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Matt Berry

Gather Up (Ten Years On Acid Jazz)

    Following the huge acclaim earlier this year for Matt Berry’s eighth studio album The Blue Elephant, on 26th November Acid Jazz Records will release Gather Up, a compilation album encompassing the singular musical adventures this extraordinary musician has taken over the past decade, offering a revelatory and fascinating insight into the working process of a genuine musical maverick and sonic explorer.

    Over 10 years with Acid Jazz Records Berry has released nine incredibly diverse albums (including one live album). From the tangled-folk rock thickets of Witchazel and Kill The Wolf (which features the song from which this box gets its name), to the out-there explorations of Music For Insomniacs or TV Themes’ retro-kitsch delights, through the soul power in Matt Berry & The Maypoles Live or the twilight grooves of The Small Hours to the classic pedal-steel songwriting of Phantom Birds and the smorgasbord of psychedelic sounds on The Blue Elephant, Berry’s journey has produced a feast for the ears that twists and turns down more unexpected avenues than most artists could manage over several careers. 

    Gather Up pulls together an excellent 21-track career spanning collection expertly compiled by Berry, available as a separate, standalone release on 2LP or single CD, including non-album tracks such as ‘Snuff Box Theme’. No easy achievement considering the sheer breadth, diversity and volume of his exceptional musical output. 




    TRACK LISTING

    1. Take My Hand
    2. Something In My Eye
    3. Medicine
    4. Badger's Wake
    5. World In Action
    6. One By One
    7. Take A Bow
    8. October Sun
    9. So Low
    10. Summer Sun
    11. Gather Up
    12. Theme From Snuff Box
    13. Middle Of The East
    14. Like Stone
    15. Phantom Birds
    16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
    17. Say It Again
    18. The Innkeepers Song Live
    19. Obsessed & So Obscure
    20. Woman
    21. Solstice 

    Matt Berry

    Gather Up - Box Set Editions

      Gather Up is the culmination of ten years on Acid Jazz for Matt Berry. Gather Up comes as a beautifully packaged 5LP Box set with a 64 page booklet or 4CD Hardback book-set with a 28 pages of illustrations and notes.

      The 55 tracks are split between an anthology compilation that tracks the very best tracks from his 8 albums and associated singles for the label over the last decade, an album of unreleased tracks and rarities, a demo version of his 2020 album Phantom Birds and the previously unreleased Live At A Festival LP which showcases Matt & his band the Maypoles in full flight.

      The book included in both formats has an extended essay by Chris Catchpole which review Matt’s musical career and an exclusive set of photo images culled from the archive of Matt’s long time photographic collaborator Ben Meadows.

      The LP Box is strictly limited to 1500 copies and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Matt.


      TRACK LISTING

      CD 1 - Gather Up
      1. Take My Hand
      2. Something In My Eye
      3. Medicine
      4. Badger's Wake
      5. World In Action
      6. One By One
      7. Take A Bow
      8. October Sun
      9. So Low
      10. Summer Sun
      11. Gather Up
      12. Theme From Snuff Box
      13. Middle Of The East
      14. Like Stone
      15. Phantom Birds
      16. Music For Insomniacs Part IV
      17. Say It Again
      18. The Innkeepers Song Live
      19. Obsessed & So Obscure
      20. Woman
      21. Solstice

      CD 2 - Rare & Unreleased
      1. Bigger Than A Dog - Original Witchazel Intro
      2. Take My Hand - Live On Absolute Radio
      3. Autumn - Witchazel Outtake
      4. The Dawn - From Myspace EP 'Summer Sun' 2010
      5. Snuff Box - Live Loop Used Live Between 2005 - 2012
      6. Catch Me In Time
      7. Dark Beach - From Myspace EP 'Summer Sun' 2010
      8. The Hangman - Acoustic Version 2007
      9. Wonder Theme - Became 'Something In My Eye’
      10. Music For Insomniacs - Alternative Intro
      11. Theme From 'Sorry’ - Live From Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe 2007
      12. Music For Insomnaics - Rejected Theme
      13. Walk With Samuel - Devil Inside Me’
      14. Blankety Blank - Vocal Intro
      15. The Blue Elephant - Trip Two
      16. Sweet Velvet - Became 'Seasons On Fire’
      17. The Blue Elephant - Alternative

      CD 3 - Phantom First
      1. Covered In Clowns
      2. Get Her Out Of My Mind
      3. I'm Going
      4. Make It Go Away
      5. Peter Cleopatra And The Windmill
      6. Play On
      7. Take A Bow
      8. The Preacher's House
      9. A Shot Rang Out In The Forest
      10. The Wrong House
      11. Where's My Love?
      12. You Danced All Night

      CD 4 - Live At A Festival
      1. Medicine / So Low
      2. Silver Sun
      3. Theme From Snuffbox
      4. Solstice
      5. The Pheasant

      Long Tall Shorty

      A Bird In The Hand

        We’re delighted to present Long Tall Shorty's long lost masterpiece A Bird In The Hand. 

        The first full length Long Tall Shorty album released originally released in 2001. Lead singer Tony Perfect mixes a Stonesey drawl with then contemporary garage rock stylings, to show that he was always the smartest of the mod revivalists. 

        Produced by Danny Corr and originally only released on CD, it is making its vinyl debut in an edition limited to 500 copies.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. And That Ain't All
        2. Shine On Me
        3. Out Of Reach
        4. Don't Try To Stop Me
        5. Taking Time
        6. Shake
        7. Killing Me Killing You
        8. Justice
        9. Hey Joe
        10. Forever On Your Own
        11. Centre Of The Square
        12. Tenth Floor
        13. I Saw The Light

        Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey

        Le Sato

          Acid Jazz Records continue their exclusive licensing agreement with Albarika Store, the legendary record label that defined the sound of Benin and influenced the entire region of West Africa and beyond. 

          Recorded and issued in 1974, Le Sato is one of the earliest releases on the Albarika label and it is also one of the deepest.  Sato is the term for the traditional rhythms that soundtrack Vodun (Voodoo) rituals and ceremonies in Benin. Performance of Sato is reserved for these sacred rites, which evoke the spirits of the dead and can last for several days and attract hundreds of people. Sato rhythms cannot be played outside of Vodun. 

          A large ceremonial Sato drum is used, which measured over 1.5m in height. This drum is played using wooden stick beaters, the drummer dancing while playing. The Sato drummers are supported by percussionists and other drummers playing smaller drums. Together, they create unique, layered, trance-inducing poly-rhythms.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Gan Tche Kpo
          2. My Love
          3. Gnonnou Ho
          4. Min E Wa..We Non Dou

          Matt Berry

          The Blue Elephant

            In his tenth year with Acid Jazz, the ever-prolific Matt Berry has crafted a psych masterpiece. Once again proving his artistic progression and ambition knows no bounds

            Recorded during the summer of 2020, ‘Blue Elephant’ is testament to Matt’s exceptional musicianship, production skills and songwriting prowess with every instrument played by Matt including, guitars, bass, a variety of keyboards and synthesizers (piano, Wurlitzer, mellotron, Moog, Hammond, Vox and Farfisa organs), with the exception of drums – supplied by Craig Blundell, on arguably his best album to date. 

            This music soundtracks an album that explores themes surrounding today’s close scrutiny in all its bewildering, objectifying and unnerving experiences. Very much a conceptual and, therefore, continuous long-player, the album’s infectious grooves come to the fore on standout tracks ‘Summer Sun’, heavy-psych instrumental ‘Invisible’, the three-part ‘Blues Inside Me’, which encompasses a psych journey through a late ‘60s and early glam filter mixed with the propulsive ‘Like Stone’.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Aboard
            2. Summer Sun
            3. Safe Passage
            4. Now Disappear
            5. Alone
            6. Invisible
            7. Blues Inside Me
            8. I Cannot Speak
            9. The Blue Elephant
            10. Life Unknown
            11. Safer Passage
            12. Like Stone
            13. Story Told
            14. Forget Me
            15. Now Disappear (Again)

            Fleur De Lys

            Circles: The Ultimate Fleur De Lys

              Acid Jazz present ‘Circles: The Ultimate Fleur De Lys’, the definitive compilation centred around one of the greatest 60s bands.

              Atlantic Records, Andrew Loog Oldham, Shel Talmy, Cream, Isaac Hayes and Tony Blackburn - all these and so many more turn up in the story of Southampton band the Fleur De Lys. You may not have heard of them and if you have it may be just because of their glorious cover of the Who’s ‘Circles’, an ultimate freakbeat anthem that this compilation is named after, but the singles they released in the second half of the 1960s are one of the greatest collections of singles by any band, ranging from R&B through freakbeat and psych and back into club soul.

              Emerging from the English South Coast’s competitive club scene they signed to Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham’s pioneering indie label Immediate where they recorded two singles before being taken under the wing of Frank Fenter, who worked out of the UK Polydor office running the UK arm of Atlantic. The group went through numerous line up changes as they recorded a series of singles which are now some of the most collectible of the era.

              Acid Jazz and Countdown Records have been the custodians of the Fleur De Lys catalogue for the last decade and this compilation is the culmination of that work, containing all the singles that they released for Immediate, Polydor and Atlantic (where they pipped Led Zeppelin to become the first UK signed band to that legendary label).

              TRACK LISTING

              Circles
              Mud In Your Eye
              Hold On (as Ruptert’s People)
              Gong With The Luminous Nose Tick Tock (as Shyster)
              Hammer Head
              One City Girl
              I Forgive You (as Chocolate Frog)
              Brick By Brick (Stone By Stone)
              I Can See A Light
              Prodigal Son
              Nothing To Say
              Stop Crossing The Bridge
              The Bitter And The Sweet (as Tony And Tandy With The Fleur De Lys)
              So Come On
              You’ve Got To Earn It
              Two Can Make It Together (as Tony And Tandy With The Fleur De Lys)
              I’ve Been Trying
              Liar
              Moondreams
              Wait For Me
              Love Them All (Demo)
              Gotta Get Enough Time (Demo)
              I Walk The Sands
              Yeah I Do Love You (Demo)

              Makin' Time

              Honey / Take What You Can Get

                Countdown Records (via Acid Jazz) are proud to announce the release of the label’s first 7” single in over 30 years. And what could be more apt than the single that never was by label favourites Makin’ Time?

                Produced by The Truth and 9 Below Zero’s Dennis Greaves and Mick Lister, this was to have been the West Midland group’s debut single for Countdown.

                Featuring the group’s original members, it remained unreleased when that line-up changed and Countdown’s parent label Stiff decided in a change of direction, aiming the group at the pop charts.

                Featuring two highlights of their early live set - the Fay Hallam composed ‘Honey’ and ‘Take What You Can Get’, written by Martin Blunt.

                The 7” comes in an exclusive Countdown sleeve so make sure to get your copy now.

                TRACK LISTING

                Honey (Original Version)
                Take What You Can Get (Original Version)

                The Brand New Heavies

                Shibuya 357: Live In Tokyo 1992

                  1991 was a momentous year for The Brand New Heavies. They started it without a singer second on the bill to The James Taylor Quartet and by the end they had a Top 3 US hit and were about to embark on a run of 16 Top 40 hits in the UK. N’Dea Davenport was by this point fronting the group as their guest singer and the brilliant string of singles from their debut album were becoming locked in the minds of an ever-growing fanbase.

                  Live they were a revelation. The only group from the UK scene who could do tight and slick, without slipping into ‘lift music’ blandness. The core membership of Andrew Levy, Simon Bartholomew and Jan Kincaid had been playing together since college and each knew where the other was going. Their ability to write classic soul songs lifted them above their contemporaries.

                  ‘Shibuya 357’ is the quintessential (and only live) document of an era that quickly passed. The hits - ‘Never Stop’, ‘Dream Come True’, ‘Stay This Way’ and ‘Don’t Let It Go To Your Head’ are all here - as are some compelling funk jams. This recording captures the ecstatic rush of joy; when you go from youthful dream to accomplishment in such a short period.

                  The album was only ever released in Japan in the late 90s and then only for a very short time. Acid Jazz are pleased to release this new version remastered from the source tape and the album appears on vinyl for the very first time.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Gimme One Of Those
                  BNH
                  Ride In The Sky
                  Got To Give
                  People Get Ready
                  Don’t Let It Go To Your Head
                  Mr. Tanaka
                  Never Stop
                  Stay This Way
                  Doin’ It To Death
                  Dream Come True
                  Shakedown

                  T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo De Cotonou

                  Unité Africaine

                    Two monumental full-side tracks from a pair of late 70s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo albums, Unité Africane isn’t exactly a compilation, more a combination of the standouts at a time when the band was at the peak of its powers. 

                    Originally released in 1977, the title track is an infectious Afro-Latin workout that is interwoven with driving horn stabs by master trumpet player Tidiani Kone. Unité Africaine was recorded over the Nigerian border at the state-of-the-art EMI Studios in Lagos, yielding majestic sonic results. 

                    Mede Ma Gnin Messe is taken from the 1978 Special 30 Novembre, and this time Poly-Rythmo wore their Afro-funk hat to deliver almost sixteen minutes of dancefloor fire. Propelled by Poly-Rythmo’s super-tight beats and underpinned by a relentless keyboard refrain, the magic is the stellar horn parts that take this track to another level. 

                    As with much of the Albarika catalogue, copies of the original LPs are incredibly tough to locate in anything approaching reasonable condition, so this should be a gift.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Unite Africaine
                    2. Mede Ma Gnin Messe

                    T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou - Benin

                    Vol. 4 - Yehouessi Leopold Batteur

                    Albarika Store is home to many rare recordings, from more traditional folkloric and Sato styles, to the funk, blues and psych inspired workouts of the All Mighty Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, as they referred to themselves. Many of the original records are sought after by DJs and collectors as prime examples of Afro-funk, Afro-Latin and Afropsych sounds.

                    The next in the series of reissues by Acid Jazz presents a straight reproduction of the incredibly hard to find Poly-Rythmo ‘Vol. 4’ album, originally from 1978.

                    For DJs and dancers this album has long been about the killer track ‘Aiha Ni Kpe We’, an incendiary Afrobeat recording which will activate any dancefloor anywhere. “Every time I listen to the Orchestre Poly Rythmo… Wow, I just discover something new in the music” - Gilles Peterson

                    This is the first exhaustive trawl of the archive and will see the label presented in a way that ensures its historical importance is recognized. Trips to West Africa have secured original master tapes and the process of transferring is ongoing. Over the next few years a comprehensive reissue campaign is planned.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Davi Djinto Super No2
                    Homin Si Tche
                    Aiha Ni Kpe We

                    Largely remembered today at the first group of future Charlatans main man Martin Blunt, Makin’ Time emerged as a breath of fresh air from the 1980s mod scene. Younger than the revival bands that had gone before instead of watered down punk their music was a glorious mix of power pop and 1960s pop and soul.

                    Signed to Eddie Piller and Maxine Forrest’s Stiff distributed Countdown label it was seen as a possible contender for pop crossover. The album that emerged was the vibrant and exciting Rhythm & Soul.

                    The band was fronted by the bob-headed, strong voiced organ playing Fay Hallam and guitarist and vocalist Mark McGounden, and these two along with Martin Blunt provided a strong set of self penned songs. A dynamic band live ‘Here Is My Number’, ‘Feels Like It’s Love’ ‘Only Time Will Time’ and the other self penned numbers were already fan anthems by the time they were recorded.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Take What You Can Get
                    Feels Like It's Love
                    Here Is My Number
                    Only Time Will Tell
                    Did I Tell You
                    Honey
                    I Gotta Move
                    Where The Rhythm Takes You
                    Every Single Day
                    The Girl That Touched My Soul
                    I Know What You're Thinking
                    Stop This Cryin' Inside

                    Nimbus Sextet

                    Dreams Fulfilled

                      Nimbus Sextet are a major new talent on the UK jazz scene. Led by pianist/keyboardist Joe Nichols, the Glaswegian contemporary jazz outfit play infectiously original music that spans the musical spectrum. Nimbus Sextet’s fresh take on jazz blends instantly relatable melodic hooks with driving grooves, sophisticated musicianship and episodic compositions.

                      The core of the Nimbus Sextet sound comes courtesy of Joe with long-time collaborators Alex Palmer and Mischa Stevens. The trio met while studying at Edinburgh University and have continued to perform together ever since. Nimbus Sextet was fully formed in 2018 with the addition of Martin Fell and Euan Allardice joining the line-up with James Mackay arriving later.

                      It was around this point the band started to compose and record the first shoots of what would become Nimbus Sextet’s blend. A decidedly wellbalanced alchemy, arrived at somewhat naturally by way of the varied musical influences and contributions from each of its culturally diverse members. You’re as likely to hear elements of Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron as easily as The Roots and Robert Glasper.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Trap Door
                      Lily White
                      Deep Dark Blue Lights
                      Klara
                      Séance
                      Dreams Fulfilled

                      Matt Berry

                      Phantom Birds

                        BAFTA Award-winning actor Matt Berry has been the star of a number of high profile TV series including Toast Of London, The IT Crowd and most recently What We Do In The Shadows. Concurrently he has cultivated a career as a musician that has seen him release six solo albums and collaborate with the likes of Bond composer David Arnold, Jean-Michel Jarre and most recently Josh Homme, who invited him to perform on the Desert Sessions.

                        His most recent album ‘TV Themes’ was a UK Top 40 hit and was awarded four stars by Will Hodgkinson writing for The Times. His reinterpretation of British TV themes of the past was no mere wallow in nostalgia but an exploration of recording techniques and a joyous celebration of the music.

                        ‘Phantom Birds’ was inspired by a fascination with Bob Dylan’s ‘John Wesley Harding’, the way it was recorded with the minimum of musicians to draw attention to the songs. For the recording Matt worked with drummer Craig Blundell - known for his work with Steven Wilson and Steve Hackett - and legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole, yet the tinges of Americana are never allowed to overwhelm Matt’s own distinctive style.

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Something In My Eye
                        You Danced All Night
                        Phantom Birds
                        Moonlight Flit
                        Man Of Doom
                        Where’s My Love?
                        Take A Bow
                        Intermission
                        Hail To The King
                        In My Mind
                        That Yellow Bird
                        Waving Goodbye
                        Covered In Clowns

                        Lightning Orchestra

                        Source And Deliver

                          Lightning Orchestra is the creative conduit for multi-instrumentalist Travis Murphy, bolstered by a rotating, elastically-numbered backing band of like-minded souls inspired by legends from Jimi Hendrix to Fela Kuti. The outfit’s debut album Source and Deliver is released on neon yellow vinyl, containing the monstrous ‘White Tiger’. 

                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Theme
                          2. Power
                          3. White Tiger
                          4. For Those Who Are Yet To Be Born
                          5. Time (Time)
                          6. Time Reprise

                          Various Artists

                          Martin Freeman And Eddie Piller Present Jazz On The Corner Two

                            A follow up to 2018’s Jazz On The Corner which has now sold over 10,000 copies, and last year’s equally successful Soul On The Corner, this compilation see Martin and Eddie return to the world of jazz for another bite at the cherry after Volume one was declared to be “the best jazz compilation of the last 20 years” by Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips.

                            The concept came from a radio show that Freeman and Piller put together for BBC Radio 6 Music which was so well received that the pair decided to dig deep into their record collections and build a double album of some of their favourite tracks.

                            The concept is simple: an album packed full of jazz gems which they hope are slightly off the beaten track. This year we have hidden gems from Nina Simone and Nicola Conte, classics from Roberta Flack, Roy Ayers and The MJQ, whilst the new British jazz generation is represented by Emma Emma-Jean Thackray. Running the gamut from hard bop, to progressive fusion via Latin beats, it’s an exhilarating listen from start to finish.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Laura says: Eddie Piller dons Sherlock’s Deerstalker, teaming up with national treasure Martin Freeman for another trip through their enviable jazz collections. Eschewing the wilfully obtuse in favour of personal favourites from across the decades, the duo celebrate a lifelong love of the genre.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Double LP Tracklisting

                            Side A
                            1. Stanley Turrentine – The Magilla
                            2. Nina Simone – I’m Gonna Leave You
                            3. The Jazz Crusaders – Tough Talk
                            4. Gene Ammons – Jungle Strut
                            5. George Benson – Shape Of Things To Come

                            Side B
                            1. Nicola Conte – Caravan
                            2. Duke Pearson – Gira, Girou (Round And Round)
                            3. Chet Baker – Do It The Hard Way
                            4. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Concorde
                            5. Lorez Alexandria – Nature Boy

                            Side C
                            1. Emanuel K Rahim & The Kaliqs – Al Amin
                            2. Roberta Flack – Compared To What
                            3. Horace Silver – Tranquilizer Suite Part : Perservance And Eudurance
                            4. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines
                            5. The Lyman Woodard Organisation – Creative Musicians

                            Side D
                            1. Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet
                            2. Brain Auger Oblivion Express – Freedom Jazz Dance
                            3. Johnny Mercer – That Old Black Magic
                            4. Roy Ayers – A Tear To A Smile
                            5. Lonnie Liston Smith – Summer Days

                            Double CD Tracklisting

                            Martin’s Picks

                            1. Stanley Turrentine – The Magilla
                            2. Nina Simone – I’m Gonna Leave You
                            3. The Jazz Crusaders – Tough Talk
                            4. Roberta Flack – Compared To What
                            5. Duke Pearson – Gira, Girou (Round And Round)
                            6. Lonnie Liston Smith – Summer Days
                            7. Roy Ayers – A Tear To A Smile
                            8. Les McCann – Us
                            9. Johnny Mercer – That Old Black Magic
                            10. The Modern Jazz Quartet – Concorde
                            11. Horace Silver – Tranquilizer Suite Part : Perservance And Eudurance
                            12. Chico Hamilton – Conquistadores

                            Eddie’s Choices
                            1. Emanuel K Rahim & The Kaliqs – Al Amin
                            2. Brain Auger Oblivion Express – Freedom Jazz Dance
                            3. Gene Ammons – Jungle Strut
                            4. George Benson – Shape Of Things To Come
                            5. Charles Earland – Leaving This Planet
                            6. Emma-Jean Thackray – Ley Lines
                            7. Nicola Conte – Caravan
                            8. Lorez Alexandria – Nature Boy
                            9. Chet Baker – Do It The Hard Way
                            10. The Lyman Woodard Organisation – Creative Musicians
                            11. The Bukky Leo Quintet – Rejoice In Righteousness
                            12. Patrice Rushen - Haw Right Now

                            The Spitfires

                            Life Worth Living

                              Fronted by creative lynchpin Billy Sullivan, this startling three-piece – augmented by three other musicians when playing live - have cemented a loyal fanbase since their inception some five years ago and alongside Sam Long, bassist and drummer Matt Johnson whilst initiating album sales in excess of 20k and a tour itinerary approaching nearly three hundred gigs.

                              Life Worth Living is a contrasting melting pot of unadulterated joy and melancholy, laughter, tears, frustration and peacefulness. Quiet and introspective moments collide with loud and angry times and no less powerful. At its heart is a sense of hope that things can be better, the title reflects that aspiration.

                              Produced by Simon Dine, who was behind the desk for Paul Weller’s 22 Dreams and Wake Up The Nation amongst a varied CV - has harnessed the undoubted vibrancy and swagger of the band’s live show helping create an ambitious album – a vehicle for the talents of Sullivan, Long and Johnson.

                              From the infectious brass-infused opener, Start All Over Again, the Nutty Boys-esque title track Life Worth Living to Tear This Place Right Down bathed in soul overtones, the ballad-like wonder of How Could I Lie To You? to the ska riffage of single (Just Won’t) Keep You Down and the magnificent finale of Make It Through Each Day.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              1.Start All Over Again
                              2.It Can't Be Done
                              3.Life Worth Living
                              4.Tear This Place Right Down!
                              5.How Could I Lie To You?
                              6.Kings & Queens
                              7.(Just Won't) Keep Me Down
                              8.Tower Above Me
                              9.Have It Your Way
                              10.Make It Through Each Day

                              Lamont Butler

                              It's Time For A Change

                                It was 50 years ago that a talented local musician named Lamont Butler started to create an album that would combine love, happiness and joy. Lamont’s only official album release, ‘It’s Time For A Change’ has been very popular for record collectors around the world but it never saw the wider success it truly deserved.

                                Born 1949 in Louisville, Kentucky, Lamont Butler was drawn to music and dance from the very beginning. He was the son of well-known gospel, blues and R&B singer and pianist Clifford Butler Sr, receiving an early education in what was required to be a touring musician. It quickly became apparent that Lamont had a wonderful voice and was pushed to the front, despite no being fully confident yet of his singing ability. Lamont performed on the gospel circuit for a number of years, cutting his teeth with groups such as The Enterprise, The Dynamics and The New Beginnings, eventually going solo with Lamont Butler and The Spirit of Truth.

                                It was whilst he was singing and performing during this period that he started to write his own songs and think about putting together an album bringing together his influences from R&B, jazz, soul and of course gospel. The result is the very raw, almost low-fi sound of ‘It’s Time For A Change’, released nearly 10 years after Lamont started to pen the first tracks and gaining relative success. He toured the album around churches in Louisville, with tracks such as ‘Love One Another’,’ Time For A Change’ and ‘Ungodly War’ quickly becoming firm favourites.

                                Remastered with care by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering and complete with in-depth sleevenotes.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                Get Up And Praise The
                                Lord
                                Brighter World
                                Thank You Lord
                                Love One Another
                                Time For A Change
                                Come Into God’s World
                                Smile
                                Ungodly War

                                The Prisoners

                                In From The Cold

                                  The Prisoners are one of the most influential bands of the 1980s, an astounding live act whose records were the opposite of what pop radio demanded in that era. Raw where they were smooth and full of character where those records needed to be blandly conformist. They hardly sold a record and yet they can count the likes of Noel Gallagher and political journalist John Harris as their fans. Steve Lamacq devoted a whole chapter of his book to his love of them whilst Tim Burgess of The Charlatans once said that at that time he only checked for The Prisoners and New Order. At least two UK hits used their arrangement on Joe South’s ‘Hush’ as their basis.

                                  ‘In From The Cold’ was the final shot at success by The Prisoners the only problem was they didn’t want it. Signed by Eddie Piller to his Stiff-backed subsidiary Countdown they were put in the studio with Troy Tate (Teardrop Explodes / The Smiths) and made this astounding album which they then disowned.

                                  By 1986 they were an incredible live band and had released three albums of their distinctive 60s influenced garage rock. A four-piece featuring Johnny Symons on drums, future Acid Jazz hitmaker James Taylor on organ, Allan Crockford on bass and backing vocals and the compellingly soulful Graham Day on vocals. Graham also wrote fantastic songs. Ten years later and they would have been lauded as heroes in Brit Pop land but the mid-80s had no place in the mainstream for a band with their influences.

                                  ‘In From The Cold’ is full of amazing songs from the hard edges of ‘All You Gotta Do Is Say’, ‘Ain’t No Telling’ and ‘The More That I Teach You’, to the mournful ‘Wish The Rain’ and ‘Be On Your Way’. It is no surprise that Mojo journalist Lois Wilson described this as her favourite album by the band.

                                  This reissue on coloured vinyl is the first time the album has been issued in its original form since 1986 when, due to Stiff’s imminent demise, it was deleted very quickly.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  All You Gotta Do Is Say
                                  Come Closer
                                  The More That I Teach You
                                  Mourn My Health
                                  I Know How To Please You
                                  Deceiving Eye
                                  In From The Cold
                                  Wish The Rain
                                  Be On Your Way
                                  Find And Seek
                                  Ain’t No Tellin’
                                  Main Title Theme (The Lesser Evil)

                                  The Brand New Heavies

                                  TBNH

                                    Can it really be thirty years since The Brand New Heavies first sashayed into the public eye with a romantic’s heart, a hedonist’s spirit and a Superfly sensibility?

                                    A heady cocktail of Chic-style funk-pop, sunshine grooves and scorched soul balladry, the release of TBNH sees The Brand New Heavies writing a new chapter in what has been an illustrious journey whilst also marking a return to their spiritual home, Acid Jazz Records.

                                    Today The Brand New Heavies share a breath-taking version of Kendrick Lamar’s These Walls recorded with long-time associate and vocalist N’Dea Davenport and produced by uber-fan Mark Ronson. It was that line-up of the band that had originally brought the funk into his life having caught their show in New York in 1991, later inviting them to play at his 40th birthday party. Insistent once more to reconvene that line-up, successfully reunitingN’Dea and The Heavies for his production of this trackfor their 30th anniversary album.

                                    TBNH is released across all formats including a double vinyl album set and available to pre-order here

                                    The album’s heart, both musically and physically is a friendship that can be traced back to the mid-Eighties - more specifically the shared experiences growing into adulthood on the western reaches of London for Simon Bartholomew (guitar) and Andrew Levy (bass) and a return to the formula that saw the band score sixteen Top 40 hits and three million album sales.


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Millie says: Thirty years on and they’ve still got it! The Brand New Heavies are back home on their label Acid Jazz Records showcasing their soul-drenched grooves, including a Kendrick Lamar cover with Mark Ronson pulling the production strings, make sure you don’t miss this one!

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1 Beautiful
                                    2 Stupid Love
                                    3 Just Believe In You
                                    4 Getaway
                                    5 Heat
                                    6 The Funk Is Back
                                    7 Together
                                    8 These Walls
                                    9 It's My Destiny
                                    10 Wired Up
                                    11 Dance It Out
                                    12 Little Dancer
                                    13 Dontcha Wanna
                                    14 Get On The Right Side

                                    This is the debut album from new soul sensation Laville, following on from the release of Laville’s stunning debut EP which featured singles "Easy" and "Thirty One". "The Wanderer" is driven by a certain spirit - it’s almost as if after waiting so long Laville refuses to let this chance pass him by, bringing his intense sense of focus to the fore. A bold voice that adds something distinctly new to the tapestry of soul, Laville’s talent is too strong to remain a secret forever. "The Wanderer" was steered by the expert hand of Acid Jazz’s in-house producer Sir Tristan Longworth, built during the summer months with a crack team of musicians.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Easy
                                    Blood & Bone
                                    Giants
                                    Thirty One
                                    This City
                                    The Truth
                                    The Answer
                                    Love Shine
                                    What You Won’t Do For
                                    Love
                                    Wavy Love

                                    Various Artists

                                    Martin Freeman & Eddie Piller Present: Soul On The Corner

                                    Following 2018’s acclaimed "Jazz On The Corner" compilation, 2019 sees Martin Freeman team up with Acid Jazz’s renowned head honcho Eddie Piller once more, to present a veritable and personal collection of tracks. Compiled from the pair’s personal favourites, be it hearing on the radio, word of mouth or out DJ'ing - "Soul On The Corner" represents the entire gamut of soul from the sixties and seventies right up to the present as illustrated by the likes of Tommy McGhee and the Acid Jazz recent signee Laville.

                                    Opening with the inimitable Bobby Womack and "How Could You Break My Heart", as Piller explains; 'I never tire of hearing this record and have used regularly to close my DJ set, it’s a real hands-in-the-air moment.' Further cuts from the renowned and less well-known seamlessly complement each other - the smooth sultry jam of Laville’s "Thirty One" or the superbly nuanced slice of progressive soul in the shape of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77’s "Love Music". Piller’s selection transcends the rock / soul divide with "Never Gonna Give You Up" from former Impression Jerry Butler, adding: 'I plumped for this because I recalled the incredible response from The Black Keys’ version that I aired on the BBC’s Funk and Soul show.'

                                    No less varied is the choice of soul fan Martin Freeman, opening with the vintage ’68 soul with a twist of something rockier, Barbara Acklin’s "A Raggedy Ride" that he professes; 'is an unexpected gem that’s been a favourite of mine for forever.' Other picks arrive in the form of Georgie Fam’s cover of Bobby Womack’s "Daylight" that has Freeman enthusing; 'the original is a beaut. This is better.' Further inclusions come from The Supremes and The Wisdom Of Time, representing the mid-nineties contemporary soul scene is Lewis Taylor with "Lucky" that as Freeman asserts is; 'an epic tune.' Meanwhile, taken from their first self-titled album Earth, Wind & Fire’s "Fan The Fire" epitomizes the innovative nature of one of the most successful acts of all time and adds Freeman; 'this is a funky-as-hell cry for peace and love. Good lord, they were SO good.'


                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Patrick says: After hitting us with a choice selection of jazz cuts last year, deep digger, class actor and snappy dresser Martin Freeman and Acid Jazz head honcho Eddie Piller return with a collection of sweet modern soul sounds.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    CD:

                                    Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
                                    Willie Hutch – Lucky To Be Loved By You
                                    Tommy McGee – Now That I Have You
                                    Leroy Hutson – Positive Forces
                                    Laville – Thirty One
                                    Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77” – Love Music
                                    Pamoja – Oooh Baby
                                    Hot Chocolate – Brother Louie
                                    Goodie – You & I
                                    Patsy Gallant – It’ll All Come Around
                                    Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home
                                    The Reverend T.L Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
                                    Honey Cone – If I Can’t Fly
                                    Bobby Jukes – Just To Be With You
                                    The Modulations – Can’t Fight Your Love
                                    Jerry Butler – Never Give You Up
                                    Barbara Acklin – A Raggedy Ride
                                    Georgie Fame – Daylight
                                    Major Lance – I Just Can’t Help It
                                    Earth, Wind & Fire – Fan The Fire
                                    Lewis Taylor – Lucky
                                    Wayne Davis – I Like The Things About Me That I Once Despised
                                    The Supremes – The Wisdom Of Time
                                    Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
                                    Mille Jackson – It Hurts So Good
                                    Syreeta – I’m Going Left
                                    Curtis Mayfield– Miss Black America
                                    Tower Of Power – Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
                                    Brook Benton – Shoes
                                    Tommie Young – Hit And Run Lover
                                    Betty Wright – The Babysitter

                                    LP:

                                    Side A – Eddie Piller
                                    Bobby Womack – How Could You Break My Heart
                                    Willie Hutch – Lucky To Be Loved By You
                                    Tommy McGee – Now That I Have You
                                    Laville – Thirty One
                                    Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77” – Love Music
                                    Pamoja – Oooh Baby

                                    Side B – Eddie Piller
                                    Goodie – You & I
                                    Patsy Gallant – It’ll All Come Around
                                    Arnold Blair – Finally Made It Home
                                    The Reverend T.L Barrett And The Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
                                    Bobby Jukes – Just To Be With You
                                    Jerry Butler – Never Give You Up

                                    Side C – Martin Freeman
                                    Barbara Acklin – A Raggedy Ride
                                    Georgie Fame – Daylight
                                    Earth, Wind & Fire – Fan The Fire
                                    Lewis Taylor – Lucky
                                    Wayne Davis – I Like The Things About Me That I Once Despised

                                    Side D – Martin Freeman
                                    Donny Hathaway – Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
                                    Syreeta – I’m Going Left
                                    Curtis Mayfield– Miss Black America
                                    Tower Of Power – Don’t Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream)
                                    Brook Benton – Shoes
                                    Tommie Young – Hit And Run Lover
                                    Betty Wright – The Babysitter

                                    Leroy Hutson

                                    Feel The Spirit

                                      Deluxe reissue of Leroy Hutson’s 1976 album ‘Feel The Spirit’ featuring for the only time the Free Spirit Symphony. Released in the same year as the famous ‘Hutson II’, ‘Feel The Spirit’ includes popular tracks such as ‘Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)’ and ‘Lover’s Holiday’. Feel The Spirit is filled with energetic funky sounds, Hutson is the funk king and this reissue delivers all those amazing tracks we know and love.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      It’s The Music
                                      Let’s Be Lonely Together
                                      Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)
                                      A Lover’s Holiday
                                      Feel The Spirit (‘76)
                                      Don’t Let It Get Next To You
                                      Butterfat
                                      Feel The Spirit (‘76) Single Edit *

                                      * = CD Only Track

                                      Matt Berry

                                      Television Themes

                                        BAFTA award winning actor Matt Berry looks to his formative years in this fascinating and unique take on the TV themes that have influenced and inspired him in his life.

                                        Recorded in his brand new studio with his regular band The Maypoles, Matt tackles eleven classic themes including well known titles such as Are You Being Served, Rainbow, The Liver Birds & The Good Life alongside some less obvious choices such as Picture Box, Wildtrak & World In Action.




                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                        Barry says: Quite often, I find myself sitting in front of the tele, watching some TV classics and wondering how good this theme would be if it was covered by Steven Toast. Turns out that as ridiculous as it sounds, it's actually REALLY good. A little odd, perhaps but the combination of Berry & The Maypoles' ear for melody along with the classic and unmistakeable collection of tunes here, we have a definite win.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. Are You Being Served?
                                        2. The Good Life
                                        3. LWT
                                        4. Blankety Blank
                                        5. Top Of The Pops
                                        6. Picture Box
                                        7. The Liver Birds
                                        8. Thames Television
                                        9. Rainbow
                                        10. Doctor Who
                                        11. Wildtrak
                                        12. World In Action
                                        13. Sorry
                                        14. Open University 

                                        Leroy Hutson

                                        Unforgettable

                                          Acid Jazz comeplete their Leroy Hutson odyssey with his seventh and final album on Curtom Records. This 1979 LP finds the soul man in mostly disco mode, working his magic over an endless string of slick bass riffs, sizzling 4/4s and swooping strings. Amongst a whole lotta heat, the  soulful ‘Right Or Wrong’, storming ‘(You Put The) Funk In My Life’ and rare groove classic ‘So Nice’ all deserve special mention.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          Unforgettable
                                          (You Put The) Funk In My Life
                                          Right Or Wrong
                                          So Nice
                                          Lonely Without You
                                          More Where That Came From

                                          Leroy Hutson

                                          Closer To The Source

                                          This glorious deluxe reissue of Leroy Hutson’s 1978 masterpiece Closer To the Source is now here. Perfectly posed between the worlds of soul and club music, it features such favourites as Get To This (You’ll Get To Me), You’re A Winner and the title track. Remastered and reissued on Acid Jazz with the full cooperation of Leroy Hutson. It’s a pure classic, who can’t resist the smooth ways of Leroy Hutson? Holding his charm and ultimately catchy and lovable tracks this is the album for any collection!

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. In The Mood
                                          2. Where Did Love Go
                                          3. They’ve Got Love
                                          4. Get To This (You’ll Get To Me)
                                          5. Closer To The Source
                                          6. Heaven Right Here (On Earth)
                                          7. Everybody’s A Masterpiece
                                          8. You’re A Winner
                                          9. Where Did Love Go (Single Edit)
                                          10. In The Mood (Single Edit)
                                          11. Reality - CD Only Track

                                          Leroy Hutson

                                          The Man!

                                            Deluxe reissue of Leroy Hutson’s second album for Curtom Records ’The Man!’.

                                            One of the finest soul albums of 1974 featuring amongst others ‘Could This Be Love’, Ella Weez’ and Leroy’s own version of ‘The Ghetto ‘74’, Donny Hathaway's signature tune which Leroy wrote with Donny.



                                            Leon's Creation

                                            This Is The Beginning

                                              The first reissue of this private press late 1970 San Franciscan psychedelic soul masterpiece. Led by Leon Patillo, this self-contained group took their influences from Sly And The Family Stone and Santana. Patillo would later go on to sing with his heroes Santana on their ‘Borboletta’ and ‘Festival’ albums before establishing himself as a successful gospel singer.

                                              When Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller asked Martin Freeman (‘The Hobbit’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘The Office’) to do a jazz radio show they could hardly imagine the response. From around the world emails and tweets inundated the show and they swore to themselves that they couldn’t leave it there.

                                              Now, two years on, this compilation of their favourite jazz has arrived. From the rolling hard bop of Lee Morgan and Art Blakey, via screaming soul organ, jazz funk original acid jazz onwards to the post modern spiritual jazz of Kasami Washington, this is an incredible journey.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              2LP
                                              If You’re Going To The City - Mose Allison
                                              Sad Little Girl - Les Mccann
                                              Psychedelic - Lee Morgan
                                              Listen Here - Eddie Harris
                                              The Hipster - Harold Mcnair
                                              Kozo’s Waltz - Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
                                              Terra Firma Irma - Joe Gordon
                                              Now At Last - Blossom Dearie
                                              Mi Hermano - Blue Mitchell
                                              A Walk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith
                                              Get Up Off Your Knees - David Axelrod
                                              Sphynx - The Brand New Heavies
                                              Look At Me, Look At You - Marlena Shaw
                                              Trees And Grass And Things - Charles Williams
                                              Bend Your Head Down Low - Geogrey Stoner
                                              Chains - Blacks & Blues
                                              Just In Time To See The Sun - Leon Thomas
                                              Mother Of The Future - Norman Connors
                                              The Rhythm Changes - Kamasi Washington

                                              CD1 / DA (Martin’s Picks)
                                              If You're Going To The City - Mose Allison
                                              Terra Firma Irma - Joe Gordon
                                              Kozo's Waltz - Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers
                                              Listen Here - Eddie Harris
                                              Some Kinda Mean - Sam Jones
                                              Get Up Off Your Knees - David Axelrod
                                              Psychedelic - Lee Morgan
                                              A Walk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith
                                              Now At Last - Blossom Dearie
                                              Trees And Grass And Things - Charles Williams
                                              The Rhythm Changes - Kamasi Washington

                                              CD2 / DA (Eddie’s Choices)
                                              Bend Your Head Down Low - Geoffrey Stoner
                                              Just In Time To See The Sun - Leon Thomas
                                              Chains - Blacks & Blues
                                              Look At Me, Look At You -Marlena Shaw
                                              Sphynx - Brand New Heavies
                                              The Hipster - Harold Mcnair
                                              Sad Little Girl- Les Mccann
                                              Mi Hermano - Blue Mitchell
                                              Mother Of The Future - Norman Connors
                                              Cherrystones - Eugene Mcdaniels
                                              Bolivia - Ulf Sandberg

                                              Hutson, long revered on the soul scene for his production, songwriting and performace skills, was Curtis Mayfield’s heir apparent. First chosen by the great man to replace him in the Impressions, and then groomed for an extensive solo career on Curtis' own label, Curtom, Hutson was the real deal. The Hutson catalogue has not been available on any format for nearly two decades, so it's excellent news that Acid Jazz have begun a full scale reissue series in partnership with Leroy himself.
                                              Here we have a deluxe reissue of ‘Hutson II’. Often seen as a partner to the early ‘Hutson’, this is a highly sort after album and a high point of 1970s Chicago soul. Recorded at Curtom Studios, it features the all time classics ‘I Think I’m Falling In Love’, ‘Love The Feeling’ and ‘Don’t It Make You Feel Good’.

                                              TRACK LISTING

                                              Love The Feeling
                                              Situations (Instrumentals)
                                              I Do I Do (Want To Make Love To You
                                              I Think I’m Falling In Love
                                              Love To Hold You Close
                                              Flying High
                                              Blackberry Jam
                                              Sofunkstication
                                              Don’t It Make You Feel Good
                                              Positive Forces
                                              Blackberry Jam (Single Edit)

                                              Matt Berry

                                              Night Terrors

                                                Following last year’s ‘The Small Hours’ album, Matt Berry presents ‘Night Terrors’, a collection of various remixes, outtakes and alternate versions of tracks culled from ‘The Small Hours’ sessions.

                                                ‘Night Terrors’ is released through Acid Jazz Records and available on CD and digital download album.

                                                ‘Night Terrors’ features a remix of the title track courtesy of Warp Records recording artist Clark. As Berry explains, “being such a huge fan of Clarke’s work, it’s way beyond an honour that he’s spent time remixing one of my songs.”

                                                ‘Night Terrors’ also undergoes the remix treatment from Saint Etienne, whilst ‘Lord Above’ features a collaboration with Ivor Novello-nominated songwriter Pugwash and there are interpretations of Pink Floyd’s ‘Any Colour You Like’ and Zappa’s ‘Mr Green Genes’.

                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                Night Terrors (Saint Etienne Remix)
                                                Middle Of The East
                                                Angi
                                                Lord Above (Matt Berry Meets Thomas Walsh)
                                                Any Colour You Like
                                                Mr Green Genes
                                                Hey Little Girl
                                                Night Terrors (Clark Remix)

                                                Leroy Hutson

                                                Anthology 1972-1984

                                                  Acid Jazz pull a blinder here, delivering the definitive Leroy Hutson compilation – ‘Anthology 1972-1984’. A legend to soul fans, his catalogue has been increasingly sought after by collectors and producers since the last time it was widely available nearly 20 years ago. College friends and early collaborator with Donny Hathaway then hand-picked as Curtis Mayfield’s replacement in The Impressions, his solo career resulted in 7 albums for Mayfield’s Curtom label. They are considered some of the greatest of the era and the very best music from them is collected here. Licensed from Mr Hutson himself, this represents his first approved Anthology, and comes in a beautiful package with an essay by soul expert and Mojo award-winning writer Tony Rounce and memorabilia and photos from Mr. Hutson’s own personal archive. The first single lifted to preview the album – the previously unreleased ‘Positive Forces’ has been championed at 6Music by Gilles Peterson who described it as one of the most important discoveries of the past ten years.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Cool Out
                                                  All Because Of You
                                                  Don’t It Make You Feel Good
                                                  Love The Feeling
                                                  Positive Forces
                                                  Lucky Fellow
                                                  Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)
                                                  Love Oh Love
                                                  Ella Weez
                                                  Could This Be Love
                                                  So In Love With You
                                                  I Think I’m Falling In Love
                                                  Closer To The Source
                                                  Give This Love A Try
                                                  Right Or Wrong
                                                  Now That I Found You
                                                  Get To This (You’ll Get To Me)
                                                  Lover’s Holiday
                                                  Time Brings On A Change

                                                  Judy Dyble & Andy Lewis

                                                  Summer Dancing

                                                  Acid Jazz present Judy Dyble and Andy Lewis’s psychedelic folk collaboration ‘Summer Dancing’.

                                                  Dyble was the original vocalist in Fairport Convention, appearing on their self-titled debut, before joining Giles, Giles and Fripp and then recording the awesome UK psych masterpiece ‘Morning Way’ under the name Trader Horne with her then boyfriend Ian McDonald.

                                                  Andy Lewis was the original DJ at legendary Brit-pop club Blow Up, before recording his own albums for Acid Jazz and scoring a Top Forty hit with his collaboration with Paul Weller, ‘Are You Trying To Be Lonely?’ in 2007. After that he joined Weller’s band of which he was a member until the end of last year.

                                                  The album is made of the very stuff of British psychedelia, an obsession with childhood, the country and the city. It emerges from a place somewhere between Broadcast, the soundtrack to ‘The Wickerman’ and Stereolab.

                                                  The album is released at the time when Judy is very much involved in the celebrations for Fairport's 50th Anniversary and she will be appearing at their annual Cropredy Festival as both a solo artist and as part of Fairport Convention.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: Folk me, this is nice. Airy hippie vibes, hazy barbecues in the park, village fetes, bees all over the place. Not malicious ones, just normal nice bees. Warm pastoral acoustic guitars and swooning vox. Lovely.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Intro
                                                  He Said She Said
                                                  Up The Hill
                                                  Summer Dancing
                                                  These Words
                                                  A Message
                                                  Night Of 1000 Hours
                                                  London
                                                  My Electric Chauffeur
                                                  Treasure
                                                  The Day They Took The Music Away
                                                  Such Fragile Things
                                                  Summers Of Love
                                                  Tired Bones
                                                  The Weathermonger

                                                  Matt Berry

                                                  The Small Hours

                                                    Strange things can happen during the morning twilight. Mysterious shapes appear and play tricks on the mind but it is also when the magic happens. Emerging from the darkness, Matt Berry’s new album, ‘The Small Hours’ captures that awakening feeling and the moment all his wild imagination springs to life.

                                                    “‘The Small Hours’ is that time before dawn when we worry about things,” tells Matt of the album’s title and its beautifully complex and beguiling nature. “It can be an intensely quiet time so all your thoughts and fears can be amplified.”

                                                    It’s been 3 years since Tel Aviv’s indie-soul septet MONC released their debut LP “The North” on Acid Jazz Records. But make no mistake, they haven’t been resting. In the meantime they have released sold-out singles, an EP, and have toured Europe no less than five times! They visited Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic, and were met with excitement all over Europe’s Mod and Soul scene.

                                                    April of 2016 sees the release of their second studio album, titled “This City”, which is dedicated to their home town – Tel Aviv. In the album MONC infuse Northern Soul, Post-Punk and Rock'N'Roll influences into heady visions of the city’s buildings, streets, bedrooms, clubs and bars, while remaining dedicated to their brass section extravaganza and the three-minute pop-nugget charm.

                                                    The band have a fan in Craig Charles, who liked the album so much he’s hand-selecting 3 of his favourite tracks from the album on his BBC Funk & Soul Show and will invite listeners to phone in and vote for the “single”, which will then be released digitally by the band. He has also invited the band over from Tel Aviv for a live session in the station’s Manchester studios.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Running
                                                    2. Wendy Rene
                                                    3. All In
                                                    4. Boy
                                                    5. My Danish Girl
                                                    6. Forever Starts Tonight
                                                    7. I’m Com’un Home (In The Morn’un)
                                                    8. Lost Tobacco Road
                                                    9. 77
                                                    10. They Don’t Know
                                                    11. Let’s Get Away
                                                    12. Permanent Vacation

                                                    Whether you’re familiar with Matt’s Live shows or want to understand what they are like, this album takes you there! From the excited audience chatter to the clarity of his pulsing KORG, each element resonates with perfect clarity. Berry and The Maypoles' musical prowess shines through their prog-folk excursions and trombone flairs which are reminiscent of an early Acid Jazz release, all with the a nod to Berry's surreal and panoramic world-view.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. The Innkeeper’s Song
                                                    2. So Low
                                                    3. October Sun
                                                    4. Take My Hand
                                                    5. Sorry (Theme From)
                                                    6. Solstice
                                                    7. Snuff Box
                                                    8. Song For Rosie
                                                    9. Medicine
                                                    10. Devil Inside Me
                                                    11. The Pheasant

                                                    The four piece who consist of Tom Rowlett (vocals), Ben Deboo (guitar), Jamie Harris (bass) and Chris Mardon (drums) – home grown in Hoxton before the beards and pop-up cocktail bars arrived - have spent the last few years touring consistently, honing their classic yet contemporary sound. The result is a shockingly tight live band who are heading out on a month long UK tour in November. „We Paid For Blood‟ is the follow up to 2013's "Shimmer Gold" and sees them musically evolved, whilst still maintaining their raw power and melodies. The album has a much fuller sound – a mixture of The Clash, The La‟s, The Replacements, The Kinks and Captain Beefheart – although they are much more than the sum of their influences. Fired up by the political situation of 2015 (both personal and public) Rowlett uses these issues lyrically and enhances the urgency of the new record.

                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                    1. Intro
                                                    2. The Wolves
                                                    3. Stay Strange
                                                    4. Suburban Sex Dungeon
                                                    5. Your Lovely Wife
                                                    6. These Nights Were Made For Us
                                                    7. Borderline
                                                    8. We Paid For Blood
                                                    9. Heaven
                                                    10. Her Disappearing Act
                                                    11. Braggarts Regatta
                                                    12. You Deserve The World

                                                    Various Artists

                                                    Rare Mod: Volume 6

                                                      Acid Jazz Records proudly bring you the long-awaited newest edition to their Rare Mod compilation series. Rare Mod 6 brings a treasure of golden rarities from the swinging sixties that were previously lost to generations in the dusty storerooms of antiquity.

                                                      Recently discovered on acetate and quarter inch tape; Rare Mod 6 contains re-mastered gems from days gone by which are sure to satisfy every nostalgia-seekers “blast from the past” urges; a perfect edition to your Rare Mod collection.

                                                      Containing up-beat, mod tracks with a mix of classic sixties sounds, some of these tracks are so rare the artists remain a mystery. Listeners are invited to shed light on any of these ‘unknown mod bands’ if they can!

                                                      Other artists featured will be well known to Mod fans. Sharon Tandy, The Montanas and The Ossie Layne Show are all part of the Acid Jazz family!

                                                      Finally, the album contains a previously unreleased track from The Koobas recorded in 1967 which was used in “The Money Go Round” - a short film set in London’s banking district which featured the future Star Wars legend Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) as the male lead.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. The Penny Blacks – I’m Coming Home To You
                                                      2. Blinkers – Hello Blinkers
                                                      3. Denis Lotis – The Finger Points At You
                                                      4. The Koobas – Money Go Round
                                                      5. The Montanas – Miss McKenzie
                                                      6. The Roscoe James Good Good Band – Out Of Sight
                                                      7. Smokey Beare – Sunshine
                                                      8. The Unknown Mod Band - Help Me
                                                      9. The Ossie Layne Show – Higher And Higher
                                                      10. Paul West And Compass - Hey You
                                                      11. The Storytellers – Just A Friend '
                                                      12. The Montanas – (I've Been) Lonely Too Long
                                                      13. Sharon Tandy – The Spell Of Your Love (Demo)
                                                      14. The Max - Maharajah
                                                      15. The Society - Lonely Journey
                                                      16. Tony Rivers – Tomorrow's Children
                                                      17. Mr Hip Soul – Hold On I'm Coming

                                                      Having recently completed a Christmas special of The IT Crowd (Channel 4), his own series Toast Of London (Channel 4) Matt Berry currently features in Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s new series House Of Fools (BBC) – which has seen Matt described as “probably – the funniest person on television right now.“ by The Guardian. 

                                                      Far from being content with just acting, Matt released two critically-acclaimed records of idiosyncratic folklore pop 2011’s Witchazel and 2013‘s Kill The Wolf (an ablum descibed as “equal parts serious, beautiful, English & charming” by Josh Homme) It’s of little surprise that Matt‘s forever fertile mind has been affecting his sleep. About a year ago, found himself suffering from insomnia... but he turned the deprivation into a new expressive outlet: Music For Insomniacs. 

                                                      An album on which every note was recorded by Matt in solitary only during the nights at his flat. 

                                                      Cover art originally painted by Matt Berry.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      A. Music For Insomniacs Part I 
                                                      B. Music For Insomniacs Part II

                                                      Various Artists

                                                      Rare Mod Volume 5

                                                        The latest compilation, RM5 boasts twenty swinging rarities, including soul legend Sharon Tandy singing under an alias, a demo version of a freak-beat favourite, a track rumoured to be ‘the king of soul’, plus two tracks from two bands, containing two members who would eventually form one of the greatest seventies Glam bands ever – The Sweet:

                                                        The Montanas – Hey Diddle Diddle (Demo)
                                                        The Montanas formed in 1962 in Dudley and quickly established themselves as a top local beat group. In 1965 they secured a deal with Pye records and over the next four years issued a run of brilliant 45s including Roundabout, Top Hat and their magnum opus That’s When Happiness Begins, which will no doubt be familiar to all. Their contract with Pye had expired so they began recording new material in the hope of securing a new deal, which lead to MCA issuing the brilliant Hey Diddle Diddle as a 45, but featured here for the first time is the glorious demo version.

                                                        Debrah Aire – Don’t Be Proud
                                                        The mysterious Miss Debrah Aire was in fact the legendary Sharon Tandy recording under a pseudonym. Polydor records issued a version of Exodus - This Land is Mine by her under this name in 1966 but the follow up, that we feature here, was shelved and only recently rediscovered on white label test pressing.

                                                        The Troop - You’ll Call My Name
                                                        The Troop were from Harefield, Middlesex, and notable for the fact that their lead singer was future frontman with The Sweet, Brian Connolly. This was taken from what is thought to be the only surviving acetate.

                                                        The Dynamite Orchestra – Sh’Mon Part 2
                                                        Legend has it that Mr Dynamite is none other than the fabulous Mr. James Brown. It was in fact an American group called The British Walkers from Washington D.C. It was issued in the UK, on Guy Steven’s Sue Record label, and it has gone on to achieve legendary status on the mod scene.

                                                        The Army – Sugar
                                                        The Army are best known as the group that spawned future Sweet bass player/singer Steve Priest. In 1967 they cut two tracks that were never released including this cover of the Joe Tex hit Sugar.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        1. The Top Six – I’m A Man
                                                        2. The Montanas – Hey Diddle Diddle
                                                        3. Debrah Aire – Don’t Be Proud
                                                        4. Tommy Bishop – Suger Man
                                                        5. Unknown Mod Band – My Generation
                                                        6. Tony Colton – Train Train
                                                        7. Geno Washington – Rock My Baby
                                                        8. TJ Assembly – Something
                                                        9. The Troop – You’ll Call My Name
                                                        10. The March Hare – With My Eyes Closed
                                                        11. Phaethon’s Brethen – I Put A Spell On You
                                                        12. The Dynamite Orchestra – Sh’Mon Part 2
                                                        13. The Disturbance – Green Tamborine
                                                        14 Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – Private Number
                                                        15. Unknown Mod Band – She Is Better
                                                        16. All Night Workers – Look At A Granny Run Run
                                                        17. The Army – Sugar
                                                        18. Easy Virtue – Bye Bye Honey
                                                        19. Four Steps Beyond – Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
                                                        10. Jeff Curtis And The Flames – Route 66

                                                        Tony Christie

                                                        Now's The Time!

                                                          Tony Christie is fast approaching his 50th anniversary in music and to celebrate Acid Jazz put him back in the studio to make an album that takes him back to his musical roots.

                                                          "Now's The Time!" will be Tony Christie's nineteenth studio album over an illustrious career, which has taken him from Sheffield to Amarillo, and very much back again. It picks up from where the critically acclaimed album, "Made In Sheffield", left off.

                                                          Two years on and Tony Christie is again visiting his roots, although not geographical this time. He has spent time rediscovering the soul side of his early career, and has encompassed this into the recording of an incredible album, which was produced by friend, fan and one time collaborator, Richard Barrett from The All Seeing Eye. The album brings together the sound of northern soul, British beat and filmic soundtracks. Tracks like "Get Christie" (a re-work of the iconic theme from Get Carter) which features a collaboration with fellow 'Dee-Dar', Jarvis Cocker, other collaborations on the album come from Roisin Murphy amongst others.

                                                          The title track "Now's The Time!" shows Christie in a light that we haven't seen him in for 30 years, yet it seems more fashioned to him now more than ever. "This album has given me the opportunity to be the real me. What could be more exciting?" The rich production and original collection of songs, which testify Christie's high level of dexterity, are beautifully conceived and movingly delivered in a way that only Christie could furnish. Tony Christie has arguably made the album of his impeccable career showcasing his iconic status as one of Britain's greatest singers.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          1.Now's The Time!
                                                          2.Money Spider
                                                          3.7 Hills (feat. Roisin Murphy)
                                                          4. Nobody In The World
                                                          5.Steal The Sun
                                                          6.Longing For You Baby
                                                          7.Get Christie
                                                          8.Too Much Of The Sun
                                                          9. Key Of U
                                                          10.Workin' Overtime
                                                          11. I Thank You
                                                          12. Something Better

                                                          Trashmonkeys

                                                          Nobody

                                                            Anglo-Germanic four-piece The Trashmonkeys, return with a a new three track single "Nobody" which features two brand new tracks, "Wrong Education" and "Gone". Brash, rock'n'roll,combining 60s garage snarl and '77 punk derangement.


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