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Artist:
Title:
Goodnight But Not Goodbye
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

Little is known of Al Bowlly’s early years but suffice it to say during the 1930s he was to become one of the best of Britain’s if not the worlds popular singers. Ranking on a par with his American contemporaries such as Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Frank Sinatra. Towards the end of 1932 Al began his long association with the Lew Stone band and formed a partnership that was to produce some of the most outstanding dance records of the thirties and developed his inimitable style still further with this excellent band. During this period his “pick up” recording sessions with other groups (apart From Ray Noble) came virtually to an end, whereas his output of solo items increased, and it is from these sessions that the recordings on this CD are taken. For lovers of nostalgia this is a highly collectable Item.

Artist:
Title:
Rhymer's Tower: Ballads Of The Anglo-scottish Border
Release Date: 3/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 3-24-17) (2-CD set) Fifteen traditional ballads on two discs depict events from 1250 to 1600, featuring historic battles; raids and jailbreaks; clan loyalty and retribution; betrayals by family, friend, and king; fateful enchantment, musing birds, and a fool's victory. All are found in the Francis J. Child collection. Calhoun spent five years researching the history and developing clear versions of the ballads; all but one are sung to traditional melodies. Most are collated from multiple sources, translated from Scots and Middle English. Their stark violence resonates with terrorist acts of our own time. From the rousing jailbreak of "Jock o' the Side" to the condemnation of choosing wealth over humanity by "The Rose of Yarrow," there is an underlying theme of the value of keeping one's word. Includes a poster fold out with a map and notes on the ballads.

Artist:
Title:
Chronic Generation
Release Date: 1/20/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B28) $28.98 

Formed in 1978 in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Chron Gen released their classic 'Puppets of War' EP in 1981 and immediately reached number 4 in the indie chart, which gained them the invitation to join the infamous Apocalypse tour in the summer of 1981, along with Discharge, Anti Pasti, Anti Nowhere League, and the Exploited. After a second single on the Step Forwards label, they moved to the legendary Secret label to release one of the best hidden treasures of the whole UK82 movement, their debut LP 'Chronic Generation', according to how All Music defines it "one of the most brilliantly brittle concoctions in the entire Oi! canon!"

Artist:
Title:
My Joy - Rare Recordings 1948-1966
Release Date: 3/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A19) $19.98 

Edna Gallmon Cooke was, in all probability, the greatest female gospel star to emerge during the 1950s and 1960s. She combined the down home sound of rural preaching with a vocal style of elevated grace. Edna's sermons and anointed style pave the way for later queens of gospel such as Shirley Caesar and Dorothy Norwood, and LeAndria Johnson in the present era. Gospel Friend has compiled recordings from Edna's entire career from 1948-1966. 25 tracks including the hits "Angels, Angels, Angels" and "Walk Through The Valley" with an assortment of rare tracks appearing for the first time on CD.

Artist:
Title:
The Richard Rodgers Songbook
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

Doris Day is one of the most popular female singers of the twentieth century and her roster of hit records is legendary. On this CD we feature her performing songs composed by one of the best songwriters of the twentieth century, Richard Rodgers. Rodgers had two notable lyricists to add sparkle to his compositions, Lorentz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. Twelve of the songs on this CD feature his association with Lorenz Hart and the remaining eleven with Hammerstein. Doris always performed with the finest orchestras and on this CD there is no exception, with the likes of The Percy Faith Orchestra, Harry James, Axel Stordahl, Neal Hefti, George Stoll and more. Doris Day’s interpretation of these Richard Rodgers standards confirms the greatness of her talent.

Artist:
Title:
Too Good To Be True
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

Listening to these tracks after more than three quarters of a century, it becomes obvious why Benny Goodman and his Orchestra were riding high in popular esteem in 1936. The Swing Era was well under way; there was no hint of the coming of bop, modern jazz or whatever gimmicky name might be applied to the strange, angular, non-swinging, “cool” (and rarely melodic) form that tried to elbow real jazz out of the way less than a decade later. This, the Goodman band, had in its ranks enough jazz men to ensure a supply of muscular jazz for the connoisseurs, musicians who nevertheless could read scores and play section work with a precision that appealed to the dancing feet of young men and women who were not yet subjected to the curious social segregation implied by the term “teenagers” or “bobby-soxers.” Popular fancy demonstrated it was largely tired of soothing syrup; the great depression was as good as over, and just as Dixieland jazz had come in 1919 to banish the war, so Swing in 1936 was giving Depression the formal notice to quit.

Artist:
Title:
Live At Spanski Borci
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Frank Gratkowski: "The duo with Sebi is very special for me. It has a beautiful playfulness and lightness. The connection between us is almost mysterious and he makes me play very different than I do in other formations. I call it "instant songs " where each "song" tells its own little story." Sebi Tramontana: "Frank has got "wonderschuhe." What I have wished for me for years. Frank is a true "cominante" for me. I am very grateful that during the last 19 years I have been meeting him every now and then. Frank is a bottomless pit, human and artistic."

Artist:
Title:
Held Down...at Last!
Release Date: 1/20/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B28) $28.98 

During the first half of the 80's, while the Cramps were gaining underground popularity in the USA, and the Stray Cats were hitting the charts on both side of the Atlantic, a newborn wave of rockabilly revivalists came out of the ashes of the UK early punk rock scene. Bands like the Meteors, Demented Are Go, and Guana Batz, playing hopped up rockabilly with the speed and the aggression of punk rock, invented the sound and the aesthetics of what soon became known worldwide as psychobilly, an 80's revision of the 50's rock and roll spirit filtered through the mohawk punk movement, 80's horror movies imagery, and a lot of booze. Formed in Feltham, MiddleSex, in 1983, Guana Batz are among the pioneers of the genre, and their 1985 debut album Held Down... At Last! is one the best episodes in the history of psychobilly.

Artist:
Title:
The Planet Sessions
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B19) $19.98 

The legendary Screamin' Jay Hawkins was one of pop's most colourful characters; a one-man circus sideshow with some of the most memorable routines - and props - the music world had ever witnessed. Yet the author of the R&B standard 'I Put A Spell On You' was also an accomplished and serious musician, as his many vintage recordings demonstrate. While Hawkins recorded prolifically during the 1950s and 1969s, he only released three long-players during that same period. The second of these, "The Night And Day Of Screaming Jay Hawkins" is not only the rarest, but was for many years considered the strangest. Recorded in London in 1965 with UK session men and issued the following year on Shel Talmy's Planet label, the record's fascinating blend of louche lounge balladry, frantic R&B workouts and cool club groove is now regarded as a quintessential mod-jazz artefact. Ace's "The Planet Sessions" sees the first official reissue for this overlooked gem, and the original album's running time is doubled with unissued stereo variants, alternate takes and a pair of exciting outtakes, all drawn from the original Abbey Road session tapes. Detailed notes spell out Hawkins' various UK sojourns during the mid-1960s. All in all, "The Planet Sessions" is not only a reappraisal, but a reaffirmation of the bizarre genius of Screamin' Jay Hawkins

Artist:
Title:
In Dreams I Go Back Home
Release Date: 3/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

(5% DISCOUNT THRU 3-24-17) Scorch folk: Original songs with old souls, the Carter Family canon, Appalachian trad, Delta soul, Gypsy swing and gospel blues, delivered with passion, speed and drive. Part folk-punk, part 1930s vintage valentine, it snaps with mad harmonies, Mother Maybelle-style picking, yodeling, scat, upright bass and an archtop-guitar rhythm chop that's like a driving wheel. It's early country, Old Weird America, a blend of old-time and original songs that's uplifting and dark, modal, modern, and haunting. Produced by Jonathan Byrd, In Dreams I Go Back Home offers 7 Hogan originals, 1 by Moss, and a Hogan co-write with the lyrics of the late Blaze Foley. •"Authentic music, the song as timeless narrative device." - Houston Chronicle •"A first-rate show.. story-telling, harmonies, and guitar-picking styles" - No Depression

Artist:
Title:
Witch's Hand
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B26) $26.98 

"Witch's Hand" is the third album from Los Angeles power trio Jr. Juggernaut. Produced by Mike Williamson and Wal Rashidi, and mixed by Lou Giordano (Sugar, Goo Goo Dolls, Paul Westerberg), "Witch's Hand" is a fuzzy blast of guitar drenched rock, draped around heartbreak hooks and blistering solos.

Artist:
Title:
When The Morning Greets You
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Format: CD
List Price: (B13) $13.98 

Mr. Elevator recently completed their second album, "When the Morning Greets You". On "When the Morning Greets You," the bands' love for vintage keyboard sounds, concept albums, and 70s pop remains intact, furnishing an album that entrances listeners and evolves over the course of its run-time into an array of bright, complex patterns and shapes.

Artist:
Title:
Monk 'n' More
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

As Stuart Broomer writes in his notes, the new Nabatov's recording consists of two solo recordings made 18 years apart, the first a selection of Thelonious Monk compositions from 1995, the second a concert from 2013 in which Nabatov first employed electronic technology in performance to create a pitch-bending, &emdash; expanding and &emdash; fracturing double of the piano. The result is a recording that explores time in multiple ways, whether looking at decades or cycles per second, treating the experience of chronological time as both malleable substance and a special kind of consciousness.

Artist:
Title:
Subzo[o]ne
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Fourteen freely improvised pieces by the quartet of cellists, three of them being Germans and one French (Nathan Bontrager / Elisabeth Coudoux / Nora Krahl / Hugues Vincent). Breathtaking versatility and extraordinary technique allow them to find combinations of sound that have never been heard before. All four are highly educated musicians with great ability to turn their improvisations into structured pieces which sound as if they have been meticulously rehearsed. Dr. T B Senior: "An unforgettable experience. One of the greatest, purest, most musical, spiritual, and revelatory experiences of my life."

Artist:
Title:
Skunk Juice - Dirty Funk From The Big Apple
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B31) $31.98 

12 tracks of horn-led funk from one of the great unsung bands of the late 1960s. The Pazant Brothers, Ed and Al are jazz and funk royalty having played with Kool & The Gang, Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers and Lionel Hampton. Their recordings for GWP were made under the auspices of producer Ed Bland. They are highly sought after by producers and DJs, and represent the very best of their recorded work. This is the first time that this work has been available on LP.

Artist:
Title:
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 6
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

This CD is not a repeat of the previous album, vol. 5, where Joe Morris plays electric guitar. Here, on vol. 6, he plays bass which drastically changes the music. Filipe Freitas: "This is an album for the ones who are not afraid to feel, to experience, to be violently shaken, to touch the untouchable. Stimulating, extravagant, and urgent, the sixth volume of the series The Art of the Improv Trio is an improvisational tour de force that marks another golden cycle in Perelman's musical career. Personally, I would like to thank Ivo, not only for all these years of boundless music, but also for having remained faithful to his own beliefs. &emdash; Filipe Freitas.

Artist:
Title:
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 1
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Two constant elements in this trio are Ivo Perelman and Gerald Cleaver, who is a variegated, hyper-intuitive, yet utterly grounded drummer whose association with Perelman dates to 2010, during which time he has supported and helped shape Perelman's most intrepid explorations. Says Ivo: "Gerald is such an incredibly flexible, adaptive drummer in that sense, he is better than I am in reacting to what's happening. That's his role; my role is to provoke the reactions." This is the third time Ivo recorded with Karl Berger who swapped his mallets to the grand Steinway. Read notes by Neil Tesser and Karl Berger.

Artist:
Title:
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 2
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

Matt Maneri: "Ivo I met much later: smooth, confidant and excellent. But Original! Where do these people come from? What is Ivo? He is a committed musician of the highest caliber, ready to go off the rails, crash the car, and explode my expectations. He is a master who does what he does, will do what he can and finalize the infinite. This CD, as every CD in this series, is accompanied by the brilliant notes by Neil Tesset, as well as Matt Maneri.

Artist:
Title:
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 4
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

The music we did and continue to do is always transcending itself unfolding in layers of sound, space and colors. We are actually painting with sound and enabling the concept of vision to live. Becoming a voice hearing and opening the floodgates of creativity. Once the gates are opened we discover they are eternal. They do not repeat themselves and it is no longer music it is the life of Ivo Perelman shared with the world like a window wide open looking out over a field of flowers called hope. The music that I have played with Ivo is beautiful. &emdash; William Parker, August 2016.

Artist:
Title:
Introducing...carl Perkins
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B14) $14.98 

Perkins is one of the great lost names of jazz, a pianist of rare skills, who wrote the standard 'Groove Yard', but who died in 1958 at the age of 29 from a drug overdose. He left a small recorded legacy: three albums with Curtis Counce recorded for Contemporary, an album with Harold Land and this, his sole album as a leader. Recorded in a trio format with bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Lawrence Marable it is neglected gem of bebop piano, shining out against much of the smoother output that fell under the title west coast jazz. Made up predominantly of Perkins compositions it shows that he was a loss as a writer as well as a pianist. (Previously deleted:5/1/15. Original release date:6/21/96) The original tapes gave up exceptional sound quality and we are able to expand the CD with two tracks not on the original album. One, 'Memories', has never previously been issued.

Artist:
Title:
Two Of A Kind
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A20) $20.98 

This CD consists of two original and highly collectible LPs performed by two different bands, but both with an all star alumni of top jazz musicians such as Buck Clayton, Al Stewart, Dick Meldonian, Paul Quinichette, Don Lamond and Doc Severinsen to name a few. The Nat Pierce recordings are the only recordings of one of the last great bands to play Harlem’s “Home Of Happy Feet” the Savoy Ballroom. The Joe Reisman recordings make an excellent contribution to an already exciting CD.

Artist:
Title:
Blow Up
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (A74) $74.98 

(2-LP set) Isao Suzuki's Blow-Up is virtuosity and class all rolled up into one. A great combination of upbeat blues and mellow grooves! The album was awarded "Jazz of Japan" Award and the Jazz Disk Award of "Swing Journal" in 1973. Mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI, this 45rpm LP will live up to and surpass your most demanding judgments. Blow Up is one of the most sough-after titles from the acclaimed Three Blind Mice catalog. 180 gram 45rpm Vinyl Double LP Pressed at RTI!

Artist:
Title:
Raw
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (A17) $17.98 

A string trio from the German-speaking part of Switzerland joined forces for the first time with their English guest on tenor and soprano saxophone. Harald Kimmig (violin), Daniel Studer (bass) and Alfred Zimmerlin (violoncello) decided that their tight improvising unit needs a new challenge with guest musicians. They invited an Englishman John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophone) and their collaboration reached a new height. One can immediately hear the spiritual bond that developed between the trio and the Brit.

Artist:
Title:
Manhattan Soul 3
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B19) $19.98 

Scepter/Wand and Musicor/Dynamo records were quintessential New York soul labels. Their common link was Luther Dixon, who set Scepter on the right road with the Shirelles and followed up with success for Tommy Hunt, Chuck Jackson and Maxine Brown. He split for Musicor in 1966 where he got the Platters, Tommy Hunt and Inez & Charlie Foxx back into the charts. Scepter/Wand had the bigger black music catalogue and dominates this compilation. It is the third in the recent "Manhattan Soul" series: across-the-board soul covering the 60s and the first half of the 70s. A recent detailed book about those imprints by frequent Kent contributor Steve Guarnori has thrown the spotlight on the wealth of great material issued.

Artist:
Title:
Memphis 60 - Soul, R&b And Proto Funk From Soul City Usa
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B19) $19.98 

Last year saw BGP take a look at the Memphis soul and funk sounds of the 1970s with our Memphis 70 compilation, that delved into the years after Otis Redding-era Stax dominated the city. This time we step back a decade and look at the soul, R&B and proto funk that the real music city was releasing in the 1960s. These feature some classic artists, but also many who were never heard of outside the myriad small clubs that filled the city. Some of these records are sought after collectors' items, others are newly-discovered gems that we are pleased to place under the spotlight. A large part of our CD is made up of obscure recordings from Stax Records and its various subsidiaries. (Previously deleted:3/1/14. Original release date:6/5/09)

Artist:
Title:
The Hip Walk - Jazz Undercurrents In '60s New York
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B19) $19.98 

Jazz in New York in the 1960s was at the height of its powers as soul & the avante garde crossed swords, bringing about some of the hippest & most sought-after records in music's history. This 13 track collection features Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons, Johnny Lytle, Yusef Lateef, Joe Henderson, Willis Jackson, Phil Upchurch, Kenny Dorham & others. (Previously deleted:10/1/10. Original release date:5/3/02)

Artist:
Title:
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B19) $19.98 

The latest project from two-thirds of Saint Etienne is a compact disc and deluxe double LP of English music that represented the transition from psychedelia to prog as the 60s moved into the 70s. Most of it is not an easy listen, but it's always interesting, melodic, melancholy, with jazz and folk touches. While America may have licked its wounds at the turn of the seventies by turning to singer-songwriters, purveyors of homilies like "teach your children well", Britain wasn't so ready to give up the trappings of psychedelia. And while the UK counterculture may have shed its "faith in something bigger", it wasn't about to chuck out the mellotron.

Artist:
Title:
Love's Been Good To Me - The Songs Of Rod Mckuen
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B24) $24.98 

The latest in our popular Songwriters series puts the spotlight on the late Rod McKuen. A born outsider, Rod McKuen was embraced by millions of fans who connected with the expressions of desire, nostalgia and self-acceptance found in his songs and poems. In the early 1960s, he began to visit France and gain entry into Parisian songwriting circles. By 1964 he was co-writing with a host of leading French chansonniers, most notably Jacques Brel, resulting in such international hits as 'If You Go Away' and 'Seasons In The Sun'.

Artist:
Title:
Land Of 1000 Dances
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: CD
List Price: (B19) $19.98 

The ultimate compilation of hit dances from 1958-1965. 30 tracks including "The Hand Jive" (Johnny Otis), "Hippy Hippy Shake" (Chan Romero), "Monster Mash" (Bobby Pickett), "Twist & Shout" (Isley Brothers) & many more popular dance numbers. (Previously deleted:8/1/06. Original release date:2/26/99)

Artist:
Title:
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather
Release Date: 2/10/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B60) $60.98 

(2-LP set) The latest project from two-thirds of Saint Etienne is a compact disc and deluxe double LP of English music that represented the transition from psychedelia to prog as the 60s moved into the 70s. Most of it is not an easy listen, but it's always interesting, melodic, melancholy, with jazz and folk touches. While America may have licked its wounds at the turn of the seventies by turning to singer-songwriters, purveyors of homilies like "teach your children well", Britain wasn't so ready to give up the trappings of psychedelia. And while the UK counterculture may have shed its "faith in something bigger", it wasn't about to chuck out the mellotron.

Artist:
Title:
Brahms - Alto Rhapsody - Song Of Destiny & Mahler - Songs Of A Wayfarer
Release Date: 1/6/2017
Format: LP
List Price: (B44) $44.98 

The "Alto Rhapsody", "Song Of Destiny" and "Song Of A Wayfarer". Each of these three vocal compositions is unique in its expression and construction, yet the frayed emotional worlds of all three works are connected by a multitude of fine threads.


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