Ali Birra —
Ammalele ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy ...
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One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dead Moon right in the middle of their great 90s run – making music that's so timelessly punk, it could be mid 70s New York, early 80s Los Angeles, or the ongoing underground in the best smaller scenes around the US! The trio have a tremendous sense of power, while doing just a little – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the most perfect summation of the sound of Dead Moon – no-nonsense gritty work that definitely lives up to the image on the cover – and the kind of set that made the trio every bit as powerful as work coming from the New York or LA scenes of the late 70s! The retro punk vibe is ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
You might take the "hits" in the title with a grain of salt – as these gals weren't entirely burning up the charts back in the 30s – but they did record some amazing music on vintage 78s, a good deal of which are in this overstuffed set! The De Zurik Sisters have an approach ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from one of the most important Ethiopian artists of the 70s – a smoking set of vintage recordings from Alemayehu Eshete – some of them plenty darn funky too! As you'd guess from his picture on the cover, guitar is Eshete's main instrument – used in these twangy ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rootsy blues from Lum Guffin – a musician who's got way more to offer than you might guess from the title! "Walking Victrola" makes us think of some sort of gimmicky artist – and instead, Lum's got this down home approach to acoustic blues that's every bit as great as some of ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool keyboard work from this keyboardist from the Republic Of Niger – all work composed and created on a Yamaha PSR 64, but done with a style that really links back to older West African traditions too! The music is hardly the cold keyboards you might expect from the instrument – ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 with screenprinted covers.)
A great record from folk rock oddball Michael Hurley – with spare, ragged little solo guitar & vocal tunes that greatly showcase both Hurley's easygoing, slowly rolling along vocals, as well has his piercing, high emphatic howls– plus more fleshed out tunes with the band, full of ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(New repress for 2015.)
Michael Hurley —
Parsnip Snips ... LP Bellemeade Phonics/Mississippi, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ...
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Some strange and others straight and impassioned, all spare guitar and a vocal tunes from outsider folk genius Michael Hurley – material recorded between 1965 and 1972. From homespun strummed numbers, to more eccentric freakouts (re: "Big Black Crow"), it's essential Hurley as far ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud —
Issawat ... LP Sahel Sounds/Mississippi, 2008. New Copy ...
Early April, 2015
Beautifully folksy work from pre-war Greece – a series of 78s from Constantinos Bezos, not only a musician, but also a journalist and actor too – and reportedly one with a very political wit! That wit comes through in the title of the collection – but might not in the lyrics to ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A weird mix of watery piano and organ lines from Norma Lyon – an obscure Northwest Pacific composer of the 60s, heard here in a self-produced album from the time! The record's divided up into two very poetic sides – "Sea Sketches" and "Dune Sketches" – each of ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best Tuareg guitar records we've ever heard – and the Saharan psych soul soundtrack to Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, billed as the first ever Tuareg language fiction movie – loosely inspired by Purple Rain! The film, like Prince's, focuses on the life of a struggling, ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gospel, but with a very bluesy style – sung by Isaiah Owens, who accompanies himself throughout on electric guitar! The approach is one that's much more common of older blues musicians – and Owens certainly carries himself in that way – but the themes are definitely spiritual, ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing sounds from Niger – some really hypnotic lines on electric organ – played in a way that's unlike any other use of the instrument we've ever heard! There's a flowing, water-like quality to the music that's almost in the territory of Terry Riley's work on organ – yet the ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Idrissa Soumaoro —
Ampsa ... LP Mississippi, 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
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A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus booklet of notes, too.)
Staple Singers —
Swing Low ... LP Vee Jay/Mississippi, 1961. New Copy (reissue)...
Excellent early work from The Staple Singers – one of their first recordings, and an all-gospel album that's drenched in the same sort of soul that you'd hear on their big hits of later years – a key influence on the sound of the secular 60s, heard here in its best original format! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy pressing – with bonus booklet of notes!)
Staple Singers —
Uncloudy Day ... LP Vee Jay/Mississippi, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
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Hard to imagine a cloud in the sky with music this brilliant – early work from The Staple Singers, done in a bluesy blend of gospel and roots – with some pretty soulful undercurrents too! Most numbers are virtually acapella – but have this wonderful guitar from Roebuck staples ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Possibly the closest thing to an early "hit" the Staple Singers ever had – an album that starts off with their classic rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", an instantly timeless tune penned by Roebuck Staples! The group's quite young at this point, and is a quintet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Afro-psychedelia from Chrissy Zebby Tembo – a set recorded in the Zambian scene of the early 70s, and served up in a blend of fuzzy guitar, funky drums, and some really unusual vocals! At times, Chrissy's voice almost sounds like it's being processed – filtered down nicely amidst the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful work from Ti Paris – a Haitian guitarist who works here in a relatively stripped-down setting – usually just his voice and acoustic guitar, light percussion, and occasional chorus vocals! The approach is quite different than later Haitian music we know – and has this ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's a killer collection of rural blues, with a legacy that goes way beyond the glory days of the genre in the 20s and 30s! The collection's a great one from Mississippi – exactly the kind of pre-LP material that the label's been ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very unique version of funk – wonderful sounds cut during the golden years of Ethiopian music in the late 60s and early 70s – presented here in a sweet vinyl-only sampler that brings together the best bits from the long-running Ethiopiques CD series! The collection is filled with ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from that special place where blues and gospel intersect – where the spirit comes to play with more secular expressions – and the result is something completely sublime! The work here spans the space of a few decades, but is unified by the strong presence of guitar on ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Deep, lost, or long-buried blues and gospel records from the old days – creaky 78s that creep deep into the soul – beautiful stuff from Lottie Kimbrough, Robert Petway, the Anglin Brothers and more! Great stuff, from chugging rustic guitar and voice blues, to some very moving pre-R& ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Relatively recent recordings from Myanmar, but captured with a very timeless feel – mostly as field recordings that evoke a sound from the scene long past! The work here is based around the promise of the titles – and features instruments you might normally associate with the west ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw sounds from the American underground – a great set of twang-heavy tracks from obscure 45s – most of them with a unique blend of rock and country styles! There's lots of the spirit here of Johnny Burnette – and a few artists actually seem to pay him tribute with their work ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great field recordings from the 60s and 70s – mostly secular blues, and done in a style that's kind of a modern update of sounds from the delta! Most cuts here feature just a voice and guitar – recorded by George Mitchell with this really haunting, eerie quality that's very different ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album