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The Library Archive - Funk, Jazz, Beats and Soundtracks from the Vaults of Cavendish Music

Cavendish Music is the name of one of the major publishers of library music, the by-definition-unreleased un-genre that has produced so many strange and rare treats. The Library Archive is a deep-diving compilation compiled from their archives by Mr Thing and Chris Read, and they’ve found a wide variety of juicy treats for you to feast your ears on. Double LP from BBE.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE435CLP)
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Roy Ayers
Silver Vibrations

Good ol' woozy Roy Ayers here on Silver Vibrations, one of Ayers's classic albums from 1983. Tracks such as "Good, Good Music", "Keep On Movin'" and the iconic "Chicago" are pure Ayers with blissful funk and soul grooves mingling with distinctive synth lines and vocals which can be both punchy and sleazy in equal manner.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE493ALP)
  • CD (BBE493ACD)

Takeo Moriyama
East Plants

One of them there Japanese jazz reissues here. Takeo Moriyama’s 1983 LP East Plants isn’t a particularly famous record, but it’s held in high esteem by those who know their J-jazz onions. Moriyama is the drummer here, and his careful yet commanding kit work powers his group through a collection of slightly spiritual, slightly avant post-bop. Interestingly there’s no piano on this album - the melodic stuff is left to reeds, bass and tuned percussion.
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IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves (Compiled by Jean-Claude & Victor Kiswell)

Jean-Claude is a name familiar to vinyl aficionados for having many fingers in even more pies. One of those pies is this release on BBE; IF Music presents: You Need This - World Jazz Grooves. It's a delectable selection of the finest jazz from around the world. Ranging from sultry jazz ballads to free improvs. Jean-Claude and Victor Kiswell get into the groove once again. 
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE448CLP)
  • CD (BBE448CCD)
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  • BBE

Charles Mingus
Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden

A real bumper haul from the Charles Mingus vaults here. The widow of late drummer Roy Brooks had these concert tapes in her care for many years. Only now are they seeing the light of day. Recorded during a week-long residency at Detroit's Strata Concert Gallery in 1973, the five shows here are from a short period when Mingus had John Stubblefield in his band on sax duties. The resulting performances, broadcast at the time on WDET FM, see Mingus and his group bossing the joint night after night.
  • Vinyl Deluxe LP box set (BBE453ALP)
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  • CD box set (BBE453ACD)

Koichi Matsukaze Trio + Toshiyuki Daitoku
Earth Mother

In what seems to be a theme of Japanese Jazz Reissues, we’re proud to offer Earth Mother. If you’re not a collector of Far-Eastern jazz vinyl, you have no idea what we mean. Maybe you know the Koichi Matsukaze Trio & Toshiyuki Daitoku from the infamous J-Jazz 1969-1984 compilation. We're here to offer you the chance to become a true aficionado of Japanese jazz. And where better to start than with the legendary Earth Mother? 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE468ALP)
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Yan Tregger
Ducks & Drakes

1979 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, Ducks & Drakes has of course been rare as hen’s teeth on vinyl for countless years, so this readily available BBE reissue is a delightful development. Entirely created by Tregger himself, this is an incredibly groovy disco-funk set that you need to hear.
  • Vinyl LP (BBE477ALP)
  • CD (BBE477ACD)

Yan Tregger
Catchy

1978 French library music from Yan Tregger. Like almost all of its library music brethren, this album, the first of two originally recorded for Musical Touch Sound, is monstrously rare on vinyl, so its so good to be able to hear this material properly. Weird and wonderful disco music, heavy with spacey vibes and funk grooves. Reissue editions from BBE.
  • Vinyl LP (BBE474ALP)
  • CD (BBE474ACD)

Ralph Thomas
Eastern Standard Time

What could be better than a happy mix of flute, baritone, alto and tenor saxophone and percussion? A large coke and a cheeseburger? Maybe. But still, baritone, alto AND tenor saxophones. Eastern Standard Time is the record from Ralph Thomas who is the mastermind behind this coming together of flute, a trio of saxophones and percussion. Available on a reissued vinyl LP (the original was *really* expensive or something) and CD. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE404ALP)
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Volcov
From The Archive Vol. 2

Volcov’s first …From The Archive compilation was a tasteful collection of jazz-adjacent rarities that dated from as far back as the 1970’s. Two years on and the market for golden age soul-jazz/disco/funk reissues has become crowded, so Volcov has selected ten twenty-first century nuggets for the second installment of the series. The set, which includes tunes by Ron Trent and the Roy Ayers-affiliated Harry Whitaker, flows nicely between nu-jazz, neo-soul and hip-hop. All in all From The Archive Volume 2 is a fine bit of curation.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE399CLP)
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  • CD (BBE399CCD)

Tohru Aizawa Quartet
Tachibana

This isn’t just vintage Japanese jazz: its private-pressed, collector-baiting Japanese jazz that was once so rare, many doubted that it even really existed. The Tohru Aizawa Quartet were amateurs who only ever made this one album Tachibana, but by god its a remarkable set, bristling with energy and invention. A very welcome reissue here, on CD and double LP, from BBE.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE469ALP)
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  • CD (BBE469ACD)

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn

DJ pair Kon & Amir are far too wise about their music specialties: I can scarcely imagine the weight of their record collections. But don’t get jealous! Just sit back and let them spin an array of gorgeous rare cuts for you to enjoy. Volume III of their Off Track mixtape series focuses on Brooklyn NYC, the source of so much groovy musical wonder. Reissued double LP.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE130CLP)

Hugh Masekela
The Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)

A compilation to satisfy anyone whose curiosity in Hugh Masekela was peaked by his passing in January of this year. This LP collates early work by the South African jazz legend, including some of his groundbreaking stuff with The Zulus and Letta Mbulu. The likes of Ojah collaboration ‘Afro Beat Blues’ are mighty and righteous funk jams. This repressing by BBE marks the first time in a decade that this compilation has been available on wax.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBELP69)

Ron Trent vs Lono Brazil vs Dazzle Drums
Manchild (In The Promised Land)

Ron Trent and Lono Brazil. You probably know what this is going to sound like already, don’t you? And it does. Trent cooks up one of those classic Mahogani Music-type house tracks that seem to just get better with age, while Brazil chats a sort of pseudo-beat-poet diatribe over the top. The B-side sees Japanese duo Dazzle Drums come through with the sort of edit that this blurb writer would describe as ‘tribal house’ if he thought it was an acceptable term to use.
  • Vinyl 12" (BBE443SLP)
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The Herbaliser
Bring Out The Sound

The Herbaliser are of course the live band who work in amongst an ocean of DJ’s and producers, on the Ninja Tune label and across countless gigs in their twenty-five year lifespan. New album Bring Out The Sound finds The Herbaliser doing their funky live hip-hop with total funky panache, with guests including Just Jack and Rodney P. Out on BBE.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE451ALP)
  • CD (BBE451ACD)

Various
J-Jazz – Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984

BBE have done it again! This time the fruits of their labours -- digging in the crates with (long-term jazz record collectors) Tony Higgins and Mike Peden -- has seen the unearthing of these gems from the post-war period in modern Japanese jazz history. The tracks take in spiritual jazz, post-modal impressionism and fusion for the dancefloors. Heaps of variety here in one exciting J package. CD or Triple LP (with 3 bonus tracks unavailable on CD).
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE434CLP)
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Ernesto Chahoud presents TAITU – Soul-fuelled Stompers from 1960s – 1970s Ethiopia

Yet another Ethio-Jazz compilation here, this time courtesy of Lebanese crate-digger Ernesto Chahoud and Barely Breaking Even records. It would be easier to lament the slew of reissues of music from Ethiopia’s 60s/70s golden age if the music wasn’t so damn good. Mulatu Astatke features, obviously, but the show is stolen by the tracks indebted to funk, soul and Motown.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE369CLP)

Ben & Sadar's
The Red, White & Blue’s

Ben & Sadar's are a great example of how opposites can attract. The Red, White & Blue’s is a four-track EP combining Dutch synth DJ Ben Spaander with Chicago’s disco and funk master Sadar Bahar. A strangely complementing affair that makes you want to get up and dance. The record is available on Vinyl 12”.
  • Vinyl 12" (BBE428ELP)

Various
Best of Disco Demands (A Special Collection Of Rare 1970s Dance Music) compiled by Al Kent

Compiled by super-knowledgable disco expert DJ Al Kent, from his notorious Disco Demands series of 5 volumes, it’s Best of Disco Demands. Featuring rare disco cuts with special re-edits unique to the series, this double vinyl LP collects a remastered collection of many of the big tunes from the previous albums. A very welcome alternative to the usual slew of over-familiar disco comps.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE173CLP2)

The Lyman Woodard Organization
Saturday Night Special

The Lyman Woodard Organization‘s 1975 jazz fusion record Saturday Night Special is one of the jewels in the crown of the cult Strata label, whose catalogue BBE are in the process of selectively reissuing. Woodard’s group groove out on some afrocuban styles, with fantastic mellotron and organ action from the leader. Reissued by BBE.

DJ Vadim & Blackstone
Double Sided

DJ Vadim’s seventh album on Barely Breaking Even is a collaboration with Californian songstress Katrina Blackstone. Double Sided is an LP that makes good on the pair’s link-up on Vadim’s 2014 record Dubcatcher. The fourteen tracks across Double Sided stand at the crossroads between reggae, funk, soul and hip-hop in a manner that recalls the early work of Lauryn Hill or Erykah Badu.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE436ALP)
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  • CD (BBE436ACD)

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John Armstrong presents Afrobeat Brasil

Afrobeat Brasil, a compilation curated by John Armstrong, shows off the fresh contemporary Afrobeat scene currently flaring up in Brazil. The genres fundamentals are getting cut with numerous Brazilian styles with riotous effect, and the best part? All these tracks have been recorded since 2011, meaning this is a very fresh compilation. On BBE.

Bert Myrick
Live’n Well

Here’s a rare gem of a jazz session led by drummer Bert Myrick and also featuring the lies of Kenny Cox and George Bohanon. This Detroit group’s album Live’n Well, released in the early 1970’s as part of the legendary Strata Records catalogue, sparkles with playful energy and musical interplay, and it is great to see it back in circulation, on BBE.
  • Vinyl LP (BBE418ALP)

The Orchestra Soledad
Vamonos / Let’s Go

Resurrected on vinyl some forty-seven years after its original release, Vamonos/Let's Go is the debut and only offering created by Brooklyn salsa outfit The Orchestra Soledad. Containing quaint hits such as I'll Make You A Queen and La Puerta Esta, this niche record is one of histories forgotten and hidden gems. 

Sun Palace
Rude Movements (Part I & II)

A very limited RSD release, this 7" for collectors presents an enjoyable slice of 80s jazz-funk from UK stalwarts of the scene Sun Palace. 'Rude Movements' was a staple in David Mancuso's sets at the legendary Loft parties. Mike Collins, the original producer has created a re-edit of the track exclusive to this release, spanning both sides of the vinyl. So good. On BBE.
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  • BBE

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Keb Darge & Cut Chemist present The Dark Side – 30 Sixties Garage Punk and Psyche Monsters

One man funk funk library Keb Darge teams up with Cut Chemist again to follow up from their 2007 compilation and delve once more into the lost world of 60s garage music. Filled with rarities and the obscure from both players’ personal collections they aim to inspire their love for the genre and get you hooked, and who better to lead you.
  • CD (BBE360CCD)

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IF Music presents You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2

The titling is right: this is some well deep jazz music, and you do need this in your life. Expertly compiled BBE release IF Music presents You Need This - A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol.2 contains nine tracks, but takes six sides of vinyl to do so, due to the stretched-out / blissed-out nature of most of these tunes, such as the side-consuming epics of Billy Bang Sextet and Sparrow. Triple LP set on BBE.
  • Vinyl Triple LP (BBE396CLP)
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  • BBE

PAZ
PAZ are Back

PAZ may well have been London’s premier jazz-funk outfit while they were around in the 70’s and ‘80s, containing amazing players who’d worked with Ian Dury, Mike Oldfield and Dusty Springfield to name just a few. PAZ Are Back was their 1982 studio recording, originally issued by Spotlite Records in much too limited qualities. Now, BBE have the reissue.

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Gabriele Poso presents The Languages of Tambores

Gabriele Poso is a man who really knows his percussion, having released several albums of phenomenal percussive music himself. Here he operates as selector, picking out fourteen international examples of percussion-lead music that floats his boat. The Languages Of Tambores is a suite of spiritual rhythms, pressed to two LPs and released by BBE.

Sun Palace
Raw Movements / Rude Movements

SunPalace was the 1981 team-up of Keith O’Connell and Mike Collins, casually and more or less accidentally wandering into the brave new world of electronic dance music. Rude Movements made a lot of people take notice, and the record proved influential to musicians and dancers alike. This reissue adds in a number of unreleased alternative versions and other extras. On BBE.

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Keb Darge Presents The Best Of Legendary Deep Funk

If Keb Barge is known to you, a collection of his choice Deep Funk cuts will be buy-on-sight. If you don’t know him, we can assure you that Barge is just the man to show you the ways of rare funk: the man has been crate-digging and playing out Legendary Deep Funk for years. This compilation has the absolute highlights of his collection: very very good. On BBE.
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  • BBE

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Kev Beadle presents Private Collection - Independent Jazz Sounds From The Seventies & Eighties

It can be hard to figure out the inside story of a musical scene that ceased to exist several decades ago, so why not let an expert do it for you? Kev Beadle can help. Private Collection: Independent Jazz Sounds From The Seventies & Eighties gives an insight into Beadle’s favourites from his time exploring this music in and around London back in the day. Double LP reissue on BBE.
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  • BBE

Kon & Amir present
Off Track Volume Two: Queens

Barely Breaking Even celebrate 20 years in the biz by dusting down and reissuing their groovy basement gems. This time, it's the turn of Part 2 in Kon & Amir's famed 'Off Track' series, an '08 set of sought-after tunes dedicated to Queens, NYC. 3 magisterial discs, with Kon's re-edits of soul, funk and Afrobeat spanning 3 decades, and Amir's African safari mix.  Triple LP on BBE.

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Kon & The Gang

One half of Kon & Amir, Kon himself has been active since 1986 and lent his hand to countless house and disco track edits and reworks. Kon & The Gang acts as a way to compile some of the tracks his has worked on in some way. This release features artists such as Doc Daneeka, Serge Gamesbourg, and Eli Escobar.

Martin Dumas Jr
Attitude, Belief and Determination / Nonstop To The Top

If you already own Martin Dumas Jr’s Attitude, Belief and Determination / Nonstop To The Top on wax, then you could be rich, as original copies are deeply rare. The tune is great though, so it’s a good thing that the BBE’s Limited Private Wax 12” Series has repressed it, remastered and with the original artwork.

Hiatus Kaiyote
Breathing Underwater (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix & Instrumental)

4 Aussies loved by Gilles Peterson, Hiatus Kaiyote continue their soul-jazz-funk assault on the world with 'Breathing Underwater'. The original track, from their 2015 LP 'Choose Your Weapon', was nominated for a Grammy. So here are DJ Spinna's new and improved, vocalised and instrumental forms, casually flipping scripts between hip-hop, soul and cosmic disco like it ain't no thang. 12" on BBE.

TJ
Time Is Wasting

We don’t know a damn thing about TJ: his tape was discovered by Amir Abdullah while on a trawl through the Strata archives, and TJ is all it says. But this vintage Detroit soul sound (it will have been from the 70’s) was too raw and beautiful not to share, and hence Time Is Wasting Away has been remastered and released, for the very first time. On BBE.
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Various
Americana - Rock Your Soul - Blue Eyed Soul and Sounds from the Land of the Free

Classic United States atmosphere here on this compilation. Americana - Rock Your Soul - Blue Eyed Soul and Sounds from the Land of the Free surveys soul, funk, R&B etc. with a deep crate-diggers knowledge. Artists include Midnight Flyer, James Walsh Gypsy Band and some group called 1619 Bad Ass Band. Reissued double LP compilation on the BBE label.
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  • BBE

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DJ Amir presents Buena Música Y Cultura

DJ Amir is your go to guy for great crate digging compilations, finding rarities for Pete Rock and BBE he’s got somewhat of a reputation. The focus here being Salsa & Guaguancó he digs past people synonymous with the genre like Joey Pastrana and Louie Colon and brings together some truly authentic and obscure latin selections.

Various
DJ Format's Psych Out

DJ Format loves his psych music, apparently slightly more than the audiences at his funky DJ set shows. So this compilation scratches his fuzzy psychedelic itch, gathering up a stack of rare cuts from around the worlds, including The Tijuana Brats, Bana Pop Band and Aleksandr Sergeyevich Zatsepin. On BBE.
  • Vinyl Double LP (BBE350CLP)
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  • BBE

The People's Workshop
Houston Talent Expo '82

Houston Talent Expo ‘82 is a record with an unusual origin story. The Peoples’ Workshop was a ‘Pop Music Lab’ operating within Texas Southern University for the benefit of the local community, teaching students in the ways of soul and funk. This LP of the Workshop’s efforts has been incredibly rare, and is now being reissued by BBE.

Various
Private Wax Volume Two

Listen up all you sample digging nutters, this one’s for you.. The excellently named Barely Breaking Even label has compiled some uber rare, soul filled, disco grooves for you. Featuring tracks from Wes Black, Sneak E., Moods and many more. The vinyl version is limited to one per customer all over the web, so grab it while you still can.

Eji Oyewole
Charity Begins At Home

1970’s Nigerian super-music from Eji Oyewole, who plays a gorgeous form of highlife heavy on the funk. Charity Begins At Home is a record that captures the man (who was bigger than Fela Kuti in Nigeria at his peak) at his polyrhythmic peak, laying out four extended tracks over four sides of vinyl. Reissued by BBE.

Bilal
In Another Life

The fourth album from American post-Prince neo soulster Bilal. In Another Life was made in collaboration with Adrian Younge and features some big appearances from Def jam’s Big K.R.I.T, Kendrick Lamar and Kimbra. Features some radical changes in direction glued together by Bilal's sweet vocal range. Out on vinyl LP from BBE.

Jay Dee aka J Dilla
Welcome 2 Detroit

Despite his sad passing some years ago, J Dilla’s beats still sound fresh and full of life, and listeners are still discovering the majesty of his catalogue. Welcome 2 Detroit was the debut full-length of  J Dilla / Jay Dee, first released in 2001. These tracks swing, thud and groove: the man was a master. Reissued double LP on BBE.
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  • BBE
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  • BBE

Rim Kwaku Obeng
Rim Arrives

BBE release 'Rim Arrives' previously only available as a rare as hell private press. A collection of grooves from the disco era, this is going to go down a storm with the global disco hunters out there. Includes the 'Rim Arrives' album on one disc and the 'International Funk' 12" on the second disc. Includes download code.
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  • BBE
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  • BBE

The Hempolics
Life Ain’t Easy

A single from the upcoming album, Life Ain’t Easy is The Hempolics’ ode to difficult times whilst trying to project some love into the world. It’s a rattling reggae piece with some nice male and female vocals. It’s soulful with some nice backing vocals whilst remaining a classic, dance floor reggae dancer. On the B side is a remix from Canada’s Dubmatix which adds some more oompf to the proceedings.

Nana Love
Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk

This is purportedly one of the most mysterious Afro-Disco records produced in the 1970's. Its been unearthed by the BBE folks and forms the third instalment of their “Masters We Love” series. When the original album master tapes were found, unreleased material was discovered at the same time making this a bumper extended package. The music is perfectly poised between disco, boogie, soul and funk and is jam-packed with funky bass and top notch drum breaks and Nana wails like a banshee!   

DJ Vadim
Dubcatcher

DJ Vadim turns his esoteric stylings towards dub reggae, featuring guest vocals from all manner of reggae friends. ‘X does a dub album’ might sound a familar path, but to be fair to Vadim, he pulls this off with aplomb. And wouldn’t you make a dub album if you had the chance? Packaged in an attractively faux-aged dub-superhero sleeve and available either as CD or as a double LP.

DJ Vadim
Hope / Give It Up

He’s back again, and he isn’t planning on leaving. DJ Vadim is here to give you Hope. On 7” vinyl. Dropping more of his masterful Eastern European dancehall reggae. He won’t Give It Up until he’s got his needles gliding in his 7”s grooves and bodies twisting to same all across the world, so you’d better just give in.

Chris Read presents The Pharcyde
Runnin’ / Passin’ Me By (Chris Read Remixes)

Can’t keep running away, can’t keep, running away, can’t keep -- of course you can’t. Hell, sometimes you gotta come running back. That’s what Chris Read did, and he came running to remix two of The Pharcyde’s classic tracks - Runnin’  and Passin’ Me By. Both remixes get their own 7” in this combo pack, with instrumental versions on the flips.

Breakaway
Straight On To The Top!

Another gem in the long line of Breakaway reissues, Straight On To the Top! is another must for all you 70s funk fans out there. Released on vinyl for your aural pleasure and mastered with the utmost care, you can't go without it for don’t-forget-your-’stache-fest 2015, where all the jeans are wide-legged and the groove is rad.

Breakaway
Breakaway

You know it, we know it, Norman Records loves reissues. These two 1970s funk classics are no exception, and Breakaway’s obscure sounds are still fresh today. With lovely female vocals, funky guitars and unmistakable disco instrumentation, this vinyl reissue is a must for the collectors, the fans and the curious.

Breakaway
Breakaway / Straight On To The Top!

Another gem in the long line of Breakaway reissues, Straight On To the Top! is another must for all you 70s funk fans out there. Now also out on CD, you really can't go without it for 2015's don’t-forget-your-’stache-fest, where all the jeans are wide-legged, the horns are loud, and the groove is heavy.
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  • BBE
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  • BBE