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New Lafayette Afro-Rock BandDarkest Light – The Best Of The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), Mid/Late 70s. Used ... $18.99
The definitive batch of tracks by one of the 70s' most famous funk ensembles ever! The Lafayette Afro Rock Band were a bunch of Americans, relocated in Paris, who mixed that city's strong African music traditions with their own American funk and soul leanings. The result was an incredible sound that included lots of heavy percussion, fuzzy guitar, and the very cool "magic bag" sound that was half vocoder/half keyboard! This compilation of tracks features the band at all of their incarnations – from the early group Ice, to the middle group Lafayette Afro Rock Band, to the later group Ice, to the backup on albums by Mal Waldron, Crispy & Co, and Dr.Beezar. The notes are impeccable, and even if you've got some of our other reissues by the group, this one has tracks that have never been out before – and it's got amazing notes that totally show the whole history of the group, and which give a full (and complicated!) discography! A beautiful package, and essential for groove hounds of all varieties. Sure, some tracks on this cross over with the other reissues – but this one contains the legendary "Darkest Light" sample (used by Public Enemy to great fame!), plus "Soul Frankenstein", "The Gap (instrumental)", "Conga", "Malik", "Soul Makossa", "Scorpion Flower", "Heels & Soles", "Nicky", and lots more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Malombo/JabulaSpirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.99
A seminal set of work that follows a rich musical journey from South Africa to the London scene – a collection that traces the development of one of the most important jazz groups of their generation, an ensemble that had a tremendous impact at home, then became an even greater force in the UK! Malombo existed under a few different names – Malombo Jazz Makers, Malombo Jazz Men, and just plain Malombo – and almost always worked in a style that put lots of earthy percussion first, then added on jazzy solo passages on guitar and flute, plus other occasional instrumentation as well. The group sometimes vocalized a bit – and their overall approach is a tremendous precursor to the burst of spiritual jazz in America during the 70s – but here served up much closer to the roots, with a sound that's wonderful – and really points the way towards styles that would emerge in the AACM and Strata East scenes. The collection then follows the group's move to London, and their growth into the Jabula group – a more contemporary Afro-styled combo who did a wonderful job of reworking South African styles with a 70s London vibe! As usual with Strut, the research, notes, and presentation are wonderful – and titles include "Bahula Dithabeng", "Abie's Mood", "Matshenyogo", "Bird Meets Elephant", "Jikeleza", and "Abbey's Body" by Malombo – plus "Jabula Happiness", "Let Us Be Free", "Tender Into Our Hearts", "Journey To Africa", and "Mathome" by Jabula. 25 tracks in all! CD

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Ebo TaylorLove & Death ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves and timeless Afro Funk! Guitarist and vocalist Taylor has roots in the highlife style from the late 50s through the 60s, but from the 70s onward he's been deftly blending styles – from traditional Ghanaian sounds, to Afro funk, jazz and soul. This excellent album for Strut Records carries on that adventurous spirit wonderfully. It's also the first ever Ebo Taylor album to receive an international release, reason enough to celebrate, all the more so given the creative high point the album is! Titles include "Nga Nga", "African Woman", "Love And Death", "Mizin", "Aborekyair Aba", "Obra" and the instrumentals "Victory" and "Kwame". CD

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VariousCalypsoul 70 – Caribbean Soul 1969 to 1979 (with bonus CD) ... LP LP format
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2 LPs & CD ... $24.99 25.99
A cool collection of funky grooves from the Caribbean – tracks that take a strong influence from American soul and funk, then blend it heavily with hip rhythms from the islands! A few of the names here are familiar, but most are relatively obscure – and put together, the tunes on the set illustrate a hugely under-tapped scene that's filled with wonderful tunes – tracks awash in jazzy rhythms, skittish percussion, and a range of styles that move past much more familiar Jamaican sounds from down south. Drums here are often quite heavy, and matched by other percussion as well – not to mention jagged guitar lines and bass bits that really send the whole thing home! As with other Strut compilations, the overall package and liner notes are as great as the music on the disc – and the set features a total of 20 tracks that include "Of My Hands" by The Goretti Group, "Calypsoul" by Clarence Curvan & His Mod Sounds, "You Tink It Sorf" by Lancelot Layne, "Magic Fever" by Magic Circle Express, "Independent Bahamas" by Biosis Now, "Move Up Blackman" by Tyrone Taylor, "Guanavaco" by Marius Cultier, "Raycan" by The Hondells, "You Don't Love Me" by Gemini Brass, "Woman" by Sambo, "We See Jah" by Wadadli Experience, "Freedom In Africa" by Duke, "Red Light Lady" by Ophelia, and "It's A Feeling" by St Maartens The Rolling Tones. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD too!)

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VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 (with bonus CD) ... LP LP format
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 25.99
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 2 – Soul, Funk, & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969 to 1976 ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
The next set in the stellar Next Stop Soweto series from Strut Records – highlighting rare South African sounds – this one infused with the western party music influences of funk, soul and organ drenched grooves of all kinds! Volume 1 in the series concentrated on the lively township jive sounds, this one gets gritty and funky – American funk, soul and R&B drenched organ grooves are more prominent in the sound – combining with regional traditions masterfully and coming out feverish and ready for the dancefloor! Includes material from the small, but exciting South African soul scene by groups The Klooks and The Anchors, mbaqanga numbers liberally infused with soul and funk by the Mgababa Queens and Mahotella Queens, jazzier funk from The Heshoo Beshoo Group and much more! 22 tracks in all: "Khubani" by JK Mayengani & The Shingwedzi Sisters, "Blockhead" by The Monks, Nkuli's Shuffle" by The Klooks, "Come With Me" and "Funky Message" by The Heroes, "Last Time" by The Anchors, "I Am There" by The Grasshopers, "Saduva" by Gibson Kente, "Wozani Mahipi" by Mahotella Queens and more. CD

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VariousNigeria 70 Vol 3 – Sweet Times – Afro Funk, Highlife, & Juju From 70s Lagos ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
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. CD

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VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 4 – Disco, Boogie, & Shangaan Electro ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), New Copy ... Around March 10, 2015
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VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 4 – Disco, Boogie, & Shangaan Electro ... LP LP format
Strut (UK), New Copy ... Around March 10, 2015
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New BloPhases 1972 to 1982 ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Collected work by Blo – a hip Nigerian funk ensemble from the mid 70s! The group have a more complicated sound than some of their contemporaries – adding in dubbier stylings and bits of psychedelic guitar to the more common Afro-Funk percussion – in a mode that almost sounds like it's got traces of Can or other proggish groups, as you might hear on some of Tony Allen's more recent work, or on some of the early 70s Brit post-colonial crossover bands, like Assagai or Cymande. It all makes for a very interesting sound – marking the group as one of the most unique of their generation! Titles include "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Number One", "Trace of Suicide", "Atide", "Don't Take Her Away From Me", and "Miss Sagit". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Orlando Julius with The HeliocentricsJaiyede Afro ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans a bit more towards a 70s African vibe than some of their other releases, yet still retains all their wonderful style of psychedelic funk! Some of the rhythms have an Ethiopian sense of slinkiness, while others hit more of a full-on Nigerian groove – and the whole thing's never forced, never gimmicky, and instead just the right sort of setting for Julius to re-emerge as a true giant of his generation. Titles include "Buje Buje", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Aseni", "Sangodele", "Jaiyede Afro", "Omo Oba Blues", "In The Middle", and "Be Counted". CD

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New Lafayette Afro-Rock BandDarkest Light – The Best Of The Lafayette Afro-Rock Band (remastered edition) ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), Mid/Late 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The definitive batch of tracks by one of the 70s' most famous funk ensembles ever! The Lafayette Afro Rock Band were a bunch of Americans, relocated in Paris, who mixed that city's strong African music traditions with their own American funk and soul leanings. The result was an incredible sound that included lots of heavy percussion, fuzzy guitar, and the very cool "magic bag" sound that was half vocoder/half keyboard! This compilation of tracks features the band at all of their incarnations – from the early group Ice, to the middle group Lafayette Afro Rock Band, to the later group Ice, to the backup on albums by Mal Waldron, Crispy & Co, and Dr.Beezar. The notes are impeccable, and even if you've got some of our other reissues by the group, this one has tracks that had never been out before – and it's got amazing notes that totally show the whole history of the group, and which give a full (and complicated!) discography! A beautiful compilation, and essential for groove hounds of all varieties. Sure, some tracks on this cross over with the other reissues – but this one contains the legendary "Darkest Light" sample (used by Public Enemy to great fame!), plus "Soul Frankenstein", "Hihache", "Conga", "Malik", "Soul Makossa", "Scorpion Flower", "Heels & Soles", "Nicky", and lots more! CD

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New VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. CD
Also available Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 (with bonus CD) ... LP 19.99

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New VariousNext Stop Soweto Vol 3 – Giants, Ministers, & Makers – Jazz In South Africa 1963 to 1984 ... CD CD format
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great overview of the far reaching strains of jazzy and funky music made in South Africa from the early 60s to the late 70s – the conclusion of the incredible Next Stop Soweto series on Strut – capping off the series with the best of the three! In a period of both physical and cultural segregation, truly exceptional music was made – much of it in a jazzy mode – relatively early soul jazz sounds and jazzy funk that's uniquely South African. African drums, percussion fused with region free jazziness and boundless spirit. Amazing stuff! The CD version includes 19 tracks on 2CDs: "Itumeleng" by Matsumi, "Joy" by Spirits Rejoice, "Emakhaya" by The Heshoo Beshoo Group, "Little Old Man (Maxhegwana)" by Early Mabuza Quartet, "Orlando" by Dennis Mpale, "Sibathathu" by Malombo Jazz Makers, "Spring" by Chris Schilder Quartet feat Mankunku, "Stay Cool" by Tete Mbambisa", "Ou Kaas" by Themba, "Pinese's Dance" by The Soul Giants, "Inhlupeko" by The Soul Jazzmen and more. CD

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New VariousAfro Rock Vol 1 (with bonus track) ... CD CD format
Kona/Strut, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the best compilations of Afro Funk titles we've ever stocked – one that goes way past the obvious titles and minor hits of the 70s! Every tune on here is a gem – and the package even includes a few tunes that were either previously unreleased, or which were only ever issued on cassette, a popular form in 70s Africa. The "rock" in the title should be taken lightly – because the groove here is more funky, with drums, guitar, and horns coming together in glorious rhythmic cacophony! The whole set's got a great raw sound – and titles include "Heavy Heavy Heavy" by Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats, "Mabala" by Yahoos, "Onukpa Shawarpo" by Bokoor Band, "Sweeper Soul" by Super Mambo 69, "Yuda" by Dackin Dackino, "Envy No Good" by Mercury Dance Band, and "Fever" by Jingo. New version also features the previously unreleased bonus track "Keep On Holding On (Part 1)" by Jingo. CD

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New VariousPeru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade ... CD CD format
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're definitely reaching out for new modes here – bringing jazz, funky bass lines, soulful vocals, and more – almost like some of the unique Latin and funk hybrids happening in the LA and Bay Area scenes of the time! Yet lots of these cuts also have a really unique feel too – instrumentation that's tuned differently, produced with a special flair, and often mixed at a level that sounds very different than anything you'd hear in the US – all of which makes for stunning sound throughout. Titles include "Outasite" by Thee Image, "Cissy Strut" by Los Holys, "Hey Joe" by Jeriko, "Cacique" by Cacique, "La Camita" by Traffic Sound, "Bahia" by Laghonia, "Pancio Caliente" by Los Nuevos Shains, and "Aouh Aouh" by The Mads. CD

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New VariousPeru Bravo – Soul & Funk From Peru's Radical Decade (with bonus download) ... LP LP format
Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're definitely reaching out for new modes here – bringing jazz, funky bass lines, soulful vocals, and more – almost like some of the unique Latin and funk hybrids happening in the LA and Bay Area scenes of the time! Yet lots of these cuts also have a really unique feel too – instrumentation that's tuned differently, produced with a special flair, and often mixed at a level that sounds very different than anything you'd hear in the US – all of which makes for stunning sound throughout. Titles include "Outasite" by Thee Image, "Cissy Strut" by Los Holys, "Hey Joe" by Jeriko, "Cacique" by Cacique, "La Camita" by Traffic Sound, "Bahia" by Laghonia, "Pancio Caliente" by Los Nuevos Shains, and "Aouh Aouh" by The Mads. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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New Orlando Julius with The HeliocentricsJaiyede Afro (with bonus CD) ... LP LP format
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans a bit more towards a 70s African vibe than some of their other releases, yet still retains all their wonderful style of psychedelic funk! Some of the rhythms have an Ethiopian sense of slinkiness, while others hit more of a full-on Nigerian groove – and the whole thing's never forced, never gimmicky, and instead just the right sort of setting for Julius to re-emerge as a true giant of his generation. Titles include "Buje Buje", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Aseni", "Sangodele", "Jaiyede Afro", "Omo Oba Blues", "In The Middle", and "Be Counted". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD, too!)

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New Malombo/JabulaSpirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 (with bonus CD) ... LP LP format
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A seminal set of work that follows a rich musical journey from South Africa to the London scene – a collection that traces the development of one of the most important jazz groups of their generation, an ensemble that had a tremendous impact at home, then became an even greater force in the UK! Malombo existed under a few different names – Malombo Jazz Makers, Malombo Jazz Men, and just plain Malombo – and almost always worked in a style that put lots of earthy percussion first, then added on jazzy solo passages on guitar and flute, plus other occasional instrumentation as well. The group sometimes vocalized a bit – and their overall approach is a tremendous precursor to the burst of spiritual jazz in America during the 70s – but here served up much closer to the roots, with a sound that's wonderful – and really points the way towards styles that would emerge in the AACM and Strata East scenes. The collection then follows the group's move to London, and their growth into the Jabula group – a more contemporary Afro-styled combo who did a wonderful job of reworking South African styles with a 70s London vibe! As usual with Strut, the research, notes, and presentation are wonderful – and titles include "Bahula Dithabeng", "Abie's Mood", "Matshenyogo", "Bird Meets Elephant", "Jikeleza", and "Abbey's Body" by Malombo – plus "Jabula Happiness", "Let Us Be Free", "Tender Into Our Hearts", "Journey To Africa", and "Mathome" by Jabula. 17 tracks in all – but 2LP set features one exclusive track "Mama", plus all the CD tracks on a bonus CD! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 ... CD 15.99
 
 
 



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