Mark Fry – Dreaming With Alice (Master Tape Transfer) – LP #19 in Now-Again Reserve

Now-Again | Oct. 25, 2020 | News |

The definitive reissue of one of rock’s rarest and most sought-after albums – “acid-folk” – equal parts pastoral folk and contemplative psychedelic.

The first time since 1971 that this album has been pressed from the original master tapes, recently discovered in Italy. Lacquered directly from tape in an all-analog transfer by Bernie Grundman.

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Mark Fry was 19 – recently graduated from high school and in Italy studying painting – when he walked barefooted into RCA’s Italian subsidiary, played some songs he’d written on his guitar and was signed to record the album that would become legend.<!–more–>

The first recordings he made proved stuff, so he was paired with members of the Scottish band Middle of the Road, who were in Rome while under contract to RCA Italiana. Convening in a basement home studio with two 4-track reel-to-reel recorders, Mark’s visions coalesced in a dreamy, airy manner – “Nick Drake meets Dr. Strangely Strange with a touch of Lewis Carroll” The Word Magazine would later write.

Pressed in small amounts for Vincenzo Micocci’s RCA sub-label It, Alice remained an out of reach masterpiece for many but its creator, who returned to England in 1971 and subsequently traveled the world, playing music, sometimes recording and painting. By the time of its rediscovery, its master tapes were assumed lost.

This pristine transfer reveals nuances not heard on anything but original It pressings and pairs Alice with previously-unreleased recordings from the mid-70s on a bonus second LP. Side D includes an original Mark Fry etching. Extensive liner notes, photos and ephemera in an oversized book.

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3 Chicano Souldies 7″ Singles – Trish Toledo, Los Yesterdays, The Macrames

Now-Again | Sep. 29, 2020 | News |

Three 7″ singles by Trish Toledo, Los Yesterdays, The Macrames: Chicano “souldies” on Now-Again Records produced by and written by Gabriel Rowland and Victor Benavides.

ON SALE VIA RAPPCATS: These singles are sold individually and as a value-priced set. Ship immediately. (more…)

A Mix For Action Bronson – A Live Mix By Egon In Two Parts

Now-Again | Aug. 28, 2020 | News |

“A Mix For Action Bronson” – in two parts – up on Egon’s Spotify now. Originally assembled for Bronson’s “Live From The Moon Radio,” you can now check both parts on his show on Apple Music or on Egon’s Spotify. (more…)

Ayalew Mesfin – A Life In Ethio-Groove – 5LP Set/Short Film

Now-Again | Aug. 24, 2020 | News | ,

Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend 1970s Ethiopia. The music he created with his Black Lion Band is amongst the funkiest to arise from Addis Ababa.

His life in Ethio-groove is now collected in a five album series – each album is sold individually and as part of value-priced OBI-wrapped “box set.”


Music Makers Band – You Can Be – LP #18 in Now-AgaIn Reserve

Now-Again | Aug. 16, 2020 | News |

Previously unreleased disco-soul-funk album with mixes by Kenny Dope.

After myriad Coronavirus-related delays, we have restarted our deluxe vinyl subscription. You Can Be will ship in mid-October 2020.

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Tucked in the back corner of a linen closet in Macon, Georgia since 1979 sat a box that very few people knew existed. Lost and presumed forgotten, this box contained reel-to-reel tapes of the lost album by the band that issued the lauded Black Gold as The Mighty Chevelles in 1977. By 1979, while transitioning to the name Music Makers Band, the band entered Capricorn Studios and recorded this previously-unreleased disco funk opus, finally issued as You Can Be as part of the Now-Again Reserve series. (more…)

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