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06/29/18

Live In San Francisco

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension - Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip

This recording of the final set at the Warfield Theatre brings to full circle the amazing advent of The Mahavishnu Orchestra In 1971, and its renaissance this night in San Francisco.” mused the boundary-shattering guitarist John McLaughlin. On his farewell tour of America, which comprised of 25 concerts, John invited one his favorite musician, guitarist Jimmy Herring and his band “The Invisible Whip” to explore the timeless music he had created four decades ago. On September 21, 2018 , Abstract Logix issues Live in San Francisco – a souvenir of a sold-out concert at the historic Warfield Theatre, a beloved venue last visited by John McLaughlin thirty six years ago. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) and in The Invisible Whip – Kevin Scott (Bass), Matt Slocum (Clavinet and B3), Jason Crosby (Fender Rhodes, Violin, Vocals) and Jeff Sipe (Drums) – The Meeting of the Spirits tour featured a 9-piece orchestra that further amplified the seminal music he created in the 70’s, documented in albums – “Birds of Fire”, “Inner Mountain Flame” and “Visions of Emerald Beyond”.

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06/11/18

Funky Kingston reissued on blue vinyl!

Toots & The Maytals

Reissue of the 1975 version of the stone cold reggae classic "Funky Kingston" by Toots & The Maytals. Showcasing some of the Maytals best songs including "Pressure Drop", "Time Tough", the title track and their incredible version of John Denver's "Country Roads", the album is the closest reggae ever got to soul music and is a funky, uplifting listening experience. On translucent blue vinyl.

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05/29/18

Tales Of Two Guitars

Strunz & Farah

All new material in Strunz & Farah's new studio recording, Tales of Two Guitars, the latest chapter in the continuing story of the two virtuoso guitarists who have created an original and enduring body of guitar music. Rhythmic and colorful, and recorded with 11 guest musicians, Tales is a musical storybook of a fully evolved style of playing and composing which has been highly influential among guitarists everywhere. The new recording has 13 original pieces, full of contrasts both compositionally and instrumentally, ranging from the rhythmic to the romantic to the jazz-influenced, incorporating in varying degrees their classic mix of Latin, Middle Eastern and Jazz influences.

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05/16/18

Nightlife

John Clifton

Internationally known from coast to coast, John Clifton and his band are authentic purveyors of vintage Blues, Soul, and Rock'n'Roll. In the greatest traditions of the genre, John and the boys dig deep and play passionately, and understand the importance of backing up their solid playing with an entertaining stage show. Dressed to kill and with razor sharp performances to match, The John Clifton Blues Band delivers the goods both in their recordings and highly energetic live performances. This is a band who's at their peak with no intention of letting up anytime soon.

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05/02/18

Kreisberg Meets Veras

Jonathan Kreisberg - Nelson Veras

The greatest collaborations are often built upon two unique and different personalities combining to create something beyond their individual realms. Thus is the case with the new “Kreisberg Meets Veras” project, which promises to be one of the most exciting guitar duos in the jazz and guitar worlds. Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras are both highly acclaimed artists on their instruments, and they have combined forces to create a program of original works and rarely played classics which welcome the listener to experience the start of a beautiful musical friendship.

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05/02/18

Live At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Ted Nash Quintet

Two-time Grammy winning composer and saxophonist Ted Nash releases his first live recording in over 25 years. Known for his larger works (Presidential Suite, Chakra, Portrait in Seven Shades) this much anticipated release provides an opportunity for Nash to share his improvisational side. His inspired solos are impassioned and interactive. On this album he finds new areas of expression that will excite and move you. Ted Nash - alto sax, clarinet, flute & piccolo, Warren Wolf - vibraphone, Gary Versace - piano, Rufus Reid - bass and Matt Wilson on drums.

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03/27/18

Late Blossom Blues documentary

Leo "Bud" Welch

Award-winning Documentary about late Blues legend Leo "Bud" Welch. Born in 1932 in rural Mississippi, Welch has been a poor man all his life, working hard in the cotton fields and the woods. Until in 2013, after decades of missed opportunities, a Gulf War veteran teams up with him to take the Blues World by storm. Called "Music Documentary of the Year" (NEO Film Festival) and "one of the best music documentaries I've ever seen" (Neil Fox/Directorsnotes.com), the film documents the most exciting times in the life of the last real bluesmen. It's a film of historic dimension for all music lovers and a moving account of a hardworking man, who, against all odds, never wavered from his dream.

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03/22/18

War Ina Babylon reissued on red vinyl!

Max Romeo & The Upsetters

"War Ina Babylon" by Max Romeo & The Upsetters was originally released in 1976 by Island Records. Produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry at his Black Ark Studio, with backing by his superb band The Upsetters, this record has Perry's trademark gritty, swampy sound while the socially and politically conscious songs and the musicians performances show all involved at the height of their powers. This is a classic of the roots era and an essential record for reggae fans. On translucent red vinyl.

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02/28/18

Old School

Kid Ramos

A lot has happened since the last record, Greasy Kid's Stuff in 2001. Since then I've fathered two small boys into young men, beaten cancer. It's been about 17 years. I figured it was about the right time to put a Blues record out. My youngest son Johnny has joined the family business. This is his singing debut on this album and he was only 17 at the time of the recording. I'm excited to still be playing guitar, happy that people still want to see and hear me, and haven't thrown any rocks at me yet. This album was made in two days at Big Jon Atkinson's home studio in Hayward, California. It was recorded live to tape on two tracks using all analogue equipment, vintage microphones, and the brilliant technique of Jon Atkinson's recording. The album includes the expert playing of Kedar Roy on bass, Marty Dodson on drums, Mike Welch on piano/organ, Danny Michel on 2nd guitar, with the legendary Kim Wilson performing vocals on one song.

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02/20/18

Fineprint

James Harman

Blues Harmonica Ace James Harman hit # 1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart with his Electro-Fi debut Bonetime in 2015, not to mention 5 Blues Music Award nominations. "Fineprint" produced by James and guitarist extraordinaire Nathan James, is his brand new collection of 13 original songs, both newly recorded and specially selected tracks from James' incredible musical archives. Special guests include: Gene Taylor (Fab t-Birds) and Jeff Turmes (Mavis Staple). James describes himself as a full service Bluesman since 1962, and he's Z.Z. Top's first call Harpman. "Fineprint" is sure to be welcomed into the company of the finest Blues recordings of 2018.

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02/13/18

Ruthless By Law reissued on vinyl!

R.B.L. Posse

The 1994 sophmore album that solidified R.B.L.'s place as San Francisco gangsta rap legends. Now on double LP for the first time. Includes classics "Bounce 2 This" and "Blue Bird." Double LP.

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02/05/18

A Lesson To Be Learned reissued on vinyl!

R.B.L. Posse

The classic SF gangsta rap album with killer lyrics and strictly street beats, now out on vinyl. This is the album that put R.B.L. Posse and San Francisco rap on the map in 1992. Includes intro by Herm and special appearance by Totally Insane.

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01/30/18

Friday Night In San Francisco (Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl)

Al Di Meola - John McLaughlin - Paco De Lucia

Friday Night In San Francisco is a 1981 live album by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia. It was described by jazz author and critic Walter Kolosky as "a musical event that could be compared to the Benny Goodman Band's performance at Carnegie Hall in 1938...[it] may be considered the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums." All the tracks except Guardian Angel were recorded live at The Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980 in San Francisco. This debut recording on Columbia Records became a landmark recording that surpassed the two million mark in sales. The three virtuosos in the Trio toured together from 1980 through 1983. This is by far one of the hottest guitar albums ever to bless sweet vinyl. Al Dimeola, John McLaughlin, & Paco Delucia play classical guitars (the kind with the nylon strings) in a flamenco / jazz style that will blow your socks off! Mastered by Bernie Grundman and Bob Donnelly from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Numbered Limited Edition 100% Analog 180 Gram 33RPM Vinyl LP! Limited To Only 3,000 Numbered Copies!

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01/25/18

94th N Jack

AP 9

"94th N Jack" is dedicated to The Jacka of the Mob Figaz. Features C-Bo, E40, The Outlawz, Mistah Fab, Mob Figaz, Freeway, Mighty Slick. All new tracks!

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01/16/18

The Big Pescado

Berner

Berner returns with his new solo album The Big Pescado which is produced entirely by the legendary Scott Storch (Dr. Dre "Still D.R.E.", Terror Squad "Lean Back" and much more!) Big Bern is at the top of his game alongside an all star cast of guests: Snoop Dogg, The Game, Trey Songz, Ty$, Wiz Khalifa, Jeremih, Pusha T, Devin The Dude, E-40, Too Short and more!

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12/26/17

Bunny Wailer solo debut out in February 2018 on color vinyl!

Blackheart Man red - green - yellow vinyl

"Blackheart Man" is the solo debut album by Bunny Wailer originally released in 1976. This Roots Reggae classic is one of the finest albums of the era and showed that Bunny was a visionary singer/songwriter as he embarked on his solo career. The 10 songs of "Blackheart Man" are brimming with spirituality and protest, wonderful performances, and a more laid back, meditative style than his former band mates Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. Bunny is backed by a who's who of Reggae musicians of the time including Carlton "Carly" Barrett, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Robbie Shakespeare, Peter Tosh, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Tommy McCook, Tyrone Downie and Bob Marley. In a gatefold sleeve with lyrics and on red, green and yellow swirl vinyl.

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12/06/17

Lawson Rollins

Airwaves: The Greatest Hits

"Airwaves: The Greatest Hits" - featuring all of Lawson Rollins' radio chart hits taken from his seven solo albums, including the Billboard Top 30 contemporary jazz radio charting songs "Island Time," "Moonlight Samba," "Infinita," "Flight," and "Daybreak." Two brand new bonus tracks were recorded exclusively for this album: the contemporary jazz track "World of Wonder" (featuring the Billboard #1 group 3rd Force) and the classically-inspired, world-music composition "Prado" (featuring 2-time Grammy Award winning violinist Mads Tolling). Other guests include iconic Brazilian singer Flora Purim. 11 of the 18 tracks are never-before-released radio edit versions that feature different performances and guests artists not heard on the album versions, like "In Motion (radio edit)" which features an exclusive appearance by Billboard #1 soprano saxophonist Praful, not heard on the original album version.

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11/02/17

Junior Murvin Roots Reggae classic coming in January 2018 on color vinyl!

Police & Thieves blue vinyl

Police & Thieves is a Roots Reggae classic by Junior Murvin originally released in 1977 which was recorded by Lee "Scratch" Perry (who also wrote or co-wrote many of the songs) at his legendary Black Ark Studios with The Upsetters. The title song was memorably covered by The Clash in a very different arrangement than Murvin's. Perry's imaginative and groundbreaking production surrounded Junior's falsetto vocals and the musicians in a dense, echo heavy, spaced out sound to create one of the great songs, and albums, of the roots era. Now available on opaque blue vinyl!

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10/13/17

Hard Core Harp

Various Artists

Electro-Fi Records celebrates it's 20th anniversary with the release of Hard Core Harp featuring tracks from the very best of today's Blues Harp artists: Mark Hummel, James Harman, Harmonica Shah, Paul Oscher and Billy Boy Arnold, along with Harp masters of the 20th century: Snooky Pryor, George Harmonica Smith, Sam Myers, Little Mack, Willie Big Eyes Smith and more. The 19 track collection includes 4 members of the Muddy Waters Blues Band. Special guests include Pinetop Perkins, bassist Bob Stroger and guitar legends Mel Brown, Rusty Zinn, Jack de Keyzer, and Billy Flynn. This is Blues Harmonica at it's very best.

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09/27/17

Reworked By Detroiters Limited Edition Triple LP coming soon!

Funkadelic

Funkadelic were the most influential group to emerge from Detroit in the 1970s. Their early albums have cast a long shadow over everything that came afterwards in the city. From the techno pioneered by the likes of Carl Craig and Underground Resistance, to the garage rock revival spearheaded by the White Stripes and the Dirtbombs, all have paid homage to the Parliafunkadelicment Thang. The very finest talent now active in Detroit appear on the record, being given free rein to work on the multi-track tapes, to rework in any way they see fit. We have full-on remixes, futuristic creations using the original track as an inspiration, disco-fied re-edits and skeletal dubs.

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09/12/17

Classic Blues Artwork From The 1920s 2018 Calendar

Various Artists

Our 2018 "Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920's" Calendar with free CD has broad appeal to anyone interested in Blues music or history. Within its pages is a huge treasure trove of original Blues artwork from the earliest days of recorded Blues history. In addition, each calendar contains a free CD that cleverly matches up each month's artwork with the original recording it advertises. These songs make the calendar come alive! This year's CD has a total of 24 tracks: 12 Blues classics from Blues masters Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Blake and others . . . PLUS 12 super rare songs by legendary Blues artists including two recently discovered tracks by Jab Jones and the Memphis Jug Band! The songs are newly remastered using the American Epic sound team's amazing restoration techniques! Developed at great expense for the soundtrack of the PBS series, there is less surface noise and more dynamic range than in any previous release of these tracks. You will be excited when you feel as if you are right in the room with the performers as they play and sing their hearts out!

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09/01/17

Authentic Hilbilly Ballads And Topical Songs - Volume One (1954-1976)

Red River Dave

Notorious for his song ‘California Hippie Murders!’ - a ghoulish, harrowing, yodeling retelling of the infamous (Charles Manson masterminded) Tate-LaBianca slayings - Red River Dave was a genuine cowboy singing star turned tabloid balladeer. While ‘California Hippie Murders!’ might seem chilling and bizarre, within the body of ‘Red River Dave’ McEnery epic saga songs (collected here for the very first time), it makes perfect sense. The Moon landings, the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst, the Vietnam conflict, the assassination of JFK, the murder of young Emmett Till and Korean War ‘Manchurian Candidate’ brainwashing - all grist for the great Red River Dave Hillbilly song-mill. Often cut within hours or days of the event and pressed as minuscule edition private 45s: the tall, flamboyant, ’Buffalo Bill’ bearded McEnery cut a dashing figure in his gold-sprayed cowboy boots and cracking lariat - as he hawked these handcrafted cuts from the boot of his steer-horned Cadillac. Some sides presented here are so rare as to be near-mythical - you’ll hear Red River Dave wax about the death of Marilyn Monroe and the Bay of Pigs - in an eccentric and forgotten chronicle of the 20th century experience.

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08/22/17

Ooooooweeee!!! on 180 Gram Mono Vinyl

Dusty Springfield

One of Dusty's rarest and most desirable albums from this era, Ooooooweeee!!! (PMC 7005), issued in March 1965 was another fascinating potpourri of UK singles tracks, stray EP and LP cuts, and material initially exclusive to the release. Amongst the latter were several songs Springfield recorded in New York such as 'Here She Comes' and 'If Wishes Could Be Kisses,' the mono takes of which have different vocal parts to the stereo. Record stampers produced by Record Technology, Inc. Camarillo California, USA.

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08/15/17

Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith's solo trumpet on four classic Thelonious Monk compositions and on four new compositions by Wadada Leo Smith inspired by the life and music of composer/pianist Thelonious Monk, the artist that Wadada Leo Smith feels closest to in the historic continuum of creative music.

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08/03/17

After A While

Wee Willie Walker And The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra

After A While is the new collaboration between legendary soul singer, Wee Willie Walker and The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra. This recording features 8 original tracks and 5 carefully selected covers. After recording for Goldwax and Checker labels in the 60s Walker settled in Minneapolis and was rarely heard outside of Minnesota. In the last few years he has emerged with new recordings, which have garnered accolades from critics and fans alike. Although Willie's career spans six decades, After A While is his debut as a songwriter and co-producer, making this a truly collaborative effort! The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra provides the perfect foundation for Walker's deep blue soul vocals. This recording is a must have for fans of blues and soul music!

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07/24/17

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)

Tom Rigney And Flambeau

This the new CD by American Roots band Tom Rigney and Flambeau. This new disc is an eclectic mix of Roots Music styles from Cajun two-steps, to Blues, to Roots Rock and Roll. It features several new original songs and instrumental pieces by Rigney, as well as some old classics - Louis Jordan's "Let the Good Times Roll", George Gershwin's "Summertime", and Flambeau's reinvention of the 1950's hit, "Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)". Rigney's incendiary fiddle playing is featured throughout the album, and his band lays down some grooves that are guaranteed to get you up off the couch.

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07/17/17

Live At Ronnie Scott's released 9/15/17!

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension

On September 15, Abstract Logix issues Live At Ronnie Scott’s – a souvenir of a sold-out, two-night stand at the beloved venue by John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, recorded in March of 2017. In the 4th Dimension – Ranjit Barot (drums, konokol), Gary Husband (keyboards, drums), and Etienne M’Bappé (bass) – McLaughlin has gathered a band with the technical dexterity and soulful musicality to do ample justice to his vast catalog. They can follow him anywhere, and together on Live @ Ronnie Scott’s McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension explore everything from early Mahavishnu Orchestra classics to compositions from their most recent studio LP, Black Light.

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07/10/17

Numbers 1 & 2 50th Anniversary Edition

Lester Bowie

This recording, taped in August of 1967, was the first release on the Nessa label. It was also the first recorded documentation of a quartet soon to be known as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Two years later Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman and Malachi Favors ventured to Paris as a first step towards conquering the world. This 24 bit remaster, from the original half inch 4 track session tapes, restores the program as originally released for the first time on compact disc. 50th anniversary reissue of this classic free jazz session!

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06/19/17

Thizzelle Washington...first time ever on vinyl!

Mac Dre

(2-LP set) The everlasting and everbusy Mac Drizzelle (Mac Dre) composes his latest masterpiece featuring a gang of the S.F. Bay Area's best rappers, including Yukmouth, Da' Unda' Dogg, Dubee, Andre Nickatina, Mac Mall and others. Produced by Johnny Z, Da' Unda' Dogg, Psycho, Rick Rock and Mac Dre. On psychedelic rainbow colored vinyl.

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06/12/17

Approved By Snakes

Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind

This is Jason's first release as band leader in seven years. Of course, he's been busy with other projects including being a special guest on the, late great, Johnny Winter's Grammy winning CD. Jason's TV performance on the induction of the great Paul Butterfield Blues Band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was quite an honor. Jason is an amazing innovator of the blues harmonica (and beyond) but this CD is about Jason and his great New Orleans band, The Bad Kind. Their new material further showcases the growth of their incredible talents. This new recording is going to smash any preconceived notions of genre boundaries. I don't think they've come up with a name for the music these cats make. We just call it 'Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind'.

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05/30/17

Roots Rock N Universal Love

Kwame Binea Shakedown

Soul rocker Kwame Binea was born in West London with native origins in Ghana and now living in NYC. He is a self-proclaimed rocker to the core, but has peppered his music with a unique brand of "Roots Rock" which embodies his fertile and culturally diverse personal saga. 'Universal Love' by Jimmy Cliff, a featured track on the recording, was produced by Living Color founder Vernon Reid who also co-wrote the tune 'Love Surreal'. Of the process, Vernon says "Kwame connected to 'Universal Love' immediately. He brings a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of hope to this seldom heard classic." Kwame Binea has a charismatic, soulful, & romantic vocal approach to Pop suffused with Rock energy. Though not a political message artist per se, he does not shy away from questioning modern issues. 'Roots Rock n Universal Love' is Kwame's epic answer of how to inspire people while also making them dance.

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05/23/17

Led Zeppelin unplugged cover album When The Levee Breaks out in July

Vanessa Fernandez

(3-LP set) Vanessa Fernandez covers Led Zeppelin classics in "unplugged" style. Featuring Tim Pierce (guitar/slide guitar), Chris Chaney (bass), Jim Cox (keyboards), Jim Keltner (drums), Luis Conte (percussion) and Charlie Bisharat (violin). Brilliant rhythm guitar and solos from arranger-guitarist Tim Pierce including an extended electric guitar solo on the rock version of "Whole Lotta Love" as well as killer vintage slide work on "When The Levee Breaks;" awesome drumming and majestic kick drum work from Jim Keltner on "Kashmir," "Babe" and "Immigrant Song;" driving electric bass lines from Chris Chaney on many of the tracks; memorable B3 and Wurlitzer fills and runs from keyboardist Jim Cox; audacious violin solos and fills from Charlie Bisharat on "Kashmir" and "Immigrant Song." Last but in no way least, stirring percussion backing from the great Luis Conte on "When The Levee Breaks," "Black Dog" and "Whole Lotta Love" (acoustic). And throughout every song the magnificent incomparable vocals of Vanessa. The vocal performance on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" is gonna leave some listeners breathless!! This 100% all analogue Triple LP Triple Deluxe Gatefold version includes two LP only tracks!

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05/16/17

Compass & Map compilation out in June!

Russ Tolman

After leaving psych guitar rockers True West in 1985, Russ Tolman released his first solo album Totem Poles And Glory Holes on Elvis Costello’s Demon Records in Europe and on Restless/Enigma in the US. That record was the first of many of his seven solo albums to make critic’s year-end lists both here and in Europe. "Compass & Map" brings together the 20 best tracks from Russ Tolman’s solo career to-date. With newly discovered photos, and liner notes from author and reissue producer Pat Thomas in a deluxe package, this collection is a fitting tribute to the first 30 years of Russ Tolman’s song writing and recording. Songs from all 7 albums plus 2013 digital only single "Los Angeles"

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05/08/17

The Itinuation out in June!

Pablo Moses

Legendary Jamaican artist Pablo Moses releases his most musically diverse and lyrically potent album to date. Co-Produced by Groundation frontman Harrison Stafford the album features top reggae musicians including Dean Fraser, Dalton Browne, Robbie Lyn, and Desi Jones all lending their voice to this masterpiece. Recorded at Mixing Lab Studios in Kingston, Jamaica and final mix and master by world renowned engineer Jim Fox (Lion & Fox) the album soars to sonic heights. Pablo Moses' voice sounds clean and strong displaying all the focus and confidence of his more than 40 years in the business. This is the album that all reggae lovers will be talking about in 2017; The Itinuation.

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05/03/17

Lost In Space 50th anniversary edition soundtrack collection

Various Artists

La-La Land Records, Synthesis Entertainment and Legendary Pictures proudly present Lost In Space: 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Collection, an unprecedented deluxe limited edition 12-CD box set of music from the classic sci-fi television series! The original music scores from this cherished and historic series come to vivid life like never before, restored and remastered from original scoring elements, and featuring hours of previously unreleased music, including the world premiere release of John William's score to "The Reluctant Stowaway," as well as many previously unavailable episode scores, such as "Space Circus," "West of Mars," and more! The music of Lost In Space not only calls forth all the action, danger and unabashed joy of the beloved show, but as meticulously assembled in this astounding set, it reveals itself to be some of the most creative and dynamic scoring ever composed for the medium. Featuring music by John Williams, Herman Stein, Hans J. Salter, Joseph Mullendore, Alexander Courage, Cyril J. Mockridge, Gerald Fried, Leith Stevens, Robert Drasnin, Fred Steiner and others, the scores of Lost In Space rocket the listener through a warm galaxy of nostalgia into a vast universe of awe-inspiring musical expression - all of it finally preserved in a pristine collection to be savored. This deluxe set, limited to 1500 units and housed in an attractive hardcover slipcase, also contains a 100+ booklet jam-packed with exciting archival photos and art, alongside exclusive, in-depth liner notes by album co-producer Jeff Bond.

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04/11/17

Right Up On out now!

Oliver Lake featuring Flux Quartet

“I have been collaborating with Flux since 2002, I have worked with many string quartets in the past 20 years, but I must say I have never worked with one as enthusiastic and musical as Flux. They are ‘raring to go,’ and I love it! We performed our first concert at Merkin Hall in NYC on April 25, 2002, This is our first recording, I look forward to continuing this collaboration." - Olive Lake •Flux Quartet: "One of the most fearless and important new music ensembles around" - Joshua Kosman SF Chronicle •Flux Quartet: "Has brought a new renaissance to quartet music" - Kyle Gann The Village Voice

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04/04/17

Ain't Nothing You Can Do!

John Primer & Bob Corritore

John Primer and Bob Corritore join forces once again to present their deep Chicago blues roots. Their 2013 Delta Groove debut, "Knockin' Around These Blues," garnered awards and nominations, international critical praise, and a number one spot on the Living Blues radio charts! Backed by an all-star cast that includes Henry Gray, Barrelhouse Chuck, Big Jon Atkinson, Troy Sandow, Chris James, Patrick Rynn and Brian Fahey, Primer and Corritore lead their seasoned session partners through a hard-hitting program of stompin' shuffles, rowdy dance floor packers and treacherous slow blues.

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03/30/17

Nighthawks On The Blue Highway documentary DVD out now!

The Nighthawks

Nighthawks on the Blue Highway is the first documentary film about the hardest working band in America, the result of two years of production, countless days on the road with the band and interviews with those who know the members and their music best. Directed by Johnny Cash biographer and DC native Michael Streissguth, the 73 minute film stars George Thorogood, John Hammond, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, and band co-founder Mark Wenner. Includes bonus material, NTSC all region. Born in early-1970s Washington DC where blues, soul, country, folk and rock filtered through the hearts of musicians in every neighborhood, The Nighthawks churned out a blues-and-rock style that honored the city’s dynamic influences and set the stage for the rise of modern blues acts such as George Thorogood, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan. “I was really knocked out by them,” says Thorogood in the film. “They were just so sure of themselves. And they did this dynamite version of ‘Little Sister’ by Elvis Presley. Which I thought, ‘Wow! A blues band doing Elvis Presley!’ ‘Cause I’m a blues band and I do Johnny Cash! These guys were beyond the perimeter of what music is.” The film tracks the band from a dream in founder Mark Wenner’s Bethesda basement to international stardom. Along the way, they shared the stage with blues legends Muddy Waters, B.B. King, J.B. Hutto, and John Lee Hooker and attracted southern-rock god Gregg Allman who joined the band for a golden stretch in late 1970s. In the film, Wenner revived the vision of The Nighthawks. With bass player Johnny Castle, drummer Mark Stutso, and guitarist Paul Bell, the band collected its first national blues award in 2011, appeared on the national album charts and hit the road with renewed vigor. In slim digipak.

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03/22/17

Bass Ball

Bunny Brunel & Friends including Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten & Billy Sheehan

If you like the bass, then you will love "Bass Ball," a new CD encompassing everything that’s great about the bass. The innovative album is produced by Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke; and has been five years in the making. "Bass Ball" stars Bunny Brunel and Stanley Clarke, featuring solos by Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Armand Sabal-Lecco (who also composed “Stand Out” on the album), and more. Wanting to add a French flavor, Bunny Brunel invited a few musicians, including bass players from his country, to be a part of history in the making. •"I like the fact that 'Bass Ball' is going to give people an opportunity to hear some of the best bass players they’ve never heard before.” – Stanley Clarke •“The French bass players who also play on 'Bass Ball' are famous in France, but not well known here. I was the one who had the privilege to come to America and play with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, and others. But there were many bass players in France who were also very good,” - Bunny Brunel

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03/17/17

Right Place, Right Time out in April

Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter

Boston-based blues guitarist Monster Mike Welch teams up with Chicago-native, golden-voiced singer Mike Ledbetter (a distant relative of legendary American folk-blues artist Leadbelly), for an exceedingly inspired collaboration born out of a mutual love and respect for the classic blues era of the '50s and '60s and artists such as Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Elmore James and B.B. King. Welch and Ledbetter are joined by an all-star cast featuring pianist/organist Anthony Geraci, bassist Ronnie James Weber and drummer Marty Richards, along with special guests Laura Chavez on guitar and saxophonists Doug James and Sax Gordon.

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03/15/17

Air Time limited edition vinyl

Air

Vinyl repressing of a classic '70s jazz album - one of the first recordings led by Pulitzer winner Henry Threadgill with bassist Fred Hopkins and drummer Steve McCall. This edition is limited to 550 copies pressed by QRP, the vinyl manufacturing division of Acoustic Sounds. These are 150 gram discs in "rice paper" sleeves.

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02/27/17

Ports Of Call has arrived

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

On this their fifth CD release, award winning duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas roam far and wide across the North Atlantic - from Scotland to Scandinavia, France, and Spain and beyond. Going back to the roots of their first CD Fire & Grace (winner of the Scots Trad Album of the Year award), the duo displays their hallmark fiddle/cello arrangements of old classics and new compositions. From the raw power of wild dance tunes to modern, quasi-chamber arrangements, their music takes us on a journey around the world of the fiddle and displays the energy and nuance they have been thrilling audiences with for almost 20 years. Fraser & Haas' deep respect for the diversity of traditional musical languages and the importance of the groove are ever present. Fiddle and Cello at it's state-of-the-art best!

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02/23/17

Rekihndled...first new release in over 20 years!

Greg Kihn Band

Rekihndled is the Greg Kihn Band’s first studio album in over 20 years. We proudly put together these 11 all new all original songs. “Pink Flamingos” will be the first single, followed by “The Life I Got.” “The Life I Got” really says how I feel… I’m blessed to have the life I got and I wouldn’t change it for nothing. Definition of Rekihndled - The act of restarting a flame! To Reignite, to excite, to begin to burn again! The Greg Kihn Band has been reignited! Greg Kihn has been a successful artist for over 40 years having released 18 albums. He has a Billboard #1 Dance single with Jeopardy. Jeopardy was also a Billboard #2 track in the Top 100. Greg Kihn’s hit song The Breakup Song hit #11 on Billboards’s Top 100.

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02/10/17

Limited edition 20th anniversary of Sex Style

Kool Keith

(2-CD set) He comes in many forms and many incarnations, but his style is distinctly his own. Just as there's no mistaking his smooth lyrical delivery and searing hip-hop prose with its underlying edgy beats, there's no denying the incredible force that is Kool Keith. Whether as a founding member of the legendary Ultramagnetic MCs, or in the guises of his renegade rap personas Dr. Octagon and Dr. Dooom, Keith has established himself as an innovative lyricist whose erudite raps push the envelope to the limit. When Keith Teams up with KutMasta Kurt on the production - they arguably create the best albums in his catalog.

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01/23/17

Killer Collection! Blue 88s: Unreleased Piano Blues Gems 1938-1942

Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie "Boodle It" Right and Poor Boy Burke

Blue 88s is an amazing collection of piano blues recorded between 1938-1942 for the Columbia and Okeh labels. 15 of the 17 tracks are previously unreleased gems that showcase some of the premier blues pianists and vocalists of the era: Curtis Jones, Roosevelt Sykes, Willie "Boodle It" Right and Poor Boy Burke. Includes a 20 page booklet with a detailed essay by Mark Humphrey on the history and popularity of the piano, and blues pianists in particular, plus the lyrics to all the songs. The legendary Roosevelt Sykes a.k.a. "The Honeydripper" is represented on this compilation with 12 tracks, 10 of them previously unissued while Curtis Jones and Poor Boy Burke have 2 each while Willie "Boodle It" Right has 1.

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01/10/17

Now in stock! Packs

Berner

The new Berner features Wiz Khalifa, Quavo of Migos, French Montana, Young Dolph, Mozzy and more!

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12/21/16

Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space Blue & White Color Vinyl

Spiritualized

(2-LP set) Originally released in 1997 (on the same day as OK Computer), Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space is the 3rd album from Jason Pierce's post-Spacemen 3 project, and his most brilliant work to date. A hypnotic, narcotic, psychedelic gospel album full of confessional songs about heartbreak and drug abuse. This record is a flat out masterpiece that received a "10.0" rating from Pitchfork. Reissued on 180 gram color vinyl (Deep Space Blue & Milky Way) in deluxe packaging including reproductions of the original inner sleeves and insert.

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12/07/16

K.D. Is Here

Kenny Dorham

Two separate recordings of trumpeter Kenny Dorham live at The Half Note in NYC in 1966 and at The Flamboyan in Queens in 1962. Both dates were MC'd by Alan Grant. Joining Kenny on the 1966 date are Sonny Red on alto sax, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist John Ore and drummer Hugh Walker. The 1962 date features Joe Farrell on tenor sax, pianist Walter Bishop Jr., bassist Larry Gales and drummer Stu Martin. Includes 19 page booklet with an essay by Matt Leskovic with many period photographs.

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11/02/16

Sue Barker

Sue Barker

The highly sought-after 70s funk/soul/jazz opus (secondhand LP copies fetch over 400 Australian dollars!) from Australia's Sue Barker. Available for the first time on CD, with 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks.

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