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The 2016 album from Swedish unit The 2120's, which features Christian Smedstrom, driving force behind legendary stoner band The Awesome Machine. The music presented here showcases all his influences, spanning folk, blues country and the psychedelic '60s and '70s. The material was recorded in Berlin, Atlanta and Los Angeles and there are guest appearances on keys from John Thomas (Captain Beefheart's Magic Band) and Klas-Henrik Hörngren (Klabbes Bank). Limited to 300 DOUBLE-LP's on coloured vinyl, including a 5-track bonus CD.
Equipped with a broad range of vintage instruments from the '60s and '70s, the band is connected to the initial Krautrock era in a very special way. On the band's 11th album, 'Misophonia', Electric Orange goes about it skillfully, bringing vintage influences into the modern age. Pure neo Krautrock of the highest order! Limited to 200 copies on BLACK VINYL.
Exmagma's eponymous first album, recorded in 1972 and released in 1973, reminds a lot of late '60s Soft Machine. Others compare the album to Wolfgang Dauner's output or tracks by Et Cetera. Exmagma's music goes beyond jazz and rock, using a wealth of effects and electronic gadgets. This reissue comes with a replica of the original 8-page insert and sticker.
Exmagma's sophomore album, 1974's 'Goldball' grooves like Hendrix jamming with Miles Davis. 'Goldball' definitely is more accessible than the band's debut. Indeed, the spirit is rock'n'roll and the approach is improvisational. This vinyl reissue comes with a biography insert and a sticker.
Tin House's music was a hard-rocking onslaught of lust, chops and powerhouse riffs that gripped like an alligator bite. These guys were signed to Epic Records out of high school. They were respected by Leslie West and Johnny and Edgar Winter and their album (released in 1971) was produced by Rick Derringer. But like many other almost famous bands, Tin House fell away into unjust obscurity. This release includes everything Tin House recorded for Epic, including two previously unreleased tracks and the elusive (and unique) single versions of 'I Want Your Body' and 'Be Good and Be Kind', all taken directly from master tape transfers. The CD comes with a 16-page colour booklet featuring liner notes by Doug Sheppard (Ugly Things) and photos from the archive of drummer Mike Logan.
Laurence Vanay is the pseudonym for Jacqueline Thibault, wife of producer and musician Laurent Thibault (Magma). This is an incredible album of spacey avant-garde progressive chansons and the first ever release for these late-'70s recordings!
CD reissue of the follow-up to Jacqueline Thibault's (Laurence Vanay) 1976 album 'Evening Colours'. 'Les Soleils De La Vie' (or 'The Suns Of Life') was recorded with the help of her perpetual musical accomplices Serge Derrien (guitar, flute, wordless vocals) and John Chevalier (a.k.a. Popov) on drums and percussion. Despite interest from Decca Records the album remained unreleased at the time. Now these shimmering, mysterious, sometimes funky, deeply emotional examples of musical beguilement are available for the world.
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Out of the beat Mecca that is Hamburg, Germany comes The Wrong Society with a top-notch two-sider! This single presents the quartet in fine form, racking up a couple more moody and broody garage-beat originals with a heavy mid-60s teen-jangle vibe.
Shindig #58 pays attention to a.o. Yardbirds, Uther Pendragon (psychedelic guitar mangling in the '70s), The Grumbleweeds (the UK TV stars early pop outings), The Equals (maximum R&B meets mainstream pop success), Lenny Kaye (the writer, guitarist and 'Nuggets'-curator speaks), The Jolt (the Scottish mod-punk nearly men), Fraternity Of Man (more than just friends of Zappa and Beefheart) and ofcourse you may expect all the usual sections and reviews.
The debut-album by Arms Race follows a well-received 6-track demo in 2013 and a 6-track 7-inch EP in 2014. Arms Race arrived on the scene fully formed with a powerful and gnarly brand of UK-meets-USA hc. The signature sound of a vocalist chewing on glass is backed by one of the most solid rhythm sections in HC these days. At the same time the guitar work adds a metallic element that makes the whole sound gigantic, yet keeps the ugliness and aggression to the max.
The third in a series of six 12-inch releases -called 'Cosmic Temple'- from producer Daniele Baldelli. 'Gandarva' switches from balearic atmospheres to interstellar space travel. In 'Kosmaro' the voice of Monica Giacomobono describes a sleepless night, traveling delirious on the notes of the keyboard played by Ricky Burattini (Justofunk) which then, together with the bass of Onorino Tiburzi, leads us into a jazzy-funk walk with the track 'Isotropofunk'.
The fourth in a series of six 12-inch releases -called 'Cosmic Temple'- from producer Daniele Baldelli. An ingredient that's always present in Baldelli's 'Cosmic Temple' project is Afro-beat. 'Joka Joka' is sung by Congolese vocalist Bale Mondonga. 'Vhanessa' is a magical flight in search of distant galaxies, a tribal electro joint, a kind of Rubik's cube. The Kraftwerk-like 'Archetipo' leaves us waiting for the arrival of chapters 5 and 6 to complete the Cosmic Temple.
Canned Heat guitarist Blind Owl Wilson (who passed away in 1970) contributed a number of excellent songs to the band's repertoire, f.i. the '60s hits 'Going Up The Country' and 'On The Road Again'. What we have here is an LP of Blind Owl's songs from Canned Heat's records. The result is a true psychedelic masterpiece! Limited to 700 copies.
These recordings document the brief and intense life of a group formed at the beginning of the 1970s in Padua, Italy, where electroacoustic and computer music pioneer Teresa Rampazzi had started the NPS Group a few years earlier. Arke Sinth was a group of four young musicians who decided to perform their own music. Thus they undertook an experimental venture into collective composition and unusual timbral associations, with possibly no references whatsoever to previously existing music genres. Limited to 400 copies.
The first ever vinyl release of the works of Italian maestro Mario Bertoncini, relentless experimental composer, philosopher, artist and builder of sounds (as well as former member of the Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza). The LP presents a selection of his compositions for Aeolian constructions, which he started working on in the early '70s. Limited to 400 copies.
'Boiling Pool' consists of 953 fragments, 722 situations, 952 interruptions and countless sources, intentions and beings. 'Boiling Pool' was recorded at various places between 1971 and 2016 by Jürgen Eckloff, Rashad Becker, Robert Schalinski and René Lamp, Tom Platt, Andrew Loadman and Stea Andreasson. Responsible for the source donations were Derek Holzer, Antoin Chessex, Konrad Schalinski, Paul Viebeg, Nada & Rasmus, Leo Solter, Remo Lamp, Zeitkratzer, Hilke Schalinski, Jürgen Ploog, Mirko Uhlig, Nocturne, Herbert Brauer, Nam, Nora Below and Joachim Schönfeld. Limited edition of 245 numbered copies. TRACKS: 01. Pooling - 444 Fragments 02. Boiling - 509 Fragments
The fifth full-length album by _Algol_ offers digital and analogue sounds combined with soothing guitar tunes. This is a conceptual and contemplating album for virtual cosmic journeys.
A great collection of songs from one of Ethiopia's most beloved singers, Tlahoun Gessesse (English spelling varies). These recordings, spanning the period 1969-1975, cover the full range of Tlahoun's styles and moods, including mystical modal songs, straight up rockers and ballads. Killer stuff from the golden age of Ethiopian soul music. Tlahoun's voice, alongside Mahmoud Ahmed's, is one of the strongest in the country's history, so don't miss out on this monstrously good LP. Edition of 1.800 copies.
The second LP in Mississippi Record's ongoing series of releases from Tsege Mariam Gebru! Here are more '60s recordings of her truly unique solo piano performances. Tsege Mariam Gebru (or spelled here as Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru) is a true original withb a style somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, Coptic liturgical music and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear! These original compositions appear on vinyl for the first time since their super rare original releases in the early 1960s. The LP comes in an old school "tip on" cover with gold foil printing.
Originally released on Trojan in 1974, this album was essentially a re-release of the 'Soul Rebels' LP from 1970, with a few extra tracks. This historic release marked Bob Marley & The Wailers first collaboration with Lee Perry and the true beginning of their musical and spiritual commitment to Rastafari. This is Bob Marley and the original Wailers (Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) long before they became international reggae superstars. Redefining reggae music, tracks like 'Soul Rebel', 'Duppy Conqueror', or 'Small Axe' never sounded better.
For the first time ever on vinyl, this is the original score to a movie by Dario Argento's protégé Luigi Cozzi, composed and arranged by electronic composer and wizard Vince Tempera in 1989. This classic Italian horror score is finally available on the DOUBLE-LP format, including artwork by E. Sciotti. Edition on BLACK VINYL.
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