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1 - COLTRANE, ALICE - ETERNITY - (LP) 
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Released in 1976, Eternity was Alice Coltrane's first album for Warner Bros. after eight wondrous records on Impulse! Combining the drones and textures of India, the gospel and R&B of her Detroit youth and the dissonance of modern classical composition, Coltrane's music in the '70s would become increasingly difficult to categorize.Having moved a few years earlier to California (where she founded the Vedantic Center, an Ashram for spiritual studies), Coltrane stretches out on Eternity - incorporating various musical styles, including a stirring adaptation of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring - and the results are dazzling, both in sonic scope and emotional rangeOpener "Spiritual Eternal" sways between Alice's exploratory organ and the dramatic swell of lush strings. A meditative solo piece for harp, "Wisdom Eye," precedes the rollicking rhythms of "Los Caballos," which showcases some of her finest soloing."Om Supreme" is the album's first track to be built around bhajans (Hindu devotional songs). Featuring graceful keyboards backed by an angelic choir, this piece hints at the ecstatic devotional music that she would later make with members of her Ashram.While Coltrane would delve deeper into her spiritual journeys and continue to expand her musical interests on subsequent LPs, Eternity remains a vivid and compelling display of her unique vision, myriad talents and passions.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Spiritual Eternal 02. Wisdom Eye 03. Los Caballos 04. Om Supreme 05. Morning Worship 06. Spring Rounds

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Release date: 19-04-2019
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2 - COLTRANE, ALICE - RADHA-KRSNA NAMA SANKIRTANA - (LP) 
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Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana was the first of two albums Alice Coltrane released in 1977 (the other being Transcendence). Coltrane's music during this period grew out of an epiphany in which she would renounce secular life and don the orange robes of a swamini (spiritual teacher in the Hindu tradition). Musically, this meant leaving jazz behind (at least partially) and embracing the chants and rhythms of devotional music.The first half of Radha-Krsna is mostly filled with simple arrangements of bhajans (Hindu devotional songs) and features the singing of students from the Vedantic Center, the Ashram that Coltrane founded in 1975. The group bounces with the joy of a gospel choir (not coincidentally, some had backgrounds in Southern Baptist churches).A rapturous aura permeates opener "Govinda Jai Jai" with Alice leading on Fender Rhodes. On "Prema Muditha," she returns to acoustic piano (her main instrument in the early part of her career) to deliver a powerful and poignant theme.Sidelong "Om Namah Sivaya" beams with probing organ improvisations accompanied by the drumming of her 13-year-old son Aruna John Coltrane, Jr. This closing track offers a strong indication that even if Alice Coltrane was turning toward new traditions for inspiration, her music was still something that only she could make.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Govinda Jai Jai 02. Ganesha 03. Prema Muditha 04. Hare Krishna 05. Om Namah Sivaya

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3 - COLTRANE, ALICE - TRANSCENDENCE - (LP) 
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Transcendence was not only Alice Coltrane's last studio album for Warner Bros., it would also be her last studio work for nearly three decades. While Eternity and Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana followed the composer's muse through an exciting range of musical styles and influences, Transcendence is perhaps the most fully realized of the three LPs, synthesizing the best elements of each into a monumental whole.Side one consists of intimate compositions with Alice's pointillist harp enhanced by intricate string arrangements. At times, the emotional climaxes in "Radhe Shyam" and the title track sound like the score to an epic film. This would be the closest Coltrane ever came to chamber music, yet rendered with her uniquely spiritual tint.Side two moves into celestial territory with uplifting chants, light handclaps and bluesy organ. These call-and-response chants, featuring members from her Ashram, completely embody both African-American gospel and Hindu devotional traditions, an uncanny fusion that is transformed through Alice's pure spirit.What runs through the album's two musical halves is a powerful sense of devotion and discovery. At this point in her life, Coltrane was on a journey toward truth through sound, and Transcendence gives the listener a front row seat to this quest.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Radhe-shyam 02. Vrindavana Sanchara 03. Transcendence 04. Sivaya 05. Ghana Nila 06. Bhaja Govindam 07. Sri Nrsimha

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4 - COLTRANE, ALICE - TRANSFIGURATION - (LP) 
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By the late '70s, Alice Coltrane had largely gravitated away from jazz, incorporating Hindu chants and hymns into her music to reflect a newfound sense of creative omnipotence. However, in April 1978, she would return to her roots, performing at University of California, Los Angeles to make her first and only live album.Transfiguration, featuring drummer Roy Haynes and bassist Reggie Workman, showcases Alice's many compositional talents and fierce improvisatory abilities. Throughout this double LP set, her playing evokes the time spent in her late husband John Coltrane's band and the avant-garde music of her earlier years.As biographer Franya J. Berkman writes, "Her up-tempo keyboard work here is the most exciting of her commercial career. With its rapid-fire transpositions of short figures; its long modal passages, rhythmic play, and timbral inventiveness; its sustained energy and burning pace; and the unrelenting support of Haynes and Workman, she takes leave of the jazz business with a truly breathtaking swan song."Alice Coltrane would not revisit jazz on record for another 26 years, turning instead to spiritual music made with students at her Vedantic Center and self-releasing a series of cassettes under her Sanskrit name, Turiyasangitananda. It is hard to imagine a better farewell than the intense and spellbinding Transfiguration.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Transfiguration 02. One For The Father 03. Prema 04. Affinity 05. Krishnaya 06. Leo, Part One 07. Leo, Part Two

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5 - FINN, SIMON - PASS THE DISTANCE - (LP) 
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Few albums define a genre as succinctly as Simon Finns Pass The Distance does for psychedelic folk. Not even landmark recordings by Pearls Before Swine or Skip Spence can stand up to the sheer madness of Finns sole LP, originally released in 1970. After moving to London in 1967, Finn busked around town for a couple years before entering Camdens Chalk Farm Studios, best known for producing a string of reggae hits. Pass The Distance, however, would become more than a solo-acoustic project. Backed by free-improvisation innovators David Toop and Paul Burwell, Finns dark, personal songs unravel lysergically over 40 minutes. Toops sinewy electric guitar and Burwells broad percussive palette lift up Finns ardent strumming and snarling vocals, making this one wild ride in catharsis, introspection and raw merriment. As Finn tells journalist Dave Segal in an interview for this vinyl reissue, "The songs were about alienation and loneliness. Jerusalem came to me in one shot. I wrote it on mescaline and was playing it over and over and one of my flatmates wrote it down." Pass The Distance remains a "cult record" in the best sense of the term, possessing a hypnotic beauty all its own.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Very Close Friend 02. The Courtyard 03. What A Day 04. Fades (pass The Distance) 05. Jerusalem 06. Wheres Your Master Gone 07. Laughing Til Tomorrow 08. Hiawatha 09. Patrice 10. Big White Car


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Release date: 02-11-2018
Item # : 521059     
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6 - FRANK, JACKSON C. - JACKSON C. FRANK - (LP) 
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Jackson C. Franks eponymous album is the embodiment of folk legend. Issued in late 1965 on the UK Columbia label, it was for many years more famous for its producer (Paul Simon) and the musicians who would go on to cover its songs (Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Sandy Denny) than for the hauntingly beautiful music contained inside. Franks backstory certainly adds to the legacy: born in Buffalo, New York, he used the settlement from a childhood accident to sail to London where he quickly became a fixture of the bustling folk scene. Performing a mix of blues standards and originals, he met fellow ex-pat Paul Simon who would put up the money to record Franks only LP. For such a sparsely recorded work, Jackson C. Frank covers a lot of ground. From the rugged, world-weary opener "Blues Run The Game" to the stunning melancholy of "Milk And Honey," Franks nimble acoustic guitar and passionate howls are all that is needed to power such authentic songwriting. Captured in a single-day session, these ten tracks are stark, gritty and seemingly out-of-place with time. There may be no 60s folk record that is simultaneously as rare and influential as Jackson C. Franks self-titled debut.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Blues Run The Game 02. Dont Look Back 03. Kimbie 04. Yellow Walls 05. Here Come The Blues 06. Milk And Honey 07. My Name Is Carnival 08. Dialogue (i Want To Be Alone) 09. Just Like Anything 10. You Never Wanted Me


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7 - HANCOCK, HERBIE - CROSSINGS - (LP) 
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Crossings was the second release by the Herbie Hancock Sextet lineup known as the Mwandishi Band, following 1971's Mwandishi which stretched Hancock's already-adventurous writing and expanded the music through post-production. This approach would play an even larger role on Crossings, the pianist's final album for Warner Bros.For two of Crossings' three pieces ("Quasar" and "Water Torture"), Hancock took basic instrumental tracks to Patrick Gleeson's Different Fur Studios, hoping to learn how to play the Moog synthesizer. Instead, Hancock let Gleeson contribute layers of sound to both pieces. On "Quasar," a ballad in 7/4 time, Gleeson extends the horn playing of Bennie Maupin, Julian Priester and Eddie Henderson through electronic accents, while on "Water Torture," he provides a ghostly counter melody on the Mellotron, a keyboard that utilizes samples from string instruments.These studio enhancements give Crossings an otherworldly dimension, making the album feel bigger and more fantastical, yet the Sextet's playing - recorded without much in way of edits or overdubs - keeps everything grounded. Indeed, Gleason's additions are often so natural that it is hard to pick out what's acoustic and what's synthesized.While the Mwandishi Band's tenure was unfortunately short-lived, the advances Herbie Hancock made with them still sound exciting today and would propel him into further inventive territory with future jazz-funk project The Headhunters.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Sleeping Giant 02. Quasar 03. Water Torture


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Release date: 05-04-2019
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8 - HANCOCK, HERBIE - FAT ALBERT ROTUNDA - (LP) 
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If Fat Albert Rotunda sounds like the most fun Herbie Hancock had in his early years as a band leader, it should. He composed the music for the pilot of the children's television show Fat Albert, redirecting the post-bop jazz he honed in a five-year stint with the Miles Davis Quintet towards the R&B and funk styles with which he was becoming enamored. The result was a playful, joyous album in which Hancock clearly had a great time.The same goes for the rest of his Sextet, which by the time of recording in late 1969 was both razor sharp and confidently loose from rehearsing and touring. Flying high with three horn players - Joe Henderson on sax and flute, Garnett Brown on trombone and Johnny Coles on trumpet and flugelhorn - alongside Hancock's soaring Fender Rhodes electric piano, the group could swing freely on a track like the rousing "Fat Mama" and emote precisely on the subtle "Tell Me A Bedtime Story."Their versatility won over Warner Bros. who signed Hancock after hearing these infectious compositions and watched Fat Albert Rotunda climb the Billboard Jazz Charts. In subsequent years, Hancock would expand and experiment with the Sextet's sound, creating two more albums for Warner Bros. Regardless of where he went next, Fat Albert Rotunda is still, 50 years later, about as fun as music gets.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Wiggle-waggle 02. Fat Mama 03. Tell Me A Bedtime Story 04. Oh! Oh! Here He Comes 05. Jessica 06. Fat Albert Rotunda 07. Lil Brother


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9 - HANCOCK, HERBIE - MWANDISHI - (LP) 
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After releasing their Warner Bros. debut, the Herbie Hancock Sextet underwent a major transformation in the early '70s. Over the course of a year, every member was replaced (except Herbie Hancock himself and bassist Buster Williams) and each adopted Swahili names. (Williams even led the group in occasional sessions of Buddhist chanting.) Hancock chose the moniker Mwandishi (meaning "composer"), and the Sextet became unofficially known as the Mwandishi Band.The lineup's first album - simply titled Mwandishi - reflects Hancock's new aesthetic and spiritual directions. Stretching out from the R&B / jazz fusion of Fat Albert Rotunda, the pianist would draw inspiration from his time with Miles Davis (whose classic Bitches Brew came out in 1970) as well as through the creative relationship he had formed with producer David Rubinson (known for his work with Moby Grape and Santana)."Ostinato (Suite for Angela)," dedicated to political activist Angela Davis, is an extended jam with stunning rhythmic complexity - enhanced by studio effects, such as Echoplex delay. On the ballad "You'll Know When You Get There," Hancock's tight arrangements are saturated in reverb, which gives an ever-shifting dimensionality. Side-long closer "Wandering Spirit Song," written by trombonist Julian Priester (aka Pepo Mtoto), goes even further out: alternating between dynamic soloing and group improvisation, the Sextet fully manifests the radical potential of their collective identity / energy.Mwandishi remains a bold and expansive statement, even after nearly 50 years.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Ostinato (suite For Angela) 02. Youll Know When You Get There 03. Wandering Spirit Song


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10 - MAYFIELD, CURTIS - CURTIS/LIVE! - (LP) 
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Recorded in early 1971, Curtis/Live! finds Curtis Mayfield in top form at the intimate Greenwich Village club The Bitter End. With veterans from Chicagos soul and jazz scene, Mayfield runs through a superb setlist of Impressions classics ("Gypsy Woman," "People Get Ready"), gems from his first solo LP ("We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue," "The Makings of You") and fierce originals that would make their recording debut here ("I Plan To Stay A Believer," "Stare And Stare," and "Stone Junkie"). As author Lloyd Sachs writes in the liner notes for this vinyl reissue, "All of the songs are lovingly reworked - in some cases stretched out and in others, brightened with humor. The band redefines groove via the West African polyrhythms of conga and bongo great Henry Gibson and the intertwined guitars of Mayfield - whose dulcet, vocallike tone was a revolution in and of itself - and Craig McMullen. The group creates excitement through tension and release, through building up and letting go." Curtis/Live! was originally issued on Mayfields own Curtom label just before his second studio album, 1971s Roots, and his influential Super Fly soundtrack. While the singer would continue to establish himself as one of the key voices of his generation, the powerful anthems and in-the-pocket perfection on this double-LP live set demonstrate how brilliant Curtis truly was - a master class in restraint and fearless expression.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Mighty Mighty (spade And Whitey) 02. I Plan To Stay A Believer 03. Were A Winner 04. Weve Only Just Begun 05. People Get Ready 06. Stare And Stare 07. Check Out Your Mind 08. Gypsy Woman 09. The Makings Of You 10. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue 11. (dont Worry) If Theres A Hell Below Were All Gonna Go 12. Stone Junkie


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Release date: 02-11-2018
Item # : 521060     
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11 - MOLENGA, SEKA -& KALO KAWONGOLO- - SEKA MOLENGA & KALO KAWONGOLO - (LP) 
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TRACKLISTING: 01. Frican Roots 02. Bad Food 03. Muto Ya Motema 04. Mengieb 05. Nakoya 06. Guipimbu Gienn


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Release date: 20-03-2020
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12 - UNIQUES, THE - ABSOLUTELY THE UNIQUES - (LP) 
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TRACKLISTING: 01. Standing In 02. Just A Mirage 03. Gipsy Woman 04. My Conversation 05. You'll Lose A Precious Love 06. That's The Way Love Is 07. Freedom Song 08. Run Come 09. Out Of Love 10. Watch This Sound 11. Speak No Evil 12. A Yuh


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13 - UPSETTERS, THE - DOUBLE SEVEN - (LP) 
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"Double Seven, released by Trojan in late 1973, was the last album Lee Scratch Perry would release on the label for some considerable time, and it was essentially the final album project he put together before establishing his own Black Ark studio. Opening track Kentucky Skank sets the tone with a slow creeper whose frying sounds underscore its role as a praise song to the Colonels KFC recipes; the cosmic Moog blips come courtesy of Ken Elliott at Camdens Chalk Farm studio, also prominently featured on U-Roys double-tracked, stereo-panned gambling ode Double Six. David Isaacs Just Enough was cut a few years prior, which makes it slightly out of phase with the rest of the set, though the enigmatic In The Iaah sounds mightily fresh, with its uncredited chorus said to come courtesy of the Wailers. Perrys own Jungle Lion has hilarious roars from the maestro at the start, strangely grafted atop a reggae re-make of Al Greens Love and Happiness. "Overall, Double Seven melds the soul, funk, reggae and dub elements that were constant in Perrys work during this phase. His enhanced audio spectrum and endless reference points would keep his music continually apart from that made by his peers." -David Katz (excerpt from the liner notes)

TRACKLISTING: 01. Kentucky Skank 02. Double Six 03. Just Enough 04. In The Iaah 05. Jungle Lion 06. We Our Neighbours 07. Soul Man 08. Stick Together 09. High Fashion 10. Long Sentence 11. Hail Stones 12. Ironside 13. Cold Weather 14. Waap You Waa


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Release date: 02-11-2018
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14 - UPSETTERS, THE - SCRATCH THE UPSETTER AGAIN - (LP) 
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"The inventive record producer and vocalist Lee Scratch Perry was involved in every musical shift of note in his native Jamaica, from the rhythm and blues that pre-dated the arrival of ska in the early 1960s through the slower and more spacious rocksteady style that appeared middecade and, of course, the frenetic sound of reggae, which he helped to birth as an independent producer during the late 1960s. Operating as The Upsetter from his base in a downtown Kingston record shop, Perry found his greatest success with instrumental music during this phase, the organ and saxophone re-castings of standard vocal issues proving exceptionally popular overseas. "Scratch The Upsetter Again surfaced early in 1970 as a largely instrumental set, but with dreamy reverb a hefty feature and keyboards veering away from standard organ motifs. Dave Barker, who was soon to hit the pop charts as part of Dave & Ansel Collins, tackles The Shirelles Will You Still Love Me in soul reggae mode, only for Perry to shift things towards the emerging dub spectrum with Take One. "As Perry inched ever closer to the dub experimentation he would turn into an art form at his own Black Ark studio later in the decade, Scratch The Upsetter Again shows him moving away from the standard approaches of his competitors in his quest to test the very limits of recorded sound. And reggae was all the richer for it." -David Katz (excerpt from the liner notes)

TRACKLISTING: 01. Bad Tooth 02. The Dentis 03. Outer Space 04. One Punch 05. Will You Still Love Me 06. Take One 07. Soul Walk 08. I Want To Thank You 09. Mule Train 10. Touch Of Fire 11. She Is Gone Again 12. The Result


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Release date: 02-11-2018
Item # : 521061     
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