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    There he is, drumming on "Tutti Frutti," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," and thousands of other songs. As a studio player in New Orleans and Los Angeles from the 1940s through the 1970s, Earl Palmer co-created hundreds of hits and transformed the lope of rhythm and blues into full-tilt rock and roll. He was, as a result, one of the first session men to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Palmer's distinctive voice alternates with the insights of music journalist and historian Tony Scherman in an unforgettable trip through the social and musical cultures of mid-century New Orleans and the feverish world of early rock.

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    Out-of-print - as new

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      Allen ToussaintToussaint (1970)Scepter Records

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          • Book (700g)£19.99
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          Mavis StaplesOh What A Feeling (1979)Warner Bros. Records

          Quality soul/disco era Mavis Staples

          Original = USA Vinyl VG+ /Sleeve VG+ ( cutout)
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          • – Tonight I Feel Like Dancing
          • Original LP£12.00
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          The Secret DJBy AnonymousFaber & Faber

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              • Original LP£15.00
                Vinyl condition: VG+Sleeve condition: VGOriginal = Original USA Vinyl, has ageing to heavy gatefold sleeve, vinyl has some surface marks but plays fine

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              Dark MagusThe Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles DavisBackbeat

              USA HARDBACK IMPORT 60% OFF - essential book!

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                • Book (550g)£18.99 £6.99
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                Original USA Vinyl VG+ /Sleeve VG-
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                • – Memphis Two-Step
                • Original LP£10.00
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                Black Music Four Lives (Spellman)Schocken Books (1966)

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                  • Original Book (300g)£18.00
                    1976 s/hand paperback some wear to spine

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                    • Book (1.2kg)£26.99 £10.00
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                    Miles DavisMiles Davis At Fillmore (1970)Columbia

                    Seminal electric Miles. USA original 2XLP gatefold vinyl.

                    Original = Original USA Vinyl VG+ /Sleeve VG (some wear)

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                    • – Wednesday Miles
                    • Original LP£30.00
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                    Secondhand paperback in ok condition (stamps, wear, underlining etc)

                      • Original Book (600g)£12.00
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                      Featuring a fantastic collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The Pagans, Rockets From The Tomb, Mirrors, X–X and more.
                      The album comes complete with extensive text written by Jon Savage as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl complete with with free download code.
                      The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society), pre-punk (Sick On You! One Way Spit!) as well as the deluxe cover art book Punk 45.
                      Extermination Nights in the Sixth City coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Burn, Rubber City, Burn – featuring the music scene of nearby Akron.
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                      Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
                      Read Quietus feature here

                      • The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives
                      • Jazz Destroyers – Love Meant To Die
                      • Pere Ubu – Final Solution
                      • The Broncs – Tele-K-Killing
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                      • The Pagans – Dead End America
                      • X-X – Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns
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                      • Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness
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                      • X-X – A
                      • Pressler Morgan – You're Gonna Watch Me
                      • The Pagans – I Juvenile
                      • Poli Styrene Jazz Band – Drano In Your Veins
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                        +High-end Audio Desk Systeme Pro Machine Utrasonic cleaned+
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                        • Original LP£20.00
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                        The Music of Black Americans: A Historyby Eileen SouthernW.W Norton & Company
                          • Original Book (800g)£20.00
                            Original USA out of print edition paperback, wear to top of spine, ageing.
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                          Venezuela lies at the northern part of South America, with neighbouring Colombia to its west and Brazil to its south. The north coast borders the Caribbean.

                          Whilst much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative artists such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

                          These Venezuelan artists looked to the future while exploring their country’s own musical heritage to create a new cultural identity. Similarities can be drawn with then contemporary movements around the world such as the Trópicalia and post-Trópicalia 1970s scene in Brazil of Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Secos e Molhados (all of which feature on Soul Jazz Records’ earlier Brazil 70).

                          A similar parallel can be made in Europe with the experimental German groups of the 1970s (Can, Amon Duul, Harmonia, Neu all featured on Soul Jazz Records’ Deutsche Electronische Musik) who deconstructed and reconstructed the links between rock music and electronics to define a new German cultural identity.

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                          • Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
                          • Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas
                          • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Machu Picchu
                          • Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
                          • Angel Rada – Basheeba
                          • Fernando Yvosky – Barcos De Papel
                          • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Son De Tambor y San Juan
                          • Vytas Brenner – Bang-Going-Gone
                          • Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva – Irene
                          • Miguel Angel Fuster – Dame De Comer
                          • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor y Fuera
                          • Ofrenda Vytas Brenner – Caracas Para Locos
                          • Grupo C.I.M. – Joropo No. 1
                          • Angel Rada – Panico a Las 5am
                          • Apocalipsis – Ayudame a Encontrar Mi Camino
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                          Lee MorganThe Sixth Sense (1968)Blue Note

                          RARE & KILLER. Wicked tunes. Seminal Blue Note 1968. Lee Morgan, Jackie McClean, Frank Mitchell, Cedar Walton, Victor Sproles and Billy Higgins. Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder.

                          • – The Sixth Sense
                          • – Short Count
                          • – Afreaka
                          • Reissue LP£16.00
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                          Ray CharlesLiving For The City / Then We'll Be Home (1975)Crossover Records (3)

                          Nice moody version of Stevie's classic played by Ray Charles mid-70s. Funky!

                          Unplayed/mint  but few crackles at beginning.

                          • – Living For The City
                          • Original 7"£7.99
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                          Giants of Black Musicby Pauline Rivelli & Robert LevinA Dacapo

                          Original 1970 Interviews with Alice Coltrane, Horace Tapscott, John Coltrane, Leon Thomas, Gary Bartz and more! Beat that!

                            • Original Book (250g)£15.00
                              Original USA hardback, no dust jacket, ex-library w/stamps
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                            African Scream Contest 2Analog Africa

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                            • Les Sympathics De Porto Novo – A Min We Vo Nou We
                            • Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces – Asaw Fofor
                            • Stanislas Tohon – Dja Dja Dja
                            • Elias Akadiri & Sunny Black's Band – L'enfance
                            • Picoby Band D'Abomey – Me Adomina
                            • Antoine Dougbe – Nounignon Ma Klon Midji
                            • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – Moulon Devia
                            • Black Santiago – Paulina
                            • Lokonon Andre Et Les Volcans – Glenon Ho Akue
                            • Sebastien Pynasco & L'Orchestre Black Santiago – Sade
                            • Super Borgou De Parakou – Baba L'Oke Ba'Wagbe
                            • Cornaire Salifou Michel Et L'Orchestre El Rego & Ses Commandos – Gangnidodo
                            • Gnonnas Pedro & His Dadjes Band – How Much Love Naturally Cost
                            • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – Idavi
                            • 1. Les Sympathics De Porto Novo – A Min We Vo Nou We
                            • 2. Ignace De Souza & The Melody Aces – Asaw Fofor
                            • 3. Stanislas Tohon – Dja Dja Dja
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                            • 2×LP£29.00
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                            • CD + Book (200g)£19.00
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                            Miles DavisLive-Evil (1971)Columbia

                            Original = Original USA Vinyl VG+ /Sleeve VG (wear/top&bottom spine taped/non-gatefold)

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                              • Original 2×LP£35.00
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                              Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersLike Someone In LoveBlue Note

                              An album resulting from exactly the same 1960 sessions as the better-known 'A Night in Tunisia'

                              Original =B1-84245 1988 pressing

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                                • Original LP£20.00
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                                • CD£7.99
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                                • New LP (180g)£19.99
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                                I Know What I KnowThe Music Of Charles Mingus By Todd S. JenkinsPraeger

                                s/hand hardback book w/dustjacket ex library

                                From the mid-1940s until his death in 1979, Charles Mingus created an unparalleled body of recorded work, most of which remains available in the 21st century. While there have been several volumes devoted to Mingus' colourful and tumultuous life, this is the first book in the English language to be devoted fully to the matter of his music. Jazz fans, as well as musicians and music students who would like a better understanding of Mingus' complex, often difficult music, can find here a complete, chronologically arranged listener's guide to all of Mingus' legitimate recordings, from the 78s he recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the mid-1940s, to the legendary albums he made for Columbia, Candid, Atlantic, and his own labels. In the process of providing these in-depth examinations, Jenkins also corrects common errors and clears away old misconceptions about certain of Mingus' records.

                                  • Original Book (600g)£12.00
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                                  The Last Holiday - A MemoirGil Scott-HeronCanongate

                                  Dr. Martin Luther King had a dream. And Stevie Wonder had a dream. This is a book about dreams.' In the autumn of 1980, Stevie Wonder invited Gil Scott-Heron to join him on a forty-one-city tour across America, ending in Washington in January 1981, to gather popular support for the creation of a holiday in honour of the great civil-rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. Scott-Heron uses this history-making tour as the backbone of his fascinating memoir. Raised by his grandmother in Jackson, Tennessee, Scott-Heron's journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most uncompromising and influential musicians and songwriters of his generation is a remarkable one. Politically savvy and savagely satirical, socially conscious and tender-hearted, Gil Scott-Heron has been called the godfather of rap, and his unexpected death in May 2011 marked the loss of one of the world's most vocal and articulate artists. Chuck D of Public Enemy said of Scott-Heron, 'we do what we do and who we do because of you' and Eminem added, 'Scott-Heron influenced all of hip-hop'. In the words of Sarah Silverman, 'he mirrored ugliness with beauty, audacity, and valour'. A compelling testament to Gil Scott-Heron's career and achievements, The Last Holiday is full of Scott-Heron's keen insights into the music industry, the civil rights movement, modern America, governmental hypocrisy and our wider place in the world.