Brer Soul - Melvin Van Peebles

Brer Soul
Released on 26/07/10. Amazing stuff! A mad mix of
insanity and wisdom, with enough violent clashes of culture to shake
anyone up. Funk, soul, poetry and righteousness blend into a great
batch of tracks! Includes groovy cuts like Lilly Done the Zampoughi , The Dozens and Sera Sera Jim . Crazy! (Dusty Groove) Never
before released on CD, this is the collectable debut album from
African-American Poet, musician, film director, screenwriter,
playwright, novelist, composer Melvin Van Peebles, recorded for A&M
Records in 1968. Titled after Van Peebles nickname, Brer Soul is an album of street jazz and social poetry, pre-empting Rap and Hip-Hop. Rap
has its roots in The Dozens, an African-American verbal game in which
each player had to top his opponent by issuing the most creative
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Lilly Done The Zampoughi / Everytime I Pulled Her Coattail / Mirror Mirror On The Wall / The Coolest Place In Town / You Can Get Up Before Noon Without Being A Square / The Dozens / Tenth And Greenwich (Women’s House Of Detention) / Come Raising Your Leg On Me / Sera Sera Jim / Catch That On The Corner
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Bob Stanley writes: “Beach Baby was possibly the fullest flowering of the John Carter Sound - constantly shape shifting, the harmonies, the strings, and more hooks than any four minute pop single should have by rights. John Peel raved about it in Sounds and it was no.4 in the US in the summer of 74. In Britain it stalled at 11 but felt much bigger- it’s been a radio staple since”

This studio group, including luminaries such as Tony Burrows, Chas Mills, Spencer James (from the Searchers), and Clare Torry (of Pink Floyd fame), released two LP’s and recorded tracks for a third that remained unreleased. All continued in the vein described above of hook laden /harmony driven /string backed perfectly produced pop. All recorded 1974 - 1977, plus a bonus track from 1985 when Carter recorded a throw back single for possible release in Holland when Beach Baby became a reissued hit, that totally captures the Beach Baby excitement and gives it the hi-production wall of sound.

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Listen To The Flowers Grow
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The subsequent live group was led by vocalist Tony Burrows, but at times included future Deep Purple members Jon Lord and Nick Simper in the backing band. Our sleeve notes have new interviews with most of the writers and artists involved talking of their experiences with the group. Previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions, original mono versions, tracks unreleased at the time , all combine to make this a collectors gem, and a totally worthy celebration of the 40th anniversary.

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Arrival ~ Complete Collection
Released 23rd of January. The first ever reissue of the complete Decca and CBS recordings by 70’s harmony group Arrival. Born from a chance meeting with manager Tony Hall outside an Aretha Franklin show, the group originally hailed from Liverpool when from 1965 onwards they had built a large following as a harmony boy/girl fourpiece specialising in Motown on the live circuit.

Arrival recorded mainly their own material for their albums and augmented their sound for recording with session musicians. With two major international hit singles 'Friends' and 'I Will Survive' resulted and are featured on this package. Also included are non LP tracks and unreleased recordings from their 1970-1973 existence.  Remastered from original tapes.

The collection is produced with major input from members Frank Collins and Dyan Birch, including new interviews and photos from their archives. Group members went on to form the critical favourites Kokomo.
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Available 23/09/2013
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