It is well into Friday afternoon so I guess starting a weekend finds thread is half-legitimate. Some of the stuff listed below is actually from as far back as last weekend, just haven't had the chance to post anything up.
Some of these were from the NIA record fair (mostly the jazz type stuff - all no more than a couple of quid), others are from charities and suchlike.
Sammy Davis and Carmen McRae - Boy Meets Girl (Decca) Two of the great voices in my opinion, here tackling a few duet standards. Found this in a new age shop in Bude. There was a sign in the window saying "Jazz soothes the mind". Indeed it does.
The Unbelievable Bermuda Strollers - S/T (Edmar) Suprisingly listenable, summer good-time music with many nice conga breaks. Excellent version of Fly Me To The Moon.
Linha Singers - Czech Rococo Music Sung in Jazz Rhythm (Supraphon) More sounds of the summer. Loving this, sounds a loy like the incidental music/vocalese from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Bought this from the local Oxfam, struck up a conversation with the manager about whether she had any more records; "Oh, we have just thrown a lot away" So spent the next half an hour rescuing 500 albums from the dumpster! Most turned out to be shit, but they will now go to the recycling centre and not the landfill!!!
Jayram Acharya - Sitar Goes Latin (Odeon - EMI India) Genre Collision of the week (the rococo jazz coming a close second). Interesting, swinging version of Misirlou amongst others.
Dorothy Ashby - The Rubaiyat of... (Cadet) Probably needs no introduction. Mellifluous.
Cannonball Adderley - Accent on Africa (Affinity) When jazz horn players, I find, look towards Africa it usually seems to be a search for a spiritual homeland. Well, Adderley may have found that, but he also seems to have found a lot of jit and township jive judging by this.
Don Ellis - Live at Montreux (Atlantic) Have yet to listen but hoping for more pyrotechnics from the politically questionable Mr. Ellis and Co.
Art Blakey - Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Fontana) French copy.
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones) I've noticed that some vultures seem to look down their noses at the Stones. Well, I think they're great; particularly around this time. There have probably been more words written about this particular record then just about anything else outside of the Beatles catalogue. Problem is the record/music itself has become a little lost in the journalists white noise. This is a spare and I will give it (completely free) to any doubter who wishes to be converted. I will point out that it is an original, but it's a bit tatty.
Bob Dylan - Self Portrait (CBS) a VV Dylan album? Maybe. If the pundits are to be believed this is the worst Dylan album of all. A sprawling-double attempt at career ambush. Well, I'm listening to this right now, and don't believe a word of it. It is great. The songs are good, Dylan sounds positive; in fact fired up with the notion of deconstructing his own myth. Don't believe the hype.
Alex Bradford/Chris Barber - Pop Gospel Live in London (Joy) Barber with a four piece gospel unit.
Rosetta Nubin - Gospels in Rhythm (Coronet) Both of these were from a massive selection of gospel albums washed up at the record fair. Difficult to make choices, but this is nice.
Sarah Vaughan - Songs of The Beatles (Atlantic) The only recent boot sale find of note. When I put this on I had to check if was actually that Sarah Vaughn, or someone completely diferent. Recorded in 1981 these are Beatles songs in a funky disco style!! Very interesting choice of repetoire; Get Back, Come Together, I Want You (She's So Heavy). Brilliant.
Various - The Country Blues (RBF) It looks like a Folkways, Sounds like a Folkways - it even smells like a Folkways. Blind Willie McTell, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson (who I believe was sighted) et al. 1959 tie in with a book of the same name.
Jimmy Witherspoon - Blues For Easy Livers (Prestige) The blues is a broad church. This could not be more different from the RBF. Lounge Blues, Bachelor Pad Blues; but a great voice.
Memphis Slim - Soul Blues (Ember) I think this dates from the early seventies. Grittier than the Witherspoon. Also picked up a Slim Boogie Woogie album this week.
Clarence Carter - Soul Deep (Edsel)
A few obvious (and very cheap) jazz bits. The Live Miles Davis is a couple of dates from around the time of My Funny Valentine. One of his best periods IMO.
John Fahey - The New Possibility (Takoma) The first xmas album from the avant blues genius. Very interesing article about Fahey in this months Record Collector, incidentally.
Various - Songs of Animals and Other Marvels (Topic) Edited by Peter Kennedy and Alan Lomax
Various - Sampler No. 6 (Topic) A general sampler. Primarily purchased for the Shirley Collins content.
Peddlars - Best Of (CBS)
Tommy Reilly - Harmonica Course (Hohner) Sadly disc one of this two disc set is missing, so my chance to be the next Larry Adler has been cruelly dashed. Comes with a nice book, though. Rescued from the dumpster.
Various - Murderers' Home (Nixa) British release of the famous Alan Lomax prison recordings. Sublime.
Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (Folkways) A biopic of McCarthy with many transcripts from the witch trials. Edge of the seat stuff all the way through. Complete transcripts ar contained in the booklet. The producer is clearly no fan of McCarthy, you can almost hear the axes being ground. So, not entirely balanced reportage, but really fascinating portrait of power, corruption and lies.
Now, if that weren't enough I came across a box of 275 Latin 45's.
Slowly working my way through these. At first they felt a bit poppy and middle of the road but now a few gems are coming to the surface as I get into the suitable hispanic groove. Dating from the late 60s through to the mid 80s, most originate from New York, but there are some west coast items, plus pressings from Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexco, Jamaica, Venesuela, etc. Labels include; Fania, Discolando, Gema, Dial, Odeon, Raynbow, Sona, Del Moral, Fonovisa, Anre, Lamar, and hundres of others.