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Allison Mose - I’m Not Talkin’ ~ The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison 1957-1972 (CD)€18,00
The laconic and oh-so-cool Mose Allison left an indelible impression on the history of rock n roll through his influence on at least two generation of British musicians. His songs were covered by Georgie Fame, Brian Auger, the Yardbirds (featuring Jeff Beck), the Clash and of course the Who, who made Young Man the opener of their Live At Leeds LP. I’m Not Talkin’: The Song Stylings Of Mose Allison is the first compilation entirely dedicated to his vocal recordings across Prestige, Atlantic and Columbia, the three labels where he made his landmark recordings.
The CD includes the most famous of his songs including Parchman Farm, Young Man Blues, I Love The Life I Live Baby, Please Don’t Go, Seventh Son and Foolkiller, as well as lesser-known gems that show his continued aptitude for marrying sharp observations on modern life with memorable tunes.
Clark Alice - The Complete Studio Recordings 1968 – 1972 (CD)€18,00
CD Description* Alice Clark only recorded three sessions that produced two singles and one album, all of which are sought-after classics. BGP’s release of The Complete Studio Recordings: 1968-1972″ brings those recordings together for the first time.* Opening with her Northern Soul classic `You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts)’ recorded for George Kerr, the CD also features a previously unreleased and incredible slice of deep soul called `Before Her Time’. All the tracks from her 1972 album for Mainstream Records, a wonderful slice of Big City New York soul are here that include two massive club classics `Don’t You Care’ and `Never Did I Ever Stop Loving You’.* Both the album and the single `You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts)’ would set you back well over three figures even if you could find one to buy.* Although little is known about Alice Clark, BGP have managed to coax some memories from Billy Vera and have had access to some amazing studio shots from the Mainstream sessions to make up a beautifully illustrated booklet.”
Various - The World Needs Changing: Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1967-1976 (CD)€18,00
The late 60s were a time of incredible change in black American Music. Civil rights had brought some advances but there was still much to do. In the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King politics got radical, whilst financial gains were relished. The World Needs Changing reflects the growing confidence of black music in a decade of change. Soul, jazz and funk was a mirror onto the black urban world, and represented a growing confidence and sophistication. Records like Lonnie Liston Smith’s Expansions (presented here in its rare 7 inch version) or Leon Thomas Just In Time To See The Sun show jazz musicians reaching for the discos without losing their spiritual self. Gil Scott Heron, Esther Marrow, Darrow Fletcher and our super rare title track (selling for £200 recently) show the political struggle continued to bubble away. The majority of the music made at the time was still aimed firmly at the feet, and there are rare collectors items by The Original Soul Patrol, Ceaser 830, club classics by the Willard Posey Reunion and Little Eva Harris whose medley of Get Ready/ Uptight has been massive in London for a couple of years now. BGPs trips into the vaults allow them to include two amazing cuts from Fame s short lived Memphis studio from George Jackson and the mysterious Tina Bryant.
Two Things In One - Together Forever-Music City Sessions (CD)€18,00
* The Two Things In One are a band that should have been huge. The precociously-talented, soulful quintet were popular in the early 70s in their native San Francisco Bay Area with three local hits in the singles `Silly Song’, `Together Forever’ and `Over Dose’, all sought-after vinyl items today.
* With an average age of just sixteen at the time of these recordings, all made for the legendary Music City label, this self-contained unit blended Stevie Wonder-like vocal chops and Meters/JB grooves with a rare ability for transforming unlikely covers such as the Allman Brothers’ `Dreams’ and Crosby Stills Nash and Young’s `Ohio’ into deeply funky workouts. During their time together, the Two Things In One recorded more than an album’s worth of superb, mostly original material, all of which can now be heard on Together Forever”.
* Members later played with Tower Of Power, Sly & The Family Stone and other notables, and the Two Things In One story is a fascinating run-down of what could have been.
* Produced in full co-operation with the band, ”Together Forever” gives full acknowledgement to a remarkably talented combo.”
Various - Shattered Dreams-Funky Blues 1967-1978 (CD)€18,00
* As soul became the music of black America in the late 60s, the blues had to adapt to survive. For those who could, playing to the white rock crowd was an attractive option, but in hundreds of sweaty, run-down clubs in cities and towns across the US an older urban black audience was still there to be entertained. Blues musicians made a few concessions to the age, added funk licks and a few soul screams and created some seriously good music, which has often been ignored by blues scholars. Shattered Dreams” is BGP’s celebration of that period.
* Drawn from the vaults of such influential labels as Stax, Modern and Jotis this exciting music comes from major names including Little Milton, Lowell Fulsom and Albert King, using all the nous gathered through years on the chitlin’ circuit to keep themselves relevant to record buying audiences of the day. Elsewhere we have both terminally obscure and cult heroes. Finis Tasby and Smokey Wilson created music of great worth that was rarely heard at the time, never mind 40 years later.
* In recent years funky blues has started to be a sought-after genre, especially with funk collectors and numbers such as Tasby’s `It Took A Long Time’, Slim Green’s `Shake It Up’ and Buddy Guy’s `I’m Not The Best’ would all fill a floor. The blues guys could certainly hit a groove, but if ”Shattered Dreams” captures anything it is a sense of despair you can hear as Smokey Wilson sings `You Shattered My Dreams’. Despair for an age that was passing away.
Various - Street Sounds From The Bay Area: Music City Funk & Soul Grooves 1971-75 (CD)€18,00
CD Description:* Ray Dobard’s Music City operation was at the heart of the Bay Area’s black music scene from the 50s onwards. By the 1970s his shop and studio were places where aspiring funk, soul and jazz groups would go to attempt to find fame and fortune. Few did, but some great music was laid down, the best of which is here.* The CD contains 17 tracks, 15 of which are previously unissued, and are a great view into a lost era of Bay Area music. The best known artists are Two Things In One and Darondo. Two Things In One were a big local attraction who released several singles on Music City, now very sought-after by funk DJs and collectors. Dorando has been lionised in recent years for his Music City 45 `Didn’t I’ and also appears with the Al Green-styled `Gimme Some’, lifted from the vaults. BGP have also turned up an unreleased cut by the Houston Outlaws, a version of their Westbound B-side `Got To Keep Loving’.* Elsewhere there is out-and-out funk from Vic Green – whose singles as Big Vick Hammond have made him a cult hero – and unknown acts such as Chuck Thurman, the Soul Sensations and Dry Ice. Jazzy grooves come from Charles Doc Williams and Al Tanner, hip folk funk from Bob Carson and the black consciousness message behind the Soul Messengers.* The booklet features in-depth notes from Bay Area expert and Music City historian Alec Palao, and an introduction by compiler Dean Rudland that places the music in its contemporary context.