Monthly Archives: October, 2018

MULATU ASTATKE AND THE  ETHIOPIAN QUINTET-AFRO LATIN SOUL-VINYL

Mulatu Astatke and The Ethiopian Quintet-Afro Latin Soul-Vinyl. Label: Strut Records. By 1966, Ethiopian multi-instrumentalist Mulatu Astatke was twenty-three, and had already spent time studying music in London, Boston and New York. This included spells at two prestigious institutions,  London’s Trinity College of Music and  Boston’s Berklee College of Music. However, having finished his studies, …

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GORDON JACKSON-WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?

Gordon Jackson-What Might Have Been? Over the past to fifty years, there are many artists in Britain and America who could’ve and should’ve enjoyed long and successful careers. Some of these artists even recorded albums that should’ve launched or kickstarted their solo careers . Sadly, the fickle finger of fate decided otherwise and commercial success eluded …

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SHAOLIN SOUL: EPISODE  1, 2, 3.

Shaolin Soul: Episodes 1, 2, 3 Label: Because Music France Nowadays,  there are very few compilation series’ that are still going strong after twenty years. They’re in the minority, as most compilation series don’t last more than one or two  volumes. However, there exceptions including the Shaolin Soul series which began in 1998 and twenty years later Shaolin Soul: Episodes 4 …

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THE BETA BAND-THE BETA BAND.

The Beta Band-The Beta Band. Label: Regal Records. Buoyed by the success of 1998s critically acclaimed The Three E.P.s compilation, The Beta Band’s thoughts turned to recording their debut album. Initially the plan for the Edinburgh-based band was to record parts of the album on different continents. However, financial constraints put paid to this plan, …

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EMANATIVE-EARTH-VINYL.

Emanative-Earth-Vinyl. Label: Jazzman Records. Three years after the release of their third album The Light Years Of The Darkness in 2015, British jazz collective Emanative return with Earth, a new album of ambitious genre-melting music. It finds Emanative channelling the spirit of Sun Ra, but also drawing inspiration from Floating Point’s unique brand if cinematic …

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COCTEAU TWINS-TREASURE HIDING: THE FONTANA YEARS.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure Hiding: The Fontana Years. Label: UMC It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for 4AD President Ivo Watts-Russell when the Cocteau Twins released their sixth studio album Heaven Or Las Vegas on the ’17th’ of September 1990. He watched as the critically acclaimed  album of dream reached number seven …

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PRIMAL SCREAM-GIVE OUT BUT DON’T GIVE UP: THE ORIGINAL MEMPHIS RECORDINGS.

Primal Scream-Give Out But Don’t Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings. Label: Sony Music. It’s never easy to followup a classic album, and countless bands have discovered that over the last fifty years.  In 1994, the latest band to realise that were Primal Scream, who three years earlier, at the height of the Acid House era  had …

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CRAIG ARMSTRONG-SUN ON YOU-VINYL

Craig Armstrong-Sun On You-Vinyl. Label: Decca. Over the past twenty years, Glasgow born Craig Armstrong has been one of the hardest working British composers and is the man many top film directors call when they’re looking for a score to their latest movie. This includes fellow Glaswegian Peter Mullan and Baz Luhrmann,  who Craig Armstrong …

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DJ SHADOW-PRIVATE PRESS.

DJ Shadow-Private Press.  Label: UMC. On September the ’16th’ 1996, DJ Shadow released his critical acclaimed landmark debut album Endtroducing…..on the label Mo Wax Recordings. Endtroducing….which featured uptempo jams and slow, dark and broody tracks was inspired by early hip hop and was hailed as a genre classic-in-waiting.  It was no surprise when Endtroducing….was certified …

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LEFTO PRESENTS JAZZ CATS

Lefto Presents Jazz Cat Label: Sdban Ultra Belgium. Each and every week hundreds of new compilations are released into what’s become an increasingly competitive compilation market. Many of the compilers hope that their compilations will be the first in a long-running series. However, only a few of these compilations will return for a second instalment. The …

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GRANT GREEN-FUNK IN FRANCE FROM PARIS TO ANTIBES 1969-1970 VINYL.

Grant Green-Funk In France From Paris To Antibes 1969-1970 Vinyl. Label: Resonance Records. In 1967, thirty-five year old guitarist Grant Green was in the throes of heroin addiction, and it looked as if he was fighting a battle he had no chance of winning. Grant Green was a shadow of the man who had arrived …

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GEIR SUNDSTOL-BRODLOS.

Geir Sundstøl-Brødløs. Label: Hubro Music. Since Geir Sundstøl’s career began thirty years ago in 1988, he’s been the equivalent of a musical hired gun and has featured on over 300  albums. This includes the albums he recorded as member of Rovers, and then Morris. Mostly, though, Geir Sundstøl has worked as a session player over …

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BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS-KAYA VINYL DELUXE EDITION.

Bob Marley and The Wailers-Kaya Vinyl Deluxe Edition. Label: UMC. Nine month after Bob Marley and The Wailers released their critically acclaimed classic album Exodus in June 1977, they returned on the ‘23rd’ of March 1978 with their much-anticipated tenth album Kaya. It was a very different album to Exodus, and was one of Bob …

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ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO-LES STANCES A SOPHIE.

Art Ensemble of Chicago-Les Stances A Sophie. Label: Soul Jazz Records. There aren’t many groups that are still going strong after fifty years, but that is the case with the avant-garde jazz group the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Their roots can be traced to the Advancement of Creative Musicians which was , founded in Chicago …

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MOD JAZZ RIDES AGAIN.

Mod Jazz Rides Again. Label: Kent Dance. Twenty-two years ago in 1996, Kent Dance an imprint of Ace Records released a new compilation Mod Jazz which celebrated the music that the Modernists listened to during the sixties. Mod Jazz was released to plaudits and praise and was  a trip down memory lane for the original …

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SHAOLIN SOUL: EPISODE 4.

Shaolin Soul: Episode 4. Label: Because Music France.  Twenty years ago in 1998, the first instalment in the Shaolin Soul compilation series was released to  widespread critical acclaim. Shaolin Soul: Episode 1 was an all-star compilation that featured nineteen funky and soulful tracks from labels like Atlantic, Hi, Motown and Stax that had inspired many hip hop producers.  So did …

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WESTBOUND SUPER BREAKS-ESSENTIAL FUNK, SOUL AND JAZZ SAMPLES AND BREAKBEATS.

Westbound Super Breaks-Essential Funk, Soul And Jazz Samples And Breakbeats. Label. Westbound Records. Back in 1969, Armen Boladian was a familiar face within the Detroit music scene, and the musical impresario was about to launch a new label Westbound Records. This came as no surprise to those that knew Armen Boladian who previously, had founded …

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50 YEARS MPS.

50 Years MPS. Label: MPS. In 1958, German engineer and producer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer founded a new record label SABA (Schwarzwälder-Apparate-Bau-Anstalt). Over the next ten years,  SABA  released 40 jazz albums. However, in 1968, SABA’s parent company was sold to the American GTE Corporation.  Sadly, the new owners had no interest in SABA’s recording business, …

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MATT WARREN-MUSIC IS MY LIFE-HISTORY IS MADE-THE BIRTH OF NU-HOUSE

Matt Warren-Music Is My Life-History Is Made-The Birth Of Nu-House. Words like pioneer and innovative are oft-overused by over=-enthusiastic music critics . However, once in a while an album is released by a pioneering musician that features truly innovative music. That is the case with Matt Warren’s new album Music Is My Life which will …

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HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE, JAKI LIEBEZEIT-FULL CIRCLE.  

Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit-Full Circle. Label: Gronland Records. Having released eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can …

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