Kanaval Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti by Leah Gordon

    Soul Jazz Books

      Currently out of print

      “This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see" Bill Drummond

      Soul Jazz Records' new photography book release is a fascinating combination of stunning photographs (by Leah Gordon), cultural, historical and anthropological text (with essays by Madison Smartt Bell, Don Cosentino, Myron Beasley, Richard Fleming and Kathy Smith) and unique oral histories.

      Vodou, sex, death and revolution are key ingredients in the stunning themes and visual imagery of the street theatre of Kanaval in Jacmel, Haiti, where the men drag-up, wear diabolic cow horns, whip lassos and carry around dismembered doll parts. Light years away from the sanitized corporate-sponsored tourist parades of carnival throughout the world, this event is a vessel for everyday Haitians to shock and sexualize through masquerade, to mock local politicians, replay the slave revolt that gave birth to Haiti, the world’s first Black Republic, and to commune with the dead, with both personal and historical ancestors.

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      “After the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, Carnival was cancelled in Haiti — no one can remember the last time that happened,if ever. Thank the Lord and the Lwa that we have Leah Gordon’s astounding new book — which shows us all the beauty and awe

      of Haitian carnival and also teaches us, with its masterful photographs and prose, what that celebration means to Haiti and also to the human race.” Amy Wilentz (author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier’)

      These photographs were taken in Haiti between 1995 -2009, the year before the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti. A percentage of the profit from this book will go to Ciné Institute, teaching video skills in Jacmel and Brand Aid, rebuilfding the artisanal community in Jacmel.

      “This book reveals a beautiful and strange worldJeremy Deller, Turner Prize Artist

      “This book is an adventure, full of horror, humour, sex, sensuality. The pictures have all the doubleness and capriciousness so typical of the Haitian psyche. Leah Gordon has been there again and again, year after year, digging almost forgotten details out, she has done her work. That’s what makes this book outstanding. Jorgen Leth, Filmmaker

      “This book contains the most disturbing but exhilarating photographs you are ever likely to see. One can only assume that Haiti is the most creative place on the globe. My advice is that you never go there in case you, in some small way, pollute their creativity with our bland western consumerist tastes. It is bad enough you are even holding the book. Buy it now and burn it before you have a chance to read it.” Bill Drummond

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      From Don Consentino's text (extract):

      "There’s a lot of weird shit going down during Kanaval in Jacmel, and not much of it has to do with Comus and Rex tossing “throw” to sequined revellers in New Orleans, or hot babes shaking their booties in Bahia, or all those belching, farting, goosing, pissing crowds Mikhail Bakhtin panted after on the Carnival streets of Renaissance Paris.   Forget all the conventional wisdom and all the conventional images of other peoples’ Carnivals to dig what’s happening way down south in Jacmel.  Make it a Naked Lunch moment.  Look at Leah Gordon’s photographs the way William Borroughs told you to look at the end of your fork before sliding that pronged sausage into your mouth.  See it in all its naked weirdness before you consume it."

      From Richard Fleming's text (extract):

      "In Jacmel, on Haiti’s south coast, an army of aggressive youths swagger down the street. Smeared from head to toe with a vile concoction of cane syrup and powdered charcoal, they dart at the crowd, snarling like wild, rabid animals. As if the throng lining the road hasn’t already recoiled enough at the fearful spectacle, they swing long hemp whips through the air in whistling arcs. Adorned with Beelzebub’s horns, these demonic metaphors for the experience of slavery look as if they have just emerged from the La Brea tar pits, or bathed in a fresh geyser of black crude oil. They are the lanceurs de corde, the “rope-throwers”." 

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      To coincide with the release of this book, Soul Jazz are also releasing a CD: "Rara in Haiti; Street Music of Haiti", recorded in Port au Prince by Soul Jazz Records. To accompany the riotous carnival sounds on this CD there is also excellent text by Richard Fleming (author of 'Walking to Guantanamo') and the striking photography of Leah Gordon. For more information or to buy this CD go here.

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        • Steven 'Lenky' Marsden – Diwali
        • Matt Shadetek – Yoga Rhythm
        • Stereotyp ft. Alleycat – Modern Times
        • Da Grynch and Tippa Irie – Agony
        • Fresh Ear Productions – Hummer
        • Diplo – Diplo Rhythm
        • Harmonic 313 – Bazooka Riddim
        • Marlon Williams – Pitbull
        • Redlight – MDMA
        • The Bug – Aktion
        • Fat Eyes – Clothes Pin
        • Steven Ventura – Throw Your Hands Up
        • Sly Dunbar and Christopher Birch – Corners Boy
        • David Jahson – King of Kings
        • Fat Eyes – Steel Plate
        • South Rakkas Crew – Red Alert
        • Parara and McCoy – Them Can't Hold Yuh Girl
        • King Tubby – Fat Thing Version
        • World Beat – Goldmine
        • Andre 'Suku' Gray – Sign
        • Henfield and Shadowman – Babatunde
        • Firehouse Crew – No False Hair
        • Computer Paul – World Talk
        • Fat Eyes – Overdose
        • Prince Jazzbo – Great Dub
        • Kickin' Productions – What You Gonna Do
        • Pliers – I'm Your Man Dub
        • Wiz Kidz Team – In My Heart Version
        • Jammys Jam2 James – Peenie Peenie
        • Deluxe 2×CD£12.00
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        Country Soul SistersWomen In Country Music 1952 - 78Soul Jazz Records

        Country Soul Sisters charts the rise of female singers in country music from 1952 to 1978.

        As well as country legends Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, Country Soul Sisters also features artists such as Bobbie Gentry, Nancy Sinatra - who also made country music but existed outside the traditional Nashville framework. Also highlighted are country soul music protagonists such as Jeannie C Riley, Diana Trask and Barbara Mandrell.

        Far from the traditional conservative image of country music this album features songs whose lyrics deal with female empowerment and subjects that include child prostitution, abortion, death and angels, workplace sexual exploitation, small town bigotry and more.

        It was not until Kitty Wells’ groundbreaking 1952 hit It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels that women were first taken seriously as country artists. Wells’ song was written in reply to a popular country hit (Hank Thompson’s The Wild Side of Life) whose lyrics expressed the dominant view that the only women who frequented bars were those of loose moral fibre. Wells’ musical reply - that in fact it was married men who acted as if they were single that caused good women to take the wrong path – revolutionised the position of women in country music.

        Forget outlaw country or alt. country, male dominance of country music meant that female country singers were the original outsiders – simply by nature of being themselves. What is so equally fascinating is how these artists managed to negotiate a space for themselves that was acceptable to the general male conservative hierarchies whilst at the same time remaining true to themselves as both artists and women for their largely female public.

        The album comes with extensive sleevenotes charting the rise of female artists in country music from early stars such as Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells up to the astute-minded superstar figures who came to dominate the industry in the late-1960s and 1970s – figures such as Dolly Parton, whose businesses and enterprises include the theme park Dollywood, a film production company as well as the philanthropic ‘Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library’ which has now distributed over 40 million free books to young children in USA, Canada and the UK.

        As well as the extensive sleevenotes, the accompanying large 68 page outsize book also includes artists interviews as well as stunning archive photography from the Getty picture archive.

        There is also a very limited edition heavyweight double gatefold vinyl edition (complete with full sleeve-notes) and super-loud pressing.

        Reviews:

        'This superbly presented collection of songs by female pioneers in country music from 1958 to 1978 is a celebration of feminism.' The Times

        Features:

        Read Guardian newspaper feature here.

        • Dolly Parton – Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
        • Lynn Anderson – Fancy
        • Jeannie C. Riley – I've Done A Lot Of Living Since Then
        • Bobbie Gentry – Reunion
        • Tammy Wynette – Tonight My Baby's Coming Home
        • Jean Shepard – A Satisfied Mind
        • Nancy Sinatra – Get While The Gettin's Good
        • Tanya Tucker – California Cotton Fields
        • Sammi Smith – Saunders Ferry Lane
        • Connie Smith – If It Ain't Love
        • Jean Shepard – Two Whoops And A Holler
        • Billie Jo Spears – Mr. Walker, It's All Over
        • Patsy Cline – Ain't No Wheels On This Ship
        • Barbara Fairchild – Color My World
        • Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty – You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
        • Jeannie C. Riley – Harper Valley PTA
        • Jody Miller – A Woman Left Lonely
        • Kitty Wells – Delta Dawn
        • Diana Trask – Show Me
        • Norma Jean – He's All I've Got
        • Bobbie Gentry – Ode To Billie Joe
        • Bonnie Guitar – Tender Words
        • Barbara Mandrell – Husband Stealer
        • Diana Trask – I'll Never Do You Wrong
        • Kitty Wells – It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
        • 1. Dolly Parton – Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
        • 2. Lynn Anderson – Fancy
        • 3. Jeannie C. Riley – I've Done A Lot Of Living Since Then
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        • Deluxe CD£12.00
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        Harmony, Melody & StyleLovers Rock In The UK 1975-1992Soul Jazz Records

        A definitive 2-CD/Two Vol 2xLP compilation album of Lovers Rock.

        Double-CD (and two separate volumes of 2xLP) pack includes stunning 34-page booklet telling the story of Lovers Rock including interviews and features and exclusive photography.

        Featuring Dennis Bovell, Carroll Thompson, Louisa Mark and many more.

        Harmony, Melody and Style tells the story of lovers rock – from its sound system beginnings, through its commercial explosion at the start of the 1980s and its underground continuance into the next decade as the founding UK producers of Lovers Rock absorbed and mutated Jamaican reggae and American soul styles into a distinctly British reggae sensibility.

        REVIEWS/FEATURES

        “Hard to fault the collection. Soul Jazz has released a number of excellent collections-- helping to illustrate narratives in particular types of music by providing valuably comprehensive and illuminating context. Harmony is no exception.

        There's over 40 pages of liner notes penned by label boss Stuart Baker, complete with interviews and photos that reach back to the 50s, setting the stage and moving through to the mid 80s. Each page illustrates elements of the rise of lovers rock in sound system culture while at the same time discussing the realities of racism in Britain." PITCHFORK

        “Lovers Rock remains one of our few homegrown authentic musical hybrids, combining elements of American soul, Jamaican reggae and UK female attitude. As ever with Soul Jazz, it is packaged epically.” THE INDEPENDENT

        Read Full PITCHFORK (8.0) piece here 

        Two seperate Vinyl Editions:

        2xLP Volume 1 includes tracks 1-13

        2xLP Volume 2 includes tracks 14-25

        • La Famille – All Night Long
        • Louisa Marks – Caught You In A Lie
        • Sandra Reid – Don't Tell Me Tell Her
        • Carroll Thompson – Sing Me A Love Song
        • Winston Curtis – Be Thankful For What You've Got
        • Janet Kay – Feel No Way
        • Paulette Tajah – Stop, Look, Listen
        • Eva Sharp – Upside Down
        • Valerie Harrison – You're No Good
        • Anthony Brightly – I Love You
        • Charmaine Burnett – Make It With You
        • Sister C.C. – Stop Hurting Me
        • Kofi – Black Pride
        • Full Wood – Stop And Think It Over
        • Christine White – Caught By Love
        • Jean Adebambo – Paradise
        • Trevor Hartley – It Must Be Love
        • Blood Sisters – My Love Don't Come Easy
        • Yvonne Archer – Ain't Nobody
        • Louisa Marks – Even Though You're Gone
        • The Cool Notes – People Make The World Go Round
        • Legato – I Cares
        • Candy McKenzie – Thinking of You
        • Wendy Walker – We've Got One
        • The Sadonians – Goodbye My Love
        • 2×LP Vol.2£23.00
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        • 2×LP Vol.1£23.00
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        100% Dynamite! NYCDancehall Reggae Meets Rap In New York CitySoul Jazz Records

        An essential guide to the Dancehall Reggae/Hip-Hop clash that ruled New York in the early 1990s as Shinehead, Supercat, Mad Lion, Bobby Konders and many more rewrote the rules of Dancehall, Reggae and Rap. Killer heavyweight tracks, non-stop. Essential!

        From Kool Herc onwards, Jamaicans who grew up in New York City have played pivotal roles in the development of the city’s musical identity. Hip-Hop, born in the Bronx, was always hot-wired to Jamaica and in the 1990s the two became inextricably joined when reggae met rap in New York City. Dynamite NYC brings together the many artists who created this unique scene, linking together two of the world’s most important musical cultures – hip-hop and reggae.?In the early 1990s, Jamaican dancehall - including artists from this home-grown New York scene - became the subject of close scrutiny by the US major record industry who, having made vast profits from hip-hop, searched out Jamaican or Jamaican-descended artists who could potentially crossover into the vast US hip-hop market. Jamaican dancehall artists were signed to big US contracts (Yellowman, Supercat, Capleton, Shabba Ranks). And New York, previously a satellite town of Kingston for visiting Jamaican artists, but now with its own unique dancehall scene became a focal point as artists such as Shinehead, Red Foxx, Jamal-Ski, Mad Lion, and others were quickly signed up to major record companies.??

        100%Dynamite NYC features these and many other New York reggae/hip-hop crossover artists in this first album to feature the music from this scene.


        REVIEWS

        “100%Dynamite NYC is a proper block party selection. What moves this from wicked to essential is its documentation of the cross-pollination between reggae and hip-hop.” FACT

        “ Soul Jazz gives proof that Yankee-Caribbean fusions run deep and they also make it an enjoyable lesson.” The INDEPENDENT

        SUPER-LOUD VINYL IS IN 2 VOLUMES:
        Volume 1 is tracks 1-11. Volume 2 is tracks 12-22.

        • Supercat – Don Dada (Bobby Konders Mix)
        • Yankee B – The Original
        • Shinehead – Know how Fe Chat
        • Fu Schnickens – Ring The Alarm
        • Born Jamericans – Informer
        • Shaggy – Mattress Jockey (Siren Remix)
        • Jah Batta and Skatee – Style and Fashion
        • Rayvon – Girls Fresh
        • Red Fox – Dem A Murderer
        • Nikey Fungus – Zig Zag Stitch
        • Bobby Konders – Mack Daddy
        • Louie Rankin – Typewriter
        • Mad Lion – Double Trouble (Original Mix)
        • Super C – The Rat
        • Lady Apache – Rock and Comeen
        • Jamalski – Texas Rumpus
        • Ken Albert – Gunshot
        • Shinehead – Rough and Rugged
        • Ugly Man – DJ De Yah
        • Rankin' Don – Real McCoy
        • Mad Lion – Love Woman So
        • Terror Fabulous – Woman Say So
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        Fly Girls!Soul Jazz Records

        ‘Fly Girls!’ celebrates the 30th anniversary of female rap on record

        This double-CD (and limited edition two volumes of super-loud double-vinyl) narrates the story of female rap from its birth in the tenement block parties in New York City’s outer boroughs through to the dizzying career heights of Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and other modern day power brokers. ‘Fly Girls!’ also discusses the influence of an earlier generation of black female poets whose ideals (both in their art and how they established career paths) helped lay the foundations for birth of the genre.

        The history of female rap on record begins in 1979 in New York City as the clamour of the city’s artists, record companies and producers strove to make it onto vinyl in the wake of The Sugarhill Gang’s squillion-selling hit, ‘Rappers Delight’ – released that year on the former soul singer Sylvia Robinson’s Sugarhill Records. It would be the Winley family - comprising sisters Tanya, Paulette - who made the first female rap record produced by their mother Ann and released on their father’s label, Paul Winley Records.

        Aside from the singing/rap styles that earlier soul artists such as Aretha Franklin, Shirley Ellis, Millie Jackson and Laura Lee would occasionally adopt in their songs, female rap (like rap itself) had its antecedents in the groundbreaking black poetry of the 60s and 70s with radical, free-thinking poets such as Nikki Giovanni, Camille Yarborough and Sarah Webster Fabio - all of whom are included here – vocalising hitherto unheard expressions of female and black self-determination in their work. These strong, educated, political women not only led the way stylistically but also helped define how a female artist could make their own career path - weaving creativity, politics and family in a way that Missy Elliott, Queen Latifah and others have since followed - establishing the boundary-breaking career paths of many female artists in rap. Hip-hop is a culture of which music is only a part; nowadays (and to an extent from the very beginning) the most successful female hip-hop artist is often singer, DJ, actress, manager, political and social agitator and more in multiple combinations.

        Hip-hop’s story begins in the tenement blocks and community centres of the South Bronx. In the first three years-or-so history of hip-hop (1976-9) - before the first rap records were made - aspiring female artists could watch onstage the early female MC role models of Sha-Rock (the first female MC in the group The Funky Four plus One) or the Mercedes Ladies (the first female MC and DJ crew). With Tanya and Paulette Winley’s ‘Rappin and Rhymin’ on vinyl by 1979 it would not be until the following year that the first all-female crew made it onto vinyl when Sequence (featuring a then unknown Angie Stone) was astutely signed, once again, by Sylvia Robinson to Sugarhill Records.

        Robinson was not the only woman on the business side of hip-hop. There was Kool Lady Blue who first brought rap out of the Bronx and into downtown NYC at the Roxy nightclub and also later managed The Rocksteady Crew. Monica Lynch who rose to head of A and R and president of Tommy Boy Records, and later vice-president of Warners, comments that because hip-hop was new it did not have the hierarchy of the traditional music industry and women were thus able to move more easily into executive roles. Later, as we shall see, many of the artists moved into the business themselves taking control of their careers and aiding others.

        Roxanne Shante is certainly the first female rapper to make a career out of her music. Shante and fellow Queens-resident and producer Marley Marl fought their corner for both their borough (taking on Boogie Down Productions and the Bronx) and anyone else who dared call themselves ‘Roxanne’ in a slanging-match known as ‘The Roxanne Wars’. This verbal jousting had its antecedents dating back to the ‘dozens’ of the playground and tower-block (‘Your mother is a …’, ‘No, your mother is a …’) and to the Griot storytellers of Africa. Roxanne Shante, and many others here, effortlessly subverted this - and many other - male-dominated traditions to create and re-write new histories.


        Female rap is thirty years old (yes, thirty) and it just don’t stop. Here is a snapshot of that history. The album includes so many firsts – first solo record, first crew on record, first number one, first grammy winner, that it would be easier to list the few records featured here that are not historical landmarks in the ongoing tale of female hip-hop.

        REVIEWS:
        "An incredibly entertaining selection of trailblazers that consistently hits the right note" OBSERVER

        "Soul Jazz provide the ultimate sourcebook" TIME OUT

        "It's not easy to imagine a more enjoyable survey of female MCs" THE GUARDIAN

        "An excellent album that is quite simply tons of fun" THE WIRE

        "This is the sort of thing Soul Jazz does best: a history of an under-anthologised corner of the musical world. 'Fly Girls!' collects many of the major names from the first wave of female rappers. INDEPENDENT

        French Reviews:

        LES INROCKS

        TELERAMA

        The Vinyl is in two double-album editions:

        VOLUME 1 - Tracks 1-10

        VOLUME 2 - Tracks 11-20

        • JJ Fad – Ya Goin' Down
        • Princess MC – Pump Up The Funk
        • Tanya Winley – Vicious Rap
        • Sweet Tee – I Got Da Feelin'
        • Nikki Giovanni – Ego Tripping
        • MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
        • Two Sisters – B-Boys Beware
        • Cookie Crew – Secrets of Success
        • Sequence – Simon Says
        • Bahamadia – Paper Thin
        • Sparky D – I Can't Stop
        • Queen Latifah Featuring Monie Love – Ladies First
        • Lady B – To The Beat Y'All
        • Camille Yarbrough – Take Yo' Praise
        • Missy Elliot – The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
        • Dimples D – Sucker DJ
        • She Rockers – Give It A Rest
        • Sarah Webster Fabio – Glimpses
        • The Kryptic Krew featuring Tina B – Jazzy Sensation
        • Roxanne Shanté – Bite This
        Tropicalia: The Definitive 1968 Classic Brazilian Album Ou Panis et CircencisUniversal Sound

        This is the definitive Tropicalia concept album, originally released in 1968 and featuring all the key players in the movement: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, Tom Ze and Nara Leao. If you have the Soul Jazz Records' 'Tropicalia' compilation then this is the perfect accompaniment.

        Here you will find the original, groundbreaking mix of psychedelic rock combined with with boleros, sambas, bossa nova and jazz into a carnival-esque parade which redefined and first announced the new global sound of Brazilian music.

        What is stunning is that this anarchic and groundbreaking release was recorded at the height of the Brazilian military dictatorship, during an era where censorship, repression and the threat of violence was a constant in all (musical and) daily life inside the country.

        Rolling Stone magazine in Brazil has voted this album no.2 in the 100 Best Brazilian albums of all-time.

        This classic album is Tropicália’s manifesto - a fantastical syncretic fusing of psychedelic rock & pop, Brazilian traditional music and the avant-garde. Soul JAzz Records are proud to be presenting this original album in full exact reproduction glorious cover art and fully remastered sound.

        Essential!

        • Gilberto Gil – Misere Nobis
        • Caetano Veloso – Corocao Materno
        • Os Mutantes – Panis et Circencis
        • Nara Leao – Lindoneia
        • Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa & Os Mutantes – Parque Industrial
        • Gilbero Gil – Geleia Geral
        • Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso – Baby
        • Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil – Tres Caravelas
        • Caetano Veloso – Enquanto Seu Lobo Nao Vem
        • Gal Costa – Mamae Coragem
        • Gilberto Gil – Batmacumba
        • Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa & Os Mutantes – Hino Ao Senhor Do Bonfim Da Bahia
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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
        • 2×LP Vol.2£23.00
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        • 2×LP Vol.1£23.00
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        • Deluxe 2×CD£12.99
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        Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66Stillness: The Original Classic 1970 Brazil Album Universal Sound/Soul Jazz Records

        Absolutely 100% killer Brazil album.

        Includes stunning versions of "For What It's Worth", "Chelsea Morning" and Gilberto Gil's "Viramundo"! The bomb.

        This classic and groundbreaking album was recorded in Los Angeles in 1970, at a time when Sergio Mendes was at the height of his commercial status with his incredibly successful musical blend of Brazilian flavours and American pop sensibility. 'Stillness' was a decisive break away from commercial pop towards a more serious and mature sound.

         Powerful new vocal songs such as Stillness and Righteous Life signified a new era in the music of Sergio Mendes. The Brazilian influence is, if anything, even more pronounced than before as Mendes and guitarist Castro-Neves - originally two central figures in the Bossa Nova scene in Rio de Janeiro in the early 1960s - dig deep into Brazilian music with amazing versions of Gilberto Gil's Viramundo and Caetano Veloso's Lost in Paradise.

         But what is new about this album is the perfect blending of this Brazilian sensibility with the deep West Coast sound at the start of the 1970s. Mendes augments his Brasil '66 group with Los Angeles players to stunningly interpret songs by Buffalo Springfield (For What It's Worth), Joni Mitchell (Chelsea Morning) and Blood, Sweat and Tears (Sometimes in Winter), creating a fantastic unique and mature new sound.

        Long-regarded a cult classic due to the club tracks 'For What It's Worth', 'Viramundo'', and the spiritual and musical depth of tracks such as Stillness and Righteous Life, Stillness' is a tour-de-force album.

        • – Stillness
        • – Righteous Life
        • – Chelsea Morning
        • – Cancao Do Nosso Amor
        • – Viramundo
        • – Lost In Paradise
        • – For What It's Worth
        • – Sometimes In Winter
        • – Celebration Of The Sunrise
        • – Stillness (Reprise)
        • New LP £16.99
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        Studio One KingsSoul Jazz Records

        BACK IN PRINT!!!!!!! 2xLP now with bonus download code!

        Studio One’s list of singers launched at the famous label reads like a roll call of Jamaican music. Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Johnny Osbourne and more. This album features classic and rare tracks that span the breadth of the legendary Studio One catalogue: Ska, Roots, Rocksteady, Lovers and more from the 1960s and 70s. 

        2xLP plus bonus download code. CD comes with sleeve-notes are by the author Chris Salewicz.

        REVIEWS:

        "Since the ‘90s, this British label has done aficionados and novices alike an incalculable service, courtesy of their ongoing series featuring Studio One recordings." POP MATTERS

        "Latest Studio One collection from Soul Jazz includes sixties and seventies classics such as Cornel Campbell's version of the Heptones' Pretty Looks, Alexander Henry's Please Be True, Horace Andy's Every Tongue Shall Tell, Delroy Wilson's Won't You Come Home, Anthony Ellis' I Am The Ruler and Joe Higgs' Change Of Plan alongside brilliant obscurities such as Larry Marshall's heartbreaking I've Got To Make It, Freddie McKay's wicked Father Will Cut You Off, Ken Boothe's Be Yourself, Alton Ellis' Well Run Dry and George Phillips' alternative vocal to Delroy Wilson's One One." DUB VENDOR

        "Essential hard to find reggae classics" HARDWAX


        • Larry Marshall – I've Got To Make It
        • Horace Andy – Every Tongue Shall Tell
        • Alton Ellis – The Well Run Dry
        • Johnny Osbourne – Water More Than Flour
        • Anthony Rocky Ellis – I'm The Ruler
        • Cornell Campbell – Pretty Looks Isn't All
        • Alexander Henry – Please Be True
        • Burning Spear – Them A Come
        • Joe Higgs – Change Of Plan
        • Devon Russell – Roots Natty
        • Ken Boothe – Be Yourself
        • Freddie McGregor – I Shall Be Released
        • Freddie McKay – Father Will Cut You Off
        • The Ethiopian – Locust
        • George Philip – One One
        • John Holt – I Don't Want To See You Cry
        • Delroy Wilson – Won't You Come Home
        • 2xLP (+ Download Code)£23.00
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        • MP3 Release£7.99
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        Studio One Classics

        Soul Jazz Records are releasing this latest Studio One compilation which features non-step 100% stone-cold classic Studio One killers! Spanning 40 years of the legendary label, this album is a fitting tribute to Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd and is a who's who of Jamaicaan Reggae

        • The Skatalites – El Pussycat Ska
        • Carlton & The Shoes – Love Me Forever
        • Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock
        • Johnny Osbourne – Sing Jah Stylee
        • The Heptones – Pretty Looks Isn't All
        • Slim Smith – Rougher Yet
        • Lone Ranger – Automatic
        • Horace Andy – Fever
        • Prince Jazzbo – School
        • The Wailers – Simmer Down
        • Burning Spear – Rocking Time
        • Alton Ellis – I'm Just A Guy
        • Sugar Minott – Oh Mr Dc
        • Jennifer Lara – Consider Me
        • Don Drummond – Confucious
        • Michigan & Smiley – Rub A Dub Style
        • Sound Dimension – Full Up
        • Dennis Brown – No Man Is An Island
        Rara in HaitiStreet Music of HaitiSoul Jazz Records

        Anarchic carnival street music from Haiti. Traces of New Orleans' Second Line jazz meets Cuban carnival Comparsas and Brazilian afro blocs and the ancient to modern spirit of Kinshasa's Konono no.1 meets the Art Ensemble of Chicago!

        To coincide with the release of the new Kanaval book on Soul Jazz Publishing, Soul Jazz Records are releasing this new CD, "Rara in Haiti: Street music of Haiti".

        Rara is the music played throughout Kanaval, an anarchic folk-meets-punk collision of drums, voices and bamboo sticks which all creates an exciting, energising soundtrack to Kanaval in Haiti. Rara bands tour the countryside for days at a time accosting people, car drivers and anyone in their way, demanding payment before they move on and the crowd of musicians and singers gets bigger all the time.

        This music was recorded by Soul Jazz Records in Port-au-Prince. CD comes with sleenotes by Richard Fleming (author of 'Walking to Guantanamo"), and stunning photography on the cover by Leah Gordon.

        Guardian Review:

        "Recorded in Port-au-Prince, featuring musicians who literally stop traffic in Haiti with their edgy, rousing and hypnotic dance music. Rara is both a distinctive style, with its roots in Africa's slavery days, and the name give to parades in which crowds dance through the streets following bands, in events that can be political or religious.

        This is DIY music at its best, with percussion instruments made from bottles, sticks or old car parts; konet horns, made from the flattened tin of food cans, and vaksins, constructed from lengths of bamboo or even plastic water pipes.

        The result is a furious noise that sounds at times as if football fans were attempting psychedelic marching tunes on vuvuzelas, with lengthy passages of repeated riffs against drumming and chanting vocals. There are similarities with bands in present-day Kinshasa that use homemade instruments to create trance music." (Robin Denslow)

        • – Rara 1
        • – Rara 2
        • – Rara 3
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        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