How Much Longer Must I Wait? Singles & Rarities 1965-1972 collects all of Lee Moses’ non-album singles and B-sides, plus three never-released tracks together for the first time. Most of the material here pre-dates 1971’s Time and Place, reflecting his initial bid for stardom via a series of now-legendary 45s recorded with Atlanta producer Johnny Brantley. As for the unreleased recordings – much like the man himself, little is known about them. What remains is an oeuvre that has become synonymous with raw and emotionally charged Southern soul. Essential listening for anyone with a heart.
Super gritty Italian psych-funk, fit for any young director’s action sequence.
This from Schema Records
“The story of Smuggler Brothers starts in Palermo, the principal town of Sicily, in late 2011. Founded by three friends, musicians active in the fertile underground music scene of the city, the band aims to experiment new artistic directions, combining a diverse set of inﬂuences ranging from Italian soundtracks and Library music from the ‘60s and ‘70s to African-American music, with groove as the core essence of the band. From the initial nucleus, the band evolved soon into a 8-piece combo.
Following an exciting period spent rehearsing and honing their sound, Smuggler Brothers started an intense live activity, gaining the enthusiastic support of the local scene. In 2015 the band felt it was time to record their music – their self-titled debut album was recorded at Zeit Studio in Palermo, 15-tracks that were pressed on limited edition vinyl and released via Tone Deaf Records. Shortly after their album tour, the band suﬀerred a period of instability – the departure of some players slowly weakened the structure of the group, forcing the surviving band members to interrupt the live activity and reﬂect on the future of the project.
2017 saw the band coming back to life and entering a new phase – with a renewed 5-element structure and a clear plan, the group started to work on new music and perform on stage again. At the end of that same year the Milan-based record label Schema Records decided to put Smuggler Brothers under a contract. The label interest and the artistic direction of Massimo Martellotta (Calibro 35) pushed the band forward: in October 2018 the Sicilian brothers eventually landed in Milan to record at Schema Records’ Blue Spirit Studio.”
Reality originating from Summer 70 was the first Caribbean latin funk group in Amsterdam and even the whole of the Netherlands. With their self-titled debut album, Franky Douglas (guitar), Tony Sherman (vocals), Roël Burnet (percussion), Glenn Gaddum (organ) and Leslie Vos (vocals) presented a highlight in the burgeoning Dutch latin, funk & soul scene. Just like the second album Tony And Reality, the LP has become a coveted collector’s item that people paid large sums of money for. Pseudonym Records is very proud to present the first legitimate reissues of Reality, remastered from the original tapes, and with the full cooperation of the band. From now on, Reality’s music is available to everyone. The album Reality (1972), with the sensitive and still up-to-date War, contains the original artwork. Reality later continued under the name Solat.
Nat Turner Rebellion-Laugh to Keep From Crying
“Lost” album from a Philly Groove Records artist, originally recorded in 1969. Remastered from the original tapes for the Vinyl Me, Please subscription service.
Sonny Clark Trio-the 1960 Time Sessions
Sonny Clark’s reputation as one of the finest jazz pianists of his era has grown in recent years, with many folks rediscovering his classic Blue Note recordings like ‘Cool Struttin’, ‘Dial ‘S’ for Sonny’, ‘Leapin’ and Lopin’, as well as session work with Lee Morgan, Grant Green and others. Cut down by heroin addiction at age 31 in 1961, Clark’s legacy continues to expand.
The Time sessions were produced by the late Bob Shad, owner of Time and Mainstream Records. The reissue includes the original Time album re-mastered from the original tapes by Dave Donnelly, plus an extra disc of alternate takes previously unavailable on vinyl. Nat Hentoff wrote the original liner notes, included in the reissue package, and former New York Times critic Ben Ratliff contributes a new 3500-word essay.
9th Creation-A Step Ahead
In 1980, the 9th Creation began working on new music at a Modesto studio, South East of Stockton. The studio was suspiciously cheaper than all of its competitors. After recording weeks of material, the band discovered the reason. ‘We didn’t know that the guys that were running the studio were drug dealers,’ A.D. Burrise recalls. ‘There was a big raid.’ All the studio’s master tapes were confiscated by the DEA. J.D Burrise unsuccessfully sued the DEA to recover the tapes but to no avail. Luckily Mike Micenheimer saved cassette mix-downs of some of the group’s songs from those sessions. ‘A Step Ahead’ is the the 9th Creation’s lost album. 8 unreleased songs of pure soul, funk, disco and boogie.
We are proud to present this lost album for the first time. The ultra talented Jacob Arnold also wrote the complete story of the band that we are presenting with never seen before pictures.
Finally the CD version includes bonus tracks from the Love Crime 12′, the Mellow Music 7′ and 3 previously unreleased (rough) demos.
New Tutenkhamen recorded I WISH YOU WERE MINE at Teal Records, produced by Crispen Matema, a talented jazz drummer in his own right who had played drums on the all-time classic “Skokiaan”, and had backed Louis Armstrong on his 1960 Rhodesia visit. Combining the heavyweight producing talents of Matema and the writing chops of Josamu, the New Tutenkhamen band created an album showcasing various musical styles popular at the time.
From the afro-jazz jam session aesthetics of “Tutenkhamen Theme”, “Big Brother Malcom” and “Forever Together”, to the almost Van Morrison-sounding “Sunday Morning”; from the upbeat rock ballad “True Love”, to the funk-infused dance song “Togetherness”; from the bouncy jazz exhortations to work hard in “Ane Nungo”, to the brassy, raunchy foot-stomper “Me & Dolly”. The title track “I Wish You Were Mine” is a ska-infused ballad that wouldn’t be out of place in post-war Birmingham, while the star of the show is “Joburg Bound”, itself a fast-paced rock piece with Motown undertones and funky guitar lines.
The New Tutenkhamen eventually moved from Mushandirapamwe Hotel to Saratoga, and then to the Kambuzuma Garden Party Hotel. The liberation war was intensifying, and one anecdote has a young schoolboy seeing the New Tutenkhamen band at the Garden Party Hotel, the Friday night before taking the train to Mutare, from where he crossed over to Mozambique to join the liberation war.
With intra-party fighting creating designated areas of political influence in the townships, patronage dwindled and the New Tutenkhamen’s shows were affected, with members gradually moving on.
As a collective effort, I WISH YOU WERE MINE provides a fascinating insight into a fraught time in Zimbabwe’s history, and the bands plying their trade through the turmoil, making music for young people, by young people.
Bobby Freeman-C’mon and S-W-I-M
Bobby Freeman’s energetic vocals punctuated two R&B dance hits in the late ’50s and mid-’60s. The San Francisco performer started the Romancers as a 14-year-old and later formed the West Coast Vocaleers, whose sound was much more pop-oriented than the Harlem group of the same name. Freeman’s single “Do You Want to Dance” just missed topping the R&B charts in 1958, staying at number two for two weeks (number five pop). It was one of three hits he enjoyed that year on Josie, although “Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes” and “Need Your Love” only reached numbers 20 and 29, respectively. “C’mon and Swim” parlayed the 1964 dance craze into his second Top Ten R&B hit, reaching number five. But the follow-up went to the water once too often, as “S-W-I-M” fizzled at number 56. Both were for Autumn. It was also Freeman’s final visit to the R&B charts.
You gotta peep this exclusive! The brand new super soul!
Rough Trade Exclusive with a four track bonus CD featuring two raw demos of Doncha Know and Circles plus Instrumental versions of Don’t You Know and Walk Away.
:: TRACKLIST ::
1-1 Morning In America 3:51
1-2 Don’t You Know 3:20
1-3 Circles 3:18
1-4 Court Of Love 3:44
1-5 Long Way Home 3:21
1-6 Too Many Tears 2:11
1-7 Walk Away 3:37
1-8 What I Know About You 3:53
1-9 Listen To Your Heart 4:29
1-10 Sea Gets Hotter 3:17
1-11 How Can I Be Sure 3:52
1-12 True Love 3:44
2-1 Don’t You Know (Demo)
2-2 Circles (Demo)
2-3 Don’t You Know (Instrumental)
2-4 Walk Away (Instrumental)
It’s clear that last year I was into lots of soul, disco, funk of the 70s and 80s African and Brazilian music variety, and its influence on the world. Also, as usual, the rediscovering of lost pearls hidden throughout the oyster of time, preferably tarnished low budget productions and lots of underground scenes. You know…Music Music Music. Without further ado, here are my favorite compilations from 2018.
…and not a moment too soon. Starting with my most favorite ones.
Life and Death On the New York Dance Floor 10980-83 Vol. 1&2
Author Tim Lawrence released a two-part double vinyl soundtrack to accompany his book Life & Death On The New York Dance Floor. The albums highlight what was an explosive and experimental cultural crossroads, and a unique blend of Post-Punk, Disco, Jazz, and Funk that defined the era of the early 80s scene, and eventually led to the birth of Hip-Hop.
Hillbillies in Hell: Country Music’s Tormented Testament 1952-74
One of 9 volumes in this series. Most of them being released this year from the Light In The Attic folks, (originally released on the OMNI Recording Co. label) and the only one I have listened to as of yet. I’m sure they are all as rapturous as this one was!
01. Strictly Reserved for You (Stripped-Down Mix)
02. How Long (Stripped-Down Mix)
03. Loving You, Baby (Stripped-Down Mix)
04. The World (Is Going up in Flames) (Stripped-Down Mix)
05. A Message from Charles…
Super producer/multi instrumentalist Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest’s very own Ali Shaheed Muhammad are together as ‘The Midnight Hour.’ They have come together right on time to make old school hip hop, jazz, and R&B cool again. Questions features Cee Lo on the vocals, a nice familiar touch.
The California Honeydrops have been making their form of traditional folksy, delta blues and New Orleans second line inspired jams since around 2007. This time around they’ve clearly solidified their various sounds into a singular style. Evidenced by the title track from their new album Call it Home.
15. Eli “Paperboy” Reed-99 Cent Dreams feat. Big Daddy Kane
A playful and upbeat classic Motown song updated with Big Daddy Kane adding the raps. A fun song that isn’t shy about being broke, and conjures up images of care-free summer days before you worried about your lack of money.
Soulful and somber, this song has a country twanginess and almost folksy, acoustic soul sound that defines Bettye LaVette’s later career (think Bill Withers). She keeps on going with as much power and poignancy as her former glory.
Using the seductive sounds of long forgotten Indian soul/funk as their platform for the sound on their second full album. Lady and man is a more upbeat selection but could’ve easily been replaced by many other songs on the album.
7. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats-Coolin’ Out
The fact that Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats have managed to keep their ethos and style intact after achieving such huge fame after the release of their first album is monumentally impressive. They have a great ability to channel the classic sounds of Memphis and Muscle Shoals making it into their own distinctive sound.
The young man who made such a huge impact on the soul revival scene is back with something different but no less special. Here Leon showcases his more upbeat side with this danceable, yet super jazzy track. One of the catchiest donut’s of the year!
The soulful, country swagger of Australian singer songwriter Marlon Williams is simply a byproduct of his incredible talent for all types of music he chooses to endeavor. Bear witness to his prowess here on Come to Me, and then explore his entire back catalog, you will not be disappointed.
I’m deeply saddened by the passing of another legend Charles Bradley. A performer I’ve been lucky enough to see several times. He has left us way too soon, but he didn’t leave us before recording an amazing collection of music to enjoy forever. Black Velvet his final album showcases the music he recorded over the last decade, and some tracks recorded more recently featuring the Menahan Street Band. Can’t Fight the Feeling is pure Black Velvet (his James Brown alter-ego) and transcends the soul universe to exist outside of all time and space.
2. The James Hunter Six-I Don’t Wanna Be Without You
I needn’t really say much about The James Hunter Six. Regular listeners and readers already know that they are one of my favorite bands of any style, period. In my opinion they are at the top of the class for capturing the sound, and style of classic rhythm and blues, and soul. I truly could’ve chosen any song off their newest album ‘Whatever it Takes’ and used it as an example for a master class on soul revivalism, but after much meditation I kept coming back to I Don’t Wanna be Without You.
I instantly fell in love with this song for some reason. Could it be the spot on Beach Boys style vocal harmonies? The great, almost humorous lyrics? The understated, yet catchy little guitar solo that echoes around the room? The horns? The big build up? All of it.
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G&D-Black Love and War
half·alive-Now, Not Yet
The New Adventures of...P.P. Arnold
The Black Watch-Magic Johnson
Trumpets of Consciousness-Approximate
Murs-The Iliad is Dead, and the Odyssey It's Over
Marc Cohen and the Blind Boys of Alabama-Work To Do