Fela Kuti Fela's First: The Complete 1959 Melodisc Session

    Cadillac Records
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      • 1. Fela’s Specia
      • 2. Alcana
      • 3. Highlife Rakers Calypso
      • 4. Wa Ba Mi Jo Bosue Close

      Legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Ransome Kuti's first recordings of highlife and calypso, recorded in London in 1959, on a limited edition 10". Two of the tracks are released here for the first time ever!! The tape of the very first Fela Ransome Kuti recording session has languished in a series of dusty cupboards and damp basements for 60 years. It's a miracle that it has survived in such fine condition. The original Melodisc single, comprising side A of this release, was for long thought lost until a copy of the session acetate turned up and was reissued as part of the superb Soundway compilation Highlife on the Move (2014). However the two tracks on side B of this album have never been issued in any form and are reproduced here in all their glory for the very first time!

      Other Releases by Fela Kuti

      Fela KutiOpen & CloseKnitting Factory Records

      Reissue of Fela's highly sought-after 1971 album, 'Open & Close'! Super-funky Afrobeat featuring the incredible title track!

      • – Open And Close
      • – Suegbe And Pako
      • – Gbagada Gbogodo
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      Fela KutiBeasts Of No NationKalakuta Records

      Afrobeat classic! After helping Fela Anikulapo Kuti with Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense, Wally Badarou then produced Beasts of No Nation. 

      • – beats of no nation (vocal)
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      Fela KutiArmy ArrangementKnitting Factory Records

      Fela Kuti stories Nigeria’s attempt at ‘democracy’ in 1979 after more than a decade of
      military rule told through this album, originally released in 1985 on Celluloid records. Features a long version of 'Government Chicken Boy'.

      • – Army arrangement (vocal)
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      Fela KutiCoffin For Head Of StateKnitting Factory Records

      Fela Kuti made some frantic albums in his career--ones that popped with his enthusiastic political disobedience and ones that roared with fury at the Nigerian system and Africa's disadvantaged position in the late-20th century. But Coffin for Head of State is a different tiger. It's a downturned, sad, melancholic 22-minute work that signaled how Fela would make his previously general criticisms of Nigerian politics very specific. He recorded the album in 1981, several years after the Nigerian military's destruction of his self-declared Kalakuta Republic (a residential compound, in truth) and the ensuing, relentlessly violent assault on its residents, including his mother, who later died as a result of her injuries. Coffin finds Fela castigating Muslim and Christian leaders for idling while the government raped and pillaged, and it boasts a visionary quality in the antiphonal "Amens" that gets bounced through the band.

      • – Coffin For Head Of State part 1
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      Fela KutiJ.J.D (Johnny Just Drop!!) Live!! At Kalakuta RepublikKnitting Factory Records

      Originally released in 1977, ‘Johnny Just Drop (J.J.D.)’ features Fela lampooning Nigeria’s ‘been-tos’, people who had been to Europe or America to work or study and then returned (dropped) home with European social pretensions and an inferiority complex about African culture.

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        Fela KutiShakaraKnitting Factory Records

        1972 Fela Kuti anthem! This is afro beat at it's finest...ESSENTIAL!!!    

        • – Shakara (Oloje)
        Fela KutiZombieKnitting Factory Records

        On the title track Fela and the backup singers ridicule the mindset of men in uniform over an urgent, quick-march accompaniment from Afrika 70. The album was a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military. ‘Zombie’ was a smash hit with the people and infuriated the government, setting off a vicious attack against the Kalakuta Republic (a commune that Fela had established in Nigeria). Fela was badly beaten, sustaining a fractured skull and several broken bones. His mother, then aged 77, was thrown out of a window, fracturing a leg and suffering deep trauma. The army then set fire to the compound. The blaze gutted the premises, destroying six Afrika 70 vehicles, all Fela’s master tapes and band equipment and a four-track recording studio.

        • – Zombie
        • – Mr. Follow Follow (Mister Follow Follow)
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        Fela KutiAlagbon Close / Why Black Man Dey SufferKnitting Factory

        Alagbon Close represents one of the first times anyone had directly taken on the Nigerian authorities in such a brash manner. Why Black Man Dey Suffer: This album, recorded in 1971 with Ginger Baker behind the board, was originally deemed too controversial for release by his label at the time. The title track is a history lesson on the oppression of the African man - detailing the litany of abuses they have suffered from being taken as slaves to having an alien people impose a new culture upon them, take their land, fight them, and set them against one another


        Deluxe digipack, with booklet including Fela’s biography and track-by-track commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May.


        • – Alagbon Close
        Fela KutiFela With Ginger Baker Live!Knitting Factory Records

        'Let's Start' - Seriously killer tune! and loads more.

        It's hard to go wrong with Fela Kuti's work from the 1970s, and LIVE!, which features the Afrobeat innovator backed by his powerhouse band Africa '70 and ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, is no exception. Like all of Fela's recordings from the era, LIVE! consists of just a few tracks, each of which approximates or exceeds the ten minute mark. Yet the arrangements are so dynamic on these tracks, the criss-crossing polyrhythms so absorbing, and Fela's incantatory vocals so entrancing that the long running times never seem a factor. Every cut crackles from beginning to end with its mixture of funk, jazz, and traditional Nigerian music, underscoring once again Fela's revolutionary, indelible contribution to world music.


        • – Let's Start
        Fela KutiJ.J.D. / Unnecessary BeggingKnitting Factory Records

        "JJD/Unnecessary Begging" is another gem in the Fela two-albums-on-one-CD reissue series on MCA. As original LPs, "JJD (Johnny Just Drop)," recorded live at Fela's home/club/compound, Kalakuta Republic, was released in 1977, while "Unnecessary Begging" and its b-side "No Buredi (No Bread)" were issued a year earlier in 1976. These albums were part of what was arguably Fela's greatest period as he released more than a dozen albums between 1975-77! While "Zombie" and "Opposite People" are clearly the essential recordings from this period, this disc, and all of the Fela reissues, are really indispensabl

        • – J.J.D. (Johnny Just Drop)
        Fela KutiStalemate / Fear Not For ManKnitting Factory Records

        The two titles from these 1977 albums are fiercely anti-authoritarian blasts at the Nigerian governmental regime while on 'Don't Worry About My Mouth O', Fela explains his preference for traditional African ways.

          Fela KutiKoola Lobitos 64- 68 / The '69 LA SessionsKnitting Factory Records

          Wicked early reissue album from cult african hero Fela Ransome-Kuti with his first band Koola Lobitos from 1965!

          In early 1965, just as the West African High-life scene was becoming rather a drag and everybody was bored with it all, the revoluntionary sound of Fela Ransome-Kuti & His Koola Lobitos burst upon us! Fela had recently trained at the Trinity College of Music in London before making this album, and was heavily influenced by jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Thad Jones, as a result of this the album has a very jazz infused sound. The horn section features heavilly in the album with Fela playing trumpet. Funky exotic rhythmic patterns, deep afro jazz grooves, this album is a brilliant eye opener and rare opportunity to experience the lesser known early Fela recordings compared to his 70's afrobeat output.


          Deluxe digipack, with booklet including Fela’s biography and track-by-track commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May.

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            Fela KutiExpensive Shit / He Miss RoadKnitting Factory Records

            'Expensive Shit', from 1975, is one of Fela's most notorious albums. The title track recounts being framed by the police and his comical escape from certain conviction while 'Water Get No Enemy' is a veritable Afro-beat anthem. 'He Miss Road', also from '75, was produced by Ginger Baker and is a deep and dark album that is one of Fela's best.


            • – Expensive Shit
            Fela KutiShakara / London SceneKnitting Factory Records

            'Shakara', originally released in 1972, shows Fela's sarcastic sensibility: 'Lady' criticizes modern African women as becoming overly westernized while 'Shakara (Oloje)' sticks it to arrogant loud mouths.

            'London Scene' was recorded at Abbey Road in 1971 and is a great, early example of the Afrobeat stew that Fela was starting to create. Politics began to show up on Fela's lyrics, specifically on the anti-colonial 'Buy Africa'.

            Deluxe digipack, with booklet including Fela’s biography and track-by-track commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May.


            • – Shakara
            Fela KutiMonkey Banana And Excuse OKnitting Factory Records

            Yet more essential afro beat classics from the king of Nigerian music, Fela Kuti! Monkey Banana - reflects his social consciousness in deploring the poor conditions of workers' lives in Nigeria. "Sense Wiseness' has a funkier beat and prominent high, glistening electric keyboards, the backdrop for lyrics criticizing the educated segment of Africa's population for absorbing Western ways.

            Monkey Banana was combined with another 1975 album, Excuse O.


            Deluxe digipack, with booklet including Fela’s biography and track-by-track commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May.


            Highly Recommended!

              Fela KutiUpside Down / Music Of Many Colours (with Roy Ayers)Knitting Factory Records

              Two essential Afro-beat classics from Fela Kuti with 'Upside Down' (1976) and the 'Music Of Many Colours' collaboration with Roy Ayers (1980). Their version of "2000 Black" is a rare groove classic!

                Fela KutiConfusion / GentlemanKnitting Factory Records

                Two classic afro beat albums on one bargain price CD! Recommended!


                Deluxe digipack, with booklet including Fela’s biography and track-by-track commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May.

                • – Gentleman
                Fela KutiOpposite People / Sorrow Tears And BloodKnitting Factory Records

                Fela and Afrika 70 at their peak with two seminal albums on one disc. Rowsing, radical stuff as espoused by 'Colonial Mentality'.

                  Fela KutiRoforofo Fight / The Fela SinglesKnitting Factory Records

                  Essential afro beat! A dancefloor bomb plus essential previously unreleased tracks! You need this!! This is a CD reissue of Fela Kuti's 1972 album Roforofo Fight, with the addition of two previously unreleased tracks from the same era. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!


                   

                  • – Rofororo Fight
                  Fela KutiShuffering And Shmiling/No AgreementWrasse

                  Two classic afro beat albums!

                  • – Shuffering And Shmiling
                  Fela KutiV.I.P (Vagabonds In Power) / Authority StealingKnitting Factory Records

                  More afro beat classics from the master himself!

                  Authority Stealing was actually inflammatory enough to initiate another round of beatings to Fela from the hands of government thugs, this time nearly killing him. VIP is a live performance from Berlin in 1979. This stands as the last recording of the Afrika 70 ensemble.

                  Highly recommended!

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                            Trees SpeakTear Kisser / Void FormSoul Jazz Records

                            We have got one extra box of 50 copies! If you want one order now!

                            THIS IS THE BOMB!

                            KILLER Late-60s style spy/thriller soundtrack + New York No Wave synth/guitar D-I-Y BOMB white label 45!

                            ABSOLUTELY STUNNING EXCLUSIVE Trees Speak NEW SINGLE! V.Ltd. edition white label 45. Don't miss out on this beauty!

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                            • Trees Speak – Tear Kisser
                            • Trees Speak – Void Form
                            • 7"£10.00
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                            Endangered Species Vol. 1Dark Entries

                            Another exemplary selection of new-wave/minimal synth music from around the world, sourced by the keen-eared Dark Entries label! Previously unreleased music from Beastie Boys producer, John King of the Dust Brothers, plus minimalism from the Netherlands, a 1990 cover of Tears for Fears’ 'Mad World' from Croatia and more!

                            • – John King - Munich
                            • – The Actor - Picture 210 (Demo)
                            • – Brazil - Tvoj Svijet
                            • – Jamal Khe - L'Étranger (Ana Gharib)
                            • – Nightless - Abemus Mind
                            • 12" EP£15.00
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                            Robert ParkerHoldin Out / I Caught You In A LieNola

                            Finally, after 53 years, "I Caught You In A Lie" is now rightly regarded as one of the GREAT New Orleans Soul classics. Whilst many people may only know the various cover versions, Robert Parker's original sublime slice of heartfelt Soul has steadily built in reputation, especially recently. That's why original Nola copies are £150+, even for battered ones! So here is the official legitimate, remastered repress on the sacred Nola label. 7 Inch with replica artwork.

                              • 7"£10.00
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                              Gray (feat. Jean-Michel Basquiat)Never Gonna Leave New York CityAnasyrma Record Label

                              Formerly unreleased, super-rare tracks from the original New York scene, art-house band Gray originally fronted by the legendary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

                              A slice of the Lower East Side New York grounded in real experiences, real feelings and the joys of urban living, expressed through the tracks ‘Never Gonna Leave New York City’ & ‘Willie Mays, Boom For Real’ from founding Gray member Michael Holman and bandmate Nicholas Taylor.

                              This RSD release comes in a stunning full colour sleeve complete with liner notes from executive producer, as well as legendary counterculture author and rock biographer (Jagger, Dylan, Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Zappa, etc), Barry Miles.

                              • – Never Gonna Leave New York City
                              • – Willie Mays, Boom For Real
                              • 12"£12.00
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                              Byron The AquariusApron EPApron Records

                              Anticipated Apron Records debut from the man like Byron The Aquarius! Killer mini-LP/EP of boogie/broken/house vibes delivered in a way that only Byron knows! ESSENTIAL!

                              • – Dr Robotnik (feat. MDMA)
                              • – Girls Girls Girls
                              • – Lets Go (Sunshine)
                              • – End Of Time
                              • – Fun Fun Fun (feat. Brandon Banks)
                              • – I Want To Go
                              • – Dr Funk Yo Mind
                              • – A$trotron
                              • 12" EP£17.00
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                              Alton EllisPumping InHarlem Shuffle

                              Never released before on 7”

                              This cracking up-tempo track from 1970 has a heavy guitar work, a killer organ and some real gutsy vocals to boot.The sound and rhythm are quite different from Ellis previous songs and, sign of time, have a distinctive Boss Reggae feel and it really rocks! “Pumping In” is an absolute gem that has been badly overlooked up to now. 1972 "Knock on wood", the Eddie Floyd mega hit, has been covered several times by Alton previously, in a brilliant but rather conservative way. This version though was produced by Joe Gibbs and is totally different. It featured on 2 compilations LPs in 1969 and 1973 but was never issued on a 7" vinyl previously. In the same vein as "Pumping In" but slower, this killer track is a rough, tough reggae cover of the Soul anthem featuring unbelievable vocals from Alton, and a distinctly Boss Sound production from Joe Gibbs. A Must Have..

                              • – Pumping In
                              • – Knock On Wood
                              The Live BandA Chance For HopeThe Sound Of Brooklyn

                              7" £10

                              For the first time ever this Modern Soul early '80s masterpiece finally gets a 7" release some 38 years later!

                              Quite simply "A Chance For Hope" is one of the all-time, under-rated gems from this era. How it never made to a single release before now we'll never know. One of the classiest 7 inch releases you're ever likely to see! Officially licensed, remastered and LTD 7 inch RSD release with replica artwork.

                              • – A Chance For Hope
                              • – A Chance For Hope (Prelude)
                              • 7"£10.00
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                              The HeliocentricsTelemetric SoundsMadlib Invazion

                              UK-based cosmic, psychedelic-funk ensemble release their 'Telemetric Sounds' album on maverick producer Madlib’s label, Madlib Invazion!

                              • – Telemetric Sounds
                              • – Devastation
                              • – Space Cake
                              • – Rehearsal 24
                              • – Shattered Mind
                              • – The Opening
                              • – Left To Our Own Devices
                              • LP£25.00
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                              • CD£12.00
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                              Nyah HunterLoving BrideGG's

                              Great deep roots one away tune from Nyah Hunter from the mid 70s produced by Alvin Ranglin.

                              • – Loving Bride