• Funk beats, crazy lyrics and the guitar of Kidd Funkadelic himself combine to create a fitting final Westbound album for Funkadelic. Comes in a gatefold sleeve. (Westbound Records)
  • Limited vinyl LP pressing. This is all killer and no filler. Includes Dury's most loved songs, including four UK Top 40 singles and the #1 smash, 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'. Ian Dury, like Ray Davies and Paul Weller, was a very English talent. The colorful, metropolis inhabiting characters like 'Billericay Dickie' or 'Plaistow Patricia' he sung about and the ever so cockney music hall accent he chose to sing in were a big part of that. But most of all it was the detailed, poetic way he catalogued English life and the melting pot of musical styles used to do so, from punk to funk to jazz and rock 'n' roll, which left the listener in no doubt that Dury's work could only come from one place: the very heart of England. (Demon Records)
  • Remastered and expanded edition of this hyper-rare early '70s release from the 'Godfather Of Ska'. By 1970, Laurel Aitken was well and truly established as the Father of British Reggae, having dominated the country's Jamaican music scene since his arrival at the start of the '60s. But having enjoyed success with every UK-based West Indian record company of note over the previous eleven years, he was no longer content with simply domestic triumphs and set his sights on conquering foreign territories. So it was he took the unusual step of licensing his next album to companies in Europe and North America, while leaving his legions of British fans scrambling for the few copies available on import. Originally out on the Belgian label 'Hebra' 42 years ago and never reissued ever since, this is one of the unmissable 70's ska classics finally back on vinyl, with the addition of 4 bonus tracks! (Radiation Records)
  • Martha High, who sang on stage with James Brown for 30 years and was his longest-running female vocalist, is stepping back into the spotlight for a new solo album. Martha HighSinging For The Good Times will be released on 22 April June on Blind Faith Records. The lead track from the album is 'Lovelight,' for which the radio impact date is 10 March. It's a welcome solo flight for High, now 71, who tours the world regularly as the lead singer with the band of Maceo Parker, another longtime acolyte of the Godfather of Soul. High's credentials as one of Brown's most trusted allies, and as part of his historic contribution to the history of soul music are unimpeachable. She was with him and the JBs at their celebrated concert at the Boston Garden in April 1968 james-brown-boston-1968on the night after Martin Luther King's assassination, when Brown prevented further rioting with his sheer stage presence and positive message. Martha was also by JB's side at such famous occasions as his courageous trip to Vietnam to entertain the American troops, and at the Rumble In The Jungle concert in Zaire, attended by 60,000 people, ahead of the George Foreman – Muhammad Ali fight of the same name in Kinshasa. james-brown-payback-label-45-masterBrown rarely used other solo voices in his prolific recorded output, with the exception of Bobby Byrd, but High sings on the 1968 live recording of 'There Was A Time' featured on the Star Time box set. She's the striking vocalist at the beginning of his 1974 US R&B No. 1 'The Payback,' and appears on the 1976 hit 'Body Heat.' Singing For The Good Times, recorded completely in analog for added authenticity, contains 11 original tracks, written, produced and arranged by Italian soul man Luca Sapio and his crew. (Blind Faith Records – BF 01002 LP, Goodfellas – BF 01002 LP)
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    Reissued on vinyl, Sugar Pie Desanto's first LP, originally from 1961, is one of the most sought after pieces among lovers of timeless rhythm and blues and American soul music. Standing at just 1.50m tall, Peylia Marsema Balinton - better known by her stage name Sugar Pie Desanto -, toured with a.o. the Johnny Otis Revue and the James Brown Revue. On stage she danced and did standing back flipwards, and she's remembered as some of the greatest stage acts in the history of Rock & Roll. But most of all, she was a great vocalist! (Shellac Disc – SHELL001)
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    For the very first time, London Records reissue the 1986 debut album - and only studio album – by Redskins, Neither Washington Nor Moscow, on vinyl and 4CD Boxset. The reissue comes complete with new sleeve notes by Redskins bassist Martin Hewes, and the CD boxset includes a 68-page booklet with liner notes from Hewes and Redskins drummer Paul Hookham (who replaced original drummer Nick King in 1985) and renowned contemporaries including Billy Bragg and Paul Morley. Redskins were formed in York in 1982 by Chris Dean (vocals / guitar), Martin Hewes (bass / backing vocals) and Nick King (drums), with the ambition to “sing like The Supremes and walk like The Clash”. Dean and Hewes were members of the Socialist Workers Party and politics guided the music created by Redskins, their soulful songs brimming with righteous passion. Six tracks on Neither Washington Nor Moscow were released as singles, including the band’s only Top 40 “Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing)” and the prophetic “Kick Over The Statues”. Redskins split in late 1986, leaving a legacy and influence that stretches far beyond their short recording career. (London Records)
  • For the very first time, London Records reissue the 1986 debut album - and only studio album – by Redskins, Neither Washington Nor Moscow, on vinyl and 4CD Boxset. The reissue comes complete with new sleeve notes by Redskins bassist Martin Hewes, and the CD boxset includes a 68-page booklet with liner notes from Hewes and Redskins drummer Paul Hookham (who replaced original drummer Nick King in 1985) and renowned contemporaries including Billy Bragg and Paul Morley. Redskins were formed in York in 1982 by Chris Dean (vocals / guitar), Martin Hewes (bass / backing vocals) and Nick King (drums), with the ambition to “sing like The Supremes and walk like The Clash”. Dean and Hewes were members of the Socialist Workers Party and politics guided the music created by Redskins, their soulful songs brimming with righteous passion. Six tracks on Neither Washington Nor Moscow were released as singles, including the band’s only Top 40 “Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing)” and the prophetic “Kick Over The Statues”. Redskins split in late 1986, leaving a legacy and influence that stretches far beyond their short recording career. CD Info and Tracklist: 4 discs- 67 tracks. The reissue comes complete with new sleeve notes by Redskins bassist Martin Hewes, and the boxset will include a 68-page booklet with liner notes from Hewes and Redskins drummer Paul Hookham (who replaced original drummer Nick King in 1985) and renowned contemporaries including Billy Bragg and Paul Morley. Plus photos, lyrics and essays. A1 The Power Is Yours A2 Kick Over the Statues! A3 Go Get Organized! A4 It Can Be Done! A5 Keep On Keepin’ On! A6 (Burn It Up) Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) A7 Hold On! A8 Turnin’ Loose (This Furious Flames) A9 Take No Heroes! A10 The Crack A11 Let’s Make It Work! A12 Lean On Me! A13 Lean On Me! (Reprise - ‘The Return Of The Modern Soul Classic’ A14 16 Tons (Coal Not Dole) A15 Reds Strike The Blues (Take 4) A16 99 And A Half Won’t Do (with Reprise) A17 You Want It? They Got It! A18 A Plateful Of Hateful A19 Take Your Gods And Bury Them (‘Take No Heroes’ - Alternative Version) B1 Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) - 12” Version B2 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Die On Your Feet 12” Mix) Produced by Ted de Bono, Mixed by Redskins B3 The Power Is Yours (MGM Mix by Stephen Street) B4 Keep On Keepin' On (Original March ’84 - 12” Mix) B5 It Can Be Done! 7” Version (Additional Recording and Mix by Stephen Street Alternate Mix) B6 You Want It? They Got It! (Alternate Jammin’ Magazine Mix) B7 Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) (7” More FX Mix) B8 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) B9 Let’s Make It Work! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) B10 Bring It Down! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) B11 Kick Over The Statues! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) B12 Tracks Of My Tears (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) with Billy Bragg B13 Back In The USSR (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) w/ Billy Bragg + Jerry Dammers B14 Skinhead Moonstomp (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) with Jerry Dammers B15 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Live in ’85 from the ‘Kick Over Apartheid Tour’) - Speech Version with Bruce George, South African Activist C1 The Power is Yours (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd Apr, 1986) C2 Kick Over the Statues! (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986) C3 Hold On! (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986) C4 The Crack (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986) C5 99 And A Half Won’t Do (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986) C6 Let’s Make It Work! (Live At The Town And Country Club, 22nd April, 1986) C7 Unioinize / Pickin’ The Blues (Peel Session, 9th Oct, 1982) C8 Reds Strike the Blues (Peel Session, 9th Oct, 1982) C9 Kick Over the Statues! (Peel Session, 9th Oct ’82) C10 The Peasant Army (Peel Session, 9th Oct ’82) C11 Young And Proud (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83) C12 Hold On! (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83) C13 99 And A Half Won’t Do (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83) C14 Take No Heroes! (Peel Session, 8th Aug ’83) C15 A Plateful Of Hateful (Kid Jensen Session, 16th Jan ’84) C16 It Can Be Done! (Kid Jensen Session, 16th Jan ’84) C17 Keep On Keepin’ On! (Kid Jensen Session, 16th Jan ’84) D1 Lev Bronstein (CNT 7”, 1982) D2 The Peasant Army (CNT 7”, 1982) D3 Lean on Me (Original CNT 7” Single) D4 Unionize (CNT 7”, 1983) D5 Move / Let My Words Be Bullets (Live in Munich, 1986) D6 Don’t Talk To Me About Whether (Live In Munster, 1986) D7 Levi Stubbs Tears (Live in Munich, 1986) D8 The Most Obvious Sensible Thing (Unissued Session, 1986) D9 Lean On Me (Northern Mix, CNT 12”, 1983) D10 Unionize (Break Mix, CNT 12”, 1983) D11 Stickies (Demo, 1981) as ‘No Swastikas’ D12 Strike (Demo, 1981) as ‘No Swastikas’ D13 Unnamed (Demo, 1981) as ‘No Swastikas’ D14 Anglo-Irish Summit Tapes: Interview with Redskins, 1986 D15 I Can’t Stand The Boss (Live Bootleg, ICA, London, 1986) w/ introduction from Martin Hewes D16 Names Were Named (Live Bootleg, SWAPO Festival, Italy, 1986) (London Records)
  • Soul Jazz Records’ new Boombox 2 is a new selection of early rap music from the period 1979-83, with barely a household name in sight. Featured here are some the earliest hip-hop records that came out of New York City following the enormous commercial success of the first ever rap record, ‘Rapper’s Delight’ by the Sugarhill Gang, in September 1979. Artists and producers alike tried to jump aboard the new commercial possibilities of hip-hop. By the end of the year there were 30 hip-hop singles, all released by independent New York labels. The following year there were over 100 more, and so on. Boombox 2 tells the story of how hip-hop went from its evolutionary roots in the Bronx through DJs Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa through to this second phase where veteran music producers – Paul Winley, Peter Brown, Joe Robinson and others – all based in Harlem, began to put rap on vinyl for the first time. Harlem is also where the separate worlds of disco and hip-hop met through the styles and influence of earlier ‘uptown’ DJs - DJ Hollywood and Eddie Cheba. In similar fashion these veteran Harlem-based producers instinctively tapped into a long lineage of African-American rhythm and blues, soul and disco. The album features many early and rare cuts from the first generation of early rap artists including Lovebug Starski (as Little Starsky), Busy Bee, Eddie Cheba, Kool DJ AJ as well as many other little known artists. Boombox 2 is a triple-vinyl set (+ download code) LP and double CD pack that features extensive text, exclusive interviews and stunning photography by Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others. (Soul Jazz Records)
  • Featuring a truly eclectic mixture of music, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack album eschews a more conventional score for rock 'n' roll, bubblegum pop, surf sounds and soul, all interspersed with snippets of dialogue from the movie, an approach Tarantino had utilised on his previous movie OST, Reservoir Dogs. The choice of material goes some way to reveal Quentin Tarantino’s obsession with pop culture, and according to Rolling Stone, “it's fitting that his films deploy pop music expertly”. Reaching 21 on the US chart, the soundtrack managed to resurrect many long-forgotten gems, from Dick Dale’s opening salvo of ‘Misirlou’ through to ‘Surf Rider’ by The Lively Ones. It also launched Urge Overkill into the mainstream with their faithful cover of Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’, which peaked at 59 in the pop chart. Tracklist A1a No Artist– Pumpkin And Honey Bunny 0:11 A1b Dick Dale & His Del-Tones– Misirlou 2:16 A2 No Artist– Royale With Cheese 1:43 A3 Kool & The Gang– Jungle Boogie 3:05 A4 Al Green– Let's Stay Together 3:15 A5 The Tornadoes– Bustin' Surfboards 2:27 A6 Ricky Nelson (2)– Lonesome Town 2:13 A7 Dusty Springfield– Son Of A Preacher Man 2:26 A8a No Artist– Zed's Dead, Baby 0:12 A8b The Centurians*– Bullwinkle Part II 2:18 B1a No Artist– Jack Rabbit Slims Twist Contest 0:32 B1b Chuck Berry– You Never Can Tell 2:40 B2 Urge Overkill– Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon 3:10 B3 Maria McKee– If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) 4:55 B4a No Artist– Bring Out The Gimp 0:08 B4b The Revels– Comanche 2:04 B5 The Statler Brothers– Flowers On The Wall 2:23 B6 No Artist– Personality Goes A Long Way 1:01 B7 The Lively Ones– Surf Rider 3:19 B8 No Artist– Ezekiel 25:17 0:52 (MCA Records, Barcode 0008811110314)
  • Masterful funk from the Detroit powerhouse labels of Eastbound and Westbound by Dean Rudland The film 'Standing In The Shadows Of Motown' is trying its best to reinstate one of the oldest music history myths, namely that Detroit died a sudden musical death at about the time that Berry Gordy's eye was caught by the Californian sun and a beckoning Hollywood. Fortunately someone forgot to tell Detroit. In 1969, Holland, Dozier and Holland set up their Hot Wax and Invictus outfits and Armen Boladian's Westbound Records opened up its doors as one of the most adventurous mainstream record labels to commit music to vinyl. Over the following decade it would release pop, jazz, sweet soul and some wonderfully deranged funk. Tracklist A1 Funkadelic– I'll Bet You A2 Bobby Franklin's Insanity– Hit It And Quit It A3 Silky Vincent– Funky World Part 1 A4 Boots*– Rpm A5 Alvin Cash– Stone Thing Part 1 B1 Freddie Wilson– In Born Soul B2 Funkadelic– You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure B3 Melvin Sparks– Get Ya Some B4 Donald Austin– Crazy Legs B5 Jimmy Scott (6)– Pair And Spare C1 Jackie Harris and The Exciters– Get Funky Sweet A Little Bit C2 Robert Lowe– Back To Funk C3 Albert Washington– You're Messing Up My Mind C4 Ohio Players– Feelin' Alright C5 The Counts– Why Not Start All Over Again D1 King Errisson– Conga Man D2 The Motivations*– I Love You D3 Spanky Wilson– Shake Your Head D4 Mighty Elegant– I Dont Know What It Is But It Sho' Is Funky D5 The 19th Whole*– You Caught Me Smiling (BGP Records)

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