Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEW ARRIVALS/RESTOCKS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

NEW ARRIVALS AND RESTOCKS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12


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i know i probably say this a lot, but i truly believe everything on this weeks list is in some way, shape or form a ‘top pick’ and thus an essential… check it out: sun ra singles comps on norton (many collected for the first time, so if you already have the amazing double cd on evidence from a bunch a years back, you still gotta get a hold of these lps, there’s so much more you need to hear… and amazing liner notes/label scan to boot!); flamin’ groovies lp reissues; charlie feathers and sun records 45s (with more cf lp restocks expected next week); stompin’ lp comps in stock for the first time (all killer!!!); new and restocked lps and cds from analog africa, soundway and world village and a lot more expected later today, tomorrow and monday, so check back!!! 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


gracias


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.


PICKS OF THE WEEK



SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA- INTERPLANETARY MELODIES: DOO WOP FROM SATURN AND BEYOND VOL. ONE LP (norton, usa)
12.98usd/7.80gbp/8.64eur/1166jpy (approx)


*Norton recently took a rocket ride into the vaults of El Saturn Research and arrived back on Earth with a motherlode of unissued early R&B, doo wop, soul and general weirdness featuring Sun Ra and his Arkestra backing a variety of artists. This series consists of two albums of Doo Wop from Saturn and Beyond entitled Interplanetary Melodies and The Second Stop Is Jupiter plus a set of totally twisted sides called Rocket Ship Rock featuring Yochanan 'The Outer Space Vocalist' (with his demented Saturn 45 Muck Muck/Hot Skillet Momma) and his way out friends backed by Sun Ra and his Arkestra! Atomic outer space genius from yet another Norton turban headed star! Cosmic Rays - Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie/Dreaming*/Bye Bye/Somebody's In Love*/Summertime*; Crystals - Honey In The Bee Box*; Nu Sounds - Spaceship Lullaby*/I'm Through With You*/Africa (extended version)*/Dabba Dabba Dabba Du Day*; Qualities - It's Christmas Time/If I Only Hadn't Sunned*; Juanita Rogers - A Love Letter Full Of Promises*/Teenagers Letter Of Promise/Sun Ra - Tony's Wife* (* = previously unissued).

SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA- SECOND STOP IS JUPITER: DOO WOP FROM SATURN AND BEYOND VOL. TWO LP (norton, usa)
12.98usd/7.80gbp/8.64eur/1166jpy (approx)


*Cosmic Rays - Somebody's In Love/Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie*/Dreaming/There's A Small Hotel*/The Second Stop Is Jupiter*; Nu Sounds - Spaceship Lullaby*/Honeysuckle Rose*/Baby Won't You Please Be Mine*/Black Sky And Blue Moon*/Dreams Come True*; Qualities - Happy New Year To You!/ She's My Moonglow*; Crystals - Little Sally Walker*; Juanita Rogers - I'm So Glad You Love Me*/I'm So Glad You Love Me; Sun Ra - Stuff Like That There* (* = previously unissued).

SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA- ROCKET SHIP ROCK LP (norton, usa)
12.98usd/7.80gbp/8.64eur/1166jpy (approx)


*Yochanan - Muck Muck/Hot Skillet Momma/Rocket Ship Rock*/Is That Me?*/Hot Skillet Momma (alt. take)*/Muck Muck (alt. take)*/The Sun Man Speaks/Message To Earthman #1/Message To Earthman #2 (alt. take); Little Mack - Tell Her To Come On Home; Lacy Gibson - I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman (extended version)*; Ebah - I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman*; Don (Dino) Dean - The Space Stroll (* = previously unissued).

SUN RA- I AM STRANGE/I AM AN INSTRUMENT 7” (norton, usa)
5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


*Unissued sixties spoken word mysticism from Saturn, with otherworldly instrumentation. Absolutely brain bending and everso essential!

MOONDOG- THE GERMAN YEARS 1977-1999 2CD (roof music, germany)
24.98usd/15.01gbp/16.63eur/2244jpy (approx)


*Originally released by Roof Music in 2004, in stock for the first tim… this is a 2CD compilation of recordings from the last 20 years of visionary composer Louis Thomas Hardin's (aka Moondog) life, when he lived in Germany and composed, arguably, perhaps the most vibrant and eclectic music in his whole canon. CD1 is comprised of studio recordings from 1977-1999 -- songs for pipe organ, chamber ensemble, piano and voice, string quartet, saxophone, etc., and CD2 is an exceptional recording of his last live performance from Arles, France, recorded a month before his death. Featuring pianist Dominique Ponty, who plays 34 of his pieces for piano. Includes a 44-page booklet of photos, notes, essays, interviews, lyrics, and more, housed in a deluxe hard board package.


ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIC



FLAMIN GROOVIES- FLAMINGO LP (norton/karma sutra, usa)
15.98usd/9.60gbp/10.64eur/1435jpy (approx)


*shop favorite reissued on vinyl… Gonna Rock Tonite/Comin' After Me/Headin' For The Texas Border/Sweet Roll Me On Down/Keep A-Knockin'/Second Cousin/Childhood's End/Jailbait/She's Falling Apart/Road House Killer 1970 rock n' roll (now there's a phrase you don't hear very often!) from Roy and Cyril and the gang! Monstrously cool sound! Original gatefold cover! WOW!

FLAMIN GROOVIES- TEENAGE HEAD LP (norton/karma sutra, usa)
15.98usd/9.60gbp/10.64eur/1435jpy (approx)


*shop favorite reissued on vinyl… High Flyin' Baby/City Lights/Have You Seen My Baby?/Yesterday's Numbers/Teenage Head/32-20/Evil Hearted Ada/Doctor Boogie/Whiskey Woman You hope, you wish, you pray, and thirty years later, presto-zesto! Norton presents the Groovies' 1971 masterpiece, from original master tapes – absolutely essential!


SOFT ROCK AND LIGHT PSYCHEDELIC HARMONY



OS MUTANTES- OS MUTANTES LP (polydor/universal, usa)
17.98usd/10.80gbp/11.97eur/1615jpy (approx)


*180 gram exact repro reissue, officially licensed from Universal. Absolutely brilliant debut from 1968 with a wild & crazy mixture of psychedelia & Brazilian music, with killer fuzz guitars, effects, Beatles influences. An incredible set of great songs that sound today even more fresh and modern than in 1968!!! Includes an astounding fuzzed-out cover of Jorge Ben's 'A Minha Menina.'

OS MUTANTES- JARDIM ELÉTRICO LP (polydor/universal, usa)
17.98usd/10.80gbp/11.97eur/1615jpy (approx)


*180 gram exact repro reissue, licensed from Universal. Originally released in 1971. One of the absolute highlights of the album is the humorous 'El Justiciero,' which features Spanish lyrics and also some Spanish-style guitar play. Other great songs are 'Tecnicolor,' which has lyrics in English, the melodious and slightly Beatlesque 'Virgínia,' and 'Tudo, Tudo, Tudo,' a song that features a bluesy mouth harmonica. On these and other tracks on the album, the music of Os Mutantes is just as playful and creative as ever. -- All Music Guide


ROOTS



CHARLIE FEATHERS- BOTTLE TO THE BABY/SO ASHAMED 7”
(norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


*A trio of early heart bashing perfection from the late, oh-so great, Charlie Feathers. Each in cool goldenrod series sleeve and photo label.

CHARLIE FEATHERS- FRANKIE & JOHNNY/HONKY TONK KIND 7”
(norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


CHARLIE FEATHERS- CORRINE, CORRINA/RUNNIN’ AROUND 7”
(norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


CHARLIE FEATHERS- RAIN/WAY IN THE NIGHT 7”
(norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


*Big echo hillbilly bop from the King of Memphis rockabilly! Great sleeve!

CHARLIE FEATHERS- WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO BEING APART/IF YOU WERE MINE TO LOSE 7”
(norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


*Two powerful late period rockabilly offerings from the master!

CHARLIE FEATHERS & JODY CHASTAIN- JUNGLE FEVER 7”EP
(norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


*Four legendary killer Kay sides from Real rock n' roll kings Charlie and Jody! Jungle Fever/Why Don't You/My My/Jody's Beat! Essential listening, class packaging.

CARL PERKINS- HER LOVE RUBBED OFF/KEN COOK- PROBLEM CHILD 7”
(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


*Fourteen giant massive brain busting sun label scarcities! Twenty eight humongous sides, all in superb Sun/Norton sleeves! Think you've heard 'em all? Try again with this batch of brain scorchin' Memphis fryers!

DICK PENNER- MOVE BABY MOVE/RAY GARDEN- THIS CHICK 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


JIMMY WAGES- TAKE ME FROM THIS GARDEN OF EVIL/TOMMY BLAKE- BETTER BELIEVE IT 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


WARREN SMITH- I LIKE YOUR KIND OF LOVE/MACK VICKERY- FOOL PROOF 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


HAROLD JENKINS- ROCK HOUSE/CRAZY DREAMS 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


ROY ORBISON- DOMINO/GENE ROSS- EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO KISS MY BABY 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


RAY HARRIS- COME ON LITTLE MAMA (ALT TAKE)/JACK EARLS- TAKE ME TO THAT PLACE 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


MACK SELF- I VIBRATE /MACY SKIPPER- BOP PILLS 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


HAYDEN THOMPSON- FAIRLANE ROCK/ERNIE BARTON- SHE'S GONE AWAY 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


BILLY LEE RILEY- SHE'S MY BABY/GENE SIMMONS- PEROXIDE BLONDE AND A HOPPED UP MODEL FORD 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


GLENN HONEYCUTT- ROCK ALL NIGHT/JIMMY WAGES- MISS PEARL 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


SONNY BURGESS- WE WANNA BOOGIE/THUNDERBIRD 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


RAY HARRIS- LONELY WOLF/JIMMY PRITCHETT- THAT'S THE WAY I FEEL 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


CARL PERKINS- PUT YOUR CAT CLOTHES ON/WARREN SMITH- STOP THE WORLD 7”

(sun/norton, usa) 5.98usd/3.59gbp/3.98eur/537jpy (approx)


R&B, SOUL AND FUNK



BABY BOY WARREN- BABY BOY WARREN LP (bbw, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Fantastic lp featuring 20 ultra rare post war r&b sides from the late 40s/mid 50s recorded for the Excello, Blue Lake, Sampson, Drummond, J-V-B, Staff and Swingtime labels, Including My Special Friend Blues, Nervy Woman Blues, Lonesome Cabin Blues, Don't Want No Skinny Woman, Forgive Me Darling, Please Don't Think I'm Nosey, Let's Renew Our Love, I Got Lucky, Matie Mae, Santa Fee, Taxi Driver etc.

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 7 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*the stompin’ series of raw and rare jump blues and r&b scorchers, circa the late 50s/early 60s, has been favorite around here for years and a totally essential overview of forgotten jems from said genre/time period (and in keeping with other amazing genre based series’ such as the roots of rock and roll -on arista records-, buffalo bop, nuggets, pepples, back from the grave, killed by death, bloodstains, members only, et al)…. includes Willie King Peg Leg Woman, Lord Tennyson The Dance, Albert Washington Ramble, Laurie Tate Rock Me Daddy! A hoot & a half!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 15 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Another slammin’, whammin’, crammin’ volume of be-bop wino wailers includin’ Guitar Tommy Moore Your Car Machine, Percy Welch Back Door Man, Piano Slim Lot Of Shakin’ Lot Of Jivin’, mo’-mo’-mo’!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 16 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Roman candles on this sweet 16th volume of ebony ebulators! Let’s go with Mr. Sad Head Mr. Sad Head Blues, Ray Snead Let’s Ball and Fade Away Baby, Gene Parrish Screamin’ In My Sleep, Danny ‘Run Joe’ Taylor Gator Tail!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 17 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Early jumpers to sauce up any affair— Woo Woo Moore Something’s Wrong, Al Jackson Let’s Drink Some Whiskey, Mr. Swing Beer Bottle Boogie, Moolah All Shook Up + mo’ squawky juicers!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 18 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Straight ahead stompers like Rudy Greene Wild Life, Freddie Hall She’s A Upsetter, Potato Lee Christy My Heart Goes Diddley Bum, Mr. Rain Who Dat? , more belters!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 21 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Mo’ early jump! Dr. Jo Jo Adams Didn’t I Tell You, Bumps Jackson Bumpin’ & Thumpin’, Tommy Brown V-8 Baby, Double Faced Deacon , Barrell House Blott Chicks Goin’ Crazy, Hen Gates Loose, Chester Guydon Miss Fannie Brown, Mr. Sad Head Butcher Boy & mo’!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 22 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Primitive country blooz w/ Richard Bros. Drunk Drivers Coming, Albert & Charles Weird, Harmonica Frank Rock-A-Little Baby, Clifford King Chicken Shack Boogie, Jesse Belvin Goin’ Away Baby, Elmon Mickle Jackson Blues, Country Paul Sidewalk Boogie, mo’ !

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 23 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*McKinley Mitchell Rock Everybody Rock, Joe McCoy Hey Hey Loretta, Jay Holliday I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Some Day, Chico Chism Hot Tamales And Bar-B-Que, Artie Wilson Tarzan, Lorenzo Holden Whipped Cream!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 24 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Mo’ early jump! King Perry Get Out Of My Face, Jackie Brenston Leo The Louse, Sammy Cotton We’re Gonna Ball This Mornin’, Jack (The Bear) Parker Cheap Old Wine And Whiskey!

V/A- STOMPIN VOL. 25 LP (stompin’, uk)
13.98usd/8.40gbp/9.30eur/1256jpy (approx)


*Solid 16 tracker: Paul (Georgia Boy) Kimble That Big Fat Mama, Willie Mitchell Lizzie Lou, Blanche Thomas You Ain’t So Such A Much, Claude Robinson Cotton Pickin’ Mama!


JAZZ



THE SPIRIT HOUSE MOVERS- BLACK & BEAUTIFUL, SOUL & MADNESS CD
(sonboy, usa)
17.98usd/10.80gbp/11.97eur/1615jpy (approx)


*The original 1968 studio recording of Black & Beautiful, Soul & Madness by The Spirit House Movers is finally available. "After 40 years of constant chatter and occasionally a snippet heard by some radio DJ who had a copy, this record has for most people been something that they heard about but never heard. 'Beautiful Black Women' was both a love song and an anthem coming to us in the midst of the fire that was the '60s. 'Madness' was always my favorite because it spoke about the ultimate conclusion of a society going mad. It is even more relevant today than it was then. With this release, Sonboy Records continues its commitment to re-issuing the entire Jihad catalog." --Thomas J. Porter. "Black & Beautiful, Soul & Madness was the first word-music record I did completely devoted to this form. One piece on a New York Art Quartet side earlier, but Black & Beautiful was recorded at my home and in the small theater my wife, Amina, and I built there The Spirit House (33 Stirling St.) shortly after I had returned home to Newark, NJ, after the implosion of the Harlem based Blacks Arts Repertory Theater-School. Spirit House, like the Black Arts, was created to present Black theater, poetry, music and political dialogue. B&B was not the only side done on those premises, under the record label we created, Jihad A Black Mass with Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra was another. Sonny's Time Now with Sonny Murray and Donald Ayler the third. B&B featured Yusef Iman, an actor I met at the Black Arts who began to come to the Spirit House after the Arts folded. Yusef was a member of the Spirit House Movers & Players which we shortened to The Spirit House Movers (inspired by the dudes in a bar we went to who worked for a moving company). The singing group B&B, the Jihad Singers, was an R&B singing group that Yusef was a member of, the lead singer Freddie Johnson, who I never saw again after the record date. All the musicians were local. Singer Aireen Eternal was Yusef's wife. In our mind we wanted to create world-music that reflected the Motown vibe so popular in the late-'60s. 'Beautiful Black Women' used Smokey Robinson's 'OOOH Baby, Baby' as a model. 'Black And Beautiful' was created by Yusef & Freddie and seemed a classic R&B du-wop send-up. But we also had a clear vision of what we wanted to say regarding the Afro-American struggle for equal rights and self-determination, at least we thought of ourselves as cultural workers, revolutionary artists 'pushing the program' as some of our cultural nationalist comrades were wont to say. I think you can feel our excitement and commitment." --Amiri Baraka, September, 2009


GLOBAL SOUNDS



ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU- VOLUME TWO: ECHOS HYPNOTIQUES FROM THE VAULTS OF ALBARIKA STORE 1969-1979 CD (analog africa, germany)
24.98usd/15.01gbp/16.63eur/2244jpy (approx)


*Four years in the making, Analog Africa finally presents the highly-anticipated second volume of music from Africa's funkiest band, the mythical Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Volume One (The Vodoun Effect: Funk & Sato from Benin's Obscure Labels, 1973-1975), released by Analog Africa at the end of 2008, was a collection of amazing lo-fi recordings produced for various labels around Benin. Volume Two showcases superbly recorded tracks, courtesy of the EMI studios in Lagos, Nigeria, one of the best studios in the region. All tracks here were recorded for the mighty Albarika Store label and its enigmatic producer, Adissa Seidou. The idea for this compilation was born five years ago when Samy Ben Redjeb, Analog Africa's founder and compiler, first heard the addictive funk track "Malin Kpon O" (included here), which was originally released in 1975 on Albarika Store. That discovery triggered the compiler's curiosity and what followed was a long journey through the musical history of Benin and the history of its most important ambassador, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. The result: approximately 100 pictures, 120 master tapes, 20 hours of interviews and a few hundred Orchestre Poly-Rythmo vinyl records -- 500 songs in total -- some of which previously unreleased. Almost half of those tracks were recorded for Benin's number one label -- Albarika Store. Fourteen out of 200 tracks were carefully selected for this compilation which comes with a massive 44-page booklet filled with amazing pictures of the band, a complete discography and a biography tracing the band from its foundation as Groupe Meloclem in 1964 via Sunny Black's band (1965), Orchestre Poly-Disco (1966), El Ritmo (1967) and finally, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou in 1968. During the period presented here -- 1969 to 1979 -- the mighty Orchestre was without any doubt one of Africa's most innovative groups. Capable of playing any style of music, the band moved from traditional Vodoun rhythms to funk, sato, Latin, sakpata, psychedelia and Afro-Beat seamlessly and quickly became the powerhouse of Benin's music scene. Some of the planet's most exciting rhythms are related to the complex Vodoun religion born in Benin. Those rhythms, supported by chants and dances, have been transmitted from generation to generation and are still being performed to this day, a few hundred years after they were created. The composers and arrangers of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo understood that they were surrounded by a gold mine of inspirational sounds which, if modernized and mixed in with whatever was in fashion at that particular moment, could have a strong impact on the urban population. Those astonishing combinations can be heard here, all mixed into a heavy hypnotic sound -- Les Echos Hypnotiques.

T.P. ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO- THE KINGS OF BENIN: URBAN GROOVE 1972-80 2LP (soundway, uk)
23.98usd/14.40gbp/15.96eur/2154jpy (approx)


*shop favorite repressed/restocked on vinyl… From the Republic of Benin, West Africa, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo is one of Africa's least-known big-bands outside of their home country, despite the fact that they have released over 100 LPs and 50 singles. This release aims to redress the balance with a collection that reflects their many poly-rhythmic moods. A mixture of hard Afro-funk, driving Afro-beat, deep Afro-Latin and Cuban grooves, all with a unique flavor that ruled the dancefloors of '70s urban Benin. Includes sleeve notes, a detailed history and reproductions of the original sleeve art label scans.

V/A- AFRO BABY: THE EVOLUTION OF THE AFRO SOUND IN NIGERIA 1970-79 2LP (soundway, uk)
23.98usd/14.40gbp/15.96eur/2154jpy (approx)


*shop favorite restocked… 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.

V/A- GHANA SOUNDZ: AFRO-BEAT, FUNK & FUSION IN 70'S GHANA VOL. 2 2LP (soundway, uk)
23.98usd/14.40gbp/15.96eur/2154jpy (approx)


*shop favorite restocked… 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.

V/A- GHANA SPECIAL: MODERN HIGHLIFE, AFRO-SOUNDS & GHANAIAN BLUES 1968-81 2CD (soundway, uk)
25.98usd/15.61gbp/17.29eur/2334jpy (approx)


*Ghana in the 1970s: highlife, rock, and soul collide and merge with tradition and culture. New styles meet old styles. A new generation renews old musical customs. New fashions meet old fashions, creating new fusions. Soundway presents 33 original and previously un-reissued tracks from the time: obscure A-sides, B-sides and album cuts that have resisted a second look until now. Compiler and label boss Miles Cleret travelled many times to Ghana to track down these long-lost and unavailable recordings. Ghana Special focuses on a variety of the vast number of diverse musical styles made in Ghana at that time -- a selection of 33 tracks hand-picked from a multitude uncovered over nearly 10 years of on-going research: driving around the cities of Ghana, banging on musician's doors, visiting distributors, DJs, collectors, manufacturers and shop owners. The roots of this project go back to a pair of albums named Ghana Soundz (Volumes 1 and 2), which focused solely on the "funkier" side of the same period. Alongside new artists and groups, some other works of the many musicians and producers Cleret met while researching those records are also included here. Many of these tracks have remained only in people's memories or in collections of LPs that sit unplayed: until now, of course. This 2CD hardback package comes with a full-color 44-page booklet, including many original photographs, LP scans and a full history of the period -- painstakingly pieced together over many years.

V/A- PANAMA!3: CALYPSO PANAMEÑO, GUAJIRA JAZZ & CUMBIA TÍPICA ON THE ISTHMUS 1960-75 2LP (soundway, uk)
23.98usd/14.40gbp/15.96eur/2154jpy (approx)


*After two very successful and well-received previous volumes of tropical rarities from Panama, co-compilers Roberto Gyemant and Miles Cleret are joined by Will "Quantic" Holland for the final piece of this unique series. Volume 3 showcases more of the unique tropical music created in Panama in the fertile decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Panama is the thin, tropical bridge that connects North and South America, and is home to three million culturally-diverse people; its music is a soulful blend of Latin American, Caribbean, European and indigenous forms. From bilingual calypsos to guajira jazz, from tropical guarachas to cumbia tamboreras, Panamanian musicians fearlessly combined and brilliantly executed styles that reflected their multicultural environment during a turbulent time in the young country's history. This collection presents more of the golden age of Panamanian music and the music of the combos nacionales on rare recordings that have never been released outside the isthmus until now.

V/A- PANAMA!2: LATIN SOUNDS, CUMBIA TROPICAL & CALYPSO FUNK On The Isthmus, 1967-77 2LP (soundway, uk)
23.98usd/14.40gbp/15.96eur/2154jpy (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!

TINARIWEN- THE RADIO TISDAS SESSIONS CD (world village, germany)
21.98usd/13.20gbp/14.63eur/1974jpy (approx)


*shop favorite from 2002 in stock for the first time… Out of the desert comes Tinariwen, a band of nomads with electric guitars. The Kel Tamashek, as the Touareg refer to themselves, fiercely resisted the French and the Malian government. The Tinariwen sound emerged when members were in exile in Libya listening to Bob Marley and John Lennon. They decided to apply their traditional music to the electric guitar and became the musical mouthpiece of the Touareg independence movement. Reminiscent of Ali Farke Touré, this raw desert recording was produced by France's global troubadours Lo'Jo and guitarist Justin Adams (of Jah Wobble & Sinead O' Connor fame).

TINARIWEN- AMASSAKOUL CD (world village, germany)
21.98usd/13.20gbp/14.63eur/1974jpy (approx)


*shop favorite from 2004 in stock for the first time… Music and poetry often cross paths with war. For the Tuaregs, poetry has long been a symbolic expression of the pain and suffering of war, just as their sword dances are a choreographic representations of real battles. With camel culture close to extinction and the Malian peace accords of 1992 providing only token relief from years of conflict, the songs of Tinariwen mourn the passing of the golden age of the Saharan tribes, while endeavoring to map out a future for the generations who must survive beyond it and live in the modern world. Before Tinariwen, the idea of a group didn't even exist in the southern Sahara. There were only impromptu bands who would get together for the usual joyous gatherings in camps or oases. Seeing their potential, Tuareg political figure Iyad Ag Ghali financed the acquisition of guitars and amps for the group, and in turn used some of their songs as propaganda tools during the rebellion of the 1990s. Tinariwen's first CD for World Village, The Radio Tisdas Sessions, was recorded with the help of solar energy in the studios of Radio Tisdas, the Tuareg station of Kidal. Acclaim for the album rocketed the group to the top ranks of African bands and the top 10 lists of some of the world's most respected critics. Even though the music of Tinariwen's new CD, Amassakoul, was recorded in a modern studio, their bewitching rhythms and passionate words lose none of their power. Tinariwen's lyrics all possess that texture of something crucial, essential and honest. They are all the fruit of distress and of a hope greater than the person who expresses it, the hope of an entire community that it might once again discover its true values.

TINARIWEN- AMAN IMAN: WATER IS LIFE CD (world village, germany)
21.98usd/13.20gbp/14.63eur/1974jpy (approx)


*shop favorite in stock on cd for the first time… Tinariwen's songs, with rutted five-tone scales and wreathed in handclaps, are propelled by icy-hot guitars over sinuous French and Tamashek vocals. The material sometimes contains recollections of other Malian luminaries, such as Amadou and Mariam, Habib Koité, Oumou Sangare, and the late Ali Farka Toure, plus New World descendants like Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and untold generations of Delta bluesmen. Their lyrics speak of drought and displacement, deceased heroes, and assouf, which, like Brazilian saudade, can mean longing, nostalgia, and love of home, but also a desert-dweller's bone-deep craving for open wilderness and solitude. Aman Iman, their third CD for World Village, was produced by British bluesman and label-mate Justin Adams and recorded at Bogolan studios in Bamako, Mali. The album's fifteen tracks celebrate their heritage in all its trance-inducing, hip-shaking, majesty, mystery, and magic. The third track, 'Matadjem Yinmixan' ('Why All This Hate Between You?'), harbors tantalizing echoes of European troubadour music, which after all evolved from some of the same ancient Muslim sources. On 'Ahimana' ('Oh My Soul'), original founding member Mohammed Ag Itlale interprets a style more usually performed by women, paradoxically with no loss of masculinity. Throughout, rangy, cloaked pickers are flanked by a female chorus whose hand drums are spiked by sharp, off-center clapping, shrill ululation, and fervent responses to the men's singing. Together, they goad one another to heights of fervent experimentation while basking amid hallowed folkways.

TINARIWEN- IMIDIWAN: COMPANIONS CD/DVD (world village, germany)
21.98usd/13.20gbp/14.63eur/1974jpy (approx)


*In December of 2008, Tinariwen gathered in the Sahara to record a new album. The sessions took place in a rented house, out in the bush, in nomad camps and in other magical locations. The whole adventure was filmed by the French director Jessy Nottola and a DVD of that film is included with the CD. Imidiwan: Companions is the band's fourth release for World Village and it possesses all the elements that have made them so magnetic to western ears: raw simplicity, melodic beauty and songs ranging from the epic and universal to the intimate and personal. This fourteen track album, produced by Jean-Paul Romann, who had previously worked with Tinariwen on their 2001 debut album, The Radio Tisdas Sessions, was recorded in Malian village of Tessalit, home of band members Ibrahim Ag Alhabib and Hassan Ag Touhami. Since their debut, Tinariwen has picked up a number of awards and a raft of 'legendary' fans including the likes of Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, Brian Eno, Thom Yorke, TV on the Radio, Bono and The Edge. DVD: NTSC All Region; total playing time: 30:44.


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