This week we’ve been busy getting things back to normal in the shop in this post-record store day world. We only have two releases left over from the stock we received and they’re likely to sell out over the next couple of weeks.
We’ve been back on track with buying and stocking the racks full of goodies for you this week and here are a few of the selections:
Pazant Brothers And The Beaufort Express, Mboga-Chakula/Chick A Boom, 1973 on Vigor Records. This 7″ is famous for it’s heavy break on the b-side used on the Main Source 1991 LP Breaking Atoms. Heralded as one of the heaviest drum breaks to ever be broken this 7″ is well worth a visit if you’re into that kind of thing.
Gonjasufi, The Caliph’s Tea Party, on Warp Records from 2010, his second release through Warp in the same year as his debut. There’s a wild mix of styles and influences on his records, this album features remixes (provided by and equally wide range of artists) of tracks that featured on his previous album A Sufi And A Killer.
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals, African Dub – All Mighty – Chapter 4, this is a brand new reissue of this classic dub album from 1979. We almost always have copies of this album in stock along with a number of the other African Dub series. If you manage to get your hands on a copy of each, you wont be sorry. Each of these comps (there are five) takes you on a journey through an era of sound that progresses with each chapter.
Black Uhuru, Love Crisis, Jamaican pressing on Jammy’s from 1977. Produced by Prince Jammy with light blue text and logos. This LP is chock full of classic 70s Roots Reggae with all the sounds you’d expect from that era. Budda-boo boo-boo
Pointed Sticks, Out Of Luck, a classic four track 12″ on Stiff Records from 1979. A Canadian five-piece that created power pop punk in the 70s, this EP gives you a proper feel for the groups essence and energy. Comes in a Stiff die-cut 12″ sleeve.
Tame Impala, Live Versions, limited edition green vinyl pressing of this 2014 release on Interscope. This LP was pressed for Record Store Day 2014 and features a live recording of a Tame Impala show in Chicago from 2013. These were limited to 3000 copies. This recording gives you an impression of the loud and psychedelic nature of Tame Impala live shows. Careful now folks, some of these were pressed off centre so sound warbly as hell.
The Mothers Of Invention, Uncle Meat, UK Transatlantic original pressing from 1969, a double LP with a lilac label, written and produced entirely by Frank Zappa. The artwork (by Cal Schenkel) and track titles alone for this album makes it worth every penny of the £60 we’re selling it for and it features some of the loopier stuff that The Mothers created with Frank. Any albums that feature Ray Collins on vocals with Frank are good’uns
Exmagma, Exmagma, self-titled debut on Neusi Records from 1973. This influential underground Fusion album is an original German pressing and features Andy Goldner, Fred Braceful and Thomas Balluf doing their dreamy bonkers thing with side-b being fully recorded live in 1973.
Spiritualized, Fucked Up Inside, 1993 live recording, this was a mail order only promo LP on Dedicated Records. The sleeve has a beautiful silver embossed design and features tracks from their/his previous release Lazer Guided Melodies and Pure Phase, the album released after this one.
Cluster, 1971-1981, a limited edition compilation box set from 2015 on Bureau B. This box set features 9 LPs including previously unreleased material, the LPs are as follows: Cluster 71, Cluster II, Zuckerzeit, Sowiesoso, Cluster&Eno, After The Heat, Grosses Wasser, Curiosum, Konzerte 1972/1977.
Sunny Ade And His African Beats, The Original Syncro System Movement, a UK 1983 pressing on African Songs Ltd. A hugely popular international artist described as “The King Of JuJu Music” and “The Minister Of Enjoyment.” There are so many artists featured on this album that it brings a rich and beautifully layered sound that can’t fail to bring a smile to your face and a bop to your head. I dare you to listen to this and sit still, I bet you any money that you can’t:
Johnny Hammond, Gears, 90s remastered reissue of this absolutely classic fusion album. This album has been heavily sampled over the years and is considered a Jazz-Funk classic. Produced by The Mizell Brothers (widely appreciated as their finest work) this album will get heavy rotation not only in our shop but in every record shop from here to anywhere. It’s a classic, just bloody buy it!
Now, as I come to the end of this blog post, I’m acutely aware of the fact that there’s a huge part missing; a tribute to Prince. I’m finding it personally very difficult to get to grips with the fact that this man is dead so a piece will be written about him when I can think about it without wanting to hide in a hole and cry until my eyeballs fall out.
As always, a playlist of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog post can be found here.
The Purple King, gone not forgotten