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THE GATHERING: Transcending Records To Release Limited Vinyl And Cassette Editions Of Mandylion And Nighttime Birds; Preorders Available Now

dow, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 03:13 (one month ago) link

Transcending Records is pleased to issue the only North American vinyl pressings of Mandylion and Nighttime Birds from legendary Dutch metal/rock unit THE GATHERING.

Initially released via Century Media Records in 1995, Mandylion is THE GATHERING's third studio
offering and first to feature the now-iconic vocals of Anneke van Giersbergen. The album was recorded and mixed at Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany under the guidance of Siggi Bemm and Waldemar Sorychta and has since become a cult classic.

Transcending's initial pressing of the record in March of 2020 sold out before it even arrived from the manufacturing plant. Don't miss out on the second pressing featuring two new color variants -- white with red/black splatter and gold marble -- limited to 200 copies each, as well as traditional black, limited to 100 copies. This release is exclusive to North America and will not be distributed in Europe. The band will have copies available for sale when the release is available. Mandylion will also get its first official cassette pressing in over two decades (limited to 100 copies)!

Additionally, Transcending will release a CD edition of Mandylion, limited to 300 copies, and shipping now. 100% of the profits of the CD will go directly to THE GATHERING.

Mandylion will be released on February 19th, 2021.
ighttime Birds is THE GATHERING's fourth full-length first released by Century Media Records in 1997. The album was again recorded at Woodhouse Studios with producer Siggi Bemm. Nighttime Birds was a logical follow up to Mandylion, breathing the same atmosphere. Wrote All Music Guide, "Anneke van Giersbergen's voice often recalls Björk and may range from a powerful, throaty wail to a sweetly tuneful caress that belies her deliberate, crunching musical accompaniment. As with Mandylion, THE GATHERING no longer really sounds like a traditional death metal band; the music is mostly melodic (yet tinged with sorrow), slow to mid-tempo progressive metal, with van Giersbergen's distinctive voice soaring above the band's nicely varied textures."

Transcending's limited vinyl edition of Nighttime Birds will be available in white with green/black splatter (200), white and green color-in-color (200), and traditional black (100). Like Mandylion, it will also receive the cassette treatment (limited to 100 copies).

Nighttime Birds will be released on February 19th, 2021.
Starting as a raw, death metal influenced band, and creating what later could be called gothic metal, THE GATHERING has been an extraordinary group since the early '90s. On their early more obscure albums, Always (1992) and Almost A Dance (1993), THE GATHERING were among the first acts to combine male grunts with female voices. As innovators of this unique style, they became a role model for the likes of Within Temptation, Evanescence, and Nightwish. Vocalist Anneke van Giersbergen, who joined the band in 1994, proved to be an unstoppable growing vocal talent with an infectious, emotional, and heart-warming voice. From their rough metal roots, to the atmospheric sounds of Mandylion and dreamy, profound songs on Nighttime Birds, to their later musical endeavors within the progressive/triprock field, the Dutch collective has always remained true to themselves while building up a continuously increasing fan base.

Links to pre-order etc.:

dow, Wednesday, 16 December 2020 03:20 (one month ago) link

Strut store lists a bunch of upcoming releases, with track lists, but no notes, will post any more info as it becomes available---meanwhile, you can pre-order these:

El Hal / The Feeling
Electric Jalaba
March 12, 2021

More info, audio:

dow, Thursday, 17 December 2020 19:23 (one month ago) link

January 29, 2021

More info, audio:

Several more here, but some may not be reissues:

dow, Thursday, 17 December 2020 19:30 (one month ago) link

Also, from Strut's picks for Best of 2020, some reissues I missed:

LÉVE LÉVE Sao Tomé & Principe sounds 70s​-​80s

he two Portuguese-speaking African islands of Sao Tomé & Principe, located in the Gulf of Guinea, created an unique music called Puxa : a refined mixture of various musical components from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. A blend of Semba, Merengue, Kompas, Soukouss, Coladeira patterns, often pushing forward with a voodoo-like energy, solid bass lines, delicate melodies and backing harmonies of the rich Sao Tomean melodic traditions. Very first compilation focusing on the golden age of these island’s sounds, the 16 tracks selected will surely set fire on all dance floors !

Léve-Léve is the first ever compilation devoted to music from São Tome and Principe, two small islands situated off the coast of Gabon in central Africa. The album unravels a story of liberation where the music of Africa, Europe and the Americas unify with a carefree spirit personified by a phrase the islanders use all the time: “léve, léve” (“take it easy”). With echoes of Angolan semba and merengue, of Brazilian afoxê, of coladeira from Cape Verde and dance music from the Caribbean, it is a sound fiercely proud of its island heritage, sung in local dialects and using distinctive local rhythms.

On this record you can hear the cultural and social history of São Tome and Principe, and how live music represented its beating heart. Once known as the “Chocolate Islands” (remarkably, these two tiny islands were the largest cocoa producers in the world, though now this title acts as a reminder of its colonial past), through the years leading up to independence from Portugal, music would be a fundamental voice of liberation and conviviality. Os Úntués were one of the first groups to make an impression, releasing a couple of 7 inches in Angola – the litmus test of success for any of the islands’ groups. They united unique rhythms and dances like socopé, puita and dança-congo – borne from the islands’ largely slave-descendant population – with the sound of pop music beamed in on the radio from Europe, even adding in a little bit of soukous and Brazilian instrumentation. Their main rivals were Conjunto Mindelo, who fused São Toméan rhythms with rebita, an Angolan style, to create high energy puxa, a truly original island rhythm.

From the mid-1970s, coinciding with independence from Portugal in 1975, the islands’ groups featured an even stronger African influence and nowhere was that more apparent than with Africa Negra. They would listen to the latest records from Gabon, Zaire and Cameroon, taking inspiration and trying out phrasing from the greats of Central African guitar playing, developing a devoted fan base off the islands, as well as on. A score of other bands would follow a similar musical path, with a few getting their dues overseas in Angola, Cape Verde, Portugal and across Africa.

Os Leonenses (led by the iconic Pedro Lima), Conjunto Sangazuza, Sum Alvarinho and Conjunto Ecuador were just some of the other bands that formed a lively home-grown music scene that lit up the islands’ bars and open-air shows from the 1950s through to the mid-90s. Regardless of class or age, they were responsible for keeping the population entertained come the weekend, with Sunday matinee shows the highlight of the week, the music not stopping from midday until midnight.

As a Portuguese island colony that was for many years populated with slaves brought from Africa, São Tome and Principe has much in common with other Lusophone countries and boasts a richly complex and idiosyncratic musical DNA. Whilst the musical tapestries of Angola and Cape Verde are well known, São Tome and Principe’s secrets were assigned to the islanders themselves. Until now.

dow, Thursday, 17 December 2020 19:40 (one month ago) link

Long Time Ago
by Azumah

Originally released in 1989, these original compositions are steeped in South African musical traditions yet infused with the singular visionary craft of Smiles Makama, the innovator and wizard from eSwatini (Swaziland). Mbiras, marimbas, percussions, musical bows and bewitching vocal harmonies sustain political and spiritual mantras for an ecstatic trip reminiscing of the best work of Nana Vasconcelos, Don Cherry, Malombo and Soweto based band BCUC.

Azumah was the coming together of a group of talented young dancer-musicians from Soweto (South Africa) with musician and instrument-maker Smiles Mandla Makama of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland). ‘Long Time Ago’ is the surprising and enticing, resultant album from 1985, recorded in the house of theatre stalwarts Des and Dawn Lindberg in Johannesburg.
Produced by David Marks (3rd Ear Music, Hidden Years Music Archive Project), Des Lindberg and Smiles Makama, this album takes us back to a priceless musical moment in the dark and wild eighties of apartheid South Africa. Smiles Makama is a gifted and visionary music-maker. He was born in South Africa but grew up in eSwatini, the small kingdom enveloped by South Africa and Mozambique on each side. He tells the story of the process leading to the... more

dow, Thursday, 17 December 2020 19:47 (one month ago) link

by Maalem Mahmoud Gania

...The resulting album, after the dizzying intensity of the opening song, offers more relaxed, laid back interpretations of the Gnawa ritual repertoire, and a deeper, more gentle sound than our previous Gania release, Colours of the Night. The album shines a light on Mahmoud's virtuoso guimbri playing and mastery of Gnawa songcraft, and is a standout amongst his many cassette releases.

The album comes with extensive sleeve notes written by Tim Abdellah Fuson, Berkeley scholar and curator of the excellent Moroccan Tape Stash blog.

dow, Thursday, 17 December 2020 19:54 (one month ago) link

Several more reissues (along w a few new releases, incl. Beatrice Dillon's v. excellent Workaround) are linked from this playlist:

dow, Thursday, 17 December 2020 19:57 (one month ago) link

Just pre-ordered these from Cherry Red. They come out February 26, so I'll have long since forgotten about them by the time they arrive, something I always enjoy.

Georgia Satellites, Ultimate Georgia Satellites 3CD set (all three of their Elektra albums, plus 18 B-sides and bonus tracks)

Toe Fat, Bad Side Of The Moon – An Anthology 1970-1972 (2CD set with both of their albums plus a non-LP single)

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 19 December 2020 00:52 (one month ago) link

Philadelphia pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali was legendary for only appearing on one album, ever, despite being beloved among jazz musicians and some fans. That album, The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan, came out in 1965, and it's killer. A few months later, he recorded a session of his own for Atlantic featuring Odean Pope on sax, Art Davis on bass, and Kalil Madi on drums. It was shelved because Hasaan got arrested, and the tapes went up in the Atlantic warehouse fire of 1978, but now an acetate has been discovered, and Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album will be released on LP and CD in March 2021. Pre-order it here.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 20 December 2020 13:52 (one month ago) link

Yeah I love that album, nice!

brimstead, Sunday, 20 December 2020 22:21 (one month ago) link

(the og one with max roach)

brimstead, Sunday, 20 December 2020 22:21 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

On-U Sound present comprehensive New Age Steppers reissue campaign
The seminal group fronted by Ari Up of The Slits (RIP)

Four studio LPs reissued alongside album of unreleased music, plus anthology boxset, all released 19th March 2021

A loose studio collective centred around the musical partnership of Adrian Sherwood and Ari Up from The Slits, New Age Steppers existed on-and-off from 1980 to 2012. Notable for bringing musicians from the post-punk and reggae scenes together, their records feature contributions from members of The Pop Group, The Raincoats, Flying Lizards, Roots Radics, Aswad and Creation Rebel.

This reissue campaign features:
Their first 3 classic studio albums back on vinyl for the first time since original release in the early 80s: New Age Steppers, Action Battlefield and Foundation Steppers

A first time vinyl pressing of the posthumous 2012 Love Forever album, with sleeve by Vaughan Oliver collaborator Chris Bigg of v23

A new LP of outtakes and rarities, Avant Gardening (in the On-U tradition of albums such as Return Of The Crocodile, Displaced Masters and Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi)

New sleevenotes for all LPs by Oli Warwick featuring interviews with Adrian Sherwood and other key players

A 5CD + 32 page book boxset anthology of all their work for the On-U Sound label, Stepping Into A New Age
New Age Steppers launched On-U as the first act to release both a single and album on the label, and it's fitting to have these brilliant records back out in the world, as the label celebrates its 40th anniversary in 20

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 7 January 2021 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

The Misunderstood: Children Of The Sun, The Complete Recordings 1965-1966
Misunderstood (The)

Released February 26, 2021.

CHILDREN OF THE SUN finally assembles The Misunderstood’s entire known output from 1965-1966 onto one package, suitably re-mastered by Alec Palao. With incisive sleeve-notes from Mike Stax (Ugly Things) and involvement with various original band members, and a handsome design from Andy Morten (Shindig!), this is truly the definitive document of a legendary underground band, assembled by those who love their music.

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The Misunderstood: Children Of The Sun, The Complete Recordings 1965-1966 quantity
Categories: Grapefruit, Physical
the misunderstood

• The Misunderstood must rank as one of the greatest cult bands of the sixties psychedelia era. The band began forging their innovative sound in Riverside, California, where they were discovered by DJ John Peel (then working in the US as John Ravenscroft). Having cut a few recordings locally, the band relocated to the UK on Peel’s recommendation.

• In London, The Misunderstood signed to Fontana Records to cut what are consider six landmark tracks. Issued that December, ‘I Can Take You To The Sun’ remains a high watermark of the original psychedelia era and was backed by an explosive version of Bo Diddley’s ‘Who Do You Love’, but the band broke up soon afterwards when singer Rick Brown was drafted. A second single, the blistering psych rock of ‘Children Of The Sun’ (backed by the anti-war gem ‘I Unseen’) was belatedly issued in February 1969 when a new line-up of the band re-signed to the label.

• In 1982, Cherry Red released the landmark compilation LP, Before The Dream Faded, which not only unveiled two further Fontana recordings, the high octane ‘Find The Hidden Door’ and ‘My Mind’ but also collated seven archive tracks from the band’s Riverside days. Since then, additional recordings have surfaced on various retrospectives.

• CHILDREN OF THE SUN finally assembles The Misunderstood’s entire known output from 1965-1966 onto one package, suitably re-mastered by Alec Palao. With incisive sleeve-notes from Mike Stax (Ugly Things) and involvement with various original band members, and a handsome design from Andy Morten (Shindig!), this is truly the definitive document of a legendary underground band, assembled by those who love their music.

Track Listing:

7. I’M NOT TALKING (Unedited UK Vsn) *
8. I UNSEEN (IBC acetate)
9. MY MIND (IBC acetate)
14. I’M NOT TALKING (Gold Star Version)
15. CHILDREN OF THE SUN (IBC Acetate 2) *

Tracks 12, 13 first released as single, 1966
Tracks 2, 5 first released on Before The Dream Faded, 1982)
Track 14 first released on Golden Glass 12” EP, 1984
Tracks 8-11 first released on The Lost Acetates, 2004
Track 7: unedited version of 1966 recording first released on
Before The Dream Faded.

* previously unissued

1. SHE GOT ME (Version 1)
7. SHE GOT ME (Version 2)
8. WHY
13. I UNSEEN (Riverside version)

Tracks 2-4, 6 first released on Before The Dream Faded, 1982
Track 14 first released on Golden Glass 12” EP, 1984
Tracks 15-18 first released on The Legendary Gold Star Album/Golden Glass, 1997
Tracks 1, 5, 7-13 first released on The Lost Acetates, 2004

Stevolende, Thursday, 7 January 2021 20:18 (two weeks ago) link

Great to get pretty much everything in one place. I think what isn't there is outside the timeline.
Have loved the band since I got the e.p. then the Before tHe Dream Faded lp when i was like 14 and they were just coming out.

Stevolende, Thursday, 7 January 2021 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules are being deluxe-ified on March 5 with tons of live stuff as bonus material.

2-CD Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
1. “Neon Knights”
2. “Children Of The Sea”
3. “Lady Evil”
4. “Heaven And Hell”
5. “Wishing Well”
6. “Die Young”
7. “Walk Away”
8. “Lonely Is The Word”

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
1. “Children Of The Sea” – Live B-Side Of “Neon Knights” *
2. “Heaven And Hell” – Live B-Side Of “Die Young” *
3. “Lady Evil” – 7” Mono Edit (unreleased on CD)
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (August 10, 1980)
4. “Neon Knights” *
5. “Children Of The Sea” *
6. “Heaven And Hell” *
7. “Die Young” *
Hammersmith Odeon, London (Dec 31, 1981- Jan 2, 1982)
8. “E5150”
9. “Neon Knights”
10. “Children Of The Sea”
11. “Heaven And Hell”

2-CD Track Listing
Disc One: Original Album (2021 Remaster)
1. “Turn Up The Night”
2. “Voodoo”
3. “The Sign Of The Southern Cross”
4. “E5150”
5. “The Mob Rules”
6. “Country Girl”
7. “Slipping Away”
8. “Falling Off The Edge Of The World”
9. “Over And Over”

Bonus Tracks
10. “The Mob Rules” – Heavy Metal Soundtrack Version
11. “Die Young” – Live B-Side Of “Mob Rules” 7” *
12. “The Mob Rules” – New 2021 Mix **
Live At The Hammersmith Odeon London (31/12/81 - 2/1/82)
13. “Country Girl”
14. “Slipping Away”
15. “The Mob Rules”
16. “Voodoo”
Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982
17. Intro **
18. “Neon Knights” **

Disc Two: Bonus Tracks
Live At Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, April 22, 1982
1. “N.I.B.” **
2. “Children Of The Sea” **
3. “Voodoo” **
4. “Black Sabbath” **
5. “War Pigs” **
6. Drum Solo **
7. “Iron Man” **
8. “The Mob Rules” **
9. “Heaven And Hell” **
10. Guitar Solo **
11. “Sign Of The Southern Cross/Heaven And Hell” – Reprise **
12. “Paranoid” **
13. “Children Of The Grave” **

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

Currently on Night Flight Plus TV streaming, maybe later otherwise:
A Night with Lou Reed is an intimate visual record of Reed's legendary 1983 sold-out engagement at The Bottom Line in New York City. Fronting the most musically articulate band he had ever assembled--Reed and Robert Quine on guitar, Fernando Saunders on bass and Fred Maher on drums--Reed performs a treasure trove of his best hits. The energy and interplay on stage is so intense that it grabs the raw nerve of rock 'n' roll urgency.

The legendary and infamous New York Dolls at their best! Amazing rare live clips and interviews filmed by Bob Gruen and Nadya Beck in the 70s. Footage from early shows in NYC all the way to the TV studios, clubs and swimming pools of Los Angeles. Black and white film was never so colorful! Includes ripping versions of "Personality Crisis," "Who Are the Mystery Girls'" "Babylon" and more.

dow, Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:51 (one week ago) link

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SOUL JAZZ RECORDS (09/01/2021)
Rachael Bird • January 9, 2021

Hear Stuart every Saturday morning with two hours of soul, jazz and world music. This show features tracks from The Clark Sisters, Groove Assassin and Saint Paul.
All shows stashed here:

dow, Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:55 (one week ago) link

From The Allen Ginsberg Project:
Big news announced this week, the upcoming (April 2021) CD release by Omnivore Recordings of Howl at Reed College (from February, 1956, the first recorded reading).
Variety in its announcement notes the background:

“The tape went forgotten until 2007, when author John Suiter found it in a box at Reed’s Hauser Memorial Library while doing research on another poet who read at the college that day, Gary Snyder. Its discovery made the news after being verified the following year. But it was to still go unheard to the general public until a Hollywood-Oregon connection made its release inevitable.

Reed named Dr. Audrey Bilger its president in 2019. Bilger happens to be married to Cheryl Pawelski, the Grammy-winning co-founder of Omnivore Recordings, who had moved to Oregon herself upon Bilger’s appointment. Omnivore already had history with Ginsberg, having released The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience in 2017 and The Last Word on First Blues in 2016. Using her existing connections with the Ginsberg estate, Pawelski sent the tape to Grammy Award-winning engineer Michael Graves to have it transferred, restored and mastered.”

Chris Lydgate in Reed Magazine tells more:

Its first public reading took place at San Francisco’s famous Six Gallery in October, 1955. Along with Ginsberg, the evening included readings by Gary Snyder, Philip Whalen, Philip Lamantia, and Michael McClure. Poet Kenneth Rexroth was the emcee; Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Neal Cassady were in the audience. Unfortunately, no one thought to record this historic moment. Ginsberg was recorded reading the poem at Berkeley a few months later in March, 1956, and for many years literary historians thought that recording was the first. But they were wrong. Earlier in 1956, Ginsberg and Snyder went hitchhiking through the Pacific Northwest, and arrived at Reed, where they decided to hold a poetry reading in the common room of the Anna Mann dormitory. On February 14, Ginsberg read the first section of “Howl,” still very much a work in progress. And this time, someone brought a tape recorder.”

dow, Saturday, 16 January 2021 17:59 (one week ago) link

I like Byard Lancaster, esp. his album incl. Sonny Sharrock, It's Not Up To Us, released in 1968, on Vortex, baby. Much later w Ronald Shannon Jackson, Laswell, Arcana--he did a lot of other stuff too, certainly Philly-wise, like it says here:

"From A Love Supreme to The Sex Machine!" The personal musical
mantra of the late Philadelphia reedman Byard Lancaster informed an
open-minded and varied lifetime in jazz.
Strut presents one of Lancaster’s lesser known classics, ‘My Pure Joy’, recorded in 1992 for Black Fire. Lancaster had initially cut his musical teeth with the avant-garde on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1960s (famously on sessions with pianist Dave Burrell and drummer Sunny Murray) and in Paris during the ‘70s after an appearance at the Actuel festival but, throughout his career, his path was built around community engagement, positivity and “the Philly jazz sound, Germantown style.” He became an ambassador for the music of the City Of Brotherly Love, starting his own Dogtown label, helping launch the Philly Jazz imprint and campaigning tirelessly to improve the circumstances of the city’s street musicians. Lancaster’s sessions for Black Fire were planned following a gig at Caverns Jazz Club in Washington DC. “Jimmy Gray of Black Fire and I originally met during the ‘riotous blisters’ of the late Sixties there,”
explained Lancaster. “We became the best of friends.” Backed by a band
of Philly musicians including percussionist Keno Speller and Baba Robert
Crowder (drummer for Olatunji and Art Blakey), the album also featured the Drummers From Ibadan led by Tunde Kuboye, another influential figure
dedicated to community jazz with whom Lancaster had bonded while
teaching in Lagos. The result was a free-flowing set of spirituality and
positivity, built around full band groove workouts, solo pieces and heavy
African roots. “We had big fun documenting this music,” remembered
Lancaster. The message of the album remains as relevant today as ever, “I
dedicate this album to all African Americans in the USA. To the youth, I ask ‘What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?’”
Originally delayed by three years because of cashflow issues within Black
Fire, ‘My Pure Joy’ eventually surfaced as one of the label’s final CD
releases in 1995 and has never before appeared on vinyl.
releases February 26, 2021

Will be available in mp3/wav, as stand-alone or incl. with Vinyl, CD

dow, Monday, 18 January 2021 00:31 (one week ago) link

Beyond their highly sought after 1978 album Festa Para Um Novo Rei­ - home to the mystical jazz-funk classic ‘Vidigal’ and released on Philips’ iconic Musica Popular Brasileira Contemporanea series (MPBC) - little is known about Marcos Resende & Index, even to aficionados of obscure Brazilian music. Far Out Recordings issue their previously unreleased self-titled debut album from 1976, contributing a crucial missing work from the glory days of progressive Brazilian instrumental music.

More info, audio:

dow, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 23:30 (one week ago) link

Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.


*Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album. Sorry for this error!
3-LP, 2-CD. More info, audio:

dow, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:43 (one week ago) link

Here's the book, looks great:

dow, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:44 (one week ago) link

This press sheet says the album is Out Today, may mean UK---Amazon US says Feb. 12 (they'll have both the vinyl and CD sets, supposedly).

dow, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 19:49 (one week ago) link

Catching up w this: Where to Begin with Touch and Go Records on Bandcamp

dow, Thursday, 21 January 2021 23:37 (six days ago) link


Continuing the 50th celebrations and following December’s special multi-format release of Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, The Kinks return again with the unveiling of The Moneygoround one-man show live stream - available to watch as a one time broadcast HERE at The Kinks’ YouTube channel on January 29th at 8PM (GMT). Subscribe to the channel now to set a reminder.

Ray commented: “The Moneygoround' is a one-man show documenting a character facing the challenging circumstances of making an album under extreme pressure. This play, similar to a psychodrama, follows the ups and downs of the character as he plays out events in his life. He confronts the dark forces surrounding him after falling into an emotional and financial "hole" eventually he is saved by a song after confiding in his friend, Lola."

The 45-minute play is co-written by Ray and Paul Sirett, who worked with him on "Come Dancing" and the BBC Radio 4 play "Arthur."

This unique audio-visual production has been intimately filmed with the Actor Ben Norris as the leading Character - The presentation will also feature video content inserts of archive footage. The whole show will also include the "Any Time 2020" lyric video, the "Lola" Unboxing Video, and the "Lola" lyric video.

Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One, commonly abbreviated to Lola Versus Powerman, or just Lola, is the eighth studio album by The Kinks, recorded and released in 1970. A concept album ahead of its time, it’s a satirical appraisal of the music industry, including song publishers, unions, the press, accountants, business managers, and life on the road. One of the all-time classic Kinks albums.

Although it appeared during a transitional period for The Kinks, Lola Versus Powerman was a success both critically and commercially for the group, charting in the Top 40 in America and helping restore them in the public eye, making it a "comeback" album. It contained two hit singles: "Lola," which reached the #9 US, #2 UK, and Germany - becoming the Kinks' biggest success since "Sunny Afternoon" in 1966 - and "Apeman," which peaked at #5 in the UK and Germany.

The special multi-format release of Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One is out now as a lovingly produced Deluxe Box Set, 1LP, Deluxe 2CD, 1CD, and digitally - order here.

The Moneygoround is a show not to be missed!

dow, Friday, 22 January 2021 01:27 (five days ago) link


CLASSIC and rare Brazilian album from 1973 including the KILLER bossa dance cut Ain't No Sunshine plus tunes by Edu Lobo, Jobim and Sivuca himself. One of the best Brazil/bossa/jazz dance albums ever! Post- Sergio Mendes, Tropicalia, seriously uplifting and beautiful stuff!
More info, audio:

dow, Friday, 22 January 2021 21:31 (five days ago) link

T2: It’ll All Work Out In Boomland, 3CD Digipak

Released March 26, 2021.


Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded 3CD digipack edition of the cult 1970 album by Progressive Rock power trio T2. Formed in 1970 by PETER DUNTON, a former drummer with GUN, and former members of BULLDOG BREED, guitarist and backing vocalist KEITH CROSS and BERNARD JINKS (bass, backing vocals), T2 officially released one classic studio album during their short career, It’ll All Work Out in Boomland, issued by Decca Records in July 1970. Taking the template established by acts such as THE WHO, CREAM and JEFF BECK GROUP, the maturity of the music belies the young age of the band. Featuring only four tracks, the album’s highlights included No More White Horses, perhaps the piece-de-resistance of the album, an amazingly powerful song with a wonderful horn arrangement, building to a powerful feedback-laden climax and the twenty-minute long Morning.

The album earned much praise upon its release and the band’s live performances hailed the teenager KEITH CROSS as “the new Eric Clapton”, much against his wishes. Despite this, issues with their record company, combined with a general dissatisfaction led to Cross departing the band after the trio had recorded a series of excellent tracks for a potential second album that failed to materialise after the band were dropped by Decca. By 1971 Bernard Jinks had also departed and Peter Dunton formed a new line-up of the band featuring guitarist ANDREW BOWN and bassist JOHN WEIR. This new line-up performed on the UK concert circuit and also recorded a series of fine tracks in the search of a new recording contract. Alas, by the end of 1972 T2 disbanded.

By the new millennium It’ll All Work Out in Boomland had been re-appraised and had attracted a cult following among aficionados of Progressive and Underground rock of the early 1970s, even leading to several tracks being sampled by DJs on Dance tracks. This Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Decca master tapes and has been expanded by a further two CDs featuring their later recordings made in 1970 and 1971-1972. T2’s sole Decca album is presented here as a recognised classic of the era. Open your ears to Boomland!

Track Listing:


2. J.L.T.

T2 – 1970 SESSIONS

4. CD
7. T2

1971 – 1972

9. PDQ

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