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VARIOUS - GÃ“ZALO 3! CD / 2LP
Vampisoul presents the third volume in our series of tropical Peruvian music of the 1960s.Â It was labels like MAG, IEMPSA, DINSA and SONO RADIO that captured this emerging sound.
Like the previous two volumes, this album presents a little known but dynamic moment in Peru"s musical development that allowed the consolidation of new trends oriented towards what would become known by the early 70s as salsa, as well as forging a vibrant scene that incorporated cumbia, latin soul, rock, and jazz funk.
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN - SOUNDBEAT OF OUR OWN DRUM CD / LP
Vampisoul is very proud to release Beat Of Our Own Drum, the long-awaited debut album by Chicago"s JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.Â Described by The New York Times as "neo-soul glory", their sound is an explosive mix of 60s soul passion, the energy of 70s punk and the eclectic spirit of contemporary music.
JOE BATAAN WITH LOS FULANOS - KING OF LATIN SOUL CD / LP
They say a cat has nine lives, and Joe Bataan has lived a multitude of them in his long illustrious career. Though out of the scene for many years, Joe is back in great form now with this excellent new hard-core Latin Soul release from Vampisoul.Â Joining Joe for this special project is the Barcelona based Latin funk group Los Fulanos.
With this album, Mr. New York revisits and revamps some of his most beloved anthems as well as some more obscure numbers.Â And with avid fans all over the world, this "Ordinary Guy" is poised to bring his extraordinary message of "Peace, Friendship, Solidarity" to a new generation for the first time, as well as once again to the old folks who never forgot him in the first place. Salsoul indeed!
BLACK MERDA - FORCE OF NATURE LP / CD
Black Merda (pronounced Black Murder), the first all black rock band to write and play their own music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, are considered to be Black Rock pioneers as well as the originators of their own style of Black Psychedelic Rock.
They released two albums in the 1970's "Black Merda" (Chess 1970) and "Long Burn The Fire" (GRT 1972) which weren't properly promoted when first released, but are now seen as Black Rock classics by a growing number of
international music fans. Their 2005 release "The Folks From Motherâ€™s Mixer" (Funky Delicacies 2005) containing both of 1970s albums on one CD, is lauded as the most creative, lyrically and musically diverse albums of that genre.
Now they're back! Like the Phoenix from its ashes! And the Butterfly from its cocoon, spreading their wings in the 21st century, funkier and musically diverse as ever, with a new batch of songs, to take you on a magical musical trip, that'll have your heads and minds bouncing and tripping, in some new directions and happy positions.Â Â So sit back, and relax, and enjoy the Funk-Rock majesty of Black Merda's "A Force Of Nature".
VA - SENSACTIONAL SOUL VOL. 2 2LP/2CD
32 groovy Spanish soul & funk stompers from 1965-1972!
Vampisoul is pleased to invite you to the second bone-breaking session with the most danceable sounds â€œmade in Spainâ€ from the 1960s and early 70s. Welcome again to the Sensacional Soul party!
Soul turned Spanish pop into the fuel that ignited the dance floors and parties of Spain in the second half of the 60s. For most bands, the soul explosion meant facing the â€œrenovate or dieâ€ dilemma. After years of trying to emulate The Shadows and later The Beatles, the groups had two alternatives: joining the psychedelic movement or adapting the soul genre to the Spanish taste. Â Â Those who wanted to follow the rock path had to bear in mind the advances in the recording techniques that led to Sgt Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Band, something that was virtually impossible for most Spanish bands. Besides, the record companies, radio stations and especially the public were not ready to â€œopen their mindsâ€ to the psychedelic revolution.
Soul, however, did enjoy a bigger success thanks to the hits by the Tamla Motown and Atlantic artists, and thus many guitar groups decided to incorporate a horn section. Spanish soul became hugely popular, and during the second half of the 60s was the dominant music genre in a country still under Francoâ€™s dictatorship.Â Apart from artists that imitated the purest sounds from the US, others took risks and tried subgenres such as progressive R&B, freakbeat soul, sunshine soul or psych-pop with soulish influences. This new volume offers a fantastic selection of all of them, including tracks by hit acts such as Los Bravos, Los Pekenikes, Manolo y RamÃ³n (aka DÃºo DinÃ¡mico) and obscure bands such as Jaeâ€™s Soul and Conjunto Brillantâ€™s.
LA NUEVA BANDA DE SANTISTEBAN - SABOR A FRESA LP/CD
Reissue of this 1971 classic. An exotic cocktail of jazz, Brazilian music, flamenco influences and spaghetti-western soundtracks.
Born in Madrid in 1943, raised on copla and popular Spanish song genres, with a solid classic formation, initiated in jazz and in love with Brazilian music, Alfonso Santisteban is, among many things, different.Â Â He was a session musician and composer for hire from the early 60s for stars of flamenco pop, author of countless soundtracks, many of them patchy, some remarkable. Santisteban also wrote innumerable melodies for an incipient TVE (Spainâ€™s public TV broadcaster) hungry for a liberal modernity. He decided to pay this pleasant toll in order to gain moments of total creative freedom.
Letâ€™s talk about the wonderful and impossible to find â€œSabor a fresaâ€ album (Belter, 1971), which Vampisoul is reissuing under its original title for the first time with the addition of an extra track from an ultra-rare 45 of the "EnseÃ±ar a un sinvergÃ¼enza" soundtrack. Right from the start, the title theme represents the Santisteban canon: female â€œda-ba-das", sounds reminiscent of copla, spaghetti-western soundtracks, his jazz devotion and the fixation with Brazil. â€˜Brincadeiraâ€™ directly takes us to the beaches of Ipanema with the unmistakeable cadence of bossa nova. â€˜Nuestro ayerâ€™ and its guitar Ã la â€œConcierto de Aranjuezâ€ marries, almost in an obscene manner, Santistebanâ€™s obsession and his reality: Copacabana and the river Manzanares, caipirinha and the San Francisco cocktail.
VICTOR OLAIYA - ALL STARS SOUL INTERNATIONAL CD / LP
"They thought I moved Highlife music out of the ordinary. Then, it was believed that my Highlife was a little bit out of this world, beyond explanation. This was why Alhaji Alade Odunewu of the Daily Times styled me The Evil Genius of Highlife."
Victor Olaiya is certainly one of the legendary foundation stones of modern Nigerian music, yet he has never received much acknowlegement or really had his albums released or promoted in any quantity outside of Nigeria. So this Vampisoul release is a step in the right direction and not before time, for a 77 years old who was probably Nigeriaâ€™s leading star of 50's and early 60's, his golden years. Dr. Victor Abimbola Olaiya, the evil genius of Highlife, is still sockinâ€™ it to them after 60 years on stage. If youâ€™re lucky you can catch him blowing that trumpet and singing his heart out at his own celebrated 'Stadium Hotel' in Lagos, Nigeria.
This album from 1970 is from Olaiyaâ€™s Highlife / Funk phase, but its worth taking a trawl through his back pages to see how he became the Evil Genius, before you roll back the rug and get down with the Highlife-Funk. Â Our carefully produced reissue comes with extensive liner notes by specialist Max Reindhart.
FRED FISHER ATALOBHORÂ - AFRICAN CARNIVAL 2LP / 2CD
The seventies was a vibrant musical period universally and the scene in Nigeria was no exception. Bands sprang up all over the country, free to fuse their traditional music with genres such as soul, funk and pop. In the midst of this creative turmoil, an effervescent style innovator called Fred Fisher â€“ famed trombonist, vocalist, composer, songwriter - hit the world with his talent. Fred is known for high energy dance grooves and catchy melodies.
This fabulous compilation, AFRICAN CARNIVAL, takes the best songs from Fred Fisher's albums: "Say The Truth" (1979), "No Way" (1981), "Wahala Dey For Town" (1988) and Ogiza (1990), and comes with liner notes by Nigerian specialist Samuel Kayode.