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San Ul Lim3 ... CD
World Psychedelia (Korea), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $3.99
Super fuzzed out, trippy 70s psych rock from Korea's San Ul Lim – an album recorded by the Seoul rockers in the power trio format of guitar, bass and drums – but with such a fuzzy, dense tone that it's hard to fathom how on Earth they got the sound! The opening track starts in wonderfully eye-opening fashion with the buzzing guitar sound and raspy vocals – but the follow up tracks have a softer vocal tone and more of a spacey effect – kind of evocative of "Sister Ray" in the relentless buzz sounds, but with a more lilting overall vibe! Includes notes in English, but the titles are Korean – 5 tracks in all, including a mammoth 18 minute closer! (Apologies for the lack of track titles – the booklet includes an English language essay, but not a translation for the song titles!) CD
 
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James BrownSoulful Christmas (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
King/LMLR, 1968. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
James Brown recorded a few different Christmas records back in the 60s – but this stunner may well be the best of the bunch – a killer record that not only fills the need for James Brown Holiday tunes, but which also more than lives up to his non-Christmas gems for King Records too! There's a nice mix of funk and soul throughout – and the album features the incredible hit "Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto", plus the funky "Tit For Tat", the groovy "Christmas Is Coming", and the soulful "Let's Unite The Whole World at Christmas". Also features some stone-cold non-holiday cuts – like "In The Middle", "Say It Loud", and "Believers Shall Enjoy". Plus, James is standing on the front in a Santa suit – looking mighty funky! Back cover has a great set of photos – and the whole thing's Super Bad! CD
(Limited edition LP style sleeve – with red CD that has a vinyl-style design!)

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✨✧ Ed Kelly & Pharoah SandersEd Kelly & Friend (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Theresa/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
A great little record – partly for the piano work of Ed Kelly, but also for some killer sax work by Pharoah Sanders, who's the "friend" listed in the title! A few cuts are going for a fuller funky sound – with added players, and maybe in the Benny Golson late 70s albums on Columbia – but those tracks are mixed with some smaller, closer numbers that really capture that best spirit of Teresa Records at the time – a really unique quality that made the company one of the few late 70s labels to inherit the spirit of Impulse Records! The album has a great version of "Got To Have Freedom" – done at a different pace than the one on Pharoah's Journey To The One album – loping and modal, warm and soulful, and very spiritual. Other tunes are pretty nice too – and titles include "Newborn", "Rainbow Song", and "Pippin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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Dadisi KomolafeHassan's Walk ... CD
Nimbus, 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by Sunship Theus – all working together in a style that's infused with soulful, post-Coltrane exploratory energy, never going too far outside, and always staying true to the rhythmic pulse at its core. Kelly's vibes are really great – sparkling underneath solos by Komolafe that remind us a lot of Gary Bartz's earliest work – and titles include "Calvary", "Speak No Evil", and "Hassan's Walk". CD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)
Also available Hassan's Walk (180 gram pressing) ... LP 34.99

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Dadisi KomolafeHassan's Walk (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 44.99
A soul jazz treasure from the LA scene of the early 80s – a fantastic record that we'd rank with the best Strata East sides of the time! The group's led by alto saxophonist Dadisi Komolafe, and features vibes by Ricky Kelly, piano by Eric Tillman, bass by Roberto Miranda, and drums by Sunship Theus – all working together in a style that's infused with soulful, post-Coltrane exploratory energy, never going too far outside, and always staying true to the rhythmic pulse at its core. Kelly's vibes are really great – sparkling underneath solos by Komolafe that remind us a lot of Gary Bartz's earliest work – and titles include "Calvary", "Speak No Evil", and "Hassan's Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)
Also available Hassan's Walk ... CD 9.99

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Alessandro MagnaniniSomeway Still I Do (colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
A real rising star on Schema Records – composer Alessandro Magnanini, best known for his hit with Mario Biondi – stepping out here in a beautiful album of his own original music! There's a fresh feel here that really opens up a new chapter at Schema – still a bit of their old jazz/bossa vibe, but with a more expansive quality too – one that embraces bits of Bacharach, snaps of 60s soundtracks, and gentler jazzier passages too – all put together by a group that features key talents from the contemporary Italian scene – like vocalists Rosalia De Souza and Stefania Rava, trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso, and other instrumentalists on vibes, piano, tenor, and trombone. Most instrumentation is live – scored nicely, but not enough so that it loses the spontaneity of jazz – and other vocals are by Jenny B and Liam McKahey. The work is really beautiful – still mostly upbeat, but hardly just the stuff of dancefloor grooving too – key proof that Maganini's a big talent to watch in years to come. Titles include "Livin My Life", "Open Up Your Eyes", "Stay Into My Life", "But Not For You", "Greetings From Here", "Something Fine", "Suddenly", "Blind Date Blues", and "So Long Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition double colored vinyl pressing with bonus tracks!)

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Narassa (Sandro Brugnolini)/Zanagoria (Giorgio Carnini)UST 7011 – Popfolkmusic (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fonit Cetra/Sonor (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A split set of sound library instrumentals – recorded by two more famous artists, each working here under a pseudonym! Narassa is Sandro Brugnolini – an artist you might know for darker, moodier music on other records – but who turns in some very cool tracks on side one – numbers that definitely live up to the "popfolkmusic" title – in the way that they offer up unusual instrumental twists that echo popular modes of the tune, but in an offbeat way. The side features weird recastings of modes inspired by Bacharach, Donovan, and others – with titles that include "Pop Medioevale", "Gli Anni Del Candore", "Cineclown", and "Fermiamo Il Tramonto". Side two features work by Zanagoria – aka Giorgio Carnini – tunes that make sweet use of keyboards, including piano, electric piano, moog, and organ – used in a range of styles that includes a few especially nice funky tracks! Titles include "Calcio Derby", "Verdi Pascoli Inglesi", "Apertivo Da Vanni", and "Itinario Di Un Hippy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 600!)

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San Francisco Christian Center ChoirSound of the San Francisco Christian Center ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
A really fantastic album of spiritual soul from a San Francisco church in the 70s – one of those rare and sublime albums that's equally appealing to fans of gospel as it is to fans of 70s soul! The arrangements and presentation are great – full of well-crafted grooves that move from gentle to midtempo – with shifting vocal leads amidst the larger group, who provide this beautifully uplifting vibe – maybe similar to the Voices Of East Harlem or the NYCC! The music here is somewhere in between those groups – as a few tunes actually pick up the pace, and echo the dancefloor modes of the NYCC – but the mix of male and female vocals has this vibe that's also got more of the open, earnest quality of the Voices – which makes for a really wonderful blend and a deep spirit all the way through. Titles include "Let Him In", "The Promise", "Let Jesus Have His Way", "Joy", "Song Of Thanksgiving", and "Hebrews". CD

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SandboyEchoes ... CD
Hinterland (Germany), 2005. Used ... $1.99
A great second chapter in the career of Switzerland's Sandboy – a collection that features a few key new songs, plus great remixes of work from the Wanderlust album and a few other Sandboy remixes of other work! The remixes alone are worth the price of admission – because they expand the original Sandboy groove with a variety of spacey soul touches that we really like – but the new tracks really top off the set even more, and are a great reward to all of us who have been waiting for more material! New tracks include "Call Out" with Randolph Matthews on vocals and "Common Cause" with Clara Hill – and remixes include "Lua Nua (Smiles Ahead three trees rmx)", "Les Eclairs (Leroy Schlimm rmx)", "Written In The Leaves (Break Reform rmx)", "BSB (Gerd's 4lux rmx)", and "Viver (Butti 49 re-fusion)" – plus remix tracks "So Real (Sandboy rmx)" by Gerd with Vanessa Freeman and "Brain Mousse (Sandboy's moisturizing rmx)" by Plastyc Buddha. CD
(Out of print.)

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Pharoah SandersIzipho Zam (My Gifts) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 44.99
A rare non-Impulse Records album from the early days of Pharoah Sanders – but a set that ranks right up there with his classics for that legendary label! The album's one of the classics in Strata East's Dolphy Series – and it's a uniquely collaborative session from 1969, one that has Sanders working with a largeish group that includes Sonny Fortune on alto sax, Sonny Sharrock on guitar, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Leon Thomas on vocals, and Cecil McBee on bass – all coming together with a freely exploratory sort of energy, one that's a bit like some of Archie Shepp's most righteous sides from the same time. Sanders' tenor still dominates most numbers, but not as much as on some of the Impulse sides – and there's a nicely relaxed and personal feel to the whole album. The album features 3 long tracks – "Prince Of Peace", which has Leon Thomas doing his "Creator Has A Master Plan" thing, and the cuts "Balance" and "Izipho Zam", the latter of which jams for a full 28 minutes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Pharoah SandersSpirits ... CD
Meta, 2000. Used ... $9.99
A great later moment from Pharoah Sanders – a set that's one of his few from the time that really stretches out in the same open, spiritual territory of his classic recordings for Impulse! The group's a trio – with Sanders on tenor and wood flute, Hamid Drake on drums and other percussion, and Adam Rudolph on a host of different instruments – from hand percussion, to kalimba, bamboo flute, and gong! The style's probably mostly like Rudolph's other material – not nearly as outside as some of Drake's recordings – but the presence of Sanders' horn really shapes things a lot, and gives the whole thing a lot more bite than some of Adam's other material. The tracks are long, and mostly have Pharoah soaring out with beautifully emotive work on tenor. Titles include "Morning In Soweto", "Sunrise", "The Thousand Petalled Lotus", "Roundhouse", "Sunset", and "Calling To The Luminous Beings". CD

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Mongo SantamariaStone Soul ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good ... $9.99
A killer album from Mongo Santamaria's classic 60s run for Columbia – and a record that also features some wonderful alto work from a young Sonny Fortune! Sonny's the key soloist on the record – bringing some sharp jazz elements to an album that's equal part Latin and 60s soul instrumental – served up with key arrangements from Marty Sheller, and played by a cool mix of Latin and soul players that includes Mongo on congas and bongos, plus Pretty Purdie on drums, Haldey Caliman and Hubert Laws on tenor, Luis Gasca on trumpet, and Stephen Berrios, Julito Collazo, and Osualdo Martinez on percussion! Tunes are a mix of covers and cool originals – and titles include "Hitchcock Railway", "See Saw", "Cloud Nine", "Where We Are", "Love Child", "Who's Making Love", and "The Now Generation". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a sticker on the spine.)

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✨✧ Rodrigo Amado & Chris CorsanoNo Place To Fall ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Searing sounds from this excellent duo – Rodrigo Amado on tenor and Chris Corsano on drums – both musicians that have such a clear, tight understanding of each other that they're able to improvised freely in fantastic ways – whether moving at top speed as a duo, or stepping carefully around empty sonic space as they fill things in together! The record is one that really elevates our appreciation of both musicians, and which will have us certainly keeping an ear out for lots more in the future – and Amado especially is really emerging as a bold-toned tenorist with a strong current of soul. Titles include "Don't Take It Too Bad", "Announcement", "We'll Be Here In The Morning", "No Place To Fall", and "Into The Valley". CD
(Limited edition.)

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✨✧ Sandro BrugnoliniSuperground (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the trippiest sound library material we've ever heard from Sandro Brugnolini – in part because the core group here is a psychedelic combo, which might have led to a few of the tracks being used in a short animated film on Sharon Tate and Charles Manson! Yet as with most of the great sound library albums of the time, the music is way more than conventional – as guitar, organ, bass, and drums are arranged, recorded, and produced in very unusual ways – with a really open ear towards the fuller, larger sound – which includes great effects and other elements along the way! The whole thing's very groovy – kind of mid 60s Italian mod soundtrack styles meeting the psychedelic generation – and titles include "Kissing", "Villa Polanski", "Sharon Tate", "Hip Now", "Lovable", "Petting", "Under Funeral", and "Malattia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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

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✨✧ San Francisco Christian Center ChoirSound of the San Francisco Christian Center ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really fantastic album of spiritual soul from a San Francisco church in the 70s – one of those rare and sublime albums that's equally appealing to fans of gospel as it is to fans of 70s soul! The arrangements and presentation are great – full of well-crafted grooves that move from gentle to midtempo – with shifting vocal leads amidst the larger group, who provide this beautifully uplifting vibe – maybe similar to the Voices Of East Harlem or the NYCC! The music here is somewhere in between those groups – as a few tunes actually pick up the pace, and echo the dancefloor modes of the NYCC – but the mix of male and female vocals has this vibe that's also got more of the open, earnest quality of the Voices – which makes for a really wonderful blend and a deep spirit all the way through. Titles include "Let Him In", "The Promise", "Let Jesus Have His Way", "Joy", "Song Of Thanksgiving", and "Hebrews". LP, Vinyl record album
(Previously listed as a Record Store Day title – now bumped to wide release!)
Also available Sound of the San Francisco Christian Center ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 12 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From Impulse Records 1962 to 1975 ... CD
Impulse/Jazzman (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential look at the spiritual jazz legacy of Impulse Records – a set that's maybe a bit overdue in this series, given that Impulse first opened the door to these modes with their recordings of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders in the 60s! For some reason, Impulse had a perfect ear for this music – able to let players stretch out and be free, but also work some of the earlier modal jazz impulses into longer-form tunes that still had a pulse of rhythm – and which were often a bit different than the freer jazz styles on a label like ESP. Make no mistake, there's plenty of improvisation going on here – but it's also part of the larger, unified spirit of the tunes – a real message in the music, on selections that include "Sister Mamie" by Yusef Lateef, "Three Flowers" by McCoy Tyner, "7th Day" by Freddie Hubbard, "Half & Half" by Elvin Jones, "Groove Waltz" by McCoy Tyner, "The Blessing Song" by Michael White, "Turiya & Ramakrishna" by Alice Coltrane, "A Taste Of Honey" by Phil Woods, "Constant Trob (part 1)" by John Klemmer, "Hum Allah Hum Allah Hum Allah" by Pharoah Sanders, "Maimoun" by Marion Brown, "Lonesome Lover" by Max Roach, "Fantszm" by Elvin Jones, "Acknowledgement" by John Coltrane, "Thembi" by Pharoah Sanders, and "Journey In Satchidananda" by Alice Coltrane. And let us say that even if you have some of these tracks on other records, there's something completely sublime about the way the whole thing is put together – and the way the tracks sound next to each other! CD

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✨✧ BonoboBlack Sands (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Bonobo returns with a sweet set of evocative, blissful mood grooves after too many years away – a blend of soaring bits of strings, keys & atmospherics that tug a bit at your emotions – floating over some laidback, rhythmic beatcraft! There playing around with a number of dynamics here, making this perhaps their most far reaching album – with some jazzy keys and a world of rhythms, plus some laidback, eclectic club soul grooves on the numbers with vocals by Andreya Tiana. Includes "Prelude", "Kiara", "Kong", "El Toro", "We Could Forever:, "1009", "All In Forms", "The Keeper", "Eyesdown" and "Stay The Same" with Andreya Triana, "Animals" and "Black Sands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 10th Anniversary red vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ David BowieAladdin Sane (45th anniversary silver vinyl pressing) ... LP
Virgin, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite David Bowie albums ever! Aladdin Sane was a real turning point for Bowie – recorded on the heels of the tremendously popular Ziggy Stardust album, but really pushing the boundaries past the more straight-ahead rock and glam of that record. Instead of just sitting on his laurels, Bowie tripped out into a wilder, weirder world with this one – mixing together elements of some of the baroque arrangements of early records, with the meaner leaner sound of the 70s – populating the songs with freaks, weirdos, and odd characters that gave the whole thing a really creepy edge. The whole thing's an oft-overlooked gem that, to us, is truly one of Bowie's most magical moments – and titles include "Drive In Saturday", "Panic In Detroit", "Aladdin Sane", "Watch That Man", "The Jean Genie", "The Prettiest Star", "Time", and "Lady Grinning Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition silver colored vinyl – exclusive to indie brick and mortar stores in the US.)

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✨✧ Susan PhillipsSoft Sexy Soul (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
All Platinum/Soul Brother (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An appropriately titled set from Susan Phillips – an overlooked bit of slinky female soul that we'd rank right up there with All-Platinum early 70s releases by Sylvia and Eleanor Mills! The production is a wonderful mix of stripped down grooves with just the right amount of sweet strings and horns – creating just a gentle sort of New Jersey soul style that really works well with Phillips' vocals. Titles include her classic "He Knows My Key (Is Always In The Mailbox)" – plus "He's Gone", "Answer To A Prayer", "Please Don't Keep Me Lonely", "Just How Long", and "Goodbye My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersMoon Child (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Timeless/Tidal Waves, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautiful late 80s work from Pharoah – a wonderfully uncomplicated session that still has a great degree of soul! The album was recorded in Paris, with a quintet that includes William Henderson on acoustic piano, Stafford James on bass, Eddie Moore on drums, and Cheikh Tidiane Fale on percussion – and the overall approach is a bit more straight ahead than on some of Sanders' other albums – but in a really great way! The tunes are long and introspective – all done with spiritual rhythmic approaches, letting Pharoah open up on tenor and soprano sax – but never in a way that's overblown or overdone. The solos are perfectly placed – with wonderful phrasing and tone, rich in the colors that we've always loved on Sanders' work, but which can sometimes get lost in the confusion of an over-ambitious session. Titles include "Moon Child", "Moon Rays", "Soon", "Moniebah", and "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Marcos ValleMustang Cor De Sangue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Odeon/Elemental (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records ever by the legendary Marcos Valle – a set of pure genius that's beyond description – easily one of the key records that's got him so well-remembered in recent years! The record takes Valle's earlier bossa style, and filters it through a late 60s sense of baroque pop – filled with incredible sweeping arrangements, funky undercurrents, jazzy instrumentation, and lots of other cool touches – all sifted together beautifully by arranger Lyrio Panicali, and given a hip sound that's completely sublime! The music is almost a blend of soundtrack themes, experimental bossa nova, and deeply personal songwriting – all delivered with warmly crackling vocals by Valle in a way that goes far beyond language! Titles include "Frevo Novo", "O Evangelho Segundo San Quentin", "Mentira Carioca", "Samba De Verao 2", "Azimuth", and "Mustang Cor De Sangue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Voz Di SanicolauFundo De Mare Palinha (10 inch LP) ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautiful grooves from the Cabo Verde islands – and music that's maybe got a bit of a special sound compared to the rest! The group hails from the San Nicolau island – and although they work here in a variant of the coladeira mode, there's a lot of standout elements that make the whole thing really fresh and unique! The first might be the percussion – which is in there, but somehow muted – maybe by the nature of the recording process – so that the electric guitar and organ leap along in the lead, almost with the energy of a chicha recording, but warmer overall – and topped with great lead vocals from a male and female singer, whose way of alternating really keeps things fresh too. The set is one of the first international issues of music from this island – and titles include "Abole", "Ribera Prata", "Fundo De Mare Palinha", "Italiana", "Nha Antonia Engracia", and "Mare Lilli". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1500 – with download! Great 10" gatefold package, too.)

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✨✧ VariousSpiritual Jazz Vol 12 – Esoteric, Modal, & Progressive Jazz From Impulse Records 1962 to 1975 (3LP set) ... LP
Impulse/Jazzman (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An essential look at the spiritual jazz legacy of Impulse Records – a set that's maybe a bit overdue in this series, given that Impulse first opened the door to these modes with their recordings of John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders in the 60s! For some reason, Impulse had a perfect ear for this music – able to let players stretch out and be free, but also work some of the earlier modal jazz impulses into longer-form tunes that still had a pulse of rhythm – and which were often a bit different than the freer jazz styles on a label like ESP. Make no mistake, there's plenty of improvisation going on here – but it's also part of the larger, unified spirit of the tunes – a real message in the music, on selections that include "Sister Mamie" by Yusef Lateef, "Three Flowers" by McCoy Tyner, "7th Day" by Freddie Hubbard, "Half & Half" by Elvin Jones, "Groove Waltz" by McCoy Tyner, "The Blessing Song" by Michael White, "Turiya & Ramakrishna" by Alice Coltrane, "A Taste Of Honey" by Phil Woods, "Constant Trob (part 1)" by John Klemmer, "Hum Allah Hum Allah Hum Allah" by Pharoah Sanders, "Maimoun" by Marion Brown, "Lonesome Lover" by Max Roach, "Fantszm" by Elvin Jones, "Acknowledgement" by John Coltrane, "Thembi" by Pharoah Sanders, and "Journey In Satchidananda" by Alice Coltrane. And let us say that even if you have some of these tracks on other records, there's something completely sublime about the way the whole thing is put together – and the way the tracks sound next to each other! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Susan ChristiePaint A Lady ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever release of some incredible funky folk tunes from vocalist Susan Christie – originally recorded as demos in the years before her work at Columbia Records, and arguably even better than those classic singles! Backings here are by John Hill, who inflects Susan's folksy style with a heavier undercurrent – one that's subtly funky at the best moments, and which also pushes fuller strings and more baroque instrumentation into the mix – all in a way that almost sounds like David Axlerod might, had he started making folk records! Titles include the amazing 9 minute "Yesterday, Where's My Mind" – a funky mini-suite that's worth the price of the record alone – plus "Paint A Lady", "Rainy Day", "Ghost Riders In The Sky", "Echo In Your Mind", "When Love Comes", and "For The Love Of A Soldier". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited Edition.)

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✨✧ FunkadelicFree Your Mind . . . And Your Ass Will Follow (180 gram limited red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An insane classic from one of the wildest funk bands ever! According to reports, George Clinton and the band cut this set in a marathon 48-hour stretch in the studio – working like mad all night and day long, after dropping a motherlode of some mighty fine acid! We don't know if that story's entirely true, but the music on the album certainly backs it up – as it's some of the band's freest, most open-ended, most heavy-jamming work ever recorded! Guitars dominate over funky bass and drums – and the whole thing's an amazing blend of music, swirled together into a non-stop psychedelic party that includes P-Funk gems like "Funky Dollar Bill", "Free Your Mind", "Eulogy and Light", and "I Wanna Know If It's Good To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on red vinyl!)

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✨✧ Santa Maria RomitelliAldo E Ulla/Beat Del Panfilo ... 7-inch
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two very groovy tracks from the score to the film Top Sensation – both of them great! "Aldo E Ulla" has snapping drums and this very cool organ – moving between melody and this cool squishy sound across the keyboard – all in a way that reminds us of the great use of the instrument by Piero Piccioni! "Beat Del Panfilo" is fuller and funkier – even harder drums that romp along nicely, while a fuller horn section blasts out majestically with a cool mod groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 400 copies.)

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✨✧ Christian SandsBe Water (blue vinyl pressing – with download) ... LP
Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the most ambitious album to date from pianist Christian Sands – a set that's not entirely a suite, or some sort of a concept album – but which definitely has a heft that we didn't always feel in Christian's previous records! There's a richness here that comes not just from the overall conception, but the performances too – as everyone seems to resonate even more strongly in the company of each other – while Sands provides strong guidance as they weave their way through a host of beautiful compositions! The core group features Sands on piano, keyboards, Fender Rhodes, and Hammond – with Sean Jones on trumpet, Marvin Sewell on guitars, Marcus Strickland on tenor and a bit of bass clarinet, Yasushi Nakamura on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums – augmented at points with guest work from Steve Davis on trombone on two tracks, and a string quartet on another selection. Titles include "Sonar", "Be Water", "Still", "Steam", "Can't Find My Way Home", "Be Water I", and "Crash". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition royal blue translucent vinyl pressing – with download!)
Also available Be Water ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Susan CadoganGirl Who Cried (colored vinyl pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Grover (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great return to form for one of the greatest female singers of the 70s reggae scene – the lovely Susan Cadogan, who works here in a format that really lets her hit all the right sort of vibes! Rhythms are full, but laidback – and Susan's voice is beautifully upfront, maybe a bit raspier than before – but with all of its heartbreaking charms fully intact, served up in a very classic style! Titles include "Crazy", "The Best Of Me", "Don't Know Why", "Lay Down Beside You", "Nine Million Bicycles", "The Girl Who Cried", "Truth Talkin", and "Don't Burn Your Bridges Behind You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 250 – on red vinyl and with bonus CD!)
Also available Girl Who Cried ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Blaze FoleyDawg Years (cream vinyl pressing) ... LP
Fat Possum, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 20.00
A straight-up incredible batch of recordings by the Austin singer-songwriter ghost of a legend that is Blaze Foley – a self-destructive character better known to the stars he influenced than he is to the masses (he is the "Drunken Angel" who Lucinda Williams wrote and sang about) – material from the mid-to-late 70s when he was billed as Deputy Dawg and put together here for one of the best compilations on Fat Possum in years! What makes this set so wonderful is the cohesive flow of it. It's solo folk country material recorded in a trio of intimate sessions from February of '76, November of that same year, and September of '78. Plaintive in presentation, with a passion that both soars to the heavens and plunges the depths. Bruised and totally beautiful! Titles include "You'll Get Yours Aplenty", "I Should Have Been Home", "Let Me Ride In Your Big Cadillac", "Big Chief Hightower", "Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream", "Rudee Down In New Orleans", "New Wave Blues", "Fat Boy", "Cosmic Doo Doo", "Cold, Cold World", "Crawl Back To You" and more. 20 in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited cream colored vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ GenesisTrick Of The Tail (180 gram Easter yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atco, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
Life after Peter Gabriel – with Phil Collins doing a surprisingly great job on vocals – free from all the tripe of later years! The group are still very much in the mode of their early prog years, but balance things out with a few catchier tunes – a mode that's a bit like the Selling England By The Pound album, sans Gabriel. Collins is learning how to express himself soulfully, but not in a commercial way – and the few off moments are more than balanced with some wonderfully tight instrumental work – on tracks that include "Dance On A Volcano", "Robbery Assault & Battery", "Ripples", "Trick Of The Tail", and "Mad Man Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right pressing. Limited edition!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, January 22.

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Loleatta HollowayLove Sensation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $24.99
Landmark club grooves from the great Loleatta Holloway – and a record that definitely has her at the top of the disco game for the 70s! Holloway's working here with a nice variety of arrangers and producers – including Bobby Womack, Norman Harris, Dan Hartman, and Tom Washington – each of whom add some sweet little touches that let Holloway's vocals really take off, and find a space that's even more proud and powerful than ever before! Rhythms have an incessant Salsoul groove – that great approach that was often tightly funky at the core, and which really helped transform a key few singers like Holloway – taking them to the clubs, but without losing any of the depth of their roots. Key proof of this is the sublime leadoff track – "Love Sensation" – one of the greatest Salsoul tracks ever, and maybe one of the best female disco numbers too. The cut's a monster, one of the most anthemic dance tracks of all time – and it's followed by other good numbers that include "Two Became a Crowd", "My Way", and "Short End of the Stick". CD features bonus tracks – 6 more mixes of "Love Sensation", including "Tom Moulton 12", "unreleased Tom Moulton", "Shep Pettibone 12"", "Shep Pettibone 12" rough", and "acapella". CD
(Part of the Salsoul Records Original Master Collecion!)

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Per Texas JohanssonStrak Pa Himlen Och Stora Hus (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2019. New Copy ... $24.99
An insanely wonderful step forward for reedman Per Texas Johansson – a musician that we've loved on other records from the Moserobie label, but who's never sounded this fantastic before! Johansson's still got a strong focus on his reedwork and soundshapes – but the style of the group is also very different, with Mattias Stahl on vibes and Marimba, Konrag Agnas on drums and tympani, Josefin Runsteen on violin, and Margaret Bengtsson on harp – an instrumental lineup that really creates a new, very fresh setting for the leader's lines on tenor, flute, bass clarinet, clarinet, and oboe! Most songs have a modal sort of vibe – almost spiritual, but maybe slightly more modern in conception – yet never in a way that's cold or academic, as the record is easily the most personal, most moving work we've heard from Johansson to date. Both the rhythms and sonic conception of the record are fantastic – and titles include "Lethe", "Allt Var Som Vanlight", "Jalusi", "Blues I Dis", "Borja Om Igen", "En Klunga Bildas", and "Siffro Och Tecken". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies!)
Also available Strak Pa Himlen Och Stora Hus ... CD 18.99

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisAll My Yesterdays – The Debut 1966 Village Vanguard Recordings (3LP 180 gram vinyl pressing) (2019 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Resonance, 1966. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)... $69.99
The birth of a legend – documented here in a really wonderful package – a brilliant 2CD set that brings forth the first-ever recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – heard here on the debut nights of their very long run of Monday night performances at the Village Vanguard! Right from the start, this group was really something special – formed by the meeting of two legendary talents, trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis – and driven strongly by a lineup of all-star players who were happy to shelve their egos this night of the week, and come together in a unit that was far more than just the sum of its amazing parts. Players on these two nights include Hank Jones on piano, Richard Davis on bass, Jimmy Owens and Bill Berry on trumpets, Bob Brookmeyer and Garnett Brown on trombones, and Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Pepper Adams, and Jerry Dodgion on a flurry of amazing reed performances – producing the kinds of insane colors and edges the group was always known for! This isn't big band jazz – at least not the sort you'd think of with cliche – and instead, the recordings document the meeting of amazing talents creating effortlessly together under the leadership of two generous giants. The package is wonderful, really a tribute to this amazing music – oversized, and with a huge booklet of notes and photos – and 2CDs with titles that include "Back Bone", "Big Dipper", "Mornin Reverend", "Little Pixie", "All My Yesterdays", "Once Around", "Ah That's Freedom", and "Don't Ever Leave Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight vinyl pressed at RTI!)

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Shango Dance BandShango Dance Band ... CD
Comb & Razor, Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Insanely wonderful work from Shango Dance Band – a group headed by onetime Fela Kuti bandmate Ojo Okeji – whose bass work here is worth the price of admission alone! Okeji was a key part of Fela's Koola Lobitos, until leaving the group in 1968 – and taking some of the best players with him – to form the amazing Shango Dance Band, which is this incredible bridge between older Afro jazz modes and the new funk styles to explode in the 70s! At some level, the groove's a bit like that which Fela was percolating at the start of the 70s – but there's also some jazzier currents on the horn solos, especially the trumpet – and Okeji's bass is very far up in the mix – dipping, turning, and crafting these amazing grooves throughout – with a snakey vibe that's completely sublime – as is the entire record. And sure, there have been plenty of Afro Funk reissued on the market in the past decade or so – but few as essential as this one – or as enjoyable! Titles include "Position Pass Power", "Women Are Great", "Son Of Thunder", "Alupandu Gbe", and "I Need Your Love". CD

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Horace TapscottLive At Lobero Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nimbus/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 44.99
A strong trio session from Horace Tapscott – recorded in Santa Barbara in 1981, with a trio that features Sonship on percussion and the great Roberto Miranda on bass! Miranda's tone is round and warm, and brings out some of the most soulful sides of Tapscott's playing – even when he's getting a bit free on the keys, which he does on the album's longer tracks. The album features a great 21 minute reading of Tapscott's perennial favorite "The Dark Tree" – done with a great throbbing bassline – plus the tracks "Raisha's New Hip Dance" and "Sketches Of Drunken Mary". LP, Vinyl record album
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Leon ThomasSpirits Known & Unknown (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Flying Dutchman/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 44.99
Wonderful work from Leon Thomas – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and a set that was recorded at the same time he was working with Pharoah Sanders! Thomas really rose to fame on Sanders' classic "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – and this set really takes off from that moment – letting Leon spin out some spiritual vibes of his own, and step into a few fresh new styles as well! The album's plenty righteous right from the start – partly because the lineup includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and the enigmatic "Little Rock" on tenor – who is actually Pharoah Sanders – but also because Leon serves up a shorter take on "The Creator Has a Master Plan" – done in a great style! The album also features a classic vocal take on Horace Silver's "Song for My Father", with lyrics that we totally love – plus the frenetic "Malcolm's Gone" – and the tracks "One", "Echoes", "Let The Rain Fall On Me", and "Damn Nam". LP, Vinyl record album
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Zeca Do Trombone & Roberto SaxZeca Do Trombone & Roberto Sax ... LP
Pirata/Mad About Records (Portugal), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Fantastic funk from 70s Brazil – an album that effortlessly blends jazz and funk with a touch of Brazilian rhythms – all at a level that matches some of the most soulful combos of the time from the Rio and Sao Paulo scenes! As you'd guess from the title and cover, there's plenty of trombone and tenor solos in the mix – but the real appeal is the way the whole thing grooves together – rhythms that have warm currents from keyboards, sweet electric basslines, and some acoustic percussion to ground the whole thing in older modes – while the leaders serve up a bit of vocals alongside their horns. The production is cool and compressed – as with the best 70s funk from Marcos Valle or Joao Donato – and titles include "My Brother Zeca", "Coluna Do Meio", "Nanar Contigo", "Na Passarela", "Ta Legal", "Santa Inquisicao", and the extended "Tributo A Martin Luther King/Black Is Beautiful/What's Going On". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousPye Girls Colored My World – 32 Brit Girl Tunes Of The Swinging Sixties (180 gram blue vinyl) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Pye/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $32.99 35.99
A mad assortment of 60s girl pop from the UK – one that features a huge amount of material pulled from the vaults of Pye Records! If you've always thought that Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw were all that was going on in the UK pop scene at the time, you'll really be blown away by the scope of material in this collection – as the package features a total of 32 tunes in all, most of which are by artists that were barely ever known on this side of the Atlantic! The song selection is great – and nearly all of it is in that high-stepping, tightly punctuated mode that we first came to love in the tunes of Petula Clark, but which are really beginning to discover in a huge amount of other singers! Features work by Simone Jackson, Glo Macari, Shirley Abicair, Tammy St John, Helen Shapiro, Sharon Tandy, Sandra Barry, The Ferris Wheel, Mally Page, Tawney Reed, Billie Davis, and many others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition pressing – on heavyweight "baby blue" colored vinyl! Includes bonus print, too!)

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✨✧ George ColemanGeorge Coleman Quintet In Baltimore (180 gram pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Reel To Real, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from tenorist George Coleman – featured here in the sort of setting that really reminds us of his genius when allowed to really open up and blow! The tracks are long, and the material was recorded by the Left Bank Jazz Society – that Baltimore-based organization that's managed to capture important (and excellent) sessions over the years, including classics from Lee Morgan and Wynton Kelly. Coleman was on one of the Kelly dates, but is even better here as a leader – and works with an unusual group that includes Danny Moore on trumpet, Albert Dailey on piano, Larry Ridley on bass, and Harold White on drums – with nice use of trumpet that keeps the record from being very different than just a live date from a tenorist with rhythm section. Titles include long takes of "Joy Spring", "Afternoon In Paris", "Sandu", and "Body & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing of 1500 – on heavyweight vinyl!)
Also available George Coleman Quintet In Baltimore ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A quadruple-header from Ramsey Lewis – four albums from his great 70s electric period on Columbia Records! First up is Funky Serenity – sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". Golden Hits isn't a "best of", but instead has Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". Solar Wind was cut smack dab in the middle of Ramsey's glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". Sun Goddess is one of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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✨✧ Frank ZappaHot Rats (180 gram pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Bizarre/Zappa, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those records that should be an insane dark mess, given the look of the cover – but which turns out to be a surprisingly well put-together effort all the way through! Zappa does a great job of hiding behind his hair here – never acting with the pomp that a pop genius like him could easily have enacted – and instead passing off the record as if it's just another freakout – despite the fact that the arrangements are some of his tightest, most focused, and downright groovy so far! There's plenty of key musical help to make the whole thing come out right – including bass from Shuggie Otis, the inimitable voice Captain Beefheart, on the cassic "Willie The Pimp", violin from Jean-Luc Ponty, drums from Paul Humphrey, and bass from Max Bennett – all players who really live up to the musical complexity of Zappa's compositions – often with a pre-fusion vibe that's almost unexpected. Other titles include "Son Of Mr Green Grass", "The Gumbo Variations", "It Must Be A Camel", "Peaches In Regalia", and "Little Umbrellas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition translucent pink colored heavyweight vinyl!)
Also available Hot Rats ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Glen CampbellGentle On My Mind/By The Time I Get To Phoenix ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of Capitol Records classics from Glenn Campbell – back to back on a single CD! First up is Gentle On My Mind – an insanely wonderful early album from Glenn Campbell – the kind of music that's not really rock, pop, or country – but instead a unique summation of all, at a level that only Campbell could do this well The album kicks off with the sublime pop hit "Gentle On My Mind" – one of those jangly tunes that we could listen to forever – and then soars into a beautiful blend of tunes from different sources, including covers of Nilsson's "Without Her", Rod McKuen's "The World I Used to Know", Jimmie Rodgers' "It's Over", and Donovan's "Catch The Wind" – as well as the huge hit "Mary In The Morning". Glenn's got a hell of a voice – and it sounds great on all the tracks! By The Time I Get To Phoenix begins with Glenn Campbell's amazing take on the title tune by Jimmy Webb – a pure moment of 60s genius! The pairing of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb is probably one of the greatest ideas ever in the history of pop music – as you'll hear on the album's title track, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Glen's original hit version of the song – written by a wee Jimmy at a young age – forever cut the way for his unique blend of pop, country, and easy vocal styles. The tune also kicks off this pretty nice little album of tracks that features great lesser known numbers, including some surprisingly great country covers. Titles include "Back In The Race", "My Baby's Gone", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "Bad Seed", "Love is A Lonesome River", and "I'll Be Lucky Some Day". CD

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✨✧ Vince Guaraldi TrioCharlie Brown Christmas (70th anniversary edition – with 3D cover) ... LP
Fantasy/Craft, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing record – one with a depth that goes way beyond its simple roots, and which has gone on to become one of the true Christmas classics of the 20th Century! Although a Christmas soundtrack, the album's more of a tapestry of sadness, longing, and loss – the best qualities that always emerge in true Christmas classics – underscoring the blue side of the season that's always lurking around corners from the happier moments. Vince Guaraldi penned this score back when he was a rising talent on the San Francisco scene – and in a way, it was almost his musical contribution to the cartoon that made it such a lasting favorite – even over and above the appeal of the famous animated characters. Most tunes are simple piano ones, but played with a phrasing that's beautifully timeless – and the few vocal numbers feature voices from the cartoon, singing softly with the music. Titles include the classic "Linus and Lucy" – plus "My Little Drum", "Christmas Is Coming", "Christmas Time Is Here", "Skating", and "Fur Elise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – in a 3D lenticular sleeve!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2014 – Music Of Joe Henderson & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2015. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The moody genius of Joe Henderson is a perfect match for the highly creative talents of this wonderful group – an all-star octet that features Miguel Zenon on alto, David Sanchez on tenor, Warren Wolf on vibes, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Obed Calvaire – all giants on their own, coming together here in a wonderfully balanced ensemble! This isn't just a group playing head arrangements then taking off into solos – as there's a very cohesive spirit throughout, as the music of Joe Henderson is mixed with originals by the group – given fresh arrangements by Wolf, Zenon, Simon, and others. Titles include "Recorda Me", "A Shade Of Jade", "Afro Centric", "Synthesis Of A Band", "Eternal Wait", "Fire", "Jinrikisha", "Absolvents", and "Black Narcissus". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2018 – The Music Of Antonio Carlos Jobim & Original Compositions ... CD
SF Jazz, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim gets some really wonderful treatment here – very far from the bossa roots of most of the tunes, in a free-flowing, highly creative set of arrangements by the members of the group – who then balance out the set with some of their own compositions as well! Jobim's music dominates the first half – arranged by vibist Warren Wolf, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon, pianist Edward Simon, tenorist David Sanchez, and trombonist Robin Eubanks – who together really make some special magic with titles that include "Waters Of March", "Garoto", "Inutil Paisagem", "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", and "Chega De Saudade". The second half features wonderful originals – almost a track from each member of the group – with titles that include "Another Side", "Variations", "MZ's World", "Insight", "Sketch", and "Unseen Worlds". CD
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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive In New York 2011 – Season 8 – Music Of Stevie Wonder & New Compositions (3CD set) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2011. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The San Francisco Jazz Collective, recording in New York – doing a really wonderful job with a host of tunes from the mighty Stevie Wonder! These aren't soul songs, or easy cover versions – as the tunes are complex and jazz-based right from the start – stretched out in ways that only use the compositions as an initial framework, before adding in all these really creative arrangements, and strong solos from just about every member of the group! This time around the lineup features Stefon Harris on vibes, Mark Turner on tenor, Miguel Zenon on alto, Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Edward Simon on piano, Eric Harland on drums, and Matt Penman on bass – an instrument that's really important to the shape of many of these tunes. The group also brings in a few originals – most in the spirit of Stevie – and titles include "Orpheus", "Young & Playful", "Sir Duke", "Creepin", "Race Babbling", "Superstition", "Do I Do", "Blame It On The Sun", "My Cherie Amour", "Visions", and "Life Signs". CD
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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive The At SF Jazz Center 2019 – Miles Davis In A Silent Way & Sly & The Family Stone Stand ... CD
SF Jazz, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest albums ever issued from this all-star group – a 50th anniversary tribute to two classic albums from 1969 – In A Silent Way by Miles Davis, and Stand by Sly & The Family Stone! The pairing is a great one – as Miles was listening to a lot of Sly in the late 60s, and the Family Stone were a key part of the SF scene at the time – but the group here makes the whole thing come across as way more than just a recasting of classics – because, like other tributes to their inspirations, the Collective have a really strong way of making things completely their own! Sly tracks alternate with Miles numbers – and vocals are handled by Martin Luther McCoy, who's worked with The Roots – in a group that also includes Warren Wolf on vibes, David Sanchez on tenor, Etienne Charles on trumpet, Adam Rogers on guitar, and Edward Simon on piano. The vocal tracks are nice and long – with a lot more jazz instrumentation than vocals – and titles include "I Want To Take You Higher", "Sex Machine", "In A Silent Way/It's About That Time", "Everyday People", 'You Can Make It If You Try", "Shh/Peaceful", and "Sing A Simple Song". CD
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✨✧ BombinoBombino Live In Amsterdam (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Partisan, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A nice little setr from Bombino – recorded in Amsterdam, but heavy on the kind of fuzzy, freaky guitar work that have made the Tuareg group such an international hit in recent years! These guys wail mightily throughout – mixing pulsing rhythms with nicely freaky guitar lines – complex, but always down to earth – and proof that the legacy of Hendrix can travel to some very far-flung corners of the globe! Titles include "Takamba", "Timtar", "Amidinine", "Midiwane", and "Azamane Tiliade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
Also available Bombino Live In Amsterdam ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Coke EscovedoComin' At Ya! ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pure brilliance from Coke Escovedo – an artist who really finds a way to make so many different things come together perfectly – with results that are even stronger than his previous work in Azteca and Santana! The set's got a warm blend of Latin roots, modern soul, and jazzy fusion – all produced by the great Pat Gleeson with the same sort of genre-bending care he brought to his own work as a musician! Gleeson makes things smooth and spacey, but never slick – really layering the sound at a level that's somewhere in the Mizell family territory, but with a bit of a different vibe. Coke's percussion is wonderful – and the set features vocals from Errol Knowles, plus backing from The Waters, and guest instrumentation from both Joe Henderson on tenor and Gabor Szabo on guitar. The whole thing's great, and titles include the sublime groover "I Wouldn't Change A Thing", a sweet remake of Willie Bobo's "Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries", and the tracks "Back Seat", "Runaway", "Hangin On", "Somebody's Callin", and "Diamond Dust/Vida". CD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)

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✨✧ Georges GarvarentzUn Beau Monstre ... CD
Pathe/Early Dawn (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest soundtracks ever – an insane treat throughout! The music is very different than anything that George Garvarentz ever did before – and maybe since – as he brings together all sorts of cool jazz, funk, and psychedelic elements with effortless ease – then throws in a bit of the sort of sweetness that you'd find in more familiar Italian and French soundtracks of the time! George will be forever known to groove hounds everywhere for his landmark psych-funk track "Haschisch Party" – one of the gems on this album, and a cut that's got all this great mad sitar alongside really romping percussion– laid out nicely next to to the sweeping easy feel of "Le Mariage De Nathalie", the slinking sex of "Un Bonheur Malheureux", and the vocalizing of "Stay" and "My Way Of Loving You", both wonderful pop numbers with a sublime late 60s feel, and both sung in English! CD

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✨✧ SF Jazz CollectiveLive At The SF Jazz Center 2017 – Original Compositions & The Music Of Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder, & Thelonious Monk (2CD/DVD) ... CD
SF Jazz, 2017. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A great showcase for the endless talents of the San Francisco Jazz Collective – as the set features some stunning original material, balanced with classics from Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, and Stevie Wonder – all served up here in a beautiful extended performance! As always, the group are really brilliant with color – with this special quality that really sets them apart from so many other all-star groups, and which always seems to give their performances such a strongly unified vibe. Players include David Sanchez on tenor, Miguel Zenon on alto, Warren Wolf on vibes, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Sean Jones on trumpet, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Obed Calvaire on drums – and titles include the originals "Off Kilter", "Perseverance", "Tune For June", "Tidal Flow", "Venezuela Unida", and "Give The Drummer Some" – plus versions of "Creepin", "When Will The Blues Leave", "School Work", "Una Muy Bonita", "Reflections", "Criss Cross", and "Sir Duke". Includes a bonus DVD – four songs from a Music Of Miles Davis performance! CD
(Limited numbered edition of 5000 copies!)

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✨✧ VariousGirls Scene (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Decca (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
To our ears, the UK scene of the mid 60s was much more of a girl pop haven than the US one of the time – and if this set isn't proof of that fact, we don't know what is! The Brit girl sound of the 60s has certainly been well-represented by recent reissues of work by Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, and Cilla Black – but here, the sound is a lot lesser-known – served up by 25 lovely females, a few of whom went onto greater fame, but most of whom we're hearing here for the very first time! The collection is incredible – a dream of a set if you dig 60s girl pop, and one that's supported by richly-done notes that are every bit as careful as the overall track selection. Titles include "Oo Chang A Lang" by The Orchids, "Only You Can Do It" by The Vernons Girls, "The Boy From Chelsea" by Truly Smith, "Two Lovers" by Louise Cordet, "You Just Gotta Know My Mind" by Dana Gillespie, "When Love Is True" by Susan Hampshire, "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" by Beryl Marsden, "My Friend Bobby" by Pamela Blue, "Give Me Rhythm & Blues" by The Mysteries, "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind" by Vashti, and "Shang A Doo Lang" by Adrienne Poster. LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Record Store Day limited edition pressing!)

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✨✧ Jackie McLeanMonuments ... LP
RCA, 1979. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A rare electric outing from legendary altoist Jackie McLean – and one that comes off surprisingly well, given that the move was quite a shift for the reedman! The album's got a spiritual current that McLean developed in some of his earlier 70s material – like his gems for the Steeplechase label – but also mixes in some funky fusion elements too, in a blend that almost puts Jackie in the territory that Gary Bartz hit with his Music Is My Sanctuary album – another musician who made a similar shift at the time! Production is by Mitch Farber, who also wrote most tracks – and Jackie really holds his own in the setting! Titles include the classic funk numbers "On the Slick Side" and "Long Time Lover" – plus "Gotta Get A Piece Of Your Soul", "The Molimo", and "Dr Jeckyll & Mr Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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Grateful DeadBay Area Boogie ... CD
Rockin', Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $29.99
Tracks 1,2 & 3 from the Oakland Coliseum, 9 October 1978, 4 & 5 from Berkley July 13th 1984, 6 from the Oakland Coliseum December 28th 1982 & 7 from San Diego January 1st 1970. CD
(Out of print, packaged in a slim LP style sleeve which has some edgewear.)

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Grateful DeadBlues For Allah (Original Master Recording) ... CD
Grateful Dead/Mobile Fidelity, 1975. Used Gatefold ... $26.99
Prime Grateful Dead from the mid 70s – a time when the group were traveling famously around the globe, spinning out long songs with plenty of solos – but also able to keep on coming up with nicely sharp songs on records like this! By this point in their career, they're so instrumentally strong, they hardly need to show off – that is, they certainly do, but in a much more subtle way than before, and maybe than in a live setting – packing decades of roots and years of deftness into songs that include "Franklin's Tower", "Crazy Fingers", "Sage & Spirit", "Blues For Allah", "Sand Castles & Glass Camels", and "The Music Never Stopped". CD
(Limited numbered hybrid SACD edition.)

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✨✧ Grateful DeadDave's Picks Volume 29 – Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino CA 2/26/77 (3CD set) ... CD
Rhino, 1977. Used 3 CDs ... $44.99
... CD
(Out of print, limited numbered edition of 20000 copies.)

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Jethro TullNothing Is Easy – Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970 (180 gram transparent orange vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Eagle/Ear Music (Italy), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
A really great live set from Jethro Tull – full of the strong solos and expanded performances that always made the live side of the group so great at the time! The lineup here features searing guitar work from Martin Barre, keyboards and piano from John Evan, and plenty of wicked lines on flute next to the vocals of Ian Anderson – on titles that include "Dharma For One", "Bouree", "My God", "My Sunday Feeling", "With You There To Help Me", "To Cry You A Song", "Nothing Is Easy", and "We Used To Know/For A Thousand Mothers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition on transparent heavyweight vinyl!)

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

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✨✧ VariousSoul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A great look at one of our favorite record labels of all time – a company that was one of the first we ever worked together with, back when we started Dusty Groove – and whose music has been a huge inspiration to us for decades! Black Fire is a really special record label from the DC area – not just a jazz imprint, but more of an artistic collective – maybe similar to what Tribe Records was to the Detroit scene of the 70s, but also more open to more soulful sounds too – which is what really makes so many of these tracks so great – as they have a perfect balance between jazz, funk, and soul – kind of that through-line that the Chicago scene had as things moved from Sun Ra, to Phil Cohran, on to the Pharoahs and Earth Wind & Fire! That trajectory is key here – as many of the players were rooted in more avant jazz styles, but were also eager to communicate their message in ways that were more universal – which is why the music here has such lasting appeal over the years – as it's filled with messages of love and peace, life and pride – with an intensity that maybe makes these tracks every bit as important now as when they were first recorded. The best-known group on the set is Oneness Of Juju, but there's work from the whole spectrum of Black Fire artists – tracks that include "Look At The People" by Wayne Davis, "Doin The Carvin For Thabo" by Lon Moshe, "African Rhythms (live 1975)" by Oneness Of Juju, "Children Of Tomorrow's Dreams" by Theatre West, "People" by Experience Unlimited, "Follow Me" by Okyerema Asante, "Third House" by Southern Energy Ensemble, and "Drummers From Ibadan" by Byard Lancaster. CD
Also available Soul Love Now – The Black Fire Records Story 1975 to 1993 ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ VariousUltimate Trojan Dub Box Set (9CDs) ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1970s. Used 9CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Heavy! What other way could we describe this awesome collection combining three of the already mighty three disc Trojan box sets into one gargantuan collection of dub and Dee Jay tracks? They've collected volumes 1 and 2 of their dub sets with the unstoppably burning Dee Jay box, for an astounding selection of sound system shattering numbers, sure to test the limits of your woofers, including "Miss Know It All" by Scientist, "Rebel Dance" by the Observer All Stars, "Dubbing Sandra" by the Upsetters, "Slum" by Gregory Isaacs, "Do You Dub" by the Aggrovators, "Herb" by Sly & the Revolutionaries, "King Tubby's Badness Dub" and "I Trim the Barber" by King Tubby, "Acupulco Gold" & "Lambs Bread" by Sly & the Revolutionaries, "Throne of Blood" by Prince Jammy, "Flash Gordon Meets Luck Skywalker" & "Buck Rogers in the Black Hole" by Roots Radics and "Casanova Dub" by the Observer All Stars on the dub sets, and the likes of King Stitt, U Roy, Dennis Alcapone, I Roy and Big Youth on the mic, for the Dee Jay collection performing "Screaming Target", "Yamaha Skank", "Hot Bomb", "True True", "Herbsman Shuffle", "King Of Kings", "S90 Skank", "Cow Town Skank", "Fire Corner", "The Great Woggie", "Love I Tender", "Shock & Shake", "Dreamland Version" and "DJs Choice", plus way too many more to list here! CD
(Out of print. Please note the inner sleeve is missing for Dub Vol 1, Disc 2 – it's been replaced with a generic one. Outer box has some wear.)

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✨✧ Young-Holt UnlimitedMellow Dreamin' ... LP
Cotillion, 1970. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of their wildest and most beautiful LPs! By this point, Young & Holt getting past their usual funky Brunswick sound here, and they've opened up the groove a lot with lots of nice extra bits. The best proof of this is their fantastic take on "Midnight Cowboy", which has an insane breakdown, funky piano, and this cool trumpet line playing counterpoint to the piano. Also includes a bunch of great tracks by piano player Ken Chaney, like "The Creeper" and "Trippin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some creases in the gloss and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ VariousSoul Of The Bee Gees ... CD
Right Stuff, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice covers from Al Green, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Candi Staton, Portrait, Dionne Warwick, Percy Sledge, the Staple Singers, Richie Havens, Nina Simone, Jerry Butler & Thelma Houston, Yvonne Elliman, the Tavares & Samantha Sang. CD
(Out of print, very slight stain inside booklet.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald/Ramsey Lewis/Jimmy Smith/Kenny BurrellVerve Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Swinging Christmas/Sound Of Christmas/Christmas 64/Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas) (180 gram 4LP set) ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. New Copy 4LP ... Out Of Stock
Four Christmas classics in one package – two from Verve, two from Chess Records! First up is the album Ella Fitzgerald Wishes You A Swinging Christmas – a wonderful Holiday album that's stayed fresh for years! Ella's got a perfect style to interpret these numbers – working with Frank DeVol and Russ Garcia in a set of lightly jazzy versions of Christmas favorites like "Sleigh Ride", "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "Frosty The Snowman", and one of the best versions of "What Are You Doing New Years Eve" ever recorded! The Sound Of Christmas album by Ramsey Lewis is a classic – and probably one of the best-selling Christmas jazz albums of all time! Ramsey and his classic trio with Redd Holt and Eldee Young serve up a tight set of grooves based around Holiday favorites like "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Winter Wonderland", "Here Comes Santa Claus", "The Christmas Song", and "Sleigh Ride" – and also carve out a few nice originals like "Christmas Blues" and "The Sound Of Christmas". Side one features the trio on its own, and side two features added arrangements by Riley Hampton – swirling around to expand the groove even more! Christmas 64 – also issued as Christmas Cookin – is as cookin a Christmas album as you'll ever find! Jazz organ giant Jimmy Smith works with Billy Byers to craft some sublime instrumentals that have his Hammond interpreting Christmas classics like "We Three Kings", "White Christmas", "Silent Night", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". If you know Jimmy from the time, you know that he can really make tracks like these groove nicely – and take them to places you never expected! Last up is the album Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas, from guitarist Kenny Burrell – on which he grooves nicely and gently over arrangements by Richard Evans, perfectly crafted in that soul jazz mode of his 60s work for Chess – not Kenny's most challenging format, to be sure, but proof that he often works better in a more structured environment than a freer one. Titles include "Away In A Manger", "My Favorite Things", "Little Drummer Boy", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Merry Christmas Baby", and "Go Where I Send Thee". LP, Vinyl record album
(All four albums with original cover art on the jackets – in a cool slipcover too!)

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✨✧ Cultural NoiseAphorisms Insane ... LP
CBS/Wah Wah (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A heady electronic set from the start of the 80s – but one that's got a vibe that's much more like work from the decade before – save maybe for a slight shift in instrumentation! The album features two side-long tracks, both mighty nice – and with electronic instrumentation that really shifts around a lot, and which is a lot more progressive than some of the dreamier electronic sets of the time – almost as if these guys were lost in a closet in the back room of Brain Records for most of the 70s, then stumbled out at the end of the decade to find themselves in a room for of Roland, Arp, Micro Moogs, and EMI digital synths! Titles include "After The Selfdisintegration In Time" and "Pursuing The In Time Disintegration Reality". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Sandy DennyLike An Old Fashioned Waltz (180 gram clear vinyl pressing) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Island/Universal (Italy), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the highest points in the solo career of Sandy Denny – a set that has her working with a hip array of British musical contemporaries, but also getting some sublime larger orchestrations from Harry Robinson and Bob Leaper too! The mix of folksy elements and higher ideals is wonderful – very much in that transformative style that Island Records was bringing to British folk at the start of the 70s – maybe most famously in the work of Nick Drake, but also with Sandy Denny at her best! Titles include "Like An Old Fashioned Waltz", "Whispering Grass", "Friends", "Dark The Night", "Solo", "No End", and "Until The Real Thing Comes Along". LP, Vinyl record album
(On 180 gram clear vinyl – with lyric sheet!)

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✨✧ Vandermark 5Four Sides To The Story (limited 2LP box set) ... LP
Not Two (Poland), 2007. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful, heavy duty double vinyl box set that chronicles reeds genius Ken Vandermark and his Vandermark 5's live work from a late November '05 date at the Alchemia club in Krakow – with the latest 5 lineup from the superb Discontinuous Line album – powerful stuff that you already know is amazing if you've ever had the occasion to the the crew work live! Always one to wear his influences proudly on his sleeve, with a fiery approach that's all his own, Vandermark is in top form here – and surrounded by incredible, intuitive players – including Fred-Lomberg Holm on cello, Tim Daisy drums, Kent Kessler on bass and Dave Remis on sax. Titles include "Vehicle (For Magnus Broo)", "Camera (For Edward Weston)", "Suitcase (For Ray Charles, Elvin Jones, And Steve Lacy)", "Convertible (For Charles Eames)", "Burn Nostalgia (For Art Pepper)", "Some Not All (For Phillip Wilson)" and "Reciprocal (For Santiago Calatrava)". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousCatacombs – Temple Street, Wolverhampton 1968 to 1974 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Charly (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime 60s soul singles – upbeat, grooving, and brought together in support of legendary UK club The Catacombs – an early hotbed for the Northern Soul scene! The package is heavy on notes and images from the club – but even if you've never set foot in the UK, or on a dancefloor, you'll still find plenty here to love – a searing batch of 28 gems from the late 60s – most of them pretty darn rare, and usually with an edge that's a lot rawer than mainstream work of the time! The Catacombs seemed to pick the cuts that still held onto some of the sharper qualities of the earliest years of soul – less smooth groovers and more gritty tracks that really make this batch stand out. Titles include "Try A Little Harder" by The Fi-Dels, "What Is This" by Bobby Womack, "Suffering City" by Johnny & Lilly, "Psychedelic Soul" by Saxie Russell, "Do Me Like You Do Me" by John Williams & The Tick Tocks, "The Wrong Girl" by The Showmen, "Every Beat Of My Heart" by The Du-Ettes, "Michael" by The CODs, "Chinatown" by Victor Knight, "House Of Heartaches" by The Neptunes, "Love Time" by Kelly Brothers, "I've Got To Have Your Love" by Mill Evans, "The Touch Of Venus" by Sandy Wynns, "If You Ask Me" by Jerry Williams, and "Nothing Worse Than Being Alone" by The Ad Libs. CD

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✨✧ Hamilton De Holanda/Daniel Santiago/Edu Ribeiro/ThiagoHarmonize ... CD
Brasilianos (Brazil), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the sharpest jazz work we've heard from Hamilton De Holanda in awhile – a quartet session that has a bit more edge than some of his other records, and which uses his work on bandolim in the lead as a very powerful solo instrument! The group also features Daniel Santiago on guitar, Thiago Espirito Santo on bass, and Edu Ribeiro on drums – and the combination of the two string instruments is great, and produces all these wonderful shades of color and cascades of tone – driven nicely by the rhythms, which have more punch than we might normally expect. Titles include "Samba Blues", "Chama", "Meu Coracao E Seu", "Nasceu O Amor", "Canto Da Sirimea", and "Alo Arlindo". CD

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✨✧ Grateful DeadDave's Picks Volume 18 – Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco CA 7/17/76 (3CD set) ... CD
Rhino, 1976. Used 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Includes an extra seven tracks from the 7/16 show at the same venue. CD
(Out of print, limited numbered edition, #13242/16500. Includes bonus disc with 8 more tracks from the 7/16 show!!!)

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✨✧ Oattes Van Schaik (The Limit)Limit (aka Love Attaxx) ... CD
Portrait/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
Dutch soul, but with plenty of help from US talents – including Gwen Guthrie on vocals and David Sanborn on saxes! Oattes Van Schaik is actually the duo of Bernard Oattes and Rob Van Shaik – and the album was originally issued under the group name of The Limit in Europe, which was then changed upon its US debut – kind of a clunky moniker that might have held the set back a bit, even though it's got a tightness that's right up there with US classics of the time. Many of the cuts are upbeat, but also have touch of class – some jazziness in the instrumentation, which warms up the mostly male vocals. Gwen sings on the classic "Say Yeah" – and other tracks include "Miracles", "Could This Be Love", "Love Attaxx", "Destiny", and "Crimes Of Passion". CD

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Joe AlbanyEvening With Joe Albany ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1973. Used ... $9.99
A lost treasure from the great Joe Albany – a well-recorded solo performance from the 70s, and one that really gets at the increasing complexity of Albany's music in his later years! Joe's maybe best-remembered for his contributions to bop, but he's also a player with a sound that really bridges generations of jazz – one that's able to encompass older modes of expression, but always give them some sharper modern edges – in ways that are sometimes subtle, but always completely sublime! This set has Joe working with amazing dexterity over a host of standards – some long, some short, a few in medleys – with this insane command of the keyboard that keeps on pulling out notes that are surprising, yet surprisingly right in the progression that Albany creates – represented here in a setting that gives the legend the same kind of intimate, solo focus that you might have heard on the best Art Tatum recordings. Titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "If You Could See Me Now", "All The Things You Are", "As Time Goes By", "More Than You Know", and "Who Can I Turn To". CD

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Booker T & The MGsHip Hug-Her ... LP
Stax, 1967. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, and the set includes loads of great original number written by the group – the kind of cool tunes they most likely cooked up while jamming live in the studio! These gems include the seminal "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Carnaby Street", "Booker's Notion", "Soul Sanction", "Double Or Nothing", and "Slim Jenkins' Place". But the covers are groovy too – and include a version of "Pigmy", plus "Groovin" and "Sunny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label stereo pressing – a nice copy! Cover has a hype sticker.)

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Miles DavisBitches Brew (Original Master Recording – Hybrid SACD pressing) ... CD
Columbia, 1969. Used 2CD Gatefold ... $44.99
One of the few cases in jazz where an oft-played classic still resonates with power! The record itself is a key cap to Miles Davis' already-groundbreaking years of the 60s – a bold step forward, not just for his nascent electric sound, but also for jazz in general – and the benchmark by which so many other records would be judged (and fail) in years to come! The double-length set makes full use of all four sides of the record – expanding the flow (as well as the lineup) of the original Davis modal vision – and using all players to amazing effect, so much so that most players here turn out some of their best recorded work ever! The lineup is virtually a whose who for the sound of fusion in the 70s – including Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, Bennie Maupin on bass clarinet, Joe Zawinul and Chick Corea on keyboards, John McLaughlin on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Lenny White and Jack DeJohnette on drums – plus Jumma Santos and Don Alias on added percussion. Titles include "Pharaoh's Dance", "Spanish Key", "Sanctuary", "Bitches Brew", "John McLaughlin", and "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down". CD
(Limited, numbered edition packaged in a cool LP-style gatefold sleeve.)

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Doctor UmezuDiva ... LP
NEC/Studio Mule (Germany), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Kazutoki "Doctor" Umezu was always one of the more unusual Japanese saxophonists back in the day – not just a jazz musician, but a player who's open to a wide variety of styles – which you'll definitely hear here, in a cool collaboration with percussionist Midori Takada and keyboardist Ichiko Hashimoto! The tunes have a bit of jazz in the mix, but also move through other instrumental styles – often with more fullness than Takada's own work, maybe in a mode that echoes some of the cool "jazz plus" experiments on French labels – first on Saravah, later on Nato/Chabada. There's a bit of voice on the record, but mostly used as another instrument – in a nice mix that includes alto, tenor, soprano, and bass sax – plus bass clarinet, toy piano, pianica, percussion, marimba, gongs, drums, and even some toys! Titles include "Gosan", "Ohayashi", "Poi", "Diva", and "Nishibi No Ataru Heya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Art FarmerYesterday's Thoughts ... CD
East Wind (Japan), 1976. Used ... $18.99
Sublime work from trumpeter Art Farmer – and a key document of the way that he continued to develop his sound in the 70s! Farmer's at the height of his powers here – working in a soulful quartet with Cedar Walton, Sam Jones, and Billy Higgins – just setting up these beautiful little solos that seem to float out effortlessly from his golden horn. The gentle emotion and light swing of the album give it the surprisingly emotional pull of a sad San Francisco afternoon – as the sun shines brightly, but a strange chill interrupts any easy dreaming that might take place. Includes sublime versions of "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life", "How Insensitive", "Firm Roots", and Benny Golson's "Yesterday's Thoughts". CD
(Out of print, 2015 East Wind Masters 1000 pressing – includes obi.)

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Fluence (Pascal Comelade)Fluence (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Etats-Unis/Superior Viaduct, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Sublime minimalist experiments from Pascal Comelade – music that's kind of a more offbeat, low-fi take on the territory of Terry Riley – as Comelade performs these beautiful long lines on both piano and organ! Pascal is working here on one track with guitar from Richard Pinhas, another with trumpet from Philippe Beseme and drums from Ben Soussan, and another with guitar from G Ibanez and bass from JP Barreda – all instrumentalists used in different ways, in different shifting patterns of sound – on titles that include "A Few Reasons To Stay A Few Reasons To Split", "Schizo", and "Barcelona Tango". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered, limited edition of 750!)

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Merle HaggardPortrait Of Merle Haggard/Keep Movin' On ... CD
BGO/Capitol (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of Capitol Records killers from Merle Haggard – back to back on a single CD! First up is A Portrait Of Merle Haggard – a 1969 album that shows just how much he'd grown and matured during his 60s years at Capitol Records – and almost a celebration of all that time, given how many great songs Merle manages to put inside the record! The set begins with the sublime "Working Man's Blues" – a tune that's got jazzier currents than Hag ever had a few years back, but which also delivers a very pointed message to the bulk of his audience – and creates a new anthem for Merle in the process. The record then progresses with a host of other fantastic tracks, half originals by Haggard, and all showing the many moods of the maturing singer – "What's Wrong With Stayin Home", "Silver Wings", "I Die Ten Thousand Times A Day", "I Came Close To Living Alone", "Who Do I Know In Dallas", and a great version of "She Still Thinks I Care". Keep Movin On is a mid 70s effort from Merle Haggard, and one that shows just how much he continued to bring his best to his work for Capitol Records – not just in his vocals, but in his songwriting too – as the album features almost all original material by Haggard! The mood nicely varies, and Hag hits some of those maturing masculine modes that were coming in with some of his contemporaries – blending "stay at home with the wife" sort of songs with others that echo more of the hellraising and sadness of younger years – all as a beautiful testament to his genius! Titles include "Movin' On", "Life's Like Poetry", "September In Miami", "Here In Frisco", "Always Wanting You", "Kentucky Gambler", "A Man's Gotta Give Up A Lot", "I've Got A Yearning", and "These Memories We're Making Tonight". CD

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Coleman HawkinsHawk Flies High (Original Master Recording) ... LP
Riverside/Mobile Fidelity, 1957. Sealed ... $84.99
A key album in the reintroduction of Coleman Hawkins in the late 50s – recorded in a style that still bears a lot of traces of earlier years, but at a time when Hawk was being claimed as a key influence by a variety of younger modernists! The set's got a sense of freedom that's really surprising – especially on the longer numbers, which unfold with some playful instrumental twists that seem to come especially from trumpeter Idrees Sulieman and trombonist JJ Johnson – both of whom are great on the record. Other players include Hank Jones on piano, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – and titles include "Juicy Fruit", "Think Deep", "Blue Lights", "Sanctity", and "Chant". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition, still sealed.)

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Loleatta HollowayCry To Me (180 gram clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A wonderful album of southern soul from Loleatta Holloway! The record was her last in the deep soul mode – and it's a gem that should have made her as big as her later disco records – a really well-crafted extension of styles that Stax and Atlantic had done in the 60s, but given a smoother, more sophisticated vibe for the 70s! The record was produced by Floyd Smith, and it's got some of the most sophisticated production we've heard on a southern diva album from the 70s – with instrumentation that still boggles us with its brilliance. Case in point is the amazing cut "Cry To Me", which has these insane banks of "weeping" guitar that send chills down our spine! The cut was written by Sam Dees, who also penned some other fine material for the album – and titles include "I Know Where You're Coming From", "Just Be True To Me", "Something About The Way I Feel", and a cover of Ruby Andrews' "Casanova". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 250 – on clear heavyweight vinyl!)

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Juju (Oneness Of Juju)Chapter Two – Nia ... LP
Strata East/Now Again, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 25.98
The rare second album from Juju – the avant jazz collective who'd later morph into funk band Oneness Of Juju, but who still sound pretty revolutionary here! There's a bit more focus than before – still energy that's a lot like the best righteous jazz groups coming out of Chicago or St Louis at the same time, but maybe a bit more direct, too – and really showing some of the stronger spiritual tones that would only blossom more strongly in later years! Reedman Plunky Nakabinde is firmly at the helm of the group – on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – but the set also features great work from Lon Moshe on vibes and percussion, Babatunde on congas and drums, Phil Branch on bass, and Al-Hammond Raul on piano and percussion. The sounds are a bit less Afro-styled than on the Oneness records, but still have all the great spiritual currents – and titles include an excellent version of Pharoah Sanders' "Black Unity", plus the original tunes "Contradiction", "Nia", "Black Experience", and "The End Of The Butterfly King". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Includes a great 12" square, 12 page booklet of notes and photos!)

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Sven LibaekSolar Flares (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Peer/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
Sublime sound library work from mid 70s Australia – one of the greatest records ever from soundtrack genius Sven Libaek, done in collaboration with a host of the greatest Aussie jazz players of the time! The groove here is laidback, but funky – almost dreamy at times, in the manner of a sweet Italian soundtrack – but also with a flowing groove that seems to draw both from bossa nova and west coast jazz of previous years, yet turn these influences into a whole new sound entirely. Most of the tunes are small combo, and feature reeds from Don Burrows and Erroll Buddle, guitar from George Golla, and vibes from the amazing John Sangster – all wrapped up by Sven with an approach that's almost effortless at times – never too forced, nor too slick – and a fair bit different than music of this type coming from other hemispheres in the 70s! Titles include "Solar Flares", "Stella Maris", "Lift Off", "Destination Omega 3", "Space Walk", "Meteoric Rain", "Quasars", "No Flowers On Venus", and "In Nebular Orbit". CD

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Albert Mangelsdorff & Lee KonitzArt Of The Duo ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic showcase for these two modern jazz giants – sublime trombone sounds from Albert Mangelsdorff, perfectly paired with the alto sax of Lee Konitz – all at a level that makes the album one of the best from both players at the time! The session was actually a late MPS effort, but issued on Enja – and it vaguely recalls some of the Mangelsdorff MPS duos from a decade before – but maybe more rhythmic and swinging overall – never totally free jazz, and clearly improvised – but with an inherent rhythmic core that's also very much appreciated, especially as both players throw out some very creative sounds. Titles include "Hot Hut", "Inclination", "A Minor Blues In F", "En Passant", "Bloas", and "Matti's Matter". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Sergio MendesBeat Of Brazil (aka Voce Ainda Nao Ouviu Nada) (blue & yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Culture Factory, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Early bossa jazz from Sergio Mendes – recorded with his famous Bossa Rio combo, in the years before he moved to America! The album's a classic in Brazilian jazz – a tight album of bossa-inflected jazz tunes played with razor-sharp precision, handled with a style that went on to influence countless other Brazilian groups at the time. Mendes is in the lead on piano, and other players include Edison Machado on drums, Raul De Souza on trombone, and Hector Costita on tenor sax. The whole thing's great – a masterpiece of both jazz and bossa – and it's filled with classic tunes arranged by Jobim, Moacir Santos, and Sergio himself. Titles include "Nana", "Primitivo", "Desafinado", "Ela E Carioca", "Amor Em Paz", "Noa Noa", and "Neurotico". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited blue & yellow vinyl pressing!)

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MF DoomOperation Doomsday ... LP
Metal Face, 1999. New Copy (reissue)... About April 1, 2021
The first full length from MF Doom –setting the standard for underground hip hop to come! On this modern classic, Doom caps off the 90s with more jazzy soul in the beats, and some semblance of straightforward, if busy rhyme mastery from Doom & his guests – taken to the outer limits! What really pushes this one into legendary status are how well he works with creaky comic adventure samples, and it's the genesis of Doom's metal face supervillain persona. Looking back, it's clearly the building blocks for deeper insanity to come, but this one has a sound structure. Probably his best album. Includes "Doomsday", "Rhymes Like Dimes" feat Cucumber Slice, "The Finest" feat Tommy Gun, "Go With The Flow", "Tick Tick", "Hey!", "The Mic", "Dead Bent", "?" feat Kurious and much more – including all of the classic skits (yeah, we said it. . .classic skits, creative sci fi sample genius that are creative as the proper tracks) – with 19 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original cover.)

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MF DoomOperation Doomsday (silver cover) ... LP
Metal Face, 1999. New Copy (reissue)... About April 1, 2021
The first full length from MF Doom –setting the standard for underground hip hop to come! On this modern classic, Doom caps off the 90s with more jazzy soul in the beats, and some semblance of straightforward, if busy rhyme mastery from Doom & his guests – taken to the outer limits! What really pushes this one into legendary status are how well he works with creaky comic adventure samples, and it's the genesis of Doom's metal face supervillain persona. Looking back, it's clearly the building blocks for deeper insanity to come, but this one has a sound structure. Probably his best album. Includes "Doomsday", "Rhymes Like Dimes" feat Cucumber Slice, "The Finest" feat Tommy Gun, "Go With The Flow", "Tick Tick", "Hey!", "The Mic", "Dead Bent", "?" feat Kurious and much more – including all of the classic skits (yeah, we said it. . .classic skits, creative sci fi sample genius that are creative as the proper tracks) – with 19 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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MF DoomOperation Doomsday (variant cover) ... LP
Metal Face, 1999. New Copy (reissue)... About April 1, 2021
The first full length from MF Doom –setting the standard for underground hip hop to come! On this modern classic, Doom caps off the 90s with more jazzy soul in the beats, and some semblance of straightforward, if busy rhyme mastery from Doom & his guests – taken to the outer limits! What really pushes this one into legendary status are how well he works with creaky comic adventure samples, and it's the genesis of Doom's metal face supervillain persona. Looking back, it's clearly the building blocks for deeper insanity to come, but this one has a sound structure. Probably his best album. Includes "Doomsday", "Rhymes Like Dimes" feat Cucumber Slice, "The Finest" feat Tommy Gun, "Go With The Flow", "Tick Tick", "Hey!", "The Mic", "Dead Bent", "?" feat Kurious and much more – including all of the classic skits (yeah, we said it. . .classic skits, creative sci fi sample genius that are creative as the proper tracks) – with 19 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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Steve Miller BandSailor ... LP
Capitol, 1968. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A classic set that really helps put the Steve Miller sound on the map – a wonderful blend of tightness and easy going energy that makes the group one of the greatest things going from San Francisco at the time! Some tunes have this burning quality that's completely sublime – while others still preserve some of the looser jamming energy that spawned the group – those heady waves of sound that Miller and Scaggs really helped filter down for a whole new generation! Titles include the brilliant "Living In The USA", plus "Song For Our Ancestors", "Dear Mary", "Quicksilver Girl", "Gangster Of Love", and "Overdrive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Lime green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Mystery Kindaichi BandAdventures Of Kindaichi Kosuke (Kindaichikosuke No Boken) ... CD
King/We Want Sounds (France), 1977. New Copy ... $18.99
There's a vampire with a flute on the cover – and that image alone is more than enough to make us drop the needle on this rare Japanese gem from the 70s! And fortunately, the sound of the music is equally cool – funky fusion with some nicely spacey currents – almost a Mizell Brothers vibe at points, in the way elements can swirl around in the mix, and attain this wonderfully full power without ever sounding too commercial at all! There's definitely some of that flute on the record, but the keyboards are maybe even cooler – as is all the electric instrumentation, which comes together in a sublime way! Titles include "Gokumontou", "Kamen Butokai", "Yasuhakamura", "Kindaichi Kosuke No Theme", "Mitsukubitou", and "Meirosou No Sangeki". CD

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✨✧ Cal TjaderCuban Fantasy (previously unissued) ... CD
Fantasy, 1977. Used ... $8.99
Beautiful Latin vibes from the great Cal Tjader – 8 long tracks recorded live in 1977, but issued here for the first time ever! The sides on the set rank with Cal's best 70s live work – and feature some sublime electric piano work by Clare Fischer, as well as percussion from a young Poncho Sanchez! The tunes are long, stretched out, and a perfect blend of Cal's older Latin jazz vibe with some sweet 70s electric touches – of the sort we've always dug on his other 70s albums for Fantasy. Titles include "Cuban Fantasy", "Descarga Cachao", "Manuel Deeghit", "Guachi Guara", "Tu Crees Que", and "Silenciosa". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Dana ValeryNot The Flower But The Root ... LP
Brunswick, 1972. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A tremendous bit of Chicago soul – from a very unlikely source! Dana Valery's an Italian singer by birth, and spent some time on the London scene in the 60s – but she soars out here in the best sort of Windy City groove we've come to love from the Brunswick label – a sound and style to rival that of labelmates like Barbara Acklin or Jackie, but with a different sort of twist as well! Given Dana's pedigree, the set's almost her own Chicago-styled version of Dusty Springfield's Memphis recordings – as Valery works with killer Brunswick backings put together by Tom Tom Washington and Sonny Sanders – set to that sublime production that only Carl Davis and Willie Henderson could provide – a studio team who really help pull out the best grooves and deepest soul of all the cuts in the set. Added to the mix is the fact that a host of tracks were penned by Eugene Record – making for a mighty sweet set with titles that include "Lady Lady Lady", "I'm Gonna Pay You Back", "Have You Seen Him", "Oh Boy", "The Fountain", and "This Love Is Real". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Vis-A-VisObi Agye Me Dofo ... LP
Continental/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... On January 29, 2021
Incredible late work from the great West African dance band Vis-A-Vis – a brilliant set from 1977 that demonstrates good and well why the band were so greatly in demand both live and in the studio! The group had spent quite a bit of time backing the great Ghanaian singer K. Frimpong in the mid-to-late 70s, sometimes billed as the Cubano Fiestas, but as you're hear on this great set, they're just as great out on their own. They show a pretty amazing range – with a raw, yet dexterous African funk sound on some numbers and the entwining melodies of high life on others. The 12-piece group features a trio of vocalists led by "Superstar" Isaac Yeboah, plus Anthony Yeboah and Ayim Bediako, with Sammy Cropper on guitar, Slim Mau on bass, drummer Gybson "Shaolin Kung-Fu" Papra, George Asante on conga, Tonny Dozis on keys and synth, Kofi Abrokwaa on tenor sax, Paul Winter on trumpet, Daniel Asare on maracas and Alex Jubin on cowbells. Includes "Obi Agye Me Dofo", "Kankyema", "Gyae Su", "Gladys Mmbobor" and "Susan Suo". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDon't Leave Me This Way – 20 Disco Sizzlers ... LP
Universal (Netherlands), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $9.99
They got the "sizzlers" in the title right – and the set actually goes past just disco – as it brings together a nice range of upbeat and groovy tunes from the 70s – with a few surprises along the way! Titles include "Boogie Nights" by Heatwave, "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango, "Car Wash" by Rose Royce, "Adventures In Paradise" by Minnie Riperton, "Love's Theme" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real" by Sylvester, "Fire" by Ohio Players, "Get Up Offa That Thing" by James Brown, "Let's Start The Dance" by Bohannon, "Love Hangover" by Diana Ross, "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston, "I Need A Man" by Grace Jones, "Can You Feel The Force" by The Real Thing, "Casanova" by Coffee, and "Got To Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousEsterno Notte Vol 2 – More Jazz-Funk, Late Nite Breaks, Cinematic Prog & Psych From The Italian Untapped Film Music Archives 1968 to 1978 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $32.99
Freaky funk from the Italian scene – exactly the kind of grooves that will open your ears if you think that funky sounds can only come from American soul bands or jazz musicians! The music here is filled with heavy drums, tight basslines, and lots of other groovy instrumental touches – offbeat keyboards, riffing guitars, and other instrumentation that's sometimes given these odd psychedelic touches by the studio maestros who were putting together the cuts at the time – some of which were used in obscure soundtracks, and a number of which appear here for the first time ever! This isn't the overly-familiar film music territory of other collections – and instead, most of this music is completely fresh – even for the longtime collector – presented in a great package that includes the cuts "Anastasia Mio Fratello" by Piero Piccioni, "Un Uomo Dalla Pelle Dura" by Carlo Pes, "La Mano Lunga Del Padrino" by Silvano D'Auria, "L'Arbitro" by Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis, "La Liceale Nella Classe Dei Ripetenti" by Gianni Ferrio, "L'Altro Dio" by Alessandro Alessandroni, "Giovane Clan" by Sandro Brugnolini, "La Profonda Luce Dei Sensi" by SEverino Gazzelloni, and "Calamo" by Claudio Tallino. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – pressed on 180 gram vinyl and with bonus CD!)

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VariousHong Kong Score ... CD
Wan Chai (Hong Kong), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $19.99
Very cool grooves from the world of Hong Kong cinema – not just familiar styles from kung fu movies, but a nice range of different modes too! The music is often funky, but not always – and some tracks have vocals, while others are completely instrumental – brought forth here in a mix of sounds that's really wonderful overall, with a very strong 70s vibe on most numbers! The notes are a bit obscure – so it's not entirely easy to tell when and where all the songs are from – but given that most collections of this nature in the past have been completely in Chinese or Japanese, we're happy to take what we can. Titles include "Where Is My Love" by Lena Lim, "Sister Rainbow" by Li Tai Hsiang, "Violin" by Teresa Teng, "Memories" by The Apollo, "Johnny Guitar" by Soul Dance Music, "Huaye League" by New Wave Orchestra, "Lonely Heart" by Chang Siao Ying, and "Warm" by Yuan Ye San Chong Chang. CD

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VariousLeve Leve – Sao Tome & Principe Sounds 70s/80s ... CD
Bongo Joe (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $19.99
Lively grooves from the islands of Sao Tome and Principe – two nations located in the gulf of Guinea – at a unique crossroads that makes for a really wonderful criss-crossing of styles and sounds! The nations are part of the older Portuguese colonial network, and share some sounds with the scene in Cameroon – but also bring in West African styles and some tropical elements from the other side of the Atlantic too – all wrapped together in the puxa style of the islands! The tunes are mostly lively, upbeat, and have strong basslines peppered with deft work on guitar – a mixture of merengue, Afro-Cuban, and highlife modes – but given a really unique spin as well, with qualities that are filled with joy and life on nearly every number. Titles include "Mado" and "Meu Di Ploco" by Conjunto Equador, "Mino Bo Be Quacueda" and "Aninha" by Africa Negra, "Corticao" and "Sun Male" by Sangazua, "Nga Ba Compensadora" by Pedro Lima, "Piquina Piquina" by Os Untues, "Tola Muandgi" by Sum Alvarinho, and "Taji Ocedo" by Conjunto Mindelo. CD

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✨✧ VariousSilhouettes Project ... LP
Melting Pot (Germany), 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... $23.99 27.98
A very cool project from the contemporary London scene – a set that's equal parts soul and jazz, new production and hip hop – all served up as a community project that grew out of the legendary venue Total Refreshment Centre! That spot has given us some really groundbreaking explorations into jazz in recent years – and here, that energy is taken even further – in some very collaborative work that brings together up-and-coming London talents in a variety of scenes – a huge lineup that includes Slim, Purple Cloud, Kosher, Louis The Hippie, Meron T, Bel Cobain, Eerf Evil, Stephanie Santiago, Tolushorts, and many others – all in a shifting lineup that's consistently creative throughout. Titles include "July", "Blessings", "For South", "The Process", "Chase It", "Fruits", "What U Need", "Free Your Mind", "Rising", "Eucalyptus", and "Standing There". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSounds – Contemporary Swedish Improvised Music ... LP
Blue Tower (Sweden), 1990. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $69.99
A massive set of track from the Swedish underground of the 80s – all lovingly packaged with a huge booklet filled with photos and writings in both English and Swedish! The set's a nice glimpse at this key transitional era between the Swedish scenes of the 70s and 90s – both of which are better-documented on record than this period. Titles include "Albumblatt" by the Aaly Trio, "Omoblerat II" by Sten Sandall, "From Things To Sounds" by Gush (with Mats Gustafsson), "Borstviska" by Frim Storband, "Jojk" by Lars Goran Ulander, "En Till Hill" by Per Henrik Wallin, "Slagi II" by Raymond Strid, "Den Stora Tystnaden" by Bengt Nordstrom, and "Stormvind, Svavel Och Kristallark" by Iskra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. Cover has unglued top seams, some wear on the spine, and some smudges inside the gatefold.)

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VariousSpace Echo – The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.99
Extraterrestrial synths and tight, dancefloor-ready grooves from Cabo Verde – compiled here on one the most mindblowing Analog Africa collections in years! The well-detailed, beautiful-illustrated notes (an always welcome feature in Analog Africa set) tells the story of a cargo ship full of Korg, Rhodes, Moog, Farfisa and Hammond synths and keyboards – bound for an 1968 expo in Rio – turning up on a Cabo Verde island instead, and the rest is history! There's a clarity and consistency in both sound quality and in the performances, track-by-track, that's pretty incredible. A big part of the consistency is Cabo Verde musical legend Paulino Vieira and his group Voz De Cabo Verde serving as the band on around half the material here, but the whole thing is great – just a killer mix of regional sounds with wild spacey instrumental accents! Titles include "Pinta Manta" by Antonio Sanches, "Dia Ja Manche" by Dioniso Maio, "Morti Sta Bidjacu" by Jose Casimiro, "Pontin Pontin" by Bana, "Mundo D'Margura" by Tchiss Lopes, "Po D'Terra" by Joao Cirilo, "Sintado Na Pracinha" by Americo Brito, "Djal Bal Si Camin" by Antonio Dos Santos, "Stebo Cu Anabela" by Abel Lima and more. CD

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VariousToo Slow To Disco Brasil – Compiled By Ed Motta (180 gram pressing) ... LP
How Do You Are (Germany), Late 70s/1980s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
This very hip series just got a whole lot hipper – thanks to the selection talents of Brazilian soul legend Ed Motta – who serves up a huge host of rare tracks from Brazil! Ed's always had a deep love of the AOR sound of the 70s – and he's not only a great soul singer on his own records, but also a hell of a record collector too – one whose knowledge of rare grooves goes way beyond most other folks we've ever met! This set opens up a huge amount of Brazilian soul we'd never heard before – music that takes off from the late 70s territory of Azimuth and Banda Black Rio, and soars with sweet jazzy grooves that are completely sublime – most from the 80s, and most by artists who've never gotten their due on the reissue market. Killer all the way through – with titles that include "Pra Voce" by Carlinhos & Soninha Querioz, "Acordes E Sementes" by Gelso Oliveira & Luiz Ewerling, "Joia Rara" by Brylho, "Rota Mar" by Zeca Do Trombone, "Clarear" by Roupa Nova, "Quero Pouco Quero Muito" by Filo Machado, "Guarde Minha Voz" by Sandra Sa, "Debora" by Altay Veloso, "Copacabana Suite" by Junior Mendes, "Renascendo En Mim"b y Don Beto, "Toda Manha Brilha O Sol" by Lucinha Turnbull, "Coisas Do Brasil" by Guilerhmes Arantes, "Mare" by Carlos Bivar, "Leao Ferido" by Biafra, "Mais Uma Chance" by Santa Cruz, "Rio Best Seller" by Cassiano, and "Se Eu Te Pego De Jeito" by Jane Duboc. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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