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    Featuring text (in English and Portuguese) and artwork on all these utterly essential albums! Loads of rarities, loads of classics!

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    'Music Is The Key'. The Glorious soul two-step anthem 'I Love You' featuring Don Blackman. Weldon Irvine's deep funky soulful jazz albums are truly incredible. You need to own them all!

    • – I Love You
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    Analog Africa focuses on a DIY scene in the African country’s capital Yaoundé during the 1970s. Recorded in haste in an adventist church and distributed by the DIY network set up by French label Sonafric. Launching the careers of several Cameroonian artists represented in this essential compilation!

    • – Jean-Pierre Djeukam - Africa Iyo
    • – Louis Wasson et L´Orchestre Kandem Irenée - Song Of Love
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    Flesh EatersDisintegration Nation E.P.

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    • – Disintegration Nation
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    The WinstonsAmen Brother / Color Him FatherSoul Jazz Records

    It's back in stock!!! EXCLUSIVE - ONLY AVAILABLE HERE!

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    WORLD EXCLUSIVE limited edition seven-inch 45 ONLY AVAILABLE to customers at Soul Jazz Records and Sounds of the Universe!

    The world's greatest ever break? Here it is - The first official re-release of The Winston's Amen Brother with the LEGENDARY Amen Break as featured on 1000s of hip-hop and jungle releases. This record has been a collectors' 45 for ages and OUT OF PRINT for 50 years - sounding fresh!

    Not only that but the flip-side Color Him Father is a superb Curtis Mayfield-esque ANTHEMIC soul tune - as essential as the A-side.

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    • The Winstons – Amen Brother
    • The Winstons – Color Him Father
    Don CherryMusic, Wisdom, LoveFinders Keepers

    Another essential release from Finders Keepers!

    Reaching a near-mythical status amongst fans of free jazz’s most worldly intrepid explorer, these seldom heard Paris soundtrack sessions known as ‘Music, Wisdom, Love’ have evaded collectors’ grasps and confused historians for exactly 50 years. Instigated in Paris in 1967 and filmed during Don’s downtime on a visit to the Chat qui Pêche nightclub in March 1967 (where he played with Karl Berger, Henri Texier and Jacques Thollot), the bulk of this cinematic portrait was filmed on the streets of Paris under the direction of creative all-rounders Jean-Noël Delamarre and Nathalie Perrey who, as their careers bloomed, would become pivotal figures in underground French cinema - straddling La Nouvelle Vague, adult entertainment and cinema fantastique in what can only be described as speedball cinema. 

    Available for the first time ever and licensed from producer and director Jean-Noel Delamarre himself.

      • LP£16.99
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      KrikorPectineus / Pectoralis Minor

      100 COPIES ONLY

      VERY HEAVY Deep dubby, dancehally, very twisted, electronic beauty! THIS RECORD IS HEAVY!

      Super moody white label from KRIKOR with hand-stamped label/hand-stamped sleeve 7" ONLY available here!

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      • Krikor Kouchian – Pectineus
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      Cuba: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban MusicCompiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books

      "Must read Best Books of the year" Financial Times

      Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Album Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90 ’ is a stunning new deluxe 250-page large format hardback book compiled and edited by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that features many 100s of stunning and unique Cuban record sleeve designs made since the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro in 1959. These album covers have rarely been seen (nor heard) outside of Cuba and show a rich previously hidden history of both music and design.

      ‘Cuba: Music and Revolution’ is the first ever book about Cuban record sleeve design and has been five years in the making, made in full co-operation with the Cuban government. The record sleeve designs reflect both the rich cultural Latin musical legacy of Cuba, as well as the political and aesthetic influence of revolutionary Communism, which manifests itself both in the music created on the island and the artwork of the designs included here.

      Cuban music is the source of much Latin music in the 20th century. Salsa, the all-encompassing Latin music that came out of New York in the 1970s, and soon spread across Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere, owes all of its success to the Cuban music on which it is fundamentally based.

      These record sleeves help document the dramatic change in Cuba’s identity from that of 1950s tourist paradise to socialist state. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the United States imposed a trade embargo which exists to this day, and as a consequence the many 100s of Cuban records featured here have rarely been seen outside of Cuba.

      The book is edited and compiled by Gilles Peterson, BBC broadcaster, record label owner, DJ, record collector, founder of Worldwide FM and Stuart Baker, founder of Soul Jazz Records. Together they have edited two earlier critically-acclaimed music and design books ‘Freedom, Rhythm and Sound – Revolutionary Jazz Cover Art 1965-83’ and ‘Bossa Nova and The Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s’.

      In conjunction with the deluxe book, Soul Jazz Records will be releasing an album also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker, charting the rise of Cuban music in the 1970s and featuring many of the artists who appear in this book.

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        Revival SeasonIron WarriorHeavenly


        We have limited copies of this killer 7" bomb.. Play Loud!

        Revival Season is an exciting new collaboration project featuring Columbus, GA rapper Brandon ‘BEZ’ Evans and Jonah Swilley from Mattiel’s band. The debut single ‘Iron Warrior’ perfectly captures the classic old school style of early 90’s Hip Hop with echoes of the Beastie Boys, Digable Planets and The Pharcyde, with a laid back feel good sound for the summertime.

        The track was recorded and produced by Atlanta based musician Jonah Swilley who has worked with Curtis Harding, Night Beats and is a founding member of Mattiel’s band. He also makes music for his own production label, Sugar Records.

        “I threw out the rulebook so I can do it my way/so if you try to stop me I’m gonna have to raise the crime rate…”

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        Punk 45: The Singles Cover Art of Punk 1976-80Edited by Jon Savage and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Books

        Soul Jazz Records’ massive deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, England’s Dreaming) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).

        The book includes introduction and text by Jon Savage, numerous interviews, features and articles from the likes of Richard Hell, Seymour Stein (Sire Records), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Peter Saville (Factory), Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Dave Robinson (Stiff Records), Richard H Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire), Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio) as well as exhaustive biographies, band line-ups and more to create an in-depth study of punk during its formative years.

        This book features the original full-size singles cover art of hundreds of punk groups - everyone from the pre-punk roots of The Stooges, MC5 and New York Dolls on to punk's birth in New York (Ramones, Talking Heads, Voidoids, Dead Boys) and London (Pistols, Clash, Buzzcocks) and then its rapid growth around the world. Included are hundreds and hundreds of rare, classic and stunning sleeves that collected together for the first time chart the rise of punk between the years 1976-1980.

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          G.T. Moore might not be a household name but he's recorded with many... Lee Perry at Black Arc, Sly & Robbie at Channel One, and Zap Pow at Harry J’s. He recorded with Johnny Nash (most notably playing guitar on Nash’s Tears on My Pillow) and with X-Ray Spex’s Poly Styrene. He's had his songs covered by Joan Baez, Georgie Fame and Brazilian percussionist Airto Moreira! This double A sided 7” is taken from his 1975 album Reggae Blue album which he recorded for Charisma Records. The vital ‘People (Who Kill People) is sadly just as apt today as it was in 1975, while ‘I Wouldn’t Mind’ is simply a beautiful song.

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          A detailed compilation on the music of cult, highly underrated, Californian post-punk, Psyclones. Notte Brigante collect the band's early output, that was scattered over diverse tape releases throughout the early 80s, focussing on ambient, industrial, new wave, post-punk and synth-pop styles.

          • – Departing
          • – Neon People
          • – Reagan For Shah
          • – Keep It Together
          • – Between Space
          • – I Don’t Know
          • – News Of The World
          • – In And Out
          • – With The Other
          Harmony CatsHarmony Cats’ Theme / Seja Como Nos (De Pe No Chao)Mr Bongo

          Features a cover version of The Jacksons 'Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)'. Plus the funky instrumental 'Harmony Cats’ Theme' - CHECK THAT BREAK! Two tracks of pure Brazilian disco joy!

          • – Harmony Cats’ Theme
          • – Seja Como Nos (De Pe No Chao)
          Black Fire! New Spirits! BOOKImages of A Revolution : Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75Soul Jazz Books

          Featuring: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Roland Kirk, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Alice Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Leon Thomas, Cecil Taylor and more!

           

          The 100s of stunning photographs in this new deluxe large format hardback book capture the radicalism and self- determination of pioneering jazz artists in the 1960s and early 1970s

           

          During this era, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by civil rights, the avant garde, Black Power and a new spiritual awakening. 

           

          At the start of the 1960s, jazz entered a unique new period of revolution as African-American musicians re-defined the art form in the context of the civil rights movement, afro-centric rhythm and thought and an ideology of black economic empowerment.

           

          John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Albert Ayler and others developed a new cosmology of sound that was as revolutionary as the social and political changes that took place in America throughout the decade. From the musical explorations of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman, to the collective and community concerns of Chicagos Advancement for Creative Musicians and the black science fiction of Sun Ra, the new jazz musicians created a musical and cultural landscape from which jazz music never looked back.

           

          This large-format deluxe hardback book features hundreds of stunning photographs of the new jazz musicians in the USA throughout the 1960s presented with introductory essay and biographies on the many artists included in the book.

           

            • SJ Book (2.3kg)£30.00
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            Golden Boys / Silvio C SarSegura Na Cintura Dela (O Gavi O) / Beco Sem Sa daMr Bongo

            A monster Brazilian funk / samba rock double-sider from of the mighty Golden Boys and Silvio C Sar. Both tracks produced by the great Milton Miranda.

            • – Golden Boys - Segura Na Cintura Dela (O Gavi o)
            • – Silvio C Sar - Beco Sem Sa da
            Sven WunderMagnolia / LotusMr Bongo

            Wild, psychedelic, middle eastern-style, cinematic funk vibes from the hotly-tipped Sven Wunder! Very limited 45 release from Mr Bongo - check the breaks!

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            • – Lotus
            • 7"£14.00
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            Disco: An Encyclopedic guide to the cover art of disco Presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt Soul Jazz Books

            OUT NOW! New 400-page 12"x12" deluxe heavyweight book on Soul Jazz Records/Books.

            Foreword by Tom Moulton and Nicky Siano (The Gallery).

            Presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt.

            Introduction and interviews by  Claes 'Discoguy' Widlund. 

            This large-format deluxe hardback book features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s.

            Together, the record cover designs gathered here create a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring more than 2,000 album cover designs (including hundreds of full-size covers) as well as over 350 12-inch sleeves, this book is truly an encyclopedic document of disco music and the industry and culture attending it.

            In addition to the visual documents from the era, the book includes interviews with a number of important disco figures such as Mel Cheren (West End Records), Henry Stone (TK Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude) and others, as well as histories, biographies and discographies of all the major disco record companies, plus sections on roller disco sleeves, disco instruction albums, 12-inch sleeves and a scrapbook of disco ads.

            Among the many musicians featured here are Bohannon, James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Cerrone, Dennis Coffey, Donna Summer, Chic, Fatback Band, Gino Soccio, Giorgio Moroder, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Isaac Hayes, Kool and the Gang, DC LaRue, Loleatta Holloway, MFSB, Ohio Players, Salsoul Orchestra and The Trammps.

            This is the latest volume in Soul Jazz's deluxe series of books featuring full-size reproductions of record cover art designs. It is presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt, editors of the book Disco Patrick Presents: The Bootleg Guide to Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap and Disco Medleys.

            See Independent newspaper four-page feature/gallery here.

              Sven WunderHanami / ShinrinyokuMr Bongo

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              • 7"£14.00
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              The Secret DJ: Book Two

              Through four decades of dance music and club culture, how capitalism bought and sold the utopian dreams of the Acid House generation. Essential reading for anyone who cares about the dancefloor; past, present and future!

              Here's what groovy people say!

              “I never read books about electronic music, why would I? But I guess The Secret DJ is more an anarchist handbook for shattered dreamers than a manual on how to make it big on the scene. Can’t wait for his new adventures.” – Ivan Smagghe

              “We all have war stories, us jobbing night-lifers. From having sets ended by soldiers with automatic weapons in Juarez to coming-round in Glasgow city centre suddenly best pals with a gangster who’s most affectionate nickname was ‘Wolf’. I’ve bagged a couple over the years. And yours are undoubtedly more vivid, funnier or more ludicrous than mine. The Secret DJ’s are better still.” – Ewan Pearson

              “I loved book one, waiting to live the DJ life vicariously again thru book two!” – Arthur Baker

              “It’s rare for a writer to capture the excitement and absurdity of dance music culture at the same time, but the Secret DJ did that to great effect in the first book. This latest chapter in the story promises to be every bit as exhilarating, providing an important critical voice at a time when ‘the society of the spectacle’ threatens to suck the life out of those clinging to the acid house dream.” – Justin Robertson


                • Book (450g)£20.00
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                Magic In ThreesIIIKingUnderground Records

                Reissue of 'III' by Nashville combo, Magic In Threes!

                Killer release that has a vibe that would even fit comfortably next to classic KPM or De Wolfe library releases from the mid 70’s, just as well as the likes of Khruangbin. Awesome release!

                • – Blowfly 1980
                • – Making Paper
                • – At Jody's
                • – Work Tapes
                • – Just Don't Slow
                • – Finnish Funk
                • – Breezy Day
                • – Takes 10 Minutes
                • – Let It Simmer
                • – Shot Thru The Grease
                • – The Perfect Crime
                • – Lottery Walk
                • LP£24.00
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                Andrew Weatherall: A Jockey Slut TributeJockey Slut

                DON'T MISS OUT on this ESSENTIAL book! An extensive, informative book on main man Andy Weatherall from those who knew him best including ... Bobby Gillespie, Danny Rampling, David Holmes, Keith Tenniswood, Terry Farley and many more!

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                Andrew Weatherall was the acid house generation’s most inspiring DJ and producer, renowned for his work on Primal Scream’s epoch-defining ‘Screamadelica’ and his own bands Sabres Of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen. As a DJ he was peerless and unpredictable, helming club nights that played techno, rockabilly or music that “never knowingly exceeded 122 bpm.”

                Weatherall featured in seminal dance music magazine Jockey Slut many times during its lifetime. All his interviews from the publication are included within this tribute to The Guv’nor. Further articles cover the tenure of his professional life from the mid-80s to 2020. They include his beginnings at the influential Boy’s Own fanzine, his DJ sets at landmark nights Shoom and Sabresonic, and the plethora of ventures he still had running including the Woodleigh Research Project, A Love From Outer Space and festival Convenanza.

                Jockey Slut magazine ran from 1993 - 2004. The influential club culture publication was started by John Burgess and Paul Benney as a self published Manchester based fanzine. It became a monthly when it moved to London in 1999. Jockey Slut was notable for being more music-centric, left-field and irreverent than other dance music magazines. It also bagged some real exclusives during its tenure giving first ever interviews to The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and The Avalanches.

                Included in the 160 page, perfect bound book edited by founding Jockey Slut editor John Burgess is:

                - All Andrew Weatherall's Jockey Slut interviews collated (1993-2004) including Weatherall Gets His Tats Out, I’m A Classic Underachiever, Two Lone Swordsmen and An Audience With... and more.
                - Further new features and classic articles from Luke Una, Richard Norris, Kris Needs, Joe Muggs, Jim Butler, Mandi James, Lee Brackstone and more.
                - Brand new 10,000+ word oral history of Andrew Weatherall’s early years from Shoom & Screamadelica to Sabres of Paradise featuring interviews with Bobby Gillespie, Ed Simons, Danny Rampling, Justin Robertson, Andrew Innes, David Holmes, Keith Tenniswood, Anna Haigh, Terry Farley and more.
                - Retrospective of Andrew Weatherall’s club nights Sabresonic, Bloodsugar, Double Gone Chapel, Wrong Meeting, A Love From Outer Space by John Burgess.
                All proceeds from the book will go to the charities that were important to Andrew Weatherall: Amnesty International, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Thrombosis UK, Crisis.

                  • Book (400g)£15.00
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                  KraftwerkComputer World (Limited Coloured Vinyl Edition)Parlophone

                  Reissue of this essential Kraftwerk album from 1981, featuring the proto-techno classics 'Numbers' and 'Pocket Calculator'!

                    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl)£27.00
                      Limited, translucent neon yellow vinyl edition
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                    • New LP (Coloured Vinyl) GERMAN VERSION£25.00
                      Limited, translucent neon yellow vinyl edition with titles in German
                      Out of stock
                    Le DealJazz TraficantesFavorite Recordings

                    SUPERB, golden-era style jazz set from this talented group of French musicians, Le Deal. Killer, killer release!

                    • – Jazz Traficantes
                    • – Riot in Chinatown
                    • – Custom Agents
                    • – Mexican Junkanoo Suite (Part 1)
                    • – Mexican Junkanoo Suite (Part 2)
                    • – Mexican Junkanoo Suite (Part 3)
                    • LP£21.00
                      Out of stock
                    Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back)by Oli Freke

                    Synthesizer Evolution: From Analogue to Digital (and Back) celebrates their impact on music and culture by providing a comprehensive and meticulously researched directory of every major synthesizer, drum machine and sampler made between 1963 and 1995. Each featured instrument is illustrated by hand and shown alongside its vital statistics and some fascinatingly quirky facts.

                    From its invention in the early 1960s to the digital revolution of the 1980s right up until the point that analogue circuits could be modelled using software in the mid-1990s, this book tells the story of synthesizers from analogue to digital – and back again.

                    Tracing that history and showing off their visual beauty with art-book quality illustrations, this a must for any self-respecting synth fan. The book has 128 pages, is 23cm x 17.4cm in size and printed on high quality 130gsm matt art paper.

                    Author Oli Freke says: “This book has grown out of a life-long obsession with synthesizers and electronic music, and it’s fantastic to be able to share this with my fellow synth obsessives and music fans who celebrate the synth’s role in modern music.”


                    Ships in mid-Nov

                      • Book (350g)£18.00
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                      Two Synths, A Guitar (And) A Drum Machine - Soul Jazz Records #1 Post Punk DanceSoul Jazz Records

                      OUT NOW!

                      Soul Jazz Records new ‘Two Synths, A Guitar (and) A Drum Machine’ is a new collection of current D-I-Y post-punk bands shaped by the mutant sounds of no wave, punk funk and New York Noise bands from the late 70s and early 80s that collided with the world of underground dance music found at the Paradise Garage, Mudd Club in New York City (ESG, Arthur Russell, Bush Tetras, Talking Heads, Suicide, Liquid Liquid).

                      Other influences cited here include Manchester and Sheffield’s industrial post-punk sounds of the 1980s (Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire, Gang of Four) as well as the 1970s German electronic experimentalism of Cluster, Neu!, Harmonia and Can.

                      Featured artists from around the globe include Los Angeles D-I-Y band Automatic, New Fries from Toronto, artist/music collaborators Toresch from Germany, Susumu Makai from Japan/UK, Vex Ruffin from the Phillipines/California and Madmadmad, Gramme, Tom of England and other UK groups

                      That all the bands featured here manage to make distinctive contemporary music out of these 80s roots is testament to the wide range of other musics that are seamlessly absorbed into a modern melting pot of sound – hip-hop, the electronic European avant-garde, rave culture, and more.

                      The double vinyl comes in two editions:

                      1) Limited edition indies EXCLUSIVE heavyweight green double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

                      2) Limited edition heavyweight black double vinyl housed in bespoke individual inner sleeves with its own free pull-out fanzine on the groups featured.

                      The album is also available as a CD and digital release

                      • Automatic – Too Much Money
                      • Zongamin – Underwater Paramid
                      • New Fries – Lily
                      • Vex Ruffin & Fab 5 Freddy – The Balance
                      • Ixna – Somebody Said
                      • Leroy Duncann – Dream River
                      • Tom Of England – Neon Green
                      • Toresch – Tocar
                      • Becker & Mukai – La Rivière des Perles
                      • Gramme – Discolovers
                      • Niagara – Ida
                      • Charles Manier – Sift Through Art Collecting People
                      • Black Deer – Baseball Shorts
                      • Madmadmad – Hot Disco
                      • Wino D – Untitled
                      Cuba: Music and Revolution - Compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart BakerSoul Jazz Records

                      Cuba: Music and Revolution: Culture Clash in Havana: Experiments in Latin Music 1975-85 Vol. 1 is the new album compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records) that explores the many new styles that emerged in Cuba in the 1970s as Jazz, Funk, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Disco mixed together with Latin and Salsa on the island as Cuban artists experimented with new musical forms created in the unique socialist state of Cuba.

                      The album comes as a heavyweight 3xLP and deluxe 2xCD set, complete with extensive sleeve notes, and is jam-packed with heavy bass lines, synth and Wah-Wah guitar funk combined with the heavyweight percussion, powerful brass lines and the all-encompassing Latin rhythms of Cuban music known throughout the world.

                      The album is released to coincide with the massive new deluxe large format book Cuba: Music and Revolution: Original Cover Art of Cuban Music: Record Sleeve Designs of Revolutionary Cuba 1959-90, published in November, which is also compiled by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records), and which features the music and record designs of Cuba, made in the 30-year period following the Cuban Revolution.

                      The music on this album features legendary Cuban groups such as Irakere, Los Van Van and Pablo Milanés as well as a host of lesser known artists such as the radical Grupo De Experimentación, Juan Pablo Torres and Algo Nuevo, Grupo Monumental and Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, groups whose names remain largely unknown outside of Cuba owing to the now 60-year old US trade embargo which remains in place today and which prevents trade with Cuba – and thus most Cuban records were only ever available in Cuba or in ex-Soviet Union states.

                      The music on this album reflects the most cutting-edge of Cuban groups that were recording in Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s – who were all searching for a new Cuban identity and new musical forms that reflected both the Afro-Cuban cultural heritage of a nation that gave birth to Latin music - and its new position as a socialist state. Most of the music featured on this album have never been heard outside of Cuba.

                      Both Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker have been involved in Cuban music for more than two decades – Gilles Peterson with his many Havana Cultura projects for his Brownswood label and Stuart Baker with a number of Soul Jazz Records albums recorded in Cuba. This Soul Jazz Records album is released in conjunction with Egrem, the Cuban state record company, and has been put together after the many crate-digging trips that both compilers have made on the streets of Havana and beyond in Cuba stretching over a 20-year period, searching out rare and elusive original Cuban vinyl records.

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                      REVIEWS:

                      "It may only be January, but we already have a strong contender for 'compilation of the year'. Put together by devout crate-diggers and Cuban music enthusiasts Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records)" JUNO

                      "It's abundantly clear that these compilers are at the very top of their game. Everything here was previously unheard outside of Cuba, making this a feast for the curious" Vinyl District

                      "Priceless comp goes beyond Buena Vista" UNCUT

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                      *Please note the vinyl sticker of this album says "+download code" but it's a mistake! There is no download with this particular album due to legal reasons. Sorry for this error!

                      • Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
                      • Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
                      • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
                      • Grupo Monumental – Mi Son Caridad
                      • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Sondeando
                      • Las D'Aida – Con Cadencia y Con Dulzura
                      • Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Y No Le Conviene
                      • Pablo Milanés – Te Quiero Porque Te Quiero
                      • Emíliano Salvador – Luna Wanestain
                      • Los Reyes 73 – Un Lamento Hecho Cancion
                      • Eduardo Ramos – Vocación Revolución
                      • Grupo Mounmental – Hasta Las Cuantas
                      • Los 5 U 4 – Solo Esta Musica
                      • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Canción Con Todos
                      • Orquesta Los Van Van – Yo Se Que Van Van
                      • Grupo Monumental – Nadie Se Siente Cansado
                      • Orquesta Ritmo Oriental – Maria, Baila El Son
                      • Juan Pablo Torres y Algo Nuevo – Rompe Cocorioco
                      • Los Reyes 73 – Grandes Amigos
                      • Paquito D'Rivera – La Patica
                      • Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Grifo
                      • Raúl Gómez – Dacapo
                      • Grupo Irakere – Juana 1600
                      • 1. Grupo Irakere – Chequere Son
                      • 2. Conjunto Rumbavana – El Son Del Campeon
                      • 3. Juan Formell & Los Van Van – Mi Ritmo Caliente
                      • View full info and tracklisting