Live album from '63, showcasing them at their rawest, R&B best. Eightenn tracks, featuring the Animals in support of Sonny Boy Williamson and on their own. This cracking set was recorded by Giorgio Gomelsky (mentor to the Yardbirds and The Rolling Stones) a month before they were first signed to EMI. This is when they were largely a covers band (a damn fine one mind you) and at their most exciting live. One for all Animals collectors, a real rarity.
Two digitally remastered albums on a double CD set. Striking live performances recorded in Algiers during July of 1969 and a bluesy studio recording from the same year. Stellar line up including Clifford Thornton, Grachan Moncur iii, Dave Burrell, Alan Silva, Sunny Murray and poets Ted Joans & Don Lee teaming up with Algerian and Touareg musicians for some wonderful and haunting ethno new jazz. Original artwork and new sleevenotes (French/English.)
Two albums recorded in '69 on one CD by the Avant Garde Jazz player. Enhanced and remastered. Tenor sax by Shepp supported by Burton Greene, Alan Silva, Claude Delcloo and Philly Joe Jones on Poem For Malcolm. Dave Burrell, Sunny Murray, Philly Joe Jones, Art Taylor, Clifford Thornton, Earl Freeman and others feature on Yasmina. A healthy mixture of experimental Jazz without losing all of the "restrictions" and certainly the feeling found in the traditional side. Six tracks in total: "Yasmina, A Black Woman", "Sonny's Back", "Body And Soul", "Rain Forest/Oleo", "Mamarose" and "Poem For Malcolm."
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago had a reputation as the finest and most influential avant-garde jazz ensemble of the 1970s and '80s. Not only that but they were a groundbreaking band and in the late '60s and early '70s helped pioneer the fusion of jazz with European art music and indigenous African music. One of their more entertaining and carefree outings mixing free jazz with theatrical experimentation. Eight tracks including: "Get In Love", "Song For Charles", "Dexterity" and "A Brain For The Seine."
Recorded in Paris on 5th October 1969 soon after the Ensemble (Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman and Malachi Favors) had left Chicago to spread the word in Europe. As trumpeter Lester Bowie said "I sold everything I had and bought the tickets..we had to leave Chicago to let people know what was happening..you can't stay regional, not if you have something the world wants to hear". Digitally enhanced and remastered, both CD's detail the bands incredible energy and musical eclecticism over both of the two forty minutes plus extended compositions.
Eight track Digi Pack live album from the superb Brazilian trio. Funk, Jazz and Brazilian rhythms are all expertly blended together at the Copacabana Palace during their popular '80's faze. Crazy samba indeed! Includes: "Light As A Feather", their UK top 20 hit "Jazz Carnival", "Montreux" and "Voo Sobre O Horiozonte"
The only woman to have a recording contract with Sun Records, this is her complete output for the label, including alternative versions and demos. Twenty seven tracks from a vocally aggressive singer who suited rockabilly/rock and roll perfectly, a deserved member of the Sun clan. Includes: "Cold, Cold Heart (original and alternate version)", "Eleventh Commandment" a song that got the bible belt in a twist and was subsequently banned, "Everlasting Love (original and alternate version)" and "Just One Day."
A deluxe box set featuring all the key bands from the 30's and 40's. over eighty tracks of the greatest tunes from the greatest groups of the era. Over forty swing, jump, jazz artists featured, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans, Claude Thornhill, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Stan Kenton and many many more. A superb anthology of some real golden moments. Each CD is split into subsections: CD1 Swing That Music, CD2 In The Groove, CD3 Jumpin' For Joy, CD4 Swingmatism.
Twenty six tracks that features the best of one of the early wild man of rock n roll. Highly regarded today due to his song writing craft and his multi instrumental abilities, he never found the fame he could easily have had. Although a cult hit in rockabilly, he also had a strong rootsy blues sideto him that is highlighted well in this collection. Features backing by The Little Green Men, that included the best session men Sun had to offer as well as a certain Jerry Lee Lewis. Digi pack edition.
A cracking anthology that focuses upon Marley's highly prolific period during the late '60's, early '70's. Over eighty tracks of fine, Lee Perry produced material. Although certainly not as well known as his later material (that everyone knows perhaps a bit too well) this is first class Marley, as impassioned and relevant as he always was. A period that certainly cannot be underrated. CD's split in to themes: Keep On Skanking, Horns Of Zion, Soul Shakeout and Shocks Of Mighty. Includes: "Kaya", "Soul Almighty", "Stop That Train" and "Brain Washing."
Digipack version of Bobby's classic '72 blaxploitation movie soundtrack. This album will obviously appeal to the lovers of the genre, but Tarantino fans should recognise a number of these tracks from the soundtrack of Jackie Brown. Eleven classic soul numbers that mixes acoutic arrangements and full out and out funk rock. Includes: "If You Don't Want My Love", "Hang On In There", the title track and "Quicksand."
Twenty eight track anthology of The Caravans career on Vee Jay records during the '50's. The commercial boom for Gospel was partly responsible for this high quality line up which included Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Loletta Holloway, Joseph Howard and Delores Jackson. Each member takes the lead and acts as back up to each other to glorious effect, each member deserved to permanently lead having beenblessed each with amazing vocal abilities. Easily the greatest female gospel group ever. Includes: "No Coward Soldier", "My Shelter, My Rock (live)", "Amazing Grace" and "Lord Don't Leave Us Now." Dig pack version.
Twenty track showcase of the late, great star of Latin music. Concentrating on her seminal period in the '50's and '60's for the Seeco label in New York. A fantastic anthology of masterful Rumbas, Boleros and Merengues accompanied by big bands and smaller combos; this is essential celia in her absolute prime. Booklet gives a detailed track by track analysis. Includes: "En Venezuel", "Retozon", "Sabrosa Guaguanco" and "El Congo."
Eighty four track showcase of the late, great star of Latin music. Concentrating on her seminal period in the '50's and '60's, each CD has it's own theme: 1. Cuban Roots, 2 Latin Queen Of The World, 3 From Havana To NYC - Nyorcian Heatwave. A fantastic anthology of masterful Rumbas, Boleros and Merengues accompanied by big bands and smaller combos; this is essential celia in her absolute peak. Includes a 24 page booklet that features a detailed biography. Featured tracks: "Virgen De La Macarena", "Munecas Del Cha-Cha-Cha", "Sueno De Luna" and "Cao, Cao Mani."
The definitive CD collection of Feathers' work for Sam Phillips at Sun, collating all the tapes from that era that survive. Sadly, much of the output is now lost to us forever, but we have all 13 tracks here to cherish, plus a further eight recorded in the 70s that do nothing to sour the legacy, including versions of 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'I Forgot To Remember To Forget'. Enjoy the work of a (still) unsung hero of hillbilly rock and hillbilly roll.
Four track live album from 1964. Charlie fronts a quintet (which includes Eric Dolphy) through extended versions of Peggy's Blue Skylight" and "Fables Of Faubles", as well as debuting two new tracks "Meditations For Integration" and "Orange Was The Colour Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk." Some superb playing is needed to guide the group though "Orange Was The…", a multi sectioned piece designed to stretch and highlight each players abilities. Superb album.
A live performance from the Rockland Palace Dancehall in '52, this is the improviser extraordinaire in full flow. Backed by Walter Bishop, Mundell Lowe, Teddy Kotick and Max Roach and on selected tracks, an orchestral string section, this is essential Charlie in full flow. Nineteen tracks, including: "What Is This Thing Called Love", "East Of The Sun", "My Little Suede Shoes" and "This Time The Dreams On Me."
Live compilation of Charlie's last four years at the famous New York Club named after him. CD 1 and 2 covers 1950, CD 3 '51-'52 and CD 4 '52-'54. These world class performances really highlight the genius of "Bird's" playing and accentuate the tragic loss to jazz his premature death was. Being backed by a Bebop, Latin American or string accompanyment, this is Charlie on home turf, really letting go. Disc 1's murky sound quality adds a surprisingly evocative atmosphere to the compilation, included here largely for historical reasons other three discs are all fine quality sound prodcutions. Over sixty tracks, including: "This Time The Dream's On Me", "Embracable You", "Moose The Mouche" and "Night In Tunisia."
Best known for his '70's work, this is a thirty track collection that highlights his time with Sam Philips' Sun Records from '58-'64. Largely rockabilly and country songs, this set includes some of Charlie's favourite songs that would remain in his live set list for over twenty years. A wonderful collection that really showcases his talent and a fine chronicle of his early days that all serious Charlie fans should explore. Digipack packaging, twelve page boolet with biography and detailed track notes. Includes: "Ways Of A Woman In Love", "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "Blue Suede Shoes" and the superb "Lonely Weekends."
One of the most memorable and popular acts of the short disco era caught live at the Budokan, Japan 1996. The writing partnership of Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards are the most famous members here, both went on to success writing and producing acts like Madonna and David Bowie and provide the tunes here. A bumper cast of extras feature in one of Chic's last ever concerts, including Sister Sledge, Slash (!) and Steve Winwood. Includes "Good Times/Rappers Delight", "He's The Greatest Dancer (With Sister Sledge)", "Stone Free" and "Le Freak."
Specialising in both uptempo dancehall rocksteady and sweet-voiced loversrock ballads with equal aplomb, this is Cornell being produced by Niney "The Observer" Holness in Jamaica and featuring guests Sly and Robbie. One of those reggae songwriters / performers that has been largely ignored by the masses outside of Jamaica, this set is another high quality addition to his vast back catalogue. Fourteen all new recordings, including reinterpretations of some of his sublime classic work from the late '60's and '70's. Featuring: "Stars", "The Minstrel", "The Investigator" and "Give Me Love."
Another classic Curtis reissue from Snapper- this time of his highly underrated 1973 album which, once again, dealt with many socio-political issues and pre-empted 'environmentalism' and 'conservationism' about 11 years before the rest of the world caught up. A major success at the time, it nevertheless is often neglected by people who eulogise about 'Curtis' or 'Superfly': maybe a re-evaluation is in order. Several tracks were hits, such as 'Future Shock' 'If I Were Only A Child Again' and 'Can't Say Nuthin', but the standout is the lengthy and eerie 'Right On For The Darkness'- pogressive soul (psoul?) at its finest. Housed in a digi pack.
Classic debut by one of the seminal names almost synonymous with the word 'soul' recorded within months of leaving The Impressions. One doesn't need to be told of the importance of tracks like 'Move On Up' 'Miss Black America' and 'We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue', but if you don't know-then buy it!! Soul anoraks may wish to note that the political and topical nature of this album predates Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and Gil Scott Heron's 'Pieces Of a Man' by a year. Its orchestral sound, whilst for some too similar to Isaac Hayes' 'Hot Buttered Soul' is yet to be bettered in its genre. Now reissued in stylish digipak.
Nine track accompanying soudtrack album to a Chicago T.V music special/. First released in '73, this features the current and original line ups of Impressions as well as special guests Jerry Butler and Gene Chandler. Track listing: "Superfly", "For Your Precious Love", "I'm So Proud", "Once In My Life", "Preacher Man", "If I Were Only A Child Again", Duke Of Earl", Love Oh Love" and "Amen."
Curtis' second album, which like Isaac Hayes' "Hot Buttered Soul" stretches out far beyond the conventional soul format and into extended songs with breathtaking arrangements. Lavishly produced with IMMENSE orchestrations, and featuring some of the best playing eitjer side of Memphis or Philadelphia. Includes 'Get Down'- which edges playfully close to hard rock, 'We Got To Have Peace' 'Beautiful Brother Of Mine' and the seminal 'Keep On Keeping On' the mere TITLE of which, never mind the song, is now an integral part of black American culture.Housed in a digi pack.
Right. We really don't need to tell you what a genius Curtis Mayfield was by now, or how much his influence spread across the black music of the 70s and 80s, nor how there still hasn't been nor will there ever be another likely to succeed him. If you don't know about this man's godlike gifts by now, then (a) you're surfing the wrong site, and (b) you should buy this 4 CD set!! It contains over five hours of music, spanning from 1968 to 1990 (the time of the tragic stage accident which left him paralysed from the neck down for the last nine years of his life), features both solo AND Impressions material, and comes with a 52 page booklet. Now go and buy the damn thing, and then buy all the real albums
This dark and brooding yet immensely uplifting soul classic is often named as the apex of its creator's career, not least of all for the inclusion of songs such as 'Pusherman' 'Freddie's Dead' (later covered by Fishbone) and 'Superfly' itself. Special two disc version features additional tracks, instrumentals, and alternative versions. An absolute blaxploitation classic, expanded with thirteen tracks. Additional tracks: "The Underground (The Demo)", "Eddie You Should Know Better (instrumental version)" and "Ghetto Child."
Possibly the greatest film soundtrack ever- with the exception (maybe) of 'The Wicker Man'. This dark and brooding yet immensely uplifting soul classic is often named as the apex of its creator's career, not least of all for the inclusion of songs such as 'Pusherman' 'Freddie's Dead' (later covered by Fishbone) and 'Superfly' itself. This version is repackaged with six bonus tracks including two radio spots from the time, and a demo of the hard to find 'Ghetto Child'. One of the great albums in any genre, never mind soul itself.
One of the most influential vocalists, writers, guitarists and producers of the 20th century, Curtis Mayfield managed to combine some of the greatest soul ever recorded with thought provoking lyrics tackling the key social and political issues of the time- without ever preaching or condescending to his audience. The solo albums he recorded betwixt 1970 and 1990, all released on his own label (another first for a black artist) remain as testament to his genius. The 34 tracks featured in this definitive collection are highlights from those recordings, providing a thorough overview of his solo career. All his hits are here, including 'Move On Up' 'Get Down' 'If There's A Hell Below' 'Beautiful Brother Of Mine' 'Freddie's Dead' and 'Superfly'- thus making the most comprehensive double CD of his Curtom period available, and a fine tribute. Wonder how (or indeed if) the bloke who put that stage rigging up in Brooklyn in 1990 manges to sleep at night. . .Due In: 24/04/2006
Another classic slice of Curtis, originally released on his own Curtom label in 1975 and every bit the equal of albums such as 'Curtis' 'Roots' and 'Superfly'. Includes 'Billy Jack' 'Jesus' 'Hard Times' and 'So In Love'. Digipak edition featuring reproduced original artwork, one of the most striking front covers in the soul genre.
Three disc compilation of the best of Curtom Records (the label founded and overseen by Curtis Mayfield) on which were released all of his groundbreaking albums, as well as the work of his former bandmates The Impressions and the likes of Leroy Hutson, the Natural Four, later recordings of the Staple Singers, and Linda Clifford. The 75 tracks here trace the chronological history of this label, which came to epitomise Chicago soul the way Motown did Detroit. The accompanying lushly illustrated 40 page booklet includes biographies, notes for individual tracks and is one of the most informative of its kind.
CD reissue of the 1982 album from Gong leader and all round father of the festi scene, a man who has been practising alternative lifestyles since 1954 and is still getting away with it today.On this album Allen embraced the new tape looping and sampling technology available, blening it seemlessly with his own spoken word stream of consciousness rambling, bizarrely and uniquely Antipodean singing style and Barrett-esque discordant guitar thrashings. The musicians involved were no sluch either: Bill Laswell, Michael Breinhorn and others served up doses of jagged New York arthouse prog-funk, proving that sometimes progressive rockers do actually make some progress!! Reissue includes four bonus tracks from the 'Alien In New York' EP receorded in Jamaica in 1978 which until this release have been near impossible to find. Digipak reproduces original artwork & notes AND adds new authoritative commentary.
Another compilation of the works of the legendary beatnik/ insurrectionist/ seditionary/ freak/ poet/ guitarist/ songwriter and all-round psychedelic legend that is Daevid Allen. In the 50 years of his career so far, he has truly lived the life and walked the walk; this set covers his time with Soft Machine, Gong, Planet Gong, Mother Gong and several solo offshoots, and has a booklet packed with notes that detail his achievements. I am, you are, we are, cray-zeee.
Fifty four track anthology of the greatest Doo Wop ballads and Jump classic from the classic age of Rock n Roll. Playing a major part in the development of Soul music, there are plenty of '40's Gospel and R&B influences here, a real lesson in the development of popular music. Features tracks by The Rhythm Aces, The Harptones, Sheriff And The Ravels, The Du Droppers, The Midnighters, The Cardinals and many more groups who start with The!
28 of the Chicago soul legends finest Vee Jay recordings all available on one CD!! The tracks stretch from 1955 to 1965 and include the hits 'Oh, What A Night' (later covered by the Four Seasons) and 'Stay In My Corner' alongside doo-wop ballads, great jump tunes, soulful covers and aplethora of hideden gems, several of which have never been released on CD before. The conoisseurs' soul vocal outfit- not to be confused with Archie Bell And The Drells, or indeed the English outfit called the Dells who recorded the awful 'I Can Sing A Rainbow' in 1975!!!
Twenty five highlights from the highly prolific recordings of Dennis Brown between 1972 and 1977, made with legendary producer Winston Holness. Bob Marley himself named him as the worlds greatest Reggae singer so it would be stupid to ignore the man. All of his various styles, upbeat and downbeat dance hall, and chill out are captured on this Digi Pack album. Includes his Jamaican hit singles: "Some Like It Hot", "You're No Good" and "LoveJah."
Ninety six track compilation of this highly popular singer's '45-'62 period (Mercury Records.) A healthy mix of standards and originals written for her that have become legendary, this anthology showcases Dinah's ability to sing Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Blues and popular music and pull it off brilliantly. This is a fitting testament to her influential career that ended in '63 after an accidental overdose. Includes the classic: "What A Difference a day makes", "September In The Rain", "Mad About The Boy", "When A Woman Love A Man" and "Early Every Morning (Early Every Evening Too.)" Forty eight page booklet includes track by track analysis and a detailed biography.
Twenty eight track compilation of this highly popular singer's '55-'60 period. A healthy mix of standards and originals written for her that have become legendary, this anthology showcases Dinah's ability to sing Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Blues and popular music and pull it off brilliantly. This is a fitting testament to her influential career that ended in '63 after an accidental overdose. Includes: "I Concentrate On You", "Makin' Woopie", "Perdidio" and "what A Differnece A Day Makes." Digi pack version.
Two albums on one CD from one of the fathers of the World Music scene. Both originally released in '69, (Mu first part, Mu second part), they have been digitally remastered. Highlighting Cherry's own style of jazz orientated improvisations and intense World arrangements based on his travels, this is one of his best albums. Twelve tracks: "Bamboo Night", "Total Vibration", "Smiling Faces, Going Places" and "The Mysticism Of My Sound."
Regarded as one of the original pioneers of World music, this is two digitally remastered albums originally from '69. Both sets show off the ever travelling Don's eclectic Jazz/World arrangements and song writing style. Orient features his regular three piece band and guest musicicans Dutch drummer Han Bennink and South African bassist Johnny Dyani. This album touches on elements of Indian, Indonesian, African and American Indian music. Blue Lake focuses more on the American Indian style of arrangements in extremely extended songs, some stretching for thirty minutes. This album also features Don's own incredible singing voice, efectively another musical instrument. Two albums combined have eight tracks, including: "East", "Togetherness" and "Si Ta Ra Ma."
The name Earth Wind And Fire will need no introduction to anyone who knows soul, disco and funk in even the slightest sense. Their early albums are psych-soul masterpieces, their huge line-up features some of the finest musicians ever to sport an afro, and their extravagant sci-fi themed shows (with a similar look to Yes and ELO that led them to be labelled 'prisco' by certain people) are genius to behold. This CD is taken from one such show, live in Rio De Janeiro in 1980, where they pull out all the stops and deliver a set of both hits and album tracks- everything from 'Boogie Wonderland' 'After The Love Has Gone' and 'September' to 'Serpentine Fire' and 'In The Stone' which show that their fascination with magic, sorcery, and to name another track, 'Fantasy', hadn't abated. Full original lineup included here. Stonking!
Second edition of 2003 comeback album from one of the most unusual and musically diverse acts the world of soul ever produced. Good to know that in an age where the most plastic, soulLESS shite ever masquerades as 'soul', these old masters are here to show the pretenders (no, not The Pretenders!!) how it should be done. And yes, Maurice White's hair still looks like a pair of headphones. Includes a guest appearance from ex-Sequencer Angie Stone.
Sixteen track compilation of the saxophonist's brief time on Vee jay, only two and a bit years that still managed to produce seven long players! Tough muscular jazz, Latin stylings, film themes and ballads feature here, Eddie revealing himself to be one of the best; his work would go on to be covered by Miles Davis. Includes: "Breakfast At Tiffany's", "Laura", "Willow, Weep For Me" and "Moon River."
Twenty six tracks from the Alegre, Fania and Tico labels. A wizard salsa keyboardist from the Bronx who always experimented and pushed the genre forward, reflecting the mixed area he lived in. Spanning twenty five years, this is almost every brilliant track Eddie ever put on record as a pianist, band leader and songwriter. Includes tracks form his three Grammy winning albums on the Fania label. Covering most of the Latin styles and fusions of pretty much every Western style of music, from R&B, Rock, to Jazz and Soul, this is masterful stuff.
Twenty four compilation of the best of the blues guitarist Elmore James' last four years of recording for the Fire/Fury label before his death in '63. Influencing, The Stones, Clapton and Hendrix, Elmore's inpact cannot be underestimated. Having learnt from his mentor Robert Johnson, Elmore has the same emotional impact vocally and can easily shift between extremely intense numbers to subtle little shuffles with ease. Often written off as playing in exactly the same style as Johnson, there was always much more to Elmore than that; this compilation clearly portrays him as a versatile, important figure in mid-20th Century blues. Includes: Johnson's "Standing At The Crossroads", "Find My Kinda Woman", "My Bleeding Heart" and "She Done Moved."
Every song Elmore recorded on the Fire, Fury and Enjoy labels. Sixty four tracks in all, plus a few interesting rarities and alternate takes. Elmore specialised in that special type of fiery blues that few could equal nevermind match. These tracks will largely only be known to the dedicated James fan, but should still grab a newcomer simply for it's damn high quality. 24 page booklet includes rare photos and a biography. Includes: "Dust My Broom", "Standing At The Crossroads" and "Make My Dreams Come True."
One of the most important and influential figures on the post war blues scene, singer, guitarist and songwriter Elmore James was the unchallenged king of the electric slide guitar, updating the legacy of the country blues to postwar Chicago. His music, and most definitely his guitar playinge, has been a major source of inspiration for countless blues and rock musicians over the years. Eric Clapton, Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix are just a few of the rock legends who have acknowledged his influence. This collection includes every complete master he recorded at his last two sessions for Bobby Robinson's Fire/Fury label in New York City in February 1963, just three months before his untimely death from a heart attack at the age of 45. Chuck Berry, Ry Cooder and Bill Wyman all cite him as a major influence- Wyman going so far as to say that if it wasn't for him, the Stones may never have formed (Jagger had Elmore James 78s in his bag when he first met Richards on Dartford station in 1961) and if that ain't a reccommendation, then what is?
Dounble CD, the first nineteen tracks dedicated to compilating Elvis' best live performances at the Louisa Hayride. The second half brings together the original recordings of songs that Elvis would cover during his time at Sun Records like "Blue Suede Shoes", "Blue Moon Of Kentuky" and "That's When The Heartaches Begin", performed by Carl Perkins, The Golden Gate Quartet, Arthur Crudrup, Hank Snow, The Shelton Brothers, The Inkspots and many more. In two years, Elvis made fifty performances at the Hayride, this album tracks his early Sun years perfectly, the most complete live collection from this essential period in his career.
Possibly the most legendary jam session ever- a one off meeting of the four giants of rock and roll (and country) at Sun Studios in 1956, which led to some legendary tracks being laid down. Included on these two discs are songs (both original and traditional), snippets of songs, passages of dialogue and indepth explanations from The King of the lyrics to several of his best known recordings. Practically everything the quartet recorded is included here on Disc 1: anything else probabaly no longer exists. Disc 2 features a selection of solo tracks by each of the four. History in your hands!!
Possibly the definitive collection of material originally released on the Sun records label- all of Elvis's earliest work is here, alongside tracks showing the work of his contemporaries at the time: Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Not forgetting of course the works of the lesser known Tracy Pendarvis and Ray Smith. 'Great Balls Of Fire' Whole Lotta Shakin' 'Blue Suede Shoes'- they're all here. Grease up that quiff and creep those brothels!!
A genuine super group. These twenty three tracks feature the ever changing line up of all of the stars of the Fania label, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow and Mongo Santamaria. This thirty three track anthology features all of these distinguished stars performing a wide range of styles, samba, boogaloo, Latin Jazz fusion, Cha-Cha-Cha, Bolero and Descara.
3-CD clam box set of recordings (over 4 hours worth!) from Bobby Robinson's Fire and Fury Records, who from 1951 to 1964 launched the career of a squillion soul, R'n'B and doo wop stars including Lee Dorsey, Gladys Knight AND Bobby Archan, as well as rehabilitating several blues masters such as Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins (no, not the REM song- that was named AFTER HIM) and Arthur Crudup. This is the largest and most comprehensive overview of the label's work ever compiled, and features a 40 page booklet crammed full of info.
Twenty five track compilation from his golden period on Columbia Records in '46. Includes some rarely heard and frankly, highly underrated classic Frank ballads and swing numbers. Axel Stoddahl lends his superb arrangements to what was quite honestly a highly productive year in his career. Includes: "The Things We Said Last Summer", "You Are Too Beautiful", "How Cute Can We Be" and "Somewhere In The Night." Twelve page booklet comes with detailed liner notes.
George Clinton, Bootsy Collins- names so synonymous with funk they don't even need explaining. Here's a compilation of some of their best toonery from their groundbreaking Warners albums released between 1976 and 1981, including 'One Nation Under A Groove' 'Cosmic Slop' 'Not Just Knee Deep' and the wonderfully titled 'The Electric Spanking Of War Babies'. Who says a funk band can't play rock, indeed!Housed in a digi.
Now this IS value for money- for just twenty of your earth squid, you can purchase every studio album made by Clinton, Collins and Co during their second-most creative period, 1976-81. These were the albums that spawned such delights as 'One Nation Under A Groove' 'Not Just Knee Deep' 'Who Says A Funk Band Can't Play Rock' (lest we forget, the band were every bit as heavy as Led Zeppelin or Grand Funk at their peak) 'Freak Of The Week' and 'Icka Prick'. Now all these fine works are collected together in a four-disc 'long box' set, with a 44- page colour book that gives a detailed history of the P-Funk gang, and ana appraisal written by Mojo's Geoff Brown. Any serious fan of MUSIC, per se, should have this.
Mini card sleeve (containing the repro poster inner) of the album which blended elements of 60s psychedelia and blues plus the deep groove of soul and funk. Originally released in 1979. 'Uncle Jam Wants You' contains the absolute winner and most famous track, the 15 minute deep groove of "Not Just Knee Deep". A fantastic reply to the bland disco charts of the time, this mix of Funk, Rock and Psychedelia is commanding stuff. Packaged in a thick gatefold sleeve and with a CD inner sleeve to reproduce that LP feel.
Digi pack version of a bumper thirty track anthology of Chandler's best moments on Vee Jay Records. One of the most popular R&B singers of all time, Curtis Mayfield was a fan and subsequenty wrote several of the numbers featured here. Capable of R&B classics, Doo Wop numbers, pop/soul crossovers and Northern Soul anthems, he is a superb talent. By far the most comprehensive and generous collection of his best moments. Includes The hit title track, "Nothing Can Stop Me", "I Wake Up Crying", "The Girl's A Devil" and "Man's Tmptation."
Reissue of the classic 1974 album and Part two of the legendary "Radio Gnome Invisible" trilogy, the album features all of the usual Gong trademarks and the classic line-up of Daevid Allen, Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe, Mike Howlett and Tim Blake. Includes such favourites as "I Never Glid Before" "Oily Way" and "Other Side of The Sky". Essential Gong.
Put simply, a 'greatest hits' (although they never officially released a single as such) from one of the most enduring UK/Euro bands of the last 35 years. Daevid Allen, one of the true freaks, a man who was already causing subversive upheaval and extolling a beatnik lifestyle -get this- AT PUBLIC SCHOOL IN AUSTRALIA IN 1953!!!!- has led Gong on and off through various permutations since quitting Soft Machine in 1968, and with the help of such other space travellers as Gilli Smyth, Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe, Tim Blake and the late Pierre Moerlen, created a wonderful acid-fried world of gnomes, pixies, witches and goddesses that is now part of the everyday language of hippies everywhere. This compilation concentrates largely on the first four or five albums from 'Magick Brother Mystick Sister' up to 'You', rather than their later jazz-rock, punk and trance periods (although one tune from 'Flaoting Anarchy' is included), and as such features the tunes that to some defined (to some) what hippie culture was in the UK the way the Dead did in the US. Some progressive bands may have espoused it- but this band lived it- and nearly 40 years on, they still do!! Regular Freak Customers will need no introduction to these tunes, but for those not in the know, try 'You Can't Kill Me' 'Tropical Fish' 'Radio Gnome Invisible' 'The Pot Head Pixies' 'I Am Your Pussy' 'Oily Way' 'I Niver Glid Before' 'And You Tried So Hard' and 'Opium For The People'. All stone- sorry, make that STONED classics.
Two albums on one CD. A wonderful and fairly adventurous recording session that was taped in Paris on August 11th 1969 for one of the first trombonists to explore free jazz. Grachan Moncur III matches ideas with Roscoe Mitchell (alto sax, piccolo) Dave Burrell (piano) Alan Silva (bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums) and (on one of four pieces) his former boss Archie Shepp (tenor sax.) The second half of the album is made up of early recordings , based on traditional Brazillian tunes. Includes: "Osmosis", "Space Sky" and "Tiny Temper." Remastered from original tape source.
Fifty classic performances from the greats of Gospel during the '50 and '60's. featuring the sublime talents of Etta James, Louis Armstrong, The Caravans, The Dixie Hummingbords, The Swan Silvertones, The Staple Singers, The Edwin Hawkings Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, The Patterson Singers and many, many more. A superb collection that brings togethr some essential songs by essentail artists. Features "Don't You Weep", the inspiration for "Bridge Over Troubled Waters", and (This May Be) The Last Time", clear inspiration for The Stones' "The Last Time."
Twenty one track compilation of '70's roots inspired tracks before Gregory moved towards the mainstream. This Digi Pack edition features the production credits of Lee Perry, Pete Watson, Niney The Observer and Alvin Ranglin. Of course there are touches of his speciality Lovers Rock in "Tumbling Tears" and "Lonely Teardrops", but this is more angled towards his social commentary side. Track titles like "Village Of The Underprivileged", "Jailor", "Slave Master" and "Mr. Cop" express the bittersweet political direction Isaacs was moving in the late '70's.
Sixteen track compilation of his best tracks from the '80's and early '90's. A fine mix of social commentary and his speciality: lovers rock, produced by Lee Perry, Pete Watson, Niney The Observer and Alvin Ranglin. Includes: "All The Stores Are Closed", "Ghetto Celebrity", "Lokk And You'll See" and "New Contract."
Twenty track compendium of this great gospel groups time on Vee Jay Records. Having originally launched the careers of Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls and Johnnie Taylor, The Highway QC's signed to Vee Jay in '55. Johnnie Taylor's effortless vocals are the only of the three heard here, before Spencer Taylor took over. Part a capella, part accompanied by a band, this is truly heavenly stuff. Includes: "Every Man, Woman And Child", "Jesus, I'm Waiting", "Oh What A Beautiful Day" and "I'll Trust His Word." Digi pack version.
An excellent and exemplary live set-and your reviewer speaks from experience, for he was there!! Recorded at the Astoria Theatre, London, May 2004, this is the Mott frontman and all-round general legend of rock at the very top of his toppermost form, with a set featuring the old, the new and the best. From Mott oldies like 'Rock N Roll Queen' 'I Wish I was Your Mother' 'Roll Away The Stone' 'The Journey' 'Saturday Gigs' '. . .Memphis' (featuring Ralpher, Brian May and Joe Elliott) and '. . .Dudes' to solo classics 'Cleveland Rocks' 'Standing In My Light' 'Irene Wilde' 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' and of course the title track, to later faves '23A Swan Hill' 'Twisted Steel' and his heartfelt Ronson tribute 'Michael Picasso', they're all there. One of his best recent tunes, 'This Ain't Eastenders' was definitely performed at the gig, but seems to have disappeared- other than that this is the show exactly as those who were there saw it, heard it, felt it and loved it. Sheer genius.
Collection of all of the pioneering Chicago soul outfit's hits for their founder Curtis Mayfield's Curtom label, including 'Choice Of Colours' 'Check Out Your Mind' 'This Is My Country' and 'Finally Got Myself Together'. All four vocalists- Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, Reggie Torian and Ralph Johnson- are featured here. This is of course the later, funkier and more political era of the band, having moved on considerably from their sweet-voiced gospel roots. Digi Pack edition.
The 'Godfather Of Soul' recorded in March 1980, as he staged the first of a zillion comeback tours. The chosen venue for this soul extravaganza was Manhattan's ultra-hip Studio 54 venue, at the time the most hip disco Mecca in all of NYNY, where either your name was on the list or you weren't in, matey!! This live set was his first release outside of Polydor's stranglehold for over 10 years, and caught the man (at the time 44 years old) on top form. All the hits one would expect are there except for the curiously omitted 'I Feel Good'. Maybe he wasn't at all well at the time!! At the time, one of the first live albums to be digitally recorded: now remastered. Digi Pack version.
Twenty six track anthology of the best moments from the short lived Actuel label from the late '60's, early '70's. Featuring the cream of the labels output, Sun Ra, Dave Burrell, Gong, Alan Silva, Don Cherry, Daevid Allen, Sunny Murray and many more. Digitally remastered, many of the tracks have never appeared on CD before.Thirty six page booklet details the labels history, rare history and the artist who featured on it. Compiled by Thurston Moore (from Sonic Youth.) Three CD set housed in individual wallets and an attractive box with Don Cherry dressed up with welders goggle and propellers on his head!
The famous Jazz film, recorded over four days at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958, this twenty two track live album features Louis Armstrong (featured here four times), Theolonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Sonny Stitt and Chuck Berry! Perhaps a tad out of place in a Jazz festival, Chuck performs his big single of the time "Sweet Little Sixteen" and unsurprisingly plays no further part on this DVD. Bert Sterns only feature film, a superb, upbeat document of the festival captures the quality on stage and the party atmosphere of the audience. DVD extras include an introduction to the festival, biographies, a making of and stills from the event. NTSC.
Soundtrack album to the famous Jazz film of the same name. Recorded over four days at the Newport Jazz Festival 1958, this sixteen track live album features Louis Armstrong (featured here four times), Theolonius Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Dinah Washington, Sonny Stitt and Chuck Berry! Perhaps a tad out of place in a Jazz festival, Chuck performs his big single of the time "Sweet Little Sixteen" and unsurprisingly plays no further part on this CD. A superb, upbeat document of the festival, capturing the quality on stage and the party atmosphere of the audience. Digi Pack version.
The first authorised release of the Airplane’s historic last show from September 1972 at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco. The complete show, this double CD set features the group running through twenty one tracks from their last two albums and a few evergreen hits. The remastered sound and complete set list outstrips all inferior bootlegs released. A fine album documenting the last days of one of the West Coast’s greatest bands. Featuring: "Have You Seen The Saucers?", "Wooden Ships", "Crown of Creation" and "Papa John's Down Home Blues."
The considerable vocal talents of former Impression Jerry Butler are highlighted on this early collection of hits. Twenty six tracks that prove Jerry is capable of singing anything and everything briliantly. Contains duets with Betty Everett and the US hit singles of the Impressions. Includes: " Let It Be Me (Featuring Betty Everett)", "For Your Precious Love", "Giving Up On Love " and "Moon River." Digipack edition.
Clam shell four-CD box set and book that distills the cream of the Killer's recordings for the Sun label betwixt 1956 and 1963. 128 tracks in all from a man that changed the face of both rock and roll AND country music as we know them today. Discs one and two lean more toward rock'n'roll, disc 3 is country-heavy and disc 4 even steps into R'n'B territory via some of the styles one would not necessarily associate with Jerry Lee. In other words, comprehensive. The 52 page book included contains a detailed biography of the man to date (2005) and a track by track commentary from Clive Anderson (!).
30 cuts that changed the face of rock and roll as we know it. Recorded, as so many in this series were, for Sun Records in the heady rock and roll 50s and 60s, these tracks represent Jerry Lee at his piano-pumpin', gun-slingin' , cousin-marryin', fringe-flickin' raucous rock'n'roll best- with several nods to the other most important music in his life, country. Everything from 'Goodnight Irene' to 'Jambalaya' is here. But of course it wouldn't be a Lewis compilation without those scorching red hot hits- 'Whole Lot Of (NEVER "lotta") Shakin' 'Great Balls Of Fire' 'Mean Woman Blues' and 'Breathless'. Simply 'killer'!
The first complete recordings of the experience's two nights at the Albert Hall in February '69, this 3 CD set adds previously unreleased performances to the soundtrack of the super rare concert movie "Experience". This has become a historic performance as it was the last by the original three piece Experience line up in the UK. Thirty five tracks, including blistering performances and extensive jams of "Stone Free", Sunshine Of Your Love", "Wild Thing", "Fire" and "Hound Dog (soundcheck)."
There might be too many low quality Hendrix reissues clogging the market, but some are essential listening- like this one, the soundtrack to the very rare Hendrix movie 'Experience' which was filmed in 1969 nad has to date only been publicly screened once, in Berkeley, California. Now it's available for heads everywhere: in an attractive digipak with an illustrated 12 page booklet, no less. Featuring all the usual Hendrix tunes one would expect alongside the lesser known 'Room Full Of Mirrors' and the self-explanatory 'Smashing Of The Amps'.
Twelve track album from 1960, now with four bones tracks. His third album for Vee-Jay Records, it's an absolute stonker, with classic cuts like "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Hush Hush" and "I Got You." Booklet contains discography and sleeve notes by Les Fancourt. Bonus tracks include the sought after first version of "I'm Gonna Ruin You."
Jimmy's first album on the Vee Jay album, first released in '58. Recorded with the likes of Eddie Taylor and Earl Philips, this album includes classics like: "Honest I Do", "You Don't Have To Go" and "Little Rain." Digi pack version, booklet including discography and original sleeve notes. A very important figure in modern rock music, he influenced every white man in the sixties who played the blues. Bonus tracks: "Honey, Don't Let Me Go", "Come On Baby", "She Don't Want Me No" and "High And Lonesome."
'59 album from one of the most impressive and successful blues players of the '50's and '60's. Reed's second album features his hits "Going To New York" and Take Out Some Insurance." Highly influential on th eemerging blues scen of the sixties, Jimmy has the habit of writing simple but instantly catchy numbers; the pace of this album never lets up. This digipack, twelve track album has been expanded with four bonus tracks (rare alternate single versions of "Signals Of Love" and "Honey Where Are You Going.")
Thrty six highlighs from Joe's output on the New York Tico label in the '60's and '70's. Latin Jazz, Mamca boogaloo, cha-cha-cha, guaracha and son mon-tuno all feature here, as well as cross over tracks that feature elements of doo wop, soul and afro-Cuban rhythms. A highly regarded group across the globe, this is the essential stuff in one double album. Featuring: My Speedy Man", "Bang, Bang", "Wakini" and "Ritmo De Joe Cuba"
A collection of 25 hits from the man whose name to some defined the true meaning of southern soul. A rustic, booming-voiced black countryman (not a 'black country' man you understand, he wasn't from Dudley or anything) with a manic, preacher-like delivery, Tex's use of country inflections in a soul and gospel format stood him apart from his contemporaraies and made songs like 'Skinny Legs And All' 'Ain't Gonna Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman' and 'S. Y. S. L.. J. F. M' unique. His style was definitely a major influence on hip hop, although whether that's a good or bad thing is a moot point. This collection includes all of his major hits from 1965 to 1977, recorded at Muscle Shoals and originally released on Dial.
Live recording at the legendary club in '62. Featuring the classci quartet on three of the four tracks, the last, "Body And Soul" is a rare recording of the short lived quintet featuring Eric Dolphy recorded earlier that same year. A nice historical document of the groups performances with and without Dolphy. Remaining trackS: "Mr. P.C", "Miles Mode" and "My Favourite Things."
Three and a half hours of some very special music, from one of the most important and influencial jazz players of all time. Featuring live tracks recorded across Europe between '61 and '65. Each CD is split in to various locations Stockholm, Graz andParis. Very good sound quality throughout. Features a simply stunning forty eight minute version of his masterpiece "A Love Supreme" and special guest Eric Dolphy on alto sax and flute. Superb live collection, all Coltrane fans apply here. Booklet include biographical information and in depth analysis of each of the sixteen tracks by jazz author Stan Britt. Includes: "My Favourite Things", "Autumn Leaves " and "Blue Train."
Highlights from John's Vee Jay years ('55-'64.) Many people consider this to be his peak artistically and his sheer consistency. Twenty tracks including his classics: "Dimples", "Don't look Back", "Onions" and "Crawlin' Kingsnake." Highly recommended for the uninitiated.
Digi pack version of John's third album for Vee Jay Records, originally released in '61. This is easily Johnny's most consistently brilliant period. Largely a solo album, occasionally John is joined by a small band. Fourteen tracks expanded with four bonus live songs from the Newport Folk Festival and with Jimmy Reed in Chicago. Includes the haunting "Tupelo", "Wife Left Me", "Dirty Ground Hog (live)" and "Hard Headed Woman." Booklet includes original sleeve notes, discography, an a new introduction by Les Fancourt.
Original twelve track Vee-Jay album from '61, now with an additional four bonus tracks. DigiPack verson. Absolute vintage blues from the master on the subject, featuring Eddie Taylor and Jimmy Reed in support. Booklet features the original sleevenotes, discography and introduction by blues author Les Fancourt. Yes, it does inlcude "Dimples", but this is where it originated from. Bonus tracks: "Unfriendly Woman", "I'm So Worried Baby (alternate take)", "Trouble Bllues" and "You Can Lead Me Baby."
Sixty track compilation that brings together all of the best of this masterly blues man's years on Vee-Jay Records ('55-'64). Split into three catagories/CD's Small Band Classics, Folk Blues and Urban Blues. 24 booklet contains detailed biography/liner notes by blues authority LesFancourt. A definitive anthology of essential blues. Includes: his biggest hits "Boom, Boom", "I'm In The Mood", "Dimples" and "Tupelo (live.)"
Classic 1977 live double album from the master bluesmith who was in his sixties at the time of recording. Original fifteen tracks released in it's entirety on CD for the first time expanded with five bonus songs from the period. With a six piece band, Hooker is in truly rocking form here, firing out classic hits such as "Tupelo", "Boogie On", "One Room Country Shack" and "Drug Store Woman." Definitive Hooker at his best.
Digi Pack, sixteentrack collection of Hooker's time on Vee Jay records ('55-'64.) Probably at the peak of his artistic powers during this highly productive period, this is prime blues material from a true master. Originally released in 1960 by Vee Jay, this CD version contains four bonus tracks. Includes: "Canal Street Blues", "Goin' To California", "Love Me All The Time" and "I Can't Believe."
All of Johnny Cash's sixty recorded songs while under his Sun contract. His real genius is laid bare with such minimalist, stark accompanyment. Cash's surprisingly vivid lyrics are brought to life by his dark, soulful vocal performance. This really demonstrates what you can do with a skeleton backing track, a brilliant song and a unique voice. His legacy is here for all to hear. Includes: "Folsom Prison Blues", "The Wreck Of The Old 97", "I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow", "The Ways Of A Woman In Love."
A comprehensive 2CD set that not only features the classic tracks that feature in the biopic pof the same name, but the pick of the rest of the recordings he made for Sam Phillips at Sun. Yes, this man was rock and roll before rock and roll was even invented. And of course, the fact that the great man passed on in 2004 and is therefore extremely marketable is merely a coincidence, has nothing whatsoever to do with this release and should not be seen as 'Cash' ing in in any way. Of course not.
Thirty four highlights from Johnny's time on Fania Records. Actually a co-founder of the label, this New Yorker became one of its major stars. At the forefront of two major new styles in the '60's and '70's, Charanga and the Cuban Sonora as well as working in Salsa. A ridiculously multi faceted leader of the Latin scene. Features collaborations with Celia Cruz, Rolanda LeSerie and his favourite singer, Pete "El Conde" Pacheco.
Twenty two compilation of prime '70's cuts from the influential Funk masters, many of the tracks having languished in the Dee-Lites Records vaults since they were first recorded. Featuring the original line up working with their key producer Ronald Bell, it is unclear why most of this material has never been released and was discarded by the band. Remixed and remastered from the original studio tapes, this is the best rare Kool funk material out there. Includes: "Big Apple Boogie", "Kind Of Funky", "Power Of The Dollar" and "Feel The Funk."
28 barnstorming struttin' tracks from one of the brightest stars in New Orleans' R'n'B firmament. Most famous of course for the title track (written by Allen Toussaint, his collaborations with whom are featured here) and his work with the Meters, his recording career stretched back to 1960 after his retirement from professional boxing (strange but true). His heyday, from then up till 1978, is covered on this disc, which also features 'Workin In A Coalmine' (his other biggest hit) 'Sneakin Sally Through The Alley' (covered by Robert Plamer with the aforementioned Meters) 'Occapella' (recorded by Ringo Starr on 'Goodnight Vienna') and his duet 'Love Lots Of Lovin' with Betty Harris. Repeated listening is guaranteed to make one very happy indeed. Digi pack version.
Thriteen track compilation, bringing together the two albums "Expoobident" and "Here's Lee Morgan", both released at the start of the '60's. Accompanied by such jazz luminaries as Art Blakey, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly and Clifford Jordan. These sessions are from just before he recorded one of the best selling Jazz albums of all times "The Sidewinder." In a similar vibe, this is prime Morgan show off his typical power and panache on the trumpet. Includes: "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Bess" and "Just In Time." Digi Pack version.
Best known as the man who replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions, this seven track solo album was recorded for the Curtom label in '76. His most successful of his seven post-impression albums, this highly prolific writer/producers work has become a cult hit amongst funk/soul fans. Includes: "Butterfat", "Let's Be Lonely Together" and "Lover's Holiday."
Compilation of the albums Hutson, best known as the man who replaced Curtis Mayfield in The Impressions, recorded for the Curtom label betwixt 1973 and 1979. Includes 'All Because Of You' 'Where Did Our Love Go' 'In The Mood' 'Lovers Holiday' and 'When You Smile'. Packaged in an attractive digipak.
The only album Mr. Slim made for Vee Jay Records in '62. This ten track album has been expanded with an additional four live tracks from '60. His rugged vocals and cracking guitar playing weave their way through sombre and upbeat blues. Digi pack version, booklet features original sleeve notes, discography and the ever present Lee Francourt contributing a new introduction. Includes: "Ball Of Twine (live)", "Devil Is Watching You", "Got Me A Louisiana Woman" and "Walkin' Round In Circles."
The quite scrumptious Linda Clifford was one of the late 70s' biggest disco divas- not only could she sing like a mutha, but she was signed to Curtom Records as well, and as such became a leading exponent of the 'orchestrated disco' sound that took its influence from Curtis Mayfield (the album was co-produced and co-written by him) earlier works. The seven tracks on this album all stretch out at length in a progressive manner- 'Prisco', anyone? The title track (yes, it is that song from 'Sweet Charity'), which features breathtaking arrangements and a call-and-response section featuring the Jones Girls, is a masterpiece: 'Runaway Love' is spoken word disco in the style of Millie Jackson, and although neither artist ever managed to pull off the spoken vocal thing as well as say, the Chi-Lites or Diana Ross, Clifford is quite clearly a classy lady and her style shines through. Thi issue includes two bomus toons 'You Can Do It' and 'From Now On' which lean toward the more gospel-inflected end of her repertoire.
Despite being one of the biggest selling bluesmen on Stax and Chess of the sixties and Seventies, Little Milton (not a town outside Bournemouth) actually began his career at Sun in the mid-Fifties. This 27 track collection includes everything he recorded during that time bar the odd alternate take. Also included are six bonus titles on which he featured prominently as a guitarist. Three of these with pianist Willie Love predate his Sun recordings, whilst the other three feature Milton accompanying singer Houston Boines on his only ever Sun recording. The most comprehensive Little Milton anthology yet, with an illustrated booklet and detailed biographical and track notes.
Considering that this ninety two track compilation entitled the "Essential Recordings" is spread over four CD's really does say a hell of a lot for Louis' and the quality of his lengthy career. This set only draws the listeners attention to his early work, '25-'40 (imagine the number of CD's if it covered all of his recording output!) Some of the most inspired jazz of the 20th Century, each disc focuses on different aspects of his recordings. CD 1 is called Heebie Jeebies, CD 2 West End Blues, CD 3 Sweethearts On Parade and CD 4 Swing The Music. Includes: "Potato Head Blues", "Symphonic Raps", "(What Did I Do To Be So) Black And Blue" and "Hustlin' And Bustlin' For Baby."
"My cat's name is Maceo", sang oddball Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. Well, he was in good company, as the REAL Maceo- Parker- is one very cool cat indeed, as this previously ultra rare debut post-James Brown release from 1970, now available on CD after years of fetching up to £100 on vinyl, proves. Utilising most of the Brown band he took with him, and thus still featuring most of their dirty, evil swagger and groove, but stretching out into Tower Of Power/ BST style fusions that the Godfather wouldn't allow, this is a landmark funk release alongside 'Maggot Brain' and 'Cabbage Alley'. This beautiful digipak reissue features the original cover, plus sleevenotes by Cliff White (who else?) and retails for a striking 8 pounds.
The long established stars of Afro-Cuban music combined with vocalist Lalo Rodriguez on this Grammy nominated album from '77. The Orchestra's label Coco Records was dedicated to developing the Afro-Cuban and Afro-Rican traditional roots music, regardless of the trends of the era. This album benfits from being on this label, it is allowed to breathe and experiment outside strict Latin styles, wandering into Jazz music at times on this highly rated work. Seven tracks Including: "Soy Salsera", "Desilusion" and "Guaguanco Mexico."
Live Paris show from '75, originally released as a double LP. One of the ultimate progressive rock groups from Europe, this live document is superb. As always they are singing in their own invented language 'Kobaian' (somewhere between Slim Gaillard's 'voot' and Enochian invocations, for a reference point.); to say that this group is kinda specialist is an understatement. Only five tracks, but this is understandable when you see that "Kohntark" is thirty two minutes long! Full track listing: "Kohntark", "Kobah", "Lihns", "Hhai" and "Mekanik Zane."
Fourteen live tracks from the legendary Marvin's last US tour in '83. Having recently made a chart comeback, he receives a warm welcome from the crowd and delivers some cracking versions of his best songs: "Sexual Healing", "Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Distant Lover" (always a crowd pleaser), "What's Going On", "Pride And Joy" and "Let's Get It On." Although trouble of a fatherly kind was right around the corner and drugs had blighted his career and health for years, this is a testament to his passionate vocal talent. Utterly persuasive live, this is essential Marvin. Digi pack packaging.
Best known as the lead singer of the Staple Singers, Mavis hasn't always kept to singing about the good book: in the 70s she made several ventures into secular music including this album, produced and written by Curtis Mayfield for his Curtom label in 1977. This was also of course the soundtrack to the Poitier/Crosby film of the same name: it features some heady sexual innuendo (particularly on 'Getting Deeper' 'Koochie, Koochie, Koochie' and 'Good Lovin Daddy' that one would not expect from such a churchgoing lady!!, as well as several ventures into hard funk ('Chocolate City' 'Orientation') that wouldn't have sounded out of place on a Stax record. An overlooked gem that has been unavailable for far too long!!
Digi pack version of this classic '59 album from the "Ambassador Of The Blues." Twelve tracks expanded with four non album singles as bonus tracks. Slim's own unique blend of blues and boogie, featuring Matt "Guitar" Murphy and a tough R&B backing band. Booklet comes with original sleeve notes, full discography and an introduction by author Les Fancourt. Bonus tracks: "Guitar Cha Cha", "Stroll On A Little", "What's The Matter" and "This Time I'm Through."
Twelve track live compilation of four performances at world famous Royal Roost and Birdland clubs between '48 and '53. Features in support of the mighty Miles: Art Blakely, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Lee Konitz and Tadd Dameron. This is a great collection of rare recordings from one of the all time greats. Features: "Tempus Fugit", "Night In Tunisia", "You Go To My Head" and "Evance (Out Of The Blue.)"
Totally comprehensive 3-CD set tracing the history of the Minit, Instant, Alons and Seven-B record labels from start to finish. 90 tracks, nearly 4 hours of music recorded between 1958-70, artists including Lee Dorsey, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Eddie Lang, Willie Harper, and a thousand others not so well known. From New Orleans R'n'B to Macon soul, it's all here.
Proud torch carriers of the New Orleans R&B sound throughout the '60's, this is a twenty seven track compilation of their best moments. Both brothers (Aaron and Art) had some major successes as solo artists, this album collects both solo efforts and Arts' work with the Meters before all four brothers united as a group in the late '70's. Includes: "Mojo Hannah", "Wrong Number (I'm Sorry Goodbye), "You Won't Do Right" and "Little Girl From The Candy Store." Digi Pack version.
Glorious album that introduced the world to the incomparable Nina Simone. First released in '57, this eleven track album has been expanded with four tracks recorded at the same session. Features the seminal classic "My Baby Just Cares For Me", it realy shows off her early promise and the youthful optimism she has for her own talent. Bonus tracks: "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands", "For All We Know", "African Mailman" and an extended version of "My Baby Just Cares For Me." Digi Pack version.
Recorded in 1985, 'Nina's Back' marked a rare and welcome return to the studio for the 'high priestess of soul'. Lavishly produced, she fronts a substantial seven piece band plus additional backing singers, whilst the album itself features a mixture of new songs and old faves, embracing a wide variety of themes and musical styles including love songs, social comment, autobiography, gospel and African music. Most interesting of all is a reworking of her first hit, Gershwin's 'I Loves You Porgy' which has had the lyrics substantially altered to refer to her own autobiographical experiences. The original is included as a bonus track.
Fifty one track, comprehensive compilation of all of this masterful diva's best work. Drawing from her golden period of '59-'85, including her highly popular time on Bethlehem Records. Her own stunning originals and cover versions draw from all of the popular genres, Jazz, folk, R&B, soul, gospel and broadway hits; there seemed to be no limits to her ability to interpretate absolutely anything. A fine account of one of the most charismatic and essential singers of the modern era. Comes with a twenty four page booklet with a detailed biography of her life.
Twenty track collection of recording made by this highly successful Funk group between '68 and '69. This period is important in the bands history because this is when they were first developing into more than just another funk band, inspired by Sly and Miles Davis, the Players were spreading their wings into soul and jazz territories. Includes: "Over The Rainbow" (a reworking of the Judy Garland classic), "Lonely Streets At Midnight " and "Mother-In-Law."
First authorised release of the final show from Quicksilver’s classic line-up with the twin guitar attack of John Cipollina & Gary Duncan alongside the sweet vocals of Dino Valenti.Recorded in San Francisco on December 31st 1970. The eighteen track double CD show has been remastered and expanded with four 1969 era studio tracks featuring Nicky Hopkins. Includes: "Song For Frisco", "Not Fade Away", "What About Me" and "Fresh Air."Fully detailed booklet rounds off the package.
The complete Sun recordings, all twenty one tracks recorded in '58, plus the singles A and B sides he recorded for Vee Jay in '63. Another Sun artist who had the potential to be a big star in the rockabilly or pop charts and for what ever reason he didn't. Recorded during the start of the rockabilly hey day at Sun, his output is of the same high quality you would expect from the label at the time. Includes: "Sail Away", "Two Pennies And A String", "Why, Why, Why" and "Rockin' Robin."
A 3CD set tracing the entire history of the label that was the Lieber and Stoller empire, home to the Shangri Las, The Dixie Cups, The AD Libs, Bessie Banks, Alvin Robinson, Dee Dee Warwick, Sam Hawkins, Ral Donner, Ellie Greenwich, Barry Mann and many many more. Many hard to find tracks are included and there is a 36-page booklet containing full biographies and an overview.
Over fifty tracks of the best Reggae to emerge from Jamaica during the '60's. All extracts are from the extensive archive vaults of Duke Reid's seminal "Treasure Isle" label, largely responsible for shaping Reggae music as we know it today. Mixing jazz, harmony groups and rock steady outfits, this the very birth of Jamaicas famous export, shaping it from R&B influences to the sound we know and love today. Featuring select tracks from The Three Tops, The Paragons, Alton Elllis, Tommy McCook, The Techniques, Don Drummond &The Skatalites, Derek & Patsy, Joya Landis and The Maytals. Includes the original version of the Blondie hit cover "The Tide Is High" by the Paragons.
Mid price digipak reissue of the 2003 album from the first lady of reggae (which one, Althia or Donna? -Ed) recorded in Jamaica, the UK and France- assisted by Sly and Robbie, Wyclef Jean and Stephen 'Ragga' Marley. Includes full 16 page booklet with lyrics and photos from Rita's personal gallery. Wha'ppen wid dat tang, me go deh under me sleng teng roots and stylee, skipper. Seen? Er, or words to that effect.
A collection of highlights of recordings from the premier jazz-funk vibist's albums released in the 80s and 90s on his own Uno-Melodic label. Included in its entirety is his 'rare' and highly regarded album 'Lots Of Love'. Sidemen include Omar Hakim, Brian Jackson and Jorge Dalto. Groovin'.
Twenty eight compilation of Roy's recordings on Sun Records between '56 and '58. A fine highlight of his early, pre ballad career, this Rocky collection might surprise a few. Includes: "The Cause Of It All", "Find My Baby With Me (with Sonny Burgess)" and "Trying To Get To You." See the cover for a pre glasses Roy!
Twenty five of the best tracks by the "Bruce Springsteen of Salsa." Recorded on the Fania label, he single handedly managed to prove that Salsa could have socialist lyrics and could be more than just a celebration of women and wine and pushed the genre into a more rock orientated style. An era of incredible creativit for Ruben, this set includes his big singles: "Pedro Navaja", "Paula C", his reworking of "Mack The Knife" and "Tu Me Accostrumbraste."
Thirty two track celebration of the world leading label in the genre Fania Records, founded in '64. Largely responsible for the salsa boom in the '70's, this label has continued to produce the goods as well as the stars. Includes tracks by Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Colon, Vladimir & his Orchestra, Bobby Valentin and The Alegre All Stars. Latin Jazz, Boogaloo, Mambo and Salsa all feature on this all encompassing collection. A mixture of classic anthems, "Plastico" and "Yu Loco Loco Y Yo Tranquilo" and lesser known gems like "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Hot Pants."
Forty track from Sinatra's Reprise label, recorded between '62 and '69. A fine reassesment of his career that is needed after being largely overshadowed by the careers of his friends in the rat pack. It is also a great oppurtunity to show off Sammy's choice in songs and arrangements, at times an exuberant big band spectacle and then suddenly a subtle stripped down hush of a performance with only jazz guitarist Laurindo Almeda. This is a superb anthology that is highly recommended, often remembered as more of a showman than a genuine vocal talent, this clearly shows he was an extremely talented interpreter. Includes: "Bye Bye Blackbird", "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "If It's The Last Thing I Do" and "This Guy's In Love With You."
24 tracks recorded for Reprise in the late 60s, when Sammy was at his peak both commercially and artistically. His impeccable taste in music and choice of songwriters and arrangers is reflected here, and the sheer exuberance of his live performances at Ceasar's Palace and other Vegas venues is captured in several of the live performances included. The tracklisting reads like a history of popular song: 'I've Gotta Be Me' 'As Long As She Needs Me' 'What Kind Of Fool Am I' 'The Folks Live On The Hill' and several others. Some of the most popular songs ever written, sung by a master interpreter. Digi Pack.
A double CD of tracks showcasing this most versatile of popular singers from the 'crooning' era, a man who alongside Sinatra, Crosby, Martin and Bennett defined the boundaries of popular song. All recorded for the Governor's Reprise lable in the 60s, the tracks range from big band swing standards such as 'The Lady Is A Tramp' and 'I've Got You Under My Skin' (backed by the inimitable Buddy Rich) to duets with Latin guitar virtuoso Laurindo Almeida and interpretations of popular 60s rock hits ('Macarthur Park' 'Wichita Lineman' ). The title track originates from the musical Oliver! By Lionel Bart, just one example of Sammy's shrewd choice of songwriters, arrangers, accompanists and producers. Incredible stuff.
Nineteen track anthology of guitarist supremo's formative years in the late '60's. recorded just before his Columbia deal and his Woodstock performance, this is a historical set of early Latin rock, when they were hot property on the West Coast psyche, blues scene. Any long term fan of the Carlos led band will recognise the sound captured on this album, it is already fully formed. Includes: "Latin Tropical", "Jam In G Minor", "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "La Puesta Del Sol."
1972 live set recorded in Nashvile. Backed by a six piece band and the 21st Century Singers, this is Hawkins in soulful, blistering form. Fourteen tracks of mostly new material as well as his monster influential hit "I Put A Spell On You" and a cover of "It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty. Also includes: "What's Gonna Happen On The 8th Day" and "What Good Is It (parts 1 & 2.)" The original wild man of rock n roll belongs on the stage and this is how he can be heard best.
Pauline Black's return to the studio, aided by Grammy winning musician Nick Welsh. A fine attempt at updating the '80's Ska sound Pauline helped create. Ten track album, including a cover of Marley's "Redemption Song", "Government Man", "Homebound Train" and "Black Is…"
It seems odd to think that one could fit the complete works of one of the most important group in the history of girl vocal music onto one CD (well, unless you count that AOR album they made in 1979 which was never released, or the Mercury singles- Pedantic Freak Expert), but here it is- EVERYTHING this as-yet-unsurpassed band ever recorded for the Red Bird label between 1964 and 1967, which changed the world of female rock and pop in the time that it takes most bands these days to cut a demo. 29 tracks in 7 minutes which stretch far beyond the narrow definitions of 'pop' and which with the indispensable aid of producer/songwriter/svengali Shadow Morton- a man considered by some to be more talented than Spector-, became mini-epics of immense proportions. Moods conjured included doom ('Dressed In Black'), despair ('He Cried'), failed romance ('Give Us Your Blessings'), sleaze ('Out In The Streets'), ennui ('I Can Never Go Home Anymore' 'Walking In The Sand') and even in the case of 'Past Present And Future'- a harrowing recollection of daterape set to the sound of 'Moonlight Sonata', - sheer terror. At the polar opposite end, 'Sophisticated Boom Boom' and 'The Dum Dum Ditty' provided light relief, but one always felt that death was lurking just round the corner. General all-round decadence did abound, (lest we forget, they were all Lower East Side hookers) and their real lives turned out to be as tragic as the Morton/Greenwich-penned lyrics they sang, but there would be little point in mentioning all this were the music not brilliant- indeed, without it, the New York Dolls, Blondie or Aerosmith may have never picked up a guitar. This digipak contains a detailed 12 page illustrated booklet, and is the best compilation of their work currently available.
1979 comback album from Sly and several memebers of the original Family Stone after two drug filled years. Completely ignored at the time of its release (originally called Back On The Right Track), this is something of a return to form. Ten tracks that veer from gospelish funk to their classic, highly influential funky psychedelia. Includes: "Shine It On", "Lady Is A Champ", "Who You Are" and "Takes All Kinds."
The band's twenty two track farewell to Immediate Records released just after they split up in 1969. A collection of their chart hits, live recordings and outtakes mainly from their later psychedelic period, packaged in a thick card digi pack form with the original LP artwork, sleeve notes (updated) and an inner sleeve to protect the CD (and recreate the LP outlay.) Includes: "All Or Nothing", "Tin Soldier", "Wham Bam, Thank You Mam" and "Every Little Bit Hurts."
Twenty two track selection of the best of Terry's Folk Blues in the 1940's. amongst one of the very first to break into the mainstream, Terry was always popular with white audiences, especially for his trademark harmonica playing. A mixture if solo outings, instrumentals and collaborations with Brownie McGhee, another early crossover star. Features Woody Guthrie as a guest vocalist.. Includes: "Worried Man Blues", "Harmonica Abnd Washboard Breakdown", "Hot Headed Woman" and "Beer Garden Blues."
An all-time classic in several fields. Produced and written by none other than 'Superfly' himself, Curtis Mayfield, released on his Curtom label, and performed by probably the best gospel soul vocal group ever, the Staple Singers. This was one of the first records they released outside of Stax (their second label after the classic Vee Jay period), and as such adopts a more secular tone than much of their previous work- then again, it is the soundtrack to a rather humorous film starring Sydney Poitier and Bill Cosby. Includes the title track (well, duh!) and 'New Orleans'.Housed in a beautiful digi re-creating the original artwork
Ninety four track anthology of the legendary label, charting its rise from independent to major league in a few short years. Highly recommended for Sun fans or anyone into the history of early Rock n Roll. Each CD is themed: CD 1 Roots, CD 2 Good Rockin' Daddies and CD 3 Hits And then Some. Includes tracks by Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jimmy Deberry, Charlie Rich, Billy "The Kid" Emerson, Howlin' Wolf and many more. Comes with a 64 track accompanying booklet, detailing each track and with rare period photos.
Twenty eight track compilation of the highly regarded Swan Silvertones time on Vee-Jay records('56-'65.) Originally an a capella group in the late '30's, in their prime they were the worlds leading Gospel band, lead by the powerful Claude Jeter and backed here by Vee-Jay's large resource of jazz musicians. Includes: "Oh Mary Don't You Weep", "Great Day In December", "Leave Your Burden There" and "Jesus Is Alright With Me."
1967 live set recorded in Paris. A frequent European tourer in the '60's and '70's, Mr. Monk was widely regarded as a sensational pianist and writer of classic Jazz standards. Near the end of his career, Thelonius was still producing the goods to an enraptured audience. This seventy two minute set features seven extended performances, supported by his regular three piece band. Includes: "Off Minor", "Epistrophy" and "Just A Gigolo."
Live recordings from 1993 of one of the most popular Reggae acts in the world today. Often updating and developing their sound has meant that Third World have been big selling artist for over thirty years and it is easy to see why on these twelve tracks. Includes their biggest singles, "96 In The Shade", "Forbidden Love" and a cover of Marley's "Exodus." A sophisticated blend of Reggae, Pop, Soul, Funk and World music in fromt of an enthusiastic audience.
Forty track collection that focuses on probably the most influential figure in Latin music's best period, his association with Tico Records in the '60's. Effectively shaping the genre in his own mould over his fifty year career, this scorching collection of mambos and boogaloos provides a superb over view of a man in his creative peak. Includes: "Ran Kan Kan", "Mambo Inn", "La Rueda" and "Ta Contendo La Pueblo."
1971 release from the late troubled troubadour. Once again he showed the Dylan, Lightnin' Hopkins influence alongside his own very unique style. Includes: "Brand New Companion", "Only Him Or Me" and "Nothin." Booklet includes details of his life, erasing many of the myths and half truths about his background.
The Texas Troubadour's 1978 return to the studio after a five year break. Some of the most honest, heartfelt countrified pop ballads since Gram Parsons, produced by Chip Moman. Reissue contains four outtake bonus tracks from '73, adding to the ten titles of the original. Booklet contains detailed notes on the songs, a biography and extracts from the tribute notes after his death. Bonus tracks: "The Spider Song", "Upon My Soul", "Buckskin Stallion Blues" and "At The Window."
1969 debut from one of the greatest American songwriters. These eleven tracks were the first of many te world would here from Townes, this batch was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jack Clement. An important addition to the Townes back catalogue found here. Includes: "Sad Cinderella", "Sixteen Summer's, Fifteen Falls" and "Waitin' Around To Die." Booklet includes detailed account of his life.
This 1972 album from Townes features a formidable list of session musicians and finds the vastly underated singer songwriter relocating to Los Angeles. This peraps explains the change in sound, gospel numbers and piano haevy tracks only add to Townes' vast skill a creating a memorable tune with a good lyric. Booklet features a revealing biography from a man whose past has remained in the shadows for a long time. Eleven tracks, including: "Mr Mudd & Mr Gold", "You Are Not Needed Now" and "To Live Is To Fly."
Twenty seven compilation of the best bits of the highly talented singer songwriter's five night stand in his native Texas. Recorded in '73, this is Townes in his peak performing on home territory, the result could only be positive. A highly successful album that would serve as a great introduction to his career and more importantly, his charisma. The in between song banter and jokes with the enthusiastic crowd create a marvellously low key atmosphere that few could rival. Includes: "Nice Pound Hammer", "Pancho & Lefty", "Cocaine Blues" and "Lungs." Booklet comes with a revelatory biography of his life and the Texas scene.
Second album from one of the finest American Country songwriters, first released in '69. This is where Townes really emerged as a prolific songwirter to be reckoned with. Often quoted as his best and most accessable album. As always there is a sense of sadness to his work that after a while can becomes addictive, it is an integral part of his style. Eleven tracks, including: "My Proud Mountains", "She Came And She Taouched Me", "Second Lover's Song" and "Snake Mountain Blues."
Album from 1972 that contains two of his most covered/famous songs: "Pancho And Lefty" and "If I Needed You." Eleven tracks in all. Booklet has a revealing biography that attempts to dispell all of the rumours and myths about his baackground that have built since his death in 1997.
Recorded at Rockpalast in Bonn, Germany during their European tour of 2004. One of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal, they still know how to throw a damn good show. CD and double DVD details to follow. DVD PAL / REGION 2 / RUN TIME 167 MINS.
Warren Smith's brief time with Sun produced over thirty songs, his best work is featured here. Equally at home with rock n roll, rockabilly and his forte, country ballads, Warren was highly regarded by Sam Philips and was very likely one of the greatest talents on Sun Records. Thirty track compilation includes alternative versions and his biggest hits: "So Long, I'm Gone" (written by Roy Orbison), "Ubangi Stomp", "Who Took My Baby" and "Old Lonesome Feeling (incomplete recording)"
Best of collection from the legendary saxophonist's recordings for Vee Jay Records just before he joined the Mile Davis Quintet. He was part of Art Blakeley's Jazz Mesengers when he recorded his three solo albums at the start of the '60's, where he quickly embraced the Hard Bop style and became a leading contemporary Jazz composer / performer. These fifteen tracks showcase the talent that he was as a solo performer between his associations with Art Blakely, Miles Davis and Weather Report. Includes: "Mack The Knife", "The Ruby And The Pearl" and "Pay As You Go." Digi Pack Version.
Live Paris show, recorded in 1965. Features five extended (and I mean extended) tracks, Wes is joined by a three piece band (no string section) and Johnny Griffin guests on Tenor Sax. Tracks: "To When", "Full House", "Twisted Blues" and the joint track, "Blue 'n' Boogie/West Coast Blues." Certainly shouldn't be compared to his more commercial output, this is for proper Jazz fans.
Long acknowledged as one of the greatest-ever live bands, The Who were at the pinnacle of their incendiary brilliance at the Isle Of Wight Festival, 1970. This new edition of the classic performance features newly restored pictures quality and remixed sound. 5.1 set up created by Pete Townshend. Twenty three seminal tracks from a truly unforgettable festival appearance. DVD PAL / REGION 0 / RUN TIME 134 MINS.
Highlights of Colon's time on Fania Records from the late '60's to the mid '80's. The Bronx born writer, producer, performer, arranger managed to shake off his early reputation as a street punk and became a highly successful artist. One of the first artists to incorporate non Latin influences into Latin music, such as Brazillian, African and Puerto Rican styles. Although traditionally a party style genre, Willie often manges to portray the tension of living in New York during the '70's. Features his collaborations with Hector Lavoe, Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz.
Compilation of the best tracks from Miles Davis' pianist solo albums for Vee Jay Records. These fourteen tracks largely focus on his three albums from '61 and '62, but also includes two live collaborations with tenor sax Goerge Coleman from '68. Recorded when Wynton was still in Miles' group, this compilation features many of the Davis backing band and highlights just how well they worked as a unit. A superb anthology of a truly great pianist who sadly died at the very young age of thirty nine. Includes: "Love, I've Found You", "Wrinkles" and "June Night." Digi Pack version.
digi pack version of one of the most influential Jazz albums of the early '60's. released by Vee Jay in 1960, this five track album has been extended with three bonus alternative tracks: "Seeds Of Sin", "Scorin'", "Fat Lady." A wonderful colective of all the promising Jazz players of the age (Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bob Cranshaw, Louis Hayes), despite coming from different Jazz backgrounds, they combine perfectly here. Wonderful hard Bop.
By the time Yuseef recorded his only album for Vee Jay in 1960, he had already played with Jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Lucky Millinder and Cannonball Adderly. A highly accomplished tenor sax player, Yuseef and his five piece band quickly began experimenting with the musical influences from the Far East, this all encompassing attitude to music would continue through his career. This six track album now has five bonus alternate versions and is housed in a Digi Pack. Includes: "Teef (original and alterntive versions)", "Back Yard" and "Rip De Boom (original and alternative versions.)" Digi Pack.