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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Curtis Mayfield ‘Superfly’ Original Soundtrack Recording
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Superfly, the soundtrack to one of the most memorable films from the early 1970s “blaxploitation” era and containing music written and produced by the late, great R&B/funk legend Curtis Mayfield, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00 as part of their 100 albums for $5 each deal.

Released originally over 40 years ago, Superfly remains more than just a curious curio from that genre where tough dialogue, almost miniscule budgets, and realistic gritty cinematography, along with liberal dashes of sex and violence, were large orders of the day. It’s a nice cornerstone of a soundtrack, taking the reins where the equally memorable musicality for Shaft left off about a year earlier.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Van Morrison ‘Astral Weeks’
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Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison, and regarded by many as one of the top ten records of all time, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

With its breathless stripped down emotional wallop, Astral Weeks, even though it’s one of Van Morrison’s earliest records, is still full of the injections of the painful, wretched brilliance that accompanied and solidified his later works. Astral Weeks remains a hauntingly beautiful record, like standing on a misty harbor in the early morning, as the quiet lift of the oceans waves sift back and forth like a hammock. Mixing sublime guitar and flute, electric bass, piquant vibraphone, and quiet haunting passages in each and every song, from the opening track — which is the title track — the unexpected rush of its power and strength hits one instantly.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Neil Young ‘Harvest’
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Harvest, by Neil Young, which still stands as one of America’s great classic folky rock/electric country albums, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

Subtle in its masterstrokes, Harvest finds Neil Young a bit more subdued in a positive sense, sort of a musical detoxing from the CSNY supernova and his reverbed up energetic prior releases such as Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere. By 1972 and Harvest, Young had become a cult figure put on the influential pedestal like a Bob Dylan or a John Lennon, and like those two aforementioned artists, Neil Young also had a rite of passage by way of his sheer, stark creativity and originality. He truly is and remains one of a kind, and the great music on Harvest just solidifies the obvious of Young’s mammoth talents.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: The Doors ‘The Doors’
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The Doors, the debut album by the 1960s legendary California quartet, who wound up becoming one of the most influential and successful American bands of all time, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

Upon release of this record originally, on Elektra Records 45 years ago this past January, the musical game changed forever in modern rock and roll and its styles. The band’s sounds were mired in darkness, early prototypes of Gothic and alternative rock and roll, blues music saturated in a cryptic, murky, opaque, shadowy sound, a positive creepiness if you will, led by the shock cock rock of lead singer Jim Morrison.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Steely Dan ‘Aja’
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Aja, the consummate release from the jazz/rock/quirky genre stretching group Steely Dan, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.

By the time the album was originally released in 1977, Steely Dan had been already around for a handful of years, hits and successful albums under their belt (“Do It Again,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Dirty Work,” etc.) and it all crystallized with the release of Aja.

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