Available NOW! Restored/remastered transfer, pitch/speed corrected for the first time ever. First edition contains second CD/bonus LP: Damon’s ’60s recordings, and never-before-heard demos. Extensive booklet contains dozens of unpublished photos and images, a thorough investigation into this landmark album, and an extensive interview with Damon.
Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy is generally regarded as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records and has, for over twenty years, been one of the most sought after late 60s American rock artifacts. Bad bootlegs and scrappy reissues have spread his music, but left Damon’s story untouched, leaving Song of a Gypsy high on its own plateau: out of reach and indescribable.
Finally, Damon’s story can be told. Under the supervision of Now-Again’s Egon and Damon himself, and over a five year period, Song Of A Gypsy has been researched and documented, and has now been pitch-corrected and remastered. It now sees what we’d like to call its definitive issue as a 2CD and limited edition deluxe 2LP.
This edition investigates a seemingly impossible story – one that encapsulates the last bloom of the flower power movement before it decayed into the haze of the 70s underground. It traces a pop hopeful descending into chaos, and becoming the tortured soul who would create an LP to file alongside works by other lost greats of the late ‘60s, from Shuggie Otis to Rodriguez.
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Linked below: Egon’s newest Funk Archaeology post at Red Bull Music Academy’s website, a piece that any parent who’s tired of endless Youtube loops of corny “Wheels On The Bus” renditions will undoubtedly appreciate.
The exclusive download this time around: the full version of Paternoster’s “Old Danube.” Sadly we couldn’t edit the first twenty seconds to give you the toddler version. We’ll leave that up to you.
The New Series: Soothing Sounds for (Egon’s) Baby – Egon’s Funk Archaeology at Red Bull Music Academy.
The Old Series: Egon’s Funk Archaeology at NPR.
Download: Paternoster: “Old Danube.”
A few months ago we announced that we’d completed negotiations with Georgia soul and funk hero Richard Marks’ family to issue a comprehensive anthology of his rare 45s. Egon has been spending time in Atlanta with Richard’s family and friends, uncovering master tapes, never-before-seen photos and superb examples of first-hand ephemera – such as the early 70s juke-joint show poster that Roy Lee Johnson holds above. The anthology will feature liner notes by noted Georgia soul and funk archivist Brian Proust and is right on track on for a 2014 release.
We know you’ve been waiting patiently for our Paul Ngozi and The Ngozi Family anthology – it’s certainly been one of the most complicated and intensive investigations we’ve done of one group’s music, and it looks like we’ll have it out in early to mid 2014. So, as a primer, we’re presenting you with a selection of songs from one of our favorite albums from Ngozi’s classic period – 45,000 Volts – available in two weeks via Now-Again Deluxe at Drip.fm. In this four track sampler, you’ll get a feel for where Ngozi headed with his third album: the template for his sound had changed, as he’d found a polished-yet-rugged middleground; he’d encompassed punk, funk and hard rock into his sound; he’d started hinting at the direction his later 70s albums would head, with tracks that can only be described as Zamrock-meets-Kalindula hybrids.
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Hip hop producer Oh No’s follow up to our first library offering: 4 years in the making and worth the wait! Out NOW on ltd. ed. CD/Now-Again Deluxe.
Oh No’s debut album for Now-Again was also the first in our music library series – and was one of our most successful exercises in creating modern “library music” for easy synchronization. For this entry, Oh No spent nearly four years combing through an infinitely-more-vast array of the ever-growing Now-Again’s catalog – from American soul, funk and jazz to Iranian folk to Zambian hard rock – to create a series of beats that range in mood and style and all contain Oh No’s trademark swagger. Fans of the variety of projects that Oh No is a part – from his Gangrene project with Alchemist to his production for the likes of Talib Kweli and Danny Brown – will be pleased with the variety of beats contained within.
This limited edition is CD is packaged in a “mini-LP” thick cardboard “tip-on” sleeve and is available in limited quantities. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The album is also available digitally – with two bonus tracks – to our subscribers at Now-Again Deluxe. Listen to three tracks below, courtesy of Rappcats.com – our soon-to-be webstore partner!
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