Fresh goodies from the other side of the globe!
Edison/Modern Harmonic, 1959. (reissue)
Spare vocals and light guitar – an approach that's quite similar to the late 50s Liberty work of Julie London – and which features vocalist Claudio Thompson singing to great accompaniment from guitarist Barney Kessel! The style here is moody and mellow – not nearly as romantic as ... (Vocalists)
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
A journey into space with a wonderful sound – served up here as a set of cosmic instrumentals from Luciano Michelini, most of which have a pretty groovy vibe! The mix of 60s instrumentation, spacey touches, and light electric moments reminds us of Peter Thomas or Johnny Harris at their best ... (Sound Library)
An incredible album from trumpeter Ted Daniel – recorded at the start of the 70s with a lineup and a style that virtually puts Ted in a space all his own, and which may well make the album the greatest one he's ever given us! There's boldness to the set right from the start – as Daniel ... (Jazz)
Kirshner/Sony (Japan), 1981.
Warm soul with a bit of pop – very much the sound that Sarah Dash had delivered strongly on her previous albums, and still served up here without too many commercial trappings! The album's definitely hook-heavy, but not nearly as much chart soul as some of Sarah's contemporaries – and ... (Soul)
Ace (UK), 2016.
One of the most comprehensive sets we've ever seen to look at the legacy of the legendary Lee Hazlewood – and one of the few to focus on the impact he's had on the 21st Century! Lee's songs have become the stuff of legend over the years – not just his own recordings, but classic tracks ... (Rock)
Kent (UK), Mid 70s.
Atlanta soul, and a little more too – as this sweet set collects a range of rare tracks from the GRC family of labels – based in the Peachtree city in the mid 70s, with arms wide enough to bring in some great sounds from Alabama too! The label group had a slightly shady background ... (Soul)
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978.
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend ... (Rock)
Unreleased live material from trumpeter Ted Daniel – a hell of a talent on the New York scene of the 70s, but one who hardly ever got as much recorded exposure as some of his contemporaries! Ted's got this fantastic way of blowing – bold and free, but with a sense of structure too ... (Jazz)
Paisley Park, 1986. Gatefold (reissue)
Prince in a grand groove – really hitting a new level of funk with a razor-sharp edge – and even blowing away some of his work on previous records! The record's a soundtrack for a film – Under The Cherry Moon – and although that movie never had the success of Purple Rain, ... (Soul)
Maple/Future Days, 1971.
A lost deep soul set from Lee Moses – a relatively obscure vocalist, but one who we'd rank right up there with James Carr, Wilson Pickett, or any of their contemporaries! Lee's music has a hard southern soul feel to it – sounding almost like a pile of 45s from a label like Sound Stage ... (Soul)
Odeon/Joia Moderna (Brazil), 1973.
One of the coolest albums ever from Brazilian singer Leny Andrae – a set that takes her way past the usual jazz and bossa of other records, into territory that's completely sublime! The record features arrangements from some of the most sophisticated talents of the early 70s scene in Brazil ... (Brazil)
PMG (Austria), 1976.
Blo have gone through a few different phases before this fantastic fourth album – but none of them as funky as the work on this set – which may well set a whole new standard for the Nigerian music legends! The groove here is super-tight, with lots of excellent bass and drums snapping ... (Global Grooves)
Soul Junction (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Sweet soul galore – an amazing collection of vocal group numbers from the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – a time when the format was really beginning to take off! Sure, soulful harmonies had been around since the doo wop generation – but during the time of these tracks, ... (Soul)
Ugly Things, 2016.
This issue's got the usual great coverage of psych and garage bands we love from Ugly Things – but it's also got a special "something else" – a huge article on Custom Fidelity Records – that self-pressing operation that allowed so many small bands of the 60s and 70s to ... (Magazines)
Now Again, Mid 70s. 2 CDs
A lost legacy in spiritual jazz – two albums recorded by a Boston group who worked far from the limelight in New York – in a very underground scene where they recorded these two very special albums in the 70s! Their sound is very collaborative and freewheeling – an approach that ... (Jazz)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
One of the coolest songs of the postwar years – given a tremendous presentation here in a really wonderful package! You probably know "Fever" from the original version by Little Willie John – or from Peggy Lee's string-heavy take – but this collection dives deeper into ... (Rock)
Verve (Japan), 1968.
A sweet set of goodies from the young George Benson – one of the early albums from a time when George was really taking off as a solo artist – and setting the world on fire with his new approach to jazz guitar! Arrangements are from the mighty Horace Ott – who also handled a lot ... (Jazz)
Pawal/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961.
Fantastic rhythms from percussionist Rubens Bassini – a set that has all the raw live energy of a Latin jazz jam session, but which also carries some of the sweet touches of the bossa nova scene in Brazil – a really wonderful mixing of modes that makes the album a gem all the way ... (Brazil)
BBE (UK), 2016. 2LP Gatefold
A heady set of grooves from Kon – part of the Kon & Amir team you'll know from the famous series of compilations and mix tapes (both On and Off Track!) – stepping out here as a fantastically strong lead artist of his own, with help from a few key guests as well! The set's both a ... (New Grooves)
Rambling (Japan), 2016. Gatefold
The lovely Joyce – sounding lovelier here than we've heard in years – on a special Japanese album that really takes the singer back to her best classic territory! Backing is by a small group, and nicely jazzy – with piano from Helio Alves, and drums from Tutty Moreno – ... (Brazil)
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