This week we’ll be covering Reggae, Soul, Funk, Zappa, World Music, Acid and a load more…
High Tide, Sea Shanties, rare UK blue Liberty original pressing from 1969. It’s in a gate-fold sleeve printed and made by McNeil Press with a matte finish.
Various Artists, The Worlds Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria, triple LP compilation on Soundway featuring brilliant Highlife, Psychedelic and Funk artists artists such as The Ify Jerry Krusade, Ceejebs, Eppi Fanio, The Funkees and Big John Oaikhena. Complied by Miles Cleret.
Various Artists, Pakistan: Folk Pop Instrumentals 1966-1976, limited edition double LP comp from 2011 on Sublime Frequencies. Features some great Hindustani and Garage musicians like The Mods, The Bugs, Nisar Bazmi, Sohail Rana, The Panthers and The Fore Thoughts.
Frank Zappa, You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 2, The Helsinki Concert triple LP box set from 1988 on Barking Pumpkin. Recorded from three separate shows from 1974 in Helsinki, includes the track Montana (Whipping Floss) where Frank altered the lyrics after a fan requested he sing Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers. He later went on to perform the song with the altered lyrics a number of times afterwards. What a prankster.
This is from a “better time” when artists actually communicated and played to their audience instead of throwing a little pissy fit when someone that’s paid money to see you perform throws something on stage, causing you to lose your trail of thought because you’re so high and wedged firmly between your own ass cheeks that you can’t keep a single thread of thought in your tiny brain. If you’re going to openly insult someone that calls themselves a fan of your “work” in front of millions of people then do it with aplomb like Frank, don’t behave like a giant toddler.
Robert Lee & Bunny General/Pad Antony, Midnight Hour/Bigger Boss, 12″ UK press on Unity Sounds from 1988, backed by Steelie & Clievie and produced by Jammy.
Cultural Roots & Trinity, Wisdom/Easy Living, 12″ US press from 1978 on Germain Records.
Aswad & Patrick Andy, Struggle/Struggle Dub, 12″ UK press from 1984 on Simba. Produced by Aswad and Michael “Ruben” Campbell.
Mello-D, Jahovah/Version, 12″ UK press on God Sent from 1984. Arranged and produced by Prince Lincoln, written by Melvin Dockery.
Moodymann, Anotha Black Sunday, US pressing from 2009 for Mahogani Music on KDJ. This features an alternate version of Rectify and Jose James mix. Get it while it lasts.
No Smoke, International Smoke Signal, UK LP on Warriors Dance from 1990. Produced by Fred Mc Pablo and Tony Addis/Thorpe (Moody Boys) themselves this LP is described as “fucking excellent” on Discogs.
N.A.D. (New Age Dance), Dawn Of The New Age, UK PL on BPM from 1990. Written and produced by Mustafa Ali (Epoch 90/L.E. Bass) and engineered at Psycho-Nutter Studios.
B.U.D., Beat .U. Down, US 12″ from 1990 on Opus Records. A Mundo Muzique/Edmundo Perez/M.Pire/Muzique Squadron release. Eight tracks of Acid techno goodness
Various Artists, Boombox 1 – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro and Disco Rap 1972-82, a Soul Jazz compilation from May of this year, it’s a triple LP comp featuring the likes of Neil B, Bramsam, TJ Swan, Spoonie Gee & The Treacherous Three, Harlem World Crew and many more. You can’t go wrong with a Soul Jazz comp…
The 24-Carat Black, Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth, reissue of this absolute classic concept album LP from 1973. Produced and arranged by Dale Warren, this quote sums it up perfectly:
“Recorded under Warren’s micro-direction with a bunch of teenagers at a time when prog rock bands were the only ones conceiving such a magnum opus, the album struggled to find its place in the market. It was too challenging for an audience looking to escape to the good times of Philadelphia or drink from the joyous wellspring of Motown. Today it stands the test of time as a deep and musically astounding meditation on the black experience in the Seventies.”
This album has been heavily sampled so if you don’t know it already (why not!?) then chances are you’ve heard it before on tracks by any of the following: Nas, Digable Planets, C.L. Smooth, RZA, Eric B. & Rakim, Naughty By Nature, Slick Rick or El-P. So yeah, it’s an incredibly important album.
As always, a playlist version of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.