Announcing: New World Generation’s Disco-Soul-Boogie Anthology (… download a free MP3 now).

Now-Again | Nov. 29, 2011 | News | , ,

Rare and unreleased late 70s and early 80s disco, soul and boogie recorded by the cult New England ensemble.

We’re happy to present New World Generation’s self-titled anthology, a collection of rare and unreleased soul, disco and boogie by the cult New England ensemble. Presented as a 2CD and as a 2LP; both formats contain extensive liner notes with rare photographs and ephemera. Note: songs from CD disc two are not contained on the 2LP version of this album.

We first got a taste of the New World Generation when Phil Morrison, bassist for avant-garde, Boston-based jazzers Stark Reality, sent us a copy of New World Generation’s solitary recorded document: a five song EP that the band privately released in 1982. We heard echoes of the Roy Ayers produced RAMP sessions and the precise yet sensual vibes of the foundation known as Earth, Wind and Fire. We were intrigued, so we put in a call to New World Generation’s bandleader, Lekan Parsons and found that he had recorded more music in the years leading up to the New World Generation EP. But he’d recorded with different ensembles; finding the first threads of his musical tapestry would take time.

He promised to dig out his masters and send them to us for our consideration. It took years for him to collate the various components of the first phase of his recording career – which stretched from New York to Boston over the course of a decade – but when he did send the music, we were thrilled. The songs he’d recorded with the Universal Rhythms and Orison ensembles were harbingers of the sophisticated soul he’d proffer with New World Generation. They were winsome, hopeful songs – and their existence offered us the chance to present this album.

New World Generation references the faith that carried Parsons through the difficult and demoralizing times accomplished musicians like he and his friends experienced in a post-disco world. Download an example of New World Generation’s music below – “One Of A Kind,” from their 1982 EP.

Download: New World Generation “One Of A Kind.”

New World Generation – New World Generation

Now-Again | Oct. 1, 2011 | Catalog |

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This compilation produced and annotated by Eothen “Egon” Alapatt
Orison sessions produced by Lekan Parsons/Orison
Universal Rhythms sessions produced by Lekan Parsons/Universal Rhythms.
New World Generation sessions produced by Stephen Bowden, Kingsley Swan, Suzanne Swan and Lekan Parsons.
Art direction by Trevor Karma Gendron
Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters.

Tracklist:

CD Disc One:

Sunshine * 6:00
Curious Soul ** 5:52
Dreamland***** 4:14
One Of A Kind**** 6:12
I’m Feelin’ Fine**** 4:52
New World Generation**** 5:07
Mystical Planet***** 6:11
Celebrate***** 3:55
Do What You Do**** 5:09

CD Disc Two:

Worry*** 2:46
Free Your Mind** 3:47
How Do You Feel ** 4:33
Orison (A Prayer)** 5:14
Sunshine (Alternate Mix)* 5:48
Curious Soul (Alternate Mix)** 5:47
Listen From Your Soul** 3:04
We’ll Find A Way** 5:44
Loving You**** 6:41
Someday The World Will Be As One**** 5:08

LP:

Side 1.
Sunshine * 6:00
Curious Soul** 5:52
Dreamland***** 4:14
One Of A Kind**** 6:12
I’m Feelin’ Fine **** 4:52
New World Generation**** 5:07
Mystical Planet***** 6:11
Celebrate***** 3:55
Do What You Do**** 5:09
Sunshine (Alternate Mix) 5:48
Curious Soul (Alternate Mix) 5:47

Songs with a **** originally issued on Close Connections (no catalog number), 1982. Songs with a *, **, *** and ***** previously unreleased.

2LP/2CD. 2011. NA5089.

Download high res cover art here.