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Entries in The Fugs (2)

Monday
May152017

New Digs | Mid April 2017

Shoo-whee! I've been coming up pretty heavy lately. While my intake of Lp's has slowed down a touch due to taking a renewed interest in collecting 45's, I've still managed to come across some heat. Peep the latest haul below.

Willie Mitchell - Hold It!!! (Hi, 1965)

Always looking to round out my collection of Willie Mitchell albums. After sitting in one of the local shops for way too long, this hyper clean mono pressing of Hold It!!! just had to finally come home. I could listen to these instrumentals all day.

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King Errisson - The Magic Man (Westbound, 1976)

I've never spotted a King Errisson lp in the wild. The record sounds a little more disco-fied than I had hoped, but there ain't nothing wrong with adding to the Westbound catalog... especially when the grooves are this fat! The cover on this copy has some ferocious water damage, but the vinyl still somehow sounds pretty good. 

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Percy Mayfield - Weakness Is A Thing Called Man (RCA, 1970)

Percy Mayfield is forever slept on and unheralded. While I'm not familiar with his output, this Lp finds Percy deep in a grown and sexy blues groove. Weakness Is A Thing Called Man sounds like being stuck in mashed potatoes.

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James Brown - Jump Around With James Brown And Other Great Artists (King, 1964)

You can't go wrong with an lp by The Godfather! I'm actually into his instrumental cuts as well, so this album fits in nicely.

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Bobby Timmons - The Soul Man (Prestige, 1966)

Here's a nice, super clean copy of Bobby Timmons' The Soul Man!. Somehow, I seem to be drawn to his records and luckily come across them often. This set features a heavy dose of Wayne Shorter saxophone to keep the punches sharp.

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Albert Washington - Sad And Lonely (Eastbound, 1973)

I nearly gasped aloud when I thumbed across this lp stacked within the "new arrivals" of one of my local shops. This album has been on my want list and ebay watchlist for a while now. It seldom pops up online, and when it does, it fetches a premium. I paid more than I usually allow myself to splurge, but that's becoming the norm nowadays...

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James Brown And The Famous Flames - The Amazing James Brown And The Famous Flames (King, 1961)

Backfilling another King JB release. Despite a seam split, this copy was pretty clean and warranted addition to the stacks.

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Henry Cain - The Funky Organ-ization of Henry Cain (Capitol, 1968)

Here's a solid lp of funky instrumental organ infused covers. Nothing earth shattering, but a solid listen and a nice add to the stacks.

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Ellen Warshaw - S/T (Vanguard, 1973)

Got lucky with this pull. I had yet to hear Ellen Warshaw but I was struck the the trippiness of the cover in juxtaposition with the sweet, teenybopper headshot on the back cover. What would this possibly sound like? "Sister Morphine" is the clear standout to my ears - with its moody, almost evil backdrop. The rest of the Lp is... pretty and bittersweet sounding.

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The Fugs - S/T (ESP Disk, 1966)

I've tried and tried to dial into The Fugs. Not sure if I just haven't found the right album or if I'm just hardwired to object to their sound. I'll keep trying with this one. I was intrigued how despite the early release date, the cover looked like an early 80's punk album.

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The Fatback Band - People Music (Perception, 1973)

Another early disco funk classic that has eluded my grip. These early Fatback records are hard to come by around these parts. Very pleased to find an original issue in good shape.

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The Hobbits - Men & Doors (The Hobbits Communicate) (Decca, 1968)

Found this psych treasure in a local shop that I always seem to forget about. I have their other Lp, and like it a little better. The sound here undulates between folky and sunshin-y psych with enough trippy dark-ish passages to placate my taste.

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Various - Connecticut Soul Vol. 1 - (Fling-O, 19XX)

The simple graphics and neon orange cover really caught my eye on this one. Connecticut Soul Vol. 1 pulls together a grip of cover tunes by regional club acts from the late 60's. This is a scarce private press pull. The songs are all covers of popular tunes of the time, and there are a couple standouts - in particular, the first cut "1-2-3" by the North Atlantic Syndicate of Soul. Give it a whirl!

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Saturday
Jul052014

New Digs | June 2014

The monthly variety show, curated by yours truly. Keeping things funky as the temperature rises.

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (CTI, 1970)

All-star lineup, great post-bop sound, excellent Tribe sample. Needn't say more.

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The Fugs - S/T (ESP, 1966)

HIghly regarded avant-garde satirical garage rockers' second album. Pretty fun stuff with a variety of pop/rock sounds. 

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Jorge Ben - Big Ben Strikes Again (Philips, 1964? re-issue)

Early US repackaging of one of the first albums by this Brazilian jazz legend. Something so soothing about Portuguese singing from this period.

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Burning Spear - Garvey's Ghost (Mango, 1976)

Dubious dub version of Burning Spear's classic, Marcus Garvey, apparently put out under some kind of record label nonsense. Some cool sounds, some filler tracks. I still need to track down the original album to really understand where these songs started.

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Idris Muhammad - Power of Soul (Kudu, 1974)

Solid funky jazz output from this influential drummer. 

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Collegiate Neophonic Orchestra of Southern California (Capitol Custom Press, 1970)

Private press big band funkiness.

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Bill Withers - Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall (Sussex, 1973)

So happy to finally pull this. I've passed on several pricey copies in hopes that hard work in the streets would pay off. Amazing versions of his early classics with great bits of dialogue with the audience.

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Blue Mitchell - Blues' Blues (Mainstream, 1972)

Entertaining disk of Mitchell's funky hard bop style with an added layer of John Mayall's bluesy harmonica.  

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Portishead - S/T (Go! Beat, 1997)

I was late to the game on Portishead, real late, and it make little sense to me now. Their mix of beat-heavy spacey rock and Beth Gibbons' eerie cadence is right up my alley. However, sadly and inexplicably side two of four is completely dusted.

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Alice Coltrane - Lord of Lords (Impulse!/ABC, 1972)

The idea of finally having an Alice Coltrane record was fairly enticing, but I found little to sink my teeth into here. Long sweeping orchestral movements with minimal improvisational work.

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James Brown - Grits & Soul (Smash, 1964)

Early jazzy one from The Godfather. All instrumentals. 

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Prince Paul - Psychoanalysis (Tommy Boy, 1997)

Seminal record in what I was learning to love about hip-hop, sampling and the art of the concept record.

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