Thursday, October 8, 2009




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alright, another beautiful fall week in philadelphia and as always another week of new and restocked essentials… check em out: amazing new compilation of french caribbean musics circa the 60s/70s on soundway (cd this week, vinyl forthcoming); great compilation from the early 00s of steel-pan funkiness entitled (appropriately enough) ‘steel funk’; killer new set of contemporary japanese jazz by 9DW on wax poetics (and issue #37 of the essential magazine is in as well. mj’s on the cover, so as expected they’re going fast); great new mlp by white hills on thrill jockey; a bunch of new and restocked lps on impulse!; a bunch of restocked lps on honest jon’s and soundway (with more new titles expected in the coming weeks); brainfreeze breaks 2lp; meters ‘live at rozy’s’ and the cult ‘the mail must go through’ japanese paper sleeve funk reissues; diplo/santogold mix cd restock and more. come on by and check em out… as always check the tequila sunrise records facebook page and/or twitter feed for up-to-the-minute new arrivals and restocks.

new fall hours (note thursday 12-8 and friday 12-6)!

monday: 12:00-6:00pm/est

tuesday: 12:00-6:00pm/est

Wednesday: 12:00-6:00pm/est

thursday: 12:00-8:00pm/est

friday: 12:00-6:00pm/est

saturday: 12:00-6:00pm/est

sunday: 12:00-6:00pm/est


anthony vogdes

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.

prices are subject to change without notice.

prices do not include shipping and handling. for those of you shipping within the continental united states I offer a 5.00usd flat shipping rate for any amount of records and/or compact discs. shipping cost for international orders are calculated on an order by order basis. payments for orders can be made via paypal or with a credit card by telephone between 12-6pm/est.

i also offer bike messanger service via timecycle couriers. for the low cost of 10.00usd i can deliver any amount of records and/or cds you wish to purchase to your center city philadelphia location (this includes some parts of south, west and north philadelphia) within two hours (and for those of you who need your records even faster, we also offer ‘rush’ service for the low flat rate of 20.00usd for any amount of records/cds delivered to you within one hour). of course, we are still more than happy to ship records via the usps within philadelphia. orders placed before 5pm/est will ship out that evening and should reach their destination by the following day.


V/A- STEEL FUNK CD (shady acorns, uk)
14.98usd/9.42gbp/10.19eur/1332jpy (approx)

*great uk compilation from ‘00 of rare caribbean steel-pan funk interpretations, in stock for the first time… . Funky Stuff - The Dutch Rhythm & Steel Band; Hold On I'm Coming - Sapodilla Punch; Do Your Thing - Trinidad & Tobago Steel All Stars; Cissy Strut - Trinidad Steel Drummers; Funky Abbey Road - Original Tropicana Steel Band; Ain't No Sunshine - Carl McKnights Sweat & Steel Band; Calypso Rock - Original Tropicana Steel Band; Midnight Man - Earl Rodney; Heaven And Hell Is On Earth - 20th Centuary Steel Band; T.S.O.P. - Nite Blues Steel Band; The Devils Out Tonight - Carl McNights Sweat & Steel Drum Band; Sandy Beach - Johnny Hawksworths Carribean Sound.

18.98usd/11.94gbp/12.91eur/1688jpy (approx)

*Often overlooked in the English-speaking Caribbean, the scattering drums and soaring clarinets of the biguine ruled the airwaves and dancefloors of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the 1960s. This album showcases the vibrancy of the scene on the islands in the '60s and '70s -- a scene that would go on to develop the all-conquering sound of zouk in the '80s. Uptown bands like Ensemble La Perfecta and Les Loups Noirs combine heavy rhythms and psychedelic effects in an inimitable style -- check out the crazed "Jet Biguine" for a better idea! The deep and introspective sounds of Monsieur Dolor and Guadeloupean hero Robert Loison show the deep African roots of the music -- songs born out of the plantations, with an insistent rhythm and mournful vocals that are unique to these islands. Overlooked outside of Paris, Montreal and the French Caribbean for many years, this collection redresses the balance by presenting the vital sounds of Martinique and Guadeloupe -- missing pieces of the musical jigsaw puzzle of the Caribbean. CD includes a 24-page booklet with detailed historical notes and rare photos.

9DW- 9DW 2LP (wax poetics, usa)
19.98usd/12.57gbp/13.60eur/1777jpy (approx)

*Taking electro-fusion to the next dimension is no easy job. But Tokyo-based futurists 9dw aren't afraid to gaze beyond the limits of the Milky Way, riding on a celestial quest toward a world where the atmosphere is analog and the beat of a neon ocean washes against a beach of synthesizer sand. Building their sonic landscape on an arsenal of vintage instruments and technology, the music of 9dw is a refreshing mix of jazz instrumentals, skilled guitars, fresh breakbeats, and funky keys. With an ear to the past and their eyes on the future, this band of the Rising Sun heralds a return to the 1970s heyday of jazz originality and flavor. Not since pioneers the likes of Bob James, Herbie Hancock, or Joe Zawinul has jazz-fusion sounded this good. Although 9dw's self-titled debut has been available in Japan for sometime now, it has yet to see any form of stateside release. That's why we here at Wax Poetics Records have decided the time is right to bring 9dw into the U.S. soundscape with a limited vinyl run of 9dw. This, the sixth release from Wax Poetics Records, will come as a double-LP set pressed on high quality 180-gram vinyl. Until now, Wax Poetics Records has been strictly in the business of reissuing rare, overlooked, and long-lost albums from the past. But with 9dw, we're proud to be, for the first-time, reissuing a contemporary album worthy of the Wax Poetics seal of approval. So while we still pride ourselves on being an authority when it comes to soul, funk, and jazz music's lesser-known players of yesterday, we've also got our ears tuned to the sounds of tomorrow. Be it in Wax Poetics Magazine or on Wax Poetics Records, you can rest assured that we're digging the underground, wherever we find it." Limited numbered edition of 1500 on clear vinyl.


WHITE HILLS- DEAD MLP (thrill jockey, usa)
14.98usd/9.42gbp/10.19eur/1332jpy (approx)

*Hailing from Brooklyn, White Hills were originally formed to help bring space rock into the 21st century and they'll be one step closer with the release of their limited edition Dead EP. Straddling the chasm between Hawkwind and Mudhoney, White Hills craft psychedelic swirls of feedback, bottom heavy bass riffs and soaring guitar solos that take listeners on journeys into the farthest reaches of the mind. This vinyl only release features three new tracks and a remix of 'Oceans of Sound' and is limited to 1,000 copies. Like all previous White Hills' releases, the demand for this EP is already foreshadowing that it will sell out instantaneously upon release! Title track 'Dead' was recorded at Oneida's Ocropolis studio in Brooklyn and features Kid Millions on drums. It's slated to appear on White Hills' LP that is set for release in early 2010. 'Oceans of Sound' originally appeared on the Heads On Fire LP and has been remixed for this EP by Antrønhy ØH who currently plays drums in Julian Cope's Black Sheep Band. 'Another Coming' and 'Red Sun' are exclusive to the EP and were recorded and mixed at 60B in New York.


17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 180 gram exact repro reissue, gatefold sleeve. Officially licensed through Verve/Universal. Recorded in New York, May 14, 1969; Alice Coltrane (piano and harp), Ron Carter (bass) and Rashied Ali (drums and percussion). "The composition 'Huntington Ashram Monastery' was first recorded as a piece for solo harp. However, the selection used in this album is played by the trio. With the band, there is expansion and enhancing of sound, together with collective contributions of the musicians. Ashram means 'hermitage.' It is sometimes spelled 'ashrama.' Of the many humanly-constructed ashrams and monasteries throughout the world, I feel that the real 'ashrama' is in your heart." -- Alice Coltrane

21.98usd/13.83gbp/14.96eur/1955jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 180 gram exact repro reissue, gatefold sleeve. Officially licensed through Verve/Universal. Recorded in New York, May 14, 1969; Alice Coltrane (piano and harp), Ron Carter (bass) and Rashied Ali (drums and percussion). "The composition 'Huntington Ashram Monastery' was first recorded as a piece for solo harp. However, the selection used in this album is played by the trio. With the band, there is expansion and enhancing of sound, together with collective contributions of the musicians. Ashram means 'hermitage.' It is sometimes spelled 'ashrama.' Of the many humanly-constructed ashrams and monasteries throughout the world, I feel that the real 'ashrama' is in your heart." -- Alice Coltrane

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 180 gram exact repro reissue in a gatefold sleeve, originally released on Impulse! in 1963. Offically llicensed through Verve/Universal. Featuring Elvin Jones (drums), McCoy Tyner (piano), Prince Lasha (clarinet and flute), Sonny Simmons (alto sax and English horn), Jimmy Garrison (bass) and Charles Davis (baritone sax). "Recorded in 1963 and co-led by John Coltrane's drummer and bassist (Elvin Jones and Jimmy Garrison), the music is most significant for introducing Sonny Simmons (alto and English horn) and Prince Lasha (flute and clarinet), who are joined in the sextet by underrated baritonist Charles Davis and Trane's pianist McCoy Tyner. Each of the musicians except Jones contributed an original (there are two by Davis); the music ranges from advanced hard bop to freer sounds that still swing. While Garrison's contributions are conventional (this was his only opportunity to lead or co-lead a date), Jones is quite powerful. However, it is the playing of both Simmons, who tears it apart on English horn during 'Nuttin' Out Jones,' and Lasha (when is he going to be rediscovered and recorded again?) that make this early 'New Thing' date of greatest interest." -- All Music Guide

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*Gatefold 180 gram vinyl reissue, licensed through Universal. Originally released in 1961. "Percussion Bitter Sweet was done over a series of dates in August 1961 and featured Max with his regular band. Trumpeter and virtuoso player, Booker Little was only two months away from his untimely passing at 23 from uremia (a kidney ailment), and he is inspired on this date as are tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, trombonist Julian Priester, and especially multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy. Mal Waldron is on piano with the excellent Art Davis on bass and the band is augmented by several percussionists on some tracks, including the legendary 'Patato' Valdes. There are two passionate vocals by Abbey Lincoln added to the mix. All the compositions and arrangements are by Mr. Roach." -- Vancouver Jazz

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*Gatefold 180 gram exact repro reissue, originally released in 1966. Officially licensed through Universal. Recorded 5/6/66. "Around the ten-minute mark of the title track, things get very interesting indeed -- moody and spooky as Jimmy Garrison hangs on a single note, making his bass throb along while Elvin Jones widens the space and fires drum and cymbal hits in all directions. Coming off bass and drum solos that never seem to fit anywhere in the piece, it's a supreme moment of tension-building, one that gets repeated after Rollins and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard restate the theme in unison. This is the sound of Rollins' group working in unity." -- All Music Guide

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 180 gram vinyl reissue of the Starsky And Hutch theme song composer's 1968 Impulse! album. Gatefold sleeve. Featuring Chuck Damanico, John Guerin and Mike Lang. "Each tune on the album represents a kind of a totally different aspect of my musical personality, all the way from the very lyrical and romantic and impressionistic to the freaky, so to speak. I find at this point in my life I'm searching very deeply for a style -- trying to find my own identity, really. The album is just a part of that search, one more chapter in that search. As I listen back to it, I don't know that I can understand any more about myself than I did before; but it does represent a great deal of the efforts in various areas of my life."

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 180 gram exact repro reissue, gatefold sleeve. Originally released in 1972 on Impulse!. Officially licensed through Verve/Universal. "Never one to be close-lipped about his anger at U.S. society or its actions, Archie Shepp delivered Attica Blues on the heels of the Attica Prison massacre. Every time Shepp's breath hits the reeds he creates an emotional vibe which all of his records have displayed. Attica Blues has all his in your face sound even though he isn't ripping jagged shards as he had in the past. The record still displays emotional angst that is every bit as powerful and distraught as Davis's celluloid images. The tracks have the deep soul of all of Shepp's finest such as On This Night and Four By Trane. The difference is Archie utilizes the arrangements as the forefront while his horn simmers in the background like an angry voice needing to be heard." -- All About Jazz

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 180 gram exact repro reissue in a gatefold sleeve, originally released on Impulse! in 1966. Featuring Archie Shepp (tenor sax and piano), Donald Garrett (bass), Beaver Harris (drums), Roswell Rudd (trombone) and Lewis Worrell (bass). "This Impulse recording features the fiery tenor Archie Shepp with his regularly working group of the period, a quintet also featuring trombonist Roswell Rudd, drummer Beaver Harris and both Donald Garrett and Lewis Worrell on basses. Although two pieces (Shepp's workout on piano on the ballad 'Sylvia' and his recitation on 'The Wedding') are departures, the quintet sounds particularly strong on Herbie Nichols' 'The Lady Sings the Blues' and 'Wherever June Bugs Go' while Shepp's ballad statement on 'In a Sentimental Mood' is both reverential and eccentric." -- All Music Guide

17.98usd/11.31gbp/12.23eur/1599jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… Gatefold 180 gram exact repro reissue, originally released on Impulse! in 1966. Officially licensed through Verve/Universal. Features one of Shepp's finest moments, the intricate, 18+ minute epic three-part suite "A Portrait Of Robert Thompson (as a young man)." Features: Tommy Turrentine, Roswell Rudd, Grachan Moncus III, Perry Robinson, Charlie Haden, Howard Johnson, Beaver Harris. "It was my intention to couple, in this album, the poignancy of the blues and the jubilant irreverence of a marching band returning from a funeral. It is my interpretation of a slave and neo-slave experience; rather like the feeling of being subjected to a 'haunt.' But the victims have their ghosts too. Where my own dreams sufficed, I disregarded the western musical tradition all together. After all, the 'forms' we are working with are relatively new (I challenge the thesis that they are substantially new)." -- Archie Shepp


V/A- BRAINFREEZE BREAKS 2LP (white label, usa)
24.98usd/15.71gbp/17.00eur/2222jpy (approx)

*legendary set from the early 2000s in stock for the first time. two lps of rare/original unmixed funk, soul, rock and jazz 45s made famous on dj shadow and cut chemist’s live mix of the same name… A1 Fried Chicken- Funky DJ; A2 Salt- Hung Up; A3 Mack Rice- Three People In Love; A4 Eddie Bo- From This Day On; A5 Odetta- Hit Or Miss; A6 Reuben Bell- Superjock; B1 The Nu People- I'd Be Nowhere Without You; B2 Tony Alvon & The Belairs- Sexy Coffee Pot; B3 The Singing Principal- Woman's Liberation; B4 The Soul Lifters- Hot, Funky And Sweaty; B5 Giorgio- Tears; B6 Gary Byrd- Soul Travelin' Pt. 1 (The G.B.E.); B7 Wilbur Bascomb & the Zodiac- Just A Groove in "G"; C1 Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham- Lover & A Friend; C2 The Mystic Moods- Cosmic Sea; C3 7-Eleven- Dance The Slurp; C4 Alvin Cash- Keep On Dancing; C5 Thunder & Lightning- Bumpin' Bus Stop; C6 Sugar Billy Garner- I Got Some; C7 Lou Courtney- Hey Joyce; D1 Simtec & Wylie- Bootleggin'; D2 Pearly Queen- Quit Jivin; D3 Original Soul Senders- Soul Brother Testify; D4 The Vibrettes- Humpty Dump; D5 Third Guitar- Baby Don't Cry; D6 Pleasure Web- Music Man.

19.98usd/12.57gbp/13.60eur/1777jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… The classic soundtrack to the fantastic cult trippy french animated movie. Laid-back grooves and funky tracks make this an incredible listening experience.

THE METERS- LIVE AT ROZY'S CD (reg associates, japan)
18.98usd/11.94gbp/12.91eur/1688jpy (approx)

*nice looking japanese paper sleeve reissue… great/rare live set recorded in New Orleans circa 1976. truly one of the funkiest groups ever!

18.98usd/11.94gbp/12.91eur/1688jpy (approx)

*nice looking japanese paper sleeve reissue… From 1776 to 1976, that's how long it took for the United States to develop to the point of giving to the world such a group as The Cult. In the bicentennial year of 1976, the cult group will celebrate the success of their hit record, "The Mail Must Go Through" by saluting the mail service from the days of the Pony Express. (!)


23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*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.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*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- SPRIGS OF TIME: 78S FROM THE EMI ARCHIVE 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*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.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*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.

(honest jon’s, uk)
23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*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.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… Two years ago, Honest Jon's travelled to Lagos with the great drummer Tony Allen, to make his first recordings there since his time with Fela Kuti -- an album entitled Lagos No Shaking, a classic of contemporary Afrobeat. Since then, the label has widely commissioned numerous responses to those new sides: from legends of dance music culture like Basic Channel in Berlin, for example, and founding father of Detroit techno, Carl Craig; and young tigers like Dizzee Rascal's Newham Generals, MIA producer Diplo in Baltimore, and carioca sensations Bonde Do Role from Rio De Janeiro. There are also new recordings from Cairo, Saturn, Bogota and Kingston, Jamaica -- fresh interpretations or complete reworkings by the space jazz pioneer Salah Ragab, a street brass band descended from Sun Ra's Arkestra, highlife-inspired Afro-Colombian drummers from the village of San Palenque De Basilio, and a veteran of Count Ossie's Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari. Afrobeat, dub, jazz, chalupa, electro, highlife, techno, grime, carioca, champeta and funk from all corners, fizzing away together here... it could only be from Honest Jon's. Vinyl version includes 2 bonus tracks.

TONY ALLEN- LAGOS NO SHAKING 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… vinyl version includes an extra track and sounds even more stunning than the disc. The Honest Jon's label reissues this 2006 classic from Afrobeat co-creator and master drummer Tony Allen. The much-lauded Lagos No Shaking pays tribute to the powerful sounds and rhythms of Allen's homeland of Lagos, Nigeria, marking a return to the classic percussive stylings which harken back to his seminal contribution to Fela Kuti's Africa 70 and Egypt 80. This is the real thing -- raw and uncut, recorded in Lagos over 10 nights with a 20-piece band, including the finest musicians in the city, not least deep horn-blasting from Lekan Animashaun (Baba Ani) and Show Boy from the killer Fela line-ups, and the palm-wine veteran Fatai Rolling Dollar, who adds his throaty, commanding tones and throbbing agidigbo thumb piano to four tracks. There are the R&B sensibilities of Yinka Davies and Omololu Ogunleye; and Muritala Adisa adds touches of ewe, a form of spoken praise-singing rooted in ancient Yoruba tradition. But the key element is, of course, Allen's powerful, yet magnificently relaxed drumming, which keeps everything in perpetual rocking motion, tempering the hard funk edges of classic Afrobeat with earthier Lagosian flavors. Indeed, while the album's observations on Lagos life are aptly tough and sardonic, this is a warmer, more down-home, perhaps more humane album than anything Fela ever produced. Afro-funk, stone-classic dance music in 6-minute chunks.

V/A- LAGOS CHOP UP 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… Fela's success in the West has hidden from view the mind-boggling range of modern Nigerian music. Though formally these two compilations put things in perspective -- ranging across styles from the mid-sixties to the early eighties -- musically they are just staggering. There is juju apala, Afro-funk, highlife. Some breathtaking classic fuji -- raw Muslim street music -- for twenty-five years now the real soundtrack of Lagos youth. And the Afrobeat tracks here include one of the best you'll ever hear: thirteen minutes of Shina WIlliams And His African Percussions. As Chief Ebenezer Obey puts it -- 'Eyi Yato,' something different. With detailed notes by Michael Veal, Fela's biographer, and great artwork from Lagos. Artists: Sir Shina Adewale And His Super Stars International, Dr Victor Olaiya, Etubom Rex Williams, Kollington Ayinla, Ikenga Super Stars of Africa, Nigeria Army Rhythm Group, Eastern Minstrels, Oliver De Coque And His Expo '76, Steven Amechi And His Rhythm Skies, Cardinal Rex Jim Lawson, Workers Brigade Band.

V/A- LIF UP YUH LEG AN TRAMPLE 2LP (honest jon’s, uk)
23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 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.

BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA- SEGU BLUE 2LP (open house, germany)
23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… Segu Blue introduces the first solo album from Malinese ngoni player, Bassekou Kouyate. Ngoni is the Bambara name for an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa that is plucked with the thumb, much like a 5-stringed banjo. Bassekou was born in a village called Garana about 60 kilometers from Segu, in the remote countryside on the banks of the Niger River. He was raised in a traditional musical environment, his mother a praise singer and his father and brothers exceptional ngoni players. He moved to Bamako when he was 19 years old where he met the young Toumani Diabate. By the late 1980s, Bassekou was part of Toumani's trio and they recorded their first albums together, Songhai and Djelika. Bassekou has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali. He played in the Symmetric trio with Toumani Diabate on kora and Keletigui Diabate on balafon. He was part of the Kulanjan project recorded with Taj Mahal. He is one of the key musicians on Ali Farka Toure's posthumous album Savane which was released July 2006. Now he has put together his own band: Ngoni Ba; the big ngoni: Mali's first ngoni quartet. The ngoni is one of Africa's still-undiscovered secrets: it is the key instrument for Griot culture. Unlike the kora, whose history goes back only a few hundred years, the ngoni has been the main instrument in Griot storytelling way back into the days of Sundiata Keita. The repertoire Bassekou plays is from the region of Segu, the heart of Bambara culture. Unlike mandenka griot music, Bambara music is pentatonic in nature -- music as close to the blues as you can get in Africa. Segu Blue features artists Kassemady Diabate, Lobi Traore, Lassana Diabate and singer Zoumana Tereta. By the way, there is no kora or djembe on the album. Taj Mahal describes Bassekou as "a genius, a living proof that the blues comes from the region of Segu."

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… Soundway presents the second volume in their Panama! series, showcasing the unique tropical music created in Panama during the fertile decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Panama is one of the world's great crossroads -- a bridge between North and South America, and home to the great canal that links the Caribbean and the Pacific. The canal itself was built by a huge workforce from all over the Caribbean and South America, each nationality bringing a taste of their culture and music to make up the hugely diverse nation that exists today. After soaking up the varied influences of Panama's diverse population, the dancefloors and bars spat out a heady mix that took in the raw vallenato of neighboring Colombia, the soul and funk of America, the calypso of Trinidad and the son and rumba of Cuba, all combined and re-styled in a uniquely Panamanian fashion, making Panama a central spoke in the wheel of Caribbean music. Writer and compiler Roberto Ernesto Gyemant travelled throughout the country in search of elusive records and reclusive musicians, tracking down hopeful tips and half-remembered names and addresses. Two years of digging through dusty warehouses and old radio stations in search of crackly records and dusty photos led to an exhaustive look at the musical culture of this fascinating country. If you think salsa is the sum total of Latin American music, then think again -- the hot sound of Panamanian musica tipica and calypso Español throws everything into the mix for a non-stop journey through Afro rhythms, carnival sounds, tipica soul and cumbia madness! Listen to the heavy tamborito rhythm of Los Silvertones and you'll hear where the instantly-recognizable, syncopated beat of modern-day reggaeton was born. Check the countrified re-versioning of Willie Colon's classic "La Murga" -- a perfect riposte to those that think Latin music begins and ends with Shakira. Listen to "La Escoba" by Alfredo y Su Salsa Montañera, and see that the currently in-vogue sound of cumbia owes as much to Panama as it does Colombia. As is the case with all Soundway albums, Panama!2 includes a full-color, 24-page booklet with nuggets of vital information, untold stories behind the music, vintage photos and some very special cover art. Sure to be one of the sure-fire summer soundtracks of the year!

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 2009 repress. 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.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 2009 repress. Double LP version, deluxe gatefold sleeve. 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.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 2009 repress. Double LP version. Both vinyl volumes come in deluxe gatefold sleeves & all tracks and liner note info gets covered in both formats. Spectacular work from Soundway! Since 2002, Soundway Records has been synonymous with high-quality and groundbreaking compilations of music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Nigeria Special is the most ambitious project yet for the label -- a truly in-depth, double album look at Nigerian music in the early to mid-'70s, encompassing a broad range of styles. Compiler and DJ Miles Cleret has spent five years working on this album -- involving trips to Lagos and around Nigeria interviewing musicians and researching recordings, as well as a suitable amount of time scouring dusty record stores and warehouses for elusive sounds. This compilation presents some of the best un-reissued and forgotten sounds from Nigeria, covering the amazingly vibrant and diverse styles that emerged and flourished at the time. Everything from highlife, jazz, Afro-beat and blues to more traditional styles are represented to give as comprehensive a survey of the scene as possible.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 2009 repress. Volume 2, from 2004! Afro-music continues to inspire a number of musicians, producers and DJs around the globe. Ghana Soundz Volume 2 does just that by properly representing Afro-music from the 1970s. Ghana Soundz was an idea created by compiler and DJ Miles Cleret 3 years ago. Since then he has traveled throughout Ghana to assemble three collections of rare Afro-beat, Afro-funk and Afro-fusion, most of which were unreleased outside of Africa and quite a few have never been released in the world. The series forms a unique window on a scene previously unknown outside of Ghana until Volume One was released in 2002. Pounding rhythms, blaring horns and pumping vocals -- the music is a document of a time forgotten when flares and Cuban heels strutted the streets and night-spots of Accra, the sizzling hot and humid capital of Ghana. Influenced as much by traditional rhythms and local highlife as by the music of Fela Kuti, James Brown and Santana, these tunes had almost been lost -- until now.

23.98usd/15.09gbp/16.32eur/2133jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… 2009 repress, first released in 2004. Double LP version, deluxe gatefold sleeve. Nigeria in the 1970s had one the biggest recording industries on the continent as well as one of the most diverse. The fusion of African rhythms and culture with jazz, funk, soul, and rock was an Africa-wide phenomenon but nowhere was it more prolific and active than the cities and dancefloors of Nigeria. These twelve rarities highlight how the Afro-sound influenced all areas of the music scene and how it progressed throughout a very creative and energetic decade. From funky afro-jazz, soul and afro-highlife to big, dancefloor afro-beat Nigeria led the way in West Africa at the time. Following the success of the Ghana Soundz album released last year on Soundway we have diverted our attention to highlighting the Scene in Nigeria during the seventies. This album features only tracks that have never been released outside of Nigeria -- and many of them were small underground releases there at the time appearing only on long deleted albums or 45's. All have been lovingly tracked down, licensed and re-mastered. The worldwide interest in Afro-beat and Afro-Funk continues and here we have gathered together a collection of some of the best examples of Funky music from Nigeria.


15.98usd/10.05gbp/10.87eur/1421jpy (approx)

*shop favorite restocked… Diplo meets Santogold and guests Amanda Blank, Kid Cudi, Mark Ronson and more. 35 tracks, three exclusive. Plus remixes from XXXchange, Radioclit, Switch, Mumdance, Diplo and more. Dancehall dubplated from Tony Matterhorn, Cutty Ranks, Turbulence, etc. Live band version of the Bad Brains' "Right Brigade". And Santogold's favorite influences: Devo, Sir Mixalot, Aretha, Jazzbo, Desmond Dekker, The Clash, more.


WAX POETICS- #37 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2009 MAGAZINE (wax poetics, usa)
9.98usd/6.28gbp/6.79eur/887jpy (approx)

*On the front and back cover: Michael Jackson. Contents: Editor's Letter, Re:Discovery, In Memoriam, The Mackrosoft, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Mayer Hawthorne, Illa J, Shawn Lee, Lee Fields, The Emperor Machine, Record Rundown, Goin' Back To Indiana, The Corporation, MJ Going For Self, John Landis & Thriller, Wah Wah Watson, Bertram Brown, Nicky Siano, Analog Out. 113 pages, full color, high gloss, incredibly well done & essential. 37th issue of this U.S.-based production.


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