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    AliveSkindo Le LeSoul Jazz Records

    NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    Alive's massive jazz dance/ latin/brazilian bomb 'Skindo Le Le' originally featured on Soul Jazz Records' London Jazz Classics. 

    A firm favourite at Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge's Dingwalls (our first shop was originally above the club) we are now - 25 years on! -  releasing this monster jazz dance anthem as a very limited 300 edition collectors 45 single.. 

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!



    • – Skindo Le Le
    • – City Life
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    Marilyn Barbarin and The Soul FindersRebornSoul Jazz Records

    Last seen on Popsike in 2014 where it sold for $462!

    EXCLUSIVE 45

    Unbelieveably heavyweight New Orleans funk monster!


    Produced by the imcomparible Eddie Bo and originally released in 1970 on Eddie's own Bo Sound.

    It's a bomb! Exact replica reproduction, wicked sound, killer funk 7" 45!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

    See all our EXCLUSIVE unique 45s here

    • – Reborn
    • – Believe Me
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    Joe BataanLatin Strut / Peace, Friendship and SolidaritySoul Jazz Records


    100% Nu Yorican LATIN FUNK masterpiece out now!

    NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    This is perhaps the toughest latin funk tune ever recorded - heavyweight percussion, blistering horns, wah-wah guitar - it's all here!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. Ships friday.

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • Joe Bataan – Latin Strut
    • Joe Bataan – Peace, Friendship and Solidarity
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    Joe BataanAftershower Funk / FinSoul Jazz Records

    NEW EXCLUSIVE SUPER LTD. edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    KILLER, KILLER 100% Nu Yorican LATIN FUNK masterpiece just landed! Alongside 'Latin Strut' (also available on a ltd. edition 7") this is one of the toughest latin/funk tunes ever recorded in New York in 1974. THE BOMB!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. Ships friday.

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • Joe Bataan – Aftershower Funk
    • Joe Bataan – Fin
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    Betty HarrisMean Man / I'm Gonna Git YaSoul Jazz Records

    EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe.

    This is our second Betty Harris single in our series of New Orleans essential Funk 45s.

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!


    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • Betty Harris – Mean Man
    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
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    Arnold BlairTrying To Get Next To YouSoul Jazz Records

    NEW LTD. FIRST EDITION 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    Stone-cold CLASSIC monster soul anthem! Sounds wicked!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!


    • – Trying To Get Next To You
    • – I Won The Big Deal
    Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian BandHanda Wanda (Pts. 1 & 2)Soul Jazz Records


    This is the first ever single from The Wild Magnolias - a massive, massive slice of super-percussive New Orleans second line funk meets Mardi Gras Indian chants and rhymes.

    Originally issued on the tiny independent Crescent City label in New Orleans in 1970. This was the only ever release on this bespoke label and is issued here on Soul Jazz Records with original label art and loud pressing.

    The B-side is if anything even HEAVIER than the A-side - and has never been available or issued since.

    Two killer tunes on this amazing exact replica EXCLUSIVE V.LTD. 45

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • – Handa Wanda (pt.1)
    • – Handa Wanda (pt.2)
    Brazil Funk Power - Brazilian Funk & Samba SoulLimited Edition Record Store Day 7" BoxsetSoul Jazz Records

    IN STOCK - Get it while u can!

    Soul Jazz Records' Brazil Funk Power – Brazilian Funk & Samba Soul features ten superb, rare and classic Brazilian funk and soul cuts across five individual bespoke 7" singles housed in a box set.

    This release is the 2nd of Soul Jazz Records 3 Record Store Day 2020 titles and is an exclusive one-off pressing, limited-edition collectors seven-inch box set, which will be deleted on the day of release.

    This release features some of the funkiest Brazilian music ever made - music by Jorge Ben, Banda Black Rio, Tim Maia, Toni Tornado, Cassiano performing some of the best tunes ever to come out of Brazil!

    Classics from the superb 70s Afro-Brazilian Funk & Soul era of Brazil’s own Black Power Movement (‘Movimento Negro’) sit alongside a dancefloor-heavy selection of Samba Soul and Boogie, Afro-percussive Brazilian funk and more!

    All tracks have been digitally re-mastered and the singles come housed in a thick, heavyweight deluxe card box.

    This box set is a one-off pressing exclusively for Record Store Day.

    • Jorge Ben – Meus Filhos, Meu Tesouro
    • Brasil Ritmo – Novo Dia
    • Azymuth – Manha
    • Donato & Deodato – Whistle Stop
    • Tim Maia – Gostava Tanto De Voce
    • Jorge Ben – Taj Mahal
    • Cassiano – Onda
    • Luiz Gonzaga Jr – O Comeco Da Festa
    • Novos Baianos – Tinindo Trincando
    • Dom Um Romao – Kitchen (Cosinha)
    Brazil USA 70: Brazilian Music In The USA In The 1970sFeaturing Airto, Deodato, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Sivuca, Donato & moreSoul Jazz Records


    All of the music featured here on this new Soul Jazz Records collection was created by Brazilian artists living and working in the USA in the 1970s.

    The album brings together some of these finest works and comes complete with extensive notes that explains the path these musicians took from Brazil to the USA and shows the political and musical links between Brazil and the USA that created the conditions for this unique fusion of these two distinct cultures, North American Jazz and Brazilian music, that occurred in the 1970s.

    In the early 1970s North American jazz musicians were eager to work with upcoming Brazilian musicians. Miles Davis invited Airto Moreira to join his new ‘electric’ band, Dom Um Romao (part of Sérgio Mendes’ legendary Brazil ‘66 in the 1960s) joined the fusion group Weather Report, Flora Purim and Airto both became a part of Chick Corea’s new project Light As A Feather, Wayne Shorter collaborated with Milton Nascimento, George Duke recorded Brazilian Love Affair, and so on.

    With all the attention placed on them from these important jazz artists, North America became the new musical playground for a large number of these Brazilian artists – Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Sérgio Mendes, Luiz Bonfá, Eumir Deodato, João Donato and many others.

    Most of these musicians had already experienced success through the earlier popularity of bossa nova in the 1960s, either at home in Brazil or in the USA. But by the end of the 1960s many Brazilian artists had left their own country, as the military dictatorship became progressively more authoritarian and repressive. In the USA, through their critically acclaimed work for Miles Davis, Weather Report, Light As A Feather etc., all of these artists were now given reign to explore new musical terrains away from the restrictions of both a musical genre and a state censor back in Brazil.

    The album comes as a deluxe gatefold double vinyl LP, complete with download code, full sleeve notes, exclusive photography, double inner sleeves. The CD contains CD plus a large 40-page outsize booklet all housed in Soul Jazz slipcase.

    • Airto – Samba De Flora
    • Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
    • Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
    • Deodato – Skyscrapers
    • Milton Nascimento – Catavento
    • Airto – Tombo in 7/4
    • Luiz Bonfá – Bahia Soul
    • Dom Um Romao – Braun-Blek-Blu
    • Moacir Santos – Kathy
    • João Donato – Almas Irmãs
    • Sivuca – Ain't No Sunshine
    • Milton Nascimento – Rio Vermelho
    • Tamba 4 – Consolation (Consolação)
    • Flora Purim – Moon Dreams
    • Dom Um Romao – Escravos de Jo
    • Airto – Andei (I Walked)
    • 1. Airto – Samba De Flora
    • 2. Duke Pearson and Flora Purim – Sandalia Dela
    • 3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 – Batucada (The Beat)
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    Richard BrownSweet and Kind / Don't Listen To The GrapevineSoul Jazz Records

    CHECK THIS OUT!!! SUPERB sweet, sweet rare uplifting soul 45!

    ONLY  available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

     Richard Brown's Sweet and Kind was originally released and distributed locally in Gary, Indiana, in the mid-west of USA on the tiny Steeltown Inc Records, a label which despite it's size was nonetheless the first ever to sign the Jackson Five (pre-Motown) in 1968, the same year as this little-known gem.

    Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe continues its SOUL 7-inch series in fine style with this FANTASTIC cut following on from Brief Encounter, Arnold Blair, Johnny Adams & other earlier exclusive soul 45.

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. 


    • – Sweet and Kind
    • – Don't Listen To The Grapevine
    Can You Dig It ?The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968 - 75Soul Jazz Records

    ''Can You Dig It?' is as definitive as it gets, and treats its subject seriously, lovingly and with an attention to detail that makes it a necessary purchase. An exemplary collection that is near perfect.' WIRE MAGAZINE

    ‘Can You Dig It?’ charts the rise of ‘Black Action Films’ from 1970-75. It comes as a double-CD collection of the stunning music from these films. The vinyl is on two monster loud separate double albums.
    The Black Action Films
    of the early 1970s gave the Hollywood industry its first African-American cinema – actors, directors, cameramen, editors and writers. These films discussed aspects of the African-American experience in the form of entertainment. Storylines interwove post-civil rights revolution with action stories, many involving pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers or private detectives.

    The films also featured the finest funk and soul black music of the time as stars such as James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Willie Hutch and Roy Ayers produced some of their finest work, with film budgets allowing for the addition of huge orchestral arrangements by jazz legends such as Quincy Jones, Johnny Pate and JJ Johnson. In the early 1970s, Black Action Films exploded into the cinema with three extremely successful films – ‘Shaft’, ‘Super Fly’ and ‘Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song’. The most profound statement of these films was their actual existence – black actors and black directors entering the previously closed Hollywood film industry. Black Action Films were a representation of politically everything that had gone before and stylistically of everything that was current. Civil rights, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Black Power, Black Panthers, Vietnam sit alongside the criminal worlds of policemen, private investigators, bail bondsmen and the criminals, drug dealers, pimps and hustlers that they parole. ‘Can U Dig It?’ brings you everything you always wanted to know about black action films. This is an essential Soul Jazz Records release!


    VOLUME ONE OF VINYL is TRACKS 1-16
    VOLUME TWO OF VINYL is TRACKS 17-34


    FEATURE REVIEW

    The INDEPENDENT

    • Roy Ayers – Coffy Is The Color
    • Gene Page – Blacula
    • Johnny Pate – Shaft In Africa
    • Willie Hutch – Brother's Gonna Work It Out
    • Don Costa – Charley - Main Theme
    • Marvin Gaye – 'T' Plays It Cool
    • Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street
    • J.J. Johnson – Willie Chase
    • James Brown – Down And Out In New York City
    • Quincy Jones – They Call Me MISTER Tibbs
    • Martha Reeves and J.J. Johnson – Keep On Movin' On
    • Dennis Coffey – Theme From Black Belt Jones
    • Curtis Mayfield – Freddie's Dead
    • The Blackbyrds – Wilford's Gone
    • Willie Hutch – Theme Of Foxy Brown
    • Isaac Hayes – Run Fay Run
    • Isaac Hayes – Shaft
    • Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman
    • Joe Simon – Theme From Cleopatra Jones
    • Johnny Pate – You Can't Even Walk In The Park
    • Brer Soul and Earth, Wind and Fire – Sweetback's Theme
    • James Brown – Make It Good To Yourself
    • Isaac Hayes – Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile
    • Grant Green – Travelling To Get To Doc
    • Booker T and the MG's – Time Is Tight
    • Roy Ayers – Aragon
    • Edwin Starr – Easin' In
    • Gordon Staples and The String Thing – Strung Out
    • Nat Dove and The Devils – Zombie March
    • The Impressions – Make A Resolution
    • Solomon Burke and Gene Page – The Bus
    • Jack Ashford – Las Vegas Strut
    • Don Julian – Lay It On Your Head
    • Galt MacDermot – Ed and Digger
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    Chuck Carbo & The Soul FindersCan I Be Your Squeeze / Take Care Your Homework FriendSoul Jazz Records

    MASSIVE double-sider funk bomb produced by Eddie Bo! 

    This is the latest EXCLUSIVE release of rare and killer New Orleans Funk 45s - one of the heaviest you will ever find!

    Boom tunes!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!


    • – Can I Be Your Squeeze
    • – Take Care Your Homework Friend
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    Chicago SoulElectric Blues, Funk and Soul: The New Sound of Chicago in the 1960sSoul Jazz Records

    New edition of this classic set of funk and soul from Chicago's legendary Chess Records. CD comes in new deluxe hardback card case edition and perfect bound booklet, 2xLP comes on heavyweight loud vinyl with with full accompanying sleevenotes.

    Soul Jazz Records latest release features classic and rare electric blues, funk and psychedelic soul music recorded in Chicago in the 1960s.

    Chess Records, the infamous soul, blues and jazz powerhouse record company in Chicago was, in the 1960s, one of the main rivals to Motown in neighbouring Detroit and Atlantic Records in New York in its relentless charting of black music in the US charts. Owned by Leonard and Phil Chess, two Polish immigrants, the label brought Chicago’s urban black music to the masses on a huge scale.

    Later Leonard’s son Marshall took the label in new directions, first by courting rock artists such as the Rolling Stones to record at the studios and then in the late 60s releasing genre defying radical psychedelic and experimental rock and funk releases by blues legends Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and the progressive Rotary Connection, featuring a young vocalist Minnie Riperton, originally a secretary at the company.

    After the closing of Chess in the 1970s, Marshall went on to launch Rolling Stones Records with the legendary group.

    The label was recently the subject of two Hollywood films, ‘Who Do You Love’ and 'Cadillac Records', as well as both a BBC4 television documentary and a four-part BBC6 radio documentary celebrating the story of this amazing independent label that took on the mighty giants of soul music in the 1960s.

    This hardback CD edition showcases a stunning selection of the radical funk, psychedelic soul, rock and jazz tracks recorded for Chess mostly under the production of the genius composer arranger Charles Stepney or Richard Evans and the direction of Marshall Chess. Stepney would later become partners with Maurice White producing seminal Earth, Wind and Fire albums in the 1970s. White was both founder of E,W and F and pert of the regular in-house players at Chess in the 1960s (as a drummer).

    Other regulars included the crack team of Pete Cosey (who later played with Miles Davis), Louis Saterrsfield (another future E,W and F member) and Phil Upchurch. Chess's position on the south side of Chicago led to many musical connections with the jazz scene of the AACM, a link that continued even though the music released on the label was solidly dance-led throughout.

    THe album comes with a 40 page booklet featuring extensive social, cultural and historical text and info and exclusive photographs showing how Chess Records launched urban blues in south-side Chicago, then brought it to the American masses and then in the 1960s recorded and released a stunning array of black styles, music that was both progressive and yet rich in the cities black urban musical legacy, as they created hits on an almost daily basis.

    • Howlin' Wolf – Evil
    • Bo Diddley – Another Sugar Daddy
    • Etta James – Tell Mama
    • The Stereos – Stereo Freeze
    • The Soulful Strings – Burning Spear
    • Ramsey Lewis – Party Time
    • Eve Barnum – Please Newsboy
    • Dorothy Ashby – Soul Vibrations
    • Little Milton – More And More
    • Lorez Alexandria – Baltimore Oriole
    • The Soul Stirrers – Why Am I Treated So Bad
    • Phil Upchurch – The Way I Feel
    • Buddy Guy – She Suits Me To A Tee
    • Rotary Connection – Memory Band
    • Etta James – You Got It
    • Muddy Waters – I Just Want To Make Love To You
    • Laura Lee – Mama's Got A Good Thing
    • Sonny Cox – The Wailer
    • Gene Chandler – In My Body's House
    • Fontella Bass – Leave It In The Hands Of Love
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    Delta Swamp RockSoul Jazz Records

    Monster double CD pack with a whopping 68-page book accompaniment / Two volumes of seriously heavyweight vinyl gatefold and 8page insert.

    Featuring The Allman Brothers, Dan Penn, Leon Russell, Tony Joe White, Johnny Cash, Bobbie Gentry, Big Star, Link Wray, Area Code 615 and loads more!

    Delta Swamp Rock is an interstate southern road-trip through the United States of America where country, rock and soul met at the crossroads - an exploration of the musical and cultural links between the cities of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and Nashville in the 1960s and 70s.

    At the start of the 1970s, a new type of music emerged out of the southern states of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Southern rock, the creation of young blue-collar white Americans, blended rock, soul, country and blues music together to present a new vision of the south – a post-civil rights southern identity complete with a celebration of the regions natural landscape and its way of life.

    The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd epitomised the definitive southern rock groups – a mixture of blues-rock and country with a southern rebelliousness and attitude. Unfortunately both The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd were to be struck by tragedy, which would affect the movement’s rise and fall.

    The backstory to southern rock is the fact that a number of the people involved in its creation had been central to the production of southern soul music in the 1960s mainly in Memphis, Tennessee, and the small town of Muscle Shoals (population around 10,000) deep within the bible-belt, liquor-free, deeply segregated state of Alabama, creating 100s of R&B hits on an almost daily basis.

    Here in Muscle Shoals, with its proximity to Memphis and Nashville, an all-white group of in-house musicians, (famously referred to by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ as the ‘Swampers’), created countless classic soul records for the likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Clarence Carter and more during the 1960s. 

    This album charts the rise and fall of southern rock from its funky swamp roots in southern soul to its phenomenal success in the first-half of the 1970s, including its influence on Nashville’s ‘outlaw’ country and tracing it right back to the arrival of rock and roll in the 1950s - the first meeting of black and white American music at the crossroads.

    CD One/Volume one vinyl is tracks 1-13.

    CD Two/Volume two vinyl is 14-25

    REVIEWS:

    "An impeccable collection of Southern Rock" THE GUARDIAN (*****)

    "Soul Jazz Records compilations are always worthwhile because of the care and detail they put into these nuggets of musical archaeology. There is not a bad track on Delta Swamp Rock. Southern rock continued the tradition of racial integration through music, that began in Memphis with rock and roll, combining soul, gospel, country and rock to come up with something that was, frequently, groovy in the extreme."  THE TIMES

    "An ambitious document of the tension between conservative musical aesthetics and breakout rock ’n’ roll styles that characterised the early 1970s inheritance of blues, soul and Country in the post- psychedelic South." THE WIRE

    • Lynyrd Skynyrd – The seasons
    • Barefoot Jerry – Smokies
    • Joe South – Hush
    • Bobbie Gentry – Papa Won't You Let Me Go To Town
    • Area code 615 – Stone Fox chase
    • Duane And Greg Allman – God Rest His Soul
    • Cher – I Walk On Guilded Splinters
    • Cowboy – Please Be With Me
    • The Allman Brothers – Ain't Wasting No Time
    • Link Wray – Be What You Want to
    • Boz Scaggs – I'll Be Long Gone
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Comin' Home
    • Bobbie Gentry – Seasons Come, Seasons Go
    • Leon Russell – Out In The Woods
    • Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie
    • Barefoot Jerry – Come To Me Tonight
    • Duane And Greg Allman – Morning Dew
    • Dan Penn – If Love Was Money
    • Linda Ronstadt – I Won't Be Hangin' Round
    • Waylon Jennings – Big D
    • Big Star – Thirteen
    • Bobbie Gentry – Mississippi Delta
    • Travis Wammack – I Forgot To Remember To Forget
    • Johnny Cash – If I Were A Carpenter
    • Billy Vera – I'm Leaving Here Tomorrow, Mama
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    Deutsche Elektronische Musik 2 - SPECIAL 4-LP BOX SET EDITIONSoul Jazz Records

    Out-of print since its initial release over 8 years ago and not reissued and it features a monster 2 and a half hours of music!

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    Very Limited Edition Super Deluxe Heavyweight Box Edition (includes 4 LP + Insert + 2 Art prints + individual inners + download) + excellent extensive sleevenotes (by David Stubbs, writer for Wire/Guardian and author of the definitive ‘Krautrock’ book) + lots of exclusive photos. This is a one-off pressing of 500 in UK/1,500 copies worldwide.

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    Includes seminal German groups: Can, Faust, Neu, Amon Duul II as well as a host of lesser known groups and artists such as Agitation Free, Broselmachine, Niagara and many more! And as well as the original pioneers, Deutsche Electronische Musik 2 also features many of the second wave of German electronic artists and groups from the late 70s and early 80s (DAF, Asmus Tietchens, Rolf Trostel) who successfully connected new wave, minimal synth and a European post-punk avant-gardism with the earlier more established Krautrock pioneers who began at the start of the 70s.

    The first seeds of German rock and experimental electronic music were planted in 1968, as students and workers in Paris, Prague, Mexico and throughout the world demonstrated against mainstream society, the war in Vietnam, imperialism and bourgeois values. The birth of a counter-culture, drug experimentation and social change expanded musical worlds. Germany experienced its own cultural revolution fuelled by these worldwide student and worker revolts and by a generation’s desire to rid itself of the guilt of war.

    Many German youth turning their back on mainstream society. From the opening of the first collective/cooperative in 1967, Commune 1, in Berlin, to the formation of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group and the bombings, kidnappings and killings of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (RAF), young Germans sought out new values and a lifestyle outside of ‘the system’. These cooperative and communal experiences led to a number of new radical German bands including Amon Duul, Faust and Can.

    Many artists and musicians believed a complete rejection of everything musically that had gone before was also necessary in order to build a new identity for German culture. At this time German music meant ‘schlager’ music – insipid pop music that hardly confronted the country’s recent historical events.

    Holger Czukay and Irmin Scmidt of Can studied music under the radical avant-garde composer Karheinz Stockhausen and Conrad Schnitzler studied art under the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys. German rock groups were as interested in musique concrète and serial compostion as they were in the psychedelia of Pink Floyd or the rock, soul and jazz music played by resident American forces.

    From this beginning German rock music began an evolutionary journey of experimentation. Electronic music became a pathway to notions of space and the cosmos. Conversely, the emergence of communal living led to a number of musicians setting up live/work spaces in rural areas and developing a ‘pastoral’ outlook, with musical ideas engaged closely with nature.

    German electronic music, kosmische music, cosmic rock, space music. The objectives were to create new music, ‘free’ from the past. A music that gave seed out of the cultural ‘nothingness’ that young Germans felt as a consequence of Germany’s role in the Second World War. A generation who grew up stifled by the recent history of Nazi atrocities, the guilt of their parents’ generation and their disillusionment at the reintegration of old Nazis into mainstream society.


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    Deutsche Elektronische Musik:

    "A near-definitive guide to some of the world's most extraordinary music." ***** The Guardian

    • A.R. & Machines – Globus
    • Can – Halleluwah
    • Roedelius – Le Jardin
    • Michael Rother – Karussell
    • Michael Hoenig – Sun and Moon
    • Agitation Free – You Play for Us Today
    • DAF – Co Co Pino
    • Harald Grosskopf – Emphasis
    • Amon Duul II – A Morning Excuse
    • Conrad Schnitzler & Wolf Sequenza – Fata Morgana
    • Broselmaschine – Nossa Bova
    • Eno, Moebius and Roedelius – Base & Apex
    • Gila – In A Sacred Manner
    • Wolfgang Riechmann – Himmelblau
    • A.R. & Machines – Als Hatt Ich Das Alles Schon Mal Gesehen
    • Gila – Sundance Chant
    • Neu – Isi
    • Pyrolator – Danger Cruising
    • Sergius Golowin – Die Weisse Alm
    • You – Electric Day
    • Niagara – Gibli
    • Rolf Trostel – Der Prophet
    • Electric Sandwich – China
    • Asmus Tietchens – Zeebrugge
    • Faust – Krautrock
    DiscoSoul Jazz Records

    Fantastic new album of disco, modern soul and boogie from 1978-82 on Soul Jazz Records.


    This album is released to coincide with the massive new 360-page deluxe hardback book Disco – An Encyclopedic Guide To The Cover Art of Disco featuring over 2,000 album cover designs as well as over 700 12” sleeves, including sections on roller disco, disco instruction albums and more. There are also interviews and introductions by Tom Moulton, Nicky Siano, Mel Cheren (West End Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude) and more. This book is compiled by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt, text by Claes Widlund.


    This album here is an amazing collection of rare and independent tracks from Disco’s halcyon period – 1978 to 1982 – expertly compiled by Disco Patrick, who also compiled the new deluxe book. Blurring the musical lines between disco, modern soul and boogie this double album features many exclusive and hard to find records from the era.


    Included here are in-demand classics such as The Fantastic Aleems featuring Leroy Burgess, John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra, rare Patrick Adams and Peter Brown productions, Jessie G, The Easton Assassin (a 12” given out free at boxing matches!) and much more!
    The album comes as a double CD, two separate volumes of heavyweight double-album vinyl (with free download codes) and worldwide digital release.

    • The Fantastic Aleems featuring Calebur – Hooked On Your Love (John Morales Mix)
    • Superfunk – Superfunk
    • Jessie G – That's Hot
    • Jupiter Beyond – The River Drive
    • The Sunburst Band – The Easton Assassin
    • John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra – Trinidad (Special Disco Mix)
    • Sparkle – Disco Madness
    • Chain Reaction – Sweet Lady
    • Wayne Ford – Dance To The Beat Freakout
    • Sympho-State – You Know What I Like
    • The Fantastic Aleems featuring Corky Hodges – Movin' To The Beat
    • Something Extra – Sexy Lady
    • Stwange Poweple – Get Up
    • Chemistry – Skateboard
    • Cirt Gill and The Jam-A-Ditty Band – Turn This Disco Out
    • Sugar Bear Johnson – When Your Jones Come Down
    • Retta Young – My Man Is On His Way
    • The Imperials – Fast Freddie The Roller Disco King
    • Cordial – Wave
    • 1. The Fantastic Aleems featuring Calebur – Hooked On Your Love (John Morales Mix)
    • 2. Superfunk – Superfunk
    • 3. Jessie G – That's Hot
    • View full info and tracklisting
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    Disco 2Soul Jazz Records

    This is a second selection of independent disco records featuring rare and classic tracks originally released in the USA between the halcyon years of 1977 and 1985.


    This release features only the finest disco, modern soul and boogie and is compiled by Disco Patrick who put together for Soul Jazz Records the mighty 'Disco - An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records' 400+ page deluxe book, as well as the first installment of 'Disco - A Fine Selection of Independent Disco, Modern Soul and Boogie.'


    This album is released as a double CD, as well as two separate volumes of double vinyl (plus free download codes) and a worldwide digital release.


    Rare, classic and in-demand tracks from the mighty vaults of labels such as New York's Salsoul and Miami's TK Records - which during the main disco era became the main competitors to the major established record industry - through to killer virtually unknown tracks released on tiny bespoke one-off labels, now impossible to find either in the history books or record shops of the world.


    All the music on this album has been sonically and digitally remastered with love and is presented complete with sleevenotes, original label artwork and full-length extended disco editions.

    • Stevo – Pay The Price
    • High Frequency – Summertime
    • Dunn Pearson Jr. – Groove On Down
    • Mad Dog Fire Department – Cosmic Funk
    • Needa – Rock-A-Freak
    • Cream De Coco – Disco Strut
    • Anita Maldonado – What Can I Do To Make You Dance
    • The Shades Of Love – Come Inside
    • Skip Jackson – Micro Wave Boogie
    • Jahneen – Everybody's Dancin'
    • Montego Joe – Freestyle
    • Timmy Thomas – Africano
    • Paper Doll – Get Down Boy
    • Jazz – I Feel Like Love
    • Paco & Flaco & Coco – He's Here
    • Ripple – Victorious
    • Universal Love – Moon Ride
    • Panache – Jam On
    • Otis Brown's Grade A – Strut On
    Ernie and The Top NotesDap Walk / Things Are BetterSoul Jazz Records

    Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    KILLER NEW ORLEANS FUNK PARTY BOMB!!

    One of the rarest of all New Orleans Funk singles issued here in exact repro artwork. The SEMINAL Dap Walk plus the mega-rare HEAVY B-side - hardcore!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited first edition 300-copies pressing - save yourself a few hundred quid!


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    • Ernie and The Top Notes – Dap Walk
    • Ernie and The Top Notes – Things Are Better
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    The ExplosionsGarden Of Four TreesSoul Jazz Records

    NEW LTD. 300 copies (2nd Press, black label)

    Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    Hold tight for the first on Soul Jazz Records' set of KILLER New Orleans Funk 45s! 

    FANTASTIC UNBELIEVEABLY SUPER-RARE £150+ FUNK BOMB 

    Seminal New Orleans Eddie Bo production from the near legendary Explosions (who made the party classic Hip Drop).

    This single is nearly impossible to find and features the previously unreleased deep soul ballad Teach Me on the B-side.

    It is the first in a set of exact-replica bespoke New Orleans funk 45s to go alongside our New Orleans Funk (and forthcoming New Orleans Funk) set of album releases.

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.

    • – Garden Of Four Trees
    • – Teach Me
    The ExplosionsHip Drop (Pts. 1 and 2)Soul Jazz Records

    All time New Orleans party bomb 45!!! 

    Here we go with our latest slice of £100+ killer rare New Orleans funk seven-inch single. This is an exact-replica bespoke New Orleans funk 45 - including the 'even funkier than the A-Side' part 2!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

    • – Hip Drop
    • – Hip Drop Part 2
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    Yvonne FairSay Yeah YeahSoul Jazz Records

    NEW SUPER LTD 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    MASSIVE drum breaks and heavyweight MIAMI FEMALE FUNK. YVONNE FAIR was one of the earliest James Brown vocalists. This is the only release she made in Florida for Henry Stone's pre-Alston/TK label Dade Records and it's a bomb!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. You need to buy this 7" now!

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    • Yvonne Fair – Say Yeah Yeah
    • Yvonne Fair – Straighten Up
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    Four Below ZeroE.S.P.Soul Jazz Records

    NEW SUPER LTD. first edition of 300 copies. Only available EXCLUSIVELY to customers at Soul Jazz Records/Sounds of the Universe.

    ABSOLUTELY SEMINAL SOUL DISCO RARITY produced by the legendary PATRICK ADAMS. 
    New York vocal quartet consisting of Dornell Chavous, Moses McNeil, Cleveland Dickerson and Harry Watson. 

    First Released on Patrick Adams P & P Records later licensed to Roulette in slightly different version - this is the ORIGINAL cut, bespoke exact repro artwork - THE BOMB!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop.  It is a very limited first edition 300-copies pressing - save yourself a few hundred quid!

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    • Four Below Zero – E.S.P. (Part 1)
    • Four Below Zero – E.S.P. (Part 2)
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    Keith HaringThe World Of Keith HaringSoul Jazz Records

    In collaboration with Tate Liverpool, Soul Jazz Records release this stunning new collection entitled The World of Keith Haring featuring music influential to the artist Keith Haring including Fab 5 Freddy, Yoko Ono, Gray (Jean-Michel Basquiat’s group), The Jonzun Crew, Larry Levan, Talking Heads, Sylvester, Johnny Dynell and many others.

    The World of Keith Haring coincides with the presentation of the first major exhibition in the UK of Keith Haring’s work at Tate Liverpool on now.

    The album comes in deluxe artwork and three formats: Double CD + 48-page book; 3xLP + download vinyl version. All formats of the album feature original photography, extensive sleevenotes and interviews.

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    Haring’s many friends and collaborators included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Madonna, Fab 5 Freddy, William Burroughs, Jenny Holzer, Yoko Ono, Bill T Jones, Larry Levan, Timothy Leary, Futura 2000. If you were looking for a person to guide you through the wide variety of nightclub scenes of downtown New York in the 1980s, then Keith Haring would have been your man.

    Keith Haring was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1988 and died at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. During his short time on the planet his work featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions across the world and was seen on subways, in public spaces, on club flyers and consumer products.

    Keith Haring was one of the key members of a group of New York-based artists who redefined the boundaries of modern art in the 1980s. Like his friends, including the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and graffiti artists Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones and LA II, Haring helped first bring the aesthetics of graffiti and street art to New York’s downtown; into both the fine art world, with his own shows at the Shafrazi Gallery and Patti Astor’s Fun Gallery, as well as into the alternative punk and new wave club scene, curating art shows at spaces like Club 57 and the infamous Mudd Club.

    During this time the art and music worlds of downtown New York, especially that of the East Village, were colliding as the musical boundary lines between punk rock, dance music and hip-hop also blurred. Musicians were also artists, film-makers or actors. Artists formed bands and music was art. This was the world of Keith Haring’s New York; a collaborative world where the numerous artists he worked with were also friends, all inhabiting the same fertile, febrile and creative world of New York City in the 1980s.

    Music played a central role in the creation of Haring’s art. In 1981 Keith Haring, Fab 5 Freddy and Futura 2000 organised ‘Beyond Words,’ the first downtown graffiti show on the top floor of the Mudd Clubb, with Afrika Bambaataa DJing at the opening, while downstairs the sounds of spiky punk/dance music played to a dancefloor populated with New York’s new punk and no wave glitterati – David Byrne, Deborah Harry, The Contortions et al – who mixed with poor East Village aspiring artists and Studio 54 celebrities like Andy Warhol, Grace Jones and David Bowie.

    At his early solo art shows Haring hired break-dancers and DJs (including his partner Juan Dubose) to play at gallery openings. As hip-hop and electro exploded into the world, body-popping and electro boogie-ing characters also populated Haring’s paintings with much of the kinetic energy of his work part inspired by the dancefloor and street moves of B-Boys and B-Girls.

    But the decisive moment in creating Haring’s musical tastes and inspiration came with a chance discovering of the Paradise Garage one night in 1984 while walking through the streets of the West Village with his friend Fab 5 Freddy. As Haring told biographer John Gruen:

    ‘I have never been the same since I walked into Paradise Garage … The music was phenomenal – Larry Levan was the DJ there and he was like a god in the DJ booth. I was totally mesmerized.’

    Haring fell in love with the Paradise Garage, creating large scale artworks and flyers for the club, flying home from his exhibitions around the world to religiously attend Saturday nights there. Haring became friends with Larry Levan and in 1984 he put on his own Party of Life at the Garage with DJs Levan and Juan Dubose, and live appearances from his friends John Sex and the then-unknown singer Madonna.

    By the second half of the 1980s Haring was spending more and more time away from New York and working in Europe. Despite this he remained connected to New York’s dance culture at all times through a constant stream of cassette mixtapes that he would listen to while working. These mixtapes were supplied by friends and lovers such as Jean Dubose and Gil Vazquez and playlists from the likes of Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Junior Vasquez.

    About the music:

    The music collected on The World of Keith Haring is a combination of rare disco, early electro and New York punk/dance tracks reflecting the vibrant and hybrid world of downtown New York in the 1980s.

    Here you will find early electro from The Jonzun Crew, Adiche and The Extra T’s alongside angular jerky crossover punk/dance and disco/not disco tracks like Pylon’s ‘Danger,’ John Sex’s ‘Bump and Grind’, Yoko Ono’s ‘Walking on Thin Ice’ and Mudd Club DJ Johnny Dynell’s ‘Jam Hot.’

    The music of some of Haring’s favourite visual artists (and friends) also feature heavily including Jean-Michel Basquiat’s experimental group Gray, George Condo’s art rock group The Girls (produced by David Thomas of Pere Ubu) and early rap from Fab Five Freddy.

    Paradise Garage soul and disco classics here include Sylvester’s seminal ‘Over and Over’; London DJ Tony Williams’ fusion of Jamaican dub and New York dance music as The Funk Masters, Damon Harris’s uplifting ‘It’s Music’ and disco producers extraordinaire Peter Brown and Patrick Adams’ homage to the new phenomenon of the day – The Guardian Angels of the New York subway system.

    Together these are some of the tracks first heard in New York’s prolific underground club scene of the 1980s – including Club 57, The Mudd Club, Danceteria, Hurrah, Area, The Fun Club, Tier 3, The Palladium, Roxy, Pyramid and Paradise Garage. Haring was a regular face at many of these clubs, often a creative participant, both shaping and defining the cultural identity of downtown New York.

    Also included is a track by the long-standing French experimental group Art Zoyd. ‘Sortie 134’ made as part of the music for ‘Le Mariage du Ciel et de L’Enfer’ (‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’), a ballet created by Roland Petit, choreographer at the National Ballet of Marseille, based upon a collection of pose and poetry by William Blake. As one of many works that Haring took on in Europe at the time, Petit commissioned the artist to create a massive 100-square metre backdrop painting for this show.

    The selection of music on this collection is itself like a mixtape that reflects Haring’s wide-ranging musical influences and connections. And for someone who neither DJ’d nor played in a band he had impeccable musical tastes, with music playing a pivotal part in both his life and work, and functioning as an essential and always present soundtrack to both.

    Exhibition details:

    Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool 14th June 2019 - 10th November 2019

    In 2020 the show then travels to:

    Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium: 5th December 2019 - 20th April 2020

    Folkwang, Essen, Germany: 22nd May 2020 - 20th September 2020

    Formats: Tr 10 CD/D only, Tr 8,14 on deluxe 3xLP/CD/D only

    Reviews:

    "★★★★★ Soul Jazz compilations make an excellent argument for the physical album purchase in the age of Spotify: substantial liner notes, great photos, collections put together to tell a story. The label has outdone itself with this one, released to coincide with Tate Liverpool’s retrospective of Eighties New York’s foremost creator of blocky, stylised pop art." The TIMES


    • B Beat Girls – For The Same Man
    • Damon Harris – It's Music
    • Pylon – Danger
    • The Jonzun Crew – Pak Man (Look Out For The OVC)
    • Funk Masters – Love Money
    • John Sex – Bump and Grind It
    • Sylvester – Over And Over (12" Disco Mix)
    • The Girls – Jeffrey I Hear You
    • Johnny Dynell and New York 88 – Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
    • Talking Heads – I Zimbra (on CD version only)
    • Art Zoyd – Sortie 134 (Part 2)
    • Class Action – Weekend (Larry Levan Mix)
    • Adiche – Chuka-Ja (Get Ready)
    • The Girls – The Elephant Man
    • The Golden Flamingo Orchestra – The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us
    • Gray – Cut It Up High Priest
    • Extra T’s – E.T. Boogie
    • Convertion – Let's Do It
    • Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice
    • Fab 5 Freddy – Change The Beat
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    Betty HarrisThe Lost Queen Of New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

    Betty Harris’ The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul features all of her classic deep soul, sister funk and northern soul songs recorded in New Orleans in the 1960s - all written, produced and arranged by the legendary Allen Toussaint, and featuring the cream of New Orleans musicians and the incredible Meters.

    All of these singles featured here were released on Allen Toussaint and his business partner Marshall Sehorn’s local New Orleans label Sansu, widely distributed in the southern city but in only limited quantities elsewhere. As a consequence, Betty Harris’ music failed to achieve the commercial success of other New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey (who she recorded with) and The Meters (who backed her). And so at the end of the decade she stopped recording, retired from the music business to raise her family in Florida.

    This is no reflection of the stunning musical quality of all these songs which encompass everything from southern soul, heavy funk, deep soul ballads and northern soul. Betty Harris has been a cornerstone of Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk and New Orleans Soul compilations. 

    Always soulful and always funky, Betty Harris’ music contains the essence of New Orleans music. She is the Lost Soul Queen of New Orleans. 

    This collection is released on CD, heavyweight gatefold double LP vinyl (+ download code) and digital and comes complete with full biography, original label artwork.

    To coincide with this album New Orleans legend Betty Harris  will in the new year be performing two rare live UK shows at the 100 Club, London on Feb 17,2017 and Band on the Wall, Manchester on Feb 18, 2017.

    • Betty Harris – There's A Break In The Road
    • Betty Harris – 12 Red Roses
    • Betty Harris – Mean Man
    • Betty Harris – I'm Gonna Git Ya
    • Betty Harris – Ride Your Pony
    • Betty Harris – Show It
    • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
    • Betty Harris – Bad Luck
    • Betty Harris – Hook, Line 'n' Sinker
    • Betty Harris – Lonely Hearts
    • Betty Harris – What A Sad Feeling
    • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
    • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
    • Betty Harris – Sometime
    • Betty Harris – I'm Evil Tonight
    • Betty Harris – Nearer To You
    • Betty Harris – All I Want Is You
    Betty HarrisThere's A Break In The RoadSoul Jazz Records

    EXCLUSIVE NEW 45rpm - ONLY available direct from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe.

    All time-killer New Orleans heavyweight funk bomb on loud 7" single!

    Betty Harris's seminal vocals, The Meters’ Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr + the incredible James Black on drums. They don't get much better than this!

    THIS 7-inch can ONLY be bought directly here from Soul Jazz Records or Sounds of the Universe websites and shop. It is a very limited 500-copies pressing and you need to buy it now!

    See all the EXCLUSIVE 45s titles only available here!

    • – There's A Break In The Road
    • – Show It