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Baby Huey - The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend
Baby Huey
The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend
LP | 1971 | US | Reissue (8th)
28,99 €*
Release:1971 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
James Ramey, better known by his self-depreciating stage name Baby Huey, was a potently flamboyant presence in Chicago's soul scene during the 1960s. Though he suffered weight problems throughout his life due to a glandular disorder, he was easily recognizable for his appearance, which featured an enormous afro, and long, flowing African robes. He and his band The Babysitters were a wildly popular and successful local act across Illinois, cutting numerous 45 singles, without releasing a single full-length album. A chance audition with Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield of Curtom Records would change everything for the band. Though the two of them were pleased with the group, they opted only to sign Baby Huey without the Babysitters. Huey would go on to spend much of 1970 recording a studio debut of psychedelic soul and funk music, comprised largely of covers of tracks by Mayfield, Sam Cooke, and others, plus two original compositions. During this time the now 400-pound singer struggled with addiction to alcohol and heroin. Huey would not see the release of his debut album, dying at the age of 26 from a drug-related heart attack. So many years after its 1971 release, Baby Huey's studio album Baby Huey: The Living Legend went on to become a cult phenomenon, a massive influence to hip-hop artists and fans, and is now considered a classic of its era. Tracks from the album have been a treasure trove of sample material for artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Shadow, and The Chemical Brothers to name just a few. Additionally Huey's own vocal style, which dabbled in sing-song melodies and self-referential rhyming, has been said to have influenced the development of rapping itself.
Thelonious Monk - It's Monk Time
Thelonious Monk
It's Monk Time
LP | 1964 | US | Reissue (8th)
30,99 €*
Release:1964 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Renowned and revered for his improvisational abilities,his contributions to the lexicon of jazz standards, andhis many innovations in composition, it's no wonder thatThelonius Monk's catalog is one of the most recorded ofall time. (Topped only by Duke Ellington.) An eccentricand quirky pianist, Monk's recordings were marked bystrategic dissonance, abrupt key changes, and theusage of silence as an instrument, a style which wasnot fully understood in its time, (One jazz critic referredto Monk as "the elephant at the keyboard") but wouldprove highly influential to the likes of Wynton Marsalis,Mulatu Astatke, Chick Corea, and even hiscontemporaries like Miles Davis and Charles Mingus.When the mid-60s rolled around, many consideredThelonius Monk's best days to be behind him, butin fact some of his most accomplished and deftarrangements can be found on his 1964 release It'sMonk's Time. The album is a much more relaxed andcasual outing for the post-bop innovator, often knownfor noise experimentation. (To the degree that manydie-hard Monk fans would disown It's Monk's Time.)Despite its relaxed sound, Monk and his power triobacking band of Charlie Rouse on sax, Butch Warrenon bass, and Ben Riley on drums bring groundedmuscle to Monk's exploratory and ambient piano.A worthy, 6-song addition to any jazzaficionado's collection, and some of Monk'smost robust compositions.
Pharoah Sanders - Live
Pharoah Sanders
Live
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
An integral figure to the development of free jazz, Farrell Sanders (Best known by his stage name "Pharoah Sanders") has been referred to by Ornette Coleman as "probably the best tenor saxophone in the world", and has frequently been mentioned in the same breath as untouchable legends like John Coltrane or Sun Ra. As a member of Coltrane's final quintet, as well as a bandleader, Sanders' distinct performance style, involving overblowing, multiphonic and harmonic textures, as well as abrasive dissonance helped set an encompassing blueprint for the experimental free jazz sounds of the late 60s and much of the 1970s. Sanders' wild and unhinged playing style takes center stage on his 1982 record Live..., one of his most raucous and accomplished live records released. Sanders is joined by a powerhouse trio of backing musicians, including John Hicks on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and the great Idris Muhammad on drums. By this point in his career, Sanders had gradually begun to move away from free jazz in favor of progressive and modal sounds, but the sounds of his early experimentations are still present and powerful as ever, across four tracks clocking in at a little over an hour in length.
D.R. Hooker - The Truth
D.R. Hooker
The Truth
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
A holy grail of vinyl rarities, Donald "D.R." Hooker's 1972 album The Truth is handily one of the most famed and sought after privately pressed records of all time. A former hippy with a history of substance abuse, Hooker had just recently turned to evangelical Christianity when he assembled a collection of local Connecticut musicians to commit 10 tracks of psychedelic folk to wax. The Truth features cuts that are far too expansive and groovy to have come from someone so deeply religious, and yet the album oozes psychedelic wonder and ambience. Hooker himself poured his own tumultuous life experiences and tribulations into the songs as well, from the anti-addiction anthem "Forge Your Own Chains" to the pained longing and lonesomeness of "Weather Girl", to devout head-trips like "The Sea." Hooker's The Truth may not have initially expanded beyond the original 99 vinyl pressing copies, but the earliest glimpses of the exploratory and eccentric folk of artists like Sufjan Stevens and Iron & Wine can be heard throughout, and is filled with equal parts pious purity, and raw psychedelic power.
Meters, The - Look-Ka Py Py
Meters, The
Look-Ka Py Py
LP | 1970 | US | Reissue (8th)
26,99 €*
Release:1970 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The title track of this album has been sampled by Cypress Hill, DJ Shadow, Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, 2 Live Crew, and even Kriss Kross, just to name a few.Few funk groups have had as far-reaching an influence as New Orleans band The Meters, the project of keyboardist/vocalist Art Neville, and the famed house band of Allen Tousaint. During their mid-60s-to-late-70s heyday they released a heavy mixture of instrumental and vocal albums and singles of Louisiana-inflected soul, R&B, and funk music that continues to inspire and marvel, and get covered by groups and artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jaco Pastorius, Widespread Panic, and even The Grateful Dead. In 1969, The Meters released “Look-Ka Py Py”, which would cement their reputation in New Orleans music history as one of the greatest. Produced by Allen Toussaint himself, “Look-Ka Py Py” featured Art Neville and his sinuous keys leading the four-piece of George Porter Jr. on bass, Ziggy Modeliste on drums, and Leo Nocentelli on guitar 12 instrumental numbers of world-class funk, dripping with style and precision. Acclaimed to this day as a classic of the genre, The Rolling Stone gave the album a spot on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time, while songs from “Look-Ka Py Py” found new life decades after its release as a treasure trove of hip-hop sampling.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - New Orleans Volume 1
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
New Orleans Volume 1
LP | 2018 | US | Original (8th)
31,99 €*
Release:2018 / US – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
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From its humble beginnings as an art gallery in the 1950s,Preservation Hall has become an indelible landmarkof New Orleans thanks to a choice meeting in 1961.Philadelphia business school graduate and tuba-playerAllan Jaffe had been honeymooning in New Orleans withhis wife when he discovered the French Quarter, wherePreservation Hall resided. The couple grew to love theFrench Quarter and the concerts that the hall had beenhosting to drum up interest in the art gallery.Allan Jaffe ended up staying in New Orleans, and eventook on the job of managing Preservation Hall, andhosting a cavalcade of local Louisiana musicians, whoseages ranged from 60 to 90, and had been dealing withpoverty and local racism. These musicians, alongwith Jaffe himself, would become the rotating lineupof Preservation Hall's house jazz band, and attractaudiences for miles to come to the French Quarter to heartheir traditional take on jazz music, eventually branchingout to tour the United States, and put out records.One of their most celebrated is their first album withColumbia Records, the 1977 album New Orleans (Vol. 1),which with a title like that it's no surprise that it wears itslove for the Louisiana city on its sleeve. The 7-piece bandjoyously shares its take on a vareity of Dixielandstandards, spirituals, and a few blues numbers. Themusic is simplistic and light on technical or virtuostic flair,but none of that matters to the album's players, whoseinfectious and revelrous spirit, and genuine love oftraditional jazz can be felt through the speakers.
Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle - One From The Heart
Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle
One From The Heart
LP | 1982 | US | Reissue (8th)
33,99 €*
Release:1982 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
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Tom Waits is a highly influential singer/songwriter,noteworthy for delving into realms of noisy industrial bluesexperimentation, blues jazz, and dust, rust-belt folk, as wellas for his distinct, heavily raspy vocal style. Crystal Gayle isa Top 40 country artist, with more than fifteen #1 singles onthe Billboard US Country charts, including her #2 BillboardTop 200 signature hit "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue",and a member of the Grand Ole Opry.By all accounts there's little reason for these two vastlydifferent artists to come together and collaborate on analbum. Yet in 1982, the two were brought together to writeand perform on the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola's1982 romantic musical film One From The Heart. Thesoundtrack was written by Waits himself, who also sang andplayed piano, while Gayle (Whom Waits had picked himself,after Bette Midler was unavailable.) provided vocals onseveral solo songs as well as duets with Waits, all backed bya cavalcade of jazz session veterans, like Jack Sheldon ontrombone, Shelly Manne on percussion, Greg Cohen onbass, Teddy Edwards on tenor saxophone, and more.Though the film One From The Heart was a box office flop,the Waits & Gayle-featured soundtrack was embraced bycritics, many of whom pointed to it as the best thingassociated with the film. Recorded just before Waitsabandoned jazz-blues for the junkyard clamor of his 1983album Swordfishtrombones, Waits' ragged baritone is mixedwith Gayle's silky croon to perfect effect, and makes OneFrom The Heart's soundtrack a must-own for any fan of filmsoundtracks, cinematic jazz, and certainly of Waits & Gayle
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (8th)
26,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
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Renowned for his high energy live performances, atechnical virtuosity which allowed him to play multipleinstruments simultaneously, and deeply heldconvictions for political and social justice, RahsaanRoland Kirk was a highly eccentric figure in the jazzgenre, but also an incredibly influential one. Maintainingan illustrious career stretching from 1955 to his passingin 1977, Kirk had performed and collaborated with thelikes of Quincy Jones & Charles Mingus, and broughtnew and exciting techniques and styles to jazz,pioneering the usage of circular breathing, and utilizingunorthodox musique concrete instrumentation in hispieces, including broadcast footage, sirens, alarmclocks, and other non-musical devices.1973's Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle is aprime example of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's genius. His9th album with Atlantic Records featured a powerhousegroup of session musicians, including Dick Griffinon Trombone, Ron Burton on Piano, and RalphMacDonald on percussion, while Kirk himself worksovertime, providing alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet,flute, nose flute, and what he referred to as"black mystery pipes." (A length of garden hose.)Prepare Thyself featured multiple jazz concertosrunning a gamut of genres, ranging from free jazz toavant-garde to hard bop, while creating layers uponlayers of aural architecture, and droning, sonic pillars ofsound. An unheralded masterpiece of jazz explorationand frantic, chromatic expression.
Joe Walsh - But Seriously, Folks
Joe Walsh
But Seriously, Folks
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
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The classic rock band The Eagles were alreadyimmensely successful by the time 1975 hit, having scoredmultiple Billboard-charting albums, numerous Top 40singles, and had even won a "Best Pop Performance"Grammy. Despite this, many fans of the band believe thatthey had not truly hit their stride until the next year, whenfounding member Bernie Leadon exited the group. Hisreplacement was singer/guitarist Joe Walsh, a longtimefriend of the band, a former member of contemporarygroups James Gang and Barnstorm, and a solo artist inhis own rite, who brought a harder edge to The Eagleswhich took front and center of their greatest success: themulti-million-selling 1976 album Hotel California.Joe Walsh would continue to release solo works beforethe Eagles' follow-up to Hotel California in 1979, keepingbusy with live and studio releases, and further bolsteringhis own commercial success. 1978 would see the releaseof his fourth album, and one of his greatest successes ofthe 1970s, titled But Seriously, Folks...The album reached#8 on the Billboard 200 charts, featured contributionsfrom his fellow Eagles bandmates Don Henley, GlennFrey, and Don Felder, and received wide critical praise forits subject matter. Walsh had previously cultivated areputation for playful irreverence and a surreal sense ofhumor, yet But Seriously, Folks...featured introspective,melancholy, and existential tracks that were consideredout of character, and still found time for the causticallysarcastic Top 10 single "Life's Been Good", whichbitterly takes the piss out of the partying rock-star imagehe'd cultivated.
Blowfly - The Weird World Of Blowfly
Blowfly
The Weird World Of Blowfly
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (8th)
21,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
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Nobody could have suspected the path that Clarence Henry Reidwould take during the 1960s. During this time he worked asa singer/songwriter and producer for the likes of KC & TheSunshine Band, Bobby Byrd, Gwen McCrae, and various others.He would also release his own compositions, including the deepsoul classic "Nobody But You Babe", which would become asampling favorite of KRS-One, Erykah Badu, DMX, and more.Though Reid maintained a reputation as a consummateprofessional among the romantic soul crowd, outside ofhis day-job he turned a complete 180, writing and performinghumorous, deliberately raunchy and sexually-explicit parodies ofsongs. These parodies would be relegated strictly to friends atparties, and wouldn't see a wide audience until the 1970s hit.In 1971 Reid would gather a collection of studio musicians,including famed R&B sidemen Timmy Thomas & Benny Latimoreon keys, and Little Beaver on guitar, to finally commit theseparodies to wax. In order to protect his identity as a songwriterReid took on the stage name Blowfly, and dressed as a comicbook super villain for live performances and photos. From therehe would release numerous studio albums of similarly crudeparodies throughout the 70s and 80s, which were enormouslypopular as party records. These records would also go on tobecome a wealth of sampling fodder for artists like Jurassic 5, ThePharcyde, DJ Shadow, Eazy-E, and many more, as well as leadReid to collaborate with artists as varied as soul contemporaryKing Coleman, to former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, toganja-centric rapper Afroman.The beginning of this explicit journey started with the debut albumThe Weird World Of Blowfly. Across 16 tracks Reid and hiscollective of session musicians would turn classic soul and R&Bhits by the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding, and Sam & Dave,and twist them into bluntly graphic parodies, regularly divingheadlong into realms sexual, scatological, beyond naughty.
Willie Nelson - Phases & Stages
Willie Nelson
Phases & Stages
LP | 1975 | US | Reissue (8th)
26,99 €*
Release:1975 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
By the 1970s, country music legend Willie Nelson was stuck in a rut. The royalties he had earned from songwriting had dried up, his own material was no longer seeing great commercial profits, and the Nashville music scene he'd thrived in had rejected his concept album Yesterday's Wine. Compounded with a series of other personal events, this lack of success led Nelson to leave the music business, and retreat to Austin, Texas. Despite his original intent to remain retired, Austin's burgeoning hippie music scene instead revitalized Nelson, and he experienced newfound popularity after performing a new brand of country music, marked by folk and jazz influences as well as traditional country. Nelson returned to recording soon after, signing to Atlantic Records, where he was the first ever country artist on the label. With greater creative control than he had before, he gathered a backing band and went to work. Nelson had already began to stretch out artistically with his previous album, 1973's Shotgun Willie, and though the album was only moderately successful, (Despite setting the stage for the arrival of the Outlaw Country genre of music) it was enough to keep Atlantic interested. Nelson's 1974 record Phases And Stages was another artistic leap, in the form of another concept album about divorce, splitting the two sides between the perspective of a wife and a husband. Though the album was still a far cry from his earliest hit-making days, it was still a Billboard-charter, containing the #17-ranking single "Bloody Mary Morning", and received widespread praise from critics, who continued to embrace Nelson's darker output. A pivotal album that helped put Willie back in the public eye, and foresaw one of his greatest successes in 1975.
King Floyd - King Floyd
King Floyd
King Floyd
LP | 1971 | US | Reissue (8th)
30,99 €*
Release:1971 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
New Orleans singer-songwriter King Floyd may not have reached the heights of commercial success that his contemporary soul-R&B performers had, but the mark he left with his music is indelible, if only for the prevalence and success of his 1970 single "Groove Me." Originally written as a love poem for a co-worker, Floyd instead brought the lyrics to famed producer/arranger Wardell Quezergue, who was fresh from producing another iconic piece of New Orleans soul: Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff." "Groove Me" was originally included as a B-side to another Floyd track, "What Our Love Needs". While the A-side failed to generate major commerical buzz, "Groove Me" became a local radio smash thanks to the efforts of New Orleans DJs, and attraced enough attention to be picked up for national distribution, where the track became a hit on the Billboard rankings, peaking at number 6 on the pop charts. Though King Floyd would never have nearly as big a hit in his career, the staying power of "Groove Me" has long outlasted the singer/songwriter. It has been covered by artists as varied as Etta James, Fern Kinney, John Cowan, and the Blues Brothers, while finding sample usage in tracks by Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Cam'Ron, Salt-N-Peppa, and even experimental noise weirdos Negativland.
T-Bone Walker - The Truth
T-Bone Walker
The Truth
LP | 1968 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1968 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Aaron Thebeaux "T-Bone" Walker was all but destined for performance from the start. After all both of his parents were musicians, who taught him how to play guitar, ukulele, banjo, violin, mandolin, and piano. He was even an early protege of Blind Lemon Jefferson, who was a friend of the family, and often came over to dinner. Walker began performing blues music during the late 1920s and early 1930s, cutting his first singles, while performing as a sideman across the country, often performing alongside Blind Lemon Jefferson himself, as well as contemporaries like Douglas Fernell, Big Jim Wynn, and Charlie Christian. By the 1940s, Walker had begun to perform more frequently as a solo act, recruiting his own backing band, and being among the first to adapt a guitar technique that would change the course of music history: electric amplification.Were it not for Walker leading the charge and pioneering the electric blues sound, contemporary music might have been very different. His sound help set the stage for essential Chicago Blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Willie Dixon, while providing key influence to the likes of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, and innumerable others.
Amon Düül II - Made In Germany
Amon Düül II
Made In Germany
LP | 1975 | US | Reissue (8th)
26,99 €*
Release:1975 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
When Amon Duul II first hit the German music scene of the 1970s, they weren't even the first band to be named Amon Duul. The Munich-based Krautrock band had their origins in the West German commune scene, where the founding members thrived at an art commune bearing the same name. (An establishment for musicians and performers, encouraged to play and collaborate, regardless of experience or ability.) The members of the Amon Duul commune were eventually offered the opportunity to record, at which point the collective split, with the more talented and proficient members going on to form Amon Duul II. (The other band, simply called Amon Duul, would not reach major success.) Throughout their tenure as a band, Amon Duul II performed non-stop, bringing their distinct blend of spacious psychedelia to, according to guitarist John Weinzierl: "...every hall with a power socket and an audience." Amon Duul II released over 15 studio albums during their career, including such celebrated landmarks of Krautrock as 1969's Phallus Dei, and 1971's Tanz Der Lemminge. Their 1975 studio release Made In Germany is a similar pinnacle of the genre, though frequently overlooked among their discography. By this time in their career, Amon Duul II had begun to drift away from the psychedelia that inspired their early records, and towards more slickly-produced progressive art rock, with a polished ABBA-like sheen. Fans were unsure how to react to Amon Duul II's new sounds, but critics embraced it whole-heartedly, singling out Made In Germany as one of their best, from the expansive space rock of "La Krautoma", to the Cabaret-like pomp of "Wilhelm, Wilhelm", to the foot-stomping Zeppelin-aping "The Emigrant Song."
Amon Düül II - Hijack
Amon Düül II
Hijack
LP | 1974 | US | Reissue (8th)
26,99 €*
Release:1974 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
When Amon Duul II first hit the German music scene of the 1970s, they weren't even the first band to be named Amon Duul. The Munich-based Krautrock band had their origins in the West German commune scene, where the founding members thrived at an artcommune bearing the same name. (An establishment for musicians and performers, encouraged to play and collaborate, regardless of experience or ability.) The members of the Amon Duul commune were eventually offered the opportunity to record, at which point the collective split, with the more talented and proficient members going on to form Amon Duul II. (The other band, simply called Amon Duul, would not reach major success.) Throughout their tenure as a band, Amon Duul II performed non-stop, bringing their distinct blend of spacious psychedelia to, according to guitarist John Weinzierl: "...every hall with a power socket and an audience." Amon Duul II released over 15 studio albums during their career, including such celebrated landmarks of Krautrock as 1969's Phallus Dei, 1971's Tanz Der Lemminge, and 1975's Made In Germany. Their 1974 album Hijack, however, is frequently forgotten amongst their greatest achievements in psychedelia, and perhaps unfairly so. The album features some of their most exploratory material, dabbling in sounds foreign to the band such as funky brass sections, samba backbeats, and inflections of chamber pop string sections. An anomalous entry into the discography of an already anomalous band, and not one to be skipped.
King Curtis - Plays The Great Memphis Hits
King Curtis
Plays The Great Memphis Hits
LP | 1967 | US | Reissue (8th)
26,99 €*
Release:1967 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
If Curtis Ousley (Best known by his stage name "King Curtis") had remained a session musician for the entirety of his career he still would maintain an admirable and potent resume. Before launching his own project he had provided session saxophone work for Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, and Wynton Kelly, among many many other legends of music. And yet King Curtis enjoyed a wealth of success with his own solo career in the decades he was active, penning many Billboard-charting hits, and would perform alongside Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman, and John Lennon. Ultimately however, his career would be cut short in 1971, when he was killed in an argument with a drug dealer. Though King Curtis' output ended that day, his incredibly accomplished discography of singles and albums still remained. Chief among them was his 1967 album Plays Great Memphis Hits, which brought the world Curtis' own spin on the great songs of yester-year which inspired him. Features his take on classics by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Booker T. & The MGs, Isaac Hayes,and his Billboard Pop chart-landing rendition of Rufus Thomas' "Jump Back."
Larry Young - Lawrence of Newark
Larry Young
Lawrence of Newark
LP | 1973 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1973 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
At a time when soul-jazz was the zeitgeist when it came to jazz keyboards, musician/songwriter Larry Young bucked the reigning trends with his Hammond B-3 organ. Young's style, which cameabout during the mid-to-late 1960s, was sharp, technical, and highly influenced by modal scales, standing in contrast to the breezier style that players like Jimmy Smith has popularized. He further innovated through his percussive approach to jazz keys, which often relied upon effects and pedals, often fused with elements of avant-garde. Young's best known material was produced during his time an in-house artist at Blue Note Records, but as the 1970s kicked off he has jumped ship from Blue Note, and found himself jumping from label to label, all the while crafting some of the most remarkable albums and sessions of his career. Lawrence Of Newark is one such album; his only record produced through the short-lived Perception Records, and featuring some truly unique instrumentation and arrangements for a post-bop release. Notably opening with a sinister, droning cello, Lawrence Of Newark dips in and out of jazz, and into the realm of Middle-Eastern music, psychedelia, funk fusion, avant-garde, and outright improvised noise explosions. A very rare gem, as Perception Records dissolved the same year as Lawrence Of Newark's recording, but a worthy listen for any jazz enthusiast worth their salt.
John Cale - Vintage Violence
John Cale
Vintage Violence
LP | 1969 | US | Reissue (8th)
28,99 €*
Release:1969 / US – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Audiophile reissue, lacquered directly from Axelrod’s original EQ’ed mastertapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster, housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket“Songs of Experience was supposed to have a different feel than Song of Innocence. You see,music is a great outlet. And regardless of what the titles say, and as close as I wanted it to be toWilliam Blake, what was going on in my life took precedence.” – David AxelrodSongs of Experience is visionary composer/arranger/producer David Axelrod’s second album; it wasrecorded after the death of his beloved son Scott. Experience is an ominous affair, an album concerned withmortality and spirituality – the solitary, pastoral musings of William Blake set to the urban bombast of a fullLos Angeles orchestra, with Wrecking Crew vets grounding the proceedings with dark funk.This is the next Now-Again issue in a series of reissues centered around Axelrod’s Capitol Trilogy – Song ofInnocence, Songs of Experience and Earth Rot – which will see release through 2018. Contains oversized,28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before publishedphotos and an interview with Axelrod by Eothen Alapatt and Wax Poetics’ Brian Digenti.“There are very few people who see the Grand Picture of the Universe and understand theNothingness that it all comes from. There are even fewer who can express these ideas throughmusic - David could do it all.” – T-Ray
Carole King - Her Greatest Hits
Carole King
Her Greatest Hits
LP | 1978 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1978 / US – Reissue
Genre:Pop
Her Greatest Hits is the firstcomprehensive collection of hits fromfolk-pop songstress Carole King.Twelve of King's greatest worksrecorded from 1971 to 1976, the albumis a sterling introduction to thediscography of one of the definitivefemale singer-songwriters of the 1970s.Billboard smashes like "It's Too Late","Jazzman", and "Nightingale" are just asmall sample of the soft rock staples tobe found within, which featurecontributions from the likes of TomScott, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell,Curtis Amy, and others.
Robert Johnson - King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Robert Johnson
King Of The Delta Blues Singers
LP | 1961 | US | Reissue (8th)
28,99 €*
Release:1961 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
The story of influential blues musician RobertLeroy Johnson is the stuff of music legend.Stories go that as a young man in ruralMississippi he became part of a Faustian pactwith The Devil to become a blues musician.Whether the tale was true or not does not takeaway from the immense legacy Johnsonbrought with him. Even though his recordingswere released more than a decade and a halfbefore the inception of rock and roll music, theyprovided a solid blueprint for the genre, as wellas guitar techniques that were revolutionary atthe time.Robert Johnson's music was only available onGrammophone singles until 1961, which sawthe release of a definitive compilation ofJohnson's recordings. King Of The Delta BluesSingers was a collection of 16 mono recordingscut from 1936 to 1937, and is widely consideredthe linchpin for the electric blues and blues-rockmovement of the 1960s. The album was acritical smash, a badge of coolness during thetime, and is now considered one of the greatestalbums of all time. It was the first album to beinducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, andgreatly impacted the development of artists likeBob Dylan, John Mayall, and Eric Clapton, whomost famously had a smash hit on rock radiowith his band Cream's cover of "Cross RoadBlues."
Meters - Struttin'
Meters
Struttin'
LP | 1970 | US | Reissue (8th)
25,99 €*
Release:1970 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Few funk groups have had as far-reachingan influence as New Orleans band TheMeters, the project of keyboardist/vocalistArt Neville, and the famed house band ofAllen Tousaint. During theirmid-60s-to-late-70s heyday they released aheavy mixture of instrumental and vocalalbums and singles of Louisiana-inflectedsoul, R&B, and funk music that continues toinspire and marvel, and get covered bygroups and artists like Red Hot ChiliPeppers, Jaco Pastorius, Widespread Panic,and even The Grateful Dead.Fresh off the success of their acclaimed1969 release Look-Ka Py Py, The Meters didnot rest on their laurels, and released thealbum Struttin' the next year. Though similarin sound to Look-Ka Py Py, Struttin'distinguished itself with its' increasedemphasis on Art Neville's vocal stylings. (Asopposed to the call-and-response shoutedchoruses from previous albums.) The albumincluded the R&B Singles hit "Chicken Strut",soulful covers of Lee Dorsey, Ty Hunter, andeven Jimmy Webb, and directed the groupinto a more expansive sound than before,rendering one of the most organic sounds intheir discography.
Too Short - Life Is...Too Short
Too Short
Life Is...Too Short
LP | 1988 | US | Reissue (8th)
23,99 €*
Release:1988 / US – Reissue
Genre:Hip Hop
A pioneer of hardcore rap music, one can't talk about the West Coast hip-hop scene without mentioning Todd Anthony Shaw, better known by the stage name Too $hort. A veteran of the genre, Too $hort's discography is one filled with tracks about pimping, drug use, promiscuity, and unapologetically explicit language. His 1985 record “Don't Stop Rappin”' is notoriously one of the first to use the word "bitch" on a track. He's released nearly 20 albums over the course of his 35-year career, and collaborated with artists as varied as Jay-Z, UGK, 50 Cent, Lil Jon, he's even been one of the few musicians to work with both 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G., in the middle of their infamous feud. Too $hort's works were largely a cult phenomenon during the early years of his career, but 1988's “Life Is..” broke him into a mainstream audience, and gave him his most critically acclaimed release. Not to mention his highest-selling to date. The album stood out in its field, at a time when re-sampling old-school funk and R&B singles was the name of the game, Too $hort instead opted to take established riffs and hooks from from those singles and re-create them with studio musicians and drum machines. The album cemented Too $hort's status among MC's, and the title track itself would even be re-sampled in tracks by rappers UGK, hip-hop-influenced rock group Sublime, and even Too $hort himself on later singles.
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