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    PUNK 45: Burn Rubber City Burn!Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline.
    Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more.
    The album comes complete with extensive text as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl with free download code.
    The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45.
    Burn, Rubber City Burn, coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City – featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.
    REVIEWS:
     “Soul Jazz Records’ story of American punk opens up a whole 1970s history that is still underexposed.” The Guardian
    Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
    Read Quietus feature here

    • The Bizarros – I Bizarro
    • The Waitresses – The Comb
    • Hammer Damage – Laugh
    • Devo – Mechanical Man
    • Tin Huey – Squirm You Worm
    • The Bizarros – Lady Doubonette
    • Chi-Pig – Ring Around The Collar
    • Devo – Auto Modown
    • Rubber City Rebels – Kidnapped
    • Denis DeFrange and Mark Frazier – The Manikin Shuffle
    • Jane Aire and The Belvederes – When I Was Young
    • Tin Huey – Puppet Wipes
    • Chi-Pig – Apu Api
    • The Bizarros – Nova
    • Rubber City Rebels – Such A Fool
    • Denis DeFrange – Sector Wars
    • Ralph Carney – Closet Bears
    • 15 60 75 Numbers Band – Narrow Road
    PUNK 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth CitySoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s.
    Featuring a fantastic collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The Pagans, Rockets From The Tomb, Mirrors, X–X and more.
    The album comes complete with extensive text written by Jon Savage as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl complete with with free download code.
    The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society), pre-punk (Sick On You! One Way Spit!) as well as the deluxe cover art book Punk 45.
    Extermination Nights in the Sixth City coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Burn, Rubber City, Burn – featuring the music scene of nearby Akron.
    REVIEWS:
    “Soul Jazz Records’ story of American punk opens up a whole 1970s history that is still underexposed.”  The Guardian
    Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
    Read Quietus feature here

    • The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives
    • Jazz Destroyers – Love Meant To Die
    • Pere Ubu – Final Solution
    • The Broncs – Tele-K-Killing
    • electric eels – Splittery Splat
    • The Pagans – Dead End America
    • X-X – Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns
    • The Defnics – 51%
    • Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness
    • The Human Switchboard – No !
    • X-X – A
    • Pressler Morgan – You're Gonna Watch Me
    • The Pagans – I Juvenile
    • Poli Styrene Jazz Band – Drano In Your Veins
    • The Mirrors – Hands In My Pockets
    • electric eels – Bunnies
    • Styrene Money – Everything Near Me
    • Rocket From The Tombs – Life Stinks
    Professor LonghairBig Chief (Pts. 1 & 2)Soul Jazz Records

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

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

    All time party classic KILLER New Orleans Funk 45 - Professor Longhair's massive Big Chief.

    Exact-replica bespoke New Orleans funk 45 BOMB.

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

    • – Big Chief
    • – Big Chief (pt. 2)
    90 Degrees of ShadeOver 100 Years of Photography in the CaribbeanIntroduction by Paul Gilroy

    Fantastic new deluxe large format hardback 12" x 12" book from Soul Jazz Books featuring 100 years of photography in the Caribbean.

    From Calypso to Vodou, Communism to Reggae, Colonialism and the Slave Trade, Rum and Revolution, Industry and Tourism – over 100 years of photographing the Caribbean is captured in this book.

    The image of the Caribbean is as much a creation of the outsider as it is the complex identity of its people – a melting pot of races created out of the participants of the 400 year slave trade – enforced Africans, indigenous Americans and their colonisers – French, Spanish, Dutch, English.

    From luscious and tropical backdrop of tourism and hedonism, to colonial outpost and revolutionary threat within North America’s own backyard the identity of the Caribbean stands at this intersection of tourism, the detritus of the slave trade and tropicality.

    The regions politics span a hot bed of ideas and radicalism – from Castro’s Cuba, communist thorn in the side of North America, to the violent right-wing dictatorship of Haiti’s Papa Doc in the 1960s; also from Michael Manley’s Jamaica in the 1970s to Eric Williams’ Trinidad in the 1960s.

    Hundreds of fascinating and unique photographs span more than one hundred years of Caribbean history, culture and industry as well as the subsequent diaspora of its people to America, England, Canada and elsewhere.

    FOREWORD BY PAUL GILROY. EDITED BY STUART BAKER.

    Paul Gilroy is the author of The Black Atlantic (1993),There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack (1987), Black Britain - A Photographic History (2004) and more.

    Stuart Baker is the founder of Soul Jazz Records.


    FEATURES:

    See Guardian newspaper cover story/4-page feature/gallery here

      • SJ Book (2.5kg) £30.00 £25.00
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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.

        Black Fire ! New Spirits !Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new release Black Fire! New Spirits! is a deluxe double CD (and limited triple LP) exploring deep, radical and spiritual jazz in the USA in the period 1957-1975.

        In the 1960s and into the 1970s jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution, with the music and lives of African-American artists radicalised by the advent of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and a new spiritual awakening.

        For over 20 years now Soul Jazz Records have been exploring this rich area of deep and spiritual jazz music with an array of albums such as Freedom, Rhythm and Sound, Universal Sounds of America, New Thing, Soul Jazz Love Strata East and more. Soul Jazz Records have also released a steady stream of reissues of lost and classic deep jazz releases over the years from artists such as Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Reid, Pharaoh Sanders and others.

        This new album features groundbreaking and revolutionary artists such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, The Last Poets and Yusef Lateef as well as many rare and deep lost tracks from lesser known artists such as Creative Artists Ensemble, Granchan Moncur, Lloyd McNeill, Tyrone Washington and others.

        This album coincides with the recent ‘Black Fire! New Spirits! Images of A Revolution: Radical Jazz in the USA 1960-75’ book, published by Soul Jazz Books, which as well as including pioneering artists such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Alice Coltrane also features many of the artists included in this album. 

        REVIEWS

        "This double-disc set is the companion soundtrack to Soul Jazz's book of the same name. It documents 14 wide-ranging tracks by well-known foundational artists and those who followed the New Thing path to other realms during a fertile period during and after the Civil Rights Era. Soul Jazz has always done an admirable job both in curation and presentation." All Music

        Read full All Music review here

        • Yusef Lateef – Chang, Chang, Chang
        • The Last Poets – It's A Trip
        • Don Cherry – Utopia and Visions
        • Richard Davis – Dealin'
        • Archie Shepp and Jeanne Lee – Blase
        • Harold McKinney and The Creative Profile – In The Moog
        • Grachan Moncur III and The Jazz Composers Orchestra – Angela's Angel
        • Creative Arts Ensemble – Flashback Of Time
        • David Lee Jr – Second Line March
        • Lloyd McNeill and Marshall Hawkins – The Banjo Lesson
        • Tyrone Washington – Universal Spiritual Revolt
        • Pheeroan Ak Laff – Tzaddi Vau (Part 1)
        • Joe Henderson – Black Narcissus
        • Doug Hammond – Spaces and Things
        90 Degrees Of ShadeSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new album 90 Degrees of Shade features the music of the Caribbean – Mambo, Calypso, Mento, Merengue, Latin Jazz and much more. The music of Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more all feature in this lightning journey through the many island sounds.

        This is the sound of independence, righteous and hot jump-up sounds from the 1950s and 60s, an exciting period of endless new musical styles that would travel across the world – Mento, the Jamaican precursor to reggae; mambos and descargas from Cuba, Dominican merengue, Haitian compas – and more.

        This album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe large format hardback book 90 Degrees of Shade: 100 Years of Photography In The Caribbean (with foreward by Paul Gilroy) featuring hundreds of fascinating and unique photographs spanning one hundred years of Caribbean history.

        The new album comes as a deluxe two-CD pack complete with large outsize booklet, packed full of info and original artwork. There are also two limited edition separate heavyweight double LP vinyl editions, each one housed in gatefold sleeves complete with insert, full text and free download code. Also comes as a worldwide digital release.

        • The Eloise Trio – Come To The Caribbean
        • Cachao – Trombon Criollo
        • Duke Of Iron – Bambouche
        • Lucho Azcarraga – Tamboritos Panamenos
        • Alfredito – Timbales
        • King Scratch – Christmas Time In Nassau
        • Guy De Rosier Orchestra – Panono M'Tombe
        • Noro Morales Orchestra – Mississippi Mambo
        • Peanuts Taylor – Nassau Blues
        • Katherine Dunham Ensemble – Nago
        • Hubert Porter – Rum and Coconut Water
        • The Bay Street Boys – Donkey Wants Water
        • Guy Du Rosier Orchestra – Anatole
        • Sonny Burke Orchestra – West Indies
        • Dioris Valladares – Los Dos Merengues
        • Julio Gutierrez – Theme For Conga
        • Hubert Porter – Mary's Lamb
        • Count Lasha – Perseverance
        • Tito Puente – Swingin' Mambo
        • The Duke Of Iron – Fifty Cents
        • Katherine Dunham Presents The Singing Gods – Maiz
        • Fajardo y sus Estrellas – El Aguardiente
        • The Eloise Trio – Anna Macao
        • Lord Fly – Whai, Whai, Whai
        • Gina Martin – Omo Belli
        • Billo's Caracas Boys – Bombele
        • King Scratch – Liza See Me Hear
        • Cortijo – Con La Punta Del Pie Teresa
        • The Calypso Steel-O-Rama Band – Java
        • Super Ensemble Nemours Jean-Baptiste – Rinmin Ce Folie
        • Lord Lebby – Dr. Kinsey Report
        • Celia Cruz – Yembe Laroco
        Soul Jazz Records presents Gwo KaMusic of Guadeloupe, French West Indies by Tradisyon KaSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records continues its journey into the world of Afro-Caribbean roots music with this album of newly recorded music of Gwo Ka music recorded and produced by Soul Jazz Records on the island of Guadeloupe, French West Indies.

        Gwo Ka music is a fantastic fusion of  African-­derived musical form ( call and response), with vocal styles that draw upon the equally powerful French chanson singers to create a truly unique combination.

        Tradition Ka, made up of some of the island’s finest singers and master drummers, is part of a powerful network of politicised Gwo Ka groups on the island – upholding the traditions and cultural importance of Gwo Ka as part of a larger process of defining the identity of Guadeloupe and its culture.

        This album is newly studio recorded in Pointe-­A-­Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like   the cult music of Haiti’s Vodou and Cuba’s Santeria or the roots music of Belize’s Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have also released), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region’s African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery.

        Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe, a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a ‘department’ of its original colonial master, France. Here, the currency is the Euro and   the baker sells croissant and café au lait.

        This constant ‘European-­ising’ of the island means that Gwo Ka plays a fundamental and important role in the defining of Guadeloupean identity. As an African-­derived music, its position    as a counter-­balance to French influence means that the definition of how and what Gwo Ka represents is also in a constant state of flux. 

        These new recordings show how Gwo Ka is both a modern Caribbean music form and one firmly rooted in ancestral history.

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        Over the last 20 years Soul Jazz Records have been documenting and presenting the often hidden histories and deep musical worlds of Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Belize, Trinidad, the Bahamas and more. This documentation encompasses reissuing lost recordings, such as the mighty Studio One catalogue of reggae, producing films/dvds (such as the 3-­hour documentary  Mirror To The Soul in conjunction with British Pathé, and Dub Echoes), books (check the forthcoming photography book on the Caribbean 90 Degrees of Shade, with text by Paul Gilroy, and Kanaval) as well as travelling to the region to produce new recordings.

        • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Adam é Eve
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Henri Louis – Ansanm pou dèmen
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Konsyans
        • Tradisyon Ka feat William Casse – Elwa
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Leonard Zozio – Yenki Sa An Pa Enme
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – Kan La Line Lévé
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Thierry Dernault – La Gwadloupéyen
        • Tradisyon Ka feat William Casse – Latilyé Valo
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – Lékiri a Misié O
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Francois Dinane – O La Ou Té Yé
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – O Moman Lesclavaj
        • Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Yo pé ké jen chanjé
        • 1. Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Adam é Eve
        • 2. Tradisyon Ka feat Henri Louis – Ansanm pou dèmen
        • 3. Tradisyon Ka feat Patrick Tulippe – Konsyans
        • View full info and tracklisting
        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
        New Orleans SoulSoul Jazz Records

        For more than ten years Soul Jazz Records have been exploring and documenting the sound of New Orleans Funk. Now we turn their attention to the flipside of this musical coin - New Orleans Soul.


        These two musical forms share a lineage that begins with the city’s enormous rhythm and blues explosion in the post-war 1940s and 1950s. New Orleans Soul incorporated the soulful vocals of the gospel church, the driving beat of rhythm and blues, as well as traces of the second-line parade bands and the latinized rhythms of the city. Here you will find New Orleans soul in all its glorious variations – from the deep, deep soul of singers Aaron Neville, Willie Tee and Robert Parker to the storming northern soul of Maurice Williams and Eldridge Holmes, the funky soul of Eddie Bo, Lionel Robinson and Ernie K-Doe all alongside the Crescent City’s finest soul sisters – Irma Thomas, Betty Harris, Jean Knight, Inell Young and more! 

        The main force behind New Orleans Soul is Allen Toussaint, a virtual one-man hit-making machine in the 1960s, writing, arranging and producing hit after hit for an unending list of unbelievably talented local singers such as Eldridge Holmes, Maurice Williams, Betty Harris, Ernie K Doe and Diamond Joe all of whom are featured. New Orleans is also a city of great musical families. Vocalist Aaron Neville was the brother of Art Neville (who formed The Meters) and later in the 1970s joined with brother Cyril to form The Neville Brothers. Soul vocalist supreme Willie Tee is also known as Wilson Turbinton, who alongside brother Earl, formed the super-heavy funk band The Gaturs and backed the Mardi Gras Indian group The Wild Magnolias. Also included here are rare, lost and killer soulful tracks from New Orleans artists Eddie Bo (and protégée vocalist Inell Young), Jean Knight, Jimmy Hicks, Francine King and more! 

        This album tells the story of New Orleans Soul and comes complete with extensive sleevenotes, exclusive photography, supreme sound quality and comes as deluxe CD with slipcase, booklet, and super-heavy, super-loud limited-edition double vinyl album + download code.

        • Robert Parker – Caught You In A Lie
        • Willie Tee – First Taste Of Hurt
        • Curley Moore – Don't Pity Me
        • Lionel Robinson – Steppin' Out
        • Irma Thomas – What's So Wrong With You Loving Me
        • Aaron Neville – You Can Give But You Can't Take
        • Maurice Williams – Being Without You
        • Jean Knight – What One Man Won't Do Another Man Will
        • Eldridge Holmes – Worried Over You
        • Barbara West – Congratulations Baby
        • Ernie K Doe – Back Street Lover
        • Betty Harris – I Don't Wanna Hear It
        • Aaron Neville – She's On My Mind
        • Irma Thomas – She'll Never Be Your Wife
        • Eldridge Holmes – Lovely Woman
        • Jimmy Hicks – Tell Her That I Love You
        • Diamond Joe – The ABC Song
        • Eldridge Holmes – Gone, Gone, Gone
        • Francine King – Two Fools
        • Eddie Bo – Don't Turn Me Loose
        • Aaron Neville – A Hard Nut To Crack
        • Inell Young – I've Never Considered
        Studio One DancehallSoul Jazz Records

        Fantastic, mind-blowing, awesome new collection of killer Studio One dancehall and proto-dancehall!


        Featured here is a new collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period – singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizadry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance.


        When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. 

        But the emergence of  ‘Dancehall’ as a distinct style of reggae at the end of the 1970s, as upstart competing producers began recording vocalists and deejays performing over replayed classic Studio One rhythms, in many ways made the influence of Clement Dodd’s vision more omnipotent than ever before (and lasting to this day).


        Not surprisingly, Clement Dodd’s creativity and business acumen made him quick to respond to this musical phenomenon – and he soon began voicing the new stable of Studio One singers and deejays, such as Sugar Minott and Lone Ranger, over original classic Studio One rhythms recorded in the late 1960s – to produce some of the most innovative, time-bending and creative music of his career.


        This album comes as CD with slipcase, super-loud, super-heavy triple vinyl album with free download code and as a digital download.

        • Ernest Wilson – Why Oh Why
        • Johnny Osbourne – Lend Me The Sixteen
        • Windel Haye – Haunted House
        • Green Tea & Chassy – Ghetto Girl
        • Johnny Osbourne – Time A Run Out
        • Lone Ranger – Noah In The Ark
        • Devon Russell – Thanks and Praise
        • Brentford Disco Set – Rebel Disco
        • Doreen Schaffer – I Don't KNow Why
        • Slim Smith – Lonely Lover
        • Field Marshall Haye – Roots and Herb Style
        • DJ Dawn & The Ranking Queens – Peace True Thing
        • Jim Brown – Cure For The Fever
        • Sugar Minott – Peace Treaty Style
        • Lloyd Robinson – It Deep
        • Barry Brown – Far East
        • Windel Haye and Captain Morgan – Flood Victim
        • Ernest Wilson – Pick Them Up
        No SeattleSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records new release takes us on a serious road trip into the North-West region of the USA, 1986-97, to explore the amazing lost and forgotten sounds of the Grunge era.
        This Deluxe massive 28-track Double CD with 44 page outsize booklet features extensive text, band features and interviews, exclusive photos.+ Also Worldwide digital release + Also Ltd.Edition Two seperate double-vinyl albums with full notes and free download code.

        The underground music scene of the North-west of America arose from the early 1980s, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In its early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk. Yet, by 1991,Nirvana, the biggest band in the world, had been born from this community of outsiders.


        This compilation features some of the many divergent bands who emerged out of the North-west during this era. Intensely researched and documented this album features many bands who have now disappeared from history after releasing maybe just a couple of singles, or an album, or even never making it onto vinyl – alongside some bands that continue to this day.
        Perhaps most fascinating is the wide-ranging styles that these grunge bands  incorporated - from punk to metal, experimental and more.


        All Roads lead to Nirvana: 17 of the bands featured here played alongside Nirvana in the period 1987-93. All 23 bands featured feature members who shared a stage with Nirvana. Jack Endino (The Ones) produced 37 Nirvana songs. Dave Foster (Helltrout) was Nirvana's 3rd drummer. Bundle of Hiss became TAD who played more gigs with Nirvana than any other band.
        With fantastically in-depth sleevenotes, interviews with most of the bands, exclusive photography and all sonically remastered tracks this is a comprehensive double CD (and 2 volumes of 2xLP vinyl releases) bringing together the hidden, lost and forgotten sounds of the North-west grunge era.


        Reviews & Articles:
        Seattle Times feature here.
        Irish Times here.
        Read article by compiler Nick Soulsby in Nirvana Legacy here 
        Read second article by the compiler here.
        Read article about the artwork here.

        • Starfish – This Town
        • Vampire Lezbos – Stop Killing The Seals
        • Nubbin – Windyyy
        • Saucer – Jail Ain't Stopping Us
        • Machine – Blind Man's Holiday
        • Medelicious – Beverly
        • Hitting Birth – Same 18
        • Nubbin – Wonderama
        • Crunchbird – Woodstock Unvisited
        • The Ones – Talk To Me
        • Pod – 123
        • Thrillhammer – Alice's Palace
        • Yellow Snow – Take Me For A Ride
        • Helltrout – Precious Hyde
        • Bundle Of Hiss – Wench
        • Starfish – Run Around
        • Thrillhammer – Bleed
        • Chemistry Set – Fields
        • My Name – Voice Of A Generation Gap
        • Small Stars – It's Getting Late
        • Shug – AM FM
        • Treehouse – Debbie Had A Dream
        • My Name – Why I Fight
        • Soylent Green – It Smiles
        • Kill Sybil – Best
        • Calamity Jane – Magdalena
        • Saucer – Chicky Chicky Frown
        • Attica – The System
        CalypsoSoul Jazz Records

        Deluxe CD, 2xLP (+ free download) and worldwide digital 

        Available in all good retail and internet stores  from 2 June 2014 or direct from Soul Jazz Records right now!

            This new album features the music of Calypso in its many styles. Included is music from its birthplace - the island of Trinidad - as well as a number of other Caribbean islands (including Jamaica and the Bahamas) and its subsequent onwards journey (Britain, Panama and the United States), recorded during the years 1955-69.

        Calypso is one of the most exciting and enduring forms of musical expression to emerge from the beginning of the 20th century - swinging, persuasive rhythm, brilliantly expressive melodies and lyrics of great humour and wisdom.

        Calypsonians songs play out a role in society similar to the storytelling Griots of West Africa (and the corresponding music of Kaiso); with their own tales about popular and incredible news items, modern life, local politics all mixed up with sexual innuendo, one-upmanship, comedy and more.

        At its source, Calypso is intricately and inextricably bound to the social history of Trinidad and its myriad of traditions, beliefs, folklore and fables. As the music spread around the world, both from the diaspora of many of its performers, as well as its commercial success, the subjects of songs similarly took on local topics.

        The most notable singer of Calypso in England was the Trinidadian Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts), who came to Britain in 1948 on HMS Empire Windrush  (along with fellow Calypsonians Lord Beginner and Lord Woodbine).

        Here on this album you will also find other members of Calypso’s aristocracy & royalty – including Lord Cobra, Lord Hummingbird, Lord Growler, King Fighter, Lord Byron, The Mighty Viper, Lord Ivanhoe & more.

        The songs vividly capture the popular news stories and fashions of the era - the first Man on the Moon, James Bond’s Pussy Galore, bed bugs, Voodoo, love in cemeteries, West Indians in England, Bossa Nova, the Iron Curtain, and a story of a white man who had a black heart transplant operation.

        This album celebrates a criminally unsung and under-documented art form in the modern age and comes with extensive sleevenotes on the history, social context and geography of Calypso, as well as exclusive and stunning photography, original artwork and notes on all the artists and songs featured.

        CD with 50 pages of notes, labels and exclusive photos in slipcase. 2xLP gatefold heavy vinyl + full notes, insert, free download code. Worldwide Digital release.

        REVIEW;

        "Decades before hip-hop became black America's most visible news source, Caribbean and British calypso stars were singing about current events in lilting tunes so seemingly carefree you barely noticed how sharply they were sticking it to the man. With chatty and conversational voices front and center, carnival stars like Viper, Lord Hummingbird and Lord Flea delivered their sass amid suave, jaunty horns and percolating Afro-Caribbean percussion. This collection focuses more on pop culture than on politics: Lord Cobra's enthusiastic account of the 1969 moon landing, for example, is followed by Young Growler's bawdy celebration of James Bond consort "Pussy Galore." Calypso's predominant voice, Lord Kitchener, is represented by the hilarious "Love in the Cemetery," wherein a resident warns him, "Mister, you be brave / To be bringin' your girlfriend atop me grave."

        Top 50 best reissues of 2014 - Rolling Stone magazine

        • Lord Cobra – Man On The Moon
        • Young Growler – Pussy Galore
        • Lord Hummingbird – Teenage Bossa Nova Girl
        • Lord Byron – Yes Parrsin
        • Cyril Diaz Orchestra – Voodoo
        • Lord Flea – Out De Fire
        • Brownie – The Bed Bug Song
        • Count Zebra & The Seasiders – Cat 'O' Nine
        • Carlos Malcolm – Elena
        • Azie Lawrence – West Indians In England
        • Lord Cobra – Negro Heart
        • Lord Kitchener – Love In The Cemetery
        • Charlie Binger Quartet – Jamaica Is The Place To Go
        • Mighty Dougla – Exhange Is No Robbery
        • Viper – Dog Better Than Man
        • Lord Kitchener – Jamaican Woman
        • J.B. Williams Band – Gee Bongo Lay
        • Lord Ivanhoe – Lift The Iron Curtain
        • King Fighter – People Will Talk
        Punk 45: Sick on You ! One Way Spit !Soul Jazz Records

        This new Punk 45 album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second-half of the 1970s.

        This new album is compiled and has extensive sleeve-notes by Jon Savage.

        Punk 45: Sick on You! One Way Spit! After the Love & Before the Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77 is the third volume in this series, following on from the two earlier albums as well as the massive 400-page Punk 45s cover art book published last year.

        While the first in the series, Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!, focused on the rise of underground punk in America, and the second album, Punk 45: There is No Such Thing as Society did the same for punk and post-punk in Britain, this album draws upon some of the stripped-down hard garage and post-glam sounds of mainly obscure bands that existed in the early 1970s - that were to prove the template for the forthcoming punk movement.

        This is a unique and fascinating collection of proto-punk tracks from across the USA - Cleveland’s Electric Eels, San Francisco’s Crime, Los Angeles’ Zolar X, Baltimore’s George Brigman and more – as well as from the UK –  with Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash 101ers, the speed- induced r’n’b of the Count Bishops and others also included.

        As usual the album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

        The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and free download code. These Punk 45 releases are also the first that Soul Jazz Records are making available as worldwide digital releases.

        'Top 50 best reissues of 2014" Rolling Stone magazine

        • Debris – One Way Spit
        • George Brigman – Jungle Rot
        • Death – Politicians In My Eyes
        • The Hammersmith Gorillas – You Really Got Me
        • Crime – Hot Wire My Heart
        • Mirrors – She Smiled Wild
        • The Hollywood Brats – Sick On You
        • Pastiche – Derelict Boulevard
        • Cabaret Voltaire – Makes Your Mouth Go Funny
        • Jack Ruby – Hit & Run
        • Victoria Vein and The Thunderpunks – Rear Guard Action
        • Electric Eels – Cyclotron
        • The Count Bishops – Ain't Got You
        • Rob Jo Star Band – Acid Revolution
        • The 101ers – Keys To Your Heart
        • The Killer Kane Band – Mr Cool
        • Simply Saucer – Here Come The Cyborgs Part 2
        • Zolar X – Space Age Love
        • Hector – Wired Up
        • Stavely Makepeace – I Wanna Love You Like A Mad Dog
        • Radio Pete – Just A Patsy
        Studio One RocksteadySoul Jazz Records

        Out now!

        Get ready .. 

        With excellent sleevenotes by Lloyd Bradley (author of the classic book Bass Culture - When Reggae Was King (Penguin)) this album is dedicated to rocksteady at Studio One as well as covering reggae soul and the birth of reggae.

        Featuring an all-star selection of artists: Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Jackie Mittoo, The Heptones, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown and more.

        Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Rocksteady is released in CD- jewel case, 16-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes and free download code) and also as a digital download.

        "A Superb choice of songs, an essential selection" David Rodigan

        REVIEWS:

        "Soul Jazz’s excellent collection… even without the history, the importance, and the ins and outs, this music isn’t as much of an intellectual pursuit as it is a pleasure in every note… tremendously tight vocal arrangements… just chock full of creativity, developing a unique sound in every single." Pitchfork

        "This stunning compile… perfectly articulates rocksteady's correlation with sweet, sweet soul music… Heart-warming, life-affirming stuff." Stack Magazine, Australia 

        "Songs of love and lust had never channelled such a rich slice of cultural and social life as here" Wire Magazine

        “Splendid anthology” Rock & Folk, France

        "First class compilation for connoisseurs.” SKUG Magazine, Austria

        • The Eternals – Stars
        • John Holt – Fancy Make Up
        • Cecille Campbell – Whisper To Me
        • The Heptones – Party Time
        • The Gaylads – Joy In The Morning
        • Marcia Griffiths – My Ambition
        • The Heptones – Love Won't Come Easy
        • Alton Ellis – Hurting Me
        • The Wailing Souls – Row Fisherman Row
        • Ken Boothe – Home Home Home
        • Jackie Mittoo – Our Thing
        • Ken Boothe – When I Fall In Love
        • Larry & Alvin – Throw Me Corn
        • Duke Morgan – Lick It Back
        • Carlton and The Shoes – Me and You
        • Dennis Brown – Easy Take It Easy
        • The Classics – Pack Up
        • Ken Boothe – Moving Away
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        Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As SocietySoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk and post-punk in the UK from 1977-81.
        Punk 45: There is No Such Thing As Society. Get A Job, Get A Car, Get A Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk in the UK 1977-81 is the second volume in this series, released following on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent 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).
        While the first album in this series, Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!, focused on underground punk in America, this album charts the rise of punk and post-punk in Britain in the years 1977-81.
        This new Punk 45 album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and post-punk singles from the likes of The Art Attacks, The Mekons, TV Personalities, Swell Maps, and many more – charting the rise of independent music and Do It Yourself culture that exploded in Britain in the wake of punk.
        The album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.
        The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and is also available as a limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double gatefold-sleeve vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes.
        Vinyl comes with free download code.
        Also available as worldwide digital release.
        Review:
        "Famous punk bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash grabbed headlines as they captured the spirit of discontent in mid-Seventies Britain. Meanwhile they inspired thousands of teenagers to learn the very rudiments of music, shout about one thing or another and, if they got their act together, record a single or two before disintegrating. Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society proves what diamonds in the rough those singles so often were."
        THE TIMES ****
        MORE REVIEWS:
        "wide and smart collection of the fascinating scene ...  A companion piece to a substantial and enlightening first volume" Sydney Morning Herald

        ******** "witty, wonky compilation" Uncut

        “rarities and underground gems” Le Monde, France

        “pure energy” l’Express, France

        “This compilation is yet again a wonderful collection of the cultishly revered...” Neue Züricher Zeitung, Switzerland

        “A great journey into a world in which music represented attitude – attitude and risk.” Westzeit, 

        • The Users – Sick of You
        • Art Attacks – Neutron Bomb
        • Johnny Moped – Incendiary Device
        • The Jermz – Powercut
        • Mekons – 32 Weeks
        • The Rings – I Wanna Be Free
        • The Now – Development Corporations
        • Killjoys – Johnny Won't Get To Heaven
        • Disturbed – I Don't Believe
        • Television Personalities – Part Time Punks
        • Puncture – Mucky Pup
        • The Lines – White Night
        • The Scabs – Leave Me Alone
        • Cravats – You're Driving Me
        • Swell Maps – Real Shocks
        • The Nerves – TV Adverts
        • Eric Random – 23 Skidoo
        • O Levels – East Sheen
        • Josef K – Radio Drill Time
        • The Cigarettes – They're Back Again, Here They Come
        • The Shapes – Wot's For Lunch Mum
        • The Freeze – For J.P.S.
        • Roses are Red – Can't Understand
        • Prefects – Going Through the Motions
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        Inner City Beat !Soul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers  is a unique CD (and 2LP) release + an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham).

        The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, super-catchy mod themes, imaginary super-charged orchestral soundtracks and more.

        These tracks are put together from British library music companies (DeWolfe, KPM, Conroy, Amphonic) all of whom supplied music regularly to television and films around the world during this period, often for use in detective and spy programmes, series and films.

        Created as work for hire in anticipation of television or film usage, many were never broadcast and have thus remained unheard, stored in the vaults for many years. Other tracks featured were used as incidental or title music in long-forgotten 1960s detective and cult programs.

        And whilst the names of the artists and composers featured on this album have remained relatively obscure (Syd Dale, Reg Tilsley, Johnny Pearson, Barry Stoller etc), the music they created is in fact some of the most well known and highly accessible music in the world - due to its widespread usage on these detective and thriller (and many other genre) television shows and films during this period.

        In the 1960s and 1970s, these British music libraries used to promote these recordings to television and film productions on limited-run vinyl pressings (usually housed in generic sleeves). Mostly pressed in runs of less than 1000 copies, the best and rarest of these original records are today highly sought after items and included here is a fine selection of some of these rare, collectible and very groovy tracks.

        To accompany this unique album, Soul Jazz have also commissioned the creation of a special 60-page graphic novel which features the stunning artwork of the elusive illustrator John C. Patterson in partnership with the celebrated 1960s pulp fiction cult novelist Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham. The graphic novel is set in the imaginary seedy streets of East London in the 1960s in a world full of corrupt police, political intrigue and violent sadistic criminals.

        As well as the CD release this album also comes as a heavyweight deluxe gatefold super-loud double vinyl release (with free download code). The graphic novel comes free with the physical release (CD and double vinyl LP) of the album Inner City Beat.

        There is also a worldwide digital download release for this Soul Jazz Records release.

        REVIEWS:

        "The collection demonstrates how some short theme tunes and pieces of incidental music also received serious play as stand alone tunes." The Irish Times


        "The clever, contrasting arrangements suit the thriller in your own head as much as the B-movies of the sixties and seventies. Stylish!" Die Presse, Austria


        “A masterpiece. Splendid remastering. An orgasm.” Rock & Folk, France 


        • Peter Reno & Barry Stoller – Sparks
        • Syd Dale – Danger Musicians At Work
        • Clive Hicks – Drums In Transit
        • Norrie Paramor – Theme From New Scotland Yard
        • Francis Coppetiers – Funky Chimes
        • Dave Richmond – Gotta Getaway
        • Dave Richmond – Heavy Lead
        • Reg Tilsley – Ode To A Stone
        • Ernest Copley – Fuel Injection
        • Brass Incorporated – On A Bicycle Made For Three
        • Tilsley Orchestral – The Ratcatchers
        • Ernest Copley – Dynamic Patterns
        • David Lindup – Men Of Action
        • Brass Incorporated – Come One, Come All
        • Francis Coppetiers – Crosstalk
        • The International Studio Group – High Diplomacy
        • Syd Dale – The Hell Raisers
        • Johnny Pearson – Product Efficiency
        • Johnny Hawksworth – Conveyor Belt
        • The International Studio Group – Police Five
        • Johnny Pearson – Grand Prix
        • David Lindup – Superformance
        • Ernest Copley – Crossflow
        • Johnny Hawksworth – Workshop
        Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its YoungSoul Jazz Records

        Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk across the United States of America in the years 1973-1980. The album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new 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).

        Watch Guardian newspaper video review here.

        Read Guardian newspaper 2 page album feature here.

        Read Quietus feature here.

        The Punk 45 album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and proto-punk 45 singles from the likes of Pere Ubu, The Zeros, The Randoms, Electric Eels, The Pagans, The Deadbeats, The Lewd and many more - a  lightning rod journey across the states of America - Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Akron, New Orleans, Philadelphia – tracing the rise of punk music in these various towns and cities. The album comes complete with extensive text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

        The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and is also available as a limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double gatefold-sleeve vinyl editions with full sleevenotes. This is also the first release that Soul Jazz Records are making available as a worldwide digital release.

        Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States 1973-80 is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series of album releases coinciding with the new book and will be followed at the start of next year by Punk 45 Vol. 2 Underground Punk in the UK.

        REVIEWS:

        "Soul Jazz's excellent compilation, Punk 45,  …intelligently compiled and beautifully annotated..."  Alexis Petrides, The Guardian

        *****  Mojo

         “rarities and underground gems” Le Monde, France

        “remarkable”  Les Inrocks, France

        “pure energy” l’Express, France

        “A project very much in the tradition of this label: twenty-one crackers… a fat high-gloss booklet with educationally valuable liner notes and many beautiful pictures... Very poignant, very good.”  SKUG, Austria

        “…whoever is in search of an introduction to the US punk scene… should get ready for their exams now with this CD and its very comprehensive booklet.” Ox Magazine, Germany 

        "nothing less than a historical chronicle…opulent" WDR 5, Germany 





        • The Urinals – I'm A Bug
        • The Normals – Almost Ready
        • The Hollywood Squares – Hillside Strangler
        • electric eels – Agitated
        • Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
        • The Randoms – Let's Get Rid Of New York
        • The Bizarros – Ice Age
        • The Zeros – Wild Weekend
        • Tuxedomoon – Joeboy The Electronic Ghost
        • X Blank X – You're Full Of Shit
        • Flamin' Groovies – Dog Meat
        • The Deadbeats – Kill The Hippies
        • Theoretical Girls – U.S. Millie
        • The Skunks – Earthquake Shake
        • Knots – Action
        • Crash Course In Science – Cakes In The Home
        • The Pagans – Not Now No Way
        • Pastiche – Flash Of The Moment
        • The Lewd – Kill Yourself
        • Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Chinese Rocks
        • The Controllers – Neutron Bomb
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        New Orleans Funk Vol. 3: The Original Sound of FunkSoul Jazz Records

        This new instalment of New Orleans Funk subtitled 'Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo' features more classic New Orleans funk in all its forms.


        The syncopated percussion beat of the second line jazz parade bands, the secret language and dances of the Mardi Gras Indians, the mambo and latin rhythms of Professor Longhair and the city’s many piano players help make New Orleans a unique musical melting pot.


        New Orleans long musical heritage begins at Congo Square with the creation of jazz, the original creole culture clash of African heritage and European instrumentation.


        In the 1960s and into the early 1970s add to this the creative powerhouses of Allen Toussaint, The Meters, Eddie Bo and others alongside the famous musical families of the city – the Nevilles, the Marsalis’s, the Lasties – and we find ourselves at the birthplace of the original sound of funk - New Orleans Funk.


        A seemingly endless line of amazing singers - Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris, Willie West, Eldridge Holmes – released a constant stream of stunning 45s, backed by the super-funk Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint. The multi-talented Eddie Bo, similarly wrote and produced for an elite set of artists including The Explosions, Chuck Carbo and others.


        But limited local record distribution meant that most of these artists remained unknown outside of the city borders and as a consequence many of these records are serious collectors items today.


        Add to this the syncopated poly-rhythm funk of Mardi Gras Indians with a rare version of the carnival classic Two-Way-Pock-A-Way, and the parade band jazz of the Rebirth Jazz Band (with their twisted take on the Blackbyrd’s rare groove classic Do It Fluid) and you have the latest instalment in Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk series.


        Read Quietus large feature here


        REVIEWS:
        "The hallmark of a great Soul Jazz compilation is the balance between the stone cold classic and the well selected deep cut, and this compilation serves up both well." Quietus
        **** 

         "The Soul Jazz label’s long-running curation of New Orleans’s funky past has already yielded several premier league collections for hungry musical gumbo fans. The latest catch from the Nola freak scene... doesn’t disappoint with its swaggering and swinging line of classic cuts."  The Irish Times


        “Every New Orleans Funk release confirms that Soul Jazz Records should keep a triple A in the genre of Soul/Funk.” 90BPM

        • Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
        • Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
        • Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
        • Tony Owens – Got A Get My Baby Back Home
        • Lee Dorsey – Little Baby
        • The Dixie Cups – Two Way Poc A Way
        • Eldridge Holmes – If I Were A Carpenter
        • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Do It Fluid
        • Lee Dorsey w/ The Meters – What You Want
        • The Explosions – Jockey Ride (Parts 1 & 2)
        • Allen Toussaint – We The People
        • Chuck Carbo – Take Care Your Homework Friend
        • Betty Harris – What'd I Do Wrong
        • Eldridge Holmes w/The Meters – The Book
        • The Deacons – Fagged Out
        • Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip
        • Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 2
        • The Rubaiyats – Omar Khayyam
        • 1. Willie West w/ The Meters – Fairchild
        • 2. Professor Longhair – Go To The Mardi Gras
        • 3. Betty Harris – Trouble With My Lover
        • View full info and tracklisting
        Heatsick Snakes & Ladders EP Sounds Of The Universe / Soul Jazz Records

        Trippy experimental club tracks from Steven Warwick aka Heatsick exclusive to our Sounds Of The Universe imprint. Limited to 300 copies - available only direct from our store or websites

        All artwork designed by Heatsick himself and includes 12 X 12 hand-screen printed numbered artwork.

        "Snakes & Ladders" - where Casio stabs and a barking bassline builds up to a stretching crescendo of white-noise percussion - a rhythm track from the Music Box heyday performed in striking Casio tones. 

        The ultimate night driving music  - "Time Smudge" is an interstellar journey through trippy space pads and grinding pedalled bass. 

        Heatsick explains:

        "Snakes & Ladders deals with game theory on the grid, slithering around precariously only to fall down a worm(snake?) hole on Time Smudge, reprogramming the ride"

         

        Check out the "Snakes & Ladder" here video directed by Pedro Maia with BRÁULIO BANDEIRA AND SMEETA NARANG Production RGB/XYZ STUDIO

        • – Snakes & Ladders
        • – Time Smudge
        Studio One Ska FeverSoul Jazz Records

        A blistering collection of ska tunes from Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd's legendary Studio One Records, Jamaica's foundation label of reggae music. Featuring  classic cuts from the originators of Ska - The Skatalites, The Wailers, Lee Perry -  alongside a heavy dose of superb rarities from the might vaults of 13 Brentford Road - pure Ska Fever !

        Soul Jazz Records new Studio One Ska Fever returns back to the early 1960s - when Ska was the soundtrack to Jamaica's Independence and Sir Coxsone ruled the land and The Skatalites and Studio One were creating history on a daily basis with an endless stream of blistering, scorching classic tunes.

        This album includes an incredible line-up of only the finest artists in reggae music, including Roland Alphonso, The Gaylads, The Ethiopians, Don Drummond, Jackie Opel and many more. An all-star cast from Studio One, as Chris Blackwell famously noted, the 'University of Reggae'.

        The accompanying booklet contains extensive sleeve-notes from Studio One historian Rob Chapman (author of Never Grow Old and Downbeat Special), with information on musicians, tracks, label scans and more.

        Soul Jazz Records' Studio One Ska Fever is released in CD- jewel case, 24-page booklet with card slipcase, as well as a heavyweight double-vinyl edition in deluxe strong gatefold sleeve (with full sleeve notes) and also as a digital download.

        • Hugh Godfrey – Mad World
        • Johnny Moore – Skavling Johnny
        • Bongo Man & The Skatalites – Marcus Garvey
        • The Clarendonians – Rudie Bam Bam
        • Jackie Opel – Old Rocking Chair
        • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Climb The Ladder
        • Jackie Mittoo – Jump For Joy
        • Lee Perry – Gumma
        • The Soul Brothers – Freedom Sounds
        • The Clarendonians – You Won't See Me
        • The Skatalites – Cleopatra
        • The Gaylads – Don't Try To Reach Me
        • The Skatalites – Ska Parisienne
        • Higgs & Wilson – There's A Reward
        • The Skatalites – Timothy
        • The Ethiopians – Live Good
        • Don Drummond – Green Island
        • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Mr. Talkative
        Gilberto GilLouvacaoUniversal Sound

        NOW ON CD as deluxe Jap-style hard-cased exact repro digitally remastered box edition with Obi-card.

        also:

        Superb collectors edition very limited deluxe (1000 copies worldwide ) VINYL ONLY  release on Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound. bespoke 180gsm remastered audiophile vinyl, w/jap obi strip and thick card sleeve.

        This is the extremely rare debut first album from Gilberto Gil, first released in Brazil in 1967, at a time when Gil was a man already at the height of his creative powers and yet barely a few years into his career. 

        In 1967 Gil was already established as a Bossa Nova star in Brazil and had helped launch Musica Popular Brasileira, introducing traditional northern folkloric styles into the urban bossa nova style to create a new hybrid that effectively defined Brazilian popular music for the next 25 years.

        Just around the corner the musical and cultural anarchy of the Tropicalia movement was about to be created by Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Os Mutantes. 

        Gil had first met Caetano Veloso in Bahia in the early 1960s. Alongside Maria Bethania, Gal Costa and Tom Ze they had formed the Group from Bahia. In 1965 he moved to Sao Paulo to launch his solo career after Elis Regina had a hit with Gil's own composition Louvacao.

        This debut 1967 album showed how confident Gil was in his musical inventiveness. As well as the title track, the album includes seminal tracks that have become classics of Brazilian contemporary music. 

        Viramundo (later covered by Sergio Mendes) effortlessly blended the north-eastern accordion baiao and xaxado rhythms of Luiz Gonzaga. Procissao, in contrast, took its starting point as the religious processions found in the Afro-Brazilian centre of Salvador. Songs such as Roda, instantly became classics of Brazilian popular music.

        Add to this the lyricism of poets and artists Chico Buarque, Torquato Neto, Capinam, Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze and Gil himself and we are presented with one of the most significant debut albums of Brazilian music from one of the most important artists in Brazil to this day.

        • – Louvacao
        • – Beira Mar
        • – Lunik 9
        • – Ensaio Geral
        • – Me Perdoe Maria
        • – A Rua
        • – Roda
        • – Rancho Da Rosa Encarnada
        • – Viramundo
        • – Mancada
        • – Água De Meninos
        • – Procissao
        • – Minha Senora
        • – A Moreninha
        Country Soul Sisters Volume 2Women In Country Music 1956-79Soul Jazz Records

        Country Soul Sisters is a second guide to the great female country singers who helped define a musical genre as artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette attained staggering commercial success in the previously male-dominated musical world of country music.

        As well as extensive sleeve-notes the accompanying large outsize booklet also includes stunning photography from the Getty picture archive.  The album features a stunning line-up of classic female country artists – Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Bobbie Gentry, Kitty Wells, Wanda Jackson and many more.

        Female country artists fought hard for equal rights for women in their songs, their careers and their personal lives. Whilst groundbreaking artists such as Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline paved the way for female empowerment in the 1950s, it was in the 1960s that artists such as Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Jeannie C Riley and Tammy Wynette first achieved great commercial success – a moment in time coinciding with the rise of both the women’s liberation and the civil rights movements.

        At the same time these female artists also in many cases broke down musical barriers and consequently this album showcases some of country music’s many colours. From the Nashville Sound of Patsy Cline and the Appalachian roots and authenticity of Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn through to the country soul of Diana Trask and Jody Miller, the rockabilly stylings of Wanda Jackson, the west coast pop and rock sound of Bobby Gentry, Linda Rondstadt and Cher, as well as the often maligned crossover modern soul of Barbara Mandrell.

        Here you will also find Kitty Wells - the first solo female career recording artist - singing her stunning version of Bob Dylan’s Forever Young, joined by an all star-group of Allman Brothers alumni, as well as African-American country singer Linda Martell’s incredible version of the Winston’s 60s soul classic Color Him Father. In fact the links between country and soul music feature throughout and also included are songs by Aretha Franklin, Luther Ingram and more.

        As well as the slipcase CD edition there is also a limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and super-loud pressing.

        Reviews of Country Soul Sisters 1:

        “This superbly presented collection of songs by female pioneers in country music is a celebration of feminism.” The Times

        “Illuminating. Prior to any collective theoretical consensus of feminism these women were already doing it on their own terms.” The Guardian

        “A superb compendium of honky-tonk women” Q

        “An unsurprisingly excellent emission from the imperious Soul Jazz stable.” Clash

        • Jeannie C. Riley – Little Town Square
        • Linda Martell – Color Him Father
        • Dolly Parton – The Bargain Store
        • Diana Trask – Don't Let It Get Away
        • Wanda Jackson – My Baby Walked Right Out On Me
        • Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty – Working Girl
        • Cher – Chastity's Song
        • Dolly Parton – Jolene
        • Tammy Wynette – Baby Come Home
        • Vikki Carr – Living On A Prayer, a Hope and a Hand Me Down
        • Jody Miller – Don't Throw Your Love To The Wind
        • Jeannie C. Riley – The Rib
        • Bobbie Gentry – Okolona River Bottom Band
        • Joan Harris – Fact of Life
        • Linda Ronstadt – Baby You've Been On My Mind
        • Jody Miller – Natural Woman
        • Jean Shepard – I'm Alone
        • Barbara Mandrell – If Loving You Is Wrong
        • Lynn Anderson – Stay There Til I Get There
        • Kitty Wells – Forever Young
        • Jan Howard – Your Ole Handy Man
        • Patsy Cline – Come On In
        • Barbara Mandrell – I Never Said I Love You
        • Lynn Anderson – If I Can't Be Your Woman
        Donald Alexander Strachan and The Freedom EnsembleSoul Translation: A Spiritual SuiteUniversal Sound

        Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are releasing “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" a superb lost USA deep jazz independent private-press album originally self-published by Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble on Triad Music Concepts in 1975.

        This great soulful/spiritual jazz album was the only album that Strachan released and consequently has become a lost rarity -  a must for fans of Tribe, Strata-East and other conscious jazz from the 1970s and features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records' Freedom, Rhythm and Sound book.

        Donald Alexander Strachan is composer, conductor, guitarist, vocalist and more leading a large 11-piece line-up that includes Jay Hoggard on vibes.

        Strachan studied in New York City in the 1970s with composer/saxophonist Sam Rivers and Ghanaian Drum-master Abraham Adzenyah as well as avant-garde guitarist/composer Bruce Johnson all of who helped shape his unique sound.

        In the 1980s Strachan entered into the collaborative world of cinema by composing musical scores and has been involved in cinema ever since both musically, as a scriptwriter and director. Donald Alexander Strachan and the Freedom Ensemble’s “Soul Translation: A Spiritual Suite" is a unique product of Strachan’s multicultural and African-American heritage and aesthetic - polyrhythmically complex and spiritually intense.

        This is a bespoke high quality hardback-cased Japanese thick card CD edition with exact-reproduction artwork from the original album.

        The 180-gram vinyl thick card exact-reproduction artwork is strictly limted to 1000 copies wordwide. 

        • – Temptation
        • – The Word
        • – Song of Searching
        • – Spiritual Travelers
        • – Masters of The Bourchakoun
        • – Silent Jubilation
        • – Tenth Door
        • – Aquarian Voices
        • – Soul Release
        Oliver LakeNtu: Point From Which Creation Begins (1971)Universal Sound

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        Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound are reissuing jazz composer Oliver Lake's Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, his stunning rhythmical Afro-centric deep spiritual jazz debut album originally recorded in 1971. This classic spiritual deep jazz album digitally remastered and cased in bespoke original artwork exact reproduction on hardboard Jap-style box case CD and a very limited (1000 worldwide) heavyweight 180gm audiophile vinyl edition.

        This album features in Gilles Peterson/Soul Jazz Records’ own Freedom, Rhythm and Sound large-format book of revolutionary jazz.

        Saxophonist Oliver Lake’s unique career path includes working with Lou Reed, A Tribe Called Quest, Bjork, composing for the Brooklyn Philharmonic and as long time member of the avant-garde jazz group World Saxophone Quartet. This genre-defying, wide-ranging and cross-pollinating creativity is a consequence of Lake’s musical roots in the radical Black Arts Movement of 1960s Afro-America.

        Oliver Lake’s career began in a creatively charged time and place. In the late 1960s, Lake alongside Julius Hemphill and Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw, co-founded The Black Artists Group (BAG), the St Louis-based equivalent to Chicago’s Art Ensemble of Chicago/Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians collective.

        Out of this BAG collective came many other variant groups and arts projects which included The Human Arts Ensemble, Red Black & Green Solidarity Unit, Onawali Dancers, Malinque Rhythm Tribe, BAG Drama Dept., Great Black Music Orchestra of St. Louis, Fire-Earth-Air-Water, Me We & Them and the Julius Hemphill Quartet.

        The first recordings from Oliver Lake and the Black Artist Group collective, true to keeping with the era’s radicalism, self-definition and economical empowerment value system, kept a wide birth from the mainstream music industry and were released on the private pressing record label, Universal Justice, self-distributed at concerts and events.

        In 1971, after appearing on two collective projects by The Human Art Ensemble and Children of The Sun, Oliver Lake recorded his own debut album Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins, self-financed for release on his own Passin Thru’ record company. However, shortly afterwards the tape of this album was put in storage, as Lake and the other BAG members headed off to Europe in the path of The Art Ensemble of Chicago and other free jazz African-American musicians, many of whom were finding a new open-minded audience across the Atlantic.

        Ntu: The Point From Which Creation Begins remained unreleased until 1976 when an association with major label Arista/Freedom issued a number of Lake and the Black Artists Group’s early releases and unreleased tapes. Long unavailable, this album has now itself become a rarity.

        Heavily progressive, rhythmical and intense, the album features Lake alongside an all-star cast of St. Louis’s finest radical, avant-garde and deep jazz musicians which includes Joe Bowie (Lester’s brother, who also later formed Defunkt and worked with James White and The Blacks), Don Moye (on loan from the Art Ensemble of Chicago), and regulars such as Charles Bobo Shaw.

        Lake returned from Europe to live in New York in the second-half of the 1970s to firmly ensconce himself in the emerging Loft Jazz scene, which soon became the dominant avant-garde movement of this era, and Lake an intrinsic member. At this time Lake also formed the World Saxophone Quartet alongside Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray, which continues it’s own radical path to this day.

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