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VariousReturn To The Mother's Garden – More Funky Sounds Of Female Africa 1971 to 1982 ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
A sweet set of female grooves from 70s Africa – served up here in a variety of different styles, but mostly with a definite influence from American soul! Many of these tracks have great funky instrumentation – the sort that resonates strongly with mainstream R&B in the same decade, with lots of boogie and club in the rhythms – and plenty of great vocals over the top! A few tracks hit modes that are maybe more west African, yet still maintain a strongly soulful quality – and all together, this batch of tracks may make the best compilation so far from the ultra-hip Africa Seven label. Titles include "Just A Boogie" by Nayanka Bell, "Talking About Music" by Nana Love, "This Time Around" by Theadora Ifudu, "Enjoy Your Life" by Oby Onyioha, "N'Ziketio" by Diane Solo, "Lokognolo" by Bebe Manga, "Salif" by Sissi Massila, and "Nobody Can Stop You" by Christy Essien. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAfrica Airways 1 & 2 – Funk Connection 1973 to 1980/Funk Departures 1973 to 1982 ... CD
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally sweet set of grooves from the African scene of the 70s – and one that's a fair bit different than most of the other collections we've got on our racks! The styles here are a bit more offbeat, and a bit less familiar – not straight Afro Funk, but also not some of the popular genres of the time either – and instead often a compelling fusion of American funk, club, and disco with some very unusual local modes of expression – often with electric instrumentation that can come across in really great ways with weird production – making for unusual sounds on the keyboards and guitars. There's a bit more polish to the work than some of the rougher Afro groovers from the time – but never in a way that's ever too slick, just kind of a European mix of African roots and 70s funkier styles. 2CD set features all the tracks on the previous vinyl volumes – with titles that include "Give It Up" by Jo Bisso, "Jangolo" by Jo Tongo, "Kag Am" by Kemayo, "Africa Africa" by Ekambi Brilliant, "Black Gold" by Tala AM, "Father Time Mother Nature" by Jake Sollo, "Choco Date" by Jake Sollo, "Nande" by African Souls Band, "Mbongui" by M'Bamina, "Na Real Sekele Fo Ya" by Pasteur Lappe, "Don't Do It" by Bongi Makeba, "Get It On The Music" by Bozambo, "Tata Ngoh" by Misse Ngoh, "Toyota Fantasy (John Bryan edit)" by Miriam Makeba, "Piani" by Jo Tongo, "Aboki" by Ekambi Brilliant, and "Kilowi Kilowi" by M'Bamina. CD

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✨✧ VariousAfrica Airways 4 – Disco Funk Touchdown 1976 to 1983 (with bonus download) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've had some great trips on Africa Airways in recent years – and this sweet fourth set proves once again that the fun lies in the journey, not the destination! As before, the cuts here share a lot more with American funk than you might think – especially the tight late 70s style with lots of basslines at the bottom, and some warmly jazzy currents in the instrumentation – which often serve to provide a superb setting for the vocals over the top – sometimes just sing-song chorus bits, but merged perfectly with the grooves! Tracks here come from French labels like Fiesta and Sonodisc, and there's definitely some of that criss-crossing between West African and Parisian modes going on – on titles that include "Sun Explosion" by Manu Dibango, "Nassa Nassa" by Uta Bella, "Nimele Bolo" by Charly Kingson, "Africain" by Momo Joseph, "Biram" by Kemayo & K-System, "Soul Magabe" by Pierre Didy Tchakounte, "Funny Saga" by The Monsters, and "Tinini Yanana" by Jake Sollo. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousAfrica Airways 6 – Mile High Funk 1974 to 1981 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soar through the skies on this sweet collection of rare African funk – the sixth volume in a series that seems to get better and better with each new release! Most of the cuts here are heavy on styles that resonate with the American scene of the late 70s – particularly the large ensemble funk modes that came on strong when the bigger US funk acts moved from the indie labels to the majors – tight, but never too smooth – and topped here with some elements that also echo other West African styles, but with a vibe that always seems to lean more towards a strong inspiration from American funk and soul! Titles include "Black Soul" by Airto Fogo, "Ngigna Loko" by Ngalle Jojo, "You" by Vicky Edimo, "Ndolo Embe Mulema" by Eko, "My Native Land" by Mike Kounou, "Be Yourself" by Akwassa, and "Kosa Mba" by JK Mandengue. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousAfrica Airways 5 – Brace Brace Boogie 1976 to 1982 ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Africa Airways takes to the skies again – and delivers a wonderful batch of funky soul tracks from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s! The work here is from a period when groups from Nigeria and other scenes were starting to absorb a lot more direct influences from American soul – especially clubbier modes of the disco generation, which were used to create a homespun variety of boogie – in a mode that really dominates this set! Lots of these tracks have upbeat vibes, tight rhythms, and strongly soulful elements in the lead – and titles include "Fine Biscuits" by Dikalo, "Angona Mana" by Mekongo President, "Chibidaba Chibidaba" by JK Mandengue, "Sugar Lump (edit)" by Tala AM, "French Girl" by Fotso, "Dashiki (inst)" by Mulamba, and "Too Young" by Jide Obe. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAfro Exotique – Adventures In The Leftfield 1972 to 1982 ... LP
Africa Seven (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
A set that definitely lives up to its title – as all the tracks are from the more exotic, unusual side of the Afro Funk spectrum – including some great 70s experiments with American soul, Cuban percussion, and even a touch of reggae too! The package is lean on notes, but has a really great array of selections – interesting tracks that break way past the usual, with titles that include "The Coffee Cola Song" by Francis Bebey, "On My Way" by Aura, "Lamento Cubano" by Amara Toure & Orchestre Massako, "Eben Reggae" by Uta Bella, "Coconut" by Dan Lacksman, "Pesse Mi Buntare" by Yta Jourais, "My Girl Reggae" by Black Reggae, "Let My Music Take You" by Nel Oliver, "L'Enfant Et La Gazelle" by Myriam Makeba, and "Soledad" by Chakachas. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Lee Perry & The UpsettersComplete UK Upsetter Singles Collection Vol 4 ... CD
Trojan (UK), Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $24.99
Fourth and final volume in this insanely deep collection of singles issued originally on the Upsetter label. A huge and exhaustive undertaking, this set has the same detailed notes and nice book as all the other volumes in the set, making a weighty volume indeed! 48 tracks: Dennis Alcapone "Alpha & Omega", "Africa Stand", "Master Key", "Key Hole", "Back Biter" and "Back Biter Version", Junior Byles "Beat Down Babylon (King Alpha)" and "(Festival) Da Da", Winston Wright & the 3rd & 4th Generation "Example pts 1 & 2", Lloyd Parks "Mighty Cloud Of Joy" and "Mighty Cloud Version", Chenley Duffus & the Soul Avengers "Bet You Don't Know" and "To Be Your Lover", Dennis Alcapone & Dave Barker "Wonder Man", King Iwah & the Stingers "Give Me Power No. 2", Max Romeo "Public Enemy Number One", Prince Tallis & Challis "He Who Feels It", Neville grant "Black Man's Time", Ansell Collins & the Upsetters "Black Supreme", Lee Perry & the Upsetters "French Connection", "French Connection Chapter 2", "Da Da Version", "Pumping Version", "Puss-See-Hole", "Jungle Lion" and "Freak & Skank", Maxie, Niney & Scratch "Babylon Burning", Wesley Germs Martin "Whiplash", Alva Reggie Lewis "Natty Natty" and "Natty Natty Version", Bob Marley & the Wailers "keep On Moving" and "African Herbsman", Righteous Flames "One Love One Heart", Big Youth "Moving Version", the Stingers "Preacher Man" and "Preacher Version", Winston Groovy "Want To Be Loved", Charlie Ace & Lee Perry "Cow Thief Skank", Charlie Ace & the Upsetters "Seven and Three Quarters Skank", Leo Graham "News Flash" and "Flashing Echo", David Isaacs "Stranger On Shore", Dillinger "John Devour", Lee Perry "Water Pump" and the Upsetters "Babylon Chapter 5". CD
 
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CultureTwo Sevens Clash – 30th Anniversary Edition ... CD
Shanachie, 1977. Used ... $6.99
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down from the skies in '77, this album was certainly a world-changing event, one of the finest moments in Kingston's rich musical history! Gibbs provides the trio with a set of uplifting rhythms over which to harmonize, and Culture comes correct on every track, combining a tightly harmonized approach with a rawer, rootsier sound. This 30th anniversary edition combines the 10 tracks of the original LP with 5 bonus numbers, and includes "I'm Alone In The Wilderness", "Pirate Days", "Two Sevens Clash", "Caling Rastafari", "I'm Not Ashamed", 'Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion", "Black Starliner Must Come", "Jah Pretty Face", 'See Them A Come", "Natty Dread Taking Over", "See Dem A Come (12" mix w/Prince Weedy)", "See Dem Dub", "Natty Dread Taking OVer (12" mix w/I Roy), "I'm Not Ashamed (12" mix w/I Roy)" and "Not Ashamed Dub". CD
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John RenbournUnpentangled – The Sixties Albums (There You Go/John Renbourn/Bert & John/Another Monday/Watch The Stars/Sir John A Lot Of/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $32.99
A treasure trove of greatness from British folk rock legend John Renbourn – all of his late 60s solo work, done before moving on to greater fame in Pentangle! First up is There You Go – a rare one from singer Dorris Henderson and future Pentangle founder John Rensbourn! Florida born, LA raised singer Dorris Henderson moved to London in 1965 and was soon singing London's folk clubs, where she met Rensbourn. A solid mix of traditionals and then contemporary folk songs – stripped down and honest takes on "Saly Free And Easy", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "Mr Tamborine Man", "Going To Memphis", Something Lonesome", "Mist On The Mountain" and more. This edition includes bonus tracks from a rare 45 – "Hangman" and "Leaves That Are Green". Next is the self-titled John Renbourn from 1965 – a set that would not only establish John's legacy for years to come, but also have a very strong impact upon the role of the guitar on the British scene too! The album's definitely in a mode that owes something to an American folk legacy – but it also really breaks from the past with unusual phrasings and colorings in Renbourn's guitar – certainly with an ear towards ancient English modes, but also at once very fresh and contemporary – a strong precursor to the waves of new acoustic talents that would flow from the UK a few years later, but maybe even more revolutionary – given that John's mostly just working here with his guitar and voice. Bert Jansch adds guitar to a few tracks – and titles include "Song", "Down On The Barge", "Plainsong", "Judy", "Beth's Blues", "Blue Bones", "Train Tune", "Winter Is Gone", and "Noah & Rabbit". Bert & John is a hell of a collaboration between British legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn – both working here together to completely redefine the sound of their music for the generation to come! This one album may well hold all the sense of subtle power and possibility that was about to flower in the Brit movement often known as "acid folk" – that reworking of older aesthetics with modern conceptions, and doing so mostly with their work on acoustic guitar – quite a feat, given the stripped-down instrumentation of the set! Bert sings a bit – in that incredible style of his – but the real attraction here is the guitar interplay, which is always fresh, never hokey, neither familiar American folk nor forced singer-songwriter backup material. Titles include a wonderful reworking of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – plus "Red's Favourite", "Orlando", "Soho", "Piano Tune", "East Wind", "After The Dance", and "The Time Has Come". Another Monday is maybe the most obscure album in the collection – a set that is mostly instrumental, with some completely fantastic work by Renbourn on guitar – but which also features a bit of guest vocals from singer Jacqui McShee – whose warmer presence next to John really makes for a nice pairing. The album's as powerful as it is subtle, really beautiful in its sense of variety – with titles that include "Buffalo", "One For William", "Lost Lover Blues", "Another Monday", "Day At The Seaside", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", and "Waltz". Watch The Stars is another great collaboration with Dorris Henderson – an American singer, but one who moved to London in the 60s – where she cut this rare gem with guitarist John Renbourn! The album's got a righteous vibe that's hipper than the usual folk set – with some traditional tunes and some contemporary material – recorded with that amazing phrasing that made Renbourn's guitar so distinct right from the start, with lots of those jazzy currents we love so much – and which really fit the creative vocal approach of Henderson! Dorris also plays some autoharp, and there's a bit of bass in the backings – although overall the main focus here is on Renbourn's guitar and Henderson's vocals. Titles include "Come Up Horsey", "God Bless The Child", "Watch The Stars", "30 Days In Jail", "Mosaic Patterns", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", and "There's Anger In This Land". Sir John A Lot Of is perhaps one of the best-known albums from British guitar legend John Renbourn – as it was issued widely in the US, and kept in print for a surprisingly long time over the years! The approach here is slightly different than Renbourn's previous records – a bit in the image presented by the cover, although with maybe not as slavish a sound – as John just uses the whole thing to go a bit more ancient than before, in ways that echo the time travel that the whole British folk scene was taking as the 70s approached. The tunes are done in ways that are really beautiful – still lots of the incredible guitar work that made Renbourn such a standout on the scene – plus flute from jazzman Ray Warleigh, who's very different here than usual – and spare use of finger cymbals, African drums, and glockenspiel by Terry Cox. Titles include "Morgana", "Transfusion", "The Trees They Do Grow High", "Sweet Potato", "Seven Up", and "White Fishes". 6CD box features all records in original artwork sleeves, with a booklet of notes – and bonus tracks that include "Message To Pretty", "The Waggoner's Lad", "Lucky Thirteen", "Blues Run The Game", "The Wildest Pig In Captivity (alt)", "Can't Keep From Crying", "Transfusion (alt)", and "The Leaves Are Green". CD

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RasRhythmic Altered State ... CD
Sonar Kollektiv/Best Seven (Germany), 2002. Used ... $4.99
Straddling the line between programmed beats and live musicians, RAS is the brainchild of newcomer Robert Galic, released under the wing of Jazzanova on the Sonar Kollektiv. Crisp, tight production combines with a light Afro beat leaning and spare, uncomplicated grooves, a breath of fresh air in today's overcrowded groove scene of hectic broken beats and frantic two-step! 12 tracks in all, including "Do Your Dance", "The Old Days", "Cantamo", "African Kangaroo", "Diggin", "Beat De La Romantique", "Dashing Steps" and "Exit Routine". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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