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The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds

Recorded music doesn’t get more iconic than this. Influential as it is, there’s nothing quite like Brian Wilson’s masterpiece, with its magical harmonies and arrangements. It’s hard to get jaded about or tired of. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid this album, no matter what you’re into, you o...view item »

Tropicalia: Ou Panis Et Circensis

This album is the definitive statement of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil. The album’s collaborators - Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Tom Zé, Nara Leao, Gal Costa and Os Mutantes - mixed psychedelic ...view item »

Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

Gently thawing the cockles of your icy heart strings with Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. Stillness is the 1970s classic record from this collaboration. There are dreamy vocals, sensitive guitars and laid back percussion and strings. It's a mixture of bossa nova and samba with Ame...view item »

Elis Regina
Elis Regina in London

The late Elis Regina was one of Brazil's greatest jazz and ballad singers of the 1960s and '70s, a highly-regarded but tragic artist who was something like her country's version of Edith Piaf. This album, recorded in England with the backing of a half-British/half-Brazilian band is in my opinion one of her finest and most accessible records. Gre...view item »

E.M.A.K. (Electronische Musik Aus Köln)
A Synthetic History of E.M.A.K 1982-88

I've been intrigued by this one ever since the pre-order crept onto our overstuffed pages. Soul Jazz's Universal Sound imprint usually know what they're doing as far as this reissue biz goes and they're talking this one up as bridging the gap between the German synth heroes of the 1970s (Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze etc.) and the New Wave/Cold...view item »

Roy Ayers
Lots of Love

'Rare groove', a phrase which strikes terror into my heart. This time's different though, 'cos what we've got here is an unstoppable train of conscious funk from a bit of leg-end, taking in stops at Afrobeat central, Electro-Boogie Station and Bradford Forster Square.. Actually no, if you want Bradford Forster square you'll have to get off at So...view item »

Eighties Ladies
Soul Jazz Records presents Ladies Of The Eighties

Now here's a release i can get behind. A unique, one-off production from Roy Ayers and featuring the lush vocal talents of Susan Beaubian, Marva Hicks, Vivian Prince, Denie Corbett and Sylvia Striplin, the Ladies of the Eighties LP is pure soul-funk-boogie genius. Originally released in 1980 and featuring an amazing all-star Roy Ayers band, incl...view item »

Soul Jazz Records presents Edward Larry Gordon/Laraaji
Celestial Vibration

Edward Larry Gordon (aka Laaraji) I know through his contribution to Brian Eno's Ambient series but that's as far as my knowledge goes. I'm about to get a fair bit more acquainted though 'cos I'm WELL gonna buy one of these little fellas. What we've got is two side-long tracks showcasing his skill at manipulating the zither with various objects and...view item »

Message From The Tribe - An Anthology of Tribe Records 1972-77

Soul Jazz Records' sub-labe lUniversal Sound have a cracking compilation out documenting The sounds of Detroit's Tribe Records imprint. I'm fascinated with the rich musical heritage of Detroit from Motown through to Detroit techno (along with Chicago house probably my all-time favourite music ever). Tribe was born when the city's car industry was...view item »