Forced Exposure New Releases for the Week of 6/7/2021

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New music is due from Czarface & MF DOOM, 9ms, and Rolf Zielke, while old music is due from J Spaceman and J Coxon, Neutron 9000, and Galaxie 500.

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20/20/20
202020 009LP
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: 202020 009LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GALAXIE 500 This Is Our Music LP
2021 repress. "After producing two albums celebrated by a thirsty underground network of fans, Galaxie 500 released what turned out to be their unexpected swansong, This Is Our Music. The title is an intentionally declarative statement. After being labeled masters of the disengaged and forlorn, Damon Krukowski, Dean Wareham, and Naomi Yang delivered a full-length comprised of their most stately material. Here, one can hear potential realized, as well as changes afoot. For the first time since its original pressing, This Is Our Music is available again on vinyl. Cut by vinyl ace Kevin Gray from a remaster by Kramer and Alan Douches, the album sounds more vibrant than ever, and Galaxie 500 exists again as one of the most enrapturing and glorious bands to emerge from the underground in the past 25 years."
A RECORDINGS (UK)
AUK 120LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: AUK 120LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PARKS & ANTON NEWCOMBE, TESS I Declare Nothing LP
2021 repress; LP version. Pressed on black 180-gram vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve. Born in Berlin in early 2014 and nurtured over the following summer, I Declare Nothing is the spine-tingling collaboration between Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), co-written and co-played by the duo and released to coincide with their 2015 European tour, following their Record Store Day 2015 Cocaine Cat single (AUK 118EP). A native of Toronto, Tess Parks moved to London, England, at the age of 17, where she briefly studied photography before deciding to focus on music. Parks made an impression on industry legend Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records, though the timing of their meeting could hardly have been less ideal; McGee was no longer involved in music and Parks was due to move back to Toronto. After moving back to her hometown in 2012, Parks formed a band on the advice of McGee and less than a year after their meeting, he returned to music with his label 359 Music. Parks became one of his first signings and released her debut record, Blood Hot, in November 2013 to excellent reviews. One reviewer described her as "Patti Smith on Quaaludes." Others have mentioned her "gauzy psychedelic sound" and "smouldering voice." Alan McGee himself said, "She's only 24 and is already an amazing songwriter... she just doesn't quite know she is yet -- her most beautiful quality is her lack of ego. Tess is an amazing lady." Anton Newcombe is the leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, who returned in May 2014 with their 14th full-length album, Revelation (AUK 030CD/LP), to critical acclaim, and released Musique de film imaginé (AUK 032CD/LP) in 2015. The band's first album to be fully recorded and produced at Newcombe's recording studio in Berlin, it was supported by a successful European tour. Named in tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his influence in introducing Eastern culture and music into the world of Western rock 'n' roll, The Brian Jonestown Massacre formed in San Francisco, California in 1990. Through two dozen band members and numerous "ups and downs" (some of which have been famously sensationalized in the media), the one thing that has always remained consistent for this psychedelic collective is frontman Mr. Anton Alfred Newcombe.
AUK 133LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: AUK 133LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
L'EPEE Diabolique LP+CD
2021 repress. LP version. 180 gram, ruby vinyl. Includes CD. The debut album release from L'Epee, the band of Emmanuelle Seigner (Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle), Anton Newcombe (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Lionel and Marie Liminana (The Limiñanas). It is very rarely that a musical project lives up to the billing of being a "supergroup". However, the exception to this rule comes in the shape of L'Epee. A stellar combination of the talents of The Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, cinematic femme fatale Emmanuelle Seigner and ice-cool pop provocateurs The Limiñanas, L'Epee transcend artistic and traditional borders. Far from being defeated by a world seemingly regressing into turmoil, L'Epee's strength comes from a long history of challenging the status quo -- they all share a fierce intelligence and an outsider aesthetic which, over the decades, has been sharpened to a razor's edge. Fitting, then, that their name translates as "The Sword". This pent-up creative energy has been channeled into their extraordinary debut album, Diabolique. Named in tribute to Mario Bava's 1968 cult classic Danger: Diabolik, it's a musical masterclass where elements of garage, ye-ye, sleaze rock, cult soundtracks, sci-fi, spaghetti westerns, and girl-group pop noir are combined with the cut-and-thrust zeal of a band bursting with ideas and energy. All delivered by Emmanuelle in a sultry Gallic drawl which will send a frisson of recognition through anyone familiar with her iconic roles in, among many others, Frantic (1988), Venus In Fur (2013), and Bitter Moon (1992) (all directed by her husband, Roman Polanski). "I've loved rock music since I was a kid," she says, namechecking Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground, and The Stooges as key influences. Having asked close friend Bertrand Belin to provide lyrics for three further tracks ("Grande", "On Dansait Avec Elle", and "Lou"), the trio set to work at The Limiñanas' studio in Cabestany, Southern France, in November 2017. Satisfied with the results, the trio flew to Berlin to hook up with Anton and Andrea Wright at his Cobra Studio in Berlin. Utilizing a treasure trove of vintage equipment, Anton set to work, re-recording the drums with Marie and adding -- and deleting -- tracks so that the shifting layers of sound suited the mood of each individual track.
AGOGO RECORDS (GERMANY)
AR 143CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: AR 143CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ZIELKE, ROLF Beaches In Your Soul CD
"For me, these special moments when we close our eyes and look inwards are intense experiences. Between sleep and wakefulness, such impressions inspire me to translate images from daydreams into music. Jazz and Funk, Arabic and Central Asian sounds and grooves, and above all, improvisation -- this is my musical language. Thank you to the wonderful musicians who have brought these compositions to life!" --Rolf Zielke, February 2021The pianist Rolf Zielke has been a constant in the German Jazz scene for many years. The spectrum of his work, bands and projects is huge and he keeps surprising us with new ideas and concepts. On his new work Beaches In Your Soul he takes you on an exciting musical journey that should not be missed. Each piece on this album embodies its own story, sets a different basic mood and takes us to a different imaginary place. And yet everything interlocks wonderfully. From the first piece you can feel that Rolf Zielke and his band are interested in something. It goes on a spiritual excursion with an impressive variety of rhythms, a great wealth of instruments and an almost outrageously positive playing attitude. Despite all the virtuosity and joy of playing, nothing is "overplayed" here. The focus here is not on refinements, but rather on the unexcited search for the appropriate form of expression and the right timbre. Or to put it another way: It's more about sounds than notes. The unusual instrumentation alone results in many surprising moments. Based on a long-standing core band around percussionist Mustafa Boztüy, saxophonist Stephan Abel, and cellist Stephan Braun, Rolf Zielke has expanded his ensemble in a targeted manner. Particularly unusual in this context: the timpanist Friedhelm May, whose playing gives the piece "Welcome the Shaman". It is also striking that there is no bass player in this band. The cellist Stephan Braun takes on the bass part in most cases, but is also able to play grandiose improvised solos on the cello, which have so far only rarely been heard in this form in jazz. Particularly impressive in the second part of the opening piece "Awakening" or in the piece "Night Sea Journey", in which the cello engages in a gripping dialogue with Mohannad Nasser's oud.
AR 143LP
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: AR 143LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ZIELKE, ROLF Beaches In Your Soul 2LP
Double LP version. Gatefold sleeve. "For me, these special moments when we close our eyes and look inwards are intense experiences. Between sleep and wakefulness, such impressions inspire me to translate images from daydreams into music. Jazz and Funk, Arabic and Central Asian sounds and grooves, and above all, improvisation -- this is my musical language. Thank you to the wonderful musicians who have brought these compositions to life!" --Rolf Zielke, February 2021The pianist Rolf Zielke has been a constant in the German Jazz scene for many years. The spectrum of his work, bands and projects is huge and he keeps surprising us with new ideas and concepts. On his new work Beaches In Your Soul he takes you on an exciting musical journey that should not be missed. Each piece on this album embodies its own story, sets a different basic mood and takes us to a different imaginary place. And yet everything interlocks wonderfully. From the first piece you can feel that Rolf Zielke and his band are interested in something. It goes on a spiritual excursion with an impressive variety of rhythms, a great wealth of instruments and an almost outrageously positive playing attitude. Despite all the virtuosity and joy of playing, nothing is "overplayed" here. The focus here is not on refinements, but rather on the unexcited search for the appropriate form of expression and the right timbre. Or to put it another way: It's more about sounds than notes. The unusual instrumentation alone results in many surprising moments. Based on a long-standing core band around percussionist Mustafa Boztüy, saxophonist Stephan Abel, and cellist Stephan Braun, Rolf Zielke has expanded his ensemble in a targeted manner. Particularly unusual in this context: the timpanist Friedhelm May, whose playing gives the piece "Welcome the Shaman". It is also striking that there is no bass player in this band. The cellist Stephan Braun takes on the bass part in most cases, but is also able to play grandiose improvised solos on the cello, which have so far only rarely been heard in this form in jazz. Particularly impressive in the second part of the opening piece "Awakening" or in the piece "Night Sea Journey", in which the cello engages in a gripping dialogue with Mohannad Nasser's oud.
AGUIRRE RECORDS (BELGIUM)
ZORN 060LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: ZORN 060LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
TIMELASH A Morphology Of Wonders 2LP
"Timelash is the evolution of Embassador Dulgoon's cryptozoological sci-fi opus Hydrorion Remnants converging with Corum's surreal sonic mapping as Beguiling Isles. The combined cinematic vision jettisons listeners through a psychedelic wormhole far beyond the usual perception of known audio latitude, Aguirre Records has gone all out to inject this tribal dino DNA double slab of wax presented as twelve expansive and mesmerizing tracks of historical mutations linking early communication developments with speculative astrobiological impressions heard as mysterious and riveting melodies that wash over dizzying percussive styles and suspenseful ambience. A variety of unexampled sounds take shape throughout as tectonic tablature, reptilian choral movements, bubbling bioluminescence, tube calls, orogenic bells, crustacean chatter, lost continent scales, high plains drifting riffs, and primordial soup lapping splashes revealing to listeners a living mural that is A Morphology Of Wonders. The conjuring of cratonic creature harmonics resonate wildly from this interdimensional duet, emerging as Neopangaea music of now." --Zakira Luna, Psychic Sounds Research Edition of 300.
ZORN 071LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: ZORN 071LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
BEGOTTEN, THE Temidden Laaghangende Wolken LP
The Begotten is the brainchild of Jürgen De Blonde (Köhn, de portables) and Brecht Ameel (Razen), who initially performed a number of shows and released a cassette under the moniker Kohier -- gleefully referencing the absurdity of Belgian tax systems and institutions. On their debut LP Temidden Laaghangende Wolken they are joined by percussionist and improv-veteran Dirk Wachtelaer (Pablo's Eye, Vanishing Pictures), who locked with De Blonde and Ameel's post-reality continuum during a recording session at Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels. In this new trio format, The Begotten weaves a stripped-down set of after-hours, trancey observations on keys, baritone guitar, and drums. Neon-lit bars are named Le Kheops or 60 Moons, streets are soaked in sheets of rain, people are staring at tax sheets and comets pass by unnoticed. Dub with tears; Temidden Laaghangende Wolken is the perfect backdrop of a strongly medicated game of Manillen during a "Derrick" rerun. Edition of 250.
ATOMNATION (NETHERLANDS)
ATMV 087LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: ATMV 087LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
GOKU, SAM East Dimensional Riddims 2LP
Sam Goku returns to Atomnation with a stunning debut album titled East Dimensional Riddims. The 11 tracks record is a journey into his hugely characterful club sound complete with ambient and subtle use of instruments from his Chinese heritage. Sam Goku -- born Robin Wang -- was born in Düsseldorf, yet his upbringing was Chinese for the most part. It is the contrasting influences of those two cultural backgrounds that play out in his music and lend it a truly unique character. The album is a fine fusion of East and West, house and techno, power and emotion that really showcases the unique production talents of Sam Goku. Following up on the EPs Tanggu, Every Step, and Paradise Drum, this new album is the sound of an artist evolving, maturing and finding his own sound. It's a cohesive work that is as emotional as it is physical and thought provoking.
AXIS
AX 091LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: AX 091LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BYRON THE AQUARIUS Ambrosia 2LP
Limited 2021 repress. "The overall goal was to create something that bared the traits and signs that would catch the attention of a music lover. Someone that has danced themselves into a relationship with music that is unconditional and undeniable." --Jeff MillsByron The Aquarius is no stranger to true music fans. In January 2020 he gathered his friend musicians in Atlanta for a session of a few days at Patchwerk Studios under Jeff Mills's supervision. The result is a fantastic mix between soulful house and jazz music with a touch of blues. When Byron The Aquarius talks about live frequencies, his enthusiasm is infectious. A keys player by trade, one can detect echoes of the likes of Keith Jarrett, Jan Hammer, and Herbie Hancock. With a tinge of pitch bend and the early release of words, you can hear the rhythm in the way he speaks. This might be a common trait coming from one who lives in Birmingham, Alabama and has been greatly educated on jazz by his grandfather. In his music, he reminds the listener how precious the single note can be again and this makes the attraction to his music irresistible. Proudly put, his music does wait for anyone's approval and this is exactly what makes this man and what he creates so unique. Byron's love for melody and harmony has consistently drawn the attention of electronic music's leading labels and producers and he's worked along with some of the best. In 2015, Byron released a ten-track solo album on BBE entitled Planets of Love. When he wasn't working on his own music, he was playing keys in the studio with Atlanta-based house DJ/artist Kai Alce. These creations soon fell upon the radar of the Detroit maestro Theo Parrish, who loved the sound of his sublime jazz-infected house and selected two tracks to release on his legendary Sound Signature label in 2016. The resulting Highlife EP has been hailed nothing less than "stunning", "intoxicating", and "essential." In the years since, Byron has released a consistently high level of music on Wild Oats, Eglo Records, and more. He has toured the planet playing festivals such as Dimensions, Dekmantel, Suncebeat, Lente Kabinet, All Points East, and many more as well as a plethora of the world's best clubs. Despite the limitation brought on by the pandemic, 2020 has been a busy one for Byron.
BA DA BING!
BING 167LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: BING 167LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VAN ETTEN, SHARON Epic Ten 2LP
Double LP version. "epic represents a crossroads for me as an artist. Going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up. I am in awe of the artists who wanted to participate in celebrating my anniversary and reissue, from young inspiring musicians, to artists who took me under their wing, who I met on tour, and to artists I've looked up to since I was a teenager. Each one of these artists continue to influence my writing and provide a sense of camaraderie during this new era of sharing music." --Sharon Van Etten "Sharon Van Etten's career since the release of her second album, 2010's epic, is well-known; critically lauded albums, films, and television shows have continually displayed her expanding artistry. Upon its release, epic laid a romantic melancholy over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak without one honest thought or feeling spared. Her songs covered betrayal, obsession, egotism, and all the other emotions disliked in others and recognize in oneself. Van Etten's grounded and clenched vocals conveyed a sense of hope -- the notion that beauty can arise from the worst of circumstances. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this special album's release, and to acknowledge the convergence of Van Etten's present and past work, she asked fellow artists she admired to participate in an expanded reissue, where each artist would cover one different song from epic in their own style. Some are musicians Van Etten herself admired in her early days (Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, and Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon of Big Red Machine), some are peers (Courtney Barnett, IDLES), and others are part of a younger generation of innovators (Shamir, St. Panther). What they all share is embodied by epic -- a musician frankly communicating the power of music. The resulting epic Ten is a double album featuring the original plus the new album of epic covers and reimagined artwork."
BEAR FAMILY RECORDS (GERMANY)
BCD 17617CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: BCD 17617CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Destination Forbidden Planet: 37 Outer Space Shock Treatments CD
"Whether Forbidden Planet or Visitors from Space -- here the fan of 1950s sci-fi movies gets his money's worth! This release in Bear Family's Destination series deals with the unexplainable, the other dimension, and last but not least with interplanetary horror -- but it also really rocks out. 37 tracks from 1951-1965 answer the most urgent questions: does the forbidden planet exist, and are there beings from outer space? Of course, we hear various interpretations by famous artists, including Louis Prima, Billy Lee Riley or Judy Garland! In addition, plenty of unknown rarities that would have deserved chart success, many of them for the first time on CD! Furthermore: two exceptional guitarists in a class of their own: Billy Mure and George Barnes! Both with outstanding outer space instrumentals! Artists from different nations, among others Freddy Sunder from Belgium and Winifred Atwell and Don Lang from Great Britain. This extraterrestrial music cocktail is rounded off with original movie trailers and some monumental orchestral interludes à la David Rose and Jimmie Haskell. The 16-page color booklet contains info on each track by producer Marc Mittelacher and many photos and illustrations, some of them rare. The forbidden planet -- what is the story behind it? And what are the 'Purple People Eater', the Blood Beasts and the Robot Men? Beings from another world? Visitors from outer space? All these questions can only be answered by this CD. What's more, it rocks and swings, not only on Earth, but also on Mars, Jupiter, the Moon and, of course, the forbidden planet."
BEAT RECORDS (ITALY)
LPF 089LP
PRICE: $40.50
CAT #: LPF 089LP
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
USUELLI, TEO Alla Ricerca Del Piacere LP
50 years ago, Franco and Luciana De Gemini had recently moved to Rome, both looking for their place in the world. Through his collaborations with many great maestros of the period and his involvement with the orchestras, Franco got to know many people including Fulvio Corradini and Benito Costa (the former an administrator of prestigious record catalogs, the second a trusted friend). In fact, they had already caught wind of a small record label called Beat Records Company, founded on May 12, 1966, but the two had no time to devote to the endeavor so they trusted its administration to Franco De Gemini by actively involving him as a partner. It was on March 23, 1968, that they set foot in that office on Viale Medaglie D'oro. Beat had published 58 tracks, had 16,500 Liras in cash and a tax fine of 140,000 liras for failure to report. That was the day that Franco and Luciana began their adventure, which would last for him until July 20, 2013, and for her until March 3, 2016. It was an intense fifty years, always with one foot on an airplane, in a smoke-filled recording studio, in front of a Moviola viewing the scrolling images of film or around a table with incredible characters, to talk, create music and art, or simply to enjoy life. That little two-year-old son that was once picked up and held by Franco and Luciana is now a man of 50, a man with whom generations of film and music fans have been able to cultivate their passions, served and revered by the tireless work of this incredible couple. Having reached this important landmark in time, with over half a century of history behind the label, they decided to revive five significant favorites from their musical catalog and replicate them in their original format. The fifth appointment of this revival is with one of our scores unreleased on vinyl, Alla Ricerca Del Piacere by Teo Usuelli, a score a movie featuring the divine Barbara Bouchet, a beautiful icon beloved on both sides of the ocean. The music -- iconic as well, and among the most appreciated in Beat Records' catalog -- has been included on Beat at Cinecittà albums and used by the Cohen Brothers, who included "Piacere sequence, M36" in The Big Lebowski (1998). 180 gram vinyl; printed inner sleeve; external obi.
BECAUSE MUSIC (FRANCE)
BEC 5543435
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: BEC 5543435
FILE UNDER: ROCK
CALE, J.J. Guitar Man LP+CD
2021 restock; LP version. First vinyl edition; 180 gram vinyl; printed inner-sleeve; Includes CD. Because Music present a reissue of JJ Cale's Guitar Man, originally released in 1996. Guitar Man is the 12th studio album by JJ Cale. Personnel: JJ Cale - vocals, guitar; Christine Lakeland - guitar, vocals on "Death In The Wilderness"; James Cruce - drums on "Death In The Wilderness"."25 years after his first album, Naturally (1971), JJ Cale created Guitar Man, an album made up of hypnotic grooves forged out of elegantly simple components. The album is largely a solo affair, with only scattered additional accompaniment, such as on the incredible opening tune, 'Death in the Wilderness.' Otherwise, Cale plays every instrument, adding particularly strong guitar work to the mix." --All Music
BERCEUSE HEROIQUE (UK)
BH 063EP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: BH 063EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
OM UNIT MEETS SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL Secret Location 12"
Om Unit meets Seekers International on Berceuse Heroique.
BH 067EP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: BH 067EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
PESSIMIST Empty Words 12"
"A ceremony that invokes ancient spirits like the Dom & Roland productions, the early raw sound of RZA and the bleakness of the Birmingham techno scene in the '90s. A cinematic trip of film noir aesthetics mixed with an eastern European sci fi sensibility. Touch Of Evil meets Zulawski's On The Silver Globe. Pessimist runs the voodoo down for the first time on Berceuse Heroique and we are proud to release some of his most honest work."
BLACK SAINT (ITALY)
BSR 005LP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: BSR 005LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
LOWE, FRANK The Flam LP
2021 restock. Black Saint Vinyl present a reissue of Frank Lowe's The Flam, originally released in 1975. Frank Lowe, one of the most powerful tenor sax voices in the post-free jazz era and one of the main figures in the mid-70s NY jazz loft scene. The Flam recorded and released on Black Saint in 1975 stands as one of Lowe's best albums ever. This is highly Intense music with deep meaning and timeless message performed by an amazing collective featuring Frank Lowe (tenor sax), Leo Smith (trumpet, flugelhorn, wood flute), Joseph Bowie (trombone), Alex Blake (bass, electric bass), and Charles "Bobo" Shaw (drums).
BLUE NOTE
BLP 1588LP
PRICE: $21.50
CAT #: BLP 1588LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
CLARK, SONNY Cool Struttin' LP
Reissue. Originally released in 1958. "Cool Struttin' is an album by jazz pianist Sonny Clark, released by Blue Note Records at some point between August and October 1958. Described as an 'enduring hard-bop classic' by The New York Times, the album features alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Art Farmer and two members of the Miles Davis Quintet, drummer Philly Joe Jones and bassist Paul Chambers. According to The Stereo Times, the album enjoys 'a nearly cult status among hardcore jazz followers', a reputation AllMusic asserts it deserves 'for its soul appeal alone'."
BUREAU B (GERMANY)
BB 250LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 250LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
BAUMANN, PETER Romance 76 LP
2021 restock; LP version. Bureau B present a reissue of Peter Baumann's solo debut album Romance 76, originally released in 1976. From 1971 to 1977, Peter Baumann was a member of the legendary Berlin band Tangerine Dream. The group were pioneers of the so called Berliner Schule (Berlin School) which had a profound impact on electronic music. With Peter Baumann on board, Tangerine Dream grew into one of the most influential bands in electronic krautrock, sited somewhere between experimental electronica and progressive rock. Baumann's positive aura and eagerness to experiment galvanized the band's music almost instantaneously. His catchy melodies, rich in positivity, propelled Tangerine Dream into the charts. After five years of chart appearances, extensive touring and several albums, Baumann initiated his solo career with Romance 76. "Romance 76 resulted from the urge to create new music. I felt we had begun repeating ourselves in Tangerine Dream and I was keen to discover new things, to carry on experimenting. Improvisation had been common to us all, but on your own it isn't quite so simple." This shift in focus led him to leave Tangerine Dream towards the end of 1977. He and a friend set up the Paragon Studio in Berlin, which would earn a prominent place in music production history. Still a member of the band in 1976, Baumann rented a hall in the ufaFabrik, Berlin to record Romance 76. The influence of Tangerine Dream can clearly be heard on Romance 76, although the arrangements are comparatively minimalist. Sonic similarities to Tangerine Dream can be explained by the fact that the group used the same space for gig rehearsals, giving Baumann access to their instruments. The distinctive sound of a modular synthesizer system can be detected on Romance 76, for example, along with a mellotron. The minimal composition's airiness lends the unusual synth sounds space to unfold in all their glory. A state of affairs for which David Bowie is partially responsible, as Baumann recalls: "We were in Berlin and met him for dinner, then he would call in while I was recording the album, listening carefully to what I was working on. I explained to him what still needed to be done, but Bowie suggested: 'Leave it as it is, there's enough there already.' " At which point Baumann decided to look at the tracks in question as finished. This reissue includes extensive liner notes and rare photographs.
BB 335LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 335LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROEDELIUS Selbstportrait Wahre Liebe LP
2021 restock; LP version. The first part of Hans-Joachim Roedelius's Selbstportrait (Self-Portrait) series was originally released under the title Sanfte Musik on Sky Records in 1979. Now, some forty years later, a new instalment has arrived in the form of an album entitled Wahre Liebe. One of the initiators of the Berlin Zodiak Free Arts Lab in 1967, Roedelius went on to co-found Kluster/Cluster and Harmonia, unleashing a new and free form of music which, with the benefit of hindsight, can be considered a milestone in the historical context of kosmische musik and krautrock. In the late 1970s, Roedelius began to increase his activities as a solo artist, building up an extensive and multifaceted body of work over the ensuing decades. Across this timeline, the Self-Portrait albums represent an intensely personal and noteworthy corpus in their own right. Over the past ten years, the Hamburg-based label Bureau B has reissued numerous Hans-Joachim Roedelius albums, both solo and collaborative efforts, introducing him to a new generation of potential devotees. In 2014, label founder Gunther Buskies approached Roedelius to suggest that he record a new instalment for the Self-Portrait series, using the same instruments which dominated his productions in the late 1970s: a Farfisa organ, drum machine, tape-delay and a Rhodes. Together with Onnen and Wolf Bock, the album Wahre Liebe (True Love) was created. Roedelius explains the process: "The Wahre Liebe album was commissioned by Gunther Buskies, who wanted to know if the elderly Roedelius, armed with vintage tools, was capable of 'beaming back' to his youthful years, reaching into the sonic past of the Self-Portrait series to deliver similarly persuasive results. What better proof could there be that true love, age-old love never dies..." Sure enough, this album successfully and seamlessly connects with its antecedents. Miniatures, improvisations, atmospheric images, and dreamlike introspections of an individualist are articulated in that innate Roedelius language which is at once brittle and as light as a whisper, a pastel ribbon weaving its way softly through the full range of sonic topographies. Hans-Joachim Roedelius is pleased with the outcome: "Roedelius has been granted the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with his own self in order to achieve that of which he is ultimately capable, namely his calling: to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors, to create authentic art, be it music or words, or anything and everything else which fascinates him."
BB 340LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: BB 340LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
ROEDELIUS Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978 LP
2021 restock; LP version. During the legendary Forst years, Roedelius had a private workspace with a Farfisa organ, a Revox-A77 tape machine, an echo device and a synthesizer which he borrowed from the Cluster studio next door now and again. Here he experimented, practiced, allowed his imagination to flow, at any hour of the day or night, whenever he was not in the studio with Dieter Moebius and/or Michael Rother at work on new Cluster or Harmonia material. Roedelius always let the tape run, in order to analyze the ideas thus captured more effectively on repeated listening. For the first time ever, this Roedelius audio sketchbook had been digitalized and available to the public in 2014 on a limited three-LP box set called Roedelius Tape Archive 1973-1978. The recordings offer a deep insight into the creative process of his music. Fleeting notes, slivers of ideas, so to speak, moments of inspiration. Finger exercises, experiments in harmony, studies in rhythm are also preserved on these magnetic tapes. Since the box set has been sold out for a long time, Bureau B decided to release the essence of those three LPs on a one-disc compilation: Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978.
CINEDELIC RECORDS/SOAVE (ITALY)
CNSV 002LP
PRICE: $34.50
CAT #: CNSV 002LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MACCHI, EGISTO Sud E Magia LP
Limited restock. Maestro Egisto Macchi (Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza) recorded this mystical ethnographic trip to the South of Italy imbued with its rites, superstitions, magical symbols and popular mythologies in 1977 for the TV Documentary Sud E Magia. Astoundingly evoking the intensity, magic, and psychedelia of its subject with the use of inventive and unconventional techniques (aerophones, crystal glasses, prepared piano), Macchi harmonizes kindred spirits from transcendental, religious, and metaphysical sound forms. Produced in the Feeling Records Studios, Turin, which had the highest level of equipment and technicians, this pinnacle of experimental library music is released for the first time with audio restored from the original masters tapes.
CLERMONT MUSIC
CLE 047CD
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: CLE 047CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SUMRRA 7 Visions CD
In this latest album, Sumrrá makes the inspired exercise of taking perspective and rethinking our own existence through music. The three musicians based in Santiago de Compostela look with new eyes at the "Sapiens Sapiens", the "Inner Space" that lives inside each one of us, or the "Ra", the first Star, the source of all life. They reflect on our eternal position in the "Universal Periphery", or the permanent dance of the "Gravitational Forces". They tell through their music what happened "13.7 billion years later", or why there are seven degrees that separate "Aswan from Alexandria". A result as surprising as it is revealing. Lucid, overwhelming, brilliant 7 Visions ... Sumrrá's seventh album is here. Personnel: Manuel Gutiérrez - piano; Xacobe Martínez Antelo - double bass; LAR Legido - drums.
COLUMBIA
CS 34396HLP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: CS 34396HLP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DAVIS, MILES Water Babies LP
Reissue. Originally released in 1976. 180 gram vinyl. "Water Babies is a compilation album by American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. It compiled music Davis recorded in studio sessions with his quintet in 1967 and 1968, including outtakes from his 1968 album Nefertiti and recordings that foreshadowed his direction on In a Silent Way (1969), while covering styles such as jazz fusion and post-bop. Water Babies was released by Columbia Records in 1976 after Davis had (temporarily) retired."
CS 9217LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: CS 9217LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HOUSE, SON Father Of Folk Blues LP
Reissue. The first album of Delta blues legend Son House on the Columbia label, originally released in 1965. Canned Heat founding member Al Wilson appears. Includes the 9+ minute closing track "Levee Camp Moan."
CS 9401HLP
PRICE: $21.50
CAT #: CS 9401HLP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DAVIS QUINTET, MILES Miles Smiles LP
2021 repress on 180 gram vinyl, originally released in 1966. "With their second album, Miles Smiles, the second Miles Davis Quintet really began to hit their stride, delving deeper into the more adventurous, exploratory side of their signature sound. This is clear as soon as 'Orbits' comes crashing out the gate, but it's not just the fast, manic material that has an edge -- slower, quieter numbers are mercurial, not just in how they shift melodies and chords, but how the voicing and phrasing never settles into a comfortable groove. This is music that demands attention, never taking predictable paths or easy choices." --All Music
CS 9987HLP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: CS 9987HLP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DIXON, WILLIE I Am The Blues LP
2021 repress. 180 gram reissue, originally released in 1970. "Entire genres of music would look and sound vastly different if not for the contributions of Vicksburg, Mississippi's Willie Dixon. A writer of songs such as 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Spoonful', and 'My Babe', among so many others, Dixon's songs have gone on to become standards of blues music, after being covered by legends such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter, while these same songs served as inspirational templates for the evolution of rock and roll music. Along with Muddy Waters, Dixon is to this day considered one of the most influential figures to the development of the post-World War II music scene. Dixon originally began as a performer, but as his career as a songwriter and session musician took off he performed less and less, working behind the scenes more frequently. In 1970 however, he entered the studios to record a selection of his own tunes. The end result was titled I Am The Blues, and consisted of songs written during his time as a staff-writer with Chess Records, previously performed by the likes of Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush, and Willie Mabon. Dixon was joined by a solid lineup of seasoned session veterans, many of whom had performed as sidemen for the same singers he'd written for. A remarkable collection of new renditions of classic songs, straight from the original source."
CORBETT VS. DEMPSEY
CVSD SUNRA
PRICE: $55.00
CAT #: CVSD SUNRA
FILE UNDER: Misc
SUN RA Extensions Out, Plus: Four Poetry Books (1959/1972) 4 BOOKS
Limited reprint. Corbett vs. Dempsey announce the release of four books of poetry by Sun Ra. Two of these were pamphlets that accompanied early Sun Ra albums issued in the late 1950s; the other two were published more than a decade later by Infinity Inc./Saturn Research. CvsD's reprints are fastidiously designed facsimiles of the original publications, marking the first time they have been available in their Ra-ordained form since they were published. An architect of Afrofuturism and one of the great musical thinkers of the 20th century, Ra's work extended far beyond jazz and even music to the realms of pageantry, performance, theater, philosophy, visual art, and literature. In the mid-1950s, he handed out leaflets and gave street corner lectures -- revisionist interpretations of the Bible and bold meditations on the status of African Americans in American society. A few years later, Ra began disseminating his poems in -- and sometimes on -- his albums. His debut, Jazz By Sun Ra, was issued in 1957 by the Boston-based Transition label, a short-lived company that sold records by subscription; this record contained a beautiful booklet, now as prized as the LP itself, with rare photographs and a selection of poems and proclamations, as well as the personnel and recording credits. Ra's Jazz In Silhouette was released two years hence on Saturn Records, the label he started with Alton Abraham, and it came with a mimeographed liner booklet -- now exceedingly rare -- that was folded, unstapled, as an ultra-economical accompaniment to the vinyl. The CvsD version folds this slim pamphlet of poetry into a slipcover with a classic photo portrait of Ra by Thomas "Bugs" Hunter on the back. Perhaps Ra's best-known book of poetry, reprinted in many alternative versions with different contents over the years, is The Immeasurable Equation; this incarnation restores the original Infinity Inc./Saturn Research version, published in Chicago in 1972 and distributed widely by the Arkestra, often from the bandstand. It features more than 60 of Ra's poems. Finally, perhaps the rarest of Ra's poetry books is Extensions Out: Immeasurable Equation Vol. II, which was also published by Infinity Inc./Saturn Research. This 8 1/2 x 11 inch book is a massive compendium of more than 130 poems, very much in step with the mimeo poetry publications of its era -- simple staple binding, one-sided pages -- featuring three photographs of artwork by Ayé Aton, a close ally of Ra's in this, the period of the Arkestra classic Space Is The Place, on which Aton plays percussion. Great care was taken to reproduce the special textured cover of this highly sought-after book. These four books are exclusively sold as a set. The first edition is limited to 1000 copies. Corbett vs. Dempsey is proud to represent the non-musical side of the Sun Ra Estate. The label gratefully acknowledges Irwin Chusid and Sun Ra LLC for the permission to release this historically rich chronicle of Ra's poetry, presented as he originally conceived it.
DAMAGED GOODS (UK)
DAMGOOD 537LP
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: DAMGOOD 537LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
HEAVENLY A Bout De Heavenly: The Singles LP
2021 repress; LP version. "Heavenly's classic singles on a brand-new compilation album! A potted history of Heavenly... Heavenly debuted with the 7" single 'I Fell in Love Last Night', followed by another 7", 'Our Love Is Heavenly', both released in 1990 on Sarah Records. Heavenly vs. Satan, the group's debut album, came out in 1991. Before releasing the critically acclaimed Le Jardin de Heavenly, Cathy Rogers (keyboard, back-up vocals) joined the band. Her harmony vocals and keyboards became an integral part of the group's sound. Before their next long-player, Heavenly released two non-album 7" singles, 'P.U.N.K. Girl' and 'Atta Girl'. These signaled a growing complexity in Amelia's songwriting, particularly 'Atta Girl', in which Amelia and Cathy sung in rapid-fire trade-off vocals. A broadening (and darkening) of lyrical subject matter was shown in the B-side, 'Hearts and Crosses', which told the story of a date rape, with an upbeat keyboard riff providing an ironic counterpoint. The band's third LP was The Decline and Fall of Heavenly (1994). Here the group were at their most commercial and at their most attuned with the growing Britpop movement. The arrangements expanded even more to include strings and a large amount of percussion, and the dual-vocal trick was used on several tracks. Lyrically, the old romantic view of love was largely banished, but the tunes remained as upbeat and joyful as ever. The group's last album was Operation Heavenly (1996). Arriving in the middle of the Britpop boom, the album contained such fine singles as 'Space Manatee' and 'Trophy Girlfriend'. Despite the closing of Sarah Records and release on Wiiija, the album was still recognisably the Heavenly sound. Shortly before the release of Operation Heavenly, Mathew Fletcher, the band's drummer and Amelia's brother, committed suicide. The remaining members announced that the band name Heavenly was to be retired."
DOCTOR BIRD (UK)
DBCD 077CD
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: DBCD 077CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
CULTURE Children Of Zion 3CD
"Arguably the greatest Jamaican vocal group to emerge on the reggae scene during the latter half of the Seventies, the Joseph Hill-led trio Culture wrote and performed some of the finest roots music of the era, initially making their mark with producer Joe Gibbs before joining the revered roster of Sonia Pottinger's High Note Records. The first two discs of this long overdue triple CD set collect the 'A' and 'B' sides of all the group's Jamaican 7" and 12" High Note singles, with disc 3 comprising rare and previously unreleased 12" mixes from the vaults. Featuring some of the finest roots reggae recordings of the late Seventies, this collection superbly demonstrates why Culture remain held in such high esteem by reggae aficionados, and with 20 tracks new to CD and five previously unissued, will even satisfy the exacting demands of the group's long-standing fans."
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS (UK)
ECLEC 32753CD
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: ECLEC 32753CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
T2 It'll All Work Out In Boomland 3CD
"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded 3CD digipack edition of the cult 1970 album by progressive rock power trio T2. The album earned much praise upon its release and the band's live performances hailed the teenager Keith Cross as "the new Eric Clapton", much against his wishes. Despite this, issues with their record company, combined with a general dissatisfaction led to Cross departing the band after the trio had recorded a series of excellent tracks for a potential second album that failed to materialize after the band were dropped by Decca. By 1971 Bernard Jinks had also departed and Peter Dunton formed a new line-up of the band featuring guitarist Andrew Bown and bassist John Weir. This new line-up performed on the UK concert circuit and also recorded a series of fine tracks in the search of a new recording contract. Alas, by the end of 1972 T2 disbanded. By the new millennium It'll All Work Out in Boomland had been re-appraised and had attracted a cult following among aficionados of progressive and underground rock of the early 1970s, even leading to several tracks being sampled by DJs on Dance tracks. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Decca master tapes and has been expanded by a further two CDs featuring their later recordings made in 1970 and 1971-1972. T2's sole Decca album is presented here as a recognised classic of the era. Open your ears to Boomland!"
ESP-DISK
ESPDISK 1012LP
PRICE: $21.50
CAT #: ESPDISK 1012LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
DAVIDSON TRIO, LOWELL Lowell Davidson Trio LP
ESP-Disk' present a Lowell Davidson Trio's self-titled album, originally released in 1965. On Ornette Coleman's recommendation, ESP-Disk' owner Bernard Stollman signed up pianist Lowell Davidson (then majoring in biochemistry at Harvard) for this album without having heard him play. Davidson came to New York and got to work with the elite rhythm section of drummer Milford Graves and bassist Gary Peacock, both stalwarts of the ESP catalog. The interplay among the members of the trio is dazzling, but in all ways the pianist is the star of the album. His playing inevitably drew comparisons to Cecil Taylor (can't blame the critics too much, as there just weren't that many pianists going this far out in 1965, so there weren't many comparisons available), but he is his own man stylistically, and puts more space around his notes. He's equally likely to unleash complexly intertwining two-handed runs, spicy dissonances, shimmering Impressionism, or poignant lyricism. The only recording ever approved for release by Davidson, it remains fresh and exciting fifty years later. Personnel: Lowell Davidson - piano; Gary Peacock - bass; Milford Graves - percussion. Recorded July 27, 1965. Engineering by Art Crist. Photography by George Klabin. Original cover design by Baby Jerry. Tape transfer and mastering by Steven Walcott. Design and layout by Miles Bachman and Michael Sanzone."... The composition of the trio is also quite inspired. There appears to have been a symbiotic relationship between the other players -- bassist Gary Peacock, percussionist Milford Graves -- and the pianist. Davidson's superior harmonic sense is beautifully reflected in the manner in which Graves, for instance, employs dynamics to explore tonal colors and rhythmic textures. Although he displays this exquisite sensibility throughout very good examples of this are heard on 'L' and 'Stately.' Peacock achieves no less a state of rarified elegance playing both pizzicato and con arco, especially on 'Ad Hoc.' Note his and Graves' rumbling bass, punctuated by bright splashes on various cymbals, a perfect foil for Davidson's complex forays into the heart of the song's theme." -- Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz
ESPDISK 1083LP
PRICE: $21.50
CAT #: ESPDISK 1083LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
FREE MUSIC QUINTET Free Music 1 and 2 LP
ESP-Disk' present a reissue of Free Music Quintet's Free Music 1 and 2, originally released in 1968. Dutch drummer Pierre Courbois, an early adaptor of free jazz, had previously appeared on ESP-Disk' with Gunter Hampel (Music from Europe) in 1968 and that same year recorded this album in a farmhouse (as shown on the front cover) in the village of Weslum, home of group member Erwin Somer. Personnel - Boy Raaymakers - trumpet, bugle, percussion; Peter Van Der Locht - soprano sax, tenor sax, piccolo flute, percussion; Erwin Somer - violin, vibraphone, percussion; Ferdinand Rikkers - bass, percussion; Pierre Courbois - percussion, leader; Onno Scholtze: producer, engineer; Recorded in Welsum, Netherlands on June 24 and 25, 1968."One of the most uncompromising free jazz records ever made, this one-off improvisation by a group of Dutch players, led by percussionist Pierre Courbois, is an archetype of the style. Free jazz doesn't just require a lot of unrestrained blowing and freeform noise, although there are passages of that here. The two lengthy improvs build from placid beginnings, as each member adds various percussion instruments to the growing cacophony, before reedsman Peter Van Der Locht (at times playing two saxes at once á la Rahsaan Roland Kirk) and trumpeter Boy Raaymakers let loose. All five players get their chances to lead the quintet, although there's a minimum of soloing. Courbois drives both improvs, and there's a five-minute stretch starting about seven minutes into 'Free Music Number One' where he simply explodes, bashing a trap kit and a variety of other objects like the cartoon Tasmanian Devil on a dozen espressos, armed with a pair of baseball bats. There's an impressive sense of dynamics to the improvs, both of which have sections of near-silence mixed in with the explosions, and there's a structural unity to each improv despite the lack of musical themes or other familiar signposts." --Stewart Mason
FAR OUT RECORDINGS (UK)
FARO 220LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FARO 220LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
RESENDE & INDEX, MARCOS Marcos Resende & Index LP
LP version. Beyond their highly sought-after 1978 album Festa Para Um Novo Rei -- home to the mystical jazz-funk classic "Vidigal" and released on Philips' iconic Musica Popular Brasileira Contemporanea series (MPBC) -- little is known about Marcos Resende & Index, even to aficionados of obscure Brazilian music. Far Out Recordings present their previously unreleased self-titled debut album from 1976, contributing a crucial missing work from the glory days of progressive Brazilian instrumental music. Born in Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil in 1947, Marcos Resende was a prodigious musical child. In spite of his immense musical potential, he travelled to Lisbon in the '60s to study medicine. Yet continuing to explore his musical passion on the side, he formed a trio which went on to open for Dexter Gordon at the Cascais Jazz Festival in 1971. From here he formed the electronic oriented prog-jazz group Status, who opened shows for the likes of Elton John, Phil Woods, Stan Getz, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, but in spite of their relative live success they have no known recordings. Now established as a highly regarded keyboardist, composer, and innovative electronic musician, Resende returned home to Brazil following Portugal's Revolução dos Cravos in 1974. Inspired by US jazz and British progressive rock he'd experienced while residing in Europe, Resende went all out acquiring a keyboard arsenal to be reckoned with, which included the Prophet 5, Yamaha CP-708, and Mini Moog. Determined to integrate his newfound inspirations with Brazilian rhythms and jazz traditions, he formed a new quartet with Rubão Sabino (bass), Claudio Caribé (drums) and the late great Oberdan Magalhães, of Banda Black Rio and Cry Babies fame. Marcos Resende & Index recorded their self-titled debut at Sonoviso Studios with the legendary sound engineer Toninho Barbosa, known as the "Brazilian Rudy Van Gelder". Marcos Resende & Index has both the timeless ethereal qualities as well as the progressive and futuristic ideals of Light As A Feather. Marcos kept the tapes from the Sonoviso sessions safe and presented them to Far Out's Joe Davis at his home in Lisbon in 2018, but only after 25 years of Joe pleading to hear them. Marcos has worked closely with Far Out towards restoring these recordings over the last two years, but tragically passed away after a battle with stomach cancer on November 12th, 2020 at the age of 73.
FARO 222CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: FARO 222CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
CATLETT, FRANCISCO MORA Mora! I & II CD
Far Out Recordings present Mora! and Mora! II. Mexican-American percussionist and former member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Francisco Mora Catlett originally recorded and released his debut solo LP as a private press in 1987, but the sequel he recorded over the course of the next few years was shelved for decades to follow. A pan-American melting pot of hypnotic Afro-Cuban rhythms, frenetic batucadas, and fiery sambas, Mora! I & II are holy grails of Latin jazz, masterminded by an unsung hero of the genre. Mora grew up in Mexico City where he began working as a session musician for Capitol Records in 1968, before moving to study at Berklee Music College in Boston, MA in 1970. He very briefly returned to Mexico City with the best intentions of cultivating an avant-garde movement in the city, but when the Sun Ra Arkestra came to perform, Mora ended up leaving with the band to tour. Settling in Detroit, Francisco set to work on his self-titled debut, gathering an ensemble of musicians including keyboardist Kenny Cox, founder of the legendary Strata Records, bassist Rodney Whitaker (Roy Hargrove Quintet) and percussionists Jerome Le Duff, Alberto Nacif, and Emile Borde. The album openly embraces and unites the broad spectrum of improvisation, rhythm, and jazz that has thrived throughout the American continents for centuries. In Mora's own words the album intended to "manifest the African heritage presence in the American continent." Epitomizing this outlook, album opener "Afra Jum" deploys a melody based on Haitian, African, and Native American motifs, which is expanded upon by the soulful excellence of the Detroit veterans Cox and Whitaker, amidst a backdrop of Afro-Cuban inspired percussion. The sequel Mora! II was recorded shortly after with an expanded line-up that included trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave, famed for his work with Ray Charles, Charles Mingus, and others. Continuing the concept of the first album, the follow up moves deeper into South America with the samba jazz dance belter "Amazona", led by the rich vocals of Francisco's wife Teresa Mora. The "Afra Jum" concept is further explored, with the original motifs beefed up by the additional horns, and interspersions of Sun Ra inspired rumbling free improvisations. This follow up album remained shelved until 2005, when Mora put it out as a now obscure CD titled River Drum.
FEEDING TUBE RECORDS
FTR 556LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: FTR 556LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
P.G. SIX Live at the Tavern LP
"While we wait for Aaron Rosenblum to finish up his album of field recordings, we sometimes ask him about various tapes he has recorded of other artists. These, he tends to provide more quickly. Thus, here is the first of what we hope to be a series of live shows by various artists, documented by Mr. Aaron. The artist in Pat Gubler, aka PG Six. The venue is The Tavern at Hampshire College. The date is March 30, 2001. This was still an early point in Pat's solo journey, but the aesthetic documented here appears to be fully formed, and his playing is great on both harp and guitar. The set is typical of what he was doing around the time his first album came out -- a commingling of covers and originals, most with traditional Anglo flavor, all possessing an easy intimacy. The audience was small in the Tavern that night -- it is not a large room -- but you can feel how every listener present is hanging on every note, every breath. They are, as Professor Leary might say, 'tuned in.' And this focus is well rewarded. The more closely you listen to the words and fingers of PG Six, the deeper you sink into the music. His work is not the ideal background noise for strip poker parties. It's glorious darkness and light can only be fully appreciated via active listening. Pat reaches out for rings of karma not to toss them into your face, but to tuck them close to his heart. We catch glimpses of their illumination only in passing. So even though some form of radiance is often the central motif of his music, it is not always easily apprehended. I suppose this legerdemain is the deference the material deserves. Whatever it is Pat does, it sounds pretty damn great here. On a night just over two decades past. Our thanks to Aaron for his visionary switch flicking! And to you, for understanding it's import." --Byron Coley, 2021
GAS CHAMBER (SPAIN)
GCH 001LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: GCH 001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ANGRY SAMOANS Back From The Grave LP
What on earth do we have here? The first two albums by the legendary Angry Samoans wrapped up in a cover sure to please today's most PC sensibilities. Released in 1980 (Inside My Brain) and 1982 (Back From Samoa) are without a doubt the absolute peak of moronic, obnoxious punk as a genre. An absolutely brilliant collection of songs by a fucking genius band. Buy or die, you jerk!
GET ON DOWN
GET 51338LP
PRICE: $33.00
CAT #: GET 51338LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
TEAR DA CLUB UP THUGS OF THREE 6 MAFIA CrazyNDaLazDayz 2LP
2021 repress. "In the late 90s in Hip Hop, all eyes were on the South -- and the Down South sound reigned supreme. Few groups were as hot as Memphis' Three 6 Mafia. CrazyNDaLazDayz was a regional scorcher when it dropped in 1999, released under the group name Tear Da Club Up Thugs, but essentially a Three 6 Mafia full-length as core Three 6 members DJ Paul, Juicy J and Lord Infamous all contribute to the project. The record went on to be certified Gold and Three 6 Mafia went on to win an Academy Award for their contribution to Hustle & Flow. CrazyNDaLazDayz continues to have an impact to this day. A cut Juicy J first pulled together while still in high school, 'Slob On My Knob', was utilized in A$AP Ferg's hit 'Plain Jane.' In addition, the cut is interpolated into G-Eazy's most successful cut to date, 'No Limit.' CrazyNDaLazDayz has never seen a commercial vinyl release (when originally released, only promo vinyl was issued). For Record Store Day, Get On Down brings you this oft overlooked and definitely in need of being revisited portion of Three 6 Mafia's legacy."
GHOST PHONE (UK)
GHSTPHN 004EP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: GHSTPHN 004EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA 004 12"
"New label out of Bristol, Ghost Phone represents RnB's deep and club friendly potential with four anonymous versions from various artists."
GONER RECORDS
GONE 172LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: GONE 172LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
AQUARIAN BLOOD Bending The Golden Hour LP
LP version. "With Bending The Golden Hour, the third album from Memphis, Tennessee's Aquarian Blood, husband and wife team J.B. Horrell (Ex-Cult) and Laurel Horrell (formerly of the Nots) continue the gorgeously stripped-down and atmospheric direction set on their critically acclaimed previous effort A Love That Leads to War. While Aquarian Blood has roots as a chaotic punk rock six-piece, the band shifted gears after two raucous cassette-only releases on ZAP Cassettes, a pair of seven-inches, and 2017's Last Nite In Paradise, released on Goner Records. After drummer Bill Curry broke his arm, the Horrells redefined Aquarian Blood, reemerging in early 2018 as the more intimate, mostly acoustic balladeers behind the staccato, fever dream sound of A Love That Leads to War. Like its immediate predecessor, Bending The Golden Hour was recorded at the Horrells' Midtown Memphis home. The band turned over forty-three tracks to Goner co-owner Zac Ives, who handpicked seventeen songs for the album. The final result is shimmering and hopeful; as beautiful and sparse as a Rockwell Kent snowscape."
GOOFIN'
GOO 018LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: GOO 018LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SONIC YOUTH Bad Moon Rising LP
2021 repress. LP version with download code. "Sonic Youth's second full-length LP Bad Moon Rising was originally released on Homestead and Blast First in 1985. The album is a fascinating examination of 'the junction where hippie idealism [meets] the cold hard world,' says guitarist Lee Ranaldo, 'where Woodstock [meets] Altamont -- Death Valley, Charles Manson, Brian Wilson, musicians, murderers, heroes and villains.' Its original eight-song tapestry of droning guitar feedback, distant clattering percussion, and sullen vocals, all held together with interstitial noise loops and shadowy haze, ambles through a long, dark night before the feverish 'Death Valley '69,' driven by runaway guitar riffs and a frantic Thurston Moore/Lydia Lunch vocal duet, pounds the capstone into place. Sonic Youth's big leap forward from Confusion Is Sex and Kill Yr Idols 'reflects the spirit of the time,' to quote All Music Guide. Bad Moon Rising views 'American gothic through the glassy eyes of willful moonlit paranoia.' Back in print on Goofin' Records, this reissue includes bonus tracks 'Flower' and 'Halloween,' both from a 12-inch single of the same era. The sound collage morsels 'Satan Is Boring' and 'Echo Canyon' are your cue to begin moving toward the exit and get out while you can."
HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS (ITALY)
HPS 107B-LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: HPS 107B-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BJORK, BRANT Jalamanta (20 Year Anniversary) 2LP
Heavy Psych Sounds present a 20 Year Anniversary reissue of Brant Bjork's Jalamanta, originally released in 1999. Brant Bjork: "Jalamanta was a life changing record for me. It's the record that launched my journey as Brant Bjork. Listening to the tapes 20 years later was amazing. Tony Mason and myself were transported back to that moment in time. Jalamanta was a first for both Tony and myself. My first record as a solo artist and his first record as an engineer. We didn't think twice about re-mixing it. With our combined experience over the years, we knew we could take Jalamanta to the place we always wanted it to go... and we did. Dig it." Features a Blue Öyster Cult cover, "Take Me Away".Jalamanta has been re-mixed by Tony Mason, with a freshly baked re-master by John McBain at JPM Mastering, San Fransisco. Cover photo by Sam Grant. Skull Modern Relics by Joe Joe Herbick. Art direction by Ryan Jones. Layout by Branca Studio.
HPS 107COL-LP
PRICE: $40.50
CAT #: HPS 107COL-LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BJORK, BRANT Jalamanta (20 Year Anniversary) (Striped Green/Yellow/Purple Vinyl) 2LP
LP version. Striped green/yellow/purple vinyl. Heavy Psych Sounds present a 20 Year Anniversary reissue of Brant Bjork's Jalamanta, originally released in 1999. Brant Bjork: "Jalamanta was a life changing record for me. It's the record that launched my journey as Brant Bjork. Listening to the tapes 20 years later was amazing. Tony Mason and myself were transported back to that moment in time. Jalamanta was a first for both Tony and myself. My first record as a solo artist and his first record as an engineer. We didn't think twice about re-mixing it. With our combined experience over the years, we knew we could take Jalamanta to the place we always wanted it to go... and we did. Dig it." Features a Blue Öyster Cult cover, "Take Me Away".Jalamanta has been re-mixed by Tony Mason, with a freshly baked re-master by John McBain at JPM Mastering, San Fransisco. Cover photo by Sam Grant. Skull Modern Relics by Joe Joe Herbick. Art direction by Ryan Jones. Layout by Branca Studio.
HONEST JON'S RECORDS (UK)
HJR 079LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HJR 079LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA A Stranger I May Be: Savoy Gospel 1954-1966 2LP
2021 restock. The first of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Stomping, rollicking gospel music, intermingling with raw soul, searing blues, hard-rocking doo-wop and jazz, and storming R&B. Infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement, here are twenty-four precious scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside devastating sides by less celebrated names like the Harmonizing Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of "Hit The Road Jack" and "Wade In The Water". Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.Features Famous Ward Singers, The Harmonizing Five, The Sensational Six, The Gospel Harmonettes Specials, The Christones, The Staple Singers, Swindell Brothers, The Roberta Martin Singers, Jimmy Scott, Shirley Caesar and The Caravans, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Hightower Brothers, North Philadelphia Juniors, The Selah Singers, The Ward Singers, The Stars of Faith, Marion Williams, The Gospel Cavaliers, The Caravans, Eddie Williams and the Crusaders, The Davis Sisters, The Gospel Chimes, The Angelic Gospel Choir, and The Angelic Choir.
HJR 080LP
PRICE: $23.50
CAT #: HJR 080LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Turn It Loose, Ain't No Good: Savoy Gospel 1970-1979 2LP
2021 restock. The second of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Sublime crossings of gospel with the soul, funk and jazz of the Black Power era. Twenty rapturous cuts dot dazzlingly between Muscle Shoals soul, screwed breakbeat, Mizells-style fusion, disco and proto-house. Triumphant re-workings of Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway, and Herbie Hancock's "Head Hunters" will have listeners throwing their pew cushions into the air. Drawn from hard-to-find 45s and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.Features The Artistic Sounds, The Holy Lights of Baltimore, MD, The Swan Silvertones, Gene Martin, Myrna Summers, James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir, Betty Hollins, The Metro Tones, The World Wonders, The Brooklyn Skyways, Ida Maxey, The Thornes Trio, Mildred Clark And The Melody-Aires, The Highway Q.C.s, The Gospelaires Of Dayton, Ohio, The Exciting Supreme Highlights, James Moore, Prof. Charles Taylor and The Charles Taylor Singers, and The Brockington Ensemble.
HONEY PIE RECORDS (ITALY)
HONEY 012LP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: HONEY 012LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
AYERS, ROY West Coast Vibes LP
2021 restock. Honey Pie Records present a reissue of Roy Ayers's West Coast Vibes, originally released in 1963. West Coast Vibes consists of Roy Ayers's debut recording session and it can be easily seen as the purest jazz statement of his long career. Recorded in 1963 and still far from his latter-day funk-fusion output, West Coast Vibes is the result of a fine straight-ahead jazz studio session featuring Ayers's vibraphone, Curtis Amy's saxophone, and Jack Wilson's piano, among others. A one-off chance to hear Ayers dealing with standards like Monk's "Well You Needn't" and Parker's "Donna Lee". This is old school west coast jazz at its best.
KALAKUTA SOUL RECORDS (GERMANY)
KKS 10001EP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: KKS 10001EP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NIGGEMANN, KAI Heart Murmur 10"
Limited restock. Kalakuta Soul Records present Kai Niggemann's solo debut, an all original album of outrageous poetically abstract music created live and without overdubs on a Buchla 200e Electric Music Box. It's all improvised and recorded live in Berlin, yet it sounds meticulously crafted in a dark basement studio throughout the entire last winters. Kai is a member of the 30-piece kraut-noise-jazz collective The Dorf and the electronics duo The Last Books (with Achim Zepezauer), performs and records with Mia Zabelka as Redshift Orchestra, cofounded the internet-computer music European Bridges Ensemble and the electroacoustic duo Resonator.
KALITA RECORDS (UK)
KALITA 12016EP
PRICE: $19.50
CAT #: KALITA 12016EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PAUL, MICHAEL Reggae Music 12"
Kalita Records announce the first ever official re-release of Michael Paul's 1984 reggae boogie single Reggae Music. Originally appearing on New York-based Revolver Records, run by famed jazz bassist Bob Cranshaw, Reggae Music was seemingly the "hit-that-never-was" upon its initial release. However, since then a combination of both scarcity and quality has transformed the single into one of the most sought-after records in the genre. Accompanied by a phenomenal dub version, this record easily deserves its space on record shelves across the world. With prices becoming ever exceedingly eye-watering and copies ever harder to find, Kalita come to the rescue, offering a loud and remastered 12" single for all.
KRYPTOX (GERMANY)
KRY 020LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: KRY 020LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
MODICA, MATHIAS Sonic Rohstoff LP
Mathias Modica's Sonic Rohstoff is the new album on Berlin-based label Kryptox Music, Toy Tonics' and Gomma Records' sub label for new forms of jazz and electronica. Over the past two decades, Mathias he has made a name for himself by discovering and breaking new talent and styles of music. He produced albums with James Murphy and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem, Peaches, Asia Argento, The Rammellzee, and WhoMadeWho, just to name a few. The album is a journey through abstract downtempo vibes, lo-fi jazz and futuristic electronica. This is Modica's first album under his own name, following three albums under his monikers Kapote and Munk. All instruments are performed by Modica himself, embellished by guest musicians from the new Berlin jazz scene. Most people might know Modica from his earlier works as a producer, keyboard player and founder/creative mind behind Toy Tonics, Gomma and Kryptox. The music on Sonic Rohstoff is based on deconstructed samples and beats made from real drums and field recordings. Guest musicians are Ralph Heidel (flute, sax), Viktor Wolf (sax), JJ Whitfield (beats). Loose drum patterns lead the way, mixed with carefully crafted, sensitive atmospheres setting the perfect mood for Modica's warm and melancholic chord progressions and melodies played on several keyboards. Across the album, he draws inspiration from 1970s jazz funk and 1990s hip hop and electronica. Moods transition from sweet to bizarre, from cinematic to funky. Modern pioneers like Flying Lotus and DJ Shadow are influences as well as movie composers like Alessandro Alessandroni and David Axelrod and the fascinating world of 1980s Japanese fusion jazz.
LE TRES JAZZ CLUB (FRANCE)
LTJC 010LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: LTJC 010LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MIYAZAWA/MASAHIKO SATO/MASAHIKO TOGASHI/YASUO ARAKAWA, AKIRA Four Units: Japanese Jazz Men Series Vol. 3 LP
Four Units is a kind of Japanese "all star" jazz. Recorded in Tokyo on April 1969, it was released the same year on Union Records. On the first two long songs that open this album, "Four Units" and "Dull Slumber", you can feel the influence of the "avant-garde" scene of US jazz (and in particular ESP-Disk'), without however the music sounding too "free". A whole new vibe on the astonishing cover of "Scarborough Fair", in a modal style, where the shadow of McCoy Tyner seems to hang over the piano. The next two tracks, "Rainbow Trout" and "Black Bass", are still pretty much along the same line, sometimes oscillating towards hard bop, the album ending in a blaze of glory with a solo by Masahiko Togashi. While this album had a second pressing in Japan in the '70s, this is the first time it has been reissued with its gatefold cover. Personnel: Akira Miyazawa - tenor sax, flute; Masahiko Sato - piano; Masahiko Togashi - drums; Yasuo Arakawa - bass.
LTJC 011LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: LTJC 011LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
YAMAGUCHI QUARTET, MABUMI Leeward LP
Leeward, released in 1978 on Union Record, is the second album by tenor and soprano saxophonist Mabumi Yamaguchi. Already in quartet formation for his previous album, After The Rain, released two years earlier, Mabumi Yamaguchi changes musicians here to surround himself with Ikuo Sakurai on bass, Hideo Sekine on drums and Ichiro Doi on piano and electric piano. Leeward opens with "Dawn", a long and slow piece led by a Fender Rhodes played in flanger mode, on which Mabumi Yamaguchi expresses a certain melancholy, which you also find on "Dewdrop", a duet piece with Ichiro Doi at the piano. The rhythm picks up on "Distant Thunder", a kind of jazz-funk samba in which Mabumi Yamaguchi lets each of his musicians take a long chorus before ending by taking up the haunting theme of this superb piece. The beautiful "Leeward" closes the album in a slightly more traditional but equally mastered style. It is not known if the cover of this album contributed to its lack of success when it was released, but it is almost impossible today to find an original pressing of this record. A reissue was therefore more than necessary! Mabumi Yamaguchi is still active and that he continues to release records and perform in concert in Tokyo. Personnel: Mabumi Yamaguchi - tenor sax, soprano sax; Ichiro Doi - piano, electric piano; Hideo Sekine - drums; Ikuo Sakurai - bass.
MACDONALD'S (SPAIN)
MCD 001LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MCD 001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Electrocute Your Cock! Vol.1 LP
Taking its title from the legendary brainless anthem by Vom, it's not hard to imagine the contents of this compilation. 18 tracks of pure, untamed, moronic, KBD-style-punk in all its glorious rawness. Focusing mainly in the US -but also presenting bands from the UK, Denmark and the Philippines -- and spanning the period between '77 and '84 -- this is an absolute must for all KBD enthusiasts. Punk rock done the way it was meant to, shameless, raw and annoying. You know you need it!
MAGGOT BRAIN
MAGGOT 005
PRICE: $12.00
CAT #: MAGGOT 005
FILE UNDER: Misc
MAGGOT BRAIN Maggot Brain #5 (Jun/Jul/Auh 2021) MAG
"Maggot Brain is a full-color, quarterly magazine edited by noted Detroit scribe Mike McGonigal: 100+ pages packed with phenomenal content -- art, music, literature, unpublished archival material, and more -- with a simple promise to only exist on the printed page. Cover story: Why feminist punk pioneers the Raincoats still matter. Unseen, amazing photos of AC/DC from their first US tour in 1977. Celebrated indie auteur filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's playful newspaper collages -- great interview plus lots of never before seen images! Brilliant Americana guitarists Marisa Anderson and William Tyler on their debut collaboration. Composer Terry Riley and percussionist Hamid Drake on the importance of husband and wife spiritual jazzers Moki and Don Cherry. 14 pages of rare comics by Pee Wee's Playhouse designer Gary Panter -- Jimbo goes to jail! Mike Turner talks to rising Colombian BMX star Julian Molina. Plus, features on vocalist Merry Clayton; New Hampshire's neo-shoegazers Headroom; The Clean's fiery 1980s offshoot band Stephen; catching up with the great band Califone's main force Tim Rutili; a three-page comic on electronics weirdo Mort Garson, who made music to talk to your plants; America's finest essayist Luc Sante takes a gallows turn in this issue's column; and way more."
MAIS UM (UK)
MAIS 043CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: MAIS 043CD
FILE UNDER: WORLD
SANTTANA, LUCAS 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse CD
Mais Um present a reissue of Lucas Santtana's 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse, originally released on CD only in 2006. On the 15th anniversary of its original release, Mais Um revisit a lost classic from the catalog of one of Brazil's most regarded and influential contemporary songwriters. Featuring Tom Zé and mangue beat pioneer, Gilmar Bola 8, Lucas Santtana's 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse fused psyched-out samba and baile funk with original Black Ark-style studio distortion and spiritual dub dread, laying the foundations for his seminal Sem Nostalgia LP five years later (MAIS 002CD/LP), and in the process, establishing Santtana as an elemental force of Brazil's current new wave. "At the beginning of my career, I was experimenting, trying to figure out my sound. On 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse, I discovered what I am and what I wanted to do in music. All the pieces connected. Everything just felt like the right place at the right time." Comprising four originals and four Santtana/Seleçao Natural dubs (plus a CD bonus track), 3 Sessions In A Greenhouse was and is a sound clash unlike any to have come before. Produced by Santtana and Recife's dubsetter himself, Buguinha Dub, each session was approached as an opportunity not to just record each instrument but to create an environment in which the studio becomes the centerpiece. Recorded and mixed entirely live as a group, with no overdubs, 3 Sessions feels uniquely intimate and relaxed (best typified by the band's "chat" in-between recordings). Tropicalia icon Tom Zé features on Santtana's slightly zippier version of Zé's samba dub "Ogodô Ano 2000" and American journalist Phylis Huber's reading of an extract of Virgina Woolf's The Waves on the expansive nine minute-long Balearic/Afrobeat dub "A Natureza Espera", is poignant and trippy. Santtana's take on Naçao Zumbi's "Pela Orla Dos Velhos Tempos", featuring original member and percussionist Gilmar Bola 8 on vocals, takes on techier references of the Detroit type, whilst vinyl closer "Into Shade" is a sumptuous psych rock dub ballad, co-written by Arto Lindsay. Remastered by German dub shaman, Stefan Betke/Pole. RIYL: Dennis Bovell, Tom Zé, Gilberto Gil, Beck, Caetano Veloso.
MG.ART (GERMANY)
MGART 904LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: MGART 904LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
GOTTSCHING, MANUEL E2-E4 (35th Anniversary Edition) LP
2021 restock. 180-gram LP version with embossed chessboard artwork print and printed inner sleeve. In celebration of the 2016 35th anniversary of the December 12, 1981, recording of Manuel Göttsching's legendary E2-E4, one of electronic music's most influential recordings, Göttsching's MG.ART label presents an official reissue, carefully overseen by the master himself. Includes liner notes by Manuel Göttsching, archival photos, and an excerpt of David Elliott's review in Sounds from June 16, 1984."As the story is sometimes told, Göttsching stopped in the studio for a couple of hours in 1981 and invented techno. E2-E4 is the most compelling argument that techno came from Germany-- more so than any single Kraftwerk album, anyway. The sleeve credits the former Ash Ra Tempel leader with 'guitar and electronics', but few could stretch that meager toolkit like Göttsching. Over a heavenly two-chord synth vamp and simple sequenced drum and bass, Göttsching's played his guitar like a percussion instrument, creating music that defines the word 'hypnotic' over the sixty minutes . . . A key piece in the electronic music puzzle that's been name-checked, reworked and expanded upon countless times." --Mark Richardson, Pitchfork
MILLE PLATEAUX (GERMANY)
MP 027CD
PRICE: $15.50
CAT #: MP 027CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
KONER, THOMAS Nuuk CD
Mille Plateaux present a reissue of Thomas Köner's Nuuk, originally published as one of four CDs on the 1997 compilation Driftworks and re-released in 2004 by MillePlateauxMedia. Thomas Köner is one of the most influential modernist minimal composers. Alongside Wolfgang Voigt's Gas project, Köner has been centrally responsible for electronic music's fascination with depth and reduction. His signature sound is vast, seemingly endless, which at first seems homogenous and infinite, but once exposed to it, when our senses calibrate to the fine nuances of changes, you discover and immerse into abundance of textures, richness of modulations, and almost infinite range of sonic titillations. Köner's work was inspired by his frequent travels in the Arctic, and listeners feel his music as a journey to mysterious worlds of the Arctic region. The experience of being exposed to the extreme cold, the heightening of our senses and ability to notice even the slightest changes in color, sound, light or density that creates this dangerously reductive environment, is like an immersion in the sonic world of this German artist, where masterfully crafted layers of sound open into colossal spaces, teeming with aural life, waiting to be discovered by those who venture into it. The titles of Köner's highly regarded albums from the '90s ever so often play with this affinity -- Nunatak, Permafrost, Teimo -- all reference to the world of the Artic region, just as his album Nuuk that points us to the capital of Greenland. Subdued and minimal at first glance, this album is brimming with low-end frequencies, shadowy resonances, and boreal ambience, but at the same time, constant fluctuation and vulnerability of sonic events, makes it very organic, human and almost comforting, like the tiny harbor existing in the sea of ice, it is named after. It also served as the source of music material and inspiration for Thomas Köner's video art by the same title, which was awarded a Tiger Cub Award at the 34th International Film Festival in Rotterdam a year later.
MOLL-SELEKTA (GERMANY)
MOLL 016LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: MOLL 016LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
VA Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae 2LP
Limited restock, last copies... Double LP version. Includes download code. Originally released on CD in 2009. Now available on vinyl for the first time. The sixteenth release on the Moll-Selekta label shares its title with a wonderful film, a heartwarming homage to the golden age of rocksteady. Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae documents the recordings being made for this very album at the Tuff Gong studios, Kingston, Jamaica in April 2008, telling the story of the original vocalists and musicians involved. Included are excerpts from an all-star reunion concert staged in Kingston alongside older archive material. Never before in the history of Jamaica, which already occupies a unique place on the world map of song, has such an illustrious collection of singers and players been assembled. The album showcases 15 rocksteady classics in sparkling, deeply inspired new versions, recorded in the studio which also played host to album sessions of a certain Bob Marley. Under the musical direction of Ernest Ranglin, a guitarist of considerable renown not only on the reggae circuit, and mixed by legendary engineer Errol Brown -- employ at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle studio in the sixties -- and freshly arranged by Lynn Taitt, each of the new versions was recorded using authentic instruments to capture the true rocksteady style. In the context of Jamaican musical history, rocksteady enjoyed a relatively brief, two to three year spell in the limelight, taking over from the faster-paced, predominantly instrumental ska sound of the early part of the decade and laying the foundation for reggae to come with an emphasis on bass, more intricate melodies, and bringing singers and vocal trios to the fore. Between 1966-1968, an unprecedented, and unrepeated, proliferation of marvelous songs moved many fans to call this the golden age. Hopeton Lewis, one of the creators of rocksteady, the great DJ U-Roy, an international pioneer of toasting, Stranger Cole, Derrick Morgan, and Leroy Sibbles are just a few of the legendary figures taking part, some having met to play together for the first time in forty years. This wonderful musical style from Jamaica and the great personalities behind it would certainly be deserving of similar belated recognition. A historical work in every respect. Features: Leroy Sibbles, Hopeton Lewis, Judy Mowatt, U-Roy, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Dawn Penn, Stranger Cole, Gladstone Anderson, Marcia Griffith, and Lynn Taitt. Includes a 16-page booklet containing extensive liner notes by the American music journalist Chuck Foster.
MONDO GROOVE (ITALY)
MGLP 102LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MGLP 102LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DECA Mass LP
Reduced pricing, last copies... Deca (Federico De Caroli), composer and musician graduated in piano for over 30 years, is a protagonist of the Italian electronic and experimental scene, approaching other fields such as theater, multimedia, and television. A great summoner of dream suggestions, he started with the lessons of cosmic school, arriving at a personal alchemy of tradition and innovation, clutching the paradigms of artificial sound on the natural one. He began playing in 1975, and in 1983 he bought his first synthesizer, starting a long process of creative evolution, playing in parallel bands that are inspired by the British new wave, with such bands as Joy Division, The Cure, and Killing Joke, and studying the dynamics of synthetic sound. In 1985, he began his solo record productions career based on linear sequencer plots and minimal compositions that refer to already famous authors of electronic music, like Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk, and Vangelis, and the so-called kosmische music of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. Mass was produced in 1987/1988 with a Roland synthesizer and it was only distributed on cassette in limited edition. It is a more rhythmic album than his other works of the time, and ranks as the third of his discography, after the very collected Alkaid (1986) and Synthetic Lips (1987). It is a dark and minimalist electro-wave album comprised of states of strongly dark and distressed moods. The cover art, as for all his albums, was created by Deca.
MGLP 104LP
PRICE: $14.00
CAT #: MGLP 104LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
K.BYTES I Adore Commodore - Computer Music Flash LP
Reduced pricing, last copies... Mondo Groove present a reissue of K.Bytes's I Adore Commodore - Computer Music Flash, originally released in 1983. After the creation of his 1982 album Computer Disco (MGLP 101LP), Marcello Giombini produced I Adore Commodore - Computer Music Flash a year later, which was mainly made with a Commodore 64. Giombini was a veteran of music applications with personal computer. Starting with an Apple II Europlus, he then converted to the Commodore 64, thanks to the presence of three independent music generators that allowed him to make more elaborate music easier. The record was inspired by the videogames of the time, and the titles of the ten tracks are inspired by the names of famous games. The music was created using four-to-eleven Commodore 64s, programmed and synchronized with an external audio interface. At the time, Giombini, in his studio in a basement just a few steps from Nomentana, Rome, had organized a small school with courses of basic and computer music. The cover art graphic is the same of original LP; Comes with an inner-sleeve dedicated to Commodore 64.
MGOP 002LP
PRICE: $10.00
CAT #: MGOP 002LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VA Sexy Banana 12"
Reduced pricing, last copies... Repress of the killer Italo disco funk holy grail released on 45rpm single in 1979, available here as a 12". Includes previously unreleased instrumental versions and two alternative versions of "Samedi Soir" by Patricia & Top Secret and Olga Melchionda. "Samedi Soir" is full of funky tropical percussion and basslines, dramatic disco strings, cosmic synthesizers, and infectious piano with seductive male and female vocals sung in French over a very catchy wah-wah and P&P disco funk popping rhythm. Drums Music Show's "Sexy Banana" is a superb crazy Euro disco groovy track with rhythms in a jungle groove and funky percussion breaks; vocals also sung in French. Continue the rediscovery of Italian pearls of the '70s and '80s on Mondo Groove Records -- a follow-up to I-Robots Present Phantom Records (MGOP 001LP, 2018). All tracks are from original master tapes.
MUNSTER RECORDS (SPAIN)
MR 310EP
PRICE: $21.00
CAT #: MR 310EP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
ESKORBUTO Ya No Quedan Mas Cojones, Eskorbuto A Las Elecciones 12"
2021 repress. Reissue of this 1986 cassette by Eskorbuto, one of the most influential punk bands in the Spanish and Latin American scenes. Its original release was part of their campaign to enter the Spanish general elections as a political party. They didn't achieve it, but the songs here told more truths that any political speech. These six tracks offer what they are known for: radicalism, a self-taught style and crude lyrics. Another blow of their anti-everything stand. Includes insert.
NASCIMENTO (FRANCE)
NASC 004LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: NASC 004LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
YNDI Noir Bresil LP
LP version. Gatefold; includes download; gradient obi. Noir Brésil is the debut album from Franco-Brazilian artist, composer and producer Yndi. Formerly known as Dream Koala, she decided to retire the moniker back in 2017 and began writing what ultimately became Noir Brésil, a modern pop album where Afro-Brazilian percussion meets French and Portuguese poetry to create an immersive soundscape. As Dream Koala, Yndi released EPs Odyssey (2013), Earth. Home. Destroyed. (2014), and Exodus (2015), as well as popular single "We Can't Be Friends", gaining her international success and garnering multi-millions of streams across platforms. In 2020, there were so many images of black people suffering on social media. After that traumatizing year, Yndi needed images showing that being black wasn't only about suffering, she wanted healing images. It's exactly what the Afro-Brazilian culture has been doing for centuries, it conveys a strength that keeps us alive in a dehumanizing society. The title track "Noir Brésil" is a poem for her ancestors. Yndi wrote "Amazona" on an atabaque (Afro-Brazilian percussion) rhythm inspired by the myth of the Amazons, warrior women, and Douanier Rousseau's painting La Guerre. The violence of the lyrics contrasts with the melancholic harmonies. The song pays tribute to the anger and strength required by women to live in the contemporary world. The song "Novo Mundo" and its animated video directed by Nina-Lou Giachettia are a reflection of Brazil, through luminous and colorful landscapes. Here the evocation of the divine, the beauty and the violence of nature reflects perfectly the essence of Yndi's debut album.
NEUROT
NRR 117LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: NRR 117LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
VON TILL, STEVE Harvestman - 23 Untitled Poems LP
LP version. "In 2020 Steve Von Till published his first book of poetry, Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems And Collected Lyrics. Published by the University of South Dakota's Astrophil Press, the book established Von Till as a formidable and thoughtful author of verse -- a fact that Neurosis fans knew all along, but the wider world was only just becoming aware of. 'There is a depth of hope, acceptance and loss that permeates these poems,' Joseph Haeger said in his review for The Inlander. 'Like any great piece of art, Harvestman contains multitudes, and that's exactly what I was hoping for when I cracked it open. Von Till has already established himself as a great musician, and he's about to put his stake into the ground proving himself to be a damn good writer.' For 2021, Von Till has reimagined Harvestman in a new format, delivering an intimate and captivating reading of the collection with sound enhancements. 'Being a constant sound-seeker, I thought it would be more interesting to have some textures and treatments to break up the intimate voice recordings,' Von Till says of his decision to add some atmosphere to the spoken-word version of Harvestman. 'The background sounds used on some of the tracks were pieces related to No Wilderness Deep Enough that were either not used or repurposed to interweave further connections between my artistic output at this time of my life.'"
NRR 118LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: NRR 118LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VON TILL, STEVE A Deep Voiceless Wilderness LP
LP version. "Steve Von Till has made a life's work out of seeking the elemental. With a solo discography that stretches back more than two decades, he has toiled in a shadow realm, peeling back layers of reality in a never-ending search for true meaning and raw emotion. A Deep Voiceless Wilderness strips back the veil even further. An achingly beautiful ambient work with neo-classical leanings, the album is a hallucinatory and elegant rumination on our disconnect from the natural world, each other, and ultimately ourselves. For some listeners, the album may recall the work of modern composers like Jóhann Jóhannsson, Brian Eno or Gavin Bryars. For Von Till, it's about surrendering to the spirit of place -- and to the original intent behind his 2020 solo album, No Wilderness Deep Enough. That album marked a significant first for Von Till: it was his first solo record without a guitar in hand. Instead, Von Till intoned powerful and thought-provoking lyrics over piano, cello, mellotron and analog synthesizers. A Deep Voiceless Wilderness is that same album without Von Till's words. 'This is how I originally heard this piece of music,' he says. 'Without the voice as an anchor or earthbound narrative, these pieces have a broader wingspan. They become something else entirely and unfold in a more expansive way. The depth of the synths, juxtaposed with the strings and French horn, have space to develop and allow the listener to imagine their own story.'"
NO LABEL (EUROPE)
JDBBC 001LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: JDBBC 001LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JOY DIVISION Radio Transmissions LP
Complete BBC Sessions; all the Peel Sessions plus two songs performed live on the Something Else TV show on Sept.1, 1979. Recordings are especially significant, featuring Curtis and company performing in full glory. The recorded performances themselves are of exceptional quality, and help dispel the myth that Joy Division was not particularly good in a live setting. To mention two examples, the takes of "Transmission" And "She's Lost Control" even take on a much more aggressive quality than what was originally put to tape. As a bonus, a three-minute interview of Curtis and Morris is also included, providing a valuable look at the Human side of one-half of the band.
SW 113LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: SW 113LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BEACH BOYS, THE Pet Sounds - The Vocals Only LP
Beautiful, fan-made album of acapella versions of The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds classics on one disc. Be able to hear and appreciate their intricate harmonies like never before. Sit back, close your eyes and have a listen to the isolated vocal tracks of one of the greatest albums ever made. "God Only Knows", "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "That's Not Me", "You Still Believe In Me" and so on and on... It also contains some rare audio clips Carl Wilson and the Boys at their finest.
NOT A FACTORY (SPAIN)
FACTLIV 010LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: FACTLIV 010LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JOY DIVISION Unknown Pleasures Live LP
For the first time, you have the opportunity to taste these creations in their rawest formats, alive and unleashed. More austere, more claustrophobic, and more haunting than the studio works, they show an impeccable encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve in a crude version. Ruthlessly testing effective despite notorious lack of suitability, the live sets are also vital reminders that these purveyors of almost untamed sadness were human too. "I Remember Nothing Recorded" at various locations A1, A2, A4, A5, B3 and B4 Live at Paradiso - Amsterdam, 11/01/1980. A3 and B2 Live at The Factory - Manchester, 07/09/1979. B5 Live at Winter Gardens - Bournemouth, 02/11/1979.
FACTLIV 025LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: FACTLIV 025LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
JOY DIVISION Closer - Live LP
For the first time, you have the opportunity to taste these creations in their rawest formats, alive and unleashed . More austere, more claustrophobic, and more haunting than the studio works, they show an impeccable encapsulation of everything the group sought to achieve in a crude version. Ruthlessly testing effective despite notorious lack of suitability, the live sets are also vital reminders that these purveyors of almost untamed sadness were human too. Recorded at various locations, A1, A5 and B2 Live at Paradiso - Amsterdam, 11/01/1980. A2 and B1 Live at Lyceum Ballroom - London, 29/02/1980. A3 and B3 Live at University Of London Union - London, 07/02/1980. A4 Live at Winter Gardens - Bournemouth, 29/02/1980. B4 Live at High Hall - Birmingham, 02/05/1979.
PALACE OF LIGHTS
POL 002-2021CD
PRICE: $15.00
CAT #: POL 002-2021CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
THREE POINT CIRCLE Proximity Effects CD
"K. Leimer, Marc Barreca, and Steve Peters first performed together in 1980 for a pair of one-off shows in Olympia, WA. Nearly forty years later, the trio resumed work as Three Point Circle. That reunion resulted in the release of Layered Contingencies in 2020. Their new release, Proximity Effects, continues in a similar vein, obscuring individual contributions into an integrated collective compositional voice." "... fragments of guitar, electric piano, and bell tones occasionally rise to the surface of these oceanic soundscapes, their generally blurry design tends to camouflage the identifying aspects of their components. Each of the five settings unfolds in a spirit of unhurried drift, the slow pace allowing the listener to closely monitor the material as it develops and to examine the mutating sound design." --Textura
PLANET E COMMUNICATIONS
PEDL 005CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: PEDL 005CD
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
DJ HOLOGRAPHIC Detroit Love Vol. 5 CD
Carl Craig has announced Detroit native and hotly-tipped selector DJ Holographic is next in-line for his prestigious Detroit Love mix compilation series dropping on Planet E Communications. Following in the footsteps of predecessors like Stacey Pullen and Wajeed, being invited to mix Vol. 5 of the series is testament to DJ Holographic being one of Detroit's most anticipated breakthrough DJs. Born and raised in the Motor City's deep musical legacy, Ariel Corley, aka DJ Holographic, is an ambassador for Detroit through and through. Having cut her teeth as a DJ in the local scene over the past decade DJ Holographic is admired for her versatility, eclecticism, and impeccable taste. Ariel has firmly established herself as a staple of Detroit's modern underground scene, a core member of the city's LGBQT+ community and a devoted activist for local humanitarian causes -- love for Detroit underpins every element of Ariel Corley's life. Detroit Love Vol. 5 is packed to the brim with exclusive tracks handpicked by DJ Holographic who takes the listener through a vibrant and flawlessly-mixed showcase of breakthrough artists, ones to watch, and long-established artists Ariel has a personal affiliation to. The mix was curated by DJ Holographic at the artist creative hub below Submerge Records in Detroit -- home to labels such as Underground Resistance, Transmat, Red Planet, and Distorted Soul. DJ Holographic's Detroit Love is a plunge pool of funkadelic dancefloor exploration gliding seamlessly through juiced-up vocal tracks and percussive club rattlers. Corley draws and releases energy with expert precision throughout, blending minimalistic acid techno elements into astral electro-infused rhythm which provides luscious escapism and eyes-closed introspection. CD features Underground System, Pontchartrain, Shiro Schwarz, Shaun Alan, Javonntte, Juan Ramos, Biphonic, Majorettes, Julieten, Jesse Smith, ADMN, Francois Dillinger, Chuck Daniels, Shaun J Wright, Soul Clap & The Martinez Brothers, Hiroko Yamamura & Dani Ramos, Erika, Ramiro Bernabela, Baronhawk Poitier, DJ Holographic, Apropos, Jaco Matthews, and WeTurnToRed.
RECITAL
R 025LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: R 025LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
LANDRY, SEAN MCCANN, & ERIC SCHMID, LIV St. Francis LP
2021 LP edition. 180 gram vinyl; includes 18"x24" folded color poster (blueprint); edition of 200. Emily Martin and Derek Baron on St. Francis (Feb. 2021): "What does it mean to pray? To address someone, to plead for something, to welcome humiliation and failure: Please, let me forget about the China Chalet parties, please let there be no countries and no war, please let me love you. Is prayer iteration, or just repetition: My god, my god, my god, my god... To know spleen you just have to be down to be humiliated. But do we know for sure that we are miserable? How do we know? This is how it has to go. We listened to this for the first time together in May 2017, while driving from Chicago to New York along the I-80 in Pennsylvania, stopping at the rest area that I later mistook for the famous picture of American 'culture.' We stayed at a hotel and may have ordered a pizza. Content first, then, content again. Went inside and drank wine in relative silence, burping. Recognizing the sacredness in the plot of Friends. A choral melisma representative of holy Joy. The dreams of moving through a convoluted space of passages, staircases, open courtyards, rooms just glimpsed past a door. It doesn't seem possible that you can get from one place to the next but according to the logic of the dream you do. I think this has to do with how each little unit of 'content' happens at a different distance from your ear. The holiness of the periphery. That you can catch a shard of history if you only find the right distance to stand from the painting. But prayer is also like the magic language we were talking about -- faith that words do something more than just mean -- they have the capacity to effect change in the world, and not just in the like, 'words change ppl's minds' kind of way, but in that the words themselves actually have agency. Form: sing-along."
R 082CD
PRICE: $27.50
CAT #: R 082CD
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
MOBARAK, NOUR Sphere Studies and Subterranean Bounce CD w/bk
Nour Mobarak's Sphere Studies and Subterranean Bounce is the catalog for her sculpture and audio installation, which adorned the steep hillside of Los Angeles's Hakuna Matata sculpture garden in the Fall of 2020. Eli Diner's press release reads; "Up on the hill, Mobarak presents two related bodies of work. The six Sphere Studies are part of her ongoing examination of the material and metaphoric possibilities of mycelium. Growing through a substrate in a rhizomatic system of hyphae, mycelium has its own kind of intelligence, one that opens the possibility of personal relationship. As a material it is versatile and malleable; only for those who understand it, however, will it work, assuming the ternary role of material, subject and studio assistant. Then there is a *five-channel sound installation emanating from the bowels of the earth. Subterranean Bounce is built from recordings of the movements of spheres of various sizes and densities [*a stereo mix is presented on the audio-CD in the back of the book]." An essay of gentle wit and fantasy by Hakuna Matata's Eli Diner -- along with a selection of Mobarak's poems --rotate the axis of this highly faceted art book. All enriched by the 40-minute spherical CD. This is the second edition of Mobarak's on Recital, the other being Father Fugue (R 066LP), her first LP published in 2019. Book: 102 pages, perfect bound 6?x6? book, hand numbered. Limited edition of 80.
R 083LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: R 083LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
HAYMAN, RIP Waves: Real and Imagined LP
Captain Rip Hayman (b.1951, New Mexico) has come ashore again, bearing fresh cargo. A student of John Cage, Ravi Shankar, and Philip Corner, Rip was a founding editor of the revered Ear Magazine (1975-1991), and since 1977 has run New York's oldest bar, the Ear Inn. The focused minimalism of his new LP Waves: Real and Imagined varies from the collaged spectacle of his first Recital LP, Dreams of India & China (2019). This oceanic dish holds two side-long works: "Waves for Flutes," a multi-tracked flute composition recorded by the artist in 1977. "Angelic", "Grave", and "Sad" modes overlap an effect of medieval choral organum, as shifting patterns evoke water and wind variations of the shore and vast sea beyond. An enchanting and arresting piece. The second side holds "Seascapes," which was recorded on the Pacific Ocean in February and March of 2020 -- through calm seas and tempestuous storms. The ship as the instrument played by the sea. We feel both lost and saved when at sea, the landfall feared or longed for. The album is dedicated to all those whose souls have been lost and found at sea amidst the waves, for each sea wave is a child of Oceanus & Tethys, Greek gods of the sea, every one sent on their way to play... Includes download coupon; includes folded 11? x 17? insert with liner notes; edition of 300.
R 084LP
PRICE: $25.50
CAT #: R 084LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
LINDGREN, KAJSA Momentary Harmony LP
Recital exhibit the new album by Swedish composer Kajsa Lindgren (b.1990). Typically working with field recordings and electroacoustic sounds, Momentary Harmony expresses her more emotive and lucent instrumental compositions. The music has taken a step away from her previous works, using only flickers of field recordings, instead tracing back to Kajsa's childhood classical music roots: voice, violin, and piano. A warm tide grows and recedes through her album. Breathing in miniature lute ornaments and exhaling large choral plateaus. This polarity rests in narcotic limbo. The delicate arrangements remind one of Vikki Jackman or blurred Björk B-sides. Mixing instrument stems like clusters of field recordings, Lindgren laces harmonic gradients across the plain of this LP. Choirs clasp with cello overtones and piano washes. Alongside Kajsa Lindgren, the album has recurring topiary appearances by Vilhelm Bromander (bass), Maxwell August Croy (koto, voice, guitar), Åsa Forsberg (cello), Pär Lindgren (lute), Sean McCann (piano and voice), and Jörgen Pettersson (saxophone). Includes set of five postcards made for the album; also includes download coupon; edition of 250.
RHYTHM AND BLUES (UK)
RANDB 066CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: RANDB 066CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
WITHERSPOON WITH DICK MORRISSEY QUARTET, JIMMY Live In London 1966 CD
If there existed a common thread binding the music of London together in 1966 it was the blues. Whether you were an R&B fan or a modern jazz follower, this was a sound that continued to constitute the bedrock of your taste. And there was no individual better suited to allying these superficially disparate camps than the veteran American blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon who spent an extended stay in the capital that year, performing with contemporary jazzmen and R&B combos alike. Dick Morrissey's quartet (with Harry South, Phil Seamen and Phil Bates) provides the backing on these live recordings, many of which are previously unissued. For anyone wanting to know just how the Sixties "swung", this album is a must. 16-page booklet by Simon Spillett.
RANDB 068CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: RANDB 068CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
SPONTANEOUS MUSIC ENSEMBLE Question And Answer 1966 2CD
If there was one sound guaranteed to shock in British jazz during 1966 it was that of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, the free-improvising collective centered around drummer John Stevens which that year helped establish London's Little Theatre Club as a stronghold of the "new wave". Although the avant-garde were slow in gaining a toe-hold on British jazz tastes, every so often a grass roots jazz club would take a chance on the new style, such as the night in June 1966 when the SME alighted on Greenwich's Prince Albert pub, eager to deliver their message to fresh ears. This CD set contains all the music played that night plus a 30-minute Q&A session, creating what must surely be one of the most important early documents of British "free" jazz. Disc two also adds a studio-taped session from later that year. Both sets are previously unissued and both are essential listening for those interested in the course of modern jazz development within the UK. 12-page booklet with notes by Simon Spillett.
RANDB 070CD
PRICE: $14.50
CAT #: RANDB 070CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
MEMPHIS SLIM 1964 Live CD
When Memphis Slim first visited Europe in 1960, he was already a twenty-year veteran recording artist, with many US 78 rpm releases behind him and a very solid reputation leading small bands in the 1940s and '50s. It's no wonder that he was able to captivate an entirely new kind of audience when he crossed the Atlantic, first as a visitor, then as a permanent resident, settling in Paris from 1962. The studios and concert halls of Europe were very different from the juke joints of the South or the nightclubs of Chicago, but it was all the same to Memphis Slim, who could grab and hold his listeners' attention wherever he played. Throughout the remainder of his life -- he died in Paris in 1988, and was buried back home in Memphis -- Slim made a great many albums, in all sorts of company, from duetting with Sonny Boy Williamson, to fronting big bands, or French beat groups, or Nashville session musicians. There were so many that the quality inevitably suffered. A blandness crept in, the performances sometimes seeming routine and even perfunctory, and his stock fell among many diehard blues fans. This is a great shame, as he deserves to be numbered among the true greats of the blues. Recordings such as the ones on this disc should help to restore him to his rightful place, as they capture him at the very start of that new era of his career, still sounding fresh, his rich and expressive voice still in its prime, still full of enthusiasm for sharing his own personal heritage of blues and boogie piano.
RIGHTEOUS (UK)
PSALM 23103CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: PSALM 23103CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Lux And Ivy Dig Insane Rockabilly 2CD
"A deep delve into the insane world of rockabilly; gathering together over 50 gloriously madcap 45s as collected and celebrated by The Cramps' Lux and Ivy Featuring a string of no hit wonders called Jimmy (or Sonny), a gaggle of tunes about cars, drag racing, drive-by romancing, the cops, the latest dance trends and the wildest of parties Including tunes by Carl Perkins and Ronnie Self plus a veritable bandwagon of super rare and hard to find anthems by the likes of Onie Wheeler, Derrell Felts And The Confederates, Willie Ward And The Warblers, Larry And Dixie Davis and Art Adams And The Rhythm Knights Choc-full of 'bad' attitude, juvenile delinquent requiems and a host of crossover variations including nods to doo wop, honky tonk, hoedown and western swing amid the echoey reverb of detuned guitars and lip curling vocals A never- before imagined experience with Wampus Cats, red hot mamas and rootie toot babies, madmen, chancers and play boys plus a testament to being hit on the head with a frying pan."
RUSTBLADE (ITALY)
RBL 078CD
PRICE: $24.00
CAT #: RBL 078CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
LEGENDARY PINK DOTS, THE Live At Lounge Ax Chicago 1993 2CD
"This is the complete amazing concert of Legendary Pink dots At Lounge Ax Chicago recorded in 1993. Limited double CD, contains classic songs like 'Golden Dawn', 'Maniac' and many others."
RBL 079CD
PRICE: $19.00
CAT #: RBL 079CD
FILE UNDER: SOUNDTRACK
VA The Way Of Darkness: A Tribute To John Carpenter CD
"Legendary director and music composer John Carpenter is one the most influential artists of the horror soundtrack genre. This musical tribute combines some of Carpenter's best musical atmospheres with very special guests such as Claudio Simonetti (Goblin), who brings us two interpretations of Halloween & 1997, along with Leather Strip, Motion Kapture, Ketvector, as well as artists of the new retro wave scene such as Code Elektro, Tibia, Simulakrum Lab and many others. A must have for any true fan of John Carpenter, horror, and electronic music!"
SALTERN
SLT 006LP
PRICE: $23.00
CAT #: SLT 006LP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
WADA, YOSHI The Appointed Cloud LP
Saltern present the first-time vinyl edition of Yoshi Wada's The Appointed Cloud (1987), a work which Wada has often said is his favorite of his own. Staged at the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science, The Appointed Cloud was Wada's first large-scale, interactive installation and featured a custom pipe organ, among other homemade instruments, controlled by a computer with a customized interface and software designed by engineer David Rayna, known for his work with La Monte Young. This recording captures the opening performance for which Wada brought together four musicians on bagpipes (Wada, Bob Dombrowski, and Wayne Hankin) and percussion (Michael Pugliese) to perform with the installation, operated by David Rayna. Remastered from the original master tape by Stephan Mathieu, and cut to vinyl via Direct Metal Mastering by Hans-Jörg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics. Pressed at RTI and printed at Stoughton. Includes a digital download of the album. Edition of 600.In Wada's own words: "This performance [of The Appointed Cloud] was one of most memorable performances I've done. The space itself -- the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science -- was incredible. The building was designed for the 1964-65 World's Fair and had spaceships hanging from the ceiling so people felt like they were traveling in outer space. It was an amazing experience with the sound of the pipe organ, sheet metal, pipe gong, and bagpipes all together. 60 minutes may seem like a long duration, but it didn't feel like it."
SILVER AGE
SIL 015CD
PRICE: $16.00
CAT #: SIL 015CD
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
CZARFACE & MF DOOM Super What? CD
"Superhero? Supervillain? Super WHAT? Czarface & MF DOOM's newest team-up record Super What? is, much like the Avengers' arch-enemy Thanos... inevitable (and all-powerful!). The icon MF DOOM unleashes his wizardry and wordplay throughout the record, while Czarface (bolstered by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck and Esoteric) slash through each of the Czar-Keys' produced tracks as the team raises the bar on their previous LP, Czarface meets Metalface (2018). Featuring golden-age superhero DMC (of RUN-DMC) and Hieroglyphics' leader Del The Funky Homosapien, with art by longtime Czarface co-creator Lamour Supreme, this album will bring all the thrills of a cosmic summer blockbuster. Recorded and slated for an early 2020 release, and paused while COVID raged, this collaboration of masked men is finally finding its way to you on all formats."
SILV 015LP
PRICE: $28.00
CAT #: SILV 015LP
FILE UNDER: HIPHOP
CZARFACE & MF DOOM Super What? LP
LP version. "Superhero? Supervillain? Super WHAT? Czarface & MF DOOM's newest team-up record Super What? is, much like the Avengers' arch-enemy Thanos... inevitable (and all-powerful!). The icon MF DOOM unleashes his wizardry and wordplay throughout the record, while Czarface (bolstered by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck and Esoteric) slash through each of the Czar-Keys' produced tracks as the team raises the bar on their previous LP, Czarface meets Metalface (2018). Featuring golden-age superhero DMC (of RUN-DMC) and Hieroglyphics' leader Del The Funky Homosapien, with art by longtime Czarface co-creator Lamour Supreme, this album will bring all the thrills of a cosmic summer blockbuster. Recorded and slated for an early 2020 release, and paused while COVID raged, this collaboration of masked men is finally finding its way to you on all formats."
SIN HILO RECORDS (SPAIN)
SH 009LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: SH 009LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
WHITE SOLAR DOG White Solar Dog LP
Sin Hilo Records goes back to vinyl and electro in its ninth reference signed by White Solar Dog. Vinyl and electro are both in the label's DNA since the beginning and they decided to release them again. To start this new year 2021, Sin Hilo delivers the debut of a new alias that has a promising year to come. White Solar Dog is Computah!'s new project. He's been into electronic music since 1996, and active as Computah! since 2002. With more than two decades of analogical exploration and collecting records, Computah! has played in practically all clubs in Barcelona, and he has also presented along with Vj Render sophisticated audiovisual live experiences. For all these reasons, Sin Hilo was expecting White Solar Dog's debut, and they're more than satisfied with being the label selected to make it happen. In addition, the release culminates with three international remixers that contribute with even more electro tones: MOY, Paul Blackford, and Voiron are the three artists in charge of completing the nine tracks of the record with their wise and lucid tracks. From the sensuality of "Love Is The Message" to the deepness and tension of "Through All Dimensions", each White Solar Dog's track is a unique piece in its genre, with a complex and elaborated structure that shows how the artist is a huge electro connoisseur in all its spectrums and variations. White Solar Dog and the particular climate generated by each of its tracks is a must for electro lovers and a privileged invitation to those who are desiring to discover it in its maximum splendor.
SOWING RECORDS (ITALY)
SOW 001LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: SOW 001LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ROACH, MAX We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite LP
2021 restock. Sowing Records present a reissue of We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, originally released in 1960 on Candid Records. One of the major statements in the history of Jazz and African American liberation movements. Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite consists of five original compositions and performances staging and celebrating different moments and aspects of the African American history and culture. Here is a wonderful cast of musicians reunited around Max Roach (drums) and Abbey Lincoln (vocals). Throughout the album you can find great contributions from the likes of Booker Little (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Walter Benton (tenor saxophones), James Schenk (bass), and three percussionists Michael Olatunji, Raymond Mantilla, and Tomas du Vall. Highlights include the highly intense triptych for drum and voice by Roach and Lincoln and a special appearance of tenor sax giant Coleman Hawkins on the opening "Driva' Man". Clear vinyl; edition of 300.
SOW 002LP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: SOW 002LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
ASHBY WITH FRANK WESS, DOROTHY Hip Harp LP
2021 restock. Sowing Records present a reissue of Hip Harp by Dorothy Ashby with Frank Wess, originally released in 1958. Born in Detroit in 1932, Dorothy Ashby can be easily recognized as the woman who gave the harp a jazz voice. In her hands, the harp, an originally classical instrument which seemed to just scare people, became a highly versatile swinging voice able to drive a whole jazz rhythm section. Recorded in 1958 by master Rudy Van Gelder and originally released on the Prestige label, Hip Harp is a perfect example of Ashby's artistry. At the head of a fine quartet featuring the great Frank Wess on flute, Herman Wright on bass, and master Art Taylor on drums, Ashby creates a unique combination of deeply jazz elements expressed through a totally new sound. Clear vinyl; edition of 300.
SQUAMA (GERMANY)
SQM 008LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: SQM 008LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
9MS Pleats LP
9ms is the duo of Simon Popp and Florian König. On their wide-ranging debut album Pleats the tech-savvy drummers offer grooves from the dubbier realms of world music and krautrock -- some meditative and light, some thick as wall and steady as a clock. The album was recorded live in a large wooden hall in the Bavarian Alps with only three microphones. Using various infrared and magnetic field sensors, Popp and König were able to translate their movements into control voltage, which they then used to trigger and tweak synthesizers and a myriad of effects. A way for two humans to become one with their mystic machinery. Includes poster and download code.
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES
SF 118LP
PRICE: $22.00
CAT #: SF 118LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
DAGAR GYIL ENSEMBLE OF LAWRA DAGARA - Gyil Music of Ghana's Upper West Region LP
Field recordings of Lobi traditional xylophone (gyil) music recorded by Hisham Mayet on location in Ghana's Upper West Region, West Africa in 2019. Featuring Aaron Bebe Sukura, considered one of the gyil's master musicians from this area. Long form trance music with acoustic instruments sounding like several minimalist orchestras getting to maximalist sonic peaks. The gyil music of the Dagara is a complex multi-dimensional symphony of notes, bringing to life an animist expression that reveals a cultural dialogue between the spirits, the deceased, musicians, dancers, and audience alike. The intensity of this recording reaches a level of complexity that rivals techno music. It is in essence an acoustic techno music, utilizing organic instruments made of wood, leather and gourds filled with spider egg sacs for resonance and played by master musicians creating a sonic wanderlust of mesmerizing sound. Limited edition LP release includes a four-page insert of notes and photos from the recording session.
TAPESTRY WORKS (UK)
TWLP 001LP
PRICE: $41.00
CAT #: TWLP 001LP
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
MSELEKU, BHEKI Beyond The Stars 2LP
"Self-taught multi-instrumentalist and composer Bhekumuzi Hyacinth Mseleku (1955-2008), known as Bheki Mseleku, is widely considered to have been the most richly gifted South African jazz musician of his generation. Born in Durban, he moved to Johannesburg in the mid-1970s and played with groups including Spirits Rejoice, The Drive and Philip Tabane's Malombo. In 1980, he left apartheid South Africa for exile in Europe, travelling with his close friend Eugene Skeef. (A percussionist, educator, poet and former close comrade of Steve Biko, Skeef originally produced the Beyond The Stars session, and contributes liner notes to this release.) Bheki spent six difficult years in Stockholm before moving to London. After a triumphant debut at Ronnie Scott's, in 1992 he would release his now classic debut album Celebration for World Circuit, before signing with Verve. He would go on to achieve worldwide recognition, recording and touring with jazz luminaries including Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson and Abbey Lincoln. Throughout his life, Bheki struggled with both his physical and mental health. He was, as Eugene Skeef puts it, 'a conduit for the healing energy of music to flow into the world', a gift that came at a cost. At the start of the new century, Bheki returned to live in South Africa, but just a few years later he found himself in compound difficulties: life at home had proved too hard, and he was not well. He had also lost his imported Steinway upright piano in an unwise business deal and had not been able to play. In 2003, Skeef helped him return to London, where they hoped to realign his health and rekindle his career. Through his work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Skeef arranged for Bheki to have access to the Steinway concert grand pianos held at Henry Wood Hall. After Bheki had spent a few weeks recuperating, Skeef booked a studio session at Gateway Studios. Beyond The Stars was the result: a stunning, solo piano suite which condenses Mseleku's visionary overstanding of South African music into a flowing, pulsing statement in six parts. With jazzwise echoes of marabi, amahubo, maskanda and Nguni song forms binding it to the deep music of Mseleku's Zulu heritage, Beyond The Stars provides what Blue Note recording artist Nduduzo Makhathini describes in his liner notes as 'a divine summary' of Bheki's life story: 'a sonic pilgrimage from the beautiful and organic landscapes of Durban, to the vibrant energy of London and ultimately toward the inner dimensions of one's being.' But releasing the album proved impossible at the time, and so the session has remained unheard. Bheki sadly passed on in 2008, without having released a new album for five years; almost two decades have now passed since any new music by him has emerged. Working with Eugene Skeef, Tapestry Works is proud to break the silence with a first issue for Bheki Mseleku's visionary masterpiece, Beyond The Stars."
THE TRILOGY TAPES (UK)
TRILOGY 095EP
PRICE: $20.00
CAT #: TRILOGY 095EP
FILE UNDER: EXPERIMENTAL
CZN Luxury Variations 12"
"CZN is: Valentina Magaletti, João Pais Filipe, Leon Marks. Mixed and produced by Leon Marks. Mastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road, London."
TREADER (UK)
TRD 009LP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: TRD 009LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
SPACEMAN AND J COXON, J J Spaceman And J Coxon Play The Red Krayola Live 1967 LP
"J Spaceman and J Coxon play the music of The Red Krayola! Trems, feedback, metronomes and a music box... This recording was made during preparation for a joint performance by J Spaceman and J Coxon as part of: Art and Language: Letters to The Jackson Pollock Bar in the Style of The Red Krayola, Lisson Gallery New York, October 2019. The idea was to attempt to do a cover version of The Red Krayola's radical and unrepeatable performance at the Angry Arts Festival in 1967. Spaceman and Coxon listened, separately, to the recordings from the Venice Pavilion Concert and then got together to try to play a version of it without rehearsal. This is a recording of that that anti-rehearsal which they then attempted to repeat in NYC a week later at the Art and Language Lisson Gallery show. Cover by Art and Language from their work ten posters, 2018."
TURBO RECORDINGS (CANADA)
TURBO 031C-LP
PRICE: $29.00
CAT #: TURBO 031C-LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
AZARI & III Azari & III (10-Year Anniversary Repress) 2LP
Turbo Recordings releases a special ten-year anniversary repress of Azari & III's classic self-titled debut album, originally released in 2011. Azari & III's unique blend of moody electronica, dark yet hooky vocal choruses and analog-thick rhythms has earned them both Juno and Polaris Prize nominations, cementing their status as one of the most important acts in Canadian dance music of the last decade. The four-piece band, consisting of producer/musicians Dinamo Azari and Alixander III with vocalists Fritz Helder and Starving YetFull, have crafted a defining sound that relishes in its references while maintaining a forward-looking perspective even ten years after its initial release. Although the group has since disbanded, their legacy lives on. Gatefold sleeve; transparent vinyl.
TURBO 212LP
PRICE: $38.50
CAT #: TURBO 212LP
FILE UNDER: ELECTRONIC
NEUTRON 9000 Lady Burning Sky 3LP
Turbo Recordings present a lovingly rendered reissue of Neutron 9000's lost ambient trance classic, Lady Burning Sky, originally released in 1994. Composed and recorded at London's Orinoco Studios in 1994 by Dominic Woosey, Lady Burning Sky was originally released on the legendary UK label Rising High. Turbo prides itself on living in the moment and fighting for the future, and this rare excursion into the past is arguably the most forward-looking release of the next five years. Carefully remastered by Bo Kondren from the original master DATs and spread over three 140 gram vinyl discs, housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with liner notes from Tiga and Neutron 9000 narrating the story of how this beautiful record came about.
UNLISTENABLE RECORDS (FRANCE)
UR 002LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: UR 002LP
FILE UNDER: WORLD
MASTER MUSICIANS OF JOUJOUKA, THE Live In Paris 2LP
50 years since their first LP Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka was released (1971), The Master Musicians of Joujouka release a stunning double-LP recorded live at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris in 2016. The recordings are a full immersion into the Joujouka sound with disc one featuring hypnotic flutes and drum and a side of songs with mountain violin played by virtuoso Ahmed Talha with lead vocals by the late Abdeslam Boukhzar. Disc two features the truly hypnotic rhiat suite of Boujeloud, recorded in its entirety for the very first time.
VAMPISOUL (SPAIN)
VAMPI 055LP
PRICE: $31.00
CAT #: VAMPI 055LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
DAVIS, BETTY This Is It! 2LP
2021 repress; double LP version. 2005 release. The former wife of Miles, Betty Mabry Davis is perhaps the only woman in the world who could rightfully have the following legend tattooed across her rear: THIS ASS INVENTED FUSION. While their marriage only lasted a year (1968-1969), Betty pointed the way to Miles, introducing him to the musical and material gods of revolutionary style: Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, which would have an enormous impact on his electrified musical Frankenfusion masterpiece known as Bitches Brew. Betty ruled as the mentor-muse for the original man and his music. She was a woman with the strength of a Black Panther, a "nasty" woman in total control, but unfortunately for Betty, America was not yet ready to embrace a woman with such an explicitly sexual persona. She had a much rougher edge to her music than other female funk and soul artists of the '70s. Betty Davis' is one of the most extreme sounding debut records of the decade, which just like Bitches Brew takes equal parts inspiration from Hendrix and Sly. One critic aptly described their sound as something like a cross between Tina Turner, Funkadelic, and Sly & The Family Stone. Add the futurist fashion sense of David Bowie, and the flair of Miles Davis, and you have quite a cocktail. This is the best of Betty Davis' three much-sought albums.
VATICAN RADIO (HUNGARY)
VATICAN 003LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: VATICAN 003LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
VA Killed By John Peel Vol. 2 LP
Vatican Radio present a new installment of the Killed by John Peel series, focused on the less known, punker side of the amazingly rich archive of John Peel's BBC 1 Radio session recordings. A collection of hidden underground gems by British luminaries such as 2Tv, Tanz Der Youth, Leyton Buzzards or The Desperate Bicycles, to name a few. 14 tracks of pure punk rock bliss by some of the most exciting (and unfairly forgotten) bands of their era.
VATICAN 004LP
PRICE: $25.00
CAT #: VATICAN 004LP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
KILLING JOKE Peel Sessions 79-81 LP
The first three Peel Sessions recorded by the almighty Killing Joke in 1979, 1980 and 81, with the band at the peak of their indisputable power. A bulletproof repertoire with songs from their classic first two albums, a band in a state of grace and a great sound make this a must... a merciless discharge of menacing tribal after punk by a groundbreaking band.
WEWANTSOUNDS (UK)
WWSCD 038CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: WWSCD 038CD
FILE UNDER: JAZZ
OTSUKA QUINTET, GEORGE Loving You George CD
Wewantsounds present a first-time reissue of the cult LP by master Japanese drummer George Otsuka and his quintet, recorded live on July, 19th 1975 at the Nemu Jazz Inn. The album was released by cutting-edge Japanese label Bellwood in 1975. The album Loving You George is comprised of four superb performances fueled by Otsuka powerful drumming and Fumio Karashima's fender Rhodes. Otsuka is one of the giants of the Nippon jazz scene. The drummer, who sadly passed away in 2020, enjoyed a 50-year career recording with the best musicians and labels in Japan. Otsuka joined Sadao Watanabe's Cosy Quartet in the late fifties before switching to Hidehiko Matsumoto's quartet where he gained exposure as one of Japan's premier drummers. In the mid-60s, he formed his own trio with Hideo Ichikawa (piano) and Masaoki Terakawa (bass) recording several highly-acclaimed albums and also playing with international stars such as Hampton Hawes and Roy Haynes. The '70s were a productive decade and Otsuka embraced the latest development in jazz including fusion and modal jazz enthusiastically. The musician signed with Koki Miura's groundbreaking Bellwood Records (responsible for producing Haruomi Hosono and the emergent wave of folk rock artists led by Happy End) and recorded a live album at Nemu Jazz Inn in the Nemu resort, south of Nagoya. The evening was a special one. On top of The George Otsuka quintet (featuring Mitsuaki Furuno, Norio Ohno, Shozo Sasaki, and Fumio Karashima), were the supergroup of Norman Connors, Eddie Henderson, and Gary Bartz who were also recording a live album, Dance Of Magic, that has since become legendary. On the night, Otsuka and his sidemen recorded four tracks including "Little Island" a Karashima original and "Something Everywhere" a faithful rendition of Steve Kuhn Brazilian-flavored original which had just appeared on his ECM album Trance. The second side begins with a breathtaking version of the Coltrane standard "Miles Mode" finishing with a great drum solo by Otsuka followed by a superb version of the Minnie Riperton classic, "Loving You" played in a mid-tempo funky mode with a great Rhodes solo. Loving You George is a vivid testimony that Otsuka and his musicians were at the top of their game. Remastered audio from the master tapes by King Records in Japan.
WWSCD 039CD
PRICE: $18.00
CAT #: WWSCD 039CD
FILE UNDER: ROCK
COTTER, ROBERT Missing You CD
Wewantsounds present a first time reissue of Robert Cotter's ultra-rare 1976 album, Missing You in partnership with Robert Cotter himself. Originally released on the notorious Tiger Lily label, the album was never properly released at the time and most copies were destroyed before they could hit record store shelves. The album, recorded in New York between 1975 and '76, is also Chic's earliest recording -- or The Big Apple Band as the group was known, which Robert Cotter was fronting at the time alongside fellow musicians Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, and Robert Sabino. Robert Cotter had been active since the late '60s, first in Long Island where he grew up singing in Church and with his high school band, then in New York where he got hired to play in the roadshow of the 1970 Broadway hit Jesus Christ Superstar. When this came to an end, Robert returned to New York where he got introduced to Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. Robert joined and the group played for a few years making a name for themselves in the New York area. In the process Cotter wrote a few songs that he recorded with two different groups between 1975 and '76: The Big Apple Band on one side and also with musician friends from his previous group on the other side. The album features a wide array of styles, from the funk of the title track and "Disco Blues" to the soulful acoustic feel of "Three Wise Men" and the conga-led mid-tempo groove of "God Bless The Soulfire People". The two Big Apple Band tracks, "Love Rite" and "Saturday" are not only great, but also give an insight into the origin of the Chic sound. These songs are historically invaluable as the group's only recordings just before it morphed into Chic (a remake of "Saturday" would actually become a hit for Norma Jean Wright two years later produced by Rodgers/Edwards). The album finishes with the incredible "Come On With It," a politically-charged diatribe against Nixon featuring a darker psychedelic edge. When the album was pressed, Cotter got a few copies and never really heard back from the label. He moved on with his career -- performing and recording for various other labels -- and never really looked back on his debut album. Remastered. Includes two-page insert featuring liner notes by Love Injection's Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele telling the whole story.
YAZOO
YAZ 1020HLP
PRICE: $26.00
CAT #: YAZ 1020HLP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
PATTON, CHARLEY Founder Of The Delta Blues 2LP
2021 restock. "Charley (a.k.a. Charlie) Patton was the most powerful blues recording artist of all time, considered by many to be the single most important figure in the history of traditional blues. He was a profound shaper and a giant figure in early Mississippi Delta music. The combined power of his vocal and guitar dynamics is unparalleled and he was the Delta's first blues celebrity." This reissue reproduces the front and back cover of Yazoo's original 1970 release. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
YAZ 1035HLP
PRICE: $17.00
CAT #: YAZ 1035HLP
FILE UNDER: ROCK
BROONZY, BIG BILL Do That Guitar Rag 1928-1935 LP
2021 repress. 180 gram reissue, originally released in 1973. "The late Big Bill Broonzy looms as one of the few country blues greats whose career seems as remarkable as his musicianship. He played every professional role available to the untutored black guitarist of his generation: that of the country blues soloist catering to dance audiences, the city bluesman beguiling record-buyers with full-dress lyric themes and a slow song delivery, and the folk entertainer trading on familiar standards ear-marked for white listening audiences... It is his early career as a country bluesman that this LP, like its companion volume The Young Bill Broonzy commemorates."
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