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    “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.

    Triorganico

    Convivencia

      "A Southern Californian garage-band influenced by music of the Latin American diaspora? Forty years ago that might have described a psych outfit, or an ensemble that emulated Santana. In 2009 it describes a wondrous little combo who have returned to Latin jazz’s raw, minimalist roots and have recorded a self-titled album drenched in history, yet defiantly modern: Convivencia. Triorganico – Pablo Calogero on saxophones and woodwinds, Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas on percussion and Fabiano do Nascimento on guitar – formed in Calogero’s garage. “We would simply get together to listen to music, write music, share ideas and research music,” the Rio De Janeiro bred do Nascimento states. “We created a musical chemistry… even though we came from very different musical backgrounds, we can understand each others musical language.” The band set up a weekly residency in Downtown LA, playing a variety of original compositions and cover songs from their favorite musicians. Songs by Baden Powell, Hermeto Pascoal, Moacir Santos and other Brasilian legends featured prominently. The idea to record happened, in keeping with the band’s namesake, organically: “It came to us that we could record our music, on our own, easily, using the technologies of today,” do Nascimento laughs. “Anyone can make a record these days right? So we started recording our ideas as a Pablo’s garage, using, as he called it, ‘guerrilla tactics.’” The result is wholesome album that rambles purposefully through the wonders of Brasilian bossa nova influenced jazz and spreads into throughout the musical melting pots at the center of its creator’s multi-cultures. Their album is a warm, acoustic affair that, as a filling entrée amongst glitchy, electronic-based appetizers, feeds the soul.

      Various Artists

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

      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.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xLP Info: Limited triple vinyl pressing in six-panel triple gatefold sleeve with 16-page full colour booklet.

      "Includes Never Before Issued Instrumentals! Comes Packaged In A Gatefold Jacket With A 28-Page Booklet! Earth Rot is visionary composer/ arranger/ producer David Axelrod’s third album, and the last of his Capitol trilogy. Recorded as a concept album about the decrepit state of the environment in 1970 Los Angeles, and scheduled for release on the first Earth Day, it features choral vocals and marks a departure for Axelrod’s signature sound, which would take on a jazzier feel in the 1970s. This definitive version of Earth Rot, overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt in conjunction with Axelrod’s Estate, fulfills a request Axelrod made while alive – to see the instrumentals of this album, never beforereleased, issued. They see release here as the second LP in a 2LP set. This is an audiophile reissue, with the vocal version lacquered directly from Axelrod’s original master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. The master was approved by Axelrod’s son Michael, who adapted ancient lyrics for the album in one of three collaborative projects he did with his father. Contains a 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview.

      Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from the unlikely city of Houston, Texas, reissued for the first time. Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane.
      Fancy Pants is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo. Presented in both stereo and mono mixes. Extensive booklet, download card for WAV files and footage of live performances included. 

      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 

      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. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      2xLtd LP Info: 2xLP box set with book.

      2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      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. 

      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. 

      Rodinia

      Drumside/Dreamside

      Now-Again Records has enjoyed a long and creative partnership with Munich-based multi-instrumentalist JJ Whitefield, creative force behind the Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns.

      Rodinia, his latest project, is quite different than anything that’s come from his oeuvre to date, but follows in the line of the Poets of Rhythm’s great 'Discern/Define', as it reaches back to Krautrock’s experimental heyday but pushes its boundaries with a post-hip-hop approach. That’s to say that everything you read in the header above is true, but the ambient sound Whitefield and his Rodinia collaborator - saxophonist and keyboardist Johannes Schleiermacher - reached for found itself morphing over the course of a year. What was originally recorded in a two-day studio lock-in, which found Whitefield and Schleiermacher hooking up “all our vintage synths (Korg MS-20, Moog Prodigy, Roland Juno 60, Jen SX 1000, Korg Polysix), triggering everything with a vintage Korg rhythm box, absorbing some mind altering substances and jamming out,” was later turned into two, side-long suites, with over-dubbed reeds, drums and guitar, and self-made Moroccan field recordings introducing the project on its Drumside. The result is as winsome and exploratory as those from their forebears, but respectfully distanced from the past’s trappings. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      'Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992' was the inaugural offering from Sinecure Books. Packaged as a hardcover, and weighing in at 512 pages for RSD, it was the most comprehensive overview of the American “private press” movement from the latter half of the 20th Century that could possibly be assembled. Now-Again Records is pleased to distribute a 2LP/CD version, the anthology of psych, funk, folk, jazz, lounge, disco, boogie and just-plain-weirdness culled from the the book’s selections. Take note: this is not a novelty freak show. Contained in this anthology are examples of some of the most highly regarded rock, soul, jazz, funk and singer / songwriter albums from the 60s through the early 80s. From the awkward-yet-talented to the genius-yet-bizarre, one thing unites all musicians presented here: they sincerely hoped to become stars, they committed themselves to record, and they left themselves vulnerable to an industry not understanding of nuance, not appreciative of character. While Enjoy The Experience the book details a forceful American cultural experience that stands in juxtaposition to the mainstream even as its creators attempted to infiltrate it. Enjoy The Experience the album shows the breadth of American creativity in a compelling, start-to-finish listen. Not all of it is easy to digest, but this music is essential to the 20th century American experience. Contains 20 page booklet with full annotation and extensive liner notes by noted record collectors / historians and album artwork / ephemera.

      Selections from the Sinecure Books publication Enjoy The Experience: psych, funk, folk, jazz, lounge, boogie and straight-up-weirdness from American private press albums. “Featuring the best (and worst) music that was too good for major label backing, Enjoy The Experience is a hilarious and obsessively passionate collection of vanity and insanity from the depths of human creativity. - John Zorn”

      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.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      CD Info: CD comes in outer slipcase with 56 page with full annotation, extensive liner notes and previously unpublished photos.

      The long-overlooked ballads from the flipsides of the funk 45s in the Now-Again and Truth & Soul vaults … 21 rare and unreleased sweet funk and soul tracks from 1969-1977. Now-Again unearthed so much information about the bands that recorded the definitive disco and modern soul contained in their recently launched Soul Cal anthology that they decided to release an album and a book at the same time. Following that precedent, the music contained on ‘Loving On The Flip Side’is just too damn good to be anonymously relaunched, decades after musical visionaries blended the best of heavy funk and sweet soul into a unified whole. And simply telling the stories of these vocalists and bands without allowing their lovelorn pleas to be heard again wasn’t an option. Thus, ‘Loving On The Flip Side’ again offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on another great burst of black American inspiration : the creation of the sublime genre called Sweet Funk. It seems laughable to skip past Thomas East’s ‘Slipping Around’ 7” for the cheesy funk of ‘Just A Trip’, or to listen obsessively to Lou Ragland’s instrumental funk on the Hot Chocolate LP and ignore his indolent-yet-stirring ‘We Had True Love’. Yet the archivists at Now-Again did just that, until they first heard the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy’s beautiful two-sider nearly 10 years back. This was the record that set ‘Loving On The Flip Side’ in motion, as the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy’s two songs precipitated the Sweet Funk genre: the dichotomy of Funky Heavy’s skull snapping rhythm section and the teenage Dears’ angelic harmonies didn’t sound like anything they’d heard before. That discovery set off a decade long search for the band and culminated in their discovery, the documenting of their stories, the emergence of their master tapes and the inclusion of their songs on ‘Loving On The Flip Side’. Going back into the field in search of other Sweet Funk swooners and beat-heavy ballads to round out this anthology, the opportunity to present anew such wondrous soul music made the exhaustive process that produced ‘Loving On The Flip Side’ worthwhile, collecting many other rare one-offs that escaped prior investigations into the deep funk and sweet soul genres.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      CD & Book Info: Presented as an 80-page book filled with rare photos and each band’s story; CD comes in its own sleeve within.

      East Of Underground

      Hell Below - CD Box Set

      United States Army soldiers made the music contained in this three album box-set during the politically turbulent early 70s, towards the end of the Vietnam War. East of Underground, The Black Seeds and The Sound Trek were bands comprised of soldiers stationed in bases across Western Germany. While little is known about the bands, the players, and the milieu they came from - other than what can be pieced together from a handful of photos and documents found in a box in the New York Public Library, and the vague recollections of some of those involved – we at Now-Again Records have worked diligently with the United States Army and researchers the country over to present this important document – and some damn good soul and funk music.

      Only one former band member has come forward during the assembly of this anthology, which has lead us
      to question: where did these talented performers land after their winning performances in Army-sponsored Battle Of The Bands contests afforded them (musical) tours across European Army bases? Perhaps some
      are still around somewhere: perhaps some are still involved in music; perhaps some were killed in action; perhaps some passed on after returning to the States. We’ve assembled vestiges - a show band contest entry form, a list of names, a couple of photographs, a playlist – to embellish this sonic time capsule, a capsule that functions as a snapshot of American culture during this politically charged era.

      Each of the two double-billed albums contained in this box-set is presented as an exact reproduction of the original United States Army issue. The extensive, full-color booklet features essays, annotation and a collection of Army ephemera from the creation of these albums. Also included is a full-color, exact reproduction of East Of Underground’s 1971 tour poster.

      Now-Again Records, in association with label-owner Lee Anthony, is proud to present the release of True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax Vol. 1, the first installment of rare and unreleased funk and soul music from the fabled Arkansas indie. Over twelve years in the making, this anthology - presented over a four LP box set - seeks to establish True Soul’s rightful place within America’s funk and soul pantheon.

      True Soul’s story intertwines with the renowned Sam Philips - an early mentor and patron - and Memphis’s Al Bell and Willie Mitchell - with whom Anthony collaborated as he cultivated Little Rock’s funk and soul scene under the shadows of Stax and Hi Records. The Gap Band’e genesis is but one sub-plot, as Anthony’s recordings of a stranded funk ensemble make their way to Leon Russell and lead to the formation of one of the decade’s best-known showbands. Vol. 1 carries the rare, locally-distributed funk and soul 45s that led the likes of renowned collectors DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist to Anthony’s Soul Brothers’ Records in search of his fabled “treasure chest.


      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.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      3xCD Info: Packaged in a hard-back box that includes exact reproductions of the three original albums and a 44-page booklet with extensive liner notes, photos, interview and annotation

      The lead-off single from The Whitefield Brother's "Earthology", their long-awaited follow up to 2001's "In The Raw", "The Gift" finds rappers Edan and Mr. Lif riding a space echo atop a bouncing Afro-funk rhythm, big horn flares and a clanking cowbell. "The Gift" is the latest in a long line of duets between these Boston-reared MCs and appears here in original  and remixed forms - courtesy of Stones Throw beat builder Oh No, plus there are instro's of both versions.


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