‘Second solo album — with Jaki Liebezeit on drums — from the Krautrock legend (Kraftwerk, Harmonia, Neu!). Out in 1978; produced by Conny Plank. Transcendent, trance-inducing ambient rock of the highest level.’
Excitingly the first issue of all five songs, in extended performances by this under-recorded combination of Michael Rother from Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius from Cluster.
‘It’s difficult to approve the banalities of most blues singers after listening to Robert Pete Williams,’ writes Guralnick in Feel Like Going Home. From 1966, originally on Fahey’s Takoma imprint. 180g LP.
Beautiful, early-seventies, singer-songwriter, orchestral, countrified pop. The challenges of this second album put her back on heroin: it was her last. Vinyl is 180g from 4 Men With Beards.
Recorded for Fahey’s Takoma label in the early sixties, with some fine steel, and all-time winners like Parchman Farm and Shake ‘Em On Down. Army Blues is rough.
HIs LP debut, released in 1976 at the height of the Rhodesian war — incendiary chimurenga (‘struggle’) dance music, which transposed mbira rhythms to the guitar, and in its lyrics demanded revolutionary change.
Warm, hazy and enigmatic Laurel Canyon country-folk — her debut — with well-measured baroque-ish brass and woodwind arrangements, reverbed and layered voices.
Sublime soul music from 1969, produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd, with strings and horns supervised by Arif Mardin.
Atlantic recordings previously available only as part of a box-set (and before that, in Japan alone, on vinyl).
Black Power jazz-poetry classic including The Meeting, the Panther anthem. New artist-notes ask what’s changed. ‘A new generation of freedom fighters must rise up from this pyre.’ Arrangements by Horace Tapscott.
It’s all about Albert — the way he was miked, and his sadness at this time (partly to do with his brother’s mental illness). A few months later — just thirty-four — he was found drowned in New York’s East River.