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Christ Universal Temple EnsembleTower Of Power ... LP
Christ Universal Temple, 1980s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Boobie Knight & The Universal LadyBoobie Knight & The Universal Lady – Earth Creature ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About July 18, 2018
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and The Jimmy Castor Bunch – with all the freaky, fuzzy touches that reference might imply! His group has a definite guitar-heavy sound that's a bit blunted, and a bit trippy at times – but which also has a nice soulful edge at it's best moments – a sense of focus that gives the record more of a groove than other records of this nature from the period. The band here includes vocals by Al Johnson (who may well be the same Al Johnson who went onto later mellow soul fame) – and titles include the crazy "Earth Creature", plus "The Lovomaniacs", "Power Greater Than Man", "Feeling My Cheerios", and "Woman Will Make You Love". CD

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✨✧ Warren Schatz with The Universal City OrchestraStuck On TV ... LP
MCA, 1982. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsUniversal Language ... LP
Elektra, 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A sweet sweet set of electric 70s funk – recorded by Booker T during a brief, but well-needed reunion with the MGs! The sound here is quite different than Stax-era MGs – as Booker plays a range of keyboards, not just organ – and the grooves have these great jazz funk touches at the bottom – almost a CTI vibe at times, but packed with the tighter energy you'd expect from the group! Steve Cropper's guitar is great – super-fine, and razor-sharp – really helping cut a nice edge on the cuts – over bass from Donald Duck Dunn and drums from Willie Hall, who's the only new member of the group. In a way, the album feels like mid 70s efforts from Johnny Hammond or Jimmy Smith – sweetly soaring on a let-loose 70s vibe. Titles include the funky break track "Grab Bag", plus "Sticky Stuff", "Moto Cross", "Tie Stick", and "Space Nuts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some marker on one corner.)

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MFSBUniversal Love ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Killer stuff from this legendary Philly soul instrumental combo – with funky soul horns, unstoppable dancefloor ready rhythms and those soul-stirring strings – and right up there with their best ever! Bobby Martin arranged almost every track – and the record's a great example of the kind of lean and mean Philly groove that he had going at the time, a sound that was hard to beat, and hard to copy without sounding silly and overblown. Top shelf soul instrumentals from Philly International in the mid 70s – what more could we ask for? Includes classics like "K-Jee", "MFSB", "TLC" and "Let's Go Disco" – plus the equally great "Sexy", "Love Has No Time Or Place" and "My Mood". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Hermeto PascoalNatureza Universal ... CD
Natureza Musica (Brazil), 2017. New Copy ... $19.99
Continuing genius from the legendary Hermeto Pascoal – an album of strongly jazz-based arrangements – done with all the dynamic energy of Hermeto's earlier music, but also maybe tuned a bit towards the Duke Ellington or Gil Evans worlds of tone and color! There's nothing particularly Ellingtonian about Pascoal's music here – but there's a warmth and soul that's very striking – particularly in the way the horns come together, often with a voice that's more unified than on some of his more experimental recordings – soaring together to unlock some really beautiful spirits in the tunes! All the other players are younger, and most tracks feature at least one instrumental soloist – shifting out from the pack and really expanding the chromatic energy of the performance. Titles include "Brasil Universo", "Choro Arabe", "Viva O Gil Evans", "O Som Do Sol", "Apresentacao", "De Cuba Lanchando", and "Piramide". CD

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Dianne SteinbergUniversal Child ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
A later follow-up to Dianne Steinberg's first album on Atlantic, but one that moves things in a decidedly different direction! The style here still has some traces of soul used before, but the overall sound is a lot more pop – compressed together in the arrangements, in a way that has Dianne's vocals gliding along full backings from David Pomeranz and Barry Fasman, who also co-produced the record and helped write the tunes. Titles include "The Wish", "Universal Child", "Fantasy Come True", "Amazing", "The Merchant Song", and "Baby I'm Yours". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Woods EmpireUniversal Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... About July 18, 2018
80s grooving from Woods Empire – a short-lived group, but one with a great talent for balancing catchy lyrics and tight grooves with a slightly hipper sensibility! The group's a quintet with Tommy Woods in the lead, supported by his four sisters on vocals – almost a family-style approach, like Debarge, but groovier overall. The backing's very much in the Tabu/Solar mold, with nice jazzy touches from the session players like David T Walker, Paul Jackson Jr, Paulinho da Costa and Don Myrick. We're particularly fond of the smooth jazzed out "Universal Love", with a midtempo stepper's feel, and the set also includes "Sweet Delight", "In Your Ear With It", "Misty Eyes", "Destiny", "In The Night Air", "The Boogie's Gonna Get You", and "So Hot". CD features four bonus tracks too – "Love Makes The World Go Round", "Come On Give Me Love", "The Boogie's Gonna Get You (single version)", and "Sweet Delight (special version)". CD

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✨✧ Alice ColtraneUniversal Consciousness ... LP
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Alice Coltrane's most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful quality that's quite different from her piano work on other Impulse albums. The strings provide a sheet of sound – a shimmering backdrop to support Alice's work on the keys – moving forward tentatively, but growing in energy as the album progresses through a host of Eastern spiritual influences. Alice is way past jazz at this point – moving towards the new level of consciousness hinted at in the title, growing majestically on tracks that include "Oh Allah", "Sita Ram", "Hare Krishna", "Universal Consciousness", and "The Ankh of Amen-Ra". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MFSBUniversal Love ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer stuff from this legendary Philly soul instrumental combo – with funky soul horns, unstoppable dancefloor ready rhythms and those soul-stirring strings – and right up there with their best ever! Bobby Martin arranged almost every track – and the record's a great example of the kind of lean and mean Philly groove that he had going at the time, a sound that was hard to beat, and hard to copy without sounding silly and overblown. Top shelf soul instrumentals from Philly International in the mid 70s – what more could we ask for? Includes classics like "K-Jee", "MFSB", "TLC" and "Let's Go Disco" – plus the equally great "Sexy", "Love Has No Time Or Place" and "My Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cut corner and tracklist stickers.)
Also available Universal Love ... CD 13.99
 
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✨✧ VariousSalut Les Copains – 1962 Les Hits ... LP
Europe 1/Universal (France), 1962. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection that pays tribute to an explosive postwar decade in the French music scene – a time when the overseas market was really embracing the new styles of rock and soul from America and England, but also making some wonderful music of its own! The series does a great job of mixing up modes – so that you'll hear a French tune one minute, an English one the next – with an ever-evolving sense of styles as the series move on – especially as a lot more French material tends to dominate in the latter half of the 60s! The effect is almost like tuning into Paris radio during the year in the title – and it's no surprise that the whole thing was done as a project by Europe's Radio 1, in collaboration with Universal – at a level that's way better than some of those overstuffed schlockier hits package on the market. Titles on this 1962 volume include "Sheila" by Lucky Blondo, "Quand Le Film Est Triste" by Sylvie Vartan, "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler, "Twist A Saint Tropez" by Les Chats Sauvages, "Le Petit Gonzales" by Danyel Gerard, "Ballad A Sylvie" by Leny Escudero, "Ya Ya Twist" by Petula Calrk, "L'Idole Des Jeunes" by Johnny Hallyday, "Belles Belles Belles" by Claude Francois, "Requiem Pour Un Twisteur" by Serge Gainsbourg, "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" by Marvin Gaye, "J'Entends Siffler Le Train" by Richard Anthony, "Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles" by Francoise Hardy, "Oh Les Filles" by Les Pingouins, and "Le Lion Est Mort Ce Soir" by Henri Salvador. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousSalut Les Copains – 1963 Les Hits ... LP
Europe 1/Universal (France), 1963. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection that pays tribute to an explosive postwar decade in the French music scene – a time when the overseas market was really embracing the new styles of rock and soul from America and England, but also making some wonderful music of its own! The series does a great job of mixing up modes – so that you'll hear a French tune one minute, an English one the next – with an ever-evolving sense of styles as the series move on – especially as a lot more French material tends to dominate in the latter half of the 60s! The effect is almost like tuning into Paris radio during the year in the title – and it's no surprise that the whole thing was done as a project by Europe's Radio 1, in collaboration with Universal – at a level that's way better than some of those overstuffed schlockier hits package on the market. Titles on this 1963 volume include "J'Ai Un Secret A Te Dire" by Lucky Blondo, "Da Doo Ron Ron" by Frank Alamo, "Pour Moi Lsa Vie Va Commencer" by Johnny Hallyday, "Donne Tes Seize Ans" by Dany Logan, "Si J'Avais Un Mrteau" by Claude Francois, "Il N'En Restera Rien" by Leny Escuerdo, "Cry Baby" by Garnet Mimms, "Ne Sois Pas Si Bete" by France Gall, "Can I Get A Witness" by Marvin Gaye, "Demain Tu Te Maries" by Patricia Carli, "Vilaines Filles Mauvais Garcons" by Serge Gainsbourg, "Eux" by Dalida, "Pour Oublier Qu'On S'Est Amie" by Nino Ferrer, "Heatwave" by Martha & The Vandellas, "Reviens Vite Et Oublie" by Les Surfs, and "L'Appareil A Sous" by Brigitte Bardot. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousSalut Les Copains – 1968 Les Hits ... LP
Europe 1/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection that pays tribute to an explosive postwar decade in the French music scene – a time when the overseas market was really embracing the new styles of rock and soul from America and England, but also making some wonderful music of its own! The series does a great job of mixing up modes – so that you'll hear a French tune one minute, an English one the next – with an ever-evolving sense of styles as the series move on – especially as a lot more French material tends to dominate in the latter half of the 60s! The effect is almost like tuning into Paris radio during the year in the title – and it's no surprise that the whole thing was done as a project by Europe's Radio 1, in collaboration with Universal – at a level that's way better than some of those overstuffed schlockier hits package on the market. Titles on this 1968 volume includes "A Tout Casser" by Johnny Hallyday, "Alouette" by Gilles Dreu, "Feelin Alright" by Traffic, "Eloise" by Claude Francoise, "Y'A Du Soleil A Vendre" by France Gall, "Paris Mai" by Claude Nougaro, "Adieu Monsieur Le Professeur" by Hugues Aufray, "Bonnie & Clyde" by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, "Pour Gagner Des Sous" by Michel Delpech, "Rain & Tears" by Aphrodite's Child, "Ford Mustang" by Serge Gainsbourg, "Le Bal Des Laze" by Michel Polnareff, "Il Est Mort Le Solei" by Nicoletta, and "Quelque Chose Tient Mon Coeur" by Herbert Leonard. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Toshio Matsuura GroupLove Play Dance ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite a compelling little record – a jazz album at heart, but one that also opens up into lots of different sonic territory – as you might expect from a collection of tunes that includes tracks by Rotary Connection, Roni Size, Flying Lotus, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bugge Wessletoft! The approach here might be somewhat in the territory of that last artistic reference – as the music is opened up and sometimes a bit diffuse – so that the core elements are melded together in the hands of director Toshio Matsuura, then pushed off in a whole new direction! Things start out very spacey – with keyboards, trumpet, and other elements drifting in moody space – but the album really picks up speed once it gets going, and comes across with some fantastic spiritual groovers – including great covers of "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" and "Kitty Bey" – plus "Brown Paper Bag", "High Noon", "Do The Astral Plane", "At Les", and "Change". CD
Also available Love Play Dance ... CD 10.99

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Warwick AlderBrendance ... CD
Rufus/Universal (Australia), 2010. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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✨✧ Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Gerald Alston ... LP 4.99

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AskaScene 3 (CD & DVD) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2005. Used CD & DVD ... $1.99
... CD
(DVD is NTSC, All region.)

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Atlantic StarrStraight To The Point ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one, but they've got a lean focus here – a groove that has plenty of space for both male and female vocals, as well as a lot of instrumentation – yet never gets bogged down at all. Rhythms have a bit of boogie, and some older ensemble funk modes – and the vocals of Sharon Bryant are especially nice, cutting with a slight feminine edge against the more masculine leanings of the combo. Titles include "Kissin Power", "Straight To The Point", "Bullseye", "What'Cha Feel Inside", "Losin You", "Fallin In Love With You", and "Let The Spirit Move Ya". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Roy Ayers/PleasureOur Time Is Coming/Take A Chance ... 7-inch
Universal (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Two mighty positive groovers – pressed up here on a limited 45 from Japan! "Our Time Is Coming" is a soaring clubby cut from Roy Ayers – with rhythms that move quick, but which have a righteous message from Roy and the group – plus sweet keyboard fills in the middle! "Take A Chance" has this tight funky sound right at the start – basslines just touching the groove while a guitar riffs away – then the whole thing coming down right on the money with that classic jazz funk groove that always made Pleasure so great! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Brigitte BardotBB 64 (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the grooviest Brigitte Bardot albums ever recorded – a stellar set of tracks with some ultra-chic arrangements from the great Alain Gouraguer! The album swings like the best of Paris pop in the 60s – tight and outta site, with loads of jaunty pop tunes that bring out the best in Brigitte's vocals, and show her to be a great singer when she gets the right material! Tracks include "Ca Pourrait Changer", "Une Histoire De Plage", "Ne Me Laisse Pas L'aimer", "Jamais Trois Sans Quatre", "Maria Ninguem", "Moi Je Joue", "Je Danse Donc Je Suis", "Melanie", "Ciel De Lit" and "C'est Un Jour Comme Un Autre". Bonus tracks include "Les Omnibus", "Les Hommes Endormis", and "Je Manque D'Adjectifs". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Comes in a cool flip-back cover, too – like a vintage French album!)

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Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot Show (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
AZ/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $29.99
One of the greatest Brigitte Bardot albums you could ever buy – some of the grooviest, sexiest work the famous French actress ever cut! The album's overflowing with excellent original material written by Bardot by Serge Gainsbourg and Francis Lai – two of our favorite French composers of the 60s, and both a very good choice to work with Brigitte! Bardot sings in a sexy, whispery style that's a bit like Jane Birkin, but somewhat different too – and the arrangements are by Michel Colombier, Paul Pio, and Christian Gaubert – three talents who definitely keep things groovy. There's a few instrumentals mixed in with the vocal tracks – but that's totally fine with us, because they're all pretty great – and there's plenty of moments with a nice groove and a bit of funk. Titles include "Harley Davidson", "Ay Que Viva La Sangria", "Gang Gang", "David B", "Mister Sun", "Paris", "On Demenage", and "Contact" – plus the excellent "Marseillaise Generique" instrumental – used to great effect in Austin Powers! CD features an insane number of bonus tracks – including "John Et Michael", "Quand Mon Amour Danse", "Soyons Deux", "Sei Arrivato Amor Mio", "Plaisir D'Amour", "Depus Que Tu M'As Quittee", "Mon Leopard Et Moi", "La Fille De Paille", "Le Soleil", "C'Est Une Bossa Nova", and "Sur Le Boulevard Du Rhum". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Comes in a cool flip-back cover, too – like a vintage French album!)

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Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot Sings (aka Brigitte 1963) (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $29.99
Classic 60s work from Brigitte Bardot – the roots of French female pop, with a set of tracks that mix together bits of rock, pop, and lively jazz-based arrangements – all in a unique blend that's totally great, and every bit as wonderful as you might expect! We might go so far as to argue that Brigitte Bardot on record is almost sexier than on the screen – and thanks to backing from the likes of Claude Bolling, Francois Rauber, and Pedro Serrano – the grooves are as great as the lovely lady's vocals! The set includes a great track written by Serge Gainsbourg, and titles include "L'Appareil A Sous", "Invitango", "Les Amis De La Musique", "Pas Davantage", "La Madrague", "El Cuchipe", "Everybody Loves My Baby", and "C'Est Rigolo". CD features bonus tracks "La Belle Et Le Blues", "Lecon De Guitare", and "Tiens C'Est Toi". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Comes in a cool flip-back album cover – like a 60s French pressing!)

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BB & Q BandBrooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band (aka BB & Q Band) ... CD
Capitol/Universal (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
One of THE 80s groove classics – an excellent album that never gets old! The BB&Q Band had a tight outta site style that was the best small combo 80s version of 70s mainstream funk – sweetly jazzy, thanks to some really spacious production, and filled with lots of hard-stepping guitar, bass, and keyboard bits that propelled the tunes with snappingly catchy rhythms throughout. The group's classic cut "On The Beat" best sums up their appeal – as it's one of those post-disco tunes that gets back to basics, but still really moves the crowd out on the floor. It's got a very catchy hook, as do most of the cuts on the album – and titles include "Don't Say Goodbye", "Starlette", "Time For Love", and "I'll Cut You Loose"! CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Beastie BoysIn Sound From Way Out! ... LP
Grand Royal/Universal, 1996/1998. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
The Beasties' peak-era, retro-style instrumentals LP! Even at their weakest vocal moments, we've always dug the Beastie Boys' firm commitment to funky instrumental backing – their albums are filled with lots of nice interludes, instrumentals, and backing grooves – but they often seemed to get buried amidst all the bugged out vocals. The record kind of has the vibe of a lost jazz organ session, with lots of weird twists and turns thrown in, and all the better thanks to Money Mark, pretty much a 4th Beastie here! A cool bit of instrumental funk with a very classic production feel. Every track's a winner, and the titles include "Ricky's Theme", "Groove Holmes", "Sabrosa", "In 3's", "Transitions", "Bobo On the Corner", and "Shambala". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beethoven/Meyerbeer/SpohrLieder/Melodies – Anne Sofie Von Otter/Melvyn Tan/Christian Hogman/Kristina Hammarstrom/Eric Hoeprich/Nils Erik Sparf ... CD
Archiv Produktion/Universal, 2001. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print. CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Jorge BenJorge Ben – Serie Sem Limite ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1960s/Early 70s/Mid 90s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99
A great set that features mostly material from Jorge's classic early years at Philips – plus a few more titles of recent vintage! The early stuff's the best, though – and it ranges from driving soulful bossa, to some of the experimental funky styles that Joao used during the early 70s. Titles include "Zumbi", "Balanca Pema", "Que Pena", "Chove Chuva", "Pais Tropical", "Rita Jeep", "Santa Calra Clareou", "Mas Que Nada", "Cade Tereza", "Charles Anjo 45", "Que Maravilha", "Bicho Do Mato", "Criola", and "O Telefone Tocu Novamente". CD

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Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1964. New Copy ... $15.99
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". CD

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Jorge BenTabua De Esmeralda ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), 1974. New Copy ... $15.99
Searing samba soul from Jorge Ben – one of his best-remembered albums of the 70s, and for good reason too! The album's got a slightly fuller feel than some of Ben's other work of the time – never slick, but with backings balanced nicely against his own raspy vocals and acoustic guitar – sweetening things up with a bit of the strings you'd find on Forca Bruta, but with a hint of the soul to come on Africa Brasil! The balance is great – thanks to arrangers Osmar Milito, Darcy De Paulo, and Hugo Bellard – and as usual, Jorge's vocals are the main attraction – dipping, turning, and rising with this really unique, personal feel – Ben-like brilliance at its brightest. The whole thing's wonderful – a key gem from the Philips years – and titles include "Cinco Minutos", "Zumbi", "Brother", "Os Alquimistas Estao Chegando Os Alquimistas", "Errare Humanum Est", "Menina Muler Da Pele Preta", "Hermes Tri", and "O Namorado Da Viuva". CD
Also available Tabua De Esmeralda (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Chuck BerryConcerto In B Goode (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
If you think that Chuck Berry only hit his heights at Chess Records, then get ready to change your mind – as this late 60s record for Mercury is quite a cooker! Side one has Berry working in a cool hybrid of blues and soul, but with some very weird production – handled by Chuck himself, with almost a nod towards the way that the younger generation was messing up electric blues a bit with their rock experiments. Chuck uses a bit of unusual echo here and there, but still nicely avoids any cliched attempts to cash in with a rock blues mode – and then on side two, he really gets crazy – by offering up a side-long song that runs for over 18 minutes in length – the mighty "Concerto In B Goode", which is one hell of a guitar-heavy jam! Other shorter titles include "Good Looking Woman", "It's Too Dark In There", "Put Her Down", and "My Woman". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Chuck Berry with Steve MillerLive At The Fillmore Auditorium (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
The cover's a bit trippy, but the sound is anything but – and instead stands as a strong tribute to the way the early work of Chuck Berry continued to influence a generation of rockers well through the 60s! Berry's the frontman, and gets plenty of chance to sing and sear on guitar – and the backing band is actually the combo of a young Steve Miller – soon to explode in fame of his own, but here very respectful to Chuck! Wally Heider recorded the set – and it's definitely one of the headier Chuck Berry moments of the 60s – but mostly because the live setting allows things to get a bit looser, and even grittier. Miller plays guitar, and Jim Peterman turns in lots of great work on organ and electric piano – and titles include "Flying Home", "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "CC Rider", "Feelin It", "Wee Baby Blues", "Hoochie Coochie Man", and "Driftin Blues". CD features 5 bonus tracks – including "Reelin & Rockin", "Worried Life Blues", and "Bring Another Drink". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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BigyukiReaching For Chiron (Japanese version) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards and basslines – used in electronic flows that are wrapped alongside guest lyrics from Bilal, Chris Turner and others – but which also are more than happy to hang around some beats, and shift in these beautiful instrumental modes! The whole thing is completely unique – immediately contemporary, but with the depth of keyboard work of the past – jazz elements in the mix somewhere, but nice and lean overall. Titles include "Burnt N Turnt", "Pom Pom", "Eclipse", "Simple Like You", "Soft Places", "NuNu", "In A Spiral", "2060 Chiron", "Boom", and "Belong". CD
Also available Reaching For Chiron ... CD 13.99

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Luiz BonfaLuiz Bonfa – Composer Of Black Orpheus Plays & Sings Bossa Nova ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger orchestrations – yet still handled with great bossa sensitivity by Oscar Castro Neves and Lalo Schifrin – themselves very big up-and-coming talents at the time! The sound is bright and breezy, as you'd expect from Verve at this time – and Bonfa's a lot livelier than usual, and even sings on a number of cuts – with a charming quality that's a bit like Joao Gilberto. Titles include "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Sambalamento", "Vem So", "Samba De Duas Notas", "Domingo A Noite", "Quebra Mar", and "Adeus". CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Brothers JohnsonBlam ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Blam is right – an all-out batch of funky tracks from The Brothers Johnson – captured here right in the middle of their classic period with Quincy Jones! The Q's at the helm on production for the set, and the record's a great extension of their earlier efforts with the man – but a bit more Johnson-tuned (if we can say that in mixed company) – with the bass upfront on some of the best numbers, and a surprisingly strong male ballad approach on some of the gentler tunes. There's a slightly jazzy undercurrent at times, and tracks include "Rocket Countdown/Blastoff", "Ride-O-Rocket", "Streetwave", "Blam", "So You Won't Stay", "Ain't We Funkin Now", and "Mista Cool". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Blam ... CD 9.99

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Clifford BrownJams 2 – Clifford Brown All Stars (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EmArcy/Universal (Japan), 1954. Used ... $24.99
Great rare material from Clifford Brown's legendary days at Emarcy – tracks recorded as part of the Dinah Jams vocal sessions, but done in a much more extended jam session mode! Washington sings a bit on 2 of the tracks, but the main focus here is on Brownie working with a jamming set of instrumentalists that really open up on extended solo work. The album features 2 groups – one with the great Walter Benton on tenor, Herb Geller and Joe Maini on altos, and Kenny Drew on piano – the other with Clark Terry on trumpet, Geller on alto, Harold Land on tenor, and Junior Mance on piano – great lineups on both sessions! Tracks are long, very much in the "jams" feeling of the title – and titles include "Coronado", "I'll Remember April", and "Crazy He Calls Me". CD
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Clifford Brown & Max RoachMore Study In Brown (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EmArcy/Universal (Japan), 1955. Used ... $9.99
A great follow up to the legendary Study In Brown album – featuring work recorded by Clifford Brown in the 50s, but not issued until nearly 30 years later, in this Japanese-collected batch of rare material! As with the original album, the core group on the record features Clifford Brown on trumpet, Max Roach on drums, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass – plus Harold Land on most of the tenor tracks, replaced by Sonny Rollins on a few more – showing a shift that would occur in the group shortly after Brown's death. The focus is a bit more strongly on Clifford Brown's trumpet work than some of the other Brown/Roach albums – but is still a great group effort overall – and tracks are shortish and very tight, with titles that include "The Blues Walk", "Jordu", "Mildama", "Land's End", and "Junior's Arrival". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. Used ... $18.99
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which never sounds better than here, on James' original version – one of those cuts that never gets old! The hit's also nicely offset by a number of other more obscure numbers that make the album really worth tracking down – titles that include "I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)", "Good Good Lovin", "I've Got Money", "Three Hearts In A Tangle", "You've Got The Power", and "Love Don't Love Nobody" – all on the rougher side of the JB spectrum. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available I Got You (I Feel Good) ... LP 16.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used ... $11.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
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Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 11.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 12.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used ... $11.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(Includes obi.)
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BrucknerSymphony No 4 In E Flat Major (Romantic) – Bohm/Wiener Philharmoniker ... CD
Decca/Universal, 1974. Used ... $3.99
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(Out of print.)

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Roy BuchananLoading Zone (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
One of those 70s rock albums that seems to turn up in a fair bit of collections of hip soul and jazz – a bit like the work of Harvey Mandel, and with a similar blend of blues rock currents with farther-reaching ideals! Roy Buchanan is spectacular on the guitar here – the kind of player who almost could have fronted a bigger arena rock group, given his chops – but who choses instead to keep things close to the chest, with the more down to earth vibe of his look on the cover – even though his playing here is pretty outta sight. Roy's got some great help on the album – including some of the MGs on a version of "Green Onions" – plus more guitar from Steve Cropper on other tracks, plus piano from Jan Hammer, bass from Stanley Clarke, and drums from Narada Michael Walden. Other titles include "Judy", "Your Love", "Done Your Daddy Dirty", "The Circle", and "Hidden". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Roy BuchananProphet – The Unreleased First Polydor Album (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic early solo project from guitarist Roy Buchanan – recorded for Polydor at the start of the 70s, but never issued at the time! We're not sure why the label slept on the set, as it's a searing little killer right from the start – done in a gritty mode that's far hipper than some of the other blues rock of the period – never that cliched, with some swampy elements, a few funky touches, and a strong hint of the farther-reaching modes that Buchanan would hit in later years. Roy sings, as does a young Charlie Daniels, who plays second guitar and also wrote many of the tracks – and the set also features some vocals from Joe DiGregorio, and keyboards from Bob Wilson. Titles include "Humbug Down On The River", "Billy Joe Young", "The Story Of Isaac", "Black Autumn", "Funky Junky", "There'll Always Be", "I Desire You", and "Pain". 2CD set also features a March 1971 session, and bonus tracks too – with titles that include "Roy's Bluz", "Shotgun", "Dual Soliloquy", "CC Rider (live)", "Down By The River (live)", "After Hours/The Messiah Will Come Again", and "Sweet Dreams". CD
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Roy BuchananStreet Called Straight (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $28.99
A bluesy classic from Roy Buchanan – and a record that states his mighty guitar powers right from the very first note! In fact, although Roy sings on the record, it's the guitar that's probably the main attraction here – and the instrument often comes off first on most tunes, setting a rich current that's complemented by the vocals in ways that sometimes remind us of swamp rock modes from the late 60s – and at others which have the changes that were shifting in blues rock during the mid 70s. titles include "If Six Was Nine", "Running Out", "Man On The Floor", "Keep What You Got", "Caruso", "Okay", and "Guitar Cadenza". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Roy BuchananYou're Not Alone (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $29.99
The title might be a tipoff here – as Roy Buchanan really soars into space on an album that finds an even more majestic setting for his mighty powers on guitar – especially given that a fair bit of the album's instrumental! Roy works with a core quartet that includes Ray Gomez on second guitar, Willie Weeks on bass, and Andrew Newmark on drums – a group who are almost a fusion combo at times, and who maybe help Buchanan find one of his more compelling settings of the 70s – free from some of the song structures that vocals would provide, and sounding fantastic throughout. The set does have a great vocal workout of the Neil Young tune "Down By The River" – with lead vocals by Gary St Clair – and other titles include "You're Not Alone", "The Opening/Miles From Earth", "Fly Night Bird", "Turn To Stone", and "Supernova". CD
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Vernon BurchGet Up ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Bouncy, bubbly soul from Vernon Burch – one of his stone dancefloor classics from the 70s, served up with a groove that never quits! Burch is one of the few who can make a clubby set sparkle with the more personal qualities of a mellower soul album – and this excellent set is a great example of his style at the time. Production is by James Gadson, who also plays funky drums in the small backing combo – along with keyboards from Michael Thompson and guitar from Burke himself. Titles include the slightly bizarre transgender tune "Sammy Joanne (One Half Woman One Half Man)" – but other numbers are all pretty great, and include "Get Up", "Arrogant Lady", "Once Again In My Life", "Never Can Find The Way", and "For You". CD
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Kenny BurrellGeneration Ago Today ... CD
Verve/Universal, 1967. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A really sweet little album from guitarist Kenny Burrell – one in which he takes older tunes ("a generation ago"), and updates them with a sweetly compressed Verve 60s groove ("today"!) The record features 2 small groups – one with Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on drums, and Phil Woods on some mighty nice alto sax – and another with Carter, Tate, and the great Richard Wyands on piano. The style is light, laidback, and recorded with a warm tone overall – in a mode that's almost a precursor to the CTI sound of the late 60s. Mike Maineri joins on vibes on one track – and titles include "Wholly Cats", "Rose Room", "As Long As I Live", and "A Smooth One". CD

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James BurtonJames Burton (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $29.99
James Burton gave his guitar talents to many over the years – but here he stands strongly in the lead – on a cool set of instrumentals issued at the start of the 70s by A&M! The album's a bit unusual for the label at the time – as it was recorded in Nashville, with production by Felton Jarvis – who brings out both the twang and fuzz in Burton's solo style – but maybe also gives the record some of the soulful currents you'd find in Memphis rock productions of the period. Burton himself does a great job of avoiding both country and instrumental rock guitar cliches – which really keeps things interesting – and titles include "Mystery Train", "I Know", "Long Peach", "Rock & Raunch", "Delta Lady", "Polk Salad Annie", and "Fools Rush In". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Camaron De La IslaLeyenda Del Tiempo ... CD
Universal (Spain), 1979. Used ... $1.99
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✨✧ CameoAlligator Woman ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
The cover's a bit creepy, but the album's still plenty great – old school Cameo still strongly in a funk-based mode, before some of the stiffer grooves of their later years! Bass is the ruler of the set – and most tracks here vamp around in a very heavy P-Funk style of groove – lots of guitar dancing around the rhythms, and plenty of spoken/sung vocals from the whole ensemble – not to mention a heavy dose of keyboards that helps keep things clean and lean! A partyful album if there ever was one – with tracks that include "Soul Army", "Enjoy Your Life", "Flirt", "Secrets Of Time", "I Owe It All To You", and "For You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ CameoKnights Of The Sound Table ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Massively funky work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply mindblowing, especially in a pre-sampling, pre-programming world – proof that spontaneous work by a group like this could still blow away any commercial crap! There's a few mellower moments too – always a side of the group that we love – and titles include "Use It Or Lose It", "Freaky Dancin", "I Like It", "Knights By Nights", "I'll Always Stay", "The Sound Table", and "Don't Be So Cool". CD
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✨✧ CameoUgly Ego ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Cameo – the group's third release! The album's got a great approach that hints at more sophisticated soul styles, but which is still firmly in charge of the bass-driven grooves that made their early albums so great – a compressed approach to the music that was copied by countless other groups at the time, but rarely came off this well! The whole thing's great – filled with excellent cuts that include "I'll Be With You", "Give Love a Chance", "Ugly Ego", "Two of Us", "Friend to Me", "Insane", and "I Want You". Super-dope – with loads of great jams! CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Michel CamiloMano A Mano ... CD
EmArcy/Universal, 2011. Used ... $7.99
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Charanga 76La Charanga 76 En El 79 ... CD
Pimienta/Universal, 1979. Used ... $11.99
Charanga 76 at the end of the 70s – but still grooving hard in the new charanga mode that made them such a hit at the time! The style here is a great combination of new advances in 70s salsa and older instrumentation from 60s charanga – violin, flute, and tight timbales mixed with some more modern arrangements, and a production styles that has lots of the warmth you'd find in salsa sessions of the time! Basslines really help shape the sound a lot – subtle, but coming up beautifully from the bottom to bounce things arounnd – and the set also features some nice guest violin from Eddie Drennon, moving away from his Latin disco styles here. Tracks include "Wanda", "Yo Seguire", "Quien Eres Tu", "Miami", and "Flores". CD

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Eugen CiceroMarching The Classics/Balkan Rhapsody – Jazz Club ... CD
MPS/Universal (Germany), 1970. Used ... $14.99
Some of the grooviest classical piano work you'll ever hope to hear, thanks to the keyboard talents of the amazing Eugen Cicero – heard here on a two rare albums of material recorded for the MPS label! Back in the 60s, a number of European artists were experimenting with a blend of classics and jazz – but few did it as well as Cicero, who could hit the keys with the fluidity of a concert pianist, but make the whole thing swing like some of his best jazz labelmates! The set begins with Marching The Classics – which has Cicero really swinging some unlikely numbers – march numbers from Mozart, Strauss, and others – taken at quick tempos that really move wonderfully with very fluid piano lines from Eugen, and work on bass from JA Rettenbacher, and drums from Kenny Clarke. Titles include "Aida March", "Carmen March", "Boccaccio March", "Love Of The Three Oranges March", and "Radetzky March". Balkan Rhapsody features wonderful tunes sourced from Balkan folklore, but also revamped strongly by Eugen Cicero – to give them a swinging 60s piano sound overall! Great credit here goes to the members of his trio – Peter Witte on bass and the legendary Charly Antolini on drums, the latter of whom had a sense of tightness that really brought a new sense of energy to these tracks. Titles include "Der Gehort Mein Ganzes Leben", "Memories Of Clausenberg", "Suber Sang Ertront", "Dort In Der Ferne", "Ima Modenschein", and "Der Schlitten Eilt". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eric ClaptonSlowhand (remastered) ... CD
Polydor/Universal, 1977. Used ... $1.99
A big 70s album for Clapton – with titles that include "Cocaine", "The Core", "Wonderful Tonight", "Lay Down Sally", "Next Time You See Her", and "Mean Old Frisco". CD
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Natalie ColeNatalie ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that really has Natalie Cole finding her groove – not needing any help from her famous familial legacy, thank you – and instead stepping out with a tight, proud mode that really helped refine the sound of female soul in the 70s! The album's got plenty of influences from the Chicago soul scene – including songwriting and production from the team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy – and work from key session players like Richard Evans and Gene Barge, who worked in the Curtom Studios to craft the grooves on the set! Titles include "Keep Smiling", "Mr. Melody", "Heaven Is With You", "Can We Get Together", "Touch Me", "Hard To Get Along", and "Good Morning Heartache" CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Natalie ... LP 1.99

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Lyn CollinsThink (About It) ... CD
People/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The funkiest album ever recorded by Lyn Collins – a stone solid set that really lives up to the legacy of her funky 45s! Like those gems, this one has Collins working with James Brown on production and the JBs in the background – creating a razor-sharp groove that's probably the closest any female singer ever came in the 70s to matching The Godfather's groove! The album's got Lyn shifting between heavy funk numbers and mellower soul cuts – really pushing things to the max with an incredibly deep take on a few older favorites, plus some killer new numbers – all produced to funky perfection, with just the right sort of balance between the rough and the tight. Titles include her great version of "Think", a funky sample cut that never gets old – plus the cuts "Things Got To Get Better", "Women's Lib", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Just Won't Do Right", "Wheels Of Life", and the funkiest version ever of "Fly Me To The Moon". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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John ColtraneSelections From Legacy & A Love Supreme ... CD
Universal, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
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(Promotional release.)

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✨✧ Con Funk Shun7 ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Not the group's 7th album, but a bold statement of the unity they feel as a 7 piece ensemble – perfectly lived up to in the record's well-crafted grooves! The album's one of Con Funk Shun's best overall – really solid, but never too slick, very tight in the bass department, but still soulful on the vocal tip, and never afraid to slip into a sweeter, more mellow tune. Titles include "Straight From The Heart", "Bad Lady", "Promise You Love", "I'll Get You Back", "A Song For You", and "California 1". CD
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Con Funk ShunSpirit Of Love ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-written batch of tunes, and a mode of bass-heavy funk that avoids the cliches of other groups at the time – and goes for a more laidback style that sounds especially nice on the mellower numbers. Michael Cooper's great on lead vocals – and titles include "By Your Side", "Early Morning Sunshine", "Curtain Call", "Happy Face", "Juicy", "Lovestruck 1980", and "Honey Wild". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
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Con Funk ShunSpirit Of Love ... CD
Mercury/Universal, 1980. Used ... $14.99
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-written batch of tunes, and a mode of bass-heavy funk that avoids the cliches of other groups at the time – and goes for a more laidback style that sounds especially nice on the mellower numbers. Michael Cooper's great on lead vocals – and titles include "By Your Side", "Early Morning Sunshine", "Curtain Call", "Happy Face", "Juicy", "Lovestruck 1980", and "Honey Wild". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Spirit Of Love ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Jeff BallardChillin' In Chelan ... CD
Stretch/Universal (Japan), 2007. Used ... $34.99
... CD
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✨✧ Chick Corea, Eddie Gomez & Jack DeJohnetteFrom Miles ... CD
Stretch/Universal (Japan), 2007. Used ... $34.99
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Crazy Ken BandMuro Diggin Crazy Ken Band – Mixed By Muro ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $29.99
A sweet collection of funk from this ultra-cool Japanese combo – all hand-picked, and served up in a special mix by DJ Muro! Crazy Ken Band have an odd name, but a warmly soulful take on funk that began in the pre-Daptone years, and which maybe shares more with the funk revival modes on the London scene at the start of the 90s – especially as the group have some of the warmer currents of Incognito or Brand New Heavies! But there's also a harder funk approach on some numbers – really sharp instrumentation that works equally well with blasting horns or warmer modern soul grooves – almost always topped with lead lyrics in Japanese. Most of their work was only issued overseas, so this collection's a great place to start with their music, especially with Muro in the lead! CD features 25 titles, most listed in Japanese – but with tracks that include "Brand New Honda", "El Diablo", "Midnight Cruiser", "Lady Mustang", and "Punch Punch Punch". CD

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Johnny DarrellCalifornia Stop-Over (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
A beautiful turn in style for Johnny Darrell – a singer who maybe hit kind of a pop/country mode in the 60s – but who here comes across with a nicely deep vibe! The cover image has kind of a lonely feel, and that spirit is definitely in he music too – as Darrell matures into a much better singer than we remember, and picks up elements of the rising country rock world too – a hip vibe that really works well for the songs on the album – which include work by Jackson Browne, Hoyt Axton, Lowell George, and DeWayne Blackwell. Titles include "These Days", "Brother River", "She's Headed For The Country", "Brother River", "Willing", "Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood", "Mama Come N Get Your Baby Boy", and "Meanwhile Back In Memphis". CD
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Miles DavisAll Miles – The Prestige Albums (14CD set) ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Italy), 1950s. New Copy 14CD ... $59.99
A beautiful way to experience the early work of Miles Davis – all 14 of his 50s albums for Prestige Records, presented in a special box that contains each album in a tiny replica LP-styled sleeve! The music here is the stuff of legend – trumpet material that really transformed the way the instrument was used in jazz – as Davis really comes into his own as a leader, after time spent recording with Charlie Parker, and doing a bit for Blue Note – then really taking off in the full length space offered by the album format on Prestige! Some of these sets feature classic collaborations with the young John Coltrane, and others include work with Sonny Rollins on tenor, Milt Jackson on vibes, and JJ Johnson on trombone – as well as the famous rhythm section of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Some CDs feature bonus tracks from the OJC versions – and the albums include Dig, Miles Davis & Horns, Collectors Items, Blue Haze, Walkin, Bag's Groove, Miles Davis & The Modern Jazz Giants, Musings Of Miles, Miles Davis Quintet/Sextet, New Miles Davis Quintet, Steamin, Workin, Relaxin, and Cookin. CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Fontana/Universal, 1958. New Copy 2CD ... $27.99 29.98
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a groundbreaking soundtrack that forever changed the way that jazz music was used in film! According to legend, the sounds here were recorded by Miles on a hot Paris night – late in the studio, after a live performance – in a very intimate setting that had he and the combo creating these little poetic passages along with the action in the film! In addition to sublime and moody muted trumpet from Miles – the small group also features tremendous tenor work from the great Barney Wilen – a French modernist who's at the height of his powers – and beautiful bass from Pierre Michelot, whose rich tones really frame the whole proceedings. The rest of the group features bop pianist Rene Urtreger and American drummer Kenny Clarke – but the real charm comes from the interplay between Wilen, Davis, and Michelo. Titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "Le Petit Bal", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac" and "Sur L'Autoroute". This amazing 2CD version features one never-issued track – "L'Interrogatoire De Julien" – plus 16 more tracks from the sessions for the recordings, and a 60 page booklet of notes! CD
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Also available Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (3 x 10 inch LP deluxe edition) ... LP 43.99

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✨✧ Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud (3 x 10 inch LP deluxe edition) ... LP
Fontana/Universal, 1958. New Copy 3 x 10 inch LP ... $43.99 49.99
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a groundbreaking soundtrack that forever changed the way that jazz music was used in film! According to legend, the sounds here were recorded by Miles on a hot Paris night – late in the studio, after a live performance – in a very intimate setting that had he and the combo creating these little poetic passages along with the action in the film! In addition to sublime and moody muted trumpet from Miles – the small group also features tremendous tenor work from the great Barney Wilen – a French modernist who's at the height of his powers – and beautiful bass from Pierre Michelot, whose rich tones really frame the whole proceedings. The rest of the group features bop pianist Rene Urtreger and American drummer Kenny Clarke – but the real charm comes from the interplay between Wilen, Davis, and Michelo. Titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "Le Petit Bal", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac" and "Sur L'Autoroute". This amazing 3LP version features one never-issued track – "L'Interrogatoire De Julien" – plus 16 more tracks from the sessions for the recordings, and a booklet of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 27.99

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Francois De RoubaixL'Essential Francois De Roubaix ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
Some of the coolest soundtrack music you'll ever hope to hear – all played by a cat who could equally handle the sitar, guitar, Fender Rhodes, and electronics pictured on the cover! Francois De Roubaix is easily one of our favorite soundtrack composers ever – a French talent at the end of the 60s who never got the same international exposure as some of his countrymen, but who had an ear for odd instrumentation and funky undercurrents that rivals that of Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Colombier, or Jean-Claude Vannier – although we might even be tempted to say that Francois is even more way-out than any of them! This collection really lives up to its "essential" promise – and mixes together weird electronic numbers, bass-heavy funk tracks, jazzy groovers, and lots more – all with arrangements and production that are totally fresh, and which should turn you into the same sort of De Roubaix fanatic that we've been for years. Titles include "Le Samourai", "L'Homme Orchestre", "La Vie A Bord", "Les Caids", "Bataille Navale", "Clara 1939", "Journal De Bord", "Le Rapace", "La Scoumoune", "Dernier Domicile Connu", "Tom/Les Prisonniers", "Adieu L'Ami", and "Far From Dallas". CD

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Oscar D'Leon & Wladimir LozanoDoble Play ... CD
Universal, 2000. Used ... $5.99
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DMXX Gon' Give It To Ya (LP, inst)/Party Up (Up Here) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Def Jam/Universal (Italy), 2002. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $22.99
The classic single! "X Gon' Give It To Ya" kicks of loudly but loose, a horns and a growly intro from DMX before falling into that steady beat and DMX balancing wild energy and on beat control. We paired with the equally huge "Party Up" (Up Here)" on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Dr HookBankrupt (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $29.99
Dr Hook were always one of the weirder groups in mainstream rock during the 70s – a group who were maybe founded in roots rock modes, but who often had a funky current in their rhythms – and this very weird blend of catchy tunes and the offbeat lead vocals of Ray Sawyer! The sound's a bit hard to describe, but surprisingly compelling over the years – kind of like the hippies taking over the corporation – which is a bit like the image on the cover! Titles include "Let Me Be Your Lover", "Levitate", "Everybody Loves Me", "Cooky & Lila", "Everybody's Making It Big But Me", and "The Millionaire". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ DramaticsDramatic Jackpot ... CD
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the Dramatics' best albums, and a real masterpiece of 70's group soul! The style here is a bit different than the group's previous records for Stax – maybe a bit tighter, with sweet arrangements – but these fantastic vocals that cut through everything and grab you to your core – a bit like the way The Dells could always sound amazing in the 70s, no matter what the setting! The approach really takes the group up to the next level – with fantastic vocals from Ron Banks and LJ Reynolds, and superbly sophisticated sounds from the Detroit Groovesville crew. Titles include "I Dig Your Music", "How Do You Feel", "Thousand Shades Of Blue", "I Cried All The Way Home", and "Good Things Don't Come Easy". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available
Dramatic Jackpot ... LP 2.99
Dramatic Jackpot (Japanese pressing) ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Yvonne EllimanNight Flight ... CD
RSO/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A record that gave Yvonne Elliman one of her biggest solo hits – the huge disco crossover cut "If I Can't Have You" – but a set that also features a nicely wide-ranging mix of material too! The album's got a much more balanced vibe than you'd expect from the single – some mellower cuts that almost seem to respect Yvonne's vocals even more, and touches of global rhythms at points that illustrate her role as a bigger star around the world, thanks to roles on stage and screen. In addition to "If I Can't Have You", other titles include "Sailing Ships", "Baby Don't Let It Mess Your Mind", "In A Stranger's Arms", "I'll Be Around", and "Sally Go Round The Roses". CD
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Bill EvansRiverside & Milestone Albums – 1956 to 1963 (15CD set) ... CD
Riverside/Universal (Italy), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 15CD ... $59.99
One of the greatest runs of records ever for a single jazz artist – all the earliest recordings as a leader by legendary pianist Bill Evans – packaged here in a single set, in LP-styled covers, along with bonus material too! The full albums here are the stuff of legend – records that forever changed the face of jazz piano, and which are still go-to albums for countless listeners – and the box also includes all the other albums that came out later, but which featured unreleased Evans material recorded by the Riverside and Milestone labels at the same time. Albums include New Jazz Conceptions, Everybody Digs Bill Evans, Portrait In Jazz, Explorations, Sunday At The Village Vanguard, Waltz For Debby, How My Heart Sings, Moon Beams, Interplay, and At Shelly's Manne Hole – plus Loose Blues, with work from Zoot Sims and Jim Hall – plus the Tenderly album with Don Elliott, the great On Green Dolphin Street set, and the two volume Solo Sessions material. CD

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Georgie FameSurvival – A Career Anthology 1963 to 2015 (6CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 6CD ... $74.99 106.99
An incredible package of work by the legendary Georgie Fame – the first to ever fully document his talents, and also present a lot of rare work from every different stage in his career! Yes, there's already been a box on the market that documents Fame's early work – but that material only makes up the first CD or two on this set, and is quickly followed by loads of unusual tracks from the 70s – a time when Georgie was moving past the R&B-inspired sounds of his early career, taking off in new soulful modes, then returning to straighter jazz in later years. All that great span of sounds is here – and is a wonderful journey in music, as Fame never lost his charm, or the groove that first got him going – and the package brings together early Polydor material with later sides for Columbia, Island, Pye, and other labels – and includes 18 tracks that have never appeared before from the late 60s and early 70s, plus lots of other rare singles and unusual cuts too. There's a full unreleased live show from 1974 that's wonderful, some sweet electric early 70s sides that are appearing for the first time, and lots more too – all in a special box with 6CDs, a 48 page hardcover book, and a whopping 110 tracks in all. Take it from us – we're MASSIVE fans of this totally unique singer – and even though we have just about everything else we can get from him, there's still plenty here to make the box totally essential for our collection! CD

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✨✧ Jun FukamachiSea Of Dirac ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Keyboardist Jun Fukamachi floats dreamily on the Sea Of Dirac in this mellow fusion classic from the 70s – a set that has Jun getting plenty of help from American fusion heavyweights like Steve Gadd on drums, Tony Levin and Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Khan and Eric Gale on guitars! If anything, the vibe here is a bit like some of the 70s albums by Khan or Gale – fusion that's spacious sometimes, more full-on at others – but never all-out jamming like some of the more rock-fusion records of the time. And Fukamachi always sets himself apart with some nicely introspective modes – working nicely on a variety of keyboards, on titles that include "It's You", "Neutrino", "Apres Un Reve", "The Minority", and "The Sea Of Dirac". CD

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Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte BardotBonnie & Clyde (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $28.99
An incredible collaboration between Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot – one of Serge's first duet albums ever – and a gem all the way through! In the year before he cut "Je T'aime Moi Non Plus" with Jane Birkin, Serge recorded this great album with Brigitte Bardot in which he worked out many of the same ideas. The album is probably best known for the track "Bonnie & Clyde" – which has been sampled to great fame over the years – but there's loads of other great tracks on here, with a mix of styles that joins Serge's jazzy years with his softcore 70s work – very cool, very groovy, and years ahead of its time. Some tracks are duets, and some are sung individually by Serge or Brigitte, but they're all great, and titles include "Intoxicated Man", "L'eau A La Bouche", "Un Jour Comme Un Autre", "Comic Strip", and more! Arrangements by Alain Gourager, Michel Colombier, and Claude Bolling – and the cover's got a great shot of Serge & BB as Bonnie & Clyde! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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France Gall1968 (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $29.99
A record as revolutionary as the French year in which it was recorded – an amazing batch of late 60s grooves from Parisian pop madame France Gall! The set's upbeat and jaunty, with plenty of fuzz – almost a psyche pop sound, with lots of groovy guitars that make the album sparkle with plenty of razor-sharp notes! Gall's vocals are as wonderful as ever, and almost sound a bit more sinister in this setting – thanks to arrangements by Alain Gouraguer and the great David Whitaker. There's plenty of France Gall classics here – including versions of the Serge Gainsbourg tunes "Nefertiti" and "Teenie Weenie Boppie" – plus "Toi Que Je Veux", "Made In France", "Bebe Requin", and "Avant La Bagarre". CD features lots of bonus tracks – 10 more numbers that include "Don't Make War Captain Make Love", "La Vielle Fille", "24/36", "Dady Da Da", "Le Temps Du Tempo", "Y'A Du Soleil A Vendre", "Rue De L'Abricot", and "Souffler Les Bougies". CD
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France GallBaby Pop (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $29.99
No baby pop here, as France Gall is all-woman throughout – one of the best of the French female pop singers of the mid 60s, working here with an upbeat, groovy sound throughout! Backings are by the great Alain Gouraguer, who gives the record a tightly jerking kind of feel – a sound that's the Paris contribution to the same sort of mod grooves that were coming out of the London scene at the time. The album's filled with classics by Gall, all sung in a sweet voice that's a great contrast to the music – wonderful stuff throughout, with titles that include "Baby Pop", "Cet Air La", "L'Amerique", "Mon Bateau De Nuit", and "Deux Oiseaux". CD features bonus tracks "Je Me Marie En Blanc" and "Ca Me Fait Rire". CD
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France GallPoupee De Cire Poupee De Son (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $21.99
France Gall won the Eurovision song contest with the title track of this one – and for good reason too, given that the tune is totally groovy! The rest of the work here really follows suit – romping, jerking, and grooving in that wonderful mix of mod rhythms that made France's 60s material so great – some of the best of the French pop scene at the time, with a sound that's really a cut above on all the numbers here! Backings are by the mighty Alain Gouraguer, who brings in a hip mix of jazz inflections, rocking rhythms, and some of the more sparkling soundtrack elements bubbling in the French 60s scene – all a perfect accompaniment for Gall's catchy girl pop vocals. Titles include "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son", written by Serge Gainsbourg – plus "Le Coeur Qui Jazze", "Le Premier Chagrin D'Amour", "On T'Avait Prevenue", "Dis A Ton Capitaine", "Nounours", "Laisse Tomber Les Filles", and "Bonne Nuit". CD features bonus stereo mixes of "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son" and "Prince Charmant". CD
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Stan Getz & Michel LegrandCommunications '72 ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1971. Used ... $14.99
Some of the best work that Stan Getz ever recorded – a fantastic collaboration with French soundtrack maestro Michel Legrand! The album features larger orchestrations by Legrand, often touched with voices – swirling, swaying, and swinging in a style that's as hip, modern, and fresh as some of the greatest soundtracks Legrand wrote in the 60s. The setting lets Stan really open up – blowing freely in his best post-Coltrane mode, but with a tightness that's missing from other records – and a soulful approach to the tunes that really leaves us breathless! Tremendous stuff – a record that's unlike anything else we can describe, and one we've treasured for years! We love this one to death, and never tire of hearing it! Titles include "Soul Dance", "Flight", "Redemption", and "Bonjour Tristesse". CD
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Astrud GilbertoBeach Samba ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $14.99
A great album from Astrud Gilberto – one that has her pushing past the simple bossa of early years, running through a range of 60s styles that all sound great – really opening up, finding new confidence in her vocals, and bridging a few different musical worlds in the process! There's still plenty of Brazilian tunes in the mix – like "Oba, Oba", "Canoeiro", "Bossa Na Praia", "Nao Bate O Corocao", and Marcos Valle's great "The Face I Love" – and the album also features great versions of "Misty Roses", "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice", and "Stay". Backings are by Deodato and Don Sebesky – and the album's a dreamy 60s pop delight! CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Dizzy GillespieJazz In Paris – Dizzy Gillespie & His Operatic Strings Orchestra ... CD
Universal (France), 1952. Used ... $6.99
Dizzy and strings – a surprisingly great combination! Although it was Charlie Parker who first made famous the modernist "jazz with strings" approach, Dizzy does wonderfully here in the format – working in similar fashion with edgey backing from the "Operatic String Orchestra" in sessions recorded in Paris in the early 50s! The material was originally only issued as a number of separate 78rpm singles, but is brought together here with full notes and a few bonus tracks – making for a wonderful album that documents this really under-represented part of Dizzy's career. The solos are warm, but edgey – blown over the top of backings that shimmer with rich colors, but have a slightly modern bent. Titles include "Fine & Dandy", "Stormy Weather", "The Very Thought Of You", "Jalousie", "Sweet & Lovely", "The Man I Love", and "Ghost Of A Chance". CD
(Out of print.)

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Great Jazz TrioLove For Sale (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1976. Used ... $11.99
A bit of a change for The Great Jazz Trio, but a great one too – given that Buster Williams is on bass here, instead of the usual Ron Carter – working with drummer Tony Williams and pianist Hank Jones to really make things sparkle! Buster's bass is always a treat, and this album's no exception – a set that's filled with some surprisingly soulful moments on the bottom, which really seems to push the group nicely on the longer tracks in the set. Jones sounds a bit different here than before – in a good way – and titles include versions of "Love For Sale", "Secret Love", "Autumn Leaves", and "Someone To Watch Over Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Grupo NicheAlive ... CD
Mega/Universal, 2005. Used ... $8.99
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(Out of print.)

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Keef Hartley BandTime Is Near (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Deram/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $29.99
Easily one of the greatest records ever from the Keef Hartley Band – and certainly the group's jazziest! The album's awash in great horn parts that dance along beautifully with the rootsier vocals of the set – sung by guitarist Miller Anderson, in a rough-edged style that has some American bluesy overtones. The set features a great instrumental called "Premonition" – a really tasty little jazz rocker – and saxophonist Jimmy Jewell and trumpeter Henry Lowther get in some great licks on the album as well. Titles include "Morning Rain", "The Time Is Near", "Another Time Another Place", "Change", and "Premonition". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Thelma HoustonAny Way You Like It ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Smoking Motown work from Thelma Houston – a great 70s set that catches the singer at the top of her groove! The album's polished, but never in a too-commercial way – and the grooves acknowledge the growing role of the dancefloor in mainstream soul, yet also mostly stay away from some of the disco cliches of the time – thanks to sophisticated work by arrangers Art Wright, Paul Riser, and Michael Smith! Although we should also point out that this is the record that gave Houston one of her bigger hits – the key crossover track "Don't Leave Me This Way" – nestled nicely amidst other great numbers like "Don't Know Why I Love You", "Any Way You Like It", "If It's The Last Thing I Do", and "Don't Make Me Pay". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Any Way You Like It ... LP 1.99

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✨✧ Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) Japanese reissue version includes 4 bonus tracks – "Sing Sing Sing", "Kiburi (part 1)", "Satisfaction", and "Last Bongo In Belgium (breakers mix)". CD
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✨✧ Jackson 5Goin' Back To Indiana/Lookin' Through The Windows (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1972. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 of the Jackson 5's lesser-selling albums – but both pretty darn great! Goin Back To Indiana is the original soundtrack to the group's TV special – and it's got some excellent numbers, plus a few odd tracks that are very nice. Bill Cosby, Rosey Grier, and Tommy Smothers all make a bit of a guest appearance on the record – and it also includes hits like the tune "Goin Back To Indiana", plus versions of "I Want to Take You Higher", "Feelin Alright", "The Love You Save", and "Stand". Lookin Through The Windows shows that the group were really solidly working at the time – and even though the record had no big hits, it's pretty darn great all the way through! The boys could really sing well at this point, and they're backed by nice arrangements by The Corporation, Willie Hutch, Johnny Bristol, and other Motown heavy-hitters. Titles include "I Can Only Give You Love", "E Ne Me Ne Mi Ne Moe", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "Lookin Through The Windows", and "To Know". CD also includes 2 bonus cuts – "Love Song" and "Who's Lovin You", recorded live in Gary, Indiana! CD
(SHM CD pressing! Packaged with individual sleeves for each album – kind of a double-paper sleeve set!)

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Antonio Carlos Jobim & OthersTom Masculino – Eles Cantam Antonio Carlos Jobim ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
The music of Antonio Carlos Jobim opened up huge new territory for male singers in Brazil during the 60s – a way of being personal and emotive, but without any of the overdone modes of the generation before – nor some of the false bravado that was usually mixed in with the presentation of the lyrics! Instead, Jobim allowed a stripped-down, warmly poetic approach that opened up huge new territory for singers in the bossa generation and beyond – as you'll hear in this very cool collection of classic work that begins during the initial time of Jobim's first compositions, and runs through the 60s and 70s to show an array of artists who were really helping to transform his music. Titles include "Ligia" by Chico Buarque, "Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar" by Caetano Veloso, "So Danco Samba" by Joao Donato, "Tema De Amor De Gabriela" by Ney Matogrosso, "Samba De Uma Nota So" by Baden Powell & Jimmy Pratt, "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce" by Pedro Mariano, "Olha Maria" by Emilio Santiago, "Agua De Beber" by Tamba Trio, "Dindi" by Lucio Alves, and "Ana Luiza" by MPB4. CD

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Elton John Vs PnauGood Morning To The Night (180 gram clear vinyl pressing) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Universal, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $29.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – 180 gram clear vinyl pressing with download – first time on vinyl in the US!)

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Quincy JonesCinema Of Quincy Jones (6CD box set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 6CD ... $34.99
A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, Jones had already had a decade under his belt as one of the hippest arrangers, leaders, and composers in jazz – and the film business really respected those talents, and allowed Quincy to bring some really fresh styles into play – modes that really opened up the vibe of American cinema, and also paved the way for the funky styles of the 70s! As that decade approached, Jones left behind the cinema to take on some more higher-profile records of his own – but all the charms of those great albums can be found here at their roots – in this stunning collection of soundtrack material, some of which has never been on CD. The package is way more than just a sampler – and includes an album's worth of material from the films The Pawnbroker, Slender Thread, Mirage, The Deadly Affair, In The Heat Of The Night, In Cold Blood, Walk Don't Run, The Italian Job, Lost Man, and John & Mary – plus two versions of the love theme from The Getaway, and a bonus CD with 18 tracks – titled Q's highlights, and featuring tracks from his Mercury records – plus more by Billy Preston, Arthur Prysock, Bill Cosby, Shirley Horn, Letta Mbulu, Toots Thielemans, and others. Even features the "Sanford & Son" and "Ironside" themes! CD

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Tom JonesIcon ... CD
Universal, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $3.99
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✨✧ KliqueIt's Winning Time ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
It's definitely winning time for Klique – as the trio grooves here with a lean, clean sound that's totally great! Despite the silly jumpsuits on the cover, the group actually have a pretty nice sound in the grooves – one that's kind of a poppy approach to the boogie, filled with plenty of nice hooks and riffing rhythms – all laid out with production that never gets too cluttered or cliched! The sound is simple, but that's it's strongest suit – and the album's got a nice focused quality overall. Titles include "Love's Dance", "It's Winning Time", "From Now On", "Better Times", "So In Love With You", "I Think You Know", "Middle Of A Slow Dance", and "You Brought My Love To Life". CD
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Jerry KnightLove's On Our Side ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $19.99
Brilliant work from Jerry Knight – an artist who often lent his talents to others as an arranger or producer, but who could also really shine in the spotlight on his own! Knight spent time with Raydio, and that vibe definitely shows through here – on tunes that are the perfect summation of 80s funky soul at its best – never over-polished, nor trying too hard for any sort of chart placement – but completely catchy and very tuneful overall! Jerry's also got some superstar help on the record – including piano from James Ingram, who also sings backing vocals with Phil Perry – and production from Leon Haywood on half the set, rounding things out with his own great groove. Titles include "She's Got To Be A Dancer", "I'm Down For That", "Fire", "Beautiful", "Do It All For You", and "Brand New Fool". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Diggin Universal Music – supervised by DJ Muro.)
Also available Love's On Our Side ... CD 9.99

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Kool & The GangCelebrate ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A super-huge album for Kool & The Gang – and for good reason too! The set features their massive hit "Celebration" – a cut that firmly planted the group in the mainstream, and which keeps getting countless play over the decades – probably still earning them a fortune in royalties year after year from wedding bands alone! The group's got some great help on the record from Deodato – the Brazilian keyboardist who scored big with his own records in the 70s – and who's working here to arrange, conduct, and produced the album with a sweet jazzy finish! In a way, it's Deodato's ear for a great warm groove that really seems to make the set sparkle – giving it a strong soul sound, even with tighter production – still somewhat down to earth, despite its hit status – that core quality that's always made Kool & The Gang so great! Apart from "Celebration", other tracks include "Jones Vs Jones", "Love Festival", "Love Affair", "Night People", and "Morning Star". CD
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Kool & The GangEmergency ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet 80s sounds from the legendary Kool & The Gang – one of the key classics from the second chapter of the group – when their lineup and sound were a lot leaner than before, and they managed to cross over big to a much wider audience than before! The upbeat cuts show that the group were still kings of the funky dancefloor – and the mellower ones are equally great too – showing a rising ballad style that proved to be the group's big crossover card at the time – a way of putting over a laidback track, but with plenty of soul. This approach is heard to great effect on the album's great single "Cherish" – and other tracks include "Bad Woman", "Surrender", "Emergency", "Misled", "Fresh", and "You Are The One". CD
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Kool & The GangLove & Understanding ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's not – and instead has the group moving more towards a style of cosmic righteousness that was undoubtedly influenced by the early work (and success) of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The album has a few live cuts - including an amazing 8 minute long live version of "Summer Madness", with an extended keyboard solo that's just great! Other titles include "Cosmic Energy", "Do It Right Now", "Universal Sound", and a remake of "Hollywood Swinging". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Love & Understanding ... LP 8.99

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Kool & The GangSpirit Of The Boogie ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older crack rhythms with some newer, hipper, jazzier inflections – making for an incredibly powerful sound that really opens them up. Titles include the massively funky "Jungle Jazz" – a jazzy follow up to "Jungle Boogie" – plus some spiritual numbers that have a cosmic soul jazzy feel, like the tracks "Cosmic Energy", "Ancestral Ceremony", and "Winter Sadness". The whole thing's great – and other titles include "Mother Earth", "Caribbean Festival", and "Ride The Rhythm". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ LA ConnectionLA Connection – Now Appearing ... CD
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent set of 80s groove – produced here by Larry Blackmon, with a very Cameo-styled touch – under a title that definitely shows the big shift in the funk scene over to the west coast at the start of the 80s! LA Connection really have a great way of blending things together – with a bit of that stronger keyboard mode that Cameo, Zapp, and other groups were using at the time – but also plenty of bass at the bottom, and nicely crisp production – and just the right balance of mellow soul tracks and funky numbers to give the album the right sort of depth. Titles include "Promise Me", "Come Into My Heart", "I'll Find A Way","Shake It", "Get It Up", "Jealousy", and "Burn Me Up". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available LA Connection – Now Appearing ... LP 11.99
 
 
 



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