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Soul Cal: Funky Disco & Modern Soul 1971-1982The definitive survey of america's best, independent 70s soul-ensembles. 15 rare and unreleased tracks; 80-page book with rare photos and each band's story.
A decade in the making, Soul Cal is the definitive survey of America's best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles. Profiled within this album and book are the bands that transitioned from funk to disco; the bands that kept up the backbeat as rhythm moved to the backseat. Against the odds, they left recorded artifacts for we at Now-Again to dig out, dust off and restore. Collected here for the first time are the musical dreams of dozens, dreams that were deferred but were never discarded.
Soul Cal features some well-known figures from the various soul scenes that paved the way for their resurgence. The Northern Soul, Modern Soul and Deep Disco and Funk circles have all obsessed over the likes of Luther Davis, Rhythm Machine, Mixed Sugar and Record Player. But these and Soul Cal's other bands - many of whom managed only to release a solitary 7 single in their heyday - will be unknown to most.
Their obscurity notwithstanding, the music made by these bands is sure to strike a chord within the soul of any person taken by black American music from the latter half of the 20th century. In his long-running investigation into this flux-period in black American music, compiler and key researcher Eothen Egon Alapatt sought not only licenses, records and master tapes - but the stories and backdrops of these majestic soul songs and the ensembles that created them.
It is due to the immense research that his investigation demanded - and the trove of information and music he unearthed - that we at Now-Again decided to present Soul Cal as an album and a book at the same time. Soul Cal's music is too good to be anonymously relaunched and a CD or LP booklet can only hold so much information. Simply telling the stories of these bands without unleashing their largely unheard music just seemed unfair. Thus, Soul Cal offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on this great burst of black American creativity in the decade after funk, the decade before hip-hop.1. Luther Davis - 'You Can Be A Star'
2. UPC All Stars - 'Don't Get Discouraged'
3. Pure Essence - 'Wake Up'
4. Anubis - 'Ecology'
5. Rhythm Machine - 'Put A Smile On Time'
6. Ellis & Cephas - 'I'm Gonna Miss You Girl'
7. Mixed Sugar - 'It's A Bad Feeling'
8. Mixed Feelings - 'Sha La La'
9. Key & Cleary - 'What It Takes To Live'
10. Leon Mitchison & The Eastex Freeway Band - 'Love Is'
11. Clifford Nyren - 'Keep Running Away'
12. Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism - 'Things Cannot Stop Forever'
13. C. Henry Woods Troupe - 'The Stranger'
14. Record Player - 'Free Your Mind'
15. Freedom Express - 'Get Down'$29.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Panoramic TymesThe 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)
3. Ejjel A Soteben
4. A.C. Blues
5. Soul Bowl/Kekfeny
7. Wandering Will
9. More Pultonium
10. Aua$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Think It Over
Get Down Philly Town
It Ain't Right$13.99 $9.79 Save $4.20 (30%)Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Warm BlanketWarm Blanket is the third album from Mississippi songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Dent May. Recorded in solitude in a reportedly haunted Victorian house by the bay in St. Augustine, Florida, the album arrives just barely a year after the release of his previous LP Do Things.
Dent's most ambitious undertaking yet, Warm Blanket is another kaleidoscopic odyssey through the restless musical mind of a DIY pop auteur. He played almost all of the instruments on the album, making use of the house's antique grand piano and recruiting Florida locals to ll in on horns, strings, and pedal steel guitar.
The result is an album of existential pop, psychedelic funk, and melancholy soul with soaring arrangements ripped from the pages of classic American songwriting. Lyrically, Dent investigates life's timeless mysteries, touching on youth, mortality, alienation, and unrequited love with startling honesty and humor.
A delightful mix of organic textures, analog synth squiggles, inventive vocal melodies, and sincere wordplay, Warm Blanket is a bold step forward for an artist who shows no signs of slowing
down.1. Turn Up The Speakers
2. Let Them Talk
3. Born Too Late
5. Corner Piece
6. Do I Cross Your Mind?
7. It Takes A Long Time
8. I'm Ready To Be Old
10. Found A Friend
11. Summer Is Over$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Alagbon CloseAlagbon Close, originally released on the independent Jofabro label in 1974, marks the first full flowering of Afrobeat, as a music and as a principled political philosophy. Instrumentally, the album brings together the several signature elements of Fela's Afrobeat, which had not previously been moulded into such a unified, finely-balanced form on record. Lyrically, it is a full-on confrontation with an enforcing power of the Nigerian state: Alagbon Close in Lagos was the headquarters of the Nigerian Criminal Investigation Department. Many of the musical elements which make Alagbon Close so compelling can be heard on earlier recordings, but on this album, Fela pulled them all together to devastating effect, in the process creating the classic Afrobeat paradigm.1. Alagbon Close
2. I Know Get Eye For Back$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Alagbon Close, originally released on the independent Jofabro label in 1974, marks the first full flowering of Afrobeat, as a music and as a principled political philosophy. Instrumentally, the album brings together the several signature elements of Fela's Afrobeat, which had not previously been molded into such a unified, finely-balanced form on record. Lyrically, it is a full-on confrontation with an enforcing power of the Nigerian state: Alagbon Close in Lagos was the headquarters of the Nigerian Criminal Investigation Department. Many of the musical elements which make Alagbon Close so compelling can be heard on earlier recordings, but on this album, Fela pulled them all together to devastating effect, in the process creating the classic Afrobeat paradigm.1. Alagbon Close
2. I Know Get Eye For Back$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Song Of A GypsyDefinitive reissue of the legendary late '60s Los Angeles psychedelic masterpiece:
restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. Extensive
booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation
into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon.
Damon's Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for
over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts in the world, with the scant original copies
that exist exchanging hands for thousands of dollars.
Song of a Gypsy has remained high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable. It seemed that this homespun, funky
psychedelic monument borrowed from nothing and sprung from nowhere. Damon's unique, introspective songwriting and
nuanced voice, the interplay between he and lead guitarist Charlie Carey and an atmosphere that so perfectly captured the last
bloom of the flower power era as it decayed into the dark haze of the '70s underground could only have arisen from a spark of
auspicious genius. But did it?
Over the past seven years, we at Now-Again have been obsessed with Song of a Gypsy and have researched the album, and
Damon's life-arch. This anthology is our attempt to put forth a convincing argument for the overwhelming importance of this
album, a unique high point from within but also outside of America's psychedelic movement.
We follow Damon on his "predestined life as a gypsy" from his birth into a tight knit Italian American family in Rochester, New
York, through the various Los Angeles communities that he would call home. We analyze the entirety of his oeuvre, from his first
surf-rock single in 1960, through schmaltzy pop, convincing doo-wop, blued eyed soul and garage rock in the mid 60s. And we
focus on the year 1967, the founding of his label Ankh, and his transformation from a pop hopeful to the tortured soul who
would create Song of a Gypsy. We attempt to make sense of the seminal moments that made this transformation possible in a
crucial moment in America's psychedelic high water mark in this, the definitive reissue of this album.1. Song of a Gypsy
2. Poor Poor Genie
3. Don't You Feel Me
4. Did You Ever
5. Funky Funky Blues
6. Oh What A Good Boy Am I
7. Do You
8. The Night
9. Feel Your Love
10. Birds Fly So High
11. The Road of Life$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now