Posts Tagged ‘Vinyl’

Vagrants Make the Scene at United Record Pressing!

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Some of you maybe saw this on our Facebook page, but for those of you who don’t follow us there (why, I’m not sure…) then here are some cool photos of the Vagrants – I Can’t Make A Friend 1965 – 1968 (LITA 059) LP being pressed at United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN. All Light In The Attic releases (specifically vinyl) make their way over to United Record Pressing to be birthed into the world.  It’s a crazy process that involves a lot of weird and magical machines that somehow, through the talents of their gifted staff, imprint little musical slices of heaven onto circular shaped wax. Ain’t life a mystery???

Stay tuned, as Vagrants – I Can’t Make A Friend 1965 – 1968 is hitting the streets next week (get your pre-orders in now! Also availble on CD/MP3!).

Until then, have a look at these cool photos by URP’s Jay Millar (thanks Jay!) of Vagrants on the press!

First the labels start out on the spindle. So lonely, they are...

Then they go onto the stamper for a good squishin'! That hockey puck thing under is the vinyl wax.

Next, this weird little dude cuts off the excess wax. ouch!

Of course they collect the excess for kids to gnaw on. Yum!

Then the stacks of records go on this doohickey.

And there they are. Just waitin' to be fondled by your greasy hands!

Stanton Davis’ “Brighter Days” (Cultures of Soul) NOW ON VINYL!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

A few months back, we featured a great new label, Cultures of Soul, and their inaugural release–Stanton Davis’ Ghetto/Mysticism Brighter Days album. Brighter Days is a heavy hitting jazz-funk long player and we’ve been rocking it on the office CD player since we got copies in stock…until now. We just got in the vinyl addition of this great reissue and it is slammin’! They’re doing it right with this version: 150-gram virgin vinyl housed in an old-school tip-on gatefold sleeve with comprehensive liner notes. Very nice!

For audio samples and to order Stanton Davis’ Ghetto/Mysticism Brighter Days clicketh HERE!

A jazz-funk odyssey with Melton Brothers Band – “Livin’ In The City”!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

We have our friends over at Favorite Recordings to thank unearthing this jazz-funk gem. The Melton Brothers Band is comprised of identical twin brothers Dale (Piano/Vocals) and Dennis (Bass/Vocals) Melton, Alfie Moss (Lead Vocals/Percussion), Tyrone Wilson (Drums/Vocals) and Bill Allman (washboard/percussion). Their one and only, self-produced album Living in the City was recorded live over the course of three different performances in Delaware and Pennsylvania during the summer of 1978. Alfie and Melton Brother’s Band had been playing together since 1972, which is the era that most of their influence is inherited from. The title track “Living in the City”, is hard to pinpoint, freely utilizing elements of jazz, funk, blues, and soul. But vague genre adjectives don’t really do the track justice.

Alfie’s soaring vocals dance above and below the melody with an astonishing range and self-assured grace that is distinctly reminiscent of the legendary jazz vocalists of her early years. Dale’s keyboard workout instantly sets the warm mood, as Dennis keeps the rhythm and Tyrone supplies the addicting boom-bap that simply makes you want to move. But the message of “Living in the City” is what really hits hard – the lyrics of the chorus meaningfully explain an infinitely complicated mindset in a very humble and inspirational manner.

Unfortunately this album was a promo piece for the studio that The Melton Brothers never got off the ground so the amount produced and distributed was extremely limited. This is the first time forgotten gem has been reissued and the packaging is done right with an old-school “tip-on” sleeve and full color insert. Bam!

For audio samples and to order The Melton Brothers Band with Ms. Alfie Moss – Livin’ In The City, click yr clicker HERE!


Monday, July 11th, 2011

Hot Casa Records continues its Afro Soul reissue series with a treasure trove of Afro-Funk & Psyche-Soul tunes by “Blackman” Akeeb Kareem, recorded in Lagos in ’74. He is one of Nigeria’s most talented musician, singer, songwriter, poet, and music producer. He has toured the world with his band and released tons of hit records through the years.

The era of Akeeb Kareem was that of Orlando Julius & His Afro sounders, Johnny Haastrup of Monomono, to name a few. Its second official album, Tomorrow was produced by EMI Nigeria. The 9 musicians from this session were reunited under the name “Super Black Borgs”. The 6 amazing songs were all composed by Akeeb Kareem with psychedelic fuzz and bubbling moog runs: a pulsating, breathless and soulful batch of traditional Nigerian 6/8 rhythms, soulful keys and spiritual Yoruba lyrics.

This is the first reissue of this Afro-Funk classic from Nigeria and features old school “tip-on” jacket with insert including interviews & photos.

For audio samples and to order Akeeb Kareem – Blackman, click here!

Betty Davis “Betty Davis” & “They Say I’m Different” (LPs) BACK IN PRINT!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Hey hey lookey what we just got in the mail! Back in print, Betty Davis’ landmark 1973 debut, Betty Davis, and 1974′s They Say I’m Different! Both LPs feature 180-gram wax, deluxe Stoughton old-school “tip-on” sleeves (They Say I’m Different is gatefold) and 4-page insert with rare photos and liner notes by Oliver Wang (Soul Sides). Get on it!

For more info and to order Betty Davis Betty Davis (LITA 026) click HERE!

For more info and to order Betty Davis They Say I’m Different (LITA 027) click HERE!

Jim Ford “Harlan County” (CD | LP) OUT NOW!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Hello there. Allow us to introduce you to your new favorite record: Jim Ford Harlan County! Recorded in 1969 in Los Angeles, CA, Harlan County is a true gem of the swamp/country-funk tradition. Tony Joe White, Bobby Charles, Charlie Rich…Jim Ford could hang with them all.

Dig the gatefold spread! Stick 'em up!

“Jimmy Ford is the baddest white man on the planet,” said Sly Stone of Jim Ford, and listening to Harlan County today who’s to argue? Needless to say, we’re honored to re-release these ten country-funk gems on CD and 180-gram wax (for the first time) with Ford’s original cover artwork, beautifully re-mastered audio (from the original tapes), extensive liner notes by Kurt Wolff (The Rough Guide to Country Music), and rare photos. These jams are fierce and fuzzed out, ready for the club or just a cruise in your powder blue Ford pickup. See ya out there.

Check all the goodies!

For more info, audio samples and to order Jim Ford Harlan County (LITA 068 – CD | LP) hop on over HERE!

Charles ‘Packy’ Axton “Late Late Party 1965-67″ CD/LP PRE-ORDER!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

In the vast netherworld of soul there are countless characters that reside on the fringe, their significant contributions to American music history long forgotten. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, tenor saxophone player and bandleader Charles ‘Packy’ Axton is yet another of the uncelebrated, despite a deep pedigree and funky catalogue of notable grooves. Part of the mighty Stax family through birth—Packy’s mother Estelle Axton and uncle Jim Stewart founded the southern R&B dynasty in the early 1960’s—Packy picked up the sax at a young age, and after linking with future Booker T. & the M.G.’s Steve Cropper and Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, formed the The Mar-Keys. Almost reaching the top of the R&B and pop charts in 1961 with the classic “Last Night,” friction caused by Packy’s party going ways caused a split. It wasn’t until 1965 that the wild child had another national instrumental hit on his hands, “Hole In The Wall” by the Packers, chronicled by Light In The Attic Records in the first ever anthology of Axton’s work: Late Late Party 1965-67.

Charles 'Packy' Axton "Late Late Party 1965-67" stacked up!

Despite the loving support of his musically minded mother, Packy was ostracized from Stax proper through a rift with Stewart because of his casual approach and oft-eccentric ways. Packy preferred hanging out and playing music with local black musicians, something that in the racially tense south, was viewed negatively by some. Still, throughout the mid-1960’s, Packy recorded a series of hard, short, and down home R&B stompers at Royal and Ardent Recording Studios by heavyweight producer John Fry (Big Star, Isaac Hayes, Ry Cooder), accompanied by legendary Stax and Hi Records dynamos Steve CropperBooker T., and Teenie Hodges (Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson). Featuring songs released on labels such as Bar Records, Hollywood, Pure Soul Music, and U.S.A. Records (not to mention several unreleased gems) Late Late Party 1965-67 includes seventeen powerful instrumental and vocal tracks for your listening pleasure. Supplemented by Memphis-writer Andria Lisle’s extensive liner notes, unpublished photographs, and featuring lovingly remastered audio, Late Late Party is shines a light on an overlooked part of the Stax story. Essential listening.

Charles 'Packy' Axton "Late Late Party 1965-67" CD and LP

For more info, audio samples and to pre-order Charles ‘Packy’ Axton Late Late Party 1965-67 (LITA 067 -CD|LP+Download Card for Unreleased Track|DIGITAL), click HERE!

Charles “Packy” Axton – “Late Late Party 1965-67″ – What’s Inside???

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Here’s a little treat for all of you who are asking…man, that “Packy” Axton release looks sick but what’s inside? Well, here you go:

Charles “Packy” Axton – Late Late Party 1965-67 (LITA 067 – CD | LP | DIGITAL) OUT NOW!

CD/LP PRE-ORDER: “Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun”

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Years in the making! We’re proud to announce that you may now pre-order Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun (LP available 9/6, CD 9/27), the first ever anthology (outside of South Korea) of Shin Joong Hyun‘s work as a songwriter, singer, producer, arranger, and all around guitar god. It’s been a long road to get this one out but we have to give much thanks to Drew Christie and liner notes author Kevin “Sipreano” Howes, who first turned us on to Mr. Shin’s work so many years ago. Now if you’re scratching your head…”who’s Mr. Shin?”…then read on. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Shin Joong Hyun - Courtesy of the Artist

Shin Joong Hyun’s tale is personal, spiritual, and deep, not only reflecting the full spectrum of human emotions, but one that produced reverberating echoes of sound, some beautiful and life-giving, others restless and ungovernable. For the first time outside of Korea, Shin’s music will be readily available to music lovers the world over. We are thrilled to release Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of South Korea’s Shin Joong Hyun, a career spanning CD, 2xLP, and Digital Download compilation of the diminutive guitarist, songwriter, producer, arranger, and talent developer.

For the full story, head over to the Release page where you can also preview tracks and pre-order the CD and 2x LP!

Save Criminal Records (Atlanta, GA) !!!

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

*Save Criminal Records logo – designed by Brian Manley/Fun With Robots.

It was way back in 2008 that we featured Criminal Records as our Record Store of the Week. Fast forward to the present day and it’s still a shop that we hit every time we’re in Atlanta…heck, we even buy from them via mailorder! Owner Eric Levin (who is also a co-founder of Record Store Day) and his great staff have been keeping the dream alive for 20 years by stocking independent music, comics, books and hosting must-see instores, but do to a host of problems are in danger of closing by November if things don’t change. Show your support of independent record stores and independent music by heading over to their shop (brick & mortar or online)! Without record stores like Criminal Records humble labels like ourselves would be nowhere. Seriously.

For other ways to show your support, “like” the Criminal Records Facebook page and the “Save Criminal Records” community page.