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Erkin Koray - 2
Erkin Koray
2
LP | 1976 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Pioneer Erkin Koray may have been the first Turkish rock artist, he and his band reputedly playing Fats Domino and Elvis covers in 1957; by combining rock ‘n’ roll and Turkish traditional music, he spearheaded Anatolian rock and became the leading Turkish psychedelic practitioner. East-west hybrid Elektronik Turkuler was an innovative concept album marrying rock with Turkish trad; in contrast, the 1976 release 2 is thoroughly grounded in Turkish traditional music, the understated delivery holding just a touch of psychedelia and a proto-disco undercurrent in the mix, as heard on tracks like Estarabim, Arap Saçi and Timbilli.
Manu Dibango - Africadelic
Manu Dibango
Africadelic
LP | 1972 | EU (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
The strange and majestic musical beast that is Africadelic was Dibango’s follow-up to Soul Makossa, but it was initially released on Louis Delacour’s library music label, Mondiaphone, before “Soul Makossa” became an international phenomenon. As a Mondiaphone release, it was aimed at television and film producers seeking atmospheric background music, so the original titles are simply “Theme No 1,” “Theme No 2,” etc, with corresponding rhythmic notations such as “3/4 Africain,” “Afro Beat 12/8” and “Medium Soul Beat,” though once “Soul Makossa” hit the stratosphere, subsequent reissues bore actual song titles. In any case, the album is simply wonderful, a driving mix of Afro soul, funk and jazz, with an undercurrent of Latin percussion throughout, given further shades by rock guitar and soul organ, as heard on “African Battle” and the title track; opener “Soul Fiesta” builds dramatic percussive tension before Dibango drops a killer vibraphone riff, while “African Carnival” makes the most of the full horn section, Dibango’s sax soloing giving room for complex polyrhythmic percussion breaks. “Oriental Sunset” has beautiful vibraphone from Dibango too, as well as a thrilling flute melody, “Monkey Beat” and “Wa Wa” are funky soul struts and “Percussion Storm” has the band marching off into the African sunset as Dibango unleashes another killer vibraphone melody. Listening back to the album now, it is hard to believe that the whole shebang was written in a couple of days and committed to tape within the space of a week, but that is all more testimony to the greatness of Manu Dibango, one of African music’s true pioneers. Play loud and often for best effect!
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Polygondwanaland
LP | 2017 | EU (Survival Research)
14,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limited 500 only, on purple and white Splatter vinyl for this modern psych classic!
Chequers, The - Check Us Out
Chequers, The
Check Us Out
LP | 1976 | EU (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
British funk/disco band The Chequers began in reggae, formed by bassist John Matthias and his guitarist brother Richard in 1973, with drummer George Young, keyboardist Paul War and vocalist Jackie Robins. Despite the success of early single “Rudi’s In Love,” the group soon aimed for a broader sound informed by lush disco and Philly soul; thus, debut LP Check It Out had Mike Spear on congas, Andy Dummit on sax and flute and Ken Freeman on string synth. Tracks like “Theme One” and “Rock On Brother” are heavily orchestrated, and there’s an unusual funk/disco reading of The Wailers’ “Get Up Stand Up” too.
Chico Magnetic Band - Chico Magnetic Band
Chico Magnetic Band
Chico Magnetic Band
LP | 1971 | EU (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Lyon-based freakers Chico Magnetic Band began as Chico & the Slow Death, its front man a wild Tunisian-born singer otherwise known as Mahmoud Ayari, with drummer Patrick Garel, bassist Alain Mazet and guitarist Bernard Lloret, later replaced by Bernard Monneri. Conjuring a dark, excessive sound with unfettered guitar, pummelling drum rolls and Ayari growling and grumbling over the top, this sole LP is culled from different permutating sessions, with plenty of audio freakery and extreme effects from Jean-Pierre Massiera; Hendrix cover “Cross Town Traffic” is rendered with love, despite Ayari’s hefty accent.
Okko - Sitar & Electronics
Okko
Sitar & Electronics
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Released in 1971 by Okko Bekker, a Dutch sitar player, keyboardist, and producer who has worked with the likes of Brian Eno, Conny Plank, Asmus Tietchens, and Moebius. As the title suggests this is a sitar and synthesizer led trip through 6 groovy and jazzy originals and 2 covers. Featuring help from the jazz legend Herb Geller on flute, Sitar & Electronics is a funky and rare piece of European exotica finally available again on LP.
Teenage Head - Frantic City
Teenage Head
Frantic City
LP | 1980 | EU (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1980 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Hailing from the city of Hamilton, outside Ontario, melodic Canadian punk band Teenage Head was formed at Westdale High School in 1975; later, co-founder Frank Kerr became lead singer Frankie Venom, and guitarist Gord Lewis brought in bassist Steve Mahon and drummer Nick Stipanitz. Major label Epic issued debut singles “Picture My Face” and “Top Down” in 1978, paving the way for a self-titled debut; follow-up Frantic City had punkish covers of Eddie Cochrane’s “Somethin’ Else” and Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac,” while power-pop punk originals like “Let’s Shake” and “Infected” helped the disc go gold.
Magic - Magic
Magic
Magic
LP | 1971 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
Spanning the divide between backwoods swamp rock and US psychedelia, Magic evolved from Lansing, Michigan-based band, Next Exit, which singer-songwriter Duane King and his bassist brother Nick joined in 1968. The following year the group became Magic and things stepped up a gear with the introduction of lead guitarist Joey Murcia, a Miami native that was a session player for TK Records. The band moved to Miami and became the first white act on TK, their debut album released on their own Armadillo label. Returning to Michigan in 1970, Motown producer Scott Regan brought them onto the Rare Earth subsidiary for this excellent self-titled LP, with none other than Stevie Wonder playing piano on three tracks.
Horace Tapscott - Songs Of The Unsung
Horace Tapscott
Songs Of The Unsung
LP | 1978 | EU (Survival Research)
14,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Distinguished Los Angeles-based jazz pianist Horace Tapscott is probably best-known as the founder of the Pan-Afrikan People’s Orchestra of Papa, also known as The Ark, though he began his career as a trombonist, working with Lionel Hampton and others during the late 1950s. The 1978 solo album, Songs Of The Unsung, released in small number on pianist Toshiya Taenaka’s Interplay label, features Tapscott alone on piano, delivering a superb set of freely interpreted jazz tunes, including an unfettered reading of Lester Robertson’s “In Times Like These” and Cal Massey’s “Bakai,” along with two of his own heartfelt originals.
Sunshuke Kikuchi - OST Hurricane Polymar
Sunshuke Kikuchi
OST Hurricane Polymar
LP | 1981 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1981 / EU
Genre:Soundtracks
Shunsuke Kikuchi is one of the best-known composers of background music for Japanese television and film soundtracks. Born in 1931 in Hirosaki, located in the far north of the main Japanese island of Honshu, Kikuchi enjoyed a long and illustrious career that began in the early 1960s, having presided over dozens of popular soundtracks into the new millennium, including those for the Dragon Ball series as well as various Gamera monster films. A graduate of the Nihon University College of Fine Arts and Music, Kikuchi is largely associated with anime and effects-laden tokusatsu films, along with action dramas, and jidaigeki period films. Whether crafting up-tempo action themes or slow background pieces for long-running television series, establishing the reputation that any television show featuring his music was bound to hit. One of his songs, “Urami Bushi,” from the Female Convict Scorpion series, ended up in the soundtrack of Kill Bill. He is the recipient of various awards, including a lifetime achievement award, granted in 2015 at the Japan Record Awards. The Hurricane Polymar series of action anime was initiated in 1974, the plot concerning a crime fighter with a special suit that allows him to change shape while wearing it. This soundtrack album is drawn from the original 1974 TV series, with all manner of tense music for fight scenes, heroic fanfares saluting our here and other semi-electronic incidental interludes, highlighting the irresistible allure of Kikuchi’s atmospheric compositions
Howl The Good - Howl The Good
Howl The Good
Howl The Good
LP | 1972 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1972 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
During the early 1970s, Detroit rock band Howl The Good signed to Motown’s prog-rock offshoot, Rare Earth. Travelling to London to record their self-titled debut album at Olympic Studios, they were fortunate to work with engineer Chris Kimsey (best known for his later work with Peter Frampton and The Rolling Stones), with ex-Spooky Tooth keyboardist Gary Wright in the producer’s chair; Wright was a highly-rated session player that worked with George Harrison, Elton John, Joe Cocker and Steve Winwood, and he also enjoyed a successful solo career. The resultant album is a competent slice of semi-commercial prog rock with an undercurrent of blues and the odd pastoral number; despite the obviously American feel of the material, Billboard assumed the group was British, due to the location of the album’s recording. Despite the strength of “Just Pretend It’s Another Day” and “Long Way From Home,” both co-written by Wright, and a one-off rendition of Cat Stevens’ “The Joke,” the album flopped on release on both sides of the Atlantic, leading the band to remain in obscurity and ultimately break up.
Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti - Entradas E Bandeiras
Rita Lee & Tutti Frutti
Entradas E Bandeiras
LP | 1976 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1976 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
As a founding member of innovative Brazilian psychedelic group Os Mutantes, Rita Lee’s reputation is assured as a ground-breaking pioneer. Born Rita Lee Jones in 1947 in the upscale Vila Mariana district of Sao Paulo, Rita’s father was an American descended from a Confederate soldier who moved to Brazil at the end of the US Civil War, her mother a Brazilian of Italian origin. After studying piano with renowned musician Magdalena Tagliaferro, Lee switched to the drums. In 1966, she formed Os Mutantes with Sergio Dias and Arnaldo Baptista, introducing psychedelia to Brazil with their debut album. On the edge of the Tropicalia movement, Os Mutantes collaborated with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, prior to their London exile and released five albums before disbanding in 1972, with Lee also issued two solo albums, produced with Mutantes collaborators. She then formed the short-lived psychedelic folk duo Cilibrinas Do Eden with Lucia Turnbull (the daughter of a Scottish father and Brazilian mother who had played in London with The Solid British Hat Band before returning to Brazil in 1972), but despite a high profile performance at the Phono 73 festival, the project was something of a critical failure, leading Lee and Turnbull to form Tutti Frutti with members of Sao Paulo rock band Lisergia, this time aiming for a glam-rock sound. Third album Entradas E Bandeiras was released by Som Livre in 1976 and recorded at Studio Eldorado with producer Wagner Baldinato; opening track “Corista De Rock” describes our gal as a “Rock Chorist,” and there’s a Boston-like guitar solo mid-way through from Luis Sergio Carlini to prove the point. “Lady Babel” has a repeated “Hoo Hoo” chorus, while “Coisas Da Vida” is more contemplative; “Bruxa Amarela” has nods to psychedelia in Sergio Della Monica’s tubular bells, but Carlini’s harmonica and slide guitar bend it back to the blues.
Ogyatanaa Show Band - African Fire Yerefrefre
Ogyatanaa Show Band
African Fire Yerefrefre
LP | 1975 | EU (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1975 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
The Ogyatanaa or Burning Fire Show Band was one of the more esteemed of the funky highlife groups that rocked the Ghanaian music scene during the 1970s. The band was formed in 1971 by diplomat-turned-composer, musical arranger, organist, vocalist and record producer Kwadwo Donkoh (a former member of the Uhuru Dance Band), with guitarist and bandleader Nana Ofori-Atta (AKA Ahomansia Wura) and other members that later left the group. The Ogyatanaa Show Band made a rapid impact, scoring second place in the National Dance Bands competition after being together for less than a year, thanks to their superlative arrangement of the oft-versioned highlife classic, “Yaa Amponsah,” a tale of a mythical woman which became a popular single when issued on Donkoh’s Agoro record label. After issuing a number of other popular singles, the band’s debut album African Fire – Yerefrefre was finally released in 1975, the line-up now composed of Donkoh and Nana Ofori with drummer and assistant bandleader Ocloo Jackson, bassist Kobina Gardiner, keyboardist Ofori Frimpong and vocalists/percussionists Kwaku Dua and Pa Oweridu, plus Nakai Nettley on additional percussion. This outstanding LP begins with the unprecedented extended highlife medley of over twenty minutes duration entitled “Yerefrefre” which revisits highlife gems of the past; for instance, noteworthy material by giants such as E.T. Mensah, C.K. Mann, Nana Ampadu, E.K. Nyame, King Onyina, Jerry Hansen, King Bruce and Dr. K. Gyasi are all referenced, with E.T’s anthem “All For You” and The Black Beats’ “Lai Momo” getting special attention. “Mmobrowa” (or “The Downtrodden”) was another popular single issued prior to the album’s recording and listening to the slowly unfolding groove of the rendition included here, it’s again easy to understand the song and group’s enduring popularity in its homeland. Similarly, “Yaa Amponsah” and the religious praise song “Agya Nyame” are total highlife killers encompassed in rousing melodies and complex propulsive rhythms.
Seiji Yokoyama - Symphonic Suite Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Seiji Yokoyama
Symphonic Suite Space Pirate Captain Harlock
LP | 1978 | EU | Reissue (Survival Research)
14,99 €*
Release:1978 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Soundtracks
Space Pirate Captain Harlock was originally a manga comic series created and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto, which debuted in 1977. The comic was adapted into an anime television series in 1978 directed by Rintaro and produced by Toei Animation. The soundtrack to this series was composed by Seiji Yokoyama and is perhaps his best known work. Symphonic and tense, the music perfectly compliments the show, where Captain Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth's oppressors during a low time for Earth's population, in the future of 2977 AD. A great and rare anime soundtrack, highly sought after by collectors both of anime and Japanese electronics/symphonic music.
Willie Rosario And His Orchestra - El Bravo Soy Yo!
Willie Rosario And His Orchestra
El Bravo Soy Yo!
LP | 1963 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Puerto Rican composer, bandleader and percussionist Willie Rosario was a giant of Latin music, known as Senor Afinque or Mr. Tight for the strength of his musical arrangements. Born in Coamo in 1930, Rosario had already formed the Coamex band, prior to his emigration to New York in 1947, where he played in various orchestras, forming his own band in Spanish Harlem in 1959 and also presenting a Spanish-language music show on radio station Wado. Signing to Alegre in 1962, he began touring widely, the label issuing this sought-after debut in 1963; mixing covers and original, the hot salsa here features the dulcet tones of lead singer, Frankie Figueroa.
Tito Puente - El Rey Del Timbale
Tito Puente
El Rey Del Timbale
LP | 1956 | EU (Survival Research)
14,99 €*
Release:1956 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Percussive titan Tito Puente brought various forms of Latin rhythm into the consciousness of mainstream America and western Europe through a career that lasted over half a century, introducing enthralling Latin styles to the broader public from the early 1950s. His 1956 masterpiece 'El Rey del timbale aux percussions' features an all-stars line-up consisting in Mongo Santamaria, Wilie Bobo,. Cuban-born congero Carlos “Patato” Valdes (who had already recorded with Kenny Dorham for Blue Note and who was soon to record with Art Blakey) and Miami-born acoustic bassist Bobby Rodriguez (who had played with Dizzy Gillespie and Noro Morales) and Tito himself. The end result was simply astounding, a powerhouse of percussive jams delivered Latin style. It would spawn several copycat successors, including Puente’s own Top Percussion, but nothing really tops the invigorating, spontaneous feeling captured on 'Puente In Percussion'. A dramatic, action-packed set from start to finish, the beauty of the collaboration is ably reflected on “The Big Four” and “Congo Beat”; “Tito And Mongo On Timbales” is a percussive duel and “Swinging The Mambo” betrays the influence of jazz on the percussive styles. Puente In Percussion was so ahead of its time that it has enjoyed repeated demand throughout the decades, reaching back into circulation in the 1960, 70s, 90s and into the new millennium. Puente went on to pioneer all kinds of other incredible innovations in Latin jazz and other genres, yet Puente In Percussion reminds of the primeval percussive core at the heart of his work. Crank it up and let the rhythms work their magic.
Armando Trovajoli - Jazz Piano
Armando Trovajoli
Jazz Piano
LP | 2020 | EU (Survival Research)
14,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Roman pianist and film composer Armando Trovajoli scored over 300 feature films during his remarkable career. Starting out in the 1930s as a player in Orchestra Rocco Grasso and Sesto Carlini’s beloved jazz orchestra, in 1949 he represented Italy at the Festival du Jazz de Paris and he began composing films three years later. Jazz Piano, released by RCA in 1959, saw Trovajoli fronting a quartet with three of his regular orchestra members, namely drummer Sergio Conti, bassist/arranger Berto Pisano and guitarist Enzo Grillini, sensitively tackling Monk’s “Round Midnight,” relegating “Get Me To The Church On Time” as rapid piano jazz, and plenty showtunes similarly reconfigured.
Embrujo - Embrujo
Embrujo
Embrujo
LP | 1971 | EU | Reissue (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1971 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves, Rock / Indie
Chilean prog band Embrujo began as El Embrujo Ques Besa or Kissing Spell, formed by the guitarist, singer and drummer Carlos Fernandez with chief songwriter Juan Carlos “Tato” Gomez on bass and vocals and Ernesto “Kiko” Murillo on lead guitar, with organist/flautist Ernesto Aracena and pianist/flautist Guillermo Olivares joining later. Signing to Camilo Fernandez’s Arena Producciones in 1970, debut LP 'Los Pajaros' was issued under the Kissing Spell moniker, but Chile’s unstable political climate, subject to CIA meddling, saw them renamed Embrujo for their coveted second album, the self-titled disc mixing subtle Latin elements within their beautifully-delivered songs of quietly contemplative psychedelic rock. A must-have for all South American psych fans out there, limited to 500 copies only.
Harold Johnson Sextet - House On Elm Street
Harold Johnson Sextet
House On Elm Street
LP | 1967 | EU (Survival Research)
15,99 €*
Release:1967 / EU
Genre:Organic Grooves
Los Angeles-based child prodigy Harold Johnson began playing piano in church when he was five years old. He began receiving private piano lessons that same year and went on to study string instruments at elementary school and guitar and double bass while in middle school, so by the time he began attending high school, he had the musical skill of a far older professional. Forming a group with other likeminded student peers, The Harold Johnson Sextet signed to Harry Mitchell’s HME label to release a debut album, House On Elm Street, which would later be reissued by MCA subsidiary, Revue. Featuring future Gladys Knight drummer Ronald Rutledge, percussionist Billy Jackson and flutist David Crawford, who would later be musical arranger for Patti Labelle, the album mixed Johnson’s intense originals with a rousing piano take of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” and an instrumental rendition of the theme song from Alfie. Johnson later drafted Ndugu Chancler into the group and after signing with Motown in 1970, he worked with Diana Ross, The Temptations and countless others; in 2016, he reformed the Sextet to visit House On Elm Street for its 40 th anniversary.
Apryl Fool - Apryl Fool
Apryl Fool
Apryl Fool
LP | 1968 | EU (Survival Research)
16,99 €*
Release:1968 / EU
Genre:Rock / Indie
The story of Japanese psychedelic band Apryl Fool and their eponymous debut album is simply extraordinary. It was the vehicle by which bassist Haroumi Hosono first came to prominence, years before he became known as the “Godfather of Japanese electronica” as the founding member and leader of Yellow Magic Orchestra, though this musical titan had work released prior to the group’s 1968 founding, such as the song “The Sea Of Summer Day,” recorded with Yuko Okuyama and released by King Records the year before. Drummer Takashi “Rei” Matsumoto was a Beatles maniac that had covered songs by Them and Sam & Dave in his earlier group, Burns, while pioneering prog-rock keyboardist Hiroyoshi Yanagida and guitarists Chu Kosaka and Eiji Kikuchi had all been part of a group called The Floral, formed in 1967 through the Japanese wing of the official fan club of The Monkees (whom they supported during a Japanese tour enacted in October 1968). In September 1969, Apryl Fool played behind musical theatre group Tokyo Kid Brothers, the recording issued in minute quantity as the Love & Banana EP, issued on Columbia Japan’s Musicolor subsidiary; Apryl Fool’s own LP, also issued on Musicolor that year, had extended spacey psychedelic freak jams in the form of “Tanger” and “Pledging My Time,” marathon blues-rock tracks such as “April Blues” and “Honky Tonk Jam,” with the employed English sounding fairly credible, though both parts of epic opus “The Last Mother Land” feature Japanese lyrics. Of course, the day that the LP was actually released is reportedly the day that Apryl Fool announced their termination, giving this scarce release another level of legend for connoisseurs.
It - Viaje -Musica Electronica Libre
It
Viaje -Musica Electronica Libre
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Survival Research)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Obscure 1976 proto-electronics masterpiece 'Viaje' is a purely brain frying avant garde flipout from the electroacoustic musicians Eduardo Polonio and Horacio Vaggione (probably most known for his album on Cramps). Together, they deploy synths, electric guitars, organs and bass and squash them all up together in sundry sense befouling ways. On the A side, they're tangled into an overpowering threshing machine of spitting electronic mayhem, while the B side moves the proceedings into overtly acidy territory, everything ratcheting down and expanding outward into a delirious psychedelic electronic whirlpool. Beautiful gatefold vinyl reproducing the original artwork.
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