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Little Richard

Here's Little Richard

    Here's Little Richard - the debut album that would go on to shape rock n' roll and popular music. The original album plus eight bonus tracks.

    Rolling Stone Magazine: "A- wop- bop- a- loo- mop- a- lop- bam- boom!." Ten simple nonsensical words that changed the face of music forever. "The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll," a more perfect title couldn't have been bestowed on Little Richard. Those words taken from Little Richard's first hit single, Tutti Frutti, which was released in 1955; before Chuck Berry released 'Roll Over Beethoven,' before Jerry Lee Lewis released 'Great Balls Of Fire' and even before Elvis released 'Blue Suede Shoes' (coincidentally 'Tutti Frutti' was its BSide). .

    While 'Tutti Frutti' might be the star of Little Richard's debut record, the album is filled with Rock 'n Roll songs that would go on to shape popular music. True, Fine Mama, Ready Teddy, Slippin' And Slidin (Peepin' And Hidin'), and, of course, Long Tall Sally." - Brett Schewitz (review extract)

    "Little Richard was the biggest inspiration of my early teens." - Mick Jagger

    "Without Little Richard, myself and half of my contemporaries wouldn't be playing music." - David Bowie

    TRACK LISTING

    Tutti- Frutti
    True, Fine Mama
    Can't Believe You Wanna Leave
    Ready Teddy
    Baby (Don't You Want A Man Like Me)
    Slippin' And Slidin' (Peepin' And Hidin')
    By The Light Of The Silvery Moon
    Directly From My Heart
    Heeby Jeebies
    Lucille
    Long Tall Sally
    Miss Ann
    Oh Why? 
    Rip It Up
    Jenny Jenny
    She's Got It
    Send Me Some Lovin' 
    All Night Long
    The Girl Can't Help It
    Good Golly, Miss Molly

    Miles Davis

    Kind Of Blue - The Mono & Stereo Versions

      The complete 1959 Miles Davis album 'Kind of Blue', one of the most influential Jazz albums of all time, presented here as a 2LP set in its original mono and stereo versions.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. So What
      2. Freddie Freeloader
      3. Blue In Green
      4. All Blues
      5. Flamenco Sketches
      6. So What
      7. Freddie Freeloader
      8. Blue In Green
      9. All Blues
      10. Flamenco Sketches

      Oscar Peterson Trio & Milt Jackson

      Very Tall

        Very Tall marked the first recorded collaboration between Oscar Peterson and Milt Jackson, a masterful stroke by producer Norman Granz in bringing the two together. Both highly regarded and successful jazz figures by 1961, Peterson had recorded innumerable albums with his own trio and backing such stars as Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Ben Webster, and Billie Holiday, to name just a few, and Jackson had played with most of the great names in modern jazz and had been a founder of the Modern Jazz Quartet with John Lewis.

        Very Tall features Milt Jackson as an added member of the legendary Peterson Trio with Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, and Jackson brings to the session two of his own compositions - Heartstrings, and Reunion Blues. The repeated Heartstrings bonus track is from an earlier session of Jackson's own.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. On Green Dolphin Street
        2. Heartstrings
        3. Work Song
        4. John Brown's Body, "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" (Traditional)
        5. A Wonderful Guy
        6. Reunion Blues 
        7. Heartstrings

        Nina Simone

        At Newport 1960 - 2024 Reissue

          When this album was recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960, Nina Simone had just had her first Top 20 hit with "I Loves You, Porgy", but the "Porgy" found here is actually a continuation of Gershwin's original version of the story.

          Other highlights include "Flo Me La", an African work chant, and "Little Liza Jane", an African American folk song. A truly great live performance from one of the most original voices in 20th century music.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Trouble In Mind
          2. Porgy
          3. Little Liza Jane
          4. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
          5. House Of The Rising Sun
          6. Flo Me La
          7. Nina's Blues
          8. In The Evening By The Moonlight
          9. Brown Baby

          Frank Sinatra

          In The Wee Small Hours - 2024 Reissue

            'In the Wee Smal Hours' is one of Sinatra's most melancholic and jazz-oriented albums. It entered the Billboard chart on May 28, 1955, rising to #2 where it remained for a total of 33 weeks. It was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984. In many ways, the album is a personal refection of the heartbreak of his doomed love affair with actress Ava Gardner. Sinatra's voice at this time had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs.

            TRACK LISTING

            In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
            Mood Indigo
            Glad To Be Unhappy
            I Get Along Without You Very Well
            Deep In A Dream
            I See Your Face Before Me
            Can't We Be Friends
            When Your Lover Has Gone
            What Is This Thing Called Love?
            Last Night When We Were Young
            I'll Be Around
            Ill Wind
            It Never Entered My Mind
            Dancing On The Ceiling
            I'll Never Be The Same
            This Love Of Mine
            Stormy Weather

            Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

            Anatomy Of A Murder - 2023 Reissue

              The 1959 courtroom crime drama Anatomy of a Murder was directed by Otto Preminger and adapted by Wendell Mayes from the bestselling homonymous novel written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. The film stars James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, and George C. Scott.

              Anatomy of a Murderwas one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to address sex and rape in graphic terms. It includes one of Saul Bass's most celebrated title sequences, and a musical score, presented here in its entirety, composed, and performed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Ellington himself plays a character in the film, called Pie-Eye.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Main Title And Anatomy Of A Murder
              2. Flirtibird
              3. Way Early Subtone 
              4. Hero To Zero
              5. Low Key Lightly
              6. Happy Anatomy #1
              7. Anatomy Of A Murder [stereo Single]
              8. Merrily Rolling Along (Aka Hero To Zero)
              9. Sunswept Sunday
              10. Midnight Indigo
              11. Almost Cried
              12. Sunswept Sunday
              13. Grace Valse
              14. Happy Anatomy #2
              15. Haupe
              16. Upper And Outest
              17. Beer Garden
              18. Happy Anatomy #3 
              19. Polly (Aka Grace Valse, Haupe, Low Key Lightly, Midnight Indigo)

              Nina Simone

              Ballads And Blues

                The great Nina Simone's style encompassed a broad range of musical genres including jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, pop, and classical music. This collection compiles some of her best performances of jazz ballads and blues, the album's A side programmed to feature the ballads, and the B side for the blues.

                Among the many highlights are her classic readings of the ballads 'I Loves You Porgy', 'Little Girl Blue', and 'Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair', as well as blues such as 'Trouble in Mind', Billie Holiday's 'Fine and Mellow', and 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out'.

                As a bonus, one of Simone's biggest hits, 'My Baby Just Cares for Me', has been added to this essential collection.

                TRACK LISTING

                1. I Loves You Porgy
                2. Little Girl Blue
                3. Solitude
                4. Willow Weep For Me 
                5. Memphis In June
                6. For All We Know
                7. Blue Prelude
                8. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair
                9. Trouble In Mind
                10. Gin House Blues
                11. House Of The Rising Sun
                12. Fine And Mellow
                13. Rags And Old Iron
                14. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

                Ike & Tina Turner

                The Soul Of Ike & Tina Turner - 2023 Reissue

                  This quintessential LP contains Ike & Tina's debut album for Sue Records, The Soul of Ike and Tina Turner(1961). In addition, we have included 4 bonus tracks consisting of hard to find sides from the same period.

                  Long unavailable on vinyl, this release constitutes the definitive edition of this soul treasure and serves as the best introduction for anyone wanting to explore the Turners' early years.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  I'm Jealous
                  I Idolize You
                  If
                  Letter From Tina
                  You Can't Love Two
                  I Had A Notion
                  It's Gonna Work Out Fine
                  Tina's Dilemma
                  A Fool In Love
                  Sleepless
                  Chances Are
                  You Can't Blame Me
                  You're My Baby
                  The Way You Love Me
                  Mind In A Whirl
                  The Argument

                  Elvis Presley

                  For LP Fans Only - 2023 Reissue

                    This release features one of Elvis Presley's finest albums from the late fifties. Released on the RCA label in 1959, 'For LP Fans Only' helped define the exact nature of early rock & roll and contains commercial hits with which the King of rock'n'roll made his name; 'Mystery Train', 'That's All Right', and Playing for Keeps, among others.

                    'For LP Fans Only', Elvis' 7th album, topped the Billboard Pop Album Chart and propelled Elvis to his commercial peak.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    That's All Right
                    Lawdy, Miss Clawdy
                    Mystery Train
                    Playing For Keeps
                    Poor Boy
                    Baby Let's Play House
                    Good Rockin' Tonight
                    My Baby Left Me
                    I Was The One
                    Shake, Rattle And Roll
                    I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
                    You're A Heartbreaker
                    I Forgot To Remember To Forget
                    Blue Moon Of Kentucky

                    Billie Holiday

                    Lover Man

                      Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this album. For these Decca sessions, Billie was accompanied by strings and large studio orchestras for the first time in her career. Her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s, and among the many high points here are her original versions of 'Lover Man' (Holiday's biggest selling record), 'Don't Explain', and 'Good Morning Heartache'. Holiday's work here is often melancholy and resigned in the extreme, with sterling treatments of forlorn songs, such as 'You Better Go Now', and 'What Is This Thing Called Love?'.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Easy Living
                      There Is No Greater Love
                      Deep Song
                      Guilty
                      The Blues Are Brewin'
                      I'll Look Around
                      Baby I Don't Cry Over You
                      Big Stuff
                      No Good Man
                      Good Morning Heartache
                      What Is This Thing Called Love
                      You Better Go Now
                      Don't Explain
                      That Ole Devil Called Love
                      No More
                      Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?)

                      James Brown

                      Please, Please, Please - 2023 Reissue

                        Originally issued in 1959 to capitalize on the crossover success of his single 'Try Me', James Brown's debut LP Please,Please, Pleaseis a collection of 16 of his A and B-sides recorded for the Federal label between 1956 and 1958. It was also the debut studio album for the Famous Flames, and Originally released as 'James Brown and His Famous Flames'. Evenly split between ballads and up-tempo shouters, the songs here all fall into the same sax-driven, gospel-influenced style that you could hear in any Southern chicken shack or nightclub during the late 1950s. James Brown: lead vocals plus: The Famous Flames: Kenny Burrell, Nafloyd Scott, John Faire, Eddie Freeman (guitar), Clarence Mack, Edwyn Conley, Carl Pruitt (bass), Alvin "Fats" Gonder, Ernie Hayes (piano), Edison Gore, Reginald Hall, "Panama" Francis (drums), Wilbert "Lee Diamond" Smith, Ray Felder, Cleveland Lowe, Clifford Scott (tenor saxophone), George Dorsey, John B. Brown (alto saxophone), Bobby Byrd, Johnny Terry, Sylvester Keels, Nashpendle Knox, Bill Hollings, J.W. Archer, Louis Madison (background vocals). Produced by Ralph Bass, Andy Gibson. Recorded at King Studios, Cincinnati and Beltone Studios, New York City (NY) between 1956 and 1958.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. Please, Please, Please
                        2. Chonnie-On-Chon
                        3. Hold My Baby's Hand
                        4. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
                        5. Just Won't Do Right
                        6. Baby Cries Over The Ocean
                        7. I Don't Know
                        8. Tell Me What I Did Wrong
                        9. Try Me
                        10. That Dood It
                        11. Begging, Begging
                        12. I Walked Alone
                        13. No, No, No, No
                        14. That's When I Lost My Heart
                        15. Let's Make It
                        16. Love Or A Game
                        17. This Old Heart

                        Billie Holiday

                        The Essential Billie Holiday: Carnegie Hall Concert Recorded Live

                          Part of the motivation behind the 1956 Carnegie Hall concert was to promote Billie's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. The music was attuned entirely to Billie's character part, reinforced by readings from her book by Gilbert Millstein. Although recorded in 1956, the LP was only issued in 1961, almost two years after Billie's passing on July 17, 1959, at the age of 44.

                          Billie Holiday, vocals
                          Roy Eldridge, trumpet
                          Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax
                          Carl Drinkard, piano
                          Tony Scott, clarinet (piano on Lady Sings the Blues only)
                          Carson Smith, bass
                          Chico Hamilton, drums
                          Gilbert Millstein, readings from the book Lady Sings the Blues

                          Live at Carnegie Hall, New York, November 10, 1956.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Oh, What A Little Moonlight Can Do
                          I Cover The Waterfront
                          Fine And Mellow
                          I Cried For You
                          My Man
                          Reading From Lady Sings The Blues
                          I'll Be Seeing You
                          Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
                          Yesterdays
                          Don't Explain
                          Reading From Lady Sings The Blues
                          Body And Soul
                          Billie's Blues
                          Reading From Lady Sings The Blues
                          Travelin Light With Reading
                          It Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do
                          Lady Sings The Blues
                          Reading From Lady Sings The Blues

                          Chet Baker & Bill Evans

                          Complete Recordings

                            Perennial jazz stars Chet Baker and Bill Evans rarely recorded together and this 2LP set, including a bonus track, represents all of their collaborative sessions.

                            By the time the music was taped, Chet was already known as much for his singing as for his trumpet playing, but all of the performances here are entirely instrumental.

                            After cutting these sides Baker and Evans would go their separate ways and these recordings remain the only testimony of their subtle and elegant musical interactions.

                            Chet Baker trumpet, Bill Evans piano

                            plus:
                            Herbie Mann, flute
                            Pepper Adams, baritone sax
                            Kenny Burrell, guitar
                            Paul Chambers, bass
                            Connie Kay, drums
                            Philly Joe Jones, drums
                            Zoot Sims, alto sax.
                            Pepper Adams, baritone sax
                            Earl May, bass
                            Clifford Jarvis, drums

                            New York, 1958 & 1959

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Almost Like Being In Love
                            I Could Have Danced All Night
                            Thank Heaven For Little Girls
                            I Talk To The Trees
                            Show Me
                            Early Morning Mood
                            If You Could See Me Now
                            You And The Night And The Music
                            Time On My Hands
                            You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
                            September Song
                            'tis Autumn
                            It Never Entered My Mind
                            How High The Moon
                            Alone Together

                            Sam Cooke

                            The Wonderful World Of Sam Cooke

                              Songwriter and singer Sam Cooke was one of the most popular and infuential African-American fgures to emerge in the late '50s who successfully synthesized a blend of gospel music and secular themes that provided the early foundation of soul music Cooke's pure, clear vocals were widely imitated and his suave, sophisticated image set the style of soul crooners for the next decade. This collectors' LP release includes one of Cooke's fnest albums, The Wonderful World of Sam Cooke, originally issued by Keen Records in 1960. It contains some of his greatest studio recordings, including well-known hits from the peak of his career, such as "(What a) Wonderful World," "Desire Me," "No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)," "Summertime," and others that come from his spiritual background like "I Thank God" and "That's Heaven to Me."


                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. (What A) Wonderful World
                              2. Desire Me
                              3. Summertime
                              4. Almost In Your Arms
                              5. That's Heaven To Me
                              6. No One (Can Ever Take Your Place)
                              7. Win You Love For Me
                              8. With You
                              9. Blue Moon
                              10. Stealing Kisses
                              11. You Were Made For Me
                              12. There I've Said It Again
                              13. I Thank God
                              14. Steal Away

                              Bill Evans Trio

                              Portrait In Jazz - 2022 Reissue

                                Portrait in Jazz was Bill Evans' third album as a leader, following New Jazz Conceptions (1956) and Everybody Digs Bill Evans (1958). It was also Evans' first studio album with his legendary trio, featuring Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian. The repertoire here consists of standards (all of them treated in Evans' very personal style) plus two originals, "Peri's Scope" – premiered on Portrait in Jazz, and "Blue in Green," which was co-composed by Miles Davis. Bill first recorded the latter composition in March 1959 with Miles for the classic album, Kind of Blue.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Come Rain Or Come Shine
                                Autumn Leaves
                                Witchcraft
                                When I Fall In Love
                                Peri's Scope
                                What Is This Thing Called Love?
                                Spring Is Here
                                Some Day My Prince Will Come
                                Blue In Green
                                Blue In Green [alt Tk]

                                Chet Baker & Bill Evans

                                Alone Together

                                  The most significant aspect of this album, which first appeared as 'Chet - The Lyrical Trumpet of Chet Baker', is the interaction between Chet Baker and Bill Evans, two perennial jazz stars who only rarely recorded together. By the time this album was made, Chet was known as much for his singing as for his trumpet playing. This LP, however, is entirely instrumental and consists of nine ballads performed in the styles of hard bop to cool jazz.

                                  The last track, 'I Could Have Danced All Night' (included as a bonus) is from Chet Baker's 'Best of Lerner & Loewe' album, which featured Bill Evans on four of its tracks. They were the recordings that Baker and Evens made together.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Alone Together
                                  How High The Moon
                                  It Never Entered My Mind
                                  Tis Autumn
                                  If You Could See Me Now
                                  September Song
                                  You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
                                  Time On My Hands
                                  You And The Night And The Music
                                  I Could Have Danced All Night

                                  John Coltrane

                                  Blue Train - 2022 Repress

                                    Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's 1957 studio session in Hackensack, New Jersey produced all the material for the legendary album, Blue Train. The album marked the first time that Trane was given the opportunity to select his own sidemen for a date. He made effective use of his newfound freedom, enlisting the support of trumpeter Lee Morgan, trombonist Curtis Fuller, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Philly Joe Jones. When asked in a 1960 radio interview which was his favourite of all the albums he recorded up to that point, Coltrane was quick to reply, Blue Train.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Blue Train
                                    Moment's Notice
                                    East Bound
                                    Locomotion
                                    I'm Old Fashioned
                                    Lazy Bird

                                    Ella Fitzgerald And Louis Armstrong

                                    Ella And Louis Again

                                      This was the second album pairing Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong produced by Norman Granz for his Verve label. After recording a series of duets in the late 1940s for Decca, Ella and Louis were invited by Granz in 1956 to make a series of sessions which would result in the memorable 'Ella and Louis'. Such was the commercial success of the LP, the formula was repeated the following year with the making of 'Ella and Louis Again'. Like its predecessor, it received both critical acclaim and commercial success.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      Dont Be That Way
                                      Makin Whoopee
                                      They All Laughed
                                      Comes Love
                                      Autumn In New York
                                      Lets Do It
                                      Stompin At The Savoy
                                      I Wont Dance
                                      Gee, Baby, Aint I Good To You?
                                      Lets Call The Whole Thing Off
                                      These Foolish Things
                                      Ive Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
                                      Willow Weep For Me
                                      Im Puttin All My Eggs In One Basket
                                      A Fine Romance
                                      Ill Wind
                                      Love Is Here To Stay
                                      I Get A Kick Out Of You
                                      Learnin The Blues

                                      Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

                                      Porgy & Bess

                                        'Porgy & Bess' was the third and final album collaboration between Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and producer Norman Granz. Featuring songs from the George & Ira Gershwins opera, which was inspired by the DuBose Heyward play 'Porgy', it received both critical acclaim and commercial success internationally.

                                        "As the tracks progress, you think she is cutting Armstrong - only to turn around and believe that Armstrong is cutting her. The truth, of course, is that they are outdoing themselves. This is a Porgy performance you would be ill- advised to miss." - Gene Lees, DownBeat

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        Overture
                                        Summertime
                                        I Wants To Stay Here
                                        My Man’s Gone Now
                                        I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
                                        Buzzard Song
                                        Bess, You Is My Woman Now
                                        It Ain’t Necessarily So
                                        What You Want Wid Bess?
                                        A Woman Is A Sometime Thing
                                        Oh, Doctor Jesus / Medley: Here Come De Honey Man
                                        Crab Man
                                        Oh, Dey's So Fresh And Fine (Strawberry Woman)
                                        There's A Boat Dat’s Leavin' Soon For New York
                                        Bess, Oh Where’s My Bess?
                                        Oh, Lawd, I’m On My Way
                                        You Won’t Be Satisfied
                                        Undecided


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