…..news letter #1061 – melt…..

It’s a hot one out there, so we’ve got the A/C cranked. Massive reissue list this week, with just a few new releases scattered in there. But some real killer reissues…. obviously, your weekly dose of Blue Notes, as well as an Acoustic Sounds Series reissue of the classic Ella & Louis. Another massive 3LP Coil reissue of the lost ‘New Backwards‘ album. An expanded version of Arooj Aftab‘s award winning Vulture Prince. 2 reissues from the Made to Measure series on Crammed. The slightly less grand, and cheaper, deluxe Karen Dalton. A box of early Voivod essentials. And so much more! Come on down for a dig!

Current operations…..

– in-store shopping/pick ups – 11 – 6 pm Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm Saturday
(if you don’t want to come into the store for a pick up, call and/or use the back door)
– We will be wearing masks, if you want to, great! If not, that’s also fine, but please be respectful of other people’s space and decisions.
– Sanitize your hands (we’ll have some)

…..picks of the week…..

Coil: The New Backwards (Infinite Fog) LP
“The New Backwards” was conceived by Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson in 2007, revisiting stray tracks which hadn’t seemed to gel with the material he had chosen for the more somber “Ape of Naples” from 2005, COIL’s initial posthumous release, a sort of requiem and a kiss-goodbye to his then recently deceased partner John Balance. Significantly different to its sister release, this album collects the brilliantly chaotic and outrageously rhythmic material from the original sessions for the album that was begun as early as 1993 and had originally been conceptualised as the follow-up to “Love’s Secret Domain”. These songs are as diverse and wild as the places they originated from, partly infamously spawned in Sharon Tate’s former home in the Hollywood Hills, the Nine Inch Nails home base in New Orleans and London’s Swanyard, co-composed, remixed and restructured with the help of long-term friend Danny Hyde in Thailand, this collection has its own unique flow and an atmosphere not found on any other COIL release. Both “AYOR” and “Backwards” had by the time the album was first released already become favourites in COIL’s manic live performances. Some of the other tracks had only leaked in demo versions and are here presented updated and polished as Christopherson and Hyde intended them to be heard. It is interesting to consider Balance’s vocal contributions, too. Whilst on the albums COIL did release at the time this material was first put aside (“Black Light District” and “ElpH”) his voice is all but absent, his vocal performances and his lyric writing here are arguably more closely indebted to the previous “Love’s Secret Domain” era, especially the epic “Copacaballa” is noteworthy in that respect. The New Backwards” effectively became the final official COIL studio release of all new material whilst Peter was still alive and is here presented for the first time fully supervised by Danny Hyde, its co-creator. The stunning cover uses a detail from artist Ian Johnstone’s “Cubic Raven” painting, licensed from the estate of IJ.. It is high time to rediscover this timeless album with the Infinite Fog release, first time available on vinyl in its full form without 3 skipped tracks! Besides that boasting nine further tracks of previously unheard material from the same sessions, rough working stages and surprising remixes which will surely delight the dedicated COIL archaeologists, as they shine yet another light on the creative process and on what could have been.

File Under: Electronic, Industrial, Kris’s Picks
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Benjamin Lew/Steven Brown: Douzième journée: le verbe, la parure, l’amour (Made to Measure) LP
A much-told story by now, the chance encounter between Benjamin Lew and Steven Brown in the ebullient creative nexus that was Brussels in the early ‘80s led to one of these discreet but unforgettable minor miracles which take place sometimes. Poetic, magical and evocative, “Douzième Journée” takes the listener on a journey through alien landscapes, which has elicited comparisons to the music of Jon Hassell and Can. Steven Brown is a front figure of US band Tuxedomoon. Benjamin Lew is a writer, a visual artist and a poet of the analog synth, he went on to record four more albums for Crammed Discs. ‘Douzième Journée’ was produced by the duo in collaboration with Marc Hollander and Gilles Martin. The reception of this unique album doesn’t seem to have changed over time, judging by these reviews, 36 years apart: “An album of mesmerising strangeness, an exotic, surreal trip. Elusive and fascinating” (New Musical Express, UK, 1983) “Stunning surreal debut, dreamlike, both earthy and ethereal” (Pitchfork, US, 2019)

File Under: Experimental, Ambient, Kris’s Picks, Ian’s Picks
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Arooj Aftab: Vulture Prince – Deluxe Edition (Verve) LP
Deluxe offering of Grammy Best New Artist nominee Arooj Aftab’s breakthrough album Vulture Prince, featuring Grammy Best Global Music Performance-nominated track “Mohabbat”. Aftab’s remarkable voice, backed by a team of renowned musicians, transports listeners to the composer’s world. Intimate piano and swelling orchestral strings unveil mystical passage into Aftab’s emotionally gripping symphonic world – vast with colorful sounds and transcendent of genre.

File Under: Electronic, Jazz, Pakistan, Piyush’s Picks
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…..new arrivals…..

Aquaserge: Possibility of a New Work (Made to Measure) LP
Always ready to expand their scope and blur the genre borders, the inventive, revered French avant-rock band AQUASERGE have decided to  tackle the field of contemporary classical music from the mid-20th century, in a special project which pays tribute to four major atypical figures: Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), György Ligeti (1923-2006), Edgard Varèse (1883-1965) and Morton Feldman (1926-1987). Drawing inspiration from these composers’ respective approaches in terms of dynamics, sonic textures and duration, more specifically from Scelsi’s exploration of timbres and oscillations, Ligeti’s moving clusters, Varèse’s melodic cubism and Feldman-type graphic scores, Aquaserge have approached this album with a mixture of raw intuition and strict method, and have created pieces for a hybrid, semi-classical and semi-rock expanded 9-piece line-up. The album revolves around three slow, extended, spacious pieces, in which the instruments’ timbres are merging into one another to create a fascinating sonic matter, both immobile and moving, like in certain works by Ligeti and Scelsi. By contrast, Aquaserge’s tributes to Varèse and Feldman include explosive moments, as well as segments of wild improv. These original Aquaserge compositions are completed by interpretations of three rare songs written by Edgard Varèse (on a poem by Verlaine) and Morton Feldman (on a Rilke text), which remind us of Aquaserge’s taste for melodies. These pieces and some others will be performed as part of a musical and theatrical show entitled The Possibility of a New Work for Aquaserge – Lost in a Guitar Case.

File Under: Experimental
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Tatsuhiko Asano: In The Wake of Doshin, The GIANT (diskunion) LP
Tropical ambient set in a fictional tropical island. NINTENDO 64DD game “Doshin the Giant 1” the original soundtrack is the first official LP record! This work, released in 2000, contains a total of 15 songs, including new recordings and versions that have not been used in the game before it was converted for 64. As Mr. Asano himself says, “Music that is fluffy, bushy, soft and warm, like a creature that is ringing over the mountains,” Asano himself says, it is charming but elusive. The appearance stands out among the myriad of game music.

File Under: Ambient, Japan, Videogame OST
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Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: In My Prime (Tidal Waves) LP
Art Blakey (1919–1990) actually needs little introduction, the American Jazz drummer and bandleader made a name for himself in the 1940s & 1950s playing with contemporaries such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He is often considered to have been Thelonious Monk’s most empathetic drummer (he played on both Monk’s first recording session in 1947 and his final one in 1971). In the decades that followed Blakey recorded for all THE labels that mattered in the field of jazz (Columbia, Blue Note, Atlantic, RCA, Impulse!, Riverside, Prestige, Verve, etc.). His collaborations were numerous and include working with equally legendary artists such as Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Chet Baker, John Coltrane….and countless others. On the album we are presenting you today, you’ll find the eight sublime tracks recorded by renowned engineer Elvin Campbell at the CI Recording Studios (New York) in December 1977 that became known as the “In My Prime” sessions. These recordings were originally released on the legendary Dutch jazz label Timeless Records (and produced by its owner Wim Wigt) as two separate albums named Vol.1 & Vol.2. Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the much-needed vinyl reissue of “Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers “In My Prime” which contains the complete NYC sessions recorded at the CI Recording Studios (New York) on December 29, 1977. This unique album comes as a deluxe 180g DOUBLE vinyl edition (strictly limited to 2500 copies worldwide) with obi strip and is packaged in a gatefold jacket featuring the original artworks and session shots from Mark Bug Zester, Don Diesveld & Hans Harzheim (known for their work with artists such as Sun Ra, Chet Baker and Pharoah Sanders). To top it all off, this release also includes the original liner notes written by renowned author and producer Chip Stern (Ginger Baker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis). Released exclusively for Record Store Day 2022 and available in participating stores on June 18, 2022.

File Under: Jazz
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George Braith: Extension (Blue Note) LP
Between September 1963 and March 1964, the singular New York City-born saxophonist George Braith recorded three Blue Note sessions that introduced an utterly unique creative viewpoint. Perhaps best-known for his predilection for performing multiple instruments at the same time, à la Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Braith eventually invented a double horn he named the Braithophone. On Extension, the last of his Blue Note albums and arguably his finest, Braith can be heard on tenor, soprano, and alto saxophone, joined by Grant Green on guitar, Billy Gardner on organ, and Clarence Johnston on drums. The album was rooted in soul jazz, but Braith’s adventurous spirit led the music into unexpected realms on distinctive originals like “Nut City,” “Out Here,” and “Extension.” The album offered more reflective moments as well, such as on the expressive ballad “Ethlyn’s Love,” dedicated to his mother, and the laid-back “Sweetville.” Braith’s personality shines through on the closer, a madcap romp through Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.”

File Under: Jazz
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Eddie Chacon: Pleasure, Joy and Happiness (Day End) LP
Eddie Chacon experienced proper, peak-nineties acclaim in the soul duo Charles and Eddie: they scored a global No. 1 in 1992 with “Would I Lie To You,” appeared three times on Top of the Pops, and featured on soundtracks from True Romance to Super Mario Bros.. Their crooning style was clearly pop-ready, but undeniably reverent: the pair first met when Eddie noticed Charles carrying a vinyl copy of Marvin Gaye’s “Trouble Man” on a New York subway train. By that time, Chacon had already been navigating music in interesting ways, all the way back to his teen garage rock band with the late Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Mike Bordin (Faith No More). In the late ’80s, he released a full-length on Uncle Luke from 2 Live Crew’s label and signed to Columbia as a solo act. He was a working artist, always popping up in unexpected places: through the course of his career, Chacon would write, sing, or produce ten Top 40 hits around the globe. In the words of Mac DeMarco: “Eddie Chacon is planet earth’s number one musician. Yesterday, today, and forever.”

File Under: Electronic, Soul
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Sonny Clark: Dial “S” for Sonny (Blue Note) LP
One of the finest pianists and composers of the hard bop era, Sonny Clark seemed to arrive fully formed on his supremely swinging debut album Dial “S” for Sonny recorded for Blue Note in 1957. Clark assembled a top-flight sextet for the occasion with Art Farmer on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Hank Mobley on tenor saxophone, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Clark penned four of the album’s six tunes including the moody, minor title piece, the bright, fleet-footed “Bootin’ It,” the feel-good theme “Sonny’s Mood,” and the sprightly swinger “Shoutin’ on a Riff.” Rounding out the set are two standards: a stunning ballad performance of “It Could Happen To You” with Farmer delivering the opening theme and Fuller closing the piece, both with their warm, full-bodied tones, and the Gershwin tune “Love Walked In” which is a showpiece for Clark who opens with a solo intro before being joined by bass and drums for a trio performance that let’s his inventive style shine.

File Under: Jazz
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Karen Dalton: In My Own Time (Light in the Attic) DLX LP
Karen Dalton’s 1971 album, In My Own Time, stands as a true masterpiece by one of music’s most mysterious, enigmatic, and enduringly influential artists. Light in the Attic is honored to celebrate the 50th anniversary of In My Own Time with a special edition of this monumental classic. Featuring Dalton’s interpretations of songs like “Are You Leaving for the Country,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Katie Cruel,” and her posthumously recognized signature performance, “Something On Your Mind,” will be available in a 50th anniversary Deluxe Edition, which expands exponentially upon Light in the Attic’s 2006 reissue of the album, co-produced by Nicholas Hill. This 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition features the newly remastered (2021) In My Own Time album, presented on three sides of 45-RPM, 180-gram vinyl pressed at Record Technology Inc. (RTI), with the fourth side showcasing alternate takes from the album sessions. The set also contains two 7-inch singles, featuring previously-unreleased live recordings captured at Germany’s Beat Club in 1971, both pressed at Third Man Record Pressing and housed in tip-on jackets. All audio has been newly remastered by Dave Cooley, while lacquers were cut by Phil Rodriguez at Elysian Masters. A 20-page booklet—featuring rarely seen photos, liner notes from musician and writer Lenny Kaye, and contributions from Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart—rounds out the package, which comes housed in a special trifold jacket.

File Under: Folk, Country
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Miles Davis: Man with the Horn (Get on Down) LP
“The return!!! After a nine-year hiatus from recording studio albums, Miles Davis returned in 1981 with a bang. Continuing the abstract improvisational funk pioneered by the Miles Davis live electric band, Miles came back with a fresh cast. While there are plenty of new players on this recording it captures the moody long-song format from the mid-70s live electric band. The album features R&B legend Marcus Miller on bass, Mike Stern on guitar, electric band alumni Al Foster on drums, and many more. Produced and edited by long term Miles Davis collaborator Teo Macero. Pressed on crystal clear vinyl with Japanese stylized insert and deluxe obi strip. Remastered from the original analog tapes.”

File Under: Jazz
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Mac Demarco: Rock and Roll Night Club (Captured Tracks) LP
10 Year Anniversary Edition with new liner notes written by Mac, pressed on “Night Club” Vinyl. Mac Demarco, formerly known as Makeout Videotape, is the anti-thesis to you stereotypical singer-songwriter. Disregarding the seriously somber moments Rock and Roll Night Club, he refuels throughout with whimsical moments and youthful spontaneity whilst retaining the endearing and subtle commentaries that exude his familiarity. His most impressive trait is his undeniable and instinctual ability to compose magical pop jangles. His dusted jams have garnished him accolades that are as ever increasing as his song writing abilities; his sound rendering comparisons, but in a nomadic fashion alluding no distinct origin except for Mac’s inner Elvis in tow.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Fear Factory: Soul of a New Machine (Run Out Groove) LP
Combining death metal with grind and industrial elements, Fear Factory’s 1992 Roadrunner Records debut, Soul Of A New Machine, was an unorthodox and adventurous album that brought the band out of the underground and into the ears of metal fans worldwide. An absolute classic, one that should be in the collection of every fan of cutting-edge extreme metal no matter the sub-genre. Boasting both sheer brutality and inescapable beauty, Fear Factory laid a groundwork on Soul Of A New Machine and their subsequent remix EP Fear Is The Mindkiller. The band paved the way not only for their follow-up albums – ultimately resulting in the Gold-selling Obsolete – but also for a whole new wave of bands such as Filter, Static-X and Stabbing Westward. Released on vinyl for the first time in North America, this Deluxe Edition 30th anniversary 3LP-set from Run Out Groove features remastered audio and is expanded to include the Fear Is The Mindkiller EP remixed by Rhys Fulber and Bill Leeb from Frontline Assembly, as well as unreleased instrumental mixes debuting on the format. It’s rounded out with ROG’s typical deluxe packaging, a fold out poster and a patch.

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong: Ella & Louis (Verve) LP
The old adage that opposites attract couldn’t be more apt in the case of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, whose album collaborations for Verve Records, in the late 50s, resulted in some of jazz’s finest and most memorable duets. Texturally, their voices were like satin and sackcloth – Ella’s was refined and caressed the ear with its super-smooth contours; Louis’ was a rough, gravelly, bark-cum-rasp that was almost rustic by comparison. In sonic terms, then, Ella and Louis juxtaposed in a way that could safely be described as beauty meeting the beast, and yet the contrast in their vocal timbres resulted in a musical chemistry that made their recordings compelling and unforgettable. The pair would record a handful of singles together from the late ’40s to the early ’50s but it wasn’t until 1956, when producer and jazz impresario Norman Granz put the pair in the studio for an album project, that their potential as collaborators was fully realized. Their inaugural album recording session together was captured for Verve on August 16, 1956, the day after Ella and Louis had performed at one of Granz’s most memorable JATP concerts, at the Hollywood Bowl. Evidently, Ella had a soft spot for Louis and was a fan from way back and wanted to make sure that the jazz veteran felt at home and wasn’t taken out of his comfort zone. According to Granz, she deferred to Armstrong on all aspects of the record and was just pleased to be in the studio with her idol: “When she made the album with Louis, she insisted that he select the tunes, and she sang them all in his keys, even if they were the wrong keys for her.” Backed by the super-slick Oscar Peterson trio – the duo excelled, with Fitzgerald seemingly unaffected by singing in Armstrong’s keys and Satchmo acquitting himself superbly on material that he wasn’t familiar with. The first album came out as Ella And Louis, in November 1956, and with its impeccably delivered blend of showtunes and standards, quickly won acclaim and became a bestseller.

File Under: Jazz
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Florist: s/t (Double Double Whammy) LP
“Florist” is the self-titled fourth full length record from upstate NY based indie folk band, Florist. “Florist” is the follow up to 2019’s critically acclaimed “Emily Alone”, and is the strongest album of the band’s decade-long career; an immersive work that conveys the magic of the earth and of family, and the whole of the band’s heart. For all of June of 2019, amid a hot and rainy summer, Emily Sprague (guitar, synth, vocals), Jonnie Baker (guitar, synth, sampling, bass, saxophone, vocals), Rick Spataro (bass, piano, synth, vocals) and Felix Walworth (percussion, synth, guitar, vocals) convened in a rented house in the Hudson Valley, to live and work together. It was the first time the quartet recorded that way, and for that long. “In the past we’d meet up for a couple of days, or one day here and there,” Sprague recalls. “Living together for a month is a really big part of why the arrangements are the way they are, and also why the instrumentals are such a huge part of the record.” The result is 19 tracks that feel like the culmination of a decade-long journey, their fourth full-length album, but the first deserving of a self-titled designation. “We called it Florist because this is not just my songs with a backing band,” Sprague explains. “It’s a practice. It’s a collaboration. It’s our one life. These are my best friends and the music is the way that it is because of that.”

File Under: Folk
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Cleveland Francis: Beyond the Willow Tree (Forager) LP
Beyond The Willow Tree is a hauntingly beautiful anthology of folk songs chronicling the experience of a young black man growing up in the segregated south. A balanced mix of covers and originals, Cleveland Francis’ body of work seamlessly blends deep, soulful vocals with the stripped down acoustic instrumentation of folk. In the late 60’s Francis coined the term “soulfolk”, playing his genre bending music across college campuses and coffee shops while earning a medical degree at William & Mary. These songs serve as a missing link between soul and folk music, suppressed by the harsh political landscape of a music industry heavily influenced by racial stereotypes. “If you were black, you played blues or soul music … I wanted to play folk music,” Cleveland professed. Included in this double LP set is Cleveland Francis’ entire 1970 self released album Follow Me, featuring the original artwork and liner notes printed inside the gatefold. The second LP takes you Beyond The Willow Tree with unreleased demos recorded in 1968 along with one 45 only single recorded in 1970. “These recordings are a look into my soul through a long and lonely journey to understand feelings of my childhood, poverty, racial segregation, bigotry, war, love and hope. It represents my attempt to express and come to terms with all that I have seen and felt as a Black man growing up in America.” – Cleveland Francis

File Under: Folk
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Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (Motown) LP
This premium vinyl release features direct-to-analog mastering from the original primary album tape reels by acclaimed engineer Kevin Gray, one of the first times this has been done since 1971, offering an undeniably authentic listening experience. The What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary edition includes a bonus LP which opens up the album’s writing and production palette. Featured are four rare cuts making their vinyl debut, highlighted by a previously unreleased “stripped” version of the title song, plus all six original mono single mixes and their B-sides, with all of those 7″ versions on vinyl for the first time since their original releases. With two 180g records, a tip-on heavy stock jacket, original gatefold with complete lyrics, this formidable release also includes printed sleeves with track details, a rare image from the cover sessions, and a brief essay honoring arranger David Van De Pitte.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Fuzzy Haskins: Radio Active (Tidal Waves) LP
A co-founder of the P-Funk movement, Clarence Eugene “Fuzzy” Haskins was born in West Virginia in 1941 and started as a singer in the doo-wop vocal group The Parliaments, led by George Clinton in the late 1950s. He was a founding member of the groundbreaking and influential 1970s funk bands PARLIAMENT-FUNKADELIC. Fuzzy Haskins toured and appeared on P-Funk albums as a singer, and occasionally as a guitarist, throughout the 1970s. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 1997. Despite the success of Mothership Connection, Fuzzy Haskins was growing frustrated that his songs were no longer being featured on albums by Funkadelic and Parliament. He also watched as Bootsy Collins, a relative newcomer to the family, embarked upon a solo career. This added to Haskins’ frustration and at the height of P-Funk’s popularity, Fuzzy left the ensemble to pursue a solo career. Fuzzy Haskins released two landmark solo albums on Westbound Records: ‘A Whole Nother Thang’ in 1976 and ‘Radio Active’ in 1978. With his brand of earthy & heavyweight funk, Fuzzy Haskins’ solo works fits right in with many of the other great P-Funk side projects and was sampled by renowned artists and acts from the likes of Prince, The Prodigy, N.W.A and Fatboy Slim. On the album we are presenting you today (Radio Active from 1978) you’ll find eight sublime tracks written (or co-written) by Mr. Haskins himself and recorded by Richard Becker at the legendary PAC 3 Recording Studios in Dearborn, Michigan where classic albums from Norman Feels and Dennis Coffey were born. One of the tracks (Woman) was personally mixed for the album by Tom Moulton (the originator of musical revolutions like ‘the remix’, ‘the breakdown section’ and the ‘12inch single vinyl format’). Fuzzy switched between drums and guitar, while taking charge of the lead vocals and production, he was accompanied in the studio by an all-star musician line-up of P-Funk family members such as Jerome ‘Bigfoot’ Brailey (drums), Cordell ‘Boogie’ Mossom (bass), Gary Shider & Michael Hampton (guitars), Glen Goins (piano, drums & guitar)…and of course the fantastic Mr. Bernie Worrell on keyboards. Besides these Parliament/Funkadelic alumni, also present on the recordings are Bruce Nazarian (The Temptations) on Moog and Jazz pianist Gary Schunk (known for his collaborations with Marcus Belgrave & Wendell Harrison). The result of all this musicianship was a record that oozed quality. Despite the quality of the music (and just like with ‘A Whole Nother Thang’) the album didn’t sell the vast quantities that were projected and didn’t reach the audience it deserved. ‘Radio Active’ is filled with keyboard-driven spacey funk, sharp hooks, popping bass-lines, JB styled soulful (yet sexy) vocals, a hint of disco, fantastic guitar build-ups and breaks that make you shake…a true gem that deserves a place in your record collection (mint vinyl copies are hard to find and pricey these days). If you are a Funkateer…this one’s for you! Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the FIRST ever vinyl reissue of ‘Radio Active’ since 1978 (the year the record was originally released on Westbound Records). This unique album comes as a deluxe 180g vinyl edition (strictly limited to 500 copies) with obi strip and features the original artwork created by virtuoso Ronald Edwards (known for his graphic work with Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley, George Clinton, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, Fishbone…and countless others). To top it all off, this release also includes an insert featuring the original liner notes written in 1994 by renowned author and producer Rob Bowman (Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye) who reflects on Fuzzy Haskins’ two solo albums.

Home Boy and the C.O.L.: s/t (Tidal Waves) LP
Cecil Johnson Lyde Holden aka “Home Boy” (born 1948) is an artist whose musical talent has been unmistakable since his days as a young boy. Growing up listening to his parents 78 RPM Doo-wop, Blues, Jazz and Gospel records, he started signing in church when he was 6 years old. At the age of 10, his mother took him to the famous Club DeLisa (Chicago’s celebrated night spot) and entered him in a talent contest where he won first price singing “Only You” by The Platters. This key-event had sparked a burning desire and a love for music in Cecil that would never leave him…it created an opportunity for him to become an entertainer and recording artist. The album we are proudly presenting you today (Home Boy And The C.O.L.) is Cecil Lyde’s self-titled debut under the ‘Home Boy’ name and was released in 1982 on his own label Alwest Records. The whole album is backed by a fantastic cast of all-star players that includes John Stephens (Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder), Fred Brown (Gwen McCrae), Rommel Sinclair (Fred Wesley), Gary Bell (Lionel Hampton), Carl Lockett (Pharoah Sanders, Chuck Mangione) and Terry Carter (Swamp Dogg). These recordings (ten songs in total) are particularly interesting to boogie-enthusiasts because of their high doses of funky twerks, solid grooves, crazy synth work, excellent drumbeats and Cecil’s soulful Doo-wap influenced vocals. This album just oozes Soul, Funk and Boogie…you’ll quickly find yourself shaking hips the moment the needle hits the first track! Also included are the tracks ‘I’ll Make It On My Own’ (which became a hit in the UK’s Norhern Soul scene) and ‘Home Boys Revenge’ which was later remixed by DâM-FunK (Stones Throw Records). All of the above makes this LP an essential purchase for any self-respecting fan and collector. Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the FIRST ever vinyl reissue of “Home Boy And The C.O.L.” originally released and privately pressed on Alwest Records in 1982. This rare record (original copies tend to go for LARGE amounts on the secondary market) now comes as a deluxe 180g vinyl edition, strictly limited to 1500 copies worldwide with obi strip and features the original artwork. Released exclusively for Record Store Day 2022 and available in participating stores on June 18, 2022.

FIle Under: Electronic, Funk, Boogie
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Calvin Keys: Full Court Press (Tidal Waves) LP
Jazz guitarist Calvin Keys is a legend among soul-jazz-funk fans for both his work as a session & touring musician and for the catalog of classic releases under his own name. Key’s playing style is lean & muscular and his unique phrasing balances sophisticated jazz harmonics with funky R&B & soul grooves. Since the 1960s Calvin Keys has performed/recorded with renowned artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Ray Charles, Pharoah Sanders and Joe Henderson. He is also a mentor to young talent, offers private lessons, and is a frequent teacher at the yearly happening ‘Jazz Camp West’. On the album we are proudly presenting you today (Full Court Press) you’ll find seven sublime tracks recorded in 1984 and released in 1985 on the Olive Branch label. This was Calvin Key’s first solo album since his recordings for Black Jazz Records back in the 1970’s. Full Court Press features an impressive arsenal of working road dogs that Keys had shared the stage with over the years. Included are: Maxayn Lewis (The Ikettes, Morris Day), Mike Thompson (Freddie Hubbard), James Gadson (Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock), Donny Beck (Buddy Miles, Bobby Lyle)…and many others. Full Court Press is THE dictionary definition of smooth (yet funky) soul-jazz, with washes of warm, laid back grooves pinned under Keys’ endless dancing up and down the fretboard. The playing is ‘deep in the pocket’ and comes off elegant and effortless. Fluid rhythmic fingerpicking that makes you forget all about time and space. This essential release deserves a prominent place in your record collection! Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the FIRST ever vinyl reissue of “Full Court Press” (originally released on Olive Branch Records in 1985). This rare record (vintage copies are not easy to come by) now comes as a deluxe 180g vinyl edition, strictly limited to 1800 copies worldwide with obi strip and features the original artwork by John Heard (Azar Lawrence, Count Basie) & sleeve notes by Sherman Ferguson (Pharoah Sanders Quartet). Released exclusively for Record Store Day 2022 and available in participating stores on June 18, 2022.

File Under: Jazz
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John Carroll Kirby: Dance Ancestral (Stones Throw) LP
Dance Ancestral is the fifth album on Stones Throw from producer, composer and keyboardist John Carroll Kirby on Stones Throw. The latest addition to Kirby’s fast-growing and distinctive body of work, Dance Ancestral sees the acclaimed solo artist teaming up with Canadian producer Yu Su for an album whose central theme is the “intuitive dance” we perform throughout our lives. More electronically focused than Kirby’s previous albums, the result is a vividly imagined yet eminently listenable instrumental record.

File Under: Electronic, Jazz
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Lizzo: Special (Warner) LP
When you love yourself, anything becomes possible. Channeling boundless self-confidence through a downright earth-quaking voice, colorful persona, and undeniable star power, Lizzo struts into the spotlight and steps up with a whole lot of sass, spirit, and soul. Embracing her vocal range like never before and celebrating herself to the fullest, she speaks her mind, censors nothing, and delivers an enviable level of honesty, pure passion, and fresh fire. Lizzo follows-up 2019’s Cuz I Love You with the new 2022 album Special which is introduced by the singles “Rumors,” “Special” and “About Damn Time.” “Let the 2022 takeover begin,” the singer exclaims!

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Kendra Morris & Eraserhood Sound: When We Would Ride (Karma Chief) LP
‘When We Would Ride’, the A-side to this warm and soulful 45, is a funky nostalgic trip to summertime flings, late night pool hopping and cruising around in a beat up old Honda. Backed by ‘Catch the Sun,’ a hopeful & electrifying anthem featuring slinky, seductive Synth & Soul production from Philly’s Eraserhood Sound.

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Ennio Morricone: L’Assoluto Naturale (Cinevox) LP
“L’assoluto naturale” is a 1969 film based on the eponymous novel by Goffredo Parise and directed by Mauro Bolognini, whose many movies have been scored by Ennio Morricone; the two leading actors are Sylva Koscina and Laurence Harvey. The film falls in the bourgeois sentimental drama category, which was very popular in those years – lead by the well known “Metti, una sera a cena”; its a soundtrack that blends classical, jazz, pop and lounge music in various reworks of the main theme, in the typical ‘Morriconian’ trademark. Among the orchestrations directed by Bruno Nicolai, the track “Assalito dalle rondini” stands out, an abstract composition for strings characterized by tension-laden dissonances and dramatic orchestrations. Originally released in 1969 and reissued in a few subsequent editions, the soundtrack of “L’assoluto naturale” has been missing a vinyl version for 40 years: this new one, with remastered audio and a new graphic layout, finally delivers this excellent soundtrack again to its ideal dimension.

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Muzlimgauze: Farouk Enjineer (Everland) LP
Experimental, Industrial, Tribal … Originally released in 1997 through Soleilmoon Recordings. This is extremely intense Arabic dub noise music, designed to blow minds and loudspeakers.

File Under: Experimental, Electronic, Tribal, Industrial
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OST: The Muppet Movie (iam8bit) LP
“Keep believing, keep pretending; We’ve done just what we’ve set out to do, Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and YOU!”
It’s an absolute dream come true for iam8bit to collaborate with The Muppets Studio and Walt Disney Records to release this completely remastered revival of The Muppet Movie soundtrack on vinyl. (That feels sooooo good to say.) More than 40 years since it’s original release in 1979, we’ve rummaged backstage at The Muppet Theatre to dust off timeless recordings like the Oscar-nominated “Rainbow Connection” and the road trip ditty, “Movin’ Right Along,” sparing no executional detail to give this album the treatment it deserves. The music by legends, Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher, is undisputedly excellent, charming in its love of lyricism, with perfectly-honed harmonies and arrangements. These are the songs that rocketed The Muppets from mere TV stardom to the realm of rockstars, featuring outstanding performances by Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (with Animal on wicked drums), and so many more. Statler and Waldorf would even approve of the outstanding album artwork by Kevin Wilson, who approached this design not merely as a commission, but as a lifelong obsession with The Muppets.

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Shuggie Otis: Freedom Flight (Get on Down) LP
“Well before Shuggie Otis cut his debut album, musicianship and performance had long been a part of his life. The son of rhythm and blues legend Johnny Otis, Shuggie learned to play guitar as early as the age of two, and performed professionally with his father’s band at eleven. Throughout his long and illustrious career he’d performed on records for the likes of Frank Zappa, Al Kooper, Etta James, and George Duke, to name a few. In spite of all this, widespread mainstream success eluded Shuggie for much of his career. His most famous release to date is his 1974 album Inspiration/Information, which would experience new resurgent life in the 2000s. Those willing to dig a little deeper however, would discover hidden gold in his earlier releases, especially in the album directly before Inspiration/Information, his sophomore 1971 release Freedom Flight. As with his debut, Freedom Flight was produced by Shuggie’s father Johnny Otis, and built upon the distinct sounds of his debut album: lush, baroque, string section arrangements, paired with hard funk rhythms, and funky blues melodies, with the majority of the instruments once again performed by Shuggie himself. The album also features backing from premium session greats like George Duke and Aynsley Dunbar, and the track ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ which became a monster hit for The Brothers Johnson three years later. Freedom Flight is a treasure of deft, technical skill, and virtuosic composition.”

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information (Get on Down) LP
“Well before Shuggie Otis cut his debut album, musicianship and performance had long been a part of his life. The son of rhythm and blues legend Johnny Otis, Shuggie learned to play guitar as early as the age of two, and performed professionally with his father’s band at eleven. Throughout his long and illustrious career, he performed on records for the likes of Frank Zappa, Al Kooper, Etta James, and George Duke, to name a few. Despite only moderate success upon its initial release, Shuggie Otis’ third album Inspiration Information turned into underground smash decades later and has since maintained a level of cult status normally reserved for mysterious, unearthed legends like Sixto Rodriguez or Lee Fields. Inspiration Information is also noteworthy among Shuggie’s other releases, as it was entirely self-produced, as opposed to being overseen by his father Johnny Otis. Shuggie’s signature blend of baroque funk is on full display, but with a heavy dosage of psychedelic soul blended in, resulting in an album that’s equally swarthy, lush, funky, and emotional; gathering all the best bits of Marvin Gaye, Love, Miles Davis, and even Os Mutantes. Inspiration Information is more than worthy of all acclaim awarded to it, despite the delayed reverence.”

File Under: Funk, Soul
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Reds, Pinks & Purples: Summer at Land’s End (Slumberland) LP
“Summer at Land’s End” is the 4th LP from The Reds, Pinks & Purples, Glenn Donaldson’s solo kitchen pop “band.” Since 2019 The Reds, Pinks & Purples has built an obsessive, ever-growing following by combining a traditional vinyl-oriented release schedule with monthly drops of new songs on Bandcamp and live streams on Instagram. 2021’s “Uncommon Weather” was something of a breakthrough, getting actual radio airplay and even reaching #7 in the UK indie album breakers chart. Hitting a wildly prolific phase, Donaldson is back in less than a year with the brilliantly ambitious “Summer At Land’s End.” Like the blossoming flower-themed sleeve might imply, it’s bursting with heart-ripped-open vocals, ringing guitars, and warm reverberations. There are still plenty of concise indie-pop songs, but the album expands on the formula of the first three LPs into hazier acoustic sounds and some extended mood pieces. You might hear ’80s and ’90s influences in the echoing guitars, Creation, Teenbeat, 4AD, or even the radio pop of your youth, but more so, you might hear melodies and words that resonate someplace deep down as you journey through “Land’s End” and move the needle back to the beginning again.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Rza vs Bobby Digital: Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater (Ruff Nation) LP
Back in 1998, RZA had already cemented his status as Wu-Tang Clan’s man behind the boards, producing the entirety of the group’s respective solo albums. But when it came to his own breakout moment, the producer opted to introduce the world to Bobby Digital, a cartoonishly hedonistic mad-rapping alter-ego and grew so fond of the character that he released another album under the moniker before finally delivering 2003’s Birth of a Prince as the RZA. Now it seems Bobby Digital is back in the picture and potentially set square up with his host. Production on the album is handled by DJ Scratch. “Giving Scratch the reins as a producer and me taking the reins as an MC, that’s what frees me up creatively and lets me play more with lyrical gags and lyrical flows because I don’t have to be focused on everything,” the producer noted in a statement. 

File Under: Hip Hop
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She & Him: Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson (Fantasy) LP
She & Him’s seventh studio album is a loving tribute to one of the greatest living American singer/songwriters, Brian Wilson. Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson finds Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward diving deep into the legendary artist’s extensive songbook with fascinating and delectable new spins on time-honored classics and overlooked gems. These 14 covers are infused with the familiar magic She & Him fans know and love, offering a new window into Wilson’s iconic catalog. The duo, known for the stylish interpretations and sharply drawn originals, have refined their style across their six-album, 14-year collaboration.

File Under: Indie Rock
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Stevia aka Susuma Yokota: Greenpeace (Glossy Mistakes) LP
In 1997 and 1998, the late great Japanese composer, producer, and DJ Susumu Yokota released two of the most eclectic albums of his decades-long career, Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace. Recorded under his Stevia alias for Tokyo Techno pioneer DJ Miku’s Newstage Records/NS-COM, they were Yokota-san’s homage to the foundational days of club music in Japan. This year, Glossy Mistakes are proud to present the first official vinyl editions of Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace, originally released on CD during the golden days of the format. Packaged in reimagined cover artwork created by the celebrated Japanese visual artist Masaho Anotani, these two albums perfectly capture the diversity at the heart of Yokota-san’s oeuvre. Across Greenpeace sees Yokota-san conjuring up a heady concoction of dusty loops, sampledelic breaks, kraut-rock and psychedelic downbeat. A remarkable listening experience based on the inspired era of a genius. When Yokota-san wrote and produced the music on Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace in 1997, he was reflecting on the broader culture that surrounded dance music in Japan in the early to mid-nineties. It was an era when the psychedelic culture of late sixties America, the afterglow of UK acid house/rave, the new age movement and cyberpunk dovetailed together. Within DJ Miku and Yokota-san’s social circles, the thinking of Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs electrified the air. By 1996, the moment, brilliant and blinding as it was, was over. “We all felt that the rave scene fizzled out,” DJ Miku says. As he puts it, there was a collective feeling around him that it had all become too much. From the calm that followed, DJ Miku, Yokota-san and their open-eared peers made the decision to switch tracks and start from scratch. DJ Miku believes that with his Stevia releases, Fruits of The Room and Greenpeace, Yokota-san wanted to express the sweet and sour nature of the passing of those wild early days and his wish for true peace. “At the time, we saw eye-to-eye, with an implicit understanding of each other,” he explains. “Even now, twenty-five years later, I am confident it was like that.”

File Under: Electronic, Japan
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Melvin Ukachi: Ofege as One – I Am Ok (Tidal Waves) LP
Melvin Ukachi needs little introduction, the Lagos (Nigeria) based vocalist and bandleader is a living legend. Melvin is known for his fantastic solo albums, his vocals for the afrobeat star-groups M.F.B. and Ozzobia…but his biggest legacy is without a doubt him being the singer and bandleader of Ofege. Melvin formed Ofege in the early 1970s (when he and the other band members were all still a bunch of teenagers). Due to their vibrant combo of sweet harmonies, hooks & fuzz, Ofege would become one of the most legendary Nigerian groups of all time, with expressive sales and national stardom to follow. At the turn of the century (and because of tracks appearing on various compilations) Ofege would receive international acknowledgment for being the first of their kind and THE ultimate West-African psychedelic funk band! Melvin Ukachi recorded four milestone albums with Ofege: ‘Try and Love’ (1973) ‘The Last of The Origins’ (1976), ‘Higher Plane Breeze’ (1977) and ‘How Do You Feel’ (1978). When the Ofege story came to an end, Melvin recorded two astonishing solo albums: ‘Evolution-Bring Back The Ofege Beat’ (1981) and ‘I am Ok’ (1985). Both of his solo recordings have now become much sought-after holy grails for collectors and fans alike. On the album we are presenting you today (I AM OK from 1985) the listener is treated to Ofege’s trademark sound…but we’re also shown a perfect glimpse of the late 70’s afrobeat works combining soul, jazzy rhythms, William Onyeabor style laid back electro funk synths & fluid boogie-danceability. The female backing vocals and handclaps by Princess Bunmi Olajubu (Femi Kuti) also deserve a special mention because they add so much depth and grooves to this amazing record. Expect some serious local ‘all-star’ guest musicians on this record as well. Next to him playing the synth, Jake Sollo also produced this gem of an album! To top things off the tracks were recorded and mixed at the legendary RAS Studio in Akwa, Nigeria…all slickly engineered by John Malife (Black Children Sledge Funk Band, T-Fire, BLO). ‘I AM OK’ was released on CRS Nigeria in 1985 and is a total Afro-pop-funk classic that begs for a special place in your record collection. It’s tight, funky and Melvin’s soulful vocals are to die for. This record is a monster! Tidal Waves Music now proudly presents the first ever reissue (supervised by Melvin Ukachi himself) of this amazing Nigerian Afrobeat-Afropop album. This RARE classic (original copies tend to go for large amounts on the secondary market) is now finally back available as a limited 180g vinyl edition (500 copies) complete with the original artwork made at Ibukuna (the Lagos based studio that was responsible for designing landmark sleeves for renowned bands & artists such as The Apostles, Tony Allen, The Wailers and Fela Kuti).

File Under: Funk, Africa
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Voivod: Forgotten in Space (Sanctuary) BOX
It’s been an exhilarating 40-year ride for Voivod, the Jonquière, Quebec quartet that has, over the years, defied the odds, faced tragedy head on and also seen the band rise above many of the contemporaries to a point where the band’s intricate progressively fueled heavy metal sound also brings with it honors and awards. The 2018 Voivod album, The Wake, won the band a Juno Award for Heavy Metal Album of The Year, while the previous year Away had picked up the Visionary Award at that year’s Progressive Music Awards in London. The music contained in this set proves that Voivod were very much pioneers of the sound, as their own music became more refined and experimental. You can hear the development of the band’s sound over the three albums contained here (Rrröööaarrr, Killing Technology and Dimension Hatröss). In the five year span from 1984’s War And Pain debut to 1989’s Nothingface, Voivod forged a defiant progressive metal sound that they would expand upon with later albums and ensure that they are one of the most exhilarating metal bands in existence today. Forgotten In Space is a deluxe colored vinyl 6LP + DVD + 40-page book celebration of Voivod’s Noise Records discography and is the definitive collection of their recorded work plus rare and previously unreleased material!

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Yard Act: Dark Days EP (Zen F.C.) LP
Can it really just be over a year since Yard Act exploded into the national consciousness with their debut EP ‘Dark Days’, released via their own Zen FC imprint? Yard Act have gone on to be one of 2022’s defining artists with the release of their debut album ‘The Overload’, and their rise has been as entertaining as it has been meteoric. And as well as touring the world and smashing sales records, they’ve still found time to continue Zen FC, releasing acclaimed 7″s from Baba Ali and Benefits. Being the budding record industry moguls that they are, they couldn’t bear to see the Dark Days EP languishing out of print. So they commandeered a Danish pressing plant and rudely shoved their way to the front of the queue, picked a new colour (silver in honour of the Overload finishing second in the album charts) and rushed through a repress in time for the summer. And while they were at it, they sorted out a run on the format of the future, cassette. So there you have it: while you’re thinking about putting ‘The Overload’ at the top of your albums of 2022, you can enjoy the EP of 2021 all over again.

File Under: Rock
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Yo La Tengo: I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (Matador) LP
The second installment of Matador’s 2022 “Revisionist History” catalog series is a colored vinyl 2LP reissue of Yo La Tengo’s undeniable 1997 classic I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One. On this album, the band consolidates their sound as they expand it, incorporating bossa nova, electronica and 60s pop into a gorgeous shimmering whole that is something more than the sum of its parts. The laconic-but-expressive vocals of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley provide the songs with just the right combination of detachment and naivete, and the trio (which also includes bassist James McNew) sounds like one person with six arms, three brains and one big heart.

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Various: Last Night in Soho (Mondo) LP
Mondo, in partnership with Back Lot Music Wright, are proud to present the premiere physical release of the Various Artists compilation soundtrack to LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, the latest film by Edgar Wright. Featuring songs exclusively curated by Wright from his ’60s-inspired film. Wright is well known for expertly curated soundtracks and deep musical cuts, and LAST NIGHT IN SOHO – itself named for the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich song – is no exception. He and co-screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns listened to the music he’d assembled as they wrote the script, and he put together a playlist for his cast members to listen to as they read the results. Alongside the needledrops are three songs performed by Taylor-Joy and a score suite from composer Steven Price.

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Various: Vacation from My Mind (Forager) LP
A gift to the overthinkers and overworked. Those who are over-concerned and always preoccupied. This is an invitation to hang up the bootstraps, take a load off, and visit a place in the mind where the sun is shining, the breeze is soft and the waves lap softly at your feet. Vacation From My Mind is a sonic realignment of melancholic soul, breezy soft rock, & mellow jazz-funk. This album is a thoughtfully curated collection of 12 rare and obscure tracks from 1973 to 1981. From Jeanette Baker’s hypnotic 70’s soul title track “Vacation From My Mind” to the Latin rhythms of David Buckland’s jazz-funk “Celia”, this compilation was lovingly crafted to ease the stresses and worries of modern life. The Care Package’s song “The Storm” is a larger-than-life production of dreamy harmonies not often found on privately released 45s. Utopia’s “Lejos De Mi” is a slow-burning slice of Bolivian psych that will have you searching for similar sounds. Whatever your preference, we hope that this album will give you a vacation from your mind. Original artwork by Eric Thompson”

File Under: Funk, Jazz, Soul, Soft Rock
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…..restocks…..

Chet Baker: Mr. B (Tidal Waves) LP
Bedhead: Beheaded (Numero) LP
Bon Iver: Bon Iver, Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar) LP
Phoebe Bridgers: Stranger in the Alps (Dead Oceans) LP
Archie James Cavanaugh: Black & White Raven (Numero) LP
Dinosaur Jr: Green Mind (Cherry Red) LP
Dinosaur Jr: Without a Sound (Cherry Red) LP
Blaze Foley: Clay Pigeons (Lost Art) LP
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (Westbound) LP
Mort Garson: Plantasia (Sacred Bones) LP
Goblin: Susperia (AMS) LP
Goblin: Zombi (AMS) LP
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists (Constellation) LP
Grateful Dead: Three From the Vault (Future Days) LP
Hauromi Hosono: Hosono House (Light in the Attic) LP
Khruangbin & Leon Bridges: Texas Moon (Dead Oceans) LP
Kikagaku Moyo: House in the Tall Grass (Guruguru Brain) LP
Kikagaku Moyo: Masana Temples (Guruguru Brain) LP
Stephen Mallinder: Tick Tick Tick (Dais) LP
Charlie Megira: Da Asbtomatic Miesterzinger Mambo Chic (Numero) LP
Thelonious Monk: Palais Des Beaux-Arts 1963 (Tidal Waves) LP
Leo Nocentelli: Another Side (Light in the Attic) LP
Pavement: Westing (By Musket and Sextant) (Matador) LP
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood: Nancy & Lee (Light in the Attic) LP
Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin’ 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic) LP
Sister Ray: Communion (Royal Mountain) LP
Kurt Stenzel: Jodorowsky’s Dune (Cinewax) LP
Superchunk: Foolish (Merge) LP
Gabor Szabo: Dreams (Ebalunga!!!) LP
Gabor Szabo: Bacchanal (Ebalunga!!!) LP
Women: Public Strain (Flemish Eye) LP
Various: Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976 – 1986 (Light in the Attic) LP
Various: Pacific Breeze 2 : Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1972 – 1986 (Light in the Attic) LP

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