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AlamoAlamo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Pink (South Korea), 1971. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
That's a Texas image on the cover, which is pretty fitting for the sound of Alamo – as they've got a really heady brew of psych, hard rock, and southern elements – all forged together with a sound that would have been right at home on early 70s Capricorn Records! The group are part of that wave of artists who grew up in the shaggier side of the garage and psych undergrounds of the late 60s, then moved forward with a fuller, more carefully conceived sound – captured here beautifully in sessions recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, which really illuminate all their great work on guitar and organ, while still keeping things very lean overall. Ken Woodley handles the vocals and keys, Larry Raspberry the guitar – and titles include "Get The Feelin", "Question Raised", "The World We Seek", "Soft & Gentle", "Got To Find Another Way", and "Happiness Is Free". CD

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✨✧ Horace Andy/Ashley BeedleInspiration Information Vol 2 ... CD
Strut (UK), 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A massive collaboration between Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle – a well-titled second set in Strut's Inspiration series, and one that brings both artists into some really fresh, new territory! Andy handles most of the vocals, and Beedle's working rhythms that are somewhat in his Black Science Orchestra territory, but with a leaner feel overall – often a bit skittish on the bottom, with some nicely rough elements at points – which make for a really great fit for the vocals of Horace! The album's hardly a standard reggae set, though – and it's more like a cosmic take on the genre for the new millenium, similar to some of the best 21st Century Soul forged by Beedle and some of his London contemporaries. The third key player in the set is Mark Ralph, who engineered the set, and gives it a really wonderful sound – with a participation level so strong, he gets songwriting credits with Beedle and Andy on most of the tracks. Titles include "When The Rain Falls", "Watch We", "Seek It", "Rasta Don't ", "Hypocrites", "The Light", "Angie", "2 Way Traffic", and "Hot Hot Hot". CD
(Promo pressing with one side front insert and simplified rear artwork. Comes in a standard jewel case.)

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Diamond & The Psychotic NeuroticsStunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop ... LP
Mercury/Get On Down, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $23.99 27.98
A 90s hip hop masterpiece from Diamond D – and like some of the rest of the best of the decade, a set that was slightly slept-on at the time, but which has gone to have massive impact over the decades – still sounding completely fresh in comparison to bigger hits of the time! Diamond D comes from the same DITC underground as Showbiz & AG, Big L, and Lord Finesse – and like those others, when he got his time in the spotlight, he really took off – with beats that had an influence on so much more to come – and a very collaborative spirit that opens the door for contributions from Fat Joe, Mark The 45 King, Brand Nubian, Lakim Shabazz, and some of his old partners in DITC. Titles include the classic "Best Kept Secret" – with its fantastic Kool & The Gang sample – plus "Sally Got A One Track Mind", "I'm Outta Here," "Check One Two", "Freestyle", "Stunts Blunts & Hip Hop", "Pass Dat S**t", "What You Seek", "Confused", "A Day In The Life", "Step To Me", and "Shut The *!*! Up". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop ... LP 24.99

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Diamond & The Psychotic NeuroticsStunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop ... LP
Mercury, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99 26.99
A 90s hip hop masterpiece from Diamond D – and like some of the rest of the best of the decade, a set that was slightly slept-on at the time, but which has gone to have massive impact over the decades – still sounding completely fresh in comparison to bigger hits of the time! Diamond D comes from the same DITC underground as Showbiz & AG, Big L, and Lord Finesse – and like those others, when he got his time in the spotlight, he really took off – with beats that had an influence on so much more to come – and a very collaborative spirit that opens the door for contributions from Fat Joe, Mark The 45 King, Brand Nubian, Lakim Shabazz, and some of his old partners in DITC. Titles include the classic "Best Kept Secret" – with its fantastic Kool & The Gang sample – plus "Sally Got A One Track Mind", "I'm Outta Here," "Check One Two", "Freestyle", "Stunts Blunts & Hip Hop", "Pass Dat S**t", "What You Seek", "Confused", "A Day In The Life", "Step To Me", and "Shut The *!*! Up". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop ... LP 23.99

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Christian McBrideChristian McBride's New Jawn ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. Used ... $7.99
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The music was recorded live in St Louis, which might be part of the sound – but there's clearly a new mode of expression going on here from McBride, especially when he works his bass with lots of offbeat tones and bold moments that really seem to go past the usual! Waits really keeps the energy up too, and Strickland and Evans soar in all the right moments – on titles that include "The Middle Man", "Ballad Of Ernie Washington", "Ke-Kelli Sketch", "Walkin Funny", "Seek The Source", and "Kush". CD
(Please note that there is a piece of clear tape over a tear on the digipack spine and is priced accordingly.)

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Tear Da Club Up ThugsCrazyndalazdayz ... LP
Relativity/Get On Down, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $28.99 31.99
A huge set from the glory days of the southern hip hop scene – a trio of voices from the Three 6 Mafia of Memphis, coming together here in a set that's got a nicely raw, ragged sound throughout! This is definitely one of those sets where there's no reason at all to seek out a clean version – as the lyrics of DJ Paul, Juicy J, and Lord Infamous can't really be served up in any other way at all – supported here by guest work from a huge list of allies, including Too Short, Twista, Big Tymers, and Crucial Conflict – a list of names that definitely give you a feel for the vibe of the set. Titles include "Smoked Out", "Who The Crunkest", "Wet Party", "Elbow A Nigga", "Get Buck Get Wild", "Hell Naw", "Hypnotize Cash Money", "Slob On My Nob", and "All Dirty Hoes". LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Anniversary Edition – first time on vinyl!)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeMPG ... LP
Motown/Tamla, 1969. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great late 60s work from Marvin Gaye – a pre-What's Going On set that still shows him picking up some of the hipper, deeper themes bubbling under at Motown – a bit of the heavier bass and politics of Norman Whitfield camp, touched with some of the sweeter soul from earlier years! The mix is really great, and makes the record a key transitional one in Gaye's years at Motown – a great hint of the deeper styles to come, and proof that even in these earlier years, Marvin was still capable of sounding plenty righteous! Titles include the hit "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", plus "That's The Way Love Is", "The End Of Our Road", "Seek & You Shall Find", "This Magic Moment", "It's A Bitter Pill To Swallow", "I Got To Get To California", and "It Don't Take Much To Keep Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Tony Nourmand & Graham Marsh, edsX-Rated – Adult Movie Posters Of The 60s & 70s (expanded edition) ... Book
Reel Art, 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from the glory days of the adult film – hundreds of posters that were used to publicize erotic cinema – often themselves a masterpiece in erotic aesthetics! Given that most of the posters were outside the theater, open to the public, there's a fair bit of hide and seek, teasing-type material here – at a level that's maybe even more creative than the images on the screen, especially when set to the typography and color filters of the late 60s/early 70s print world! The book features all posters in full color, and also intersperses some bits from magazines and other publications too – all at a level that's really playful, reveling in the style of the genre, while also poking a slight bit of fun. Graham Marsh was the art director, and you may know his name from a number of excellent album cover books – and overall, most images are softcore at best, with a small amount of nudity – although there are some heavier images from time to time. 352 pages, hardcover, and in full color. Book

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✨✧ Isley BrothersMotown Anthology ... CD
Motown (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive amount of Isley Brothers material recorded for Motown – almost more than we ever knew the trio recorded for the label! The 2CD set is filled with hard-hitting gems from these seminal years for the Isleys – a key time when they were turning their rough-edged groove towards some tighter soul ends – really setting the stage for their 70s breakout on T-Neck Records! There's a few familiar classics here, mixed with a motherlode of lesser-known gems – a whopping 52 tracks in all, including some rare mono and stereo mixes too. Titles include "Good Things", "Little Miss Sweetness", "Ain't That Real Satisfaction", "It Moves Me To Tears", "Take Some Time Out For Love", "Who Could Ever Doubt My Love", "Seek & You Shall Find", "Whispers", "One Too Many Heartaches", "It's Out Of The Question", "Save Me From This Misery", "Put Yourself In My Place", "Nowhere To Run", "I Hear A Symphony", "Take Me In Your Arms", "My Love Is Your Love", "How Sweet It Is", "Leaving Here", "Greetings", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ AurraSatisfaction (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Family Groove, 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A previously-unreleased album from Aurra – laid down in the studio after the group's famous run for Salsoul Records – and with a groove that's even leaner and meaner than before! Mainmain Steve Washington is still at the helm of the group – but vocals are handled by Mark Stevens and Sheila Horne (the latter of whom sung with Brides Of Funkenstein), wrapped together in that great male/female duo mode that always made the Aurra sound so great! Stevens and Horne handle both ends of the spectrum wonderfully together, and bring a wide soul sound to the lyrics – while Washington keeps things mighty tight in the background – using these bumping basslines that bounce between 80s groove and boogie effortlessly – no surprise, given that the set was recorded right at the heart of the Ohio funk scene of the time. There's nothing "lost" or half-baked about the sound here – as the album's easily one of the tightest ever from Aurra – and tracks include "Turn The Lights Down Low", "Satisfaction", "My Lovin Is For You", "Perfect Date", "Hide & Seek", and "Never Met No One Like You". CD features two bonus tracks – "Turn The Lights Down Low (inst)" and "Perfect Date (7" single mix)". CD

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✨✧ Feminine ComplexLivin' Love (expanded 2LP pink vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Athena/Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
There were plenty of girl garage groups in the 60s – but the Feminine Complex have gone onto legendary status over the years – thanks in part to their ability to put together songs that really knock things out of the park! The music often has a quality that's almost ripe for mixing up for more commercial modes by a bigger label – but it's the earnest, honest vibe of the more stripped-down presentation that really adds a lot of charm – as the group mix together well-chosen mellow moments with harder rocking numbers – completely winning all the way through. Titles include "Run That Thru Your Mind", "Six O'Clock In The Morning", "Hide & Seek", "Now I Need You", "I Won't Run", "Time Slips By", "I've Been Workin On You", and "I Don't Want Another Man". 2LP set features lots of bonus material – including "A Summer Morning", "The Warmth Of Your Smile", "Is This A Dream", "Movin", "Hold Me", "Now I Care", "Love Love Love", and some demo tracks too! LP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever vinyl appearance of all the tracks on the bonus LP!)

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✨✧ Feminine ComplexLivin' Love (with bonus tracks) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Athena/Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There were plenty of girl garage groups in the 60s – but the Feminine Complex have gone onto legendary status over the years – thanks in part to their ability to put together songs that really knock things out of the park! The music often has a quality that's almost ripe for mixing up for more commercial modes by a bigger label – but it's the earnest, honest vibe of the more stripped-down presentation that really adds a lot of charm – as the group mix together well-chosen mellow moments with harder rocking numbers – completely winning all the way through. Titles include "Run That Thru Your Mind", "Six O'Clock In The Morning", "Hide & Seek", "Now I Need You", "I Won't Run", "Time Slips By", "I've Been Workin On You", and "I Don't Want Another Man". CD set features lots of bonus material – including "A Summer Morning", "The Warmth Of Your Smile", "Is This A Dream", "Movin", "Hold Me", "Now I Care", "Love Love Love", and some demo tracks too! CD

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✨✧ Christian McBrideChristian McBride's New Jawn ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bassist Christian McBride works here with a mighty striking group – a quartet that features Josh Evans on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor and bass clarinet, and Nasheet Waits on drums – all players who give this record an edge that we're not used to hearing from Christian! The music was recorded live in St Louis, which might be part of the sound – but there's clearly a new mode of expression going on here from McBride, especially when he works his bass with lots of offbeat tones and bold moments that really seem to go past the usual! Waits really keeps the energy up too, and Strickland and Evans soar in all the right moments – on titles that include "The Middle Man", "Ballad Of Ernie Washington", "Ke-Kelli Sketch", "Walkin Funny", "Seek The Source", and "Kush". CD
Also available Christian McBride's New Jawn ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Nathan ThomasStill Water ... CD
Futuristica (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nathan Thomas has penned songs for others, and has bubbled under on the UK scene in recent years – but this full-length debut is the kind of statement that should definitely get him some attention – a great little record that mixes his well-written tunes with crispy production and lots of cosmic keyboards! The record's got a nice sort of bristle – never too spacey, but with a nice crackle around the edges – and the kind of production we love from other records on the Futuristica label, although never used here with any sort of insensitive cookie cutter approach. Thomas hearkens back to some of our favorite blue-eyed British soul singers who came up from the underground in previous decades – and this album's got the same sort special vibe that's always had us going out of our way to seek out overseas soul of the highest caliber. Titles include "Civil War", "Peacemakers", "Still Water", "Resilience", "Winters", "Sunblind", "Wilderness", "Manifest", and "Namaste". CD
 
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Riaz Khabirpour GroupSeeker ... CD
Konnex (Germany), 2009. Used ... $4.99
Jens Bockamp on alto and soprano saxophone and clarinet, Matthias Akeo Nowak on bass, Pablo Held on piano, Paul Wiltgen on drums, and Riaz Khabirpour on guitar. CD

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Pleasure SeekersWhat A Way To Die ... CD
Sundazed, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A killer compilation of cuts by The Pleasure Seekers – the criminally overlooked teen garage rock girl group with roots in the feral mid 60s Detroit scene! The band's relative obscurity is all the more surprising, given that it's the first band featuring glam rock trailblazer Suzi Quatro – with her sisters Patti, Nancy and Arlene in the lineup at one point or another, making this a bonafide sister act – along with equally roaring friends Pami Benford, Diane Baker, Darline Arone, Nan Ball and Nancy Rogers moving in and out of the lineup during the 1965-1968 run immortalized here. Raw, raucous and tuneful – really tremendous stuff! Titles include "Gotta Get Away", "What A Way To Die", "White Pig Blues", "Mr Power", "Elevator Express", "Good Kind Of Hurt", "Light Of Love", "Never Thought You'd Leave Me", and "Brain Confusion". CD

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Joe SampleRainbow Seeker/Carmel/Voices In The Rain (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 20.99 About August 13, 2021
... CD

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SeekersVery Best Of Seekers ... CD
EMI (UK), 1960s. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Booker T JonesBest Of You ... LP
A&M, 1980. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Wonderful solo work from Booker T – proof that he was just as great as a soul singer on his own, as he was back in the famous lineup of the MGs! Although Book plays keyboards on the record, he also sings a fair bit too – in this raspy, honest style that's really great – a surprisingly compelling mellow soul mode, especially for 1980 – arranged by Jones himself with a good ear for grooves that are never too overdone. There's some nicely stepping moments on the record that really make it worth seeking out – and titles include "Price & Joy", "The Best Of You", "Cookie", "You Got Me Spinnin", "Down To The Wire", "Stand", "We Could Stay Together", and "Will You Be The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Anthony Braxton & John McDonough6 Duos (Wesleyan) 2006 ... CD
Nessa, 2010. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
One of the more obscure Anthony Braxton albums of the first decade of the century – but also one that's completely well worth seeking out, as it's got this warm spirit of collaborative creation that takes us back to some of his best moments of the 70s and 80s! The record features duets with trumpeter John McDonough – a Braxton fanatic who's clearly a great partner for the saxophonist to spin out ideas – trumpet notes both muted and muted, mixing with Braxton's work on alto, baritone, sopranino, and soprano sax – each with a very different sense of interplay from track to track! The album features two long, very out numbers – "Improvisation" and "Composition 168 + (103)" – then moves into a sublime sonic exercise on "Massive Breath Attack", offers a surprising reading of "Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty", and also includes the tunes "Finnish Line" and "Schizoid". CD

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Jacques BrelLe Plat Pays 1 (Les Bourgeois) ... LP
Barclay (France), 1962. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
Brel at his best – delivered with the biting tone that made Brel one of the most brilliant social commentators of the 20th Century, yet with a warmth that offset his critical vision with a real love of life! Arrangements and orchestrations are by the mighty Francois Rauber – a bit fuller and richer than on other Brel albums – in a manner that seeks to deepen the feeling of the tunes without overwhelming them in emotion. Beautiful work throughout – and with titles that include "Madeline", "La Statue", "Les Paumes Du Petit Matin", "Bruxelles", "Les Bourgeois", "Les Biches", and "Chanson Sans Paroles". Beautiful! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing in the gatefold fold-over cover, with some wear and aging, partially unglued bottom seam, and a tear in the back panel at the bottom right corner.)

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CachaoMaster Sessions Vol 1 ... CD
Cresent Moon/Epic, 1994. Used ... $8.99
A great return to form for the legendary Cachao – and a session that seeks to recapture the Cuban Jam Session energy of his recordings from a few decades before! Production is by Andy Garcia, and is somewhat more sentimental than in the old days – although certainly still free from any sort of Buena Vista Social Club cliches that would come in later years – and overall, the lineup of players stays nicely faithful to the classic 60s sound, but perhaps expands it with a bit more fullness. Cachao is on bass and a bit of vocals – and other artists include Francisco Aguabella on percussion, Justo Almario on tenor, Chocolate Amenteros on trumpet, Paquito D'Rivera on clarinet, and Nestor Torres on flute. Titles on this first volume include "Mi Guajira", "Lindo Yambu", "Mambo", "Isora Club", "Al Fin Te Vi", "Cachao's Guiro", and "Descarga Cachao". CD
(Out of print.)

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Junie C Cobb & His New Hometown BandChicago – The Living Legends ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... $8.99
A trad-revival set recorded on Chicago's south side in the early 60s – part of an excellent series on Riverside, seeking to re-discover some older jazz and blues greats who were languishing in the Windy City at the time! Junie C Cobb plays mostly piano on the date, but also sings on one number too – in a style that's got plenty of bluesy undercurrents, particularly on the numbers that feature vocals by Annabelle Calhoun. Other group members include Leon Washington on tenor, Fortunatus Fip Ricard on trumpet, and Harlen Bobby Floyd on trombone – and titles include "Be Mine", "Just Because Of You", "Swing Your Hurdy Gurdy", "Once Or Twice", and "Belligerent Blues". CD

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Family Of Mann (Herbie Mann)First Light ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. Used ... $12.99
Pretty great stuff – and a record that's often hidden amidst the flurry of so-so Herbie Mann albums from the mid 70s – but is well worth seeking out! The Family Of Mann group is one organized by Herbie Mann, and featuring Steve Gadd on drums, Pat Rebillot on keyboards, Tony Levin on bass, and David Newman on reeds along with Herbie – a combo who backed up Mann on some other records from the time, but who really get to shine center stage here! The band has a strong electric groove on their best moments – with kind of a choppy fusion groove, but one that's tight too – almost funky, at a level that's somewhere near cop/crime soundtrack work of the time. Rebillot's keyboards are great, as always – and titles include "Toot Stick", "Music Is A Game We Play", "The Turtle & The Frog", and the extended jammer "Sunrise Highs". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ferrante & TeicherPianos In Paradise ... LP
United Artists, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
One of the nicest albums that Ferrante & Teicher cut for United Artists! The record has bits of prepared piano over exotic backings – perhaps not as crazy as some of their albums for Westminster, but still with some good off-beat touches that make the album one of the few that's really worth seeking out by them. Plus, the Exotica arrangements give the piano pair a different sound than usual – a bit less staid, with a pretty nice batch pad groove. Titles include "Taboo", "Shangri La", "Moon Of Manakoora", "Negligee", "Jungle Drums", and "Adventures In Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some edge wear and a split top seam.)

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Dave HollandPrime Directive ... CD
ECM, 1999. Used ... $9.99
Features Chris Potter on alto, soprano, and tenor sax – plus Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibes, and Billy Kilson on drums. Tracks include "Looking Up", "Make Believe", "A Seeking Spirit", "High Wire", "Jugglers Paradise", "Candlelight Vigil", "Wonders Never Cease" and "Down Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bob JamesHeads ... LP
Tappan Zee, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Heads or tails, it's a winner every time – as the record's one of the last clear moments of genius from keyboardist Bob James in the 70s! The sound here is stepping out a bit more from Bob's earlier sides on CTI, but there's still plenty of great keyboard work to make the album worth seeking out – as well as that unusual James approach to rhythm, which often makes tunes come across with lots of angular moments and darker corners, no matter how smooth the overall production might sound. Other players here include Richard Tee, Ralph MacDonald, Randy Brecker, Alphonso Johnson, and Steve Gadd – and titles include the seminal break track "Night Crawler", plus "Heads", "We're All Alone", "I'm In You", and "One Loving Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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JulyJuly – The Complete Recordings (July/Second Of July/Temporal Anomaly/Resurrection/The Wight Album/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/2020. New Copy 6CD ... $36.99 51.99
The complete recordings of July – a set that features their rare original album, unreleased tracks, and lots of surprisingly great later material too! First up is the self-titled July album from 1968, presented in both mono and stereo mixes – the debut album from July – a group who only gave the world this gem of a record back at the end of the 60s – but who've gone on to become legendary, based on the strength of the set! The whole thing is a real standout in the psych scene of the UK – well-crafted songs that are tight, but groovy and loose at the same time – tuneful, but filled with experiments – and produced with just the right sort of inventive qualities to make the special flourishes and individual moments of genius really come to light! There's so many great things going on here – an all-rich, no-filler record that's filled with gems that include "My Clown", "Dandelion Seeds", "Jolly Mary", "Hallo To Me", "You Missed It All", "The Way", "To Be Free", "Crying Is For Writers", "I See", and "A Bird Lived". Next is Second Of July – a great counterpart to the legendary self-titled album from July – material recorded in a private setting, to predate that psych masterpiece – but every bit as stunning overall! The quality of this work goes way beyond its origins as demo material – as the sound is wonderful, the musical ideas very rich, and overall psychedelic conception is amazing! There's no overindulgence, but also no easy pop psych modes either – and it's really incredible how much these guys can pack into a short song – from unusual guitar lines, to freewheeling rhythms, and trippy ideas in the lyrics. Many numbers have a sweet groove underneath, and are slightly freakbeatish – but there's also a much more unique feel to the record as well. Tracks include "Dandelion Seeds", "You Missed It All", "My Clown", "Friendly Man", "I See", "The Girl In The Cafe", and "Move On Sweet Flower". The box set then moves into two later albums from a re-formed group – Temporal Anomaly and Resurrection – both of which feature material conceived over a number of years, issued on Resurrection in 2013, and on Temporal Anomaly here for the first time ever. Tracks are great – still very much in the spirit of the classic material, and produced with a nicely understated vibe. Last up is The Wight Album – a recent project from July – still sounding surprisingly great after all these years! At this point, the group is a duo – original members Peter Cook and Tom Newman – but they really manage to craft some great sounds here, with a style that ties back to their initial recording in 1968, and which features some of the successful flourishes of their revived activity from about a decade ago! The tunes are way better than any sort of younger attempt at material like this – mostly because there's a nicely understated, although still quite psychedelic, approach to the whole thing – maybe a reminder that with the best psych records, charm is every bit as important as fuzz. Titles on the double-length set include "The Traveler", "Sophie", "Special Guy", "Henry's Squirrel", "Seeking The Hacksaw Blades", "The Game", "What's Gonna Be", "Disco Klingon", "Mods Of Ryde", "It's Up To Me", and "Once When We Was Free". CD

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JulyWight Album ... LP
Grapefruit (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A recent project from July – that legendary UK psych band of the late 60s, still sounding surprisingly great after all these years! At this point, the group is a duo – original members Peter Cook and Tom Newman – but they really manage to craft some great sounds here, with a style that ties back to their initial recording in 1968, and which features some of the successful flourishes of their revived activity from about a decade ago! The tunes are way better than any sort of younger attempt at material like this – mostly because there's a nicely understated, although still quite psychedelic, approach to the whole thing – maybe a reminder that with the best psych records, charm is every bit as important as fuzz. Titles on the double-length set include "The Traveler", "Sophie", "Special Guy", "Henry's Squirrel", "Seeking The Hacksaw Blades", "The Game", "What's Gonna Be", "Disco Klingon", "Mods Of Ryde", "It's Up To Me", and "Once When We Was Free". LP, Vinyl record album

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John LennonRoots – John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits ... LP
Adam VIII, Mid 70s. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A legendary album of sorts – partly because it was the first that most folks heard of the music that would show up on the Rock & Roll album by John Lennon – but also because it was a less-than-legit release of the material – tied to Morris Levy at Roulette! The tracks here are nicely rough – early takes on the tunes – and the whole thing is definitely worth seeking out if you're a Lennon collector. LP, Vinyl record album
(Matrix numbers on the runoffs are 1018 A/1018 B, with no Bell Sound stamp – spine says "Great", and cover does not show shoulders.)

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PreservationEastern Medicine, Western Illness ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99
A strong little record that speaks its message right in its title – and which follows up with some inventive production touches that are sure to set Preservation apart from the pack! Much of the aesthetic here seeks to bridge a space between New York and China – using the melting pot of Queens as a strong springboard – sometimes with found snippets that address global issues, sometimes with slight instrumental flourishes that echo trans-Pacific culture – but all topped with rhymes from a variety of guests that really center the project in New York – contributions from Roc Marciano, YoungQueenz, Mach Hommy, Ka, Your Old Droog, Quelle Chris, AG, Grande Marshall, and others. Titles include "Rose Royce", "Medicine Drawer", "Lemon Rinds", "A Cure For The Common", "Mouth Of A River", "Money In the Wild", "A Scholar's Rock", and "Dragon Town". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Wadada Leo SmithAmerica's National Parks ... CD
Cuneiform, 2016. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
An incredibly ambitious work from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith – an extended piece that's dedicated to the national park system in America, but which is also almost a musical "conversation" with that system too – one that seeks to expand and transform the landscape through a variety of different musical themes! Smith isn't just hugging trees at Yellowstone and Yosemite – and instead, passages of the work are influenced by New Orleans, the Mississippi River, and the work of Eileen Jackson Southern – influences that take the whole proceedings far past the familiar, and into the rich sonic territory we've come to expect from Wadada. Yet the sound here is maybe even more richly textured than on any of Smith's recent recordings – with plenty of dark tones and shapes delivered by the Golden Quintet lineup that includes Anthony Davis on piano, Ashley Walters on cello, John Lindberg on bass, and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums. Titles include "New Orleans The National Culture Park 1718", "Yellowstone The First National Park & The Spirit Of America", "Sequioa Kings Canyon National Park", "Eileen Jackson Southern 1920 to 2002 – A Literary National Park", and "Yosemite – The Glaciers, The Falls, The Wells, & The Valley Of Goodwill 1890". CD

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Christoph StiefelDream Of The Camel ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 2001. New Copy ... $7.99
We've not heard much from pianist Christoph Stiefel, but this is a set that will definitely have us seeking out more – as Stiefel's got this really mature, fully-formed approach to his music – one that takes the trio setting of the record far past any familiar expectations, thanks to some really well-written originals, and a great sense of balance between the piano, bass, and drums. The other two instruments are handled by Michel Benita and Joel Allouche, respectively – and Stiefel allows them plenty of roles in the overall sound far past traditional timekeeping – which also seems to open up his own sense of timing and expression. Titles include "Dream Of The Camel", "Satori", "Essence", "Song For Monalisa", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "Following", and "Unspoken Words". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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SylkSylk (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Earthquake/Tidal Waves, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 29.99
The only album ever issued by Sylk – a southern group with a sound that's tight, but never too slick – nicely indie from production to conception, and very different than other mainstream soul records from the time! The record's part of the great underground tradition of homegrown soul from the early 80s – music that's neither tied to later disco modes, or trying to be electro funk – but which still has some of the best elements of the late 70s firmly in place! Sylk mix together mellower cuts with groovers that are more in a tight funk mode than any sort of disco style – and there's an honesty to the whole thing that really belies their roots in the small scene in Augusta, GA. Titles include "Love Is The Key", "Be Somebody", "Seekin", "Movin On", "I'll Always Come Back To You", "I Just Want To Know Your Name", and "Lost & Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl limited to just 100 copies!)

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VariousAction – The Songs Of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $8.99 19.99
A killer tribute to the 60s songcraft of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – who are probably best-known as the songwriters behind many songs by The Monkees – but they're terrific performers in their own right, on top of penning tunes for the creme of the 60s crop! This set goes a long way towards demonstrating their range. It's got all great songs by legendary groups and singers – including veterans like Fats Domino and Chubby Checker – who were seeking fresh heat at the time – plus great stuff by Boyce & Hart themselves, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Dino, Desi & Billy, The Shangri-Las, The Ikettes, The Standells, The Honeybeats and more! Includes "Valleri" by The Monkees, I Can't Get Him Out Of My Mind" by Sandra Dee, "(He's Gonna Be) Fine Fine Fine" by The Ikettes, "She" by Del Shannon, "Lazy Elsie Molly" by Chubby Checker, "Too Many Teardrops" by Bobby Hart, "Be My Guest" by Fats Domino, "Beverly Jean" by Curtis Lee and more. 26 in all. CD

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✨✧ Dennis DragonWinter Equinox ... LP
Festival, 1976. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a few pretty great ski movie soundtracks done by composer Dennis Dragon in the 70s – penned for a small genre of films that were sort of a takeoff on the surf films of the 60s! Some of these films have a real 70s daredevil sort of feel – exploitation trashy in all the right places – and the best numbers on this set are like Dragon's other work of the period, kind of a mix of disco scoring and cop show themes, in a mode that must have gone down well with the glitzy crowd in Aspen and Vail. Oddly, though, many other numbers have a rootsy, almost countrified feel – with rednecky guitar or violin set in larger arrangements. There's still a few nice slick funk soundtrack tunes to make this one worth seeking out though – and titles include "Powder Buff", "Powder Burn", "Snow Dance", and "Snow Nose". (Cocaine references anyone?) LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn.)

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✨✧ Don Pullen & The African Brazilian ConnectionLive Again – Live At Montreux ... CD
Blue Note, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Don Pullen's most spiritual albums of the later years – a live set that has him working with a group that really lives up to the culture-crossing reference of their name – as slight elements of African and Brazilian rhythms dance along with the soulful jazz vibe of the performance! Pullen's got this great way of laying out long flowing piano lines at times – almost in the spirit of Dollar Brand – and he's also working with Carlos Ward on alto sax, who'd played with Brand before – and who gives the record this beautifully balanced sense of soul. Some of the more rootsy elements come from percussionist Mor Thiam – who plays djembe, tabula, and rainsticks – and the quintet also features Nilson Matta on bass and JT Lewis on drums. All tracks are quite long, and titles include "Kele Mou Bana", "Yebino Spring", "Ah George We Hardly Knew Ya", "Capoeira", and "Aseeko". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Roger (Roger Troutman)Unlimited! ... LP
Reprise, 1987. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of beats here from Roger Troutman – going for a sound that's maybe even more electro than some of his earlier solo work, at a level that really seems to be pushing the Zapp sound further for the 80s! The style is funky, but touched with lots of elements that have wended their way from indie hip hop up to mainstream soul – all at a level that later acts might fuse together with a bit more warmth, but which still has the starker feel of electro soul in Troutman's hands. Titles include "Thrill Seekers", "I Want To Be You Man", "I Really Want to Be You Man", "Night & Day", and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ WhoMeaty Beaty Big & Bouncy ... LP
Decca, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic greatest hits package from The Who – one that had almost as much life as any of their major full length albums, and a set that served to re-introduce new audiences to the group after the success of Tommy and Who's Next! Most of the tracks here predate those albums – pulled from the group's earliest years, and awash in mod rhythms, tight guitars, and lyrics that are quite edgey – even in the format of a two-minute pop tune. Titles include "Boris The Spider", "Happy Jack", "Pictures Of Lily", "My Generation", "The Seeker", "I Can't Explain", "The Kids Are Alright", "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere", "A Legal Matter", "Substitute", "I'm A Boy", and "Pinball Wizard". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later MCA rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small index sticker around the top spine.)

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✨✧ Attilio ''Art'' MineoMan In Space With Sounds (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1962. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Wonderful sounds from space – put together in a rare album that was initially issued in a small batch, to coincide with the Seattle Worlds Fair in 1962! For the set, Art Mineo comes up with an amazing batch of spacey sounds that were played at the fair in conjunction with a machine called the "Bubbleator" – a weird transparent elevator – and although Mineo had recorded the music a decade before, it fits surprisingly well for the setting – thanks to quality that's definitely futuristic! There's no electronic instrumentation on the LP, but the sound is off-kilter and mighty weird – with an atonal quality that sounds like it's being made by early computer music instruments, but which is really just a string section and percussion – played in a strange, otherwordly way. The music is spooky, spare, and with an arch-evil sound that's made the record a space age classic since the day it was released – on titles that include "Welcome To Tomorrow", "Gayway To Heaven", "Soaring Silence", "Man Seeks The Future", "Science Of Tomorrow", and "The Queen City". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ JR MonteroseLush Life – Welcome Back JR ... CD
Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great return to form for tenorist JR Monterose – a player who always sounds amazing on record, even though he only made a handful of albums over a 30 or 40 year period of performance! Most folks know JR's classic 50s album for Blue Note, but later dates like this are well worth seeking out – and this set may be one of the purest later demonstrations of Monterose's genius – as the tenorist has the sort of effortlessly creative solo ability you'd find in a rare few – able to spin things out with the imagination of a Sonny Rollins or Von Freeman, while still managing to hold tight with the rest of the group – who are equally great, and include the wonderful Hod O'Brien on piano, plus Teddy Kotick on bass and Jimmy Wormworth on drums. Titles include sublime readings of "Giant Steps", "My Old Flame", and "Lush Life" – plus the great originals "Marty's Place", "Evelyn's Delight", and "Luan". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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✨✧ Split Decision BandSplit Decision Band ... CD
Now Again, Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked treasure from Split Decision Band – a group whose one single issued back in the day has gone onto become a sought-after classic with funk and soul collectors! And yet besides that one famous single, these guys actually have a lot more to offer – an incredibly well-developed sound that easily rivals the best funky soul on either coast at the start of the 80s – but which was forever lost to the world, because the group languished in the hinterland of Des Moines! Singer Gordon Starr later worked with Prince – but here, he's a force that could well have put the Iowa scene next to the Minneapolis one, if he had a chance – working with Split Decision in a wonderful blend of modes that has the group stepping beautifully on mellow cuts, getting heavier on some P-Funk styled numbers, and always finding their own path and identity – unlike some of the more copycat-oriented local groups of their generation. The work here has been pulled from unreleased tapes, and lovingly presented by Now Again – with titles that include "Say Woman", "Dazed", "Crystal Powder", "My Love Just For You", "Seeking", "Shoot Your World", "Split Decision Band Groove", "Watching Out", "Night Dancer", and "You're The One". CD

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✨✧ TemptationsSurface Thrills ... CD
Gordy/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual set of 80s grooves from The Temptations – a record that still has the group at the top of their vocal powers, but which also changes up the sound of the rhythms a bit! There's more beats and keyboard lines than before – production that definitely shows the date of the record, but which is still mostly offset by the group's great vocal elements – that old school style of harmony that few of the younger groups could ever get this right. A few tracks are definitely going for some chart play – with a driving groove from the team of Dennis Lambert and Steve Barri (Lambert wrote most of the tracks) – but the record also still has a sound that's different than most of the more commercial soul of the time. A real standout track is the group's version of Sam Dees' "What A Way To Put It" – done here as a soulful ballad – and other tracks include "Love On My Mind Tonight", "The Seeker", "Bring Your Body Here", "Show Me Your Love", and "One Man Woman". CD

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

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✨✧ VariousTime To Fly – Easy Listening From the KPM 1000 Series 1970 to 1976 ... CD
Vocalion (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soaring grooves from the legendary KPM Sound Library – a set of tunes that sparkles with all the charm and glamour of early 70s air travel! The title and cover really fit the spirit of the music here – as most of the tracks are upbeat and sky-flying – the sorts of numbers that go way beyond the sleepier side of easy listening, and really show the way that Easy maestros of the 70s were picking up plenty of funky elements in their music! There's no hard funk tracks here – as you might find on other sound library sets – but there's definitely an undercurrent of groove, thanks to some well-chosen rhythms, strong use of electric bass, and an overall sense of flow in most of the orchestrations – a feel that reminds us a lot of some of the excellent Brigade Mondaine compilations from a few years back. The package really offers up a different look than usual at KPM – and the tunes are as classy as anything we might have loved years ago, on the legendary Sound Library collections. Titles include "Sun Lover", "The Great Outdoors", "Husky Birdsong", and "Towards The Sun" by Keith Mansfield; "Holiday People", "Soft Memories", "Gentle Breeze", "Summer Dreams", "Summer Season", and "Friendly Faces" by James Clarke; "Paradise Found" by Dick Doerschuk, "Silk Stream" by David Gold, "Busy Spectacle" and "Fun In The Sun" by Neil Richardson, "Sunseekers" by David Lindup, and "A Tender Touch" by Steve Gray. CD

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✨✧ VariousMedicine Ball Caravan – Music From The Motion Picture ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the less-remembered records from the era of the giant rock festival – a set of tracks that were recorded during a wild cross-country hippie caravan! Although maybe not another Woodstock, the album does have some long live tracks that are really worth seeking out – in a relatively surprising blend of musicians that makes for a pretty interesting record overall! Highlights include a searing eight minute take on "Black Juju" by Alice Cooper, a ten minute medley of "How Blue Can You Get/Just A Little Love" by BB King, a twelve minute "Freakout/It Takes A Lot To Laugh" by Stoneground, a version of "Free The People" by Delaney & Bonnie, one of the rawest Doug Kershaw performances we've ever heard on "Louisiana Man/Battle Of New Orleans/Orange Blossom Special", Sal Valentino singing "Dreambo", and the Youngbloods tracks "Hippie From Olema" and "Act Naturally", both nicely tongue in cheek. CD
 
 
 



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