.99
An incredible album from drummer Dave Bailey but issued here under Grant Green's name – and in a set that's almost better than Bailey's classic early 60s sets for Epic! Like those records, this one's a rock-solid session that's right up there with the best Blue Note work of the time – perfectly put together, with a sense of poise, balance, and soul that's even more amazing, given that the album was only issued on the short-lived Jazztime label. The lineup is killer too – with Frank Haynes on tenor, Grant Green on guitar, Ben Tucker on bass, and Billy Gardner on piano – and the presence of Green, Gardner, and Tucker really give the set a tight soul jazz groove. Green is great, and the album's equally noteworthy for his presence. Tracks include "One For Elena", "Reaching Out", "Our Miss Brooks", and "Baby, You Should Know It". Great stuff, and an album that will become one of your favorites! CD
(Out of print official Black Lion CD pressing.)

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Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova ConsonanzaNuova Consonanza ... CD
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... $19.99
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of the atonal and offbeat musical elements that he'd explore on his famous horror soundtracks – but in a setting that's right out there with the farthest reaches of the experimental scene at the time! As the group's name implies, there's a lot of improvisation going on here – played by musicians who include Morricone on trumpet, Frederic Rzewski on piano, Mario Bertoncini on percussion, John Heineman on trombone, Roland Kayn on Hammond and vibes, Franco Evangelisti on piano and percussion, and Ivan Vandor on tenor sax. Yet the sound is hardly free jazz, either – as there's more of a avant compositional vibe going on – a bit like the sense of chance in the music of John Cage, especially as the instruments and players shift from track to track. Titles include "Quartetto", "Trio Di Fiati", "Improvvisazione Per Cinque", "Improvvisazione Per Otto", "RKBA 1675/1", and the haunting "Cantata", which just features voices processed through filters and reverb! CD

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Wendell HarrisonDreams Of A Love Supreme (with bonus track) ... LP
Wenha/Tidal Waves, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... On May 31, 2019
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience with a soulful message. And although the record shouldn't work (as most of Harrison's later ones don't!), it's actually pretty darn compelling, and has a dark edge that keeps it interesting throughout! Hard to describe, but imagine Larry Mizell producing some of the more off-beat albums on Strata East, and you might be close. Tracks include "Where Am I", "Sea Minor Blues", "Take Time Out", and "Dreams Of A Love Supreme". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thelma HoustonDevil In Me/Ready To Roll/Ride To The Rainbow/Reachin All Around (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978/1979/1982. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Four classic Motown albums from Thelma Houston – plus bonus tracks too! Thelma's one of those singers who must have been waiting years for disco to come around and help her find a reason to sing! Her career was slightly ill-timed in the beginning, coming along with a baroque soul beginning that was great, yet somewhat out of place in the early 70s. But enter a record like Devil In Me – which takes Thelma's beautiful voice and fills it up with strings and disco rhythms – and you've got a well-done set that suddenly makes her whole sound make sense! Arrangements are surprisingly great, and relatively cliche-free on the best numbers – handled by Kim Richmond, James Carmichael, Greg Wright, and Michel Rubini. Titles include "I'm Here Again", "Triflin", "I've Got The Devil In Me", "Give Me Something To Believe In", "Memories", "Your Eyes", and "I Can't Go On Living Without Your Love". On Ready To Roll, Thelma is really using her amazing vocal range to match the dynamic energy of the songs on the set – exactly the kind of material that help her open up to her full potential! The expected clubby tracks are balanced by mellower, more personal numbers – and Thelma takes them all with the sort of care and confidence that always put her on the top shelf of mainstream female soul singers at the time! Titles include "Love Is Comin On", "Saturday Night Sunday Morning", "Strange", "Midnight Mona", "Can't We Try", and "Pardon Me". Ride To The Rainbow is a bold little set from Thelma Houston – produced with a strong disco finish, in a way that makes the best of her fierce diva vocals! The album's got a unity that's nicely appreciated – especially since some of Houston's other records could be a bit too unfocused or overblown – and the production by Hal Davis and arrangements by Arthur G Wright all have a strongly soulful quality that never steps too far out of line. Titles include a cover of "Love Machine", plus "Saturday Night Sunday Morning", "Ride To The Rainbow", "Paying For It With My Heart", "I Wanna Be Back In Love Again", and the excellent modern groover "Give It To Me". Reachin All Around is a record that really shows the great sort of growth that Motown experienced at the end of the 70s – a time when the label was really reaching out with some of its younger talent, and helping artists like Thelma Houston to find her groove! Some of the studio talents here are names you'd recognize from earlier Motown music, others are newer names – and together, they help Thelma soar with this wonderful energy – that mode that she brought to the disco generation, but very much alive and well here as she moves into a shifting array of styles and groove. Titles include "You Never Were My Friend", "The Best Years Of My Life", "Lies", "Little Bit Of Heaven & A Little Bit Of Hell", "Stormy Weather/I Can't Stand The Rain", and "Don't Wonder Why". Bonus tracks include "Love Masterpiece" and "If You Won't Let Me Walk On The Water". CD

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Jesse JacksonCountry Preacher – I Am Somebody ... LP
Respect, 1969. Very Good- Gatefold ... $1.99
A classic speech by Jesse Jackson – one that became quite a hit for Stax's Respect subsidiary, and which was one of the better selling albums of its type in the early 70s. The album was recorded back in the days before Jesse had become a bit of a cliche, when he appeared to be emerging as the heir to Martin Luther King's crown, with possibly as much potential for social change and political motivation. The record contains Jesse's famous "I Am Somebody" speech – which included the title chant that would be taken up often in the 70s, even on funky records, as well as into the 80s and 90s, when it was frequently sampled by hip hoppers. LP, Vinyl record album
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MadonnaTrue Blue (super club mix) (colored vinyl – with Japanese replica sleeve) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Sire, 1986. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... On April 13, 2019
Includes "True Blue (Color Mix)", "Everybody (Dub Version)", "Papa Don't Preach (Extended Remix), "Everybody (Extended Version)" and "Live To Tell (Instrumental)". (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Sunday, April 14. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Record Store Day. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, the day after Record Store Day we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue colored vinyl – in a replica of the original Japanese sleeve with obi!)

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Main IngredientEuphrates River ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $18.99
A great, far-reaching album from Main Ingredient – a group best known for their early 70s singles, but come up with a wonderfully complex batch of tunes for this album from 1974! The set shows the group taking some cues from some of the hipper contemporaries of the time, and pushing past a stock hit formula in the best possible way. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players!)
Also available Euphrates River ... LP 9.99

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Main IngredientEuphrates River (Japanese pressing – with bonus track) ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1974. Used ... $11.99
A great, far-reaching album from Main Ingredient – a group best known for their early 70s singles, but come up with a wonderfully complex batch of tunes for this album from 1974! The set shows the group taking some cues from some of the hipper contemporaries of the time, and pushing past a stock hit formula in the best possible way. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Euphrates River ... LP 9.99

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... LP
ABC, 1976. Sealed ... $2.99
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and they've also got that great balance between a deep-voiced lead singer (new arrival David Ebo) and the soaring harmonies of the rest of the group. Tunes are wonderfully written – the right mix of personal and political from the group's biggest years – and the album's got a really great sense of pace and timing overall, maybe even more so than previous records. Titles include "Hostage", "He Loves You And I Do Too", "Stay Together", "Sandman", "Big Singing Star", and "Reaching For The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, with a cutout notch.)

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9th CreationReaching For The Top ... LP
Prelude/Past Due, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Damn funky work from 9th Creation – a group who recorded this set for the mostly-disco Prelude label, but who still serve up the same heavy sound as their earlier work! There's a tightness here that few other groups can touch – that special magic that you can hear when a larger funk ensemble somehow manages to groove with the sharpness of a quartet – but with this fuller sound that really infuses the songs with a fantastic current of soul! The set's got a few mellower moments mixed in with the groovers – the sort of balance that only Earth Wind & Fire might have gotten this right – and there's also maybe a bit more of a spiritual vibe to some of the lyrics, in a mighty nice way. Titles include "Come Back Home", "He's Coming", "A Good Time", "The Time Has Come", "Reaching For The Top", and "It Ain't Right". LP, Vinyl record album

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PreachermanUniversal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio-styled keyboards, used with spare drum programs – and topped with lyrics that are quite far from any mainstream understanding of soul – clearly marking Preacherman as his own sort of singer right from the start. The collection is a perfect fit for the Luaka Bop style of finding truly unique artists and giving them the spotlight they deserve – and titles include "Feel It", "Out Of This World", "Tell Me Why", "That's Good", "Age Of Individualism", and the 18 minute long "Up & Down". CD also features the 15 minute "The Wrong Way". CD
Also available Universal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... LP 19.99

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PreachermanUniversal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... LP
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 20.99
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio-styled keyboards, used with spare drum programs – and topped with lyrics that are quite far from any mainstream understanding of soul – clearly marking Preacherman as his own sort of singer right from the start. The collection is a perfect fit for the Luaka Bop style of finding truly unique artists and giving them the spotlight they deserve – and titles include "Feel It", "Out Of This World", "Tell Me Why", "That's Good", "Age Of Individualism", and the 18 minute long "Up & Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Universal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... CD 13.99

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WhatnautsReaching For The Stars ... CD
Stang/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... $29.99
This album is probably the best ever by this legendary Baltimore soul group! Includes the massive breakbeat track "World", which starts with great hard drums, then leaps into a nice tight funky soul groove. Other cuts include "I Dig Your Act", "Frieds By Day (Lovers By Night)", "My Thing", and "Alibies & Lies". Sweet harmonies, heavy soul, and a very raw production vibe make this an instant classic! P-Vine edition includes the bonus track "Let Me Be That Special One". CD
(Out of print Japanese pressing on P-Vine!)

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VariousReach The Top – Rare Gems From The Tony Macaulay Songbook 1965 to 1974 ... CD
Teensville, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Tony Macaulay may not be the biggest name in 60s pop, but he wrote a few key hits in the second half of the decade – as well as a great legacy of overlooked gems that are brought together here! The set might be one of the nicest we've ever seen from the Teensville label – as it does a great job of collecting obscure tunes by Tony, a number in recordings that feature the man himself as part the group – all brought together in a way that seems to trace a growth from Sunshine Pop to more compressed modes of the 70s! If you dig groovy sounds from the glory days of AM radio, you'll find plenty to love here – lots of jingle-jangle gems that are pretty darn unusual, but completely outta sight. Titles include "Blame It On The Pony Express" by Peter Noone, "Reach The Top" by The West Coast Delegation, "San Diego" by Carl Wayne, "My Whole World Seems To Be Tumbling Down" by Billy Fury, "Waiting For A Call From You" by Tony's Defenders, "Don't Let A Little Pride Stand In Your Way" by Don Paul, "It Looks Like The Daybreak" by The 4 Kinsmen, "Alison Please" by Chris Kelly, "I Only Have Myself To Blame" by The Images, "Sad Eyed Romany Woman" by James Darren, "Baby Make It Soon" by Michele & Jeff, and "I Can't Stop Thinking About You" by Linda Kaye. CD

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VariousSoul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
The hippest funky jazz from the start of the 70s – music that takes all the pride, power, triumph, and challenge of the 60s – and focuses into a bold new energy for a young generation! The work here draws equally from jazz and soul, with lots of other global influences coming into play as well – and together, the tracks present an amazing portrait of a generation moving past the initial Civil Rights struggle – building a new culture through righteous expressions like these! Nearly every track is a classic – and all the artists are ones we've supported for years on their own reissues – and together, the tracks sound wonderful, especially when given the full sort of Soul Jazz presentation with great notes and other details. Titles include "Exchange (part 2)" by Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, "Space Jungle Funk" by Oneness Of Juju, "Damballa" by The Pharoahs, "Whitey On The Moon" by Gil Scott Heron, "Brown Rice" by Don Cherry, "Work It Out" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz, "Beneficent" by Tribe, "Sweet Power Your Embrace" by James Mason, "Kitty Bey" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic, "Theme De Yoyo" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and "Welcome To The Party" by Har-You Percussion Group. CD
Also available Soul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP ... $29.99 31.99
The hippest funky jazz from the start of the 70s – music that takes all the pride, power, triumph, and challenge of the 60s – and focuses into a bold new energy for a young generation! The work here draws equally from jazz and soul, with lots of other global influences coming into play as well – and together, the tracks present an amazing portrait of a generation moving past the initial Civil Rights struggle – building a new culture through righteous expressions like these! Nearly every track is a classic – and all the artists are ones we've supported for years on their own reissues – and together, the tracks sound wonderful, especially when given the full sort of Soul Jazz presentation with great notes and other details. Titles include "Exchange (part 2)" by Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, "Space Jungle Funk" by Oneness Of Juju, "Damballa" by The Pharoahs, "Whitey On The Moon" by Gil Scott Heron, "Brown Rice" by Don Cherry, "Work It Out" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz, "Beneficent" by Tribe, "Sweet Power Your Embrace" by James Mason, "Kitty Bey" by Byron Morris & Unity, "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic, "Theme De Yoyo" by Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and "Welcome To The Party" by Har-You Percussion Group. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Soul Of A Nation – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher – Afro-Centric Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap In The Black Power Era 1969 to 1975 ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Four TopsReach Out ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic 60s album by the Four Tops – really one of their better efforts of the period – a record that finds the group working some soulful magic on a couple of their best known tunes, as well as adding a dose of deeper emotion to some hit songs of the time! Like other Motown success stories from that time, this set features some pop tunes and standard chart material, done by the group in their inimitable harmony style – with a few hits like "Reach Out, I'll Be There" and "7 Rooms Of Gloom" – plus wonderful interpretations of songs like "Walk Away Renee", "Last Train To Clarksville", and "I'm A Believer". Also includes "What Else Is There To Do", "Bernadette", and "Standing In The Shadows Of Love". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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✨✧ Don WilkersonComplete Blue Note Sessions (Preach Brother/Elder Don/Shoutin) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-overdue reissue of the three Blue Note albums recorded by tenor sax giant Don Wilkerson! Wilkerson's one of the lesser-known artists to record for the label – a deep-throated Texas tenorman with a style that's a bit more R&B influenced than other Blue Note artists. The label took this huge talent, and set it up in some perfectly-conceived settings, inflecting Wilkerson's rootsiness with some of the soul jazz modernism of players like Grant Green, John Patton, Sonny Clark, and Ben Dixon. The set features all the tracks from the albums Elder Don, Preach Brother, and Shoutin – and titles include "Jeanie Weenie", "Lone Star Shuffle", "Drawin A Tip", "Movin Out", "Happy Johnny", "Sweet Cake", "Scrappy", "Pigeon Peas", and "Dem Tambourines". 18 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print original CD pressing – not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Burt BacharachReach Out (180 gram pressing) ... LP
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House Is Not A Home", "Bond Street", "Reach Out For Me", "Are You There", "Windows Of The World" – but you may not know the arrangements, which are superb – quite different than the more famous vocal versions you've probably heard ad infinitum, and recorded at a level that brings a whole new magic and majesty to 60s pop! An essential record for any fan of all things groovy – and an album of new pleasures each time we hear it! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Roger GlennReachin' ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great lost chapter in the Larry Mizell story – a record that's not nearly as well known as Mizell-produced jams for Bobbi Humphrey or Johnny Hammond, but which is every bit as great! Roger Glenn's a funky flute player with a really great groove – California groovy, with just a touch of Latin – served up here with some great Mizell-infused touches – that rolling rhythm on the bottom, soaring instrumentation on the top, and some great Latin elements that are wrapped up warmly in the fusion! There's plenty of great keyboards, too – played both by Larry Mizell, and also by Mark Soskin – a range of Fender Rhodes, Arp, mini-moog, and more – all adding in the right sort of warmth to Roger's flute, and the album's rich array of percussion. Titles include "Kick", "Reachin", "Rio", "Gloria", "Overtime", and "Don't Leave". CD

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✨✧ 9th CreationReaching For The Top ... CD
Prelude/Past Due, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Damn funky work from 9th Creation – a group who recorded this set for the mostly-disco Prelude label, but who still serve up the same heavy sound as their earlier work! There's a tightness here that few other groups can touch – that special magic that you can hear when a larger funk ensemble somehow manages to groove with the sharpness of a quartet – but with this fuller sound that really infuses the songs with a fantastic current of soul! The set's got a few mellower moments mixed in with the groovers – the sort of balance that only Earth Wind & Fire might have gotten this right – and there's also maybe a bit more of a spiritual vibe to some of the lyrics, in a mighty nice way. Titles include "Come Back Home", "He's Coming", "A Good Time", "The Time Has Come", "Reaching For The Top", and "It Ain't Right". CD
Also available Reaching For The Top ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Burt BacharachReach Out ... CD
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic! We love Burt Bacharach in so many ways that it's easy to forget the genius of these early A&M sides – but going back to them is always a treat, and it's wonderful to hear the way that Burt lays down his own work when given the chance! You know the tracks – "House Is Not A Home", "Bond Street", "Reach Out For Me", "Are You There", "Windows Of The World" – but you may not know the arrangements, which are superb – quite different than the more famous vocal versions you've probably heard ad infinitum, and recorded at a level that brings a whole new magic and majesty to 60s pop! An essential record for any fan of all things groovy – and an album of new pleasures each time we hear it! CD
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Jackie McLean & Gary BartzOde To Super ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great meeting of these two alto giants – and a wonderfully soulful session that matches Gary Bartz's own great work from the same time! The overall feel of the session is quite spiritual – as Bartz and McLean seem to egg each other on, into far-reaching lines and freespirited grooves that are totally great. Rhythm is by a European trio of Thomas Clausen, Bo Steif, and Alex Riel – but the trio does more than enough of a good job to set the mood – especially on the excellent track "Great Rainstreet Blues", which sounds like some lost dark groove from the Black Jazz label! Other titles include "Watercircle", "Monk's Dance", and "Ode To Super". CD features a few bonus alternate takes, too. CD

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✨✧ VariousPlay The Game – The XL & Sounds Of Memphis Story Vol 2 ... CD
Sounds Of Memphis/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare gems from the Memphis scene of the late 60s & early 70s – Kent UK's second volume in the XL & Sounds Of Memphis Story series – tunes that are diverse, trailblazing, and definitely deserving of some late love! The purpose of the series is to celebrate many the fantastic soul singles released by Sounds Of Memphis and XL in the huge shadow cast by the Stax family of labels – and it's success on that front and more. This second volume is just as great as the first in its display of the far-reaching sounds of Memphis soul at the time – from rollicking, rock & soul groovers with chugging guitar and gritty vocals, to mellowed out, melancholy soul with tight, yet rich vocal and instrumental arrangements – but it one-ups the first with its inclusion of never before released tunes, several of which should be classics! Great stuff from George Jackson,The Ovations, The Minits, Ann Hodge and many more! Titles include "All In My Mind" by George Jackson, "Play The Game" by Vision, "Got To Get Home" by Art Jerry Miller, "Gotta Move On (To My Destiny)" by The Ovations, "Today, Tomorrow And You" by Everyday People, "So Much Love To This" by The Sweeteens, "Teardrops" by William Bollinger, "I'll Love Only You" by Willie Cobbs and more. 22 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ VariousUneven Paths – Deviant Pop From Europe 1980 to 1991 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Music From Memory (Netherlands), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Really cool sounds from the European underground of the 80s – mostly music that's quite far from the pop in the title, as much of it is quite understated, and comes from the farther reaches of the post-post-punk scene! These tracks aren't nearly as dark as the cold wave sounds of the same time, and instead they often evoke more warmly lyrical elements, with a style that's tuneful, but still offbeat – kind of like some of the more obscure mid 80s work on Factory Records, particularly Factory Benelux – or records on Les Disques Du Crepuscule. So don't take the "deviant" in the title to mean that these guys are up to something dark or dangerous – as the songs here represent the freedom of the time for artists to be as sweet and playful as some of their contemporaries were moody and forbidding. Titles include "Tambo Machay" by Lost Gringos, "What You Are" by Pete Brandt's Method, "Cada Dia" by Nightfall In Camp, "Komoma Ya Ya Ya" by Miko & Mubare, "Listen Over The Ocean" by Violet Eves, "Pictures Of Departure" by Tony Hymas, "No Lie" by John Makin & Friends, "Jessica" by Nonobstant, "Happy New Year" by Harte 10, and "Comfortable Gestures" by Steve Beresford. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Uneven Paths – Deviant Pop From Europe 1980 to 1991 ... CD 22.99

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Jan AkkermanTalent For Sale ... CD
Imperial/Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Rare early solo material from Dutch jazz rock guitar eclecticist/genius Jan Akkerman – a late 60s album released in the Netherlands on Imperial after Akkerman's time in The Hunters and before his work with Brainbox and Focus! It's an early indication of his far reaching tastes and talent – playing in trio format for the most part, with couple bluesy psych jazz gems composed by Jan plus takes on diverse bag of covers including "Bag's Groove", "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy", "Ode To Billy Joe" and "Green Onions". Original numbers include "Revival Of The Cat" and "Moonbeam". 11 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ AntibalasAntibalas (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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William BellWow/Bound To Happen ... CD
Stax, 1969/1971. Used ... $14.99
Late 60s magic from William Bell – two tremendous albums on a single CD! Wow is a record that definitely earns the "wow" in its title – as it makes us sit up and take new notice of William Bell's talents! Although Bell's best known for his earliest Memphis hits, he really changed a lot near the end of the 60s – evolving into a hipper, more mature singer capable of reaching new heights with his vocals – and touching on themes that go way beyond the early years. Part of the strength of the record is also due to the production – a full, proud effort helmed by Al Bell – and featuring contributions from a galaxy of Memphis and Muscle Shoals talents who include The Bar-Kays, Booker T, Eddie Hinton, and The Memphis Horns! Titles include the amazing track "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" – a number that really redefined William's sound – plus "You'll Want Diamonds", "I Can't Make It", "All For The Love Of A Woman", "My Door Is Always Open", and "I Can't Make It (All By Myself)". Bound To Happen is killer work from William Bell – a record that has him really unfolding and growing at the end of the 60s – taking off with a new sort of energy that we hardly would have expected a few years before! The sound here is nicely deep and mature – still in a classic Memphis mode, but with nods to some of the changes going on in soul all around the country from in the 60s – a style that sifts in some of the best righteous elements from other scenes, then wraps them up nicely with a sweet Tennessee glow. Titles include covers of "Western Union Man" and "Everyday People", plus a number of great post-1968 Stax tunes, most of which were written by Booker T. Jones – including "Johnny I Love You", "All God's Children Got Soul", and "A Smile Can't Hide". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sathima Bea Benjamin with Dollar BrandAfrican Songbird (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest albums ever from vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin – and a set that really shows her strong ties to the South African jazz scene of the 70s! The album was done in close collaboration with husband Dollar Brand – who turns in some sublime arrangements for the record, which stand as some of his greatest music of the time – tracks that stretch out and reach forth with a sense of soul and spirit that goes way beyond the usual – and which also really set fire to Benjamin's vocals as well! The tunes all feature original lyrics by Sathima, and have this powerful, righteous quality that we've hardly ever heard expressed this well on other records – and instrumentation features work by a great lineup that includes Billy Brooks on trumpet, Basil Coetzee on flute and tenor, Louis Spears on bass, and Dollar Brand himself on piano. Titles include the very long classic "Africa" – plus "Music" and "African Songbird". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat BirchallCosmic Language ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
The language of saxophonist Nat Birchall has always been pretty cosmic – but this time around, he seems to be reaching out even more – working on these long-spun tracks with a really unique quartet! The group features sublime work on harmonium from Adam Fairhall – an instrument that we don't normally associate with jazz, but which works perfectly in Birchall's slow-building spiritual style – really shading in the tunes with otherworldly sounds which are then cut through by Nat's searing, soulful work on tenor! The album moves at a meditative pace, but there's also plenty going on, too – and the tracks draw plenty of energy from the work of Michael Bardon on bass and Andy Hay on drums and percussion. We've been following Nat on his musical journey for over a decade, and he's never let us down – and this time around he takes us to even farther reaches – on titles that include "Dervish", "A Prayer For", "Man From Varanasi", and "Humility". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur Blessitt & The Eternal RushSoul Session At His Place ... LP
Creative Sound, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $9.99
Pretty wild stuff from Arthur Blessitt – a minister working with the Sunset Strip crowd in LA – working out of "His Place", an all night psychedelic Gospel nightclub, and preaching to hippies, bikers, and druggies! The Eternal Rush are, according to the notes, a group of "converted drug addicts" (although it doesn't say if they were converted to drugs, or from them) – and they play a groovy mix of 60s styles on electric piano, bass, and drums – while sometimes harmonizing along in vocals. Art speaks and preaches to the hip – laying down the extended "Soul Session" and "White Slavery Black Pathers & The Hell's Angels" – while the group perform the tunes "God's Love", "Tell It To Jesus", and "Glory Hallelujah". "White Slavery" is pretty darn great – kind of as gritty as it is preachy – and well worth the price of the record! LP, Vinyl record album
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BloChapters & Phases – The Complete Albums 1973 to 1975 (Chapter One/Phase II) ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1973/1975. Used ... $6.99
One of the hippest groups of the Nigerian scene of the 70s – presented here in two classic albums, back to back on a single CD! Chapter One is a landmark set of African grooves – very unusual in both conception and execution – with a feel that's unlike anything we can think of! There's definitely a rock influence in the set, but the music isn't rock at all – it's a very dark, almost dubby groove at points – and a bit more straightforwardly funk at others – almost a post-colonial style that clearly comes from a London influence, given to the group by a previous association with Ginger Baker. Rhythms are quite tight, and the bass is as strong as the drums – mixed up nicely with riffing guitar, and moody vocals that color the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Preacherman", "Time To Face The Sun", "We Are Out Together", "Chant To Mother Earth", "Miss Sagitt", "Beware", and "We Gonna Have A Party". Phase II is a critical next step for the group – music that's even deeper than before, but a bit funkier too! There's clearly some touches here of other African funk of the time – especially in the way the guitar parts groove with the rhythms – although those heavy Blo basslines from before are still nicely in place, as are some of the fuzzier production elements too. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Sh*t", "Atide", "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", and "Don't Take Her Away From Me". CD

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Tony BrankerFor The Children ... LP
Out-Sider (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
You might know Tony Branker from his more recent work – issued under the name of Anthony Branker, and often quite far-reaching in scope – and here, even at a young age, the trumpeter's already got a heck of an amazing vision – working here in a beautiful set of all-original music, carried out with a very soulful sound! The lineup has fantastic electric piano from Gary Monheit – who never overwhelms, but kind of carves out these blocks to shape the rhythms – while a young Stanley Jordan plays guitar, and the set sparkles with horn work from Branker and saxophonist Glenn Cashman! The tracks are loose and fluid – and the strong, soulful mix of trumpet and electric piano reminds us of Freddie Hubbard on early CTI – but with a more personal, indie spirit overall. Titles include "Light Me Higher", "Black On Black", "Do Dat", "Circles", "You Can't Play In The Rain", and "A Dream Deferred". LP, Vinyl record album

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Crazy World Of Arthur BrownCrazy World Of Arthur Brown ... LP
Track, 1968. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A wild, far reaching psychedelic rock kaleidoscope from Arthur Brown and his Crazy World! The sounds range from wailing organs and heavy drum backed bigness, to more of a tightly grooving r&b garage influenced trip as the core backdrop – with vocals ranging from falsetto freakouts to rambling speak singing craziness and bursts of brass. Nothing's predictable from one passage to the next, but the group sets a heady groove before it all gets freaky, and they find it again before insanity sets in. Titles include "Prelude-Nightmare", "Fire", "Come & Buy", "Spontaneous Apple Creation", "Child Of My Kingdom", "I Put A Spell On You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label track pressing. Cover is still in the shrinkwrap, with "Fire" hype sticker!)

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Donald ByrdFancy Free ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... About May 15, 2019
One of the coolest, grooviest 60s albums from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one that has him really reaching out for a hip new sound, but in ways that are different than most of his other material at the time! Key on the date is the placement of electric piano from Duke Pearson – played in this open, flowing style that has all the best hallmarks of Pearson's own work on the instrument for his sessions – yet balanced nicely with the bolder punch of Byrd's trumpet as well. Donald's quite far from any Miles Davis cliches on this one – no too-dark electric modes at all – and instead, the album's got this sense of lyrical soulfulness that we've maybe never heard this strongly again on any of Byrd's other albums. Other players include Frank Foster on tenor, Jerry Dodgion and Lew Tabackin on flute, Julian Priester on trombone, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and either Idris Muhammad or Joe Chambers on drums. All tracks are nice and long, and very fresh – and include "Weasil", "I Love the Girl", "Fancy Free", and "The Uptowner". CD

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Eric ClaptonComplete Clapton (4LP Box Set) ... LP
Reprise, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. Sealed 4LP Box Set ... $69.99
Of course it's not literally the complete Clapton, but it's a pretty excellent, far reaching 4LP set of many of his most classic recordings – 1968 all the way up the early 00s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Box has marker through the barcode.)

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ClipseLord Willin' ... CD
Star Trak/Arista, 2002. Used ... $2.99
The first Clipse album to see release – and a neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop masterpiece produced by the Neptunes – the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T arrive as smooth, confident rhymers with plenty of standout moments, while the Neptunes reach an early production peak. The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD and their more pop-oriented productions. We thought from the first needle drop that this was a record we'd be able to come back to for years and years and years, and that indeed holds true! Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage EnsembleMalcolm X Memorial (A Tribute In Music) (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Zulu/Katalyst, 1968. Used ... $7.99
A brilliant tribute to the late Malcolm X – served up by Chicago's legendary Artistic Heritage Ensemble! The record's got an even farther-reaching sound than the group's self-titled effort – a flowing style that unfolds as their tribute to Malcolm rolls on – starting spare and earthy at first, then picking up a fuller, prouder, much more righteous groove as things really get going! As before, there's plenty of heavy percussion at the bottom of most tracks – topped by complicated horn passages that often verge on the exotic – and which have a tremendously captivating sound. The ensemble's led by the great Phil Cohran, who played with Sun Ra for a bit, and also plays cornet on the record – the rest of the group includes Charles Williams, Don Myrick, Louis Satterfield, Pete Cosey, Henry Gibson, Willie Woods, and Aaron Dodd – a lineup of players who also worked with Sun Ra, The Pharoahs, and Earth Wind & Fire! The LP's a suite of 4 tracks dedicated to Malcolm X, each capturing a period of his life, "Malcolm Little", "Detroit Red", "Malcolm X", and "El Hajj Malik El Shabazz". CD
(Packaged in a cool record-style sleeve.)

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Alice Coltrane & Carlos SantanaIlluminations ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really mindblowing collaboration between two of the most spiritual mainstream musicians of the early 70s – legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and spiritual jazz guru Alice Coltrane! The set came at a time when Santana was reaching for much deeper ideas in both his music and his personal life – and Coltrane turned out to be a perfect creative fit, as she'd already been down the path with her own music for years – and helps Carlos here find an incredible setting that really lets his new vision take flight! The album's a very collaborative effort – with Alice on piano, organ, and harp – but Coltrane also brings in some fuller arrangements on half of the tracks – really opening things up, alongside other musicians who include Jack DeJohnette on drums, Dave Holland on bass, Jules Broussard on soprano sax and flute, and Tom Coster on both acoustic and electric piano. The strings are sublime – as heavenly as on Alice's own records – and titles include "Angel Of Air Angel Of Water", "Bliss The Eternal Now", "Angel Of Sunlight", "Illuminations", and "Guru Sri Chinmoy Aphorism". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard players!)
 
 
 



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