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If I Had a Pair of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop, Vol. 2

A new Death Is Not The End tape is always something to get excited about, but when you learn that the label’s latest drop is a new instalment of their If I Had A Pair Of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop series then the anticipation ramps up even further. Following on from 2018’s Volume 1, this release is another collection of tunes cut in Jamaica during the late 50’s and early 60’s. With ska and roots yet to fully take hold, sounds from the U.S. - r&b, early soul, doo wop - are given a Kingston twist by artists like Prince Buster. As is often the case with reissues via Death Is Not The End, many of the cuts here have a deliciously haunted vibe about them.
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If I Had a Pair of Wings: Jamaican Doo Wop, Vol. 1

Essential collection of Jamaican doo wop and R&B dating from the 50s to the early 60s. What’s really exciting here is the early of traces ska emerging from what may initially appear to be a replication of American sounds. Many of the artists here would become essential in the development of ska and reggae, such as Alton Ellis and Jimmy Cliff. It documents a moment of transition, a key part of Jamaican musical history. The cassette is put out by Death is Not The End.
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Bury Me in a Corner of the Yard

Death Is Not The End are a fine label who should get more recognition than they do. The rare-as-hen’s-teeth records they get hold of for reissue are always hauntingly beautiful, and their recent LPs from Nina De La Puebla and Violeta Parra are simply not the sort of thing you hear every day. Bury Me In A Corner Of The Yard, a cassette focussing on the Cajun music of inter-war Louisiana, is no exception. Classic artists such as Segura Brothers, Amede Ardoin and more feature.

George Katsaros
George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1

Hear what happened when rebetika-playing Greek emigres came to American and mingled their sound with the blues in the 20’s and 30’s. George Katsaros: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 1 is a cassette filled with amazing vintage recordings of Katsaros, captured in New York back in the day. Beautiful finger-picked cross-continental wonder, on cassette thanks to Death Is Not The End.

Violeta Parra
La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra

Death Is Not The End’s latest archival find is La Cueca Presentada por Violeta Parra, a rare 50’s compilation of the Chilean folk genre of Cueca. Violeta Parra presents songs gathered from the rural areas of the country and presented with her wonderful musical touch. She also gives spoken introductions to pieces.

East of the Valley Blues
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East Of The Valley Blues buck the trend of the Death Is Not The End release catalogue to date, by being produced in the 21st century by someone not long dead! Yes, this acoustic guitar duo are a contemporary outfit, though grounded in the rich and dusty sounds of American Primitive guitar. Cassette and vinyl LP releases.

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I'm on My Journey Home: Sacred Harp Singing, 1927-1938

Sacred Harp Singing is a potent American choral song form that emphasises the social. I’m on My Journey Home compiles some vintage recordings (dating from between 1927 and 1938) onto cassette. The sound quality may not be hi-def, but the spiritual power of these performances shines on through. On Death Is Not The End.