Mindblowing work from Mahmoud Ahmed – one of the key figures of Ethiopian music in the 70s, and a singer with a voice that's beyond compare! The sound here is extremely hard to describe – at one level grooving with some of the funk and jazz undercurrents of the work of Mulatu, but at ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful document of of the Takamba style of music in Northern Mali and Niger – passionate, energetic and hypnotically performed by Ali Ag Amoumine! Ali's home is in Timbouctou, a couple hundred kilometers upriver from the Takamba region, and it was here that this excellent ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marisa Anderson's second solo album – and a rare contemporary artist release on the deep, dark and lost archival discoverers at Mississippi Records! Marisa is clearly inspired the music found on archival Mississippi LPs – particularly blues guitar based ones, but it's hardly a clinical ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Marisa Anderson —
Mercury ... LP Mississippi, 2013. New Copy ....
Lovely instrumental work from Marisa Anderson – guitar sounds both acoustic and electric, played in a style that's certainly folksy – but often a bit less traditional than you might expect! There's these cool darker tones around the edges here – a quality that maybe starts with ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ali Birra —
Ammalele ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy ....
$11.99Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second dose of solo weirdness from Peter Buck – whose best known, of course, as guitarist and co-founder of REM – but he's been a lot of cool and interesting stuff with the Minus Five, The Baseball Project and more in the post REM years – and we admire the heck of his ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Peter Buck covers the Mummies for Mississippi Records! "You Must Fight To Live On The Planet Of The Apes" is a fun, rumbling, gritty garage number with some perfectly fuzzed out electric guitar, that's ultimately pretty damn faithful to The Mummies original. Buck keeps up the primate ... (Rock) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Some of the rawest sounds coming out of the Portland scene of the early 90s – served up in a solid way that avoids most of the pitfalls of their contemporaries on the scene! Dead Moon have all the wild energy of other Northwest groups of the time, but hone things down to a core essence that's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dead Moon —
Trash & Burn ... LP Mississippi, 2000. New Copy (reissue)....
$11.99Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dead Moon's first effort in the new millenium, but a set that's every bit as brilliant as their classic sets from the last century – and put together with a punky, no-nonsense energy that's instantly timeless too! These guys could be flatmates of the Swell Maps, a Chicago band from the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of the most important Ethiopian artists of the 70s – a smoking set of vintage recordings from Alemayehu Eshete – some of them plenty darn funky too! As you'd guess from his picture on the cover, guitar is Eshete's main instrument – used in these twangy ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of solo piano work by Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – pulled from one of the CDs in the Ethiopiques series of compilations, and probably the most delicately melodic material in the series! Pianist-composer Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou has an extraordinary personal history – she is a ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo cello work from Lori Goldston – an extremely evocative use of the instrument, inflected with lots of personal color and tone! The tracks are all original compositions, with a structure that's somewhere between more serious music and looser, more intimate acoustic improvisation ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary recording – but one that features a wide range of funerary violin compositions from the 19th Century – played in a very authentic manner by this group specializing in the style! The only other instrumentation is bass drum – which makes for a brooding, eerie sort of ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fiery, raucous and pretty amazing set of are 60s garage rock from Human Expression – and LA area group that was working very well in incendiary numbers that bridge the riveting, sweaty intensity of garage rock rawness with the coming carnival of psychedelia. These high school students cut ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Michael Hurley in the land of lo fi – a perfect place for his intensely personal music, served up here on one of his best records in years! The setting is that spare Hurley mode of vocals and guitar – with maybe some other odd elements here and there, maybe a bit of percussion or ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing performances from Kesarbia Kerkar – a key Indian singer of the postwar years, heard here in a variety of beautiful vintage recordings! Kerkar's got a voice that influenced many in generations to come – but the original sound here is much more mindblowing than so many others ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the first-ever recordings of Cast King – quite a surprise, given that Cast is 90 years old, and has been playing guitar for most of his life! King's a hell of a songwriter – and the tracks on this set, although relatively spare in their instrumentation and recording techniques, ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Haunting Tuareg guitar from Mdou Moctar – an artist who's got a really fuzzy, freaky sort of vibe – a lot more psychedelic than some of his contemporaries on the West African scene! This recent recording has a really timeless feel – with the guitar right out front, in a ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One Of You —
One Of You ... LP
Early 80s. New Copy ....
Early November, 2013 (delayed)
One Of You fled the Czech Republic in 1968 right before the Prague Spring. She was filled with hope about her new life in the west, but was shaken by the immense alienation and loneliness of urban life in North America. Her reaction to a new harsh reality was writing these songs, accompanying ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from this really unique ensemble – a group with a feel that's much looser than you might expect from the orchestra in their name – and a wonderful blend of electric and acoustic instruments, all with a feel that's as exotic and evocative as some of the best Ethiopian ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit blues, and a bit gospel – really unique work from Rev Louis Overstreet! "Rather Fight Than Switch" is a really upbeat track – fast tempo with stomping rhythms and soaring chorus vocals behind the Rev's raspy lead – overflowing with spiritual energy in a mighty ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal sounds from SE Rogie – one of the most important palm wine artists to emerge from Sierra Leone in the 60s! Rogie sings in this wonderfully fluid style alongside his well-plucked guitar – which rings out with these bright tones that really illuminate the lyrics, but also ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spiritual Singers —
Ntsamina ... LP Mississippi, 1980. Used (reissue)....
$6.99Out Of Stock
Raw, loose and rollicking gospel soul from the Congolese Spiritual Singers – with some sweet group vocals and arrangements that are in a bit an endearing mix of roots rock, blues, reggae and other global influences! Electric bass, drums, organ and guitar bring help with the rootsy touches, ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Staple Singers —
Swing Low ... LP
1961. New Copy (reissue)....
Around April 1, 2014
Excellent early work by The Staple Singers – one of their first recordings, and an all-gospel album that's drenched in the same sort of soul that you'd hear on their big hits of later years – a key influence on the sound of the secular 60s, heard here in its best original format! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the closest thing to an early "hit" the Staple Singers ever had – an album that starts off with their classic rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", an instantly timeless tune penned by Roebuck Staples! The group's quite young at this point, and is a quintet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most intense music we've ever heard from the Mali scene – a set that takes the older takamba rhythms, but gives them a propulsive feel from lots of fast percussion and guitar lines – all served up with little other instrumentation at all, so that the whole record's this long ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chrissy Zebby Tembo —
My Ancestors ... LP Mississippi, 1974. New Copy (reissue)....
$13.99Out Of Stock
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Henry Thomas —
Bull Doze Blues ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue)....
$9.99Out Of Stock
Rootsy sounds from Henry Thomas – some great vintage recordings from the late 20s, with a feel that's quite different than more conventional blues from the time! Thomas definitely has a bluesy approach, but his use of the guitar is more strummy, almost folksy – as is his occasional ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Ti Paris – a Haitian guitarist who works here in a relatively stripped-down setting – usually just his voice and acoustic guitar, light percussion, and occasional chorus vocals! The approach is quite different than later Haitian music we know – and has this ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from the subcontinent – a selection of mid-century recordings that focuses on the incredible vocal range in Indian music, served up by a set of singers we might never have known otherwise! The voice is almost the lead instrument here – usually just supported by a bit of ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weird and wild garage tracks from the mid 60s – but work that's usually got a feel that's a lot different than more familiar sounds from the time! Lots of these tunes are from weird, offbeat sources – some overseas, but still mostly American – but produced by artists who have a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy helping of Ethiopian grooves – pulled from the later volumes of the legendary Ethiopiques series, and served up here on a unique vinyl collection! The tunes are a nice mix of some of the best Ethio styles of the early 70s – and include a few standout funky numbers, plus some ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of rare gospel tracks – served up with plenty of soul, and mostly in the great group harmony mode that often crosses over to the secular side of the spectrum! Most of these tracks are mighty raw – making the set feel almost more like a deep soul compilation than a ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Field recordings of Western Sahelian guitar music – recorded by Christopher Kirkley from 2009-2011 – and an evocative aural trip to the region, courtesy Sahel Sounds and Mississippi! Like the other great Sahel Sounds release, it's beautifully done – and impeccably well recorded ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw sounds from the American underground – a great set of twang-heavy tracks from obscure 45s – most of them with a unique blend of rock and country styles! There's lots of the spirit here of Johnny Burnette – and a few artists actually seem to pay him tribute with their work ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful sampling of work from the Testament label of the 60s – mostly recorded in the south by aging players who never would have gotten their due, had the label not gone out of their way to capture them in these years! The assortment of tracks is really well-chosen – and most of ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album