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Genre > Soul, R&B, Funk
These Are The JBsThe Unreleased Album By James Brown’s Backing Band: The Bootsy Collins-lead JB’s
Never-before-heard James Brown and J.B.’s originals and covers of Jimi Hendrix, Kool & the Gang, the Meters. Contains a 12-page booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.
This album is the Rosetta Stone of funk’s dominant idioms, yet its existence has barely been a rumor. In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he ordered Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be test pressed on King Records as These Are The J.B.’s. This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown’s innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown’s, in the post-“Cold Sweat” musical landscape, it’s the Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy Winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album’s liner notes, converged for the first time here.
This link between Brown’s funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney’s “It’s My Thing,” replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band’s James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp that pre-dates their obscure but important work as the Houseguests ensemble and embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of George Clinton and his mothership, where they poked cosmic holes in funk’s polyrhythmic ozone layer in the mid-1970s.
There are only two extant copies of the original King Records test press LP of These Are The J.B.’s. This, the first commercial issue of this album, was overseen by Now-Again’s Egon alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group’s James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master’s Dave Cooley from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It comes with a 12-page booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Egon and many unpublished photographs and ephemera.1. These Are The JBs (Part 1 & 2)
2. I’ll Ze
3. The Grunt (Part 1 & 2)
4. When You Feel It, Grunt If You Can
$24.99Vinyl LP - SealedBuy Now
True Soul: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax (Box Set)Complete Anthology Including All 32 Rare And Unreleased 60s And 70s Soul, Funk, Disco And Party-rap Cuts From The True Soul Vaults
10 Page Full Color Booklet Including Never Before Seen Photos, Extensive Liner Notes And A Candid Interview Between Producer Eothen "Egon" Alapatt And Lee Anthony
All Tracks Remastered From The Original Master Tapes
60's and 70's Soul, Funk, Disco, Party-Rap and Boogie from Arkansas's Legendary Independent Label the final installment presented as an all inclusive 4xLP Anthology.
Now-Again Records, in association with label-owner Lee Anthony, is proud to present the release of True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax, a collection of rare and unreleased funk and soul music from the fabled Arkansas indie. Over twelve years in the making, this anthology presented over the course of two volumes of CD/DVDs and one four-LP box set seeks to establish True Soul's rightful place within America's funk and soul pantheon.
As much as this set is about the adventurous, always-funky and oh-so-rare recordings that True Soul made possible, it is also about Anthony, the man. A true, American "up-from-the-bootstraps" story, Anthony's is one in which his frontiersman's entrepreneurial spirit and vision remains undeterred as he sets up black-owned businesses in a post-Jim Crow South and succeeds in capturing recordings from the high water mark of America's funk and soul movement.
Anthony's story intertwines with the renowned Sam Philips an early mentor and patron and Memphis's Al Bell and Willie Mitchell with whom Anthony collaborated as he tried to cultivate Little Rock's funk and soul in the shadow of Stax and Hi Records. This anthology will make influence amongst the history of southern funk and soul is transparent, as his story of how he helped turn a stranded road band into the Gap Band.
This comprehensive True Soul Records anthology including a 10-page, booklet chock full of photos, ephemera and extensive liner notes - not only carries the rare distributed funk and soul 45s that led the likes of renowned collectors DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist to Lee Anthony's door in search of Anthony's fabled "treasure chest," but also includes previously unreleased boogie, disco and party rap recorded in True Soul's early-80's twilight. You can find this all contained in a one of a kind 4xLP boxset, with each sleeve donning the True Soul logo that Anthony held so dear.1. Thomas East - 'Slipping Around (45 Version)'
2. Albert Smith - 'Come Together'
3. John Craig - 'Doing My Own Thing'
4. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Wheezin'
5. The Conspiracy - 'I Believe (Our Love Has Gone Away)'
6. Ren Smith - 'Smog (Full Version)'
7. Thomas East - 'Sister Funk (Original, Full Version)'
8. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Funky Football'
9. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Psychedelic Hot Pants (Full Version)'
10. Classsic Funk - 'Hard Times'
11. The Right Track - 'I Gotta Move With The Groove'
12. The Conspiracy - 'Conspiracy'
13. Thomas East - 'Funky Music'
14. The Conspiracy - 'The Real Thing'
15. The Leaders - '(It's A) Rat Race'
16. Thomas East - ''Follow The Rainbow (Alternate Mix)'
17. Albert Smith - 'The Thrill Is Gone'
18. Thomas East - 'Just A Trip'
19. Larry Davis - 'Down Home Funk (Full Version)'
20. The Right Track - 'You For Me And Me For You'
21. Thomas East - 'Sister Funk' (instrumental)
22. Classic Funk - 'The Funk's Gonna Fly'
23. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Thank You'
24. The Right Track - 'Maybe Yes, Maybe No'
25. Portrait - 'Love You For Now On'
26. The Leaders - '(It's A) Rat Race (Vocal)'
27. John Craig - 'I Don't Want To Do It'
28. John Craig - 'Doing My Own Thing (Interlude)'
29. Portrait - 'Springtime Smile'
30. Le'Chance - 'Get Down'
31. Le'Chance - 'Gigolo'
32. Soul Mind And Body - 'I Took Your Love (To Be True) (Full Version)'
$69.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs SealedBuy Now
Earthology (Out Of Stock)Earthology is the long awaited follow up to The Whitefield Brothers cult-classic In The Raw. While In The Raws hypnotic, defiantly psychedelic funk music was grounded in the great musical traditions of both America and Africa, Earthology finds the Brothers infusing their funk (or, as the Brothers prefer it, raw soul) with musical traditions that span the globe.
To achieve the Earthologys unique sound, the Brothers employed an array of instruments and put in a dizzying amount of research: traveling the world, joining different bands and ethnic performing ensembles, amassing and absorbing field recordings, trawling used record bins for lost examples of global psychedelic-fusion, over a period spanning some fifteen years. Like In The Raw, Earthology is grounded by a raw soul bands building blocks: drums, guitar, bass, keys and horns, but it is augmented by such exotic instruments as gongs and flutes from Asia, xylophones and string instruments from Africa and Central American percussion instruments.
The use of African polyrhythms now seems commonplace on a funk or psych album; Arabic rhythmical structures, African pentatonic scales and Oriental modes do not. The Whitefield Brothers, and a multitude of guest ranging from vocalists Edan, Mr. Lif, Bajka, Percee P and MED to musicians from Antibalas, El Michels Affair, Quantic and the Dap-Kings, set these elements in a modern context and, over the course of thirteen dense tracks, blend them with the fierce funk their fans have grown to love.Side 1
1. Joyful Exaltation feat. Bajka
2. Safari Strut
3. Reverse feat. Percee P and MED
2. Sad Nile
3. The Gift feat. Edan and Mr. Lif
1. Breakin' Through feat. El Michels Affair
2. Sem Yelesh
3. Lullaby For Lagos feat. Quantic
$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs SealedTemporarily out of stock
Convivencia (Out Of Stock)A Southern Californian garage-band influenced by music of the Latin American diaspora? Forty years ago that might have described a psych outfit, or an ensemble that emulated Santana. In 2009 it describes a wondrous little combo who has returned to Latin jazz's raw, minimalist roots and have recorded an album drenched in history, yet defiantly modern: Convivencia.
Triorganico - Pablo Calogero on saxophones and woodwinds, Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas on percussion and Fabiano do Nascimento on guitar - formed in Calogero's garage. "We would simply get together to listen to music, write music, share ideas" the Rio de Janeiro bred do Nascimento states.
The band set up a weekly residency in Downtown LA, playing a variety of original compositions and cover songs from their favorite musicians. Songs by Brazilian legends featured prominently. The idea to record happened organically and using what the group describes as "guerrilla tactics". The result is wholesome album that rambles purposefully through the wonders of Brazilian bossa nova influenced jazz and spreads into the musical melting pots at the center of its creator's multi-cultures.1. El Commendante
4. Ginga Carioca
5. Tempo De Amor
7. 25 De Octobro Nostalgia
8. Tiki's Take
9. January 11th
10. December 23rd
12. After Thought
14. Cosita One
15. Cosita Two
16. Cosita Three
17. Cosita Four
18. Cosita Five
$18.99Vinyl LP - SealedTemporarily out of stock
Soul Cal: Funky Disco & Modern Soul 1971-1982 (Out Of Stock)The definitive survey of america's best, independent 70s soul-ensembles. 15 rare and unreleased tracks; 80-page book with rare photos and each band's story.
A decade in the making, Soul Cal is the definitive survey of America's best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles. Profiled within this album and book are the bands that transitioned from funk to disco; the bands that kept up the backbeat as rhythm moved to the backseat. Against the odds, they left recorded artifacts for we at Now-Again to dig out, dust off and restore. Collected here for the first time are the musical dreams of dozens, dreams that were deferred but were never discarded.
Soul Cal features some well-known figures from the various "soul" scenes that paved the way for their resurgence. The Northern Soul, Modern Soul and Deep Disco and Funk circles have all obsessed over the likes of Luther Davis, Rhythm Machine, Mixed Sugar and Record Player. But these and Soul Cal's other bands - many of whom managed only to release a solitary 7" single in their heyday - will be unknown to most.
Their obscurity notwithstanding, the music made by these bands is sure to strike a chord within the soul of any person taken by black American music from the latter half of the 20th century. In his long-running investigation into this flux-period in black American music, compiler and key researcher Eothen "Egon" Alapatt sought not only licenses, records and master tapes - but the stories and backdrops of these majestic soul songs and the ensembles that created them.
It is due to the immense research that his investigation demanded - and the trove of information and music he unearthed - that we at Now-Again decided to present Soul Cal as an album and a book at the same time. Soul Cal's music is too good to be anonymously relaunched and a CD or LP booklet can only hold so much information. Simply telling the stories of these bands without unleashing their largely unheard music just seemed unfair. Thus, Soul Cal offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on this great burst of black American creativity in the decade after funk, the decade before hip-hop.1. Luther Davis - 'You Can Be A Star'
2. UPC All Stars - 'Don't Get Discouraged'
3. Pure Essence - 'Wake Up'
4. Anubis - 'Ecology'
5. Rhythm Machine - 'Put A Smile On Time'
6. Ellis & Cephas - 'I'm Gonna Miss You Girl'
7. Mixed Sugar - 'It's A Bad Feeling'
8. Mixed Feelings - 'Sha La La'
9. Key & Cleary - 'What It Takes To Live'
10. Leon Mitchison & The Eastex Freeway Band - 'Love Is'
11. Clifford Nyren - 'Keep Running Away'
12. Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism - 'Things Cannot Stop Forever'
13. C. Henry Woods Troupe - 'The Stranger'
14. Record Player - 'Free Your Mind'
15. Freedom Express - 'Get Down'
$29.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 2 LPs SealedTemporarily out of stock
Ngunga Yeti Fofa (Out Of Stock)For all intents and purposes, Karl Hector might as well be another nom-de-plume of Jay Whitefield (producer and guitarist for the Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers) who, along with Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija, founded Karl Hector and The Malcouns in the early 2000s. Alongside Bo Baral, other members of the Poets of Rhythm and crack Munich-based session musicians, Whitefield, Myland and Curlija crafted nearly twenty tracks for their debut, Sahara Swing, an album that swung with influences from across the African diaspora.
The trio are releasing a series of vinyl-only EPs – of which Ngunga Yeti Fofa is the second – that will culminate in their second album. Ngunga Yeti Fofa’s five songs demonstrate The Malcouns’ deft handling of musics from both Eastern and Western Africa alongside Western psychedelia, jazz and funk; the title track - a swinging horn-lead highlife jam that would sound perfect next to the Ghanaian classics by the likes of K.Frimpong and Ebo Taylor-is a great representation.1. Samai
2. Transition A
4. Ngunga Yeti Fofa
5. Can't Stand The Pressure
$19.99Vinyl LP - SealedTemporarily out of stock