Another fantastic week at the shop, we bought in loads of interesting stock and got a load of it out onto the shop floor already, including a load of Soul, Funk, Disco, Jazz and Fusion LPs. We also got a bunch of nice Hip Hop cassettes, it’s always interesting when there’s a resurgence of a format everyone presumed was dead and gone. People still think that way about LPs though and people do still buy cassettes. Mini-discs though, surely they’re gone, right? We also got in a sizeable Hardcore collection so all will be featured on this week’s blog.
Let’s start with these beauties:
Reuben Wilson, Got To Get Your Own, a 70’s Australian repress, classic Jazz Funk LP. Banda Black Rio, Saci Pererê, original Brazilian pressing from 1980 on RCA and includes the Brazilian rare groove classic Miss Cheryl. Weldon Irvine, Spirit Man, another original 1975 pressing on RCA.
Oral Caress, Charlie’s Angels (Disco Version)/Why Can’t Our Love Be Like Before?, a 1977 original on P&P Records. That Thing, That Thing (American and European Versions), a US promo copy from 1978 on AVI Records, stamped on both sides.
Alfredo De La Fe, Alfredo, US copy from 1979 on Criollo Records, features the smasher Hot To Trot, a Latin Disco essential. The Ebonys self-titled album, a US promo on Philadelphia International. And Timothy Wilson’s self-titled and only album, released in 1978 on H & L Records and is considered a rare Soul classic. I have been set the task of trying to discover why this release is such a rarity, it would seem that Timothy Wilson (Howard Harrison Wilson) is a difficult man to research. It being his only album release and his rich creamery butter voice seem to be the only logical explanations, so there you go
Also on the wall this week are these two beautiful LPs:
Maki Asakawa, Maki I, original Japanese pressing from 1970 and Maki II, also and original Japanese pressing from 1971 with the poster. Honest Johns put out a compilation of her music last year and her popularity has snowballed since then. This pair of Japanese originals really are something special though.
Now, Hip Hop tapes. Surprisingly cassette tapes are bouncing back and becoming a format that people are buying and pressing once again. Every time a new musical format revolutionizes the way we listen to music the previous one is slowly killed off. Tapes killed vinyl, CDs killed tapes, Mini-discs killed CDs and MP3s killed everything. No matter how it’s listened to, people will always listen to music. We rely on people buying seemingly outdated formats of music in our shop and the fact that independent second-hand music outlets still exist is testament to the fact that no format really dies, people were still buying and pressing vinyl throughout every new formatting revolution so selling cassette tapes isn’t as crazy as people sometimes think it is.
Whether it’s part of a “resurgence” or not cassette tapes are cool, personally I’m entirely biased, growing up in the 80’s means that my earliest musical memories involve cassette tapes. They’re clunky, kind of impractical and sound pretty awful but that, for me anyways, is what makes them enjoyable. Buying in cassette collections can be risky but Hip Hop always seems to be the exception. There are actually some pricey (by tape standards) original cassette pressings out there. All of these albums are enjoyable on this format and, hey, if you buy them and don’t enjoy the music then just stuff tissue paper in those holes on the top of the cassette and record yourself a whole new album!
Ultramagnetic MCs, Critical Beatdown, 1988 | Biz Markie, Goin’ Off, 1988 | Public Enemy, Yo! Bum Rush The Show, 1987 | 3rd Bass, The Cactus Album, 1989 | Schoolly-D, Schoolly-D, 1986 | Stetsasonic, In Full Gear, 1988 | Tone Lōc, Lōc’ed After Dark, 1989 | Various Artists, Christmas Rap, 1987 | Various Artists, The B-Boy Sampler, 1988 | Various Artists, Kick It! The Def Jam Sampler Vol. 1, 1987 | N.W.A., Express Yourself/Straight Outta Compton, Maxi-Single 1989 | Big Daddy Kane, Long Live The Kane, 1988 | Black, Rock & Ron, Stop The World, 1989 | De La Soul, 3 Feet High And Rising, 1989 | DJ Chuck Chillout & Kool Chip, Masters Of The Rhythm, 1989 | Kool Moe Dee, How Ya Like Me Now, 1987 | Don Baron, Young Gifted And Black, 1988 | Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew, Oh, My God!, 1986 | Eric B. & Rakim, Follow The Leader, 1988 | Eric B. & Rakim, Paid In Full, 1987 | LL Cool J, Radio, 1985 | Public Enemy, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, 1988 | Ice-T, Rhyme Pays, 1987 | Ice-T, Power, 1988 | MC Duke & DJ Leader 1, Organised Rhyme, 1989 | Run-DMC, Tougher Than Leather, 1988 | M.C. Shan, Down By Law, 1987
In honour of all this rap our Hip Hop head Nick has put together a playlist for this week’s blog post: 90s Noggin Nodders. If there were a way to get this onto cassette tape and hand-deliver it to everybody, Nick would do it.
For some bonus enjoyment, DJ Ruthless Ramsey:
Finishing up we have masses of Hardcore LPs that have gone out and will continue to go out this week. All of them are brand new, unplayed reissues and so reasonably priced for what you’re getting:
Anti Cimex, Scandinavian Jawbreaker, Swedish Hardcore Punk from 1993. The Stalin, Stalinism, a 12″ comp of this 80s Japanese Punk band. Una Bèstia Incontrolable, Observant Com El Mon Es Destrueix, Hardcore from Spain. The Rival Mob, Hardcore For Hardcore, a 12″ EP from this Boston Hardcore band. The Boston Strangler, Fire, Hardcore from (unsurprisingly) Boston. Crude S. S., Who’ll Survive, ace comp of this Swedish Hardcore band.
As always, a playlist of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.