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DriveDrive Live ... LP
RCA/We Are Busy Bodies, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A hefty jazz funk gem from the South African scene of the 70s – a set that's noteworthy for featuring early keyboard work from later jazz legend Bheki Mseleku, who really helps ground the set in some rock-solid grooves! These guys are equal parts a jazz band and funk combo – and there's plenty of heavy drums and bass at points, with almost a Kool & The Gang sort of vibe, but taken to different directions with the contributions of Henry Sithole on alto, Danny Sithole on trumpet, and Stanley Sithole on tenor and baritone! Bheki plays keyboards, organ, and electric piano – quite a change from his better-known work in the acoustic work – and titles include "Walking In Style", "Time Out", "Africa Bossa", "Move With The Spirit", and "Let's Cool It". LP, Vinyl record album

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DriveDrive Unlimited ... LP
RCA/We Are Busy Bodies, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
A set that's filled with mighty nice keyboards – delivered with plenty of 60s soul jazz inspiration in the style, but served up with more of a 70s vibe overall – especially on some of the cuts that bring in some very heavy funk elements at the bottom! As with the group's previous album, the core work here comes from the young keyboardist Bheki Mseleku, next to the triple horns of Henry, Stanley, and Danny Sithole – playing alto, tenor, and trumpet respectively. But the drums and bass also do these really wonderful things too – lean rhythms that borrow plenty from American funk, but get a bit more freewheeling too – in that nice open spirit of the 70s scene in South Africa! Titles include "Tears Of Joy", "Long Walk To Nowhere", "I Have A Dream", "God Bless Your Soul", "Ain't Sittin Down doin Nothin", and "Spiritual Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pat Matshikiza with Kippie MoketsiSikiza Matshikiza ... LP
Sun/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
Really creative work from the South African scene of the 70s – a jazz record, but one that was done at that moment when musicians on the scene were throwing so many other great elements into the mix as well – really moving past any conventions in standard jazz, to create some very memorable sounds of their own! There's currents of funk and blues in the music, and tracks are long and really stretch out with some relaxed interplay between the musicians, with plenty of room for solos – work from leader Pat Matshikiza on piano and keyboards, the great Kippie Moketsi on alto, Duke Makasi on tenor, George Tyefumani on trumpet, and Sandile Shange on guitar – on titles that include "Sikiza Matshikiza", "Dreams Are Wonderful", "Durban Blues", and "Datata". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mario MolinoBeat Gregoriano ... LP
Leonardi/We Are Busy Bodies, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
An album that really takes the "beat" in its title seriously – as the set's got plenty of heavy drums, right from the start – and at a level that's very different than the usual Italian sound library set of the time! The vibe is more rock than jazz or easy – and the heavy drums are topped by guitar turned up with plenty of fuzz – almost a psych take on the "shake" or "jerk" modes of the European instrumental scene of the late 60s – but with some funky currents in the rhythms that would be right at home in Memphis soul too! Titles include "Love For Phone", "Lamento Beat", "Mangusta", "Avocadro", "Cortante", "Giantollo", "Kiss For Flavia", and "Povero Capellone". LP, Vinyl record album

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NucleusAlleycat ... LP
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 28.99
Slightly later work from the legendary jazz/rock combo Nucleus, and one of their most obscure records too – sweet mid 70s set that has the band really tightening up – going for a heavy funk approach that has all instruments grooving on the rhythm, stretching out on long tracks that are all pretty darn great! The trumpet of Ian Carr is superb, as always, and Carr also adds in a bit of electronics – next to a lot more keyboards from the great Geoff Castle, in a lineup that also features Ken Shaw on guitar, Roger Sutton on bass, Roger Sellers on drums, and Bob Bertles on alto, soprano, baritone, and flute. Titles include "Alleycat", "Splat", "Nosegay", "Phaideaux Corner", and "You Can't Be Sure". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nucleus with Ian CarrUnder The Sun ... LP
Vertigo/We Are Busy Bodies, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 28.99
Soaring sounds from Nucleus – one of the few UK jazz/rock combos from the start of the 70s who really found a way to keep growing and changing as the years moved on! Here, the lineup is nice and large – the mighty trumpet of Ian Carr in the lead, next to keyboards from both Gordon Beck and Geoff Castle, both of whom bring plenty of Fender Rhodes into play – with more work from Jocelyn Pitchen and Ken Shaw on guitars, and Bob Bertles on alto, baritone, bass clarinet, and flute – really great reedwork that's always a great match for Carr's energy. There's some really great drums on the set from Bryan Spring, which make the best tracks quite funky – and titles include "In Procession", "The Addison Trip", "Pastoral Graffiti", "New Life", and "A Taste Of Sasparilla". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiPlaytime ... LP
Liuto/We Are Busy Bodies, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
The girl on the cover looks a bit crazy, and with Piero Umiliani along for the ride, you can bet that the music's a bit crazy too – filled with all sorts of the weird and wild touches we always love in his sound library creations! There's definitely a bit of "playtime" in the spirit of the tunes – as they mix together groovy and mod styles of the late 60s, but with that special sort of sonic touch that Piero brings to his masterful creations in the studio – especially on the organ lines in the instrumentals, which often have a way of phrasing and tone that's so different than the use of the instrument in any sort of American work. Very groovy, with plenty of qualities that resonate with some of Umiliani's best-remembered soundtracks of the late 60s – on titles that include "Vecchio Texas", "Playtime", "Andiamo A Spasso", "Tempo Di Weekend", "Ore Piccole", "Aria De Periferia", "Rio Cristal", and "Tropicana". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vis-A-VisBest Of Vis-A-Vis In Congo Style ... LP
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
Really fantastic grooves from this legendary Congolese combo – a group who've got a different spin than some of their 70s contemporaries, given the way the use lots of organ lines next to the percussion on the songs! The instrument often gets this melodic flow going with the rhythms – similar to the way that guitar might be used in highlife, but with a spookier feel that's really wonderful – almost other-worldly at times, given some of the phrasing – and a perfect match for the raw percussion, and group-sung vocals on the tunes! The whole thing's great – and the set features long tunes that include "Vic San Bra", "Asalam Malekum", "Medofa Pa", "Yere Fre Adofo", and "Nsenkeka Adooso". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vis-A-VisDi Wo Ho Ni ... LP
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
Beautiful bubbling grooves from Vis-A-Vis – a group who've got a very special way with a highlife rhythm, as you'll hear on this classic album from the late 70s! The percussion, bass, and rhythm guitar all percolate together beautifully – with a magical sort of flow that makes the group one of the best proponents of the style, one that doesn't let up at all when horns step into the mix – as the instruments have a way of sliding in, but without stopping the action – all while the vocals trade back and forth in a very organic, almost conversational sort of style. The album features four tracks in all, but feels more like one extended piece – with titles that include "Di Wo Ho Ni", "Obaa Mansa", "Maye Nsusuan Nsuo", "Minhyia Na Mahawehwe". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vis-A-VisOdo Gu Ahorow ... LP
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
A record with a really wonderful groove – bubbling bass next to riffing guitar lines – a bit funky at times, but as a warm hybrid with more familiar highlife modes! The album's a key testament to the strengths of this 70s group from Ghana – filled with lively vocal interplay between leader Isaac Yeboah and the rest of the group, and graced throughout by the chromatic charms of guitarist Sammy Red Cropper – who may well be to the Ghanaian scene what Steve Cropper was to Booker T & The MGs and Memphis! Side one features the extended "Odo Gu Ahoroo" – and side two features shorter tracks "Odo Fever", "Ebeto Dabi", "Abofra Ketewa", and "Sunsum Me Gu Mu". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barney WilenZodiac ... LP
Vogue/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
One of the coolest albums ever from French saxophonist Barney Wilen – a set that's legendary not only for its famous cover image, but for all the wonderful music underneath! The record's maybe the strongest to deliver on the modern promise that Wilen exhibited in his music during the 60s – but also has a tightness that makes it quite different from some of his more loopy projects – a way of putting things together that's bold and modern, yet also wonderfully controlled as well! As you might guess from the title, the record's based around the twelve phases of the Zodiac – and each tune has a slightly different sense of energy – all delivered by Wilen on tenor, with Karl Berger on vibes and piano, JF Jenny Clark on bass, and Jacques Thollot on drums – all players who are reaching towards free jazz modes, but often hang slightly inside, which makes for a beautiful balance overall. Titles include "Cancer", "Lion", "Vierge", "Capricorne", "Balance", "Scorpion", and "Poissons". LP, Vinyl record album

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Etubom Rex WilliamsUbok Aka Inua ... LP
Philips/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
A fantastic 70s album from Nigerian artist Etubom Rex Williams – one that has this really unusual sound that's almost some sort of science fiction take on highlife! The rhythms and guitar interplay are familiar, but the production is oddly spacey, especially on some of the keyboards – so that there's this weird, haunting vibe to the very hypnotic rhythms, almost as if a spirit is trying to contact you out of the ether while you're listening to the record! The set's also got a few harder funky moments – such as the cuts "Uawa Idemi Mi (part 2)" and "Nwa Anwanwa" – alongside other cuts that include "One Woman Is Enough Trouble", "Psychedelic Shoes", "Ama Mbre Ewa", and "Ubok Aka Inua". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pat Matshikiza & Kippie MoketsiTshona ... LP
Sun/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite South African jazz albums of the 70s – a set of long-spun tracks that offers up a perfect illustration of the special qualities that made the scene so unique! There's a great sense of rhythm to the music – the piano of Pat Matshikiza dancing over the rolling work from Alec Khaoli on bass and Sipho Mabuse on drums – moving along at a pace that's different than the modalism in American jazz, but equally rhythmic – as it opens the way for these soaring solos from Kippie Moketsi on alto and Basil Coetzee on tenor – both legends on the SA scene, getting a wonderful showcase on the album's long tracks. Dennis Phillips joins the group on alto on the track "Tshona" – and other titles include "Stop & Start", "Umgababa", and "Kippie's Prayer". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tom DisseveltFantasy In Orbit – An Astronaut's Impressions While Orbiting The Earth (mono & stereo pressing) ... LP
Philips/We Are Busy Bodies (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album of early analogue electronics – originally issued with a title that billed it as "an astronaut's reflections while visiting the earth"! The sound here is way more outside than that, though – almost more as if the astronaut was an alien – with weird, spooky sounds that are mindblowing, and years ahead of their time – a great example of the kind of forward-thinking music Dissevelt was making back in the 60s. Some tracks have stark bleeps and pings, others are more low-end and atmospheric, and together the whole thing feels much more like some serious electronic experiment than any sort of kiddie space age set! Titles include "Woomerangs", "Ignition", "Spearhead", "Zanzi", "Anchor Chains", "Re-Entry", "Mexican Mirror", and "Pacific Dawn". LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP pressing – with both mono and stereo mixes!)

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✨✧ Tom Dissevelt/Kid BaltanFascinating World Of Electronic Music ... LP
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from the team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – a record that's every bit as groundbreaking in its use of electronics, but even more playful overall! There's a slight touch of jazz at times – almost a Dick Hyman/Moon Gas sort of mode – as the pair blend these amazing analogue electronics with other instrumentation, all at a level that creates sounds that are as mindblowing as they are captivating! The record's got a surprisingly tuneful feel at times, but an overall quality that's much more complex then Perry & Kingsley. Titles include "Pianoforte", "Girando", "Movimentos Mecanicos", "Sincopa", "A La Deriva", and "Vibracion". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Peace Flag EnsembleNoteland ... LP
We Are Busy Bodies (UK), 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A jazz group, but one with a very different approach – as the core energy here comes from the piano improvisations of Jon Neher, which then draw all the other musicians together, as they find ways to slide their own contributions into the fold! There's a very cohesive sound to the music – this isn't some sort of long-distance phone-in project – and the organic quality of the music reminds us a bit of some Japanese minimal projects from the 80s, but also maybe with a bit of the better side of ECM too – although there's nicely not the same sort of darkness in the production, as the instruments come off with a nice sort of glow. Other players include Travis Packer on bass, Dalton Lam on trumpet, Paul Gutheil on saxes, and Michael Scott Dawson on guitar and electronics. Titles include "Your Father Is In The Yard Counting Sparrows", "Marginalia", "Wilted Sax", "Human Pyramid", "Hilma Af Klint In Ab", and "The Right To Silence". LP, Vinyl record album

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