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Nellie LutcherReal Gone! (80s pressing) ... LP
Capitol, 1950s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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
(80s pressing on PAUSA. Cover has a cut corner and some marks and a name in marker in back. Label has a name in marker.)
 
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Tito ArevaloMad Doctor Of Blood Island (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, 1969. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
A wonderful late 60s horror soundtrack – a real gem that's presented with a fair bit of exotic touches in the music! Weird vocals, percussion, odd horn parts, and other spooky bits really keep things interesting amidst the fuller orchestrations – and in a way, the score reminds us of some of the Italian work of the early 60s – working with stark juxtapositions that really create a great mood amist more familiar modes. The album features many short tracks – a whopping 33 numbers in all, working together as a striking audio tapestry that almost has the same vivid appeal of the movie on screen! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "Chlorophyll Blood" green vinyl!)

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AwakeningHear, Sense & Feel ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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.)

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✨✧ AwakeningMirage ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns with lots of complicated touches, played out over funky rhythms that are completely mindblowing! The great Ken Chaney plays keyboards, and in addition to Brown's reeds, the set also features trumpet from Frank Gordon, trombone from Steve Galloway, and bass from Rufus Reid – plus cool percussion from Arlington Davis and Drasheer Khalid. Most cuts are instrumental, and recorded beautifully – but one number, "The Ultimate Frontier", also features vocals from Anita Jefferies. Other cuts include "Slinky", "Mirage", "Just a Little Peace", and "March On". 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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Walter Bishop JrCoral Keys ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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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Walter Bishop, Jr.Keeper Of My Soul ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players who include Ronnie Laws on reeds, Gerald Brown on bass, Woody Murray on vibes, and Shakur M Abdulla on percussion – a beautiful mix of cats who help Walter carry off some of his hippest recordings of the time! The use of vibes is especially nice alongside the electric piano – and titles include a great take on Bishop's classic "Soul Village", done here in a nice funky version – plus a version of "Summertime" with Bishop on organ, and the titles "Sweet Rosa", "Those Who Chant", and "N'Dugu's Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Stanley BlackChristmas Holiday For Romance ... CD
Decca/Real Gone, 1954. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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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Brief EncounterBrief Encounter (smoky vinyl pressing) ... LP
Seventy Seven/Real Gone, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
The rare first album by The Brief Encounter – a mid 70s funk group from North Carolina, but one who doesn't feel like a southern soul combo at all – as they work here with a sweet, strong, and jazzy flavor that makes them feel like the best of the California scene in the 70s! The group shift effortlessly between tight ensemble funk – including a few tasty instrumentals – and sweeter soul material that feature group vocals, with a strong falsetto lead stepping out front, in a way that really helps the music soar. The material was recorded in Muscle Shoals, but sounds so different than most of the other work from that studio at the time – on titles that include "Just One Moment", "Visions", "Smile", "Loving & Caring", "In A Special Kind Of Way", "Good Thing Bad Thing", "We're Gonna Have A Good Time", "Time Is Moving", "Smile", and "Get A Good Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(On "Smoky Mountain" 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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Jo Ann CampbellAll The Hits – Her Complete Cameo Recordings ... CD
Cameo/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
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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Doug CarnAdams Apple (orange & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – with singing by Joyce Green and John Conner, blending their voices together in a style that's right up there with the most righteous 70s jazz experiments by Horace Silver or Billy Gault! This vocal balance really brings a new sort of power to Carn's music – furthering the righteous spirit of earlier years with a hell of a lot of energy – also aided by great instrumental work from Ronnie Laws on tenor and soprano sax, Thurman Green on trombone, Calvin Keys and Nathan Page on guitars, and Big Black on percussion. Titles include the classic "Higher Ground" – plus "Adam's Apple", "Western Sunrise", "Chant", "Sanctuary", "The Messenger", and "Mighty Mighty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive limited pressing on orange with black streaks vinyl!)

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Doug CarnSpirit Of The New Land ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
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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Cee-LoCee-Lo's Magic Moment (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Elektra/Real Gone, 2012. New Copy ... $30.99 32.99
Ho, ho, ho from Cee-Lo – and a surprisingly great holiday release from Dirty South MC turned leftfield funky soul crooner, turned TV singing contest mentor – although we really should stop being surprised by what unlikely successes Cee-Lo Green can pull off! Cee-Lo manages to have a lot of fun with the classic Christmas songbook, and does so with genuine affection for the material. Includes some 60s pop R&B-styled chestnuts, some modern soul versions that Luther Vandross would probably be proud of and some good-natured (and unlikely) duets. A warm holiday win from Cee-Lo! Includes "What Christmas Means To Me", "All I Need Is Love" with The Muppets, "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Christine Aguilera, "Run Rudolph Run", "Merry Christmas Baby" with Rod Stewart and Trombone Shorty (Cee-Lo, we've loved you for a long time, but all the more for making that trio a reality), "Mary, Did You Know?", "Silent Night", "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" with Straight No Chaser, "All I Want For Christmas" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edtion of 1000 – on green vinyl!)
Also available Cee-Lo's Magic Moment ... CD 4.99

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Doris DayComplete Christmas Collection ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A full album's worth of Christmas cheer from Doris Day – with a whole lot of bonus tracks too! The core of the set is the 1964 Doris Day Christmas Album – the only full length Christmas album from Doris, and a real standout in the Columbia holiday offerings of the 60s! Doris has a well-developed vocal approach that really brings a lot to the familiar tunes in the set – and her years of on-screen presentation really helps illuminate the songs with a nicely personal feel – never overplayed, but the kind of readings that always used to make tunes like these really sparkle on the TV screen in December. Arrangements are by Pete King, Dick Hazard, and Frank Comstock – and titles include "Let It Snow", "Christmas Present", "White Christmas", "Silver Bells", "Snowfall", "Be A Child At Christmas Time", and "The Christmas Song". CD then includes a whopping 10 more bonus tracks from previous singles and collections – titles that include "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", "Deck The Halls", "Silent Night", "Let No Walls Divide", "Here Comes Santa Claus", and a special "Christmas Greeting From Doris Day". CD

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Cleveland EatonPlenty Good Eaton ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the most electric albums on the legendary Black Jazz label – a hip set of funky fusion tracks from bassist Cleveland Eaton, with a vibe that's similar to his album for the Gamble label, and his funky 45 work with The Kats! The record's a good extension of Eaton's roots in the Cadet studio scene working with Ramsey Lewis – and as proof of those roots, the record contains work by loads of key Chicago players – including Ari Brown on tenor, Odell Brown on keyboards and Hammond, Duke Payne on tenor and flute, and Morris Jennings on percussion! There's a wicked groove on most cuts, and the set was also recorded at the Chess studios – which furthers the Chicago vibe – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Chi-town Theme", "Keena", "Moe Let's Have A Party", "Kaiser 405", "All Your Lover, All Day, All Night", and "Hamburg 302". CD

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Fountains Of WayneWelcome Interstate Managers (red vinyl pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Virgin/Real Gone, 2003. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99 38.99
Super-catchy work from Fountains Of Wayne – a record full of anthemic moments, harder rockers, and the sort of sweeter moments that made these guys such a pop powerhouse back in the day! There's no denying the hooks and crossover power of the set – on titles that include "Stacy's Mom", "Halley's Waitress", "Mexican Wine", "No Better Place", "Hackensack", "Bought For A Song", "Supercollider", "Yours & Mine", "Hey Julie", and "Little Red Light". Limited pressing also includes the bonus track "Elevator Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Quantities extremely limited!)

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✨✧ Henry FranklinSkipper At Home ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a very collaborative effort, too – and features Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Charles Owens on tenor, Bill Henderson on soprano sax, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Kirk Lightsey on both piano and flute! The legendary David Durrah plays piano on two tracks – his own "Waltz for "Boobuss" and "Venus Fly Trap" – and the Sisters Happiness sing vocals on the latter cut, too. Other titles include "Blue Lights", "Soft Spirit", and a version of Chick Corea's "What Was". CD
Also available Skipper At Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 29.99

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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 43.99

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✨✧ Eddie HazelGame, Dames, & Guitar Thangs (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Electric blue vinyl pressing!)

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Rudolph JohnsonSecond Coming ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would have envied, and which sparkles with some of Rudolph's most soulful 70s contemporaries – like Sonny Fortune or Andrew White! The tunes are almost all originals, and have this depth of vision that really holds us rapt throughout – a way of digging in and continuing to find new meaning throughout the course of Johnson's solos – with superb rhythm backing from the trio of Kirk Lightsey on piano, Kent Brinkley on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. Lightsey is wonderful too – maybe his best performance on record – and titles include the sublime numbers "The Highest Pleasure", "The Traveler", "Time and Space", and "The Water Bearer". CD
Also available Second Coming ... LP 22.99

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Rudolph JohnsonSecond Coming ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would have envied, and which sparkles with some of Rudolph's most soulful 70s contemporaries – like Sonny Fortune or Andrew White! The tunes are almost all originals, and have this depth of vision that really holds us rapt throughout – a way of digging in and continuing to find new meaning throughout the course of Johnson's solos – with superb rhythm backing from the trio of Kirk Lightsey on piano, Kent Brinkley on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. Lightsey is wonderful too – maybe his best performance on record – and titles include the sublime numbers "The Highest Pleasure", "The Traveler", "Time and Space", and "The Water Bearer". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Second Coming ... CD 12.99

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Rudolph JohnsonSpring Rain ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right parts – in ways that make this album one of the real standouts on the legendary Black Jazz label! The groove is nice and hard, and plenty dark – with lots of sharp edges around the offbeat rhythms, and a "bite" that makes the album one of the heaviest titles on the label. Other players include John Barnes on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Ray Pounds on drums – and titles include the great "Diswa", which has sort of of a tight jazzy hip hop sample feel to it, plus "Mr TJ", "Little Daphne", and "Spring Rain". CD


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✨✧ Calvin KeysProceed With Caution (black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date for the Black Jazz label, done in a unique blend of spiritual and soul jazz modes! Keys' guitar has a sharper focus here than on his other 70s set for the label – and he's working with some beautifully complex arrangements, played by a group that includes Charles Owens on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – plus Kirk Lightsey on electric piano, Henry Franklin on bass, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Owen Marshall on percussion, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Most titles are originals – and tunes include the nice groover "Aunt Lovey", plus "Tradewinds", "Night Cry", "Renaissance", and "Efflugence". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dan LacksmanDan Lacksman (green vinyl pressing) ... LP
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 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!)

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Cyndi LauperMerry Christmas – Have A Nice Life (red & white vinyl pressing) ... LP
Epic/Real Gone, 1998. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
An overlooked Christmas album from Cyndi Lauper – recorded a bit after her big hits of the 80s, but still enough in that decade to have the right vintage feel for her voice! There's a few Christmas classics on the record, but there's also some original and unusual songs – which is always great with us – as our favorite sort of Christmas records are the ones where an artist really brings something new to the table! Titles include "Feels Like Christmas", "Three Ships", "In The Bleak Midwinter", "December Child", "Early Christmas Morning", "New Year's Baby", "Minnie & Santa", and "Christmas Conga". LP, Vinyl record album
(On clear with red & white swirl "candy cane" vinyl!)

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Barbara LewisComplete Atlantic Singles ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 25.99
The best-ever collection of work we've ever seen from Barbara Lewis – and the first set to really give the soul singer her due! Lewis was a hell of a vocalist back in the 60s – an artist who could be classy one minute, and gutsy the next – often working with key production from the great Ollie McLaughlin – a Detroit talent from the time, and one who crafted a really unique groove with Barbara! The result is a batch of tracks that go way beyond familiar 60s soul – and way beyond Barbara's better-known hits too – a wealth of under-discovered tunes that really shows a lot of development, especially as the 60s move on. There's loads of tracks on here we've not heard in years – and titles include "Fool Fool Fool", "On Bended Knees", "You're A Dream Maker", "I'm All You've Got", "I'll Keep Believing", "Don't Forget About Me", "It's Magic", "Make Me Belong To You", "I Remember The Feeling", "I'll Make Him Love Me", "Sho Nuff", "Make Me Your Baby", "Love To Be Loved", "Think A Little Sugar", "My Mama Told Me", "Snap Your Fingers", "Pushin A Good Thing Too Far", "Come Home", "Baby I'm Yours", and "I Say Love". CD

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Little Willie JohnComplete R&B Hit Singles (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
King/Real Gone, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Amazing sounds from one of the all-time greats – the legendary Little Willie John – not only a key inspiration to James Brown, but one of the formative forces in soul music at the start of the 60s! The material here was cut by King Records at the height of its R&B years, but it also stretches forth towards something new, too – a deeper, more expressive sound that really blows us out of the water, even all these decades later – vocals that are incredible, and virtually a blueprint for the style that would come to be known as deep soul in later years. The package features 17 tracks in all – all gems from those years before Little Willie John was incarcerated – titles that include "Home At Last", "All Around The World", "Need Your Love So Bad", "Sleep", "Walk Slow", "Spring Fever", "Leave My Kitten Alone", "Let Them Talk", "Tell It Like It Is", "Talk To Me", "Letter From My Darling", "Heartbreak", "Do Something For Me", and his famous version of "Fever". LP, Vinyl record album
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Bill LooseCherry & Harry & Raquel (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Beverly Hills/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
A fantastic sexy soundtrack from Bill Loose – scored for a Russ Meyer Sexploitation film, but handled with a care that goes way deeper than you might expect! Bill brings in some nice jazzy moments on organ and guitar – and there's also some Sunshine Pop-styled vocals at points – sometimes with lyrics, sometimes wordless singing in a cool harmony mode – all of which make the whole thing feel more like some higher-level rock-era score on a label like Uni or Tower! A few tunes are more romping and groovy – most likely for some of the sexier scenes in the film – and titles include "Toys Of Our Time", "Harry's Theme", "Here's Harry", "Cherry & Raquel", "Franklin & Cherry", and "Cherry's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(45 rpm "Cherry" red vinyl pressing – limited to 750 copies!)

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Mel McDanielBaby's Got Her Blue Jeans On – His Original Capitol Hits ... CD
Capitol/Real Gone, Late 70s/1980s. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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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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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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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

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✨✧ Gene RussellNew Direction ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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". CD
Also available New Direction ... LP 22.99

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Gene RussellNew Direction ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
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

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Gene RussellTalk To My Lady ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the greatest in the legendary Black Jazz catalog – and is a perfect illustration of the righteous ways the label's players helped to update soul jazz styles of the 60s – really reworking things here with a fresh 70s vibe, and a sense of conscious energy that flows effortlessly from Russell's work on the keys! Most numbers feature added percussion, which really furthers the spirit of the session – and titles include the massive "Get Down", plus "Blues Suite", "For Heaven's Sake", "Talk to My Lady", "My Favorite Things", and "Me & Mrs Jones". CD

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SmithGroup Called Smith/Minus Plus ... CD
Dunhill/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
A pair of albums from the obscure group Smith – back to back on a single CD! First up is their debut – Group Called Smith – work from a group who've got a sound that's maybe more in the mode of what you might expect to find in a small club on the Sunset Strip – as Smith have a way of taking hits by other groups, and turning them into songs that are all their own – thanks to a tight little blend of organ, guitar, bass, and drums – often topped with the lead vocals of Gayle McCormick! Gayle later recorded a few solo albums on her own – and she's a great singer with a richly soulful style – one that should have made her huge in the generation of contemporaries like Janis Joplin. There's also a male singer in the group, so the leads get alternated – and the tunes also have some larger production touches from arranger Jimmy Haskell. Titles include "Who Do You Love", "Last Time", "Let's Spend The Night Together", "Baby It's You", "Let's Get Together", "Who Do You Love", and "Tell Him No". Minus Plus is a great little second album from Smith – a set that's got all the best elements of their debut, and some nice added touches too! Singer Gayle McCormick seems to be even more in the lead than before, and there's also more fresh original material too – supported by the small combo instrumentation of the group, then given some nice larger arrangements from Jimmie Haskell! Titles include "Minus Plus", "Circle Man", "You Don't Love Me", "Born In Boston", "Come Back To Me", "Feel The Magic", "Jason", and "What Am I Gonna Do". CD

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Soulful StringsMagic Of Christmas ... CD
Cadet/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
One of the coolest Christmas albums we've ever heard – and maybe one of the coolest sets ever from this legendary soul instrumental project from Chicago! The Soulful Strings are already great on other albums, but they really blow us away here with the way they completely transform familiar tunes – using the impeccable arrangements of the great Richard Evans, and a host of hot strings from Dorothy Ashby on harp, Cleveland Eaton on bass, and Phil Upchurch on guitar – plus a bit of hip vibes from Bobby Christian as well! And Evans' style here really outdoes itself – and hits a similar level to the best Charles Stepney material on Cadet at the same time – making for amazing sounds on titles that include "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowfall", "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy", "Sleigh Ride", and "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers". Way more than a Christmas record – and actually one we'll happily play all year long! CD

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SupremesUltimate Merry Christmas ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $25.99 26.98
A hugely expanded version of The Supremes classic Merry Christmas album from 1965 – presented here with full stereo and mono mixes, a new 2017 mix, and even bonus tracks too! The core album was one of THE classic Motown Christmas albums of the 60s – a mighty statement of Holiday pride from The Supremes – who are as strong here as on any of their other non-seasonal work from the time! The class and care of the trio really fits the new spirit of Christmas that was emerging in 60s soul music – not the kinds of raw songs about boozing or sadness on the holiday, which were a staple of blues and R&B – but instead these warmly crafted songs of home and hearth, set up perfectly with production by Harvey Fuqua and arrangements from Gene Page, HB Barnum and Ernie Freeman. The whole thing's incredibly soulful – but in a gentle way too – and the set features a dozen holiday numbers including "Silver Bells", "The Little Drummer Boy", "My Christmas Tree", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", and "Joy To The World". 2CD version features 50 tracks in all – 12 mono tracks, 12 stereo, and 12 more titles that are all these very cool alternate mixes of the album, some with alternate vocals! Then, there's lots of Supremes bonus tracks too – including "The Christmas Song (duet version)", "Season's Greetings", "My Favorite Things (live)", "It Won't Be Long Til Christmas", "Just A Lonely Christmas", and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem". CD

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✨✧ Chester ThompsonPowerhouse ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the few solo albums ever cut by organist Chester Thompson – a player who's known to most as the keyboardist in Tower Of Power, but one who's also remembered by a select funky few for this killer record for the Black Jazz label! The album's a stripped-down quartet session – with labelmate Rudolph Johnson on tenor, blowing some beautiful lines alongside long, drawn-out Hammond solos from Thompson! The overall feel is similar to some of the great late 60s Prestige sessions – especially Don Patterson dates – with the group free swinging away in a very live format, just like you might have heard if you caught them in some hip southside club. Other players include Al Hall Jr on trombone and Ray Pounds on drums – and the album features four long jamming tracks, with titles that include "Mr T", "Trip One", "Weird Harold", and "Powerhouse". CD

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VenturesVentures Christmas Album (mono & stereo versions) ... CD
Dolton/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 17.98
Here's some guys we'd be happy to have around at the Holidays – the ever-smokin' Ventures, who somehow manage to make every tune come out groovy – and here deliver what would HAVE to be on our shortlist of most treasured instrumental rock records in the Christmas music category! The set's an absolute classic – one that takes familiar numbers and transforms them into snow-surfing groovers, thanks to the group's great use of guitar and tightly snapping drums. A real crowd-pleaser, and a great antidote to the usual holiday fare – with tracks that include "Snow Flakes", "Sleigh Ride", "Blue Christmas", "Scrooge", "Jingle Bells", and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". This great double-length package features both the stereo and mono mixes together – the latter of which has never been on CD! CD
Also available Ventures Christmas Album ... CD 7.99

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OV WrightNickel & A Nail & Ace Of Spades (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Back Beat/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A masterpiece of southern soul – even if the record hides underneath a somewhat unassuming cover! The set was originally done for the Back Beat side of the Duke/Peacock label from Houston – but was recorded in Memphis with some great early work from Willie Mitchell, all in a lean mode that's somewhat different than the style he was developing over at Hi Records! Here, there's more of a focus on the wonderfully raspy charms of OV Wright's vocals – very personal, and very unique – all at a level that's quite different than so many of his deep soul contemporaries. As the title hints, the set features the two classic tracks "Nickel & A Nail" and "Ace Of Spades" – plus other great cuts that include "Don't Let My Baby Ride", "He Made Woman For Man", "Eight Men Four Women", "Don't Take It Away", and "Afflicted". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDr Seuss' The Grinch (clear with red & white swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, 2018. New Copy ... $30.99 32.99
A better soundtrack than you might expect – as the set features a number of Christmas classics, mixed with a few new cuts for the record, and a few instrumentals too! The set leads off with Tyler The Creator doing "You're A Mean One Mr Grinch" and "I Am The Grinch" – and Danny Elfman also contributed a few instrumental titles too – but the bulk of the record is classic Holiday material, with titles that include "Christmas Is" and "Christmas In Hollis" by Run DMC, "My Favorite Things" by The Supremes, "Deck the Halls" by Jackie Wilson, "Run Rudolph Run" by Brian Setzer, "Zat You Santa Claus" by Buster Poindexter, "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole, and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Pentatonix. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on clear vinyl with red & white "Santy Suit" swirl vinyl!)

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VariousMerry Christmas Baby ... CD
Hollywood/Real Gone, 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of the first-ever Christmas albums in the world of soul and R&B, and a host of vintage Holiday tunes pulled from the 50s LA R&B scene – served up here as a complete album! The set features some of the first great secular soul tracks recorded for the season – tracks that set the scene for all the Motown, James Brown, and other soul music Christmas albums to come! Titles include Charles Brown's classic "Merry Christmas Baby", plus "Lonesome Christmas (parts 1 & 2)" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sleigh Ride" by Lloyd Glenn, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mable Scott, "Christmas Everyday" and "Christmas Dreams" by Johnny Moore's Blazers, "Love For Christmas" and "Jingle Bell Hop" by Jackson Trio, and "Christmas Blues" by Jimmy Witherspoon. 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)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
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✨✧ Leroy AndersonComplete Christmas Collection (Christmas Carols/Christmas Festival) ... CD
Decca/Real Gone, Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Chet AtkinsComplete RCA & Columbia Christmas Recordings (Christmas With Chet Atkins/East Tennessee Christmas/bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony/Real Gone, 1961/1983. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of Holiday albums from Nashville guitar legend Chet Atkins – back to back in a 2CD set, complete with a huge amount of bonus material too! First up is the classic Christmas With Chet Atkins – a sweet strummy Christmas album from the great Chet – a set that's filled with guitar-based tunes that have a special Holiday feel – some of which have warm vocal passages from the Anita Kerr quartet! We always love Chet on RCA during the classic years, but his warm sound is especially nice for the Holidays – a sort of cozy, cuddly approach to guitar that sounds great on these familiar tunes – and which is recorded here with some of those perfect RCA country touches of the early 60s! Titles include "Jingle Bell Rock", "Jingle Bells", "Silver Bells", "White Christmas", "Blue Christmas", "Silent Night", and "Little Drummer Boy". Next is East Tennessee Christmas – an early 80s album from guitar great Chet Atkins – one that really updates his sound for a modern generation, yet still leaves plenty of room for his masterful work on the strings! The record has fuller backings on most tracks – gentle orchestrations that still have the guitar in the lead – and there's also some chorus vocals, in a mode that's kind of an 80s take on the older Anita Kerr Singers approach. Titles include "East Tennesse Christmas", "Let It Snow", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Away In A Manger", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Jingle Bell Rock". CD set features LOTS of bonus tracks – including "Christmas Carols", "Jingle Bells", "Greensleeves", "Bells Of St Mary's", "Winter Wonderland (1976)", "White Christmas (1976)", "Jingle Bells (1976)", "Silver Bells (1976)", "Ave Maria", "Winter Walkin", "Sleighbells Reindeer & Snhow", and lots more. CD

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✨✧ AwakeningMirage ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No Mirage here – as the album's got a presence that's impossible to deny – a solid, soulful uttering from this key Chicago combo of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Ari Brown – better known for his later avant work – and they've got a wicked blend of keyboards and horns with lots of complicated touches, played out over funky rhythms that are completely mindblowing! The great Ken Chaney plays keyboards, and in addition to Brown's reeds, the set also features trumpet from Frank Gordon, trombone from Steve Galloway, and bass from Rufus Reid – plus cool percussion from Arlington Davis and Drasheer Khalid. Most cuts are instrumental, and recorded beautifully – but one number, "The Ultimate Frontier", also features vocals from Anita Jefferies. Other cuts include "Slinky", "Mirage", "Just a Little Peace", and "March On". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Walter Bishop, Jr.Keeper Of My Soul ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Walter Bishop's greatest records – an amazing session that's as funky as it is spiritual – and quite different than most of Bishop's other work! The vibe here is wonderful – as Bish plays a host of keyboards, not just piano – and works in the company of other players who include Ronnie Laws on reeds, Gerald Brown on bass, Woody Murray on vibes, and Shakur M Abdulla on percussion – a beautiful mix of cats who help Walter carry off some of his hippest recordings of the time! The use of vibes is especially nice alongside the electric piano – and titles include a great take on Bishop's classic "Soul Village", done here in a nice funky version – plus a version of "Summertime" with Bishop on organ, and the titles "Sweet Rosa", "Those Who Chant", and "N'Dugu's Prayer". CD
Also available Keeper Of My Soul ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 2 – 1968 to 1974 ... CD
Stax/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sublime second chapter of work from Booker T & The MGs – pulled from a time when Stax Records was stepping out of the influence of Atlantic, and really opening the door to a wide variety of new soul sounds! That approach is definitely in place here – as the tracks really evolve past the early hits of the group – with more unusual rhythmic patterns, laid down by the great Al Jackson on drums and Donald Duck Dunn on bass – while Steve Cropper provides all the riffing genius on his guitar, and Booker T pushes things over the top with completely sublime work on organ! All players are really changing up their groove, especially as the singles here progress from the 60s into the 70s – and the package features a-sides and b-sides, and even a few post-Booker T cuts by the MGs. Titles include "Kinda Easy Like", "Melting Pot", "Sunday Sermon", "Something", "Fuquawi", "Sugarcane", "Blackside", "Neckbone", "Soul Clap 69", "Slum Baby", "Meditation", "Johnny I Love You", "Time Is Tight", "Jamaica This Morning", "Over Easy", "Heads Or Tails", "Mrs Robinson", and "Soul Limbo. CD

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✨✧ Roy BuchananProphet – The Unreleased First Polydor Album (orange & black vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Polydor/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic early solo project from guitarist Roy Buchanan – recorded for Polydor at the start of the 70s, but never issued at the time! We're not sure why the label slept on the set, as it's a searing little killer right from the start – done in a gritty mode that's far hipper than some of the other blues rock of the period – never that cliched, with some swampy elements, a few funky touches, and a strong hint of the farther-reaching modes that Buchanan would hit in later years. Roy sings, as does a young Charlie Daniels, who plays second guitar and also wrote many of the tracks – and the set also features some vocals from Joe DiGregorio, and keyboards from Bob Wilson. Titles include "Humbug Down On The River", "Billy Joe Young", "The Story Of Isaac", "Black Autumn", "Funky Junky", "There'll Always Be", "I Desire You", and "Pain". 2CD set also features a March 1971 session, and bonus tracks too – with titles that include "Roy's Bluz", "Shotgun", "Dual Soliloquy", "CC Rider (live)", "Down By The River (live)", "After Hours/The Messiah Will Come Again", and "Sweet Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Doug CarnAdams Apple (black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The last album in a legendary run of music from keyboardist Doug Carn – his final album for the Black Jazz label, and a set that pushes even farther than his previous efforts! Jean Carn isn't in the group this time around, but the set does feature a totally great twin-vocal approach – with singing by Joyce Green and John Conner, blending their voices together in a style that's right up there with the most righteous 70s jazz experiments by Horace Silver or Billy Gault! This vocal balance really brings a new sort of power to Carn's music – furthering the righteous spirit of earlier years with a hell of a lot of energy – also aided by great instrumental work from Ronnie Laws on tenor and soprano sax, Thurman Green on trombone, Calvin Keys and Nathan Page on guitars, and Big Black on percussion. Titles include the classic "Higher Ground" – plus "Adam's Apple", "Western Sunrise", "Chant", "Sanctuary", "The Messenger", and "Mighty Mighty". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Adams Apple (orange & black vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Doug CarnInfant Eyes ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic – and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz – with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals – very different than her later soul work as a solo act, and with a vibe that's like Dee Dee Bridgewater at her soulful 70s best. Jean does a killer job with the album's classic vocal version of Bobby Hutcherson's "Little B's Poem" – done here with sweet lyrics that really open the song up a lot, and make it into an anthem of love and joy that we'd be hard pressed to match with any other tune! And all other tracks are great too – with titles that include "Moon Child", "Passion Dance", and a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes". CD

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✨✧ Doug CarnRevelation ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early genius – his own work on organ and keyboards, never overdone and mixed perfectly with a righteous array of acoustic sounds from Rene McLean on alto and tenor and Olu Dara on trumpet – both players who soar to the skies on waves of energy begun by Carn! Wife Jean Carn sings on a number of tracks – with this heavenly style that's mighty righteous – every bit as soulful as her later work at Philly International, but in a very different way. The set includes Doug's great reading of "Naima" – plus other wonderful cuts that include "Power & Glory", "Feel Free", "Jihad", "Fatherhood", and "God is One". CD

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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Errol DunkleyDarling Ooh (brown vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Trojan/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Henry FranklinSkipper ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill Henderson on electric piano, Charles Owens on tenor and soprano sax, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Kenny Climax on guitar, and Michael Carvin on drums – all coming together with a mix of spiritual vibes and soulful undercurrents, in ways that almost give the record a Strata East sort of vibe! The whole thing is certainly one of the most memorable sessions on the Black Jazz label – and titles include "Outbreak", "Little Miss Laurie", "Theme For Jojo", and "Plastic Creek Stomp". CD

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✨✧ Henry FranklinSkipper At Home ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant basswork from Henry Franklin – one of the hippest cats handling his instrument on the west coast in the 70s – working here with a wicked ensemble of soulful, righteous players! Franlin's bass sets the tone of the record right from the very first note – but the album's a very collaborative effort, too – and features Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Charles Owens on tenor, Bill Henderson on soprano sax, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Kirk Lightsey on both piano and flute! The legendary David Durrah plays piano on two tracks – his own "Waltz for "Boobuss" and "Venus Fly Trap" – and the Sisters Happiness sing vocals on the latter cut, too. Other titles include "Blue Lights", "Soft Spirit", and a version of Chick Corea's "What Was". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Skipper At Home (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 29.99

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✨✧ Calvin KeysProceed With Caution (orange & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No need to be cautious here – as the album's the sort you can jump into right away – thanks to some wicked grooves from legendary guitarist Calvin Keys! Calvin's had a great revival in recent years, but this album's the stuff that first put him on the map – a brilliant early date for the Black Jazz label, done in a unique blend of spiritual and soul jazz modes! Keys' guitar has a sharper focus here than on his other 70s set for the label – and he's working with some beautifully complex arrangements, played by a group that includes Charles Owens on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – plus Kirk Lightey on electric piano, Henry Franklin on bass, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Owen Marshall on percussion, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Most titles are originals – and tunes include the nice groover "Aunt Lovey", plus "Tradewinds", "Night Cry", "Renaissance", and "Efflugence". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie exclusive limited edition pressing on orange & black vinyl!)

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✨✧ Calvin KeysShawn-Neeq ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic on the Black Jazz label – and one of the most unique guitar albums ever! We're not sure what the title meant originally – but over the past few decades, it's come to stand for some heavy heavy guitar work from the legendary Calvin Keys – a record that's really stood the test of the time, continually rediscovered by new generations of diggers! Keys has a very unique touch here – a mix of open chords and tighter lines – beautifully wrapping up a history of soul jazz guitar that stretches back to the early 60s – then propelling things forward with loads of righteous 70s spiritual jazz energy. The set also features loads of sweet keyboards – played by Larry Nash, and mixed with flute and "hose-a-phone" from Owen Marshall – set to grooves from Lawrence Evans on bass and Bob Braye on drums. A stone classic from the Black Jazz label – and titles include "Gee Gee", "BK.", "BE", and "Shawn-Neeq". CD

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryEight Classic Albums (Fingerpickin'/Wes Montgomery Trio/Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery/West Coast Blues/Movin' Along/Groove Yard/So Much Guitar/ George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers) (4CD set) ... CD
Real Gone (UK), 1957/1959/1960/1961. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the albums Fingerpickin', Wes Montgomery Trio, Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery, West Coast Blues, Movin' Along, Groove Yard, So Much Guitar, and George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers. CD

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✨✧ Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia OrchestraComplete Columbia Christmas Albums (Glorious Sound Of Christmas/Christmas Festival) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classical meets Christmas – in a set of albums that feature the famous Philadelphia Orchestra performing Holiday favorites – all led by conductor Eugene Ormandy! Both records capture the group and Ormandy in their prime – and although the approach is slightly in the Boston Pops territory, the approach is a bit less hokey overall. Choirs join the instrumental lineup on both records – giving the songs an added heavenly vibe – and titles include "Ave Maria", "Joy To The World", "The First Noel", "Little Drummer Boy", "I Wonder As I Wander", "For Unto Us A Child Is Born", "Away In A Manger", "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", and "O Little Town Of Bethlehem". CD

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✨✧ Shangri-LasBest Of The Red Bird & Mercury Recordings (clear with black swirl vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection from this legendary group – not just their Red Bird label material, but later great work for Mercury too! If you don't know them, The Shangri-Las are maybe the undisputed queens of the girl group sound of the 60s – able to blend heartbreak and pride, fragility and power – all while set to some stunning productions that only seemed to amplify the core energy even further! These guys are one of the few groups who could really get past the sweetness, and touch on the pain and trouble that kids were really feeling – maybe at that level, like The Beach Boys right around Pet Sounds – a really special quality that captures the group at a key point in their sound. There's a few famous hits here, and lots more lesser-known gems – presented with a nice set of notes as well – titles that include "Sophisticated Boom Boom", "Never Again", "Take The Time", "Past Present & Future", "Sweet Sounds Of Summer", "Dressed In Black", "Paradise", "What's A Girl Supposed To Do", "Dum Dum Ditty", "Right Now & Not Later", "What Is Love", "Give Him A Great Big Kiss", "Love You More Than Yesterday", "Footsteps On The Roof", and their classics – "Leader Of The Pack" and "Remember (Walking In The Sand)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on clear with "tailpipe exhaust" colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Felix SlatkinSeasons Greetings ... CD
Liberty/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare holiday album from string maestro Felix Slatkin – one of the more dynamic orchestra leaders to record for Liberty Records during the glory days of bachelor pad music! Felix is usually in a style that's got more zing in the strings – but here, he steps things down a bit for a set of Holiday goodies – turning his orchestra arrangements to Christmas tunes, with a slight flair from time to time that keeps the record from sounding as sleepy as it might if it were on a label like Columbia or Decca. Titles include "Deck The Halls", "White Christmas", "Adeste Fideles", "O Holy Night", "Joy To The World", and "Away In A Manger". CD
Also available Seasons Greetings ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Dusty SpringfieldComplete Atlantic Singles 1968 to 1971 ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dusty Springfield on Atlantic Records – a match made in heaven, and one that's presented here perfectly in a batch of two dozen tracks that are all served up in their original mono mixes for 45rpm seven inch singles! Dusty had already been one of the most soulful singers on the UK scene in the 60s – and her Philips recordings are real favorites of ours – but when she moved to Atlantic, the label gave her some key soul-based backings – in Memphis, Philly, and Muscle Shoals – plus some great New York sessions too. Only eight of these mono versions have ever been on CD before – and the whole thing's presented with great sound and notes on this key period in Dusty's career – alongside tracks that include "Silly Silly Fool", "Brand New Me", "Bad Case Of The Blues", "That Old Sweet Roll", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", "Haunted", "What Do You Do When Love Dies", "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Just A Little Lovin", "Breakfast In Bed", "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", "So Much Love", "What Good Is I Love You", and "Nothing Is Forever". CD

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✨✧ Dusty SpringfieldComplete Atlantic Singles 1968 to 1971 (red vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dusty Springfield on Atlantic Records – a match made in heaven, and one that's presented here perfectly in a batch of two dozen tracks that are all served up in their original mono mixes for 45rpm seven inch singles! Dusty had already been one of the most soulful singers on the UK scene in the 60s – and her Philips recordings are real favorites of ours – but when she moved to Atlantic, the label gave her some key soul-based backings – in Memphis, Philly, and Muscle Shoals – plus some great New York sessions too. Only eight of these mono versions have ever been on CD before – and the whole thing's presented with great sound and notes on this key period in Dusty's career – alongside tracks that include "Silly Silly Fool", "Brand New Me", "Bad Case Of The Blues", "That Old Sweet Roll", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", "Haunted", "What Do You Do When Love Dies", "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Just A Little Lovin", "Breakfast In Bed", "I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore", "So Much Love", "What Good Is I Love You", and "Nothing Is Forever". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ ToomorrowToomorrow (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's "Toomorrow", not "tomorrow" – a pretty wild sci-fi musical from the start of the 70s – and one that features this very groovy group! The quartet features some vocals by a young Olivia Newton John – but it's the instrumentation here that really sends us – kind of a pop soundtrack presentation of psych modes, which often comes off with a lot more mod easy touches than you might expect! Hugo Montenegro wrote one tune for the record, but the rest of the material still has instrumentation and a feel that's very much in that spirit – almost the kind of rock songs on the Barbarella or Get Carter soundtracks from the same generation. Larger charts inflect the core sounds with some wonderful soundtrack-y elements – and some of the best tunes here are the instrumentals, including one very nice moogy track! Titles include "Toomorrow", "Walkin On Air", "Spaceport", "Let's Move On", "If You Can't Be Hurt", "Goin Back", and "You're My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eddy ArnoldComplete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Barbara & ErniePrelude To ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet Records. But the vocals – by singer Barbara Massey – have a flanged-out quality that's clearly overdubbed, creating a double-voiced sound that's almost a bit like Brasil 66! This mix of modes is really great – completely unique, and sublime throughout – with a vibe that was years ahead of its time, and which is finally beginning to get some recognition these many years later. Arrangements are by the pair, but Deodato also had a hand in the record too – and the core combo of musicians includes Grady Tate on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion, and Sam Brown on guitar – alongside more guitars from Ernie and keyboards and piano from Barbara. Tracks include "Searching the Circle", "Do You Know", "For You", "Play With Fire", "My Love & I", "Satisfied", and "Prelude" – plus a wild remake of "Somebody to Love"! CD

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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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✨✧ Ornette ColemanOrnette At 12/Crisis ... CD
Impulse/Real Gone, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked albums from Ornette Coleman – back to back on a single CD for the first time ever! Crisis is a record that bursts out with a sound that definitely lives up to its striking title – as Ornette Coleman explores the new frontiers of experimental jazz with one of his great groups from the end of the 60s! The album's got the intensity of the best ESP sessions of the period, but also shows the richer sonic elements that Coleman can bring to the proceedings – that way of mixing sharp edges with surprising currents – delivered by an all-star group that features Ornette on alto and violin, Don Cherry on trumpet and flute, Dewey Redman on tenor and clarinet, Charlie Haden on bass, and the young Ornette D Coleman on drums. It's especially amazing to hear Haden and Cherry take on such different roles than in the Ornette material of the early 60s – and also realize a wider vision for the music, on tunes that include a great version of Haden's "Song For Che", plus "Broken Shadows", "Trouble In The East", and "Space Jungle". CD
(Out of print.)

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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)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Four SeasonsFour Seasons Greetings (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Vee Jay/Real Gone, 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Jay DeeCome On In Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1974. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Rudolph JohnsonSpring Rain ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Rudolph Johnson – a hell of a saxophonist, and one with a great ability to combine the spiritual with the searing – a bit like Joe Farrell at his CTI best, but not as freewheeling – nicely focused, and a little bit funky in all the right parts – in ways that make this album one of the real standouts on the legendary Black Jazz label! The groove is nice and hard, and plenty dark – with lots of sharp edges around the offbeat rhythms, and a "bite" that makes the album one of the heaviest titles on the label. Other players include John Barnes on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Ray Pounds on drums – and titles include the great "Diswa", which has sort of of a tight jazzy hip hop sample feel to it, plus "Mr TJ", "Little Daphne", and "Spring Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spring Rain ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ William LavaDracula Vs Frankenstein (orange vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Dracula takes on Frankenstein, but we're the musical winners – given the quality of this great 70s horror score from William Lava! The set's a mighty weird one – as odd as the schlocky look of the film – a mix of serious orchestrations with unusual effects, electronics, and more – pulled together with a subtle sense of drama that may well be more professional than the images on the screen. Lava's scoring is great – almost a throwback to Hollywood modes of a decade or two before, yet also with an unusual pitch of its own – sort of a serious score, heard through a refracting prism that distorts things in really cool ways. The set features 23 tracks in all – including a "jazz chase" that didn't appear in the film! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Michael NesmithDifferent Drum – The Lost RCA Victor Recordings ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's a country-looking Mike Nesmith on the cover – which is no surprise, as these cuts were all recorded during Nesmith's great early 70s country rock years on RCA – although none of them were issued at the time! Those in the know love Mike's fantastic records with The First National Band – done after his time in The Monkees, at a time when he was really letting his hair down and his songwriting skills flow – to a point where he was joining the hipper country-inspired world of The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds! Those modes are in full flourish here – in a set that features 16 vocal numbers from the RCA years, including many rare alternates – and 8 more instrumentals, which show the wonderful use of pedal steel from Red Rhodes, and some of the other hip players on the sessions. Titles include "American Airman", "Six Days On The Road", and "Circle Sky" – plus rare alternates of "Some Of Shelly's Blues", "Marie's Theme", "Roll With The Flow", "Different Drum", "Tengo Amore", "Dedicated Friend", "Texas Morning", "Rene", "Listen To The Band", and other vocal tunes – some in very different arrangements. Instrumental tunes include "Hollywood", "Tan My Hide", "You Are My One", "Born To Love You", and "Magnolia Simms" – and the set also features a bonus "Loose Salute" radio spot too! CD

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✨✧ Soulful StringsMagic Of Christmas ... CD
Cadet/Real Gone, 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest Christmas albums we've ever heard – and maybe one of the coolest sets ever from this legendary soul instrumental project from Chicago! The Soulful Strings are already great on other albums, but they really blow us away here with the way they completely transform familiar tunes – using the impeccable arrangements of the great Richard Evans, and a host of hot strings from Dorothy Ashby on harp, Cleveland Eaton on bass, and Phil Upchurch on guitar – plus a bit of hip vibes from Bobby Christian as well! And Evans' style here really outdoes itself – and hits a similar level to the best Charles Stepney material on Cadet at the same time – making for amazing sounds on titles that include "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowfall", "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy", "Sleigh Ride", and "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers". Way more than a Christmas record – and actually one we'll happily play all year long! CD
Also available Magic Of Christmas ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Sweet InspirationsComplete Atlantic Singles – Plus ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest female soul groups of the 60s – and one of the few who really helped to take the format into deep soul territory! The Sweet Inspirations got their start doing background work for countless sessions for Atlantic Records – and by the time of these tracks, they'd emerged as a fully-formed, deeply-skilled unit – graced with singers who'd been trained in gospel, but worked heavily in soul – with a sound that was perfect for the southern turn that Atlantic Records was taking at the time! The style of many of these early cuts is similar to the Memphis and Muscle Shoals modes of Aretha Franklin on late 60s Atlantic – but there's also some later Philly styles, too – early Sigma modes that are still pre-disco, but really show the range of the group. 2CD set features all the Atlantic singles from the group – from the beginning right up to the end of their time at the label – 37 tracks that include "That's How Strong My Love Is", "Let It Be Me", "Chained", "Brand New Lover (parts 1 & 2)", "Evidence", "Change Me Not", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "Light Sings", "Flash In The Pan", "Them Boys", "Get A Little Order", "Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again", "You Really Didn't Mean It", and "Don't Fight It". CD

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✨✧ Richard ThompsonMirror Blue (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Capitol/Real Gone, 1993. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A well-remembered set from Richard Thompson's Capitol years – a record that's awash in that amazing and unique vocal style that only seemed to get better as the decades moved on! Thompson's got this mature quality here that's wonderful – maybe understating some elements that would have been more foregrounded in earlier years – but also completely confident in the way he handles his guitar with all these unusual little sonic traces – subtle currents of darkness that are used perfectly alongside the lyrics, and in way that still has Thompson in territory that nobody else can touch! Titles include "For The Sake Of Mary", "The Way That It Shows", "MGB GT", "Mascara Tears", "Fast Food", "Shane & Dixie", "King Of Bohemia", "Mingus Eyes", and "Beeswing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1200 – on clear "Mirror" vinyl! First time on vinyl in the US, too!)
Also available Mirror Blue ... CD 1.99

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✨✧ John ZacherleyZacherle's Monster Gallery (clear with green swirl vinyl pressing) ... LP
Crestview/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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!)

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✨✧ VariousDemon Knight (clear with green & purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, 1994. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic from the years when hard rock and horror seemed to go together perfectly on a soundtrack – a mode that was started in the 80s, but really took off strongly by the time of this release! The set's got a mix of metal, grunge, and more – all served up in support of a Tales From The Crypt presentation – songs that were both used in the film, and inspired by its story. Titles include "Policia" by Sepultura, "Tonight We Murder" by Ministry, "Beaten" by Biohazard, "instant Larry" by Melvins, "My Misery" by Machine Head, "Fall Guy" by Rollins Band, "Diadems" by Megadeth, "Hey Man Nice Shot" by Filter, "Cemetery Gates (Demon Knight edit)" by Pantera, and "1 800 Suicide" by Gravediggaz. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 1 – 1962 to 1967 (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(On red vinyl!)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 2 – 1968 to 1974 (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stax/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A sublime second chapter of work from Booker T & The MGs – pulled from a time when Stax Records was stepping out of the influence of Atlantic, and really opening the door to a wide variety of new soul sounds! That approach is definitely in place here – as the tracks really evolve past the early hits of the group – with more unusual rhythmic patterns, laid down by the great Al Jackson on drums and Donald Duck Dunn on bass – while Steve Cropper provides all the riffing genius on his guitar, and Booker T pushes things over the top with completely sublime work on organ! All players are really changing up their groove, especially as the singles here progress from the 60s into the 70s – and the package features a-sides and b-sides, and even a few post-Booker T cuts by the MGs. Titles include "Kinda Easy Like", "Melting Pot", "Sunday Sermon", "Something", "Fuquawi", "Sugarcane", "Blackside", "Neckbone", "Soul Clap 69", "Slum Baby", "Meditation", "Johnny I Love You", "Time Is Tight", "Jamaica This Morning", "Over Easy", "Heads Or Tails", "Mrs Robinson", and "Soul Limbo. LP, Vinyl record album
(On red vinyl!)

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✨✧ Doug CarnRevelation ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early genius – his own work on organ and keyboards, never overdone and mixed perfectly with a righteous array of acoustic sounds from Rene McLean on alto and tenor and Olu Dara on trumpet – both players who soar to the skies on waves of energy begun by Carn! Wife Jean Carn sings on a number of tracks – with this heavenly style that's mighty righteous – every bit as soulful as her later work at Philly International, but in a very different way. The set includes Doug's great reading of "Naima" – plus other wonderful cuts that include "Power & Glory", "Feel Free", "Jihad", "Fatherhood", and "God is One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Cee-LoLady Killer (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Elektra/Real Gone, 2010. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the records that forever cemented Cee-Lo's role in the contemporary soul cosmos – a set that's got the singer in superstar territory that nobody could have imagined back when he was part of the Goodie Mob! Here, Cee-Lo's an uber-confident soul singer – soaring with a spirit that seems informed by the 70s, and which definitely uses classic trappings in all the right ways – but which is decidedly 21st Century in the way things come across – soaring, majestic, with a plenty proud approach to the music! Titles include the viral instant classic "F**k You", plus "Bright Lights Bigger City", "Old Fashioned", "Cry Baby", "I Want You", "No One's Gonna Love You", "Fool For You", "Love Gun", and "Satisfied". LP, Vinyl record album
(On hot pink vinyl!)

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✨✧ Henry FranklinSkipper ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments ever from west coast bassman Henry Franklin – a set of soaring, spiritual power – and a key demonstration of his rich energy as a leader! Franklin heads a wicked lineup here – playing both Fender and acoustic bass amidst other players who include Bill Henderson on electric piano, Charles Owens on tenor and soprano sax, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Kenny Climax on guitar, and Michael Carvin on drums – all coming together with a mix of spiritual vibes and soulful undercurrents, in ways that almost give the record a Strata East sort of vibe! The whole thing is certainly one of the most memorable sessions on the Black Jazz label – and titles include "Outbreak", "Little Miss Laurie", "Theme For Jojo", and "Plastic Creek Stomp". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Maryvonne Giercarz/Timothy LearyTurn On, Tune In, Drop Out – Original Soundtrack (red blue & green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Real Gone, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Very trippy-dippy psychedelic work – written for the soundtrack to Timothy Leary's weird LSD film of the late 60s! Maryvonne Giercarz composed the music, and plays it with a small group that includes her on "Veena", an "ancient Indian instrument", along with guitar and tabla – making for lots of cool "eastern" styled tunes! The tracks are very wild – and are as beautifully trippy as you might expect for the setting! The whole thing's great – and the score also features some great recitations by Leary, worth the price of admission alone! Includes the tracks "Freak Out", "Root Chakra", "All Girls Are Yours", "The Turn On", and "The Beginning Of The Voyage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1600 – on red, blue & green "kaleidoscope" colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Rudolph JohnsonSecond Coming (orange & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A brilliant album from the overlooked reedman Rudolph Johnson – his second session for the Black Jazz label, and even better than the first! There's a soaring, searching quality to the record that Johnson never had before – a way of handling his tenor with a tone that Coltrane would have envied, and which sparkles with some of Rudolph's most soulful 70s contemporaries – like Sonny Fortune or Andrew White! The tunes are almost all originals, and have this depth of vision that really holds us rapt throughout – a way of digging in and continuing to find new meaning throughout the course of Johnson's solos – with superb rhythm backing from the trio of Kirk Lightsey on piano, Kent Brinkley on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. Lightsey is wonderful too – maybe his best performance on record – and titles include the sublime numbers "The Highest Pleasure", "The Traveler", "Time and Space", and "The Water Bearer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 750 – on orange & black swirl vinyl!)
Also available
Second Coming ... CD 12.99
Second Coming ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ KleeerIntimate Connection (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ MunstersMunsters – Inspired By The TV Characters The Munsters (orange & black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Decca/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... LP
Flying Dutchman/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... 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

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✨✧ John ZacherleyZacherle's Monster Gallery (green & orange vinyl) ... LP
Crestview/Real Gone, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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!)

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanDan Lacksman ... CD
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 11.99

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✨✧ Dan LacksmanElectronic System Vol 2 ... CD
RKM/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
 
 
 



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