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V/A Disco Not Disco (3) (Strut)

Strut is back! After releasing 2 amazing comps of the finest in underground leftfield disco and post-punk dance rarities, Strut called it a day. This was heartbreaking news as we were hoping Strut would become a stalwart reissue label like Soul Jazz or Numero Group. Miraculously, they have defied the odds and with the help of K7! and risen once again, hopefully to stay around for awhile. And with their return comes this third volume from the always exciting Disco Not Disco series. Billed as Post Punk, Electro and Leftfield Disco classics from 1974-1986, the bulk of the cuts are heavier on the eighties side with classic tracks from Shriekback, Quango Quango, Material and Konk. But also with rare leaps into Belgian and German territory with Liaisons Dangereuses, Kazino and Gina X performance (which due to an 11th hour dispute may or may not really be a Yellow Magic Orchestra track). Vivien Goldman and Delta 5 represent classic late seventies British post-punk while a Kid Creole remix of James White and The Blacks « Contort Yourself » offers a breezier twist on the New York scene favorite. The proto-disco fusion groove of Isotope is the earliest and our least loved track, but the white hot store favorite status goes to A Number Of Names’ « Sharivari » and The Pop Group spin off project, Maximum Joy’s minimal dub winddown « Silent Street / Silent Dub ». So Killer! Strut’s essential comps do not stay in print for very long so don’t miss out on the first of 2008’s awesome party jams!



V/A Disco Not Disco 2 (Strut) 2lp

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As you probably know, the first volume of Strut’s Disco Not Disco compilation has been a big hit here at AQ, with customers and staff alike. Well, we’re happy to report that volume 2 is also great. It’s a look back at the early days of *underground* disco when disco was an outgrowth of both New York punk and « No New York » proto new wave — and although volume 2 doesn’t limit itself to New York (there’s Dutch, British, German musicians here), it is still ass kicking stripped down disco with no affectations and no stupid fashion victim Saturday Night Fever synth action to muck up the groove. Sure, this music has been sitting around for years and most of you have probably heard a track or two contained here, but Strut’s stroke of genius has been to compile these tracks *together*, coming as they do from seemingly totally disparate groups who don’t (to our ears today) share much in common — from Laid Back’s classic « White Horse » to Yello’s much sampled « Bostitch », Can’s « Aspectacle (Holger Czukay edit) », and yes, there’s another Arthur Russell track to match the fucking brilliance of his piece « Tell You Today » on the first Disco Not Disco comp. The only misstep, in my opinion, is the inclusion of the Clash’s « This is Radio Clash » at the tail end of the comp. The song is so familiar and even a bit tired, and while we appreciate that it rightfully belongs in this context, it still will make you run to your stereo to see if somehow the radio got turned on by accident. Still, highly recommended!


V/A Down & Out: The Sad Soul of the Black South (Trikont)

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We’re proud to be carrying the very hard to find German label Trikont, who have amassed an incredibly diverse selection of cds featuring music from all over the world. This WONDRFUL compilation collects the warm soul music of the American south, featuring Percy Mayfield, Betty Lavette, Virgil Griffin, Sam Dees, etc. The liner notes set the stage: « Nowhere will a romance be longed for that desperately, nowhere are the comforting powers of love known that well. And still: Soul can do more. Who ever has dared to go beyond the shallowness of radioformatted sounds and has ventured deeper, will soon have discovered stains, all kinds of interesting dirt and spiritual undertones that connect the gutter with heaven. You can get addicted to Soul painfully. You will realize it when the long forgotten voices of ecstasy, irrationality and despair strike back. »


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V/A Dusty Fingers Vol. 1 (Strictly Break) 

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You know how everyone thinks they can be a DJ now, right? Maybe one of the unlooked-for benefits of this trend is that there are that many more people sifting through dusty ole record bins in dusty ole record stores worldwide, searching for the good breaks to sample and scratch. And perhaps that explains the sudden number of recent, very tasteful, well-done compilations that have graced the shelves here at Aquarius, comps filled with original source material utilized during or created for the breakbeat era’s heyday (mid to late ’70s). And hey, now that these amazing tracks are collected in one place on cd or vinyl, we can listen to them in the safety of our own living rooms — instead of having to brave yuppies and cigarette smoke and $6 drinks to hear perfectly good tunes mangled by DJs of mediocre skills.
The Dusty Fingers comps, brought to you by the Strictly Break folks, are very strong, utterly delightful compilations of tracks from such a wide variety of genres that it brings a smile to my face just to see them in one place! And yes, the tracks totally work together as great compilation cds, and the welcome effect of the different tracks side by side is a fresh perspective on the music. Very spacy stuff, some easy listening psych material, with each track featuring killer rhythms that’ll appeal to the DJ in you.
Vol. 1 features everyone from Ferrante & Teicher to Amon Duul, David Axelrod, Donovan, Les Baxter, Annette Peacock, and the Small Faces. No liner notes to speak of, just a copyright and year of original release (almost all ’70s), plus an assurance that all tracks are legally licensed. Mastered from original tapes with very clean results. Highly recommended!

RealAudio clip: PROJECTION « Intro/Abstractions »

RealAudio clip: AMON DUUL « Kismet »

RealAudio clip: DAVID AXELROD « The Warnings »

RealAudio clip: DONOVAN « Get Thy Bearings »


V/A Dusty Fingers Vol. 2 (Strictly Break)

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You know how everyone thinks they can be a DJ now, right? Maybe one of the unlooked-for benefits of this trend is that there are that many more people sifting through dusty ole record bins in dusty ole record stores worldwide, searching for the good breaks to sample and scratch. And perhaps that explains the sudden number of recent, very tasteful, well-done compilations that have graced the shelves here at Aquarius, comps filled with original source material utilized during or created for the breakbeat era’s heyday (mid to late ’70s). And hey, now that these amazing tracks are collected in one place on cd or vinyl, we can listen to them in the safety of our own living rooms — instead of having to brave yuppies and cigarette smoke and $6 drinks to hear perfectly good tunes mangled by DJs of mediocre skills.
The Dusty Fingers comps, brought to you by the Strictly Break folks, are very strong, very delightful compilations of tracks from such a wide variety of genres that it brings a smile to my face just to see them in one place! And yes, the tracks totally work together as great compilation cds. Each track features killer rhythms that’ll appeal to the DJ in you. (Speaking of which, the Harvey Averne track on this volume appealed to Terry Riley so much that he remixed it for his amazing « You’re No Good » all-night performance in 1967–see elsewhere on this list.)
Vol. 2 is jazzier than the easy-listening first volume, with Bola Sete, Les McCann, and funky bits from the soundtrack to Gator! No liner notes to speak of, just a copyright and year of original release (almost all ’70s), plus an assurance that all tracks are legally licensed. Mastered from original tapes with very clean results.

RealAudio clip: HARVEY AVERNE « You’re No Good »

RealAudio clip: GALT MACDERMOT « Ripped Open by Metal Explosions »


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V/A Eccentric Soul : The Capsoul Label (Numero Group) 

In the early 70s, the Capsoul label suffered a similar fate as Stax Records out of Memphis. Great small label, amazing artists, amazing songs — but in the midst of a Motown big-hit explosion. Founded by Bill Moss in Columbus, Ohio, Capsoul produced some incredible soul and funk music. Musically, Moss had all the ingredients of a great label (he even wrote some of their hits) but his timing in the industry couldn’t have been worse. As it was at this time, Motown had just moved to Los Angeles and was quickly growing to gigantic proportions. Sadly, Capsoul went out of business only five years after starting up. Even more sadly, when it did, all master tapes were destroyed. So the songs on this comp are actually taken from 45’s gathered by the folks at Numero Group through various sources, including Ebay! Meticulously transferred, they sound totally awesome. The 19 funk and soul treasures are beautifully packaged and feature a couple cool studio photos. Extensive liner notes detail a bit of the label, its artists and historical context.

MPEG Stream: BILL MOSS « Sock It To ‘Em Soul Brother »

MPEG Stream: ELIJAH & THE EBONITES « Hot Grits!!! »


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V/A Eccentric Soul : The Deep City Label (Numero Group) cd 17.98

Without a doubt the Numero Group is becoming one of our favorite labels over the last few years. Releasing such tasty reissues with classy and informative packaging, a distinct aesthetic and most importantly amazing sounds that deserve to be heard! This time out they have excavated a lost treasure down in Florida. The short lived Deep City label put out a slew of totally rich 45’s that unfortunately never made their way much past the confines of the Sunshine State. The core of the Deep City label were three high school teachers and former marching band members Willie Clarke, Johnny Pearsall, and Arnold Albury. They began recording in small studios with local artists like Clarence Reid (who some of you might know later would be known as Blowfly) and a then preteen Betty Wright. The sound that emerged was so gut hitting, soul wrenching, and totally right on. The warmth in these recordings makes you lament where soul music has gone in the last few decades, getting it so wrong with its slick glossy overproduction. Fans of the recent Searching For Soul comp on Luv N’ Haight make sure you check this out as it’s just as strong an offering as that amazing comp. If you are a big soul affieciando you might remember a few of the artists on this comp from the Soul Jazz comp Miami Sound a few years back but none of these tracks have been reissued until now and wow do these songs hit the spot. Highly Recommended!

MPEG Stream: THEM TWO « Am I A Good Man »

MPEG Stream: PAUL KELLY « The Upset »

MPEG Stream: HELENE SMITH « I Am Controlled By Your Love »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg (Numero Group) cd 17.98

By now there’s almost no point in writing much about the incredible Eccentric Soul series on the Numero Group label every single record seems to speak for itself, LOUD AND PROUD!. One after another, lost pots of gold (should’ve-been-gold-records, that is) are constantly unearthed, dusted off and presented to us for maximum grooving. If there was any question as to how deep Numero have been digging, the answer becomes evident with this most recent outing, which compiles amazing soul recordings from the not so soulfully hip city of Phoenix, Arizona, recorded during the 60’s and 70’s. Being that I (Irwin) grew up in Phoenix, this release proved just how deep and far these guys will go for their lost soul.
As anyone who has lived in Phoenix over the last quarter century can tell you, any relics or history of a soul scene going on in the valley of the sun are pretty much non-existent. Luckily when Mike Lenaburg lived in Phoenix he had his finger on the pulse of the city’s soul scene and managed to produce some totally scorching tracks from folks like Michael Liggins, We The People, and the Soul Blenders. Names that never got the same kind of glory that their rock ‘n roll Phoenix counterparts like Alice Cooper did. But even so, these guys were responsible for some of the richest and liveliest sounding recordings to ever come out of Phoenix. As a high school kid I spent many of my waking hours in vinyl stores all over the city eavesdropping on the classic vinyl store employees and regulars talking for hours about the good old days, when there was a world of rich and vibrant soul music happening all over the place. I had no idea who those artists were and the one time I got the courage to interrupt and ask if I could see one of the records they all laughed and told me good luck since they were all pressed in such small runs that anyone who had one wasn’t EVER going to give it up. So for years I could only imagine what these soul sounds from the desert sounded like but now I get to hear them for real, we all do, and they blow away anything I could have dreamed of. Phoenix, a goldmine for soul!!?? Who would have ever known. Thanks again Numero Group!

MPEG Stream: MICHAEL LIGGINS « Standing On The Corner »

MPEG Stream: WE THE PEOPLE « Function Underground »

MPEG Stream: THE SOUL BLENDERS « Blending Soul »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label (Numero Group) cd 17.98

If you’ve ever read any Iceberg Slim (Afro-Noir books), set in 70’s south side Chicago, you’ll get a pretty good feel for Bandit Label’s founder, Arrow Brown. Keeping a harem of his « daughters », Brown ruled over his consortium with an iron-fist while striving for, what he imagined to be, a ghetto entertainment conglomerate. Much ghetto-glamorous drama ensued in the Bandit compound during its years of operation. Though no real « hits » emerged, this compilation is a document of the undeniably real soul that existed in the hearts of his artists. While you’ll find some truly moving demos here (they had acted as rehearsal tapes), many songs have some pretty scrappy vocals that are also absolutely endearing. So despite the rich tales spun from real events at the Bandit studio, we’re left with true soul-driven songs in this chapter of the beautifully packaged Eccentric Soul series. Well allriigghhhtttah!

MPEG Stream: THE MAJESTIC ARROWS « One More Time Around »

MPEG Stream: THE MAJESTIC ARROWS « If I Had A Little Love »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label (Numero Group) cd 17.98

Our love affair with The Numero Group is still running hot and heavy. Can they do no wrong? Looks like it with the most recent outing in their « Eccentric Soul » series where they dig deep to find forgotten and obscure regional soul labels and share the found treasures with all of our ears. And we thank them tenfold cause every time they do it we are exposed to such rich songs that begin making their way on every mix we make. This time out it’s the other side of running a soul label in a town like Detroit. With Motown pretty much holding a monopoly on the sound and market labels like Big Mack had a really hard time breaking through. If Motown was for millionaires the Big Mack label was truly a label for the people. In fact they even advertised in the Detroit Free Press offering anyone off the streets a chance to record a one-off track for under fifteen bucks. And then you could go down the street and get your songs pressed on its own 45. This is soul deep in the garage bursting with sincerity and flare. We keep hoping that with all these great soul reissues by Numero Group and Soul Jazz and Luv n Haight someone will get the good insight to start making soul records with this same kind of raw stripped down production. Highly recommended!

MPEG Stream: PERFORMERS « Mini Skirt »

MPEG Stream: MAE YOUNG « The Man Puts Sugar In My Soul »

MPEG Stream: SOUL PRESIDENT « Get It Right »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts Of Deep City (Numero Group) cd 17.98

At this point the Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul series is no longer any sort of secret. The world couldn’t help but take notice of the amazing job the label has done at digging deep into uncharted and forgotten regional labels and scenes from the heyday of soul and funk. So now, we usually don’t have to turn people on to the series but instead we’re often asked -which- of the Eccentric Soul comps is our favorite. A very tough question as they have yet to release a dud. But there are two of the releases so far that are a step or two above the rest in their golden soul perfection. The collection from The Big Mack label out of Detroit and Florida’s Deep City label, a collection that we still listen to all the time.
So we were quite excited when we found out that Numero was going to mine even further into the Deep City vaults with a follow up collection from the amazing Florida label. Apparently Numero Group got their hands on a box of lost Deep City master tapes so seven of those tracks are on here as well as killer tracks from some of the other Miami labels putting out sizzling soul 45’s back in the day. Every song we’ve ever heard from Helene Smith fills us with chills of excitement and she has two more on this collection, alongside amazing songs from a young Betty Wright, Lynn Willliams, Clarence Reid, The Rollers, etc. Anyone who has been taken by the spell of Miami soul needs to get this immediately and in fact this could very well become our new favorite of all the amazing Eccentric Soul releases. So damn pleasing!

MPEG Stream: HELENE SMITH « Pot Can’t Talk About The Kettle »

MPEG Stream: THE ROLLERS « Knockin’ At The Wrong Door »

MPEG Stream: LYNN WILLIAMS « Don’t Be Surprised »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: The Outskirts of Deep City (Numero) lp 17.98

Now On Vinyl!!
At this point the Numero Group’s Eccentric Soul series is no longer any sort of secret. The world couldn’t help but take notice of the amazing job the label has done at digging deep into uncharted and forgotten regional labels and scenes from the heyday of soul and funk. So now, we usually don’t have to turn people on to the series but instead we’re often asked -which- of the Eccentric Soul comps is our favorite. A very tough question as they have yet to release a dud. But there are two of the releases so far that are a step or two above the rest in their golden soul perfection. The collection from The Big Mack label out of Detroit and Florida’s Deep City label, a collection that we still listen to all the time.
So we were quite excited when we found out that Numero was going to mine even further into the Deep City vaults with a follow up collection from the amazing Florida label. Apparently Numero Group got their hands on a box of lost Deep City master tapes so seven of those tracks are on here as well as killer tracks from some of the other Miami labels putting out sizzling soul 45’s back in the day. Every song we’ve ever heard from Helene Smith fills us with chills of excitement and she has two more on this collection, alongside amazing songs from a young Betty Wright, Lynn Willliams, Clarence Reid, The Rollers, etc. Anyone who has been taken by the spell of Miami soul needs to get this immediately and in fact this could very well become our new favorite of all the amazing Eccentric Soul releases. So damn pleasing!

MPEG Stream: HELENE SMITH « Pot Can’t Talk About The Kettle »

MPEG Stream: THE ROLLERS « Knockin’ At The Wrong Door »

MPEG Stream: LYNN WILLIAMS « Don’t Be Surprised »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label (Numero) cd 17.98

The Numero Group’s « Eccentric Soul » series lives up to its name with this new entry, lucky number seven in the series, which also lives up to the high expectations all its bumpin’ predecessors have created for it — Capsoul, Bandit, Deep City, all the rest, some better liked here than others but all pretty great when you get down to it… and get down to it is what you will, what this shit’s all about. Long lost soul/funk/r&b gems from back in the day, regional obscurities that never had the breakout hit they deserved. Dunno why such soul men as Eddie Ray and Marion Black, heard here, didn’t become stars. Wasn’t for lack of talent.
Ranging from Stax style soul, to chicken scratch geetar funk in a right-on JB’s vein, and even to some funked up psychedelic instrumental wailing, this disc features 19 killer tracks, eight of them previously unreleased (demos and even finished masters recently discovered at an estate sale!), recorded circa 1969-1973 for the obscure Columbus, Ohio based label Prix. Yes, more amazing stuff from the same town that supported the Capsoul label documented on the very first Numero Eccentric Soul comp. If you like soul and funk from the era, you owe it to yourself to take a listen, and then you’ll owe thanks to Numero for digging these tracks up. A great comp in a great series.

MPEG Stream: MITCHELL MITCHELL & GENE KING « Never Walk Out On You »

MPEG Stream: EDDIE RAY « Wait A Minute »

MPEG Stream: OFS UNLIMITED « Mystic »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label (Numero) lp 17.98

Now on vinyl!!!
The Numero Group’s « Eccentric Soul » series lives up to its name with this new entry, lucky number seven in the series, which also lives up to the high expectations all its bumpin’ predecessors have created for it — Capsoul, Bandit, Deep City, all the rest, some better liked here than others but all pretty great when you get down to it… and get down to it is what you will, what this shit’s all about. Long lost soul/funk/r&b gems from back in the day, regional obscurities that never had the breakout hit they deserved. Dunno why such soul men as Eddie Ray and Marion Black, heard here, didn’t become stars. Wasn’t for lack of talent.
Ranging from Stax style soul, to chicken scratch geetar funk in a right-on JB’s vein, and even to some funked up psychedelic instrumental wailing, this disc features 19 killer tracks, eight of them previously unreleased (demos and even finished masters recently discovered at an estate sale!), recorded circa 1969-1973 for the obscure Columbus, Ohio based label Prix. Yes, more amazing stuff from the same town that supported the Capsoul label documented on the very first Numero Eccentric Soul comp. If you like soul and funk from the era, you owe it to yourself to take a listen, and then you’ll owe thanks to Numero for digging these tracks up. A great comp in a great series.

MPEG Stream: MITCHELL MITCHELL & GENE KING « Never Walk Out On You »

MPEG Stream: EDDIE RAY « Wait A Minute »

MPEG Stream: OFS UNLIMITED « Mystic »


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V/A Eccentric Soul: Twinight’s Lunar Rotation (Numero) 2cd 27.00

The Numero Group has helped spawn a much needed revival and rediscovery of lost soul from the 60’s and 70’s, showing the world that there was much more amazing music beyond the Motown monopoly. Amazing soul records were being released everywhere by all sorts of small independent labels. We’ll never ever tire of really good soul done juuuuust right and once again the Numero Group has hit the bulls eye. This collection focuses on the Chicago label Twinight. The label began with the name Twilight but soon found out another label with the same name existed so they changed one letter and thus became Twinight which would prove to be an appropriate moniker for the label, as most of the records they released were only played during the wee hours of broadcasting day often referred to as the twinight hours. The label was known primarily for its one star Syl Johnson but this collection digs even deeper and exposes the music and the artists who never had big hits but who produced some classic soul burners.
This collection isn’t as flashy or outright catchy as some of the past Eccentric Soul collections but it’s that great kind of tasty soul that heats up nice and slow and keeps you coming back for more.
Another fantastic collection of lost soul treasures!

MPEG Stream: JOHNNY WILLIAMS « Breaking Point »

MPEG Stream: ELVIN SPENCER « Lift This Hurt »

MPEG Stream: JOSEPHINE TAYLOR « Is It Worth A Chance »

MPEG Stream: KRYSTAL GENERATION « Satasfied »


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V/A Explosivos: Deep Soul From The Latin Heat (Vampi Soul) 

As we approach fall, we find ourselves desperately hanging on to summer sun and celebrating summer fun. Nothing better than the sounds of cha-cha-cha’s done just right to keep that feeling alive. Party songs you can trust, bugaloo that makes you move. And this cd version of a now out of print 7″ box set of Latin soul and groove from a special heyday of this movement spanning the years 1966-1969 totally hits the spot. Mostly centered around neighborhoods in Harlem and other areas of NYC, a new generation of Latino youth were soaking up the sounds of raw R’n’B, incorporating elements of black culture and adding a definitely distinctive Latin element to the mix. If you’ve been digging the great Eccentric Soul comps that we’ve fallen for, this is another great ’60s soul comp to add to your collection, and this one’s got something most of those collections don’t…intoxicating Latin spice!

MPEG Stream: BOBBY VALENTINE « Use It Before You Lose It »


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V/A Florida Funk: Funk 45’s from the Alligator State 1968-1975 (Jazzman) 

There has not been a shortage of amazing soul reissues recently and we sure as heck aren’t complaining. But we gotta say that the two new comps of golden era soul and funk we’re listing this time out are two absolute must haves for vintage soul and funk lovers! You’ll hear about the great « Super Cool California Soul 2 » comp elsewhere on this list but right now let’s focus on this hot collection of deep hitting, soul wrenching, body moving, Florida fried funk! An amazing collection of songs pulled from rare and mostly impossible to find 45’s from funk artists all across Florida during the prime-time funk years of 1968-1975. While lots of soul comps throw around the word Funk with careless abandon we find many of them to be way more old school soul and even doo-wop sounding where this is for sure some 100 percent fortified FUNK! Fuzzy guitars, breakbeats that would make any hip-hop producer drool and all sorts of in your face attitude! Everytime we play this (which has pretty much been daily since we’ve gotten it in) someone in the store comes to check out what we’re playing and says something along the lines of « Damn, this is good! » and we couldn’t agree more!

MPEG Stream: THE UNIVERSALS « New Generation »

MPEG Stream: LUIS SANTI Y SU CONJUNTO « Los Feligreses »

MPEG Stream: BLOWFLY « Butterfly Theme »


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V/A FreakOff (Harmless) cd 21.00

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A followup to the recent Broasted or Fried compilation released on the dependable UK label Harmless, FreakOff again collects « Latin breakbeats, basslines, and boogaloo » recorded from 1963 to ’73, made predominantly by Puerto Rican Hispanics living in NYC, where the boogaloo sound found flower. Historic and important; uplifting and energizing. With Pete Rodriguez, Eddie Palmieri, Joe Bataan, Tito Puente, etc.

RealAudio clip: ISMAEL QUINONES « Control »


V/A Funkrock (BBE) cd 16.98

Mixmaster of the moment DJ Spinna shows his impeccable taste in « rock breaks and guitars for funky people » with this compilation (put together by Spinna and Monty Burns). The ’70s ride again with the choice cuts found here: tracks by Sly Stone (« Trip To Your Heart », which you’ll recognize from its sampled use by LL Cool J on « Mama Said Knock You Out »), Santana, Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters, P-Funk diva Ruth Copeland, Buddy Miles, Betty Davis, The Moog Machine (a funky synth treatment of music from Hair!), Zoo, Yellow Sunshine, Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger, Steve Winwood, and more — even Can (who were heavily influenced by James Brown’s rhythm section after all). What can we say, this stuff’s all great. And don’t worry, it’s not mixed or scratched or any of that stuff, this is a great selection of original tracks, some we were already familiar with and some we’re now glad to have heard (like Babe Ruth’s funk-meets-spaghetti western Morricone adaption « The Mexican »). Only one question: what, no Jimmy Castor?


V/A Funky Funky Chicago (Funky Delicacies) cd 15.98


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V/A Funky Funky Detroit (Funky Delicacies) cd 15.98

A ’70s funk/soul rarities comp called Funky Funky Detroit has gotta be good, right? Or, to put it another way, it had better be good! And this one sure enough lives up to the Motor City’s reputation for funk supremacy. It’s a collection of rare and unreleased tracks from the vaults of the Big Hit, Northern and Sport record labels, circa ’67-’78. Big Hit and Northern were both owned by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a talented Detroit soul veteran also responsible for the production and quite a lot of the songwriting on the cuts found here. She also was the mother of Kaiya and Artwell Matthews, musicians who co-founded what seems to have been a pretty bad-ass funk band called Black Nasty, based on the six tracks they contribute here. Along with Black Nasty, this 17-track comp includes such artists as The Dramatics, Little Daddy Walton, Herbie Thompson, Calvin Williams, and Lynn Day — with Black Nasty backing up some of these singers as well. So it’s quite a funky family affair documented here. For fans of the funk, definitely worth checking out, especially if you liked that Midwest Funk comp we reviewed a while back on Jazzman. Good stuff to get down with.

MPEG Stream: BLACK NASTY « Keep On Stepping »

MPEG Stream: LYNN DAY « Bit Off More (Than I Can Chew) »


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V/A Funky Funky New Orleans 4 (Funky Delicious) cd 15.98

We wouldn’t really consider ourselves experts on the early 70’s funk scene in New Orleans but after getting schooled by this comp we can say we like how it sounds a whole lot! With a collection of soul/funk pleasers from 1969-1973 this is the kind of comp that once you press play all of a sudden your body start swaying and your head starts boppin. With not a stinker in the bunch you get a great glimpse of what it might have been like to be hunkered down in a dark seedy New Orleans nightclub in 1971 while groups with names like Brotherhood, Trick Bag and The Brothers Two, offered up some nice down home, funky funky stuff.

MPEG Stream: BROTHERHOOD « The Monkey That Became President »

MPEG Stream: FANTOMS « Turn me On »

MPEG Stream: LARRY JONES « Funky Jaws (instrumental) »


V/A Funky Funky New York (Funky Delicious) cd 15.98


V/A Get It! (Get) cd 15.98

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Great, wild compilation of « Raw Funk » circa 1967-69. You get Andre Williams, Soul Continentals, Jimbo Johnson & The Violators, Willie Tell & The Overtures, and many more obscure but very funky artists. We’ve been selling this–and others in the series (« Pow City » & « All Night Soul Stomp »)–for a while now, and quite briskly…so we thought we’d finally put it on the list so that mailorder types could get up, get into it and get involved, too.


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V/A Getting Off! The Seductive Sounds Of 70’s Adult Cinema (Lucky Monkey) cd 11.98

More funky fucked up soundtracks from lost porno films, a la the Deep Note compilations, but unlike those classic seventies jams, these all seem to be from the eighties and most of them seem to be borrowing themes from popular music and television shows, which sounds weird, and it is, but it also makes these pretty fun and freaky. Plus try to imagine folks doing the nasty to most of these songs and it’s downright impossible. It more likely that you’ll be imagining car chases, and poolside brunch on the Love Boat or some strange montage on Fantasy Island.
From « Move On » which is a total rip of that song that goes « Whatchoo gonna do when she says good bye… » with some very Steely Dan sounding instrumentation, to « I P Walk » which borrows heavily from that Rick Astley song « Never gonna give you up… ». The best title of the bunch is definitely « Hawkwind And Fire », but instead of sounding like Hawkwind, it absolutely is the theme to some totally famous eighties TV cop drama. But the pinnacle of whatthefuck on this comp has to be « The Heist » which is actually the theme from People’s Court!!! Who the hell is fucking to the theme from People’s Court?!? Unless it’s from some People’s Court spoof porn movie, People’s Pork or something….
The coolest track by far though is « The Bends » a groovy laid back heavy psych rock jam, with super out of place space age synths, all fuzzed out, the whole track peppered with weird damaged FX. Another track that makes it difficult to imagine folks fucking to it.
A pretty fun and fantastic listen all around, but it’s definitely gotten us dying to see what sort of weird and wild sex could have possibly transpired to the demented strains of these far out tunes. Maybe the next porn music reissue, instead of just issuing a cd, should just go for it and reissue the actual porno? Just a thought…

MPEG Stream: « The Bends »

MPEG Stream: « Hawkwind And Fire »

MPEG Stream: « Disco Fever »

MPEG Stream: « The Heist »


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V/A Ghana Soundz (Sound Way) cd 16.98

THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
New, nicely packaged compilation of afro-beat from Ghana’s golden era. Sound Way boasts that the 14 tracks included here from the 1970’s are all extremely rare and previously unreleased outside of Africa. So if the Fela reissues and various Strut collections aren’t enough, here’s a nice addition to the collection. Includes a 16 page booklet detailing the history of Ghana’s music industry.

RealAudio clip: 3RD GENERATION BAND, THE « Because of Money »

RealAudio clip: K.FRIMPONG & HIS CUBANO FIESTAS « Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena »


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V/A Ghana Soundz Vol. 2 (Sound Way) cd 21.00

A second volume of rare afro funk from Ghana, every bit as good as the first. 14 tracks, all from the seventies, highlight Ghana’s fertile music scene and the varied influences — from funk & soul to fusion & jazz, and even rock. Like its predecessor, Ghana Soundz 2 comes well documented with bios on the artists, archival photos and album art repros. Here’s to hoping these don’t go scarce again so soon.

MPEG Stream: CHRISTY AZUMA & UPPERS INTERNATIONAL « Naam »

MPEG Stream: K. FRIMPONG & VIS A VIS « Aboagyewaa »


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V/A Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat, Funk And Fusion In 70’s Ghana (Sound Way) cd 21.00

We listed this compilation a couple years back, but unfortunately it went out of print, but thankfully Sound Way has just gotten around to reissuing it. Ghana Soundz is an impressive collection of afro-beat from Ghana’s golden era. Sound Way boasts that the 14 tracks included here from the 1970’s are all extremely rare and previously unreleased outside of Africa. Includes a 16 page booklet detailing the history of Ghana’s music industry, bios on the artists included and photos of the original album art.

MPEG Stream: THE 3RD GENERATION BAND « Because of Money »

MPEG Stream: HONNY & THE BEES BAND « Psychedelic Woman »


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V/A Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group) cd 17.98

We’ve been saying this for a while now but; wow, watch out Soul Jazz! ‘Cuz Numero Group is quickly catching up. No other label has managed the quality, aesthetics or the consistency of the many killer Numero Group reissues from the last few years. This time out — instead of unearthing the work of a long gone and forgotten regional soul label like they have in their « Eccentric Soul » series — they turn their attention to a greater power if you will…the sounds of raw, catchy, wild gospel funk hymnals. While the two volumes of the Soul Gospel series on Soul Jazz taught us about the unique power and energy of ’60s and ’70s soul gospel sounds, this collection takes us even higher. Thumping bass, blistering percussion, and vocals sung with so much conviction you can’t help but be moved. Gospel Comforters, Universal Jubileers, Apostles of Music, Masonic Wonders – with names like that you know these bands have serious soul power up their sleeves. All 18 tracks on this collection are beyond top notch… giving soul lovers something to drool about once again. Are you a believer? After listening to this it’s pretty damn hard not to be!

MPEG Stream: VOICES OF CONQUEST « O Yes My Lord »

MPEG Stream: CLIFF GOBER « A Poor Wayfaring Stranger »

MPEG Stream: MASONIC WONDERS « I Call Him »


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V/A Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group) 2lp 17.98

We’ve been saying this for a while now but; wow, watch out Soul Jazz! ‘Cuz Numero Group is quickly catching up. No other label has managed the quality, aesthetics or the consistency of the many killer Numero Group reissues from the last few years. This time out — instead of unearthing the work of a long gone and forgotten regional soul label like they have in their « Eccentric Soul » series — they turn their attention to a greater power if you will…the sounds of raw, catchy, wild gospel funk hymnals. While the two volumes of the Soul Gospel series on Soul Jazz taught us about the unique power and energy of ’60s and ’70s soul gospel sounds, this collection takes us even higher. Thumping bass, blistering percussion, and vocals sung with so much conviction you can’t help but be moved. Gospel Comforters, Universal Jubileers, Apostles of Music, Masonic Wonders – with names like that you know these bands have serious soul power up their sleeves. All 18 tracks on this collection are beyond top notch… giving soul lovers something to drool about once again. Are you a believer? After listening to this it’s pretty damn hard not to be!



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V/A Good God! Heavy Funk Covers Of James Brown From All Over The World 1968-1974 (Guerilla Reissues) cd 13.98

The title of this one pretty much says it all! How can you go wrong with ultra raw covers of songs originally by the godfather of soul, recorded during those golden funk years of 1968-1974. All sorts of obscure funk outfits from across the globe were taking their worship of The Funky President to great heights, punching out covers that scream with raw soul and gritty funk. We’ve been blasting this in the store pretty much everyday since we got it. No matter how obscure the artist, they all totally understood the power and infectious quality of James Brown and his bad ass funk genius. Put this on and everyone around you will immediately start moving and shaking. So fun and funky!

MPEG Stream: ST. VINCENT LATINAIRES « Hot Pants I’m Comin' »

MPEG Stream: SKORPYONS OF JAMAICA « Think (About It) »

MPEG Stream: EAST OF UNDERGROUND « Popcorn »


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V/A Good God! Heavy Funk Covers Of James Brown From All Over The World 1968-1974 (Guerilla Reissues) lp 16.98

The title of this one pretty much says it all! How can you go wrong with ultra raw covers of songs originally by the godfather of soul, recorded during those golden funk years of 1968-1974. All sorts of obscure funk outfits from across the globe were taking their worship of The Funky President to great heights, punching out covers that scream with raw soul and gritty funk. We’ve been blasting this in the store pretty much everyday since we got it. No matter how obscure the artist, they all totally understood the power and infectious quality of James Brown and his bad ass funk genius. Put this on and everyone around you will immediately start moving and shaking. So fun and funky!

MPEG Stream: ST. VINCENT LATINAIRES « Hot Pants I’m Comin' »

MPEG Stream: SKORPYONS OF JAMAICA « Think (About It) »

MPEG Stream: EAST OF UNDERGROUND « Popcorn »


V/A Hip City : Tales from the Funky Side of Town (Harmless) 

THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
You know how everyone thinks they can be a DJ now, right? Maybe one of the unlooked-for benefits of this trend is that there are that many more people sifting through dusty ole record bins in dusty ole record stores worldwide, searching for the good breaks to sample and scratch. And perhaps that explains the sudden number of recent, very tasteful, well-done compilations that have graced the shelves here at Aquarius, comps filled with original source material utilized during or created for the breakbeat era’s heyday (mid to late ’70s). And hey, now that these amazing tracks are collected in one place on cd or vinyl, we can listen to them in the safety of our own living rooms — instead of having to brave yuppies and cigarette smoke and $6 drinks to hear perfectly good tunes mangled by DJs of mediocre skills.
« Hip City » is straight up funhouse funky black music from ’67 to ’77. Rare and previously underrecognized tracks from James Brown, Junior Walker and the All Stars, Hank Ballard, and the many lesser-knowns that the UK label Harmless is so good at finding. Dig it.

RealAudio clip: WILLIE & THE MIGHTY MAGNIFICENTS « The Funky Eight Corners »

RealAudio clip: HANK BALLARD « How You Gonna Get Respect (When You Haven’t Cut Your Process Yet) »


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V/A Home Schooled: The ABCs Of Kid Soul (Numero Group) cd 17.98

Oh man is this making us drool! Take two of the things we love most in the world: old school soul and little kids making their own music and bring them together and you have one of our new favorite compilations! The latest from the always righteous Numero Group is a collection of obscure kid groups from the early ’70s who were whipping up some amazing soul and proving that there were way more new kids on the block belting out infectious songs then just the Jackson 5.
The Numero Group has done their homework with this one, digging through a forgotten history so rich and plentiful and just waiting for it’s moment in the spotlight. Besides Jr & His Soulettes, the great Oklahoma brother and sister outfit we gushed about a few lists back, most of these kids of the ’70s were completely unknown to us. Names like Patrizia & Jimmy, Otis The 3rd, or Cindy & The Playmates were never household names beyond their parents’ house but damn did the kids on this compilation have some talent and crazy charm. The packaging and captivating liner notes accompany priceless photos of many of these kids in super soul action. Of course there is something novel, endearing and super cute about little kids making their own music but what makes this comp so great is that it all sounds so good! Vintage soul in lots of shapes and sizes from rambunctious stompers to silky serenades, these kids were dialed into the spirit of soul in a way that still sounds so pleasing to our ears.

MPEG Stream: MAN CHILD SINGERS « Right On »

MPEG Stream: TRIADS « If You’re Looking For Love »

MPEG Stream: PATRIZIA & JIMMY « Trust Your Child Pt.1 »


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V/A Home Schooled: The ABCs of Kid Soul (Numero Group) 2lp 17.98

Now on Vinyl!!!
Oh man is this making us drool! Take two of the things we love most in the world: old school soul and little kids making their own music and bring them together and you have one of our new favorite compilations! The latest from the always righteous Numero Group is a collection of obscure kid groups from the early ’70s who were whipping up some amazing soul and proving that there were way more new kids on the block belting out infectious songs then just the Jackson 5.
The Numero Group has done their homework with this one, digging through a forgotten history so rich and plentiful and just waiting for it’s moment in the spotlight. Besides Jr & His Soulettes, the great Oklahoma brother and sister outfit we gushed about a few lists back, most of these kids of the ’70s were completely unknown to us. Names like Patrizia & Jimmy, Otis The 3rd, or Cindy & The Playmates were never household names beyond their parents’ house but damn did the kids on this compilation have some talent and crazy charm. The packaging and captivating liner notes accompany priceless photos of many of these kids in super soul action. Of course there is something novel, endearing and super cute about little kids making their own music but what makes this comp so great is that it all sounds so good! Vintage soul in lots of shapes and sizes from rambunctious stompers to silky serenades, these kids were dialed into the spirit of soul in a way that still sounds so pleasing to our ears.



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V/A I’m a Good Woman (Harmless)

THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
You know how everyone thinks they can be a DJ now, right? Maybe one of the unlooked-for benefits of this trend is that there are that many more people sifting through dusty ole record bins in dusty ole record stores worldwide, searching for the good breaks to sample and scratch. And perhaps that explains the sudden number of recent, very tasteful, well-done compilations that have graced the shelves here at Aquarius, comps filled with original source material utilized during or created for the breakbeat era’s heyday (mid to late ’70s). And hey, now that these amazing tracks are collected in one place on cd or vinyl, we can listen to them in the safety of our own living rooms — instead of having to brave yuppies and cigarette smoke and $6 drinks to hear perfectly good tunes mangled by DJs of mediocre skills.
Raw funk compilation with all the tracks done by women, including Betty Davis (Miles’ wife), James Brown protege Lyn Collins, Gladys Knight, Cold Blood (the Pointer Sisters were the backup singers in this band!), etc. Extensive liner notes put each song into context and provide gossipy mini-biographies of each artist. Example: the initials in Vera Hamilton’s « But I Ain’t No More (G.S.T.S.K.D.T.S.) » refer to the lyric « I used to be a Genuine, Stomped on, Twenty Karat, Sure ‘nough, Knocked down, Dragged out, Turned down, Strung out Fool for you… but I ain’t no more! » Cool! On UK label Harmless.

RealAudio clip: BETTY DAVIS « Anti Love Song »

RealAudio clip: VERA HAMILTON « But I Ain’t No More (G.S.T.S.K.D.T.S.) »


V/A I’m A Good Woman 2 (Harmless) cd 19.98

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V/A In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music From Blues To Hip Hop (Trikont) cd 16.98

There is such a rich history of prison music in this country, with the roots of blues easily traced to the incarceration and slavery of African American, and with so much hurt, pain and suffering comes some of the most gripping, raw, and honest music ever made. This compilation collects all sorts of sounds created behind bars from old blues, R+B, soul and modern sounding hip-hop. From the direct and hard hitting blues of Fred McDowell to the righteous empowerment of Nina Simone, the thoughtful anger of 2 Pac to a surprisingly political and subversive soul number from The Temptations. Brand Nubian, James Russell, Dead Prez, Curtis Mayfield and The Last Poets are just a few others featured on this amazing compilation. As is the case with all Trikont releases there is an extensive and informative booklet with great essays including one on how the U.S. continues to be a prison state to this day. We can imagine this being in heavy rotation on the stereos of Spike Lee, Angela Davis and Noam Chomsky, and we can’t stop listening to this ourselves. So smart, relevant and powerful!

MPEG Stream: THE TEMPTATIONS « Run Charlie Run »

MPEG Stream: JAMES RUSSELL « I Had Five Long Years »

MPEG Stream: DEAD PREZ « Behind Enemy Lines »

MPEG Stream: NINA SIMONE « Work Song »


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V/A In the Beginning There Was Rhythm (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00

THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Wow. The London based Soul Jazz label does it again. They’ve already documented the global history of funk and soul in several astonishingly well-executed collections including the universally loved « 100-500% Dynamite » series of Jamaican soul, rocksteady, and reggae; the Philadelphia Roots collection; the Nu Yorica albums; that ESG reissue, and even an Art Ensemble of Chicago album. Yet none of these albums has been as highly anticipated or so spot-on timely as this new one from Soul Jazz, « In The Beginning There Was Rhythm. »
This compilation succeeds in encapsulating that heady time between the years 1978 and 1982, when the « second wave » of British punk bands found inspiration in both the musical and political power of reggae. As the situationist propaganda of Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols spawned a global theater of anarchist shock tactics, even such right-wing idiots as the skinhead, white power, and neo-Nazi parties dared to embrace punk’s celebration of chaos. Thus, those (mostly white) musicians within the punk movement who were *opposed* to such unsavory politics stood in solidarity both politically and aesthetically with their black brothers in Jamaica. Incited by the offbeat attack of The Clash and the huge dub bass production from Public Image Limited, the late ’70s punk movement began a vast exploration into possibilities of bridging dance music with the revolutionary anthems of punk.
While neither The Clash nor PIL are included in this compilation, « In The Beginning There Was Rhythm » does collect some of the best tracks from the huge vaults of post-punk, many of which might have gone forgotten had it not been for this album! Even 20 years after their initial releases, the bands here — including Gang of Four, Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Skidoo, The Pop Group, A Certain Ratio, The Slits, This Heat, Human League and Throbbing Gristle — still sound fresh, often melding choppy rhythms with angular slash-and-burn guitar, spit out vocals, rubbery bass, and nascent forms of electronica.
We’ll say it again — the music here is simply perfect — the punk holds back dance music’s tendency to get too mechanical ‘n boring, while the dance elements impart melody and groove to the punk. Highlighting the compilation are A Certain Ratio’s urgent amphetamine funk on « Shack Up » and « Knife Slits Water », melding the unlikely combination of Joy Division’s grim urgency with a George Clinton funk arrrangement. Gang Of Four’s « To Hell With Poverty » marks their transition from the agitated punk grooves found on their classic (but sometimes difficult to find) debut « Entertainment » into a smooth dancefloor-friendly attack punctuated by Marxist rhetoric. The Human League — who are unfortunately best known for their chart topping new wave singles — had incredibly adventurous beginnings on the often forgotten punk label Fast (also early home for The Mekons and Gang of Four). Their early offering « Being Boiled » is a primitive piece of spartan electronics loaded with theatrical tension and dark arpeggiations more expected from people like Coil and Throbbing Gristle (who contribute their perverse fascination with ABBA in the subversive aesthetics of « 20 Jazz Funk Greats »).
But, why is this compilation so short? Judging from how few people today remember or even have heard Section 25, Tunnelvision, DAF, or Fad Gadget, there’s plenty more work for Soul Jazz to do in compiling more compilations of this sort! Not just recommended, this is *required* listening. Strongly recommended to any and all!

RealAudio clip: POP GROUP « She Is Beyond Good And Evil »

RealAudio clip: HUMAN LEAGUE « Being Boiled »

RealAudio clip: GANG OF FOUR « To Hell With Poverty »

RealAudio clip: A CERTAIN RATIO « Knive Slits Water »


V/A In the Beginning There Was Rhythm (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00

THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Wow. The London based Soul Jazz label does it again. They’ve already documented the global history of funk and soul in several astonishingly well-executed collections including the universally loved « 100-500% Dynamite » series of Jamaican soul, rocksteady, and reggae; the Philadelphia Roots collection; the Nu Yorica albums; that ESG reissue, and even an Art Ensemble of Chicago album. Yet none of these albums has been as highly anticipated or so spot-on timely as this new one from Soul Jazz, « In The Beginning There Was Rhythm. »
This compilation succeeds in encapsulating that heady time between the years 1978 and 1982, when the « second wave » of British punk bands found inspiration in both the musical and political power of reggae. As the situationist propaganda of Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols spawned a global theater of anarchist shock tactics, even such right-wing idiots as the skinhead, white power, and neo-Nazi parties dared to embrace punk’s celebration of chaos. Thus, those (mostly white) musicians within the punk movement who were *opposed* to such unsavory politics stood in solidarity both politically and aesthetically with their black brothers in Jamaica. Incited by the offbeat attack of The Clash and the huge dub bass production from Public Image Limited, the late ’70s punk movement began a vast exploration into possibilities of bridging dance music with the revolutionary anthems of punk.
While neither The Clash nor PIL are included in this compilation, « In The Beginning There Was Rhythm » does collect some of the best tracks from the huge vaults of post-punk, many of which might have gone forgotten had it not been for this album! Even 20 years after their initial releases, the bands here — including Gang of Four, Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Skidoo, The Pop Group, A Certain Ratio, The Slits, This Heat, Human League and Throbbing Gristle — still sound fresh, often melding choppy rhythms with angular slash-and-burn guitar, spit out vocals, rubbery bass, and nascent forms of electronica.
We’ll say it again — the music here is simply perfect — the punk holds back dance music’s tendency to get too mechanical ‘n boring, while the dance elements impart melody and groove to the punk. Highlighting the compilation are A Certain Ratio’s urgent amphetamine funk on « Shack Up » and « Knife Slits Water », melding the unlikely combination of Joy Division’s grim urgency with a George Clinton funk arrrangement. Gang Of Four’s « To Hell With Poverty » marks their transition from the agitated punk grooves found on their classic debut « Entertainment » into a smooth dancefloor-friendly attack punctuated by Marxist rhetoric. The Human League — who are unfortunately best known for their chart topping new wave singles — had incredibly adventurous beginnings on the often forgotten punk label Fast (also early home for The Mekons and Gang of Four). Their early offering « Being Boiled » is a primitive piece of spartan electronics loaded with theatrical tension and dark arpeggiations more expected from people like Coil and Throbbing Gristle (who contribute their perverse fascination with ABBA in the subversive aesthetics of « 20 Jazz Funk Greats »).
But, why is this compilation so short? Judging from how few people today remember or even have heard Section 25, Tunnelvision, DAF, or Fad Gadget, there’s plenty more work for Soul Jazz to do in compiling more compilations of this sort! Not just recommended, this is *required* listening. Strongly recommended to any and all!


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V/A Inside Deep Note Vol. 2: Music Of 1970s Adult Cinema (Grammofonpladen) cd + dvd 

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