SPOTLIGHT 2

18/01/2021 12:52

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PSYCHEDELIC/PROGRESSIVE/FOLK

CHEMISTRY SET - PAINT ME A DREAM/THE WITCH (7"/HYPNOTIC BRIDGE)

Pioneers in the late '80s UK neo-psychedelic scene, Dave Mclean and Paul Lake founded The Chemistry Set in 1987, releasing mind-melting sets of songs on Manchester's alternative Imaginary label as well as the cassette-only Acid Tapes label. Known for their sophisticated original songcraft as well as their uncanny ability to interpret often obscure (but always classic) psychedelic songs with unparalleled cover versions, The Chemistry Set have taken some the most lysergic works of The Pink Floyd, Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Rolling Stones, Del Shannon, The Moody Blues, Tomorrow and more to exciting and unexpected places. The band took an extended hiatus in the mid '90s until remarkably reappearing in 2008. The return came about when their unreleased LP from 1989, 'Sounds Like Painting,' somehow was uploaded onto numerous blogs and downloaded over 5,000 times. The second stage of the band has seen the release of four albums, five vinyl singles and several compilation appearances. Praised by musical royalty from John Peel to David Axelrod and lauded in a wide spectrum of music media, the band's prolific catalogue of releases have been accompanied by extensive tours throughout the UK, Europe and the United States. 'Paint Me A Dream' is about the power of visions. It begins, lyrically, with a group of mystics who become hypnotized as they sing together while playing dulcimers and lyres. This in turn evolves into mystical visions and a request to the divine eye to "paint them a dream" (travel from the grey to the technicolor). As the painted dream multiplies and embraces them further, they meet Orpheus, the lyre-playing Greek musician, poet and prophet, travelling further in time and space to encounter translucent orbs, stratospheric emanations and transcendental oscillations. Yes, it's a trip. Musically, the song employs layered multiple rhythm guitars to create a wall of sound, using the differing tones of a 1963 Fender Esquire with custom pick-ups (as a Syd Barrett once wielded) and a Gretsch with TV Jones pick-ups. Riffs were put through vintage fuzz, tremolo and '60s tape delays, offering different textures and dynamics. After the first guitar solo, a bow of appreciation is given to the band HP Lovecraft, with harmonies in a style similar to a part of their live version of 'The Drifter' while also finishing with 'The Drifter' riff in a different key to the original. Because it's so similar to the style in which The Chemistry Set write their own songs, 'The Witch' felt like a great choice for a cover. For the intro, the band crafted a Bee Gees-inspired five-part Gregorian chant to achieve the desired ethereal vibe, while a bit of Red Krayola-style free-form-freak-out later in the song adds a new twist to Mark Fry's obscure classic. The full glory of psychedelia was further augmented with a collection of interesting instruments, including Persian setar, acoustic cigar box guitar, strangely tuned 12 string acoustic, vintage keyboards, various ethnic percussive instruments and even a half full whiskey bottle hit with a knife! Both songs are influenced by the immortal collective spirits of Arthur Lee and Love, Syd Barrett, Jimi Hendrix, Tomorrow, The Electric Prunes and Ennio Morricone.

A/LPACA - MAKE IT BETTER (LP/SULATRON)

Debut album of this young psychedelic post punk band from Mantova, Italy. The "beat", the hypnotic and obsessive force that recalls primitive dances, is the concept of 'Make It Better'. The album takes place in an imaginary "beat club", which is at the same time a place of liberation, fun and aggregation. The use of the "beat" has characterized humans since the dawn and has spanned the centuries, changing shape but not substance. In 'Make It Better' the beat is told as an impersonal spirit that advances, cold and impassive like the vocal lines, and guides the band towards a sort of artistic emancipation. The beat is also a way to stay united and purifying oneself from the "responsibilities" of real life and the transition from youth to adulthood, in short from the fear of not "being good enough". Finding refuge in music, with the legitimate dream of even making it a job, or simply going out to drink and dance with friends ("I wanna get drunk, just keep dancing with my friends", from the title track). A/lpaca's music picks up the signals from sixties London, in particular of bands such as Pink Floyd and Soft Machine (indirectly honored in the song I Am Kevin Ayers), mixes them with the Teutonic drive of Can, take some coolness from Joy Division and finally updates everything with the modern example of Thee Oh Sees and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. The result sounds hieratic and adrenaline, rigorous and wild, absolutely irresistible.

BLANC-FRANCARD, DOMINIQUE - AILLEURS (LP/LION PRODUCTIONS)

More or less sounding like a trippy mixture of Barrett-era as well as early '70s Pink Floyd and T.Rex gone progressive pop, this undisputed cult album from 1972 by French musician Dominique Blanc-Francard sees its awaited reissue on vinyl, including an eight-page insert booklet in French and English.

CHRISTOPHER (POLAND) - (STANDARD) THE SHOW NEVER ENDS (LP/KAMELEON)

This is the album of Polish rock legend Krzysztof Klenczon released in the United States as private pressing in 1977. The English material is more poppy naturally, but the album is very rare and wanted, the original copies cost around $300. This is the first official re-release.

COSMIC REAPER - COSMIC REAPER (BLACK) (LP/HEAVY PSYCH SOUNDS)

North Carolina's Cosmic Reaper comes crashing through the speakers with their self-titled debut album. Dripping with a classic '70s attitude, mixing sci-fi oriented lyrics, brief but satisfying moments of prog exploration, all while keeping one foot firmly planted in modern doom, you start to get an idea of the interstellar journey that awaits. The heaviest elements are there and are guaranteed to move planets. The stars align and engines ignite as Cosmic Reaper claws at the soul of the genre.

LA IGLESIA ATOMICA - (BLACK) LA GUERRA DEL FIN DEL MUNDO (LP/CLOSTRIDIUM)

Legendary Puerto Rico stoner rock and heavy psych outfit, established in August, 1990. "The Human Race went mad. With its destructive technology it swallows all the resources it finds in its path. Only the shaman will be able to invoke the ancestral spirits of mother jungle, water and the apus, protectors of Pachamama, to stop the infallible attack ..." Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl.

MERIL WUBSLIN - ALORS QUOI (LP/BONGO JOE)

Recorded between Lausanne and Brussels during summer 2019, this series of songs by Meril Wubslin dig deeper in this tribal, rustic and minimal tendency that they had in the two previous albums. It is the desire to search for sounds, to manipulate matter: sound matter, rhythmic matter, to knead it to its hottest point, that guided the work of composition. All vintage guitars were recorded without amps. Tambourines and other maracas were approached as a drum kit. But the harmonies and melodies are still present and sometimes event enhanced by the occasional participation of a choir of female voices or a minimal synth line. Always with this desire to use French, their mother tongue, while trying to avoid the trap of "Variété Française".

MIKAMI, KAN - I'M THE ONLY ONE AROUND (LP/BLACK EDITIONS)

For 50 years, Kan Mikami has stood as a master of the Japanese blues and outsider folk. His unmistakable, powerfully evocative voice and surrealistic poetry reveal a gritty, transgressive life on the margins shot through with evocations of sex and violence, religion and romance. Released in 1991, 'I'm The Only One Around' was Mikami's first album with Tokyo's legendary P.S.F. label and heralded an artistic renaissance. It marked the beginning of an incredibly productive and wildly creative era for Mikami that extends to the present day. This opening salvo presents the essential core of Mikami's music; With nothing but his voice and a stripped-down electric guitar, the album is a powerful, effortlessly emotional statement filled with moments of both brutal passion and gentle revelation. It is unrestrained, direct, brutally honest. It embodies Mikami's philosophy: "If you're going to make music, stake your life on it - it's worth it. Making music is an intensely human act." Black Editions is honored to present the first-ever vinyl edition of Kan Mikami's 'I'm The Only One Around' featuring lyrics translated by Drew Stroud and newly translated notes by Alan Cummings. Remastered and cut to vinyl at Elysian Masters Los Angeles, pressed by RTI, packaged in heavy Stoughton tip-on jackets with an insert featuring textured paper, gold foil stamping and metallic inks.

MOFFS - ENTOMOLOGY (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

'Entomology' is a remastered reissue of a 1987 compilation album of the same name by Citadel Records. It contains the A and B-sides of their three singles, three songs from their mini-album, and a track recorded just for the album. Influenced by bands like Pink Floyd ('The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn' in particular), King Crimson, early Yardbirds, The Byrds, The Beatles and various blues and psychedelic abands and artists from the '60s.

SKALDOWIE - (STANDARD) NADEJDZIESZ OD STRONY MORZ (LP/KAMELEON)

A compilation of radio and TV tracks from 1969-1970 by this legendary Polish band. More than half the tracks relate very strongly to progressive rock with classical music influences with many Hammond sounds etc.

WEEED - FENG SUI CAPITAL OF THE WORLD (LP/HALFSHELL)

Finally! The masterful 2014 album by the stoner/psych rockers from Bainbridge Island, Washington sees its first ever reissue on vinyl!

WEEED - YOU ARE THE SKY (BLACK) (LP/HALFSHELL)

Limited to 700 copies in black vinyl. The awaited sixth album by the stoner/psych rockers from Bainbridge Island, Washington is now out on vinyl! 'You Are The Sky' is by far the band's most accessible collection to date due to the infectious polyrhythms, the heavily stacked pulsing harmonies and more focused songwriting.

 

GARAGE/BEAT/SURF/ROCK’N’ROLL

LOS MALINCHES - PIEL DE LINCE (LP/GROOVIE)

Two years after their debut release and in the midst of an utter crisis Los Malinches return with their second album, bringing us musical salvation. A kaleidoscope of retro-futuristic, frenetic, hypnotic, moody and groovy Latin sounds awaits you. Get ready for the ultimate eruption of South American garage and sicodélico!

LOST ACAPULCO - LOS OBLIGADOS RACING TEAM (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

First time on vinyl for this album originally released on CD in 2011. Lost Acapulco is a surf rock band formed in the port of Acapulco, Mexico in 1996. One of its main features is the use of Mexican wrestlers masks. Their live performances are powerful and dizzying; the audience transforming them into frenetic and colorful tribal dances wearing wrestlers masks, flowered shirts and beach accessories; paraphernalia which little by little have been incorporated to the shows by the fans.

PALMIYELER - BEN-HUR (LP/GREEN COOKIE)

'Ben-Hur' is a singles compilation from this Istanbul based psychedelic surf pop band, which contains songs from 2019 and 2020, as well as two new songs.

SHADOWS - FBI (LP/DUSTY TAPES)

First time on vinyl! This LP includes perfect quality, very rare, and rare Shadows tracks recorded from 1959 to 1962. It's an absolute must-have for all collectors of the band's rare recordings. 23 tracks, more than 51 minutes of music! Limited to 200 copies on black vinyl. Last copies!

RICHARD, CLIFF -& THE SHADOWS- - SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY (CD/DUSTY TAPES)

Authentic rare recordings of Cliff Richard (mostly with The Shadows) from 1958-1962. ALL of these recordings (in these versions) didn't appear on any CDs and compilations released by EMI or Warner Music. Most of the recordings come from TV programs made at the turn of the '50s and '60s and also the label added some rare concert recordings from the same period. The quality of these archival recordings is very acceptable but not perfect. However, after very careful mastering, they sound better than ever. All material has been edited so that there are no pauses between the recordings and you can listen to them like one long performance. This release is an absolute must-have for all collectors of Cliff's and The Shadows' rare recordings. Comes in a gatefold laminated card sleeve and includes a special insert for the disc reminiscent of Columbia' singles company sleeves from late '50s. 38 tracks and over 79 minutes of music!

SHADOWS - LOST BBC SESSIONS, VOL. 1: 1959-1964 (CD/DUSTY TAPES)

As 2020 turns into 2021, we see the release of two CDs collecting together 51 tracks by The Shadows recorded for BBC radio between 1959 and 1968. Many of the recordings in these versions have never been released before on any Shadows album. This sensational collection, entitled 'Lost BBC Sessions', could never have been created without the great commitment and dedication of the band's fans, who recorded 1950s/60s radio programs featuring the Shadows on their home tape recorders. So, thanks to them, because they have ensured the survival of these priceless recordings for posterity. The CDs will only feature 'Off-Air' recordings, but in really very good/excellent sound quality. Only two or three of the absolutely unique tracks will (for collectors/historical reasons) be included in poor quality sound. Both discs are released in laminated, coloured card sleeves with a special envelope for the disc, as well as an insert with detailed descriptions of the recordings - with professionally edited recording session dates. All of the recordings have been remastered from the best available sources with optimal sound restoration and corrected speed. These sets contain every known surviving 'Off-Air' recordings and are prepared especially to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the band. They are an absolute must for all fans and collectors of The Shadows recordings.

SHADOWS - LOST BBC SESSIONS, VOL. 2: 1965-1968 (CD/DUSTY TAPES)

As 2020 turns into 2021, we see the release of two CDs collecting together 51 tracks by The Shadows recorded for BBC radio between 1959 and 1968. Many of the recordings in these versions have never been released before on any Shadows album. This sensational collection, entitled 'Lost BBC Sessions', could never have been created without the great commitment and dedication of the band's fans, who recorded 1950s/60s radio programs featuring the Shadows on their home tape recorders. So, thanks to them, because they have ensured the survival of these priceless recordings for posterity. The CDs will only feature 'Off-Air' recordings, but in really very good/excellent sound quality. Only two or three of the absolutely unique tracks will (for collectors/historical reasons) be included in poor quality sound. Both discs are released in laminated, coloured card sleeves with a special envelope for the disc, as well as an insert with detailed descriptions of the recordings - with professionally edited recording session dates. All of the recordings have been remastered from the best available sources with optimal sound restoration and corrected speed. These sets contain every known surviving 'Off-Air' recordings and are prepared especially to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the band. They are an absolute must for all fans and collectors of The Shadows recordings.

VARIOUS - THE ALABAMA BOX (8CD+BOOK) (CD/BE! SHARP)

Following 'The Texas Box', 'The Michigan Box' and 'The Florida Box', here comes 'The Alabama Box', another fabulous collection of rare rockabilly, wild instrumentals and rockers, featuring hundreds of Alabama acts from independent labels like Reed Records, Judd, Loyal, Sandy, Tune Records and many more. The stunning hardcover book presents the original 7" labels, information about the artists, producers and record companies, and collector's guides (including current values) for every song. The box includes 8 CDs in jewel-cases, jam-packed with 238 tracks, remastered from the best available sources, plus a big 12 x 12" hardcover book with 136 pages in glorious colour. Artists include Jerry Woodard • Sammy Salvo • Larry Parker • The Shandells • Crazy Teens • The Ramrods • Darryl Vincent • Happy Wainwright • Jerry Grammer • The Epics • Roland Janes • Dinky Harris • Jimmy Swan • Slim Lay • Mack Allen • Robert Keel • Ray McArthur • Bobby Mizell • The Mosrites • Bill Perry • Tony Senn • Junior Thompson • Carl Sauceman etc.

VENTURES - WALK DON'T RUN (CD/DUSTY TAPES)

Polish edition of the debut album of The Ventures. Includes the stereo and mono versions of the album tracks plus additional recordings. The CD was very carefully remastered and sounds better than ever. An elegant edition in a gatefold card sleeve with a special insert for CD. A great alternative to the very expensive and no longer available Japanese edition.

 

POP/ROCK/WAVE/NOISE

CHOKEBORE - (BLACK) A TASTE FOR BITTERS (LP/VICIOUS CIRCLE)

Chokebore's 'A Taste For Bitters', without a doubt one of the most iconic and esteemed albums from one of the most influential indie bands of the past three decades. Reissued for the first time on vinyl. A classic album by the beloved group, the pinnacle of dark and melodic rock, this groundbreaking album has lost none of it's urgency since its original release in 1996 on Amphetamine Reptile Records. It is a reference of the genre. Newly remastered plus two bonus tracks on the included download coupon.

CHOKEBORE - (SPLATTER) A TASTE FOR BITTERS (LP/VICIOUS CIRCLE)

Chokebore's 'A Taste For Bitters', without a doubt one of the most iconic and esteemed albums from one of the most influential indie bands of the past three decades. Reissued for the first time on vinyl. A classic album by the beloved group, the pinnacle of dark and melodic rock, this groundbreaking album has lost none of it's urgency since its original release in 1996 on Amphetamine Reptile Records. It is a reference of the genre. Comes on limited splattered vinyl. Newly remastered plus two bonus tracks on the included download coupon.

 

INDUSTRIAL/EXPERIMENTAL/NOISE/NEOFOLK/GOTHIC

CHESSEX, ANTOINE - ECHO/CIDE/THE EXPERIENCE OF LIMIT (LP/TOCHNIT ALEPH)

'Echo/cide' (2018) - for 4 hammered dulcimers and cimbalum. Composed by Antoine Chessex. Performed by Ekleto Ensemble. Recorded by Thierry Simonot at l'Alhambra, Geneva, October 2018. The Experience Of Limit (2019) - for grand piano. Composed by Antoine Chessex. Performed by Tamriko Kordzaia. Recorded by Nicolas Buzzi at Theater Rigiblick, Zürich, March 2019. Limited to 280 copies.

VARIOUS - LA OLA INTERIOR (2LP) (LP/BONGO JOE)

'SPANISH AMBIENT & ACID EXOTICISM 1983-1990'- A compilation exploring the ambient side of the Spanish electronic music produced in the '80s. It gathers musicians from various horizons and of many generations, who shared the desire to create an immersive soundscape and to combine electronic music with non-Western musical traditions. As a general rule, the Anglo-Saxon tropism did relate the Spanish peninsula's ambient music to the Balearic Sound, that is to say to the relaxing music played in Ibiza's nightclubs. But this music takes place in the productive territory of experimental musics, and particularly in its two main breeding grounds: the tape recording underground and the independent musicians-producers scene. Inseparable from the processes of self-publishing, distribution and exchange of music that were then taking place in Spain in an artisanal way, the vast underground movement of cassettes was divided between an "ethno-trance" combining industrial beats and oriental sounds on the one hand (Esplendor Geométrico, Miguel A. Ruiz/Orfeón Gagarin) and unclassifiable low-fi tinkerers on the other hand (Camino Al Desván, Eli Gras, Mataparda, Victor Nubla). Hyperactive, this scene is radical and strongly dominated by the hardest musical styles, but the ambient, influenced by the German Kosmische Musik and "krautrock", also develops here. The second vein of Spanish ambient comes from some of the independent labels of the peninsula (DRO, GASA, El Cometa de Madrid, EGK) whose activity will mark the return of some of the most adventurous musicians-producers of the '70s. Some were influenced by American minimalism (Luis Delgado/Mecánica Popular, Suso Saiz, Javier Segura), others by Fourth-World Music conceived by Jon Hassell and Brian Eno (Finis Africae, Jabir). Having passed through folk, ancient, traditional or contemporary music, and being familiar with improvisation and studio techniques, these artists come from a mutant hippie culture, capable of phagocyting many musical styles from electronic ambient to ethnic improvisation and modal jazz. These two scenes and generations that make up 'La Ola Interior' intersect around a common interest in non-Western musical traditions. Their exploration may be that of the tribal origins of electronic rhythms or the Arab heritage of Spain. Above all, it is a dreamy exoticism, an immobile journey as the sounds, rhythms or instruments of these traditions are scrutinized by Western practices (avant-garde music, electronic technology). The result is a hybrid music, filtered and reinvented, neither Western nor extra-Western, with a pronounced taste for the fusion of opposites, which we have called "Acid Exoticism" because of its permanent search for trance or contemplation. Atmospheric, contemplative and serial, these musics still plunge us today into a sensorial journey, at the same time interior and distant, organic and technological, between exotic reminiscences and interior visions.

NITSCH, HERMANN - 6. SINFONIE (2CD) (CD/TOCHNIT ALEPH)

Hermann Nitsch's Sixth Symphony for large orchestra. Performed and recorded November 1, 1980 at Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna.

NITSCH, HERMANN - MUSIK DER 155. AKTION (2CD) (CD/TOCHNIT ALEPH)

Large-scale 2 hour symphony for full orchestra, brass ensemble and choir. Composed for the 155. Action of Hermann Nitsch's Orgien-Mysterien-Theater. Performed and recorded September 1, 2018 at the Nitsch Museum in Mistelbach, Austria.

 

METAL/STONER/HARDROCK

ALKERDEEL - SLONK (LP/BABYLON DOOM CULT)

Fourth full album by this four-piece originating from Ghent, Belgium. Limited to 800 copies on black wax including 12 page 12" size booklet.

LORD VICAR - THE BLACK POWDER (2LP/BLACK) (LP/SVART)

The fourth Lord Vicar full length album (from 2019), a sonically and emotionally devastating journey in doom metal, features songs about war, fought both between people and within us all. Slow and intense riffage, progressive structures, and introspective lyrics create a hard and yet magical journey to the relief that waits at the end of all things.

GREENMACHINE - GREENMACHINE (CD/ROBUST FELLOW)

Heavy riff rock from Japan, influenced by a.o. doom and sludge metal and punk rock. This self-titled release comprises 12 tracks.

 

JAZZ/AVANTGARDE

TATUM, JAMES -TRIO PLUS- - CONTEMPORARY JAZZ MASS (LP/BE! JAZZ)

This album showcases how jazz pianist and composer James Tatum combined his jazz background with catholic church music, resulting in an actual jazz mass (1973). Excerpts from the mass were also performed during the Christmas and Easter season on NBC-TV (Detroit). This vinyl reissue comes with newly remastered sound for your maximum christian jazz experience.

 

REGGAE/DUB/SKA/ROCKSTEADY

ABENG - POOR MAN/TOGETHER SOUL ROCKIN' (7"/DIG THIS WAY)

'Poor Man' is an old-fashioned bluesy rocksteady lovers track talking about the pains of love. 'Together Soul Rockin' is a different cut to the riddim, a celebration of the feelings that reggae music carries on "Come everybody a come ya, rock together in this sorrow".

 

SOUL/FUNK/LATIN/R&B/GOSPEL

VARIOUS - IF I HAD A PAIR OF WINGS, VOL. 3 (LP/DEATH IS NOT THE END)

A third and final volume of this Jamaican doo wop and R&B series featuring track from the late '50s and early '60s. These records represent a period in which sound-systems were beginning to dominate the island, with Duke Reid and Sir Coxsone Dodd stepping up their rivalry by beginning to make and release their own records rather than rely on US imports for use in their dances. Many of these records are definitely more-or-less imitations of the American records, as the uniquely Jamaican ska sound was yet to take hold - however many of the future stars of ska, rocksteady and reggae were beginning to cut their teeth in the industry on these records, including Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, Derrick Harriott and more, and provide a unique view into the fledgling independent record industry culture in Jamaica that would prove to be unbelievably prolific and unparalleled for an island of it's size. TRACKS: 01. Jiving Juniors - Sweet As An Angel 02. Alton & Eddie - My Heaven 03. Higgs & Wilson - When You Tell Me Baby 04. Lloyd Adams - I Wish Your Picture Was You 05. The Moonlighters - Don't You Know 06. Ricketts & Rowe - Dream Girl 07. Annette & Shenley - The First Time We Met 08. Belltones - I'll Always Call Your Name 09. Ruddy & Sketto - Little Schoolgirl 10. Derrick & Patsy - Crying In The Chapel 11. The Blues Busters - I've Done You Wrong 12. Jiving Juniors - My Sweet Angel 13. Higgs & Wilson - Change Of Mind 14. Wilfred Jackie Edwards - Never Go Away

BAYAN MONGOL VARIETY GROUP - THE BAYAN MONGOL VARIETY GROUP (CD/EBALUNGA!!!)

A long-awaited reissue of the unique and only album of a legendary Mongolian ensemble. The self-titled album first time was released on vinyl in 1980 by Soviet label Melodia and due to a huge demand was urgently re-pressed again in 1981. A musical pearl in the vein of Dos-Mukasan, Firyuza, Soyol Erdene, and Gunesh. Now EBALUNGA!!! is happy to present a first CD version of the album and the first time with a correct photo on a front cover. Released in 1980 and 1981 vinyl versions were pressed with the wrong photos on a cover. Melodia has mixed-up photos of 2 Mongolian bands Soyol Erdene and The Bayan Mongol Variety Group. So the Soyol Erdene LP was published with a photo of The Bayan Mongol Variety Group and opposite The Bayan Mongol Variety Group LPs with a photo of Soyol Erdene. The Bayan Mongol Variety Group existed from the early '70s to the late '80s. After the collapse of the USSR, the ensemble began to experience serious difficulties with funding and booking concerts, and finally disintegrated, after which the participants lost contact with each other. Fortunately, thanks to efforts from the fans, some old contacts were reestablished, key records and sound sources were dug up, and now this historical record is released again. File under funk, jazz-rock, prog rock, or psychedelic rock.

 

AFRO-BEAT/FUNK & PSYCH/DESERT BLUES/ETHIOPIQUES

VUM VUM - MUZANGOLA (7"/GROOVIE)

In Angola, in one way or another, Vum Vum is normally considered to be the father figure of the Angolan rock scene. There has been a fair amount of tributes paid to the overwhelming uniqueness of 'Muzangola', his first EP, published in 1969 by Valentim de Carvalho. However, despite its release in Portugal, the record never saw wide distribution in its main 'metropolis'. Most copies traveled with the Portuguese diaspora, and the record became a cult holy grail highly sought by record collectors in Europe. It's raw. It's emotional. It's heavy. It's short. This EP, of just four tracks, is full of emotion. Just listen to the crying shattering scream on Monami, and you will understand what we mean. This Groovie Records reissue is not only much welcomed, but, in this sense, brings due recognition for this masterpiece by the Angola Screamin' Jay Hawkins!

 

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