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Introduction

    “Electrified by a diet of James Brown, the Stones and Deep Purple, WITCH were the stadium-filling kings of 70s Zamrock. - **** Mojo // Archival reissue of the garage-psych Zamrock masterpiece (1974). Our comprehensive overview of Zambia’s premier garage-, psych-, prog-, funk-,afro-rock ensemble WITCH, We Intend To Cause Havoc!, is now sold out in its 6LP box set form. So we are making the first four WITCH albums available in archival reissue form. As with our box set, the audio is nigh-perfect – restored and remastered from the original master tapes. The entirety of WITCH’s first album, restored and remastered from master tapes, and presented as an archival reissue. WITCH’s musical arc is contained to a five year span and, in retrospect, is a logical one. The band’s first two, self-produced albums - released in unison with the birth of the commercial Zambian recording industry – are exuberant experiments in garage rock, and are as influenced by the Rolling Stones as they are James Brown. Thus Introduction, their first, is the perfect starting point for anyone interested in delving into the WITCH band, or Zamrock in general.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Introduction
    2. Home Town
    3. You Better Know
    4. Feeling High
    5. Like A Chicken

    SIDE B
    1. See Your Mama
    2. That’s What I Want
    3. Try Me
    4. No Time

    Various Artists

    Those Shocking Shaking Days - Indonesia Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock And Funk 1970-1978 - 2022 Repress

      Now-Again deliver the first ever compilation to assess the incredible psychedelic rock, funk and progressive scene of 1970s Jakarta!

      Whilst some collectors fiend for the incredibly rare LPs from the likes of Sharkmove and their later incarnation Giant Step, very little is known about Indonesian rock music - until now. Now-Again Records has teamed up with local musicians and experts to provide a fascinating in-depth look at the flourishing of progressive psychedelic music in early 1970s Indonesia, where fiercely independent musicians criticised the military dictatorship, raised awareness of drug abuse and much more - all to the glorious sound of the fuzz guitar and some of the most ambitious arrangements you’ll ever hear.

      Trish Toledo

      Sin Control

        For her second release on Now-Again, Eastside LA soul stirrer Trish Toledo stretches out, with help from Los Yesterdays and Tommy Brenneck (Budos Band/Menahan Street Band). “Sin Control” is a song as redolent of late 1960s Italian Library experimentation (think Morricone / Alessandroni / Nicolai, et al.) as the Latino soul of the great Los Angeles Negros. Recorded at Hollywood’s Sound Factory and produced by Brenneck and Los Yesterdays’ Gabe Rowland, Trish sings in Spanish, delving into the timeless themes of lost love and endless longing. The b-side’s instrumental features the greatest whistler recording today, Molly Lewis. You really couldn’t imagine a better combination, and it’s as predictably great as a pancho-wearing stranger taking down all of the baddies in a border town and riding off towards a dusty sunset.

        TRACK LISTING

        A. Sin Control
        B. Sin Control (Instrumental)

        First official reissue of this essential Zamrock album, painstakingly restored, remastered and pieced together from multiple copies of the incredibly rare original album. Contains extensive booklet with never before published photos, an overview of the Zamrock scene, and the history of Peace and Black Power. The Boyfriends, from Kitwe’s Chamboli Mine Township, supplied the founding members for Zamrock’s most famous band, WITCH, and kick started one of Zamrock’s best bands, Peace. Their sole Zamrock entry, 'Black Power', recorded at Malachite Film Studio circa 1973/4 and issued circa 1975, sounds like nothing else in the Zamrock canon: a lost message drifiting from the flower power era, imbued with a fiery Zambian voice. Essential garage Zamrock / soul / funk: the first official reissue of the celebrated band’s one and only album.

        “The musical style that became known as Zamrock came to embody the economic despair that followed the 1973-1974 oil crisis, which flung Zambia into recession and exacerbated a wide range of social tensions. Much of Zamrock also captured the controversy of wider politics in Africa and the world. Perhaps the finest example of this is Black Power by The Peace”. - The Guardian 

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Black Power
        2. I Have Got No Money
        3. This Is The Time Now
        4. I Need Mercy
        5. Peaceful Man
        6. Umbwalawa Ne Chamba
        7. I Don’t Know
        8. Get On The Way

        Various Artists

        Wake Up You! Vol. 2 - The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)

        2xLP /  CD comes packaged with a hard cover 100 page colour book, filled with incredible photos and words by Nigerian music historian Uchenna Ikonne ('Who Is William Onyeabor?'). 

        The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. 'Wake Up You!' tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s.

        Presented in two volumes, each in a 100 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne ('Who Is William Onyeabor?'), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves. 

        TRACK LISTING

        Theodore Nemy - Come Back
        Funkees - Slipping Into Darkness
        Hykkers - I Want A Break Thru
        The Hygrades - In The Jungle (Vocal)
        Shadow Abraham W/ Monomono Friends – Babalawo
        Waves - Wake Up You
        War-Head Constriction - Shower Of Stone
        Question Mark – Love
        Action 13 - Set Me Free
        Jay U Experience - Baby Rock
        The Doves - Flying Bird
        Kukumbas - Awa Lani Arawa
        The Believers - Life Will Move
        Tony Grey & The Black 7
        Ceejebs - Life In Cannan
        The Identicals - Who Made The World.

        Various Artists

        Wake Up You! Vol. 1 - The Rise & Fall Of Nigerian Rock Music (1972-1977)

        The CD Comes Packaged In A 104 Page Full Color Book, Filled With Incredible Photos And Words By Noted Expert On Nigerian Music, Uchenna Ikonne. The Western world was in the throes of peace, love and flower power as Nigeria descended into Civil War in 1967. The rock scene that developed during the following three years of bloodshed and destruction would come to heal the country, propagate the world-wide ideal of the Modern Nigerian, and propel Fela to stardom after conflict ended in 1970. Wake Up You! tells the story of this time, pays homage to these now-forgotten musicians and their struggle, and brings to light the funk and psychedelic fury they created as they wrested free of the ravages of the late 1960s and created thrilling, original Nigerian rock music throughout the 1970s. The CD will be presented in two volumes, each in a 104 page book full of never-seen photos along with detailed liner notes by Nigerian musicologist and researcher Uchenna Ikonne (Who Is William Onyeabor?), with all tracks fully licensed from the bands themselves. 

        TRACK LISTING

        Formulars Dance Band - Never Never Let Me Down
        The Hygrades - Keep On Moving
        Ify Jerry Krusade - Everybody Likes Something Good
        The Hyrades - In The Jungle (Instrumental)
        The Strangers - Onye Ije
        The Hykkers - Stone The Flower
        The Funkees - Baby I Need You, Waves - Mothers
        Ofo The Black Company - Beautiful Daddy
        War-Head Construction Graceful Bird
        The Magnificent Zenians - Ije Udo
        The Apostles - Never Too Late
        Aktion - Groove The Funk, Wrinkar Experience - Ballad Of A Sad Woman
        The Founders 15 - I Can't Be Satisfied
        Tirogo – Float, Question Mark - Scram Out
        PRO - Tell Me.

        4th Coming

        Strange Things - The Complete Works 1970 - 1974

        Eccentric soul and funk recordings from an unlikely crew of Los Angeles musical misfits - including psych-rock cult figure John Greek (Reachin’ Arcesia, Beautiful Daze) and members of the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band. They had a catchy, but inappropriate name: there is nothing forthcoming about Los Angeles’ 4th Coming, unless one counts a copious amount of releases - on rare 7” singles - that didn’t sell farther than vocalist / principal Henry “Hank” Porter’s Datsun 1200 could take him. Assembling a complete set of 4th Coming recordings was nearly impossible, until the issue of this, the lost 4th Coming album.

        At its core, the 4th Coming was a songwriting duo - Porter and Jechonias “Jack” S. Williams - and a rotating cast of musicians - including members of lauded LA funk ensemble the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band - that Williams assembled at Artist Recording Studio to realize the pair’s ideas. They existed only from the latter half of 1969 until 1974; during that time they issued eight singles as 4th Coming and one as Impact! on Al Firth's Alpha imprint. And now, 'Strange Things', a thrilling listen, a mysterious trove of recordings made possible by an open minded and well-funded indie impresario, which document a very real and very weird Los Angeles of the past. It’s a city we’ll never know again, and one that might never again produce an ensemble like the 4th Coming. If Firth’s faith only rolled snake-eyes in terms of commercial success, in terms of documenting Los Angeles’ vibrant soul and funk underground, he rolled boxcars. This, the album Williams and Firth always hoped would bring them real success, now sees its complete release and allows us to ponder the might-have and the would-have beens had a 4th Coming album come together in the mid-‘70s.

        16 entries and bonus tracks as likely to find influence in Parliaments’ cosmic slop as Charley Pride’s country, as likely to find a sweet funk groove or a synthesizer-lead stomp. Includes booklet with detailed liner notes illuminating this mysterious band. 

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. We Got Love
        A2. Take Time
        A3. Oh Love
        A4. Heaven & Earth
        A5. Come On
        B1. Don’t Let Him Take Away Your Mind
        B2. Strange Things
        B3. You’re My Precious Someone
        B4. The Dead Don’t Die Alive
        C1. Don’t Let Him Take Away Your Mind (Impact Version)
        C2. Why Don’t You Trust In Me
        C3. Waterloo At Watergate
        C4. Come To The Feast
        C5. Cruising Central Ave.
        D1. You Don’t Stand A Chance (Part 1)
        D2. You Don’t Stand A Chance (Part 2) (BONUS)
        D3. The Dead Don’t Die Alive (Instrumental) (Bonus) 
        D4. Waterloo At Watergate (Instrumental) (Bonus)

        Edward “Apple” Nelson is best known for the small clutch of 45s he released under the Apple And The Three Oranges name on local Los Angeles labels in the 1970s. He first found credit as “Apple” on a Marie Franklin single released the Stage Music imprint which led to the issue ‘Free And Easy’, the first record released as Apple And The Three Oranges. This rapid development from road hog to recording artist inspired him to found Sagittarius Records, named after his zodiac sign. His run with Sagittarius contains six unimpeachable soul and funk numbers released under the Apple And The Three Oranges banner and one issued under his own name, Ed Nelson. This material is ripe for a historical reappraisal. The low fidelity of every Apple And The Three Oranges single was never a problem for the low-riding Eastside Angelenos, who lionized tracks such as ‘True Love Will Never Die’, but their muddy quality cast Nelson outside of the canon in which troubled soul singers like Bobby Womack have held court for decades. Nelson’s master tapes - lost in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina - will never surface to right this wrong. And the records themselves are rare: the ‘Love Brings Out The Best Of You’, ‘Curse Upon The World’ and ‘I’ll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come)’ singles are amongst the most sought after and expensive Los Angeles soul and funk records to ever list at auction. Nearly 40 years after he gave up on his recording career, we’re left with little more than Nelson’s explosive music and his straight-shooting stories of his life’s arc in this anthology of his complete works. Whether it’s his first hand experience with the great New Orleans drummers who laid the foundations of funk, or his relating the oft-told, and always sad, tale of lust supplanting love, Nelson offers confounding words to complement his all too beautiful soul and funk music.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. What Goes Around Comes Around
        2. Free And Easy Pt. 1
        3. Free And Easy Pt. 2
        4. Down Home Publicity
        5. True Love Will Never Die
        6. My Baby
        7. Curse Upon The World
        8. Moon Light
        9. Gotta Stand For Something Pt. 1
        10. Gotta Stand For Something Pt .2
        11. Love Brings Out The Best Of You
        12. My Love Needs Your Love (And Everybody Needs Love)
        13. I'll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come)

        PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble

        Winter Winds - The Complete Works 1968-70

        PE Hewitt was just 16 years old when he recorded and released his debut album "Jawbones", in a run of just 50 copies. By the time he sold out of the 100 press of his third album, "Winter Winds", he was approaching the ripe-old age of 20. The three albums he and his group of young compatriots wrote, recorded, pressed and - in a sense - distributed are some of the very best late 60s / early 70s jazz records you could hope to hear. That’s why, despite a 40 year gap and the tiniest of private presses couldn’t suppress their re-emergence. Rather than offer us just an anthology Now-Again decided to give us all three albums as they were made, out of respect for Hewitt’s monstrous achievements. The label have recreated the albums as they were released, down to the hand-painted covers. Also included is a 44-page booklet which includes the original liner notes, an essay on Hewitt and his career, an interview with him and never-seen-before photos.

        TRACK LISTING

        Disc One – Jawbones
        1. Free
        2. Ihadmyheadoverthechickensouppot
        3. Mary
        4. Don’t Judge Your Brother
        5. Cat House Blues
        6. The Ones Left Behind
        7. Betrayed
        8. Bullheads In My Shoes Blues
        9. Karen

        Disc Two – Since Washington
        1. Alone And Watching
        2. Sad Sunday
        3. Now Is Here
        4. Donna
        5. 3am
        6. It Doesn’t Matter…Yes It Does…But I Can’t Stop
        7. Tender Morning

        Disc Three – Winter Winds
        1. I’m Wondering Why
        2. More Than Anything
        3. It’s Got Two Names And That’s Alright
        4. Ill Love Song
        5. Oma Rakas
        6. Bada Que Bash
        7. Tuija


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