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  • I'm New Here (On Sale) I'm New Here (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    I'm New Here (On Sale)

    Gil Scott-Heron is one of the most influential and important singer/songwriters to have come out of America in the second half of the last century. Much can be said about why Gil's lyrics are so original and powerful, but it is important not to overlook his utterly singular voice which is so distinctive and rough and tender. It's a voice of experience and the way his voice floats over the shifting funk rhythms and the deep jazz, soul and blues melodies is nothing short of sublime. It's also what enables him to draw you in to the difficult issues he does not shy away from dealing with. His sound is intimate and warm and direct and consequently it is hard to resist being moved and inspired by his message. Gil has been consistently relevant whether it be on a personal or political canvas.


    Early on in his career he wrote and recorded the song that for many is regarded as one of the first great rap tracks,The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. From its opening lines which turn Timothy Leary on his addled head (You will not be able to stay home brother. You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out. You will not be able to lose yourself on scag brother, because the revolution will not be televised.), Gil threw down the gauntlet, challenging us to get involved, be informed, retain a sense of humour and do the right thing. He was angry, politically savvy, compassionate and very funny. When he was brought to Arista by Clive Davis in 1975, he was billed by the label as the black Bob Dylan, and whilst this reductive and over simplistic description is typical marketing bullshit, there is some raison d'etre for this moniker. For Gil is a protest poet of enormous subtlety who has railed against those things in the world that he believes are wrong. And like Dylan he has often used humour as a powerful weapon.


    A new record from Gil Scott-Heron, 40 years after his first solo album, is a cause for major celebration and something that the world needs now more than ever.

    1. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 1)
    2. Me And The Devil
    3. I'm New Here
    4. Your Soul And Mine
    5. Parents (Interlude)
    6. I'll Take Care Of You
    7. Being Blessed (Interlude)
    8. Where Did The Night Go
    9. I Was Guided (Interlude)
    10. New York Is Killing Me
    11. Certain Things (Interlude)
    12. Running
    13. The Crutch
    14. I've Been Me (Interlude)
    15. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 2)
    Gil Scott-Heron
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    Bridges

    Hello Sunday! Hello Road!
    Song of the Wind
    Racetrack In France
    Vildgolia (Deaf, Dumb, and Blind)
    Under The Hammer
    We Almost Lost Detriot
    Tuskeegee #626
    Delta Man (Where I'm Comin' From)
    95 South (All of the Places We've Been)
    Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson
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    Across 110th Street

    One of the few surviving links to the pre-Soul/R&B era, Bobby Womack - who was originally discovered as a teenager singing Gospel music by the late Sam Cooke - nowadays enjoys full-blown "Living Legend" status. Blessed with one of the warmest, most readily-identifiable voices in Soul music, he carved out his reputation with a series of classic albums and singles in the early 70s, re-emerging again in the 80s with his career masterpieces, The Poet and The Poet II, the latter achieving platinum status in Europe alone.


    This unique package concentrates on the early 70s, and is built around the iconic, award-winning original soundtrack to Across 110th Street (1972), the critically-acclaimed - albeit violent, bloodthirsty and deeply disturbing - Blaxploitation movie which starred Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa. Perhaps Womack's most celebrated album, this compelling OST remains the most important soundtrack of the genre, the powerful title song later featuring heavily in both Quentin Tarantino's 1997 homage to Blaxploitation, Jackie Brown, and Ridley Scott's 2007 opus, American Gangster.


    Womack has enjoyed a long, rich career and still retains a strong cult status in the UK and Europe. He continues to record and tour sporadically and after battling ill-health in recent years, a new album is scheduled for release in June. The album is co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, who also produced Gil Scott Heron's acclaimed final album.

    1. Across 110th Street
    2. Harlem Clavinette
    3. If You Don't Want My Love
    4. Hang On In There
    5. Quicksand
    6. Harlem Love Theme
    7. Across 110th Street (Instrumental)
    8. Do It Right
    9. Hang On In There (Instrumental)
    10. If You Don't Want My Love (Instrumental)
    11. Across 110th Street Part 2
    Bobby Womack
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    The Message

    Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five merged the Afrocentric consciousness expressed by such early rappers as Gil Scott-Heron and the Last Poets with b-boy production to create The Message, an all-time rap anthem. It was the focal point of this LP, which also included It's Nasty and Scorpio, two other strong cuts that might have been winners on their own. Unfortunately, rather than a starting point, this album proved to be their ultimate peak.
    Side One


    1. She's Fresh
    2. It's Nasty
    3. Scorpio
    4. It's A Shame


    Side Two


    1. Dreamin
    2. You Are
    3. The Message

    Grandmaster Flash
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    From South Africa To South Carolina

    With Brian Jackson
    1. JOHANNESBURG
    2. A TOAST TO THE PEOPLE
    3. THE SUMMER OF '42
    4. BEGINNINGS (THE FIRST MINUTE OF A NEW DAY)
    5. SOUTH CAROLINA (Barnwell)
    6. ESSEX
    7. FELL TOGETHER
    8. A LOVELY DAY
    Gil Scott-Heron
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  • Pay Close Attention: XL Recordings Pay Close Attention: XL Recordings Quick View

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    Pay Close Attention: XL Recordings

    XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution.


    In the song "Out Of Space", Liam Howlett of The Prodigy provided a blueprint when he sampled Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC's rapping these
    words: "Pay Close Attention".


    And whilst XL has never had any outside ownership, Gil Scott-Heron advised me not to even consider XL "independent"; because everything is
    connected.


    This compilation is an attempt to illustrate some of these connections.


    Part 1 is the roots of XL; underground music, made for DJ's. These roots
    are still growing.


    Part 2 features some of the singular talents who have taken the label further
    than we ever envisioned. There is no unifying genre, and I'll happily confess to aesthetic opportunism; hopefully the thread of originality is evident
    though.


    We've never compromised. The rave music XL first became known for was
    known as "hardcore"; that spirit continues.


    To show our appreciation for your support: thank you DJ's.


    And thank you also to the retailers, writers and of course, ravers.


    -- Richard Russell, London, 2014

    1. DJs Take Control - SL2
    2. Out Of Space - The Prodigy
    3. Don't Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix) - Awesome 3
    4. Sweet Harmony - Liquid
    5. Piper - Jonny L
    6. Gabriel (Live Garage Version) - Roy Davis Jr. feat Peven Everett
    7. Destiny - Dem 2
    8. Anytime - Nu-Birth
    9. Jump N' Shout - Basement Jaxx
    10. I Luv U - Dizzee Rascal
    11. Igloo - Wiley
    12. Hater - Various Production
    13. Talkin The Hardest - Giggs
    14. Wildfire (ft. Little Dragon) - SBTRKT
    15. UK - Jamie xx
    16. Firestarter - Prodigy
    17. Fuck The Pain Away - Peaches
    18. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
    19. I Feel Just Like A Child - Devendra Banhart
    20. Once Around The Block - Badly Drawn Boy
    21. Seventeen Years - Ratatat
    22. Paper Planes - M.I.A.
    23. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
    24. New York Is Killing Me - Gil Scott-Heron
    25. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi - Radiohead
    26. Yonkers - Tyler, The Creator
    27. Sea Within A Sea - The Horrors
    28. BTSTU (Edit) - Jai Paul
    29. Please Forgive My Heart - Bobby Womack
    30. Angels - The xx
    31. Step - Vampire Weekend
    32. Easy Easy - King Krule
    33. Rolling In The Deep - Adele


    Bonus DVD
    Firestarter - Prodigy
    Where's Your Head At - Basement Jaxx
    Fell In Love With A Girl - The White Stripes
    Fix Up, Look Sharp - Dizzee Rascal
    BirdFlu - M.I.A.
    A-Punk - Vampire Weekend
    Lotus Flower - Radiohead
    I'm New Here - Gil Scott-Heron
    Yonkers - Tyler, The Creator
    Someone Like You - Adele (Live From The Brits 2011)

    Various Artists
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  • From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    From A Whisper To A Scream (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    One of Esther Phillips finest '70s releases, From A Whisper To A Scream is the first of seven albums the singer recorded for CTI offshoot Kudu. Arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis, the December 1971 session also involved principal players such as bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Bernard Purdie, percussionist Airto, guitarists Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale, keyboardist Richard Tee, and saxophonists Hank Crawford and David Liebman. Setting the tone for Phillips' Kudu era, Whisper offers a series of spacious, yet fully arranged ballads of burning heartache, along with a handful of relatively funky numbers that do nothing to compromise her talent, dishing out loads of classy grit. It's a definite point of departure from the likes of Esther Phillips Sings and And I Love Him!, her field of contemporaries closer to Al Green and Aretha Franklin than before. She grabs onto Home Is Where The Hatred Is, Gil Scott-Heron's most harrowing rumination on drug dependency -- which, at that point, wasn't even a year old -- as if it were her very own, and it's all the more poignant given its parallels with her own life. (It's meaning was only compounded by her death in 1984.) Though there is absolutely nothing lacking in the album's more energetic moments, it's still the ballads that shine brightest, like the alternately fragile and explosive From A Whisper To A Scream (Allen Toussaint) and a staggering Baby, I'm for Real (Marvin and Anna Gordy, made popular by the Originals) so vulnerable yet commanding that it really should've closed the album.



    Musicians:



    • Esther Phillips (vocal)

    • Pee Wee Ellis (arranger, conductor)

    • Hank Crawford (alto saxophone)

    • David Liebman (bassoon, flute)

    • Eric Gale (guitar)

    • Gordon Edwards (bass)

    • Airto Moreira (percussion)

    • Bernard Purdie (drums)




    Recording: December 1971 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
    2. From A Whisper To A Scream
    3. To Lay Down Beside You
    4. That's All Right With Me
    5. 'tTll My Back Ain't Got No Bone
    6. Sweet Touch Of Love
    7. Baby, I'm For Real
    8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
    9. Scarred Knees
    Esther Phillips
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  • The First Minute Of A New Day The First Minute Of A New Day Quick View

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    The First Minute Of A New Day

    With Brian Jackson
    1. OFFERING
    2. THE LIBERATION SONG (Red, Black and Green)
    3. MUST BE SOMETHING
    4. AIN'T NO SUCH THING AS SUPERMAN
    5. PARDON OUR ANALYSIS (We Beg Your Pardon)
    6. GUERILLA
    7. WINTER IN AMERICA
    8. WESTERN SUN
    Gil Scott-Heron
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    We're New Here

    In February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron released I'm New Here, his first album in 13 years. The album was enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike. Meanwhile, the last 18months have been meteoric for Jamie xx. His band The xx's self titled debut album received huge acclaim, picking up 2010's prestigious Mercury Music Prize, while Jamie garnered respect for his remixes and solo productions. So what happens when one of the most exciting young producers around reworks one of the most acclaimed albums from a true legend? The result is Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx's We're New Here.
    1. I'm New Here

    2. Home

    3. I've Been Me (Interlude)

    4. Running

    5. My Cloud

    6. Certain Things (Interlude)

    7. Crutch, The

    8. Ur Soul and Mine

    9. Parents (Interlude)

    10. Piano Player

    11. NY is Killing Me

    12. Jazz (Interlude)

    13. I'll Take Care of You

    Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX
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    Ibeyi

    Ibeyi (pronounced ee-bey-ee) means "twins" in the language of the Yoruban culture
    of Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. The album of the same name, produced by
    XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, is the story of two sisters: their relationship,
    their origins, their shared history and their musical chemistry.


    The twins' roots are reflected in the polyglot nature of the lyrics - in English,
    French and Yoruban - and music which combines ritual chants with synths and
    samplers, jazz vocals with the spellbinding mystery of Björk and Fever Ray, the
    traditional with the modern. This uniquely cosmopolitan sound is the perfect
    vehicle for their intimately personal stories. According to them, "This album is
    about love and family and people who are gone."


    Lisa-Kainde and Naomi (the eldest by two minutes) were born in Paris, where
    they still live, but spent their first two years in Cuba. Their father was Miguel
    "Anga" Diaz, the member of the Buena Vista Social Club, who was acclaimed as
    the greatest conga player.


    Record producer and XL Recordings boss Richard Russell first encountered
    Ibeyi when he saw them performing "Mama Says" on a 2013 YouTube video. He
    soon invited them to meet him - a serious offer from someone who in recent
    years has produced albums by Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here and Bobby Womack
    The Bravest Man In The Universe (co-produced with Damon Albarn), as well
    Albarn's own acclaimed 2014 solo album Everyday Robots.


    The album is a subtle melange of diverse influences: not just Lisa-Kainde's soul
    and jazz leanings and Naomi's up-to-the-minute beatmaking but the bloodlines
    of France, Cuba and Africa, including the use of Yoruban chants they first heard in
    the Santeria ceremonies. The tense, dramatic "Oya," the lead track on their debut
    EP, addresses the deity (or "Orisha") of change and destruction while "River"
    honours Oshun, the Orisha of love, rivers and fertility. Yoruban culture travelled
    from Nigeria and Benin to Cuba and Brazil with the slave ships centuries ago but
    is little-known in Europe.

    1. Eleggua (Intro)
    2. Oya
    3. Ghosts
    4. River
    5. Think Of You
    6. Behind The Curtain
    7. Stranger / Lover
    8. Mama Says
    9. Weatherman
    10. Faithful
    11. Yanira
    12. Singles
    12. Ibeyi (Outro)
    Ibeyi
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  • Panoramic Tymes Panoramic Tymes Quick View

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    Panoramic Tymes

    The story of the Qualitons began in 2007 when DJ/producer Kanada Káosz was invited to DJ at the Berlin Soul Ascension Festival. When he saw some of the greatest funk/soul/beat bands playing at the SAF (including the Soul Investigators and Afrobeat Academy) he went back to Budapest inspired to organize such a band in Hungary.


    The band were named after the living memory of the former Hungarian recording company Qualiton, a record label which existed from the late-'50s up to the '70s. At first the band's repertoire consisted of cover-versions from rare Hungarian 7 singles but soon started to write their own songs. They released two 7 singles on Tramp Records and were featured on a compilation entitled Contemporary Funk.


    In early 2010 legendary Japanese DJ Muro placed Mellbimbo by the Qualitons right at the beginning of his afro-funk mixtape Super Afro Funky Breaks. Furthermore, Gil-Scott Heron and his band shared the stage with the Qualitons at the Mediawave Festival in Szombathely, Hungary. Heron and the guys enjoyed themselves so much that they congratulated the Qualitons personally for their authentic music and great performance. Tramp Records is now pleased to present the collective's debut album Panoramic Tymes.

    1. C'mon Baby (Get Heavy With Me)
    2. Overdose
    3. Ejjel A Soteben
    4. A.C. Blues
    5. Soul Bowl/Kekfeny
    6. Bodzarella
    7. Wandering Will
    8. Mellimbo
    9. More Pultonium
    10. Aua
    The Qualitons
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    In Colour

    Jamie xx will release his debut album In Colour on Young
    Turks. The eleven track LP includes previous releases "Girl" and "Sleep
    Sound" as well as forthcoming single "Loud Places," which features vocals
    from Romy Madley Croft.


    The release of In Colour comes on the back of an incredible six year
    creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between
    his role as founding member and producer of The xx, and creator
    of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string
    of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single "Far
    Nearer," remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The
    Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus We're New
    Here - Jamie's seminal reworking of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album -
    hinted at what was to come.


    With In Colour - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations
    with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft ("Seesaw" and
    "Loud Places") and Oliver Sim ("Stranger In A Room"), Young Thug and
    Popcaan ("Good Times") and Four Tet ("Seesaw") - Jamie delivers his
    definitive artistic statement.

    1, Gosh
    2. Sleep Sound
    3. SeeSaw (feat. Romy)
    4. Obvs
    5. Just Saying
    6. Stranger In A Room (feat. Oliver Sim)
    7. Hold Tight
    8. Loud Places (feat. Romy)
    9. I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
    10. The Rest Is Noise
    11. Girl
    Jamie XX
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    Across 110th Street

    One of the few surviving links to the pre-Soul/R&B era, Bobby Womack - who was originally discovered as a teenager singing Gospel music by the late Sam Cooke - nowadays enjoys full-blown "Living Legend" status. Blessed with one of the warmest, most readily-identifiable voices in Soul music, he carved out his reputation with a series of classic albums and singles in the early 70s, re-emerging again in the 80s with his career masterpieces, The Poet and The Poet II, the latter achieving platinum status in Europe alone.


    This unique package concentrates on the early 70s, and is built around the iconic, award-winning original soundtrack to Across 110th Street (1972), the critically-acclaimed - albeit violent, bloodthirsty and deeply disturbing - Blaxploitation movie which starred Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa. Perhaps Womack's most celebrated album, this compelling OST remains the most important soundtrack of the genre, the powerful title song later featuring heavily in both Quentin Tarantino's 1997 homage to Blaxploitation, Jackie Brown, and Ridley Scott's 2007 opus, American Gangster.


    Womack has enjoyed a long, rich career and still retains a strong cult status in the UK and Europe. He continues to record and tour sporadically and after battling ill-health in recent years, a new album is scheduled for release in June. The album is co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, who also produced Gil Scott Heron's acclaimed final album.

    1. Across 110th Street
    2. Harlem Clavinette
    3. If You Don't Want My Love
    4. Hang On In There
    5. Quicksand
    6. Harlem Love Theme
    7. Across 110th Street (Instrumental)
    8. Do It Right
    9. Hang On In There (Instrumental)
    10. If You Don't Want My Love (Instrumental)
    11. Across 110th Street Part 2
    Bobby Womack
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
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    The First Minute Of A New Day

    With Brian Jackson

    1. OFFERING (3:34)

    2. THE LIBERATION SONG (Red, Black and Green) (6:18)

    3. MUST BE SOMETHING (5:16)

    4. AIN'T NO SUCH THING AS SUPERMAN (4:13)

    5. PARDON OUR ANALYSIS (We Beg Your Pardon) (8:01)

    6. GUERILLA (7:49)

    7. WINTER IN AMERICA (6:09)

    8. WESTERN SUN

    Gil Scott-Heron
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  • The Last Poets (Out of Stock) The Last Poets (Out of Stock) Quick View

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    The Last Poets (Out of Stock)

    'An extraordinary distillation of fury and frustration. Instantly hailed as a classic, it has since been a direct influence on everything from gil scott-heron's small talk at 125th and lenox to public enemy's fear of a black planet.' -- uncut


    'Proto-rap prophets 'proto-rap prophets of rage... Their righteous indignation still burns' -- record collector


    Generally recognized as one of the first ever rap groups, The Last Poets' groundbreaking fusion of minimalist African beats with uncompromising lyrics dealing with life in the ghetto, civil rights and social injustice caused a major sensation when their eponymous debut album made the U.S. Top Ten album chart in 1970.


    The group's militant message and delivery, coupled with their support for The Black Panthers, made them highly controversial at the time leading to the group's second album, 1971's This Is Madness, being placed on Richard Nixon's Counter-Intelligence programming list. Their pioneering sound continues to influence today's funk and hip-hop scenes, with their mark being heard on countless black musicians over the years.

    1. Run, Nigger
    2. On The Subway
    3 .Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution
    4. Black Thighs
    5. Gashman
    6. Wake Up, Niggers
    7. New York, New York
    8. Jones Comin` Down
    9. When The Revolution Comes
    10. Just Because
    11 .Black Wish
    12. Two Little Boys
    14. Surprises
    The Last Poets
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  • Across 110th Street (40th Anniversary Edition) (Out of Stock) Across 110th Street (40th Anniversary Edition) (Out of Stock) Quick View

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    Across 110th Street (40th Anniversary Edition) (Out of Stock)

    One of the few surviving links to the pre-Soul/R&B era, Bobby Womack - who was originally discovered as a teenager singing Gospel music by the late Sam Cooke - nowadays enjoys full-blown "Living Legend" status. Blessed with one of the warmest, most readily-identifiable voices in Soul music, he carved out his reputation with a series of classic albums and singles in the early 70s, re-emerging again in the 80s with his career masterpieces, The Poet and The Poet II, the latter achieving platinum status in Europe alone.


    This unique package concentrates on the early 70s, and is built around the iconic, award-winning original soundtrack to Across 110th Street (1972), the critically-acclaimed - albeit violent, bloodthirsty and deeply disturbing - Blaxploitation movie which starred Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa. Perhaps Womack's most celebrated album, this compelling OST remains the most important soundtrack of the genre, the powerful title song later featuring heavily in both Quentin Tarantino's 1997 homage to Blaxploitation, Jackie Brown, and Ridley Scott's 2007 opus, American Gangster.


    Womack has enjoyed a long, rich career and still retains a strong cult status in the UK and Europe. He continues to record and tour sporadically and after battling ill-health in recent years, a new album is scheduled for release in June. The album is co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, who also produced Gil Scott Heron's acclaimed final album.

    1. Across 110th Street
    2. Harlem Clavinette (instrumental)
    3. If You Don't Want My Love
    4. Hang On In There (instrumental)
    5. Quicksand
    6. Harlem Love Theme (instrumental)
    7. Across 110th Street (instrumental)
    8. Do It Right
    9. Hang On In There
    10. If You Don't Want My Love (instrumental)
    11. Across 110th Street (part 2)
    Bobby Womack
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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    From A Whisper To A Scream (Out Of Stock)

    One of Esther Phillips finest '70s releases, From a Whisper to a Scream is the first of seven albums the singer recorded for CTI offshoot Kudu. Arranged and conducted by Pee Wee Ellis, the December 1971 session also involved principal players such as bassist Gordon Edwards, drummer Bernard Purdie, percussionist Airto, guitarists Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale, keyboardist Richard Tee, and saxophonists Hank Crawford and David Liebman.


    Setting the tone for Phillips' Kudu era, Whisper offers a series of spacious, yet fully arranged ballads of burning heartache, along with a handful of relatively funky numbers that do nothing to compromise her talent, dishing out loads of classy grit. It's a definite point of departure from the likes of Esther Phillips Sings and And I Love Him, her field of contemporaries closer to Al Green and Aretha Franklin than before. She grabs onto Home Is Where the Hatred Is, Gil Scott-Heron's most harrowing rumination on drug dependency -- which, at that point, wasn't even a year old -- as if it were her very own, and it's all the more poignant given its parallels with her own life. (Its meaning was only compounded by her death in 1984.)


    Though there is absolutely nothing lacking in the album's more energetic moments, it's still the ballads that shine brightest, like the alternately fragile and explosive From a Whisper to a Scream (Allen Toussaint) and a staggering Baby, I'm for Real (Marvin and Anna Gordy, made popular by the Originals) so vulnerable yet commanding that it really should've closed the album.


    - Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)

    1. Home Is Where The Hatred Is
    2. From A Whisper To A Scream
    3. To Lay Down Beside You
    4. That's All Right With Me
    5. 'tTll My Back Ain't Got No Bone
    6. Sweet Touch Of Love
    7. Baby, I'm For Real
    8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
    9. Scarred Knees
    Esther Phillips
    $14.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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