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Joe King Kologbo & The High GraceSugar Daddy (with bonus download) ... LP
Electromat/Strut (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
Joe King Kologbo looks like quite a sugar daddy on the cover here – and he definitely delivers the goods with this classic set from the start of the 80s! Side one features the extended title track – a groove that's got some currents of more global club in the mix, but which also has these great breakdown moments too – a cool percussion bit, an alto solo, and an especially weird spacey keyboard solo! There's chorus vocals on the cut – but at 15 minutes long, there's also a lot of room for the instrumental passages too. That vibe definitely continues with the two tracks on the flipside – "Come Back Lina" and "All Fingers Are Not Equal" – both of which are cool hybrid of highlife and club, with lots of wonderful instrumentation – including some cool work on tenor guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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✨✧ Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Steps Ahead ... CD
Strut (UK), 2010. Used ... $6.99
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more than lives up to his legendary work from the height of late 60s & early 70s years. The material was recorded in sessions in Boston and London, playing with the Either/Orchestra on the Boston sessions, plus members of the Heliocentrics and others – really hitting on diverse styles throughout, from spacious and eclectic jazz, to the classic Addis Ababa nightclub sound, to grittier kinda crime jazz soundtrack styles and some Afro Latin inspirations. Wonderful work that's well worth Mulatu's legacy! Titles include "Radcliffe", "Green Africa", "The Way To Be Nice", "Assosa", "I Faram Gami I Faram", "Mulatu's Mood", "Ethio Blues", "Boogaloo" and "Motherland". CD
(Out of print.)

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SunburstAve Africa (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 29.98
A killer bit of funk from mid 70s Tanzania – performed here by a group who never got the same international exposure as some of their contemporaries, but who really made some magic on their local scene! Sunburst work in this wicked blend of sharp guitar lines, heavy bass, and plenty of drums and percussion – all used in ways that are nicely different from modes you might know from Nigeria or South Africa at the time – almost a rolling wave of groove that has all the instrumental elements moving together at once, while the vocals bounce nicely along over the top! There's also some occasional trippier moments, too – weird keyboards or other inflections that really expand the sound, while still holding onto the best core elements – and the whole thing's a really haunting record that really stands out from the pack! Titles include "Kitoto Sound", "Ba Motoka Na Castle", "Ave Africa", "How Can I Get To You", and "Ani Uni". Great reissue also features a full bonus album of unreleased radio sessions from 1973, and rare 45s from the mid 70s – a whopping 10 bonus tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album on CD.)

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Pat ThomasComing Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s Afro Funk – but Thomas was also always a forward-thinking artist, and some of the final sounds here almost preface changes to come for African artists on the global scene – modes that showcase Pat's work on the European scene after the late 70s coup in Ghana. The vocals are great – as deeply expressive as the rhythms are powerful – and the package features collaborations with Ebo Taylor, work with the famous group Maritata, solo projects, and tracks by the Sweet Beans, Broadway Dance Band, and Ogyatanaa Show Band. Titles include "Super Yaa Amponsah", "Merebre", "Eye Colo", "Yamona", "I Need More", "Who's Free", "Mpaebo", "Revolution", "We Are Coming Home", "Set Me Free", "No Money No Love", "Sack The Devils", "Ma Huno", and "Gyae Su". CD
Also available Coming Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP 31.99

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Pat ThomasComing Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 (180 gram pressing – with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3LP ... $31.99
A double-length look at the music of Pat Thomas – a key figure on the scene in Ghana during the 70s, heard here in a variety of settings and styles! The range of sounds promised in the title definitely rings true – as the music starts with early jazzy highlife, then moves through 70s Afro Funk – but Thomas was also always a forward-thinking artist, and some of the final sounds here almost preface changes to come for African artists on the global scene – modes that showcase Pat's work on the European scene after the late 70s coup in Ghana. The vocals are great – as deeply expressive as the rhythms are powerful – and the package features collaborations with Ebo Taylor, work with the famous group Maritata, solo projects, and tracks by the Sweet Beans, Broadway Dance Band, and Ogyatanaa Show Band. Titles include "Super Yaa Amponsah", "Merebre", "Eye Colo", "Yamona", "I Need More", "Who's Free", "Mpaebo", "Revolution", "We Are Coming Home", "Set Me Free", "No Money No Love", "Sack The Devils", "Ma Huno", and "Gyae Su". LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a bonus CD of the whole album!)
Also available Coming Home – Original Ghanaian Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1967 to 1981 ... CD 15.99

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VariousSoul Sok Sega – Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973 to 1979 ... CD
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Amazing music you've probably never heard before – all from the tiny island of Mauritius in the 70s, and served up in a stunning mix of funk, blues, and soul! The grooves here are very offbeat – with rhythms that belie the island's location in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, mixed with more contemporary touches on electric guitar, bass, and keyboards – set to lyrics that are often sung in French, usually with these haunting changes and oddly melancholy modes – all of which makes for music that's every bit as emotively powerful as it is downright groovy! Strut Records have always turned us on to new and unusual sounds – but this time around, they've really done something special – and the collection is one of our favorite releases ever from the long-running label. Titles include "Afro Mauricien" by Georges Jean Louis, "Mo Mari Fini Alle" by Catherine Velienne, "Elida" by Michel Legris, "Mone Lasser Dire Toi" by Harold Berty, "Bhai Aboo" by Claudio, "Mo Parrain" by Christophe, "Manuel Bitor" by John Kenneth Nelson, "Eliza" by Georgie Joi, and "Soul Sock Sega" by Ti L'Afrique. CD

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✨✧ Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans ... CD
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the previous few decades – working on the west coast underground in a mode that's every bit as spiritual and righteous as his more famous material – which means that this new set is hardly some rescue from obscurity, and more just a focus of the spotlight on all the great sounds that Idris has been giving us on his self-released CDs! Yet this new album is definitely something extra-special, too – as Strut have given Ackamoore a real chance to open up with a group that also features the great Babatunde Lea on percussion, as well as two female singers who really help deliver the message in the music. Iris himself plays alto and tenor – and titles include "Rhapsody In Berlin", "Whispering Tenderness", "Clarion Call", "Traponga", "We Be All Africans", "Epiphany", and "Silent Days". (Jazz, Global Grooves) CD

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✨✧ Oneness Of JujuSpace Jungle Luv (UK pressing) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms, but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, filled with life, emotion, and some excellent playing. There's a mix of funk, fusion, and solid post-Coltrane blowing on the set – making the record an incredibly cohesive piece of work – from the warm vocal number "River Luvrite", to the harder hitting "Space Jungle Funk", and other gems like "Soul Love Now", "Follow Me", "The Connection", and "Love's Messenger". This excellent CD reissue includes new notes, new mastering, 3 bonus tracks not on the original LP, and 2 more tunes not issued before! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Souljazz OrchestraResistance (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard to resist the groove of a group this great – one of the longer-running Afro Funk combos around, and one of the best too! The group definitely have a touch of the soulful jazz promised by their name – thanks to strong solos on alto, tenor, and baritone – which often break out from the tight, rhythmic frenzy of percussion, drums, and keyboards! Most cuts have vocals, but the instrumental energy of the group is what really wins us – sharper than ever as the group keeps growing! Titles include "Shock & Awe", "Greet The Dawn", "Ware Wa", "Kossa Kossa", "Soleil Couchant", and "Bull's Eye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD.)

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✨✧ VariousAloha Got Soul – Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawai'I 1979 to 1985 (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots – a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and more – all handled with production that's few notches down from the slicker AOR material of the period, which still lets all the more soulful currents shine through nicely – and which keeps all this stuff from ever sounding too commercial. Given the cultural cross-currents taking place on the islands at the time, there's a surprising mix of backgrounds to some of these groups – which results in a unique sound that's nicely colorblind, and which stands as a bit of a contrast to some of the more defined scenes on the mainland. As always with Strut Records, the track selection and presentation is wonderful – with plenty of notes that illuminate the music – and titles include "Sparkle" by Greenwood, "Get That Happy Feeling" by Lemuria, "Countryside Beauty" by Tender Leaf, "Yesterday's Love" by Aura, "Kawaihae" by Brother Noland, "Feel Like Getting Down" by Nova, "Love One Another" by Mike Lundy, "Coast To Coast" by Rockwell Fukino, and "Call Me" by Hal Bradbury. (Funky Compilations, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the entire album!)

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✨✧ VariousNigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times –Afro Funk, Highlife, & Juju From 70s Lagos (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet Times, indeed – Strut Records returns for another truly great volume in their Nigeria 70 series – this one covering the highlife, juju and Afro Funk music of Lagos in the 1970s – stellar material that has never been issued outside of Nigeria before now! There's a pretty diverse cross section of the sounds coming from the region at the time – from upbeat funky Afro Soul to psych-infused guitar and percussion jams, jazzier instrumentation and impassioned vocals – most crucially, fusions of jazz, funk, soul, juju and highlife. Wonderful, wonderful material that stands proudly with the other great entries in the series. Includes "Life" by Moneyman And The Super 5 International, ""Ire" by The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination, "Unity In Africa" by Eji Oyewole, "Idegbani" by Zeal Onyia & His Music, "Viva Disco (Instrumental)" by Tunde Mabadu, "E Ma S'Eka" by Bola Johnson & His Easy Life Top Beats, "Ajoyio" by Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey & His International Brothers and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes CD version of the entire album!)

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✨✧ Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the previous few decades – working on the west coast underground in a mode that's every bit as spiritual and righteous as his more famous material – which means that this new set is hardly some rescue from obscurity, and more just a focus of the spotlight on all the great sounds that Idris has been giving us on his self-released CDs! Yet this new album is definitely something extra-special, too – as Strut have given Ackamoore a real chance to open up with a group that also features the great Babatunde Lea on percussion, as well as two female singers who really help deliver the message in the music. Iris himself plays alto and tenor – and titles include "Rhapsody In Berlin", "Whispering Tenderness", "Clarion Call", "Traponga", "We Be All Africans", "Epiphany", and "Silent Days". (Jazz, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)

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✨✧ Oneness Of JujuSpace Jungle Luv (UK pressing) ... CD
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms, but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, filled with life, emotion, and some excellent playing. There's a mix of funk, fusion, and solid post-Coltrane blowing on the set – making the record an incredibly cohesive piece of work – from the warm vocal number "River Luvrite", to the harder hitting "Space Jungle Funk", and other gems like "Soul Love Now", "Follow Me", "The Connection", and "Love's Messenger". This excellent CD reissue includes new notes, new mastering, 3 bonus tracks not on the original LP, and 2 more tunes not issued before! CD

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✨✧ Kondi BandBelle Wahallah EP ... 12-inch
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
The group gets their name from the kondi – a Sierre Leone variation on the African thumb piano, which is used to great effect on these grooves! The cuts have a contemporary electro-Afro sort of rhythm – but also hold onto some older roots in the vocal refrain, and in the use of the kondi – which almost comes across as a 21st Century version of the kalimba sounds used by Earth Wind & Fire. EP features four tracks – "Belle Wahallah", "Belle Wahallah (Hagan rmx)", "Belle Wahallah (Boddhi Satva rmx)", and "Yeanoh (Powe Handa Blingabe)". 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz BandSalah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band Present Egyptian Jazz – Ramadan In Space Time ... LP
Art Yard/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – the seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one – working at the end of the 60s in an incredible blend of jazz and more traditional Egyptian-styled sounds – a blend that comes across with all the exotic feel of the pyramids at dawn, but which manages to groove like some of the best funky work from America at the time! Instrumentation includes lot of percussion, heavy piano and horns, and some especially great flute on most tracks – all coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we've heard before. This collection is the first time that this music has been brought together officially, all with the kind of top-shelf production and packaging we've come to expect from the Art Yard label! LP version includes the tracks "Egypt Strut", "Ramadan In Space Time", "Dawn", "Neveen", "Oriental Mood", "Kleopatra", and "Mervat". (Jazz, Global Grooves) LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBeyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis (with download) ... LP
Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy 2 LPs ... $16.99
The influence of Ethiopian grooves has been strongly felt in the worlds of funk and jazz over the past decade or two – thanks to tremendous global exposure of the sound of the 70s through various reissues and the Ethiopiques compilation series – which has inspired a whole new generation of artists with their sound! That huge influence can definitely be heard here – in a wonderful collection of contemporary cuts brought together by JJ Whitefield – a funky colleague of many of the artists here, and who, like them, have really helped re-shape the sound of funk with a range of global elements. Some of these tracks are from Ethiopian artists, but many more are by American and European acts who've picked up plenty from the generation of Mulatu – and really made a great run with their styles! Titles include "Cave Of Brahma" by The Sorcerers, "Yesega Wat" by Debre Damo Dining Orchestra, "Safari Strut" by Whitefield Brothers, "Lions" by Anbessa Orchestra, "Followed Path" by Karl Hector & The Malcouns, "Stuzzicadenti" by Cosmic Analog Ensemble, "The Biz" by Transgressors, "Musicawi Silt" by The Daktaris, "Ethopino" by Jungle By Night, "The Viper" by Tezeta Band, "Zilzil" by Les Freres Smith, "Cool Runnings" by Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers, and "Anbessa" by Akala Wube with Manu Dibango. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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VariousWest Indies Funk Vol 3 ... CD
Trans Air (Puerto Rico), Early 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 17.98
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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✨✧ VariousBeyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis ... CD
Trikont (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The influence of Ethiopian grooves has been strongly felt in the worlds of funk and jazz over the past decade or two – thanks to tremendous global exposure of the sound of the 70s through various reissues and the Ethiopiques compilation series – which has inspired a whole new generation of artists with their sound! That huge influence can definitely be heard here – in a wonderful collection of contemporary cuts brought together by JJ Whitefield – a funky colleague of many of the artists here, and who, like them, have really helped re-shape the sound of funk with a range of global elements. Some of these tracks are from Ethiopian artists, but many more are by American and European acts who've picked up plenty from the generation of Mulatu – and really made a great run with their styles! Titles include "Cave Of Brahma" by The Sorcerers, "Yesega Wat" by Debre Damo Dining Orchestra, "Safari Strut" by Whitefield Brothers, "Lions" by Anbessa Orchestra, "Followed Path" by Karl Hector & The Malcouns, "Stuzzicadenti" by Cosmic Analog Ensemble, "The Biz" by Transgressors, "Musicawi Silt" by The Daktaris, "Ethopino" by Jungle By Night, "The Viper" by Tezeta Band, "Zilzil" by Les Freres Smith, "Cool Runnings" by Onom Agemo & The Disco Jumpers, and "Anbessa" by Akala Wube with Manu Dibango. CD
Also available Beyond Addis Vol 2 – Modern Ethiopian Dance Grooves Inspired By Swinging Addis (with download) ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatEsso! Afrojam Funkbeat ... LP
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – all of which they do incredibly well! There's a touch of Brazilian elements on the guitars at points, and some deeper contemporary soul on the great vocals from Vivian Garcia – a singer who really adds a lot to the music when she steps into the spotlight – and the group even play around with some more Caribbean influences from time to time, keeping things freshly diverse, but never in a way that sounds unplanned or out of control. Titles include "La Lluvia", "Locas", "Uno Somos Todos", "Sabrosa", "Esso Strut", and "Iwbwu". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Wells FargoWatch Out (with bonus download) ... LP
Now Again, Late 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s than you'd guess from the date – that heady Zamrock return to the rawer corners of the American underground, at a time when so many of the bigger groups overseas were hitting AOR status – yet an approach that also mixes in plenty of lessons learned from early 70s funk and soul, especially in the massive basslines at the core of the tunes. This is the first time the group's music has ever been reissued outside of Zimbabwe – and the package brings together 11 of their rare singles – with titles that include "Bump Bump Babe", "Bwanawe", "Carrying On", "Too Long Away", "Shades Of Wells Fargo", "Love Is The In Thing", "Watch Out", and "Coming Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – for all the music on the album, and a digital file for a complete 72 page book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)

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✨✧ Wells FargoWatch Out (CD & hardcover book) ... CD
Now Again, Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky-strutting genius from Wells Fargo – one of the coolest, heaviest acts to come out of the Zimbabwe scene of the 70s – a moment when hard rock and soulful basslines came together brilliantly, to power the raw edge of a handful of groups like this! The music is maybe more late 60s than you'd guess from the date – that heady Zamrock return to the rawer corners of the American underground, at a time when so many of the bigger groups overseas were hitting AOR status – yet an approach that also mixes in plenty of lessons learned from early 70s funk and soul, especially in the massive basslines at the core of the tunes. This is the first time the group's music has ever been reissued outside of Zimbabwe – and the package brings together 11 of their rare singles – with titles that include "Bump Bump Babe", "Bwanawe", "Carrying On", "Too Long Away", "Shades Of Wells Fargo", "Love Is The In Thing", "Watch Out", and "Coming Home". CD
(Very cool package – a complete 72 page, hardcover book – with loads of notes on the band, and a huge amount of vintage images too!)
Also available Watch Out (with bonus download) ... LP
 
 
 



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