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Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A much-needed look at the early work of Vivian Reed – a singer who got the chance to release a handful of full length albums in the disco generation, but one who sounds even better here right at the start of her career! The beautiful package brings together rare single sides and LP tracks ... (Soul)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1972.
The kind of sound library gem that keeps us digging for sound library records after all these years – a treasure trove of groovy instrumental tracks that never got commercial release back in the day! The style here is early 70s Italian – all the best modes learned in the soundtrack ... (Sound Library)
GDM/Four Flies (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A darkly beautiful score from Riz Ortolani – quite different than some of his better known lighter work of the 60s, and with a really moody undercurrent on most of the set! The instrumentation is nicely offbeat – fuzzy guitar turned down a few notches on the theme – strings tuned ... (Soundtracks)
Cinedelic (Italy), 1969.
A groovy soundtrack to a weird weird movie – 1969's Mangieala, aka Eat It – a film about efforts to sell a canned meat product as an aphrodisiac! The story inspires Ennio Morricone to turn out some equally weird and wonderful sounds – music that has all the sexiness you'd expect ... (Soundtracks)
Duke University Press, 2016.
Maybe the coolest book ever from dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence – the man who's given us definitive works on disco and dance music – now turning his sharp eye on some key years of the New York scene! The book looks at a very special time in the city's underground – a post-Studi ... (Books)
Epic/Cherry Pop, 1994. 3CD
A great one from Basia – a record that has the Polish soul singer hitting even warmer, jazzier territory than before – as her style matures nicely with help from keyboardist Danny White, who co-wrote most of the material on the set! There's a nice current here of the best UK soul of ... (Soul)
So Real (UK), 2016.
Music that's as striking as the image of Nosizwe on the cover – a fantastic set of cosmic soul recorded in Oslo, but with lots of future-styled production help from Georgia-Anne Muldrow! The album feels a bit like Muldrow's own music, but the vocals of Nosizwe really come across very ... (Neo Soul)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1970.
Grooviness galore – a wonderful set of instrumentals in the best Italian sound library mode – jazzy, upbeat, and put together with all the unusual sonic touches we love from the coolest soundtracks of the time! The style here follows nicely on the B81 album from Fabor – but is ... (Sound Library)
Flipper/Four Flies (Italy), 1970. (reissue)
Wonderful sound library grooves from the Italian scene – a record that's super-obscure, but as hip as the best bigger jazz and soundtrack albums of the time! The set has no filler at all – as every track's a sweet little instrumental, often with a groove that takes off from bossa, into ... (Sound Library)
Brownswood (UK), Late 2000s/Early 2010s. 2CD
A fantastic overview of the wonderful sounds that Gilles Peterson has been cooking up in Havana since 2009 – the rich array of artists he's collaborated with as part of the bigger Havana Cultura project – which has given great exposure to a whole new generation of brilliant Cuban ... (Latin)
Som Livre/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1977. (reissue)
70s soul from Brazil – and a tremendously strong effort from the legendary Tim Maia! This record was Tim's first after an initial run on Polydor – and it shows Maia tightening up his groove even more, but still avoiding the slicker sounds of later years. There's a really focused sound ... (Brazil)
Columbia/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 2CD
A treasure trove of work from Deniece Williams – one of the coolest, classiest soul singers to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s! Williams has roots that go deep in the Chicago scene – including young work under the name of Deniece Chandler – but this set picks off from ... (Soul)
Far Out (UK), 2016.
The legendary Azymuth rises from the ashes – on this, their first record after the passing of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami – with a sound that takes us back to the amazing cosmic funk of their first few albums in the 70s! The new keyboardist, Kiko Continentino, has a sound that's ... (Brazil)
An incredible set of funk from the legendary Dennis Coffey – an unissued live performance from the hip Detroit scene of the late 60s – featuring Coffey's amazing guitar with the Hammond of Lyman Woodard! Together, the two are a pair of funky terrors – steeped in all the best soul ... (Soul)
Strut (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. 3CD
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... (Jazz)
Moscovitch (UK), 1965. (pic cover, reissue)
Totally great soundtrack material from the great Johnny Scott – working here in more of the jazz mode in which he began his career, but already with an ear for some of the deeper, darker sides of the spectrum! The music's maybe a bit in the mode of some of the great Kenyon Hopkins ... (Funky 45's)
Quartet (Spain), 1971.
A beautiful score from the legendary Francois De Roubaix – a soundtrack that has a bit less electronics than some of his famous records, but a sound that's completely amazing all the way through! Francois has this incredible ear for sonic textures – so that he can pull out unusual ... (Soundtracks)
Private (Italy), 1975.
A really heady set from the legendary Larry Young – a live performance cut right around the same time as his albums with the group Fuel – and with an equally freewheeling blend of jazz, fusion, and soul! The tracks here are long and open – and Young really soars on Hammond, moog, ... (Jazz)
Gingko Press, 2016.
The cover image is amazing, and the whole book is equally great – a mindblowing trip through hundreds of rare film poster images – awash in sexy ladies, scary monsters, blazing pistols, and sci fi freaks! There's a short bit of text here and there – mostly structuring paragraphs ... (Books)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD
Four early albums by Toquinho – packaged together here in a single set, and with two bonus tracks too! First up is A Bossa Do Toquinho, from 1966 – an honest to goodness actual bossa nova session from Toquinho – one that's recorded during the 60s, and not one of his bossa-revival ... (Brazil)
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