STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: Blasting out from the speakers is the exact sort of funk-disco grooves I like to hear. Dreamy vocals paired with the sensational underlying rhythm is perfect. This 7” is going to fly out so don’t wait around!
They brought everything together at home, organically forming this beautiful ambient folk tale during the island's idyllic summer evenings. After finishing the initial mixes on the island they brought the tapes up to Scotland and overdubbed with Strings, Oboe and Flute. Whether your 5 or 50, the charm and beauty of The Honeybear is undeniable,
Children fairytale book concept album
Limited Edition pressing
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: The Honeybear beautifully captures the soft mystical tones of this harrowing ambient folk album following their previous record 'Galaxies Like Grain Of Sand'. The inspiration behind the album of it being a children’s fairytale, you can immediately get the sense of the whimsical innocence by the lovely fluttering of string instruments.
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: Look no further for your new favourite funk single. Ice reveals this banging reissue to solve all the searching to be halted, this is the one you need. Smooth funky grooves and impressively swooning vocals, this is a dream.
STAFF COMMENTSSil says: Uptempo soulful disco banger alert. Will put a smile on your face. 100% dancefloor reaction.
STAFF COMMENTSMillie says: Possibly the most groovy and sharp seven inch you’ll hear this year, ultimate cool vibes over here.
Brazilian Soul / Funk scene of the 70s and early 80s, contributing to
compositions for bands such as Banda Black Rio , Tim Maia, Sandra de
Sá and many more. This, his only solo album has remained off the map
(unless your a collector of rare Brazilian vinyl) for ages.
An original will set you back an eyewatering £250, now, I like a laid back latin groove as much as the next homem but you have to draw the line in the sand somewhere. At that price you could get a cheap flight to Rio and dig out a copy yourself PLUS you'd also be able to spend your evening sipping on a Caipirinha as the sun sets on Impanema beach. Essentially what I'm saying is under no circumstance should you but this beautiful AOTN reissue, get yourself on Skyscanner and put some work in for a change...
'Don't you know I love you' is a new kid on the block on the Northern scene with O.G copies easily going for over $1000 and with good reason. It's a disco floater over some brilliant bass, that no home should be without this festive season. It'll certainly be on my soundtrack and will go especially well with an Old Fashioned, I think...
I could say that Michael Henderson has played with Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye AND Stevie Wonder.
Or that he might one of the most sampled bass players out there.
I could wax on about how much an original would set you back, about how AOTN have dug a little deeper so that you don't have to (they really should use that as a tag) or that your life will have a big seven inch hole in it this Christmas (careful...) if you don't take this monster home with you. Or I could just shut up and let the music do the talking for me, can you hear everyone else in the shop cheering?
Led by a piano player who's got to be first pick at The Celestial Being on their Friday night open mic spot (apologies if you're not actually dead, piano playing person) this is as joyous as disco can get and handily, you don't even need to believe to get down.
Twinkie was a Clark Sister before going out on her own and recording both these tracks for inclusion on her very hard to find and horribly expensive 'Ye Shall Receive Power' album in the early eighties. Once more AOTN dig deeper so that we don't have to...
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: If you're a fan of The Joubert Singers 'Stand On The Word' and let's be honest who isn't? Then Twinkie is for you, an uplifting slice of gospel disco that will have you speaking in tongues and feeding the 5000 from Leo's Fish Bar before you can say, Hallelujah!
You might remember Stones Throw reissuing said album about fifteen years ago (15!) or, if you're not using your bus pass yet, Now-Again reissuing their whole back catalogue in 2013.
Athens Of The North main man Yogi, has chosen his favourite tracks and cleaned them up for this cute seven inch which includes the original tv programme illustration on the centre. Limited to 500, as always this will be gone before you can say, 'what kind of a name is HOAGY?!'
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: Psyche funk a go go on the new Athens Of The North seven.If you didn't get the anthologies this is a perfect intro to their off kilter funky ways.
So here we are, a seven inch that only handful of copies are known to exist, a bass line that's dropped straight from heaven itself and a vocal that could raise the dead. If that trio of treats isn't enough to make you put your hand in your pocket, maybe the fact the Yogi tracked down Benita will and you can help put a smile on her face this Christmas...
A side 'Third Rock' has been remastered especially for this release. Originally released on a Cincinatti WEBN radio sampler in 1977 it's a dreamy soul classic underpinned by some of the funkiest bass guitar you're ever going to hear.
B side 'Wake Up' was originally released in 1976 and until now, never even sold on Discogs. A gorgeous slice of laid back, conscious soul, with a sweet, sweet vocal and Sylvia Striplinesque bass that will make any miserable Manchester Monday morning a better place to be.
Remastered and limited to 500 for the world. With no repress this won't be around for long, so, you know what to do.
Championed by Keb Darge and others on the deepfunk scene in the early 2000s, this record has remained agonisingly elusive, despite being very popular as both sides are brilliant. So, with the help of Symphonical records AOTN got in touch with Aaron to make it happen.
A side 'Stop' is carried by an ace Clavichord and a bass player schooled in the art of knowing that the notes you leave out are just as important as the ones you put in. It might be my favourite AOTN record of 2017 and that baby, is some stiff competition.
On the B we have 'Doin It Our Way', which has the best wah wah guitar this side of Jimi's 'Voodoo Chile' if that isn't enough to make you buy it then I'm wasting my time typing anything else. Awesome.
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: Athens Of The North keep bringing the heat, not that we need it in the shop at the moment. Underpinned by the baddest bass line I've heard this year, unmissable.
Worth the price of admission on it's own, 'The Way We Live' is one of those songs that, when you hear it for the first time, you can't imagine not having it in your life. It's by far the best soul record I've never heard, that I've heard in a very long time and I get to hear a LOT of soul records.
As with all Athens Of The North releases, blink and you'll miss it.
It isn't a straight up Northern dance floor foot stomper though, in fact, it's pretty psyche in places, having more in common with say, Shuggie Otis than your usual soul record.
Maybe it's because it can't be pinned down to one genre that it's blown up so much, Willie would sit comfortably in any set from soul to garage making it pretty much essential, again...
It's a perfect summer record that will soundtrack your rainy, gale force wind, barbeque with aplomb.
AOTN managed to secure the master tapes from original writer George Rivera so it sounds as good, if not better, as the day it was recorded.
Huge on the early seventies deep funk scene and newly remastered this is a biggie.
Featuring a bass line so fat, type two diabetes has got a songwriting credit, this is funk at its most dance floor friendly, originals have gone for nearly £600 which works out at around 20 quid a minute, now that's my kind of hourly rate.
500 for the world folks and we all know what that means...
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: It's called Simple Song for a reason. Big bass line, fat horn stabs. It's the most obvious thing on AOTN in ages and it ROCKS.
If you're the kind of guy/gal who thinks nothing of blowing £180 on a singular seven inch then stop reading now, I have nothing to say that you'll find interesting. If however, you're like me and find the prospect of forking out the best part of 200 quid on one record, that's barely three minutes long, both suicidal and the possible catalyst for the breakdown in relations with your loved one then read on because I've got great news.
Our good friends at Athens Of The North have saved us all £169 (ish) and reissued this sexy slice of synth heavy, boogie so that you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home without the prospect of being locked out of it and having to spend the night on your best friends couch.
Also, Henry is alive and well and WANTS you to buy his record and well, when a record is this good, it would be churlish not to...
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: We love a bit of boogie here at Piccadilly and this is as good as it gets, each record comes with a free bottle of Soul Glo.*
*Does not come with free bottle of Soul Glo
Good quality quarter inch recordings from 1977 are thin on the ground so I can only imagine AOTN delight when this turned up. So, sit back grab a beer and transport yourself back to Saturday evening, 20 August 1977.
This is one of those buy now or regret it later records, so, buy it now, it's guaranteed to make the sun come out when you play it.
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: If ever we needed a great boogie record that shines a light of love and hope on the world, we need it now. Great for the dancefloor and the soul, buy it now before Donald Trump bans it.
STAFF COMMENTSPatrick says: Athens Of The North go scrumping in Jacksonville's Cypress Studios and score a pair of previously unreleased disco-funk bombs from Fruit. Mouthwatering stuff!
So, let's all drop to our knees and worship at the reissue altar. Courtesy of the indispensible Athens Of The North you can now own this holy grail of jazz funk for a mere £10 (ish), just think of all the good things you can buy with the £240 I've just saved you, really, it's fine, thank me later...
Our friends in (athens of) the north have cherry picked the best tracks off that long forgotten album and reissued them on every funk lovers favourite format, the glorious 7 inch.
So, get down people, to the spaced out, trippy, disco funk of Strange and make a bunch of old dudes in Rochester NY that little bit happier and that little bit wealthier.
But, fear not, thanks to the good folks at Athens Of The North here's the very reasonably priced, official cd release.
Usually I find that 'long lost' albums have been lost for a reason but 'Portrait Of A Gemini' is jaw dropping brilliant. Not unlike Marlena Shaw's stuff from around the same time, it features brilliant covers of Gil Scott Heron's 'Lady Day And John Coltrane' and Marvin's 'What's Goin On'.
Now, where's the vinyl reissue?
"Hot group, NOBODY, definitely going somewhere!
During the 1960s the American popular music scene was overtaken and dominated throughout most of the decade by a creative surge emanating from Detroit. "The Sound Of Young America" was Motown. As Motown declined another inspired voice took up the slack. Under the direction of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International, aka "The Sound Of Philadelphia" (TSOP), became the new voice under the early and mid-70s.
As is becoming quite apparent, the 1980s belong to the Twin Cities. Most people thought it would stop with Prince. It hasn't. A new band called Nobody is making sure that it doesn't. And although the group has been wrapped in mystery ever since they started just four months ago, their recently released demo tape (which will shortly be pressed on vinyl) is a monster that has music insiders buzzing with enthusiasm, "Right now nobody knows who we are. Once we become established, however, we will be casting a highly creative shadow that will be profound, and that other people will have to live up to," says the group.
The band has seven members: two vocalists-one male and two keyboard players, one guitar, bass and drums. All but one of the members are from the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, providing how fertile our sometimes mild little town can be. They've all had a diverse amount of experience-from jazz to funk - but their music doesn't fit any particular category. Some of Nobody's members even started out in the church, which gave their music a genuinely soulful feeling that can't be denied.
Nobody was primarily put together by the female lead vocalist; a lady who's sung with manyTwin City jazz and gospel greats. But beyond anything else the band is a team. A team with a mission. A mission to bring quality music to the community. Many of you will soon get to judge the sounds of their debut songs for yourself. KMOJFM is getting ready to add the single "I Saw You" to its playlist, and WLOL's music director said he "loved it." Along with the airplay will be an appearance on Scott Thompson's "Showcase" on KWTN
Meanwhile the group's manager, Jordanna Gold is keeping busy on both coasts attempting to hook up a deal with one of the major labels for this dynamic, multi-talented group that many people say will be busting out by grammy time."
After coming out of the service the band reformed straight away. Despite apparent opportunities afforded by hard-earned major management and recording deals, the 1970s seemed to consist of little more than rare peaks of spiritual reward among expanses of misfortune. Whole album recordings were shelved following ownership squabbles between Motown and Atlantic, master tapes vanished seemingly forever and heavy nationwide touring schedules were endured without profit, the group even travelling a thousand miles to one venue they found closed due to race-riots there the day before. While supporting The Impressions in a hometown stadium, Paul was dragged offstage by overzealous front-row fans and had half the beard torn from his face. Hence the group being renamed after the infamous Rasputin. He was, as Paul plainly states: "a man very hard to kill."
Luck eluded them still. The official new name of the band, now an eight-piece, was actually Rasputin Stash. However, after finally having inked a solid album deal with Atlantic's Cotillion subsidiary in 1971, the band's mood was blighted anew as industry members struggled with its pronunciation. A label executive mistakenly added the apostrophe and 's' on its first release and the band got stuck with an irksome misnomer for the remainder of its career. The two evergreen, soulful funk albums the band recorded, an eponymous debut and 1974's 'The Devil Made Me Do It' on Gemigo Records, are rightfully hailed as classics of their day and sold respectably, but without furnishing the band with fiscal dues. An increasingly weathered Coleman would eventually drag the band's contract home to Chicago once more, to Curtis Mayfield's own Curtom imprint, for a couple of single releases around 1977 - but with another renaming of the band, to R-Stash. Before too long the Stash, however it was spelled, was spent. Paul would form another local group, Crystal Winds, for one superb, independently-released 1984 album before slipping unceremoniously out of the broader public eye and into the realms of the obscure.
The previously unheard mid-1970s recordings here, lifted from two disparate sessions, are ostensibly a third and perfectly-realised Rasputin Stash album, if only one of several we might have otherwise heard. Well-earthed, but with a honed commercial polish, it stands as testament to the drive and talent of someone whose travails might have felled a lesser man.
Paul, whose spirits have been renewed by a flurry of recent rediscovery and interest, is still indefatigably working for anyone who wants his music and now fully understands the achievements of which he can be justifiably proud: "One: being able and lucky enough to record your ideas and emotions on wax for the world to experience. Two: a legacy, very important. Three: to have gained the knowledge and experience to call myself, and to be, a good musician. I still keep the dream going by writing and programming my tail off in hopes to get great music to other artists. Causing or creating interest in the music industry and signing contracts is an achievement that many never, ever experience. These types of achievements, I guess, are the things that keep musicians going in a world of uncertainty."
- The holy grail lost scottlish post punk LP - Extensive Sleeve Notes by Music and Theature writer Neil Cooper'
- Additional Sleeve notes by Jo Callis (Human League /Rezillos) and Mark Hagen (BBC Radio)
- Original first edition artwork in hand made tip-on sleeve
2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the production of the 'Black Fairy' album. "Black Fairy" was the second play / musical produced at the La Mont Zeno Community Theater, a cultural program of the Better Boys Foundation, a family agency located in North Lawndale in Chicago. The play is a musical drama about a Black Fairy who lacks pride in herself and feels she has nothing to offer black children. But when she meets Black Bird and Queen Mother (who take her to ancient Egypt, East Afrika, a southern slave plantation and the streets of Harlem) she begins to get a better understanding of her heritage. Her journey through the past enables Black Fairy to meet Aesop, Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Uncle Remus, Stag-o-lee, Leadbelly, and many other characters in Black folklore and Black history. At the end of her journey, Black Fairy realizes that "being Black is nothing to be ashamed of" and is then able to share her knowledge with other Black children. The dialogue is interspersed with some seriously good jazz-funk and spiritual jazz tracks. The play proved to be such a hit that the show was recorded live and released as an album by Taifa Records in 1975. Athens Of The North have done some serious research and gained the rights for this reissue.
FORMAT INFORMATIONCD Info: First ever release on CD.
STAFF COMMENTSDavid says: Athens Of The North is a great reissue label and this really is brilliant. Latin boogie at it's best.
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