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Roy HeadOne More Time – The Roy Head Collection ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 24.99
Roy's head looks a bit square on the cover, but he was one of the coolest cats on the Texas scene of the 60s – a rocker with a nicely raw sound, and a fair bit of influence from soul in his music! At some level, Head is a bit like contemporary Doug Sahm – another hard-burning Texas talent who was always able to come on strong, and pick up just the right sort of influences – although in Roy's case, those influences came more from soul than other styles – maybe no surprise, given that his music was issued on labels that include TNT, Scepter, and Duke/Peacock! This set brings together lots of early singles from Roy on CD1 – and CD2 features some even cooler work from the early 70s – the full titles from his Dunhill album, and other material that has him really belting out in a southern showband sort of mode. Titles include "Get Back", "Walking All Day", "One More Time", "How Do You Think I Can Live With Somebody", "Don't Want To Make It Too Funky", "Trying To Reach My Goal", "Same People", "Slip Away", "Bring It To Jerome", "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Boogie Down Sunset", "Just A Little Bit", "Convicted", "Woe Woe", "Linda Lu", "Your Turn To Cry", "The Feeling's Gone", "Soul Train", and "I Can't Stand It". CD

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Roy HeadSame People ... LP
Dunhill, 1970. Sealed ... $19.99
A classic bit of southern funky rock from Roy Head – an artist who's in the same territory here as Tony Joe White on his early albums for Monument! Like Tony on those gems, Roy's got a heavy dose of soul in his music – produced to perfection by Huey P Meaux, who was handling plenty of work from the deeper side of the southern spectrum at the time, and who makes Head sound fantastic here with a vibe that's kind of in a Texas-meets-Muscle Shoals sort of style! There's a great core group – heavy on organ, riffing guitar, and a tight team of trumpet and tenor – and the heavy drums on the set make it super nice and funky! Sampled by Tribe Called Quest, Lord Finesse, and others – and with the cuts "Soul Train", "Neighbor Neighbor", "Don't Want To Make It Too Funky", "Trying To Reach My Goal", "Same People", "Mama Mama", "Driving Wheel", and the break-heavy "Double Your Satisfaction". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Roy Head & The TraitsTreat Her Right/So Long, My Love ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1965. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a peeled spot and some pen.)
 
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✨✧ Roy Jones JrThat Was Then (full, radio, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Body Head Entertainment, 2002. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Featuring Dave Hollister. 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Jean CarneDon't Let It Go To Your Head – The Jean Carne Anthology ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A fantastic tribute to the great Jean Carne – a singer who started out in jazz, working with then-husband Doug Carn on spiritual sessions and drummer Norman Connors on his soulful sides of the 70s – then shifted over to the Philadelphia International label, where she really helped Philly soul find new direction moving into the 80s! Jean always brings all the sophistication of her roots into her music – making her way more than just another soul singer, and instead a vocalist with a great range of expression that has her opening up in just the right way, no matter what the setting. This excellent collection is filled with classics from her years on Philadelphia International, and also includes some rare 12" mixes and duets with other artists too. Titles include "Free Love", "No Laughing Matter", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "You Can't Come Back Now", "There's A Shortage Of Good Men", "Time Waits For No One", "Lonely Girl In A Cold Cold World", "Bet Your Lucky Star", We Got Some Catchin Up To Do", "When I Find You Love", "Was That All It Was (12" mix)", "What's On Your Mind (12" mix)", "Revelation/Infant Eyes", "Mystic Stranger", "Completeness", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – plus "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Sweet & Wonderful" with Glenn Jones, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Love Is Beautiful" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington, and "Dindi", "Love's In Your Corner", and "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors. CD

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Flamin GrooviesGonna Rock Tonight – The Complete Recordings 1969 to 1971 (Supersnazz/Flamingo/Teenage Head/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Kama Sutra/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $32.99
The birth of genius – the first three albums by Flamin Groovies, along with bonus tracks too! First up is Supersnazz – the first album from legendary San Francisco rockers the Flaming Groovies – and the cleaner horn-accented blueprint for the shakey, skronky structure to come! Supersnazz has a bit of a sibling in the first Stooges LP – in that the palatable production only hints at the insanity of later records – but it's a good rocking record all the same, a good site stranger, fierier and groovier than most of their contemporaries could muster! Tracks include "Love Have Mercy", "Laurie Did It", "Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu", "The First One's Free", "Pagan Rachel", "Pistol Packin' Mama", "Brushfire", "Around The Corner" and more. Flamingo is one of the finest moments ever from The Flamin Groovies – a set that's awash in 50s rock and roll influences, yet filtered through the heady late 60s San Francisco scene – making for a mix that's completely compelling throughout, and unlike anything else we can think of! The Groovies might initially seem like retro-rockers, yet they've got this sharp edge that makes their music more of a commentary on rock and roll, and its roots as well – uttered beautifully at a time when so many others were falling into excess, but also done without any of the "roots" cliches that others were embracing in a much clunkier way! It's hard to sum up adequately, but the record's almost a leap forward from Gene Vincent over 60s psyche – but on its way to the rough edges embraced by the UK punk scene in years to come – kind of that odd space that the Modern Lovers hit with their Kim Fowley recordings, but much more rocking overall. Most numbers are originals from vocalist Roy Loney – and titles include "Comin After Me", "Headin For The Texas Border", "Second Cousin", "Childhood's End", "Jailbait", and "She's Falling Apart". Teenage Head is maybe the best-remembered album ever from the all-great Flaming Groovies – and a set with a classic cover image that really lives up to the music! The Groovies have an unusual blend of old school rocking with hipper post-60s sensibilities – almost their own faux-retro sound to rival some of the west coast modes from the Warner scene – but with a grittier NYC presentation that's really wonderful, and which made the record a key force in the pre-punk years! One of those true treasures that just keeps on giving over the years – a record of subtle brilliance that just gets better and better with each new listen. Titles include "High Flyin Baby", "City Lights", "Yesterday's Numbers", "Whiskey Woman", and "Evil Hearted Ada". 3CD set features a whopping 17 bonus tracks – including "Louie Louie", "Shakin All Over", "Carol", "Scratch My Back", "Rumble", "Somethin Else", "Going Out (version 2)", "Walking The Dog", "The First One's Free (single)", "Around & Around", and "My Girl Josephine. CD

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsBean & The Boys (Walter Foots Thomas All Stars/Bean & The Boys/Stasch) ... CD
Prestige, 1944/1946/1959. Used ... $6.99
A great assortment of material from Coleman Hawkins – sides that nicely span the mid 40s and late 50s, showing some great growth in his technique! The first four tracks are from a record by the Walter Foots All Stars – a group led by Foots on tenor, but also featuring Hawk – also with Hilton Jefferson on alto and Jonah Jones on trumpet – on tracks that include "Out To Lunch", "Every Man For Himself", and "Look Out Jack". Next are four more tracks recorded in 1944 with backing by a quartet that includes Thelonious Monk – on titles that include "On The Bean", "Recollections", and "Flyin Hawk". A set with a more boppish lineup follows – with JJ Johnson on trombone and Fats Navarro on trumpet – on titles that include "Bean & The Boys", "Cocktails For Two", and "You Go To My Head". Last are some later sides from 1959 – the great album Stasch, played by a very hip group – with Jerome Richardson on flute and tenor, Pepper Adams on baritone, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, Roy Gaines on guitar, and Ray Bryant on piano. Jerry Valentine did the arrangements – and cuts include "Stasch", "Trust In me", "Roll Em", "Skyrouk", and "My Babe". CD
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VariousRoutine Funk #2 – Selected By Kei Kobayashi ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $26.99
Massive funk from the P-Vine catalog – a host of killer cuts that were mostly recorded for a variety of small indie labels in the 70s – brought together beautifully by compiler Kei Kobayashi! The tracks here represent some of the best reissue moments of the past few years from P-Vine – the key tunes from Japanese-only CDs that usually hit the market at upwards of $20 – all packaged together here in one all-grooving set, all the way through! CD offers up all numbers unmixed – and the set features 16 titles that include "I Learned My Lesson" by Vernon Garrett, "LA Will Make You Pay" by Burton Inc, "Soulful Proclamation" by Messengers Incorporated, "Drums For Daryl" by Roy Porter, "Tragic Magic" by Nathan Davis, "Trippin" by Cal Green, "Head Start" by Joe Pass, "Soul Sisters" by Weldon Irvine, "Out On The Coast" by Larry Willis, and "Crown Royale" by Billy Wooten. CD

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✨✧ VariousDig The Slowness – A Compendium Of Retro Grooves ... CD
Sanctuary (UK), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We're diggin' the slowness alright! Though many of these fab numbers clock in at a good clip faster than what the title might imply, it's a mad, mod groove fest all the way through, from the easy soul of the Jon Schroeder Orchestra, to the hip vibes laid down by The Marmalade to the crisp Jamaican horn lines underpinning the prototypical reggae harmony group The Pioneers. This set even includes a few tasty breaks, but never loses the retro vibe, from tasty favorites like the Chairmen Of The Board's "When Will She Tell Me She Needs Me?", Roy Budd's "Love Is A Four Letter Word" and Tony Hatch's "Sounds Of The Seventies" to harder to find nuggets like the Exotics' "I Don't Want Nobody To Lead Me On" and the Brothers & Sisters "All Along The Watchtower"! Other tracks include "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by John Schroeder, "The Mighty Quinn" by Bob Miller & The Miller Men, "London School Degree" by Billy Nichols, "Dancing In The Moonlight" by King Harvest, "Venus" by Jerry Ross, "Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)" by Donovan, "Somebody Oughta Turn Your Head Around" by Crystal Mansion, and "Ob La Di Ob La Da Story Ooh" by Jimmy Lewis. CD

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✨✧ Gene DunlapIt's Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but he's got a flair for the modern soul song – and in the same style as Norman Connors or Harvey Mason before him, he manages to put together a strong record of grooves and ballads from behind the kit! The strongest point of the record is work by The Ridgeways, a female soul trio who sing on the best tracks, giving them a smooth Jones Girls-ish kind of sound. The album includes two modern soul classics – "Before You Break My Heart" and "It's Just the Way I Feel" – plus "Love Dancin", "Rock Radio", "I Got You", and "Surest Things Can Change". Party In Me is wonderful work from Gene Dunlap – a jazzy soul drummer, and also a maestro with a killer ear for a modern soul groove! The album's got a mix of grooves and sophistication that are a bit like the best early 80s material from Roy Ayers – never chartbound, and never too commercial – but nice and tight, and really well put together! The instrumentation has plenty of jazzy 80s groove touches – especially in the keyboards – and Dunlap does a nice job of balancing up beat tracks with the mellow moments we love so much in his work. Vocals are from a variety of singers – including the great Ethel Beatty, who'd sung with Roy Ayers – plus Phillippe Wynne, Pam Lawson, and Gene himself – and titles include "Something Inside My Head", "Something Special", "Corner Pocket", "There Will Never Be Another (Like You)", "Party In Me", "Jam City", and "This One's On Me". CD

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✨✧ VariousBanana Split For My Baby – 33 Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The sounds of summer in the years before the Beach Boys and surf music – songs that proclaim the glory of the warmest months of the year, but in raunchy styles from the early years of rock and roll! Artists run the gamut from rockabilly singers, to R&B groups, to some surprisingly strong contributions from more pop-oriented acts – and as with other Bear Family packages of this nature, the whole thing is plenty playful – put together with a good deal of wit in the song choices and presentation! Titles include "Sunday Barbecue" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "The Sun Is Shining" by Elmore James, "Banana Split For My Baby" by Louis Prima, "Summer's Coming (demo)" by Ronnie Dawson, "Strollin On The Beach" by The Hollywood Flames, "Beach Time" by Roger Smith, "Suntan Tattoo" by The Valiants & Sandy Vale, "Summertime Love" by Roy Head & The Traits, "Beach Comber" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Night Theme' by The Mark II, "Moonlight Swim" by Nick Noble, "26 Miles" by The Four Preps, "Sunglasses After Dark" by Dwight Whitey Pullen, "Summertime Rock" by Rodney & The Blazers, and "The Big Beach Party" by The Jades with Pacer's Music. CD

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✨✧ VariousOnce Upon A Time At King Tubby's ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Woah! Don't get caught in the crossfire! I Roy takes on Prince Jazzbo, and luckily for us, Tubby's not taking sides, cutting mad versions and heavy dubs as the two Dee Jays trade barbs, rhymes and witty rejoinders for a battle on wax that lasted quite a few rounds! This great set by Pressure Sounds not only documents the toasting, boasting and roasting fest that the two heavyweight mic wielders laid to wax across now sought-after 45s, it showcases Striker Lee's production talents and Tubby's well known dub wizardry. For the most part, rhythms are laid down by the Aggrovators, with a couple Jo Jo Hookim produced cuts by the Revolutionaries, but it's all fantastic material, and the set has great notes giving background on the whole battle. 15 tracks in all, including "Do You Love Me?" by Johnny Clarke, "Straight To Jazzbo's Head", "Padlock", "Jazzbo Have Fe Run" and "Straight To Derrick Morgan's Head" by I Roy, "Straight To I Roy's Head" and "Gal Boy I Roy" by Prince Jazzbo, "I Roy The Chiney Commer Around" by Derrick Morgan, and "Straight To I Roy's Big Mouth" and "The Roots Of Dub" by King Tubby & The Aggrovators. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Jackie & RoyTime & Love ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1972. Used ... $11.99
An excellent 70s set by Jackie & Roy – very different than their work of the 50s and 60s, with an approach that's much more far-reaching and complicated – a style that opens up their vocal talents majestically! Gone are the simpler ditties of earlier years, and in their place are warmly gliding numbers that open up to really unique vocal interplay – sometimes with Jackie in the lead, but other times trading back and forth with all the kind of complicated inflections you'd expect from early 70s CTI! Don Sebesky handled the arrangements with a great mix of spacey and breezy sounds – some slight electric touches at the bottom, but never in a way that makes the record too slick or smooth. Titles include a great version of "Bachinas Brasileiras #5", plus "Heading", "Summer Song", and "Lazy Afternoon". CD
(Out of print blu-spec CD. Includes obi.)

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Roy PorterIn A Groove (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $26.99
A really fantastic collection of work from the legendary LA drummer Roy Porter – initially a figure in that city's bebop scene, but an artist who continued to work on the fringes over the years – including some great soul and funk work in the 60s and 70s! This set's from the mid 80s, but collects gems from Roy's best years – lots of self-released material that has his drums sounding raw and funky, with plenty of breaks in the mix, and a monstrous batch of funky instrumentation over the top! The set also includes a great version of "Lonesome Mood", a moody track with vocals by Rex Middleton's Hi-Fi's that was later recorded by Friends of Distinction, but which sounds even better in this original – plus the track "In A Groove", a straighter jazz number, and funky gems "Panama", "Hip City", "Drums For Daryl", "Party Time", and both vocal and instrumental versions of "Jessica". CD also features some related bonus tracks too – "Panama" and "Where There's A Will There's A Way" by George Holmes & Roy Porter Sound Machine, "The Road Ahead" and "I Need You So" by soul singer Jay T, and the cuts "Lonesome Mood", "Summer Night", and "Drums For Daryl (parts 1 & 2)", all pulled from 7" singles. CD

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Rudy RoystonFlatbed Buggy ... CD
Greenleaf, 2018. Used ... $8.99
Drummer Rudy Royston is always involved with unusual projects – and this time around, he's working with a very unusual lineup – a quintet that features John Ellis on saxes and bass clarinet, plus accordion, bass, and cello! The mix of instruments makes for a really rich feeling right from the start – maybe the tonal spectrum of some of the best recordings by Astor Piazzolla, but much more jazz-based – and often quite swinging, thanks to Rudy's work on drums – which themselves are more than worth the price of admission, and seem to have an especially sharp quality here amidst the other instruments. Titles include "Twirler", "Soul Train", "Flatbed Buggy", "The Roadside Flowers", "Girl Woman", and "Bobblehead". CD

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George Thorogood & The DestroyersLive In Boston 1982 – The Complete Concert ... CD
Concord, 1982. New Copy 2CD ... $17.99 19.99
A heady dose of work from George Thorogood and The Destroyers – a set that captures them at the height of their early powers, with a searing sound that really comes through in the extended space of this full concert performance! George and the group were the kind that didn't need major radio or glossy promotion to get them going at the start – as they were a hard-working, ass-kicking band that began in the bars, and kept that energy strong as they hit larger venues like this – very much tied to the roots of the music that inspired them, but also with Thorogood emerging with the strong charisma of a rocker, more than just another blues rock guitarist. Titles include "Madison Blues", "The Sky Is Crying", "Bad To The Bone", "Move It On Over", "Reelin & Rockin", "Ride On Josephine", "House Of Blue Lights", "Cocaine Blues", "One Way Ticket", "Bottom Of The Sea", "It Wasn't Me", "Night Time", and "One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer". CD
Also available Live In Boston 1982 – The Complete Concert (deluxe 4LP red marble vinyl pressing) ... LP 62.99

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George Thorogood & The DestroyersLive In Boston 1982 – The Complete Concert (deluxe 4LP red marble vinyl pressing) ... LP
Concord, 1982. New Copy 4LP (reissue)... $62.99 69.99
A heady dose of work from George Thorogood and The Destroyers – a set that captures them at the height of their early powers, with a searing sound that really comes through in the extended space of this full concert performance! George and the group were the kind that didn't need major radio or glossy promotion to get them going at the start – as they were a hard-working, ass-kicking band that began in the bars, and kept that energy strong as they hit larger venues like this – very much tied to the roots of the music that inspired them, but also with Thorogood emerging with the strong charisma of a rocker, more than just another blues rock guitarist. Titles include "Madison Blues", "The Sky Is Crying", "Bad To The Bone", "Move It On Over", "Reelin & Rockin", "Ride On Josephine", "House Of Blue Lights", "Cocaine Blues", "One Way Ticket", "Bottom Of The Sea", "It Wasn't Me", "Night Time", and "One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on red marble vinyl!)
Also available Live In Boston 1982 – The Complete Concert ... CD 17.99

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VariousSounds Of The Times – From The KPM & Conroy Music Libraries 1970 to 1977 ... CD
KPM/Vocalion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
A treasure trove of Brit sound library work – most of it from the legendary KPM 1000 Series, plus assorted bits from the Conroy label as well! The work here leans heavily towards funky jazz – those fuzzy, hard-driving tunes that always made KPM sides a key choice for action films and cop shows – and which have made digging through sound library records such a delight all these many decades later! The compilers did a really wonderful job with this set – creating a feel that's a bit different than the usual sound library collection – because although funky overall, the package also features some jazzy moments too – key cuts that are interspersed with the action moments to create a really fleshed-out sense of mood and feeling. Plus, the set list is huge – 25 tracks in all, running for well over 70 minutes – truly the treasure trove we promised at the start of this review, with titles that include "Soul For Sale" and "Tycoon" by Keith Mansfield, "Block Buster" and "Head In The Clouds" by Johnny Pearson, "Loco Motion" and "Soul Foot Strut" by Dave Gold, "Traffic" and "Challenger" by Alan Hawkshaw, "Short Cut" by James Clarke, "Heavy Traffic" by James Cameron, "Speculation" by David Lindup, "Vegas To LA" by Dick Doerschuk, "Tough Assignment" by Chris Gunning, "Speedway" by Nick Ingman, "String Boogie" by Brian Bennett, and "The Double Take" by Steve Gray. CD

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✨✧ Beastie BoysCheck Your Head ... CD
Grand Royal/Capitol, 1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If Paul's Boutique was the Beasties' psychedelic hip hop Sgt Peppers, then Check Your Head is their White Album – a raw, stylistically sprawling, yet always connected batch of live instrumentation – backing rhymes that range from stream of consciousness to expertly written. Check Your Head is also their first outing without the guidance of outside producers, though the trio did bring in a host of regular collaborators like Money Mark and Mario Caldato Jr, who work as well with the Boys as ever. It's stunning how far The Beastie Boys grew creatively over their first few albums, and this point is pretty close to perfection! Titles include "Jimmy James", "Pass The Mic", "Gratitude", "Finger Lickin' Good", "So Whatcha Want", "Time For Livin'", "Something's Got To Give", "Groove Holmes" and "Professor Booty". CD

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✨✧ Roy Brooks & The Artistic TruthBlack Survival (limited hardbox version) ... CD
Im-Hotep/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the righteous Roy Brooks – a drummer who worked strongly in the soul jazz mainstream of the 60s, then stepped out into even headier territory here in the 70s! The album's a spiritual masterpiece all the way through – an album on par with early 70s Impulse sides from Pharoah Sanders or Archie Shepp, or the best from Strata East – cut with a similar blend of righteous rhythmic undercurrents, freewheeling solos, and vocalizations that really help underscore the message in the music! The lineup is filled with players as powerful as Brooks – Joe Bonner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Sonny Fortune on tenor and soprano saxes, and John Stubblefield on oboe – plus vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater, who's easily at her most righteous here. The album features the long "Black Survival" suite – with passages that include "Here & Now", "Prologue", "Sahel", and "Relief". CD
(Very limited hardcover version!)

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✨✧ 9th CreationStep Ahead ... LP
Past Due, Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic music from 9th Creation – an album that was recorded in the early 80s, but never issued at the time – which is a heck of a shame, as it's some of the best work we've ever heard from the group! The album's got a great blend of funk and soul – with a deepening of both the vocal and instrumental arrangements, at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout – and which unlocks these righteous elements in the music that we totally love! There's a fair bit of uptempo tracks, but these are mixed with great mellower moments too – with a vibe that's maybe a bit like the last few Leroy Hutson albums on Curtom – which is mighty fine praise from us. The notes indicate that only cassette copies were made of the sessions, but Past Due have done a wonderful job of bringing the music back to life with surprisingly strong fidelity – and titles include "More & More", "Always Be Lovers", "Let It Shine", "Beautiful Lady", "Music Is My Pen & Paper", and "A Step Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Royal JestersEnglish Oldies ... CD
Numero, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really wonderful work from the Texas scene of the 60s – not the heady psych or garage usually associated with the state, nor the more Latin-inflected modes from the border – but instead a unique batch of music that feels more like work from either coast, and which comes across with a surprisingly soulful sound! The 60s scene in East LA is well-known as a hotbed of early Chicano soul – and plenty of Spanish Harlem groups also dug doo wop at the time too – and the Royal Jesters fit perfectly right into that spot – working like a garage band, but with a stunning approach to vocal harmonies that really rivals the underground soul acts of the time. Most of the best cuts are relatively mellow and laidback – ala Joe Bataan's sweet soul work – and a few other nice numbers bring in a romping party vibe to balance things out, with some of the festive qualities you'd expect from the crowd scene on the cover. Yet it's the soul tunes we love the most, and the album's filled with them – a heady collection of 28 tracks that includes "I've Got Soul", "I'm So Sorry", "Afro-lypso", "My Life", "Spanish Grease", "Back To You", "Just A Friend", "Theme For A Lonely Girl", and "Meet Me Down In Soulsville". CD

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✨✧ Roy AyersFeeling Good ... CD
Polydor/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Stellar sounds from the great Roy Ayers – an early 80s album for Polydor, but a set that's still got the wonderfully tight, wonderfully groovy feel of his late 70s albums for the label! Roy's really perfected his sense of balance by this time – and does a great job of balancing groovers with sweet mellow steppers – the kind of cool, compressed, jazzy numbers that we love so much! Ayers heads for the clubs one minute, the bedroom the next – and draws us in beautifully whichever direction he takes – thanks to some sublime vibes and electric piano – and great lead vocals from Roy, and other singers who include Terri Wells, Vivian Prince, John King, and Ricky Williams. Titles include "Ooh", "Let's Stay Together", "Feeling Good""Knock Knock", "Turn Me Loose", "Stairway To The Stars", and "Our Time Is Coming". CD

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Prince Far ITrojan Albums Collection (Free From Sin/Jamaican Heroes/Voice Of Thunder/Musical History) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
Four fantastic albums from the legendary Prince Far I! The set begins with the classic Free From Sin – Great early work from Prince Far I – a stunning mix of reggae and dub, with a righteous quality that really gives the prince his title amongst 70s Jamaican royalty! Backing is by a version of the Roots Radics – with the excellent Style Scott on drums, Errol Holt on Bass, Bingy Bunny, Sowell and Chinna Smith on guitar, Bobby Kalphat and Snappin on keys, Bobby Ellis and Deadly Headly on horns, and Bongo Herman and Ras Millinek on percussion – but the real key to the sound is the way that Prince Far I produces the whole thing, and mixes his own sinister vocals with the heady, bottom-heavy rhythms – all with a quality that matches Lee Scratch Perry at his best! Titles include "Free From Sin", "Light Of Fire", "Reggae Music", "I & I Are the Chosen One", "Don't Deal With Folly", "Call On I In Trouble", "When Jah Ready You Got To Move", and "Siren". Jamaican Heroes is a totally great album by Prince Far I – and a set that already shows him building that crucial London/Kingston bridge that would be such a big part of his sound! The album features work from Sly & Robbie, and the killer drums of Style Scott on rhythm – but also includes contributions by London hipsters Viv Albertine & Ari Up (of the Slits), and David Toop (noted music writer and historian) – quite a mix, and all brought together wonderfully by the Prince's production, and really unique vocal approach. Titles include "Jamaican Heroes", "Prison Discipline", "Musical History", "Natty Champion", and "Golden Throne". Next up is a classic from Prince Far I – Voice Of Thunder couldn't be a more appropriate album title or moniker! Recorded at Channel One in 1981 with incredible analog dub production, it fully carries the grit, murk, heavy and heady soul of the 70s into the new decade –even if the sound is ultimately a bit different then the what he delivered in the 70s. That thunderous voice toasting over the rhythms is as incredible as ever – over the commanding bass of Professor Larry Silvera, tripped out drums & percussion by Jah Lloyd & Scully, occasional swirling keys by Steely, Tarzan and Tony Asher and the other great Channel One players. Titles include "Ten Commandments", "Every Time I Hear The Word", "Head Of The Buccaneer", "Shall Not Dwell In Wickedness", "Skinhead", and "Hold The Fort". Musical History is one of the last albums ever issued by Prince Far I – and a set that marks a fantastic cap to a too-short career! The Prince's vocal contributions are as impeccable as his dubby production work – and titles include "At The Cross", "More We Are Together", "Take Heed Frontline", "What You Gonna Do On Judgement Day", and "Tell Them About Jah Love". CD

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✨✧ Smif-N-WessunDah Shinin' (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Wreck/P-Vine (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $29.99
Classic Boot Camp hip hop from the Clik's peak era – with timeless production by Da Beatminerz. Stark, hard hitting beats of forthright rhymes from the heart of the mid 90s – such a classic era for hip hop in general, and this one strands strong even in such impeccable company! It might even sound better in hindsight than it did back in the day, given with wealth of classics that came out of the hip hop class of '95, you could be forgiven for overlooking it a bit in hindsight, but this genuinely up there with Liquid Swords, Cuban Linx, The Infamous Mobb Deep and the rest of the best. Includes "Timz N Hood Check", "Wrektime", Wontime", "Sound Bwoy Bureill", "Bucktown", and "Home Sweet Home" – making good use of Roy Ayers "We Live In Brooklyn", and "Let's Git It On". Includes the bonus tracks "Wreckonize (rmx vo)" and "Headz Ain't REdee". CD

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Willie WilliamsRaw Unpolluted Soul ... LP
Supreme Blues/Rah-El, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Messed up funky blues from drummer Willie Williams – here leading a Chicago group that includes work by Pinetop Perkins, Eddie Taylor, Roy Lee Johnson, Carel Bell, and Little Mack. There's no all-out funk tracks on the record – but it does have a soulful edge overall, especially in some of Willie's heavy-vamping drum work. Titles include "Detroit Blues", "Hot Pants Woman", "Wine Headed Woman", "38 Woman", and "Back To Mississippi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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VariousEnglish Weather ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
One of the coolest compilations we've ever heard from Ace Records – a really special set that follows in the tradition of their other St Etienne cafe/pub collections – and like those gems, a very different package than usual! This time around, the duo of Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs (who you'll also know from the Croydon International label) focus on an overlooked strand of British sounds at the start of the 70s – music that's moody, often jazzy, and almost always touched with a hint of blue – a kind of melancholic moment after the heady 60s – one that takes into stock all the great changes that had happened in the music, but delivers them in this laidback style that's completely unselfconscious. This isn't singer/songwriter material, and it's not progressive either – although it carries light traces of some of the best of those scenes – and if we had to try to dig for a tag for these tracks at all, we might use the term "folk funk" that was bandied about years ago – for cuts that have a vibe that's complex yet personal, and lots of jazziness in the phrasing. Titles include "Last Cloud Home" by The Orange Bicycle, "Love Song With Flute" by Caravan, "Moon Bird" by The Roger Webb Sound, "Early Morning Eyes" by The Peacock Band, "JTL" by T2, "Evening Shade" by Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw, "Windfall" by Offspring, "Never Let Go" by Camel, "Bottles" by Belle Gonzalez, "Watching White Stars" by The Way We Live, "Wise Man In Your Heart" by Daevid Allen, "Til The Christ Come Back Home" by Bill Fay, "Pamela" by Scot Mist, and "O Caroline" by Matching Mole – a song which perfectly sums up the mood of the set. CD

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VariousFor The Good Times – The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Revolutionary music from the young Kris Kristofferson – tunes that really helped set the Nashville scene on fire at the end of the 60s, and which had a surprisingly strong effect on pop and soul as well! Kris was a songwriter long before he was a singer (or an actor!) – and his way with a pen really transformed the spirit of American music – by introducing themes that were more open, honest, and adult – dealing with desire, failure, and folly – often with a slight undercurrent of wit that really sends the tunes home. This package does a great job of illustrating just how far the reach of Kristofferson was at his height – and brings together 23 tracks from a variety of artists, all with detailed notes that show not just the spirit of the songs, but also the varied interpretations within. Titles include "Sugarman" by Sam Baker, "Just The Other Side Of Nowhere" by Dean Martin, "Something They Can't Take Away" by Roy Orbison, "Rock N Roll Time" by Roger McGuinn, "Nobody Wins" by Cynthia Sheeler, "From The Bottle To The Bottom" by Billy Walker, "Loving Her Was Easier" by Lloyd Charmers, "Why Me Lord" by George Jones, "Somebody Nobody Knows" by The Everly Brothers, "For The Good Times" by Isaac Hayes, "If You Don't Like Hank Williams" by Hank Williams Jr, "To Beat The Devil" by Waylon Jennings, "The Junkie & The Juicehead Minus Me" by Johnny Cash, "Got To Have You" by The Walker Brothers, and "Prone To Lean" by Donnie Fritts. CD

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✨✧ Terence BlanchardSimply Stated ... CD
Sony, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Sam Newsome on tenor, Bruce Barth on piano, Rodney Whitaker on bass, and Troy Davis on drums. Tracks include "Lil' Fawdy", "Central Focus", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Detour Ahead", and "Glass J/Mo' Better Blues/Lonely Woman". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Lee PerryTruth & Wizdom 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Ascension (Australia), Early/Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Another volume of hard to find Perry tracks, collected by the expert selectors down under at Ascension records. Nearly twenty juicy numbers from the early 70s, all produced by Perry during his most fertile period. A dozen loping grooves, including some of the hardest to find Scratch rhythms, spread out over 19 tracks: The Heptones "I Do Love You", The Heptones & The Upsetters "Love You Version", The Pioneers "Yeaha, Yeaha, Yaa", Leonard Dillon & The Upsetters "Ethiopian Rock", I Roy & The Upsetters "Lizard Tongue Rock" & "Dread In The West", the Upsetters "Big Joke" & "Brother Dub", Dennis Alcapone "Well Dread", The Righteous Upsetters "Dread A Dread", Dillinger & The Upsetting Upsetters "Me Nah Tell A Man", Sam Carty "Brother Man", Leo Graham "Bread & Butter" & "Double Attack", Easton Clarke "Mr Phang, Mr Wong, Mr Chin", Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters "China Man Dub", Winston Wright & The Upsetters "Example Part One", Dillinger & The Upsetters "Headquarters" and Shenley Duffas "Black Girl In My Bed". CD
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✨✧ Lou CourtneyI'm In Need Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements – and the record's got a wonderfully full soul sound – with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads – all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of – sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album – and filled with great tracks like "I Will If You Will", "I'm In Need Of Love", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", "Somebody New Is Loving On You", and "The Common Broken Heart" – plus with the bonus cuts "Beware" and "Why". CD

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Uno Melodic Records ... CD
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to one of the greatest soul labels of the 80s – the groundbreaking Uno Melodic imprint, started by soul legend Roy Ayers as a showcase for some of his more creative projects! The vibe here follows perfectly from Roy's classic late 70s work on Polydor – and his famous album with Ramp – with a wicked blend of jazz, soul, and funk – all given a very sophisticated, righteous spin – with rhythms and instrumentation that are way different than the mainstream! That doesn't mean that these tunes aren't groovers – just that many were so far ahead of their time, they've only gotten full acclaim in recent decade – thanks to new discovery by DJs and hip hoppers, who've sampled more than a few of these cuts. The whole thing is wonderful – with a strong focus on some of the female singers that Roy was working with – and titles include "Remember To Remember" by Rick Holmes, "It's Your Love" and "I Know You Care" by Ethel Beatty, "Interlude" by Justo Almario, "Baby Don't You Know (inst)" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Just Keep My Boogie" by Jaymz Bedford, "Everybody" and "Chicago" by Roy Ayers, "Give Me Your Love" and "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin, and the cuts "Sing Me", "I Knew That Love", "Ladies Of The Eighties", and "Turned On To You" by Eighties Ladies. CD

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✨✧ VariousNorthern Soul's Classiest Rarities ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare soul groovers galore – including a few that appear here on vinyl for the first time ever! The "classiest" tag in the title might be a bit misleading – as these tunes are down and dirty Northern soul, not some toneyed-up work for the country club set – but they're all united by a strong approach to their work, and a sense of professionalism that really makes the tracks sparkle, even though most of them are quite obscure! In fact, a number of tunes on the set were only recently unearthed by the folks at Ace while going through tapes to prepare other reissues – collected here together as a rich representation of the untapped genius that lies in the vaults of many 60s soul labels. Titles include "Cut Loose" by Jeanette Jones, "Love Slave" by The Antellects, "Do It" by Pat Powdrill, "You Just Don't Know" by Ty Karim, "Losing Control" by Mary Saxton, "What Good Am I Without You" by Darrow Fletcher, "Strange Neighborhood" by The Imaginations, "I Only Cry Once A Day Now" by The Fidels, "Try My Love" by Troy Dodds, "Just Your Fool" by Eddie Whitehead, "A Man Of My Word" by Salt & Pepper, "Ain't No Telling" by Houston Outlaws, and "Tell Me Baby" by Karmello Brooks. LP, Vinyl record album

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Archie SheppWay Ahead ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
Definitely the way ahead in jazz – back in the 60s, and well into the 21st Century too! Archie Shepp's in prime form here – working with a sextet that's awash in avant freedoms, but which always shows a great sense of restraint – just the right power gained from the new modes of jazz expression, as the players dance together beautifully on a razor's edge of personal creativity and ensemble exploration. Players here include Grachan Moncur on trombone, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Beaver Harris and Roy Haynes on drums – and the album also features the first piano player on most of the Shepp albums on Impulse – Walter Davis Jr, making a rare outside appearance with the group! Titles include the classic track "Frankenstein", plus "Fiesta", "Damn If I Know (The Stroller)", and "Sophisticated Lady" – all nice and long! CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "New Africa" and "Bakai". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the 60 Impulse series!)

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✨✧ Archie Shepp5 Original Albums (Four For Trane/On This Night/Fire Music/Mama Too Tight/Way Ahead) (5CD set) ... CD
Impulse/Universal, Late 60s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking work from Archie Shepp – 5 albums that helped define the Impulse Records sound of the 60s! First up is Four For Trane – an amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done by Archie's sharply crafted musical vision on the set. The style here is that mix of freer lines and tighter conception that Shepp used with the New York Contemporary Five – and players include John Tchicai on alto from that group, plus Roswell Rudd on trombone, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Reggie Workman on bass, and Charles Moffett on drums. The lack of piano in the album is striking – and allows for plenty of horn interplay, but in a way that's much more cutting and dark than any of the piano-less horn dates from the 50s. Titles include 4 Coltrane compositions ("Syeeda's Song Flute", "Mr Syms", "Cousin Mary", and "Naima"), as sort of a tribute to Trane – plus Shepp's excellent "Rufus (Swung, his face at last to the wind, then his neck snapped)". On This Night is one of his most successful blends of the disparate influences that comprised his style. The group is a bit smaller than usual – which gives good focus to players like Bobby Hutcherson, Henry Grimes, and Joe Chambers. Shepp contributed some of his most haunting compositions to the set – including "On This Night", "The Mac Man", and "The Pickaninny" – and the whole thing's amazing enough to make you a Shepp convert for life. Whenever we get bogged down in some of his later recordings, we only need put this one on and feel refreshed! Fire Music is fantastic stuff – easily one of Archie Shepp's greatest albums, and certainly one of the pivotal points of 60s avant garde jazz! The album features Shepp leading a crack "new thing" line up that includes Ted Curson on trumpet, Marion Brown on alto, Joe Chambers on drums, Reggie Johnson on bass, and the lesser-known Joseph Orange on trombone – all playing in a beautifully poised manner, never too far out and free, but with all the dynamic energy of the best jazz changes of the 60s! There's a vibe here that's similar to some of the Blue Note "new thing" work by players like Grachan Moncur, Jackie McLean, and Tony Williams from the time – but there's a vision that's also wider and deeper, too, given the size of the group and the way they interact. Titles include "Hambone", "Los Olvidados", "Malcolm Malcolm–Semper Malcolm", and an insane cover of "Girl From Ipanema". You can't go wrong with this one – trust us! Mama Too Tight is growing brilliance from the young Archie Shepp – a record that's not just about Archie's own amazing work on the tenor, but also his keen modern vision as a leader! The combo here is an ensemble that features some of the hippest modernists of the 60s – Roswell Rudd and Grachan Moncur on trombone, Perry Robinson on clarinet, Howard Johnson on tuba, Charlie Haden on bass, and Tommy Turrentine on trumpet – making a rare non-bop appearance here, and further enforcing our already-high estimation of his talents! The style's somewhat in the "new thing" mode of the period, but it's also a bit more tightly arranged too – almost hitting Mingus-like modes for the bigger ensemble – balancing the force of the group together with very free, bold solo impulses from the players. Side one features the extended "Portrait Of Robert Thompson (As A Young Man)" – and side two features "Mama Too Tight", "Theme For Ernie", and "Basheer". Way Ahead Is definitely the way ahead in jazz – back in the 60s, and well into the 21st Century too! Archie Shepp's in prime form here – working with a sextet that's awash in avant freedoms, but which always shows a great sense of restraint – just the right power gained from the new modes of jazz expression, as the players dance together beautifully on a razor's edge of personal creativity and ensemble exploration. Players here include Grachan Moncur on trombone, Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Beaver Harris and Roy Haynes on drums – and the album also features the first piano player on most of the Shepp albums on Impulse – Walter Davis Jr, making a rare outside appearance with the group! Titles include the classic track "Frankenstein", plus "Fiesta", "Damn If I Know (The Stroller)", and "Sophisticated Lady" – all nice and long! CD

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James ClayCookin' At The Continental ... CD
Antilles, 1991. Used ... $6.99
James Clay and David "Fathead" Newman on tenor saxophone, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Winard Harper on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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Iggy & The StoogesYou Think You're Bad Man? – The Road Tapes 1973/1974 (5CD set) ... CD
Main Man/Cherry Red (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy 5 CDs ... $34.99
Searing live work from Iggy Pop and The Stooges – material recorded right around the same time as Raw Power – with the kind of frenetic energy as some of the stage shots of Iggy on the cover of that classic album! The Stooges had shut down before returning to glory in 1972 to launch themselves into their classic Raw Power record – and the 5CDs here feature the live material performed by the group in support of that release – leading up a a Detroit concert in February of 1974, which was to be the last Stooges show ever! Concerts are from LA (9/16/73), Detroit (10/10/73), Baltimore (11/73), New York (12/31/73), and Detroit again (2/9/74) – and there's a few great "Rant" tracks from Iggy – plus titles that include "Gimme Danger", "Heavy Liquid", "I Got Nothin", "Rich Bitch", "Louie Louie", "Cock In My Pocket", "Head On", "Search & Destroy", "Open Up & Bleed", "She Creatures Of The Hollywood Hills", "Raw Power", and "Wet My Bed". CD

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MulatuMulatu Of Ethiopia (3LP version stereo/mono mixes – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1972. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and super-dope vibes – and the grooves on the set are really unique – slow, snakey, and with a sinister, almost other-worldly feel. There's not nearly as much vibes on Mulatu's Ethiopian recordings – and their appearance here really gives the set a nice American sort of twist – almost Roy Ayers meets Sun Ra with a hot dose of African funk thrown in for good measure! Titles include "Chifara", "Munaye", "Kaselefkut-Hulu", "Mascaram Setaba", and "Mulatu". This amazing 3LP package is super-limited – and features the full album in both stereo and mono versions – plus a full bonus album of out-takes from the original sessions! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kamasi WashingtonEpic (3CD set) ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2015. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 28.98
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist Kamai Washington, who emerges here as a tremendous leader, a hell of a writer, and a rich jazz talent in every sense of the word – carefully steering a group of musicians through work that's searing, searching, and driven with a very cosmic vibe! Tunes are often modal, and never step too far outside, but always push the boundaries – and the instrumentation is a shifting mix of keyboards, piano, trombone, trumpet, bass, drums, and percussion – plus some vocal performances from Dwight Trible and Patrice Quinn. You might know Kamasi from his work with Flying Lotus and Thundercat – the latter of whom plays bass on this set – but the album's very much his own, and very much jazz all the way through. The kind of record we're mighty proud to be offering – with tracks that include "Askim", "The Next Step", "Rhythm Changes", "Miss Understanding", "Leroy & Lanisha", "Re Run", "Seven Prayers", "Malcolm's Theme", and "The Message". CD

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Xanadu All Stars (Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell, etc)Night Flight To Dakar/Xanadu In Africa ... CD
Xanadu, 1980. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99 19.99
An excellent set of recordings from a unique moment for the Xanadu Records label – an imprint that was carrying the torch of the Prestige label style well into the 70s – also run by that label's old head, Don Schlitten! The tracks here were all recorded live in Dakar – by a tight quintet that features some of the best Xanadu players at the time – both Al Cohn and Billy Mitchell on tenor, plus Dolo Coker on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Frank Butler on drums. Mitchell is especially wonderful – an excellent soloist who was often lost in larger groups throughout his career, but who really got the chance to shine in the bigger, more open space of the small group sides. Both he and Cohn blow at some of their best levels for the performances – and titles include "Night Flight To Dakar", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", "Blues Up & Down", "Sweet Senegelese Brown", "Robbins Nest", "Blues In The Closet", "Easy Living", and "The King". CD

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VariousGirls With Guitars – Groovy Guitar Toting All Girl Bands & Suchlike From The 60s (colored vinyl) ... LP
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
Girls with guitars – a very dangerous combination, and one that's served up nicely by this sweet little vinyl set! The package brings together obscure girl rock tracks from the 60s – most of them in a rough garagey mode that stands as a very nice counterpoint to the sweeter girl group sound that's usually associated with the period. The tracks on the set are from a variety of labels, and include loads of work by groups we'd never heard of before, but who really sound great – most likely languished in obscurity due to the fact that their sound was years ahead of its time. The set has a nicely focused lineup from the CD series – with 12 titles that include "A Ladies Man" by Colette & The Bandits, "Shake A Tail Feather" by The Debutantes, "Climb That Tree" by She Trinity, "Outta Reach" by She, "International Girl" by The Beas, "I'm Gonna Destroy That Boy" by The What Four, "I Idolize You" by Gail Harris & The Wailers, "Please Please" by Goldie & The Gingerbreads, "Bo Diddley Is A Lover" by The Liverbirds, and "Stones" by The Ace Of Cups. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ George LewisComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note (Shadowgraph/Imaginary Suite/Homage To/Change Of Season/Dutch) (5CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1977/1979/1985/1987. New Copy 5CDs ... Out Of Stock
Amazing music from trombonist George Lewis – five different albums that each show a different side of his talents! First up is Shadowgraph 5 – a great early Black Saint, and a key example of the way the AACM spirit thrived overseas, thanks to the efforts of labels like this! The work is quite serious and experimental – almost compositional in nature, and definitely heading towards the AACM promise of "Great Black Music" – and other players include Roscoe Mitchell on saxes, Leroy Jenkins on violin, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Douglas Ewart on bass clarinet and other reeds, and Abdul Wadud on cello. One track even has Lewis playing the Moog in addition to trombone and tuba! Imaginary Suite is a duet with Douglas Ewart – and features Lewis both on trombone and electronics – and even his trombone at times is "electronically modified", making it a really cool-sounding instrument. Ewart plays a bit of percussion – plus bass clarinet and flute – and often hits some electronically-sensitive sounds with his reeds, making the album a really compelling interplay between acoustic and electric elements. Homage to Charlie Parker is hardly the bebop outing you might expect from the title, and instead a set of complicated work that's heavily in the AACM tradition! Side one features "Blues" – an investigation of older blues harmonics, but done in a very freeform, experimental way – with tenor trombone from Lewis, piano from Anthony Davis, bass clarinet from Doug Ewart, and moog from Richard Teitelbaum. Change Of Season is a killer tribute to the music of Herbie Nichols – played by a committed batch of modernists who are clearly inspired by his genius – including Misha Mengelberg on piano, Steve Lacy on soprano sax, and Han Bennink on drums. The set's completed by Dutch Masters – Lewis' last album for the label, done with a compelling lineup that includes Misha Mengelberg on piano, Steve Lacy on soprano sax, Ernst Reyseger on bass, and Han Bennink on drums – but in a style that's very different than the previous Change Of Season album. CD

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✨✧ Kamasi WashingtonEpic (3LP set) ... LP
Brainfeeder, 2015. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A modern day spiritual jazz treasure – completely wonderful all the way through, and a set you might well file proudly next to your classics from John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders! The record's as epic as it promises in the title – a three volume journey in jazz, headed by tenorist Kamai Washington, who emerges here as a tremendous leader, a hell of a writer, and a rich jazz talent in every sense of the word – carefully steering a group of musicians through work that's searing, searching, and driven with a very cosmic vibe! Tunes are often modal, and never step too far outside, but always push the boundaries – and the instrumentation is a shifting mix of keyboards, piano, trombone, trumpet, bass, drums, and percussion – plus some vocal performances from Dwight Trible and Patrice Quinn. You might know Kamasi from his work with Flying Lotus and Thundercat – the latter of whom plays bass on this set – but the album's very much his own, and very much jazz all the way through. The kind of record we're mighty proud to be offering – with tracks that include "Askim", "The Next Step", "Rhythm Changes", "Miss Understanding", "Leroy & Lanisha", "Re Run", "Seven Prayers", "Malcolm's Theme", and "The Message". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful 3LP edition, in a special box!)
Also available Epic (3CD set) ... CD 26.99

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✨✧ VariousBoddie Recording Company – Cleveland, Ohio (3CD set) ... CD
Boddie/Numero, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest sets the Numero Group has ever released – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given their already-mighty catalog! Although the label issued a previous dip into the enigmatic Boddie Recording company of Cleveland, this massive package brings together a whopping 57 tracks from the Boddie studios and related labels – many of which have never been reissued before, even by Numero – and all of which offer up a mindblowing microcosm of the American scene in the 60s and 70s – a wealth of rare funk, soul, psych, gospel, and more – all of it the kind of gritty material that 45 collectors die for! But just as cool as the music is the box itself – a slipcover that fits around a hardcover book, which contains individual pockets with CDs that focus on the core labels from Boddie – then other pull outs that include a big booklet on the studios, another on the artists, and a third set of bonus inserts! Musically, the whole thing's right on par with other Numero releases – maybe even above them, given the wide range and depth of the collection – and artists include Bo & The Metros, Inter Circle, King James Version, Ricky Hodges, Jackie Russell, Angela Alexander, Frankie Pighee, Chantells, AC Jones, Harvey Hall, Headlines, Modern Detergents, Penny North, JC Akins, Little Anthony Mitchell, Gospel Fabulators, Royal Kings, Corinthian Singers, Brother Bill, Victory 5, and many more. CD

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✨✧ MulatuMulatu Of Ethiopia ... LP
Worthy, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and super-dope vibes – and the grooves on the set are really unique – slow, snakey, and with a sinister, almost other-worldly feel. There's not nearly as much vibes on Mulatu's Ethiopian recordings – and their appearance here really gives the set a nice American sort of twist – almost Roy Ayers meets Sun Ra with a hot dose of African funk thrown in for good measure! Titles include "Chifara", "Munaye", "Kaselefkut-Hulu", "Mascaram Setaba", and "Mulatu". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mulatu Of Ethiopia (3LP version stereo/mono mixes – with bonus tracks) ... LP 32.99
 
 
 



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