Welsh Rare Beat Vol 2 - Various. CD. Gruff Rhys joins the Andy Votel, Dom Thomas and the Finders Keepers team once again to produce this, the second instalment in our critically acclaimed and best-selling Welsh Rare Beat series. Derived from Dyfed bands with added friends from further a field in the Swansea valleys, Cardiff and Flint in the north, this is a speakers to sing and express themselves in their mother tongue, part of a wider international youthquake, others were singing from the heart, paying the bills and just happened to live in Wales during this cultural crossroad. Here for your enjoyment are songs mostly about the sky, flying, seagulls, clouds and ghosts. But also songs that deal in political activism, The Mabinogi, or issues of Welsh identity. Girl group boy meets girl songs, parodies of boy meets girls songs, Welsh language covers of English and American hits of the day sung in a traditional Welsh style counteracted by traditional Welsh folk songs played in contemporary Anglo-American styles.
(Label: Finders Keepers, Cat.No: )
Davy Graham - Broken Biscuits. CD. Recorded over the past two years, his 2007 "Broken Biscuits" offers 16 tracks, and features 9 new Graham compositions alongside arrangements of traditional music from all over the world. It represents Graham's first substantial recorded work since 1979's "Dance For Two People."
(Label: Kudos, Cat.No: LC005)
Mario Telles - Mario Telles. CD. Legendary Brazilian lyricist Mario Telles released only this single LP in his entire career, he seemed to prefer just turning up as a guest on other peoples releases. This rare album is blessed with arrangements and orchestrations by Moacir Santos, Astor Silva and the amazing Baden Powell on guitar. Twelve track remastered album, one for all you Bossa Nova lovers.
(Label: Rev Ola, Cat.No: CRREV 226)
Pat Metheny - Secret Story (expanded And Remastered Collectors Edition). Dble CD. Composer and guitarist Metheny revisited his 1992 Grammy Award-winning album and restored five previously unreleased tracks from the sessions to create the ultimate version of his cinematic , orchestrated delight. His most ambitious solo work, this instrumental release encompasses elements of Cambodian, Indian, Argentine, Japanese and Brazilian musical styles and features members of the London Orchestra.
(Label: NONESUCH / WARNERS / CINRAM, Cat.No: 7559799810)
Otis Taylor - Definition Of A Circle. CD. Crackling with hypnotic energy, Otis Taylor's eighth album (2007) infuses his cutting-edge blues with a dose of rock'n'roll exuberance. The blasting opener "Little Betty" gets some rocket fuel from blues-rock legend Gary Moore's marvelously expressive, raw guest guitar as well as from drummer John Kelly, whose propulsion ignites several of these dozen tunes. Ultimately, though, Taylor's one-chord magic comes from his knack for repeating catchy riffs until they become a seductive blur--a hip-shaking platform for his colorful explorations of love, war, joy, deprivation, and racial struggle. He's also got a way with textures, spinning dirty guitar, prickly electric mandolin, his daughter Cassie's haunting alto singing, and his own appealingly hoarse baritone into mesmeric arrangements for tunes like the Hurricane Katrina contemplation "They Wore Blue" that owe as much to Pink Floyd as to Muddy Waters.
(Label: New Note, Cat.No: CD83659)
Otis Taylor - Respect The Dead. CD. One of America's most promising blues artists - frequently compared to John Lee Hooker, already the winner of 4 Handy Awards.Taylor's songs have skeletons as bare as those of John Lee Hooker's, butt heir bones are often wrapped in quick-paced rhythm licks inspired byAfrican music as this 2002 release shows.Blues from the Delta mud and this man's command of slide guitar and effects makes for shivery peals that underpin the drama of his singing, and who maps out an entirely new vocabulary for electric banjo.
(Label: Northern Blues Music, Cat.No: NBM0009)
Otis Taylor - White African. CD. Acclaimed as the 'most on-target blues CD in years' and nominated for Best Blues Album of the Year 2002 at the WC Handy Blues Awards.Another great album (this was released in 2001) from this amazing new blues talent.Check out the gems "My Soul's In Louisiana", and "Resurrection Blues" if you need more prrof of this man's ability.
(Label: Northern Blues Music, Cat.No: NBM0002)
Otis Taylor - Double V. CD. 2004 release from this inspired blues man who's use of the electronic mandolin and banjo is most unusual for the blues, but it seems to hit home.This is blues that swings to the genre's dark side, matching tales of hangings and prison with brooding, near-psychedelic soundscapes will appeal to the type who likes late night listenings with depth.
(Label: New Note, Cat.No: CD83601)
Al Di Meola - Speak A Volcano - Return To Electric Guitar. DVD. After a splendid career, spanning over 30 years, exploring a variety of styles, Al Di Meola still ranks among the most popular guitar-masters of jazz and jazz-rock. With countless recordings, numerous awards, and six million albums sales later, Al Di Meola is still challenging himself and his music.This DVD filmed live on stage with Speak A Volcano in Leverkusen, Germany in November 2006, Al Di Meola rediscovered after almost 20 years of acoustic guitar his love of the electric guitar without denying newer influences. The result is a balancing act between volcanic electronic ecstasy and emotionally moving sound excursions, between zealous improvisations and intimate conversations, including many compositions of Al Di Meola himself, and five Piazzolla tunes.Bonus In conversation with Al and Al's guitar tips.Region 0 code.
(Label: Inakustic, Cat.No: INAK7002)
Anoushka Shankar And Karsh Kale - Breathing Under Water. CD. 2007 collaboration between two of the most visionary talents pioneering the hip and fertile overlap of today's world music scene - 25-year-old sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar and producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale. The album is carefully constructed and composed, boasting some of the finest guest artists on the order of Anoushka's father Ravi Shankar (who created the nucleus of two climatic pieces for the album) plus Sting, Anoushka's sister Norah Jones and many others. 'Breathing Under Water' plays like a modern gypsy travelogue through the alluring world of Shankar and Kale.
(Label: EMI, Cat.No: 508 1832)
Ustad Ali Akbar Khan / Ustad Vilayat Khan - Psychedelic Music Of India. CD. Both regarded as absolute masters in their homeland Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan, exact contemporaries and sarod and sitar players respectively are in India spoken of with the samereverence that is usually reserved for Ravi Shankar. Like their contemporary, their work is hypnotic and spellbinding realised by flawless technique through alifetime of devotion to their music.this thirteen track compilation features four tracks by Ali Akbar Khan and nine by Vilayat Khan.
(Label: El, Cat.No: ACMEM121CD)
Ananda Shankar - 2001. CD. This futuristic funk classic fuses the musical traditions of Ananda Shankar’s homeland with a solid dose of rock and roll, featuring dancefloor killers such as the Bollywood-influenced Explorations and break-laden The Alien, alongside mellower cuts like the title track and Flights Of Fantasy. Originally released in Indiaonly, it makes its CD debut here, complete with biographical liner notes, and is sure to satisfy all fans of sitar-driven psychedelic
(Label: Fallout, Cat.No: FOCD2063)
Ananda Shankar - Missing You / A Musical Discovery Of India. CD. This long-awaited CD combines two of Ananda Shankar’s brilliant and very rare albums, Missing You (1977) and A Musical Discovery Of India (1978). Shankar is now firmly established as a pioneer of sitar funk, fusing the musical traditions of hishomeland with a solid rock and roll influence but he also worked in the classical idiom, as the elegiac Missing You (dedicated to his late father) demonstrates. A Musical Discovery, meanwhile, boasts tracks ranging from the mellow Namaskar to the break-laden Kaziranga Beat and haunting Dawn At Varanasi. Originally released in India only, they make their long-awaited CD debut here, complete with biographical liner notes.
(Label: Fallout, Cat.No: FOCD2062)
Ananda Shankar - Missing You / A Musical Discovery Of India. Dble LP. This long-awaited 2 LP re-issue combines two of Ananda Shankar’s brilliant and very rare albums, Missing You (1977) and A Musical Discovery Of India (1978). Shankar is now firmly established as a pioneer of sitar funk, fusing the musical traditions of hishomeland with a solid rock and roll influence but he also worked in the classical idiom, as the elegiac Missing You (dedicated to his late father) demonstrates. A Musical Discovery, meanwhile, boasts tracks ranging from the mellow Namaskar to the break-laden Kaziranga Beat and haunting Dawn At Varanasi. Originally released in India only, they make their long-awaited vinyl debut here, complete with biographical liner notes.
(Label: Fallout, Cat.No: FOLP2062)