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    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
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    Venezuela 70Cosmic Visions of A Latin American Earth: Venezuelan Experimental Rock In The 1970s and Beyond VOLUME TWOSoul Jazz Records

    This is the second collection of music from Venezuela in the 1970s and beyond to be released on Soul Jazz Records. The album once again features innovative figures in the history of underground Venezuelan music, mostly unknown outside of their home country – their music a blending of progressive rock, jazz, experimental electronics and disco –created mainly in the 1970s – during a time when the country was both a cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America.

    While much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, and salsa dominated the dancefloors of Latin America, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative local artists such as Vytas Brenner, Daniel Grau, Aldemaro Romero, Un Dos Tres Y Fuera who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

    Most of these artists featured on Venezuela 70 remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world – a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of sounds from the cosmic and psychedelic rock of Vytas Brenner to the Moroder-esque disco experimentation of Daniel Grau, and the tropical funk of Un Dos Tres Y Fuera and beyond.

    Aside from the relatively known Vytas Brenner and Daniel Grau, most of the music on this album is incredibly rare (even in Venezuela)! The album is released as heavy double gatefold vinyl with full colour inners, exclusive text on artwork, CD with slipcase and large booklet, and digital album.

    • Vytas Brenner – Agua Clara
    • Daniel Grau – Dejando Volar El Pensamiento
    • Un Dos Tres Y Fuera – Relafica Negra En Tiempo De Siembra
    • Orchestra Julian – Do It With Class
    • Vytas Brenner – Gavilan
    • Fernando Yvosky – Estoy Viviendo
    • Daniel Grau – Delirio En Fa Menor
    • Vytas Brenner – Mandingo
    • Un Dos Tres Y Fuera – Machu Picchu Dos (El Niño Anciano)
    • Vytas Brenner – La Sabana
    • Johnny Lamas – Noches En Caracas
    • Aldemaro Romero Y Su Onda Nuevo – Moilendo Cafe
    • Vytas Brenner – Morrocoy
    • Daniel Grau – Voy Caminando Feliz
    • Grupo Bota – Solos
    • Vytas Brenner – Tragavenado
    • La Cuarta Calle – Camino A Casa (On My Way Home)
    • Aldemaro Romero Y Su Onda Nuevo – Una Por Una
    • 1. Vytas Brenner – Agua Clara
    • 2. Daniel Grau – Dejando Volar El Pensamiento
    • 3. Un Dos Tres Y Fuera – Relafica Negra En Tiempo De Siembra
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    Congo Revolution Box SetSoul Jazz Records

    This unique box-set edition is only available as a one-off pressing seven-inch box set which brings together a stunning five-single/ ten track selection of mind-blowingly groovy selection of African, Latin, Jazz and Funk music from the Congo.

    Absolutely killer and essential tracks (mostly unknown) from the masters of the vibrant Congo scene in the 1960s – featuring the groups Franco & OK Jazz, Rock-A-Mambo, African Jazz, African Fiesta and more.

    Roots African meets Cal Tjader, James Brown, Ray Barretto & more. The bomb!



    • Rock-A-Mambo – Baila
    • Beguen Band – Yo Me Moera
    • Bantous De La Capitale – Watchiwara
    • African Fiesta – Mambo Hawaienne
    • O.K. Jazz – Sois Sage Amour
    • African Jazz – Merengue Fafa
    • African Fiesta Sukisa – I Got The Feelin'
    • O.K. Jazz – Kiwita Kumunani
    • Ryco Jazz – La Juventud
    • Trio Madjesi & Sosoliso – Matshatsha
    Venezuela 70 : Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American EarthSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Venezuela 70 is the first-ever album of its kind to take a look at the groundbreaking experimental rock music made in Venezuela and created in the 1970s – during a time when the country was both a modern cultural and economic powerhouse in Latin America on account of wealth from its vast oil supplies. 

    Venezuela lies at the northern part of South America, with neighbouring Colombia to its west and Brazil to its south. The north coast borders the Caribbean.

    Whilst much of 1960s Venezuelan rock music emulated British and USA styles, the 1970s saw the evolution of a new generation of creative artists such as Vytas Brenner, Angel Rada, Pablo Schneider and Miguel Angel Fuster, who all explored the possibilities of mixing together rock with elements of electronica, funk, jazz, latin rhythms simultaneously exploring their links with Venezuelan roots music, creating a new sound which blended a multitude of new and old world influences, uniquely Venezuelan.

    These Venezuelan artists looked to the future while exploring their country’s own musical heritage to create a new cultural identity. Similarities can be drawn with then contemporary movements around the world such as the Trópicalia and post-Trópicalia 1970s scene in Brazil of Os Mutantes, Novos Baianos, Secos e Molhados (all of which feature on Soul Jazz Records’ earlier Brazil 70).

    A similar parallel can be made in Europe with the experimental German groups of the 1970s (Can, Amon Duul, Harmonia, Neu all featured on Soul Jazz Records’ Deutsche Electronische Musik) who deconstructed and reconstructed the links between rock music and electronics to define a new German cultural identity.

    Most of these artists featured on Venezuela 70 remain practically unknown outside of Venezuela’s borders and yet their progressive forward-thinking music is some of the most sophisticated in the world – a stunning ‘melting pot’ mix of underground rock, synthetic electronics, funk, jazz and Latin American rhythms all of which explored new sounds and broke down musical boundaries to create a distinct and unique Venezuelan music and cultural identity.

    • Vytas Brenner – Araguaney
    • Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Machu Picchu
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Polvo Lunar
    • Angel Rada – Basheeba
    • Fernando Yvosky – Barcos De Papel
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – Son De Tambor y San Juan
    • Vytas Brenner – Bang-Going-Gone
    • Aldemaro Romero y Su Onda Nueva – Irene
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – Dame De Comer
    • Un Dos Tres y Fuera – San Juan, Tambor y Fuera
    • Ofrenda Vytas Brenner – Caracas Para Locos
    • Grupo C.I.M. – Joropo No. 1
    • Angel Rada – Panico a Las 5am
    • Apocalipsis – Ayudame a Encontrar Mi Camino
    • Miguel Angel Fuster – La Quema De Judas