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Les BaxterAlakazam The Great ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Near Mint- ... $24.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has light aging and a center split in the bottom seam.)

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Billy BoyI Wish You Would/I Was Fooled ... 78 RPM
Vee Jay, 1955. Very Good ... $59.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Label has a small sticker.)

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Jerry ButlerMoon River/Aware Of Love ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
A double-sided gem from Jerry Butler! Although Jerry Butler got his start singing some of Curtis Mayfield's early work, the geniuses at Vee Jay had the sharp idea of shopping for a few songs in New York, and they managed to come up with these two gems, both of which are classics from Jerry's second wave of hits! Believe it or not, "Moon River" was the first pop version ever recorded (according to Mancini himself), and it's delivered here perfectly with fab Riley Hampton arrangements. "Aware Of Love" is one of his best solo numbers too. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a small sticker.)

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Jerry ButlerYour Precious Love (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Vee Jay/Overseas (Japan), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
An excellent Japanese collection – featuring sublime early solo work by Jerry Butler, plus a few early tracks with The Impressions too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Jerry Butler/Betty Everett & Jerry ButlerMoon River/Delicious Together ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, 1962/1964. Used ... $24.99
Two soul classics from Jerry Butler! Moon River is an incredible album of sophisticated soul tunes – one that features Jerry's hit single of "Moon River", the first version of the song to chart after Mancini composed it – plus original tunes "I Found A Love" and "Butterfly", plus great renditions of "Where Do I Turn", "Lost Without You", "No End Or Time", "Couldn't Go To Sleep", and "The Challenge". Delicious Together features Jerry in a very big-selling set of soul duets with Betty Everett – some of the first male/female soul tracks recorded in the 60s, and the beginning of a sub-genre that would go on to become very popular. Titles include "Let It Be Me", "I Can't Stand It", "Fever", "Just Be True", "It's All Right", "Ain't That Loving You Baby", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and "Our Day Will Come". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dee ClarkBest Of Dee Clark ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Sealed ... $9.99
Classic Chicago soul from the great Dee Clark – one of the most versatile vocalists ever to work for Vee Jay Records, as you'll hear on this set! Dee could be sweet one minute, rocking the next – and had a great vocal range that was always used well on the range of material he sung. Titles include a fair number of originals by Clark – including "Raindrops", "Nobody But You", "If It Wasn't For Love", and "When I'll Call On You" – plus the tracks "Hey Little Girl", "Your Friends", "You're Lookin Good", and "How About That". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later Suite Beat pressing.)

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Betty EverettIt's In His Kiss (Shoop-Shoop) ... LP
Vee Jay, 1964. Very Good- ... $9.99
A key set of early work from Betty Everett – and a great document of the strength of her early soul on Vee Jay! Although the title hit is quite familiar (and possibly a bit overplayed), Betty was a great vocalist with a wide command of material even at this early point in her career – and the album has her running through numbers that easily step between jazzy, bluesy, and soulful modes that beautifully bridge the worlds of soul and R&B! You might want to skip past the title hit, lest it color your judgment of the record, because there are loads of nice tracks on here, like "It Hurts To Be In Love", "Until You Were Gone", "The Prince of Players", and "I Need You So". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has black electrical tape holding the seams and spine and some surface wear.)

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Rosco GordonWhat I Wouldn't Do/Let 'Em Try ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, 1961. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Eddie HarrisEddie Harris Goes To The Movies ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Forget the title – which sounds like a bit of a gimmick – as this is a fine fine Eddie Harris album! After the success that Vee Jay had with Eddie Harris' huge hit version of "Exodus", they cut this album of Eddie playing movie themes – like "Green Dolphin Street", "Laura", "Moonglow", and "Secret Love", plus a few standards like "These Foolish Things", and "The More I See You". Dick Marx handled the arrangements – and the overall sound is slicker than Eddie's "Exodus", as his solos are laid out over larger string arrangements by Dick Marx, but it's not without some charms – especially because Eddie's tone at this point is amazing, filled with little tricks and turns that make just about anything he plays sound great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Eddie HarrisExodus To Jazz ... LP
Vee Jay, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $2.99
One of the true hit jazz albums of the 60s, and a record that's still pretty darn incredible today! Who'd have thought that a jazz recording of the theme to the film "Exodus" could have been such a hit? It was, and the way Eddie handled it forever transformed the face of jazz. Eddie was nicely poised between the harder soul jazz camps and the freer spiritual jazz underground that was operating in Chicago and Detroit in the 60s – and with his unique combo that had Joe Dorio on guitar, he transformed the song into a great groove that matched the other excellent material that he was laying down at the time. This record's a gem, which is often rare for such a jazz "hit" – and it includes loads of great tracks like "AM Blues", "Velocity", "Alicia", and "ATC". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing with Audiomatrix stamp. Vinyl is double labeled on Side 1, and has some noisy residue on Side 2. Cover has a Stereo sticker on front, and some notes in pen and name in marker in back.)

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Eddie Harris, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, & OthersSummit Meeting ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
A great assortment of some of the great jazz recorded during the short-lived run of Vee Jay Records – titles that include "Exodus" by Eddie Harris, "Awful Mean" by Paul Chambers, "Wrinkles" by Wynton Kelly, "Bye Bye Blackbird" by Bill Henderson, "Hazing" by Louis Hayes, "I'm A Fool To Want You" by Lee Morgan, "Jim Dog" by Bennie Green, and "Sleepy" by The MJT + 3. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing, with Bell Sound etch – nice and clean! Cover has a bit of seam splitting, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Harold HarrisHere's Harold ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One of two albums cut by this obscure Chicago pianist – a bit of a man around town at the time of the set, as Harris was booked in as a regular act in the Playboy Club! The album's nothing fancy – not as striking as trio work by Ramsey Lewis or Ahmad Jamal, but still very much in the Chicago tradition of the time. Tracks include a few nice originals like "A Little Understanding", "Rapture", "Myra", and "Bluesville" – plus readings of "Perfida", "I Could Write A Book", and "Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing with deep groove and Bell Sound stamp.)

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Wynton KellyWrinkles/On Stage ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, 1960. Very Good ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Turk KincheloeCash Box/Modern Trend ... 78 RPM
Vee Jay, 1955. Very Good ... $24.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good ... $13.99
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Five tracks: "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", "Whiffenpoof Song", "Rochelle" and "Big Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear near the bottom, and a light stain on the back bottom.)

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Walter PerkinsSleepy/The Whiffenpoof Song ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good- ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have discoloration from age.)

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Jimmy ReedJimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Vee Jay/Shout Factory, 1961. Used ... $11.99
Rollicking country-tinged blues from Jimmy Reed and an incredible group of backing musicians – actually not captured in the opulent grandeur of Carnegie Hall – and probably all the better for it! Prior to the original double LP release of Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall, Reed headlined a Blues At Carnegie Hall event, and though the performance was not recorded for a live album release he went on the cut a similar set list with varying players that included Lonnie Brooks, Phil Upchurch and Eddie Tayor on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass, Earl Phillips and Albert King on tracks. It's really wonderful stuff, obvious epiphany material for loads of rockers and young players on both the US and British blues scenes to come! 23 tracks in all: "Bright Lights Big City", "I'm Mr Luck", "Found Joy", "Kind Of Lonesome", "Tell Me You Love Me", "Hold Me Close", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Blue Blue Water", "Hush Hush", "Found Love", "Honest I Do", "You Got Me Dizzy", "Boogie In The Dark", "Take Out Some Insurance", "The Sun Is Shining" and lots more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Wayne ShorterWayning Moments ... CD
Vee Jay/Blue Moon (Spain), 1962. Used ... $11.99
Even at a tender young age, Wayne Shorter could exhibit the kind of sensitivity and creative lyricism that would make him one of the giants of modern jazz. This early set – which features playing by Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Higgins, and Jymie Merritt – is filled with haunting original compositions ("Devil's Island", "Dead End", "Powder Keg") and the kind of mature playing that you'd hardly expect from a little tike like Shorter (who, with Lee Morgan, was just a kid when the two of them were playing with Art Blakey). This excellent CD reissue delivers these early tracks in stunning fidelity, and includes alternate takes of the tracks on the orginal LP! CD
(Out of print.)

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SpanielsDo-Wah/Don'cha Go ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, 1955. Very Good ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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SpanielsGoodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite/You Don't Move Me ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Black vinyl pressing.)

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SpanielsStormy Weather/Here Is Why I Love You ... 7-inch
Vee Jay, 1958. Very Good ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some stains.)

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Ray WalstonMy Favorite Songs From Mary Poppins & Other Songs To Delight ... LP
Vee Jay, 1964. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono promo. Cover has a small sticker, some tape remnants at the spine, with WGN pen and a small peeled spot in back.)

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Maceo WoodsMessages Of Hope ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Early Vee Jay work from Maceo Woods – who also plays some nice organ on the set! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Les BaxterMaster Of The World ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real oddity – a soundtrack on Vee Jay records, the label best known for their groundbreaking work in soul, blues, and jazz. Even stranger, the score is for a schlocky Vincent Price film, based on a Jules Verne story – written by Les Baxter, in the flowery style he used for some of his late 50s, non-exotic work at Capitol. The album is performed by the 100 Men, directed by Cal Carter of Vee Jay – and titles include "Topage", "Flight Concerto", "Philadelphia", "Drifting Clouds", and "Over The Rocks". Nice painted cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks periodically at the first half of Side 1.)

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✨✧ Bunky Green SextetMy Baby ... CD
Collectables/Vee Jay, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is probably the first-ever decent reissue of a classic hardbop session that was cut in Chicago for Vee Jay, but which was never issued properly over the years! Chicago alto player Bunky Green leads a tight little sextet that has Donald Byrd on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on piano – and the group grooves with a tight sound that's in keeping with lots of the other great soul jazz/hardbop sessions that were coming out of Chicago at the time. Green's tone is nice and raw, quite a bit more so than on his later recordings for Cadet, and Heath is a perfect match for him on the frontline. Tracks include "Cecile", "Step High", "Counter Punch", and a swingin' version of "My Babe". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Higgins & Benny GreenEddie Higgins / The Swingin'est ... CD
Vee Jay, 1958/1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two rare Vee Jay jazz LPs on 1 CD. One, a nice Chicago hardbop session by the brilliant young piano player (Chicago's great white hope in the 50's) Eddie Higgins, with Paul Serrano on trumpet and Frank Foster on tenor. Eddie contributes a number of excellent compositions, including "Foot's Bag", "Zarac, The Evil One", and "AB's Blues". The other LP is a nice down-n-dirty soul jazz session led by trombonist Benny Green, and featuring Gene Ammons, Frank Foster, Nat Adderly, Frank Wess, and Tommy Flanagan. The groove is very laidback, with a soul jazz sound similar to some of the best Prestige LPs at the time. Cuts include "Little Ditty", "Jim Dog", and "Jugging Around". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wayne ShorterWayning Moments (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vee Jay, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Even at a tender young age, Wayne Shorter could exhibit the kind of sensitivity and creative lyricism that would make him one of the giants of modern jazz. This early set – which features playing by Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Higgins, and Jymie Merritt – is filled with haunting original compositions ("Devil's Island", "Dead End", "Powder Keg") and the kind of mature playing that you'd hardly expect from a little tike like Shorter (who, with Lee Morgan, was just a kid when the two of them were playing with Art Blakey). This excellent CD reissue delivers these early tracks in stunning fidelity, and includes alternate takes of the tracks on the orginal LP! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Wayning Moments ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Ira SullivanBird Lives! ... CD
Vee Jay, 1962. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way more than just a bop-heavy set – a landmark record that shows a side of the Chicago scene that hardly ever made it on record! In the years after Charlie Parker passed away, tributes to his greatness were a very common thing in local jazz scenes across the US. This is a prime example of that tradition, but way more than that, it's also a killer Chicago jazz session from the old days – featuring trumpeter Ira Sullivan at his best, along with some great local players that include tenorist Nicky Hill, pianist Jodie Christian, and bassist (Raphael) Don Garrett. The music is what you'd expect – loving renditions of Bird standards like "Klacktoveedesesteene" and "Love Letters" – but there's also a lot more going on underneath, and the album's as much a Charlie Parker tribute as it is a batch of bop and soul jazz numbers with a good underground feel. Titles include "Si Si", "Inchworm", "Milestones", "Sketches", "Fly Me To The Moon", and "Shaw Nuff" – and this 2CD reissue adds a heck of a lot more material to the original album – for a total of 15 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Paul ChambersGo ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A rare non-Blue Note date as a leader from bassist Paul Chambers – and one of his hardest cooking dates in the studio! The session breaks out a bit from some of Chambers' more concept-based work of the time – and has him opening up strongly with an all-star group that includes Cannonball Adderley on alto sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. The setting's a bit loose, almost a blowing session – and Chambers holds it together perfectly, almost acting as more of a sideman on the session, and letting the bigger-name soloists get plenty of space to do their thing! One of the all-time Vee Jay jazz classics – with titles that include "Just Friends", "I Got Rhythm", "Ease It", "Awful Mean", and "Julie Ann". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 60s black label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ El DoradosCrazy Little Mama ... LP
Vee Jay, Late 50s. Good ... Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful doo-wop material from this legendary Chicago group – one of the few truly great full length albums in a mostly singles-dominated genre! The title track is well known not only for the original, but for a later famous sample by De La Soul – and it's a great example of the kind of grooves on the set – rough-hewn and gritty, much more in the best stripped-down doo wop mode, before production started getting too sweet. Titles include "At My Front Door", "Annie's Answer", "My Loving Baby", "Now That You've Gone", "Rock N Roll's For Me", "I Began To Realize", and "There In the Night" – and as an added bonus, the record actually features 2 more cuts by The Magnificents, another great Chicago group – "Up On the Mountain" and "Caddy Bo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original maroon label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl plays with some crackle and occasional pop. Cover has a mostly split top seam intact at the center, light surface wear, some discoloration from age, and minor stains in back.)

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✨✧ John Lee HookerBest Of John Lee Hooker ... CD
Vee Jay/Chamelion, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wynton KellyWynton Kelly! ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rock-solid work from Wynton Kelly – a standout trio side from the early 60s, and one of his few dates recorded for Vee Jay Records! Kelly seems to have a bit more kick here than in the 50s – and a bit more of a down to earth quality than on his later sides for Verve – really laying back on the keys of the piano, and getting some great help from a rhythm group that features Jimmy Cobbs on drums, and either Sam Jones or Paul Chambers on bass. The tunes are mostly familiar numbers, but they're offset by a few strong Kelly originals – including "Joe's Avenue" and "Sassy" – amidst other titles that include "Love I've Found You", "Autumn Leaves", "Gone With The Wind", and "Autumn Leaves". CD
(Out of print. CONDITION NOTE: this copy is missing the tray card.)

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✨✧ Jimmy ReedJimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall ... LP
Vee Jay, 1961. Very Good+ 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Rollicking country-tinged blues from Jimmy Reed and an incredible group of backing musicians – actually not captured in the opulent grandeur of Carnegie Hall – and probably all the better for it! Prior to the original double LP release of Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall, Reed headlined a Blues At Carnegie Hall event, and though the performance was not recorded for a live album release he went on the cut a similar set list with varying players that included Lonnie Brooks, Phil Upchurch and Eddie Tayor on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass, Earl Phillips and Albert King on tracks. It's really wonderful stuff, obvious epiphany material for loads of rockers and young players on both the US and British blues scenes to come! 23 tracks in all: "Bright Lights Big City", "I'm Mr Luck", "Found Joy", "Kind Of Lonesome", "Tell Me You Love Me", "Hold Me Close", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Blue Blue Water", "Hush Hush", "Found Love", "Honest I Do", "You Got Me Dizzy", "Boogie In The Dark", "Take Out Some Insurance", "The Sun Is Shining" and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Suite Beat pressing in a non-gatefold cover.)
Also available Jimmy Reed At Carnegie Hall ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Four SeasonsFour Seasons Greetings (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Vee Jay/Real Gone, 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful Christmas present from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – a selection of Holiday tunes all recast with their tremendous harmony sound! The group are surprisingly great in this format – as their music always has this odd undercurrent of melancholy that really brings out the best in the tunes – and which opens up with a deeper feeling than just straight covers of Christmas tunes. Frankie's nose is right out in the lead on most numbers, and thanks to production by Bob Crewe and arrangements by Sid Bass, even familiar tunes are presented here in very fresh versions! Titles include "The Little Drummer Boy", "What Child Is This", "The Excelsis Deo Medley", "Jingle Bells", "White Christmas", "Christmas Tears", and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". CD

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✨✧ Orioles/Moonglows/FlamingosJump Children ... LP
Vee Jay/Charly (UK), Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A smoking set of upbeat R&B material – featuring great tracks from three seminal vocal groups of the 50s – all early work recorded for the Vee Jay label in Chicago! Titles include "Jump Children (Vooit Vooit)", "Cross Over The Bridge", "Golden Teardrops", and "Someday, Someway" all by The Flamingos. Some of the Orioles' tracks are "Live It Up", "Fools Will Be Fools", "I Just Got Lucky" and "Never Leave My Baby". The Moonglows' songs include "Baby Please", "Ooh Rockin Daddy", "219 Train", and "Whistle My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Alex BradfordFeel Like Running For The Lord – Early Recordings 1951 to 1961 ... CD
Gospel Friend, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
A huge look at the early career of the great Alex Bradford – one of gospel music's rising stars in the 60s, thanks to recordings for Vee Jay and Atlantic – but heard here on an assortment of small label singles from the years before! Even at the start, Bradford has something special that really sets him apart – a strong lead vocal that has an undeniable influence on the development of soul music – as does his way of interacting with other singers in the group – all mostly set to small group recordings that usually feature his own hands on the piano or organ used in the spare instrumental backgrounds. The package features a whopping 26 tracks in all – with titles that include "Now Lord", "I've Got A Job", "Every Day & Every Hour", "He's A Wonder", "Turn Away From Sin", "Let The Heavenly Light Shine On Me", "Think", and "I Feel The Spirit". CD

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Jerry ButlerIce On Ice ... LP
Mercury, 1969. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Killer stuff – as Jerry's getting the full early Philly treatment here, with arrangements by Thom Bell, Bobby Martin, and Roland Chambers, and production by a young Gamble and Huff! The sound isn't nearly as icy as the old Vee Jay days – but that's fine with us, as Jerry is nice and soulful on tracks like "Moody Woman", "When You're Alone", "I Forgot To Remember", "Brand New Me", "What's The Use Of Breaking Up", and "Walking Around In Teardroops". Nice cover, too – with Jerry standing in a pile of fake diamonds! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging, initials in marker, and a punch-hole, but is pretty solid overall.)

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Jerry ButlerMr Dream Merchant ... LP
Mercury, 1967. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Sublime soul from Jerry Butler – material recorded during his post-Vee Jay years, when he was really transforming his sound in ways that still made him one of the dominant male voices in sophisticated soul! There's a great balance between poise and emotion in the cuts – served up with excellent help from the young Gamble & Huff duo in the studio! Titles include the great title cut "Mr Dream Merchant" – plus other gems that include "Lost", "Beside You", "The Way I Love You", "To Make A Big Man Cry", "Mr Dee Jay", and "I Come To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some splitting on the top seam.)

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Jerry ButlerSouled Out ... LP
Up Front, Early 60s/Early 70s. Very Good ... $2.99
A collection of work that Jerry cut for Vee Jay – issued on the Up Front label with a cover that's a bit trippy, but a sound that's pure early Jerry. We love this stuff, and we can never get enough of Butler's early "Iceman" recordings – records that would have a profound influence on soul music for years and years to come. The set's got some hits, plus few more obscure numbers, and it's a lot easier to find on wax than some of Jerry's originals from the early 60s. Titles include "Isle Of The Sirens", "Whatever You Want", "Where Do I Turn", "Come Back My Love", and "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover and labels have some marker.)

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DellsFace To Face ... LP
ABC, 1979. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A later effort from the Dells, cut around the time ABC was having some great luck with the Detroit soul of The Dramatics – and also recorded in Detroit, with production work by the likes of Al Perkins, Rudy Robinson, and Calvin Carter, the Dells' old boss at Vee Jay. The tunes have a smoother approach than the group's work at Chess/Cadet – but their vocals are still top notch, with that raspy soul quality that has made them sound consistently strong over the years, no matter what the setting. Includes "Face To Face", "Thought I Could", "Face To Face", "Hooked On Loving You", "Love Me", "Wrapped Up Tight", and "Changed Man". Lots of nice ballads! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Betty EverettI Got To Tell Somebody/Why Are You Leaving Me ... 7-inch
Fantasy, Early 70s. Very Good ... $6.99
Obscure work by Betty Everett – but very nice! Both sides were arranged by Donny Hathaway, and produced by Betty's old boss at Vee Jay, Clarence Carter. "I Got To Tell Somebody" is a great little number – at about a midtempo pace, sung out proudly about Betty's new love, and set to arrangements by Donny that give the cut the right dose of honesty needed to carry it off. "Why Are You Leaving Me" is a sad weepy, written by Jerry Butler. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bunky GreenAnother Place ... CD
Label Bleu (France), 2004. Used ... $11.99
Later work from Bunky Green – the Chicago alto player who recorded famously for Chess and Vee Jay – working here with Jason Moran on piano, Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. CD
(Out of print, slipcover not included.)

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✨✧ Eddie HigginsEd Higgins Trio ... CD
Replica/P&S (Spain), 1957. Used ... $19.99
Early work from one of Chicago's most important players of the 50s – pianist Eddie Higgins, who recorded more famous LPs for Vee Jay and Atlantic Records a few years after this set. The approach here is relatively simple – trio format, with a set list that includes mostly standards. Higgins is strong enough, although there's not enough going on here to show his real talent for arranging – which oddly shows up on some of the other Replica sessions by other artists. Titles include "I'll Be Loving You", "Spring Is Here", "Night In Tunisia", "Tangerine", and "Prelude To A Kiss". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsEssential Gladys Knight & The Pips 1961 to 1965 ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $20.99 21.99
If you only know Gladys Knight from her Motown classics, or her big hits of the early 70s, you'll find a huge amount to discover here – because right from the start, the lady and her group were really something special! The idea of a male/female vocal group was a bit unique in the early 60s – not completely uncommon, but never handled with the perfection of Gladys Knight & The Pips – as the mixture of Knight's richly soulful lead and the harmonies of the trio of male singers was incredible – captured very strongly by Harlem producer Bobby Robinson, with singles that appeared on his own Fire/Fury label, and Vee Jay as well! There have been other sets that bring together work from this time, but this might be the most complete we've ever seen – 40 tracks in all, with a few alternates, and a few solo tracks by The Pips as well – titles that include "Operator", "Come See About Me", "Go Away Stay Away", "Who Knows", "Walking In Circles", "Jungle Love", "Linda", "Darling", "One More Lonely Night", "Every Beat Of My Heart", "Room In Your Heart", "It Hurts So Bad", "Letter Full Of Tears", "The Devil In Me", "Daybreak", "Lovers Always Forgive", and "How Do You Say Goodbye". CD

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✨✧ Bunky Green SextetMy Babe ... LP
Exodus, 1960. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic hardbop session that was cut in Chicago for Vee Jay, but which was issued after the demise of the label, on the related Exodus imprint. Chicago alto player Bunky Green leads a tight little sextet that has Donald Byrd on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on piano – and the group grooves with a tight sound that's in keeping with lots of the other great soul jazz/hardbop sessions that were coming out of Chicago at the time. Green's tone is nice and raw, quite a bit more so than on his later recordings for Cadet, and Heath is a perfect match for him on the frontline. Tracks include "Cecile", "Step High", "Counter Punch", and a swingin' version of "My Babe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove – nice and clean! Cover has a light scratch and a small mark from a sticker – but looks pretty great overall.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisCool Sax, Warm Heart (Jazz Greats) ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really fantastic album that's one of Eddie Harris' most unique albums of the 60s! The record features Eddie blowing in that lean and soulful mode that he used on his best Vee Jay albums – a bit exotic, but never meandering, with impeccable placement in all his solos, and a tone that's probably one of the most revolutionary he ever used. Some tracks have a backing chorus of female voices, singing in a floating mode that's hip and easy – and others are straighter jazz tunes, with a nice little groove. Features the modal gem "Hip Hoppin", plus "Stum Stang", "Django's Castle", "More Soul Than Soulful", and "Brother Ed". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Columbia Special Products issue.)

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✨✧ Wynton KellyComin' In The Back Door (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real cooker of a set – and one that features Wynton's piano over some great larger backings from Claus Ogerman! The style of the set is really wonderful – as Wynton plays with a core smaller group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, plus regulars Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – all of whom make more than ample space for Ogerman to come into the mix and fill up the tunes with some sweetly grooving 60s backings – often using electric bass to punch up the bottom, and rollick things around in a stepping style that's a nice mainstream take on the soul jazz groove that Kelly virtually helped invent! A few tracks are more in a small combo mode, but even those manage a pretty darn smoking groove – and overall, the album's got a lot more depth than even some of Kelly's best for the Vee Jay label from previous years! Titles include the bossa groover "Cesar & Cleopatra" – plus "Quiet Village", "If That's The Way You Want It", "Comin' In The Back Door", and "Theme From Burke's Law". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousAfter Hours ... LP
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic 50s compilation from the legendary King Records – one that really shows off the grittier, bluesier side of their catalog – and features some key crossover cuts from the postwar years too! The music here is a wonderful mix of modes – instrumental R&B, jukebox jazz, and some rootsier blues – all captured with that core intensity that really made King's singles stand out from the rest of the pack – maybe even more than labels like Chess or Vee Jay at the time. The tunes work together wonderfully, in a surprisingly unified vibe – and titles include "Long Gone (parts 1 & 2)" and "Mellow Blues (parts 1 & 2)" by Sonny Thompson, "After Hours" by Jimmy Nolen, "What's New" by Bill Jennings, "Midnight To Dawn" by Earl Bostic, "Ooh Midnight" by Pete Guitar Lewis, "In The Morning" by Washboard Bill, "Eventide" by Bill Doggett, and "Blues For The Red Boy" by Todd Rhodes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBirth Of Soul – Special Detroit Edition 1961 to 1964 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Detroit soul scene at the start of the 60s – music from a time before Motown was dominating the city's reputation, and a whole host of other great labels brought the motor city sound to the masses! The work here is quite a surprise if you're only thinking in terms of Northern Soul and some of the more uptempo Detroit groovers – as the work here burns on so many different levels – often with a style that reflects some of the nascent soul coming out of Chicago on labels like Chess and Vee Jay, the latter of whom is featured here amidst a range of other imprints that include Wand, Atlantic, Scepter, Time, Old Town, and Brent – all of whom released some of these early Detroit soul tracks as singles back in the day. In true Ace/Kent fashion, the set also features a few unreleased gems, plus a wonderful set of notes on the city's soul scene – alongside tracks that include "Nosey Folk" by The Del-Phis, "Answer Me" by Vivian Collins, "Can't We Get Together" by Harry Reid, "Here I Am" by Betty Lavette, "Shakin Fit" by The Pyramids, "That's No Way To Spend My Time" by The Pen Ettes, "Wedding Bells" by Melvin Davis, "You Lied" by Marva Josie, "Think A Little Sugar" by Barbara Lewis, "Just One More Time" by JJ Barnes, "My Letter" by Priscilla Page, "I Know How It Feels" by Laura Johnson, "I'm A Lonely Guy" by Timmy Shaw & The Sternphones, "Come Back To Me" by La Wanda William, "I Cried For My Last Time" by The Sonnettes, and "Tears Running & Falling From My Eyes" by James Lately. CD

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✨✧ VariousUSA Records Soul Story ... CD
USA/Fuel 2000, Mid 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from one of Chicago's best indie labels of the 60s – a wealth of wonderful soul that easily ranks with some of the best work at Chess or Vee Jay at the time! USA's a label that's also known for work in the rock and blues field, but the company had a marvelous ear for soul back in the day – and was often able to grab key Windy City talents before they broke big – or others who were already great, but finally found the right sort of treatment they needed at USA – a care with production and presentation that often rivals some of the beautiful presentation that Curtis Mayfield was bringing to his Impressions recordings or work with other artists – lots of deep soul roots, but also the tightness and sophistication that made Chicago so great at the time. The package features 36 rock-solid tracks – and titles include "Hot Spring Water" by Billy The Kid Emerson, "Come On In" by Detroit Jr, "A Lonely Boy" by Lee Wilson, "Step It Up" by Al Perkins, "I'll Wait For You" by LC Cooke, "No Appreciation" by Tut Sutton, "Taunting Love" by Frankie Newsom, "Just Being Careful" by Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters, "What You Don't Know" by Oscar & Anita, "Sweet Little Woman" by McKinley Sandifer, and "You Gotta Pay Dues" by Chris Campbell. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisLost Album Plus The Better Half ... CD
Collectables, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
Incredible work by the great Eddie Harris – an album that was initially recorded for Vee Jay during his early tenure at the label, but not issued for years! The album's one of Eddie's greatest from the time – a really far-reaching blend of soul jazz, hardbop, and some of the more exotic influences running through the Chicago scene from whence he came. Two tracks on the album are especially long groovers – "Cuttin Out" and "Shakey Jake" – both in the 15 minute mark, and extended jammers with Ira Sullivan on trumpet, Bunky Green on alto, and Melvin Rhyne on organ. The first two tracks on the set feature Eddie in a lineup with Willie Pickens, Raphael Don Garrett, and Ira Sullivan – on the modal groovers "The Dancing Bull" and "Antidote". And the last 4 tracks on the CD are pulled from the album "Half & Half" – an 8 track release that initially featured 4 tunes with Eddie blowing with a vocal group, and these other 4 that have him working with a very hip group that includes Charles Stepney on piano, Melvin Jackson on bass, Joe Dorio on guitar, and Marshall Thompson on drums. Titles include "Half & Half", "KC Blues", "Lawrence Of Arabia", and "Yea Yea Yea". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ DellsAnthology – Dells Collection (1955-1992) ... CD
Hip-O, Mid 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A whopping collection of the Dells' classic work – featuring tunes pulled from their years at Vee Jay, Chess, Chi-Sound, and Mercury! The package starts way back in the 50s, and traces the group through their groundbreaking 60s soul sides, their sublime baroque 70s numbers, and their later smooth modern tracks – and as you listen to this stuff, you'll be stunned to hear how great the group remained through all of that time! The early tracks are straight doo wop, with simple production; later work has the great Charles Stepney crafting some majestic Cadet/Concept arrangements; and even the modern stuff has a well-constructed smooth groove. Through it all, though, the real strength is the group's vocals – still wonderful even in the album's one more recent number, "A Heart Is A House For Love". Titles include "I Can Sing A Rainbow/Love Is Blue", "Always Together", "Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation", "I Miss You", "Slow Motion", "We Got To Get Our Thing Together", "The Glory Ove Love", "Long Lonely Nights", "Dreams Of Contentment", "The Bossa Nova Bird", "Oh What A Night" (in 2 versions), "Stay In My Corner (in 3 versions)", and "Does Anybody Know I'm Here". CD

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✨✧ Alex BradfordToo Close To Heaven ... LP
Specialty, Early 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Amazing early gospel from the great Alex Bradford – early material recorded for Specialty Records, before his greater fame on Vee Jay at the end of the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Vinyl is nice overall, but has a click on the last track on side one. Cover has some light wear, but is nice too.)
 
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✨✧ Joe Gibbs & OthersScorchers From The Mighty Two ... CD
17 North Parade/VP, 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson moe than live up to their title as the Mighty Two just as this heavy compilation more than lives up to the title of nothing but scorchers! Gibbs and ET showcase their mastery of all styles here, veering from hard and heavy roots to sweet lover's numbers and even a few bouncing tracks aimed a the dancehall! Top notch singers and dee jays are all featured over throbbing rhythms at the hands of Gibbs' Professionals crew, with 40 tracks in all, including "Two Sevens Clash" by Culture, "Money In My Pocket/Cool Runnings" by Dennis Brown and Prince Mohammed, "Babylon Too Rough" by Gregory Isaacs, "Cool Out Son" by Junior Murvin, "Boxing Around" and "No Man's Land" by Cornell Campbell, "Just Like A River" by the Mighty Diamonds, Left With A Broken Heart" by George Nooks, "Su Su Pon Rasta/Heavy Manners" by Dolphin Naggo Morris and Prince Far I, "Funeral" by Prince Alla, "I'm A Natty" by Jacob Miller, "Rockers A Nuh Crackers" by Glen Washington, "Jah Bring I Joy In The Morning" by Bobby Melody, "Burn Babylon" by Sylford Walker, "Stop Picking On Me" by Max Romeo, "Keep On Knocking" by Jaco Miller, "Virgin Girl" by Eek-A-Mouse, "Hello Carol" by Enos McLeod, "My Princess" by Sammy Dread, and "Uptown Ranking" by Althea & Donna. CD
 
 
 



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