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Moondog “On The Streets Of New York” (Mississippi)

2020-03-13T20:34:34+00:00February 20th, 2020|

Behold! A survey of Moondog’s earliest recorded works – many of them unreleased until now – through a collaboration by Mississippi Records and Lucia Records. From 1954–1962 field recordist Tony Schwartz frequently checked in with Moondog, his favorite street musician. Tony Schwartz made recordings of Moondog’s earliest compositions as they were coming into focus. Sometimes these recordings were made right on the street as Moondog busked, sometimes they were made in Schwartz’s studio, and sometimes they were made on NYC rooftops. The resulting recordings, many of which had never been released, were deposited at the Library Of Congress as part of the Tony Schwartz Collection in 2006 when Schwartz passed away, and this record was culled straight from these original tapes.

Side one kicks off with an unreleased version of Moondog’s classic composition “Why Spend The Dark Night With You?” followed by the first ever complete recording of his “Nocturne Suite,” a beautiful piece of classical music performed with members of the Royal Philharmonic. The side ends with the complete “On The Streets Of New York” 7″ EP, which was released on Mars records in 1955 and subsequently re-released by Honest Jon’s Records in 2004 on their excellent Moondog anthology. Side B features sketches of Moondog compositions never released, many with the man himself howling and chanting over his homemade percussion set.

Moondog’s music is as universal as it gets – part classical music, part Native American, part European folk, and part something completely unique. Moondog is one of the towering figures of 20th century music. This record comes with liner notes featuring never before released interviews with Moodog by Tony Schwartz and is housed in an old school “tip on” cover. All tracks fully licensed from the Library of Congress.

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Frank & His Sisters “Frank & His Sisters” (Mississippi)

2020-03-13T20:34:34+00:00February 20th, 2020|

The world’s first collection of gorgeous pop songs from Frank and His Sisters, a family band from Moshi, Tanzania. Formed in the early 1950s by Frank Humplick, Thecla Clara and Maria Regina, the trio recorded and toured throughout East Africa and issued a string of instant classics, capturing fans with their beautifully harmonized singing, clever lyrics, and Frank’s stunning guitar work. Imagine the fingerstyle finesse of John Fahey with a pure pop melodicism, combined with the family harmony of groups like The Carter Family, The Roches, and The Beach Boys, set in the golden age of Tanzanian music!

Frank composed many of his songs while working the land on his beloved tractor (really), and once instigated a house-to-house search to destroy all copies of his record “Yes/No” due to its politically subversive lyrics. He went on to record and tour with the Jambo Boys band before retiring from the music industry in the early 1960s, to focus on his passion for agriculture. But his favorite songs were always the ones he created with his sisters, and we are proud to present 12 of their best.

Previously only heard on extremely rare 78 rpm discs and Tanzanian oldies radio, this album collects the trio’s finest songs, lovingly restored and remastered. We love this music so much that in late 2018 we traveled to Tanzania to meet Frank’s family and collaborate on this album. The result is a colorful 8-page booklet featuring complete lyrics in English, Swahili and Chaga, as well as previously unpublished photographs, extensive interviews and anecdotes, and a biography by Tanzanian musician and radio host John Kitime. All tracks fully licensed from the Humplick family.

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Abner Jay “Man Walked On The Moon” (Mississippi)

2020-03-13T20:34:34+00:00February 20th, 2020|

A serious bevy of stomping, outsider blues by one-man band and “last ole minstrel man” Abner Jay, including an early version of his anthem ‘I’m So Depressed’ on vinyl for first time

Collected by the ever-reliable Mississippi Records, ‘Man Walked On The Moon’ takes its title from Abner’s paean to the Moon (this should have been on the Voyager Golden Record) and also includes the aforementioned anthem ‘I’m So Depressed’, which really, really gives some gravity and relativity in the modern age – especially with the chuckles at the end! – while the B-side showcases the remarkable range of Abner’s voice in some of his final recordings, in the switch from fluttering upper registers to his signature deep lows in ‘I Cried’, to the hollering urgency and playfulness of ‘My Middle Name Is The Blues’, and the devastating hush of ‘Cocaine Blues’, all accompanied on a banjo that dates back to 1748, harmonica, and drums played by his feet.

All tracks are fully licensed from Brandie Jay, Abner’s daughter, and packaged with loving text tribute by Jack Teague. An unmissable introduction to one of the Blues greatest and legendary players!

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Alexis Zoumbas “Alexis Zoumbas” (Mississippi)

2019-08-30T02:42:08+00:00August 30th, 2019|

The truly virtuousic violinist ALEXIS ZOUMBAS immigrated from the mountains of northern Greece to NYC in the 1910s, where he recorded with the great Marika Papagika before cutting his own instrumental sessions with a small string ensemble. Zoumbas had the rare gift of expressing emotion so clearly and urgently through his instrument, and his violin feels like an extension of his heart, soul, and the deep musical history of his faraway home in Epirus. Previously only heard on scratchy 78s and the Lament For Epirus compilation (Angry Mom, 2014), the original recordings were recently uncovered in pristine condition and have been restored in astonishingly clear and present sound quality, and includes completely unreleased takes and stunning solo improvisations. *Please note this is a completely different release than the Lament From Epirus release. LP includes am 8-page booklet with extensive biographical notes, with poly-bags and promotional sticker, and is co-released by Orpheum Phonograph and Olvido Records.

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Jean-Bosco Mwenda “Jean-Bosco Mwenda” (Mississippi)

2019-06-21T19:19:47+00:00June 21st, 2019|

The pioneering Congolese guitarist best known for the song “Masanga,” this is the first compilation ever dedicated to JEAN-BOSCO MWENDA. Perhaps the greatest influence on central and eastern African guitarists, Jean-Bosco created a totally unique approach to the acoustic guitar in the 1950s, which caught like wildfire across the continent. Featuring 12 rare songs of beautiful, complex fingerstyle guitar & Mwenda’s warm voice, and 2 beloved classics – all restored from original 78 RPM discs. Includes an insert with full lyric translations!

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Gasper Nali “Zoona Malawi” (Mississippi)

2019-05-02T22:26:38+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

One-string slide trance from Malawi—”I am Gasper Nali. I live in Nkhata-Bay but I was born in Mzimba, a town close to Nkhata-Bay. I started singing and performing in 1997 with my two brothers who passed away in 2002. After they passed away I started on my own as a soloist. After singing for a long time I decided to make my own guitar with one wire string called the Babatoni. I just came up with the idea from nowhere. I made the instrument and started practising my songs. Nobody taught me how to play the instrument, I taught myself everything from making it to making music with it. I like the Babatoni because it does not need electricity to play with, so I can bring it everywhere with me and play it without plugging it to electricity. I use cow skin for making the cover of the body, and took part of the blue-gum tree to form the fretboard and the neck of the guitar, and I use car tire wire to make the string. I also play a self-made local bass drum with a self-made pedal, together with the Babatoni.” Limited one time edition of 500 copies. Beautiful silk screened covers.

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Various Artists “Bulawayo Blue Yodel” (Mississippi)

2019-05-02T22:26:38+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

High lonesome sounds from Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa, 1948-1959: Gorgeous fingerpicked guitar ballads, yodeling, slide guitar, and haunting travel-weary songs by troubadours with a penchant for the fabled American cowboy lifestyle. A stunning fusion of neo-traditional African melodies and early American country-western music. 14 lost classics by George Sibanda, Josaya Hadebe, Sabelo Mathe, Sammy Ngaku, and more, all reissued for the first time from original 78 rpm discs. Co-released with Olvido Records. Includes liner notes with lyrics and old school tip-on covers.

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The Space Lady “On the Street of Dreams” (Mississippi)

2018-06-08T17:25:54+00:00June 8th, 2018|

Transcendentally beautiful, The Space Lady’s music is returning to Earth. Transmitting messages of peace and harmony, The Space Lady began her odyssey on the streets of Boston in the late 70s, then San Francisco ten years later, playing versions of contemporary pop music with an accordion and dressed flamboyantly. Following the theft and destruction of her accordion , The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, complete with a phase shifter and headset mic, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its leading exponents ever since.

After having toured successfully all around the world with her greatest 90s hits record she felt it was time to record new songs… and so did she!

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Various Artists “Looking Back” (Mississippi)

2018-06-08T17:25:51+00:00June 8th, 2018|

Compilation of SAM COOKE’s great production work for his independent SAR label. SAR Records was founded by Sam Cooke and JW ALEXANDER in 1959 and closed in 1965, shortly after Sam passing away.. Nobody knows knows what “SAR” stood for. Sam kept that secret and died with it. They had one employee—ZELDA SAMUELS. She wrote songs, handled all publishing and distribution and ran the office more or less solo. Their office was just two desks and a piano in a tiny room. SAR records was the kind of small family affair that Stax was in it’s early years and Motown pretended to be. The label produced both Gospel and secular recordings, all with the odd distinction of sounding almost like Sam Cooke. SAR co-founder J.W. Alexander explains:the goals of the label as such: “We wanted to give young black artists the benefit of as good a production as they could get with a major company. We used the top studios. We didn’t short-cut. We never thought of it as a training ground. We thought of it as an opportunity to contribute something back to the community.” This compilation features Gospel side by side with soul and R&B songs. Classics by RH HARRIS, THE SIMMS TWINS, THE WOMACK BROTHERS, THE VALENTINOS, THE SOUL STIRRERS and more. Old school “tip on” cover and a classy black inner sleeve. One time limited pressing.

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Eddie And Ernie “Time Waits For One” (Mississippi)

2018-06-08T17:25:48+00:00June 8th, 2018|

The first ever vinyl LP compilation of songs by the great Eddie and Ernie! The duo produced tons of great singles throughout the ’60s & early ’70s. This LP features a couple dance numbers, but mostly slow dramatic soul ballads reminiscent of the best moments of more well known acts like Sam & Dave and Otis Redding. Some pretty eerie soaring vocals and existential lyrics of the highest order. Underappreciated in their time, Eddie and Ernie are two of soul musics greatest talents! Old school ‘tip on’ record cover & classy black inner sleeve. One-time limited pressing.”

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Various Artists “Buried Country” (Mississippi)

2018-06-08T17:24:02+00:00June 8th, 2018|

Compilation of Aboriginal Australian country music. When we say country, it is a broader category than you might imagine. This LP contains all kinds of sounds. The cosmic organ driven dream song of BLACK ALLAN BARKER, the droney intensely political GLARARRWUY YUNUPINGU, the straight up rocking WARUMPI BAND, the ballad singing of MAISIE KELLY, the down home pop of BOBBY MCLEOD and much much more. A diverse cross section of Aboriginal “country”. All of this material has never been reissued on vinyl before. Political and powerful songs from communities throughout Australia. This is a truly unique LP. Comes with extensive liner notes and photos. A co-release with our friends Flipping Yeah Records.

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Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family “My Ancestors” (Mississippi)

2018-04-12T23:03:22+00:00April 12th, 2018|

Reissued many times before – this version has great remastered sound quality. A truly incredible psychedelic African rock n’ roll record. Blown out guitars, Black Sabbathesque heavy rhythms, garage rock sincere vocals. It’s all here. One time small pressing not to be missed. Old school “tip on” cover.

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Olima Anditi “Where Else Would I Be?” (Mississippi)

2018-04-12T22:57:03+00:00April 12th, 2018|

Olima Anditi is a blind guitarist known throughout Western Kenya. He travels the trucking routes along Lake Victoria, playing haunting, gorgeous tunes passed down through generations of artists. He’s a local legend, and his Luo tales of love, morality and politics are widely known and loved. This intimate session, recorded at Olima’s rented room in Kisumu, Kenya in 2010, is being released for the first time on vinyl.Packaged in a deluxe spot -colored jacket with an 8 page booklet featuring an essay on the convoluted origin story of Olima Anditi and lyrics in English and Luo. Co-released by Raw Music International.

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Arvo Part “Fur Alina” (Mississipi Records)

2017-12-24T02:00:34+00:00December 24th, 2017|

Compilation of our favorite Arvo Part pieces. All sparse and beautiful arrangements. Some solo piano pieces, some duets with piano, violin cello and viola and one string quartet. The pieces on this record are all unique to the style of Arvo Part – deceptively simple compositions that force you to live in the moment you are listening to them. A Part quote from the back of the record –
“You can kill people with sound. And if you can kill, then maybe there is also the sound that is opposite of killing. And the distance between these two points is very big. And you are free—you can choose. In art everything is possible, but everything is not necessary.”

Record comes in a beautiful “tip on” old school cover with shiny gold ink and features an incredible painting from the 16th century manuscript Kometenbuch.

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Various Artists ‎”Sticks Over My Shoulder” (Mississippi)

2017-05-06T23:15:38+00:00May 6th, 2017|

Sticks Over My Shoulder = Bluesman of Georgia laying it down!
In the late 70s, documentary maker George Mitchell traveled the back roads of Georgia searching out the remaining bluesmen who could still play. All of these musicians are interesting to listen to, and all of them play in some unique way such as John Lee Ziegler, who was left handed and could play a right handed guitar upside-down with the bass strings on bottom. A great listen, this record supremely demonstrates that the blues is the folk music for the southern African-American population. This is music made by people who just wanted to play it for their enjoyment and that of their neighbors. My favorite track is the devilish “Baby Please Don’t Go” which carries all the desire and desperation of losing one’s woman. Another favorite is “Good Morning Little School Girl,” where James Davis lets his guitar do the talking and just plucks out this rhythmic tune like there’s no tomorrow. Each song is like finding some lost sonic treasure, and I like to think that somewhere someone is still pounding out blues like this. –James Orme

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Malvina Reynolds “Malvina Reynolds” (Sing a Song Fighter/ Mississippi)

2017-05-06T22:57:30+00:00May 6th, 2017|

A timely record, if there ever was one. Malvina Reynolds started writing songs in her late forties and her first LP came out in 1962. A labor organizer and activist in a lot of other movements, Malvina wrote many beautiful songs and was greatly admired by Bob Dylan. She is best known for her tune “Little boxes” and for appearing on Sesame Street frequently as the character “Kate”. Here we have 12 unreleased gems by Malvina – demo’s she made in the mid 1970’s that have never seen the light of day! And – the good news is – they’re great! Songs about the woman’s, gay, race and labor struggles and a couple love songs too. Just Malvina and guitar (and one song with her daughter Nancy and piano). Limited edition of 500 copies. A co-release with our friends at Singasongfighter.

Tilahun Gessesse “Sima!” (Mississippi)

2016-12-18T01:46:49+00:00December 18th, 2016|

During the 1970s, Tilahun Gessesse enjoyed a successful career in his native Ethiopia. Blessed with a sublime voice, he specialized in creating popular hybrids of hot American styles – most notably soul and jazz – with traditional Ethiopian styles. Sima!, which is named after one of his most revered 7″ singles, gather together music from numerous releases throughout the 1970s. It boasts numerous gems that see Gessesse combine his bold, snaking vocals with rocking rhythms, modal jazz mysticism, and heart-aching ballads. Given the standards of recording studios in Ethiopia at the time, much of the material is notably lo-fi, sound wise, but in many ways that enhances the intoxicating feel of the music.

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Emahoy Tsegué-Mariam Guèbru “Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbru” (Mississippi)

2016-12-17T23:44:05+00:00December 17th, 2016|

At last! The second LP in an ongoing series of releases from Mariam – Tsege Gebru! More 1960’s recordings of her truly unique solo piano performances. Mariam – Tsege Gebru is a true original – her playing is somewhere between Erik Satie, Debussy, liturgical music of the Coptic Ethiopian Church, and Ethiopian traditional music. It is some of the most moving piano music you will ever hear! All original compositions available for the first time on vinyl beyond the original early 1960’s editions, which are completely impossible to find. Old school “tip on” cover with gold foil printing. A must have master piece for anyone who needs some spiritual comfort.

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Kleenex/Liliput “First Songs” (Mississippi)

2017-10-01T20:18:31+00:00December 17th, 2016|

Legendary Swiss punk band from the late ’70s. ‘You can’t dispute Liliput’s status as pioneers of feminist art-punk. Along with fellow travelers like The Slits and The Raincoats, this (mostly) female Swiss group took advantage of punk’s anything-goes attitude and created jittery, spirited pop that was both in step with the times and completely singular. The early material is a riot of exuberant energy, taking stylistic cues from peers like Gang Of Four and Wire — propulsive bass, skittering pop rhythms, slashing guitars — and adding distinctive overlapping vocal patterns, which are sung, shrieked, and hiccuped in three languages and made-up dada slang. More than 20 years on, it still sounds fresh.’ –Lisa Gidley. All material has been previously released as Liliput on Kill Rock Stars as a double CD, and a 4 LP box set on Mississippi Records, 1977-1983.First Songs combines all the pre-1982 material. All three Kleenex singles, the first two Liliput 7″‘s and all the originally unreleased material prior to Liliput’s debut LP.

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Various Artists “Root Hog Or Die 100 Years, 100 Songs – An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute” (Mississippi)

2016-05-04T19:16:17+00:00May 4th, 2016|

Mississippi/Change Records is proud to present a 6 LP box set featuring 100 of Alan Lomax’s finest field recordings. Previously unreleased tracks by Bob Dylan, Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Southern Drum and Fife Corps, Bill Broonzy, Rosa Lee Hill, Dennis McGee, Jean Ritchie, Shirley Collins, Bukka White, Vera Ward Hall, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Son House and many more. 55 unreleased tracks in all on this set! Also features hard to find tracks by Skip James. Fred McDowell, Almeda Riddle, Duke of Iron, Jeannie Robertson, Bessie Jones, Texas Gladden, and more.
This set was lovingly compiled by Nathan Salsburg from the Alan Lomax archive’s deep well of material. Set features –

– 6 LP’s in their own record sleeves highlighting beautiful photography from the Lomax Archive
– Remastered audio by Timothy Stollenwerk
– A 24 page booklet with many photos, an essay by Alan Lomax, a chronology of all of Lomax’s field recording trips, and liner notes by Nathan Salsburg.

Limited one time edition of 1,000 copies. Bound to go out of print soon, don’t sleep on this one!

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V/A – Troubled Waters LP (Mississipi)

2015-09-21T00:19:25+00:00August 23rd, 2015|

“Compilation of blues and gospel recordings made by George Mitchell between 1962 and 1976! The deep hill country stomps and blues of RL Burnside, Rosa Lee Hill and Jesse Mae Hemphill, The hard driving electric guitar and drum music of James Davis, the haunting gospel ballads of Robert Johnson (not the one your thinking of) and James Shorter, the flowing beautiful blues of Joe Callicott, Furry Lewis and Jesse Lee Vortis, the drum and fife music of Napoleon Strickland and much more. This is the third in the Mississippi series of releases of field recordings by George Mitchell. (the first and second are the “Been Here All My Day’s and “Sticks Over My Shoulder” LP’s.) Some of our favorite songs of all time and not to be missed.”

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Isaiah Owens – You Without Sin Cast The First Stone (Mississipi)

2015-08-25T00:52:21+00:00August 22nd, 2015|

“A truly unique Gospel stylist – Isaiah Owens plays guitar and sings in his own very distinctive and otherworldly way. Isaiah plays loud and with quite a bit of dissonance, his voice floating above beautifully. This LP features some of his finest performances – captured from his radio broadcasts in Montgomery Alabama and from studio recordings. We are very proud to present this material. Liner notes by Kevin Knutt (of the greatest radio show of all time – Sinners Crossroads, as well as the Case Quarter label)”

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Staple Singers “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” LP (Mississippi)

2015-05-31T23:38:41+00:00August 9th, 2014|

The second Staple Singers LP reproduced just as it was originally released in 1961. Includes the seminal version of ‘Will The Circle Be Unbroken’, the intense recorded live in church ‘Too Close’, the uplifting ‘Don’t Knock’, and the stunning ‘Downward Road’. Spare and perfect arrangements featuring Pops Staples tremelo guitar, minimal percussion and the voices of the Staple Singers. A true masterpiece of Gospel music. Old school ‘tip on’ cover. Two inserts – a small press photo and extensive liner notes by Opal Nations with archival photos. A co – release with Yeti Records

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Staple Singers “Swing Low” LP (Mississippi)

2015-05-31T23:38:34+00:00August 9th, 2014|

The third Staple Singers LP reproduced exactly as it was originally released in 1962! Some of the Staples finest songs including ‘I’ve Been Scorned’, ‘This May Be The Last Time’, ‘The Day Is Passed And Gone’ and ‘Two Wings’. Spare arrangements with Pop Staples stunning guitar work at the front, sparse percussion and the angelic voices of the Staple Singers. One of the great masterpieces of gospel music. Old school ‘tip on’ cover. Two inserts – a small press photo and extensive liner notes by Opal Nations with archival photos. A co-release with Yeti Records.

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