A very happy extra day to everybody! It’s been another stupendous week at the shop, we’ve been digging even deeper into the Soul Funk and Disco collection from a couple of weeks back and it’s not even all gone out yet! More from that will feature this week along with some Jazz, Rock, Indie, Fela Kuti and Moodymann.
Right, no messing about, lets crack on with the Soul, Funk and Disco:
Four Below Zero, My Baby’s Got E.S.P, double-sided promo sampler on Roulette from 1976
Love Exchange, Do You Want My Love, includes short version and instrumental, from 1982 on Transrecords.
Clarity, The Way You Make Me Feel/Turning Over, classic UK Boogie from 1985 on Bpop Records
Tracy Kerr, If You Want My Lovin, features the vocal and instrumental, Disco on Tra-San Records from 1984
Don Ray, Standing In The Rain, double-sided US promo on Polydor from 1978, produced by Cerrone
Marie Malloy, I Surrender, on Mainline Records from 1987, features both short and regular versions of the instrumental also
As I’ve mentioned before, all of these hard to find Soul Funk and Disco 12s have been kept so well that they’re all in really amazing condition. It’s really been a great few weeks for our Soul Funk and Disco section, LPs and 12s, definitely worth coming down for a browse if you haven’t already.
We’ve been getting a steady flow of Moodymann pieces going out the past few weeks and they’re snapped up quicker than I can write about them (as is the way with KDJ) but I managed to spot these two before they’d sold off the wall:
The Thief That Stole My Sad Days… Ya Blessin’ Me, with an untitled track on the flip this is from 2000 on KDJ (KDJ-25/KDJ-23)
The Telephone EP: Forevernevermore (Remix)/The Telepehone, on Peacefrog Records from 2001, white label promo
As with all Moodymann, they’re going to come highly recommended by all members of staff, he’s a Detroit House legend and possibly one of the easiest artists for us to sell in the shop. He’s insanely prolific and most things he puts out are both undeniably him and undeniably brilliant. The first time I heard his music I thought it was a Prince track I’d never heard before (which I’m certain would please him greatly to hear) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
We also put out this incredible Fela Kuti LP this week:
Fela Ransome-Kuti & The Africa ’70, Why Black Man Dey Suffer…, original Nigerian pressing from 1971 on African Songs Ltd. This album was supposed to be released on EMI but they basically refused because they felt it to be too politically charged, hence Kuti releasing it himself years later on his own label. This album is tremendous, it features Ginger Baker on drums and production duties. This copy is super clean, both sleeve and vinyl are in really great condition. Every penny spent on Fela Kuti originals is money well spent. The artwork (by Remi Olowookere in this instance) is always beautiful and interesting to pour over whilst you’re listening to the stunning music pressed in the way it’s intended to be listened.
Moving on, let’s have a peek at some nice pieces that have graced the Rock Side’s wall this week:
Vincent Gallo, Recordings Of Music For Film, on Warp Records from 2002 this double LP features track taken from films Vincent Gallo has starred in and produced music for: The Way It Is, Buffalo 66, Downtown ’81/New York Beat Movie and If You Feel Froggy, Jump. There are lots of previously unreleased tracks on this comp so definitely worth a listen. He’s not down with YouTube it would appear so here’s one of my favourite scenes from Buffalo 66:
David Crosby, If I Could Only Remember My Name, 1971 UK Atlantic original pressing with plum label. His first solo effort, features some beautiful Laurel Canyon sounds and widely considered the best of the CSNY related recordings of the time. It’s undoubtedly California; sunny, laid-back, stoney lusciousness.
Black Sabbath, Paranoid, 1970 early Vertigo pressing with large swirl label and no Simpson/Big Bear credits. Gatefold matte sleeve. A balls to the wall Heavy Metal album from the lords of UK Metal, this album features the slow jam, Planet Caravan, which to this day still gives me the chills, park yourself on a beanbag and light a fat one
Neil Young, Time Fades Away, an early 70s UK Reprise pressing with a lyric sheet insert. This live album features both Graham Nash and David Crosby, guess they must have been ghosting Stevie Stills in ’73, burrrrrn. This was Young’s first live album and although being released to much critical acclaim he stopped it being reissued due to him not being happy with the shows. Oh, to have been that John Martyn lookin’ hippy on the sleeve.
Scott Walker, Scott 4, this is a UK Philips original pressing from 1969 in a gatefold sleeve. Having never listened to much Scott/Noel Walker/Engel before (apart from Bish Bosch which hilariously got a lot of airplay in the shop at one stage) this album was recommended to me by my colleague this week so I’ve enjoyed getting to listen to it. He’s clearly a weirdo to the core and that’s always nice in a musician.
Rounding off everything this week are some Archie Shepp jazzy bits:
The Magic Of Ju-Ju, a 70s UK Impulse pressing in a gatefold sleeve and black label. Attica Blues, also a 70s UK Impulse pressing with a green label. After listening to a bit of both of these albums to see which tracks would be fitting for the blog I felt like my brain was melting. I’d struggle with a whole album but I can see why these releases would be highly recommended by staff, especially Attica Blues
As always, a playlist of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.