Fresh goodies from the other side of the globe!
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)
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)
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)
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)
Stunt (Denmark), 1959/1960.
Bassist Oscar Pettiford found a great home in the European scene in the later years of his life – and he made some especially wonderful recordings in Denmark – a good deal of which are collected on this set! The album features Petttiford throughout – playing bass with a vibrant ... (Jazz)
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Brazil), 1975.
The title's no lie, as the album features plenty of guitar and percussion next to the great vocals of Beth Carvalho – just the sort of lively samba backings that make her 70s albums so wonderful! There's a stripped-down, no-nonsense approach to the set – that surprisingly rootsy ... (Brazil)
Gondwana/Jazzman (UK), 2010.
The second album from the brilliant tenorist Nat Birchall – one of our favorite players of the past decade or so! This album's even more spiritual, more far-reaching than the first – an amazing batch of tracks that would be right at home during the glory days of the post-Coltrane ... (Jazz)
Argo/Doxy, 1961. (reissue)
One of the most stripped-down albums from legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby – and one of her earliest records too! The set's got Dorothy right out front in a trio setting – working with bassist Herman Wright and drummer John Tooley – in a wonderfully jazzy take on the sound of ... (Jazz)
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