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Batteaux
Batteaux

This is a much needed re-issue of this sampled folk funk classic from 1973 which has been described as proto Yacht Rock. Melodic sun dappled songs with hints of country rock that stand pretty well against the likes of Crosby Stills and Nash whilst being underground and cool enough to be sampled by MF Doom.  
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Cassie
Cassie

This is the first release on vinyl of electro R&B star Cassie's self titled, instant classic debut album. This ten track masterpiece of minimalist R&B has influenced a host of her contemporaries including Jamie xx, Four Tet, Hot Chip and Tri Angle Records since it’s original CD release in 2006 and it's not hard to see how with it’s tasteful arrangements, 80’s style synth samples and Cassie’s cold/eerie yet soulful vocals.
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Victor Cavini
Japan

German musician Gerhard Trede can play 50 instruments. He is also known as Victor Cavini, maker of the supreme library music album, Japan. The album has been very hard to track down, but the good folks at Be With have found it and reissued it. It is a sampler’s treasure trove featuring traditional Japanese music as played by a western musician in 1983.
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Various
The All American Powerhouse

Just look at that vehicle. It suits perfectly this re-issued album of library jams from the mid '70s. The theme is super smooth soul and West Coast funk with lashings of sax and brass over funky bass and drums. Written and played by key library music composers of the era the album is a sunshine-y blast of laid back funk and soul. Re-issued from the original masters with carefully re-produced sleeves.  
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Various
Breath Of Danger (Themes)

Breath Of Danger (Themes) saw a who’s who of library music types working together such as Alan Hawkshaw, David Lindup, Brian Bennett, Barry Morgan, Alan Parker, Kenny Salmon and Ray Cooper. It was originally released in 1974 and is dripping with funk and breaks with a kinda cinematic horror vibe.
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Peter Ludemann & Pit Troja
The Now Generation

Simon Francis of Be With Records is responsible for another timely re-release of a classic library record. Emerging in 1983 and the work of musicians Peter Ludemann and Pit Troja, The Now Generation was full of exciting cuts of beat-driven, dancefloor-oriented exotica, and now gets a 140g vinyl re-issue, mastered from the original analogue tapes.
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Kimiko Kasai with Herbie Hancock
Butterfly

Reissue of a previously Japan-only LP here. Japanese singer Kimiko Kasai teamed up with a band led by Herbie Hancock in 1979 to record this collection of covers. Many of them are smooth-as-silk versions, with Kasai’s beautiful voice floating over languid soul-jazz instrumentals. Closes out with a rambunctious disco-funk version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘As’. Nicely restored and remastered by Be With Records.
  • Vinyl LP (BEWITH028LP)
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The Ahmad Jamal Trio
The Awakening

Reissue of the sought after deep trio session recorded in NYC - originally issued via the legendary Impulse! label back in 1970. The three cats responsible were bassist Jamil Nasser, Frank Gant on drums and of course Ahmad Jamal -- who it has been noted was an influence on Miles Davis. This timeless, revered work from one of Jazz piano's greatest innovators has been sampled by a number of hip-hop producers over the years, with samples appearing on cuts by Nas, Jeru The Damaja, Shadez Of Brooklyn and Jazz connoisseur DJ Premier. Now given a new lease of life on 180g wax with original artwork and sleevenotes together with sensitive new mastering by Simon Francis.
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Samuel Jonathan Johnson
My Music

Originally released back in 1978 by keyboardist and soul singer Samuel Jonathan Johnson, My Music passed very much under the radar. However, the subsequent four decades have seen the album gain a cult fanbase who love its mixture of spiritual and funky jazz, with original copies fetching insane amounts of money. To quell that appetite among collectors and fans, Be With Records now re-issues My Music. 
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Alan Parker & Madeline Bell
The Voice Of Soul

The Voice Of Soul is a library-soul LP by session singer Madeline Bell and composer Alan Parker. Originally released in 1976, the record is notable for two reasons - being issued simultaneously with its instrumental album The Sound Of Soul, and for ‘Love Is All’ and ‘You’ve Got What It Takes’ being used in infamous porno-comedy flick Pretty Peaches. Now it’s been given a remaster and reissue job by Be With Records, a label which is really going in hard on the library music at the moment.
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Ceasar Frazier
75

Funky, groovy and tight as hell all describe Ceasar Frazier’s mix of funk, soul and jazz. 75 is his second LP and widely regarded as his best. The album features both originals and covers, including Stevie Wonder’s Living For The City and Seals and Crofts' Summer Breeze. Tracks have also been sampled by Kanye West and Gang Starr. 
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Tommy Guerrero
A Little Bit Of Somethin'

What a beautiful little release. The album art pretty much sums up the sound on the LP, so as you can imagine, the tracks are mellow and guitar-y. A Little Bit Of Somethin' by Tommy Guerrero has been reissued on vinyl LP on Be With Records and would be a nice addition to the chilled out part of your record collection. 
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Various
The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure Story

A crack team of session musicians was assembled for The Hunter (Drama Suite) / Adventure story. The band was made up from Brian Bennett on drums, Clive Hicks on guitar, Duncan Lamont on sax, Dave Richmond on bass and Steve Gary on keyboards. It’s a dramatic album of musical treats that was plundered for a number of TV cop shows from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
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Various
Visual Impact

The ‘library music’ genre has always been a gold-mine for collectors, but not that many have a universal appeal. Visual Impact, a compilation originally released back in 1976, is one of those exceptions. Featuring pieces spanning from easy-going funk to head-nodding grooves from the likes of Brian Bennett, John Scott, Steve Gray and Jim Lawless, the record now gets a re-issue on Be With Records. 
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Smith & Mudd
Tea With Holger

An instalment in the KPM label’s digital-only ‘Album Shorts’ collection, but released physically on Be With Records and presented as a classic ‘KPM K1000’ green sleeve library album. Ben Smith and Paul “Mudd” Murphy named this mini-album Tea With Holger in honour of the time they spent with the late Can founder and ambient pioneer, Holger Czukay. 

Steve Hiett
Girls In The Grass

Steve Hiett was a photographer to the stars and guitarist who made the obscure but much sought after album, Down The Road By The Beach which was released in 1983. Girls In The Grass is a collection of previously unreleased Balearic soul instrumental tracks from his personal archives, released as a companion piece to the reissue of his 1983 album.
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Steve Hiett
Down On The Road By The Beach

Steve Hiett was a photographer who snapped the likes of The Beach Boys, Miles Davis and The Doors for Rolling Stone magazine. He also made records that mixed blues, jazz and electronic music that fits somewhere between The Durutti Column, Steve Cropper and Ashra. Down The Road By The Beach was originally released in Japan in 1983. This is the first repress since. 
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Leon Ware
Rainbow Deux

Soulman Leon Ware passed away from cancer back in 2017. Before his health declined Ware taped the songs that would become Rainbow Deux. Working with musicians like Thundercat and Kamasi Washington, Ware turned in a set of widescreen, smooth and slightly psychedelic tunes that take in soul, disco, hip-hop, closing-time jazz and more. Gregory Porter would be the related artist that you’re looking for. As final statements go, Rainbow Deux is pretty darn fantastic.
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Breakwater
Release The Beast

Philly funk band, Breakwater, were around in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. They only released two albums. Their second, Spalshdown, from 1980, contained the song, Release The Beast. A powerful piece of funk if ever there was one. It has been sampled a few times, but most notably, and of most interest to you lot, it formed a huge part of the Daft Punk track, Robot Rock. Here it is in 7" format with the smooth funk of Let Love In on the flip.
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Tommy Guerrero
From The Soil To The Soul

Although released in 2006 on CD by Quannum Records, skateboarder-turned-musician Tommy Guerrero’s seminal fourth album is released on vinyl for the first time. From The Soil To The Soul may turn its hand to various genres throughout, but it remains precise and well-executed. Original artwork by graffiti artist Twist revamped by Guerrero, now on bright red.
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Marcia Griffiths
Sweet and Nice

Be With Records are the ones behind this reissue of Marcia Griffiths’ wonderful debut LP Sweet And Nice. They take the task of reissuing one of reggae’s most important full-lengths very seriously, doing justice to the seminal 1974 album by including no fewer than fourteen bonus tracks on this new edition. Griffiths’ voice does the rest, her talent and soul melting away the intervening 45 years.
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Alex Chilton
It Isn’t Always That Easy

One of the most iconic figures in alternative music history, Alex Chilton entered a Memphis studio in 1969 between the demise of the Box Tops and the beginnings of his legendary band Big Star to lay down a number of demos. Two intimate songs that never made it to the tracklisting of 2012’s posthumous compilation Free Again, the affecting ‘It Isn’t Always That Easy’ and the starry-eyed ‘If You Would Marry Me Baby’ are presented here on a beautiful 7” single. 
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Skyy
Here’s To You

Here's To You. A very simple sentiment, but one that is filled with generosity and kindness and selflessness. It's a marvel that Skyy was able to create a track that lives up to that name, but he did it. First released in 1980, this track has been inspiring dance floors from New York to everywhere else. Utterly transcendent disco. 

Tommy Guerrero
Soul Food Taqueria

Genre-hopping musician and skateboarding legend Tommy Guerrero’s 2003 release Soul Food Taqueria returns as a 2LP reissue from Be With Records. The music dabbles in groovy, guitar-led soul-funk, often with a touch of melancholy. It’s warmly produced and as effectively as relaxed as was Tommy’s skating.
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Logg
Logg

Logg is Leroy Burgess, aka the Godfather of Boogie and member of '70s Harlem R&B group, Black Ivory. This eponymous album, originally released in 1981, is regarded as one of the greatest post-disco albums ever made. It’s a breezy masterclass in tight, funky bass and cosmic synth sounds. On Be With.

Air
Air

A jazz/soul/prog-rock classic from 1971, Air’s self-titled album is something of a rarity. Thankfully, Be With Records are highly skilled at their reissues, and Air is no exception. They’ve recreated the exact original release, including beautiful artwork - but with remastered tracks. All on 180 gram vinyl. Not to be confused with French electro duo Air!

Alan Hawkshaw
The Road Forward

I wonder what Alan Hawkshaw envision these compositions of his would be used for. Once again Be With Records have gone to drink from the KPM well and have developed a case of The Road Forward. Mysterious and compelling scores wrought from synths, beats and grooves. Features one track called 'Strangelands' and one called 'Strangeways'.

John Cameron
Jazzrock

John Cameron has worked with artists as diverse as Donovan, Cilla Black and Hot Chocolate and was a member of CCS who famously covered Led Zeppelin’s 'Whole Lotta Love' way back when. He’s also responsible for the soundtracks to many films, most notably, Kes. Jazzrock is percussion-heavy, soundtrack-esque, full of funk breaks and has been enormously influential in its time. On Be With.
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Alan Parker / John Cameron
Afro Rock

John Cameron has composed numerous film scores in his time, chief among them being Kes. Alan Parker is a virtuoso guitarist who has worked with cameron on a number of projects including songs by Donovan and the CCS version of 'Whole Lotta Love' which was used as the theme to Top Of The Pops in the ‘70s. On Afrorock they have fun mixing some funky African rhythms, fuzzy wah wah guitar an library music. It’s basically the best soundtrack to a ‘70s cop film that never was. On Be With.
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Alan Hawkshaw / Keith Mansfield
Beat Incidental

Here's one for all of the people who want to get their scrobble numbers up. Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield worked together to create 32 tracks, some of which are under 10 seconds long. And you know what, a lovely 10 seconds they are too. Be With Records continue their raiding of the KPM archives, and if Beat Incidental is anything to go by, they probably shouldn't stop.

Roisin Murphy
Overpowered

Overpowered (2007) was the second album by ex-Moloko singer Roisin Murphy. Murphy set out to make a pop/disco album and she succeeded. She took influence from the pre-house sounds of D-Train, Mantronix and Gwen Guthrie, whilst being inspired by the cerebral pop of Yazoo and Eurythmics. Jimmy Douglass, Bugz In The Attic and Richard X all helped to make the album what it is.

Larry Jon Wilson
Let Me Sing My Song To You

Larry Jon Wilson is compelling proof that spending time in corporate America isn't all corrupting. He spent ten years in a suit before starting a career as a musician. On Let Me Sing My Song To You, his second album, Wilson flexes his distinct funky country style alongside a voice that feels like the warmest of hugs. A long overdue reissue from Be With Records.

Larry Jon Wilson
New Beginnings

Larry Jon Wilson may have one of the loveliest voices I've ever heard, and yet odds are, you've never heard of him. Be With Records have taken on the important task of reissuing his early work, New Beginnings being his debut album recorded after a decade in corporate America. Sadly, he was never a huge success in his own time but his voice and its accompanying country but funky style are well worth trying on. 

The Necessaries
Event Horizon

A total rarity for over 35 years, even many Arthur Russell fans don't know about his involvement in this post punk band. He not only plays keyboard, cello and but contributed half the songs and sung in his unique style.  This is taut and muscular new wave though Russell's contributions sit weirdly at odds with the breezily melodic pop on offer.   

Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Synthesis

Brian Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw see their 1974 LP Synthesis reissued as part of Be With Records’ KPM Music Record Library series. Coming out in the same year as the pair's celebrated Synthesizer And Percussion album, Synthesis is another cutting-edge (for the time) fusion of library jazz-funk and the electronic styles that were just beginning to filter into mainstream music. Stereolab and Ghost Box were likely paying close attention back in the day.
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Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Synthesizer & Percussion

Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett are among the creme de la creme of library music composers. For 1974’s Synthesizer And Percussion the pair chose to put the ARP synth - a relatively unexplored piece of gear at the time - through its paces. The resulting is a record of oddball jazz-funk instrumentals. Its title is something of a red herring - the final five tracks find former Cliff Richard & The Shadows drummer Bennett taking a backseat and giving Hawkshaw free reign to noodle away on the keys. Now reissued by Be With Records.
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Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennett
Full Circle

While you might not know Alan Hawkshaw or Brian Bennett by name it’s quite likely that you’re familiar with their work. The library compositions of the pair have been sampled by everyone from Kanye West to Drake to The xx to Nas. Their latest LP Full Circle is classic stuff from the duo, all big-band modes and laid back jazz-funk.

Keith Mansfield / John Cameron
Voices In Harmony

Reissue fanatics Be With Records have recently snapped up the rights to some releases from the catalogue of KPM Music Recorded Library. KPM specialised in - yep - library music, so it’s no surprise to find a few records by the BBC’s Keith Mansfield on their roster. On 1973’s Voices In Harmony Mansfield is joined by John Cameron for a selection of David Axelrod-ish incidentals.
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Nick Ingman
Distinctive Themes / Race To Achievement

Nick Ingman’s done it with the best of them. A distinguished arranger and conductor since the early 1970’s, Ingman has worked with everyone from Madonna to David Bowie to Paul McCartney down the years. Back in 1976 he released Distinctive Themes/Race To Achievement on KPM Music Recorded Library. The first half of the album attempted to emulate a range of composers - Satie, Elgar and so on - in Ingman’s trademark library-jazz style, while the second was “a study in the pressure and rewards of achievement”. Right. Anyway, this one’s been reissued by Be With Records.
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Alan Hawkshaw / Brian Bennett / John Fiddy
Hot Wax

In 1976 a trio of acclaimed session musicians and library/film/TV composers came together to create an LP for the KPM Music Recorded Library that showcased ‘the latest trends in production music’. Said album? Hot Wax. Said artists? Brian Bennett (a former Cliff Richard & The Shadows kit man), John Fiddy and Alan Hawkshaw (one-time member of The Tony Visconti Orchestra). Be With Records have done the sensible thing and capitalised on a resurgent interest in library sounds by reissuing the record.

Keith Mansfield / Alan Hawkshaw / David Snell
Big Business / Wind Of Change

This LP may have the names Alan Hawkshaw and David Snell on the spine, but the bulk of the work here is done by Keith Mansfield (he of the Grandstand theme fame). For this 1973 album now reissued by Be With Records, Mansfield crafts a series of pomp-and-circumstance instrumentals. Hawkshaw and Snell cameo with a piece apiece. Big Business/Winds Of Change is a good cop for all you library music fans out there.

Francis Coppieters
Piano Viberations

Yes, it is meant to be spelled like that. Piano Viberations is named as such because it is a record of incidental jazz where piano and vibes take centre-stage. The work of little-known Belgian pianist/composer Francis Coppieters, this is perhaps the most intriguing of Be With Records’ current crop of library music reissues.
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Alan Parker
The Sound Of Soul

Originally released in 1976 as the instrumental accompaniment to Themes International's The Voice Of Soul, Alan Parker’s much-coveted record of library-soul now gets reissued by Be With Records. Original copies of The Sound Of Soul regularly fetch mega-money on the vinyl black market, so it’s a good job that this new edition comes in at a fraction of the price. Les Hurdle and Mike Moran - both members of the de-facto Themes International house band The Rhythm Section - also contribute a couple of numbers.

James Clarke
Mystery Movie

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Buari
Buari

Interesting bloke, this Sidiku Buari. According to his Wikipedia page, the Ghanaian has been president of the Musicians Union Of Ghana, the vice-president of the International Federation Of Musicians, studied for degrees in both music and interior design and won medals as a sprinter at two All-Africa Games championships. Impressive stuff. As this 1975 LP testifies, he also knows his way around a tune too. Buari is a fine record of Hi-Life disco and Accra Funk. Reissue on the impressive Be With Records.
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Plush / Liam Hayes
Korp Sole Roller

Liam Hayes initially recorded for Domino under the Plush moniker. Since leaving Domino, however, he has seemingly had difficulty getting records released. Korp Sole Roller, Hayes’ fourth album, treads a similar path to previous releases: echoes of Burt Bacharach and Jimmy Webb in what the uninitiated could assume is a rediscovered ‘70s curio. Suffering a similar fate to his second album, Fed - bad management decisions leading to a lack of press and marketing it was only available on Japanese import. Finally it gets a European release via Be With records, LP limited to 500 copies.
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Willie Hutch
Soul Portrait

Willie Hutch signed to Motown in the ‘70s. After the legendary Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Motown was all about Willie Hutch. His nine album run for Berry Gordy’s label included two classic blaxploitation soundtracks: Foxy Brown  and The Mack. However, before he signed to Motown he recorded two important albums for RCA. Soul Portrait was his debut and was originally released in 1969. Hutch wrote and arranged every track on the album which mixed the gritty, southern soul of Stax with the glittering sound of Detroit.
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Sorcerer
White Magic

After Dan Judd dropped the first LP from his Sorcerer project in eight years back in 2017, it seemed like a good time for Be With Records to reissue his two earlier full-lengths. Moreover, the poly-genre style of White Magic was oddly prescient at the time, and heard a decade on the album’s mish-mash of hypnagogic pop, MPC funk, Balearic house and a whole lot more settles quite comfortably into the landscape of contemporary alt-dance. Nice music for fans of Lindstrom, Todd Terje and so on.
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Sorcerer
Neon Leon

Sorceror’s Neon Leon was a likable record when it was first released in 2009, and it remains a likable record now that it’s being reissued in 2018. Different cover artwork and a remastering job have given this LP a new lick of paint, but at heart it’s still a collection of gently playful cosmic disco tracks pitched somewhere between Lindstrom and Jens Lekman’s ‘Sipping On The Sweet Nectar’.
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Willie Hutch
Season For Love

Willie Hutch signed to Motown in the ‘70s. After the legendary Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, Motown was all about Willie Hutch. His nine album run for Berry Gordy’s label included two classic blaxploitation soundtracks: Foxy Brown and The Mack. However, before he signed to Motown he recorded two important albums for RCA. Season For Love was his second album released in 1970. Although Highly sought after now, It was overlooked at the time, probably overshadowed by the southern fried gritty power of his debut. Here the sound, led by strings, is warmer and more mellow. It even led Hutch to compare himself to Otis Redding.
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Korallreven
Here In Iowa Remix EP

Korraleven are no longer a going concern, having bowed out with the original version of Here In Iowa. But they are surely allowed this little bonus release, which gathers some assorted treats together, including a Peaking Lights remix and a live cover of Guns & Roses’ ‘November Rain’! 12” for Record Store Day, on Be With Records.
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