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Sound Stage 9 OrchestraMusic From Sweet Charity ... LP
Vocalion, 1969. Near Mint- ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Jeffrey AllenBeyond The Next Hill/Why Can't A Boy Cry ... 7-inch
Sound Stage 7, 1963. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Label has a spot of marker.)

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✨✧ AmbassadorsIf You Don't Know (You Better Ask Somebody)/There's Something On My Baby 's Mind ... 7-inch
Sound Stage 7, 1967. Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Roscoe RobinsonWhy Are You Afraid/Darling, Please Tell Me ... 7-inch
Sound Stage 7, Mid/Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousHSE Enterprises Presents Rhythm & Blues – John R Glances Back To The 60s ... LP
Sound Stage 7/HSE, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $43.99
A very cool 2LP set – one issued in 1976, with a very Bicentennial-styled cover – but featuring rare 60s work from the SSS International and Sound Stage 7 labels – all handled by John Richbourg! Includes work by Brief Encounter, Jackey Beavers, Fenton Robinson, Ella Washington, Ann Sexton, Moody Scott, Valentines, Lattimore Brown, Sam Backer, The Dynamic 7, Alvin Cash, Earl Gaines, The Harmonics, Margie Hendrix, and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some very light wear, but this is a great copy.)

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✨✧ Ann SextonBeginning ... LP
Sound Stage 7, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest female soul records over! The album's a gem all the way through – and probably our favorite (and the rarest album) cut by southern soul diva Ann Sexton – produced with a smooth style that's a lot different than some of her other work! It's got great arrangements by Clayton Ivey, who gives the set the compressed bubbling soul feel of Gloria Scott's classic album for Casabalanca – a nice mix of modern and rootsy styles, one that steps strongly past even the best of the southern soul scene of the time. Includes the incredible track "I'm His Wife (You're Just A Friend)", plus "Who's Gonna Love You", "I Had A Fight With Love", "Be Serious", "I Want To Be Loved", "You've Been Doing Me Wrong For So Long", and "You Can't Lose With the Stuff I Use". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Constant SoundConstant Sound ... LP
Lysergic Sound, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of those super-rare albums that never went beyond the stage of being a demo, yet which has gone on to be the stuff of legend over the years – maybe in part because it was later discovered to be an obscure side project by the legendary Wrecking Crew of LA 60s studio fame! The approach here is sunshine pop at its best – mixed male/female vocals, working with really well-crafted backings that were all arranged by Allyn Ferguson, who also penned all of the tracks! The vibe is maybe somewhere between Free Design and the Alan Copeland Singers – and the set is every bit as groovy as our favorites from both groups. Titles include "Playtime", "Calico Bus", "Time", "Come Out In The Sun", "Ride A Pink Horse", and "Candy Egg". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing.)

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✨✧ Stan KentonStage Door Swings ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Very Good ... $0.99
A genius set from Stan Kenton – seductively simple, but featuring some great arrangements from Lennie Niehaus! Despite the title, the album's less of a showtune affair than you might think – as Stan and his group run through a number of popular tunes from the 50s, remaking them in washes of color and sound – working beautifully with the Niehaus arrangements to give them all the Kenton touch! Players include Bill Perkins, Jack Sheldon, and Niehaus himself – and titles include "The Party's Over", "Lullaby Of Broadway", "Hey There", "Bali Hai", "Whatever Lola Wants", "All At Once You Love Her", and "I Love Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some splitting on the seams.)

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Ronny Pellers Satin SoundRonny Pellers Satin Sound (with download) ... LP
Perfect Toy (Germany), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A wonderfully groovy album by a wonderfully groovy group – one headed up by singer/hornman Ronny Peller, who spent a fair bit of time working in German nightclubs before issuing this debut album with his group! Ronny's clearly a consummate entertainer – able to deliver a solo, then sing a song – while the Satin Sound combo works with plenty of influences from American jazz and soul, so that there's a strong groove on most numbers – maybe early funk touches mixed in with jazzier bits, all a perfect fit for Peller's English language lyrics. And while the front cover might have Ronny and the group dressed like some hotel band, they're more in the mode of the kind of act you'd find working some small Rathskeller stage in late 60s Munich – sounding great on tunes that include "One Day's Love", "Coming Home Babe", "Tracy", "From The North", "Baby I'm For Real", "Anna", "Baby It's You", and "Crystal Blue Persuasion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 numbered copies – with bonus download too!)

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Frank ZappaYou Can't Do That On Stage Anymore (Sampler) (180 gram red & yellow vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Ryko, 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $38.99
A special vinyl sampler from Frank Zappa – intended to point the way towards the big run of releases that would soon come on CD under the same title! The set brings together some of the best of that enterprise – and features live performances from 1969 through 1984 – all mastered by Bernie Grundman, with sound that really made most of the Zappa bootlegs on the market obsolete! Titles include "The Florida Airport Tape", "Sharleena", "Nanook Rubs It", "The Evil Prince", "You Call That Music", "King Kong", "Dickie's Such An Asshole", "Cosmic Debris", "Montana", "The Torture Never Stops", and "Plastic People". New version remastered again by Bernie Grundman! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited transparent yellow & red heavyweight vinyl – pressed by Pallas!)

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✨✧ Four SeasonsOn Stage With The Four Seasons ... LP
Vee Jay, 1965. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous mid 60s work from the Four Seasons! On Stage follows the wide range of material on the first album, by featuring the group in a fantastic blend of jazz, pop, and standard numbers – all recorded live, with a harmony sound that's almost earthier than some of their studio albums! The audience is very upfront in the mix, and very enthusiastic – and Frankie and the group sound especially nice on some of the straighter numbers, singing in a way that's almost like the harmony of the Four Freshmen. Titles include "Brotherhood Of Man", "Come Si Bella", "Mack The Knife", "We Three", "Day In Day Out", "My Mother's Eyes", "Little Boy", and "Blues In The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove and Bell Sound/ARP stamps.)

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✨✧ Kashmere Stage BandKashmere Stage Band Plays Originals (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An all-original set from the Kashmere Stage Band – one of the funkiest combos going in early 70s Texas! The album features a range of tunes written by bandleader Conrad Johnson – all hard-hitting numbers that take off from the group's roots as a funkier high school band, and which show their evolution into an even more jazz-inflected outfit! The sound here is very much in the mode of blacksploitation soundtrack work – as the compositions are filled with light and color, and have a richness that goes far beyond funky 45 work – but a groove that's stone cold all the way through. Titles include "Thunder Soul", "Do You Dig It Man", "Kashmere", "Head Wiggle", and "All Praises". CD

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✨✧ FunkadelicLet's Take It To The Stage (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A tasty little album from Funkadelic – one that has Bootsy Collins joining the group, and really hitting the unique approach that would become the definitive P-Funk groove! And although tracks are shorter and even more focused, there's still a fair bit of guitar in the set – keeping the trademark Funkadelic sound in place, to set them aside from from the growing horn-heavy Parliament groove. Yet in both groups' work at the time, there's a growing emphasis on the rhythms at the bottom – a pulling up of the basslines in a way that was no doubt influenced by Bootsy's presence, and which would have a key influence on the sound of funk for years to come! Includes the massively infectious funk track "Get Off Your Ass and Jam", plus "Let's Take It To The Stage", "Be My Beach", "Baby I Owe You Something Good", "The Song Is Familiar", "No Head No Backstage Pass", "Atmosphere", "Stuffs & Things", and "Better By the Pound". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kashmere Stage BandOut Of Gas But Still Burning (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning batch of funky big band tracks from the Kashmere Stage Band – sounding a lot fuller than on their first LP – thanks to an expanded lineup that gives them a whole new sound! The group are grooving here in a mode that's a lot like classic 70s blacksploitation soundtrack work – with a full ensemble that features funky drums, electric bass, and keys in the rhythms, plus lots of tight funky horns over the top! Tracks are long, and groove with a jazzy flourish that we wouldn't have expected so strongly – hitting hard on plenty of nice nice numbers that include "Kash Register", "Do Your Thing", "Angel", "The Zero Point", and "Getting It Out Of My System". CD

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✨✧ Julie AndrewsLass With The Delicate Air ... LP
RCA, 1957. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Early American work from Julie Andrews – recorded right at the start of her big fame on the stage, but with styles that almost hearken back more to the sound of her homeland! Many titles have musical elements or themes that echo the British Isles – a few traditional folk tunes here, or more sentimental styles there – all arranged by Irwin Kostal in ways that are not as swinging or bold as some of her more dynamic Broadway material. There's a sense of subtlety to some of the tunes, and a bit of sadness too – and titles on the set include "Canterbury Fair", "To A Wild Rose", "Where'er You Walk", "These Precious Things", "The Floral Dance", and "London Pride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Albert AylerSpiritual Unity (with bonus track) ... CD
ESP, 1964. New Copy ... $12.99
A landmark recording – Albert Ayler's first album for the ESP label, and a record that hit the jazz world like a bullet! Spiritual Unity sets the stage for a format that would become huge in the European avant scene of the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even today – the sax-driven power-trio, tenor against bass and drums, working freely with less rhythmic constraints than before, searching for new sounds and new modes of expression, working through changes in a style first proposed by Sonny Rollins, but taken to new intensity by the New York underground of the 60s. That sound is summed up here perfectly by Ayler, Gary Peacock, and Sunny Murray – working together with an edgey brilliance, on classic tracks that include "Ghosts: First Variation", "Ghosts: Second Variation", "The Wizard", and "Spirits". 50th Anniversary Edition – also includes the bonus track "Vibrations". CD

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BreakwaterBreakwater (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Arista/BMG/Get On Down, 1978. Used ... $9.99
A landmark set from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! This initial offering from Breakwater is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest of the combo's contemporaries – hitting a careful balance that never gets too cheesy or commercial, and which still manages to glow as strongly into the 21st century as it did when first released back in the day! The sound here is sublime – warm, but never sleepy – jazzy, but never cliched – and mixed in such a way that the vocals and instruments almost get center stage in the spotlight without trying to crowd one another out. Titles include the incredible "Work it Out" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "No Limit", "That's Not What We Came Here For", "Free Yourself", "Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot", and "Feel Your Way". CD
(Out of print. Comes in a cool LP-style sleeve – with the Get On Down half-obi.)

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BreakwaterBreakwater/Splashdown (with bonus track) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $15.99
A landmark pairing of records from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! The first album, the initial offering from Breakwater, is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest of the combo's contemporaries – hitting a careful balance that never gets too cheesy or commercial, and which still manages to glow as strongly into the 21st century as it did when first released back in the day! The sound here is sublime – warm, but never sleepy – jazzy, but never cliched – and mixed in such a way that the vocals and instruments almost get center stage in the spotlight without trying to crowd one another out. Titles include the incredible "Work it Out" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "No Limit", "That's Not What We Came Here For", "Free Yourself", "Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot", and "Feel Your Way". Splashdown has a perfect blend of jazz and soul that only a few groups in the 70s really got right – maybe Pleasure, or The Blackbyrds – and most certainly Breakwater, who were one of the reigning champions of the scene! Rhythms are often upbeat, but not in a disco or club-oriented way – and the instrumentation is tight, but never slick or smooth – always nicely funky with a nice little crackle, even on the mellow cuts – in a way that's opened up this album to new audiences for many years. This set's got a nice bit of moog that wasn't on the group's first – used almost in Mizell-like to further enhance the sound – and titles include the classics "Say You Love Me Girl", "Let Love In", "Time", and "The One In My Dreams". CD also features a bonus track – "No Limit (ext version)". CD

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CTI All StarsCTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Vol 2 ... LP
CTI, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
Man, it's like a talent bomb exploded! This set's stuffed with work by some of the greatest jazz funk players of the early 70s – Johnny Hammond, Bob James, Deodato, George Benson, Joe Farrell, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr, Hubert Laws, and others – all playing together at a massive live concert recorded in Hollywood in 1972! And although you might worry that the collection of so many great talents on one stage might just create confusion – don't! The quality of the work is excellent – almost better than the best of the CTI studio sides, with a lean, clean sound that's really really tight – never overblown, just sweet electric funk with loads of great space for solo work. This second volume of the 3 LP set includes takes of "Blues Force", "Rock Steady", "People Make The World Go Round" and a medley of "Ithe From Love Story", "Pavane" and "Fire & Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover, with some wear and a sticker.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerWhen Farmer Met Gryce (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1955. Used ... $19.99
One of Art Farmer's pivotal mid 50s sides – recorded in the company of altoist Gigi Gryce, a great player and a budding young arranger who helped Farmer really formulate the best side of his sound! The tracks are lyrically modern – but still have a nice dose of soul in them – a wonderful blend that really sets the stage for the move that Art was making away from earlier trumpeters in jazz – into that hip territory that was neither too cool, nor too overblown – and which would almost be known as "Farmer-like" in years to come! The album features Gryce and Farmer in 2 different groups – one with Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – the other with Freddie Redd on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Titles include "Social Call", "Capri", "Deltitnu", "Stupendous Lee", and "Blue Concept". CD
(Out of print.)

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FunkadelicFunkadelic – Reworked By Detroiters ... CD
Westbound (UK), Early 70s/2017. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99 19.98
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – this set does a wonderful job of maintaining all the integrity of the famous funky recordings by the group, while also letting some artists from the group's hometown also include a few of their own contributions too – all in ways that really expand the original vision of the music, while keeping things in a funky soul vein all the way through! Given all the greateness of Detroit grooves in recent years – from that city's very fertile underground of producers and musicians – the sound here is still even more amazing than we expected, and the album's a very fitting one to be issued on the Westbound label. The set's double-length, and for good reason too – and titles include "Music 4 My Mother (Underground Resistance mix)", "Sexy Ways (Recloose disco flip)", "Get Your Ass Off & Jam (Marcellus Pittman rmx)", "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure (Alton Miller mix)", "Super Stupid (Dirtbombs version)", "Music For My Mother (Andres Wo Ahh Ay voc mix)", "Cosmic Slop (Moodymann mix)", "Be My Beach (Mophono & Tom Thump)", "Let's Make It Last (Kenny Dixon Jr edit)", "Let's Take It To The Stage (Amp Fiddler @Ya mix)", "Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine edit)", "Looking Back At You (Ectomorph stripped & dubbed)", and "Standing On The Verge (Anthony Shake Shakir & T Dancer rmx)". CD

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Philip Glass/Robert WilsonEinstein On The Beach (4LP set) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sony/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $81.99
An amazing record, and one that forever transformed the sound of opera in the US – the amazing summation of all the many musical ideas that Philip Glass had been cooking up since the 60s, done as a mindblowing stage presentation with Robert Wilson! Voices, organ, reeds, and piano come together in wonderful lines that go on and on, seemingly forever, in endless variations and rivulets of sound – as simple in structure as the leaner small combo minimalist work from Glass – but with a very different style in the fuller setting, with a sonic quality that still is as groundbreaking today as it was back in the 70s! 4LP set features all acts, plus the very cool "Knee Play" segments too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Graham Central StationMirror ... CD
Warner (Germany), 1976. Used ... $2.99
Larry Graham and crew are definitely going for a fuller sound on this set – starting off the record with a funky marching band, in Tusk-like fashion – then rolling into some bass-heavy funk that tops even their previous records for tightness! The groove is a key element in the growth of west coast funk in the 70s – bass in the lead, but keyboards percolating in all over the place, in a style that's almost got touches of jazz – and which sets the stage for many of the Zapp-sounding projects of the future! A surprisingly great little record – and one we like almost better than the first few! Titles include "Love", "Mirror", "Entrow", "Do Yah", "Save Me", and "I Got A Reason". CD
(Out of print.)

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GuyTeddy's Jam (extended, club)/Teddy's Jazz ... 12-inch
MCA/Uptown, 1988. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $3.99
The sound of new jack writ large – as Teddy Riley takes the main stage with the heavily-produced "Teddy's Jam". The cut has plenty of popping beats – but the extended version is perhaps a bit too long. Stick to the club version, which has a smoother sound – or "Teddy's Jazz", which is a nicely understated version of the same theme. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some marker.)

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✨✧ Iron ButterflyFillmore East 1968 ... CD
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1968. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
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

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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
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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✨✧ Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5/ABC ... CD
Motown, 1969/1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 of the best records ever by The Jackson 5! Diana Ross Presents is the fantastic first record from the Jacksons – who were totally great, even at this early stage of their career. Proof enough is their big hit, the always-wonderful "I Want You Back", one of those tunes that we've heard a million times, but still love to death. Also included are a number of covers – like "Stand", "My Cherie Amour", and "Standing In The Shadows of Love" – all done in the nice Jacksons style. With ABC, the boys are expanding their sound with the club-oriented grooves of the time – using Holland, Dozier, and Holland on many cuts, trying for a similar strident groove as some of the trio's work on their own Invictus label. The move's actually a great one – as the maturing group has a strong adult harmony sound, the one that they would lean on more heavily during their years as The Jacksons, and which calls for much smoother arrangements than before. The record's got a strident righteous sound – and titles include "Forever Came Today", "Moving Violation", "You Were Made Especially For Me", "Honey Love", "Body Language", "All I Do Is Think Of You", and "Breezy". CD also features the bonus track "Oh I've Been Bless'd". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Jose JamesBlack Magic (10th anniversary edition) ... LP
Brownswood/Rainbow Blonde, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 25.99
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – never overdone, and all put together with the kind of poise and depth that's made Jose an artist to watch since his very first single! There's a positive, progressive vibe to the whole record – the kind of excitement we only feel grabbing us once in a blue moon – and the sound is expanded a bit from the laidback combo of the first record, thanks to production help from Flying Lotus, Mitsu The Beats, and others. But James' vocals are always center stage in the mix, no matter what the setting – and titles include "Lay You Down", "Touch", "Promise In Love", "Warrior", "Made For Love", "Code", "Save Your Love For Me", "Detroit Loveletter", and "Beauty". LP, Vinyl record album

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Howard JohnsonKeepin' Love New ... LP
A&M, 1982. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Warmly grooving vocal work from Howard Johnson – one of the few albums the singer cut under his own name, and a sparkling gem from the 80s groove scene! Howard's got a style that really sets the stage for some of the bigger singers of his time – a sound that's mature, yet still very able to groove – which is something that Johnson does often in the set, supported by some snapping bass, electro keyboards, and crackling drums on most of the cuts. Kashif wrote about half the tracks on the album, and also co-produced – and titles include "So Fine", "Keepin Love New", "Jam Song", "Take Me Through The Night", "Say You Wanna", and "This Is Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Little Miss CornshucksLoneliest Girl In Town ... LP
Chess, 1960. Very Good ... $39.99
The only album ever recorded by Little Miss Cornshucks – something of an enigma in the 50s R&B scene, as she was a singer who had this down-home look, name, and stage style – but who sang in a sophisticated bluesy style that sounded a lot like Esther Phillips or Etta James at their best! The album's got a cover that shows Cornshucks in all of her "glory" – barefoot, in a country dress, pantaloons, and straw hat – but the sound of the record is really wonderful, and up there with some of the more sophisticated vocal work coming out on Chess at the time. Riley Hampton handled arrangements, with a core group that includes Sonny Thompson on piano and Reggie Boyd on guitar. Titles include "So Long", "Never Let You Go", "Why Was I Born", "Don't Deceive Me", and "To Be Hurt". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a small click on one track. Cover has a cutout hole, and a small bit of splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Herbie MannLive At The Whisky A Go Go ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. Used ... $11.99
Herbie Mann kicks Johnny Rivers off the stage of the Whisky A Go Go – and serves up some amazing long tracks that really redefine the sound of jamming on the Sunset Strip! The album's quite unusual for the time – in that it features two long tracks, which each run a side apiece – played by Herbie's hip late 60s group that featured Sonnh Sharrock on guitar and Roy Ayers on vibes – plus Steve Marcus on tenor and Miroslav Vitous on bass! With players like that, you can bet there's a massive sound to the whole thing – one that goes beyond even the boldness of other live Herbie Mann albums – and titles include a long take on Chris Hill's "Ooh Baby", and side two features a great version of Rufus Thomas' classic "Philly Dog". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
Also available Live At The Whisky A Go Go ... LP 3.99

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Herbie MannLive At The Whisky A Go Go ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $3.99
Herbie Mann kicks Johnny Rivers off the stage of the Whisky A Go Go – and serves up some amazing long tracks that really redefine the sound of jamming on the Sunset Strip! The album's quite unusual for the time – in that it features two long tracks, which each run a side apiece – played by Herbie's hip late 60s group that featured Sonnh Sharrock on guitar and Roy Ayers on vibes – plus Steve Marcus on tenor and Miroslav Vitous on bass! With players like that, you can bet there's a massive sound to the whole thing – one that goes beyond even the boldness of other live Herbie Mann albums – and titles include a long take on Chris Hill's "Ooh Baby", and side two features a great version of Rufus Thomas' classic "Philly Dog". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo red & green label Broadway pressing.)
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Clara Moreno with Celso Fonseca & JoyceMeu Samba Torto (UK pressing) ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2007. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
Clara Moreno's working here with some famous help in the credits – but the sound of the album is definitely all her own, and even better than some of her other great sets in recent years! The style is mostly bossa, but served up with a slightly modern approach – not one that's electrified or remixed, but nicely free of cliches that try to hard to conjure up images from the old days – done in a sparely evocative mode that really gets to the best heart of the bossa, and re-presents it wonderfully with Clara's youthful talents! Moreno's on vocals throughout – although Celso Fonseca sings a bit on a few duets – and instrumentation includes acoustic guitar from both Fonseca and Joyce on some tracks, plus drums by Tutty Moreno. Most instrumentation is acoustic, and quite stripped down – sometimes only a bit of guitar, bass, and percussion behind the vocals – giving Clara plenty of room to stand on her own, center stage. Titles include "Rosa De Ouro", "Litoranea", "Sabe Quem", "Sei La", "Moca Flor", "Mon Manege A Moi", "Tenderly", "Ela Vai Pro Mar", "Vem Morena Vem", and "Copacabana". CD

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Morwell Unlimited/Prince Far I & The ArabsA1 Dub/Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter IV (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird/Trojan (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of rare dub albums – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! On A1 Dub, Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". Next is Cry Tuff Dub Encounter 4 – from Prince Far I & The Arabs – an almost seamless set of dub instrumentals, recorded at Channel One in 1981 – the underground Jamaican groove, but maybe given a slightly better sound quality overall – that good mix of indie and professional that was the Trojan Records calling card as the 70s moved on! A crisp upfront production style separates this one from some of its dub predecessors – but the record has a great analog dub sound, with many effects and instruments echoing in and out of the mix. Titles include "Lion Stone", "Foundation Stepper", "Sound Gesture", "Destruction Sound Battle", and "Stone African Ground". And if that's not enough, the whole thing features a whole CD of bonus material – rare tracks taken from the 12" Attack series by Trojan Records – with cuts that include "Jammin For Survival" by Jammy's At The Controls, "Bali Hi Special" by The Sowell Radics, "Fuss & Fight Dub" by Eddie Fitzroy, "Ball Of Fire" by Bim Sherman, "Stand & Look Dub" by Fat Man All Stars, "Caring For My Sister" by Scientist & Roots Radics, "Won't You Come On (dub)" by Witty's All STars, "Babylon Wrong Dub" by Ashanti Waugh, and "Cool Pon Your Corner Version" by Barry Brown. CD

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Oscar PetersonNigerian Marketplace ... LP
Pablo, 1981. Near Mint- ... $9.99
An evocative title, and one that really sets the stage for the great sound of the record – an Oscar Peterson album that's a bit more open and flowing than usual – with some great long tracks, and a mighty soulful sound throughout! The title track is a real gem – as Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen begins the number with a long bass bit that's wonderful – which then ignites Peterson's piano into these long-rolling lines that really fit the spirit of the number! Other tunes spin out with a similar magic – still familiar Peterson modes, but kind of a deeper sense of lyricism too. Terry Clark handles drums – and titles include "Nigerian Marketplace", "Cakewalk", "Nancy With The Laughing Face", "You Look Good To Me", and "Au Privave". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Sun RaMy Brother The Wind Vol 1 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1970. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
A stone classic – and one of the wilder, more electronic albums from Sun Ra – a set that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Danny Davis – so Ra really center stage on the keys, and spends most of the record making some really weird and wonderful sounds on the moog – showing the world that, although the instrument was already gaining popularity in the hands of others, nobody could handle the futuristic sound machine like the spaceman himself! The mix of moog with avant jazz solos is completely sublime – and titles include "Intergalactic II", "To Nature's God", and "The Code Of Interdependence". CD features some great bonus tracks – the 17 minute "Space Probe", plus some alternates and odd takes too! CD

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ShoesElektrafied – The Elektra Years 1979 to 1982 (Present Tense/Tongue Twister/Boomerang/rarities) (4CD set) ... CD
Elektra/Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99
Three classic albums from Shoes, plus bonus tracks, and a full CD worth of rare material too! First up is Present Tense – a power-pop classic from Shoes – their first full length for Elektra Records, and a set that stands with all the best end of 70s gems from either coast! The songs are impeccable, and the group do a fantastic job of blending sharper guitars with really great lyricism – a mode that maybe makes the Illinois group a strong precursor for territory that The Replacements wouldn't hit until many years later – and which makes just about every track on the album a precious nugget that just gets better and better with time! Titles include "Now & Then", "Every Girl", "I Don't Wanna Hear It", "Three Times", "In My Arms Again", and "Too Late". On Tongue Twister, Shoes continue the brilliance of their first album for Elektra – serving up the kind of music that was so well-done, so subtle, it was maybe missed by most of the world at the time – even though it's gone onto the status of classic, thanks to legions of fans and critics! Shoes have a way with a tune that's unlike anyone else – maybe that compressed charm of Big Star, but fused into the sharper modes of the power pop years – but without any of the too commercial modes of some of the bigger groups of the time. Instead, the whole thing feels like you've just stumbled upon a brilliant band, playing in a backroom bar – which, unfortunately, is how Shoes spent too much of their career. Titles include "Only In My Sleep", "She Satisfies", "Found A Girl", "Hate To Run", "When It Hits", "Yes Or No", "Your Imagination", and "Girls Of Today". On Boomerang, Shoes maybe look a bit too new wave on the cover, but still sound perfect within – very much in charge of that perfect yet understated approach to a tune that has gone on to make them legends in all the many years since this album was released! The group were never out to change the world, and maybe that held them back at the time – but they were also never trying for big chart success, or too-slick modes – and there's a wonderfully honest, down to earth approach to the songwriting and production that clearly sets the stage for all the bigger late 80s groups that would follow in their wake. Nearly every tune is a completely catchy mofo – and titles include "Curiosity", "In Her Shadow", "Double Talk", "The Summer Rain", "Under The Gun", "The Tube", and "What Love Means". 4CD set features a huge amount of bonus material – 8 track demo versions of all three albums, added to their discs – and a bonus CD of 18 more rare tracks – all in a box, with a big booklet of notes! CD

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SupremesSupremes In Japan! ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1973. Used Gatefold ... $28.99
One of the greatest Supremes albums of the 70s – a rare live Japanese session that wasn't even issued in the US at the time! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the other Motown Japanese live sets of the time – with really tight backings behind the group on stage, and a powerful, spontaneous sound that really seems to take off even more strongly than the studio albums. The girls' vocals are great – and really nicely unfettered on some of the tunes – stepping out with strong leads and soulful harmonies that are a good reminder that the group was still burning strong at this point. Titles include "Stoned Love", "TCB", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "Bad Weather", "Cherry Cherry", and "Somewhere". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bobby WomackSomeday We'll All Be Free ... LP
Beverly Glen, 1985. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Sort of a third part to the Poet albums that Bobby Womack recorded before this set – and like those, a great updating of the older Womack sound for a slightly smoother 80s soul approach! Bobby's vocals are still very much center stage in the record – and if anything, they're recorded here in a sensitive way that really lets him open up on the lyric – pushing the tunes with an even deeper sense of interpretation than on his work of the late 70s. Bobby himself produced most of the record, and the title tune is an incredible remake of Donny Hathaway's "Some Day We'll All Be Free" – done here in a way that brings even more life than before to the lyrics! Other tunes are originals by Bobby, Cecil, or Linda Womack – and titles include "I'm So Proud", "Gifted One", "Falling In Love Again", and "Searching For My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLifetime Groove – Selected & Mixed By Ryuhei The Man ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s/2016. New Copy ... $22.99
Fantastic funky tracks from host of different sources – all brought together by Japanese DJ Ryuhei The Man – and served up in a blinding mix of tracks that flow effortlessly from one to the other! Most of the work is from the 70s, but there's a few more contemporary cuts in the mix, too – but the overall feel is hard 70s funk – usually of the funky 45 variety, but often with a more extended groove – as a number of these cuts are from rare album sources, which means that there's some great extended jams on the collection – plenty of heavy drums, wah wah guitars, rumbling basslines, and sweet keyboards! Titles include "Scorpio" and "Kashmere" by Kashmere Stage Band, "My Friend" by Ricardo Marrero & The Group, "Monkey Hips & Rice" by Wooden Glass featuring Billy Wooten, "The Crisis Generator" by The Sound Stylistcis, "Panama" and "Jessica" by Roy Porter Sound Machine, "Chief" by Lettuce, "Deeper Love" by Funkshone, "Your Love Is Mine (Nostalgia 77 rmx)" by New Mastersounds, "I'm Back For More" by Leo's Sunship, "Discover Disco Lover" by The Jazzinvaders, and "Humpty Dumpty" by Placebo. CD

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VariousSoul Of The Memphis Boys ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Deep soul from the glory days of the Memphis scene – not the better-known work recorded at Stax, but material from the smaller American Sound Studio – a new game in town during the late 60s, and a place that forged it's very own legacy in Memphis music! American recorded a variety of styles – a bit like Muscle Shoals – but this collection not only focuses most strongly on the soul music cut at the studios, but also work by "The Memphis Boys" – the superb in-house session group that included top-shelf talents like Reggie Young and Tommy Cogbill on guitar, Bobby Emmons on keyboards, and Chips Moman at the head of the group. The great Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham also did plenty of work for American – on material that was issued on a variety of labels – Atlantic, Cameo, Bell, Sound Stage 7, Smash, and others – all collected here with a deep set of notes that really gets at the special vibe going down at American. Titles include "Burning Fire" by Arthur Conley, "Someone To Take Your Place" by Bobby Marchan, "I Don't Want To Have To Wait" by James & Bobby Purify, "Ain't That True Love" by Oscar Toney Jr, "There's A Heartbreak Somewhere" by Roscoe Shelton, "Comin To Bring You Some Soul" by Sam Baker, "It Ain't Fair" by Ben E King, "Don't Take Your Love" by The Blossoms, "So Much Love" by Dusty Springfield, "Broadway Walk" by Bobby Womack, "Holdin On" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and "On The Other Side" by Lee Jones & The Sounds Of Soul. CD

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VariousStrictly MAW – 2CD Mix Compilation From Masters At Work ... CD
Strictly Rhythm, 1990s. Used ... $6.99
A loving look back at the glory days of the Strictly Rhythm label – presented in two separate mixes by Masters At Work, whose early productions were a key part of the Strictly Rhythm sound! Back at a time when most club tracks were often a little too cold, Strictly Rhythm brought a nice degree of soul back onto the dancefloor – styles that often borrowed a bit from classic club of years back, and also helped set the stage for the wonderful depth of the New York scene in the 21st Century! Although Masters At Work never issued singles under that name for the label, both Kenny Dope and Louie Vega worked together and solo on Strictly Rhythm projects – many of which are presented here in mixes alongside other Strictly Rhythm work. CD 1 features 14 tracks mixed by Louie – including "No Cure" by Hardrive, "Carnival 93 (Mardi Gras mix)" by Club Ultimate, "Curious (voc mix)" by Sun Sun Sun, "Get Up (orig mix)" by Krimp, "Zulu (change mix)" by Circle Children, "Jazz It Up (ext jazz)" by Erick Morillo Project, and "Love & Happiness (MAW rmx)" by River Ocean with India. CD 2 features 14 tracks mixed by Kenny, including "I Get Lifted (Bar dub)" by Barbara Tucker, "Blues For You (hard dub)" by Logic, "We Can Make It (Underground Network mix)" by Sole Fusion, "Dancin (a little more dub)" by Erick Moe Morillo, "Freedom (Color 3 Lil Louis Zohz sub dub)" by Black Magic, and "Deep Interlude" by Kenny Dope. CD

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✨✧ David BowieI'm Only Dancing (Soul Tour 74) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Parlophone, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from David Bowie – a live set that features material from a 1974 tour – done at a time when Bowie was very much in love with the sound of Philly soul! The material is a great presentation of the same modes that David explored at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia on the Young Americans album – and the group on stage has a lot of similar elements – including backing vocals from Luther Vandross and Ava Cherry, and players who include Carlos Alomar on rhythm guitar, Earl Slick on lead guitar, and David Sanborn on alto sax. Some of the material is from the Young Americans album, and other tracks from earlier years are nicely reworked with a Philly soul groove – in an extended set list that includes "Love Me Do/The Jean Genie", "Can You Hear Me", "It's Gonna Be Me", "Panic In Detroit", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", "Rebel Rebel", "Sorrow", "Changes", "1984", "Knock On Wood", "Moonage Daydream", and a long medley of older soul tracks mixed with "Diamond Dogs". CD

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✨✧ Gerry Mulligan QuartetGerry Mulligan Quartet (Pacific Jazz – PJLP 2) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1953. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gerry's second 10" album for the Pacific Jazz label – and almost as groundbreaking as the first! Not only is the quartet with Chet Baker featured strongly on side 1 – with classics that include "Cherry", "Carson City Stage", and "Motel" – but Lee Konitz joins the group on side two, cutting things up with his angular alto sax – a sound that's beautifully placed next to the poised horns of Mulligan and Baker, in a way that really gives the record even more life! Titles on that side include "Sextet", "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me", "Lover Man", and "Lady Be Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Sun RaMy Brother The Wind Vol 1 (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic – and one of the wilder, more electronic albums from Sun Ra – a set that has him playing on "two moog synthesizers" – which both sound as if they're going at the same time! The rest of the group is quite small – with only John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Danny Davis – so Ra really center stage on the keys, and spends most of the record making some really weird and wonderful sounds on the moog – showing the world that, although the instrument was already gaining popularity in the hands of others, nobody could handle the futuristic sound machine like the spaceman himself! The mix of moog with avant jazz solos is completely sublime – and titles include "Intergalactic II", "To Nature's God", "The Code Of Interdependence", "The Perfect Man (complete tracking session)", and the 17 minute "Space Probe"! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available My Brother The Wind Vol 1 (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Fenton RobinsonSomebody Loan Me A Dime ... CD
Alligator, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the better albums on the Alligator Records label from Chicago – a set by Fenton Robinson that's not far different from his earlier work on the 77/Sound Stage Seven label! There's a feel here that's pretty great – slightly southern in inflection, and not as Chicago-cliched as other Alligator work. Mighty Joe Young joins Fenton on rhythm guitar – and titles include "I've Changed", "Country Girl", "Gotta Wake Up", "Texas Flood", "Checking On My Woman", and "Somebody Loan Me A Dime". CD

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✨✧ Alvin CashWindy City Workout – The Essential Dance Craze Hits & Rarities 1964 to 1973 ... CD
Mar V Lus/Charly (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The full scope of genius from the legendary Alvin Cash – not just his 60s gritty groovers, but a host of later funk tracks as well – all packaged into a beautiful book-styled package! Cash is one of our favorite Chicago artists ever – a dancer by trade, but a flamboyant personality who always managed to make his way center stage – whether live or in the recording studio! The set begins with early "twine" numbers from Alvin – some romping heavy soul tracks that have a very deep bottom, and a raw sound that's equal part R&B and Chicago soul – definitely tuned towards the dancefloor crowd that was a natural fit for Cash's energy. As the set moves on, it then picks up some wicked late 60s singles for the Toddlin Town label, and also includes some excellent early 70s groovers for Sound Stage Seven – some of Alvin's hardest, heaviest numbers ever. The set features work by Alvin Cash with The Registers, Hundred Dollar Bills, The Crawlers, and Scott Brothers Orchestra – and titles include "Keep On Dancing (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky 69", "Moanin & Groanin", "Doin The Creep", "It's Party Time", "Funky Washing Machine", "Alvin's Doin His Thing", "Funky Street", "Doin The Ali Shuffle", "Whip It On Me", "The Charge", "Boston Monkey", "The Philly Freeze", "Alvin's Boogaloo", "Let's Do Some Good Timing", "The Bump", "Twine Time", "Twine Awhile", "The Barracuda", and "You Shot Me Through The Grease". CD

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✨✧ Juliette GrecoLive In Paris 1956 to 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare live work from the lovely Juliette Greco – recorded right during the height of her career, when her hip style of chanson was really transforming the sound of French music from the left bank scene! The tracks here are all very well-recorded, and feature Juliette working with a small combo that includes piano, guitar, and musette – a nicely lean vibe that really offers up a different spirit of the songs than her studio recordings – as does the relaxed, completely charming stage presence of Greco. Titles include "T'En As", "Jolie Mome", "Le Guinche", "Coin De Rue", "La Chanson De Margaret", "Je Prends Les Choses Du Bon Cote", "La Cuisine", and "On N'Oublie Rien". CD

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✨✧ Evelyn KingGet Loose (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sweet electric soul from Evelyn King – and a set that features lots of contributions from a young Kashif! Kashif both wrote some of the songs, and plays keyboards on the record – helping to give King that tightly focused sound that would really be her strongest suit in the early 80s! There's a nicely clean feel here that keeps the record moving strongly forward – and even though Evelyn's vocals are sometimes second-stage next to the beats and keyboards, they still have a way of sending the tunes home in the end. Titles include "Get Loose", "Back To Love", "I'm Just Warming Up", "Betcha She Don't Love You", "Love Come Down", and "I Can't Stand It". CD features bonus tracks "Get Loose (12" vocal)", "Love Come Down (12" vocal)", "Betcha She Don't Love You (12" inst)", and "Love Come Down (12" inst)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ MalemenExpress Male ... CD
Mercury/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great debut from The Malemen – a short-lived group in the recording studio, but one who spent many years on the southern scene as a well-travelled showband! The group have a more modern vibe here than they might on the stage – a sweet 80s groove approach that features plenty of tight basslines bumping up the rhythms, with keyboards following quickly in step – all while the group often do a great job of harmonizing together alongside the groove! There's a nicely varied sound to the record – one that goes way past the usual slapbass funk of the time – and titles include the nice mellow cuts "Baby Doll" and "The Love We'll Share" – plus "Shakedown", "Party Time", "Hard On It", and "Take You Out". CD

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✨✧ Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Main, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DaktarisSoul Explosion ... LP
Desco/Daptone, 1998. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest grooves from the legendary Desco Records years – a brilliant album of modern Afro Funk done by The Daktaris – in a groove that's just as hard-hitting as any of Fela's work from the 70s! The album was one of the first to bring back an older African style to current funk – and even years later, it's still one of the best examples of the sound – a razor-sharp session that helped set the stage for better-known Antibalas work to come! Percussion and guitar is super-heavy throughout – produced with that bare-bones Desco style, and handled in a way that makes you think the record might be some treasure from mid 70s Nigeria – a trick the label tried to pull when it was released! Cuts include a cover of Fela's "Upside Down", James Brown's "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", and the originals "Super Afro-Beat", "Daktari Walk", "Voodoo Soul Stew", and "Quiet Man Is A Dead Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Thurston HarrisLittle Bitty Pretty One ... CD
Aladdin/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from Thurston Harris – one of those key 50s R&B artists who also had a big impact on the sound of rock and roll as well – the kind of crossover artist who set the stage for countless others to come! Yet by crossover, we don't mean that Harris' music is weak or commercial – and instead, it's so bold, powerful, and downright catchy that you can't help but love the man and his records – 35 of which are served up on this nice little set – filled with singles for Aladdin, plus some later Dot Records material too! Titles include "Runk Bunk", "Tears From My Heart", "I'm Out To Get'Cha", "Do What You Did", "I'm Asking For Forgiveness", "Tell Me So", "Fine Fine Frame", "Send Me Some Loving", "Mr Satan", "Goddess Of Angels", "Paradise Hill", "Slip Slop", and "Smokey Joe's". CD

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✨✧ Lee MosesTime & Place ... CD
Maple/Future Days, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost deep soul set from Lee Moses – a relatively obscure vocalist, but one who we'd rank right up there with James Carr, Wilson Pickett, or any of their contemporaries! Lee's music has a hard southern soul feel to it – sounding almost like a pile of 45s from a label like Sound Stage 7, or some more obscure imprint from below the Mason-Dixon line – even though the record was issued on the Maple label up north. And possibly it's Lee's odd northern placement with a deeply southern style that never got him his due back in the day – but that loss is our gain, as the record's an under-discovered treasure that's filled with really hard-wailing soul tunes! There's a slightly garagey feel to the production – quite gritty at times, with even more of an earthier undercurrent than you'd hear on work from Memphis or Muscle Shoals – and Lee matches this sound wonderfully with a really raspy approach to vocals. Titles include a great version of "California Dreaming", plus the tracks "Time & Place", "Got That Will", "Every Boy & Girl", "Hey Joe", "Free At Last", and "Adorable One". CD

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✨✧ VariousBeat Scene (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Decca (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of work from one of our favorite strands of the British scene of the 60s – the all-important beat scene – the mod-styled groups that started to emerge from England at the time, influenced by American soul and R&B, but working in a style that was clearly all their own! There certainly were echoes of the beat sound in the music of The Beatles and other Brit invasion combos – but on the fringes of the scene, the styles were much farther-reaching, and eventually set the stage for progressive and jazz rock modes at the end of the 60s. The key years of the beat scene are nicely documented here by a variety of different groups that go way beyond familiar hits. Titles include "Now I Know" by The Beat Chicks, "I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door" by The Pete Best Four, "Once In A While" by The Brooks, "Who'll Be The Next In Line" by The Knack, "Heart Of Stone" by The Hi Numbers, "Did You Want To Run Away" by Tierney's Fugitives, "I Was Only Playing Games" by Unit 4 & 2, "Lost My Girl" by Rick & Sandy, "That's What I Want" by The Mauraders, "Keep On Dancing" by Brian Poole & The Tremeloes, and "Hurt Me If You Will" by The Mark Four. LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Record Store Day limited edition pressing!)
 
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Cy ColemanJamaica ... LP
Jubilee, 1957. Very Good ... $1.99
Cy Coleman takes on the music of Jamaica – a Broadway show that he didn't write, but which he really makes his own here through a mix of lively piano lines and vocals! Cy's better known as an instrumentalist, but his few spots of singing here are quite nice – raspy and understated, and just the right sort of charm for the tunes – delivered in a way that's probably quite different than the numbers must have sounded on the stage. The group's got a good spirit, too – some occasional "island" inflections, which are maybe more Latin jazz overall – as Cy works with Aaron Bell on bass, Ray Mosca and Osie Johnson on drums, Skeeter Best on guitar, and Romeo Penque on flute. Titles include "Savanna", "I Don't Think I'll End It All Today", "Take It Slow Joe", "Monkey In The Mango", and "Little Biscuit". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Reverend Douglas Bell & The Stage CruisersNuclear Blast (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1960s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Raw and rumbling gospel sounds from the Designer Records vaults – real and resonant southern gospel from Reverend Douglas Bell & Th Stage Cruisers! Heavy vocals & sermonizing with swirling organ and wailing keyboards along with the impassioned vocals. As with the material on the Together compilation, the material is well produced, with bluesy, gritty immediacy. Titles include "Nuclear Blast", "Bitter And The Sweet", "I Got To Make Heaven My Home", "Hard Love Affair", "I Got A Home", "I'll Fight Goliath", "How Many Miles To Heaven", "What You Need From The Lord" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jerry GoldsmithStagecoach ... LP
Mainstream, 1966. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The soundtrack to the 60s version of Stagecoach – the one with the outrageously beautiful Ann Margaret, Bing Crosby, Red Buttons, Slim Pickens and Alex Cord – with a lavish, though appropriately dust-strewn Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack! This '66 remake may not rival John Ford's landmark earlier version, but it certainly has a wonderful soundtrack going for it. Oh, and also the jaw-droppingly gorgeous Ann Margaret. Wait, did we mention her already? LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and some staple marks.)

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✨✧ VariousGirl Group Sounds – Lost & Found (4 CD box set) ... CD
Rhino, 1960s. Used 4CDs ... Out Of Stock
An amazing little box set – not just for the music, but also for the incredible package and 200 page book that's inside! The set's got a look that might not make you put this one center stage in your record collection – but as far as compilations go, it's a heck of a great one – and serves up 120 tunes that not only hit all the bases of girl group material in the 60s, but also go way way deeper, and offer some incredible bits that we'd never heard before! The whole thing comes in a "hat box" styled package – and features 4 CDs of music, plus a wonderful 200 page book filled with photos, images, essays, artists' reflections, and even track-by-track commentary on the tunes! A pretty great deal at this price! CD
(Out of print, in original box.)

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Bruno ESao Paulo Jazz Rebels ... CD
Tratore (Brazil), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
Bruno E sounds fantastic here, and very different than the broken beat maestro we loved on his records from the early part of this century – as Bruno's moved into a much warmer jazz-based environment, and plays acoustic bass here with a very hip little combo! Most of the tracks are instrumental, and the group has trumpet, tenor, and trombone – all used with the rhythms in a way that's rooted in soul jazz, but which moves to sparkle with some of the more contemporary tones of club jazz groups from the Italian, Japanese, and Scandinavian scene – although the focus here isn't entirely on grooves, but on the richer feel of the music. Bruno also sings on a few cuts too – in English, which is great – with these mature, poetic lyrics that are unlike anything else he's ever given us – just one more great aspect of this really wonderful record! Titles include "Backstage Jazz", "Rua Artur Prado", "We Hostel", "At Jazz It Up", "O Do Borogodo", "Vegas", and "Av Paulista". CD

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Happy DollsShow Album No 1 ... CD
Beatball (Korea), 1978. Used ... $9.99
A very cool quintet of Korean lovelies from the 70s – five gals who could sing sweetly when they wanted, but also hit some funkier sounds on their instruments as well! The Happy Dolls follow strongly in the tradition of earlier Army base acts from the postwar Korean scene – but they've also got a groovier sound overall, and maybe more of an international appeal too – given the time they spent on the Vegas stages in the early part of the decade, and their frequent work in Canada during the latter half. This set was recorded in Toronto, and it's got a very unusual approach that mixes equal parts small combo funk with some fuller harmony singing as well – a shift that takes place from track to track on the set, which makes for a surprising sense of variety. The group turn in two great covers – "Funky Stuff" and "Pick Up The Pieces" – both of which work great in kind of an indie funk mode – and other tunes include their own "Bombie", a take on "Shake Your Booty", and even a "Drum Solo" number! CD
(Punch through obi barcode.)

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Maureen MahonBlack Diamond Queens – African American Women & Rock & Roll ... Book
Duke University Press, 2021. New Copy ... $20.99 29.99
One of the best books we've ever seen to look at the role of black women in American music – a huge volume that's meticulously researched, beautifully presented, and which ties together different strands of sounds and performers to support a very powerful thesis! That's an image of Tina Turner on the front cover – and it sets the stage for the book's presentation of key figures that include Betty Davis, Lavern Baker, Big Mama Thornton, Labelle, Merry Clayton, and a number of others – all delivered in deep detail, with information from archival material, press coverage, interviews, and the recordings themselves. The softcover book is almost 400 pages, comes with some black and white images, and has a great section of notes at the back. Book

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MaxwellBlack SUMMERS' Night (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 2016. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
It's taken us a bit longer than expected to get this second installment in Maxwell's Black Summers' Night series – but it's been well worth the wait, given the greater depth in the music! All that we love about Maxwell's previous records is alive and well here – but there's also kind of a sharper edge to the sound, too – these fuller bottom currents that almost seem to be adding a second sort of instrumental commentary, alongside the lyrical activity up top – all while the whole thing is wrapped together with that warm keyboard flow that first made Maxwell stand out so many years back! There's almost this double edge to the whole thing – rough with the smooth, or turmoil under peace – which gives the whole thing a lot more power than this sort of record from some of Maxwell's contemporaries. Score another win for the mighty one – on tracks that include "The Fall", "Lake By The Ocean", "Lost", "Gods", "Fingers Crossed", "Hostage", "1990x", and "All The Ways Love Can Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front.)

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Graeme Miller & Steve ShillCarrier Frequency ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare soundtrack from an unusual UK stage production of the early 80s – presented here on record for the first time ever! The piece was a stage extension of the novel Riddley Walker – and has this eerie, sci-fi like vibe – scored here by Graeme Miller and Steve Shill with qualities that are almost like some of the most experimental industrial work of the period – maybe no surprise, given that the piece shared stages with SPK and Einsturzende Neubauten at the time! Every track is a little bit different, but the overall approach uses acoustic and electronic elements in ways that make it hard to tell where the sonic space is blurring between them – mostly instrumental, but with occasional use of voice – on titles that include "The Girl From Tirana", "Landschaft", "The Record", "Longdream", "A Long Paleness", "Reggie Windmill", and "Without Impatience". LP, Vinyl record album

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PrincePartyman (purple party mix, partyman music mix, video mix)/Feel U Up (short stroke) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1989. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
Hard to imagine the Michael Keaton Batman being any sort of a "partyman" – but Prince's sweet little Bat-tune really does a great job of evoking that fantasy! There's just a slight hint at the old Batman theme in the background – but overall, the whole thing feels more like one of those great 80s soundtrack soul tunes – usually when a famous guest is on stage in the background of a scene – adding a little funk to an otherwise staid moment in the drama! There's plenty of mixes here to keep the tune going – and the short stroke version of "Feel U Up" too. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has light wear, a small dent at the opening, and a promo stamp.)

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Stevie WonderJourney Through The Secret Life Of Plants ... CD
Motown, 1979. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Very high concept work from Stevie Wonder! The record is, in fact, about the "secret life of plants" – partially used as a soundtrack for a film of the same name, but also acting as kind of a storybook in itself! Stevie's exploring a wide range of plant life and plant themes on the set – often in a way that has his keyboards taking center stage in little symphonies of soul that unfold like the petals of a flower in the morning sun – and which stand out as quite different from some of his vocal work, marking him as a talented electronic musician in his own right. Many tracks do have lyrics, too – often with themes of growing, seeding, and other garden metaphors that are easily translated to the human experience. Titles include "Secret Life Of Plants", "Outside My Window", "A Seed's A Star", "Race Babbling", "Black Orchid", "Send One Your Love", "Tree", "Come Back As A Flower", and "Ai No Sono". CD

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✨✧ Lambert, Hendricks & RossSing A Song Of Basie (Impulse pressing) ... CD
Impulse, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first albums ever by this legendary jazz vocal group! LHR do the incredible – and create a set of vocal renditions of standards by the Basie band, putting jazzy lyrics in to replace the instrumental solos, but keeping the same vibe as the original tracks. The sound and approach is amazing – and it's no wonder this record made them instant legends. Titles include "Down For The Count", "Fiesta In Blue", "Blues Backstage", and "It's Sand, Man!" CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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✨✧ RoctoberIssue #46 – Trucker Music/Chicago Soul issue ... Magazine
Roctober, 2009. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Chicago R&B coverage includes an in depth exploration of Chicago's local after school TV show Soul Train show – which ran from 1970-1979 – and a conversation with Chicago's radical Sounds of Black. Plus 30 pages exploring all aspects of truck driving music including lengthy interviews with Jerry Reed and Joe Stampley. Also features Dave Dudley, Red Sovine, Del Reeves, Red Simpson, Stompin' Tom Connors, CW McCall, Starday Records, Sweet Charles Sherrel and more. Plus Flavor Flav interviewed by Nardwuar, Incredible Stage Wrestling, Joe E., and tons of comix and countless reviews. Magazine

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✨✧ Stevie WonderJourney Through The Secret Life Of Plants ... LP
Tamla, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very high concept work from Stevie Wonder! The record is, in fact, about the "secret life of plants" – partially used as a soundtrack for a film of the same name, but also acting as kind of a storybook in itself! Stevie's exploring a wide range of plant life and plant themes on the set – often in a way that has his keyboards taking center stage in little symphonies of soul that unfold like the petals of a flower in the morning sun – and which stand out as quite different from some of his vocal work, marking him as a talented electronic musician in his own right. Many tracks do have lyrics, too – often with themes of growing, seeding, and other garden metaphors that are easily translated to the human experience. Titles include "Secret Life Of Plants", "Outside My Window", "A Seed's A Star", "Race Babbling", "Black Orchid", "Send One Your Love", "Tree", "Come Back As A Flower", and "Ai No Sono". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the trifold braille cover.)
Also available Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants ... CD 11.99

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Greg Abate with the Tim Ray TrioGratitude – Stagedoor Live @ The Z ... CD
Whaling City Sound, 2019. Used ... $6.99
Features Greg Abate on saxophones and flute, Tim Ray on piano, John Lockwood on bass, and Mark Waller on drums. CD

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Kashmere Stage BandOur Thing (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $24.99
A bold statement from the Kashmere Stage Band – who've definitely got their own "thing" here right from the start – one of the coolest, grooviest, funkiest sounds you'll ever hear from a band of young kids in school! These guys easily match the hippest players in much more mature ensembles – and often even have a vibe that sounds a lot like the best blacksploitation funk of the time, or some of the funky big band work from overseas – driven on by a really strong sense of rhythm, and marked with some wonderful solos on tenor, trumpet, alto sax, and piano – plus great guitar from Johnny Reason! Titles include great remakes of "Burning Spear" and "Ode To Billie Joe" – plus "Boss City", "Take Five", "Summertime", and "Misty". CD

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Norrie ParamorStrings! – Staged For Sound ... LP
Capitol, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Plastic case edition, including the booklet.)

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✨✧ CBS Jazz All StarsMontreux Summit Vol 2 – Special Radio Edition ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really amazing little record – way more than usual for this sort of live recording – given that it features some very unique performances together by artists we've never heard on the same stage otherwise! The premise is simple, but wonderfully effective – in that the album brings together some of the leading lights of the Columbia/CBS jazz stable at the time – a massive lineup of talent from a few key generations in jazz, sounding surprisingly great hear together! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ SonicsLive At Easy Street ... LP
Revox, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A reformed Sonics take the stage – and end up sounding surprisingly fierce and strong after all these years! The set was recorded in Seattle in 2015 – and the group get a few special guests dropping in from time to time – including Eddie Vedder, Ben Shepherd, Jason Kerston, Matt Lukin, Rod Moody, and others – who help leave their touches on tunes that include "The Witch", "Bad Betty", "Psycho", "I Don't Need No Doctor", "Cinderella", "Boss Hoss", "He's Waiting", and "Have Love Will Travel". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckJazz Impressions Of New York ... CD
Columbia, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
New York's a mighty big place, but it's got a nicely intimate feel in this 60s set from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – one of the combo's overlooked gems from their years on Columbia! The music is all from the TV show Mr Broadway, but there's hardly a showtune feel to the set – and instead, the groove is almost in a hip Henry Mancini sort of mode, but delivered with a smaller combo feel. Tracks are somewhat shorter than the usual Brubeck outing, and balanced nicely between upbeat tracks and more sensitive ones – the former with some well-cut lines by Paul Desmond on alto sax, the latter often with a bit more piano from Dave. The rest of the group includes Gene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums – and titles include "Mr Broadway", "Broadway Bossa Nova", "Sixth Sense", "Something To Sing About", "Spring In Central Park", "Lonely Mr Broadway", "Winter Ballad", "Upstage Rhumba", and "Summer On The Sound". CD
(Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing. Cutout hole through case and barcode.)

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✨✧ Helen MerrillChasin The Bird ... CD
Trio/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice late 70s set from Helen Merrill, with wonderfully spare accompaniment that really puts her vocals center stage – almost a return to the best mode of the landmark 50s recordings that first got her noticed! The group features some standout work from jazz musicians who include Dick Katz on piano, Joe Puma on guitar, and Pepper Adams on baritone sax – and Helen's still sounding great at this later point in her career, with her relaxed, coolly delivered vocals floating nicely above the group's crisp backing. Titles include "It Ain't Necessarily So", "Embraceable You", "I Can't Be Bothered Now", 'Summertime", "I Got Rhythm", "I Loves You Porgy", "My One And Only", and "Someone To Watch Over Me". CD
 
 
 



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