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small update this week, mostly essential restocks from honest jon’s, soundway, esp-disk, mississippi, as well as some newish reissues (or re-reissues) of the silver apples lps and a couple early chrome lps, but the standout this week is ajna offensives beautiful bobby beausoleil/lucifer rising 4 lp set. while some of the material has been issued here and there over the years (mostly in poor bootleg-quality fidelity), this set compiles on the first three disc’s the various pre-incarceration as well as prision sessions that culminates with the fourth disc featuring the finished Lucifer rising soundtrack. excellent mastering and packaging featuring great liner notes, posters and cover art, mostly by bobby, but also by dennis dread… totally amazing and has been on constant rotation since arriving on monday! as always check the tequila sunrise records facebook page and/or twitter feed for up-to-the-minute new arrivals and restocks.
as always, many of these titles are in very limited quantity, so if you're interested in anything listed below and can’t make it to the shop you can make a purchase via paypal or over the phone with a credit card and pick them up later or have them shipped (see more information below). i will no longer hold records. sorry.
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PICKS OF THE WEEK
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL- THE LUCIFER RISING SUITE 4LP BOX (ajna offensive, usa)
*Now, for the first time, all of the music composed for the soundtrack project has been compiled into a single public release. The Lucifer Rising Suite begins with the 1967 version of the soundtrack and continues through a logical sequence of the recordings made in the years spanning 1976-79. With respect to the latter, the original master tapes were mined for music that had not been heard by anyone in nearly three decades. The newly unearthed recordings were then restored, cleaned up and combined with those previously released to make the anthology as complete as possible. The compositions that comprise the Suite are sequenced in an order that tells a story, after a fashion. It is a story that may be impossible to tell in a strictly literary manner, one that -- like a mirror's reflection into another -- is both personal and allegorical. A complete anthology of the recordings made for the Lucifer Rising motion picture soundtrack by Bobby Beausoleil with The Freedom Orchestra and The Magick Powerhouse Of Oz. This fully authorized and definitive release will include: - Remastered recordings spanning 11 years, from the '67 recording to the Tracy Prison recordings of '78. - 4 full-length LPs worth of Lucifer Rising material with half being never-before-heard sessions personally selected by Bobby BeauSoleil. - 9 new pieces of art from Bobby: 8 record sleeve panels and one 2' x 3' poster. - 2 posters: one by Bobby BeauSoleil and one by Dennis Dread. - A much-extended version of the 'Fallen Angel Blues' piece by Bobby that originally appeared in the Kenneth Anger DVD set. - 'Hymns to the Solar Temple' -- impressions on a visit to Bobby at the Oregon Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Oregon by Dennis Dread. - The Saga of a Soundtrack by Michael Moynihan. - Art from Dennis Dread for the back of the LP box, also to be included as a 2' x 2' poster. - Art from Dennis Dread for the front lid of the box which will provide a window into the works of Bobby's to be found within. Remastered by Robert Ferbrache, well known for his work with Blood Axis, 16 Horsepower and others. All art has been created specifically for this release.
ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC
SILVER APPLES- SILVER APPLES LP (kapp, usa)
*shop favorite restocked as an officially licensed and budget friendly vinyl version… self-titled first album by '60s electronic legends Silver Apples, originally released by Kapp Records in 1968. Fresh off their stint as The Overland Stage Electric Band, Simeon and Dan Taylor formed their own extravagant, two-man electronic space-odyssey, Silver Apples, to remarkable critical acclaim. "What's so amazing is that they make absolutely mind-shattering music with all this junky equipment," commented one reviewer, astounded over the then-mindbending concept of build-it-yourself electronics combined with rock drums. The debut album features lyrics by poet Stanley Warren and is an absolutely essential piece of musical history from electronic/psychedelic/rock music's ground-breaking legends.
SILVER APPLES- CONTACT LP (kapp, usa)
SILVER APPLES- CONTACT CD (phoenix, uk)
*shop favorite restocked on cd and as an officially licensed and budget friendly vinyl version… reissue of the second album Contact by '60s electronic legends Silver Apples, originally released by Kapp Records in 1969. This enigmatic duo, armed only with percussion, vocals and an early, specialized synthesizer, is often credited with giving the musical world its first electronic album, as well as having a significant influence on bands which followed in their wake; bands such as Ultravox and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. Silver Apples, named after a W.B. Yeats poem, consisted of electronics wiz Simeon Coxe and percussionist Danny Taylor. Simeon built an impressive collection of electronic paraphernalia (dubbed the "Simeon") which ultimately included a dozen oscillators, six of them tuned to bass notes which he played with his feet, an assortment of sound filters, telegraph keys, radio parts, lab gear and a variety of second-hand electronic junk. Contact ushered in the band's recorded popularity and a national tour was quickly organized. Several tracks on Contact feature bass lines provided by Simeon's banjo playing, but it is the clever use of the lead oscillator and new-found intensity of the lyrics that sets Contact apart from its predecessor. Such was the level of Simeon's growing electronic proficiency that the intro to the album's opening track, "You And I" more than successfully recreates the sound of an airplane taking off. Silver Apples all but disappeared from the musical firmament when Kapp folded in 1970, only to re-emerge in January 1997 to perform before a celeb-packed audience at the Knitting Factory. Again, the critics were unanimous. As the MC waxed poetic during an introduction to the Silver Apples concert in San Francisco, 1968: "You are about to have probably the most unusual musical experience of your life. The music will enter areas of your mind never before opened until now. At times it may be hard to understand, but if you let the music penetrate, you'll dig it."
PUNK AND POST-PUNK
CHROME- ALIEN SOUNDTRACKS LP (cleopatra, usa)
CHROME- ALIEN SOUNDTRACKS CD (noiseville, usa)
*shop favorite restocked on cd and now available as a special limited edition vinyl reissue… This is Chrome's second album, released in 1978, and comprised of members Gary Spain (bass, guitar, vocals), Damon Edge (drums, synthesizer), and Helios Creed. Alien Soundtracks is the first of their releases that would later mark them as early innovators of post-punk industrial experimentalism. This release is raw punk heavy on the Stoogeian vibe, featuring Creed's flanging, scrawling guitar sounds backed up by Edge's use of tape manipulation and samples.
CHROME- THIRD FROM THE SUN LP (cleopatra, usa)
CHROME- THIRD FROM THE SUN CD (noiseville, usa)
*shop favorite restocked on cd and now available as a special limited edition red vinyl reissue… Third From The Sun was originally released on Siren Records in 1982, right before the band's break-up, with Damon Edge and Helios Creed chuddering out creepy post-garage industrial murk. Third From The Sun sounds more conventional rock than their prior releases, while still maintaining the garbage-y, weird-space psychonaut vibe that would be their trademark. Grinding guitars, terrifyingly creepazoid vocals, and a bass that sounds like rocks thudding off of someone's head.
DOG FACED HERMANS- MENTAL BLOCKS FOR ALL AGES LP (mississippi, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… Dog Faced Hermans was a five-piece band whose style could be described as anarcho-artpunk incorporating folk and noise influences as well as unorthodox instrumentation. Hailing from Scotland, DFH came out of the herky-jerky Glasgow scene with bands like Stretchheads, Dawson and Archbishop Kebab. Mental Blocks was their 2nd full length LP, released in 1991 on the band's own Demon Radge label. They had 3 LPs, 1 12" EP and a collection of EPs, comp tracks and splits before signing on with Alternative Tentacles for their last two LPs. Guitarist Andy Moor has been a part of The Ex for about 12 years now, and bassist Colin McLean is now playing as part of The Ex's live set. DFH has influenced bands such as Erase Errata, Veronica Lipgloss, God Is My Co-Pilot, and many more. Mental Blocks is considered one of their (if not the) best and hardest to find albums. Remastered by members of the band for improved clarity over the original release.
DOG FACED HERMANS- HUM OF LIFE LP (mississippi, usa)
*shop favorite restocked… When we put out the Mental Blocks For All Ages, the obvious question from everyone who excitedly plopped down their nine bucks on our glass counter was, 'Are you gonna put out Hum Of Life?' So here it is, the follow up to Mental Blocks. Recorded in '93, DFH lays down 11 tracks of thumping drums, pulsating bass lines, most unusual guitar squacks and Marion Coutts belting out enchanting melodies with voice and her trusty trumpet. 8 Eyed Spy and Ornette Coleman covers (it's legit, I swear) complete this perfect album of political art-punk at its best.
MOONDOG- THE VIKING OF SIXTH AVENUE 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Poet, composer, street musician and cosmologist Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin, 1916-1999) learned rhythm from American Indians and counterpoint from J.S. Bach. Many of his recordings feature instruments he built himself: trimba, yukh, tuji, oo. Sometimes you can hear in the background the streets of New York, where Moondog often slept. In addition, he was blind, due to an accident when he was 15. Sometime in the 1950s, fed up with being mistaken on the street for Christ (his regular busking spot was uptown on Sixth) Moondog put on a Viking costume, with spear and horned helmet; and he dressed like this until the late 1970s (by which time he was working with orchestras in Germany). Moondog's renown was extensive: Igor Stravinsky lobbied a judge on Moondog's behalf. Charlie Parker wanted to play with him, Julie Andrews DID play with him, and he was feted by the likes of Bob Dylan, Marlon Brando, and Steve Reich. Andy Warhol's mother designed one of his covers, and Weegee took photographs of him (included in the booklet). Janis Joplin covered him, Mr. Scruff owes him badly, and Antony and the Johnsons covers his songs. This is the first retrospective of Moondog's music -- 36 tracks from 1949-1995, most of them exceptionally rare, all of them miraculous.
SUNNY MURRAY- SUNNY MURRAY LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… A landmark recording in avant garde jazz, legendary free-jazz drummer Sunny Murray was an indispensable force in the early defining moments of free-jazz working with Cecil Taylor, Archie Sheep, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry among countless others. Sunny Murray shines on this 1966 recording for ESP-Disk' leading a quintet featuring the explosive talents of Jacques Coursil, Jack Graham and Byard Lancaster plus the extraordinary bassist Alan Silva. Original artwork, 180 gram HQ vinyl.
SONNY SIMMONS- MUSIC FROM THE SPHERES LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… Alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons was one of the most talented (if unfortunately lesser known) free jazz musicians of the 1960s. Born in Oakland, CA, Simmons began playing alto sax as a teenager in the early '50s and spent his early years collaborating with Prince Lasha and Charles Mingus. Except for a brief stint in New York in the early '60s, where he recorded with Elvin Jones and Eric Dolphy, Simmons spent most of his life in California where he met and married trumpet player Barbara Donald (featured on this album). His Music From the Spheres, recorded for ESP-Disk in 1966, with Michael Cohen on piano, Juney Booth on bass and Jim Zitro on drums, represents one of the highlights of his career. After almost completely disappearing from the jazz scene for nearly 20 years, Simmons made an amazing comeback in the early '90s with his brilliant Ancient Ritual.
MARION BROWN QUARTET- MARION BROWN QUARTET LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… Alto saxophonist Marion Brown, a key member of the avant-garde jazz scene, first arrived in New York in 1965 where he landed his first session playing on John Coltrane's historic Ascension album. By the end of that same year Brown had already recorded this self-titled debut as front man on ESP-Disk, featuring Alan Shorter on trumpet and Ronnie Boykins on bass. His follow up album for ESP (Why Not?) came the following year, along with his critically acclaimed Three For Shepp on Impulse! (a response to Shepp's Four For Trane), which featured one side of his own compositions and one side of Shepp material. Brown is one of the most talented (if lesser known) players of the '60s jazz avant-garde and this historical release secures his place as one of the major voices in jazz.
PETER LEMER QUINTET- LOCAL COLOUR LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… Born in London in 1942, Peter Lemer is a well known keyboardist in the international jazz scene, having collaborated with many jazz combos such as Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Gilgamesh, Pierre Moerlen's Gong with a stint in the Mike Oldfield Group. This is Lemer's 1966 debut, recorded back in London after having studied in New York with Paul Bley: another ESP-Disk gem back from the massive archives of one of the finest labels in avant-garde jazz." Features: Lemer (piano), Nisar Ahmad Khan (tenor sax), John Surman (baritone & soprano sax, bass clarinet), Tony Reeves (bass) Jon Hiseman (drums).
CHARLES TYLER ENSEMBLE- CHARLES TYLER ENSEMBLE LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… Alto and baritone saxophonist Charles Tyler, one of the major voices in avant-garde jazz, began playing with Albert Ayler in Cleveland in the early 1960s, and soon followed Ayler east to take part in New York's fertile jazz scene. While continuing to play with Ayler in NYC (appearing on both Bells and Spirits Rejoice), Tyler also began leading his own sessions, and in 1966 ESP-Disk released his fiery debut as front man, the Charles Tyler Ensemble, featuring Charles Moffett on orchestra vibes, Joel Friedman on cello, Henry Grimes on bass and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums. Original artwork. 180 gram HQ vinyl.
BURTON GREENE TRIO- ON TOUR LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… The Chicago-born pianist Burton Greene first made his way to NY in 1962, just as the New Music movement was beginning to gain momentum. The following year he and bassist Alan Silva formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble (considered to be the first spontaneous composition group). This historic live recording was originally released on ESP-Disk in 1967.
BURTON GREENE QUARTET- BURTON GREENE QUARTET LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… Although over 40 years have passed since the release of this album for ESP-Disk in 1966, Chicago-born pianist / composer Burton Greene still considers it to be one of his best recordings. All compositions are written by Greene and feature Marion Brown on alto sax, Henry Grimes on bass, Dave Grant and Tom Price on percussion and Frank Smith on tenor sax. Greene made his way to New York City in 1962 just as the free jazz movement was beginning to gain momentum. The following year he and bassist Alan Silva formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble, often considered the first spontaneous composition group. Greene has remained committed to music over the past four decades, most recently exploring his Eastern European Jewish roots with various klezmer-jazz projects.
RONNIE BOYKINS- THE WILL COME, IS NOW LP (get back, italy)
*shop favorite restocked… Bassist Ronnie Boykins is perhaps best known for his work in Sun Ra's Arkestra, of which he was an intrinsic member for nearly a decade. His inimitable bass style can be heard on all of Ra's most significant recordings, and Ra had a difficult time finding someone to fill Boykins' shoes when he left the Arkestra in 1966. His 1975 self-titled release, featuring all original material, is from his post Ra period and represents one of the last great releases in the ESP-Disk catalogue. Featuring Joe Ferguson on tenor sax and flute, Monty Waters and James Vass on alto and soprano sax, Daoud Haroom on trombone, and Art Lewisand George Avaloz on percussion. Also includes various bells and hand shaken instruments played by all musicians.
V/A- THE WORLD IS SHAKING: CUBANISMO FROM THE CONGO, 1954-55 2LP
(honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Deluxe double LP version, in a beautiful gatefold sleeve. This is the fifth release in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring vintage recordings held in the EMI Hayes Archive. This album uncovers the dizzy beginnings of the golden age of African music zinging with the social and political ferment of the independence movement and anti-colonialism, after the Second World War and the daredevil origins of Congolese rumba -- the entire continent's most popular music in the '60s and '70s. The new music grew in concert with a burgeoning night life especially in the twin capitals of Leopoldville (today's Kinshasa) on the Belgian side, and Brazzaville on the French, where humming factories lured increasing numbers of rural Congolese with the offer of a steady, relatively well-paying job. The astonishing inventions of Europe and America also played an important role in the music's development. Traditional Congolese musicians began to master imported guitars and horns by mimicking what they heard. The jazz of Louis Armstrong and the ballads of European torch singers like Tino Rossi captured the imagination of the rapidly-expanding working class as well as the familiar-sounding music of Latin America. Local musicians swapped the Spanish of the originals for Congolese languages. In his version of "Peanut Vendor," included here, A.H. Depala replaces the seller's cry of "mani," or "peanut," with a lovelorn lament for a woman named "Moni." Depala went on to land a spot in the house-band of the prestigious Loningisa studio. Others failed to gain equivalent recognition, but their music was no less impressive. Listen to likembe (thumb-piano) player Boniface Koufidilia as he makes the transition from traditional to modern in the first few seconds of "Bino," which hits you with a vamping violin while he muses about death (including that of the popular Brazzaville musician Paul Kamba). Andre Denis and Albert Bongu both echo the sounds of palm-wine brought to the Belgian Congo by the coastmen. The sweet vocal harmonies of Vincent Kuli's track were learned, perhaps, in a mission church. Rene Mbu's nimble, likembe-like guitar plucking shines on "Boma Limbala," and is Laurent Lomande using a banjo as a backdrop to "Elisa?" Aren't those kazoos, buzzing along on Jean Mpia's "Tika?" It's as if the musicians, fired up by the times in their zeal for experimental self-expression, tossed into a bottle some new elements and some old, some near and some far, and then shook it hard, to see what would happen. With insert featuring rare photographs and notes by Gary Stewart, author of Rumba On The River. Sound restoration done at Abbey Road.
V/A- MARVELLOUS BOY: CALYPSO FROM WEST AFRICA 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa celebrates the West African counterpart of the 1950s Soho scene uncovered in the Honest Jon's series, London Is The Place For Me. Issuing from centuries of to-ing and fro-ing between England, the West Indies, and West Africa, the same musical styles -- calypso, highlife, jazz -- overlap, proliferate, and adapt, with local traditions freshened up and thrown into the mix. With numerous faces and reference points cropping up in both milieu, this contemporaneous music-making is brimming over with the same passion for life, sparkling topicality, and extravagant, magpie creativity. The inter-war dance bands of British West Africa are often strikingly similar in sound to Trinidadian orchestras like Lovey's String Band (credited with the first calypso recordings in 1912). However, the first West African calypso recordings in the modern style are from Freetown, Sierra Leone in the early 1950s, by Ebenezer Calendar and Famous Scrubbs. In arrangements blending African and European instruments, the brass plays out the legacy of colonial military bands, albeit hair-down and a little ramshackle now; and the beautiful Creole lyrics are as quick and musical as any classic calypsonian's. Decca also organized the first calypso recording session in Ghana, down the coast, where a sound interchangeably designated "calypso" or "highlife" ruled urban dancefloors, courtesy of The Tempos and its spin-offs including The Rhythm Aces. The invasion of King Mensah of Ghana, and The Tempos' money-spinning tour of Nigeria at the start of the 1950s sparked a decade of musical innovation. Bobby Benson's new highlife 11-piece included the great trumpeters Victor Olaiya and Roy Chicago and his calypso "Taxi Driver" was their first, huge, signature hit. (By contrast, little is known about the Nigerian Rolling Stone). The Mayor's Dance Band was run by the celebrated Erekosima "Rex" Lawson, whose trademark blend of Igbo lyrics over a Calabari rhythm reflected his mixed parentage. Steven Amechi was from eastern Nigeria, and the guitar solo on "Nylon Dress" is by the king of Igbo highlife, Stephen Osita Osadebe. Saxophonist Chris Ajilo and his band The Cubanos didn't produce much calpyso-highlife, but rather, cooking Afro-Cuban jazz with traditional roots, exemplifying the open hybridity of all these forms. By the early 1960s, calypso was fading in West Africa, and U.S. soul and rhythm and blues were poised to replace Caribbean influences. Still, the dying embers would produce its most classical exponent, Godwin Omabuwa, Nigeria's own Lord Kitchener. Omabuwa cut only a few records, but his mastery of the genre was a fitting end to the heyday of calypso in British West Africa.
V/A- SPRIGS OF TIME: 78S FROM THE EMI ARCHIVE 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… This is the third in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring the earliest 78s held in the EMI Hayes Archive. Honest Jon's has spent the last two years delving through more than 150,000 78 records in the temperature-controlled steel vaults of EMI's Archive in Hayes, Middlesex. Following studious compilations of West African and Iraqi music of the 1920s, the latest release in the Honest Jon's Hayes Archive series is a sparkling late-summer lucky dip, Sprigs Of Time: 78s From The EMI Archive. An eccentric survey of the Hayes shelves, Sprigs Of Time is thirty tracks recorded between 1903 and 1957, everywhere from England (Percy Grainger's recording of the title song, sung by Joseph Taylor in 1908) to Japan (the bewilderingly beautiful "Seigaiha," by the Japanese Imperial Palace Band, five years earlier). Organ rolls from Georgia run alongside Tamils impersonating motorized transport, and rumba from Beirut; '40s fado sits next to the songs of Bengali beggars. As with the other Hayes releases, the tracks have been restored at Abbey Road and are beautifully presented, with extensive contemporary photographs included. There are recognizable names (Joseph Taylor, the incomparable Fairuz, Mighty Sparrow and an uncredited Rubén González, singing lead vocals on "Rumba Negra") and extraordinary oddities (Vengopal Chari's rather unfunny "Laughing" and the peculiarly affecting hand bells of "Gas All Clear"). Taken out of the library and put back on the turntable, every track here is remarkable; every one worth the saving.
V/A- GIVE ME LOVE: SONGS OF THE BROKENHEARTED: BAGHDAD, 1925-1929 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… This is the second in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring the earliest 78s held in the EMI Hayes Archive. In the mid-1920s, The Gramophone Company -- soon before it became EMI -- employed two or three Europeans to criss-cross Iraq. They logged regional demographics, assessed the German competition, and checked out the scores of record shops and hundreds of musical venues. In Kerbala, its man fearfully disguised himself as an Arab. This was the groundwork for three sessions, conducted in Baghdad in the second half of the decade, which produced nearly 1,000 recordings. Business was good -- the first group of records, though deemed aesthetically unsuccessful by the Company, immediately produced 12,000 sales to just two outlets in the city. Drawing on the full range of these Baghdad recordings, it is a wondrous, deeply poignant glimpse of social living since obliterated, in which ethnicities, faiths and traditions appear woven richly and meltingly together, however precariously. There is dance music featuring Arab folk singers from the countryside, backed by professional Jewish musicians in Iraqi styles popularly termed "Egyptian," and perfected in nightclubs where the first duty of the secular women singers on this album was prostitution. Also including some Arabic word-play, in a nod to the musical form of the Arabic mawwal, a Hebrew hymn is kick-started with a cry of "Allah!," most likely from one of the Jewish performers. There are pieces from Bahrain and Kuwait; sometimes mixed together in one performance -- the different dialects are far-flung. There are beautiful, high and lonesome Kurdish violin improvisations; and some unaccompanied circular breathing on a zourna so unearthly it seems to cross late Coltrane with Sun Ra. All the songs are characterized by searing emotion and crises of feeling, many by erotic urgency. As with the other titles in the series, the recordings have been startlingly restored at Abbey Road; and they are presented with full translations, rare photographs (in this case, several performers), and notes -- including an extensive interview with a citizen of Baghdad throughout this period, who knew many of the musicians here personally.
V/A- LIVING IS HARD: WEST AFRICAN MUSIC IN BRITAIN, 1927-1929 2LP
(honest jon’s, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Honest Jon's has prepared a series drawing on some of the earliest recordings in the EMI Hayes Archive -- recovered from more than 150,000 78s -- staggering music from Iraq, Turkey, Caucasia, Lebanon, Iran (including sides made in Old Street, London, in 1909), Egypt and the Belgian Congo. This series opener presents the music of the West African underground of 1920s Britain, recorded at Hayes and released on the Zonophone label (which exported nearly all the records to West Africa). You can hear Caribbean influences here, the promise of highlife there, but Living Is Hard mostly disavows fusion and assimilation. And by contrast with antecedents in the history of black music in Britain -- minstrelsy and spirituals, for example, ragtime and jazz -- these recordings are unhitched from the protocols of a white listenership. These are startling, trenchant, elemental roots -- carrying troubled news home, along with signs of the new African nationalism -- and an enthralling glimpse of other lives, other times. Artists include: Oni Johnson, Isaac Jackson, Ben Simmons, Harry E. Quashie, Douglas Papafio, Prince Zulamkah, The West African Instrumental Quintet, The Ga Quartet, Domingo Justus, James Tucker, John Mugat, Kumasi Trio, James Thomas, Nicholas De Heer, George Williams Aingo and James Brown.
V/A- LIF UP YUH LEG AN TRAMPLE 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
*big shop favorite restocked for the first time in ages… The best contemporary Trinidadian Soca. Hard edged, dancehall tinged with a smattering of sexuality & politics, this album also commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Notting Hill carnival. Double LP, full color gatefold sleeve. Artists: Laventille Rhythm Section, Dawg E Slaughter, Timmy, Maximus Dan, Andre Tanker, Massive Gosine, Denise Belfon, Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, Michelle Sylvester, Bobo & Agony, Machel Montano & Black Stalin.
V/A- SHBAHOTH: IRAQI-JEWISH SONG FROM THE 1920'S CD (renair, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Limited copies left of this incredible selection from 1920s Iraq, a perfect companion piece to Honest Jon's Give Me Love. Selected from 78 RPMs collected by Julian Futter. Includes Sides by the singers Hagguli Shmuel Darzi, Selim Daoud, Yishaq Maroudy and Shlomo Mouallim & the Israelite Choir. Fifteen tracks.
V/A- ÀWON OJÍSÉ OLORUN: POPULAR MUSIC IN YORUBALAND 1931-1952 CD
*shop favorite restocked… fantastic label distributed via honest jon’s, their first release highlights the many sounds from Yorubaland from the '30s to the early '50s. Yorubaland is a huge area of tribal land covering western Nigeria. The songs on this CD give a strong hint of the music to come from this rich and diverse nation. CD comes packed with historical data and photography.
V/A- NIGERIA DISCO FUNK SPECIAL: THE SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND LAGOS DANCEFLOOR 1974-1979 2LP (soundway, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Double LP gatefold version. Lagos, Nigeria, 1974-1979: the funk & disco capital of West Africa. More nightclubs, bars, spots and dancefloors than any place along the coast from Dakar all the way to Kinshasa. Nigeria Disco Funk Special is an amazing collection of heavy dancefloor grooves from urban Lagos in the '70s -- hot and driving slices of funk, disco and boogie that show just how vibrant the music scene was in one of West Africa's most populous and culturally diverse cities. In the '70s, it wasn't just James Brown who influenced the musicians playing in the nightspots of Lagos -- the loose-structured and elongated jams that he was pioneering in America had been a part of Nigerian music much longer than that. This album is the sound of Cuban-heeled and micro-minied Lagos youth soaking up the sound of the American discotheque and putting their own inimitable twist on the proceedings. The CD and double gatefold vinyl include rare tracks from famous musicians like Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies and Mono Mono's Joni Haastrup, as well as selections from cult bands like Asiko Rock Group, SJOB Movement and Jay-U Experience. Other artists include: The Sahara All Stars, T-Fire, Voices Of Darkness and Dr. Adolf Aonotu.
V/A- NIGERIA ROCK SPECIAL: PSYCHEDELIC AFRO-ROCK & FUZZ FUNK IN 1970S NIGERIA 2LP (soundway, uk)
*shop favorite restocked… Double LP version, deluxe gatefold sleeve. Nigeria Rock Special shines a light on the flipside of the well-documented sounds of highlife and Afrobeat coming out of Nigeria in the 1970s -- young bands caught up in the wave of psychedelic and progressive rock that was sweeping Europe and the States in the late '60s and early '70s. As time goes by, the many layers of musical output that formed around the world throughout the 1960s and '70s continues to be peeled back to reveal many welcome surprises. The explosion of rock n' roll that erupted out of the USA in the '50s fanned out around the globe from its epicenter and by the mid-1960s, kids all over the world were picking up guitars and checking themselves in mirrors. Nigeria was no exception. Spurred on by Cream drummer Ginger Baker's visits to Lagos and his band Airforce (featuring many Nigerian musicians), the sound of fuzzed-out rock reverberated around the universities and nightspots of Lagos and Ibadan. The craze that followed hit the youth and student population of Nigeria hard -- mixing fuzz guitar and heavy African rhythms with elements of Led Zeppelin, Traffic and The Chambers Brothers. Fifteen of the best cuts from the scene are available here for the first time in 30 years. Artists include: Ofege, The Action 13, The Hygrades, The Wings, Ofo The Black Company, The Elcados, Mono Mono, Tabukah "X", The Funkees, Colomach, Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound, Question Mark, Original Wings, Tunji Oyelana and BLO.
MAGAZINES AND BOOKS
MEGAWORDS- ISSUE 11 MAGAZINE (megawords, usa)
*new nice looking folded poster format… 2 sides, full color and 1 PMS color, 24"x36" sheet folded down to 9"x12". edition of 3000 copies. features images and text by Manuel Dominquez Jr., Suzette Lee, and Matthew Gallagher.
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