Found  a few great eclectic gems at my local record stores Lucky Star Records, and Analogetontraeger

 

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I was very excited to find a reasonably priced “North By Northwest” soundtrack.
Probably one of my favorite film composers, Bernard Herrmann created a lot of great Hitchcock scores, and this is one of my absolute favorites.  If you have attended the enthralling “Sleep no More” theatrical experience in NYC, they use a lot of Herrmann’s music in that.

 

This next one was also a great find: The legendary Hamilton Bohannon.

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“Insides Out” features side one with more dance, early Disco tunes, while side two is a more uptempo lounge, jazzy.

Bohannon began touring with Stevie Wonder when he was only 13 years old, and due to songs like “Disco Stomp” featured on this album is often credited as one of the grandfather’s of the Disco ‘Four on the floor” sound. He was a huge influence on the Talking Head’s spin off group The Tom-Tom Club led by Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, and has been sampled by the likes of Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Snoop Dog, just to scratch the surface.  He performed and recorded with many Motown legends : Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Smokey Robinson.

If you don’t know his music, and love disco/dance music, then you have to go to the source and check him out.

You probably know this tune of his (although it’s not on the above mentioned album):

 

A lot of my vinyl shopping these days is either replacing classic LPS of artists whose vinyl I either sold when I switched to CD format, or was sadly part of the few crates stolen in a storage area when I was in between apartments.   The next batch is representative of that. In fact, I think for Aerosmith I went right from 8-Track to CD.  The years in between those formats I wasn’t listening to them much I guess.

The Hendrix one is a German compilation featuring some of the live at the Fillmore takes.   Same for the Floyd one, an 1980s or so compilation of the Syd Barrett era line up, featuring two of my favorites from that era “Apples and Oranges” and “Arnold Layne”

 

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