Hello all. It's a big one.
As promised, here's a stock update for us at Dragon Records. So, here's what's recently come into the shop for your aural pleasure:
Elephant9 - Walk The Nile (Rune Grammofon) LP with download code £18
Contemporary Norwegian jazz from this trio of Fender Rhodes/Hammond organ/synth, drums and electric bass. This fantastic album was recorded live in the studio last year, six tracks of brilliance. If you like The Thing (more excellent Scandinavian jazz) then this is most definitely for you. Jazz with a punk attitude. And a bit of prog thrown in for good measure.
Strong Arm Steady - In Search Of Stoney Jackson (Stones Throw) double LP £16
This LA collective's second album, produced by Peanut Butter Wolf and Madlib, is as top notch as abstract/experimental hip hop gets. Madlib is probably the best hip hop producer out there at the minute, IMHO. Eighteen tracks over four sides of vinyl. Totally necessary.
Madvillain - Madvillainy (Stones Throw) double LP £15
This is MF Doom and Madlib and IMHO (once again) is possibly MF Doom's finest moment, along with his stint in KMD, and that's saying something, this guy's done a lot of great stuff. This is utterly fabulous, great beats and cut up snippets from Madlib and great verses from MF Doom on this almost-concept album about super villains. Along with Rakim, MF Doom has one of the greatest voices in hip hop. You need this.
Madlib - Medicine Show No.4: 420 Chalice All-Stars (Stones Throw) CD £14
"aka Son Of Super Ape" and you can tell that by the cover. "Selected and mixed by Madlib, a musical disc from the flick of the wrist to make you jump and twist" is what the cover says, and I'd say that's about right. Purely Jamaican sounds on this disc, clocking in at ten seconds short of eighty minutes.
Hole - The First Session (Sympathy For The Record Industry) CD £9
The raw early Hole sound with a booklet containing an interview and early posters that Courtney Love designed. Four tracks - Retard Girl, Phone Bill Song, Turpentine and Johnny's In The Bathroom.
Awesome Color - Massa Hypnos (Ecstatic Peace!) CD £13
Coming out with their third album on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! label, Awesome Color delivers powerful psych garage rock with definite inspiration from The Stooges and MC5 (two of the three in the band are from Michigan, after all). Quality riffage.
Lou Reed's Metal Machine Trio - The Creation Of The Universe (Sister Ray) double CD £15
These two special live concert recordings of non-vocal music featuring Lou Reed on guitar and electronics, Ulrich Krieger on tenor sax and live electronics, and Sarth Calhoun on live processing and fingerboard continuum (whatever that might be). Lou says "we have formed a recording unit called Best Seat In The House. We intend to put out different types of my music, from industrial to meditative to songs and all subway stops in between. Our first release is a live recording of two great nights live at the Redcat in LA, The Creation Of The Universe. We include some pics by me."
ESG - A South Bronx Story (Soul Jazz Records) double LP £13
This compilation covers the period from 1980 to the early 1990s.The three sisters mixed dance, punk, funk and an overall raw dance sound to create seminal tracks such as You're No Good, Moody and UFO. This is great value comp for those wanting a classic piece of musical history.
A Certain Ratio - To Each... (Soul Jazz Records) double LP £13
This Manchester band has influenced many bands in its wake. Produced by the band and Martin Hannett, this was the band's first full studio album, and was originally released in 1981 on Factory Records. A post-punk mix of funk, dub, percussion and electronics to create a truly unique sound at the time. This re-released version includes another record which has two extra tracks, Abracadubra and Sommadub.
Sound Dimension - Jamaica Soul Shake Vol.1 (Soul Jazz Records) double LP £13
This album of Studio One recordings by Coxsone Dodds' studio band covers reggae, rocksteady and funk over its fifteen tracks. There are no vocals on this album, just some of Jamaica's finest players stretching out and enjoying themselves.
Jackie Mittoo and The Soul Brothers - Last Train To Skaville (Sould Jazz Records) double LP £13
A founding member of The Skatalites, this record was recorded between 1965 and 1967, just as Jamaican music was changing between ska and rocksteady, and the music on this album has touches of funk, Latin and jazz.
Robert Pete Williams, Hogman Maxey and Guitar Welch - Angola Prisoners' Blues (Doxy) LP £15
Recorded at Camp H, Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana in 1959, this album is one of the finest field recordings of all time. Nine tracks split between the three bluesmen on 180g vinyl. A piece of recording history.
Carcass - Flesh Ripping Demos and Reek Of Putrefaction (limited numbered picture discs) £15 each
Various artists - a load of reggae vinyl, mostly at £12 each
I'll just list what came in, there's a lot there, so:
Leroy Smart - Mr Smart In Dub
John Holt - Greatest Hits
Trinity - Life
Dennis Brown - No Man Is An Island
Dillinger - Ready Natty Dreadie
Heptones - Ding A Ling
Don Drummond - The Best Of
The Gladiators - Studio One Presenting The Gladiators
Sir Coxsone & Duke Reid - In Concert At Forresters Hall
Ken Boothe - More Of Ken Boothe
Various compilations on Studio One and Treasure Isle
Soul Jazz Records
We've had a delivery of a number of Soul Jazz Records vinyl releases, these are all compilations, and all top notch stuff, and not just soul or jazz, there's allsorts there. Here's what we got in:
This is the album that complements the film of the same name. A great selection of tracks on a triple LP at £15. Includes Lee Perry, Roots Manuva, King Tubby, Dub Syndicate and more.
Rare and previously unreleased reggae, funk and soul from Impact! and Randy's Records. A double LP at £13, including Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Augustus Pablo and others.
100% Dynamite series
We've got 100%, 200% and 400% Dynamite in at the minute, all at £13 for double LPs. Artists on these volumes include Lady Apache, Shinehead, The Upsetters, U-Roy, Prince Buster, Tenor Saw, Dennis Alcapone, Barrington Levy and loads more.
Studio One series
More double LPs at £13, namely Women, Rude Boy, Dub, Ska, Soul, Rockers, DJs, Classics, Roots, Lovers, Roots, Scorcher and Funk. So spread over these albums you'll find Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, Skatalites, Delroy Wilson, Dillinger, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Hortense Ellis, Marcia Griffiths, Dawn Penn, Ernest Ranglin, Horace Andy, Prince Jazzbo, Lone Ranger, Burning Spear, Zoot Sims, Count Ossie, Prince Far I, Big Joe, The Mad Lads, Errol Dunkley, The Gaylads, Cedric Im Brooks, Sound Dimension and plenty more.
Box Of Dub
Volumes one and two of this, at £16 for a triple LP. This is dubstep and future dub, with tracks from Kode 9, Burial, King Midas Sound, Digital Mystikz, Skream and more. Highly recommended.
We've got three different albums from this series, two at £15 for triple LPs and one at £14 for a double. Artists include The Bug, Benga, Cotti, Darkstar, Sully Shanks and more.
An England Story - From Dancehall To Grime: 25 Years Of The The MC In The UK 1983-2008
This is what is on in the shop as I type, and it is superb. It's the second volume in the series, and has tracks from Warrior Queen, General Levy, Blak Twang, Tippa Irie and more. A great mix of ragga, hip hop, grime etc. Really really good, and highly recommended. A double LP at £13.
Freedom Rhythm & Sound
We've got volumes one and two in at the moment. Subtitled "Revolutionary Jazz & The Civil Rights Movement 1963-1982", the music includes Mary Lou Williams, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Joe McPhee, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and more. Great liner notes with the first volume too. £13 for each double LP.
New Orleans Funk
Volumes one and two are in. These are both truly outstanding albums, just look at who's on here - Eddie Bo, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Betty Harris, Aaron Neville, The Gaturs, basically anyone who's anyone from NOLA is on here, and at £15 for each triple LP, these are TOTALLY ESSENTIAL! They're that good, I even wrote in capitals and emboldened it.
This is a compilation of original Jamaican funk and soul 45s, featuring Jah Lloyd, The Heptones, Big Youth, Augustus Pablo and many more. £13 for a double LP.
A compilation of rare funk and soul from 1967-1974, featuring acts such as George McCrae, Gwen McCrae, Joey Gilmore, Little Beaver and more. £13 for this double LP.
That's your lot for now. More updates as and when. Thanks for reading. Hope to see you in the shop soon.