This was the first pop up in what will be three events – Rappcats brought back Ubiquity Records founder Michael McFadin and thousands of records from the collection of “Boston” Bob Gibson for a record shop in our 1500 square foot space in Highland Park. The shop is now closed but the online grab bag is still available.
Rappcats previous two pop ups centered around Gibson’s collection focused on the uber-rarities that the sleuth uncovered and his rap records. These events will focus on the core of Gibson’s collection, the staples, from funk and soul to jazz to world music to un-Googleable private-pressed oddities. And they’re all priced cheap.
Gibson’s collection, which was considered by collectors like DJ Shadow, the Groove Merchant’s Chris Veltri and Chairman Mao to be one of the best of its kind ever assembled, numbered at more than 30,000. His last 8,000 pieces will find a new home to the intrigued music fan at these events. (more…)
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Current release: Mike Nyoni and Born Free – My Own Thing (Disc One). Funky, essential Zamrock to file alongside Paul Ngozi and WITCH.
Killer Zamrock set by Mike Nyoni and his Born Free band. Expansive booklet detailing the history of the Zamrock scene and its relation to neighboring Zimbabwe. Disc Two – Nyoni’s essential proto-Kalindula and other groovy 70s Zamrock jams – to come.
The latest release in Now-Again’s Reserve Subscription series: The genesis of one of the world’s great rock albums: Austrian prog-psych masters Paternoster’s (whose self-titled album was Reserve Edition LP#1) soundtrack to Herbert Holba’s 1971 hippie sci-fi film Die ersten Tage (The First Days). Transferred directly from master tapes, never before released in any form. Shipping late July 2018.
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 to subscribers now! Single LP version will be released to stores in early June.
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.
Now-Again’s Egon worked with Axelrod’s long time friend and producing partner H.B. Barnum, his keyboardist and conductor Don Randi, his widow Terri Axelrod and hip hop producer T-Ray to oversee the lacquer transfer of Axelrod’s original master tapes at Capitol Studios. Bennett Piscitelli captured the moments in the short above.