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Orlando JuliusSuper Afro Soul (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy 2 LPs & CD ... $24.99
A landmark album of Afro Soul! Orlando Julius was one of Nigeria's biggest soul artists in the 60s – and has been credited with virtually inventing the Afro Funk sound, and for being the inspiration to some of James Brown's funkier work of the late 60s! Julius came to the US at the end of the 60s, and worked with Hugh Masekela and the Crusaders – but this is the real deal, his 1966 masterpiece, cut in Africa, and only ever issued in Nigeria. The whole album has been lovingly reissued by Strut – with the same care they took with their Tony Allen reissues – and the record's got a tasty batch of hard soulful tunes that mix African rhythms and American melodies. Includes the monster track "Going Back To My Roots" (supposedly the inspiration for "I Got You (I Feel Good)"), a great cover of "My Girl", and the cuts "Solo Hit", "Efoye So", "Jagua nana", and "Wakolele". Also features 4 bonus cuts – originally issued as singles – "Ijo Soul", "E Se Rere", "Olulofe", and "Topless". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album on CD – too!)

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Souljazz OrchestraInner Fire (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
Easily the best work we've ever heard from the Souljazz Orchestra – a set that pushes their sound way past their Afro Funk-styled roots – into a realm of spiritual sounds that really live up to their name! The jazz component is even stronger than before – really wonderful instrumentation in both the rhythms and solo passages – at a level that's richly expressive and very personal, in a way we never would have expected from these guys a few years back! Elements of different styles run through the music – including an occasional undercurrent of Ethio-jazz or Afro-Cuban grooves – and the lineup includes vibes, tenor, alto, flute, and lots of great percussion. Titles include "Agoya", "East Flows The River", "Sommet En Sommet", "Initiation", "Kingdom Come", "As The Crow Flies", "Black Orchid", "One Life To Live", and "Completion" – plus a version of the Andy Bey classic "Celestial Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD, too!)

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VariousCalypsoul 70 – Caribbean Soul 1969 to 1979 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2 LPs & CD ... $24.99 25.99
A cool collection of funky grooves from the Caribbean – tracks that take a strong influence from American soul and funk, then blend it heavily with hip rhythms from the islands! A few of the names here are familiar, but most are relatively obscure – and put together, the tunes on the set illustrate a hugely under-tapped scene that's filled with wonderful tunes – tracks awash in jazzy rhythms, skittish percussion, and a range of styles that move past much more familiar Jamaican sounds from down south. Drums here are often quite heavy, and matched by other percussion as well – not to mention jagged guitar lines and bass bits that really send the whole thing home! As with other Strut compilations, the overall package and liner notes are as great as the music on the disc – and the set features a total of 20 tracks that include "Of My Hands" by The Goretti Group, "Calypsoul" by Clarence Curvan & His Mod Sounds, "You Tink It Sorf" by Lancelot Layne, "Magic Fever" by Magic Circle Express, "Independent Bahamas" by Biosis Now, "Move Up Blackman" by Tyrone Taylor, "Guanavaco" by Marius Cultier, "Raycan" by The Hondells, "You Don't Love Me" by Gemini Brass, "Woman" by Sambo, "We See Jah" by Wadadli Experience, "Freedom In Africa" by Duke, "Red Light Lady" by Ophelia, and "It's A Feeling" by St Maartens The Rolling Tones. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD too!)

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VariousClub Africa – Hard African Funk, Afro-Jazz, & Original Afro-Beat ... CD
Strut (UK), 1999. Used ... $11.99
Massive Afro Funk! This slammin' batch of funky African (and African-sounding) tunes was put together by the same team who did the Africa Funk set on Harmless – and it's even better than that one was! Like Africa Funk, this set compiles a whopping batch of rare tracks from the 70s, plus a few from other eras that have a 70s feel – and the mix of tracks is filled with heavy drums, pounding percussion, funky keyboards, and choppy guitar riffs. You might have a few of the cuts on here, but most of them are quite rare, and the set's well worth having for newcomers and trainspotters alike! Titles include "Silver Black Summer Day" by Living Funk, "Rhythm On Rhythm" by Sookie, "Afro Funk" by Peter King, "Jungle Funk" by Nkengas, "Samba" by Miriam Makeba, "Everybody's Groove" by Ashantis, "Karam Bani" by Buari, and a nice remake of "Soul Makossa" by The Gaytones! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.99
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. CD

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VariousNigeria 70 – Lagos Jump – Original Heavyweight Afrobeat Highlife & Afro Funk ... CD
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
A killer follow-up to the earlier Nigeria 70 compilation on Strut Records – a second set that digs even deeper than before, and one that shows a huge range of Nigerian grooves from the 70s! The styles here go way beyond familiar Afro Funk – and the rhythms here are often quite complicated – rootsy at times, modern at others – and served up in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation that dances together wonderfully! Most numbers have vocals, but those are often delivered as rhythmically as the instrumentation – and the package is filled with under-reissued gems that make the package an essential addition to any collection of global grooves. As with other sets on the newly-revived Strut label, there's full notes on the music and track-by-track details – all supporting a set list of 16 titles that includes "Everybody Likes Something Good" by Ify Jerry Krusade, "Yabis" by Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars, "Onyame" by Ashanti Afrika Jah, "Ezuku Buzo" by Bola Johnson & His Eazy Life Top Beats, "African Dialects" by Peter King, "You Are My Heart" by Rex Williams, "Hot Tears" by The Immortals, "Dododo (Ekassa No 1)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros, "Happy Survival" by Ifeanyi Eddie Okwedy & His Maymores Dance Band, "Tug Of War" by The Faces, "Ire Africa" by Chief Checker, and "Eddie Quansa" by Peacocks Guitar Band. CD

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New Lafayette Afro-Rock BandDarkest Light – The Best Of The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band (remastered edition) ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid/Late 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The definitive batch of tracks by one of the 70s' most famous funk ensembles ever! The Lafayette Afro Rock Band were a bunch of Americans, relocated in Paris, who mixed that city's strong African music traditions with their own American funk and soul leanings. The result was an incredible sound that included lots of heavy percussion, fuzzy guitar, and the very cool "magic bag" sound that was half vocoder/half keyboard! This compilation of tracks features the band at all of their incarnations – from the early group Ice, to the middle group Lafayette Afro Rock Band, to the later group Ice, to the backup on albums by Mal Waldron, Crispy & Co, and Dr.Beezar. The notes are impeccable, and even if you've got some of our other reissues by the group, this one has tracks that had never been out before – and it's got amazing notes that totally show the whole history of the group, and which give a full (and complicated!) discography! A beautiful compilation, and essential for groove hounds of all varieties. Sure, some tracks on this cross over with the other reissues – but this one contains the legendary "Darkest Light" sample (used by Public Enemy to great fame!), plus "Soul Frankenstein", "Hihache", "Conga", "Malik", "Soul Makossa", "Scorpion Flower", "Heels & Soles", "Nicky", and lots more! CD
(Promo pressing with cover artwork and back tray card but no booklet.)

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New VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD 15.99

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New VariousPeru Maravilloso – Vintage Latin, Tropical, & Cumbia ... CD
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real range of great sounds from Peru – music from the late 60s and early 70s that shows a mindblowing shift in Peruvian culture – as the door was opened to a whole host of influences from up north and overseas! Many of these tracks feature some key electric instrument – usually a guitar, but sometimes keyboards too – and a definite electric element in the production, which has key sounds getting all cool and spacey in spots you wouldn't expect – almost other-worldly in approach, with a vibe that's mighty unique! And while there's a few familiar elements from cumbia or chicha, the range of styles here goes way past the usual – with elements of psych, Latin, or other South American styles really tripping things out. One of the freshest sets we've heard in a while – with tracks that include "Salsa 73" by Chango Y Su Conjunto, "Mambo De Machaguay" by Lucho Neves, "El Chacarero" by Los Gatos Blancos, "Sueno De Amor" by Zulu, "Bailando En La Campina" by Los Orientales, "Trinan Las Golondrinas" by John Benny & Los Riberenos, "Me Siento Feliz" by Los Ecos, "Toro Mata" by Lucia De La Cruz, "El Zambito Rumbero" by Manzanita, and "La Callina" by Felix Martinez. CD

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New VariousPeru Maravilloso – Vintage Latin, Tropical, & Cumbia ... LP
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real range of great sounds from Peru – music from the late 60s and early 70s that shows a mindblowing shift in Peruvian culture – as the door was opened to a whole host of influences from up north and overseas! Many of these tracks feature some key electric instrument – usually a guitar, but sometimes keyboards too – and a definite electric element in the production, which has key sounds getting all cool and spacey in spots you wouldn't expect – almost other-worldly in approach, with a vibe that's mighty unique! And while there's a few familiar elements from cumbia or chicha, the range of styles here goes way past the usual – with elements of psych, Latin, or other South American styles really tripping things out. One of the freshest sets we've heard in a while – with tracks that include "Salsa 73" by Chango Y Su Conjunto, "Mambo De Machaguay" by Lucho Neves, "El Chacarero" by Los Gatos Blancos, "Sueno De Amor" by Zulu, "Bailando En La Campina" by Los Orientales, "Trinan Las Golondrinas" by John Benny & Los Riberenos, "Me Siento Feliz" by Los Ecos, "Toro Mata" by Lucia De La Cruz, "El Zambito Rumbero" by Manzanita, and "La Callina" by Felix Martinez. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Souljazz OrchestraInner Fire ... CD
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easily the best work we've ever heard from the Souljazz Orchestra – a set that pushes their sound way past their Afro Funk-styled roots – into a realm of spiritual sounds that really live up to their name! The jazz component is even stronger than before – really wonderful instrumentation in both the rhythms and solo passages – at a level that's richly expressive and very personal, in a way we never would have expected from these guys a few years back! Elements of different styles run through the music – including an occasional undercurrent of Ethio-jazz or Afro-Cuban grooves – and the lineup includes vibes, tenor, alto, flute, and lots of great percussion. Titles include "Agoya", "East Flows The River", "Sommet En Sommet", "Initiation", "Kingdom Come", "As The Crow Flies", "Black Orchid", "One Life To Live", and "Completion" – plus a version of the Andy Bey classic "Celestial Blues". CD
Also available Inner Fire (with bonus CD) ... LP 20.99
 
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VariousWest Indies Funk Vol 3 ... CD
Trans Air (Puerto Rico), Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
Plenty funky down in the West Indies – more than enough to keep this third volume as strong as the previous two! There's loads of wonderful bits here – from steel band funk to tropical-styled rhythms to heavy grooves that are hardly what you'd expect to be coming from the islands back in the 70s – a wonderful discovery in music that's got our ears plenty happy! We'd never be able to track down most of these tunes on our own – and we're grateful to the folks at Trans Air for coming up with so many sweet funky numbers in one power-packed compilation. Titles include "Sandy Beach" by Johnny Hackworth's Caribbean Sound, "Make It Funky" by Silvertons, "Midnight Man" by Earl Rodney, "Do Your Thing" by Trinidad & Tobago Steel All Stars, "Cissy Strut" by Trinidad Steel Drummers, "90 Percent Of Me Is You" by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers, "Calypso Rock" by Original Tropicana Steel Band, "2001" by Life, and "The Devil's Out Tonight" by Carl McKnight's Sweat & Steel Drum Band. CD

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New VariousHaiti Direct EP ... 12-inch
Sofrito (UK), New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A special EP of tracks from the bigger Haiti Direct album – including a few exclusive edits for this package! Haiti Direct really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. This 4-track EP brings together some of the best tracks from the full CD project – and titles include "Mateau" by Ibo Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Nan Point La Vie (Siwo version)" by Ti Marcel, and "Zanmi Camarade (tropical treats edit)" by Claudette & Ti Pierre. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New PolyrhythmicsLibra Stripes ... CD
Kept, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Afro Funk mixed with lots of wah wah guitar – a wonderfully wicked set from the Polyrthmics, and one that's got an even sharper groove than ever before! These guys have all the right rhythms and horns to get an Afro Funk groove just right – but the guitar is often a bit tighter and more prominent than in other combos of this nature – played with this force and wide-spaced power that really brings a deeply funky undercurrent to the record – one that's not just Nigeria 70s, but which has plenty of echoes of the funky 45 generation as well! The mix of modes is wonderful – and titles include "Libra Stripes", "Pupsa Strut", "Snake In The Grass", "Chingador", "Skin The Fat", "Mr Wasbi Rides Again", and "Retrobotic". CD
 
 
 



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