Various Artists

Thirty early, cross-over soul hits from great masters both known and forgotten. This is a tremendous bargain.
1. The Isley Brothers - Shout (Part 1)
2. Ray Charles - What'd I Say (Part 1)
3. Jackie Wilson - That's Why (I Love You So)...

“This new album features a number of important and ground-breaking African-American artists – The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Don Cherry, Funkadelic, Gil Scott-Heron and more – alongside a host of lesser-known artists all of whom in the early 1970s were exploring new Afrocentric poly-rhythmical styles of music – radical jazz, street funk and proto-rap – while at the same time exploring the Black Power and civil-rights inspired notions of self-definition, self-respect and self-empowerment in their own lives"...

“The album shows how the ideals of the civil rights movement, black power and black nationalism influenced the evolvement of radical African-American music in the United States of America in the intensely political and revolutionary period at the end of the 1960s following the assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and the rise of the Black Panther party.”

1. Gil Scott - Heron
2. Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry - Sounds From The Bush...

“Two years have passed since Bureau B released the first Sowas Von Egal compilation. With the musical movement or genre known as NDW celebrating its 40th anniversary, what better time than now to launch an ambitious successor to the first sampler. The beating heart of this endeavor is once again invigorated by the synchronous passions of bespoke Hamburg label Bureau B and the label's Damaged Goods nights where they present rare, obscure synth and wave discs from the early 1980s.
It was clear from....

"Sowas Von Egal, is the result of a collaboration between Bureau B and the Hamburg party series Damaged Goods. Record companies and DJs are aligned through a love and passion for seeking out rare music which simply needs to be heard. For the three of us as DJs, we created Damaged Goods as a party where we could play music beyond the electro clichés. Our focus would be seldom-heard post-punk and synth-wave from, or in the style of, the 1980s. We'd slip in these unknown or long-forgotten treasures between...

"Soul Jazz Records’ new Space, Energy and Light is a collection of music by early electronic and synthesizer pioneers (from the 1960s through the 1970s), mid-1970s proto-new age gurus and 1980s guerrilla D-I-Y cassette-era electronic artists, spanning in total over a near 30-year time frame. All of these artists used electronic advancements in music technology as a means of exploring not only space and the idea of the future, but also of looking inwards to the soul and of creating music in harmony with...

A great collection of rockin', rompin' music from 1944-1953, a decade that saw the seeds of R'n'B and rock 'n' roll planted. Personally recommended; this is a great party album.

"Subtitled "Screamin' R & B Saxmen, Broadway Be Bop, Uptown Doo...

This is a fabulous compilation of country blues and country swing, from 1936-1944, presented to highlight how this music blended with other American music and influenced and partially led to rock 'n' roll.
If you dig this sort of thing, this is 70' of historic and fabulous sounds!
1. If You Can't Take Five Take Two
Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies
2. Sugar
Cliff Bruner
3. Rackin' It Back
Texas Wanderers
4. Daddy's Got the Deep Elm Blues
Jimmie Revard...

This is a fabulous compilation of western swing, from 1936-1944, presented to highlight how this music blended with other American music and influenced and partially led to rock 'n' roll.
If you dig this sort of thing, this is 75' of historic and fabulous sounds!

"This will appeal to fans of jazz and swing as wel las fans of hillbilly boogie and rockabilly. The music is consistently stompin' for jitterbug, lindy hop, or jive dancers. the msuic is creative jazz and swingin' for swing and...

This is a collection of interpretations of songs by various Italian artists of works by Stormy Six.
There is almost no information about this album on the web and what little there is is in Italian. I did a translation and it made very little sense, but *apparently*, this record came out years after it was actually initially planned for some reason and may have even been planned before the group reformed!
Anyway, if you know and love the Stormy's, then this 14-track album is well worth hearing..

“First CD re-issue of the legendary Ralph Records compilation!
To celebrate The Residents' 50th anniversary, we bring you something rather special: a re-issue of the legendary Subterranean Modern compilation. Subterranean Modern was Ralph Records' first album involving music from anyone other than The Residents or Snakefinger.
The idea was to widen Ralph's appeal by bringing a greater variety of styles into the label. To this end Ralph had four band submit contributions on the theme of "San...


One day before the first anniversary of Jack Bruce's death, on 24th. October 2015, his daughter Natasha (also known as Aruba Red) organized a tribute concert in honor of her father at London's Roundhouse. The concert was quickly sold out, many guests came to honor the unique person and artist Jack Bruce on stage: the "longtime Cream companion" Ginger Baker, Jon Anderson (Jethro Tull), Joss Stone, Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), Mark King (Level 42), Uli Jon Roth and many more. Musical director of the...

"In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia's authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent any kind of central communication system that could organize a resistance. With the attack imminent, a few brave radio operators and dedicated vanguards of Somali culture knew the archives, containing over...

Essential Music are a NYC collective who program & perform experimental American classical composers. This bargain contains all otherwise unavailable recordings of works by Robert Ashley, Christian Wolff, Malcolm Goldstein, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, Jo...

"What a mammoth task this was but great co-operation from some great players – I even went to Havana and got Zalba in the studio for a special session. A new compilation of contemporary baritone saxophonists from around the world with Carlo Actis Dato...

Featuring Larry Birdsong, Johnny Bragg, Shy Guy Douglas, Thomas Henry, The Buford Majors Band and more.

While they last, this now out of print item is available at regular, non 'collectable' pricing.
Previously released legitimately on VHS tape, this is the 1st time that this documentation of this festival (Kralingen Music Festival, June 26-28, 1970) has been released on DVD.
The picture/sound quality is decent for the time period, but it's over 45 years ago, and anyone expecting HD quality will certainly be disappointed.
Having said that, you get video and/or audio footage of true musical...

This is a reimagining / re-presentation of a great and classic box set from the 1975. There is no overlap of music with the original 1975 version and this brings the story 45 years forward and up to date!!

“Includes new and unreleased recordings from Imagined Village (the first new music from the band in 9 years, with vocals from Eliza Carthy), Justin Adams, and Stick In The Wheel, unreleased songs from Maddy Prior and Lavinia Black-wall, and rare demos from Sandy Denny and Richard and Linda...

"Exquisite Corpse is a method by which a collection of images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence until finally the whole completed picture is revealed. This technique invented by the Surrealists is similar...

Back in the day (I'm dating myself nicely here) in the very, very early 80's, this very nicely packaged double album came out from the ultra hip Disques Du Crepuscule was released. It featured a wide range arty and post-classical musicians and spoken w...

“Hardy Fox grew up in Texas. After college he moved to San Francisco reveling in the free love days of 1967-68. He co-founded the much loved cult band, the Residents, where he was primary composer. The Residents recorded such groundbreaking albums as Eskimo, Duck Stab, Commercial Album or Fingerprince and continue to inspire, record and tour until this very day. They aren't only known for their avantgarde music, but also for their multimedia CD ROMs and their DVDs. Throughout the group's existence, the....

"The Harmonic Series is a compilation of musical works in Just Intonation created by three generations of contemporary composers who utilize this fascinating tuning system. A dense info booklet is inlcuded with notes from each artist. This compilation...

“This remarkable 6 CD collection captures many of San Francisco s best psychedelic bands at the peak of their powers, between 1966 and 1968. Featuring live performances from legendary venues, the set encompasses major stars like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Doors, cult heroes like Captain Beefheart and Moby Grape, and ultra obscurities like the Final Solution and the Initial Shock. Recorded at legendary venues; The Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom, Carousel Ballroom & The Matrix and originally...

"Chicago was awash in independent record labels during the late 50's and early 60's, all hoping to challenge Chess and Vee-Jay. Profile Records landed a national hit with Junior Wells' Little By Little . The label debuted in 1958 with pop crooner...

The early 1980s seemingly weren't a great time for creative music. Punk had come, swept away all the old (both good and bad - they didn't care!) and had mostly self-destructed by then, leaving the generally less interesting 'new wave' and all its subsets, all of which seemed to be made to get people to dress up 'creatively' and go out, snort cocaine and dance ('punk disco', my wife called it then). While there *were* a few exciting signs if you knew where to look for it, for the most part the collision...

Kind of a funny concept, but, y'know, they mostly got it right and the price is certainly right on this compilation.

"18 Mississippi delta blues, free form jazz and brooding swamp boogie songs that inspired the legendary artist including...


“By the time 1966 ended, many of the groups in Texas that started out playing British Invasion and folk-rock music, were now immersing themselves in the newly emerging psychedelic music. The five groups that comprise this album reflect the changes that occurred during this period and four of them even changed their names to sound more psychedelic. The Nomads became Smoke, Carrols Mood became The Sights And Sounds, The New Imperials became The Front Page News, and The Boys became The Remaining Few....

Nick Didkovsky commisioned over 20 artists to create music using the 44 "Nerve Events" found on Beta 14 OK. From high tech computer music using custom designed software, to low tech sampling & multitracking. Performances by Henry Kaiser, George Lowe, ...


Rune Grammofon celebrates release number 100 with this quite excellent and suitable collection of tracks from 13 of their esteemed artists, old and new. A full 12 tracks of the 13 are exclusive to this release! When the label started to compile the...

This is pretty great stuff, but much of the music here predates synthesizers in general usage. Expect to hear violins, harmoniums, vocals, hand drums, etc.

“In Sudan, the political and cultural are inseparable. In 1989, a coup brought a hardline religious government to power. Music was violently condemned. Many musicians and artists were persecuted, tortured, forced to flee into exile - and even murdered, ending one of the most beloved music eras in all of Africa and largely denying Sudan's...

A tribute to Moondog and his music and spirit by: A tribute by: Norman Bambi, Jean-Jacques Birgé, Chan Mami, Dragibu, David Fenech, Groupe d'essai 3, Ilitch, Konki Duet, Stephan Lakatos, Guillaume Loizillon, Markus Muench, Xenia Narati, Les Productions...


“...Unsettled Scores was a total smash; I wanted to buy it for some time, but I didn't imagine it was so unbelievably good.” – fan mail from some flounder

The idea came from Forever Einstein's Chuck Vrtacek: to put together an album of Cuneiform Records artists interpreting tunes from their label mates. Since the label had a pretty stable roster by 1994-1995, with most of them sharing some common musical aesthetics, the project has the possibility of being interesting. And it is....

A journey of the last 40 years of avant-garde music in the USA. Unreleased recordings by Allen Ginsberg, Steve Reich, David Behrman, Steve Lacy, Michael Gelasso, plus John Cage, Ben Neill, Pauline Oliveros, etc. [Felmay/New Tone]

Fine compilation (with a sprinkling of previously unreleased material as well) from the Vanguard catalog of 1960s and 1950s recordings. The set is divided into 3 sets: "Folk Blues", "Delta & Country Blues" and "Urban Blues". Some (not all, but a good...

Four progressive rock bands from Cuba. Sebastian El Toro, Perfume De Mujer, Naranja Mecanica, Musica D'Repuesto.

AKA "The young hipsters meet the original hipsters." Here are veteran (nearly all French) musicians from the post 1968 movement, all of whom are still active alongside their relatively young 'heirs', gathered together for 13 exclusive collaborations...

"In the spring of 2006, Spanish sound artist Francisco López led a composition workshop in Montreal. A master of the field recording and its use in acousmatic composition, López asked the participants to share their urban field recordings. From their...

"Dutch & English language psychedelia from 1966-1972. In 1968 the new foreign hippie gods caroused through the pristine Dutch tulip gardens. In musical history, this moment marked the end of the typical 'Nederbiet' scene as we knew it. The impact on...

I actually own a couple of the records featured on here, bought for very cheap in used record stores in the dark ages (10-15 years ago) when I never could have imagined that people would be rediscovering Robbie Basho or John Fahey. Nice to see some of...

"Following constant demand, the Psychic Circle label is delighted to announce the forthcoming numbered, limited repressing of the legendary We Can Fly series in a 5CD boxed set. Amongst the best psych and beat compilations ever put together, each...

A completely fascinating look and listen on a scene and time that is both long ago and far away. Includes a massive 103 page hard-bound book with photos and much, much information! Conditionally highly recommended!

"Explore Zambia's liberation and its impact on the country's rock revolution. The book, written by Eothen Alapatt and Leonard Koloko is the first investigation into the Zamrock scene, and is filled with original record artwork and rarely-seen photos of Zamrock's best ensembles. By the...

"By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though the country's first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itself under his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambia from war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty. This is the environment in which the '70s rock revolution that has come to be known as....

"Long recognized as two of the best garage bands from Michigan, The Unrelated Segments whose 'The Story Of My Life' has appeared on Rhino's Nuggets box set and The Tidal Waves who scored a number one hit with 'Farmer John' are the main focus of this compilation of Detroit garage bands. All of The Unrelated Segments and The Tidal Waves material are included on this CD, in the finest sound quality yet.
The other Detroit area bands, while nearly forgotten today, released a fine batch of recordings...

A compilation of improvising female vocalists, featuring Alquimia, Julie Tippetts & Maggie Nichols, Polly Bolton, Vanessa Mackness, Viv Dogan-Corringham, Alison Bently, Liz Hodgson, Mandy Fox, Shirley Kent, Ox Vox, Linda Lee Welch & Marion Hammon. "......

"A simple title with a simple concept. Wooden Guitar is an inspired excursion into the creases and folds of modern deltadelica & a thinly veiled homage to the great Takoma compilations of yore (remember that great Kottke, Lang, Fahey collection?) where gu

“This is the fifth release in Honest Jon's series of albums exploring vintage recordings held in the EMI Hayes Archive. This album uncovers the dizzy beginnings of the golden age of African music zinging with the social and political ferment of the independence movement and anti-colonialism, after the Second World War and the daredevil origins of Congolese rumba -- the entire continent's most popular music in the '60s and '70s.
The new music grew in concert with a burgeoning night life especially in..

“The ferocious heat on Tihama, the Red sea coastal plain of Yemen, is matched in its intensity by the tibbal music, an Afro-Arabian amalgam that features lyres, reeds and, particularly, virtuoso drumming. Its practitioners are largely drawn from the akhdam, an outcast group with a reputation for sorcery, who bring passion, skill and stamina to performances which accompany acrobatic dancing and ceremonial trance. This exciting CD captures the traditional music of this region which has retained an edge of...