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Os Mutantes

World Psychedelic Classics 1: Everything Is Possible: The Best Of Os Mutantes - 2023 Reissue

    The mid to late 1960s in Brazil produced the creative arts and music movement Tropicalia, of which the band Os Mutantes were the most outrageous. Their creative cannibalism produced psychedelic gems unlike anything happening anywhere at the time. They were exactly what their name implies - a mutant genetic recombination of of elements of John Cage, The Beatles (circa "Sgt Pepper") and bossa nova. This collection brings together the best tracks from the four albums they released between 1968 and 1971; "Os Mutantes", "Mutantes", "A Divina Cemedia Ou Ando Meio Desligado" and "Jardim Eletrico".

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Ando Meio Desligado
    A2. Ave, Lúcifer
    A3. Dia
    A4. Baby (1971)
    A5. Fuga No. II
    A6. Cantor De Mambo
    A7. Adeus, Maria Fulô
    B1. Desculpe, Babe
    B2. El Justiciero
    B3. Panis Et Circenses
    B4. A Minha Menina
    B5. Bat Macumba
    B6. Le Premier Bonheur Du Jour
    B7. Baby (1968)

    Various Artists

    Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical Compiled By David Byrne - 2023 Reissue

      Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical was Luaka Bop’s first release, and in many ways it started the trend to compile music from other places. Here’s what the guy who put this retrospective together has to say about it: Wow when did this first come out? 1989? Over 30 years ago! I listened to some of the songs yesterday and, well, they hold up, they’re truly timeless songs. Beauty can be pointed. -David Byrne, March 2021

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      I. Ponta De Lanca Africano (Umbabarauma) - Jorge Ben
      2. Sonho Meu - Maria Bethania E Gal Costa
      3. Só Quero Um Xodó - Gilberto Gil
      4. Um Canto De Afoxé Para O Bloco Do Ilê (Ilê Ayê) - Caetano Veloso
      Side B
      I. O Leãozinho - Caetano Veloso
      2. Caçada - Chico Buarque
      3. Cálice - Chico Buarque
      4. Equatorial - Lô Borges
      5. San Vicente - Milton Nascimento
      Side C
      I. Quilombo, O El Dorado Negro - Gilberto Gil
      2. Caramba! ...galileu Da Galileia - Jorge Ben
      3. Caixa De Sol - Nazaré Pereira
      4. Maculelê - Nazaré Pereira
      5. Queixa - Caetano Veloso
      Side D
      I. Andar Com Fé - Gilberto Gil
      2. Fio Maravilha - Jorge Ben
      3. Anima - Milton Nascimento

      Susana Baca

      Espiritu Vivo - 20th Anniversary Edition

        The tracks on this album may arouse a number of emotions; they were not sung purely for the pleasure of making music, but to convey, with drama and joy, that life is stronger than ever and continues with a live Spirit... Recorded in New York after 9/11 in front of a small audience, Espíritu Vivo marries Susana Baca’s wonderful vocals and Peruvian backing band with the downtown sounds of John Medeski and guitarist Marc Ribot—for a recording that transcends time and place, with Baca giving every iota of herself to the music. This is the 20th anniversary edition, on vinyl for the very first time.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. La Noche Y El Día
        2. Si Me Quitaran...
        3. Caracunde
        4. El Fusil Del Poeta
        5. Se Me Van Los Pies
        6. 13 De Mayo
        7. Toro Mata
        8. Afro-blue/zum Zum
        9. The Anchor Song

        Waldemar Bastos

        Pretaluz - 25th Anniversary Edition

          Artist waldemar bastos was recorded and produced by arto lindsay and david byrne in new york. Its title, which means “blacklight” in portuguese, is a hint to the powerful sorrow the music holds: pretaluz is an elegiac response to the angolan civil war, drawing on influences near and far like the fado, semba, zouk, and morna, to create indelible songs. “with his dramatic pauses and dynamic vibrato rising above subtle rhythms picked out on nylon-string guitars, everything mr. Bastos sings emerges as a lament of enormous sadness,” wrote the times.

          Now on vinyl for the very first time, this limited 25th anniversary edition of pretaluz is a contender for the best-sounding record on luaka bop.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Sofrimento
          2. Rainha Ginga
          3. Muxima
          4. Kuribôta
          5. Morro Do Kussava
          6. Minha Família
          7. Menina
          8. Querida Angola
          9. Kanguru

          Pharoah Sanders

          Pharoah

            With Pharoah Sanders’ blessing, we present the definitive, remastered version of Pharoah, his seminal record from 1977, in an embossed 2 LP box set. Alongside the original record, we’re including two previously unreleased live performances of his masterpiece, “Harvest Time," and a 24-page booklet with rarely seen photographs and ephemera, which tell the story of this album and this moment in Pharoah’s life in a way that has never been done before—including through interviews with many of the participants and a conversation with Pharoah himself.

            For those of you who already know this record, then you know that its origin story is as elusive as Pharoah was about everything Pharoah. It was born out of a misunderstanding between him and the India Navigation producer Bob Cummins, and was recorded when he was at a crossroads in his career with an unlikely crew. Among them was a guitarist who was also a spiritual guru, an organist who would go on to co-write and produce “The Message,” and a classically trained pianist—his wife at the time, Bedria Sanders—who played the harmonium despite never having seen one. At times ambient and serene, at others funky and modal, PHAROAH radically departed from his earlier work. And it became beloved.

            Last fall, we were working with Pharoah on this project when he unexpectedly passed away. At first, it was hard to know what to do. We loved him, and the reason you do all of this is not solely for the music, but also for the person who made it. It’s their personality, their humor, and their wishes that drive you forward. So, we decided to go deep into the research. We set out to create something that showed Pharoah and his music in a new light.

            Over the next few months, we’re going to share with you all the amazing things we found, from personal photos of Pharoah to newspaper clippings that people saved in their time capsules. (Sign up at the link in our bio to get updates.) And we’re going to share the live versions of “Harvest Time,” which turn the original piece on its head.

            For seasoned listeners and new acolytes both, Pharoah will never sound the same.

            TRACK LISTING

            2LP
            Pharoah
            A1. Harvest Time
            B1. Love Will Find A Way
            B2. Memories Of Edith Johnson
            Harvest Time Live 1977
            C1. Harvest Time Live – Version 1
            D1. Harvest Time Live – Version 2

            CD1 - Pharoah
            1. Harvest Time
            2. Love Will Find A Way
            3. Memories Of Edith Johnson
            CD2 - Harvest Time Live 1977
            1. Harvest Time Live – Version 1
            2. Harvest Time Live – Version 2

            The Staples Jr. Singers

            When Do We Get Paid - 2023 Reissue

              The Staples Jr. Singers were part of a vanguard of soul gospel artists in the 1970s that broke from tradition to testify with the groove. They found their inspiration in the secular music they heard on the radio, and wrote songs that were nothing but stone cold soul.

              Like many gospel groups at the time, they were a family band: The Browns from Aberdeen, Mississippi. Annie was 11, A.R.C was 12, and Edward was 13 when they got their start, building a reputation by playing school talent shows and front yards in tow.

              “We were so strange and we were so young,” says Edward Brown, “and a lot of people didn’t understand that.”

              Every weekend, they would pile into their family van and travel across the Bible Belt, performing sometimes as many as three shows in a single day. Back then, the South was desegregated on paper but not always in practice, and the Staples Jr. Singers weren’t always sure what kind of welcome they would receive—whether a new audience would embrace them, whether local restaurants would serve them.

              Forty years, three generations, and countless performances later, the original members of the Staples Jr. Singers are still on the circuit, performing almost every weekend at local churches as the Brown Singers and the Caldwell Singers. While they’ve written an entire catalog of gospel music since 1975’s When Do We Get Paid, for the Staples Jr. Singers, the incantatory funk of this music still holds the power to help make a way out of dark and troubled times.

              “I can be a witness,” Annie says, “Back then you could feel it. You were basing it on yourself. These are the songs that are really going to take us over.”


              TRACK LISTING

              1.Get On Board
              2. I Know You’re Going To Miss Me
              3. I’m Looking For A Man
              4. I’m Going To A City
              5. Somebody Save Me
              6. Trouble Of The World
              7. Waiting For The Trumpet To Sound
              8. I Feel Good
              9. When Do We Get Paid
              10. On My Journey Home
              11. Too Close
              12. Send It On Down
              13. I Got A New Home

              Tom Zé

              Brazil Classics 5: The Hips Of Tradition - The Return Of Tom Zé (Repress)

                Brazil Classics 5: The Hips of Tradition, comes in a limited Amazon Green edition.

                Here’s what you have in store: Household appliances and tools in arrangements with horns, strings, “prepared” guitars (punctuated by grunts, screams and other wild percussion), all melded with eccentric metaphorical lyricism.

                Tom Zé

                Brazil Classics 4: The Best Of Tom Zé - Massive Hits (Repress)

                  Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé Massive Hits, comes in a limited Brazilian Blue gatefold edition.

                  Here’s what you have in store: Household appliances and tools in arrangements with horns, strings, “prepared” guitars (punctuated by grunts, screams and other wild percussion), all melded with eccentric metaphorical lyricism.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Mã
                  A2. O Riso E A Faca
                  A3. Toc
                  A4. Tô
                  A5. Um “oh!” E Um “ah!”
                  A6. Ui! (você Inventa)
                  A7. Cademar
                  A8. Só (solidão)
                  B1. Hein?
                  B2. Augusta, Angélica E Consolação
                  B3. Dói
                  B4. Complexo De Épico
                  B5. A Felicidade
                  B6. Vai (Menina, Amanhãde Manhã)
                  B7. Nave Maria

                  Alice Coltrane

                  World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda - 2023 Repress

                    As some of you may know, Alice Coltrane was a legendary pianist, composer, spiritual leader, and the wife of John Coltrane, the most venerated and influential saxophonist in the history of jazz. In 1967, four years after meeting John, he died of liver cancer, leaving Alice a widow with four small children. Bereft of her soul mate, Alice suffered sleepless nights and severe weight loss. At her worst, she weighed only 95 pounds. She had hallucinations in which trees spoke, various beings existed on astral planes, and the sounds of “a planetary ether” spun through her brain, knocking her into a frightening unconsciousness.

                    The critical event of this period was not that Alice fell into the nadir of her existence, but rather that she experienced tapas, a vital period of trial. These tapas (a Sanskrit term she used to describe her suffering) helped prepare Alice for the spiritual ally she found in Swami Satchidananda, an Indian guru, with whom Alice made her first trip to India. On her second trip there, Alice had a revelation instructing her to abandon the secular life and become a spiritual teacher in the Hindu tradition – so she moved out West – eventually opening the Shanti Anantam Ashram on 47 acres she’d bought in Agoura Hills, California.

                    Music was the foundation of Alice’s spiritual practice. From the mid 1980’s to mid 1990’s, Alice Coltrane self-released four brilliant cassette albums. These cassettes contained a music she invented, inspired by the gospel music of the Detroit churches she grew up in, mixed together with the Indian devotional music of her religious practice, and even finds Alice singing for the first time in her recorded catalog. Originally only made available through her ashram, they are her most obscure body of work and possibly the greatest reflection of her soul.

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Om Rama
                    2. Om Shanti
                    3. Rama Rama
                    4. Rama Guru
                    5. Hari Narayan
                    6. Journey To Satchidananda
                    7. Er Ra
                    8. Keshava Murahara
                    9. Krishna Japaye*
                    10. Rama Katha

                    Shoukichi Kina

                    Asia Classics 2: The Best Of Shoukichi Kina - Peppermint Tea House

                      It’s been thirty years since we originally released this retrospective from the Okinawan icon Shoukichi Kina. There’s a lot we could say about the legendary Kina and his influence on popular Japanese music but we’ll let Ry Cooder, who’s featured on most of the songs here, take it away:

                      “I first met Shoukichi Kina in 1979. David Lindley and I were on tour in Japan, and were getting well worn out. Kina and a translator met up with us in Osaka and we all sat down in the lobby of this giant tourist hotel, which Kina hated. He just sat there, staring straight ahead, saying nothing for an hour.

                      One year later, a round-trip plane ticket to Hawaii came in the mail, with a note that read: “ALA MOANA HOTEL, COMMERCIAL RECORDING STUDIO, PLEASE. KINA.”

                      Kina had a habit of throwing himself down onto the floor and kicking his feet when he liked a playback. I remember thinking, this beats “one more for us, guys!” When Kina’s wife, Tomoko, put down the vocal on “Flowers For You Heart,” he lay down and stayed down, making the engineer play it back over and over until he had wrung himself out—a real playback party, Okinawan style. Right about then you know you’re ready to start recording for real, but it never works out that way. You squeeze off one or two, say adios, and go to the house. Then later, maybe four people discover your little contribution, and then someone wants to reissue the album and there you go.” - Ry Cooder, 1993

                      TRACK LISTING

                      SIDE A
                      1 Jing Jing
                      2 Hana No Kajimaya
                      3 Celebration
                      4 Mimichiri Bozu/Danju Kariyushi
                      5 Don-Don Bushi
                      6 Zorba De Buddha
                      SIDE B
                      1 Basha-Gua Suncha
                      2 Crazy Kacharsee
                      3 Subete No Hito No Kokoro Ni
                      4 Haisai Ojisan
                      5 Eternally Ecstasy
                      6 Iyunu-Pri
                      7 I-Yah-Hoy!

                      Vijaya Anand

                      Asia Classics 1: The South Indian Film Music Of Vijaya Anand - Dance Raja Dance

                        You won’t hear Vijaya Anand sing on this record. Nor will you hear him play any of the instruments. He is the invisible presence behind each of these songs. He’s the Musical Director, here to dream up sequences and carefully produce sophisticated South Indian pop perfection.

                        Anand was part of the first wave to use electronic instruments in Indian film scores. Almost all sung in glorious Telugu. Thirty years after its original release, Asia Classics 1: The South Indian Film Music of Vijaya Anand - Dance Raja Dance is available on vinyl for the first time.



                        TRACK LISTING

                        SIDE A
                        1 Aatavu Chanda Dancing Is Beautiful
                        2 Naane Maharaja I Am The Emperor
                        3 Aase Hechchagide Desire Soars Up High
                        4 Prema Rudaayade Loving Hearts
                        5 Neeve Nanna Only You Were Mine
                        SIDE B
                        1 Ellellu Preethi Love Is Everywhere
                        2 Ba Ennalu When I Say Come
                        3 I Love You, Yenthare I Said I Love You
                        4 Dheem Thana Thana Nana
                        5 Nalleya Savimathe Lover You Speak Beautiful Words
                        6 Yerida Gunginalli The Drink That Has Gone Up

                        Alhaji Waziri Oshomah And His Traditional Sound Makers

                        Vol. 2

                          On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) retrospective, World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite — returns with Vol. 2.

                          Along with the other four volumes of the series, Vol. 2 is now available—for the very first time!—as part of a complete set (in a box): Vol 1 - 5 (1978 - 1985) (November 4, 2022).

                          Waziri hails from a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afemailand, known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live—and dance—together. And there, as a devout Muslim and an exemplar of religious piety in his community, Waziri’s music fuses Etsako/Afemai folk styles with pan-Nigerian highlife and pop to create a sublime vehicle for his Islamic philosophy that gets everyone—Muslims, Christians, whoever—on the dancefloor.

                          Vol. 2 focuses on Waziri’s illustrious mid-career output—the music he created during the years leading up to and after he performed his first hajj. Every song here (one of which you might recognize from The Muslim Highlife) strikes his signature balance of traditional music, highlife, and funk, as he entreats you to stay on the straight and narrow, though there’s nothing straight about his beat.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          A1. Alhaji Yesufu Sado – Managing Director - Alhaji Y. Sado & Sons Ltd.
                          B1. Chief J. Aigbokhaode Electrical Contractor – Ikhin – Benin
                          B2. Ikwekiame Nedumhe

                          Alhaji Waziri Oshomah And His Traditional Sound Makers

                          Vol. 1

                            On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) retrospective, World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite — returns with Vol. 1.

                            Along with the other four volumes of the series, Vol. 1 is now available—for the very first time!—as part of a complete set (in a box): Vol 1 - 5 (1978 - 1985) (November 4, 2022).

                            Waziri hails from a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afemailand, known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live—and dance—together. And there, as a devout Muslim and an exemplar of religious piety in his community, Waziri’s music fuses Etsako/Afemai folk styles with pan-Nigerian highlife and pop to create a sublime vehicle for his Islamic philosophy that gets everyone—Muslims, Christians, whoever—on the dancefloor.

                            Vol. 1 focuses on Waziri’s illustrious mid-career output—the music he created during the years leading up to and after he performed his first hajj. Every song here (one of which you might recognize from The Muslim Highlife) strikes his signature balance of traditional music, highlife, and funk, as he entreats you to stay on the straight and narrow, though there’s nothing straight about his beat.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Forgive Them Oh God Amin -- Amin
                            2. Emoi Khakiegwi Aghumheile
                            3. Igwegi Baba
                            4. Iyuchele Opomumhe 

                            The Staples Jr. Singers

                            Tell Heaven

                              Down across the railroad tracks, on a narrow road called Church Street in West Point, Mississippi, there’s a windowless brick building that’s been converted into a house of worship called The Message Center. One chilly January morning, the original members of a little-known gospel group from Aberdeen, Mississippi, called the Staples Jr. Singers gathered there to play some of their early songs for the first time in nearly 50 years.

                              Many of these songs, which they wrote when they were just teenagers, first appeared on their only full-length release in 1975, When Do We Get Paid (Luaka Bop, 2022), but none have been revisited—until now.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              A1 When Do We Get Paid (In Full)
                              B1 Somebody Save Me
                              B2 I’m Looking For A Man
                              B3 Tell Heaven

                              Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

                              World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife Of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah

                                Alhaji Waziri Oshomah begins his sermon before a dancing crowd. His lyrics warn about the vice of jealousy but the congregation is here to get down. We’re in a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afenmailand, which is known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live and dance together. The atmosphere is one of enjoyment, excitement, and pleasure, because to see Waziri perform is to be addressed, body and soul.

                                He’s the creator of a unique dance music that’s fused with local folk styles, highlife, and Western pop, and imbued with Islamic values— and he’s the greatest entertainer in all of Edo State.

                                They call him the Etsako Super Star.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                CD
                                1. Forgive Them Oh God Amin – Amin
                                2. Jealousy
                                3. Alhaji Yesufu Sado Managing Director
                                4. Omhona - Omhona
                                5. Ovini Omoekeke Alhaji Inu Umoru
                                6. Okhume Ukhaduame
                                7. My Luck Feat. Madam Hassanah Waziri And Her Velvet Voice

                                2LP
                                A1. Forgive Them Oh God Amin – Amin
                                A2. Jealousy
                                B1. Alhaji Yesufu Sado Managing Director
                                C1. Omhona - Omhona
                                C2. Ovini Omoekeke Alhaji Inu Umoru
                                D1. Okhume Ukhaduame
                                D2. My Luck Feat. Madam Hassanah Waziri And Her Velvet Voice

                                Pastor Champion

                                I Just Want To Be A Good Man

                                  This album is a tribute to Pastor Wylie Champion, who died while we were in the process of releasing this, his first record, and his wife, Mother Champion, who died a few months earlier.

                                  We met Pastor Champion a few years ago while we were putting together another release, The Time for Peace Is Now: Gospel Music About Us. We found him in a collection of YouTube videos from the 37th Street Baptist Church in Oakland, California, put together by the pastor there, Bishop Dr. W.C. McClinton. There was quite a lot of talent in those videos, and among them was Pastor Champion whom we liked so much that we decided to make a record with him.

                                  Pastor Champion wasn’t like any other pastor you’ve ever met. As an itinerant preacher, a carpenter, and a father of five, he made a name for himself traveling up and down the California coast with his electric guitar. He travelled alone and he played alone, well into his seventies. The easiest way to describe him would be as an outsider gospel artist. Other than these bare facts, we never learned much about him—except that he was also the brother of the well-known soul singer Bettye Swann. In fact, most of what we knew about him we got from his sister’s Wikipedia page.

                                  We decided that because we met Champion through the 37th Street Baptist Church, we would record him there too. We recorded him live on a two-track Nagra reel to reel, as we wanted the album to be analog in the style of traditional gospel recordings. Over the course of two evenings (when the workday was done), Champion taught his band—musicians who had never played together before—a handful of songs, a small selection of the nearly 2,000 fragments of songs and sermons that he regularly performed. We listened in as they all got more familiar with the material and each other over time.

                                  At some point, we mentioned to Champion that he would have to be interviewed by someone to write notes for the album. He wasn’t too pleased with this idea, saying he’d had a hard life and he didn’t want to talk about it. Over the next few months, we kept asking Champion to talk to someone about his life. He told us that he didn’t want to talk about growing up in Louisiana, his mother being accosted by the Klan, or that his father was a gambler. He didn’t want to talk about being jailed for 90 days for using a whites only bathroom, being in gangs or having a street name. We told him that was fine—he could talk about what he wanted to talk about. And he told us that he didn’t want to talk about anything.

                                  You know, there are times when you make a record where it’s already made in your mind before you start. But then in the end, the record you thought you were making is not the record you made. We spent years puzzling over this one, trying to figure out what it was saying, who it was for, and how to get people to pay attention to it.

                                  But Champion knew that this record wasn’t going to be for everyone. He didn’t really care. The important part for him was just getting the message out there in the same way that he always had, travelling alone with his electric guitar. “I want to say what I mean,” he said, “be practical, precise, to the point, and, at the same time, diplomatic.” In other words, he just wanted to be a good man.

                                  God bless Pastor Champion and Mother Champion, peace be with them and their family. Love to all

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  01 / A1. Intro
                                  02 / A2. I Know That You’ve Been Wounded (Church Hurt)
                                  03 / A3. He’ll Make A Way (Trust In The Lord)
                                  04 / A4. Talk To God
                                  05 / A5. In The Name Of Jesus (everytime)
                                  06 / B1. To Be Used By You (I Want To Be A Good Man)
                                  07 / B2. Who Do Men Say I Am?
                                  08 / B3. Storm Of Life (Stand By Me)
                                  09 / B4. In The Service Of The Lord
                                  10 / B5. I Just Want To Be A Good Man (To Be Used By You) 

                                  Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

                                  Promises

                                  Promises is the result of three distinct musical worlds colliding. Pharoah Sanders’ jazz improvisation and Flo Po’s twinkling electronics are layered over the string section of the LSO, bound together by a loose symphonic structure. These are textures that rarely sit together in a single composition, yet somehow they seamlessly knit into a cohesive whole. It’s quite a feat, one that could only be pulled off by artists as accomplished as these.

                                  The entire album revolves around a recurring phrase played by Sam Shepherd on the piano, harpsichord and celesta. This phrase becomes the central pulse around which the other textures float, suspended in the space inbetween. The loose tempo allows for the improvised saxophone passages to flow freely and for Pharaoh to lean into the most tender moments of his performance.

                                  At the beginning of the album the string section gradually emerges like a delicate silver thread before building through a series of sweeping chord progressions and moments of bittersweet dissonance. This leads into the third movement where Sam Shephard’s deft synth arrangement becomes the focal point. And later on we hear a hushed vocal performance from Pharoah. It’s one of the most touching moments of the album, with years of lived experience seeping through every crack and bend of his voice in a captivating way.

                                  Promises is an album of subtle expression which invokes a feeling of boundlessness. It’s a wide open sonic space where each note is allowed to resonate to its full conclusion. There’s a constant feeling of push and pull, of tension and release, though it never really resolves fully. Something is always left hanging in the air - a question, a prayer, an inexplicable feeling. It’s perhaps one of the most surprising and profound releases of the year. 

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Matt says: A beautiful orchestral piece that while both resplendent with FP's and PS's wonderful idiosyncrasies; recalls the gorgeous depth of Prefab Sprout's "I Trawl The Megahertz" but without the vocal parts! Epic!

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  Side 1
                                  1. Promises (Movement 1) (1:16)
                                  2. Promises (Movement 2) (3:56)
                                  3. Promises (Movement 3) (3:16)
                                  4. Promises (Movement 4) (3:39)
                                  5. Promises (Movement 5) (6:06)

                                  Side 2
                                  1. Promises (Movement 6) (8:25)
                                  2. Promises (Movement 7) (3:26)
                                  3. Promises (Movement 8) (9:57)
                                  4. Promises (Movement 9) (5:43)

                                  The Time For Peace Is Now compiles fourteen songs that, while recorded over four decades ago, speak now more than ever.

                                  The tracks are a subset of 1970s-era gospel, not directly talking about Jesus or God, but instead tackling how we live with ourselves and each other.

                                  These are undeniably soulful, passionate, and urgent songs from obscure 45s, dug up from a long dormancy in attics, sheds and rated across the American south. Compiled by Gospel guru Greg Belson.

                                  “The Gospel bands heard on The Time For Peace Is Now were comprised of musicians who played both church and secular music. The church borrowed—or rather commandeered—the guitar, bass, drums, and other instruments used to backup Motown, Stax, and other popular labels—to give power to the songs they supported. Musicians who sang at ‘the club’ on Saturday night were often leading solos or singing in the choir on Sunday mornings. Saturday night and Sunday morning music began to interweave, which was especially felt when the church choirs sang Gospel. It was Gospel’s influence that made Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and many others the voice of the 1960s and 1970s. Gospel was the soul of America. This album is reflective of the dichotomy of the sacred and the secular. The music here is in some sense the same as the music of the club. “Keep Your Faith To The Sky” could have you singing “Keep Your Head To The Sky” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Listening to “It’s Hard To Live In This Old World” and “That’s A Sign Of The Times” imbues the pessimistic/realistic sense of what was happening. Like many Blues songs, the problem must first be named before it can be solved. At the end of The Time For Peace Is Now, hope is still present. The problem is named in the beginning and a possible solution is presented. -Pastor Keith L. Whitney

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Patrick says: Luaka Bop's latest compilation lifts the lid on the peculiar 70s fusion of funk, soul and gospel, with a singular focus on the songs about us - not Him. If you're hankering for some humanist grooves, look no further.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  A1. Time For Peace - The Little Shadows
                                  A2. It’s Hard To Live In This Old World - Rev. Harvey Gates
                                  A3. That’s A Sign Of The Times - The Floyd Family Singers
                                  A4. Keep Your Faith To The Sky - Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals
                                  A5. We We Are In Need - James Bynum
                                  A6. Condition The World Is In - The Religious Souls
                                  B1. We Don’t Love Enough - The Triumphs
                                  B2. Peace In The Land - The Gospel I.Q.’s
                                  B3. I’m Trying To Be Your Friend - The Soul Stirrers
                                  B4. We Got A Race To Run - Staples Jr. Singers
                                  B5. Let Your Light Shine - Willie Dale
                                  B6. Price Of Love - Rev. Harvey Gates
                                  B7. Sunshine After Every Rain - The Mighty Reverlaires
                                  B8. Don’t Give Up - The William Singers

                                  Various Artists

                                  Brazil Classics

                                    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                                    30 year anniversary box seT of David byrne’s legendary brazil Classics series. This is one of the first compilations of pop music from Brazil, and one of the most important compilations of music from anywhere. It became the beginning of a shift to music in other languages and from places other than where you are now. And, it was the beginning of Luaka Bop, which we are pretty happy about. New sleeve notes from David Byrne!

                                    William Onyeabor

                                    Tomorrow

                                    William Onyeabor was born outside Enugu, a small, rural town in Eastern Nigeria, he created his own genre of African electronic funk in the late 70s and early 80s, making music completely unique for his time. Today, he is reaching cult status among a growing list of admirers, including everyone from Damon Albarn and Hot Chip to Carl Craig and Madlib, with some likening him to the Kraftwerk of West Africa, or a precursor to LCD Soundsystem.

                                    Among the crate-digging few that knew of him, he is considered a complete myth. While he has never performed live and almost never given interviews, his fantastical biography is scattered and has to this day not been verified. And, though he is still alive, he refuses to speak about anything regarding the past.

                                    According to various rumors, he left home following the Biafran War and went to study cinematography in the Soviet Union, returning in the mid-70s to start his own film company and record label, Wilfilms. He then self-released eight remarkable records from 1978-1985. He wrote and produced everything on his own, and possibly played every instrument himself. Then, at some point of his life, he became born again and denounced his earlier music, deciding it is something he would never speak about.


                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    A1. Tomorrow
                                    A2. Why Go To War
                                    B1. Love Me Now
                                    B2. Fantastic Man
                                    B3. Try And Try

                                    William Onyeabor

                                    World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor?

                                    THE PICCADILLY RECORDS REISSUE/COLLECTION OF THE YEAR 2013.

                                    Through its World Psychedelic Classics series, Luaka Bop has succeeded at introducing long-forgotten artists including Os Mutantes, Shuggie Otis and Tim Maia to the world at large. William Onyeabor is as obscure as these other artists were before their Luaka Bop releases, although his recordings from the 70s and 80s are beloved by die-hard record collectors and artists such as Damon Albarn, Devendra Banhart, Four Tet and Caribou, to name a few. The music ranges from synth-heavy electronic dance music to Afrosoul with saxophones and female backup singers, to psychedelic funk with wah-wah guitar and fuzzy keyboards - and often combines all of these elements.

                                    'Who Is William Onyeabor?' may be the most complicated, if also one of the richest, undertakings in Luaka Bop's (rarely straightforward) 25-year history. Following the eight albums Onyeabor self-released between 1978 and 1985, he became a Born-Again Christian, refusing ever to speak about himself or his music again. Various biographies can be found online. Some say he studied cinematography in the Soviet Union and returned to Nigeria in the mid-70s to start his own film company, Wilfilms. Some say he was a lawyer with a degree from a university in Great Britain. Others portray him as a businessman who for years worked on government contracts in Enugu, Nigeria.

                                    By attempting to speak with Onyeabor himself, and by talking to people who seem to have firsthand knowledge, Luaka Bop has been trying to construct an accurate biography of him for the past 18 months...without success.

                                    One thing that's undisputable is that Onyeabor's music is utterly unique and ahead of its time.

                                    The vinyl release comprises 13 tracks spanning Onyeabor's body of work and will include artwork by John Akomfrah, Njideka Akunyili, Harrison Haynes, Dave Muller, Odili Donald Odita and Xaviera Simmons. 

                                    "The world might just be better off not hearing [Onyeabor's "Atomic Bomb"], which will burrow and propagate its seed exponentially by the second, into the hearts and souls of all humanity. It's the catchiest song I've ever heard; when it gets in my brain, I can't sleep...He's a mythical character from Nigeria." - Devendra Banhart in Uncut

                                    "Anyone out there who is making music at the moment...will be quite excited by this..." - Damon Albarn on BBC Radio One

                                    "LCD Soundsystem sounds like an American William Onyeabor." - Peaking Lights

                                    "Talked to Luaka Bop about details of the William Onyeabor comp they are working on... Gonna blow minds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" - Four Tet

                                    "People are really going to freak out!" - Caribou

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    1. Body And Soul
                                    2. Atomic Bomb
                                    3. Good Name
                                    4. Something You Will Never Forget
                                    5. Why Go To Ware
                                    6. Love Is Blind
                                    7. Heaven And Hell
                                    8. Let’s Fall In Love
                                    9. Fantastic Man

                                    LP EXCLUSIVES – NOT AVAILABLE ON CD OR DIGITALLY:
                                    10. When The Going Is Smooth & Good
                                    11. The Way To Win Your Love
                                    12. Jungle Gods
                                    13. Love Me Now

                                    Os Mutantes

                                    Live At The Barbican

                                      In terms of their status and influence Os Mutantes are often referred to as the Brazilian Beatles. How did 60s Brazil produce the wildest, most psychedelic rock'n'roll group of them all? And why, three decades on, has the rest of the world gone crazy over them? Kurt Cobain, Beck, Super Furry Animals, The Bees and David Byrne are just a few of the musicians that have flown the flag for Os Mutantes. Against all odds, in May 2006 the band reunited for the first time in over 30 years for a euphoric show at the Barbican's Tropicalia Festival. The recording of this historic concert, with special guests Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson, is now released on CD and DVD. The live album features the best-loved tracks of this legendary group and the full-length DVD includes the entire Barbican concert plus documentary, backstage footage, video clips and photos.


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