Victory Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Reverend Horton Heat released their first album, Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, on Sub Pop in 1990, just as grunge was getting its teeth into the world. However, unlike their plaid-clad contemporaries they played psychobilly and rockabilly music and dressed as if the ‘50s had never ended. They have have a rich history of touring, firstly on the coattails of Motorhead and Sex Pistols whilst giving a leg-up to bands such as Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and White Zombie. Their 12th album and first in four years is Whole New Life. LP and CD on Victory.
Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki & Tatsuro Yamashita
Here’s a rare record of Japanese exotica from 1978, recorded by a crack team of session musicians: Shigeru Suzuki, Haruomi Hosono and Tatsuro Yamashita. Pacific aims to conjure up the lush sunny Pacific island experience with smooth jazz and funk, and the atmospheric results end up being pretty damn captivating. Reissued by Victory.
The Cosmic Jokers were a space/krautrock band with Dieter Dierks, Harald Grosskopf, Jürgen Dollase, Klaus Schulze, Manuel Göttsching, but not willingly. Rolf Ulrich Kaiser invited them to his studio for a jam and didn’t tell them he was recording them, going on to release four albums without their permission through Kosmische Musik. Heavy tripping madness. First time on vinyl in 20 years.
Rock veteran Reverend Horton Heat’s single Hardscrabble Woman / Lying To Myself is a playful bit of USA-country-rockin’, pressed to red coloured vinyl in a limited edition. The 7” is housed in a cartoonish sleeve derived from the A-side’s music video. Record Store Day 2016 stock, only very limited numbers available!
- Vinyl 7" (VR773-7)
- Limited edition
Proper cool and groovy jazz from veteran player Yuji Ohno and his You & Explosion Band, recorded as the soundtrack to Lupin The Third: TV Special, a favourite Japanese manga franchise about a master thief. Elaborate theft plots positively call out for sleek music like this, and Ohno’s work is right on the money. Vinyl release on Victory.
Masahiko Satoh & Wolfgang Dauner
This 1971 record documents the fourth encounter between Japanese pianist Masahiko Satoh and German piano-plus-electronics man Wolfgang Dauner. The two spark fiercely off one another on Pianology, which throws spikes of ring-modulator into the double-piano jazz improvisations. Reissued by the Victory label
On this self-titled reissue Keiji Haino’s Fushitsusha collective make a spacious and psychedelic noise rock. This double vinyl LP on Victory was originally released in 1989 and has been almost impossible to find since then. Scorched guitar solos are combined with free improv, to create tripped-out, avant garde guitar music that should be played loud.
The Omega Sessions is one of the earliest recorded documents of these hardcore pioneers. Bad Brains show that they had ‘it’ from day one, with several early versions of what would later become favourites. 10 inches of vinyl and just over 15 minutes of sound, keeping it nice and direct. Reissue on Victory Records.
Much of the Captain Future score sounds like a quintessential scene in a cop movie where our anti-hero gets fired and walks through the rain, defeated; but with flutes, violins and smooth jazz injected into proceedings. This anime space opera gets its gorgeous and spry soundtrack from composer Yuji Ohno.
The second edition of the Lupin III manga soundtrack by You & The Explosion Band is given an airing here with a gatefold LP version. Cool jazz, funky soul and a distinctly loungey feel that pre-dated the J-pop style of current anime soundtracks. Rich in hooks and melody. Out on gatefold vinyl LP from Victory.
The third soundtrack to Japanese manga series Lupin III by You & The Explosion Band is offered up here in all its glory. A remarkably smooth blend of mulchy funk and soul from 1979 it brings with it a lounge jazz vibe that Japan excelled at before J-pop came along. Out on gatefold vinyl LP from Victory.
You pretty much know what you're going to get with Reverend Horton Heat - blistering rock 'n' roll played by a hard working band. They have toured relentlessly since 1989 and with this 7" show no signs of slowing down. It's A Rave Up and Beer, Write This Song are pretty self explanatory titles. Pressed on solid red vinyl, but you might be lucky and get one of the randomly selected pink vinyl copies!
The first edition of the Lupin the third manga soundtrack by Japan’s You & The Explosion Band is given the gatefold LP treatment. Effortlessly cool and rich in jazz fusion chops, it’s smooth as you like, pre-dating the J-pop stylings of later anime soundtracks. Out on gatefold vinyl LP from Victory.
Reverend Horton Heat
The legendary Reverend Horton Heat take the psychobilly genre to a whole new level of psycho. Their eleventh studio album, Rev continues their wild and noisy legacy. Whilst remaining underground favourites, they do have some crossover appeal due to years of high profile support slots with the likes of Guns 'N’ Roses, Motorhead and The Cramps.
Rev is available on vinyl LP, with download code.