New York Noise Book Art and Music from the New York Underground 1978-88

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      For anyone in the slightest bit interested in New York's vibrant art and music scenes in the 1980s, this is an essential book brought to you by Soul Jazz Records! “New York was a scary and legendary place and downtown was like a bohemian living museum, which was pretty thrilling for an aspiring artist and musician. It was all very new and exciting, at least for me and it was incredibly funky, the sleaze and poverty were everywhere.” DAVID BYRNE

      This is a unique, luscious large format book from Soul Jazz Records and our first publication. New York Noise features amazing photographs of the New York music and art scene during the 1980s alongside text from some of the most important musicians and artists of the period. With hundreds of stunning photographs of everyone from Andy Warhol, Africa Bambaataa, Martin Rev, Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, John Cage, Michael Stipe, Liquid Liquid, Julian Schnabel, Futura 2000, Madonna, Jean Michel Basquiat, ESG and many more the book is a who’s who of New York’s downtown scene during this period.. The book shows how Hip-Hop,Punk, No Wave, Free Jazz, Underground Dance and Experimental music scenes collided with the art world over a ten-year period and captures the vibrancy of this era when everyone in a band was also an artist, every artist was also a film-maker and every film-maker in a band. Accompanying text by the likes of David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, Suicide, Liquid Liquid and many others brilliantly evoke the vibrant New York scene in its heydey and make this a unique product of great beauty and unlike anything else you have seen! With over 400 images, most of them previously unpublished, this is an essential document of a fascinating era in New York’s music and art scene – a must have for everyone! Hurry, limited quantities. This is a heavy book! Sorry about the postage if you are abroad - we are actually charging less than it actually costs us to ship. Reviews (and Galleries): The Times The Guardian The Telegraph

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      Yo! The Early Days of Hip-Hop 1982-84 is a new book published by Soul Jazz Books/Records that features 300+ pages of stunning photographs documenting the rise of hip hop in the early 1980s, taken by French photographer Sophie Bramly.

      Featuring:
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      Futura
      Afrika Bambaataa
      Grand Mixer D.ST
      Beastie Boys
      Kool Herc
      Run DMC
      Cold Crush Brothers
      Rocksteady Crew
      Grandmaster Flash
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      WITH ADDITIONAL TEXT BY:
      Fab Fab Freddy
      Grand Mixer D. St
      Rahiem of The Furious Five
      Arthur Baker
      Zephyr
      Muhamad of The Magnificent Force
      Lady Pink
      Mister Freeze of The Rock Steady Crew
      Patti Astor & Slick Rick

      “All these photos speak for a time that is so special, is never coming back and changed the world. It’s pretty much this experience that changed everything for ever. What makes it amazing, is that you hear stories about superheroes that changed the world, and that was us.” Grand Mixer D. St

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      Sophie Bramly lived in New York in the early 1980s and became firmly embedded in the emergent scene. The book features many stunning, intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip hop figures, all of whom were only just getting known or in their ascendency. These include Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmixer DST, Jazzy Jay, Red Alert, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow, Lisa Lee, the Fat Boys, Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and many more.

      Bramly knew that hip hop was becoming a cultural force rather than just a musical fashion, and spent many hours photographing the four essential elements of this new world: the emcees, the deejays, the graffiti artists and the break dancers.

      Aside from the musical stars of hip-hop you will also see legendary graffiti artists captured at work and play, such as Keith Haring, Dondi, Futura, Phase One, Zephyr and Lady Pink, and break dancers including members of Magnificent Force, Dynamic Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew.

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      Sophie Bramly is a French photographer born in 1959. In 1982, she moved from France to New York at age 22 and for two years documented the burgeoning hip-hop scene, taking pictures of everyone from graffiti artists and breakdancers to rappers such as the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. She returned to France in 1984, bringing a number of US hip-hop artists to Europe and then in 1987 moved to London to host and produce MTV’s first ever hip-hop show, Yo! MTV Raps.

      She currently lives in Paris and her work is featured extensively at Hip-Hop 360 a six month long exhibition showing at the prestigious Philarmonie de Paris, France (Dec 21–Aug 22)


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      “One of the curious facts about hip-hop’s history is how little photographic documentation exists of the culture’s early years. Come the dawn of the Eighties, a handful of talented photographers finally began to pay attention, most notably Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, and Joe Conzo. In retrospect, it’s clear that each of them focused on a particular element or two of the multiform explosion of creativity that came to be called hip-hop. Henry zeroed in on graffiti. Martha devoted herself to graffiti and breakdancing. And the heart of Joe’s work documents the career of the Cold Crush Brothers. Uniquely Sophie Bramly, unlike the others, managed between 1982 and 1984 to put her arms around all four of the hip-hop elements: the emcees, deejays, graffiti artists, and breakdancers.” Bill Adler from the introduction.


      Ships for release date 11 Nov 2021

      ISBN: 978-1-9163598-2-6

      Flexibound, 304 pages, Dimensions 224 X 284 mm, Weight 1.75Kg

        • Book (1.9kg)£35.00 £30.00
          Expected 11 NovPreorder

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

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

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

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

            CD Two/Volume two vinyl is 14-25

            REVIEWS:

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

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

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

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

            New fully remastered re-release of Soul Jazz Records’ ‘The World of Arthur Russell’, the seminal collection of Arthur Russell’s essential music back in print on awesome limited-edition heavy deluxe triple vinyl and deluxe CD edition.

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            This album brings together some of Russell’s best-loved and most accessible works including his wide-ranging music both solo and in groups including Dinosaur L (the essential ‘Go Bang’), Loose Joints (the equally classic ‘Is It All Over My Face’) as well as rarities such as the 7” only ‘Pop Your Funk’, Indian Ocean’s ‘Schoolbell/Treehouse’, Lola’s ‘Wax The Van’ and more.

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            “Arthur Russell fused the avant-garde with disco and sounds like nothing else on earth.” The GUARDIAN

            “Russell is the great enigma of the New York music scene” THE WIRE

            “Simply one of the best compilations of this or any year.” RECORD COLLECTOR

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            Arthur Russell’s music effortlessly crossed musical boundaries making it timeless. His dance music credentials are faultless and this collection features mixes from Larry Levan, Françcois Kervorkian and Walter Gibbons. Similarly, his song-writing, musicality and performance skills are equally cherished as composer Philip Glass wrote, ‘this was a guy who could sit down with a cello and sing with it in a way that no one on earth has ever done before or will do again.’

            When Soul Jazz Records’ The World of Arthur Russell first came out in 2003, Russell’s music had slipped into near obscurity. Nearly 18 years later there are over a dozen releases of his music, reissues of his original albums and more. ‘The World of Arthur Russell’ is the classic first collection of his work available once more.

            • Dinosuar L – Go Bang (Francois K Mix)
            • Lola – Wax The Van
            • Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Larry Levan Mix)
            • Arthur Russell – Keeping Up
            • Arthur Russell – In The Light Of The Miracle
            • Arthur Russell – A Little Lost
            • Loose Joints – Pop Your Funk
            • Arthur Russell – Lets Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)
            • Dinosuar L – In The Cornbelt (Larry Levan Mix)
            • Arthur Russell – Treehouse
            • Indian Ocean – Schoolbell/Treehouse (Walter Gibbons Mix)
            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
            New Orleans FunkSoul Jazz Records

            Album features Ernie K Doe’s ‘Here Come The Girls’, The Meters, Eddie Bo, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Wild Magnolias and more.


            This is the definitive collection of New Orleans Funk featuring acknowledged masters next to some of the earlier artists who shaped the meaning of funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after and undiscovered funk tracks. It covers the period from the emergence of New Orleans Funk in the early 1960's through to the mid-seventies.


            The record is an essential part of anyone in any way interested in Funk's record collection. It has some vital ingredients in it that you can't find elsewhere. With the sound of the New Orleans Funeral March Bands, Mardi Gras Indian Tribes and Saturday Night Fish Fries all as inspiration New Orleans Funk developed into a unique sound. 


            New Orleans is a port town. Originally owned by the French, this was where many slaves were brought from the West Indies. Many of these slaves came from Haiti and brought with them the religion of Voodoo and its drums and music. It became one of the first parts of America to develop a strong African-American culture leading to the invention of Jazz in the early 1900s. 


            A main feature of Jazz in New Orleans were the Jazz Funeral Marching bands. Solemn Brass bands accompanying a coffin would, on burial, be joined by a second line of drummers and dancers which would turn the event into a celebration of the spirit cutting free from earth. This African tradition is strong in New Orleans and still goes on to this day. The backline drums play a syncopated style that is neither on the beat nor the off-beat. It is these rhythms that are the basis of New Orleans Funk. 


            The album comes with a booklet presenting a historical explanation to how and why this music came about, and with lots of information about the people involved.


            Reviews:
            "A Perfect Primer For Funk Fans" Q (Top 5 albums of the year)
            "Probably the finest compilation that Soul Jazz has released. Essential" Time Out

            • The Explosions – Hip Drop
            • Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
            • Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
            • Eddie Bo – Check Your Bucket
            • Professor Longhair – Big Chief
            • Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns – Free, Single And Disengaged
            • Chuck Carbo – Can I Be Your Squeeze
            • Aaron Neville – Hercules
            • Mary Jane Hooper – I've Got Reasons
            • The Gaturs – Gator Bait
            • Allen Toussaint – Get Out Of My Life Woman
            • Cyril Neville – Tell Me What's On Your Mind
            • Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band – Handa Wanda
            • Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris – Love Lots Of Lovin
            • The Explosions – Garden Of Four Trees
            • Ernie & The Top Notes – Dap Walk
            • The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
            • Marilyn Barbarin – Reborn
            • Dr. John – Mama Roux
            • Danny White – Natural Soul Brother
            • Eddie Bo – Hook 'N' Sling, Pt. 2
            • Ernie K. Doe – Here Come The Girls
            • Robert Parker – Hip-Huggin
            • The Meters – Handclapping Song
            • 2. The Explosions – Hip Drop
            • 3. Lee Dorsey – Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further
            • 4. Gentleman June Gardner – It's Gonna Rain
            • View full info and tracklisting
            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
            • View full info and tracklisting
            • Deluxe CD£12.00
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            Reggae 45 SoundsystemThe Label Art of Reggae Singles, A Visual History of Jamaican Reggae 1959-79Soul Jazz Books

            Reggae Soundsystem 45! is a new stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000  full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music. 

            The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks.

            As well as the stunning full-size 45 designs, this book is ram-jam filled with text on many of the records, artists, producers and record companies featured in the book.

            The 45rpm 7” single is at the heart of reggae music, the main tool in which reggae music has been communicated to the public by the deejays in the dancehalls of Kingston, through to its dissemination worldwide, over the last 50+years. 

            These unique label designs give us a hidden history of design that is raw, innovative and hip. Ever since the birth of the Jamaican music industry  through to the present day, these idiosyncratic label designs have helped illustrate, signify and energise the music that they accompany.

            Reggae 45 Soundsystem is released to coincide with the publication of a second large format hardback 12x12" book, Reggae Soundsystem which features original album cover art of reggae, also published by Soul Jazz Books.

              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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              The Legendary Studio One RecordsSoul Jazz Records

              Brand new album featuring non-stop killer Studio One cuts from The Skatalites, Heptones, Lone Ranger, Horace Andy and loads more. 

              Album comes in jewel case with slipcase style CD, limited edition gatefold heavyweight double vinyl and EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from here.

              This is the first new Studio One/Soul Jazz release in over 3 years and is being released to coincide with our forthcoming monster new deluxe hardback 12x12" 200 page full colour book featuring hundreds of super classic and rare Studio One sleeves. 

              • The Skatalites – Ball of Fire
              • The Heptones – I'm Your Man
              • Lone Ranger – Everything She Want
              • Horace Andy – New Broom
              • Michigan and Smiley – Rub A Dub Style (12" Mix)
              • The Maytals – Treat Me Bad
              • Freddie McKay – Watch Your Step
              • Pablove Black – Mr. Music
              • Wailing Souls – Run My People
              • Willie Williams – Master Plan
              • The Skatalites – Fidel Castro
              • Marcia Griffiths – Hold You Tight
              • Dub Specialist – Sitting With Stupid
              • Prince Jazzbo – Rock For Dub
              • Super and Sleepy – Enemy
              • Dub Specialist – Luanda
              • Doreen Schaeffer – This Love
              • Ernest Ranglin – Ranglin Doddlin'
              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
              TropicaliaA Brazilian Revolution in SoundSoul Jazz Records

              Tropicalia: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound. Tropicalia is one of the most significant cultural movements in Brazil encompassing music, film, visual art and theatre.

              ‘Tropicalia' is the first album to bring together all the key artists involved in the movement – Os Mutantes, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Gal Costa and many more.

              The Tropicália movement was born in 1968, a momentous year around the world. It was the year of the Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy assassinations, the Prague Spring, the Chicago Convention, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and the anti-war movement, the student rebellion in France, civil rights, the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union and the birth of the women’s movement. In Brazil, army violence that killed three protesters in the opening months of 1968 failed to keep students from protesting the four-year-old repressive Brazilian military dictatorship. It was against this extraordinary backdrop that Tropicália arrived. As a coherent movement allied to worldwide political and cultural unrest, Tropicália lasted little more than a year, yet it had – and continues to have – a profound effect on Brazilian society.

              Mixing psychedelic rock, avant-garde musique concrete (tape loops, sound experiments), samba, funk and soul, Tropicália was so radical – and its social implications so politically profound - that its leading protagonists, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, were arrested, imprisoned and finally exiled in 1969. Tropicália’s unique ideology mixed high art with mass culture. Tropicália created musical and cultural anarchy, a revolution in Brazilian sound with a legacy later to be internationally championed by such diverse artists as David Byrne, Beck, Kurt Cobain, Stereolab, The Bees and Tortoise. Tropicália artists loved the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. They loved such forgotten Brazilian musical radio heroes as Dorival Caymmi, Luis Gonzaga and Orlando Silva as much as they were interested in the avant-garde of John Cage and Stockhausen. The Tropicália artists loved Joao Gilberto even though the rise of Tropicália in many ways resulted in the demise of Bossa Nova, the elegant Brazilian music that had swept to international prominence at the start of the Sixties.

              REVIEWS

               "Essential! The vibrant sound of late 60's Brazil" Q MAGAZINE

              "A near perfect primer to Brazilian psychedelica" TIME OUT

              "An exhilarating blend of Bossa Nova, acid rock and avant-garde samba, funk and soul" MOJO

              "Subversive, psychedelic and rocking. A superlative compilation" THE GUARDIAN (CD of the Week)

              FEATURE REVIEWS:

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              • Gilberto Gil – Bat Macumba
              • Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
              • Gal Costa – Tuareg
              • Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes – Domingo No Parque
              • Caetano Veloso – Alfomega
              • Gal Costa – Sebatiana
              • Gilberto Gil – Procissao
              • Caetano Veloso – Irene
              • Os Mutantes – Ave Genghis Khan
              • Jorge Ben – Take It Easy My Brother Charlie
              • Tom Ze – Jimmy Renda-Se
              • Os Mutantes – Ando Meio Desligado
              • Caetano Veloso – Tropicalia
              • Tom Ze – Quero Sambal Meu Bem
              • Gal Costa – Vou Recomecar
              • Os Mutantes – Panis Et Circenses
              • Tom Ze – Gloria
              • Os Mutantes – Quem Tem Medo De Brincar De Amor
              • Caetano Veloso – Lost In The Paradise
              • Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba
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              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
              • CD£12.00
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              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
              SandStill Born AliveSoul Jazz Records

              Sand's second album "Still Born Alive" is now released. Sand's music mixes Cinematic/Electronic/ Dance/Techno/Funk elements to create their own sound. Sand musically walk the line between different worlds. They have played with, on the one hand, dance artists such as Robert Hood, Patrick Pulsinger, Andy Weatherall and Carl Craig and on the other hand with groups such as God Speed You Black Emperor, Squarepusher , Add N to X and ESG. Sand play diverse live events. They have performed on stage with the Karas Dance Company in Tokyo (where they played onstage with, amongst other things, goats, chickens, cows and rabbits!), and live at the Vienna Opera House with techno ace Patrick Pulsinger. Sand's music has been described as cinematic musical soundscapes. They are currently performing at a number of Cinemas in the UK (see flyer) with a series of interactive films by independent film-makers commisioned for this event. Film-makers include Chris Newby, Alison Murray and Clio Barnard. Sand band members are Tim Wright, John Richards, Hilary Jeffrey, Neil Griffith and Rowan Oliver. The group was formed in 1998 and are based in Birmingham. Their record releases are as follows: "Hello Mrs Apple" 1998 (Satellite Records)12" "Displane" 1999 (Satellite Records)12" "Beautiful People Are Evil" 2000 (Satellite Records)CD "Bromide Fist" 2001 (Satellite Records)12" "Still Born Alive" Jan 2002 (Satellite Records)CD

              • Sand – Airlock