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BamboosListen Hear! – The Bamboos Live! ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2007. Used ... $6.99
Listen! Hear! Impeccable live work from the mighty Bamboos – one of the tightest hard grooving combos on the modern deep funk scene! The set finds the Bamboos doing their thing at Sydney, Australia's Metro Theatre in December of 2007 – and if there was ever any doubt that the crew could carry their studio fury into the live arena, here's all you need to squash it! The set list is a mix of the group's originals and a riffs on classic funk, and they really nail it live – never missing a beat, and the mix is good enough to hear each and every player hitting their parts. Furiously funky drums, tightly snapping bass work, wallop blasts from the horns, killer organ grooves – with Kylie Auldist powerhouse soul chanteuse vocals on about half the tunes. Tracks include an incredible medley intro "Jan Jan/Sing A Simple Song/Lickin' Stick, Lickin' Stick/Doin' It To Death/Root Down", plus "Bamboos Theme", "Another Day In The Life Of Mr Jones", "The Witch", "Bring It Home", "My Baby's Cheating", "Never Did I Stop Loving You", "Amen Brother" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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BonoboAnimal Magic (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ninja Tune/Tru Thoughts (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $19.99 20.99
The first full length album from Bonobo – aka Simon Green – a set that's gone on to have a surprising amount of endurance over the years, and which really helped mark the pace for a new generation in the beats and soundscape universe! The record kind of takes off from the territory of Kruder & Dorfmeister in the decade before – with some low-end sounds that almost have you wanting to speed up the record, mixed with some lighter elements on top of the beats, and these bits of organic, almost exotic sounds – which might well be the biggest Bonobo contribution to the scene at the time. Titles include "Kota", "Terrapin", "The Plug", "Sugar Rhyme", "Silver", "Shadowtricks", "Sleepy Seven", and "Dinosaurs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition heavyweight yellow vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Bryony Jarman-PintoCage & Aviary ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ... $20.99 21.99
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on here too – straighter soul lyrics overall, often with a vibe that's personal and positive – given a kick by skittish drums, unusual keyboard lines, light colors from acoustic guitar, and some guest sax lines from Ben Watt! The lead vocal often has this inflection that emphasizes some jazz roots, even though the music is never straight jazz at all – and there's a very special, very compelling quality to the record that makes us think we'll be hearing a lot more from Bryony in years to come. Titles include "Threads", "Sour Face", "All About Life", "Sun Kissed", "Sweet Sweet", "As I've Heard", "Saffron Yellow", and "Day Dream". LP, Vinyl record album

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MoonchildVoyager ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of the other work from the Tru Thoughts label in recent years – much more indie soul, although Navran's vocals are maybe a bit more understated, and sometimes let the keyboards take the lead! There's occasional other instrumentation on the record – acoustic piano, alto sax, and more – but the real charm comes from the interplay between voice and keyboards – on titles that include "Now & Then", "Change Your Mind", "Hideaway", "Cure", "6AM", "The List", "Doors Closing", and "Think Back". CD

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QuanticAtlantic Oscillations ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout that long musical journey, he's never failed to keep on growing – always stepping forward towards new sonic horizons, rather than be content to serve up the same sounds that got him attention in the first place! Subtle strings are added to beats (both acoustic and electric), keyboards, and just the right use of vocals from Nidia Gongora, Alice Russell, Denita Odigie, and Holland himself – so that the album's got this balance between instrumental activity and lyrical passages – the shifting voices never taking the spotlight away from the larger musical vision that Quantic uses to guide the whole proceedings. Sly5thAve also adds in some great work – and titles include "Tierra Mama", "Incendium", "Divergence", "Is it Your Intention", "La Reflexion", "Orquidea", "September Blues", and "Now Or Never". CD
Also available Atlantic Oscillations ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ QuanticAtlantic Oscillations ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (pic cover)... $21.99 22.99
A masterpiece from Will "Quantic" Holland – an artist who always surprises us with new sounds, but really blows us away with the depth in this set! Quantic started out groovy, then got funky and soulful, then embraced a range of Latin cultures in later work – and throughout that long musical journey, he's never failed to keep on growing – always stepping forward towards new sonic horizons, rather than be content to serve up the same sounds that got him attention in the first place! Subtle strings are added to beats (both acoustic and electric), keyboards, and just the right use of vocals from Nidia Gongora, Alice Russell, Denita Odigie, and Holland himself – so that the album's got this balance between instrumental activity and lyrical passages – the shifting voices never taking the spotlight away from the larger musical vision that Quantic uses to guide the whole proceedings. Sly5thAve also adds in some great work – and titles include "Tierra Mama", "Incendium", "Divergence", "Is it Your Intention", "La Reflexion", "Orquidea", "September Blues", and "Now Or Never". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sly5thAve feat Jimetta RoseLet Me Ride/Still DRE ... 7-inch
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of standouts from Sly5thAve's breezy, lightly orchestral takes on classic Dr Dre productions! "Still DRE" is one of the sweetest jams of all, taking flight on soulful stings, piano and flute, leading into terser, tighter grooves anchored by funky drums. Jimetta Rose's vocal and the bass, drums and keys groove on "Let Me Ride" gives this track a neo-classic Cali soul vibe that's impossible to resist. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Hot 8 Brass BandTake Cover (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hot 8 Brass Band definitely take the title seriously here – as they serve up a quintet of covers – including one Joy Division tune, one George Benson classic, and three Michael Jackson hits – all done by the group in their horn-heavy style! Hot 8 have always been one of the hippest brass bands on the planet – but this record definitely cinches their reputation – as they blow us away with fierce funky remakes of "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground", "Remember The Time", "Give Me The Night", and "Baby Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited red vinyl pressing – with download!)

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✨✧ Bryony Jarman-PintoCage & Aviary ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on here too – straighter soul lyrics overall, often with a vibe that's personal and positive – given a kick by skittish drums, unusual keyboard lines, light colors from acoustic guitar, and some guest sax lines from Ben Watt! The lead vocal often has this inflection that emphasizes some jazz roots, even though the music is never straight jazz at all – and there's a very special, very compelling quality to the record that makes us think we'll be hearing a lot more from Bryony in years to come. Titles include "Threads", "Sour Face", "All About Life", "Sun Kissed", "Sweet Sweet", "As I've Heard", "Saffron Yellow", and "Day Dream". CD
Also available Cage & Aviary ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Pieces Of A ManMade In Pieces ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
You've gotta love a band who names themselves after a Gil Scott Heron album – even if their approach is somewhat different than the legendary records by the man himself! Pieces Of A Man hail from London, and are wonderfully soulful overall – but they also work in a pastiche-oriented style hinted at by the cover – grabbing elements of earlier modes, pulling them apart, and recombining them in a very contemporary sound – one that uses jazzy horns, keyboards, and layered vocals in a really great way – rising, moving, and righteously stepping forward with a real sense of power – and a quality that definitely sets the group apart from the rest. Amp Fiddler joins the group on a remake of the Scott-Heron tune "Lady Day & John Coltrane" – and other titles include "Easier", "Listen", "Running", "Grits", "Climb Down", "Drifting", and "Nothing To Lose (part 1)". CD

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✨✧ MoonchildPlease Rewind ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really really wonderful work from Moonchild – even better than we remember from the first time around! The group have this perfect balance of vocals and jazzy instrumentation – played by a trio who handle all the instruments themselves, then produce the whole set – in support of vocalist Amber Navran, who also plays tenor on the record! Rhythms are spare and crackling – never overdone, and just the right sort of laidback funk for Navran's wonderful vocals – sliding out in this smooth, slinky way that has plenty of jazz undercurrents, and no sort of commercial styles at all. A decade ago, these guys might have been headed towards major label stardom – but it's the indie, underground nature of the record that's going to keep them strong for years – as you'll hear on cuts that include "The Truth", "Nobody", "More Than Ever", "Winter Breeze", "Just A Minute", "Moonlight", and "I'll Make It Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ QuanticAtlantic Oscillations (orig, Maghreban rmx, disco cub) ... 12-inch
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A surprising upbeat groover from Quantic – a cut that's a fair bit clubbier than some of his funk and global projects of years back – but which also has all the depth that he brought to those recordings too! The original mix bubbles with straightforward beats, cool bubbling keys, and some excellent soaring strings – which makes for a very catchy number overall – and the Maghreban remix brings in a warm acoustic piano line and more percussion! The "disco dub" returns to the swirling strings of the main cut, but opens up lots of echo up top, which really makes things sound great while the beats are strutting forward at the bottom! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ MoonchildPlease Rewind (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really really wonderful work from Moonchild – even better than we remember from the first time around! The group have this perfect balance of vocals and jazzy instrumentation – played by a trio who handle all the instruments themselves, then produce the whole set – in support of vocalist Amber Navran, who also plays tenor on the record! Rhythms are spare and crackling – never overdone, and just the right sort of laidback funk for Navran's wonderful vocals – sliding out in this smooth, slinky way that has plenty of jazz undercurrents, and no sort of commercial styles at all. A decade ago, these guys might have been headed towards major label stardom – but it's the indie, underground nature of the record that's going to keep them strong for years – as you'll hear on cuts that include "The Truth", "Nobody", "More Than Ever", "Winter Breeze", "Just A Minute", "Moonlight", and "I'll Make It Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally on vinyl! Limited colored vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Te'AmirAbyssinia/Abyssinia Rise (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever vinyl appearance of the digital EP releases Abyssinia and Abyssinia Rise – both records with a very unusual vibe that's a bit hard to describe! The music is at once ancient and contemporary – filled with tonal references to older East African culture, but filled with beats, keyboards, and basslines too – shifting easily from track to track, so that one number might have more of a spiritual jazz vibe, and another might have a soul vocal in the lead. Two things are for sure – that Te'Amir is very much his own musician, and that we'll also be hearing a lot more from him in years to come. Titles include "The Quest", "Habgesha", "Afrika", "Back To Abyssinia", "Blue Nile", "Afar Hustle", and "Salam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Uniting Of OppositesAncient Lights (with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A group that's every bit as trippy as you might guess from their name, and the cover image on the set – working here in a post-jazz mode that's similar to other projects over the years from the Tru Thoughts label, especially the instrumental musings from the Nostalgia 77 side of the universe! There's a bit of vocals on the record, but the main sounds come from a combo that's rich on sitar work from Clem Alford, and which also features nicely snakey clarinet from Idris Rahman – both instruments used in ways that move effortlessly between jazz modes and more exotic styles. Tim Liken is the ersatz leader of the group – he recorded and produced – and also ads in tanpura, Fender Rhodes, and other electronics – but maybe some of our favorite cuts are those which feature a bit of tabla, which really seems to cement the sound. Titles include "Corridor Moves", "Bird Solo", "Dr Roach", "Mints", "Ancient Lights", "Car Number 27/Mr Alpo", and "Vortex Number 9". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ BamboosStep It Up ... CD
Tru Thoughts/Ubiquity, 2006. Used ... Out Of Stock
Deep funk from down under – and the stunning full length debut by The Bamboos! To date, the group's really only had 2 45s to their name – but those records alone got The Bamboos plenty of attention – making this record one of the most eagerly-anticipated sets we've stocked in years! The groove is tight small combo funk at its best – done in the stripped-down, all-classic mode of artists on Daptone or Soul Fire – and certainly in the best style of supportive labelmates Quantic Soul Orchestra. The combo's a sextet, with Hammond, guitar, tenor, and trumpet all taking heavy lines through the mostly-instrumental session – hitting a sound that's a slightly jazzier take on styles The Meters or James Brown Band might have cut at the end of the 60s. Alice Russell sings on the cuts "Step It Up" and "Transcend Me" – but the rest of the album is short, tight, instrumental funk – with titles that include "Black Foot", "Golden Rough", "In The Bamboo Grove", "Tighten Up", "Eel Oil", "Tobago Strut", "Crooked Cop", and "Another Day In The Life Of Mr Jones". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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FlevansPart Time Millionaire ... LP
Jalapeno (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
We first loved Flevans for his albums on the Tru Thoughts label in the first decade of this century – and after a long hiatus, the man is back in action – and somehow sounding funkier than ever! Most of the work here is handled by Flevans/Nigel Evans – but there's a fullness to the whole thing that almost makes you feel like there's a whole funky combo at play – a bit like some of the funk projects we've enjoyed from Shawn Lee – and some of the best cuts here have really strong vocals in the lead, enforcing more of a soul vibe than we remember from the previous albums. Singers include Laura Vane, Sarah Scott, and Elliott Cole – and titles include "Invisible", "It Just Goes", "Who's Got Me", "Right On Top", "Ex Factor", "The Wheel", "Some Day", "Take Your Money", and "Two Steps". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FlevansPart Time Millionaire ... CD
Jalapeno (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We first loved Flevans for his albums on the Tru Thoughts label in the first decade of this century – and after a long hiatus, the man is back in action – and somehow sounding funkier than ever! Most of the work here is handled by Flevans/Nigel Evans – but there's a fullness to the whole thing that almost makes you feel like there's a whole funky combo at play – a bit like some of the funk projects we've enjoyed from Shawn Lee – and some of the best cuts here have really strong vocals in the lead, enforcing more of a soul vibe than we remember from the previous albums. Singers include Laura Vane, Sarah Scott, and Elliott Cole – and titles include "Invisible", "It Just Goes", "Who's Got Me", "Right On Top", "Ex Factor", "The Wheel", "Some Day", "Take Your Money", and "Two Steps". CD
Also available Part Time Millionaire ... LP 8.99
 
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✨✧ GladiatorsPresenting The Gladiators (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Studio One, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Essential work from The Gladiators – exactly the kind of group that did so well in the early Studio One approach! The group are in a familiar mode – a Jamaican soul trio with a strong lead, and warm harmony backup – but there's also maybe a bit more of an edge going on here – partly from the deep, dark rhythms on the tunes – which often have a bottom end that really offsets the vocals – but also maybe just because of the overall badass vibe of the group, as you'd guess from their image on the cover! The Gladiators are to Jamaican music what the grittier New Jersey soul acts were to the mainstream soul market in the US at the same time – as you'll hear on titles that include "Hello Carol", "Rainy Night In Georgia", "Love And Meditation", "On The Other Side", "Jah Go Before Us", "Roots Natty Roots", "Peace Truce", "My Thoughts", and "Downtown Rebel". Reissue features bonus tracks – "Serious Thing", "Jah Jah (version)", "Serious (version)", "Culture", "Rearrange", "Peace Truce", and "Roots Natty/Natty Chalawa (disco mix)". CD

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Narvel FeltsNarvel Felts Rocks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
All the great rocking tunes of Narvel Felts, collected together here in one mighty big package – a 35 track set that brings together classic singles for Sun Records and Mercury, plus a fair bit of other lost material too! Felts is one of the all-time Memphis great – a singer and guitarist who worked in the shadow of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins – and who retained his sharp edge and boundless energy throughout – so much so that his obscure early 60s recordings are often even sharper than his few minor hits. This package contains them all – as a long-overdue entry in the "rocks" series from Bear Family – with titles that include "Mr Pawnshop Broker", "Night Creature", "Kiss A Me Baby", "Cutie Baby", "Tony", "Chased By The Dawn", "Your True Love", "Rocket Ride", "Lola Did A Dance", "Mystery Train", "Dee Dee", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "Pink & Black Days", "Tongue Tied Jill", "Riverside Drive", "Foolish Thoughts", "Lonely River", and "Sweet Sweet Loving". CD

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✨✧ Lefty FrizzellLife's Like Poetry (12CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s/Mid 70s. Used ... $149.99
Holy!!!! Lefty Frizzell might be one of the greatest of the all time country heroes, and perhaps one of the most overlooked by hipsters. That needs to change – and apparently no one knows this better than our heroes at Bear Family who collect virtually every single thing Lefty recorded for Columbia and ABC Records between 1950 and 1975 here! 12 CDS, 325 songs (geez!!!!), and here's part of what makes Lefty one of the greatest – a huge chunk of these great tunes were written by Lefty himself, which was virtually unheard of in the pre-Dylan radio stone age. Of course in a collection of hundreds of songs spanning dozens of years, not every single track here is gold, but trust us, if you like classic country of the Hank Williams vintage you'll be shocked by just how consistent Life's Like Poetry is. Includes a full size, 150 page book with an incredible wealth of Frizell's personal history, recording notes, album art, and photos. Every Lefty track you could ever hope for – "I Love You A Thousand Ways, "If You've Got The Money, I've Got The Time" (should be on any country fan's short list), "My Baby's Just Like Money", "Look What Thoughts Will Do", "Don't Stay Away", "Before You Go, Make Sure You Know", "My Love And Baby's Gone", These Hands", "Treat Her Right", "Mom And Dad's Waltz", "If You're Ever Lonely Darling", "Forbiddon Lovers", "Running Into memories Of you", "How Far Down I Can Go", "Stranger", "A Little Unfair", "What Am I Gonna Do", "Life's Like Poetry", whew! CD
(Out of print. In great shape, save for some light wear on one corner of the box.)

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Ronnie LawsEvery Generation ... CD
Blue Note, 1980. Used ... $19.99
A great little set of soulful fusion – played by one of the artists who helped invent the genre! Ronnie's mixing soul and jazz easily here – hitting a sweet groove that's a bit more electric than ever, but which still has all the warmth and depth of his 70s work. A few tracks feature Ronnie singing lead vocals – but most of the numbers are instrumentals that focus on his extremely catchy work on saxophone – in that rhythmically soloing mode that first broke big on the earlier hit "Always There". Backing vocals on the set are by Eloise Laws and Miki Howard – and titles include "Young Child", "Tomorrow", "Every Generation", "As One", "Love's Victory", and the sublime mellow cut "Thoughts & Memories". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 25.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP 33.99

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Sun RaCymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Modern Harmonic, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $33.99 35.99
A lost slice of work from Sun Ra's early 70s years on Impulse Records – one of the few new recordings created for his association with that label (most of the titles were reissues of earlier Saturn albums) – but one that was never issued at the time! Cymbals saw some release later, during the 90s – but this package really expands on that album by adding in a whole extra set of recordings from what appear to be the same sessions – and which really flesh out the vibe of the performance! The core group is a sextet – with Ra at the helm on some of his cool electric keyboards – including minimoog, rocksichord, and Gibson Kalamazoo – with acoustic work from Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet, Tal Ebah on trumpet, Ronny Boykins on bass, Harry Ar on drums, and Derek Morris on congas. Much of the core music explores a tension between Ra's cosmic keys and the more earthy sound of the acoustic instruments – but the added material here opens up some nicely different moods, and makes the whole thing explode with deep colors. Titles on Cymbals include "Land Of The Day Star", "Thoughts Under A Dark Blue Light", "The Mystery Of Two", and "The World Of The Invisible" – and added tracks include "Space Landing", "Of Drastic Measures", "Of Otherness", "The Universe Is Calling", and "Destination Of The Known Universe". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)
Also available Cymbals/Symbols Sessions – New York City 1973 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 24.99

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Edward SimonSorrows & Triumphs ... CD
Sunnyside, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
The poetic title here really fits the mood of this well-crafted album from pianist Edward Simon – a fantastically vivid blend of jazz instrumentation from the core Afinidad quartet with elements from the Iani Winds, and some great guest work from Gretchen Parlato on vocals and Adam Rogers on guitar! The colorful images on the cover is perfect for the sound of the set – which has this sun rising quality that illuminates Simon's talents in a way we've never heard before – some deeper ideas that are never too full of themselves, and which instead find very elegant expression with help from David Binney on alto, Scott Colley on bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Parlato isn't on every track, but really shines when dhe does appear – and the woodwind quintet features flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, and French horn. Titles include "Uninvited Thoughts", "Triangle", "Venezuela Unida", "Equanimity", "Rebirth", "Triumphs", and "Chant". CD

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Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... CD
Dogtown/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.00
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and elsewhere – with Khan Jamal on vibes, Monette Sudler on guitar, and Omar Hill and Rashid Salim on percussion – working alongside some great work on flute and alto from Byard Lancaster, heavy bass from Billy Mills, and just the right touch of drums from Dwight James! The style here is maybe tighter, and occasionally more funky than on their one self-titled album – but the group also stretch out strongly too – hitting all the right spots in this forward-thinking blend of spiritual jazz modes, of the sort that would have made them a huge 70s ensemble, had they held on and found the right venue. Titles include the extended "New Horizon", plus "Badi", "Sweet Evil Mist", "Thoughts", and "Keno". CD

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✨✧ Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson & Ben GreenmanMo' Meta Blues –The World According To Questlove ... Book
Grand Central, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99 16.00
You might know him as the drummer on the Tonight Show, or the powerhouse behind The Roots – but Questlove is also a hell of a sharp-mined fellow – always the guy in the room who has the most interesting thing to say, which is what makes this book so great! Questlove tells the tale of his life and music – but with a sharpness that you're not likely to find in other books of this nature – an open, honest voice about his own sense of self and struggle, with even more vivid thoughts on the world in which he's spent his time – from his youth in Philly, to the growth of The Roots, to the surprising heights at which he finds himself all these many years later. 282 pages with some color and black & white images. Book

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✨✧ MaloDos ... LP
Warner, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A seminal bit of Latin funk from the Bay Area scene of the early 70s – the second album from Malo, and an even harder-hitting jam session than the first! The group are really in top form here – taking off with Santana-inspired riffs that are filled with heavy percussion, soaring organ, and guitar from Carlos' brother Jorge – all matched by some incredible horn work from trumpeter Forrest Bachtel and a young Hadley Caliman – sounding especially great here before his solo years as a jazz artist! The legendary Francisco Aguabella is on conga, and tracks include "Momolombo", "Oye Mama", "I'm For Real", "Midnight Thoughts", "Hela", and "Latin Bugaloo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Sounds Of LiberationUntitled – Columbia University 1973 ... LP
Dogtown, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A true treasure from this righteous Philly collective – a group who only issued one album in the 70s, and who finally double their catalog with the release of this rare performance from 1973! Sounds Of Liberation have this all-star lineup of musicians who did great work in Philadelphia and elsewhere – with Khan Jamal on vibes, Monette Sudler on guitar, and Omar Hill and Rashid Salim on percussion – working alongside some great work on flute and alto from Byard Lancaster, heavy bass from Billy Mills, and just the right touch of drums from Dwight James! The style here is maybe tighter, and occasionally more funky than on their one self-titled album – but the group also stretch out strongly too – hitting all the right spots in this forward-thinking blend of spiritual jazz modes, of the sort that would have made them a huge 70s ensemble, had they held on and found the right venue. Titles include the extended "New Horizon", plus "Badi", "Sweet Evil Mist", "Thoughts", and "Keno". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Untitled – Columbia University 1973 ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Leonard Nimoy & William ShatnerSpaced Out – The Very Best Of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beam me up Scotty, this music hurts my ears! If you've ever seen older episodes of Star Trek, you'd hardly think that Mr Spock and Captain Kirk could ever pass as pop singers – but during the late 60s, thanks to a series of recordings for Dot Records, both Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner got the chance to stretch out their vocal chords by taking familiar tunes of the time and giving them a more dramatic Trekkie twist! Nimoy was actually a pretty darn good singer at the time – having come out of a career in which he'd done some nightclub work – and although Shatner really didn't have much of a voice, he hardly let that stop him – as you'll hear on his overly-dramatized tunes in the set, which are spoken and acted out as much as they're sung! Oddly, we really find this stuff to be pretty darn groovy – especially in comparison to other 60s pop vocal albums of the time, which often just had the same tunes redone, but in versions that were pretty flat. These versions are anything but flat – and alongside the dramatic renditions of the lyrics, often feature cool spacey instrumentation, weird production, and odd arrangements that clearly showed that all parties involved were having a pretty darn good time! 24 tracks in all – including Nimoy's wonderful Spock-like original "Highly Illogical", plus the tracks "If I Had A Hammer", "Music To Watch Space Girls By", "A Visit To A Sad Planet", "I'd Love Making Love To You", "Sunny", "I Walk The Line", "Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins", and "Spock Thoughts". Shatner tracks include "King Henry The 5th", "Elegy For The Brave", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", and "How Insensitive". CD

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✨✧ XMore Fun In The New World ... LP
Elektra/Fat Possum, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The last true masterpiece by the greatest rock band to ever come out of the late 70s and early 80s L.A. scene. More Fun In The New World serves in a lot of ways as X's upright middle finger to the early years of the Reagan era, with the anthemic opener "The New World", and the ballad "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts", perfectly encapsulating the fear and loathing brought about by the ridiculous politics that infected the entire decade. The album is very much a sequel to the amazing Under The Big Black Sun, full of razor pop anthems, Billy Zoom's punkabilly guitar acrobatics, and amazing depth thanks to John and Exene's sensitive and perceptive song writing. Awesome! Other tracks include "True Love", "We're Having Much More Fun", "Poor Girl", "Make The Music Go Bang", "Devil Doll", "Painting The Town Blue", "Hot House", "Drunk In My Past", "I See Red", and "True Love Part 2". LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 remastered version. Includes download!)

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✨✧ MomusCreate 2 – Recreate (Hippopotamomus/Voyager/Timelord/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Early 90s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of late Creation Records albums from Momus – each with bonus tracks too! Hippopotamomus is a set that Momus dedicated to one of his big musical inspirations, Serge Gainsbourg – at a time when so few of his contemporaries had yet to rediscover Serge's genius! And yet like all of Momus' best influences, the power of Gainsbourg isn't slavishly delivered here – but instead taken at a very deep level, and fused into the singer's already uncanny ability to delivery an offbeat tune. Most of the instrumentation is quite spare and electronic – which brings a bit of coldness to the record that differs from some of Momus' earlier, more acoustic albums – and lyrics are sometimes spoken as much as sung, which adds a further sinister vibe. Titles include "Marquis Of Sadness", "A Monkey For Sallie", "The Painter & His Model", "Bluestocking", "I Ate A Girl Right Up", "Michelin Man", and "Pornography". Voyager is a record in which it might be said that Momus discovers modern rhythms, especially the strong influence from house that was being felt in the UK mainstream of the time – but, as with all of the singer's classic albums, the presentation here is something completely different and unique! The production and instrumentation are definitely a cut above for the one-man act – with these beautiful washes of sound amidst the beats and warmer keyboards – all providing a perfect setting for the cosmically expansive nature of the lyrics – which seem to deal with future thoughts and spacious themes more than usual. Titles include "Vocation", "Virtual Reality", "Summer Holiday 1999", "Afterglow", "Voyager", and "Spacewalk". Timelord is an album that has one of the strangest covers that Momus ever gave us – photographed by Pierre et Gilles – and a set that also features some of the most subtle songwriting from the singer too! The song style follows from the more electric modes that Momus had been using during his later Creation years, but the presentation is also a lot more sophisticated too – so that things are abstracted a bit, which warms them up nicely – matched by vocals that are sometimes a bit distant in their perspective, but which also give uncanny clarity to the subject matter. Songs include "Elightenment", "Breathless", "Suicide Pact", "You've Changed", "Landrover", and the beautiful "Christmas On Earth". 3CD set features bonus notes – and 10 bonus tracks that include "Smart Drugs", "The Mechanical Arm", "President Of Love", "Life Of An Office Worker", "I'm Still Trying", "Things You Never Did", "Empress Of Hawaii", "Song Of The Traffic Crossing", "Je Suis Avec Le Christ", and "Summer Holiday 1999 (original)". CD

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Roscoe MitchellDuets With Tyshawn Shorey & Special Guest Hugh Ragin ... CD
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Very spare sounds from Roscoe Mitchell and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, but still very sharp-edged too – and in a way, a mix of deeper thoughts and spontaneous energy that reminds us a lot of some of the more "out there" moments of the Art Ensemble back in the 70s! Roscoe's reeds have those complex qualities that we've heard in recent compositional work – but the overall approach is a bit looser, too – and clearly dictated by the range of percussion added by drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Trumpeter Hugh Ragin blows a fair bit on the record too – adding in sounds that shift from textural to musical – and overall, it may well be his tracks that we like the best. Titles include "The Horn", "Bells In The Air", "Out There", "A Cactus & A Rose", "Meadows", "A Game Of Catch", "Waves", and "Windows With A View". CD

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✨✧ VariousLux & Ivy Dig The Beatniks – A Collection Of Finger Lickin Grooves, Deep Thinking Diatribes, & Exploitation 45s ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A crazy collection of singles from the pre-hippie years of the beatnik – that cool cat who loved jazz, read poetry, and dug the scene with plenty of attitude! That attitude is the main focus of most of the cuts here – obscure tracks from the late 50s and early 60s that poke fun at the heady thoughts and easy intellectualism of the beat scene – presented in a range of different styles that really run the gamut – from jazz, to rock, to many other genres in between – including a fair bit of offbeat spoken word and instrumental records too! The vibe here follows nicely in the other Lux & Ivy collections on the Righteous label – full of weird and wild records we never would have discovered otherwise – with cuts that include "Dog" by Bob Dorough, "Laffin Beatnik" by Johnny Beeman, "Reaching Into In" by Ken Nordine, "No Pictures Please" by Rod McKuen, "Manhattan Fable" by Babs Gonzales, "Pimples & Braces" by Spike Jones & The City Slickers, "Teenage Beatnik" by Louis Nye, "A Beatnik Story" by The Expressos, "Meet The Bongo Man" by Johnny O, and "William Butler Yeats On The Third Avenue El" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. CD
 
 
 



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