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  • “It was a black man in open, conscious resistance of the power that was trying to keep him enslaved—that was me…At last I had a chance to say what I believed in my deepest heart about politics, slavery, and about the genocide of Indians”—Eugene McDaniels a/k/a the left rev mc d talking about his album, Headless Heroes of...
  • Cibo Matto was a Japanese-American band formed by Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori in New York in 1994 Their debut album Viva! La Woman is the only album to be released by them as a duo, before Sean Lennon, Timo Ellis and Duma Love joined the band It therefore also sounds quite different from the rest of the Cibo Matto catalogue: the...
  • In a career laden with highlights and hallmarks in the annals of soul history, Just As I Am is rather overlooked as one of the best soul debuts ever issued Beautifully remastered, Just As I Am is presented to a new generation of listeners who may have missed out the first time With this remastering comes an intimacy, warmth, and...
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    The young and ambitious hip hop group Blackalicious emerged from the underground during the late Nineties Their debut album established them as one of the West Coast's top outfits, but it was the follow-up Blazing Arrow that earned them major acclaim This second studio album was originally released in 2002 on MCA Records The album...
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    Monk, considered one of the greatest Jazz pianists of all time, recorded Underground in '67-'68 It's the last recording with the Thelonious Monk Quartet (Larry Gales on bass, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, and Ben Riley on drums) and one of the last album he made for Columbia What makes Underground special is that unlike his other...
  • After John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly left the 'quintet', Miles Davis was forced to search for new qualified musicians He found them in Hank Mobley, Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb and Paul ChambersIn 1961, just two years after recording Kind Of Blue, Miles and his new line up started recording energetically and finished Someday My...
  • Ministry successfully combined industrial Heavy Metal and electronic beats with a punk attitude The Land Of Rape And Honey was their breakthrough album released in 1988, which laid the foundation for a series of successful 'Tech Metal' albums that appealed to alternative audiences all over the globe Drawing heavy on the sampler,...
  • Porgy & Bess (1958) is the interpretation of Gershwin's work by Miles Davis and composer Gil Evans, a point where the collaboration between the pair came to full fruition With Evans's intimate knowledge of Gershwin, and it's prime performer Davis, their renditions of the work was propelled into the musical...
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    Music On Vinyl proudly presents the second installment of the acclaimed Miles Davis Bootleg series on 180 gram vinyl!Part 1 (Live in Europe 1967, MOVLP421) was voted Historical Album Of The Year in the Down Beat Readers and Critics Poll Bootleg 2: Live In Europe 1969 skips two years ahead to record Davis with his 'third great...
  • With Solo Piano, Glass presents himself "unplugged" - no electronic keyboards or synthesizers, and no overdubs, either - just solo piano "Metamorphosis" was written in 1988 and takes its name from a play based on Kafka's short story Its second track, "Metamorphosis Two", formed the basis of one of the main musical themes in the...
  • Recorded in two days in the summer of 1967 Nefertiti is Miles Davis' last fully acoustic album, with no compositions from Miles himself Most tracks are written by Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock Best known for its unusual title track, where the horns keep repeating the melody and the rhythm section improvises (in stead of...
  • The cover of Thrust reveals a lot of the album Herbie's sitting comfortablyin his spaceship controlled by a synth froman alien world, reachingto the clouds and beyond Well, that's what his stature was in 1974 - one of the seminal renewers of Jazz by incorporating new electric instruments like theARP synthesizer Thrust is the...
  • Secrets (1976) is a Jazz-Funk fusion album by acclaimed keyboard player Herbie Hancock Following up on his previous album Man-Child, the album again features Paul Jackson on bass, and reedist Bennie Maupin continued to provide most of the solos alongside Hancock Man-Child had seen the addition of electric guitar to Hancock's...
  • The wonderful Post-Bop album Miles Smiles (1967) was recorded by Davis's second great quintet, which featured saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams The album showcases Davis' deeper exploration of modal performance with looser forms, tempos, and meters Although it did not...
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    Live-Evil (1970) by Miles Davis is a double live album which features different settings of Miles Davis' bands One of such recordings is of a 1970 gig at the Cellar Door, which featured a band comprised of Miles, bassist Michael Henderson, drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John McLaughlin, saxophonist Gary Barts, and Keith...
  • It has been said that Jazz stopped evolving when Davis wasn't there to push it forward Even if that isn't true, Miles Davis certainly was one of the greatest music innovators of the 20th century, pioneering Cool Jazz (with the 1949 recording of Birth Of The Cool), Modal Jazz (with 1959's Kind Of Blue) and Fusion with 1970's...
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    Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud is a 1958 French film directed by Louis Malle It was released as Lift To The Scaffold in the UK The film was nothing special, but it did accomplish one thing: it proposed a new ideal of cinematic realism, a new way to look at a woman Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a Jazz fan and Malle's assistant at the time,...
  • +'Justments was released in 1974, the heyday of Bill Withers' unique soul croon After his wildly successful studio albums Just As I Am and Still Bill, and the impressive live album Live At Carnegie Hall, Withers got to pick his own band to back him up He chose members of Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, a...
  • Miles Davis' often overlooked masterpiece Miles in the Sky is his venture into the jazz-rock, which later became known as fusion While working together with his second great quintet his interest in the usage of electric instruments was increasing every day The first album from his “Electric” period is one big grooving...
  • Desmond Dekker is a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician He was originally a welder by profession, and it was his colleagues that encouraged him to pursue a career in music when they heard him singing in the workplace He eventually signed a record deal with Beverley's, and grew into one of Jamaica's...
  • Chet Baker was one of the most important representatives of the West Coast Cool Jazz movement His heroin addiction is well documented with his exploits and misadventures wrapped in legendary anecdotes, but thankfully his life story never managed to overshadow his unmistakable talent Chet Baker has one of the most recognisable...
  • "Eddie Marshall's debut album Dance Of The Sun The album was originally released in 1977 by Timeless Muse, a partnership between Timeless Records and Muse Records Eddie Marshall was an American jazz drummer who developed his percussion style under the influence of Max Roach and Art Blakey Dance Of The Sun features Manny Boyd,...
  • Jamaican reggae duo Dave and Ansel Collins recorded and released their reggae debut album Double Barrel in 1971 The single “Double Barrel” topped the UK and Jamaican charts and the follow-up “Monkey Spanner” also enjoyed international success “Double Barrel” was sampled by hip hop artist Special Ed and two of Dave...
  • Now Here is Nowhere is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Secret Machines It was originally released on May 18, 2004 The band's epic, drawn out melodies are reminiscent of classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, with influences from krautrock and shoegaze Now Here is Nowhere received...
  • The story of the Jamaican reggae harmony group The Silvertones started in 1964, when the band was founded after Delroy Denton joined the duo of Gilmore Grand and Keith Coley They recorded their debut album Silver Bullets in 1973 with the legendary Lee Perry It was the first album from Perry's Black Ark Studio and was released on...
  • Gene Clark was an American singer-songwriter and responsible for The Byrds' greatest hits, including “I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better”, “She Don't Care About Time”, “Eight Miles High” and “Set You Free This Time” After making music in several group formations furthermore with The Gosdin Brothers, Doug Dillard, Carla...
  • The Jamaican reggae group The Wailing Souls was formed in 1965 They released their debut album Wild Suspense through Island Records in 1979, after their singles releases through Channel One became popular Wild Suspense became a roots reggae stemple, renowned for its staggering musicianship The album contains a mix of Studio One...
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    American rock band The Flamin' Groovies were established in 1965, and are still active today: that marks an impressive career spanning over six decades Jumpin' In The Night is their sixth studio album, released in 1979 Although it initially didn't fare well commercially and eventually led to a change in personnel, the album was a...
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    Status Quo has been on the top of the music scene for ages With the most UK chart hit singles, most appearances on BBC's Top of the Pops and a career total of 25 UK top ten albums, there is no doubt why Status Quo is one of Britain's longest-running bands In 1962 the band started as the beat group The Spectres It was around...
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    Lee 'Scratch' Perry  & The Upsetters' classic Return of Django Lee Perry had already been making name in the Jamaican music scene for about a decade before Return To Django hit the UK charts in 1969 Soon after, Trojan released a hugely popular collection of Perry's biggest instrumentals This album is a must for everyone that...
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    Kool Keith is an American rapper from The Bronx known for his surreal, abstract and often profane or incomprehensible lyrics Kool Keith has recorded prolifically both as a solo artist and in group collaborations After being part of the legendary hip hop formation Ultramagnetic MC's he debuted in 1996 as a profound solo artist He...
  • Extended Revelation for the Psychic Weaklings of the Western Civilization is the second album by Swedish rock band The Soundtrack Of Our Lives Heavily influenced bands from the sixties and seventies such as The Rolling Stones and Iggy and the Stooges, the band became popular in both Europe and the United States Their fame was...
  • My Field Trip To Planet 9 is Justin Warfield's debut album and originally released in 1993, when he was only 18 years old This is as one of the cult Rap albums of the '90s and is seen as one of the best Trip-Hop albums around Featuring singles “K Sera Sera” and “Fisherman's Grotto”, the album boasts production from...
  • Hans Dulfer is an internationally acclaimed Dutch jazz musician famous for playing the tenor saxophone Since he was only seventeen years old, he was playing the saxophone professionally In 1971 Dulfer released his album El Saxofón, which features members of Ritmo Natural Together with Ritmo Natural, they released three albums in...
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    Through the trumpet, producer, composer and influencer Theo Croker narrates a human story rooted in intimate experience, yet cognizant of cosmic consciousness on his sixth full-length album 'BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST' The album consists of thirteen tracks and is a sonic celebration of Afro-origin Joining Croker on the album are...
  • Recorded in late 1964 and produced by Teo Macero, Solo Monk is the 8th album Thelonious Monk released for Columbia Records As the title implies, this album consists purely of Monk's solo piano playing He handles classic Pop standards like "Dinah" and "Sweet And Lovely", but beautifully executes his own compositions like the bluesy...
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    The Deviants were an English rock group originally active in the late 1960s, and later as a project of the singer-songwriter and bandleader Mick Farren The self-titled third album was the beginning of the definite split between the band members This record shows how they were still rocking in a wonderful mix between psychedelic,...
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    In 1994 the South London collective Archive was formed by Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths together with female singer Roya Arab and young rapper Rosko John Unfortunately, a few months later, they broke up, however Darius and Danny regrouped and continued releasing more Archive albums Their 1996 debut album Londinium features a...
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    Killing Joke is the eleventh studio album of the band of the same name With the context of the beginning of the American empire this album is heavy and aggressive Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters) performed the drums on the album and integrated some of his famous drum rolls in the different songs There are other moments of...
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    The English formation has sold over 10 milion albums and toured the world the last two decades They mix influences from trip hop, rock, folk rock and downtempo, and have produced nine studio albums since 1995 Two of which reached the UK top ten, including The Antidote on #17 Morcheeba's The Antidote is a special one It is the...
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    Hawkwind's debut album is an extensive mix of psychedelic and progressive rock, resulting in the so called space-rock As one of the pioneers in this genre they recorded a bunch of deep soundscapes, combining the best of different genres The sound of the band is original and the approach is naive in a good sense This debut can be...
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    Filles de Kilimanjaro (named after the Kilimanjaro African Coffee) is one the many masterpieces American composer and trumpeter Miles Davis recorded during his lifetime It can be seen as a transitional album, right between his “acoustic” and “electric” period He recorded this incredible work of modern jazz together with...
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    When 'A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular' featuring singer Liesje Sardonius was originally released in 1996, the dreamily experimental symphonic pop of Hooverphonic would become one of Belgium's most important exports in the musical field Here comes the 25th anniversary edition of the album Comes on 180gram vinyol, has a printer...
  • Still Bill boasts the classic Bill Withers sound: warm and easily accessible, with a depth and complexity that reveals itself over numerous playsThis high level of songwriting is sustained throughout the record, making this probably his best record...
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    Upon release in 1971, 'Africa's Blood' was the first record Lee "Scratch" Perry released under his own name, although his band The Upsetters do appear on most of the tracks There's an undeniable influence from American contemporary R&B, but still Perry's signature dub and reggae fusion shines through Comes on 180 gram...
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    Around the time Tricky emerged as a solo artist, independent of the Massive Attack collective, he was asked to describe his music "If you want to dance to it, go ahead If you want to sit in a darkened room and let it fill your head with strange thoughts, that's fine too" 'Trip Hop', a term Tricky soon grew to despise, has become...
  • 'Akhnaten' is the third in the composer Philip Glass' trilogy of operas about men who changed the world in which they lived through the power of their ideas The subject on 'Akhnaten' is religion Its title was derived from the Egyptian pharaoh Akhnaten, who was the first monotheist in recorded story The opera describes the rise,...
  • Nada Surf is an American alternative rock band formed in the 1990s in New York 'High/Low' is their debut studio album, released in 1996 to positive reviews All tracks were written by frontman Matthew Caws and bassist Daniel Lorca Combining indie punk with grunge, emo and even pop, 'High/Low' is a record full of high quality riffs...

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