Rhythm Machine’s mid 70s soul/funk opus expanded with previously unreleased tracks. Worldwide release date: 07.24.12
If you purchased our Soul-Cal anthology, you heard Rhythm Machine’s anthemic “Put A Smile On Time.” If you’re anything like us, you were smitten with this synth-lead, should-have-been-a-classic. In late July you’ll have the opportunity to dig into the band’s self titled album from whence that song came – expanded with three previously unreleased tracks, never before published photos like the ones you see here, and detailed liner notes. More information, product shots and a free download coming soon.
Oh, and if you haven’t signed up for our Now-Again Deluxe subscription service, now would be an opportune time: you’ll get our three latest albums upon subscribing, and get Rhythm Machine two weeks ahead of street date.
It’s finally happening: the LA record release party for our Soul Cal: Funky Disco and Modern Soul, 1971-1982 anthology, with “Egon and friends playing the deepest disco 12s, most-tasty modern soul 45s and the baddest boogie LPs.” We’re doing it with our friends at Turntablelab on Saturday May 19th, from 3-6 PM. Come on through – it’s free!
Soul Cal: Funky Disco and Modern Soul, 1971-1982 is out worldwide now. But you already knew that.
France’s Radio Nova just broadcast Egon’s exclusive Soul Cal mix and if you don’t live in our second favorite country in the world, well, we’ve some good news: the mix is archived on Radio Nova’s podcast page. Included in the mix are a few unique companions to our definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles, Soul Cal: in stores now.
Pictured above – Anubis, whose “Ecology” appears on Soul Cal and whose self titled jam kicks off this mix.
1) Anubis – Anubis
2) Cross Bronx Expressway – Help Your Brother
3) Apple & Three Oranges – Love Brings Out The Best In You
4) Hamilton Movement – She’s Gone
5) Key & Cleary – What It Takes To Live (from Soul Cal)
6) Mixed Feelings – Sha La La (from Soul Cal)
7) Elephant Sunrise – Sugar Free
8) Courtial – Losing You
9) Pure Essence – Wake Up (from Soul Cal)
Download: Egon’s Soul Cal mix for Radio Nova.
The definitive survey of America’s best, independent 70s soul-ensembles. 15 rare and unreleased tracks; 2LP or CD with 80-page book filled with rare photos and each band’s story. Out NOW.
A decade in the making, Soul Cal is the definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles. Profiled within this album and book are the bands that transitioned from funk to disco; the bands that kept up the backbeat as rhythm moved to the backseat. Against the odds, they left recorded artifacts for we at Now-Again to dig out, dust off and restore. Collected here for the first time are the musical dreams of dozens, dreams that were deferred but were never discarded.
Soul Cal is presented as both a gatefold 2LP and a CD – both formats come with a perfect-bound, 80 page book printed on heavyweight, uncoated paper stock. Photos of each format are presented below; you can also download Luther Davis’ “You Can Be A Star” – the song whose reissue kick started the Soul Cal series ten years ago.
Buy: Soul Cal
Download: Luther Davis “You Can Be A Star.”
We told you that it was a decade in the making: Soul Cal, the definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles. Of course, even though the book has been published, the CDs burned, the records pressed, our investigation continues – and continues to unearth artifacts, like the above photo of Pure Essence that we received today. (Yes, that is a bare-chested LA Reid on the middle right).