David Axelrod’s Capitol Trilogy To See Reissue Via Now-Again

Now-Again | Mar. 6, 2018 | News | ,

Photo: David Axelrod, c. 1969, taken at Capitol Studios, Hollywood.

Legendary composer/Arranger/Producer David Axelrod’s essential trilogy on Capitol Records – Song of Innocence (1968), Songs of Experience (1969), and Earth Rot (1970) – will be officially reissued this year on Now-Again. The first release comes on Record Store Day, April 21, 2018


David Axelrod (1931-2017) was a producer, arranger and A&R at Capitol Records in Hollywood in the 1960s, working with artists Cannonball Adderley, Lou Rawls and David McCallum amongst others, alongside the infamous group of L.A. session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. In 1967, for Reprise Records, Axelrod composed and “ghost-produced” the psychedelic rock album Mass In F Minor under the guise of The Electric Prunes. This surprise hit earned Axelrod a new audience, and the opportunity to release a string of albums under his own name back at Capitol.

His debut, Song of Innocence, is an essential, ‘60s masterpiece. Celebrated as psychedelic, the birth of jazz-fusion and the harbinger of hip-hop, the album is a hybrid that no one, not even its creator, can easily describe.


Announcing: Revolutionary, Spiritual Jazz – The Lightmen Plus One’s “Fancy Pants”

Now-Again | Feb. 25, 2018 | News | ,

Exclusive pre-sale at our web store at Rappcats: The Lightmen Plus One’s Fancy Pants Worldwide release date in March.

Revolutionary, spiritual jazz from Houston, reissued for the first time – the second in a series of four expanded reissues of drummer and bandleader Bubbha Thomas’s lauded catalog.

Extensive booklet detailing Bubbha and his band’s story, replete with never-published photos. Presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. Download card for WAV files and videos of 1970s performances included.

Also see: The Lightmen – Free As You Wanna Be

Drummer, bandleader and activist Bubbha Thomas had toured America with R&B revues, served as a session musician for Peacock and Back Beat Records, and played straight ahead jazz with legends before the political and social upheaval of the late 1960s led him to a path first charted by Coltrane. Fancy Pants is his second LP with his Lightmen band and, like the deep-set, maverick jazz issued by the likes of Tribe and Strata East, is amongst the best of the 1970s jazz underground, a collective voice of resistance to the musical and cultural status quo.

This is the first time that Fancy Pants has seen reissue, and it is presented in both the issued stereo and previously unissued mono mixes as a double LP. This reissue was remastered from Bubbha’s original master tapes. Bubbha and his band’s story is told in great detail by Houston music and cultural historian Lance Scott Walker (Houston Rap / Houston Rap Tapes) and Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt, in a booklet that contains dozens of unpublished photographs. Download card for WAV files and videos of numerous 1970s performances also included.

All four of Bubbha’s 1970s albums will see reissue as expanded albums, with previously unreleased mixes, alternate and unreleased versions, once per quarter, through the end of 2018. Watch a primer of what’s to come below.


Egon’s First Pop Up Record Shop of 2018 – Selling Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen Band’s Records

Now-Again | Feb. 12, 2018 | News |

Exclusive pre-sale at our web store at Rappcats: The Lightmen’s Fancy Pants. Worldwide release date in March.

Now-Again Records celebrated the reissue of The Lightmen Plus One’s Spiritual Jazz classic Fancy Pants with a pop-up record shop at Rappcats. The sale was hosted by Egon, with records sourced from Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen bandmates – saxophonist Doug Harris and bassist Don Patterson’s collections – and contained both one-of-a-kind rarities and classic soul, funk, jazz and rock LPs and 45s that inspired Thomas and his band. And of course albums by the Lightmen band itself. Don Patterson himself was at the space, talking jazz and signing any copies of the albums purchased from the collections.

Also see: The Lightmen –Free As You Wanna Be (more…)

Announcing: Ayalew Mesfin’s “Hasabe (My Worries)” – the last treasure trove of 70s Ethiopian Funk

Now-Again | Jan. 23, 2018 | News | ,

Hasabe (My Worries), a Now-Again x Vinyl Me, Please release, the latter’s February 2018 Record of the Month. A variation of this album will see issue worldwide on Now-Again in late 2018.

Ayalew Mesfin is among the legends of the 1970s Ethiopian musical scene – his music is some of the funkiest to arise from this unconquerable East African nation. Ayalew was forced underground by the Derg regime that took control of the country in 1974. Now, over 40 years later, his triumphant return – and the first time that his music has been presented in album form – gives us a chance to discover a rare & beautiful moment in music history. Listen to his classic Ethiopian funk track “Libe Menta Hone” below.

Read more about this important release here. And watch a short film that introduces you to Ayalew’s story and his music:


The funkiest Zamrocker – Mike Nyoni and Born Free, LP#9 in Now-Again Reserve

Now-Again | Jan. 22, 2018 | News | , , ,

The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series is Zamrock musician Mike Nyoni and Born Free’s – My Own Thing: some of the funkiest music issued on the African continent in the 1970s. Bonus 2nd LP contains the groovy genesis of the Kalindula music Nyoni would master in the 80s… available only to subscribers. Shipping April 18th 2018.