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The Space Lady
The Space Lady's Greatest Hits

“Ethereal street musician who plays space music wearing a winged helmet”, says the website. It’s pretty bang on. The Space Lady has been playing her strange electronic music for some thirty to forty years, and now has the Greatest Hits she deserves. Weird, spacey and fun. The vinyl has a download code and the CD comes with a bonus CD.

Various
Buried Country

Musical archaeologists extraordinaire Mississippi Records team up with Australia’s Flipping Yeah for this release, and an important one it is too. The eleven tracks here draw from the Australian Aboriginal country tradition, a music silenced as often as the people who have made it. The ‘country’ of the title is a broad church - while there are balladeers and down-home ditties here, there are also rockers, droning organ tracks and moving blues numbers. A unique record, Black Country comes with extensive reading.
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Don't Sleep: Omutibo From Rural Kenya

Mississippi Records are at it again - with a little help from Raw Music International and Olvido Records - and have lovingly collected another set of rare-as-hen’s-teeth tracks. This selection focuses on the Omutibo type of guitar playing that came to prominence among the Luhya people of Kenya around the time that the country gained independence in the early 1960s. The music’s most popular exponent is George Mukabi, and artist who has wowed on several previous Mississippi releases. This LP comes with replete with interviews, photographs and lyrics in English and Luhya.
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The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World Of Joe Meek

By now, the music of Joe Meek probably needs no introduction. The studio obsessive, eccentric and pioneer was responsible for a raft of independent pop productions in the '60s; possibly the most notable of these being 'Telstar' by his house band the Tornados in 1962, which reached No.1 on both the UK and US singles charts. Some of the tracks on The Emotional, Cosmic & Occult World Of Joe Meek will be known to his wider audience, however there are a number of really obscure gems to be discovered within these grooves. Features tracks by The Blue Men, The Sound Offs, Mike Berry, The Cryon' Shames, Glenda Collins and Joe himself crooning a number. Limited press on Mississippi.
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Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family
My Ancestors

Anyone whose ears have pricked up at the recent run of Zamrock reissues should make sure they get a load of Chrissy Zebby Tembo. A drummer for The Scorpions in his early days, in 1974 Tembo teamed up with Paul Ngozi’s Ngozi Family to create My Ancestors. The LP is a record of hard-rockin’ tunes in the vein of contemporaries WITCH. Now reissued by the excellent Mississippi Records.

Dead Moon
Nervous Sooner Changes

Dead Moon played a gnarly form of rock music, bluesy enough to be released on the legendary Mississippi Records. Nervous Sooner Changes almost channels The Rolling Stones at points, quite a compliment for the genre. A good balance between mournful ballads and straight up rockers on this 1995 album, now reissued on LP.

Michael Hurley
Bad Mr. Mike

More than 50 years into his career as a songwriter, Michael Hurley still produces new work, and Bad Mr. Mike supplies the freshest cuts. Songs are old and new, instrumental and vocal driven, traditional and original: Hurley just lets the music flow out through him any way it can. Recorded solo at home with guitar, banjo and organ: he even did the sleeve art. On Mississippi.

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I Believe I'll Go Back Home 1906-1959

I Believe I’ll Go Back Home 1906-1959 is another fine compilation curated by the talents of Mississippi. Recordings are taken from the first half of the twentieth century and from all over the world, reflecting the folk musics of Indian, Native American, Greek, Hawaiian, Cuban, Jewish etc. traditions. Superb selections as usual. LP release.

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Root Hog Or Die 100 Years, 100 Songs (An Alan Lomax Centennial Tribute)

To celebrate the centennial of Alan Lomax, Mississippi Records have assembled this massive box-set, containing 100 of his recordings. Significantly, more than half of what appears here has never been released before, including recordings of Shirley Collins and Bob Dylan as well as unknown blues musicians. Attractively packaged 6 LP set.

Peter Buck
Warzone Earth

Former REM man Peter Buck has always kept busy with side-projects, and this solo LP is his third under his own name. Warzone Earth is a straight-up rock record, on which Buck brings in a stack of famous friends: Kris Novoselic and Jeff Tweedy (of Nirvana and Wilco respectively) to name just two. LP on Mississippi Records.

Blind Owl Wilson
Blind Owl Wilson

A compilation of songs by the late great Alan Christie Wilson, aka Blind Owl, otherwise known as the lead singer of Canned Heat. He wasn't really blind, just very short sighted and possibly autistic. And he was also a great guitarist and song writer and his death, at age 27 (two weeks before Hendrix died at the same age) was a great loss to music. This lovely limited edition of 1300 copies comes on shiny vinyl. 
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Talahun Gessesse
Sima

Sima is a gathering of recordings from 1969 to 1975 and it dips into the multi-faceted vocal performances of Talahun Gessesse. Ranked alongside Mahmoud Ahmed, Gessesse is considered to be one of the greatest voices of Ethiopian soul music, holding ballads and raucous rock songs with equal ability. Pretty special, this one.