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Sound AmericanIssue 29 – The Roscoe Mitchell Issue ... Magazine
Sound American, 2021. New Copy ... About October 1, 2022
... Magazine

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Sound AmericanIssue 28 – The Mapping Issue ... Magazine
Sound American, 2021. New Copy ... About May 13, 2022 (delayed)
... Magazine

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Sound AmericanIssue 27 – The Life Issue ... Magazine
Sound American, 2021. New Copy ... $12.99 15.00
A really great issue of this well-done journal – one that grew out of an initial impulse to document the response of artists and musicians to the pandemic – yet which evolved into something far more interesting overall! The "life" in the title here is key – as editor Nate Wooley (who you'll also know for his great music as well) brings together stories of creation and survival from a wide variety of sources – most surprisingly hopeful, and at a level that maybe points more of a finger towards the future than ruminates on the tragedies of the past – with key contributions from talents who include Susan Alcorn, Pat Thomas, Chris Pitsiokos, Audrey Chen, Cory Smythe, and Wooley himself. The issue features a great article on world jazz pioneer Ahmed Abdul Malik – plus more on collective improvisation, Elliott Carter's piano sonata, and guerilla concerts – amongst many other subjects. Magazine
 
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Asian American Jazz TrioSound Circle ... CD
Evidence, 1995. Used ... $4.99
Features Kei Akagai on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Akira Tana on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousFunction Underground – The Black & Brown American Rock Sound 1969 to 1974 ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
The deepest of the deep from the American scene at the start of the 70s – groups so hip they weren't quite soul, weren't quite rock – and instead kind of a funky hybrid of both! After opening our ears to countless underground sounds from around the globe, the Now Again label turn back to some of the territory of its roots – the hinterland of groups who labored mostly in obscurity, but left behind a few funky 45s that have become the stuff of legend – and which show us that there was a much bigger psychedelic funk underground out there besides groups like Funkadelic or the early Ohio Players! As always with the label, the history is really given its due, thanks to very detailed notes – alongside titles that include "Down By The River" by Purple Snow, "There's A Wrinkle In Our Time" by 1984, "Function Underground" by We The People, "Corruption Is The Thng" by Creations Unlimited, "Jimi's Guitar Raps With The Bass" by Jimi Macon, "I'm A Man" by Cisneros & Garza Group, "Just Got To Be Free" by Black Conspirators, "BL Movement" by Blaclites, and "The Siesta Is Over" by The Revolution. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousFunction Underground – The Black & Brown American Rock Sound 1969 to 1974 ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The deepest of the deep from the American scene at the start of the 70s – groups so hip they weren't quite soul, weren't quite rock – and instead kind of a funky hybrid of both! After opening our ears to countless underground sounds from around the globe, the Now Again label turn back to some of the territory of its roots – the hinterland of groups who labored mostly in obscurity, but left behind a few funky 45s that have become the stuff of legend – and which show us that there was a much bigger psychedelic funk underground out there besides groups like Funkadelic or the early Ohio Players! As always with the label, the history is really given its due, thanks to very detailed notes – alongside titles that include "Down By The River" by Purple Snow, "There's A Wrinkle In Our Time" by 1984, "Function Underground" by We The People, "Corruption Is The Thing" by Creations Unlimited, "Jimi's Guitar Raps With The Bass" by Jimi Macon, "I'm A Man" by Cisneros & Garza Group, "Just Got To Be Free" by Black Conspirators, "BL Movement" by Blaclites, and "The Siesta Is Over" by The Revolution. CD
Also available Function Underground – The Black & Brown American Rock Sound 1969 to 1974 ... LP 21.99
 
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✨✧ Tim J AndersonMaking Easy Listening – Material Culture & Postwar American Recording ... Book
University Of Minnesota Press, 2006. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A very deep look at the rise of easy listening in the postwar years – the transformation of instrumental styles to a particular kind of mood music that had a huge rise in sales during the 50s and 60s! Author Tim Anderson looks at a wide number of factors here – including workings of the musicians unions and record industry, as well as the larger discourse on sound aesthetics in the hi-fi generation – all with ties to the larger political and social climate of the time. The book's written from an academic perspective, and is clearly the amount of a great deal of research – and comes with copious amounts of notes that also point the way towards lots of future reading. 236 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Berger/Donovan/SchullerWW Naumburg Foundation American Composer Awards (First Recordings) – Chamber Music For 13 Players/Music For 6/3 Pieces For 2 Pianos/5 Elizabethan Lyrics ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Performers include the Columbia Chamber Ensemble conducted by Gunther Schuller on "Chamber Music For 13 Players" and "Music For 6"; Paul Jacobs and Gilbert Kalish on "3 Pieces For 2 Pianos"; and Adele Addison and Galimir String Quartet on "5 Elizabethan Lyrics". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo Masterworks pressing. Cover has light wear and a small mark from sticker removal in front.)

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Johnny CashAmerican Recordings ... CD
American, 1994. Used ... $4.99
Johnny Cash's first record for Rick Rubin's American Recordings label – and a late career reviving masterpiece for the great, distinctly American legend. Rubin's genius idea for Johnny Cash was to strip the sound to it's barest essence, and let Cash's deep, bass-vibrating baritone voice bring genuine, authoritative soul to a great batch of handpicked songs. Recorded for the most part in Cash's own Tennessee cabin, and backed by just acoustic guitar, Cash brings a soulful depth to seeming oddball covers and his own great songs alike. Titles include "The Man Who Couldn't Cry", "The Beast In Me", "Oh, Bury Me Not", "Bird On A Wire", "Tennessee Stud", "Like A Soldier", "Redemption", and "Delia's Gone". CD
(Still sealed. Punch through barcode.)

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Earth OperaGreat American Eagle Tragedy ... LP
Elektra, 1969. Very Good ... $16.99
Excellent work by a near-forgotten act that blossomed briefly at the end of the 60s folk-rock boom – the incredible Earth Opera, a group that tied together many styles into a rich and unique sound! The album came out of the crumbling Boston scene of the late 60s – showing echoes of that city's optimistic folk scene of the earlier part of the decade, sliding into the more introspective musings of the singer/songwriter era. The group was the brainchild of singer/guitarist Peter Rowan, but also featured quite a bit of support from a young David Grisman – playing here on mandolin, piano, and a bit of alto sax. The tracks are folksy, but with lots of jazzy undercurrents – almost in a Tim Buckley mode at times, but with themes that are farther reaching, and often more political. The album's an obvious testament to the downfall of the US – surprisingly resonant in recent years – and features titles that include "Roast Beef Love", "The American Eagle Tragedy", "Home To You", "Alfie Finney", and "All Winter Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label big E stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a bumped corner.)

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Richard Groove HolmesAmerican Pie ... CD
Pickwick/Beast Retro, Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Tasty small group work from Groove – with Mr Holmes himself on organ, and the great Larry Willis on electric piano – coming up with a twin electric organ/piano sound that's similar to the one that Groove used on his Comin On Home LP for Blue Note. The difference here is that things aren't as funky as on the Blue Note record – more in the style of the mellow soul of some of the other Groove Merchant albums, with a sweet use of percussion and guitar next to the keys – in a nice laidback kind of groove! Titles are mostly covers – like "St Thomas", "American Pie", and "Who Can I Turn To" – but the lineup also includes two Holmes originals, "Catherine" and the jazzy "Fingers", which is a nice little cut! CD
(Out of print and still sealed. Beast Retro pressing.)

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Giovanni Mirabassi New York Trio with Tatiana Eva-MarieSound Of Love – A Tribute To Michel Legrand ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2022. New Copy ... $29.99 34.99
A warmly intimate take on the music of Michel Legrand – one that takes all the majesty of his famous compositions, and brings them down to the level of a jazz trio with vocalist – all with a sound that's really beautiful throughout! Unlike other projects of this nature, Tatiana Eva-Marie sings the originals lyrics in French, not the later translations that showed up on the American market – a quality that really gives the record a special vibe – as does the work of Giovanni Mirabassi on piano, recorded here with surprising use of echo that really gives the whole album a very moody feel. Other players include Alexander Claffy on bass and Joe Peri on drums – and titles include "Un Ete 42", "Chanson De Maxence", "Amour Amour Je T'Aime Tant", "La Valse Des Lilas", "Les Moulins De Mon Coeur", and "Watch What Happens" – plus Mirabassi's own "The Sound Of Love", a tribute to Legrand. CD

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Astor PiazzollaAmerican Clave Recordings (Tango Zero Hour/La Camorra/Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night) (3CD set) ... CD
American Clave/Nonesuch, Late 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $38.99 39.99
A stunning collection of work from one of the greatest periods in the career of this global music legend – material that gave Astor Piazzolla a chance to really stretch out and push some of the more modern ideas in his creations! First up is the incredible Zero Hour album – a fantastic late life album by the Argentine musical genius Astor Piazzolla – and a set that shows just how far he'd transformed the format of the tango along his musical path of the previous decades! The sound here is completely unique – with some elements of modern string quartet modes, avant jazz, and other styles – blended together with guitar, violin, piano, and bass next to Astor's completely sublime lines on bandoneon! The whole thing's a treasure, and if there's one record to hear by Piazzolla, this is it! Titles include "Tanguedia III", "Milonga Del Angel", "Concierto Para Quinteto", "Milonga Loca", and "Contrabajissimo". La Camorra is a record that features a slightly expanded concept on the ideas that Astor Piazzolla had unleashed with his Zero Hour album – all those incredible twists and turns he'd been using to transform Argentine modern music – roots in the tango, but expressions that are up there with some of the most creative 20th Century performances from other parts of the globe! As before, Piazzolla's bandoneon is at the center – but the inflections on piano and violin are also key too – on titles that include "Fugata", "Soledad", "Sur Los Suenos", and the longer "La Camorra" suite. Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night is the last album in a completely sublime run of records that Astor Piazzolla cut for the American Clave label – and a set that brings together all the new ideas he'd been forging over previous decades, with a clarity and focus that's still completely transformative all these many years later! The core instrumentation is in the quintet mode that Astor was preferring at the time – with tremendous lines on violin, guitar, and piano that burst out alongside his own work on bandoneon, augmented by some guest reed lines by Paquito D'Rivera as well. The album works fantastically as a unified suite of tracks – with expressivity between the numbers that heightens the power of the album from even Piazzolla's previous gems on the label – on titles that include "Street Tango", "Knife Fight", "Leonora's Song", "Butcher's Death", "Milonga For Three", "Bailongo", and "Leonoras' Love Theme". CD

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RTB Big BandRTB Big Band With American Guests Vol 2 ... LP
RTB (Yugoslavia), 1985. Near Mint- ... $14.99
The American Guests really make the sound here – as the album features work from Kenny Drew on piano, Alvin Queen on drums, Ernie Wilkins on tenor, and Tony Scott on clarinet! Titles include "Blues CMB", "Misha Bloos"," Slow Grind", and "Presuda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one bumped corner, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ TriageAmerican Mythology ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A record that leaps right out of the gate with a sound that's more of the moment than mythological – amazing improvisations between this very sharp Chicago trio – a group that features Jason Ajemian on bass, Tim Daisy on drums, and Dave Rempis on some mighty nice alto and tenor sax! Rempis is really rising to the best of his abilities here – becoming a real shining star and a boundless source of imaginative tones and phrases – but the presence of the other group members is crucial to the sound too, as the bass is fantastic, and Tim Daisy's sense of sound is equally great. Titles include "Rust Belt", "White Flies", "Sidelights", "Rong Tones", and "In The Afternoon". CD

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VariousInterwizje – East European Visions Of Groovy Sound 1962 to 1982 ... LP
GAD (Poland), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About March 22, 2022 (delayed)
Fantastic funky tunes that you'd never track down on your own – all pulled from a host of rare Eastern European records from the years when the Iron Curtain kept most of this music from getting out to the rest of the world at large! There's plenty of heavy drums and basslines on most tracks – served up by artists who clearly got a chance to hear all the best that was going on in American funk during the 70s, then found a way to mix it with all sorts of unusual instrumental and production touches that make for all these compelling twists and turns along the way – as do the non-English language lyrics, which further set these tunes apart from the rest! The compilation was done by the Soul Service DJ team, who've given us some great Polish funk sets in the past – and titles include "Gospel Song" by Skaldowie, "Hollywoodschaukel" by Gunter Gollasch, "Berlin 1" by Tihomir Pop Asanovic, "Everybody" by Olympic, "Adj Egy Percet" by Sarolta Zalatnay, "Jakoby Nic" by Marta Kubisova, "Sopp Seisku Aeg" by Velly Joonas & Vstretsa, and "Waski Przelyk Wieloryba" by Bizony. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTea & Sympathy – The English Baroque Sound 1968 to 1974 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A great document of a really cool moment in British pop – a time when the music eschwed guitars in favor of strings and larger arrangements – not in the sweet style that American singers were using at the start of the 60s, but a much darker mode that paved the way for even more complex music to come in the 70s! The arrangements here are complex, yet still very tuneful and groovy – and maybe some of the best easy comparisons might be the music of the Left Banke here in the US, or the way that strings were used to great effect in the music of Nick Drake. As always with Ace Records, the presentation is wonderful, with plenty of notes and a superb set list of 22 tracks that include "Please Believe Me" by Nirvana, "Say You Don't Mind" by Colin Blunstone, "Pictures" by Ray Brooks, "Off To Find A New Land" by Lea Nixon, "Alice" by Jon Plum, "When The City Sleeps" by Bombadil, "Mary Jane" by Erasmus Chorum, "Shapes & Shadows" by Tandem, "Forever Autumn" by Virgrass & Osborne, "The Sevent Hour" by Gordon Waller, "Very Well" by Les Payne, "You're Lovely" by Sunchariot, "Coathanger" by Clifford T Ward, and "Lifetime" by The Bliss. CD

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetAmerican Landscape 1 ... CD
Okka Disk, 2006. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Peter Brotzmann's on clarinet this time around, and working here in an extended studio piece with his Chicago Tentet combo – one of his greatest groups of later years, featuring both Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark on reeds, as well as Joe McPhee on both trumpet and alto sax! The work builds slowly, almost tentatively – the fills in strongly as the piece goes on – with a sound that's almost like the Jazz Composers Orchestra style at the end of the 60s, but not as dynamic overall. The reeds are almost strongest in shaping the tune – although other contributions include trombone from Hannes Bauer, tuba from Per Ake Holmlander, and cello from Fred Lonberg-Holm. CD 1 features the first part of the work – which is quite long, and stands strongly as an album on its own! CD

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann Chicago TentetAmerican Landscape 2 ... CD
Okka Disk, 2006. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Peter Brotzmann's on clarinet this time around, and working here in an extended studio piece with his Chicago Tentet combo – one of his greatest groups of later years, featuring both Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark on reeds, as well as Joe McPhee on both trumpet and alto sax! The work builds slowly, almost tentatively – the fills in strongly as the piece goes on – with a sound that's almost like the Jazz Composers Orchestra style at the end of the 60s, but not as dynamic overall. The reeds are almost strongest in shaping the tune – although other contributions include trombone from Hannes Bauer, tuba from Per Ake Holmlander, and cello from Fred Lonberg-Holm. CD 2 features the second half of the work – returned to a tentative beginning, then stepping out more strongly as things move on! CD

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel LewisPresenting Thad Jones & Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra/Live At The Village Vanguard/Big Band Sound Featuring Miss Ruth Brown ... CD
Solid State/BGO (UK), 1966/1967. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of classics from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra! First up is the initial Presenting album – great music by one of the hippest large American ensembles of the late 60s – almost a US equivalent to the groovy sound of the Clark Boland Big Band over in Europe! Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis had already made some great music together on their own – but once they came together in a record like this, they really found a great new direction for their energy – a bold musical force that's strong enough to also encompass the rich talents of players who include Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Joe Farrell on tenor, Jerome Richardson on soprano sax, Richard Williams on trumpet, Bob Brookmeyer and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Hank Jones on piano, and Richard Davis on bass! The sound is full, but never overwhelming – and like the Clark Boland group, this one has a great way of breaking open to allow key soloists to have some great space on their own – a modern approach, and one that still never has the band losing its groove. Titles include "ABC Blues", "Mean What You Say", "Three & One", and "Once Around". The next album was recorded live in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis home turf at the Village Vanguard! The group at this point was a freshly-created outfit filled with some of the best large group jazz soloists of the time – players that included Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams, Richard Williams, and Bob Brookmeyer – not to mention Jones and Lewis themselves! The style here is very much in the mode that the Clarke Boland Band was crafting in Europe during the same period – a redefinition of the larger jazz group, in a way that allowed it to swing with the dynamic energy and soul of some of the smaller combos of the 60s. And while the Jones/Lewis group had many years over which to hone their craft, they've never sounded better than on these initial recordings – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Samba Con Getchu", "A That's Freedom", "Bachafillen", and "Little Pixie". On the last album in the set, Ruth Brown joins the big band of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis – in a set that's a real standout in the career of all three artists! Thad and Mel already have a pretty great groove going at this point – a large ensemble approach to jazz, yet one that's swingingly soulful – very much on a par with some of Gerald Wilson's hip work of the same time at time. And adding in Ruth Brown's vocals is a great choice – as she not only needs a great showcase like this for her amazing voice, but also because she really helps unlock a soulful sort of energy that the group always had in their instrumental music. The approach is a bit like some of Etta Jones' best 60s recordings – a nice shift for Brown – and titles include "Black Coffee", "Fine Brown Frame", "You Won't Let Go", "Trouble In Mind", and "Be Anything (But Be Mine)". CD
(Out of print. Includes slicpase.)

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✨✧ Miriam MakebaPata Pata – The Hit Sound Of Miriam Makeba ... LP
Reprise, Late 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge breakthrough moment for Miriam Makeba – a South African singer who'd been bringing her music to the American scene for a number of years, but really took off in new soulful directions with this album! Previously, Makeba was maybe more confined to the world of folk – mostly recording with acoustic styles in a stripped-down mode – but this record has her soaring on arrangements from American studio talents Jimmy Wisner and Jerry Ragovoy, the latter of whom produced the record too – and mixes in some very hip New York soul modes, and even some larger charts that really expand the sound. The huge hit on the set is "Pata Pata" – a tune that firmly put Makeba in the memory of American music – but the whole album is great overall, and other titles include "Click Song Number 1", "A Piece Of Ground", "West Wind", "Ha Po Zamani", and "Jol'inkomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan & orange label stereo pressing. Cover has some staining and peeling from moisture on the bottom corner.)

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✨✧ Astor PiazzollaAmerican Clave Recordings (Tango Zero Hour/La Camorra/Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night) (3LP set) ... LP
American Clave/Nonesuch, Late 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning collection of work from one of the greatest periods in the career of this global music legend – material that gave Astor Piazzolla a chance to really stretch out and push some of the more modern ideas in his creations! First up is the incredible Zero Hour album – a fantastic late life album by the Argentine musical genius Astor Piazzolla – and a set that shows just how far he'd transformed the format of the tango along his musical path of the previous decades! The sound here is completely unique – with some elements of modern string quartet modes, avant jazz, and other styles – blended together with guitar, violin, piano, and bass next to Astor's completely sublime lines on bandoneon! The whole thing's a treasure, and if there's one record to hear by Piazzolla, this is it! Titles include "Tanguedia III", "Milonga Del Angel", "Concierto Para Quinteto", "Milonga Loca", and "Contrabajissimo". La Camorra is a record that features a slightly expanded concept on the ideas that Astor Piazzolla had unleashed with his Zero Hour album – all those incredible twists and turns he'd been using to transform Argentine modern music – roots in the tango, but expressions that are up there with some of the most creative 20th Century performances from other parts of the globe! As before, Piazzolla's bandoneon is at the center – but the inflections on piano and violin are also key too – on titles that include "Fugata", "Soledad", "Sur Los Suenos", and the longer "La Camorra" suite. Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night is the last album in a completely sublime run of records that Astor Piazzolla cut for the American Clave label – and a set that brings together all the new ideas he'd been forging over previous decades, with a clarity and focus that's still completely transformative all these many years later! The core instrumentation is in the quintet mode that Astor was preferring at the time – with tremendous lines on violin, guitar, and piano that burst out alongside his own work on bandoneon, augmented by some guest reed lines by Paquito D'Rivera as well. The album works fantastically as a unified suite of tracks – with expressivity between the numbers that heightens the power of the album from even Piazzolla's previous gems on the label – on titles that include "Street Tango", "Knife Fight", "Leonora's Song", "Butcher's Death", "Milonga For Three", "Bailongo", and "Leonoras' Love Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available American Clave Recordings (Tango Zero Hour/La Camorra/Rough Dancer & The Cyclical Night) (3CD set) ... CD 38.99

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✨✧ Vangelis/New American OrchestraBlade Runner ... CD
Atlantic, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered moments of music from the enigmatic Vangelis – a set that's maybe a bit darker and more moody than some of his other records of the time – thanks to the Blade Runner setting provided by director Ridley Scott! Vangelis works plenty of familiar early 80s soundtrack elements here – lots of keyboards and electronic wash, plus even a bit of almost-cheesy sax at times – but he makes the whole thing sound nicely off-kilter at most moments, with just the sort of awkward replication that fits perfectly with the narrative theme of the film. There's some beautiful exotic currents that are maybe even more captivating here on record than you might remember from their use onscreen – and titles include "Memories Of Green", "Tales Of The Future", "Rachel's Song", "Blush Response", "Lone More Kiss Dear", and "Tears In Rain". CD

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✨✧ Vangelis/New American OrchestraBlade Runner ... LP
Warner, 1982. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered moments of music from the enigmatic Vangelis – a set that's maybe a bit darker and more moody than some of his other records of the time – thanks to the Blade Runner setting provided by director Ridley Scott! Vangelis works plenty of familiar early 80s soundtrack elements here – lots of keyboards and electronic wash, plus even a bit of almost-cheesy sax at times – but he makes the whole thing sound nicely off-kilter at most moments, with just the sort of awkward replication that fits perfectly with the narrative theme of the film. There's some beautiful exotic currents that are maybe even more captivating here on record than you might remember from their use onscreen – and titles include "Memories Of Green", "Tales Of The Future", "Rachel's Song", "Blush Response", "Lone More Kiss Dear", and "Tears In Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousScene Club – Ham Yard London 1963 to 1966 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Snapper (UK), Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning look at a legendary London club of the 60s – presented here in a really well-done book-style package – with a CD that's brimming over with the American soul that made it groove so great back in the day! The set does a great job of showing the roots both of Northern soul, and the UK mod scene – as most of the work here is from that early cusp of soul – when R&B still figured strongly into the mix, and the groove also had some strong inflections from blues and jazz as well! The photos and images in the book are totally great – laid out over a full-color 24 pages – and the CD features 28 smoking tracks – including "Ain't That Loving You Baby" by Jimmy Reed, "Jaywalking" by The Upsetters, "Who Can I Run To" by Geri Hall, "I'll Take One" by Harold Burrage, "Song Called Soul" by Gene Chandler, "Let The Good Times Roll" by Alvin Robinson, "Question" by Roscoe Shelton, and "I've Got A Claim On You" by Betty Everett. CD

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✨✧ VariousWigan Casino Soul Club – Station Road, Wigan 1973 to 1981– The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B (2CD edition) ... CD
Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A searing set of vintage soul cuts – brought together in honor of the legendary Wigan Casino – one of the most important clubs in the UK Northern Soul scene of the 70s! For the uninitiated, Wigan was a hotbed of upbeat rare soul cuts – overlooked American goodies from both the previous decade and more recent years – often with a strong focus on deeper soul vocals, which meant some strong entries from the southern scene as well! This well-done package comes with a heavy book-style cover, notes on the club and its music – and a whopping 28 tracks in all – including "Being Without You" by Maurice Williams, "I Can't Hide It" by The Appreciations, "Come On Train" by Don Thomas, "I'm Satisfied With You" by The Furys, "You're Gonna Need Me" by Ted Ford, "You Got To Use What You Got" by Ann Sexton, "Why Should I Cry" by The Gentrys, "It's Heavy" by Bags, "Baby What Has Happened To Our Love" by The Ringleaders, "The Night The Angels Cried" by Johnny Dynamite, "I'm A Teardrop" by The Jerms, and "Your Wish Is My Command" by The Inspirations. Also comes with a rare bonus CD, too – a 1975 live performance by Tommy Hunt at Wigan – with cuts that include "Get Ready", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Crackin Up", and "Never Can Say Goodbye". CD

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✨✧ Flatt & ScruggsFolk Songs Of Our Land/The Fabulous Sound Of Flatt & Scruggs ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Two Columbia killers from the team of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs – back to back on a single CD! First up is Folk Songs Of Our Land – kind of a nod by the pair back to the new folk revival, who were helping the Flatt & Scruggs team get greater mainstream fame, thanks to their enthusiasm! Lester & Earl try their hand at a host of American folk tunes – but rather than turn out some smarmy pop-folk presentation, or easy Kingston Trio style, they go right back to bluegrass roots – with excellent presentation on both of their instruments, and some vocals as well. Titles include "Philadelphia Lawyer", "Legend Of The Johnson Boys", "Life Of Trouble", "Good Times Are Past & Gone", "Hear The Wind Blow", and "Ellen Smith". The Fabulous Sound Of Flatt & Scruggs is a record that really lives up to its title – and not only offers up superb guitar from Lester Flatt and incredibly deft banjo from Earl Scruggs – but also some great vocals that really beat the best of mainstream country at the time! The record was key in getting the sound of bluegrass out of the hills and into the homes of other listeners at the time – not just the usual fans of country music, but also the younger rock and folk scene who really helped raise Flatt & Scruggs up to legendary status, and inspire them to evolve with records like this. Titles include "Hello Stranger", "I'm Walking With Him", "Bummin An Old Freight Train", "When Papa Played The Dobro", and "A Faded Red Ribbon". CD
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✨✧ VariousCumbia Sabrosa – Tropical Sound System Bangers From The Discos Fuentes Vaults 1961 to 1981 (3 x 7 inch single set) ... 7-inch
Discos Fuentes/Rocafort (UK), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch single set ... Out Of Stock
A sweet little 7" single package – one that brings together a half dozen rare tracks from the legendary Discos Fuentes – the Colombian powerhouse that really helped revolutionize Latin music in the 60s and 70s! The title promises cumbia, but there's also a lot more going on here too – driving descarga modes that are heavy on percussion and jazzy instrumentation, and the kind of raw grooves that always made Discos Fuentes sound so different from American labels up north – a sharper edge that's finally been getting its global due in the past decade or so! Titles include "Lucy" by Peyo Torres Y Sus Diablos Del Ritmo, "Tiro Al Blanco" by Afrosound, "Se Trabo La Banda" by Los Golden Boys, "Cumbia Raja" by Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo Bravo, "Cumbia Sabrosa" by Climacao Sarmiento, and "La Veterana" by Peyo Torres Y Sus Diablos Del Ritmo. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousTwisted Wheel – Brazennoise & Whitworth Street, Manchester 1963 to 1971 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Snapper (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The story of one of the most legendary soul clubs in the UK – home to the great wave of Northern Soul enthusiasm that burst big in the 60s – plus a fair bit of hanky panky as well! This collection shows a decidedly raw side of the club's roots – American soul from the 60s, plus a fair bit of R&B as well – a groove that's rougher than you might find on other Northern Soul collections – which often tend towards some of the tighter Detroit productions of the period. The CD features a whopping 28 tracks in all – with lots of tracks from Chicago and the Motor City – and the package is a cool book-style one, with 24 pages of full-color images and photos, plus notes as well. Titles include "Road Runner" by Bo Diddley, "Good Times" by Gene Chandler, "Turn On Your Lovelight" by Bobby Blue Bland, "Do The 45" by The Sharpees, "Get Down With It" by Bobby Marchan, "I Spy For The FBI" by Jamo Thomas, "And Get Away" by The Esquires, "I Can't See Your Love" by The Ballads, "Searchin" by Alvin Robinson, and "You Shot Me Through The Grease" by Alvin Cash. CD

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✨✧ VariousInterwizje – East European Visions Of Groovy Sound 1962 to 1982 ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic funky tunes that you'd never track down on your own – all pulled from a host of rare Eastern European records from the years when the Iron Curtain kept most of this music from getting out to the rest of the world at large! There's plenty of heavy drums and basslines on most tracks – served up by artists who clearly got a chance to hear all the best that was going on in American funk during the 70s, then found a way to mix it with all sorts of unusual instrumental and production touches that make for all these compelling twists and turns along the way – as do the non-English language lyrics, which further set these tunes apart from the rest! The compilation was done by the Soul Service DJ team, who've given us some great Polish funk sets in the past – and titles include "Gospel Song" by Skaldowie, "Hollywoodschaukel" by Gunter Gollasch, "Berlin 1" by Tihomir Pop Asanovic, "Everybody" by Olympic, "Adj Egy Percet" by Sarolta Zalatnay, "Jakoby Nic" by Marta Kubisova, "Sopp Seisku Aeg" by Velly Joonas & Vstretsa, and "Waski Przelyk Wieloryba" by Bizony. CD

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✨✧ VariousPurple Snow – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (4LPs with book) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 LPs ... Out Of Stock
The amazing prequel to the big wave of funk and soul that exploded from the Minneapolis scene at the end of the 70s – early sounds that really point the way towards later grooves from folks like Prince, Alexander O'Neal, Andre Cymone, and the team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis! The massive package is one of the best-ever sets from the Numero Group – not just a brilliant collection of music, but a rich book-like presentation of this important time in the Twin Cities scene – with a huge booklet of notes, memories, and loads of vintage photos! The whole thing's like taking the quality of Numero's books and mixing it with the focus of their best compilations – and the heavy package is filled with loads and loads of gems that really re-map the whole rise to glory of some of the bigger names of the time. You'll hear sounds here by folks who later recorded under more famous labels, and other sublime cuts by groups who never fully got their due at the time – such as the wonderful Haze, a group we've always loved. Instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and bass – but used in ways that are often a bit warmer and more spontaneous than the electric funk of later Minneapolis years – tied in more strongly to the sound of the underground in other American cities. Titles include "Get It On" by Prophets Of Peace, "I Love You" by Herman Jones, "Taste Of Love" by Aura, "Expense" by Cohesion, "It's The Things That You Do" by Flyte Tyme, "Higher" by Lewis Connection, "I Do Love My Lady" by Haze, "Stone Lover" by Music Love & Funk, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Do You Dare" by Alexander O'Neal, "I've Got My Eyes On You" by The Girls, "Can You Deal With It" by Quiet Storm, "Should I Or Should I Not" by Sue Ann Carwell, "No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby" by Mind & Matter, and "Oh Lover" by Orville Shannon. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousScene Club – Ham Yard London 1963 to 1966 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Snapper (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning look at a legendary London club of the 60s – presented here in a really well-done book-style package – with a CD that's brimming over with the American soul that made it groove so great back in the day! The set does a great job of showing the roots both of Northern soul, and the UK mod scene – as most of the work here is from that early cusp of soul – when R&B still figured strongly into the mix, and the groove also had some strong inflections from blues and jazz as well! The photos and images in the book are totally great – laid out over a full-color 24 pages – and the CD features 28 smoking tracks – including "Ain't That Loving You Baby" by Jimmy Reed, "Jaywalking" by The Upsetters, "Who Can I Run To" by Geri Hall, "I'll Take One" by Harold Burrage, "Song Called Soul" by Gene Chandler, "Let The Good Times Roll" by Alvin Robinson, "Question" by Roscoe Shelton, and "I've Got A Claim On You" by Betty Everett. CD

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✨✧ VariousWigan Casino Soul Club – Station Road, Wigan 1973 to 1981– The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B (2CD edition) ... CD
Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A searing set of vintage soul cuts – brought together in honor of the legendary Wigan Casino – one of the most important clubs in the UK Northern Soul scene of the 70s! For the uninitiated, Wigan was a hotbed of upbeat rare soul cuts – overlooked American goodies from both the previous decade and more recent years – often with a strong focus on deeper soul vocals, which meant some strong entries from the southern scene as well! This well-done package comes with a heavy book-style cover, notes on the club and its music – and a whopping 28 tracks in all – including "Being Without You" by Maurice Williams, "I Can't Hide It" by The Appreciations, "Come On Train" by Don Thomas, "I'm Satisfied With You" by The Furys, "You're Gonna Need Me" by Ted Ford, "You Got To Use What You Got" by Ann Sexton, "Why Should I Cry" by The Gentrys, "It's Heavy" by Bags, "Baby What Has Happened To Our Love" by The Ringleaders, "The Night The Angels Cried" by Johnny Dynamite, "I'm A Teardrop" by The Jerms, and "Your Wish Is My Command" by The Inspirations. Also comes with a rare bonus CD, too – a 1975 live performance by Tommy Hunt at Wigan – with cuts that include "Get Ready", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Crackin Up", and "Never Can Say Goodbye". CD

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✨✧ Toshiko Akiyoshi & Charlie MarianoToshiko Mariano Quartet (Candid) ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of the few recorded meetings of alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and pianist Toshiko Akioshi in the studio – quite strange given that they were a couple at the time! The session's easily one of the last great American sessions by either player – a work that shows Mariano's alto really building on the strengths of his work in the 50s, and Akioshi's piano shedding some of its early bop influences, and going for the richly-toned sound that would serve her greatly in the 70s. The long tracks here offer plenty of space for Charlie's sharp tone to really do its thing – and that raspy warmth of the 50s is even more deeply soulful at this point – and augmented by a new sense of composition that gives the record some of its best tracks. There's almost a nascent sense of spiritualism here – quite unusual for the time – and titles include "When You Meet Her", "Toshiko's Elegy", "Deep River", and "Little T". CD

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Alessandro AlessandroniSangue Di Sbirro ... CD
Cinedelic (Italy), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the funkiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that clearly shows he'd been listening to the score for Shaft, as well as a host of 70s sound library music too! There's lots of great Italian cop/crime grooves on the set – done at an understated level that's almost better than more familiar work of the genre – often strongly focused on the core rhythms, which are lean and plenty darn funky – bad-stepping with instrumentation that's often small combo funky jazz more than it is the bigger orchestrations of American cop scores. Titles include "Cop's Blood", "Amusement", "Duke Soul Jazz", "Tema Di Susie", "Club Jazz", "Palance", "Knell", "Sbirro In Fuga", and "Luxury". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies.)

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Laurindo AlmeidaMan & A Woman ... LP
Capitol, 1967. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Bossa guitar, dreamy orchestrations, and a wonderful American take on the Brazilian sound of the 60s – served up with sparkling Capitol Records production in a set that's easily one of the greatest by guitarist Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's guitar is matched here with some lightly jazzy backings from Lex De Azevedo – slightly pop, but always groovy – and with a gentle sound that matches bossa roots with some of the more complicated modes from 60s soundtrack years – served up in sweeping strings, moody woodwinds, and some nicely isolated notes from Almedia's acoustic guitar. Titles include "A Man & A Woman", done very nicely, plus "Mas Que Nada", "Soft Mood", "Bluesette", "Call Me", and "Going Out Of My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s yellow label pressing.)

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Fred Fisher Atalobhor & His Ogiza Dance BandAfrican Carnival ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $5.99 24.99
Funky African work from Fred Fisher – a Nigerian trombonist who crafted his own unique groove at the end of the 70s! Fred both sings and plays trombone – the latter with a Fred Wesley-like soulfulness – and his rhythms here are really wide-ranging, and embrace a host of new styles coming into play at the time – including a fair bit of influences from American soul! Some cuts have a rootsy groove, while others move into tighter dancefloor territory – never in a commercial style at all, but with traces of boogie and other 80s modes in the mix. Vocals are sometimes in English, which furthers the global appeal of the music – and the set brings together tracks from 4 different albums by Fisher. Titles include "Say The Truth", "Asa Sa", "Iye Ye Mu Elediamemisise", "No Way", "Let Love Free", "WTFS", "Beautiful Dancer", "Happy Blue Night", "The Beginning Ishan", "Ehimedede", "Babajoo", and "Ebi Lolo". 2CD set features 20 tracks in all. Note: The music on the whole set is great, but there are a few tracks that suffer sound-wise from some distortion in the masters used. Most of the other tracks are fine, though. CD

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AzymuthLight As A Feather (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99 About May 20, 2022
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil – a pushing forward of the soulful sides of their style, but with just the right blend of quirkier elements as well – one that still keeps the edge of the early years, yet helps the group reach out with a wonderfully warm sound! Most tracks are quite spare, and without any too-smooth polishing in production – and titles include the classic "Jazz Carnival", a funky fusion classic if there ever was one – plus "Light As A Feather", "Avenida Das Manguerias", "This Exists", "Partido Alto", "Dona Olimpia", "Amazonia", and "Young Embrace". CD also features four bonus tracks – "Jazz Carnival (full original mix)", "Avenida Das Manguerias (SS translation by Theo Parrish)", "Jazz Carnival (Yambee rework by Ashley Beedle & Yam Who)", and "Codsall Juniors" by Mark E. CD
(Remixed and remastered version – with better sound than ever!)

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Red Bahnik TrioRed Bahnik Trio Goes To Santander ... CD
Soulside/Sonorama (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... $5.99 18.99
An obscure trio from the early 60s, but one who play with plenty of soul jazz in their sound – thanks to some mighty heavy work on the key of the piano from leader Red Bahnik! Red's got this sharp attack and inherently rhythmic sound that would have been right at home on early 60s Prestige Records – alongside piano gems from artists like Bobby Timmons or John Wright – yet the groove also isn't just copping American styles of the time, as they've got an unusual inflection to their rhythms – maybe some blocker styles that carve things out with a unique spirit, especially given the spacious echo used in the recording. Titles include the long originals "Fata Morgana Altamira" and "Santander" – plus "Fish This Week", "The Uptown", "Sister Sadie", and "Vacushna". CD

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Benny BaileyBig Brass ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of the few early albums as a leader cut by trumpeter Benny Bailey – a tremendous talent, finally getting his due! Bailey is one of the great unsung talents of jazz, and he's always made top-shelf work – from his early days with Quincy Jones, to his later years as an American expatriot, recording for European labels like Ego and MPS. This rare early session is one of the few recorded for the super-hip Candid label – and it features Bailey's trumpet at the head of a tight combo that includes Phil Woods on alto sax and bass clarinet, Julius Watkins on French Horn, Les Spann on flute and guitar, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and rhythm from Buddy Catlett on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Despite the "big brass" title, there's no horn section here – and instead, most of the numbers have that sharp-edged modern sound we associate with Candid – with Watkins horn being the only other brass instrument, alongside the lighter lines of Woods and Spann. Titles include "Hard Sock Dance", "Tipsy", "Please Say Yes", and "Maud's Mood". CD

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BeatlesBeatles For Sale (Remastered) ... CD
Apple, 1964. Used ... $5.99
The Beatles for sale, but never in a commercial way at all – early proof of the group's great balance between mainstream appeal and sounds that still stick to the frontiers of rock and roll! The tunes are short, and heavy on influences from American R&B – yet the Fab Four are already crafting their new sound strongly, and have a melodic brilliance that's hard to deny! Titles include "Eight Days A Week", "Words Of Love", "Honey Don't", "Every Little Thing", "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'm A Loser", "Rock & Roll Music", "I'll Follow The Sun", "Mr Moonlight", and "No Reply". CD

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BeatplanetKomm An Bord ... CD
Brigade Mondaine (Germany), 2007. Used ... $11.99
Burning Hammond, cooking guitars, and romping rhythms – a second set of beat-heavy tunes from Germany's Beatplanet! As before, the sound here is heavily in a 60s mode – quite mod, and almost pre-mod at times – with a European take on older American R&B, squeezed into shorter tracks with a fair bit of punch – often uptempo and with a real 60s go-go groove at the bottom! All numbers have vocals in German, but the instrumentation's definitely an equal part of the sound – and tracks include "Komm An Bord", "Uberall An Der Ostsee", "Keine Macht", "Liebste", "Immer Wenn Du Tanzt", "Dort Geht Ein Madchen", and "Herz Am Stiel". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Beaver & KrauseAll Good Men ... LP
Warner, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
A higher concept album than usual for the team of Beaver & Krause – a record that still features plenty of cool moog and electronics by the pair, but which also has them teamed up with arranger Jimmie Haskell in a set of tunes that mixes older themes with original numbers! A fair bit of tracks here have vocals – either by Krause, or by female vocalists Cris Williamson, Adrienne Anderson, or Elisabeth Wilson – plus the "celestial choir" on a few tracks. There's a hearkening back here that's a bit confused at some moments – mixing Scott Joplin with the then-common apology to Native American mode – but things sound best on the original numbers, which have picked up a groove a bit more than before, and even have some nice warmer tones we really like. Titles include the spacey spinner "Between The Sun & The Rain", plus "Loves Of Col Evol", "Sweet Williams", "Bluebird Canyon Stomp", "Looking Back Now", "Child Of Morning Sun", and "All Good Men". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Includes the insert. Cover has a partially split top seam. Vinyl has a mark that clicks lightly during "Legend Days Are Over" and "Loves Of Col. Evol" but plays fine otherwise.)

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✨✧ Beggar & CoSleeping Giants ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Maybe the greatest record we've ever heard from Beggar & Co – a set that sparkles strongly from a host of excellent guest work – not just from Incognito, but also from some key American musicians as well! The groove is tighter than ever – and very much in the 70s-inspired style that's always made us love the group – a wonderfully warm blend of jazz, funk, and soul that comes off with the feel of a lost treasure from way back! The set's got a positive, upbeat sound throughout – and titles include "If You Really Love Me", "Victoria Park", "Summer Is Here At Last", "While The City Sleeps", "New Beginnings", "Rise", "Yesterday's Gone", and "Changes". CD

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Jorge BenBen ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1972. Near Mint- ... $149.99
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the post-bossa years – but this album has Jorge really emerging as the global soul star he was destined to be – from his powerful stare on the cover, right down to the grit in the grooves! The sound here is a refinement of the samba soul mode that Ben had been brewing up from the late 60s onward – a skittish mix of older samba elements, American soul, and some slight fuller production that really comes into its own here – mixing all the acoustic elements at the core with just a slight electric flourish, but never losing its edge in the process – all to provide Jorge with a sublime backdrop for his really amazing vocals. The set's a monument in funky Brazilian soul – and it includes the huge hit "Taj Mahal", which still sounds great, even after all these years – plus loads of other gems that include "O Circo Chegou", "Domingo 23", "Fio Maravilha", "Paz E Arroz", "Morre O Burro Fico O Homem", and "Que Nega E Essa". A gem all the way through – and a record we'd never part with! LP, Vinyl record album
(Later Brazilian stereo pressing with dark blue raised rim labels. Cover has very light surface stains and waviness, and is bent just a bit at the spine and bottom right corner.)
Also available Ben (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 5.99

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Jorge BenBen (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ... $5.99 18.98
A stunner of a record from the mighty Jorge Ben – and a record that catapulted the Brazilian singer to international fame at the time! Ben had already been making magic for almost a decade down in Brazil – and his compositions and grooves left an undeniable impact on the scene in the post-bossa years – but this album has Jorge really emerging as the global soul star he was destined to be – from his powerful stare on the cover, right down to the grit in the grooves! The sound here is a refinement of the samba soul mode that Ben had been brewing up from the late 60s onward – a skittish mix of older samba elements, American soul, and some slight fuller production that really comes into its own here – mixing all the acoustic elements at the core with just a slight electric flourish, but never losing its edge in the process – all to provide Jorge with a sublime backdrop for his really amazing vocals. The set's a monument in funky Brazilian soul – and it includes the huge hit "Taj Mahal", which still sounds great, even after all these years – plus loads of other gems that include "O Circo Chegou", "Domingo 23", "Fio Maravilha", "Paz E Arroz", "Morre O Burro Fico O Homem", and "Que Nega E Essa". A gem all the way through – and a record we'd never part with! CD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies – in a nice LP-styled sleeve!)
Also available Ben ... LP 149.99

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Blue BeatsBeatle Beat ... CD
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. Used ... $9.99
Not The Beatles, but a group who are trying to cash in on their fame – by showing a monstrous Beatle wig on the cover of the album, covering a horde of dancers – and by playing a whole host of instrumentals with a nod to the Brit Invasion! We're guessing the Blue Beats were some American studio combo – as the overall project doesn't have a real UK sound – and they've definitely got their chops, especially on the guitar lines – which are recorded with a nice dose of echo and a good deal of twang, and mixed in with stomping rhythms and the occasional keyboard line. Titles include "The Chocolate Pudding Slop", "The Swingin Spiders' Bo Diddley", "The Fat Kings' Twist", "The Broken Egg Frug", "The Cold Mashed Potato", and "The Big Shoe Twist". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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David BowieYoung Americans (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.99
A brilliant soul album! That's right, we said SOUL album! Bowie was at the height of his Ziggy Stardust fame when this one was recorded – a drastic left-turn in styles, forged during a point in his American tour when he could take a break, head to Philly, plug in at the Sigma Sound Studios, and come up with some fantastic little soul tunes, thanks to help from Luther Vandross! The album sparkles with the best sound of Luther's early work – and you'll hear more than a bit of Luther's work on his own, and his tunes with Gregg Diamond on the set. Features the sublime tracks "Win", "Fascination", "Right", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", and "Can You Hear Me" – as well as the hits "Young Americans" and "Fame". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Broc Vs Black 10Broc Vs Black 10 – Round 1 ... LP
Broc (France), 2012. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A heady combination of French hip hop talents – beatmaker Broc and MC Black 10 – the latter of whom works entirely in French here, which makes for a very different flavor than an American record of this type! Unlike some of the Parisian hip hop of 20 years before, the vibe here is much more intense – very moody instrumentation, at a level that seems to sharpen all the dark corners of the sonic elements in the mix – responded to by Black 10, whose deep-voiced presentation of the lyrics really increases the vibe of the sound. Titles include "Mc Fous Moi L'Camps", "Faut Qu'J'Exteriorise", "Enfant Des Annes 80", "On Reprend Du Service", "Hip Hop Music Ma Vie", "Ce Monde", "J'Rap Depuis L'Epoque", and "Lyrical Back Slap". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dave BrubeckBravo Brubeck (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1967. Used ... $4.99
Bravo Brubeck, indeed – as this great live set not only has the Brubeck quartet in Mexico, working through some surprising Latin-themed tunes – but also includes some added percussion and guitar, which brings a whole new dimension to their sound! The album's still got the core Brubeck approach at its heart – with Dave on piano, Paul Desmond on incredible alto sax, Eugene Wright on bass, and Joe Morello on drums – but the quartet finds a way to really open up on these numbers, and expand their sound into new modes – as they'd done on some of their Japanese and Eurasian explorations. A number of tunes are Latin American numbers, re-arranged in a modern way by Brubeck – and titles include "Cielito Lindo", "Sobre Las Olas", "Nostalgia De Mexico", "Poinciana", "Estrellita", and "Alla En El Rancho Grande". CD also includes the previously unreleased track "Frenesi". CD
(Out of print, 1998 remastered edition.)

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Sandro Brugnolini/CarniniBeat Drammatico, Underground, Pop Elettronic (with bonus CD) ... LP
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ... $28.99 34.99
Exactly the kind of record that makes us love sound library records so much – and definitely the sort that sets the style apart from anything else we can think of! Both Sandro Brugnolini and Giorgio Carnini turn in some great work here – a mindblowing mix of modes over the space of ten short tracks – some tunes a cascading array of instrumentation, in a hip groove that's neither American jazz or soundtrack funk, but a special space of its own! Other tunes use an electronic approach that's years ahead of its time – as groovy as 60s analogue, but a lot darker, too – in ways that the rest of the world might not touch until the German new wave. The balance is almost even between swinging groovers and darker electronic cuts – and titles include "Grinta", "Azione CIA", "Scalo Clandestino", "Alambicco Cibernetico", "Strutture Generative", "Omicido Bianco", and "CIA Massacre". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD!)

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Calibro 35Ogni Riferimento A Persone Esistenti O A Fatti Realmente Accaduti E Puramente Casuale (Any Resemblance To Real Persons Or Actual Facts Is Purely Coincidental) ... LP
Record Kicks (UK), 2012. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
Massive work from Calibro 35 – a group we've been digging on obscure overseas releases – stepping out here on their first American record, and easily their funkiest album to date! The sound is wonderful – still filled with the older Italian soundtrack references that got the group's music going in the first place – but also driven by a much tighter sound at the bottom, especially on the drums – which really drive the tunes strongly! Other instrumentation includes loads of keyboards – especially clavinet-type riffs that fit the group's 70s cop/crime mode perfectly – and titles include "Uh Ah Brrr", "New Delhi Deli", "New York New York", "La Banda Del BBQ", "Pioggia E Cemento", and "Massacro All'alba". LP, Vinyl record album

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Doug CarnRevelation ... CD
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early genius – his own work on organ and keyboards, never overdone and mixed perfectly with a righteous array of acoustic sounds from Rene McLean on alto and tenor and Olu Dara on trumpet – both players who soar to the skies on waves of energy begun by Carn! Wife Jean Carn sings on a number of tracks – with this heavenly style that's mighty righteous – every bit as soulful as her later work at Philly International, but in a very different way. The set includes Doug's great reading of "Naima" – plus other wonderful cuts that include "Power & Glory", "Feel Free", "Jihad", "Fatherhood", and "God is One". CD
Also available Revelation ... LP 22.99

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Doug CarnRevelation ... LP
Black Jazz/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $22.99 23.99
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early genius – his own work on organ and keyboards, never overdone and mixed perfectly with a righteous array of acoustic sounds from Rene McLean on alto and tenor and Olu Dara on trumpet – both players who soar to the skies on waves of energy begun by Carn! Wife Jean Carn sings on a number of tracks – with this heavenly style that's mighty righteous – every bit as soulful as her later work at Philly International, but in a very different way. The set includes Doug's great reading of "Naima" – plus other wonderful cuts that include "Power & Glory", "Feel Free", "Jihad", "Fatherhood", and "God is One". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Revelation ... CD 12.99

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Ian Carr Double QuintetSolar Sessions (10 inch LP) ... LP
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
The group's listed here as the Double Quintet of trumpeter Ian Carr, but the sound is right next to the best work of his Nucleus group for Vertigo Records – a groundbreaking blend of jazz and electric elements, served up in a style that's very different from American work of the time! At one level, Carr and his group mates have this sophisticated style that's awash in complicated colors and very rich tones – but at another, they're able to open up and really let things fly – not really in prog directions, or avant improvisation either – but with a very freewheeling spirit that has Ian and the group exploding with new ideas all the way through! Other players include Harry Beckett on trumpet, Brian Smith on tenor and soprano, Tony Roberts on tenor and bass clarinet, and the electric core of Chris Spedding on guitar, Ron Matthewson on electric bass, and Karl Jenkins on electric piano – on long takes of tracks that include "Element 1", "Bedrock Deadlock", "Torso", "Snakehips Dream", and "Spirit Level". First-ever release – pulled from a well-recorded radio session in 1970! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited-edition pressing – in a cool flipback cover!)

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✨✧ Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (RVG remastered with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. Used ... $12.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print and still sealed!)

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Joe CubaWe Must Be Doing Something Right (Estamos Haciendo Algo Bien) ... LP
Tico, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
The group were certainly doing something right – as this album has Joe Cuba's sextet at the top of their game, easily showing why they were one of the best groups on the New York scene of the 60s! The album's a pivotal one in the development of Latin Soul – as it sports the incredible track "El Pito" – one of those Latin jammers that grabbed everyone right away, and which has barely ever been matched since! The album's also got some great use of English language lyrics – crucial to the unique crossover sound that Joe was forging, and a real bridge between Spanish and African American Harlem in the 60s. Titles include "My Wonderful You", "El Pito (I'll Never Go Back To Georgia)", "Pruebalo, OK?", "Bochinchosa", "Incomparable", and "Clave Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual 60s black label pressing. Cover has light wear, and a light stain near the bottom.)

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Culpeper's OrchardMountain Music – The Polydor Recordings 1970 to 1973 (Culpeper's Orchard/Second Sight/Going For A Song/bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
The complete Polydor Recordings of Culpeper's Orchard – a Danish group who are every bit as enigmatic as their name! The set begins with their debut – a great record from overlooked Danish group at the start of the 70s – a combo who could easily step between folksy and progressive modes, and who often had a warm sense of harmony in their vocals! Culpepper's Orchard are always very much their own sort of group – but they have a great way of shifting back and forth between key styles of the time – so that the harmonies might rival CSNY, while the acoustic elements might echo the darker corners of the Island Records scene, and more electric moments might link these guys to more of their Scandinavian contemporaries. The production is really top-shelf – clearly a big push on the group by Polydor at the time – and the album's one of those rock-solid European obscurities that really deserves wider recognition. Titles include "Gideon's Trap", "Blue Day's Morning", "Mountain Music", "Teaparty For An Orchard", and "Ode To Resistance". Next is Second Sight – wonderful work from Culpeper's Orchard – a group who equally balance headier elements with softer, more acoustic modes – often using harmonized vocals in a really great way! Unlike American acts of the early 70s, who were shifting from a CSN-inspired sound to soft rock, Culpeper's Orchard really keep things sharp here – mixing in some excellent guitar work to balance the vocals, so that they've got this double-pronged approach, and a more rocking vibe overall! Titles include "Julia", "Keyboard Waltz", "Late Night Woman Blues", Mind Pollution/Weather Report", and "Satisfied Mind". The group continue their strong run on the album Going For A Song – but also add in more acoustic modes, including mandolin and dobro, mixed with some steel guitar – to unlock more rootsy elements in their sound. Titles include "Trying To Find Home", "Good Days", "Alone In Pain", "Sailor", "New Day New Day", "Before It Began", and "Roger & Out". CD set also features the single cut "Steamhouse", and three more tracks from compilations! CD

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Miles DavisAura ... CD
Columbia, 1989. Used ... $2.99
One of Miles Davis' last albums – and a swirling batch of "color" tracks that's almost a blending of his Gil Evans work with the early electric years! The album's one long extended suite – and it's got a moody feel that's really great – a shifting, shimmering sound that takes us back to the Evans years – but also with some of the colder, more modern moments of the late 60s. The set was recorded in Denmark, and is written and produced by Palle Mikkelborg – and it features a host of players, both American and European, including John McLaughlin on guitar, Bo Steif on bass, Jesper Thilo on reeds, Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, and Thomas Clausen on keyboards. Miles' solos are the primary focus over the large group setting – and each of the individual movements is named after a color: "White", "Yellow", "Orange", "Red", "Green", "Blue", "Electric Red", "Indigo", and "Violet". CD
(Out of print.)

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DeathFor The Whole World To See ... LP
Drag City, 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A pre-punk bit of charged, hard grooving Motor City rock from Death – a lost record that takes a tightly coiled, blazing approach to their influences of garage rock and psychedelia – and a record that's all the better in that it was recorded way back in 1975! To put it bluntly, music didn't really sound like this in '75 – and it would be as easy to label the sound as something like, "mid 70s Detroit African American precursor to Husker Du", etc, but this is a honestly a pretty remarkable album for its time that we don't want to trivialize it with a lazy nutshell description. The group does distill their influences in a way that's reminiscent of some midwestern post punk, but Death is pre-punk, making it a really fascinating record, and a blast to crank up in your headphones! Titles include "Keep On Knocking", "Rock-N-Roll Victim", the longer, seemingly Arthur Lee influenced "Let The World Turn" (eventually nailing a fiercer sound the likes of which Love never messed with), "You're A Prisoner", "Freakin Out", "Where Do We Go From Here???" and "Politicians In My Eyes". 7 songs, 27 minutes, and pretty awesome. LP, Vinyl record album

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Raul De SouzaJazzmim ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2006. Used ... $19.99
Warm and wonderful work from trombonist Raul De Souza – easily his best outing in many many years, and a record that almost takes us back to his 60s bossa roots as Raulzinho! The style here is a bit more modern than Raul's bossa sessions – but the record has a similar warmly flowing quality – a use of the trombone in ways that differ from most American jazzmen, but still with enough of a jazz-based sense of improvisation alongside compelling rhythms. Instrumentation is all small combo – with guitar, percussion, and bits of keyboards – and the record has a near-perfect sound throughout, one that's a great showcase for De Souza's personal and introspective tone on trombone. Titles include "7 Maluco", "Violao Quebrado", "Yolaine", "Luiza", "Nos Conformes", "Alamanda", "Tema Para Raul", and "St Remy". CD
(Out of print.)

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Double Six Of ParisSwingin Singin! ... LP
Philips, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Great early stuff by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the arrangements – and it features French jazz greats Ward Swingle and Eddy Louiss. Includes some great jazzy versions of "Naima", "Boplicity", "Westwood Walk", and "Early Autumn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Vinyl and cover have a drill hole. Cover has name in marker, aging.)

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Bob DylanFallen Angels ... LP
Columbia, 2016. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Bob Dylan and his incomparable band take on old school pop standards for the second album in a row – and it's a real charmer! Fallen Angels has a lot in common with the preceding Strangers In The Night, as they're again taking on songs recorded by, and in some cases popularized by Sinatra, but this one goes a bit deeper into the classic American songbook – and it's all the better for it. Dylan's reputation as a songwriter is borderline biblical, while his reputation as a conventionally gifted singer is, well...something else – so there's a sly allurement here that's not lost on the headliner. He's paying earnest tribute to the songs themselves – which in the course of pop history have been overshadowed by the voices singing them – and on that front, it's masterful! Still, Dylan's raspy croon is pretty darn charismatic itself on this material, making it another late career gem. Longtime Dylan players Charlie Sexton, Stu Kimball, Tony Garnier, George Recile and Donnie Herron make the instrumental magic happen, along with newer Dylan player (though longtime session guitar ace) Dean Parks – but extra credit to Herron, whose steel guitar sound makes it extra special. Includes "Young At Heart", "Maybe You'll Be There", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "All The Way", "Skylark", "Nevertheless", "All Or Nothing At All", "It Had To Be You", "Melancholy Mood", "That Old Black Magic" and "Come Rain Or Come Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(150 gram black vinyl pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Electro Keyboard OrchestraElectro Keyboard Orchestra ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $49.99 54.99 About July 13, 2022
Electric keyboards galore – and a sweet 70s album from Japan! The set features a large group of Japanese keyboard players – all playing Korg synthesizers, in styles that range from laidback and mellow to upbeat and funky! The group's got core backing by a tight rhythm combo – electric guitar, bass, and drums setting up the pace on some of the most driving numbers – but overall, most of the sound is from the electric keys – making for a really groovy little record that's got lots of cool 70s soundtrack touches, and plenty of tracks that sound like they were lifted off of American cop or crime scores of the time! Titles include "The Fire Dance", "Mother Of The Future", "Mayflower", "Ironsides", "Heated Point", "Soaring Seagull", and "The African Dawn". Great break on "The Heated Point" too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Frans Elsen Septet with Piet NoordijkNorway ... CD
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 29.99
That's a Fender Rhodes on the cover, and there's lots of it on the record too – played by Frans Elsen with a wonderful sound, in a range of different settings – all heard here on rare tracks from the 70s that were never commercially issued at the time! Frans has a fantastic sound on the keys – an approach that's more in the European use of the Rhodes than some of the American recordings of the time – maybe the style you'd hear from Michael Naura, or some of the players on MPS – with a great focus on tone, a nicely spacious quality, and a strong ear for the other sidemen on the dates! The lineup here shifts throughout – there's initially four tracks with a septet that includes Piet Noordijk on alto, Eddie Engels on trumpet, and Wim Overgaauw on guitar – then more with Ferdinand Povel joining the group on tenor and flute, and a few others that switch bassist Victor Kaihatu for Rob Langereis, who's on the first four numbers. These tracks were mostly done for radio, and sound fantastic – with titles that include "Otta", "Skabu", "Ringebu", "Harpefoss", "Ah Mooh", "Mordor", and "Whirligig". CD

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Frans Elsen Septet with Piet NoordijkNorway ... LP
Nederlands Jazz Archief (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy ... $36.99 About April 25, 2022 (delayed)
That's a Fender Rhodes on the cover, and there's lots of it on the record too – played by Frans Elsen with a wonderful sound, in a range of different settings – all heard here on rare tracks from the 70s that were never commercially issued at the time! Frans has a fantastic sound on the keys – an approach that's more in the European use of the Rhodes than some of the American recordings of the time – maybe the style you'd hear from Michael Naura, or some of the players on MPS – with a great focus on tone, a nicely spacious quality, and a strong ear for the other sidemen on the dates! The lineup here shifts throughout – there's initially four tracks with a septet that includes Piet Noordijk on alto, Eddie Engels on trumpet, and Wim Overgaauw on guitar – then more with Ferdinand Povel joining the group on tenor and flute, and a few others that switch bassist Victor Kaihatu for Rob Langereis, who's on the first four numbers. These tracks were mostly done for radio, and sound fantastic – with titles that include "Otta", "Skabu", "Ringebu", "Harpefoss", "Ah Mooh", "Mordor", and "Whirligig". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Norway ... CD 19.99

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EvaEva (1974) ... CD
EMI/Odeon (Brazil), 1974. New Copy ... $3.99 14.99
Sweet 70s grooving from Brazilian singer Eva – a bit of soul, a bit of easy, all styled together nicely by orchestrations from the magical maestro Gaya! Gaya's work here is similar to his best backings for other artists in the Blue Brazil generation – a mix of American pop, post-bossa instrumentation, and in this case, some very slight electric touches – kind of hipping up the tunes a bit with some nice keyboards! The album's got a really nice version of "Moon River" that skips along at a nice pace – plus some great originals that offer a strong update to the sound of other Brazilian pop/post-bossa singers, like Doris Monteiro or Claudette Soares. Titles include "O Homem Do Tempo", "Vinte Leguas", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Olha Eu Aqui Oh Oh Oh", "Talisma", and Sonho Lindo". CD

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Gil EvansOut Of The Cool ... LP
Impulse, 1961. Good Gatefold ... $4.99
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he handled for Miles, and the quality of the players in the group make the performance every bit as great. Gil's band includes trumpeter Johnny Coles, plus Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Ray Crawford on guitar – all players who open up the sound with a magnificent array of colors that sparkle from the sublime Evans arranging touch. Titles include "Stratusphunk", "Sunken Treasure", "La Nevada", and a great reading of Kurt Weil's "Bilbao Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing. Vinyl plays with some surface noise and crackles. Labels have some pen and marker. Cover has wear and aging, a name in marker down the front, large initials on front and back, and heavy wear along the bottom.)

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ExmagmaGoldball ... LP
Long Hair (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 34.99
The pants on the cover more than hint at the sound of the album – a free-flowing, very colorful set from this obscure German trio – and a record that's equally balanced between jazz and rock impulses, but which avoids any of the jazzrock cliches of the time! The group really don't sing at all – and instead find ways of weaving together organ, keyboards, bass, guitar, and lots of heavy drums – all with shifting time signatures and musical energy – produced to perfection by Conny Plank! The drums are quite strong – thanks to work from American musician Fred Braceful – and the whole thing is different than some of the spacier, looser albums from the German scene of the period. Titles include "Marilyn F Kennedy", "Da Da", "Groove", "Tango Wolperaiso", "Jam Factory For People Insane", "Habits", and "Dance Of The Crabs". LP, Vinyl record album

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FeltSeventeenth Century (aka Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Brilliant – simply brilliant – work by Felt – an album recorded at a time when they should have gone for the hits, but pulled back to really work on their own creative vibe! The album is an instrumental one all the way through – unlike any of their others, all of which feature vocals – and it's got the quartet working in a melange of organ, electric piano, guitar, and percussion – crafting spare and thoughtful little tunes, all very short, and all working like little "song poems" in a plain, simple, and very subtle sense. Gone are the extended noodling bits of the early albums, and in their place are concise musical statements that are brilliantly delivered with a sound unlike anything else we can think of – at once evoking images of 60s use of organ and guitars, but at another, coming off with a sound that stretches back to the American heartland, and the dark days of early Europe. Titles include "The Palace", "Song For William S Harvey", "Ancient City Where I Lived", "Voyage To Illumination", and "Sapphire Mansions". CD

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Tommy FlanaganAlone Too Long ... CD
Denon (Japan), 1977. Used ... $11.99
Warm and lyrical solo piano work from Tommy Flanagan – a Japanese only session from the mid 70s, and one of the first of a long run of well-produced dates that Flanagan would do for that market! The format's even more intimate than the relaxed setting of some of Tommy's American dates of the time – and there's some soulfully ringing tones from the piano throughout, that beautiful balance that Flangan always brought to his best recordings. The sound is excellent – and titles include "Like A Butterfly", "Alone Too Long", "Parisian Thorougfare", "Strollin", and "Maybe September". CD
(Out of print, late 80s pressing.)

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FlockFlock ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These guys definitely use horns in a way that link them to the chunky groove of early work by Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears – but they're also clearly going for a more long-haired vibe, too – especially when they open up on some acoustic stringed instrumentation – such as 12-string guitar or violin, both of which are handled by Jerry Goodman in a really great way! These instruments really shape some of the sound of the set – especially the violin when it's used in these freewheeling passages that might give Jean-Luc Ponty a run for his money – but there's also a core, tight soulful sound that balances things out nicely – as does some of the heavy drums and fuzzy guitar! Titles include "Clown", "I Am The Tall Tree", "Store Bought Store Thought", and "Truth" – plus a very cool funky cover of The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a small sticker and label has initials in marker.)

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Dominic FrontiereAviator ... LP
MGM/Varese, 1985. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A mid 80s film that's scored by Dominic Frontiere in a mix of modes – some lofty orchestral pieces that are positively airborne in their sound and structure, with a great sense of American pride and drama – and a few more period pieces to set the scene for the 1920s narrative. Titles include "Rabbit Hunt", "The Wolf Pack", "Saw The Fire", "Real Prize", "The Crash", and "The Forest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear and some clear tape at the bottom left corner.)

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Ruben Lopez FurstJazz Argentino/Jazz En La Universidad ... CD
Melopea/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Two rare albums from this great pianist – back to back on a single CD! First up is Jazz Argentino – key work from Ruben Lopez Furst, a wonderful pianist from the Argentine scene of the 60s – heard here on one of his greatest albums ever! Despite the local placement in the title, the set's got a really universal appeal – a quality that easily puts Baby Lopez Furst in the company of Bill Evans, Hampton Hawes, or a rare few imaginative pianists from up north! Furst's sense of color and timing are wonderful – ringing out fluidly, yet always with a sense of surprise that keeps us hanging on each new note – nothing that's ever hokey or heard-before – handled here with a vibrancy that's simply stunning. Many numbers are trio tracks, but the set also features guest trumpet and tenor on two tracks – and titles include "Israel", "Un Abajea Duriente", "Los Viejos", "Al Este Del Sol", "Sometime Ago", and "Cartas De Amor". Next is Jazz En La Universidad – one of the real highlights of the Argentine jazz scene of the 60s – a seminal album from pianist Ruben "Baby" Lopez – easily one of that country's greatest jazz musicians in the decade! Ruben's got a sound that opens up with the lyrical sense of space and tone first introduced by Bill Evans, but he's also more note-full at other moments – playing with a command of the piano that would have made him huge, had he recorded on the American or European scenes of the time! There's a warm balance between his instrument, the bass of Jorge Gonzalez, and drums of Nestor Astratta – one that goes past conventional piano trio modes, and which really reminds us of our favorite Saba/MPS sessions of the period. Titles include "Un Poco Alegre", "Hombre Amaestrado", "En Tu Dulce Modo", "Hermosoa Amor", and "Necesitare Alguien Mas". CD

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Gilberto GilNightingale ... CD
Warner/Collectables, 1978. Used ... $8.99
A very nice album cut by Gilberto Gil in the US in the late 70s – one that features production by Sergio Mendes, and sound that's a strong mix of jazz, soul, and Brazilian grooves! The record kind of fits in with the Elektra modern soul work at the time – a smooth blend of jazz and soul, with distinct Latin touches – and has backing by American and Brazilian jazz players that include Lee Ritenour, Don Grusin, Roberto Da Silva, Alex Acuna, and Oscar Castro Neves. The record's one of Gilberto's nicest from the era, and includes lots of lovely cuts, like a remake of "Maracatu Atomico", plus "Alapala", "Here & Now", "Balafon", "Nightingale", and "Samba De Los Angeles". CD

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy On The French Riviera/New Wave ... CD
Philips/Essential Jazz (Spain), 1962. Used ... $8.99
60s cookers from Dizzy Gillespie – back to back on a single CD! New Wave is a lost bossa jazz classic from Dizzy Gillespie – recorded at a time when Lalo Schifrin was working in his combo! The record's got a cool, laidback kind of groove – one that's miles away from Gillespie's earlier bop work, and which shows him opening up his rhythmic conception strongly in the 60s. Rhythms are percolated by the piano of Schifrin, guitar of Bola Sete, bass of Chris White, and some well-chosen added percussion work – and the overall groove is one of the best American takes on the bossa jazz sound of the time, delivered with wonderful horn work from Dizzy on trumpet, Leo Wright on flute and alto, and Charlie Ventura on tenor! Even familiar tunes are transformed by the sound – and titles include "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town", "Careless Love", "Taboo", "One Note Samba", "Pergunte Ao Joao", and "Chega de Saudade". On The French Riviera isn't really French, but actually a killer batch of Latiny tinged tracks from Dizzy & Co – with with great arrangements by Lalo Schifrin! There's a wonderful 10 minute version of "Chega De Saudade", done as "No More Blues" to start it out, and it's got a great loping Latin vibe, in the manner of Dizzy's best sides from the 60s. Lalo's on piano, and the great Leo Wright is on flute and alto, with Tzigane Elek Bacsik on guitar, Chris White on bass, Ruby Collins on drums and Pepitoo Riestria on percussion. Other nice ones include "Long Long Summer", "Desafinado", and "Pau De Arara". A great album, and one not to pass up! CD

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Dizzy GillespieNew Continent ... LP
Limelight, 1962. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
A wickedly great album from Dizzy Gillespie – one of his most striking sessions of the early 60s, and a perfect blend of his Latin and modern modes! The album features an extended suite – composed and arranged by Lalo Schifrin, who'd just begun working with Dizzy at the time, and who was inflecting his sound with a lot of South American grooves. The work's played by a large ensemble led by Benny Carter – with Dizzy as the main soloist, and work by players that include James Moody, Phil Woods, Emil Richards, Francisco Aguabella, and Schifrin himself. Tracks are long, and have complicated introductions – then easily give way to the sort of flowing grooves that Schifrin was penning often at the time. Titles include "The Chains", "The Swords", "The Empire", and "The Legend Of Atlantis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove in the extravagant booklet cover. NOTE – Cover has heavy edge wear and split seams.)

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Girls From Bahia (Quarteto em Cy)Revolucion Con Brasilia ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), 1968. Used ... $11.99
A rare American session from the Quarteto Em Cy – working here under the name of The Girls From Bahia, and singing in English as well as Portuguese! The album's got a sound that's quite similar to the group's classic 60s Brazilian records on Elenco – thanks to bossa-heavy backings from Oscar Castro Neves – and even when singing in a second language, the girls do a really great job of hitting the sweetest, warmest harmony notes they can – that trademark vocal brilliance that made them such a huge act back in Brazil! Sonny Burke produced, but he clearly gives plenty of space to Oscar – as the album's got little of his usual Warner touches – and instead shows that when you've got the right talent in the studio, you can do a pretty good job of recording bossa in the US. Titles include "Berimbau", "Tem Mais Samba", "Edmundo (In The Mood)", "Lai Ladaia", Morrer De Amor", "Sunny Side Of The Street", "Road To Nowhere", "Old Piano Roll Blues", "The Day It Rained", "E Nada Mais", "Manhattan", "Dindi", and "A Banda (Parade)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonOur Man In Paris (RVG Edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... $7.99
One of our favorite Dexter Gordon sessions for Blue Note – and a unique album that's one of the first to illustrate his growing role in the European jazz scene! The group's a quartet – which let's Dex stand out front with plenty of space for marvelous tenor work – and it features Parisian bassist Pierre Michelot, plus Americans Bud Powell on piano and Kenny Clarke on drums – two players who were already making a bit name for themselves overseas. The album's a perfect link between Gordon's earlier American work and his long string of European sessions to come – and titles include a great take of "Scrapple from the Apple", plus excellent readings of "Stairway to the Stars" and "Night in Tunisia". The format is simple, but the sound is magic – classic Dexter Gordon in a tight Blue Note mode! CD reissue also includes 2 non LP bonus cuts – "Our Love Is Here To Stay" and "Like Someone In Love". This is the newly remastered version, too – with crisp sound and addional notes and photos! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonSan Francisco 1982 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A late life live set from the mighty Dexter Gordon – done at a time when he'd returned to American soil, and was making some great albums for Columbia Records! The style here is maybe a bit more like some of Dex's albums from overseas – long tracks that really let the tenor giant stretch out beautifully – spinning long, but thoughtful solos that are always full of plenty of soul – with support from Kirk Lightsey on piano, David Eubanks on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums. The material was recorded for radio, with strong sound quality – and in addition to long versions of "Moment's Notice", "Body & Soul", and "Dexter Digs In" – Gordon also performs some Holiday tunes – "The Christmas Song Cadenza" and "White Christmas/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". CD

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Groupe RTDDancing Devils Of Djibouti (with bonus download) ... LP
Ostinato (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
A really great combo from the small nation of Djibouti – stepping out here in one of the first international record releases from that company in decades – a shuttered legacy to the rest of the world, given the tight control of music by the state! Yet despite that situation, the Groupe Radio Television Djibouti have a really joyous sound – one that often echoes other East African styles, particularly some of the reed work and vocal inflections of Ethiopian music – but which also features a criss-crossing of influences from Indian and Jamaican music, and American jazz! There's also some nice keyboards on the set, warmed up by the acoustic elements – and titles include "Will Wille", "Suuban", "Liso Daymo", "Uurkan Kaadonaya", "Buuraha U Dheer", "Alto's Interlude", and "Raani". LP, Vinyl record album
(A 45 rpm double vinyl pressing – with download!)

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Matthew HalsallSending My Love (with bonus track) ... LP
Gondwana (UK), 2008. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 29.99
A really incredible album – a set that's filled with far more soul and feeling than you might guess from the youthful image on the cover! Matthew Halsall's a pretty young player, but his sound here is really amazing – not just on his own trumpet solos, but on the overall feel of the album – which is beautifully composed, and put together with a sense of spirit that takes us back to Strata East at its most sophisticated in the 70s! There's a really beautiful balance here – ambition in the writing that recalls other UK efforts from The Heritage Orchestra or Nostalgia 77 Octet – but an execution that's much leaner overall, deeply personal lines played by a relatively small combo – quintet formation on all numbers, featuring Halsall's trumpet alongside great reedwork on soprano sax, flute, alto, and tenor – supported by soaring rhythms on piano, bass, and drums – all handled with the majesty of an early 70s McCoy Tyner album, or some of the other great modally-inspired work of the American post-Coltrane generation. Tremendous stuff throughout – a record that held us rapt from start to finish – with 5 original compositions that include "On The Other Side Of The World", "Reflections", "Freedom Song", "Sending My Love", and "Sachi". LP, Vinyl record album

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He 6Beautiful Doll (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Beatball (Korea), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $33.99
Heady grooves from Korea's legendary He 6 – a combo with echoes of British beat, American soul, and more – all served up with a really unique sound! The album's a bit more straightforward than the group's heady set from 1971, but still pretty great overall – with some relatively straight tunes on side one of the record, but some much more jamming work on the flip! There's a blend of organ and guitar on the vocal tracks that sounds pretty great – as otherwordly as Question Mark & The Mysterians, and made even more so by the Korean lyrics. Titles include covers of "Whiter Shade Of Pale" and "Color My World" – and an amazing workout on "Get Ready" that takes the tune into fiercely jamming territory, with loads of great drum and guitar work! LP, Vinyl record album

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Woody Herman & His Thundering HerdKeep On Keepin' On 1968 to 1970 (Chess collection pressing) ... CD
Chess, Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
This is the kind of reissue that restores our faith in the American music industry! Although you think he'd be in some sort of snoozy deep-freeze during the groovy 60s, Woody Herman cut some amazing sides for Chess records during the end of the decade. The recordings were done with the help of Chess' great soul arranger Richard Evans – and the material has an amazing big-band funky groove quality that you won't hear in any other of Herman's work. Evans' arrangements are incredibly tight, and they make the best of the band's screaming sound – especially as it's applied to groovy material like "Light My Fire", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Hush", "My Cherie Amour", "Aquarius", and "I Can't Get Next To You". The album includes one of the greatest versions we've ever heard of Edu Lobo's "Ponteio", plus some great original material by the band. A great collection of tracks, with 14 titles in all, and a sound that we never expected to be resurrected by the American majors! CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Hi-Lo'sHi Lo's, I Presume ... LP
Starlite, 1955. Near Mint- ... $6.99
An early, early Hi-Lo's album on Starlite Records – and a harmony vocal masterpieces of the 50s! Vocal groups had certainly existed in American pop music before the quartet first hit the scene, but thanks to incredible vocal arrangements by leader Gene Puerling, and dynamic orchestrations by Frank Comstock, the Hi-Los managed to impress with a sound that was incredibly fresh at the time – and which went onto have a strong impact on many other groups for years to come. Comstock's got a great "loud then soft" style of backing that perfectly suites Puerling's tonal and chromatic complexities – heard here at a very early point, but already showing signs of the brilliance to come with Singers Unlimited. 11 numbers in all, including "Rockin' Chair", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "I Thought About You", "Jeepers Creepers", "Speak Low", "Button Up Your Overcoat", and "Put Your Dreams Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is super clean but has some small press flaw bumps. Cover has some surface wear, edge wear, and small seam splits.)

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Masaaki HiraoNippon Rock N Roll – The Birth Of Japanese Rokabirii 1958 to 1960 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
Rare rock from the Japanese scene of the postwar years – but sounds that definitely have a universal appeal overall! Masaaki Hirao is way more than just a novelty remake of American rockers of the time – as he's got a sharp-edged sound that easily rivals the best we had to offer here in the US – the charm of Elvis, the propulsion of Johnny Burnette, and the offbeat appeal of Buddy Holly! Yet the sounds here are often quite their own thing, too – especially on the Japanese language numbers which make up most of the set, and which have Masaaki stepping away from straight American cover versions, and really doing some great things on his own. The guitar lines are especially great – recorded with brilliant twang and echo that really matches the power of the vocals – and the set features some mighty nice live tracks that are even more biting than the studio material! 23 cuts in all – including "Hoshi Wa Nandemo Shitteiru", "Isuki No Komoriuta Rock", "Yuuyake Koyake", "Ooh My Soul", "Jenny Jenny", "I Love You", "Shiranu Furi", "Miyo Chan", and "One Way Ticket". CD

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IasosRealms Of Light ... LP
Fact Of Being, 1978. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An instrumental record with a very special promise – one that it "will tend to induce a three dimensional picture or hologram in your mind"! There's a few key conditions – you've got to close your eyes, use headphones, and focus on the music – but that last part is very easy to do, given that the enigmatic Iasos always serves up a very unique blend of electric elements, in very meditative modes! The tracks here vary in length, but work together to paint a lovely little picture in sound – that early pre-new age underground mode that Iasos and a few other American artists were helping forge – on titles that include "The Diamond Heart Center Of Creation", "Waltz Of The Swaying Hearts", "The Fountain Of Creation", "The Gates Of Opal", and "The Temples Of Olympus At Dawn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue.)

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Abdullah IbrahimWater From An Ancient Well ... CD
Ekapa/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $16.99
A real standout for Dollar Brand – and one of those few records that features him letting loose with a slightly larger jazz group – in this case a septet of American players that features some great horn work by Ricky Ford on tenor, Carlos Ward on alto, Charles Davis on baritone, and Dick Griffin on trombone! As you might expect from the presence of these giants, the set's got a depth that recalls some of the more spiritual sounds of the 70s – such as you'd find on Muse Records, and maybe even on Strata East! The sound is nice and angular – steeped in the Africanist tradition of Ibrahim's earlier work, but coming off even better thanks to the twists and turns of the horns. Titles include "The Mountain", "The Wedding", "Sameeda", and "Mandela". CD
(Part of the "Enja 50th Anniversary Campaign Volume 2" series!)

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IceEach Man Makes His Destiny (aka Ice) ... LP
Kedzie, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some of the best American funk collectives of the time – a group that's heavy on wah wah guitar over Fender Rhodes riffs, but which also features lots of searing solos in the middle – an instrumental intensity that sometimes dominates more than the vocals! A few gentler groovers are mighty nice too – served up with warm vocals that bubble along with the rhythms – and at a few spots, you'll even hear the trademark "magic bag" sound of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band. Titles include "Too Little Room", "Suicide", "One Chance", "Love Can", "There's Time To Change", "Dgunji", and "Put An X On The Spot". Also issued in the US under the title Ice. LP, Vinyl record album

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Iron ButterflyUnconscious Power – An Anthology 1967 to 1971 (Heavy/In A Gadda Da Vida/Ball/Live/Metamorphosis/Fillmore East/bonus tracks) (7CD set) ... CD
Atco/Eclectic (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... $49.99 68.99
A monstrous assortment of work from Iron Butterfly – one of the key groups in helping the American scene move from psych to hard rock at the end of the 60s! First up are mono and stereo mixes of Heavy – a record that's not nearly as well known as their classic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – but which has a very similar vibe all the way through! The songs are a bit shorter, but these guys really manage to do a lot with a little – using lots of brooding bass right up from the bottom, to create a blueprint for hard rock imitators in years to come – none of whom were able to match these guys' simple, direct approach – and their optimistic sense of power in their music. Many numbers often have this vocal interplay that really works wonderful with the fuzzy guitar lines – and titles include "Possession", "Unconscious Power", "So Lo", "Look For The Sun", "Stamped Ideas", "Fields Of The Sun", and a nice fuzzy funk version of "Get Out Of My Life Woman". Next is the stereo mix of In A Gadda Da Vida – the album that rocked a million dorm rooms back in the 60s – and for good reason, too – given that the title track is a side-long, totally jamming monster – the kind of track that was really revolutionary at the time, and which still has a hell of an impact all these many years later! "In A Gadda Da Vida" was shortened to a single – with the big hook intact – but this classic album version runs for 17 minutes in length, and has the group doing all these cool jams with their instruments – all the animals in the garden of Eden talking to each other (or at least that's what our addled teenaged minds always thought!) Shorter tracks are mighty nice too – a heady, heavy brew of Hammond and fierce guitar from Erik Brann, on cuts all penned by group leader Doug Ingle. Titles include "Termination", "My Mirage", "Flowers & Roses", and "Most Anything You Want". Next is the stereo mix of Ball – a killer classic from Iron Butterfly – a group who always had way more to offer than their hits, as you'll find out when dipping into this full length set! The album's worth it alone for the organ lines – which kind of take off from the territory of The Doors, but are often more unusual – and mixed with vocals that can have an eerie sensibility, but without ever sounding indulgent! The music's not pop psych, but it's also never too full of itself – and titles include "In The Crowds", "In The Time Of Our Lives", "Soul Experience", "Lonely Boy", "Belda Beast", and "Filled With Fear". Next are mono and stereo mixes of Live – great live document of the heady power of Iron Butterfly – with titles that include "You Can't Win", "Are You Happy", "In A Gadda Da Vida", "Filled With Fear", and "In The Time Of Our Lives". Next is Metamorphosis – a record that's not a complete metamorphosis for Iron Butterfly, but one that definitely has the group stretching out with even more force and confidence than before! The group were maybe one of the few to come to hard rock via psych, instead of the blues rock path that so many others took at the time – and that difference is key here, as the songs really resonate with the potential for trippiness, but have this great sense of focus – one that makes the vocals sound even more potent than ever. There's still plenty of great organ work too – and titles include "Free Flight", "Shady Lady", "Best Years Of Our Life", "Slower Than Guns", and "Stone Believer". The set also features the 2CD 1968 Fillmore East set – an unreleased live performance from Iron Butterfly – one that captures the group at their late 60s height, in front of a very heady crowd at The Fillmore East! The recording quality is great – very clear, and different than the group's studio albums – with maybe even a bit more focus on the vocals of Doug Ingle, and the guitar lines of Erik Brann – in a way that lifts them out of the bottom sound a bit more, and presents the group in a whole new sort of focus! Plus, the brief patter from the stage also really helps us get an idea of how a trippy band like this could hold such great sway over a crowd at the time – energy that doesn't seem to stop at all, through the 2CD set's presentation of material from four different shows, on two nights of recording. Titles include "Are You Happy", "Stamped Ideas", "Fields Of Sun", "You Can't Win", "Unconscious Power", "My Mirage", "Her Favorite Style", "Possession", "Iron Butterfly Theme", and the mighty "In A Gadda Da Vida". CD set also features more tracks from singles, new remastering, a poster, and a big booklet of notes! CD

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Bert Jansch & John RenbournBert & John ... CD
Transatlantic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1966. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A hell of a collaboration between British legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn – both working here together to completely redefine the sound of their music for the generation to come! This one album may well hold all the sense of subtle power and possibility that was about to flower in the Brit movement often known as "acid folk" – that reworking of older aesthetics with modern conceptions, and doing so mostly with their work on acoustic guitar – quite a feat, given the stripped-down instrumentation of the set! Bert sings a bit – in that incredible style of his – but the real attraction here is the guitar interplay, which is always fresh, never hokey, neither familiar American folk nor forced singer-songwriter backup material. Titles include a wonderful reworking of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – plus "Red's Favourite", "Orlando", "Soho", "Piano Tune", "East Wind", "After The Dance", and "The Time Has Come". CD

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Bobby JasparBobby Jaspar Quintet ... LP
Columbia (France), 1956. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Rare American work from reedman Bobby Jaspar – a player best known for his contributions to French jazz in the postwar years, but working here with a set of American players! The album was recorded in New York for French branch of Columbia Records – done in November of 1956, and pitting Jaspar with some very well-matched musicians! The date features Jaspar on tenor, flute, and clarinet – with a tightly swinging trio that includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Knobby Totah on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a slightly modern combo whose work sounds especially great when Jaspar hits some hauntingly lyrical notes on flute. Titles include "Clarinescapade", "Tutti Flutti", "What's New", "Spring Is Here", "Wee Dot", and "I Won't Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Spanish Fresh Sound pressing.)

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Antonio Carlos JobimLove, Strings, & Jobim ... LP
Warner, 1966. Very Good+ ... $11.99
All the elements that make the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim so wonderful – summed up perfectly in the title of this American session from the 60s! The sounds are full of the gentle love that Jobim always brought to his writing and performance – a sense of space and style that really set him apart from so many other composers of the time – all given just the right sort of string charts from arrangers Gaya and Dedoato, whose work here echoes the space of the leader – so that things are far from the soppy use of strings on American instrumental records of the time. Other Brazilian talents are on hand to ensure that the sound is perfect – including Baden Powell and Marcos Valle on guitar, Luiz Eca on piano, and Oscar Castro Neves as well – on titles that include darkly sophisticated versions of bossa classics like "Preciso Aprender A Ser So", "Berimbau", "Samba Torto", "Chuva", and "Imagem". Nice stuff, and with a lot more bite than the "love and strings" title might imply! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Burbank label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Antonio Carlos JobimStone Flower (remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD
CTI, 1970. Used ... $12.99
One of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records – and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit – and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the magic of Jobim's wonderful compositions, but gives them a slightly more fluid feel too – in a way that's somewhat more sophisticated than the sound of Jobim's previous CTI outings – Tide and Wave. Other players on the album include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, and Airto on percussion – and there's a great mix of Brazilian and American styles on the set – electric, sinister, breezy, and always wonderful! Includes the titles "Sabia", "God & The Devil In The Land Of The Sun", "Children's Games", "Stone Flower", "Brazil", "Tereza My Love", and "Choro". Also comes with a bonus alternate of "Brazil". CD
(Out of print and still sealed!)

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisPresenting Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra ... LP
Solid State, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
One of the hippest large American ensembles of the late 60s – almost a US equivalent to the groovy sound of the Clark Boland Big Band over in Europe! Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis had already made some great music together on their own – but once they came together in a record like this, they really found a great new direction for their energy – a bold musical force that's strong enough to also encompass the rich talents of players who include Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Joe Farrell on tenor, Jerome Richardson on soprano sax, Richard Williams on trumpet, Bob Brookmeyer and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Hank Jones on piano, and Richard Davis on bass! The sound is full, but never overwhelming – and like the Clark Boland group, this one has a great way of breaking open to allow key soloists to have some great space on their own – a modern approach, and one that still never has the band losing its groove. Titles include "ABC Blues", "Mean What You Say", "Three & One", and "Once Around". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisPresenting Thad Jones, Mel Lewis & The Jazz Orchestra (original cover) ... LP
Solid State, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the hippest large American ensembles of the late 60s – almost a US equivalent to the groovy sound of the Clark Boland Big Band over in Europe! Trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis had already made some great music together on their own – but once they came together in a record like this, they really found a great new direction for their energy – a bold musical force that's strong enough to also encompass the rich talents of players who include Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Joe Farrell on tenor, Jerome Richardson on soprano sax, Richard Williams on trumpet, Bob Brookmeyer and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Hank Jones on piano, and Richard Davis on bass! The sound is full, but never overwhelming – and like the Clark Boland group, this one has a great way of breaking open to allow key soloists to have some great space on their own – a modern approach, and one that still never has the band losing its groove. Titles include "ABC Blues", "Mean What You Say", "Three & One", and "Once Around". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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Juicy LucyGet A Whiff Of This ... LP
Atco/Long Hair (France), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 34.99
The title's a bit of a joke, especially in relation to the cover – but Juicy Lucy come on strong here, with a searing sound that shows that they're way past the novelty of the image on the front! Over the course of the previous records, the group really honed their unique blend of American blues and Brit hard rock inspiration – very well-focused here, with a sound that paves the way for some of the bigger crossover acts that would soon dominate American radio in the mid 70s – something the group unfortunately never got the chance to do. Titles include "Mr Skin", "Midnight Rider", "Mr A Jones", "Sunday Morning", and "Jessica". LP, Vinyl record album

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Juicy LucyJuicy Lucy/Lie Back & Enjoy It/Get A Whiff Of This (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Vertigo/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
Three full albums from Juicy Lucy – plus bonus tracks too! First up is the self-titled debut from Juicy Lucy – an American act who made a trip to the London scene in the late 60s, where they found a way to forge a whole bunch of influences into a very unique groove! Had they stayed back home in Cali, Juicy Lucy might have gravitated towards the Bay Area scene, and ended up sounding a bit freakier and hippieish – but in London, they sharpened their sound, unleashed some deeper bluesy currents, and put the whole thing together with a mix of wit and flair that really set them apart! The group boasts great lead vocals from Ray Owen, a cool mix of electric and acoustic sax parts from Chris Mercer, strong lead guitar from Neil Hubbard, and a range of great sounds from Glenn Ross Campbell – who uses steel guitar and mandolin in ways that are very different than American groups of the time. Forgive the album its quickly-dated, exploitative cover – because it's got a lot more to offer than that – and titles include "Chicago Northwestern", "Train", "Nadine", "Mississippi Woman", "She's Mine She's Yours", and "Just One Time". Lie Back & Enjoy It is hard and heavy work from Juicy Lucy – a group who are even stronger here on this second set than on their debut – effortlessly spinning out lines that are very much in the best hard rock modes of the period, but which also retain some nice bluesy influences as well! The group's a sextet – and in addition to some very unique vocals from singer Paul Williams, who also plays piano and congas, the set also has some surprisingly nice use of steel guitar and mandolin, but never in ways that sound like the instruments might in the handling of some of the Cali crowd at the time. Lead guitar is from Mick Moody, sax and keyboard lines are from Chris Mercer, and titles include "Pretty Woman", "Built For Comfort", "Whisky In My Jar", "Hello LA Bye Bye Birmingham", "Thinking Of My Life", and "Willie The Pimp". For Get A Whiff Of This, the title's a bit of a joke, especially in relation to the cover – but Juicy Lucy come on strong here, with a searing sound that shows that they're way past the novelty of the image on the front! Over the course of the previous records, the group really honed their unique blend of American blues and Brit hard rock inspiration – very well-focused here, with a sound that paves the way for some of the bigger crossover acts that would soon dominate American radio in the mid 70s – something the group unfortunately never got the chance to do. Titles include "Mr Skin", "Midnight Rider", "Mr A Jones", "Sunday Morning", and "Jessica". 2CD set features the bonus b-side tracks "Walking Down The Highway" and "I Am A Thief". CD

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KassinSonhando Devagar (with download) ... LP
20/20/20, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99 19.99
Really wonderful work from Alexandre Kassin – easily one of the most important contemporary figures in Brazilian music of the past decade or two! Kassin's best known on these shores for his work with Moreno Veloso and Domenico – but he's also had a hand in countless collaborations with others, both as a musician and a producer – helping shape the sound of Brazil in ways that rival American efforts of the post-rock generation. Yet Kassin's music is uniquely Brazilian, too – filled with warmth and imagination, and a careful balance of roots from older styles and cool contemporary execution – yet all without any of the genre-clashing styles of some of his compatriots on the scene – who sometimes try too hard to sound unique. Kassin's got a way of sounding universally appealing, yet never commercial – a really beautiful balance that's has his work at the top of our stacks for years – and which, with a record like this, may finally get him the global attention he deserves. The tunefulness at play is purely infectious – timeless sunshine pop hooks and overall catchiness, mixed with buzzing, avant touches on the edges that push it into weirder, but no less accessible realms. Percussion, guitar, vibes, Rhodes, horns and flute are often in the mix, with easygoing vocals by Kassin and backup singers. Includes "Mundo Natural", "Potassio", "For a De Area", "O Que Voce Quiser", "Calca De Ginastica", "Sorver-Te", and "Quando Voce Esta Sambando". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with bonus download – and 3D glasses for looking at the cover!)

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Masabumi KikuchiRe-Confirmation (SHMCD pressing) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 23.99 About May 25, 2022
A key example of why the Japanese scene was so great at the start of the 70s – really mindblowing work from keyboardist Masabumi Kikuchi, and every bit as wonderful as some of our favorite American sides from the time! Kikuchi acoustic piano with a warmly soulful sensitivity – alongside the Fender Rhodes of Masahiro Kikuchi, who has a hard-edged sound that almost takes off from Joe Zawinul's use of the instrument, then soars into even mightier territory. The style is somewhat loose at times, but never too free – and the group here is a sextet that also includes amazing alto from Kosuke Mine – an excellent player who's never gotten his due on this side of the Pacific. Titles include "Love Token", "Tenacious Prayer Forever", "Roaming In Darkness", "Young Bloods", and "Piece To Peace". CD
 
 
 



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