With guitarist’s Roky Erickson’s psychotic vocals, and Tommy Hall’s electronically amplified jug, The Elevators caused a sensation. On top of this, the bass from John Ike Walton’s drums were so powerful it was said it was necessary to chain his drums to the stage. Disc 1 features The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators album, disc 2 is mainly made up of material from their final album "Bull Of The Woods", which was put together after the band was broken up, due to Roky being committed to a State Hospital for the Criminally Insane! What we have here is the legacy of a group, now widely regarded for their work, to the extent ZZ Top, R.E.M. and Primal Scream have all covered their material.
This two disc collection features 36 original tracks recorded by Bob Marley prior to his successful Island Records period. Many of these tracks were released on a variety of small, independant reggae labels such as Upsetter, Fab, Soultown, Bullet, Punch and Supreme. This collection also features original versions of songs he would later re-record for Island Records which became international hits, including - "Satisfy My Soul", "Don't Rock My Boat", "Kaya", "Keep On Moving", "Lively Up Yourself", "Rainbow Country", "I Like It Like This" and "Sun Is Shining". Again.
Bobby Womack is a true soul survivor, singer, songwriter and instrumentalist extraordinaire. Despite having a series of R&B hits his biggest successes have come from other’s covering his songs. His work is said to have influenced Hendrix, and the Stones covered his work. Bobby Womack has had his ups and downs, though he has had to cope with divorce, the death of an infant son and his brother, he has pulled himself through it all to produce some outstanding track’s. This album covers probably his best period of a career lasting four decades. With over 30 influential tracks it is a must for any soul fan.
A two disc, mid-price collection featuring 25 tracks from Brian Auger, Trinity and Julie Driscoll. Features the rare Brian Auger singles for Columbia Records: "Fool Killer", "Tiger" and "Kiko."Also features the rare Julie Driscoll singles for Parlophone Records: "I Didn't Want To Have To Do It" and "Don't Do It No More."
Two disc, thirty six track collection of Chris Farlowe's Immediate material. Included here are rare tracks from the EP "In The Midnight Hour" from December 1965, the rare LPs "14 Things To Think About" from May 1966 and "The Art Of Chris Farlowe", released in November 1966.
Few Artists have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, fewer still have been inducted twice. Curtis Mayfield was inducted in 1991 with his group The Impressions and then in 1999, shortly before his death, was inducted for his solo work. The Impressions had 14 US Top 40 hits in the 1960's and when Curtis left to go solo he also set up his own record label Curtom Records, from where all 30 tracks on this 2 disc compilation are selected from. This collection concentrates on only the very beset of his outstanding output. Featuring all of the hits: "Little Child Runnin’ Wild", "No Thing On Me (Cocaine Song)", "Tripping Out" and the soundtrack version of "Superfly."
Seventeen track collection of Daevid Allen material from 1971, compiled from his two releases for BYG: 'Banana Moon' and 'Now Is The Happiest Time Of Your Life'. Features guest appearances from Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine), Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth), Maggie Bell (Stone The Crows) plus Archie Leggett and future Kevin Ayers band members Barry St. John and Gerry Fields.
Twenty eight track, two disc collection of the best Dr. John tracks recorded in the 1960's. Featuring an early version of Professor Longhair's "Tipitina" and the original versions of "Zu Zu Man" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Did She Mention My Name."
28 Track, 2 disc collection of the best Dr. John tracks recorded in the 1960's, featuring an early version of Professor Longhair's 'Tipitina' and the original versions of 'Zu Zu Man' and Gordon Lightfoot's 'Did She Mention My Name
This collection of George Clinton/Funkadelic tracks is selected from the most successful period for Clinton and P-Funk, 1976-1981. Track selections from the albums: Hardcore Jollies, One Nation Under A Groove, Uncle Jam Wants You and The Electric Spanking Of War Babies.
An excellent thirty track compendium of this fine talent, a man who had begun his career before the onslaught of the Stones and Beatles and still managed to find chart success when they took over. Concentrating on his initial career, it is a fine introductory album to the great career of this balladeer. Includes: "Over You", "Sweet Little Mama", "Too Much" and "You Won't Do Right."
One of the most important Brazilian artists in the past 40 years, this legendary singer, songwriter and performer is generally regarded as one of the leading performers in Brazilian pop music and one of leading artists in the 'Tropicalia' movement, a cultural movement that celebrated Brazilian music along with Cinema, Theatre, Stage, Literature and Poetry.This 18 track compilation collects two of Gilberto Gil's 80's album releases; Disc 1 is the 8 track album "Soy Loco Por Ti America", Disc 2 is the 10 track album "Live In Tokyo".
This two disc collection features the best of Anton Fier's collaborations in The Golden Palominos. All tracks were originally released on the following Celluloid Records albums; 'Golden Palominos'-1983, 'Visions Of Excess'-1985, 'Blast Of Silence'-1986 and 'A Dead Horse'-1989. A variety of guest performers feature here: Michael Stipe on "Boy (Go)", "Clustering Train" and "Omaha", John Lydon on "The Animal Speaks", Jack Bruce on "The Animal Speaks", "Faithless Heart" and "(Something Else Is) Working Overtime", Mick Taylor on "Wild River" and "Lucky", Richard Thompson on "(Kind Of) True" and Fred Frith on "Clean Plate" and "ID".
With more than 30 albums released under the revered name of Gong over the last three decades, and a seemingly never-ending ability to reinvent themselves and remain at the cutting edge of avant-garde music, it is no wonder Gong still have a huge following today. These two discs cover a host of classic Gong tracks, in the main written by Daevid Allen or Steve Hillage who were key members of the band. Excellent double CD set with an 8 page booklet, featuring all the best cuts, including 'Radio Gnome Invisible', 'Flying Teapot' and 'I Never Glid Before'
Features tracks originally recorded for the 'BYG-Actuel' label and released on the following albums: 'Magick Brother, Mystic Sister' (1970), 'Banana Moon' and 'Camembert Electrique' (1971). The original lineup features on these tracks, including Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Didier Malherbe and, from the Banana Moon sessions, Robert Wyatt.
Humble Pie were effectively the earliest 'supergroup' formed. Made up made up of Steve Marriot, Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry Shirley the group embarked on a hectic schedule. After leaving The Small Faces Marriot got together with Frampton and the rest is history so to speak. 22 tours and six years later the band called it a day, but not before they had carved themselves a niche in history. This double CD comprises of their first two albums in their original running order plus a selection of other tracks.
There's not much left that can be said about Jimmy Page, one of the most influential guitarists of all time. Famously, before he joined The Yardbirds and formed Led Zeppelin, he was one of the most sought-after session musicians on the British music scene. The 35 tracks on this 2-disc set include the key tracks he was featured on during this time.
The Last Poets are still regarded as the key Rap outfit, setting the way for the emergence of Hip-Hop. The thirty three tracks featured on this two disc collection are original recordings compiled from the Harlem (NY) groups seven original albums released by Douglas Records, Blue Thumb, Casablanca Records and Celluloid. They feature a classic mix of jazzy proto-funk, tribal rhythms, socio-political poetry and urban tales with a '60s beat vibe.
A 14 track 2 CD set from the internationally known French Jazz-Rock group Magma. The 14 tracks from this collection have been selected from, Udu Wudu, their Seventh album which was originally released in 1976, Attahk, their Eighth album which was originally released in 1977, Live, which was recorded at The Taverne De L'Olypia in Paris in June 1975.
Formed in 1967 by Art Neville as The Funky Meters, he was joined by brothers Aaron and Cyril. The name soon changed to The Meters and they were joined by George Porter Jnr on Bass,' Zigaboo' Joseph Modeliste on Guitar and Leo Nocentelli on Drums. he Meters sound was grounded in the laid back cajun, creole, jazz and r&b sound of their childhood, but they were not afraid to mix with the funk pioneers of Sly & The Family Stone as their version of 'Sing A Simple Song' shows. This is a mix of original recordings, big hits and rarities. Includes an eight page full color booklet with extensive liner notes
Originally conceived as a mini rock orchestra, National Health emerged from the ashes of two other highly respected 1970's progressive jazz bands, Hatfield & The North and Gilgamesh. They were formed in 1975 and released two very collectable albums, 'National Health' and 'Of Queues And Cures'. Both of these titles have been unavailable for some years and this 12 track 2 CD collects all the tracks recorded for those two albums.
With a family recording history that spans nearly half a century you would be forgiven for thinking every album to come out of New Orleans has one of the Neville family on! This superb compilation of 30 tracks mainly covers their career during the 60's, arguably their best period of recording. From the off with Art Neville's 'Hook Line and Sinker' right through to the close with brother Charles' 'Dance Your Blues Away' it’s a must have compilation for anyone with any intrest in the Neville Bros or any type of R'n'B.
Although their professional career as a recording and performing band was to span just three brief but spectacular years, British rock group the Nice’s contributions to the popular music scene of the late 60s cannot be over-estimated. Even now, well over three decades later, their electrifying brand of classical rock still has the ability to win new admirers as well as continuing to entrance those fans old enough to remember them the first time around. Their interesting style is well represented on this superb collection of tracks, many of which were co-written by Keith Emerson, who would go on to be part of ELP, one of the most successful prog bands of all time.
Nina Simone was born in North Carolina in 1933. At the age of 17 she moved to New York City where she had won a scholarship to The Juilliard School Of Music. Playing Bars and Grills she played jazz, classical and her own compositions six hours a night. Her career finally progressed when she recorded 14 tracks for Bethlehem Records in 1957. The following year she released 'Jazz As Played In An Exclusive East Side Club', (aka Little Blue Girl), and featured the hit singles 'I Loves You Porgy' and 'My Baby Just Cares For Me'. The album went on to sell over a million in the USA, a phenomenal achievement at that time. The 32 tracks on these two discs have been compiled from Nina's own archive and from Bethlehem Record.
P.P. Arnold's best twenty five recordings for the Immediate Record Label. Her debut album, The First Lady Of Immediate are featured on this collection an incredibly rare album as it was withdrawn from sale soon after release and is currently valued at over £500. This compilation also features her debut Immediate Records single "Everything's Gonna Be Alright / Life Is But Nothing", a big hit on the Northern Soul scene. Also included are all of her Immediate singles, highlights being "The First Cut Is The Deepest", "The Time Has Come", "(If You Think You're) Groovy" and her last hit, "Angel Of The Morning."
This 2 disc collection contains all of his 21 classic, Top 40 UK and US hits plus 9 tracks recorded Live on tour in 1983. Rick Nelson was a teenage star who developed into a mature performer in a career that spanned four decades, that was only curtailed when he died, aged 44, in a plane crash on New Years Eve in 1985. He was known as Ricky Nelson on all his hits up until 'Hello Mary Lou' in 1961.Thereafter, conscious of his maturing image and audience, he recorded and toured as Rick Nelson. The album also contains live versions of Garden Party, Honky Tonk Women, Boppin' The Blues and Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart).
'The Godfather Of The Vibraphone', as he is affectionately known by his legion of fans began his recording career with the respected saxophonist/flautist Curtis Amy, then progressed further with Chico Hamilton, Gerald Wilson and Hampton Hawes. He moved to New York in 1970, which is where he began to show acceptance of rock and r&b into his playing style, he began moving away from his traditional jazz approach, he also absorbed the funk and seventies disco influences which resulted in far more commercial acceptance, but to the dismay of his original jazz purist fan base. Subsequently, his 1977 album 'Lifeline', which included the classic jazz/disco track 'Running Away' and the follow up album, 'Everybody Loves The Sunshine', both hit the US album charts marking his commercial peak.
Sammy Davis Jr. remains one of the true legends of the 'Rat Pack' Vegas scene and beyond, maintaining a loyal and fanatical following to this day. The 36 original recordings on this 2-disc set feature key tracks "The Impossible Dream" , "My Way", "The Good Life", "I've Gotta Be Me", "Spinning Wheel", "In The Ghetto" and "MacArthur Park" and the set includes an 8 page full colour booklet with sleeve notes and extensive US discography.
The Small Faces - a familiar name, familiar tracks, and familiar faces, but in the guise of The Small Faces their career only spanned three and a half heady years. Formed in 1965 when Steve Marriot met Ronnie Lane at a gig, the band was soon playing the likes of the Cavern Club in London. They caught the eye of showbiz manager Dan Arden (Sharon Osbourne’s father), who soon had them on Decca and recording their first single. "Whatcha Gonna Do About It." In the summer of ’67 the band under a new label and new management started having hits again. August saw "Itchycoo Park" hit the top 5 and the band set to work on the album "Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake" which, although it would be a number one album, was also the beginning of the end. Marriot hated "Lazy Sunday Afternoon" which was released against his wishes but went to number two and at a New Year's gig in 1968 he walked off stage during a performance of the track, never to return. This then is a definitive collection of those brief years of The Small Faces.
Sun Ra is without doubt one of the strangest, most mythical and important figures in modern jazz history. This two disc collection featuring fourteen tracks recorded for BYG in 1969 and 1970 and only previously available as a full price double album.
Described as the finest songwriter the American state of Texas has ever produced, the late Townes Van Zandt has left behind a rich legacy of recordings for future generations to enjoy. This new collection is another worthy monument to the evergreen music of Townes, a troubadour in the finest tradition whose music will never be allowed to die. The 36 songs here provide a unique and wonderful insight into Van Zandt's catalogue. Just listen to such favorites as "Our Mother The Mountain", "John The Gambler", "Delta Momma Blues" and "Lonesome Tune" and one can only marvel at Townes Van Zandt's remarkable songwriting and performing abilities
The Yardbirds legacy is well known, having given birth to the careers of three of rock music’s greatest guitarists, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The various Yardbirds spawned some of the greatest bands of all time Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, Renaissance and of course, the colossus that was Led Zeppelin. It is this rather than the smattering of hit singles for which we all remember them. Indeed, these singles, though they included several classics, could hardly be classed as representative of the true spirit of the Yardbirds. This collection of tracks contains both the ‘true’ Yardbirds sound and the poppy, more commercial sound of the hits. It contains such classics as "For Your Love", "Mister, You’re a Better Man Than I" and "Shapes..." as well as a wide selection of album cuts, and is the definitive album of Yardbirds material.