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Death Is Not The End Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records

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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...view item »


Ercilia Costa
My Torment

Death Is Not The End is a really cool little label. Since launching in 2014 they’ve carved out a niche of releasing grainy, somewhat haunting collections of early 20th Century folk musics from all around the world. Their latest reissue is My Torment...view item »


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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 da...view item »


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 ...view item »


East of the Valley Blues
EOTVB

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....view item »


Henry Caravan
A SHRINE TO A RADIATOR

Louis Johnstone is a restless creature of many aliases, and best known for the ultra-minimal collaged field recordings of Wanda Group. His intimate home recordings as Henry Caravan shrug off any semblance of artifice. This tape is a foray into rambling but unexpectedly fluent acoustic guitar improv that hints at...view item »


Kostas Dousas
Kostas Dousas: Greek Blues in America, Vol. 2

The second of two cassette volumes capturing 1920s and 30s examples of the Greek rebetiko music. This style can be considered as analogous to the country blues that was being recorded across the Atlantic at the time, boasting some of the same elements - solo performance, virtuoso fingerpicking and...view item »
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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 pi...view item »
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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....view item »


East of the Valley Blues
Fayet

East Of The Valley Blues, aka the Cahill brothers Kevin and Patrick, here expand their guitar-playing into two cassette-side-long ...view item »
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Niña de la Puebla
I'm Always Crying

Archival label Death Is Not The End have expanded their work with lengthy historical excursions on the NTS radiowaves; a recent show explored the music and artform of flamenco from the early 20th century, particularly the work of Niña de la Puebla, whose songs now appear on this tape compilation...view item »
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An Introduction to Ored Recordings, Pt. 2: Dance

Death Is Not The End herein give a boost to the North Caucasus label Ored Recordings. Ored have been sourcing and digitally releasing some of the amazing folk musics of the region for three years now, and the two Introduction to Ored Recordings cassettes should promote these sounds to yet broader audiences. Hooray!...view item »
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An Introduction to Ored Recordings, Pt. 1: Song

Death Is Not The End herein give a boost to the North Caucasus label Ored Recordings. Ored have been sourcing and digitally releasing some of the amazing folk musics of the region for three years now, and the two Introduction to Ored Recordings cassettes should promote these sounds to yet broader audiences. Pt. 1 focuses on son...view item »
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Peace in the Valley

‘Peace In The Valley’ is a limited cassette release on folk/roots label Death Is Not The End records. Taken from Farris’s own record label, this record compiles African/American gospel Reverend Lonnie Farris' Hawaiian-style gospel, slide guitar recordings from the early 1960s, providing listeners with a taste of an often overlo...view item »
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The World Is Going Wrong

For The World is Going Wrong the Death Is Not The End label have compiled a stunning cassette of morbid gospel and blues. The music draws together tracks from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s that all share an eerie and apocalyptic quality. Twelve pieces of timeless and powerful art for dark and distressing times....view item »
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Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music

Now here is a compilation that has truly gathered a legendary history of its own. Harry Smith was a serious collector of obscure American folk 78s going back as far as 1927. His Anthology of American Folk Music was released in 1952, and still stands today as an essential documentation of sounds that might otherwise be l...view item »
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Maria Sabina
Mushroom Ceremony of the Mazatec Indians of Mexico

Mushroom Ceremony of the Mazatec Indians of Mexico is a recording from 1956 by R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico of Maria Sabina, a Mexican curandera performing healing rituals. These rituals would require the participant to ingest psilocybin mushrooms, also known as magic mushrooms. The looping chant ...view item »
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The Kossoy Sisters
Bowling Green

The Kossoy Sisters are a pair of identical twins, Irene Saletan, who plays guitar and Ellen Christenson who plays banjo. They sing soprano harmony. Their music could be classed as old time American folk. Bowling Green was originally released in 1956. This cassette version is reissu...view item »
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Angola Prison Spirituals

Recordings of 1950s folk-blues-gospel music from inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, issued here on a lovingly packaged and designed cassette. New reissue label Death Is Not The End debut with a limited cassette release of folklorist Dr. Harry Oster's collection of recordings from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola...view item »
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Death May Be Your Christmas Gift

An extremely limited cassette of extremely rare festive blues, folk and gospel music, Death May Be Your Christmas Gift is the only way you should get in the holiday mood. Label Death Is Not The End have curated a powerful selection of music from the 1930s, 40s and 50s where hell-fire sermons lead into furious go...view item »
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Washington Phillips
Washington Phillips

Washington Phillips only ever made eighteen recordings from 1927-29, ten of which are featured on this eponymous cassette on the Death Is Not The End label. The recordings feature Washington’s voice accompanied by a mysterious instrument, the identity of which has been the subject of much discussion. The assumption is that...view item »
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Horace Sprott
Ain't This a Mean World

'Ain't This a Mean World' is a compilation of tracks from folklorist Frederic Ramsay’s ‘Music of the South’ field recordings, Volumes 2, 3, and 4, originally released on Folkways in 1955 on which Horace Sprott performed. He learned old religious songs from his mother and grandmother and his music has a deep, worldly sound....view item »
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Rev. Edward W. Clayborn
I Have a Home in the Sky

Little is known about Rev. Edward W. Clayborn. He’s most likely to be an Alabama native and he recorded 40 songs. Everything else apart from what is evidenced in these recordings remains a mystery. I Have a Home in the Sky is a compilation a twelve of his blues/gospel songs. I Have a Home in the Sky...view item »
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Sister O.M. Terrell
Sister O.M. Terrell

I'm struggling to find much information about this tape by Sister O.M. Terrell. So far I've figured out that she lived in Greenville, South Carolina, and recorded these tracks in 1948 with her voice and a guitar. Sister Rosetta Tharpe is an obvious comparison point, not only because there are similarities in their sort of proto-rock'n'roll gospe...view item »
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Murderers' Home

Compiled by Alan Lomax, 'Murderers Home' is collected here for a second cassette re-issue. Its a collection of work songs and field hollers performed by inmates of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman Farm) in 1947. It was originally released in 1957 on the UK's Pye Nixa label, but recordings also found their way ...view item »
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