Underground Philadelphia’s response to Amiri Baraka’s and Gil Scott-Heron’s indictments of the Black American experience: poet, proto-rapper and catalyst Del Jones’ call to action not just for his city, but for the nation.
Equal parts psychedelic rock and deep funk, the rarely heard Court Is Closed saw only the scantest of issues before Jones overdubbed horns on the album, remixed and augmented it with additional music, and issued it as the better-known Positive Vibes. Here we present both versions of the album, with customers at either our Rappcats or Bandcamp stores also receiving a free, bonus 3rd LP containing Jones’ rare 7” single tracks and rehearsals, including unreleased tracks heard here for the first time.
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AVAILABLE NOW AT RAPPCATS: NOTES AND TONES, VINYL AND WINE
Notes & Tones – the wine: 2020 vintage – 90% Tocai Friulano/10% Trebbiano old vine grapes from Fox Hill Vineyard in Mendocino County.
Notes & Tones – the album: produced by DJ Muggs, made with samples from Sun Ra.
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This is the definitive reissue of The Stark Reality’s Discovers The Hoagy Carmichael’s Music Shop (1970), lacquered by Bernie Grundman in an all-analog transfer directly from the master tapes
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The story of this album begins in Boston the late 1960s, with a wild jazz band landing a deal with Ahmad Jamal’s nascent AJP imprint after the jazz pianist heard their demo recordings. Bandleader Monty Stark had been tasked by the great American songsmith Hoagy Carmichael’s son, Hoagy Bix Carmichael, to create interpretations of the elder Carmichael’s children songs for a Mr. Rogers-themed show that the younger Carmichael was producing for local PBS affiliate WGBH. MORE
Maker dives deeper into the Now-Again catalog for another entry in Now-Again’s Music Library series, with samples ranging from deep funk to dark psych and with a range of rappers guesting, from Bishop Lamont to Guilty Simpson
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GUARANTEED IN AND SHIPPING VIA OUR RAPPCATS WEBSTORE: BORIS GARDINER – SUPER ULTRA DUB V.1 & 2
The lost albums in Jamaican bass player, bandleader, songwriter, singer and producer Boris Gardiner’s discography – first official issue of these impossibly rare albums.
Contains extensive booklet, with Jeff Mao detailing Gardiner’s career and the 70s Jamaican music industry. Unpublished photos and ephemera. MORE