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Nellie LutcherReal Gone! ... LP
Capitol, 1950s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A bit jazz, a bit R&B, and swingin all the way through – the great Nellie Lutcher was one of the better singers of her generation, and it's a darn shame that she's not as well remembered as some of her other postwar musical contemporaries. This set was cut for Capitol during the early 50s, sort of a collection of singles based around her hit "He's A Real Gone Guy"; a nice little retrospective of Nellie's career that finally gives her her due. Titles include "Hurry On Down", "Come & Get It, Honey", "That's A Plenty", "So Nice To See You, Baby", "Do You, Or Don't You Love Me", "Fine Brown Frame", and "The Lady's In Love With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label pressing. Cover has splitting.)
 
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✨✧ Jerry WilliamsGone ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the only albums ever cut by Jerry Williams – a Texas-bred songwriter whose work was covered by many, but who hardly ever got a spot in the limelight on his own! The set's from the late 70s, but has more of a mid-decade appeal overall – that point when country-styled rock was getting some tighter studio production, but never in a way that was commercial or trying for a hit – just that kind of Warner or Elektra focus that really helped a singer/songwriter find their own space. In other words, had the set come out in 1974, it may well have hit a lot greater fame over the years – as its certainly got the staying power of a lot of other Texas/LA hybrids from the time – especially with songwriting this strong. Titles include "Gone", "Easy On Yourself", "Call To Arms", "Getting Stronger", "Philosophizer", "Talk To Me", and a very unusual remake of Horace Silver's "Song To My Father". CD

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AirtoSeeds On The Ground – The Natural Sounds Of Airto (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Easily one of the greatest records that Brazilian percussionist Airto ever recorded – a stunning blend roots and jazzy currents, and a set that follows strongly off his work in the group Quarteto Novo! The set's got contributions from one of his key partners in that combo – reedman Hermeto Pascoal – and like Pascoal's material at this point, the whole thing is maybe one of the most perfect realizations of the musical vision that Airto was going for! There's none of the tighter, more polished sounds of his later fusion years – and this is the record that will show you just why his arrival on the American scene made such big waves at the time. Flora Purim also sings on the record – and titles include "Andei", "On Sonho", Papo Furado", and "O Galho da Rosiera". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on blue vinyl!)

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Leroy AndersonComplete Christmas Collection (Christmas Carols/Christmas Festival) ... CD
Decca/Real Gone, Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
Two full albums of orchestral Holiday instrumentals from Leroy Anderson – the midcentury composer/conductor who has a knack for playful, creative combinations of sound! Both the records here have Anderson in maybe the straighter side of his spectrum – partly respectful to the needs of a Christmas Record – but the orchestrations make some nice magic out of a set of short tunes that mix the more spiritual songs of the season with a few secular numbers too – all handled with that kind of elevated style for the more sophisticated living rooms of the postwar years. Titles include "Patapan", "Pastores A Belen", "Wassail Song", "Angels In Our Fields", "Away In A Manger", "The Coventry Carol", and "March Of The Kings" – and both albums begin with a long "Christmas Festival" medley. CD also features mono and stereo versions of "Sleigh Ride" – a tune that was one of Anderson's biggest hits! CD

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Lynn AndersonLynn Anderson Christmas Album (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A sweet country Christmas from Lynn Anderson – a set that may not be as well-known as Holiday records by Johnny Cash or Buck Owens, but which we'd put in a similar high spot in our collection! Lynn does a great job with the material – bringing in just the right sort of "Blue Christmas" tones to make the music more than just schmaltzy pop – and she also contributes one tune of her own, and works with some other unusual tracks that keep the record from just being a rehash of the same old Christmas tunes. Production is by Glenn Sutton, and titles include "Mr Mistletoe", "The Spirit Of Christmas", "Ding A Ling The Christmas Bell", "Soon It Will Be Christmas Day", "Don't Wish Me Merry Christmas", and "A Whistle & A Whisker Away". CD features bonus tracks – "Ding A Ling The Christmas Bell (1971 promo Christmas Seals version)", "Don't Wish Me Merry Christmas (1971 promo Christmas Seals version)", "Don't Wish Me Merry Christmas (1972 promo Christmas Seals version)", and "Frosty The Snowman (1972 promo Christmas Seals version)". CD

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Ann-MargretAnn Margret – The Definitive Collection ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $20.99 22.99
A fantastic collection of work from those years when singer Ann-Margret first popped up on the American market – young, fresh, and sexy – and willing to do whatever it took to make her music stand out from the pack! Ann-Margret's got a vocal range that's maybe deeper than most of her contemporaries – a lusty growl that makes you feel like she's singing from way down in her toes – with odd bluesy currents mixed with jazzier backings – all in a mode that has really blows away the sultry tones of previous singers like Peggy Lee or Julie London. This 30 track package is a very well-chosen array of tunes from the early RCA years – and includes lots of solo numbers, plus work with Elvis Presley and Al Hirt – on titles that include "Man's Favorite Sport", "Next Time", "Madrid/The Pleasure Seekers", "Mack The Knife", "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Lady Loves Me", "You're The Boss", "Mr Wonderful", "That Old Black Magic", "Everything Makes Music When You're In Love", "Let Me Entertain You", "Take All The Kisses", "Something To Think About", and "Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang". CD

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Eddy ArnoldComplete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
Warm sounds for the Holiday season – a double-length set of Christmas tunes, sung by the great Eddy Arnold! Eddy recorded most of these numbers at a time when he was at the height of his countrypolitan talents – able to croon a tune with a smooth, mellow approach that almost made him the Perry Como of the country world – although set up with more of a Nasvhille vibe, thanks to producer Chet Atkins! The match of Atkins and Arnold is one of the all-time greats in mid-century pop – and the duo seem to push themselves even more strongly on this seasonal material. The CD features the full 1961 Christmas album recorded by Eddie, plus loads more Holiday singles – most of which have never been collected before. 26 titles in all – with tracks that include "Christmas Can't Be Far Away", "White Christmas", "Up On The Housetop", "Will Santa Come To Shanty Town", "Jingle Bell Rock", "Christmas", "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day", "Silent Night", "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas", "Winter Wonderland", "The Angel & The Stranger", and "New Year's Greeting". CD

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B-52sLive! 8-24-1979 ... CD
Rhino/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A first ever release of this killer B-52s live set – recorded in 1979, shortly after the release of their first record – opening for the Talking Heads in Boston! The band is in peak early form here, really throwing a hell of a great party on stage, with a set that's heavy on classics from first and second albums, the latter of which wouldn't even be released until the following year! There's a nicely raw feel to the record – a reminder that although they broke to the mainstream on a big label, these guys came out of the late 70s indie underground – working here with the kind of offbeat energy that made them a standout act both in their hometown of Athens – and in the New York scene where they really made their mark. Titles include "52 Girls", "606-0842", "Devil In My Car", "Dance This Mess Around", "Rock Lobster", and "Strobe Light". CD

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✨✧ Alice Babs & Duke EllingtonSerenade To Sweden ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
A beautiful and rare recording – both for singer Alice Babs, and Duke Ellington himself! The session was cut in Paris in 1963 – and it's a moody, intimate album that features Duke backing up Alice with arrangements that are quieter and more subtle than those used with most other Ellington-related singers. Alice is extremely great on the set – and often sings in weird wordless vocals – not really scatting, but more of a horn based-style that's very icy and cool. The whole thing's great – much greater even than the sum of its two famous parts – and titles include "Serenade To Sweden", "Stoona", "La De Doody Doo", "Strange Visitor", "Come Sunday", "Babsie", and "Untitled Lullaby". CD

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Robbie BashoSongs Of The Great Mystery – The Lost Vanguard Sessions ... CD
Vanguard/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A never-issued album from the guitar genius Robbie Basho – material recorded at the same Vanguard Records sessions that produced his monumental albums Voice Of The Eagle and Zarthus, and every bit as great as the work that appeared on those records – and as the tracks on Basho's Takoma Records albums from the 60s! The set features Robbie doing a bit of his unusual vocalizations, but in a way that's folded in very strongly with his unusual phrasings on acoustic guitar – although with Basho maybe hitting a more familiar folk style at some moments, even though the lyrics are all his own, and have a mystical quality that really matches his work on guitar. There's a really haunting quality to the whole record, and the vocal tunes could easily have Basho right up there with left-field contemporaries, like Fred Neil on Capitol, or Tim Hardin on his early Columbia years – but, mixed with the longform guitar explorations, create a vibe that's completely Robbie's own. Titles include "A Day In The Life Of Lemuria", which is an unusual piano/whistling tune – plus "The Butterfly Of Wonder", "Thunder Sun", "Song Of The Great Mystery", "Thunder Love", "Death Song", "Night Way", and "Katerei Tekakwitha". CD
Also available Songs Of The Great Mystery – The Lost Vanguard Sessions (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP 38.99

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Robbie BashoSongs Of The Great Mystery – The Lost Vanguard Sessions (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Vanguard/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $38.99 39.99
A never-issued album from the guitar genius Robbie Basho – material recorded at the same Vanguard Records sessions that produced his monumental albums Voice Of The Eagle and Zarthus, and every bit as great as the work that appeared on those records – and as the tracks on Basho's Takoma Records albums from the 60s! The set features Robbie doing a bit of his unusual vocalizations, but in a way that's folded in very strongly with his unusual phrasings on acoustic guitar – although with Basho maybe hitting a more familiar folk style at some moments, even though the lyrics are all his own, and have a mystical quality that really matches his work on guitar. There's a really haunting quality to the whole record, and the vocal tunes could easily have Basho right up there with left-field contemporaries, like Fred Neil on Capitol, or Tim Hardin on his early Columbia years – but, mixed with the longform guitar explorations, create a vibe that's completely Robbie's own. Titles include "A Day In The Life Of Lemuria", which is an unusual piano/whistling tune – plus "The Butterfly Of Wonder", "Thunder Sun", "Song Of The Great Mystery", "Thunder Love", "Death Song", "Night Way", and "Katerei Tekakwitha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing – limited to 1000 copies!)
Also available Songs Of The Great Mystery – The Lost Vanguard Sessions ... CD 12.99

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Beau BrummelsTriangle/Bradley's Barn ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1967/1968. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Genius work from The Beau Brummels – two albums that no fan of underground 60s rock should be without! First up is Triangle – a tremendous album from The Beau Brummels – one of the lesser-remembered groups from the late 60s Warner hipster heyday! At some level, the group's a folk-rock outfit – with the left-of-center feel of some of Fred Neil's best work for Capitol, and a similar blend of east coast honesty and west coast mind expansion. The format here is remarkably simple, but handled with some nice touches by producer Lenny Waronker, who really brings a lot more out of the band than on their earlier indie recordings. Titles include "Are You Happy", "The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune", "The Keeper Of Time", "Only Dreaming Now", "Magic Hollow", "Painter Of Women", and "Triangle". Bradley's Barn is a crucial album in the sound of late 60s Warner – recorded by west coasters The Beau Brummels in the heart of Tennessee, at the legendary studios of country producer Owen Bradley! This meeting of west and country is fantastic – a really incredible extension of earlier folksy rock styles forged by Dylan, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, and others – handled with incredible care, and a style that's equally honest and ironic – but coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – one of those rare few albums that somehow draws from a wealth of inspiration, but manages to make something completely standout in the process – almost a Feelies/Good Earth for its own generation! Tremendous stuff – and titles include "Jessica", "Bless You California", "I'm A Sleeper", "Little Bird", "Turn Around", and "An Added Attraction". CD

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✨✧ Stanley BlackChristmas Holiday For Romance ... CD
Decca/Real Gone, 1954. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A classic Christmas album of makeout music from British bandleader Stanley Black! It's clear that the guy on the cover has his mind on a lot more than what's under the tree – and after pouring some bubbly, and treating his lady to some diamonds, he's ready to put on the moves – either that, or he's somehow got his teeth stuck in her hair! Regardless of the setting, though, Stanley Black serves up some nicely mellow music for the later hours of Christmas Eve – string-laden readings of Holiday tunes, done up in a nice mix of familiar and original tunes – with titles that include "Dreaming", "Christmas Island", "Santo Natale", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", "Christmas Alphabet", and "By The Fireside". CD

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersBest Of The Columbia & RCA/Vik Years 1956 to 1959 ... CD
Sony/Real Gone, Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
A nice collection of overlooked work from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – not the oft-reissued material from the group's years at Blue Note, but instead some slightly more obscure sides recorded for Columbia and RCA! The work here also represents a time when Blakey was experimenting a bit more with the group – a stretch right before he settled into some of the more-recorded groups with Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, and Bobby Timmons – but still had a great ear for important younger talent! Players here include Bill Hardman, Donald Byrd, and Lee Morgan on trumpets; Jackie McLean on alto; Johnny Griffin, Hank Mobley, and Benny Golson on tenor; and Horace Silver and Sam Dockery on piano! The set includes material from the albums Hard Bop, Drum Suite, Jazz Messengers, Night In Tunisia, and some of the French-only live recordings that Blakey did for RCA in the late 50s – and the set features 16 tracks that include "Nica's Dream", "Evidence", "Blues March For Europe No 1", "Along Came Manon", "Lester Left Town", "Night In Tunisia (live)", "Moanin With Hazel", "Night In Tunisia (take 3)", "Ecaroh", "Cubano Chant", "Almost Like Being In Love", "The Sacrifie", and "Couldn't It Be You (take 4)". CD

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BlinkyHeart Full Of Soul – The Motown Anthology ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99 31.99
A fantastic collection of work from Sondra "Blinky" Williams – a hell of a soul singer who recorded a fair bit for Motown Records at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – but an artist whose music ended up mostly spending the next few decades in the label's vaults! Yet Blinky never let the lack of success stop her from giving her best – as she's a fantastic vocalist, and one with an expressive range that easily matches some of the Motown greats of her generation – a list that would include Martha Reeves or Gladys Knight – but who also has these deeper, more righteous currents that make her a perfect singer for a Motown move into the 70s! Blinky only saw one full album issued at the time – a duo with Edwin Starr titled Just The Two Of Us – but this package features a fully conceived, yet never-released album – plus other singles, unissued tracks, live material, and lots more – a wealth of fully-cooked, powerfully-produced singles that finally give the singer her due. The whole thing is an amazing Motown discovery – 46 tracks in all, 28 of which appear here for the first time ever – with titles that include "Don't Leave Your Baby", "Heart Full Of Soul", "How Can I Go On", "Inside", "I'll Make It Up To You", "One Half Of Love", "Shine On Me", "For Once In My Life", "I Wouldn't Change The Man He Is", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "People Make The World Go Round", "T'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "I've Gotta Get You Back", "Mr Soul Brother", "You're The Loser Now", "One Half Of Love", and lots lots more. CD

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Bonniwell Music MachineBonniwell Music Machine (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 24.99
An amazing second chapter for The Music Machine – working here with the last name of leader Sean Bonniwell in their name – in a groove that's even weirder and wilder than before! The group take on an odd new sound here – still the heady brew of fuzz and Hammond on their original garagey recordings from LA – but with a mode that also really lets Bonniwell's offbeat character come to the forefront – both in the odd lyrics, and his stark presentation in the lead – a Sunset Strip sense of personality that's almost up there with Kim Fowley at times! The record's definitely one of the weirder, more edgey sides cut for Warner Brothers in the mid 60s – and titles include "Astrologically Incompatible", "Double Yellow Line", "The Trap", "Soul Love", "Bottom Of The Soul", "Me Myself & I", and "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on olive green vinyl!)

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Tim BuckleyDream Belongs To Me – Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1968 to 1973 (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Manifesto/Real Gone, 1968/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $35.99 37.99
Fantastic material from Tim Buckley – rare tracks recorded in 1968 and 1973, both presenting two different slices of his too-short career – and standing together as a great addition to his too-small catalog of recorded work! The first half features small sessions from 1968 – with Tim on those amazing vocals of his and Lee Underwood on lead guitar – plus a bit of vibes from Dave Friedman, in a manner that echoes the great use of that instrument on his Elektra albums of the late 60s. The songs are dreamy, open, and have that sublime blend of blueness and flow that really set Tim apart from his contemporaries – titles that include "Danang", "Happy Time", "Buzzin Fly", "Song To The Siren", and "Ashbury Park" – all done in unusual versions. The second half of the record features material recorded in 1973 – songs that are a bit more tight, with more of an overall group feel – almost jamming in the way the whole thing comes together! 1973 titles include versions of "Honey Man", "Falling Timber", "Quicksand", "Stone In Love", "Sefronia", "Because Of You", and "The Dream Belongs To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "Greenish Gold" vinyl!)

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✨✧ Merry ClaytonGimme Shelter (black & white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ode/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A classic from Merry Clayton – and a record whose title follows from her big fame of singing on the original version of "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones! The sound here is a lot more soul-based, as you'd guess – arranged beautifully by Gene Page, with a really righteous feel that's perfect for Merry's deeply soulful vocal approach – and produced to perfection by Lou Adler, with some surprising help from Curtis Amy – one of our favorite saxophonists ever. Music is by a hip cast of top-shelf talents from the coast – including Billy Preston on organ, Joe Sample on piano, David T Walker on guitar, and Paul Humphrey on drums – all nice and tight, but totally right in the pocket with their grooves. Titles include Merry's classic version of "Gimme Shelter", plus "Tell All The People", "I've Got Life", "Here Come Those Heartaches Again", and "Good Girls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 700 – on "Gray Eye" black & white vinyl!)

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Alice ColtraneSpiritual Eternal – The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings (Eternity/Radha Krsna Nama Sankirtana/Transcendence) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 26.98
Three great albums from Alice Coltrane – all late 70s albums for Warner Brothers that really show her taking off as both a solo performer and a spiritual force! First up is Eternity – seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane moves past the rawer spiritual sound of her Impulse albums – working with a more focused vision and an approach to jazz that takes her way past the identity of just being "Mrs Coltrane", into territory that's a more perfect expression of her spiritual vision. The approach calls for more ambitious orchestrations, yet never in a way that overwhelms the jazz basis of the music – and Alice herself is on Fender Rhodes, organ, and harp – working with players who include Fred Jackson and Hubert Laws on reeds, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, George Bohannon on trombone, Charlie Haden on bass, Ben Riley on drums, and Armando Peraza on congas. Titles include "Spiritual Eternal", "Om Supreme", "Morning Workshop", "Wisdom Eye", and "Los Caballos". Radha Krsna Nama Saknirtana is pure spiritual loveliness from Alice, and a record that features a lot of additional playing by Indian musicians! Clearly, the Hari Krishnas have gotten to the lady here – as you can tell by the orange robe she's wearing on the cover, and the blank stare in her eyes – but that doesn't stop the album from being a nice one, filled with the soaring spiritualism of her best 70s work, and infused with a cross-cultural approach to jazz that makes for a wonderfully expansive sound. Tracks include "Om Namah Sivaya", "Hare Krishna", and "Govinda Jai Jai". Transcendence is a beautiful record from Alice Coltrane – a swirling mix of spiritual jazz and themes from Indian music! Alice plays organ, Fender Rhodes, and harp – building the sound as the album progresses, from simple airy strings to an earthier groove that features vocal refrains in unison with the keyboards, chanting away, over and over, stretching to the heavens in a cosmic groove! The record features a lot of variations on traditional Indian themes – including "Sivaya", "Ghana Nila", and "Bhaja Govindam" – plus the original tracks "Transcendence" and "Vrindavana Sanchara". CD

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Jimmy DeanJimmy Dean's Christmas Card – The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A Columbia Records country classic – from the glory days of the 60s Christmas record scene! Seems like just about everyone got a chance to cut a set for the Holidays back in that decade – and Jimmy Dean's time in the studio is surprisingly great – set to slight arrangements from Don Sebesky that have slight country touches, but maybe a bit more conventional pop for the season – with Jim singing in this warmly mellow mode that's not too far from the territory of Bing Crosby, especially in the way he rumbles down in the lower end of his register. Our favorite tracks are the originals – "Jimmy's Christmas Card" and "Yes Patricia There Is A Santa Claus" – penned by Dean with Don Sebesky – and other tracks include "Blue Christmas", "White Christmas", "My Christmas Room", "The Cowboy's Prayer", and "Silver Bells". CD features three more bonus tracks – "Little Sandy Sleighfoot", "When They Ring The Golden Bells (mono single)", and "Yes Patricia There Is A Santa Claus (1964 single version)". CD

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Milton DeluggMusic For Monsters, Munsters, Mummies, & Other TV Fiends (green vinyl pressing – 45rpm) ... LP
Epic/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 28.99
A gem of a record from the glory days of the American horror scene – particularly that point when the b-movie world got so camp, folks were able to have a bit of a laugh at its expense! Milton Delugg crafted this cool little set at a time when the airwaves were brimming over with The Munsters, Adams Family, and late night monster flicks – and the sound is kind of an extension of the musical modes of both shows, taken through straighter instrumental arrangements! Sonny Lester produced the set, and allows for a good number of jazzy elements – particularly on organ, which is used a fair bit throughout – probably played by a great musician whose name never got to appear on the credits. There's also electric guitar and lots of very dynamic horn parts – on titles that include "Bewitched", "Theme For Frankenstein", "Ghost Meets Ghoul", "Theme For Dracula", "The Outer Limits", "Adams Family", "Munsters Theme", and "Theme For The Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 900 – on "Ghoulish" green vinyl! Plays at 45rpm for added fidelity.)

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Errol DunkleyDarling Ooh (brown vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Trojan/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Slinky, soulful, and completely seductive sounds from the great Erroll Dunkley – not the person pictured on the cover, but a wonderful Jamaican singer who works here alongside superb production from Sonia Pottinger! The tunes are all laidback, but never sleepy – that perfect early reggae balance of slowness and focus that can make a record like this so great – gently tripping rhythms that could sound funkier if they wanted to, but which are a masterpiece in restraint – so that all the elements are focused down into the groove, while Erroll serves up these snakey vocals over the top. Titles include "Movie Star", "Like To Be Boosed", "A Little Way Different", "Created By The Father", "Baby I Love You", "It Was Nice While It Lasted", and "I'm Not The Man For You". This pressing includes the bonus track "Hilite (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "root beer" vinyl – which is all cool and swirly!)

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Ronnie DysonPhase 2/Brand New Day ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1982/1983. New Copy ... $5.99 15.98
A pair of later albums from the great Ronnie Dyson – both of which show him moving strongly well into the 80s! The first set is a self-stated Phase 2 in Ronnie Dyson's career – one that has him moving with a bit more confidence than before, and nicely maturing into a sweet 80s sort of sound! Bobby Eli's at the helm, both on production and rhythm arrangements – and the style here is almost a bit more sophisticated than Dyson's earlier work – kind of that Philly Modern that some of Eli's older contemporaries were hitting. There's no standout hits, but the album's got a nice sense of balance because of that – and overall, the instrumentation's more late 70s than some of the thinner 80s commercial modes. Titles include "Now", "Say You Will", "Heart To Heart", "One More Chance For The Fool", and "Even In The Darkest Night". On Brand New Day, Ronnie's a long way from his falsetto soul hits of the early 70s – but he's seriously back on track as a soul artist, thanks to some smooth help from the Ingram family! Butch Ingram produced the album, and the rest of the Ingrams helped out on instruments, vocals, and even some of the songwriting. In fact, this is more of an Ingram record – with a sound that's very much like their work from the same time – than it is a Ronnie Dyson album. Not that that's a problem, though, as the record's a pretty nice batch of 80s groovers that includes the tracks "You Better Be Fierce", "I Gave You All Of Me", "Tender Lovin Care", "Waiting For You", and "All Over Your Face". CD

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Barbara EdenMiss Barbara Eden ... CD
Dot/Real Gone, 1967. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Barbara "I Dream Of Jeannie" Eden gets herself out of the bottle and into the studio for a set of 60s pop tunes designed to bring out another side of her magic! Bill Justis handled the arrangements, in a style that has that RCA Nashville country pop sort of feel overall – electric bass plucking out the bottom, chorus vocals helping out the lead, and a sort of syncopated groove that gently steps along from back to front. We'll be honest, and say that Barbara's vocals aren't that much to write home about – but the album's a nice celebrity relic – and does feature a few sexy Jeannie shots on the front! Titles include "Single Girl", "Bend It", "Rebel", "I Get The Fever", and "Nobody But A Fool". CD

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Electric PrunesComplete Reprise Singles ... CD
Reprise/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
A comprehensive anthology of The Electric Prunes singles for Reprise – including work produced by David Axelrod, all in their original mono mixes – and a long overdue collection! We've been spinning and loving the Electric Prunes albums for so long, we're actually quite guilty of overlooking just how succinctly and sharply brilliant they are as a singles band! That alone makes this strong set on Real Gone worthwhile, but the tight, punchy mono mixes seal the deal! All of the great singles are here – from their early garage-psych gems to the trippier, though still tightly-grooving tunes towards the end of the decade – plus a groovy radio spot for the Vox Wah Wah Pedal! Includes "Ain't It Hard", "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", "Luvin'", "Dr. Do-Good", "The Great Banana Hoax", "Credos", "Shadow", "Violent Rose", "Sell", "Love Grows", "The Adoration", "Help Us (Father, Our King)", "Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers", "Sanctus", ""Flowing Smoothly" and more. 24 tracks in all. CD

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Electric Prunes (with David Axelrod)Release Of An Oath (maroon & white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
The second album done by David Axelrod for The Electric Prunes – and arguably the best! The album's a bit unusual, in that none of the original Prunes were actually working on the session – and instead, Axlerod's almost fully at the helm – putting together the set in a way that's quite similar to his own solo albums over at Capitol! As with those, there's a bold, spacious sort of instrumentation here – richly orchestral, but also quite funky at times – punctuated by great drums from Earl Palmer, bass from Carol Kaye, keyboards from Don Randi, and guitar from Howard Roberts – who's really tripping out nicely here! The work uses the Jewish Kol Nidre mass as its conceptual focus – but really takes off with plenty of tripped-out Axelrod flourishes that make the whole thing a fair bit more psychedelic than anything you'd ever hear in temple. Titles include "Holy Are You", "The Adoration", "Our Father, Our King", "Kol Nidre", and "General Confessional". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on maroon & white marbled 45 rpm vinyl!)

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45 GraveSleep In Safety (green & black vinyl edition) ... LP
Enigma/Real Gone, 1983. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 27.99
A real classic from 45 Grave – and a set that definitely lives up to the spooky image on the cover – a mix of punk and older monster movie modes that made the group a key part of the horror rock scene of the time! These guys blend an LA aesthetic with some twangier elements that evoke a bit of The Cramps at times – and lead singer Dinah Cancer has a screechy wail that really sets the tone for the tunes! Titles include "Partytime", "Surf Bat", "Slice O Life", "Dream Hits II", "Evil", "Phantoms", and "Insurance From God". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 450 – on green & black marble vinyl!)

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Four SeasonsFour Seasons Greetings (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Vee Jay/Real Gone, 1962. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
A beautiful Christmas present from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – a selection of Holiday tunes all recast with their tremendous harmony sound! The group are surprisingly great in this format – as their music always has this odd undercurrent of melancholy that really brings out the best in the tunes – and which opens up with a deeper feeling than just straight covers of Christmas tunes. Frankie's nose is right out in the lead on most numbers, and thanks to production by Bob Crewe and arrangements by Sid Bass, even familiar tunes are presented here in very fresh versions! Titles include "The Little Drummer Boy", "What Child Is This", "The Excelsis Deo Medley", "Jingle Bells", "White Christmas", "Christmas Tears", and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". CD

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Jackie GleasonSix Classic Albums (Music To Remember Her/Lonesome Echo/Music To Change Her Mind/Night Winds/Music To Make You Misty/Riff Jazz)(4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone Jazz, Mid/Late 50s. Used 4CD ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print, still sealed.)

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Groovie GooliesGroovie Goolies ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A wild little record from the Groovie Goolies – a monster rock band that was an offshoot of the Archies TV show – and who work here in a mode that's got the same sort of sing-song pop style we love from that group! Sure, these guys aren't The Cramps or The Misfits – heck, their costumes are more goofy than creepy – but they do a great job of singing these catchy TV versions of late 60s Sunshine Pop songs – softer than The Monkees, but maybe harder than The Partridge Family – all penned by the team of Sherry Gayden and Linda Martin, and put together with occasional novelty rock elements along the way. Titles include "The First Annual Semi Formal Combination Celebration", "Goolie Garden", "Cling Clang", "Save Your Good Lovin For Me", "Bumble Goolie", and "Frankie". CD

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✨✧ Roland Haynes2nd Wave ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the heaviest keyboard albums you'll ever hope to find – a completely sublime session that not only features Fender Rhodes by pianist Roland Haynes, but also features additional keyboards from Kirk Lightsey – a double blend that really makes the record sparkle! The twin-keyboard sound is wonderful – spacey, soulful, and filled with righteous power – and the rhythm section also features killer work on bass from Henry Franklin, and tightly snapping drums from Carl Burnett – sounding better here than we ever remember! Titles include the massive sample cut "Eglise", plus "Second Wave", "Funky Mama Moose", "Descent", and "Aicelis". CD
Also available 2nd Wave ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Roland Haynes2nd Wave ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
One of the heaviest keyboard albums you'll ever hope to find – a completely sublime session that not only features Fender Rhodes by pianist Roland Haynes, but also features additional keyboards from Kirk Lightsey – a double blend that really makes the record sparkle! The twin-keyboard sound is wonderful – spacey, soulful, and filled with righteous power – and the rhythm section also features killer work on bass from Henry Franklin, and tightly snapping drums from Carl Burnett – sounding better here than we ever remember! Titles include the massive sample cut "Eglise", plus "Second Wave", "Funky Mama Moose", "Descent", and "Aicelis". LP, Vinyl record album
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Ides Of MarchVehicle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
These guys will forever be known for the jazzy grooving title hit – "Vehicle", a brassy driving number that seems as if it's always being used in some sort of car commercial (which must net these guys a lot of royalties!) – but which is usually mistaken by others for being the work of Blood Sweat & Tears! Like BST, Ides Of March have a really driving sound here – pushing forward with heavy drums, sharp bits of brass, and a great early jazz rock sound that's way better than most work by the competition in years to come! Tracks include "Vehicle", "Wooden Ships", "Home", "Bald Medusa", "One Woman Man", and "Symphony For Eleanor". CD also features four bonus tracks – "High On A Hillside", "Let Me Home Gently", "Melody", and the single version of "Vehicle". CD

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KleeerIntimate Connection (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Tight 80s soul from Kleeer – one of the group's standout classics, and a set that's produced with kind of a jazzy finish by Deodato, who also plays some nice keyboards on the record! The Kleeer sound is at its height here – tight, warm, and filled with great harmonies on the vocals – which are then underpinned by a lot of keyboards and bass pedal work, yet in a way that never overwhelms the vocals. The balance is beautiful – at a level that few other groups ever seemed to reach – and there's plenty of hooks that keep things catchy throughout. Titles include "Go For It", "Intimate Connections", "Next Time It's For Real", "Tonight", "Do You Want To", and "Break". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "Red Telephone" vinyl!)

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Andre KostelanetzComplete Christmas Albums (Joy To The World/Wonderland Of Christmas/Wishing You A Merry Christmas/bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A trio of classic Christmas albums from Andre Kostelanetz from the 60s – all done in that very popular style of his! The set begins with Joy To The World – a lush album of strings and other rich orchestral touches – the sort of Christmas record that's maybe best to put on way into the evening – when the candles have dimmed, and most of the folks are weary – as the Kostelanetz approach is more than enough to send the kids off to dreamland! Earl Wrightson provides some baritone vocals, and there's some chorus vocals at other points – but the main focus is Andre's orchestrations, on titles that include "The Skater's Waltz", "What Child Is This/Joy To The World", and "Sleigh Ride" – plus some longer medley tunes. Wonderland Of Christmas features superb Teo Macero production in his best Columbia Records mode – which brings up some of the more lively, dynamic sounds that Andre Kostelanetz brings to his music – almost giving some of the tunes a bachelor pad/hi-fi sort of range! Titles include "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas", "Let It Snow", "The Christmas Song", "Christmas Chopsticks", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", and "Winter Wonderland/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". We Wish You A Merry Christmas is a record that mixes the lush strings of Andre Kostelanetz with some youthful chorus backings and some vocal leads from Phyllis Curtain – in a way that makes the album maybe one of Andre's most somber Christmas records from the 60s! All the hallmark Kostelanetz touches are in place, but the set's definitely one that takes the holiday in its most serious spirit – on titles that include "Silent Night", "Away In A Manger", "What Child Is This", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "We Three Kings". Bonus tracks include "White Christmas", "Nutcracker Suite", "My Favorite Things", "Greensleeves", a "Christmas Seals promo", and both the Bach and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria". CD

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanDan Lacksman ... CD
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A really cool record from the European scene of the early 70s – a set that features rockish vocals and guitar, but also a heck of a lot of moog and other keyboards too – all of which makes for an album that's years ahead of its time! Sure, there had been plenty of moog pop instrumental records from the late 60s onward – and other groups would use the moog to spice up their songs – but Dan Lacksman's maybe one of the first to really use the world of analogue electronics so strongly next to catchy vocals and the kind of production that compresses the whole thing down together in a really great way – effortlessly bridging the generation of early Eno and Gary Numan – but with an offbeat wit that's all his own. Titles include "Monday Morning", "Happiness Is A Cold Beer", "Jet Set Woman", "Skylab", "Sunshine Is Gone", "Love You Every Day", "When We're Looking At The Barmaid", and "Sad Way". CD
Also available Dan Lacksman (green vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanDan Lacksman (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $22.99 23.99
A really cool record from the European scene of the early 70s – a set that features rockish vocals and guitar, but also a heck of a lot of moog and other keyboards too – all of which makes for an album that's years ahead of its time! Sure, there had been plenty of moog pop instrumental records from the late 60s onward – and other groups would use the moog to spice up their songs – but Dan Lacksman's maybe one of the first to really use the world of analogue electronics so strongly next to catchy vocals and the kind of production that compresses the whole thing down together in a really great way – effortlessly bridging the generation of early Eno and Gary Numan – but with an offbeat wit that's all his own. Titles include "Monday Morning", "Happiness Is A Cold Beer", "Jet Set Woman", "Skylab", "Sunshine Is Gone", "Love You Every Day", "When We're Looking At The Barmaid", and "Sad Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 900 – on green vinyl!)
Also available Dan Lacksman ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanElectronic System Vol 2 ... CD
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A really sweet electronic album from Dan Lacksman – one that's a lot more instrumental than his debut album, but which still sounds different than some of the moog records that came before! Dan's really opening up his analog skills here – and he uses the world of electronics in ways that are sometimes dreamy and easy, sometimes more straightforwardly tuneful – almost Hot Butter territory, but more complex and with all the sorts of cool, unusual touches that make his work in the studio such a standout – and such a nice step forward from the work of Perry & Kingsley, or Walter Carlos. Titles include "Electronic Fair", "Plic Ploc", "Top Tang", "It's Raining Today", "Top Jerk", and "Dedicated To Gerard". CD
Also available Electronic System Vol 2 (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanElectronic System Vol 2 (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
A really sweet electronic album from Dan Lacksman – one that's a lot more instrumental than his debut album, but which still sounds different than some of the moog records that came before! Dan's really opening up his analog skills here – and he uses the world of electronics in ways that are sometimes dreamy and easy, sometimes more straightforwardly tuneful – almost Hot Butter territory, but more complex and with all the sorts of cool, unusual touches that make his work in the studio such a standout – and such a nice step forward from the work of Perry & Kingsley, or Walter Carlos. Titles include "Electronic Fair", "Plic Ploc", "Top Tang", "It's Raining Today", "Top Jerk", and "Dedicated To Gerard". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 900 – on yellow vinyl!)
Also available Electronic System Vol 2 ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanTchip Tchip – Electronic System Vol 3 ... CD
RKM/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Maybe not the first album of electronics to come out of the European scene – but a set that definitely marked that standout moment when moogy pop found a great way forward! Dan Lacksman had plenty of studio experience before cutting this gem of a record – and he brings that all to bear strongly here, working through both rock and easy modes – and using guitars and more conventional instrumentation alongside all the weird analog instrumental sounds, to give the tunes a catchy, playful sort of vibe – a bit like the territory that Perry & Kingsley explored, but more song-based overall. Titles include the slow funk classic "Sky Lab" – plus "Funky Kouly", "Spider", "In The Woods", "Hey Hey", and "Stay With Me" – plus the clunky cover of "Tchip Tchip" that starts off the record (you might skip that and begin on track 2!) CD
Also available Tchip Tchip – Electronic System Vol 3 (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanTchip Tchip – Electronic System Vol 3 (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
RKM/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Maybe not the first album of electronics to come out of the European scene – but a set that definitely marked that standout moment when moogy pop found a great way forward! Dan Lacksman had plenty of studio experience before cutting this gem of a record – and he brings that all to bear strongly here, working through both rock and easy modes – and using guitars and more conventional instrumentation alongside all the weird analog instrumental sounds, to give the tunes a catchy, playful sort of vibe – a bit like the territory that Perry & Kingsley explored, but more song-based overall. Titles include the slow funk classic "Sky Lab" – plus "Funky Kouly", "Spider", "In The Woods", "Hey Hey", and "Stay With Me" – plus the clunky cover of "Tchip Tchip" that starts off the record (you might skip that and begin on track 2!) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 900 – on orange vinyl!)

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Mark LindsayMark Lindsay – Complete Columbia Singles ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A sweet set of Mark Lindsay's solo work for Columbia – mellow soft rock and soaring sunshine pop from the voice of Paul Revere & The Raiders! This set puts together his complete run of singles at the label, along with some rarities that are surprisingly great. We've dug what we remembered of Lindsay's solo ouvre, and having all these singles together puts into perspective how strong the material is. A good deal of it was cut with producer Jerry Fulller, who also helmed the underappreciated Arizona LP. Mostly laidback and easygoing vocals from Mark, a nice foil to the somewhat grand production on some tunes and the sunny, kinda country rock vibe on others. It kicks off nicely with a previously unreleased cover of "Reason To Believe", plus "Arizona", "Man From Houston", "Miss America", "Funny How Little Men Care", "Bookends", "Don't You Know", "California", "Mamacita", Song For A Friend", "Photograph", "Problem Child", "Someone's Been Hiding" and more. 24 tracks in all. CD

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Living Guitars/Living StringsJoy Of Christmas/Sound Of Christmas ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1969/1970. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
Two sweet instrumental Christmas albums – both from the RCA pop paradise of the 60s! First up are the Living Guitars – that instrumental lineup that took 60s guitar modes from the pop world, and set them up with a bit more of a bachelor pad/easy listening motif – guitar out front in the mix, but also set up in larger arrangements – and sometimes more late nite than rocking. In the mode of other "living" series records from the time, many titles are in medley mode – and include "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride", "Oh Christmas Tree/Deck the Halls", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Jingle Bell Rock/Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", and "Silver Bells/The Real Meaning of Christmas". Next up are the Living Strings – a group who were a bit like the Soulful Strings over at Chess Records, but a lot more mellow overall – although this time around, they've got a bit of an electric bass at the bottom to give them a bump when needed! The group's lush sound is perfect for a Holiday record – especially the kind you play after a big meal, when the evening is winding down – and titles include "The Christmas Waltz", "Winter Wonderland/Jingle Bells/Snow Bells", "Oh Come All Ye Faithful/The First Noel/The Coventry Carol/O Holy Night", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "A Handful of Happy New Years", "Toyland/The Little Drummer Boy/Parade of the Wooden Soldiers", and "Blue Christmas". CD

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Barbara LynnComplete Atlantic Recordings ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
The first-ever set to bring together all of Barbara Lynn's records for Atlantic – including her full album, a host of rare singles, and even one previously unissued track! Lynn's a real standout in 60s soul music – a singer with a style that's as deep and personal as any of the best southern soul artists of the time, but also a way of putting over a tune that's maybe even more forthright and confident – partly because Barbara composed a good deal of her own material! A good deal of the work was produced by Huey P Meux in Mississippi – with a vibe that's both different from more familiar southern styles of the time, and even some of Huey's later material in the 70s – one more quality that really makes the work sound quite fresh. A few more tracks were recorded by the great Spooner Oldham – who brings in some sweet Muscle Shoals elements – and titles include the unreleased "Soul Deep", plus "This Is The Thanks I Get", "Ring Telephone Ring", "Mix It Up Baby", "He Ain't Gonna Do right", "You Make Me So Hot", "It Ain't Good To Be Too Good", "You'd Better Quit It", "I'm A One Man Woman", "I'll Suffer", and "Unloved Unwanted Me". CD

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ManRevelation (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Pye/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.99
A real revelation from Man – and we don't just mean that because the group is standing naked on the cover! Instead, the whole thing is the kind of record that ought to get the UK group a lot more attention than they ever did over here in the US – real pioneers in the psych era – and like the best, able to turn out a short song that packs a world's worth of exploration and experimentation into its grooves! Some tracks here fit surprisingly well with an early Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett mode, but others have maybe a dreamier, trippier, and spookier vibe – especially when some of the instrumentation drops out, and the spare songs really showcase the full scope of energy of the group. Titles include "And In The Beginning", "Blind Man", "And Castles Rise In Children's Eyes", "Don't Just Stand There", "The Future Hides Its Face", and "Puella Puella" – plus the track "Erotica", originally banned in the UK! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on purple vinyl!)

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✨✧ Rod McKuenNew Carols For Christmas – The Rod McKuen Christmas Album (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Rod McKuen throws his hat in the Christmas ring – and comes up with a surprisingly great little record! As with most of McKuen's best albums, there's an approach here that's quite unusual – and very different than the rest – certainly with a focus on the Holiday, but also with that current of sadness that made McKuen such a great choice for Charlie Brown songs in the 60s – especially when he sings in that raspy, worn-out voice that feels like what a grown-up Charlie might sound like, after screaming "Arrrrgh" too much! Backings are full – done in London, and conducted by Arthur Greenslade – and the album's full of unusual originals by Rod, including "So Long Stay Well", "Simple Gifts", "The Carols Of Christmas", "And To Each Season", "Here He Comes Again", "The Snows Of Amsterdam", and "Bethlehem BC". Also includes the bonus track "Baby It's Cold Outside" – a duet with Petula Clark! CD

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MunstersMunsters – Inspired By The TV Characters The Munsters (orange & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Decca/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy ... $22.99 23.99
A very cool little record from the 60s – even if it does try to trick you into thinking that Herman Munster and his family are making music on the set! Instead, the Munsters here are a bunch of top shelf studio musicians, working with a trio of singers – in a mix of tunes that really echo the best surf and hot rod styles of the time! Songs are plenty playful, and definitely have lots of the best monster rock elements that were big at the time – even if there's maybe a bit more sunshine in the sound than some of the other albums of this nature. Three tracks are instrumental, the rest are vocal, and titles include "Vampire Vamp", "Herman's Place", "Munster Creep", "Eerie Beach", "TV Monster Show", "Down In The Basement", "Munster Coach", and "Ride The Midnight Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition black splatter on "pumpkin" orange vinyl!)

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Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi (hot pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
RCA/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 27.99
Klaus Nomi's standing here on the cover with the oversized cabaret costume he used famously backing David Bowie – but this early solo album definitely has the singer very much in his own territory overall! Some of the songs are a weird reworking of older European cabaret mode, or Brechtian song ideas – given this strange post-punk twist, and set to rockish backings that are a very unusual contrast to the more operatic leanings in Klaus' vocal style – almost this Liquid Sky moment where an amnesiac opera singer wanders into a downtown New York club and happens to take the stage. Other tracks are moodier and more spacious – and work together with the straighter rock songs to make the whole thing feel like a larger conceptual album, even though that sort of thing wasn't really what Klaus, or the rest of the scene were going for at the time. Titles include "Nomi Song", "You Don't Own Me", "Nomi Chant", "Total Eclipse", "The Cold Song", and "Keys of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
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NYCC (New York Community Choir)Make Every Day Count (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sunbar/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 14.98
A really beautiful little album from NYCC – the name-shortened version of the New York Community Choir, stepping out here with a sound that's even better than their RCA debut! NYCC draw on a strong secular/spiritual tradition of work by The Art Reynolds Singers or Voices Of East Harlem – and like the latter, they've got a great way of infusing a soul tune with a deeper sense of self and spirit – especially in the way the lead vocals soar out of the larger group support. Arrangements here are by Leon Pendarvis, who gives the set a sound that's full and rich, but never overdone – really majestic stuff and completely without any sort of hoke at all. Titles include "We Can Make It", "The World Is Waiting For A Change", "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", "Make Every Day Count", and "A Song Can Reach Your Heart". CD features two bonus tracks – "I'll Keep A Light In My Window (12" version)" and "Make Every Day Count (12" version)". CD

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Laura NyroMore Than A New Discovery (mono violet vinyl pressing) ... LP
Verve/Real Gone, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Laura Nyro's first album ever! Even at this early point, Nyro sounds wonderful – a fair bit more soulful than most other female pop singers of her time – with a fully-fleshed out approach to the vocals that's mature and sensitive, and almost a bit more confident at times than in later years. Arrangements are by Herb Bernstein, and almost have the same sort of sunny feel as The 5th Dimension in their famous covers of Nyro's tunes – again with more soul than we might have expected for the time. Titles include "Lazy Susan", "Stoney End", "Flim Flam Man", "Buy & Sell", "He's A Runner", "Billy's Blues", and "Wedding Bell Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition violet colored vinyl pressing! First mono issue since 1967!)

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Bobby PattersonIt's Just A Matter Of Time (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Paula/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
One of the best soul records to come out on the Paula label in the early 70s – one with a number of beautifully soulful moments – and a few surprisingly funky ones, too! Although Bobby Patterson did a lot of work for other singers, this is one of the few albums he actually cut under his own name – and it's a lasting testament to his talents as both a singer and writer. It's got a nice mix of southern soul ballads and more uptempo tracks, and loads of original compositions by Bobby! Includes "This Whole Funky World is a Ghetto", "If You Took A Survey", How Do You Spell Love", "Make Sure You Can Handle It", "I Just Loved You Because I Wanted To", "Right On Jody", "Quiet! Do Not Disturb", and "I Get My Groove From You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 700 – on pruple vinyl!)

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Kellee PattersonMaiden Voyage ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee Bridgewater, especially her seminal Afro Blue album – and which mixes Kellee's unique vocals with some very hip backings that are right in the best Black Jazz mode! Instrumentation is from a loose jazz combo, and the tunes are a mix of jazzy numbers and a few tighter tracks – a really rich array of sounds that comes together beautifully in the hands of producer Gene Russell. Titles include a stellar version of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage", a great take on the Flip Nunez number "See You Later", and the tracks "Soul Daddy", "Be All Your Own", "Magic Wand Of Love", "You", and "Look At The Child". CD
Also available Maiden Voyage ... LP 22.99

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Kellee PattersonMaiden Voyage ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
The most righteous album ever from Kellee Patterson – her first record, and a set that's way different from her more soul-based sides of later years! The album's got Patterson working in a wonderfully soulful approach to jazz – a style that's not unlike the earliest work by Dee Dee Bridgewater, especially her seminal Afro Blue album – and which mixes Kellee's unique vocals with some very hip backings that are right in the best Black Jazz mode! Instrumentation is from a loose jazz combo, and the tunes are a mix of jazzy numbers and a few tighter tracks – a really rich array of sounds that comes together beautifully in the hands of producer Gene Russell. Titles include a stellar version of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage", a great take on the Flip Nunez number "See You Later", and the tracks "Soul Daddy", "Be All Your Own", "Magic Wand Of Love", "You", and "Look At The Child". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Maiden Voyage ... CD 12.99

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Gene QuillFour Classic Albums Plus (Pairing Off/Four Altos/Phil & Quill/Phil Talks With Quill (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone Jazz (UK), 1956/1957/1959. Used 4 CDs ... $4.99
Features key collaborations with Phil Woods plus work with Manny Albam and Mundell Lowe. CD

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Jim ReevesTwelve Songs Of Christmas (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The warm voice of Jim Reeves makes some of these holiday tunes sound mighty nice – especially considering that the arrangements here are by Bill Justis and Chet Atkins! Jim may not be our favorite country artist on other material, but he does a great job of sending these tunes home for the holidays with his paternalistic approach. Titles include "Jingle Bells", "An Old Christmas Card", "Senor Santa Claus", "Blue Christmas", "Mary's Little Boy Child", "Silent Night", and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". CD features two bonus tracks – "Snowflake" and "Scarlet Ribbons". CD

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Diana Ross & The SupremesFunny Girl (2CD ultimate edition) ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy 2CD ... $26.99 27.99
A great little album from Diana Ross – maybe one of her lesser-known efforts with The Supremes, and a set that really points the way towards the solo years to come! One of the reasons for that is that the set really just features Diana out in the lead, with different backing singers behind – all the great songs from the show, but recast with these sophisticated soul arrangements by Gil Askey – very groovy, very Motown, but also with a lot stronger focus on Ross upfront than usual! In a way, the shift is a fantastic nod to Diana's growing role as a star – really claiming her as the black Streisand, a position that she's clearly confident with, and maybe even beats Barbara on the vocal tip too. Titles include "Funny Girl", "The Music That Makes Me Dance", "Don't Rain On My Parade", "People", "Cornet Man", "His Love Makes Me Beautiful", "Sadie Sadie", and "I'm The Greatest Star" – the last of which would make a nice theme song for Diana's 70s years! This expanded version not only marks the first time the record has been on CD – it also features both the stereo and the mono mixes of the record – plus the original recording of the album, with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong – the real Supremes recording of the set! There's also five more bonus tracks – "Cornet Man (alt)", "His Love Makes Me Beautiful (alt)", "Sadie Sadie (alt)", "I'm The Greatest Star (live TCB outtake)", and "My Man (live)". CD
Also available Funny Girl ... LP 6.99

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Robert ShawChristmas Hymns & Carols Vol 2 ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1952. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the biggest choral Christmas albums of the 50s – a landmark effort from Robert Shaw, an artist with experience both in classical and pop – which he really brings to bear on this effort! The album's all vocal – without any sort of other instrumentation at all – a joyous rising of male and female voices, recorded in a rich RCA style that's as classic as the image on the front. All tunes are medley mixes of songs, often done in rounds – and titles include "March Of The Kings/Here Mid The Ass & Oxen/Touro Louro Louro", "Carol Of The Bells/O Magnum Mysterium", "Fum Fum Fum/Hacia Belen/Va Viene La Vieja/La Virgen Lava Panales", "I Saw Three Ships/O Tannenbaum/Allon Gay Gay Bergeres/The Holly & The Ivy", and "How Unto Bethlehem/A Virgin Unspotted/Twelve Days Of Christmas". CD

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Sopwith CamelMiraculous Hump Returns From The Moon (marble smoke vinyl pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
A really wonderful little record – by a group who should have been much bigger than they were! Despite the fact that these guys are an obscure rock band with a silly name, the record's a perfect example of the subtly soulful work that was coming out of various west coast sources during the 70s – the kind of album-oriented work that yielded gems for play on underground FM radio, but which has been mostly lost to the shifting sands of time, save for some well-placed rescue in the reissue scene. The gem on this one is the smooth stepper "Fazon", but the album's got a few other nice ones too, with a jazzy tinge that's almost in debt to Mose Allison or Ben Sidran – that kind of cool blend of many elements with younger ideas that was bubbling up on the Bay Area scene. Titles include "Dancin Wizard", "Monkeys On the Moon", "Sneaky Smith", and "Astronaut Food". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 750 – on marbled "smoke" vinyl!)

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Tony Joe WhiteThat On The Road Look – Live ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Really great material from Tony Joe White – a never-issued live album recorded during his early 70s stretch at Warner Brothers – done with a raw, stripped-down vibe that offers up an even grittier take on the territory of his early albums for Monument Records! The group is pretty small on the set, and Tony's mostly playing acoustic guitar – and singing in a way that's every bit as earthy and swampy as before, but much more personal too – kind of like we're getting a chance to see a side of his personality that he'd sometimes keep hidden. Titles include "Mississippi River", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "Roosevelt & Ira Lee", "That On The Road Look", "My Kind Of Woman", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", and a 10 minute take on "Polk Salad Annie". CD
Also available That On The Road Look – Live (white vinyl) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP 41.99

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Tony Joe WhiteThat On The Road Look – Live (white vinyl) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Warner/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $41.99
Really great material from Tony Joe White – a never-issued live album recorded during his early 70s stretch at Warner Brothers – done with a raw, stripped-down vibe that offers up an even grittier take on the territory of his early albums for Monument Records! The group is pretty small on the set, and Tony's mostly playing acoustic guitar – and singing in a way that's every bit as earthy and swampy as before, but much more personal too – kind of like we're getting a chance to see a side of his personality that he'd sometimes keep hidden. Titles include "Mississippi River", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "Roosevelt & Ira Lee", "That On The Road Look", "My Kind Of Woman", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", and a 10 minute take on "Polk Salad Annie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition white vinyl pressing!)
Also available That On The Road Look – Live ... CD 13.99

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Andy WilliamsEmperor Of Easy – Lost Columbia Masters 1962 to 1972 ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
The title definitely gets it right – as Andy Williams was maybe the king of the easy listening vocal scene at the end of the 60s – a singer with a smooth style that was equally popular on record as it was on the TV screen! Yet Andy was also something very special, and very much unto himself – a crooner with links to the past, but with a warmth and personal approach that was much more down to earth – which made Williams such a great community-crossing artist at the time. This package is a great addition to his Columbia catalog – as it features 20 tracks on CD for the first time ever, 16 of which are previously unreleased – with lots of gems that are every bit as great, and maybe often more interesting than, some of Andy's biggest hits for the label. There's some great tunes here that get that wonderful Williams treatment – and titles include "Two For The Road", "On The Southside Of Chicago", "This Guy's In Love With You", "Bonita", "No One To Cry To", "A Question Of Love", "The Sinner", "Our Night To Howl", "Proud Mary", "What's The Matter Girl", "Too Young", "I Don't Know How To Love Her", "Through The Years", "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town", and "San Francisco". CD

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Mason WilliamsMason Williams Phonograph Record ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Amazing stuff – one of those records you see for years, and always pass by – but which yields some real surprises once you dig in! Mason Williams is one of the cooler cats in the Warner Brothers stable of the late 60s – but he's also one of the more subtle, too – a folkie at heart, but an artist with a really great sense of wit, warmth, and variety – very much in the best genre-stepping style of the Burbank scene of the time. The set features, of course, Mason's huge hit "Classical Gas" – an instrumental you'll recognize instantly – but next to that is the sublime "Baroque A Nova", a very cool scatting harmony track that's like some lost late 60s Hugo Montenegro gem – and the camp psych gem "The Prince's Panties" – done with all the wit of late 60s Warner – as is the whole album! Other tracks include "Wanderlove", "Overture", "All The Time", and "She's Gone Away". CD

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John ZacherleyZacherle's Monster Gallery (clear with pumpkin splatter vinyl pressing) ... LP
Crestview/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.99
A classic album by one of the coolest cats to ever record a Halloween record – Philly TV figure John Zacherley, whose recorded career consists almost entirely of horror parody material! Zach's got a strong ability to emulate the kind of creepy figures in older horror films of the 30s and 40s – focusing mostly on their goofier sides, which are then used to present the album's whimsical horror-themed numbers, all set to jazzy backings by Gerald Alters! Imagine Bela Lugosi performing his different characters on a jazz vocal album, and you'll get part of the flavor of this classic – which includes the titles "Baying At The Moon", "Transylvania PTA", "Frank & Drac Are Back", "Coolest Little Monster", "Come With Me To Transylvania", and "Spider Man Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – pumpkin splatter on clear vinyl!)
Also available Zacherle's Monster Gallery (green & orange vinyl) ... LP 22.99

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John ZacherleyZacherle's Monster Gallery (green & orange vinyl) ... LP
Crestview/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A classic album by one of the coolest cats to ever record a Halloween record – Philly TV figure John Zacherley, whose recorded career consists almost entirely of horror parody material! Zach's got a strong ability to emulate the kind of creepy figures in older horror films of the 30s and 40s – focusing mostly on their goofier sides, which are then used to present the album's whimsical horror-themed numbers, all set to jazzy backings by Gerald Alters! Imagine Bela Lugosi performing his different characters on a jazz vocal album, and you'll get part of the flavor of this classic – which includes the titles "Baying At The Moon", "Transylvania PTA", "Frank & Drac Are Back", "Coolest Little Monster", "Come With Me To Transylvania", and "Spider Man Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 on green & orange "pumpkin" vinyl!)
Also available Zacherle's Monster Gallery (clear with pumpkin splatter vinyl pressing) ... LP 24.99

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VariousGreat Songs Of Christmas – Classic Carols & Pop Favorites (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A great reworking of a classic Columbia Records Christmas album from the 60s – done here in a format that replicates the exclusive tracks on the original release, and also includes some bonus late 60s rock Christmas tunes too! The core of the record is a great example of the way that folks celebrated the holiday during the postwar years – filling up their middle class living rooms with both secular and spiritual tunes, mixing a bit of jazz with a bit of easy listening – all in a mellow mode that was perfect for those late-evening eggnogs! Titles on the core album include "The Christmas Waltz" by Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence, "O Come All Ye Faithful/Gesu Bambino" by Percy Faith, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Ray Coniff, "Christmas Is" by Harry Simeone Chorale, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" by Andre Previn, "The Christmas Song" by Johnny Mathis, and "Away In A Manger" by Mahalia Jackson. CD features three great post-Paul Revere & The Raiders Christmas tunes by Mark Lindsay – "Silent Night", "What Child Is This", and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" – plus "O Holy Night" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" by Gary Puckett, "We Need A Little Christmas" by Skitch Henderson, and "Christmas Medley" by Peter Nero. CD

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VariousHome Alone Christmas (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, Early 90s. New Copy ... On November 6, 2020
Back in the day, we never thought the Home Alone movies would go on to become Christmas classics – yet that's definitely been the case over the years – as the movies are shown and re-shown every December, getting plenty of Holiday play in the process. And while the films are set at Christmas, and are not really Christmas movies, they do include a fair bit of Christmas cheer amidst the soundtracks – songs that are pulled together here to form a special album that includes the better Holiday tunes from Home Alone, Home Alone 2, and Lost In New York. Titles include "Please Come Home For Christmas" by Southside Johnny, "Christmas All Over Again" by Tom Petty, "Sleigh Ride" by TLC, "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Alan Jackson, "All Alone On Christmas" by Darlene Love, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Mel Torme, "Silver Bells" by Atlantic Starr, and "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Lisa Fischer – plus "Somewhere In My Memory", "Merry Christmas Merry Christmas", and "Carol Of The Bells" by John Williams. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousReturn Of The Living Dead – Original Soundtrack (clear blood splatter vinyl pressing) ... LP
Enigma/Real Gone, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A classic combination of horror film schlock and mid 80s punk rock – served up here in a style that's got that early 80s Cali blend of history, camp, and maybe a slight bit of house-wrecking youthful fire! Titles include "Surfin Dead" by The Cramps, "Partytime (Zombie version)" by 45 Grave, "Nothing For You" by TSOL, "Eyes Without A Face" by The Flesheaters, "Burn The Flames" by Roky Erikson, "Dead Beat Dance" by The Damned, "Love Under Will" by Jet Black Berries, "Take A Walk" by Tall Boys, and "Trash's Theme" by SSQ. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition blood red splatter on clear vinyl!)

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✨✧ AwakeningHear, Sense & Feel ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent funky fusion group from Chicago – and one of the best ensembles to record for the Black Jazz label! The group's made up of hip Chicago underground players – and includes Ken Chaney on electric piano, Ari Brown on saxes, and Frank Gordon on trumpet – a lineup that comes together with the same sort of righteous energy and soulful power as Windy City contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Earth Wind & Fire! On this first LP, they jam with a mix of righteous funk and spiritual soul jazz, mixing electric piano, choppy reeds, and tight horns with a powerful rhythm backing that never goes too over the top, and which stays in a good modal mode that works great for the soloists – soaringly expressive at a personal level, yet coming together with a really righteous group feel in the end. Tracks include "Jupiter", "Brand New Feeling", "Convulsions", and "Kera's Dance". CD
(Remastered.)
Also available Hear, Sense & Feel ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Walter Bishop JrCoral Keys ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway and swell with some great spiritual energy – made even more wonderful by work from reedman Harold Vick, who plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax on the record – and makes it one of his best recordings ever! The reedwork alone is worth the price of admission – but the rhythms are also great too – a mix of soulful, modal, and some slight funky bits – handled by Reggie Johnson on bass, and either Idris Muhammad or Alan Benger on drums. Woody Shaw plays trumpet on some cuts, too – and titles include "Coral Keys", "Soul Turn Around", "Freedom Suite", "Track Down", "Waltz For Zweetie", and "Three Loves". CD
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✨✧ Doug CarnSpirit Of The New Land ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of spirit, and plenty of soul – a 70s classic from organist Doug Carn, and a record that took his instrument, and jazz in general, to a whole new level for the decade! Carn's got this burning, righteous quality on his keys – a vibe that certainly owes something to Larry Young, but also takes off even further – working in a spiritual ensemble that also features his wife Jean Carn on vocals – sounding way more like a righteous jazz singer than on her later soul sides for Philly International! Other players are great, too – and include Charles Tolliver on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, George Harper on tenor and soprano sax, Buster Williams on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks include "New Moon", "Trance Dance", "My Spirit", "Blue In Green", and "Arise & Shine". CD
(Remastered.)

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✨✧ Doug CarnSpirit Of The New Land ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of spirit, and plenty of soul – a 70s classic from organist Doug Carn, and a record that took his instrument, and jazz in general, to a whole new level for the decade! Carn's got this burning, righteous quality on his keys – a vibe that certainly owes something to Larry Young, but also takes off even further – working in a spiritual ensemble that also features his wife Jean Carn on vocals – sounding way more like a righteous jazz singer than on her later soul sides for Philly International! Other players are great, too – and include Charles Tolliver on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, George Harper on tenor and soprano sax, Buster Williams on bass, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums. Tracks include "New Moon", "Trance Dance", "My Spirit", "Blue In Green", and "Arise & Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Phyllis Hyman, Spinners, Four Tops, Sylvers, & Thom BellFish That Saved Pittsburgh (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lorimar/Real Gone, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered soul soundtracks of the 70s – even if it's quite different than some of the bigger blacksploitation scores from the earlier part of the decade! Philly soul Thom Bell headed up the whole project – and he works here in a fantastic blend of swirling strings and grooves that were partially recorded at Sigma Sound, and which lay down a great core for the set! Bell wrote most of the material, and the main focus of the album is soul – as most tracks are vocal – with performances by Phyllis Hyman, The Spinners, The Sylvers, and The Four Tops! Almost all the material is in a Philly soul mode – and the record also features work by Bell & James, William Hart, and Frankie Bleu – on titles that include "Mighty Mighty Pisces", "No One Does It Better", "Magic Mona", "Theme For LAs Team", "Moses Theme", "Chance Of A Lifetime", and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh". CD features three bonus tracks – "Pisces Theme (7" single)", "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (12" mix)", and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (inst)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jay DeeCome On In Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant lost record from the Barry White side of the 70s soul universe – the one and only album issued by Jay Dee, and a set that's every bit as great as other White side projects with artists like Tom Brock, Danny Pearson, and Gloria Scott! Like all of those, the soulful maestro is very heavily involved here – producing, arranging, and writing most of the tracks – and giving the whole thing that funky soul strings approach he was using with his own wonderful music of the period – which makes for some especially sweet tracks that mix deep soul vocals with kind of a blacksploitation groove! The whole thing's great – and titles include the killer "Strange Funky Games & Things" – which has become a funk and sample classic over the years – plus "Jay's Theme", "Com On In Love", "Thinking Of You", "I Can't Let You Go", and "I Can Feel Your Love Slipping Away". CD features two bonus tracks – single and instrumental versions of "Strange Funky Games & Things". CD

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✨✧ Little BeaverParty Down (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Cat/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight hours of it – after everyone's feeling real good for a long while! The sound is sort of a mix between slow cooking raw soul and heavier stripped down funk outings. One of Little Beaver's best – and one of our all time favorites! Titles include "I Can Dig It Baby", "Money Vibrations", "Let The Good Times Roll", and "Party Down (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on metalic gold vinyl!)
Also available Party Down ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Johnny MathisI Love My Lady ... CD
Legacy/Real Gone, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare 80s groove set from Johnny Mathis – recorded with production from the Chic team of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers – but oddly never issued at the time! Arrangements are by Gene Page, who does a good job of linking Johnny's more familiar sound with the sharper Edwards/Rodgers vibe – and the style is a nice change from some of the other soul modes that Mathis had explored in the 70s. Given that Johnny would soon return as a big star in the 80s, but with a vibe that's different than this, the album's a nice surprise – and titles include "Fall In Love", "Stay With Me", "Take Me", "Judy", "Love & Be Loved", and "Something To Sing About". CD

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✨✧ Staple SingersAmen/Why ... CD
Epic/Real Gone, 1964/1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from The Staple Singers – two mid 60s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Amen – a righteous early classic from The Staple Singers – a record that rings out with a spiritual note in the title, but one that also covers a whole host of social issues with its power too! The music has that sublime blend that the group perfected right from the start – almost a secret inclusion of a larger social agenda, presented amidst gospel tunes re-arranged by Pops Staples – plus a few of his own great tracks too. The result is a record of timeless power – different from the group's later 70s soul hits, but equally great – with titles that include "More A Hammer Than A Nail", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "As A Eagle Stirreth Her Nest", "Do Something For Yourself", and "This Train". Why is a record that begins with a question, and follows through with a sublime mix of social politics and spiritual energy! Pops Staples asserts himself a bit more than before with his songwriting here – including the title classic "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)", which went onto become one of THE anthems of the Civil Rights era! That energy follows in more original songs by Pops, and in his great reworkings of older traditional numbers – on a set that also has the group working with producer Billy Sherrill, who seems to give them even more power than before, but without commercializing their music at all. Titles include "Why", "I've Been Scorned", "I'm Gonna Tell God", "Move Along Train", "Step Aside", "King Of Kings", "What Are They Doing", and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". CD

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✨✧ Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... LP
Flying Dutchman/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively political, but never overwrought – and Tapscott is playing with a strong quintet that includes Black Arthur Blythe on alto, David Bryant and Walter Savage on bass, and Everett Brown on drums. The lineup is great – and Blythe is a real revelation, with a tone and style that's different than some of his later work, but equally soulful – and the use of two basses makes for some wonderful rhythmic elements that really drive the modal energy of the music. The set includes an important early version of "The Dark Tree" – a modal groover that's one of Tapscott's lasting legacies – plus the tunes "Niger's Theme", "For Fats", and "The Giant Is Awakened". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Giant Is Awakened ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Ad LibsComplete Blue Cat Recordings – 23 Masters From The Blue Cat Vaults ... CD
Blue Cat/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Finally – the complete story of The Ad Libs – a group known for their classic singles of the 60s, but one who never issued a full-length album of their own! This great little set more than corrects that fact – by bringing together 9 rare singles for the Blue Cat label, plus another 14 previously unissued tracks – including some rare acapella demos, alternate versions, and tracks that never made it onto vinyl back in the 60s! The issued singles alone are great – a beautiful blend of one gal and four guy singers, handled with a style that's on the rougher edge of the New York style of soul at the time. And when you hit the demo material, the vocals really take off – since there's no studio instrumentation at all, and the harmonies are left to handle all the rhythm and melody chores as well. These demo tracks are really wonderful, with a feel that's almost like old school vocal harmony soul – and have us respecting the group even more than ever. Titles include "Kicked Around", "Ask Anybody", "On The Corner", "The Slime", "Johnny My Boy", "I'm Just A Down Home Girl", and "The Boy From New York City" – plus "You'll Always Be In Style", and demo versions of "Strange Things", "The Tide Has Turned", "Santa's On His Way", "Oo Wee Oh Me Oh My", "Come On & Help Me", and "Kicked Around". CD

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyBig Man ... CD
Fantasy/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the last albums ever issued by the great Cannonball Adderley – and one of the most ambitious, too! The set's a concept album – done in close collaboration with David Axelrod, in a similar spirit to some of Cannon's projects on the zodiac or the bible – but this time turned towards the legend of John Henry! The set's got some fuller orchestrations than some of the others – a bit of strings and a chorus, which sometimes gives the record the feel of a blacksploitation album, sometimes more of a Melvin Van Peebles project. Lead vocals are by Joe Williams, Randy Crawford, and Robert Guillaume – and the core combo features work from Cannonball on alto sax, Dawili Gonga on keyboards, Airto on percussion, and George Bohannon on trombone – on titles that include "Hundred an One Year", "Poundin", "The Steamdrill", "New Star Risin", "On His Bones", "Anybody Need A Big Man", "The Broomstick Song", and "Ten Mile Of Mountain". CD

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✨✧ Walter Bishop JrCoral Keys ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The keys are coral, and the sound is sublime – one of the greatest albums ever from pianist Walter Bishop Jr, and proof that he can really stretch out, given the right setting! The piano here is all acoustic, but there's an almost-electric vibe to the date – long, open tracks that sway and swell with some great spiritual energy – made even more wonderful by work from reedman Harold Vick, who plays tenor, flute, and soprano sax on the record – and makes it one of his best recordings ever! The reedwork alone is worth the price of admission – but the rhythms are also great too – a mix of soulful, modal, and some slight funky bits – handled by Reggie Johnson on bass, and either Idris Muhammad or Alan Benger on drums. Woody Shaw plays trumpet on some cuts, too – and titles include "Coral Keys", "Soul Turn Around", "Freedom Suite", "Track Down", "Waltz For Zweetie", and "Three Loves". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Jo Ann CampbellAll The Hits – Her Complete Cameo Recordings ... CD
Cameo/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete Cameo Recordings of Jo Ann Campbell – a really unusual singer who first popped up in the earliest days of rock n roll, and who's working here at sort of a second chapter of her too-short career! The style is a mix of older rock and country modes with a tighter 60s sense of girl pop – never too over the top or gimmicky, but often using electric bass to punctuate things strongly at the bottom – bringing a sense of syncopation that keeps Jo Ann grooving a bit, even on the ballads. The presentation echoes some bigger Nashville moments of then-recent years, but the presentation is definitely in the pop mode of the Cameo label – as you might guess from the "hits" in the title. Cuts include "Little Miss In Between", "Wolverton Mountain", "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin", "Things", "Devil Woman", and "You Don't Know Me". CD adds in 7 more bonus tracks, 2 unreleased – with titles that include "Sloppy Joe", "Patches", "Ain't It Funny What A Fool Will Do", "Waitin For Love", and "Mother Please". CD

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✨✧ Faith Hope & CharityLife Goes On (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Life goes on for Faith, Hope, & Charity – and goes on pretty darn strongly, too – thanks to some wonderful work from the great Van McCoy, served up at a level that really goes beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well in the context – shifting leads well from track to track to suit the mood of the set – and almost coming across like some sort of extended "suite" of killer 70s soul. This fact is further enforced by the album's great "live spiral" tracks – short cuts under 30 seconds that link together the longer tunes on the set. Titles include "You've Gotta Tell Her", "Just Wanted To Say I Love You", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Life Goes On", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD features four bonus tracks – 12" versions of "Life Goes On", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD

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✨✧ Eddie HazelGame, Dames, & Guitar Thangs ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A massively tripped-out set of guitar-based funk – played to perfection by the legendary Eddie Hazel, best known for his work in the George Clinton P-Funk empire! The album offers a different side of Eddie's talents – one that's produced with a smoothly compressed California groove, in a mode that's almost an extension of some of the themes explored by Shuggie Otis on his own 70s albums – taken with a bit more of a P-Funk style. George Clinton produced the set with Eddie – and the tunes have a nice slow-stepping groove that really opens up the guitar solos wonderfully. The record kicks off with a massive cover of "California Dreamin" – but the whole thing's great, with a wonderfully unified feel throughout! Other titles include "Frantic Moment", "What About It?", "So Goes The Story", "Physical Love", and a great cover of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)". CD
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✨✧ Willie HutchIn Tune ... CD
Whitfield/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from Willie Hutch – a post-Motown album made for Whitfield Records – and a set that's got a wonderfully laidback, mellow funk groove! Gene Page handled the arrangements – and the sound here is more easygoing than some of Willie's funkier work – but in a great way that shows the evolution both of his singing style, and his wicked work on guitar – featured prominently on the cover of the album, and wonderfully throughout the record too! A few things get a bit funky, but they're always balanced by these trippier grooves that we really love – and titles include "Paradise", "Anything Is Possible If You Believe In Love", "And All Hell Broke Loose", "All American Funkathon", "Hip Shakin Sexy Lady", and "Easy Does It". CD

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✨✧ Willie HutchMidnight Dancer ... CD
Whitfield/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet mix of clubby tracks and mellower moments from Willie Hutch – and an overlooked gem from his late 70s years on Whitfield Records! The set's got Willie definitely digging some of the disco styles of the time, but in a way that's never sellout at all – as his vocals and guitar are always right on the money, and rounded out by more laidback moments that retain that spacey, trippy charm of Hutch's earlier records. These mellow tracks are really great – almost more soulful than some of Willie's Motown work, in a style that trades the funk for some sweeter, lighter instrumental touches that really let Willie's vocals take center stage. Titles include "Never Let You Be Without Love", "Kelly Green", "Midnight Dancer", "Everyday Love", "Deep In Your Love", and "Everybody Needs Money". CD

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✨✧ Isley BrothersGroove With You – Live (aka Wild In Woodstock) ... CD
Epic/Real Gone, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever official release of this obscure live moment from The Isley Brothers – a set that's also known as Wild In Woodstock, and which was recorded by the group live in a special studio setting! The vibe here is great – different than the bigger arena live Isleys of the 70s, and with this cool, compressed sound to the whole thing – even though the overall performance is definitely quite live and spontaneous! The sound is wonderful – about as clear a picture of this legendary lineup as you could hope to get – as they work some very special magic on cuts that include "That Lady", "Take Me To The Next Phase", "Fight The Power", "It's A Disco Night", "Livin In The Life/Go for Your Guns", "Don't Say Goodnight", "Here We Go Again", "Voyage To Atlantis", and a hip medley of "Hello It's Me/Footsteps In The Dark/For The Love Of You". CD

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✨✧ Alexandro JodorowskyEl Topo ... CD
Apple/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredibly captivating work from the legendary Alexandro Jodorowsky – a soundtrack that's beyond compare, penned for a movie to match – and issued famously as one of the key releases on Apple Records! Given the lack of distribution for the film, the record's become one of the few lasting relics of the bizarre El Topo project – filled with tunes penned by Jodorowsky that are as offbeat as the images on the screen! The movie's kind of a surreal western, with lots of trippy touches – and the soundtrack runs from straight numbers that echo an Italian spaghetti era, to others that have a playful almost circus-esque aspect, to others that come across with a weird mix of organic instrumentation and psychedelic inspiration. Titles aren't listed individually, which is great – because the whole thing works together as some brilliant sound collage – better absorbed as a whole, and with plenty of space for contemplation! CD

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✨✧ Ullanda McCulloughUllanda McCullough/Watching You Watching Me ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1981/1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet double-header from Ullanda McCullough – a singer who's been previously overlooked in the world of CDs! First up is the Ullanda McCullough album from 1981 – a standout set from the great Ullanda – a singer who'd worked on countless sessions in the 70s, but who really came into her own with this self-titled set! The record has Ullanda working with the team of Ashford & Simpson – who she'd helped on her own records – and the music has this joyous, upbeat groove that's right in the best A&S mode – a style that's mostly uptempo, but still deeply soulful – and with a much wider range than the usual disco set. Titles include "Bad Company", "I'll Just Die", "Warm & Gentle Explosion", "It's You", and "Rumors". Watching You Watching Me follows up with an even deeper groove – a sweet jazzy take on 80s soul, done at a level that's almost more in the mode of some of the modern soul sets over at Capitol at the time – and with a vibe that shows that Ullanda's got a much richer vibe than you'd expect, if you only knew the singer from some of her session work! There's some great keyboards and jazzy inflections that really percolate the tunes nicely – and titles include "Getting Ready For Love", "Men Kiss & Tell", "What's It All About", "Don't Wanna Let You Go", and "Try Love for A Change". CD also features a bonus cut – "Bad Company (single edit)". CD

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✨✧ Eugene McDanielsOutlaw (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An incredible step forward for 60s soul singer Gene McDaniels – so much so, that most folks hearing this album can't believe he's the same guy who recorded for Liberty Records a few years before! The album's incredibly righteous right from the start – and has a genre-busting quality that isn't quite soul, but isn't rock or anything else either – and instead, the kind of progressive, "years ahead of its time" sort of set that guys like David Axelrod were cutting in the same stretch. Apart from the title, the whole record's got a strong political message that's probably best embodied in the statement on the back – "Under conditions of national emergency, like now, there are only two kinds of people – those who work for freedom, and those who do not – the good guys vs the bad guys". With words like that, you can definitely bet that Eugene is on the side of the good guys – really pushing a social agenda with some wonderfully-penned tunes on the album – set to cool musical backdrops from the equally-righteous William S Fischer. Titles include "Love Letter To America", "Black Boy", "Outlaw", and "Sagittarius Red". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 700 – on nean red vinyl!)

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✨✧ McGuire SistersSeasons Greetings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Real Gone, 1958. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lovely Christmas sounds from the McGuire Sisters – a trio whose sweet style was always a big hit on TV, and which brings a perfect "Holiday Special" vibe to this seasonal album – which also includes a fair bit of unusual tunes! Most of the tracks are arranged by Dick Jacobs – with the kind of lush backings the group often received on the screen – and their unified style of vocalizing does a nice job of keeping things sprightly in all the right moments, especially on the more upbeat tunes. Titles include "If You Believe", "The Cactus Christmas Tree", "He", "Give Me Your Heart For Christmas", "Without Him", "Christmas Alphabet", and "Honorable Congratulations". CD features three bonus tracks – "Be A Santa", "Peace", and "Ave Maria". CD

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✨✧ ParletPleasure Principle ... CD
Casablanca/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The pleasure principle is in full effect here – a really special sort of feeling that strongly shows off the female side of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership! The album's got a groove that's way different than most female disco of the time – more offbeat and angular, thanks to funky backings from George Clinton and crew – with arrangements from Bernie Worell and Fred Wesley that have lots of great twists and turns! In a way, the mix of funk and club almost echoes the vibe of work on the P&P labels – but with a bit more punch and polish too, thanks to Clinton's great production. The whole thing's great – way more than just another female disco album – and titles include "Mr Melody Man", "Cookie Jar", "Love Amnesia", "Misunderstanding", "Are You Dreaming", and "Pleasure Principle". CD

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✨✧ Dusty SpringfieldBrand New Me – The Complete Philadelphia Sessions ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dusty Springfield continues her exploration of American soul begun with the Dusty In Memphis album – but this time around, she's headed for Philly, where she gets to work with the Gamble & Huff production team! In a way, we like this work even better than Dusty's better-known Memphis recordings – because the gliding Philly groove of the time is a lot more fresh, and somehow doesn't sound as forced as some of Dusty's attempts at straighter, deeper soul. Arrangements are by Thom Bell and Roland Chambers – and rhythms are by a core combo that includes Vince Montana, Ugene Dozier, Ronald Baker, Earl Young, and Norman Harris. Tunes are all Gamble & Huff originals – and titles include "Lost", "Let Me In Your Way", "Never Love Again", "Let's Get Together Soon", "Silly Silly Fool", "Star Of My Show", and "Let's Talk It Over". 17 track CD features the complete Philly recordings – including the previously-unissued "Sweet Charlie", and the tracks "Goodbye", "The Richest Girl Alive", "Cherished", and "Summer Love". CD

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✨✧ Bobby VintonVery Merry Christmas – The Complete Epic Christmas Collection ... CD
Epic/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pure pop from the Polish prince – a classic Christmas set issued during the height of Bobby Vinton's 60s years on Epic Records! The album's got this quality that makes similar use of Vinton's vocals as some of the Johnny Mathis magic on similar Christmas records – a style that still echoes the clarity and punch of his pop recordings, but also brings in a bit of majesty befitting the season – cast in fuller arrangements from Stan Applebaum, Ray Ellis, and Hugo Winterhalter! The song selection is surprisingly nice – with some unusual songs that make the album a real standout – including a great version of Burt Bacharach's "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle", plus "Dearest Santa", "The Greatest Gift", "Peppermint Stick Parade", "Three Wise Men Wise Men Three", "The Christmas Tree", "Christmas Angel", and "Christmas Chopsticks". CD features the full Very Merry Christmas album – plus bonus tracks "My Christmas Prayer", "Silver Bells", "Winter Love", "O Holy Night", "Kissin Christmas", and "Christmas Eve In My Home Town". CD

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✨✧ VariousComplete Loma Singles Vol 1 ... CD
Loma/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The first days of the legendary Loma Records – a 60s side-label at Warner Brothers, and one with a rock-solid reputation for top-shelf soul! Loma never hit the heights of Atlantic, Stax, or Motown – but the quality of the work on this collection is every bit as wonderful as the output from those labels – and maybe even more special, too – as lots of the tracks were never circulated that strongly at the time – acting a lot more like indie soul from the funky 45 underground than work from a much bigger label! This 2CD set features a massive 50 tracks from the imprint – the a and b-sides of the first 25 singles – with titles that include "The Big Jerk (parts 1 & 2)" by Clyde & The Blue Jays, "Baby Don't Look Down" by Billy Storm, "Midnight Prowl" by The Singers, "I Want To Be Loved" by The Enchanters, "Tell Her I'm Not Home" by Ike & Tina Turner, "Playboy" by Sugar N Spice, "I'm Comin Home" by The Olympics, "Hey Girl" by Lucky Carmichael, "Just One Look In Your Eyes" by Bob & Earl, "Something You Got" by Reb Foster, "Goldfinger" by Billy Storm, "Nobody's Baby" by The Apollas, "The Bells Are Ringing" by Smiley Lewis Band, "Your Search Is Over" by Walter Foster, "There's Something On Your Mind (parts 1 & 2)" by Baby Lloyd, "Oh Eddy My Baby" by Brenda Hall, "Since I Fell For You" by Dick Jensen & The Imports, and "That's What's Happening" by Kell Osborne. CD

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✨✧ AwakeningHear, Sense & Feel ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An excellent funky fusion group from Chicago – and one of the best ensembles to record for the Black Jazz label! The group's made up of hip Chicago underground players – and includes Ken Chaney on electric piano, Ari Brown on saxes, and Frank Gordon on trumpet – a lineup that comes together with the same sort of righteous energy and soulful power as Windy City contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Earth Wind & Fire! On this first LP, they jam with a mix of righteous funk and spiritual soul jazz, mixing electric piano, choppy reeds, and tight horns with a powerful rhythm backing that never goes too over the top, and which stays in a good modal mode that works great for the soloists – soaringly expressive at a personal level, yet coming together with a really righteous group feel in the end. Tracks include "Jupiter", "Brand New Feeling", "Convulsions", and "Kera's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered)
Also available Hear, Sense & Feel ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 1 – 1962 to 1967 ... CD
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of tight, organ-driven grooves from Booker T & The MGs – a quartet who really helped transform the sound of soul music in the 60s – even if they never sang on any of their records! The combo instrumental record had existed before Booker and the group, but working at Stax Records during the glory days of the Memphis soul scene, The MGs were able to come up with a whole new approach – tight, focused, and very sharp – not entirely funky, but not far off either – usually just with a scratchy guitar line to tighten up the rhythm, and Booker's fantastic lines on the organ to set up the tune! The group recorded a number of classic albums for Stax, but they maybe shone most on their singles – especially the b-sides, which were where they really had fun. (And trivia – "Green Onions", their biggest hit, was originally a b-side!) The set features the first run of their Stax singles – 29 tracks in all, with lots of unusual instrumentals next to the hits – titles that include "My Sweet Potato", "Booker Loo", "Aw Mercy", "Home Grown", "Big Train", "Chinese Checkers", "MG Party", "Soul Dressing", "Tic Tac Toe", "Mo Onions", "Behave Yourself", "Slim Jenkins Place", "Winter Wonderland", "Hip Hug Her", "Red Beans & Rice", "Can't Be Still", "Terrible Thing", "Outrage", "Boot Leg", "Fannie Mae", "Summertime", "Winter Snow", and of course, "Green Onions". CD

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✨✧ Gene RussellNew Direction (clear with black swirl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet funky jazz from pianist Gene Russell – one of the hippest albums he ever recorded! Russell's a pianist with a wonderfully fluid touch – used here to near perfection in a small combo date that really stands out from most of his other albums – just the kind of effort we'd have to expect at the time, given that Gene was the head of the Black Jazz label! The sound is acoustic, but has a definite sense of electricity to Russell's phrasing on the piano – a bit like work from Vince Guaraldi from the time, when he was shifting between acoustic and electric – as if the latter instrument held on and helped shape the acoustic sound. The rest of the group features Henry Franklin on bass, Steve Glover on drums, and Tony William on congas – and the groove is kind of a soulful extrapolation of a core piano trio vibe – 60s soul jazz taken to hipper 70s territory. Titles include a great cover of "Listen Here", plus "Black Orchid", "Hitting the Jug", "Making Bread", and a version of "Silver's Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1500 – on clear with black swirl vinyl!)

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✨✧ Norma TanegaWalkin' My Cat Named Dog (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
New Voice/Real Gone, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really unique record from Norma Tanega – a singer with roots in folk, but who works here in a mode that's very much her own! Norma sings and plays acoustic guitar as pictured on the cover – but the song styles and production are often very different than you might expect – slightly psychedelic at times, especially on the more love-oriented lyrics – and given some unusual arrangements by Herb Bernstein, working here under Bob Crew – who uses subtle elements to expand things around the edges, without getting in Tanega's way – so that there's a trippy quality to the songs that really fits the naivete of the lyrics. Titles include "You're Dead", "Walkin My Cat Named Dog", "A Street That Rhymes At 6am", "I'm Dreamin A Dream", "What Are We Craving", "No Stranger Am I", and "Hey Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing – on sky blue vinyl!)

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✨✧ Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club (yellow & red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sire/Real Gone, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first album by The Tom Tom Club – a group that started out as a side project by Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz – but which went onto have a surprising life of its own! Like the Talking Heads at the start of the 80s, Tom Tom Club were very open to pulling together rhythms from the soulful underground – bits of Caribbean influence and certainly some sounds from hip hop too – but used in these cool sing-songy tunes that also had ties to the same New York underground scene that gave the world ESG and Liquid Liquid! Yet there's also a nicely complex set of textures, too – thanks to work on the record by Adrian Belew and Steve Stanley – both of whom can balance out funky elements and more interesting textures. The record took off immediately with the track "Genius Of Love" – inspired by hip hop, and respected by that scene too – as was the album's classic "Wordy Rappinghood". The whole thing's great – an excellent document of the moment, but more timeless too – and other titles include "L'Elephant", "As Above So Below", "On On On On", "Lorelei", and "Booming & Zooming". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Barbara EdenMiss Barbara Eden (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Dot/Real Gone, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Barbara "I Dream Of Jeannie" Eden gets herself out of the bottle and into the studio for a set of 60s pop tunes designed to bring out another side of her magic! Bill Justis handled the arrangements, in a style that has that RCA Nashville country pop sort of feel overall – electric bass plucking out the bottom, chorus vocals helping out the lead, and a sort of syncopated groove that gently steps along from back to front. We'll be honest, and say that Barbara's vocals aren't that much to write home about – but the album's a nice celebrity relic – and does feature a few sexy Jeannie shots on the front! Titles include "Single Girl", "Bend It", "Rebel", "I Get The Fever", and "Nobody But A Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – pressed on 45rpm pink vinyl!)
Also available Miss Barbara Eden ... CD 11.99
 
 
 



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