Giuliano Sorgini – Zoo Folle (1974)
--“Zoo Folle is the soundtrack to a television series that came out in the early 1970′s about zoo animals. What you have are lush arrangements combined with spacey synth chords and tightly knitted drums. He even uses drum machine programming as a backing to play congas over. The song Mad Town has a very grimy feel to it, that is very reminiscent to a hip hop track that would be made today. “Slaves” opens up with a nice drum break that combines flute and strings to deliver the rest of the track. Honestly, I can’t recommend this record enough!” One of those albums that only gets better the more you listen to it.
Nocturnal Breed – Fields of Rot (2007)
--“Holy fucking shit, this maniacal piece of work has destroyed my house, defecated on my car, and torn me a new asshole! Nocturnal Breed play a very fast style of thrash metal with vocals that fall into the more "black" side of things - except Kenneth Svartalv is far better than most black metal vocalists; more on that later - and this is their fourth full length album, and it completely smokes.” The best album by the best blackened thrash band.
Paternoster – Paternoster (1972)
--“Paternoster is a one-shot band from Austria that brought a gloomy type of psychedelic kraut-organ rock that was far ahead of its time. At least so when it comes to the mood and plaintive vocal style. In a way it announces the Weltschmerz of Joy Division, or early Christian Death or other Gothic acts that managed to avoid over-excessive pathos. It's pretty much disconnected from anything from its own era, only the eerie vocals of Ozzy come close.” Amazing album, a prog take on goth from ten years before goth was invented.
Protex – Strange Obsessions (1980)
--The best of the great Northern Ireland power-pop scene, and the best power-pop album of all time. Recorded in 1980 but only issued in 2010. So good!
Golden Teacher discography (2013-2014)
--All three EPs released by the Glaswegian dance band over the past two years. A 2014 take on Liquid Liquid. Serious heat.
Zero Kama – The Secret Eye of L.A.Y.L.A.H. (1984)
--“All instruments to be heard on this album were exclusively made from human bones and skulls by the hand of Zero Kama. They never have been used since the time of its recording, which took place at the Secret Temple of Laylah from 5th to 28th of May 1984 . Remixed at Psychonaut Studio Vienna in November 1987, and dedicated to the symbol of Laylah, meaning night and death, as well as to its numerical equivalent, Oz, a goat or unrestrained sexual force of creation, thus showing the identity of the basic two opposite forces in this generous universe of beauty and strength, in which the Lovers my find ecstasy in Pan. Who wishes to enter this world of darkness, in which the Great Goat dwelleth, may pass through the sigil of Oz given at the front of this Cover.” Dark ambient.
King James Version – First Time We Met (1974)
--“King James Version’s 1974 slice of gospel soul is a real treat.its got it all… dope strings, a splash of wah wah and some beautiful harmonies.”
Aleke Kanonu – Aleke (1980)
--Never reissued afrobeat masterpiece. Recorded with American jazz musicians in New York.
Jo Squillo Eletrix – Girl Senza Paura (1981)
--“Girl senza paura (“ragazza without fear”): basically a collection of three-chords tracks in the early Ramones fashion, with synth lines and sax intermissions here and there which remind of Métal Urbain, X-Ray Spex, or Bow Wow Wow, celebrating Jo’s shrill, almost unbearable screaming. The music paired with the elementary, repetitive lyrics about (or should i say against) school, family, males, etc. Everything was put in the simplest possible way. The result was naive and rough, yet exciting.” Punky new wave thrills.
The Stalin – Trash (1981)
--“The Stalin began in 1980 and blew away all previous attempts at Japanese punk rock with their radical, evolving style. The band was founded by Michiro Endo, a 32 year-old socialist activist, Vietnam veteran, and street singer who had spent time in the West. He chose the name because "the name Stalin is very hated by most people in Japan, so it is very good for our image.”” The most notorious masterpiece of Japanese hardcore. Superb stuff.
Shigeo Sekito- Special Sound Series Vol. 2
Mac DeMarco borrowed part of the melody of The Word II for his song, Chamber of Reflection. Since than interest has grown about how the rest of the album sounds, here it is.
Tudor Lodge – Tudor Lodge
--The most expensive album on the legendary Vertigo imprint, mostly for its remarkable foldout artwork. However, the music itself is gorgeous. Folk with slight prog touches. Every song on the A-side is a masterwork. An album I return to constantly.
Karen Marks – Cold Café 7” (1981)
--A bit of obscure minimal brilliance from Australia. Along with the Kym Amps 7”, this is the minimal single I return to most often.
Ann Steel – Ann Steel (1979)
--“Pierre Henry, White Noise, and Bruce Haack were all touchstones cited by Animal Collective frontman Avey Tare when he discussed [the Roberto Cacciapaglia produced Ann Steel] on Altered Zones in 2010. What binds the work of those artists with Cacciapaglia's intent for this album is a desire to funnel avant-garde influences into a robust future-pop sound.” One of the best new wave albums. This video is pretty remarkable, too.
I'm a little frustrated that apparently I'm no longer capable of bumping my own thread.
Christy Essien – Patience (1978)
--Superb Nigerian afro-disco, never reissued.
Seesselberg – Synthetik 1 (1973)
--“The duo of Eckart and Wolf-J. Seesselberg, they would tour academic venues demonstrating the art of synthesizers, present seminars and the like (much like the role of Beaver & Krause in the USA), and along the way they developed a creative synthesizer music of their own.” One of the most unusual and excellent krautrock albums if you’re down with far out synthesizer music.
I have a huge amount. Any particular country or style you're interested in?
Washington Phillips – What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
--Mississippi Records reissue of my favorite gospel blues musician, recorded in the late 20s and early 30s. Among the most powerful music you’ll ever hear. Not just a classic of its kind, but for all time.
Vampires Sound Incorporation – Psychedelic Dance Party (1969)
--“ Blaring Stax horn sections, wild psychedelic fuzz box guitar, jazzy organ runs, strutting funkadelic drum and bass, and an occasional glockenspiel or sitar for freakout effect. Manfred Hubler and Siegfred Schwab toss this melange of styles into a Cusinart blender and hit the "puree" button.” A spectacular German soundtrack. If you’re impatient, forward the sample song to about 2 minutes and blow your ears off.
I don't know enough about the genre to name specifics. I've listened to some fela kuti stuff and some joni haastrup (which was amazing). Anything you think is good I'd love to hear.
1. This may be one of the best threads i've ever seen on /mu
2. You appear to have a large library, could you give a DL for some Cerberus Shoal albums once you've finished sharing these classics?
Don Bradshaw Leather – Distance Between Us (1972)
--“It's no wonder that this was brought to my attention by David Late Tibet of Current 93. David sent me a copy and described it as a strange DIY horror symphony beyond words, and it indeed is dificult to describe. There's hardly a thing about this double LP on the web besides want lists and offers for sale (it seems to be averaging around $200 for original vinyl), though rumor has it that Don was a wealthy hippie (some say a member of Barclay-James Harvest, which David refutes) who was squatting around London in the early 1970's, whereabouts unknown now. The four lengthy tracks here ("Distance Between Us" Parts 1 & 2, "Dance of the Goblins", and "Autumn Mist") are dense, swirling, and hellish tapestries of blurred instrumentation, squawking voices buried in the mix, and seemingly no layout of progression from point A to point B in various movements (i.e. it's all a giant progression, but almost like a dog chasing its tail in a mad frenzy). Tracks have the leanings of some epic Messaien pieces in some ways, though imagine Bradshaw-Leather taking his symphony and filtering it through some kind of lo-fi source like a boombox or something and then just went bananas in the post-mix.” Among the strangest and best items on the NWW list.
I'm just going to stick to stuff a little more off the beaten path, sorry.
Deafear – Stairs (1983)
--Italian post-punk/goth EP, a forgotten classic.
The Siddeleys – Slum Clearance
--The best Smiths knockoff you’ll ever hear. ““The Siddeleys' star shone briefly and brightly for two years at the end of the 1980s. Their songs were epic, but never pompous, instant, but never obvious - the essential essence of all great pop music.” This comp brings together many of their recordings. Listen to the sample track – moving stuff.
Guelewar Band of Banjul – Tasito (1980)
--“ A band which plays afro-fusion, jazz, pysch, funk and mandingo music cocktail sprinkled with senegalese sabar and tama percussions. The singer and composer is Moussa N'Gom and his music is really singular.” Absolute mindblower.
Ebo Taylor – Conflict (1980)
--Ghananian afrofunk masterpiece, absolute fire from top to bottom. “The record also features Taylor’s take on Afrobeat, ‘Heaven’ being one of the classics of the genre, locked into a tight propulsive rhythm inspired by the work of Nigerian Fela Kuti, whom Taylor studied music alongside in London earlier in the early 1960s. Both were clearly influenced by a wide range of sounds; not just traditional music from their homeland, but also popular styles from America and rhythms from South America - soul, jazz and funk all play a key role in the mix.”
The Uhuru Dance Band – The Sound of Africa (1975)
--“This unique album blends funk, American soul/jazz, highlife, and dance-band music much in the same vein as the Ogyatanaa Show Band.” Superb Ghanaian party music.
Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Youth for Christ Choir – Like a Ship (Without a Sail) (1971)
-- “The most euphoric celebratory music that makes you want to jump around the house and explode with joy.” Gorgeous stuff.
Pedro Santos – Krishnanda (1968)
--“ There's a lot going on here: experimental Brazilian pop, heaping helpings of Exotica styles and instrumentation, a touch of Indian pop instrumental (a la Bollywood funk meets Ananda Shankar), a shot at Couleur Café-era serge Gainsbourg, and a psychedelic kinship with Library artists (Roger Roger and Nino Nardini's Jungle Obsession comes to mind)... but all of that is just grasping for a touchstone with which to describe a really very unique record.” Brazilian oddity that’s gained some deserved attention recently.
The Maglory Dengluch – The Maglory Dengluch (1970)
--Excellent Irish folk. Only 99 copies pressed.
Ritual – Widow (1983)
--“ Ritual's "Widow" is a difficult album to explain at first because there's no band that sounds quite like this, not in 1983 or since. The quick/easy/lazy way to describe them is to associate them with Pagan Altar or perhaps to a lesser extent, Witchfinder General, because "Widow" is very much a NWOBHM/doom album. Along with that are the subjects of witchcraft and other clandestine events, but this could be where the similarities between PA and WG stop. The first thing that needs to be mentioned is how incredibly fucking somber the record feels; it's rare that you'll find a record this cold and unsettling.”
Hasil Adkins – What the Hell Was I Thinking
--“He was born and lived in Boone County, West Virginia and was a self taught one man band. The reason for this was because when he first heard Hank Williams on the radio he didn't know there was a band behind Hank. He thought that Hank Williams played all the instruments. He claimed a repertoire of over 9000 songs including over 7000 original compositions. Recurring themes in Adkins' work include love, heartbreak, hunchin', police, death, decapitation, commodity meat, aliens, and chicken. His life was so unusual that you couldn't begin to start writing about it here.” Classic outsider country-blues. Adkins was run over and killed by a teenager on a tractor in 2005.
Keefy Keef – Cause I’m Keefy Keef (1992)
--“ Keefy Keef was dropping nothing but late 80′s inspired grimey, underground shit, thanks in part to having one time JVC Force DJ Curt Cazal behind the boards.” Expanded reissue of one of the most sought after random rap singles.
Lula Collins – The Delta Gospel Queen (1970s, probably)
--“It is most special to share a listen with those ready to bend an ear to Ms. Lula Collins, they will learn that you are right miss Lula is truly a queen.” For whatever reason, this is the most expensive gospel LP on the market right now. It’s certainly is a wonderful album, though the reason the price on this is through the roof when a million other gospel obscurities are slept on is a bit mysterious to me.
Edson Frederico – Edison Frederico e a Transa (1975)
--“A name that recalls Prussian nobility; but people who live the Rio nightlife know this 26 year-old Carioca, who caused a sensation as one of the best new pianists of his generation. And because he is so good, it was time to show the whole country this sound, the swing that has so characterized him since the days when he played piano in Maestro Erlon Chaves' Banda Veneno, or accompanying international singers like Spanky Wilson and Romauld. Hence the idea of recording Edson Frederico.” Little known Brazilian heat.
Carrie Cleveland – Looking Up (1980)
--Super rare soulful disco beauty. Slightly sad. One of the deepest disco albums around.
Sparrow – Physics (1995)
--Absolute monster Baltimore hip-hop single. Killer beat, killer flow, a message – top shelf random rap.
Interesting question. I don't think so, though.
Siah and Dapo Ed – The Visualz (1996)
--“absolutely classic, cool, jazzy, funky hip hop on probably the coolest of all indy labels. i have listened to 'the visualz' and 'no soles dopest opus' so much that my vinyl is worn out. a very special record, from a special time and a special place.” A bit less deep than much of the stuff I’m sharing, but GODDAMN this is an A+ record.
Hedzoleh Soundz – Hedzoleh
--“ Hedzoleh Soundz were one of the first and most original ‘Afro’ bands from 1970s Ghana playing an unusual mix of traditional music from across the country tinged with western rock. They were residents at the notorious Napoleon nightclub where they met South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela in late 1973.” Reissued on Soundway. Great album.
--A zip file of some dope disco, italo, and electro singles from (you guessed it) 1983. B-Beat Girls, Gang, Casco, Westwood-Cash, and more.
Cloud One – Atmosphere Strut (1976)
--“lots of nice late-night instrumental and danceable music. Truly a lost, hidden gem, and somewhat ahead of its time with its great synth work.” An early disco classic.
Hence the title.
Assagai – Zimbabwe (1971)
--“ This 1971 prog-rock offering by Assagai includes one of my favourite voices, Martha Mdenge. A follow-up to their self-titled debut album, "Zimbabwe" showcases some of South Africa’s best exile musicians at the time – Dudu Pukwana, Louis Moholo and the special trumpeter, Mongezi Feza.” Straddles prog, jazz, and afro-funk. Smoking!
Emerald Web – Valley of the Birds (1981)
--Stunning new age music – sort of like a very low key Terry Riley.
Pastor John Rydgren – Silhouette Segments (1968)
--“ An ordained pastor of the American Lutheran Church, Rydgren laid out a heady trip of lysergic spiritual philosophy. Sincere, profound and yet deeply playful, Brother John's mesmeric baritone waxed poetic about the big questions - Love, Sex, Death, War and Drugs (and God's place in all this) - over a backbeat of fuzz guitars, sitars, avant choirs and go-go drums. From 1966 onwards Brother John broadcast his widely syndicated radio show 'Silhouette' across the U.S.A (and Vietnam), speaking directly to the Hippies, Heads and Jesus-Freaks in an engaging flower-power-patter.” Incredibly strange classic. Imagine Ken Nordine, but Christian and more of a beatnik. Hilarious.
Strangely, my posts now seem to be able to bump the thread.
Vassar Clements – Hillbilly Jazz (1975)
--“It is not at all clear how you can eat barbecue and drink beer on a hot evening if this isn't on the play list. 'Course the problem is that you might have to wipe off your hands and do a bit of dancin' with your best girl.” Not an obscure album by any means, but the sort of thing probably not on the radar of many here.
Julinho – O Som do Julinho (1969)
--Brazilian jazz to make the winter feel a little warmer.
Independent Movement – Slippin’ Away (1978)
--Great disco album with that chilled out sound that’s popular now.
I've posted a few disco albums in this thread. Singles tend to be better than albums, though. I'd recommend looking at the People's Potential Unlimited catalogue, and especially Evans Pyramid.
The Legendary Villain – Memoirs of a Villain (1996)
--Absolutely massive New Jersey random rap. Perfect song.
Bobby Konders – House Rhythms (1990)
--“ In 1990, Mr. Konders, all-round reggae and house producer released a landmark in the realm of house music. "House Rhythms" is not just a stop-over in time, but a timeless masterpiece.”
Cortex – Troupeau Bleu (1975)
--“ Its samples have shown up on releases by everyone from DJ Cam and MF Doom to Fat Joe and Rick Ross. Once you drop the needle on the record it's easy to see way. Smooth and funky straight out of the gate, Cortex waste no time in setting the mood. Deep grooves give way to mellow female vocals; upright bass leads the way for lyrical piano improvisations.” I hate jazz-funk but I fuck with this.
Any particular styles folks want to see in the next batch of uploads?
Phill Most Chill – On Tempo Jack (1988)
--Another absolutely stellar random rap holy grail, out of Philly.
Goddamn, off my game here.
Ensemble Pittoresque – For This Is Past (1983)
--“ Ensemble Pittoresque, some twenty five years ago in The Netherlands, created an LP that is as varied in styles as it is inspiring.” Somewhat offbeat minimal wave.
Dred Scott – Breakin Combs (1994)
--“ Breakin’ Combs is definitely a mid-90’s rap record at its core with endless horns, a heavy Jazz influence, introspection, and plenty of boom-bap. However, Dred puts a unique spin on things, infusing the record with a great sense of humor and a keen awareness of identity and history. He’s adept at flipping topics and musical influences and the album’s beats, courtesy of Dred himself, which will keep your head nodding.” Jazzy, superior rap.
I'm much more familiar with the singles and EPs. I'm just uploaded several of my favorites.
Alps Cru – Just Can’t Explain (1996)
--St. Louis rap monster.
I wish I did. You might dig through Awesome Tapes From Africa's archive.
Black Dynasty – Deep East Oakland (1995)
--Dope gangsta rap album. The title track was a regional hit, but unfortunately one of the two group members was killed by a convenience store owner in a failed robbery attempt, so they never really blasted off.
Check the stuff I call minimal in this thread, I've posted a few. The Ann Steel album, too.
Breakin’ Thru 4 Delf (1995)
--Great Baltimore rap label promo.