Graduation day - Four Freshmen (The)

Graduation day
The greatest vocal group of all time, one whose influence on both contemporary jazz and rock is impossible to overestimate. The recordings on this very collection established their unique style of harmonising. It is well known that their beautiful unique quality directly influenced Brian Wilson; so much so that one can hear the Beach Boys (and indeed the burgeoning sixties) in any one of these recordings.
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Laura / Intermission Riff / I Knew You When / If I Knew Then / Jo Ann / I Remember You / Easy Street / Every Time We Say Goodbye / Laughing On The Outside / After You've Gone / Goodbye / There Will Never Be Another You / Got A Date With An Angel / Something In The Wind / Someone Like You / The Night We Called It A Day / Give Me The Simple Life / Goodnight Sweetheart / For All We Know / Graduation Day / Lonely Night In Paris / (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
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Dance Moderno/Orgao Espectacular
This El edition combines two important Brazilian piano, organ albums from the pioneering days of bossa nova.  Dance Moderno by Sergio Mendes, is the acclaimed debut album of a musician who would form the bridge between Bossa Nova and sixties pop. Mendes' breakthrough came - in the same year as Revolver and Pet Sounds - with his group Brasil '66 who developed an evocative new style involving two female vocalists, sensual harmonies and warm Latin rhythms. Their recording of Jorge Ben's Mas Que Nada was a worldwide hit, the first Latin-pop crossover to make the American charts.  Mendes remained in America to become Brazil's most commercially successful musician of the sixties. When the fashion for Bossa Nova gave way to the British Invasion and The Beatles, he notched up another big hit single with his own easy listening version of The Fool On the Hill. Brazilian pianist and master stylist of the Hammond B3 organ, Ed Lincoln served a singular musical apprenticeship in the1950s, working with Luiz Bonfa, Baden Powell, Claudette Soares, Luís Eça, Maestro Radames Gnattali, Nara Leao, Carlos Lyra and Roberto Menescal. And it was with Joao Donato, Joao Gilberto and Tom Jobim that he stayed up all night drinking and improvising Hi-Los style vocals. Fate led him to concentrate on the organ and what followed was a sequence of albums that would showcase his irresistible style. His second album, Orgao Espectacular is one of the best; full of the urbane, quirky, party style music often deployed by Ennio Morricone in his sixties scores. Our Price: £4.99
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Shades of Rock
Released on 22/02/10. THE SHADOWS need no introduction: they are simply Britain’s most successful instrumental combo who have scored more UK hits than any other act, if we also include their many sides backing Cliff Richard. Originally issued in 1970, SHADES OF ROCK was the Shads response to the growing rock movement, featuring funky instrumental re-workings of classic rock and pop hits. SHADES OF ROCK has been long out-of-print. The album now adds a bonus track, the in-demand Mod anthem Scotch On The Socks (an earlier B-side).

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Working Nights 2CD
Working Week were formed within the vanguard of London’s jazz-dance scene of the early 1980s.
The collective revolved around Simon Booth and esteemed jazz musician Larry Stabbins (both previously with Rough Trade act Weekend), and singer Julie Roberts.
Their debut single ‘Venceremos (We Will Win)’ boasted Tracey Thorn and Robert Wyatt on vocals and reached the Top 75. Julie Tippetts (nee Driscoll) sang on the brooding follow-up ‘Storm Of Light’.
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WORKING NIGHTS has long been out-of-print and impossible to find on CD. This deluxe reissue finally introduces many of their non-album tracks and remixes to the digital format, including the bonus 12” ‘Stella Marina’ with a rap from Jalal of The Last Poets.
Also includes two previously unissued live tracks.

Release Date: 22/10/2012
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Sambou Sambou
Sambou, Sambou combines two beautiful 1962 albums
that feature the work of one of the great pioneers of bossa nova, Joao Donato. Muito À Vontade, (completely relaxed) a landmark instrumental album that has, in the five decades since its original South American release, become a reference work for modern Brazilian music, and Bossa Nova Carnival, a set devoted exclusively to Donato compositions, created by a group led by jazz vibist, Dave Pike and comprising Clark Terry, Chris White and guitarist Kenny Burrell.
Muito À Vontade - released three years later in America as Sambou, Sambou - showcases Donato tunes, alongside such numbers as Pra que chorar, the Baden Powell - Vinicius de Moraes composition that was at the time a radio hit for Os Cariocas). The album is performed by a group, the nucleus of which (Donato on piano, bassist Sebastian Netto and drummer Milton Banana) had just returned from backing Joao Gilberto in Italy, and is regarded to be
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Release Date: 11/02/2013
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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by legendary TODD RUNDGREN "State”. Todd’s latest musical vision is a contemporary fusion of rock, soul and electronica that is at once danceable, ground-breaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious. STATE continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius, and its finely crafted songs once again push the creative envelope.
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Release Date: 08/04/2013

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